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Hugh Jackman Brings In $1.85 Million In Major Saturday Night Dolby Theatre Benefit For MPTF

By | Sunday October 13, 2013 @ 2:12am PDT
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Hugh Jackman proved Wolverine has the stuff as his “One Night Only” concert at the Dolby Theatre raised $1.85 million dollars for the Motion Picture & Television Fund Saturday night in Hollywood. Each year the MPTF has produced a musical evening saluting the best of Broadway shows turned into movies, but this year 20th Century Fox Chairman and CEO Jim Gianopulos decided to shake it up and ask frequent host Jackman to stage his hit Broadway one-man show as a benefit for the fund. To say it was a hit is an understatement. Many in the audience had flown in from as far away as Sydney, Australia  for the opportunity of seeing Jackman (who is also again a Best Actor Oscar contender this year for his wrenching role in Prisoners) perform his act and it also drew a major Hollywood contingent including stars like Tom Cruise and studio heads such as MPTF topper Jeffrey Katzenberg and Universal’s Donna Langley who watched her Les Miserables star perform a song from that film to a standing ovation.

Among other highlights Jackman reprised his Tony winning performance in a medley of Peter Allen songs from The Boy From Oz. He also performed numbers from Guys And Dolls  and Carousel, both iconic musicals he had been … Read More »

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UPDATE: Hollywood & Highland Owner Pledges To Repay $30M LA Loan To Lure ‘IRIS’ To Venue

By | Saturday December 1, 2012 @ 1:15pm PST

UPDATE, 1:15 PM Saturday: Hollywood & Highland and Dolby Theatre owner CIM said today it will continue payments on the $30 million loan provided by Los Angeles city officials to lure Cirque du Soleil to the theater. CIM Group spokeswoman Karen Diehl issued a statement saying payments would be made as scheduled on the city loan OK’d by the City Council and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. “The loan is current, and CIM will repay the entire obligation of the loan in full,” the statement said.

PREVIOUSLY, 5:43 PM Friday: The Dolby Theatre will need to find a new tenant after the Oscars. Cirque du Soleil‘s IRIS, which has been the theater’s main tenant since Dolby took over sponsorship of the former Kodak Theatre on May 1, is closing earlier than expected. “After close to 500 well received shows at the world renowned Dolby Theatre, the last performance of Cirque du Soleil’s IRIS will be January 19, 2013. Despite phenomenal reviews and enthusiastic audience response, demand has not met projections”, Cirque senior director of communications Renée-Claude Ménard told Deadline in a statement late today. IRIS was originally scheduled to temporarily stop production on January 26, 2013, to allow time for set up of the Oscar show on February 24. IRIS was then expected to return to the Dolby in March to continue its run, but that now clearly is not going to happen. Ménard added … Read More »

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‘Brave’ Premiere At Dolby Theatre Gets Sound OK

By | Thursday June 14, 2012 @ 5:03pm PDT

Disney/Pixar’s Brave will bow at the newly named Dolby Theater in Dolby’s new Atmos sound system after all. The company announced today that the 3D animated film will have its June 18 world premiere screening at the Hollywood & Highland venue formerly known as the Kodak Theatre in the new immersive sound system as well as at 14 other select locations nationwide when the film opens in the U.S. on June 22. There had been questions about whether it all would come together: first that Dolby could have its revamp of the theater done in time for the premiere and then whether the new sound mix could be completed and signed off on by the deadline. Brave is the first feature to utilize the Atmos technology; during a walkthrough of the Dolby Theatre on Monday, execs played an impressive demo of the system using clips from Disney/Pixar’s The Incredibles and Paramount’s Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol.

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New Marquee Unveiled At Oscar Home Dolby Theatre

By | Monday June 11, 2012 @ 6:21pm PDT

The audio company unveiled the marquee at a ceremony at Hollywood & Highland this evening. Dolby took over sponsorship of the former Kodak Theatre on May 1. At that time, a 20-year deal was announced between the company and property owners CIM. The deal is contingent on the Academy Awards remaining at the venue; the Academy signed a 20-year deal with CIM the same day. Dolby announced soon after that it will give the theater a full tech upgrade. Earlier today, Dolby execs, including CEO Kevin Yeaman, showed off the new 180,000-square-foot space and the technology they’ve been installing for the past month. Disney/Pixar’s Brave is scheduled to be the first premiere at the Dolby Theatre on June 18. The Dolby Theatre’s debut as the official Oscars venue comes at the 85th Academy Awards on February 24, 2013.

