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20TH CENTURY FOX TO RELEASE "FANTASTIC FOUR" ON AUGUST 7, 2015

WASHINGTON D.C. (April 15, 2015) - The cast of "Fantastic Four," Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara and Jamie Bell, will receive the "CinemaCon® Ensemble Award" it was announced today by Mitch Neuhauser, Managing Director of CinemaCon. CinemaCon, the official convention of The National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO), will be held April 20 - 23, 2015, at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. The cast of "Fantastic Four" will be presented with this special honor at the "CinemaCon Big Screen Achievement Awards" ceremony to take place on Thursday, April 23, in the evening at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. The Coca-Cola Company, the official presenting sponsor of CinemaCon, will host the final night gala awards program.

"It's not very often that we have the opportunity to award an entire cast for their stellar performances," noted Neuhauser. "CinemaCon is privileged to have Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara and Jamie Bell joining us this year at the Big Screen Achievement Awards. This group of young actors is sure to continue stunning audiences when they hit the big screen for their upcoming film ‘Fantastic Four.'"

"Fantastic Four" will be released via 20th Century Fox on August 7, 2015. A contemporary re-imagining of Marvel's original and longest-running superhero team, "Fantastic Four," centers on four young outsiders who teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe, which alters their physical form in shocking ways. Their lives irrevocably upended, the team must learn to harness their daunting new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy. The film is directed by Josh Trank from a screenplay by Jeremy Slater and Simon Kinberg & Josh Trank, based on the Marvel Comic Book by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. The producers are Simon Kinberg, Matthew Vaughn, Hutch Parker, Robert Kulzer, and Gregory Goodman.

Miles Teller first broke onto the screen with his standout performance opposite Nicole Kidman in "Rabbit Hole." Teller is also known for his roles in "The Spectacular Now," "Whiplash," "Divergent," and "Insurgent." He can also be seen in the upcoming films "Get A Job," and "Bleed for This."

Michael B. Jordan first drew the attention of moviegoing audiences with his breakout roles in "Red Tails," and "Fruitvale Station." On the small screen he has had reoccurring rolls on some of the most critically acclaimed shows on television including "The Wire," "Friday Night Lights," and "Parenthood." In addition to "Fantastic Four," Jordan can be seen later this year starring opposite Sylvester Stallone in "Creed."

Kate Mara made her feature film debut at age 15 when she appeared in "Random Hearts." Mara's list of film credits include "Brokeback Mountain," "We Are Marshall," "Shooter," "127 Hours," "The Martian," "Transcendence," "Transsiberian" and most recently she completed filming on the thriller "Man Down."

Jamie Bell rose to fame when he was still a teenager after staring Stephen Daldry's "Billy Elliot." Since then, Bell has appeared in films including "Nicholas Nickleby," "Snowpiercer," Filth," "Man on a Ledge," "The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn," "Flags of Our Fathers" and "Jumper," to name a few. Currently, Bell stars on AMC's "Turn."

About CinemaCon

CinemaCon will attract upwards of 5,000 motion picture professionals from all facets of the industry -from exhibition and distribution, to the equipment and concession areas - all on hand to celebrate the movie-going experience and the cinema industry. From exclusive Hollywood product presentations highlighting a slate of upcoming films, to must-see premiere feature screenings, to the biggest stars, producers and directors, CinemaCon will help jumpstart the excitement and buzz that surrounds the summer season at the box office.

CinemaCon is delighted to have both the International Cinema Technology Association (ICTA) and National Association of Concessionaires (NAC) as its tradeshow partners. CinemaCon is also delighted to have as its official presenting sponsor The Coca-Cola Company, one of the industry's greatest, highly regarded and respected partners in the world of the movies.

About NATO

The National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) is the largest exhibition trade organization in the world, representing more than 32,000 movie screens in all 50 states, and additional cinemas in 81 countries worldwide. NATO's membership includes the largest cinema chains in the world and hundreds of independent theatre owners, too.

Additional information on CinemaCon can be found at www.cinemacon.com.

 

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San Francisco and Burbank, Calif., April 15, 2015-Dolby Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE: DLB) and The Walt Disney Studios today announced that Disney's Tomorrowland, in theatres May 22, 2015, and Disney•Pixar's Inside Out, in theatres June 19, 2015, will be the first Dolby VisionTM titles to be shown at Dolby CinemaTM locations around the globe. In addition, Disney's The Jungle Book, due out April 15, 2016, will also be presented in Dolby Vision, with more titles to be announced.

