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Friday, June 29, 2012

MUST WATCH: James Cameron's And Andrew Adamson's CIRQUE DU SOLEIL: WORLDS AWAY Trailer

If you've had the privilege of seeing a Cirque du Soleil show before, whether it's a traveling show or maybe even the huge extravaganzas in Las Vegas, then you are somewhat prepared for what this movie, or even this trailer will show you.

I'm pretty confident in saying the acrobats and athletes in these shows are the best in the world at what they do and have trained relentlessly for years to accomplish what would seem impossible to you and me.

Now throw in a passionate filmmaker in Andrew Adamson and the premier 3D name in the world, James Cameron and you have the makings of a truly magical theatrical experience.

Check out the trailer:



I can't wait to see this on the big screen. I've seen many Cirque shows in the past, but this one looks in a league of it's own.

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL: WORLDS AWAY opens in theaters on December 21.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Watch: ICE AGE: CONTINENTAL DRIFT - "The Sid Shuffle"

Do you guys get the feeling that ICE AGE: CONTINENTAL DRIFT is going to be a huge global success? I do... :-)

Marvel Update: New Logos For Franchise Sequels And The Trailer For The 10 Disc AVENGERS ASSEMBLED Blu-ray Set

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As if we really needed further validation after Marvel's THE AVENGERS moved into third position on the all time worldwide box office, but here it is: The movie has now claimed third spot on the domestic North American market as well.

Here are the accumulated stats as of June 27, 2012:
Domestic Box Office: $601,215,735
Foreign Box Office: $837,900,000
Worldwide Total: $1,439,115,735 

Approaching one and a half BILLION dollars. I think we all knew that the ensemble movie had the capability of being a huge success, but #3 all time is a HUGE leap to make. I remember claiming when the movie was in production that THE AVENGERS had a legitimate chance of catching and passing THE DARK KNIGHT as the top superhero movie of all time, but wow. Almost $1.5b.

And Marvel is not resting on it's laurels either. Onward and upward. We've got their official branding ready (top photo) for their upcoming sequels in the Marvel universe, though I would wager that the titles may be augmented somewhat from simple numbers. The shots are from Ciné 2012.

To Cap (pun intended) it all off, Marvel has unveiled their new AVENGERS ASSEMBLED 10 disc blu-ray set that we spoke of before. You can order it from the official website at $189.99 or you can order from Amazon for an even lower $152.99.

Here's what's included:
• Marvel’s The Avengers (Blu-ray 3D and Blu-ray) 
• Captain America: The First Avenger (Blu-ray 3D and Blu-ray) 
• Thor (Blu-ray 3D and Blu-ray) 
• Iron Man 2 (Blu-ray) 
• The Incredible Hulk (Blu-ray) 
• Iron Man (Blu-ray) 
• Bonus Disc - “The Phase One Archives” (Blu-ray) 
• Collectible packaging with exclusive memorabilia from the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Check out the trailer!

 

Happy Marvel endings to you all... Bring on IRON MAN 3!

Sources: Logos via BadTaste | Trailer via Marvel


Wednesday, June 27, 2012

See: New IMAX Poster For THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN - Get It Free At Opening Midnight Screening

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Personally I'm not all that thrilled with this poster. At all. I suppose it might appeal to young kids but to me it is not polished at all.

There's far too much blue in it and quite frankly does not excite me to see it in IMAX. The movie itself excites me to see it in IMAX or large screen RealD, but this poster? No.

Regardless, there it is.

The good news in all of this is that it can be yours for the stunningly low price of free at the midnight IMAX screenings on July 3.

Here's the storyline:
One of the world’s most popular characters is back on the big screen as a new chapter in the Spider-Man legacy is revealed in The Amazing Spider-Man. Focusing on an untold story that tells a different side of the Peter Parker story, the new film stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Denis Leary, Campbell Scott, Irrfan Khan, with Martin Sheen and Sally Field. The film is directed by Marc Webb from a screenplay written by James Vanderbilt, based on the Marvel Comic Book by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. Laura Ziskin, Avi Arad, and Matt Tolmach are producing the film in association with Marvel Entertainment for Columbia Pictures, which will open in theaters everywhere in 3D on July 3, 2012.

The Amazing Spider-Man is the story of Peter Parker (Garfield), an outcast high schooler who was abandoned by his parents as a boy, leaving him to be raised by his Uncle Ben (Sheen) and Aunt May (Field). Like most teenagers, Peter is trying to figure out who he is and how he got to be the person he is today. Peter is also finding his way with his first high school crush, Gwen Stacy (Stone), and together, they struggle with love, commitment, and secrets. As Peter discovers a mysterious briefcase that belonged to his father, he begins a quest to understand his parents’ disappearance – leading him directly to Oscorp and the lab of Dr. Curt Connors (Ifans), his father’s former partner. As Spider-Man is set on a collision course with Connors’ alter-ego, The Lizard, Peter will make life-altering choices to use his powers and shape his destiny to become a hero.

If this poster looks better in person - let me know. But I know I'll be lining up for the midnight screening solely because the movie looks darn good.


Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Prometheus 3D Tricks Revealed in Latest American Cinematographer Magazine

Hey everyone, Tim here with some interesting news out of the latest edition of American Cinematographer Magazine. This is a great magazine for any would-be filmmakers out there, and is a great magazine for filmmakers. I've been hooked on it since college where Drexel University provided Film & Video students with copies for free. The writers get in-depth interviews with the cinematographer, director, gaffer, and all other crew members.

This month's issue got to talk with Dariusz Wolski, ASC, the cinematographer of Ridley Scott's Prometheus. We already knew that they shot on the RED Epic with 3ality Technica Rigs, but now we get a little more information.

Wolski shot all four Pirates of the Caribbean movies, including the 3D On Stranger Tides. He had to say of the location they shot for the alien planet, "Iceland is phenomenal. It had daylight for 20 hours a day when we were there, and the sun was always low and beautiful. If it was cloudy, it was also stunning. It’s an amazing place to shoot — and I’ve shot four Pirates of the Caribbean movies in the tropics, so I know the difference!"

Although he shot Prometheus at the 5K resolution of the RED Epic, with a 5:1 compression (occasionally switching to 3:1 for fine detail scenes) Wolski revealed that the original photography had to be converted to 2K in post in order to match the visual-effects resolution. Wolski noted, "On a movie with this many visual effects, going to 4K would have quadrupled the visual-effects budget." He went on to say that with 4K projectors now available that we'll be able to shoot in 5K, do visual effects and post in 4K, and project in 4K to make it as good as IMAX.

This was Ridley Scott's first foray into shooting digital. Scott had this to say about the RED Epic, "I really love the picture quality of the Red. But when you have that kind of clarity, it’s very easy for your lighting to become harsh, so you definitely have to pay attention to that." He sums up with "I think Prometheus is a pretty good showcase for Red. Dariusz made it look absolutely beautiful in both 2D and 3D."

With regards to the the switch from 2D to 3D Scott said, "If you’re used to shooting, there is no goddamn difference between 2D and 3D — you’ve either got an eye, or you haven’t. And if you’re a director who hasn’t got an eye, you’d better make sure your cameraman does!"

