Netflix Announces First Original Movie, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend To Premiere Simultaneously On Netflix And In Select Global IMAX® Theaters

September 30, 2014 – 12:38 pm | Permalink

Michelle Yeoh and Donnie Yen star under the direction of Yuen Wo-Ping in the Sequel to the Academy Award®-winning 2000 film

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. and NEW YORK, Sept. 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend, the stunning next chapter in the saga started by the critically and popularly acclaimed Ang Lee martial arts epic, will premiere exclusively on Netflix and in selected global IMAX® theaters on August 28, 2015.

Produced by The Weinstein Company, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend echoes the themes of the original movie, but tells its own story — one of lost love, young love, a legendary sword and one last opportunity at redemption, set against breathtaking action in an epic martial arts battle between good and evil that will decide the fate of the Martial World.

Directed by the renowned martial arts choreographer (The Matrix Trilogy and Kill Bill 1&2) and director (Tai Chi Master) Yuen Wo-Ping, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend stars Michelle Yeoh (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, The Lady) reprising her role as Yu Shu-Lien and Donnie Yen (Ip Man 1&2, Monkey King 3D) as Silent Wolf.

The film is to be the first of several major films backed by Netflix to premiere on the same day on the world’s leading Internet TV network and in select IMAX theaters globally, giving consumers and exhibitors around the world unparalleled flexibility in how, when and where they enjoy a major motion picture.

“Fans will have unprecedented choice in how they enjoy an amazing and memorable film that combines intense action and incredible beauty,” said Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos. “We are honored to be working with Harvey Weinstein and a world-class team of creators to bring this epic story to people all over the world and to partner with IMAX, a brand that represents the highest quality of immersive entertainment, in the distribution of this film.”

“The moviegoing experience is evolving quickly and profoundly, and Netflix is unquestionably at the forefront of that movement,” said TWC Co-Chairman Harvey Weinstein. “We are tremendously excited to be continuing our great relationship with Netflix and bringing to fans all over the world the latest chapter in this amazing and intriguing story.”

“IMAX has a terrific opportunity, via this partnership with Netflix, to release Crouching Tiger – a high-quality, action-packed film that is right in our wheelhouse — at the end of the summer blockbuster season,” said Greg Foster, Senior Executive Vice President, IMAX Corp. and CEO of IMAX Entertainment. “We are particularly hopeful it will play in our highly successful China market. In territories where we simultaneously release with Netflix, we are excited to offer consumers the option of deciding how, when and where they want to view the film, and exhibitors the opportunity to participate in this alternative form of content in a new and innovative way.”

Based on the acclaimed novel, Iron Knight, Silver Vase, by Wang Dulu (book 5 in the Crane-Iron Pentalogy) and written by John Fusco (Marco Polo), the new film is produced by Harvey Weinstein (Academy Award winner – The King’s Speech, The Artist) and Peter Berg (Emmy Award winner – Friday Night Lights, Lone Survivor, Hancock) and Sarah Aubrey (Friday Night Lights, Lone Survivor, Hancock) and executive produced by Morten Tyldum (Headhunters, The Imitation Game), Ralph Winter (X-Men franchise), Anthony Wong, and Bey Logan (The Medallion).

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend also stars Harry Shum Jr (Glee, Revenge of the Green Dragons), Jason Scott Lee (Seventh Son, Hawaii Five-O), Roger Yuan (Bulletproof Monk), Eugenia Yuan (Revenge of the Green Dragons) and newcomer Natasha Liu Bordizzo.

Principal photography is now underway in New Zealand. The film’s director of photography is Tom Sigel (Drive, X-Men: Days of Future Past) and design is led by the Academy Award®-winning Lord of the Rings team of costume designer Ngila Dickson, production designer Grant Major and visual effects supervisor Mark Stetson.

About Netflix

Netflix is the world’s leading Internet television network with over 50 million members in nearly 50 countries enjoying more than one billion hours of TV shows and movies per month, including original series. For a low monthly price, Netflix members can watch as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, on nearly any Internet-connected screen. Members can play, pause and resume watching, all without commercials or commitments.

