Source: The Wrap

Former Weinstein Company executive Tom Ortenberg will be heading this venture, which is now tentatively called Open Road.

Source: LATimes.com

Regal and AMC are reportedly close to joining forces to acquire and release independent movies. The move would give the two giant exhibitorscombined they represent 31% of the nation's screensmore control over how much money they bring in. Traditionally, studios take anywhere from 50-55% of box office receipts.

AMC already runs a program called AMC Independent that allows small films to reach a larger audience. The union will benefit moviegoers in rural areas who don't normally have access to arthouse flicks.

With attendance falling around 5% in 2010, theaters are working hard to come up with new ways to entice patrons. Alternative contentconcerts, operas, sporting events, etc.is picking up momentum during weeknights that would traditionally be very slow.

The relationship between exhibitors and studios is starting to feel some strain due to the goal of most studios to being utilizing premium video on demand. Exhibitors fear that allowing moviegoers to access films from home too quickly will seriously cut into their profits, and ultimately put the theatrical business in serious danger.

 

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3411predictions.pngRango: 3,917 (NEW)
The Adjustment Bureau: 2,840 (NEW)
Take Me Home Tonight: 2,003 (NEW)
Beastly: 1,952 (NEW)
Gnomeo & Juliet: 2,984 (-53)
Hall Pass: 2,950 (+0)
Just Go With It: 2,920 (-624)
Unknown: 2,913 (-130)
I Am Number Four: 2,903 (-253)
Drive Angry 3D: 2,290 (+0)
Justin Bieber: Never Say Never: 2,254 (-556)
The King's Speech: 2,240 (-145)
Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son: 1,642 (-1,179)
True Grit: 725 (-497)
Black Swan: 681 (+64)
The Roommate: 606 (-1,120)
The Fighter: 575 (-93)

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SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. -- Lucasfilm Ltd. and Twentieth Century Fox announced today that the 3D theatrical launch of Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace now has an official release date - February 10, 2012! Set against the thrilling and exotic backdrop of a "galaxy far, far away," Star Wars is perfectly suited to the immersive 3D theatrical experience, and Episode I delivers some of the Saga's most stunning and spectacular sequences - from the Naboo invasion to the Tatooine Podraces to the climactic lightsaber battle between Darth Maul and the Jedi. Supervised by Industrial Light & Magic, the meticulous conversion is being done with utmost respect for the source material, and with a keen eye for both technological considerations and artistic intentions.

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Paris, France) -- Technicolor (Euronext Paris: TCH; NYSE: TCH) today announced it has signed an agreement with CINE PROJECT (www.cine-project.de), a market-leading distributor and installer of analog and digital cinema equipment, to bring innovative solutions and pricing to the market and ignite the demand for Technicolor 3D in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

"We're excited to launch Technicolor 3D in these new markets," said Joe Berchtold, president of Technicolor's Creative Services division. "We have a very affordable technology solution that helps to bridge the gap to solve the current shortage of digital 3D screens, and bring 3D to audiences in International markets of all sizes."

Currently, Technicolor 3D has installed more than 500 screens internationally and released 15 titles from major motion picture studios. Studios supporting the Technicolor 3D format include Paramount, Warner Bros, DreamWorks Animation, Universal, The Weinstein Company, Lionsgate Films, Summit and Relativity Media. Forthcoming movies expected to be available in Technicolor 3D include: Drive Angry (Summit), Thor (Paramount), Kung Fu Panda (Paramount/DreamWorks), Green Lantern (Warner Bros.), Transformers Dark of the Moon (Paramount) and Harry Potter 7: Part II (Warner Bros).

Technicolor 3D employs a proprietary system that generates a high quality 3D image on standard 35 mm film and leverages the existing 35mm film projectors in use today by many U.S. and international theatres. A patent-pending lens system splits the left and right eye images as the film runs through the projector and delivers a 3D image onto a silver screen. The solution works with low cost circular polarized disposable 3D glasses - identical to those used for digital 3D - to translate the film's content into an image that is perceived by the viewer as being three-dimensional. The silver screen can be used for the projection of both Technicolor 3D as well as traditional 2D content.

