Source: Deadline.com

Talk about a mafia movie fan's dream come true. Al Pacino and Joe Pesci are reportedly circling roles in I Heard You Paint Houses, a new Irish mob flick that Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro are developing. The project is being housed at Paramount.

Scorsese is currently busy working on Hugo Cabret, his first 3D flick. Meanwhile, De Niro is committed to Manuale d'amore 3, in which he'll speak Italian. Pacino will next be seen in The Son of No One with Channing Tatum. Pesci recently starred in Taylor Hackford's Love Ranch, but he has no new projects lined up at this time.

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BURBANK, Calif., September 2010 -- They're back! Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios present the critically-acclaimed, global box office smash Toy Story 3, an exciting, heart-warming story filled with humor, adventure and surprises, that reunites America's favorite animated toys, Buzz and Woody, and introduces a whole new set of favorites to audiences around the globe. The world's #1 animated film in box office history and The Walt Disney Company's second biggest film of all time, Toy Story 3 will be released on Blu-ray and DVD November 2 by Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment.

Families won't want to miss adding the Blu-ray Combo Pack, 2 Disc Blu-ray or the DVD edition of Toy Story 3 to their home movie collections. Fans of all ages who have come to love and cherish these unique characters, can explore them in a whole new way as the Disneyā—¸Pixar team provides a more in-depth look into Pixar Animation Studios and the creation of its characters with hours of exclusive bonus features on the Blu-ray Disc version of the film including filmmaker commentary with Director Lee Unkrich and Producer Darla K. Anderson, amusing views of life at Pixar, analysis of favorite scenes, the Toy Story Trivia Dash game, and much, much more!

Toy Story 3 marks Pixar veteran Lee Unkrich's feature directorial debut and the return of Pixar's favorite composer Randy Newman, with the addition of Academy Award®-winner Michael Arndt's (Little Miss Sunshine) compelling original screenplay. Tom Hanks (Angels & Demons), Tim Allen (The Santa Clause), Joan Cusack (Confessions of a Shopaholic), John Ratzenberger (Up) and Don Rickles (Toy Story 2) reprise their roles as the voices of the iconic characters Woody, Buzz, Jessie, Hamm and Mr. Potato Head, respectively, and are joined by new characters voiced by Michael Keaton (Herbie Fully Loaded) as Barbie's romantic foil Ken, Timothy Dalton (Hot Fuzz) as the thespian hedgehog Mr. Pricklepants, and Ned Beatty (Rudy) as the cuddly Lots-o'-Huggin' Bear, among many others, as the toys face a new adventure as Andy prepares to go off to college.

Suggested retail prices for Toy Story 3 are $45.99 (US)/$52.99 (Canada) for the 4-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy), $39.99 (US)/$47.99 (Canada) for the 2-Disc Blu-ray, and $29.99 (US)/$35.99 (Canada) for the Single Disc DVD.

Also available on November 2 is an exciting Ultimate Toy Box 3-Movie Collection that contains all three Toy Story releases on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital copy. Priced at $100.00 (US)/$115 (Canada), this release contains:

Toy Story - 1 Disc DVD; 1 Disc Blu-ray; 1 Disc Digital Copy

Toy Story 2 - 1 Disc DVD; 1 Disc Blu-ray; 1 Disc Digital Copy

Toy Story 3 - 1 Disc DVD; 2 Disc Blu-ray; 1 Disc Digital Copy


Toy Story 3 - Bonus Features:

DVD :

• Day & Night - The innovative and entertaining short from the imagination of Pixar artist and Director Teddy Newton.

• Toys! - A closer look at all of Toy Story 3's beloved toys from updating the classic characters to the creation of the Sunnyside Daycare and Bonnie's Room toys.

• Buzz Lightyear Mission Logs: The Science of Adventure - Produced in conjunction with NASA, this hybrid animation documentary of Buzz's visit to the International Space Station focuses on research in zero gravity and Buzz's triumphant return to Earth.

• Paths to Pixar: Editorial - Pixar editors, past and future share anecdotes about their careers.

• The Gang's All Here - A touching look at the returning voice talent for Toy Story 3 and an introduction to the voices of the new characters.

• A Toy's Eye View: Creating A Whole New Land - A sneak peek at the new Toy Story-themed playland at Hong Kong Disneyland.

• Studio Stories - A series of amusing animated anecdotes about life at Pixar.

"Where's Gordon?" - An animator finds a hidden room at Pixar.

"Cereal Bar" - The majestic and expansive Pixar cereal bar is explored.

"Clean Start" - The Toy Story 3 animators shave their heads to mark the start of the film.


BLU-RAY COMBO PACK: Everything on the DVD plus...

Toy Story Trivia Dash - This cool game challenges you to sprint to the finish with Woody, Buzz, Jessie and Rex as you quickly answer questions about all three Toy Story movies.

• Cine-Explore - Commentary by Director Lee Unkrich and Producer Darla K. Anderson.

• Beyond the Toybox: An Alternative Commentary Track Featuring Leads from Story, Tech, Art and Animation - Commentary by Story Supervisor Jason Katz, Supervising Technical Director Guido Quaroni, Production Designer Bob Pauley and Supervising Animators Bobby Podesta and Michael Venturini.

