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For five decades, the Starship Enterprise has boldly gone where no one has gone before, exploring distant worlds and bringing a message of peace and inclusion to the distant reaches of the universe.
Despite the onscreen planet hopping, the “Star Trek” films have remained stubbornly parochial in their appeal, at least until J.J. Abrams rebooted the series in 2009 with a younger cast and an emphasis on action sequences and space battles. Now Paramount, the studio behind the science-fiction series, is banking that the franchise’s newly globalized appeal will continue with “Star Trek Beyond.”
He believes that the film could do as well or even improve upon the performance of the previous film in the series, 2012’s “Star Trek Into Darkness,” in Latin America and in Asia. That »
- Brent Lang
“Star Trek Beyond” debuted to a solid $59.6 million this weekend, signaling that after six television series, 13 movies and 50 years in the pop culture conversation, there’s still life left in one of Hollywood’s most durable franchises.
And there are more intergalactic missions to come. As boon to Trekkies, Paramount took the unusual step of announcing yet another sequel was in the works even before this latest USS Enterprise adventure sailed into theaters. The studio has lined up Chris Hemsworth to reprise his role as Capt. Kirk’s father despite the fact that he was incinerated in a spaceship disaster in a previous film. In science-fiction, it seems, death is merely a temporary predicament.
“You can count on one hand the brands that have this kind of longevity and viability over time,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at comScore. “These characters are so clearly defined and people just respond to their sense of camaraderie. »
- Brent Lang
Profits crawled ahead by just 1% and margins slipped at IMAX China, despite revenues bounding ahead by 26% in the first six months of the year.
A weak box office performance was blamed on exceptional comparisons. But IMAX China’s face was largely saved by a strong inflow of orders for new screens.
The company, which is a separate Hong Kong-listed subsidiary of IMAX Corp., recorded gross revenues of $55.1 million in the half, compared with $43.9 million in the comparable January to June period last year. Adjusted profits were $18.6 million, compared with $18.3 million.
The company’s Greater China box office was $180.5 million representing a 3% increase over the first half of 2015. In local currency terms its gross box office was up 10%. That was below the average for the market, which was up a reported 21%. The company did not have Chinese record-breaking movie “The Mermaid” in IMAX format. It also said that comparisons with a »
- Patrick Frater
IMAX has hired Peter I. Morris to be executive vice president of the company’s entertainment unit and senior vice president of the overall corporation. Reporting to IMAX Entertainment CEO Greg Foster, Morris’ role was made effective July 5. Morris will be working closely with Foster on the company’s strategy and expanding its domestic and international film slate with the development of new content. Also Read: Comic-Con: Does 'Star Trek Beyond' Outdoor Screening Risk Worse Piracy? Morris, who comes from Funny Or Die, has 10-plus years of experience in senior management, business development and legal affairs, dealing with film, »
- Meriah Doty
Sony Pictures Entertainment, IMAX Corporation, and Imagine Entertainment today announced that Inferno, the latest film in the Dan Brown (Da Vinci Code) franchise, will be digitally re-mastered into the immersive IMAX format. The film, starring Tom Hanks as Dr.Robert Langdon and directed by Ron Howard, will be released into IMAX theatres worldwide coinciding with the film's general release dates. Inferno – which continues the $1.2 billion franchise, following the hits The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons – will be released domestically on Oct. 28.
