National Geographic’s Giant Screen film Mysteries of the Unseen World Named Finalist in 2 Categories for Wildscreen Panda Awards

June 19, 2014 – 3:42 pm | Permalink


Nano gold may someday be able to patrol your body for all kinds of diseases, as featured in the 3-D giant screen film, “Mysteries of the Unseen World,” produced by National Geographic Entertainment and Day’s End Pictures. Photo credit: National Geographic 2013

National Geographic’s giant-screen film “Mysteries of the Unseen World” was named a finalist in the 3-D and Science categories for this year’s Wildscreen Panda Awards. The 40-minute film, narrated by actor Forest Whitaker, is an original production by National Geographic and Day’s End Pictures that was created especially for giant-screen viewing and is available in 3-D and 2-D, 15/70 and digital formats.

“Mysteries of the Unseen World” shines a fascinating spotlight on objects and events that escape the naked eye every minute of every day. Visually stunning and rooted in cutting-edge research, the film blends high-speed and time-lapse photography, electron microscopy and nanotechnology. “Mysteries of the Unseen World” was produced by Lisa Truitt (“Mysteries of Egypt”) and Jini Dürr (“Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure”) and directed by Louie Schwartzberg (“Disneynature: Wings of Life”).

“This film exemplifies National Geographic’s dedication to creating films that inspire people with the wonder and possibilities of science,” said Mark Katz, president of distribution at National Geographic Cinema Ventures, which is part of the newly formed National Geographic Studios. “We are honored to have this film be selected as a finalist in both the 3-D and Science categories for this year’s Panda Awards.”

The film is currently booked in 33 theaters worldwide. For more information on “Mysteries of the Unseen World,” including theater listings, links to the trailer and behind-the-scenes videos, visit nationalgeographic.com/movies. Become a fan on Facebook at facebook.com/NatGeoMovies and follow on Twitter @NatGeoMovies, #unseenworld.

VGTel Awards K2 Communications Distribution Rights for New 4K 3D Wing-Suit Flyer Film Featuring Joby Ogwyn

June 18, 2014 – 3:03 pm | Permalink

NEW YORK, NY — (Marketwired) — 06/18/14 — Grand Schema Entertainment and its parent company VGTel, Inc. – 360entertainmentandproductions.com (OTCQB: VGTL), announced today that Los Angeles-based film distributor K2 Communications was awarded worldwide distribution rights for a Giant Screen 3D documentary film about high altitude climber and wing-suit explorer Joby Ogwyn.

VGTel recently formed Grand Schema Entertainment (“GSE”) with the New York-based film studio Grand Schema NYC to privately fund and produce independent films. VGTel’s CEO Greg Wells stated, “As we grow VGTel and implement our global growth initiatives in new media and entertainment, we are looking for partners that are best in class in their respective industries. We chose to work with K2 Communications because it is one of the world’s leading distributors for IMAX® and Giant Screen films.”

The currently untitled wing-suit documentary will be directed by GSE’s Christopher J. Scott and will take viewers along with Ogwyn as he pursues his quest to be the first human being to base jump and fly in all seven continents. “The culmination of the expeditions across seven continents to some of the highest and most dangerous places on earth will truly be one of the greatest human feats ever captured on film,” said Scott.

K2 represents a large catalog of 3D, 4K and Full Dome films including such blockbuster titles such as The Ultimate Wave Tahiti featuring eleven-time world champion surfer Kelly Slater. “We’re very excited to bring wing-suit flyers to museum audiences worldwide. This film has all the elements of a winner in our industry — the science of human flight, spectacular settings, and man’s passion for travel and adventure,” said Mark Kresser President of K2 Communications.

Wing-suit flyers will be produced in 3D and 2D for museums, science centers and other specialty theaters. As GSE’s first major project, VGTel executives are collaborating on the production and will earn a percentage of revenue from the worldwide distribution rights.

Already in production, the film is slated for a worldwide release in March 2015 and will also be released in all ancillary media including Ultra HD (4K) and HD TV, VOD, Blu Ray, download-to-own, streaming and other platforms. Former member of The Scorpions, Ralph Rieckermann, will compose an original score for the movie.

About K2 Communications
K2 Communications is one of the world’s leading studios for IMAX® and other Giant Screen films exhibited in museums, science centers and other specialty theaters. Since entering the industry in 1998, K2 has served as an Executive Producer and/or Distributor of some of the most successful films in the industry.

