Marcus Theatres®, a division of The Marcus Corporation, today announced that it is one of the premier locations in the U.S. selected to show Hancock in Sony 4K digital cinema on its 70-foot-wide UltraScreen® at the Marcus Majestic Cinema in Brookfield, Wis. Hancock, a Peter Berg film staring Will Smith, Charlize Theron and Jason Bateman, opens with special screenings at 7:30 and 10:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 1 and begins its regular run on July 2 at the Majestic in UltraScreen 2.

“4K digital cinema is the cutting edge in motion picture production and presentation,” said Bruce J. Olson, president of Marcus Theatres. “Sony’s 4K digital projection takes the moviegoing experience to a whole new level, engaging audiences in the visual experience and story of the film, especially on the UltraScreen. This ultimate digital projection technology makes the moviegoing experience more entertaining than ever. We are excited to be one of first theatre locations throughout the world offering this one-of-a-kind ultimate digital experience to our guests.”

Marcus Theatres is using Sony’s SRX-R220 digital cinema projection system for the run of Hancock. The projection system is capable of outputting 18,000 lumens and more than 8 million pixels of resolution.

“Sony’s 4K digital projectors allow guests to experience superb contrast, vivid color and the highest resolution now available,” said Mark Collins, director of projection technologies for Marcus Theatres. “4K digital projectors create a picture that is four times the pixels of the traditional 2K resolution, and slightly more than four times the pixels of today’s consumer high definition television sets. The result is an incredibly fine picture with pixels so small, and with such small interpixel gaps, they merge together seamlessly for the viewer at normal viewing distances. 4K digital projection enables moviegoers to sit in the front row and still retain the illusion of a seamless, continuous picture.”

“We are pleased to have Marcus Theatres be among a very exclusive, yet rapidly growing, number of theaters in the U.S. to have the ability to screen a full-length feature movie in 4K,” said Andrew Stucker, director of industry relations for digital cinema at Sony Electronics. “Moviegoers who visit Marcus Theatres to see Hancock in 4K, will be in for an immersive visual experience that only 4K resolution can provide.”

Marcus Theatres will show Hancock in 4K digital cinema on its UltraScreen 2 at the Marcus Majestic Cinema beginning with special screenings on Tuesday, July 1 at 7:30 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. Regular 4K showings begin Wednesday, July 2 at 11:10 a.m., 2:00 p.m., 4:50 p.m., 7:25 p.m. and 10:05 p.m. on UltraScreen 2.

 

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HOLLYWOOD, CA (June 23, 2008) - Coming off reaching the billion-dollar mark in international box office sales last weekend, Paramount Pictures Corporation has now also crossed the billion-dollar milestone on its domestic gross sales, making it the first studio to accomplish this feat this calendar year and besting last year's billion-dollar record by nearly three weeks.

This marks back-to-back years of firsts for Paramount Pictures and five consecutive weeks of holding the Number One spot in domestic market share. The studio also set a new first as of this weekend - having the Top Three grossing films of 2008 at mid-year.

The half-year got off to a strong start, with JJ Abrams' thriller Cloverfield earning $80M. Paramount was further buoyed by the blockbuster successes of Marvel Entertainment's Iron Man ($305M), Lucas Films' and Steven Spielberg's Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull ($291M) and DreamWorks Animation's Kung Fu Panda ($156M - which this weekend surpassed Horton Hears A Who! to become the year's third top grossing film to this point).

"It has been a wonderful year so far," said Paramount Chairman Brad Grey. "As we look towards the rest of 2008, and into 2009 -- when we will have Transformers II, JJ Abram's Star Trek, G.I. Joe and NowhereLand starring Eddie Murphy, among others -- we are as excited about the future as we are by reaching this milestone."

Paramount's forthcoming openings this year include DreamWorks' Tropic Thunder starring Ben Stiller, Robert Downey Jr., and Jack Black (August 15, 2008), Paramount Vantage's American Teen (July 25, 2008), DreamWorks Animation's Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (November 7, 2008) and Paramount's The Curious Case of Benjamin Button starring Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett (Christmas Day).

