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The Real Magic of Fantastic Beasts

Wed, 05/18/2022 - 09:26 -- Nick Dager

In Warner Bros. Pictures’ Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore, the latest feature film installment in the wizarding world created by J.K. Rowling, professor Albus Dumbledore knows the powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald is moving to seize control of the wizarding world. Unable to stop him alone, he entrusts Magizoologist Newt Scamander to lead an intrepid team of wizards, witches and one brave Muggle baker on a dangerous mission, where they encounter old and new beasts and clash with Grindelwald’s growing legion of followers. But with the stakes so high, how long can Dumbledore remain on the sidelines? To bring this epic tale to life, the filmmakers brought in award-winning visual effects studio, Digital Domain.

Fathom, Sony Bringing Fifth Element Back to the Big Screen

Tue, 05/17/2022 - 12:04 -- Nick Dager

Fathom Events and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment are giving fans a chance to relive the Summer of ’97 by bringing Luc Besson’s groundbreaking The Fifth Element back to cinemas nationwide in celebration of the film’s twenty-fifth anniversary. The two-day only presentation is in theatres on June 26 and June 29 at theatres across the United States. The theatrical presentation will also offer audiences an interview with Besson plus outtakes from the film.

Christie Acquires Brass Roots Technologies’ Assets

Tue, 05/17/2022 - 10:10 -- Nick Dager

Christie Digital Systems has acquired the assets of Brass Roots Technologies, an Allen, Texas-based technology innovation company specializing in consulting and the engineering design of advanced optics and electronics for high-performance display and imaging systems. All current employees of Brass Roots Technologies have transferred to Christie and the operations will remain in Allen, Texas under the Christie name.

Elevating the Moviegoing Experience

Mon, 05/16/2022 - 12:38 -- Nick Dager

By all accounts, CinemaCon 2022, was a huge success. Attendance at the show, which was held in late March at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, was higher than even in pre-pandemic years. The overall mood of people afterward was of a renewed sense of confidence in the motion picture business as a whole and, especially, of the future of movie theatres as the best place to fully enjoy a feature film. I recently spoke with Wim Buyens, CEO of Cinionic, the joint venture between Barco, CGS, and ALPD, to get his feedback on the show. Not surprisingly, he too left CinemaCon feeling upbeat.

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