LOS ANGELES, CA -- Michael Shannon, Benicio Del Toro and James Franco will be starring in THE ICEMAN, it was announced today in a joint statement made by Millennium Films and Bleiberg Entertainment.
Ariel Vromen (Danika,Rx) is directing from a screenplay he co-wrote with Morgan Land (Rx, The Point of No Return), based on the book The Iceman: The True Story of a Cold-Blooded Killer by Anthony Bruno and on interview footage from the documentary The Iceman Tapes: Conversations with a Killer by Jim Thebaut.
Ehud Bleiberg is producing the film. Millennium Films' Danny Dimbort, Trevor Short, Avi Lerner and Boaz Davidson are executive producing with Untitled Entertainment's Laura Rister. Rabbit Bandini's Miles Levy and Vince Jolivette are also executive producers. Bleiberg Entertainment's Nicholas Donnermeyer will be associate producer. Nu Image, Inc., Millennium Films' parent company, will handle worldwide sales.
THE ICEMAN is the electrifying true story of Richard Kuklinski (Shannon), a notorious mob contract killer and loving family man. He earned his nickname by freezing the bodies of his victims, disguising the time of death, and throwing police off-track. He was a man who used his tendencies toward violence and detachment from consequence to create an idyllic family life. His family and neighbors believed he was an average businessman, having no idea about his deadly alternate life. Kuklinski killed over one hundred people during his life. He never felt remorse for anything he had done, except hurting his family. Del Toro co-stars as Kuklinski's employer, the notorious mobster Roy Demeo, and Franco plays his mentor assassin known as Mr. Softee.
"Our film is going to be fantastic. The story is riveting, the cast perfect, and all being directed by the talents of Ariel Vromen. We are pleased to be working with Bleiberg Entertainment" says Nu Image/Millennium's Avi Lerner.
Ariel Vromen comments, "I am honored to work with such a talented cast on such a compelling story. Since the early stages of development I had the dream of casting Michael Shannon as Kuklinski, as I believe there's no one else that can play this part better than him."
"Richard Kuklinski is a remarkably vivid, imminently watchable character, as was evident from the real-life footage of him. I'm looking forward to working with Avi, Danny, Trevor, and Boaz on this film; Ariel is a tremendously talented young filmmaker who has poured his heart into this project and has a strong, artistic vision," remarks Ehud Bleiberg.
Josephson Entertainment and Michelle Krumm Prods. have snagged the rights to The Most Dangerous Man in the World, Andrew Fowler's upcoming biography about Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.
Barry Josephson (Enchanted) compares the project to All the Presidents Men and is saying it will be a thriller.
So, now the question is: Who will play Assange? May we suggest Paul Bettany?
NEW YORK -- Cinedigm Digital Cinema (NASDAQ: CIDM) is bringing the highly anticipated 3D animated movie Yu-Gi-Oh 3D!: Bonds Beyond Time to digital theatres across the nation for 4Kids Entertainment (PK: KIDE) and Nihon Ad Systems. Moviegoers at the four special event screenings will receive an exclusive Konami "Malefic Red-Eyes B. Dragon" Yu-Gi-Oh! collectible trading card from the legendary TRADING CARD GAME, as well as a mini-manga from Viz Media.
Bonds Beyond Time is the world's first full-length animated feature to be drawn by hand and then rendered into 3D for the big screen. This North American film version has a ten-minute back story on the three main characters, Yugi Muto (from Yu-Gi-Oh! Classic), Jaden Yuki (from Yu-Gi-Oh! GX), and Yusei Fudo (from Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's) that incorporates scenes from all three animated series. Created by renowned manga artist, Kazuki Takahashi, Bonds Beyond Time benefits from the extremely targeted and efficient distribution model brought forth by digital cinema technology. Digital cinema provides moviemakers with a unique opportunity to bring their theatrical releases to screens while eliminating the cost of film prints and effectively reaching the fan base through social media, grassroots efforts and highly targeted media campaigns without the cost of a traditional national advertising campaign.
Bonds Beyond Time will be brought to 250 theatres for two consecutive weekends on February 26 & 27 and March 5 & 6 throughout the United States. Theatre locations will be confirmed in the coming weeks. Visit www.YugiohMovie3D.com for the trailer and more updates.
Already an international success, Bonds Beyond Time attracted more than 100,000 people at 124 3D theaters across Japan during its premiere weekend in January 2010. Tickets sold out almost instantly for the first two showings at United Cinema Toyosu, where the cast and creator, Kazuki Takahashi, made a special live appearance to greet the fans. In its limited three-week run, the film garnered nearly $3,000,000 in revenues.
Yu-Gi-Oh! 3D: Bonds Beyond Time is one of many recent live and alternative content programming releases by Cinedigm, including the ground-breaking, worldwide LIVE 3D broadcast of the FIFA World Cup Championship, the BCS Championship in LIVE 3D, the Dave Matthews Band 3D concerts, and the sold out 3D PHISH concerts. Cinedigm has also released the KIDTOONS series for the past six years, a weekly family friendly matinee series that runs in over 165 theatres across the country.
Los Angeles, CA -- RealD Inc. (NYSE: RLD), a leading global licensor of 3D technologies for cinema, consumer electronics and professional applications, announced today that it has developed and begun deploying to motion picture exhibition venues the XLW Cinema System. An extension of the award-winning XL Cinema System, the XLW Cinema System can accommodate a throw ratio as wide as 1.0 (projection distance divided by screen width), and is designed for use in premium large screen motion picture auditoriums, theme parks and specialty theatres with stadium seating.
The XLW Cinema System is capable of delivering crisp, clear 3D images on screens up to 82 feet (25 meters) wide and maintains the industry-leading performance of the XL Cinema System by delivering to a screen twice the light of competing 3D projection technologies while utilizing a single DLP® digital cinema projector.
"Many exhibitors are rolling out their own premium large screen auditoriums equipped with RealD 3D so they can give moviegoers a big screen experience across the full slate of 3D movie releases," said Joseph Peixoto, President of Worldwide Cinema at RealD. "The XLW Cinema System, with its 1.0 throw ratio and industry-leading light levels, is designed for these premium auditoriums' stadium seating configuration. The XLW will assure that exhibitors have optimal 3D projection so moviegoers experience crisp, clear images for a fully immersive RealD 3D experience."
RealD 3D technology is currently deployed in premium large screen auditoriums with a number of motion picture exhibitors including Regal (RPX), AMC (ETX), Cinemark (XD), Carmike (BigD), Marcus (UltraScreen), Cineplex (UltraAVX) and Essex Cinemas (T-Rex).
The XLW Cinema System utilizes light efficiency technology introduced with the XL Cinema System, which captures light lost by other 3D projection technologies and recycles it back onto the screen for a brighter and more immersive 3D experience. By utilizing a single digital cinema projector, XLW Cinema Systems do not suffer from the imbalance and misalignment issues of dual projector systems and offer exhibitors cost savings on power usage and equipment such as projectors and lamps.
RealD plans to demonstrate the XLW Cinema System at the Digital Cinema Symposium January 24-25, 2011, at Moody Gardens in Galveston, TX.
RealD is a leading licensor of 3D technology for motion picture theatres. As of the quarter ending September 24, 2010, RealD had deployed its 3D technology on approximately 9,300 cinema screens worldwide.