European Cinema Consulting to Become Manufacturer's Representative for Europe and Russia for DepthQ 3D on April 01, 2013

BELLEVUE, Wash. -- Lightspeed Design, Inc., manufacturer of the DepthQ® 3D Polarization Modulator, has announced that European Cinema Consulting GmbH (ECCO), a company founded by industry veteran Thomas Ruttgers in 2012, will be joining DepthQ® as manufacturer's representative and liaison for Europe and Russia.

Chris Ward, President of Lightspeed Design, Inc. said: "Our goal in engaging ECCO is to increase communication with DepthQ® dealers, increase outreach to exhibitors, and provide more localized customer service." He added that thanks to the growing network of dealers the DepthQ® modulator had been a great technical and business success, now passing 1000 screens worldwide.

Thomas Ruttgers, Managing Director of ECCO stated: "I'm proud that Lightspeed Design has chosen us as their manufacturer's representative as I believe in the product and the philosophy behind it and look forward to increasing its popularity in Europe and Russia."

Within the month ECCO will begin providing support to dealers and have spare parts on hand in Germany for quick response.


'Pacific Rim' Curries Favor From Russian Audiences on March 28, 2013

pacific_rim.jpgThe Guillermo del Toro summer blockbuster Pacific Rim released a new character poster this week designed to build interest among Russian audiences. Pacific Rim tracks an epic man-versus-monster battle waged around the world when massive sea creatures called the Kaiju rise from the ocean floor to break and destroy all civilization. Mankind's only way to fight back: giant robots. The new poster plays up Russia's robot, a titan called Cherno Alpha, who is controlled by two humans sheltered in his sternum. We've only gotten glimpses of Cherno in the trailer, but here he's displayed in full, fiery glory storming through a snowy Russian forest. Click here for a full teaser blueprint of Cherno Alpha. 

BOX OFFICE ACTUALS: Kid Flicks Dominate the Russian Chart on March 27, 2013

After a spate of action flicks from Metro to A Good Day to Die Hard controlled the Russian box office, for the first time this year, the top three films on the chart are kid flicks, showing a hint of the family-friendly blockbuster summer that lies ahead. The Croods and Jack the Giant Slayer battled it out for the #1 slot on the charts, with the caveman cartoon claiming victory with an extra million in sales, to add to the success it already recouped by opening a half-week early. A $12.6 million take after just 10 days in theaters is a strong start, but probably not strong enough to catch up to Oz: The Great and Powerful, which slipped to #3 in its third week, but has manged to total an impressive $29.9 million. More adult debuts -- Identity Thief and the Elijah Wood thriller Maniac -- comparatively made only a mild dent at he box office. Full chart below.







The Croods





Jack the Giant Slayer





Oz: The Great and Powerful





Identity Thief















The Call










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Tom Cruise Gets Social Media Savvy in Russia on March 25, 2013


Oblivion.pngTom Cruise is the first Hollywood actor to take advantage of the exploding Russian social networking site Vkontakte, which looks strikingly similar to Facebook. Cruise opened his account on Friday using a poster from Oblivion, his upcoming sci-fi flick directed by Tron's Joseph Kosinski, as his profile picture. He also tweeted "See you there!" in Russian when promoting his page on his Twitter account. Oblivion opens in Russia on April 11, two weeks before its U.S. premiere, and it's clear that he and the studio are thinking strategically in their determination to turn the film into a global success. Cruise's most recent Vkontakte post reads, "VK friends and staff, THANK YOU for the warm welcome! The world's talking about you! -TeamTC"



FIRST NUMBERS: 'The Croods' Clobbers the Competition on March 24, 2013

croods.jpgDreamWorks' The Croods had a hushed roll-out last week in Russia, placing second on the charts after the second weekend of Oz: the Great and Powerful. With numbers for the weekend coming in, the caveman comedy looks to have flipped the ranking to claim the #1 spot at the box office with $12--possibly as much as $13--million, which if true would make The Croods the biggest non-franchise animated opening in Russian history. Three-quarters of the cash is also reported to have come from 3D sales, good news for theater owners who invested in the technology, bad news for those who didn't. Here's The Croods' next big test: Can it cling on to the top spot long enough to fend off next weekend's attack from GI Joe: Retaliation

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