Giant Screen Films to Launch Horses

February 27, 2015 – 11:37 am | Permalink

GSF rebrands and relaunches Ride Around the World as Horses for the 70mm dome theater market

Responding to requests from theaters in North America and Asia, Giant Screen Films is relaunching the classic 2005 70mm film Ride Around the World as Horses. The new title and poster are designed to appeal to a wider audience as well as encourage unique cross-promotional collaboration with equestrian clubs and businesses. The relaunch is aimed primarily at museum giant dome cinemas. McWane Science Center will be the first venue to premiere the newly-branded film this summer.

“This is a beautifully photographed, wonderful film that received short shrift in the market,” said Elaine Greene-Yancey, Vice President of Operations and Business Development at McWane. “The Ride poster and title simply needed to better appeal to children and, specifically, younger girls. Horses are truly the focal point of the film, an animal movie at heart – so the new title and poster deliver perfectly. We conducted a mischievous informal survey at our museum, presenting old and new posters of Ride and Horses and asking unknowing subjects which film we should book next. Ride didn’t fare so well…because every single person was so enthusiastic about Horses! The local horse groups are helping to generate a buzz and driving presales. I encourage my museum peers to consider a run, or rerun, under the new title.”

“We’ve always had a lot of faith in this film,” said Don Kempf, President and Founder of Giant Screen Films. “It’s been popular with horse-lovers and has won many awards. It was shot in gorgeous 70mm around the world – Spain, Patagonia, Morocco, Mexico, British Columbia and the Great Plains. But despite its global story, the Ride poster imagery presented it more as a niche American Heartland film and the title was ambiguous. When theaters started inquiring during the Chinese Year of the Horse last year the idea for Horses was born, and the film is now ready for new life.”

Giant Screen Films is offering favorable lease terms for Horses, including quality-assured used 70mm prints. The film is sponsored by Ford Trucks. Contact GSF representatives for more information and booking inquiries.

ABOUT GIANT SCREEN FILMS
Since 1997, GSF has established itself as a pioneer in the large-format industry, producing and distributing films that push the boundaries of the medium. Through the magic of immersive sight and sound technologies, GSF’s productions challenge the imaginations of children and adults, offering an inspiring perspective on the world and an unforgettable theater experience. Meaningful educational collaborations and partnerships extend each film’s impact far beyond the theater. The company is recognized as one of the world’s leading and most active large-format producers and is based in Evanston, Illinois. For additional information, visit www.gsfilms.com.

Giant Dome Theater Consortium Supports Journey to Space

February 20, 2015 – 4:30 pm | Permalink

K2 Communications and Giant Screen Films are proud to announce a collaboration with the Giant Dome Theater Consortium (GDTC) in support of their latest film Journey to Space, launching worldwide this month. The GDTC consists of seven prominent institutions across the United States, specifically Cincinnati Museum Center; Discovery Place, Inc., Charlotte; Museum of Science, Boston; Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago; Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, San Diego; Science Museum of Minnesota and the St. Louis Science Center.

“We are quite excited by the GDTC’s support of Journey to Space,” said Don Kempf, president of Giant Screen Films. “The group represents some of the finest giant screen venues in the world, and their endorsement of our film is a real testament to the high production and creative standards we set from the very outset.”

“We are pleased to have participated in the production of the Journey to Space film, to create a dome version, and to launch the film upon its release,” said Mike Day, Senior Vice President at the Science Museum of Minnesota and Chair of the GDTC Board of Directors. “The film will inspire a new generation to meet the technical and engineering challenges to continue humankind’s explorations into space. My favorite character in the film is spacesuit engineer Lindsay Aitchison, who works at the Johnson Space Center. Her story in the film begins with a photo of her at the age of four as a visitor to the Space Center. I am certain that one day an astronaut returning from her Mars mission will tell her tale of inspiration from a visit to a giant screen theater to see Journey to Space.”

