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SA ahead of USA with Rogue One in IMAX

The pre-release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens – in December last year set new records for pre-bookings in Ster-Kinekor’s IMAX theatres across the country.

Now, exactly a year later, the excitement is already building for the exclusive IMAX pre-release event of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, two days before the film’s US release. The special event screening takes place for one show only, at 20:00, on Wednesday 14 December in IMAX 3D, the most immersive cinema experience. Ster-Kinekor opened bookings on Monday, 28 November and, in just four days, more than half the tickets for the IMAX pre-screening on 14 December have already been sold.

“The fan base for the Star Wars franchise across South Africa is huge, and our audiences have been eagerly awaiting the release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story in IMAX 3D. They appreciate that a movie of this magnitude requires the maximum cinema experience – and that is watching it in one of our seven IMAX theatres,” says Motheo Matsau, Chief of Marketing and Sales at Ster-Kinekor Theatres.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is a prequel to the original Star Wars, and is the first in a series of planned stand-alone films from Lucasfilm and Disney, now that the iconic franchise has been revived on the big screen. It stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna and Ben Mendlesohn, and is directed by Gareth Edwards.

Set shortly before the events of ‘A New Hope’, ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ reveals how the Rebellion got their hands on the designs for the Death Star. The Galactic Empire is at the height of its power, and their ultimate weapon is nearly complete. Along with a team of rebel soldiers, former criminal Jyn Erso sets out on a desperate mission to steal the plans so they can figure out how to destroy it.

The ‘Galaxy Far Far Away’ gets even bigger with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, shining a light on a part of this universe that we’ve never seen before. This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things and, in so doing, become part of something greater than themselves.

Enjoy the exclusive Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – the IMAX 3D Experience at all seven of Ster-Kinekor’s IMAX theatres, which are situated at Eastgate in Johannesburg, Cradlestone Mall in Krugersdorp, Mall of Africa in Midrand, The Grove Mall in Pretoria, Gateway in Durban, Baywest Mall in Port Elizabeth and CapeGate in Cape Town.

Bookings are now open for the pre-screening in IMAX at 20:00 on 14 December. Members of the various Ster-Kinekor loyalty programmes will enjoy all the benefits and discounts offered by the different programmes from SK Club, Discovery Vitality and Edgars Club, when booking tickets for this film.

The IMAX release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has been digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of An IMAX 3D Experience with proprietary IMAX DMR (Digital Re-mastering) technology. The crystal-clear images coupled with IMAX’s customised theatre geometry and powerful digital audio create a unique environment that will make audiences feel as if they are a part of the movie.

View the trailer of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story here:  https://movies.sterkinekor.co.za/Browsing/Movies/Details/h-HO00000202

The film releases at all Ster-Kinekor sites countrywide on Thursday, 15 December, in time for the long weekend. In addition to the IMAX cinemas, it can also be enjoyed in the luxury of Ster-Kinekor’s Cine Prestige 3D cinemas at select sites, and in 3D and 2D at all Ster-Kinekor sites nationally. The film’s classification is still to be confirmed, and the running time is 135mins.

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Timberlake to headline iTunes London festival

Apple has announced that Justin Timberlake, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Jack Johnson and Jessie J are among the headliners at this year’s iTunes Festival in London.

Running every night in September at the Roundhouse, the iTunes Festival features more than 60 acts performing at the legendary venue.

Performances can be watched live or on-demand by millions of iOS users around the world on their iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, as well as by music fans with iTunes on their computer or in stunning HD with Apple TV. Tickets are free for competition winners only.

Music fans from across the world, including the US, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Europe, Japan and Mexico can win tickets to the iTunes Festival through competitions run by local media partners. In the UK, fans can win tickets using the iTunes Festival app and the iTunes Store as well as select media partners including Channel 4, Global Radio and Metro.

Sir Paul McCartney, Amy Winehouse and Crowded House played the first iTunes Festival at London’s Institute of Contemporary Arts in 2007. Since then over 370 artists have performed in front of more than 370,000 fans and tens of millions more online and on television. Other performers have included Adele, Coldplay, Foo Fighters, Alicia Keys, Paul Simon, Jack White and Oasis. Performances are available for purchase and download on the iTunes Store.

Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with OS X, iLife, iWork and professional software. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple has reinvented the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices with iPad.

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New PS games ready for download

Sony has announced its June line-up for PlayStation Plus subscribers, including Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, and two new catalogue releases, Demon’s Souls and ICO and Shadow of the Colossus HD Collection.

Immerse yourself in the ancient world of Amalur and its 10,000 years of magical history in the action-packed tale Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, created by acclaimed New York Times bestselling author R.A. Salvatore. Take destiny into your own hands as you combat your way through this vast and vibrant world as envisioned by the visionary creator of Spawn and much-admired artist, Todd McFarlane.

In Demon’s Souls you are summoned by a mysterious maiden as the last hope for humanity to take on a mighty demon horde that has taken over the kingdom of Boletaria, after a terrible curse was mistakenly unleashed by King Allant the XII whilst in search of greater powers. Prepare for a battle that has so far defeated all other realm champions as you set out on this epic journey to save the Kingdom from a fate worse than death.

ICO and Shadow of the Colossus HD Collection brings two exciting worlds to PS Plus ready for fans to explore. Adopt the role of ICO, a young boy who finds himself imprisoned by the people of his village inside the walls of a menacing castle before joining forces with a young girl named Yorda as she attempts to escape in ICO. Take on the role of a young man named Wander in Shadow of the Colossus as you journey through an enchanted land, battling 16 enormous beasts known as the Colossi in order to restore the life of a girl named Mono, whose soul is trapped in this haunting world.

For gamer’s on-the-go, grab your PlayStation Vita (PS Vita) and transport yourself to lush forests in the cartoon-quality action title Rayman Origins. Alternatively, weave through airborne mazes as you avoid falling coconuts in Coconut Dodge HD, both available on PS Plus from 5th June.

PS Plus provides subscribers with access to top-rated games on PS3 and PS Vita, extending the service to two platforms for a single price for a one-year subscription. Additionally, 90 day subscriptions are also available giving user’s access to the same fantastic titles and great PlayStation Store discounts.

PS Plus subscribers receive an array of exclusive features, including 2GB cloud storage (1G for PS3 & 1G for PS Vita) for game saves. Automatic updates and beta access, as well as a huge collection of exclusive dynamic themes and PlayStation Network avatars, makes PS Plus the place to be in 2013.

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