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Director Joe Johnston (The Wolfman) is building quite the cast for his Captain America film. Tommy Lee Jones and Hayley Atwell are now officially on board, and they join Chris Evans, Hugo Weaving, Sebastian Stan, Toby Jones, Samuel L. Jackson and Dominic Cooper.

Captain America: The First Avenger is set for a July 22, 2011 release.

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Thursday Update: Alice in Wonderland has officially reached the $1 billion worldwide plateau.

"We feel incredibly fortunate to be able to showcase such an amazing 3-D film from visionary director Tim Burton and the creative talents of Johnny Depp, Mia Wasikowska, Helena Bonham Carter, and Anne Hathaway," said Rich Ross, Chairman of The Walt Disney Studios. "Our marketing teams joined with our exhibition partners to find every opportunity to bring this creative masterpiece to fans around the world."

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Alice in Wonderland is going to join an elite club of films that have grossed $1 billion worldwide. AiW is set to hit that plateau on Thursday, and it is Disney's second-highest grossing film of all time behind Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest at $1.07 billion. 

Avatar, Titanic, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Dead Man's Chest and The Dark Knight also reached the $1 billion mark.

Alice in Wonderland will debut on DVD/Blu-ray on June 1.

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Wednesday Afternoon Update: is reporting 587 sold-out shows for Sex and the City 2 as of Wednesday, 4 p.m. PT. PT. 56 of those sold-out shows are for midnight screenings.

Tuesday Afternoon Update: SATC 2 is "slightly outpacing" the original film on at the same point in the sales cycle, according to Fandango spokesperson Harry Medved.

As of 11:30 a.m. PT, SATC 2 is responsible for a dominant 81 percent of daily sales on Fandango. The ticketing site also conducted a survey to gauge the level of enthusiasm for the sequel:

• 94% of the Fandango SATC 2 survey respondents are women.

• 79% of fans will see the movie with a group of women, while only 7% said they're bringing a date.

• 76% said that the movie represents a "great escape."

• 75% plan to attend a SATC 2 get-together before or after the movie.

• 53% plan to dress up for the occasion.

• 52% plan to drink Cosmos before and/or after the movie.

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CHICAGO - NEC Display Solutions of America, a leading provider of commercial LCD display and projector solutions, announced today that Southern Theatres, LLC, has selected digital cinema projectors from NEC for the newly renovated and redesigned Theatres at Canal Place in New Orleans. The move by Southern Theatres extends its current relationship with NEC and Master Reseller Ballantyne Strong, Inc. (NYSE Amex: BTN), and positions this leading exhibitor to capitalize on the growing list of upcoming 3D Hollywood blockbusters.

Seeking to resurrect The Theatres at Canal Place, Southern Theatres outfitted five all-digital auditoriums with over-sized, reclining leather seats, shared swivel-tables and drink holders in a stadium-seating configuration with reserved seating. The new amenities include an upscale café and premium bar in the foyer, and a call button for in-theater food and beverage table service. NEC large-screen LCD displays give the concession areas added appeal and menu flexibility. The grand opening of the complex is at 10 p.m. today, just before the 12:01 a.m. premiere of the new "Sex and The City 2" movie.

"It is an honor to continue our work with George Solomon of Southern Theatres," said Pierre Richer, President and C.O.O. of NEC Display Solutions. "New Orleans is being restored one project at a time, and we are very privileged to play a small role."

Ballantyne Strong, a master reseller for the exhibitor segment of NEC's business, is providing the hardware and installation services for the theaters. For this project, NEC NC2000 projectors were selected, which are 3D capable with advanced security features for digital content protection. The NC2000 also includes sophisticated technology for venting and cooling.

"Ballantyne Strong is grateful to have a role in revitalizing New Orleans, and this major upgrade transforms The Theatres at Canal Place into a top entertainment destination," said John Wilmers, President and CEO, Ballantyne Strong. "Our innovative solution of mounting the projectors in soundproof ceiling enclosures also provides more room for movie patrons to enjoy the ambience of the buildings."

"Investing in this community means a lot to us, and the superb design of the facility continues Southern's tradition of delivering the best movie-going experience possible," said Solomon, President of Southern Theatres. "NEC and Ballantyne Strong are great partners, and they understand our mission of rebuilding the area to include simple luxuries people have missed since 2005."

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.

The NEC Digital Cinema Projector Series models meet DCI (Digital Cinema Initiatives) requirements, so exhibitors are prepared to capitalize on current opportunities as well as position themselves for future growth.


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