cinedigm.png"Anyone excited about innovative filmmaking approaches won't want to miss this one." INDIEWIRE

"OPEN WINDOWS thrills and chills, and then roars across the finish line with the
checkered flag waving in victory." TWITCH

LOS ANGELES, CA (April 1, 2014) - Cinedigm (NASDAQ: CIDM) has acquired US distribution rights to OPEN WINDOWS, directed by Nacho Vigalondo (TIME CRIMES, ABCs OF DEATH) and starring Elijah Wood (MANIAC, LORD OF THE RINGS, COOTIES, GRAND PIANO, THE HOBBIT) and Sasha Grey (WOULD YOU RATHER, THE GIRLFRIEND EXPERIENCE, I MELT WITH YOU).

The film had its world premiere earlier this month at SXSW, with Cinedigm planning a theatrical release in late Summer or early Fall 2014.

"Nacho is one of the most innovative and visionary filmmakers working today. And his talents are once again on full display in this high-tech, action packed suspense film," said Vincent Scordino, Senior Vice President of Theatrical Releasing for Cinedigm. "Wonderfully unique and wildly entertaining, we're thrilled to bring OPEN WINDOWS to audiences wherever they consume entertainment."

Film Synopsis:

Nick's a lucky guy. Tonight, he'll be having dinner with Jill Goddard, the hottest actress on earth. She's promoting her latest movie and he's won the main prize in an online contest. Then he gets a call. Some guy named Chord explains that dinner has been cancelled. And it's Jill's fault: she's a high-maintenance diva, and everybody hates her guts. Chord says he can make up for it. He offers Nick the tools to spy on Jill from his computer for the rest of the night, in a way that no fan could dare dream of. The terrible truth begins to reveal itself. It looks like Chord has set up the whole situation, with Nick playing a part in a much bigger plan... The 21st Century REAR WINDOW.

"I like to think that, in a world in which there are no more virgin territories to explore, making a film that nobody knows exactly what it is going to look like is something very close to an ideal adventure,' said Vigalondo. "OPEN WINDOWS is about observing without being observed; about the fear of being exposed every second of our lives; about the right not to be in front of a camera."

The deal was negotiated by Kristin Harris, director of acquisitions for Cinedigm, with Creative Artists Agency on behalf of the filmmakers.

ABOUT CINEDIGM:

Cinedigm is the leading independent content distributor in the United States, with direct relationships with over 60,000 physical and digital storefronts, including Wal-Mart, Target, iTunes, Netflix, and Amazon. The company's library of close to 50,000 titles and episodes encompasses award-winning documentaries from Docurama Films®, next-gen Indies from Flatiron Film Company®, acclaimed independent films and festival picks through partnerships with the Sundance Institute and Tribeca Films and a wide range of content from brand name suppliers, including National Geographic, Discovery, Scholastic, WWE, NFL, Shout Factory, Hallmark, The Jim Henson Company and more.

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uec.pngUnited Entertainment Corp. (UEC), a Top 50 theatre chain in the U.S., is pleased to announce it has entered into a purchase agreement with Jack Lowrey to acquire the Picwood 11 movie theatre located at 3800 West Main Street in Russellville, Arkansas. The eleven screen theatre will be the Company's first in Arkansas. When the deal closes UEC will own and operate 17 movie theatre complexes consisting of 154 digital auditoriums and have operations in 14 states.

Jack Lowrey has been the owner of the Picwood 11 and a fixture of the Russellville area for 73 years. He started out many years ago with a small theatre and has grown it into an eleven screen multiplex that serves several counties today. Jack commented, "I've grown up in the theatre business, originally tearing tickets for my dad.

It's hard to let it go. But I believe we've found a good company in UEC to continue to serve our customers at a high level." Mike Ross, President of UEC, agreed saying, "We are excited to build upon the entertainment legacy that Jack created. Having theatres in similar markets allows us to roll out programs such as advance ticket sales, online ticketing and a Loyalty Rewards Program, as well as a webpage that is Mobile friendly."

United Entertainment Corp. plans to renovate the theatre into a modern facility by adding additional stadium seating, reclining seats, new signage, paint, tile, and carpet throughout the building. With the planned renovations to the theatre and adding all new seats, UEC estimates the total improvements at approximately $2.2 million above the purchase price. Design details are still being finalized.