Lens choice wise, Scott and Wolski chose spherical over anamorphic, which is the hallmark style of Alien. When asked about the difference Scott had this to say, "I do like anamorphic, but spherical is a much better enabler — I like the sharpness. I have a great preference for spherical now, unless I’m really going to go for that shallow-focus look." And Wolski chose to shoot most of Prometheus on Angenieux Optimo zooms, as he explains "In 3D, lens changes are complex, and re-aligning the cameras is time-consuming. Ridley likes to move fast, and he likes to use multiple cameras, so I decided on four main rigs: two with 15-40mm Optimos, and two with 28-76mm Optimos. We also used a Steadicam rig with Zeiss Ultra Primes, which shaved the weight as much as possible. I think the short Optimo zoom is the most revolutionary lens in the industry right now. You can shoot a whole movie with two zoom lenses!"

Scott's multi-camera technique has been a hallmark of his sets since Gladiator and he especially loves them for dialogue scenes, not just action sequences. It is because of multiple cameras that he was able to shoot Prometheus in 82-days. That's an incredible amount of time to shoot such an effects heavy movie as Prometheus.

Lighting is as important to how the image is captured as the camera and lenses, and Wolski had his work cut out for him on that front. He states that "This film lent itself to using modern lighting, and we designed the spaceship with a lot of LEDs controlled by very complex dimmer boards." Wolski chose a consistent setting of 4,000˙K on the Epic, which lent to the color scheme inside the ship and for the exteriors nicely. What you got was an interior distinguished by a rich variety of blues, greens, and yellows, and an exterior that felt slightly cool.

Gaffer Perry Evans, whose uncle Ray Evans was gaffer on Alien, recalls that Scott asked for the ship's lighting to be dynamic in order to interact with the actors's performances, "Once Ridley saw that we could play with the lights, he pushed it to the limit. He’d say, ‘When he walks in the room, bring those lights up, and when he touches this desk, switch those things on.’ I don’t recall doing a single shot on the spaceship without a light change. I must admit, Ridley put us through our paces. There was never a dull moment!" The filmmakers used 200 "off the shelf" industrial fluorescents, which were outfitted with dimming electronics. Evans added that the dimming board could be remotely controlled with an iPad on the set.

Now the stereographer, James Goldman, who also worked with Wolski on the 3D Pirates, explained that Prometheus was primarily shot parallel and that the convergence was accomplished in post. His reasoning is that shooting parallel facilitates visual-effects work because the artists don't have to compensate for keystoning of toed-in, converging cameras. Goldman would monitor the stereo image on 3ality Technica's Stereo Image Processor, and Brainstorm's Qtake was used to create a converged 3D image for the filmmakers to view on set.

Goldman supervised the changes in IO (interocular distance) in coordination with Scott and Wolski. He notes that Scott favored a big IO with more depth, but that he saved extreme 3-D effects, like jutting foregrounds, “for the big moments when he wanted people to jump out of their chairs.” In general, he continues, Scott “adjusted his style to 3D and tended to put less in the foreground than he usually does.”

Ryan Nguyen was Prometheus's digital-image technician, and on set he monitored the images at a station next to Wolski, who set color "in camera." Jeroen Hendriks, camera-data supervisor, prepared the files for editorial at an off-set station. As Wolski explains, "We did everything in-house. Downloads from camera went to Jeroen’s station, and then the image went straight to editorial and stayed there all the way to the final color correction, which was actually minimal." Wolski chose a 24" Sony monitor as the absolute image reference on the set. Hendriks explains that each take’s settings were saved in a Red MetaData file that accompanied the footage through the workflow. “Ridley loved what we saw on the monitor,” notes Wolski. “He said, ‘This is it. Don’t mess with it.’”

Richard Stammers, visual-effects supervisor defined a window of 4,800x2,000 pixels in the 5K image to create the 2.39:1 widescreen frame, leaving 100 pixels on either side to allow for convergence adjustments and some vertical room for reframing. After Hendriks and his crew cloned the 5K originals, they used RedCine-X software to verify the RMD file, and then defined a convergence setting for each take (as provided by Goldman). This metadata was then sent via Skype to the off-set station, where color-corrected and converged 3D dailies were created for the editors. The final 3D convergence was accomplished toward the end of post during a convergence run, in tandem with the final grade.

And that is how the 3D cinematography was accomplished for Prometheus. Very interesting stuff. Looking back, Scott offers his final thoughts about Prometheus: “Working with Dariusz was absolutely marvelous. It was fun to revisit science fiction, an old genre, and he and his crew made the whole thing a great ride!”

Sigourney Weaver: James Cameron Will Shoot AVATAR 2, 3 And 4 Concurrently

We have all heard that James Cameron will be shooting AVATAR 2 & 3 back to back and that the man himself hinted at a fourth movie to be thrown in the mix - well now it seems that the hint was true as it has been confirmed by someone who should know: Sigourney Weaver.

Weaver was asked about her upcoming slate of projects (unfortunately precious little direct quotes):
She goes right into a new Christopher Durang play for a short run at Lincoln Center. Then she films Avatar 2, 3, and 4 with James Cameron. That’s right: they’re making three sequels to the blue 3D phenom all at the same time. Weaver says she has no idea how long it will take, or how it’s going to work. “I just show up,” she said.

There you have it. When James Cameron said he was in the AVATAR business, he meant it.

Think about what this means. The director of the top two movies of all time is now preparing to unleash not one but three sequels to his number one hit. Don't forget this guy's track record with sequels. So imagine just how crazy this is going to get! Finally we have a series of films from him that will rival STAR WARS.

Interesting to hear that Sigourney will be in ALL the AVATAR movies. That in itself is a bit of a spoiler... 

I'll have more soon as pre-production ramps up on the movies. Up until now, there simply has been nothing to report as he had the smallish task of diving solo to the bottom of the world for the first time ever. Stay tuned! It's about to get really hot around here...

Source: Showbiz411 via Collider and MarketSaw reader eriaur - Thanks!


Monday, June 25, 2012

Introducing Phobia Films! We Give An Update On Our 3D Horror / Thriller PROJECT ANNAPOLIS And Appoint Our Director Of Engineering

Allow me to introduce Phobia Films to you all. I started the 3D production company last year with a few scripts in development and now we are up to six projects with one of them, codenamed PROJECT ANNAPOLIS, in pre-production. During the past 12 months I've been gathering resources and contacts for the company and I must say it's been a pleasure doing so. I appreciate all the assistance and feedback I've been getting!
Andrew Steeves           

I'm also pleased to announce that Andrew Steeves has just joined us as in-house Director of Engineering, responsible for overall Project Management, Risk Management, Location Management, Set Design and Procurement for our entire slate of upcoming projects. Further he will be Executive Producer on PROJECT ANNAPOLIS. 

We will be producing both native 3D and 3D conversions depending on the characteristics of the projects. A decision on which direction PROJECT ANNAPOLIS will take will be made in the coming months. 2D distributions will also be made available of course. 

I wish I could tell you more about PROJECT ANNAPOLIS right now, but it is all under wraps. I can say that it will be horror / thriller fiction based in actual science and that we will have rich, developed characters. I can tell you that it will be shot in gorgeous Nova Scotia, a province with spectacular locations and a rich history. Phobia Films is based out of Dartmouth, NS where a great deal of growth in film production has taken place recently and is home to a new breed of cutting edge filmmakers. There are more project details in the press release below...

Stay tuned for more information about our exciting lineup of projects, especially PROJECT ANNAPOLIS. I invite you to "like" us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for updates as they happen!

Here's our official press release today:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Phobia Films Appoints Andrew Steeves To Director Of Engineering And Gives An Update On The Upcoming Horror / Thriller Production PROJECT ANNAPOLIS To Be Shot In Nova Scotia.

