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Three cheers for art house cinemas! Following in the footsteps of Record Store Day and Free Comic Book Day, an annual event will be taking place this September called "Art House Theater Day". This special celebration of art house / independent cinemas will take place on September 24th, and this will be the inaugural year. The event has its own official website with details and theater listings, but we're not exactly sure if it will involve free screenings of movies. Maybe, but it's up to every individual theater to figure out what they're doing for AHTD. We've always been big supporters of art house cinemas and movie theaters of all sizes, and it's great to see a nationwide coordinated event to celebrate them. Add it to your calendar now.
In honor of the upcoming release of the new Charlie Kaufman film Anomalisa, Paramount Pictures is presenting a retrospective of four his previous films playing on the big screen again at Landmark Theatres in NY, LA, Chicago and San Francisco. Kaufman's Anomalisa is an intelligent, stop-motion animated drama co-directed by Duke Johnson, earning rave reviews from critics after premiering at festivals. The four films they're bringing back as part of the Kaufman retrospective are: Being John Malkovich, Adaptation, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and Synecdoche, New York. All are brilliant films, all worth seeing (again).
Get ready for Quentin Tarantino's glorious 70mm roadshow extravaganza, coming to a movie theater near you. The Weinstein Co. has confirmed and announced the list of 100 theaters in 44 cities that will be showing Tarantino's The Hateful Eight in 70mm, with intermission. The snowy western is about a group of "hateful" bounty hunters trapped in a cabin in a blizzard. We've been reporting on details for the 70mm release, including this excellent featurette that explains what it all means, but now they've released the full list and tickets are on sale. You can find your nearest 70mm-equiped cinema be consulting the ticketing part of The Hateful Eight website. If you're a fan of ultra-wide panavision cinematography, this is do-not-miss.
Attention Studio Ghibli fans! The IFC Center in New York City is hosting yet another round of Studio Ghibli retrospective screenings through December. In honor of the upcoming re-release of Studio Ghibli's 1991 film Only Yesterday, directed by Isao Takahata, GKids is helping them show six of the best Ghibli films on the big screen. Only Yesterday will be re-opening with an English language re-release in theaters this January/February. Leading up to that release, the IFC Center will show the films Castle in the Sky, Howl's Moving Castle, My Neighbor Totoro, Nausicaä, Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away. If you're a Studio Ghibli / Miyazaki fan like I am, every opportunity to see these films on the big screen is worth considering.
Get ready, Star Wars geeks. Your time has come. It has all lead to this. Tonight, Lucasfilm unveils the full trailer for Star Wars - The Force Awakens and will begin selling tickets. In the announcement of the new poster yesterday, they included brief details about marathon screenings being planned around the country. The "Star Wars Marathon Event" is the ultimate fan experience: "All seven movies. One epic journey. Guests will see each of the six previously released Star Wars episodes in digital 2D beginning with The Phantom Menace and concluding with the opening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens in 3D!" This is the ultimate Star Wars experience, and I already know a few friends planning to camp out just for this event.
If there's any one new trend in the film industry that is getting better and better it's the live concerts. For years now, composers of all kinds have been hosting live performances of their favorite work, usually shown alongside with the film during the orchestration. We've seen everyone from John Williams to Clint Mansell to Jonny Greenwood, and now there's another legendary composer jumping into live performances - horror master John Carpenter. That's right, the ATP Iceland music festival taking place in July of 2016 has officially booked John Carpenter for his first ever live performance of his film scores and new compositions. If you're a John Carpenter fan, this sounds like it's a cannot-miss event, so you better book your tickets now.
"I wanted to show them something that wasn't an illusion. Something that was real." Get ready for Steven Spielberg mania all-September-long at your local Alamo Drafthouse! Drafthouse has officially announced a new screening series they're hosting called Septemberg, in honor of the upcoming release of Spielberg's newest movie Bridge of Spies (in theaters October 16th). Many of my friends grew up watching Spielberg movies, whether it was E.T. or Indiana Jones or Jaws or Hook or Close Encounters. He's a one-of-a-kind, masterful filmmaker even today, and it's always exciting to revisit his past work. The Drafthouse also put together a fun video teaser for the "Septemberg" series, along with info and locations around the country.
