LOS ANGELES, CA -- YouTube joins world famous filmmakers Ridley Scott and Kevin Macdonald in asking people around to world to help them create the first user-generated feature-length documentary film shot on a single day - July 24, 2010. Life in a Day is a historic global film experiment that enlists the global community to capture a moment of their lives on Saturday, July 24 and to upload that footage to www.youtube.com/lifeinaday.

Academy Award-winning director Kevin Macdonald (State of Play, Last King of Scotland, Touching the Void) will direct, bringing together the most compelling footage into a feature-length documentary film. The project will be executive produced by Ridley Scott (Robin Hood, Gladiator, Black Hawk Down) and produced by his company Scott Free Productions. Individuals whose footage makes it into the finished film will be credited as co-directors and 20 of these contributors will be flown to the 2011 Sundance Film Festival for the film's world premiere.

Life in a Day is one of several efforts by YouTube to push the boundaries of music, art, and now film. YouTube Symphony Orchestra and the recently announced YouTube Play partnership with the Guggenheim are examples of the convergence of online video with traditional arts and Life in a Day takes this effort into the cinematic realm. LG Electronics is supporting Life in a Day as a key part of its long-standing Life's Good campaign and to support the creation of quality online content that can be shared and enjoyed by all.

The director, Kevin Macdonald says of the project, "Life in a Day is a time capsule that will tell future generations what it was like to be alive on the 24th of July, 2010. It is a unique experiment in social filmmaking, and what better way to gather a limitless array of footage than to engage the world's online community."

"Over the past five years, You Tube has changed the way media is created and consumed," said Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google, YouTube's parent company. "We're thrilled to give our community the opportunity to work with Kevin Macdonald and Ridley Scott and are grateful to our long-term partner, the Sundance Institute, for their support of this global initiative. I can think of no better place to premiere Life in a Day than at next year's festival."

"A vital part of our mission is to support individual storytelling around the globe and to provide a platform for expression and experimentation," says John Cooper, Director of the Sundance Film Festival. "This is a great way to engage the You Tube community and to also provide Festival audiences with something new and unexpected."

"LG believes in enriching people's lives through technology and saw complementary objectives in the Life in a Day project," says Dermot J. M. Boden, Chief Marketing Officer at LG Electronics. "For LG, this project is a fantastic opportunity to engage with You Tube users on a personal and emotional level that's both rewarding and enjoyable. This initiative is perfectly consistent with our brand promise of "Life's Good"!"

Scott Free will work with Rick Smolan, creator of "A Day in the Life" and CEO of Against All Odds Productions, a California-based organization that specializes in the execution of large-scale global projects that combine story-telling with state-of-the-art technology, to distribute cameras to individuals in remote regions of the world in an effort to ensure that the film is as inclusive and representative as possible. To learn more, and upload footage shot on July 24, 2010, please visit www.youtube.com/lifeinaday.

 

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Source: LA Times

Lindsay Lohan has been sentenced to 90 days in jail after Judge Marsha N. Revel concluded that the young actress was in violation of her probation after failing to attend mandatory alcohol education courses. Lohan will begin serving her sentence on July 20th.

A tearful Lohan blamed career obligations, while stressing, "as far as I knew I was in compliance with my programs."

Lovelace, a biopic about porn star Linda Lovelace, is set to be Lohan's next project, but the jail sentence will certainly delay that now.

 

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Source: ComingSoon.net

Kevin Smith is not letting the disappointing performance of Cop Out keep him down. The writer/direct will begin shooting Red State, a new horror flick, in August. Major casting announcements are expected soon.

Smith is also 70 pages in on a script based on the Warren Zevon song, "Hit Somebody." The project will allow Smith to indulge in his love of hockey.

 

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MORRISTOWN, NJ & LOS ANGELES, CA -- Cinedigm Digital Cinema Corp. (NASDAQ: CIDM), distributor of the 2010 FIFA World CupTM Final in LIVE 3D to theatres announced today that all 15 locations showing the event have tickets available for sale. The 2010 FIFA World CupTM Final will take place on July 11, 2010, at 2:30pm EDT and will be broadcast by Cinedigm to 15 theatres in stunning LIVE 3D from Johannesburg, South Africa. For a full list of locations, go to: http://www.cinedigm.com/sports3d.

