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It is, I think, essential that a film-centered publication doesn’t throw its hat into the too-large, shriek-filled tunnel that is American electorate discourse, so I’ll tread lightly when posting this new short by James Cameron — one that concerns climate change, premiered at the Democratic National Convention last night, and attacks a major party’s candidate while exalting the efforts of another. But we’re just here for the cinema! (Maybe.)
Anyway, it’s nice to see something from Cameron, even if that something is only a few minutes long and in large part consists of pre-existing footage. (Call this the “Avatar Effect.”) While one might think Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sigourney Weaver‘s participation are about the only thing that give this an auteurist stamp, consider the relationship of this short’s apocalyptic visions with the likes of Terminator 2: Judgement Day, The Abyss, and Titanic… or, well, don’t, »
- Nick Newman
The Democratic National Convention continued last night with more high-profile speeches from Vice Presidential nominee Tim Kaine, current Vice President Joe Biden, and the President of the United States Barack Obama. However, it also featured a short film from one of the most prominent directors working today, and it was introduced by an iconic leading lady.
Actress Sigourney Weaver, who played protagonist Ripley in James Cameron’s “Aliens,” his beloved sequel to “Alien,” introduced a short film directed by Cameron about climate change entitled “Not Reality TV.” Narrated by Weaver, the film demonstrates the catastrophic effect global warming has on the country and attacked Republican nominee Donald Trump for his vicious denial of climate change.”As an American,” Weaver says in her introduction. “I am also deeply concerned about my family’s future, about our shared future as a nation. »
- Vikram Murthi
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
Dion appeared a bit nervous at the beginning of the game where she would have to perform a random song in the style of a random artist. She hit the button and had to perform "Frère Jacques" in the style of her friend Cher. Dion hit Cher's deep warble while also adding a bit of sass »
Since the Department of Justice filed the biggest forfeiture complaint in U.S. history on Wednesday, much of the film industry and beyond has come to understand how Leonardo DiCaprio and his hit 2013 biographical comedy The Wolf of Wall Street have become engulfed in a major embezzlement scandal alleged to involve billions of dollars. But few might appreciate that the whole story started almost two decades earlier, back when a baby-faced DiCaprio was still basking in the post-Titanic "Leo-Mania" limelight and two Malaysian teenagers were sent to boarding school in the U.K. Here's THR's look
- Alex Ritman
[[tmz:video id="0_fjoclcsu"]] Celine Dion is open to working with Britney Spears and J Lo, but the chances of the 3 Las Vegas headliners actually uniting on a project are slim. Celine is in NYC and explained to our photog why she doesn't see it happening. Everyone knows CD's a major diva ... but her reasoning actually isn't. Oh and that "Titanic" theme? She's got 2 words for that hit -- #blessed #cursed. Read more »
- TMZ Staff
30 years ago today, Ripley returned, as badass as ever. On July 18, 1986, Aliens hit theaters, giving audiences a movie that kept the blossoming franchise fresh as it transitioned from sci-fi horror to sci-fi action. This time around, Ripley had a surrogate daughter to protect and a new alien queen to battle, while Sigourney Weaver had a producing credit and a bigger voice in the development of the James Cameron-directed sequel to the 1979 Ridley Scott movie. Ripley paved the way for future action heroines, including Furiosa of last year’s Mad Max: Fury Road. For a HitFix debate of which of the two is a better hero, check out this video. Aliens will get a 30th anniversary celebration at San Diego Comic-Con with a reunion of Cameron, Weaver, and more cast members. Also, announced today, the Comic-Con panel will be live-streamed and available to watch on YouTube inside our outside the convention center this Saturday. »
- Emily Rome
There are few, if any, Hollywood men who are more dreamy than Leonardo DiCaprio. We totally swooned after watching him portray Jack Dawson in Titanic (aka the most romantic love story of all time) and blushed at his charm as Jay Gatsby. And don't even get us started on his praise-worthy role in The Revenant, which earned him his first Oscar. If you love him as much as we do, you need to check out these DiCaprio classics on Netflix. »
- Samantha Netkin
Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio just make sense. Clearly, they think so too, considering that the actors worked together twice more after their star-making turns as star-crossed lovers in 1997's Titanic. No ship could sink the love between Rose and Jack in James Cameron's epic (even if only one of them survived). Heck, even Celine Dion—who sang "My Heart Will Go On"—is still shipping the iconic characters 19 years later. Off-screen, Kate and Leonardo have remained constants in each other's lives. In fact, after her first two marriages ended in divorce, it was Leonardo who gave Kate away to Ned Rocknroll. And though Kate and Leonardo's fans had hoped they secretly got together »
We're not sure what we love the most about this photograph, because it's just too good. Singer Céline Dion was spotted rounding out her high-fashion week in Paris with a style statement that is incredibly hard to ignore (especially if you're all about nostalgia, all the time). Dion stepped out wearing an oversize Titanic sweater. Yes, really! The epic casual piece included a graphic of baby-faced Leonardo DiCaprio, a never-letting-go Kate Winslet and the sinking ship. The words "Coming Soon" are sprawled down each sleeve, proving that this is also quite the collectible. But before you start searching the interwebs to cop yourself a sweater, you may want to double check that piggy bank of »
Celine Dion will never let go, Jack. The singer was spotted leaving the Royal Monceau Raffles hotel in Paris on Friday wearing an oversize Titanic sweatshirt. Celine, who sang the iconic ballad "My Heart Will Go On" for the 1997 Oscar-winning film, flashed a cute smile as she waved to photographers on the street. The sweatshirt, which will set you back $885, features the film's leads, Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, as their characters, Jack Dawson and Rose DeWitt Bukater, as well as the "unsinkable" ship. Each sleeve reads "Coming Soon" in big, bright red letters. Celine's adorable outing comes just six months after she tragically lost her beloved husband, René Angélil, to throat cancer. Since then, she has returned to her Las Vegas residency show and gave a chilling performance at the Billboard Music Awards in May, where she also received the Billboard Icon Award from her 15-year-old son, René-Charles. »
- Caitlin Hacker
*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
The previously announced project, which focuses on a conspiracy plot behind the ship’s sinking, comes 20 years after the global success of James Cameron’s “Titanic.” Production is expected to start in early 2017.
