Five clips from The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

December 6, 2013 – 4:26 pm | Permalink

Five clips have been released from The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug continues the adventure of the title character Bilbo Baggins as he journeys with the Wizard Gandalf and thirteen Dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield on an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor.

The film opens in IMAX 3D theaters December 13, 2013.

I Found Something In The Goblin Tunnels



Into the Barrels!



This Is Our Fight



You Have No Right To Enter That Mountain



Your World Will Burn



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New trailer for 300: Rise of an Empire

December 6, 2013 – 3:05 pm | Permalink

A new trailer has been released for 300: Rise of an Empire.

This new chapter of the epic saga takes the action to a fresh battlefield — on the sea — as Greek general Themistokles attempts to unite all of Greece by leading the charge that will change the course of the war.

The film opens in IMAX 3D theaters March 7, 2014.

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Sasaki Kogyo Co. Ltd. To Bring IMAX’s Next-Generation Laser Technology To Japan

December 5, 2013 – 12:08 pm | Permalink

Deal Marks Company’s First IMAX® Theatre in Downtown Tokyo and First Laser Technology Agreement in Japan

NEW YORK and TOKYO, Dec. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — IMAX Corporation (NYSE: IMAX; TSX: IMX) today announced an agreement with Sasaki Kogyo Co. Ltd., which operates under the brand Cinema Sunshine, for an IMAX® theatre to be located in Ikebukuro, one of the largest downtowns within Tokyo and the city’s premier commercial and entertainment area. The theatre will be installed in a new complex, which upon completion will represent the largest scale multiplex in Tokyo. The deal brings Sasaki Kogyo’s IMAX commitment to four theatres, of which three are currently open in the cities of Yamatokoriyama, Matsuyama-shi and Tsuchiura-shi.

Under the terms of the agreement, the theatre will feature IMAX’s next-generation laser digital projection system, which represents the culmination of the largest R&D initiative in IMAX’s history. The system incorporates the laser digital intellectual property IMAX exclusively licensed from Eastman Kodak and Barco’s unique laser innovations. It is expected to set a new benchmark as the industry’s premium entertainment experience and 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.

“Since opening our first IMAX theatre in 2011, we’ve seen our complex’s overall box office share and attendance steadily increase and today, we are building on this success with the addition of a new theatre in Ikebukuro, Tokyo, within our new flagship complex,” said Mr. Shinichi Sasaki, CEO of Sasaki Kogyo Co. Ltd. “We are also proud to be the first to bring IMAX’s cutting-edge laser technology to Japan, which we are confident, will set a new standard for immersive cinematic experiences.”

“For seventy years, Sasaki Kogyo has been a leader in the development of quality, innovative cinemas in Japan and it is fitting that they are the first in the country to commit to our next-generation laser technology,” said Don Savant, IMAX Managing Director, Asia Pacific. “We are delighted to expand our partnership and develop an IMAX theatre in such a premium site in downtown Tokyo.”

About Cinema Sunshine
Cinema Sunshine possesses 97 cinema screens at 13 sites around Japan, with a total of 16,359 seats (as of May 2013). The opening of the pioneering Cinema Sunshine Ikebukuro cinema complex, marked the beginning of Cinema Sunshine’s expansion throughout Japan. Working from the concept of “Community-based Cinema,” we create entertainment spaces that are intended to boost the development of the surrounding area, and to improve cinematic culture. With wheelchair space and stadium-style seating that allows people to watch movies without worrying about trying to see around the head of the person in front, our cinemas allow comfortable viewing to everyone.

As Cinema Sunshine we continue to introduce cinema complexes in Japan that feature world-leading technologies such as IMAX. We provide our customers with an enjoyable movie-going experience only possible at Cinema Sunshine, and will maintain our global focus on technology in order to create viewing environments with excellent added value that inspires our customer to want to watch movies at Cinema Sunshine.

