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Sequel Bits: ‘Avatar 2′, ‘Mission: Impossible 5′, ‘Texas Chainsaw 4′, ‘Fast & Furious 7′

4 hours ago | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Ever wondered how one might bottle the sweet scent of a Sharknado? Tara Reid has the answer with her new fragrance, Shark By Tara. Really. Also after the jump: Simon Pegg reveals where and when M:i 5 will shoot Zoe Saldana talks a tiny bit about the Avatar sequels Also, Zoe Saldana hopes Spock and […]

The post Sequel Bits: ‘Avatar 2′, ‘Mission: Impossible 5′, ‘Texas Chainsaw 4′, ‘Fast & Furious 7′ appeared first on /Film. »

- Angie Han

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Zoe Saldana: Beautiful in Every Color of the Rainbow

4 hours ago | VH1.com | See recent VH1.com news »

After famously being blue in Avatar, Zoe Saldana goes green for her latest role in Guardians of the Galaxy. While the James Cameron film did all her character’s effects in post-production, Guardians required many long days in the makeup chair. And as alien bounty hunter Gamora, her character was hard to shake during off-hours. “I would go home and soak myself in a tub of hot water and then all this green would just come out from my insides — I have no idea, like my pores were green, the pillow was green, my dog was green, the apartment that we were renting was green,” she told Live with Kelly and Michael this week.

With at least five more sci-fi sequels films on deck, we thought we’d go through the trouble of giving Zoe a sneak peek at what she’d look like in every shade of the rainbow »

- VH1

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Ilm Gets Trippy with Scarlett Johansson's VFX in Luc Besson's 'Lucy'

7 hours ago | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Industrial Light & Magic embraced something completely different with Luc Besson's heady sci-fi actioner, "Lucy," in which Scarlett Johansson plays a badass and brainy super-gal who taps her full cerebral capacity in blazing a new evolutionary trail for humanity. Thus, to help visualize how Lucy colonizes her brain after a bizarre drug overdose, Ilm became more design-centric and abstract than usual for Besson's pulpy version of "2001: A Space Odyssey." "It was really fun because it wasn't a thousand shots of robots or things we typically do," admits Ilm VFX supervisor Richard Bluff, a former digital matte artist ("The Avengers," "Avatar"). "It was very small sequences: Fifteen shots in the airplane bathroom [where Lucy decomposes], eight shots of a prehistoric human, 15 shots of time traveling [and the Big Bang]. It was very unique in that sense and it required a lot of new ways to problem-solve and »

- Bill Desowitz

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Film Review: ‘Deepsea Challenge’

8 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Let no one suggest that James Cameron doesn’t put his mouth — and the rest of his body — where his money is. When he isn’t busy tugging at the boundaries of the modern Hollywood blockbuster, the director and National Geographic “explorer-in-residence” lives a lifestyle worthy of one of his own protagonists, whether scouring the real-life wreckage of the Titanic or plummeting into the depths of the Mariana Trench. That last expedition (conducted in 2012) is scrupulously documented by Cameron’s longtime visual effects supervisor John Bruno and co-directors Andrew Wight and Ray Quint in the 3D “Deepsea Challenge,” which follows Cameron as he attempts to re-create the historic 1960 trench dive by Swiss oceanographer Jacques Piccard and U.S. Navy Lt. Don Walsh. While watching Cameron get in touch with his inner Jacques Cousteau won’t be to everyone’s taste, fans of the director and oceanography gearheads should swoon to the immersive, »

- Scott Foundas

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How 'Into the Storm' Built a Better Tornado on a Budget

10 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

This story first appeared in the Aug. 8 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. While visual effects budgets on summer's biggest movies can push $100 million, New Line's upcoming tornado pic Into the Storm defied the odds. Despite unleashing dozens of CG-rendered twisters, it was produced for a thrifty budget of $50 million. Of that, only about $23 million was spent on visual effects, the key selling point of Warner Bros.' Aug. 8 release. To accomplish that, New Line turned to director Steven Quale, who had been a second-unit director on James Cameron's Avatar, where he took

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- Carolyn Giardina

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HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 75 Pairs of Passes to ‘Into the Storm’ With Richard Armitage

18 hours ago | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 75 pairs of advance-screening movie passes up for grabs to the highly anticipated new thriller “Into the Storm” starring Richard Armitage and directed by the visual effect master from “Avatar”!

