Minnesota Zoo’s IMAX switches to digital

June 9, 2014 – 2:17 pm | Permalink

CBS Minnesota reports:

A new experience at the Minnesota Zoo is coming just in time for the blockbuster summer movie season.

The zoo’s 3D IMAX theatre has officially gone digital. WCCO-TV’s Edward Moody went behind the scenes to check it out.

It’s not just the glasses that’ll make your next IMAX experience at the Minnesota Zoo stand out.

“We have a third generation IMAX digital projection system, so not just the big boxes, but a new screen, new sound system,” said Rodney Johnson with the Minnesota Zoo. “When a space shuttle launches, you’ll feel it. When Tome Cruise blows up an alien space ship, you’re going to feel it. You feel it in your bones kind of sound.”

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DreamWorks Animation’s How To Train Your Dragon 2 Soars To IMAX® Domestic Theatres Starting June 13

June 9, 2014 – 2:06 pm | Permalink

LOS ANGELES, June 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — IMAX Corporation (NYSE:IMAX; TSX:IMX) today announced that How to Train Your Dragon 2, the second chapter of DreamWorks Animation’s beloved How to Train Your Dragon franchise, will be digitally re-mastered into the immersive IMAX® 3D format and released across all IMAX® theatres domestically in select engagements starting June 13, the same day the film – which will be distributed by 20th Century Fox – opens wide in the US. The film will also begin playing in select IMAX® theatres internationally on this date.

Dean DeBlois returns to direct the follow-up to the 2010 Academy Award-nominated How to Train Your Dragon, which grossed nearly $495 million at the global box office and more than $277 million internationally. Stars Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, T.J. Miller, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Kristen Wiig reprise their respective voice roles, joined this time by Academy Award® winner Cate Blanchett, Djimon Honsou and Kit Harington.

Currently one of the best-reviewed movies of the year, How to Train Your Dragon 2 returns to the fantastical world of the heroic Viking Hiccup and his faithful dragon, Toothless. The inseparable duo must protect the peace – and save the future of men and dragons from the power-hungry Drago.

“This is one of the most cinematic animated movies we’ve ever seen, and the epic nature of the film coupled with the incredible new technology DreamWorks used to create it makes this simply stunning in IMAX 3D,” said Greg Foster, Senior Executive Vice President, IMAX Corp. and CEO of IMAX Entertainment. “As with several movies that have recently taken off in IMAX, this is one of those rare films that will come to life in an incomparable way through our immersive format. Our audiences will truly feel like they are flying on the back of Toothless, and we’re pleased to once again be partnering with DreamWorks Animation to bring this adventurous film to life.”

The IMAX 3D release of How to Train Your Dragon 2 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.

For more information about How to Train Your Dragon 2, please visit DreamWorks Animation’s official website at http://www.howtotrainyourdragon.com/

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 March 31, 2014, there were 840 IMAX theatres (707 commercial multiplexes, 18 commercial destinations and 115 institutions) in 57 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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June 9, 2014 – 1:15 pm | Permalink

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Forrest Gump to be re-released in IMAX

June 6, 2014 – 12:01 pm | Permalink

The Hollywood Reporter writes:

Forrest Gump is about to get new legs — at the box office, that is.

Paramount is re-releasing the 1994 best picture winner, directed by Robert Zemeckis and starring Tom Hanks, in Imax theaters on Sept. 5. The film’s return to theaters coincides with its 20th anniversary.

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Guardian of the Galaxy to shift aspect ratios in IMAX 3D

June 6, 2014 – 11:58 am | Permalink

Rope of Silicon reports:

James Gunn revealed in a Facebook post his upcoming film, Guardians of the Galaxy will include shifting aspect ratios during the IMAX 3D presentation of the film, almost certainly in an effort to improve the look of the 3D, in an attempt to give the audience a more immersive experience.

Just got out of working on the Guardians cut for IMAX 3D and I’m unbelievably excited about it. Guardians of the Galaxy has been planned as a 3D film from its very inception. Yes, if you see the film in 2D, you’ll get a full experience. But the 3D experience promises a little something extra. Unlike many directors, I’ve been actively involved with converting every shot to 3D, making sure it works perfectly for the story and the film, making sure it’s spectacular and immersive without being silly, distracting, or overly showy. 3D conversion was once far inferior to shooting in 3D, but over the past couple years new technology has allowed us incredible control over the 3D effects, making it equal to or in some cases greater than shooting in 3D.

