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Paramount has issued a press release which says that  a number of its upcoming, high-profile titles will hit IMAX screens concurrent with their release in standard theaters.  

The release also reveals that portions of the new MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE movie were captured by IMAX cameras, a la THE DARK KNIGHT.  

Read on! 

Los Angeles – January 12, 2011 – IMAX Corporation (NASDAQ:IMAX; TSX:IMX) today announced an agreement with Paramount Pictures to release four of the studio’s tentpole releases in 2011 – Super 8, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol and The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn. Each film will open day-and-date in IMAX® theatres worldwide. Sony Pictures Entertainment is co-production partner on The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn and Sony Pictures Releasing International (SPRI) will handle distribution and marketing in most key territories overseas.

Transformers: Dark of the Moon and The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn, both originally shot in 3D, will be digitally re-mastered into IMAX’s format forpresentation in IMAX® 3D.

Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol continues the legacy of The Dark Knight and its revolutionary integration of IMAX original footage as this fourth chapter in the Mission: Impossible franchise will feature scenes shot with IMAX cameras. These specific sequences, exclusively in IMAX, will expand on the screen and further immerse the audience in the explosive action and vast scope of the film.

“Consumer demand for The IMAX Experience® has never been higher,” said Rob Moore, Vice Chairman of Paramount Pictures. “Coupled with the rising popularity of the IMAX brand, the growing number of IMAX screens and the increased interest from our top filmmakers to have their movies offered in this format, IMAX is and continues to be a key part of our release strategy.”

“Paramount Pictures consistently delivers top-quality, highly entertaining films that audiences love to see in IMAX, and with these new titles, we believe our 2011 lineup is on its way to becoming the most robust slate we’ve ever had,” said IMAX CEO Richard L. Gelfond. “Our growing worldwide network will enable even more movie fans to experience their favorite films in the best possible way.”

“When you combine the incredible storytelling talents of J.J. Abrams, Michael Bay, Brad Bird, and Steven Spielberg with technologies that transport the audience into the story, you create an awe-inspiring experience that takes movie-goers to places they only dream of – and that is what the core and spirit of our partnership with Paramount Pictures is all about,” said Greg Foster, Chairman and President of IMAX Filmed Entertainment. “We are very excited to share these amazing event films with IMAX exhibitors and movie-goers and look forward to working with these brilliant filmmakers as they showcase their talents in our format.”

Super 8 will be released on June 10, 2011; Transformers: Dark of the Moon will be released on July 1, 2011; Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol will be released on December 16, 2011; and The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn will be released on December 28, 2011 (US release date).


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  • Jan. 12, 2011, 1:28 p.m. CST


    by Manchinko


  • Jan. 12, 2011, 1:28 p.m. CST

    The blue highlighting hurts my eyes.

    by moorE12

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 1:33 p.m. CST

    Will Super 8 be like Inception?

    by oogles

    In the sense that there aren't any IMAX sequences? Why pay more for a movie that is just presented on a partial part of a giant screen? Ripoff.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 2:03 p.m. CST

    Imax is a ripoff - the screens should be big!

    by Quadrillionaire

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 2:08 p.m. CST

    I agree with Braindrain....

    by DellsDontBounce

    Wife and I did the iMax Experience for Star Trek and felt ripped off, so much so, she went to a real IMAX theater the next night and watched it again - at a cheaper ticket price!

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 2:16 p.m. CST

    Uhh how about giving us trailers for all those listed movies?

    by Dharma4

    Except Transformers, meh

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 2:21 p.m. CST

    Converted to IMAX

    by CaseyMcCall

    Converted to 3D. Shoot it in the format, or stay away.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 2:27 p.m. CST

    Like this... love movies in Imax


    Did you hear about the 4 Paramount flicks headed to IMAX this year?

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 2:31 p.m. CST

    Regal Opry Mills in Nashville is still closed

    by magnetoelectric

    From flood damage. I'm still sitting on two tickets I won back from Iron Man 2 promotion :(

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 2:36 p.m. CST

    "...growing number of IMAX screens..."

    by John Maddening

    Meaning the growing number of faux IMAX screens, most of which are still smaller than a lot of older movie theater's screens.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 3:27 p.m. CST

    marketing gimmick

    by spidercoz

    Unless we're talking about watching the Grand Canyon on a 7 story screen, fuck imax

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 3:37 p.m. CST


    by Corman

    I don't understand your new philosophy on leaving comments which restate the subject of the article. Like, on the "Rise of the Apes" story, you say, "Wow. WETA Digital Apes for RISE OF THE APES... not makeup. Wow." But that's what the article just said, so why restate it in the comments section? And on the post about how the recent NASA video made you think, you say, "You seen this NASA video? It made me think..." And on your list of top ten films of 2010, you say, "Harry's Top Ten Best Films of 2010!!!" And on your DVD list, you say, "Harry's 1st DVD Pick & Peeks for 2011!!! Busy boy!" I'm just wondering what the purpose of these comments is...?

