Judging from the amount of money J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek Into Darkness earned this weekend, it seems fair to say that audiences everywhere are still very much onboard with the director’s lens-flare-tastic interpretation of Gene Rodenberry’s iconic sci-fi series. But y’know who’s really onboard with Star Trek right now? Mark Englert fans. Turned out that Paramount hired the increasingly-popular artist to create a Trek-themed poster to celebrate the film’s release, and then they handed ‘em out—free of charge– during last Wednesday’s first round of IMAX screenings.
Awesome for those in attendance, sure, but what about those that missed out? Well, Limited Paper comes bearing good news: Paramount and Englert have another surprise for you. Set phasers to “Info Dump” and meet me after the jump, where I’ll tell you what that surprise is, where and when it’s going to drop, what it looks like, and what you’re gonna have to do to get your hands on one.
Star Trek Into Darkness opens in 2D and 3D on May 17th, but if you can’t wait to see the flick and are willing to pay the cost of an IMAX 3D ticket, you can see the movie as early as May 15th at 8pm. Fans attending the May 15th, 8pm IMAX 3D screenings will get a free Gallery 1988 poster by Mark Englert. His work is highly popular in the poster collecting community, and this is a nice looking piece especially for the low, low price of free.
Hit the jump to check out the poster. The film stars Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, Anton Yelchin, John Cho, Alice Eve, and Benedict Cumberbatch.
Disney and IMAX have unveiled the “12:01” poster for writer/director Shane Black’s upcoming sequel Iron Man 3. As part of the IMAX 12:01 series, this poster will be handed out to those attending the midnight showings of the Marvel pic, and this print is pretty great. The poster design comes from artist Jock, who also created last year’s swell Dark Knight Rises Mondo print. The unveiling of this Iron Man 3 poster also comes with the announcement that this will be the last print in the IMAX 12:01 series, which is a bit of a shame since they’ve released some impressive posters over the past year.
Hit the jump to take a look at the poster, and if you want to grab one for yourself make sure you arrive early to your midnight showing of the film since supplies are limited. Iron Man 3 opens on May 3rd.
A few minutes before the Star Trek Into Darkness cast hit the CinemaCon stage in Las Vegas, I landed a video interview with Alice Eve on the red carpet. While J.J. Abrams and Paramount have slowly been releasing more images and footage from the Star Trek sequel (click here to watch the new trailer), the cast is still very careful about saying anything specific about the anxiously awaited sequel. Knowing this before the interview started, I made sure to only ask questions she could answer like what it was like to film the bridge sequences first, working with the IMAX cameras, where she’ll be traveling to promote the film, what it means to be part of the Star Trek franchise, and you might even see a bit of singing with Zachary Quinto. Hit the jump to watch.
Joeseph Kosinski’s new Tom Cruise starrer Oblivion, opening tomorrow, is the rarest of all things, a big budget scifi film aimed squarely at adults. While the trailers might seem like they give away the whole movie, I assure you they only scratch the surface. Things get really weird and far more ambitious than the I Am Legend-style one sheet implies.
Last week, Collider sat down with writer/director Kosinski to talk about his film. During the interview, Krosinski discussed the challenges of making an original idea into a major film, designing the film for IMAX, shooting in 8k resolution on the new Sony CineAlta F65 camera and more.
While IMAX delivers an amazing, immersive experience in movie theaters, the cameras are awfully difficult to use. The problems are numerous: they’re huge, they weigh a lot, it costs a lot more for the film stock, and they’re so loud that any dialogue sequence has to be redone in post production. So while the end production is amazing, only selected filmmakers get to play with the format (J.J. Abrams, Michael Bay, Christopher Nolan).
However…that might be about to change.
Over the last few years, IMAX has been quietly developing a smaller digital camera with amazing resolution. And while that would be great on its own…the new camera would also shoot in 3D! However, since no one had been talking about it recently, I figured IMAX was stuck trying to get the tech to work and it’d be years before we’d see it in action. I thought wrong. Tonight on the CinemaCon red carpet for Paramount’s presentation, Michael Bay told me he’s going to be shooting the big showcase scenes in Transformers 4 with the new, smaller IMAX 3D digital camera! Hit the jump for more.
