New York, NY -- After earning rave reviews from top critics, wild cheers from audiences around the country, and $10 million in its opening weekend boxoffice, Dimension Films is pleased to announce that Piranha 3D - The Sequel is in the works.

Piranha 3D producer Mark Canton stated, "We are thrilled that audiences are not just loving Piranha 3D, but cheering for it. And it's fantastic that so many critics are really getting the movie and recommending it. We can't wait to get to work on the sequel."

Piranha 3D opened with fantastic reviews from top critics like the Associated Press and Reuters, enjoying a very fresh rating of 80-82% favorable reviews on the popular movie review site Rotten Tomatoes throughout it's opening weekend. The movie has captured the attention of movie fans as well as elite media outlets like The Wall St. Journal, The Daily Beast and The Huffington Post. And taking Hollywood by surprise, Piranha - via a partnership with Funny Or Die - is the subject of a much-talked about campaign to be named Best Picture of the year. Funny Or Die's "For Your Consideration" video for Piranha 3D took the nation by storm last week. And, as announced over the weekend, Academy Award® nominee and Piranha 3D heroine Elisabeth Shue will debut a brand new video in the coming days on Funny Or Die.

 

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London -- Arts Alliance Media (AAM), Europe's leading digital cinema company, has announced that it has partnered with Hoyts Cinemas, Australia's leading cinema chain, to rollout AAM's Theatre Management System (TMS) across the entire Hoyts circuit in both Australia and New Zealand.

Hoyts Cinemas, which has over 400 screens across the two countries, will equip all digital screens with AAM's proprietary software, custom designed to manage digital cinema operations. Hoyts is rolling out digital cinema across its entire circuit as part of the Digital Cinema Implementation Partners Australia (DCIPA) group.

AAM will be working closely in partnership with Hoyts to further develop its software, calling on Hoyts' experience in cinema advertising services (via its sister company Val Morgan) and its skills and knowledge in cinema operations. In true partnership form, Hoyts will provide ongoing input and feedback to ensure that AAM's TMS continues to best meet the needs of all exhibitors.

The partnership follows AAM's announcement in March this year of a deal with Broadmedia to licence its TMS in Japan, and further demonstrates AAM's multi-tiered approach to the digital cinema business. The agreement is the first that Arts Alliance Media has completed for a cinema outside those it has equipped as part of its own digital cinema rollout. Furthermore, this is the first deal of its kind where a major exhibitor has committed to a TMS solution that is independent from the equipment selection and the integration company involved.

Adam Wrightson, Group Technology Director, Hoyts, said "For an exhibitor, choosing the right TMS is an important decision. It will become the foundation for workflow and management of our entire digital cinema network. An effective TMS will enable us to achieve the operational efficiencies and real revenue opportunities that digital conversion promises. After reviewing all the products in the marketplace we found the AAM TMS to be the most flexible and the most suited to our needs. As we continue to expand our digital cinema platform, we see AAM as a strategic partner to achieving our goals moving forward."

Fiona Deans, Chief Operating Officer of AAM, added "Although our rollout business is focused in Europe, our content and software businesses are worldwide. We see Hoyts Cinemas as a key customer adding to our worldwide portfolio. Their operational and technical expertise is second to none around the globe making Hoyts a very welcomed client."

AAM's Vice-President, Technical Development, Matt Sullivan, said "We have been working with Adam and his team for over six months gathering their input on our TMS, which has been invaluable in improving our product. Our relationship is a true partnership and we look forward to continuing to work with them."

Arts Alliance Media's TMS is part of a software suite designed to manage all aspects of digital cinema content and playback in a cinema from a single location. The entire digital cinema workflow, from creating shows and scheduling playback through to moving content between screens and managing security keys (KDMs), can be managed from an easy to use, secure web interface. The AAM TMS is currently being rolled out across AAM's VPF-signed screens with Cineworld and Yelmo, a total of over 1,100 screens. More information on TMS can be seen at http://tms.artsalliancemedia.com.

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BURBANK, Calif. -- The subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) service, "Disney Family Movies," has partnered with content providers Comcast, Charter, Cox, AT&T U-verse, Suddenlink, Verizon FiOS and Avail TVN Affiliates to offer customers a free preview of the service from Thursday, September 2 through Monday, September 6.

