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Best Australian Movies You Must See During The Australian Open

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“Livin’ in a land down under, where women glow and men plunder,” sang 80’s pop group Men At Work.

As most of the United States is buried under cold and snowy temps, Australia is having balmy warm weather. The country of marmite, koalas and kangaroos, and the Great Barrier Reef is currently hosting the first of the tennis grand slams of 2018, The Australian Open.

Serbia’s Novak Djokovic hits a shot during a training session ahead of the Australian Open tennis tournament, in Melbourne, Australia January 15, 2017. Reuters/Issei Kato

The list of actors and actresses hailing from the sixth largest nation include Errol Flynn, Peter Finch, Rod Taylor, Mel Gibson, Guy Pearce, Nicole Kidman, Geoffrey Rush, Toni Collette, Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Ben Mendelsohn, Cate Blanchett, Heath Ledger, Hugo Weaving, Naomi Watts, Abbie Cornish, Eric Bana, Joel Edgerton, Mia Wasikowska, Margot Robbie, Chris Hemsworth,
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James Cameron on ‘Avatar’ Sequels: “We Can’t Afford for It Not to Work”

The ‘Avatar‘ sequels are still a few years away, but James Cameron is currently out and about promoting his new series ‘AMC Visionaries: James Cameron’s Story of Science Fiction‘. In the upcoming 6-part miniseries, Cameron explores the roots of science fiction and it’s impact on popular culture as a whole. With science fiction classics like the first two ‘Terminator‘ movies, and technological breakthroughs with films like ‘Titanic‘ and the original ‘Avatar‘, Cameron has certainly contributed his share of said impact on the sci-fi genre as a whole.

Naturally, the conversation shifted to the ‘Avatar’ sequels, which the director has been hard at work on for the last few years. Throughout the film’s tremendously long pre-production period, details have slowly begun to emerge. But now that the film is finally in production, Cameron seems to be revealing more and more about the project. Speaking at the TCA press tour this week,
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Terminator: Salvation: Christian Bale on his regrets

Simon Brew Jan 10, 2018

Christian Bale on why he took on Terminator: Salvation, and what went wrong...

If all had gone to plan, the fourth Terminator movie, Terminator: Salvation, would have kickstarted a fresh trilogy. Directed by McG and starring Christian Bale and Sam Worthington, things did not go to plan however. If anything, the film remained more notable for Bale’s verbal attack on director of photography Shane Hurlbut, that was recorded and released online.

Bale's been looking back on Terminator: Salvation in a new interview with the Happy Sad Confused podcast, and sharing some of his regrets.

Admitting that he first said no to appearing in the film three times before accepting, Bale recalled that “it was an unfortunate series of events involving the writers’ strike, involving Jonah Nolan, who was able to come on, and really start to write a wonderful script, but then got called away for
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Manhunt: Unabomber Arrives on Blu-ray and DVD December 26th

Based on the gripping true story of one of America’s most deadly domestic terrorist attacks, Manhunt: Unabomber arrives on Blu-ray (plus Digital) and DVD December 26 from Lionsgate. Discovery’s biggest scripted series of the year focuses on FBI profiler Jim Fitzgerald and his hunt for the Unabomber, Ted Kaczynski. Starring Sam Worthington and Paul Bettany and produced by Kevin Spacey, the series has quickly become one of the best-reviewed of the year. The Manhunt: UnabomberBlu-ray and DVD featurettes include a compelling interview with the real Jim Fitzgerald, and will be available for the suggested retail price of $19.99 and $19.98, respectively.

Check out the trailer:

Manhunt: Unabomber spotlights bureaucracy-battling FBI profiler Jim Fitzgerald’s pioneering use of forensic linguistics to find – and eventually capture – the infamous “Unabomber,” Ted Kaczynski.

Blu-ray/DVD Special Features

“Criminal Profiling” Featurette “Who is the Unabomber?” Featurette “Deciphering the Manifesto” Featurette


Sam Worthington Avatar, Clash of the Titans
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James Cameron: “If Avatar 2 and 3 don’t make enough money, there’s not going to be a 4 and 5”

After close to a decade in development, production is now finally underway on James Cameron’s Avatar sequels, with the filmmaker embarking on his hugely ambitious plan to shoot four films consecutively. The production will however be taking a break between the first two sequels and the latter two, and it seems that Avatar 4 and Avatar 5 may not yet be set in stone.

