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A few new details have surfaced regarding the plans for the upcoming IMAX release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens coming up this December. By now, it's been pretty much confirmed that there is one main sequence shot with IMAX cameras in The Force Awakens. The movie will be getting a 70mm IMAX 3D release, and film blog Making Star Wars has posted some info on the initial plans for the IMAX 3D version. As one would hope, there will definitely be special IMAX 70mm film showings at the few remaining "real" IMAX theaters, but they will be in 3D with dual projectors, so this will still be pushed as 3D. Rest assured, "it's what IMAX was founded on, showcasing the best and most immersive 3D ever." Let's hope for the best.
We all thought we were done with High Frame Rate projection after The Hobbit, but it looks like that's not the case. During Sony Picture's annual presentation at CinemaCon this week, director Ang Lee appeared in a recorded video from the set of his new film based on the book Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk. He talked about how making Life of Pi in 3D taught him how remarkable of a filmmaking tool 3D is. He has since explored new filmmaking technology even further, deciding to shoot this next film at 120 FPS (frames per second) and in 3D (again). No footage was shown, and they didn't mention anything else about it being released in HFR, but it sounds like Lee is now getting into HFR after James Cameron and Peter Jackson.
You may not realize this, but the entirety of The Hunger Games franchise has not been released in theaters in 3D. In addition, while The Hunger Games and the sequel Catching Fire hit IMAX screens, last year's Mockingjay - Part 1 was not released on IMAX, mostly because of the proximity to Christopher Nolan's more giant screen worthy Interstellar. However, after Mockingjay - Part 1 got a 3D release in China, and that was enough to convince Lionsgate and director Francis Lawrence to release Mockingjay - Part 2 of the franchise in the massive IMAX 3D format when the film hits theaters November 20th.
Summit Entertainment is giving fans a mouthful to say if they want to refer to the forthcoming Divergent sequel Insurgent by its proper marketing title. The studio has decided to give it the official title of The Divergent Series: Insurgent, not like the later titles in the Twilight franchise used the qualifier The Twilight Saga to precede the subtitle of the film. Along with that small revelation comes news that Insurgent will get released in 3D, even though the first film didn't enter the third dimension when it hit theaters earlier this year. And to get the hype train moving, some interactive character posters have arrived.
In an interesting mix of filmmaking talent on the page and behind the camera, Andrew Dominik (writer and director of Killing Them Softly and The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford) is teaming up with Justin Lin (Fast Five, Fast & Furious 6) for a 3D remake of the 1982 Chinese action flick Shaolin Temple. The original film marked the feature debut of martial arts star Jet Li with a story loosely based on Shaolin folklore and set during the transition period between the Sui Dynasty and the Tang Dynasty. Sounds like completely different film territory for Dominik in more ways than one. More below!
Back in 2012, news outlets covered a special expedition by filmmaker James Cameron as he dove deep into the sea in his own Deepsea Challenger submersible on 13 dives into the New Britain Trench off Papua New Guinea and the Mariana Trench, where he explored the deepest part of the ocean. Much like his endeavors on film, this was a breakthrough event as Cameron became the first person to travel solo to this part of the planet with a little help from National Geographic (who showed off his dive in 2012), Rolex and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Now the documentary film Deepsea Challenge 3D, chronicling this real-life underwater adventure, is coming late this summer, and the first trailer has just arrived. Watch it!
Time to take a look at IMAX's shiny new toy. Today, IMAX has announced and unveiled first official photos and a video featurette for their new IMAX 3D Digital Camera, a new camera system designed to capture 3D footage at IMAX-resolution. The camera was already used on Michael Bay's TF4, or Transformers: Age of Extinction, and gets some extra time in the featurette focused on that; it was also used on the Island of Lemurs: Madagascar and Hubble 3D docs. It's kind of small, looks versatile, and shoots at 4K in 3D. "IMAX’s fully integrated dual 65mm 4K digital large-format 3D camera delivers stunning image quality and is smaller, lighter and easier to use than other 3D digital camera systems on the market." Check this out.
