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Sigourney Weaver On Alien 5: “I Hope We Get To Do It”

24 September 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Since their collaboration on the really rather disappointing Chappie last year, Sigourney Weaver and director Neill Blomkamp have become attached to a new entry in the Alien canon that’s currently going by the unofficial name of Alien 5. Picking up the story strands from James Cameron’s 1986 sci-fi masterclass, and promising a fitting conclusion to the arc of one Ellen Ripley, 20th Century Fox has quietly placed Blomkamp’s embryonic sequel on the back-burner to double down on the release of Alien: Covenant, the next entry in the franchise that will continue to flesh out Ridley Scott’s prequel trilogy off the back of Prometheus.

Now that Scott’s vision has took precedence, questions marks have been raised as to whether Weaver and Blomkamp will ever reconvene to fire up production on Alien 5 – or, more accurately, if they will ever find space on Fox’s stacked slate. In short, production »

- Michael Briers

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Newswire: Deadpool’s Ed Skrein joins Alita: Battle Angel

22 September 2016 12:39 PM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

After enduring Ryan Reynolds’ goofy insults as the villainous Ajax/Francis in Deadpool, Ed Skrein is moving on to another bad guy role in a comic book adaptation—well, technically it’s a manga adaptation, but it’s the same sort of thing. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Skrein has signed on to play the evil cyborg Zapan in Robert Rodriguez’s Alita: Battle Angel, which is based on the Battle Angel Alita manga series. He’ll be appearing alongside Jackie Earle Haley and Christoph Waltz, with Maze Runner’s Rose Salazar playing Alita, a female cyborg with no memory of her past who becomes a bounty hunter.

For years, James Cameron tried to get a Battle Angel Alita movie off the ground, but since he’s busy with all of those Avatar sequels these days, he’s been relegated to a lowly producer position. Rodriguez’s Alita movie ...

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- Sam Barsanti

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Ed Skrein in Talks to Join James Cameron’s ‘Alita: Battle Angel’

21 September 2016 2:33 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Deadpool” villain Ed Skrein is in negotiations to join James Cameron’s “Alita: Battle Angel” with Robert Rodriguez directing the ambitious adaptation of the popular manga series.

Skrein will join Jackie Earle Haley, Christoph Waltz and Rosa Salazar in the movie with Salazar portraying a 26th century cyborg who’s rescued from a scrapyard and reassembled. Her character, Alita, who only remembers her training in a deadly martial art, becomes a hunter-warrior who tracks down vicious criminals.

Should Skrein’s deal go through, he’s expected to portray a villain. Haley will play a monstrous cyborg and Waltz will portray Doctor Dyson Ido, the cybersurgeon who finds the cyborg and becomes her mentor.

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials” star Salazar joined the project in March. Cameron and Jon Landau, who will produce for Fox under their Lightstorm Entertainment banner, are also currently in pre-production on four “Avatar” sequels.

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- Dave McNary

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Alita: Battle Angel Ropes In Deadpool Villain Ed Skrein

21 September 2016 12:47 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

He’s dabbled in the realm of superhuman mercenaries with middling reboot The Transporter Refueled, not to mention going toe-to-toe with the Merc With a Mouth himself in Deadpool; now, Ed Skrein is bound for the dystopian future initially dreamed up by manga artist Yukito Kishiro for Alita: Battle Angel.

News hails from The Hollywood Reporter, revealing that Skrein has closed a deal to join the long-gestating adaptation as, you guessed it, a villain – specifically Zapan, a nefarious cyborg who holds control of a powerful weapon called the Damascus blade. Details are thin beyond that; all we know for sure is that he’ll be rubbing shoulders with Maze Runner actress Rosa Salazar, who is attached to the title role of a female cyborg, Christoph Waltz and Preacher star Jackie Earl Haley.

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- Michael Briers

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Disney CEO: Rogue One Isn’t Expected To Hit Box Office Heights Of The Force Awakens

21 September 2016 11:44 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

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$2.06 billion – that’s the total box office haul brought in by Star Wars: The Force Awakens during its stellar run. Though it failed to top James Cameron’s Avatar to become the highest-grossing picture in cinematic history, it was a barnstorming, record-breaking start for Disney and Lucasfilm’s rejuvenated tentpole.

