CHICAGO -- NEC Display Solutions of America, a leading provider of commercial LCD display and projector solutions, announced today the availability of the NC3240S, its first 4K DLP digital cinema projector, which joins the Digital Cinema Projector Series models NC1200C, NC2000C and NC3200S.

The NC3240S can be seen at ShowEast 2010 (NEC Display Solutions Suite K) on October 11-14 at the Orlando World Center Marriott in Orlando, Fla.

Equipped with the new 1.38" 4K DLP Cinema® Chip from Texas Instruments®, the NC3240S is fully Digital Cinema Initiative (DCI) Compliant. The projector provides a brightness of 31,000 ANSI lumens and offers exceptionally bright images on screens sized up to 105-feet wide. The NC3240 projector provides users with a modular design that simplifies servicing and minimizes downtime. Its clear electronic layout and wiring, easy prism replacement and custom DMD shielding gaskets with patented reflector design help reduce maintenance costs and enable quick parts replacement.

"NEC's industry-leading full service and support is what sets us apart, from financing to installation to maintenance," said Jim Reisteter, General Manager for Digital Cinema Projectors at NEC Display Solutions. "The NC3240S is a prominent example of NEC's unrivaled Digital Cinema Series Projectors as it combines ease of use for operators with bar-setting reliability in its feature set. Uniquely designed functions, like its cooling system, and continued excellence in technologies, like its support for all major suppliers of 3D accessories, is what exhibitors expect from the NEC brand. As such, we anticipate working with the other leading providers of 2K/4K IMB and local storage servers as we test for compatibility."

The NC3240S offers the following features:
. Newly designed cooling system, which creates positive air pressure internally to prevent contaminates from entering the main chassis
. 4 KW variant for smaller screens
. Custom DMD shielding, which protects the projector from dust and oil, thereby providing optimal picture quality
. One-Touch Operation and Memory Functions, which store eight projector configurations such as lens shift position, zoom and focus, and lamp power settings
. Auto Lamp Brightness Control, which continuously monitors the lamp's brightness and maintains a consistent level by adjusting the lamp power as it ages
. Trouble-Free Lamp Replacement, which allows maintenance personnel to replace lamps from the back of the projector
. Intuitive keypad
. 3D capabilities with special 3D control connector and optional automatic turret to mount polarizers in front of the lens
. Optional 2K/4K Integrated Media Block (IMB) and Local Storage Server, making NEC the only manufacturer in the market to offer a DLP cinema projector/server solution developed completely in-house. The IMB's internal design allows for content management, screen management and higher security

The powerful 7KW version of the cinema projector will be available from the beginning of 2011 together with the 4KW variant for smaller screens. NEC will also be offering a convenient 4K upgrade option for its current NC3200S 2K model.

For more information about NEC's digital cinema projectors, please visit http://www.necdisplay.com/Products/SubClass/?subclass=Projectors.
To learn more about financing options, please visit http://www.necdisplay.com/GoDigital or contact NECDigitalCinemaLease@neclease.com.

 

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CULVER CITY, Calif., -- Rhys Ifans will play the villain, opposite Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker and Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy, in the next installment of Spider-Man from Columbia Pictures and Marvel Studios, it was announced today by Amy Pascal, co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment and Matt Tolmach, president of Columbia Pictures. The film, to be directed by Marc Webb from a screenplay by James Vanderbilt and produced by Avi Arad and Laura Ziskin, will begin production in December and will be released in theaters nationwide in 3D on July 3, 2012.

Commenting on the announcement, Tolmach said, "We have been very fortunate to attract some of the best actors working today to play the villains in the Spider-Man movies, and it is exciting to see that trend continue with Rhys Ifans. After seeing his performance in our upcoming film Anonymous, we're in awe of his talent and think he's the perfect choice to take on this role."

The filmmakers prefer to not reveal which character Ifans will be playing in the forthcoming film.

Webb added, "What sets the Spider-Man villains apart is the complexity of their relationships with Peter Parker. Rhys' incredible ability to embody both warmth and rage makes him the ideal choice for this character."

Spider-Man is being overseen at the studio by Tolmach and Rachel O'Connor. Ifans is represented by United Talent Agency, Brillstein Entertainment Partners, and Independent Talent Group.

RHYS IFANS' breakout performance came in 1999 in Roger Michell's Notting Hill, opposite Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant, for which he received a BAFTA Film Award nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role. Prior to that, Ifans starred in Heart, Twin Town, August, and Dancing at Lughnasa, and since then, he has appeared in more than 20 films, including Vanity Fair; Rancid Aluminium, Little Nicky; The Replacements; Hannibal Rising, Enduring Love; Human Nature; Formula 51; Hotel; The Shipping News; Once Upon A Time in the Midlands, Elizabeth: The Golden Age, Pirate Radio; Greenberg; and Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang. He will next appear in Mr. Nice, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Passion Play, and Columbia Pictures' Anonymous, for director Roland Emmerich.

