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LOS ANGELES -- The American Film Institute (AFI) announced today that Chris Dodd, former United States Senator of Connecticut and Chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. (MPAA), and David Rips, President of Verizon Digital Media Services, have been elected to the AFI Board of Trustees, which will next meet on Thursday, October 6 in Los Angeles.
Voted to return to the AFI Board of Trustees for new three-year terms are leaders of the motion picture and television communities and leaders from global goods and services companies, including Lisa Arpey (American Airlines), Todd Bradley (Hewlett-Packard, Co.), Brad Grey (Paramount Pictures), Jonathan Miller (News Corporation), Frank Pierson (Writer/Director and Artistic Director of the AFI Conservatory), Anne Sweeney (Disney-ABC Television Group), Thomas Tull (Legendary Pictures) and Michael Wright (Turner Entertainment), as well as Roger Enrico (DreamWorks Animation SKG), who was re-elected to the AFI Board of Directors for a new term.
Sir Howard Stringer, Chairman and CEO of the Sony Corporation, is Chair of the 62-member AFI Board of Trustees, which is comprised of leadership that represents the moving image arts community in different and diverse ways and provides different backgrounds and areas of expertise in their Trustee role.
Robert A. Daly, former Warner Bros. Chairman and CEO, is Chair of the 21-member AFI Board of Directors, which acts as an executive committee, setting the Institute's priorities and overseeing its programs. AFI Board of Directors also sit on the AFI Board of Trustees.
Los Angeles -- IMAX Corporation (NYSE:IMAX; TSX:IMX) and Paramount Pictures today announced that Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol will begin previews in IMAX beginning Friday, Dec. 16 and playing through the film's run at the box office, which begins worldwide on Dec. 21, 2011. This marks the first time a domestic feature release has been released early in IMAX® theatres and reinforces the event nature of this highly-anticipated film. Directed by Academy Award®-winner Brad Bird, Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol stars Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg and Paula Patton.
Coupled with the early window of engagement, the IMAX release of this fourth installment of Mission: Impossible features approximately 30 minutes of scenes shot with IMAX cameras. These specific sequences will expand to fill the entire screen, exclusively in IMAX, and further immerse the audience in the explosive action and vast scope of the film. One featured sequence includes the unbelievable stunt performed by Tom Cruise as he scaled the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa Tower in Dubai, providing an up-close, you-are-there experience as only IMAX can.
"Brad Bird's Mission: Impossible will be among the highlights of the holiday movie season and we're very happy to share the film with audiences early in IMAX," said Rob Moore, Vice Chairman of Paramount Pictures.
"We believe that the early release of this blockbuster film, shot in part with IMAX cameras, will help generate extra buzz and incremental revenue for both IMAX and the box office overall," said IMAX CEO Richard L. Gelfond. "Today's announcement highlights the confidence that both filmmakers and studios have in the ability of the IMAX platform to deliver an unparalleled movie-going experience and generate positive box office results, while showcasing IMAX's flexibility and scale."
"Paramount Pictures, Bad Robot and Tom Cruise continue to create innovative, event experiences for moviegoers and we're ecstatic that IMAX is a featured component of that event strategy by offering fans this IMAX preview of Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol," said Greg Foster, Chairman and President, IMAX Filmed Entertainment. "The sequences shot with IMAX cameras, coupled with the visionary storytelling of Brad Bird and incredible scope of this film will - mark my words - blow audiences away."
The IMAX release of Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol will be digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience® with proprietary IMAX DMR® (Digital Re-mastering) technology. The crystal-clear images coupled with IMAX's customized theatre geometry and powerful digital audio create a unique environment that will make audiences feel as if they are in the movie.