In addition, UEC Theatres plans to introduce self-serve beverage stations to help alleviate congestion at the concession stand, flat panel televisions, and possibly a TurboChef oven for expanded food concepts. The food products UEC has typically added to its theatres are as follows: Freschetta Pizza, White Castle Burgers, Pretzel Bites and Funnel Cake Fries.

UEC, headquartered in St. Cloud, Minnesota, owns and operates a chain of video stores and movie theatres throughout the United States. The Company mission is to provide high quality entertainment at reasonable prices to the markets it serves. UEC takes pride in bringing the magic of the movies to communities.

For more information about UEC Theatres, please visit www.uecmovies.com or find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/uectheatres

 

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sonydigitalcinema4k.pngRoma, 01 April 2014 - On 27th April, a ceremony of canonization of the Blessed John XXIII and Pope John Paul II will take place in St. Peter's Square in Rome.

The event will be filmed using six Sony PMW - F55 4K Ultra HD cameras and will be coordinated by the Vatican Television Centre, including involvement from Sony, DBW Communication, Eutelsat and Sky Italy.

In Sotto il Monte Giovanni XXII, the birthplace of Pope John XXIII, the 3D live of the event will be broadcast thanks to the innovative Sony Digital Cinema 4K projector with a 3D lens, with the contribution of Prevost Ltd and Sony Professional Specialist Dealers. Spectators in Sotto il Monte will be able to enjoy a live 3D screening as if they were in St. Peter's Square.

The projector that is being installed in Sotto il Monte will be the Sony SRX- R515P, a digital cinema projection system of the highest quality with an exceptional level of contrast of over 8000:1. The unique dual lens from Sony, combined with 3D technology, projects left and right eye images simultaneously to create sharp 3D images, well- tolerated and more realistic.

A key feature of this projector is the use of high-pressure mercury lamps. The level of brightness for the lamps did not meet the Digital Cinema standard but Sony has overcome the problem by combining six lamps from 450W and maximizing the brightness level, this creates a link between the optical system and the original Sony SXRD panel. This new light source is an absolute record in the industry. The six projector lamps offer maximum reliability, guaranteeing the continuity of the projection even in case of failure of a lamp.

The SRX - R515P represents the next step in the evolution of digital cinema and allows spectators to benefit from the tangible benefits of digitisation delivering an extraordinary vision.

"We are extremely proud to be part of such an important event and support it with our Sony Digital Cinema 3D technology," says Enrico Ferrari, Digital Cinema Solutions Account Manager for Italy, Spain and Portugal. "Thanks to the advanced and innovative 3D solutions from Sony, all spectators attending the live 3D screening will be able to enjoy the ceremony with a crystal clear picture quality."

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About Sony Digital Cinema

With over 17,000 systems in the market, Sony Digital Cinema 4K technology lets movie goers experience exceptional picture quality from every seat in the cinema - with spectacular detail, contrast and colour on any size of screen. Sony Digital Cinema 4K projection systems give audiences a more immersive, emotionally engaging visual experience you simply can't get at home - in 2D or with a choice of smooth, easy on the eye 3D solutions. Sony 4K offers four times the resolution of an HD TV or previous-generation 2K digital cinema.

It's captured the imagination of audiences and industry alike, winning Hollywood's commitment as underlined by 4K releases from studios such as Paramount, Warner Brothers, 20th Century Fox, and Sony Pictures. It has also won the support of Hollywood heavyweights like Christopher Nolan ("Dark Knight Rises", "Inception"), David Fincher ("The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo") and Harald Zwart ("Karate Kid"), who have all released recent blockbusters in the 4K format.

The only manufacturer currently deploying 4K projection systems in volume, Sony serves many of the world's biggest and most prestigious cinema chains, as well as small independent screens and art house cinemas.

