Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Film Making in Cape Town Costs Less Than in Australia, the UK and United States

Daniel Espinosa directing "Safe House" in Cape Town.

Film making in Cape Town, South Africa costs 20% less than in Australia and 30-40% less than in Europe or United States of America.

Of course, many people in Nigeria and most people outside the United States don't know what it means for a movie to top the U.S. box office on Super Bowl weekend.
It is not a small achievement and that is what Josh Trank's directorial debut Chronicle did in the first weekend of February 2012. The American science fiction thriller was set in Seattle, but was made in South Africa's Cape Town where low production costs are attracting filmmakers from Hollywood and other major film studios in the United States and Europe.


Chronicle cost only $12 million, but made over $126 million for 20th Century Fox, according to the CNN report by Robyn Curnow and Teo Kermeliotis on December 13, 2012.


"Fox was totally stunned by it," says Nico Dekker, chief executive of Cape Town Film Studios, the South African facility where Chronicle was primarily shot. "The $12 million film is looking like a $30 million or a $40 million film on the screen," he added excitedly. Cape Town has boosted some of the biggest box office blockbusters like Safe House starring Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds, Dredd, Mary and Martha TV series, featuring Hilary Swank and the upcoming Australian post-apocalyptic action film Mad Max: Fury Road with home girl Charlize Theron, who is the first South African to win an Academy Award in a major acting category, Tom Hardy and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley by Australian director George Miller.


Then this May, Hollywood came again with Michael Bay hired to produce Robert Louis Stevenson’s "Treasure Island" prequel Black Sails, the Starz Entertainment LLC television series to be filmed at the same Cape Town Film Studios and the production will run for 3-5 years, making it the largest film production ever made in South Africa so far. Of course Michael Bay is famous for his blockbusters Armageddon (1998), Pearl Harbor (2001) and the Transformers series (2007-present) grossing over $3 billion world-wide.


"It's cheap for people to film here," said Toby Stephens, the British actor who plays the "Flint" in Black Sails.


Low production costs and favourable exchange rate are attracting major Hollywood studios with the South African government offering tax rebates of 25% to 35% of qualifying expenditure on films made within South Africa. But according to the Mail and Guardian newspaper, South Africa's film industry remains small globally, contributing less than 0.01% of the total GDP compared to India's Bollywood that made 112.4-billion rupees ($2.02-billion) in 2012, as documented in a March 7, 2013 report by KPMG and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry. In spite of the apparent lack of a cinema-going culture among black South Africans who make up 79% of the population, South Africa is still the biggest film industry in Africa at the moment with the largest number of screens operated by Ster-Kinekor Theatres, Nu Metro Cinema and other smaller cinema operators. And local film makers have been competing well globally with Gavin Hood's Tsotsi winning the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 78th Academy Awards in 2006. And with the cooperation and support of the Cape Film Commission (CFC), Cape Town will to continue to attract Hollywood and other major international filmmakers and creating thousands of jobs to boost the South African film industry.



~ By Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima.
Michael Chima is a prize winning Nigerian writer and Publisher/CEO of International Digital Post Network Limited, the largest Nigerian online news and information media network, Founder of the annual Eko International Film Festival, Founder/CEO of Screen Outdoor Open Air Cinema and Executive Director of his Screen Naija One Village, One Cinema Project, the largest community cinema project in Africa. He is also the Publisher/Editor of Nollywood Mirror, the first and most circulated publication on the Nigerian film industry distributed by Amazon, over 27 active blogs and other publications.
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Over 70 percent of America's Inmates Cannot Read Above 4th Grade Level


Books for inmates. Photo Credit: NATIONAL POST.


30 Jul 2013 13:30 Africa/Lagos

Could Illiteracy and the Lack of Effective Reading Strategies Be The Hidden Cause of Crime?

Applied Scholastics International, a non-profit dedicated to eradicating illiteracy, believes crime can be greatly reduced by raising literacy

ST. LOUIS, July 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Literacy Act of 1991 defines literacy as "an individual's ability to read, write, and speak in English and compute and solve problems at levels of proficiency necessary to function on the job and in society, to achieve one's goals, and to develop one's knowledge and potential."

According to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, "Poor reading and writing skills have a devastating lifelong impact - 75% of school dropouts report reading problems, and at least half of adolescents and young adults with criminal records have reading difficulties."

DoSomething.org, the country's largest nonprofit for young people and social change says:

"Two-thirds of students who cannot read proficiently by the end of 4th grade will end up in jail or on welfare."30 Jul 2013 13:30 Africa/Lagos
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Could Illiteracy and the Lack of Effective Reading Strategies Be The Hidden Cause of Crime?
Applied Scholastics International, a non-profit dedicated to eradicating illiteracy, believes crime can be greatly reduced by raising literacy

ST. LOUIS, July 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Literacy Act of 1991 defines literacy as "an individual's ability to read, write, and speak in English and compute and solve problems at levels of proficiency necessary to function on the job and in society, to achieve one's goals, and to develop one's knowledge and potential."

According to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, "Poor reading and writing skills have a devastating lifelong impact - 75% of school dropouts report reading problems, and at least half of adolescents and young adults with criminal records have reading difficulties."

DoSomething.org, the country's largest nonprofit for young people and social change says:

"Two-thirds of students who cannot read proficiently by the end of 4th grade will end up in jail or on welfare."
"Over 70 percent of America's inmates cannot read above a 4th grade level."
"Nearly 85 percent of the juveniles who face trial in the juvenile court system are functionally illiterate, proving that there is a close relationship between illiteracy and crime and more than 60 percent of all inmates are functionally illiterate."
"75 percent of Americans who receive food stamps perform at the lowest 2 levels of literacy, and 90 percent of high school dropouts are on welfare."
"Teenage girls ages 16 to 19 who live at or below the poverty level and have below average literacy skills are 6 times more likely to have children out of wedlock than the girls their age who can read proficiently."
"Reports show that low literacy directly costs the healthcare industry over $70 million every year."