Journey to Space is poised to be a must-see release on the giant screen in 2015,” said Dave Duszynski, Vice President at Cincinnati Museum Center and Treasurer of the GDTC. “It’s an unprecedented and extraordinary view of where we have been in space and where through an international effort we are now headed.”

Contact your K2 Communications or Giant Screen Films representative for more information or booking inquiries.

ABOUT K2 COMMUNICATIONS
Recognized as leaders in the Giant Screen industry, K2 Communications brings a wealth of success and experience in all aspects of production oversight, global distribution, and marketing. K2’s distribution arm counts more than 65 large screen format films in its library for non-theatrical distribution, plus more than 25 films for digital theater distribution, and another five for Giant Screen theatrical distribution. K2 Communications also operates the only comprehensive Giant Screen consumer/fan website, BigMovieZone.com. For more information, consult www.k2communications.com.

ABOUT GIANT SCREEN FILMS
Since 1997, GSF has established itself as a pioneer in the large-format industry, producing and distributing films that push the boundaries of the medium. Through the magic of immersive sight and sound technologies, GSF’s productions challenge the imaginations of children and adults, offering an inspiring perspective on the world and an unforgettable theater experience. Meaningful educational collaborations and partnerships extend each film’s impact far beyond the theater. The company is recognized as one of the world’s leading and most active large-format producers and is based in Evanston, Illinois. For additional information, visit www.gsfilms.com.

ABOUT THE GIANT DOME THEATER CONSORTIUM
The Giant Dome Theater Consortium (GDTC) formed in 2010 for the purpose of fostering documentary film production for the most unique theaters in the world. The GDTC facilitates film production through financial support, and encourages the use of technical standards that maximize the experiential impact of the giant dome screen. Member institutions of the GDTC are Cincinnati Museum Center; Discovery Place, Inc., Charlotte; Museum of Science, Boston; Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago; Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, San Diego; Science Museum of Minnesota and the St. Louis ScieCenter (San Diego), the Cincinnati Museum Center, Discovery Place (Charlotte), Boston’s Museum of Science, the Museum of Science and Industry (Chicago), and the St. Louis Science Center.

Official trailer for Terminator Genisys

February 19, 2015 – 11:50 am | Permalink

Here is the first official trailer for Terminator Genisys.

The film will be digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience® with proprietary IMAX DMR® (Digital Re-mastering) technology.

The film opens in IMAX 3D theaters July 1, 2015.

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Paramount Pictures And Skydance Productions’ Terminator Genisys To Be Released In IMAX® Theatres Globally Beginning July 1, 2015

February 19, 2015 – 11:42 am | Permalink

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Feb. 19, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — IMAX Corporation (NYSE: IMAX) today announced that Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions’ release of Terminator Genisys, the reset of the blockbuster franchise, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Clarke, Emilia Clarke and Jai Courtney, will be digitally re-mastered into the immersive IMAX® 3D format and released into IMAX® theatres by Paramount Pictures worldwide starting July 1.

Terminator Genisys is directed by Alan Taylor (Thor: The Dark World) and is produced by David Ellison and Dana Goldberg of Skydance Productions. The screenplay is by Laeta Kalorgridis (Avatar, Shutter Island) & Patrick Lussier (Drive Angry). The film also stars J. K. Simmons, Dayo Okeniyi, Matthew Smith, Courtney B. Vance and Byung-Hun Lee.

“This film marks IMAX’s first foray into the Terminator franchise and we’re thrilled to be a part of it and team up once again with Alan Taylor and our friends at Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions,” said Greg Foster, Senior Executive Vice President, IMAX Corp. and CEO of IMAX Entertainment. “We believe it’s going to be a gangbusters summer at the movies next year, and Terminator Genisys is sure to be one of the season’s most anticipated movies for IMAX fans worldwide.”

