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Denzel Washington Proves as Elusive as His Character at ‘The Equalizer’ Premiere

6 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

A veritable who’s-who of cinema’s tough guys in 2014 – including Ethan Hawke, Luis Guzman, Michael K. Williams and filmmaker J.C. Chandor – came out to the Lincoln Square Regal Imax for the premiere of Antoine Fuqua’s “The Equalizer” on Monday night.

Among the stars, the mood was jubilant, a celebration in and of itself of Fuqua’s first collaboration with Denzel Washington since their vaunted “Training Day.” On the red carpet, Washington winced playfully as “Saturday Night Live’s” Jay Pharoah teasingly hollered out: “King Kong Ain’T Got S— On Me!” – an unmistakable reference to Washington’s 2001 performance (which won him the Academy Award for Best Actor.)

The Equalizer” is Fuqua’s first formal test run into Imax, according to Imax’s Greg Foster. “We’re pitching him actively to shoot his next movie with our cameras. His style of filmmaking very much aligns itself to who and »

- Steve Macfarlane

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Imax CEO Says Audiences Are "A Little Sick Of The Post-Apocalyptic, Dark, Angst-Ridden, Suicidal Movies"

17 September 2014 8:20 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Hazarding his opinion on studio trends of which audiences may have grown weary, Imax Entertainment CEO Greg Foster told those assembled at the Bank of America 2014 Media, Communications and Entertainment Conference that, “Maybe people are getting a little sick of the post-apocalyptic, dark, angst-ridden, suicidal movies.” Now, here’s a guy whose business partly depends on the studios’ success, but who doesn’t spend his days interpreting audience analytics and agonizing over what to feed us next. And maybe that distance from the problem enables him to see things more clearly. Between 2013 and 2014, we got “Elysium,” “Oblivion,” “After Earth,” “Edge of Tomorrow,” “Snowpiercer,” and “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.” In less post-apocalyptic, more dystopian future Ya fare, we got “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” “Ender’s Game,” “Divergent,” “The Giver,” and, along similar lines, “The Purge” and “The Purge: Anarchy.” There’s obviously something in those audience analytics telling. »

- Tess Hofmann

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Imax CEO: Audiences Are Tiring of Grim Hollywood Tentpoles

16 September 2014 3:46 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Imax Entertainment CEO Greg Foster has a note for the studios: movies have gotten too grim recently — and perhaps that should change. "Maybe people are getting a little sick of the post-apocalyptic, dark, angst-ridden, suicidal movies. There's maybe a few too many of those," Foster said Tuesday during an appearance at the Bank of America 2014 Media, Communications and Entertainment Conference. The Imax exec added that tentpoles that performed well this summer, including Guardians of the Galaxy, "had a twinkle in their eye," or were mischievous and fun. Foster said the Marvel superhero movie and other

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- Etan Vlessing

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Imax Exec on Box Office Plunge: Audiences Need to Have Fun

16 September 2014 1:37 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Want to make a hit movie? Lighten up.

That’s the advice Imax Entertainment CEO Greg Foster offered up Tuesday at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Media, Communications & Entertainment Conference when asked about the recent box office swan dive.

The films that worked this summer, like “Guardians of the Galaxy,” Foster said, “have a little bit of a twinkle in their eye.” Audiences are looking for movies with a mischievous streak, he argued, and “people are getting a little sick of the post-apocalyptic [movies].”

Maybe the films were too dour, but whatever the case may be, there weren’t enough “Guardians of the Galaxy” last summer. Ticket sales for the period were down about 15% from the previous summer and the domestic box office is running more than 5% behind 2013 for the calendar year.

The exhibition industry is not ready to send out distress signals, because 2015, 2016 and even 2017 will see new installments »

- Brent Lang

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Box Office Down 15% in Hollywood’s Worst Summer in Nearly a Decade

28 August 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Summer in Hollywood iced over early, and never recovered.

Despite an August thaw that saw “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” shatter expectations, the summer box office will likely finish at its lowest point in eight years. Ticket sales are running 15% below last summer’s.

Thanks to the magic of CGI, cities crumbled on a weekly basis, defended by a rotating band of masked superheroes. But are these scorched movie metropolises a metaphor for a business being bombarded by newer, snazzier forms of non-theatrical entertainment, or is this a momentary stumble for an industry that’s still soaring?

“You can’t chalk it up to anything other than a weak slate of movies that didn’t resonate with consumers,” said Eric Wold, an analyst with B. Riley & Co. “We were expecting poor numbers to start with, and it got a lot worse.”