Rory Bruer, president of Worldwide Distribution for Sony Pictures said:
"Dan Brown's Robert Langdon is back, and Inferno is his most thrilling adventure yet with the patented Dan Brown twists and turns. We've had an extraordinary response to the film from audiences – it's testing extremely well. Ron Howard has made Infernothe most visually stylistic film in the series so far, with intense action sequences and cryptic dream »
- Kellvin Chavez
TheGrill is pleased to announce an unprecedented number of CEOs from Hollywood’s major content companies joining the speaker line-up including Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton, Showtime CEO David Nevins, AMC Entertainment CEO Adam Aron, BBC America President & General Manager Sarah Barnett and CEO of Imax Entertainment Greg Foster. These top executives join digital disrupters, entrepreneurs and thought leaders who will gather to debate the future of entertainment and technology at Montage Beverly Hills Hotel on September 26-27, 2016. Michael Lynton, Co-Chairman, Sony Pictures Entertainment, photographed in his office at Sony studios, Culver City, Ca 10/08/10 Now in its seventh year, TheGrill »
- Wrap Staff
The slate includes Edko Films’ “Cold War 2” starring Chow Yun-fat; Wanda Media-released “For a Few Bullets;” Jackie Chan’s “Skiptrace” and “Time Raider,” co-produced by Le Vision Pictures and Shanghai Film Group. The films are set to be released between July and August.
“The strong IMAX local-language film slate this summer is a testament to our solid and broad relationships with top Chinese studios and filmmakers, which have always been a key priority for IMAX,” said Greg Foster, senior executive V.P., IMAX Corp. and CEO of IMAX Entertainment.
“We are delighted to join our longtime partners Wanda Media, along with Shanghai Film Group, Edko Film, Le Vision Pictures and Talent International Film, in bringing the highest-quality film content and most inspiring cinematic experience to Chinese moviegoers in the coming months. In fact, there is such a great demand for local-language product that we are considering adding more to our summer slate,” he added.
“For a Few Bullets” has been set for July 15, while “Skiptrace” will be released on July 22.
- Maria Cavassuto
Hollywood talent including Bradley Cooper and Ian McKellen and directors Ang Lee and Renny Harlin were on hand Saturday night to fete the opening of the Shanghai International Film Festival (June 11-19, 2016).
The growing overseas star-power at the event reflects the exponential expansion of the Chinese film industry and its ripple effect across the global movie business. The opening night took place as the Chinese-financed, Legendary Entertainment-produced “Warcraft” surpassed $140 million on its fourth day of release in China.
Other execs and VIPs in attendance included Tang Media executive Janet Yang, Emperor Motion Pictures CEO Albert Lee, Hong Kong director Derek Yee, China Film Co’s La Peikang, ace producer Bill Kong, Bona Film Group boss Yu Dong, the Mpa’s Mike Ellis and China representative William Feng and IMAX Pictures’ Greg Foster.
Next week the Chinese megacity will also play host to more stars and executives for the opening Thursday (June 16) of the Shanghai Disney Resort.
- Patrick Frater
(Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Paramount)
(Photo: Vika Petlakh/ABImages)
Jj Abrams, Justin Lin, Zachary Quinto, Chris Pine, Karl Urban, and Adam Savage attend the unveiling of the newly named “Leonard Nimoy Way” during the Star Trek Beyond Fan Event at Paramount Pictures Studios in on May 20, 2016 in Hollywood, California…(Photo: Alex J. Berliner/ABImages)
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- Michelle McCue
Hollywood, CA (May 20, 2016) – Paramount Pictures, Skydance, Bad Robot and director Justin Lin today announced that the world premiere of Star Trek Beyond will play in the immersive IMAX® format at Comic-Con International: San Diego, in partnership with the San Diego Symphony Orchestra and IMAX Corporation, on Wednesday, July 20, at the Embarcadero Marina Park South.
The red carpet event at San Diego Comic-Con, which marks the first-ever open-air IMAX world premiere, will feature special appearances by Lin and the Star Trek Beyond filmmakers and cast, as well as a live concert performance of Academy Award®-winning composer Michael Giacchino’s film score by the San Diego Symphony Orchestra. Lin made the announcement at the Star Trek Fan Event, where all fans in attendance were invited.
