The official release:

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. -- Oscar® winner Russell Crowe reunites with Gladiator director Ridley Scott to reveal the untold story of a common archer's rise to become a hero in Robin Hood, the $309 million(1) worldwide blockbuster coming to Blu-rayTM Hi-Def Combo Pack, 2-Disc Special Edition DVD and single disc DVD on September 21, 2010 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. All of these versions will feature the theatrical film, as well as a never-before-seen unrated director's cut of the movie. The film and its unrated version will also be available day and date for digital download and video on demand.

The 3-disc Robin Hood Blu-rayTM Combo Pack will feature a Blu-ray and DVD copy of the theatrical and director's cut film, as well as a digital copy of the director's cut that can be viewed on an array of electronic and portable devices anytime, anywhere. Additionally, both the Blu-rayTM Combo Pack and the 2-Disc Special Edition will feature deleted scenes and filmmaker commentary, plus an extensive look at the making of Robin Hood that includes behind-the-scenes interviews with cast and crew. The Blu-rayTM release also exclusively features an interactive "Director's Notebook," which seamlessly takes fans inside the making of the specific scenes of the film, from production design to special effects.

Sweeping pageantry and heart-pumping action transports viewers to the meticulously recreated medieval battlefields and byways of 13th century England for the inspiring story of a legendary hero. Robin Hood's sterling cast also includes Academy Award® winners Cate Blanchett (The Aviator, Elizabeth: the Golden Age) and William Hurt (The Incredible Hulk, Kiss of the Spider Woman), as well as Mark Strong (Sherlock Holmes), Mark Addy (The Full Monty), Oscar Isaac (Body of Lies), Danny Huston (The Aviator), Kevin Durand (Legion), Scott Grimes ("Band of Brothers"), Matthew Macfadyen (Frost/Nixon), Eileen Atkins (Last Chance Harvey), Simon McBurney (Body of Lies) and Oscar® nominee Max von Sydow (Shutter Island).

Robin Hood's expansive scale and exhilarating action sequences hit a bulls-eye with critics around the world, with Pete Hammond of Boxoffice Magazine saying, "If you've think you've seen Robin Hood, think again," and adding that that the film is "spectacular epic movie making at its best in the tradition of Gladiator and Braveheart." Robin Hood is "An original, new take on a classic story," in the words of Patrick Stoner, WHYY - PBS (Philadelphia) and "A must-see epic adventure!" according to Christina Vandre, KARE - NBC (Minneapolis). Dan Jolin of Empire gives it four stars, calling it, "Ridley Scott and Russell Crowe at their most entertaining since Gladiator."

BONUS FEATURES EXCLUSIVELY ON BLU-RAYTM:

* DIRECTOR'S NOTEBOOK - A seamless multimedia experience focusing on the director's vision gives viewers a peek inside Oscar® nominee Ridley Scott's unique filmmaking process. Incorporating behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with Scott and his trusted inner circle of collaborators, this feature launches at critical moments throughout the film to illuminate the task of mounting a vast production like Robin Hood.
* THE ART OF NOTTINGHAM - A special look at the portfolio of designs generated for the film, including video introductions by key department heads such as production designer Arthur Max and costume designer Janty Yates. Galleries of concept art, costume designs, storyboards and other imagery are featured.
* BD-LIVETM - Access the BD-LiveTM Center through your Internet-connected player to get even more content, watch the latest trailers and more.
o MY SCENES - Bookmark your favorite scenes from the movie.
* pocket BLUTM app - Experience Blu-ray in an exciting new way with the pocket BLUTM app for iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Blackberry, Android, PC and Macintosh. With this app, you can work seamlessly with a network-connected Blu-rayTM player to activate advanced features such as:
o Advanced Remote Control: A sleek, elegant new way to operate your Blu-rayTM player. Users can navigate through menus, playback and BD-LiveTM functions with ease as well as activate a timeline to skip to any point in the movie with the slide of a finger.
o Video Timeline: Users can easily bring up the video timeline, allowing them to instantly access any point in the movie.
o Mobile-To-Go: Users can unlock a selection of bonus content with their Blu-rayTM discs to save to their device or to stream from anywhere there's a Wi-Fi network, enabling them to enjoy exclusive content on the go, anytime, anywhere.
o VIRTUAL Keyboard: Enter data into a Blu-rayTM player with your device's easy and intuitive keyboard to facilitate such Blu-rayTM features as chatting with friends and sending messages.
* uHEAR - Always catch every word with uHear! This innovative feature instantly skips back a few seconds on your Blu-rayTM disc and turns on the subtitles for the section you couldn't hear!
* INTERACTIVE TICKER: Get the latest information about Universal's theatrical and Blu-rayTM releases. Plus, get updates about upcoming BD-Live events, awards and TV shows on NBC


