Secrets of the Universe launches crowd funding campaign

August 12, 2015 – 12:25 pm | Permalink



Phys.org writes:

A unique IMAX 3D experience that seeks to answer the most essential questions about the universe is just few steps away from being released with an ambitious intention to inspire the inner scientist in every one of us. The film entitled “Secrets of the Universe” will take the science-curious audience for a trip to fascinating cosmic phenomena seen through the lens of experiments at the world’s largest and most powerful particle accelerator. “‘Secrets of the Universe’ will explore some of the most elusive and fascinating phenomena in the cosmos under investigation at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in Geneva, Switzerland, and explain today’s advance scientific discoveries in layman’s terms,” Tom Assam-Miller of CrowdfundX, the project’s Media Relations Manager, told astrowatch.net.

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Everest IMAX trailer and featurette

August 6, 2015 – 12:10 pm | Permalink

Check out the IMAX trailer and featurette for upcoming film, Everest.

Inspired by the incredible events surrounding an attempt to reach the summit of the world’s highest mountain, Everest documents the awe-inspiring journey of two different expeditions challenged beyond their limits by one of the fiercest snowstorms ever encountered by mankind.

The film opens in IMAX 3D theaters September 18, 2015.



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Antarctica: On the Edge and The Last Reef Inspire DC Leadership

July 31, 2015 – 1:29 pm | Permalink

Oceans Month Events Celebrate Research and Conservation

Explorers, storytellers and scientists travel to the ends of the Earth and the depths of the oceans—and their discoveries reveal how even the most remote extremes have profound effects on the environment across the globe. This summer Giant Screen Films (GSF) was pleased to partner with nonprofits and elected officials to call attention to the beauty and fragility of our planet’s few remaining pristine environments.

A series of events featuring filmmakers Jon Bowermaster and Luke Cresswell used GSF’s films to shine a spotlight on climate science and to underscore how the poles, which may seem remote and distant, drive the circulation and health of our oceans. At a Congressional briefing and reception with honorary special guests Senators Harry Reid (Senate Minority Leader; D-NV), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Bill Nelson (D-FL), Angus King (I-ME), and Edward Markey (D-MA), Antarctica: On the Edge and The Last Reef served as platforms for lively discussions. Welcomed by NOAA Administrator Dr. Kathryn Sullivan and joined by renowned researchers Dr. Robin Bell and Dr. Brendan Kelly, the filmmakers discussed their efforts to share new understandings of the natural world with audiences worldwide.

“Films like Antarctica: On the Edge and The Last Reef are an inspiring testament to the planet’s natural wonders and humanity’s thirst for adventure,” said Senator Reid. “This kind of storytelling builds a true emotional connection to remote, pristine environments, from the poles to the open ocean to the beautiful deserts of the Basin and Range National Monument. With uplifting conservation messages and a true commitment to STEM education, Giant Screen Films and their partners are powerful allies in our efforts to protect the Earth and support a new generation of science leaders.”

“Climate science is a polarizing issue on the Hill,” said Dr. Neysa Call, science fellow for Senator Reid. “Filmmakers like Bowermaster and Cresswell help show us it shouldn’t be. We had an audience of hundreds at our briefing events, which is unusual. This level of interest underscores the critical research and conservation messages so vividly illustrated in GSF documentaries. Collaborating with GSF and other expert science communicators was a real achievement in our work to share the importance of geoscience research with colleagues who have the power to help strengthen it.”

“Museum theaters and researchers are part of an ‘ecosystem’ that reveals the wonders of our planet and forges a bright future for generations to come,” said Don Kempf, president of GSF. “We’re honored to engage new partners in our efforts and proud of our continuing commitment to innovation in both filmmaking and educational outreach.”

“Antarctica is a place that gets in your blood,” said Bowermaster, director of Antarctica: On the Edge. “Its sweeping, hostile beauty is perfectly suited to the giant screen. But I’ve witnessed undeniable changes in Antarctica’s landscape over the past twenty-five years. I hope this film can help museum audiences and policy-makers alike better understand and appreciate this surprisingly vulnerable continent”

“Science continues to reveal how connected we all are to our oceans and even the furthest reaches of the planet,” said Cresswell, a British director, composer and performer. “Our message is global, and it was rewarding to share our work with leaders who we hope can help advance conservation efforts everywhere.”