About VGTel, Inc.
VGTel, Inc. is a multi-platform company offering products and support in the entertainment industry and is focused on a strategy of growing and building business units through investments and acquisitions. For further information, go to www.360entertainmentandproductions.com.

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First poster for Dracula Untold

June 18, 2014 – 12:13 pm | Permalink

The first poster for Dracula Untold has been released.

The film tells the origin story of the man who became Dracula.

Dracula Untold opens in international IMAX theaters October 2, 2014, and in North American IMAX theaters October 17, 2014.



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Acclaimed Documentary Island Of Lemurs: Madagascar To Expand In IMAX® 3D Theatres Across North America on Friday, August 22

June 18, 2014 – 11:26 am | Permalink

Acclaimed Documentary’s Subject, Dr. Patricia C. Wright, Also Honored with Animal Conservationism’s Most Prestigious Award, the Indianapolis Prize

LOS ANGELES, June 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — IMAX Corporation (NYSE:IMAX; TSX:IMX) and Warner Bros. Pictures, a division of Time Warner Inc. (NYSE:TWX), today announced that the IMAX® 3D documentary adventure Island of Lemurs: Madagascar, narrated by Academy Award® winner Morgan Freeman (Million Dollar Baby), written and produced by Drew Fellman (Born to be Wild 3D) and directed by David Douglas (Born to be Wild 3D) will debut in IMAX 3D theatres across North America starting Aug. 22.

Greg Foster, Senior Executive Vice President, IMAX Corp. and CEO of IMAX Entertainment, said, “Island of Lemurs: Madagascar brings IMAX 3D cameras to perhaps the most compelling region for wildlife on the planet, capturing this environment in the clearest, most vibrant way possible. As proven with IMAX documentaries such as Born to Be Wild 3D, Morgan Freeman is the perfect guide to lead moviegoers through this one-of-a-kind experience.”

The film focuses on the groundbreaking wildlife conservation work of Dr. Patricia C. Wright, who recently received the prestigious Indianapolis Prize. This award recognizes high achievement in the area of animal conservation.

One of today’s most respected and prolific actors, Morgan Freeman won an Academy Award® for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Clint Eastwood’s Best Picture winner Million Dollar Baby. Freeman has earned four additional Oscar® nominations, the latest for his portrayal of Nelson Mandela in Eastwood’s Invictus. He was previously Oscar®-nominated for his work in The Shawshank Redemption; Driving Miss Daisy, for which he won a Golden Globe; and Street Smart. His myriad credits encompass more than 80 films over five decades, only recently including Now You See Me, Oblivion, the Dark Knight trilogy, Dolphin Tale, and Red. He has also lent his recognizable voice to such titles as War of the Worlds and the Oscar®-winning documentary March of the Penguins. In 2012, he was the recipient of the HFPA’s Cecil B. DeMille Award for his outstanding contributions to film.

Island of Lemurs: Madagascar features trailblazing scientist Dr. Patricia C. Wright, an expert on lemurs and the wildlife of Madagascar. Wright is also a Professor of Anthropology at Stony Brook University and Founder of Centre ValBio, a research campus in the rainforest of Madagascar.

About Island of Lemurs: Madagascar
Academy Award® winner Morgan Freeman narrates Island of Lemurs: Madagascar, the incredible true story of nature’s greatest explorers—lemurs. Captured with IMAX® 3D cameras, the film takes audiences on a spectacular journey to the remote and wondrous world of Madagascar. Lemurs arrived in Madagascar as castaways millions of years ago and evolved into hundreds of diverse species but are now highly endangered. Join trailblazing scientist Dr. Patricia C. Wright on her lifelong mission to help these strange and adorable creatures survive in the modern world.

Directed by David Douglas and written and produced by Drew Fellman, Island of Lemurs: Madagascar is a presentation of Warner Bros. Pictures and IMAX Entertainment.

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

IMAX is headquartered in New York, Toronto and Los Angeles, with offices in London, Tokyo, Shanghai and Beijing. As of March 31, 2014, there were 840 IMAX theatres (707 commercial multiplexes, 18 commercial destinations and 115 institutions) in 57 countries.

IMAX®, IMAX® 3D, IMAX DMR®, Experience It In IMAX®, An IMAX 3D Experience®, The IMAX Experience®, IMAX Is Believing® and IMAXnXos® 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 from Jurassic World

June 17, 2014 – 1:00 pm | Permalink

Universal Pictures has released the first images from Jurassic World.

