COSTA MESA, CA -- QSC Audio Products, LLC is pleased to announce that Ray van Straten has been appointed as the company's new Director of Marketing Communications. In this role, van Straten will be responsible for all day-to-day marketing communications activities as well as, the creation and development of all QSC branding, marketing collateral and communications initiatives.

"I am excited and honored to be entrusted with this responsibility," states van Straten, QSC's new Director of Marketing Communications. "When you walk the corridors of QSC you see passion, pride and commitment to excellence in action across the entire organization. This is the QSC I know and consider it a privilege to be in a position to share this narrative with our global professional audio community. "

Over the last eight years, van Straten has served as QSC's Retail Market Manager and more recently as the company's Director of Entertainer Solutions where his responsibilities included developing and implementing sales and marketing initiatives for all QSC portable sound products. Prior to joining QSC, van Straten served as the OEM Business Development Manager for Sonic Foundry (Sony Creative Software) and previously as the National Accounts Manager at Yamaha Corporation of America. An avid musician and composer, van Straten also currently serves on the Board of Directors for NAMM, the International Music Products Association.

"Ray's enthusiasm for the QSC brand combined with his deep knowledge of QSC and the pro audio community makes him the perfect choice to lead our Marcom team," states Gerry Tschetter, Vice-President of Marketing for QSC Audio Products. "The insight and leadership he has provided for our portable sound products will be a welcome addition across our entire line of professional audio solutions."

QSC Audio Products, LLC is a leading manufacturer of power amplifiers, loudspeakers, signal processing, digital signal transport, and computer control systems for professional audio markets worldwide.


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Mark Wahlberg will star as a Boston resident whose best friend is a large talking teddy bear from his youth in Ted, the first live action film from Family Guy creator Seth McFarlane. Wahlberg's character wishes that his teddy bear will come alive as a child and years latest he's stuck hanging around with his childhood wish.

Wahlberg showed his funny side in last summer's The Other Guys, which grossed more than $150 million worldwide. The Oscar-nominated actor will next be seen in The Fighter opposite Amy Adams and Christian Bale. There is already a healthy amount of award season buzz surrounding the film.

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LOS ANGELES -- IMAX Corporation (Nasdaq:IMAX) (TSX:IMX) and Paramount Pictures today announced today that Paranormal Activity 2, the follow-up to the hit supernatural thriller released in 2009, opened no. 1 at the box office this weekend, with the film's IMAX release contributing approximately $2.5 million to the overall gross of $41 million from 151 IMAX screens. Internationally, the IMAX release generated approximately $120,000 from 5 IMAX French screens with more international IMAX runs to follow as additional territories open the film. The film's limited IMAX release has been digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience® with IMAX DMR® technology.

"We're pleased with our weekend results, particularly given our late participation in the release," said IMAX CEO Richard L. Gelfond. "Our digital theatre network has enabled us to capitalize on an exciting film between previously scheduled IMAX releases, and this title is not only generating incremental revenue but providing IMAX fans with a unique experience that wouldn't have existed otherwise."

Said Greg Foster, Chairman and President of IMAX Filmed Entertainment, "The picture was well reviewed, there's good buzz surrounding the film, and we're optimistic that it will continue to deliver solid results in IMAX® theatres leading into Halloween weekend."


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Source: HitFix

Tony Scott has revealed that he's on board for sequel to Top Gun, the campy '80s action flick that helped Tom Cruise become a superstar. Jerry Bruckheimer is set to produce.

Says Scott of his approach to the project, "I'm not waiting for a script. I'm going to do my homework. I'm going down to I think it's Fallon, Nevada, down near New Mexico and it's a whole different world now. These computer geeks -- these kids play war games in a trailer in Fallon, Nevada and if we ever went to war or were in the Middle East or the Far East or wherever it is, these guys can actually fly drones. They are unmanned aircraft. They operate them and then they party all night."

Top Gun 2 will not be Scott's next film, so it's still a couple of years away.

Scott's Unstoppable hits theaters on November 12. is currently predicting a $23 million opening.

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Beverly Hills, CA -- The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today that, following a two-month-long cordial exchange of correspondence with Academy president Tom Sherak, Jean-Luc Godard has regretfully notified Sherak that he will not be able to attend the November 13th Governors Awards and receive his Honorary Award in person.

"He reiterated his thanks for the award," reported Sherak, "and also sent his good wishes to the other individuals being honored the same night - Kevin Brownlow, Francis Ford Coppola and Eli Wallach - who he refers to as ‘the three other musketeers.' "

The November 13 dinner ceremony, which is being produced by Sid Ganis and Don Mischer, will pay tribute to Godard through film clips and commentary by his admirers. The award will be accepted on Godard's behalf by the Academy and following the event, the Academy will arrange for the Oscar® statuette to be delivered to him in Switzerland.



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