Star Trek Into Darkness Extended Preview Playing at IMAX Theaters

(Left to right) Zachary Quinto is Spock, Benedict Cumberbatch is John Harrison and Chris Pine is Kirk in STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS.
(Left to right) Zachary Quinto is Spock, Benedict Cumberbatch is John Harrison and Chris Pine is Kirk in STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS.

If you’re going to see THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY at an IMAX theater this weekend, you’re a lucky person! You get to spend $6.95 on a medium soda! Also, you’ll likely be seeing the first 9 minutes of STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS, J.J. Abrams curiously titled follow up to his highly praised franchise reboot. Will we learn a bit about how this alt-Trek-universe diverges from the original? (Maybe.) Will we get some sort of confirmation that the plot for this chapter will somehow key off of “Where No Man Has Gone Before?” (Likely not.) Will we get lots of lens flares? (Bring your sunglasses.)
Paramount included an “abbreviated” list of theaters showing the preview in their announcement, which we’re including below. You can find the full list at startrekmovie.com

Alabama
Carmike Patton Creek 16 & IMAX, Hoover
Cobb Hollywood 16 & IMAX, Tuscaloosa
Alaska
Regal Tikahtnu Commons Stadium 16 & IMAX, Anchorage

Arkansas
Dickinson Chenal 9, IMAX, Little Rock

Arizona
Dickinson Gateway 12, IMAX, Mesa
AMC Deer Valley 30 & IMAX, Phoenix
AMC Loews Foothills 15 & IMAX, Tucson


California
AMC Burbank 16 & IMAX, Burbank
Edwards Fresno Stadium 22 & IMAX, Fresno
AMC Century City 15 & IMAX, Los Angeles
Esquire IMAX, Sacramento
AMC Palm Promenade 24 & IMAX, San Diego
AMC Van Ness 14 + IMAX, San Francisco
AMC Downtown Disney 12 & IMAX, Anaheim
Colorado
UA Colorado Mills Stadium 16 & IMAX, Lakewood
UA Colorado Center Stadium 9 & IMAX, Denver
AMC Westminster Promenade 24 & IMAX, Denver
Connecticut
AMC Loews Danbury 16 & IMAX, Danbury
Rave Buckland Hills 18 & IMAX, Manchester
Florida
AMC Universal Cineplex 20 & IMAX, Orlando
AMC Regency 24 & IMAX, Jacksonville
AMC Veterans 24 & IMAX, Tampa
Cobb Dolphin 19 & IMAX, Miami
Muvico Parisian & IMAX, West Palm Beach
Georgia
Regal Cinemas Atlantic Station 16 & IMAX, Atlanta
Regal Augusta Exchange Stadium 20 & IMAX, Augusta
AmStar 16 & IMAX, Macon

Hawaii
Regal Dole Cannery 18 & IMAX, Honolulu
Idaho
Edwards Boise Stadium 22 & IMAX, Boise
Illinois
AMC Showplace Naperville 16 & IMAX, Naperville
Carmike Grand Prairie 18 & IMAX, Peoria
AMC Showplace Rockford 16 & IMAX, Rockford
Indiana
Carmike Jefferson Pointe 18 & IMAX, Ft. Wayne
AMC Showplace Indianapolis 17 & IMAX, Indianapolis
Iowa
AMC Star Council Bluffs 17 & IMAX, Council Bluffs
Rave Davenport 53 & IMAX, Davenport
Kansas
AMC Studio 28 & IMAX, Olathe
Warren West IMAX, Wichita

Kentucky
Rave Stonybrook 20 & IMAX, Louisville
AMC Newport on the Levee 20 & IMAX, Newport
Louisiana
Rave Mall of Louisiana 15 & IMAX, Baton Rouge
AMC Clearview Palace 12 with IMAX, Metairie

Maryland
AMC Loews White Marsh 16 & IMAX, Baltimore
Regal Westview Stadium 16 & IMAX, Frederick
AMC Loews Rio Cinemas 18 & IMAX, Gaithersburg
Maine
Saco Cinemagic & IMAX, Saco
Massachusetts
AMC Loews Boston Common 19 & IMAX, Boston
Showcase Cinemas Randolph & IMAX, Randolph
Michigan
Celebration! Cinema Grand Rapids North & IMAX, Grand Rapids
Celebration! Cinema & IMAX, Lansing
AMC Star Fairlane 21 & IMAX, Dearborn

Minnesota
AMC Eden Prairie Mall 18 & IMAX, Eden Prairie
AMC Southdale 16 & IMAX, Edina
AMC Arbor Lakes 16 & IMAX, Maple Grove
Missouri
Springfield 11 & IMAX, Springfield
Wehrenberg Ronnies 20 Cine & IMAX, St. Louis AMC BarryWoods 24 & IMAX, Kansas City

