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After starring in such high-profile commercial duds as Alexander and Miami Vice, Colin Farrell was forced into the world of indie flicks. Now he will return to the mainstream with two new studio projects: the thriller remake Fright Night for DreamWorks and director Craig Gillespie and Horrible Bosses at New Line from director Seth Gordon

Farrell's performance in In Bruges won him a Golden Globe two years ago, and he recently appeared opposite Jeff Bridges in Crazy Heart. Farrell also stepped in for Heath Ledger in The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus. Those three projects helped him rebound in a big way.

The Irish thesp's latest performance in Neil Jordan's Ondine is also winning raves. That film opens in limited release domestically on June 4.

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Monday Afternoon Update (1:40 p.m. PT): Paramount is reporting a $128.1 million domestic haul for Iron Man 2 during its opening frame, and a $194.2 million 10-day international cume.

Sunday Morning Update (8:30 a.m. PT): Paramount is estimating $133.6 million for Iron Man 2 this weekend, which gives it the fifth highest unadjusted opening of all time.

Saturday Morning Update (8:10 a.m. PT): Paramount is reporting that Iron Man 2 made an estimated $52.4 million on Friday. The films international total now stands at an estimated $200 million. The sequel also boasts an A from CinemaScore.

Saturday Morning Update (7:30 a.m. PT): Deadline Hollywood is projecting a $130 million opening weekend for Iron Man 2. Check back soon for BoxOffice.com's official estimate.

Friday Morning Update: While Iron Man 2 didn't even come close to matching the $26.23 record-setting midnight haul of The Twilight Saga: New Moon or the $18.4 million haul of The Dark Knight, its $7.5 million take is still very impressive. IM2 doesn't have the same kind of rabid fan base as those films, but its weekend haul has a good shot at landing somewhere in the middle of New Moon's $142 million and Dark Knight's $158 million.

 

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Burbank, CA - 3D company MasterImage 3D, LLC has expanded its operations with the opening today of its European office. Located in the UK's legendary Pinewood Studios, the new office serves the fast-growing number of theaters adopting MasterImage's 3D digital cinema systems across Europe and will help drive adoption of its auto-stereoscopic 3D display systems. Cinema technology veterans Brian Kercher, newly named managing director of 3D cinema, MasterImage 3D Europe, and Andrew Lee, director of sales engineering, are leading the company's European operations.

MasterImage provides 3D solutions for cinemas, flat panel displays for televisions and mobile devices, and cameras. In the past six months MasterImage has doubled its theatrical market share, with more than 1,600 systems installed worldwide (over 500 of them in Europe). All six major Hollywood studios, along with independent distributors, support the MasterImage format for their 3D features. In 2009 the company also commercialized the world's first glasses-free 3D mobile device, the Hitachi Wooo.

"When I encountered MasterImage's technology I was struck by the opportunity," said Kercher. "The company had an incredibly strong offering and a significant opportunity for growth in Europe. The quality of the MasterImage 3D presentation is unrivaled, and it has a cost of ownership that cannot be matched by 3D technology that uses expensive glasses or an endless ‘seat tax' business model. Plus, MasterImage works through local integrators that cinemas already know and trust. With our full support and service organization now based in Europe together with our local integration partners, MasterImage is well positioned to bring beautiful 3D digital images to audiences in every corner of the region."

Kercher joins MasterImage from Eastman Kodak, where he was general manager of the company's digital cinema business. In his fifteen-year tenure with Kodak Kercher held executive and sales roles, most recently developing the company's digital cinema business in EMEAR. Kercher also developed new market customer bases for Quantel and Hi-Q Systems, and has been a member of the Board of Directors of Cinesite Europe since 2004.

Andrew Lee heads technical operations of MasterImage 3D Europe. He has been with the company since 2009 and was most recently vice president of cinema technology. Lee relocates to the UK from Toronto. A twenty year veteran of the 3D motion picture presentation industry, Lee built his expertise at IMAX, where he spent fourteen years developing 3D glasses and 3D camera and presentation technology. He is recognized as an industry expert in 3D screen technology and manufacturing techniques. Lee has also held senior level R&D roles at MDI and Franklin Designs International.

Said MasterImage CEO Younghoon Lee, "We have been quietly developing and delivering 3D solutions since 2004 for an emerging 3D market, to the point where we are now providing the highest quality 3D experience from cinemas to cell phones. With Brian's and Andrew's experience and leadership, our European operation will help us to meet the demands of our growing customer base and deliver 3D images to a worldwide market hungry for 3D content and the means to view it."

 

 

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anthonyhopkins.pngSource: THR's Heat Vision Blog

Anthony Hopkins is in final negotiations to play the role of Pharotu for director Chuck Russell's (The Scorpion King) Arabian Nights. Liam Hemsworth is also starring. The role will give Hopkins another opportunity to play a villain.

Arabian Nights won't be the first time that Hopkins and Hemsworth will be seen together. They'll be sharing the screen in 2011's Thor.

Hopkins has Woody Allen's You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger set to open this year as well as The Rite for director Mikael Håfström.

 

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