Dolby Cinema, featuring Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos, is a premium cinema offering for exhibitors and moviegoers that combines spectacular image and sound technologies with inspired design to make every visit a completely captivating cinematic event.

"Dolby is thrilled to collaborate with Disney and Pixar to push the cinematic boundaries through the powerful combination of Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos," said Kevin Yeaman, President and CEO, Dolby Laboratories. "Dolby Cinema delivers an unforgettable cinema experience that transports moviegoers into the heart of the action."

Dolby Cinema begins with the filmmaker's vision-using the full storytelling capabilities that Dolby offers in image and sound production to transform the way movies are made. Combined with state-of-the-art image, sound, and acoustic capabilities, the movie comes alive to deliver cinema in its purest form.

"The Dolby Cinema experience is a very exciting prospect for both filmmakers and film fans," said Brad Bird, director of Tomorrowland. "Dolby has been so vital to the advancement of cinema sound, it makes complete sense for them to turn their attention to enhancing and improving the quality of motion picture images as well. Our team was delighted to collaborate with Dolby, and we are proud that Tomorrowland is the first film to be presented in their stellar new Dolby Vision process. The brightness and clarity of the images, yet with richness and detail in the blacks-WOW. The picture quality, especially in 4K laser projection, is nothing short of stunning."

Dolby Cinema features the Dolby Vision projection system, which uses state-of-the-art optics and image processing, to deliver high dynamic range with enhanced color technology and a contrast ratio that far exceeds that of any other image technology on the market today. The result is a richer, more detailed viewing experience that delivers strikingly vivid and realistic images that make viewers feel like they are in the movie's world. Dolby Cinema also includes the award-winning Dolby sound technology, Dolby Atmos, which moves audio around the theatre, even overhead, with amazing richness and depth. Dolby Atmos debuted in 2012 on Disney•Pixar's Academy Award® winning Brave.

"Our studio and our filmmakers put so much into creating high-quality, immersive experiences for audiences, and that includes using the latest, cutting-edge technology to enhance the stories we tell," said Dave Hollis, Executive Vice President, Theatrical Distribution, The Walt Disney Studios. "Disney has been a longtime collaborator of Dolby, and we're excited for the continued storytelling possibilities that technologies like Dolby Cinema deliver."

 

About Dolby Cinema

Dolby Cinema delivers the total cinema experience. It combines powerful image and sound technologies with inspired cinema design to make every visit a completely captivating cinematic event.

Dolby Cinema will include Dolby Vision-a state-of-the-art authoring and playback imaging technology that enables the cinema to bring the story alive onscreen. Outfitted with Dolby Atmos, a Dolby Cinema transports audiences into the movie with breathtakingly real sound that fills the cinema and flows all around them.

When these technologies are combined with the sophisticated Dolby Cinema design, everything comes together to pull moviegoers more deeply into the story and transform their visit into an event. For more information, please visit the Dolby Cinema web page.

 

About Dolby Vision

Dolby Vision delivers a dramatically different visual experience-astonishing brightness, incomparable contrast, and captivating color-that brings entertainment to life.

Even though most movies are captured and recorded using technology that produces the colors and brightness of real life, much of that richness is lost by the time moviegoers get to watch. That's because current cinema color-grading standards are based on the limitations of current projection technologies and require that the content be altered to match their display performance-dramatically reducing the range of colors, brightness, and contrast.

Dolby Vision changes that, giving creative teams the freedom to use the full gamut of colors, peak highlights, greater brightness, and amazing contrast, with the confidence that those will be reproduced faithfully on cinema screens that feature Dolby Vision.

 

About Dolby Atmos

Dolby Atmos delivers moving audio-sound that can be precisely placed and moved anywhere in three-dimensional space, including overhead. It brings entertainment alive all around the audience in a powerfully immersive and emotive experience.

Since its introduction in the cinema in 2012, Dolby Atmos has been embraced by all the major Hollywood studios, 11 Academy Award® winning directors, and 23 Academy Award winning sound mixers, among others.

To learn more about Dolby Atmos, visit dolby.com/Atmos.

