Abramorama and Eagle Rock Entertainment are releasing a Banger Films documentary feature film that tells the story of how three oddball teenage bluesmen – Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill, and Frank Beard – became ZZ Top, one of the biggest, most beloved bands on the planet, all while maintaining a surrealist mystique that continues to intrigue fans and entice onlookers a half century after the band’s inception. All three band members will be in attendance at the premiere, as they prepare to embark on their 50thAnniversary Tour.
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Arts Alliance Media has released new features and integrations to widely used theatre management system Screenwriter. The latest version provides AAM’s exhibitor customers with advanced automation options and support for the newest projectors and technology in digital cinema.
The Netflix Post Technology Alliance has selected Adobe After Effects as one of the initial products in the new visual effects category. The Alliance is a program committed to serving the evolving needs of the post-production community through innovation and support.
Melanie Martinez and Atlantic Records new album and accompanying full-length film, K-12 will be released September 6. Prior to that, the film will have its official Los Angeles film premiere on September 3 exclusively at Hollywood’s famed Arclight Cinerama Dome. An official New York City premiere will follow on September 5 at the AMC Empire 25 in Times Square.
Regal is opening a total of three new 4DX and four ScreenX auditoriums across multiple markets in the U.S bringing the exhibitor’s current count to 21 and 20, respectively. All of the installations are expected to be completed by the end of this month. The locations include:
The IBC2019 International Honor for Excellence will go to Andy Serkis, the director, producer and actor who is today best known for his performance capture roles. These include Gollum, Supreme Leader Snoke, King Kong and Caesar in the Planet of the Apes series.
Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is leading the weekend’s ticket presales on Fandango and has outsold Tarantino’s previous titles in Fandango’s advance ticket sales. To celebrate the its release Fandango is launching a map of the film’s L.A. locations, while Fandango’s on-demand video streaming service, FandangoNOW, is hosting a playlist of movies that Quentin Tarantino screened for his crew to help inspire the ‘60s vibe of the film.
Award-winning VFX and animation studio Jellyfish Pictures has appointed Matthew Bristowe director of operations. Benefiting from both a creative and commercial background in some of the biggest VFX studios in the world, Bristowe’s hire solidifies Jellyfish Pictures’ continued expansion.
Award-winning sound pros Rick Ash and Ron Eng have joined the sound team at Periscope Post & Audio, Hollywood. Ash and Eng will be the lead sound talent at Periscope Post & Audio’s Hollywood facility, which launched last month. The sound department features a theatrical mix stage with an Avid S6 digital console, Pro Tools and Dolby Atmos capability, as well as three additional mix stages also featuring Avid S6 consoles, Pro Tools and Dolby Atmos.
Now preparing for its 11th edition, the DTLA Film Festival, downtown Los Angeles’ largest film-TV event, has announced a call for entries for 360º/VR/MR films for a new sidebar of immersive content, running concurrent with the rest of the festival, October 23-27. Submissions for all genres of immersive films are now open through August 16 and are free to all filmmakers. Films can be submitted through the festival's Film Freeway account.
Yesterday, the new British musical comedy directed by Danny Boyle, which was released last month following its debut at the Tribeca Film Festival, used as many as twelve cameras for some scenes. This presented some serious workflow challenges. To address them, cinematographer Christopher Ross BSC, who had previously worked with Boyle on the TV series Trust was joined by Mission digital imaging technician Thomas Patrick who had worked with him for the first time on Trust in 2017.
Jordan Levy, veteran commercial director of photography, shot FCA U.S.’s new The Summer of Jeep campaign starring Jeremy Renner, with Cooke Anamorphic/i lenses. The campaign was directed by Levy’s friend and long-time collaborator Jeff Tomsic, with whom he has worked for a decade. It began airing in the States on July 10.
Grand Cinema Sunshine is the first cinema owned by Sasaki Kogyo to deploy GDC’s Cinema Automation 2.0 and SR-1000 Standalone Integrated Media Block with CineCache. The system is designed to fully automate workflow in a cinema multiplex while offering movie-goers much more content with an advanced central media server capable of storing, managing and streaming thousands of movies.
Fifty years later, the groundbreaking film that captured the original Woodstock music festival has become one of the most acclaimed documentaries ever produced – and Fathom Events is partnering with Warner Bros. to bring it back to movie theaters for one night only. Woodstock: The Director’s Cut will play at 7:00 p.m. local time, August 15, in movie theaters nationwide.
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.
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.