BONUS FEATURES AVAILABLE ON BLU-RAYTM AND 2-DISC SPECIAL EDITION DVD:

* DELETED SCENES WITH INTRODUCTION & COMMENTARY BY EDITOR PIETRO SCALIA
* RISE AND RISE AGAIN: MAKING RIDLEY SCOTT'S ROBIN HOOD
o BALLAD, LEGEND & MYTH: PRE-PRODUCTION - See how the filmmakers and actors, including Ridley Scott, Brian Grazer and Russell Crowe, tackled the challenge of breathing new life into the longest surviving character in the English language, Robin Hood.
o THE MORE THE MERRIER: PRODUCTION - A stellar cast led by Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett descended on England to shoot this massive epic under the direction of Ridley Scott. With an unparalleled passion for detail, Scott oversees all of the production design, costuming, weaponry and action sequences in the film.
o NO QUARTER GIVEN: POST PRODUCTION - Sifting through a million feet of shot film, Ridley Scott and editor Pietro Scalia perfect the screen story and work with the post-production team to add layers of sound design, visual effects and Marc Streitenfeld's beautiful score.
* DIGITAL COPY OF THE UNRATED DIRECTOR'S CUT VERSION OF THE FILM


SYNOPSIS

Robin Hood chronicles the life of an expert archer, previously interested only in self-preservation, from his service in King Richard's army against the French. Upon Richard's death, Robin Longstride (Oscar® winner Russell Crowe) travels to Nottingham, a town suffering from the corruption of a despotic sheriff and crippling taxation, where he falls for the spirited widow Lady Marion (Oscar® winner Cate Blanchett), a woman skeptical of the identity and motivations of this crusader from the forest. Hoping to earn Lady Marion's hand and salvage the village, Robin assembles a gang whose lethal mercenary skills are matched only by their appetite for life. Together, they begin preying on the indulgent upper class to correct injustices under the sheriff. With their country weakened from decades of war, embattled by the ineffective rule of the new king and vulnerable to insurgencies from within and threats from afar, Robin and his men heed a call to ever greater adventure. This unlikeliest of heroes and his allies set off to protect their country from slipping into bloody civil war and return glory to England once more.

http://www.robinhoodthemovie.com/

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CAST AND FILMMAKERS

Directed By: Ridley Scott

Screenplay By: Brian Helgeland

Story By: Brian Helgeland and Ethan Reiff & Cyrus Voris

Produced By: Brian Grazer, Ridley Scott, Russell Crowe

Executive Producers: Charles J. D. Schlissel, Michael Costigan, Jim Whitaker, Ryan Kavanaugh

Director of Photography: John Mathieson BSC

Production Designer: Arthur Max

Editor: Pietro Scalia ACE

Music By: Marc Streitenfeld

Costume Designer: Janty Yates

Cast: Russell Crowe, Cate Blanchett, William Hurt, Mark Strong, Mark Addy, Oscar Isaac, Danny Huston, Kevin Durand, Scott Grimes, Matthew MacFadyen, Eileen Atkins, Simon McBurney and Max von Sydow

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

Blu-rayTM

Street Date: September 21, 2010

Selection Number: 61115859

Running Time: 2 Hours 21 Minutes / 2 Hours 36 Minutes

Layers: BD-50

Aspect Ratio: Widescreen 2:40:1

Rating: PG-13 for violence including intense sequences of warfare, and some sexual content / NA

Technical Info: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1/DVS DD 2.0, French and Spanish DTS Surround 5.1, English SDH, French and Spanish Subtitles

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

DVD

Street Date: September 21, 2010

Copyright: 2010

Selection Number: 61110991

Running Time: 2 Hours 21 Minutes / 2 Hours 36 Minutes

Layers: Dual Layer

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen 2.40:1

Rating: PG-13 for violence including intense sequences of warfare, and some sexual content / NA

Technical Info: English Dolby Digital 5.1/DVS DD 2.0, French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1, English SDH, French and Spanish Subtitles

2 Disc DVD

Street Date: September 21, 2010

Copyright: 2010

Selection Number: 61112398

Running Time: 2 Hours 21 Minutes / 2 Hours 36 Minutes

Layers: Dual Layer

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen 2.40:1

Rating: PG-13 for violence including intense sequences of warfare, and some sexual content / NA

Technical Info: English Dolby Digital 5.1/DVS DD 2.0, French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1, English SDH, French and Spanish Subtitles

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GLENDALE, Calif. -- DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. (Nasdaq: DWA) today announced financial results for its second quarter ended June 30, 2010. In the quarter, the Company reported total revenue of $158.1 million and net income of $24.0 million, or $0.27 per share on a fully diluted basis.