 

About The Walt Disney Studios

For over 90 years, The Walt Disney Studios has been the foundation on which The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) was built. Today, the Studio brings quality movies, music, and stage plays to consumers throughout the world. Feature films are released under the following banners: Disney, including Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios; Disneynature; Marvel Studios; Disney|Lucasfilm; and Touchstone Pictures, the banner under which live-action films from DreamWorks Studios are distributed. The Disney Music Group encompasses the Walt Disney Records and Hollywood Records labels, as well as Disney Music Publishing. The Disney Theatrical Group produces and licenses live events, including Disney on Broadway, Disney On Ice, and Disney Live!.

 

About Dolby Laboratories

Dolby Laboratories (NYSE: DLB) creates audio, video, and voice technologies that transform entertainment and communications in mobile devices, at the cinema, at home, and at work. For nearly 50 years, sight and sound experiences have become more vibrant, clear, and powerful in Dolby®. For more information, please visit www.dolby.com.

 

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Be ready for peak cotton candy selling season with two new products from Gold Medal Products Co. New for 2015 are: 8-oz. Flossugar Pouches and the Cotton Candy Mobile Serving Station.

Designed with the party rental business in mind, Gold Medal Flossugar is now available in convenient 8-oz. foil pouches. Each pouch makes 8-10 cotton candy cones. Because they are smaller than the standard half-gallon size, it makes an easy and affordable way to serve up multiple flavors. Perfect for parties or other special events! Available in five sweet flavors:


• #3401 - Boo Blue (blue raspberry)
• #3402 - Silly Nilly (vanilla pink)
• #3403 - Spookie Fruiti (grape)
• #3405 - O-Jay (orange)
• #3407 - Cherry Berry (cherry)

Location is an important factor when it comes to cotton candy sales. Now, with the Cotton Candy Mobile Serving Station you can go where the crowds are at stadiums, fairs, festivals and amusement parks.
The stainless steel movable cart is equipped with a rolling base, serving shelf, heavy-duty casters, transport handle and retractable 15-amp power cord. Models are available with front counter LED display (#2242-021), back counter LED display (#2242-022) or no display light (#2242-020).

"We consistently challenge ourselves to improve the customer experience. Both of these products deliver convenience and value, making it easier for vendors to better serve their customers and increase sales," says Gold Medal Vice-President, John Evans, Jr.

Visit www.gmpopcorn.com for more information or contact Gold Medal directly at 800-543-0862.

 

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By Daniel Garris

Universal's Furious 7 took in $3.64 million on Monday to lead the daily box office with ease for an eleventh straight day. The well-received seventh installment of the blockbuster franchise featuring Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson and the late Paul Walker was down 76 percent from Sunday and down 74 percent from last Monday. With spring break and Easter now both behind us, midweek grosses in general came back down to Earth on Monday. Furious 7 has grossed a massive $255.16 million in eleven days. That already makes Furious 7 the highest grossing film of The Fast and The Furious franchise domestically. The film is running an extremely impressive 47 percent ahead of the $173.97 million eleven-day take of 2013's Fast & Furious 6 and 1 percent ahead of the $253.01 million eleven-day gross of 2012's The Hunger Games.

Fox's The Longest Ride placed in second with $0.804 million. The Nicholas Sparks adaptation starring Britt Robertson and Scott Eastwood fell 69 percent from Sunday's performance. The Longest Ride has grossed $13.82 million in four days, which is on the low end of expectations. Compared to other Nicholas Sparks adaptations, The Longest Ride is running 29 percent ahead of the $10.68 million four-day start of last year's The Best of Me and 42 percent below the $23.97 million four-day take of 2012's The Lucky One.

Fellow Fox release Home claimed third place with $0.735 million. The successful 3D computer animated film from DreamWorks Animation fell 85 percent from Sunday and a very sharp 84 percent from last Monday. Home continues to exceed expectations in a big way with $129.82 million in 18 days. That places the film 3 percent ahead of the $126.32 million 18-day gross of 2013's The Croods.

Warner's Get Hard took fourth place with $0.658 million. The R-rated comedy starring Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart was down 67 percent from Sunday and down a very respectable 52.5 percent from last Monday. Get Hard has grossed $71.44 million in 18 days, which is towards the lower end of pre-release expectations.

