Journey to Space opens in Tampa’s MOSI this weekend

May 20, 2015 – 5:25 pm | Permalink

Tampa Bay Times covers the opening of new Giant Screen film, Journey to Space, opening May 22 at MOSI in Tampa, Florida:

Watching a rocket take off in IMAX, as well as footage from moon landings and Mars rover landings, makes for an impressive panorama in Journey to Space, a new documentary opening Friday at Tampa’s Museum of Science and Industry. It runs for the next year at MOSI.

The film is short on running time at 45 minutes, and long on information.

We’re guided by none other than Star Trek’s Capt. Jean Luc Picard, actor Patrick Stewart, who starts with man’s desire to explore and how far that instinct has carried the species.

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IMAX® And Vue International Build On Recent IMAX Box Office Success With Two-Theatre Agreement

May 14, 2015 – 11:31 am | Permalink

Second-largest Pan-European Exhibitor Adds Two IMAX® Theatres to Circuit in England

CANNES, France, May 14, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — IMAX Corporation (NYSE: IMAX) and Vue International (Vue), the multiple-award-winning operator of modern state-of-the-art multiplex cinemas, today announced an agreement for two IMAX® theatres in England. One theatre will be added to the Vue Cheshire Oaks multiplex in Cheshire with the second to go into the Vue Leeds Kirkstall complex in West Yorkshire. The agreement builds on the recent box office success of the exhibitor’s newly opened IMAX theatre at the Fisketorvet Copenhagen Mall in Denmark, operated by Vue subsidiary CinemaxX. The theatre opened on April 22 with Avengers: Age of Ultron and has become the highest-grossing site in Denmark and the third highest-grossing IMAX site for the film worldwide.

“Over the years, we’ve observed the impressive results that IMAX has generated in the UK and abroad. During the inaugural opening weekend of our first-ever IMAX theatre in Copenhagen, we were seriously impressed by the box office success and witnessed first-hand the power of IMAX to deliver an unparalleled cinema experience and bottom-line results,” said Tim Richards, CEO and Founder, Vue International. “We’re delighted to build on this early IMAX success with today’s agreement. The IMAX brand and immersive format will serve as a key differentiator in our multiplexes and we are confident it will be embraced by more of our guests and help drive our continued growth.”

“Our UK network has more than doubled since 2012. This success is due in large part to our strategic partnerships and, as such, we’re delighted to expand our relationship with one of the fastest-growing exhibitors in Europe,” said Andrew Cripps, President, IMAX EMEA. “With a network that spans nine countries, Vue is committed to developing a truly international network leveraging state-of-the-art technology. We believe our new partnership will not only support our mutual growth in the UK, but also present opportunities for further collaborations across Europe.”

“Our differentiated format, coupled with our highly anticipated film slate over the next several years continues to drive strong demand for new IMAX theatres around the world,” said IMAX CEO, Richard L. Gelfond. “We’re delighted by Vue’s early IMAX success and its confidence in IMAX to strengthen its business – a sentiment held by leading exhibitors worldwide.”

About Vue International

From its inception in May 2003, Vue became a worldwide operator and developer of modern, innovative multiplex cinemas. With the acquisition of Apollo Cinemas and the takeover of CinemaxX (Germany and Denmark) in 2012, the acquisition of Multikino (Poland, Latvia and Lithuania) in 2013, and most recently Space Cinemas (Italy) in 2014, Vue Group today operates 1,741 screens at 187 state-of-the-art multiplex cinema locations in nine countries, namely the United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, Denmark, Poland, Latvia, Lithuania, Italy and Taiwan.

About IMAX Corporation

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

IMAX is headquartered in New York, Toronto and Los Angeles, with offices in London, Tokyo, Shanghai and Beijing. As of March 31, 2015, there were 943 IMAX theatres (820 commercial multiplexes, 18 commercial destinations and 105 institutions) in 63 countries.

