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Three AVATAR sequels confirmed from 2016

Three AVATAR sequels confirmed from 2016

While there have been rumours of two Avatar sequels to follow, it has now been confirmed by Fox that there will be three back to back sequels hitting the big screen, with the first instalment due to be released in December 2016.

Cameron has turned to screenwriters to assist in writing the sequels, confirming Josh Friedman will write on the first sequel, and the other two will be looked after by Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) and Shane Salerno (Armageddon, Savages), who was working with Cameron on the remake of ‘Fantastic Voyage’.

Cameron, speaking at a recent conference, said, “Building upon the world we created with 'Avatar' has been a rare and incredibly rewarding experience. In writing the new films, I’ve come to realize that Avatar’s world, story and characters have become even richer than I anticipated, and it became apparent that two films would not be enough to capture everything I wanted to put on screen. And to help me continue to expand this universe, I’m pleased to bring aboard Amanda, Rick, Shane and Josh — all writers I’ve long admired -¬ to join me in completing the films screenplays.”

The first sequel is said to be released in December 2016, the second in December 2017 and the third in December 2018.

We cannot wait to see how this franchise pans out, we’ll update you with more details as they are released!

Man of Steel sequel to feature Batman!

Man of Steel sequel to feature Batman!

Exciting news has emerged from Comic-Con 2013, where Zack Snyder has officially confirmed that Warner Bros are planning on bringing together the two greatest super heroes of all time – Batman and Superman – for the first time on the big screen.

Zack Snyder made a surprise appearance at Comic-Con, delighting fans with the news and announcing the collaboration of Superman and Batman while addressing them along with Harry Lennix who features in “Man of Steel”. Lennix read out the following line from Frank Miller’s “The Dark Knight Returns”, one of the comics from the Batman series which was originally published in 1986 by DC Comics:

"I want you to remember, Clark. In all the years to come, in all your most private moments, I want you to remember my hand at your throat. I want you to remember the one man who beat you."

Fans went berserk at this revelation which established even further that 2015 would be the year of Superman and Batman.  It has also been confirmed that Henry Cavill will return as Superman, and return with Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane. The new Batman has yet to be cast. The new film will also bring back Charles Roven and Deborah Snyder as producers, along with Benjamin Melniker and Michael E. Uslan.

CLICK HERE to see the announcement (and crowd response!) by Zack Snyder and Harry Lennix at Comic-Con 2013!

Interstellar and Transformers 4 to shoot in IMAX

Interstellar and Transformers 4 to shoot in IMAX

Some great IMAX news came out of the CinemaCon movie convention in Las Vegas last week.  It has been revealed that Michael Bay’s Transformers 4 will be the first film to shoot with a new IMAX 3D digital camera.

Over the last few years IMAX has been quietly developing a small IMAX digital camera that can shoot in 3D and it is finally ready for use.

Michael Bay confirmed in a surprising interview with Collider at CinemaCon,  that he will be shooting the big showcase scenes in Transformers 4 with the new small IMAX 3D digital camera.

When asked about what the resolution would be like with the new IMAX 3D digital camera, Bay said ‘my finishing company said we’re screwed with the amount of computer power we’re going to need here.” So we take it it’s going to be big!

The second bit of great news is that a significant portion of Chris Nolan’s Interstellar will also be filmed with IMAX cameras, which is no surprise after Nolan’s success with the stunning IMAX sequences in both The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises.

Nolan’s Interstellar is now looking at a November 7, 2014 release with Transformers 4 set to shoot next month for a June 27, 2014 release.

Butterflies ‘Behind The Scenes’ – enter to win!

Butterflies ‘Behind The Scenes’ – enter to win!

Imagine your very own private behind the scenes tour of the Butterfly House and breeding house at Melbourne Zoo PLUS a behind the scenes guided tour of Melbourne Museum’s Entomology Department...

These school holidays, IMAX Melbourne Museum and Melbourne Zoo are teaming up to give you the chance to experience the smallest of creatures in the biggest of ways! To be eligible to win this amazing, money can’t buy experience, all you need to do is see Flight of the Butterflies 3D at IMAX Melbourne between March 21st and April 14th, and you could be the lucky winner of this extraordinary prize.

BUY TICKETS HERE

Our major prize winner will receive the following prize package:
1) An exclusive behind the scenes tour for two people to one of Melbourne Zoo’s most loved and magical experiences; The Butterfly House and breeding house.  Get up close to Australia’s very own Monarch butterflies as you are taken on a private tour through this magnificent tropical glasshouse that is home to hundreds of spectacularly coloured native butterflies.  As soon as you enter the 28 degree enclosure, you will be instantly immersed and surrounded by these beautiful winged creatures and the lush vegetation that is their natural habitat.

2)  An exclusive behind the scenes ‘back of house’ tour of Melbourne Museum’s Live Exhibits Department with Live Exhibits Manager, Patrick Honan.  Melbourne Museum’s The Live Exhibits Unit looks after 125 species of birds, reptiles, fish, frogs and bugs on display at Melbourne Museum. Many of these are cared for behind the scenes in specially-equipped laboratories. You’ll see how animal keepers look after all these animals and have close encounters with snakes, spiders and many others.

3) A family pass to IMAX Melbourne PLUS a family pass Melbourne Zoo, valid for 12 months for you to use at your own leisure.

Runners Up winners will each receive one of  FIVE prize packs that include:
1) A family pass to IMAX Melbourne Museum valid for 12 months.  From woolly mammoths, to superman, to Middle Earth and back again - check out our big line up of films for 2013 HERE

2) A family pass to Melbourne Zoo, valid for 12 months. Journey through a world of wildlife in the heart of Melbourne www.zoo.org.au/melbourne 

3) Flight of the Butterflies 3D tattoo and stickers

BUY TICKETS HERE

Top Gun 3D – Opening Night 80’s Awesomeness

Top Gun 3D – Opening Night 80’s Awesomeness

Ride into the Danger Zone and be amongst the first to relive the Top Gun experience in amazing IMAX 3D!  What’s the danger? Just being caught out looking ultra cool and mega unreal in your awesome 80’s gear – that’s what!

Join us at the Level Zero bar at IMAX Melbourne on opening night (21st March from 6pm) to celebrate the re-release of this iconic 80’s film.  Grab your wingman and get down here in your best 80’s gear for a totally rad night of big hair, acid wash jeans, ra-ra skirts and happy pants! 

BUY TICKETS HERE

Tickets  $30* (in danger money) per person and include:
 
Top Gun 3D ticket: to the opening session, 21st March, movie starts at 8.30pm sharp

First drink FREE**! Bar is open from 6pm and drinks served by our super cool bar people (transported here directly from the 80’s), **further drinks at bar prices. 

80’s music: kick back and enjoy your drinks to the funky beats of Kenny Loggins, Cheap Trick, Starship and Mr Mister, plus an array of other hits (on a mixed tape) from some overly hair-sprayed songsters from the 80’s.  Feel free to bring your air guitar.

Best Costume Prize: impress our judges (also brought forward in time directly from the 80’s) with your 80’s gear and you’ll be awarded with a shiny new Top Gun Blue Ray AND a $50 voucher to spend at the bar!

Spot Prizes: if you miss out on Best Costume, then impress our judges with a unique dance move, your awesome 80’s style, some seriously funky hair or exceptional 80’s coolness...and you just might win one of our spot prizes!

TICKETS ON SALE NOW!!  Limited tickets available to this trip back in time to the era that included legends such as Maverick, Goose and the cool as ice Ice-Man....

BUY TICKETS HERE

*No further discounts apply. Not valid with any other offer.

 

Chris Nolan’s new project

Chris Nolan’s new project

Now that the Batman trilogy is completed, Christopher Nolan fans have been eagerly awaiting what the next project will be for the award winning director.

In 2006 Steven Spielberg came up with the idea for a film based around the concept of using wormholes for time travel. This film was named Interstellar and was then scripted by Jonathan Nolan.

However, Spielberg is now working on Robopocalypse, a film set in a futuristic world where computer minds and robots are part of everyday life, so Interstellar was set aside.

Interstellar may now be Nolan’s next big project but it wouldn’t be a Nolan film if he didn’t add his own flair to it.

A piece in Deadline reveals that the Interstellar script Nolan wants to shoot is a new hybrid of the old ideas from Spielberg’s project and some new stuff.

“Chris Nolan is writing a script that merges an original idea of his with the script that Jonah wrote. It will retain the title Interstellar, and the ambition for the project is a film that will depict a heroic interstellar voyage to the farthest borders of our scientific understanding.”

