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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.
Big news Star Wars fans everywhere! This is the week it all goes down. Kicking off Thursday, April 16th, is the Ultimate Fan Experience - Star Wars Celebration Anaheim. The hype has been building to this event because they're finally bringing it home to Disney (it's taking place at the Anaheim Convention Center literally behind Disneyland) and we all know that J.J. Abrams is about to bring us a new Star Wars movie later this year. So will there be teases? New footage? Lots of discussion? Yes, yes, and more yes. But best of all, if you're unable to attend, StarWars.com has announced that they've partnered with Verizon to stream all of the panels from SW Celebration, including all the exclusive footage. Whoa, what?! Yes way! Read on.
Briefly: This isn't the most exciting or revealing news, but it is an important industry update worth noting. The Academy is pulling a Marvel and announcing the next three dates for the upcoming Academy Awards ceremonies. AMPAS has locked down these dates at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood for the next three years: Sunday, February 28th, 2016; then Sunday, February 26th, 2017; and finally Sunday, March 4th, 2018. So there you have it, that's when we'll be celebrating the Oscars for the next three years. Even if you don't like them, or pretend not to care about them, the Academy Awards still remain the pinnacle award in filmmaking and it will always be a prestigious event. For now, we've got a long way until awards season.
This might be some big news that they're keeping quiet on for the moment, but we're making noise anyway. Thanks to a tip from our friends at SlashFilm, they've noticed that the first official public use of an IMAX laser projector happens this week at the world premiere of James Wan's Furious 7 at the TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX in Los Angeles tonight (Wednesday, April 1st!). This is not an April Fool's Joke! At least far as I know. IMAX has an official press release about the Furious 7 event on their site, and hidden in the details is this little nugget: "IMAX will be launching its revolutionary new laser projection system." Finally! We've been waiting years and years for this, writing about it ever since IMAX has hyped it up back in 2011. And now it suddenly gets a debut in Los Angeles at their new landmark theater. How I wish I could be there.
We already know Star Wars Celebration next month is going to have a huge kick off with J.J. Abrams and Kathleen Kennedy on hand, likely showing off the new trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens before it arrives around the release of The Avengers: Age of Ultron. And now it sounds like there might be some news on the developing standalone films, because StarWars.com has announced that Gareth Edwards, the director of Star Wars: Rogue One and Josh Trank, the director of the next untitled spin-off, will be coming to the event to "share their experiences as the newest members of the Lucasfilm creative family."
"The word 'impossible', Mr. Booth, is only found in the dictionary of fools." A few weeks back my friend Jay West, a fellow movie geek and a contributor to this site (and many others), suddenly passed away. I miss him already… He was the first person I wanted to speak to the moment the news broke that Tron 3 might be shooting this year. Jay was one of the biggest fans of the Alien universe, with life-size sculptures in his home and collectibles of all kinds, but two of his other favorite movies were Tron (the original!) and The Black Hole, Disney's fantastic 1979 space thriller. So, in honor of Jay, the world famous Egyptian Theatre in Los Angeles is hosting a special screening of both Tron and The Black Hole back-to-back with special guests. I couldn't imagine a better way to honor a movie lover like Jay than with this kind of event.
"Do I look old to you?" Local New York-based filmmaker Noah Baumbach has two new films coming out this year, the first being the wacky While We're Young about a couple growing older (see the trailer), and the other being Mistress America, a sort-of-sequel to his 2012 film Frances Ha. In honor of the upcoming release of While We're Young this spring, a nationwide screening series has launched called "Growing Up Baumbach" recapping at least four of his indie gems from the past decade. This includes The Squid and the Whale (still my favorite Baumbach film so far) and Kicking and Screaming, plus a few other films. Read on.
With the Marvel cinematic universe again reaching a milestone adventure with The Avengers assembling for the sequel The Avengers: Age of Ultron, it's time to revisit all of Marvel Studios' films leading up to this point again. Back in 2012 when The Avengers hit theaters, all of Phase One was given a marathon leading up to the release of the first big screen superhero assembly. And now, with even more movies on the roster, The Ultimate Marvel Marathon is happening again at AMC Theatres and Regal Entertainment Group theaters beginning on April 29th and leading into the April 30th debut of The Avengers sequel.
A brain, a beauty, a jock, a rebel and a recluse. Even though it's about to be available on Blu-ray next week, a newly remastered version of The Breakfast Club is set to screen as a world premiere at 2015 SXSW Film Festival later this month. The film is celebrating it's 30th anniversary, which is also why the Blu-ray is getting re-released for the 30th, and the festival premiere will be part of that promo. Cast members Molly Ringwald and Ally Sheedy will also be in attendance for a special Q&A. If you're a big fan of this film and live in Austin (or are attending SXSW) this is the ideal event for you. Art in the teaser by Michele Rosenthal.
"There has been an awakening. Have you felt it?" It's a big year for Star Wars fans. Not only is Star Wars: The Force Awakens coming out this year, but there's also another Star Wars Celebration happening in Anaheim, California. These conventions for fans only happen every three years in the United States, but it will have been four years since the last one happened, and it couldn't be a better year. Fans have been wondering what will be happening at the big event with Episode VII on the way, and now director J.J. Abrams and Lucasfilm president and producer Kathleen Kennedy have been announced to appear.
Hey animation fans - this one's for you! If you've ever wanted to own an original work from the stop-motion animation studio Laika, this is your one chance. Heritage Auctions is hosting a special Laika auction where they'll be selling off a couple hundred items from the studio, including roughly: 40 maquettes, 40 puppet statues, 100+ concept art pieces, and over 40 of the actual sets used during filming. I was lucky enough to catch an early preview of the show, officially titled "The Art of Laika Studios", which includes pieces from three Oscar nominated movies: Coraline, ParaNorman and The Boxtrolls from last year.
"The Best of the Best is Back." Your last chance to see these in theaters! AMC has unveiled details for their latest version of the Best Picture Showcase. For years, AMC has been hosting marathon screenings of all of the Best Picture nominees at the Academy Awards, so moviegoers of all kinds can catch up before the big show next month. This year, with eight nominees including Boyhood, Selma and Whiplash, AMC is splitting the screenings across two consecutive Saturdays, " so you can attend one day, or both days. Or, enjoy all the films in one day with the 24-hour marathon in select markets." More info on the films and theaters below.