christie.pngOutdoor Cinema Installation by Christie's Managed Services Team Brings"The Magic of Movies" to Hospital-Bound Children

Cypress, Calif. - (April 24, 2014) - Christie®, a global leader in visual display solutions, is pleased to announce its donation of digital cinema technology and installation services as a Premiere Sponsor of A Night Under the Stars, Lollipop Theater Network's fundraising event on April 26. Installed by Christie's Managed Services team, the Christie Solaria® Series projector and Christie Vive AudioTM immersive cinema system will provide hospital-bound children the opportunity to experience the magic of movies through the screening of 20th Century Fox's animated hit, Rio 2. The event will be staged outdoors at the Nickelodeon Animation Studio lot in Burbank, California, and will also feature family friendly activities, food and beverages, music, and autographs from attending celebrities.

Established in 2001, Lollipop Theater Network has spent the past 12 years working to bring blockbuster movies to children confined to hospitals due to chronic illnesses or life threatening diseases. Through its collaboration with organizations such as Christie, LOLLIPOP has screened more than 290 films for hospitalized children across 18 states nationwide.

Christie CEO Jack Kline has always been impressed by the extraordinary work of Lollipop Theater Network. Inspired to take on a more active role in supporting LOLLIPOP's cause, he recently became a member of that organization's Board of Directors.

"Community outreach has always been important to us here at Christie, and the mission and goals of Lollipop Theater Network are not only easy to admire, but are undertakings that we are thrilled to help support," said Kline. "Our renowned digital cinema technology will provide LOLLIPOP with the opportunity to give these children an authentic movie theater experience."

"As a nonprofit, our organization's success depends on the generosity of our community, and the immense support Christie has given us has been essential in bringing our vision to life for the upcoming A Night Under the Stars event," said Evelyn Iocolano, executive director and co-founder of Lollipop Theater Network. "We have always appreciated Jack Kline and Christie's support of our organization and we welcome Jack as a new Board member. It has been great to work with Christie's Managed Services team, whose superior level of professionalism and technical expertise will help us achieve our ambitious goals on behalf of so many deserving children."

To "light up" Rio 2 on the big screen, Christie is providing the Christie CP4220 projector, which delivers the brightest image and highest resolution in its class, as well as the most robust and cost-effective 4K DLP Cinema® solution. Christie will also provide the innovative Christie Vive AudioTM immersive cinema system, which unlocks the full potential of leading DCI digital cinema audio formats. The setup includes five Christie CDA5 amplifiers, a combination of subwoofers, and a variety of screen channels and surround speakers. As well, the Christie SKA-3DTM digital cinema processor, which complements Christie Vive Audio, is being provided.

Christie's Managed Services team will supply complete technical support for this event, expertly installing the digital cinema equipment. They are skillfully compensating for many environmental challenges typical of outdoor settings to create the optimum viewing experience for the audience.

"In installing the equipment for this event, we needed to overcome a number of technical and design challenges to ensure safety and deliver vibrant and clear visuals in an unusual, outdoor environment," said Sean James, vice president, Christie Managed Services. "From mounting and aligning the projectors to safely running power and speaker wires while protecting the equipment from the elements, this event has engaged our team throughout the installation from every angle."

As a new member of Lollipop's Board of Directors, Kline joined well-known entertainers such as Anne Hathaway and Billy Bush, who are also on the Board. He is hoping to install permanent equipment in Children's Hospital of Orange County to provide a more secure and permanent screening room for the hospital's patients. The facility is one of the many hospitals nationwide with which Lollipop Theater Network works.

About Lollipop Theater Network
Lollipop Theater Network (www.lollipoptheater.org) brings the magic of movies to children confined to hospitals nationwide due to chronic or life-threatening illnesses. By working in collaboration with the leading motion picture studios, LOLLIPOP screens the season's biggest blockbusters in both group and bedside settings for these very deserving children. LOLLIPOP has screened over 290 films and is currently able to offer its program in hospitals in over 18 states nationwide.