“We are so proud of the world we have built in Terminator Genisys and are thrilled that audiences will be able to experience the film in IMAX and IMAX 3D,” said Ellison. “The IMAX experience is the most immersive film experience in the world, and I am thrilled that fans of the franchise and newcomers alike will be able to experience the film in this premium format.”

The IMAX® 3D release of Terminator Genisys 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.

To learn more about Terminator Genisys visit the studio’s Official website:
www.paramount.com.

About Paramount Pictures Corporation
Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment, is a unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), 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 Television, Paramount Vantage, Paramount Classics, Insurge Pictures, MTV Films, and Nickelodeon Movies. PPC operations also include Paramount Home Media Distribution, Paramount Pictures International, Paramount Licensing Inc., and Paramount Studio Group.

About Skydance Productions
Skydance Productions tells big stories and creates immersive worlds, producing narratives that span film, television, games and more. Skydance is currently in post-production on a reset of the TERMINATOR franchise, TERMINATOR GENISYS, to be released on July 1, 2015. The company is also in production on MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 5, the latest installment in the highly successful franchise starring Tom Cruise with Chris McQuarrie directing. Additionally, Skydance is currently in production on the disaster film GEOSTORM written by Dean Devlin and Paul Guyot with Devlin also directing. Skydance will next begin production on STAR TREK 3, the third installment in the JJ Abrams franchise. Currently in development is AFRICA, a sweeping epic about paleo-anthropologist Richard Leakey’s battle with ivory poachers that threaten the existence of the African elephant population and the very soul of Africa. Angelina Jolie is attached to direct the film based on Eric Roth’s screenplay. Skydance’s recent releases include JACK RYAN: SHADOW RECRUIT, from director Kenneth Branagh and starring Chris Pine; WORLD WAR Z, starring Brad Pitt and directed by Marc Forster; STAR TREK: INTO DARKNESS, directed by J.J. Abrams and starring Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto; and G.I. JOE: RETALIATION, directed by Jon M. Chu and starring Bruce Willis, Channing Tatum and Dwayne Johnson. Skydance’s previous projects include Christopher McQuarrie’s JACK REACHER, starring Tom Cruise; MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – GHOST PROTOCOL, starring Tom Cruise and Jeremy Renner; and the award-winning Coen Brothers film TRUE GRIT, starring Jeff Bridges and Matt Damon.

About IMAX Corporation
IMAX, an innovator in entertainment technology, combines proprietary software, architecture and equipment to create experiences that take you beyond the edge of your seat to a world you’ve never imagined. Top filmmakers and studios are utilizing IMAX theatres to connect with audiences in extraordinary ways, and, as such, IMAX’s network is among the most important and successful theatrical distribution platforms for major event films around the globe.

IMAX is headquartered in New York, Toronto and Los Angeles, with offices in London, Tokyo, Shanghai and Beijing. As of Dec. 31, 2014, there were 934 IMAX theaters (809 commercial multiplexes, 19 commercial destinations and 106 institutions) in 62 countries.

IMAX®, IMAX® 3D, IMAX DMR®, Experience It In IMAX®, An IMAX 3D Experience®, The IMAX Experience® and IMAX Is Believing® 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).

This press release contains forward looking statements that are based on IMAX management’s assumptions and existing information and involve certain risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ materially from future results expressed or implied by such forward looking statements. These risks and uncertainties are discussed in IMAX’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and most recent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q.

