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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.
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."