With 3D re-releases of Toy Story, Toy Story 2, Finding Nemo and Monster Inc. already in the past, Pixar Animation plans on giving two more of their films the same treatment. Screen Daily has word from Josh Hollander, Pixar’s director of 3D production (speaking at the 3D Creative Summit in London) that both The Incredibles and Ratatouille will be sent back to theaters in 3D. This will be the first time Pixar is re-releasing their films in 3D without a real reason. The aforementioned 3D re-releases hit theaters in order to promote then-forthcoming sequels, but the two new re-releases don't have sequels in development now.
Following news that Need for Speed is getting a 3D conversion in post-production (thought not at the last minute), another March release will be getting the same treatment, but only for the international release. Paramount Pictures has decided that the international release of Darren Aronofsky's Biblical epic Noah will be converted to 3D. However, the film will not get a 3D release here in the United States. Instead it will be 65 foreign countries getting the 3D converted film, which included an IMAX release in 32 of those countries. However, there's no assurance that this decision isn't a hasty last minute decision for money.
The Super Bowl spot from Sunday showed off some of the great, real action from the video game adaptation Need for Speed. Even if the full theatrical trailer showcased a lot of melodrama and cheesy dialogue, we at least now this film will look pretty on the big screen and have some spectacular racing sequences with big crashes. And now those bits of high speed destruction will be coming at our faces. After an update on Twitter from Box Office Mojo said the film would be released in 3D, people began worrying about a terrible, hasty 3D conversion akin to the atrocities committed in the moving pop-up book of Clash of the Titans or The Last Airbender. But fortunately, director Scott Waugh says that's not the case. More below!
Following the shiny, sexy and stylish teaser poster for the long delayed horror thriller Nurse 3D from Lionsgate, we finally have a teaser trailer for the film arriving next February. With a Single White Female vibe, this looks like a sultry but trashy movie that feels like a Skinemax movie that looks pretty. Paz De La Huerta leads the charge as a nurse who becomes obsessed with one of her co-workers (Katrina Bowden), but when she pulls away from her aggressive advances, that's when things get deadly. We suppose the rampant sex and nudity isn't a far cry from other horror movies, but it feels like 3D softcore porn. Watch?
Last fall, we got an early look at Constantin Films motion-capture animated adaptation of Tarzan 3D, featuring The Twilight Saga star Kellan Lutz as the title man of the jungle and Spencer Locke (Detention) playing Jane. At the time, the animation looked like an old video game, lacking all of the features that make animated movies today look good. Now the full trailer is here, and even though it's been a year since that initial teaser popped up, this film still looks like garbage. The film is already playing in German and Russian cinemas, so it's not going to get better. Don't count on this getting a big US release.
Thanks mostly to James Cameron and the success of Avatar, movie theaters and audiences began embracing 3D technology like gangbusters, for better or worse. While there have certainly been milestone films utilizing the third dimension element in theaters, many more have failed with hasty post-production conversions done for the box office buck, with no regard for whether or not it actually enhances the theatrical experience. As with all technology, it will get better with time, and to that end, that's why the director of Aliens and Titanic thinks that eventually all entertainment will be presented in 3D. More below!
Aw, I adore this film. One of the truly great cinema classics. But does it need a 3D upgrade? Not really. That said, we can't stop the powers that be and it's happening whether we want it to or not. As was announced a month ago, Victor Fleming's 1939 musical The Wizard of Oz will be getting re-released in IMAX 3D this September. In honor of the upcoming re-release, Warner Bros has debuted a full trailer for the musical. It's meant to be seen in 3D in the theater, but it's a charming reminder how wonderful this film still is (even in plain ole Technicolor 2D). As much as I don't want to see it in 3D, I love the way this ends. "Step forward!"