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CHRISTIE DUO™ INSTALLED AT ICONIC DOLBY THEATRE on June 18, 2012

CYPRESS, Calif. -- Christie®, a global provider of visual display solutions, is proud to announce that the Dolby Theatre will be equipped with the Christie DuoTM for its big-screen needs, including the June 18 World Premiere of Disney•Pixar's "Brave."

The green-carpet event, which marks the grand opening for the Dolby Theatre, is a special presentation for Film Independent's 2012 Los Angeles Film Festival. Premiering in Dolby's latest audio innovation, Dolby® AtmosTM and Dolby 3D, a state-of-the-art imaging solution providing audiences with a superior 3D experience, "Brave" is an epic tale set in the mystical Scottish Highlands where the film's headstrong protagonist, Merida, is forced to discover the meaning of true bravery. The action adventure hits theaters nationwide on June 22, 2012.

"To truly bring audiences into the onscreen adventure at the Dolby Theatre, we are pleased to be working with Christy to deliver a premium Dolby 3D experience," said Doug Darrow, Senior Vice President, Cinema, Dolby Laboratories. "The Dolby Theatre continues our long commitment to Hollywood and the entertainment industry and the World Premiere of Disney•Pixar's ‘Brave' in Dolby Atmos and Dolby 3D, with the help of Christie, will transport the audience into the onscreen adventure with the most life-like experience ever offered."

Christie Duo, available for the 2K or 4K Christie SolariaTM Series digital cinema projectors, is an integration kit specially designed to optimize 3D and other special effects on the largest screens. It features a choice of configurations including a compact stacking system for 3D installations, or a physical configuration that exactly aligns every pixel on the screen for optimal 2D and 3D presentations. With automated features that calibrate, align and optimize the images for 2K or 4K projectors, Christie Duo delivers a completely seamless, premium movie experience for the world's largest screens at a cost that all manner and size of exhibitors can afford.

The Dolby Theatre will be using the configuration of two projectors stacked vertically. Whether used for world premieres or thousands of showings later, the Christie Duo promises the brightest picture quality available for 2D or 3D on premium-size screens.

"Christie is dedicated to giving exhibitors of all types the best projection available for their unique needs, particularly as consumers come to expect 3D and other technical innovations," said Craig Sholder, vice president, Entertainment Solutions, Christie. "With our technical expertise and worldwide network of installation partners, we can deliver quickly and cost-effectively, allowing our customers to create and deliver their own, branded premium theatre experience."

The Dolby Theatre SM, the iconic Hollywood landmark at Hollywood & Highland Center®, will be the world's stage for entertainment sound and imaging. Dolby has enhanced the venue with Dolby® AtmosTM and Dolby 3D, to create a world-class showcase for Dolby's current and future technologies.

The main stage at the Dolby Theatre is one of the largest in the United States, measuring 113 feet (34 m) wide by 60 feet (18 m) deep, and supporting a large, 60 feet by 32 feet white screen. Because it features live events as well as blockbuster movie premieres, the theatre's projection system needs to adapt easily and quickly to changing needs. The technical quality of Christie's SolariaTM projector, Christie Duo and Christie's commitment to fast custom installation, gives the facility new capabilities for premium 3D and 2D projection now and for the future.

 

'Madagascar 3' Grabs Top International Spot on June 17, 2012

madagascar3review.pngParamount reports that Madagascar 3 is #1 globally for the second weekend in a row. The animated flick tallied $53 million abroad from 10,957 locations in 43 territories.

Location highlights from official Paramount statement:

• Russia grossed an outstanding $9.2M, dropping only 41% from last weekend's take and continuing the film's reign as the box office leader. The Russian territorial cume now stands at a staggering $35M.

• In France, Madagascar 3 held on to the top spot, grossing a rock-solid $6.2M, a drop of only 27%, bringing its overall haul to an excellent $15.9M.

Madagascar 3 also held off all comers in Brazil to continue its run atop the local box office, grossing $3.9 M, only down 48% from last weekend's record-breaking opening and lifting its territorial take to a spectacular $17.5M.

• Mexico grossed a robust $5.2M, down only 25% off its opening, also good for the #1 spot at the box office, bringing the growing territorial total to $15M.

• Argentina posted another #1 weekend, only dropping 34% off of its all-time best opening (all films, all genres), adding another $2.6M to the pot. The cume in Argentina is astounding $7.5M.

• Korea added $2.2M, a fantastic drop of an anemic 10%, bringing the Korean cume to $6.7M.