Into the Storm,” which is rated “PG-13” and opens on Aug. 8, 2014, also stars Sarah Wayne Callies, Matt Walsh, Alycia Debnam-Carey, Arlen Escarpeta, Max Deacon, Nathan Kress, Jeremy Sumpter, Kyle Davis and Scott Lawrence from director Steven Quale and writer John Swetnam.

To win your free “Into the Storm” passes courtesy of HollywoodChicago.com, just get interactive with our social media widget below. That’s it! This screening is on Monday Aug. 4, 2014 at 7 p.m. in downtown Chicago. The more social actions you complete, the more points you score and the higher yours odds of winning! Completing these social actions only increases your odds of winning; this doesn’t intensify your competition! »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Deepsea Challenge 3D Review

19 hours ago | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

What do famous directors do when crafting groundbreaking cinematic adventures becomes a mundane chore? They build their own pressure-resistant submersible, sail around the ocean for a few weeks, and dive deeper than any man has ever attempted to plunge alone. Yes, James Cameron is a modern-day Scrooge McDuck, spending limitless amounts of money just so he can carry out an underwater adventure while all of us watch, becoming this zany character who doesn’t even seem fit for reality. I mean, South Park said it best in the episode entitled “Raising The Bar” – “James Cameron doesn’t do what James Cameron does for James Cameron. James Cameron does what James Cameron does because James Cameron is James Cameron.” Welcome to Deepsea Challenge 3D.

Ever since Cameron was a small boy, he dreamed of exploring oceanic depths many thought to be unreachable. Confessing his geeky obsession with underwater exploration, Cameron wanted »

- Matt Donato

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Guardians Of The Galaxy Review: He Said, She Said

31 July 2014 5:10 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

The blockbuster of the year hits theaters on Friday, but before you head out to your local cinema, Wamg has your review of Guardians Of The Galaxy – twice – with a He Said, She Said look at the film.

©Marvel 2014

By Jim Batts

It’s been nearly four months since Captain America and company took down the forces of Hydra (and dismantled Shield along the way), and so, after the new cinematic adventures of the X-Men and Spider-Man from Fox and Sony, film fans are eager for another trip to the Marvel Studios “movie universe”. With this new feature, that arena gets a major expansion. That’s because they’re getting away from their comfort zone. Actually light years away. We’re not trodding the same ground as Cap and Tony Stark (although much of the Thor flicks bounced between Earth and far-off Asgard). We’re probably nearby that “galaxy far, »

- Movie Geeks

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Best of Late Night TV: Zoe Saldana's 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Makeup, Heidi Klum Rolls With Jimmy Fallon (Video)

31 July 2014 12:43 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

If you're like us and value your sleep, you probably nodded off into your Ambien dreamland before the party started on post-prime time TV. Don't worry; we've got you covered. Here's the best of what happened last night on late night.

"Guardians of the Galaxy" star Zoe Saldana stopped by "The Late Show," where she chatted with host David Letterman about her penchant for playing oddly-colored characters on the big screen. But while her blue skin tone was digitally added in "Avatar," Saldana said Gamora's green hue was "old school," and took five hours in a makeup chair to achieve -- with some nasty results. "The things that were coming out of my nose, my mouth, my...." she trailed off, to the audience's delight. "There was green everywhere."

Saldana and Letterman also discussed the merits of 3D, and while the host loved the use of the technology on "Guardians," the »

- Katie Roberts

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How Will Zoe Saldana Shoot All 5 of Her Upcoming Sci-Fi Sequels?

