KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC), a leading motion picture exhibitor owning and operating the largest theatre circuit in the United States, announced the launch of a new giant screen all-digital format called the Regal Premium ExperienceSM ("RPX"). The RPX is a custom-built premium environment featuring elegant and luxurious seats with high-back headrests, a giant immersive screen illuminated by high-quality digital projectors and completed with a state-of-the-art sound system for the best picture you've ever heard!

"Regal patrons have shown a strong preference for viewing films in premium environments," stated Greg Dunn, President and Chief Operating Officer for Regal Entertainment Group. "Each RPX location will be individually designed and tailored by our technicians and will feature high-quality digital projectors and screens complemented by a custom surround sound system. The addition of the RPX locations to Regal's already successful IMAX(R) strategy will complement and extend the number of Regal theatres featuring premium movie-going experiences."

Regal Entertainment Group currently operates 43 IMAX(R) Theatres. The company expects to add The IMAX Experience(R) to additional locations while also launching additional RPX locations in 2010.

The first RPX location will open on May 7 at Regal Cinemas E-Walk Stadium 13 on 42nd Street in New York. The Regal Premium Experience at E-Walk will include a massive screen stretching more than 60 feet wide to present bright, eye-popping movies in RealD 3D and 2D. The brightest, clearest images possible are delivered to the screen by dual 30,000 lumen digital projectors. The 100,000 watt digital audio system will surround moviegoers in a specially designed 9.1 speaker array providing pinpoint sound. This powerful sound system incorporates 273 loudspeaker components including eight 21" subwoofers for deep resonating bass.

Tickets for Iron Man 2 in RPX at Regal Cinemas E-Walk Stadium 13 will be on-sale this Friday, April 9th, 2010.

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Source: THR

Aziz Ansari (Funny People) is reportedly in talks to star in 30 Minutes or Less for director Ruben Fleisher (Zombieland). The plot focuses on, "a junior high history teacher (Ansari) and a pizza-delivery man who are forced to rob a bank when one of them is strapped to a bomb vest."

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Ansari is also developing a feature film based on his Randy character from Funny People. The actor will next be seen opposite Jonah Hill, Russell Brand and Sean 'P-Diddy' Combs in Get Him to the Greek.

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Total tweets for April 9th Openers

Date Night jumped to 912 tweets on Tuesday, up from 476 on Monday. By comparison, Couples Retreat had 938 tweets on its Tuesday before release. This increase was really in line and again lends credence to the validity of the comparison. Buzz has been pretty positive here which is a good sign but not significantly better than Couples. Really it is going to have a hard time seeing a ratio lower than 300, so unless it has a phenomenal Wednesday and Thursday it is going to have difficulty raking in more than $11 million come Friday.

Check back tomorrow to see the Wednesday number and early weekend predictions. Follow @AlexBOXOFFICE on Twitter for additional updates.

Twitter tracking history. (For 2009's ratio history please check here.)

alltweets040210.jpgThe ratio is the number of tweets per $1 million of Friday Box Office gross. A film with 1,000 tweets and a $10 million Friday would therefore have a ratio of 100. In general, films that appeal to very young or older audiences have lower ratios since those audiences are not big users of Twitter. By comparison, films that appeal to younger audiences (18-35) have much higher ratios since those audiences are much more active users of Twitter.

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Source: Deadline New York

The Dreamgirls director has reportedly had several strong meetings with Summit concerning Breaking Dawn, which will be shot as two films. Gus Van Sant, Sofia Coppola and Fernando Meirelles have also allegedly been considered.

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Each installment in the franchise has been directed by a different person. Catherine Hardwicke started in 2008, Chris Weitz directed New Moon and David Slade helmed Eclipse.

Eclipse opens on June 30, and that is a highly advantageous release date for a film that is aimed predominately at teens who will be off from school. Expect records to be broken.

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MORRISTOWN, NJ and LOS ANGELES, CA -- Cinedigm Digital Cinema Corp. (NASDAQ: CIDM), the global leader in the digital cinema industry, today announced Rave Motion Pictures, a Texas-based cinema chain, has signed an agreement to participate in Cinedigm's Phase 2 digital cinema deployment program. Three hundred fifty-six Rave screens across 20 U.S. states will participate in the Phase 2 program including some that have previously installed digital cinema equipment and 277 that will be converted using Barco Series II projection equipment. All will become Cinedigm Certified(TM) digital cinema theatres using Cinedigm technology solutions.

Tom Stephenson, President of Rave Motion Pictures, said, "Our experience working with Cinedigm over the past few years has been excellent. They provide the technology that makes running our theatres in the digital cinema age successful, and the alternative content programming that helps make our customers recognize Rave as a superior entertainment provider. We're excited to extend our working relationship with them and to bring more entertainment to our new locations across the country."

"Tom Stephenson and the entire management team at Rave have been visionary partners with Cinedigm since joining our Phase 1 digital cinema deployment in 2006. We are thrilled to have them join our Phase 2 deployment with Barco," said Bud Mayo, Chairman and CEO of Cinedigm. "Rave has been ahead of the curve in using digital cinema to change the exhibition model. As more 3D and alternative content becomes available from Cinedigm Entertainment Group and studios, Rave has positioned itself to enjoy all of the incremental benefits."
Chuck Goldwater, President of Cinedigm's Media Services Group, said, "Rave is an ideal exhibition partner. They were an early industry leader with their commitment to digital cinema and their embrace of all the programming benefits that are enabled by the technology. We are proud of our expanding partnership with the Rave team and pleased to be working with the Barco team on this next stage of digital cinema with Rave."

Cinedigm's Digital Cinema division is the industry-leading deployment program for Digital Cinema that facilitates the funding, installation support and administration for the company's studio-supported Digital Cinema rollout plans. All theatres that participate in their Phase 1 and Phase 2 plans become Cinedigm Certified(TM) with Cinedigm's proven technology to provide the very best experience possible along with choices of programming never before available. In April 2008, the CBG, a buying program of the National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) for small and independent theatre operators, announced the selection of Cinedigm as the digital cinema integrator of choice for the CBG's 600+ members in the United States and Canada.

To date, Cinedigm has contracted for and completed the rollout of nearly 4,000 systems in forty-one states with multiple exhibitors. Its Phase 2 plan for up to an additional 10,000 screens will provide networked, turnkey Digital Cinema systems in conformance with DCI specifications.

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