IMAX®, IMAX® 3D, IMAX DMR®, Experience It In IMAX®, An IMAX 3D Experience®, The IMAX Experience®, IMAX Is Believing® and IMAX nXos® are trademarks of IMAX Corporation. More information about the Company can be found at www.imax.com. You may also connect with IMAX on Facebook (www.facebook.com/imax), Twitter (www.twitter.com/imax) and YouTube (www.youtube.com/imaxmovies).

This press release contains forward looking statements that are based on IMAX management’s assumptions and existing information and involve certain risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ materially from future results expressed or implied by such forward looking statements. These risks and uncertainties are discussed in IMAX’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and most recent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q.

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First images, teaser for Pan

May 13, 2015 – 5:54 pm | Permalink

Warner Bros. Pictures has released the first teaser trailer and images for Pan.

Pan is a live-action feature presenting a wholly original adventure about the beginnings of the beloved characters created by J.M. Barrie.

The film opens in IMAX 3D theaters October 9, 2015.



(L-r) HUGH JACKMAN as Blackbeard, and his pirates, PHIL MARTIN as Goliath, JIMMY VEE as Lofty and NEIL BELL as Baggy in Warner Bros. Pictures’ action adventure “PAN,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures. © 2015 WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INC. AND RATPAC-DUNE ENTERTAINMENT LLC.


A scene from Warner Bros. Pictures’ action adventure “PAN,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures. © 2015 WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INC. AND RATPAC-DUNE ENTERTAINMENT LLC.


HUGH JACKMAN as Blackbeard in Warner Bros. Pictures’ action adventure “PAN,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures. © 2015 WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INC. AND RATPAC-DUNE ENTERTAINMENT LLC.


LEVI MILLER as Peter in Warner Bros. Pictures’ action adventure “PAN,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures. © 2015 WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INC. AND RATPAC-DUNE ENTERTAINMENT LLC.


(L-r) LEVI MILLER as Peter and HUGH JACKMAN as Blackbeard in Warner Bros. Pictures’ action adventure “PAN,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo Credit: Laurie Sparham. © 2015 WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INC. AND RATPAC-DUNE ENTERTAINMENT LLC.


(L-r) HUGH JACKMAN as Blackbeard and LEVI MILLER as Peter in Warner Bros. Pictures’ action adventure “PAN,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo Credit: Laurie Sparham. © 2015 WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INC. AND RATPAC-DUNE ENTERTAINMENT LLC.


LEVI MILLER as Peter in Warner Bros. Pictures’ action adventure “PAN,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo Credit: Laurie Sparham. © 2015 WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INC. AND RATPAC-DUNE ENTERTAINMENT LLC.

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Digital 3D Laser Projection Demo and European Film Premieres Confirmed by Cinemeccanica and La Geode for Euromax 2015

May 12, 2015 – 12:10 pm | Permalink

PARIS, FRANCE  |  MONTREUIL, FRANCE — 12 May 2015 — Italian cinema projector technology company, Cinemeccanica, and Euromax, the European Association for Giant Screen and Documentary Cinema, have announced a significant partnership and demonstration of Digital Laser Projection on the Giant Screen at the 2015 Euromax Meeting. This year’s event will be hosted by giant screen theatre venue, La Géode, Paris, from 7-9 June and will feature the European premiere of many new giant screen films. The annual Euromax meeting attracts professionals from the industries of Giant Screen Cinema, Technology, and 3D documentary cinema. 

One of the key topics again on the agenda of Euromax at the 2015 event, is that of digital laser projection, and of the industries migration from the famous IMAX® 70mm / 15 perf. format to all an digital configuration, and now to that of high performing laser projection systems.

This demonstration will mark an important milestone for giant screen experts who will be able to compare performance against other key technologies and market-leading solutions, notably a 15/70 IMAX projection system, and a Xenon digital projection (both 2D and 3D). 

The new LUX solution features modular 6P laser source projectors providing a massive 30 percent increase in brightness, a lifetime of 30,000 hours rather than 500, and a gain in energy efficiency of more than 50 percent.

The LUX laser light engine provides cinemas and event production professionals, among others, with a 3D system-agnostic solution that allows all standard 3D techniques, including 6P color separation. It also offers greatly improved brightness for 2D. These professionals can now operate at a higher level of consistency and confidence as the LUX laser light engine delivers constant brightness powering up the largest screens with no xenon light decay.