"Disney Family Movies" provides the ultimate in family entertainment from one of the world's largest film libraries, giving customers unlimited access to a selection of classic and contemporary films and animated shorts from The Walt Disney Studios. The one-of-a-kind movie service is entertainment the whole family can enjoy together from beloved hits to new popular favorites. Each title remains in rotation for about a month, with new movies added weekly.

Hosted by Phylicia Rashad, the "Disney Family Movies" free preview will offer a variety of classic and contemporary Disney films including the timeless animated classic Pocahontas, the zany adventure Muppet Treasure Island, the hit Disney-Pixar comedy A Bug's Life, and the Disney-Pixar animated short Monster Truck Mater, which features the voice of Larry the Cable Guy.

To subscribe to "Disney Family Movies," contact your local content provider or log onto DisneyFamilyMovies.com or the Disney Family Movies page on Facebook.com for additional information.

 

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Centennial, Colo. -- NCM Fathom, the entertainment division of National CineMedia, today announced an agreement with U.S. Figure Skating to present the cinematic feature RISE as part of a special in-theater event on Feb. 17, 2011. This historic evening will celebrate American figure skating, while commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Feb. 15, 1961 plane crash in which all of the members of the United States World Figure Skating team perished.

Broadcast live to hundreds of theaters nationwide across NCM's exclusive Digital Broadcast Network (DBN) that reaches more than 500 movie theaters and performing arts centers throughout the U.S., the event will include a red-carpet extravaganza, uniquely choreographed figure skating performances, interviews with several American figure skating legends and the world premiere of RISE. Visit www.FathomEvents.com to learn more.

RISE will take audiences on a powerful journey through some of the biggest moments in the history of the sport. Figure skating luminaries, family and friends will share their memories of the 1961 U.S. World Team while discussing the effects the tragedy had on the skating world and beyond. 2010 Olympic champion Evan Lysacek and his legendary coach Frank Carroll are two of the skating luminaries that will appear in the cinematic feature.

Lysacek's crowning moment in Vancouver this past February reminds everyone how closely tied today's generation of skaters is to those that lost their lives 50 years ago on the way to the World Championships in Prague, Czechoslovakia. Carroll, who also coached nine-time U.S. champion Michelle Kwan, was a student of Maribel Vinson Owen, one of the coaches that perished in the plane crash and a central figure in RISE.

"The 50th anniversary of this significant moment in our history merits a commemoration of this magnitude," said David Raith, executive director of U.S. Figure Skating. "The opportunity to reach our members, figure skating fans and the American public on the big screen gives us the ultimate platform to convey U.S. Figure Skating's pride in its heritage by illustrating the enduring power of resilience through sport."

RISE, produced and directed by 16-time Emmy Award winners Lookalike Productions, is an uplifting celebration of the sport of figure skating. With the stories of the 1961 World Team at its center, RISE shows how the unfulfilled dreams of those who lost their lives on Sabena Airlines Flight 548 would be shared - and forever realized - by the generations of skaters that have followed.

Many of the dreams that have been fulfilled since that tragic day in 1961 were made possible through support from the U.S. Figure Skating Memorial Fund. The Fund, established as a living memorial to those that lost their lives in the crash, has supported thousands of skaters at every level, including Olympic champions, with contributions totaling in the millions.

"Fathom is proud to team with U.S. Figure Skating for this historic event to remember the lives of those lost in this tragic accident 50 years ago and to watch some of America's greatest skaters pay tribute in a once-in-a-lifetime celebration that will live on in the hearts of all Americans," said Dan Diamond, vice president of NCM Fathom. "The dreams these skaters and coaches had have not gone unfilled. For one night, all Americans can come together in theaters to celebrate figure skating and the humanity that defines it."

Fathom is a leader in the alternative entertainment industry, presenting a variety of one-of-a-kind entertainment events in movie theaters nationwide since 2002 including live, high-definition performances of the Metropolitan Opera, as well as special live town hall discussions, sporting, music, anime and many other unique entertainment presentations.

 

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