“I am thrilled to celebrate the premiere of the film together with the fans at Comic-Con and excited for everyone there to experience Michael Giacchino’s incredible score played live, »
- ComicMix Staff
Though J.J. Abrams isn't on as a director for the third installment, he is still the man responsible for the very successful reboot of the Star Trek film franchise that started back in 2009. For the third installment, Paramount has tapped Fast & Furious director Justin Lin to take on the Sci-Fi franchise, which will be coming out during the 50th anniversary year of the original series. With the release of the film closing in, Paramount released the second trailer for Star Trek Beyond, giving fans a much better look at what to expect from the sequel. With this came news of an epic event happening at this year's San Diego Comic-Con.
The new trailer premiered at a Star Trek fan event in Los Angeles. Aside from new footage, fans were treated to another exciting bit of information. It was announced at the event that Star Trek Beyond will have its world »
Paramount Pictures, Skydance, Bad Robot and director Justin Lin today announced that the world premiere of “Star Trek Beyond” will play in the immersive IMAX® format at Comic-Con International: San Diego, in partnership with the San Diego Symphony Orchestra and IMAX Corporation, on Wednesday, July 20, at the Embarcadero Marina Park South.
The red carpet event at San Diego Comic-Con, which marks the first-ever open-air IMAX world premiere, will feature special appearances by Lin and the “Star Trek Beyond” filmmakers and cast, as well as a live concert performance of Academy Award®-winning composer Michael Giacchino’s film score by the San Diego Symphony Orchestra. Lin made the announcement at the Star Trek Fan Event, where all fans in attendance were invited.
“I am thrilled to celebrate the premiere of the film together with the fans at Comic-Con and excited for everyone there to experience Michael Giacchino’s incredible score played live. »
- Kellvin Chavez
“The Magnificent Seven is not only among the most highly anticipated films of the fall, but Antoine Fuqua is delivering the visceral action that is perfect for the IMAX screen,” said Rory Bruer, President of Worldwide Distribution for Sony Pictures. “The Magnificent Seven and IMAX are a great complement to each other and will play great to audiences around the world.”
“After partnering on The Equalizer, we are excited to work again with the incredibly talented director Antoine Fuqua and the whole team at Sony, as well as our friends at MGM, on this exciting new film, The Magnificent Seven,” said Greg Foster, Senior Executive Vice President, IMAX Corp. and CEO of IMAX Entertainment. “We believe the film’s sweeping visual style »
- Gary Collinson
IMAX Corporation, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures, and Sony Pictures Entertainment today announced that The Magnificent Seven, starring Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, and Ethan Hawke and directed by Antoine Fuqua, will be digitally re-mastered into the immersive IMAX format. The Magnificent Seven, which Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures and Columbia Pictures present in association with LStar Capital and Village Roadshow Pictures, will be released into IMAX® theatres worldwide coinciding with the film's general release dates. The Magnificent Seven will be released domestically on September 23.
Rory Bruer, President of Worldwide Distribution for Sony Pictures said:
"The Magnificent Seven is not only among the most highly anticipated films of the fall, but Antoine Fuqua is delivering the visceral action that is perfect for the IMAX screen. The Magnificent Seven and IMAX are a great complement to each other and will play great to audiences around the world."
- Kellvin Chavez
A trailer for Jesse Thomas Cook’s The Hexecutioners has landed and can be seen right here in today’s Horror Highlights. The film is also now available in the UK and will soon be released in Canada by Anchor Bay. Also: a look at four new Warcraft character videos and a behind-the-scenes video for the Stan original series Wolf Creek.
The Hexecutioners Trailer and Distribution Details: “Three years ago Proposition 117 was passed allowing private medical films to conduct assisted suicide procedures. Two disparate young women working for a Rite-to-Die company are dispatched to a remote estate to perform a custom Euthanasia ritual, but unwittingly summon the spirits of a death cult that once inhabited the property.
