LOS ANGELES, Oct. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Morgan Freeman has been selected by the American Film Institute's (AFI) Board of Trustees to receive the 39th AFI Life Achievement Award, the highest honor for a career in film, it was announced today by Sir Howard Stringer, Chair of the AFI Board of Trustees.

The award will be presented to Freeman at a gala tribute on Thursday, June 9, 2011 in Los Angeles, CA. TV Land will broadcast the 39th AFI Life Achievement Award tribute on TV Land PRIME later in June 2011.

"Morgan Freeman is an American treasure," said Stringer. "Across decades, whether playing a prisoner, a president or God, he embodies a calm authority that demands respect for the character and for the art form. His gifts to the cultural record are also underscored by his unmistakable voice that echoes through the hearts and minds of movie lovers around the world. AFI is proud to present him with its 39th Life Achievement Award."

Last year's AFI Tribute to Mike Nichols brought together the film community in unprecedented fashion, including Warren Beatty, Annette Bening, Candice Bergen, Cher, Michael Douglas, Nora Ephron, Calista Flockhart, Harrison Ford, Tom Hanks, Dustin Hoffman, Eric Idle, Shirley MacLaine, Elaine May, Jack Nicholson, Mary Louise Parker, Natalie Portman, Julia Roberts, Kevin Spacey, Meryl Streep, Emma Thompson, Sigourney Weaver, Robin Williams and a special musical performance by Simon and Garfunkel.

About Morgan Freeman

Academy Award®-winning actor Morgan Freeman is one of the most recognizable figures in American cinema. His works are among the most critically and commercially successful films of all time and Freeman himself ranks 10th among worldwide top-grossing actors of all time. His films have earned over $3 billion in cumulative ticket sales. Whether a role requires an air of gravitas; a playful smile, twinkle of the eye or a world-weary, yet insightful soul, Freeman's ability to delve to the core of a character and infuse it with a quiet dignity has resulted in some of the most memorable portrayals ever recorded on film.

Freeman won the Academy Award® in 2005 for Best Supporting Actor for his role in "Million Dollar Baby." In 1990 he won the Golden Globe for Best Actor for his performance in "Driving Miss Daisy." Freeman also received an Academy Award nomination in 1987 for Best Supporting Actor for "Street Smart" and in 1994 for Best Actor for "The Shawshank Redemption."

In 2000 Freeman was honored with the Hollywood Actor Award from the Hollywood Film Festival. Eight years later he received the coveted Kennedy Center Honor for his distinguished acting.

In 2010 he received an Academy Award® nomination, a Golden Globe nomination and a Broadcast Critics Association nomination for his performance as Nelson Mandela in the acclaimed film "Invictus." He also won the National Board of Review award for Best Actor and was the film's executive producer. The picture was produced by Revelations Entertainment, the company he co-founded in 1996 with a mission to produce films that enlighten, express heart, and glorify the human experience. Other Revelations features include "Levity," "Under Suspicion," "Mutiny," "Bopha!", "Along Came a Spider," "Feast of Love," "10 Items or Less" and "Maiden Heist."

Freeman's credits include Summit Entertainment's comedic espionage thriller "Red," "The Dark Knight," "The Bucket List," "Glory," "Clean and Sober," "Lean on Me," "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves," "Unforgiven," "Se7en," "Kiss the Girls," "Amistad," "Deep Impact," "Nurse Betty," "The Sum of All Fears," "Bruce Almighty, "Nurse Betty," "Coriolanus," "Attica," "Brubaker," "Eyewitness," "Death of a Prophet" and "Along Came a Spider." He also narrated two Academy Award® documentaries "The Long Way Home" and "The March of The Penguins." His next film "Dolphin's Tale" begins production in the fall of 2010.

After beginning his acting career on the off-Broadway stage productions of "The Niggerlovers" and the all- African-American production of "Hello Dolly", Freeman segued into television. Many people grew up watching him on the long-running Children's Television Workshop classic "The Electric Company", where he played several recurring characters. Looking for his next challenge, he set his sights on both The Great White Way and silver screen simultaneously and quickly began to fill his resume with memorable performances.

In 1978 Freeman won a Drama Desk Award his role as Zeke in "The Mighty Gents." He also received a Tony Nomination for Best Performance by a Featured Actor.

