Centennial, CO and New Albany, IN -- National CineMedia (NCM), a leading integrated media company reaching U.S. consumers in movie theaters, online and through mobile technology, has entered into a network affiliate agreement with Great Escape Theatres, an Indiana-based cinema chain, for the presentation of cinema advertising and NCM Fathom entertainment and business events in theaters.

Under the terms of the exclusive multi-year agreement, 26 Great Escape Theatres with 307 screens in Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Nebraska, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia will join the NCM Cinema Network beginning in September 2010. Focused in mid-sized markets, Great Escape Theatres has an estimated annual attendance of over seven million patrons. In addition to exclusively presenting NCM's FirstLook pre-feature program, select Great Escape locations will also present NCM Fathom's live and pre-recorded in-theater entertainment and corporate events.

"Great Escape Theatres are a great complement to our network, as they provide additional geographic coverage in key Midwestern and Southern markets," said Kurt Hall, NCM's president and chief executive officer. "These new theater additions complement our larger markets and bring significant value to brands and entertainment content providers looking to connect with Great Escape's heartland audiences."

"We chose to work with National CineMedia because they're the leader in the cinema advertising industry," said Anne Ragains, CEO of Great Escape. "The fact that NCM is an integrated media company with multiple platforms like NCM Fathom events and the NCM Interactive Network made good business sense to us. We're excited that our theaters will now be a part of such an innovative network. Coupled with our recent deployment of digital projection and 3-D technology, we have insured that Great Escape Theatres will remain an industry leader in film exhibition."

Great Escape Theatres represents the most recent expansion of the NCM Cinema Network - the largest digital in-theater video and satellite distribution network in North America. NCM currently has exclusive, long-term cinema advertising agreements in place with its founding member exhibitors, AMC Entertainment Inc., Cinemark Holdings Inc. and Regal Entertainment Group, as well as network affiliate pacts with theater circuits such as Carolina Cinemas, Cobb Theatres, Galaxy Theatres, LLC, Georgia Theatre Company, Goodrich Quality Theaters, Hollywood Theaters, Kerasotes ShowPlace Theatres, Metropolitan Theatres, MJR Theatres, Picture Show Theatres, ShowBiz Cinemas, LLC, Starplex Cinemas and Storyteller Theatres Corporation, among others.

 

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DULUTH, Ga. - NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR) today announced the expansion of BLOCKBUSTER Express®-branded DVD kiosks across Tennessee and Kentucky to nearly 100 Daily's Convenience Stores. Daily's customers will now be able to pick up entertainment along with their gasoline and groceries.

 

Consumers in the region can already experience the convenience of BLOCKBUSTER Express kiosks at local grocery stores and convenience stores, and the addition of kiosks at Daily's Convenience Stores will create even more options to pick up and drop off $1-per-night DVDs.(1) Consumers can conveniently return DVDs to any BLOCKBUSTER Express kiosk - not just where they rented the DVD.

 

"Our customers choose Daily's for the quality and convenient retail experience we aim to provide through our friendly atmosphere and broad selection of products and services," said Steve Hostetter CEO/COO of Daily's Convenience Stores. "NCR's BLOCKBUSTER Express-branded DVD kiosks are a great complementary addition to the products and services we already offer."

 

With capacity for more than 950 DVDs, NCR's kiosks can offer more than twice the typical number of DVDs held by competing kiosks. In addition, customers can rent DVDs online at blockbusterexpress.com, so they can quickly pick up their DVD at their preferred kiosk location without spending time browsing at the kiosk. No membership is required to rent a DVD at a BLOCKBUSTER Express kiosk - customers simply swipe their credit card and are charged $1 per night until they return the DVD. (1)

 

"The rapidly increasing selection of BLOCKBUSTER Express kiosks throughout Tennessee and Kentucky means consumers have the convenience of picking up their favorite entertainment titles alongside their everyday purchases, no matter where they prefer to shop, and return the title at the location of their choice," said Alex Camara, vice president and general manager, NCR Entertainment. "Through conveniently-located BLOCKBUSTER Express kiosks, Daily's Convenience Stores is improving the everyday shopping experience of its customers."

 

To find the nearest BLOCKBUSTER Express kiosk, consumers can use the kiosk locator found here.

