SEATTLE -- The treasured Seattle Cinerama Theatre is getting a 21st Century technical upgrade with state-of-the-art digital sound and pictures along with a refurbishment of the classic, mid-century, wide-screen theater.

The two-month project will ensure that Cinerama remains a vital piece of Seattle's entertainment experience, where movie goers will be able to see a wide diversity of programming, from the latest 3-D blockbusters to indie films on the festival circuit.

In 1998, philanthropist and investor Paul G. Allen saved the Cinerama from a fate as a parking lot, dinner theater or rock climbing gym, and restored the massive, curved screen used for special presentations of Cinerama and 70mm wide-screen movies. It is one of only three theaters in the world that can show original Cinerama movies.

Allen and Cinerama have been strong supporters of independent films. Use of the theater has been donated for numerous festivals, including the Seattle International Film Festival, the Langston Hughes African American Film Festival, the National Film Festival for Talented Youth and the Seattle Human Rights Film Festival.

The upgraded Cinerama will host even more festivals and community events, according to Lyn Tangen, senior director of Corporate Communications at Allen's Vulcan Inc.

Cinerama will close Aug. 30 for two months for installation of cutting-edge digital sound and projection system and the remodeling needed after a decade of heavy use.

When Cinerama reopens in the fall it will be operated by a new management company. Allen has hired Greg Wood, owner and operator of Portland's Roseway Theater, to operate Cinerama. Wood recently renovated and reinvented the Roseway, preserving its original art-deco decor and installing the newest in digital projection and sound systems.

Wood had extensive theater experience when he purchased the Roseway in 2008, a beautiful single-screen theater that has won rave reviews and quickly developed a dedicated following among Portlanders.

"Greg is a great fit with Cinerama and our emphasis on local relevance, progressive, independent thinking, and attention to detail," Vulcan's Tangen said. "He understands the importance of Cinerama to the community."

Tangen also thanked AMC Entertainment Inc. for its years of quality management of the iconic theater. The company will close out its role Aug. 29.

There are few single-screen theaters that still provide the array of movie choices available at Cinerama. Going forward, Wood and Vulcan will build even closer relationships with the public as well as the many community groups around Seattle that will come to Cinerama for fund-raisers or other special events.

"It's an amazing opportunity to be taking the helm of one of the coolest theaters on the planet," Wood said. "We're all excited to see these improvements happen. It will be a wonderful addition to the future chapters of Cinerama history."

Seattle movie buffs should watch Cinerama.com to be among the first to learn about plans for the grand reopening and to see what will hit the new, big screen first.

 

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Summit will bring an end to the Twilight franchise on November 16, 2012 with the second part of the Breaking Dawn adaptation. The first part will hit theaters on November 18, 2011. Bill Condon (Dreamgirls) is directing.

Spreading the two final films out by a year should help the property build even more of a following. Then again, it could also irritate Twihards who are already foaming at the mouth for the final installments.

Eclipse has raked in $288 million domestically since opening on June 30, and it opened only seven months after New Moon.

 

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Universal City, California -- A mild-mannered record company employee gets a hilarious crash course in how to party like a rock star in the must-see comedy Get Him to the Greek, coming to Blu-rayTM Hi-Def, DVD, digital download and video on demand on September 28, 2010 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. The latest no-holds-barred comedy from writer and director Nicholas Stoller (Forgetting Sarah Marshall) and producer Judd Apatow (Superbad, Knocked Up), Get Him to the Greek is a hilarious and unpredictable laugh fest filled with unforgettable moments by a top-notch cast. The 2-Disc Blu-ray,TM 2-Disc DVD Collector's Edition and single disc DVD include an unrated, never-before-seen cut of the movie, plus the version of the film originally shown in theaters and a digital copy of the film that can be viewed on an array of electronic devices. A wealth of bonus features, including extended and alternate scenes, music videos, gag reels, karaoke, filmmaker commentary and much more will make viewers feel like they have a front-row seat to one of the year's biggest comedy hits.

THE ULTIMATE CHOICE EXCLUSIVELY ON BLU-RAYTM:

INSTANT ACCESS TO MORE MOVIES

As an additional value for Get Him to the Greek, Blu-rayTM purchasers can instantly stream a bonus film by choosing from one of three classic comedies--Uncle Buck, Dazed & Confused and Life--on Pocket BluTM or BD-LiveTM on any Internet-connected Blu-rayTM player. The offer extends through March 31, 2011.

