GDC Technology opened a new East Coast office in Sterling, Virginia, near Washington, DC, to help meet the growing demand for GDC digital-cinema servers in America. Executive VP Tim Folk will oversee the new office.“With the increase in digital-cinema demand and the rapidly growing U.S. market, more exhibitors are moving to digital to satisfy consumer needs and differentiate themselves from their competitors,” said Dr. Man-Nang Chong, founder and CEO of GDC Technology. “Our new East Coast office will provide a broader coverage in serving our clients and will allow us to meet the increasing demands of digital cinema.”Key customers in America who are using GDC servers include Cinemas Guzzo, Destinta Theatres, Epic Theatres, Flagship Cinemas, Great Escape Theatres, Harkins Theaters, Movie Tavern, National Amusements, Premiere Cinemas, R/C Theatres, Santikos Theatres, Southern Theatres, Starplex Cinemas and United Entertainment Cinemas. “GDC has delivered more … [Read more...] about GDC Technology opens East Coast office
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writer Doris Toumarkine reports exclusively for Screener on a May 27 gathering of leading New York-based film executives.The good news they reported is: The sky is still up there, although the forecast remains uncertain and evolving. The nominal topic�"Has Distribution Been Democratized at the Expense of Capitalism?"�was not resolved except for the politically inclined Focus Features CEO James Schamus drolly noting that "the Chinese have proven that capitalism can happen without democracy."But the focus of the event was on indie film in our democracy and how that business might heal itself and make capitalism proud. Observations abounded, if not answers.Concurring with the notion that the pipelines for movie consumption have indeed opened up, speakers pondered which new business models might also have profits running through those pipelines for content creators and deployers.Journalist Anthony Kaufman, who has followed the independent scene for years and served as … [Read more...] about Indie film execs ponder the future at BAFTA East Coast panel
4D cinema-innovator MediaMation has inked a deal with National Amusements to install a 70-seat MediaMation MX4D™ Motion EFX Theatre in the chain’s newly refurbished, 20-screen Showcase Cinema de Lux Revere location just outside Boston, Mass. Plans call for the theatre—the first on the East Coast with full 4D Motion EFX—to open this summer.According to Alison Jamele, MediaMation President and CEO, the installation represents a key initiative by the company to expand its presence in the U.S. MediaMation currently has 25 plus MX4D Motion EFX cinemas in diverse international locations from Latin America to the Middle East to the newly announced theatres for major chains in China (Wanda, Jinyi) and Japan (Toho.) MediaMation’s sole domestic MX4D theatre, prior to this announcement, is housed in Santa Rosa Entertainment Group’s Plaza Stadium Cinemas 14 in Oxnard, Calif., outside Los Angeles.“We are looking forward to bringing the … [Read more...] about MediaMation installs first MX4D Motion EFX Theatre on East Coast for National Amusements
Showcase Cinema de Lux Revere in Revere, Mass., opened a new MX4D® Motion EFX Theatre on August 6. The newly refurbished 20-screen venue featured a special screening of Universal’s Jurassic World to demonstrate the full potential of the immersive movie format. “4D” technology allows audiences to “feel” the onscreen action, such as the ground shaking with the approach of a monstrous T-Rex, the frenetic turns of a terrified jeep driver, or the strong winds created by explosions and other calamities. The various special effects are created by a combo of “pitch, heave and roll” motion seats and in-theatre technology. Other effects include neck and leg ticklers, seat poppers, air blasts, light water sprays, scent, fog and wind.Showcase Cinema de lux Revere presented a “soft opening” of its Showcase MX4D theatre for the general public on July 31 also showing Jurassic World. Initial reactions from moviegoers were that it was a … [Read more...] about Showcase Cinemas unveils second MX4D theatre in the U.S.