Star Trek Into Darkness plot synopsis revealed

Star Trek Into Darkness plot synopsis revealed

The official synopsis for J.J. Abrams Star Trek Into Darkness has just been released, thanks to Paramount Pictures, and it’s looking exciting.

“In Summer 2013, pioneering director J.J. Abrams will deliver an explosive action thriller that takes Star Trek Into Darkness.

When the crew of the Enterprise is called back home, they find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organisation has detonated the fleet and everything it stands for, leaving our world in a state of crisis.

With a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction.

As our heroes are propelled into an epic chess game of life and death, love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart, and sacrifices must be made for the only family Kirk has left: his crew.”

Let’s not forget that several key sections of Star Trek Into Darkness that feature big action set pieces have been captured with IMAX cameras, following on the heels of Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol, The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises.

Along with this IMAX footage, Star Trek Into Darkness will be presented in the immersive IMAX 3D format, making it a must see on The World’s 3rd Largest Screen at IMAX Melbourne Museum.

Star Trek Into Darkness opens 16 May, 2013.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire arena explodes in IMAX

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire arena explodes in IMAX

The Hunger Games star Josh Hurcherson revealed to MTV News last week that scenes on the battle ground arena in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, are being filmed with IMAX cameras.

"They're shooting, I think, all the stuff in the arena is going to be IMAX," Hutcherson said in his MTV News interview.

"So when you go see it in IMAX, you'll see the regular movie when we're in the Districts and in the Capital. When you see us go up in the pod in the games, it will open up into IMAX. It will be amazing. It's very cool."

Hurcherson, who plays the character Peeta Mellark, also mentioned he had seen some of the CG rendering that director Francis Lawrence was working on and thinks it looks great.

“They actually built a cornucopia in Atlanta that we shot at, and it looks amazing, and the way that the spokes got out, and the way everyone comes up on the pedestals and the water — it looks incredible," he said.

This exciting reveal comes after Lionsgate and IMAX Corporation announced in June that The Hunger Games: Catching Fire would include portions of IMAX sequences without revealing specifics.

Check out the MTV News interview here

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire opens at IMAX Melbourne Museum on 22 November, 2013.

Man of Steel in IMAX 3D

Man of Steel in IMAX 3D

Warner Bros, Legendary Pictures, and director Zack Snyder have recently confirmed that their blockbuster take on the classic Superman, Man of Steel, will be presented in IMAX 3D when it opens on 14 June, 2013.

What better way to showcase Snyder’s grand, sweeping vision for Superman than on the World’s 3rd Largest Screen!

With Chris Nolan on board as producer, and after seeing early teaser trailers, Man of Steel 3D is looking to be nothing short of spectacular.

The film stars Henry Cavill as Superman/Clark Kent, alongside three-time Oscar® nominee Amy Adams.

To read more, check out the official announcement here  

 

Skyfall receives rave reviews

Skyfall receives rave reviews

According to UK and US critics, Skyfall, the 23rd film in the James Bond film franchise, is a hit.

A recent screening for UK and US reviewers received all round praise, with many saying that the film is on par with The Dark Knight and the Bourne films.

Here are some of the reviews the Herald Sun put together- 

- Oliver Lyttelton, The Playlist
Sam Mendes has essentially made a Christopher Nolan Bond film before Christopher Nolan got the chance. That's not quite fair to the American Beauty director, who makes his own mark on the series (and possibly his most satisfying film so far). But it's also true that many of the qualities that Nolan brought to the Batman series are present and correct in Skyfall, both in the good and the bad.

- Peter DeBruge, Variety
Whatever parallels it shares with the Bourne series or Nolan's astonishingly realized Batman saga, Skyfall radically breaks from the Bond formula while still remaining true to its essential beats, presenting a rare case in which audiences can no longer anticipate each twist in advance. Without sacrificing action or overall energy, Mendes puts the actors at the forefront, exploring their marvelously complex emotional states in ways the franchise has never before dared.

- Robbie Collin, The UK Telegraph
Sam Mendes’s frequently dazzling, utterly audacious entry in the franchise has less in common with its much-loved predecessors than Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight. After its release in 2008 (when it left Quantum of Solace, the 22nd Bond film, trailing in its wake), Nolan’s pathbreaking superhero picture almost single-handedly reconfigured the modern blockbuster template. Like a wise old dog, 007 has studied it carefully, and learned some new tricks.

- Ryan Lambie, Den of Geek
Daniel Craig has long since placed his own stamp on Bond, and he once again brings an engaging, human dimension to this most iconic of spies. This is a Bond who’s variously tense, vulnerable, tipsy, embittered and as promiscuous as we’ve come to expect. It’s also pleasing to see Bond the detective as well as the man of action, as he uses his Sherlockian skills to entertaining effect in one small yet memorable moment.

There is now also talk that Skyfall will be up for Best Picture Oscar, which is very possible with the talents of Oscar winning director Sam Mendes on board.  

Skyfall Australian reviews are about a month away, with the film set for release here at IMAX Melbourne Museum on 22 November, 2012.

Click here to check out the trailer.

More Avatar sequel plot discussions

More Avatar sequel plot discussions

James Cameron is heading to his ‘top secret writing cave’ to get started on finishing scripts for Avatar 2 and 3 by the end of this year, but one of his greatest challenges will be avoiding what he calls “The Matrix 2’ problem.

Though he is writing and shooting Avatar 2 and 3 together, he still wants to ensure that they work as separate stories and not just as part of the larger trilogy.

“I’m writing it as separate stories that have an overall arc inclusive of the first film,” Cameron tells the LA Times.

“I don’t want to suffer from The Matrix 2 problem, where it just ends, like, what the hell? It’s gotta end. There’s gotta be a sense of conclusion, but also a sense that the journey will continue, and that’s a fine line.”

Both Avatar 2 and 3 are scheduled to entre pre-production in January 2013 with Avatar 2 looking at a 2015 release.

In an interview with Super Hero Hype Cameron confirmed once again that Avatar 2 will take us to Pandora’s oceans but “won’t take place completely in or under the water.”

“That’s just part of the environment of Pandora that we’re going to see,” Cameron added.

The possibility of Avatar 4 is still in discussions which Cameron has said won’t be a sequel, but a prequel. But before this gets under way, Producer Jon Landau mentioned that Cameron will be turning his attentions to the long-gestating Battle Angle.  To read more click here

Bruce Boxleitner to introduce special TRON LEGACY screening @ IMAX!

Bruce Boxleitner to introduce special TRON LEGACY screening @ IMAX!

IMAX Melbourne and ARMAGEDDON Expo 2012 are delighted to be able to host an exclusive screening of TRON LEGACY in IMAX 3D on Friday October 12th at 7:30pm with special guest Bruce Boxleitner introducing the film and conducting a Q&A session from 6:30pm.

Boxleitner played the title role in the original Tron (released in 1982) and reprised his role in the Tron sequel Tron Legacy (released in 2010) and in the video game Tron: Evolution released alongside the movie, as he did for sequel video game named Tron 2.0. Boxleitner is also set to lend his voice to the animated version of his iconic character of Tron in the upcoming animated series Tron: Uprising. The series is planned to premiere on Disney XD in summer, 2012.

Boxleitner will conduct a Q&A session from 6:30pm, introducing the IMAX 3D screening of TRON LEGACY at 7:30pm. A special meet and greet opportunity will be available for a limited number of VIP ticket holders from 6pm and those guests will also receive their own genuine IMAX TRON LEGACY poster personally autographed by Boxleitner.

Ticket information is as follows:

General Admission Tickets - $35.00

  • TICKETS ON SALE NOW - Click HERE to purchase
    • 6:30pm to 7:30pm - Q&A session in IMAX theatre
    • 7:30pm to 9:45pm - IMAX 3D screening of TRON LEGACY
    • Cash bar & candy bar
    • General admission seating (on first come basis)

VIP Tickets - $75.00 (limit 50 x people)  - SOLD OUT

  • TICKETS ON SALE NOW - SOLD OUT
    • 6:00pm to 6:30pm - Meet & greet opportunity with Bruce Boxleitner
    • 6:30pm to 7:30pm - Q&A session in IMAX theatre
    • 7:30pm to 9:45pm - IMAX 3D screening of TRON LEGACY 
    • Genuine IMAX Tron Legacy poster signed by Boxleitner
    • Preferential IMAX seating choice (VIP ticket holders enter the theatre first)
    • Drink on arrival + choctop (cash bar & candy bar thereafter)


Please Note: no guest photography is permitted at any time during this special event. Customers wishing to purchase official photos with Mr. Boxleitner are reminded that they can do so at ARMAGEDDON Expo 2012

 

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Armageddon Expo 2012 returns to the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on October 13 and 14 for two days of gaming, comics, collectibles, laser tag, wrestling and appearances by international celebrities from TRON, Supernatural, Stargate, Justice League and Leverage, just to name a few.

