NEW YORK -- Cinedigm Digital Cinema (NASDAQ: CIDM) is bringing the highly anticipated 3D animated movie Yu-Gi-Oh 3D!: Bonds Beyond Time to digital theatres across the nation for 4Kids Entertainment (PK: KIDE) and Nihon Ad Systems. Moviegoers at the four special event screenings will receive an exclusive Konami "Malefic Red-Eyes B. Dragon" Yu-Gi-Oh! collectible trading card from the legendary TRADING CARD GAME, as well as a mini-manga from Viz Media.

Bonds Beyond Time is the world's first full-length animated feature to be drawn by hand and then rendered into 3D for the big screen. This North American film version has a ten-minute back story on the three main characters, Yugi Muto (from Yu-Gi-Oh! Classic), Jaden Yuki (from Yu-Gi-Oh! GX), and Yusei Fudo (from Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's) that incorporates scenes from all three animated series. Created by renowned manga artist, Kazuki Takahashi, Bonds Beyond Time benefits from the extremely targeted and efficient distribution model brought forth by digital cinema technology. Digital cinema provides moviemakers with a unique opportunity to bring their theatrical releases to screens while eliminating the cost of film prints and effectively reaching the fan base through social media, grassroots efforts and highly targeted media campaigns without the cost of a traditional national advertising campaign.

Bonds Beyond Time will be brought to 250 theatres for two consecutive weekends on February 26 & 27 and March 5 & 6 throughout the United States. Theatre locations will be confirmed in the coming weeks. Visit www.YugiohMovie3D.com for the trailer and more updates.

Already an international success, Bonds Beyond Time attracted more than 100,000 people at 124 3D theaters across Japan during its premiere weekend in January 2010. Tickets sold out almost instantly for the first two showings at United Cinema Toyosu, where the cast and creator, Kazuki Takahashi, made a special live appearance to greet the fans. In its limited three-week run, the film garnered nearly $3,000,000 in revenues.

Yu-Gi-Oh! 3D: Bonds Beyond Time is one of many recent live and alternative content programming releases by Cinedigm, including 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.

 

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Los Angeles, CA -- RealD Inc. (NYSE: RLD), a leading global licensor of 3D technologies for cinema, consumer electronics and professional applications, announced today that it has developed and begun deploying to motion picture exhibition venues the XLW Cinema System. An extension of the award-winning XL Cinema System, the XLW Cinema System can accommodate a throw ratio as wide as 1.0 (projection distance divided by screen width), and is designed for use in premium large screen motion picture auditoriums, theme parks and specialty theatres with stadium seating.

The XLW Cinema System is capable of delivering crisp, clear 3D images on screens up to 82 feet (25 meters) wide and maintains the industry-leading performance of the XL Cinema System by delivering to a screen twice the light of competing 3D projection technologies while utilizing a single DLP® digital cinema projector.

"Many exhibitors are rolling out their own premium large screen auditoriums equipped with RealD 3D so they can give moviegoers a big screen experience across the full slate of 3D movie releases," said Joseph Peixoto, President of Worldwide Cinema at RealD. "The XLW Cinema System, with its 1.0 throw ratio and industry-leading light levels, is designed for these premium auditoriums' stadium seating configuration. The XLW will assure that exhibitors have optimal 3D projection so moviegoers experience crisp, clear images for a fully immersive RealD 3D experience."

RealD 3D technology is currently deployed in premium large screen auditoriums with a number of motion picture exhibitors including Regal (RPX), AMC (ETX), Cinemark (XD), Carmike (BigD), Marcus (UltraScreen), Cineplex (UltraAVX) and Essex Cinemas (T-Rex).

The XLW Cinema System utilizes light efficiency technology introduced with the XL Cinema System, which captures light lost by other 3D projection technologies and recycles it back onto the screen for a brighter and more immersive 3D experience. By utilizing a single digital cinema projector, XLW Cinema Systems do not suffer from the imbalance and misalignment issues of dual projector systems and offer exhibitors cost savings on power usage and equipment such as projectors and lamps.

RealD plans to demonstrate the XLW Cinema System at the Digital Cinema Symposium January 24-25, 2011, at Moody Gardens in Galveston, TX.

RealD is a leading licensor of 3D technology for motion picture theatres. As of the quarter ending September 24, 2010, RealD had deployed its 3D technology on approximately 9,300 cinema screens worldwide.

 

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Source: Deadline.com

Paramount has set a May 11, 2012 release date for The Dictator, the new comedy from Sasha Baron Cohen and director Larry Charles. Scott Rudin, Alec Berg, Jeff Schaffer and David Mandel are producing.

Source: LA Times

After working with Larry Charles on Borat and Bruno, Sacha Baron Cohen will make it a trifecta with The Dictator, a new comedy. The project follows a "goat herder and deposed foreign dictator who gets lost in this country."

Cohen is currently shooting Hugo Cabret with Martin Scorsese. The 3D flick is set to hit theaters on December 9, 2011.

Combined, Borat and Bruno brought in nearly $300 million worldwide.

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Beverly Hills, CA - Nine films will advance to the next round of voting in the Foreign Language Film category for the 83rd Academy Awards®. Sixty-six films had originally qualified in the category.

The films, listed in alphabetical order by country, are:

Algeria, "Hors la Loi" ("Outside the Law"), Rachid Bouchareb, director;
Canada, "Incendies," Denis Villeneuve, director;
Denmark, "In a Better World," Susanne Bier, director;
Greece, "Dogtooth," Yorgos Lanthimos, director;
Japan, "Confessions," Tetsuya Nakashima, director;
Mexico, "Biutiful," Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, director;
South Africa, "Life, above All," Oliver Schmitz, director;
Spain, "Tambien la Lluvia" ("Even the Rain"), Iciar Bollain, director;
Sweden, "Simple Simon," Andreas Ohman, director.

Foreign Language Film nominations for 2010 are again being determined in two phases.

The Phase I committee, consisting of several hundred Los Angeles-based members, screened the 66 eligible films between mid-October and January 13. The group's top six choices, augmented by three additional selections voted by the Academy's Foreign Language Film Award Executive Committee, constitute the shortlist.
The shortlist will be winnowed down to the five nominees by specially invited committees in New York and Los Angeles. They will spend Friday, January 21, through Sunday, January 23, viewing three films each day and then casting their ballots.

The 83rd Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Tuesday, January 25, 2011, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2010 will be presented on Sunday, February 27, 2011, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live by the ABC Television Network. The Oscar® presentation also will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide.

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After months of speculation, some key announcements were made today about Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises.

The official release from Warner Bros.:

BURBANK, CA -- Warner Bros. Pictures announced today that Anne Hathaway has been cast as Selina Kyle in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises. She will be starring alongside Christian Bale, who returns in the title role of Bruce Wayne/Batman.

Christopher Nolan stated, "I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Anne Hathaway, who will be a fantastic addition to our ensemble as we complete our story."

In addition, Tom Hardy has been set to play Bane. Nolan said, "I am delighted to be working with Tom again and excited to watch him bring to life our new interpretation of one of Batman's most formidable enemies."

Nolan will direct the film from a screenplay he wrote with Jonathan Nolan, from a story by Christopher Nolan and David S. Goyer. Nolan will also produce the film with his longtime producing partner, Emma Thomas, and Charles Roven.

The Dark Knight Rises is slated for release on July 20, 2012. The film will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

 

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