Patrick Muller, CEO of Cinemeccanica France explained; “We are very happy to begin a new journey into the world of Giant Screen Cinema, engaging the interest of both La Géode and Euromax with solutions we believe provide an answer to the challenging performance needs of giant screen theatres. We have recently returned from CinemaCon, where we received strong interest from cinema and live event industries in our new line of laser projectors, laser light engines and specialist services. We look forward to new partnerships and anticipate fast growth.”

Laurent Dondey, CEO of La Géode and president Euromax added; “We had no foresight, six months ago, that a solution of this specification and performance would be ready to market, and in particular, that it could be demonstrated at La Geode. We congratulate Cinemeccanica for its willingness to bring such an exciting technology to the Euromax event. This demonstration will represent a big step for the giant screen business, especially for La Géode since we are in the midst of our 30th anniversary celebration.”

This year’s event program also includes a special guest panel titled ‘Image Capture & Projection in the Age of Digital’ where industry leaders will engage in discussion, and Cinemeccanica will present its new LUX CineCloud Modular 6P Laser Source Projector technology.

Fourteen new film releases, and fourteen new trailers and films in production will be screened in 2D and 3D during the annual Euromax event using the LUX CineCloud projector. Four additional films will be screened in 15/70 format.

About Euromax
Euromax is a non-profit organisation comprising professionals of the giant screen cinema industry, documentary film makers and distributors as well as technical service suppliers all passionate about nurturing and developing the highest quality and memorable cinematographic experiences.

Since 1989, members of Euromax have come together to preview the very best educational documentary films made for giant screens and to build the future of institutional and documentary cinema. We bring the spotlight onto new technologies, new films, and new partnership opportunities with the wider science centre and museum community.
www.euromax.org

About La Géode
La Geode is a commercial cinema theatre running since 1985 a unique hemispherical giant screen of 1000m2 using the special 15/70 ‘Omnimax’ format and, since 2007, a digital projection dome insert solution for presentation of movies in 3D and 2D, as well as live live events. La Géode produces and distributes contents and produces events or rents its premises.
www.lageode.fr

About Cinemeccanica
Cinemeccanica is a motion picture equipment company specialising in cinema projectors. The company was incorporated  in 1920 in Milano, Italy. It is now also offering laser light technologies. Cinemeccanica is one of the first companies to have installed laser light engine source cinema projectors in both 2D and 3D and to market Laser Light Engines and global services from on-line maintenance to financing.
www.cinemeccanica.eu

ROBOTS 3D – NatGeo Giant-Screen Film Offers Access to World’s Most Awe-Inspiring Humanoids & Showcases Latest Developments

May 11, 2015 – 1:49 pm | Permalink

National Geographic Studios Presents
‘ROBOTS 3D’
Narrated by Simon Pegg as ‘RoboThespian’
New Giant Screen Film Looks at World’s Most Awe-Inspiring Humanoid Robots
Opens in IMAX®, Giant Screen, 15/70 Dome and Digital 3D Cinemas in North America on June 5, 2015

WASHINGTON (May 11, 2015)—There are millions of astonishing robots in existence — and innovators at the forefront of the robot revolution are taking robotics to the next level with the new generation of these awe-inspiring machines: humanoid robots that can work like us, play like us, learn and even look like us. This summer, a new giant screen film experience from National Geographic Studios gives audiences an inside look at how hard it is to mimic what we humans can do as well as what it means to be a humanoid. ROBOTS 3D premieres in giant screen, IMAX® and digital 3D cinemas around the United States and worldwide beginning June 5, 2015.

In ROBOTS 3D, host and narrator RoboThespian — an android voiced by actor, comedian and filmmaker Simon Pegg (“Star Trek”; “Shaun of the Dead”) — takes audiences on a lively tour of the world to meet a dozen of the most remarkable robots in Europe, Japan and the United States. From Robonaut, the first space robot handyman, to robot butlers and home-helper humanoids to eerily human-looking androids to search-and-rescue robots, the film showcases the latest cutting-edge efforts — as well as the challenges — driving roboticists, engineers and scientists around the globe to new breakthroughs.