As an EXTRA benefit for those who see the film in IMAX 3D, we will be changing aspect ratios throughout the film in a way that makes the experience even fuller and more encompassing. I’ve personally chosen all the places where the changes occur and, again, I love how it’s coming along. The changing aspect ratios in this case are actually a part of the storytelling.

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New images from How to Train Your Dragon 2

June 5, 2014 – 4:43 pm | Permalink

New images from How to Train Your Dragon 2 have been released.

How to Train Your Dragon 2 returns to the fantastical world of the heroic Viking Hiccup and his faithful dragon, Toothless. The inseparable duo must protect the peace – and save the future of men and dragons from the power-hungry Drago.

The film opens in IMAX 3D theaters June 13, 2014.



Toothless (left) gets acquainted with the dragon Cloudjumper. How to Train Your Dragon 2 © 2014 DreamWorks Animation LLC. All Rights Reserved.


Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) and Toothless prepare for their next adventure. How to Train Your Dragon 2 © 2014 DreamWorks Animation LLC. All Rights Reserved.


Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) meets the majestic Bewliderbeast. How to Train Your Dragon 2 © 2014 DreamWorks Animation LLC. All Rights Reserved.


Astrid confronts the foreboding Drago (Djimon Hounsou). How to Train Your Dragon 2 © 2014 DreamWorks Animation LLC. All Rights Reserved.


Tuffnut (T.J. Miller), Fishlegs (Christopher Mintz-Plasse), Astrid (America Ferrara) and Ruffnut (Kristen Wiig) face their toughest challenge ever. How to Train Your Dragon 2 © 2014 DreamWorks Animation LLC. All Rights Reserved.


Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) and Toothless make plans for their next adventure. How to Train Your Dragon 2 © 2014 DreamWorks Animation LLC. All Rights Reserved.

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‘Jerusalem’ Surpasses $5 Million in Worldwide Box Office Revenue

June 5, 2014 – 3:00 pm | Permalink

WASHINGTON (June 5, 2014)—“Jerusalem,” a unique film adventure through the Holy Land for 3-D and 2-D giant-screen, IMAX® and digital theaters, with a particular focus on the ancient city of Jerusalem, has surpassed the $5 million mark in worldwide gross box office revenue, National Geographic Cinema Ventures (NGCV) has announced. An original production from Cosmic Picture and Arcane Pictures, the 43-minute film is narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch (“Star Trek Into Darkness” and PBS’ “Sherlock”). “Jerusalem” has been shown in more than 45 theaters worldwide, giving audiences exclusive and unprecedented access to iconic holy sites and little-known parts of Jerusalem, including the Western Wall, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the Dome of the Rock, as well as other areas in the Holy Land such as the Jordan River, Sea of Galilee and the mountain fortress of Masada.

“Jerusalem” was executive produced by the late Jake Eberts, legendary producer of movies such as “Gandhi,” “Chariots of Fire” and “Dances with Wolves.” In addition to Eberts, Taran Davies, George Duffield and Daniel Ferguson served as producers. Ferguson also wrote and directed “Jerusalem.” Large-format industry veteran Reed Smoot, ASC, was director of photography.

“We are extremely pleased that this film has been such a success. It has really struck a positive emotional chord with audiences of all ages all around the world,” said Mark Katz, president of NGCV Distribution. “We have been excited about this film from the very beginning, and reaching this box office milestone confirms that audiences are as well.”

The producers agreed, saying: “We are thrilled at having reached this milestone. The strong audience reaction has been humbling for us, as has the creativity of the exhibitors and outreach partners who have done such a formidable job marketing this film to families, seniors, faith-based communities and school groups. We hope ‘Jerusalem’ will continue to inspire audiences for years to come.”

