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The future of cinema is 3-D

The future of 3-D cinema has supplanted digital cinema and piracy as the hot topic at this year's ShowEast exhib confab, which just wrapped.At a packed house Wednesday morning, theater owners slipped on special glasses and checked out trailers for upcoming 3-D films including Robert Zemeckis' "Beowulf" from Paramount-Warner Bros.; New Line's "Journey 3-D"; and Summit Entertainment's "Fly Me to the Moon." Also unspooled: an extended clip from "U2 3D," shot ...

The world’s digital screens reach 4000 mark

The world’s digital screens are now over the 4,000 mark, whilst the growth of multiplexes in Europe slows down, following a 2006 that totalled 999 million European spectators (+4.6% compared to 2005).These are the main results emerging from the sixteenth edition of the European Cinema Yearbook, published by MEDIA Salles, presented this morning, 18 October, in Rome, during the Eurovisioni session at the Italian Parliament, in Rome.In June 2006 there were 1,354 digital screens throughout the wor...

New Indian film at the Annual Mahindra Indo-American Arts Council

The 7th Annual Mahindra Indo-American Arts Council Film Festival runs November 7-11 at prestigious venues across Manhattan, such as Loews Times Square, Madame Tussaud’s, Asia Society, and Loews Broadway. Fueled by independent artistic expression, the 50 films selected this year include stories that range from social issues to gritty suspense dramas. This year’s Festival kicks off with the much awaited red-carpet screening of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Saawariya’, the first Indian co-pro...

Script to screen Film Fest begins in Tulsa

The SIXTH ANNUAL SCRIPT TO SCREEN FILM FESTIVAL AND SHOWBIZ CONFERENCE opens this Wednesday(Oct 3) in Tulsa. The event will screen(show) independent movies by film makers from across the U.S., Canada and several foreign countries. Movies ranging from a few minutes(micro) to full length feature films( 70 minutes or more) will be shown at the Circle Cinema and the downtown Campus of Tulsa Community College. Student film makers as well as veteran movie producers have films entered into festival and...

NEC Digital Cinema Division Wins the 2007 American Business Award

NEC Corporation of America, a premier provider of network, IT and digital cinema solutions, today announced that the its STARUS(TM) NC2500S digital cinema projector with DLP Cinema(R) technology from Texas Instruments(R) was awarded a "Stevie" at the 2007 American Business Awards. Hailed as "the business world's own Oscars" (New York Post, April 27, 2005), The American Business Awards are the only national, all-encompassing awards program honoring great performances in business. NEC's digital ci...

LA Film Festival: Centerpiece Screening of Joshua at the National

  So as it totally happens during the festival... sometimes you have to not go to one event or screening to go to another, secretly hoping you picked the "right" one. Well, I had the choice to either go to a open bar cocktail reception with Women in Film at The Forum or to see the Centerpiece Screening of Joshua at the National. I chose the screening, and here's why: I wanted to make sure that in all the hoopla that I see FILMS! It gets tempting to jump from one open bar...

DTS reveals at Cinema Expo it's Content Management System

DTS Digital Cinema has announced that it will be introducing its FilmStore(R) Content Management System at Cinema Expo 2007 (June 25-28). The system is designed to provide a complete solution for management of digital content within a multiplex, and consists of three interrelated components: FilmStore Director(TM) content management software, FilmStore Central(TM) ingest and storage system, and the FilmStore(R) Digital Cinema Player. Together they provide a powerful digital cinema management sys...

Disney's Meet the Robinsons achieved one third of Box Office through 3D on 11% of screens only

The 3-D digital cinema engagements of the Walt Disney Co.'s "Meet the Robinsons" have delivered about 31% of the film's total gross, said Chuck Viane, president of Disney's Buena Vista Pictures Domestic Distribution. The film's cume as of Monday was an estimated $88.4 million. The 3-D screens represented 14% of the total screens from the film's March 30 opening. Still, Viane said they now are delivering more than three times the per-theater average of the 2-D versio...

