March 2012

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Hugo 3-D Wins Several Oscars at 2012 Academy Awards

Strange that a film about a silent film star beat out the film about old and new cinema magic for best picture at the 2012 Academy Awards. The Artist won best picture but its a likely bet that Hugo 3-D will be the best remembered of 2012. Hugo took home five awards at the Feb. 25 ceremony in Hollywood.

Best Cinematography: Robert Richardson.
Best Art Direction: Dante Ferretti and Francesca Lo Schavo.
Best Sound Editing: Phillip Stockton and Eugene Gearty.
Best Sound Mixing: Tom Fleischman and John Midgley.
Best Visual Effects: Hugo

Hugo 3-D poster art.

The Hugo 3-D poster shown here with the key artwork was distributed in lentincular 3-D to selected theatres.

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Collector's 3-D Glasses and a Limited Edition Lithograph Available at Another Titanic 3-D Preview

Titanic 3-D poster art.

James Cameron is brought back his Best Picture winning film Titanic to the big screen in 3-D on Valentine's Day with a special sneak preview event for lovebirds looking to go back to the R.M.S. Titanic, but now even more fans in Canada and the United States will get a chance to catch an early screening of the theatrical re-release, and there's some special goodies in store if you can get a ticket.

Fans in Canada can catch a screening on Monday, April 2 while audiences in the United States can catch the film on Tuesday, April 3 before the film hits theatres on April 4, just eleven days before the real anniversary of the April 15, 1912 sinking.

Those in attendance will not only get to see the film in 3-D, but they will also receive a collector's edition pair of Titanic RealD 3-D glasses and a limited edition lithograph from the film.

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The Lorax 3-D Poster Art

Here is the poster art for Dr. Suess' The Lorax 3-D.

SPOILER ALERT: For those who don't get the inside joke, IMAX TREE-D instead of Three-D is a play on words because The Lorax is a film with an environmentally-friendly story.

The 3-D CGI feature Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax is an adaptation of Dr. Seuss’ classic tale of a forest creature who shares the enduring power of hope. The animated adventure follows the journey of a boy as he searches for the one thing that will enable him to win the affection of the girl of his dreams. To find it he must discover the story of the Lorax, the grumpy yet charming creature who fights to protect his world.

Danny DeVito will lend his vocal talents to the iconic title character of the Lorax, while Ed Helms will voice the enigmatic Once-ler. Also bringing their talents to the film are global superstars Zac Efron as Ted, the idealistic young boy who searches for the Lorax, and Taylor Swift as Ashley, the girl of Ted’s dreams. Rob Riggle will play financial king O’Hare, and beloved actress Betty White will portray Ted’s wise Grammy Norma.

Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax is the third feature created by Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment

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. Branson, MO View-Master reels for sale.

Katy Perry 3-D Concert Movie

Grammy-winning singer Katy Perry is planning on making a 3-D concert movie titled Katy Perry: Part of Me, according to a tweet she sent to her fans.

Paramount is in early discussions about doing a documentary-style 3-D film. The film is named after her new single Part of Me, which she debuted at the 54th Grammy Awards.

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James Cameron's Deepsea Challenger 3-D film

Filmmaker and explorer James Cameron reportedly broke the record for deepest solo sub dive in the submersible Deepsea Challenge. Within weeks Cameron plans to dive to the ocean's deepest point.

In the space of 90 minutes, the sub is to carry Cameron to the bottom of Challenger Deep, a 6.8-mile-deep (11-kilometer-deep) depression in the Pacific Ocean's Mariana Trench. The first and last time humans descended into the trench was more than 50 years ago.

The dive is part of Cameron's Deepsea Challenge project, co-sponsored by National Geographic, which will take him and a crew of engineers, scientists and filmmakers to explore the world's ocean trenches.

With the last few weeks, Cameron and his team have successfully completed untethered test dives in the submersible off Papua New Guinea and plan to conduct more tests near Guam before attempting the Challenger Deep descent.

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Classic View-Master® Images Available on a Smartphone App

View-Master digital 3-D logo.

SpatialView is behind a new website that features a selection of original View-Master® images.

Images are available in packs of 18 to 21 scenes for $1.99. SpatialView’s 3DeeSlide accessory converts the iPhone 4/4S into a glasses free 3-D display. Unfortunately, the app is not yet available for Android phones.

New England: Covered Bridges and Fall Foliage, Yosemite and Famous People are among the 10 currently available sets.

Since 1939, View-Master images have brought the world to life for children and adults alike through its iconic reels and viewers. With over 1.5 billion reels sold, the View-Master® image archive contains thousands of images covering a century of pop culture, current events, nature, science, history and travel.

Download the free View-Master Digital3D app from the iTunes App Store.

Support for Android 3-D smart phones, Windows PCs and 3-D TV platforms will follow in the coming months.

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Disney's John Carter 3-D Poster

John Carter poster

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Auction Results

View-Master nine pack.

A rare 9 reel pack containing three 3-reel packets sold for $17.50 with 18 bids. For a short period of time, around 1995, Toys 'r Us was selling these three packs to a set View-Master® packs. Here we have three mint unopened packs in the packaging (looks like the Canadian French/english version) of Eight is Enough, Buck Rogers and Laverne and Shirley.

View-Master Packet Brass Display Rack

A brass colored View-Master® display rack sold for $77 with two bids. The rack has 21 reel set slots (several reel sets will fit in each slot) with a colorful double-sided cardboard sign on top, as well as a viewer in its original packaging (last copyright date 1971), and a sealed Apollo Moon Landing reel set. This gem was unused and came out of an old hobby shop. The sign measures 14 inches by 9 inches. The rack without the sign is about 15 inches tall by 15 inches wide.

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