• In the UAE Madagascar 3 opened to $1.4M from 55 cinemas, now the biggest animation movie in the UAE, Egypt as well as the Middle East combined.

 

LIONSGATE’S 'THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE' TO BE RELEASED IN IMAX® THEATRES ON NOVEMBER 22, 2013 on June 13, 2012

SANTA MONICA, CA -- IMAX Corporation (NYSE:IMAX; TSX:IMX) and Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF), a leading diversified global entertainment company, today announced that The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, the second film in the wildly popular franchise, will be released in the immersive IMAX® format on November 22, 2013.

The first Hunger Games film just crossed the $400 million mark at the North American box office, making it the 14th highest-grossing film of all time. The film has grossed nearly $650 million worldwide, with a rollout in China (including 67 IMAX screens) later this month.

Helping to further eventize this cultural phenomenon and transport moviegoers into the world of Panem, director Francis Lawrence will utilize IMAX® cameras in filming portions of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Exclusively in IMAX® theatres, sequences shot with the extremely high-resolution cameras will expand to fill the entire screen with unprecedented crispness and clarity, putting moviegoers right into the action alongside Katniss and her fellow Tributes. Leading the cast is Oscar® nominee Jennifer Lawrence, reprising her role as Katniss Everdeen, along with fellow returning cast members Liam Hemsworth as Gale Hawthorne and Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mellark.

"We are thrilled to continue the productive partnership we enjoyed with IMAX on the first installment of The Hunger Games," said Lionsgate Motion Picture Group Co-Chairs Rob Friedman and Patrick Wachsberger. "Our partnership on the first Hunger Games film was a resounding success, and we look forward to building on that experience with an expanded IMAX relationship on Catching Fire. IMAX delivers a unique and memorable experience that is the perfect way to celebrate this special moviegoing event."

"Beyond the global phenomenon that was The Hunger Games, the film resonated exceptionally with IMAX fans, resulting in sell outs across the network during the limited IMAX run," said Greg Foster, Chairman and President, IMAX Filmed Entertainment. "We are excited to expand our partnership with director Francis Lawrence, producers Nina Jacobson and Jon Kilik and the Lionsgate team as Catching Fire joins a select group of blockbuster titles that have filmed with IMAX cameras, elevating the property to the next level."

The IMAX release of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire will be digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience® with proprietary IMAX DMR® (Digital Re-mastering) technology. The crystal-clear images, coupled with IMAX's customized theatre geometry and powerful digital audio, create a unique environment that will make audiences feel as if they are in the movie.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is based on the second book in Suzanne Collins' bestselling series. It chronicles the life of Katniss Everdeen after she emerges from the 74th Annual Hunger Games victorious -- but far from safe. Even as she becomes an unwitting symbol of the rebellion mounting in the districts, Katniss never loses sight of her commitment to protect her family. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire will be directed by Francis Lawrence, and produced by Nina Jacobson's Color Force in tandem with producer Jon Kilik. The novel on which the film is based is the second in a trilogy that has over 36 million copies in print in the U.S. alone. Lionsgate will release The Hunger Games: Catching Fire on November 22, 2013.

 

International Box Office Update: #1 Films From 64 Countries on June 12, 2012

predictions6812.pngArgentina

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted: $3,796,163 from 235 locations. Location avg. = $16,154. Territory cume = $3,797,410

Australia

Prometheus: $6,572,433 from 467 locations. Location avg. = $14,074. Territory cume = $6,999,463

Austria

Snow White and the Huntsman: $303,683 from 80 locations. Location avg. = $3,796. Territory cume = $1,124,245

Belgium

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted: $817,841 from 160 locations. Location avg. = $5,112. Territory cume = $1,128,864

Bolivia

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted: $205,773 from 17 locations. Location avg. = $12,104. Territory cume = $205,773

Brazil

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted: $6,806,090 from 905 locations. Location avg. = $7,521. Territory cume = $10,073,157

Bulgaria

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted: $58,590 from 13 locations. Location avg. = $4,535. Territory cume = $128,262

Chile

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted: $996,246 from 108 locations. Location avg. = $9,225. Territory cume = $996,246

Croatia

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted: $134,782 from 25 locations. Location avg. = $5,391. Territory cume = $134,782

Czech Republic

Prometheus: $390,094 from 79 locations. Location avg. = $4,938. Territory cume = $391,940

Denmark

Snow White and the Huntsman: $404,808 from 59 locations. Location avg. = $6,861. Territory cume = $430,616