"There are innovative proven solutions to these dire social and economic statistics," says Cathy Viney, Reading Strategies Expert and Executive Director of the nonprofit Applied Scholastics International at www.appliedscholastics.org. "For over four decades Applied Scholastics has been working with underperforming, illiterate youth and adults, teaching phonics, reading strategies, vocabulary, writing and comprehension skills transforming illiteracy to literacy. We call this program The Reading Strategies and Phonics Learning: Applied Scholastics Achievement Program™ (ASAP) based on the educational works of American author and educator, L. Ron Hubbard."

As most illiterate youth have fallen behind in academic content areas, the crucial strategy to implement in working with such youth has been to teach them the technology of how to learn. This technology, known as Study Technology, provides the tools and reading strategies for learning and mastering any subject as well as the pedagogy to guide students in applying them. It increases reading ability with an emphasis on vocabulary development and text comprehension. It generates the metacognitive ability required for effective and efficient learning and results in the mastery of academic content.

Viney adds, "The results of the Reading Strategies ASAP Program have been impressive, with 7th and 8th grade students having raised their percentage scores in reading between 19 and 30 points where the average rise in this testing system was 12 without ASAP."

She also states:

"High school students gained one full year of growth as determined by standardized testing in just two months of intervention."
"In one school disciplinary actions were reduced by 56% and the percentage of 8th grade students who were ranked as underperforming in math on testing was reduced from 54.5% to 23.7% with only 23 hours of intervention."

A free guide to the benefits of Applied Scholastics reading strategies, literacy and phonics programs and Study Technology is available at www.appliedscholastics.org or call Toll free: 877-75-LEARN.

For media inquiries, contact Christine Gerson at (314) 344-6355

About Applied Scholastics International

The nonprofit Applied Scholastics International is a trusted authority on the subject of teaching strategies and proficiency based learning and provides timely and useful information so as to help teachers and schools improve the lives of ALL students of all ages including those negatively affected by learning difficulties and the social, economic and emotional issues associated with these difficulties. For more information, go to www.appliedscholastics.org.

Contact: Christine Gerson
314-344-6355
Email

SOURCE Applied Scholastics International

Web Site: http://www.appliedscholastics.org ."
"Nearly 85 percent of the juveniles who face trial in the juvenile court system are functionally illiterate, proving that there is a close relationship between illiteracy and crime and more than 60 percent of all inmates are functionally illiterate."
"75 percent of Americans who receive food stamps perform at the lowest 2 levels of literacy, and 90 percent of high school dropouts are on welfare."
"Teenage girls ages 16 to 19 who live at or below the poverty level and have below average literacy skills are 6 times more likely to have children out of wedlock than the girls their age who can read proficiently."
"Reports show that low literacy directly costs the healthcare industry over $70 million every year."

"There are innovative proven solutions to these dire social and economic statistics," says Cathy Viney, Reading Strategies Expert and Executive Director of the nonprofit Applied Scholastics International at www.appliedscholastics.org. "For over four decades Applied Scholastics has been working with underperforming, illiterate youth and adults, teaching phonics, reading strategies, vocabulary, writing and comprehension skills transforming illiteracy to literacy. We call this program The Reading Strategies and Phonics Learning: Applied Scholastics Achievement Program™ (ASAP) based on the educational works of American author and educator, L. Ron Hubbard."

As most illiterate youth have fallen behind in academic content areas, the crucial strategy to implement in working with such youth has been to teach them the technology of how to learn. This technology, known as Study Technology, provides the tools and reading strategies for learning and mastering any subject as well as the pedagogy to guide students in applying them. It increases reading ability with an emphasis on vocabulary development and text comprehension. It generates the metacognitive ability required for effective and efficient learning and results in the mastery of academic content.

Viney adds, "The results of the Reading Strategies ASAP Program have been impressive, with 7th and 8th grade students having raised their percentage scores in reading between 19 and 30 points where the average rise in this testing system was 12 without ASAP."

She also states:

"High school students gained one full year of growth as determined by standardized testing in just two months of intervention."
"In one school disciplinary actions were reduced by 56% and the percentage of 8th grade students who were ranked as underperforming in math on testing was reduced from 54.5% to 23.7% with only 23 hours of intervention."

A free guide to the benefits of Applied Scholastics reading strategies, literacy and phonics programs and Study Technology is available at www.appliedscholastics.org or call Toll free: 877-75-LEARN.

For media inquiries, contact Christine Gerson at (314) 344-6355

About Applied Scholastics International

The nonprofit Applied Scholastics International is a trusted authority on the subject of teaching strategies and proficiency based learning and provides timely and useful information so as to help teachers and schools improve the lives of ALL students of all ages including those negatively affected by learning difficulties and the social, economic and emotional issues associated with these difficulties. For more information, go to www.appliedscholastics.org.

Contact: Christine Gerson
314-344-6355
Email

SOURCE Applied Scholastics International

Web Site: http://www.appliedscholastics.org









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Monday, July 29, 2013

Indian Investment in Nigerian Film to Aid Development

Poster of new Kannywood movie GABAR CIKIN GIDA.

Nigerian Movies Will Boost Africa's Projected 5.2 Percent GDP Growth in 2013

Euromonitor International and Reed Exhibitions, organizers of the World Travel Market, in a report last November said that Africa's projected 5.2 percent GDP growth in 2013 would be due in part to the popularity of Nigerian films, which it said would also attract domestic and regional tourism.

