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‘Avatar’ becomes James Cameron’s second biggest hit behind ‘Titanic’

31 December 2009 9:56 AM, PST | ReelLoop.com | See recent Reel Loop news »

The mammoth-budgeted 3D sensation, Avatar, is director James Cameron’s second biggest hit behind the biggest earner of all time, 1997’s Titanic.

Avatar earned another $18.29 million on Tuesday, which pushes the film’s domestic total to a whopping $250.4 million after only 12 days at the box office. The $18.29 million is an increase over last Tuesday’s $16.1 million. Both numbers trail The Dark Knight’s $20.9 million on the all-time non-opening Tuesday list.

Overseas, Avatar has reached $476.2 million as of Dec. 29 for a worldwide total of a staggering $726.6 million. Cameron’s Titanic had a worldwide gross of $1.84 billion with $601 million coming from the United States.

James Cameron’s other top grossing films include Terminator 2: Judgment Day, True Lies, Aliens and The Abyss. It’s hard to tell just how successful Avatar really is when inflated ticket costs from IMAX and 3D sales are added in along with the movie playing on more »

- Reel Loop News Staff

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Foreign boxoffice breaks record in 2009

31 December 2009 8:01 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Another year, another overseas record.

According to preliminary estimates from the six Hollywood major studios, total 2009 foreign boxoffice -- from all territories outside the U.S. and Canada -- notched a new all-time record of $10.7 billion.

The offshore total represents an increase of 7% from 2008's record boxoffice of $9.942 billion and 11% above the then-record $9.5 billion notched in 2007. The 2009 tally is nearly 20% more than the $8.6 billion grossed three years ago, which was also a record.

Of 2009's top 10 best-grossing domestic titles, only three failed to gross more overseas than in the U.S. and Canada: Warners' "The Hangover" ($277 million domestic vs. $190 million foreign); Paramount's "Star Trek" ($258 million vs. $128 million); and DreamWorks Animation/Paramount's "Monsters vs. Aliens" ($198 million vs. $183 million). Warners' "The Blind Side" has not yet been released overseas.

Foreign boxoffice propelled worldwide gross action for a broad array of titles and genres including "Michael Jackson's This Is It," which rolled »

- By Frank Segers

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Week in geek's best of 2009 | Ben Child

31 December 2009 1:56 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

These were the top five science-fiction, fantasy and comicbook movies this year that set my pulse racing. Which were yours?

In this season of lists, I thought I'd run down my top 10 science-fiction, fantasy and comicbook movies of the year. Easy peasy, or so I imagined, until I got to flick No 6 and realised there have actually not been that many films this year which I could put hand on heart and say I've absolutely loved. So here without further ado, are Week in Geek's top five movies of the year, followed by the five I've least enjoyed.

1. Watchmen

Zack Snyder's epic adaptation of the classic graphic novel attracted as many brickbats as it did plaudits from the critics. Those who hated the film pointed out that you couldn't really "get it" without having read the original Alan Moore comic about masked vigilantes living in an alternate 1984. Yet the »

- Ben Child

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Con Games: Bury My Avatar at Wounded Knee

30 December 2009 9:15 AM, PST | Huffington Post | See recent Huffington Post news »

Darwin's restaurant was packed, so we went next door the day after Christmas for the next form of evolution: James Cameron's Avatar, albeit in 2-D, the standard stuff that fills screens to bursting and the stadium seating to capacity. Instead of plush, lush 3-D, we ended up in one of the end-of-civilization screens the Bow-Tie Cinemas keep alive at the frontier outpost of El Jebel, Colorado. All in all, in other words, the worst possible set-up for a movie set up to break the glass ceiling of film with three-dimensional computer-generated movie-making. Even so, with the deck stacked against it, Avatar was much better than good: Cameron -- he of Terminator, Aliens, and Titanic fame -- has now set the bar so high that Steven Spielberg and George Lucas will spend the rest of their careers trying to reach the planet »

- Michael Conniff

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Avatar Trudy Profile Featurette

