5611predictions.pngThor: 3,955 (NEW)
Something Borrowed: 2,904 (NEW)
Jumping the Broom: 2.035 (NEW)
Fast Five: 3,662 (+18)
Rio: 3,258 (-450)
Prom: 2,730 (+0)
Water for Elephants: 2,614 (-206)
Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil: 2,505 (+0)
Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail: 1,881 (-407)
Soul Surfer: 1,781 (-229)
Scream 4: 1,333 (-888)
African Cats: 1,035 (-189)
Insidious: 1,001 (-583)
Source Code: 930 (-715)

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CYPRESS, Calif. -- Christie® strikes gold again, with Walt Disney Studios selecting the acclaimed Christie SolariaTM Series CP2230 projectors to screen the highly anticipated World Premiere of Walt Disney Pictures/Jerry Bruckheimer Films' "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides," in Disney Digital 3DTM. The studio's first 3D outdoor premiere, takes place at Disneyland® Park in Anaheim, California, May 7, with Disney donating 100 percent of the proceeds from this star-studded event to Boys & Girls Clubs of America, of which they are a long-time supporter.

Heralded by elite filmmakers and supported by major Hollywood studios, the Christie Solaria Series projectors are renowned for their reliability and stake claim to a treasure trove of features - including Brilliant 3D technology and the highest, proven brightness levels to meet the demands of the largest screen, indoors and out. They are trusted by Disney to provide unmatched contrast and stunning colors necessary to deliver a razor-sharp Disney Digital 3DTM viewing experience. For the premiere, powerful Solaria CP2230 projectors will illuminate the 90' by 36' screen from a distance of up to 190 feet.

"Christie has been involved in many of our premiere events," said Lylle Breier, senior vice president, Worldwide Special Events, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. "When we want to wow our World Premiere audiences with a blockbuster feature presentation, we know we can count on Christie to deliver the best and brightest digital cinema viewing experience available today."

"Christie is proud to play an integral role in many exciting Disney premieres. Our successes with Disney include the groundbreaking animated feature, ‘Toy Story,' the first movie created digitally and screened digitally, on a Christie projector," said Craig Sholder, vice president of Christie Entertainment Solutions. "Just as the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean' series has become the standard for action-packed family entertainment, the Christie Solaria Series projectors have raised the bar on image quality and reliability, while delivering the lowest cost of operation. Captain Jack Sparrow has never looked sharper and more colorful than on a Christie digital cinema projector."

All projectors in the Christie Solaria Series exceed Digital Cinema Initiatives (DCI) specifications-the universally recognized standard in the industry that every manufacturer must meet. They feature modular architecture for improved serviceability and ease of maintenance, with up to 25 percent lower cost of operation than competing technologies.

Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and directed by Rob Marshall, "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" roars to the screen in brilliant Disney Digital 3DTM. It offers the fun, adventure and humor that are hallmarks of the hit franchise, with Johnny Depp returning as the inimitable Captain Jack Sparrow. All of the film's stars are expected to attend the world premiere, along with many Hollywood celebrities.

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC), a leading motion picture exhibitor owning and operating the largest theatre circuit in the United States, today announced plans to equip all digital cinema locations with personal captioning and descriptive video technologies.

For years Regal has actively worked with various technology companies and film distributors to create opportunities to increase theatre access for deaf, hard of hearing and blind moviegoers. The advent of digital cinema technology offers new opportunities to increase access at all digitally equipped theatres and Regal expects to have practically all of its theatres converted to digital cinema by the end of 2012. In conjunction with its digital cinema rollout, Regal has developed a strategy to also rollout these adaptive technologies for widespread consumer use over the next 12 to 18 months. In addition, Regal has partnered with Captionfish which is the internet's leading captioned movies search engine that finds open captioned, Rear Window(R) captioned, foreign/subtitled and descriptively-narrated movies showing at theatres across the United States.

"Regal once again has bolstered their commitment to providing movies that are accessible to people with hearing and vision loss. Regal was the first to provide a comprehensive website, advertised show times, theatre manager training program and free screenings to deaf and hard of hearing children. Regal has always been a strong advocate for the deaf and hard of hearing and remains the most committed exhibitor in the U.S. to support captioned programming and providing the deaf and hard of hearing community access to feature films. This announcement demonstrates their continuing leadership in accessible entertainment," said Nanci Linke Ellis, of Captionfish.com. Partner Brendan Gramer added, "We are thrilled that they have chosen to partner with Captionfish as a resource for disseminating accessible showtimes."