Nebraska
AMC Oakview 24 & IMAX, Omaha
New Hampshire
Hooksett Cinemagic & IMAX, Hooksett
New Jersey
AMC Clifton Commons 16 & IMAX, Cliffton
AMC Jersey Gardens 20 & IMAX, Elizabeth
AMC Loews New Brunswick 18 & IMAX, New Brunswick

Nevada
Brenden Theatres and IMAX at the Palms, Las Vegas
Regal Aliante Stadium 16 & IMAX, Las Vegas
Regal Sunset Station Stadium 13 & IMAX, Henderson

New York
Regal Crossgates Mall Stadium 18 & IMAX, Albany
Regal Sheepshead Bay Stadium 14 & IMAX, Brooklyn
AMC Loews 34th Street 14 & IMAX, New York
AMC Loews Kips Bay 15 & IMAX, New York
City Center 15: Cinema de Lux & IMAX, White Plains
North Carolina
Regal Stonecrest At Piper Glen Stadium 22 & IMAX, Charlotte
AMC Concord Mills 24 & IMAX, Concord
Southpoint Cinemas & IMAX, Durham
Wells Fargo IMAX Theatre at Marbles- Raleigh
Ohio
AMC Easton Town Center 30 & IMAX, Columbus
AMC Lennox Town Center 24 & IMAX, Columbus
Oklahoma
AMC Southroads 20 & IMAX, Tulsa
AMC Quail Springs Mall 24 & IMAX, Oklahoma City
Moore Warren IMAX, Moore
Oregon
Regal Old Mill Stadium 16 & IMAX, Bend
Regal Valley River Center 15 & IMAX, Eugene
Regal Lloyd Center 10 Cinema & IMAX, Portland
Pennsylvania
UA King of Prussia Stadium 16 & IMAX, King of Prussia
AMC Franklin Mills 14 & IMAX, Philadelphia
RC Reading Movies 11 & IMAX, Reading
Rhode Island
Providence Place Cinemas 16 & IMAX, Providence


South Carolina
Citadel Mall IMAX Stadium 16, Charleston
Tennessee
Regal Streets of Indian Lake Stadium 16 & IMAX, Hendersonville
Regal Pinnacle Stadium 18 & IMAX, Knoxville
Regal Opry Mills Stadium 20 & IMAX, Nashville

Texas
AMC The Parks at Arlington 18 & IMAX, Arlington
AMC Barton Creek Square 14 & IMAX, Austin
AMC Northpark 15 & IMAX, Dallas
AMC Gulf Pointe 30 & IMAX, Houston
Santikos Palladium IMAX, San Antonio
Utah
ATK IMAX, Clark Planetarium, Salt Lake City
Megaplex 17 & IMAX Jordan Commons, Sandy
Virginia
AMC Hoffman Center 22 & IMAX, Alexandria
AMC Hampton Towne Centre 24 & IMAX, Hampton
AMC Lynnhaven 18 & IMAX, Virginia Beach

Washington
IMAX Lincoln Square Cinemas, Bellevue
Regal Thornton Place Stadium 14 & IMAX, Seattle
AMC River Park Square 20 & IMAX, Spokane
Washington DC
AMC Loews Georgetown 14 & IMAX, Washington DC
Wisconsin
AMC Star Fitchburg 18 & IMAX, Fitchburg

The following is an abbreviated list of theaters in Canada that will show the extended preview of “STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS.”  For the complete list, please visit the official movie site at www.startrekmovie.com.

Alberta
Scotiabank Chinook & IMAX, Calgary
Empire Studio 16 Country Hills & IMAX, Calgary
Scotiabank Edmonton & IMAX, Edmonton

British Columbia
Colossus Langley& IMAX, Langley
SilverCity Riverport & IMAX, Richmond
SilverCity Victoria Cinemas & IMAX, Victoria
Manitoba
SilverCity Polo Park Cinemas & IMAX, Winnipeg

Newfoundland
Empire Studio 12 Gateway Park & IMAX, St. John’s
Nova Scotia
Empire 18 Cinemas & IMAX , Halifax
Ontario
SilverCity London Cinemas & IMAX, London
SilverCity Windsor Cinemas & IMAX, Windsor
Empire Theatres Kitchener & IMAX, Kitchener
Coliseum Mississauga & IMAX, Mississauga
Quebec
Mega-Plex Taschereau 18 & IMAX, Greenfield Park
Mega-Plex Pont Viau 16, Laval
Mega-Plex Marche Central 18, Montreal
Mega-Plex Terrebonne 14 &IMAX, Terrebonne

For a complete list of IMAX® theatres worldwide that will show the extended preview, please visit IMAX.com.
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Jurassic Park in IMAX 3-D: April 5, 2013