~ http://in.finance.yahoo.com/news/india-help-build-film-city-093905381.html


Indian Investment in Nigerian Film to Aid Development

~ By Julie Fuller


The Kano State in Nigeria is to get a new “film city” as part of an ongoing development project with India. Like India, Nigeria has enjoyed a booming film industry, and it is hoped that developing this sector will help to bring vital income to the country. It is anticipated that the creation of the film city will bring thousands of jobs to the Nigerian population. It is also hoped that by capitalizing on the country’s popular ‘Nollywood’ industry, this will create another strong foreign export to run alongside the country’s already lucrative oil and gas industry.

In order to achieve this ambitious aim, Nigeria is looking to India. The Asian country has for decades enjoyed the global success of Bollywood, the industry having created many internationally renowned film stars, and having generated a huge amount of revenue for the country. One organization that is aware of Bollywood’s success is the EXIM Bank of India, which has financed the industry for many years. The EXIM Bank of India has been working with its Nigerian counterpart, the NEXIM, to develop a similar strategy for Nollywood and to provide ongoing advice and support.

Historical connection

Film is big business in Nigeria; there are now between 1,000 and 1,200 movies made every year through Nollywood. The industry began in 1992, with a release called ‘Living in Bondage’, which sold more than half a million copies. At the time, movies were made on VHS format, but now the industry has modernized to digital. Nollywood now actually produces more movies than Hollywood, and is second only to Bollywood in terms of quantity. As the industry matures, it is now looking to acquire new international markets.

Nigeria’s connection with India’s film industry dates back more than 50 years, when distributors from Lebanon started importing Indian films to Nigeria back in the 1950s. Since then, many Nigerians have grown up watching Bollywood films, hence the creation of Nollywood several decades later, which takes many influences from its Asian counterpart.

Helping Nigerian youth through film

The partnership between the two countries is aiming to improve development in Nigeria in areas such as health, education and employment. Africa, which has the fastest growing and youngest population in the world, is under increasing pressure from international governments to improve its prospects for citizens. The film industry is being highlighted as one of the Nigeria's booming sectors, and one that has the potential to bring vital funds to the country that will aid its development. Not only will the project create a large number of jobs, but the income generated by the film city will go towards the creation of new state of the art health centers and live-in treatment clinics for those getting over addiction and other health-related conditions. Nigeria has recorded a steep rise in the number of young people battling some form of drug addiction in recent years; earlier this year it was reported that drastic action needed to be taken to help vulnerable people rehabilitate back into society before their conditions lead to anti-social behaviour. Projects such as the film city, and partnerships with countries like India, will help to bring vital funds to tackle these problems, as well as giving Nigeria’s youth better prospects for both employment and entertainment.

International investment in entertainment

In addition to Nigeria’s project with India, the World Bank has also recognized an international potential and appeal in Nigeria’s film industry. It is therefore helping the Nigerian government in creating the ‘Growth and Employment in States’ project. This project will provide finance and support to the country’s entertainment industry and – according to the World Bank – this could create up to one million jobs in the country’s film industry if managed properly.

Roberts Orya, the Managing Director of the Nigerian Export Import Bank (NEXIM) said: “The Nigerian film industry has stunned the global movie world through its innovation, imaginativeness and prolific performance.” Orya’s sentiments are backed up by figures; the industry has brought in revenues of between $300 million and £800 million in the past few years alone. Although its income is not yet on the same level as that of Hollywood or Bollywood, the international film industry recognizes that it could well have the potential to match these global heavyweights in future years.







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Sunday, July 28, 2013

Wanda Cinema Line Becomes IMAX's Largest International Exhibition Partner


25 Jul 2013 00:04 Africa/Lagos

IMAX, Wanda And AMC Theatres Significantly Expand Worldwide Partnership
Deals with Wanda and AMC Include Minimum of 40 and up to 120 New IMAX® Theatres Across China and U.S.
Wanda and AMC Extend IMAX Lease Terms

NEW YORK and BEIJING, July 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- IMAX Corporation (NYSE:IMAX; TSX:IMX) and Wanda Cinema Line Corporation, Asia's largest cinema owner, today announced an amendment to the parties' original 2011 joint revenue share agreement with the addition of a minimum of 40 and up to 120 new IMAX® theatres to be located throughout China. The deal also extends Wanda's lease terms for all new theatres to 12 years from 10 years and brings Wanda's total IMAX commitment in China to up to 210 theaters, positioning Wanda Cinema Line as IMAX's largest international exhibition partner.

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In addition, IMAX and AMC Theatres, a wholly owned subsidiary of Wanda Group, signed an agreement to extend AMC's lease terms for all new and existing theatres to 13 years from 10 years and install a minimum of five and up to 10 new IMAX theatres in the U.S. Today's agreement brings AMC's total IMAX commitment to up to 152 theatres, making them the largest IMAX exhibition partner in North America.

"We have developed great partnerships with Wanda and AMC during the last decade and we're excited that the combination of two of our strongest partners has allowed us to advance our relationships to the next level," said IMAX CEO Richard L. Gelfond. "The Wanda and AMC IMAX network continues to flourish and today's agreement underscores their ongoing confidence in IMAX to strengthen their businesses by delivering to audiences the industry's best cinematic experience."

Wanda Cinema Line was one of IMAX's first exhibition partners in China, opening a theatre in Dongguan in 2007. Building on the success of its existing IMAX theatres, the parties signed a 75-theatre joint venture agreement in 2011 that represented IMAX's first full revenue-sharing deal in China. In 2012, Wanda Group acquired AMC Theatres, IMAX's first and largest North American commercial exhibition partner, creating the world's largest cinema owner as well as the largest operator of IMAX theatres.