30 December 2009 4:28 AM, PST | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Michelle Rodriguez discusses her role as Trudy Chacon in James Cameron’s new epic film, “Avatar” aka James Cameron’s Avatar by director James Cameron (Terminator 5, Battle Angel, Titanic) stars Sam Worthington (Clash of the Titans, Terminator Salvation), Sigourney Weaver (Ghostbusters III, Aliens), Michelle Rodriguez (Fast & Furious) and Zoe Saldana (Star Trek). Click Here for more photos, news and videos from James Cameron’s Avatar. Synopsis: In a distant future, humanity discovers the planet ‘Alpha Centauri B-4′, and for those scientists and astronauts who’ve traversed the gulf between neighboring suns and arrived on its alien soil know it as ‘Pandora’. A world filled with an incredible diversity of beautiful and deadly ammonia-breathing lifeforms. [...] »

- Brian Corder

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Sigourney Weaver: Lady Sings the Blu’s

29 December 2009 10:38 AM, PST | AwardsDaily.com | See recent AwardsDaily news »

“We’d better get back, ’cause it’ll be dark soon, and they mostly come at night… mostly.” ~ Newt, Aliens Sigourney Weaver sure knows how to stuff a stocking.  Her daughter Charlotte, »

- Ryan Adams

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Monsters Vs. Aliens: James Cameron's Love/Hate Relationship with Technology

29 December 2009 8:52 AM, PST | ifc.com | See recent IFC news »

[Major spoilers ahead for "Avatar" and other James Cameron films.]

Like all of James Cameron's six previous films, "Avatar" is a war of worlds both literal and figurative. Colonists from the planet Earth do battle with the native inhabitants of a moon named Pandora over the right to mine a rare and powerful mineral. Cameron casts the struggle as a conflict between the technological world (the humans and their advanced military) and the natural world (the natives, known as the Na'vi, who share a symbiotic relationship with their environment). Given that the humans are characterized as greedy and violent while the Na'vi are portrayed as caring and spiritual, it isn't particularly surprising that the movie ultimately treats the Na'vi as the heroes and the humans as villains. But it's a little curious when you consider that this condemnation of industrialization appears in a film made using some of the most cutting-edge moviemaking technology ever devised by man. »

- Matt Singer

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Avatar Quaritch Profile Featurette

29 December 2009 7:00 AM, PST | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Stephen Lang dicusses his role as Colonel Miles Quaritch in James Cameron’s new epic film, “Avatar” aka James Cameron’s Avatar by director James Cameron (Terminator 5, Battle Angel, Titanic) stars Sam Worthington (Clash of the Titans, Terminator Salvation), Sigourney Weaver (Ghostbusters III, Aliens), Michelle Rodriguez (Fast & Furious) and Zoe Saldana (Star Trek). Click Here for more photos, news and videos from James Cameron’s Avatar. Synopsis: In a distant future, humanity discovers the planet ‘Alpha Centauri B-4′, and for those scientists and astronauts who’ve traversed the gulf between neighboring suns and arrived on its alien soil know it as ‘Pandora’. A world filled with an incredible diversity of beautiful and deadly ammonia-breathing [...] »

- Brian Corder

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"Avatar" Chosen by AFI as One of Year's Top Moments!

29 December 2009 6:35 AM, PST | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

The American Film Institute has released its list of 2009's "Moments of Significance" and hailed James Cameron's "Avatar" as one of the "events" of 2009. Yet, the film wasn't chosen as one of the year's best movies. (Take a look at AFI's Top 10 of 2009 right here)

But their picks are quite intriguing -- Twitter, Reality Shows, Leno, Michael Jackson. Here's the complete AFI Moments of Significance:

AFI Moments Of Significance

Avatar - James Cameron.S Milepost In The Evolution Of The Art Form

James Cameron.s pioneering effort to unleash the human imagination was fully realized in 2009 with the release of Avatar, a film that firmly established itself as a landmark in the way stories are told.

With an army of technological wizards at his side, writer/director/producer/co-editor Cameron called upon the forces of art and technology to create new tools for storytelling that are groundbreaking in both scope and scale. »

- Manny

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Avatar Scorpion Design Featurette

27 December 2009 11:00 PM, PST | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Here’s another very cool design featurette for the Scorpion, from James Cameron’s new epic film, “Avatar” aka James Cameron’s Avatar by director James Cameron (Terminator 5, Battle Angel, Titanic) stars Sam Worthington (Clash of the Titans, Terminator Salvation), Sigourney Weaver (Ghostbusters III, Aliens), Michelle Rodriguez (Fast & Furious) and Zoe Saldana (Star Trek). Click Here for more photos, news and videos from James Cameron’s Avatar. Synopsis: In a distant future, humanity discovers the planet ‘Alpha Centauri B-4′, and for those scientists and astronauts who’ve traversed the gulf between neighboring suns and arrived on its alien soil know it as ‘Pandora’. A world filled with an incredible diversity of beautiful and deadly ammonia-breathing [...] »

- Brian Corder

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The 15 Most Anticipated Films of 2010

27 December 2009 10:16 AM, PST | ReelLoop.com | See recent Reel Loop news »

So you’ve unwrapped all of your Christmas presents, received three copies of District 9 from multiple uncommunicative family members, and the year of 2009 is about to be wrapped up. The debate is over: 2009 has been a great year for film. So what do you do now?

