Centennial, Colo. -- Fans of the legendary hit show Mystery Science Theater 3000 (MST3K) and internet sensation RiffTrax.com are in for a hilarious night of live comedy on Thursday, August 19 when NCM Fathom, Something Awful and RiffTrax team up again to present RiffTrax LIVE: Reefer Madness at 8:00 p.m. Eastern / 7:00 p.m. Central / 6:00 p.m. Mountain / 8:00 p.m. Pacific (tape delayed) with an encore on Tuesday, August 24th. The creative team behind MST3K - Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy, and Bill Corbett - will reunite on the big screen for an evening of LIVE riffing on the 1936 cult classic feature that warned generations of Americans against the horrors of excessive marijuana consumption. Audiences will also receive access to FREE digital goodies after the event including a downloadable short, avatars and a digital photo of the guys.

Tickets are available at participating theater box offices and online at www.FathomEvents.com. For a complete list of theater locations and prices, please visit the website (theaters and participants are subject to change).

"Reefer Madness is bizarre, paranoid and hilarious, everything we like in a movie," said Michael J. Nelson, RiffTrax creator and former host of the Emmy-nominated, Peabody Award-winning Mystery Science Theater 3000. "I've seen it a hundred times and I still find it funny-and I've never even smoked pot!"

Originally titled Tell Your Children and financed by a church group, Reefer Madness was intended as a morality tale about the dangers of cannabis use. The story follows a group of high school students who are coerced by pushers into trying marijuana; the catalyst for an ill-fated party that soon descends into madness. Soon after Reefer Madness' initial filming in 1936, notorious exploitation filmmaker Dwain Esper turned up the intensity with the addition of salacious insert shots. The final piece offers scenes of accidental murder, suicide and vehicular manslaughter.

Reefer Madness gained new life in the 1970s when recreational marijuana enthusiasts discovered it and circulated the piece as entertainment. The film's over-the-top moralizing and wild exaggeration of the effects of cannabis make it a perfect target for the comic wit of the RiffTrax gang.

For the first time ever, fans have the chance to hear their own joke used in the live event by submitting a riff for one - or all ten of the short clips available for riffing from Reefer Madness. Riffs may be submitted at www.RiffTrax.com/contest through Wednesday, Aug. 18 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific. One winner for each clip will be selected by the RiffTrax guys and each winner will receive a RiffTrax Swag Bag and an on-screen credit in the event.

"As fans have seen in our Fathom events before, the RiffTrax guys are comedic geniuses and seeing them improvise this so effectively live on 40-foot screens is astounding," said Dan Diamond, vice president of NCM Fathom. "With its legendary camp, Reefer Madness is the perfect platform for Michael, Kevin and Bill to create yet another hilarious experience for fans in theatres."

RiffTrax LIVE: Reefer Madness will be shown in select movie theaters including AMC Entertainment Inc., Celebration! Cinema, Cinemark USA Inc., Cobb Theatres, Goodrich Quality Theatres, Hollywood Theaters, Kerasotes Showplace Theatres, Marcus Theatres, National Amusements, Rave Motion Pictures and Regal Entertainment Group movie theaters, as well as Palace Cinema 9 (South Burlington, VT), through NCM's exclusive Digital Broadcast Network.

MST3K spent a total of 11 seasons on Comedy Central and the Sci Fi Channel in the late 1980s through 1999. The series featured a man and his robot sidekicks trapped in space by an evil scientist and forced to watch terrible science fiction B-movies. In each episode, the three make fun of each film, providing hilarious commentary or "riffing." After the show's run ended, Nelson created RiffTrax in 2006 to continue the "riffing" on blockbuster films such as Star Wars: Episode I and Star Trek. RiffTrax are downloadable online and can be played along with the film, providing a unique and amusing commentary throughout the course of the movie. The RiffTrax team made their big screen debut last August with RiffTrax Live: Plan 9 from Outer Space and returned in December 2009 with RiffTrax LIVE: Christmas Shorts-Stravaganza!

 

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With the Harry Potter franchise now coming to an end, Daniel Radcliffe will be free to pursue new opportunities. The young actor has just signed on to play a lawyer in The Woman in Black, an adaptation of Susan Hill's best-selling novel.

The official press release:

London, England -- Daniel Radcliffe will take the lead in The Woman in Black, Hammer Films and Alliance Films hotly anticipated adaptation of Susan Hill's best-selling novel, it was announced today by Simon Oakes, and Nigel Sinclair of Exclusive and Hammer.

To be directed by James Watkins (Eden Lake) and written by Jane Goldman (Kick Ass, The Debt) The Woman in Black follows a young lawyer, Arthur Kipps (Radcliffe), who is ordered to travel to a remote corner of the UK and sort out a recently deceased client's papers. As he works alone in an old and isolated house, Kipps begins to uncover its tragic secrets, and his unease grows when he discovers that the local village is held hostage by the ghost of a scorned woman set on vengeance. Production is expected to begin in the Fall of 2010.

Exclusive and Alliance Films will co-finance the film. Alliance Films will also distribute the film in the United Kingdom (Momentum), Spain (Aurum) and Canada (Alliance Films). Exclusive Films International, headed by Chairman Guy East and President of International Sales and Distribution Alex Walton, is handling worldwide sales.