"Our IMAX theatres have been showing strong performance while Wanda Cinema Line is constantly developing. We're delighted to build on our successful partnership that continues to differentiate our cineplex by offering a premium entertainment experience," said Jerry Ye, Vice President of Wanda Cultural Group, a subsidiary of Wanda Group.

"Week after week, AMC guests are choosing to see their Hollywood blockbusters in an IMAX auditorium," said Gerry Lopez, CEO and President of AMC. "As AMC continues to deliver the premiere experience in moviegoing, expanding our partnership with IMAX fits in perfectly with our strategy to provide the best options to even more of our guests."

"Wanda and AMC are two of the best IMAX theatre operators in the world," said Gelfond. "Their commitment to quality, innovation and building the IMAX brand means that we're not just adding more theatres, we're delivering IMAX audiences top-notch theatres with strong operations that help to differentiate The IMAX Experience®."

Under the terms of the agreement with Wanda Cinema Line, 80 of the potential 120 IMAX theatres are predicated on the successful development of IMAX's next-generation laser projection system. Upon Wanda Cinema Line's commitment to the 80 additional IMAX theatres, the lease terms for all Wanda IMAX theatres – including their existing theatres – will convert to 12 years. In addition, they may elect to install IMAX's laser projection in a portion of all Wanda IMAX theatres, making them the first exhibitor to bring IMAX's groundbreaking laser technology to Asia.

With today's agreement, there are now up to 381 IMAX theatres open or contracted to open in China.



About Wanda Cinemas
Wanda Cinemas, the top-ranked exhibitor in Asia, owns 119 modern, high-end chain movie theatres and over 1,100 projection screens, and has maintained a stable lead in market share in China, with a total gain of 1.57 billion Yuan in the first half of 2013, a 30.83% increase in comparison to 1.20 billion Yuan in the first half of 2012. Wanda Cinemas aims to build core competitive strength of a high-end movie theatre chain service brand. "Chain operation capacity, innovative marketing capacity and service brand capacity" have become the three fundamental elements that underline the core competitiveness of Wanda Cinemas. It is planned to open 140 cinemas by 2013 which are estimated to have 1,220 screens, and generate annual revenue of 3.2 billion Yuan accounting for more than 15% of total market share nationwide, becoming one of the top-ranking cinemas in the world.

About AMC Theatres
AMC Theatres delivers distinctive and affordable movie-going experiences in 342 theatres with 4,941 screens primarily in the United States. The company operates 25 of the 50 highest grossing theatres in the country, including four of the top five. AMC has propelled industry innovation and continues today by delivering premium sight and sound, enhanced food and beverage and diverse content. AMCTheatres.com.

About IMAX China
IMAX China is a wholly-owned subsidiary of IMAX Corporation, and is incorporated under the laws of Hong Kong. IMAX China was established by IMAX Corporation specifically to oversee the expansion of IMAX's business throughout Greater China.

About IMAX Corporation
IMAX, an innovator in entertainment technology, combines proprietary software, architecture and equipment to create experiences that take you beyond the edge of your seat to a world you've never imagined. Top filmmakers and studios are utilizing IMAX theatres to connect with audiences in extraordinary ways, and, as such, IMAX's network is among the most important and successful theatrical distribution platforms for major event films around the globe.

IMAX is headquartered in New York, Toronto and Los Angeles, with offices in London, Tokyo, Shanghai and Beijing. As of March 31, 2013, there were 738 IMAX theatres (606 commercial multiplexes, 19 commercial destinations and 113 institutions) in 53 countries.

IMAX®, IMAX® 3D, IMAX DMR®, Experience It In IMAX®, An IMAX 3D Experience®, The IMAX Experience® and IMAX Is Believing® are trademarks of IMAX Corporation. More information about the Company can be found at www.imax.com. You may also connect with IMAX on Facebook (www.facebook.com/imax), Twitter (www.twitter.com/imax) and YouTube (www.youtube.com/imaxmovies).

This press release contains forward looking statements that are based on IMAX management's assumptions and existing information and involve certain risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ materially from future results expressed or implied by such forward looking statements. These risks and uncertainties are discussed in IMAX's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and most recent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q.

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No. This is Not Rwanda, It is Biafra!




No, these are not scenes from Terry George's Hotel Rwanda and of course Chiwetel Ejiofor is not Donald Frank "Don" Cheadle, Jr. These are gripping melodramatic scenes from the Nigerian-British film adaptation of Half of A Yellow Sun, the thrilling award winning novel on the ill-fated Igbos Republic of Biafra by the young and successful Nigerian Igbo novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.


The movie has a well chosen cast of British and Nigerian actors, including leading roles by Chiwetel Ejiofor and Thandie Newton and other notable actors in the movie include Anika Noni Rose, John Boyega, Joseph Mawle and famous Nollywood star Genevieve Nnaji who ironically played a minor role as a Yoruba woman and not her native Igbo which would have been more appreciated by millions of her fellow Igbos in Nigeria and the Diaspora.


This is the baptism of fire in directing for popular British Nigerian writer Biyi Bandele who also wrote the screenplay for this Nigerian civil war drama about the lives of four people in Biafra. No one has dared to make such a film since the end of the internecine civil war over 40 years ago. A catastrophe that claimed more lives than the Rwandan Genocide of 1994, because 1–3 million people died in Biafra compared to the less than 1 million people who died in the Rwandan war. Co-produced by Scottish producer Andrea Calderwood of Slate Films, who is best known for her Bafta and Academy Award winning The Last King Of Scotland, and Gail Egan of Potboiler Productions, best known for producing The Constant Gardner and Vera Drake. The World Premiere will be at the Toronto International Film Festival in September.



