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  • Thursday, Jun. 26, 2014

CJ 4DPlex, the South Korean company offering the world’s first 4D technology-based cinema experience for feature films, launches its premium movie platform 4DX this weekend at Regal Cinemas L.A. LIVE Stadium 14 theater in partnership with L.A. LIVE and theater operators AEG. Beginning with the 10:30 p.m. PT showing of a major summer blockbuster on Thursday, June 26, movie fans in the U.S. will finally be able to connect with feature films using all five senses through an immersive experience that includes special effects such as motion, wind, bubbles, fog, lightning, and scents that enhance the visuals on-screen. 

Last March at CinemaCon, the Las Vegas convention, CJ 4DPLEX presented the newest version of the technology including more realistic motion effects such as natural chair movement, an upgraded water system to stimulate rain, the ability to switch the water on or off and LED lights on the footrest More

  • Thursday, Jun. 26, 2014

The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has updated regulations for how companies and individuals may market movies and achievements eligible for the 87th Academy Awards to Academy members.  The most significant changes affect the Music category.

Music Branch members may not contact other Music Branch members to promote the nomination of their own song in any way, including via mail, email, telephone or social media.  Additionally, Music Branch members may not attend any special live performances of eligible songs unless attached to a screening.

For the complete award campaign regulations, visit oscars.org/regulations.

The Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 22, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, and will be televised live by the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 More

  • Wednesday, Jun. 25, 2014
Greg Strause (l) and John "Duke" DuQuesnay.
PLAYA VISTA, Calif. -- 

Visual effects house Hydraulx has launched a massive new production stage and camera equipment rental division called “Hydraulx Filmz” as a new division. The announcement was made by Hydraulx owner/founder Greg Strause.

The new, multi-million dollar location offers clients a sprawling 40,000 square foot facility with 22,000 square feet of usable sound stage space, 25-foot high ceilings, and giant 60’ x 30’ green screens. Hydraulx Filmz is also making available for rent significant camera and lens packages, which include nine Red Epic Dragon 6K cameras, four fully stereo-capable camera rigs with matching lenses, and a QTake Video Assist System.

Regarding the launch of his new company, Strause said, “We have decided now was a perfect time to expand our business model by launching a stage and equipment rentals business. Our clients have the benefit of us owning everything here—we are literally a ‘one-stop shop’ solution to any production need More

  • Wednesday, Jun. 25, 2014

SAG-AFTRA has endorsed the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in the Aereo case. SAG-AFTRA issued a statement which describes the verdict as sending “a clear and strong message that the Court will not permit companies like Aereo to use inconsequential technical workarounds to evade Congress’ intent to protect content creators and owners in the Copyright Act.

“By adopting a practical analysis that recognizes the extraordinary similarity between Aereo and the cable systems Congress expressly regulated in the Act,” continued the Guild statement, “the Court rightly focuses on the use of copyrighted works and refused to be sidetracked by the inconsequential technical details with which Aereo attempted to cloak itself. But in doing so, the Court properly limited the scope of the decision so that cloud services and other technological innovations are neither inhibited nor limited. This decision gives the creative More

  • Tuesday, Jun. 24, 2014
In this March 1976 publicity photo released by Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM, director, George Lucas, and actor, Mark Hamill, who portrays young Luke Skywalker, are shown on the salt flats of Tunisia during principal photography of the original "Star Wars." (AP Photo/Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM, file)

"Star Wars" creator George Lucas announced Tuesday that he has picked Chicago to host his much-anticipated museum of art and movie memorabilia, in a major victory for the nation's third-largest city.

San Francisco and Los Angeles also had sought the museum. Lucas said in a written statement that he hopes to open the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art in 2018.

"I am humbled to be joining such an extraordinary museum community and to be creating the museum in a city that has a long tradition of embracing the arts," the statement said.

The selection was somewhat of a surprise, given Lucas' close ties to California: He is a native of the state, Lucasfilm's visual effects division is based in San Francisco and the headquarters for Lucasfilm and Skywalker Sound is across the Golden Gate Bridge in Marin County.

But Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel pushed hard for his city. And Chicago was always given a More

  • Monday, Jun. 23, 2014
In this Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011 file photo, composer Alexandre Desplat arrives before the 83rd Academy Awards. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)
ROME (AP) -- 

For the first time, a composer will lead the international jury at the Venice Film Festival.

