'Bond 23' Delayed

Add Comment on April 19, 2010

In a joint statement, producers Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli put a halt to speculation of when a 23rd installment of the Bond series will hit theaters.


"Due to the continuing uncertainty surrounding the future of MGM and the failure to close a sale of the studio, we have suspended development on Bond 23 indefinitely. We do not know when development will resume and do not have a date for the release of Bond 23," said the pair.

The announcement comes at a time when the franchise is as strong as ever. 2008's Quantum of Solace snagged more than $570 million worldwide.

While moviegoers were initially hesitant to the idea of Daniel Craig taking over the Bond role, the actor has shown that a darker interpretation of the classic 007 character can still bring in the masses.

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MORRISTOWN, NJ & LOS ANGELES, CA -- Cinedigm Digital Cinema Corp. (NASDAQ: CIDM), the global leader in the digital cinema industry, today announced two key promotions. Gerd Jakuszeit, formerly Senior Vice President and General Manager of Digital Media Services, is now President and COO of Digital Media Services. Alison Choppelas, formerly Director of Legal Affairs of the Media Services Group, is now Vice President of Business Affairs of the Media Services Group.

Chuck Goldwater, President of Cinedigm's Media Services Group said, "Both Gerd and Alison have been invaluable members of the Cinedigm team. Their hard work in their respective areas of responsibilities have contributed greatly to Cinedigm becoming a leader and trusted partner with exhibitors, studios and vendors throughout the digital cinema world. Together with the rest of our team we look forward to Gerd and Alison's continuing contributions to Cinedigm's growth and success."

Mr. Jakuszeit joined Cinedigm in May of 2004 as Director of Access Digital Media focusing on exhibitor and studio business development. In November 2007 he was named Senior Vice President and General Manager of Digital Media Services where he has led the development, expansion and implementation of Cinedigm's industry leading satellite distribution network which includes the CineLive 3D live event technology.

Prior to joining Cinedigm Mr. Jakuszeit had extensive experience in the exhibition community serving as General Manager of National Theatres Corp. responsible for operations, construction and projection technology. Gerd subsequently contributed to the initial technology development and deployment of digital cinema while at Technicolor.

Mr. Jakuszeit has served for more than 15 years as an active member of multiple, regional National Association the Theatre Owners boards. Mr. Jakuszeit attended the University of Maryland and Cleveland State University.

Ms. Choppelas joined Cinedigm Digital Cinema Corp. in May of 2007 as Director of Legal Affairs, of Media Services Group. She oversees legal matters for the Media Services area of the company, most notably the studio, exhibitor, and vendor negotiations for the digital cinema deployment. In her new role she will be responsible for a broader range of responsibilities throughout the development of the company's digital cinema business.

Prior to joining Cinedigm, Ms. Choppelas represented entertainment and technology companies in Los Angeles and Silicon Valley. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of California at Davis and her Juris Doctorate from Santa Clara University School of Law. At Santa Clara, Ms. Choppelas was President of the International Law Society and served on the Computer and High Technology Law Journal.

Ms. Choppelas has been an active volunteer of the Junior League of Los Angeles for more than six years, serving in a variety of leadership roles, including Secretary of the Board of Directors, Chair of the Annual Giving fundraising committee, and Chair of the Social and Special Events fundraising committee.


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CYPRESS, CA - Christie, a global leader in digital cinema, announced that the Sonic Equipment Company has signed a major agreement with Christie Managed Services that will provide Sonic's customers with a wide-ranging new tier of technical support and maintenance that includes end-to-end turnkey solutions and a la carte service. Sonic's expanded technical resources will be available to current customers - already at more than 400 screens - as well as all future customers across the Midwest and beyond.

"Sonic is coming off one of its best years ever and, with hundreds of additional deals in the pipeline, we're already on pace to break our installation record again in 2010," remarked Eric L. Olson, Director of Operations for Sonic. "Our partnership with Christie Managed Services will assure our customers, not just the best choice of technology, but the best choice of service to meet their specific needs for every single system we install."

