MORRISTOWN, NJ & LOS ANGELES, CA -- Cinedigm Digital Cinema Corp. (NASDAQ: CIDM), the global leader in the digital cinema industry, today announced Starplex Cinemas will participate in its Phase 2 digital cinema deployment program by transitioning 102 screens from analog to digital cinema projectors. Starplex will become Cinedigm CertifiedTM in 8 locations and will use Cinedigm's proven technology solutions.

"We are pleased to welcome the Starplex group of theatres to the Cinedigm family," said Cinedigm Chairman and CEO Bud Mayo. "We share a vision to improve the movie-going experience and to provide choices for Starplex's customers that only digital cinema allows."

Steve Holmes, CEO of Starplex Cinemas, said, "Starplex is very excited to be transitioning our circuit to digital cinema. Enabling our theatres to use the latest technology to bring feature movies and other exciting content to our customers is an opportunity to distinguish our theatres from others. We believe Cinedigm is the best partner for this transition and look forward to our work with them."

"Starplex Cinemas is continually enhancing the movie-going experience for their audiences," said Chuck Goldwater, President of Cinedigm's Media Services Group. "Their innovations in theatre design and operations have been leading the way in the industry, and this is one more giant step in that direction. Cinedigm is honored to have been chosen as their partner in entering the digital world."

Cinedigm's Digital Cinema division is the industry-leading deployment program for Digital Cinema that facilitates the funding, installation support and administration for the company's studio-supported Digital Cinema rollout plans. In April 2008, the CBG, a buying program of the National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) for small and independent theatre operators, announced the selection of Cinedigm as the digital cinema integrator of choice for the CBG's 600+ members in the United States and Canada.

To date, Cinedigm has contracted for and completed the rollout of nearly 4,000 systems in forty-one states with exhibitors including Atlas Theatres, Allen Theatres, B&B Theatres, Carmike Cinemas, Celebration! Cinema, Cinema West, Cinetopia, Dickinson Theatres, Emagine, Galaxy Cinema, Georgia Theatre Company, Great Escape Theatres, Marquee Cinemas, Krikorian Premiere Theatres, MJR Theatres, Neighborhood Cinema Group, Premiere Cinema Corp., Rave Motion Picture Theatres, R/C Theatres, Showplace Cinemas, Times Square Cinema, UltraStar, and Cinedigm's own Pavilion Digital Showcase Theatre.

Its Phase 2 plan for up to an additional 10,000 screens will provide networked, turnkey Digital Cinema systems in conformance with DCI specifications.

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Source: Variety, ComingSoon

Rose McGowan has joined the cast of Marcus Nispel's Conan reboot. Filming began on the project on Monday in Bulgaria. She will play a half-human/half-witch.

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The film stars newcomer Jason Momoa as Conan and Rachel Nichols as his love interest. Stephen Lang, Bob Sapp, and Said Taghmaoui co-star. Earlier this year, it was reported that Mickey Rourke would be playing the role of Conan's father, but Rourke dropped out recently. He was replaced by Hellboy star Ron Perlman.

A new Conan has been in development for approximately a decade. Warner Bros. first started out trying to create a sequel to the previous Arnold Schwarzenegger incarnations, even convincing director John Milius to return as well, but Schwarzenegger's election brought plans to a halt. The studio then brought in a series of directors, including The Wachowski Brothers and Robert Rodriguez, but were unable to greenlight a project before rights reverted to Paradox Entertainment. Director Brett Ratner was almost locked for the film, but dropped out at the last minute, and Nispel came on board instead. Lionsgate has since picked up domestic distribution rights, and is shooting for a 2011 release date.

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Source: Entertainment Weekly

Even though the third Twilight film isn't here yet, Summit is already reaching out to directors to helm the two-part finale, Breaking Dawn. The studio's wish-list includes three Oscar-winning filmmakers: Sofia Coppola (Lost in Translation), Gus Van Sant (Milk), and Bill Condon (Dreamgirls).

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Recently, there were rumors that New Moon director Chris Weitz might be returning, but he denied the rumors, choosing instead to work on a more personal project. In the meantime, until screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg's detailed treatment reaches the directors, no decisions will be made.

The first teaser trailer for The Twilight Saga: Eclipse just recently premiered on YouTube, where it has garnered 8.6 million hits in five days. The first two chapters in the series grossed just under $500 million at the US box office.

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Source: Shock Till You Drop

Paramount Pictures is close to hiring longtime screenwriter Akiva Goldsman to direct the horror sequel Paranormal Activity 2. Goldsman has written several high-profile projects, including A Beautiful Mind, The Da Vinci Code and I Am Legend. Other reported candidates included Greg McLean (Wolf Creek), Brad Anderson (Transsiberian), and Brian De Palma (Carrie). If hired, it would mark Goldsman's directorial debut.

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Two months back, Saw VI director and series editor Kevin Greutert had been tapped for the job, but Twisted Pictures exercised its option on Greutert, which forced him to quit Paranormal, and direct Saw VII instead. Last year, Paranormal was a Halloween phenomenon, the first in four years to noticeably cut into Saw's domination at the holiday box office. According to producers, Saw VII will close off the series, but Paramount's aim is to again go head-to-head with the 3D Saw sequel by completing Paranormal 2 for a Halloween 2010 release.

Paranormal Activity grossed $107.9 million last year, against a $15,000 budget. The success of the film prompted the studio to launch an entire division devoted to micro-budget films, called Insurge Pictures, which will spend $1 million a year, divided into $10,000 chunks, on ten projects.

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Burbank, CA -- Digital cinema leader Doremi today announced that it shipped over 850 DCP digital cinema servers in February alone bringing its worldwide install base to over 11,300 units; a remarkable feat given Doremi first demonstrated its digital cinema server prototype at IBC in 2004.

"Our line of DCP-2000 & DCP-2K4 servers are the lynchpin products behind Doremi Cinema's expanding client base" comments Michael Archer, VP of Doremi Cinema. "Thanks to our customers, dealers and integrater partners, Doremi's digital cinema server remains the number one installed server globally."

With financial backing for digital cinema deployments finally coming to fruition, exhibitors worldwide are pressing forward in securing systems for their screens. "We have spent years researching and developing technology that has allowed us to incorporate a multitude of additional features into our server. Many of these are not part of the DCI spec, but are seen as necessary value adds by our customers when choosing our product", says Doremi Cinema VP Michael Archer.

Doremi's customers include the largest exhibitors and post houses in the world. Foreseeing the explosive growth of digital cinema spurred by the anticipated financial backing, Doremi completed a building expansion earlier this year in support of the mega-deployments to come.

3D and other "event" films are what sell tickets. "It is our job to make sure that exhibitors can take advantage of tent pole films like Avatar and Alice in Wonderland, leverage the top down studio marketing that comes with them, and deliver the latest digital content to their theater patrons, who are packing theaters for these films and paying a premium ticket price."

 

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