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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...
Life of Pi might not make you believe in God, as a character in the film suggests. It does, however, make you believe in the power of story, the way humans use them to explain or overcome trials the world deems necessary to drop us in, one of the many things that differentiates us from the wild creatures of the animal world. Based on Yann Martel's award-winning novel and directed by the visually masterful Ang Lee, Life of Pi the movie is a banquet of beauty, a compelling story told through remarkable visuals. A million miracles align to make great film, and God, or whoever you believe in, was working overtime on this one.
"I ain't heard no fat lady!" No more Independence Day in 3D next year after all. Originally scheduled for a 3D update and re-release (like Universal's Jurassic Park 3D update) on July 3rd smack in the middle of next summer, 20th Century Fox has pulled the film from the schedule. The update comes from Box Office Mojo (via Cinema Blend), where they've changed the official date to "TBD" instead. ComingSoon is calling this a complete cancellation, but we have yet to hear that confirmation from Fox, however this isn't a good sign for the 1996 Roland Emmerich/Will Smith action classic getting a 3D makeover. Has it been cancelled?
"The most important thing is the relationship with the tiger." One of the most impressive elements of Ang Lee's Life of Pi is the tiger, named Richard Parker (you'll have to find out why in the movie), who was mostly a CGI creation. They used a few real tigers on set, but most of the time the tiger seen in the movie is completely CGI, and like the Apes in Rise of the Planet of the Apes, it's hard to tell which ones are or aren't real. He always looks that good, especially in 3D. A couple of new featurettes for Life of Pi, starring Suraj Sharma as Pi, have debuted online, including one on the tiger. The other one includes directors Ang Lee and James Cameron(!) talking about using 3D to bring this amazing story of hope to life. Check these out!
Earlier today, news broke that Warner Bros and IMAX have partnered to continue to release more movies in IMAX (even if they weren't shot in IMAX). The two studios have been extremely successful so far with The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises, and have struck a deal to "release up to 20 Warner Bros. films in the immersive IMAX Experience over the next three years, in an extension of the core partnership that began in 2003." Most of them are big "tentpole" movies like: Zack Snyder's Man of Steel, Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim, Noam Murro's 300: Rise of an Empire and Peter Jackson's The Hobbit. But the others?
Here's the news you've all been waiting for, Star Trek fans. We haven't seen a teaser trailer for Star Trek Into Darkness, the sequel to J.J. Abrams' 2009 franchise reboot of the sci-fi favorite, but that's because Paramount Pictures and Bad Robot have been holding out for something better. When The Hobbit hits IMAX 3D screens on December 14th, 500 of those screens will have a 9-minute prologue for the sequel attached to it. Though The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises pulled this stunt before with regular IMAX screens, this is the first time a first look will be seen in IMAX 3D. That should hold fans over til May.
"What do they got in there - King Kong? Can anyone say gimmick? This is one of those classic movies that, while it does feature plenty of shots that would look great in 3D, doesn't really need a 3D re-release. But of course I could say the same about Titanic. Universal has debuted the first full trailer for Jurassic Park 3D, their updated 3D re-release of the dinosaur adventure classic, arriving in theaters next April. I was hoping we'd see Spielberg talking about the 3D conversion or a look at the behind-the-scenes process, but nope, nothing. It only has footage from the film (which is one of my all-time favorites) and that's it. Enjoy!
Regardless of what you thought about the story or performances in The Dark Knight Rises this summer, one thing thing that all moviegoers (well, most of them) can agree on is that Christopher Nolan and Wally Pfister's visuals were absolutely stunning. So in a move that should surprise absolutely no one, Warner Bros, Legendary Pictures, and director Zack Snyder have confirmed today in a press release that Man of Steel, their blockbuster take on Superman that Nolan himself is producing, will also show on IMAX screens when it drops on June 14th, 2013. Also not that big of a shock: they also confirmed it will be presented in 3D.