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About Christie®
Christie Digital Systems USA, Inc. is a global visual technologies company and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ushio Inc., Japan (JP:6925). Consistently setting the standards by being the first to market some of the world's most advanced projectors, complete system displays, and entertainment audio solutions, Christie is recognized as one of the most innovative visual technology companies in the world. From retail displays to Hollywood, mission critical command centers to classrooms and training simulators, Christie display solutions and projectors capture the attention of audiences around the world with dynamic and stunning images, accompanied by awe-inspiring sound. Visit www.christiedigital.com.

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Sony reports that Heaven Is for Real added another $1.87 million to its haul on Wednesday, representing a 23 percent drop from Tuesday and 49 percent from its opening Wednesday last week. The hit faith-based film has tallied $36.35 million domestically so far, 6 percent ahead of the 8-day total of Son of God.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier dropped 20 percent from Tuesday to $1.77 million yesterday, also giving it a 50 percent week-to-week decline. The sequel's 20-day domestic total is $207.1 million, 19 percent ahead of where Thor: The Dark World stood at the same point.

Rio 2 earned $1.51 million yesterday, off 22 percent from Tuesday and 50 percent from Wednesday of last week. With $81.2 million in the bank so far, the animated sequel's 13-day gross is 7 percent behind the pace of its 2011 predecessor.

Warner Bros. reports that Transcendence posted $0.76 million yesterday, off 26 percent from Tuesday. The sci-fi flick has taken in $13.68 million through 6 days, 26 percent less than 2011's Source Code in the same time frame.

Disneynature's Bears claimed $0.61 million on Wednesday for a 35 percent decline from is Earth Day boost on Tuesday. The flick's 6-day total is $6.97 million, or about 46 percent less than the 6-day start of 2012's Chimpanzee.

Last but not least, A Haunted House 2 slid 27 percent from Tuesday to bring in $0.45 million yesterday. Having taken in $10.58 million so far, the sequel is behind the pace of its 2013 predecessor by 49 percent.

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alamodrafthousecinema.pngFilmmakers Nicolas Winding Refn and Paul Thomas Anderson announced as new AGFA advisory board members

Austin, TX - Thursday, April 24, 2014 - The American Genre Film Archive (AGFA) announces a new initiative to help preserve and share the rarest of its vast collection of 35mm film prints. The non-profit archive - which counts among its advisory board members filmmakers Nicolas Winding Refn and Paul Thomas Anderson - has launched a fundraising campaign via Indiegogo that will help support a mission to complete high resolution digital transfers of its endangered titles - film prints too rare and fragile to be loaned.

"By any means necessary, we need to watch movies on film, because that's why God created cinema," says AGFA advisory board member Nicolas Winding Refn. "The American Genre Film Archive has begun a mission to preserve what I consider the greatest art form God has given us."

The very first film that AGFA is setting out to preserve is Craig Denny's THE ASTROLOGER (1975). This self-financed movie stars Denny, a real-life astrologer, as an astrologer who rises to fame by advising the President of the United States. It is an intensely strange time capsule and a vision from a unique voice in American cinema - the self-produced eccentric.

"There's no other movie like THE ASTROLOGER. It deserves to be seen," says AGFA advisor and Alamo programmer Tommy Swenson. "As the digital era supplants 35mm film and studios let preservation fall by the wayside, a huge swath of movie history, films like these, could disappear forever. Ultimately, film prints have a limited lifespan. However, with proper storage and care, we can prolong the lives of these prints and ensure that the movies themselves endure the ravages of time."

AGFA is looking to raise $15,000 by May 30 to fund this first digital restoration project. Donation levels start at just $5 and go up to a $1,000. Each donation of $15 or more comes with its own unique perk, starting with tickets to see THE ASTROLOGER when the new digital transfer screens at Alamo Drafthouse. Depending on the donation level, additional perks range from a real astrology reading, to a shelf named in the donor's honor at the archive, to the chance to program a Weird Wednesday or Terror Tuesday at the Alamo.

"There are a lot of ways that you can contribute to make this goal a reality, from just a few dollars to a significant contribution," says AGFA board member and Alamo CEO/Founder Tim League. "One particular perk I think some of our regulars will like: You can host a screening of any AGFA film for you and 40 of your friends complete with beer and popcorn. If you contribute at this level you get an awesome movie party and will feel great knowing your fun is preserving our American genre film legacy."