 

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CYPRESS, CA -- Christie® digital cinema projectors are found all over the world - and now they are also found at the "end of the world." The Packewaia Cinema in Ushuaia, the capital of the Argentine province of "Tierra del Fuego" ("Land of Fire") and the southernmost city in the world, has installed a Christie 3D digital projection system that is already playing to packed houses. With digital capabilities, the system can now offer first-run screenings of the latest Hollywood blockbusters, as well as the thrilling experience of 3D cinema.

Packewaia Cinema is among the latest theaters in Argentina to embrace 3D. It is operated by Gama Producciones, whose partners, Fabian Fiocchi and Pablo Drajner, oversee diverse media, promotional and event production ventures, including the management of a local TV station. Christie, the brand they selected, dominates the Argentinean market, outselling its nearest competitor by more than two to one.

"The Christie 3D digital cinema system has proven to be very popular. It is attracting enormous audiences, providing Gama Producciones with an excellent return on its investment," said Fabian Fiocchi. "Digital cinema also allows us to show the latest blockbuster movies right away, instead of having to wait five or six weeks for a 35mm print."

"We recommended the Christie DLP Cinema® projector because it offers the brightest and sharpest image in the industry, the two most important factors that ensure the best 3D viewing experience," said Alex Mir, a partner at Xenon Cinema Technology, the company that installed the system. Founded in 1967, Xenon Cinema Technology is dedicated to the supply, installation and service of movie theaters and auditoriums across South America.

"Since not all prints are available in digital format yet, the 35mm projector is still necessary, but there was hardly any space to have the two projectors in the booth at the same time. We therefore had to improvise," said Mir. "The chief projectionist designed an elevator system that allowed them to lower the Christie projector out of the way for a 35mm screening; then raise it to its operating position for digital screenings."

"It seems appropriate that ‘the land of fire' has embraced the ‘hottest' trend in the industry: 3D digital cinema," said Craig Sholder, vice-president of Entertainment Solutions, Christie. "We are pleased to be a part of Gama Producciones' transition to digital technology; and we look forward to working with Xenon Cinema Technology as they continue to bring the latest generation entertainment technology to Argentina and all of South America."

Packewaia Cinema is one of only a handful of theaters in a city of 65,000 and was built more than a decade ago inside a former naval station.

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HOLLYWOOD, CA -- Paramount Pictures announced today the studio has crossed the $1 billion mark at the domestic box office, making it the first studio to accomplish the milestone this year. This marks the fourth year in a row that Paramount was the first studio to cross that plateau. Something no studio has done before. The studio currently holds the top spot in market share, with box office gross generated from five movies released thus far in 2010.

Based on figures through June 28th, Paramount has distributed four of 2010's top ten grossing films. The year got off to a strong start with the Martin Scorsese thriller Shutter Island earning $128 million in the U.S., and also becoming the highest world-wide grossing film for the acclaimed director. Paramount followed with a string of strong releases, including Marvel Studio's Iron Man 2 ($306.9M) and DreamWorks Animation's How to Train Your Dragon ($215.4M) and Shrek Forever After ($229.4M).

"This milestone reflects the hard work of so many people," said Brad Grey, Chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures. "I especially want to thank Rob Moore, Frederick Huntsberry, and Adam Goodman. We are all so proud of our teams, how they have worked together as well as with our partners. This commitment, coupled with the terrific creative talent we are in business with - Michael Bay, JJ Abrams, Martin Scorsese, Jon Favreau, Jeffrey Katzenberg and his DreamWorks Animation - have made these results possible."

"We are all incredibly gratified to have achieved this again in 2010 and for our fourth year running," said Rob Moore, Vice Chairman of Paramount Pictures. "We have released six films in the past four years which have surpassed $300 million domestically. As we look back, we're proud of what our team has accomplished. As we look ahead, we're excited at our prospects for the remainder of the year."

Paramount's upcoming releases include M. Night Shyamalan's The Last Airbender in 3D on July 1st, Grease Sing-A-Long, whose rollout begins July 8th, and Jay Roach's Dinner For Schmucks on July 30th.