Supported by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS, executive publisher of the Science family of journals), the American Geophysical Union (AGU), and The Pew Charitable Trusts, GSF’s other Ocean Month outreach events included a GEO Distinguished Lecture at the National Science Foundation and a special screening of Antarctica 3D at AAAS headquarters.

Dr. Rush Holt, CEO of AAAS and executive publisher of the Science family of journals, offered praise for Antarctica: On the Edge. “This is a critical time to consider how we can share our scientific understanding of the issues facing our planet—from climate change to ocean health,” Holt said. “Antarctica: On the Edge offers a compelling platform for connecting researchers and the public, and for promoting greater understanding of climate-change impacts.”

ABOUT GIANT SCREEN FILMS
Since 1997, GSF has established itself as a pioneer in the large-format industry, producing and distributing films that push the boundaries of the medium. Through the magic of immersive sight and sound technologies, GSF’s productions challenge the imaginations of children and adults, offering an inspiring perspective on the world and an unforgettable theater experience. Meaningful educational collaborations and partnerships extend each film’s impact far beyond the theater. The company is recognized as one of the world’s leading and most active large-format producers and is based in Evanston, Illinois. For additional information, visit www.gsfilms.com.

Academy Award Winner Robert Redford Narrates National Parks Adventure

July 30, 2015 – 12:27 pm | Permalink

Academy Award® Winner, Robert Redford, narrates MacGillivray Freeman Film’s newest 3D documentary, “NATIONAL PARKS ADVENTURE,” Commemorating the U.S. National Park Service’s 100-Year Anniversary on the Giant Screen

July 30, 2015, Laguna Beach, CAMacGillivray Freeman Films in partnership with Brand USA is pleased to announce their next release for IMAX® and giant-screen theatres – “NATIONAL PARKS ADVENTURE.” Presented by Expedia, Inc., the 3D film is scheduled for global release on February 12, 2016 to coincide with the centennial of the National Park Service next year.

Narrated by Academy Award® winner Robert Redford, “NATIONAL PARKS ADVENTURE” takes audiences on the ultimate off-trail adventure into the nation’s awe-inspiring great outdoors and untamed wilderness. Told from the perspective of national parks ambassador and world-class mountaineer Conrad Anker, his stepson Max Lowe (an adventure photographer) and family friend Rachel Pohl, these modern-day explorers visit spectacularly wild and beautiful places — including Yellowstone, the Everglades, the Redwoods, and Arches – revealing a tapestry of natural wonders that will inspire the adventurer in all of us. Captured with IMAX 3D cameras and shown in full glory in giant screen theatres, “NATIONAL PARKS ADVENTURE” celebrates the majesty of our national parks and treasured landscapes and highlights the importance of protecting them for all.

“‘NATIONAL PARKS ADVENTURE captures the stunning beauty of our wild places and reminds us these landscapes are an essential part of the human spirit,” states narrator and conservationist Robert Redford.

“I can’t think of a more perfect narrator for ‘NATIONAL PARKS ADVENTURE’ than Robert Redford, whose passion for the outdoors and environmental interests as well as his distinctive voice and charisma, makes him the ideal storyteller for our film,’ says Director, Greg MacGillivray. “There are 408 national parks in our country that many families have not been able to explore. Our hope is that ‘NATIONAL PARKS ADVENTURE’ will encourage our audiences to discover the beauty and sanctuary of these American treasures.”

“We shot ‘NATIONAL PARKS ADVENTURE’ in 30 national parks over a nine month period,” says Shaun MacGillivray, Producer of “NATIONAL PARKS ADVENTURE” and President of MacGillivray Freeman Films. “We had four crews shooting the film including a time lapse crew, aerial crew, ground crew and TV crew. Using IMAX cameras in these vast national parks enabled us to capture every vantage point of these natural wonders and bring the most vivid colors and landscapes to our audiences. The addition of Robert Redford narrating this film for us is the pinnacle of this project, tying all of these remarkable elements together.”