Studio executives and exhibitors argue »

- Brent Lang

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'Maze Runner' IMAX Release Announced for September

26 August 2014 9:20 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

IMAX Corporation and Twentieth Century Fox, a division of 21st Century Fox, today announced that the Studio's adaptation of the epic sci-fi best-selling novel The Maze Runner will be digitally re-mastered into the immersive IMAX format and released across all domestic IMAX&#174 theatres for a one-week engagement on Sept. 19. The film also will be released in select international territories starting Sept. 11.

Based on the best-selling book by James Dashner, The Maze Runner follows a young man named Thomas, played by Dylan O'Brien (TV's Teen Wolf), who wakes up trapped in a massive maze with no memory of the outside world other than strange dreams about a mysterious organization known as W.C.K.D. Only by piecing together fragments of his past with clues he discovers in the maze can Thomas hope to uncover his true purpose and a way to escape.

The Maze Runner also stars Thomas Brodie-Sangster (TV's »

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'Maze Runner' IMAX Release Announced for September

26 August 2014 9:20 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

IMAX Corporation and Twentieth Century Fox, a division of 21st Century Fox, today announced that the Studio's adaptation of the epic sci-fi best-selling novel The Maze Runner will be digitally re-mastered into the immersive IMAX format and released across all domestic IMAX&#174 theatres for a one-week engagement on Sept. 19. The film also will be released in select international territories starting Sept. 11.

Based on the best-selling book by James Dashner, The Maze Runner follows a young man named Thomas, played by Dylan O'Brien (TV's Teen Wolf), who wakes up trapped in a massive maze with no memory of the outside world other than strange dreams about a mysterious organization known as W.C.K.D. Only by piecing together fragments of his past with clues he discovers in the maze can Thomas hope to uncover his true purpose and a way to escape.

The Maze Runner also stars Thomas Brodie-Sangster (TV's »

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Why ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ May Be Marvel’s Most Important Movie

3 August 2014 11:55 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Guardians of the Galaxy” may be the most important film in Marvel Studios’ history.

Its $94 million domestic debut this weekend astounded box office prognosticators who were predicting an opening in the $65 million to $70 million range, and demonstrated that the company has figured out a way to push second-tier superheroes to perform like A-list brands. Prior to last Friday, most moviegoers would have struggled to pick Drax the Destroyer out of a lineup.

With all due respect to leading man Chris Pratt and director James Gunn, who are being justifiably hailed for injecting a dose of irreverence and energy into a summer blockbuster season that was ponderous and inert, Marvel is the star of this particular big-screen adventure.

“It underlines the fact that people trust their entire product line,” said Shawn Robbins, assistant editor of BoxOffice.com. “It’s becoming what Pixar became for Disney a few years back. Five years ago, »

- Brent Lang

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Box Office: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Astounds With $160.4 Mil Global Debut

3 August 2014 7:54 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

“The Guardians of the Galaxy” touched down with a dazzling $94 million this weekend, proving that Marvel is the new gold standard for movie brands.

That set a new record for an August domestic debut, easily trumping the $69.3 million bow of 2007’s “The Bourne Ultimatum,” and scoring the third biggest stateside opening of the year. Overseas, the film netted an impressive $66.4 million in 42 territories, including Russia, Brazil, Mexico and the United Kingdom. It has brought in $160.4 million worldwide and still has many major markets left to open such as China, Australia, France and Spain.

The Walt Disney release blew past tracking that initially suggested a U.S. debut in the $65 million to $70 million range.

“It’s a testament to the momentum of the brand overall and all of the pieces just coming together in the right way,” said Dave Hollis, Walt Disney Studios’ executive vice president of theatrical distribution.

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- Brent Lang

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'Forrest Gump' 20th Anniversary IMAX Poster

29 July 2014 10:38 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Forrest Gump is celebrating its 20th birthday by returning to theaters this September in an all-new remastered IMAX re-release. To celebrate, Paramount has debuted a special poster for this occasion, which features Tom Hanks in his iconic suit and haircut, sitting on the bench that launched the infamous line, "Life is like a box of chocolates." Check it out, and then read on for the official IMAX press release.

IMAX Corporation (NYSE:IMAX; Tsx:imx), Paramount Pictures, a division of Viacom, Inc. (Nasdaq: Viab), and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment today announced that Robert Zemeckis' Academy Award&#174 Best Picture-winning Forrest Gump will get an exclusive one-week IMAX&#174 re-release, coinciding with the 20th anniversary of the film's original theatrical release in 1994. The film will be digitally re-mastered for the immersive IMAX&#174 format and released domestically by Paramount Pictures in IMAX&#174 theatres starting September 5.

Forrest Gump, which won six Academy Awards including Best »

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More Action Footage From "Lucy"

24 July 2014 10:29 AM, PDT | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Sneak Peek more action footage from "Lucy", the new action thriller from director Luc Besson ("Leon"), starring Scarlett Johansson and Oscar winner Morgan Freeman, to be released in IMAX August 8, 2014.

