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San Diego — While promoting the 30th anniversary DVD/Blu-ray release of “Aliens” at Comic-Con Saturday, director James Cameron explained why his “Avatar” series needs the scope of the three sequels he announced at Cinema-Con in April. He also finally dropped details on a Blu-ray release of his 1989 sci-fi film “The Abyss.”
“The ‘Avatar’ story arc was originally meant to be a trilogy, but I overwrite, and my writers overwrote as well,” Cameron told Variety in an interview. “But basically the first of the sequels cloned itself and became two films, so now it’s four films. And the studio’s very happy with it. They have an opportunity to make more money, but it’s also an opportunity to spend a lot more money, too, so there’s a clench factor.”
The aim, he said, is to orchestrate production in such a way that he can drop the films a year apart. »
- Kristopher Tapley
The first sequel to the film “Alien,” stars Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Ripley, the sole survivor of the attack on the Nostromo, as she returns to the planet where her crew encountered the Alien, only this time with a crew of space marines. Naturally, everything goes wrong, and it’s up to Ripley to stop another attack from killing her and a traumatized young girl named Newt (Carrie Henn).
Now, the film’s cast are celebrating the anniversary with a panel at this year’s Comic-Con, with a live stream Q&A featuring questions from audience members and the Internet. The people participating include James Cameron, producer Gale Anne Hurd, Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton, Lance Henriksen, Paul Reiser, »
- Vikram Murthi
Let it be known that Jason Bourne, the CIA’s elusive secret agent, is a man of few words. Opting to shoot first, pummel a few goons, and then ask questions, all across Universal’s action franchise Matt Damon’s spy has ensured his fists do the talking – a trend that will absolutely continue in two weeks’ time.
That’s because, as Damon revealed to The Guardian, Jason Bourne has only 25 lines of dialogue in Paul Greengrass’ imminent actioner and here, the actor himself offered his own two cents about maintaining the reticent, glowering demeanour that has helped Bourne become a genre icon.
“Well, I’ve done it three times. In the first movie, the Marie Kreutz character is still alive, so Bourne has a sounding board and he’s more confused about who he is and a lot more chatty. Once she dies in the first act of the second movie, »
- Michael Briers
In 1991, Arnold Schwarzenegger was paid $15 million to star in Terminator 2: Judgment Day, a movie where he only speaks 700 worlds in 137 minutes. That’s roughly $21,429 per word. Earlier this year, everyone slowly realized that Henry Cavill’s Superman had very little to say in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, even though […]
The post Matt Damon Has Only 25 Lines of Dialogue in ‘Jason Bourne’ appeared first on /Film. »
- Jacob Hall
Directed by Paul Feig.
Starring Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, Chris Hemsworth, Andy Garcia, Charles Dance, Michael Kenneth Williams, Cecily Strong, Neil Casey, Elizabeth Perkins, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Ernie Hudson and Annie Potts
Following a ghost invasion of Manhattan, paranormal enthusiasts Erin Gilbert and Abby Yates, nuclear engineer Jillian Holtzmann, and subway worker Patty Tolan band together to stop the otherworldly threat.
It is completely ridiculous that the gender politics controversy surrounding Paul Feig’s (Spy, The Heat, and Bridesmaids) Ghostbusters reboot has spiraled out of control to the point where I must begin my review by saying up front that while I do not particularly think this film is great, I am not misogynistic or sexist. Some of my most highly praised movies of last year here starred women (Brie Larson gave the best acting achievement of 2015 in the emotionally charged Room, »
- Robert Kojder
*Spoilers for the Terminator franchise
There was a time, if you remember, when James Cameron wasn’t weirdly obsessed with those funny blue aliens over on Pandora. Back in the early ’90s, when Tarantino was paving his way into Hollywood and Spielberg was bringing dinosaurs back to life, Cameron was busy cranking out ready-made classics like True Lies, The Abyss (okay, it was ’89) and, most notably, a sequel to his time-travelling actioner The Terminator (he also made in that decade some movie about a big ship that sinks but I forget the name). These days, a glance at Cameron’s IMDb page sadly yields little more than an endless list of Avatar sequels.