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, 2013, there were 785 IMAX theatres (653 commercial multiplexes, 19 commercial destinations and 113 institutions) in 55 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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MacGillivray Freeman Films Honored With Orange County Business Journal’s Family Owned Business Award

December 5, 2013 – 11:58 am | Permalink

Award Honors Family Owned Businesses For Their Success and Contributions To Their Industry and Community

LAGUNA BEACH, CA – Dec. 4, 2013 – MacGillivray Freeman Films (MFF) was honored at the Orange County Business Journal’s Fourteenth Annual Family Owned Business Awards ceremony held November 13 in Irvine, California. MFF was one of five winners out of 51 nominees to receive a Family Owned Business Award, winning in the Small Business Category (for businesses with fewer than 50 employees).

Presented by the Orange County Business Journal and Cal State Fullerton’s Family Business Council, the awards recognize family-owned businesses for their business success and longevity, family involvement, and contributions to their industry and to the Orange County community. Other businesses to receive awards were Dana Wharf Sport Fishing, Behavioral Health Works, Rogers Gardens, and Nektar Juice Bar.

“MacGillivray Freeman Films is extremely proud of this recognition by the Orange County Business Journal and of our association with all the illustrious guests, nominees and winners,” said company chairman Greg MacGillivray. “For fifty years, MFF has endeavored to create meaningful, life-enriching motion picture entertainment for global audiences and to be an engaged and supportive member of our community. We feel privileged to be able to make the kind of films we do, and we look forward to many more years of transporting audiences to far-away places with the power of IMAX cinematography.”

The award was accepted by Barbara and Meghan MacGillivray who were also interviewed for a piece in the Orange County Business Journal.

About MacGillivray Freeman Films
MacGillivray Freeman Films is the world’s foremost independent producer and distributor of giant-screen 70mm films with 37 IMAX films to its credit. Throughout the company’s 50-year history, its films have won numerous international awards including two Academy Award® nominations and three films inducted into the IMAX Hall of Fame. MacGillivray Freeman’s films are known for their artistry and celebration of science and the natural world. It is the first documentary film company to reach the one billion dollar benchmark for box office. For more information about the company, visit www.macgillivrayfreemanfilms.com.

New images from The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

December 3, 2013 – 2:08 pm | Permalink

Warner Bros. Pictures has released new images from The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug continues the adventure of the title character Bilbo Baggins as he journeys with the Wizard Gandalf and thirteen Dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield on an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor.

The film opens in IMAX 3D theaters December 13, 2013.



(L-r) IAN McKELLEN as Gandalf and SYLVESTER McCOY as Radagast in the fantasy adventure “THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG,” a production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM), released by Warner Bros. Pictures and MGM. Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures. © 2013 WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INC. AND METRO-GOLDWYN-MAYER PICTURES INC.


(L-r) WILLIAM KIRCHER as Bifur, JOHN CALLEN as Oin, RICHARD ARMITAGE as Thorin, and KEN STOTT as Balin in the fantasy adventure “THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG,” a production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM), released by Warner Bros. Pictures and MGM. Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures. © 2013 WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INC. AND METRO-GOLDWYN-MAYER PICTURES INC.


MARTIN FREEMAN as Bilbo in the fantasy adventure “THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG,” a production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM), released by Warner Bros. Pictures and MGM. Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures. © 2013 WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INC. AND METRO-GOLDWYN-MAYER PICTURES INC.


MARTIN FREEMAN as Bilbo in the fantasy adventure “THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG,” a production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM), released by Warner Bros. Pictures and MGM. Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures. © 2013 WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INC. AND METRO-GOLDWYN-MAYER PICTURES INC.


MARTIN FREEMAN as Bilbo in the fantasy adventure “THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG,” a production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM), released by Warner Bros. Pictures and MGM. Photo Credit: Mark Pokorny. © 2013 WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INC. AND METRO-GOLDWYN-MAYER PICTURES INC.

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/Film talks with IMAX execs on Hunger Games, IMAX misconceptions

December 2, 2013 – 3:18 pm | Permalink

From /Film:

Why do some films shot with traditional cameras look different in IMAX and others do not?
There’s a big difference between when you see The Hunger Games: Catching Fire in IMAX versus something not shot in IMAX. And most of that is the aspect ratio and shape of the frame. However, what IMAX has discovered on a few recent films – Sam Mendes’ Skyfall and Ridley Scott’s Prometheus being two examples – that if a filmmaker shoots their movie digitally, that capture creates a slightly bigger frame than traditional 35mm, allowing for an almost IMAX/35mm hybrid size. Murray explains:

They shot [Skyfall] with the ARRI Alexa, which has got a taller native aspect ratio on the chip. We did some tests just about a year before we started shooting to let them see. I’ve been canvasing filmmakers to do something special for IMAX and so we did a bunch of tests with Sam Mendes and Roger Deakins with an expanded ratio. Roger wanted to continue to shoot with the ARRI Alexa, but it had enough head room to allow them to create a special tall aspect ratio version just for us.