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‘Brave’ Premiere Continues To Face Sound Issues At New Dolby Theatre

By | Monday June 11, 2012 @ 12:33pm PDT

There is still no guarantee that the June 18 world premiere of Disney/Pixar’s Brave at the newly named Dolby Theatre will feature Dolby’s new Atmos sound. The “life-like sensory experience” is among the tech upgrades the company is undertaking at the venue since taking over sponsorship of the Oscars’ home on May 1, but questions arose last month about whether the sound system would be ready in time. The Brave screening will be the first under the theater’s new moniker and was to be the first test-mixed in Atmos, a plan announced at CinemaCon. Deadline has learned that the mix of the animated feature is complete, but necessary approvals to go ahead with the premiere are still not sealed. It is not clear whether it is Disney or another interested party that has not signed off.  If approvals are not given, the movie will screen in Dolby 3D and Dolby Surround 7.1. Brave, featuring the voices of Kelly Macdonald, Emma Thompson and Craig Ferguson, opens domestically June 22. (UPDATE: The newly installed Dolby Atmos, with its pan-through array speaker system, revealed a whole new level of the movie experience today during a walk-through of the venue — it’s like 3D for the ears. Dolby played Atmos remixes of Disney/Pixar’s The Incredibles and Paramount’s Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol. It’s no exaggeration to say it truly felt like the blades of the flying machines and sandstorms on screen were hovering overhead.)

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First Photos: The New Dolby Theatre

By | Monday June 11, 2012 @ 10:56am PDT

Dolby Laboratories today is giving the media the first glimpse of its new digs, formerly known as the Kodak Theatre. The company already has added some signage on the inside and outside of the Hollywood & Highland complex, which hosts the Oscars each year, and it will unveil the outside marquee later this afternoon. Upgrades to the facility include adding Dolby’s Atmos audio and Dolby 3D.

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‘Brave’ Premiere To Open Dolby Theatre But Will Dolby Mix Be Ready?

By | Friday May 18, 2012 @ 11:27am PDT

Brave Premiere Dolby TheaterDisney/Pixar’s Brave is set to mark the grand opening of the newly named Dolby Theatre on June 18 when it has its world premiere at the Oscars‘ Hollywood & Highland home. But Dolby’s new sound technology to enhance the 3D animated film might not make it in time. The company said at CinemaCon this year that Brave would be the first feature film test-mixed in its newly announced “life-like sensory experience” Dolby Atmos technology. Now it is racing to make sure they can make the premiere deadline. “The team is in the studio working hard to get this done now. We have every intent to have the mix complete in Dolby Atmos and Dolby 3D for the Brave premiere on the 18th of June. If it isn’t, the world premiere will be in Dolby 3D and Dolby® Surround 7.1,” a Dolby spokesperson told Deadline. (Update: An insider tells Deadline that Disney/Pixar has to sign off on the Brave Dolby Atmos mix once it’s done) Brave would be the first feature film to utilize Dolby Atmos technology.

Related: Oscar Right Where It Belongs: Hammond

The announcement that Brave would open the Dolby comes less than three weeks after, as Deadline told you first, Dolby took over the former Kodak Theatre. Kodak relinquished its sponsorship lease after filing for bankruptcy in January. Dolby said on May 1 that it would begin upgrading the 180,000-square-foot theatre with their … Read More »

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Dolby Theatre Deal Contingent on Oscars Staying Put

By | Tuesday May 1, 2012 @ 1:13pm PDT

Dolby Theatre Academy AwardsDolby’s newly announced 20-year agreement to see its name up in front of the home of the Oscars, formerly known as the Kodak Theatre, is contingent on the Academy Awards staying at the Hollywood & Highland location. “As long as the Oscars are there, the Dolby Theatre will be there,” Ramzi Haidamus, Dolby Laboratories Executive VP Sales and Marketing said today in a conference call announcing the deal. Haidamus would not reveal financial terms of the deal Dolby made with landlord CIM Group other than to note that Dolby does have an opt-out clause if the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences — who announced their own 20-year deal with CIM Group today — decides to move the Oscars from the present location. Haidamus also said that part of the contract called for frequent mentions of the Dolby Theatre during the Oscarcast. “This is much much more than putting our name on a building,” he said. “We’re looking at it as a broadcasting opportunity, a streaming opportunity and all types of branding opportunities.”|

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Oscars To Stay At Hollywood & Highland In Newly Named Dolby Theatre

By | Tuesday May 1, 2012 @ 11:01am PDT

EXCLUSIVE: Just as Deadline predicted, the Academy Awards are Dolby Theatre Oscarsstaying put at Hollywood & Highland for the next 20 years in the former Kodak Theatre now named the Dolby Theatre, sources tell me. Kodak filed for bankruptcy in January and was only halfway through a 20-year rights deal when it pulled out just before this year’s Academy Awards. (Media outlets were asked to refer to the venue as Hollywood & Highland Center during the Oscarcast). The Oscars are the theatre’s marquee tenant, and the Academy’s lease with CIM was going to be up ahead of the 2014 Academy Awards.

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Details are now here:

HOLLYWOOD (May 1, 2012) — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and CIM Group announced today that the Academy Awards® will remain in Hollywood under a new 20-year deal. Concurrently, in a separate agreement, Dolby Laboratories, Inc and CIM announced a 20-year agreement to name the Dolby Theatre™ — the iconic theatre at the Hollywood & Highland Center® and home of the Academy Awards since 2002– a showcase of technology innovation.

“Our ability to swiftly conclude two significant contracts with global entertainment leaders affirms Hollywood as a thriving district, the Dolby Theatre as the ultimate entertainment showcase and Hollywood & Highland Center as a cornerstone for both the local and entertainment communities,” said Shaul Kuba, Co-Founder of CIM Group, owners

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