"When shooting a movie, as much as possible, I try and remove the wall between the lens and the performers," said Besson.

"Luc Besson is one of the most gifted creators of on-screen heroines in cinema history, and Scarlett Johansson is a favorite of IMAX audiences around the world," said Greg Foster, Senior Executive Vice President, IMAX Corp., CEO of IMAX Entertainment.

"Besson uses IMAX cameras to capture this powerful combination...

...making Lucy the kind of visceral visual spectacle that our fans are looking for...

"...and providing a moviegoing experience only IMAX can deliver."

"Filming key scenes in 'Lucy' with IMAX cameras allowed me to bring the gradual awakening that our heroine is experiencing directly to the audience, »

- Michael Stevens

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"Lucy": Scarlett Johansson Kicks Ass

12 July 2014 1:36 PM, PDT | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Sneak Peek more footage from "Lucy", the new superhero action thriller from Luc Besson, starring Scarlett Johansson and Oscar winner Morgan Freeman, digitally re-mastered into IMAX for an international release August 8, 2014.

"When shooting a movie, as much as possible, I try and remove the wall between the lens and the performers," said Besson.

"Luc Besson is one of the most gifted creators of on-screen heroines in cinema history, and Scarlett Johansson is a favorite of IMAX audiences around the world," said Greg Foster, Senior Executive Vice President, IMAX Corp., CEO of IMAX Entertainment.

"Besson uses IMAX cameras to capture this powerful combination, making Lucy the kind of visceral visual spectacle that our fans are looking for...

"...and providing a moviegoing experience only IMAX can deliver."

"Filming key scenes in 'Lucy' with IMAX cameras allowed me to bring the gradual awakening that our heroine is experiencing directly to the audience, »

- Michael Stevens

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Superhero "Lucy" - August 8, 2014

8 July 2014 4:05 PM, PDT | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

IMAX Corporation, Universal Pictures (a division of Comcast Corp.) and EuropaCorp have confirmed that "Lucy", the new superhero thriller from Luc Besson, starring Scarlett Johansson and Oscar winner Morgan Freeman, will be digitally re-mastered into the 'immersive' IMAX format and released into IMAX theatres in select international territories starting August 8, 2014.

"When shooting a movie, as much as possible, I try and remove the wall between the lens and the performers," said Besson:

"Luc Besson is one of the most gifted creators of on-screen heroines in cinema history, and Scarlett Johansson is a favorite of IMAX audiences around the world," said Greg Foster, Senior Executive Vice President, IMAX Corp., CEO of IMAX Entertainment.

"Besson uses IMAX cameras to capture this powerful combination, making Lucy the kind of visceral visual spectacle that our fans are looking for and providing a moviegoing experience only IMAX can deliver."

"Filming key scenes in 'Lucy »

- Michael Stevens

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'Lucy' Starring Scarlett Johansson Confirmed for International IMAX Release

8 July 2014 8:38 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

IMAX Corporation, Universal Pictures, a division of Comcast Corp. and EuropaCorp today announced that Lucy, the new thriller from acclaimed filmmaker Luc Besson that stars Scarlett Johansson and Academy Award winner Morgan Freeman, will be digitally re-mastered into the immersive IMAX format and released into IMAX theatres in select international territories starting August 8.

Furthering The IMAX Experience, select scenes in Lucy were captured using IMAX cameras. Those sequences filmed with the extremely high-resolution cameras will add to the explosive action and scope of the film as seen best in IMAX theaters.

Here's what IMAX CEO Greg Foster had to say in a statement.

"Luc Besson is one of the most gifted creators of on-screen heroines in cinema history, and Scarlett Johansson is a favorite of IMAX audiences around the world. Besson uses IMAX cameras to capture this powerful combination, making Lucy the kind of visceral visual spectacle that our fans »

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Luc Besson's Lucy Confirmed For An International IMAX Release

8 July 2014 7:34 AM, PDT | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

IMAX Corporation, Universal Pictures, a division of Comcast Corp. and EuropaCorp today announced that Lucy, the new thriller from acclaimed filmmaker Luc Besson that stars Scarlett Johansson and Academy Award winner Morgan Freeman, will be digitally re-mastered into the immersive IMAX format and released into IMAX theatres in select international territories starting August 8. Furthering The IMAX Experience, select scenes in Lucy were captured using IMAX cameras. Those sequences filmed with the extremely high-resolution cameras will add to the explosive action and scope of the film as seen best in IMAX theaters. "Luc Besson is one of the most gifted creators of on-screen heroines in cinema history, and Scarlett Johansson is a favorite of IMAX audiences around the world," said Greg Foster, Senior Executive Vice President, IMAX Corp. and CEO of IMAX Entertainment. "Besson uses IMAX cameras to capture this powerful combination, making Lucy the kind of visceral visual spectacle that »

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The Wizard of Oz to be released in IMAX 3D for 75th anniversary

8 July 2014 6:38 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

The Wizard of Oz is to be released in IMAX cinemas across the UK.