His stage work continued to earn him accolades and awards, including Obie Awards in 1980, 1984 and 1987 and a second Drama Desk Nomination in 1987 for the role of Hoke Colburn which he created for the Alfred Uhry play "Driving Miss Daisy" and reprised in the 1989 movie of the same name.

In his spare time, Freeman loves the freedom of both sea and sky; he is a long-time sailor and has earned a private pilot's license. He also has a love for the blues and seeks to keep it in the forefront through his Ground Zero club in Clarksville, Mississippi, the birthplace of the blues. In 1973 he co-founded the Frank Silvera Writers' Workshop, now in its 37th season. The workshop seeks to serve successful playwrights of the new millennium. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Earth Biofuels, a company whose mission is to promote the use of clean-burning fuels. He also supports Artists for a New South Africa and the Campaign for Female Education.

About the AFI Life Achievement Award

The highest honor given for a career in film, the AFI Life Achievement Award was established by the AFI Board of Trustees on February 26, 1973. It is presented to a single honoree each year based on the following criteria as mandated through a resolution passed by the AFI Board of Trustees:

"The recipient should be one whose talent has in a fundamental way advanced the film art; whose accomplishment has been acknowledged by scholars, critics, professional peers and the general public; and whose work has stood the test of time."

AFI Life Achievement Award Recipients

Morgan Freeman joins an esteemed group of individuals who have been chosen for this distinguished honor since its inception in 1973.

1973

John Ford

1974

James Cagney

1975

Orson Welles

1976

William Wyler

1977

Bette Davis

1978

Henry Fonda

1979

Alfred Hitchcock

1980

James Stewart

1981

Fred Astaire

1982

Frank Capra

1983

John Huston

1984

Lillian Gish

1985

Gene Kelly

1986

Billy Wilder

1987

Barbara Stanwyck

1988

Jack Lemmon

1989

Gregory Peck

1990

David Lean

1991

Kirk Douglas

1992

Sidney Poitier

1993

Elizabeth Taylor

1994

Jack Nicholson

1995

Steven Spielberg

1996

Clint Eastwood

1997

Martin Scorsese

1998

Robert Wise

1999

Dustin Hoffman

2000

Harrison Ford

2001

Barbra Streisand

2002

Tom Hanks

2003

Robert De Niro

2004

Meryl Streep

2005

George Lucas

2006

Sean Connery

2007

Al Pacino

2008

Warren Beatty

2009

Michael Douglas

2010

Mike Nichol

 

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ORLANDO, FL -- Christie(R), the pioneer in digital projection technology for cinemas, is taking the lead again with the launch of its new premium 4K DLP Cinema(R) Solaria(TM) series projectors at ShowEast in Orlando, FL October 11-14, following its successful preview last month at IBC.

Christie is rapidly paving the way with advancements in cinema technologies based on the enhanced 4K DLP Cinema chip from Texas Instruments (TI). The latest Christie Solaria CP4230 and CP4220 projectors feature the Christie 4K+4 advantage which includes:

Optimum performance for 3D utilizing more pixels than other competing technologies Christie Pixel Track(TM) technology to streamline pixel alignment for optimum image quality Simple maintenance procedures that comply with the latest DCI and SMPTE specifications for content security The lowest cost of ownership of any digital cinema projector on the market

At ShowEast last year, the company introduced the world's first Series II 2K 1.2" DLP Cinema projector, designed around a fast and cost effective 4K upgrade path. Continuing its tradition of innovation and industry firsts, Christie is now offering even more choice for exhibitors with its enhanced 4K solution for premium screens.

"While there are many options available on the market for 4K, Christie is committed to designing products for exhibition that will protect their technology investment now and well into the future," comments Brian Claypool, senior product manager, Entertainment Solutions for Christie. "Our engineers continue to push the envelope with technology advancements that will accommodate evolving requirements as the demands on content continue to change. We're also committed to providing solutions for exhibition that continue to offer the lowest cost of ownership on the market, streamline maintenance procedures for reliability and offer superior image performance for both 2D and 3D presentations."

The latest Christie Solaria series 4K projectors are built on the proven design concepts of the best selling Christie CP2000 platform and are designed to be compliant with the Digital Cinema Initiatives (DCI) specification.

Orders for the 4K models are taking place now with shipments expected to begin in early 2011. Development of Christie 4K solutions for markets beyond cinema will be based on market demand.