Christopher Nolan shot 28 minutes of The Dark Knight with IMAX cameras. He followed with 72 minutes of IMAX footage for The Dark Knight Rises. We learned with the release date announcement that his next project, Interstellar, is destined for IMAX. At CinemaCon tonight, Greg Foster, Chairman and President of IMAX Entertainment, revealed Nolan will shoot a significant portion of Interstellar with IMAX cameras. I imagine Nolan wants to test the limits of the technology and film as much of this “heroic interstellar voyage to the furthest reaches of our scientific understanding” as possible in his ideal format. We will see if he can push it to 100 minutes or more this time around and—fingers crossed—shoot an entire feature film in IMAX in the near future.
In addition, IMAX announced Michael Bay will shoot selected scenes in Transformers 4 in IMAX. This is all part of Paramount’s five-picture deal with IMAX—the three remaining titles have yet to be announced. Hit the jump for the press release with the details.
Fresh off his swell collaboration with Daft Punk for Tron: Legacy, director Joseph Kosinski enlisted yet another talented artist to score his upcoming sci-fi film Oblivion. The electronic band M83 has composed an entirely original score for the Tom Cruise-fronted film, and now the score is available to stream in its entirety. Fans of M83 should be pleased with the result, which is at once haunting and massive in scope, and I’m looking forward to seeing how the score plays within the context of the film.
Hit the jump to listen to the Oblivion score in its entirety, click here for four clips from the film, and click here to read Steve’s interview with Kosinski in which the filmmaker talks at length about M83’s involvement with the pic. The film opens in traditional theaters and IMAX on April 19th. [Update: We've added the IMAX poster for the film, which you can check out after the jump.]
At WonderCon, Universal brought out director Joseph Kosinski (TRON: Legacy) to talk to a few press outlets about his sci-fi action-adventure flick Oblivion, starring Tom Cruise and Morgan Freeman, and out in theaters on April 19th. The original tale tells the story of Jack Harper (Cruise), a veteran assigned to extract Earth’s remaining resources, after its surface is devastated from decades of war with the alien Scavs, who begins to question what he knows about his mission and himself. The film also stars Olga Kurylenko, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Melissa Leo and Andrea Riseborough.
During this roundtable interview, filmmaker Joseph Kosinski talked about the lessons he learned from making both TRON: Legacy and Oblivion, how Oblivion has 800 visual effects compared to 1,500 for TRON: Legacy, that he’s been thinking about this world for eight years now, the elements of sci-fi that he wanted to bring into the story, that Oblivion in IMAX will be full frame for the entire film, the input that both Tom Cruise and Morgan Freeman gave, why he wants to keep exactly what the Scavs are somewhat vague, including an homage to Top Gun, that his favorite format to see the film in is digital IMAX but he also thinks it’s worth checking out in Dolby Atmos (they’re the first film to have mixed in Atmos from scratch), how the film would have been different if he’d made it at Disney like originally planned, and his plans for the Oblivion illustrated novel. He also gave an update about how things are progressing with TRON 3, and said that he has a few different scripts currently in development. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
Director Justin Lin’s upcoming sixth film in the Fast & Furious franchise is getting the IMAX treatment. IMAX and Universal Pictures announced today that Fast & Furious 6 will be released in both traditional and IMAX theaters when it opens worldwide on May 22nd. It’s unknown if this means that the film will be opening two days earlier in domestic IMAX theaters now, or if fans in the U.S. will have to wait until the previously announced release date of Friday, May 24th to check the pic out.
If the scope of Lin’s Fast Five is any indication of how things will play out onscreen in FF6, IMAX seems a swell fit to showcase the filmmaker’s ambitious action sequences. We’ve already gotten a peek at a stunt in which a car drives straight through the nose of a plane in the Fast & Furious 6 trailer, so I can only imagine what other sorts of nuttiness awaits fans in the rest of the film.
