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With the 3D trend visibly dying out, movie theaters and studios are looking for even more ways to get people to actually leave their houses to go to the movies, and thus far the hippest new thing is IMAX. The large format that used to be limited to planetariums has been used to dazzling effect in films like The Dark Knight Rises and the upcoming Gravity, and more and more filmmakers are adopting it to make their big-budget spectacles all the more spectacular. Will J.J. Abrams be the next to jump on board?
IMAX Corporation, Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions announced in a release that Brad Pittís global zombie apocalypse thriller has been digitally re-mastered into the IMAX 3D format, and will be released into select IMAX theaters domestically for a one-week engagement beginning Aug. 2.
It seems almost a given for big budget action-adventures, but Summit Entertainment makes it official with a new please release: Divergent will hit theaters in IMAX next spring. IMAX Corporation will digitally re-master the finished film and give its audio a mix befitting of The IMAX Experienceģ, making the movie even more spectacular for those willing to pay a little extra.
Neill Blomkamp's Elysium has promise to be one of the biggest sci-fi adventures of the summer. The South African writer/director blew us all away with his 2009 debut, the Academy Award nominated District 9, and it appears that he has actually upped the ante for his sophomore effort. Not only does the movie feature big name stars like Matt Damon and Jodie Foster, the story itself plays out on an epic scale...
You just need $2 million, and a house big enough to fit the equipment, which includes a 20-foot wide curved screen that goes floor to ceiling. The system is similar to the two-projector set-up in their full-scale theaters around the world, and itís 3D-capable.
There are movie moments that we experience as kids that stick with us forever. The slow pan across Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory is one of them. And the sight of Dorothy stepping out of her black-and-white home and into the colorful world of Oz is another. Done right, a movie can capture the wonder and beauty of the imagination with awe-inspiring grace, creating a visual that allows a child - and kids at heart - to believe in magic, if only at the movies.
Almost everyone can find something to celebrate in the latest press release from IMAX, which says that 20 upcoming Warner Bros. films will be released in the larger-than-normal format in coming years. Anxious for Bryan Singerís family adventure Jack the Giant Slayer? Dying to see Superman soar through IMAX skies? Want to see Guillermo del Toroís giant freaking robots decimate his giant freaking monsters in the IMAX format? Man, you are going to be in luck.
When the new James Bond adventure Skyfall finally opens on November 9, you'll have two options: see the movie on regular old screens, or see it in giant, glorious IMAX. No, it's absolutely not an option not to see it, since this Bond adventure is one of the best of the franchise, and quite honestly the best action film I've seen this year
Paranormal Activity 4 is being digitally re-mastered with a reworked sound and image quality suitable to the immensity of IMAX presentation. While the film will open nationwide October 19th, kicking off with sure to be spirited midnight screenings, its IMAX version will launch at about 300 locations as early as October 18th at 9PM. So keep all this in mind while deciding on which Paranormal Activity 4 ticket you want to buy.
Hopefully by now you've gotten yourself excited for Skyfall, the upcoming James Bond film that doesn't just bring back Daniel Craig as the fearless super spy, but brings in Oscar-winner Sam Mendes to direct it, and the legendary Roger Deakins to shoot it. The talent offscreen is matched by the actors too
Those who had the chance to see The Dark Knight, Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol and The Dark Knight Rises in IMAX know that there is some incredible potential in the format. And it's a potential that Steven Spielberg is starting to realize. In a recent interview the legendary Academy Award-winning filmmaker revealed that he is contemplating shooting his next film, an adaptation of Daniel H. Wilson's novel Robopocalypse.
The Indiana Jones Blu-ray box set is coming out next month and earlier today it was revealed that Raiders of the Lost Ark will be receiving a very special release in IMAX starting September 7th. But the news only gets better for fans of the professor/adventurer, as now we have the first trailer and poster celebrating the IMAX re-release as well as official word of nationwide Indiana Jones marathons that will be held in AMC theaters.
Now Steven Spielberg is helping the giant-screen format take yet another bite out of the 3D pie. Whereas George Lucas plans to re-release all of the original Star Wars films in 3D, Spielberg is making a new plan to bring one of his classics back to the big, big, big screen
Not all Hollywood IMAX releases are created equal, and by shooting sections of The Dark Knight using actual IMAX cameras, Christopher Nolan raised the bar for feature films that use the format-- and he's done it again with The Dark Knight Rises. Containing over an hour of IMAX footage, the movie leaps up on the giant screen, absorbing and lush and practically enveloping the audience in its 70 mm celluloid.
While the 12:01 poster for midnight screenings of The Amazing Spider-Man didn't really wow us, we've seen some great ones in recent months. I'm proud to say that I have midnight posters for both John Carter and Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol on my walls and with any luck I'll be able to add one for The Dark Knight Rises as well.
Next week sees the release of The Dark Knight, the conclusion to Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy, but that won't be the end of the filmmaker's time in the world of comic book movies. Though he won't be involved with Warner Bros.' Justice League film, he is an executive producer on Zack Snyder's Man of Steel. His involvement with that project, however, has raised some questions about how the new Superman flick would be released.
A press release has come out announcing that Abrams has indeed filmed some "key scenes" from the next Star Trek movie using IMAX cameras and that the film will be getting a simultaneous IMAX 3D release when the movie comes out on May 17, 2013. It should be noted that Paramount and Bad Robot, Abrams' production company, were also behind Ghost Protocol, making this announcement less of a surprise.
One of the things I regret not getting around to doing when The Hunger Games hit theaters was seeing it on an IMAX screen. While our own Katey Rich made a good point in saying why she was glad she'd avoided seeing the film on an IMAX screen, I can't help but think that the futuristic world of Panem and the lush setting of the arena in which the "Games" took place were probably quite a sight on the giant screen.
Ever since Clash of the Titans was quickly post-converted to 3D after the success of Avatar the public has been a bit more weary about the idea of changing film formats. Due to lesser quality conversions many members of the movie-going audience began to see 3D as a gimmick and a cash grab.
Christopher Nolan is clearly one of the biggest supporters of IMAX, having shot long portions of The Dark Knight in the format and establishing it as a viable alternative to 3D as a way to get moviegoers into theaters to see something they can't find anywhere else.