About The Weinstein Company

The Weinstein Company (TWC) is a multimedia production and distribution company launched in October 2005 by Bob and Harvey Weinstein, the brothers who founded Miramax Films in 1979. TWC also encompasses Dimension Films, the genre label founded in 1993 by Bob Weinstein. During Harvey and Bob’s tenure at Miramax and TWC, they have received 348 Oscar nominations and won 82 Academy Awards.

Since 2005, TWC and Dimension Films have released such films as VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA; THE READER; INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS; SCRE4M; SPY KIDS: THE KING’S SPEECH; THE IRON LADY; UNDEFEATED; THE ARTIST; THE MASTER; SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK; DJANGO UNCHAINED; SCARY MOVIE 5; LEE DANIELS’ THE BUTLER; PHILOMENA; THE GIVER and THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ELEANOR RIGBY. Upcoming releases include ST. VINCENT; THE IMITATION GAME; PADDINGTON and BIG EYES.

TWC boasts an active television production division which garnered nine Emmy nominations in 2013 and five in 2014. TWC Television produces the reality powerhouse Project Runway, with its spin-off series Project Runway All Stars and Under The Gunn. Recent TWC television productions include Mob Wives, Million Dollar Shoppers, Rodeo Girls and Trailer Park: Welcome to Myrtle Manor. Scripted projects currently in production include John Fusco’s Marco Polo. Scripted projects in development include Ten Commandments and Daniel Stashower’s The Hour Of Peril. TWC also developed Nanny Diaries and produced The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency.

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 using 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 June 30, 2014, there were 868 IMAX theatres (735 commercial multiplexes, 19 commercial destinations and 114 institutions) in 59 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).

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Poster for Jupiter Ascending revealed

September 29, 2014 – 5:21 pm | Permalink

Warner Bros. Pictures has revealed the poster for Jupiter Ascending.

Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis star in Jupiter Ascending, an original science fiction epic adventure from filmmakers Lana and Andy Wachowski.

The film opens in IMAX 3D theaters February 6, 2015.



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IMAX Poster for Interstellar

September 29, 2014 – 5:06 pm | Permalink

Paramount Pictures has released the IMAX poster for Interstellar.

A group of explorers make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage.

The film opens in IMAX theaters November 7, 2014.



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New trailer for Jupiter Ascending

September 29, 2014 – 4:57 pm | Permalink

A new trailer has been released for Jupiter Ascending.

Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis star in Jupiter Ascending, an original science fiction epic adventure from filmmakers Lana and Andy Wachowski.

The film opens in IMAX 3D theaters February 6, 2015.

Trailer #3



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Three clips from Dracula Untold

September 29, 2014 – 3:52 pm | Permalink

Three clips from Dracula Untold have been released.

Luke Evans transforms from the cursed man history knows as Vlad the Impaler to an all-powerful creature of the night in Universal Pictures’ Dracula Untold, the origin story of the alluring immortal we have come to fear as the sun sets: Dracula.

The film opens in IMAX theaters October 2 internationally and October 17 domestically.

Mehmed Taunts Vlad



Vlad Defends His Castle With His New Powers



Vlad Explains Why He Wants To Become A Vampire



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New artwork for Interstellar

September 22, 2014 – 2:03 pm | Permalink

Paramount Pictures has released a new poster for Interstellar.

A group of explorers make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage.

The film opens in IMAX theaters November 7, 2014.



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GSF and Oceans 8 to Premiere Antarctica: On the Edge 3D at GSCA

September 19, 2014 – 11:47 am | Permalink

GSF and Oceans 8 to Premiere Antarctica: On the Edge 3D at Giant Screen Cinema Association Conference in Toronto

Evanston, IL (Sept. 19, 2014) – Giant Screen Films and Oceans 8 Productions are pleased to announce that Antarctica: On the Edge will be premiering at the Giant Screen Cinema Association conference this weekend in Toronto.

