OMAHA, Neb. -- Ballantyne Strong, Inc. (NYSE Amex: BTN), a provider of digital cinema projection equipment and services, cinema screens and other cinema products, announced today that it has been selected to provide 150 NEC digital cinema projection systems to Beijing Yida Jiuzhou Film, a newly launched exhibition company, and 100 projection systems to The Jinyi Group. Both are first-time Ballantyne customers. Approximately 50 of the systems were shipped in Q4 2010, and the balance is expected to ship principally in Q1 2011.

Gary L. Cavey, President and CEO of Ballantyne, commented, "Our Asian digital cinema business continues to thrive as Chinese theatre exhibitors move aggressively to both convert existing theaters to digital as well as to expand cinema penetration across the country. We are delighted to forge new relationships with both Beijing Yida Jiuzhou Film and The Jinyi Group. Ballantyne remains well positioned to participate in Asian growth opportunities in coming years."

With over 16 years of experience operating in Asia, Ballantyne has significantly expanded its presence in region over the past two years. The Company has full-service facilities in Beijing and Hong Kong and a recently opened satellite sales office in Shanghai.

 

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David O. Russell may direct an adaptation of 2 Guns, a popular comic book from Boom! Studios. Universal is housing the project.

2 Guns would serve as a star vehicle for Vince Vaughn. The official synopsis from boom-studios.net reads as follows, "A pulp story about cops and thieves and the men that are something in between. Trench has targeted a local bank to rob, and asked Steadman in on the job. Trench figures it's a great way to score considering it's a cover for mob money. They'll be thieves ripping off thieves. But what Steadman doesn't know is that Trench is a DEA agent. And what Trench doesn't know is that Steadman's a Naval Intelligence officer. They're both cops! And neither one knows that they're not robbing the mob, they've been set up to steal $50 million from the CIA! A light-hearted crime romp in the vein of Ocean's Thirteen and The Italian Job from comics legend, Steven Grant!"

Russell recently snagged a DGA nomination for The Fighter, which makes him a very strong contender for an Oscar nod. The volatile director's career has really received a shot of adrenaline thanks to the boxing drama. Russell is also currently attached to direct Uncharted: Drake's Fortune.

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January 12, 2011 -- Cinedigm, the global leader in digital cinema, has teamed with Red Bull and its media distribution partner WAX to bring the harrowing documentary "Mount St. Elias" to 15 digital theatres around the U.S. and Canada. For one night only, moviegoers can witness this visually stunning film. Audiences will get a big screen glimpse into one of the greatest feats in mountaineering and skiing history as three Alpine skiers risk their lives in pursuit of the world's longest descent.

Created by the Red Bull Media House, "Mount St. Elias" is a perfect candidate for digital distribution and 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.

The film, a recipient of global film festival awards, follows three skiers as they brave temperatures of 40 degrees below zero, dense fog and falling rocks in hopes of descending the longest continuous ski run in the world - a 21 mile descent from summit to sea level featuring a massive vertical relief up to 60 degrees steep. The previous attempt to ski this slope ended in tragedy when two of the most experienced skiers fell to their deaths in 2002. Director Gerald Salmina captures adventurer Axel Naglich, ski alpinist Peter Ressmann and free ski pro Jon Johnston as they risk everything to achieve what no man has ever done before.

"Mount St. Elias" is one of many recent live and alternative content programming releases by Cinedigm including the ground-breaking world-wide LIVE 3D broadcast of the FIFA World Cup Championship, the BCS National Championship in LIVE 3D, the Dave Matthews Band concert in 3D and the sold out PHISH 3D concert. Cinedigm also releases the six-year-old KIDTOONS series, a weekly family friendly matinee series that runs in more than 165 theatres across the country.

The theatres presenting "Mount St. Elias" on January 27, 2011:

City/Theater
Boise, ID/Regal Boise Stadium 22
Colorado Springs, CO/Carmike Chapel Hills 15
Denver, CO/AMC Cherry Creek 8
Eugene, OR/Regal Valley River Center Stadium 15
Grand Junction, CO/Carmike 7-Grand Junction
Los Angeles, CA/Rave 18
Missoula, MT/Carmike 10-Missoula
Portland, OR/Cinemagic Clarks Pond 8
Pullman, WA/CFB Village Center 8
Seattle, WA/Regal Meridian 16
South Portland, ME/Cinemagic Clarks Pond 8
Stateline, NV/Hollywood Horizon Stadium 8
Steamboat Springs, CO/Carmike Chief Plaza 4
Vancouver, BC/Cineplex International Village
Williston, VT/Maple Tree Majestic 10