Organizers said Monday that the jury president this year will be Frenchman Alexandre Desplat, a six-time Oscar nominee and Golden Globe winner. His many credits include the scores for "Godzilla," "The King's Speech," ''Argo" and "Philomena."

Desplat began his career in French cinema and broke into Hollywood in 2003 after composing for "Girl with a Pearl Earring."

The 71st edition of the festival, which often showcases unconventional, artistic films, runs Aug. 27 to Sept. 6. The nine-person jury awards the Golden Lion for best film and seven other prizes.

  • Monday, Jun. 23, 2014

A Beijing property developer and Paramount Pictures said Monday that they have smoothed out a dispute over the new "Transformer" movie and it will be released in China as scheduled.

The Beijing Pangu Investment Co. Ltd. said the two sides "have gained mutual trust and reached understanding" after friendly negotiations, days after it demanded edits to remove any reference to its property over an alleged contractual default.

"Because a third party created some misunderstanding, we were having some disagreement with Paramount," said Norman Song, general manager of the Pangu 7 Star Hotel. "After several days of intense discussion, we came to an agreement."

Rob Moore, vice president of Paramount, told a news conference that the film would be released in mainland China as scheduled on Friday, the official Xinhua News Agency said.

He said a team has been set up to negotiate with Pangu and that More

  • Monday, Jun. 23, 2014
This undated photo released by Briarbrook Auctions shows a portion of an Academy Award Oscar statue awarded for color art direction in 1942 to Joseph C. Wright for his work on “My Gal Sal.” (AP Photo/Briarbrook Auctions)

A rare auction of an Oscar statuette brought a total of $79,200, well more than expected, at its sale Monday by a Rhode Island auction house.

Nanci Taylor of Briarbrook Auctions said the total included a 20 percent buyer's premium for the 1942 Oscar. She declined to disclose the name of the buyer, but said "you would recognize the name."

The auctioneer had estimated the golden statuette would sell for $5,000 to $30,000. But several hours before the live auction began, the online bidding had already reached $32,000.

The statue was awarded to Joseph C. Wright at the 15th Academy Awards for color art direction for his work on "My Gal Sal," starring Rita Hayworth and Victor Mature.

Prior to the auction, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was investigating the sale of the statuette. Since 1950, the academy has prohibited Oscar recipients and their heirs from selling the statues More

  • Monday, Jun. 23, 2014
Jared Lake
Jared Lake to head new venture

Hawthorne Direct, a full service brand response advertising agency, has expanded its digital media marketing capabilities by launching a mobile marketing unit. Concurrently, Jared Lake, who will spearhead the new unit, has been named director, digital media. Lake will be based in the company’s Los Angeles headquarters, where he will report to George Leon, Hawthorne Direct’s sr. VP of media/account management. The announcement was by Hawthorne Direct’s CEO Jessica Hawthorne-Castro.

Prior to being hired by Hawthorne Direct, Lake had been director, business development, with M&C Saatchi Mobile in L.A. There, he was responsible for managing the business development team in North America and ensuring revenue growth via new business. During this time, he worked with numerous brands and direct response clients, including Yammer, AOL, Sony Pictures, and Intel. He also led the development and strategy on all new business pitches for consumer brands, More

  • Monday, Jun. 23, 2014
HOLLYWOOD, Calif. -- 

Paramount Pictures and Pathé today announced that the feature film “Selma” will have a limited release in the U.S. on Christmas day and will open wide on January 9, 2015. Directed by Ava DuVernay (“Middle of Nowhere”), the film is being produced by Oprah Winfrey, Plan B, the producers of the Academy Award-winning “Twelve Years a Slave,” and Cloud Eight Films’ Academy Award-winning Christian Colson (“127 Hours,” “Slumdog Millionaire”).

Academy Award nominee Oprah Winfrey joins the film’s cast as Annie Lee Cooper, an elderly woman and visible leader amongst the civil rights protesters in Selma who tried to register to vote and was unfairly denied by the sheriff.

The film is currently shooting in Atlanta, Georgia, and Montgomery and Selma, Alabama.

“Selma” is the story of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s historic struggle to secure voting rights for all people – a dangerous and terrifying campaign More

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