Christie Managed Services' expertise is drawn from more than 80 years of experience working with the exhibition community. It runs the gamut from planning, procurement, logistics, and pre-staging, to integration and implementation of system rollouts. It also offers a diverse menu of customizable predictive and preventative technical support and ongoing maintenance. At the heart of the service is a new, state-of-the art Network Operations Center (NOC) running 24/7. The NOC monitors, maintains, and services tens of thousands of digital devices across North America and is easily scalable to support tens of thousands more.

"Our customers want to work with companies that will support them for the long-term," observed Olson. "Our partnership with Christie Managed Services will further strengthen the level of trust that our customers have in the products and services we provide them."

Mike Covey, Digital Cinema Manager at Sonic, added, "Sonic's success is also a direct result of providing our customers with the latest technology, and that includes the new 4K-upgradable Christie Solaria Series DLP Cinema® projectors, which are ideal for showing 3D movies. Christie Managed Services will play an important role as Sonic launches new implementation programs as part of Cinedigm's Phase 2 digital cinema deployment plan."

"The ability to service and maintain their new, high tech digital cinema systems is an important factor for independent theaters seeking to go digital and reap the full benefit of 3D cinema," said Sean James, Vice President, Managed Services at Christie.

James added: "Sonic's remarkable industry success is a testament to the confidence their customers have in their digital cinema solutions. Now, their customers will have even greater reliability, greater performance and greater security for all digital devices -
a distinct competitive advantage."

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Source: The Wall Street Journal


In an interview with Michelle Kung, Peter Jackson offered up his take on 2D/3D conversions:

"But [3D is] also open to abuse-such as people knocking off cheap conversions where they're making 3-D films out of 2-D films. If they do it badly, people are going to get tired of that very quickly. It's in a fragile position at the moment."

Clash of the Titans led to a rush of negative thoughts about the conversion process. Yet even with all the negative buzz attached to it, the Warner Bros. release is being accepted by the mainstream public. Titans has raked in more than $320 million worldwide since opening in March.

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Three new wide releases open this upcoming week at the Box Office: Oceans, The Back-Up Plan and The Losers.

Oceans had 399 tweets on its lead-up frame last week. This is the first documentary I've tracked since following tweets so it should be an interesting week. First impression is that it should appeal to a broad spectrum of people, young and old, likely with a slant to women. It should be looking at around 1,500 tweets next week and a ratio in the region of 600.

The Back-Up Plan had 1,114 tweets last week in its lead-up week. This is a pretty solid week for a film in the genre, by comparison When In Rome had 865 tweets its week before release, Leap Year had 333, Death At A Funeral had 1,605 and She's Out of My League had 846. Romantic comedies have been one of the more predictable genres coming in anywhere from 425-600. We should be looking at about a 3,000 tweet week and a ratio of around 600.

Lastly, The Losers had 589 tweets last week. Really a pretty low number all things being considered. By comparison Green Zone had 1,018 tweets its week before release, and Armored had 322. The movie title is somewhat of a nightmare to narrow down relevant tweets for which no doubt had some impact on its numbers. The search string used here was "The Losers" movie OR saldana OR chris OR evans OR morgan OR poster OR screening OR see OR watch. This should force its ratio down pretty significantly into the ~500 range similar to Armored. Expect around ~3,000 tweets by the end of next week.

Check back Monday night for analysis of the Monday tweet totals. Follow @AlexBOXOFFICE on Twitter for additional updates.

Twitter tracking history. (For 2009's ratio history please check here.)

alltweets041610.jpgThe ratio is the number of tweets per $1 million of Friday Box Office gross. A film with 1,000 tweets and a $10 million Friday would therefore have a ratio of 100. In general, films that appeal to very young or older audiences have lower ratios since those audiences are not big users of Twitter. By comparison, films that appeal to younger audiences (18-35) have much higher ratios since those audiences are much more active users of Twitter.

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