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Léa Seydoux as Woman Margot Fenring in Dune: Half Two.Picture: Niko Tavernise/Warner Bros.

Barbie—a film so large it had already gained the U.S. field workplace in August—can also be a film so large that on Friday, it made the leap to IMAX for a one-week run. As regular, Barbie is on the forefront of what’s in style, one thing Dune director Denis Villeneuve, who’s very pro-IMAX, appears to agree with.

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“The way forward for cinema is IMAX and the big codecs,” Villeneuve instructed the AP (by way of IndieWire) in an interview printed earlier than Barbie’s large-format bow, however with the towering success of Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer in thoughts. “The viewers desires to see one thing that they can’t have at residence, that they can’t have on streaming. They wish to expertise an occasion.”

With out insulting motion pictures which are made particularly for streaming (or that find yourself bypassing the theater and going straight to streaming), the director—whose Dune was launched day-and-date in theaters and what was then known as HBO Max, because of pandemic issues—makes it clear the place his favor lies. “There’s this notion that motion pictures, in some folks’s minds, turned content material as a substitute of an artwork kind. I hate that phrase, ‘content material.’ That motion pictures like Oppenheimer are launched on the massive display screen and turn into an occasion brings again a highlight on the concept that it’s an incredible artwork kind that must be skilled in theaters.”

Dune: Half Two was initially slated to return out later this yr, however noticed its launch date shifted (as a consequence of strike issues this time) to March 15, 2024.

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