DARTMOUTH, Nova Scotia (JUNE 25, 2012) - Phobia Films announced today that Andrew Steeves will be assuming the in-house role of Director of Engineering responsible for overall Project Management, Risk Management, Location Management, Set Design and Procurement for their entire slate of upcoming projects. Further, Mr. Steeves will also be assuming the role of Executive Producer for Phobia Films latest movie production, PROJECT ANNAPOLIS.

Mr. Steeves has been associated with the company for over a year now but due to the confidentiality of the PROJECT ANNAPOLIS production an announcement was not made until today.

Mr. Steeves is an established and successful Civil Engineer and a graduate of the University of New Brunswick's Civil Engineering program.

Steeves joins the team at Phobia Films owned by Jim Dorey. Mr. Dorey is also the Writer, Director and a Producer on PROJECT ANNAPOLIS as well as Editor-in-Chief of the world's premier 3D movie news site MarketSaw.com. Phobia Films currently has six scripts in development with one in pre-production.

"I've known Jim for a few years and now that his slate of projects have matured it's time to help execute," said Mr. Steeves. "PROJECT ANNAPOLIS is such an exciting project - we've got some spectacular surprises lined up for you. I'm excited to be a part of it."

Continues Steeves: "Jim has an outstanding array of contacts in the industry from top Hollywood power players, to creative and performing talent, to financiers and distributors. I'm anxious to tap into that network to augment our local production capabilities here in Nova Scotia."

"Andrew brings us over 17 years of experience in Engineering, Project and Risk Management," Mr. Dorey states. "His ability to bring reality to creativity is extremely valuable and he represents a significant step forward for Phobia Films. It's a great day welcoming him aboard."

PROJECT ANNAPOLIS is slated to start shooting in the summer of 2013. The horror / thriller redefines the genre by fully utilizing a character driven story to ensure the audience truly cares and the movie truly scares. A controversial and soon to be legendary new antagonist will be introduced that is sure to have viewers talking everywhere. The movie will be distributed in both 2D and 3D. A decision on shooting native 3D or a post conversion will be made shortly.

Phobia Films was founded by Jim Dorey in 2012 as a Thriller / Horror / Action genre entertainment production company with a special love of stereoscopic 3D. Phobia Films is headquartered in the fast growing film production city of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.


FOR MORE INFORMATION

Like our Facebook Page for ongoing updates at www.facebook.com/PhobiaFilmsCo
Follow us on Twitter: @PhobiaFilms https://twitter.com/#!/PhobiaFilms
Coming Soon: www.PhobiaFilms.com


CONTACT INFORMATION

For media inquiries please contact:
Jim Dorey, President & Owner, Phobia Films
jim@phobiafilms.com

For production slate logistics related inquires please contact:
Andrew Steeves, Director of Engineering, Phobia Films
andrew@phobiafilms.com

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Yes!! Hitchcock's DIAL M FOR MURDER Being Digitized To 4K, It's 3D Optimized And Released on Blu-ray 3D This Fall!!

It's been awhile coming, but finally Warner Bros. has broken open their vault and bringing out the master of thrillers, Alfred Hitchcock for modern 3D! His 1954 DIAL M FOR MURDER will be remastered for today's audience and 3D screens. I couldn't be happier!

Look for the release on Blu-ray 3D October 9.


Here are the original specs for the film:
- Camera: Warner All-Media
- Laboratory: Warner Bros. Studio Laboratory, USA (color by: WarnerColor)
- Film negative format (mm/video inches): 35 mm
- Cinematographic process: StereoVision 3-D (re-release version); WarnerVision (dual-strip 3-D)
- Printed film format: 35 mm
- Aspect ratio: 1.85 : 1

Here's the storyline from RottenTomatoes (rated a stellar 81% by critics and 89% by audience):
Based on the popular mystery play by Frederick Knott, Dial M For Murder is more talky and stagebound than most Hitchcock films, but no less enjoyable. British tennis pro Ray Milland suspects that his wealthy wife Grace Kelly is fooling around with handsome American Robert Cummings. Milland blackmails a disgraced former army comrade (Anthony Dawson) into murdering Kelly and making it look like the work of a burglar. But Milland's carefully mapped-out scheme does not take into account the notion that Kelly might fight back and kill her assailant. When the police (represented by John Williams) investigate, Milland improvises quickly, subtly planting the suggestion that his wife has committed first-degree murder. He almost gets away with it; to tell you more would spoil the fun of the film's final thirty minutes. Hitchcock claimed that he chose this single-set play because he was worn out from several earlier, more ambitious projects, and wanted to "recharge his batteries." Compelled by Warner Bros. to film Dial M for Murder in 3-D, Hitchcock perversely refused to throw in the standard in-your-face gimmickry of most stereoscopic films of the era--though watch how he visually emphasizes an important piece of evidence towards the end of the film.

Warner Bros. is also releasing STRANGERS ON A TRAIN in it's original 2D.


Here's the trailer:



And here's the press release (for full details including STRANGERS ON A TRAIN - click the source link at the bottom):

DIAL M FOR MURDER RETURNS IN 3D!
On Blu-ray 3D™ October 9 From Warner Home Video
Oscar® Winners Grace Kelly and Ray Milland Star


Burbank, Calif., June 22, 2012 – Dial M for Murder, Alfred Hitchock's suspense classic, was among the first films that helped Warner Bros. introduce 3D in U.S. theatres in the early '50s. Now, thanks to advanced Blu-ray™ technology and the tireless efforts of Warner Bros.' Motion Picture Imaging (MPI) division, Warner Home Video has meticulously and painstakingly restored the original 3D presentation, and, when Dial M for Murder Blu-ray 3D debuts October 9, audiences will finally be able to see the film in their homes as it was originally meant to be seen. A 2D version will also be included for those who have yet to upgrade TVs and players to 3D. Dial M for Murder Blu-ray 3D will be priced at $35.99 SRP, and the order due date is September 4.

Originally designed to lure audiences away from their TV sets, 3D utilized a "left-eye/right-eye" dual projection process and polarized glasses, the basis for what is seen today. However, with the advent of CinemaScope ("the miracle you can see without glasses") and the higher costs associated with 3D, the fad was fading by the time Dial M for Murder was released in theatres. As a result, most 1954 moviegoers only saw the film projected in 2D, and it wasn't until the early 1980s that a classic 3D film revival allowed Dial M for Murder to be briefly seen theatrically, albeit in a "faux 3D" 70 mm composite print.

To ready Dial M for Murder for this current release, MPI's work included a 4K scan of the original camera negative, and a full restoration of the two "eyes," as well as convergence fixes to ensure perfect alignment.

Said Jeff Baker, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Theatrical Catalog:
"Given the current trend toward 3D, we're delighted to be releasing this authentic classic 3D. This is not a conversion from 2D to 3D, but an original work, with a big tip of the cap to MPI, that illustrates just how good 3D can be. The Warner library has the largest number of classic 3D titles (15) of any studio and over the years we've been looking to release them, but not until now has the technology been perfected to the point we can do that. We're hoping Dial M for Murder is the first of several classic 3D films to be released, with the long-awaited, much requested "House of Wax" expected next."

