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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.

IndiePix Sees a Nearly Six-Fold Increase in Independent Film Web Sales

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

IndiePix has announced an almost six-fold increase in unit sales for the full year 2008 compared to 2007. The sale of fiction and non-fiction independent films significantly rose towards the end of 2008 with Q4 sales figures jumping 12 times that of the same period in 2007. During 2008 IndiePix transformed its Internet platform by enabling film fans to choose whether they want to download stream or rent a title straight to their PC or iPod a net distribution technique that is attributed to IndiePix’s strong sales growth.

State Court Awards Aspen Theatre Rights to Ingmar Bergman Films

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

The entire library of master Swedish filmmaker Ingmar Bergman plus dozens of other films were awarded to Isis Litigation LLC of Aspen Colorado in an unprecedented legal victory that started when Svensk Filmindustri allegedly refused to honor its guaranty of a lease of the Isis Theatre.
 A Colorado District Court appointed a transfer agent for the intellectual property held by Svensk.

Special Report: Comparing 3D Systems

Mon, 01/12/2009 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

An Exclusive Conversation with Rob Kurrus Premiere Theatres Rob Kurrus is owner of Premiere Theatres Oaks 10 in Melbourne Florida. He has 20 years experience in the exhibition industry starting as an assistant manager two decades ago at the old Cobb Theatre which was located in the Oaks Plaza in Melbourne. Regal Cinemas bought out Cobb Theatres in 1997 and Kurrus continued his success with Regal being promoted to vice president of information technology.

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