NATIONAL PARKS ADVENTURE” follows in the tradition of MacGillivray Freeman’s award-winning Great Adventure Films – including “EVEREST”, “DOLPHINS”, “JOURNEY INTO AMAZING CAVES” and “TO THE ARCTIC” – that are set in some of the most extraordinary locations on the planet.

Working in collaboration with Brand USA – which is the destination-marketing organization for the United States – allows for “NATIONAL PARKS ADVENTURE” to become the centerpiece of their global marketing initiative for their 2015-2016 “Great Outdoors” campaign.

“We are thrilled to have Robert Redford lend his voice to the project,” said Thomas Garzilli, senior vice president of global partner marketing for Brand USA. “As the destination marketing organization for the United States, we never saw ourselves in the movie business, but now, as we wrap up post production of ‘NATIONAL PARKS ADVENTURE’, we can’t imagine a better way to tell the stories of some of our country’s most treasured assets – the national parks.”

Additionally, the film will be presented by Expedia, Inc, one of the world’s leading travel companies with a multi-million dollar partnership to bring worldwide film marketing support to both domestic and international exhibitors.

While simultaneously shooting “NATIONAL PARKS ADVENTURE,” MacGillivray Freeman produced an 8-part TV series for Travel Channel, “America. The Beautiful.” that will debut on that network August 9th and encore in February 2016, also narrated by Robert Redford.

Robert Redford is an ardent conservationist and environmentalist, a man who stands for social responsibility and political involvement, and an artist and businessman who is a staunch supporter of uncompromised creative expression.

Redford landed his first Broadway starring role in SUNDAY IN NEW YORK, followed by LITTLE MOON OF ALBAN and Neil Simon’s BAREFOOT IN THE PARK, directed by Mike Nichols. His first movie role was in WAR HUNT. He reprised the role of Paul Bratter in the film version of BAREFOOT IN THE PARK, for which he received praise from critics and audiences. In 1969, Redford and Paul Newman teamed to star in BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID. Directed by George Roy Hill, the film became an instant classic and firmly established Redford as one of the industry’s top leading men. He, Newman and Hill later reunited for THE STING, which won seven Oscars®, including Best Picture, and brought Redford his Best Actor nomination.

He has since built a distinguished acting career, starring in such notable films as JEREMIAH JOHNSON, THE WAY WE WERE, THE GREAT GATSBY, THREE DAYS OF THE CONDOR, THE GREAT WALDO PEPPER, BRUBAKER, A BRIDGE TOO FAR, THE NATURAL, OUT OF AFRICA, LEGAL EAGLES, SNEAKERS, INDECENT PROPOSAL AND UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL, SPY GAME, THE LAST CASTLE, THE CLEARING, AN UNFINISHED LIFE and ALL IS LOST. Currently, Redford can be seen in A WALK IN THE WOODS, a film he produced based on the Bill Bryson novel co-starring Nick Nolte. In October, Redford will star as Dan Rather in Sony Pictures’ Classics’ TRUTH, directed by James Vanderbilt and also starring Cate Blanchett and Elizabeth Moss. The film chronicles the news story that irreversibly changed the life and legacy of legendary news anchor Dan Rather, and is based on the book Truth and Duty by Mary Mapes. Redford also recently wrapped Disney’s PETE’S DRAGON, directed by David Lowery, co-starring Bryce Dallas Howard. The film is scheduled for release in spring 2016.

Redford has starred in several films produced by his own Wildwood Enterprises, including DOWNHILL RACER, THE CANDIDATE, THE ELECTRIC HORSEMAN and ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN, which earned seven Oscar® nominations including Best Picture.