Ranked number 9 on the American Film Institute's 2008 list of the 10 greatest films in the "Mystery" genre, Dial M for Murder was adapted by Frederick Knott from his hit Broadway stage play. The film stars two Oscar® winners: Grace Kelly (Best Actress in a Leading Role, The Country Girl, 1954) in her Hitchcock film debut and Ray Milland (Best Actor in a Leading Role, The Lost Weekend, 1945). Robert Cummings ("The Bob Cummings Show") and John Williams (Midnight Lace) also star.

Synopsis – Dial M for Murder
When American writer Mark Halliday (Cummings) begins a relationship with the very married Margot Wendice (Kelly) in London, he unknowingly sets off a chain of blackmail and murder. After sensing Margot's affections for Halliday, her husband, Tony Wendice (Milland), fears divorce and disinheritance, and plots her death. Knowing former school chum Captain Lesgate aka Charles Swann (Anthony Dawson) is involved in illegal activities, Tony blackmails him into conspiring to kill Margot. When she ends up killing Lesgate in self-defense, Tony implicates her as being guilty of premeditated murder. Halliday must out-strategize Tony to save Margot's life.

Special Features:
Featurettes: Hitchcock and Dial M and 3D: A Brief History
· Original 1954 Theatrical trailer
DIAL M FOR MURDER BLU-RAY 3D
Street Date: October 9, 2012
Order Due Date: September 4, 2012
Rating: PG
Feature Run time: 105 mins.
Pricing: $35.99 SRP
Cat: 1000298479

Note: All enhanced content listed above is subject to change.

"OSCAR®" and "ACADEMY AWARD®" are the registered trademarks and service marks of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

About Warner Home Video:
With operations in 90 international territories, Warner Home Video, a division of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Inc., commands the largest home entertainment distribution infrastructure in the global video marketplace. Warner Home Video's film library is the largest of any studio, offering top quality new and vintage titles from the repertoires of Warner Bros. Pictures, Turner Entertainment, Castle Rock Entertainment, HBO Video and New Line Cinema.

This is a VERY good day indeed...


Source: Engadget     Thanks for the heads up Mr. Turner!


Saturday, June 23, 2012

Weekend Movie Review: BRAVE 9 Stars, ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER 7 Stars

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In a showdown of 3D movies opening this weekend (indeed 4 out of the top 5 movies are 3D), Pixar's BRAVE easily comes out on top. In fact another 3D animation holdover, MADAGASCAR 3 may very well win second place over Timur Bakmambetov / Tim Burton's ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER. It's a shame too because I was looking forward to seeing how well this "newer" type of mash-up genre film could perform.

There are some MINOR, minor spoilers in these reviews. Nothing to worry about in my mind.

BRAVE is an amazing movie. I live in Nova Scotia (Canada) means New Scotland - our landscape, music and culture is deeply tied to Scotland. Many have the accent to some degree as well here. So who knows, I may be a little biased toward the content of BRAVE, but I had my reservations about the movie right from the start. Pixar proved me wrong.

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I was actually a bit surprised by the intensity of the mother / daughter dynamics despite being slightly clued into it by the run up marketing. Perhaps because this type of movie is so rare. Certainly word of mouth within the female demographics should nicely ramp. Believe me, my surprise was a GOOD one and I really appreciated watching this movie.

I purposely studied the mother / daughter pairs in the theater after the film - very, very interesting. Some were hugging. Others wiping their eyes. Others were watching the credits, then seemed to gain some insight, turned to look at each other and smile, talking about the movie; seemingly talking for the first time in a long time. Seemingly so anyway. I feel BRAVE has that kind of power and it is so needed today. I hope the marketing team can push the affinity of the movie for mothers to take their daughters. Bravo to the team. Of course the visuals continue to improve and amaze, but BRAVE had me with the females.

The 3D is suitably used, but not to the degree I feel that they should be considering. Pixar could use more depth - like some scenes in PROMETHEUS, but it was a safe 3D movie. There should be no complaints. Bob Whitehill, Pixar's 3D supervisor contacted me last night to ask whether I had seen it yet and I let him know how I felt. A spectacular achievement and a must see for mothers and daughters out there.

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ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER on the other hand suffered. Suspension of disbelief was NOT achieved for me. I could not immerse myself in the movie at any time whatsoever so in that respect it was a total failure.

The redeeming qualities of the movie were that director Timur Bakmambetov has some skill so the action scenes were quite well orchestrated. I found the historical references interesting too - like the construction of the various Washington landmarks and what was on Lincoln's desktop in the White House.

Improvements? If the President were fighting criminals or some sort of normal human threat to the nation well then the movie would have scored significantly higher for me. But vampires? It never sold me. The madly waving axe all about Lincoln's body while he positioned for his next kill looked idiotic, just as it does in the trailers. A complete waste of energy and certainly not a offensive tactic. How he came to be able to chop down that tree in the trailer with a single blow is ridiculous too. Sorry doesn't work.

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The story and character development was flawed to me as well, even in the face of the best selling book of the same name. I found it incredulous that a young boy would remember the details of his mother's murder - that he wouldn't block out certain aspects of it. The movie would have been served to us so much more effectively had Lincoln had a breakdown as a young man and suddenly realized what really happened.  If he had inherited some sort of power from his father would have helped too. We are made to realize that ANYONE could be a vampire killer if they had a simple 2 minute instruction. **Sigh**

And the ending? Well I don't want to spoil that for you, but an obvious ending did NOT take place that would have set up a sequel - a sequel that MAY have improved the story quite a bit. In fact had this ending occurred, I would have rather seen the subsequent years afterward as a movie instead of this "prequel". We may never see this now. Anyway, it's hard to discuss something I can't divulge here. We can discuss in the comments if you wish!

Here are the anticipated box office returns for the weekend:
1. Brave - $64.7 million
2. Abraham Lincoln - $17.1 million
3. Madagascar 3 - $15.3 million (-55%)
4. Prometheus - $10.7 million (-48%)
5. Seeking a Friend - $8.2 million

Special thanks to Empire Theatres for the screening!

Box Office Estimates: Box Office Mojo

Friday, June 22, 2012

Update On What We Know About Michael Bay's TRANSFORMERS 4

Michael Bay finally got to complete his "small" film PAIN AND GAIN after years of trying to get it done and now is transitioning back to what I like to call "BLOCKBUSTING".

TRANSFORMERS 4 has been moved to Bay's front burner and getting full energy from his production company. He recently spoke out about the movie and what to expect, namely: It WILL NOT be a reboot...

It’s not a reboot, that’s maybe the wrong word. I don’t want to say reboot because then people will think we’re doing a Spider-Man and starting from the beginning. We’re not. We’re taking the story that you’ve seen — the story we’ve told in three movies already — and we’re taking it in a new direction. But we’re leaving those three as the history. It all still counts. I met with the writer before I went off to do ‘Pain and Gain’ and we talked about a bunch of ideas. We let that simmer for a bit. He’s been thinking about stuff and now we’re getting back together next week to see what we’ve got and to see if it gels.
So without as much of a human focused story, will the autobots be going to space?
I think so, yeah, a little. That feels like the way to go, doesn’t it? I want to go a little off but I don’t want to go too sci-fi. I still want to keep it grounded. That’s what works in these movies, that’s what makes it accessible.
It looks like TRANSFORMERS 4 will cost about $30m less than TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON so what does Bay have to say about budgeting?
Here’s the thing, it’s tough to find someone who’s done these kind of movies and to have the complication of creating the new stuff that needs to be in this movie – not just characters but a new type of action, I hope – and that’s a lot for someone new to bite off. And so after this one I will leave it in the best hands possible. That’s the plan.

