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Alita: Battle Angel Wraps Filming; Michelle Rodriguez Confirmed To Play Gelda

22 February 2017 1:23 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Ghost in the Shell is now beginning to make the final preparations ahead of its March 31st release, but there’s another high-profile manga movie incubating in Hollywood, and that’s Alita: Battle Angel.

Truth be told, it’s been a long, meandering road for the live-action feature film. Initially hatched as a James Cameron vehicle, Yukito Kishiro’s nine-volume manga soon fell onto the back-burner at 20th Century Fox as the director devoted most, if not all of his time and resources to fanning the flames of his Avatar franchise. The overriding message coming out of Fox was that Alita: Battle Angel was dormant, not dead, and after drafting in Robert Rodriguez at the helm, it didn’t take long before the project was whipped into shape.

Eager to see the adaptation through to the end, Cameron remains attached to produce Battle Angel, which has since recruited a host »

- Michael Briers

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Michelle Rodriguez Secretly Joined Alita: Battle Angel

22 February 2017 11:39 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Production has been under way on the highly-anticipated Alita: Battle Angel for the past few months, with filming coming to an end last week. While a number of cast members were announced last year, there is one mystery role that hasn't been announced until today, with Michelle Rodriguez being cast as Gelda from the original manga by Yukito Kishiro. It remains to be seen how faithful this movie version of Gelda is to the source material, but in the original manga, Gelda was described as a "slim cyborg warrior."

Entertainment Weekly broke the news, although it remains unclear if there are other mystery characters that haven't been announced at this time. Michelle Rodriguez joins a cast that includes Rosa Salazar as the title character, alongside Christoph Waltz, Eiza Gonzalez, Jackie Earle Haley, Mahershala Ali, Ed Skrein, Jennifer Connolly and Lana Condor. This project has been in development for several years, »

- MovieWeb

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Disney's World of Avatar Ride Videos Take You Into Pandora

21 February 2017 12:49 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

A few weeks ago, Disney Parks announced that their highly-anticipated Pandora World of Avatar ride will finally open its doors at Disney's Animal Kingdom on May 27. Today we have three new videos which give fans a sneak peek at various aspects of this park, including the Na'vi River Journey, Avatar: Flight of Passage and much more. Disney Parks has also released a behind-the-scenes video with Disney Imagineer Joe Rodhe, who gives us an extended look at this immersive adventure and reveals how this park is a perfect fit for Disney's Animal Kingdom.

Joe Rohde, who played a major part in the original development for Disney's Animal Kingdom in the 1990s revealed that the themes in both the film Avatar and the values the designers of Disney's Animal Kingdom had in mind when planning the park are the same. Both the film and this attraction emphasize the intrinsic value of nature. »

- MovieWeb

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Disney Debuts New Teaser Videos for 'Avatar' Attractions

20 February 2017 4:06 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

The world of Avatar is taking one more step toward reality. 

Though the James Cameron-directed films are not quite ready to return to theaters, Disney has debuted another set of videos teasing the world of Pandora in its parks. 

The World of Avatar is set to make its debut this summer in Disney's Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla. The park has released two new videos with footage highlighting the world of Pandora attractions. 

The videos tease the Na'vi River Journey, "where you can navigate a mystical river," and Avatar Flight of Passage, "where you can »

- THR Staff

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Jon Favreau’s VFX Master: Why ‘The Jungle Book’ Will Win the Only Oscar It Can Get

20 February 2017 3:26 PM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Last year, the Academy rewarded George Miller’s Best-Picture contender “Mad Max: Fury Road” with 10 Oscar nominations and six wins. Jon Favreau’s “The Jungle Book” belongs in the same cinematic groundbreaker category, but partly because Disney marketing wasn’t able to pull the movie out of its family movie ghetto, only the Visual Effects branch of the Academy nominated this wondrous achievement that wowed global moviegoers to the tune of $964 million worldwide.

