Movie theaters are always looking for an edge. A way to draw people into their establishment and away from their laptops, streaming services and big screen televisions. They’ve tried almost everything. Now, a cinema in the UK is trying something that mixes media. It’s an idea that’s been tried on a small scale in North America, but this is the first time in the UK. It’s an idea that begs the question, is this the answer?
The idea is a Superticket. It’s a ticket that not only gives you admission to a movie, but a future download to a digital copy of the film. We’ll discuss more below. Read More »
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If you’ve used StubHub before, then it was probably to buy overpriced tickets to a sold out live music or sports event. Well it looks like the eBay-owned ticket seller wants to expand beyond the music and sports category into theme parks, museums and movie theaters. But how would StubHub movie tickets sales even work?
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If you live in Los Angeles and have yet to check out the 4DX theater at the Regal Cinemas L.A. Live, this weekend is the perfect time to do it. You’ll be making history as part of the world’s first 4D Film Festival, taking place as part of the 3D Film Festival on Saturday November 6. Both Penguins of Madagascar and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 will screen in 4D preceded by a mystery screening and followed by a panel discussing the technology along with virtual reality.
The whole event sounds like something that’s a must attend if you have interest in the future of theatrical exhibition. Below, read more about the world’s first 4D film festival and more. Read More »
Whether you loved it or hated it, heard it or didn’t, the one thing we can all agree on regarding Interstellar is that it is a fantastic conversation piece. Christopher Nolan‘s latest film has so many moving parts, so many budding mysteries and surprises, it’s a movie that’s well worth visiting more than once. Now, AMC Theaters is allowing you to do that as many times as possible for one price.
AMC is offering their members an industry-first “unlimited ticket” that’ll get you into Interstellar whenever you want, for as long as it’s playing. Below, read more about AMC’s Interstellar unlimited ticket. Read More »
From the first screenings of Christopher Nolan‘s Interstellar, you could hear the controversy coming. Audiences in different cities complained about the sound in the film. Nolan’s mix, or something in the presentation, resulted in several lines of dialogue – seemingly important lines – being blown out by sound effects and music. Was this an artistic choice by Nolan? Or was it the fault of individual theaters?
/Film reported on the sound issues, and as the story spread over days, no one would comment. Not Nolan’s camp, not Paramount Pictures and not IMAX. The only update was from one theater in upstate New York, which blamed Nolan for the sound. Now, finally, Nolan has responded to the controversy. Does he accept blame? Does he even think there’s a problem? Read Nolan’s quotes about the Interstellar sound problems below. Read More »
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Over a week after our story about the sound problems in some theaters for Christopher Nolan‘s Interstellar, neither Nolan’s camp or anyone from a major theater chain has offered any kind of explanation. It remains a mystery everywhere…except for one theater in upstate New York. They say it’s Christopher Nolan’s fault.
A patron of the Cinemark Tinseltown USA and IMAX in Rochester, NY tweeted an image of a sign posted outside theater. The sign says their sound system is fine and it was Christopher Nolan’s mix that’s the problem. Once news of the sign made it into the public, it was quickly taken down, but you can see it below. Read More »
Briefly: Peter Jackson‘s final journey to Middle Earth, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, opens December 17. Much like Warner Bros. did with the final Lord of the Rings film, they’re going to be hosting in theater trilogy marathons leading up to the opening.
Reports are The Hobbit Trilogy marathon is going to happen in select IMAX theaters on December 15 with tickets going on sale in the US Friday, November 14 (Other parts of the world have them already on sale). The Hobbit: The Unexpected Journey would play at 1 p.m., The Desolation of Smaug at 4 p.m. and then The Battle of the Five Armies at 7 p.m. They’re all theatrical editions. Beyond that, no official details have been revealed, but we’ll update this post when that happens. For now, check your local theater. [The One Ring]
The Hateful Eight will be the eighth film by Quentin Tarantino, and the director is still planning on retiring after his tenth. A few years ago, the director suggested the retirement plan. Now, with his eighth film almost ready to go, he’s more serious than ever:
I don’t believe you should stay on stage until people are begging you to get off. I like the idea of leaving them wanting a bit more. I do think directing is a young man’s game and I like the idea of an umbilical cord connection from my first to my last movie. I’m not trying to ridicule anyone who thinks differently, but I want to go out while I’m still hard…I like that I will leave a ten-film filmography, and so I’ve got two more to go after this.
Read more about Quentin Tarantino retiring, as well as his ambitious 70mm plans for The Hateful Eight, below. Read More »
If your local theater has a film projector, it’s likely you can see Christopher Nolan‘s Interstellar beginning on Wednesday, two days before the rest of the country. It was the famously old school director’s way to paying respects to the past, and also letting people know his preferred format: film. The problem is, over the past few years, almost every theater in the country has begun to transition to digital projection. Digital is cheaper to distribute, easier to handle, and is not subject to the same sort of handling damage that can mar film prints.
The final numbers have been released and the number of theaters opening Interstellar on film versus on digital (with the digital rollout taking place on Friday) is pretty staggering. The numbers for Interstellar film theaters are below. Read More »