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Cineplex Entertainment Adds Digital 3D in time for Jonas Brothers Concert

Wed, 02/11/2009 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Cineplex Entertainment is adding 22 new digital projection systems enhanced with Real D 3D technology to 22 theatres located in 21 cities across Canada over the next few weeks. The first 3D movie to premiere using the new digital system will be Walt Disney Studios’ Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience As of February 27th Regina and Sault Ste. Marie residents will be able to experience the best in digital cinema including 3D movies with the installation of a digital projection system located at Galaxy Cinemas.

A Conversation with Christopher Nolan

Tue, 01/27/2009 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Winner of the American Society of Cinematographers Board of Governors Award Award-winning writer-producer-director Christopher Nolan whose most recent film was The Dark Knight will receive the American Society of Cinematographers Board of Governors Award which is presented annually to an individual who has made significant contributions to advancing the art of filmmaking. Nolan will be feted during the 23rd Annual ASC Outstanding Achievement Awards celebration on February 15 at the Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles.

Apple Enhances Final Cut Pro’s PH Recording Mode

Tue, 01/27/2009 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Panasonic has announced that Apple’s new Final Cut Pro version 6.0.5 software now incorporates support for the professional PH recording mode offered in its AG-HMC150 handheld AVCCam camcorder. The enhanced PH recording mode is exclusive to the AVCCam HMC150 and provides high quality 1080 and 720 recording in an AVCHD format at bit rates up to 24Mbps. “We are pleased that Apple now supports the additional capabilities that the PH recording mode provides ” says Michael Bergeron strategic technology liaison Panasonic Broadcast.

2009 RAAM Awards Nominations Announced

Tue, 01/27/2009 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

The full list of nominations in this year’s RAAM Awards to UK and Irish and Exhibition and Film Distribution were announced today. Universal Pictures Warner Bros Paramount Sony Entertainment Optimum E1 Films Artificial Eye Yash Raj and Studio 18 head the line up in film distribution nominations with Cineworld Odeon Vue Ambassador Woking Curzon Soho Plaza Truro Gaiety Cinema Group [email protected] SGC Cinemas leading the way in exhibition. RAAM gets its name from the initials of the founding directors Rob Arthur and Anthony Meehan.

Camera Operator of the Year Nominees Named

Tue, 01/27/2009 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Will Arnot (Milk) Stephen Campanelli (The Changeling) Robert Gorelick (The Dark Knight) Kim Marks (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) and Martin Schaer (Eagle Eye) are the finalists in the feature film category of the Annual Society of Camera Operators Lifetime Achievement Awards Camera Operator of the Year competition. The recipient will be named during the awards celebration at the Leonard Goldenson Theater of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences on February 21st.

Paramount Offers Exhibitors Direct Support for Digital Rollout

Tue, 01/27/2009 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

With its major 3D release Monsters & Aliens due out in less than three months Paramount Pictures has announced it has become the first studio to offer digital cinema support directly to exhibitors across the United States and Canada. The move is expected to accelerate the rollout of digital and 3D projection systems in theatres. Jim Tharp president of domestic theatrical distribution made the announcement.

A Sensory Overload

Mon, 01/26/2009 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Galaxy Theatres and NASA Fulfill Digital Cinema’s Promise and Reach for the Stars As we previewed in our last Report on a Wednesday morning last month students from several nearby schools gathered at Galaxy Theatres in Gig Harbor Washington to participate in a live twenty-five-minute question-and-answer session with Expedition 18 astronauts Mike Fincke and Sandra Magnus from the International Space Station. To say the event was a success would be an enormous understatement.

3D’s Bloody Hit

Mon, 01/26/2009 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

In a month during which the United States saw more than its fair share of historic firsts the digital cinema world saw one of its own: My Bloody Valentine 3D was the first horror movie released in digital 3D and it was also the first to run on more than a thousand 3D screens.  Across the country consumers and critics alike have praised the movie. With critical acclaim and a box office take of more than $24 million in its first five days Lionsgate has a hit on its hands.

