Just when you thought 3D was overplayed, 4D theaters are on the way. The Korean company CJ 4DPlex has just signed a deal to install the United States’ first 4DX theater into the Regal Cinemas L.A. Live Stadium 14 in downtown Los Angeles, CA. 4D adds physical sensations to 3D films, in the form of “motion, wind, strobe, fog, mist, rain and ‘scent-based’ effects.” For the past few years, several movies have been getting 4D experiences, including the upcoming titles Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Noah and How to Train Your Dragon 2. Read More »
Any good director will tell you they make a movie three times. The script, the shooting and the editing. But there’s a fourth time too, and that’s the projection. When filmmakers finish a film, most simply let it go out into the world, allowing legions of projectionists with varying levels of experience to dictate how an audience sees their movie.
However, some filmmakers take control of that process too and the latest example is Wes Anderson. Anderson had Fox Searchlight include a specific set of projection instructions with each and every print/DCP of his wonderful new film, The Grand Budapest Hotel, and you can see the image below. Read More »
Los Angeles film fans used to have two choices when they wanted to see old-school 70mm film IMAX. There was the Universal CityWalk location and The Bridge, which then became the Rave. Unfortunately, the Rave 18 was recently purchased by Cinemark and that company has “decided to go in a different direction with this auditorium,” according to IMAX. That means the AMC Universal CityWalk is the only 70mm IMAX screen left the movie capital of the world. However, that too will soon change, eventually leaving the city without a film projection IMAX theater. In its place will be a much more advanced laser projection system. Read more below. Read More »
Briefly: When you think Kenneth Branagh movies, you think IMAX. Obviously. So it shouldn’t be too surprising that, for the second film in a row, Branagh’s directorial work is getting the giant screen treatment. Paramount’s Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit will get a day and date IMAX release on January 17.
Starring Chris Pine, Keira Knightley and Kevin Costner, the film tells and early story of the popular Tom Clancy character who has to stop a terrorist attack. To read more about how the film can get an IMAX release, read this interview. Watch the trailer here. [THR]
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Posted on Wednesday, December 4th, 2013 by Angie Han
Darth Vader signs up for Instagram, and posts his very first selfie. Also after the jump:
- Michael B. Jordan addresses those Episode VII rumors
- Katee Sachkoff teases big news, but it’s not Star Wars related
- David Prowse would like to see Darth Vader resurrected
- The Star Wars Identities exhibit will head to Paris next year
- Han Solo’s DL-44 blaster is going up for auction this month
- Is EA Vancouver working on an open-world Star Wars game?
- Why has Disneyland‘s Star Wars land really been delayed?
- Check out a behind-the-scenes video from Star Wars: Rebels
- Take a peek at the new Star Wars art available on Acme Direct
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Having seen and really enjoyed Thor: The Dark World, I can safely say I don’t remember one single 3D element. And I saw it in 3D. The glasses didn’t hurt or enhance the experience, and maybe Marvel knows that. So to get fans to pony up the extra few bucks for the 3D screenings of the film, out November 8, they’re attaching a five minute preview of next year’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier to 3D screenings only. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013 by Angie Han
As with anything Star Wars related, the rumors are flying fast and heavy about Star Wars: Rebels. This time, they’re about who might score the TV series, with names like Michael Giacchino, J.J. Abrams, and John Williams being bandied about. Also after the jump:
- Seth Green explains what’s happening with Star Wars: Detours
- Peek at a viral recruitment site for Sienar Fleet Systems
- Peruse some pages from The Making of Return of the Jedi
- Scope out a new Star Wars exhibit at The Tech in San Jose
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One of the many fun things about a new Marvel movie being released is an opportunity to see the older ones on the big screen again. For the release of The Avengers and Iron Man 3, Marvel organized theatrical marathons of the films leading up to the new movie, and the plan is no different for this coming November 7. That’s when AMC Theaters will host screenings of Thor, The Avengers, and end with Thor: The Dark World hours before it opens. Read More »
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By now you’ve probably heard that the world famous Grauman’s Chinese Theater has not only been renamed, but renovated into one of the biggest IMAX theaters in the world. The TCL IMAX Chinese Theatre is a thing of beauty, sporting the third largest IMAX screen in North America and biggest IMAX capacity in the world.
What’s even more amazing about the theater is how IMAX is using it as a testing ground for some of its more groundbreaking technology. For example, to make sure everything is up to the IMAX standard, the theater is equipped with special microphones and cameras that feed into an internal server. There, IMAX employees can monitor picture and sound quality remotely. If the sound isn’t balanced or picture is too dark, they can fix it online.
Plus, in the coming months, the TCL IMAX Chinese Theatre will be one of the first venues in the world to have a revolutionary laser projection system that will be capable of a contrast ratio of almost 9,000:1, which is almost double the clarity of even the best film projectors.
After the jump, Brian J. Bonnick, the Chief Technology Officer of IMAX, talks about those innovations as well as how film projectors and film cameras are still part of IMAX’s plans. Read More »
What does it look like when you take the most famous movie theater in the world and convert it into the largest IMAX theater in the world? Probably something like this.
IMAX has just released a time lapse video showing the renovation of Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood, CA into the brand new TCL IMAX Chinese Theatre. The renovation began May 1 and will end on September 20 when the theater reopens with a special 3D IMAX presentation of The Wizard of Oz. (A film that, not coincidentally, premiered at the same location in 1939.) With room for 932 people, the TCL IMAX Chinese Theatre is largest IMAX theater in the world in terms of seating capacity. As for the screen itself, it’s the third largest commercial IMAX screen in North America measuring 90 feet by 46 feet. This is most definitely not LieMAX.
Below see, and read, how a movie house that opened in 1927 was converted into one of the most technological advanced theaters in the world. Read More »