The Great Apes 3D trailer

January 30, 2015 – 1:20 pm | Permalink

nWave Pictures Distribution has released the trailer for their film, The Great Apes 3D.

The film brings us face to face with some of the world’s rarest primates. Featuring chimpanzees, bonobos, orangutans and the magnificent mountain gorillas, the film captures the emotional connection we all experience when encountering such extraordinary creatures.

The Great Apes is currently playing in IMAX, Giant Screen, and other specialty venues in 3D and 2D.

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nWave Pictures Distribution Names Jennifer Lee Hackett Director of Sales & Distribution, Americas

January 30, 2015 – 1:11 pm | Permalink

Brussels (Belgium) and Burbank (Calif.), January 12, 2015 – nWave Pictures Distribution is pleased to announce the hiring of Jennifer Lee Hackett as Director of Sales & Distribution, Americas. Lee Hackett comes to nWave Pictures Distribution with over 10 years experience in the giant screen industry, having previously served as Director of Sales for National Geographic Cinema Ventures and prior to that as Senior Group Sales & Marketing Manager at Smithsonian Business Ventures, the for-profit arm of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC. While at Smithsonian Business Ventures Jennifer created sales packages for the Institution’s six restaurants, three IMAX theaters and the planetarium, and developed educational and marketing materials to support group sales efforts. In her role as Sales & Marketing Manager at Jordan’s Furniture, Natick MA, Jennifer launched and managed a highly lucrative sales program for the newly installed Comcast IMAX 3D Theater. Prior to that, Jennifer spent seven years with Live Nation Entertainment’s performing arts division in Boston, MA.

“We are very pleased to have Jennifer join the nWave Pictures Distribution team,” said Eric Dillens, Chairman of nWave Studios. “In our efforts to expand our sales reach across multiple exhibition platforms, Jennifer brings a unique perspective, having served as both a buyer and seller of filmed content in the commercial and institutional markets.”

Janine Baker, nWave’s SVP Film Distribution & Development added, “As we continue to adapt to our exhibitors’ evolving needs, Jennifer will bring fresh insight to those discussions, and will also contribute to our marketing strategy going forward.”

“I’m very excited to rejoin the film distribution industry,” said Lee Hackett. “nWave’s catalog includes giant screen films, 3D/4D attraction films and ride simulation films. This variety of titles is key to meeting the needs of all the institutional exhibitors and family entertainment centers that are looking for diversified and engaging content. I look forward to working with the nWave team to help expand the company’s reach throughout the Americas.”

Jennifer Lee Hackett will be based in Florida and can be reached at jleehackett@nWave.com

About nWave Studios
nWave Studios, an associate company of StudioCanal, is the first fully integrated digital studio in the world specializing exclusively in the production and distribution of immersive stereoscopic/3D films. The studio’s history dates back to 1994, when it was founded by Ben Stassen and the independent TV production company D&D Entertainment Group. The Belgian company quickly established itself as the world’s leading independent producer and distributor of specialty films for attractions, ride films, IMAX® theatres and digital 3D cinemas. Over the last 15 years, nWave has become a leader in these market segments, having handled the sales and marketing of an impressive catalog of 80 plus titles (e.g., “The Little Prince 4D,” “African Adventure 3D,” “Haunted Mine Ride,” “Turtle Vision 4D” and “Haunted Castle 3D”). In 2008, the company produced its first feature-length 3D animated film, “Fly Me to the Moon 3D” ($50M box office gross), followed two years later by “Sammy’s Adventures: The Secret Passage” ($85M box office gross). In 2011, nWave secured a co-production, co-financing and worldwide distribution deal for four feature-length 3D animated films with Paris-based StudioCanal including “Sammy’s Adventures: Escape from Paradise” (2012) and “The House of Magic” (2013). nWave Studios is headquartered in Brussels (Belgium) with a sales company in Burbank (Calif.).

For more information: http://www.nwave.com or http://www.facebook.com/nWavePicturesDistribution or http://www.twitter.com/nWave

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Trailer, images from Focus

January 29, 2015 – 2:09 pm | Permalink

Check out the trailer and first images from upcoming film, Focus.