• Beginnings: Setting A Story In Motion - Screenwriter Michael Arndt analyzes successful opening scenes from Toy Story, Finding Nemo and The Incredibles.

• Bonnie's Playtime: A Story Roundtable - A roundtable discussion with Director Lee Unkrich and the story artists who brought the "Bonnie's Playtime" scene to life.

• Roundin' Up A Western Opening - The development of the movie's exciting opening scene.

• Life Of A Shot - Toy Story 3 artists and technicians describe their contributions to a few of the shots in the film's "Western Opening."

• Goodbye Andy - An exploration of character design, acting and animation in the scene "Andy's Goodbye."

• Accidental Toymakers - By creating the Toy Story characters, the Pixar filmmakers found themselves in the unlikely role of toy designers. Meet the toy company that took a chance on manufacturing the now iconic toys and learn of their incredible success that began with a modest number of Woody and Buzz Lightyear toys 15 years ago.

• Making of Day & Night - The story behind the unique 2D/3D blended short.

 

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Kansas City, Mo. -- AMC Entertainment Inc. (AMC), one of the world's largest theatrical exhibition and entertainment companies, announces the selection of Signal to Noise and RAPP as their agencies of record. Signal to Noise will serve as the agency responsible for digital marketing, while RAPP will focus on direct and relationship marketing activities.

"I'm excited to be adding Signal to Noise and RAPP to the AMC team to help us fulfill our vision of delivering the ultimate guest experience," said Stephen Colanero, executive vice president and chief marketing officer, AMC. "They both represent innovative thinking and expertise, especially given the constant change in consumer behavior with the adoption of digital technology. Our guests will be delighted with the changes we will be introducing together."

AMC has a rich legacy of innovations from introducing the first multiplex theatre to in-theatre dining and amenities for guests with special needs. AMC's core values of excellence and superior service are all directed at an enhanced guest experience.

Signal to Noise is tasked with further enhancing the guest experience through digital channels. "We are thrilled to have AMC join our roster as the first new client since recently launching as Signal to Noise," said Jordan Warren, president and chief executive officer, Signal to Noise. "The company's progressive approach is absolutely what's needed, given the rapid changes in the entertainment industry. AMC recognizes that digital technology can fundamentally change the guest experience and their relationship with AMC. We look forward to helping AMC do just that."

RAPP will focus on developing deeper relationships between AMC and their guests. "AMC is well known for their pioneering leadership in the entertainment space and we're excited to work with them," said Tracey Brown, managing director, RAPP Dallas. "Creating deeper, more meaningful relationships with their guests is about reaching them on an emotional level, well before they enter the theatre and beyond. Innovation and creativity combined with our data and today's technology will be the winning ticket."

The agencies were selected from candidates in a competitive review process.

 

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CYPRESS, CA -- Christie®, a global leader in digital cinema, announced that one of the most celebrated audio post companies in North America, Todd-AO, has selected the Christie SolariaTM Series 4K-ready projectors as part of a complete digital cinema package that includes the Christie Cine-IPM image processor. Todd-AO, a division of CSS Studios, provides sound-related post-production services to the motion picture and television industries. The company, which selected the Christie CP2230 DLP Cinema® projector, operates three Todd-AO facility locations in the Los Angeles area. CSS Studios also operates a facility in New York, Sound One, where it plans to install an additional two projectors.

With top industry awards beginning as far back as the ground-breaking movie musical Oklahoma in 1955 to more recent projects, such as Inglourious Basterds and The Bourne Ultimatum, Todd-AO is introducing the Christie CP2230 digital projector for post production audio on one of its larger feature film mixing stages. One of the first projects to benefit from the installation of the CP2230 projector was this summer's The Sorcerer's Apprentice.

"As an independent post production facility, client perception and satisfaction are crucial," said Bill Johnston, Senior Vice President, Engineering, CSS Studios, Todd-AO's parent company. "Across-the-board equipment compatibility is critical in post production work. We selected Christie projectors because they are the de facto standard. We work very closely with picture editorial and post production colorists, all of whom have wholly embraced our choice."

Johnston noted that, with 4K resolution moving toward the industry standard, it was extremely important for the projectors to provide 4K upgrade-ability, in addition to full 3D capabilities. Christie projectors met all the criteria, as well as providing compatibility with the widest range of sources.

"The Christie CP2230, coupled with the Cine-IPM, is simple to operate and easy to adjust. We are often switching between various Standard Definition and High Definition video formats during any given day, and the projector makes this task relatively simple," said Johnston. "The entire process of working with Christie was smooth. The Christie staff worked with our integrator to meet our specifications, and helped make the purchase and installation quick and easy.

"CSS Studios and Todd-AO are home to some of the most talented and creative people in the industry," said Craig Sholder, Vice President of Entertainment Solutions at Christie. "As the first post production studio to embrace the new Christie Solaria Series 4K-ready projectors, CSS Studios continues to prove their reputation as innovators, with state-of-the-art technology that is always ahead of the curve."

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christianslater.pngSource: Variety

Christian Slater will star in Playback, an indie horror flick from producers John M. Bennett and Lawrence Robbins. The film follows a cop who uncovers a dark secret in a small town. Michael A. Nickles will serve as writer/director.

Slater has been maintaining steady work in television and the indie film circuit over the last several years. His most recent TV gig was on The Forgotten.

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