Redford won a Directors Guild of America Award, a Golden Globe Award and the Academy Award® for Best Director for his feature film directorial debut ORDINARY PEOPLE. He went on to direct and produce THE MILAGRO BEANFIELD WAR and A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT, for which he received a Best Director Golden Globe nomination; and earned dual Oscar® nominations for Best Picture and Best Director and a Golden Globe nomination for Best Director for QUIZ SHOW. He earned two Golden Globe nominations (Best Picture and Best Director) for THE HORSE WHISPERER. Other films as director and producer include THE LEGEND OF BAGGER VANCE, LIONS FOR LAMBS, THE CONSPIRATOR and THE COMPANY YOU KEEP.

A large part of Redford’s life is his Sundance Institute, which he founded in 1981, and is dedicated to the support and development of emerging screenwriters and directors of vision, and to the national and international exhibition of new independent cinema. He has received the Screen Actors Guild’s Lifetime Achievement Award, an Honorary Academy Award®, the Kennedy Center Honors, and the LEGION D’HONNEUR medal, France’s highest recognition. Robert Redford has been a noted environmentalist and activist since the early 1970s and has served for almost 30 years as a Trustee of the Board the Natural Resources Defense Council.

About MacGillivray Freeman Films
MacGillivray Freeman Films is the world’s foremost independent producer and distributor of giant-screen 70mm films with 38 films for IMAX and giant-screen theatres to its credit. Throughout the company’s 50-year history, its films have won numerous international awards including two Academy Award® nominations and three films inducted into the IMAX Hall of Fame. MacGillivray Freeman’s films are known for their artistry and celebration of science and the natural world. It is the first documentary film company to reach the one billion dollar benchmark for worldwide box office. For more information about the company, visit www.macgillivrayfreemanfilms.com.

About Expedia, Inc.
Expedia, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXPE) is one of the world’s leading travel companies, with an extensive brand portfolio that includes leading online travel brands, such as:

  • Expedia.com®, a leading full service online travel agency with localized sites in 31 countries
  • Hotels.com®, the hotel specialist with localized sites in more than 60 countries
  • Hotwire®, a leading discount travel site that offers opaque deals in 12 countries throughout North America, Europe and Asia
  • Travelocity®, a pioneer in online travel and a leading online travel agency in the US and Canada
  • Egencia®, a leading corporate travel management company
  • Venere.com™, an online hotel reservation specialist in Europe
  • trivago®, a leading online hotel metasearch company with sites in 51 countries
  • Wotif Group, a leading operator of travel brands in the Asia-Pacific region, including Wotif.com ®, lastminute.com.au®, travel.com.au, Asia Web Direct®, LateStays.com and GoDo.com.au
  • Expedia Local Expert®, a provider of online and in-market concierge services, activities, experiences and ground transportation in hundreds of destinations worldwide
  • Classic Vacations®, a top luxury travel specialist
  • Expedia® CruiseShipCenters®, a provider of exceptional value and expert advice for travelers booking cruises and vacations through its network of 180 franchise locations across North America
  • CarRentals.com™, the premier car rental booking company on the web

The company delivers consumers value in leisure and business travel, drives incremental demand and direct bookings to travel suppliers, and provides advertisers the opportunity to reach a highly valuable audience of in-market consumers through Expedia® Media Solutions. Expedia also powers bookings for some of the world’s leading airlines and hotels, top consumer brands, high traffic websites, and thousands of active affiliates through Expedia Affiliate Network. For corporate and industry news and views, visit us at www.expediainc.com or follow us on Twitter @expediainc.

Trademarks and logos are the property of their respective owners. © 2015 Expedia, Inc. All rights reserved. CST: 2029030-50

About Brand USA
Brand USA is the public-private partnership responsible for promoting the United States as a premier travel destination and communicating U.S. entry/exit policies and procedures. Established by the Travel Promotion Act in 2010, the organization’s mission is to increase international visitation to the United States while working in partnership with the travel industry to maximize the economic and social benefits of travel. These benefits include creating jobs essential to the economy and fostering understanding between people and cultures. For industry or partner information about Brand USA, visit www.TheBrandUSA.com. For information about travel to and around the United States, please visit Brand USA’s consumer website at www.DiscoverAmerica.com.