Woman In Gold rounded out Monday's top five with $0.502 million. The drama from The Weinstein Company starring Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds was down 61 percent from Sunday. That represented one of the day's stronger daily percentage holds among wide releases. The 13-day total for Woman In Gold stands at a solid $9.44 million.

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SEE IT AT CINEMACON 2015, BGW BOOTH #2803

Montebello, CA, April 14, 2015. BGW Systems, a division of Amplifier Technologies, Inc. has announced installation of the first VXi Series Immersive Sound power amplifiers at Classic Cinemas 10 in Elk Grove Village, IL. Classic selected the BGW VXi because of its unique ultra-performance design that has previously only been affordable for price insensitive audiophile applications.

The BGW VXi is the first cinema amplifier that is fully balanced differential, from input all the way to the loudspeakers. Its Class AB operation with fully linear power supplies and ultra-low distortion ThermalTrakTM output transistors was previously not economically feasible for cinema use. Now, new components and circuitry have resulted in a significant reduction in cost over similar high performance amplifiers.

Alan Gilbertson, Classic Cinemas' chief of technical services, said "We have been installing BGW's for several decades because of superior audio quality, but I could hear the improvement with the VXi immediately. Dialog has never been so clear."

Morris Kessler, president of BGW/ATI and designer of the VXi said, "This amp is a game changer for cinema audio. It has superior clarity, is twice as fast with twice the dynamic range, impossible to overdrive and dead quiet. These are performance characteristics of the expensive high end home theater amplifiers ATI produces, but the BGW VXi is cost competitive with the digital switching amplifiers used in today's cinemas."

The VXi can be configured with 16 x 200W, 8 x 400W, 4 x 800W channels or combinations to total 3200W per chassis. Featuring current feedback and dual DC servos, signal-to-noise ratio approaches a staggering 128 dB, slew rate is greater than 60V/uSec and damping factor greater than 400.

John F. Allen, High Performance Stereo founder and president, responsible for assisting in the design and installation of the BGW VXi in the HPS-4000® sound systems at Classic's Elk Grove Cinema 10 said, "HPS is proud to be the very first to use balanced differential power amplifiers in modern cinema sound systems, and will use the VXi Series exclusively in all future HPS-4000 installations. In addition to stunning music and effects, they deliver the clearest dialog we've ever had." He added that the first complete cinema complex to be entirely equipped with these amplifiers will be the R/C Theatres Lexington Exchange Movies 12, opening later this year in California, MD.

Attendees at CinemaCon 2015 can see the VXi Immersive Sound power amplifiers in the BGW booth, #2803 in the Augustus Ballroom at Caesars Palace, April 21-23.

About BGW Systems: BGW is a division of Amplifier Technologies, Inc., Montebello, CA. which ATI acquired in 2003. Back in 1974, BGW was chosen by Universal Studios to supply power amplifiers for use in movie theaters worldwide. These amplifiers were an integral part of Universal's Sensurround® sound system featured in EARTHQUAKE, MIDWAY and ROLLERCOASTER. During that period, thousands of BGW amplifiers were purchased by Universal. Many are still in use today in Universal Studios' theme parks.
In its 40+ years, Amplifier Technologies has become one of the leading OEM suppliers of high end consumer and professional amplifiers for several of the audio industry's largest manufacturers. ATI specializes in the design and manufacture of balanced-differential amplifiers. This special class of amplifier is known for exceptionally low distortion and speed, resulting in a sound clarity that cannot be achieved with standard unbalanced amplifiers. For more information, visit www.bgw.com

About HPS-4000: High Performance Stereo is the developer and exclusive distributor of the computer-designed, digital-ready HPS-4000 sound system. HPS was founded with the goal of improving motion picture sound systems. The HPS-4000® sound systems were first introduced in 1980 and continue to evolve today with new driver technology. In 1984, HPS was the first to bring digital sound to a commercial movie theatre. For more information, visit www.hps4000.com

About Classic Cinemas: Classic Cinemas, based in Downers Grove, Illinois, is a family-owned business, run by Willis, Shirley and Chris Johnson. It began in 1978 with the operation of the Tivoli Theatre in Downers Grove. Today the company operates 13 theaters in 12 communities with a total of 104 screens. Having received numerous accolades for business excellence, preservation, community service, and accessibility, Classic Cinemas endeavors to be the hometown theatre of choice in the Chicago area. For more information visit www.classiccinemas.com

 

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