In a week or so, industry professionals from around the world will gather at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas for this year’s CinemaCon, the annual convention of the National Association of Theatre Owners. There, from April 1-4, they will discuss the latest issues, trends and technologies in motion picture distribution and exhibition. For many of them, new technology will be the focus of their attention. This year’s technology conversations seem certain to include three acronyms in particular: HFR, LED and HDR. Chances are, technology centered on one of these will earn a Catalyst Award. But there are always surprises at CinemaCon.
Park Circus, in collaboration with Sony Pictures Entertainment, is re-releasing Stanley Kubrick’s 1964 masterpiece Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb. Restored in 4K, the film will open in UK cinemas May 17 and include an extended run at the BFI Southbank as part of a special Kubrick season.
ABKCO Films in collaboration with Screenvision Media will present screenings of the iconic 1968 concert film The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus in select theatres April 1, 3, 4, and 5. Among the cities included are New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Dallas.
Classic film presentations that give audiences the rare opportunity to see cinematic favorites commercial-free on the big screen have generated $5.53 million since the beginning of the year, Fathom Events announced today. The results were led by the 80th anniversary of Gone with the Wind, which grossed $2.23 million in just six nationwide screenings across four dates, setting a record as the highest-grossing classic film for Fathom Events and the event cinema industry. The previous record was set in January by Fathom and another Warner Bros. milestone from 1939, The Wizard of Oz.
Cinematographer Xavier Dolléans chose a Sony Venice camera paired with Cooke Panchro/i Classic lenses to shoot Seasons 3 and 4 of Skam France, the French version of the acclaimed and innovative Norwegian youth series Skam, that follows a group of teenagers through their everyday lives of school, love and leisure time. Dolléans and director David Hourrègue wanted to reflect the darker storylines in the look of the show, while maintaining a vintage aesthetic.
Paramount Pictures is releasing upcoming feature films Wonder Park and Pet Sematary in the immersive, multi-sensory 4DX format from CJ 4DPlex. The companies also announced plans to release additional titles together later in 2019.
Based on the acclaimed Dark Horse action noir graphic novel, Polar: Came From the Cold by Victor Santos, the Netflix feature film Polar was directed by Jonas Åkerlund (Lords of Chaos) and shot by cinematographer Pär M. Ekberg with Panasonic VariCam Pure cinema cameras. Born and raised in Sweden, Ekberg got his start as a still photographer at a young age and eventually transitioned into cinematography. He has shot features, commercials and music videos for established artists such as Beyoncé, Pink, Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry and U2, and many others.
Wanda Cinemas, China’s largest film distributor and cinema operator, recently partnered with Samsung and Harman Professional Solutions to create the world’s first Onyx all-LED screen cinema multiplex.
Rising Sun Pictures, working in tandem with Weta Digital, the lead visual effects studio, created critical shots for two key sequences in the film, including a furious battle between soldiers from Earth and fearsome cyborg warriors known as Berserkers.
Christopher Ray, colorist at Picture Shop, joined director Albert Hugues’s epic adventure last year on Alpha, setting the looks on-set with FilmLight Daylight. His collaborative work with Technicolor senior colorist Maxine Gervais relied heavily on creativity and on the Daylight-Baselight Base Linked Grade exchange. Digital Cinema Report recently spoke with Ray about the experience.