April 11, 2014 |
Richard Power Hoffmann's lightbulb moment - a beautifully simple, why-hasn't-anyone-thought-of-this idea - is now being projected through the twin 15-kilowatt xenon short-arc lamps of IMAX theaters. "Watermelon Magic," the charming, 30-minute tale of a little girl (Sylvia Green Hoffmann, the director's daughter) and a patch of watermelons, was shot with his Canon 5D still camera. Hoffmann employed the technique in his 2007 shorts "Fridays At the Farm" and "Prayer For Philadelphia," winner of that year's Great Expectations: Citizen Voices on Philadelphia's Future competition (cosponsored by The Inquirer)
April 5, 2013 |
WHO AMONG us can honestly claim to look better today than we did 20 years ago? Those who do likely credit advancements in cosmetic surgeries and antiaging techniques, which polish our blemishes and restore surface beauties. The same goes for "Jurassic Park. " Steven Spielberg's edge-of-your-seat blockbuster celebrates its 20th anniversary with a 3-D Imax restoration that improves digital effects considered spectacular during the film's first go-round. The enthralling man-vs.-nature parable based on the late Michael Crichton's best-selling novel hasn't aged one bit. But the upgrade allows Spielberg's larger-than-life dinosaurs to fit perfectly on today's enlarged Imax screens - and occasionally terrify audiences when those beasts reach out and appear to be going for their popcorn.
November 12, 2012 |
LOS ANGELES - James Bond's "Skyfall" has extended its worldwide box-office rule to North America, hauling in a franchise-record $87.8 million in its first weekend at U.S. theaters. Adding in $2.2 million from Thursday night previews at IMAX and other large-format theaters, "Skyfall" has taken in $90 million domestically, according to studio estimates Sunday. That lifts the worldwide total for "Skyfall" to $518.6 million since it began rolling out overseas in late October. The third installment starring Daniel Craig as British superspy Bond, "Skyfall" outdid the $67.5 million U.S. debut of 2008's "Quantum of Solace," the franchise's previous best opening.
June 22, 2012 |
As three film festivals converge on Philadelphia this week, movie lovers should take precautions against indie-gestion. Individually, the fests are: The 35th annual Philafilm (the Philadelphia International Film Festival & Market), which began Tuesday; the 5th annual Philadelphia Independent Film Festival (PIFF), which began Wednesday; and 4th Annual Urban Suburban Film Festival, which starts Friday. Collectively, they are hosting free events at the Piazza at Schmidts and ticketed screenings variously at the African American Museum, the Crowne Plaza Hotel on City Avenue, the Franklin Institute, and the National Constitution Center.
April 6, 2012 |
If Titanic was James Cameron's meditation on the limits of technology, his new 3-D conversion underscores the point, to a fault. The conversion was expensive - at $18 million, it cost more to make than this year's Oscar winner ( The Artist , $15 million). And it was ambitious and exacting in the Cameron tradition - he sent bids out all over the world for the best technology, and asked companies to "audition" for the job by converting the same piece of footage. The winning firm spent a reported 60 weeks working round the clock to bring the new 3-D Titanic to theaters ahead of the 100th anniversary of its sinking, April 15. The result?
February 5, 2012 |
VALENCIA, Spain - This ancient city on Spain's Mediterranean coast has long drawn visitors to its UNESCO-cited, late Gothic silk exchange; its restored modernist central market; its plenitude of paella restaurants; and its old-fashioned cafes serving horchata , or chilled tiger-nut milk, a smooth and refreshing local specialty. But in recent years, it's a futuristic attraction more so than the historical and culinary ones that has landed Valencia on various travel publications' must-see lists.
February 1, 2012
NEED NEW nudges to dive into a 3-D TV? Almost all of Chicago blows up in the sci-fi spectacle "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" (Paramount), just out in 3-D form. Also new, "WWII in 3D" (A&E Networks) using stills and movies shot by the Nazis. "A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas" (Warner Bros., out Tuesday) is the most amusing use so far of the new technology. The Royal Opera House's "Carmen in 3D" (Opus Arte) represents a most classy "first of breed. " German rockers the Scorpions "Get Your Sting and Blackout - Live in 3D" on Feb. 21 from Sony Legacy.
December 16, 2011 |
IN THE NEW "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol," Tom Cruise and friends traverse the globe trying to recover stolen launch codes for Russian ICBMs. It made me wonder: Are the Russians still running Windows 98? I ask because here at the Daily News , where we do not launch ICBMs, we have to change our passwords every other day, and re-enter it every time we leave the desk for two freaking minutes. I mean, if someone stole your ICBM launch codes, wouldn't you . . . change them?
July 18, 2011 |
LOS ANGELES - The boy wizard has vanquished the dark knight and a band of pirates with a record-setting magic act at both the domestic and international box office. Warner Bros. estimates that "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" took in $168.6 million domestically from Friday to yesterday. That beats the previous best opening weekend of $158.4 million, also held by Warner Bros., for 2008's Batman blockbuster "The Dark Knight. " Overseas, the film added $307 million in 59 countries since it began rolling out Wednesday, topping the previous best international debut of $260.4 million set in May by Disney's "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.
August 6, 2010 |
At the top of the world, Conrad Anker says, the sky is a dark blue-purple. "It's kind of neat to be there and look up and know that you can't get any higher on this planet. It's the apex of Planet Earth, and you're closer to the solar system, the heavens and whatever you will, up there than you are in any other place. " Anker, an accomplished mountaineer once dubbed "the world's greatest adventurer" by Outside magazine, is talking about the top of Mount Everest - a place he last visited with cameras in tow. He appears in the IMAX movie "The Wildest Dream," which documents both the historic summit attempt made by British climber George Mallory in 1924, and Anker's subsequent discovery of Mallory's body 75 years later and later replication of Mallory's climb.