Abrams Looking to Bring IMAX to ‘Star Wars Episode VII’

- 09-26-13Film Posted by Jason McAnelly

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With the upcoming return to the Star Wars universe, there will likely be many changes to take advantage of newer and better technologies.  While Kathleen Kennedy has already stated their intention to retreat from the all-CGI mess that haunted Episodes I through III and return to a more model and location based approach, that doesn’t mean they’ll be stepping all the way back.  According a new rumor, it looks like J.J. Abrams has his eyes on IMAX to heighten the Star Wars Episode VII experience.

According to IMAX CEO Richard Gelfond, he is in talks with Abrams concerning the use of IMAX for the new flick.  It only stands to reason that this would be on the agenda, especially considering Abrams used the format for his last movie, Star Trek Into Darkness.

Some may say that this goes against returning to what made the first three movies so visually appealing, though I have to wonder how much of Episode VII is going to truly throw so far back as to have the gritty neo-industrial feel that we love so much.  What do the Nerd Readers think?  Is there even a need to use IMAX?

 

Thanks to BleedingCool for the heads-up.

‘Iron Man 3′: New Poster, Extremis Talk, and the Cost of Being Iron Man

- 04-23-13Comics, Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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You like that? It could be yours if you go to the midnight IMAX screening of Iron Man 3 at your local IMAX theater, according to Screen Rant. The poster was designed by comic book artist Jock (The Losers, Hellblazer), and is the latest in 12:01 poster series, which previous has included unique works honoring the release Real Steel, The Amazing Spider-Man, and Frankenweenie.

In other Iron Man 3 new, Marvel Studios head honcho and Iron Man 3 producer Kevin Feige recently talked to the LA Times about Tony Stark’s mind set going into the movie, and where the character’s head is at this point in his story arc. Here’s what Feige had to say:

“He’s experienced things now that frankly was a wake-up call. You don’t have gamma-powered strength that anger can bring about. You don’t have super-soldier serum flowing through your veins. You’re not a thunder god from Asgard. You’re just a guy. And Tony doesn’t necessarily like to be reminded of those kinds of things because he likes to be at the top of the food chain.

“Where we meet Tony, he wants to be in that suit all the time, and he wants a lot of suits around him. And just as we sort of learn that’s his issue, we blow them all up and take him out of that comfort zone.

“We wanted to take Tony to a place that he hadn’t been since the first half of the first ‘Iron Man’ film, which is, essentially, by himself without his money, without his toys, without his gadgets, with just his mind, his intellect. We wanted to do that in a big climactic fashion by literally taking away everything that is near and dear to him, as symbolized in that mansion crumbling down into the Pacific.”

In other Iron Man 3 developments, a new featurette has been released, and it outlines just how Extremis comes into play in the film and how it factors into The Mandarin’s (Ben Kingsley) master plan. Included is commentary by director Shane Black, star Robert Downey Jr., and new head henchman James Badge Dale. Press play below (courtesy of Collider):

Finally, from the people who have more time on their hands than I do (and Geeks Are Sexy), a break down of just how much it costs to be Tony Stark. Enjoy!

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Crazy, Moving “Cinemoasic” ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ Poster & Advanced Ticket Sales Crash the IMAX Site

- 04-10-13Film Posted by Sarah Moran

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Heads up, tickets for the early IMAX 3D screenings of Star Trek Into Darkness are already on sale, and hopefully we won’t experience the site crashing issues the U.K. had yesterday when their ticketing went live. Multiple tweets went out yesterday from BFI and ODEON Cinemas confirming the issue with booking tickets, and Paramount eventually tweeted a phone number frustrated fans could call to order their tickets. Wow, IMAX hasn’t experienced site crashes like this since The Dark Knight Rises. Could Into Darkness be on its way to busting some box office records?

The buzz around this next Star Trek flick is unlike anything I’ve seen for Star Trek before, so who knows! They sure a promoting the crap out of it, and this latest poster is a weird one. Moving images, or GIFs, are all the rage right now and clearly the hope is to capitalize on this, but I’ve seen this “cinemoasic” thing done better by fans on Tumblr.

Hit the jump to check it out.

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A Poster Tease for ‘Ender’s Game’ & Hood’s Battle Room Talk

- 03-25-13Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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Ender’s Game is easily one of the most anticipated sci-fi films in years thanks to a stellar cast and ground-breaking source material. Now we have not yet seen a trailer, although it should be coming soon, and we’ll have to wait till November before we can see the movie in all its glory, but in the meantime Yahoo has some tidbits to tide us over: a teaser poster and a couple of notes from director Gavin Hood about a key set.

