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Carmike keeps it Real D times 500

13 December 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Real D's quest to install 1,000 3-D screens by the end of next year got one step closer Wednesday. The 3-D technology provider said Carmike Cinema has committed to install 500 Real D screens, with 200 screens to be deployed by March, in time for Buena Vista Pictures' Meet the Robinsons.

Atlanta-based Carmike's agreement brings Real D's committed screen count to 850 worldwide. The company received a significant bump after Buena Vista's 3-D reissue of Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas caught fire with audiences in October, grossing more than $8 million in 168 theaters.

"I'm thrilled by this, and I'm hopeful that this is just the beginning of some expansion of the Real D locations," Buena Vista distribution president Chuck Viane said. "On a financial basis, it's really going to help us on 'Meet the Robinsons, ' which I hope will be further expanded in October when we reissue 'Nightmare Before Christmas.' The dawning of the 3-D world is just about to happen."

Beyond the Walt Disney Co.'s commitment to Real D, which included 2005's Chicken Little, Sony Pictures has embraced the format with its release of the animated Monster House this year and Paramount's upcoming Robert Zemeckis film Beowulf.

"We are excited to finalize this agreement with Carmike and appreciate their vision regarding the future of exhibition," Real D chairman Michael Lewis said. »

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Bond starts holiday b.o. parade

20 November 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

As the major studios maneuver to position their holiday season offerings in the overseas market, the newest James Bond offering, Casino Royale, took a giant step forward in the race for the year-end boxoffice championship by unseating Borat for weekend honors, opening to $43.9 million in 32 markets compared to the mockumentary's third weekend total of $14.5 million from 25 countries.

At the North American boxoffice, the 27th 007 adventure was beaten by a narrow margin by Warner Bros. Pictures CG-animated Happy Feet, which is slowly entering the offshore market before a gradual foreign expansion that begins this coming weekend before boldly moving into December. Warner Bros. expressed satisfaction with Happy Feet's early debut, calling attention to "strong openings" in Asia and Puerto Rico before the family film enters Brazil this coming weekend.

At the same time, Buena Vista International is seeking a piece of the holiday business with such family fare as "Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause" and a 3-D update of Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas.

Casino Royale, which bowed on 3,061 screens, extracted $25.5 million from 988 in the U.K. to become the third-highest three-day grosser ever in the market, following "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" and "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest." In Russia, where it tallied $5.1 million from 631 screens, the Bond film became the eighth-biggest non-Russian film at the local boxoffice, according to Sony Picture Releasing International. Sony added that, in India, where Casino took in $3.3 million from 631 screens, it was the biggest-ever opening for a non-Indian film and tallied 92% better than Spider-Man 2. Eight countries making up the Middle East delivered $1.2 million from 72 screens, termed the second-biggest opening ever in the territory. »

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Oingo who? Busy Elfman looks ahead not back

15 November 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Composer Danny Elfman discussed his new album Serenada Schizophrana, his long-standing relationship with director Tim Burton and his years in Oingo Boingo during a keynote Q&A session Wednesday at The Hollywood Reporter/Billboard Film & TV Music Conference at the Beverly Hilton.

Serenada marks Elfman's first classical concert work, and the composer said it originally was intended to be a "small work" but ended up as an "ambitious, crazy collection of six movements all countering each other. I'm always aware of the fact that there are two composers living inside of me that don't like each other -- one wants to be taken more seriously and the other anything but seriously."

Elfman has scored 50-60 films, including such Burton movies as The Nightmare Before Christmas, Beetlejuice, Pee-wee's Big Adventure, Batman and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Elfman said he doesn't share any special sort of "shorthand" form of communication with the director but noted that Burton tends to give less direction than other helmers. »

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Mysterious ways: U2 in 3-D concert film

31 October 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

ORLANDO -- U2's Vertigo Tour may soon create a real sense of vertigo among moviegoers as the band is planning to release its first 3-D concert film next year.

