Posted on Tuesday, May 5th, 2015 by Angie Han
Avengers: Age of Ultron is littered with epic fight scenes, but some of the biggest battles involving the all-star superheroes are taking place offscreen. Theater owners are reportedly furious about the new conditions being imposed by Disney on cinemas showing the new Marvel feature. If the studio has its way, the theaters complain, ticket prices could go up for all moviegoers.
Learn all about the Avengers 2 theater dispute after the jump. Read More »
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“We’re on track to deliver a slate of films that will delight audiences everywhere thanks to the efforts of the many exceptionally talented people invested in the success of this universe.”
That’s Greg Silverman, President of Creative Development and Worldwide Production at Warner Bros., talking about the studio’s upcoming slate of DC movies. It’s not only the obvious studio sentiment, it’s what fans all over the world want to believe. They hope one of the biggest, most powerful movie studios, controlling some of the most beloved characters, is going to treat them right in a way we can all treasure.
While that statement very well might end up being true when the films hit the theaters, at the moment, it’s a bit more difficult to believe. The Hollywood Reporter has a fascinating and scathing report on the construction of the DC Cinematic Universe. It cites numerous examples that no one knows exactly how this is all going to come together. One example? Five writers were hired to write competing versions of Wonder Woman. Three writers were hired to do that for Aquaman, and more. Read more about the upcoming DC movies below. Read More »
One of the great mysteries of Netflix is how many people are watching. We know there are over 40 million domestic subscribers, but what those people are actually watching, and when, is something only the company itself knows. Netflix does not share ratings data. As streaming becomes more and more prominent, however, ratings are something many people are curious about. Now one company is offering up data on how many people are watching stuff on Netflix… with a major caveat.
A San Diego-based company called Luth Research has put together a large sample of test subjects (about 2,500) that allows them to gauge what and when people are watching on Netflix. Their research, however, only accounts for people who are watching directly on Netflix, meaning on your computer, phone or tablet. Anyone watching through another service – a gaming system, an internet-enabled TV, a Roku – is not counted.
So what were the results? Below, find out the rough first Netflix ratings for Daredevil, House of Cards, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Bloodline and more. Read More »
Twenty-four frames per second has served us just fine for almost a hundred years. Modern technology, however, always strives for more, and filmmakers recently began to experiment with a higher frame rate. Shooting at higher frame rates would, in theory, make a moving image more realistic (because more info is being fed to us) and make it much more open to manipulation.
James Cameron is considering making the Avatar sequels in a higher frame rate and we all know Peter Jackson shot The Hobbit trilogy in 48 frames per second. That experiment is considered a failure because of the public outcry against the result, but I’m sure Jackson himself is happy with the raw results, even if audiences never saw it the way he intended.
Now, another filmmaker who has been flirting with high frame rate is taking a dive into that world. Sony executives confirmed that Ang Lee will shoot his next project, the Iraq war film Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, at 120 frames per second. Read the Ang Lee 120 frames news below. Read More »
Most people would agree the best theatrical movie experience is 70mm IMAX film projection. With IMAX Laser, the company’s aim was to try and replace – and hopefully even surpass – that experience. They’ve succeeded.
Earlier this month, IMAX debuted the first IMAX Laser projection system in the United States at the TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood, CA. This system is 60% brighter than traditional film projection, with darker blacks and whiter whites creating a contrast that is exponentially better than 70mm IMAX projection. “You haven’t seen a movie until you’ve seen it in IMAX Laser at the TCL Chinese,” said Alwyn Hight Kusher, the president of the theater. That might be a slight overstatement, but IMAX Laser is definitely another evolutionary step in the theatrical experience.
Below, watch a video about IMAX Laser projection and read some more details. Read More »
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If IMAX is the future of movies, the company is really going to show it with Brad Bird‘s Tomorrowland. While the director didn’t shoot in native IMAX, his film will be presented entirely in an expanded aspect ratio when it is released on May 22. Sam Mendes’ Skyfall did something similar; it was shown in a 1.9:1 aspect ratio, which is 25% bigger than a regular screen. Tomorrowland will be similar.
If that’s not enough, fans who go to see Avengers: Age of Ultron in IMAX will be presented with an extended look at Tomorrowland, running about six minutes long. Read more about the Tomorrowland IMAX goodies below. Read More »
Not to be outdone by rival Disney, Warner Bros. has renewed their deal with IMAX to release 30 films in the format over the next few years. The news comes two weeks after Disney renewed a similar deal to release films like Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Captain America: Civil War in IMAX.
Under Warner Bros. deal, films such as Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (which shot with IMAX cameras), David Yates’ Tarzan, Guy Ritchie’s Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur, Ron Howard’s In The Heart of the Sea, the Harry Potter Spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Andy Serkis’ Jungle Book: Origins, Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla 2, the LEGO Movie sequels and all other upcoming DC movies (Suicide Squad, Wonder Woman, etc.) will be digitally remastered for the premium format. Read more about the Warner Bros IMAX deal below. Read More »
Over the decades, Steven Spielberg has created his own personal brand. A brand of quality entertainment for all ages. And while he’s worked with almost every studio in Hollywood in almost every genre, one studio he’s never directed for is another big-time entertainment brand: Disney.
Well, Spielberg has just begun shooting the Roald Dahl adaptation The BFG and Disney has joined the project as a co-financer. That means, though he’s produced several films under the Disney banner, The BFG will be the first Steven Spielberg Disney movie.
Below, read more from Spielberg about this historic turn of events, as well as a few new cast members including Jemaine Clement, Rebecca Hall and Penelope Wilton. Read More »
There are few things more frustrating than the speed with which the Internet posts spoilers. The second a character dies on TV, there are hundreds of online articles about it, and thousands of tweets. If there’s a surprise in a movie? Good luck holding that for the opening. The second something is seen, avoiding the spoiler is like navigating a mine field. Your Twitter, Facebook, and daily conversations all become potential places to be spoiled.
Now, in their continuing bid for world domination, Google has created a software to protect you from that. It learns what shows, books and movies you watch and then will blur out social media spoilers until you are ready to read them. Find out more about the Google spoiler software below. Read More »