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Avatar director James Cameron seemingly isn’t a fan of Star Wars: The Force Awakens

50 minutes ago | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is one of the highest grossing movies of all-time after earning a massive $2 billion, and while some fans found fault with the J.J. Abrams helmed release, the majority agree that he restored the franchise to greatness after those terrible prequels. However, in a new interview with Avatar and The […]

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- Josh Wilding

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James Cameron Didn’t Love ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’

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

What did Aliens/Avatar director James Cameron think of J.J. AbramsStar Wars: The Force Awakens? While he won’t come right out and say it, it doesn’t sound like he liked the new Star Wars film very much. Watch a clip from a new interview with the Titanic/Terminator filmmaker trying artfully to dodge the question of […]

The post James Cameron Didn’t Love ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ appeared first on /Film. »

- Peter Sciretta

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James Cameron Knocks J.J. Abrams’ ‘Star Wars’ for Lack of ‘Visual Imagination’

3 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

James Cameron is getting candid about one of his colleagues in a small but elite club of directors who earn billions for their beloved film franchises. Cameron was recently asked about his thoughts on J.J. Abrams‘ “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” the reboot of George Lucas‘ space odyssey that broke numerous box office records for new owner Disney when it opened last December. His response was not exactly the polite fawning one might expect during an on-camera chat. Also Read: James Cameron Won't Dare Pit His 'Avatar' Sequels Against 'Star Wars' “I have to say that »

- Matt Donnelly

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‘Avatar’ Massively Multiplayer Game in the Works

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

The alien world of James Cameron’s “Avatar” will be turned into a massively multiplayer mobile strategy game, under a pact between Lightstorm Entertainment and 20th Century Fox with game developer Kabam.

The new game, set to debut ahead of “Avatar 2” (currently slated for 2018 release) will combine the characters and environments from the film franchise with new gameplay features. Kabam said it expects the “Avatar” mobile game to be its biggest release ever.

Once launched, the “Avatar” game will continue to be updated and evolve along with the launch of each of the four planned sequels scheduled to be released around Christmas in 2018, 2020, 2022 and 2023.

“Kabam has an excellent reputation for building compelling mobile games that explore detailed worlds, which makes them an ideal partner for our franchise,” said Jon Landau, “Avatar” producer and COO of Lightstorm Entertainment. “The world of Pandora is massive, far beyond what we are able »

- Todd Spangler

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"Avatar" Returns As Mmo Mobile Game

11 hours ago | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

It isn't just multiple sequels in the works it seems as James Cameron's sci-fi epic "Avatar" is being turned into a massively multiplayer mobile strategy game.

Lightstorm Entertainment and 20th Century Fox are teaming with game developer Kabam for a new Aaa game which will debut ahead of "Avatar 2" which is currently slated for a 2018 release.

The game combines the characters and environments from the film franchise with new gameplay features and will continue to be updated and evolve along with the launch of each of the four planned film sequels scheduled to be released around Christmas in 2018, 2020, 2022 and 2023.

Producer Jon Landau says in a statement: "Kabam has an excellent reputation for building compelling mobile games that explore detailed worlds, which makes them an ideal partner for our franchise. The world of Pandora is massive, far beyond what we are able to include in our feature films, and »

- Garth Franklin

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James Cameron’s ‘Xenogenesis’: Watch the Lo-Fi, Futuristic 1978 Short Film That Gave Him His Start

26 June 2016 1:16 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

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.

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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

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How the film industry blew it with 3D

23 June 2016 1:22 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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3D was supposed to be the next big thing for cinema. It accounts for just 20% of ticket sales. What went wrong?

In early 2010, James Cameron's Avatar became the USA's 24th most successful cinema release of all time, and it still holds that position today.

I'm measuring that success by the actual number of tickets sold, but perhaps you prefer the way the Hollywood hype machine processes these things. Their version of how this works, in which records can be broken over and over again for a continual stream of back-slaps and headlines, makes Avatar into The Biggest Film of All Time. Don't adjust for inflation but just sum up the numbers on the tickets, and it's true, Avatar is certainly the highest grossing film to ever see the inside of a cinema.

