Disney Pixar’s Incredibles 2, voted the most anticipated family movie of 2018 in a Fandango moviegoer survey, is now strutting its pre-sales super powers on Fandango. Opening in theaters on June 15, Incredibles 2 is on pace to become Fandango’s biggest animated pre-seller of all time and one of the summer’s biggest hits.
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George Eyles has been named chief executive officer of theatrical distribution software company Maccs. He will be responsible for the company’s operations in more than 50 countries. Maccs is a Vista Group company.
Written during the McCarthy era and published in 1953, Ray Bradbury’s classic dystopian novel, Fahrenheit 451, is set in a society where books are outlawed and firemen are charged with burning them. The novel has had many adaptations, most famously in François Truffaut’s 1966 film, which starred Oskar Werner and Julie Christie. In 2018, Ramin Bahrani co-wrote and directed the film adaptation for HBO, starring Michael B. Jordan, who also served as executive producer. The stylized film was shot by cinematographer Kramer Morgenthau, ASC (Game of Thrones, Thor: The Dark World, Terminator Genisys).
Screenvision Media has signed a definitive agreement for Abry Partners, a media-focused private equity firm, to acquire a controlling stake in the company. As part of the agreement, the company’s existing owners, Shamrock Capital and AMC Entertainment, will maintain minority stakes. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
Following January's announcement to roll out dynamic pricing to all of its German theatres, United Cinemas International Multiplex and Smart Pricer have successfully completed the roll-out three months ahead of schedule.
The Harkness Screens Clarus XC will be the screen of choice for 2D and 3D theatrical presentations during Cine Europe 2018. The show’s auditorium inside the CCIB will feature a 26.35-meter by 7.5-meter Clarus XC 170 screen used to showcase both 2D and 3D content from distributors.
Samsung has selected footage captured with Arri Alexa cameras to showcase their Onyx 4K cinema LED displays. By using an array of modular LED panels to replace cinema projectors, the Samsung Cinema LED displays offer a completely new format of a cinema screen to enhance movie experiences. The technology displays Ultra Contrast with true blacks, high dynamic range and P3 color with supreme accuracy.
European 3D company Volfoni has filed a counterclaim to the intellectual property lawsuit filed by RealD in Germany. Volfoni further announced the retention of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP, one of the leading intellectual property law firms in the world, to represent Volfoni in intellectual property related legal proceedings.
James Cameron’s Lightstorm Entertainment will use Sony’s new Venice motion picture camera system for principal photography on the upcoming Avatar sequels. The first Avatar movie, released in 2009 and also shot on Sony professional cameras, shattered box office records with its compelling story, immersive 3D and stunning visuals. These newest entries in the franchise promise to up the visual ante significantly with enhanced special effects, more elaborate production requirements and challenging live action sequences.
According to CJ 4DPlex, the new film Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War has been seen in the 4DX immersive seating format by more than two million people across 59 countries. This breaks the record for highest-attendance 4DX film to date. The milestone also makes Avengers: Infinity War the most successful film released in the format, surpassing the previous record holder, 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Sony Pictures Entertainment recently completed a 4K restoration of None Shall Escape, the 1943 Columbia Pictures drama widely credited as the first film to address the subject of the Nazi Holocaust. The newly restored film recently had its world premiere at the TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood, with one of the film’s stars, 100-year-old actress Marsha Hunt, in attendance.
More2Screen has been appointed by Shakespeare’s Globe to broadcast a new production of The Winter’s Tale live by satellite to cinemas across the UK, Ireland and selected European territories October 4.
Panasonic has announced the AU-EVA1 Share Your Vision Video Contest, open to video professionals throughout the United States and European Union countries. To participate, contestants should register at https://eva1contest.hscampaigns.com/ and submit videos shot with the Panasonic EVA1 cinema camera from 25 seconds to five minutes in length from June 1 through August 24, 2018.
Conque 2018, Latin America’s number one comic and entertainment convention was supported by Christie projection. The event, which was attended by 30,000 people, just ended in Queretaro City, Mexico.
Independent post-production company Pace Pictures has opened a new sound and picture finishing facility in Hollywood. The 20,000 square foot site offers editorial finishing, color grading, visual effects, titling, sound editorial and sound mixing services. Key resources include a 20-seat, 4K color grading theater, two additional HDR color-grading suites and ten editorial finishing suites. It also features a Dolby Atmos mix stage designed by three-time Academy Award-winning re-recording mixer Michael Minkler, who is a partner in the company’s sound division.
Cineteca Nacional, Mexico’s national film theatre, has installed a Christie CP4230 projector in the cinema’s main theatre to screen the complete filmography of U.S. filmmaker Wes Anderson as part of its retrospective season, which opened last month with Anderson’s 2018 Isle of Dogs movie.
Helios and Matheson Analytics has formed MoviePass Films with Emmett Furla Oasis Films. Helios owns 51 percent and EFO Films 49 percent of the new company. MoviePass Films will focus on studio-driven content and new film production for theatrical release and other distribution channels. At the same time Helios announced that EFO Films has granted Helios the exclusive option to acquire the entire film library and current production slate of EFO Films.
UK-based Colin Nicolson has worked as a production sound mixer and recordist since the eighties, first in television and documentaries then increasingly in motion pictures, over recent years racking up credits including Murder on the Orient Express, T2 Trainspotting and The Theory of Everything. He’s now working on Walt Disney Pictures’ Artemis Fowl, which is currently in production.
China’s market-leading online entertainment service iQiyi today announced that it has officially opened its first Yuke on-demand movie theatre in Zhongshan, Guangdong. The company plans to open more Yuke movie theatres in first- and second-tier cities throughout China.
[Editor’s Note: Mark Smith is the owner and director of photography for Oh Seven Films, the production company he started in 2001. In this exclusive guest column he talks about the documentaries he's made about the search for Amelia Earhart.]
Over the years, my company has been involved in productions that span the gamut, from creating ads and television programs to documentaries and indie feature films. Though there’s certainly a lot of variety in our work, we focus heavily on documentary projects. For example, for the past 17 years, I’ve been the documentarian for TIGHAR (The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery) on an ongoing project to discover what happened to pilot Amelia Earhart — work that has resulted in a couple of Discovery Channel programs.