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Digital IMAX theater to open in Tebrau, Malaysia

December 2, 2013 – 3:14 pm | Permalink

Cinema Online writes:

Moviegoers in Johor and Singapore will now be able to enjoy movies in IMAX in Malaysia instead of having to make a trip to Singapore as TGV Cinemas will be unveiling their biggest IMAX hall yet on 12 December 2013 in TGV Tebrau City, Johor Bahru.

In conjunction with the opening of their IMAX hall, free tickets to experience movies in IMAX from 12 to 13 December 2013 will be given out.

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Trailer for Space: Unraveling the Cosmos

December 2, 2013 – 2:34 pm | Permalink

Check out the trailer for new digital 3D film, Space: Unraveling the Cosmos.

The film is an epic 3D journey of exploration, as we reach to the farthest points within our universe, and beyond, to develop a greater understanding of space that surrounds our planet.

Space debuts in theaters in 3D and 2D, 2K and 4K, as well as in “full dome” format for digital planetariums.

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New poster for I, Frankenstein

November 26, 2013 – 3:59 pm | Permalink

Lionsgate has released a new poster for I, Frankenstein.

Set in a dystopic present where vigilant gargoyles and ferocious demons rage in a battle for ultimate power, Victor Frankenstein’s creation Adam finds himself caught in the middle as both sides race to discover the secret to his immortality.

The film opens in IMAX 3D theaters January 24, 2013.



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IMAX® and CineStar Expand Partnership to Bring Another IMAX® Theatre to Germany

November 26, 2013 – 1:57 pm | Permalink

Agreement Follows Recent IMAX Opening at CineStar’s Iconic Sony Centre Multiplex in Berlin

BERLIN, Nov. 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — IMAX Corporation (NYSE: IMAX; TSX: IMX) and CineStar Cinemas, Germany’s largest exhibitor and a subsidiary of Amalgamated Holdings Ltd., Australia’s leading entertainment and hospitality company, today announced the expansion of the parties’ revenue-sharing agreement with an additional IMAX® theatre to be installed at the Filmpalast am ZKM complex in Karlsruhe, Germany. The deal follows the parties’ recent June opening of an IMAX theatre at the landmark CineStar Sony Centre multiplex in Berlin and brings CineStar Cinemas’ IMAX commitment to two theaters.

“With today’s agreement we are building on the tremendous success of our existing IMAX theatre, which has already strengthened the complex’s overall box office and ranked as the number one screen in Germany for Gravity,” said Oliver Fock, Managing Director Film for CineStar. “We’re excited to bring another IMAX theatre to Germany, which will serve as a premium attraction in our Karlsruhe complex. We remain committed to providing our customers the best cinematic experience and we believe our investment in IMAX and its ground-breaking laser technology is a natural extension of this strategy.”

“We’re extremely pleased to see how well CineStar’s Sony Centre IMAX is already performing and look forward to strengthening our partnership by bringing another fantastic location to Germany,” said Andrew Cripps, President, IMAX EMEA. “Our valuable relationships with leading exhibitors such as CineStar will support our expansion efforts in the strategically important market and help us to bring The IMAX Experience® to more moviegoers across Europe.”

Under the terms of the agreement, the new IMAX theatre at the Filmpalast am ZKM complex will eventually transition to IMAX’s next-generation laser digital 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 is expected to set a new benchmark as the industry’s premium entertainment experience and 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 CineStar Cinemas

CineStar Cinemas is Germany’s largest, most innovative and exciting cinema and entertainment provider. It’s our intention to continually offer an exciting, vibrant and state-of-the-art means for our guests to enjoy all forms of entertainment as it’s meant to be seen (on the BIG screen).

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, 2013, there were 785 IMAX theatres (653 commercial multiplexes, 19 commercial destinations and 113 institutions) in 55 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.