The production will be structured as a China-u.S. co-venture involving Peak Time and Seven Stars Entertainment, a subsidiary of Wu’s Sun Seven Stars Media Group.
Peak Time reports enduring global interest in the sinking of the iconic passenger ship in 1912 while on its maiden commercial voyage. “As a heartfelt cinematic icon, the word ‘Titanic’ remains one of the most searched words on Google worldwide, »
- Patrick Frater
Ryan Lambie Jul 7, 2016
Marred by a troubled production, Event Horizon was a box office flop in 1997. But time has been kind to the sci-fi horror, Ryan writes...
In the spring of 1997, movie journalism was dominated by discussions of doomed ships. James Cameron’s Titanic, originally scheduled for the lucrative 4th July slot that summer, had suffered yet another delay. It added fuel to the growing speculation that Cameron was at the helm of a potential disaster akin to Heaven's Gate. The cost of making the movie had swollen to such huge levels - $200m according to some accounts, and possibly higher according to others - that the financial burden was shouldered by two of Hollywood’s biggest studios, Fox and Paramount.
Next year, the iconic TV series Baywatch makes the transition to the big screen with a new reboot starring Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron. The original series is among the most successful of all time, running for 11 seasons between 1989 and 2001, turning stars Pamela Anderson and the rest of the cast into household names. A new retrospective on the original series reveals quite an interesting revelation, that Oscar winner Leonardo DiCaprio was almost cast on the show when he was just a teenager.
Before he went on to make Oscar winning blockbusters, Leonardo DiCaprio's career began on the small screen, with roles on the 1990 TV series Parenthood and a recurring arc on Growing Pains. The Hollywood Reporter reveals that, at just 15 years of age, the actor auditioned for the role of Mitch Buchannon's (David Hasselhoff) son, Hobie Buchannon, but David Hasselhoff himself "nixed" the casting. Baywatch's original producer Michael Berk »
Back in December, Star Wars: The Force Awakens set the world on fire. Not only was it a follow-up to the much beloved original Star Wars trilogy that ended back in the 1980s, but it was also considered by many to be a worthy successor to it. It successfully captured the flavor and style of that series, all the while pushing the story forward in a new direction.
Audiences responded to this by heading to the theaters in droves, and by the time the film left theaters it had broken $2 billion worldwide, putting it in third place in the overall ranking of box office records. The only other movies that outperformed Star Wars were Titanic and Avatar, and interestingly enough, they are both films from world renowned director James Cameron.
While plenty of filmmakers have given their opinion on the film, James Cameron has largely stayed quiet on the subject. »
- Joseph Medina
The “Titanic” director tiptoed around answering a question about what he thought about the sequel before taking a dig at the film.
“Well, George Lucas is a friend of mine,” he prefaced. “I don’t want to say too much about the film because I also have a lot of respect for J.J. Abrams and I want to see where they’re taking it next.”
But the rest of the “Avatar” helmer’s answer hints that he was not impressed.
“I have to say that I felt that George’s group of six films had more innovative visual imagination, and this film was more of a retrenchment to things you had seen before and characters you had seen before, and it took a few baby steps forward with new characters,” Cameron said. »
- Seth Kelley
James Cameron has dissed fellow director J.J. Abrams. Cameron was asked about Star Wars: The Force Awakens during an interview with YouTuber Keely Stinner. As it turned out, he had recently discussed the latest installment with the series' original director, George Lucas. "I have to say that I felt that George's group of six films had more innovative visual imagination, and this film was more a retrenchment to things you had seen before and characters you had seen before," he said of J.J. Abrams' blockbuster, which is the third highest-grossing film ever behind his own Avatar and Titanic. "It took a few baby steps forward with new characters. So, for me, the jury is out. I want to see where they go with »
It has smashed box-office records around the world and been hailed by critics as a franchise-saver, but there’s one high-profile filmgoer who was underwhelmed by Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
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- Henry Barnes and agencies
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