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IMAX Corporation Reports Fourth Quarter And Full Year 2014 Financial Results

February 19, 2015 – 11:16 am | Permalink

HIGHLIGHTS
– Strong margins in 2014 lead to record $86.6 million of operating cash flow, resulting in $106.5 million of cash at the end of the year

– IMAX recognizes 57 installations in the fourth quarter, bringing full year to 121 installations across 24 countries

– IMAX signs contracts for 16 theatres in Q4, bringing the full year signings total 118 theater systems, replenishing backlog to 397 theater systems

– 2014 strategic accomplishments, including the launch of its world-class laser projection system, positions the Company well for strong film slates in 2015 and beyond

NEW YORK, Feb. 19, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — IMAX Corporation (NYSE: IMAX) today reported fourth quarter 2014 revenues of $102.4 million, adjusted EBITDA as calculated in accordance with the Company’s credit facility of $45.5 million, adjusted net income after non-controlling interest of $24.2 million, or $0.34 per diluted share, and reported net income after non-controlling interest of $21.0 million, or $0.30 per diluted share. The Company also reported a fourth quarter global per screen average of $292,000.

Full year 2014 revenues were $290.5 million, adjusted EBITDA as calculated in accordance with the Company’s credit facility was $108.5 million, adjusted net income was $52.5 million, or $0.75 per diluted share, and reported net income attributable to common shareholders was $39.7 million, or $0.56 per diluted share. For reconciliations of adjusted net income to reported net income and for the definition of adjusted EBITDA and free cash flow, please see the tables at the end of this press release. The Company also reported a global 2014 per screen average of $1,020,600.

“We achieved a great deal over the course of 2014, including the completion of our world-class laser projection system, the sale of a 20% stake in our China business, the signing of long term film deals with most major studios and continued network growth,” said IMAX CEO Richard L. Gelfond. “We believe these accomplishments position us well, not only to take advantage of the 2015 film slate, which is already off to a great start, but also to help drive long-term growth.”

Network Growth Update

In the fourth quarter of 2014, the Company signed contracts for 16 theater systems, of which 3 were upgrades, bringing total singings for 2014 to 118, of which 14 were upgrades. The Company also installed 57 theater systems in the quarter, of which 2 were upgrades of existing theater locations, bringing the full year installation total to 121 theater systems, of which 8 were upgrades.

“We are extremely pleased with how much the IMAX network has grown over the past 5 years. We had just 288 commercial theaters in 2009, compared to the 809 we have today,” continued Gelfond. “More impressive is that much of that growth has been fueled by China, where we have doubled our network over the past few years while still maintaining the same strong per screen averages. That being said, our growth has truly been global. We installed 121 theaters across 24 countries in 2014 and our global footprint now spans 62 countries. We will continue our efforts to both expand into new markets and strengthen our presence in existing ones, and to solidify our position as the world’s most immersive entertainment experience.”

The total IMAX® theater network consisted of 934 systems as of December 31, 2014, of which 809 were in commercial multiplexes. IMAX signed contracts for 118 theaters in 2014, across 28 countries, resulting in 397 theater systems in backlog as of December 31, 2014, compared to 407 theater systems in backlog as of December 31, 2013. For a breakdown of theater system signings, installations, network and backlog by type, please see the end of this press release.

Fourth-Quarter Segment Results

  • Revenue from sales and sales-type leases was $33.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2014, compared to $32.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2013, primarily reflecting the installation of 26 full, new theater systems under sales and sales-type lease arrangements in the most recent fourth quarter, compared to 24 installations in the fourth quarter of 2013. In addition there were 2 digital system upgrades in existing locations in the fourth quarter of 2014, compared to 4 upgrades in the fourth quarter of 2013.
  • Revenue from joint revenue-sharing arrangements was $23.0 million in the quarter, compared to $24.5 million in the prior-year period. During the quarter, the Company installed 29 new theaters under joint revenue-sharing arrangements, compared to 30 in the year ago period. The Company had 451 theaters operating under joint revenue-sharing arrangements as of December 31, 2014, as compared to 382 theaters one year prior.
  • Production and IMAX DMR® (Digital Re-Mastering) revenues were $25.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2014, compared to $28.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2013. Gross box office from DMR titles was $226.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2014, compared to $244.5 million in the prior-year period. The average global DMR box office per screen in the fourth quarter of 2014 was $292,200 compared to $366,300 in the prior-year period.