To mark its 75th anniversary, the film has been digitally re-mastered and will be shown in the 3D format from September 12.

The picture, which received five Academy Award nominations, winning Best Song ('Over the Rainbow') and Best Original Score, will be shown in the format for the first time ever.

"The Wizard of Oz is one of the most beloved films of all time and we are thrilled that our long-time partners at Warner Bros Pictures have made IMAX a part of this exciting milestone event," said Greg Foster, Senior Executive Vice President of IMAX Corp.

"This film revolutionised the use of colour and special effects in cinema, and we're excited to add another 'first' - bringing this timeless classic to moviegoers across the UK through the power of IMAX 3D for the very first time. »

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Luc Besson's 'Lucy' Will Hit IMAX

8 July 2014 5:50 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

IMAX Corporation, Universal Pictures, a division of Comcast Corp. and EuropaCorp today announced that Lucy, the new thriller from acclaimed filmmaker Luc Besson that stars Scarlett Johansson and Academy Award® winner Morgan Freeman, will be digitally re-mastered into the immersive IMAX® format and released into IMAX® theatres in select international territories starting August 8.

Furthering The IMAX Experience®, select scenes in Lucy were captured using IMAX® cameras. Those sequences filmed with the extremely high-resolution cameras will add to the explosive action and scope of the film as seen best in IMAX theaters.

Greg Foster, Senior Executive Vice President, IMAX Corp. and CEO of IMAX Entertainment said:

"Luc Besson is one of the most gifted creators of on-screen heroines in cinema history, and Scarlett Johansson is a favorite of IMAX audiences around the world.  Besson uses IMAX cameras to capture this powerful combination, making Lucy the kind of visceral visual spectacle that »

- Kellvin Chavez

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Wizard of Oz to receive IMAX outing

8 July 2014 4:45 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

September UK release will mark the 75th anniversary of the much-loved classic.

The Wizard of Oz will be released in IMAX 3D across the UK on Sept 12 through Warner Bros.

Marking the 75th anniversary of the much-loved classic, the film has been digitally remastered into the image and sound quality of An IMAX 3D Experience, with proprietary IMAX Dmr technology.

The Wizard of Oz is one of the most beloved films of all time and we are thrilled that our longtime partners at Warner Bros Pictures have made IMAX a part of this exciting milestone event,” commented Greg Foster, senior executive vice president, IMAX Corp. and CEO of IMAX Entertainment.

Warner Bros initiated the 3D conversion with an 8k scanning of the original Technicolor camera negative, which was then transformed by creating a depth-map of each frame to construct 3D imagery.

This was followed by the long process to further refine viewer distances and fully layer shapes »

- ian.sandwell@screendaily.com (Ian Sandwell)

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Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: An IMAX 3D First Look Hits Theaters in July

30 June 2014 10:36 AM, PDT | CinemaNerdz | See recent CinemaNerdz news »

Marvel Studios will be releasing Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: An IMAX 3D First Look, featuring 17 minutes of exclusive footage from the highly anticipated summer blockbuster Guardians of the Galaxy, to 150 IMAX theatre locations across North America on July 7th at 7:00 Pm.

Select IMAX 3D theatres nationwide and internationally will offer the special screening of thrilling, never-before-seen IMAX 3D footage of the James Gunn-directed epic space adventure, which opens in U.S. theatres on August 1st.

Commenting on the exclusive footage, director James Gunn says, “We’ve re-mastered some of our epic sequences into the IMAX 3D format, taking the scope and scale to new heights while creating a truly immersive, cinematic experience that will take you further into the Marvel Universe than ever before.”

IMAX and Marvel fans are some of the most die-hard in the world and we’re excited to offer them this »

- Mike Tyrkus

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Why ‘Transformers: Age of Extinction's’ Huge China Opening Is a Game Changer for Hollywood (Video)

29 June 2014 1:05 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The jaw-dropping $90 million opening weekend of Michael Bay's “Transformers: Age of Extinction” in China — just $10 million under its domestic opening — could be a game-changer for Hollywood. That the People's Republic of China has emerged as a critical market in the global box office, and could eventually overtake the U.S. as the world's No. 1 film market, isn't news to anyone in the film industry. But the spectacular “Age of Extinction” showing brings that reality into a sharper focus than ever before. “It's a game changer,” IMAX Chief Executive Greg Foster told TheWrap. “We live in a global »

- Todd Cunningham

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