Daniel Radcliffe is of course, best known for his portrayal of the bespectacled wizard Harry Potter, in the hugely successful series of feature films based on J. K. Rowling's publishing phenomenon. He has starred in all eight films and collaborated with respected directors Chris Columbus, Alfonso Cuaron, Mike Newell and David Yates. He also starred in Brian Kirk's My Boy Jack (written by and also co-starring David Haig), playing the role of Rudyard Kipling's tragic 17 year old son who went off to fight in the First World War. Most recently Radcliffe has proved him self an accomplished stage actor, receiving tremendous reviews and acclaim for his portrayal of Alan Strang in Peter Shaffer's Equus in the West End and on Broadway. Radcliffe will return to Broadway next Spring to star in the musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.

"'When I met Dan, it was quite uncanny how closely our thoughts on the story mirrored each other: I can't wait to get down to work with him to fashion a compelling character and a classy ghost story that tugs at the heart and chills to the bone," says James Watkins.

Simon Oakes continues, "We're thrilled to have Daniel on board, I can think of no better actor to play the role of Arthur Kipps. I'm confident that under the direction of James Watkins, he'll take Jane Goldman's script and deliver an utterly intense and compelling performance."

Daniel Radcliffe said, "I am incredibly excited to be part of The Woman In Black. Jane Goldman's script is beautifully written - both tender and terrifying in equal measure. It is thrilling to be working with James Watkins. From his brilliant work on Eden Lake and also having met him and heard his vision for the film, I know he will make a fantastic film."

The Woman in Black is produced by Simon Oakes for Exclusive's Hammer Films label and Richard Jackson at Talisman Films. Exclusive's Nigel Sinclair and Guy East are serving as Executive Producers, along with Roy Lee for Vertigo Entertainment (The Ring). Jane Goldman (Kick-Ass) is adapting the screenplay, based on Susan Hill's best-selling novel.

Susan Hill's novel has become a modern classic, appearing on the national curriculum in the United Kingdom. The Woman in Black was also adapted into a stage play by Stephen Mallatratt, first performed at the Theatre-By-The-Sea in Scarborough, UK in 1987. It moved to the Fortune Theatre in London's West End in 1989, where it still successfully runs today, over twenty years later, and has been performed the world over.

Exclusive is currently in post-production on three films: Matt Reeves' Let Me In starring Kodi Smit-McPhee, Chloe Moretz, Elias Koteas and Richard Jenkins (produced through its Hammer Films label, Overture Films will release the film in October 2010); Antti Jokinen's The Resident starring Hilary Swank, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Lee Pace and Christopher Lee (produced through Hammer Films); and Peter Weir's The Way Back starring Ed Harris, Jim Sturgess, Saoirse Ronan, Mark Strong and Colin Farrell. The company recently premiered Spitfire Pictures' The Last Play at Shea, about Billy Joel and his last performance at Shea Stadium, at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival and is currently in production on the authorised history of Formula 1.

 

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Sterling, Virginia -- GDC Technology ("GDC"), a world leading digital cinema solution provider, is pleased to announce the signing of an exclusive server deployment agreement with EPIC Theatres, a Florida-based theatre chain. Under this agreement, GDC will be the sole server provider for EPIC's new all-digital theatre in Palm Coast, Florida. A total of 14 GDC servers were deployed, and the installation was successfully completed in time for the grand opening on June 29, 2010.

Founded in 2003, EPIC Theatres is operated by third and fourth generation exhibitors whose family built its first theatre in 1947. It currently operates 67 screens located at six sites in three southern states in the US. With a vision fixed firmly on the future, the privately held motion picture theatre circuit is always at the forefront of technology, to bring the best cinematic experience to its audiences. EPIC has embarked on an expansion program which will see the addition of more than 40 digital screens to its operations over the next two years.

"EPIC began its digital conversion program with GDC servers and we are extremely pleased to have made the right choice," said Clint DeMarsh, VP of purchasing for EPIC Theatres. "The great functionality and superb reliability offered by GDC servers is truly impressive. Equally commendable is GDC's 24/7 call service center, ensuring support is always at hand. We are happy with the GDC package and have decided to stick with it in the Palm Coast project."

"EPIC is an extremely valued customer to GDC since they recognized our strengths and had faith in us when we were relatively new to the US market, for which we are tremendously grateful," said Dr. Man-Nang CHONG, founder and CEO of GDC Technology. "The Palm Coast project has further strengthened our strategic partnership in digital cinema, and we look forward to many more years of mutually successful collaboration with EPIC Theatres."

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LIMA, Peru & OMAHA, Neb. -- Ballantyne Strong, Inc. (NYSE Amex: BTN), a provider of digital cinema projection equipment and services, cinema screens and other cinema products, announced today that it will provide NEC Digital Cinema projection systems and Ballantyne's MDI/Strong cinema screens to outfit an additional 14 auditoriums, 12 for Cine Planet, Peru's leading motion picture exhibitor, and 2 for its Chilean subsidiary, Cines Movieland. Ballantyne Strong has previously installed 23 NEC Digital Cinema projection systems for these customers, 19 in Peru and 4 in Chile.

Fernando Soriano, Director General of Cine Planet, stated, "We have worked with Ballantyne Strong since our entry into the cinema business approximately ten years ago and have always relied on both the quality of their products and the excellent customer service they provide. As we enter the exciting new era of digital cinema it is natural that we will continue to rely on Ballantyne to expand our digital and 3D footprint and bring the latest movies and alternative content to our patrons."

John P. Wilmers, Ballantyne's CEO, commented, "Cine Planet and Cines Movieland have both achieved noteworthy growth and success as leading exhibitors in their markets. As with many other parts of the globe, South America is undergoing a rapid transformation from analog to digital cinema. Under Fernando's leadership his Company is on the cutting-edge of technological change and we are delighted to play an integral role in their digital deployment by supplying state-of-the-art NEC projectors and our high quality screens."

 

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