By Los Angeles Times: Richard Verrier on June 04, 2014
USC is getting a giant screen courtesy of IMAX®
The Canadian theater technology company announced Wednesday that it was donating an IMAX® theater system to USC's School of Cinematic Arts.
The IMAX® theater will be installed in a new auditorium donated by Michelle and Kevin Douglas, IMAX's largest shareholders, at the cinema school's Robert Zemeckis Center for Digital Arts.
The theater will be part of a 35,000-square-foot, fully digital training center that will serve as a research facility and teaching facility for students to learn IMAX® filmmaking as well as location-based entertainment and multi-player game design.
"IMAX® has been a cinematic innovator since its inception more than 45 years ago," IMAX® Chief Executive Richard L. Gelfond said in a statement. "We take our commitment to the future of entertainment very seriously and believe that through this gift we can help educate future filmmakers of the world on how to use technology to express their vision in new ways. The Lab will also give students the opportunity to learn about the latest innovations in filmmaking, set design, sound and post-production."
To learn more about IMAX's theater donation to USC visit the Los Angeles Times.
By The Hollywood News: Ellen Daniels on May 28, 2014
IMAX®, Universal Pictures and Legendary Pictures have announced that DRACULA UNTOLD, the Dracula origins story starring Luke Evans, will be digitally remastered and released in IMAX® across the globe on 2nd October, and in North America on 17th October.
The film is directed by Gary Shore and produced by Michael De Lucas, and also stars Sarah Gadon, Dominic Cooper, Diarmaid Murtagh and Samantha Barks.
To read more about 'Dracula Untold' release in IMAX® theatres visit The Hollywood News.
By Comicbook.com: Jamie Lovett on May 22, 2014
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turltes will be released in select IMAX® theaters this August. The film is produced by Michael Bay, who is known for making the kind of big, explodey movies that can benefit from their big explosions being made larger than live through the IMAX® format.
"Longtime partners Michael Bay and Jonathan Liebesman have done a wonderful job of updating this classic franchise for a next-generation audience," said Greg Foster, Senior Executive Vice President, IMAX® Corp. and CEO of IMAX® Entertainment. "We look forward to teaming up with Paramount and bringing these fun, relatable and action-fueled characters to life in the most immersive way possible – through The IMAX Experience®."
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will be digitally remastered for enhanced sound and visuals in the IMAX® format. These enhancements combined with the unique features of an IMAX® theater help immerse the audience even further in the film.
To learn more about about TMNT's international release in IMAX® theaters visit ComicBook.com.
By Variety: Brent Lang on May 21, 2014
IMAX® will develop documentaries using a newly created $50 million fund, with the wide-screen company promising a series of films that will deal with such heady topics as globalization, technology and space, but with a sense of humor.
“This is an opportunity to reset the tone of these movies — to make them a little edgier and hipper,” said Greg Foster, chairman and president of IMAX Entertainment®. “We need to make movies that are a little bit more reflective of third graders today as opposed to third graders 25 years ago and that’s what these movies are about.”
By BloombergBusinessweek: Kyle Stock on May 19, 2014
For a 60-year-old mutant lizard, Godzilla still has plenty of blockbuster power.
The giant lizard’s latest eponymous film garnered a better-than-expected $93 million in U.S. ticket sales in its opening weekend and another $103 million from 64 overseas markets, the best international debut so far this year. Godzilla crushed in the U.K. and Russia, while Mexico—normally a tiny movie market—ended up as the movie’s third-biggest foreign box office, with $9 million in ticket sales.