However that may be, when quizzed about Gareth Edwards’ upcoming Anthology film, Bob Iger – CEO at the House of Mouse – emphasized that in no way does the company expect Rogue One: A Star Wars Story to hit the box office heights of The Force Awakens come December.

Word comes by way of Iger’s interview with Variety, where the Disney chief stressed that Rogue One represents an entirely different beast, one that isn’t necessarily a four-quadrant slam dunk in the vein of J.J. Abrams’ crowd-pleaser – in fact, »

- Michael Briers

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Could Passengers be the next Avatar, or will it disappear into a black hole?

21 September 2016 2:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Starring Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt as star-crossed lovers in space, there’s a lot riding on Passengers. Will it ascend to the box-office heavens?

Some might say that the era of the big budget romance died when Pearl Harbor took a critical drubbing in 2001. And yet James Cameron’s Avatar proved beyond doubt seven years ago that audiences will still sign up for a good old-fashioned love story, provided there’s plenty of spectacle among the lingering glances. By somehow managing to bring together the kind of filmgoer who will pay to see an alien movie with those who would rather spend their last dollar on a late-night screening of The Notebook (as well as looping in some brilliantly synapse-boggling 3D), Cameron briefly appeared to have single-handedly rescued Hollywood from certain doom.

But while Pearl Harbor would never have existed without the success of Cameron’s Titanic four years previously, »

- Ben Child

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See Concept Art From ‘Avatar: Discover Pandora,’ A New Exhibition Opening Late 2016

20 September 2016 8:00 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

The creatures, environments, and cultures of James Cameron‘s Avatar will be featured in a new, 12,000-square-foot entertainment and educational experience set to debut in Taipei, Taiwan on December 7th, 2016 before touring the world. See some concept images and find out more, after the jump. The state-of-the-art interactive exhibition is being called Avatar: Discover Pandora. Tickets […]

The post See Concept Art From ‘Avatar: Discover Pandora,’ A New Exhibition Opening Late 2016 appeared first on /Film. »

- Peter Sciretta

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Avatar: Discover Pandora Exhibition Is Coming This December

19 September 2016 6:06 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Avatar: Discover Pandora, a spectacular new, state-of-the-art interactive exhibition, will make its global premiere in Taipei, Taiwan, on December 7, Ges, along with Lightstorm Entertainment, and Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products (Fox) announced today. Avatar: Discover Pandora is inspired by and filled with the extraordinary creatures, breathtaking environments and inspirational cultures of the James Cameron film. Ges, a global events provider, is partnering with Beast Kingdom Co., Ltd., to bring Avatar: Discover Pandora to Shin Kong Mitsukoshi Xinyi Place A11 6F Xinyi Theater in Taipei City, Taiwan for a three-month showcase. Here's what Kk Yang, President, Beast Kingdom, had to say in his statement.

"Beast Kingdom has always been dedicated to bringing the newest, hottest European and American film peripheral products as well as major international exhibitions. We are elated to work with teams from Fox, Lightstorm and Ges to make Taiwan the first stop of the worldwide »

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Fox Rolling Out ‘Avatar: Discover Pandora’ Traveling Exhibition

19 September 2016 5:00 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

With the first of four sequels to James Cameron's Avatar due to be released in late 2018, Fox Consumer Products is rolling out a traveling exhibition inspired by the franchise. Avatar: Discover Pandora will debut on December 7 in Taipei, Taiwan, reconnecting fans with the land of the Na’vi — and aiming to get new ones saying, “I see you.” The presentation will showcase the science and technology of the environments and creatures in the world Cameron created… »

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‘Avatar’ Interactive Exhibit Launching in Taiwan in December

19 September 2016 5:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The interactive exhibit “Avatar: Discover Pandora” will launch on Dec. 7 in Taipei, Taiwan — about two years before the first of four James Cameron sequels arrives in theaters.

The announcement was made Monday by global events provider Ges, along with Lightstorm Entertainment and Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products.

Ges is partnering with Beast Kingdom to bring “Avatar: Discover Pandora” to the Shin Kong Mitsukoshi’s Xinyi Place for a three-month showcase. The exhibit offers a series of immersive environments that highlight Pandora’s diverse flora and fauna, exotic wildlife, and the culture and mythology of its indigenous people, the Na’vi.

