inceptionnews2.pngAccording to a report released by Peer Media Technologies and Variety, Inception recorded nearly 4 million illegal downloads from January 1 to February 22, 2011--216,077 of which came from the United States.

The top five:

1. Inception: 3,960,426 (worldwide), 216,077 (United States)
2. The Tourist: 3,029,693 (WW), 181,088 (U.S.)
3. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I: 2,517,479 (WW), 133,579 (U.S.)
4. The Social Network: 2,418, 540 (WW), 272,759 (U.S.)
5. Tangled: 2,363,478 (WW), 172,862 (U.S.)

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22511predictions.pngHall Pass: 2,950 (NEW)
Drive Angry: 2,290 (NEW)
Just Go With It: 3,544 (-4)
I Am Number Four: 3,156 (+2)
Unknown: 3,043 (+0)
Gnomeo & Juliet: 3,037 (+23)
Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son: 2,821 (+0)
Justin Bieber: Never Say Never: 2,810 (-308)
The King's Speech: 2,386 (+300)
The Roommate: 1,726 (-434)
The Eagle: 1,568 (-728)
No Strings Attached: 1,366 (-600)
True Grit: 1,222 (-243)
The Fighter: 668 (-91)
The Green Hornet: 667 (-598)
Black Swan: 617 (-39)
The Rite: 545 (-503)

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Centennial, CO and Overland Park, KS -- National CineMedia (NCM), a leading integrated media company reaching U.S. consumers in movie theaters, online and through mobile technology, has entered into a network affiliate agreement with Showplex Cinemas, Inc. for the presentation of cinema advertising and events.

Under the terms of the exclusive multi-year agreement, 10 Showplex Cinemas with 83 screens in Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Nebraska will join the NCM Cinema Network beginning in April 2011. In addition to exclusively presenting NCM's FirstLook pre-feature program, select Showplex locations also plan to present NCM Fathom Entertainment and Business live and pre-recorded in-theater entertainment and corporate events in the future. Showplex Cinemas has an estimated annual attendance of nearly two million patrons.

"Showplex Cinemas is a new theater circuit with some very exciting growth plans," said Kurt Hall, NCM's president and chief executive officer. "We look forward to growing with them to help bring their patrons more engaging advertising pre shows, as well as entertainment and business events that improve the profitability of their theatres."

"Our goal is to provide our customers with the best movie-going experience possible, and to establish Showplex as the entertainment venue of choice," said Al Lane, chief executive officer of Showplex Cinemas. "I believe that our audiences in the Midwest will really enjoy NCM's entertaining FirstLook and NCM Fathom content, and I'm excited to have our theaters join this great national network."


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ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) has approved a variance that allows for the sale of KODAK Laser Projector Systems using KODAK Laser Projection Technology to cinema exhibitors without the need for individual site or show operator variances. This is an important step forward in delivering brighter 2D and 3D images that provide higher dynamic range and a wider color gamut to theaters.

"The FDA approval brings KODAK Laser Projection Technology significantly closer to the marketplace and validates the work we've done to ensure that this technology is safe and dependable," says Les Moore, Kodak's chief operating officer for Digital Cinema. "In addition to allowing the sale of KODAK Laser Projector Systems using KODAK Laser Projection Technology, the FDA variance serves as a template to be followed by manufacturers that we license to incorporate this new laser technology."

Typically, digital projection systems using high power lasers fall under the definition of a "demonstration laser" and must follow existing regulations for conventional laser projectors, such as those used in laser light show displays. Kodak has been working in conjunction with laser safety consultants and the FDA to address potential safety issues. The unique optical design of KODAK Laser Projection Technology manages the projector output so that it can be considered to be similar to conventional Xenon projection systems. The FDA variance allows the sale of KODAK Laser Projector Systems with KODAK Laser Projection Technology and theater/show configurations incorporating them.

KODAK Laser Projection Technology promises to bring vastly improved image quality to theater screens, including significantly brighter 3D viewing, and to dramatically reduce costs to digital projection in cinemas through the innovative use of long-life lasers, lower-cost optics and more efficient energy usage. Kodak introduced its laser technology in September 2010. The technology has been received enthusiastically by exhibitors, manufacturers, studios and viewers who have seen the demonstrations.

Moore notes that KODAK Laser Projection Technology is a key ingredient to potential improvements in digital cinema picture quality for both filmmakers and movie-goers. "This laser technology is a significant breakthrough that promises to have a positive ripple effect throughout the cinema world," adds Moore. "We at Kodak have always endeavored to provide filmmakers with the best possible tools with which to tell their stories. That philosophy has served us well for more than a century, and we will continue nurturing that partnership long into the future."

Kodak is in discussions to license this advanced technology, with an eye toward marketplace implementation within the next two years.
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Rancho Cordova, CA -- Digital cinema pioneer Barco began shipments of its newly released DLP Cinema 4K projectors to Cinemark's (NYSE: CNK) theatres today, starting with Cinemark's West Plano, Texas theatre. This shipment of native 4K DLP projectors is another milestone demonstrating Barco's technology leadership. In the same way that Cinemark has achieved differentiation in the market with its XD concept, Barco will continue to help deliver a premium experience for moviegoers with its 4K projectors.

"Across the globe, the Cinemark brand represents a premium digital cinema experience. As a premiere movie exhibitor, it is critical for us to continually offer the best technology available at all times and with Barco's unparalleled brightness, image quality and reliability, we know that we can deliver the ultimate theatre experience to our patrons time and time again," commented Alan Stock, CEO of Cinemark. "Just as importantly, Barco has met every single commitment they've made to Cinemark, including 100% on-time installations even with a very aggressive deployment schedule."

Barco has rapidly lifted production to fulfill demand around the world, providing several models of its DLP 4K projectors for the various theatre footprints maintained by Cinemark. The DP4K-32B will be installed in Cinemark's largest theatres, including XD premium auditoriums, while the DP4K-23B will be deployed in the majority of Cinemark's standard auditoriums. Barco's projectors feature the highest image quality and Guiness world record brightness, with a modular design that enables easy installation and maintenance, an intuitive user interface and smart auto lamp alignment, all at the lowest total cost of ownership, thanks to low lamp and electrical operating costs, reusable filters, and minimal maintenance requirements.

"Cinemark continues to be a fantastic partner to Barco and we are very happy to keep them at the forefront of movie exhibition. Our continued technology leadership, featuring numerous industry firsts, ensures that our projectors perform at the highest caliber to provide a rich, immersive, and differentiated experience for their moviegoers," commented Todd Hoddick, VP of Barco's Entertainment Division in North America.


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