Ecuador

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted: $576,498 from 60 locations. Location avg. = $9,608. Territory cume = $843,414

Egypt

Snow White and the Huntsman: $45,992 from 10 locations. Location avg. = $4,599. Territory cume = $92,704

Estonia

Prometheus: $63,324 from 7 locations. Location avg. = $9,046. Territory cume = $63,324

Finland

Snow White and the Huntsman: $220,000 from 72 locations. Location avg. = $3,056. Territory cume = $220,000

France

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted: $9,025,832 from 685 locations. Location avg. = $13,176. Territory cume = $9,025,832

Germany

Men in Black 3 (3D): $2,512,918 from 643 locations. Location avg. = $3,908. Territory cume = $16,164,381

Greece

Prometheus: $304,931 from 90 locations. Location avg. = $3,388. Territory cume = $355,457

Holland

Snow White and the Huntsman: $720,973 from 100 locations. Location avg. = $7,210. Territory cume = $863,298

Hong Kong

Prometheus: $1,483,043 from 90 locations. Location avg. = $16,478. Territory cume = $1,483,043

Hungary

Prometheus: $406,410 from 60 locations. Location avg. = $6,447. Territory cume = $406,410

Iceland

Prometheus: $39,396 from 9 locations. Location avg. = $4,377. Territory cume = $72,959

Indonesia

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted: $682,622 from 105 locations. Location avg. = $682,622.

Israel

The Dictator: $429,741 from 27 locations. Location avg. = $15,916. Territory cume = $429,741

Italy

Project X: $502,725 from 280 locations. Location avg. = $1,795. Territory cume = $651,263

Japan

Men in Black 3 (2D): $4,037,744 from 974 locations. Location avg. = $4,146. Territory cume = $28,455,743

Kenya

Prometheus: $20,903 from 7 locations. Location avg. = $2,986. Territory cume = $20,903.

Korea

Hoo-Goong (The Royal Concubine): $3,393,012 from 622 locations. Location avg. = $5,455. Territory cume = $6,297,431.

Kuwait

Men In Black 3 (2D): $45,494 from 6 locations. Location avg. = $7,582. Territory cume = $268,040.

Latvia

Snow White and the Huntsman: $31,947 from 6 locations. Location avg. = $5,324. Territory cume = $31,947.

Lebanon

Men In Black 3 (3D): $22,799 from 7 locations. Location avg. = $3,257. Territory cume = $166,563.

Lithuania

Prometheus: $43,144 from 13 locations. Location avg. = $3,319. Territory cume = $43,144.

Malaysia

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted: $1,420,677 from 141 locations. Location avg. = $10,076. Territory cume = $1,564,807.

Mexico

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted: $6,763,212 from 1,992 locations. Location avg. = $3,395. Territory cume = $6,763,212.

New Zealand

Prometheus: $700,506 from 151 locations. Location avg. = $4,639. Territory cume = $761,884.

Nigeria

Men In Black 3 (2D): $10,425 from 6 locations. Location avg. = $1,738. Territory cume = $95,976.

Norway

Snow White and the Huntsman: $428,688 from 148 locations. Location avg. = $2,897. Territory cume = $434,591.

Oman

Prometheus: $14,952 from 3 locations. Location avg. = $4,984. Territory cume = $14,952.

Peru

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted: $1,376,647 from 192 locations. Location avg. = $7,170. Territory cume = $1,376,647.

Philippines

Snow White and the Huntsman: $680,939 from 138 locations. Location avg. = $4,934. Territory cume = $1,933,955.

Poland

Snow White and the Huntsman: $181,139 from 109 locations. Location avg. = $1,662. Territory cume = $1,118,710.

Portugal

Prometheus: $377,807 from 90 locations. Location avg. = $4,198. Territory cume = $387,145.

Qatar

Prometheus: $45,715 from 4 locations. Location avg. = $11,429. Territory cume = $45,715.

Romania

Prometheus: $197,429 from 35 locations. Location avg. = $5,641. Territory cume = $197,429.

Russia

Men In Black 3 (3D): $1,096,673 from 529 locations. Location avg. = $2,073. Territory cume = $22,772,870.

Serbia

Prometheus: $22,149 from 15 locations. Location avg. = $1,477. Territory cume = $44,977.

Singapore

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted: $1,486,845 from 69 locations. Location avg. = $21,548. Territory cume = $1,585,819.

Slovakia

Prometheus: $174,397 from 27 locations. Location avg. = $6,459. Territory cume = $174,397.

