Warner Bros. is pulling out all the stops for its upcoming 300 follow-up 300: Rise of an Empire. The studio previewed the first 13 minutes of the Noam Murro-directed film in front of screenings of 300 earlier this month, then they invited a handful of media outlets (Collider included) to watch the same footage, and now they’re attaching an extended look at the film to IMAX screenings of RoboCop. The sneak peek will play exclusively in IMAX showings of Sony’s RoboCop remake starting February 12th, giving fans an early look at the actioner, which takes place before, during, and after the events of Zack Snyder’s 300 and revolves around the naval battles between Themistokles (Sullivan Stapleton) and Artemisia (Eva Green).
The footage we’ve seen thus far has been visually impressive, but it’s still unclear whether WB can recapture the 300 magic given that it’s now been seven years since Snyder’s original film took audiences by storm. We’ll find out when 300: Rise of an Empire opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on March 7th.
Director Jose Padilha’s new take on RoboCop is due out in theaters next month, and while it’s still up in the air whether the redo will be worthwhile or not, at least we can rest assured that it has a pretty neat IMAX poster. The very red new one-sheet was unveiled today, and it’s an impressive piece of art that plays on director Paul Verhoeven’s original. For those unfamiliar, the film takes place in 2028 and finds the sleazy OminiCorp putting its drone technology to use on domestic grounds by way of taking blown-apart cop Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman) and turning him into a cyborg police officer. The experiment on Murphy is meant to be the first of many RoboCops the company hopes to put in every U.S. city, but things don’t go as planned.
Hit the jump to check out the new poster. The film also stars Abbie Cornish, Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Jackie Earle Haley, Michael K. Williams, Jennifer Ehle, Jay Baruchel, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, and Samuel L. Jackson. RoboCop opens in traditional theaters and IMAX on February 12, 2014.
The ever-prolific J.J. Abrams was in attendance at the NBC portion of the TCA Press Tour, to talk about his latest TV venture Believe, created by Alfonso Cuarón and for which he is executive producer. As expected, the conversation turned to Star Wars: Episode VII and possible updates.
During the interview, JJ Abrams talked about how the Star Wars script is done and they’re in deep prep on the film, that they’re working really hard on casting, just how many crazy rumors there have been, that he has spoken to actor Jesse Plemons about a role, and how, even though he’ll be shooting Star Wars on film, he’d like to shoot in IMAX again, at some point, when the cameras become more manageable. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
Fresh off the announcement of the nominations for the 86th Annual Academy Awards (of which Gravity earned ten) came the news that Alfonso Cuarón’s sci-fi film will be returning to IMAX 3D theaters starting January 31st. It comes as no surprise that Gravity is coming back to the immersive big-screen format after the announcement, as it proved to be IMAX’s biggest box office earner both domestically and globally in 2013. Check out George Clooney and Sandra Bullock in Gravity returning to theaters at the end of the month, and be sure to watch the 86th annual Oscars on ABC March 2nd. Hit the jump for more.
The litany of villains on display in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will be presented in the immersive IMAX format. Sony Pictures announced today that it will be releasing director Marc Webb’s superhero sequel in IMAX 3D worldwide when it opens in theaters next spring. In the follow-up, Andrew Garfield’s Peter Parker finds himself surrounded by antagonistic forces as Jamie Foxx’s Electro emerges, Parker’s old friend Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan) returns to New York City, and everyone seems to have a connection to the shady goings-on at OsCorp. We saw in last week’s trailer debut that Sony is building out the Spidey universe quite heavily with a number of baddies, and now we’ll have a chance to experience Webb’s action set pieces on the giant screen.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will be released in international theaters beginning April 16, 2014 and will open domestically on May 2, 2014. The film will be available in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D. Read the full press release after the jump.