TRANSFORMERS 4 is slated for a June 2014 release with an entirely new cast. No word on whether TF4 will follow TF3's stereoscopic epicness, but one would certainly assume so.

Source: LATimes

Thursday, June 21, 2012

MUST WATCH: New Trailer For Karl Urban's DREDD!

The wait is finally over! Here's the first look at a trailer for Lionsgate's DREDD starring Karl Urban and Olivia Thirlby.

First of all let me say that Judge Dredd looks like he's all business and ready to represent the comic book hero authentically. Personally I would have chosen a different design for his chest armor, but hey, perhaps there is a reason it looks like a PFD. 

Other than that, I love the look and feel of the trailer. Gritty, some comic book influence in the colors and it seems like there is some great action. Oh and Lena Headey's makeup / special effects looks awesome!

Here's the official movie storyline:
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The future America is an irradiated waste land. On its East Coast, running from Boston to Washington DC, lies Mega City One- a vast, violent metropolis where criminals rule the chaotic streets. The only force of order lies with the urban cops called "Judges" who possess the combined powers of judge, jury and instant executioner. Known and feared throughout the city, Dredd (Karl Urban) is the ultimate Judge, challenged with ridding the city of its latest scourge - a dangerous drug epidemic that has users of "Slo-Mo" experiencing reality at a fraction of its normal speed.

During a routine day on the job, Dredd is assigned to train and evaluate Cassandra Anderson (Olivia Thirlby), a rookie with powerful psychic abilities thanks to a genetic mutation. A heinous crime calls them to a neighborhood where fellow Judges rarely dare to venture- a 200 story vertical slum controlled by prostitute turned drug lord Ma-Ma (Lena Headey) and her ruthless clan. When they capture one of the clan's inner circle, Ma-Ma overtakes the compound's control center and wages a dirty, vicious war against the Judges that proves she will stop at nothing to protect her empire. With the body count climbing and no way out, Dredd and Anderson must confront the odds and engage in the relentless battle for their survival.

The endlessly inventive mind of writer Alex Garland and director Pete Travis bring DREDD to life as a futuristic neo-noir action film. Filmed in 3D with stunning slow motion photography sequences, the film returns the celebrated character to the dark, visceral incarnation from John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra's revered comic strip.



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DREDD opens September 21!!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Watch: New Teaser Trailer For Pixar's MONSTERS UNIVERSITY

Hmmm. Looks like it could be fun. Take a look at some teaser material (i.e. don't anticipate too much) from Pixar for it's upcoming 3D animation MONSTERS UNIVERSITY which is actually a prequel to the 2001 movie entitled MONSTERS INC.

Here's some further movie info:
Director: Dan Scanlon
Writer: Andrew Stanton
Studio: Pixar Disney
Voice Cast: Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi

Look for MONSTERS UNIVERSITY on June 13, 2013.


You can actually watch four slightly different versions of the trailer in these videos (change of dialogue at about 0:28 on each one)...







Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Disney Releases First Look Of Angelina Jolie As MALEFICENT

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Here's the first look at Angelina Jolie as MALEFICENT in Disney's tale of the villain from SLEEPING BEAUTY. It actually looks like this movie could be fun for all ages!

I can see why the project was selected by Jolie - it's original, yet based on a classic tale and with it brings the best of both worlds. Just about as close to a win-win as you can get. 

Here's the official press release:
The Walt Disney Studios announced today that production began Wednesday, June 13th, on MALEFICENT starring Academy Award®–winning actress Angelina Jolie.

Directed by two-time Oscar®-winning production designer Robert Stromberg (AVATAR, ALICE IN WONDERLAND), in his directorial debut, and produced by Joe Roth, MALEFICENT is written by Linda Woolverton (THE LION KING, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST) and executive produced by Angelina Jolie, Don Hahn, Matt Smith and Palak Patel.

Co-starring in the film are Sharlto Copley (DISTRICT 9), Elle Fanning (SUPER 8), Sam Riley (ON THE ROAD), Imelda Staunton (VERA DRAKE), Miranda Richardson (THE HOURS), Juno Temple (ATONEMENT) and Lesley Manville (SECRETS AND LIES).

This is the untold story of Disney’s most beloved villain, Maleficent, from the 1959 classic SLEEPING BEAUTY. The film reveals the events that hardened her heart and drove her to curse the baby, Aurora.

Behind-the-scenes talent includes Academy Award®–winning cinematographer Dean Semler (DANCES WITH WOLVES, IN THE LAND OF MILK AND HONEY), production designer Gary Freeman (SAVING PRIVATE RYAN, THE BOURNE SUPREMACY), two-time Oscar® nominated costume designer Anna B. Sheppard (SCHINDLER'S LIST, THE PIANIST) and seven-time Academy Award–winning makeup artist Rick Baker (PLANET OF THE APES, MEN IN BLACK). 

MALEFICENT is scheduled for a March 14, 2014 release in 3D. 

Monday, June 18, 2012

MarketSaw Endorsed Rumor: Marvel's DAREDEVIL Reboot May Have It's Superhero Leading Man...

...And I for one fully endorse this rumor. According to a recent Twitter exchange between David Slade (attached to reboot DAREDEVIL) and a fan named Teresa, Josh Hartnett may be the director's first choice. Personally I think Hartnett is a wonderful actor and because he hasn't been in much lately and I think he would explode on the screen making us wonder why he's been so absent. That, and he reminds me of a young Tommy Lee Jones. That's a good thing.

The DAREDEVIL franchise needs some deep character work to wiggle it's way back into today's Marvel lineup of movies because frankly the Ben Affleck effort lacked it. I enjoyed some elements of that 2003 Mark Steven Johnson film, but seriously the characters needed work. That said, I temper those remarks with a solid recommendation to watch the director's cut of DAREDEVIL (2003) which adds a much needed 30 minutes to my concerns.

There is huge potential for a franchise from DAREDEVIL and if they decide to follow the comicbook's trajectory then he could wind up in an ensemble THE NEW AVENGERS movie down the road. Even better is when THE AVENGERS join up with THE NEW AVENGERS to fight the X-MEN. :-) And you thought THE AVENGERS was a huge event movie... :-)

Of course there has been no official discussion on whether the new DAREDEVIL will be in stereoscopic 3D, but it is a very safe bet with the onslaught of modern Marvel 3D blockbusters. Why the heck WOULDN"T they?

Here's the superhero's description from Wikipedia:
Living in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood of New York City, Matt Murdock is blinded by a radioactive substance that falls from an oncoming vehicle. While he no longer can see, the radioactive exposure heightens his remaining senses beyond normal human ability. His father, a boxer named Jack Murdock, supports him as he grows up, though Jack is later killed by gangsters after refusing to throw a fight. After donning a yellow and black, and later a dark red, costume, Matt seeks out revenge against his father's killers as the superhero Daredevil, fighting against his many enemies including Bullseye and the Kingpin. Daredevil's nickname is "the Man Without Fear". 

So stay tuned on this story for more details. The DAREDEVIL reboot is happening, but nothing official on casting yet. Great rumor though. Hope it happens. Other than Hartnett, who else would you like to see in the role (Other than Affleck that is...)? That being said, Affleck could direct a future DAREDEVIL movie in my books!

Source: Empire

Friday, June 15, 2012

Happy Father's Day Weekend From Pixar's BRAVE!