Why, start thinking about what’s around the corner, of course!

While there’s less in the way of interesting sci-fi, as 2009 will surely be remembered for, 2010 has plenty of interesting new films in store, as well as some remakes, reboots and sequels. Here’s a list of the 15 most anticipated films of 2010, in order of release, followed by a minefield of movies you might consider avoiding.

The Wolfman (February 12)

Originally scheduled for release this year and pushed back due to production delays, it seems that Joe Johnston’s The Wolfman is finally upon us. While news of reshoots and delays always send »

- John Cooper

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Our Complete Official 2009 Christmas Weekend Movie Guide

25 December 2009 5:10 AM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Following the success of our Thanksgiving Movie Guide, Marco has put together another new movie guide for Christmas. So here it is, our very first Christmas Weekend Movie Guide. Marco has seen almost everything out there, and while you may not always agree with him, he provides the best review he can to make it just a little bit easier for you to choose a movie. We've included 10 films in this guide, and if there's one that's missing, it's probably in our Thanksgiving Guide, since some of those movies are still playing in theaters today. If you're struggling to figure out what to see this weekend, then look no further. Read on! This is an alphabetized list containing 10 films that, as of today, are playing in most theaters nationwide. Avatar Marco's Rating: B Directed by: James Cameron (Terminator, Aliens, Titanic) Starring: Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver Rated: PG-13 Length: »

- Marco Cerritos

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Avatar Samson Design Featurette

24 December 2009 11:48 PM, PST | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Watch a brand new design featurette for the Samson, from James Cameron’s new epic film, “Avatar” aka James Cameron’s Avatar by director James Cameron (Terminator 5, Battle Angel, Titanic) stars Sam Worthington (Clash of the Titans, Terminator Salvation), Sigourney Weaver (Ghostbusters III, Aliens), Michelle Rodriguez (Fast & Furious) and Zoe Saldana (Star Trek). Click Here for more photos, news and videos from James Cameron’s Avatar. Synopsis: In a distant future, humanity discovers the planet ‘Alpha Centauri B-4′, and for those scientists and astronauts who’ve traversed the gulf between neighboring suns and arrived on its alien soil know it as ‘Pandora’. A world filled with an incredible diversity of beautiful and deadly ammonia-breathing [...] »

- Brian Corder

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Cameron's Avatar: Jar Jar Binks Meets Pocahontas

24 December 2009 7:09 AM, PST | Huffington Post | See recent Huffington Post news »

"...full of sound and fury, signifying nothing." ~ Shakespeare, MacBeth, Act V, Scene V James Cameron made two films that are high on my list of favorites: Terminator 2 and Aliens -- not least because powerful women are central to the stories (even though he gave them the most conservative and clichéd motivation for heroism: maternal protectiveness). He was a taut, visually inventive storyteller once. But all his films after The Abyss increasingly resemble the Hindenburg: bloated, self-indulgent, lacking originality and subtlety in all but F/X. The latest iteration, Avatar, is the culmination of these traits and a poster boy of the industry's tendency to let CGI spectacle be the sole concern. A quarter of a billion dollars went into the film, the Gnp of a small country, yet they couldn't pay a decent Sf writer a paltry sum to »

- Athena Andreadis, Ph.D.

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Where should sci-fi boldly go in 2010?

24 December 2009 3:41 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

With the success of Star Trek, Avatar and District 9, It's been a high-profile year for science-fiction, but has the quality matched the publicity? What new paths might the genre explore in the next decade?

Earlier this year, sci-fi actioner Pandorum proved that you can concoct an entertaining - if rather artistically bankrupt - thriller in space by splicing together bits of other popular genre flicks: in this case, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Alien and Brit horror flick The Descent. Looking forward to next year's crop of sci fi movies, I wonder if Repo Men might follow a similar route.