Either way, whether it's top of the pops or holding on strong at number »

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Exclusive Interview with filmmaker Robert Rodriguez

21 June 2016 11:24 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

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Movie director Robert Rodriguez is one of our favourites. His resume includes DesperadoSin City, The FacultySpy Kids, From Dusk Till Dawn, Planet Terror and Machete, and eclectic range of genre films that all hit the right spot.

Rodriguez is somewhat of a maverick film director. He’s not one to play by the expected rules of the movie world, be that in what he puts on the screen or how he interacts with his peers. During his career he has left both the screen writers and directors guild in favour of blazing his own path. His latest venture has been to create his own television network ‘El Rey’ which caters to a Latin American audience.

He used the platform to bring back a project from his past From Dusk Till Dawn; the film starred George Clooney and Quentin Tarantino as brothers and criminal Seth and Richard Gecko. »

- Kat Hughes

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Giveaway: Win a Concert Blu-ray Celebrating the Music of James Horner

20 June 2016 12:39 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Arriving on Blu-ray this week is Hollywood in Vienna: The World of James Horner, which features a 2013 concert honoring the composer, a 75-minute symposium, and more. We’ve teamed with Varèse Sarabande Records and Universal Music Group to give away two Blu-rays of the film. See how to enter below and all entries must be received by 11:59 Pm Est on Sunday, June 26th.

To enter, do the first two steps and then each additional one counts as another entry into the contest.

1. Like The Film Stage on Facebook

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As Stacey Snider Ascends at Fox, Hollywood Is in Turnaround

17 June 2016 9:44 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

At the 2014 New York Film Festival premiere of “Gone Girl,” Twentieth Century Fox Film Chairman and CEO Jim Gianopulos seemed visibly relieved to have Stacey Snider finally join the studio, after months of speculation that this capable executive would join him from DreamWorks. Now, almost two years later —and after a 25-year career at Fox —the studio has confirmed that Gianopulos’ contract will not be renewed after it expires on June 30, 2017, when he will graduate “upstairs” into an executive role at parent company 21st Century Fox.

This follows a transition for Snider that has not been smooth. While the veteran exec has the right mix of skills to run a studio (and did so at Universal with Ron Meyer), knows how to manage a team of executives, and how to develop, produce, and release movies that are smart and four-quadrant friendly, entering the Fox landscape proved to be a challenge. »

- Anne Thompson

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As Stacey Snider Ascends at Fox, Hollywood Is in Turnaround

17 June 2016 9:44 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

At the 2014 New York Film Festival premiere of “Gone Girl,” Twentieth Century Fox Film Chairman and CEO Jim Gianopulos seemed visibly relieved to have Stacey Snider finally join the studio, after months of speculation that this capable executive would join him from DreamWorks. Now, almost two years later —and after a 25-year career at Fox —the studio has confirmed that Gianopulos’ contract will not be renewed after it expires on June 30, 2017, when he will graduate “upstairs” into an executive role at parent company 21st Century Fox.

This follows a transition for Snider that has not been smooth. While the veteran exec has the right mix of skills to run a studio (and did so at Universal with Ron Meyer), knows how to manage a team of executives, and how to develop, produce, and release movies that are smart and four-quadrant friendly, entering the Fox landscape proved to be a challenge. »

- Anne Thompson

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Favorite Actors Named Chris: Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Pratt, and Chris Pine

13 June 2016 10:59 AM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Is it just us, or is every hot actor in Hollywood right now named Chris? Evans, Pratt, Hemsworth, and Pine are all blowing up onscreen whether it’s as superheroes, intergalactic adventurers, or spaceship captains (or a combination of those). But did you know that they’re all connected by the movies and co-stars they’ve shared? We’ll call it Chris Degrees of Separation. 

