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"You've been chosen as one of #THE1701." Following up the Are You the 1701 Trek viral launch last week, prizes have been arriving to fans today. I received a number of emails containing photos and details on packages that fans have received stating they're one of the 1701 winners. Last week a viral site called Are You the 1701? made by Paramount for Star Trek Into Darkness launched requesting Instagrams or Vines of anything Trek or "future" related, with $2 prize packs to be sent to 1701 winners. The packs include an "exclusive" poster, 3D glasses and a note linking to a 3D trailer out at noon tomorrow. Check these out.
Briefly: Lionsgate has confirmed an updated release date for the comic book adaptation I, Frankenstein. Based on the graphic novel and original screenplay by Kevin Grevioux (creator of the Underworld series), the film stars Aaron Eckhart as Adam, a contemporary Frankenstein monster now living in a dark, gothic metropolis who finds himself caught in an all-out, centuries old war between two immortal clans. Lionsgate had originally set the film for release this September, but has since moved the release to January 24th, 2014 and added 3D into the mix. Seems like they're selling this as a Resident Evil/Underworld-like replica.
The name's IMAX, 3D IMAX. Where do they go next after blowing up the box office? James Bond's Skyfall, during the Bond franchise's 50th anniversary year, went on to earn a massive $1.1 billion at the box office worldwide. They've released all 23 films on Blu-Ray, held conventions and exhibits around the world, now what? But of course - 3D. There's a rumor originating from Bleeding Cool today (via Collider) hinting that we might just see Dr. No, the original Bond movie, in IMAX 3D sometime soon. All based on breadcrumbs found around the web, starting with the Taiwanese Blu-ray 3D re-release of the movie (cover teased above).
Last fall we were surprised to learn famed documentarian Morgan Spurlock was turning his lens on the British pop sensation One Direction, the latest boy band to make it big in music. Now Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson are all in front of the camera in what looks like your run of the mill behind-the-scenes documentary while the band is on tour. However, since the documentary is in 3D, you can probably expect 1D3D to have more than a handful of concert performances. This might be a cash grab job for Spurlock so he can do more personal projects, but maybe it could be interesting? Watch!
Highway to the boring zone... In just over a week, Paramount will be re-releasing their Tom Cruise action classic Top Gun, directed by the late Tony Scott, in theaters in 3D as a converted re-release. They already released a trailer which means a poster is on the way, and IMPAwards has found the IMAX 3D poster. And boy is it boring. This is pretty much a DVD cover shot replaced with a few extra red strips of "For the First Time Ever in IMAX 3D!" If they're going to hype up how awesome the flying can be in 3D, then why not show exactly that? There's also some extra sparks randomly added at the bottom to make it more exciting.
Hooray! Wait, I shouldn't be cheering? A few years back, before we had any idea there would be more Star Wars movies on the way, the biggest news was that Lucasfilm and George Lucas would be converting the entire saga (all six movies) into 3D. The original re-release pattern was supposed to be one every year for six years, starting with Episode I: The Phantom Menace in February of 2012. While that first film got a modest 3D re-release and did fairly well at the box office ($102M worldwide), Lucasfilm has cancelled the other 3D re-releases to focus solely on "rebooting the franchise" with Bad Robot's J.J. Abrams at the helm.
"So you're the one?" Paramount has debuted a trailer for their upcoming 3D IMAX re-release of the 1986 action classic Top Gun, directed by the late Tony Scott. Starring Tom Cruise as Maverick, I revisited this movie when Tony Scott passed away last year, and it still holds up as an outstanding aerial combat fighter pilot thriller. Of course they had to go and upgrade it to 3D and put it out on IMAX to sell the experience, but is this really what this movie was made for? A 3D conversion? Maybe the flying scenes will be much more exciting, but what about the rest of it? Still, it's just cool to see this back in theaters anyway. Check it!
It looks like 2015 just keeps getting bigger. While we're just getting into 2013 now, Walt Disney Studios has announced a big set of new release dates for a few of their high profile projects two years out. Included among them are Marvel's new movies coming in 2014 and 2015, of course confirmed for "Disney Digital 3D", as well as Brad Bird's sci-fi 1952, plus the recently back-in-development Pirates of the Caribbean 5 sequel (writer news last weekend). Robert Stromberg's Maleficent, the Angelina Jolie fantasy action one, has been pushed back to the summer, July 2014. While The Muppets 2 is set for March 2014. Read on!
Briefly: If you're not already aware, Steven Spielberg's contemporary classic Jurassic Park is returning to theaters in 3D starting April 5th in both traditional and IMAX theaters. However, due to Universal also releasing their new sci-fi movie Oblivion with Tom Cruise exclusively on IMAX screens for one week on April 12th, that means Jurassic Park will only stay on IMAX screens for one week as well. While that seems like a bad move, audiences will likely be inclined to see a new movie in an exclusive engagement, rather than an older one. Plus, people will likely rush to see Jurassic Park 3D in IMAX before it goes away.
There was already a lot of promotion for G.I. Joe: Retaliation earlier this year, but that was before the film was delayed for a 3D conversion (and maybe some new scenes and more Channing Tatum) and slated for release in late March next year instead. Now some time has passed and it's time to get the hype machine rolling again. There's plenty of new lines from Bruce Willis, a new scene with Tatum too and word from Ain't It Cool's BNAT 14 said the ninja sequence in the mountains was incredible and the 3D conversion looked really good. Hopefully this delay was worth it and we'll have fun with the Joes in March.
Just last month we heard the gestating Top Gun sequel was likely not going to come together following the tragic death of director Tony Scott. In addition, the filmmaker's death also left the fate of a potential 3D re-release of Top Gun in limbo. Paramount Pictures wanted to pay tribute to the film and its director, but they didn't want to seem like they were cashing in on his death. Well, a decision has finally been made as Paramount has announced that Top Gun will hit IMAX 3D theaters for an exclusive six-day run starting on February 8th, 2013, and will also serve to hype the film's release on Blu-Ray for the first time. Read on!
Just recently, Ian McKellen, who stars in the first 48fps film The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, teased that we might see the sequel X-Men: Days of Future Past shot on the new high frame rate format in 3D. Well, at least one of those elements has been confirmed as Exhibitor Relations (via Collider) has learned that Fox is planning to release the X-Men: First Class sequel in 3D along with Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters and The Wolverine. Nowadays it's news if a blockbuster isn't in 3D, but in this case, we're interested because two of these films still may be shot natively in 3D. Read on!
"Get ready to take the ride of you life!" I love Boo. Disney & Pixar have put out a TV spot for the upcoming re-release of Monsters Inc in 3D, arriving on December 19th just before the holidays. While it's only 15 seconds of footage we've all seen before, my love for Monsters Inc is so strong, I have to share it anyway. Plus it's rather interesting to note how they're selling 3D nowadays, using black bars and animation outside the frame to illustrate an illusion of 3D even to 2D viewers. Kinda smart, but obviously not the same as the real thing. This is such an outstanding movie, and it builds even more anticipation for Monsters U next year.
In darkened movie theaters last Friday morning, November 30th, history was made. New Line/Warner Bros screened one of the very first movies shot in 48FPS 3D - Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the first part in a trilogy based on the J.R.R Tolkien classic - to critics nationwide who were anxiously waiting to see it. I sat Friday morning inside the Dolby screening room in New York City, quietly, patiently waiting with a scattering of other members of the press around me for this landmark screening to begin. Would anyone like it? Would the person next to me get nauseous from HFR? Would the whole 48FPS experience be a revelation or a disaster? We were all about to find out. In a hole in the ground there lived...