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True Blood's Alexander Skarsgard has signed on for a role in Peter Berg's Battleship. Taylor Kitsch is already on board. Universal will send the film out on May 18, 2012.

Skarsgard will also be appearing in Rod Lurie's upcoming remake of Straw Dogs.

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The X-Men franchise is about to start from scratch, and it looks like Michael Fassbender will take on the coveted role of Magneto. The actor is still being eyed for a gig in Marc Webb's Spider-Man, but a deal with 20th Century for X-Men: First Class is reportedly closer to happening.

The X-Men franchise is still a lucrative one. Despite receiving harsh reviews, 2006's X-Men: The Last Stand raked in more than $450 million worldwide. 

X-Men: First Class is slated to hit theaters on June 3, 2011.


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Bradley Cooper is in talks to star in a baseball dramedy that screenwriter Allan Loeb (Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps) has set up at Disney.The project is being touted as Scent of a Woman meets The Rookie.

Cooper's career is taking off pretty quickly. Even though the underwhelming performance of A-Team has to sting, he shouldn't be hurt by it. The grinning thesp still has a lot of momentum thanks to his star-making turn in The Hangover.

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Kansas City -- AMC Theatres® (AMC), a leading theatrical exhibition and entertainment company, announces that guests will be able to see movies like never before when the AMC Enhanced Theatre Experience (ETXTM) opens with "TOY STORY 3" on Friday, June 18 at AMC Forum 22 in Montreal, Quebec.

ETX includes a 20-percent larger screen, 3D technology, digital projection and an upgraded sound system. Specifically, the digital projection system produces images at a higher resolution than HD and there are nearly twice as many audio channels compared to typical auditoriums. As a result of this improved experience, guests will not simply watch a movie. They will live it in ETX.

"We are proud to offer our ETX concept at our theatre in Montreal," said Mark McDonald, executive vice president, global development. "With the upgraded screen and sound system, in addition to the premium viewing experience digital cinema offers, we believe our guests at AMC Forum 22 will walk away with a new perception of how movies should be delivered."

AMC Forum 22 is the second AMC theatre in Canada to offer ETX to its guests and one of seven ETX auditoriums across its circuit. In addition to the AMC Forum 22, AMC currently offers moviegoers the option of seeing a movie in ETX at AMC Yonge & Dundas 24 (Toronto, Ontario); AMC Pleasure Island 24 (Orlando); AMC Burbank 16, AMC Century City 15 (Los Angeles); AMC Northpark 15 (Dallas); and AMC Metreon 16 (San Francisco). Two more ETX auditoriums are scheduled to open at AMC Empire 25 and AMC Lincoln Square 13 (New York) this summer.

ETX is just one of several ways guests can experience movies and other content at AMC Theatres. ETX represents a different level of sight and sound technology and provides guests an enjoyable out-of-home entertainment experience. The new high-tech, state-of-the-art ETX auditorium will feature "TOY STORY 3" on Friday, June 18. Movies shown in this auditorium will cost between $2 to $4 more depending on title and format. For more information, please visit


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Kortrijk, Belgium -- Barco, a global leader in digital cinema technology, is proud to announce that it has been selected for a complete digital cinema deployment by XDC, a leading digital cinema service company in Europe, and Palace Cinemas, the leading exhibitor in the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary following. Following a successful demo, Palace Cinemas has chosen to install Barco's DP2K series in both XDC screens and new sites to be opened over the next two years.

Palace Cinemas (Central Europe) currently operates 21 sites with 180 screens. After a very successful test last year, Palace Cinemas decided to exclusively install Barco's digital cinema projectors for their transfer to digital. The projectors are being installed in all Palace Cinemas' existing and upcoming multiplexes. The DP2K-C series is a line of compact digital cinema projectors, based on Texas Instruments' 0.98" DLP Cinema® chip, developed for small and mid-size theaters with screens ranging from 12 to 20 meters.

Serge Plasch, Chief Executive Officer XDC, says: "Palace Cinemas is the most dynamic exhibitor in Central Europe, and we are excited to be able to deliver Barco's DP2K projectors for their sites. The new series offers one of the brightest and most cost-effective projection solutions available on the market today."

V.J. Maury, Chief Executive Officer of Palace Cinemas, states: "At Palace Cinemas, we are dedicated to creating the very best entertainment destination so that our customers can have a great night out at the movies. We decided on Barco after a very successful test with 12 projectors. We were looking for extremely bright digital cinema projectors - especially for the upcoming 3D releases. During the test period, we learned that they can meet all our technological requirements, and the DP2K series is even better."

"The digital cinema market in Central Europe is growing rapidly and Barco is pleased to be part of it," comments Wim Buyens, Vice President of Barco's digital cinema division. "Palace Cinemas is just one of the ongoing installations in this region, and we are confident many more will follow."

Supporting 2D and 3D projection, Barco's six new DP2K projectors represent, by far, the most complete projector family available today. In addition to advances in software, diagnostics and patented cooling technology, all DP2K projectors include enhanced security features as mandated by the Digital Cinema Initiative (DCI). All of Barco's digital cinema projectors are based on the pioneering DLP Cinema® technology from Texas Instruments, guaranteeing perfect reproduction of film, time and time again, and ensuring that movie-goers enjoy the highest quality film experience with consistent picture brightness, contrast and vibrant colors.


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