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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Divergent To Be Released In IMAX® Theatres Worldwide On March 21, 2014


18 Jul 2013 16:00 Africa/Lagos

Summit Entertainment's Divergent To Be Released In IMAX® Theatres Worldwide On March 21, 2014


SAN DIEGO, July 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- IMAX Corporation (NYSE: IMAX; TSX: IMX) and Summit Entertainment, a Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF) company, today announced that Divergent, the first installment of the futuristic action-adventure trilogy based on Veronica Roth's The New York Times bestselling novels, will be digitally re-mastered into the immersive IMAX® format and released in IMAX® theatres worldwide beginning March 21, 2014.

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Divergent is directed by Neil Burger (The Illusionist) from a screenplay by Evan Daugherty and Vanessa Taylor and Neil Burger and stars Golden Globe® nominee Shailene Woodley (The Descendants), Theo James and Academy Award® winner Kate Winslet (The Reader, Titanic). The film is a thrilling adventure set in a future world where people are divided into distinct factions based on their personalities. Tris Prior (Woodley) is warned she is Divergent and will never fit into any one group. When she discovers a conspiracy to destroy all Divergents, she must find out what makes being Divergent so dangerous before it's too late.

"With The Hunger Games and Twilight franchises, our Lionsgate and Summit partners have proven to be a powerful force in adapting novels for the global theatrical marketplace," said Greg Foster, CEO of IMAX Entertainment and Senior Executive Vice President IMAX Corp. "We're thrilled that IMAX audiences across the globe are going to be able to experience the first installment of this next highly successful franchise in the most immersive way possible."

"We're delighted to continue our successful collaboration with IMAX, with whom we have already partnered on the global blockbuster Hunger Games and Twilight Saga franchises, and we're especially pleased that we can introduce our newest young adult franchise, Divergent, to the movie going public in the premium IMAX format that celebrates its status as a special and memorable event," said Lionsgate Motion Picture Group Co-Chairs Rob Friedman and Patrick Wachsberger.

The IMAX release of Divergent will be digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience® with proprietary IMAX DMR® (Digital Re-mastering) technology. The crystal-clear images, coupled with IMAX's customized theatre geometry and powerful digital audio, create a unique environment that will make audiences feel as if they are in the movie.

About Divergent

The extremely popular novel "Divergent" was written by first time author Veronica Roth and has topped The New York Times Best Sellers list ever since being published in April of 2011 by Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins Publishers. The book was written by Roth while she was earning her undergraduate degree at Northwestern University. She followed her first novel with the book "Insurgent," which has also made its way to the #1 position on specific The New York Times Best Sellers lists. To date, book sales are over 3 million copies for both novels combined, and both titles are HarperCollins' best-selling e-books ever. The studio acquired the film rights to the novel in early 2011 several months before the book "Divergent" was published.

Divergent marks another strategic foray for Summit into producing material for young adults, building on Summit and corporate parent Lionsgate's leadership in the young-adult genre. Summit's The Twilight Saga franchise has grossed more than $3.3 billion at the worldwide box office, and the first film of Lionsgate's The Hunger Games franchise is the 13th highest-grossing North American release of all time.

Doug Wick and Lucy Fisher are producing the film via their Red Wagon Entertainment banner along with Pouya Shahbazian. Divergent will be released theatrically in North America in The Hunger Games slot on Friday, March 21, 2014.

About Lionsgate
Lionsgate is a leading global entertainment company with a strong and diversified presence in motion picture production and distribution, television programming and syndication, home entertainment, family entertainment, digital distribution, new channel platforms and international distribution and sales. Lionsgate currently has 28 television shows on 20 networks spanning its primetime production, distribution and syndication businesses, including such critically-acclaimed hits as the multiple Emmy Award-winning Mad Men and Nurse Jackie, the comedy Anger Management, the broadcast network series Nashville and the new series Orange is the New Black

Its feature film business has been fueled by such recent successes as the blockbuster first installment of The Hunger Games franchise, The Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn – Part 2, Now You See Me, Kevin Hart: :Let Me Explain, Tyler Perry's Temptation, Warm Bodies, Snitch, Texas Chainsaw 3D, The Expendables 2, The Possession, Sinister, The Cabin in the Woods and Arbitrage. Lionsgate's home entertainment business is an industry leader in box office-to-DVD and box office-to-VOD revenue conversion rate. Lionsgate handles a prestigious and prolific library of approximately 15,000 motion picture and television titles. The Lionsgate and Summit brands remain synonymous with original, daring, quality entertainment in markets around the world.

About IMAX Corporation

IMAX, an innovator in entertainment technology, combines proprietary software, architecture and equipment to create experiences that take you beyond the edge of your seat to a world you've never imagined. Top filmmakers and studios are utilizing IMAX theatres to connect with audiences in extraordinary ways, and, as such, IMAX's network is among the most important and successful theatrical distribution platforms for major event films around the globe.

IMAX is headquartered in New York, Toronto and Los Angeles, with offices in London, Tokyo, Shanghai and Beijing. As of March 31, 2013, there were 738 IMAX theatres (606 commercial multiplexes, 19 commercial destinations and 113 institutions) in 53 countries.

IMAX®, IMAX® 3D, IMAX DMR®, Experience It In IMAX®, An IMAX 3D Experience®, The IMAX Experience® and IMAX Is Believing® are trademarks of IMAX Corporation. More information about the Company can be found at www.imax.com. You may also connect with IMAX on Facebook (www.facebook.com/imax), Twitter (www.twitter.com/imax) and YouTube (www.youtube.com/imaxmovies).
 
