New York, NY -- Screenvision, the leading innovator in cinema advertising, announced today its partnership with Crimson Films and PMK*BNC to theatrically distribute the indie-horror film "Bereavement," directed/written by Stevan Mena and produced by Vincent Butta.

"Bereavement" will be screened in select theatres nationwide on Friday, March 4th with additional locations starting on Friday, March 18th. In conjunction with Crimson Films, the initial release on March 4th will take place in Allentown, PA, Raleigh/Durham, NC, Madison, WI, Columbus, OH, Minneapolis, MN, Baton Rouge, LA and Long Island, NY with the March 18th showings taking place in Birmingham, AL, Providence, RI, San Antonio, TX, Milwaukee, WI and the New York DMA.

The film will be playing at the following Screenvision exhibitor partners' theatres: Carmike Cinemas, Rave Motion Pictures, Carmike Cinemas, Carolina Cinemas, Marcus Theatres, National Amusements Theatres, Premiere Cinemas, Santikos Theatres, Clearview Cinemas and Reading Cinemas.

BEREAVEMENT tells the story of Martin's whereabouts which have remained a mystery for five years, until 17 year old Allison Miller comes to live with her uncle, Jonathan. While exploring her new surroundings, Allison discovers things aren't quite right at the farmhouse down the road. Her curiosity disturbs a hornet's nest of evil and despair that once torn open, can never be closed. The film stars Michael Biehn (Aliens, The Terminator, Grindhouse), Alexandra Daddario (Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, Hall Pass (2011), John Savage (The Deer Hunter, Hair), Nolan Gerard Funk (Spectacular, Smallville) and Brett Rickaby (The Crazies, Zodiac)

"Screenvision is excited to partner with Crimson Films and PMK*BNC to bring "BEREAVEMENT" to theatres across the country for this theatrical release," said Darryl Schaffer, Executive Vice President, Operations and Exhibitor Relations, Screenvision.

"I am thrilled to team with Screenvision and PMK*BNC to support Bereavement's theatrical release. Both companies have a tremendous amount of experience and resources that will contribute to projected success of the film," says director Stevan Mena.

 

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Source: The Wrap

Former Weinstein Company executive Tom Ortenberg will be heading this venture, which is now tentatively called Open Road.

Source: LATimes.com

Regal and AMC are reportedly close to joining forces to acquire and release independent movies. The move would give the two giant exhibitorscombined they represent 31% of the nation's screensmore control over how much money they bring in. Traditionally, studios take anywhere from 50-55% of box office receipts.

AMC already runs a program called AMC Independent that allows small films to reach a larger audience. The union will benefit moviegoers in rural areas who don't normally have access to arthouse flicks.

With attendance falling around 5% in 2010, theaters are working hard to come up with new ways to entice patrons. Alternative contentconcerts, operas, sporting events, etc.is picking up momentum during weeknights that would traditionally be very slow.

The relationship between exhibitors and studios is starting to feel some strain due to the goal of most studios to being utilizing premium video on demand. Exhibitors fear that allowing moviegoers to access films from home too quickly will seriously cut into their profits, and ultimately put the theatrical business in serious danger.

 

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3411predictions.pngRango: 3,917 (NEW)
The Adjustment Bureau: 2,840 (NEW)
Take Me Home Tonight: 2,003 (NEW)
Beastly: 1,952 (NEW)
Gnomeo & Juliet: 2,984 (-53)
Hall Pass: 2,950 (+0)
Just Go With It: 2,920 (-624)
Unknown: 2,913 (-130)
I Am Number Four: 2,903 (-253)
Drive Angry 3D: 2,290 (+0)
Justin Bieber: Never Say Never: 2,254 (-556)
The King's Speech: 2,240 (-145)
Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son: 1,642 (-1,179)
True Grit: 725 (-497)
Black Swan: 681 (+64)
The Roommate: 606 (-1,120)
The Fighter: 575 (-93)

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SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. -- Lucasfilm Ltd. and Twentieth Century Fox announced today that the 3D theatrical launch of Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace now has an official release date - February 10, 2012! Set against the thrilling and exotic backdrop of a "galaxy far, far away," Star Wars is perfectly suited to the immersive 3D theatrical experience, and Episode I delivers some of the Saga's most stunning and spectacular sequences - from the Naboo invasion to the Tatooine Podraces to the climactic lightsaber battle between Darth Maul and the Jedi. Supervised by Industrial Light & Magic, the meticulous conversion is being done with utmost respect for the source material, and with a keen eye for both technological considerations and artistic intentions.

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Paris, France) -- Technicolor (Euronext Paris: TCH; NYSE: TCH) today announced it has signed an agreement with CINE PROJECT (www.cine-project.de), a market-leading distributor and installer of analog and digital cinema equipment, to bring innovative solutions and pricing to the market and ignite the demand for Technicolor 3D in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

"We're excited to launch Technicolor 3D in these new markets," said Joe Berchtold, president of Technicolor's Creative Services division. "We have a very affordable technology solution that helps to bridge the gap to solve the current shortage of digital 3D screens, and bring 3D to audiences in International markets of all sizes."

Currently, Technicolor 3D has installed more than 500 screens internationally and released 15 titles from major motion picture studios. Studios supporting the Technicolor 3D format include Paramount, Warner Bros, DreamWorks Animation, Universal, The Weinstein Company, Lionsgate Films, Summit and Relativity Media. Forthcoming movies expected to be available in Technicolor 3D include: Drive Angry (Summit), Thor (Paramount), Kung Fu Panda (Paramount/DreamWorks), Green Lantern (Warner Bros.), Transformers Dark of the Moon (Paramount) and Harry Potter 7: Part II (Warner Bros).

Technicolor 3D employs a proprietary system that generates a high quality 3D image on standard 35 mm film and leverages the existing 35mm film projectors in use today by many U.S. and international theatres. A patent-pending lens system splits the left and right eye images as the film runs through the projector and delivers a 3D image onto a silver screen. The solution works with low cost circular polarized disposable 3D glasses - identical to those used for digital 3D - to translate the film's content into an image that is perceived by the viewer as being three-dimensional. The silver screen can be used for the projection of both Technicolor 3D as well as traditional 2D content.

Technicolor 3D is available now in the United States, Canada, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Spain, Italy, Japan, Latin America and throughout the Asia-Pacific Region at a fraction of the cost of a digital 3D system. For more information, visit www.technicolor3D.com.

 

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