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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Source: Deadline.com

Will Smith is now attached to star as Cain in The Legend of Cain,  a re-telling of the Biblical tale that will have a "vampiric twist." No director is attached at this time.

With the safe and comfortable Men in Black III set to begin filming in August, Smith certainly has room to take a risk on a more unconventional project like Cain.

 

 

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inceptionnews2.pngAccording to Warner Bros., Inception was able to rake in $3 million from midnight shows. That puts Inception in the same ballpark as Avatar, which brought in $3.53 million back in December 2009. Avatar debuted to $77 million, but it's looking highly unlikely that Inception will hit that. Then again, predictions range from $40 million to $80 million.

Christopher Nolan's mind-bender has a 79% approval rating from nearly 195,000 users on Flixster. That's a great sign for a film that needs to convince moviegoers to take a chance on it. Debates over Inception are already raging and that will help it build a must-see aura real quick.

Fandango.com is reporting that Inception represents 66% of daily sales as of 10 a.m. PT. A survey of more than 1,000 ticket buyers revealed the following:

Q: Which elements of Inception appeal to you?

• 72% noted "the fresh concept."
• 71% picked "the cast."
• 62% selected "the director."
• 55% said "the special effects."
• 51% chose "the action"
• 48% picked "the genre."

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