The film is set to open in IMAX 3D theaters June 12, 2015.



(L to R) NICK ROBINSON and TY SIMPKINS star in “Jurassic World”, the long-awaited next installment of Steven Spielberg’s groundbreaking “Jurassic Park” series. Colin Trevorrow directs the epic action-adventure from a draft of the screenplay he wrote with Derek Connolly. Frank Marshall and Pat Crowley join the team as fellow producers, and Spielberg returns to executive produce. “Jurassic World” will be shot in 3D and released by Universal Pictures on June 12, 2015. Photo Credit: Chuck Zlotnick/Uni. 2014 Universal Studios and Amblin Entertainment, Inc. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.


BRYCE DALLAS HOWARD and CHRIS PRATT star in “Jurassic World”, the long-awaited next installment of Steven Spielberg’s groundbreaking “Jurassic Park” series. Colin Trevorrow directs the epic action-adventure from a draft of the screenplay he wrote with Derek Connolly. Frank Marshall and Pat Crowley join the team as fellow producers, and Spielberg returns to executive produce. “Jurassic World” will be shot in 3D and released by Universal Pictures on June 12, 2015. Photo Credit: Chuck Zlotnick/Uni. 2014 Universal Studios and Amblin Entertainment, Inc. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.


CHRIS PRATT stars in “Jurassic World”, the long-awaited next installment of Steven Spielberg’s groundbreaking “Jurassic Park” series. Colin Trevorrow directs the epic action-adventure from a draft of the screenplay he wrote with Derek Connolly. Frank Marshall and Pat Crowley join the team as fellow producers, and Spielberg returns to executive produce. “Jurassic World” will be shot in 3D and released by Universal Pictures on June 12, 2015. Photo Credit: Chuck Zlotnick/Uni. 2014 Universal Studios and Amblin Entertainment, Inc. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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New images from Transformers: Age of Extinction

June 17, 2014 – 12:46 pm | Permalink

Paramount Pictures has released new images from Transformers: Age of Extinction.

Michael Bay will once again capture material and key sequences using IMAX® cameras. These specific sequences, which will expand to fill more of the screen exclusively in IMAX, will deliver unprecedented crispness and clarity and a truly immersive experience for moviegoers.

The film opens in IMAX theaters June 27, 2014.



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IMAX Transforms Hong Kong Culture Center For June 19 World Premiere Of Paramount Pictures’ Transformers: Age of Extinction

June 17, 2014 – 11:45 am | Permalink

Transformers: Age of Extinction will premiere June 19 at the Hong Kong Culture Center in Hong Kong, which is being specially transformed into an IMAX® 3D theatre for this one-night event. The film begins its global roll-out in IMAX theatres on June 25, with the U.S. IMAX launch on June 27.

The red-carpet event and screening will take place at the Hong Kong Culture Center, which is receiving a makeover of IMAX proportions exclusively for this event – complete with a 60-by-34-foot IMAX screen and IMAX’s proprietary projection and sound technology.

Attendees of the event also will be able to see up close and personal the new IMAX® 3D Digital Camera, which is being flown to the premiere from IMAX’s headquarters in Toronto where it is housed. Transformers: Age of Extinction is the first feature film to have been captured using the state-of-the-art 3D camera.

Attending the world premiere in Hong Kong is director Michael Bay, cast members Mark Wahlberg, Stanley Tucci, Kelsey Grammer, Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor, Li Bingbing, T. J. Miller, Han Geng and the band IMAGINE DRAGONS, who wrote the original song “Battle Cry” for the film and will perform live on the rooftop of Harbour City following the film’s screening.

“With Transformers: Age of Extinction, Michael Bay is taking IMAX 3D to the next level – putting moviegoers smack in the middle of the action with the Autobots as audiences have never seen before,” said Greg Foster, Senior Executive Vice President, IMAX Corp. and CEO of IMAX Entertainment. “We could not be more pleased to partner with our friends at Paramount to premiere the film at this one-of-a-kind world event.”

“We are thrilled to be partnering with IMAX in Hong Kong as we debut Transformers: Age of Extinction on the worldwide stage,” said Rob Moore, Vice Chairman, Paramount Pictures. “IMAX’s 3D experience is a perfect fit for the size and spectacle of Michael Bay’s new film and will excite and entertain audiences at the world premiere and around the globe.”