“Jerusalem” is currently playing in the following theaters around the world:

  • Branson, Missouri — Branson’s IMAX® Entertainment Complex
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania — Carnegie Science Center
  • Salt Lake City, Utah — Clark Planetarium
  • Garden City, New York — Cradle of Aviation – National Geographic Theater
  • Memphis, Tennessee — Crew Training International 3D Giant Theater at the Memphis Museum
  • Denver, Colorado — Denver Museum of Science and Nature
  • McMinnville, Oregon — Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum
  • Hastings, Nebraska — Hastings Museum
  • Houston, Texas — Houston Museum of Natural Science
  • Louisville, Kentucky — Kentucky Science Center
  • Raleigh, North Carolina — Marbles Kids Museum
  • Birmingham, Alabama — McWane Center
  • Boston, Massachusetts — Museum of Science, Boston
  • Columbus, Georgia — National Infantry Museum
  • Albuquerque, New Mexico — New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science
  • Lubbock, Texas — Science Spectrum OMNI Theater
  • Washington, D.C. — Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
  • Lehi, Utah — Thanksgiving Point – Mammoth Screen Theatre: A National Geographic Experience
  • Dearborn, Michigan — The Henry Ford IMAX® Theater
  • St. Augustine, Florida — World Golf Hall of Fame
  • London, United Kingdom — BFI IMAX® Cinema
  • The Hague, The Netherlands — Omniversum
  • Speyer, Germany — IMAX Dome Speyer
  • Paris, France — La Géode
  • Toronto, Canada — Ontario Science Center
  • Sudbury, Canada — Science North
  • Edmonton, Canada — Telus World of Science
  • Sydney, Australia — LG IMAX Theatre

For more information on “Jerusalem,” updates on where the film will be opening and links to preview the film, visit jerusalemthemovie.com. Follow “Jerusalem the Movie” on Facebook and Twitter for additional news and updates.

About National Geographic Cinema Ventures

National Geographic Cinema Ventures is responsible for production and distribution of giant-screen, 3-D and specialty films. Over the last decade, NGCV has produced or released a number of successful films, including Oscar-nominated documentaries “Restrepo” and “The Story of the Weeping Camel”; giant-screen award-winning films “Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure,” “U2 3D,” “Mysteries of Egypt” and “Forces of Nature”; and feature-length films “The Last Lions” and “Life in a Day.” Mark Katz is president of NGCV distribution. For more information, visit www.nationalgeographic.com/movies. To become a fan on Facebook, “like” NGCV at facebook.com/natgeomovies. Follow NGCV on Twitter at @natgeomovies.

About Cosmic Picture

Cosmic Picture was founded by Taran Davies and Dominic Cunningham-Reid to produce dynamic giant-screen and theatrical films to entertain and educate audiences about culture, faith, history, science and the environment. Cosmic Picture’s last film was the award-winning IMAX feature documentary “Journey to Mecca.” For more information, visit www.cosmicpicture.com.

About Arcane Pictures

Founded by George Duffield and Meg Thomson, Arcane Pictures’ mission is to make powerful and moving films. Arcane is at the forefront of combining documentaries and the power of cinema to change the world. Its most recent film, “The End of the Line,” won the inaugural Puma Creative Impact prize for the documentary that achieves the largest social impact in the world. It continues to alter overfishing policies worldwide. For more information, visit www.arcanepictures.com.

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Universal And Legendary Expand IMAX® Relationship With Multi-Picture Deal

June 5, 2014 – 11:21 am | Permalink

Agreement is for IMAX to Release up to 15 of the Studios’ Blockbuster Titles Through 2017, Including Fast & Furious 7, Jurassic World and Warcraft

LOS ANGELES, June 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — IMAX Corporation (NYSE: IMAX; TSX: IMX), Legendary Entertainment and Universal Pictures, a division of Comcast Corp. (NASDAQ: CMCSA), today announced an agreement to release up to 15 of the studios’ upcoming films in IMAX® theatres through 2017 under an extension of the companies’ long-running relationships.

Under the agreement, IMAX will be part of Universal and Legendary’s release strategy for the studios’ most highly anticipated live-action tentpole films, including Dracula Untold (October 2014), Seventh Son (February 2015), Fast & Furious 7 (April 2015), Jurassic World (June 2015), Everest (September 2015), Crimson Peak (October 2015) and Warcraft (March 2016).