Like many others I presume, I can reduce my yesterday down to one common denominator: waiting. Waiting for my Xbox One to arrive in the mail, waiting for the “Day One” update to wrap-up, waiting for Call of Duty: Ghosts to install to my hard drive, waiting for Ghosts‘ mandatory 1Gb update to complete. All told, it was about a two and a half hour process from the time my console arrived at my door until I was able to fire my first virtual shot. Although I’d be lying if I said the delays weren’t tedious, at the end of the day it was absolutely worth it. Microsoft’s next-gen console isn’t perfect, but its ambition and by-and-large its initial execution are pretty damn impressive. Controlling the console via voice commands with Kinect is way smoother than I expected it to be. Directing my satellite television via the console is a feature that I believe, when mastered, I’ll wonder how I ever lived without. And that seems to be the general idea of the Xbox One: to make you reconsider what a video game console can and should do. Even if all of the pieces aren’t in place yet to make it a “must have” (I expect a steady barrage of software updates in the coming days, weeks, months, etc.), I’m having too much fun with it right now to care.
My initial Xbox One impressions aside, this week’s Top 5 includes The Hunger Games: Catching Fire interviews with Jennifer Lawrence and more, Dave’s Out of the Furnace set visit recap, Christopher Nolan strapping an IMAX camera to a Learjet for Interstellar, Delivery Man interviews with Vince Vaughn and more, and a new trailer for Lars Von Trier‘s Nymphomaniac that you’ll likely only feel halfway guilty for watching. Per the drill, a brief recap and link to each of the above rests after the jump.
Christopher Nolan loves using the IMAX camera, and we love him for using it. It gets amazing footage, but it’s tough to wield. The camera is bulky, noisy, and there aren’t many of them in the world, so you have to be careful. Strapping an IMAX camera to the front of a Learjet may not be the most cautious use of the expensive equipment, but Nolan’s probably going to get some amazing footage out of it for his new movie, Interstellar. Plot details are unsurprisingly scarce (“a group of explorers who make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage”; the story might also involve corn), but it’s good to know that Nolan is finding new ways to utilize the IMAX camera.
Hit the jump to check out a couple images of the rig. The film stars Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Matt Damon, Bill Irwin, John Lithgow, Casey Affleck, David Gyasi, Wes Bentley, Mackenzie Foy, Timothée Chalamet, Topher Grace, David Oyelowo, Ellen Burstyn, and Michael Caine. Interstellar opens November 7, 2014.
Lionsgate has released a new IMAX poster for director Francis Lawrence’s upcoming sequel The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, and it’s pretty fantastic. The adaptation of the second novel in author Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games trilogy centers on President Snow (Donald Sutherland) trying to crush a budding rebellion that was ignited by Katniss’ (Jennifer Lawrence) actions in the previous film, as the 75th Hunger Games (aka Quarter Quell) finds past victors competing against each other. While IMAX posters are normally a bit more artistically ambitious than theatrical posters, this Catching Fire one is the best I’ve seen in a long while. Drawing on the work of Kris Kuksi, the one-sheet does an excellent job of capturing the socio-political themes of the story.
Hit the jump to take a look at the poster. The film also stars Josh Hutcherson, Jena Malone, Liam Hemsworth, Sam Claflin, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Stanley Tucci, Jeffrey Wright, and Amanda Plummer. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire opens November 22nd in traditional theaters and IMAX.
Thanks to an expansion of theaters and effusive praise from filmmakers like Christopher Nolan, IMAX has become one of the more popular ways to see movies over the last few years. The theaters offer an intensely immersive moviegoing experience, with expanded screens and pristine (read: LOUD) sound quality. Since IMAX theaters have been in heavy rotation since the 1990s, many have had to undergo upgrades in order to maintain the high quality presentation. IMAX Melbourne has released a fascinating video that chronicles just what goes into upgrading an IMAX theater, and it’s a pretty cool watch. The video also explains the difference between IMAX digital projection and 70mm film projection, the latter of which has become rather rare in recent years and will likely be rendered obsolete when IMAX introduces its laser projection technology.
Hit the jump to watch the video, and if you haven’t caught Gravity in IMAX 3D yet, I highly suggest you do so before it exits IMAX theaters.