Directed by Mike Slee (“Flight of the Butterflies”; “Bugs!”) and produced by Jini Dürr (“Mysteries of the Unseen World”; “Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure”), ROBOTS 3D provides rare access to labs where researchers are putting robots through their paces, striving to replicate human capabilities such as mobility, locomotion and dexterity, using sensory data and visual perception. Getting a machine to move or think like a human, or to sense, plan and act, is no easy feat. Given the complexities and capabilities of the human brain, hands, feet and face alone — not to mention the number of muscles and joints — robot researchers have their work cut out for them in developing humanoids that won’t just achieve human potential, but could one day surpass it.

“This film will really open people’s eyes and make them think about how amazing these machines are, how amazing human beings are and how complicated it is to make a machine that can do what we do,” said Slee.

ROBOTS 3D not only gives remarkable insight into what is currently going on in robotics labs around the world and the extraordinary leaps that have been made in the field, but also highlights the complexities of human ability,” said Dürr.

The 40-minute large-format film explores the latest in the field of artificial intelligence and machine learning, humanoid cognition and human-robot interaction as well as exciting developments in cloud robotics.

ROBOTS 3D also travels to the DARPA Robotics Challenge, the intense two-day competition to test how robots might deal with disasters, staged by the U.S. government’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency as a response to Japan’s 2011 Fukushima earthquake. The competition tested rival all-purpose rescue robots’ abilities to perform tasks such as driving, walking on rough terrain, clearing debris, opening doors, using a power tool and turning a safety valve, all during catastrophic conditions.

An original production from Day’s End Pictures for National Geographic Studios, ROBOTS 3D was produced in partnership with Lockheed Martin. Symantec is an educational outreach partner, while the National 4-H Council and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers are promotional partners for the film. Executive producers are Brooke Runnette and Lisa Truitt. Sean MacLeod Phillips is director of photography.

ROBOTS 3D will captivate on every level,” said Brooke Runnette, president of National Geographic Studios. “Dazzling visuals and a tremendously entertaining story filled with real scientific adventure and technological innovation are all wrapped up in the eye-popping giant screen package.”

MEET THE HUMANOIDS:
With RoboThespian as a guide, the film highlights the featured aptitudes of each robot. Among the humanoids that ROBOTS 3D introduces to audiences are:
• “HRP-2”: Designed to study locomotion, this bipedal bot can crawl and walk.
• “ASIMO”: Honda’s famed humanoid can jump and run up to 5 mph.
• “ATLAS”: This 6-foot, 330-pound, search-and-rescue robot navigates rough terrain.
• “COMAN”: Just try to knock down this small headless wonder with the flexible joints.
• “HERB THE BUTLER”: Thanks to this helper, we may never have to clear the table or do dishes again.
• “ROBONAUT”: NASA’s space handyman helps astronauts aboard the International Space Station.
• “CHIMP”: This humanoid “sees” by using laser light and sending out pulses that bounce back, like a bat uses echolocation.
• “JUSTIN”: You will definitely want this robot on your team. It has a 90 percent accuracy rate for catching balls.
• “iCUB”: This adorable robot is designed to look like a child and to learn like one.
• “PR-2”: This robot could tie shoes and fold laundry because of its ability to recognize shapes and manipulate soft and flexible materials.
• ANDROIDS: The human face has over 40 muscles to express emotions like fear, anger, surprise, happiness — and these androids seem capable of these emotions, too.
• “NAO”: This small humanoid used for education is a huge favorite with kids everywhere.

ROBOTS 3D gives audiences a fascinating and exciting look at what makes us human, how far machines must go to look and act like us and how humanoids are already changing our world. Addressing technological and philosophical questions with clarity and humor, the film provides a glimpse into a future in which man and machine forge an increasingly sophisticated relationship.