“It’s a great thrill to be premiering Antarctica to the giant screen industry,” said Jon Bowermaster, director, writer and producer of the film. “It’s a film over five years in the making. My goal all along has been to take viewers to the most remote and forbidding continent on Earth, focusing on both the history of the Antarctic continent as well as on how climate changes are impacting the region today. I’m also quite pleased by the efforts of Tilda Swinton, who did a fabulous job narrating, and Natalie Merchant, who contributed some beautifully orchestrated compositions.”

“Antarctica as a subject has historically been quite successful in our market, and this is the first time it has been captured in 3D,” said Don Kempf, President of Giant Screen Films. “At GSF’s recent company event, the film was a big hit with the theaters in attendance, with over 90 percent giving it high marks on our survey. Jon Bowermaster is a terrific filmmaker whose familiarity with the Antarctic continent is second to none. I believe Antarctica is going to be one of our most successful releases.”

Antarctica: On The Edge is a beautiful and fascinating film,” said Jackie Mollet, Managing Director of Visitor Services at the Saint Louis Science Center. “It weaves a history lesson of the race to the bottom of the earth while informing us on the changing climate and its impact on the ice and the animals that live there.”

According to Wendy Grant, Director of Marketing and Communications at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in San Diego, “Antarctica: On the Edge is a beautiful, well-paced film about a fascinating place that few people have the privilege of visiting. I enjoyed the film immensely.”

Antarctica: On the Edge 3D will screen at the Scotia Bank IMAX Theater at 9:10am on Saturday, September 20th.

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 JON BOWERMASTER
Since his first assignment for National Geographic Magazine in 1989, Jon Bowermaster has traveled back to Antarctica more than twenty times. A six-time grantee of the National Geographic Expeditions Council and award-winning writer and filmmaker, Bowermaster was recently named one of a dozen “Ocean Heroes” by the National Geographic Society.

Author of twelve books, his companion book to the Jacques Perrin/DisneyNature film Oceans was published alongside the film’s U.S. premiere. In addition to Antarctica: On the Edge, Jon recently produced and directed the documentary Dear Governor Cuomo, a unique look at the controversy surrounding fracking in New York State. Films in production include Dear President Obama, Americans Against Fracking In One Voice, Free Swim: Maldives, After the Spill and Tigerlily/20, a collaboration with partner Natalie Merchant.

Bowermaster lives in New York’s Hudson Valley.

Two new posters for Interstellar

September 18, 2014 – 4:00 pm | Permalink

Paramount Pictures has released two new poster for Interstellar.

A group of explorers make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage.

The film opens in IMAX theaters November 7, 2014.



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D3D Cinema Selected to Upgrade Virigina Aquarium Giant Screen

September 18, 2014 – 1:54 pm | Permalink

D3D Cinema to Convert Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center’s Giant Screen Cinema to 4K 3D Digital Technology

Evanston, IL (Sept. 18, 2014) – After a rigorous RFP process, D3D Cinema has been selected to upgrade the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center’s giant screen theater to digital projection technology. Located in Virginia Beach, the theater will be upgraded in October and will reopen to the public later that month after extensive renovations to other critical building systems, and installation of new theater carpeting and seating.

D3D will replace the existing 15/70 3D projection system with dual Barco 4K digital projectors, a Qube 4K server, MasterImage 3D, a premium QSC 7.1 audio system and a new screen from Severtson.

“In addition to helping the aquarium dramatically reduce operating costs, this new theater will inspire a new generation of Virginia Aquarium visitors through unparalleled ‘you are there’ immersive experiences. Viewers will be transported to the farthest reaches of the planet and beyond to explore these amazing environments in previously unseen detail,” said Derek Threinen, Vice President of Distribution and Business Development for D3D.

“We are honored to have been selected to convert the giant screen theater at the Virginia Beach Aquarium to digital 3D,” said Don Kempf, President of D3D. “In a relatively short period of time, the entire giant screen market will have converted from film to digital projection, and we are proud that D3D pioneered this market trend and now continues to lead the way. Our core mission from the very beginning has been to enable museums, aquariums, and other cultural institutions around the world to dramatically lower their annual operating costs while at the same time maintaining a truly superior theatrical experience. The Virginia Beach Aquarium represents another milestone achievement for us.”