For more information on the screenings, and details on the film, please visit: http://www.cinedigm.com/mountstelias/

 

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New York, NY -- IFC Films announced today that the company is releasing the original, uncut version of Gaspar Noe's ENTER THE VOID in New York and Los Angeles. The new cut includes 20 minutes of footage never before seen in American theaters-although it was this longer version that was released theatrically in France, to great acclaim. VOID first opened in New York on September 24th, 2010 at the IFC Center and still continues to play to packed theaters as it enters into the fifth month of its run, making it one of the top grossing films in IFC Center history. Gaspar Noé's provocative drama has proven to be one of the most talked about films of the year, appearing on numerous top-ten lists, including lists by filmmakers such as Edgar Wright, John Waters, and Quentin Tarantino who have all named it one of the best films of 2010. Tarantino comments about VOID, "Hands down best credit scene of the year... Maybe best credit scene of the decade. One of the greatest in cinema history."

Oscar (Nathaniel Brown) and his sister Linda (Paz de la Huerta) are recent arrivals in Tokyo. Oscar's a small time drug dealer, and Linda works as a nightclub stripper. One night, Oscar is caught up in a police bust and shot. As he lies dying, his spirit, faithful to the promise he made his sister that he would never abandon her, refuses to leave the world of the living. It wanders through the city, in visions growing evermore distorted, evermore nightmarish. Past, present and future merge in a hallucinatory maelstrom.

Required to deliver a shorter version of ENTER THE VOID for international sale, Noé decided to excise an entire reel from his original cut, skipping over part of Oscar's transition into the spirit world. In the restored footage "Oscar wakes up in the morgue and he thinks he's alive but he's dead," Noé explains, "and his sister, his friends say, "No, man, you're not you, you're not Oscar. You're a zombie." He looks in the mirror and sees the face of his father instead of his own face and Alex says, "No, c'mon, man. You never came back to life. You're dead, you've been cremated. You're just dreaming that you're alive. And then we go to that astral vision where he comes out from that urn where his ashes are inside his sister's apartment and she throws his ashes into the sink and the camera gets into the sink. And that's where we see some weird kind of insects..." Noé adds, "Actually, when I proposed that solution to the producers, they told me they thought it was never going to work."

The French Theatrical ENTER THE VOID will be playing the IFC Center January 14th through January 20th with daily showtimes at 3:10pm and 8:40pm and an additional Friday and Saturday showing at 11:45pm. The film will also be playing an engagement at The Landmark Nuart Theater in Los Angeles on January 21st for a special midnight showing. This will be the last chance to see ENTER THE VOID in theaters before the DVD release on January 26th by MPI Home Video.

 

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LOS ANGELES -- Directors Guild of America President Taylor Hackford today announced the DGA's nominees for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentaries for the year 2010.

"The best documentary filmmaking provides the audience with the rare opportunity of experiencing a life, a place or a situation that might otherwise be too remote or too unknown to ever discover on our own," said Hackford. "The excellent work of our five nominees illuminates, educates and inspires us in extraordinary ways. My congratulations to each of our nominees."

The winners will be announced at the 63rd Annual DGA Awards Dinner on Saturday, January 29, 2011 at the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland in Los Angeles.

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DOCUMENTARY

The nominees for the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary for 2010 are (in alphabetical order):

LIXIN FAN

Last Train Home

Eye Steel Film, ITVS, Canada

Council for the Arts

Zeitgeist Films

This is Mr. Fan's first DGA Award nomination.

CHARLES FERGUSON

Inside Job

Representational Pictures

Sony Pictures Classics

This is Mr. Ferguson's first DGA Award nomination.

ALEX GIBNEY

Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer

ES Productions

Magnolia Pictures

This is Mr. Gibney's second DGA Award nomination. He was previously nominated in this same category for Taxi to the Dark Side in 2007.

DAVIS GUGGENHEIM

Waiting for "Superman"

Public Education LLC

Paramount Vantage

Mr. Guggenheim's Directorial Team:

· Unit Production Manager: Shari Tavey

This is Mr. Guggenheim's first DGA Award nomination.

TIM HETHERINGTON AND SEBASTIAN JUNGER

Restrepo

Outpost Films

National Geographic Entertainment

This is the first DGA Award nomination for Mr. Hetherington and Mr. Junger.

 

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