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Comedian Jason Segel has signed to star in Disney's first big-screen Muppet effort, currently titled The Greatest Muppet Movie Ever Made. Segel co-wrote the script with Nicholas Stoller, who directed Segel in Forgetting Sarah Marshall (which contained a vampire puppet musical number that helped Segel and Stoller get the job).


The story for the movie is currently being kept a secret, although it sounds as if Segel's character will re-unite the Muppets. James Bobin, a writer, producer, and director on the hit HBO comedy show "Flight of the Conchords", has been tapped to direct. Recently, Disney has started to re-build the Muppet brand, by creating a YouTube and Twitter account for the Muppet Studio. Late last year, a video of the Queen song "Bohemian Rhapsody" was uploaded to the channel and quickly became an internet sensation. It currently sits at 13.5 million views.

Segel has been fairly careful about big-screen ventures. The actor is primarily tied up with the popular abc comedy "How I Met Your Mother", currently in its fifth season, but aside from Marshall, he appeared in the successful 2009 comedy I Love You, Man, alongside Paul Rudd, and recently signed to star in the Duplass Brothers' upcoming comedy Jeff Who Lives at Home. Stoller, meanwhile, has been hard at work writing and directing the Marshall spin-off Get Him to the Greek, starring Russell Brand and Jonah Hill, which opens on June 4th, 2010.

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James Cameron's sci-fi epic will hit store shelves on April 22. Avatar should help give a nice boost to sagging DVD/Blu-ray sales.


The 20th Century Fox release has brought in around $2.65 billion since opening in December. There has been talk of releasing the film again this summer with extra footage, but nothing is official yet.

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Building upon the success of its groundbreaking line of amplifiers dedicated for use in cinema sound, Crown Audio is showcasing the DSi 6000. The newest addition to the DSi series, the DSI 6000 is designed to provide further support for the JBL line of cinema loudspeakers.

The DSi 6000 features automatic presets for JBL cinema speaker systems for quick and easy setup. An intuitive front panel LCD panel guides installers through the process of choosing loudspeaker signal processing presets and other system parameters. All DSi series amplifiers can be configured through the Harman HiQnet System Architect platform.

"When increased power is required, the Crown DSi 6000 cinema amplifier provides the power of 2100 Watts at 4 ohms and is a significant addition to the DSi line of cinema amplifiers that are the perfect match for JBL cinema systems," stated Chuck Goodsell, Director of Cinema Marketing for JBL Professional.

"The DSI 6000 represents our commitment to provide the end users in this market with a continuously expanding variety of options to meet the needs any environment. The collaboration with JBL in the development of the new DSI 6000 is an example of the ability of Harman brands to share product development expertise," stated Andy Flint, Marketing Manager, for Crown.

The DSi6000 amplifiers include Crown's extremely light and efficient switch-mode power supply, and weighs 24 pounds. The DSi 6000 has a three-year, no-fault warranty. The power rating for the new DSi 6000 is 2100 watts per channel at 4 ohms

Crown is a unit of Harman International Industries, Incorporated ( Harman International designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment products for the automotive, consumer and professional markets, and maintains a strong presence in the Americas, Europe and Asia, employing more than 11,000 people worldwide. The Harman International family of brands includes AKG, Becker, BSS, Crown, dbx, DigiTech, Harman Kardon, Infinity, JBL, Lexicon, Mark Levinson, Revel, QNX, Soundcraft and Studer. Harman International's stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "NYSE: HAR."

Harman HiQnet is the world's first connectivity and control protocol that integrates all product categories in the signal chain for professional audio systems of all types, size, and applications. Harman HiQnet no longer requires the user to manage multiple disparate operating systems or be responsible for programming individual signal processors, speaker controllers, wireless microphone systems, and mixing consoles. HiQnet was developed by engineers from across the Harman Pro Group and is coordinated by the System Development and Integration Group (SDIG), a team of dedicated systems specialists based in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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Cypress, CA-Christie, a global leader in digital cinema, announced that Sonic Equipment Company has ordered 100 Christie Solaria Series 4K-ready Series 2 digital cinema projectors, which utilize Academy Award1-winning DLP Cinema technology from Texas Instruments (TI) (NYSE: TXN).

