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“2001: A Space Odyssey” Coming to IMAX For the First Time

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Stanley Kubrick’s classic is coming back.

Warner Bros. is releasing 2001: A Space Odyssey in IMAX theaters in honor of the film’s 50th anniversary. The film will premiere in 350 IMAX theaters across North America for one week, beginning on August 24th. This is the first time the film will available to view on the largest possible screen.

Widely considered among the greatest films of the 20th century, 2001: A Space Odyssey was originally released on April 4, 1968, igniting the imaginations of both critics and audiences. With the film, Kubrick redefined the limits of moviemaking, using photomechanical special effects achieved within the camera.

“I felt it was necessary to make this film in such a way that every special effects shot in it would be completely convincing – something that had never before been accomplished in a motion picture.” – Stanley Kubrick

Kubrick was one of the first filmmakers to use front projection, a technique where photography is projected onto a reflective surface from the front of the set. Of the film’s $10.5 million budget, Kubrick expended $6.5 million on special effects alone. A cult-favorite of both critics and fans alike, 2001: A Space Odyssey cemented his legacy as one of the most revolutionary and influential motion picture directors of all time.

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As part of the week-long IMAX release, four theaters will showcase the feature on 70mm film: AMC Universal Citywalk IMAX, Universal City, AMC Lincoln Square IMAX, New York City, AMC Metreon IMAX, San Francisco, and Ontario Place Cinesphere IMAX, Toronto. The IMAX 70mm film print was created from the recently released “unrestored” 70mm print—a true photochemical film recreation struck from new printing elements made from the original camera negative with no digital tricks, remastered effects, or revisionist edits. All other IMAX theaters will show a brand new 4K restoration of the film with Laser and IMAX Xenon projection formats.

Tickets for the IMAX showing go on sale today. Check out more information here and to find a showing near you.

 

Have you seen 2001: A Space Odyssey? Will you see the film in IMAX? Tell us in the comments!

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XITE Makes United States Debut

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While Comcast X1 Xfinity customers have had access to the international music video service XITE for some time now the streaming music video service is now coming to even more set-top boxes, connected devices, and smart TVs in the United States.

XITE is now on Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Comcast X1 Xfinity and coming soon to Roku, and features a full catalog of music videos from artists across all major and top independent labels. Availability on mobile devices and tablets will follow in the second half of 2019.

XITE is a fully immersive music experience that allows users to lean back and enjoy or play VJ through easy, fun-to-use interactive features. The app continuously adapts to users’ tastes based on the videos they search, watch, and like. Users can favorite or skip any music video, and create their own station drawing from different genres, eras, and visual styles.

XITE’s expansive library features today’s most popular and trending music videos — from Ariana Grande to Toro Y Moi, to recent first-time GRAMMY winners Cardi B and Greta Van Fleet, to international sensations Bad Bunny and Dua Lipa and more — as well as more than 100 distinct music video channels.

XITE U.S. General Manager Shelly Powell said, “XITE is all about giving fans the best possible way to experience music videos – on the biggest (or smallest!) screen in the house — whether they’re leaning back and enjoying a playlist created by our expert curators or making their own personalized channel.”

Cees Honig, Co-CEO and original founding member of XITE, said, “Music videos continue to dominate overall music streaming, and we see an enormous opportunity to bring a beautifully designed, pure-play music video service to the U.S. We’re excited to give U.S. music fans a new way to enjoy music videos, the way we have for millions around the world.”

XITE’s advisory board includes media and music executives Bill Roedy, Roger Faxon, Jason Flom and Eric Budin. All major music labels and many independents — including Sony Music, Universal Music, Warner Music, Beggars, EMPIRE, PIAS, Armada, and Spinnin’ Records — license their complete music catalogs to XITE, giving the company access to virtually every available music video.

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🦈 Shark Tank ❤️ Amazon

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Mark Cuban may be out, but consumers are in.

Amazon has announced that it is now an official retail partner for “Shark Tank” products.

The new Amazon Launchpad Shark Tank Collection highlights products seen on “Shark Tank,” including the Hatch Baby, Third Wave Water and Stasher, among others.

This collaboration, which coincides with the premiere of “Shark Tank” season 10, provides an opportunity for successfully-funded Shark Tank startups and entrepreneurs to launch and showcase their products on Amazon.com. “Shark Tank” season 10 airs on Sundays at 9pm Eastern on ABC.

The new Amazon hub built around “Shark Tank” products allows users to see products by how many sharks invested, by guest sharks, and several other interesting data points.

“We are thrilled to be working with the popular ‘Shark Tank’ franchise, highlighting products from startups, entrepreneurs and small businesses. The Amazon Launchpad program is all about empowering creators and inventors, enabling them to reach hundreds of millions of customers. By teaming up with ‘Shark Tank,’ we are making it fun and easy for fans of the show to discover a wide variety of unique innovations and cutting-edge products.” – Jim Adkins, Vice President, Amazon

More than 70 products that successfully received funding from Sharks during seasons 1-9 are now available for purchase on Amazon.com. Products from season 10 and beyond will be featured in the Amazon Launchpad Shark Tank Collection in the future. All startups and entrepreneurs that Sharks have invested in will be considered for the Amazon Launchpad program. In addition, Amazon Web Services (AWS) is offering a $15,000 credit for cloud computing services to each eligible “Shark Tank” entrepreneur.

“For the first time ever, ‘Shark Tank’ has a store on Amazon.com dedicated to helping our entrepreneurs scale their businesses and highlight top products from the show. We are excited for the Amazon Launchpad Shark Tank Collection to bring products from our entrepreneurs to retail for customers and fans of the series.” – Barbara Corcoran, Shark

The Amazon Launchpad program offers a number of resources to entrepreneurs and small companies, including marketing services, exclusive promotions, and onboarding support.

“Our first big break as a company came with ‘Shark Tank.’ It got us the attention we needed to attract a wide audience. Working with Amazon Launchpad feels like our second big break. We’re lucky to work with a team that understands the unique challenges facing entrepreneurs and who specifically supports and provides us with what we need to grow our business.” – Ann Weiss, CEO, Hatch Baby

“Shark Tank,” which is based on the Japanese “Dragons’ Den” format created by Nippon Television Network Corporation, is produced by MGM Television in association with Sony Pictures Television.

 

Have you tried a “Shark Tank” product? What do you think of this new collaboration? Tell us in the comments!

 

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