As a father, I love how Pixar is marketing BRAVE. If you're a dad then you know what it's like to worry about your kids day in and day out, to watch them grow with pride and of course to make them laugh. Apply these traits to Pixar characters and you have the underpinnings of a wonderful family focused movie. 

I must say BRAVE has grown on me. I didn't know what to expect in the beginning but the marketing is beginning to resonate across the board since the beginning of the year. I'm still not sure about the story from everything I've seen, but I can just about guarantee that the characters will be amazing, the visuals awe inspiring and the soundtrack will be beautiful. Knowing Pixar, the story will be top notch. This isn't another corporately mandated CARS 2.

So looking forward to seeing this! Opens June 22.





Full details of the movie:

Website & Mobile site: Disney.com/Brave
Like them on Facebook: facebook.com/PixarBrave
Follow them on Twitter: twitter.com/disneypixar

Genre: Animation/Adventure/Comedy
Rating: PG
U.S. / Canada Release Date: June 22, 2012
Voice Talent: Kelly Macdonald, Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson, Julie Walters, Robbie Coltrane, Kevin McKidd, Craig Ferguson
Directors: Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman
Co-Director: Steve Purcell
Producer: Katherine Sarafian
Executive Producers: John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, Pete Docter
Story by: Brenda Chapman
Screenplay by: Mark Andrews, Steve Purcell and Brenda Chapman & Irene Mecchi
Composer: Patrick Doyle

Since ancient times, stories of epic battles and mystical legends have been passed through the generations across the rugged and mysterious Highlands of Scotland. From Disney and Pixar, a new tale joins the lore when the courageous Merida(voice of Kelly Macdonald) confronts tradition and challenges destiny to change her fate.

“Brave” follows the heroic journey of Merida, a skilled archer and headstrong daughter of King Fergus (voice of Billy Connolly) and Queen Elinor (voice of Emma Thompson). Determined to carve her own path in life, Merida defies an age-old custom sacred to the unruly and uproarious lords of the land: massive Lord MacGuffin (voice of Kevin McKidd), surly Lord Macintosh (voice of Craig Ferguson) and cantankerous Lord Dingwall (voice of Robbie Coltrane). Merida’s actions inadvertently unleash chaos and fury in the kingdom, and when she turns to an eccentric Witch (voice of Julie Walters) for help, she is granted an ill-fated wish. The ensuing peril forces Merida to harness all of her skills and resources – including her clever and mischievous triplet brothers – to undo a beastly curse before it’s too late, discovering the meaning of true bravery.

Directed by Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman, and produced by Katherine Sarafian, “Brave” is a grand adventure full of heart, memorable characters and signature Pixar humor that audiences of all ages around the world have come to eagerly expect. The film takes aim at theaters on June 22, 2012, and will be presented in Disney Digital 3D™ in select theaters.

A grand adventure full of heart, memorable characters and signature Pixar humor, “Brave” uncovers a new tale in the mysterious Highlands of Scotland where the headstrong Merida (voice of Kelly Macdonald) defies an age-old custom and inadvertently unleashes chaos, forcing her to discover the meaning of true bravery before it’s too late. Opens June 22, 2012, in Disney Digital 3D™ in select theaters.

Notes:
- Director Mark Andrews served as story supervisor for the Disney•Pixar films “Ratatouille” and “The Incredibles,” and was Oscar®-nominated as the co-writer/co-director of the Pixar short “One Man Band.” He also contributed to the screenplay as co-screenwriter and served as second unit director for the 2012 Walt Disney Studios film “John Carter.” Director Brenda Chapman directed DreamWorks Animation’s “The Prince of Egypt” and was story supervisor for the Disney classic “The Lion King.” Producer Katherine Sarafian produced the Oscar®-nominated Pixar short film “Lifted” and served as production manager for “The Incredibles.”
- Two-time Emmy®-nominated actress Kelly Macdonald stars as Margaret Schroeder on HBO's "Boardwalk Empire," and as Ravenclaw's ghost, The Grey Lady, in “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.” Her film credits also include “No Country for Old Men,” “Gosford Park” and “Trainspotting.”
- Appearing in the movies “Men in Black 3” and “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2,” Emma Thompson is an Oscar®-winning actress (“Howards End”) and screenwriter (“Sense and Sensibility”) who most recently starred in, wrote and executive produced “Nanny McPhee Returns.”
- Native Scot Billy Connolly is a comedian, musician and actor. His film credits include “Gulliver’s Travels,” “Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events,” “The Last Samurai” and the award-winning “Mrs. Brown,” for which he was nominated for a BAFTA. He also served as narrator for the Walt Disney Animation Studios short “The Ballad of Nessie.”

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Must Watch: Full Trailer For RESIDENT EVIL: RETRIBUTION

I see an expanded budget here! Looking good too. After the last installment in the franchise I called for more "zombies" and less super-powered creatures and it appears that my wishes are being met! I see hordes of zombies in the new full trailer for RESIDENT EVIL: RETRIBUTION and plenty of action, complete with a revisit to Alice's family memories. But were her memories true or implanted?

And of course, Michelle Rodriguez is so welcome back! She needs to stay in future movies please. :-) 

RESIDENT EVIL: RETRIBUTION is shot in native 3D on 3ality Technica rigs so expect the best in visuals!

Here's the official storyline for the movie:

The Umbrella Corporation’s deadly T-virus continues to ravage the Earth, transforming the global population into legions of the flesh eating Undead. The human race’s last and only hope, Alice (Milla Jovovich), awakens in the heart of Umbrella’s most clandestine operations facility and unveils more of her mysterious past as she delves further into the complex. Without a safe haven, Alice continues to hunt those responsible for the outbreak; a chase that takes her from Tokyo to New York, Washington, D.C. and Moscow, culminating in a mind-blowing revelation that will force her to rethink everything that she once thought to be true. Aided by new found allies and familiar friends, Alice must fight to survive long enough to escape a hostile world on the brink of oblivion. The countdown has begun.



RESIDENT EVIL: RETRIBUTION opens on September 14.

Ang Lee's LIFE OF PI Looking Gorgeous! Check Out Four New Banners And A Movie Clip!

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WOW! I might appreciate art a bit more then others who don't have a mother who's an artist, but this work is clearly appreciable to all in my mind. All the material in this post is from the official site of LIFE OF PI.

The banners are amazing and utilize a watercolor effect to accomplish a wonderful dreamlike state and a testament to the care and attention that LIFE OF PI is getting from all connected with it. Just look at the detail in the boat alone! 

Ang Lee is raising filmmaking to the art it should be and I am thrilled to see it come together like this.

Ang Lee is shooting in native 3D with Cameron | Pace Group's 3D rigs and cameras. Clearly the visuals will be outstanding!

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There is no official storyline for the movie as of yet, so here is the book's description from Amazon:
The son of a zookeeper, Pi Patel has an encyclopedic knowledge of animal behavior and a fervent love of stories. When Pi is sixteen, his family emigrates from India to North America aboard a Japanese cargo ship, along with their zoo animals bound for new homes.

The ship sinks. Pi finds himself alone in a lifeboat, his only companions a hyena, an orangutan, a wounded zebra, and Richard Parker, a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon the tiger has dispatched all but Pi, whose fear, knowledge, and cunning allow him to coexist with Richard Parker for 227 days while lost at sea. When they finally reach the coast of Mexico, Richard Parker flees to the jungle, never to be seen again. The Japanese authorities who interrogate Pi refuse to believe his story and press him to tell them “the truth.” After hours of coercion, Pi tells a second story, a story much less fantastical, much more conventional–but is it more true?