Ges, in collaboration with Lightstorm and Fox, will tour the exhibit to additional global markets after Taiwan.

Kathy Franklin, Lightstorm’s president of franchise development, said, “Our fans around the world often tell us that they wish they could travel to Pandora, and this touring exhibition gives us »

- Dave McNary

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James Cameron Explains How He Wrote ‘Aliens’ and ‘Rambo: First Blood Part II’ At The Same Time

16 September 2016 6:30 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Before crafting a sequel to his own The Terminator, writer/director James Cameron made a career out of making sequels to other filmmakers’ projects. The man who would brings us Avatar, True Lies and Titanic began his career as the writer/director of Piranha Part Two: The Spawning, but he would follow it by having the same […]

The post James Cameron Explains How He Wrote ‘Aliens’ and ‘Rambo: First Blood Part II’ At The Same Time appeared first on /Film. »

- Ethan Anderton

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New Moana Trailer Unveils The Kakamora, Giant Monsters And A Boisterous Dwayne Johnson

15 September 2016 9:05 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

When Zootopia scurried into a select number of theaters earlier this year, a scant marketing campaign and the relatively small opening pointed to low expectations both from Disney and audiences across the nation. Imagine our surprise, then, when Byron Howard, Rich Moore and Jared Bush’s animation broke past all expectations to become the second largest original movie in history – behind only James Cameron’s Avatar.

From relative underdog to box office champion, Zootopia‘s success can’t be overstated, but it does place an extra weight of pressure on the studio’s second animation of 2016, Moana.

Featuring newcomer Auli’i Cravalho in the title role and a very boisterous Dwayne Johnson as demi-God Maui, Moana hails from animation wizards Ron Clements and John Musker (The Little Mermaid, Aladdin) and is, judging by today’s all-new trailer, on course to send 2016 off on a high-note. Audiences will no doubt compare »

- Michael Briers

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James Cameron Talks About Expanding the ‘Avatar’ Universe

14 September 2016 2:25 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

In his legendary book Adventures in the Screen Trade, screenwriter William Goldman wrote of the film industry: “Nobody knows anything. Not one person in the entire motion picture field knows for a certainty what’s going to work. Every time out it’s a guess and if you’re lucky, an educated one.” And he’s right. Making predictions […]

The post James Cameron Talks About Expanding the ‘Avatar’ Universe appeared first on /Film. »

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Preacher Star Jackie Earle Haley Enlists For Robert Rodriguez’s Alita: Battle Angel

14 September 2016 1:56 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Of the three marquee anime adaptations in the works in Hollywood – Ghost in the Shell and Adam Wingard’s Death Note being the other two – Alita: Battle Angel is the one to emerge directly out of development hell, considering that Avatar director James Cameron has pushed to get the wheels in motion all the way back in 2003, at which time Guillermo del Toro was circling.

But Pandora came calling – as did the vast number of Avatar sequels – and Cameron has now passed on the mantle to Robert Rodriguez, director of such blood-thirsty noir hits as Machete and Sin City. Make no mistake, with a fall production start eyed, Alita: Battle Angel is finally beginning to coalesce at 20th Century Fox, and The Hollywood Reporter brings word today that the manga adaptation has tapped Preacher‘s Jackie Earle Haley in an undisclosed role. Sources close to THR do indicate that Haley »

- Michael Briers

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Jackie Earle Haley Joins James Cameron’s ‘Alita: Battle Angel’

14 September 2016 1:08 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Jackie Earle Haley will star in James Cameron’s “Alita: Battle Angel” with Robert Rodriguez directing the ambitious adaptation of the popular manga series.

Haley joins Christoph Waltz and Rosa Salazar in the movie with Salazar portraying a 26th century cyborg who’s rescued from a scrapyard and reassembled. Her character Alita, who only remembers her training in a deadly martial art, becomes a hunter-warrior who tracks down vicious criminals.

Haley will play a monstrous cyborg and Waltz will portray Doctor Dyson Ido, the cybersurgeon who finds the cyborg and becomes her mentor.

