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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.

The distribution »

- 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 »

- MovieWeb

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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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‘Transformers 4′: Why the Box Office Smash is a Turning Point in China

29 June 2014 11:54 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

China looms over the film industry, representing its best hope for growth at a time when nimbler competitors such as television and online video are siphoning away attention and audiences.

The world’s second largest film market cast a shadow over the move business this week, pumping up the global grosses of “Transformers: Age of Extinction” by injecting a record-breaking $90 million into its opening haul. That crushes the previous high-water market of $64.5 million for “Iron Man 3″ and nearly matches the $92.5 million that Chinese-made “Journey to the West” grossed in its first seven days of release.

In total, China contributed roughly half of the fourth “Transformers” film’s international gross and nearly matched its U.S. debut.

“It’s a turning point for the dynamic between Hollywood and China,” said Phil Contrino, vice president and chief analyst at BoxOffice.com. “This taps into a whole new potential in terms of »

- Brent Lang

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Box Office: ‘Transformers: Age of Extinction’ Rules with $100 Mil

29 June 2014 8:20 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Transformers: Age of Extinction” dominated the global box office this weekend, debuting to an estimated $100 million in the U.S. and $301.3 million worldwide, while announcing itself as a box office blockbuster in a summer defined by welterweights.

Both the domestic and international figures represent high-water marks for the year and set the film up for what promises to be a competitive Fourth of July holiday.

Backed by Paramount Pictures, the film cost $210 million after rebates, while trading in the troubled star of the original films Shia Labeouf for the more press-friendly Mark Wahlberg, a move that seemed to extend the life of the $2.6 billion-grossing series.

“All of the new elements worked out great,” said Rob Moore, vice chairman of Paramount Pictures. “Mark Wahlberg has taken on the leadership of the franchise and Michael [Bay] has re-energized this franchise.”

Stateside, the Michael Bay production unspooled over 4,233 locations, more than 350 of them boasting Imax. »

- Brent Lang

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See A Sneak Preview Of Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy In IMAX 3D On July 7

27 June 2014 1:47 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Marvel Studios announces 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. The sneak peek will be showcased in 150 IMAX® theatre locations across North America on July 7 at 7 p.m.

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 1.

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 »

- Michelle McCue

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Marvel Offers 17 Minutes of ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ for Free on Imax

27 June 2014 10:45 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

To promote its “Guardians of the Galaxy” — and help educate moviegoers on who its band of otherworldly misfits are — Marvel Studios will screen 17 minutes of “Guardians of the Galaxy” in select Imax theaters on July 7.

The first look will take place in 150 Imax locations across North America at 7 p.m. The film, directed by James Gunn, opens Aug. 1.

“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,” Gunn said.

Imax is offering the free tickets to the screenings now through “Guardians’” Facebook page.

Those who attend will also receive a limited-edition “Guardians” poster from Imax (see below).

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

- Marc Graser

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Marvel Announces 'Guardians of the Galaxy' IMAX 3D Preview and Poster Giveaway

27 June 2014 9:58 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Marvel Studios announces Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy An IMAX&#174 3D First Look, featuring 17 minutes of exclusive footage from the highly anticipated summer blockbuster Guardians of the Galaxy. The sneak peek will be showcased in 150 IMAX&#174 theatre locations across North America on July 7 at 7 p.m.

Select IMAX 3D&#174 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 1.

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."

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

"IMAX and Marvel fans are some of the »

- MovieWeb

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Marvel To Screen 17 Mins of Footage of 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

27 June 2014 9:19 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Marvel Studios announces 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.” The sneak peek will be showcased in 150 IMAX® theatre locations across North America on July 7 at 7 p.m.

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 1.

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.”

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

IMAX and Marvel fans are »

- Kellvin Chavez

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Denzel Washington's 'The Equalizer' Gets an IMAX Release This September

25 June 2014 9:13 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

IMAX Corporation and Sony Pictures Entertainment today announced that The Equalizer, the highly anticipated reteaming of Academy Award winner Denzel Washington and acclaimed director Antoine Fuqua, will be digitally re-mastered into the immersive IMAX&#174 format and released in IMAX&#174 theatres worldwide starting September 26.

Antoine Fuqua directed Denzel Washington in the critically lauded 2001 box office hit Training Day, for which Denzel Washington won the Academy Award&#174 for Best Actor.

In The Equalizer, Denzel Washington plays McCall, a man who believes he has put his mysterious past behind him and dedicated himself to beginning a new, quiet life. But when McCall meets Teri (Chloe Moretz), a young girl under the control of ultra-violent Russian gangsters, he can't stand idly by - he has to help her. Armed with hidden skills that allow him to serve vengeance against anyone who would brutalize the helpless, McCall comes out of his self-imposed retirement and finds his desire for justice reawakened. »

- MovieWeb

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