How Avatar is creating a 3-D hell for movie theaters
According to msnbc, by the end of March there'll only be about 3,900 to 4,000 3-D-ready screens available in the U.S. and Canada. But since a movie in wide release in North America will typically be shown on 3,000 to 10,000 screens, that leaves those three new 3-D movies going to war for your eyeballs. Each will likely end up with less of a chance to catch your attention because some theaters with only one or two 3-D screens will have to choose which movies to show in 3-D.
There are 19 3-D movies scheduled for release this year, including Toy Story 3, Shrek Forever After and Megamind. But don't worry—by the time Tron Legacy hits theaters Dec. 17, the number of 3-D screens in North America should reach around 5,000.
Marcus Theatres® to Install Digital RealD 3D Systems in Eight 70-Foot-Wide UltraScreens®
Marcus Theatres®, a division of The Marcus Corporation (NYSE: MCS), today announced it will install digital 3D systems in eight of its signature 70-foot-wide UltraScreens® in select theatre locations and will be branded as UltraScreen XL3D.
Is This The First Look At Ridley Scott's 3D Epic THE FOREVER WAR??
If you are unacquainted, here is the synopsis of Scott's planned stereoscopic 3D Sci-Fi epic: An elite task force returns home after a brief interstellar military operation, but discovers that 20 years have past and the planet they once knew is completely different. Based on Joe Haldeman's 1974 novel "The Forever War".
Shark Night 3D to be the “Jaws of the 3D generation”
Shark Night 3D will be directed by the man behind 2009’s Final Destination 3D, David R.Ellis. According to reports, the movie will primarily use animatronics rather than CGI and will have Deep Blue Sea’s, Will Conti working with the technology.
Hollywood’s renaissance with 3D is proving not to be marketing hype, as major theatrical releases in the former gimmicky format since Avatar have accounted for 33% of the total box office, according to a trade group study.
The International 3D Society (I3DS) found that 3D movies have ranked No. 1 at the box office for 10 out of 14 weeks this year.
Clash of the Titans, How to Train Your Dragon, Alice in Wonderland and Avatar have generated $1.2 billion in domestic ticket sales out of a total of nearly $3.6 billion.
3D ticket sales for Alice and Dragon have accounted for 65% the films’ domestic revenue and 80% for Avatar – the top grossing movie in history.
Exclusive Info: Hold Your Breath - THE DIVE Will Be Up Next!!
THE DIVE is going to be a spectacular movie! It should be the pinnacle of everything that Cameron has achieved with underwater work in his career because now he is using 3D. Yes, THE ABYSS was a staggering accomplishment, but I look for realism, elegance and of course that relationship between Pipin and Audrey to be front and center.
LAS VEGAS -- Hiroshi Yoshioka, Sony's executive deputy president and president of its consumer products and devices group, added his voice to the growing chorus of pleas for quality 3D during the National Association of Broadcasters convention in Las Vegas.
"Poorly executed 3D is harmful, and it threatens its long-term success," he said during his keynote Monday. "Remember that 3D is a natural experience; it is how most of us see the world everyday. We must give consumers great 3D that looks natural and feels wonderful."
Several speakers have spoken up for quality 3D, a hot-button topic since the poorly received stereo conversion of Warner Bros.' "Clash of the Titans" worried and even angered many stakeholders in the burgeoning 3D market.
Pointing to the chain of Sony's 3D technologies from production and theatrical exhibition to the home market, Yoshioka said, "every link of the chain had be strong, and 3D also requires a total workflow."
Speaking at the National Association of Broadcasters in Las Vegas April 14, Jeffrey Katzenberg, DreamWorks Animation CEO, said 3D is reversing a trend of people staying home to watch movies, and that 3D box office receipts can offset the decline in DVD sales, The Associated Press reported.
Martin Scorsese Announces First 3D Project! HUGO CABRET Starts Shooting This June!!
Jim here. Exciting News!! If you have been reading MarketSaw, then you know already that Martin Scorsese has been harboring a deep desire to shoot a movie in stereoscopic 3D.
That day, ladies and gentlemen, has come! According to Variety, the bestselling children's book from Brian Selznick entitled HUGO CABRET will be transformed into a modern S3D film by the master himself.
The story is about a 12 year old orphan who solves a mystery about a broken robot. It will be Scorsese's first family oriented film.
Recent Sony 4K Projector Installations Pushing Not Only 3D Movies, But 3D Sports, Concerts and Gaming!
Here is an update on how Sony is doing with their 4K digital projector installations and associated RealD 3D deployments. Muvico Theaters, Uptown Entertainment and Wildwood theaters have installed the systems and couldn't be more thrilled. Each are looking for premium entertainment experiences for their customers and it seems that Sony has fit the need. And as you'll read, it is not only about the movies:
Avatar Re-Release in August With New Footage! And Avatar 2 Will Explore Pandora's Oceans!
JC: We’re working on finishing an additional six minutes of the film -- which includes a lot of Weta work -- for a theatrical re-release in August.
And Avatar 2 will focus on the oceans of Pandora.
JC: We created a broad canvas for the environment of film. That’s not just on Pandora, but throughout the Alpha Centauri AB system. And we expand out across that system and incorporate more into the story – not necessarily in the second film, but more toward a third film. I’ve already announced this, so I might as well say it: Part of my focus in the second film is in creating a different environment – a different setting within Pandora. And I’m going to be focusing on the ocean on Pandora, which will be equally rich and diverse and crazy and imaginative, but it just won’t be a rain forest. I’m not saying we won’t see what we’ve already seen; we’ll see more of that as well.
Looks like I'll have to wait for those sequels to Enemy of the State, Hancock and Independence Day a little longer, as Will Smith has officially signed on for a third outing of the Men in Black series along with Tommy Lee Jones, according to Barry Sonnenfeld. The director, who helmed the first two installments, told Roger Friedman of Showbiz 411 that he's ready to roll on Men in Black 3D -- and don't act surprised about that D at the end -- just as soon as the script is good to go.
Sam Mendes, who sits atop the short list of director candidates, is set to fly in from London in the next few weeks to meet with studio chief Rich Ross and other Disney executives. As we wrote yesterday, Mendes has time on his hands now that James Bond 23 is on the skids (and is undoubtedly looking for a big commercial film anyway, as directors coming off underperformers are wont to do).
The clips included converted shots from Piranha 3-D and Iron Man. Every piece of Iron Man's armor was rendered in impeccable detail, and the intricate debris, smoke, and fire from an explosion was given clear and distinct depth. The shots from Piranha were equally impressive, demonstrating a virtuosity for converting live action. All the 3D was crisp and rounded, with objects distributed throughout the stereospace instead of all bunched together in planes. The footage completely avoided the flatness and blurriness that plague bad conversion jobs.
I hope when PIRANHA 3D is released, it looks far better than the abysmal conversion job on the trailer that has been attached to a few recent 3-D features. It was simply terrible; if the feature went out with conversion that bad it would be a disaster. The CLASH conversion is a masterpiece compared to the conversion on that trailer.
MORTAL ENGINES is definitely a GO! And it WILL BE in stereoscopic 3D!! It is extremely hard to get any information on this project at all - but you know us, we are in there digging all the time :-) Peter Jackson is both Director and Producer on this project. Mortal Engines is based on a series of five books by Phillip Reeve set in a devastated post annihilation world. Huge floating cities roam the skies and do battle with one another.