As part of the Cinedigm Phase 2 digital cinema deployment plan, the Christie projectors will be installed in theaters across the United States, to upgrade existing multiplexes and as part of new theater constructions. Sonic Equipment will also now offer Christie Managed Services to all its customers, making available a comprehensive suite of technical support and maintenance services to perfectly match their customers' needs, from basic to the most robust, 24-hour, year-round support.

Kansas-based Sonic Equipment Company, which also offers full-service consulting, remodeling and new construction to motion picture exhibitors, is also a certified reseller of Christie digital cinema projectors. With more than 400 screens across thirteen states, they have been rapidly expanding over the past several years to become one of the industry's fastest growing companies. Christie is a major partner in Sonic's highly successful digital rollout strategy, which calls for the installation of hundreds of additional projectors in many new locations this year.

Sonic Equipment chose the Christie CP2220 and Christie CP2230 Solaria Series digital cinema projectors for the features that independent exhibitors want most - brilliant picture quality, the lowest cost of operation, and a proven track record of reliability.

"Having the latest technology is extremely important to us. We want to make sure our customers are getting the best and widest range of products, with the highest quality technical support. We recommend Christie DLP Cinema projectors because they have proven to be the most reliable and affordable over the years we have installed them," said Eric L. Olson, Director of Operations for Sonic. "The Christie Solaria Series offer exceptional brightness and resolution, and at the same time are cost-efficient, which makes our customers confident with our choice of projection solutions."

Olson added: "Customers ask us, ‘What's the best technology for digital cinema?' and we don't hesitate to say DLP Cinema, which is at the heart of Christie projectors. We're extremely well trained in DLP Cinema and absolutely trust its reliability."

Mike Covey, Digital Cinema manager at Sonic, noted, "We installed digital equipment in over 70 screens in 2009. Christie has been with us every step of the way and their excellent technical staff has helped us through the many questions that come up in transitioning from 35mm to digital. Their products and technical expertise ensure the smoothest installations, whether retrofitting existing screens or helping customers design new facilities from the ground-up."

"Strong working relationships based on trust is key to our continued leadership in digital cinema," said Craig Sholder, Vice President, Entertainment Solutions, Christie. "Resellers like Sonic Equipment bring a strong commitment to providing their customers with the highest quality products and services, and we're proud that our projectors and the technical expertise of Christie Managed Services are integral to their success."

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LOS ANGELES - ShoWest has named Jaden Smith ShoWest Breakthrough Male Star of the Year, it was announced today by Robert Sunshine, managing director of the event, which will be held March 15-18, 2010, in Las Vegas. Smith will be presented with the ShoWest Breakthrough Male Star of the Year Award on Wednesday, March 17, at Bally's and Paris Las Vegas. Columbia Pictures will also screen The Karate Kid for ShoWest attendees on Wednesday, March 17.

"Jaden Smith is an exceptional young actor who has delivered a true breakout performance with his portrayal of Dre Parker in The Karate Kid," said Sunshine. "We could not be more excited to honor such a tremendous young talent with the ShoWest Breakthrough Male Star of the Year Award and to be able to share Jaden's new movie The Karate Kid with our ShoWest delegates."

Releasing in theaters on June 11, 2010, Smith will next be seen in Columbia Pictures The Karate Kid. Smith stars as 12-year old Dre Parker, who could've been the most popular kid in Detroit until his mother's (Taraji P. Henson) latest career move has landed them in China. Dre immediately falls for his classmate, Mei Ying, but cultural differences make such a friendship impossible; and, even worse, Dre's feelings make an enemy of the class bully, Cheng. With no friends in a strange land, Dre has nowhere to turn but to maintenance man Mr. Han (Jackie Chan), who is secretly a master of kung fu. As Han teaches Dre that kung fu is not about punches and parries, but maturity and calm, Dre realizes that facing down the bullies will be the fight of his life.

The son of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, Jaden made his feature film debut co-starring with his father in The Pursuit of Happyness. He went on to star in the remake of The Day the Earth Stood Still, alongside Keanu Reeves and Jennifer Connelly. Jaden Smith has garnered several awards, including an MTV Movie Award for Breakthrough Performance, a Saturn Award for Best Performance by a Younger Actor, and a Teen Choice Award for Best Chemistry, with his dad, in The Pursuit of Happyness.

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