sonypictures.pngCULVER CITY, Calif., February 25, 2015 - Sony Pictures Entertainment has entered into a two-year, first-look deal with Josh Bratman's Immersive Pictures, it was announced today by Michael DeLuca and Hannah Minghella, presidents of Production for Columbia Pictures.

"Josh has been an important part of the Sony Pictures family for many years. This deal just cements that fact," said DeLuca and Minghella. "He's an incredibly skilled producer, capable of the best work on many different kinds of films. We're thrilled that we'll be keeping him in-house as he continues to work on some of our most important development projects."

In the deal, Bratman is developing and will produce a number of films for the studio, including:

The Harlem Hellfighters, based on the bestselling graphic novel by Max Brooks (the author of World War Z), with Overbrook Entertainment;

The Black Count, based on Tom Reiss' bestselling biography of General Alex Dumas, the father of Alexandre Dumas, the author of The Count of Monte Cristo and The Three Musketeers, with John Legend's Get Lifted Productions and Cary Fukunaga attached to adapt and direct;

The Sculptor, based on Scott McCloud's graphic novel, which Bratman will produce with Scott Rudin;

The Themis Files, an upcoming epic sci-fi debut novel by Sylvain Neuvel, which David Koepp will adapt and on which Bratman will team with Matt Tolmach Productions;

and Descender, based on Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen's upcoming graphic novel.

Before founding Immersive Pictures, Bratman worked as an executive for Sony Pictures-based Michael De Luca Productions for over a decade. There, he oversaw and executive produced several projects for De Luca, who is now president of Production for the studio.

Bratman's deal was handled by CAA and by attorney Greg Slewett of Bloom Hergott.

About Sony Pictures Entertainment
Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) is a subsidiary of Sony Entertainment Inc., a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation. SPE's global operations encompass motion picture production, acquisition and distribution; television production, acquisition and distribution; television networks; digital content creation and distribution; operation of studio facilities; and development of new entertainment products, services and technologies. For additional information, go to http://www.sonypictures.com.

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reald.pngBLOIS and LONDON (February 25, 2015) - Global visual technology company RealD Inc. (NYSE: RLD) today announced an exclusive partnership with Cap Cinema, overseeing the installation of RealD 3D technology across 50 screens in 10 Cap Cinema sites, many of which will also be fitted with RealD's new precision white screen (PWS) technology.

Phillippe Dejust, CEO of Cap Cinema, said: "We are pleased to partner with RealD, the world's recognised leader for 3D broadcasting systems, and to share a joint commitment to providing customers with the best 3D projection quality possible, resulting in a premium movie experience. With the precision white screens and RealD 3D systems, we are confident we can deliver clear, bright 3D imaging, promising our viewers an immersive occasion like never before."

Bob Mayson, Managing Director of RealD Europe Ltd, added: "This agreement with Cap Cinema demonstrates our commitment to focus on the French market, signaling an improvement in French cinema quality through our new precision white screens.

"We are looking forward to installing new facilities at Cap Cinema, so cinema goers can enjoy the quality of RealD projection systems in more locations than ever."

Cap Cinema will continue full installation of PWS from March 2015, with the hardware also being installed at their new site, Cagnes sur Mer. In addition, the introduction of RealD's "LUXE: A RealD Experience" (LUXE), a new Premium Large Format (PLF) initiative, is also being explored by Cap Cinema.

The world's most widely used 3D cinema brand, RealD 3D is currently installed in approximately 26,000 auditoriums by approximately 1,000 exhibitors in 73 countries around the world (as of September 30, 2014).

About RealD Inc.
RealD is a leading global licensor of 3D and other visual technologies. RealD's extensive intellectual property portfolio is and can be used in applications that enable a premium viewing experience in the theater, the home and elsewhere. RealD's core business is the licensing of RealD Cinema Systems and the product sale of RealD eyewear to motion picture exhibitors to enable a premium viewing experience for 3D motion pictures and alternative 3D content in the theater.

RealD was founded in 2003 and has offices in Beverly Hills, California; Boulder, Colorado; London, United Kingdom; Moscow, Russia; Shanghai, China; Hong Kong; Tokyo, Japan; and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. For more information, please visit our website at www.reald.com.

About Cap Cinema
With the recent acquisition of CINEMOVIDA Group, Cap Cinema is now the 4th biggest chain of French cinemas, spanning across 23 sites and 148 screens. With the opening of its first multiplex in 2000 in Blois, Cap Cinema has continued its expansion in medium-sized cities (40,000 to 60,000 population). As a commercial operator within multiplexes and arthouse theatres, Cap Cinema attracts more than 4.6 million customers annually.
Cautionary note on forward-looking statements.