Visit Christie at ShowEast, booth 613, in the Orlando World Center Marriot, Orlando, FL for a live demonstration of Christie's 4K projector.

 

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LOS ANGELES, October 11, 2010- Roger Deakins, ASC, BSC will receive the 2011 American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) Lifetime Achievement Award. The presentation will be made during the 25th Annual ASC Outstanding Achievement Awards celebration here at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel on February 13, 2011.

"The Lifetime Achievement Award is a reflection of the impact that a cinematographer has made on the art of filmmaking rather than the capping of a career," says ASC President Michael Goi. "It is our way of acknowledging a true artist in his prime. Roger Deakins raises the artistic profile of our profession with every movie and he will continue to do so for many years."

Deakins has earned Oscar® nominations for The Shawshank Redemption (1994), Fargo (1996), Kundun (1997), O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000), The Man Who Wasn't There (2001), The Assassination of Jesse James and the Coward Robert Ford (2007), No Country for Old Men (2007) and The Reader (shared with Chris Menges, ASC, BSC, 2008).

His peers nominated all eight of those films and Revolutionary Road (2008) for ASC Outstanding Achievement Awards for feature film cinematography. Deakins claimed top ASC honors for The Shawshank Redemption and The Man Who Wasn't There.

"I had mixed emotions when I was told about this recognition," Deakins says. "To be honest, I am flattered, but I also feel like I am only just getting started. I'm enjoying what I do more than I ever have and there seems to be so much more I want to do. I feel like I'm getting this award about halfway through my career. It is great to realize that my colleagues watch my work and get something out of it."

ASC Awards Committee Chairman Richard Crudo observes, "Roger Deakins overcame formidable obstacles during the dawn of his career and went on to help create some of the most memorable films of our times. Roger has inspired young and older filmmakers to pursue what sometimes seems like impossible dreams."

Deakins blazed a non-traditional career path. He was born and raised in the seaside town of Torquay in Devon, England. As a boy, Deakin's passion was for painting but when he enrolled in the Bath Academy of Art his interest shifted to photography. When Deakins wasn't taking pictures, he was in the darkroom processing film and making prints.

After a brief stint as a professional photographer Deakins continued his education at the National Film School in London. Deakins estimates that over three years he shot more than 15 films for student directors, both dramatic films and documentaries ranging from 30 to 90 minutes each.

After graduation, he primarily spent the first seven years of his career shooting documentaries, the first of which required him to play the role of crew member as well as director/cameraman during a nine-month yacht race around the world.

Deakins went on to work on many documentaries for British television, which included films on the liberation wars in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) and Eritrea, a study of mental patients within the UK National Health Service, and the life of the Nuba people of Southern Sudan. His first of some 50 narrative film credits was in 1983 for Another Time, Another Place, which aired on Channel 4 in England.

"I've always chosen to work on films that are more than entertainment," he says. "I believe film can also be provocative and send audiences home thinking."

Deakins has collaborated with an impressive array of directors, including Sam Mendes, Martin Scorsese, Ron Howard, Norman Jewison, Ed Zwick, Andrew Dominik and Michael Apted. True Grit, which is slated for release in December, is his 11th co-venture with brothers Ethan and Joel Coen at the helm.

 

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CHICAGO -- NEC Display Solutions of America, a leading provider of commercial LCD display and projector solutions, announced today the availability of the NC3240S, its first 4K DLP digital cinema projector, which joins the Digital Cinema Projector Series models NC1200C, NC2000C and NC3200S.

The NC3240S can be seen at ShowEast 2010 (NEC Display Solutions Suite K) on October 11-14 at the Orlando World Center Marriott in Orlando, Fla.

Equipped with the new 1.38" 4K DLP Cinema® Chip from Texas Instruments®, the NC3240S is fully Digital Cinema Initiative (DCI) Compliant. The projector provides a brightness of 31,000 ANSI lumens and offers exceptionally bright images on screens sized up to 105-feet wide. The NC3240 projector provides users with a modular design that simplifies servicing and minimizes downtime. Its clear electronic layout and wiring, easy prism replacement and custom DMD shielding gaskets with patented reflector design help reduce maintenance costs and enable quick parts replacement.