But first, behold the poster!

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Now let’s hear what Hood has to say about the Battle Room, a massive zero-gravity mock battlefield where Ender and other Earth children recruited to be military leaders practice the maneuvers and strategies they learn in class. “This is the high school football field, only it’s in three dimensions,” Hood explained. “It’s the size of a football field in all directions: up, down, left, right. And the idea is teams jump out from opposite ends of this amazing space and play this amazing game of 3D paintball, almost.”

Hood added why he decided on a critical geometric difference between the Battle Room in the book, which is a cube, and the Battle Room in the movie, which is a sphere. “What if we could see through? What if we could see out of the space, and we’re moving around the Earth and turning at the same time?” He said, adding that he felt making the room a sphere would create “a really strange, disorienting experience.”

I guess we’ll find out for ourselves when Ender’s Game – starring Asa Butterfield, Harrison Ford, Hailee Steinfeld, Ben Kingsley, Abigail Breslin and Viola Davis will be released on November 1st in regular and IMAX cinemas.

Source: /Film

Last Night’s ‘Iron Man 3′ Production Footage and IMAX Release Announcement

- 01-22-13Comics, Film Posted by NickBungay

The flag of Comic-Book-Movie-Market-Domination (CBMMD) that Marvel has planted over the last few years (Right through the heart of everything DC except Batman) has put then in a position where they can pretty much do as they please and nobody’s going to say a word. Unless that involves re-shoots, then moviegoer fan boys and girls tend to trot out a litany of complaints for Shane Black and the Iron Man 3 production. Thankfully, it’s usually all for the better.

Last night in Hollywood the studio filmed a small series of re-shoots for Iron Man 3 at the TLC Chinese Theater, with plans on

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‘Oblivion’ Director Says His Movie is Like ‘Mega Man’… And ‘Silent Running’

- 12-14-12Comics, Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

Joseph Kosinski‘s got a lot of good will, not necessarily from how TRON Legacy turned out, but because he’s one of the few Hollywood directors that’s pushing legitimately visionary sci-fi. But has he gone off the rails a bit? In talking to MTV, Kosinski was asked about his upcoming new film Oblivion, and in progress made a pretty interesting comparison between his movie and other properties.

“I started writing this small character-driven science fiction story that was in the vein of those science fiction films of the 1970s that involved this lone survivor among the ruins of civilization, like ‘Mega Man’ or ‘Silent Running’ it was kind of in that vein. I thought if it was going to be my first movie it would have to be something very small and contained in order to even get a chance at pulling it off. So it’s the story of a drill repair man, Jack Harper, who is one of the last human beings left on earth after a massive war, which was the result of an alien invasion. Even though humankind won the war, Earth was left in such a state that we had to look for another place to settle, and Jack is left behind to monitor and secure the resource gathering operation that’s happening where we’re gathering the last bit of energy out of the earth’s seawater in order to move onto the next step.”

Kosinski also talked about the graphic novel inspiration for the film:

“That was the original treatment, the story. At the time I was ready to turn it into a screenplay, WGA went on strike and we couldn’t actually hire a screenwriter to work on a screenplay at that point. So in order to keep the process moving forward I teamed up with Radical Comics to develop and illustrate a novel in parallel based on this story. And we did that over a couple years, and then I got pulled into ‘Tron,’ which was a couple years, and as ‘Tron’ was in post [production] I had enough between the story and the illustrations I had done with Andre, the artist, I had enough of a package to go out and set the project up at a studio which is what I did. And then I went into feature mode so, we never actually finished the graphic novel because once it got picked up I realized that the way I wanted this story to be experienced was on the big screen and not out of the book.”

And he also talked about how he convinced leading man (and sci-fi mainstay) Tom Cruise to sign up for the film:

“It was our final Comic-Con for ‘Tron,’ and while I was showing the big Comic-Con trailer and we were doing our big song and dance for ‘Tron: Legacy,’ I was also launching an ashcan for ‘Oblivion’ which was just kind of like an introductory chapter with eight images at the Radical [Comics] booth. And the day after I got back from Comic-Con, I got a call from Tom’s agent saying that Tom had seen the ashcan and wanted to meet me and talk to me about it. I went over and met him at his hanger and I pitched him the full story ’cause he had just read that introductory beat there wasn’t a script at that point it was a story in my head. And I pitched him the whole story over about two hours and at the end of the meeting he said, ‘Let’s do this. I want to do this. I want to do this movie with you.’ … The role fits him like a glove. I just can’t imagine anyone else playing this character.”