Date set for The Hobbit Trilogy’s third film

Date set for The Hobbit Trilogy’s third film

Peter Jackson’s third film in The Hobbit trilogy is set to be released on 18 July, 2014 and will be called The Hobbit: There And back Again. This was originally the title for the second film, which will now be called The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.

The Hobbit: There And Back Again will be an action spectacle and an emotional conclusion for this much-anticipated trilogy.

So here is a sum up of The Hobbit trilogy titles and Australian release dates-

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey 3D – 26 December, 2012

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug 3D- 26 December, 2013

The Hobbit: There And back Again 3D- 18 July, 2014

All three films will be released at IMAX Melbourne Museum in stunning IMAX 3D.

OBLIVION announced for IMAX release

OBLIVION announced for IMAX release

In partnership with Universal Pictures, IMAX Corporation has just announced that OBLIVION will be released exclusively in IMAX on April 12, 2013, one week ahead of its wide release on April 19, 2013. The action-adventure starring Tom Cruise marks director Joseph Kosinski’s second IMAX release following 2010’s TRON: LEGACY.

Exclusively in IMAX, OBLIVION will feature a larger aspect ratio, in key sequences, compared to the traditional release. This aspect ratio, which is optimised to take advantage of the IMAX screen, will allow audiences to see more of the image and result in a full panorama of the action – further immersing them into the vast scale and scope of the film.

Tom Cruise stars in OBLIVION, an original and groundbreaking cinematic event from the director of TRON: LEGACY and the producer of RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES. On a spectacular future Earth that has evolved beyond recognition, one man’s confrontation with the past will lead him on a journey of redemption and discovery as he battles to save mankind.

Jack Harper (Cruise) is one of the last few drone repairmen stationed on Earth. Part of a massive operation to extract vital resources after decades of war with a terrifying threat known as the Scavs, Jack’s mission is nearly complete.

Living in and patrolling the breathtaking skies from thousands of feet above, his soaring existence is brought crashing down when he rescues a beautiful stranger from a downed spacecraft. Her arrival triggers a chain of events that forces him to question everything he knows and puts the fate of humanity in his hands.

OBLIVION was shot in stunning digital 4K resolution on location across the United States and Iceland.

Watch this space for more updates closer to release

THE HOBBIT to become three

THE HOBBIT to become three

From the words of Professor Tolkien himself, “a tale that grew in the telling.” Well it certainly did!

After wrapping up 266 days of principal photography, Jackson sat down with his team and watched an early cut of the first HOBBIT movie and a large part of the second. They were very pleased with how the story was unfolding but this question was raised, “do we take this chance to tell more of the tale? And the answer from our perspective as the filmmakers, and as fans, was an unreserved ‘yes',”Jackson comments on his Facebook page.

“We know how much of the story of Bilbo Baggins, the Wizard Gandalf, the Dwarves of Erebor, the rise of the Necromancer, and the Battle of Dol Guldur will remain untold if we do not take this chance.  The richness of the story of THE HOBBIT, as well as some of the related material in the appendices of THE LORD OF THE RINGS, allows us to tell the full story of the adventures of Bilbo Baggins and the part he played in the sometimes dangerous, but at all times exciting, history of Middle-earth.

"So, without further ado and on behalf of New Line Cinema, Warner Bros. Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Wingnut Films, and the entire cast and crew of The Hobbit films, I'd like to announce that two films will become three.”

This means we will now have three amazing HOBBIT films to feast our eyes on in IMAX 3D. The first film in the trilogy, THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY 3D will be released on Boxing Day this year. The second film, previously known as THE HOBBIT: THERE AND BACK AGAIN, will be released a year later but under a new title. The third film is scheduled to appear in winter 2014.

THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN check in and win!

THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN check in and win!

To celebrate the launch of THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 3D at IMAX Melbourne Museum, we are giving away 50 Limited Edition AMAZING SPIDER-MAN T-shirts during the opening week.

To win, simply buy a ticket to see THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN at the IMAX Melbourne Museum Box Office or online, and then when you come in to see the film, check-in to IMAX Melbourne through Facebook, Foursquare or Twitter. Be sure to mention THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN in your check-in. Show our friendly IMAX staff at the Box Office your check-in post and the first 50 people will receive their limited edition T-shirt! It’s that easy!

This offer will open from the first session of THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN on Wednesday 4 July and ends when 50 people have claimed their T-shirts.

STAR TREK 2 and THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE set to use IMAX cameras

STAR TREK 2 and THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE set to use IMAX cameras

Some exciting 2013 IMAX movie release information was just announced by IMAX Corporation this week.

The sequel to J.J. Abrams 2009 blockbuster, STAR TREK, is set to be released in immersive IMAX 3D and include IMAX sequences.

Following on the heels of Paramount Pictures’ and Bad Robot’s 2011 hit, MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – GHOST PROTOCAL, J.J. Abrams has also taken full advantage of the IMAX camera as well as the clarity and scope that The IMAX Experience provides in order to transport fans into the 23rd century world of STAR TREK. Several key sections of the film featuring big action scenes have been captured with IMAX cameras, which has become an integral tool for visionary filmmakers to tell their amazing stories. STAR TREK 2 3D will be released on 17 May, 2012.

Director Francis Lawrence will also utilise IMAX cameras in filming portions of the second film in the widely popular franchise. THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE is set for release on 22 November, 2013.

Exclusively in IMAX theatres, sequences shot with the extremely high-resolution cameras will expand to fill the entire screen with unprecedented crispness and clarity, putting moviegoers right into the action.

For more info go to http://www.imax.com/

Possible PROMETHEUS sequels in discussion

Possible PROMETHEUS sequels in discussion

Despite the intense secrecy surrounding PROMETHEUS and its story plot, co-writer Damon Lindelof has hinted to fans that the upcoming sci-fi thriller may lead to sequels.

In a recent studio sponsored question and answer session, Lindelof said, “If you like it and want more, there is TOTALLY a design for this story to continue in cool and unexpected ways."

After seeing all the recently released trailers and featurettes, we now have good reason to believe that PROMETHEUS definitely ‘has strands of ALIEN’S DNA’ and we are sure fans will be very excited to know that this franchise will continue.

However Lindelof still remains vague about the plot on Twitter.

"If we did our job right, both," Lindelof tweeted. "The characters ask questions. They get answers. Then they run and scream a lot."

To read more check out the MSN Entertainment article.

PROMETHEUS: THE IMAX 3D EXPERIENCE opens at IMAX Melbourne Museum on 7 June, 2012. Tickets are on sale now!

James Cameron commits to only making AVATAR movies

James Cameron commits to only making AVATAR movies

James Cameron is a busy man, working on the next AVATAR sequels, diving to record breaking depths and acting as an American film industry tourism ambassador to China. So how much time does he have left for making movies?

“I’m in the AVATAR business. Period. That’s it.” James Cameron said in an interview with The New York Times from his China trip.

“I’m making AVATAR 2, AVATAR 3 and maybe AVATAR 4 and I’m not going to produce other people’s movies.”

Cameron is a strong believer that everything he needs to say, in terms of the state of the world, can be done so within the AVATAR landscape and anything that can’t be said through this can be portrayed in his documentaries.

Cameron is currently working on the Deep Sea Challenge project, in which he made a record breaking solo dive to the earth’s deepest point. He plans to turn this into a documentary film with a planned release for early next year.

We’re sure the question on everyone’s lips is, how is AVATAR'S production going? Well, Cameron also mentioned a bit more about its progress, “We’ve spent the last year and a half on software development and pipeline development.”

“So we’ve been mostly working on the tool set, the production pipeline, setting up the new stages in Los Angeles, setting up the new visual effects pipeline in New Zealand, that sort of thing. And, by the way, writing.”

So, will the next AVATAR sequels be the last time we see James Cameron’s ingenious talent for making movie blockbusters? We will have to wait and see.....

To read more check out The New York Times and Cinemablend stories.

Go big or stay home. The Dark Knight Rises will now include over an hour of IMAX footage!

