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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.
Nowadays when people proclaim something as "the greatest of all-time," it's usually unsubstantiated hyperbole. But when I say what you're about to see looks like the undeniably greatest screening of Back to the Future of all-time, I mean it when every fiber of my being. You may remember over the summer that we heard about Secret Cinema's plans to rebuild Hill Valley in London for an outdoor screening of the time travel classic. Well, that event has come and gone, and now an incredible video of the event has surfaced showing off just how truly amazing and wondrous this screening was. Prepare to be amazed!
"Aca-scuse me?" We're not sure why we didn't hear about this sooner, but all around the country tonight, there are free sing along screenings of the surprise 2012 comedy hit Pitch Perfect. There are screenings in 24 major cities at various AMC Theatres tonight of the film starring Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow and Rebel Wilson, and while this normally wouldn't be worth writing about by itself, after the screening of the movie, the first trailer for Pitch Perfect 2 will be shown as well. You can expect the trailer to premiere online either later tonight or more likely tomorrow. The list of theaters is below!
"It's not groovy to be insane." For those of you living in the United Kingdom, specifically London, this week you'll get a chance to catch early screenings of Paul Thomas Anderson's latest film, the adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's novel Inherent Vice. A short new trailer shows off some new footage of the film starring Joaquin Phoenix, and it's actually more of a straightforward comedy trailer than the one we've already seen for the film's release here in the United States. We get to catch a glimpse of Martin Short and whatnot, but the real takeaway is the revelation of a surprise screening happening this Wednesday. Watch!
Before The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey hit theaters, there was an awesome marathon of The Lord of the Rings extended editions in theaters to get fans excited for Peter Jackson's new trilogy. Now for those who want to experience all that The Hobbit trilogy offers in one day, TheOneRing.net is reporting that IMAX is planning a marathon of all three films on December 15th, that's two days before the final chapter, The Battle of the Five Armies, officially hits theaters. Tickets will go on sale November 14th (that's this Friday), but you'll have to check your local IMAX theaters to see which will have the marathon. More below!