TORONTO, ON -- February 18, 2011: Cineplex Entertainment announced today that effective immediately, Digital Display & Communications Inc., an award-winning implementer of digital signage networks and associated products and services, will now be known as Cineplex Digital Solutions (CDS). Acquired by Cineplex Entertainment in July 2010, CDS is a digital signage company that designs, installs, maintains and operates digital signage networks on numerous software platforms in retail, financial, hospitality and entertainment markets across North America.

"When we were acquired by Cineplex Entertainment, we knew it was a great opportunity as there is tremendous synergy between the two companies. Our service model networks, combined with Cineplex Digital Media's advertising model networks, sales force and entertainment content provide significant opportunities for future growth," said Stuart Kirkpatrick, President, Cineplex Digital Solutions. "We are also very pleased to announce our program expansion with Labatt and the exciting new consulting agreement with the Canucks."

CDS is pleased to announce that Labatt Breweries of Canada (Labatt) will add 170 PODS to the Labatt POD network which is an in-store digital signage display program custom designed for the brewer. This network currently features more than 500 PODS across five provinces in Canada. CDS began working with Labatt in 2009 to develop an in-store display to dynamically promote product for independently owned beer and liquor stores in Western Canada, later expanding the program to include convenience stores in Quebec. A close working relationship between CDS and Labatt led to the creation of a "POD" system that features a 32-inch LCD monitor and a media player built into a custom fixture that highlights the product. CDS was responsible for the system's design, hardware and software procurement, assembly, configuration and project management. CDS provides ongoing support and adds new creative via a wireless network.

"Cineplex Digital Solutions developed a dynamic digital signage program that led to an immediate increase in sales," said Tracey Sivak, National Customer Marketing Manager, Labatt Breweries of Canada. "The digital signage program they created allows us to easily change creative when stock runs low or a promotion is ending. This has greatly helped our retailers."

Also announced today is that CDS has been selected by Canucks Sports & Entertainment to develop a comprehensive digital signage strategy for the Rogers Arena in Vancouver, BC. CDS will help the organization design a comprehensive communications strategy, recommend strategic placement of digital signage throughout the Rogers Arena and source hardware and software providers. CDS has also provided design consultancy for the fixtures for Canucks Sports & Entertainment to consider in their integration of the displays into the facility.

"We selected Cineplex Digital Solutions based on their experience with Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto where their unique approach to a digital signage network that involved more than 300 screens, created an extremely positive fan experience," said Chip Suttles, Director, Technology, Canucks Sports & Entertainment. "With their help, I know that we'll create a compelling network that showcases our numerous events and corporate sponsors in a dynamic and impactful manner."

Other CDS clients include Holt Renfrew, The Bank of Nova Scotia, Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, CIBC, SunTrust Bank, Sears Canada Inc., Rogers Communications and several others. Cineplex Digital Solutions management will be attending the Digital Signage Expo February 22-25 in Las Vegas, NV. To learn more about Cineplex Digital Solutions, visit www.cineplexdigitalsolutions.com.

 

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Jaume Collet-Serra, director of Unknown, is set to direct Red Circle for Warner Brothers. The project is a remake of the 1970 Jean-Pierre Melville-directed Le Cercle Rouge. Steve Knight (Eastern Promises) is penning the script.

BoxOffice.com is predicting a $25 million four-day haul for Unknown.

 

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Unknown: 3,043 (NEW)
Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son: 2,821 (NEW)
Just Go With It: 3,548 (+0)
Justin Bieber: Never Say Never: 3,118 (+13)
Gnomeo & Juliet: 3,014 (+20)
The Eagle: 2,296 (+0)
The Roommate: 2,160 (-374)
The King's Speech: 2,086 (-177)
No Strings Attached: 1,966 (-790)
True Grit: 1,465 (-607)
Sanctum: 1,372 (-1,417)
The Green Hornet: 1,265 (-825)
The Rite: 1,048 (-1,159)
The Mechanic: 952 (-934)

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Shane Black is in final discussions to take over directing duties on the Iron Man franchise. The third film in the series is set to hit theaters on May 3, 2013.

There's a possibility that Black could pen the script, but nothing is official yet. The writer/director was responsible for writing Lethal Weapon 1 & 2, among others.

Black previously worked with Iron Man star Robert Downey, Jr. on Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, a film that is largely credited with giving Downey's career a much needed boost.

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The Jim Henson company is set to embark on a collaboration with filmmaker Guillermo del Toro and European distributor Pathe to produce a 3D stop-motion adaptation of Pinocchio, the Carlo Collodi fairy tale that was previously adapted into a classic by Disney in 1940. Promising a perhaps unsurprisingly edgier interpretation of the material than Disney's already surprisingly dark film, co-directors Gris Grimly and Mark Gustafson will helm the project based largely on an illustrated version Grimly created in 2002, while del Toro helped develop the story and will produce.

Although del Toro has a number of projects currently underway, including the completion and release of Troy Nixey's Don't Be Afraid of the Dark as well as his own directorial project At the Mountains of Madness, the filmmaker helped crack the story with his longtime collaborator Matthew Robbins, and subsequently enlisted the Jim Henson Company to design the characters. Meanwhile, he also recruited musician Nick Cave as a music consultant, and provided several images to demonstrate the look and tone of the forthcoming project.

 

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