This press release includes forward-looking information and statements, including but not limited to: statements concerning the license and commercialization of Precision White Screen Technology with Cap Cinemas. Such forward-looking statements are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties, assumptions and other important factors, many of which are outside RealD's control that could cause actual results to differ materially from the results discussed in the forward-looking statements. RealD's annual and quarterly reports include a more detailed discussion of the risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from the results discussed in the forward-looking statements.

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insurgent.pngFANS CAN NOW BUY ADVANCE TICKETS TO THE MARCH 20 RELEASE AND RECEIVE A FREE DOWNLOAD OF THE FIRST "DIVERGENT"MOVIE

LOS ANGELES (February 25, 2015) - Fandango, the nation's leading moviegoer destination, announced that advance tickets can now be purchased for Lionsgate's highly-anticipated "The Divergent Series: Insurgent," one month before the film hits theaters nationwide on March 20. Also launching today is a brand-new "Insurgent" trailer featuring Shailene Woodley, Kate Winslet, Theo James, Ansel Elgort, Naomi Watts, Octavia Spencer and Miles Teller.

As an added bonus, today on Fandango each "Insurgent" ticket transaction will receive a free download of the blockbuster first installment of the "Divergent" franchise (offer ends tonight at 9pm PT or while supplies last). Lionsgate also has partnered with Fandango to offer more than 50,000 additional gifts with purchase for ticket transactions with 24-hour flash sales during each following week leading up to the film's release. Prizes include downloads from the "Divergent" book series, exclusive tracks from the film's soundtrack, and more.

In the brand-new trailer, Tris (Shailene Woodley) takes on the earth-shattering fear simulation. Subjected to a series of mental simulations by Jeanine (Kate Winslet), the leader of the power-hungry Erudite elite, Tris is the only one who can unlock the truth in order to save her civilization.

"The Divergent Series: Insurgent" hits theaters nationwide in 2D, RealD, Digital 3D, and IMAX® 3D on March 20, 2015. Please follow us on Twitter for updates @Divergent and @Fandango and use hashtag #InsurgentTickets.

About Fandango
Fandango, the nation's leading moviegoer destination, sells tickets to more than 25,000 screens nationwide. Fandango entertains and informs consumers with reviews, commentary, celebrity interviews and trailers, and offers the ability to quickly select a film, plan where and when to see it, and conveniently buy tickets in advance. For many theaters, fans can print their tickets at home or receive them as a paperless Mobile Ticket on their smartphones. Fandango's top-ranking movie ticketing apps, with 45 million downloads, are available on the iPhone and iPad, Android, and many other platforms. Fandango is enjoyed by more than 30 million online and mobile visitors each month, according to comScore. Film fans also find Fandango on Facebook at www.facebook.com/fandango and on Twitter @Fandango.

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By Daniel Garris

Universal's Fifty Shades of Grey led the daily box office on Monday with $1.85 million. The successful erotic romantic drama was down 65 percent from Sunday and down 76 percent from last Monday. While it continues to be heavily front-loaded, Fifty Shades of Grey has grossed an impressive $131.01 million in eleven days. That places the film 49 percent ahead of the $87.87 million eleven-day take of 2010's Valentine's Day.

Fox's Kingsman: The Secret Service claimed second place with $1.44 million. The Matthew Vaughn directed graphic novel adaptation fell 72 percent from Sunday and 74 percent from last Monday. Kingsman continues to exceed expectations with $69.37 million in eleven days and is set to surpass the $70 million mark today. The film is running 55 percent ahead of the $44.64 million eleven-day take of 2010's Red.

Warner's American Sniper placed in third with $0.836 million. The blockbuster Clint Eastwood directed film starring Bradley Cooper was down 69 percent from Sunday and down 65 percent from last Monday. American Sniper has grossed a massive $320.85 million after 39 days of wide release, as it continues to move towards becoming the highest grossing release of 2014.

McFarland, USA finished in fourth with $0.719 million. Disney's well received sports drama starring Kevin Costner fell 75 percent from Sunday. The four-day total for McFarland, USA stands at $11.74 million. That is on the high end of pre-release expectations and places the film 10 percent ahead of the $10.66 million four-day start of last year's Draft Day.

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water rounded out Monday's top five with $0.717 million. The successful 3D animated film from Paramount was down 87 percent from Sunday and down a very sharp 92 percent from last Monday's Presidents' Day inflated performance. The 18-day total for The SpongeBob Movie stands at a stronger than expected $126.96 million.

Fellow Paramount release Hot Tub Time Machine 2 followed in sixth place with $0.501 million. The low-budget R-rated comedy sequel fell 66 percent from Sunday. Hot Tub Time Machine 2 has grossed a very disappointing $6.46 million in four days, which places the film 58.5 percent behind the $15.57 million four-day start of 2010's Hot Tub Time Machine.