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 4:04 p.m. CST

    But don't you think...

    by emteem

    ...they should film the entire movie in IMAX or not do it at all? You're going to have aspect ration changes in the middle of the movie for various scenes, and everything in the IMAX only part of the frame is just going to be filler. They're not going to hurt the standard presentation by including vital information in the parts of the frame a standard projection won't see. And don't get me started on this digital IMAX crap that's diluting the name and experience.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 4:27 p.m. CST

    How about some real IMAX shows.

    by Todaysfate

    Chronos, Fires of Kuwait, Wild California, Space Station 3D. Mars, Aliens of the Deep. Etc .... Where I live in vegas there are 5 IMAX theaters. MARS and Aliens of the Deep never showed in any of them because the owners would rather put movies you can see all over town. Harry Potter, Alice and Wonderland, etc in there. It's BS. Play actual IMAX shows in the IMAX theaters. Or dedicate at least ONE theater in this town for that.

  • It really was an exclusive event, with only about 50 theaters showing it. I had to drive through snow to see it outside of Minneapolis. That was a rather interesting IMAX Experience (well, except for the grainy-quality Sorcerer's Apprentice; that couldn't be helped since it was taken from a 60yo print). These days, there's not a whole lot to get me to see a film in Imax...except maybe Avatar. What I wish is there'd be more dome IMAX's. I remember seeing the documentary 'Special Effects' in a dome IMAX when I was 16, and they specially remade the opening to 'A New Hope' for that film. Seeing that Star Destroyer come overhead, my hands actually shook because it really did seem like you were right underneath it!!

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 6:28 p.m. CST

    Come on, Harry.

    by CaseyMcCall

    IMAX is overhyped. The blown up picture on some of those is awful. Like we now get the 'shot in 3D' tag, there should also be a 'shot in IMAX' one. Otherwise it's just a cashgrab.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 7:15 p.m. CST

    I've always loved watching movies in IMAX

    by Bass Ackwards

    Apparently a lot of you have had bad experiences, or are just being weirdly contrarian. But even watching movies just blown up for the screen were pretty kick ass. Though now that our local AMC has a fake IMAX our real IMAX has stopped playing features, but back when they were I dug the hell out of it.

  • HD porn is nothing short of terrifying, but This could be an epic date movie experience.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 9:33 p.m. CST

    Incredible storytelling techniques of... MICHAEL BAY!!!

    by Larrylongballs

    Do you guys not read this shit before you publish it?

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 9:35 p.m. CST

    "Regal Opry Mills in Nashville is still closed"

    by F-18

    Fuck that mall. I hope it never re-opens. I'm still bitter about Opryland being closed and torn down to build it.

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 12:54 a.m. CST

    "One of these things is not like the others..."

    by SingingHatchet

    Sing it with me! Can you guess which one before the song is done: J.J. Abrams, Michael Bay, Brad Bird, and Steven Spielberg (Answer: D Y MB! Take your lame TINO trash and stick it in your exhaust shaft)... But otherwise, enjoy your wealth and fame and all, 'cause, you know, you only live once.

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 1:01 a.m. CST

    How about Tree of Life for IMAX?

    by SoupDragon

    I hope 2011 is the year some non-franchise movies start to get first-run IMAX releases and Tree of Life would be a very good candidate for this. Granted, it wasn't shot in that format, but anyone who saw that trailer must be wondering what the film would look like on an IMAX screen.

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 1:36 a.m. CST

    Harry's "comments" are the real marketing gimmick

    by onezeroone

    Is there a way to delete/hide/thumb-down/dislike all comments by Harry? Nope? Thought so. Kinda sad to see Harry whoring himself to social networking sites and search engines, after whoring himself to the studios.

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 4:47 a.m. CST

    Super 8 blown up to IMAX sounds pretty weird

    by Bodenland Unbound

    Can you imagine super 8 footage blown up to IMAX? Lots of grain, yeah!