Epic Pictures Group has acquired Junkyard Dog, a psychological thriller from writer/director Kim Bass starring Vivica A. Fox and Brad Dourif, and action film, Kill Speed, starring Andrew Keegan, Nick Carter and Tom Arnold. Epic has also picked up the domestic distribution rights for Kill Speed.
Session and studio drummer Steve Gadd is the topic of filmmaker Jerry Simpson's newest documentary.
The Big Picture
Why Won’t These Movies Sell?
One of the implicit promises of the digital cinema transition was that the lower cost of production and post-production tools would empower more filmmakers to do more work and, in turn, that the best of those movies could be screened – again at lower cost – in digitally equipped theatres. That this promise has yet to be fulfilled and, in fact, shows signs of never coming to pass, has created a small firestorm in recent days in the independent film community. From the business media to blogs and chat rooms, the topic of conversation is the same: independent filmmaking is in serious trouble.Read More >>>
Stereoscopic 3DMind Blast
National Geographic Entertainment has announced the acquisition of worldwide rights to the film Blue Man Group: Mind Blast for distribution to giant-screen, digital and Imax 3D and 2D theaters. The 3D live-action comedy, slated for release in Spring 2011, will feature an original screenplay and score and will star the group’s original cast members.
In ProductionShooting Bones
After the hiatus the Fox Network told DP Gordon Lonsdale, ASC, that Bones would have to be shot on HD and that he would need to cut $20,000 out of his lighting budget. “For the first three seasons we’d been using Arri cameras, Zeiss prime lenses and Kodak 35mm film,” says Lonsdale. “I did my research and figured that the Sony F35s we could get from Otto Nemenz International would be the best full-frame digital camera available.”
ShowEast 2009 Report
ShowEast 2009 had its share of surprises despite a rather low turnout.
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Barco, Doremi Debut Integrated 2K/4K Media Block
Barco and Doremi have unveiled an integrated 2K/4K media block designed for Barco Series-II projectors. The companies showcased the technology at ShowEast in October.
TrioScopics Announces 3D Glasses that Claim to Work without Specialized Support Equipment
John Lowry, founder of TrioScopics says the company has developed stereoscopic imaging technology, which consists of proprietary encoding combined with inexpensive glasses and does not require specialized projectors, screens, players or display equipment, thus eliminating a major impediment to the distribution of 3D entertainment.
Former GE Capital Executives Form Entertainment Financial Advisors Partners
Ralph Willis, Brandt Gully and Kenny Favre, three former executives of GE Capital’s entertainment group have founded Entertainment Financial Advisors Partners to provide a wide array of strategic advisory services to companies in select entertainment industries.
Technicolor says Studios will Support its Film-based 3D System
Technicolor Business Group has announced support from multiple major motion picture studios for the release of theatrical content presented in Technicolor 3D, a high-quality 3D solution that works with existing 35mm projectors that was announced last month. DreamWorks Animation, Lionsgate, Paramount, Overture, Universal Pictures, Warner Bros. and The Weinstein Company are working with the company to deliver content for presentation in Technicolor 3D.
Marcus Midtown Cinema in Omaha to Install Kodak Digital Cinema
The new Marcus Midtown Cinema at Midtown Crossing in Omaha, Nebraska is installing Kodak Digital Cinema systems on all five screens of the four-level entertainment destination, which is scheduled to open on November 6. Systems will include several models of NEC projectors supplied by Ballantyne Strong who will handle projector installation.
Supercines Theatres to Install Christie Projectors in Quito Multiplex
Supercines, the largest cinema chain in Ecuador has selected Christie CP2000-SB digital cinema projectors to equip its newest 15-screen multiplex in Quito, the capital of Ecuador.
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