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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Burbank, CA -- Today at Cinema Expo 2010 in Amsterdam, 3D technology company MasterImage 3D, LLC announced that Kinepolis Cinema Group has standardized on MasterImage digital 3D cinema systems to bring stereoscopic 3D movies and programming to audiences across Europe. Kinepolis has purchased and installed MasterImage MI-2100 systems covering 35% of their digital screens to date, with a rollout of an additional 8% planned by year's end for cinemas across Europe.

Kinepolis Cinema Group, which encompasses 317 screens in 23 multiplexes, was one of the first exhibitors to adopt digital projection on a large scale and have great plans to increase the rollout of 3D screens across Europe. After extensive technical tests Kinepolis has now chosen MasterImage 3D to be their preferred supplier of 3D screens in France, Spain and Switzerland. This will include rolling out 3D to new cinemas as well as replacing 3D screens from Kinepolis' previous supplier.

"MasterImage's approach gives us what we need most - the best presentation for our audiences and a business model that makes sense," said Nicolas Hamon, Kinepolis' projection and sound manager. "There's no seat tax to pay as we'll own the systems outright, and we won't need to manage the loss of expensive glasses, since MasterImage offers one-time and reusable glasses, both at a fraction of the cost of other providers. We're confident that MasterImage is absolutely the right choice for our cinemas and our audiences."

The MasterImage MI-2100 digital 3D cinema system offers high-quality presentation, single-or multi-use eyewear, is easily portable between screens and is available through a compelling, ownership-based pricing model. Supported by European and all six major Hollywood studios and many independent distributors, MasterImage systems are installed in 38 countries including the UK, France, Italy, Denmark, US, China, Australia and more.

"MasterImage seems one jump ahead of their competitors and have proven to us that they understand both the technology and the financial concerns of the cinema owners,'' continued Hamon.

Brian Kercher, Managing Director of 3D Cinema, MasterImage Europe notes that "we are delighted to be working with such a dynamic organization as Kinepolis and welcome the opportunity to bring high quality 3D to Kinepolis audiences throughout Europe.''

 

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Basingstoke -- At this year's Cinema Expo 2010 Sony Professional is unveiling for the first time its new Sony Digital Cinema 4K logo trailer, which will introduce this Sony brand category to cinema audiences around the world - of course in 4K.

The logo trailer will be presented across all industry leading cinemas that use Sony Digital Cinema 4K projection systems ahead of the latest blockbuster feature films. Industry awareness and demand for 4K has increased with motion picture companies including Sony Pictures and Warner Brothers keen to showcase movies at the maximum level of resolution as stipulated by international digital cinema standards.

Upcoming movie releases in 4K include; Sony Pictures Karate Kid, SALT and Eat, Pray, Love and Warner Bros. Entertainment's contemporary sci-fi action film Inception.

As the world's only manufacturer of commercially available 4K resolution digital cinema projectors today, Sony Professional supply end-to-end solutions, providing cinema audiences with a superior visual experience. The 4K projection system used in cinemas comprises mainly of Sony Professional's SRX-R320 Digital Cinema Projector based on Sony's proven SXRD technology, the LMT-300 Media Block and LSM-100 Screen Management System software.

Attending the event, Sony Professional will be present on stand 327 and not only show the latest line up of digital cinema products, including the Sony STM-100 Theater Management System and CineWatch-remote-monitoring, but also digital signage solutions from the Ziris range, which takes the experience quality of lobby displays in cinema to a new level. Furthermore, experts from Sony Financial Services will be available to explain all details of Sony's offerings to support 4K and "3D on 4K" technology deployment.

 

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Basingstoke -- Sony Professional today announced three new digital cinema dealers across Europe, as part of its drive to meet the ever-growing demand for its 4K projection systems.

Sony Professional has signed agreements with four new dealers: Sound Associates in the UK, Protronic AG in Switzerland, and Hulskamp in the Netherlands, expanding its footprint across Europe. These strategic alliances demonstrate Sony's commitment to the cinema industry and will allow more audiences to experience 2D and 3D cinema through 4K digital projectors.

As the world's only manufacturer of commercially available 4K resolution digital cinema projectors, Sony Professional supplies an end-to-end solution capable of providing viewers with a superior visual experience.

"We are fully committed to further strengthening our channel partnerships in Europe and continuing to deliver compelling cinema experience," said Oliver Pasch, head of digital cinema at Sony Professional in Europe. "Working hand in hand with these specialist dealers, we can jointly deliver outstanding 2D and 3D technology to support cinemas exhibitors across Europe."

Graham Lodge, Managing Director, Sound Associates, said, ‘As movie goers are now demanding more immersive and entertaining cinema experience, we believe that the Sony 4K digital cinema projection systems have huge potential in the UK.'

Dealers in other parts of Europe are also very positive about the prospect of 3D cinema. Patrick Engler, CEO, Protronic AG, commented, ‘We entered this partnership because we believe in Sony's unrivalled experience and expertise in cinema. We are confident that it will benefit our customers in Switzerland.'

"We're going to deliver high quality solutions to a broad range of cinemas in the Netherlands and the Sony 4K projectors will provide a competitive edge that is second to none," concluded Roland Janssen, commercial director, Hulskamp Audiovisueel.

 

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