NEW YORK, NY and SANTA MONICA, CA -- The espionage thriller The Debt will be distributed for Miramax by Focus Features and Universal Pictures International (UPI). Focus will release The Debt in the U.S. nationwide on Wednesday, August 31st, and UPI will release the film internationally.

Directed by Academy Award nominee John Madden (Shakespeare in Love), The Debt stars Academy Award winner Helen Mirren, Sam Worthington (Avatar, Clash of the Titans), Jessica Chastain (soon to be seen in The Tree of Life), Marton Csokas (Universal's upcoming Dream House), Jesper Christensen (Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace), Ciarán Hinds (Focus' Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day), and two-time Academy Award nominee Tom Wilkinson. The screenplay, by Matthew Vaughn & Jane Goldman and Peter Straughan, is adapted from the 2007 Israeli film Ha-Hov. The producers of The Debt are Mr. Vaughn and Kris Thykier through Marv Films, Eitan Evan, and Eduardo Rossof; Tarquin Pack is the film's executive producer.

The story begins in 1997, as shocking news reaches retired Mossad secret agents Rachel (played by Ms. Mirren) and Stefan (Mr. Wilkinson) about their former colleague David (Mr. Hinds). All three have been venerated for decades by their country because of the mission that they undertook back in 1966, when the trio (portrayed, respectively, by Ms. Chastain, Mr. Csokas, and Mr. Worthington) tracked down Nazi war criminal Vogel (Mr. Christensen) in East Berlin. At great risk, and at considerable personal cost, the team's mission was accomplished - or was it? The suspense builds in and across two different time periods, with startling action and surprising revelations.

Mike Lang, CEO of Miramax, said, "We are very pleased to announce our partnership with Focus and UPI. The Debt continues Miramax's proud history of producing the highest-quality films, with the most respected talent and directors. We believe the film will be well-received by audiences worldwide, and it will be a powerful addition to the Miramax library."

"Given Focus' tradition of dramatic thrillers that unfold in exotic locations, The Debt makes for a worthy addition to our 2011 release slate," said Focus CEO James Schamus. "The picture is taut with nail-biting tension, and spotlights powerful performances from its gifted cast. We are also excited to partner with Miramax and its new team."

"What was a strong script has become an excellent film - and the kind of terrific thriller that works so well in the international marketplace. Everyone at UPI is proud to be distributing the picture," said UPI president, international production and acquisitions Christian Grass.

Producer Kris Thykier commented, "We are delighted that Focus and Universal Pictures International have come on board. Their enthusiasm for the movie is palpable, their track record is second to none, and we couldn't wish for better partners. We are especially grateful to the new Miramax for their commitment to finding the right home for the film."

 

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Los Angeles -- One of the nation's most innovative theater circuits has cemented its bond with the nation's leading movie ticketing destination.

Cobb Theatres, a leader in unique moviegoer experiences including reserved seating, fine dining and cinema technology at 222 screens across the country, has renewed its agreement with Fandango, the largest online, mobile and phone  destination for moviegoers, till 2016. The Alabama-based exhibitor has been a leader in operating movie theaters since 1921.

Cobb's CineBistro brand, which combines fine-dining, wine bars and great movies in one location, has six different venues, comprising 34 screens across the country. According to a recent Fandango survey, 68% of moviegoers said that the dine-in moviegoing experience is a major plus for a night out.

"We enjoy working with Fandango due to its leading position as the nation's top ticketer and provider of movie information," says Jeremy Welman, Chief Operating Officer of Cobb Theatres. "Fandango is always on the forefront of new moviegoer services like mobile ticketing, reserved seating and print-at-home, and we look forward to continued mutual success."

"Cobb is a progressive company and a great partner for us," says Rick Butler, Chief Operating Officer and General Manager of Fandango. "They are constantly looking for new ways to enhance the moviegoer experience. With Fandango's consumer-friendly portfolio of products, we have helped Cobb triple its online ticket sales in the past three years."

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Hong Kong -- Dvidea today announced that GDC's SX-2000A Digital Cinema Server with Integrated Media Block and GDC's SX-2001A Digital Cinema Server can now successfully integrate with Dvidea CineasyTM Theater Management System (TMS) software. The new integration optimizes interoperability for all digital cinema deployments, making theater operations simple, robust, and fully flexible for the exhibitors as they make the transition to digital cinema.

Using Dvidea CineasyTM software solution, exhibitors are now able to seamlessly operate GDC's range of stunning D-Cinema servers, manage content and keys, schedule shows, control projection devices, report logs, automate processes, exchange media and data with interoperable D-Cinema servers of any other brand within the same facility.

Under this new partnership, GDC Digital Cinema servers not only expand in technical diversity but are also now fluent in several European languages as Dvidea CineasyTM TMS is already localized in Spanish, French, Dutch, English, Italian, Russian, and German (Swedish and Portuguese planned for Q1 2011).

GDC Digital Cinema servers and Dvidea CineasyTM TMS have been designed for circuits as well as for small independent theaters. This integration marks another step toward interoperability and expands the choices for all digital cinema exhibitors.

"Dvidea is honored to be working closely with GDC's quality products and dedicated expert team. GDC's company history and track record of success prove that, like Dvidea, their customers' needs and expectations are of utmost importance to the company and almost always met. We look forward to developing this exciting new relationship," said William Sully, co-founder and CEO of Dvidea.

By choosing best of breed hardware and software solutions from technology leaders such as GDC and DVIDEA, theater owners benefit from better interoperability, significantly improved performance, and a lower total cost of ownership. "We are delighted to work with Dvidea, a clear market leader for digital cinema TMS software in Europe," said Dr. Man-Nang Chong, founder and CEO of GDC Technology. "The partnership signifies the strategic alliance between two industry leaders whereby the complementary technical strengths of both companies can be leveraged to bring high performance solutions to our customers. Coinciding with GDC's current fast expansion in Europe, this alliance could not have come at a better time."

 

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