Will Smith stars as Nicky, a seasoned master of misdirection who becomes romantically involved with novice con artist Jess (Margot Robbie).

The film opens in IMAX theaters February 27, 2015.

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(L-r) WILL SMITH stars as Nicky and MARGOT ROBBIE as Jess in Warner Bros. Pictures’ “FOCUS.” Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company. Photo Credit: Frank Masi. © 2014 WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INC. AND RATPAC-DUNE ENTERTAINMENT LLC ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.


(L-r) WILL SMITH stars as Nicky and MARGOT ROBBIE as Jess in Warner Bros. Pictures’ “FOCUS.” Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company. Photo Credit: Frank Masi. © 2014 WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INC. AND RATPAC-DUNE ENTERTAINMENT LLC ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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Warner Bros. Pictures’ Focus Set To Open In IMAX® Domestic Theatres On February 27

January 29, 2015 – 12:27 pm | Permalink

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Jan. 29, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — IMAX Corporation (NYSE: IMAX) and Warner Bros. Pictures today announced that Focus, the latest film from directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (Crazy, Stupid, Love.), starring Academy Award nominee Will Smith (The Pursuit of Happyness, Ali) and Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street), will be digitally re-mastered into the immersive IMAX® format and released into domestic IMAX® theatres on Feb. 27, 2015.

The IMAX release of Focus 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 Focus:
Will Smith stars as Nicky, a seasoned master of misdirection who becomes romantically involved with novice con artist Jess (Margot Robbie). As he’s teaching her the tricks of the trade, she gets too close for comfort and he abruptly breaks it off. Three years later, the former flame—now an accomplished femme fatale—shows up in Buenos Aires in the middle of the high stakes racecar circuit. In the midst of Nicky’s latest, very dangerous scheme, she throws his plans for a loop…and the consummate con man off his game.

Focus is written and directed by Glenn Ficarra & John Requa (Crazy, Stupid, Love.). Denise Di Novi (Crazy, Stupid, Love.) is the producer, with Charlie Gogolak and Stan Wlodkowski serving as executive producers. The cast is headed by Academy Award nominee Will Smith (The Pursuit of Happyness, Ali), Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street), Rodrigo Santoro (the 300 films) and Gerald McRaney (TV’s House of Cards). The behind-the-scenes team includes director of photography Xavier Grobet (Enough Said), production designer Elizabeth Mickle (Drive), editor Jan Kovac (HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm), and from Crazy, Stupid, Love., costume designer Dayna Pink and composer Nick Urata. Apollo Robbins, nicknamed The Gentleman Thief, served as a consultant, conceiving and choreographing original sleight-of-hand maneuvers.

Warner Bros. Pictures presents, a Di Novi Pictures Production, A Zaftig Films Production, Focus. The film will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment company.

For more information about Focus, visit the film’s official website at http://www.focusmovie.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 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 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 To Announce Fourth-Quarter And Full Year 2014 Financial Results And Host Conference Call

January 29, 2015 – 12:09 pm | Permalink

NEW YORK, Jan. 29, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — IMAX Corporation (NYSE: IMAX) today announced it will hold a quarterly conference call to discuss its fourth-quarter and full year 2014 financial results on Thursday, Feb. 19 at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time.

This call is being webcast by Thomson Financial and can be accessed at www.imax.com by clicking on ‘Investor Relations.’ Institutional investors can access the call via Thomson StreetEvents (www.streetevents.com), a password-protected event management site.

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.

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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IMAX EXPANDS INSTITUTIONAL NETWORK WITH AN IMAX® THEATRE AT SERVI MUSEOS’ NEW PAPALOTE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM IN MEXICO

January 28, 2015 – 3:57 pm | Permalink

Servi Museos Extends IMAX Partnership with Megantalla IMAX Banorte at New Museum in Monterrey; Theatre Will Adopt IMAX’s Ground-Breaking Laser System
NEW YORK – Jan. 28, 2015 – IMAX Corporation (NYSE:IMAX) and Servi Museos, a sister institution of the Papalote Children’s Museum Mexico City and of the Papalote Children’s Museum Cuernavaca, today announced an agreement to add an IMAX® theatre to its new children’s museum in Mexico, the Papalote Children’s Museum Monterrey. The Megantalla IMAX Banorte at the new Museum is slated to open in Spring 2015. As part of the agreement, the Museum will eventually transition to IMAX’s next-generation digital laser projection. The new technology will enable the Museum to deliver a wider array of the highest-quality digital documentary content and enhance The IMAX Experience® for its visitors.