Exclusively in IMAX® theatres, sequences filmed with the camera will expand to fill more of the IMAX screen and provide moviegoers with even greater scope, breathtaking image quality and earth-shattering 3D for a truly immersive experience.

Transformers: Age of Extinction, the fourth film in director Michael Bay’s global blockbuster franchise, stars Mark Wahlberg, Stanley Tucci, Kelsey Grammer, Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor, Sophia Myles, Li Bingbing, Titus Welliver and T. J. Miller. Produced By Don Murphy & Tom DeSanto, Lorenzo Di Bonaventura and Ian Bryce. Based on Hasbro’s Transformers™ Action Figures. Written By Ehren Kruger. Directed By Michael Bay.

Transformers: Age of Extinction is produced by Paramount Pictures, with production assistance in mainland China by 1905 (Beijing) Network Technology Co., Ltd., China Movie Channel and Jiaflix Enterprises.

For more information about Transformers: Age of Extinction, please visit Paramount Pictures’ official website at http://www.transformersmovie.com/.

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

IMAX is headquartered in New York, Toronto and Los Angeles, with offices in London, Tokyo, Shanghai and Beijing. As of March 31, 2014, there were 840 IMAX theatres (707 commercial multiplexes, 18 commercial destinations and 115 institutions) in 57 countries.

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

About Paramount Pictures Corporation
Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment, is a unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), a leading content company with prominent and respected film, television and digital entertainment brands. Paramount controls a collection of some of the most powerful brands in filmed entertainment, including Paramount Pictures, Paramount Animation, Paramount Vantage, Paramount Classics, Insurge Pictures, MTV Films, and Nickelodeon Movies. PPC operations also include Paramount Home Media Distribution, Paramount Pictures International, Paramount Licensing Inc., and Paramount Studio Group.

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

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IMAX Corporation To Present At Bernstein Future Of Media Summit

June 17, 2014 – 11:41 am | Permalink

NEW YORK, June 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — IMAX Corporation (NYSE:IMAX) (TSX:IMX) today announced that Richard Gelfond, Chief Executive Officer of IMAX Corporation, will present at the Bernstein Future of Media Summit on Wed., June 18, 2014, at 3:30 pm ET. The conference is being held at the Taj Boston in Boston, MA.

The conference will be webcast live and can be accessed by visiting the ‘Investor Relations’ section of the Company’s website, www.imax.com. The presentations will be archived for 30 days.

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

IMAX is headquartered in New York, Toronto and Los Angeles, with offices in London, Tokyo, Shanghai and Beijing. As of March 31, 2014, there were 840 IMAX theatres (707 commercial multiplexes, 18 commercial destinations and 115 institutions) in 57 countries.

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

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Cavea Cinemas To Bring The IMAX Experience® To Tbilisi, Georgia

June 17, 2014 – 11:37 am | Permalink

IMAX Signs Agreement with Country’s Marquee Cinema Project to Open First IMAX® Theatre in Georgia

BARCELONA, Spain, June 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Today at the 2014 CineEurope Conference, IMAX Corporation (NYSE: IMAX; TSX: IMX) and Cavea Cinemas, the fastest-growing cinema chain in South Caucasus, announced an agreement to install an IMAX® theatre at the exhibitor’s new ten-screen multiplex – the largest in the region – located at the Eastpoint Shopping Mall in Tbilisi. The deal marks IMAX’s first entry into Georgia.

“We are proud to be the first to bring The IMAX Experience® to audiences in Tbilisi and launch a new era of immersive moviegoing in the country,” said Beso Abesadze, CEO, Cavea Cinemas. “IMAX is known worldwide as the best way to experience blockbuster films and we believe the addition of an IMAX theatre to our flagship complex will be a tremendous success with our guests.”

“We are excited to partner with a top-notch exhibitor such as Cavea Cinemas to introduce IMAX to audiences in Georgia and look forward to working together to expand our presence in this new market,” said Andrew Cripps, President, IMAX EMEA. “Today’s agreement marks the sixth new territory we’ve entered in 2014 and represents the 13th country in the EMEA region to have added an IMAX theatre this year. Our partnership with Cavea Cinemas builds on this momentum and furthers our efforts in expanding the IMAX network into new markets with leading exhibitor partners who share our commitment to quality and providing audiences the world’s most immersive entertainment experience.”

