Even though it’s fairly standard for many blockbusters to have a period of their theatrical release on IMAX screens, that’s a relatively recent development with Apollo 13 and Star Wars: Attack of the Clones being the first blockbusters to play on the gigantic screen in 2002.
Since then the number of movies has gradually increased with about 32 blockbusters hitting IMAX screens in 2014. But even with more movies taking advantage of the larger screen format, the corporation still has plenty of times when there’s not a new movie hitting IMAX, and they’re hoping to change that in the future with a few possibilities, one of which would be IMAX producing movies on their own. Read More »
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Nowadays, movies move in an out of theaters very quickly. Gone are the days of a movie sticking around your local multiplex for months. And movies have an even shorter shelf-life on IMAX screens, since there are far fewer of the giant movie theaters available for movies to inhabit.
Therefore, it’s somewhat surprising, though also not entirely unexpected, that Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be getting an extended stay in IMAX theaters when it opens on December 18th. Fans we’ll get their chance to see The Force Awakens IMAX screenings in theaters across the country for an entire month. Read More »
Posted on Sunday, August 16th, 2015 by Angie Han
After the jump:
- Outlander‘s Tobias Menzies signs up for Underworld 5
- Dave Franco is also moving back in for Neighbors 2
- Jack Reacher 2 is gearing up for a fall shoot
- Jurassic World returns to IMAX 3D for one week only
- My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 reveals first images; John Stamos joins the cast
- Mrs. Doubtfire 2 definitely won’t happen without Robin Williams
- LeBron James is hoping for a Space Jam 2
- Sinister 2 drops a new clip and a featurette
- Lionsgate’s latest Hunger Games ad is accidentally NSFW
- Simon Pegg talks about feeling “pressure” as the writer of Star Trek Beyond
- Chris Pine and Idris Elba bicker (for charity) on the set of Star Trek Beyond
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Due to the overwhelming amount of CGI visual effects used in the Star Wars prequels, and all the complaining that followed from fans hoping for more practical filmmaking, Lucasfilm and director J.J. Abrams have really been hitting home their use of authentic, real, practical effects for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. They’ve been relying heavily on that message, as seen in the recent Comic Con behind the scenes reel.
But that doesn’t mean Star Wars: The Force Awakens won’t have its fair share of CGI visual effects. Undoubtedly, CG was needed to extend sets, hide puppeteers, and even create entire characters. (Hopefully none are as distracting or invasive as Jar Jar Binks.) However, it sounds like there aren’t a lot of shots in Episode VII that are completely CGI, with no practical effects whatsoever.
Find out how many Star Wars The Force Awakens CGI shots there are after the jump! Read More »
IMAX is usually a super-sized cinematic format, but in this case it is actually shrinking something a bit. (And not for Ant-Man.)
It hasn’t even been a week since WB premiered the first full-length Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer, but there has been more than enough time to examine that long batch of footage in detail. But if you want a different sort of detailed look at the footage, a slightly shorter, theatrical IMAX edit of the Batman v Superman trailer will be in theaters this weekend — or, if you don’t care about seeing it on a huge screen, you can check it out below. Read More »
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Every once in a while the IMAX release of one film will provide an opportunity to do promotion for another. Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, for instance, featured a preview of footage from The Dark Knight Rises when the Tom Cruise thriller came to IMAX theaters in December 2011. Four years later, a new Mission: Impossible film is coming to theaters, and this time you can preview it in IMAX by seeing a different movie. Those who see Terminator Genisys in IMAX theaters will get a five-minute preview of Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation. Details below. Read More »
Sony is releasing Robert Zemeckis‘ The Walk early on September 20th 2015 in select IMAX theaters, a couple weeks before the film’s scheduled October 9th 2015 release date. I’ve seen the trailer for this film in IMAX 3D and this definitely seems like one of those rare films that has been envisioned for not only 3D but also IMAX. So releasing the film in IMAX a couple weeks early makes sense.
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Even though Christopher Nolan‘s sci-fi drama Interstellar ended up being a fairly divisive piece of cinema last year, it’s hard to deny that the film still left an impression on people. And while we can nitpick the story until we’re blue in the face, one element I think we can all take the time to appreciate is the abundance of practical effects used.
Miniatures and large sets were used surprisingly frequently with digital effects only being used to enhance what Nolan physically shot with a camera. And this is even more impressive when you take a look at how practical and visual effects combined to create what Nolan calls the “Tesseract,” which is the spatial plane where Matthew McConaughey can see across time and dimensions.
Watch the featurette on the Interstellar Tesseract after the jump! Read More »
I got an opportunity to visit Jurassic World last week and lived to tell you about it. After the jump you will find my virtually spoiler-free Jurassic World review, which gives you an idea of what to expect, what was good, and what was not, without spoiling anything that couldn’t otherwise be learned from the marketing.
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