This press release contains forward looking statements that are based on IMAX management's assumptions and existing information and involve certain risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ materially from future results expressed or implied by such forward looking statements. These risks and uncertainties are discussed in IMAX's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and most recent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q.

For additional information please contact:

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Pathe And IMAX® Sign Agreement For First Commercial IMAX® Theatre In Switzerland 

NEW YORK, July 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- IMAX Corporation (NYSE: IMAX; TSX: IMX) today announced it signed an agreement with Pathe, operator of the biggest cinema chain in Switzerland, France and the Netherlands, to install an IMAX® theatre at its Pathe Balexert multiplex in Geneva. The deal marks the first commercial IMAX theatre in Switzerland and brings Pathe's total IMAX commitment to twelve theatres in Europe. The exhibitor currently has five IMAX theatres open and one in backlog in the Netherlands and five theatres open in France.

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"IMAX has consistently delivered a differentiated entertainment experience that has not only delighted our guests but offered us a competitive edge that has strengthened our business," said Marc Canisius, Managing Director of Pathe Suisse.

"We are pleased to be the first commercial exhibitor to bring The IMAX Experience® to Switzerland and look forward to introducing audiences to a movie-going experience unlike anything they've experienced before."

"As one of the preeminent exhibitors in Europe, Pathe is a strategic partner for our first commercial entry into Switzerland as well as in supporting our broader European expansion," said Andrew Cripps, President, IMAX EMEA.

"As evidenced by today's agreement, we continue to execute against our international growth strategy - entering into new markets by expanding relationships with our existing international partners."

About Les Cinemas Gaumont Pathe
Les Cinemas Gaumont Pathe, the leader in France (72 film theaters), the Netherlands (22 film theaters) and Switzerland (10 film theaters) with a total of 983 screens, is a subsidiary of the Pathe, one of the biggest film producers in Europe and a major player in film distribution.

With 66.8 million spectators and of 681 million euros in turnover, Les Cinemas Gaumont et Pathe confirms its leading position among European cinema networks.

Throughout the network, the quality of film theaters and services is constantly being improved notably through the development of digital projection to offer both higher projection quality and a greater diversity of films.

For more information, www.pathe.ch

About IMAX Corporation

 IMAX, an innovator in entertainment technology, combines proprietary software, architecture and equipment to create experiences that take you beyond the edge of your seat to a world you've never imagined. Top filmmakers and studios are utilizing IMAX theatres to connect with audiences in extraordinary ways, and, as such, IMAX's network is among the most important and successful theatrical distribution platforms for major event films around the globe.

IMAX is headquartered in New York, Toronto and Los Angeles, with offices in London, Tokyo, Shanghai and Beijing. As of Mar. 31, 2013, there were 738 IMAX theatres (606 commercial multiplexes, 19 commercial destinations and 113 institutions) in 53 countries.

IMAX®, IMAX® 3D, IMAX DMR®, Experience It In IMAX®, An IMAX 3D Experience®, The IMAX Experience® and IMAX Is Believing® are trademarks of IMAX Corporation. More information about the Company can be found at www.imax.com. You may also connect with IMAX on Facebook (www.facebook.com/imax), Twitter (www.twitter.com/imax) and YouTube (www.youtube.com/imaxmovies).

This press release contains forward looking statements that are based on IMAX management's assumptions and existing information and involve certain risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ materially from future results expressed or implied by such forward looking statements. These risks and uncertainties are discussed in IMAX's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and most recent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q.

For additional information please contact:

Investors:

 IMAX Corporation,

New York

Teri Loxam

212-821-0100

 tloxam@imax.com

Media:

IMAX Corporation, New York

Ann Sommerlath

 212-821-0155

asommerlath@imax.com

Business Media:

Sloane & Company,

New York

Whit Clay

212-446-1864

wclay@sloanepr.com

Entertainment Media:

Principal Communications Group,

Los Angeles

Melissa

Zuckerman/Paul Pflug

323-658-1555

melissa@pcommgroup.com

paul@pcommgroup.com

SOURCE IMAX Corporation

Web Site: http://www.imax.com



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Saturday, July 13, 2013

"DAVE" to Screen at Indiana Black Expo In Partnership with the Heartland Film Festival


13 Jul 2013 02:23 Africa/Lagos

"DAVE" to Screen at Indiana Black Expo In Partnership with the Heartland Film Festival
Award Winning Feature Documentary Promotes Racial Equality & Investing In the Lives of Others
www.dave-movie.com






AUSTIN, Texas and INDIANAPOLIS, July 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Crowfly Pictures Entertainment, Through The Fog Pictures and Indiana Black Expo, Inc. (IBE), announced that the mentor themed feature documentary, "DAVE," will be screening as part of IBE's film festival, in partnership with the prestigious Heartland Film Festival. The screening time is 3:00 on Sunday, July 14 th in the Toby Theater at the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

Produced from 2006 to 2012, "DAVE" is the hope filled story of Adam "Coach D" Donyes, an unlikely young mentor that uses basketball to shepherd an intellectually disabled African American teen (David "Dave" Sterling) in rural Missouri. In turn, Dave leads Coach D into beginning to heal the broken pieces in his own life and positively impacts an entire community; that was previously predisposed to racism.

Eric Geadelmann, the director & producer of the critically-acclaimed film expressed, "In this beautiful story Adam asks, 'Why do we invest in the lives of others?' I believe this film answers that in a profound and moving way as David Sterling impacts all of us as a result of Coach D pouring his life into him regardless of skin color and perceived 'disabilities.' We get to see another aspect of mentorship."

Grammy Award winning Gospel and Hip Hop artist and producer, LECRAE, whose critically acclaimed music is featured in the film commented, "DAVE is a must see! A true story of reconciliation, selflessness, and the impact we can have on each other's lives when we break through our own walls and comfort zones."

