Walt Disney's The Lion King leads Fandango’s weekend ticket sales with a chart-topping 99 out of 100 on the Fanticipation movie buzz index score. The Lion King adaptation now ranks as Fandango’s second best pre-seller of the year to date, surpassing Captain Marvel and following Avengers: Endgame in 2019’s advance tickets at the same point in the sales cycle, according to Fandango.
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French multiplex company CGR Cinemas has announced that the first ICE Theatre in the United States will be debuting this fall at Regal L.A. Live: A Barco Innovation Center in downtown Los Angeles. The ICE (Immersive Cinema Experience) Theatre concept launched two-and-a-half years ago, combining state-of-the-art design and excellence in sound and image technologies with the revolutionary ICE sensorial experience.
MTI Film, maker of the Cortex family of set-to-screen workflow software, has just been awarded U.S. Patent 10,349,097 for its Graphical Editing Solution for High Dynamic Range Metadata. The software tool provides a simple way to ensure that HDR metadata is properly aligned with associated HDR video. It saves time and eliminates errors in preparing feature film and television content for delivery in formats including Dolby Vision HDR.
Los Angeles creative studio Powster has launched Trailered, a new web-app search tool for all films showing in theatres nationwide. With Trailered, moviegoers can instantly see trailers, showtimes and purchase tickets for films currently playing at nearby cinemas through one simple online access point.
CineLife Entertainment, the event cinema division of Spotlight Cinema Networks, has partnered with CBS Home Entertainment as the exclusive theatrical distributor throughout North America for two Peanuts features: A Boy Named Charlie Brown (1969) and Snoopy, Come Home (1972). This is the first time the digitally remastered films have been available for theatrical bookings since their original release dates.
The 4DX version of the Walt Disney Studios’ live action musical Aladdin has earned $17 million in the global box office. Japan and Korea were among the highest performing countries.
Well-known French digital imaging technician and film workflow specialist, Matthieu Straub, has joined FilmLight. Based in Paris, he will provide technical advice and practical assistance to FilmLight clients in France and Benelux, as well as acting as the company’s voice in local key trade groups and with training partners in the production and post marketplaces.
At the 2019 iResearch Awards Ceremony held last month in Beijing, CJ 4DPlex was honored in the Originative Cinema Technology category for its 4X with ScreenX technology.
Christie has appointed of Peter Chen executive director of sales, cinema, Greater China, at Christie Digital Systems (China) effective today. Chen was formerly the digital cinema sales director at Sony China.
DPA’s 6066 Subminiature Headset Microphone was a winner in the Product Design category at the Red Dot Awards, which were held this week at the Aalto-Theatre in Essen, Germany. DPA Microphones’ project lead Rune Møller and research and development manager Ole Moesmann accepted the award for the company.
The Hollywood Professional Association Awards Committee has announced the winners of the 2019 HPA Engineering Excellence Award. Honors will be bestowed on November 21 at the 14th annual HPA Awards gala at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles.
QSC has announced a plug-in for the Q-SYS Ecosystem that allows users to discover and control any JNIOR models 410, 412, or 414 automation controller, manufactured by the INTEG Process Group.
Alchemy Post Sound put on its tap shoes (and a whole lot more) to create the Foley sound for Fosse/Verdon, FX’s critically acclaimed limited series about choreographer Bob Fosse (Sam Rockwell) and his collaborator and wife, the singer/dancer Gwen Verdon (Michelle Williams). Working under the direction of supervising sound editors Daniel Timmons and Tony Volante, Foley artist Leslie Bloome and his team performed and recorded hundreds of custom sound effects to support the show’s sultry dance sequences and add realistic ambience to its historic settings.
Rising Sun Pictures delivered more than 100 visual effects shots for Columbia Pictures’ and Marvel Studios’ superhero epic Spider-Man: Far From Home, one of this year’s most anticipated blockbusters. The studio’s work included a memorable holographic sequence that reveals one of the film’s biggest mysteries: the origins of The Elementals, four monstrous creatures from a parallel universe with the ability to control fire, earth, water and wind.
Genesis Cinemas in Nigeria has announced plans to equip six of its auditoriums with the ScreenX multi-screen format from CJ 4DPlex. Genesis Cinemas is the leading cinema chain of West Africa with nine locations, 35 screens and over 3,400 seats in operation across Nigeria.
Christie has appointed Eric Shim senior sales manager – cinema (Korea). He reports to Han Kim, senior cinema sales director, Asia Pacific.
CJ 4DPlex and Christie have expanded their business relationship to identify new opportunities for ScreenX and 4DX systems across the exhibition landscape in the U.S. This extends the previous partnership between ScreenX and Christie that included installations of Christie cinema and ProAV projectors in ScreenX auditoriums across the globe.
For moviegoers, one of the most enduring changes brought about by digital cinema technology has been the pre-show, the twenty minutes or so of programming that precedes the trailers and main feature. Screenvision Media’s pre show runs on a cinema network that now includes more than 15,000 screens, in more than 2,400 locations across all 50 States. The network encompasses more than 90 percent of the top markets in the country and claims more than 500 million consumer admissions annually. I spoke recently with Screenvision’s chief revenue officer Katy Loria regarding how pre-shows have evolved over the past decade and what the future holds.
In Dopesick Nation, recovering addicts Frankie and Allie take on the heroin epidemic by working to save as many addicts as they can. The series, which premiered on Viceland last year, takes place in southern Florida and also tries to expose the corruption and exploitation that takes place in the rehab industry.
Audio specialist Sennheiser has taken a majority shareholding in Dear Reality, a leader in spatial audio algorithms and VR/AR audio software. The company will continue to operate as a separate business based in Düsseldorf and customers will be able to rely on existing dearVR products. In addition, they can look forward to joint VR/AR workflows by Sennheiser and Dear Reality. Uwe Cremering, responsible for Ambeo Immersive Audio at Sennheiser, will support the company as a third CEO alongside founders Achim Fell and Christian Sander.