"After years of working to ensure that personal captioning solutions would be available through digital cinema, as well as meet the needs and expectations of the deaf, hard of hearing and blind, we are pleased to begin efforts now to offer this access at theatres converted to the all-digital format," stated Randy Smith, Regal Entertainment Group, Chief Administrative Officer & Counsel. "Regal is now ordering and, depending on product availability, will be installing these new technologies at our fully digitized locations. Our intentions are to offer captioning and descriptive video for every film that comes with such content, at all show times, at every theatre equipped and to be equipped with digital cinema systems over the next 12 to 18 months. By the end of 2012, almost every Regal location nationwide will be fully equipped with digital cinema systems and be further equipped to provide closed captions and descriptive video for our deaf, hard of hearing and blind guests."

Regal Entertainment Group is grateful for the many years of aid, insight and support provided by numerous individuals and advocates within the deaf, hard of hearing and blind communities. While obstacles remain for some large format presentations, 3D films and the limited availability of captioned film product from some studios, Regal is eagerly entering a new era of unparalleled access for the deaf, hard of hearing and blind.

 

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NEW YORK and PORTLAND, OR -- Focus Features and LAIKA, the two companies behind the Academy Award-nominated animated feature Coraline are reteaming for LAIKA's next two projects. The first of the duo, ParaNorman, will be released nationwide on August 17th, 2012. The second, yet-to-be-named, picture will be released nationwide in 2014. Following the groundbreaking Coraline, ParaNorman is only the second stop-motion animated feature to be made in 3D. Focus CEO James Schamus and LAIKA President and CEO Travis Knight made the announcement today.

As on Coraline, Focus will hold worldwide distribution rights to the movies, and Universal Pictures International will release them overseas. Coraline is Focus' second-highest-grossing movie of all time, with over $75 million domestically. The picture earned Golden Globe, BAFTA, Critics' Choice, and Academy Award nominations for Best Animated Feature Film; and was named one of the year's 10 Best Films by the American Film Institute (AFI) with an AFI Award.

Currently in production, ParaNorman is being directed by Sam Fell and Chris Butler, from Mr. Butler's original screenplay. Mr. Fell was director of The Tale of Despereaux and Flushed Away. Mr. Butler was storyboard supervisor on Coraline and storyboard artist on Tim Burton's Corpse Bride. The voice cast includes Academy Award nominee Casey Affleck (The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford), Tempestt Bledsoe (The Cosby Show), Jeff Garlin (Toy Story 3), John Goodman (Monsters, Inc.), Bernard Hill (Titanic), Academy Award nominee Anna Kendrick (Up in the Air), Leslie Mann (Rio), Christopher Mintz-Plasse (How to Train Your Dragon), Kodi Smit-McPhee (Let Me In), and Tony and Emmy Award winner Elaine Stritch (30 Rock).

In the comedy thriller, a small town comes under siege by zombies. Who can it call? Only misunderstood local boy Norman (voiced by Mr. McPhee), who is able to speak with the dead. In addition to the zombies, he'll have to take on ghosts, witches and, worst of all, moronic grown-ups, to save his town from a centuries-old curse. But this young ghoul whisperer may find his paranormal activities pushed to their otherworldly limits.

Arianne Sutner, animation producer on The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, and Travis Knight are producing ParaNorman. Academy Award winner Brian Van't Hul (King Kong, Coraline) is the movie's visual effects supervisor; Emmy Award winner Nelson Lowry (Fantastic Mr. Fox, Tim Burton's Corpse Bride) is its production designer; and Tristan Oliver (Fantastic Mr. Fox, the Academy Award-winning Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit) is the director of photography on ParaNorman.

Mr. Schamus commented, "Everyone at Focus is proud to be partnered with LAIKA again on their newest wondrous creations. Travis Knight is both an extraordinary businessman and a visionary artist who we know will shepherd these projects with imagination and originality. We're thrilled to have ParaNorman as our next movie together, one which marries the stunning visuals of 3D stop-motion with a compelling, heartfelt, and funny story anchored by a terrifically relatable underdog hero."

Mr. Knight added, "ParaNorman is a story of intense beauty and emotional truth. It's audacious, has genuine heart, and is funny as hell. We're incredibly excited to share this wonderful story with the world. And we're privileged to work again with Focus Features, with whom we share a commitment to bold, distinctive, and enduring films. LAIKA and Focus are truly kindred spirits. James Schamus and his extraordinary team have built their reputation on original thinking, old-fashioned muscle, and an unerring fidelity to creatively rich and thematically challenging cinema. We're thrilled to extend the relationship that began with Coraline and look forward to being a part of the Focus/Universal family for years to come."

 

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