At some point, movie theaters found themselves in the unfortunate position of playing catch up. Where theaters were once the epicenter for entertainment, rising ticket prices and the exponential improvement of home theater technology have all but pushed them to the endangered species list.
Innovation was needed. IMAX was a good start. A screen so big no home can duplicate it. 3D is a mixed bag. It’s more expensive and, frankly, better in the home setting. Sound systems such as Dolby Atmos are great, but most of what makes it special is very nuisanced.
So what’s next? Well, it might be Barco Escape, a technology influenced by the super Cinerama craze of the 1960s, where an additional screen is placed on either side of your normal screen, giving a massive panoramic experience. The first film to be presented in Barco Escape is this week’s release, The Maze Runner. Five theaters across the country are offering the film in Barco Escape and myself and Peter Sciretta just had to try it out for ourselves.
Below, read more about Barco Escape and watch a video blog of our thoughts, criticisms and praise for what the company is calling “a little taste of the future.” Read More »
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Posted on Friday, September 5th, 2014 by Angie Han
Thought the piss-poor box office figures for this past summer would discourage studios from making more sequels? Think again. After the jump:
- Relativity will release The Woman in Black 2
- Could Koba be back for the next Apes movie?
- Wesley Snipes might return for another Blade film
- Will Forte still really wants a MacGruber sequel
- Pirates of the Caribbean 5 may set sail for Australia
- Mission: Impossible 5 jets off to Morocco
- Is there any chance of more Deadwood?
- 24 may get that long-promised big screen sequel yet
- More Flowers in the Attic TV movies are coming
- Rumor has it the 50 Shades sequel will star a Kardashian
- The next Maze Runner is already in pre-production
- See a (SFW) pic from the set of Magic Mike XXL
- Lorde maybe teases her Hunger Games contribution
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A new panoramic process, the modern version of Cinerama, is on the immediate horizon. The ultra-wide screen projection process Cinerama had a brief heyday in the ’50s, when the 146° arc of the Cinerama screen was one of several challenges to television mounted by studios and theater owners. Now, giant-screen exhibition is limited to IMAX, a few dome projections, and special event setups such as the Warner Bros. domination of Hall H at Comic Con, where fully half the hall was wrapped in projection screens.
A company called Barco is now pushing a display tech it calls Escape, in which two additional screens are positioned on either side of a primary cinema screen to create a panoramic image. Now, the first Escape auditoriums are being finished, and The Maze Runner will be the first film to take advantage of them, starting September 19. Read More »
That new trailer wasn’t the only Maze Runner item to hit the ‘net in the past few hours. Nine new Maze Runner posters, most of them created by artists outside the marketing department, were released. They really sell the scope of this story, which is based on a novel by James Dashner and directed by Wes Ball.
In the film, a young man named Thomas (Dylan O’Brien of MTV’s Teen Wolf) finds himself in The Glade. That’s a mysterious open space in the center of a massive maze, with seemingly no way out. As he and many other young guys try and figure out what’s going on, the game changes when Teresa (Kaya Scodelario of Skins) arrives. Not only is she the first girl, she has memories of who Thomas was in his life before the Glade.
You can see lots of that and more in the trailer and fans loved the movie. Plus, Fox teased a potential sequel a month before release. So things are looking good for The Maze Runner, and these posters look good too. Check out the new Maze Runner posters below. Read More »
Comic Con fans got a preview of The Maze Runner, directed by Wes Ball based on the book by James Dashner, and the fans loved it. Now there’s a new Maze Runner trailer, which delves a bit deeper into the story of a young guy named Thomas (Dylan O’Brien of MTV’s Teen Wolf) who finds himself in the Glade, a wholly unusual community in the middle of a massive labyrinth. There he and the other boys similarly exiled try to survive and escape the maze. Things get more complicated when Teresa (Kaya Scodelario of Skins) shows up. She’s the first woman to arrive in the Glade, and she already knows Thomas. Read More »
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Earlier today we ran early reactions from the first screening of The Maze Runner, all of which were overwhelmingly positive. At today’s 20th Century Fox panel Wes Ball talked about wanting to make a sequel and continue the story of The Maze Runner book adaptations on the big screen. That of course all depends on how well the film does when it hits theaters on September 19th, 2014. But if all goes as planned, Ball says they want to start shooting on the followup in Fall 2014. He even released the first piece of concept art from the potential sequel. Hit the jump to check out The Maze Runner sequel concept art which was revealed in Hall H.
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Wes Ball‘s big-screen adaptation of The Maze Runner had a secret fan screening on Thursday night at Comic-Con. No press or critics were in attendance, but we can take a look at the early buzz coming from the fan tweets. As you probably know, The Maze Runner is based on a young adult book about a group of teenagers who are stuck in the Glade, a living space that lies in the middle of a maze. This maze opens up during the daytime and closes at night, and the walls periodically shift into new configurations. The first “glader” emerged into the Glade and maze three years ago, and a new glader has appeared once a month since then. After the jump we have collected a bunch of The Maze Runner fan reactions from twitter.
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The first five minutes of How to Train Your Dragon 2 are now online. This is the same footage director Dean DeBlois and star Jay Baruchel presented at WonderCon 2014 this weekend so you now have a unique opportunity to check out the footage. Below not only can you watch the beginning of the film, you can watch a video blog reaction of it shot at WonderCon featuring myself, Peter Sciretta and Russ Fischer.
Then, as an added bonus, we’ll also discuss our thoughts on footage screened from Wes Ball’s YA adaptation, The Maze Runner. Check out the How to Train Your Dragon 2 opening and a video blog reaction blow. Read More »
The first Maze Runner trailer is all dire situations: Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) wakes up in an elevator that quickly pushes him up into a gigantic maze. He and a bunch of other boys are trapped there, and Thomas learns in short order that escaping probably won’t be easy. It might not even be possible. Kids explore it each day, but nights in the maze are deadly. And then the girl arrives, and she knows Thomas.
Wes Ball directs the adaptation of the book by James Dashner and this first trailer shows the wild scope of the maze and a hint of a few of the dangers within.
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