Go big or stay home. The Dark Knight Rises will now include over an hour of IMAX footage!

In an interview with Chris Nolan, The Wall Street Journal has just confirmed that The Dark Knight Rises will include over one hour of IMAX footage.

For those of you that are unaware of what this means, selected scenes from The Dark Knight Rises will expand to completely fill our giant IMAX screen, that’s a full 7 storeys high and 23 meters wide of Batman and Bane. IMAX fans that watched The Dark Knight here at IMAX Melbourne Museum, which included 40 minutes of IMAX footage, will advocate that it will blow your mind!

Nolan’s childhood love and wonder for IMAX films has made him the IMAX pioneer he is today, insisting on using IMAX cameras to film parts of his latest Batman epic The Dark Knight Rises.

Nolan reminisces about his childhood experiences visiting the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago and watching IMAX movies, "I remember looking at the audience every time a helicopter banked, and everyone was leaning slightly to the side.” “I had never seen an audience so immersed in a film."

Directors such as J.J. Abrams (Star Trek), Brad Bird (Mission: Impossible—Ghost Protocol) and Michael Bay (Transformers), have followed in Nolan’s footsteps, increasingly using IMAX cameras to shoot scenes for their movies.

Click here to read the full Wall Street Journal article, which also includes an interesting ‘past to present’ on the evolution of giant screen IMAX over the years.  

Does Prometheus share strands of Alien’s DNA ....??

Does Prometheus share strands of Alien’s DNA ....??

Although Ridley Scott himself has battled time and time again to assure us that Prometheus is not a direct prequel to Alien, but rather a stand-alone film, it has become evident that there are distinct ties between this latest release and the original Alien

Clue #1:  In a fictional TED conference (created as a viral marketing scheme by FOX to promote Prometheus), Scott introduced a very noticeable character which would further prove speculation that Prometheus is a prequel to Alien...check it out here.

Clue #2: In addition to this, in celebration of “the company's 50th anniversary" (“The Company” being Weyland Industries), FOX also launched https://www.weylandindustries.com/– a website featuring a link to this TED video as well as detailed information about Project Prometheus

The inclusion of Weyland Industries is a major focal point as it ties Alien and Prometheus together; Weyland Industries is the same company responsible for both the Nostromo (the name of the starship from Alien) and Prometheus expeditions. Scott states that this is the only tie between Alien and Prometheus, and although Prometheus may still be considered a stand alone film, the obvious connections cannot be mistaken.

Decide for yourself if Prometheus is the prequel to Alien when it opens at IMAX Melbourne Museum on 7th June...

OR .... get in early at one of two SPECIAL ADVANCED SCREENINGS on June 6th!  Tickets to these screenings go on sale Thursday 26th April!

New The Dark Knight Rises photos reveal more plot details

New The Dark Knight Rises photos reveal more plot details

The latest Summer Movie Preview issue of Entertainment Weekly includes some exciting teaser photos from The Dark Knight Rises, giving us a bit more of a sneak peek into its characters including Batman, Catwoman, Bane, Bruce Wayne, Selina Kyle, John Blake and even Lucius Fox.

The biggest reveal of the six photos released has to be of super villain Bane standing in some kind of office hold up, sporting a new vest.  Does the location suggest a take-over or robbery?  Does the outfit look like prison garb? Other interesting photos include Catwoman robbing Wayne Manor and Batman standing in the middle of the street holding a tablet device (or a giant remote control!).

With just over three months left to wait until The Dark Knight Rises hits the IMAX Melbourne Museum screen, these photos have only added to the anticipation we are all feeling.  We know Chris Nolan is going to deliver something extraordinary in this finale to the epic trilogy...but exactly what he’ll deliver by way of plot is still a mystery we can’t wait to solve.

Don’t forget that The Dark Knight Rises is set to feature nearly 50 minutes of IMAX-shot footage, roughly double the amount to The Dark Knight. The only way to experience this footage to its full affect, the way Chris Nolan intended, is to see it on a traditional giant IMAX screen. So why not see it on the world’s 3rd largest screen here at IMAX Melbourne Museum.

Tickets go on sale early June for a 19 July release.

To check out all the recently released photos and to read more click here Slashfilms.

Experience more Titanic than ever before at IMAX

Experience more Titanic than ever before at IMAX

It's been almost a century since the ill-fated Titanic's maiden voyage; and 15 years since Director James Cameron wowed us with his interpretation of its sinking.

The Academy Award-winning movie Titanic now not only returns to the big screen in state-of-the-art 3D, it bounds onto IMAX screens showing even more of the footage than ever seen before - with a taller aspect ratio than seen in the original theatre release.

'Cameron announced that since the film was shot in Super 35, they were able to remaster the entire film at a larger aspect ratio than its original (and normal 3D re-release) theatrical distribution. This means you’ll get more image at the top and the bottom, which hopefully provides a more immersive experience.' (Slashfilm).

In a featurette about Titanic's conversion into 3D, Cameron talks about the painstaking process he went through to get the conversion right.

“We cleaned it up and made it as pristine as possible before we even began the conversion process.” said Cameron.

It's not just the image that will be huge at IMAX Melbourne Museum. The IMAX print is so huge it will be delivered in a pellet and weighs over half a tonne.

Titanic 3D opens at IMAX Melbourne Museum on 5 April 2012. For more information, visit this link.

The Dark Knight Rises - most anticipated hero flick

The Dark Knight Rises - most anticipated hero flick

A survey of more than 50 thousand movie fans in the USA has revealed that of the three superhero flicks set to be released in the US summer (our winter), The Dark Knight Rises is by far the most highly anticipated.

The final instalment in Director Chris Nolan's epic Dark Knight saga didn't just take the majority of the votes, it won the viewers choice by a landslide: with 60% of the people surveyed voting it more exciting than 'The Avengers' and 'The Amazing Spider-Man'. 

Director Chris Nolan also got a glowing review, with 85% of those surveyed voting him as their favourite superhero filmmaker, over Joss Whedon (13%) and Marc Webb (just over 1%).

And survey results reveal that The Dark Knight Rises villain Bane (played by Tom Hardy), is the new character that that fans were most excited to see from the comic book film releases.

To read more view the IGN post here.

The expected release date for The Dark Knight Rises is 19 July. Read more here.

500 flying monsters to hit Melbourne!

500 flying monsters to hit Melbourne!

In celebration of Sir David Attenborough’s BAFTA-winning movie Flying Monsters 3D coming to Melbourne, IMAX Melbourne Museum will be hosting a kite-flying event at 11:00am on Saturday 31 March.

The first 500 people who turn up to the plaza on Rathdowne Street Carlton (outside IMAX) at 11:00am on Saturday 31 March will get to take home their own free Flying Monsters kite!

If the weather is nice, 2005 World Kite Flying Champion Jo Baker will demonstrate flying huge kites and you can have a go yourself.

Flying Monsters kite-flying event

11:00am, Saturday 31 March 2012

Rathdowne Street Plaza, (outside IMAX Melbourne Museum)

Carlton South

NOTE: If weather conditions are bad, IMAX Melbourne Museum will still give away Flying Monster kites to the first 500 people who turn up at 11:00am. You can also take part in free school holiday activities in the IMAX foyer.

220 Million years ago, as dinosaurs were taking control of the Earth; another reptile was beginning its domination of the skies: the pterosaur. With wingspans of up to 40 feet, pterosaurs were equal in size to modern day jet planes.

In Flying Monsters 3D, Sir David Attenborough seeks to uncover the truth about the mysterious and enigmatic pterosaur and to find out how and why these ‘flying monsters’ managed to defy gravity and fly.

Flying Monsters 3D opens at IMAX Melbourne Museum on 22 March 2012. Check out the Flying Monsters 3D trailer here

John Carter 3D

John Carter 3D

Occasionally, a movie will evoke strong opinions, dividing critics and fans. John Carter 3D is certainly one of them. 

The adaption of the 100 year old tale written by Edgar Rice Burrough has split the opinions of many film critics and fans.  Some have canned it, calling it a 'non event' (Leigh Paatsch, Herald Sun), while others have sung its praises, calling it a 'science fiction movie that was both rich in detail and layered with plot'. (Mark Tucci, The Movie Guys).

With the mixed reviews, many fans have started taking matters into their own hands to convince Disney to stick with the franchise. One fan even went to the length of setting up a Facebook page called 'Take me back to Barsoom! I want John Carter to have a sequel!', which attracted 3,000 facebook followers in 30 hours. 