Technicolor 3D is available now in the United States, Canada, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Spain, Italy, Japan, Latin America and throughout the Asia-Pacific Region at a fraction of the cost of a digital 3D system. For more information, visit www.technicolor3D.com.

 

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TORONTO, ON -- Cineplex Entertainment is pleased to announce a limited engagement Front Row Centre event. Lord of the Dance 3D will be screened at participating theatres across Canada on March 20th at 1:00 p.m., March 24th at 7:00 p.m. and March 28th at 7:00 p.m. A fourth screening will be offered April 7th at 7:00 p.m. at select locations. All times listed are local time.

"Lord of the Dance has been enjoyed by millions of people and now Cineplex Entertainment will offer guests a unique way to experience this magical performance," said Pat Marshall, Vice President, Communications and Investor Relations, Cineplex Entertainment. "Lord of the Dance 3D offers guests a level of realism that will make them feel like they are a part of the performance."

Lord of the Dance tells a timeless story based on Irish folklore of good versus evil, and through the media of dance and music, it is understood and appreciated by every culture. Now, with unprecedented access to Michael Flatley's performance, movie-goers will get an unparalleled sense of the scale of the show as never seen before. The spectacular new set design, lighting, special effects and costumes will captivate audiences and fans as they behold the charismatic creator, producer, director and star, Michael Flatley, dominate the stage.

Sixty million people around the world have been enchanted by Lord of the Dance. Since its premiere in 1996, it has been captivating audiences and critics around the globe and has grossed over one billion dollars worldwide. However, no one has ever had the opportunity to experience the magic, excitement, and passion by being part of the performance, until now, when Lord of the Dance is released in 3D in theatres in Canada for a limited engagement.

Advance tickets are now available at participating theatre box offices, through the Cineplex Mobile Apps and online at www.cineplex.com/events or our mobile site m.cineplex.com. A special rate is available for larger groups of 20 or more. Please contact Cineplex corporate sales at 1-800-313-4461 or via email at corporatesales@cineplex.com.

BRITISH COLUMBIA
Chilliwack
Galaxy Cinemas Chilliwack, 8249 Eagle Landing Parkway
Coquitlam
SilverCity Coquitlam Cinemas, 170 Schoolhouse Street
Courtenay
Landmark Rialto Theatre, 2655 Cliffe Avenue
Kelowna
Landmark Grand 10 Kelowna, 940 McCurdy Road
Langley
Colossus Langley Cinemas, 20090 91A Avenue
Nanaimo
Galaxy Cinemas Nanaimo, 213-4750 Rutherford Road
Richmond
SilverCity Riverport Cinemas, 14211 Entertainment Way
Vancouver
Scotiabank Theatre Vancouver, 900 Burrard Street
EMPIRE Esplanade 6 Cinemas, 200 West Esplanade
Victoria
SilverCity Victoria Cinemas, 3130 Tillicum Road
West Kelowna
Landmark Capitol Theatre, 200 - 3645 Gosset Road

ALBERTA
Calgary
Scotiabank Theatre Chinook, 6455 Macleod Trail SW
EMPIRE Studio 16 Country Hills, 300-388 Country Hills Blvd NE
Edmonton
Cineplex Odeon South Edmonton Cinemas, 1525-99th Street NW
EMPIRE City Centre 9 Cinemas, 10200 102nd Avenue
Fort McMurray
Landmark Fort McMurray, 10015 Manning Avenue
Fort St. John
Landmark Aurora Cinema Centre 2000, 9600 93 Avenue
Grande Prairie
Landmark Jan Cinema, 9820 - 100th Avenue

MANITOBA
Winnipeg
SilverCity Polo Park Cinemas, 817 St. James Street

SASKATCHEWAN
Regina
Galaxy Cinemas Regina, 420 McCarthy Boulevard N
Saskatoon
Galaxy Cinemas Saskatoon, 347 2nd Avenue

