justinbiebernews.pngThe top five daily sellers as of 8 a.m. PT:

Justin Bieber: Never Say Never: 71%
Gnomeo and Juliet: 7%
Just Go With It: 5%
The King's Speech: 3%
No Strings Attached: 2%

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Los Angeles -- One of the nation's most innovative theater circuits has cemented its bond with the nation's leading movie ticketing destination.

Cobb Theatres, a leader in unique moviegoer experiences including reserved seating, fine dining and cinema technology at 222 screens across the country, has renewed its agreement with Fandango, the largest online, mobile and phone  destination for moviegoers, till 2016. The Alabama-based exhibitor has been a leader in operating movie theaters since 1921.

Cobb's CineBistro brand, which combines fine-dining, wine bars and great movies in one location, has six different venues, comprising 34 screens across the country. According to a recent Fandango survey, 68% of moviegoers said that the dine-in moviegoing experience is a major plus for a night out.

"We enjoy working with Fandango due to its leading position as the nation's top ticketer and provider of movie information," says Jeremy Welman, Chief Operating Officer of Cobb Theatres. "Fandango is always on the forefront of new moviegoer services like mobile ticketing, reserved seating and print-at-home, and we look forward to continued mutual success."

"Cobb is a progressive company and a great partner for us," says Rick Butler, Chief Operating Officer and General Manager of Fandango. "They are constantly looking for new ways to enhance the moviegoer experience. With Fandango's consumer-friendly portfolio of products, we have helped Cobb triple its online ticket sales in the past three years."

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Hong Kong -- Dvidea today announced that GDC's SX-2000A Digital Cinema Server with Integrated Media Block and GDC's SX-2001A Digital Cinema Server can now successfully integrate with Dvidea CineasyTM Theater Management System (TMS) software. The new integration optimizes interoperability for all digital cinema deployments, making theater operations simple, robust, and fully flexible for the exhibitors as they make the transition to digital cinema.

Using Dvidea CineasyTM software solution, exhibitors are now able to seamlessly operate GDC's range of stunning D-Cinema servers, manage content and keys, schedule shows, control projection devices, report logs, automate processes, exchange media and data with interoperable D-Cinema servers of any other brand within the same facility.

Under this new partnership, GDC Digital Cinema servers not only expand in technical diversity but are also now fluent in several European languages as Dvidea CineasyTM TMS is already localized in Spanish, French, Dutch, English, Italian, Russian, and German (Swedish and Portuguese planned for Q1 2011).

GDC Digital Cinema servers and Dvidea CineasyTM TMS have been designed for circuits as well as for small independent theaters. This integration marks another step toward interoperability and expands the choices for all digital cinema exhibitors.

"Dvidea is honored to be working closely with GDC's quality products and dedicated expert team. GDC's company history and track record of success prove that, like Dvidea, their customers' needs and expectations are of utmost importance to the company and almost always met. We look forward to developing this exciting new relationship," said William Sully, co-founder and CEO of Dvidea.

By choosing best of breed hardware and software solutions from technology leaders such as GDC and DVIDEA, theater owners benefit from better interoperability, significantly improved performance, and a lower total cost of ownership. "We are delighted to work with Dvidea, a clear market leader for digital cinema TMS software in Europe," said Dr. Man-Nang Chong, founder and CEO of GDC Technology. "The partnership signifies the strategic alliance between two industry leaders whereby the complementary technical strengths of both companies can be leveraged to bring high performance solutions to our customers. Coinciding with GDC's current fast expansion in Europe, this alliance could not have come at a better time."


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Source: Variety

Meryl Streep is in final negotiations to reunite with her The Devil Wears Prada director David Frankel for the upcoming comedy Great Hope Springs. It was the hiring of Frankel that made Streep agree to take on the project, which chronicles a middle-aged couple's efforts to come to terms with their intimacy issues during an epic weekend therapy session. Vanessa Taylor, writer for the TV series Tell Me You Love Me, Everwood and Alias, wrote the script, and Todd Black and Guymon Casady are producing through the banners of their companies Escape Artists and Film 360.

Streep's current project is The Iron Lady, a drama about the events in Margaret Thatcher's life. (While we haven't heard much about that film, one can only assume that her complete transformation into Margaret Thatcher will summarily be reversed by the time Great Hope Springs starts shooting.) Meanwhile, Frankel recently completed shooting on The Big Year, a film for Fox 2000.


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