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"Crap 3D Will Ruin A Perfectly Good Film": 'Gravity' Tech Chris Park Calls On Studios To Step Up Quality

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • November 12, 2013 11:31 AM
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Gravity
You may not find a more agreeable aspect this cinematic year than that of Alfonso Cuaron's masterful use of 3D in “Gravity” alongside DP Emmanuel Lubezki. Even going so far as to briefly reverse the opinion of staunchly anti-3D film critic Mark Kermode, the hit space drama is one of the few to further the format rather than cheapen it. Such acclaim affords a good measure of credibility to the discerning opinions coming from those behind the scenes, and stereo supervisor Chris Park has gone ahead and offered a few choice words on the current 3D film landscape.
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If You Want To See 5 Minutes Of 'Captain America: The Winter Solider,' You"ll Have To See 'Thor 2' In 3D

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 30, 2013 1:35 PM
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Captain America: The Winter Soldier
So, with the industry fretting this year about waning audience interest in 3D, with few of those pricier tickets being purchased on that all important opening weekend, leave it to Marvel to find a way to get nerds to dip a bit further into their comic book fund.

Box Office: 'Gravity' Soars Through 'Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs' & Leaps Over 'Runner Runner'

  • By Diana Drumm
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  • October 6, 2013 1:26 PM
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Although profits from this weekend were lower overall than those from this time last year (roughly $19 million less, or a 13.4% drop), the box office still did decently ($123 million—not too shabby) thanks to the top two films and their reportedly mind-blowing visual effects, which made filmgoers more inclined to fork over a few extra dollars for 3D and IMAX.

Alfonso Cuarón Says Most 3D Films Are "Crap" As RealD CFO Pushes Studios & Directors To Keep Using The Format

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 27, 2013 12:46 PM
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Gravity, Cuaron
Is it time to have yet another debate about 3D? Well, whether you like it or not, it's going to happen. This past summer, theater owners were beginning to wonder where the audiences were for the format, as 3D screenings began making up for just the fraction of ticket sales for some pretty big movies (25% of the total domestic gross of “Turbo,” 31% of “Monsters University” and 34% for “World War Z”). And while the reason why ticket buyers are being more cautious about paying to wear those uncomfortable glasses is up for debate, Alfonso Cuarón has summed it up pretty nicely.

James Cameron Says It's "Absolutely Inevitable" That All Entertainment Will Be In 3D

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 22, 2013 9:19 AM
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To 3D or not to 3D, that is the question, and lately, the answer from moviegoers has been: pass. As was reported earlier this month, the format has been taking some blows at the box office, with North American crowds favouring regular old 2D for the majority of their viewing experience. This summer, only 25% of total domestic ticket sales of Dreamworks' animated film “Turbo” came from those uncomfortable glasses, with 31% of sales for “Monsters University” in 3D, and only 34% for Brad Pitt's biggest grossing movie ever, “World War Z." But don't tell that to James Cameron, who sees only a bright, three-dimensional future for the format.

Johnny Depp Blames Critics For 'Lone Ranger' Flop, Damon Lindelof Mourns Blockbuster Formula & No One Likes 3D

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • August 6, 2013 9:39 AM
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From “Man of Steel” to “Star Trek Into Darkness,” incoherence in Hollywood filmmaking has attained new heights in the past few summer months, to the point where a mid-level actioner like “2 Guns” can garner appreciation simply by not leveling a city in its final reels. The center of fault seems clear—the studios and their paralyzing business models—but a recent slate of industry dealings has instead exposed confusion and frustration in all ranks.

Will You See 'Star Wars: Episode II & III' In 3D When They Hit Theaters In September & October 2013?

  • By Edward Davis
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  • November 21, 2012 3:23 PM
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With IMAX screenings all the rage, is the bloom fading on 3D? 20th Century Fox may have shelved their plans to re-release the blockbuster "Independence Day" in 3D this morning, but lest you think they've given up on the medium, think again. Announced as fall 2013 releases in late summer of this year, Fox (who has always distributed the movies for LucasFilm) has now dated the 3D re-releases of "Star Wars: Episode II - "Attack of the Clones" and "Star Wars: Episode III - "Revenge of the Sith" for September 20, 2013 and October 4th, 2013, respectively.

5 New 'Life Of Pi' Images Plus Ang Lee & James Cameron Talk 3D In New Featurette

  • By Edward Davis
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  • November 16, 2012 4:21 PM
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James Cameron is to 3D what Lyle Lanley is to monorails (sort of). Okay, he's not a total huckster per se. But is it just me, or is it semi-amusing that Cameron always surfaces in support of his beloved 3D when there's a good movie in theaters that uses the technology well (i.e. the last time he did this was when Scorsese did "Hugo")? I'm being glib and facetious, but Cameron isn't just going to endorse any old mediocre cash-grab 3D conversion (he hasn't been around to advocate Marvel films for example), but he'll always stop what he's doing to help get the word out when a real artisan is using the sterescopic tool -- hence appearing in this new featurette for Ang Lee's dazzling "Life of Pi."

Warner Bros. Confirms 'Man Of Steel' For IMAX & 3D Release

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 7, 2012 6:28 PM
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It looks like Warner Bros. wants to see as much green from "Man Of Steel" as they can. This summer, the cat was let out of the bag very early by an accidental post on the official IMAX page, but now it has been confirmed: Zack Snyder's Superman movie is getting spit-shined for a 3D and IMAX release (while also coming in regular 2D, of course).

Warner Bros. Converting Classic 'The Wizard Of Oz' To 3D For Yet Another Home Video Release

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 4, 2012 9:19 AM
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If there is one thing that the Warner Bros. home video division is great at, it's constantly releasing the same movies over and over and over again (note to Warner Archive -- you are the exception, you guys rule). It seems every few years, "Casablanca" gets put through another anniversary release or restoration with another box set or deluxe edition. Meanwhile, did you know that WB quietly snuck Orson Welles' long-awaited "The Magnificent Ambersons" onto shelves earlier this year in a barebones version with zero extras? Despite promising for years that it would get an extras-laden treatment? Face it, Bogart moves more units that Welles. And while we understand there will always be an audience for consumers who want a classic movie in their collection without having to think about it or even watch it, WB's next move is truly egregious.

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