CYPRESS, CA -- Christie®, the leader in digital cinema projection, will present a pre-launch demo of its new SolariaTM Series 4K DLP Cinema® projector line for digital cinema at IBC2010 in Amsterdam, September 10-14. Taking the lead with the world's first demo of a DLP Cinema solution in 4K, the new Christie CP4230 features the enhanced 4K DLP Cinema chip from Texas Instruments (TI) (NYSE: TXN) and is designed to be compliant with the Digital Cinema Initiatives (DCI) specification. It is the most robust and cost-effective 4K solution available today, based on time-tested, highly reliable DLP Cinema technology.

Built on extensive experience with over 14,000 digital cinema installations worldwide, Christie's 4K solution incorporates the proven design concepts of the world's best selling digital cinema projector line, the Christie CP2000. The projectors are the only DLP Cinema solution with the Christie 4K+4 advantage, which includes: Christie Brilliant3DTM technology for high performance 3D, Christie Pixel TrackTM technology for perfect image quality, simple maintenance procedures, and the lowest cost of operation in the industry. For those looking to upgrade their existing systems, Christie also offers more options than any other manufacturer for fast conversion including the "15 minutes to 4K" upgrade process.

"Christie is continuously investing in new product innovations to offer our customers the widest possible choice for their audiences," comments Craig Sholder, vice president, Entertainment Solutions, Christie. "We understand how important it is for exhibitors to safeguard their long-term technology investment, particularly as more 4K content comes on the market. Our experience with the 1.2" DLP Cinema chip has given us an advantage over the competition on developing premium 2K and 4K technology to keep pace with the digital cinema rollout."

Christie is scheduled to launch the Christie 4K Solaria Series this fall with shipments beginning in early 2011. Pricing for Christie 4K digital cinema projectors is anticipated to be 35% above 2K projector pricing. Development of Christie 4K solutions for markets beyond cinema will be based on market demand.

IBC2010 takes place at the RAI Center in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Visit Christie in Hall 11, Stand E 72.

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John Cusack has announced on his Twitter page that he'll be playing Edgar Allan Poe in The Raven for director James McTeigue (Ninja Assassin). Shooting begins this fall.

This certainly sounds like an Oscar bait role for Cusack. The veteran thesp has never been nominated by the Academy.

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Memphis, Tennessee -- Malco Theatres is lending a helping hand in the community during the month of September with a uniquely different twist on the traditional canned food festival!

The meat and potatoes of the Rave for Faves Canned Food Fest is for moviegoers to have the opportunity to "rave about their fave" film genre of Comedy, Horror, Action or Drama with a monetary donation that will spice up local food banks coffers.

The company goal is to raise enough dough to pepper the shelves of the Mid-South Food Bank, as well as the Smyrna LaVergne Food Bank (Smyrna, Tennessee), Project Homestead Food Pantry (Columbus, MS), the Mississippi Food Network, The Food Bank and Helping Neighbors Food Bank (Jonesboro, AR), the Ozark Food Bank (Northwest Arkansas), Tri-State Food Bank (Owensboro, KY area), Southeast Missouri Food Bank (Sikeston, Missouri) and Holmes Chapel Food Bank (Monticello, AR).

"The idea was cultivated from manager feedback. Malco has a long-standing tradition of supporting local organizations and we wanted to do something 'organically fresh' this time around", said Karen Scott, Director of Marketing, "and if all the ingredients come together, it will be a recipe of success."

All Malco Theatres locations will have donation boxes at theatre guest services or the concession stand from September 1 thru September 30.

 

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toystory3review.pngDisney/Pixar's Toy Story 3 will hit the $1 billion plateau worldwide today. That makes Disney the first studio to put out two $1 billion grossing films in the same year. In March, the studio released Alice in Wonderland in 3D and saw a rush of business.

Toy Story and Toy Story 2 combined for more than $840 million worldwide.

Disney's fall slate is looking quite impressive. You Again and Secretariat will be gunning mostly for female moviegoers, while Tangled is poised to be a hit among family audience. TRON Legacy should find a healthy following among sci-fi enthusiasts.

The official release:

BURBANK, Calif. -- Two weeks after becoming the highest-grossing animated film of all time, Disney•Pixar's Toy Story 3 will cross the $1 billion mark at the global box office today, joining Alice in Wonderland as the second $1 billion film this year from The Walt Disney Studios - the first studio in history to accomplish this feat. Disney first crossed the $1 billion threshold with Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest in 2006. Toy Story 3 becomes the only animated film to reach this milestone and the seventh title in industry history.

"It's been an incredible year as we saw the Pixar team bring Buzz and Woody back to the big screen and watched Tim Burton's vision for Alice in Wonderland take the world by storm," said Rich Ross, Chairman, The Walt Disney Studios. "These box office triumphs prove that creative storytelling brought to life by imaginative, inspired and talented professionals is something audiences respond to the world over."

As of Thursday (8/26/10), Toy Story 3 tallied more than $592.9 million internationally, Disney's largest international animated release. Latin American audiences have contributed $138 million making Toy Story 3 the highest grossing Disney film ever released in the region. Toy Story 3 is the most successful UK release in Disney history and currently stands as the fourth biggest title in territory history with $102.4 million in box office receipts so far. In Japan, the film has taken in $111.2 million and spent five consecutive weeks as the #1 movie. Toy Story 3 currently ranks as the #7 film in global box office history and domestically ranks #9 with $404.6 million in receipts to date.

Alice in Wonderland began setting records during its opening weekend (March 5-7), becoming the biggest March opening in industry history, the highest 3D opening ever and The Walt Disney Studios' biggest opening for a non-sequel film. Internationally, the film went on to tally more than $690 million, becoming Disney's biggest overseas release of all time and the fourth biggest title ever released overseas. Worldwide, the film took in $1.0243 billion, ranking it as the #5 film in global box office history.

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