New featurettes for Walking With Dinosaurs 3D

November 25, 2013 – 4:16 pm | Permalink

New featurettes have been released for Walking With Dinosaurs 3D.

On a thrilling ride, we spin back in time to an extraordinary prehistoric world: Alaska 70 million years ago in the Cretaceous period: the last great flourish of the dinosaur era.

The film opens in theaters December 20, 2013.

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Dino Files: Alexornis Antecedens



Dino Files: Armored Ankylosaur



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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire™ Blazes Trails In IMAX® With Estimated $18 Million Worldwide In Opening Weekend

November 25, 2013 – 12:28 pm | Permalink

IMAX Has Its Best Three-Day November Opening In Debut Across 347 North American IMAX® Theatres, Earning $12.6 Million Domestically

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — IMAX Corporation (NYSE: IMAX; TSX: IMX) and Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF) announced today that The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, the second film in the blockbuster Hunger Games franchise, has grossed approximately $18 million in IMAX theatres worldwide and $12.6 million in 347 IMAX® theatres in North America since its release Friday, Nov. 22, resulting in a domestic per-screen average of approximately $36,300. That is the best three-day domestic opening for November in IMAX history, topping the previous record set by Sony’s Skyfall in November 2012.

For the weekend, eight of the top 10 domestic runs for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire were IMAX engagements.

Internationally, the film delivered a robust $5.4 million in multiple IMAX territories, including standout performances in the Netherlands ($73,000 per-screen average), Australia ($63,000) and the United Kingdom ($51,000). Overall, the film has grossed an estimated $307.7 million through Sunday for Lionsgate worldwide and an estimated $161.125 million in its opening weekend domestically.

The film led the entire IMAX network to its second best overall weekend ever with total worldwide grosses for IMAX reaching $25.7 million.

“We’re excited that fans are seeking out the IMAX format in record numbers as the ideal way to experience The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” said Greg Foster, CEO of IMAX Entertainment and Senior Executive Vice President, IMAX Corp. “I want to congratulate and thank our partners – producers Nina Jacobson and Jon Kilik, director Francis Lawrence, and Lionsgate – who realized the full potential of IMAX by using our capture technology in the arena sequences and proved once again that the Hunger Games series is a world-class franchise. Given the film’s ‘A’ Cinemascore and the use of IMAX differentiation, not to mention the Thanksgiving holiday in front of us, we’re optimistic about the film’s long-term prospects.”

Helping to further eventize this cultural phenomenon and transport moviegoers into the world of Panem, director Francis Lawrence used IMAX’s extremely high-resolution cameras to film portions of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Exclusively in IMAX® theatres, when Katniss enters the arena the image will expand to fill the IMAX screen for the entire arena sequence with unprecedented crispness and clarity, putting moviegoers right into the action alongside Katniss and her fellow Tributes.

The IMAX release of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire has been 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 HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire begins as Katniss Everdeen (played by Jennifer Lawrence) has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark (played by Josh Hutcherson). Winning means that they must turn around and leave their family and close friends, embarking on a “Victor’s Tour” of the districts. Along the way Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, but the Capitol is still very much in control as President Snow prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games (The Quarter Quell) – a competition that could change Panem forever. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is directed by Francis Lawrence, and produced by Nina Jacobson’s Color Force in tandem with producer Jon Kilik. The novel on which the film is based is the second in a trilogy written by Suzanne Collins that has over 65 million copies in print in the U.S. alone.

You can learn more about The Hunger Games: Catching Fire by visiting Lionsgate’s official site at http://www.thehungergamesexplorer.com/us/

About Lionsgate
Lionsgate is a leading global entertainment company with a strong and diversified presence in motion picture production and distribution, television programming and syndication, home entertainment, family entertainment, digital distribution, new channel platforms and international distribution and sales. Lionsgate currently has 30 television shows on 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 network series Nashville, the syndication success The Wendy Williams Show and the critically-acclaimed new series Orange Is The New Black.