30 July 2014 4:06 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Enjoy seeing Zoe Saldana while you still can! In due time, she'll disappear for a while to shoot a whopping five big-budget sci-fi movies: In addition to those three sequels to Avatar, she's also got the just-announced sequel Guardians of the Galaxy 2 and Star Trek 3 on her plate — and she's visibly pregnant, to boot. Who's planning this woman's insane schedule?"Not me, not me!" laughed Saldana last night, at a Guardians screening hosted by the Cinema Society, Men's Fitness, and Fiji. "It's the producers of every movie and my agents [who have to plan it]." Which project is she currently prepping for, then? "I do know that Avatar is coming first," said Saldana, who'll be filming Avatar 2, 3, and 4 simultaneously for director James Cameron. "It's been the one in line for a while now, and we're just waiting for Jim to give us the green light so it can happen early next year. My backpack »

- Jennifer Vineyard

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Variety jumps into the deep end of crafts coverage and it's about time

30 July 2014 3:11 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

As one person put it to me, "It's nice to have a trade covering, you know, the trades, because we haven't really had that in some time." Indeed, it's fantastic to see our colleagues at Variety dig in and represent the industry as they are with the newly branded "Artisans" initiative, and it's a long, long time coming. It is and has been an underreported element of the business, but I've happily seen that slowly shift in the decade we've been diligently, sometimes obsessively, covering below-the-line here at In Contention. From the word go, we made these artists a priority around here. They have an insight into the process that is always preferable to the soundbyte-prone "stars" of the circuit, and as someone who has always come at this work from that perspective, those chats are typically the most fulfilling to me. As we've forged ahead, we've witnessed other outlets »

- Kristopher Tapley

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James Gunn opens up about directing Guardians of the Galaxy

30 July 2014 2:25 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Marvel’s latest blockbuster Guardians of the Galaxy is almost upon us and it’s safe to say that it may have become one of the most anticipated movies of the year. Despite Star-Lord and his band of misfits originally being fairly obscure characters in the Marvel Universe, once the first trailer dropped everybody and their grandmother was hyped for this flick, which has since been dubbed the Marvel “pulp space opera”. None of this would’ve been possible without James Gunn. Speaking exclusively to IGN, Gunn opened up about what it was like directing a movie for Marvel.

“When Marvel came to me and pitched the idea…at first I thought, this is kinda a strange idea…and then as I was driving home it just sorta hit me that this was my opportunity to do the movie that I’ve always wanted to do.”

Gunn then went on »

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10 Famous Movies That Ruined The Reputations Of Classic Films

30 July 2014 7:51 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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As tempting as it is to go with out gut reaction when watching a film, it’s hard to truly know how good it actually is without a bit of time. It takes numerous rewatches and distance from the hype of release to truly get a measured view on a movie and quite often your opinions will change.

Just look at Avatar. At the end of 2009 it was hard not get swept up in the hype surrounding James Cameron’s sci-fi epic. A few years on, it may still be the biggest film of all time (unadjusted for inflation – those 3D glasses added a lot), but outside of that bubble of release its hard to muster the same enthusiasm for what is a good-looking retelling of a well-worn story.

Then you have the opposite cult films that take decades to be fully appreciated. 1982 saw the release of both The Thing and Blade Runner. »

- Alex Leadbeater

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Zoe Saldana Gives an Update on Avatar Sequels

30 July 2014 3:23 AM, PDT | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

While promoting Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy," Zoe Saldana was asked to give an updated about the next three "Avatar" sequels, which will bring back not only her, but also Sam Worthington, Sigourney Weaver, and Stephen Lang. "James Cameron is still working on the final drafts of the script and then everyone in the cast will get the call," she explained. "We're going to be shooting mainly in Los Angeles and that will make things easier for me since I live there. Because we're doing the sequels back-to-back and it's going to take at least eight or nine months or more to finish the [three] films." "Avatar 2" is set to hit theaters in December of 2016. "Avatar 3" will follow a year later. And "Avatar 4" will come a year after that. »

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Zoe Saldana gives an update on the Avatar sequels

29 July 2014 2:33 PM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Our favorite blue-skinned Neytiri, Zoe Saldana, who is going green this weekend as the assassin Gamora in Guardians Of The Galaxy has provided an update on James Cameron's Avatar sequels. Up to this point there has been a little too much talk about these sequels for my liking; although, the last great news was that Sigourney Weaver was returning for all three Avatar sequels. I’ll take a website launch or teaser poster at this point! Speaking with the Daily Mirror, Saldana »

