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As much as the movie theaters hate the idea, it is only a matter of time before the exclusive theatrical window for major releases shrinks from months to weeks. This past year, Napster founder Sean Parker made waves by announcing a service called The Screening Room which would offer major theatrical releases on demand at home the same day they hit the big screen but at a big cost ($150 for access to a set-top box, and $50 per rental viewing). Exhibitors were not happy about the idea, and filmmakers were split over the prospect.

A new report claims that Apple is trying to convince Hollywood movie studios to give them early access to theatrical films, which would be offered for a higher price to iTunes and AppleTV customers. Would you be willing to pay $50 to watch the latest Pixar movie on the third weekend of release on your Apple TV? Learn the details after the jump.

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The Void Ghostbusters

In honor of the new Ghostbusters movie coming to theaters in July, a new hyper-reality experience from The Void is coming to New York City that will let fans suit up and catch some ghosts themselves.

The Void announced the new attraction, called Ghostbusters: Dimension, which will be open at Madame Tussauds New York. This will actually be the first project The Void has done that will be open to the public. If you don’t know what these kind of experiences are like, you can hit the jump to find out more about The Void Ghostbusters experience. Read More »

Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad

Regardless of whether you loved Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice or loathed them, the world they exist in probably isn’t one you’d want to live in. It’s dark and dangerous and grimy, and often visited by superpowered extraterrestrials who reduce entire cities to rubbish. But dropping by for a brief visit? Yeah, that could be fun. And you’ll get your chance to do just that this summer.

Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood and DC Entertainment have revealed that DC Universe: The Exhibit is coming to the Warner Bros. lot, with sets and props from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and the upcoming Suicide SquadRead More »

Dismaland is closed

Banksy‘s Dismaland is closed for good. The dark twist on Disneyland — or an honest depiction, if you loathe the place — highlighted the works of artists Damien Hirst, Jenny Holzer, and others. It’s one big interactive art piece. For all of you who were lucky enough to have visited Dismaland, damn you. For those of us not fortunate enough to have attended, thankfully there’s plenty of photos and videos for us. Watch Dismaland: The Official Unofficial Film after the jump.

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IMAX Laser Projection System

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 »

Tomorrowland IMAX

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 »

San Andreas Dwayne Johnson pilot

Last summer, /Film checked out the first 4DX screen in the United States. 4DX is a theater that shows 3D movies, but also incorporates physical experiences to make the audience member feel like they’re experiencing the film in a new way. We concluded it was an interesting idea, but the first movie we saw – the long, boring Transformers: Age of Extinction – might not have been the best film for the format. We thought something that was shorter, and a bit more directly tied to physical movement, would be better. Something like San Andreas.

Well, San Andreas opens next month and 4DX is launching some new in-theater effects – snow, rain and warm air – just in time for the summer movie season. Below, read more about the new 4DX effects and see a clip from San Andreas, which stars Dwayne Johnson. Read More »

Prima Cinema

Hollywood and the movie theaters have finally figured out a system they agree on to screen first run movies in your house. It costs $35,000 for the hardware and a $500 per rental.

A company called PRIMA Cinema has created a system that allows people to watch movies opening in theaters in their homes. The $35,000 hardware includes multiple failsafes to ensure the film looks and sounds great. It also includes a separate biometric security system so only the person who is authorized to watch the movie is watching the movie. After that, each rental is $500 but you are required to pre buy 10 movies at the start, so the whole system costs $40,000. Read More »

imax laser projection

For several years, IMAX has been working on a revolutionary new laser projection system. Projection technology that blows away digital and film in terms of clarity and contrast. Well, out of nowhere that technology is now. Literally.

IMAX will publicly debut laser projection at Wednesday world premiere of Furious 7 at the TCL Chinese Theater in Los Angeles, California. It’ll remain in the venue indefinitely. Read more about IMAX laser projection below. Read More »

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Would You Buy a Movie “Superticket?”

superticket

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 »