On television, he played the role of Peter Cook in Terry Johnson's "Not Only But Always," for which he won the BAFTA TV Award for Best Actor. He also appeared in "A Number." In the theatre, Ifans has appeared in "Accidental Death of an Anarchist," "Bad Finger," "Volpone," "Under Milk Wood," "Beautiful Thing," "Thyesters," and, most recently, Patrick Marber's adaptation of "Don Juan in Soho" at the Donmar Warehouse.

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BURBANK, Calif. -- Walt Disney Studios announced today, October 10, 2010 ("10-10-10"), the kickoff of the official 10-week countdown to the release of "TRON: Legacy," which opens in theaters December 17, 2010. Every week for the next 10 weeks marks a major milestone in the countdown as The Walt Disney Company rolls out exciting new TRON events, film content, products and announcements in preparation for the worldwide film launch, including:

TRON Night: An IMAX 3D Experience, a special event on October 28, 2010, that will give audiences worldwide the first opportunity to step onto the Grid and into the cutting-edge, 3D world of Walt Disney Pictures' high-tech adventure "TRON: Legacy," during an exciting 20-plus-minute sneak peek of the highly anticipated film, sponsored by Asus Computer International.

Select IMAX 3D theaters nationwide and 3D & IMAX 3D theaters internationally will offer a special screening of thrilling, never-before-seen 3D footage. "It's exciting to offer fans an early, exclusive 3D preview of ‘TRON: Legacy' in the ultimate of formats. We can't wait for audiences around the world to experience the visually stunning and cutting-edge world that director Joe Kosinski has created," said Sean Bailey, President of Production, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.

Greg Foster, Chairman and President of IMAX Filmed Entertainment, is equally enthusiastic. "We are ecstatic that the Disney team and the ‘TRON: Legacy' filmmakers elected to debut this amazing footage exclusively in our network of theaters," said Foster. "This first-look in IMAX 3D is the most immersive way to bring audiences into the world of ‘TRON: Legacy' and kick-off the countdown to the film's highly-anticipated launch."

Tickets to the October 28th TRON Night events are free and will be distributed for US and Canadian screenings on a first-come, first-serve basis starting 10:00 a.m./PDT on the first "TRON Tuesday," October 12, 2010. Information for U.S. and Canadian ticketing can be found onFacebook.com/TRON.

** Beginning today, fans have the opportunity to purchase tickets to select IMAX 3Dmidnight screenings of "TRON: Legacy." Tickets may be purchased at all participating IMAX locations and online at Disney.com/TRON.

** "TRON Tuesdays"- every Tuesday for the next 10 weeks, exclusive new video and film content, including behind-the-scenes exclusives, trailers and artwork, will be released around the world online and through select broadcast outlets. To get the latest on "TRON Tuesdays" and more, visit Disney.com and Facebook.com/TRON.

**"10-10-10" also marks the launch of Disney.com's TRON: Get on the GridSweepstakes, featuring hundreds of prizes including a Grand Prize Trip for four to experience ElecTRONica, the new street celebration at Disney California AdventureTM Park. Details and official entry rules are available at Disney.com/TRONsweeps.

ADDITIONAL HIGHLIGHTS OF THE 10-WEEK COUNTDOWN:
** Walt Disney Records will release the "TRON: Legacy" official motion picture Soundtrack, scored by the French electronic music duo Daft Punk, on December 7th.
** In addition to new merchandise arriving to stores this month, Disney Consumer Products will debut exciting, new "TRON: Legacy" products and promotions, including a special line for women, a one-of-a-kind immersive retail destination for products and a unique gadget line for music and gaming fans.

** On December 7th, Disney Interactive Studios will launch the next-gen videogame "TRON: Evolution" for all major home video game consoles, Windows PC and handheld platforms.**

Disney Parks is celebrating "TRON: Legacy" with ElecTRONica, a nighttimestreet event at Disney California AdventureTM Park, featuring a dynamic visual- and music-based experience, a re-creation of Flynn's Arcade and an opportunity to see a special 3D preview of "TRON: Legacy." ElecTRONica runs from now until April 2011 every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night and nightly through the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday periods.

Information on all TRON activities can be found at Disney.com/TRON

 

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NEW YORK -- The Cinema Advertising Council (CAC), a national non-profit trade association which serves cinema advertising sellers, the theatrical exhibition community and the advertising community, announced that Cliff Marks has been elected president and chairman of the industry association, and Loren Venturi-Miller executive director. Effective immediately, they join Bob Brouillette and Laura Adler, returning as treasurer and secretary, respectively.