To start with, not many people realize that Chris Hemsworth was in the first J.J. Abrams Star Trek reboot withChris Pine. Although they didn’t share screen time, Hemsworth played the first Captain Kirk, who sacrifices himself in the first minutes of the film so that his crew – including his wife and newborn son James Tiberius Kirk – can escape the Romulans. Based on the trailer, it looks like Chris Pine’s Captain James T. Kirk is struggling with how he can live up to his father’s legacy in Star Trek: Beyond. 

 

The Star Trek franchise also features Zoe Saldana as one of our favourite characters, Uhura. Saldana seems to be making a career of playing space-dwelling females – she’s an alien in Avatar, and she’s also the green-skinned Gamora in Guardians of the Galaxy, alongside another favourite Chris: Chris Pratt. Although Gamora and Pratt’s character Star Lord start off as adversaries, they soon unite against a common and deadly enemy, and by the end they’re friends and shipmates.  »

- Jenny Bullough

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James Cameron Joins Documentary ‘Search for Atlantis’

13 June 2016 9:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

James Cameron is climbing aboard National Geographic Channel’s expedition documentary “Search for Atlantis,” THR reports.

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The two-hour special explores the myth of the lost city and will be made in partnership with Associated Producers and Discovery Canada. “Finding the historical and archeological truth behind the Atlantis myth has always been a fascination of mine,” said Cameron in a statement on Monday, the second day of the Banff World Media Festival. “Our exploration team will investigate several new theories about where the real Atlantis was, who these mysterious people were, and what disaster wiped them from the Earth over three millennia ago.”

Shooting will take place in Sicily, Malta, Crete, Santorini and Sardinia, with underwater filming set for off the coast of Spain. The project marks the latest expedition documentary for Cameron, who previously produced 2014’s “Deepsea Challenge,” about his solo diving expeditions, and 2003’s “Ghosts of the Abyss,” about the building of the Titanic.

Read More: James Cameron Will Make Four ‘Avatar’ Sequels, He Tells CinemaCon

“Search for Atlantis” is just one of more than a dozen projects on Cameron’s plate, including four “Avatar” sequels he’s attached to direct, and Guillermo del Toro’s sci-fi adventure “Fantastic Voyage,” which Cameron will produce.

Discovery Canada and National Geographic previously worked with Associated Producers on another Atlantis documentary, the 2011 TV movie “Finding Atlantis.”

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- Graham Winfrey

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Francis Lawrence To Direct Big Screen ‘Battlestar Galactica’

10 June 2016 8:22 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Space is the place, or it will be soon for Hollywood executives. The $2 billion success of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” proves there’s a four quadrant audience ready to eat up sci-fi tales. It might explain why 20th Century Fox and James Cameron are chasing four more “Avatar” movies, or why “Star Trek” has […]

The post Francis Lawrence To Direct Big Screen ‘Battlestar Galactica’ appeared first on The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Deadpool Writer Reveals Which Hollywood Heavyweights Helped Make The Movie A Reality

9 June 2016 8:15 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

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No one could have ever predicted the massive success of Deadpool, and had Fox realized what a hit they had on their hands (X-Men: Apocalypse won’t end its domestic run with what this R-Rated movie made in around five days), you have to believe that the comic book adaptation wouldn’t have spent years stuck in development hell.

Despite all its development troubles though, Deadpool actually had some very powerful Hollywood players supporting it from the very start, as co-writer Rhett Reese has revealed in a new interview that James Cameron (Avatar) and David Fincher (Gone Girl), two filmmakers you wouldn’t necessarily ever associate with a movie like this, actually played a role in helping it become a reality.

“They read the script each of them at two independent key moments during the script’s development. And each one of them was »

- Josh Wilding

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'Star Wars Episode VIII': Director Rian Johnson Commemorates "Home Stretch" With Set Photo

8 June 2016 6:46 PM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Star Wars: The Force Awakens set the world on fire when it hit theaters last December. Over its first weekend, the film secured its place in the box office record books with the most successful domestic opening of any film ever. Its success also carried on in the overseas market, and by the end of its run (which, interestingly enough, only officially finished a couple days ago), it broke $2 billion worldwide, coming in at number three worldwide, behind only James Cameron's Titanic and Avatar.

