Source: Film Music Magazine

In a recent interview, composer David Arnold discusses the status of the latest installment of the popular James Bond franchise:

"We only just got the news that we're back on. But ‘there's many a slip twixt cup and lip' So I will keep quiet until I get a script and then start writing ideas. I just hope the next one is as good as my favorites, as I think everyone does. And I'm always interested in what Daniel Craig brings to the part. But like most things with movies, if it ain't on the page etc... All I can say is that I'm looking forward to a great script for it, alongside every other Bond fan in the world!"

The property has been in trouble due to MGM's financial troubles, but it now looks like the spy will be back in November 2012.

 

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December 2, 2010 -- Edward Norton announced today that his social philanthropy and fundraising site Crowdrise.com, which recently partnered with the New York Road Runners to help raise over $30 million for the ING New York City Marathon, 2010, is launching a new campaign for the holiday season called the Crowdrise Holiday Fundraiser Thing (CHFT). Crowdrise brings the power of crowdsourcing and the fun of social networking to giving back and Norton has enlisted over 20 of his "sort of famous friends" to help get everyone to participate.

The ever growing list of celebrities getting involved on Crowdrise include: Ashton Kutcher, Will Ferrell, Edward Norton, Liz Banks, Jonah Hill, Kristen Bell, Paul Rudd, Mandy Moore, James Franco, Seth Rogen, Christina Applegate, Sophia Bush, Austin Nichols, Flea, Kate Walsh, Robin Quivers, Jason Bateman, Patricia Arquette, Russell Brand, Glen Hansard, Rosie Perez, John Legend, Paul Pierce, David Blaine and Barbra Streisand.

http://www.crowdrise.com/celebrity-fundraisers

Crowdrise is encouraging, and really peer pressuring, the rest of the world to get involved in a few different ways.

1. Assuming people are decent typists, in one minute or less, they can join a celebrity's fundraising team and help them raise money for their cause. So, if someone wants to raise money for the American Cancer Society they can join Paul Rudd's team and then reach out to their own friends and family and ask everyone to donate to their campaign under Paul's umbrella.

2. People can start their own personal fundraiser for the charity that they care about most and have a chance to win $3,000 for their campaign from Judd Apatow. That's right, super writer, producer, and director Judd Apatow, is donating $3,000 to the top three non-celebrity fundraising campaigns as long as everyone promises to watch all of his movies from now until eternity and to read his book "I Found This Funny" which he wrote to raise money for 826 National.

3. People can donate to any charity and send a holiday e-Card to the person they're donating on behalf of. They're predicting this is the only present that most people won't end up regifting, recycling, throwing away or just getting mad about receiving this year. Basically, a donation is the best present ever.

Crowdrise has amassed a collection of amazing prizes and contests for those "slightly self-interested" folks who donate and fundraise. Some of the prizes include: a cowbell signed by Will Ferrell, North Face Jackets, a signed Ashton Kutcher poster for the movie No Strings Attached (which isn't even out yet), and a Live Chat with Paul Rudd. And Kristen Bell, Patricia Arquette and Will Ferrell are incentivizing people to do some holiday shopping on Crowdrise. Bell is selling a necklace she designed that goes to benefit Invisible Children, Arquette is selling jewelry to benefit her charity which is raising money for Haiti and Ferrell is selling suntan lotion with a photo of him naked on it to benefit his Cancer for College campaign. Contests and prizes will be added to Crowdrise regularly so that everyone can keep coming back to embrace the chaos.

Crowdrise founder, Edward Norton, recently said, "People like to do nice things for each other and have fun around the holidays so we put this together in that spirit. And, hey, if you can get a guy with a 3rd degree black belt and a reputation for fierce, dark action films like Judd Apatow to bring out his funnier, goofy and generous side, you've got to be doing something right."

According Judd Apatow, "I think Crowdrise came to me because when they were looking for corporate sponsorship, they thought Pepsi? No. Nike? No. Apatow... yes. Really though, Crowdrise is helping make fundraising fun. I love that and I want to be a part of it. This is a great community of regular people hustling for charity and I wanna introduce an element of vicious competition to it all. I hope that doesn't ruin the good vibes."

Crowdrise's slogan is "If You Don't Give Back No One Will Like You" and they're hoping that their drive to push holiday giving will result in the whole world embracing and French-kissing each other like mad come New Year's Eve.

 

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HONG KONG, CHINA - Harkness Screens (Booth 214), the world's leading manufacturer of projection screens, is pleased to announce that its SpectralTM 240 3D presentation surface will be showcased at CineAsia 2010's premier screening venue. The Spectral 240 silver screen, measuring five meters by nine meters, will be used in Theatre Two of the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) for studio presentations of the cinema industry's most anticipated upcoming releases.

"As the release of 3D films in cinemas continues to rise rapidly, we are proud that CineAsia has chosen to use our Spectral 240 3D silver screen in its main screening room," says Jeff Samitt, managing director, group sales and marketing, Harkness Screens. "Our state-of-the-art Spectral 240 is a testament to our dedication to providing the worldwide cinema industry with the best presentation surfaces possible."