Founded in 2009, AGFA specializes in horror, sleaze, action, and independent regional filmmaking, as well as international genre cinema with an emphasis on films from Hong Kong. A home to over 3,000 film prints, AGFA has saved these from landfills, incinerators, and from literally being tossed into the sea. It serves as a sanctuary for endangered movies that no one cares about, but should.

Access is a crucial part of AGFA's preservation mission. Every year, the archive loans hundreds of prints to arthouse institutions, film societies, festivals, libraries, and universities. For some titles, AGFA's print is the only one that exists. These fragile and endangered titles can't be safely loaned out due to risk of damage or of being lost. The mission to complete 2K digital transfers of these endangered titles, which can then be easily duplicated and loaned for theatrical use, helps ensure that these nearly-extinct titles can be shared with the largest audience possible.

"These films can be seen as frescos that are about to crumble off of walls without even having been documented. This initiative will essentially photograph these frescos so they can be seen and shared," says AGFA advisor and Austin Film Society programmer Lars Nilsen. "AGFA's longer term goal is to one day carefully restore and strike new 35mm prints of these films. But for now, the main effort is to make sure they stay accessible for everyone and not just sitting on a shelf."

For full details, visit:
https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-american-genre-film-archive/x/7121108

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cineeurope.pngNEW YORK-- CineEurope will present its 2014 International Distributor of the Year Award to Duncan Clark, President, Distribution, Universal Pictures International. This honor will be presented as part a special Universal luncheon on Tuesday, June 17 at Centre Convencions Internacional Barcelona (CCIB) in Barcelona, Spain.

"It is a great honor for CineEurope to be able to single out Duncan for all he has done throughout his career as a respected and admired distribution executive in the business," noted Robert Sunshine, Managing Director of the event. "You could not ask for a more dedicated leader whose passion and commitment to both his company and the industry have helped bring quality films to so many moviegoers around the world. This is an honor so richly deserved by an individual who has demonstrated excellence within every aspect of international film distribution."

Duncan has held the position of President of Universal Pictures International since June 2011. In this capacity, Clark supervises Universal Pictures International's operating companies, United International Pictures (UIP), as well as UPI's independent partners and sales agents.

Clark was a key executive in helping to set up Universal's standalone distribution operations internationally as the company transitioned from its UIP joint venture with Paramount Pictures in 2007. He is also responsible for the supervision of the print servicing/post production adaption/delivery for the company's international releases.

During his years at the studio, Clark has guided Universal Pictures to some of its best years at the international box office. In 2013 the studio crossed the $2 billion mark at the international box office for the first time in its history, propelled by such hits as Despicable Me 2; Fast & Furious 6; Oblivion and Les Misérables.

Prior to joining Universal, Clark was a marketing and distribution consultant on Steven Spielberg's War of the Worlds and Munich, taking on a similar role on the 21st Clark spent fourteen years at Columbia Pictures/Sony Pictures from 1986-2000 in New York and Los Angeles - first as head of its international marketing division, culminating in his role as President of the International Distribution. During his years at Sony, he oversaw the release of such critical and commercial hits as Men in Black; Sense and Sensibility; As Good As It Gets; Jerry McGuire and The Mask of Zorro.

As an original resident of the U.K., Clark headed up marketing/distribution from 1980-1986 for UIP/U.K., distributor at the time for Universal, Paramount, and MGM/United Artists. Clark is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA). Bond film, Casino Royale.

CineEurope will take place from June 16-19, 2014 at the Centre Convencions Internacional Barcelona (CCIB) in Barcelona, Spain. It will feature screenings of upcoming Hollywood films, sponsored events, timely and informative seminars and the CineEurope Trade Show. CineEurope is produced by Prometheus Global Media, owner of leading entertainment publications and events including Billboard, The Hollywood Reporter, Backstage, Adweek, Dick Clark Productions, the CLIO Awards, ShowEast, and CineAsia.

CineEurope is the Official Convention of the Union Internationale des Cinémas/International Union of Cinemas

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