Kortrijk, Belgium--Barco, a global leader in digital cinema technology, is proud to announce that ZON Lusomundo Cinemas, the largest cinema chain in Portugal, has completed its digital cinema deployment with Barco's recently launched DP2K series. ZON Lusomundo has converted all of its screens to digital with the help of XDC, a leading digital cinema service company in Europe.

With 30 multiplexes and over 200 screens, ZON Lusomundo Cinemas is the absolute leader in the Portuguese digital cinema market. In 2009, the company started its conversion to digital with Barco's DP series. This year, as part of the second phase of this roll-out, XDC installed Barco's brand-new DP2K-C series in ZON Lusomundo's theaters. The DP2K-C series is a line of compact digital cinema projectors, based on Texas Instruments' 0.98" DLP Cinema® chip, developed for small and mid-size theaters with screens ranging from 12 to 20 meters.

Serge Plasch, Chief Executive Officer XDC, says: "Over the years, Barco has proven to be a reliable business partner. Their projectors are easy to maintain and have a low cost of ownership, two features that are of great importance to us. We want to offer our customers the best possible technology on the market."

Luis Roboredo Mota, Managing Director of ZON Lusomundo Cinemas, states: "Our aim is to be among the most innovative cinema operators in the world. Barco's digital cinema projectors allow us to be at the forefront of new technologies. This year, we were able to install the new series and learned that many of the renowned features from the first series, such as modularity and commonality of spares, have even been improved."

"We strive to offer our clients a future-proof digital cinema projector tailored to their needs," comments Wim Buyens, Vice President of Barco's digital cinema division. "To be chosen by important exhibitors, like ZON Lusomundo, confirms that our customers appreciate our efforts."

Supporting 2D and 3D projection, Barco's six new DP2K projectors represent, by far, the most complete projector family available today. In addition to advances in software, diagnostics and patented cooling technology, all DP2K projectors include enhanced security features as mandated by the Digital Cinema Initiative (DCI). All of Barco's digital cinema projectors are based on the pioneering DLP Cinema® technology from Texas Instruments, guaranteeing perfect reproduction of film, time and time again, and ensuring that movie-goers enjoy the highest quality film experience with consistent picture brightness, contrast and vibrant colors.

 

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LOS ANGELES -- IMAX Corporation (Nasdaq:IMAX) (TSX:IMX) and Sony Pictures Releasing announced today that The Green Hornet, the highly anticipated adaptation of the radio and television masked superhero character will be released to IMAX(R) theatres, simultaneously with the film's wide domestic 2D and 3D release on January 14, 2011. The film will be digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience(R) and presented in IMAX(R) 3D.

"We are tremendously excited that The Green Hornet will be released in IMAX 3D as part of our wide release of the film," said Rory Bruer, President, Worldwide Distribution for Sony Pictures Releasing. "When you have a film that has such an imaginative and unique depth, scope, and visual style, you really should experience the film with the outstanding 3D elements that the filmmakers are delivering. We believe The IMAX 3D Experience(R) will offer audiences a truly state of the art cinematic experience."

"Superhero movies typically play very well with IMAX audiences, making the release of The Green Hornet a great way to kick off our 2011 slate," said IMAX Chief Executive Officer Richard L. Gelfond. "We're pleased with the continued expansion of our relationship with Sony Pictures, and we're excited to work with them to reach our growing audience base with another quality film."

"We're excited to welcome Michel Gondry to the list of acclaimed directors who have released films into the IMAX network and we believe his innovative creative vision will play very well in IMAX," added Greg Foster, Chairman and President, Filmed Entertainment. "This film is ideally suited to our fan-boy audience, and in IMAX 3D, they will be transported into the world of The Green Hornet."

In the film, Britt Reid (Seth Rogen), son and heir to Los Angeles' largest newspaper fortune, is a rich, spoiled playboy who has been happy to maintain a direction-less existence. When his father James Reid (Tom Wilkinson) mysteriously dies, Britt meets an impressive and resourceful company employee, Kato (Jay Chou). They realize that they have the resources to do something worthwhile with their lives and finally step out of James Reid's shadow. Kato builds the ultimate weapon, The Black Beauty, an indestructible car with every weapon and gadget imaginable and Britt decides that in order to be heroes, they will pose as villains. With the help of Britt's new secretary, Lenore Case (Cameron Diaz), they learn that the chief criminal in the city is named Benjamin Chudnofsky (Christoph Waltz). He has united all the gangs under his power, and he quickly sees that the Green Hornet is a direct threat to the prosperous criminal underworld he controls. Directed by Michel Gondry. The screenplay is by Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg, based upon "The Green Hornet" radio series created by George W. Trendle. The film is produced by Neal H. Moritz.

 

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Legendary producer Frank Marshall has confirmed via his personal Twitter page that The Last Airbender will now open on July 1 instead of July 2. Marshall also writes that, "1st exhibitor screening for AIRBENDER goes extremely well..."

Airbender will face off against the juggernaut that is The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, which hits theaters on June 30. The two films should make for a very competitive Fourth of July weekend.

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CYPRESS, CA -- Christie®, the leader in digital cinema projection technologies, announced that it is the first digital cinema projector manufacturer to pass the full range of tests required by the Compliance Test Plan (CTP) for the DCI Digital Cinema System Specification (DCSS), including all procedural and design review aspects. The tests were completed by CineCert, LLC, a technology development and consulting firm that is the only organization in North America licensed by Digital Cinema Initiatives, LLC (DCI) to administer the CTP.

"We are very pleased to confirm that the Christie CP2220, featuring Texas Instruments' Series 2 DLP Cinema® technology, has passed all the requirements of the CTP," said John Hurst, CTO of CineCert. "We are dedicated to helping the exhibition community understand all of the technical requirements for passing the CTP and helping manufacturers get through the testing process quickly and efficiently."

Hollywood studios require exhibitors worldwide to install DCI compliant projectors in their theaters; and passing the CTP is the only approved path to DCI compliance. Christie's latest generation projector, the Christie CP2220 - from the Christie Solaria Series of 4K-ready projectors - was tested by CineCert, and their tests confirmed that the projector meets the highest level of technical performance, interoperability, and rigorous content security requirements as specified by DCI's Compliance Test Plan.

"With over 12,000 digital cinema projectors installed worldwide, Christie helps set the standards for quality, reliability and performance," said Brian Claypool, Senior Product Manager, Entertainment Solutions. "Now that CineCert has confirmed the Christie CP2220 meets the CTP's requirements, exhibitors have another level of assurance about our commitment to providing them with industry-leading products and services."

Recognized as "the future of 4K," the Christie CP2220 projector is built on the proven, highly reliable 1.2" DLP Cinema chip, the only one to offer a 4K upgrade path using Christie's easy "15 minutes to 4K" process. Smaller than other 1.2" DLP Cinema-based projectors, the Christie CP2220 provides exceptional installation flexibility with a motorized lens option that is the fastest and most accurate available. With more light output than any mid power projector on the market, the CP2220 also offers the lowest cost of operation.

"With more than 80 years in the industry, Christie has earned the trust of the exhibition community by consistently providing products of the highest quality and reliability. This new digital cinema landmark - meeting the strictest requirements for DCI compliance - is further proof of Christie's commitment to the market," said Craig Sholder, Vice President of Entertainment Solutions at Christie.

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