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EuropaCorp’s The Transporter Refueled To Be Released In Select IMAX® Theatres Globally Beginning September 4

July 27, 2015 – 11:34 am | Permalink

LOS ANGELES, July 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — IMAX Corporation (NYSE:IMAX) and EuropaCorp announced today that The Transporter Refueled, the re-imagining of the successful trilogy in the studio’s highly profitable action franchise, will be digitally re-mastered into the immersive IMAX® format and released into IMAX® theatres domestically on Sept. 4, followed by a select international footprint in IMAX theatres.

Starring newcomer Ed Skrein, The Transporter Refueled, which will be distributed domestically by Relativity EuropaCorp Distribution (RED) — the joint marketing and distribution venture between Relativity Studios and EuropaCorp — is directed by Camille Delamarre (Brick Mansions), from a script by Bill Collage and Adam Cooper. The film is based on characters developed by Robert Mark Kamen and EuropaCorp founder Luc Besson, who produced the film with Mark Gao.

“With The Transporter Refueled, we are thrilled to partner again with Luc Besson and EuropaCorp to bring this action-packed re-invigoration of this global franchise to IMAX fans worldwide,” said Greg Foster, Senior Executive Vice President, IMAX Corp. and CEO of IMAX Entertainment. “IMAX works to provide audiences with thrilling entertainment year-round and this early September release is the perfect example of that.”

IMAX previously partnered with EuropaCorp to release last summer’s hit action film Lucy, through Universal Pictures, and will release the studio’s big screen adaption of the epic sci-fi graphic novel Valerian, starring Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne, which is slated for a global release summer 2017.

The IMAX® release of The Transporter Refueled 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 The Transporter Refueled, visit the film’s official website at www.thetransporterrefueled.com.

About The Transporter Refueled:
Frank Martin, played by newcomer Ed Skrein, a former special-ops mercenary, is now living a less perilous life – or so he thinks – transporting classified packages for questionable people. When Frank’s father (Ray Stevenson) pays him a visit in the south of France, their father-son bonding weekend soon takes a turn for the worse when Frank is engaged by a cunning femme-fatale, Anna (Loan Chabonal), and her three seductive sidekicks to orchestrate the bank heist of the century. Frank must use his covert expertise and knowledge of fast cars, fast driving and fast women to outrun a sinister Russian kingpin, and worse than that, he is thrust into a dangerous game of chess with a team of gorgeous women looking for revenge.

From the producers of Lucy and the Taken trilogy, The Transporter Refueled is a fresh personification of the iconic role of Frank Martin that launches the high-octane franchise into the present day and introduces it to the next generation of thrill-seekers.

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 June 30, 2015, there were 976 IMAX theatres (852 commercial multiplexes, 20 commercial destinations and 104 institutions) in 65 countries.

IMAX®, IMAX® 3D, IMAX DMR®, Experience It In IMAX®, An IMAX 3D Experience®, The IMAX Experience® 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 Corporation Reports Second Quarter 2015 Financial Results

July 23, 2015 – 11:23 am | Permalink

HIGHLIGHTS
– Record box office of $343 million in Q2 2015 results in over a half a billion of IMAX global box office generated in the first half of the year

– Stellar global per screen average of $415 thousand in Q2 2015, driven by a 41% increase in domestic and 33% increase in international per screen averages compared to Q2 2014

– Company increases annual installation guidance to 120 new theatres after another above target quarter of 35 new commercial installations in Q2 2015

– $107.2 million of revenues in Q2, IMAX’s highest revenue generating quarter ever, was up 35% from same period last year, driving adjusted EPS of $0.40, 60% growth over Q2 2014

NEW YORK, July 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — IMAX Corporation (NYSE: IMAX) today reported second quarter 2015 revenues of $107.2 million, adjusted EBITDA as calculated in accordance with the Company’s credit facility of $50.4 million, adjusted net income after non-controlling interest of $28.7 million, or $0.40 per diluted share, and reported net income after non-controlling interest of $24.4 million, or $0.34 per diluted share. The Company also reported a very strong second quarter global per screen average of $414,600.