The hashtag #gobarsoom has also attracted a strong following, along with the website http://thejohncarterfilms.com, where fans are going to share tips on how to help increase the chances of a second John Carter movie being made.

This hotly debated movie is now showing at IMAX Melbourne Museum.

Scene is set for John Carter

Scene is set for John Carter

Only days before its release, Disney has released an official trailer featuring the first ten minutes of John Carter 3D (which opens at IMAX Melbourne Museum on Thursday 8 March).

The clip, which can be seen at this link sets the scene of how the tale of John Carter came to be told by Edgar Rice Burroughs (the author behind Tarzan and this 100 year old tale of John Carter).

The clip also establishes the character of civil war veteran John Carter (Taylor Kitsch), before he is inexplicably transported to Mars.

Rather than post a spoiler, Big News will leave it up to our readers to choose whether to view the clip before the release of John Carter at IMAX Melbourne.

For session times or to watch a short (less revealing) trailer, visit the IMAX Melbourne Museum website. And to get all the latest John Carter news tips, follow #gobarsoom on twitter.

 

Out of the cave

Out of the cave

Entertainment Weekly have a real treat for movie buffs: a feature article on The Dark Knight Rises.

Although there is still six months before its scheduled release, there has been huge demand for information about the final chapter in Director Chris Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy. But in most instances the team involved have remained very tight lipped.

This week – Entertainment Weekly is delivering both a cover shot of Christian Bale as Batman and an article about the caped crusader that features some comments from Director Chris Nolan and actor Christian Bale.

Nolan talks to Entertainment Weekly about the political subtext of The Dark Knight Rises and also address the question that has been on everybody’s lips, will Bane’s voice be too muffled to understand?

“I think when people see the film, things will come into focus,” said Director Chris Nolan.  

“Bane is very complex and very interesting and when people see the finished film people will be very entertained by him."

The cover shot features a very strong and stern looking Christian Bale, suited up as Batman. And with all eyes on Bale to bring home another quality performance, the actor describes how he’s felt about the final movie.

“I can tell you the truth because I’m done with it: I felt immense pressure,” Christian Bale tells EW. “And I think it’s a good pressure, because you owe it to the films — and the people’s expectations — to make great work.”

The magazine will hit stands in the USA within the next 24 hours, but unfortunately, is not available in Australia. However, it is available for download for certain computers and phone apps.

To read more visit www.ew.com

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Return to the magic of Middle Earth with 2012’s most anticipated film; The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. 

From Academy Award® winning filmmaker Peter Jackson, comes the giant screen adaptation of the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien.    Filmed as a two part epic fantasy film (the second movie is pegged for release in Dec 2013), both are once again set in Middle-earth, 60 years before Frodo’s adventures in Lord Of The Rings. 

For those unfamiliar with the story,  The Hobbit it is essentially a prequel to Lord of the Rings, following the quest of Bilbo Baggins as he sets out to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome dragon Smaug.  It is during a daring escape from the Goblin Tunnels that Bilbo meets Gollum, a creature that will change his life forever, and also gain possession Gollum’s ‘precious’ - a ring that is tied to the fate of all of Middle-earth.

Much like Tolkien himself, who revised his original version of The Hobbit after delving into deeper, darker territory in the trilogy that followed, rumours surround Jackson’s storyline which may deviate from the book’s plot a little to help prefigure the rise of evil in Middle Earth and segway comfortably into the Lord of The Rings movie adaptation.

Whilst speculation about the plot is rife, what is certain is that the The Hobbit An Unexpected Journey is one of the most anticipated films of 2012 that will immerse viewers into the magic of Middle Earth.

CLICK HERE to view the latest trailer

Get a taste for The Hobbit

Get a taste for The Hobbit

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey tells the tale before the Lord of The Rings.

The first trailer for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey has gone viral this week, painting the picture of a young Bilbo Baggins, played by British actor Martin Freeman, who is called on by the wizard Gandalf (played by Sir Ian McKellen) to leave his comfortable life in his home in Baggin to become a reluctant hero.

"Can you promise that I will come back?" Bilbo asks.

"No," Gandalf replies "And if you do you will not be the same."

The characters featured in this trailer and the snippets of the quest that you can see unfold are all new, bar a few familiar characters from the Lord of the Rings trilogy: Bilbo, Gandalf, Galadriel and the Gollum.

Those who are long familiar with the writings of J.R.R. Tolkien will know that this is the beloved tale that needed to be told – where the Hobbits first make the connection with the Gollum and 'the ring' that later becomes the most coveted item in The Lord of the Rings Trilogy.

The most exciting and chilling moment featured in the trailer, shows a somewhat naive and gullible Bilbo Baggins introducing himself to the Gollum, to be met with a chilling response. "Baggins's, what is the Baggins's?... Precious".

The cinematography featured in the clip looks gorgeous, in keeping with what we have come to expect from Peter Jackson from The Lord of the Rings.

To watch the trailer, visit this link.  

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is expected to release on December 14, 2012.

50 mins of epic footage!

50 mins of epic footage!

Director Christopher Nolan has told slashfilms that The Dark Knight Rises will contain around 50 minutes of footage shot with IMAX cameras. That's around double the amount of IMAX footage seen in The Dark Knight!

The Dark Knight Rises is set to be only the fourth Hollywood feature film to include sequences shot with IMAX cameras that fill our entire seven storey screen: after The Dark Knight, Transformers-Revenge of the Fallen and Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol.

It's clear from the latest twitter hashtag trends #operationearlybird and #thefirerises that the six minute prologue for The Dark Knight Rises is one of the most anticipated releases to hit the big screen this summer.

According to Peter Sciretta from slashfilm.com, who was lucky enough to attend a special screening of the prologue in Hollywood, The Dark Knight Rises prologue will not disappoint.

'Like The Dark Knight prologue which screened before I Am Legend, this is the opening sequence from the movie. And just as The Dark Knight's prologue was not what you expected — a bank heist thriller, this also takes you to a place you never expected the story to begin. And this opening gives Tom Hardy's Bane a grand entrance,' he writes.

Sciretta writes that despite the amazing, unexpected opening to the movie, the star of The Dark Knight Rises is 'the IMAX format'.

'It is clear after seeing this sequence that The Dark Knight Rises is a must see in 70mm IMAX. I can't even imagine watching the film in digital or 35mm, missing out on much of the epic scope.' He writes.

Read the full (spoiler free) review of The Dark Knight Rises prologue here.

Or to find out more about The Dark Knight Rises at IMAX Melbourne Museum, visit this link.

IMAX Melbourne Museum is one of only two cinemas in Australia that have been selected to feature the prologue ahead of Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, which opens at 9:30pm on Wednesday 14 December 2011. Don't miss out, book tickets here.

IMAX Ghost Protocol: ‘immaculate’

IMAX Ghost Protocol: ‘immaculate’

Early reviews about Mission : Impossible – Ghost Protocol make one thing clear: if you’re planning to watch it, see it at an IMAX cinema.

There has been a lot of hype around Brad Bird’s latest contribution to the Mission: Impossible franchise,  which opens at IMAX Melbourne Museum for a special early bird screening at 9:30pm on Wednesday 14 December

Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol features around half an hour of footage shot with an IMAX camera. During those sequences, the screen opens up and completely fills IMAX Melbourne Museum’s seven storeys.

According to Louise Keller from Urban Cinefile, the IMAX footage made the experience feel real ‘we become totally immersed in the action - it's a bit like being swallowed up into the very fabric of the film and in some of the spectacular action sequences, I felt as though I should be wearing a seat belt.’

Todd McCarthy from Hollywood Reporter goes as far as to say that the film in IMAX is ‘immaculate, with incredible photographic clarity.’  

Justin Chang from Variety says that this movie is a fantastic way to showcase what is unique about the IMAX experience. He writes that Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol is ‘one of several instances in which the widescreen aspect ratio opens up to accommodate the full IMAX screen in all its giant glory.’           

Due to our use of the giant 70mm film projection system, IMAX Melbourne Museum is one of only two cinemas in Australia that has been chosen to show The Dark Knight Rises Prologue ahead of the film. One reviewer who’s been privy to a sneak peak of that has one thing to say: ‘This is one mission you absolutely should choose to accept when it opens in IMAX’. Hitfix.com

Back with more news on The Dark Knight Rises prologue soon! In the meantime, read more here.

See the Dark Knight Rises prologue here!

See the Dark Knight Rises prologue here!