About Cavea Cinemas
Cavea Cinemas, headed by an experienced group of leading cinema professionals, is a brand new circuit based in Tbilisi, Georgia. The Company aims at drastically expanding the horizons of cinematic entertainment for moviegoers across a wider market. In addition to multiple, cutting-edge projects currently in the pipeline, we – as a first-class exhibitor – are proud to be developing the largest cinema complex across the region – a ten-screen flagship operation at the East Point Shopping Center, including a state-of-the-art IMAX® theatre for over 400 viewers.

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

IMAX is headquartered in New York, Toronto and Los Angeles, with offices in London, Tokyo, Shanghai and Beijing. As of March 31, 2014, there were 840 IMAX theatres (707 commercial multiplexes, 18 commercial destinations and 115 institutions) in 57 countries.

IMAX®, IMAX® 3D, IMAX DMR®, Experience It In IMAX®, An IMAX 3D Experience®, The IMAX Experience®, 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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Cathedral City’s Desert IMAX switches to UltraMax

June 16, 2014 – 6:22 pm | Permalink

The Desert Sun reports:

Change is coming to the Coachella Valley’s IMAX theater that officials say will mean more first-run movies on the large screen, but not in IMAX format.

The theater is transitioning to UltraMax, a product of UltraStar Cinemas, which manages the Desert IMAX and neighboring 14-screen Mary Pickford Theatre for Cathedral City.

Over the weekend, IMAX lettering was removed from the theater’s exterior. Above the marquee, a banner announcing “Desert Cinema Large Screen Experience” was hung over the former lettering.

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China’s ‘Gone with the Bullets’ to be released in IMAX

June 16, 2014 – 6:03 pm | Permalink

CRIEnglish.com writes:

Imax has just officially announced its the cooperation with Jiang Wen’s new film “Gone with the Bullets” at the Shanghai International Film Festival on Saturday.

It was the first time that Imax disclosed such a collaboration in public.

Greg Foster, CEO of Imax Entertainment, made the announcement. He told CRI reporter that the film was currently being shot in Inner Mongolia.

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IMAX introduces their Dual 65mm 4K Digital 3D Camera

June 16, 2014 – 6:00 pm | Permalink

Gizmodo reports:

If you thought 3D movies were only a fad that has already come and gone for good, think again. IMAX cameras have been used to shoot 3D films and documentaries for decades now, including immersive content for theme park rides. And the company has just revealed a new fully integrated dual 65mm 4K digital 3D camera that promises to make seeing 3D movies at your local theater worthwhile again.

IMAX is only just going public with the new camera today, but the hardware has actually been in use for a while now. In addition to internal testing within the company, Michael Bay used the camera for filming various action sequences in the upcoming Transformers film, Age of Extinction. So it’s definitely one of those rare times when paying extra to see the IMAX version of a film will undoubtedly be worth it.

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Grand Schema Entertainment Taking Flight — Set to Produce Giant Screen Format Film About Wing-Suit Flyer Daredevil Joby Ogwyn

June 16, 2014 – 5:43 pm | Permalink

NEW YORK, NY–(Marketwired – June 03, 2014) – Grand Schema Entertainment, a wholly owned subsidiary of VGTel (OTCQB: VGTL) has started production of a 4K movie featuring extreme athlete Joby Ogwyn, the world’s premier wing-suit flyer.

Producers John Molli and Joby Ogwyn, along with filmmaker Christopher J. Scott are producing the film in giant screen format for worldwide release. The film follows Ogwyn around the world as he pursues his quest to be the first human being to base jump and fly in all seven continents. Shot in UltraHD 4K, the documentary will feature Ogwyn performing exhilarating wing-suit flights off of some of the most dangerous and exotic peaks, structures, and recognized landmarks around the world. The film is being produced in conjunction with Ogwyn’s Production Company, Swing for the Fence. Ogwyn’s longtime producing partner, Eric Farber, will act as Co-Executive Producer on the film.

This announcement comes on the heels of Ogwyn’s cancelled attempt in May to be the first person to fly from the peak of Mount Everest. That jump was scheduled to be broadcast live around the world on the Discovery Channel but was cancelled due to the tragic avalanche that claimed the lives of thirteen Sherpa guides.

VGTel is a multi-platform entertainment and film financing company and this film marks the first production for its newly formed subsidiary Grand Schema Entertainment.

