NEW YORK -- My Dog Tulip, an animated feature film based on the acclaimed best-selling memoir by author J.R. Ackerley, featuring the voices of Christopher Plummer, the late Lynn Redgrave, and Isabella Rossellini, is the first acquisition of the newly reopened New Yorker Films. A bittersweet retrospective account of the author's 14-year relationship with his adopted Alsatian bitch, Tulip, the film will have its world theatrical premiere on September 1, 2010, at Film Forum in New York City, followed by a national release.

My Dog Tulip, which was written, directed and animated by award-winning filmmakers Paul and Sandra Fierlinger, is the first animated feature ever to be entirely hand drawn and painted utilizing paperless computer technology.

An official selection of the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival, My Dog Tulip is based on the book by British author and distinguished man of letters J.R. Ackerley. Ackerley hardly thought of himself as a dog lover when, in middle age, he came to adopt Tulip - a beautiful, yet intolerable 18-month-old German shepherd. To his surprise, she turned out to be the love of his life, the ideal companion he had been searching for in vain. Originally published in England in 1956, "My Dog Tulip" is now published in the US by the New York Review of Books in their Classics Series and is the series' best selling book. In vivid and sometimes startling detail, the film reveals Tulip's often erratic behavior, canine tastes, and Ackerley's determined efforts to ensure an existence of perfect happiness for her. Although unrated, My Dog Tulip is directed toward an adult sensibility.

New Yorker Films acquired the theatrical and non-theatrical rights as well as all DVD/Blu-ray, digital and television rights to the feature. Jose Lopez of New Yorker Films brokered the deal with Andrew Herwitz of The Film Sales Company. The film was produced by Norman Twain, Howard Kaminsky and Frank Pellegrino.

A little over a year after New Yorker Films was forced to close its doors, the pioneering distributor of foreign language and independent films has reopened. New Yorker Films is committed to continue releasing quality art and independent films from around the world. The company plans to acquire 6 to 8 titles each year for theatrical release. The Non-Theatrical and Home Video departments, both integral parts of the company, will continue acquiring and releasing numerous films. In addition to the acquisition of My Dog Tulip, New Yorker Films has several developments underway and expects to announce further details about the reinvigorated company in early Fall 2010.

 

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NEW YORK -- IMAX Corporation (Nasdaq:IMAX) (TSX:IMX) today announced that it has signed a memorandum of understanding with Laser Light Engines, a leading developer and manufacturer of ultra-high brightness, laser-driven light sources. Under the terms of the agreement, IMAX plans to make an equity investment in Laser Light Engines, and Laser Light Engines would develop a custom version of its laser light technology for exclusive use in IMAX digital projection systems. Laser Light Engines would additionally provide outsourced research and development for new features designed to further enhance and distinguish The IMAX Experience(R) for IMAX(R) theatre operators, film studios and moviegoers.

As part of the parties' contemplated partnership, Laser Light Engines would offer its technology exclusively to IMAX for a period of two years and would not offer its technology to any other large format theatre systems for a period of three years. The memorandum of understanding signed by IMAX and Laser Light Engines gives the parties an exclusive period of time within which to reach final agreement on these and other terms.

"IMAX has always been at the cutting edge in terms of developing the most advanced theatre projection systems in the world as part of our focus on providing the best movie going experience anywhere," said Richard Gelfond, CEO of IMAX. "Subject to finalizing our diligence, we see Laser Light Engines as an ideal partner for IMAX, with a team of experienced executives and engineers who understand not only how to develop laser technology, but how to apply it and implement it to create a meaningful product and profitable business."

Gelfond continued, "As contemplated, this equity investment provides us with exclusive rights to the products and research and development pipeline in a period of significant growth in our industry, while enabling Laser Light Engines to further develop their technology and attract additional investors. We believe our business model is positioning us to generate significant cash over the next several years, and this strategic investment is an example of how we are looking to put our cash to work to enhance our market leading reputation for quality presentation, further expand our competitive differentiation and capitalize on the growth in our industry."

"We are thrilled to be tapped by IMAX Corporation which is strong validation of Laser Light Engines' technology in the most demanding application of digital cinema and large format film presentations," said Doug Darrow, chief executive officer of Laser Light Engines. "Laser Light Engines looks forward to designing and developing systems and products that will best harness our high brightness, solid-state illumination laser engines including but not limited to d-cinema, large venue and others."

 

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA & AUSTIN, TX - The Alamo Drafthouse and the Levi's® brand present the 2010 Rolling Roadshow, a nationwide tour of free outdoor 35mm screening experiences pairing everyone's favorite films with the famous locations where they were shot or set. This year, the Alamo Drafthouse and the Levi's® brand have partnered to champion some of cinema's most celebrated workers. "We Are All Workers" is the underlying theme of this year's Rolling Roadshow, which will be brought live to movie lovers throughout the hazy summer nights of August.

Inspired by Levi's® new Go Forth ‘Ready to Work' marketing campaign, which explores how a new generation of real American workers is rolling up its sleeves to make real change happen, the Rolling Roadshow hits the road with nine seminal screenings proving that everybody's work is equally important. The Alamo Drafthouse and the Levi's® brand have curated an eclectic line up of cinema's greatest workers, including an oil baron (THERE WILL BE BLOOD), a cyborg cop (ROBOCOP), missionaries (THE BLUES BROTHERS), law-benders (DIRTY HARRY), law-breakers (JACKIE BROWN), championship contenders (ROCKY) and coulda-been contenders (ON THE WATERFRONT).

Alamo Drafthouse and the Levi's® brand have put together an inspired lineup of films and locations, kicking things off with modern crime classic JACKIE BROWN at the Del Amo Fashion Mall in Los Angeles. Director Quentin Tarantino's beloved old stomping ground, the South Bay, serves as the backdrop to the climactic sting operation in the film. The Del Amo Mall parking lot, where one chatty character meets her end, was handpicked by Quentin Tarantino for this very special screening. Schedule permitting, the director will be in attendance.

From there, the Rolling Roadshow will make stops at San Francisco's Washington Square Park, the scene of Scorpio's sniper attack in DIRTY HARRY; Old Joliet Prison from the opening of THE BLUES BROTHERS; Philadelphia's Museum of Art, where ROCKY ends the rousing training montage with his famous fist-pumping celebration; the rooftops of Little Italy in New York City from THE GODFATHER II, where Robert De Niro's young Don Corelone tracks his assassination target, and more!

"We've worked hard to find that perfect combination of film and location for the ultimate outdoor cinema experience. These films are some of our most beloved cinematic treasures and the screenings themselves are large-scale parties at the very sites which symbolize what makes them so great," said Tim League, Alamo Drafthouse CEO. "The Rolling Roadshow is an extension of our unique programming philosophy at the Alamo Drafthouse, which continually seeks to find creative ways to celebrate our love of film."

"Collaborating with the Alamo Drafthouse is a perfect fit for the Levi's® brand as we've long admired their work and share the same pioneering spirit. The 'We Are All Workers' Rolling Roadshow gives us an opportunity to take an irreverent approach to the democracy of work and our Go Forth campaign as we blaze a trail across the country," said Doug Sweeny, VP, Levi's® Brand Marketing.

All Rolling Roadshow "We Are All Workers" screenings are free and open to the public. Some screenings may feature surprise celebrity guests, and each location will feature fun events including city-wide scavenger hunts hosted in partnership with social networking platform Gowalla, after parties and more. Check out the full screening lineup below.

 

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