 

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HOLLYWOOD -- Jean-Pierre Jeunet's Amélie, shot by Bruno Delbonnel, ASC, AFC,has been named the best-shot film of 1998-2008 in a recent online poll conducted by American Cinematographer (AC) magazine.

"This is a real honor for me, especially considering the other movies in this list," says Delbonnel. "These are some of the finest cinematographers, and I'm not sure I deserve to be among them, but I am very happy to be. They are all explorers."

The poll is a follow-up to one published in 1999 by AC, in honor of the American Society of Cinematographers' 80th anniversary; that vote covered the best-shot movies of 1894-1997. For the new poll, ACasked its international audience of subscribers to nominate 10 films released between 1998 and 2008 that they believed had the best cinematography. A final ballot listing the 50 most popular nominees was then posted on the ASC website, and the final vote was open to the public. More than 17,000 people around the world participated. The Top 10 results are:

1. Amélie: Bruno Delbonnel, ASC, AFC (2001)
2. Children of Men: Emmanuel Lubezki, ASC, AMC (2006)
3. Saving Private Ryan: Janusz Kaminski (1998)
4. There Will Be Blood: Robert Elswit, ASC (2007)
5. No Country for Old Men: Roger Deakins, ASC, BSC (2007)
6. Fight Club: Jeff Cronenweth, ASC (1999)
7. The Dark Knight: Wally Pfister, ASC (2008)
8. Road to Perdition: Conrad L. Hall, ASC (2002)
9. Cidade de Deus (City of God): César Charlone, ABC (2002)
10. American Beauty: Conrad L. Hall, ASC (1999)

"The wealth of great cinematography during this 10-year period was truly staggering, and the variety and scope of this Top 10 is the tip of the iceberg," says Michael Goi, president of the American Society of Cinematographers. "What's immediately evident is how international the craft of cinematography truly is, and how the ASC embraces these artists as its members, regardless of their geographical locations or the budgets they work with. It's all about the power of the moving image to tell stories."

The 40 other nominees placed as follows:

11) The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (Deakins); 12) Tie: In the Mood for Love (Christopher Doyle, HKSC, and Mark Li Ping-bin) and Pan's Labyrinth (Guillermo Navarro, ASC); 13) The Lord of the Rings trilogy (Andrew Lesnie, ASC, ACS); 14) Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (Ellen Kuras, ASC); 15) Gladiator (John Mathieson, BSC); 16) The Matrix (Bill Pope, ASC); 17) The Thin Red Line (John Toll, ASC); 18) The Diving Bell and The Butterfly (Kaminski); 19) Slumdog Millionaire (Anthony Dod Mantle, BSC, DFF); 20) Tie: Eyes Wide Shut (Larry Smith, BSC) and Requiem for a Dream (Matthew Libatique, ASC); 21) Kill Bill (Robert Richardson, ASC); 22) Moulin Rouge (Donald M. McAlpine, ASC, ACS); 23) The Pianist (Pawel Edelman, PSC); 24) Hero (Doyle); 25) Black Hawk Down (Slawomir Idziak, PSC); 26) O Brother, Where Art Thou? (Deakins); 27) Babel (Rodrigo Prieto, ASC, AMC); 28) Lost In Translation (Lance Acord, ASC); 29) Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Peter Pau, HKSC); 30) The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (Claudio Miranda, ASC); 31) The Man Who Wasn't There (Deakins); 32) The New World (Lubezki); 33) Sin City (Robert Rodriguez); 34) Atonement (Seamus McGarvey, ASC, BSC); 35) Munich (Kaminski); 36) The Prestige (Pfister); 37) Memoirs of a Geisha (Dion Beebe, ASC, ACS); 38) The Aviator (Richardson); 39) Zodiac (Harris Savides, ASC); 40) The Insider (Dante Spinotti, ASC, AIC); 41) Gangs of New York (Michael Ballhaus, ASC); 42) Tie: Brokeback Mountain (Prieto) and The Fountain (Libatique); 43) The Fall (Colin Watkinson); 44) The Passion of the Christ (Caleb Deschanel, ASC); 45) Snow Falling on Cedars (Richardson); 46) House of Flying Daggers (Xiaoding Zhao); and 47) Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (Eric Adkins).

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