Surge of 3-D films set for U.S. Theaters in near future 2009

According to Reuters A 3-D technology developed to help NASA astronauts practice making repairs in space is set to revolutionize the way people watch movies by 2009, when a wave of live-action 3-D movies hit theaters.Just 18 months ago, "Chicken Little," the first modern 3D movie, touched off a sensation among studio executives and theater chain owners who say the crisp, digital images of the new 3-D will drive profits in the next decade.The slate of 3-D films set for 2009 is led by &...

Mediasalles in Cannes released it annual study on European cinema attendance (+3.5%)

Updated information on cinema-going in Europe in 2006 in the MEDIA Salles Newsletter “European Cinema Journal” no. 2/2007 (attached), presented during the Cannes Film Festival on 21 May. At the MEDIA Salles “happy hour”, the traditional gathering for cinema professionals and journalists. The President of the Association, Jens Rykær, commented: “We are happy that 2006 has seen an increase in audiences in European cinemas and that in several countries Europe’s films have obtained sign...

Updated figures on cinema-going in Europe 2006 reveal a positive trend

Updated figures on cinema-going in 2006 reveal a positive trend: audiences grow by 3.5% in the European UnionUpdated information on cinema-going in Europe in 2006 in the MEDIA Salles Newsletter “European Cinema Journal” no. 2/2007 (attached), presented during the Cannes Film Festival on 21 May. At the MEDIA Salles “happy hour”, the traditional gathering for cinema professionals and journalists. The President of the Association, Jens Rykær, commented: “We are happy that 2006 has seen a...

Audience as Medium

It's interesting that Cannes has decided to interrogate the relationship between authors and audiences in their 60th year. Part of this interest lies in the much-talked of user-generated content UGC sites like Youtube and Myspace and the valuation of these sites in the marketplace. Certainly, in the entertainment industry we need to start asking ourselves how such UGC is positioned alongside more expensive and expansive forms such as traditional cinema. At CFC Media Lab, where I have been Di...

Cinema: challenges of the next decade get on the list of the opening Cannes forum

On the opening day of its 60th anniversary, the Festival de Cannes is proposing a moment of reflection on the opportunities and challenges of the next decade.Film industry representatives, new media players, journalists and sociologists from around the world will share their experiences and views on how the fast evolving digital economy is shaping new roles for directors, producers and distributors while offering exciting opportunities to creators and audiences.They will debate on the evolution ...

Coming at You: Dueling 3-D Films for memorial day ...2009

Movie theaters typically love having two big-budget movies butting heads on a holiday weekend because that will keep cash registers whirring at cinema complexes. But an abundance of riches has put theaters in a bind for Memorial Day 2009. Both 20th Century Fox and DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc. have chosen that date to release what each hopes will be its first 3-D blockbuster. DreamWorks' "Monsters vs. Aliens" will be up against a potentially scarier creature: "Avatar," a science-fiction thriller...

French 3D cinema is awakening…

Doremi, leading manufacturer of servers for Digital Cinema, organised an information conference about 3D on March 29, at the Publicis theatre on the Champs-Élysées, Paris. Far from being a dream, the world of 3D and its economic opportunities are now appealing to Hollywood’s most prominent personalities. Patrick Zucchetta, CEO of Doremi Labs Europe, explains: “The current 600-theatre release of Walt Disney’s Meet the Robinsons shows very real economic opportunities that will quickly beco...

Odeon to test 100% Digital in 2 UK complexes

With its over 50 digital screens, Odeon is the British cinema chain – a recent entry into the multinational Odeon UCI galaxy – that has launched a wide-ranging programme of experimentation using new technologies applied to projection. Drew Kaza (Director of Digital Development) and Gerald Buckle (Digital Development Manager) talked about this to participants at “DigiTraining Plus: New Technologies for European Cinemas”, the course organised by MEDIA Salles, which is now taking place at t...

