MORRISTOWN, NJ, and LOS ANGELES, CA -- Cinedigm Digital Cinema Corp.(NASDAQ: CIDM), the global leader in digital cinema, today announced the deployment of 283 Cinedigm-CertifiedTM screens across 20 existing Southern Theatres, L.L.C. locations in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Texas. Southern Theatres, LLC, is headquartered in New Orleans. The installations are anticipated to begin in March 2011 and be completed by the end of the year.
Southern Theatres, L.L.C., is responsible for the daily operations of The Grand Theatres and AmStar Cinemas. Southern is financing the deployment through NEC Financial.

"Upgrading our theatres with state-of-the-art digital cinemas continues Southern's tradition of delivering the best movie-going experience possible," said George Solomon, President of Southern Theatres. "Cinedigm is a great partner and they understand our desire to offer the best, highest quality experience to our audiences."
Solomon has been in the theater business with his family for more than 50 years and launched Southern Theatres, LLC, to develop and operate state-of-the-art, multiplex stadium-seating movie theaters. One of their newest, most innovative theatres is Canal Place, exemplifying Southern's continuing commitment to revitalizing their home town of New Orleans. The fully converted to digital cinema five-plex provides upscale amenities such as gourmet food, luxury seating, and a full bar.

With Cinedigm's turnkey suite of digital cinema technologies, Southern will offer consumers all-new digital entertainment options. From 3D movie extravaganzas to live sports programming and 3D theatrical concerts to event programming, Southern will deliver enhanced digital cinema entertainment well into the future.

"We are thrilled to welcome Southern to our growing list of innovative exhibitor partners," said Chuck Goldwater, President, Cinedigm's Media Services Group. "Our team is eager to begin working with the Southern team to help them take full advantage of the operational and the programming applications made available by Cinedigm's digital cinema platform."
Since the beginning of digital conversions, Cinedigm has been the leader in digital cinema. In Phase 1, Cinedigm deployed 3724 screens at 348 sites for 18 exhibitors in the United States. In the current Phase 2, Cinedigm has signed contracts with 60 exhibitors to deploy 2,947 Screens at 261 Sites. The total number of deployed screens in the United States is 15,019 at 2635 sites, making Cinedigm responsible for the installation or contracting for over 44% of all digital screens. Such theatres are fully networked, turnkey systems - simple and cost-efficient to operate. These screens will join the growing number of fully digital Cinedigm-CertifiedTM screens around the world.
Digital cinema enables theatres to program high quality live and alternative content programming. Recent releases by Cinedigm include the ground-breaking, worldwide LIVE 3D broadcast of the FIFA World Cup Championship, the BCS Championship in LIVE 3D, the Dave Matthews Band 3D concerts, and the sold out 3D PHISH concerts. Cinedigm has also released the KIDTOONS series for the past six years, a weekly family friendly matinee series that runs in over 165 theatres across the country.

Cinedigm's Digital Cinemadivision is the industry-leading deployment program for Digital Cinema. It facilitates the funding, installation support and administration for the company's studio-supported Digital Cinema rollout plans. Cinedigm is also the digital cinema integrator of choice for the CBG, a buying program of the National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) for small and independent theatre operators in United States and Canada.


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Joseph Gordon-Levitt is currently in talks to board Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises. There's no word yet on what role he'll play.

Nolan and Gordon-Levitt worked recently on Inception, and the director is obviously a fan of working with actors more than once. Nolan recently brought Inception co-star Tom Hardy into the fold to play Bane, a new nemesis for Batman.

Gordon-Levitt has Hesher and Live With It set to open this year, and he'll soon finish shooting Looper with Bruce Willis and director Rian Johnson (The Brothers Bloom)

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Los Angeles, CA - February 1, 2010 - IMAX Corporation (NASDAQ: IMAX; TSX: IMX), and Universal Pictures today announced that the 3D epic underwater adventure Sanctum, from three-time Oscar®-winning executive producer James Cameron, will be released in the immersive IMAX® 3D format on Friday, February 4. The film will open on 178 IMAX screens domestically, simultaneous with its North American wide release. Sanctum will also open on at least 16 IMAX screens internationally this Friday. Additional international playdates are expected to be booked in the coming days.

