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Avatar Sequels Will Give Us Insight Into James Cameron’s World View

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

It seems that James Cameron needs some space to express his thoughts on human affairs to the world at large, and what better way to do that than to make three sequels to his hit film Avatar? Never mind that the films are going to cost 20th Century Fox a total of $1 billion, rounding out to more than $300 million per movie. James Cameron has a lot to say, and boy does he need to say it!

The Avatar sequels will be hitting cinemas in 2016, 2017, and 2018, and with them will arrive some much needed insight into James Cameron’s concern for the world and humanity. In a recent interview (via Collider), Cameron let it be known how he intends to approach these massively expensive sequels to a massively expensive original film:

There’s nothing I need to say as an artist about the state of the world and human affairs that »

- Lauren Humphries-Brooks

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James Cameron, 'Avatar' producer talk trilogy's 'long journey'

17 hours ago | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

(Cbr) It’s been a long, often quiet road back to Pandora — but for the filmmakers involved in the "Avatar" franchise, the journey has only just begun. Variety has a lengthy profile of 20th Century Fox’s Jim Gianopulos, which includes updates on the upcoming "Avatar" sequels from both Gianopulos and director James Cameron. “We know it’s going to be a long journey,” Gianopulos says of the three-film plan for more "Avatar" movies, with rumors pegging the production budget at $1 billion. “We know it’s not going to be cheap. We know it’s not going to be without new discoveries and new challenges in the process of producing something that is so beyond the normal form of filmmaking and technology, but what could be more exciting than that.” For his part, Cameron says the "Avatar" series contains everything he’s interested in as a storyteller. “There’s nothing »

- Josh Wigler, Comic Book Resources

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James Cameron on ‘Avatar’ Sequels & Their Real-World Themes

21 August 2014 10:58 AM, PDT | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

James Cameron’s Avatar remains, after breaking the record five years ago, the highest-grossing movie of all time. With that in mind, it’s no surprise that the director has three sequels in pre-production (with a rumored collective budget of $1 billion) and is preparing to shoot them all back-to-back, with leads Zoe Saldana and Sam Worthington reprising their roles as lovers and freedom fighters Jake Sully and Neytiri.

Whether the thought of Avatar 2, Avatar 3 and Avatar 4 has you jumping for joy or just feeling very tired, the next few chapters of Cameron’s epic sci-fi saga are nonetheless going to be barrelling their way into theaters starting from December 2016. The first ...

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- H. Shaw-Williams

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Avatar Sequels Will Allow James Cameron to Express His Thoughts on the State of the World

21 August 2014 10:30 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

We’re getting more Avatar in 2016, 2017 and 2018, so a few months of no Avatar talk is no big deal, but if Avatar 2 really is going into production later this year as James Cameron said about a year ago or even in early 2015 as Zoe Saldana recently suggested, news is bound to start picking up. The last update came in early June and revealed that Sigourney Weaver was set to return for all three new films and now Cameron is speaking up about the timeline of those films and about his confidence in the stories that they’ll tell.  Hit the jump for more on the Avatar sequels. In a Variety piece about the challenges Twentieth Century Fox chairman and CEO Jim Gianopulos is facing, there’s a good deal of talk about the studio’s ambitious plans for the next three Avatar films.  Apparently, they’re going to cost a whopping $1 billion, »

- Perri Nemiroff

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James Cameron Will Use 'Avatar' Sequels to Comment on World Affairs

21 August 2014 9:22 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Buried within a recent Variety profile on 20th Century Fox chairman and CEO Jim Gianopulos, Avatar director James Cameron offered a brief update on the sequels Avatar 2, Avatar 3 and Avatar 4.

We reported last year that Avatar 2 will be released in December 2016, with Avatar 3 and Avatar 4 following in 2017 and 2018. The filmmaker revealed that and 20th Century Fox allowed him to develop all three stories over the past few years, and that he is using these stories to comment on what is currently going on in the world and human history, which is rapidly changing day by day.

