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By Daniel Garris

Paramount's Interstellar moved into first place at the daily box office on Monday with $5.27 million. In the process, the highly anticipated Christopher Nolan directed sci-fi film surpassed the $50 million mark yesterday. Interstellar was down 57 percent from Sunday, as daily holds in general were stronger than usual on Monday thanks to the eve of Veterans Day. Interstellar has grossed $54.94 million after four days of wide release (and two additional days of limited release). The film is running a bit below expectations and 11 percent behind the $61.81 million four-day start of last year's Gravity. Whether or not Interstellar will able to display holding power similar of that to Gravity remains to be seen.

Disney's Big Hero 6 placed in a very close second on Monday with $5.16 million. The 3D computer animated film from Walt Disney Animation Studios trailed Interstellar by just $115,729 for the day. Big Hero 6 was down 68 percent from Sunday. Big Hero 6 surpassed the $60 million mark yesterday and has grossed a healthy $61.38 million in four days. That is in line with the film's lofty pre-release expectations and is an impressive 18 percent stronger than the $51.99 million four-day start of 2012's Wreck-It Ralph.

Sony's Fury claimed third place with $0.713 million. The World War II film starring Brad Pitt was down 53 percent from Sunday and down just 15 percent from last Monday, as the film was helped more than most on Monday by the eve of Veterans Day. Fury surpassed the $70 million mark yesterday and has grossed $70.11 million in 25 days.

Fox's Gone Girl took fourth with $0.657 million. The critically acclaimed David Fincher directed film starring Ben Affleck fell 57 percent from Sunday and only 6 percent from last Monday. Gone Girl continues to impress with $146.19 million in 39 days and is now just $3.81 million away from reaching the $150 million domestic mark.

Nightcrawler rounded out Monday's top five with $0.605 million. Open Road's critically acclaimed crime thriller starring Jake Gyllenhaal was down 56 percent from Sunday and down 36 percent from last Monday. Nightcrawler surpassed the $20 million mark yesterday and has grossed $20.22 million in eleven days.

Ouija followed closely behind in sixth with $0.589 million. The low-budget horror film from Universal and Platinum Dunes was down 53 percent from Sunday and down a healthy 23 percent from last Monday. The 18-day total for Ouija stands at a very solid $43.91 million, thanks in part to stronger than expected holding power.

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meyersound.pngWarner Bros. De Lane Lea, one of the world's premier sound post-production facilities, has added 24 additional Meyer Sound cinema loudspeakers to its primary mixing stage as part of a recent upgrade to Dolby Atmos. The newly outfitted Stage 1 is central London's largest stage and also its first to offer this format. It has been booked for the mixing of major feature films since re-opening.

Stage 1's proven track record using the Meyer Sound 7.1 cinema system since its installation in 2010 meant that the natural choice for expansion was the selection of additional Meyer Sound components to meet the rigorous requirements of the Dolby Atmos format.

"Dolby Atmos places intensive demands on the monitoring system," notes Chris Burdon, staff re-recording mixer at Warner Bros. De Lane Lea. "Replaying full-range audio across the entire surround array at high levels, while maintaining accuracy, is a new challenge. Fortunately, we've found that the Meyer Sound system provides the necessary audio fidelity and output power to mix confidently in Atmos. The traditional Meyer strong points of smooth frequency response and spatial accuracy really come into their own in helping to create a continuous sound space."

The complete Stage 1 monitoring system is anchored by three Acheron® 80 and three Acheron LF screen channel loudspeakers, one of each paired to receive a separate channel. Atmos surround sound is provided by 12 HMS-10, 10 HMS-12, and 10 HMS-5 surround loudspeakers, while five X-800C high-power cinema subwoofers in front and two X-400C cinema subwoofers in the rear provide low end. A Galileo® loudspeaker management system with one Galileo 408 processor supplies system drive and optimization.

"In our most recent feature film mix, the main setting for the characters needs a wide, surround-heavy soundscape to really immerse the audience," explains Burdon. "The 360-degree sound image was well controlled, allowing the story to be told without distracting the viewer from the narrative."

Burdon notes that Dolby Atmos soundtracks "often involve high sound pressure levels, but the Meyer monitoring helps keep ear fatigue to a minimum."