“The second quarter of 2015 was one of the strongest in IMAX’s history, delivering our highest revenue ever, growing adjusted EPS by 60% compared to the same period last year, record box office and quarterly per screen averages that we have not seen since Avatar in 2010,” stated IMAX CEO Richard L. Gelfond. “We believe the strength of this quarter clearly demonstrates the impact that a strong slate of blockbuster films can have on IMAX and the operating leverage that results.”

Network Growth Update

The total IMAX® theatre network consisted of 976 systems as of June 30, 2015, of which 852 were in commercial multiplexes. There were 391 theatres in backlog as of June 30, 2015, compared to 419 in backlog as of June 30, 2014. In the second quarter of 2015, the Company signed contracts for 30 theatres, of which 28 were for new locations and 2 were for upgrades. In the quarter, the Company also installed 35 theatres, all of which were for new theatre locations. For a breakdown of theatre system signings, installations, network and backlog by type, please see the end of this press release.

“Momentum also continued to build on the network side of our business with higher than expected installations and strong signings activity in the quarter,” continued Gelfond, who is in Vienna for the world premiere of Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation at the historic Vienna Opera House, which has been transformed into an IMAX theatre for this event. “Tonight’s M:I5 event is the continuation of the transformation of IMAX’s brand from the smaller successes onto center stage. More agreements to use IMAX cameras as well as IMAX premieres such as Furious 7 and Jurassic World are a powerful marketer for our brand and also signal the increasingly important role IMAX plays in the entertainment ecosystem.”

Second-Quarter Segment Results

  • Revenue from sales and sales-type leases was $18.7 million in the second quarter of 2015, compared to $14.5 million in the second quarter of 2014, primarily reflecting the installation of 15 full theatre systems (14 new, 1 used) under sales and sales-type lease arrangements in the most recent second quarter, compared to the 11 sales-type theatres the Company installed in the prior-year period. In addition, there were no upgrades in existing locations in the second quarter of 2015, compared to 4 xenon upgrades in the second quarter of 2014.
  • Revenue from joint revenue-sharing arrangements was $31.6 million in the quarter, compared to $19.4 million in the prior-year period. During the quarter, the Company installed 20 new theatres under joint revenue-sharing arrangements, compared to 19 in the same period in 2014. The Company had 477 theatres operating under joint revenue-sharing arrangements as of June 30, 2015, as compared to 408 joint-venture theatres one year prior.
  • Production and IMAX DMR® (Digital Re-Mastering) revenues were $36.6 million in the second quarter of 2015, compared to $24.0 million in the second quarter of 2014. Gross box office from DMR titles was $343.0 million in the second quarter of 2014, compared to $216.0 million in the prior-year period. The average global DMR box office per screen in the second quarter of 2014 was $414,600 compared to $299,800 in the prior-year period.

Conference Call

The Company will host a conference call today at 8:30 AM ET to discuss its second quarter 2015 financial results. To access the call via telephone, interested parties in the US and Canada should dial (888) 438-5519 approximately 5 to 10 minutes before the call begins. International callers should dial (719) 325-2469. The conference ID for the call is 1711636. A replay of the call will be available via webcast on the ‘Investor Relations’ section of www.imax.com or via telephone by dialing (888) 203-1112 (US and Canada), or (647) 436-0148 (international). The Conference ID for the telephone replay is 1711636.

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 June 30, 2015, there were 976 IMAX theatres (852 commercial multiplexes, 20 commercial destinations and 104 institutions) in 65 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, the signing of theater system agreements; conditions, changes and developments in the commercial exhibition industry; the performance of IMAX DMR films; the potential impact of increased competition in the markets within which the Company operates; competitive actions by other companies; the failure to respond to change and advancements in digital technology; 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 Company’s largest customer accounting for a significant portion of the Company’s revenue and backlog; risks related to new business initiatives; conditions in the in-home and out-of-home entertainment industries; the opportunities (or lack thereof) that may be presented to and pursued by the Company; risks related to the Company’s inability to protect the Company’s intellectual property; risks related to the Company’s implementation of a new enterprise resource planning system; general economic, market or business conditions; the failure to convert theater system backlog into revenue; changes in laws or regulations; risks related to the Company’s dependence on a sole supplier for its analog film; risks related to cybersecurity; 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® Transforms Vienna State Opera House For July 23 World Premiere Of Paramount Pictures And Skydance’s Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