Conference Call
The Company will host a conference call today at 8:30 AM ET to discuss its fourth quarter and full year 2014 financial results. To access the call via telephone, interested parties in the US and Canada should dial (800) 524-8950 approximately 5 to 10 minutes before the call begins. International callers should dial (416) 260-0113. The conference ID for the call is 7208716. A replay of the call will be available via webcast on the ‘Investor Relations’ section of www.imax.com or via telephone by dialing (888) 203-1112 (US and Canada), or (647) 436-0148 (international). The Conference ID for the telephone replay is 7208716.

Shares Subject To Purchase Under Equity Compensation Plans

IMAX announced that the Computershare Trust Company of Canada, previously appointed trustee of IMAX equity compensation plans, has been authorized to purchase common shares up to $10 million USD starting February 25, 2015 through December 31, 2015 to satisfy obligations under our equity compensation plans. The Company has no obligation to purchase shares and the Company is committed to retaining the financial strength and flexibility it needs to invest in its core business and ensuring its ability to pursue other opportunities that might arise.

About IMAX Corporation
IMAX, an innovator in entertainment technology, combines proprietary software, architecture and equipment to create experiences that take you beyond the edge of your seat to a world you’ve never imagined. Top filmmakers and studios are utilizing IMAX theaters to connect with audiences in extraordinary ways, and, as such, IMAX’s network is among the most important and successful theatrical distribution platforms for major event films around the globe.

IMAX is headquartered in New York, Toronto and Los Angeles, with offices in London, Tokyo, Shanghai and Beijing. As of Dec. 31, 2014, there were 934 IMAX theaters (809 commercial multiplexes, 19 commercial destinations and 106 institutions) in 62 countries.

IMAX®, IMAX® 3D, IMAX DMR®, Experience It In IMAX®, An IMAX 3D Experience®, The IMAX Experience®, IMAX Is Believing® and IMAX nXos® 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).

This press release contains forward looking statements that are based on IMAX management’s assumptions and existing information and involve certain risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ materially from future results expressed or implied by such forward looking statements. Important factors that could affect these statements include, but are not limited to, references to future capital expenditures (including the amount and nature thereof), business and technology strategies and measures to implement strategies, competitive strengths, goals, expansion and growth of business, operations and technology, plans and references to the future success of IMAX Corporation together with its wholly-owned subsidiaries (the “Company”) and expectations regarding the Company’s future operating, financial and technological results. These forward-looking statements are based on certain assumptions and analyses made by the Company in light of its experience and its perception of historical trends, current conditions and expected future developments, as well as other factors it believes are appropriate in the circumstances. However, whether actual results and developments will conform with the expectations and predictions of the Company is subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to , the signing of theater system agreements; conditions, changes and developments in the commercial exhibition industry; the performance of IMAX DMR films; the potential impact of increased competition in the markets within which the Company operates; competitive actions by other companies; the failure to respond to change and advancements in digital technology; risks associated with investments and operations in foreign jurisdictions and any future international expansion, including those related to economic, political and regulatory policies of local governments and laws and policies of the United States and Canada; risks related to the Company’s growth and operations in China; the Company’s largest customer accounting for a significant portion of the Company’s revenue and backlog; risks related to new business initiatives; conditions in the in-home and out-of-home entertainment industries; the opportunities (or lack thereof) that may be presented to and pursued by the Company; risks related to the Company’s inability to protect the Company’s intellectual property; risks related to the Company’s implementation of a new enterprise resource planning system; general economic, market or business conditions; the failure to convert theater system backlog into revenue; changes in laws or regulations; risks related to the Company’s dependence on a sole supplier for its analog film; risks related to cybersecurity; and other factors, many of which are beyond the control of the Company. These factors, other risks and uncertainties and financial details are discussed in IMAX’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K.