In total its four sequels to a film which arguably doesn’t need one, none of which he’s even begun shooting yet. This will fill »
- Edward Gardiner
Aliens is currently celebrating its 30th anniversary, and that being the case, a lot of the cast and filmmakers who worked on the movie have been reflecting on it recently and looking ahead to the future of the franchise. Sigourney Weaver is pretty much the most consistent player in the Alien franchise, and she isn't quite done with Ripley yet. She has plans to play the character one more time in Neill Blomkamp's proposed Alien 5, and she recently shared some details on what to expect from the movie.
Speaking with EW about the recently announced Aliens reunion that will be taking place at San Diego Comic Con this month, the subject of Blomkamp's sequel inevitably came out. The movie appears to be on hold for now, but Weaver is talking about it as though it is still very much alive, and she clarified some things about the timeline of the movie, »
Terminator 2 Turns 25
It’s been twenty-five years since Terminator 2: Judgement Day descended on Us audiences. James Cameron pulled an Aliens and again managed to create a sequel that surpassed the original by switching the plot around on its head.
In The Terminator Sarah Connor, played by Linda Hamilton, was hunted down by a killer cyborg, played of course by Arnold Schwarzengger. The second time around the villain became the hero and Arnie was in charge of Sarah’s young son John Connor and had to prevent him being murdered by Robert Patrick‘s liquid-metal T-1000.
It’s a movie whose legacy continues, and we don’t mean those terrible follow-ups. The film was a landmark in special effects, story-telling, summer blockbusters and sequels. To celebrate a quarter of a century with time-travelling terminators turned saviour, here’s a list of facts that you might not know:
Terminator 2 Turns 25
1. In »
- Kat Hughes
Ryan Lambie Jul 6, 2016
In the middle of 1983, James Cameron suddenly found himself unexpectedly busy. He had rewrites to do on The Terminator, a project that was supposed to start filming that summer but wound up being pushed back due to its star Arnold Schwarzenegger's other work commitments. At the same time, he also had two other scripts to write: a Rambo sequel for Carolco and an Alien sequel for 20th Century Fox.
Seemingly unfazed, Cameron simply worked out how many pages he had to write, divided the number by the amount of time he had - about four months - and got down to work. Three of the most successful action movies of the 1980s therefore had their creative genesis at roughly the same time, as Cameron spent »
Before he was working with hundred-million-dollar budgets — hell, before he was even making that “Piranha” sequel — James Cameron was an aspiring filmmaker like any other. He first announced himself to the world with 1978’s “Xenogenesis,” a 12-minute short made in 1978. If you’re curious where the king of the world got his start, watch the shoestring sci-fi project below.
Beginning with a series of illustrations set to narrated voiceover, the film bills itself as “man’s ultimate adventure.” William Wisher stars as a passenger aboard a sentient spacecraft looking for a suitable environment to start anew — imagine a shoestring version of the prologue from “Prometheus.” Long before he reaches this new beginning, the spacefarer encounters a rather large robot whose functionality appears to extend well beyond maintenance and upkeep. This results in the »
- Michael Nordine
With aliens returning to Earth for more city-crushing chaos in this week’s belated sci-fi sequel Independence Day: Resurgence, how well do you know other scenes of wanton carnage?
Fast & Furious 6
Die Hard 4.0
Fast & Furious 7
London Has Fallen
7 and above.
You're safe in a bunker!
0 and above.
You're a disaster
4 and above.
You're the »
- Benjamin Lee
Great actors get tons of accolades in Hollywood, the Walk of Fame,
Emmys, People Choice Awards, etc. But, the barometer that they use to determine their validity comes from somewhere a little different.
If an actor gets a statue at Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, it’s safe to say that they have finally arrived and are really and truly famous. In the same vein, a movie doesn’t become iconic until a branded slot game, based on its plot, is created. Interested in learning more? This article reviews and recommends some of the best-branded slots based on
movies that you can find at instacasino.com/, and other similar sites.
Virtually everyone has heard of Jurassic Park, especially since a new series in the franchise was recently released. In this case, we are talking about the Steven Spielberg-directed Blockbuster film from the early nineties.
In this video slot »
- The Hollywood News
Even though Ewan Bremner was spotted shooting scenes in Edinburgh last week, production officially begins on the long-awaited Trainspotting 2, or T2 as they are calling it (you know James Cameron will have a thing or two to say about this), and to celebrate that fact Sony Pictures have released an announcement trailer, heralding the fact that director Danny Boyle and the original cast of Bremner, Ewan McGregor, Jonny Lee Miller, and Robert Carlye are all returning. While it may just be recut footage from the original, it does a great job of getting us excite for the return of Renton, Spud, Begbie, and Sick Boy. Check it out below. Trainspotting 2 hits screens on January 27th 2017. »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
While Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s immortal words, “I’ll be back,” helped launch a franchise, and James Cameron‘s vision and unrivaled skill for spectacle cemented its place in cinema history, the “Terminator” series also owes a considerable debt to composer Brad Fiedel. Scoring the first film and the follow-up, “Terminator 2: Judgment Day,” his throbbing, futuristic work helped established […]
- Edward Davis
With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit the interwebs. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.
