Director Francis Lawrence Talks THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – Part 1, Deleted Scenes, the Lack of IMAX, the Batman vs. Superman Logo in I AM LEGEND, and More

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Opening this weekend is director Francis Lawrence’s The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1.  In the next installment, we find Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) at the forefront of the rebellion in District 13 while Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and Johanna (Jena Malone) are held captive in the Capitol.  Unlike the last two films which focused on surviving the games, Mockingjay – Part 1 is about the rebellion spreading throughout Panem and the way both sides play the media to gain the upper hand.  It’s an extremely well done movie and fans of the franchise will not be disappointed.  Joining the cast are Cressida (Natalie Dormer), Boggs (Mahershala Ali), Pollux (Elden Henson), Messalla (Evan Ross), and Castor (Wes Chatham) alongside Liam HemsworthWoody HarrelsonJulianne MoorePhilip Seymour Hoffman, Elizabeth BanksSam Claflin, and Donald Sutherland.

A few days ago in New York City I landed a great video interview with Francis Lawrence.  During our extended conversation he talked about editing Mockingjay – Part 1, deciding the right place to end the film, deleted scenes, the possibility of linking up Part 1 and 2 for a marathon-style fan screening, why he didn’t use IMAX on Mockingjay, the status of Mockingjay – Part 2, and so much more.  In addition, Lawrence talked about the Batman vs. Superman Easter egg in I Am Legend and how the logo is very close to what WB is using for Batman v Superman, if he has has any interest in doing another comic book movie, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE to Show Batman’s Parents Getting Murdered Yet Again; Scene Will Be Shot in IMAX

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I’m willing to bet if you walked up to ten people on the street and asked them “What happened to Batman’s parents?” at least nine of would correctly answer “They were murdered.”  They could also probably tell you that it was by a mugger in a back alley.  And yet Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will apparently need to tell us yet again that Thomas and Martha Wayne were gunned down in front of their young son, Bruce Wayne, thus teaching him that crime is bad, and that the best way to fight it is to dress up like a giant rodent and be a vigilante.

I’ll admit that’s a tad reductive, but it’s also true that we don’t need to see the Waynes die again.  We especially don’t need to see it in Batman v Superman, which features an older, more experienced Batman (Ben Affleck).  This is not an origin story, which, by the way, we will never need for Batman ever again unless something is radically altered in his history like being a computer programmer named Bruce Wain.  But new set photo and videos shows that we’ll be getting the Dark Knight’s life-changing event for the umpteenth time.  Hit the jump to check it out.  Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice opens March 25, 2016.

J.J. Abrams Shot One Sequence in STAR WARS: EPISODE VII in IMAX

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Earlier this year, J.J. Abrams tweeted a picture of an IMAX camera from the set of Star Wars: Episode VII.  We knew the majority of the film was being shot in 35mm, but if you were hoping for IMAX to be a large (no pun intended) part of the movie, you’re going to be disappointed.

In an article largely about Interstellar and its use of IMAX, Variety dropped in a small tidbit from Episode VII:  “The benefits outweigh the headache of shooting on Imax cameras,” says Abrams, who used them for a single sequence in “Star Wars.” “The opportunity to have an action sequence for this movie done in Imax’s natural format was too delicious an idea to pass up. As a filmgoer, it’s something I want to see.”  Hit the jump for more.  Star Wars: Episode VII opens December 18, 2015.

Find Out Where You Can See INTERSTELLAR in 70mm IMAX and 35mm

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It’s no secret that Christopher Nolan is a very big proponent of film as opposed to digital.  His preference goes beyond the shooting of the movie to the actual projection, and not unlike Quentin Tarantino, Nolan very much prefers that you see his movies projected on film.  Today, Paramount released the final trailer for Nolan’s sci-fi epic Interstellar and also confirmed what we heard last night, which is that the film will be opening two days early on 75mm IMAX and 35mm screens.  That means if your local theater has converted to digital projectors both in their regular theaters and IMAX, you’ll have to wait two more days to see the film.  It’s kind of a shame since most theaters across the country have converted to digital—especially in the middle of the country, where digital projection is cheaper to maintain—but it’s nice to see that Nolan is doing everything he can to advocate for film projection.

