Argue all you want about the best way to maximize your Star Wars movie viewing experience—IMAX, Atmos, and Dolby Vision all suck compared to the format “Literally Among the Stars.”
That’s where crew members of the International Space Station will watch the film soon. The news was first reported by Robin Seemangal on Twitter. NASA confirmed the information to io9 and said that the film will be shown in English, as all crew members aboard the ISS speak both English and Russian.
There’s no timetable on when this screening will take place, but NASA’s Dan Hout told Inverse, “They typically get movies as digital files and can play them back on a laptop or a standard projector that is currently aboard.”
A week before the opening of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” the TCL Chinese Theatreunveiled a revamped auditorium that will help immerse audience members in a galaxy far, far away.
The Chinese has remodeled one of its auditoriums in the Chinese 6 complex as a 104-seat MX4D Motion EFX theater with seats moving in sync with the movie action and special effects including motion, jolts, pokes, wind, water and scents. Tickets have gone on sale at $29 each — a $10 upcharge from regular showings for “The Last Jedi.” It’s the first theater of its kind in Hollywood.
The Chinese Theatre and special effects designer-marketer MediaMation offered a sneak peak of the auditorium to the media on Friday. Robert Laity, CEO of the TCL Chinese Theatres, said the revamp of the auditorium cost about $2 million,
“Customers put a premium on this kind of experience so the $29 price is going to be less of an issue than you might think,” Laity said. “MX4D Motion EFX theaters will provide our customers with a unique and fully-immersive cinema experience.”
Laity also said that the auditorium is emblematic of the Chinese serving as a leading edge location for the rollout of technological innovations such as Cinemascope, 2D digital projectors and Real D 3D.“Sid Grauman would be very proud,” he added. “This is a technology that will never be in anyone’s home.”
The auditorium has already been employed as an immersive e-sports theater hosting competitive e-sports tournaments along with providing a launch pad for a network of tournament theaters. MediaMation CEO Dan Jamele said that the Chinese facility is the first such hybrid in the world.Preview showings of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” begin on the evening of Dec. 14.
The movie itself is on the way shortly, but there’s still time for a few new looks at Star Wars: The Last Jedi. This time, the pics come courtesy of Entertainment Weekly.These latest images catch up with the characters and their various, differing ambitions and experiences in the film. Daisy Ridley’s Rey, for example, is attempting to explore her powers with Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), but facing resistance from the aging Jedi, who worries about a potential new apprentice turning out like Adam Driver’s Kylo Ren.And talking of Kylo, he’s still burning with fury and vengeance after learning of Rey’s abilities – but could there be a different path for the pair as opposed to just being enemies.
John Boyega’s Finn, meanwhile, is still not sure he wants to be part of a huge battle, but is convinced to go on a mission for the Resistance, joined by enthusiastic engineer Rose (Kelly Marie Tran). And in the higher echelons of Resistance command, we have Oscar Isaac’s Poe Dameron butting heads with Laura Dern’s Vice Admiral Holdo, without realising that they were both trained by General Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher).
Writer/director Rian Johnson outlines to the magazine just part of what he wanted to explore in The Last Jedi: “There’s a history in Star Warsof the attraction between the light and the dark, whether it’s the story of Anakin basically turning from this sweet kid and seeing his seduction to the dark side, or even with Luke,” Johnson says.