Its feature film business has been fueled by such recent successes as the blockbuster first and second installments of The Hunger Games franchise, The Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn – Part 2, Now You See Me, Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain, Warm Bodies, Snitch, Texas Chainsaw 3D, The Expendables 2, The Possession, Sinister, Arbitrage and Pantelion Films’ breakout hit Instructions Not Included, the highest-grossing Spanish-language film ever 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 15,000 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 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, 2013, there were 785 IMAX theatres (653 commercial multiplexes, 19 commercial destinations and 113 institutions) in 55 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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Trailer for Journey to the South Pacific

November 22, 2013 – 3:54 pm | Permalink

Check out the trailer for upcoming IMAX film, Journey to the South Pacific.

The film will take moviegoers on a breathtaking IMAX® 3D adventure to the lush tropical islands of remote West Papua.

The film opens in IMAX 3D theaters November 27, 2013.

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Images from Journey to the South Pacific

November 22, 2013 – 3:03 pm | Permalink

Check out these images from upcoming IMAX film, Journey to the South Pacific.

The film will take moviegoers on a breathtaking IMAX® 3D adventure to the lush tropical islands of remote West Papua.

The film opens in IMAX 3D theaters November 27, 2013.



In a scene from the IMAX® film Journey to the South Pacific, young islander Jawi Mayor swims with a whale shark, the world’s largest shark and also its most docile. © 2013 IMAX Corporation and MacGillivray Freeman Films


View of the islands of West Papua from the top of Mount Pindito, as seen in the IMAX® film Journey to the South Pacific. © 2013 IMAX Corporation and MacGillivray Freeman Films / Photographer: Shaun MacGillivray.


The efforts of West Papua’s local islanders to protect their ocean backyards have resulted in reviving populations of many marine animals like the hawksbill turtle, as featured in the IMAX® film Journey to the South Pacific. © 2013 IMAX Corporation and MacGillivray Freeman Films / Photographer: Michele Hall.

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IMAX plans to double China theaters in five years

November 21, 2013 – 12:14 pm | Permalink

Bloomberg reports:

Imax Corp. Chief Executive Richard Gelfond said he plans to more than double the big-screen theater company’s count in China over the next five years as it expands in the fastest-growing film market in the world.

Imax will boost its theaters, which present films in both two-dimensional and three-dimensional formats on large screens with specialized sound systems, to 400 in China from 150 today, Gelfond said.

“I feel like I’ve got the wind at my back,” he said, speaking today at The Year Ahead: 2014, a two-day summit hosted by Bloomberg LP in Chicago. “I’m a huge China bull.”

China passed Japan to become the world’s second-largest film market last year, according to the Motion Picture Association of America. Box office sales reached $3 billion through Nov. 19, a 43 percent increase from 2012, according to Rentrak Corp.

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Trailer for Napa Valley Dreams

November 20, 2013 – 3:37 pm | Permalink

Check out the trailer for new film, Napa Valley Dreams.

From ground to sky, from person to person, Napa Valley Dreams captures as never before the exquisite light, color and texture of a paradise and its people.

The film is now available worldwide to the network of Giant Screen Theaters located in museums and attractions.

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BIG & Digital Secures Worldwide Distribution Rights To New Documentary, Napa Valley Dreams

November 20, 2013 – 2:20 pm | Permalink

Las Vegas, Nevada (November 20, 2013) – BIG & Digital, LLC announced today that Napa Valley Dreams is available worldwide to the network of Giant Screen Theaters located in museums and attractions. The film is produced by Rodney Vance of Singular Entertainment and premiered at the Cameo Cinema in the heart of Napa Valley on May 15, 2013.

Vance, award-winning producer and writer, and noted cinematographers Christopher Rusin and John Tagamolila created a stunning visual portrait of what many consider to be one of the most beautiful places on earth — Napa Valley, California. The film represents a place everyone knows, but not everyone has visited, including a few places never before captured on film.

Napa Valley Dreams captures the exquisite light, color and texture of the landscape and the community in a journey from soil to soul. “Napa Valley is a soulful place,” explains Vance. “This place is more than just home to world-class wine and cuisine and we wanted to capture the experience of that, the enchantment of that, and what it’s like to live there and experience the Valley season by season.”