"Our strong second quarter was driven primarily by the blockbuster performances of Shrek Forever After and How to Train Your Dragon, two of the top 10 films of 2010 on both a domestic and a worldwide basis," said Jeffrey Katzenberg, DreamWorks Animation's CEO. "We have once again surpassed $1 billion in worldwide box office and with Megamind still to be released on November 5th, we are on track to make 2010 not only DreamWorks Animation's single biggest year at the box office, but also the biggest year ever for any CG animation studio."

Shrek Forever After, which was released on May 21, 2010, contributed $51.8 million of revenue in the quarter, generated by its domestic box office performance as well as merchandising and licensing activities. It has reached approximately $235 million in domestic box office and approximately $368 million in international box office for a worldwide box office total of approximately $603 million to date.

How to Train Your Dragon, which was released on March 26, 2010, contributed $33.4 million of revenue to the quarter, driven primarily by its domestic and international box office performance. It has reached approximately $480 million in worldwide box office to date.

The Company's 2009 release, Monsters vs. Aliens, contributed $17.2 million of revenue to the quarter, driven primarily by international pay television. The film reached an estimated 7.7 million home entertainment units sold, net of actual and estimated future returns, by the end of the second quarter.

The Company's 2008 releases, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa and Kung Fu Panda, contributed $4.4 million and $2.5 million of revenue to the quarter, respectively.

Library and other items contributed approximately $48.8 million of revenue to the quarter.

Costs of revenue for the quarter equaled $98.7 million. Selling, general and administrative expenses totaled $27.8 million, including approximately $7.9 million of stock compensation expense and approximately $2.0 million of marketing expense related to the launch of the Company's online virtual world, Kung Fu Panda World.

Additionally, the Company recorded an expense of approximately $8.7 million related to its tax sharing agreement with a former stockholder. Combining the amount due to the former stockholder with the Company's income tax expense of approximately $0.7 million, the result is an overall equivalent tax rate of 28.1% for the second quarter.

The Company also announced today that its Board of Directors has approved a new $150 million share repurchase program. For the six months ended June 30, 2010, the Company has repurchased approximately 3.1 million shares for approximately $111 million.

The Company's third quarter results are expected to be driven primarily by the continued international box office performance of Shrek Forever After. The Company expects its full year 2010 results, which will likely be heavily weighted toward the second half of the year, to be driven by the continued box office performance of Shrek Forever After as well as the home entertainment performance of How to Train Your Dragon and Shrek Forever After, both of which are expected to be released on DVD and Blu-ray in the fourth quarter.

 

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Robert Redford's The Conspirator, Woody Allen's You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger and Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan are just three of the high-profile films that will be playing at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival.

Other noteworthy additions include Julian Schnabel's Miral, Mark Romanek's Never Let You Go, Ben Affleck's The Town and John Madden's The Debt.

A total of 15 galas and 32 special presentations were announced:

Galas

The Bang Bang Club
Barney's Version
Black Swan

Casino Jack
The Conspirator
The Debt
The Housemaid
Janie Jones
The King's Speech
Little White Lies
Peep World
Potiche
The Town
The Way
West Is West

Special Presentations

Another Year
Beginners
The Big Picture
Biutiful
Blue Valentine
Brighton Rock
Buried
Conviction
Cirkus Columbia
Dhobi Ghat
Easy A
Henry's Crime
The Illusionist
In a Better World
I Saw the Devil
It's Kind of a Funny Story
Jack Goes Boating
L'Amour Fou
The Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen
Lope
Love Crime
Made in Dagenham
Miral
Never Let Me Go
Norwegian Wood
Outside the Law
Rabbit Hole
A Screaming Man
Submarine That Girl in Yellow Boots
Tamara Drewe
The Trip Trust
You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger

 

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CYPRESS, CA -- Christie®, a global leader in digital cinema, announced that Christie Managed Services has implemented a powerful new customer service solution that has dramatically streamlined its customer response process, strengthened its problem-resolution capabilities, and increased the efficiency of its Customer Service Engineers (CSE). The new system from Amdocs, Ltd. is an integral part of the expanding range of products and support services offered by Christie Managed Services to monitor and maintain the exhibition industry's rapidly growing base of digital cinema equipment.