For more information on ROBOTS 3D, including theater listings, links to the trailer and behind-the-scenes videos, visit http://robotsfilm.com or movies.nationalgeographic.com. Become a fan on Facebook at facebook.com/NatGeoMovies. Or follow us on Twitter @NatGeoMovies.

About National Geographic Studios
National Geographic Studios is the video and film production division of the National Geographic Society, a global nonprofit membership organization driven by a passionate belief in the power of science, exploration and storytelling to change the world. From television series and specials to giant screen, from mobile video to digital news and educational content, National Geographic Studios’ productions embody the Society’s long-standing reputation for stunning visuals and captivating storytelling. National Geographic Studios has received nearly 150 Emmy Awards and almost 1,000 other industry accolades, including recognition from the Peabody Awards, DuPont Columbia Awards, multiple film and museum industry awards and the highest honors from natural history film festivals. National Geographic Studios also produces and distributes giant screen and digital 3D films for the museum cinema industry. Brooke Runnette is president of National Geographic Studios.

Building On Successful Film Partnership, China’s Huayi Brothers Sign First IMAX® Theatre Deal

May 11, 2015 – 11:43 am | Permalink

One of China’s Largest Privately-Owned Entertainment Companies Signs Agreement for Three IMAX® Theatres

SHANGHAI, May 11, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — IMAX Corporation (NYSE: IMAX) and Huayi Brothers Cinema Investment Co. Ltd., a subsidiary company of Huayi Brothers Media Corporation Ltd., today announced an agreement for three IMAX® theatres in China. Two theatres will be added to existing multiplexes in Beijing and Wuhan and a third will be added to a new construction project in Hefei.

IMAX and Huayi Brothers first partnered on the 2010 film Aftershock, which marked the first-ever IMAX local-language DMR title. The film went on to become one of China’s highest-grossing films of 2010, generating more than $102 million. In 2012, the parties expanded their film partnership to a total of eight Huayi Brothers titles that included Tai Chi 0, Tai Chi Hero, Back to 1942 and Chinese Zodiac in 2012, Journey to the West and Young Detective Dee in 2013 and the recent Chinese box office success, Dragon Blade in 2015. To date, Huayi Brothers has become IMAX’s largest film partner in China, producing eight of the 20 Chinese IMAX® DMR titles the Company has released.

“We are involved in a spectrum of entertainment-related businesses and a key element of our success has been our focus on innovation to deliver the best entertainment experience possible. Our partnership with IMAX is an investment in innovation,” said Mr. James Wang, President, Huayi Brothers Media Corporation Limited. “In China, the IMAX brand is synonymous with the best way to experience movies. The immersive IMAX Experience® takes the moviegoers beyond the edge of their seat to a world they have never imagined. Today, we are pleased to extend our partnership to our exhibition business.”

“As the first Chinese and international studio to re-master a blockbuster film to the IMAX format, Huayi Brothers has played an important role in our evolution and success in China. Today’s agreement builds on this success and marks a new chapter in our strategic relationship,” said Don Savant, IMAX Managing Director, Asia Pacific. “We are delighted with the confidence Huayi Brothers continues to have in IMAX and together we look forward to delivering unforgettable movie-going experiences to audiences in China.”

About Huayi Brothers Media Corporation

Founded in 1994 by Chairman & CEO Wang Zhongjun and President Wang Zhonglei, Huayi Brothers Media Corporate is one of the most famous entertainment groups in China. In 2009, Huayi Brothers Media Corporation landed on ChiNext and became the first listed company in film and TV industry. Today, the market value of Huayi Brothers Media is more than RMB 40 billion.

Leveraging the opportunity of leap development in capital market, the company is building a big entertainment industry chain driven by IP content with the focus of providing high quality entertainment content, maximizing the value and flow of IP content. Currently Huayi Brothers Media is investing and operating in three major business units: film, TV and entertainment unit including film, TV, talent agency and theaters; branding authorization and virtual entertainment unit including culture tourism, location based entertainment and theme park; internet entertainment unit including game, digital media, fans community and online distribution etc. Huayi Brothers Media targets at building itself as a “complete entertainment factory”.

