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'Interstellar' Will Have Widest-Ever Global IMAX Release

4 November 2014 7:26 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

IMAX Corporation today announced that Paramount Pictures' and Warner Bros. Pictures' release of writer-director Christopher Nolan's Interstellar will receive the widest-ever IMAX release globally. The film begins its global launch at select IMAX theatres in North America on Wednesday, Nov. 5, and will eventually screen at more than 760 IMAX&#174 theatres during its worldwide run, including approximately 370 domestic and 390 international IMAX locations.&#160

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

"We've been gearing up for the IMAX release of Christopher Nolan's Interstellar for several months now, and we couldn't be more excited to break down the doors in record-setting fashion. This is truly going to be a cinematic event, and IMAX is committed to giving the film a widest possible audience."

Approximately 50 IMAX locations worldwide will present Interstellar in IMAX 70-millimeter film. To help celebrate the film release of Interstellar, Paramount Pictures is »

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With ‘Interstellar,’ Imax Takes Aim at the Bigger Picture

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

A puzzling quiet blankets Imax’s sprawling Santa Monica complex on a recent October afternoon. Trailers for “Dracula Untold” and “Jupiter Ascending,” screaming, “See it in Imax!” play in a loop, but most of the company’s employees are absent. Stacks of film canisters for Christopher Nolan’s upcoming “Interstellar” line the hallway, outnumbering the executives and technicians on hand.

There’s a reason for this veritable ghost town. The Imax crew is overseeing a Universal CityWalk screening, for theater owners, of Nolan’s space adventure. In their absence, Greg Foster, CEO of Imax Entertainment, and the company’s ambassador to Hollywood, is jittery. He’s desperate to know how the pic played.

Imax didn’t finance “Interstellar.” It didn’t market it. It won’t distribute it. Yet, Foster takes a parental pride in the picture, shot partly with Imax cameras, and debuting nationwide Nov. 5.

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Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar To Have The Biggest IMAX Release Ever

24 October 2014 7:24 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

IMAX isn’t pulling any punches with the imminent release of Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi flick, Interstellar, as the company has revealed plans to bring the film to 770 IMAX-fitted theatres worldwide, making it the largest release in the format’s history.

During an investment call on Thursday morning, CEO of IMAX Entertainment, Greg Foster, believes that Interstellar — with its galactic voyage and strange, alien vistas — is the perfect poster child for the giant-screen exhibitor.

“It’s the largest release in the history of our company. We’re doing everything that we can possibly can. The movie represents most everything that IMAX tries to uphold in terms of our brand and the responsibility of the filmmaker and the quality of the film itself.”

Ever the advocate of film presentation — in fact, he’s also one of Hollywood’s few A-list directors to remain committed to the use of film over »

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Imax Plans Biggest-Ever Theatrical Release For Christopher Nolan's 'Interstellar'

23 October 2014 7:10 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Nevermind that all-digital theater owners aren't impressed with Christopher Nolan's Interstellar film initiative. Imax is going all-out to release the upcoming Paramount and Warner Bros. release. "It's the largest release in the history of our company," said Greg Foster, CEO of Imax Entertainment and executive vp of Imax Corp., on an analyst call on Thursday morning following the release of his company's latest earnings. Read more 'Interstellar's' Christopher Nolan, Stars Gather to Reveal Secrets of the Year's Most Mysterious Film Imax plans 770 engagements worldwide for Interstellar, mostly in commercial theaters, as it repays Nolan's loyalty to the giant-

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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend To Premiere On Netflix & Select Global IMAX Theaters On August 28, 2015

30 September 2014 12:14 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend, the stunning next chapter in the saga started by the critically and popularly acclaimed Ang Lee martial arts epic, will premiere exclusively on Netflix and in selected global IMAX theaters on August 28, 2015.

Produced by The Weinstein Company, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend echoes the themes of the original movie, but tells its own story — one of lost love, young love, a legendary sword and one last opportunity at redemption, set against breathtaking action in an epic martial arts battle between good and evil that will decide the fate of the Martial World.

Directed by the renowned martial arts choreographer (The Matrix Trilogy and Kill Bill 1&2) and director (Tai Chi Master) Yuen Wo-Ping, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend  stars Michelle Yeoh (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, The Lady) reprising her role as Yu Shu-Lien and Donnie Yen (Ip »

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Netflix and Imax Will Release 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon' Sequel Simultaneously

30 September 2014 8:56 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend, the stunning next chapter in the saga started by the critically and popularly acclaimed Ang Lee martial arts epic, will premiere exclusively on Netflix and in selected global  IMAX® theaters on August 28, 2015.

Cinemark and Regal Cinemas will not participate in the IMAX release.

Produced by The Weinstein Company, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend echoes the themes of the original movie, but tells its own story -- one of lost love, young love, a legendary sword and one last opportunity at redemption, set against breathtaking action in an epic martial arts battle between good and evil that will decide the fate of the Martial World.

