Story by: Jack Foley
BUOYED by its overwhelming Box Office success, and critical acclaim,
Spider-Man 2 has now set its sights on Oscar success, come next
According to a report from the Hollywood Reporter, distributor,
Columbia Pictures, has sent Academy voters a coupon, entitling
a member and a guest to see the film on the big screen at any
AMC Theatres location, or at Regal Cinemas, in Manhattan.
The mail-out states: "While we will be sending an awards-season
screener of Spider-Man 2 later this year, we encourage you to
visit a theatre and appreciate the movie as the filmmakers intended
it to be seen - on the big screen."
The move probably comes in response to the situation that was
created last year, in light of the threatened ban on promotional
'screener' videos, which Fox Searchlight reacted to by sending
ticket vouchers to Academy members to encourage them to attend
public screenings of its films.
But last weekend, Spider-Man 2, which stars Toby Maguire and
Kirsten Dunst, was still playing in 1,907 theatres across North
America, and is now officially the summer's second-biggest movie,
having grossed more than $360 million (£200 million) in
No doubt, Columbia will be looking
to better the Oscar success of the original, which received Academy
Award nominations for its sound and visual effects.
The 77th annual Academy Awards will take place on February 27,
2005, with nominations being announced on January 25.
Audiences will be able to take another spin in IMAX® as Spider-Man
2: The IMAX Experience (2D) (Cert tbc) opens on August 27, at
the bfi London IMAX Cinema.
Moviegoers will experience this blockbuster sequel in a whole
new way, on a screen towering up to four stories high surrounded
by 12,000 watts of pure digital sound.
With IMAX DMR, the image quality of the 35mm motion picture is
digitally enhanced resulting in images that are every bit as big,
sharp and stunning as those films originally produced in the 15/70
In fact, once the IMAX DMR process is complete, the Spider-Man
2: The IMAX Experience film format will be 10 times larger than
The sheer size, combined with the IMAX projection technology,
will provide bfi London IMAX Cinema moviegoers with an immersive,
extraordinary cinematic experience.
The bfi London IMAX Cinema is located at South Bank, Waterloo,
London SE1. For information on tickets and showtimes, please call
0870 787 2525 or visit the website at www.bfi.org.uk/imax