"There's nothing I need to say as an artist about the state of the world and human affairs that I can't do through the lens of the Avatar universe. We've had a couple of years to think through the story arc of the next three films, and every day that goes by, »

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James Cameron Will Use 'Avatar' Sequels to Comment on World Affairs

21 August 2014 9:22 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Buried within a recent Variety profile on 20th Century Fox chairman and CEO Jim Gianopulos, Avatar director James Cameron offered a brief update on the sequels Avatar 2, Avatar 3 and Avatar 4.

We reported last year that Avatar 2 will be released in December 2016, with Avatar 3 and Avatar 4 following in 2017 and 2018. The filmmaker revealed that and 20th Century Fox allowed him to develop all three stories over the past few years, and that he is using these stories to comment on what is currently going on in the world and human history, which is rapidly changing day by day.

"There's nothing I need to say as an artist about the state of the world and human affairs that I can't do through the lens of the Avatar universe. We've had a couple of years to think through the story arc of the next three films, and every day that goes by, »

- MovieWeb

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James Cameron 'Believes' in the Stories of the Avatar Sequels More Every Day

21 August 2014 8:15 AM, PDT | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

It was just over a year ago that Twentieth Century Fox and James Cameron announced a massive expansion of the world of Avatar with not one, not two, but three sequels that would be developed and filmed simultaneously and released annually starting in 2016. Since then we've had a few updates including returning cast members and a time table for the production, and even though we're still over two years from the release of the first film, director James Cameron has come forward to hype them up a little more. »

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James Cameron's 'Avatar' Sequels To Address 'State of the World'

21 August 2014 2:40 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Fox's Jim Gianopulos will have you know that sequels aren't made because of the lack of original ideas in Hollywood, but rather due to the first film's success and appeal. Sequels, like the Avatar ones that James Cameron is working on, have a new story with new characters, and their goal is to "take (a sequel) to a place that restores its freshness and originality." That said, Cameron also had a few words to say about the upcoming Avatar sequels and their subject matter.

Cameron told Variety that there's a lot more story left to tell in the Avatar franchise. He also mentioned that the films will deal with the state of the world and human affairs.

“There’s nothing I need to say as an artist about the state of the world and human affairs that I can’t do through the lens of the ‘Avatar’ universe,” he says. »

- Laura Frances

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James Cameron Can Express All His Artistic Observations Through ‘Avatar’ Sequels

20 August 2014 3:30 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

We’re back in a familiar part of a cycle with respect to James Cameron and his films, where, in the long and seemingly fallow period between movies, people tend to question the wisdom of his next move. It happened before Titanic, and before Avatar. We know how both of those films turned out, at least from […]

The post James Cameron Can Express All His Artistic Observations Through ‘Avatar’ Sequels appeared first on /Film. »

- Russ Fischer

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Cameron, Gianopulos On "Avatar" Sequels Risk

20 August 2014 12:30 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

James Cameron does many things, but he doesn't do them cheap.

With production gearing up to get underway soon on a trilogy of "Avatar" sequels, a new report at Variety has heard estimates of the budget for the trio of films will come in at around $1 billion dollars. 20th Century Fox chairman and CEO Jim Gianopulos however says a final production budget hasn't been set yet.

It sounds like a risk, until you remember the first "Avatar" film made $2.7 billion worldwide. What risk there is though, Gianopulos isn't afraid to take it on and tells the trade:

"We know it's going to be a long journey. We know it's not going to be cheap. We know it's not going to be without new discoveries and new challenges in the process of producing something that is so beyond the normal form of filmmaking and technology, but what could be more exciting than that. »

- Garth Franklin

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'Gamora' Is In "Fashion"

20 August 2014 11:45 AM, PDT | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Sneak Peek new images of actress Zoe Saldana, aka 'Gamora' in Marvel Studios' "Guardians Of The Galaxy", covering the August 2014 issue of "Fashion" magazine:

Aside from Gamora, Saldana is noted for her work as 'Neytiri' in "Avatar" and 'Nyota Uhura' the girlfriend of 'Mr. Spock' in the rebooted "Star Trek" series of films.

