Fifty Shades of Grey gets last-minute IMAX release

February 12, 2015 – 6:49 pm | Permalink

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

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

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Images for Humpback Whales

February 12, 2015 – 5:35 pm | Permalink

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

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

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



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


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


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


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


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

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Trailer for Cinderella

February 11, 2015 – 6:44 pm | Permalink

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

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

The film opens in IMAX theaters March 13.



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

February 11, 2015 – 6:38 pm | Permalink

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

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

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

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

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

About CJ CGV

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

About IMAX Corporation

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

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

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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Disney’s Live-Action Cinderella To Be Released In IMAX® Theatres Globally Starting March 13

February 11, 2015 – 6:34 pm | Permalink

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Feb. 10, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — IMAX Corporation (NYSE: IMAX) and The Walt Disney Studios, a division of The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS), today announced that the highly anticipated live-action Cinderella – directed by Academy Award® nominee Kenneth Branagh and starring Academy Award® winner Cate Blanchett as the Stepmother and Lily James in the timeless title role – will be digitally re-mastered into the immersive IMAX® format and released in IMAX® theatres globally beginning March 13.

A live-action feature inspired by the classic fairy tale, Cinderella is written by Chris Weitz and produced by Simon Kinberg, Allison Shearmur and David Barron. Tim Lewis served as executive producer.

“Based on the timeless classic, Cinderella now is a visually breath-taking live-action gem from the hugely talented Kenneth Branagh, with whom we’re thrilled to partner again, as well as the wonderful team at Disney,” said Greg Foster, Senior Executive Vice President, IMAX Corp. and CEO of IMAX Entertainment. “Having been fortunate to see the movie several weeks ago, we believe Cinderella will resonate with movie-goers from around the globe, and we can’t wait to share it with IMAX audiences worldwide.”

The IMAX® release of Cinderella 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 Cinderella, please visit Disney’s official website at http://disney.com/cinderella/.

About CINDERELLA:
The story of Cinderella follows the fortunes of young Ella (Lily James) whose merchant father remarries following the death of her mother. Eager to support her loving father, Ella welcomes her new stepmother (Cate Blanchett) and her daughters Anastasia (Holliday Grainger) and Drisella (Sophie McShera) into the family home. But, when Ella’s father unexpectedly passes away, she finds herself at the mercy of a jealous and cruel new family. Finally relegated to nothing more than a servant girl covered in ashes, and spitefully renamed Cinderella, Ella could easily begin to lose hope. Yet, despite the cruelty inflicted upon her, Ella is determined to honor her mother’s dying words and to “have courage and be kind.” She will not give in to despair nor despise those who mistreat her. And then there is the dashing stranger she meets in the woods. Unaware that he is really a prince, not merely an apprentice at the Palace, Ella finally feels she has met a kindred soul. It appears her fortunes may be about to change when the Palace sends out an open invitation for all maidens to attend a ball, raising Ella’s hopes of once again encountering the charming Kit (Richard Madden). Alas, her stepmother forbids her to attend and callously rips apart her dress. But, as in all good fairy tales, help is at hand, and a kindly beggar woman (Helena Bonham-Carter) steps forward and – armed with a pumpkin and a few mice – changes Cinderella’s life forever.

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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Images from Journey to Space

February 9, 2015 – 4:43 pm | Permalink

Check out these images from upcoming Giant Screen film, Journey to Space.

In the past half century, humans have punched through the stratosphere, walked on the moon, and lived continuously in orbit. In the coming decades, our unquenchable curiosity will take our species beyond the cradle of Earth to touch the face of another world. Strap in for the next giant leap. Next stop … Mars!

The film opens in IMAX, Giant Screen, and other specialty venues February 2015.



CGI depicts a spacecraft transporting humans to the Red Planet.


CGI depicts Orion docking with a more robust craft designed to transport humans to Mars, and back again.


Mars.


Space Shuttle Endeavour sits at the launch pad at Cape Canaveral, FL; just before being launched into space.

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“THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 2” SOARS INTO IMAX® 3D THEATERS STARTING NOVEMBER 20

February 6, 2015 – 2:34 pm | Permalink

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Feb. 6, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — IMAX Corporation (NYSE: IMAX) and Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF), a premier next generation global content leader, today announced that The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, the next installment of the global blockbuster Hunger Games franchise, will be digitally re-mastered into the immersive IMAX® format and released in IMAX® 3D theaters domestically for the film’s November 20th rollout.

“I’m thrilled Mockingjay – Part 2 will be in IMAX theaters,” said director Francis Lawrence. “Fans will now have the chance to see the film in any format they want, which is exciting; we recently saw the 3-D version of Mockingjay – Part 1 before its release in China, and the new level of immersion was really fantastic.”

“It’s exciting to be back in The Hunger Games world and once again team up with our partners at Lionsgate, director Francis Lawrence and producers Nina Jacobson and Jon Kilik on what we believe will be a thrilling, action-packed finale to this blockbuster franchise,” said Greg Foster, Senior Executive Vice President, IMAX Corp. and CEO of IMAX Entertainment. “The fan enthusiasm and cultural impact that this series has generated has been truly remarkable and we are thrilled to offer audiences the opportunity to experience the last chapter in IMAX 3D.”

The IMAX® 3D version of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 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.

The blockbuster Hunger Games franchise has taken audiences by storm around the world, grossing more than $2.2 billion at the global box office, and it was the #1 movie of the year two years in a row domestically. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 now brings the franchise to its powerful fourth chapter in which Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) now fully realizes the stakes are no longer just for survival — they are for the future.