Oblivion, starring Cruise, Olga Kurylenko, Andrea Riseborough, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Melissa Leo will be in IMAX theaters on April 12 and regular theaters on April 19.

Source: Coming Soon

Deets From ‘Trek’ IMAX Prologue Released. Spolier Alert! Obviously

- 12-10-12Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

A lucky few were able to see the 9-minute prologue for Star Trek Into Darkness this past weekend, the same prologue that will be seen with the IMAX release of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey this coming Friday. In discussing the footage let’s establish two things off the top. First of all, no, we don’t find out the identity of the villain played by Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch, so deal with it! Secondly, it sounds awesome!

There is some Cumberbatch in the prologue, make no mistake, but in their overview of the prologue, Cinema Blend points out that these 9-minutes do address one thing the teaser released last week did not, that there is still some fun and adventure to be had in this new Trek, and not just darkness and vengeance.

Here’s what they had to say about the prologue:

“The first half of the footage begins with Noel Clarke and Kayla Hassan as parents visiting their sick child – who appears to be losing her hair – in the hospital. We see Cumberbatch come up from behind Clarke while he is standing on a terrace grieving and the mystery man says, “I can save her. I can save your daughter.” As an extra tease, Clarke actually asks Cumberbatch who he is, but instead of getting an answer we just get a slow zoom on the Sherlock actor’s face. So we know that his character has some kind of healing ability – whether he’s a doctor or it’s something supernatural – but we remain in the dark about his actual name.

That part takes up all of two minutes, leaving the rest of the footage to focus on the crew of the Enterprise – Abrams’ really living up to his word in that respect. As seen in the trailer that was released this past week, Kirk (Chris Pine) and Bones (Karl Urban) are down on a strange planet with weird red plants running for their life while Uhura (Zoe Saldana), Sulu (John Cho) and Spock (Zachary Quinto) are flying around on a hovercraft somewhere else on the same world dealing with an erupting volcano that threatens to destroy everything on the planet (this also happens to be the scene where Spock is wearing the volcano suit that we got to see not only in on-set photos but also the three-frame clip that Abrams brought to Conan last month). It’s an interesting way to re-introduce the characters, as they are seemingly three-quarters through a mission we know very little about, but it’s definitely thrilling and by the end the stakes are so high that you become immediately engaged with what’s going on.”

Source: Cinema Blend

Where Can You Watch The 9 Minute Preview of ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’?

- 12-06-12Film Posted by Luke Gallagher

Did y’all catch the first teaser trailer for J.J. Abrams’ highly anticipated sequel Star Trek Into Darkness  that was released earlier today? It was smack in the face awesome, wasn’t it? Was it wrong that I wanted to rub my nipples while listening to Benedict Cumberbatch spout “For I have returned… to have my VENGEANCE!”? Man, Cumberbatch has such a non-threatening name, but he channeled something evil in this film. It gives me the willies.

Remember, today’s release was just a tease. The full trailer, which will be attached to screenings of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey starting on December 14th, will be online December 17th. The first nine minutes from the film will also be attached to IMAX 3D screenings of The Hobbit. Now, the official IMAX blog has posted the following list of theaters which will be playing the preview.

Check it out below to find out if your city will be playing the preview. Star Trek Into Darkness is set to hit theaters May 17th, 2013.

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Trek Trailer Premiering Tomorrow Online

- 12-05-12Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

Sorry for the misleading headline, but I actually meant that the “Trek trailer before the trailer is being released online tomorrow.”

According to Trek Movie, an pre-trailer trailer will be released online tomorrow, December 6th. Apparently, this one minute teaser will have some footage not in the actually trailer and vice versa.

According to a source, there is overlap in what footage is shown in the two trailers (December 6th online teaser and longer December 14th trailer in theaters), but each also has unique footage as well.

The trailer itself will premiere in front of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, and if you make it to an IMAX screening of The Hobbit, you’ll see the full 9-minute prologue for Star Trek Into Darkness.

Obviously, we’ll have the teaser teaser for you here when it’s posted tomorrow.

Source: Ain’t It Cool

‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ Trailer is Pegged to ‘The Hobbit’

- 11-16-12Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

Perhaps those of you frustrated by lack of IMAX facilities in your home town, and thus fuming about the inclusion of 9-minutes of Star Trek: Into Darkness preceding the IMAX screenings of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, can take heart that your regular, 2-D or 3-D theater will be running some kind of Star Trek before The Hobbit, the film’s first trailer. (more…)