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Newswire: James Cameron says Avatar needs 3 sequels, but not a TV show

6 hours ago | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

During the Comic-Con panel celebrating the 30th anniversary of Aliens, director James Cameron took a moment to talk about his favorite subject: Avatar sequels. Cameron has ostensibly been working on Avatar sequels ever since the first movie came out in 2009, and apparently he’s still adamant that they’re actually going to happen. He explained that the first sequel somehow ballooned into two movies, necessitating an entire sequel trilogy. Now, the plan is to “orchestrate production” so that a new Avatar comes out every year, but he doesn’t know if that’ll be possible. (Considering that it’s been seven years since the last one, the odds of that happening aren’t especially good.)

So we may be getting a total of four Avatar movies, but what we won’t be getting is an Avatar TV show. He says the special effects are simply too expensive, with one ...

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- Sam Barsanti

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Weaver Talks "Aliens" Future At Sdcc Panel

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

There were various highlights from the "Aliens" 30th anniversary panel that took place in Hall H at Comic-Con on Saturday, and towards the end of that panel there came discussion about the direct sequel in development that "District 9" director Neill Blomkamp is behind.

Sigourney Weaver says it was during her work with the director on "Chappie" that she learned of his fan appreciation of the franchise and discussed the inception of this potential new chapter:

"[Blomkamp] was a fan who grew up in South Africa and loved the movies so much that he broke the tapes... We started chatting about how the series left Ripley. That whole first day on set we just started talking about it. I had never wanted to do a fifth [movie]. I didn't want to go to Earth because I thought Earth was boring."

Then Blomkamp came back with something that got her excited about the »

- Garth Franklin

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Cameron Talks "Avatar" Sequels, "Abyss" Blu

23 July 2016 4:03 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Out talking up the 30th anniversary DVD/Blu-ray release of "Aliens" at Comic-Con on Saturday, filmmaker James Cameron spoke with Variety about his other upcoming projects and finally discussed the long awaited release of one of his old films.

First up, Cameron explained his decision to do three sequels to 2009's "Avatar". Seems it's matter of conveying the proper scope of the story:

"The 'Avatar' story arc was originally meant to be a trilogy, but I overwrite, and my writers overwrote as well. Basically the first of the sequels cloned itself and became two films, so now it's four films. And the studio's very happy with it. They have an opportunity to make more money, but it's also an opportunity to spend a lot more money, too, so there's a clench factor."

The hope is he can drop the films a year apart, but he's presently unsure if that will be possible. »

- Garth Franklin

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James Cameron On Why ‘Avatar’ Needs Three Sequels and Details on an ‘Abyss’ Blu-ray Release

23 July 2016 3:59 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

San Diego — While promoting the 30th anniversary DVD/Blu-ray release of “Aliens” at Comic-Con Saturday, director James Cameron explained why his “Avatar” series needs the scope of the three sequels he announced at Cinema-Con in April. He also finally dropped details on a Blu-ray release of his 1989 sci-fi film “The Abyss.”

“The ‘Avatar’ story arc was originally meant to be a trilogy, but I overwrite, and my writers overwrote as well,” Cameron told Variety in an interview. “But basically the first of the sequels cloned itself and became two films, so now it’s four films. And the studio’s very happy with it. They have an opportunity to make more money, but it’s also an opportunity to spend a lot more money, too, so there’s a clench factor.”

The aim, he said, is to orchestrate production in such a way that he can drop the films a year apart. »

- Kristopher Tapley

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‘Aliens’ 30th Anniversary Comic-Con Panel: Watch The Q&A Live Stream Now

23 July 2016 1:30 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

This year marks the 30th anniversary of James Cameron’s landmark sci-fi action film “Aliens,” a critical and commercial hit that’s widely considered one of the best films of the 1980s.

The first sequel to the film “Alien,” stars Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Ripley, the sole survivor of the attack on the Nostromo, as she returns to the planet where her crew encountered the Alien, only this time with a crew of space marines. Naturally, everything goes wrong, and it’s up to Ripley to stop another attack from killing her and a traumatized young girl named Newt (Carrie Henn).

Now, the film’s cast are celebrating the anniversary with a panel at this year’s Comic-Con, with a live stream Q&A featuring questions from audience members and the Internet. The people participating include James Cameron, producer Gale Anne Hurd, Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton, Lance Henriksen, Paul Reiser, »

- Vikram Murthi

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Comic-Con 2016: Watch the First Trailer for Kong: Skull Island

23 July 2016 1:11 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

“This planet doesn’t belong to us…” Daily Dead’s live Hall H coverage from Comic-Con continues with the release of Warner Bros.’ first official trailer for Kong: Skull Island.

Press Release: Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures’ “Kong: Skull Island” reimagines the origin of the mythic Kong in a compelling, original adventure from director Jordan Vogt-Roberts (“The Kings of Summer”).

In the film, a diverse team of explorers is brought together to venture deep into an uncharted island in the Pacific – as beautiful as it is treacherous – unaware that they’re crossing into the domain of the mythic Kong.