AN OUTSTANDING CAST REUNITES JONAH HILL AND RUSSELL BRAND

A spin-off of 2008's hugely successful Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Get Him to the Greek reunites Jonah Hill (Superbad), playing a low-ranking record-label employee, and Russell Brand (Despicable Me), the ultimate larger-than-life rock-star Aldous Snow. Also starring are Sean Combs (aka P. Diddy) in a devastatingly funny comic turn, Rose Byrne ("Damages") and Elisabeth Moss ("Mad Men"), plus cameos from music and media stars including Pink, Christina Aguilera, Lars Ulrich, Pharrel, Meredith Viera, Billy Bush, Mario Lopez, Kurt F. Loder and Paul Krugman.

BONUS FEATURES EXCLUSIVELY ON BLU-RAYTM:

• Additional and extended scenes not available anywhere else

• Musical performances from The Today Show and VH-1 Storytellers

• Karaoke - Sing along to 15 Outrageous Songs

• The Actual Auditions that landed Rose Byrne, Elisabeth Moss, Nick Kroll, Aziz Ansari and T.J. Miller their roles

• Instant access to stream a bonus movie by choosing one of three hilarious comedies: Uncle Buck, Dazed and Confused or Life via BD-Live or a smartphone

• BD-LIVETM-Access the BD-LiveTM Center through your Internet-connected player to get even more content, watch the latest trailers and more.

o MY SCENES-Bookmark your favorite scenes from the movie.

• Pocket BLUTM app- Experience Blu-ray in an exciting new way with the pocket BLUTM app for iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Blackberry, Android, PC and Macintosh. With this app, you can work seamlessly with a network-connected Blu-rayTM player to activate advanced features such as:

o Advanced Remote Control: A sleek, elegant new way to operate your Blu-rayTM player. Users can navigate through menus, playback and BD-LiveV functions with ease.

o Video Timeline: Users can easily bring up the video timeline, allowing them to instantly access any point in the movie.

o Mobile-To-Go: Users can unlock a selection of bonus content with their Blu-rayTM discs to save to their device or to stream from anywhere there's a Wi-Fi network, enabling them to enjoy exclusive content on the go, anytime, anywhere.

o Keyboard: Enter data into a Blu-rayTM player with your device's easy and intuitive keyboard that will facilitate such Blu-rayTM features as chatting with friends and sending messages.

• social BLUTM-Connect with friends on your favorite social networks to share information about your favorite movies, enjoy Blu-rayTM community features and more!

BONUS FEATURES AVAILABLE ON BLU-RAYTM AND 2-D ISC COLLECTOR'S EDITION DVD:

• Gag Reel

• Line-O-Rama

• Blind Medicine - a promo for Sarah Marshall's new TV series

• Feature Commentary with director Nicholas Stoller, cast members Jonah Hill, Russell Brand, Rose Byrne, Elisabeth Moss and producer Rodney Rothman

• Getting To Get Him to The Greek Documentary

• Getting In Tune With The Greek Documentary

• The Making Of "African Child" Documentary

• Five Complete Music Videos featuring Aldous Snow, Infant Sorrow and Jackie Q

• Musical Performances from Infant Sorrow's triumphant 1999 Greek Theater Concert and 2009 Comeback Concert, plus a peek at their infamous World Tour and the 2002 London Concert.

• Deleted, Extended and Alternate Scenes including an Alternate Intro and Ending

• Digital Copy

 

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Source: Forbes

Sandra Bullock's $56 million in earnings from June 2009 to June 2010 was enough to put the Oscar-winning actress at the top of the Forbes Highest-Paid Actresses list. Bullock had a banner year thanks to the success of The Blind Side and The Proposal, which overshadowed the massive dud that was All About Steve.

Reese Witherspoon ties Cameron Diaz for second with $32 million, despite the fact that Witherspoon hasn't appeared in front of a camera since 2008's Four Christmas. The Oscar-winning actress received healthy upfront checks for How Do You Know and Water for Elephants, which are both due in theaters this fall. Diaz had two big paydays thanks to Knight and Day and Shrek Forever After.

The rest of the top 5:

#4: Jennifer Aniston, $27 million
#5: Sarah Jessica Parker, $25 million

 

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Source: AP

China's Film Importer has announced that Christopher Nolan's mind-bender will be released in the country. While no official release date is set yet, it's looking like Inception will hit Chinese theaters in September.

China only splits revenues with 20 foreign films per year. The Warner Bros. release has also won approval by Chinese censors.

Inception has already raked in $171.5 million internationally, and this opportunity will only increase that already healthy haul.

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