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Maria Bello Virtual Reality Project ‘The Sun Ladies’ Sets Limited Run At UCLA

Actress and producer Maria Bello is bringing a virtual-reality project to UCLA for a limited run. Dean Teri Schwartz and the Department of Theater at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television present a Special Event: Maria Bello's The Sun Ladies VR Project, which premiered at Sundance last year. The Bello-produced project is an immersive, seven-minute, live-action documentary embedding theatergoers with a troop of Yazidi women fighters. After ISIS solders invaded… Read

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OBB Pictures Teams With Octi For Augmented Reality Push

OBB Pictures, the production company behind the Kevin Hart LOL Network interview series Cold as Balls and Netflix’s upcoming Historical Roasts starring Jeff Ross, has signed a deal with augmented reality video company Octi to create content across digital, social and traditional platforms. The strategic partnership will kick off with an event in March at SXSW, with the first phase including delivering the latest AR experiences to initiatives within Octi and OBB's partners… Read

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Paramount’s ‘Mission: Impossible’ Franchise Inspires Location-Based VR Game

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The immersive entertainment company Nomadic and virtual reality games publisher VRWERX are teaming to develop an adrenaline-laced virtual reality experience based on Paramount's hit film franchise Mission: Impossible. The location-based game, which is scheduled to open next spring in Orlando, will bring groups of players inside a mission and give them the vicarious thrills of pursuit — running, jumping and interacting with objects in a physical space that’s enhanced… Read

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Dreamscape Immersive To Open Its First VR Venue In Westfield Century City

Dreamscape Immersive, the location-based VR startup backed by some of Hollywood's heaviest hitters, will open its first venue this month at the Westfield Century City mall. The opening marks the start of a period of expansion that will bring four stand-alone and in-theatre VR experiences to the Dallas/Ft. Worth and the New York/New Jersey metropolitan areas, and to Columbus, Ohio. Dreamscape’s partner, AMC Theatres, plans to open these VR experiences in mid 2019. “What… Read

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‘The Limit’ Trailer: Robert Rodriguez Puts Virtual Reality To Action

“Look me in the eye when I’m talking to you,” says the “super assassin” played by Michelle Rodriguez in this trailer for The Limit, but you might need goggles to get the most out of her demand: The Limit is Robert Rodriguez’s 20-minute Virtual Reality action film first teased last spring at Mip TV in Cannes. The Limit, co-starring The Walking Dead‘s Norman Reedus, comes from STXsurreal, the VR and Immersive content division of STX Entertainment, is available starting… Read

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DevLab 2018: RYOT, Kaleidoscope & Oculus Reveal VR/AR Incubator Participants

EXCLUSIVE: RYOT, Kaleidoscope and Oculus have revealed the 11 teams selected for DevLab 2018, which brings together emerging VR/AR artists to cultivate new work, explore novel ideas and “create the future of immersive experiences.” Chosen from more than 200 application received, this year class includes Lucas Rizzotto and Aidan Wolf; Hal Kirkland and Julia Sourikoff; Bob Stein and Joshua Portway; Mercedes Arturo and Alethea Avramis; Tupac Martir and Sergio Ochoa; Rosie… Read

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Oculus Co-Founder Brendan Iribe Leaving Facebook, Which Is Discontinuing Movie Rentals On The Rift – Update

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UPDATED to add analysis and news of Facebook shutting down Oculus Rift movie store: Brendan Iribe, who co-founded Facebook’s VR unit Oculus in 2012, announced he is leaving the company. While Iribe’s Facebook post (read it below) on Monday doesn’t refer specifically to any of the recent turbulence hitting the parent company, his exit follows those of the founders of Facebook-owned Instagram, and WhatsApp co-founder Jan Koum in recent months. While still a colossus… Read

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Jaunt VR Lays Off A “Significant” Number Of Employees As It Refocuses On Augmented Reality

Jaunt VR, an immersive media company whose investors include the Walt Disney Co. and the German publishing house Axel Springer, laid off a “significant portion” of its staff as it refocuses on augmented reality. In a Medium post titled “The Future of Jaunt is AR,” the company announced it would be “winding down” a number of it virtual reality projects in the coming weeks as it restructures. “We are restructuring the company, resulting in letting go of a significant… Read

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Oculus, RYOT And Kaleidoscope Announce DevLab 2018 Incubator For AR/VR Artists

Oath’s Oscar-nominated immersive media studio RYOT has partnered with the funding platform Kaleidoscope and Facebook’s Oculus to produce DevLab 2018, a two-day incubator for augmented reality and virtual reality projects. DevLab will take place Nov. 10 – 11 on the RYOT campus in Playa Vista, where a group of 10 VR/AR artists will get the chance to participate in hands-on workshops, live performances and roundtable discussions with advisors from different backgrounds… Read

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Location-based VR Startup Dreamscape Immersive Expands Executive Team

Dreamscape Immersive, the location-based VR startup backed by some of Hollywood's biggest players, has recruited executives with experience in marketing and retail as it prepares to bring its interactive experiences to audiences around the globe. Former Fandango executive Adam Rockmore joins Dreamscape Immersive as senior vice president and global head of marketing and communications and Sonos’ Ron McJunkin was named the new senior vice president of global retail stores… Read

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Darren Aronofsky’s Three-Part VR Series ‘Spheres’ To Premiere At Venice Film Festival; Millie Bobby Brown Narrates Final Installment

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Darren Aronofsky’s three-part virtual reality series Spheres will make its world premiere at the upcoming Venice Film Festival, which also will mark the debut of the final chapter of the series, narrated by actress Millie Bobby Brown. Brown, who received an Emmy nomination for her supporting role as Eleven on the Netflix series Stranger Things, lends her voice to the actual first installment in the trilogy, Spheres: Chorus of the Cosmos, which explores the sounds of the… Read

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“Lawnmower Man” Director Brett Leonard Shooting Scripted VR Series “Hollywood Rooftop”

The director whose 1992 cult film The Lawnmower Man helped bring virtual reality to the cinematic mainstream is working on a new project that he hopes will spark a new wave of VR storytelling. Brett Leonard’s latest endeavor, Hollywood Rooftop, is a scripted project that’s being shot simultaneously as a 10-episode virtual reality FragFilm and as a traditional 2D feature film. It combines aspects of movie-making — a character- and dialogue-driven narrative — with the… Read