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The Fifth Installment in the Mission: Impossible Franchise, From Paramount Pictures, Skydance Productions and Bad Robot Will Be Released in IMAX® Theatres Globally Beginning July 31

February 13, 2015 – 4:22 pm | Permalink

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Feb. 13, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — IMAX Corporation (NYSE: IMAX), Paramount Pictures, a division of Viacom, Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAB), Skydance Productions and Bad Robot today announced that the fifth installment in the blockbuster Mission: Impossible franchise, directed by Christopher McQuarrie and starring Tom Cruise, will be digitally re-mastered into the immersive IMAX® format and released in IMAX® theatres worldwide beginning July 31.

The new film is produced by Tom Cruise, J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk. The executive producers are David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Don Granger of Skydance Productions and Jake Myers. Drew Pearce, Christopher McQuarrie, Will Staples, Laeta Kalogridis & Patrick Lussier and Dylan Kussman wrote the screenplay, based on the television series created by Bruce Geller.

The newest installment reunites Cruise with stars from 2011’s Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol including Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg and Ving Rhames. Joining the cast is Alec Baldwin, Rebecca Ferguson and Sean Harris.

“IMAX is so important in giving the audience the best experience of the film we have made. I am very happy to have this partnership on the next Mission,” said Cruise.

“After the innovative way we worked with our longtime partners Paramount Pictures, Skydance Productions, Bad Robot and Tom Cruise on the record-setting Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, we are beyond thrilled to once again offer audiences The IMAX Experience® of the latest installment of this action-packed franchise,” said Greg Foster, Senior Executive Vice President, IMAX Corp. and CEO of IMAX Entertainment. “This film was literally made for IMAX and summer moviegoing.”

Rob Moore, Vice Chairman of Paramount Pictures said, “Audiences the world over proved with the last Mission that The IMAX Experience® is not to be missed and so we are all thrilled to again partner with Rich, Greg and everyone at IMAX to bring this next exciting installment to their screens this summer.”

The Mission: Impossible franchise has earned more than $2 billion at the box office, making it one of the most successful franchises in movie history.

The IMAX® release of the latest Mission: Impossible film 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: VIAB, VIA), 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 Television, Paramount Vantage, Paramount Classics, Insurge Pictures, MTV Films, and Nickelodeon Movies. PPC operations also include Paramount Home Media Distribution, Paramount Pictures International, Paramount Licensing Inc., and Paramount Studio Group.

About Skydance Productions

Skydance Productions tells big stories and creates immersive worlds, producing narratives that span film, television, games and more. Skydance is currently in post-production on a reset of the TERMINATOR franchise, TERMINATOR GENISYS, to be released on July 1, 2015. The company is also in post-production on the latest installment in the highly successful MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE franchise starring Tom Cruise with Chris McQuarrie directing. Additionally, Skydance is currently in production on a disaster film on a global scale titled GEOSTORM written by Dean Devlin and Paul Guyot with Devlin also directing. Skydance will next begin production on STAR TREK 3, the third installment in the JJ Abrams franchise. Simon Pegg and Doug Jung are attached to co-write with Justin Lin to direct. Currently in development is AFRICA, a sweeping epic about paleo-anthropologist Richard Leakey’s battle with ivory poachers that threaten the existence of the African elephant population and the very soul of Africa. Angelina Jolie is attached to direct the film based on Eric Roth’s screenplay. Skydance’s recent releases include JACK RYAN: SHADOW RECRUIT, from director Kenneth Branagh and starring Chris Pine; WORLD WAR Z, starring Brad Pitt and directed by Marc Forster; STAR TREK: INTO DARKNESS, directed by J.J. Abrams and starring Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto; and G.I. JOE: RETALIATION, directed by Jon M. Chu and starring Bruce Willis, Channing Tatum and Dwayne Johnson. Skydance’s previous projects include Christopher McQuarrie’s JACK REACHER, starring Tom Cruise; MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – GHOST PROTOCOL, starring Tom Cruise and Jeremy Renner; and the award-winning Coen Brothers film TRUE GRIT, starring Jeff Bridges and Matt Damon.

