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Saturday - March 17, 2001
- IMAX to Develop New Projectors
- Harry Potter Trailer to Screen in UK and Ireland Theaters
- The Outer Limits Receives a Face Lift
- News Link of the Day - Shrinking Machine

IMAX to Develop New Projectors
(by digitalmediafx.com) IMAX may be having financial difficulties, but that's not stopping it from moving forward with new ideas and concepts. The IMAX Corporation has announced plans to build what is called "DLP Cinema Projects" which will project a high quality digital image onto screens up to 80 feet wide.

"IMAX is the leader in high-end visual presentations and has provided the world's best cinematic
images for 30 years," claims Richard L. Gelfond and Bradley J. Wechsler, co-CEOs of IMAX. "We plan to leverage our expertise to deliver a DLP Cinema presentation product that is superior in quality to any other digital-based product in existence. To date we have built early stage working prototypes of the projector and our intention is to roll out a production version late this year."

The system could be ready and deployed in time for the March 8, 2002 release of Beauty and the Beast on IMAX screens with new footage.

In other IMAX news, Mainframe Entertainment is working on a 2D/3D animated movie on Gulliver's Travels. The animated film will air, as soon as next year, on IMAX 3D screens.

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Harry Potter Trailer to Screen in UK and Ireland Theaters - Free Admission
(by digitalmediafx.com) Warner Brothers is starting heavy overseas advertising of the upcoming Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone movie. In a unique marketing movie, Warner Brothers has arranged for over 200 theaters to show the movie trailer for Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone over and over for one hour. Admission price: Free. This even takes place this Sunday (only in the U.K. and Ireland). For a list of theaters and times, click here.

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The Outer Limits - Please Stand ByThe Outer Limits Receives a Face Lift
(by digitalmediafx.com) The Outer Limits has received an animated introduction face lift, courtesy of visual effects studio REZN8. The studio was contracted to create a new 60 second animated opening. The job took four weeks to complete. It was supervised by SCI-FI Channel Art Director Roger Guillen. New episodes of the animated introduction can be seen Friday evenings on the SCI-FI channel.

The new opening sequence, which complements the series' theme music and eerie voiceover, transports viewers through a dream-like world. The journey begins by traveling through several "alternate" dimensions -- such as the human mind, television test patterns and even an Escher-like environment. "The Outer Limits" title is eventually revealed as a woman is seen falling through endless space.

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News Link of the Day - Shrinking Machine

According to ABC News:

"Tom Malzbender, a computer scientist for Palo Alto's Hewlett-Packard research center and a self-described "grown-up kid," has longed to enter the world of microscopic life for years, and now he has developed a device that lets him, and others, do it.

It's not a special potion you can drink to shrink, as in Lewis Carrol's Alice in Wonderland. Instead, it's a head-mounted, three-dimensional microscope..."

Click here for the full story.

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