The agreement builds on the success of the IMAX ADO Megapantalla theatre located at Papalote Children’s Museum in Mexico City. The new museum in Monterrey will offer children dynamic and interactive exhibits, as well as engaging educational and inspirational documentary films in the IMAX theatre, to fulfill its mission of learning through play and imagination.

“We are excited to open the Papalote Children’s Museum in 2015 and we aim to make it a treasure for Monterrey,” said Marinela Serviijte, Founder, Board of Trustees of Papalote Children’s Museum Mexico and Papalote Children’s Museum Monterrey. “Our Megantalla IMAX Banorte theatre will play a crucial role in fulfilling that important mission in a way no other theatre can.”

“We are delighted to extend our partnership with Servi Museos and welcome the Papalote Children’s Museum Monterrey as the newest member of our esteemed institutional theatre network,” said Larry O’Reilly, President, Worldwide Sales, IMAX Corporation. “Our new laser digital projection system and the IMAX Original Film Fund underscore our commitment to the success of our institutional partners by delivering more quality documentary content in the most immersive way possible. Together with the Papalote Children’s Museum, we look forward to offering the most unforgettable entertainment and educational experiences to the children of Monterrey.”

Under the terms of the agreement, the Papalote Children’s Museum Monterrey will eventually install IMAX’s next-generation laser projection system, which is expected to set a new benchmark as the industry’s premium entertainment experience. The system, which represents the culmination of the largest R&D initiative in IMAX’s history, incorporates the laser digital intellectual property IMAX exclusively licensed from Eastman Kodak and Barco’s unique laser innovations. It will enable IMAX’s largest screens to deliver the highest-quality digital content available with greater brightness and clarity, a wider color gamut and deeper blacks.

About Servi Museos
Servi Museos, A.C. is a non-profit institution that is building the Papalote Children’s Museum Monterrey, a sister institution of the Papalote Children’s Museum Mexico City and of the Papalote Children’s Museum Cuernavaca.

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 theaters (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®, 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).

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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.

Trailer, images for Kingsman: The Secret Service

January 27, 2015 – 1:45 pm | Permalink

Check out the trailer and images from upcoming film, Kingsman: The Secret Service.

Based upon the acclaimed comic book and directed by Matthew Vaughn, Kingsman: The Secret Service tells the story of a super-secret spy organization that recruits an unrefined but promising street kid into the agency’s ultra-competitive training program just as a global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius.

The film opens in select international IMAX theaters February 13, 2015.

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Colin Firth stars as Harry, an impeccably suave spy, in KINGSMAN THE SECRET SERVICE. TM and © 2014 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All rights reserved.


Colin Firth stars as Harry, an impeccably suave spy, in KINGSMAN THE SECRET SERVICE. Photo: 20th Century FOX, TM and © 2014 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All rights reserved.


Harry (Colin Firth), an impeccably suave spy, helps Eggsy (Taron Egerton) turn his life around by trying out for a position with Kingsman, a top-secret independent intelligence organization. Photo: Jaap Buitendijk – TM and © 2014 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All rights reserved.

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Trailer, images for Insurgent

January 22, 2015 – 6:04 pm | Permalink

Check out the trailer and first images for Insurgent.

The Divergent Series: Insurgent raises the stakes for Tris as she searches for allies and answers in the ruins of a futuristic Chicago.

The film opens in IMAX 3D theaters March 20, 2015.

