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Lion King Remake Tops Fandango’s Ticket Pre-Seller List

Fri, 07/19/2019 - 11:25 -- Nick Dager

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.

ICE Theatre Format Coming to L.A. in the Fall

Thu, 07/18/2019 - 10:28 -- Nick Dager

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 Awarded U.S. Patent for Graphical Editing Solution for HDR Metadata

Thu, 07/18/2019 - 10:21 -- Nick Dager

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.

CineLife Bringing Peanuts to Theatres this Summer

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 11:14 -- Nick Dager

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.

Matthieu Straub Joins FilmLight as Technical Advisor

Mon, 07/15/2019 - 12:19 -- Nick Dager

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.

Foley for Fosse/Verdon

Thu, 07/11/2019 - 12:02 -- Nick Dager

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.

For Rising Sun, It’s Elemental

Thu, 07/11/2019 - 11:53 -- Nick Dager

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.

Screenvision and the Evolving Pre-Show

Wed, 07/10/2019 - 13:29 -- Nick Dager

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.

Sennheiser Acquires Majority Stake in Dear Reality VR/AR Audio Software Company

Wed, 07/10/2019 - 13:12 -- Nick Dager

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.

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