Pirates Beware

Mon, 01/26/2009 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Warner Brothers Campaigns Against Piracy of Upcoming Films Warner Bros. Worldwide Anti-Piracy Group has announced that it will mount a targeted campaign to protect the worldwide release of the upcoming film Chandni Chowk to China which opened last month simultaneously in select theatres in more than 35 markets. These countries include the United States the United Kingdom Canada India Hong Kong Australia Germany and Malaysia. The announcement was made by Lucia Rangel vice president Latin America and Asia Pacific Worldwide Anti-Piracy Operations Warner Bros.

Max Manus

Mon, 01/26/2009 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

The new low-budget Norwegian film involved transforming modern-day Oslo into a 1940's version of itself.

Russian Rollout

Mon, 01/26/2009 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Imax Theatre to be installed in Moscow Multiplex Imax and Rising Star Media a joint venture between National Amusements and Soquel Ventures have announced an agreement to install an Imax theatre at Rising Star's KinoStar City multiplex at Mega Belyadacha regional mall in Moscow Russia. Scheduled to be installed in Moscow shortly the new theatre will utilize Imax 's new digital projection system. National Amusements currently operates seven Imax theatres in the United States one in Argentina and one in St. Petersburg Russia.

From the Heart

Mon, 01/26/2009 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Paper Heart Gets Sundance Premiere Paper Heart a playfully imagined journey of one young woman’s quest for love was one of the 16 narrative features selected to screen in the Dramatic Competition at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. Paper Heart stars Michael Cera (Juno Superbad) Charlyne Li (Semi-Pro Knocked Up) and Jake Johnson (Curb Your Enthusiasm). The movie was directed by Nicholas Jasenovec who shares the screenwriting credit with Yi; Jay Hunter was the director of photography.

The Journal

Mon, 01/26/2009 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

LA Filmmakers Sam Wasserman’s Debut Feature Hits the Festival Circuit Los Angeles-based filmmaker Sam Wasserman’s first feature The Journal a semi-autobiographical short that recounts the story of a young man seeking the courage to read the diary of his long-deceased mother has been widely submitted on the festival circuit. Director of Photography Graham Futerfas shot the project. The Journal premiered at the BendFilm Festival in Bend Oregon and screened at the Hollywood Film Festival last fall.

American Society of Cinematographers Announces Achievement Nominees

Mon, 01/26/2009 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button photographed by Claudio Miranda; The Dark Knight shot by Wally Pfister The Reader by Chris Menges and Roger Deakins Revolutionary Road by Deakins; and Slumdog Millionaire by Anthony Dod Mantle are the finalists in the feature film category of the 23rd Annual American Society of Cinematographers Outstanding Achievement Awards competition.  Slumdog and Benjamin Button were both shot digitally. The winner will be named during the awards celebration at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles on February 15.

Ballantyne to Install 100 Digital Projectors in Chinese Theatres

Mon, 01/26/2009 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Ballantyne of Omaha says its Chinese subsidiary has received an order to supply and install 100 NEC digital projectors in theatres around China. The order comes as a tight credit market in the United States has slowed the implementation of a planned $1 billion-plus rollout of digital technology on about 20 000 movie screens in North America a precursor to showing movies in 3D. The order was placed by China Film Group an influential state-run film enterprise. China currently has about 6 000 movie screens.

UK Cinema Admissions Increased by just over One Percent in 2008

Mon, 01/26/2009 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

British cinema admissions totaled 164.2 million last year an increase of 1.1 percent according to figures from the Cinema Advertising Association. The 2008 summer period marked the highest number of cinema admissions for 40 years with UK venues attracting more than 50 million visitors (53 642 237) between June and August an increase of 5.6 percent year on year. It was the most successful period since 1969 with July the best single month for visits. Mamma Mia!

Dalsa and Arri Unable to Make a Deal

Mon, 01/26/2009 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Dalsa Corporation is shuttering its digital cinema operations after an unsuccessful attempt to sell some of the unit's assets to German company Arris the Canadian Press has reported. A Dalsa spokesman told the Press that it has closed its cinema equipment rental facility in Woodland Hills California and terminated or redeployed the division's staff. The company has failed to reach agreement with ARRI as to acceptable terms on a definitive agreement Dalsa said in a statement.

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