Audiences discover the people, the places and the heart of Napa Valley and get to explore areas rarely seen by visitors, including environmentally sensitive parts of the valley that have never before been professionally filmed. Many consider the Archer-Taylor Preserve and the Dunn-Wildlake Preserve, both filmed for Napa Valley Dreams, to be the most beautiful sections of the Napa Valley. The cinematography is stunning and includes the night sky over Lake Hennessy; off-road biking in the redwood-filled forests; and glimpses into the daily life of local sustainable farms, wineries and spas.

The film highlights Hollywood’s love for wine and features iconic Napa personalities, including: musician Ray Manzarek — The Doors, Donald Hess–The Hess Collection, Glass Artist Gordon Huether, 3-Michelin Star Chef Christopher Kostow of The Restaurant at Meadowood, and Chocolate Atelier Wendy Sherwood with cameos by Eleanor Coppola and the Mondavi family.

Napa Valley Dreams is the first documentary to use the cutting-edge technology of Dolby® Atmos™, a break-through, next-generation audio solution that changes the way people experience entertainment sound. Atmos creates an immersive atmosphere of sound that comes from the ceiling as well as all around you. The sound of a bird, or a waterfall, comes from a specific location within the theater.

The score, composed by Scott Greer, utilizes international instruments and features the song ‘Wine Country Cowboy’ written by Shane Soldinger and performed by The Silverado Pickups, a local band.

“We are excited to distribute Napa Valley Dreams. It is a beautiful and enchanting film and will be appreciated by all ages,” states Tina Ratterman, of BIG & Digital. “It’s perfect to program with exhibits of related topics and to be shown for member, corporate, and fund raising events. There is so much theaters can do to have fun with this film. It’s a perfect film for parents who desire an escape to Napa Valley and for children who find the landscape visually stunning.”

The run time is 41 minutes and can be leased for Digital 2K and 4K Theaters and can also be shown using Blu-Ray and DVD for Special Events and Private Rentals.

Film website – www.napavalleydreams.com

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About Singular Entertainment, LLC.
Singular Entertainment Corporation located in Riverside, California, is a production company committed to articulating distinctive personal voices in a marketable way.
http://singularentertainment.com/

About BIG & Digital, LLC
BIG & Digital, LLC is a boutique distributor of films for museums and attractions and commercial and standalone theaters with 15/70mm, IMAX® Digital, 2K and 4K Digital, Fulldome and Blue-Ray and DVD projection systems. BIG & Digital was founded in March 2009 by Tina Ratterman. More information can be found at www.biganddigital.com.

Trailer, poster, images from Antarctica’s Penguin Emperors 3D

November 19, 2013 – 3:40 pm | Permalink

Check out the trailer, poster, and images from new digital 3D film, Antarctica’s Emperor Penguins 3D.

The story follows a colony of Emperor Penguins as they emerge from the sea and begin their long march sixty miles inland during the cold winter.

The film is currently in distribution for museums and science centers in selected territories.

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New featurette, poster, and images from Walking With Dinosaurs 3D

November 19, 2013 – 1:27 pm | Permalink

A new featurette, poster, and images have been released for Walking With Dinosaurs 3D.

On a thrilling ride, we spin back in time to an extraordinary prehistoric world: Alaska 70 million years ago in the Cretaceous period: the last great flourish of the dinosaur era.

The film opens in theaters December 20, 2013.

Drawing Patchi Featurette





Patchi explores his world in WALKING WITH DINOSAURS. Photo: 20th Century Fox – TM and © 2013 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All rights reserved. Not for sale or duplication.


Patchi grows up to become the herd’s formidable leader. Photo: 20th Century Fox – TM and © 2013 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All rights reserved. Not for sale or duplication.


Patchi leaves the nest to explore his surroundings. Photo: 20th Century Fox – TM and © 2013 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All rights reserved. Not for sale or duplication.

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New images from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

November 18, 2013 – 5:30 pm | Permalink

Lionsgate has released new images from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

The film chronicles the life of Katniss Everdeen after she emerges from the 74th Annual Hunger Games victorious — but far from safe.

The film opens in IMAX theaters November 22, 2013.



Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence, right), Effie Trinket (Elizabeth Banks, center) and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson, left) in THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE. Photo Credit: Murray Close


Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) in THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE. Photo Credit: Murray Close


Jennifer Lawrence stars as ‘Katniss Everdeen’ in THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE. Photo Credit: Murray Close

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