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Tuesday, July 11, 2006

For Tuesday: A box office q for you...Sony's deal with GUBA...SF Indieclub event...ASC demo

- When a movie like `Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest' has a $132 million opening weekend, movie theaters and studios hope that it's the start of a trend...that by luring you to the movie theater one weekend, you'll be more likely to return more frequently as the summer wears on. (`Honey, I'd forgotten how good the Sprite is here!') My belief is that people go to the movies when there's something that snags their interest, and a strong opening for `Pirates' will have no impact on `You, Me and Dupree' this Friday, or `Miami Vice' later in the month. What do you think?

- will start offering 100 movies from Sony for digital rental and download, following a similar deal with Warner Bros. John Boudreau of the SJ Mercury News writes:

    Guba's Sony catalog will grow to 500 movies in coming months, said Tom McInerney, the Web site's co-founder. New releases are priced at $19.99, and older titles sell for $9.99. Rental prices are $2.99 for new movies and $1.99 for catalog films.

- The San Francisco Indieclub is holding their `Summer Soiree & Screening' August 26, from noon to 5 p.m. "Fun-packed program includes professional guest speakers from our film community, screenings of our member's indie feature film trailers, shorts, documentaries & demo reels, film related discussions, networking w/ filmmakers, crew & talent, potluck luncheon, free raffle prizes & much, much more!" They request a $20 donation at the door. It's at 4150 Clement St in San Francisco, at the VA Medical Bldg Auditorium.

- If you're a member of the American Society of Cinematographers, and will be in LA tomorrow evening (Wednesday), Dave Stump will be showing some footage he shot with the Olympus 4K digital camera at the Pacific Theatre. It'll be shown at 4K on the Sony projector, at 2K, and on 35-millimeter film. Contact the ASC to RSVP (again .... if you are a member or affiliate.)


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