"I was a ferocious dancer so therefore I was a ferocious up-and-coming actress." said Saldana.

"When it comes to auditions, I’m not competitive with anybody.

"I don’t even know who’s sitting next to me...The moment you compare yourself, it weakens you..."

On her role in the next "Avatar" feature, Saldana said, "'Neytiri' is stronger than what I wanted this time, but she’s also very vulnerable.

"It’s very much her journey and I accepted the job again because I believe the script has her going in the right path..."

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- Michael Stevens

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'Avatar' Sequels Likely to Beat More 'State of the World' Messages Into the Ground

20 August 2014 10:38 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

For me, if there was one major problem with James Cameron's Avatar it was how he beat us over the head with the Native American and environmental themes. Not that these things aren't important, but there came a point where I have to assume most of us just wanted to yell at the screen, "We get it!" Now, with Cameron preparing to dig into not just Avatar 2, which is expected to hit theaters in 2016, but Avatar 3 and Avatar 4, all at the same time, he seems ready to once again tackle the state of the world and human affairs... in fact, he plans on tackling those things specifically. Speaking with Variety, Cameron said, "There's nothing I need to say as an artist about the state of the world and human affairs that I can't do through the lens of the Avatar universe. We've had a couple of »

- Brad Brevet

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Into The Storm Review

20 August 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Director: Steven Quale

Starring: Richard Armitage, Sarah Wayne Callies, Max Deacon, Nathan Kress, Alycia Debnam Carey, Matt Walsh, Arlen Escarpeta

Certificate: 12A

Running Time: 89 minutes

Synopsis: Storm trackers, thrill-seekers, and everyday townspeople document an unprecedented onslaught of tornadoes touching down in the town of Silverton.

Never since the cult classic Twister have the movie studios really dared to throw their money into the turbulent world of tornado thrillers, without sharks. Into The Storm doesn’t mess around with the genre and although struggles to develop interesting dialogue, it ties down a basic narrative for specific purposes. Basically, it’s time for the small American town of Silverton to be ravaged by tornadoes for what will become the biggest storm in history, which comprises of a mammoth 300-mph monster in the grand finale but, I promise you, that’s not a spoiler unless you haven’t seen a trailer.

Beyond the »

- Dan Bullock

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James Cameron says the Avatar sequels will address real world social issues

20 August 2014 7:40 AM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

When the first trailers hit for James Cameron's Avatar, there were countless comparisons to the animated film Ferngully. Both films deal with woodland creatures dealing with the destruction of their habitats by greedy humans and both drove home the idea of protecting the environment with a not so subtle hammer. Well, if you were expecting the three upcoming Avatar sequels to be any different, you are going to be disappointed. In a recent interview with Variety regarding 20th Century Fox »

- Alex Maidy

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First Trailer and Poster for Stephen King Thriller A Good Marriage

20 August 2014 6:30 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

There are plenty of familiar Stephen King adaptations in the works (including a prequel and sequel to The Shining), but A Good Marriage somehow flew under all of our radars. It’s based on one of the author’s many short stories, and King actually adapted the story himself (as he did for Pet Semetary and Cell) for this movie.

In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, King had this to say about adapting his story:

 

“I’ve seen enough movies adapted from my work to know that the things that work the best are the things that aren’t too long and aren’t too short. Some of the stories, when they get expanded, they go in the wrong direction, and with the novels, if they’re really expansive, a lot of times it’s like sitting around a suitcase and trying to get everything in. A Good Marriage is about 100 pages long, »

- Josh Wilding

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First poster and trailer for Stephen King’s A Good Marriage

20 August 2014 3:05 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Screen Media has released the first trailer for A Good Marriage, which is scripted by Stephen King from his novella of the same name in Full Dark, No Stars. Check it out here…

From the legendary Stephen King – with a serial killer on the loose and a stranger stalking her family, a dedicated wife unveils a sinister secret about her husband that threatens their marriage – and lives.