A winner of many industry awards, Amdocs provides software and services for billing, customer relationship management (CRM), and operations support systems (OSS). Its clients include AT&T Mobility, Cablevision, Sprint-Nextel, T-Mobile, Vodafone, ComCast, Bell Canada, and Rogers Communications.

"The service and maintenance of high tech digital cinema equipment is an increasingly critical consideration as more and more theaters go digital," said Sean James, vice president, Managed Services at Christie. "We have invested heavily in the Amdocs CRM system as part of our ongoing commitment to provide our customers and industry partners with world-leading technical support."

Amdocs has enhanced Managed Services' ability to address and rapidly resolve technical issues at every step of the process. From Christie's high tech Network Operations Center (NOC), supervisors can monitor all data being entered in the field and track precisely the engineer's activities throughout the service call. They are aware when field service engineers start their jobs, where they are en route, what kind of equipment they are working with, and what additional assistance and resources they might need.

"With Amdocs, field technicians can easily search for support data relevant to their specific case within Christie's extensive knowledge base, order any necessary parts, assign them to the theater, and track their delivery - all directly from their mobile device," said James. "The Amdocs system has also greatly relieved the workload of our NOC supervisors by automating many repetitive processes so that more time is spent managing cases and resolving customer calls on the first contact. Our new system has proven so successful that we're already being contacted by other major players in the exhibition community to assist them in better addressing their own customer service and staff management needs."

"Christie Managed Services is not only rewriting the book on superior customer service - we are forging a new path of innovation that raises the bar on excellence," said James.

Christie Managed Services offers exhibitors customizable predictive and preventative technical support and ongoing maintenance, with a state-of-the art Network Operations Center that runs 24/7. The NOC monitors, maintains, and services tens of thousands of digital devices across North America and is easily scalable to support tens of thousands more.

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MOSCOW -- IMAX Corporation (Nasdaq:IMAX) (TSX:IMX) and Cinema Park, the exhibition chain owned by Russia's largest media holding company, Profmedia, today announced an agreement to install up to 14 IMAX(R) theatre systems throughout Russia, beginning in 2010. The agreement, which marks the single largest European theatre deal in IMAX's 45-year history, was signed as IMAX theatres in Russia and The Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) continue to produce tremendous box office results. During the past nine months, the seven IMAX theatres in the region have produced some of the highest per screen box office averages in the world.

Under the terms of the agreement, the first three Cinema Park IMAX locations will open prior to the end of 2010, followed by another seven by the end of 2012. The exhibitor has the option to add another four IMAX systems in addition to the ten that are committed. Most of the locations will be in regional markets throughout Russia, expanding the IMAX network beyond the areas of greater Moscow and St. Petersburg. Today's announcement brings the total number of IMAX theatres scheduled to be operating in Russia and the CIS by 2012 to 27, making that region IMAX's third largest market behind the United States and China. The Company's announced number of theatre systems signings year-to-date has increased to 114 worldwide, which compares to 35 system signings in all of 2009.

"The incredible success of the current IMAX theatres in Russia and the attractive economics of IMAX's proven business model gave us more than enough incentive to start rolling out our own IMAX locations across our wide and expanding circuit," said Sergei Kitin, General Director of Cinema Park. "We're very excited to link the famous IMAX brand with our powerful Cinema Park name and to offer our customers across Russia the world's most immersive cinema experience. We look forward to opening the first three locations before the end of this year."

"Signing this large deal in Russia demonstrates how IMAX box office success translates into growth in our worldwide theatre network," said IMAX CEO Richard L. Gelfond. "This new relationship significantly accelerates the growth of the IMAX network in one of our key international markets, and it builds on the momentum of theatre systems signings activity that we have experienced year to date."

Mr. Gelfond continued, "So far this year we have more than tripled the total number of systems signings as compared to 2009, with many of these new locations scheduled to open in 2010 and 2011. We believe this network expansion will have a positive impact on IMAX's future revenues and EBITDA given the upfront revenues from the sales of the systems and recurring revenues from IMAX DMR(R) releases, theatre maintenance and potential box office royalties."

"We see tremendous potential for growth in Russia and the CIS, where we continue to see great exhibitor and consumer enthusiasm for The IMAX Experience(R)," added Larry T. O'Reilly, IMAX's Executive Vice President, Theatre Development. "Cinema Park's expertise in the regional markets throughout Russia, combined with their well established exhibition brand, makes them an ideal partner to have as we expand our own brand and business in the region."

 

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