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Director Michael Bay has posted the first official cast photo from Transformers 4: The Age Of Extinction featuring Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz and Jack Reynor. Wahlberg stars in the film as a mechanic named Cade who makes a discovery that attracts the attention of Autobots, Decepticons and a paranoid government official. Peltz plays Wahlberg’s teenage daughter Tessa, and we can only assume that Reynor plays Tessa’s boyfriend or love interest. Check out the full photo, after the jump.

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The long wait for official Star Wars Episode VII information continues, but the Star Wars news never stops. In this edition of Star Wars Bits, the CEO of IMAX makes it sound like Episode VII could have IMAX scenes as well as the following:

  • More images, footage and story are revealed from cancelled Boba Fett game Star Wars 1313.
  • Check out an animated open letter to J.J. Abrams.
  • Learn ten new things about Return of the Jedi from J.W. Rinzler’s book.
  • See the long lost short film Black Angel next month in northern California.
  • A trailer for Star Wars: Return of the Jedi Pinball is online.
  • The trench run was recreated by the Oculus Rift.
  • Scientists might have figured out how to create a lightsaber.

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‘RoboCop’ Remake Gets IMAX Release

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Briefly: There’s been much debate over the look and feel of José Padilha‘s RoboCop remake. Does it look too campy, does it look too straightforward, is it being disrespectful to the original? Fans have begun asking all these questions.

One question that can be put to rest, though, is its size. MGM and Sony revealed today the film, starring Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton and Abbie Cornish, will be remasted and released in IMAX on opening day, February 7. The other questions will be put to rest on or around that date as well.

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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 »

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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 »

Riddick

Next week, Vin Diesel is back as everyone’s favorite night-visioned, ass-kicking sci-fi star Riddick. It’s a sequel almost 10 years in the making that was willed to the big screen by the star, its director David Twohy, and the fans.

A movie like that deserves to be seen in the IMAX format. Universal gives fans that option come September 6 when Riddick opens everywhere. These days an IMAX debut means an exclusive poster for fans who attend the first showings and we’re proud to exclusively debut the FanFix poster for Riddick. It’s by artist Alex Fuentes and will available at 8 p.m. IMAX screenings on September 5. Check it out below. Read More »

‘Elysium’ Set for IMAX Release August 9

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Briefly: Neill Blomkamp‘s District 9 follow-up, Elysium, is getting a lot bigger. The film will be released in IMAX theaters on August 9, to play alongside the standard-def presentation.

This is a digital re-master rather than a presentation featuring footage shot in native IMAX format, so that’s a downside. On the other hand, what we’ve seen of Elysium so far (revisit the trailer here) suggests that Blomkamp has expanded his vision of human sociaety as it could stand many years from now, and the massive scope of IMAX could be a great way to see the vistas of the orbital colony Elysium.

“Neill Blomkamp is the kind of innovative, creative storyteller that moviegoers seek out, and we are thrilled to bring this highly anticipated film to IMAX audiences worldwide,” said Greg Foster, CEO of IMAX Entertainment and Senior Executive Vice President IMAX Corp.

In Saturn's Rings

Remember the days before IMAX became ubiquitous? When the format was more strongly associated with science documentaries at the natural history museum than $250 million tentpoles at the multiplex? It’s not that IMAX isn’t used for the former anymore, of course. It’s just that the latter has now eclipsed the original use.

So even though In Saturn’s Rings isn’t really a throwback, it kinda feels like one to me. Directed by Stephen van Vuuren, the art film consists of over a million still images of Saturn, captured without the aid of fancy CG or VFX. Based on the trailer, the results are pretty mindblowing. Watch it in standard def, high def, or 4K after the jump.

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