Slovenia

Prometheus: $34,378 from 14 locations. Location avg. = $2,456. Territory cume = $44,570.

South Africa

Prometheus: $208,721 from 105 locations. Location avg. = $1,988. Territory cume = $208,721.

Spain

Snow White and the Huntsman: $1,892,257 from 485 locations. Location avg. = $3,902. Territory cume = $6,620,810.

Sweden

Snow White and the Huntsman: $685,150 from 131 locations. Location avg. = $5,230. Territory cume = $685,150.

Switzerland (Fr.)

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted: $399,660 from 37 locations. Location avg. = $10,802. Territory cume = $531,132.

Switzerland (Ger.)

Men In Black 3 (3D): $256,390 from 64 locations. Location avg. = $4,006. Territory cume = $1,544,430.

Switzerland (Itl.)

Men In Black 3 (3D): $11,009 from 4 locations. Location avg. = $2,752. Territory cume = $76,873.

Taiwan

Prometheus: $873,911 from 65 locations. Location avg. = $13,445. Territory cume = $1,642,883.

Thailand

Prometheus: $499,685 from 128 locations. Location avg. = $3,904. Territory cume = $499,685.

Turkey

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted: $727,264 from 212 locations. Location avg. = $3,430. Territory cume = $727,264.

Ukraine

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted: $1,481,590 from 146 locations. Location avg. = $10,148. Territory cume = $1,481,590.

United Arab Emirates

Prometheus: $499,576 from 51 locations. Location avg. = $9,796. Territory cume = $499,576.

United Kingdom

Prometheus: $4,817,075 from 536 locations. Location avg. = $8,987. Territory cume = $23,769,535.

Uruguay

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted: $156,756 from 17 locations. Location avg. = $9,221. Territory cume = $181,898.

Venezuela

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted: $1,298,255 from 98 locations. Location avg. = $13,248. Territory cume = $1,298,255.

Vietnam

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted: $462,541 from 58 locations. Location avg. = $7,975. Territory cume = $608,837.

 

 

WALT DISNEY ANIMATION STUDIOS UNVEILS EPIC ADVENTURE “FROZEN”—IN THEATERS NOVEMBER 2013 on June 11, 2012

BURBANK, Calif. -- Walt Disney Animation Studios presents an epic tale of adventure and comedy in "Frozen," a computer-animated feature film slated for the big screen in November 2013. Directed by Chris Buck ("Tarzan," "Surf's Up") and produced by Peter Del Vecho ("Winnie the Pooh," "The Princess and the Frog"), "Frozen" features the vocal talents of film/TV/stage star Kristen Bell as Anna, a young dreamer about to take the adventure of a lifetime, and Tony Award ®-winning actress Idina Menzel as Elsa the Snow Queen. The movie will feature original songs by Broadway greats Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez.

In "Frozen," a prophecy traps a kingdom in eternal winter, so Anna (voice of Bell) must team up with Kristoff, a daring mountain man, on the grandest of journeys to find the Snow Queen (voice of Menzel) and put an end to the icy spell. Encountering Everest-like extremes, mystical creatures and magic at every turn, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom from destruction.

Bell has starred in a variety of films, including the comedies "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" and "Couples Retreat," and the upcoming films "Hit & Run," "Some Girls" and the Farrelly Brothers' "Movie 43." On the small screen, Bell is currently starring in the Showtime series "House of Lies" alongside Don Cheadle; she has also starred in "Heroes" and "Veronica Mars." Broadway credits include "The Crucible" and "Tom Sawyer."

Menzel, who won a Tony Award® as Best Actress in a Musical for her role as Elphaba in Broadway's "Wicked" (2004), landed her first role on Broadway in 1995 in the Tony Award-winning musical "Rent." Film credits include "Enchanted" and the feature film "Rent." She has appeared in a recurring role on TV's "Glee" and recently released "Idina Menzel Live: Barefoot at the Symphony," a live concert with an orchestra led by composer/conductor Marvin Hamlisch. Menzel is currently on a North American concert tour.

Robert Lopez is a three-time Tony Award®-winning writer of the Tony and Grammy® Award-winning musical "The Book of Mormon," which was co-written with Trey Parker and Matt Stone ("South Park"), and the musical "Avenue Q," which ran for six years on Broadway and four years in London's West End. Lopez teamed with wife Anderson-Lopez, whose Drama Desk-winning show "In Transit" is Broadway-bound, to write original songs for 2011's "Winnie the Pooh," a stage version of "Finding Nemo" and a new musical called "Up Here."

 


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