REAL D has the world's largest 3-D platform 700 screens in 14 territories

National Amusements Deploys over 50 Percent of Its Locations for the Digital 3D Opening of Disney's MEET THE ROBINSONS in REAL DAdding 20 new U.S. locations, National Amusements leaps ahead by installing REAL D Digital 3-D projection systems offering patrons the opportunity to enjoy the newest 3D technology for the March 30th opening of MEET THE ROBINSONSNational Amusements, Inc., a world leader in the motion picture exhibition industry operating more than 1,500 screens in the U.S., U.K., Latin ...

Women in Digital

Digital cinema is an emerging field often compared to a steamroller: slow to start but impossible to avoid! Following somewhat the legacy of television, the silver screen will one day make the transition from analogue to digital. Replacing film – a robust, standardized, century-old technology – is a complex process. With this transition, cinema professionals, distributors, exhibitors and audiences expect a quality level and efficiency that is equal to or surpasses what currently exists.Since...

DigiTraining Plus: New Technologies for European Cinemas

From 28 March to 1st April 2007 MEDIA Salles will be organising the fourth edition of “DigiTraining Plus: New Technologies for European Cinemas”, the course on digital projection for European exhibitors. This is the first and only training initiative in the EU’s MEDIA Programme to deal with the topic of the new technologies from the theatres’ point of view. For 2007 the collaboration between MEDIA Salles and Barco, the leading European producer of digital projectors, is once again confir...

New XpanD Theater in Murcia, Spain

Next Step in Cinematic Evolution: the New XpanD Theater in Murcia, SpainXpanD, an ever-growing digital 3D cinema network that combines cinematographic content with special effects, has announced the official grand opening of their first XpanD theater in Spain. Featuring a large library of cinema experiences, XpanD offers a powerful integration of dramatic digital imagery with the excitement of a theme park experience.The XPAND theater in Murcia features X6D - the full solution of XPAND, and inte...

European support for the development of D Cinema in Europe

Europe’s film agencies, the lead organisations for film in Europe, have released a joint statement this week offering their support to the European Commission in looking at ways of stimulating the uptake of digital cinema in Europe.In their common declaration on digital cinema, the chain of national film agencies across Europe which includes the UK Film Council state:“The directors of Europe’s national film agencies (the EFADs) consider that digital cinema represents a major challenge for ...

DOK Leipzig | Innovation DOK Digital

Industry panels and professional journals discuss the process of digitisation, distributors consider how to deal with resulting changes as well as the upcoming "e-cinema", and cinemas think about necessary modifications. In short, everybody wonders: What kind of technical standards will be effective in future? Does digitisation guarantee a better quality of picture and sound at lower costs? We pondered over the same questions - and then just started: At DOK Leipzig you'll already have the opport...

Double the numbers of digital screens worldwide

Double the numbers of digital screens worldwide, while the numbers of multiplexes continue to grow, after a 2005 that loses over 100 million spectators in European cinemas.These are the main results emerging from the fifteenth edition of the “European Cinema Yearbook” published by MEDIA Salles, to be presented in Rome this afternoon, 20 October, during the opening session of Eurovisioni. At the end of 2005 there were 591 screens equipped with DLP CinemaTM technology throughout the world.Now ...

“STIFF Nights”is a monthly screening series of indies

“STIFF Nights”is a monthly screening series of Truly Independent Films kicking off with a couple indie gems. On Wednesday, September 6th at The Rendezvous’ (6:30PM) STIFF will be previewing for the press and their guests; Beach Party at the Threshold of Hell and High Score - the two up and coming indie films that will kick off the STIFF Monthly screening series on Thursday, September 14th, and Friday October 13th at Central Cinema. Please accept this invitation to come check out these t...

Skip City: The Updates of Digital Cinema Symposium

SKIP CITY INTERNATIONAL D-Cinema FESTIVAL 2006SYMPOSIUM The Updates of Digital Cinema regarding the distribution and screening over the worldThe standardization of digital cinema by the Digital Cinema Initiatives (DCI) is nearly complete, and digital cinema projects are currently being developed around the world. In this symposium, panelists from Japan and abroad will present the latest news on digital cinema distribution. The future of the digital cinema business o...


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