December 16, 2011 |
They've done without the number this time, but anyone who cares knows that "Mission Impossible — Ghost Protocol" is really "Mission Impossible 4," the fourth time Tom Cruise's intrepid Ethan Hunt has taken on the evildoers of the world. And the fourth time a different adventurous director has orchestrated the action. Brian De Palma, John Woo and J.J. Abrams were the choices the first three times around, and the selection here is the most unexpected yet: Brad Bird, making his live-action debut after directing three exceptional animated films: "Ratatouille," "The Incredibles" and "Iron Giant.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 23, 2000
I recently attended a public meeting on the Discovery Center, the interactive science education center to be built right here in Thousand Oaks--maybe. Phase 1 is an IMAX theater. We were told that profits from ticket sales will come in after the first year. And these profits will start to fund the construction of the Discovery Center. But only if the profits come in. IMAX theaters have been successful when attached to a museum or other destination--i.e. the Grand Canyon. However, stand-alone IMAX theaters are not profitable.
August 15, 2013 |
UltraStar Cinemas of San Diego County has formed a joint venture to build more than 40 theaters in China, capitalizing on that country's growing appetite for movies. UltraStar said in a statement Thursday it had formed a joint venture with Letian Entertainment, a subsidiary of China's second-largest broadcast network, to develop and operate theaters throughout China, which is in the midst of a multiplex-building boom. The companies are expected to complete construction of three theaters by the end of 2013, with plans to build an additional 40 cinemas by the end of 2016.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 29, 2001
Editor's note: The Thousand Oaks City Council has committed $1 million toward construction of the proposed Discovery Center, which is scheduled to include an Imax theater. It seems that the Thousand Oaks City Council is the only organization in the country that has faith in Imax's profitability. Certainly the stockholders don't. Imax stock hit a low of $1.45 in recent weeks, from the high of $29 when the city approved a project last year; that's a loss of 95%. And even as the stock plummets, the co-presidents of Imax gave themselves a $975,000 bonus.
March 19, 2010
'Hubble 3D' MPAA rating: G Running time: 43 minutes Playing: At the California Science Center Imax Theater, Los Angeles
August 30, 2012
'Home Run Showdown' No MPAA rating Running time: 1 hour, 34 minutes Playing: At the Rave Motion Pictures 18 & Imax, Los Angeles
May 29, 2011 |
Director Greg MacGillivray knows a thing or two about shooting large-format films in tough locations: For 1998's "Everest," for example, he designed a lightweight, all-weather Imax camera to take up the highest mountain on Earth. But he says his new Imax movie, "Arabia 3D," opening Friday at the California Science Center, was his hardest endeavor. "At times we were in 120-degree heat" in the Saudi desert, recalled MacGillivray, 65. "When we would change rolls, which is every three minutes, we would actually put a tent over the camera.
April 12, 2012 |
At 9:30 on a recent Wednesday morning, projectionist John Sittig is stationed in the darkened, submarine-like projection room of the Cinerama Dome at the ArcLight Hollywood. Flanked by whirring machinery, he and his crew are monitoring three synchronized 1961 movie projectors, a vintage sound dubber and 85,000 feet of film (that's 16 miles). In the theater below, a panoramic view of a rustic homestead fills the Dome's expansive curved screen, which is 86 feet wide and 32 feet high.
June 7, 2013
Re "Get a film discount, then pay extra," Column, June 4 Those discounted AMC movie tickets purchased in bulk at Costco are definitely no longer the deal that they once were. Films in 3-D and Imax projections always required an extra charge above the Costco price, but I did not think AMC would tack on a $2 surcharge for ordinary screenings. AMC may be operating under the idea that the way to make up for the revenue lost because of declining attendance is to charge loyal, dependable customers even more.