Kicking off later this month is a retrospective screening series of a filmmaker that more people should know about. His name is Wim Wenders, one of the major figures in New German Cinema, who has been making films for over 40 years. His most recent work includes the drama Every Thing Will Be Fine (which I saw in Berlin), his photographer documentary The Salt of the Earth (which I adore), and the dancer documentary Pina, which was filmed in 3D. The retrospective spans his entire career and will include screenings in 15 cities showing restored 4K or 2K versions of his early work, including Paris, Texas, Tokyo-Ga, American Friend, Wings of Desire and of course The Goalie's Anxiety at the Penalty Kick. Catch a short trailer below.
See the films that inspired the creators of Sinister 2. That's the concept behind this brand new screening series kicking off this month. Called "Sinister Weekends", Gramercy Pictures has announced a midnight screening series running nationwide that will (re-)introduce fans of the Sinister "franchise" to more horror. "The program is set to terrorize fans in Los Angeles, New York, and over a dozen additional markets with weekends of horror celebrating fright inspirations for Sinister co-creators and Sinister 2 screenwriters and Scott Derrickson & C. Robert Cargill as well as Sinister 2 director Ciarán Foy." Watch a few trailers for this sequel here and here, and catch the beginning of this screening series when it kicks off this weekend.
Good news, Middle-Earth fans! The Hobbit trilogy is headed back to theaters. To some this may sound like a bore, but if these aren't an interest to you, then no worries just continue on. For those who are fans, and who have been waiting for the extra footage that Peter Jackson shot, it's all coming together for a trilogy event this October. Our friends at TheOneRing.net are reporting via Far Away Entertainment's website that there will be a Fathom Events trio of the trilogy starting on Monday, October 5th. The event info says all three Extended Editions of Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy, starring Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins, will be shown on the big screen. We expect an official announcement eventually, but this is the first word.
"Save the clock tower!" In honor of the 30th anniversary of the original release of Robert Zemeckis' sci-fi Back to the Future, some theaters will be hosting a special screening of the entire trilogy this October. SlashFilm broke the news, saying that with the new 30th anniversary Blu-ray release on October 21st this fall, the entire trilogy will also be playing in theaters on the same day. There's not much info available yet, but they od say this is the one of the first times the entire trilogy will be screened, not just the first film. It's all timed for the new Blu-ray set, since the actual release of the original film was on July 3rd. More below.
It's that time of year again, a few weeks early this year. The San Diego Comic-Con is back in early July, a few weeks than it normally is, and that means it's time to get excited with the programming line-up. The full list of Comic-Con 2015 panels was announced on their website day-by-day. You can also organize you own schedule here. I've highlighted a few of the panels that are related to movies that we're planning to cover here on FS.net, and you'll find an abridged list of only specific film-related panels below. There are a solid amount of unique smaller panels this year, from VFX to location scouts to The Martian author Andy Weir.
See an exclusive sneak peek! IMAX and Disney/Marvel have announced that showings of Jurassic World in IMAX 3D will have special previews of Marvel's Ant-Man in front, with 6-minutes of footage. This is a big marketing push since the movie comes out in just about a month anyway, in July, and this is a chance to get hyped with an extra bit of 3D footage. Paul Rudd plays Scott Lang, who becomes Ant-Man with Hank Pym, played by Michael Douglas, as his mentor. The press release doesn't say if it's one long scene, it just says "more than six minutes of footage will screen exclusively in IMAX theatres domestically and in select international markets beginning June 12th." So go see Jurassic World, if you weren't planning to already.
We'll likely hear more about this in the next few days, but it seems Zack Snyder and Warner Bros are on the verge of announcing a big IMAX event being planned for this coming Monday, April 20th. We've already posted about the rumor that the first tease of Zack Snyder's highly anticipated Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice footage will hit tomorrow, just before the new Star Wars trailer, and that means the full trailer will follow - and will also show with Mad Max: Fury Road. But in the meantime, there's word that apparently Warner Bros is coordinating IMAX events to show footage from Batman v Superman in theaters on the big screen. It sounds like they might be pulling out all the stops, and showing fans some of the footage they've been waiting for - more than just the trailer. And now the details on theaters have surfaced.