Earlier this month Paramount announced that it would release two upcoming films on home video and streaming just 17 days after they’ve been in theaters. But Regal, the nation’s largest movie chain, isn’t interested in being part of its piracy-fighting experiment.
Google Glass is often viewed with disdain in public spaces, and now that includes the cinema. The Motion Picture Association of America and the National Association of Theater Owners have decided to ban the device and its ilk from movie theaters nationwide.
TVs are getting bigger, their resolutions higher, and overall, home theater systems are giving people a reason to stay home. So to reel people back in to the box office, Hollywood is taking a cue from the 60s by installing even bigger screens in theaters.
Fans eager to see Guardians of the Galaxy got a disappointing surprise at a Regal Cinemas this week. The debut-seeking crowd watched in horror as the screen before them played the open scene not of the badass comic-based movie, but of 2012's Dreamworks kids flick, Rise of the Guardians. Not the same!
Futurist-minded weirdos were dreaming up 3D movies as early as the 1910s, back when feature-length films were still in their infancy. But in 1928 the hot new techno-hype was all about television: specifically, 3D TV that people could watch in a theater. Complete with that newfangled sync-sound!
Your garden-variety multiplex probably resembles a concrete box with interiors sporting giant movie ads and sterile seating areas. But there are still a number of surviving theaters that show off the glamour and scope of cinema in its heyday. Photographer Franck Bohbot's recent series documents just that.
Before digital took over, a theater's projectionist used to be an essential part of the business. Their mastery of the equipment made a trip to the movies possible. A series of photos by Joseph O. Holmes documents the remains of a dying profession.
Seeing an IMAX movie is impressive, sure, but what's even more impressive is watching an IMAX theater get built. The world's largest no less. It's a feat.
There is a tech bubble because the people making the things are unable to relate to the people who should be using the things. Judgment is run through a series of prisms, mufflers, and tubes filled with iced coffee—and the people who invest the big money think something like this is a good idea:
Going to the movies is expensive. Here in New York a regular adult ticket costs about $12, which doesn't even include the price of popcorn and soda. MoviePass, which is currently in beta, wants to fix this by offering an all-you-can-watch subscription to the movies.
There are plenty of people now who think the cable companies are nothing but a cabal of greedy assholes. But you know who hated the cable companies more? Movie theaters and broadcast networks in the 1970s.
Smartphone-powered movie theaters in public spaces? Want. It's like a park barbecue. Stake your claim, dock your phone, load up some footage and enjoy. But hopefully they don't all lop off part of the screen like this one. [Design Boom]
Remember that impossibly-bad sounding idea of renting a movie on-demand for $30? (But only if it's not too successful!) Well it's not bad enough to fly under the radar of theater owners, infuriated by the thought of lost profits.
Movie theaters are already watching you; in an effort to curb piracy, many theaters have systems that pinpoint camcorder-wielding patrons. But the next generation of those systems will be watching for something else entirely: how much you're enjoying the movie.
Variety recently talked to Jeffrey Katzenberg, CEO of DreamWorks Animation, about the state of 3D film making. Katzenberg promptly released the Kraken on Clash of the Titans. Here's why he thinks it could spell the end of 3D.
Getting in a quick word during a movie will no longer be safe if Regal has anything to do with it. They have begun a program at 25 different locations where frequent movie goers, who are more mature (not 14-year-old kids), will receive a pager-like device. From the pager you can push a button if there is a disruption…