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Spider-Man 2 makes early Oscar bid ahead of IMAX release



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 February.

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 the country.

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.

IMAX

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 format.

In fact, once the IMAX DMR process is complete, the Spider-Man 2: The IMAX Experience film format will be 10 times larger than its original.

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

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