The film is not, as its name suggests, a sequel to Alex Cox's wry 1984 punk cult classic, but rather an original piece based on the 2009 novel The Repossession Mambo, by Eric Garcia. I say original, for Repo Men seems to have grabbed elements of every sci fi flick from Gattaca to Minority Report, »

- Ben Child

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Avatar Thanator Design Featurette

23 December 2009 11:00 PM, PST | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Director James Cameron and concept artist Yuri Bartoli, discuss the design of Pandora’s violent Thanator in the new epic film “Avatar” aka James Cameron’s Avatar by director James Cameron (Terminator 5, Battle Angel, Titanic) stars Sam Worthington (Clash of the Titans, Terminator Salvation), Sigourney Weaver (Ghostbusters III, Aliens), Michelle Rodriguez (Fast & Furious) and Zoe Saldana (Star Trek). Click Here for more photos, news and videos from James Cameron’s Avatar. Synopsis: In a distant future, humanity discovers the planet ‘Alpha Centauri B-4′, and for those scientists and astronauts who’ve traversed the gulf between neighboring suns and arrived on its alien soil know it as ‘Pandora’. A world filled with an incredible diversity [...] »

- Brian Corder

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'Aliens vs. Predator' Video Game Trailer

23 December 2009 3:32 PM, PST | FEARnet | See recent FEARnet news »

I don't know that anyone has really had much luck when they've placed the words Aliens and Predator together, but from the looks of it, Sega may have hit gold with their new Aliens vs. Predator video game. Not only does it seem to capture the essence of what an Aliens vs. Predator match up should look like (even those Alien eggs look amazing), they've got Lance Henriksen providing the voice of character Karl Bishop Weyland. Hit the jump for the trailer and tell us we're wrong. I dare you! The corporation of Weyland-Yutani has a few skeletons in their closet in this story trailer for Aliens vs. Predator. »

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Multiple Personality Disorder Report

23 December 2009 2:15 PM, PST | QuietEarth.us | See recent QuietEarth news »

#1 James Cameron to redo “The Fantastic Voyage

Now don’t be getting too excited because there’s no news that Cameron will direct the project but Variety does report that Cameron is producing the film and from what I can gather, the project (and a few more to follow) is an effort to make use and money from the expensive technology he spent years prepping for Avatar. It’s a great opportunity to remake this sci-fi classic but with “Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem” writer Shane Salerno on board to adapt the original story, I can’t say I’m all that excited.

#2 Natalie Portman starring in “Pride Prejudice and Zombies”

This seems like an odd pairing but Portman does have the looks for period drama though I’m not sure what possessed her to agree to a period piece about a man searching for love amidst a zombie outbreak. Portman »

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Weekly Poll Results: Best James Cameron Movie

23 December 2009 9:44 AM, PST | FilmJunk | See recent FilmJunk news »

Last week we asked you what the best James Cameron movie is, and you guys responded with plenty of votes... the majority of them going to Terminator 2: Judgment Day! I think we all knew it was going to be a race between T2 and Aliens, but T2 won by a pretty large margin. Aliens was a distant second with 27% of the votes, followed by The Terminator and The Abyss. Surprisingly, Piranha 2 actually got more votes than True Lies, and unfortunately, not a single vote was cast for either of James Cameron's undersea documentaries. Come on, don't we have any lovers of sunken ships and strange fish out there? What do you think, should Avatar be higher on this list? 1. Terminator 2: Judgment Day -- 37.9% 2. Aliens -- 27.8% 3. The Terminator -- 8.1% 4. The Abyss -- 5.8% 5. Titanic -- 5.6% 5. Avatar -- 5.6% 7. Piranha 2 -- 3.7% 8. True Lies -- 3.5% 10. Ghosts of the Abyss -- 0% 10. Aliens of the Deep »

- Sean

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A Trailer for the Latest Aliens vs. Predator Game

23 December 2009 | shocktillyoudrop.com | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

Sega is out to remove the bad taste left in your mouth from two films that found Fox's franchise starters, Alien and the Predator, against one another. Coming March 31 for the PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 is Aliens vs. Predator and a pretty killer trailer is now online (watch below). In the game, you can play as a Predator, Marine, and Alien in three different experiences that intertwine into one story. Lance Henriksen is returning to voice the role of Karl Bishop Weylan. Get a look at the character here . Video Games | Aliens vs Predator | Weyland-Yutani Trailer HD XBox 360 | Playstation 3 | Nintendo Wii »

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