As Hollywood struggles to reinvent their array of superheroes with each iteration, it’s no surprise that audiences would become hungry for something off the beaten path. While it’s not the first post-modern comic-book adaptation, Deadpool is billed as ushering in a new direction: a fan-spurred, self-aware tentpole that’s R-rated to its core, featuring a wise-ass character (don’t call him »
- TFS Staff
Like the first words out of a baby’s mouth, the first lines uttered in a film are important. These are our picks for the 10 best opening lines in film.
Spring is upon us, and what better way to celebrate the beginning of brighter days than to celebrate the best film beginnings of all time! Check back all month long as we look at the films with the best beginnings.
Check out the previous entries into this series here:
Top 10 Opening Credits Sequences in Film
Top 10 Opening Shots in Film
Top 10 Opening Scenes in Film
It can be argued that a character’s lines can move a film forward and have more of an impact on the audience than any amount of action or breathtaking filmmaking. Lines, including narrations provide a source of information often more direct than an image. It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (G.S. Perno)
Back in August 2015, we reported that The CW Network has picked up a new Friday the 13th TV series, with The Pretender creators Steven Long Mitchell and Craig W. Van Sickle coming aboard to write the pilot script. We haven't heard anything about the project since then, but with the network's upfront presentation coming next month, don't expect to hear about this series moving forward any further. Today we have a new report that claims The CW has halted plans to bring Jason Voorhees to the network.
We first reported on the series back in 2014, when Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films and Crystal Lake Entertainment signed on to develop the series, with special effects artists Bill Basso (Terminator 2: Judgment Day) and Jordu Schell (Avatar) coming aboard to write the script. That incarnation of the show was said to feature Jason Voorhees through multiple time periods. When Steven Long Mitchell and »
Conventional wisdom often assumes that a film franchise will become steadily more diluted with each subsequent installment. While sequels like Terminator 2: Judgment Day and The Empire Strikes Back are revolutionary masterworks that changed the face of the industry forever, the vast majority of follow-ups to hit films pales in comparison to the original releases that captured audiences’ collective imagination.
In the world of horror flicks, this generalization perhaps applies more strongly than it does to most other genres. Because horror centers on building suspense and crafting terrifying images that will haunt moviegoers long after the credits roll, most sequels within the genre offer increasingly diminishing returns with regards to memorable scares and compelling stories, content to simply regurgitate and repackage what worked initially. However, there are exceptions to every rule.
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With Rings, Amityville: The Awakening and The Conjuring 2 headed to theaters this year, »
- Robert Yaniz Jr.
James Cameron just won’t let this go, will he? Having spent the last decade almost in development and finally pre-production on a sequel to Avatar, his 2009 3D science-fiction epic which remains the most lucrative film ever made (only second even to Gone With the Wind, adjusted for inflation) what then expanded to three sequels making up a trilogy has now expanded to four, a quadrilogy, all of which presumably will shoot simultaneously and leave Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana and co. effectively locked up for surely a couple of years reacting to green screen (to which Twitter reacted wonderfully, incidentally). Who’s to say Cameron will stop at four? Before now and the start of filming, this could spawn the Avatar Extended Universe the way the self-professed ‘King of the World’ is going. The strange thing about the Avatar sequels is »
- Tony Black
One of the reasons I love James Cameron is because he is so absurdly ambitious, and more often than not, when he aims high, he actually hits the target. From The Abyss through Avatar, every time Cameron made a film, it would be accompanied by tons of press about how much money he was spending and how crazy he was and what a giant failure each film would be. It’s become a fairly familiar pattern. How many times in a row does someone have to do something before people stop predicting failure? At least three times, he’s made the most expensive movie of all time and the film has become a massive hit anyway. Forget about the business side of things, though. What I love about James Cameron is his single-mindedness. When he believes in something, he attacks it with everything he has. I remember the two years »
- Drew McWeeny
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