ONTARIO
Barrie
Galaxy Cinemas Barrie, 72 Commerce Park Drive
Brantford
Galaxy Cinemas Brantford, 300 King George Road
Hamilton
SilverCity Hamilton Mountain Cinemas, 795 Paramount Drive
Kingston
Cineplex Odeon Gardiners Road Cinemas, 626 Gardiners Road
Kitchener
EMPIRE Studio 12 Gateway Park, 135 Gateway Park Drive
London
Cineplex Odeon Westmount & VIP Cinemas, 755 Wonderland Road S
Mississauga
Empire Studio 10, 100 City Centre Drive
Newmarket
SilverCity Newmarket Cinemas and XSCAPE Entertainment Centre, 18151 Yonge Street
Niagara Falls
Cineplex Odeon Niagara Square Cinemas, 7555 Montrose Road
Oakville
SilverCity Oakville and VIP Cinemas, 3531 Wyecroft Road
Orleans
EMPIRE Theatres Orleans, 3752 Innes Road
Oshawa
Cineplex Odeon Oshawa Cinemas, 1351 Grandview Street N
Ottawa
Coliseum Ottawa Cinemas, 3090 Carling Avenue
SilverCity Gloucester Cinemas, 2385 City Park Drive
Peterborough
Galaxy Cinemas Peterborough, 320 Water Street
Richmond Hill
SilverCity Richmond Hill Cinemas, 8725 Yonge Street
St. Catharines
EMPIRE Studio 8 Pen Centre, 221 Glendale Ave
Sudbury
SilverCity Sudbury Cinemas, 355 Barrydowne Road
Thunder Bay
SilverCity Thunder Bay Cinemas, 850 North May Street
Toronto
Cineplex Odeon Eglinton Town Centre Cinemas, 22 Lebovic Avenue
Cineplex Odeon Queensway Cinemas, 1025 The Queensway
Cineplex Odeon Sheppard Cinemas, 4861 Yonge Street
Scotiabank Theatre Toronto, 259 Richmond Street W
Waterloo
Galaxy Cinemas Waterloo, 550 King Street N
Windsor
Cineplex Odeon Devonshire Mall Cinemas, 3100 Howard Avenue

QUEBEC
Brossard
Cineplex Odeon Brossard Cinemas, 9350 boul. Leduc
Drummondville
Cinéma RGFM Drummondville, 755 rue Hains
Gatineau
Starcité Hull Cinemas, 115 boul. Du Plateau
Cinemas 9, 120, boul. de l'Hôpital, suite 100
Joliette
Cinéma Carrefour 10, 220 rue Beaudry Nord
Kirkland
Coliseum Kirkland Cinemas, 3200 rue Jean Yves
Montreal
Scotiabank Theatre Montreal, 977 rue Ste-Catherine O
Saint-Jérôme
Carrefour du Nord, 900 rue Grignon
Ste-Adèle
Cinema Pine, 24, rue Morin
Sorel-Tracy
Cinéma St-Laurent, 8333 industrielle
Ste.Foy
Cineplex Odeon Ste. Foy Cinemas, 1200 boul. Duplessis

NEWFOUNDLAND - TERRE-NEUVE
St. John's
EMPIRE Studio 12, 48 Kenmount Road

NEW BRUNSWICK - NOUVEAU-BRUNSWICK
Fredericton
EMPIRE Studio 10 Regent Mall, 1381 Regent Street
Moncton
EMPIRE 8 Trinity Drive, 125 Trinity Drive
Saint John
EMPIRE Studio 10, 175 McAllister Drive

NOVA SCOTIA - NOUVELLE-ÉCOSSE
Dartmouth
EMPIRE Dartmouth Crossing, 145 Shubie Drive
Halifax
EMPIRE 18 Cinemas & IMAX Theatre - Bayers Lake, 190 Chain Lake Drive
Sydney
EMPIRE Studio 10, 325 Prince Street

PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND
Charlottetown
EMPIRE Studio 8, 670 University Ave

 

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