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Tris (Shailene Woodley), Four (Theo James, center), Caleb (Ansel Elgort, right) in THE DIVERGENT SERIES: INSURGENT. Photo Credit: Andrew Cooper


Four (Theo James) and Tris (Shailene Woodley) in THE DIVERGENT SERIES: INSURGENT. Photo Credit: Andrew Cooper


Jeanine (Kate Winslet) and Caleb (Ansel Elgort) in THE DIVERGENT SERIES: INSURGENT. Photo Credit: Andrew Cooper


Jack Kang (Daniel Dae Kim, left), Four (Theo James, center) and Tris (Shailene Woodley) in THE DIVERGENT SERIES: INSURGENT. Photo Credit: Andrew Cooper


Tris (Shailene Woodley) and Four (Theo James) in THE DIVERGENT SERIES: INSURGENT. Photo Courtesy of Lionsgate.

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Lionsgate’s The Divergent Series: Insurgent To Launch Into IMAX® Theatres Domestically On March 20

January 22, 2015 – 1:50 pm | Permalink

Highly Anticipated Sequel Also Will Roll Out in International IMAX Territories Beginning March 18

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Jan. 22, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — IMAX Corporation (NYSE: IMAX) and Lionsgate’s (NYSE: LGF) Summit Entertainment label today announced that The Divergent Series: Insurgent, the second installment of the futuristic action-adventure trilogy based on Veronica Roth’s The New York Times bestselling novels, will be digitally re-mastered into the immersive IMAX® format and released in IMAX® 3D theatres domestically on March 20, 2015, and in international territories starting March 18.

The Divergent Series: Insurgent is directed by Robert Schwentke (RED) from a screenplay by Mark Bomback, Akiva Goldsman and Brian Duffield and reunites stars Golden Globe® nominee Shailene Woodley (The Descendants), Theo James and Academy Award® winner Kate Winslet (The Reader, Titanic), along with series newcomers Academy Award® nominee Naomi Watts and Academy Award® winner Octavia Spencer. The sequel continues the thrilling adventure set in a future world where people are divided into distinct factions based on their personalities. Having discovered she is Divergent, Tris Prior (Woodley) must search for allies and answers as a fugitive of the power-hungry Erudite elite. In a race against time, Tris and Four (James) now must find out what Tris’s family sacrificed their lives to protect, and why the Erudite leaders will do anything to stop them.

“After the success of the first Divergent, along with the global hit phenomena of The Hunger Games and Twilight, Lionsgate and Summit continue to prove that they are at the forefront of adapting novels for the worldwide cinema,” said Greg Foster, Senior Executive Vice President, IMAX Corp. and CEO of IMAX Entertainment. “We believe that The Divergent Series: Insurgent will be an action-packed next chapter for IMAX audiences to experience around the world.”

The IMAX® 3D of The Divergent Series: Insurgent 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 The Divergent Series: Insurgent

The Divergent Series: Insurgent raises the stakes for Tris as she searches for allies and answers in the ruins of a futuristic Chicago. Tris (Shailene Woodley) and Four (Theo James) are now fugitives on the run, hunted by Jeanine [Kate Winslet], the leader of the power-hungry Erudite elite. Racing against time, they must find out what Tris’s family sacrificed their lives to protect, and why the Erudite leaders will do anything to stop them. Haunted by her past choices but desperate to protect the ones she loves, Tris, with Four at her side, faces one impossible challenge after another as they unlock the truth about the past and ultimately the future of their world.

Summit Entertainment presents a Red Wagon Entertainment / Mandeville Pictures production, a Robert Schwentke film.

The extremely popular novel “Divergent” was written by first time author Veronica Roth and has topped The New York Times Best Sellers list ever since being published in April of 2011 by Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins Publishers. The book was written by Roth while she was earning her undergraduate degree at Northwestern University. She followed her first novel with the book “Insurgent,” which has also made its way to the #1 position on specific The New York Times Best Sellers lists. To date, book sales are over 30 million copies for the series, and both titles are HarperCollins’ best-selling e-books ever. The studio acquired the series rights to the novel in early 2011 several months before the book “Divergent” was published.

