Basingstoke -- Sony Digital Cinema has been able to use its relationship with its sister Sony company Sony Music to bring a range of compelling music experiences to Apollo Cinema's "More" Campaign, which adds additional content exclusively for its audiences.

There have already been several examples of this:
On 16th February Sony Digital Cinema arranged for the European Premiere of Avril Lavigne's new album to take place at the Apollo Cinema in Piccadilly. This featured the first showing of Avril's first ever 3D video - "What The Hell" which was showcased on stunning Sony Digital Cinema 4K technology. Avril attended the event herself and engaged in a Q&A session with her fans.

Currently showing at Apollo Cinemas is a stunning Sony 4K Technology trailer. It features sneak previews of new content from across the Sony companies and encapsulates the latest movies, music and cutting edge gaming. The soundtrack to the trailer, an exclusive re-working of "Going Nowhere", has been supplied by one of Sony Music‘s hottest new artists, dubstep superstars, Magnetic Man. The soundtrack is featured on Apollo's website where fans can sample and buy the featured music.

Nicole Oakley, Marketing Manager at Apollo Cinemas said: "We're really excited to be offering our customers the best in alternative content, and now with Sony Music on board, Apollo Cinemas can bring its audience something completely new and innovative. The Sony 4K technology provides outstanding image and sound quality, so will be the perfect platform for screening music events."

Laura Fitzgerald, Marketing Manager for Magnetic Man at Columbia Records, part of the Sony Music Entertainment Group, said: "The new trailer gives a great showcase and taster to the cutting edge alternative content Sony Digital Cinema and Apollo Cinemas are bringing UK audiences. As such it feels apt that a Magnetic Man track's used to bring the snapshots of content to life, being one of ours, and indeed the UK's, most exciting music artists."

Sony Digital Cinema 4K technology allows consumers to experience exceptional picture quality from every seat in the cinema, providing world-leading 3D images and spectacular detail even on the largest of screens. Transforming the film experience, Sony Digital Cinema 4K technology gives the consumer an immersive, engaging visual experience.

David McIntosh, Director, Sony Professional Solutions, Europe commented, "This new united partnership between Sony Music and Sony Digital Cinema team shows our ambition and commitment to the improving content of modern cinema. The trailer demonstrates to cinema goers a taste of what they can expect - that is, with our 4K technology, a broader and more immersive experience."

To book tickets for any of the screenings mentioned, go to www.apollocinemas.com and click to find your local cinema.

 

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Seth MacFarlane is set to relaunch The Flintstones as a TV and film property after a lengthy negotiation between MacFarlane, 20th Century Fox and Warner Bros. Television. MacFarlane, best known for creating Family Guy, is reportedly planning to reboot the long-running Hanna-Barbera series, although Deadline had no information about how or in what format he would begin the process. Evidently, however, Warner Bros., who owns the rights to The Flintstones, was initially concerned about MacFarlane's treatment of the material, especially given the often raunchy humor he uses on Family Guy. But following a mediation session with a variety of participants from MacFarlane's, Fox's and Warner Bros.' camps, the reboot is under way, with plans to debut the new iteration of The Flintstones on Fox.

 

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LOS ANGELES -- It's a race against time to save lives when the sci-fi, action thriller Source Code comes to Blu-rayTM and DVD July 26th from Summit Entertainment. From Director Duncan Jones (Moon) and starring Jake Gyllenhaal (Prince of Persia), Michelle Monaghan (Due Date, Eagle Eye) and Vera Farmiga (Up in the Air, The Departed), Source Code is the critically acclaimed mind-bender centered on a soldier who wakes up in the body of an unknown man and discovers he's part of a mission to identify the bomber of a Chicago commuter train.

Both the Blu-ray and DVD versions are packed with bonus features including audio commentary with Jake Gyllenhaal, director Duncan Jones & writer Ben Ripley. Exclusive to Blu-ray is the dynamic "Access: Source Code," which gives viewers the option to explore different aspects of the film as the movie plays. This interactive feature offers scene-specific behind-the-scenes information, including exclusive interviews with the cast and crew, pop-up trivia, animated shorts, commentary from scientific experts on time travel and more. The story about one man's determination to prevent a deadly terrorist attack and a secret government experiment that defies time, space and matter, Source Code will be available on Blu-ray for $30.49 SRP and DVD for $26.99 SRP.