In year 2010, Huayi Brothers Media Corporation Ltd further extended its film business into film exhibition business by fully leveraging its abundant experiences and success in film investment, production and distribution area, to accomplish its ambitious strategy of creating a full film industry chain. The Huayi Brothers Cinema Investment Co. Ltd has become the important component of the whole strategic business chain and it has become the important fronts for premieres and movie star meetings for many movies. Movie goers therefore got chances to participate into the colorful film related activities. Up to now, Huayi Brothers Cinema Investment Co. Ltd has successfully opened 15 cinemas in 11 cities including Chongqing, Beijing, Shanghai, Wuhan, Shenzhen etc. throughout China mainland. In the future, Huayi Brothers will continue to invest in premium theaters nationwide.

About IMAX China

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

About IMAX Corporation

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

IMAX is headquartered in New York, Toronto and Los Angeles, with offices in London, Tokyo, Shanghai and Beijing. As of March 31, 2015, there were 943 IMAX theatres (820 commercial multiplexes, 18 commercial destinations and 105 institutions) in 63 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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Marvel’s Two-Part Avengers: Infinity War To Be Filmed Entirely Using The Brand-New IMAX®/ARRI Digital Camera

May 7, 2015 – 5:40 pm | Permalink

Marvel’s Avengers Epic, From Directors Joe and Anthony Russo, Marks First-Ever Hollywood Features to be Captured Wholly Using IMAX® Cameras

LOS ANGELES, May 7, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — On the heels of the colossal domestic opening of Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, Marvel, the Russo brothers and IMAX Corporation (NYSE: IMAX) today announced that Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War – Parts 1 & 2, the two-part installment to the global blockbuster franchise, will be shot in their entirety using IMAX® and ARRI’s next generation revolutionary 2D digital camera – a joint customized digital version of ARRI’s new large format camera, the Alexa 65. The two-part Avengers saga marks the first time a Hollywood feature film will have been shot completely using IMAX® cameras and will feature IMAX’s exclusive aspect ratio, providing moviegoers a uniquely immersive experience.

Prior to filming Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War – Parts 1 & 2, Joe and Anthony Russo, who also directed Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier, will use the IMAX/ARRI 2D digital camera for select action sequences on the forthcoming Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War, which will release in IMAX® theatres in May of 2016.

Joe and Anthony Russo stated, “The intent with the Infinity War films is to bring ten years of accumulative storytelling to an incredible climax. We felt that the best way to exploit the scale and scope required to close out the final chapter of these three phases, was to be the first films shot entirely on the IMAX/ARRI Digital camera.”

“Over the years, IMAX has had the incredible good fortune to work with some of the world’s finest, most talented filmmakers, who continue to push the envelope both technically and creatively,” said Greg Foster, Senior Executive Vice President, IMAX Corp. and CEO of IMAX Entertainment. “We could not be more excited to deepen our partnership with Joe and Anthony Russo, a pair of filmmakers we believe are next-generation trailblazers. Marvel’s Avengers franchise has become a global phenomenon and to have it pay off in this epic way using the IMAX/ARRI digital camera is the very definition of event movie-going.”

The next-generation 2D digital camera – co-developed by IMAX and ARRI – is meant for use by today’s leading filmmakers working in the IMAX® format. The joint solution is designed as a complementary tool to IMAX’s high-resolution capture technologies – including its 3D digital and 15perf / 65mm film cameras. Moreover, IMAX worked with ARRI to achieve the highest level of digital image capture for playback on IMAX’s xenon and new laser projection systems.

IMAX recently began rolling out its next-generation laser projection system, with more than 71 laser system deals signed globally to date. Such iconic venues to feature the new system include the newly retro-fitted Airbus IMAX Smithsonian Theatre at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA., and Seattle’s Boeing IMAX Theatre at Pacific Science Center, both of which re-opened in time for the release of Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron – the first film to be re-mixed for IMAX’s new 12 channel sound system at these IMAX with laser locations.

Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1 is slated for release in IMAX theatres on May 4, 2018; Part 2 will open on May 3, 2019.

The IMAX® 3D release of Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War – Parts 1 & 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.

