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June 2005


Pop songbird-actress Winner of the Oscar? for scientific and technical achievement, IMAX has long transported audiences to places far beyond the reach of most people. Now, through the magic of IMAX DMR? (Digital Re-Mastering), moviegoers will experience this Summer?s biggest box office movies, BATMAN BEGINS and CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY, even bigger! With IMAX DMR, audiences will be able to see more (crystal clear images on screens up to eight stories high), hear more (multi-channel stereo sound system) and feel more (an experience not to be missed).

IMAX motion picture systems are the most technically advanced in the world. Images are unsurpassed in size, clarity, impact and brightness. Light from the 15,000-watt lamp in an IMAX projector is so bright that if it were on the moon we could see it from Earth with the naked eye. The superior IMAX imagery is enhanced by the IMAX sound system, a specially designed multi-channel stereo system that delivers superb clarity and quality for maximum impact. The combination of the world?s largest screen technology coupled with the world?s most advanced theatrical sound systems, allows audiences to experience this Summer?s biggest box office titles without missing even the smallest details.

Opening on the same day and date as conventional theatres, BATMAN BEGINS comes to IMAX Theatres beginning June 15th, and CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY opens July 15th.

Batman Begins is directed by Christopher Nolan, director of the critically acclaimed films Memento and Insomnia, produced by Emma Thomas, Charles Roven and Larry Franco, and stars Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne/Batman. The story finds the disillusioned industrial heir Bruce Wayne, in the wake of his parents' murder, traveling the world to seek the means to fight injustice and turn fear against those who prey on the fearful. He returns to Gotham and unveils his alter-ego: Batman, a masked crusader who uses his strength, intellect and an array of high tech deceptions to fight the sinister forces that threaten the city.

Director Tim Burton brings his vividly imaginative style to the Roald Dahl classic about eccentric chocolatier Willy Wonka (Johnny Depp) and Charlie (Freddie Highmore), a good-hearted boy from a poor family who lives in the shadow of Wonka?s extraordinary factory. Long isolated from his own family, Wonka launches a worldwide contest to select an heir to his candy empire. Five lucky children, including Charlie, draw golden tickets from Wonka chocolate bars and win a guided tour of the legendary candy-making facility that no outsider has seen in 15 years. Dazzled by one amazing sight after another, Charlie is drawn into Wonka?s fantastic world. The screenplay is by John August. ("Be Cool", "Man of the House") has been cast opposite Kristen Bell in "Pulse" -- a remake of cult Japanese helmer Kiyoshi Kurosawa's "Kairo" -- for Bob and Harvey Weinstein's Weinstein Co. reports Variety.


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