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By Daniel Garris

Paramount's Noah landed comfortably in first place this weekend with $43.72 million. The Darren Aronofsky directed biblical epic starring Russell Crowe exceeded its already lofty pre-release expectations. A strong marketing campaign, mostly good critical reviews and the recent resurgence in faith themed films all aided Noah this weekend. Noah may have also received a bit of a boost from moviegoers who wanted to catch the film before Disney's Captain America: The Winter Soldier enters the marketplace this coming Friday. Without adjusting for ticket price inflation, Noah delivered the 14th largest opening weekend performance ever for the month of March. Compared to other recent films, Noah opened just below the $45.04 million debut of 300: Rise of an Empire (despite not having the advantage of higher priced 3D tickets that Rise of an Empire had) and 71 percent stronger than the $25.60 million start of Son of God.

Noah opened with $15.18 million on Friday (which included an estimated $1.6 million from late night shows on Thursday), increased 16 percent on Saturday to take in $17.60 million and declined by 38 percent on Sunday to take in $10.93 million. That placed the film's opening weekend to Friday ratio at a very solid 2.88 to 1. The audience breakdown for the film was evenly split between female and male moviegoers and skewed heavily towards moviegoers 25 and over (74 percent). Noah received a lackluster C rating on CinemaScore, which signals that the film is dividing audiences and could point towards potential front-loading.

Lionsgate's Divergent fell one spot to place in second with $25.62 million. The young adult adaptation starring Shailene Woodley was down 53 percent from last weekend, which represents a relatively strong second weekend hold for a young adult adaptation. In comparison, 2008's Twilight fell 62 percent in its second weekend to gross $26.34 million, while last year's Ender's Game fell 62 percent to gross $10.26 million. Divergent has grossed a healthy $94.38 million through ten days of release. That places the film 21 percent behind the $119.71 million ten-day start of Twilight and 114 percent ahead of the $44.01 million ten-day take of Ender's Game. This weekend's hold strongly suggests that Divergent is helping greatly expand the already existing fanbase for the Divergent property as a whole.

Family fare occupied third and fourth places this weekend, as Disney's Muppets Most Wanted took third with $11.28 million and Fox's Mr. Peabody & Sherman claimed fourth with $9.07 million. Muppets Most Wanted was down a very solid 34 percent from last weekend's debut, while Mr. Peabody & Sherman re-stabilized very nicely this weekend by declining just 23 percent. Respective total grosses stand at a respectable $94.48 million for Mr. Peabody & Sherman in 24 days and at a softer than expected $33.12 million for Muppets Most Wanted in ten days. Clearly, Muppets Most Wanted has taken a hit from arriving so soon after Mr. Peabody & Sherman (as well as after Warner's The LEGO Movie).

God's Not Dead held up very well upon expanding this weekend. The faith-based drama from Freestyle and Pure Flix placed in fifth with $8.798 million from 1,178 locations. That gave God's Not Dead a healthy per-location average of $7,468 for the frame and represented a very slim decline of 5 percent from last weekend. This weekend's hold was especially impressive given the added presence of Noah in the marketplace. God's Not Dead continues to exceed expectations with $21.75 million in ten days. That places the film 35 percent ahead of the $16.16 million ten-day take of 2011's Courageous.

Fox Searchlight's The Grand Budapest Hotel also performed well upon expanding into wider release this weekend. The Wes Anderson directed film placed in sixth with $8.54 million from 977 locations. That represented a 26 percent increase over last weekend and gave the film a per-location average of $8,741 for the frame. The Grand Budapest Hotel has grossed an impressive $24.17 million through 24 days of release. At this rate, it shouldn't be all that long before The Grand Budapest Hotel surpasses the $45.51 million final gross of 2012's Moonrise Kingdom.

The news was nowhere near as good for Open Road's Sabotage. The action film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger opened a bit below its already modest expectations with a seventh place start of just $5.27 million. Schwarzenegger simply hasn't been a draw at the box office since returning to the big screen last year. Sabotage only furthers the trend, as the film debuted under the respective $9.89 million and $6.28 million openings of last year's Escape Plan and The Last Stand. Sabotage did receive a solid B rating on CinemaScore, but that won't mean much going forward after this weekend's soft start.