A Good Marriage is directed by Peter Askin (Company Man), and stars Joan Allen (The Killing), Anthony Lapaglia (Without a Trace), Kristen Connolly (House of Cards) and Stephen Lang (Avatar). The film is set for a Us release on October 3rd.

The post First poster and trailer for Stephen King’s A Good Marriage appeared first on Flickering Myth. »

- Gary Collinson

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'Alien' and 'Avatar' star Sigourney Weaver joins ‘A Monster Calls’

19 August 2014 8:45 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

(Cbr) Sigourney Weaver will star in another creature feature. No, not a new "Alien" film or an "Avatar" sequel, but instead Juan Antonio Bayona’s "A Monster Calls." According to The Hollywood Reporter, Weaver will play the grandmother of a young boy who processes his mother’s cancer by having late-night chats with a monster. Felicity Jones is playing the mom while Liam Neeson’s on board as the monster. "A Monster Calls," which hits theaters on Oct. 14, 2016, is based on Patrick Ness’ novel of the same name, which was based on a concept created by the late Siobhan Dowd. »

- TJ Dietsch, Comic Book Resources

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First Trailer & Release Date for Stephen King’s A Good Marriage

19 August 2014 3:08 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

“Through hard work and lots of love, my parents have created something very rare: a good marriage.” That’s what Darcy thinks she has with her husband, until she finds his mysterious box in the garage containing a terrifying truth that no amount of couples therapy could ever fix. Based on a Stephen King novella from 2010′s Full Dark, No Stars, A Good Marriage just received its first trailer.

From Screen Media Films, A Good Marriage comes out in theaters and on iTunes on October 3rd. Directed by Peter Askin (Company Man) off a screenplay written by Stephen King based on his own novella, A Good Marriage stars Joan Allen, Anthony Lapaglia, Kristen Connolly, Theo Stockman, and Stephen Lang. In addition to the trailer (via Apple), we also have a look at the film’s official poster below (thanks to EW!).

“When her husband (Anthony Lapaglia) of more than twenty »

- Derek Anderson

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Fox’s Jim Gianopulos Leads Studio Through Uncertain Times

19 August 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Twentieth Century Fox chairman and CEO Jim Gianopulos doesn’t have an easy job.

It’s hard enough to pick movies that connect with audiences. Today, studio chiefs like Gianopulos must navigate a rapidly shifting landscape where consumer demands, piracy and the collapse of the DVD market, as well as increasing competition from online diversions and quality cable TV shows, are wreaking havoc on the financial underpinnings of the film business. Media companies like Fox’s parent 21st Century Fox are on a quest to grow bigger in order to compete with digital superpowers like Google and pending mergers between cable and telco giants like Comcast and Time Warner Cable, and At&T and DirecTV. Gianopulos’ uberboss, 21st Century Fox chief Rupert Murdoch, made a surprise $80 billion bid to buy Time Warner that was rejected and he subsequently withdrew. But consolidation, it seems, is coming.

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- Brent Lang

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Mack Bolan Acquired By Warner Bros. As Star Vehicle For Bradley Cooper, Todd Phillips May Direct

19 August 2014 8:41 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Don Pendleton’s anti-terrorist operative Mack Bolan may finally be making his way to the big screen, after decades of failed attempts, now that Warner Bros. has acquired rights to the novel series and is developing it as a star vehicle for Bradley Cooper, with that actor’s Hangover helmer Todd Phillips potentially directing.

Shane Salerno, who is co-writing Avatar 4, acquired the rights to the iconic character from Pendleton’s estate. He’s set to pen the script for a Mack Bolan film as well as produce. The project will be Salerno’s next, as soon as he finishes up the Avatar fourquel with James Cameron. Days ago, he said that his goal with Mack Bolan was to create a “relevant, grounded and gritty, real-world, PG-13 action-drama film series,” with that character as the star of an initial trilogy.

Pendleton wrote 38 Mack Bolan books before handing the series over »

- Isaac Feldberg

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