8 items from 2015
Entertainment Weekly has debuted five new motion posters for the highly-anticipated sequel The Divergent Series: Insurgent, which hits theaters in less than two months on March 20, 2015. These unique motion posters feature Shailene Woodley (Tris), Theo James (Four), Kate Winslet (Jeanine), Octavia Spencer (Johanna) and Naomi Watts (Evelyn). Shailene Woodley also spoke to EW about Tris' plight in this next installment in The Divergent Series:
"She's left with a lot of confusion as far as what the future holds. But she's also left with a lot of guilt from the war, from losing her parents and from Will, so [in Insurgent] you see a newfound strength in her for revenge, as well as a lot of internal battles that she's trying to weave her way around."
The sequel continues the thrilling adventure set in a future world where people are divided into distinct factions based on their personalities. Having discovered she is Divergent, »
Trading spikes as the giant-screen theater chain heads into 2015 with “Game of Thrones” and new nimbleness
Imax Corp. is becoming a Wall Street darling after winning a couple of big box-office bets – “American Sniper” is the latest – and showing more nimbleness and flexibility with its giant-screen movie offerings than ever before.
“Of all the companies in the exhibition sector, I don’t think any are positioned better for 2015 than Imax,” B. Riley analyst exhibition specialist Eric Wold told TheWrap on Tuesday.
Imax executives declined comment ahead of next month’s fourth-quarter earnings report, but Wold wasn’t the one paying attention, »
- Todd Cunningham
Former Columbia Pictures chief executive Alan Hirschfield died Thursday at his home in Wilson, Wyoming, of natural causes, according to the Associated Press. He was 79.
Hirschfield held the top post at Columbia from 1973 to 1978, helping make classic films like “Taxi Driver” and “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.” He was ousted at Columbia after taking a moral stand against the reinstatement of David Begelman, who had embezzled more than $61,000.
- Jason Hughes
America’s military misadventures in Iraq and Afghanistan remain deeply unpopular with the general public, but that pessimism isn’t preventing war films such as “American Sniper” and “Lone Survivor” from becoming box office successes.
“American Sniper,” a look at Navy Seal Chris Kyle, astounded in its wide-release debut, and is on track to gross $105 million over the Martin Luther King holiday weekend. The Warner Bros. release put up those impressive numbers by appealing to a politically and geographically diverse audience.
“It’s packing them in across blue states and red states,” said Dan Fellman, Warner Bros. domestic distribution chief. “Its’ playing well in big cities and in the heartland. This is about patriotism and all the things people say the country is lacking these days.”
- Brent Lang
While moviegoing is in spiral, one corner of Hollywood’s box office landscape is defying the downturn: IMAX.
In the face of overall revenues last year of just $10.3 billion, a five percent dip from 2013, the colossally-screened exhibitor has seen exponential growth. In 2008, IMAX introduced “The Dark Knight” to 147 theaters. Four years later, IMAX splashed “The Dark Knight Rises” in 600 theaters.
Today, IMAX plays on more than 800 screens in 60 countries. And while IMAX’s earnings won’t be made public until February, the company has already logged its third commercial film to cross the nine-digit mark: “Interstellar,” Chris Nolan‘s sci-fi opus, »
- Scott Bowles
Television's most prodigious series is coming to the world's most immersive cinematic experience. On January 23, 2015, HBO will become the first television network to feature its programming in IMAX® theatres, showing two episodes from season four of Game of Thrones followed by the eagerly anticipated worldwide debut of an exclusively created sneak-peek trailer for IMAX of season five. The episodes will be digitally re-mastered into the immersive IMAX® format and will be released for an exclusive one-week engagement in upwards of 150 IMAX theatres across the country's top markets through January 29. In coming days, fans can log onto www.imax.com for screening information and to purchase tickets.
Game of Thrones has been hailed as "a masterpiece in the making" (Washington Post) and "the most epic, ambitious show on television" (Chicago Sun-Times). "The cinematic brilliance and grand scope of the series is perfect for the IMAX format," said Pamela Levine, chief marketing officer at HBO. »
HBO’s signature series is coming to IMAX theaters for one week only. Beginning Jan. 23, fans will have the chance to watch two Season 4 episodes of the popular fantasy series on the IMAX screen followed by an exclusive trailer for the fifth season.
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“The cinematic brilliance and grand scope of the series is perfect for the IMAX format,” said »
- Jason Hughes
Without Iron Man, Batman or James Bond to bolster ticket sales, the overall box office plunged 5.2% in 2014, topping out at $10.3 billion domestically. Audiences cooled to Hollywood offerings, voting with their feet as attendance dropped by an estimated 6% to 1.26 billion, the lowest figure in nearly two decades.
“This was the most flabbergasting year ever,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst with Rentrak. “The good news is that the movie business had a great year in 2013. A record breaker. The bad news was that in 2014, it was measured against that success.”
Although there were some blockbusters such as “Guardians of the Galaxy,” “The Lego Movie” and “Maleficent,” many of the big films and sequels didn’t give off as loud of a bang. Franchises such as “The Amazing Spider-Man” and “The Hunger Games” put up impressive global numbers, but showed some signs of age when they couldn’t match the domestic grosses of previous installments. »
- Brent Lang
8 items from 2015
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