The DUFF took seventh place with $0.485 million. The low-budget PG-13 rated comedy from CBS Film and Lionsgate was down a sharp 79 percent from Sunday, which is a sign of how heavily the film is skewing towards teens. The DUFF continues to exceed expectations with $11.29 million in four days and is running 21 percent ahead of the $9.35 million four-day take of last year's That Awkward Moment.

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fandango.pngFandango passes along news that their chief correspondent Dave Karger was recently presented with "The Press Award" by ICG Publicists Awards. The press release follows:

BEVERLY HILLS, Feb. 20, 2015- More than 900 Hollywood publicity and marketing executives, producers, studio and network executives, celebrities and press gathered for the International Cinematographers Guild (ICG, IATSE Local 600) 52nd Annual Publicists Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel today, chaired by Henri Bollinger and co-chaired by Tim Menke.

In his opening remarks Steven Poster, ASC., president of the International Cinematographers Guild, in noting the theme of this year's luncheon, said, "We live in the age of social media and there's no turning back. That's why we appreciate social media today and celebrate the talented publicists who are making it work for the dynamic entertainment industry we're proud to be part of. We have a lot of very impressive people here today, all thanks to our talented publicists."

Henri Bollinger added, "We sing the praises of those who have excelled in an art form that dates back to the earliest days of circuses and vaudeville. When these awards were first handed out 52 years ago, self-promotion by publicists was reason for getting fired. It's clear that we've progressed considerably since then."

Bob and Harvey Weinstein, co-chairmen of The Weinstein Company, were presented the Motion Picture Showmanship Award by Billy Bob Thornton (The Judge), while Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer of Netflix, received the Television Showmanship Award from Chelsea Handler, who has entered into a multi-tiered deal with the Internet TV network.

Much loved comedian/actor Bob Newhart received a Lifetime Achievement Award. The President's Award was presented to Cheryl Boone Isaacs, president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences® by Ava DuVernay, director of the Oscar® nominated film Selma, and Steven Poster, ASC., president of the International Cinematographers Guild.



WINNERS


Les Mason Award. The highest honor publicists can bestow on one of their own.
MELISSA KATES, Viewpoint PR

Bob Yeager Award for community service:
JUSTINE GAMEZ, Warner Bros. publicist

Press Award:
DAVE KARGER, Fandango.com

International Media Award:
ROCIO AYUSO, Spain

Maxwell Weinberg Award for Best Publicity Campaign for a Motion Picture:
THE INTERVIEW (Columbia Pictures): Publicist ANDRE CARACO and team.

Maxwell Weinberg Award for Best Publicity Campaign for a Television Program:
JANE THE VIRGIN (CBS Television Studios). ARPI KETENDJIAN accepted the award

Excellence in Unit Still Photography for Motion Pictures Award:
WILSON WEBB

Excellence in Unit Still Photography for Television Award:
URSULA COYOTE

PRESENTERS

Billy Bob Thornton (The Judge), Octavia Spencer (Black or White), Chelsea Handler (Uganda Be Kidding Me Live), Ava DuVernay (Selma), Melora Hardin (Transparent), Bruce Davison (X-Men series), Tony Denison (Major Crimes), Scott Eastwood (Snowden), Maddalena Ischiale (Unbroken).

Sponsors of the event are 20th Century Fox, Warner Bros., Netflix, The Weinstein Company in conjunction with Dimension Films, Universal Pictures, Paramount Pictures, Creative Handbook, E! Entertainment, Junket Productions, MDS West John Drinker Group, Relativity Media, Sony Pictures, The Hollywood Reporter, Variety, Walt Disney Studios, Warner Bros. Photo Lab, Will Rogers Motion Pictures Pioneers Foundation, Below The Line, City National Bank, Executive Limousine, Goodnight & Company, Sony Electronics in conjunction with Fujinon.

About the International Cinematographers Guild:
The International Cinematographers Guild (IATSE Local 600) represents more than 7,000 members who work in film, television and commercials as Directors of Photography, Camera Operators, Visual Effects Supervisors, Still Photographers, Camera Assistants, Film Loaders, all members of camera crews and Publicists. The first cinematographers union was established in New York in 1926, followed by unions in Los Angeles and Chicago, but it wasn't until 1996 that Local 600 was born as a national guild. ICG's ongoing activities include the Emerging Cinematographer Awards and the Publicists Awards Luncheon. The Guild also publishes the award-winning ICG Magazine. www.cameraguild.com.




Connect with the International Cinematographers Guild:
Website:www.cameraguild.com
Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/cameraguild
Twitter:https://twitter.com/ICGLocal600

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