About D3D Cinema
D3D Cinema is a leading provider of digital 3D cinema solutions and services to museum and attraction industry clients worldwide, providing a unique partnership approach to cinema design and 3D content production built around four core capabilities – theater design and installation; touring exhibition theaters; an award-winning library of 3D content; and custom signature film production. Comprised of institutional theater specialists, D3D excels in bringing first-to-market immersive cinema technologies to its clients, offering technology-agnostic consultation, strategic planning, installation, content production & distribution, operational support, and ongoing service. D3D is headquartered in Evanston, IL with offices in Philadelphia, PA and Valencia, Spain.
www.d3dcinema.com

About the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center
The Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, and the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums. The Aquarium is also a member of World Association of Zoos and Aquariums. The Virginia Aquarium’s mission is to inspire conservation of the marine environment through education, research and sustainable practices. It is located at 717 General Booth Boulevard, just south of Rudee Inlet in Virginia Beach.
www.virginiaaquarium.com

BBC Earth to Screen its First Two Giant Screen Releases at GSCA

September 18, 2014 – 1:11 pm | Permalink

BBC EARTH TO SCREEN ITS FIRST TWO GIANT SCREEN RELEASES, WALKING WITH DINOSAURS: PREHISTORIC PLANET 3D AND TINY GIANTS 3D, AT GIANT SCREEN CINEMA ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE IN TORONTO

Evanston, IL (Sept. 18, 2014) – BBC Earth and Giant Screen Films are proud to announce that the BBC Earth’s first two giant screen releases will be showcased at the GSCA conference in Toronto this weekend. The two films, Walking with Dinosaurs: Prehistoric Planet 3D and Tiny Giants 3D, will be screening at the Scotia Bank IMAX Theatre on Saturday, September 20th.

“We are thrilled that BBC Earth is now officially entering the giant screen market,” said Don Kempf, President of Giant Screen Films. “GSF screened both Prehistoric Planet and Tiny Giants at its private company event in mid-August, and the reception by the giant screen theaters in attendance was overwhelmingly positive. Both films reflect the creative filmmaking and high production values that have been the BBC’s hallmark for decades.”

Neil Nightingale, Creative Director for BBC Earth said, “Creating our first giant screen features has been a fascinating challenge. The size of the canvas allows us to really bring the audience into the world of the film; you’re diving into burrows and walking in the footsteps of dionsaurs. These are vivid encounters that bring visitors face to face with tiny heroes and prehistoric marvels in a way that we hope will ignite imaginations. I’m looking forward to sharing our work with the giant screen community in Toronto.”

“The heart of the institutional programming for the giant screen is documentaries,” said Diane Carlson, Vice President of Guest Services and Theaters at the Pacific Science Center in Seattle. “BBC Earth joining the giant screen filmmaking community is a wonderful addition and I look forward to their contributions.”

Walking with Dinosaurs: Prehistoric Planet 3D takes audiences to an extraordinary prehistoric world, revealing the story behind the lives of dinosaurs and the challenges they faced in a constant battle of survival, all told with the most ambitious of CGI visuals. Tiny Giants 3D tells the story of the day in the life of two little heroes, a chipmunk in the hidden kingdoms of the Enchanted Forest and a scorpion mouse in the unforgiving desert of the Wild West. Using the incredibly immersive power of specialist 3D cameras, it is a story of drama, danger and courage, of insight and revelation, a journey to discover and understand a new and fascinating natural history.

Walking with Dinosaurs: Prehistoric Planet 3D will screen at the Scotia Bank IMAX Theater at 9:55am on Saturday, September 20th and Tiny Giants 3D will screen immediately afterward at 10:40am.