“Let’s face it, if Avatar 2 and 3 don’t make enough money, there’s not going to be a 4 and 5,” Cameron tells Vanity Fair. “They’re fully encapsulated stories in and of themselves. It builds across the five films to a greater kind of meta narrative, but they’re fully formed films in their own right, unlike, say, The Lord of the Rings trilogy, where you really just had to sort of go, ‘Oh, shit, all right, well I guess I better come back next year.
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James Cameron has ‘Cracked the Code” on Underwater Mo-Cap System for ‘Avatar’ Sequels

James Cameron has always been at the forefront of technology when making a movie. From the groundbreaking effects in ‘Terminator 2: Judgement Day‘ to the invention of the motion capture technology used in the first ‘Avatar‘, Cameron always seems to be developing some new technology for his current project. Cameron’s output in the last decade of his career has pretty much been contained within the aforementioned ‘Avatar‘, as well as a few documentaries. But that doesn’t mean that James Cameron hasn’t been busy developing new technology in the meantime.

Since the release of ‘Avatar’ in late 2009 (hard to believe that was almost 8 years ago) Cameron has been busy developing the technology (and story) to build out the ‘Avatar‘ universe in interesting and unique ways. It was reported back in 2010 that the sequels would take place largely in an underwater environment, but is seems that, according to James Cameron,
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James Cameron Talks About His Avatar Sequels and "Building a Greater Kind of Meta Narrative"

After years of preparation, James Cameron is finally shooting his Avatar sequels. The first of these sequels is set to hit theaters eleven years after the original and fans are wondering if these sequels are going to be just as successful.

We don't know much about the story, but we do know that a lot of this first sequel is going to take place underwater and we are going to be introduced to a lot of new characters. Most notably the kids of Jake (Sam Worthington) and Neytiri's (Zoe Saldana), who will play a large role over the course of the sequels.

During a recent interview with Vanity Fair, Cameron talked about the sequels and also working with his Titanic star Kate Winslet after all these years:

“She’s very excited about it. She blazed through for a couple of days of rehearsals and saw the world that we had created,
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James Cameron on the technical challenges of shooting underwater on the Avatar sequels

Although plot details on James Cameron’s four Avatar sequels are being kept tightly under wraps, we do know that the movies will explore the oceans of Pandora, with Avatar 2 and Avatar 3 in particular set to feature a number of underwater sequences.

Given that the Avatar movies rely heavily on performance capture, this change of environment has raised a number of technical challenges for Cameron and his crew, which the filmmaker has discussed in a recent interview with Collider.

“It’s never been done before and it’s very tricky because our motion capture system, like most motion capture systems, is what they call optical base, meaning that it uses markers that are photographed with hundreds of cameras,” said Cameron. “The problem with water is not the underwater part, but the interface between the air and the water, which forms a moving mirror. That moving mirror reflects all the dots and markers,
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A Guide to the Serial Killers (and Infamous Murderers) Taking Over Film and TV

From Jack the Ripper to John Wayne Gacy to Aileen Wuornos, the horrific legacies of serial killers have managed to both appall and intrigue, as people attempt to explore and understand the darkest depths of the human psyche. Hollywood has mined this territory for years, with dozens of scripted true-crime movies and TV series exploring the “why” of those who snap.

But why are we so obsessed? Alex Wolff, who stars in the new movie My Friend Dahmer, about the high school years of the notorious mass murderer Jeffrey Dahmer, has a theory. “People are interested in seeing how things happen and maybe finding out what things could be different,” he tells Et. “Like, what is it about him that’s so different from me, or my next-door neighbor who seems a little bit off? That’s why people are interested in seeing the birth of things like this -- for their own comfort, for their own life
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Watch the New Cast of ‘The Avatar Sequels’ Visit Pandora at Animal Kingdom

With the announcement that filming was finally starting on The Avatar Sequels (official title, for now) also came the news that a number of new cast additions were being made to the next four Avatar movies. Director James Cameron has added a host of young actors to play the offspring of Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) and Neytiri (Zoe Saldana) in the films, as well as other young characters that populate the world of Pandora. As you can imagine, performing a motion-capture role may be a bit of a stretch for a young performer, so producer Jon Landau took all …
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Giovanni Ribisi returning for all four Avatar sequels

With production underway on James Cameron’s Avatar sequels, Deadline is reporting that Giovanni Ribisi has become the latest cast member from the original movie to sign on for all four of the new films.