In moderate release, neither Lionsgate's Cesar Chavez nor Focus' Bad Words lit up the box office this weekend. Pantelion Films release Cesar Chavez took in $2.86 million from 664 locations (for a respectable per-location average of $4,310). Bad Words only managed $2.56 million from 842 locations (for a so-so per-location average of $3,041) and has now grossed $3.48 million to date. Potential for both films was ultimately limited in part by the strong performance of Noah this weekend, while Bad Words has also suffered from taking a clear back seat to The Grand Budapest Hotel on the platform front.

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Sunday Update: Paramount's Noah landed comfortably in first place this weekend with an estimated $44.0 million. The Darren Aronofsky directed biblical epic starring Russell Crowe exceeded its already lofty pre-release expectations this weekend. A strong marketing campaign, mostly good critical reviews and the recent resurgence in faith themed films all aided Noah this weekend. Noah may have also received a bit of a boost from moviegoers who wanted to catch the film before Disney's Captain America: The Winter Soldier enters the marketplace this coming Friday. Without adjusting for ticket price inflation, Noah delivered the 13th largest opening weekend performance ever for the month of March. Compared to other recent films, Noah opened nearly on par with the $45.04 million debut of 300: Rise of an Empire (despite not having the advantage of higher priced 3D tickets that Rise of an Empire had) and 72 percent stronger than the $25.60 million start of Son of God.

Noah opened with $15.19 million on Friday (which included an estimated $1.6 million from late night shows on Thursday), increased 16 percent on Saturday to take in $17.61 million and is estimated to decline 36 percent on Sunday to take in $11.21 million. That places the film's estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio at a very solid 2.90 to 1. The audience breakdown for the film was evenly split between female and male moviegoers and skewed heavily towards moviegoers 25 and over (74 percent). Noah received a lackluster C rating on CinemaScore, which signals that the film is dividing audiences and could point towards potential front-loading.

Lionsgate's Divergent fell one spot to place in second with an estimated $26.5 million. The young adult adaptation starring Shailene Woodley was down 51 percent from last weekend, which represents a relatively strong second weekend hold for a young adult adaptation. In comparison, 2008's Twilight fell 62 percent in its second weekend to gross $26.34 million, while last year's Ender's Game fell 62 percent to gross $10.26 million. Divergent has grossed a healthy $95.26 million through ten days of release. That places the film 20 percent behind the $119.71 million ten-day start of Twilight and 116.5 percent ahead of the $44.01 million ten-day take of Ender's Game. This weekend's hold strongly suggests that Divergent is helping greatly expand the already existing fanbase for the Divergent property as a whole.

Family fare occupied third and fourth places this weekend, as Disney's Muppets Most Wanted took third with an estimated $11.37 million and Fox's Mr. Peabody & Sherman claimed fourth with an estimated $9.5 million. Muppets Most Wanted was down a very solid 33 percent from last weekend's debut, while Mr. Peabody & Sherman re-stabilized very nicely this weekend by declining just 20 percent. Respective total grosses stand at a respectable $94.91 million for Mr. Peabody & Sherman in 24 days and at a softer than expected $33.21 million for Muppets Most Wanted in ten days. Clearly, Muppets Most Wanted has taken a hit from arriving so soon after Mr. Peabody & Sherman (as well as after Warner's The LEGO Movie).

God's Not Dead held up very well upon expanding this weekend. The faith-based drama from Freestyle and Pure Flix placed in fifth with an estimated $9.08 million from 1,178 locations. That gave God's Not Dead a healthy per-location average of $7,704 for the frame and represented a very slim decline of 2 percent from last weekend. This weekend's hold was especially impressive given the added presence of Noah in the marketplace. God's Not Dead continues to exceed expectations with $22.03 million in ten days. That places the film 36 percent ahead of the $16.16 million ten-day take of 2011's Courageous.

Fox Searchlight's The Grand Budapest Hotel also performed well upon expanding into wider release this weekend. The Wes Anderson directed film placed in sixth with an estimated $8.83 million from 977 locations. That represented a 30 percent increase over last weekend and gave the film a per-location average of $9,033 for the frame. The Grand Budapest Hotel has grossed an impressive $24.46 million through 24 days of release. At this rate, it shouldn't be all that long before The Grand Budapest Hotel surpasses the $45.51 million final gross of 2012's Moonrise Kingdom.