THEATER TESTIMONIALS:
WALKING WITH DINOSAURS: PREHISTORIC PLANET 3D
Walking with Dinosaurs: Prehistoric Planet has been a hit with our audiences since we opened it in our 3D digital theater in July. Families love it, and it’s outperformed the next highest-attended title two-to-one. This has been our best summer since opening the theater, and it’s continuing to get strong bookings with school groups.”
Kathryn Chapman
Director of Theaters
The Franklin Institute (Philadelphia, PA)

“I thought Prehistoric Planet was a truly spectacular film. The CGI was unbelievably good and really immersed me in the era of the dinosaurs. On a scale of 1-10, I rate it a 10.”
Rodney Daniels
Director of Guest Services, Security & Theatre Operations
Audubon Aquarium of the Americas (New Orleans, LA)

Prehistoric Planet has the most realistic dinosaurs to ever grace the giant screen. There is superb educational content as well–exciting and breathtaking. It should be a big hit with audiences worldwide.”
Tony Hardy
CTI Theater Manager
Pink Palace Museum (Memphis, TN)

TINY GIANTS 3D
Tiny Giants is wonderful … a great family film! The characters are adorable, the story is engaging and the pacing is great. The cinematography is also very cleverly done with great close-ups and dramatic effects. I’m not usually a big fan of rodents, but I sure was rooting for these little guys!”
Michele Canto
Director of Marketing and Business Operations
Canadian Museum of Civilisation (Hull, Quebec)

Tiny Giants is a marvel of ‘point of view’ film-making. Its leading characters, a forest chipmunk and a desert mouse, are as appealing and brave as any guardian of the galaxy. Don’t miss the battle of the chipmunks!”
Kim Cavendish
President
Museum of Discovery and Science (Fort Lauderdale, FL)

“I and other exhibitors are very excited about BBC Earth’s new release, Tiny Giants. I am looking forward to programming it as something very special for our youngest guests.”
Diane Carlson
Vice President of Guest Services and Theaters
Pacific Science Center (Seattle, WA)

ABOUT BBC EARTH
BBC Earth is a global factual brand which seeks to inspire audiences in the UK and worldwide with the most incredible sights, stories and characters from the natural world. Commercially and internationally the brand is managed by BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the BBC. Since launch the brand has grown across multiple platforms including branded blocks on television, live events, social media, visitor attractions, theatric releases for cinema and giant screen films and online on BBC.com. From 2015 the BBC Earth brand will launch new channels internationally that will be dedicated to bringing audiences premium factual content.

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/

D3D Cinema to Upgrade Whitaker Center Giant Screen

September 17, 2014 – 12:45 pm | Permalink

D3D Cinema to Provide Phased Giant Screen 4K 3D and 6P Laser Upgrades at Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts

Evanston, IL (Sept. 17, 2014) – D3D Cinema is pleased to announce the conversion of Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts’ giant screen theater. Located in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, the new theater will be rebranded as the Select Medical Digital Cinema in Fall 2014.

D3D will begin a multiphase upgrade in October, replacing the 15/70 3D projection system with dual 4K digital projectors, MasterImage 3D, a QSC 5.1 audio system and a new screen from Severtson. The system is designed to provide a seamless pathway to Phase 2 of the theater’s upgrade plan, which will include a 4K dual-head 6P 3D laser system from Christie.

“Whitaker Center is looking forward to the many advantages of digital exhibition, including bringing exciting new cinematic and alternative content to our audiences, significantly reducing our operating costs, and continuing our commitment to providing the best giant screen moviegoing experience to the residents of Central Pennsylvania,” said Steve Bishop, Whitaker Center’s Vice President for Science and Cinema Programs.

“We’re proud to add the Whitaker Center to the growing list of prestigious institutions who have turned to D3D to provide them with next generation theater technology,” said Derek Threinen, Vice President of Distribution and Business Development for D3D. “Whitaker Center’s strategic, staged upgrade will ensure they can immediately take advantage of the vastly improved quality, economics and versatility of digital exhibition, while ensuring a fiscally responsible means to the integration of groundbreaking laser projection technology. More importantly for their visitors, the new digital theater features the most stunning and lifelike cinematic experience ever, immersing them in new ideas, places, and cultures like never before.”