A potentially historic blizzard on the U.S. East Coast is rendering usual prediction models useless, but so far the Melissa McCarthy-Jason Bateman comedy Identity Thief is off to a stellar start at the Friday box office.Directed by Seth Gordon, the Universal pic is looking to gross $10 million or more on Friday for a possible $30 million-plus weekend. The film marks McCarthy's first starring role since the breakout comedy hit Bridesmaids (likewise a Universal title), which opened to roughly $26 million in 2011. Film Review: 'Identity Thief' Winter Storm Nemo in the Northeast is sure to impact grosses, particularly if New York City gets hit hard. Already, theaters in the Boston area are closing because of the storm. Generally speaking, New York City alone makes up 8 percent of box-office grosses, while Boston accounts for 2 percent.Identity Thief stars Bateman as a guy whose identity is stolen by a woman (McCarthy). Bateman originally pitched producer Scott Stuber on the idea … [Read more...] about Box Office Report: Melissa McCarthy’s ‘Identity Thief’ Heads to $30 Million, If It Can Weather Nemo
Jackson, 49, appears on the front cover of the African-American magazine "Ebony" to mark the 25th anniversary of "Thriller" -- the world's best-selling studio album that also made him a superstar.But the self-styled "King of Pop," who has largely shunned publicity since his 2005 trial and acquittal on child molestation charges, gave little glimpse of what the future holds despite hints in recent years that a comeback is in the works.The cover photo of the magazine, whose December edition hits newsstands on November 12, is causing almost as much of a stir as the interview, which barely addresses the fallout of the trial.Jackson is pictured dressed all in white, with a glowing peaches-and-cream skin. One post on the pop culture blog dotspotter.com commented; "Michael Jackson has to be the whitest person to ever be on the cover of Ebony magazine."Jackson has in the past attributed his gradual skin whitening to a disease called vitiligo.Harriette Cole, creative director of Ebony, spent a … [Read more...] about Jackson gives rare interview to Ebony
PlayStation 3 console that goes on sale Friday, many of them after waiting in line for days despite the likelihood they'd go home empty-handed.Retailers across the country arranged midnight sales at some of their stores. Lines sometimes stretched around the block, even for stores that wouldn't start selling the console until Friday morning. Deliveries went down to the wire with FedEx vans sending boxes of the sleek black or silver consoles to individual stores Thursday.In North Dakota, potential customers braved freezing temperatures, some bringing tents and portable heaters."Personally I wouldn't wait five days outside in the cold, but the game is going to look great," said Mick Klein, a Best Buy manager in Fargo, N.D.Others along the East Coast came out under threat of rain Thursday. Dane McCledon, a 20-year-old student from New Jersey, said he has skipped classes, slept on the street and endured some passers-by calling him crazy since joining a Manhattan line at 4 a.m. Tuesday.Short … [Read more...] about PS3 lines stretch across U.S.
More than a cosmetic change, the transformation is devised to uniquely position THR to super serve a wider range of today's global entertainment markets, which are increasingly technology-savvy and data-driven, with a more readable, insightful and actionable business resource across all platforms. "Today is a new day at The Hollywood Reporter and one of the most exciting times in its 78-year history," said Eric Mika, Publisher of The Hollywood Reporter. "Backed by key partners within The Nielsen Company, such as Nielsen EDI, the comprehensive changes we are introducing -- from cover to content to approach -- reflect the changing needs of our audience and will allow us to drive the discussion about the business of entertainment for the 21st century.""This brand redesign is the result of our ongoing efforts to create a new Reporter, one that is more relevant, accessible and impactful for our global audiences on every platform," said Elizabeth Guider, Editor of The Hollywood Reporter. … [Read more...] about The Hollywood Reporter brand relaunches
host of the 2016 Olympics will probably raise the stakes for the networks competing to broadcast the games in the U.S.Longtime Olympics home NBC has a deal with the International Olympic Committee that expires after the 2012 Games.The 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, and the 2016 Summer Games are yet to be awarded, with the IOC bids expected to start taking in proposals soon.In addition to NBC, ABC -- partnered with its cable sports powerhouse sibling ESPN -- are said to be mounting a formidable bid for the two Games. While a domestic city like Chicago, which lost in the first round of the finals, is always a dream for U.S. broadcasters in terms of viewer interest and logistics, Rio de Janeiro's win over Tokyo and Madrid should be welcome news for the networks bidding to cover the Olympics. The picturesque Brazilian city is in a time zone only one hour ahead of U.S.' East Coast, making live coverage of most of the events possible, an important consideration in the Internet age, when … [Read more...] about Rio might raise Olympic stakes for networks
When Joel Stillerman arrives at the Emmy Awards Sept. 17, he'll do so with divided loyalties.A piece of him will be cheering on Better Call Saul, a best drama series nom that he greenlit and then shepherded as president of original programming and development at AMC, where he spent the bulk of that last decade. Though a prequel to another series (Breaking Bad) that predated Stillerman, Saul quickly became an integral piece of the networks' next generation of flagship hits alongside Preacher and The Walking Dead.The other, likely louder piece, will be rooting for The Handmaid's Tale, a series that, in a matter of weeks this spring, helped elevate Hulu, where Stillerman, 56, began as chief content officer in late June. As he looks to lean more aggressively into original programming (along with acquired fare), the eerily timely dystopian drama could prove both a model and a calling card.Indeed, Stillerman's move, to the newly created position overseeing content … [Read more...] about Hulu’s New Creative Chief on the ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ Halo, Netflix and His $2.5B U.S. Budget