Source: Daily Mail UK

Ralph Fiennes is the latest actor to take part in discussions for a role in Sam Mendes' upcoming film, which is yet unnamed but it's the 23rd film in the James Bond franchise. Fiennes is reportedly not in the running for the same role that it was announced earlier this week that Javier Bardem was in talks to play, but a role that was described by an executive close to the production as "darkly complex."

According to the unnamed executive, "it's the first of a new generation of Bond films, and the ideas Mendes has push the film into darker territory where the characters are modern, mature and challenging." While this direction certainly sounds intriguing, it will be interesting to see how far Mendes can and will actually go, for two reasons: in both of the last two installments, Casino Royale and A Quantum of Solace, Bond was already portrayed as a much more sophisticated and complex character than in many earlier films, offering almost precisely the kind of "darker territory" Mendes film promises; and the last time the franchise veered into that sort of material, during the Timothy Dalton era, the choice almost killed the franchise.

However, if both Fiennes and Bardem end up joining the production, it will certainly rank among the most star-studded of the Bond films, and that can't hurt its commercial prospects. Thankfully, Daniel Craig will play Bond himself regardless, at the very least ensuring that Bond will return once again in a familiar form.

 

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Beverly Hills, CA -- Eighty-third Academy Awards telecast producers Bruce Cohen and Don Mischer today announced the artists who will perform the nominated songs on the Kodak Theatre stage on Oscar Night®.

Gwyneth Paltrow will perform "Coming Home" from the film "Country Strong."

Original Song nominee A.R. Rahman and Florence Welch, of Florence + the Machine, will perform "If I Rise" from the film "127 Hours." Rahman is nominated for writing the music (Dido and Rollo Armstrong are also nominated for the song's lyric).

Alan Menken, who is nominated for writing the music for "I See the Light" from the animated film "Tangled," will accompany singers Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi on the piano (Glenn Slater is also nominated for the song's lyric).

Randy Newman will perform his nominated song "We Belong Together" from the animated film "Toy Story 3."

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 on the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide.

 

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Washington D.C. -- CinemaCon 2011, the official convention of The National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO), proudly announces that Coca-Cola will serve as the "Official Presenting Sponsor" for its inaugural convention, set to take place from March
28 - 31, 2011 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

When it debuts in 2011, CinemaCon will be the largest and most important annual gathering of cinema owners and operators from around the world. CinemaCon will attract upwards of 5,000 motion picture professionals from all facets of the industry -- from exhibition and distribution, to the equipment and concession areas -- all on hand to celebrate the cinema industry, the moviegoing experience and the cinema industry. From exclusive Hollywood product presentations highlighting a slate of upcoming films, to must-see premiere feature screenings, to the biggest stars, producers and directors, CinemaCon will help jumpstart the excitement and buzz that surrounds the summer season at the box office.

"CinemaCon is simply thrilled to be partnering with Coca-Cola," noted Mitch Neuhauser, Managing Director of CinemaCon. "When it comes to the motion picture theater industry, no single company exemplifies partnership more than our friends at Coca-Cola. Dedicated to promoting the theatrical experience worldwide, Coca-Cola is innovative, on the cutting edge and highly regarded when it comes to their incredible promotional efforts and campaigns from both the exhibition and distribution sides of the business."

"Since Coca-Cola was first served in movie theaters in the early 1920s, our brands have been a refreshing part of the movie-going experience for almost 90 years," said Stefanie Miller, Group Vice President, Strategic Partnership Marketing, Coca-Cola Refreshments. "Through our association with CinemaCon, we're able to connect and collaborate with our valued theater industry partners and create moviegoing experiences that bring moments of happiness to people every day in theaters around the world."

The CinemaCon schedule will be broad, diverse and educational, and will feature a trade show and demonstration suite area, located on three levels of the Caesars Palace Conference Center. Coordinated and run in association with its trade show partners, ICTA (International Cinema Technology Association) and NAC (National Association of Concessionaires), the CinemaCon trade show will be largest of its kind, presented solely for the cinema industry. CinemaCon is delighted to call Caesars Palace its home. As one of Las Vegas' leading casino hotels, the upscale surroundings will offer all delegates the very best with its beautiful new conference center, finest hotel accommodations and world-class restaurants. In addition, a magnificent state-of-the-art theatre, The Colosseum, will accommodate all delegates under the same roof at once.