July 22, 2015 – 11:21 am | Permalink

VIENNA, July 22, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — IMAX Corporation (NYSE: IMAX), Paramount Pictures, a division of Viacom, Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAB), and Skydance today announced that the fifth installment of the blockbuster franchise, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, will premiere July 23 at the State Opera House in Vienna, which is being specially transformed into an IMAX® theatre for this one-night global event. The film begins its worldwide roll-out in IMAX theatres on July 31.

For the red-carpet event and screening, the historic Vienna State Opera House is receiving a makeover of IMAX proportions exclusively for this premiere. During the past three days, IMAX’s team has equipped the opera house with an IMAX screen measuring approximately 56 feet by 37 feet, IMAX’s proprietary dual-projection system and a custom sound system configured and tuned to optimize the playback of the film’s IMAX soundtrack in this unique environment. This marks the second time IMAX has transformed an iconic venue for a one-night-only global premiere following Paramount’s Transformers: Age of Extinction in June 2014.

Attending the world premiere in Vienna is Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation director Christopher McQuarrie; stars Tom Cruise, Simon Pegg and Rebecca Ferguson; and producers Bryan Burk, David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Don Granger. Representing IMAX at the premiere event will be CEO Richard L. Gelfond, along with IMAX President EMEA Andrew Cripps.

Commenting on the event, Gelfond stated, “We could not be more excited to partner with our friends at Paramount Pictures, Skydance, and Tom Cruise to give Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation an exclusive world premiere event that is worthy of its epic scope and scale. The film is the kind of summer action-packed thrill ride that deserves to be seen in the most awe-inspiring way possible – in IMAX.”

The IMAX release of Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation 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 Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation
Paramount Pictures and Skydance present a Tom Cruise / Bad Robot Production, “MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – ROGUE NATION.” With the IMF disbanded and Ethan (Tom Cruise) out in the cold, the team now faces off against a network of highly skilled special agents, the Syndicate. These highly trained operatives are hellbent on creating a new world order through an escalating series of terrorist attacks. Ethan gathers his team and joins forces with disavowed British agent Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Ferguson), who may or may not be a member of this rogue nation, as the group faces its most impossible mission yet. Starring Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Ving Rhames, Sean Harris and Alec Baldwin.

The film is directed by Christopher McQuarrie, with a screenplay by Christopher McQuarrie and story by Christopher McQuarrie and Drew Pearce. Based on the television series created by Bruce Geller. Produced by Tom Cruise, J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk, David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Don Granger. Jake Myers is an executive producer.

Paramount Pictures will distribute “MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – ROGUE NATION” on July 31, 2015.

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 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 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 Television, 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 Skydance
Skydance is a diversified media company founded by David Ellison in 2010 to create elevated, event-level entertainment for global audiences. The Company brings to life stories of immersive worlds across platforms, including feature film, television, gaming and digital. Among Skydance’s blockbuster and award-winning feature films are True Grit, Star Trek Into Darkness, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Jack Reacher, World War Z and Terminator Genisys. Its upcoming feature film slate includes Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation in 2015 and Geostorm, Star Trek Beyond and the follow-up to Jack Reacher in 2016. Skydance Television’s Emmy nominated series are Grace and Frankie on Netflix and Manhattan on WGN America.

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 trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

July 20, 2015 – 1:02 pm | Permalink

Watch the IMAX trailer for upcoming film, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

The film will feature sequences filmed with IMAX® cameras, and will open in IMAX theaters March 25, 2016.

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IMAX® Announces Appointment Of Dana Settle To Board Of Directors

July 20, 2015 – 12:39 pm | Permalink

NEW YORK, July 20, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — IMAX Corporation (NYSE: IMAX) today announced the appointment of Dana Settle to its Board of Directors. Settle is a Partner and Co-Founder at Greycroft, a venture capital fund based in New York City and Los Angeles focused on investments in the Internet and mobile markets. She fills a vacancy on the Company’s board.