The film will be directed by Grand Schema’s Christopher J. Scott, who said, “This is an exciting time as Joby and I have been working on this project for a long time. We not only feel that this is a first of its kind film, but that it will be a compelling story about an extreme sport that only few truly know about. We’re looking for this to be the ‘Endless Summer’ of this genre.”

“We are very excited to partner in this new adventure! Chris is a tremendously talented director and has a great vision for this project,” added Joby Ogwyn.

VGTel’s CEO Greg Wells stated, “We wanted the first film from Grand Schema Entertainment to make a statement and help set the stage for the types of projects we want to bring to audiences all around the world. Our vision is to produce exhilarating, engaging and fun movies that leverage emerging technologies and allow audiences to immerse themselves in a film like never before.”

Principal photography will begin mid-July 2014.

About VGTel, Inc.
VGTel, Inc. is a multi-platform company offering products and support in the entertainment industry and is focused on a strategy of growing and building business units through investments and acquisitions. For further information, go to www.360entertainmentandproductions.com.

Safe Harbor Statement
The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 provides a safe harbor for forward-looking information made on the company’s behalf. All statements, other than statements of historical facts, which address the Company’s expectations of sources of capital or which express the company’s expectation for the future with respect to financial performance or operating strategies can be identified as forward-looking statements. Such statements made by the company are based on knowledge of the environment in which it operates, but because of the possibility of unknown factors, as well as other factors beyond the control of the company, actual results may differ materially from the expectations expressed in the forward-looking statement. An investment in our common stock involves a significant degree of risk. You should not invest in our common stock unless you can afford to lose your entire investment. You should consider carefully all risk factors and other information in our annual report and quarterly filings before deciding to invest in our common stock. If any of the following risks and uncertainties develops into actual events, our business, financial condition or results of operations could be materially adversely affected and you could lose your entire investment in our Company.

Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve a number of risks and uncertainties, including statements regarding the outlook of the Company’s business and results of operations. By nature, these risks and uncertainties could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated. Generally speaking, any statements using terms such as “will,” “expect,” “anticipate,” or “may,” or which otherwise predict or address future results or events, are likely to contain forward-looking statements. It is important to note that actual results may differ materially from what is indicated in any forward-looking statement. Readers should consider any forward-looking statements in light of factors that could cause actual results to vary. These factors are described in the Company’s filings with the SEC, and readers should refer to those filings, including Risk Factors described in those filings, in connection with any forward-looking statements. The Company disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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IMAX Corporation Announces Authorization Of Up To $150 Million Share Repurchase Program

June 16, 2014 – 4:32 pm | Permalink

NEW YORK, June 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — IMAX Corporation (NYSE: IMAX; TSX: IMX) today announced that its Board of Directors has authorized the repurchase of up to $150 million of its common shares. The decision reflects the Company’s strong financial position, its positive outlook on its future cash position, and its focus on returning value to shareholders. The share repurchase program has a 3 year expiration date.

The repurchases may be made either in the open market or through private transactions, subject to market conditions, applicable legal requirements and other relevant factors. The Company has no obligation to repurchase shares, and the share repurchase program may be suspended or discontinued by the Company at any time. While executing the share repurchase program, the Company is committed to retaining the financial strength and flexibility it needs to invest in its core business and ensuring its ability to pursue other opportunities that might arise.

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

IMAX is headquartered in New York, Toronto and Los Angeles, with offices in London, Tokyo, Shanghai and Beijing. As of March 31, 2014, there were 840 IMAX theatres (707 commercial multiplexes, 18 commercial destinations and 115 institutions) in 57 countries.

IMAX®, IMAX® 3D, IMAX DMR®, Experience It In IMAX®, An IMAX 3D Experience®, The IMAX Experience®, 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. Important factors that could affect these statements include, but are not limited to, general economic, market or business conditions; our ability to consummate repurchases under the share repurchase program due to changes in our share price corporate or other market conditions; the opportunities (or lack thereof) that may be presented to and pursued by the Company; the performance of IMAX DMR films; competitive actions by other companies; conditions in the in-home and out-of-home entertainment industries; the signing of theater system agreements; changes in laws or regulations; conditions, changes and developments in the commercial exhibition industry; the failure to convert theater system backlog into revenue; risks associated with investments and operations in foreign jurisdictions and any future international expansion, including those related to economic, political and regulatory policies of local governments and laws and policies of the United States and Canada; risks related to the Company’s growth and operations in China; the failure to respond to change and advancements in digital technology; risks related to the acquisition of AMC Entertainment Holdings, Inc. by Dalian Wanda Group Co., Ltd.; risks related to new business initiatives; the potential impact of increased competition in the markets within which the Company operates; risks related to the Company’s inability to protect the Company’s intellectual property; risks related to Eastman Kodak bankruptcy and the possibility of constrained film supply; risks related to the Company’s implementation of a new enterprise resource planning system; risks related to the Company’s prior restatements and the related litigation; and other factors, many of which are beyond the control of the Company. These factors, other risks and uncertainties and financial details are discussed in IMAX’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q.