Fans that have seen Cinedigm's most recent LIVE 3D sporting events, such as the NCAA Men's Final Four®, NBA All-Star Saturday Night and the BCS College Championship understand how thrilling live sports can be in 3D on a fifty-foot cinema screen. There is no comparable viewing experience beyond attending the game itself - and even then, LIVE 3D will deliver stunning details that would not be available to an on-site viewer.

The following theatres will be showing the FIFA World Cup Championship match in LIVE 3D at the local U.S. times as follows: Pacific 11:30am, Mountain 12:30pm, Central 1:30 pm, and Eastern 2:30 pm.

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LOS ANGELES -- Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) and Relativity Media, LLC today announced a long term agreement through which major theatrically released films owned by Relativity will be licensed directly and exclusively to Netflix for streaming to its subscribers during the "pay TV window." Traditionally, these films have flowed through Relativity's studio releasing partners to output deals with premium TV channels.

The deal marks a continued shift in the distribution of major motion pictures in the U.S. Under the agreement, an increasing amount of popular contemporary movies previously encumbered by pay TV agreements with premium channels such as HBO, Showtime and Starz will become available to be streamed from Netflix months - and not years - after their release on DVD. It will be the first time that studio quality theatrical feature films will be streamed via subscription by Netflix instead of being broadcast by the traditional pay providers, and it opens up a new revenue stream for such movies.

Among the first wave of films covered under the Netflix-Relativity deal are "The Fighter," starring Christian Bale, Mark Wahlberg and Amy Adams and distributed by Paramount Pictures, and "Skyline," co-directed by the Brothers Strause and released by Rogue Pictures and Universal Studios. Both films are scheduled for theatrical release later this year and to be available at Netflix in early 2011. Also on tap for Netflix are Rogue Pictures' Nicolas Cage action/thriller "Season of the Witch" and "Movie 43," written and directed by Peter Farley. Both are set to hit theaters this year as well.

Relativity has financed, co-financed or produced more than 200 features, generating more than $13 billion in worldwide box office revenue. Fifty Relativity films have become "Top 10" box office releases during the past two years. Current Relativity theatrical releases include "Robin Hood," "Get Him to the Greek" and "Grown Ups." Relativity produces and/or finances between 20 and 30 pictures a year, and it has more than 10 "single picture" movies - films it is financing and producing fully - that are scheduled to be released over the next 12 months.

Broadening the range and appeal of content available for Netflix members to watch instantly is among the company's top priorities, and the agreement with Relativity is a meaningful step in building the company's streaming offer.

"Our continued goal is to expand the breadth and timeliness of films and TV shows available to stream on Netflix," said Ted Sarandos, chief content officer for Netflix. "Historically, the rights to distribute these films are pre-sold to pay TV for as long as nine years after their theatrical release. Through our partnership with Relativity, these films will start to become available to our members just months after their DVD release."

Added Mr. Sarandos: "Relativity has produced and financed some of the biggest and best films released in the last few years. We are thrilled to partner with them on their exciting upcoming slate of films and to be part of each other's ongoing success."

"We have always been about finding new ways to grow and monetize our business," said Ryan Kavanaugh, Relativity's CEO. "This clearly is a natural step in the evolution of the movie business and opens up a whole new world of revenue and marketing opportunities. Netflix has certainly made its mark, with a service that reaches over 13 million people and allows consumers to have what they want, when they want it. We have a shared vision, and this deal marks a significant change in our industry."

"Consumer demand and interest in new platforms are evolving nearly as quickly as the technology," said Michael J. Joe, Relativity's president. "The growing number of Netflix subscribers streaming first run movies is very exciting and presents another viable option for us to maximize the long-term business behind our properties. We're delighted to partner with them on this incredible new opportunity, which has great promise for our industry-reshaping Pay TV deals going forward."

The deal was negotiated on Relativity's behalf by Mr. Joe and Andrew Marcus, the company's chief operating officer, and on behalf of Netflix by Robert Kyncl, the company's vice president of content acquisition.

 

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