LOS ANGELES -- Google today announced new steps it is taking to help combat online copyright infringement. The following is a comment from Bob Pisano, President and Interim CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. (MPAA):

"We are encouraged by Google's recognition of the responsibility of all participants in the online world to help combat online content theft. These are important first steps toward helping protect the rights of content owners and the more than 2.4 million American jobs that depend on a healthy motion picture and television industry. We look forward to Google's implementation of its announced reforms. We also look forward to working with Google to address other important issues, including Google's listings and rankings of notorious pirate sites as places to go to get movies that are still only in the cinema and other illegal content. Just yesterday, Google announced that it was changing its algorithm so that unscrupulous merchants will not appear high up on search lists. Similar methods can and should be used to address online content theft as well."


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Campbell Scott and Julianne Nicholson will play Peter Parker's parents in director Marc Webb's Spider-Man reboot. Irrfan Khan (Slumdog Millionaire) and Annie Parisse are also in negotiations to join the cast. Khan will play a villain named Van Atter and Parisse will play his wife.

The new flick will hit theaters on July 3, 2012.

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Disney is reportedly telling the cast and crew of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides to set aside a chunk of time in order to shoot two more sequels.

Rob Marshall (Nine) took over for Gore Verbinski on the latest installment. On Stranger Tides will feature Johnny Depp's Jack Sparrow in a more prominent role, and it will also be released in 3D.

Depp already has two major commitments in 2011: Dark Shadows for Tim Burton and The Long Ranger for Verbinski. That could complicate things.

The Pirates of the Caribbean films have grossed more than $2.5 billion worldwide.

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Hong Kong -- GDC Technology ("GDC"), a world leading digital cinema solution provider, is pleased to announce that it has signed a deployment contract with Strong Westrex Inc., a subsidiary of Ballantyne Strong, Inc. (NYSE Amex: BTN) whereby GDC's innovative Integrated Media Block ("IMB") solution is adopted in the latest round of digital rollout spearheaded by China Film Group Corporation ("CFGC"). A total of 200 systems of NEC Series 2 DLP Cinema® projector integrated with GDC's Integrated Media Block ("IMB") and SX-2000 server have been adopted by CFGC in its 2010 digital cinema deployment scheme. Strong Westrex Inc. has been selected by CFGC in supplying and maintaining the NEC and GDC products under its full-service office in Beijing.

China Film Group Corporation is the largest and most influential state-run film enterprise in China. CFGC is involved in a variety of businesses which include film and television production, film distribution and exhibition, film importation and exportation, cinema circuit management, digital cinema deployment, print developing and processing, film equipment management, film and TV production, ancillary products, advertising, property management as well as real estate. For over a decade, CFGC's subsidiary, China Film Import & Export Corporation, has been the sole government-authorized importer of films. CFGC's film and TV production units include: the former China Film Corporation, Beijing Film Studio, China Youth Film Studio, China Film Co-Production Corporation, China Film Equipment Corporation, Movie Channel Production Center, Beijing Film & Video Laboratory and Huayun Film & TV Compact Disk Co., Ltd. GDC and CFGC have a long working history together dating back to 2002. The partnership has produced by far the largest number of installations in the country, currently standing at well over 1,000 units of GDC servers deployed in China.

GDC's IMB is designed to integrate seamlessly into Series 2 DLP Cinema® projectors, the state-of-the-art IMB is another advanced digital cinema solution from GDC. GDC's IMB and SX-2000 server allow customers to enjoy a digital projection solution that is both compact and future-proof based on Texas Instrument's Series 2 DLP Cinema® technology, without compromising its well-known reliability and stability.

"CFGC has worked with GDC for close to a decade now and our faith in GDC has never been stronger," said Han Sanping, Chairman of CFGC. "With over 1,000 GDC servers running in our cinemas tirelessly and reliably delivering picture perfect every time, it is easy to understand why we decide to stick to GDC in our latest round of deployment."

"We have been in close working partnership with GDC in both the Americas and Asia," commented Gary Cavey, President and CEO of Ballantyne Strong. "We are pleased to support GDC with NEC products in the CFGC digital cinema deployment, which is an extension of our very successful partnership with GDC in the U.S. With China expected to increase its digital footprint to fully digitize all the screens in the next three to five years, I am optimistic that our partnership with GDC will bring us more success."

"We are honored to work with Strong Westrex in the latest round of digital deployment for CFGC," said Dr Man-Nang Chong, founder and CEO of GDC Technology. "GDC's innovative IMB offers its customers a digital projection solution that is both cost-effective and future-proof, and above all truly satisfying their actual needs. With a strong R&D base and forerunning technology in the industry, we have reached a new milestone in digital cinema."


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