On the April 5, 2013, Universal Pictures re-releases the blockbuster JURASSIC PARK – this time converted to 3-D and IMAX. Back in 1993, when it was originally released, this film was a quantum leap in the craft of computer-generated special effects, which not only replaced the old-school stop-motion process but also allowed for smoother integration of live-action and special effects. Some critics carp over the alleged dearth of character development, but JURASSIC PARK displays a true sense of wonder in its depiction of amazing prehistoric creatures brought back to life.
Directed by Steve Spielberg. Screenlay by Michael Crichton and David Koepp, based on Chricthon’s novel. Cast: Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough, Bob Peck, Martin Ferrero, Joseph Mazzello, Ariana RIchards, Samuel L. Jackson, BD Wong, Wayne Knight, Gerald R. Molen, Miguel Sandoval. 127 minutes. Rated PG-13.

FLYING SWORDS OF DRAGON GATE Director Tsui Hark: Fantasy Film Interview Podcast

Look, Can't We Just Excange Insurance Info and Leave It at That?: Jet Li (right) faces off against Chen Kun in FLYING SWORDS OF DRAGON GATE.
Look, Can't We Just Exchange Insurance Info and Leave It at That?: Jet Li (right) faces off against Chen Kun in FLYING SWORDS OF DRAGON GATE.

FLYING SWORDS OF DRAGON GATE is the first Tsui Hark film to be shot in Imax 3D, starring Jet Li. Okay, stop salivating and sit back down, we’ve got work to do.
Granted, your enthusiasm is understandable. Hark — master of such deliriously epic action films as PEKING OPERA BLUES and ONCE UPON A TIME IN CHINA — came roaring back to prominence last year with DETECTIVE DEE AND THE MYSTERY OF THE PHANTOM FLAME, and now returns with an ambitious adventure that’s actually a continuation of a film series that started in 1967, about a desert inn where both the noble and the infamous rub elbows and clash swords. In addition to all the expected Hark trappings, such as inventive battle scenes, sharp comedy, and women characters who can stand their own against their male counterparts — including a mysterious swordswoman, played by Zhou Xun, and a lusty barbarian princess, played by Lunmei Kwai (because would you want any other kind?) — the increased palette of China’s first Imax 3D film gives the director a whole new way to mess with your mind. Trust me, Hark takes generous advantage of the opportunity.
This is Hark’s return to MIGHTY MOVIE PODCAST, and we’re glad to have him back; less glad that it had to be via a not-quite-Dolby-grade phone connection. We’ve done our best to smooth out the audio — hopefully you’ll find the discussion well-worth the effort.

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THE FLYING SWORDS OF DRAGON GATE in Imax 3D

Indomina Releasing partners with IMAX Theatres to provide limited exclusive IMAX 3-D engagements of this Fant-Asia fantasy film from producer-director Tsui Hark, the man behind A CHINESE GHOST STORY and so many other Asian fantasy epics. One of China’s biggest box office hits, THE FLYING SWORDS OF DRAGON GATE is a first for that country, in terms of its IMAX 3-D format, with a big chunk of change coming from the specialty theatres. The plot, based on a classic story that has already been filmed twice, has a band of marauders posing as ordinary citizens while seeking treasure in the Dragon Inn, which according to legend was built on the site of a lost city. Cast: Jet Li, Xun Zhou, Kun Chen, Lunmei Kwai, Huchun Li, Mavis Fan, Siu-Wong Fan, Chia Hui Liu.
Theatrical Release Date: Friday, August 31, 2012
Rated R for some Violence
Running time: 121 minutes
Theatres:

  • Boston: AMC Loews Boston Common 19
  • Skokie (near Chicago): AMC Showplace Village Crossing 18
  • Dallas: AMC Northpark 15
  • Houston: AMC Gulf Pointe 30
  • Arcadia: AMC Santa Anita 16
  • Burbank: AMC Burbank 16
  • Torrance: AMC Del Amo 18
  • New York: AMC Loews 34th Street 14
  • Paramus: AMC Garden State 16
  • San Diego: AMC Mission Valley 20
  • Emeryville: AMC Bay Street 16
  • Santa Clara: AMC Mercado 20
  • Seattle: Pacific Science Center
  • Tukwila: AMC Southcenter 16
  • McLean (near Washington DC): AMC Tysons Corner 16

Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (Capsules: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo/The Dark Knight Rises Prologue): CFQ Spotlight Podcast 2:50.1

Ghost Protocol in the Machine: Tom Cruise (falling) shows Michael Nyqvist (demonstrating the wrong way to order at the McDonald's drive-thru) how to keep things moving in MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - GHOST PROTOCOL.
Ghost Protocol in the Machine: Tom Cruise (falling) shows Michael Nyqvist (demonstrating the wrong way to order at the McDonald's drive-thru) how to keep things moving in MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - GHOST PROTOCOL.

