Los Angeles -- The National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) took out full page ads in Variety and The Hollywood Reporter today to make clear its position on the prospect of an early-to-the-home premium high definition Video on Demand window. Recent speculation in the press about the timing and pricing of such a window in the wake of the Federal Communications Commission grant of a waiver allowing the use of Selectable Output Control prompted the association to make a public statement, which was approved by NATO's Executive Board of Directors on June 14.

The ads stated, in part, "While individual theater companies must and will make decisions about release window changes in their own company's interest, three things are essential as our industry evolves:

• Public negotiation creates confusion and bad blood between partners. We are keenly aware of the irony in using the media to call for an end to negotiating through the media, but the point is no less valid. Recent trial balloons and public statements regarding possible windows and price points are harmful to the industry.
• No surprises. Exhibitors cannot be blind-sided by unusually short windows after they have already booked and begun playing a movie in their theaters.
• A seat at the table. The release window on a movie is as important a consideration to exhibitors as any other element of booking a movie. Whatever changes the studios seek to make to their release window models, it is absolutely essential that theater owners be fully involved."

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Source: LA Times

Russell Crowe is reportedly attached to star in The Equalizer, a film that will be based on the '80s CBS show about an agent with a mysterious past. The original starred Edward Woodward.

Crowe is currently enjoying success with Robin Hood. Even though the period pic hasn't done a lot of damage at home, its international numbers have been quite impressive. The Ridley Scott-directed flick has brought in more than $172 million abroad.

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Source: Deadline.com

After snagging a decisive victory at the box office this past weekend, The Karate Kid is now on its way to spawning a sequel. Sony is reportedly reaching out to writers in order to decide which direction the property should go in. 

Karate Kid will face tough competition from Toy Story 3 this coming weekend, but it already guaranteed to be a sizable worldwide hit.

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LOS ANGELES -- Just in time for summer movie season, RealD Inc. announced today that kid-sized RealD 3D glasses will be available nationwide in the USA and Canada beginning June 18th at theatres showing Disneyā—¸PIXAR's "Toy Story 3." Sealed in individual packaging to ensure they are sanitary and quality assured, kid-sized RealD 3D glasses are smaller versions of standard RealD 3D cinema glasses and designed to fit children 8 years of age and under. Kid-sized RealD 3D glasses are already available in select international markets.

"The little ones will be able to comfortably enjoy the great summer movies coming out in RealD 3D wearing glasses designed just for them," said Joseph Peixoto, President of Worldwide Cinema at RealD. "Kid-sized RealD 3D glasses are made to the same high-quality standards as adult size RealD glasses with each individually packaged in sealed bags ensuring they are clean and fresh for every moviegoer."

Visit www.RealD.com/theatrelocator to find a RealD 3D-equipped theatre playing "Toy Story 3" and other family-friendly movies. You can help keep 3D green by dropping RealD 3D glasses into the collection bins located outside the theatre after the movie.


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