The news was nowhere near as good for Open Road's Sabotage. The action film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger opened a bit below its already modest expectations with a seventh place start of just $5.33 million. Schwarzenegger simply hasn't been a draw at the box office since returning to the big screen last year. Sabotage only furthers the trend, as the film debuted under the respective $9.89 million and $6.28 million openings of last year's Escape Plan and The Last Stand. Sabotage did receive a solid B rating on CinemaScore, but that won't mean much going forward after this weekend's soft start.

In moderate release, neither Lionsgate's Cesar Chavez nor Focus' Bad Words lit up the box office this weekend. Pantelion Films release Cesar Chavez took in an estimated $3.00 million from 664 locations (for a respectable per-location average of $4,518). Bad Words only managed an estimated $2.65 million from 842 locations (for a so-so per-location average of $3,141) and has now grossed $3.56 million to date. Potential for both films was ultimately limited in part by the strong performance of Noah this weekend, while Bad Words has also suffered from taking a clear back seat to The Grand Budapest Hotel on the platform front.

Saturday Update: Paramount reports that Noah drew $15.24 million on opening day, including Thursday night's $1.6 million start. That puts the film on target for an opening weekend of $43.5 million according to BoxOffice's official projection.

Darren Aronofsky's controversial dramatic adaptation of the Biblical story has seen its fair share of mixed press in recent months, although it appears that the damage was minimal as general audiences rarely pay attention to industry trades enough to be swayed. That being said, long-term prospects are questionable: early word of mouth appears soft with a weak 56 percent Flixster score already one day after release. Critics, however, have been willing to go along for the ride by giving it a 76 percent Rotten Tomatoes score. If the film sparks any debate (and it almost surely will) among audiences after opening day/weekend, legs will be challenging considering the competition coming next week in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. On the plus side, Noah's target audience (adults) could continue showing up out of sheer curiosity.

David Ayer's Sabotage fared poorly on opening day with a $1.825 million haul. That figure falls short of End of Watch ($4.6) and is more in line with Arnold Schwarzenegger's The Last Stand ($2.03 million). BoxOffice projects a $5.5 million weekend for Sabotage. That's a weak start made worse by its 51 percent Flixster audience and 21 percent Rotten Tomatoes scores as of Saturday morning.

Meanwhile, Lionsgate's Cesar Chavez posted $1.02 million from 664 locations on Friday. The drama, starring Michael Pena, should bring in close to $3.5 million in its first weekend.

Check BoxOffice on Sunday for official studio weekend estimates.

Friday Update #1: Sources report that Darren Aronofsky's Noah pulled $1.6 million from its Thursday evening domestic launch. That compares favorably against Son of God's $1.2 million Thursday night haul one month ago this weekend and sets Noah up to at least surpass that film's $25.6 million opening weekend.

Check back later today for a report on early Friday numbers.

Previously: "NOAH" SAILS TO TOP OF FANDANGO'S FANTICIPATION, WHILE "DIVERGENT" STRIKES A POWERFUL SECOND WEEKEND IN FANDANGO TICKET SALES

LOS ANGELES - March 27, 2014 - According to Fandango, the nation's leading moviegoer destination, the Biblical epic "Noah" tops the company's Fanticipation movie buzz indicator this week, gathering a solid 85 out of 100 points -- and outselling "300: Rise of an Empire" at the same point in that film's ticket sales cycle. At the same time, the action-adventure "Divergent" is poised for a strong second weekend, scoring 77 out of 100 Fanticipation points.

"Thanks to widespread curiosity among moviegoers, 'Noah' is building a commanding presence in both social media buzz and ticket sales," says Fandango Chief Correspondent Dave Karger. "These days there's a definite demand to see more Biblical stories presented on the big screen, and director Darren Aronofsky's unique and adventurous take on the saga of Noah's ark is benefiting from that demand."

About Fandango's Fanticipation
Known for having its finger on the pulse of moviegoers, Fandango's movie buzz indicator, Fanticipation, provides statistical insight into the movies fans are planning to see in a given weekend. Fanticipation scores (based on a 1 to 100-point scale) are calculated via an algorithm of Fandango's advance ticket sales, website and mobile traffic, and social media engagement. Fanticipation is not intended as a forecast of the weekend box office; it is a snapshot of movie fan sentiment.

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