About D3D Cinema
D3D Cinema offers complete digital 3D cinema solutions and services to museum and attraction industry clients worldwide, providing a unique partnership approach to cinema design and 3D content production built around four core capabilities – theater design and installation; touring exhibition theaters; an award-winning library of 3D content; and custom signature film production. Comprised of institutional theater specialists, D3D excels in bringing first-to-market immersive cinema technologies to its clients, offering technology-agnostic consultation, strategic planning, installation, content production & distribution, operational support, and ongoing service. D3D is headquartered in Evanston, IL with offices in Philadelphia, PA and Valencia, Spain.
www.d3dcinema.com

About Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts
Located in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania’s capital city, Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts is Central Pennsylvania’s premier center for arts, education, entertainment and cultural enrichment. Serving over 300,000 guests annually, Whitaker Center is composed of three main venues – Sunoco Performance Theater, Select Medical Digital Theater and Harsco Science Center. The mission of Whitaker Center is to serve as the center for scientific, artistic, cultural and educational activities to enhance the region’s quality of life and economic vitality. For more information on Whitaker Center, please visit www.whitakercenter.org.

About Select Medical
Co-founded by the father–and–son team of Rocco and Robert Ortenzio in 1996, Select Medical has become one of the nation’s largest providers of specialized acute and post-acute care. Select Medical’s network of more than 31,000 employees operates or supports more than 100 hospitals specializing in long-term acute care, 16 medical rehabilitation hospitals, and more than 1,000 outpatient clinics offering physical and occupational therapy. In addition, the company offers contract therapy services at nearly 500 locations. Select Medical (NYSE: SEM) is based in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. For more information, visit selectmedical.com or www.youtube.com/SelectMedicalTV.

Stellar Cinemas Expands IMAX Footprint With Four-Theatre Agreement In China

September 17, 2014 – 11:44 am | Permalink

Deal Brings Exhibitor’s IMAX Commitment to 11 Theatres and Capitalizes on Strong Consumer Interest for The IMAX Experience® in China

SHANGHAI, Sept. 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — IMAX Corporation (NYSE: IMAX; TSX: IMX) and SMI Corporation Limited, a leading Chinese entertainment and media company that operates theatres under the name Stellar Cinemas, today announced an expansion of the parties’ revenue sharing arrangement with the addition of four new IMAX® theatres in China. The deal brings the exhibitor’s total IMAX commitment to 11 theaters.

“IMAX has become a part of the moviegoing culture in China, where audiences have embraced IMAX as the best way to experience the biggest Hollywood and Chinese blockbusters,” said Mr. Zheng Jichong, Executive Managing Director, SMI Corporation Limited. “IMAX shares our commitment to quality and innovation and we are delighted to build on our IMAX success with today’s agreement.”

“Our network in Greater China has more than doubled since 2011 and with the continued growth of the middle-class, coupled with the strengthening of the IMAX brand, we believe China will be our largest market in the world within the next five years,” said Don Savant, IMAX Managing Director, Asia Pacific. “We’re pleased to expand our partnership with Stellar Cinemas – a strategic partner that will help to support the future growth of The IMAX Experience® in this important market.”

About Stellar
SMI Corporation Limited is a leading Chinese entertainment and media company that is committed to breaking new ground in the Chinese film industry. Stellar operates a fully-integrated production chain that ranges from studio and soundstage facilities, to film distribution and exhibition. On the exhibition side of the business, Stellar operates a network of 80 cinemas in major cities such as Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Tianjin, Chongqing, Chengdu, Shenyang and Lanzhou. With its broad range of film businesses, Stellar is uniquely positioned in the burgeoning Chinese film and exhibition industry. Double digit growth per year and a galloping capital market offers a prime environment for Stellar to grow exponentially, bringing together historic opportunities, horizontal development and broad participation in the Company’s ongoing push to bringing domestic and global audiences the very best in entertainment.

About IMAX China
IMAX China is a subsidiary of IMAX Corporation, and is incorporated under the laws of Hong Kong. IMAX China was established by IMAX Corporation specifically to oversee the expansion of IMAX’s business throughout Greater China.

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 June 30, 2014, there were 868 IMAX theaters (735 commercial multiplexes, 19 commercial destinations and 114 institutions) in 59 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. 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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First image from Dracula Untold

September 16, 2014 – 3:54 pm | Permalink

Universal Pictures has released the first image from Dracula Untold.

