Source: Lionsgate

Lionsgate has acquired director Marc Forster's Machine Gun Preacher for release in the United States. Lionsgate previously released Forster's Monster's Ball, which earned Halle Berry an Oscar and scored a Best Original Screenplay nomination. Forster's last film was the James Bond film Quantum of Solace in 2008.

The film, which is just about to go into production, is based on the story of Reverend Sam Childers, who leaves behind a life of crime to fight for the rights of African children in a war-torn region of the country. Gerard Butler will play Childers, with Michelle Monaghan as his wife and Michael Shannon as his best friend.

Shooting will begin on July 5th in Detroit and South Africa. The film will be released in 2011.

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Harold & Kumar co-creator/co-writer Jon Hurwitz announced on his Twitter page that, "Harold & Kumar 3 has officially started shooting. That is all." UPDATE: Hurwitz later re-Tweeted updates from John Cho and Patton Oswalt indicating the actors were in the same place, strongly suggesting that Oswalt will be making an appearance in the movie.

Officially titled A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas, the third film reportedly takes place after a falling out between the titular characters. The pair are reunited when Kumar burns down Harold's family's Christmas tree, and they are forced to work together in their quest to find a replacement.

Danny Leiner directed the original, while Hurwitz and partner Hayden Schlossberg took the reins on the second. The third (with another script by Hurwitz and Schlossberg) is being taken over by Todd Strauss-Schulson while Hurwitz and Schlossberg concentrate on writing and directing a new theatrical entry in the American Pie franchise. No word on any other casting besides returning stars Cho and Kal Penn, and the potential inclusion of Oswalt, but it seems very likely that David Krumholtz, Eddie Kaye Thomas, and Neil Patrick Harris will be back as well.

The first two installments combined for more than $57 million domestically before finding a wider following on home-viewing platforms (reportedly, the first film grossed more than $60 million on DVD all by itself). The film is slated for release in 2011.

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CYPRESS, CA -- Christie®, the leader in digital cinema projection technologies, announced that it has shipped and installed more than 12,000 digital cinema projectors worldwide, achieving a new industry milestone and strengthening its leadership with a 65% share of the total global market. The accomplishment includes the installation of more than 2,000 DCI-compliant Christie SolariaTM Series 4K-ready projectors. Christie was also the first manufacturer to surpass the 5,000 digital cinema milestone in the Fall of 2008 and the 7,500 installation mark early in 2009.

With 3D movies supercharging ticket sales and spurring demand for digital systems around the world, Christie has ramped up production of the Solaria Series projectors. These include the Christie CP2220 and Christie CP2230, which feature Texas Instruments' (TI) (NYSE: TXN) next generation Series 2 DLP Cinema® technology and are based on the 1.2" DLP Cinema chip platform. This is the only chip upgradeable to 4K resolution - a simple, 15 minute process on Christie projectors.

"The world is going digital and Christie is committed to leading the charge," said Jack Kline, President and COO, Christie USA. "From our first, ground-breaking roll-out of 4,000 digital cinema projectors that jump-started the digital cinema revolution, Christie has been a major force in every corner of the world, developing innovative strategies, products and services that are guiding the industry into the digital age."

To address growing demands, Christie announced a new manufacturing facility in China, increased R&D, expanded its base of skilled staff, stocked up on long lead components to ensure sufficient parts in the months ahead, and strengthened its technical training initiatives. At the same time, it has boosted its Christie Managed Services programs in North America to provide the widest range of technical support for resellers and exhibitors making the switch to digital.

"We are in high gear, working with resellers and exhibitors to quickly digitize screens and take advantage of the new crop of 3D movies arriving in theaters," commented Craig Sholder, Christie's Vice-President of Entertainment Solutions. "We are also pleased to report that Christie's phenomenal success in North America, where it holds more than 70% of the market, is now being echoed in Central and South America, where orders for digital projectors have jumped appreciably. Christie is the overwhelming projector of choice because exhibitors recognize our Series 2 projectors offer the best light efficiency and lowest cost of operation."

In Europe, Christie continues to hold a commanding 54% market share. Over the last five years, the leading European, Middle Eastern and African exhibitors have selected and installed Christie digital cinema projectors - including Arts Alliance Digital Cinema (AADC) through the roll-out of the digital screen network for the UK Film Council. This marked the world's first digital cinema deployment on a large scale.

"In 2005, the digital era was relatively new and there were only a handful of digital cinema installations in the entire world," comments Dale Miller, Vice-President, Christie EMEA. "Since then, we have seen exciting growth opportunities globally and notably in the EMEA region. Close to 3,000 Christie digital cinema projectors are now in the European market place, with thousands more contracted to be installed in the near future. Our success is a direct reflection of the loyalty and support of our customers who believe in Christie and the viability of this exciting industry."

A recent triumph for Christie was its framework purchasing agreement for 300 Christie Solaria Series projectors with FTT, its German integration and service partner. Christie's partnership with FTT dates back to more than six years, when the two companies launched one of the first major digital cinema roll-outs in Europe. Such long-term relationships are a hallmark of Christie's market leadership, reflecting the company's full commitment to helping industry partners succeed.