Executive Producer, Toby Mckeehan (aka "TOBYMAC") a multi-platinum and multi-Grammy winning singer/songwriter and co-founder of the E.R.A.C.E Foundation, whose most recent album release "Eye On It" had a #1 debut on the Billboard Music Charts and won the Grammy for "Best Contemporary Christian Album," stated, "Our goal is to go beyond just making audiences feel good, but to truly inspire and enable them to be intentional in society – in investing in the lives of others. 'DAVE' points us in that direction."

Stacia Murphy, Cultural Arts Pavilion and Film Fest Coordinator for Indiana Black Expo, Inc. remarked, "I am extremely excited to bring such an encouraging story to our audience and to further strengthen our collaboration with the Heartland Film Festival. Our goal for the film fest is to provide not only thought-provoking stories but also to inspire our attendees. 'DAVE' helps us to do both."

Tim Irwin, the artistic director for the Heartland Truly Moving Pictures said, "Heartland honors films that inspire, educate and engage, and that's exactly why 'DAVE' was chosen as an official selection for last year's Heartland Film Festival."

"DAVE" (www.dave-movie.com) world premiered at the 22nd Annual Cinequest Film Festival in 2012 where it won the coveted Kaiser Permanente "Thrive Award" for best/most inspirational picture and has since touched audiences at thirteen international festivals – from London to Los Angeles; Innsbruck to Indianapolis – where it has won numerous Audience Awards and has regularly been a finalist for Jury Awards. The producers are in negotiations with distributors and anticipate a theatrical release in the Spring of 2014.

Indiana Black Expo, Inc. (IBE) (www.indianablackexpo.com) was created during the Post Civil-Rights Movement, establishing a positive structure in the community that reflected African-Americans, which was an important and much needed development. Two years after attending an expo in Chicago, IL, a few religious and civic leaders in the community decided to establish an Indiana based Black Expo. They understood the pressing need to create an avenue to display positive African-American ideas and thus founded the Indiana Black Expo in 1970.

IBE's mission is to be an effective voice and vehicle for the social and economic advancement of African-Americans. Through various symposiums with civic leaders speaking on pressing economic, political and social issues, IBE has strived to address past, present and future issues that face African-Americans and all people alike. The support of popular entertainers and political figures such as Rev. Jesse Jackson, Louis Farrakhan, Kenny 'Babyface' Edmonds and many more, helps spread the information. IBE has been and will continue to be a major economic and social contributor to Indiana and African-American communities everywhere.

Heartland Truly Moving Pictures, a nonprofit arts organization, seeks to inspire filmmakers and audiences through the transformative power of film. Its flagship event, the Heartland Film Festival®, launched in 1991 and runs each October in Indianapolis, screening independent films from around the world. Each year, the Festival awards more than $125,000 in cash prizes and presents its Festival Awards to the top-judged submissions. Heartland has awarded more than $2.5 million to support filmmakers during the last 20 years. The organization's Truly Moving Picture Award was created to honor films released theatrically that align with Heartland's mission. By bestowing this award seal to honored films, the award allows studios and distributors to inform audiences of a film's transformative power and appeal. Heartland is also dedicated to cultivating youth, and thus created the Heartland Institute to provide innovative educational and outreach programs that enrich the minds and lives of youth and aspiring filmmakers. Heartland shares inspiring films year-round in the community through the Heartland Roadshow, bringing meaningful films across Indiana. For more information, visit TrulyMovingPictures.org.

SOURCE 821 Entertainment

CONTACT: Eric Geadelmann, Director/Producer, 310.403.0544, geadelmann@821entertainment.com

Web Site: http://www.dave-movie.com








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Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Elysium Lands In IMAX® Theatres Worldwide Starting August 9


9 Jul 2013 18:30 Africa/Lagos

Sony's Elysium Lands In IMAX® Theatres Worldwide Starting August 9 

LOS ANGELES, July 9, 2013
/PRNewswire/ --


IMAX Corporation (NYSE:IMAX; TSX:IMX), along with
TriStar Pictures and Media Rights Capital today announced that Elysium, filmmaker Neill Blomkamp's (District 9) futuristic action film starring Matt Damon and Jodie Foster, will be digitally re-mastered into the immersive IMAX® format and released in IMAX® theatres worldwide beginning August 9.



(Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20111107/MM01969LOGO )


"Neill Blomkamp is the kind of
innovative, creative storyteller that moviegoers seek out, and we are
thrilled to bring this highly anticipated film to IMAX audiences
worldwide," said Greg Foster, CEO of IMAX Entertainment and Senior Executive Vice President IMAX Corp.

"Elysium is one of the most highly anticipated films of the summer, so we're pleased that audiences will have the chance to see Neill Blomkamp's vision for the future in IMAX's immersive format," said Rory Bruer, president, Worldwide Distribution for Sony Pictures.

The IMAX release of Elysium will be digitally re-mastered into
the image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience® with proprietary
IMAX DMR® (Digital Re-mastering) technology.  The crystal-clear images,
coupled with IMAX's customized theatre geometry and powerful digital
audio, create a unique environment that will make audiences feel as if
they are in the movie.

For more information about Elysium, please visit Sony's official website at http://www.itsbetterupthere.com/site/.


About Elysium


In the year 2154, two classes of people exist: the very wealthy, who
live on a pristine man-made space station called Elysium, and the rest,
who live on an overpopulated, ruined planet. The people of Earth are
desperate to escape the crime and poverty that is now rampant throughout
the land. The only man with the chance to bring equality to these
worlds is Max (Matt Damon), an ordinary
guy in desperate need to get to Elysium. With his life hanging in the
balance, he reluctantly takes on a dangerous mission – one that pits him
against Elysium's Secretary Delacourt (Jodie Foster)
and her hard-line forces – but if he succeeds, he could save not only
his own life, but millions of people on Earth as well.  Written and
directed by Neill Blomkamp.  The QED International / Alphacore Studios / Kinberg Genre production is produced by Bill Block, Neill Blomkamp, and Simon Kinberg.

