TORONTO, ON -- Christie®, the leader in digital cinema projection, announced that its leading digital cinema projectors, which include the new generation SolariaTM Series 4K-ready DLP Cinema® projectors, will screen a record number of digital titles at the 35th Toronto International Film Festival®, September 9 -19. Celebrating 10 years as projection sponsor for the Festival, Christie has played a key role in the Festival's growing use of digital projection technology to accurately reflect the innovative works of a new generation of filmmakers.

Since its founding in 1976, TIFF has gained a global reputation as a launching pad for the best international, Hollywood and Canadian cinema. Its exceptional record for nurturing major new talent has helped it gain worldwide acclaim as the most important film festival after Cannes. From a modest audience of 35,000 in its first year, attendance has grown to more than 500,000, with a program this year that includes 1,285 screenings of 336 titles from 64 countries around the world. Nearly half of all titles this year will be screened digitally.

"We have had a significant increase in the demand for digital screenings," said Andrei Gravelle, technical manager, TIFF. "3D is also beginning to make its presence felt. We have two titles this year, one of which is the highly anticipated Werner Herzog groundbreaking 3D documentary, ‘Cave of Forgotten Dreams'. Herzog took custom-designed 3D cameras to look at 30,000-year-old cave artwork at Chauvet in France, and the results were a visual triumph. The film has the potential to win over a whole new demographic to the possibilities of 3D."

A major development at TIFF will be the grand opening on September 12th of its new home and Festival centre, the TIFF Bell Lightbox, which will enable them to expand substantially. The site, which will host the Herzog documentary, features a total of six Christie digital cinema projectors, with three theatres using the Christie CP2230, the top-of-the-line 2K model from the Christie Solaria Series. The TIFF Bell Lightbox, widely expected to become a cultural anchor in the city, is a modern, five-story complex in the heart of downtown Toronto.

"The Festival has become a true cultural phenomenon, offering a world stage to some of Canada's most original and innovative films, while also embracing and showcasing international films," said Diane Cappelletto, TIFF's director of production. "With the digital cinema revolution in full swing around the world, Christie has been instrumental in ensuring we are able to meet the growing demand for the sharp, vivid images that are the hallmark of digital technology. That is why the world premiere of Herzog's ‘Cave of Forgotten Dreams' will be on a Christie projector at the TIFF Bell Lightbox."

"It's an honour to be part of the outstanding tradition of innovation and creative vision that is TIFF," said Gerry Remers, president and chief operating officer, Christie Digital Systems Canada, Inc. "As the recognized leader in digital cinema projection technology, Christie is pleased to provide our expertise and superior projection solutions to help TIFF introduce brilliant and memorable films to a global audience."

Christie projectors will be installed at Roy Thomson Hall, the Visa Screening Room (Elgin Theatre), the Ryerson Theatre, the Isabel Bader Theatre, Scotiabank Theatres 1, 3, 4, 6, 8, 9 and 13, Varsity 8, AMC 7 and National Film Board (NFB). TIFF Bell Lightbox cinemas 1, 2 and 3 will feature the Christie CP2230, with Cinema 1 offering 3D.

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Fox Searchlight has acquired distribution rights to Terrence Malick's Tree of Life from River Road. The film will see release in 2011.

Tree of Life stars Sean Penn and Brad Pitt. Many Oscar prognosticators viewed the film as a potential Oscar contender if it was released this year, so a move to 2011 will certainly hurt that momentum.

Malick is notorious for taking quite a long time to finish his films, and Tree of Life is no different. Many even thought the film would see the light of day in 2009.


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SANTA MONICA, Calif. -- LIONSGATE® (NYSE: LGF), the leading next generation studio, and Tyler Perry continue to be an unstoppable force in Hollywood as Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too? debuted at number one on the DVD and Blu-ray sell through charts, selling over one million units in its first week of release. Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?, which grossed $60 million during its successful theatrical run, reunites the charismatic cast and characters from hit comedy/drama Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married?, with writer-producer-director Perry leading an all-star original cast including singer/actress Janet Jackson, Jill Scott, Sharon Leal, Malik Yoba, Richard T. Jones and Michael Jai White.

The partnership between Lionsgate and Perry has proven successful across film, DVD and television. Perry has released nine films theatrically through Lionsgate since Diary of a Mad Black Woman in February 2005, and they have collectively grossed nearly $481 million at the North American box office. Lionsgate will be releasing Perry's next two films, For Colored Girls, the big screen version of the landmark play, on November 5, 2010 and Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family, the adaptation of the popular play, on April 22, 2011.

Additionally, Lionsgate's Debmar-Mercury television syndication company has delivered 172 episodes of his highly successful television series, "House of Payne," which is currently airing in a dual window on TBS and in Fox station group-led syndication. TBS also airs Perry's second television series, "House of Payne" spin-off "Meet The Browns", and will become a part of the Fox station group-led syndication next week.

The debut caps a strong run for Lionsgate in which the theatrical title Kick Ass ranked first on the DVD, Blu-ray and digital charts when it debuted in August and its films The Expendables and The Last Exorcism have been among the leaders at the North American box office with The Expendables holding the number one spot at the North American box office for two straight weeks and has now grossed more than $93 million, with the film opened at number one in the U.K. as well.

"Tyler Perry is truly one of the most original and successful voices in the entertainment world today," said Ron Schwartz, Lionsgate Home Entertainment General Manager and Executive Vice President. "His unique writing and powerful characters provide humor and heart that will continue to keep fans flocking to his movies for years to come. We are proud to have him as a part of the Lionsgate family and look forward to many more releases based on his works down the road."

 

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Universal will turn Stephen King's Dark Tower novel series into a massive film/TV project. Ron Howard has already agreed to direct the first film as well as the first season of the television series. Brian Grazer will produce and Akiva Goldsman will pen the script.

Howard's next directorial gig is The Dilemma, a story about infidelity featuring Vince Vaughn, Channing Tatum. Kevin James and Jennifer Connelly.

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