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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LOS ANGELES -- IMAX Corporation (Nasdaq:IMAX) (TSX:IMX) today announced an agreement with Paramount Pictures to release four of the studio's tentpole releases in 2011 -- Super 8, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol and The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn. Each film will open day-and-date in IMAX(R) theatres worldwide. Sony Pictures Entertainment is co-production partner on The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn and Sony Pictures Releasing International (SPRI) will handle distribution and marketing in most key territories overseas.

Transformers: Dark of the Moon and The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn, both originally shot in 3D, will be digitally re-mastered into IMAX's format for presentation in IMAX(R) 3D.

Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol continues the legacy of The Dark Knight and its revolutionary integration of IMAX original footage as this fourth chapter in the Mission: Impossible franchise will feature scenes shot with IMAX cameras. These specific sequences, exclusively in IMAX, will expand on the screen and further immerse the audience in the explosive action and vast scope of the film.

"Consumer demand for The IMAX Experience(R) has never been higher," said Rob Moore, Vice Chairman of Paramount Pictures. "Coupled with the rising popularity of the IMAX brand, the growing number of IMAX screens and the increased interest from our top filmmakers to have their movies offered in this format, IMAX is and continues to be a key part of our release strategy."

"Paramount Pictures consistently delivers top-quality, highly entertaining films that audiences love to see in IMAX, and with these new titles, we believe our 2011 lineup is on its way to becoming the most robust slate we've ever had," said IMAX CEO Richard L. Gelfond. "Our growing worldwide network will enable even more movie fans to experience their favorite films in the best possible way."

"When you combine the incredible storytelling talents of J.J. Abrams, Michael Bay, Brad Bird, and Steven Spielberg with technologies that transport the audience into the story, you create an awe-inspiring experience that takes movie-goers to places they only dream of -- and that is what the core and spirit of our partnership with Paramount Pictures is all about," said Greg Foster, Chairman and President of IMAX Filmed Entertainment. "We are very excited to share these amazing event films with IMAX exhibitors and movie-goers and look forward to working with these brilliant filmmakers as they showcase their talents in our format."

Super 8 will be released on June 10, 2011; Transformers: Dark of the Moon will be released on July 1, 2011; Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol will be released on December 16, 2011; and The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn will be released on December 28, 2011 (U.S. release date).

 

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Raleigh, NC, and Los Angeles -- Microspace Communications Corporation (Microspace), the leading distributor of digital cinema via satellite, announced today that it has been selected by Emerging Pictures to deliver its 2010/2011 Ballet in Cinema series. The Ballet marks the 20th live and alternative programming Microspace has delivered to date, with an additional 19 events already scheduled for delivery to movie theaters in 2011. Microspace began the agreement with the December 19 live Moscow transmission of holiday favorite "The Nutcracker" by the famed Bolshoi Ballet.

Microspace continues to grow its slate of live and alternative content programming deliveries to theater customers all across North America, further establishing its leadership role in delivering digital cinema via satellite to more than 3,500 screens in the United States, Mexico and Canada. Previously, Microspace has provided Emerging Pictures with satellite services for its ongoing Opera in Cinema series, coordinating and delivering live feeds from Milan, Barcelona, London and other international locations.

With more than 130 venues, Emerging has a network of commercial multiplexes, performing arts institutions, and independent art house theaters, tied together through digital technology - enabling them to cost effectively exhibit specialty films, documentaries, foreign language films, independent cinema and cultural programming.

"Emerging Pictures selected Microspace to deliver all our Culture in Cinema series for its expertise in delivering content under a tight timeline at a very competitive cost," said Barry Rebo, managing partner, Emerging Pictures. "Microspace plays an important role in coordinating the technical efforts between our content partners and theaters, insuring the content plays flawlessly and looks amazing on the big screen. Our international content partners - RAI Trade, Opus Arte, CielEcran, and others - have all come to respect Microspace as an invaluable member of the Emerging team."

Microspace is a one-stop-shop for a live and alternative content delivery, providing consulting services and acting as the conduit between content creators, exhibitors and production teams.

"The live and alternative content business is a very nice complement to our digital cinema delivery via satellite services, because of our large installed base in North America and our experience in delivering content on a regular basis for virtually all of the major movie studios," said Joe Amor, vice president and general manager, Microspace. "With more than 19 event programming already scheduled for 2011, this sector of our business continues to grow at a rapid rate."

Since 2005, Microspace has delivered 72 major motion pictures from nine studios, including the first 3-D movie and the first 4K movie via satellite using its VELOCITY® system. Microspace now services 260 theaters within the United States, Mexico and Canada including Allen Theaters, AMC, Carmike Cinemas, Celebration! Cinema, Cineplex Entertainment, Mann Theaters, Marquee Cinemas, Megaplex and Ultrastar Cinemas.

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LOS ANGELES -- The Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. (MPAA) today issued the following statement from Bob Pisano, President and Interim CEO, regarding the release of a new report by MarkMonitor that estimates the volume of traffic to fewer than 100 websites with "business models that are indisputably centered on the sale or distribution of counterfeit and pirated goods" at a staggering 53 billion or more annual visits, most of which are to sites peddling stolen digital content:

"The findings in the MarkMonitor report on online piracy and counterfeiting are a call to arms for both government and the private sector. As the report demonstrates, a small number of rogue websites are generating mind-boggling traffic in pirated content. Billions of visits to these easily searchable websites - the vast majority of which are hosted in North America or Western Europe -translate into billions in lost revenue and lost American jobs. At a time of economic hardship, government and industry simply cannot stand by and allow businesses built on theft to flourish unimpeded and thereby handicap legitimate innovation and job creation. These websites and their operators are in our backyards; their lawlessness cannot be tolerated. We call on all concerned parties to redouble their efforts to address this scourge through vigorous law enforcement and robust inter-industry cooperation. We will also work closely with Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy and House Judiciary Chairman Lamar Smith to secure passage of effective legislation to stop these rogue websites. All those concerned about the most creative and innovative sectors of our economy should do the same."

A copy of the MarkMonitor report can be found at: www.markmonitor.com.

 

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