Oblivion, Universal’s latest sci-fi endeavor, will now hit IMAX screens non-IMAX screens on April 19th. Universal had previously planned to sneak the film in IMAX on April 12th. Deadline is reporting that pushing the Tom Cruise vehicle back a week will result with less competition in theaters with only Ashton Kutcher’s jOBS set to release that week, and will allow the star to court the ever important international market where the film is still set to release on April 12th. Also, Universal will give its release of Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park 3D, out on April 5th, some breathing room allowing moviegoers an extra week to fondly revisit 1993, and get their dinosaur fix in stunning IMAX. This follows the studio’s other recent changes to Kick-Ass 2 (August 16th) and 2 Guns (August 2nd) as well as the announcement that R.I.P.D. (July 19th) will be released in 3D.
IMAX has made a habit of releasing special midnight screening posters for the year’s biggest blockbusters. For Oz the Great and Powerful, they’ll be releasing a poster that shows off a piece of concept art from Oscar-winning production designer Robert Stromberg (Alice in Wonderland). The film centers on a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics (James Franco) who finds himself transported to Oz and drawn into a battle between the three witches Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams).
Hit the jump to check out the poster, which will be available while supplies last at participating theaters. Also, click on the respective links for Steve’s set visit: 30 things to know about the film plus a video blog, and his interviews with Sam Raimi, James Franco, Michelle Williams, Zach Braff, and Joey King. Oz the Great and Powerful opens March 8th.
It appears that James Bond might soon be getting the 3D treatment. A Taiwanese Blu-ray re-issue of Dr. No, the first Bond film, apparently includes a 3D conversion of the film, and the folks over at Bleeding Cool have discovered that Moviefone currently has a listing for an IMAX 3D release of Dr. No. Though no official confirmation has been made, it certainly appears that plans could be in place for a re-release of the classic Bond film. The notion wouldn’t exactly be shocking, as the series is currently coming off the wild success of last year’s Skyfall and its 50th anniversary celebration.
Skyfall’s current worldwide gross stands at $1.1 billion, so it’s clear that the Bond character is far from being played out. I’m not sure if Dr. No is the best classic Bond film to get the theatrical re-release treatment (I’d go with Goldfinger), but again, nothing has been officially confirmed or announced so this could very well just be one big mix up. Nevertheless, we’ll be keeping our eyes peeled for more information. In the meantime, hit the jump to watch the trailer for Dr. No.
While Steven Soderbergh has made a number of movies over the past few years, for whatever reason, I’d never had an opportunity to speak with him. So when I was offered a possible interview for his latest thriller, Side Effects, I sent an email saying I’d like to do it and figured it would never happen. Thankfully, I was wrong.
At the Los Angeles press day, I was given 45 minutes with Soderbergh (he only does 45-minute interviews), and we talked about a wide variety of subjects like his his post-retirement plans, Twitter, comic book movies, his preferred digital camera, whether digital can ever match IMAX quality, 48fps, the success of Magic Mike and the sequel, his work as second unit director on The Hunger Games, championing Christopher Nolan before the world knew who he was, his filmmaking process, editing while shooting, why he cut 45 minutes out of Contagion and why you’ll probably never see the footage, Kickstarter, and so much more. If you’re a Soderbergh fan, I promise you’ll dig this interview. Hit the jump to either read or listen to what he had to say.
This year we will see, quite possibly, the final two films from one of the most fascinating and innovative filmmakers of our time: Steven Soderbergh. The director first burst onto the scene in 1989 with Sex, Lies, and Videotape, and in the following years he became a pioneer of independent cinema. His filmography is one of joyous variety, and he’s proven skilled at everything from big commercial hits (the Ocean’s trilogy), to serious dramas (Traffic), to comedies (The Informant!), and even small-budget experimental films (Bubble).
Steve recently sat down with Soderbergh for a 45-minute interview in anticipation of his upcoming psychological thriller Side Effects. As the conversation is both lengthy and absorbing, we’ll be sharing a small portion of the interview each day this week before unveiling the full thing on Friday. Appropriately, we’re kicking things off with the filmmaker’s thoughts on his preferred digital camera, his thoughts on 48 frames-per-second, whether digital can ever match IMAX quality, what Kickstarter means for today’s burgeoning filmmakers, and more. Hit the jump to read on.