virtual reality movie theater

Virtual reality theaters have been around for a little while now. Last year, /Film’s Peter Sciretta wrote about visiting IMAX’s flagship VR Experience Center in Los Angeles, a physical location where you can don a headset and a haptic backpack to play VR games in pods rented by the hour. But Paramount Pictures has collaborated with companies like Oculus, Samsung, and Microsoft to launch a new virtual reality movie theater that you can visit without leaving your couch. Could this be another step toward phasing out the theatrical experience altogether?
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Game of Thrones marathon

Marvel Studios has been hosting marathons of their superhero movies for years. Back in 2015, watching every film released up until that point (including Avengers: Age of Ultron) took 29 hours. Adding up the runtime of the movies released since then, including Thor: Ragnarok extends the length to over 41 hours. But even that staggering commitment would pale in comparison to watching every single episode of HBO’s Game of Thrones, and one movie theater has decided to give fans the opportunity to see their favorite show play on the big screen all in one massive chunk. Get the details about this upcoming Game of Thrones marathon below.
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Mudbound theatrical release

Netflix has butted heads with theater owners ever since they started producing their own original films. A few of their films, like the Idris Elba drama Beasts of No Nation, have made it to limited theater screens in the past, and now another of their original movies, director Dee Rees‘ southern family epic Mudbound, will get a limited theatrical release next week. But will it also be ignored when the next batch of Oscar nominations roll around, or will this be enough to position the film as a possible awards contender?
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Louis CK allegations

Update 3: Louis C.K. has issued a statement where he says “These stories are true” and “I have spent my long and lucky career talking and saying anything I want.  I will now step back and take a long time to listen.” You can read the full statement here.

Update 2: Netflix has canceled Louis C.K.’s second stand-up special. His first special for the streaming service arrived earlier this year.

Update: The Orchard has officially cancelled the release of I Love You, Daddy. Buzzfeed’s Alison Willmore has written an excellent article explaining just how toxic the film feels in the wake of the Louis C.K. allegations, so this decision is not a surprise. Whether the film remains in permanent limbo or not remains to be seen. Meanwhile, the stars of the film are distancing themselves from the project while HBO and FX, two of C.K.’s longtime collaborators, have released statements.

Our original story continues below.

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In a new report from The New York Times, five women have come forward and accused comedian Louis C.K. of sexual misconduct, saying that he either masturbated in front of them or asked if he could. Rumors about the comedian’s inappropriate sexual behavior have swirled in the comedy world for years, but in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, these women were willing to come forward and go on the record about what happened to them.

Things are moving quickly. In the wake of these allegations, the New York premiere of C.K.’s movie I Love You, Daddy has been cancelled, and the distribution of that film is in jeopardy. Read more about the Louis CK allegations of sexual misconduct and how it could impact his new film below.
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theatrical presentation

(Welcome to The Soapbox, the space where we get personal, political, and opinionated about anything and everything. In this edition: AMC Theatres admits that they don’t care about masking, and why this is bad.)

We’re aware there are terrible things happening in our country right now, and yes, complaining about movie theater screens is inconsequential in the grand scheme of things. But damn it, instead of getting overwhelmed by those things, cinephiles occasionally want to lose ourselves in a terrific theatrical experience. And when the world’s largest theater chain has basically admitted that they no longer care about the way their movies are presented to audiences, that’s worth grumbling about.
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Last Jedi movie theaters

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is poised to be a box office juggernaut and will almost certainly be one of the biggest movies of 2017 by the time the year ends. So why are some movie theaters refusing to screen the film for audiences?
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MoviePass cancellation

(Welcome to The Soapbox, the space where we get loud, feisty, political, and opinionated about anything and everything. In this edition: MoviePass’s latest terms of service updates are ridiculous.)

What is going on with MoviePass? Since the service dropped its price to $9.95 per month earlier this summer, subscriptions have skyrocketed. But the company didn’t anticipate the level of demand they’d experience, and that’s resulted in an inundation of requests – far more than they were prepared to process. In many cases, new subscribers have had to wait for long periods of times – sometimes months – to receive their cards in the mail. And now the service has updated their terms of service to reflect a few new changes that impact current subscribers.

Consider this a public service announcement: if you cancel your subscription, you now have to wait nine months before you’ll be allowed to resubscribe again. And get this: if you walk out of more than one movie a month, your service could get suspended.
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Disney movies anywhere

Disney Movies Anywhere, the app where you can buy and watch Disney, Pixar, Marvel, and Star Wars films across multiple devices, has just opened its doors to content from other studios. 20th Century Fox, Universal Pictures, and Warner Bros. have come on board for the newly-branded Movies Anywhere. Read what that means for consumers below.
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Star Trek Discovery season 1

When a creator/showrunner bails on a show before it airs and its release date gets pushed back multiple times, those are normally pretty large red flags that a TV series may be in trouble. But despite the rocky start coming out of the space dock, it seems as if Star Trek: Discovery has leveled out nicely so far. The new series experienced excellent word of mouth after its premiere, and now CBS has decided to shift its first season around to include one more episode in 2017 before it takes a break and returns with the second half of season one.
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when will star wars the last jedi tickets go on sale

We like to tackle big questions at /Film. No, not stuff like “What is the meaning of life?” or “Where did we come from?” Those are for chumps. We address MUCH BIGGER questions…things that keep movie fandom awake at night, staring at their ceilings as the hours tick away and the wondering nearly drives them to the brink of insanity. Questions like: “Hey, when will Star Wars: The Last Jedi tickets go on sale?”

To narrow down the answer, let’s take a look at the release strategy for the previous two live-action Star Wars films and see what we can glean from recent history.
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