LOS ANGELES -- IMAX Corporation (Nasdaq:IMAX) (TSX:IMX) and Paramount Pictures today announced today that Paranormal Activity 2, the follow-up to the hit supernatural thriller released in 2009, opened no. 1 at the box office this weekend, with the film's IMAX release contributing approximately $2.5 million to the overall gross of $41 million from 151 IMAX screens. Internationally, the IMAX release generated approximately $120,000 from 5 IMAX French screens with more international IMAX runs to follow as additional territories open the film. The film's limited IMAX release has been digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience® with IMAX DMR® technology.

"We're pleased with our weekend results, particularly given our late participation in the release," said IMAX CEO Richard L. Gelfond. "Our digital theatre network has enabled us to capitalize on an exciting film between previously scheduled IMAX releases, and this title is not only generating incremental revenue but providing IMAX fans with a unique experience that wouldn't have existed otherwise."

Said Greg Foster, Chairman and President of IMAX Filmed Entertainment, "The picture was well reviewed, there's good buzz surrounding the film, and we're optimistic that it will continue to deliver solid results in IMAX® theatres leading into Halloween weekend."


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Tony Scott has revealed that he's on board for sequel to Top Gun, the campy '80s action flick that helped Tom Cruise become a superstar. Jerry Bruckheimer is set to produce.

Says Scott of his approach to the project, "I'm not waiting for a script. I'm going to do my homework. I'm going down to I think it's Fallon, Nevada, down near New Mexico and it's a whole different world now. These computer geeks -- these kids play war games in a trailer in Fallon, Nevada and if we ever went to war or were in the Middle East or the Far East or wherever it is, these guys can actually fly drones. They are unmanned aircraft. They operate them and then they party all night."

Top Gun 2 will not be Scott's next film, so it's still a couple of years away.

Scott's Unstoppable hits theaters on November 12. BoxOffice.com is currently predicting a $23 million opening.

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Beverly Hills, CA -- The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today that, following a two-month-long cordial exchange of correspondence with Academy president Tom Sherak, Jean-Luc Godard has regretfully notified Sherak that he will not be able to attend the November 13th Governors Awards and receive his Honorary Award in person.

"He reiterated his thanks for the award," reported Sherak, "and also sent his good wishes to the other individuals being honored the same night - Kevin Brownlow, Francis Ford Coppola and Eli Wallach - who he refers to as ‘the three other musketeers.' "

The November 13 dinner ceremony, which is being produced by Sid Ganis and Don Mischer, will pay tribute to Godard through film clips and commentary by his admirers. The award will be accepted on Godard's behalf by the Academy and following the event, the Academy will arrange for the Oscar® statuette to be delivered to him in Switzerland.



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TORONTO -- IMAX Corporation today announced the launch of its new nXos Calibrator, a patent-pending technology designed to tune and automatically monitor IMAX audio systems. The new technology applies the equivalent of thousands of bands of equalization to perform a highly detailed tuning of the IMAX audio system. IMAX nXos Calibrator is designed to significantly exceed the capability of manual equalization processes.

IMAX's audio systems feature proprietary loudspeaker technology and uncompressed digital sound, with much greater dynamic range than conventional systems. The system is designed to provide a more immersive audio environment. The IMAX nXos Calibrator works to ensure that the audience is provided an optimum audio experience in the IMAX(R) theatre.

"We developed the nXos Calibrator to maximize the listening experience for moviegoers and to make the operation of IMAX theatres easier for exhibitors who are often responsible for simultaneously monitoring dozens of screens in addition to their IMAX venue," said Brian Bonnick, IMAX's Executive Vice President, Technology. "The automation of this groundbreaking technology will enable operators to calibrate more frequently and with much more accuracy than what is done in conventional theatres."

"We're very pleased to add IMAX nXos to the arsenal of proprietary IMAX technologies designed to help our customers consistently deliver the best cinema experience to audiences," added Larry T. O'Reilly, IMAX's Executive Vice President, Theatre Development. "Sound is just as important as picture in an IMAX theatre, and this new technology complements our latest image enhancement technologies, helping to ensure every single IMAX screening is presented how the filmmaker intended."

The IMAX nXos Calibrator was developed in cooperation with Audyssey, the leader in audio equalization technology. Based on a proprietary implementation of Audyssey's MultEQ XT technology, the IMAX nXos Calibrator applies Digital Signal Processing technology to tune and monitor IMAX audio systems. The new technology provides remote monitoring to allow IMAX technicians to know on a day-to-day basis the status of nXos equipped audio systems. The system can automatically apply corrections if changes in audio calibration are detected.

nXos Tuning

Using a proprietary version of MultEQ XT technology, IMAX technicians measure audio performance at over twenty locations in the theatre. The MultEQ algorithms calculate an optimal equalization based on loudspeaker and room acoustics to provide a consistently high level of audio performance in each auditorium.

nXos Calibration

System tuning is not the last step in maintaining IMAX audio quality. On a regular basis, IMAX's nXos technology applies test signals to each audio channel, and by means of permanently installed microphones, measures the performance of the IMAX audio system. If significant variation in performance is detected, correction is applied to return the system performance to its pre-determined value. Results are reported to the IMAX Network Operations Centre at IMAX's headquarters. Technicians have the capability to remotely access the IMAX nXos Calibration system to observe results, modify tuning parameters and perform diagnostic tests.



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Michael Patrick King will direct Meryl Streep, Sandra Bullock and Oprah Winfrey in an untitled comedy that will focus on the behind-the-scenes world of a Home Shopping-type network. The project is being housed at Universal.

King's Sex and the City 2 turned out to be a critical and commercial disaster with a relatively underwhelming $95 million domestic gross. However, the film's worldwide total did hit a solid $280.3 million. This new project could easily be bigger.

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