With the nation of Panem in a full scale war, Katniss confronts President Snow (Donald Sutherland) in the final showdown. Teamed with a group of her closest friends – including Gale (Liam Hemsworth), Finnick (Sam Claflin), and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) – Katniss goes off on a mission with the unit from District 13 as they risk their lives to stage an assassination attempt on President Snow who has become increasingly obsessed with destroying her. The mortal traps, enemies, and moral choices that await Katniss will challenge her more than any arena she faced in The Hunger Games.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 is directed by Francis Lawrence from a screenplay by Peter Craig and Danny Strong and features an acclaimed cast including Academy Award®-winner Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jeffrey Wright, Willow Shields, Sam Claflin, Jena Malone with Stanley Tucci and Donald Sutherland reprising their original roles from The Hunger Games and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. The impressive lineup is joined by The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 co-stars five-time Academy Award®-nominee Julianne Moore, Mahershala Ali, Natalie Dormer, Wes Chatham, Elden Henson and Evan Ross.

ABOUT THE HUNGER GAMES
The first three installments of the global blockbuster Hunger Games franchise have grossed more than $2.2 billion at the worldwide box office and counting. The last two installments of The Hunger Games franchise (Catching Fire and Mockingjay – Part 1) have become the highest-grossing releases at the domestic box office each of the past two years, the first time ever for back-to-back sequels. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire also holds the record as the 10th highest-grossing domestic release of all time.

Based on Suzanne Collins’ best-selling trilogy of books which has already sold more than 82 million copies around the world, The Hunger Games franchise continues to expand into exciting new lines of business. Lionsgate will launch a U.S. tour of “The Hunger Games: The Exhibition” in Summer 2015 and is teaming with Imagine Nation to bring The Hunger Games live theatrical experience to London in Summer 2016. Additionally, The Hunger Games Kabam video game launched in November 2014 as the #3-ranking game on Google worldwide.

The next installment of the record-breaking franchise, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, will be released on November 20, 2015, directed by Francis Lawrence and starring Academy Award® winner Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth and Woody Harrelson.

ABOUT LIONSGATE
Lionsgate 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, channel platforms and international distribution and sales. The Company 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 three installments of The Hunger Games franchise, the first installment of the Divergent franchise, John Wick, Now You See Me, Roadside Attractions’ A Most Wanted Man, Lionsgate/Codeblack Films’ Addicted and Pantelion Films’ 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 rates. 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. www.lionsgate.com

ABOUT IMAX
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).

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Trailer for Chappie

February 6, 2015 – 2:01 pm | Permalink

Check out the official trailer for the upcoming film, Chappie.

In the near future, crime is patrolled by an oppressive mechanized police force. But now, the people are fighting back. When one police droid, Chappie, is stolen and given new programming, he becomes the first robot with the ability to think and feel for himself. As powerful, destructive forces start to see Chappie as a danger to mankind and order, they will stop at nothing to maintain the status quo and ensure that Chappie is the last of his kind.

The film opens in IMAX theaters March 6, 2015.



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Sony Pictures Entertainment And MRC’s Chappie, Directed By Neill Blomkamp, To Be Released In IMAX® Theatres Worldwide Starting March 2015

February 6, 2015 – 1:56 pm | Permalink

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Feb. 6, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — IMAX Corporation (NYSE: IMAX), Sony Pictures Entertainment and MRC announced today that Chappie, the third feature film from visionary director Neill Blomkamp (District 9, Elysium), will be digitally re-mastered into the immersive IMAX® format and released into IMAX® theatres domestically on March 6, 2015, following the overseas IMAX launch dates beginning as early as March 4.

Written by Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell, Chappie tells the original story of a precocious robot named Chappie, the first robot with the ability to think and feel for itself. The film stars Sharlto Copley (Maleficent, District 9), Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire), South African rappers Ninja and ¥o-Landi Vi$$er, Jose Pablo Cantillo, with Academy Award® nominee Sigourney Weaver and Hugh Jackman. Blomkamp produced the film along with Simon Kinberg. Ben Waisbren served as executive producer.

“With his previous films District 9 and Elysium, Neill Blomkamp has proven himself to be a talented filmmaker with a unique voice, and we’re thrilled to continue our partnership with him and Sony Pictures Entertainment to release Chappie in IMAX theatres worldwide,” said Greg Foster, Senior Executive Vice President, IMAX Corp. and CEO of IMAX Entertainment.

The IMAX® release of Chappie 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 Chappie, visit the film’s official website at www.sonypictures.com/movies/chappie.

About CHAPPIE:
In the near future, crime is patrolled by an oppressive mechanized police force. But now, the people are fighting back. When one police droid, Chappie, is stolen and given new programming, he becomes the first robot with the ability to think and feel for himself. As powerful, destructive forces start to see Chappie as a danger to mankind and order, they will stop at nothing to maintain the status quo and ensure that Chappie is the last of his kind.

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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Official trailer for Journey to Space narrated by Patrick Stewart

February 5, 2015 – 4:42 pm | Permalink

The official trailer for Journey to Space narrated by Patrick Stewart has been released.

In the past half century, humans have punched through the stratosphere, walked on the moon, and lived continuously in orbit. In the coming decades, our unquenchable curiosity will take our species beyond the cradle of Earth to touch the face of another world. Strap in for the next giant leap. Next stop … Mars!

The film opens in IMAX, Giant Screen, and other specialty venues this February.



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