Luke Evans transforms from the cursed man history knows as Vlad the Impaler to an all-powerful creature of the night in Universal Pictures’ Dracula Untold, the origin story of the alluring immortal we have come to fear as the sun sets: Dracula.

The film opens in IMAX theaters October 2 internationally and October 17 domestically.



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Giant Screen Films and D3D Cinema Sign on as Key Sponsors of GSCA Conference

September 16, 2014 – 11:42 am | Permalink

September 15, 2014 – The Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA) is pleased to announce that Giant Screen Films and D3D Cinema are key sponsors of the GSCA 2014 International Conference and Trade Show, which is being held September 20-23, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Giant Screen Films will screen five of their latest films, including:

  • Antarctica 3D: On the Edge – GSF co-production with Oceans 8, on Saturday at 9:10 am at the Scotiabank IMAX Theatre
  • Walking With Dinosaurs: Prehistoric Planet 3D – BBC Earth and Reliance Entertainment in association with Evergreen Studios, on Saturday at 9:55 am at Scotiabank IMAX Theatre
  • Tiny Giants 3D – BBC Earth, on Saturday at 10:40 am at Scotiabank IMAX Theatre
  • Wonders of the Arctic – GSF co-production with Science North, on Monday at 10:00 am at the Ontario Science Centre Omnimax (15/70 Dome), and Monday at 11:45 am at the Scotiabank IMAX Theatre (15/70 3D)
  • Star-Spangled Banner: Anthem of Liberty – David Clark Inc., Blue Mountain Film Associates and Maryland Science Center, on Tuesday at 2:00 pm at the Cineplex Cinemas Queensway

Giant Screen Films will also present the following films in production:

  • Journey to Space – GSF co-production with K2 Communications
  • The Magic of Wild Africa – BBC Earth and Reliance Entertainment in association with Evergreen Studios
  • Earthflight 3D – BBC Earth and John Downer Productions
  • Predator – BBC Earth and Silverback Films

“Giant Screen Films and D3D Cinema have long been proud partners of the GSCA,” said Don Kempf, President of Giant Screen Films and D3D Cinema. “We’re very excited about the high production quality of the films we will be screening for GSCA delegates in Toronto, including the first two giant screen releases of the world-renowned BBC Earth. We have some truly outstanding new films and can’t wait for everyone to see them. Additionally, D3D will be announcing several upcoming giant screen digital conversions. We look forward to yet another enriching conference with our colleagues in the giant screen industry.”

The GSCA 2014 International Conference is the industry’s leading event, including presentations of new films, films in production, and projects in development; professional development sessions addressing exhibition, marketing, and filmmaking; a technical session on the latest developments in laser projection, cinematography, and 3D capture; and the giant screen industry’s only trade show. For more information and conference registration, visit www.giantscreencinema.com. Also find GSCA on Facebook (www.facebook.com/giantscreencinema), Twitter (http://twitter.com/gsca), and LinkedIn.

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 D3D CINEMA
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Poster, images from The Equalizer

September 15, 2014 – 3:12 pm | Permalink

Sony Pictures has released the final poster and images from The Equalizer.

Denzel Washington plays McCall, a man who believes he has put his mysterious past behind him and dedicated himself to beginning a new, quiet life. But when McCall meets Teri, a young girl under the control of ultra-violent Russian gangsters, he can’t stand idly by – he has to help her.

The film opens in IMAX theaters September 26, 2014.



Robert McCall (DENZEL WASHINGTON) takes a break while working at Home Mart in Columbia Pictures’ THE EQUALIZER. Photo By: Scott Garfield. Copyright: ©2013 CTMG. All Rights Reserved.


Teri (CHLOE GRACE MORETZ) at the diner in Columbia Pictures’ THE EQUALIZER. Photo By: Scott Garfield. Copyright: ©2014 CTMG. All Rights Reserved.


McCall (DENZEL WASHINGTON) returns home. Photo By: Scott Garfield. Copyright: ©2013 CTMG. All Rights Reserved.


Teddy (MARTON CSOKAS) stars in Columbia Pictures’ THE EQUALIZER. Photo By: Scott Garfield. Copyright: ©2013 CTMG. All Rights Reserved.

