Christopher Nolan is teaming up once again with Inception's Tom Hardy. The actor will take on a leading role in Nolan's third batman film. The common assumption is that Hardy will take on the role of a new villain, but the plot is being kept top secret.

Hardy is on fire after his scene-stealing turn in Inception. He's currently filming This Means War from director McG, Reese Witherspoon and Chris Pine are also starring in that project.

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ShowEast, Orlando, FL -- Digital cinema pioneer Barco has further extended its offering of digital cinema projectors with a brand-new DLP Cinema® Enhanced 4K projector model. The new Barco 4K projector complements the company's current 2K projector offering, and will become commercially available in early 2011.

The introduction of the new Barco DP4K-32B doesn't come as a surprise. Last month, Barco already held a live demonstration of a pre-launch version of its new DLP Cinema® Enhanced 4K projector during a visit to the company by Cinemark. This week, the official unveiling took place at a special red carpet event with live 4K screenings at Cinemark's Festival Bay Theatre in Orlando.

On the occasion of this unique event, Barco's Vice-President Digital Cinema, Wim Buyens, shared the company's view on 4K: "Customers on every continent have praised our 2K 'DP2K' projector family as the most complete range of DCI-compliant digital cinema projectors available today, offering the perfect match for every screen. With the addition of DLP Cinema® Enhanced 4K models, our customers will have even more options to choose from. We remain however fully committed to the DP2K platform and 2K as the industry standard. The new, top-of-the-line DP4K-32B projector will act as the new flagship of the family, allowing us to also serve the Enhanced 4K segment, which mainly focuses on the premium cinema screens and venues."

Based on the 1.38" DLP Cinema® Enhanced 4K chip from Texas Instruments, Barco's new DP4K-32B guarantees razor-sharp movie images combined with DLP Cinema®'s proven, consistent color uniformity, rich contrast and Academy Award-winning vibrant, accurate colors. In addition, the ultra-high resolution projector benefits from a first-rate optical design and superior lamp efficiency, which results in a record light output and an unmatched visual 3D experience. Finally, the new DP4K-32B also features a unique, patented cooling system, creating the coolest 4K engine in the world. This ensures unrivaled reliability and a significantly increased lifetime compared to competing products.

The top-of-the-line DP4K-32B shares the same modular platform as its DP2K sister models. Thanks to this true modular design with its easy serviceability, customers can significantly raise their uptime, while minimizing their spare parts stock and keeping their service engineers' learning curves short. To further reduce cost of ownership, the Barco projectors feature a lamp operating cost that is up to 30% lower than our competitors, while still leading the way on light output.

Shipments of the new Barco DP4K projectors are expected to begin in early 2011, as production will ramp up in line with the availability of 4K DMD chips from Texas Instruments.


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SAN DIEGO -- Continuing its role as a full-service digital cinema solution provider for exhibitors of all sizes, Sony Electronics is expanding the industry-leading footprint of its 4K projection technology. The company's Digital Cinema Solutions group currently has about 5,000 Sony 4K screens worldwide; with one-third of those equipped for 3D - and aggressive plans are in place to install approximately 2,000 more systems, mostly covering a range of small- to mid-sized circuits.

Furthering its ability to facilitate an exhibitor's conversion, Sony is also continuing its work to pursue exhibitor financing and deployment deals in the more than 20 other countries in which Sony digital cinema is planning to operate. Most recently, Sony Electronics secured $140 million in financing that will pave the way for Sony to help exhibitors of all sizes to convert their operations to digital technology.

"The digital cinema transition is not exclusive to the large national exhibitors with thousands of screens," said Gary Johns, senior vice president, Digital Cinema Solutions, Sony Electronics. "Sony is equally committed to the smaller and independent exhibitors as we are to the largest circuits. Some of the greatest success stories and innovation are at the independent and regional level, and this latest round of financing will go a long way toward enabling Sony to offer conversion opportunities across the industry."

In addition to Sony 4K projection systems, as well as integrated software and servers, customers can turn to Sony for digital signage, including displays, controllers, software; installation, monitoring, maintenance, content creation and distribution services.

"We look forward to collaborating with many more small and mid-size exhibitors," said Pat Leon, Senior Manager, Business Development, Sony Digital Cinema Solutions. "Digital movies - in 2D and 3D -- have already proven to be a big hit at the box offices, and the movie-going consumers have enthusiastically responded to our Sony 4K projectors for a truly state-of-the-art experience."

Sony's Digital Cinema Solutions Group has digital deployments underway with a range of exhibitors, including AMC Theaters and Regal Entertainment Group -- the two largest theater chains in North America -- and, most recently, National Amusements. The group is also working with several other national and regional theater chains - including Muvico Theaters, Frank Theatres, Hollywood Theaters and Lincoln Square Cinemas, among many others -- to implement 4K projection technology and other Sony solutions.




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CHICAGO -- NEC Display Solutions of America, a leading provider of commercial LCD display and projector solutions, announced today that Dickinson Theatres has selected NEC DLP Cinema® projectors and GDC servers for 250 digital cinema systems. The full digital conversion will take place in 25 theatres in 5 midwest states, half of which are expected to be completed in the next 12 months. Ballantyne Strong, Inc. (NYSE Amex: BTN) is the project's reseller and will provide installation services; Cinedigm will provide the deployment support utilizing its integration program, while full financing is provided by NEC Financial Services and bankers Macquarie International.

"We are delighted to have secured this contract with Dickinson Theatres and to have NEC Financial Services provide the financing to make this deployment possible," said Pierre Richer, President and C.O.O. of NEC Display Solutions. "NEC's Digital Cinema Projector Series provides the highest quality for moviegoers, and when coupled with NEC's financing solutions, represents a best-in-class solution for exhibitors looking to make the move to digital. Partnering with Ballantyne and Cinedigm on this particular deployment is not only an asset for NEC but a building block to leverage Dickinson's theatres."

The system installation will include, in addition to NEC's fully 4K-upgradeable projectors, GDC Servers and digital audio hardware. The Digital Cinema Projector Series is fully Digital Cinema Initiatives (DCI) Compliant and exceeds the high standards in the digital cinema industry with enhanced cooling capabilities and user interface. Dickinson has taken advantage of NEC's unique financing services, which has been an asset to many of NEC's negotiations for digital conversions in cinemas this year.

"Having the new screens will allow us to celebrate our 90th anniversary this November with 3D films, live sports programming and concert films," said John Hartley, President and CEO of Dickinson Theatres. "It's an exciting adventure for us to begin at such a pivotal point in our company's history. Working with NEC, Cinedigm and Ballantyne has been a perfect fit for this project from conception."

"As NEC's master reseller for digital cinema projectors in the Americas, we are very excited to team with NEC and Cinedigm to execute this turnkey digital cinema deployment for Dickinson Theatres, a long-time Ballantyne customer," said John Wilmers, President and CEO, Ballantyne Strong.

"GDC is delighted to be a part of Dickinson Theatre's digital cinema conversion plan," said Dr. Man-Nang Chong, founder and CEO of GDC Technology. "Having established a solid partnership with NEC, Cinedigm and Ballantyne Strong, we are confident that this collaboration will not only heighten the entertainment experience for customers, but also ensure Dickinson Theatres are serviced with top quality and future proof digital cinema technology."

"We value our partnership with Dickinson Theatres and are thrilled to be working with them on their digital cinema rollout in conjunction with NEC," said Chuck Goldwater, President of the Media Services Group at Cinedigm. "Multi-pronged relationships are the basis of Cinedigm's business, and being part of the digital solution for Dickinson together with our partners at NEC is right where we want to be."

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