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

IMAX is headquartered in New York, Toronto and Los Angeles, with offices in London, Tokyo, Shanghai and Beijing. As of March 31, 2015, there were 943 IMAX theatres (820 commercial multiplexes, 18 commercial destinations and 105 institutions) in 63 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).

About Marvel Entertainment
Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world’s most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of more than 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy-five years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and publishing. For more information visit marvel.com. © 2015 MARVEL

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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nWave launches website for The Great Apes 3D

May 5, 2015 – 1:53 pm | Permalink

Check out the website for nWave’s newest giant-screen film “The Great Apes 3D“!

http://greatapes.nwave.com/

See where the film is now playing and learn more about some of the world’s rarest primates, including Gorillas, Bonobos, Chimpanzees and Orangutans. Download the Educator’s Guide and the available marketing materials. Watch the touching trailer and learn more about Holly Carroll, whose passion for the great apes took her to the dense rainforests and remote jungles of Africa and Indonesia.

Currently playing at: Liberty Science Center (Jersey City, NJ), Orlando Science Center (Orlando, FL), The Rheged (United Kingdom).

Warner Bros. Pictures And Village Roadshow Pictures’ Mad Max: Fury Road To Charge Into Select Overseas IMAX® Theatres Starting May 13

May 5, 2015 – 12:01 pm | Permalink

LOS ANGELES, May 5, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — IMAX Corporation (NYSE: IMAX), Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures today announced that director George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road will be digitally re-mastered into the immersive IMAX® 3D format and released into IMAX® theatres in select international territories starting May 13.

Mad Max: Fury Road, which stars Tom Hardy in the title role and Academy Award® winner Charlize Theron as the Imperator, Furiosa, will be released in approximately 25 overseas IMAX markets.

The IMAX® 3D release of Mad Max: Fury Road 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 Mad Max: Fury Road:
From director George Miller, originator of the post-apocalyptic genre and mastermind behind the legendary Mad Max franchise, comes Mad Max: Fury Road, a return to the world of the Road Warrior, Max Rockatansky.

Haunted by his turbulent past, Mad Max believes the best way to survive is to wander alone. Nevertheless, he becomes swept up with a group fleeing across the Wasteland in a War Rig driven by an elite Imperator, Furiosa. They are escaping a Citadel tyrannized by the Immortan Joe, from whom something irreplaceable has been taken. Enraged, the Warlord marshals all his gangs and pursues the rebels ruthlessly in the high-octane Road War that follows.

Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises) stars in the title role in Mad Max: Fury Road — the fourth in the franchise’s history. Oscar winner Charlize Theron (Monster, Prometheus) stars as the Imperator, Furiosa. The film also stars Nicholas Hoult (X-Men: Days of Future Past) as Nux; Hugh Keays-Byrne (Mad Max, Sleeping Beauty) as Immortan Joe; Nathan Jones (Conan the Barbarian) as Rictus Erectus; Josh Helman (X-Men: Days of Future Past) as Slit; collectively known as The Wives, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley (Transformers: Dark of the Moon) is Splendid, Riley Keough (Magic Mike) is Capable, Zoe Kravitz (Divergent) plays Toast, Abbey Lee is The Dag, and Courtney Eaton is Fragile. Also featured in the movie are John Howard, Richard Carter, singer/songwriter/performer iOTA, Angus Sampson, Jennifer Hagan, Megan Gale, Melissa Jaffer, Melita Jurisic, Gillian Jones and Joy Smithers.

Oscar-winning filmmaker George Miller (Happy Feet) is directing the film from a screenplay he wrote with Brendan McCarthy and Nico Lathouris. Miller is also producing the film, along with longtime producing partner, Oscar nominee Doug Mitchell (Babe, Happy Feet), and P.J. Voeten. Iain Smith, Graham Burke and Bruce Berman serve as executive producers.

The behind-the-scenes creative team includes Oscar-winning director of photography John Seale (The English Patient), production designer Colin Gibson (Babe), editor Margaret Sixel (Happy Feet), Oscar-winning costume designer Jenny Beavan (A Room with a View), action unit director and stunt coordinator Guy Norris (Australia), and makeup designer Lesley Vanderwalt (Knowing).