About IMAX Corporation

IMAX, an innovator in entertainment technology, combines proprietary
software, architecture and equipment to create experiences that take
you beyond the edge of your seat to a world you've never imagined. Top
filmmakers and studios are utilizing IMAX theatres to connect with
audiences in extraordinary ways, and, as such, IMAX's network is among
the most important and successful theatrical distribution platforms for
major event films around the globe.

IMAX is headquartered in New York, Toronto and Los Angeles, with offices in London, Tokyo, Shanghai and Beijing.  As of March 31, 2013, there were 738 IMAX theatres (606 commercial multiplexes, 19 commercial destinations and 113 institutions) in 53 countries.


IMAX®, IMAX® 3D, IMAX DMR®, Experience It In IMAX®, An IMAX 3D
Experience®, The IMAX Experience® and IMAX Is Believing® are trademarks
of IMAX Corporation. More information about the Company can be found at www.imax.com. You may also connect with IMAX on Facebook (www.facebook.com/imax), Twitter (www.twitter.com/imax) and YouTube (www.youtube.com/imaxmovies).


This press release contains forward looking statements that are based
on IMAX management's assumptions and existing information and involve
certain risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results to
differ materially from future results expressed or implied by such
forward looking statements. These risks and uncertainties are discussed
in IMAX's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and most recent
Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q.


For additional information please contact:





Media:



IMAX Corporation
- New York
Ann Sommerlath
212-821-0155

asommerlath@imax.com




Entertainment Media:



Principal Communications Group - Los Angeles
Melissa Zukerman/Paul Pflug
323-658-1555

melissa@pcommgroup.com


paul@pcommgroup.com


Investors:


IMAX Corporation – New York
Teri Loxam
212-821-0110




Business Media:


Sloane & Company – New York
Whit Clay
212-446-1864






SOURCE IMAX Corporation



Web Site: http://www.imax.com





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Monday, July 08, 2013

Top-10 Movies in U.S. Box Office of Sunday, July 7, 2013



  1. Despicable Me 2 - Universal - $82.5M
  2. Lone Ranger, The - Disney - $29.4M
  3. Heat, The - 20th Century Fox - $25.0M
  4. Monsters University - Disney - $19.6M
  5. World War Z - Paramount - $18.2M
  6. White House Down - Sony - $13.5M
  7. Man Of Steel - Warner Bros. - $11.4M
  8. Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain - Lionsgate - $10.1M
  9. This Is The End - Sony - $5.8M
  10. Now You See Me - Lionsgate - $2.8M
Full details regarding the global domestic and international box office results are listed on http://media.prnewswire.com/en/jsp/main.jsp?resourceid=7115949.







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Sunday, July 07, 2013

The Power of Outdoor Cinema: Screen Naija One Village, One Cinema Project



THE POWER OF OUTDOOR CINEMA: SCREEN NAIJA ONE VILLAGE, ONE CINEMA PROJECT


~ By Basil Chukwuezi

My earliest memories of the cinema were those of the mobile screen on the fields of St George’s school Aba, south eastern Nigeria. Growing up then, it was commonly used as a medium of information, entertainment, and yes, merchandise.

The organizers will mount the screen on the roof of their travelling van and project whatever old western, public enlightenment or product advertisement repertoire they had. The screenings were always at night and they would drive down the neighborhood that evening to announce the programme over booming speakers. And expectedly we children and adults alike will gather faithfully to watch their offerings and listen to whatever products they had to advertise which were also sold during intermissions. It served as entertainment and diversion, but equally fired the imaginations of not a few of us. Later on in my undergraduate days film and television were an integral part of my curriculum in Theatre Arts, and you can bet I enjoyed such courses. My national youth service at the National Theatre, Lagos also exposed me to a lot of films both local and international. And as a reporter on the Arts Desk at Guardian Newspapers, Lagos, I did a bit of film critique.

I was thus at home during the recent launching of Screen Naija One Village, One Cinema Project in Lagos. Initiated by my friend and business coach, Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima, it is an ambitious programme to use the power of outdoor cinema to bring entertainment, education and information to the door steps of villagers spread across the 774 local governments in Nigeria. It will also empower the youths and create an initial direct employment for over 4,000 people which will also benefit their dependants. Famous British trained Nigerian actress Dame Taiwo Ajai-Lycett said this much when she challenged Nigerian youths and others not to rest on their oars after getting their academic degrees and diplomas. She said even without degrees they could fulfill their dreams and achieve greater things for themselves and Nigeria with their special skills and talents as many proven successful achievers have done without academic qualifications.

Interestingly, the Bank of Industry has bought into this vision and will provide loans to individuals to buy the projector and screen. The loan facility will be repaid over two years after which the equipment reverts to the borrower. There will be initial training and retraining for operators to ensure they reap the full benefits of the project.

The pilot launch in Lagos is meant to be a catalyst. The real deal is to see this project permeate the remotest corners of the nation and have the villagers enjoy what normally is available in the high streets of Lagos or London. It is you would say a democratization of the cinema industry!

What is your role? No matter where across the globe you are reading this, if Nija blood flows through your vain, then you have some relatives in one of the local governments. You can empower them by linking them to the organizers of this project. You may just have taught them how to fish!


For more information, visit: http://screennaija.projectionfoundation.org/, or email: publisher@nigeriansreport.com








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