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IMAX Announces Exclusive Global Laser Technology Partnership With Necsel

June 16, 2014 – 11:21 am | Permalink

Leading Laser Light Source Provider Selected as Exclusive Supplier of Lasers for IMAX’s Laser Projection Systems

NEW YORK, June 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — IMAX Corporation (NYSE: IMAX; TSX: IMX) today announced an agreement for Necsel to be the exclusive worldwide provider of specified lasers for IMAX’s laser projection systems. IMAX’s laser projection technology will enable exhibitors to deliver a wide array of digital content – including documentaries and blockbuster films – and further enhance The IMAX Experience® for audiences.

Necsel manufactures customer-specific laser lighting solutions for digital projection and other lighting applications. Necsel’s patented technology comprises red, green and blue visible lasers and laser systems that meet critical performance, size and cost requirements for laser cinema projection and a host of specialty lighting uses. Necsel technology will enable the commercial rollout of next-generation digital cinema, large-venue projection, laser-based simulation systems and other forms of lighting.

“Our laser projection solution represents IMAX’s largest R&D investment to date and, as part of this development, we have aligned ourselves with only the best worldwide technology partners who share our commitment to innovation and quality,” said Robert D. Lister, Chief Business Development Officer, IMAX Corp. “It is clear to us that Necsel not only shares this commitment, but – as the leading global provider of laser light source solutions – it gives us the security of knowing that our groundbreaking laser projection offering is leveraging the capacity and resources of the world’s premiere laser manufacturer.”

“We are honored to have been selected in this capacity by IMAX,” said William Mackenzie, Founder, Chairman & CEO of Necsel. “Necsel’s technology is transforming cinema projection and we look forward to helping IMAX redefine the premium movie-going experience with its next-generation laser product. We are committed to contributing our extensive resources and award-winning technology to IMAX’s cutting-edge development.”

IMAX’s next-generation laser projection system is expected to set a new benchmark as the industry’s premium entertainment experience. The system incorporates the laser digital intellectual property IMAX exclusively licensed from Eastman Kodak and relies on Barco’s best-in-industry system manufacturing expertise. It will enable IMAX’s largest screens to deliver the highest-quality digital content available with greater brightness and clarity, a wider color gamut and deeper blacks. IMAX’s very first laser projection systems are expected to be rolled out by the end of this year.

About Necsel
An award-winning global organization headquartered in the Silicon Valley, Necsel (www.necsel.com) designs and manufactures high-power visible lasers and laser solutions. With a patented technology portfolio, Necsel has become a leader in visible laser system solutions. Necsel’s unique technology is transforming the cinema projection and remote source lighting markets. You may also connect with Necsel on Twitter (www.twitter.com/NecselLaser).

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

IMAX is headquartered in New York, Toronto and Los Angeles, with offices in London, Tokyo, Shanghai and Beijing. As of March 31, 2014, there were 840 IMAX theatres (707 commercial multiplexes, 18 commercial destinations and 115 institutions) in 57 countries.

IMAX®, IMAX® 3D, IMAX DMR®, Experience It In IMAX®, An IMAX 3D Experience®, The IMAX Experience®, 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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Trailers, poster, images for Hercules

June 13, 2014 – 12:49 pm | Permalink

Check out the first two trailers, poster, and images for Hercules.

Hercules leads a band of mercenaries to help end a bloody civil war in the land of Thrace and return the rightful king to his throne.

The film opens in IMAX 3D theaters July 25, 2014.

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Hercules Storms Into IMAX® Theatres In North America And Select International Markets Starting July 25

June 13, 2014 – 11:35 am | Permalink

LOS ANGELES, June 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — IMAX Corporation (NYSE: IMAX; TSX: IMX), Paramount Pictures, a division of Viacom, Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAB), and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures today announced that Brett Ratner’s action epic, Hercules, will be digitally re-mastered into the immersive IMAX® 3D format and released by Paramount Pictures and MGM in IMAX® theatres worldwide starting July 25.