Ribisi reprises his role of Parker Selfridge, head administrator of the Rda responsible for the mining operations on Pandora. He joins fellow returnees Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Joel David Moore, Cch Pounder, Matt Gerald, Stephen Lang and Sigourney Weaver, while new additions to the cast include Kate Winslet, Oona Chaplin, Cliff Curtis, Britain Dalton, Filip Geljo, Jamie Flatters, Bailey Bass, Trinity Bliss, Jack Champion, and Duane Evans Jr.

Avatar 2 will open on December 18th 2020, followed by Avatar 3 on December 17th 2021, Avatar 4 on December 20th 2024 and Avatar 5 on December 19th 2025.
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Giovanni Ribisi Returns for All Four Avatar Sequels

Giovanni Ribisi Returns for All Four Avatar Sequels
With Avatar 2 and the rest of the Avatar sequels starting production just a few weeks ago, the cast continues to be rounded out, with the latest addition returning from the original blockbuster Avatar. Giovanni Ribisi has come aboard to reprise his role as Parker Selfridge from the original Avatar, joining returning stars such as Sam Worthington (Jake Sully), Zoe Saldana (Neytiri), Sigourney Weaver (Dr. Grace Augustine), Stephen Lang (Colonel Quaritch), Cch Pounder (Moat) and Matt Gerald (Corporal Lyle Wainfleet). This also comes a few weeks after the young Avatar 2 cast was announced, which make up the Sully family, members of the Metkayina Clan and a former Hell's Gate Adolescent.

Giovanni Ribisi also joins a slew of new cast members including Cliff Curtis as Tonowari, the leader of the Pandora underwater reef clan known as the Metkayina Clan, Oona Chaplin as a new character named Varang and Kate Winslet,
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Giovanni Ribisi Will Return to Co-Star in All Four of James Cameron's Avatar Sequels

Giovanni Ribisi is officially set to reprise his role of Peter Selfridge in all four of James Cameron's Avatar sequels. It's been so long since I've seen the first movie that I completely forgot that Ribisi was even in the first movie! 

Peter Selfridge was head administrator of the Rda and here are the details of the character in case you need a little refresher:

Selfridge was prepared to condone the killing of the native Na'vi, but, unlike Colonel Quaritch, hesitated to invoke bad press and trespass his personal morality. Unfortunately, both were unremittingly subservient to the Rda's profit margin. Selfridge was unable, or unwilling, to consider the Na'vi in human terms, dismissing the Omaticaya clan as "fly-bitten savages that live in a tree". Though he supported the long-planned destruction of the Omaticaya Hometree by Quaritch, he appeared to feel remorse upon witnessing the aftermath of the Rda fleet's assault on Hometree,
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Kate Winslet Joins Avatar Sequels, Reuniting with James Cameron

Kate Winslet Joins Avatar Sequels, Reuniting with James Cameron
Kate Winslet has officially joined the cast of Avatar 2, two decades after working with James Cameron on Titanic. Filming for the long awaited four Avatar sequels began in late September, with a reported production budget of over $1 billion dollars, making it the most expensive movie series in history. The first Avatar, released in 2009, is the highest-grossing worldwide release of all time with a whopping $2.7 billion dollars and it looks as if Cameron and the studio are placing their bets that the upcoming sequence will be on par with the first installment.