- Tamika Jones
AMC Theatres and IMAX Corporation are teaming up with Legendary and Universal to bring Warcraft to fans one day before the epic 3D adventure's official release. Beginning Wednesday, June 8 at 7 p.m., fans at 12 AMC locations in 10 markets can see Warcraft, based on Blizzard Entertainment's global phenomenon, in IMAX 3D, 24 hours before its release, scheduled in theaters nationwide at 7 Pm June 9. Tickets for the June 8 event are on sale now online at amctheatres.com/warcraft and at the box office at participating locations.
In addition to being the first to see the movie, fans who attend the IMAX preview screenings at AMC will receive an event lanyard and mini one-sheet, and the screening will include 10 minutes of exclusive behind-the-scenes footage, as well as interviews direct from the red-carpet premiere. Ticket prices for the AMC-IMAX debut varies by location. Tickets for all other Warcraft opening weekend showtimes are available »
See Also: Ten new character posters for X-Men: Apocalypse
“After the record-setting worldwide success of Deadpool earlier this year, we are thrilled to keep the momentum going with our partners at Fox by offering overseas movie-goers the opportunity to see X-Men: Apocalypse — the most thrilling installment yet of this global and iconic franchise — in IMAX 3D,” states Greg Foster, Senior Executive Vice President, IMAX Corp. and CEO of IMAX Entertainment.
Following the critically acclaimed global smash hit X-Men: Days of Future Past, director Bryan Singer returns with X-men: Apocalypse. Since the dawn of civilization, he was worshipped as a god. Apocalypse, the first and most powerful mutant from Marvel’s X-Men universe, amassed the powers of many other mutants, »
- Gary Collinson
IMAX Corporation and Twentieth Century Fox, a division of 21st Century Fox, today announced that X-men: Apocalypse, the newest installment in the worldwide blockbuster franchise from director Bryan Singer, will be digitally re-mastered into the immersive IMAX® 3D format and released into IMAX® theatres in virtually all international territories beginningMay 18.
X-men: Apocalypse — which reunites Singer with the all-star cast of the global smash hit X-Men: Days of Future Past, including James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence, along with franchise newcomersOscar Isaac and Olivia Munn — will be released in more than 50 overseas IMAX markets, including such major territories as Australia, Brazil, Mexico, Russia, Taiwan, South Korea and the U.K.
"After the record-setting worldwide success of Deadpool earlier this year, we are thrilled to keep the momentum going with our partners at Fox by offering overseas »
- Kellvin Chavez
“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” steamrolled past records, debuting to a gargantuan $170.1 million over Easter weekend despite being pilloried by critics. That ranks as the top opening weekend for a DC Comics film, the best March launch ever and the sixth-biggest domestic opening weekend of all-time.
It’s a shot in the arm for Warner Bros., which has been reeling from a series of costly bombs such as “Jupiter Ascending” and “Pan,” and is looking to the Dark Knight and Man of Steel throw down to kick off a series of inter-connected comic-book franchises. Warner Bros. has already announced release dates for sequels and spinoffs for the next five years, with the first of these superhero adventures, “Suicide Squad,” coming out in August.
- Brent Lang
The first trailer for Ghostbusters has arrived.
IMAX and Sony Pictures Entertainment today announced that Sony Pictures’ highly anticipated summer tentpole Ghostbusters, from director Paul Feig, will be digitally re-mastered into the immersive IMAX 3D format and released into IMAX theatres domestically on July 15, with select international territories set to begin the day prior.
The new film stars Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, and Chris Hemsworth, from a screenplay written by Feig & Kate Dippold, based on the film Ghostbusters, written by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis and directed by Ivan Reitman. Reitman and Amy Pascal produced.
“This Ghostbusters film is not only hilarious, it has the kind of action and spectacle that the IMAX format was made to showcase,” said Rory Bruer, President of Worldwide Distribution for Sony Pictures. “We’re thrilled that audiences will have the chance to experience this incredible movie in IMAX.”
“Ghostbusters is a cultural phenomenon, »
- Melissa Thompson
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