“Rich, Greg and IMAX have been important partners for a long time. The IMAX platform has performed over and over again for Legendary, and through this deal we will continue to deliver an unparalleled filmed entertainment experience, as well as showcase the work of our directors in a way that resonates with audiences around the world,” said Thomas Tull, Legendary’s Chairman and CEO. “We are also pleased that our partners at Universal recognize the value of an IMAX release, and have joined us to formalize this long-standing relationship.”

“Universal and our partners at Legendary are committed to the tent pole business and this deal ensures audiences will experience our films in the unparalleled environment of an IMAX theater,” said Universal Filmed Entertainment Chairman Jeff Shell. “For many years now, our fans have been able to see Universal films on IMAX and we are thrilled that we will be able to make this offering on so many of our upcoming titles.”

“We believe 2015 is shaping up to be a powerhouse year and today’s agreement with Universal and Legendary will help further strengthen our film portfolio for years to come,” said IMAX CEO Richard L. Gelfond. “This marks our first multi-picture deal with both studios, with which we’ve had longstanding partnerships, and we look forward to continuing that collaboration to bring some of the most highly anticipated product to IMAX fans around the world.”

“Universal and Legendary have stepped up in a big way and are committed to delivering some of the most sought-after tentpole films that demand the IMAX treatment,” said Greg Foster, Senior Executive Vice President of IMAX Corp. and CEO of IMAX Entertainment. “Today’s announcement is a testament to the success we’ve been able to achieve together and I would like to thank our friends at Universal and Legendary, particularly longtime supporter and partner Thomas Tull, for their support of The IMAX Experience® and delivering action-packed, engaging films that clearly resonate with our core audience.”

About Legendary Entertainment
Legendary Entertainment is a leading media company with film (Legendary Pictures), television and digital (Legendary Television and Digital Media) and comics (Legendary Comics) divisions dedicated to owning, producing and delivering content to mainstream audiences with a targeted focus on the powerful fandom demographic. Through complete or joint ownership, Legendary has built a library of marquee media properties and has established itself as a trusted brand which consistently delivers high-quality, commercial entertainment including some of the world’s most popular intellectual property. In aggregate, Legendary Pictures-associated productions have realized grosses of more than $9 billion worldwide at the box office. To learn more visit: www.legendary.com

About Universal Pictures
Universal Pictures is a division of Universal Studios (www.universalstudios.com). Universal Studios is part of NBCUniversal. NBCUniversal is one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment television networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, world-renowned theme parks, and a suite of leading Internet-based businesses. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.

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 March 31, 2014, there were 840 IMAX theatres (707 commercial multiplexes, 18 commercial destinations and 115 institutions) in 57 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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Two new images from Edge of Tomorrow

June 4, 2014 – 1:57 pm | Permalink

Warner Bros. Pictures has released two new images from Edge of Tomorrow.

The epic action of Edge of Tomorrow unfolds in a near future in which an alien race has hit the Earth in an unrelenting assault, unbeatable by any military unit in the world.

The film opens in IMAX 3D theaters June 6, 2014.



(L-r) EMILY BLUNT as Rita and TOM CRUISE as Cage in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Village Roadshow Pictures’ sci-fi thriller “EDGE OF TOMORROW,” distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures and in select territories by Village Roadshow Pictures. Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures. © 2014 WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INC. – U.S., CANADA, BAHAMAS & BERMUDA © 2014 VILLAGE ROADSHOW FILMS (BVI) LIMITED – ALL OTHER TERRITORIES.


EMILY BLUNT as Rita in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Village Roadshow Pictures’ sci-fi thriller “EDGE OF TOMORROW,” distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures and in select territories by Village Roadshow Pictures. Photo Credit: David James. © 2014 WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INC. – U.S., CANADA, BAHAMAS & BERMUDA © 2014 VILLAGE ROADSHOW FILMS (BVI) LIMITED – ALL OTHER TERRITORIES.

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New clips from How to Train Your Dragon 2

June 4, 2014 – 12:29 pm | Permalink

Three new clips have been released from How to Train Your Dragon 2.

How to Train Your Dragon 2 returns to the fantastical world of the heroic Viking Hiccup and his faithful dragon, Toothless. The inseparable duo must protect the peace – and save the future of men and dragons from the power-hungry Drago.

The film opens in IMAX 3D theaters June 13, 2014.

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Hiccup and Astrid



Stormfly Fetch



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