Sanctum: An IMAX 3D Experience has been digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience® with proprietary IMAX DMR® (Digital Re-mastering) technology for presentation in IMAX 3D. The crystal-clear images, coupled with IMAX's customized theatre geometry and powerful digital audio, create a unique immersive environment that will make audiences feel as if they are in the movie.


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Cameron Diaz is set to star opposite Colin Firth in Gambit, Michael Hoffman's remake of the 1966 film starring Michael Caine and Shirley MacLaine. Producer Mike Lobell (Tears of the Sun) has worked on the project for several years with his partners Adam Ripp and Rob Paris at Crime Scene Pictures, and the production is set to begin shooting in May from a script written by Joel and Ethan Coen (True Grit).

Diaz' last film, The Green Hornet, is turning out to be a modest hit, having earned almost $140 million worldwide since its release on January 14. Meanwhile, the film will mark Firth's highest-profile commercial work since Mamma Mia!, although the actor is currently enjoying a considerable amount of attention thanks to his Golden Globe-winning and Oscar-nominated turn in The King's Speech. Firth will play an art curator who attempts to con a wealthy collector by enlisting the help of Diaz, who agrees to pretend to be a woman whose grandfather acquired the painting during WWII.


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LOS ANGELES -- Oscar®-winning actress Julia Roberts will receive the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) 2011 Board of Governors Award. Roberts will be honored during the 25th Annual ASC Outstanding Achievement Awards gala here on February 13 at the Hollywood & Highland Grand Ballroom.

"Cinematographers and actors have a special rapport that begins with a mutual trust," says ASC Awards Committee Chair Richard Crudo. "Julia brings something extra to that relationship, and further elevates what we do with her beauty and grace. She's a gift to every cinematographer she works with."

Roberts earned an Academy Award® in 2001 for her powerful role in Erin Brockovich, and Oscar nominations for her heartfelt character portrayals in Steel Magnolias and Pretty Woman. Her films have grossed more than $2.5 billion worldwide.

Roberts' many other credits include Michael Collins, Everyone Says I Love You, My Best Friend's Wedding, Conspiracy Theory, Notting Hill, Ocean's Eleven and Twelve, The Mexican, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, Charlie Wilson's War, Closer and Duplicity. She provided the voice of Charlotte in the animated film Charlotte's Web and made her Broadway debut in Richard Greenberg's Three Days of Rain.

Most recently, Roberts starred in Eat Pray Love based on the best-selling memoir by Elizabeth Gilbert. Her next film, Larry Crowne, directed by and starring Tom Hanks, is scheduled for release in July 2011.

The ASC Board of Governors Award is given to individuals who have made extraordinary achievements to advancing the art and craft of filmmaking. Previous recipients include Warren Beatty, Francis Ford Coppola, Sally Field, Morgan Freeman, Ron Howard, Sydney Pollack, Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg, among others.

"In an industry that accords the respect of legendary stardom very infrequently, Julia Roberts has demonstrated continuously-by the strength of her performances and the perfection of her craft-that she has earned this distinction many times over," says ASC President Michael Goi. "She represents the best of Hollywood to the world."

In addition to the Board of Governors Award, the ASC will present its annual award for outstanding cinematography in a feature film. The nominees, who were announced earlier this year, are Matthew Libatique, ASC (Black Swan);three-time ASC Award nominee Wally Pfister, ASC (Inception); Danny Cohen, BSC (The King's Speech); Jeff Cronenweth, ASC (The Social Network), and 10-time ASC Award nominee Roger Deakins, ASC, BSC (True Grit).



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