"NEC's industry-leading full service and support is what sets us apart, from financing to installation to maintenance," said Jim Reisteter, General Manager for Digital Cinema Projectors at NEC Display Solutions. "The NC3240S is a prominent example of NEC's unrivaled Digital Cinema Series Projectors as it combines ease of use for operators with bar-setting reliability in its feature set. Uniquely designed functions, like its cooling system, and continued excellence in technologies, like its support for all major suppliers of 3D accessories, is what exhibitors expect from the NEC brand. As such, we anticipate working with the other leading providers of 2K/4K IMB and local storage servers as we test for compatibility."

The NC3240S offers the following features:
. Newly designed cooling system, which creates positive air pressure internally to prevent contaminates from entering the main chassis
. 4 KW variant for smaller screens
. Custom DMD shielding, which protects the projector from dust and oil, thereby providing optimal picture quality
. One-Touch Operation and Memory Functions, which store eight projector configurations such as lens shift position, zoom and focus, and lamp power settings
. Auto Lamp Brightness Control, which continuously monitors the lamp's brightness and maintains a consistent level by adjusting the lamp power as it ages
. Trouble-Free Lamp Replacement, which allows maintenance personnel to replace lamps from the back of the projector
. Intuitive keypad
. 3D capabilities with special 3D control connector and optional automatic turret to mount polarizers in front of the lens
. Optional 2K/4K Integrated Media Block (IMB) and Local Storage Server, making NEC the only manufacturer in the market to offer a DLP cinema projector/server solution developed completely in-house. The IMB's internal design allows for content management, screen management and higher security

The powerful 7KW version of the cinema projector will be available from the beginning of 2011 together with the 4KW variant for smaller screens. NEC will also be offering a convenient 4K upgrade option for its current NC3200S 2K model.

For more information about NEC's digital cinema projectors, please visit http://www.necdisplay.com/Products/SubClass/?subclass=Projectors.
To learn more about financing options, please visit http://www.necdisplay.com/GoDigital or contact NECDigitalCinemaLease@neclease.com.

 

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CULVER CITY, Calif., -- Rhys Ifans will play the villain, opposite Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker and Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy, in the next installment of Spider-Man from Columbia Pictures and Marvel Studios, it was announced today by Amy Pascal, co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment and Matt Tolmach, president of Columbia Pictures. The film, to be directed by Marc Webb from a screenplay by James Vanderbilt and produced by Avi Arad and Laura Ziskin, will begin production in December and will be released in theaters nationwide in 3D on July 3, 2012.

Commenting on the announcement, Tolmach said, "We have been very fortunate to attract some of the best actors working today to play the villains in the Spider-Man movies, and it is exciting to see that trend continue with Rhys Ifans. After seeing his performance in our upcoming film Anonymous, we're in awe of his talent and think he's the perfect choice to take on this role."

The filmmakers prefer to not reveal which character Ifans will be playing in the forthcoming film.

Webb added, "What sets the Spider-Man villains apart is the complexity of their relationships with Peter Parker. Rhys' incredible ability to embody both warmth and rage makes him the ideal choice for this character."

Spider-Man is being overseen at the studio by Tolmach and Rachel O'Connor. Ifans is represented by United Talent Agency, Brillstein Entertainment Partners, and Independent Talent Group.

RHYS IFANS' breakout performance came in 1999 in Roger Michell's Notting Hill, opposite Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant, for which he received a BAFTA Film Award nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role. Prior to that, Ifans starred in Heart, Twin Town, August, and Dancing at Lughnasa, and since then, he has appeared in more than 20 films, including Vanity Fair; Rancid Aluminium, Little Nicky; The Replacements; Hannibal Rising, Enduring Love; Human Nature; Formula 51; Hotel; The Shipping News; Once Upon A Time in the Midlands, Elizabeth: The Golden Age, Pirate Radio; Greenberg; and Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang. He will next appear in Mr. Nice, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Passion Play, and Columbia Pictures' Anonymous, for director Roland Emmerich.

On television, he played the role of Peter Cook in Terry Johnson's "Not Only But Always," for which he won the BAFTA TV Award for Best Actor. He also appeared in "A Number." In the theatre, Ifans has appeared in "Accidental Death of an Anarchist," "Bad Finger," "Volpone," "Under Milk Wood," "Beautiful Thing," "Thyesters," and, most recently, Patrick Marber's adaptation of "Don Juan in Soho" at the Donmar Warehouse.

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