Christie's explosive growth in the Asia Pacific region, where sales have climbed by more than 400% in the past year, has also contributed significantly to its record number of installations. A major development was its agreement with DCK, the joint-venture company of CJ CGV and Lotte Cinema in South Korea, which selected Christie as the primary digital cinema projector provider for DCK's Virtual Print Fee (VPF) deal with major Hollywood studios. The partnership launched South Korea's largest digital cinema deployment to date and introduced a new era in content distribution for the country. The first phase of the agreement utilized 500 Christie CP2000 Series projectors; the current and second phase features at least 500 of the new Christie Solaria 4K-ready DLP Cinema projectors, of which nearly 100 have already been shipped and installed.

Christie's recent success with China Film Group garnered a further 375 Solaria series projectors solidifying its position as the projector of choice for China's power players China Film Group, Shanghai Film Group, Time Antaeus, Wanda Cinemas and Lianzhong Cinemas.

Lin Yu, Vice-President, Christie Asia Pacific, commented, "Christie's accomplishments in the Asia Pacific region are a testament to the company's global vision. It reflects the company's unique ability to respond quickly to the needs of a changing market. In addition to our dominance in the Asia Pacific region, Christie's new manufacturing facility in China will further strengthen our presence in this region and enhance our manufacturing capabilities globally." She added: "This summer, Christie Solaria Series digital cinema projectors will be coming off the assembly line to meet continued, worldwide demand."

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CINEMA EXPO, Amsterdam -- GDC Technology ("GDC"), a world leading digital cinema solution provider, is pleased to announce today that on June 17th Korea Lotte Cinemas broadcasted live the FIFA World Cup match between Korea and Argentina in 3D to 52 of its cinemas using GDC servers. Held once every four years, the FIFA World Cup is arguably the greatest sporting event on earth. Korean soccer fans who were unable to travel to South Africa were pleased to watch the FIFA 2010 match in 3D, thanks to Lotte Cinemas' live 3D broadcast using world's most widely adopted RealD 3D systems and GDC servers. Lotte Cinemas also confirmed to bringing more live FIFA World Cup matches to its 52 cinemas in 3D.

The match between Korea and Argentina on June 17th attracted overwhelming fans to Lotte's 52 cinemas with live 3D broadcast - the very first live 3D FIFA World Cup broadcast in Korea and also the world's first 3D FIFA World Cup broadcast, made possible using GDC's SA-2100 series of servers. As a technology leader, GDC has always been quick to respond to technology innovation in digital cinema, and always strives to bring to its customers the best and latest cinematic experiences. Live 3D FIFA World Cup broadcast is made possible using network streaming for live broadcast technology, a unique feature in GDC servers. The 3D MPEG2 signal from FIFA is transmitted via satellite and upon receipt by the GDC server, gets decoded and converted from 2D to 3D, before finally appearing as true-to-life 3D images on the screens of Lotte's 52 cinemas. Wearing light and ergonomically designed glasses from RealD, cinema audiences can enjoy watching a full 90-minute match without feeling any discomfort or image blurring. On the other hand, 30 Lotte sites have been retrofitted with RealD-endorsed Etoniq SS-2400 silver screens to give audiences an even higher level of visual 3D enjoyment.

"We are very pleased to have chosen GDC servers because other than their impressive reliability, the speedy software upgrade to enable live 3D telecast has saved us much time and costly new hardware acquisition needed," said Edward Muk Choi, Technical Manager of Lotte Cinemas. "The GDC solution has also greatly reduced the hardware complexity. As a matter of fact, GDC server is currently the only one on the market that has a built-in integrated 3D receiver-decoder in its digital cinema servers so as to seamlessly support 3D live broadcast without additional boxes."

"The success of live broadcast of 2010 FIFA World Cup in 3D exemplifies not only GDC's technical capability, but also our vision in digital cinema technology. The existing GDC servers can be upgraded to include an integrated 3D receiver-decoder capability through a software upgrade and there is no need for any extra hardware whatsoever. After successfully carrying out two separate demonstrations of this capability in Beijing and Seoul about a month ago, we are pleased to win the confidence of Lotte Cinemas to adopt GDC solution to bring live 3D FIFA World Cup broadcast to its cinemas," said Dr. Man-Nang CHONG, founder and CEO of GDC Technology. "This project would not have been successful without the technical support given by Lotte Cinemas and Eugenetek, a GDC dealer and South Korea's leading cinema equipment and service provider. Together, we are proud to have brought to soccer fans in Korea the first-ever live 3D FIFA World Cup broadcast.

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Disney is reporting that Toy Story 3 has raked in $44.8 million from 25 percent of the international market.

Highlights include:

- Strong showing in Latin America, driven by Mexico, Brazil & Argentina which together earned $20M.
- China realized $9.5M, the biggest weekend in history for an animated title in this market.

Toy Story 3 currently has an estimated worldwide haul of $153.8 million.

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