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Yippee-ki-yay, Mother Fox-er! 20th Century Fox is finally, thankfully (for giving us this), understanding the love for the Die Hard franchise and is hosting all out big promo events for the release of the fifth movie this February (on the 14th, Valentine's Day). The studio has announced a one day, five film marathon on Wednesday, Februray 13th just before the release of A Good Day to Die Hard (likely culminating in a midnight launch). While I hate the fourth film, the first three are exactly the kind of action movies I would watch a marathon of, so this is a perfect event leading up to the release of the fifth R-rated Die Hard movie.
Check this out: Alamo Drafthouse is proud to announce its partnership with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Academy Film Archive to highlight the work of legendary title sequence designer and director Saul Bass on December 1st! The day of Bass-related screenings include an afternoon of rarely-seen short works by Bass and an evening presentation of Bass' sole feature directorial effort, the underappreciated sci-fi gem, Phase IV (presented in a brand new 35mm print!), in addition to the long-lost original end sequence, recently discovered by an Academy film archivist. This is awesome, I wish I could go.
Are you getting ready for a very Tarantino Christmas? It's going to be packed full of nothing but Quentin brilliance all throughout December. Not only is his latest film, Django Unchained, arriving in theaters on Christmas Day, but Fathom Events is hosting nationwide one-night-only screenings of his two early classics - Reservoir Dogs (1992) and Pulp Fiction (1994). The special events will be taking place on the evenings of December 4th and December 6th this winter at movie theaters around the country, coordinated by Fathom/NCM. This is all part of a big promotion for Tarantino's XX Blu-Ray release and, of course, Django.
For many film fans, action films don't get more perfect than Raiders of the Lost Ark. Jeremy just wrote about seeing Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade in 70mm (jealous), and I tend to bounce back and forth between which of those two films I like more, but when it comes down to it, Raiders of the Lost Ark is the purest and most enjoyable action movie I think I've ever seen. Paramount re-released the movie in IMAX theaters this week, and we have good news for those who had a busy schedule and didn't have time to see it: the studio has decided to extend the theatrical run of the 1981 classic for at least another week. Read on!
Raiders of the Lost Ark just extended a one week run in IMAX theaters, and AMC Theatres are still having a marathon of all the Indiana Jones adventures tomorrow, and even more classic movies are headed back to the big screen this fall. Just in time for the spooky holiday, John Carpenter's original 1978 horror film Halloween is coming back for a limited theatrical run starting October 25th. Strangely enough, I've seen the sequel Halloween II in theaters at the New Beverly in Los Angeles, but I've yet to see the original on the big screen, so this sounds like a great Halloween plan for cinephiles like myself and horror fans alike, right?
In case you didn't know, Steven Spielberg's sci-fi classic E.T. The Extra Terrestrial is finally coming to Blu-Ray on October 9th, just in time for the film's 30th anniversary. Having the film in high definition is a nice treat, but the best way to celebrate will be with a return to theaters for one night only on October 3rd. Fathom Events has just announced a collaboration with Turner Classic Movies and Universal Pictures (as part of the 100th anniversary celebration) to put a digitally remastered version of the film back in theaters, and it will be the original cut that hit the big screen in 1982. No walkie talkies instead of guns!
There's no denying the grand scope of the Indiana Jones films, three classic adventures that will continue on in history as some of the greatest of their kind ever put to film. Yes, THREE classic adventures. We'll just stick to that assessment from here on. Steven Spielberg and crew came out swinging with these films, only three and five years separating them, but they've since been lumped together, an amazing trilogy that some say rivals Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, and The Godfather. But this is all information you're already privy to. What might not be so apparent is how grand, how epic even something we've seen dozens of times like Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, the last of the three and arguably the most fun.
Sure Joss Whedon is bringing The Avengers back to theaters this weekend (perhaps he's really worried about Sleepwalk with Me taking a bunch of their box office take), but Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow won't be the only red-headed heroine in theaters for Labor Day. The LA Times has word that Disney and Pixar are giving a wider release back to Brave with 1,700 theaters, which is just as many screens as The Avengers expansion will receive. A Disney executive says, "“We wanted to try it again and use messaging that says, ‘Get it while you can, one last time before these films head to video’” Sounds about right to us.
If you're one of the handful of people who didn't see The Avengers in theaters this summer, or maybe you just can't wait for the film to hit Blu-Ray and DVD on September 25th (complete with cool deleted scenes and a hilarious gag reel), then we have some good news. The official Facebook page just revealed that Joss Whedon's epic superhero ensemble starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Clark Gregg, Tom Hiddleston, Gwyneth Paltrow and Cobie Smulders is returning to theaters for a limited run starting this Labor Day weekend on August 31st and playing up until September 6th. Time to assemble... again!
"Shaken, not stirred." The world's greatest spy. In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the James Bond film franchise on the anniversary of Dr. No, which "enjoyed its world film premiere in London" on October 5, 1962, and in anticipation of the worldwide release of the 23rd James Bond adventure Skyfall, Albert R. Broccoli's EON Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, Sony Pictures Entertainment and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment announced today that October 5th, 2012 will be Global James Bond Day, a day-long series of events for Bond fans around the world. Yay! I know what I'm doing October 5th.
It was only one month ago that a gunman entered a midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, Colorado and terrorized an unsuspecting audience, killing 12 and leaving many injured. It was an incredibly sad, tragic, and unforgettable day, but the community of Aurora has come together to work through it, stronger than before. A good friend of the site, designer Mark Rantal, has partnered with local organizations to create RememberAurora.com, in collaboration with Denver Comic-Con, made for fans of The Dark Knight to be a community that will remember the victims of this senseless massacre, and to help and heal.
Just yesterday we learned that an IMAX re-release of Raiders of the Lost Ark was planned in both both digital "LieMAX" and 70mm film formats starting on September 7th and running for a good week until September 13th. The 1981 classic, which has been restored for the impending Blu-Ray release has been inspected and approved by Steven Spielberg. Now a new trailer promoting the special IMAX release has been unleashed and it gets my giddy with excitement. But that's not all. AMC Theatres is also promoting the Blu-Ray with a marathon of all four Indiana Jones movies on September 15th. Details below!
"Snakes. Why'd it have to be snakes?" He's back! Everyone is back this year, from Indiana Jones to Jaws to James Bond. THR is breaking the news early to report that in honor of the upcoming Blu-Ray release of the original three Indiana Jones movies on Blu-Ray in September, IMAX is going to be showing an exclusive "reformatted" 70mm print of Raiders of the Lost Ark in IMAX theaters everywhere for one week. The 1981 classic that started it all, restored for the Blu-Ray release, inspected/approved by Steven Spielberg and Paramount, returning to IMAX in glorious 70mm this fall. It's going to be a wonderful fall for 70mm movies.
Whoa this is an impressive line-up. The Alamo Drafthouse has announced their latest incredible cinema series, titled Presented in Amazing AlamoScope: 70mm at the Ritz! Yes, they're going all out 70mm in Austin, and not only showing many classics, but they're capping it all off with PTA's must-see-in-70mm new film The Master. "In the world of film presentation, nothing—digital or otherwise—can ever match the power and glory of 70mm film... While movie studios and theaters dump celluloid to replace with computer files and giant TVs, the Alamo is proud to instead leap into the tremendous, triumphant arena of 70mm."