New York, NY -- Screenvision, the leading innovator in cinema advertising, has partnered with humorist and New Orleans resident Harry Shearer to present the national one-day release of the feature-length documentary The Big Uneasy on August 30.

The Big Uneasy, marking the fifth anniversary of the flooding of New Orleans, follows Shearer as he speaks to insiders who reveal the shocking story of what went wrong during Hurricane Katrina. The documentary touches on important points such as how this disaster could have been prevented, and how some of the same flawed methods responsible for the levee failure during Katrina are being used to rebuild the system expected to protect New Orleans from future peril. These experts include Robert Bea, a renowned engineering professor at the University of California at Berkeley, Ivor van Heerden, formerly of Louisiana State University's Hurricane Center (which has since been shut down), and Maria Garzino, an Army Corps of Engineers whistle blower who was named Public Servant of the Year in 2009.

Screenvision's Programming Services division will make the documentary available to its exhibitor partners on August 30 for a limited, one-day on-screen engagement at more than 125 theaters across the country including the key DMAs of New Orleans, New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Dallas. The Big Uneasy will be distributed through Screenvision's hi-definition digital network, providing a high quality and cost-effective way to reach the desired locations.

"The Big Uneasy is an incredible documentary that touches the hearts of all Americans and we look forward to working with Mr. Shearer to promote and deliver the film to moviegoers," said Darryl Schaffer, Executive Vice President, Exhibitor Relations, Screenvision.

The Programming Services division was launched in 2007 to enable exhibitors to attract additional audiences during off-peak movie timeframes. Screenvision's exclusive cinema experience with Dr. Wayne Dyer, the "Father of Inspiration" and its release of the independent film "The Lottery" are examples of recent successes coming out of Screenvision's alternative programming division.

"While in London last year, I was watching a webcast of President Obama speaking at a town hall in New Orleans," said Shearer. "He said the damage from Katrina was not just because of a natural disaster, but because the government was not properly prepared and didn't provide an adequate response. Clearly the latter part of his sentence referred to the post-flood answer, meaning that the President was calling the flood itself a ‘natural disaster,' a canard which two independent forensic engineering reports had long since disproved. I decided then that someone should do a feature film about this, and that someone was going to be me."

The Big Uneasy is Shearer's first documentary. He has experienced success over the last twenty years as the voice of numerous characters on The Simpsons and has appeared in such films as This is Spinal Tap, A Mighty Wind, and For Your Consideration. The film is produced by Karen Murphy (Drugstore Cowboy, Best in Show) and Christine O'Malley (Wordplay, I.O.U.S.A.). Cinematography is by Arlene Nelson (A Mighty Wind, The Brothers Warner) and editing by Tom Roche (Unwigged & Unplugged Live).

 

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While no official announcement has been made yet, Daniel Day-Lewis is reportedly going to take on the role of Moriarty in director Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes sequel. Day-Lewis has a reputation for only working when he's truly intrigued by a project, so this would be a major win for Ritchie.

The first Sherlock Holmes film raked in more than $500 million worldwide after opening in December 2009.

Day-Lewis has no new projects lined up at this time. He last appeared in Nine for director Rob Marshall.

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After serving only 14 days of a 90-day sentence for violating the terms of her probation, Lindsay Lohan was released from prison. The 24-year-old actress must now do a three-month rehab program.

Lohan will next be seen opposite Danny Trejo, Robert De Niro and Jessica Alba in Robert Rodriguez's Machete, which hits theaters on September 3.

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Inception was able to rake in $53.7m with approximately 7.4 million admissions from over 7,500 screens in 51 markets including previews. The film's international cume is now $170 million, which puts its worldwide total at $363 million.

Christopher Nolan's mind-bender opened in first place in Germany with the equivalent of $7.1 million from 715 locations.

Toy Story 3 added another $39.1 million from 48 territories representing 93% of the international marketplace. The film's international total is now $430 million and that boosts its worldwide total $826.1 million. Toy Story 3 is Disney's #2 highest grossing film of all time. Key highlights this weekend included:

United Kingdom - Earned $12.4 million and was #1 for the second weekend in a row. In only 14 days, Toy Story 3 now stands as the 3rd biggest animated title ever released in this territory with a cumulative $61.4M.
Japan - Has ranked as the #1 title in the market for four consecutive weekends, realizing $7.1 million to increase its overall result to $61.8M.
Spain - In its second weekend, the Disney/Pixar effort is maintaining its position as the dominant film in the marketplace, earning $3.3 million and raising its cumulative performance to $15.5M.

Salt was able to bring in $24.5 million over the weekend, pushing its international cume to $32.8 million. The spy thriller posted strong numbers in Russian ($5.5 million), Japan ($3.9 million) and Brazil ($2.3 million).

 

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PORTLAND, Ore. -- Rentrak Corporation (Nasdaq: RENT), today announced the top ten movies-on-demand (VOD) titles based on consumer transaction rates. Movies-on-demand are transactional (pay-per-purchase) films available through cable and telco providers.

Comedy-themed films earned four out of ten slots on the Rentrak Top Ten Movies-OnDemand chart, with Action and Drama category features tied for the second most popular categories. PG-13 films dominated the chart with six out of ten titles, while the other four top performers were each rated R. Six of the top ten titles were involved in the Movies-On-Demand promotional campaign (which ran from March -June).

According to the company's OnDemand Essentials service, the top ten most-viewed titles, per data collected from January 1, 2010 through June 30, 2010 include:

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