What's more, the film managed to please a great majority of hardcore Star Wars fans out there, many of whom lost faith in the series during the theatrical run of the prequel trilogy back in the 2000s. Director J.J. Abrams managed to accomplish the impossible, and brought back the spirit of the series that many feared would never get back to its former glory (and yes, »

- Joseph Medina

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The Ocean Is Calling In First Poster For Disney’s Fairytale Yarn Moana

8 June 2016 10:20 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Before the turn of the year, there was hushed excitement swirling around Disney’s pair of 2016 animations: Zootopia and MoanaFast forward six months and change, and now that the former has went on to become the second highest-grossing original movie in history – behind only James Cameron’s box office king, Avatar – all eyes are beginning to turn to John Musker and Ron Clements’ upcoming maritime adventure,

Pegged to arrive toward the end of November, Disney’s coming-of-age tale thrusts relative newcomer Auli’i Cravalho into the title role of Moana Waialiki, a wide-eyed adventurer and Polynesian native who makes the bold decision to depart home in search of a fabled island in the South Pacific. Joining our pint-sized heroine on that adventure is Dwayne Johnson’s charismatic demi-god Maui, who brings some brains and a lot of muscle to Moana’s quest of chasing that horizon.

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- Michael Briers

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Warcraft Review #2: Azeroth Comes to Life on an Epic Scale

8 June 2016 8:46 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

For as much as Hollywood loves projects based on other works of intellectual property, due to the already built-in audience, some of these adaptations take longer to get going than others. Warner Bros.' Watchmen was in in the works for two decades before it finally hit theaters in 2009. For a time, it seemed like the iconic video game Warcraft would never happen, with Blizzard Entertainment, the company that created the video game franchise, first announcing the movie back in 2006. A decade later, this adaptation is finally here, and while the wait may have seemed grueling to fans, I can say with confidence that we could simply not see a movie of this size and scope 10 years ago.

Back in May 2014, Legendary's Thomas Tull teased that director Duncan Jones would spend nearly two years in post-production, which is astronomical even by today's big-budget tentpole standards. Having seen this epic adventure »

- MovieWeb

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Zoe Saldana Thanks James Cameron and J.J. Abrams for Creating Strong Female Characters

8 June 2016 8:40 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Zoe Saldana's best roles have all been out of this world. This summer, the actress reprises her role as Uhura in Star Trek Beyond, and she's currently filming the sequel to 2014's surprise blockbuster Guardians of the Galaxy. As if those projects weren't enough, she's got four Avatar sequels lined up through 2023. Saldana knew that if she wanted to play fully developed characters, this was the best route to follow. "If I wasn't doing these sci-fi movies, I would be at the mercy of filmmakers that would just look my way if they need a girlfriend or sexy woman of color in their movie. Space is different…but we can still do better," she tells CNET Magazine. "We can still give women more »

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'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' has ended its North American run. Here's how much it made.

7 June 2016 4:11 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

On May 30, Star Wars: The Force Awakens officially completed its run in North American theaters after 168 days. It was very lucrative! Not only did the Jj Abrams-directed sequel finish with a record-breaking $936 million on the continent, it racked up a whopping $2.066 billion worldwide. That's enough for a No. 3 finish on the all-time global box office chart, after Titanic ($2.187 billion) and Avatar ($2.788 billion).  In fairness: both of those James Cameron blockbusters enjoyed subsequent re-releases that added to their respective totals. Subtract the money made during said re-releases, and Titanic is actually in third place with $1.84 billion and Avatar...well, Avatar remains in first with $2.755 billion (it only made $33.2 million in its 2010 reissue).  Then again! Adjusting for inflation, the positions revert back to their original ranking, with Avatar coming in at $3.07 billion in initial release and Titanic coming in at $2.74 billion in initial release -- both far ahead of The Force Awakens' $2.066 billion. »

- Chris Eggertsen

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