CineAsia is the only pan-Asian event of its kind. As the sister event to ShowEast and Cinema Expo International, CineAsia maintains the same standards of programming, seminars, special events and suppliers. CineAsia also screens major Asian and Hollywood films and offers educational programs specifically geared toward the needs of the Asian cinema exhibition community.

The Harkness Spectral 240 3D screen is considered by cinema exhibitors and special venue operators worldwide to be the optimum 3D projection surface for systems using polarised light. The Spectral 240 features a high extinction ratio and provides spectacular 3D images. The surface also supports 2D images and can be used successfully in auditoriums where 2D and 3D are both shown. The intrinsically high gain (2.4) overcomes light losses in 3D systems.

CineAsia 2010 will be held December 7 - 9, 2010 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. CineAsia is a unique event that brings together Asian cinema industry professionals, from cinema owners and suppliers to film buyers and distributors.

 

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Hong Kong -- GDC Technology ("GDC"), a world leading digital cinema solution provider, is pleased to announce a new milestone has been reached today whereby GDC has successfully delivered more than 6500 digital cinema servers worldwide, serving customers with the highest quality digital cinema solutions.

Founded more than 11 years ago, GDC is the "oldest" digital cinema server manufacturer in the industry. "Having more than a decade's experience in this industry, coupled with the largest fleet of service engineers worldwide, allows us to develop the most useful digital cinema technology that not only fulfills, but exceeds our customers' expectation," said Dr Man-Nang Chong, founder and CEO of GDC Technology.

GDC also achieved record orders from America this year, with close to 2500 servers delivered to customers in the US, Canada and Latin America despite having only started marketing campaign in the US in early 2009. One explanation for GDC's recent gain in market share is probably the fact that the company almost stands alone in the provision of quality and effective digital cinema server technology that truly addresses the business needs of cinema exhibitors. To date GDC is one of the three server manufacturers that have been awarded with FIPS 140 certificate needed to be compliant with DCI specifications. This award ensures the cryptographic modules (which include both hardware and software) in digital cinema servers are secured enough (for the content) against attacks.

On top of GDC's fast rising sales, there is also exciting news coming from its China operation in that GDC is expanding its presence in China with the launch of a new China headquarters next month. GDC has built the state-of-the-art Network Operations Center ("NOC") in Shenzhen, China to support and significantly expand its services. The NOC can support and monitor more than 10,000 digital cinema screens simultaneously, creating a nationwide network that allows GDC to continuously strengthen its industry knowledge and provide its customers the highest quality maintenance services.

"None of these successes would have been possible without the support from our truly valued customers and dedicated staff," said Dr Man-Nang Chong, founder and CEO of GDC Technology. "This milestone demonstrates our continual growth to which I owe great appreciation to our customers and employees. Ensuring GDC always meet industry requirements is just one way I intend to provide our customers with the best possible digital cinema technology; and with the largest NOC of its kind in China, our high quality standards will be even more evident in all aspects of GDC's business, from production to services."

 

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Los Angeles, CA -- IMAX Corporation (NASDAQ: IMAX; TSX: IMX) and Warner Bros. Pictures today announced that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I, posted strong second weekend results, generating $5.4 million in domestic box office on 239 IMAX screens over three days from Friday, November 26 through Sunday November 28. The film's overall three-day domestic gross box office was $50.3 million. Internationally, the IMAX release generated a three-day total of $2.6 million on 108 screens, for a total second weekend performance of approximately $8.0 million. IMAX's total worldwide box office to date for the film is approximately $31 million.

"The continued strength of this film, which is playing on more IMAX screens globally than any other IMAX release before it, demonstrates that whether the film is in 2D or 3D, consumers continue to want to experience blockbuster movies in IMAX," said Richard L. Gelfond, CEO, IMAX Corporation. "The film will continue to open on additional IMAX screens worldwide, and we're optimistic that the unique experience of Harry Potter in IMAX will appeal to audiences well into the holiday season."

"Our expanded IMAX network has enabled us to help fuel another fantastic weekend," added Greg Foster, Chairman and President, IMAX Filmed Entertainment. "We're particularly pleased with the performance overseas, where the film's momentum is holding very well in markets such as China, Japan, Holland and the UK. We also had a very strong opening in France, where the film played exclusively in IMAX theatres the two days prior to its conventional release. The strong legs demonstrated this weekend in both domestic and international markets bodes well for the weeks ahead."

International Highlights to date include:

- Japan - over $187,500 per IMAX screen average
- China - $76,500 per IMAX screen average
- Holland - $141,000 per IMAX screen average
- France - $117,000 per IMAX screen average

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I: The IMAX Experience has been digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience® with proprietary IMAX DMR® (Digital Re-mastering) technology for presentation in IMAX®. The crystal-clear images, coupled with IMAX's customized theatre geometry and powerful digital audio, create a unique immersive environment that will make audiences feel as if they are in the movie.

 

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