- Graham McMorrow

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Zoe Saldana Gives Update on Avatar Sequels

29 July 2014 11:55 AM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

If you’re looking for any new story information on James Cameron’s upcoming Avatar sequels, you might as well go digging in your backyard for unobtainium. Cameron’s follow ups to the highest grossing movie of all time are still shrouded in secrecy, but star Zoe Saldana was able to offer a small update on where the writer-director is on his scripts and the approximate time it will take them to shoot the three sequels back-to-back. 

While promoting Guardians of the Galaxy, Saldana told the Daily Mirror:

"James Cameron is still working on the final drafts of the script and then everyone in the cast will get the call. We're going to be shooting mainly in Los Angeles and that will make things easier for me since I live there. Because we're doing the sequels back-to-back and it's going to take at least eight or nine months or more to finish the (three) films. »

- Eli Reyes

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Zoe Saldana Gets Naked for Women's Health, Shows Off Rarely-Seen Tattoos

29 July 2014 9:45 AM, PDT | TooFab | See recent TooFab news »

Zoe Saldana is baring all!The "Guardians of the Galaxy" star goes naked for the September issue of Women's Health UK, showing off her amazing physique in a photo clearly taken before the pregnant star started to show.With her firm bod and star ribcage tattoos on display, the mom-to-be looks incredible in the revealing spread ... whether she believes it or not."My body is less toned. I do look in the mirror and see things I don't want," she tells the mag. "My first reaction is I breathe and I think, 'I'm a woman, I'm 36, my body is changing.'""There have been times that I was really slender and I didn't like that I sometimes looked a little too muscular and flat chested," she continues. "You'll never be completely happy, so at the end of the day it's like, 'F**k it. Just be happy, regardless.'"The »

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Zoe Saldana Talks 'Avatar 2,3,4,...'

29 July 2014 9:05 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

How many sequels are there going to for James Cameron's Avatar? Two? Three? Honestly, I've lost count. 

The beautiful Zoe Saldana is out going the press round for Guardians of the Galaxy, and was asked about the status of the Avatar sequels, which will shoot back to back to back to... You get the idea.

Here's what Saldana had to say:

James Cameron is still working on the final draughts of the script and then everyone in the cast will get the call.We’re going to be shooting mainly in Los Angeles and that will make things easier for me since I live there.Because we’re doing the sequels back-to-back and it’s going to take at least eight or nine months or more to finish the (three) films.

What are your thoughts on Avatar? I liked it, but, like most, I thought the story wasn't up to par with the visuals. »

- Kellvin Chavez

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"Avatar" Sequels To Film For Nearly A Year

29 July 2014 8:59 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Out doing press for "Guardians of the Galaxy," actress Zoe Saldana has spoken briefly about the upcoming "Avatar" sequels and when they will head into production. She tells The Mirror:

"James Cameron is still working on the final drafts of the script and then everyone in the cast will get the call.

We're going to be shooting mainly in Los Angeles and that will make things easier for me since I live there.

Because we're doing the sequels back-to-back and it's going to take at least eight or nine months or more to finish the (three) films."

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- Garth Franklin

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'Avatar' Sequels Will Shoot for 8 to 9 Months

29 July 2014 7:51 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Avatar is still the number one movie of all time, which has allowed James Cameron to shoot not one, but three sequels all back-to-back. These movies will bring back the original's leading lady, Zoe Saldana. And while she's trading blue skin for green in this weekend's Guardians of the Galaxy, she will be heading back to Pandora soon enough. She took a break from talking about her Marvel Phase Two adventure to discuss going back to work for director James Cameron.

While Zoe Saldana obviously can't give us any story details at this time, she does offer a shooting schedule, and confirms the location for the production, which will require full-time Motion Capture.

"James Cameron is still working on the final drafts of the script and then everyone in the cast will get the call. We're going to be shooting mainly in Los Angeles and that will make things easier »

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