A new IMAX featurette for director Alfonso Cuaron’s space-set dramatic thriller Gravity has been released online. In this new behind-the-scenes look at the film, we see Cuaron discuss using the immersive IMAX format to bring his story to the screen, and we also see a few astronauts talk about the accuracy with which Cuaron depicted space. The filmmaker says his greatest influence on Gravity was the Hubble 3D IMAX documentary, and indeed the images captured in the film really feel like you’re there floating in space alongside Sandra Bullock’s Dr. Ryan Stone.
Hit the jump to watch the new featurette, and click here to read Matt’s review of the film. Gravity opens in IMAX 3D on October 4th.
It’s fitting that quite possibly the biggest film of this decade may be partially filmed using the largest cameras available. Director J.J. Abrams is currently knee-deep in prep for Star Wars: Episode VII, and having now assembled his cinematographer, costume designer, and composer, he is moving on to the particulars of the shoot. We know that Episode VII will be largely shot on soundstages in London, and we previously learned that Abrams plans on using 35mm film instead of digital to capture the images. Now it appears that Abrams might be mixing things up in the camera department by filming certain scenes with IMAX cameras. Hit the jump for more.
Director Jose Padilha’s upcoming RoboCop will grace the ginormous IMAX screens when it hits theaters next year. Sony and MGM announced today that the film will be digitally re-mastered into the IMAX format, giving fans the opportunity to check it out on the big, big screen. Joel Kinnaman leads the redo, which takes place in 2028 and finds the sleazy OminiCorp putting its drone technology to use on domestic grounds by way of a part-man, part-robot police officer. The experiment on Kinnaman is meant to be the first of many RoboCops that the company hopes to put in every city around the country, but obviously things don’t go as planned. Watch the trailer here.
The film also stars Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Samuel L. Jackson, Abbie Cornish, Jackie Earle Haley, Michael K. Williams, Jennifer Ehle, and Marianne Jean-Baptiste. If you missed Steve’s recent interview with Baruchel about the film, click here. RoboCop opens in traditional theaters and IMAX on February 7, 2014.
With Edgar Wright‘s The World’s End opening this weekend here in the States, I got a chance to sit down with him recently for an extended video interview. Since he’s been traveling the world promoting the film with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, I tried to ask new questions and a lot of them came from you guys via Twitter, so a big thank you to everyone that sent me a question.
During the very wide-ranging interview, he talked about making The World’s End, future movies with Pegg and Frost, what will be on the eventual Blu-ray, deleted scenes from all of his movies, IMAX, 3D, his favorite TV shows, the way he edits, if he will ever work with Dwayne Johnson (they’ve been tweeting at each other a lot), his role as producer, if he is interested in developing a TV show (he has something but it’s in the early stages), and so much more. In addition, he talked a bit about Ant-Man and his sci-fi film Collider which is being written by Mark Protosevich. Hit the jump to watch.
International audiences will have the opportunity to catch Marvel’s upcoming Thor: The Dark World one week early. It was announced today that director Alan Taylor’s sequel will be digitally remastered for the IMAX format and will be released in international theaters in IMAX 3D on October 30th, one week before the film’s standard domestic release. Taylor was filming additional scenes for the Marvel pic as recently as last week, so the IMAX conversion will be going down to the wire. Ender’s Game opens here in the US on November 1st and is already booked for an IMAX release, so there’s no word on when/if Thor 2 will be available in the IMAX format here in the States.
Hit the jump to read the IMAX press release, and if you missed our D23 coverage be sure to check out interviews with Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, and Taylor, as well as our panel recap. Thor: The Dark World opens in traditional theaters on November 8th.
World War Z has become an unexpected hit, and proof that a troubled production can still yield a popular movie. The film didn’t do much for me, but almost everyone I’ve talked to has enjoyed it, so I’m in the minority. Paramount is now attempting to capitalize on the flick’s popularity by giving it a one-week engagement in IMAX theaters, and I’m pleased to announce that we’ll be giving away 20 pairs of tickets to see it for free. Since these are tickets and not passes, you can see the film in IMAX at any participating theater any time you want, but it’s only playing through Thursday.
So in the interest of time, the first 20 people who send an e-mail containing their name and address to “firstname.lastname@example.org” with the subject line “WORLD WAR Z IMAX” are going to get tickets. Hit the jump for a list of participating theaters.