Warner Bros has just confirmed that IMAX Melbourne Museum and IMAX Sydney will be showing the six minute prologue for the Dark Knight Rises, ahead of Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol screenings.

The prologue footage will only show at film based theatres with 70 millimeter projection across the globe.

Only days since filming wrapped on Chris Nolan’s ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ – which is set for release in mid 2012 - the internet rumour mill went into overdrive with speculation over which  cinemas would be selected to screen the six minute prologue to the much anticipated final chapter of the latest Batman trilogy.

Some movie blog-sites, such as www.whatculture.com even went as far as listing theatres across the globe that they believed would be showing the prologue, which mentioned IMAX Melbourne Museum, before any official announcements were made.

However, we can now confirm that Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, which opens at 9:30pm on the 14 December at IMAX Melbourne Museum.

There has also been a number of bloggers who have put up spoiler alerts, claiming that they know what The Dark Knight Rises prologue footage will contain.

If you are open to suggestion, and cannot wait, you can read about one theory at www.metro.co.uk.

In other The Dark Knight Rises news, actor Christian Bale has announced that his time playing Batman is over.

According to Us Magazine, Bale said that “I wrapped a few days ago so that will be the last time I'm taking that Batman hood off. I believe that the whole production wrapped yesterday, so it’s all done.”

Tickets to Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol are available here.

Read more about The Dark Knight Rises here.

Sources:  Us Magazine, What Culture, Metro.co.uk 

Go behind the scenes with Simon Pegg

Go behind the scenes with Simon Pegg

As IMAX Melbourne Museum counts down until December 14 at 9:30pm, when we will open Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol for its first public screening, excitement continues to build online.

Today a featurette has been posted on The Age website, featuring a behind the scenes chat with Mi4’s jokestar, actor Simon Pegg.

Pegg reveals how fun it was to work on the movie and how he now sings the theme song to motivate himself to cook or go for bike rides.

The featurette is the latest release around Mission Impossible, to generate excitement online.

In the last month we have seen numberous reviews from bloggers and critics across the globe, who were invited to IMAX cinemas to watch around 20 minutes of footage of two scenes from the film, shot with IMAX cameras. Here is one example.

The scenes revealed featured Tom Cruise climbing the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, the world’s tallest building and a sandstorm.  

The response to the footage has been overwhelmingly positive, with one reviewer stating that IMAX is the only way to see Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol.

Tickets to see Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol at IMAX Melbourne Museum will go onsale Thursday 1 December at www.imaxmelbourne.com.au

Unofficial Tin Tin credits applauded

Unofficial Tin Tin credits applauded

Animator James Curran created and posted this.  It's his own version of what he thought the opening sequence of Tin Tin could look like.

Curran's post has not only received a lot of attention from the online community, he has been recognised for his work by Hollywood heavyweight Director Steven Spielberg.

Curran created the unofficial opening  title sequence featuring characters from each of the 24 Tin Tin books. In Curran’s animation, the characters and scenes all transition into each together, backed by music composed by Ray Parker and Tom Szczesniak.

The internet is abuzz with excitement after Tin Tin co-writer Edgar Wright tweeted that Steven Spielberg saw the unofficial title sequence, invited animator James Curran to the Tin Tin premiere and offered him a job on the next movie.

Prior to this news Curran’s work was flooded with praise from fans who even suggested that ‘it should be sent to Spielberg’ and ‘if he doesn’t find out it’ll be a shame’.  

Curran’s vimeo page with the unofficial opening title sequence has more than 7,000 ‘likes’.

Note: The image featured on this page is part of the artwork from the official 2011 Tin Tin movie.

Mirrors used to shoot The Hobbit in 3D

Mirrors used to shoot The Hobbit in 3D

In a behind-the-scenes video blog, Director Peter Jackson and the film’s technical crew explain how they are using Red EPIC cameras to film the Hobbit in 3D – and are excited with the results.

The new cameras work by filming scenes using mirrors (one through it and one bouncing off a mirror), to capture the shape and size of objects and people to capture better proportions and dimension.

According to the Stereographer Angus Ward, the technology helps to create the effect of looking through two eyes and find a “convergence point.”

“You can see around someone’s face, just like when you are looking at a friend,” said Ward.

Essentially this means that the 3D objects filmed will have the capacity of both appearing to go backwards into the screen and to pop out of the screen, towards the audience.

Jackson says that shooting in 3D is “a dream come true,” and that if he had have had the ability to film Lord of the Rings in 3D he would have.

“The people who have seen scenes from The Hobbit say that it looks like there has been a hole cut out of the back of the cinema and it appears as though you are looking into the real world,” said Jackson.

He says that he is delighted that the camera system  can be made to be mobile and user friendly, as that’s what he grew accustomed to in the films that he has shot.

“The last thing that I wanted to do was restrict or change the shooting style,” said Jackson.

Jackson has also named each of the new cameras, many after his own family members.

 To find out more , watch the full video blog here.

Titanic 3D – amazing on a giant screen

Titanic 3D – amazing on a giant screen

Footage from James Cameron’s Titanic has been remastered into 3D and the result, according to Slashfilm.com, is spectacular.

Eighteen minutes of footage converted into 3D was screened to select bloggers and members of the media this week. According to one blogger the resulting experience was so good it even had some members of the media in tears.

‘It sets a bar for the 3D re-releases we’re likely to see in the future,’ writes Peter Sciretta.

Director James Cameron reportedly spent close to $20 million and took a year to convert the 15 year old 2D movie into 3D.

Sciretta suggests seeing the converted footage on the biggest screen format possible.

‘I highly recommend you see Titanic 3D in an IMAX theatre. While we did not get to experience this footage on an IMAX screen, I am convinced this will be the best possible presentation option available,’ he reports.

When James Cameron spoke to Variety, he also recommended seeing Titanic 3D in an IMAX cinema.

“You'll see a little bit more than you saw before if you see it at Imax,” said Cameron.

Details of the release of Titanic 3D are yet to be finalised.

Sources: slashfilm.com, Variety.com

Transformers 4 & 5 in the works?

Transformers 4 & 5 in the works?

According to thehollywoodreporter.com, Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner has been in talks with Transformers Director Michael Bay and series producer Steven Spielberg to make a fourth film in the Transformers franchise, after the success of Transformers: Dark of the Moon, which took more than $1.1 billion at the Box Office.

A report on Variety suggests that the deal could be even bigger than that, with Paramount in talks of filming Transformers 4 and 5 back-to-back, as was done with Pirates of the Caribbean 2 and 3 and the Matrix sequels.  

There’s also discussions of Shia LaBeouf moving on from the franchise to make way for a fresh face. One name that keeps coming up as his possible replacement is Jason Statham, but no official offers have been made.

Nothing has been set in stone, but based on Michael Bay’s current commitments, production on the next instalment/s could commence in late 2012 or 2013.

Sources: VarietySlashfilm (talks of back-to-back)Slashfilm 17 October and The Hollywood Reporter

IMAX-Mission Impossible poster

IMAX-Mission Impossible poster

An IMAX specific poster has been released for the fourth film in the Mission Impossible franschise, to celebrate an early release planned for 200 IMAX theatres across the USA on 16 December.

This is ahead of the film's release at regular cinemas in the USA, which is scheduled for 21 December 2011.

The decision to release at IMAX first is due largely to the IMAX-specific footage shot in Dubai, in which Tom Cruise can be seen scaling the world’s tallest building.

Trailers revealing the IMAX footage have already been released, revealing awe-inspiring footage that makes full use of the IMAX screen.

Australia is looking forward to an even earlier release of Ghost Protocol than the USA! Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol is scheduled to open across our country on 15 December.

Tornado Alley 3D - Exclusive Screening

Tornado Alley 3D - Exclusive Screening

Join us for a heart-pounding adventure with Sean Casey at an exclusive, pre-release screening of Tornado Alley 3D.

Want to hear firsthand what it’s really like to storm chase in the infamous Tornado Alley?  Sean Casey is in town to tell you!

Purchase a ticket to this exclusive event and you will receive a complimentary drink upon arrival¹, a Candy Bar Combo² and the opportunity to hear from Sean himself about what it's really like to be a storm chaser!  This exclusive screening will be followed by a Q + A session where you will have the opportunity to have your storm chasing questions answered in person by Sean (see below for more details).

Thursday 22nd September 2011
IMAX Melbourne Museum
Rathdowne St, Carlton, VIC

Arrival from 6.15pm for a 7.00pm start.

Tickets $45 each

CLICK HERE to buy your tickets to this exclusive event!

