Star Wars Episode VII IMAX

We’ve known for a long time that director JJ Abrams and cinematographer Daniel Mindel are shooting Star Wars Episode VII on 35mm film. Over the summer we learned something else: at least some portion of the film was shot on IMAX cameras. The photo that confirmed that data (above) showed an IMAX film camera, not one of the new digital systems used by Michael Bay on Transformers: Age of Extinction. So we know that the production is sticking with film.

Now we have a bit more info on the particulars of the Star Wars Episode VII IMAX shoot. As it turns out, there might be only one big IMAX sequence. Read More »

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We’re inching closer and closer to seeing Interstellar. Christopher Nolan‘s latest film, about a space journey undertaken to save the Earth, hits theaters with film-projection capabilities on November 5 and all the others November 7. I think most of us have gotten to the point where we’ve gone dark on the movie, preferring to experience the whole thing in the theater. And with a Christopher Nolan movie, that’s pretty easy. There really isn’t a lot of information or images out there.

However, some new stuff from both columns A and B have hit the net today. On the information side, we’ve learned that the near-three-hour film has more than an hour of IMAX footage. That’s a jump up from Nolan’s last film, The Dark Knight Rises. On the image side, eight new images have been released thanks to an Entertainment Weekly cover story. Read more about the Interstellar IMAX footage and check out the new images and commercials below.  Read More »

How Long is Interstellar?

Along with the reveal of the new Interstellar trailer is a full list of theaters showing the movie in a huge variety of formats. There’s 70mm IMAX, 70mm film, 35mm film, IMAX, 4k digital and regular digital. As previous revealed, 70mm IMAX screenings will start 3 days early, and it turns out 70mm and 35mm film screenings will, too. Below, find all the the Interstellar 70mm locations and get a link to the full theater list. Read More »

‘Interstellar’ Opening Three Days Early in IMAX

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The only real way to see a Christopher Nolan movie is in IMAX. The filmmaker specifically makes his films for the large screen format, and with each subsequent movie he innovates in multiple ways. For his latest film, Interstellar, Nolan put IMAX cameras on planes to capture new footage. In the coming weeks, we’ll surely hear more about his IMAX use. Film projection in IMAX is important to him, too, and the flagship location, the TCL Chinese Theater IMAX, is specifically putting in a film projector for Nolan’s movie.

So we’ll say again: the only real way to see a Christopher Nolan movie is in IMAX. And it turns out, you’ll have a chance to do that a few days earlier than anywhere else. Multiple IMAX theaters are selling tickets to see the Interstellar IMAX experience on November 4, three days ahead of the wide November 7 opening. Read More »

Crouching Tiger theaters

By premiering Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend in IMAX and on Netflix on the same date, Netflix, IMAX, and The Weinstein Co. are disrupting the traditional theatrical release model. And not surprisingly, traditional theaters are none too happy about that.

Two of the biggest cinema chains in the country, Cinemark and Regal, have just announced that they will not be showing Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend (or really any other day-and-date releases) in their IMAX theaters. Hit the jump for more details.

Update: Variety reports the U.S.’ Carmike, Canada’s Cineplex, and Europe’s Cineworld have now joined Cinemark and Regal in refusing to show the movie.

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Netflix is getting into the movie-making business. The streaming service announced this week that it would team with Weinstein Co. to give a day-and-date release to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend, the sequel to Ang Lee‘s 2000 film. The movie will hit Netflix and IMAX simultaneously in summer 2015.

Fight choreographer Yuen Woo-Ping is directing this one, with Michelle Yeoh reprising her role as Yu Shu-Lien. Donnie Yen joins the cast as Silent Wolf. Hit the jump for all the details on the Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon sequel Netflix / IMAX release. Plus, get a look at the first Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon sequel photos.

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Interstellar IMAX

Christopher Nolan is such a big draw and an advocate for IMAX, the company is going above and beyond for his latest feature. /Film has exclusively learned IMAX will be specially installing a 15perf/70mm film projection system inside the company’s flagship TCL Chinese Theater IMAX in Hollywood, CA, just for Interstellar.

Normally, the theater uses an IMAX xenon dual digital projection system, but Nolan wants Interstellar projected on IMAX film wherever possible. IMAX officials have confirmed they’re doing this specifically for this film, in this important location. Read more about the Interstellar IMAX 70mm projection below. Read More »

Interstellar IMAX TV spot

It almost seems a shame to post the new Interstellar IMAX TV spot here at /Film, because this is so obviously the kind of film that begs to be seen on the biggest screen possible. On the other hand, though, if sharing a dinky YouTube preview is what it takes to get people to see the full movie in a proper IMAX theater, then the net effect of that will be good.

Besides, we admit, it’s just really hard to resist taking a peek at Christopher Nolan‘s latest stunner. Watch the Interstellar IMAX TV spot after the jump.

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