CINEMA EXPO, Amsterdam -- GDC Technology ("GDC"), a world leading digital cinema solution provider, is pleased to announce that London's Altitude 360, an iconic venue for corporate and private events famed for its astonishing 360˚ views over the heart of London, has opted for GDC servers in its recent upgrading program. London-based Future Projections was chosen to carry out the project work which involved GDC‘s SA-2100A servers as well as Barco's DP1200 projectors.

Opened in September 2007 and situated high on the 29th floor of the Millbank Tower, Altitude quickly rose to fame and became the most sought-after venue in London for holding both corporate and private events. With a floor area of just under 15,000 sq ft and a capacity of 1,200 people, this chic and stylish event space boasts the latest IT technology and comes complete with a 350-seat state-of-the-art Digital Cinema, the Millbank Cinema and Media Centre. This world renown screening and dedicated presentation venue underwent a complete upgrading this year to get up-to-date with the latest 2D and 3D digital cinema technology in a bid to meet the increasingly sophisticated customer needs.

Since entering a strategic partnership in 2009, Future Projections and GDC have worked closely together on a number of projects in UK with the Altitude project being the one most recently completed. "The GDC server and Barco projector combination provides a perfect package that offers unrivalled advantages: superb reliability, low cost of ownership, and great functional flexibility," said Future Projections' Peter Hall. "This combination has worked well for a number of mixed corporate/D-cinema installations implemented by us and our clients were very impressed by the cost-effective solution we delivered that fully addressed their digital needs."

"It is indeed an unusual honor for us to work on a project with Altitude 360, the winner of Most Unusual Venue UK 2010," said Dr. Man-Nang CHONG, founder and CEO of GDC Technology. "This is yet another high profile venue secured under the GDC-Future Projections partnership and also another one joining our rapidly growing list of UK customers. We are encouraged by the market response in UK and feel optimistic to achieve the same as we expand into the European market."

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Source: THR's Heat Vision Blog

After what he hinted might be a permanent hiatus from non-Minimoys projects, Luc Besson is ready to take the reins once again, on an as-of-yet untitled love story he co-wrote with David Marconi (Enemy of the State).

Besson's last directorial effort, aside from further adaptations of the Minimoys book series (the first chapter was retitled Arthur and the Invisibles in the United States), was Angel-A in 2005, and he hasn't directed an English-language film since The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc in 1999. However, Besson remains one of the film industry's most prolific writer/producers, having created last year's smash-hit Taken and the Transporter series, among others.

According to insiders, Besson is in the process of locking down cast members for a September shoot in London and Paris. No word on when the film will be out, but it seems likely it will be finished for a 2011 release.

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Source: Empire

Animator and producer Don Hahn recently spoke up about two high profile projects: the conversion of Disney's animated smash The Lion King to 3D, and an update on the Roger Rabbit sequel.

On the latter subject, Hahn was tight-lipped, but when asked about director Robert Zemeckis' comments that a sequel was being written, Hahn replied, "Yeah, I couldn't possibly comment. I deny completely, but yeah...if you're a fan, pretty soon you're going to be very, very, very happy."

As for The Lion King, Hahn insisted the conversion process would be done right. "It's going to be spectacular - we will do a good job [and] the technology is tremendous." Hahn previously had a hand in the wildly successful conversions of Beauty and the Beast and Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas into 3D.

Zemeckis and original producer Steven Spielberg have talked on and off about a Roger Rabbit sequel for many years, but the project has yet to move past the development stage. The original won Richard Williams a Special Achievement Oscar for his work combining the live-action and animated characters, while also taking home the statues for Film Editing, Visual Effects, and Sound Effects Editing. In November, while promoting A Christmas Carol, Zemeckis assured fans that, despite his work in motion-capture CG animation, Roger would be animated using traditional techniques, should a sequel go forward.

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Source: Variety

Having recently finished shooting the final film in the Harry Potter saga, actor Daniel Radcliffe is expanding his horizons, taking on the lead role in a new version of All Quiet on the Western Front.

Author Erich Maria Remarque wrote the story of Baumer, a German soldier stationed in France, back in late 1928 for a German newspaper before publishing it as a novel. The novel was adapted into a film by Lewis Milestone in 1930, which won Best Picture and Best Director. It is not clear at this point whether this new film is more of a remake, or a new adaptation of the source material.

Shooting will not begin until spring 2012. No director is currently in place.

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Basingstoke -- Sony Professional has today signed an agreement to provide its Digital Cinema 4K projection systems to AMC Entertainment Inc. in the UK. AMC is one of the world's leading theatrical exhibition companies running approximately 380 cinemas worldwide. The deal will see Sony provide its 4K projectors directly to AMC's leading UK sites in Birmingham and Manchester.

AMC currently operates two sites in the UK, the Broadway Plaza 12 in Birmingham and Great Northern 16 in Manchester. The deal in the UK follows the success of Sony's agreement with AMC in the United States and Canada via DCIP (a joint venture owned equally by exhibition industry leaders AMC, Cinemark Holdings, Inc. and Regal Entertainment Group). Deployment of the 4K projector system in the UK is expected to be finished by autumn 2010.

"Our agreement with Sony is a prime example of our strong advocacy of the industry's move to a digital platform. Digital cinema provides a new world of programming flexibility and opportunities for cinemas," said Mark McDonald, executive vice president, global development, AMC. "Sony 4K projection systems enable us to deliver an enhanced entertainment experience to our guests."

Dave Cowlishaw, Business Development Manager at Sony Professional in Europe said, "As studios continue to produce an increasing number of films in 4K, cinemas worldwide are looking to provide that same resolution for audiences. Giving AMC a competitive edge in the market, they have chosen to use Sony's 4K projector system to provide a higher standard of cinematic experience for audiences. We are very excited about this significant partnership which brings our advanced 4K projection capabilities to audiences across two of the UK's largest cities."

Headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., AMC is a leading theatrical exhibition and entertainment company. With a history of industry leadership and innovation dating back to 1920, the company today serves hundreds of millions of guests annually through interests in 380 cinemas with 5,325 screens in five countries.

As the world's only manufacturer of commercially available 4K resolution digital cinema projectors, Sony Professional was selected by AMC to supply an end-to-end solution capable of providing viewers with a superior visual experience. The unique 4K resolution projection solution used in the cinemas comprises of Sony's SRX-R320 Digital Cinema Projector, LMT-300 Media Block and will be controlled by Sony's STM-100 Theatre Management System.

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