The untitled feature is being directed by Catherine Owens and Mark Pellington. In conjunction with the film's anticipated mid- to late-2007 debut, U2 also might take part in the first live 3-D performance projected in theaters nationwide.

For the film, Owens and Pellington shot more than 700 hours of footage with the band in seven South American cities during February and March. Trekking across Argentina, Mexico, Chile and Brazil, the film's 3-D director of photography Peter Anderson (T2 3-D: Battle Across Time) used nine pairs of Sony Cinealta 950 cameras to capture the band with swooping camera angles and kaleidoscopic imagery. The director of cinematography for the film's 2-D footage is Tom Krueger.

3ality Digital Entertainment, the project's producer, put together of the largest assemblages of 3-D camera technology ever used for a single project. A representative for the band called it "the first-ever 3-D multicamera live shoot."

The feature is being edited in New York by Olivier Wiki and readied for a summer or fall release. Discussions are under way with several major studio distributors. It is expected that the film screen nationwide using the Real D technology in place by theaters screening the digital 3-D release of Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas.

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F&TVM scores Q&A with Elfman

19 October 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Composer Danny Elfman will be the subject of a one-on-one keynote Q&A session at the 2006 Hollywood Reporter/Billboard Film & TV Music Conference, to be held Nov. 14-15 at the Beverly Hilton. Elfman will discuss his career, his new projects and the evolving role of music in film and TV with Billboard executive editor and associate publisher Tamara Conniff. One of the top composers for feature films of the past two decades, Elfman has penned the scores for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Batman, Spider-Man, Men in Black, Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Pee-wee's Big Adventure, Big Fish, Good Will Hunting and Chicago, among others. For television, he created the distinctive themes for The Simpsons and Desperate Housewives. »

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F&TVM scores Q&A with Elfman

19 October 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Composer Danny Elfman will be the subject of a one-on-one keynote Q&A session at the 2006 Hollywood Reporter/Billboard Film & TV Music Conference, to be held Nov. 14-15 at the Beverly Hilton. Elfman will discuss his career, his new projects and the evolving role of music in film and TV with Billboard executive editor and associate publisher Tamara Conniff. One of the top composers for feature films of the past two decades, Elfman has penned the scores for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Batman, Spider-Man, Men in Black, Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Pee-wee's Big Adventure, Big Fish, Good Will Hunting and Chicago, among others. For television, he created the distinctive themes for The Simpsons and Desperate Housewives. »

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Fall Out Boy and Manson Record 'Nightmare' Soundtrack

30 August 2006 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Fall Out Boy and Marilyn Manson are among the stars paying tribute to Tim Burton's classic Halloween movie The Nightmare Before Christmas on a new soundtrack album. The acts have recorded covers of the composer Danny Elfman's macabre tunes for the release of the 3-D version of the animated movie this autumn. The film was first released in 1993 and has become a cult hit, spawning merchandise and memorabilia. »

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'Monster' attacks again in 3-D

24 August 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Sony Pictures is high on 3-D. The company will re-release its summer animated film Monster House for a two-week 3-D engagement before Halloween. Set to bow Oct. 6, the film, from exec producers Robert Zemeckis and Steven Spielberg, will have a two-week 3-D engagement on Real D screens nationwide. Sony plans to release the film on more than 100 screens in advance of its DVD release, set for Oct. 24. Monster will come off the limited screens before Buena Vista unveils Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas on Oct. 20. "Now we get the opportunity to see 'Monster' in 3-D in the theater to remind people what a good movie it is before the DVD comes out," Sony's president of distribution Rory Bruer said. »

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'Nightmare' awakens for 3-D release

2 May 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Sally will drop nightshade into Dr. Finkelstein's tea in 3-D come Halloween, when Walt Disney Pictures releases a digitally remastered version of Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas. The digital release of the 1993 stop-motion animated classic is set for Oct. 20. Nightmare marks the second digital 3-D theatrical release from Disney after Chicken Little did banner business last year in digital 3-D on 84 U.S. screens at 81 locations. The digital 3-D boxoffice returns outperformed the standard screenings nearly 3-to-1, according to Disney estimates. »

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