Tony Curtis Dies at 85

Add Comment on September 30, 2010


Legendary actor Tony Curtis passed away on Wednesday evening at his home in Las Vegas at the age of 85. The cause of death was cardiac arrest.

Curtis will be remembered for iconic roles in such classic films as The Sweet Smell of Success and Some Like it Hot. He was nominated for an Oscar in 1958 for his performance in The Defiant Ones.

Curtis last appeared on screen in 2008's David & Fatima for director Alain Zaloum

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CORNWALL, UK - When Simworx, market leader in 3D/4D effects theatres, was given the challenge of creating a turnkey, 100-seat, 4D high-tech cinema at the UK-based Land's End amusement park, it turned to Harkness Screens SpectralTM 240 for its 3D presentation surface.

The installation of the Harkness SpectralTM 240 screen and custom frame is part of the amusement park's million-dollar investment that also includes state-of-the-art projection equipment and digital surround sound. In addition, the multi-sensory 4D experience offers high-tech moving seats, air blasts, water sprays, aromas and even leg ticklers. Added in-theatre effects include special effects lighting, wind, bubbles and low smoke.

"Simworx has been using Harkness screens for almost six years," says Terry Monkton, Simworx managing director. "Harkness' screen quality and frame materials, as well as the brightness and clarity of images on screen, are excellent."

"The Curse of Skull Rock" is a 12-minute swashbuckling animated adventure that pits plucky cabin girl Jill Hopkins against the tyrannical Captain Scabb in pursuit of the legendary lost treasure of Skull Rock. The film has also won two international animation awards, including Best Children's Film.

The Harkness SpectralTM 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.

The Land's End site is one of the top tourist destinations in the South West of England, attracting over 400,000 visitors a year. Land's End is one of Britain's best loved landmarks, famous for its unique location, natural beauty and stunning scenery.

"The effectiveness of 3D imagery makes Harkness our screen of choice," adds Monkton. "In fact, every 4D theatre installation that Simworx has done to date has a Harkness screen."

Other UK-based projects that Simworx has used Harkness presentation surfaces on include, Drayton Manor Park, The Deep Aquarium, The National Aquarium, The Beatles Story, Le Pal Theme Park, Manchester Science Museum, Pleasure Beach, The Works at Ebbw Vale, Grand Pier Weston Super Mare, Bagatelle Theme Park, Amneville Theme Park, Flamingoland, Babbacombe Model Village, Familiepark Drievliet and London Science Museum.


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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, announced the return of a piece of theatre nostalgia. Moviegoers will once again enjoy taking a ride on the Regal Roller Coaster during the pre-show policy trailer announcements.

"It's amazing how many people remember the Regal Roller Coaster. All of us have fond memories of childhood experiences, first dates and other milestones. Many of these events are part of a trip to the movies and if you visited Regal Cinemas in the 1990's you likely remember the roller coaster," stated Dick Westerling, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Advertising for Regal Entertainment Group. "We're proud to bring back the Regal Roller Coaster. It's a fun way of visually expressing what moviegoers come to our theatre to experience. Films take you on an emotional and visual journey, so the roller coaster represents the start of your trip as you escape to the movies."

The Regal Roller Coaster is now playing during the pre-show announcements at Regal Entertainment Group theatres. By re-launching the roller coaster, Regal pays tribute to nostalgia while also updating the graphics so that another generation of moviegoers can enjoy it. In the industry it is known as a policy trailer because certain theatre policies are included in the message. When Regal converted to a digital pre-show program, the Regal Roller Coaster was replaced with a different look. But now patrons will once again find the Regal Roller Coaster ready for boarding to take moviegoers for a ride before every show.

See the new Regal Roller Coaster:


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Add Comment on September 29, 2010

WASHINGTON -- Continuing the mission to bring leading voices concerned about online safety together, the Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) today announced that the Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. (MPAA) has become the newest member to join the organization. The MPAA serves as the voice and advocate of the American motion picture, home video and television industries and as a guardian of creative arts and artists. The MPAA will lend support to FOSI by promoting its guidelines for advertising content on the Internet, investigating innovative solutions for online child safety and helping educate children and families on the importance of digital citizenship. Orit Michiel, Vice President and Domestic Counsel, will serve on FOSI'S Board of Directors as the MPAA representative.

"The MPAA has made great strides in providing parents with information to help their kids avoid dangers in the online environment," said Stephen Balkam, CEO of FOSI. "As FOSI continues to promote Internet safety responsibility and digital citizenship among kids and their families, we know that the MPAA will be an invaluable partner in our mission."

"We are pleased to be part of such an important effort," said Michiel. "Through our Classification and Rating Administration (CARA), the movie rating system, the MPAA is firmly committed to helping parents make informed decisions as to what they consider appropriate viewing for their families, both on and offline. The MPAA is also looking forward to working with FOSI to help kids and parents understand the importance of respecting the intellectual property of others so that their own ideas and creative endeavors will be respected as well."


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LOS ANGELES -- The International 3D Society announced today that Panasonic Corporation will be the 2010 recipient of its prestigious Charles Wheatstone Award.

The Wheatstone Award named for inventor Charles Wheatstone, who invented the Stereoscope in1838 in England, was also a noted advocate and educator about stereoscopic vision and imaging. In recognition of their great contribution to increasing public knowledge about stereoscopy as a technical art and craft, the International 3D Society acknowledges Panasonic as an educational force for 3D in the 21st century. The Wheatstone Award will be formally presented to Panasonic at the 3D Technology Awards on Oct. 19 at Mann's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.

International 3D Society President Jim Chabin congratulated Panasonic on its achievement, and noted, "for serving as James Cameron's technology partner for "Avatar," to first developing Full HD 3D plasma home entertainment in 2008, to establishing the Advanced Authoring Center within Panasonic Hollywood Laboratory for collaboration with the industry on development of 3D Blu-ray in 2009, Panasonic has been a vital partner for 3D advocates. The Wheatstone award is the Society's opportunity to recognize that effort."

Joseph M. Taylor, Chairman & CEO, Panasonic Corporation of North America, expressed appreciation for the honor, stating, "Panasonic is pleased to be named the first recipient of the Wheatstone Award by the International 3D Society in recognition of our efforts worldwide to promote the innovation of stereoscopic Full HD 3D."

The 3D Technology Awards Show will feature MasterImage digital 3D cinema system technology and passive glasses as well as NEC projectors and equipment. For more Awards information please visit

XpanD and Panasonic are Platinum Sponsors of the 3D Technology Awards Show. NEC Display Solutions and Texas Instruments are Gold Sponsors; Nvidia and In-Three are Silver Sponsors. International 3D Society underwriters include Signature Sponsor XpanD and Founding Sponsors MasterImage 3D, Panasonic Hollywood Laboratory, The Walt Disney Studios, Pixar, DreamWorks Animation (DWA), Dolby Laboratories and IMAX; and Member Sponsors Discovery Communications, Autodesk and DirecTV.


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