LIFE OF PI opens on November 21.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

STAR TREK 2 To Boldly Go IMAX 3D...

Some great news today from IMAX and Paramount stating that my favorite (and possibly yours) sci-fi franchise of all time is going IMAX 3D. We've known for awhile now that STAR TREK 2 will be a 3D conversion, but it's nice to have it all tied up in an official fashion.

Here's the official press release (emphasis is mine):

LOS ANGELES, June 13, 2012 -- IMAX Corporation (NYSE:IMAX; TSX:IMX) and Paramount Pictures Corporation, a unit of Viacom Inc., today announced that the sequel to J.J. Abrams' 2009 blockbuster Star Trek, will be released in the immersive IMAX® 3D format on May 17, 2013. The film represents the second feature in the ground-breaking franchise to be released in IMAX following Star Trek, which grossed more than $375 million at the worldwide box office.

Following on the heels of Paramount Pictures' and Bad Robot's 2011 hit, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, the filmmakers have once again taken full advantage of the IMAX® camera as well as the clarity and scope that The IMAX Experience® provides in order to transport fans into this 23rd century world. Several key sections of the film that feature big action set pieces have been captured with IMAX cameras, which has become an integral tool for visionary filmmakers to tell their amazing stories.

Exclusively in IMAX, sequences shot with the extremely high-resolution cameras will expand to fill the entire screen and further immerse the audience in the vast dimension and adventure of this highly-anticipated follow-up. Directed by J.J. Abrams and written by Damon Lindelof (Prometheus), Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman (Transformers, Mission: Impossible III, Star Trek) the sequel follows another chapter of the USS Enterprise crew's exploration into the unknown. Returning to their posts on the Enterprise are Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, John Cho, Anton Yelchin, and Bruce Greenwood. They are joined by new cast members Peter Weller and Alice Eve.

"We were so thrilled with the creative results of shooting IMAX for Mission: Impossible that we jumped at the chance to use the format for Star Trek. All expectations were exceeded -- the action and resolution is insane at this scale. We cannot wait for audiences to see the crew of the Enterprise in a way they never have before," said J.J. Abrams. 

"J.J. and the filmmaking team behind the Star Trek franchise are once again working to give audiences one of the best film going experiences available today," said Rob Moore, Vice Chairman of Paramount Pictures. "Following the great success of the first film in the newly revived franchise, the sequel to Star Trek will no doubt be among the top choices for moviegoers next summer."

"We are extremely proud to be continuing our successful partnership with Paramount Pictures, J.J., Bryan Burk, Bad Robot and the entire Star Trek team through this iconic franchise that has the perfect DNA for IMAX fans," said Greg Foster, Chairman and President, IMAX Filmed Entertainment.

The IMAX release of the Star Trek sequel will be digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience® with proprietary IMAX DMR® (Digital Re-mastering) technology. The crystal-clear images coupled with IMAX's customized theatre geometry and powerful digital audio create a unique environment that will make audiences feel as if they are in the movie.


About Paramount Pictures Corporation
Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment, is a unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), a leading content company with prominent and respected film, television and digital entertainment brands. Paramount controls a collection of some of the most powerful brands in filmed entertainment, including Paramount Pictures, Paramount Animation, Paramount Vantage, Paramount Classics, Insurge Pictures, MTV Films, and Nickelodeon Movies. PPC operations also include Paramount Famous Productions, Paramount Home Media Distribution, Paramount Pictures International, Paramount Licensing Inc., and Paramount Studio Group.

About IMAX Corporation
IMAX Corporation is one of the world's leading entertainment and technology companies, specializing in the creation and delivery of premium, awe-inspiring entertainment experiences. With a growing suite of cutting-edge motion picture and sound technologies, and a globally recognized entertainment brand, IMAX is singularly situated at the convergence of the entertainment industry, innovation and the digital media world. The industry's top filmmakers and studios are utilizing IMAX theatres to connect with audiences in extraordinary ways, and as such, the IMAX network is among the most important and successful theatrical distribution platforms for major event films around the globe. The Company's new digital projection and sound systems - combined with a growing blockbuster film slate - are fueling the rapid expansion of the IMAX network in established markets such as North America, Western Europe, and Japan, as well as emerging markets such as China and Russia. IMAX deliver the world's best cinematic presentations using proprietary IMAX®, IMAX 3D®, and IMAX DMR® (Digital Re-Mastering) technologies. IMAX DMR enables virtually any motion picture to be transformed into the unparalleled image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience®.

IMAX is headquartered in New York, Toronto and Los Angeles, with offices in London, Tokyo, Shanghai and Beijing. As of March 31, 2012, there were 643 IMAX theatres (510 commercial multiplex, 20 commercial destination and 113 institutional) in 52 countries.

IMAX®, IMAX® 3D, IMAX DMR®, Experience It In IMAX®, An IMAX 3D Experience® and The IMAX Experience® are trademarks of IMAX Corporation. More information about the Company can be found at www.imax.com. You may also connect with IMAX on Facebook (www.facebook.com/imax), Twitter (www.twitter.com/imax) and YouTube (www.youtube.com/imaxmovies).

The Paramount Pictures and Bad Robot Production Will Be Released Worldwide in IMAX Theatres on May 17, 2013.

Click here to access all of our STAR TREK 2 coverage!

Source: IMAX

Must See: new Character Posters For DWA's RISE OF THE GUARDIANS

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Check out the new character posters for Dreamworks Animation's RISE OF THE GUARDIANS! I am quite bullish on this upcoming 3D animation feature that features the vocal stylings of Chris Pine (Jack Frost), Hugh Jackman (Easter Bunny), Alec Baldwin (Nicholas St. North), Jude Law (The Boogeyman) and Isla Fisher (The Tooth Fairy). 

It's kinda like a child-friendly version of THE AVENGERS. Love that the creative genius of Guillermo del Toro has an influence here!

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Here's the official movie storyline:
Rise of the Guardians, based on the forthcoming books by William Joyce, will be released on November 21, 2012. It is directed by Peter Ramsey (Monsters vs. Aliens: Mutant Pumpkins from Outer Space) and co-directed by Joyce. The film is being produced by Christina Steinberg (Bee Movie, National Treasure) and Nancy Bernstein, long-time head of Production at DreamWorks Animation. Rise of the Guardians is being written by Pulitzer Prize winner David Lindsay-Abaire (Rabbit Hole) and executive produced by Guillermo del Toro and Michael Siegel. It stars Chris Pine, Alec Baldwin, Hugh Jackman, Isla Fisher and Jude Law. More than a collection of the well-known childhood legends, Rise of the Guardians is an epic adventure that tells the story of a group of heroes – each with extraordinary abilities. When an evil spirit known as Pitch lays down the gauntlet to take over the world, the immortal Guardians must join forces for the first time to protect the hopes, beliefs and imagination of children all over the world.

RISE OF THE GUARDIANS hits theaters on November 21. For all of our coverage on RISE OF THE GUARDIANS including it's first trailer, click here.

Kevin Durant, LeBron James, Peter Parker: The Top Basketball Players Of This Generation!