Favreau and screenwriter Justin Marks took Rudyard Kipling’s classic tales of Mowgli and his brothers and, with help from James Cameron and Martin Scorsese’s go-to VFX master Rob Legato (“Titanic,” “Aviator,” “Hugo”), created a seamlessly natural digital world with many vibrant animal characters — and one live boy (Neel Sethi).

Read More: Why Photographic Realism Makes Disney’s ‘The Jungle Book’ the VFX Oscar Favorite

Finally, “The Jungle Book” will win an Oscar for its only nomination, »

- Anne Thompson

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Jon Favreau’s VFX Master: Why ‘The Jungle Book’ Will Win the Only Oscar It Can Get

20 February 2017 3:26 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Last year, the Academy rewarded George Miller’s Best-Picture contender “Mad Max: Fury Road” with 10 Oscar nominations and six wins. Jon Favreau’s “The Jungle Book” belongs in the same cinematic groundbreaker category, but partly because Disney marketing wasn’t able to pull the movie out of its family movie ghetto, only the Visual Effects branch of the Academy nominated this wondrous achievement that wowed global moviegoers to the tune of $964 million worldwide.

Favreau and screenwriter Justin Marks took Rudyard Kipling’s classic tales of Mowgli and his brothers and, with help from James Cameron and Martin Scorsese’s go-to VFX master Rob Legato (“Titanic,” “Aviator,” “Hugo”), created a seamlessly natural digital world with many vibrant animal characters — and one live boy (Neel Sethi).

Read More: Why Photographic Realism Makes Disney’s ‘The Jungle Book’ the VFX Oscar Favorite

Finally, “The Jungle Book” will win an Oscar for its only nomination, »

- Anne Thompson

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James Cameron Names Zack Snyder, Robert Rodriguez, & Tim Miller As Inspirations

20 February 2017 10:31 AM, PST | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

Without a doubt, James Cameron is one of the most influential voices in film today (perhaps even in history). Sure, the guy tends to make one film a decade, but when he does actually release a movie, they, without fail, go one to become cultural phenomenons. Terminator 2, Titanic, Avatar -- these are all movies that have defined generations, and they’re movies that continue on as staples of their respective genres.

Of course, creativity doesn’t happen by accident, and it doesn’t happen in a vacuum. Creativity feeds creativity, and like any creative person, James Cameron survives on a healthy diet of other people’s works. But on whose works is Cameron actually feeding? Speaking with Megat Danial, Cameron shared that very thing.

“Directors that continue to inspire me…Ridley Scott. I mean, I’ll go to any Ridley Scott movie, even the ones that bomb, to me, are great, »

- Joseph Medina

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Interview: on Jungle Book's live-action aping Visual Effects

20 February 2017 9:35 AM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

You may not know the name Robert Legato, but you definitely know his work. He's been on the visual effects teams of all sorts of blockbusters (Armageddon, Interview with the Vampire) and won his first Oscar for groundbreaking work on one of the most popular films of all times Titanic (1997) before creating the system that allowed for Avatar (2009). Hes' got two Oscars (Titanic and Hugo), two BAFTAs (Apollo 13 & Jungle Book) and two Emmys (both for Star Trek series). Will a third Oscar follow next weekend? It looks likely for the live action photorealism of the not really live action Jungle Book

Though a lot of the particulars of his craft are still a mystery to me after our conversation, I've cherry picked some pieces to share with you that are more readily translatable from our moviegoing perspective. 

Nathaniel R: Rob, I'm not sure where to even begin with your work on Jungle Book. »

- NATHANIEL R

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‘Avatar’ Land Trailers Tease Disney Theme Park Riffs on James Cameron’s Film

20 February 2017 9:30 AM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

We’ve written before about the ongoing theme park cold war between Disney and Universal Studios, both of whom are battling it out to become the top dog in this industry. Universal took the high ground when it debuted the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, but Disney is returning fire with a James Cameron-powered salvo: Pandora: […]

The post ‘Avatar’ Land Trailers Tease Disney Theme Park Riffs on James Cameron’s Film appeared first on /Film. »