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Birmingham, UK’s Millennium Point Giant Screen to close

September 15, 2014 – 12:35 pm | Permalink

The Birmingham Post writes:

Plans are being drawn up for new uses for the giant screen at Millennium Point after bosses announced it was to close following years of loss-making.

A 30-day consultation has begun with 11 members of staff amid plans to close the Giant Screen Cinema at the Eastside venue.

Millennium Point chief executive Philip Singleton said it had been eating into profits for the past six years and never came “anywhere near to breakeven”.

He is currently working with architects, business advisers and caterers to look into long-term plans to use the screen for events.

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BMZ Review: Island of Lemurs: Madagascar

September 12, 2014 – 6:02 pm | Permalink

Put that Spring Back in your Step!
Island of Lemurs: Madagascar
By Ross Anthony

I love love loved this film. Nothing quite makes your day like the spring of a carefree lemur. That said, the film certainly makes a strong point of pointing a finger at those other pesky primates (ahem, us) for burning down a great deal of Madagascar’s forests. And btw, that little Island is the only home they’ve got, so to simplify options for those who want to see lemurs in as realistic of a setting as possible, go to Madagascar, or watch this film in a real IMAX theatre. There are no lemurs in zoos – they don’t do captivity very well.

The film not only gives us adorable shots of springing lemurs of several varieties, it also offers up a wide view of Madagascar: its vistas, its textures, its people, its flavor. That would have been enough for me, but if you love story, you can follow along with Dr. Patricia Wright as she does her best to save a once-thought-extinct species of lemur. Filmmakers and indeed, Patricia, do a great job of bringing her to the big screen in an easy-going comfortable natural way.

Not all of the 3D (or focus) is rock solid, and some low-res images are integrated – but this big picture works! It has breadth, and an incredibly camera-friendly subject, and all the charm of the Lemurs of Madagascar. I could watch this over and over.

BTW, I screened this film at California Science Center. If you’re in Los Angeles, go see Lemurs there because your IMAX ticket stub gets you in to the structure housing the actual Space Shuttle Endeavor resting in the adjacent Museum. The shuttle is a marvel. These are some wonderful attractions that I heartily recommend!

Island of Lemurs: Madagascar 3D IMAX. Copyright © 2014.
Narrated by Morgan Freeman with Dr. Patricia Wright. Directed by David Douglas. Warner Bros.
Grade……………………..A+ (4/4)

Copyright © 1998-2014. Ross Anthony, currently based in Los Angeles, has scripted and shot documentaries, music videos, and shorts in 35 countries across North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. For more reviews visit: www.RossAnthony.com. For Adult & Teen Novels written by Ross Anthony visit: www.RossAnthony.com/books.

Three featurettes from The Equalizer

September 10, 2014 – 3:59 pm | Permalink

Three featurettes from The Equalizer have been released.

Denzel Washington plays McCall, a man who believes he has put his mysterious past behind him and dedicated himself to beginning a new, quiet life. But when McCall meets Teri, a young girl under the control of ultra-violent Russian gangsters, he can’t stand idly by – he has to help her.

The film opens in IMAX theaters September 26, 2014.

Modern Hero Featurette



Not What They Seem Featurette



Special Skills Featurette



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Four clips from The Equalizer

September 10, 2014 – 3:15 pm | Permalink

Four clips have been released from The Equalizer.

Denzel Washington plays McCall, a man who believes he has put his mysterious past behind him and dedicated himself to beginning a new, quiet life. But when McCall meets Teri, a young girl under the control of ultra-violent Russian gangsters, he can’t stand idly by – he has to help her.

The film opens in IMAX theaters September 26, 2014.

Change Your World



Don’t You Want To Leave Me Your Card, Officer?



Make An Exception



There Was A Fire



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New poster for Seventh Son

September 10, 2014 – 2:49 pm | Permalink

A new poster has been released for Seventh Son.

In a time long past, an evil is about to be unleashed that will reignite the war between the forces of the supernatural and humankind once more.

The film opens in IMAX 3D theaters February 6, 2015.



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