Ten years in the making, Tornado Alley 3D is the culmination of a personal quest by Sean to capture the birth of a tornado with an IMAX camera, and takes viewers on a breathtaking journey into the heart of the storm.  Traversing the “severe weather capital of the world,” Tornado Alley 3D documents two unprecedented missions seeking to encounter one of Earth’s most awe-inspiring events and will will take you on a thrilling quest to experience a tornado’s destructive power at point blank range, all on the worlds (3rd) largest screen!  CLICK HERE To view the trailer.
 
Got a question for Sean?
Purchase your tickets now and get the exclusive opportunity to have your most pressing storm chasing questions answered by Sean.
Simply buy your ticket and we’ll forward you an email address to send your question(s) to.  The best questions will be selected and answered by Sean after the movie during a Q + A session, and if there’s time for  more questions on the night we’ll do our best to fit them in!Please include the subject line ‘Storm Chasing question’, your name and your town/city in your response.

Click Here to BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW!
 
 
¹Beer, red or white wine, sparkling wine or softdrink.  Additional drinks will be served at bar prices.
² Regular Popcorn, softdrink or water, and a vanilla choctop

The Dark Knight Rises Teaser

The Dark Knight Rises Teaser

The “The Dark Knight Rises” teaser trailer has been posted online, giving fans a sneak peak at what we can expect from the conclusion to the Christopher Nolan trilogy.

The teaser trailer reveals a gravely ill Commissioner Gordon struggling to speak, but desperate to see the return of the caped crusader – who must have either chosen to retire or hung up his cape due to serious injury.

“The Batman has to come back,” the Commissioner says.

In the trailer we hear Bruce Wayne tell Commissioner Gordon that Batman may not exist anymore. To which he replies, “he must, he must.”

The trailer also reveals the first glimpses of Tom Hardy as the new villain Bane, who features in the Batman comics as the super intelligent baddie who broke Batman’s back.

We will have to wait until its release in July 2012 to find out if this features in the Dark Knight Rises, the epic conclusion to Christopher Nolan’s trilogy.

You can check out the trailer here

Avatar not a trilogy!?

Avatar not a trilogy!?

Hollywood Director James Cameron created a stir amongst film buffs when he denied that in making Avatar 2 & 3, he has created a trilogy.

Cameron told Fox News (via Coming Soon) that the Avatar crew shot "two films back-to-back, so I’m writing two scripts, not one, which will complete a [three]-film story arc – not really a trilogy, but just an overall character arc so I’m pretty excited about that."

Critics have been quick to question Cameron's announcement with one reviewer on Comingsoon.net writing 'Three films, same continuing story, not a trilogy. Okay James, whatever you say.'

According to Screenrant.com, Twentieth Century Fox has announced the expected release date for Avatar 2 as December 2014 and anticipate Avatar 3 to be released in 2015.  

Why Michael Bay loves 3D!

Why Michael Bay loves 3D!

Transformers: Dark of the Moon (3D) Director Michael Bay has told Hollywood Reporter about how his feelings towards making movies in 3D has blossomed into love over time, largely thanks to his movie-making mentor, James Cameron.

Michael Bay initially rejected 3D and went so far as to call the technology a “gimmick” at an awards event two years ago.  

However, when he was asked to make Transformers: Dark of the Moon in 3D , he called on his old friend James Cameron (the Director of Avatar), to show him the ropes.

Michael Bay’s feelings towards 3D technology quickly changed as he started to see the results, during the making of Transformers: Dark of the Moon (3D).

“The first day was wonderful. We were shooting our [scenes on the] moon, and it was beautiful. It really fit very natural how we were shooting, and it was just great to sculpt with space,” Michael Bay told Hollywood Reporter.

After a few highs and lows related to adjusting to the new medium, Michael Bay is very proud of the finished product of Transformers: Dark of the Moon (3D).

“It was a way to change this movie experience and a way to feel these robots. I think it worked for this picture,” he said.

Transformers: Dark of the Moon (3D) opens at IMAX Melbourne Museum on June 29 with a special midnight screening on Tuesday 28 June.  Tickets go on sale on Thursday 2 June at 11am.

To see the full Hollywood Reporter interview, visit this link.

IMAX cameras in The Dark Knight Rises

IMAX cameras in The Dark Knight Rises

Principal photography is now underway for The Dark Knight Rises which will utilise even more IMAX footage than the highly acclaimed, The Dark Knight.

The Dark Knight was the first major feature movie to be partially shot using IMAX cameras, which sparked a trend amongst Hollywood film makers. According to Warner Bros Pictures, the results of filming in IMAX cameras was 'so spectacular' that the Director wanted to 'expand the use of the large format cameras for this film.'

The Dark Knight Rises boasts a star-studded cast, including the return of Oscar winner Christian Bale as Batman/Bruce Wayne and Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle. The Dark Knight Rises is slated for release in July 2012.

New Pirates Of The Caribbean Trailer

New Pirates Of The Caribbean Trailer

The new trailer of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides reveals a sneak peak of what we can expect from the return of your favourite Johnny Depp  character, Captain Jack Sparrow, to the giant IMAX screen.

The new clip on Yahoo Movies ‘Palace Escape’, reveals Captain Jack in his usual top form, narrowly escaping from the clutches of the evil Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush).
We’ve seen him ride the sail of a sinking ship into port, miss a flying sword by barely a centimetre and catapult himself between deadly cliffs but we’ve never seen Captain Jack swing from a chandelier this big before!

If you love this clip then you should join us at the special midnight screening of the movie at IMAX Melbourne on Wednesday 18 May - come dressed as a pirate to win prizes! Tickets are now on sale, CLICK HERE to buy yours!

It’s all about the beard in Pirates 4

It’s all about the beard in Pirates 4

We can look forward to a lot of facial hair in the next instalment of Pirates of the Caribbean!

The newest villain to join the blockbuster film franchise is a character called Blackbeard, based on the most infamous pirate in history, played by Ian McShane.

 “Blackbeard is the most infamous pirate that ever lived... he never killed anybody, he just looked so fearsome," McShane told Totalfilm.com

According to McShane, his character's most recognisable feature was very difficult to work with everyday.

"It was the heaviest thing – it was like having a dead cat around my face! It was made in three or four pieces and held on by magnets and God knows what else. It took an hour and a half to put on every day," he said.

Although he loved the role, McShane says he was delighted to get rid of the beard after filming finished.

"It was a pleasure to shoot it. I was only glad it finished so I could get rid of the beard," he said.

Take a look at McShane's character Blackbeard and his impressive set of facial hair on the World's 3rd largest screen at IMAX Melbourne Museum! Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides opens at IMAX Melbourne Museum on 19 May. Visit this link to find out more.

 

Optimus Prime can fly

Optimus Prime can fly

A 30 second commercial for Transformers: Dark of the Moon released during the US Super Bowl, has film bloggers across the globe speculating about whether the film will bring us a new look Optimus Prime.

The trailer revealed a scene where Optimus uses wings or a flying device to glide above and land onto a street, to take part in a brawl of epic proportions.

According to slashfilm.com there will be wings included as part of the Mechtech Ultimate Optimus Prime Action Figure due to go on sale this winter, which is strong evidence that in Transformers: Dark of the Moon, the leader of the Autobots will now have the ability to fly.

However, rather than grow his own set of wings for the film, bloggers are describing the wings as a 'mech suit' that can be put on. It features lights, launching projectiles and electronic battle sounds.  

Audiences can not only look forward to a new look Optimus Prime, there will be two new alien bots introduced to the latest Transformers film, which is set in the middle of a city.  

Director Michael Bay told MTV that the new villain Shockwave has a much bigger gun and is "vicious". He also describe the new 'good-guy' Sentinel Prime as "great".

"I can't tell you anything else, other than he's great," said Mr Bay.

Michael Bay says that a lot of time was invested into getting the storyline right for the third Transformers instalment.

"We worked extra hard" and struck upon "a better story," said Michael Bay.

"We did not want the third one to suck."

Transformers Dark of the Moon will be available to watch in IMAX 3D. 

To read more about Optimus' new look, click here.  

 

 

The Dark Knight Rises films in IMAX

The Dark Knight Rises films in IMAX

 Christopher Nolan‘s Director of Photography Wally Pfister told the hosts of a US movie show that the opening sequence of the Dark Knight Rises will ‘blow your mind.’

“Our goal is to shoot as much in IMAX as we can. We’re going to put it on the screen, and put it on the screen big,” said Pfister.