Hercules deserves a platform like the IMAX 3D format,” said Greg Foster, Senior Executive Vice President, IMAX Corp. and CEO of IMAX Entertainment. “We are excited to team up with our partners Paramount and MGM to bring this epic tale to life as never before for IMAX fans around the world.”

“There is no better format on earth than IMAX 3D to see an anamorphic widescreen epic such as ‘Hercules,’ said Ratner. “It is the first film I have directed being exhibited in IMAX 3D and definitely a dream come true for me. Now audiences around the world will have the viewing experience I have always dreamed of for one of my films.”

Megan Colligan, President, Domestic Marketing and Distribution of Paramount Pictures commented, “We are pleased to once again partner with our friends at IMAX, and with MGM, we look forward to giving audiences around the globe the opportunity to experience the action and excitement of Brett Ratner’s ‘Hercules‘ in IMAX 3D.”

From Paramount Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures, “Hercules” stars Dwayne Johnson as both man and myth, leading a band of mercenaries to help end a bloody civil war in the land of Thrace and return the rightful king to his throne. A tormented soul from birth, Hercules has the strength of a God but feels the suffering of a human. Unimaginable villains will test the mythical power of Hercules in director Brett Ratner’s gritty take on one of the most epic action heroes of the ages. The film also stars Ian McShane, Rufus Sewell, Joseph Fiennes, Peter Mullan, Aksel Hennie, Ingrid Berdal, Reece Ritchie, Tobias Santelmann, Rebecca Ferguson, Isaac Andrews and John Hurt.

Hercules” is produced by Beau Flynn, Barry Levine and Brett Ratner. Based on Radical Comics’ “Hercules” by Steve Moore, with a screenplay by Ryan J. Condal and Evan Spiliotopoulos. Directed by Brett Ratner.

The IMAX 3D release of Hercules 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 Hercules, please visit the film’s official website at http://www.mightyhercules.com.

About Paramount Pictures Corporation
Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment, is a unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), a leading content company with prominent and respected film, television and digital entertainment brands. Paramount controls a collection of some of the most powerful brands in filmed entertainment, including Paramount Pictures, Paramount Animation, Paramount Vantage, Paramount Classics, Insurge Pictures, MTV Films, and Nickelodeon Movies. PPC operations also include Paramount Home Media Distribution, Paramount Pictures International, Paramount Licensing Inc., and Paramount Studio Group.

About Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer is celebrating 90 years as a leader in the entertainment business and as an innovator in the industry. Today, MGM is an entertainment company focused on the production and distribution of film and television content globally. The company owns one of the world’s deepest libraries of premium film and television content. In addition, MGM has investments in domestic and international television channels. For more information, visit www.mgm.com.

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

IMAX is headquartered in New York, Toronto and Los Angeles, with offices in London, Tokyo, Shanghai and Beijing. As of March 31, 2014, there were 840 IMAX theatres (707 commercial multiplexes, 18 commercial destinations and 115 institutions) in 57 countries.

IMAX®, IMAX® 3D, IMAX DMR®, Experience It In IMAX®, An IMAX 3D Experience®, The IMAX Experience®, 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 from Interstellar

June 10, 2014 – 12:23 pm | Permalink

Paramount Pictures has released the first two images from Interstellar.

A group of explorers make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage.

The film opens in IMAX theaters November 7, 2014.



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Minnesota Zoo’s IMAX switches to digital

June 9, 2014 – 2:17 pm | Permalink

CBS Minnesota reports:

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

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

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

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

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

June 9, 2014 – 2:06 pm | Permalink

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

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

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

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

The IMAX 3D release of How to Train Your Dragon 2 will be digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience® with proprietary IMAX DMR® (Digital Re-mastering) technology. The crystal-clear images, coupled with IMAX’s customized theatre geometry and powerful digital audio, create a unique environment that will make audiences feel as if they are in the movie.

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

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

IMAX is headquartered in New York, Toronto and Los Angeles, with offices in London, Tokyo, Shanghai and Beijing. As of March 31, 2014, there were 840 IMAX theatres (707 commercial multiplexes, 18 commercial destinations and 115 institutions) in 57 countries.

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

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

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