Throughout her career, Settle has played a key role in the success of many technology startups. Prior to Greycroft, where she heads the firm’s West Coast arm in Los Angeles, Settle spent several years as a venture capitalist and adviser to startup companies in the Bay Area. During her six years at venture capital fund Mayfield, she focused on early-stage companies in the mobile communications and consumer Internet markets.

Dana currently serves on the boards of Greycroft’s investments in AppAnnie, EBTH.com, Steelhouse, TheRealReal, Clique, RocketJump, and WideOrbit. She also managed the firm’s investments in Maker Studios (sold to Disney), Viddy (sold to FullScreen), AwesomenessTV (sold to Dreamworks), Digisynd (sold to Disney), ContentNext (sold to Guardian Media), Pulse (sold to LinkedIn) and Sometrics (sold to American Express).

Dana’s additional experience includes business development at Truveo (AOL), investment banking at Lehman Brothers and international business development at McCaw Cellular Communications (AT&T).

“Dana has played a pivotal role in fostering the strategic growth of some of the most promising digital media companies in the world. She has a pulse on the latest digital innovations across multiple platforms and an impressive track record of transforming those innovations into successful businesses,” said IMAX CEO Richard L. Gelfond. “We are delighted to welcome Dana as our newest board member. As we continue to explore new areas for growth, her expertise and strategic insight will be of tremendous value to our board and to IMAX.”

“I’m thrilled and honored to be joining the IMAX board,” said Settle. “The IMAX brand is a landmark in the media industry and its innovative work aligns perfectly with my experience in the venture capital industry. I look forward to helping to continue IMAX’s forward-thinking mission with my fellow board members and the IMAX executive team.”

Dana holds a BA in Finance and International Studies from the University of Washington and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

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 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 Greycroft
Greycroft Partners is a leading venture capital firm focused on investments in the Internet and mobile markets. With offices in the two media capitals of the world – New York and Los Angeles – Greycroft is uniquely positioned to serve entrepreneurs who have chosen us as their partners. Greycroft leverages an extensive network of media and technology industry connections to help entrepreneurs gain visibility, build strategic relationships, successfully bring their products to market, and build successful businesses. Greycroft manages $600 million and has made over 100 investments since inception, including leading companies such as AppAnnie, Baublebar, Braintree, Buddy Media, Collective, Extreme Reach, Huffington Post, JW Player, Klout, Maker Studios, Plain Vanilla, Pulse, TheRealReal, Trunk Club and WideOrbit. For more information please visit the Greycroft Partners website at www.greycroft.com.

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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Monster Hunt scores $8.7 Million Record Opening Weekend At Chinese Box Office In IMAX® Theatres

July 20, 2015 – 12:30 pm | Permalink

LOS ANGELES, July 20, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — IMAX Corporation (NYSE: IMAX) today announced that Monster Hunt, the 3D fantasy adventure from director Raman Hui and producers William Kong, Chung Man Yee and Alan Yuen, earned $8.7 million in its opening weekend in China on 216 IMAX screens, making it the largest-ever opening for a Chinese IMAX DMR® (Digitally Re-mastered) film. Additionally, Monster Hunt scored a record single-day gross for a Chinese film in IMAX, totaling $2.7 million on Saturday.

Monster Hunt, from Edko Films, surpassed The Monkey King, which had the previous largest opening weekend for a Chinese film in IMAX.

“We congratulate our partners at Edko Films and William Kong for making such a satisfying and successful 3D adventure film,” said Greg Foster, Senior Executive Vice President, IMAX Corp. and CEO of IMAX Entertainment. “We’re thrilled to have been part of this record-setting launch and encouraged that Chinese moviegoers chose to see Monster Hunt in the most immersive way possible — in IMAX theatres.”

Commenting on the release, Kong stated, “We are so proud to have Monster Hunt shown in IMAX theatres across China and for it to have achieved such an excellent result.”

The IMAX® 3D release of Monster Hunt 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 China
IMAX China is a majority-owned 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 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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