The Director of Photography spoke openly about discussions he has had with Director Christopher Nolan, about how they can top The Dark Knight with The Dark Knight Rises.
“He’s done it, it’s a phenomenal script,” said Pfister.

Pfister says that he and Nolan went to an IMAX cinema to watch how Batman Begins and The Dark Knight will fit with the script for The Dark Knight Rises and both were excited, with Pfitzer calling The Dark Knight Rises script an ideal fit for a “perfect trilogy.” 

The Dark Knight Rises will feature an all star cast including: Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Anne Hathaway, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman and Tom Hardy.

“I really encourage everyone to see it in IMAX if they can because we’re really going for it this time,” said Pfister.

For more information click here

James Cameron talks Avatar sequels

James Cameron talks Avatar sequels

So far we know that there will be two more Avatar sequels, the next coming out on December 2014, that there will be water involved and that these films will be James Cameron’s next projects, but that’s about it.

Cameron recently had a chat to Entertainment Weekly and has revealed more details about the Avatar sequels.  “I am in the process of writing the next two Avatar films now. We are planning to shoot them together and post them together, and we will probably release them not quite back to back, but about a year apart. Christmas ’14 and ’15 is the current plan.”

Wondering what characters will make it to the sequels? Well, Cameron also said “basically, if you survived the first film, you get to be in the second film, at least in some form.” 

You will also be happy to know that Cameron has partnered with Fox and plans to donate a chuck of the profits from the sequels to environmental causes that are “at the heart of the Avatar world. I didn’t want to make more Avatar movies without a grander plan in place.” Go Cameron!

To read the full EW story click here.

Michael Bay talks Transformers 3

Michael Bay talks Transformers 3

When a movie grosses $836 million worldwide, you wouldn’t exactly call it a flop. 

However, Michael Bay seems keen to make us forget about his last movie, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, admitting that “it was kind of a mess, wasn’t it?”

The director promises that Transformers: Dark of the Moon will be a ‘lean and mean’ picture and according to the LA Times the new film is “more of a small-team, commando tendion”, or as Bay describes it, an American version of ‘Black Hawk Down’ but with giant alien robots.

”We’re back to basics. The second one was something going on inside of Sam, the way he’s affected and feeling, and that’s a hard thing to do. It’s more mystical, in a way. This one, there’s nothing mystical about it. It’s a good old-fashioned mystery and it’s a tougher movie … it’s funny but it’s not a wisecrack-funny; it’s funnier in the situation,” Bay said.

Bay is also excited to talk about his use of 3D cameras on the set of Transformers: Dark of the Moon, and is said to be impressed with his achievements so far. 

The director recently invited a small group of online journalists to a special 3D teaser trailer screening of Dark of the Moon to respond to negative 3D internet rumours. Is was said by the LA Times that reactions were more than positive.

To read the full LA Times story by Geoff Boucher click here.

IMAX Paramount 2011 release update

IMAX Paramount 2011 release update

As part of an agreement recently announced between IMAX and Paramount Pictures, two international blockbuster films- Transformers: Dark of the Moon 3D and Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol are set for a 2011 release in IMAX, with Mission Impossible to include select scenes filmed with IMAX cameras.

Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol continues the legacy of The Dark Knight and its revolutionary integration of IMAX original footage, as this fourth chapter in the Mission: Impossible franchise will feature scenes shot with IMAX cameras. These specific sequences, exclusively in IMAX, will expand on the screen and further immerse the audience in the explosive action and vast scope of the film.  

Transformers: Dark of the Moon 3D, the third film in the Transformers film series directed by Michael Bay, was originally shot in 3D and will be digitally re-mastered into IMAX’s format for presentation in IMAX® 3D. 

“When you combine the incredible storytelling talents of J.J. Abrams, Michael Bay, Brad Bird and Steven Spielberg with technologies that transport the audience into the story, you create an awe-inspiring experience that takes movie-goers to places they only dream of – and that is what the core and spirit of our partnership with Paramount Pictures is all about,” said Greg Foster, Chairman and President of IMAX Filmed Entertainment. “We are very excited to share these amazing event films with IMAX exhibitors and movie-goers and look forward to working with these brilliant filmmakers as they showcase their talents in our format.”

The Australian release date for Transformers: Dark of the Moon 3D will be on June 30, 2011 and Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol on December 15, 2011 and we are currently looking to negotiate the release of both movies here at IMAX Melbourne Museum. Stay tuned for more updates!

New Born to be Wild 3D featurette

New Born to be Wild 3D featurette

You can’t get more adorable than baby orang-utans and elephants and the new IMAX film coming up on 8 April, 2011, Born to be Wild 3D, includes some amazing IMAX 3D footage of these wild little infants. 

Born to Wild 3D tells the heartwarming story of orphaned orang-utans and elephants and the extraordinary people who rescue and raise them.

A behind-the-scenes first look at Born to be Wild 3D aired on Access Hollywood last Friday and also debuted online on Yahoo. Check out the new Featurette: Out of Control here

TRON: LEGACY SET FOR A POSSIBLE SEQUEL

TRON: LEGACY SET FOR A POSSIBLE SEQUEL

It has been said that Disney is very happy with Joseph Kosinski’s Tron sequel, Tron: Legacy and they have already announced a computer animated television series spin-off. Also, Theme Park rumours continue to surface.  

Now, according to Slashfilms, Disney has hired Tron: Legacy and Lost writers/co executive producers, Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz, to start writing up a sequel with plans to bring together the Tron story in a trilogy.

“Insiders say that Disney wants “to round the story into a trilogy”, which certainly suggests that Disney wants to include the characters introduced in the first two films, and bring the story to a conclusive ending,” Slashfilms writes.

To read the full Slashfilms story click here.

See more of Tron Legacy in IMAX 3D

See more of Tron Legacy in IMAX 3D

IMAX moviegoers are set to experience even more of the visually breathtaking 3D action of Tron: Legacy with over 40 minutes of vertically expanded IMAX 3D footage, specifically designed to maximise the IMAX canvas.  

Seven sequences on the Grid will expand on the IMAX screen, immersing you even more in the massive scope and scale of Tron Legacy.

This expanded footage is exclusive to IMAX 3D theatres and what better way to see it than on the southern hemisphere’s biggest 3D screen at IMAX Melbourne Museum. 

Tron: Legacy opens on 16 December, 2010. 

TRON: LEGACY Extreme 3D Projection

TRON: LEGACY Extreme 3D Projection

To celebrate the release of TRON: LEGACYy, Disney and ENESS put together an amazing 3D light projection skateboarding show on the IMAX Melbourne Museum plaza for three days from Wednesday 15 December.

With awesome skaters and light projection, it has to be seen to be believed - so if you missed it check out the video here  http://www.vimeo.com/17872715

The Dark Knight Rises again in IMAX!

The Dark Knight Rises again in IMAX!

Chris Nolan changed the movie going experience forever with his spectacular IMAX cityscape and action scenes in The Dark Knight. Those of you who were lucky enough to see The Dark Knight at IMAX Melbourne Museum will know exactly what we are talking about.

Nolan has now confirmed that the future of the third Batman film, The Dark Knight Rises, will be in IMAX and not in 3D, the direction that most directors and studios are now moving in.

“We want the look and feel of the film to be faithful to what has come before in the first two films,” Nolan said. “There was a large canvas and operatic sweep to The Dark Knight and we want to make a film that will carry on with that look and feel.”

Nolan plans bigger and better things for The Dark Knight Rises and believes that using IMAX and high-definition cameras will achieve that.

“The commitment to IMAX and high-definition cameras will enable Nolan to avoid the dim-image challenges that come with 3-D. He said it will let him take the third film in the series into a new stratum as far as image quality and the scale that can be achieved with that quality,” Geoff  Boucher writes in his recent LA Times, Hero Complex article.

Filming for The Dark Knight Rises begins in April 2011, with a planned release sometime in 2012.

To check out the full Geoff  Boucher article from the LA Times, Hero Complex click here

Two more avatar movies announced

Two more avatar movies announced

Did you suffer from Avatar post-Pandora depression? Well your next fix is is in the pipeline! James Cameron has just announced that he will be gracing the big screen with another two Avatar movies. The first sequel is scheduled for release in December 2014.

Cameron has promised fans that he will "not back off the throttle" with the new movies and that they will be jam-packed with the same "visual and emotional horsepower" that drove the original.

This is definitely something to get excited about!

To read more on this story go to ABC News Online CLICK HERE