 

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2411predictions.jpgSanctum: 2,789 (NEW)
The Roommate: 2,534 (NEW)
No Strings Attached: 3,050 (+28)
The Green Hornet: 3,033 (-491)
The Rite: 2,985 (+0)
True Grit: 2,902 (-218)
The Mechanic: 2,704 (+1)
The King's Speech: 2,584 (+27)
The Dilemma: 2,538 (-367)
Black Swan: 1,977 (-338)
Yogi Bear: 1,807 (-326)
The Fighter: 1,662 (-252)

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Paris, France -- SmartJog, the global leader in managed digital delivery services, announced new additions to its Digital Cinema sales team in Europe and North America. SmartJog is also pleased to unveil that during the last year it doubled the number of theatres connected to its satellite network in Europe and now delivers DCPs to 309 cinemas in 9 different European countries. Over the next few weeks, SmartJog plans to deploy an additional 80 sites throughout France, Germany, Belgium, Spain, and Portugal. European distributors will benefit from a true Pan-European delivery platform.

Digital Cinema Sales Team expands in Europe
The new three team members will concentrate efforts on promoting the growth of SmartJog's digital cinema solutions in Germany, Spain, France, Benelux to theatrical distributors, exhibitors and service providers and are reporting to Nicolas Dussert, Director of European Theatrical Sales for SmartJog.

In charge of promoting SmartJog in German-speaking territories, Ursula Reber has joined the SmartJog team as Theatrical Sales Manager, DACH. Ursula will be based in Berlin. Before joining SmartJog, Ursula published market studies on the economics of digital cinema in Europe and the roll-out in Germany. She was a consultant for various companies globally specializing in digital cinema and digital production in Europe.
Responsible for expanding digital cinema services in Spain and Portugal, Anna Fernandez joins SmartJog as Theatrical Sales Manager and will be based in Madrid. Before starting at SmartJog, Anna has spent years working in the audiovisual sector, from production to exhibition, concentrating in all types of genres. Anna later went on to consult in the field of audiovisual marketing and financing for multiplatform European coproduction projects.

Melodie Hoppenot joins SmartJog as Theatrical Sales Executive and will be based in Paris. She will concentrate on building lasting relationships between SmartJog and its customers in France and Benelux. After working as production assistant for audiovisual production companies, Melodie spent a few years working for Pan-Europeenne as marketing and communication manager in charge of developing promotion tools dedicated to distributors, co-producers and financial partners for French and foreign territories.

"We are excited to welcome new staff to our expanding Digital Cinema team. They all have an extensive background in the Cinema industry in their respective countries which will help us build strong relationships with key players in the industry," says Nicolas Dussert, Director of European Theatrical Sales for SmartJog.

Digital Cinema Sales Team expands in North America
The Digital Cinema and Theatrical sales team is also growing in North America with the addition of Ruby Dease to the newly created position of Senior Account Manager. Ruby will be responsible for key Studio and post-production accounts in Los Angeles, with a focus on expanding the use of SmartJog for the transfer of digital cinema content from the US to certain key international territories including South America, Asia, Australia, India, Canada. Dease was Global Account Manager at Ascent Media prior joining SmartJog. She started her career in the entertainment industry at Technicolor Creative Services, where she became an Account Manager, Studio Services, overseeing post-production deliverables for 3 major Studios for international markets. Ruby will report to Christiane Ducasse, Senior Director of Sales for SmartJog USA.

Over 200 feature films and thousands of trailers have been transmitted via satellite to cinemas via SmartJog since 2009. The number of connected digital cinema service providers, mastering facilities and distributors connected and sending DCPs through the SmartJog network has grown to 109 companies in 29 countries.

SmartJog has over 1000 clients who are across the media value chain, including broadcasters, distributors, post-production companies, advertising agencies, new media (VOD, IPTV) platforms, in-flight entertainment and home entertainment service providers,

 

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