"With cinema advertising having grown 28% in the past three years, it's an exciting time to be in this segment of the business," said Mr. Marks, who previously held the position of CAC president and chairman from 2006-2007. "Advertisers and agencies are finding new and creative ways to embrace the complete cinema environment, as well balanced part of any sight, sound and motion marketing effort. From on-screen spots and pre-shows that feature thoughtful, branded entertainment, to integration of 3-D, mobile and other new technologies into cinema campaigns - and the CAC and its members will continue to guide the industry as it evolves."

Mr. Marks is also the president of sales and marketing at National CineMedia (NCM), a position he has held since 2002, and was recently identified as #17 on the 2010 "Mediaweek 50" which lists top executives in the advertising and media industry who "advanced innovation, revenue and influence for their companies." Prior to joining NCM, he was SVP national sales for ESPN/ABC Sports from 1989-2002, and a network TV buyer at BBDO Advertising from 1984-1987. He holds a BS in Marketing and Advertising from the University of Florida.

Ms. Venturi-Miller is also the senior VP of national and regional sales at Screenvision, where she has been for over 12 years. There, she is responsible for the strategic direction of the company's national and regional sales efforts as well as overseeing the respective teams in New York, Los Angeles, Detroit, Dallas and Chicago. She is also responsible for the development of engaging cinema advertising platforms as well as the advancement of long-term relationships with key accounts. Prior to joining Screenvision, she worked in executive sales and marketing for Hatchette Filipacchi Media for seven years.

Mr. Brouillette has been a CAC officer since 2004. He is also NCM's senior vice president of business development, where he is challenged to identify and capture sponsorship opportunities, forge new business partnerships with other entertainment and media companies, and create new media solutions for undeveloped NCM client categories. Prior to his time at NCM, Mr. Brouillette held several senior level positions throughout his 17 years in the media industry, including executive VP, marketing and business development at Fanfare Media Works as from 2000-2002; senior VP, marketing and business and at News America Marketing from 1997-2000; and senior VP, sales and marketing for SPAR Marketing Force from 1993-1997. Mr. Brouillette holds a BS from Iowa State University.

Ms. Adler is president of A&G Marketing Group, Inc., and serves clients in both the for-profit and not-for profit sectors, including the CAC which she's managed since its inception in 2003. Ms. Adler worked at National Cinema Network for more than 18 years, where she started her career as an account executive in 1986. She was promoted in 1996 to vice president of marketing and public relations. Ms. Adler graduated with a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University. She also serves on the Board of Advisors for Brainy Camps Association of Children's National Medical Center.

 

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SHOWEAST, Orlando -- GDC Technology ("GDC"), a world leading digital cinema solution provider, is pleased to announce it has been selected by Santa Rosa ("SR") Entertainment Group for its 3,000 seat booth-less digital cinema project at its new Blue Oaks Cinema 16 multiplex in Rocklin CA. The equipment will be installed by Portland, Oregon-based American Cinema Equipment ("ACE"), a premiere equipment and service provider for theatres. Blue Oaks Cinema 16 is slated to open in November, just in time for the many upcoming holiday movie releases.

The Tocchini family has had a long history of innovation in theater exhibition. In the 1920's, its Strand Theater showed the first "Talkies" in Santa Rosa. Today, SR Entertainment Group operates, designs, builds and renovates many state-of-art theatres, and the family tradition of innovation continues with its new groundbreaking booth-less Blue Oak Cinema 16.

"The compact nature of digital cinema technology lends itself to innovative design possibilities," said Larry Jacobson, owner of Digital Cinema Development, Inc. ("DCD"), the theater design company responsible for transforming the old Mervyns' store into the Blue Oaks Cinema 16. "Mounting the projectors on lifts at the rear of the auditoriums creates a very cost effective solution."

"The cost savings we realized by converting the old Mervyns' store would not have been possible without the digital cinema technology and booth-less solution," said Dan Tocchini, President and CEO of SR Entertainment Group. "This savings enabled us to install best of breed furnishings and equipment. GDC's digital server solution was a natural fit".

"It is a pleasure to announce GDC as our digital cinema server provider for our new Blue Oaks location. GDC is a leader in the digital cinema server field with a reputation for outstanding service and consistent technological advances," said Neil Pearlmutter, VP of Operations and New Development of SR Entertainment Group. "GDC's "future-proof" solution will allow Blue Oaks to remain contemporary for years to come".

"We are proud that SR had the confidence in us and picked GDC as the sole server provider for this trendsetting project. The Blue Oaks cinema design is a first in the industry and GDC is honoured to be associated with SR and Larry Jacobson boasting such innovations," said Dr Man-Nang Chong, founder and CEO of GDC Technology. "GDC is a firm believer in innovation and we look forward to working with SR and Larry in the near future."

 

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