Stage 1 at Warner Bros. De Lane Lea offers a seven-meter screen, an 80-fader AMS Neve DFC Gemini digital mixing console, seven Pro Tools HDX systems for playback and recording, and film and 2K 3D digital projection.

In addition to Stage 1, Meyer Sound cinema systems are installed in two other Dolby-certified mix stages at Warner Bros. De Lane Lea. The facility offers a fourth mix stage that features Dolby Atmos Home Theatre monitoring, two ADR stages, a 37-seat screening theatre with 4k 3D digital projection, and 51 cutting rooms.

ABOUT MEYER SOUND
Family owned and operated since 1979, Meyer Sound Laboratories, Inc. designs and manufactures high-quality, self-powered sound reinforcement loudspeakers, digital audio systems, passive and active acoustic systems, cinema sound systems, and sound measurement tools for the professional audio industry. Founded by John and Helen Meyer, the company has grown to become a leading worldwide supplier of systems for theatres, arenas, stadiums, theme parks, convention centers, houses of worship, and touring concert sound rental operations. Meyer Sound's main office and manufacturing facility are located in Berkeley, California, with field offices and authorized distributors located throughout the USA and around the world. Meyer Sound is a registered trademark of Meyer Sound Laboratories, Inc. All rights reserved.

More information is available at Tel: +1 (510) 486-1166, Fax: +1 (510) 486-8356, email: winnie@meyersound.com or by visiting www.meyersound.com .

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sonypictures.pngCULVER CITY, Calif., November 11, 2014 - Nicholas Weiss has been named Senior Vice President, Creative Advertising for Sony Pictures Entertainment, it was announced today by Dwight Caines, president of Theatrical Marketing for the studio, and by Michael Pavlic, president, Worldwide Creative Advertising, to whom Weiss will report. In his new role, Weiss will oversee creative advertising campaigns for several of the studio's most highly anticipated titles., including the untitled film from writer-director Cameron Crowe and the 24th James Bond adventure, both set for release next year.

Commenting on the announcement, Pavlic said, "Nick has been a close confidant of ours for years and has done stellar work for this studio. He's an incisive storyteller, has a brilliant editorial eye and an incredible drive. He's going to be a great executive and teammate."

Weiss most recently served as Creative Director at Vibe Creative LA, working across every genre in contributing to the success of such campaigns as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, 22 Jump Street, Maleficent, The Amazing Spider-Man 1 and 2, Ted, and Django Unchained.

Prior to Vibe Creative, Weiss worked as an editor at Create Advertising Group, where he helped launch various successful marketing campaigns including District 9, Star Trek, Iron Man 2 and Michael Jackson's THIS IS IT.

About Sony Pictures Entertainment
Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) is a subsidiary of Sony Entertainment Inc., a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation. SPE's global operations encompass motion picture production, acquisition and distribution; television production, acquisition and distribution; television networks; digital content creation and distribution; operation of studio facilities; and development of new entertainment products, services and technologies. For additional information, go to http://www.sonypictures.com

Contact:
Jean Guerin
SVP, Media Relations
Sony Pictures Entertainment
310.244.2923

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mpaa.pngWASHINGTON - The following is a statement from Senator Chris Dodd, Chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. (MPAA) regarding the agreement reached between the United States and China on product-scope in connection with the negotiations to expand the product coverage of the Information Technology Agreement (ITA).

"MPAA commends the United States and China for reaching a crucial agreement on expanded product coverage in the negotiations to update the Information Technology Agreement (ITA). Once concluded, this agreement will encourage the growth of the U.S. and global motion picture industries by eliminating costly tariffs -- some as high as 30% -- on a wide range of digital and optical media and storage devices used in worldwide motion picture production, editing, distribution, and exhibition.

MPAA is grateful for the hard work and leadership of President Obama, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman and the USTR team, who have worked tirelessly to narrow the differences with China to reach an understanding which will lead to a commercially significant agreement. MPAA also applauds China for contributing to the resumption of negotiations. We encourage all ITA participants to seize the momentum created by this agreement to resume and rapidly conclude the negotiations."

About the MPAA

The Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. (MPAA) serves as the voice and advocate of the American motion picture, home video and television industries from its offices in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. Its members include: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures; Paramount Pictures Corporation; Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc.; Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation; Universal City Studios LLC; and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

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