Deadline reports that Kate Winslet has joined the world of Avatar in a starring role as Ronal. Reuniting with director James Cameron is something that both the actress and director have been wanting to do since they made hugely successful Titanic back in 1997. James Cameron revealed that working with Winslet on Titanic was one of the most rewarding events of his career.
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Kate Winslet and Jame Cameron Are Reuniting - Not For Titanic 2, Sadly

Exactly two decades after they worked together on Titanic, James Cameron and Kate Winslet are reuniting for the long-awaited Avatar sequel. The venerated actress has officially signed on for a starring role in Avatar 2, Deadline Hollywood reports. Winslet will star alongside Zoe Saldana and Sam Worthington, both of whom are reprising their roles as Neytiri and Jake Sully. "Kate and I have been looking for something to do together for 20 years, since our collaboration on Titanic, which was one of the most rewarding of my career," Cameron told Deadline Hollywood. "I can't wait to see her bring the character of Ronal to life." Unfortunately, Cameron has yet to divulge any details about the new character. RelatedShut the Front Door: Kate and Leo Still Quote Titanic to Each Other In addition to its leads, the Avatar sequels also enlisted seven young actors who will presumably play the new generation living in Pandora,
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Kate Winslet Joins The Cast Of James Cameron’s ‘Avatar’ Sequels

Kate Winslet will reunite with her Titanic director James Cameron for the Avatar sequels, which are now in-production.

“Kate and I have been looking for something to do together for 20 years, since our collaboration on Titanic, which was one of the most rewarding of my career,” Cameron told trade blog Deadline. “I can’t wait to see her bring the character of Ronal to life.”

There’s no explanation as to who Ronal is, or how many of the films she will appear in.

Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Joel David Moore, Stephen Lang, Matt Gerald and Sigourney Weaver are returning for the sequels to the 2009 movie, which still remains the highest grossing film of all time at the worldwide box-office. Cliff Curtis and Oona Chaplin are also amongst the cast, whilst Stephen Lang will return as Colonel Miles Quaritch as the movies’ main villain.

Avatar 2 will debut in cinemas
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Kate Winslet will reunite with James Cameron for Avatar sequels

James Cameron has begun production on his ambitious sequels for Avatar, but that apparently hasn’t stopped him from adding cast members to the films. Now, according to Deadline, Cameron is set to reunite with an actress from his second-highest grossing movie, with Kate Winslet joining Avatar 2 and its sequels – marking the the first time she and Cameron have worked together since 1997’s Titanic – with Winslet set to play a character named Ronal.

“Kate and I have been looking for something to do together for 20 years, since our collaboration on Titanic, which was one of the most rewarding of my career,” Cameron said. “I can’t wait to see her bring the character of Ronal to life.”

Its unknown right now if Winslet will be playing a human character or a member of a Na’vi clan. Last week Cameron revealed the group of young actors who will be
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Kate Winslet Reunites With James Cameron For Avatar Sequels

Kate Winslet has joined the cast of James Cameron's Avatar sequels! This is actually really cool news. I've been a fan of the actress since I first saw her in Peter Jackson's Heavenly Creatures. I also loved her in Titanic, which, as you know, is the film she worked with Cameron on. The two have apparently been wanting to work together since and they finally decided that these upcoming Avatar films would be the right time and project for them. When talking to Deadline, Jackson said:

"Kate and I have been looking for something to do together for 20 years, since our collaboration on Titanic, which was one of the most rewarding of my career. I can’t wait to see her bring the character of Ronal to life."

There's no word on who this character Ronal is, how many of the films that she'll be in, or if she's a human or Na'vi.
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Kate Winslet to Reunite With James Cameron in ‘Avatar’ Sequels

Kate Winslet to Reunite With James Cameron in ‘Avatar’ Sequels
Kate Winslet has come on board James Cameron’s “Avatar” sequels, reuniting with the director two decades after they collaborated on “Titanic.”

“Kate and I have been looking for something to do together for 20 years, since our collaboration on ‘Titanic,’ which was one of the most rewarding of my career,” Cameron said. “I can’t wait to see her bring the character of Ronal to life.”

The four sequels will hit theaters starting on Dec. 18, 2020 for “Avatar 2.” “Avatar 3” will open on Dec. 17, 2021, followed by a three-year break for “Avatar 4,” set for Dec. 20, 2024. “Avatar 5” will then debut on Dec. 19, 2025.

Cameron began filming the first of the four Fox movies last week in California. The creator of the original “Avatar” — the 2009 fantasy epic that remains the all-time worldwide box office champion with $2.8 billion — first announced plans for four pics in 2016. He had initially envisioned two sequels, but after meeting with the screenwriters, artists,
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