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials” star Salazar joined the project in March. Cameron and Jon Landau, who will produce for Fox under their Lightstorm Entertainment banner, are also currently in pre-production on four “Avatar” sequels.

Fox has already set a July 20, 2018, release date for “Alita: Battle Angel,” which is expected to have a budget between $175 million and $200 million. »

- Dave McNary

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Wim Wenders on Being Grateful for James Cameron, Catastrophe of Brexit, and More

14 September 2016 11:53 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Wim Wenders‘ latest film, an adaptation of Peter Handke’s The Beautiful Days of Aranjuez, premiered at the Venice Film Festival last week. While the legendary New German Cinema director has, in recent years, found much more success with his non-fiction output, Aranjuez is undeniably wistful stuff — and frankly quite dated, too, yet it nevertheless demonstrates that Wenders is still eager to take risks with his films and further push the boundaries of his technique. Whatever the case, in a quaint hotel by the Mediterranean Sea, we found the great man in a somewhat introspective mood.

Shot, essentially, as a 3D chamber piece, Aranjuez imagines the conversation between a man and a woman sitting on the patio of a grand old French chateau. The man talks nostalgia. The woman talks sex. Nick Cave appears on a piano. Check out our conversation below.

The Film Stage: Aranjuez takes place on a »

- Rory O'Connor

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JoBlo Movie Trivia Quiz: Sigourney Weaver

14 September 2016 7:57 AM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Welcome to JoBlo's Thrilling Movie Trivia Quizzes! Over the course of the past thirty years Sigourney Weaver has appeared in quite a few memorable films such as Ghostbusters, Galaxy Quest, Avatar and of course, the Alien franchise. Given this information, we're left with one indisputable conclusion: Sigourney Weaver is awesome. The always enjoyable actress has plenty of projects lined up for the... Read More »

- Kevin Fraser

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James Cameron Says ‘Avatar’ Has “Spawned A Lot Of Imitators”

14 September 2016 7:18 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

When “Avatar” landed in 2009, it wasn’t long until James Cameron‘s movie was accused of borrowing, if not ripping off entirely, elements from no shortage of pop culture ephemera including books, short stories, and even paintings. However, it was other movies that many saw Cameron lifting elements from, including “Dances With Wolves,” “Pocahontas,” “Dune,” and more, with better arguments for some than others.

Continue reading James Cameron Says ‘Avatar’ Has “Spawned A Lot Of Imitators” at The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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James Cameron says the Avatar sequels are “a family saga”

11 September 2016 8:21 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Earlier this year James Cameron revealed that he’s expanded his plans for the Avatar franchise to four sequels, and while production was initially slated to begin in April, it seems the filmmaker is not quite ready to pull the trigger on the massively ambitious project. Nevertheless, speaking to Variety about the sequels and the and the new Cirque du Soleil prequel Toruk, Cameron offered a brief update on his progress, as well as suggesting that the story will present “family saga”.

“We’ve got most of the sequel stuff already designed, but I like this idea of weaving back and forth between the two worlds, the live world and the film world. The storyline in the sequels really follows Jake and Neytiri and their children,” he added. “It’s more of a family saga about the struggle with the humans. But thematically, Toruk manages to land very very closely »

- Gary Collinson

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Why Terrence Malick’s ‘Voyage of Time’ Must Be Seen On IMAX — Toronto Analysis

10 September 2016 3:08 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

As Terrence Malick drifts further into his own world, his films have become easy targets. All that gentle, pensive narration and roaming camerawork less interested in actors than gorgeous scenery has been frequently pigeonholed as a parody of the more lyrical storytelling that put the filmmaker on the map decades ago. Malick received something of a rebirth after 20 dormant years with the acclaim for “The Thin Red Line,” “The New World” and “Tree of Life,” a trio of ambitious narratives that reached for ethereal heights. By those standards, the fairly subdued portraits of lonely characters in the relationship drama “To the Wonder” and Hollywood-set “Knight of Cups” felt like half-formed efforts in search of a bigger picture.

Malick finally has widened the lens with “Voyage of Time: Life’s Journey,” an expansive look at the history of all living things, and the operatic expression of spirituality that dominates this visually »

- Eric Kohn

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