Directed by the renowned martial arts choreographer (The Matrix Trilogy and Kill Bill 1&2) and director (Tai Chi Master) Yuen Wo-Ping, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend stars Michelle Yeoh (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, »

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Netflix Announces 'Crouching Tiger 2' as First Original Movie

29 September 2014 8:15 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend, the stunning next chapter in the saga started by the critically and popularly acclaimed Ang Lee martial arts epic, will premiere exclusively on Netflix and in selected global &#160Imax theaters on August 28, 2015.

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Produced by The Weinstein Company, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend echoes the themes of the original movie, but tells its own story -- one of lost love, young love, a legendary sword and one last opportunity at redemption, set against breathtaking action in an epic martial arts battle between good and evil that will decide the fate of the Martial World.

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Directed by the renowned martial arts choreographer and directorWoo-ping Yuen, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend stars Michelle Yeoh reprising her role as Yu Shu-Lien and Donnie Yen as Silent Wolf.

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The film is to be the first of several major films backed by »

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The Weinstein Co. & Netflix to Release Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Sequel Simultaneously Online and in IMAX Theaters; Plus First Images

29 September 2014 7:28 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

The Weinstein Co. and Netflix have signed a deal to release Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend simultaneously in IMAX theaters and on Netflix on August 28, 2015.  Netflix previously won a bid for the streaming rights to TWC movies, and the two companies joined forces for the original series Marco Polo.  The Green Legend deal ramps up the partnership and is the logical next step of Netflix's growing plan to disrupt the traditional distribution model. Netflix also released the first two images, featuring stars Michelle Yeoh and Donnie YenYuen Wo-Ping directed the Crouching Tiger sequel.  Hit the jump for the images and the full press release with quotes from Harvey Weinstein, Netflix executive Ted Sarandos, and IMAX Entertainment CEO Greg Foster. Netflix Announces First Original Movie Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend To Premiere  Simultaneously On Netflix And In Select Global IMAX® Theaters Michelle Yeoh »

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Netflix, Weinstein Co. Bust Windows With ‘Crouching Tiger’ Sequel Day-and-Date Release

29 September 2014 6:03 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Netflix has reached a deal with The Weinstein Co. for its first original movie — a sequel to Ang Lee’s 2000 martial arts pic “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” — set to hit IMAX theaters and the streaming-video service simultaneously next summer.

The film, “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend,” is slated for a Aug. 28, 2015, debut. Produced by Weinstein Co., the movie is the first of several major films to premiere day-and-date both on the Svod service (at no extra charge) and in select IMAX theaters worldwide. Financial terms of the pact were not disclosed.

Netflix has been eyeing day-and-date releases of movies, as chief content officer Ted Sarandos said in a keynote last year at the Film Independent Forum in Los Angeles. The launch of the movie is likely to catch the ire of exhibitors — who have in the past viewed digital encroachment on theatrical windows as a threat.

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- Todd Spangler

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Netflix Sets ‘Crouching Tiger 2′ As 1st Feature; Hollywood’s Nightmare?

29 September 2014 6:01 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Breaking: While Hollywood studios and exhibitors endlessly spar over shortening the window between theatrical and home viewing on feature films, you just knew that someone was going to take a bona fide movie, bypass theaters and go right to home viewing. Not surprisingly, it’s Netflix, already a disruptive force with series including House Of Cards and Orange Is The New Black. The pay service has just contracted with The Weinstein Company’s Harvey Weinstein to release its first major feature film, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend. Sort of a sequel to the Ang Lee-directed 2000 martial arts epic that won the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, the film will premiere exclusively on Netflix, and it will simultaneously have a berth in IMAX theaters. The release is August 28, 2015.

Yuen Wo-Ping is directing a script by John Fusco, and Michelle Yeoh and Donnie Yen star. Lee is not involved in this, »

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Netflix, Imax in Crouching 2 pact

29 September 2014 2:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

In an unprecedented move the companies have secured simultaneous exclusive windows for the late summer 2015 release of The Weinstein Company’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend.

The film will open on Netflix and in select global Imax venues on August 28, 2015, and marks the first of what the companies said would be more collaborations on “major films” backed by Netflix

Yuen Wo-Ping directs Michelle Yeoh (pictured in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) and Donnie Yen in the sequel to Ang Lee’s 2000 Oscar winner.

This time the tale of love and redemption story centres on a legendary sword set against the backdrop of a martial arts war between good and evil.

Principal photography is underway in New Zealand. The film is based on John Fusco’s adaptation of Wang Dulu’s novel Iron Knight, Silver Vase.

Yeoh reprises her role as Yu Shu-Lien while Yen will play Silent Wolf. Harry Shum Jr, [link »

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

23 September 2014 10:17 AM, PDT | 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 »

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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. »

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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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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, »

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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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