Source: Variety

Time Warner chairman and CEO Jeff Bewkes said Wednesday that his company will "enable consumers to watch movies in their home 60 days after theatrical release" during the second quarter of 2011.

The announcement is bound to cause an uproar in the exhibition industry. The theatrical release window that movie theaters depend on to keep their businesses alive could end up being compromised in a major way.

NATO president and CEO John Fithian recently wrote an editorial for Boxoffice stating that, "NATO has long maintained that a robust windowing system provides optimal results for the entire movie industry. The primacy of theatrical release enables feature films to demonstrate their appeal in the best platform of the big screen social experience. Success in a theatrical run drives success in the ancillary home markets. Consumers understand that a movie released in cinemas is different than product made for television, or for release solely on DVD or the Internet." Read the full editorial here.

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The official release:

Midnight in Paris, the new film by Woody Allen will open the Festival de Cannes on May 11th in the Lumière theatre, in the presence of the Jury presided by Robert De Niro.

The romcom, which was shot last year in the French capital, brings together a broad international cast, including Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams and Marion Cotillard, as well as Kathy Bates, Adrien Brody, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, Gad Elmaleh and Léa Seydoux.

Following London (Match Point) and Barcelona (Vicky Cristina Barcelona), it's the turn of Paris to be honoured by the lens of the New York film director most appreciated by European audiences.

"Midnight in Paris is a wonderful love letter to Paris", declared Festival director Thierry Frémaux. "It's a film in which Woody Allen takes a deeper look at the issues raised in his last films: our relationship with history, art, pleasure and life. His 41st feature reveals once again his inspiration."

Produced by Médiapro (Spain) and Gravier Productions (New York), distributed by Mars Films in France, the film is to be released in France the same day it is screened at Cannes. French audiences will thus be able to enjoy it in 400 theatres throughout the country. For this occasion, the Festival de Cannes wishes, with the consent of its partner Canal+ and the support of the national federation of French theaters, to make the Opening Ceremony of the Festival available to any theatre requesting it, so that their audiences can experience live the entire programme of the Opening Night of the Festival.

In this way, the Festival de Cannes underlines the strong ties that unite it with the theatres and their audiences, and draws attention to the films in the Official selection.

The 64th Festival de Cannes is to take place Wednesday May 11th to Sunday 22nd May 2011.

 

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MORRISTOWN, NJ, and LOS ANGELES, CA -- Cinedigm Digital Cinema Corp.(NASDAQ: CIDM), the global leader in digital cinema, today announced the deployment of 283 Cinedigm-CertifiedTM screens across 20 existing Southern Theatres, L.L.C. locations in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Texas. Southern Theatres, LLC, is headquartered in New Orleans. The installations are anticipated to begin in March 2011 and be completed by the end of the year.
Southern Theatres, L.L.C., is responsible for the daily operations of The Grand Theatres and AmStar Cinemas. Southern is financing the deployment through NEC Financial.

"Upgrading our theatres with state-of-the-art digital cinemas continues Southern's tradition of delivering the best movie-going experience possible," said George Solomon, President of Southern Theatres. "Cinedigm is a great partner and they understand our desire to offer the best, highest quality experience to our audiences."
Solomon has been in the theater business with his family for more than 50 years and launched Southern Theatres, LLC, to develop and operate state-of-the-art, multiplex stadium-seating movie theaters. One of their newest, most innovative theatres is Canal Place, exemplifying Southern's continuing commitment to revitalizing their home town of New Orleans. The fully converted to digital cinema five-plex provides upscale amenities such as gourmet food, luxury seating, and a full bar.

With Cinedigm's turnkey suite of digital cinema technologies, Southern will offer consumers all-new digital entertainment options. From 3D movie extravaganzas to live sports programming and 3D theatrical concerts to event programming, Southern will deliver enhanced digital cinema entertainment well into the future.

"We are thrilled to welcome Southern to our growing list of innovative exhibitor partners," said Chuck Goldwater, President, Cinedigm's Media Services Group. "Our team is eager to begin working with the Southern team to help them take full advantage of the operational and the programming applications made available by Cinedigm's digital cinema platform."
Since the beginning of digital conversions, Cinedigm has been the leader in digital cinema. In Phase 1, Cinedigm deployed 3724 screens at 348 sites for 18 exhibitors in the United States. In the current Phase 2, Cinedigm has signed contracts with 60 exhibitors to deploy 2,947 Screens at 261 Sites. The total number of deployed screens in the United States is 15,019 at 2635 sites, making Cinedigm responsible for the installation or contracting for over 44% of all digital screens. Such theatres are fully networked, turnkey systems - simple and cost-efficient to operate. These screens will join the growing number of fully digital Cinedigm-CertifiedTM screens around the world.
Digital cinema enables theatres to program high quality live and alternative content programming. Recent releases by Cinedigm include 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.

Cinedigm's Digital Cinemadivision is the industry-leading deployment program for Digital Cinema. It facilitates the funding, installation support and administration for the company's studio-supported Digital Cinema rollout plans. Cinedigm is also the digital cinema integrator of choice for the CBG, a buying program of the National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) for small and independent theatre operators in United States and Canada.

 

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Source: Deadline.com

Joseph Gordon-Levitt is currently in talks to board Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises. There's no word yet on what role he'll play.

Nolan and Gordon-Levitt worked recently on Inception, and the director is obviously a fan of working with actors more than once. Nolan recently brought Inception co-star Tom Hardy into the fold to play Bane, a new nemesis for Batman.

Gordon-Levitt has Hesher and Live With It set to open this year, and he'll soon finish shooting Looper with Bruce Willis and director Rian Johnson (The Brothers Bloom)

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Los Angeles, CA - February 1, 2010 - IMAX Corporation (NASDAQ: IMAX; TSX: IMX), and Universal Pictures today announced that the 3D epic underwater adventure Sanctum, from three-time Oscar®-winning executive producer James Cameron, will be released in the immersive IMAX® 3D format on Friday, February 4. The film will open on 178 IMAX screens domestically, simultaneous with its North American wide release. Sanctum will also open on at least 16 IMAX screens internationally this Friday. Additional international playdates are expected to be booked in the coming days.

Sanctum: An IMAX 3D Experience has been digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience® with proprietary IMAX DMR® (Digital Re-mastering) technology for presentation in IMAX 3D. The crystal-clear images, coupled with IMAX's customized theatre geometry and powerful digital audio, create a unique immersive environment that will make audiences feel as if they are in the movie.

 

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