- Jacob Hall

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Zoe Saldana Gives Birth to Third Son, Zen

19 February 2017 10:44 AM, PST | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

Guardians of the Galaxy and Avatar actress Zoe Saldana announced via social media she has given birth to her third child, a baby boy. Saldana and her husand Marco Perego named the boy Zen. Saldana has been married to Italian artist Perego since 2013. “Marco and I are elated to share the news of the […]

  Source: uInterview

The post Zoe Saldana Gives Birth to Third Son, Zen appeared first on uInterview. »

- Aleks Simeonova

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‘Isolation’ Trailer: Because ‘Avatar,’ ‘Prison Break,’ and ‘Battlestar Galactica’ Actors Gotta Eat

17 February 2017 4:00 PM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Look, Isolation: you kind-of, sort-of had me with “Stephen Lang is a modern day pirate and a pervert who holds a guy hostage with a corkscrew in one scene.” It’s a shame that the rest of the trailer for this upcoming thriller, which is being dumped direct to DVD and VOD in April, looks so bland. So […]

The post ‘Isolation’ Trailer: Because ‘Avatar,’ ‘Prison Break,’ and ‘Battlestar Galactica’ Actors Gotta Eat appeared first on /Film. »

- Jacob Hall

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Just Like ‘Fast & Furious,’ Sam Worthington Says ‘Avatar 2’ Is All About “Family”

15 February 2017 12:24 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Ever since it’s mammoth $2.7 billion release eight years ago, “Avatar” has been surrounded by sequel talk. Whilst Disney’s plans of a Pandora-themed extension to it’s Animal Kingdom theme park in Orlando are soon to be completed, James Cameron’s long gestating movie franchise is only just now beginning to gather traction.

Actor Sam Worthington (“Hacksaw Ridge“) — who played Jake Sully in the 2009 original — recently spoke to We Got This Covered about filming the upcoming sequel (as well as Cameron’s planned third, fourth and fifth installment), revealing that it will focus on Jake — and his family — nearly a decade after the first movie.

Continue reading Just Like ‘Fast & Furious,’ Sam Worthington Says ‘Avatar 2’ Is All About “Family” at The Playlist. »

- Jay Hunter

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Sam Worthington says Avatar 2 is a movie about family

15 February 2017 9:33 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

James Cameron has spent almost as long developing his Avatar sequels as he did the first movie, but after confirming that the scripts are now finished, it looks like he’s about ready to pull the trigger on his hugely ambitious plans to shoot Four movies back to back.

The sequels will see Sam Worthington reprising his role as Jake Sully, and speaking to We Got This Covered to promote his new film The Shack, the actor has spoken about his preparation, as well as revealing that family will be a big theme of Avatar 2.

“They’re going to be shooting concurrently,” said Worthington. “The plan is to have some time in between, I think, but these things are always ambiguous until they start. We’re still set to start in the summer, though. James needed time to perfect the scripts. Whenever he says jump I go because he’s the man. »

- Gary Collinson

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Avatar 2: Sam Worthington on the plans for the sequel

14 February 2017 10:06 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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“This film is going to be like nothing you’ve ever seen", promises Sam Worthington, of James Cameron's Avatar 2...

James Cameron is finally reassembling his cast later this year to start physical work on his four planned Avatar sequels. Chief among the ensemble is Sam Worthington, who’s returning to reprise the character of Jake Sully.

He’s currently on the promotional trail for his latest production, The Shack, and in an interview with We Got This Covered, he’s been chatting about the plan for Avatar 2, and the sequels beyond that.

“They’re going to be shooting concurrently”, he confirmed, something that James Cameron has, in fairness, long since confirmed. “The plan is to have some time in between, I think, but these things are always ambiguous until they start. We’re still set to start in the summer, though. James needed time to perfect the scripts. »

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Avatar 2 Will Blow Our Minds With Unheard Of "Family Concept"

14 February 2017 4:03 PM, PST | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

Well, just when you think James Cameron could not possibly provide an even higher level of genius, he goes right to the old chalkboard and comes up with this strange and unique idea known as "The Family Concept." I can not for the life of me think of any other movies with this unparalleled approach.