If you’d like to find out where your nearest 70mm or 35mm projection theater is, Paramount has put together a handy list that reveals all of the locations for every format available.  Check it out after the jump.  Interstellar will be released on film on November 5th and everywhere else on November 7th.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY IMAX Poster Can Be Yours Next Weekend

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It was almost exactly a year ago that we got our first look at footage from Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy at Comic-Con, and now the film’s release is just over a week away.  If you opt to see director James Gunn’s comics adaptation in IMAX at midnight on August 1st, you’ll receive a fan-made mini-poster that’s actually quite neat.  It teases the titular Guardians (played by Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, and Bradley Cooper), as well as the film’s buzzworthy soundtrack.  If early reactions are any indication, we’re in for quite a treat.

Hit the jump to take a look at the Guardians of the Galaxy IMAX poster.  The film also stars Lee PaceKaren GillanGlenn CloseBenicio Del ToroMichael RookerJohn C. Reilly, and Peter SerafinowiczGuardians of the Galaxy opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on August 1st.

STAR WARS EPISODE 7 Confirmed Shooting in IMAX, J.J. Abrams Tweets Pic From Set

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J.J. Abrams likes his mystery box so much that even when he makes an announcement, he still doesn’t make an announcement.  But it does appear that Star Wars: Episode VII is shooting partially in the IMAX format.  I say “partially” because Abrams has already confirmed that the film will be shot in 35MM (which we can now take to read as “some of the film will be shot in 35MM”), leaving ostensibly the rest to be photographed in the 70MM IMAX format.

Today he tweeted a picture from set (from what appears to be the Abu Dhabi location for Tatooine a few months back; it certainly isn’t Pinewood) with a clear shot of an IMAX camera in play containing the hashtag #bestformatever.  Hit the jump for more on the Star Wars Episode 7 IMAX front.

Exclusive: See TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION July 4th in IMAX 3D at Regal or AMC and Receive a Collector’s Edition Print

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Though Transformers: Age of Extinction smashed its way into theaters last weekend to the tune of $100 million, Paramount is giving fans an incentive to turn out over the Fourth of July weekend as well.  If you see director Michael Bay’s action sequel on Friday, July 4th in IMAX 3D at either an AMC Theater or Regal Cinema, you will receive a limited-edition collector’s print of the film (though quantities are limited).  There are two different prints available, one at AMC and one at Regal, and we’ve got an exclusive first look at both posters.

Hit the jump to take a look at the posters, and if you’ve missed any of Steve’s coverage, check out his interviews with Michael Bay, Mark Wahlberg, Kelsey Grammer, Nicola Peltz & Jack Reynor, Li Bingbing, and screenwriter Ehren Kruger.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY: See 17 Minutes of Exclusive Footage in IMAX 3D at Select Theaters on July 7th

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If you can’t wait to see Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel is going to give you a taste of their upcoming movie.  The studio will be screening 17 minutes of IMAX 3D footage from the sci-fi action movie at 150 IMAX theaters across North America on July 7th at 7pm.  In a press release, 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.”  If memory serves me correctly, I don’t think Marvel has ever done a footage screening like this, and while it makes sense to promote this lesser-known property, it’s also a show of faith that the picture can build some positive buzz before its release date.  Additionally, fans who attend the free presentation will get a limited edition Guardians of the Galaxy poster.

Hit the jump for more on the Guardians of the Galaxy IMAX 3D screening (including a look at the limited edition poster), and click here to get your first-come, first serve tickets.  Guardians of the Galaxy opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on August 1st.

Christopher Nolan’s INTERSTELLAR Will Be Released on Around 50 IMAX Film Screens Worldwide

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With digital projection becoming the industry standard, getting to see a film print projected is becoming a very rare experience.  Even IMAX has moved to digital projection with their new laser projection system arriving in 2015.  While I understand why the industry has moved to digital projection, like many of you, I miss the texture and imperfections that only comes from watching a movie on film.  Also, as much as digital can recreate a moment on screen, there is just something cold about the image, and while it’s suited for some movies, it hasn’t been as effective for others.  It’s still got a long way to go to recreate the magic of film projection.

While IMAX had previously announced that Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar would be shown in the large screen format due to most of their theaters going digital, many have been wondering just how many theaters could project his movie on celluloid.  According to Greg Foster, President of IMAX Entertainment, the number will be “somewhere around 50″ screens globally.  Hit the jump for more.

IMAX President Greg Foster Talks TRANSFORMERS 4 and the IMAX 4K 3D Digital Camera; Won’t Confirm J.J. Abrams Is Using IMAX Cameras on STAR WARS: EPISODE 7

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Last night I was able to speak with Greg Foster (President of IMAX Entertainment) on the red carpet at the world premiere of Michael Bay‘s Transformers: Age of Extinction in Hong Kong.  As we previously reported, Bay used the new IMAX 4K 3D digital cameras to shoot a tremendous amount of Transformers 4, and when you see it in IMAX about 60% of the movie will use the full IMAX aspect ratio.  It’s absolutely the best way to experience this movie.