Tis the season to talk basketball and who is Sony marketing not to respond? Kevin Durant and LeBron James can eat their heart out - they've got NOTHING on Peter Parker. Don't think so? Watch this clip and LEARN... :-)

Is this a spoiler? Yes this is a movie clip from THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN but it doesn't reveal any serious plot details other then highlighting Parker's new found super skills. Your call. I watched it. 

Here's the storyline for THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN:
One of the world’s most popular characters is back on the big screen as a new chapter in the Spider-Man legacy is revealed in The Amazing Spider-Man. Focusing on an untold story that tells a different side of the Peter Parker story, the new film stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Denis Leary, Campbell Scott, Irrfan Khan, with Martin Sheen and Sally Field. The film is directed by Marc Webb from a screenplay written by James Vanderbilt, based on the Marvel Comic Book by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. Laura Ziskin, Avi Arad, and Matt Tolmach are producing the film in association with Marvel Entertainment for Columbia Pictures.

The Amazing Spider-Man is the story of Peter Parker (Garfield), an outcast high schooler who was abandoned by his parents as a boy, leaving him to be raised by his Uncle Ben (Sheen) and Aunt May (Field). Like most teenagers, Peter is trying to figure out who he is and how he got to be the person he is today. Peter is also finding his way with his first high school crush, Gwen Stacy (Stone), and together, they struggle with love, commitment, and secrets. As Peter discovers a mysterious briefcase that belonged to his father, he begins a quest to understand his parents’ disappearance – leading him directly to Oscorp and the lab of Dr. Curt Connors (Ifans), his father’s former partner. As Spider-Man is set on a collision course with Connors’ alter-ego, The Lizard, Peter will make life-altering choices to use his powers and shape his destiny to become a hero.


The AMAZING SPIDER-MAN opens on July 3.


Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Check Out The Early IRON MAN 3 Poster...

Yes, this won't be the official poster for the movie but it's cool to see what they have already for IRON MAN 3. The image is from the Licensing Expo 2012 in Las Vegas.

You can follow all of our IRON MAN 3 coverage as it happens with this link.

Following in the footsteps of the record-breaking Marvel Studios’ release “Marvel’s The Avengers,” production on the highly anticipated film “Iron Man 3,” directed by Shane Black, has commenced production in Wilmington, North Carolina. The production schedule will also include locations in Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina, Miami, Florida and China.

Based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series, first published in 1963, “Iron Man 3” returns Robert Downey Jr. (“Iron Man,” “Marvel’s The Avengers”) as the iconic Super Hero character Tony Stark/Iron Man along with Gwyneth Paltrow (“Iron Man,” “Iron Man 2,”) as Pepper Potts, Don Cheadle (“Iron Man 2”) as James “Rhodey” Rhodes and Jon Favreau (“Iron Man,” “Iron Man 2”) as Happy Hogan. Set for release in the U.S. on May 3, 2013, Marvel’s “Iron Man 3” marks the second feature to be fully owned, marketed and distributed by Disney, which acquired Marvel in 2009.

“Iron Man 3” continues the epic, big-screen adventures of the world’s favorite billionaire inventor/Super Hero, Tony Stark aka “Iron Man.” Marvel Studios’ President Kevin Feige is producing the film. Executive producers on the project include Jon Favreau, Louis D’Esposito, Alan Fine, Stan Lee, Charles Newirth, Victoria Alonso, Stephen Broussard and Dan Mintz.

The creative production team on the film includes two-time Oscar®-winning director of photography John Toll, ASC (“Braveheart,” “Legends of the Fall”), production designer Bill Brzeski (“The Hangover,” “Due Date”), editors Jeffrey Ford, A.C.E. (“Marvel’s The Avengers,” “Captain America: The First Avenger”) and Peter S. Elliot (“Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer”), and costume designer Louise Frogley (“Quantum of Solace,” “Contagion”).

Stay tuned for more! IRON MAN 3 opens May 3, 2013.


Source: Comingsoon

Monday, June 11, 2012

MADAGASCAR 3 A Little Scared By PROMETHEUS But In The End Wins Box Office

I haven't seen MADAGASCAR 3: EUROPE'S MOST WANTED just yet, but I will this week. You can tell audiences were craving some family fodder as they haven't had a new entry in quite some time. In fact, my 6 year old son was invited to go see THE AVENGERS this past weekend because there was nothing else posted on the local theater site 2 weeks in advance. I'm sure they would have chosen MADAGASCAR 3 had they been aware of it. Anyway, we couldn't allow him to go as the movie just isn't appropriate for any child under 10, with a parent or not (in my books).

But I digress. MADAGASCAR 3 opened to the tune of $60,316,738 domestically and $135,816,738 worldwide. Impressive numbers and it just about matches the other two franchise entries that Dreamworks Animation has created for us.


Part of the reason for that excellent box office number is the 3D of course, but further than that MADAGASCAR 3 was the third widest theatrical release of all time! Yes, 4,258 theaters housed the animation and only SHREK FOREVER AFTER (4,359 theaters) and HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE (4,325 theaters) had more. That helps. Clearly it is a beloved franchise worldwide.


Ridley Scott's PROMETHEUS did remarkably well too this weekend taking in $51,050,101 domestically and $142,550,101 worldwide thus far. This movie I have seen and believe me it is worth the trip to see it on the big screen! Domestically, it is the 10th best opening for an 'R' rated movie of all time. Not bad at all.

Word of mouth should keep PROMETHEUS rolling along as discussions turn to arguments! I know I will be seeing it again this week at some point.

I love seeing 3D movies at the top of the charts time and time again. In fact 4 out of the top 5 movies this weekend were 3D movies. Did you know that THE AVENGERS still raked in over $11m this weekend? Amazing. They'll be passing $1.4b this week.

Stats Source: Box Office Mojo

You're Going To Flip Over The Three New TV Spots For THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN

Well - you should enjoy them IF you make the decision to watch them! There ARE new scenes in these so once again, you have been warned that SPOILERS are present. That said, I don't think they are massive spoilers but rather visual and shot shot spoilers. Still, it's distracting to be watching a movie in the theater and then be constantly reminded that I've seen this before... in the commercial. Your call.

Here's the storyline for THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN:
One of the world’s most popular characters is back on the big screen as a new chapter in the Spider-Man legacy is revealed in The Amazing Spider-Man. Focusing on an untold story that tells a different side of the Peter Parker story, the new film stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Denis Leary, Campbell Scott, Irrfan Khan, with Martin Sheen and Sally Field. The film is directed by Marc Webb from a screenplay written by James Vanderbilt, based on the Marvel Comic Book by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. Laura Ziskin, Avi Arad, and Matt Tolmach are producing the film in association with Marvel Entertainment for Columbia Pictures, which will open in theaters everywhere in 3D on July 3, 2012.

The Amazing Spider-Man is the story of Peter Parker (Garfield), an outcast high schooler who was abandoned by his parents as a boy, leaving him to be raised by his Uncle Ben (Sheen) and Aunt May (Field). Like most teenagers, Peter is trying to figure out who he is and how he got to be the person he is today. Peter is also finding his way with his first high school crush, Gwen Stacy (Stone), and together, they struggle with love, commitment, and secrets. As Peter discovers a mysterious briefcase that belonged to his father, he begins a quest to understand his parents’ disappearance – leading him directly to Oscorp and the lab of Dr. Curt Connors (Ifans), his father’s former partner. As Spider-Man is set on a collision course with Connors’ alter-ego, The Lizard, Peter will make life-altering choices to use his powers and shape his destiny to become a hero.

THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN opens on July 3.




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