The film about the epic WWII battle that turned the tide in the European theater is the highest-grossing Russian pic of all time with $66.1M. Now U.S. audiences will be able to see Stalingrad in IMAX 3D theaters for a week starting February 28. Columbia Pictures will distribute director Fedor Bondarchuk’s pic, which was Russia’s entry for the Foreign Language Film Oscar and is screening this week at the Palm Springs International Film Festival. Stalingrad is the first Russian film shot completely in 3D and the first to be released in the giant-screen IMAX format.
No, this isn’t a spinoff of the toon trilogy. Morgan Freeman narrates Warner Bros‘ 3D IMAX documentary Island of Lemurs: Madagascar, which follows the endangered title creatures around the remote title republic. It features scientist Patricia Wright discussing her lifelong mission to help lemurs — of which there are hundreds of species — survive in the modern world. The docu was written and produced by Drew Fellman, and David Douglas is the director/DP. Island of Lemurs hits the really big screens April 4. Here’s the first trailer:
Paramount Pictures will present the first 9 minutes from J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek Into Darkness exclusively in IMAX 3D beginning tomorrow — months ahead of the movie’s May 17th opening. Written by Damon Lindelof, Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci, Into Darkness is the followup to Abrams 2009 hit reboot of Paramount’s lucrative franchise. The special first look will play in 288 digital IMAX locations. Here’s a complete list of those theaters.
BREAKING: Paramount Pictures will release the first 9-minutes from J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek Into Darkness on 500 IMAX 3D screens beginning December 14 on runs of the Peter Jackson-directed The Hobbit. That’s way before the film’s release next May. It is the first time exclusive footage has played in IMAX 3D and only the third time a first-look will be released in IMAX.
“Our longtime partners J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk and the Bad Robot team have really hit it out of the park – the footage is absolutely incredible,” said Greg Foster, Chairman and President, IMAX Filmed Entertainment. “Their use of the IMAX Camera and canvas is sure to impress current and future Star Trek fans alike, and we’re thrilled to once again work with our friends at Paramount Pictures to offer this extended ‘first look’ at this highly anticipated summer blockbuster.”
The film used IMAX cameras to capture several sequences. Exclusively in IMAX theaters, sequences filmed with the extremely high-resolution cameras will expand to fill more of the screen with unprecedented crispness and clarity, putting moviegoers right into the explosive action and vast scope of the film.
Damon Lindelof, Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci wrote the script and Abrams directed the film and produced with those guys through Bad Robot.
Many investors think so this morning; RealD shares are down more than 7.7% in early trading. There’s no immediate danger: RealD has a few years left on its exclusive deals with major theater owners to supply their 3D-projection technology. Still, BTIG analyst Rich Greenfield warns today that over time “IMAX could utilize/license the Kodak technology to offer a superior 2D/3D projection system for traditional (non-IMAX) movie theaters worldwide.” For now, IMAX says it just plans to use the Kodak technology to improve images for its films on screens larger than 80 feet and in dome theaters beginning in late 2013. The company has been working with tech company Laser Light Engines to develop a similar projection process. But IMAX says that Kodak’s will “consume less power, last longer and have a wider color gamut.” Blending its current work with Kodak’s patents “puts us at the forefront of laser-based projection,” IMAX CEO Rich Gelfond says. The companies didn’t disclose how much IMAX will pay to license the patents from Kodak, which is struggling to shift its focus from cameras to printing. Kodak shares are up 6.5% so far today, while IMAX is down 3.1%. Still, with Kodak so desperate for cash, Greenfield wants RealD to explain “why did they not license/acquire the Kodak technology themselves”?
IMAX announced today that it has finalized a deal with Paramount and Marvel Entertainment to release the tentpole Thor in IMAX 3D worldwide day and date May 6. “We’re pleased to expand our relationship with Marvel and Paramount with Thor, which is a great addition to our summer tentpole slate,” said Greg Foster, Chairman and President of IMAX Filmed Entertainment. “We believe Thor will resonate with the IMAX audience by transporting them directly into the 3D world that Kenneth Branagh and the Marvel team have created for this epic film.”
Fueled by a speculative report in Britain’s Daily Mail that IMAX is being courted by Sony Corporation, the oversized screen company’s stock price rose from $27 to $32 per share, ending at $28.07. The report asserted that Sony would pay $40 per share for the publicly traded company. The pre-holiday stock run prompted IMAX to respond to a request from the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada on behalf of the Toronto Stock Exchange. “IMAX Corporation is not aware of any corporate developments to account for this activity,” the company said in the statement. “The Company’s policy is not to comment on rumors or speculation, and accordingly does not intend to comment further.” IMAX has become a more important player to studios trying to corner the market on prime 3D-capable screens that bring in premium ticket prices, and IMAX has been on an aggressive campaign to raise its screen counts around the world. Whether a studio wants to get into that business is the major question, one that raises major regulatory issues.
This kiddie comedy adventure utilizing performance-capture filmmaking from Walt Disney Pictures and Imagemovers Digital was shot in Disney Digital 3D and IMAX 3D. Featuring Seth Green and Joan Cusack as Milo and his Mom, it is directed by Simon Wells from his screenplay with Wendy Wells and produced by Robert Zemeckis, Jack Rapke, Steve Starkey, and Steven Boyd. The pic is based on the book by author and illustrator Berkeley Breathed, the Pulitzer-Prize winner for his comic strip “Bloom County”. Produced by the team behind Disney’s A Christmas Carol and The Polar Express, the U.S. release date is March 11, 2011:
LOS ANGELES (July 7, 2010) _ Twentieth Century Fox and James Cameron today announced that AVATAR: SPECIAL EDITION will be released in theaters August 27, in a limited engagement and exclusively in Digital 3D and IMAX 3D.
This version of Cameron’s history-making and groundbreaking epic will include more than eight minutes of new footage. Since – and largely as of result of — AVATAR’s release last December, the number of available digital 3D screens has exploded, and moviegoers who missed experiencing the film in 3D will now have that opportunity.
Commented James Cameron: “Audiences repeatedly told me they wanted more of Pandora, and wished they could have stayed there longer. So we’re making that possible. AVATAR: SPECIAL EDITION will be exclusively in 3D, and will have eight minutes of never before seen footage, including new creatures and action scenes. Whether you already love the movie, or you’ve never seen it, with this Special Edition, you’ll be seeing it like never before.”
Commented Fox Filmed Entertainment chairmen and CEOs, Jim Gianopulos and Tom Rothman: “AVATAR: SPECIAL EDITION is especially gratifying, because not only has AVATAR become one of the most beloved films in history, but after its initial theatrical release, we have been inundated with requests to re-release the film in theaters in 3D. Equally important, we’re thrilled that Jim Cameron is able to give audiences even more of what they loved about AVATAR.”
The Oscar and Golden Globe winning epic is the