During the interview Foster talked about the new cameras, how Bay originally had them for two weeks but decided to keep them for the entire shoot, how IMAX will do future upgrades to the camera, and more.  In addition, I’ve heard J.J. Abrams is using IMAX cameras on Star Wars: Episode 7, but when I asked Foster about it, he wouldn’t confirm the news.  With Abrams penchant for secrecy, it’s no surprise.  Hit the jump to watch the interview.

Watch: Preview the New IMAX 3D 4K Digital Camera Used for TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION

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The IMAX format is a pretty great way to experience a film.  Though most “IMAX” experiences these days weren’t actually filmed natively in the format and are instead just blown up versions of standard format, some filmmakers (ie. Christopher Nolan) have made it a point to push genuine IMAX to its limits.  It’s a cumbersome way to shoot a movie,  however, as the large, bulky cameras limit the director’s camera movements, and even in dramatic scenes the camera is so loud that any dialogue onscreen has to be redubbed in ADR.  However, IMAX has just unveiled a new, smaller, 65mm 4K digital 3D camera that Michael Bay used in Transformers: Age of Extinction, and the company has released a short video explaining how this new digital IMAX camera—the first of its kind—operates.  I’m very curious to see if it can stack up to the film IMAX experience.

Hit the jump to watch the digital IMAX 3D camera video, and get a look at the camera in action when Transformers: Age of Extinction opens in theaters on June 27th.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY: James Gunn Says IMAX 3D Version Will Have Changing Aspect Ratios

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Hopefully you enjoyed the little snippet of new footage in today’s new TV spot for James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy.  If you follow Gunn on Twitter, you might also have noticed that he mentioned that a 30-second and 60-second spot for his Marvel movie will run during tonight’s NBA finals.  Additionally, the social media-savvy Gunn just posted his response to working on the IMAX 3D cut of the film, which should delight both fans of the comics and fans of filmmaking alike.

Starring Chris Pratt, Zoe SaldanaDave BautistaBradley CooperVin DieselBenicio Del ToroKaren GillanDjimon HounsouJohn C. ReillyPeter SerafinowiczMichael Rooker, and Glenn Close, the film opens in 3D on August 1st.  Hit the jump to see what Gunn had to say on his cut of Guardians of the Galaxy in its IMAX 3D form.

FORREST GUMP to be Re-Released in IMAX on September 5th

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Earlier today we shared the news that Ghostbusters would be making a theatrical re-release later this summer to celebrate its 30th anniversary.  Now we have word that Paramount is re-releasing Robert Zemeckis’ Forrest Gump, in IMAX no less, for its own 20th anniversary.  Now, I love the multiple Oscar-winning film just as much as the next guy, but do we really need to see Tom Hanks sitting on his IMAX-sized bench holding the world’s largest box of chocolates?  Paramount thinks so, apparently.  For my money, it works just as well if not better on the living room television with the family gathered around.  No word on if a 20th anniversary collector’s edition or any other memorabilia is in the works.  Hit the jump to watch the original trailer if you’re so inclined. 

FAST & FURIOUS 7, JURASSIC WORLD, WARCRAFT, and More from Universal and Legendary Set for IMAX Release

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It’s also pro-forma at this point that a gigantic blockbuster will be released in IMAX, but new partners Universal Pictures and Legendary Entertaniment have recently signed a deal to make sure their movies keep getting the extra-large-format treatment.  IMAX has sent out a press release announcing that fifteen of the studios’ blockbuster titles will be released in IMAX through 2017.  Fast & Furious 7, Dracula Untold, Seventh Son, Jurassic World, Everest, Crimson Peak, and Warcraft are among the movies that will be released in IMAX.  Keep in mind that most of the films Universal/Legendary will release in IMAX weren’t actually shot in IMAX, but that doesn’t mean they won’t look good.  They just won’t be true-IMAX.

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Disney and IMAX Extend Partnership; STAR WARS: EPISODE VII to Be Released in IMAX

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Disney and IMAX have sent out a press release announcing that they have extended their partnership, and will continue to release the studio’s biggest films in the world’s biggest theatrical format.  The films mentioned in the press release are Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Maleficent, Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Tomorrowland, and Star Wars: Episode VII.  None of this is surprising.  Almost every major blockbuster gets an IMAX release these days, and I’m fine with that.  I like IMAX.  I don’t like 3D, and all of these movies will most likely be in 3D, but you can’t win them all.

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