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For one night only, fans can watch five-time Grammy winning musician John Mayer's Where The Light Is: John Mayer Live in Los Angeles on the big screen in theatres across the country on Monday, June 30th. In the larger-than-life movie theater setting, fans will feel like they actually attended the unique concert, which featured Mayer performing an acoustic set, a full-band Continuum set and a rare John Mayer Trio set. Recorded last December at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles and directed by Danny Clinch, Where The Light Is hits screens courtesy of The Bigger Picture, the alternative content distribution unit of Access Integrated Technologies, Inc..

"John Mayer's gift for mixing genres and styles and for appealing to such a wide cross-section of fans will come to life on the big screen," said Jonathan Dern, President of The Bigger Picture. "Everyone who comes out to see him in digital cinema will enjoy an incredible view and the best sound available."

"We are proud to present Where The Light Is with this special one-night only presentation in theatres," said John Rubey, President of AEG Network LIVE. "Fans will be delighted with the high quality digital cinema picture and the incredible surround sound."

On July 2nd, John Mayer begins his '08 Summer Tour in Milwaukee, WI and is scheduled to tour through the end of August. Various dates will feature Colbie Caillat, Brett Dennen, Paramore and OneRepublic.

Where The Light Is: John Mayer Live in Los Angeles becomes available in stores on July 1st as a 2CD, DVD & Blu-Ray package. The release will be Mayer's first since Continuum became available in September 2006 and incorporates each of the elements the five-time Grammy-winner is known for - acoustic songwriter, electric guitar slinger, bluesman, and vocalist. The special Columbia Records release will feature Mayer's own hits, as well as versions of blues and rock favorites like Jimi Hendrix's "Wait Until Tomorrow," Tom Petty's "Free Falling," and Ray Charles' "I Don't Need No Doctor."

 

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From The Hollywood Reporter: "Next month, [IMAX] will roll out the first three digital IMAX installations with exhibitor AMC Entertainment -- two in Washington and one in Baltimore. Three more will debut in August in Philadelphia. IMAX expects to have digital systems deployed at 50 sites by year's end, with the goal of converting its 296 owned or equipped theaters in 40 countries.

IMAX believes that the digital offerings will prompt new installations and more studio films for release in IMAX theaters."

 

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Christie, a global leader in visual solutions for entertainment, business and industry, is proud to announce that a pair of Christie CP2000-XB DLP Cinema projectors will be used at the World Premiere of Disney/Pixar's WALL-E. The World Premiere will take place outside under the stars at the Greek Theatre and Griffith Observatory on Saturday, June 21st.

The event marks the latest collaboration between Christie and Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Special Events. Christie's projectors were most recently used at the World Premiere events for Cars and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End. The Christie CP2000-XB is the most powerful in its class, and the projector features the revolutionary split-body design that allows flexible placement in almost any venue.

WALL-E, which opens in theatres everywhere on June 27th, follows the animated adventure of a determined and lovable robot. WALL-E (short for Waste Allocation Load Lifter Earth-Class) discovers a new purpose in life when he meets a sleek search robot named Eve, and together they take an exciting journey across the galaxy.

"We are proud to be using Christie's state-of-the-art projectors at the World Premiere of WALL-E," said Lylle Breier, Senior Vice President, Worldwide Special Events for Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. "Our guests will be able to enjoy all of the film's impressive computer animation in razor sharp clarity, and see a faithful reproduction of the filmmaker's vision."

"Disney and Pixar continue to raise the bar for animation, bringing to the big screen some of the most memorable and most entertaining characters in the world," said Craig Sholder, vice president of Entertainment Solutions, Christie. "We are pleased to be working with Disney on the World Premiere of the latest Disney and Pixar adventure. We believe Christie DLP Cinema projectors are the best choice to bring this highly entertaining film to audiences everywhere."

 

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