About Bad Robot Productions

Bad Robot was formed by filmmaker J.J. Abrams in 2001. The company has produced television series such as ALIAS, LOST, FRINGE, PERSON OF INTEREST, REVOLUTION, ALMOST HUMAN, feature films such as CLOVERFIELD, STAR TREK, SUPER 8, MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – GHOST PROTOCOL, STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS, the upcoming STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS, the latest installment of the MISSION IMPOSSIBLE franchise, STAR TREK 3 and interactive content including the mobile apps SUPER 8 and ACTION MOVIE FX. Bad Robot’s first foray into publishing, S., a novel conceived by Abrams and written by Doug Dorst, was a New York Times Best Seller. Bad Robot is based in Los Angeles and can be followed at twitter.com/bad_robot.

About IMAX Corporation

IMAX, an innovator in entertainment technology, combines proprietary software, architecture and equipment to create experiences that take you beyond the edge of your seat to a world you’ve never imagined. Top filmmakers and studios are utilizing IMAX theatres to connect with audiences in extraordinary ways, and, as such, IMAX’s network is among the most important and successful theatrical distribution platforms for major event films around the globe.

IMAX is headquartered in New York, Toronto and Los Angeles, with offices in London, Tokyo, Shanghai and Beijing. As of September 30, 2014, there were 880 IMAX theatres (751 commercial multiplexes, 19 commercial destinations and 110 institutions) in 60 countries.

IMAX®, IMAX® 3D, IMAX DMR®, Experience It In IMAX®, An IMAX 3D Experience®, The IMAX Experience® and IMAX Is Believing® 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).

This press release contains forward looking statements that are based on IMAX management’s assumptions and existing information and involve certain risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ materially from future results expressed or implied by such forward looking statements. These risks and uncertainties are discussed in IMAX’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and most recent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q.

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Fifty Shades of Grey gets last-minute IMAX release

February 12, 2015 – 6:49 pm | Permalink

CinemaBlend writes:

Fifty Shades of Grey could be coming to an IMAX theater near you.

In a completely last minute deal, IMAX has decided to play the sextacular, BDSM-filled film on the big screen in about 75 large screen venues. Deadline first broke the news and IMAX Entertainment CEO Greg Foster insisted that the decision basically came down to: “something I think we have to do”. It’s all apart of IMAX’s big plan to expand beyond its core audience. And in case you needed a second to think of who that ‘core audience’ is, it is you and me. Basically anyone so excited about a film that they are reading up extensively about it, and dying to see it in the most epic way possible. IMAX is made for fanboys and fangirls. Yes, it was also made for middle-school field trips to see Bugs! in 3D and other stunning flicks (that are somewhat educational).

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Images for Humpback Whales

February 12, 2015 – 5:35 pm | Permalink

Check out these images from upcoming Giant Screen film, Humpback Whales.

The film is an extraordinary journey into the mysterious world of one of nature’s most awe-inspiring marine mammals.

Humpback Whales opens in IMAX, Giant Screen, and other specialty venues February 13, 2015.



A mother humpback whale and her calf. Copyright Brandon Cole.


A mother humpback whale and her calf show their flukes off the coast of Maui. Baby humpbacks emulate their mothers’ social behavior as they learn important survival skills. Copyright 2015 MacGillivray Freeman Films and Pacific Life. Photographer: Meghan MacGillivray.


A humpback whale off the coast of Tonga. Copyright 2015 MacGillivray Freeman Films and Pacific Life. Cinematographer: Howard Hall.


A humpback whale in the waters of Tonga. Copyright 2015 MacGillivray Freeman Films and Pacific Life. Photographer: Michele Hall.


A humpback whale breaches in Alaska’s Inside Passage. Copyright John Hyde/Pacific Stock.

