Chatsworth, California -- Datasat Digital Entertainment’s AP20 was the audio processor of choice for the Daniel Sorano National Theatre Inauguration in Senegal and recently installed and demoed across the globe in select and premier theatres.

As part of an effort to reintroduce cinema in West Africa, Au Cinema Ce Soir outfitted the Daniel Sorano National Theatre with new AP20 16-channel Audio Processor in addition to Digital Cinema and 3D kit.

“The AP20 was selected as the audio processor for both its optimized equalization system and its endless possibilities of inputs,” explained Boris Visonneau, Technical Support Engineer at R2D1, the French distributor for Datasat Digital Entertainment equipment.

President of the Republic of Senegal Abdoulaye Wade and President of the Republic of Burundi Pierre Nkurunziza were in attendance for the theatre’s inaugural event, a screening of Walt Disney Pictures’ Alice in Wonderland in April.

Across the Atlantic, Framingham’s AMC Theatre was host to an AP20 demo in June. Dealers and industry professionals were in attendance to hear the audio processor’s openness and clarity.

"The AP20 sounds brilliant with a clarity that is the best I've heard coming from a cinema audio processor,” stated John Allen, President of High Performance Stereo and responsible for tuning hundreds of premier theatre houses around the world.

The AP20 Audio Processor, along with Datasat’s full line of cinema products, can be viewed at Cine Expo in Booth #141.

 

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Source: THR's Heat Vision Blog

Director M. Night Shyamalan has begun shopping his latest project around town. As usual, the filmmaker is trying to keep details under wraps, although it has been revealed that the film already boasts previous Shyamalan collaborator Bruce Willis and stars Gwyneth Paltrow and Bradley Cooper as attached names.

Shyamalan burst onto the scene with 1999's The Sixth Sense, only to see his directorial clout fall in the wake of poorly-received bombs such as The Village and Lady in the Water. The filmmaker tried to shake things up with The Happening, going for an R-rating for the first time, and made little headway in recapturing his former success.

The director recently completed a live-action adaptation of the popular Nickelodeon cartoon "Avatar: The Last Airbender". Simply titled The Last Airbender (thanks to James Cameron's picture), Paramount made the decision to convert the film to 3D in post-production, and will open the film wide on July 1st. Tweet and facebook tracking data isn't compiled yet, but a hit could really help Shyamalan's leverage in getting this new project off the ground.

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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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Source: Twitter

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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