We Got This Covered was able to interview Sam Worthington the star of Avatar 2 in New York, while promoting his new film The Shack. He talks about this incredible new concept, and discusses the lengthy time it is taking to get the film made.

“They’re going to be shooting concurrently. The plan is to have some time in between, I think, but these things are always ambiguous until they start. We’re still set to start in the summer, though. James needed time to perfect the scripts. Whenever he says jump I go because he’s the man. »

- Drew Carlton

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Sam Worthington spills some beans about the mysterious Avatar sequels

14 February 2017 1:08 PM, PST | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Do people even remember Avatar at this point? It's been so long since the first one - and besides news about delays and even more sequels constantly being added to the already proposed trilogy - it seems like the sequels would never see the light of day, kept in constant pepertuity by director James Cameron like Philip Seymore Hoffman's play in Synedoche, New York.... Read More »

- Damion Damaske

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Sam Worthington Promises ‘Avatar 2’ Is Gonna Be ”Like Nothing You’ve Ever Seen”

14 February 2017 9:00 AM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

The four Avatar sequels turn Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) into a family man. Director James Cameron called the sequels “more of a family saga about the struggle with the humans.” In Avatar 2, Sully and his family visit unexplored parts of Pandora, according to Sam Worthington. The actor recently talked about that eight-year gap in the story and the current shooting schedule. Below, […]

The post Sam Worthington Promises ‘Avatar 2’ Is Gonna Be ”Like Nothing You’ve Ever Seen” appeared first on /Film. »

- Jack Giroux

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Exclusive: Director Chad Stahelski on the influence James Cameron & musicals had on John Wick 2

14 February 2017 6:32 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Scott Davis

This weekend sees the long-awaited release of action sequel John Wick 2, which sees Keanu Reeves reprise his role as the legendary hitman who is forced out of retirement for good. You can see our chat with the man himself here but we also spoke to the film’s director Chad Stahelski which you can view in the player below.

A co-director with David Leitch on the first film, Stahelski makes his solo directorial debut with the sequel, and speaking to Scott Davis about the film, he said that he was well aware of the reviews the film is getting and that he feels such things are healthy for filmmakers:

“Shocked – we tried to read everyone, I think it’s healthy as a director. You try not to take it to heart when they say good or bad but you want to know if you’re being interpreted right. »

- Scott Davis

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Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk review

13 February 2017 8:58 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Ang Lee's latest film is an unconventional film being distributed, on the whole, in a very conventional way...

In the race to set forth the future of cinema through various technological advances, Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk feels like a major casualty. Once tipped for the Oscar race, the latest film from Ang Lee has bombed at the worldwide box office and been all but ignored by critics and awards bodies. This is partly due to complications in exhibiting the film in its intended format, because cinemas haven't adapted for this war drama as they did for major blockbusters of recent years.

Avatar successfully made the case for 3D, like the gift of fire from James Cameron to studio arsonists who post-converted every tentpole movie in sight, while Peter Jackson's Hobbit films were less successful in pioneering higher frame rates, inadvertently exposing the actors' make-up and making the audience dizzy. »

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Avatar 2 Will Be Like Nothing You’ve Ever Seen, Essentially A Movie About Family

12 February 2017 4:10 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

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By the time Avatar 2 gets here, will anyone even still care to see it anymore? The first film may have grossed an eye-watering $2.78 billion at the box office, but that was back in 2009. With the sequel not even set to go in front of the camera until this summer, that means it won’t be with us until 2018, at the earliest. Though knowing how director James Cameron works, it may be 2019 or 2020 before it actually hits theaters. Even Sigourney Weaver is doubtful that we’ll see it next year.

Avatar 2 is definitely coming though, and so is Avatar 3, 4 and 5, with Cameron hard at work on the entire series. Last we heard, the director said that he’d finally finished with all of the scripts and is now starting “active prep.” While it’s encouraging »

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