TOKYO -- GDC Technology ("GDC"), a world leading digital cinema solution provider, in conjunction with its partner, USHIO Inc., is pleased to announce that it has reached a new agreement with Shochiku Co., Ltd. ("Shochiku"), under a VPF program to supply DCI-compliant digital cinema equipment to Shochiku Multiplex Theaters ("SMT"), a wholly owned subsidiary of Shochiku.

GDC currently holds the largest number of VPF agreements with the Hollywood Studios in Asia. Under the VPF program, participating studios will temporarily provide financial contributions towards the DCI-compliant digital equipment, thus exhibitors will greatly benefit from a reduced capital outlay and low risk. Deployment offered by GDC and USHIO under the VPF program is extremely favorable amongst exhibitors as it provides the highest quality products with the least capital expenditures. This agreement will involve the deployment of GDC servers and Christie projectors across Shochiku and SMT theatres totaling more than 200 screens.

USHIO, a pioneer in the light sourcing industry, was established in 1964 with a focus on lamps, now offers a large range of products, many of which boast the top market share in niche markets throughout the world. Possessing an abundance of unique optical technology, USHIO, through its subsidiary Xebex Inc., is a well established system integrator.

Founded in 1895, Shochiku currently possess 32 movie theatres and 305 screens (including joint ventures), establishing itself as a leading motion picture producer, distributor, and exhibitor in Japan. "We were excited to learn that GDC and USHIO are jointly offering this new VPF program," said Atsushi Nakajima, Managing director of Theatrical exhibition of Shochiku and CEO of SMT. "GDC and USHIO are the obvious choice for our digital cinema deployment. Based on their highly successful track record, we believe they can provide the highest quality products combined with reliable long-term services."


"We are delighted to expand our partnership with Ushio to provide digital cinema solution to Shochiku, which is a prestigious and oldest entertainment company found in 1895," said Dr. Man-Nang CHONG, founder and CEO of GDC Technology. "We are glad that more exhibitors are recognizing the benefits of GDC's VPF program. And we are confident that this collaboration will not only heighten the cinematic experience for moviegoers, but also ensure Shochiku is served with top quality and future proof digital cinema technology."

 

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A new version of Justin Bieber: Never Say Never will be release this coming weekend for an exclusive one-week engagement. The official release:

Los Angeles, CA -- As he began the editing process several months ago, and upon realizing the significant amount of great footage he had obtained, director Jon M. Chu began to develop with the studio an idea for a second, and more fan centric, edition of the movie. While promoting the film's initial release, he spent dozens of hours on Twitter and Facebook engaging with fans to learn more about what they were most anxious to see. Some scenes contained in the new cut include: more of Justin's friends and hometown life, new songs and performances, and special footage shot at fan premiere's across the country.

"I realized I had an embarrassment of riches when I was I in the cutting room," said Chu. "This cut allows me to retain some of the best scenes from the original movie, while incorporating previously unseen footage and new material I shot during our extensive promotional tour on behalf of the movie. Justin's dedication to his fan base is unwavering and I was inspired as a filmmaker to attempt to provide them a unique experience that showed even more of his world."

"It is a testament to the professionalism and tenacity of Jon and the production team for turning around this new version of "JUSTIN BIEBER: NEVER SAY NEVER" DIRECTOR'S FAN CUT in only a few months, giving fans an even deeper look into Justin's life," said Adam Goodman, President Paramount Film Group.

"JUSTIN BIEBER: NEVER SAY NEVER" DIRECTOR'S FAN CUT is the inspiring true story and rare inside look at the rise of Justin from street performer in the small town of Stratford, Ontario to internet phenomenon to global super star culminating with a dream sold out show at the famed Madison Square Garden in 3D. It is directed by Jon M. Chu and produced by Scooter Braun, Justin Bieber, Antonio "L.A." Reid, Usher Raymond IV, Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz.

For more information go to: http://www.JustinBieberNeverSayNever.com.

 

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Paris, France -- Film director Michel Gondry is to head up the short film and Cinéfondation jury of the 64th Festival de Cannes, following in the footsteps of Atom Egoyan, Hou Hsiao Hsien, Martin Scorsese and John Boorman.

With his seven feature films, several shorts and seventy-odd music videos, Michel Gondry, who is also a musician, has created an incredibly original body of work coloured with dreamscape qualities and Utopian ideals. A master craftsman, a modern day Méliès, he is a cinemagician who constantly reinvents the technical effects and enchantments of the medium of film.

In 2001, his first feature, Human Nature was selected for the Festival de Cannes. He was back in 2008 with the Tokyo! triptych at Un Certain Regard, and presented out of competition the documentary The Thorn in the Heart in 2009.

The Academy Award winning screenplay in 2004, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind was followed in 2006 by The Science of Sleep and Be Kind, Rewind in 2008. The Green Hornet, on general release in France since January 2011, has been his biggest box office hit thus far.

At the Centre Pompidou in Paris, Michel Gondry has just been opening his Amateur Film Factory (Usine de films amateurs) as part of the Nouveau Festival. It is part creative studio think-tank and part DIY laboratory - a space offering anyone the chance to make a short film in three hours.

This gifted illusionist will, alongside his fellow jury members, award the three Cinéfondation prizes on Friday 20th May, and then the Palme d'Or for the best short film at the Closing Ceremony on May 22nd 2011.

 

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Source: The Telegraph

In yet another example of irrational movie theater violence, a 42-year-old Latvian man was shot dead on Saturday evening after a screening of Black Swan in Riga, the Latvian capital. The 27-year-old male perpetrator was apparently angered by how loud the victim was chewing his popcorn.

America has seen similar incidents. Last March, a male moviegoer was stabbed with a meat thermometer after asking a woman to silence her cell phone during a screening of Martin Scorsese's Shutter Island.

 

 

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Source: NYTimes.com

A deal could be in place early this week that will make Chris Dodd Hollywood's new chief lobbyist.

Bob Pisano is currently the interim leader of the MPAA. He has been running the organization since Dan Glickman stepped down last April.

Dodd will face some tough issues such as the current release window controversy and piracy. The gig comes with a reported $1.2 million a year salary.

 

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