SYNOPSIS
When soldier Captain Colter Stevens (Jake Gyllenhaal) wakes up in the body of an unknown man, he discovers he's part of an experimental government program called the "Source Code" that enables him to cross over into another man's identity in the last eight minutes of his life. Armed with the task of identifying the bomber of a Chicago commuter train, Colter must re-live the incident over and over again, gathering clues until he can solve the mystery and prevent an even deadlier second terrorist attack. Captivating from start to finish, Source Code is the mind-blowing action thriller that critic Richard Roeper calls "Confounding, exhilarating, challenging--and the best movie I've seen so far in 2011."

BONUS FEATURES INCLUDE:
Blu-ray:
• Access: Source Code - activate dynamic "scene specific" features including interviews with the cast, expert opinions on time travel, trivia & more!
• PLUS Audio Commentary with Jake Gyllenhaal, director Duncan Jones & writer Ben Ripley

DVD:
• Audio Commentary with Jake Gyllenhaal, director Duncan Jones & writer Ben Ripley
• Cast Interviews
• Science Focal Points
• Trivia Track

 

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ARLINGTON, VA -- PBS announced today that Cameron Crowe's "Pearl Jam Twenty," from the award-winning AMERICAN MASTERS series, will join the first-ever PBS Arts Fall Festival, a multi-platform event, featuring nine programs with a range of artists and performances from around the country, inviting every American into the world of music, theater, dance, art and cultural history.

Carved from more than 1,200 hours of rarely and never-before-seen footage, plus 24 hours of recently shot interview and live footage, AMERICAN MASTERS "Pearl Jam Twenty" is the definitive portrait of Pearl Jam as told by award-winning director and music journalist Cameron Crowe. The film's broadcast premiere is Friday, October 21, 2011, 9 p.m. ET/PT on PBS and coincides with Pearl Jam's yearlong celebration of its 20th anniversary. PBS member station KCTS Seattle is creating a mini-documentary about today's Seattle arts scene to coincide with the broadcast.

"Pearl Jam is a groundbreaking band, and Cameron Crowe is an amazing filmmaker. I'm thrilled that this remarkable documentary will be a part of the PBS Arts Fall Festival," said PBS President and CEO Paula A. Kerger. "AMERICAN MASTERS ‘Pearl Jam Twenty' joins eight other new broadcasts of classic and contemporary programs showcasing the range of the arts in America."

"We are delighted to be presenting Pearl Jam's 20th on AMERICAN MASTERS 25th - a truly perfect anniversary celebration! We continue the tradition of matching world-class filmmakers with subjects like this band, who revolutionized our culture with their music and their exemplary social consciousness," says Susan Lacy, series creator and executive producer of AMERICAN MASTERS, a seven-time winner of the Emmy® Award for Outstanding Primetime Non-Fiction Series. The series is a production of THIRTEEN for WNET. More information will be available at www.pbs.org/americanmasters.

 

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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. and SANTA MONICA, Calif. -- Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ: NFLX) and Miramax today announced a multi-year agreement under which Netflix members in the U.S. will be able to instantly watch some of the world's most loved and acclaimed motion pictures from the Miramax film library. It is the first time Miramax titles have become available through a digital subscription service.

Beginning in June, Netflix members in the U.S. will be able to instantly watch several hundred Miramax movies, with dozens of titles being added on a rotating basis. The movies can be watched on multiple platforms, including TV, tablet, computer and mobile phones. Financial terms of the deal are not being disclosed.

"Netflix is thrilled to enter into this deal with the new team at Miramax," said Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos. "Existing relationships with management and a shared affinity for these great films make this an important deal for both companies and for our members, who will enjoy instantly watching movies from one of the truly great film libraries for many years to come."

"From day one, we've been very clear about the importance of digital and our desire to respond to the significant pent-up demand for our films -- delivering to consumers whenever and wherever they want," said Mike Lang, CEO of Miramax. "This agreement is an important first step in our digital strategy. Netflix has always been a trailblazer, with a tremendous track record of innovation and quality customer service. We're thrilled to now be in business with them as we build and revitalize the proud Miramax brand."

Through this partnership, the Netflix library gains a variety of films which collectively have 284 Academy Award nominations, across 83 films, with 68 wins, including the Best Picture winners The English Patient and Shakespeare in Love. Iconic titles such as Bad Santa, Chasing Amy, Cinema Paradiso, Clerks, Cold Mountain, From Dusk Till Dawn, Good Will Hunting, Kill Bill Volumes I and II, Muriel's Wedding, The Piano, Pulp Fiction, Reindeer Games and many of the Halloween, Scary Movie, Scream and Spy Kids movies will be available over time.

 

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