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Trailer for Cinderella

February 11, 2015 – 6:44 pm | Permalink

Check out the trailer for upcoming live-action film, Cinderella.

The story of Cinderella follows the fortunes of young Ella (Lily James) whose merchant father remarries following the death of her mother.

The film opens in IMAX theaters March 13.



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IMAX and CJ CGV Holdings, Ltd. Expand Partnership to Bring the IMAX Experience® to Vietnam

February 11, 2015 – 6:38 pm | Permalink

Two-theatre Agreement Marks IMAX’s Entry into Vietnam and Commemorates Decade-Long Partnership with its Second-Largest International Partner

SHANGHAI, Feb. 11, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — IMAX Corporation (NYSE: IMAX) and CJ CGV Holdings, Ltd., (CJ CGV) today announced an expansion of the companies’ partnership with the addition of two IMAX® theatres in Vietnam, to be operated by CGV Vietnam, a wholly-owned subsidiary of CJ CGV. The deal marks IMAX’s entry into the country, with the first theatre to be added to a new construction project in Ho Chi Minh City, the largest metropolitan area in Vietnam, and the second location still to be determined. With this deal, CJ CGV – IMAX’s second-largest partner internationally – will have 97 theatres open or contracted to open, including two theatres in Vietnam, 20 theatres in South Korea and 75 theatres in China.

“We were the first to introduce The IMAX Experience® to audiences in South Korea and today we are proud to be the first to bring the world’s most immersive experience to moviegoers in Vietnam,” said Dong-Won Kwak, CEO, CGV Vietnam. “IMAX delivers a unique cinematic experience that sets us apart from our competitors. With global expansion as a top priority, we look forward to continuing this successful relationship and integrating IMAX as a key element to our growth efforts.”

“CJ CGV is a world-class exhibitor and powerful force in the Asia Pacific entertainment market that has helped strengthen the IMAX brand throughout the region,” said Don Savant, IMAX Managing Director, Asia Pacific. “I can’t think of a better way to commemorate our decade-long relationship than by introducing IMAX to the moviegoers of Vietnam with our valued partner and the country’s largest exhibitor.”

About CJ CGV HOLDINGS, LTD.
CJ CGV HOLDINGS is a wholly-owned subsidiary of CJ CGV, and is incorporated under the laws of Hong Kong. CJ CGV HOLDINGS was established by CJ CGV specifically to oversee the expansion of theater business outside of Korea.

About CJ CGV

CJ CGV operates South Korea’s largest multiplex cinema chain, with its headquarters in Seoul. It is a subsidiary of CJ Group and was established in 1996. CGV opened its first multiplex cinema in Korea in April 1998. Since the opening of its first cinema in eastern Seoul, CGV has expanded and currently operates 952 screens over 125 sites nationwide. CGV opened its first overseas branch in Shanghai, China in late 2006, opened its first North American branch in Los Angeles, California in June 2010 and acquired Megastar, Vietnam’s largest multiplex cinema chain in July 2011. CGV now has 50% of the market share in South Korea.

About IMAX Corporation

IMAX, an innovator in entertainment technology, combines proprietary software, architecture and equipment to create experiences that take you beyond the edge of your seat to a world you’ve never imagined. Top filmmakers and studios are utilizing IMAX theaters to connect with audiences in extraordinary ways, and, as such, IMAX’s network is among the most important and successful theatrical distribution platforms for major event films around the globe.

IMAX is headquartered in New York, Toronto and Los Angeles, with offices in London, Tokyo, Shanghai and Beijing. As of September 30, 2014, there were 880 IMAX theatres (751 commercial multiplexes, 19 commercial destinations and 110 institutions) in 60 countries.

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This press release contains forward looking statements that are based on IMAX management’s assumptions and existing information and involve certain risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ materially from future results expressed or implied by such forward looking statements. These risks and uncertainties are discussed in IMAX’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and most recent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q.

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