What says Christmas Spirit more than nuclear holocaust, life-or-death chases in an automated car park, and scaling the world’s tallest building? Maybe that’s why Paramount scheduled the release of MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – GHOST PROTOCOL for this most festive of seasons. Or maybe it’s that it’s just plain fun. Stripping the IM force down to leader Tom Cruise — aided and abetted by Paula Patton, Simon Pegg and new recruit Jeremy Renner — and paring the story down to a struggle to prevent a megalomaniacal terrorist from triggering WWIII,  the film (under the direction of animation vet Brad Bird, here making his live-action debut) unpacks some of the baggage accrued in the previous installments to become a lighter, wittier exercise in epic action.
Cinefantastique Online’s Steve Biodrowski, Lawrence French, and Dan Persons discuss their reaction to all the chaos, exploring how director Bird fares in his first foray in the tangible world, considering Tom Cruise’s future in the franchise and evaluating whether the IMAX format makes the Impossible Missions seem even… uh… impossibler.
Also: Larry delivers his verdict on THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO and Steve gives his reaction to the THE DARK KNIGHT RISES prologue screened at MI’s IMAX venues.

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CFQ Round Table Podcast 2:20.3: Taking Stock of X-Men on Screen

X-Men
Prophetic messaging? The first few X-MEN films were entertaining; then came WOLVERINE...

In this week’s Cinefantastique Round Table Podcast – the Podcast with a Sense of Wonder – Dan Persons, Lawrence French, and Steve Biodrowski appraise the X-MEN film franchise: what have the mutants contributed to the world of comics-to-movies adaptations? Also up for discussion: remembering late actor Vincent Price – the Merchant of Menace – on the 100th anniversary of his birth. Plus a look at the week’s most interesting news: Is it good or bad that the live-action, Americanized remake of Katsuhiro Otomo’s AKIRA is going nowhere fast? Does Christopher Nolan’s use of IMAX instead of 3D for THE DARK KNIGHT RISES indicate a better way to immerse audiences in on-screen world’s of fantasy? And do we really want or need a DARK SHADOWS remake with reluctant vampire Barnabas Collins recast as a thoughtless playboy?

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Avatar re-release: August 27

Here is the trailer promoting the re-release of AVATAR on Friday, August 27. The film will be showing exclusively in Digital 3-D and IMAX 3-D, with no 2-D screenings. Writer-director James Cameron has restored nine minutes of footage, all of it computer-generated, raising the running time to nearly 170 minutes (the maximum capacity for analog IMAX 3-D screenings). Additional footage includes a hunting scene, more action, more creatures, more battle scenes, and a love scene in the glade.
Obviously, the re-release is an effort to milk more money out of the blockbuster film, but the story behind the re-release is interesting: AVATAR made 80% of its profits from 3-D engagements, which represented less than have of its total venues, and the film was still pulling good numbers at IMAX theatres when it was pushed out by ALICE IN WONDERLAND, resulting in a precipitous drop. Distributor 20th Century Fox realized that there was still audience interest in seeing AVATAR in 3-D, so plans for a re-release were born.
For fans of 3-D, AVATAR’s reappearance will be a reminder of what the process looks like when done right. Since AVATAR’s release, ticket buyers have been ripped off by a succession of 2-D movies converted to 3-D in post-production, with results that run from disappointing to disastrous: CLASH OF THE TITANS, THE LAST AIRBENDER, PIRANHA 3D.
Avatar re-release August 27, 2010
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All IMAX for "Batman 3"?

Pfister and Nolan
Pfister and Nolan

After THE DARK KNIGHT wowed audiences with its stunning visual sequences shot in IMAX format, director Christopher Nolan and his director of photography Wally Pfister are considering shooting the third installment in their series entirely in IMAX.
According to MTV, Pfister called the idea “my preferred, amazing goal,” adding, “I like IMAX more than I like 3-D.” Nolan voiced a similar opinion in June, saying that he was “not a huge fan of 3-D.” Personally, I’m with Pfister. While films made specifically for 3-D, like AVATAR and TOY STORY 3, are often visually striking, I still see 3-D as a kind of gimmick on the whole. I prefer a high resolution 2-D picture over a mediocre 3-D picture. If more high profile films would go the 2-D IMAX route instead of the second rate 3-D route (I’m looking at you, CLASH OF THE TITANS), the film industry could find itself in a much better place in the near future.
Obviously any final decision regarding the way “BATMAN 3” is shot will be the ultimate decision of Warner Bros., but it is interesting that Pfister and Nolan are even considering this. If they can provide Warner with a successful proof of concept, we might be seeing more all-IMAX films in the coming years!