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By David Poland poland@moviecitynews.com

The Hot Blog has moved…

The Hot Blog is finally moving onto MCN turf.

The new URL is…

/columnists/poland/

I’ll be posting to both sites for a short while, but the sooner you start commenting over there instead of over there, the sooner the smooth transition will be complete…

3 Responses to “The Hot Blog has moved…”

  1. L&DB says:

    Are all of our comments going over there as well?
    If not, time to write about Lucas yet again!
    HUZZAH!

  2. Dwight Brown says:

    How about updating the links at http://www.thehotbutton.com/ and http://www.moviecitynews.com/ to point to the new location? Right now, they’re still pointing at typepad.

  3. Allan says:

    There is a real potential for enhancing the movie going
    experience if 3D stereoscopic films are allowed to entered the mix. Robert Rodriguez is offering up his
    “Shark Boy & Lava Girl” kid’s flick in anaglyph 3D on June 10th. The term, anaglyph refers to using contrasting color gel filters to see the seperation of the left and right images. The glasses are mounted in paper and pretty much are a turn off. Note that “Polar Express” did an un-heard-of 15 times as much per screen in 3D as in 2D, using plastic glasses. Those glasses
    were polarized, and costly IMAX 3D equipment was needed.
    There is a pilot program that is offering a few hundred thousand plastic glasses to theaters running “Shark Boy”. These better glasses really provide a better experience and only cost a couple of dollars or so. If
    this advanced anaglyph approach were to be used, “Polar Express” could come back at Christmas in hundreds of regular theaters in addition to the 60 or so IMAX houses that are planning the re-screening next X-mas.
    Any computer generated animation, a-la PIXAR & DREAMWORKS could also have wide release in 3D. Much has been made of the requirement for digital 2K, 3K or 4K
    projection to run 3D effectively. A much cheaper and better choice would be to install the low cost 6 perf
    projection kits for existing 35mm projectors. The Chinese made kits start at about $3,000 and can be changed in a couple of minutes back to standard 35mm 4
    perf. The basis of the frame is the identical layout for
    each panel of Cinerama. (fifty year old technology)A good, bright digital system can cost way over 100 grand!
    This approach allows either anaglyph or polarized glasses to be use. Imax3D is great, but it is like water skiing with a coast guard cutter!

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