About Lionsgate

Lionsgate, home to The Hunger Games, Twilight and Divergent franchises, is a premier next generation global content leader with a strong and diversified presence in motion picture production and distribution, television programming and syndication, home entertainment, digital distribution, new channel platforms and international distribution and sales. Lionsgate currently has more than 30 television shows on over 20 different networks spanning its primetime production, distribution and syndication businesses, including such critically-acclaimed hits as the multiple Emmy Award-winning Mad Men and Nurse Jackie, the comedy Anger Management, the broadcast network series Nashville, the syndication success The Wendy Williams Show and the critically-acclaimed hit series Orange is the New Black.

Its feature film business has been fueled by such recent successes as the blockbuster first two installments of The Hunger Games franchise, The Hunger Games and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, the first installment of the Divergent franchise, Now You See Me, Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain, Warm Bodies, The Possession, Sinister, Roadside Attractions’ A Most Wanted Man and Pantelion Films’ breakout hit Instructions Not Included, the highest-grossing Spanish-language film ever released in the U.S.

Lionsgate’s home entertainment business is an industry leader in box office-to-DVD and box office-to-VOD revenue conversion rate. Lionsgate handles a prestigious and prolific library of approximately 16,000 motion picture and television titles that is an important source of recurring revenue and serves as the foundation for the growth of the Company’s core businesses. The Lionsgate and Summit brands remain synonymous with original, daring, quality entertainment in markets around the world.

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 theaters (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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Patrick Stewart to narrate NASA’s ‘trek’ to Mars in giant-screen ‘Journey to Space’

January 21, 2015 – 12:37 pm | Permalink


Sir Patrick Stewart is narrating “Journey to Space,” a new giant-screen documentary on the future of human space travel.

Jan. 21, 2015 – An actor famous for his role commanding a fictional starship will narrate NASA’s real ‘trek’ to Mars in a new giant-screen film.

Patrick Stewart, who as Jean-Luc Picard helmed the USS Enterprise on “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” is lending his voice to “Journey to Space,” a new large-format movie about the concepts, hardware and people carrying out the next generation missions to make humanity a spacefaring civilization.

“It was a delight to contribute to this exciting film project,” Stewart said in a statement. “[‘Journey to Space’] will let audiences young and old know how surprisingly close we are to sending humans into deep space.”

“Journey to Space,” which will launch into select theaters in February, will take moviegoers on a behind-the-scenes tour of the international effort to send astronauts to Mars within the next two decades. The film, which is presented by the Boeing Company and Toyota, is being produced by K2 Communications and Giant Screen Films.

“No longer science fiction, a human mission to Mars is in the planning stages, and major steps are being taken to make it a reality within a generation,” Bob Kresser, chief executive officer of K2 Films, said. “Our goal in making this film was to tie together the actual hardware being built with the tremendous planning under way that will make the next steps in space exploration the most far-reaching in our history.”

As seen in its first trailer released last month, “Journey to Space” features scenes filmed at NASA facilities and by astronauts in space, as well as animation of NASA’s next-generation Space Launch System heavy-lift rocket, Orion crew capsule, and “Olympus,” a commercial concept for an inflatable transit habitat for long-duration missions. The one-minute preview also showed NASA astronauts training in an Orion mockup and working inside an immersive Mars rover simulator at the Johnson Space Center in Houston.

In addition to looking forward, the documentary also looks back at the space shuttle program and the role it played in assembling the International Space Station. A third of the movie is devoted to how the shuttle helped us understand how to live and operate in space.

Adding to the scenes filmed at the Johnson Space Center, the movie was also shot on location at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida and at Bigelow Aerospace in Las Vegas where the Olympus module is being developed.

The National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. will host the world premiere in March. The film will screen in 2D and 3D in theaters across the country, including at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Alabama and the Kansas Cosmosphere in Hutchinson beginning in February.

In addition to the TV series, Stewart reprised his role as captain of the Enterprise in four “Star Trek” feature films. A Grammy Award winner and Tony, Emmy, and Golden Globe nominee, Stewart also portrayed Professor Charles Xavier in the “X-Men” film series.

“Patrick’s narration is the perfect icing on our space-story cake,” Mark Krenzien, the director of “Journey to Space,” said. “Everyone in the studio was beyond impressed by his enthusiasm for the project and his dedication to every nuance and detail.”

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