Warner Bros. Pictures presents, in association with Village Roadshow Pictures, a Kennedy Miller Mitchell production, a George Miller film, “Mad Max: Fury Road.” The film is scheduled for worldwide release beginning May 15, 2015, and will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, and in select territories by Village Roadshow Pictures.

For more information about Mad Max: Fury Road, visit the official website at www.madmaxmovie.com/.

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

IMAX is headquartered in New York, Toronto and Los Angeles, with offices in London, Tokyo, Shanghai and Beijing. As of March 31, 2015, there were 943 IMAX theatres (820 commercial multiplexes, 18 commercial destinations and 105 institutions) in 63 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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IMAX® Achieves Highest-Ever Weekend At The Global Box Office; Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron Grosses $25.2 Million In IMAX® Theatres Worldwide

May 5, 2015 – 11:32 am | Permalink

Film Blasts into North American Market with $18 Million in IMAX; Global Cume Reaches $40 Million in Just 12 Days, a Record Pace for IMAX

LOS ANGELES, May 4, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — IMAX Corporation (NYSE: IMAX) today announced that Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron amassed a record-setting $25.2 million in IMAX® theatres globally – the Company’s largest non-China worldwide box office weekend for a single film. Domestically, Avengers: Age of Ultron delivered $18 million on 364 IMAX screens for a massive $50,000 per-screen average. Moreover, IMAX represented 8 of the film’s top 10 domestic opening locations.

The film’s global IMAX theatres cume reached $40 million in only 12 days, beating the previous 14-day record pace set by Marvel’s Iron Man 3. Internationally, Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron held exceptionally well in IMAX theatres, grossing $7.2 million in its second weekend overseas. Added to the film’s recording-setting international IMAX debut last weekend, Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron has cumed $22 million so far, without yet the benefit of the Chinese market, where the film opens on May 12.

“The continued global success of the Avengers franchise is a remarkable feat and we congratulate Disney and Marvel for yet another astounding domestic opening in the Marvel Cinematic Universe,” said Greg Foster, Senior Executive Vice President, IMAX Corp. and CEO of IMAX Entertainment. “With a fantastic ‘A’ CinemaScore rating, we look forward to the film’s domestic holdover potential, particularly in IMAX® theatres, where internationally, the film already has displayed exceptional staying power. This weekend represents the continuation of the film’s global box office domination and audiences’ preference for The IMAX Experience®.”

The IMAX® 3D release of Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron 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 IMAX Corporation

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

IMAX is headquartered in New York, Toronto and Los Angeles, with offices in London, Tokyo, Shanghai and Beijing. As of March 31, 2015, there were 943 IMAX theatres (820 commercial multiplexes, 18 commercial destinations and 105 institutions) in 63 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).

About Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron

Marvel Studios presents “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” the epic follow-up to the biggest Super Hero movie of all time. When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to The Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure.

Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” stars Robert Downey Jr., who returns as Iron Man, along with Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Mark Ruffalo as Hulk and Chris Evans as Captain America. Together with Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, and with the additional support of Don Cheadle as James Rhodes/War Machine, Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill, Stellan Skarsgard as Erik Selvig and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, the team must reassemble to defeat James Spader as Ultron, a terrifying technological villain hell-bent on human extinction. Along the way, they confront two mysterious and powerful newcomers, Pietro Maximoff, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and Wanda Maximoff, played by Elizabeth Olsen and meet an old friend in a new form when Paul Bettany becomes Vision.

Written and directed by Joss Whedon and produced by Kevin Feige, p.g.a., Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” is based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series “The Avengers,” first published in 1963. Louis D’Esposito, Alan Fine, Victoria Alonso, Jeremy Latcham, Patricia Whitcher, Stan Lee and Jon Favreau serve as executive producers. Get set for an action-packed thrill ride when The Avengers return in Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” on May 1, 2015.

About Marvel Entertainment

Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world’s most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of more than 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy-five years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and publishing. For more information visit marvel.com. © 2015 MARVEL

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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