Kong: Skull Island” stars Tom Hiddleston (“The Avengers,” “Thor: The Dark World”), Samuel L. Jackson (“The Hateful Eight,” “Avengers: Age of Ultron”), Oscar winner Brie Larson (“Room,” “Trainwreck”), John Goodman (“Transformers: Age of Extinction,” “Argo”) and John C. Reilly (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Step Brothers”). The international ensemble cast also »

- Derek Anderson

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Fresh ‘Don’t Breathe’ Images Gasp For Relief #Sdcc

22 July 2016 12:53 PM, PDT | bloody-disgusting.com | See recent Bloody-Disgusting.com news »

Fede Alvarez’s Don’t Breathe has an international poster that beams the maddening eyes of man, played by Avatar‘s Stephen Lang, who is a vicious and brutal super-soldier that also happens to be blind. Opening August 26, here’s what Trace said in his review, which he also says “is like Hitchcock on crack.” ‘Don’t Breathe’ may not qualify as an […] »

- MrDisgusting

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Can Luc Besson’s ‘Valerian’ Succeed Where Recent Space Operas Have Failed?

22 July 2016 6:27 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

San Diego — As director Luc Besson and his wife Virginie Besson-Silla laid out in meticulous detail a vision for “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” — based on the French comic series “Valerian and Laureline” — their passion for the heavy genre material was certainly palpable. But it was difficult to ignore the specter of other attempted franchise launches from respected filmmakers that crashed on the rocks of “unproven intellectual property.”

Finding Dory” broke Andrew Stanton out of director jail after his 2012 Edgar Rice Burroughs adaptation “John Carter” forced Disney to take a $200 million write-down. Warner Bros. took a hit on the titanically budgeted “Jupiter Ascending” last year from Lana Wachowski and Lilly Wachowski, after holding it over from 2014 to delay the pain. Unless it’s tied to successful preexisting brands (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”), space opera just seems like a difficult sell these days. »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Comic-Con: Luc Besson wows with 'Valerian' footage

21 July 2016 4:54 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

In a day for internationally renowned directors making their Hall H debuts, the French filmmaker and Europacorp chief quickly found his footing in San Diego as he shared first images and footage from Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets.

Besson, who finished shooting five weeks ago, said he still had a sizeable amount of the 2,734 FX shots to complete and expected the film to be finished in ten months. It is scheduled to open in exactly one year’s time on July 21, 2017.

Ever the showman, the director of such cult favourites as Leon, The Fifth Element and recent global hit Lucy brought footage with him.

What became immediately clear was that in Cara Delevingne he has found his latest female action hero.

The former British model plays the eponymous character’s companion and then some as Laureline and is shown battling guards, flying a spaceship and avoiding all manner of deep space mayhem hand-in-hand with Valerian »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Comic Con 2016: Luc Besson’s ‘Valerian’ Footage Teases ‘Star Wars’-Level Ambition and ‘Fifth Element’ Fun

21 July 2016 3:29 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Exactly one year from today — July 21, 2017 — “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” starring Dane Dehane and Cara Delevingne will premiere in theaters. And based on what was screened at San Diego Comic-Con 2016, Luc Besson may have once again brought to life a delicious blend of sci-fi, action, and comedy.

Besson’s filmography not only includes impressive works like “The Professional” and “La Femme Nikita,” but also the cult sci-fi favorite “The Fifth Element,” which brought a lived-in feel (as well as some breathtaking action sequences) to a futuristic world.

“Fifth Element” was famously a childhood dream project of Besson’s, but making “Valerian” looks to bring him full circle to childhood thanks to the original comic series “Valerian and Laureline,” which he fell in love with at the age of 10. Later, when making “Fifth Element,” he encountered artist Jean-Claude Mézières, who drew “Valerian,” and they worked together to create the “Element” look. »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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Zoë Saldana Reveals She Has an Autoimmune Disease: 'All of a Sudden It Hits You'

21 July 2016 9:30 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Zoë Saldana has been diagnosed with the same autoimmune disease that her mother and sisters battle. The Star Trek Beyond star told Net-a-Porter's The Edit that she suffers from Hashimoto's thyroiditis, a disorder in which the immune system turns against the body's own tissues. "Your body doesn't have the energy it needs to filter toxins, causing it to believe that it has an infection, so it's always inflamed," the 38-year-old actress said. "You create antibodies that attack your glands, so you have to eat clean." In order to stay healthy, Saldana and her husband, Marco Perego, maintain a gluten- and dairy-free diet, »

- Stephanie Petit, @stephpetit_

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Zoe Saldana's Husband Becomes U.S. Citizen, Hopes to Inspire Other Immigrants

21 July 2016 4:00 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Zoe Saldana had a lot more to celebrate last night than just the Comic-Con premiere of Star Trek Beyond. Just hours before walking the red carpet in San Diego, the actress' Italian husband of three years, Marco Saldana (he took her last name shortly after getting married), became a U.S. citizen. "We're still riding this high," the Avatar star told me. "It's very special to us. I'm a daughter of immigrants and my family remembers very very well when they became citizens and what it means for them and knowing what they left behind and knowing all the amazing opportunities they were giving their children and there we were supporting my husband, who is a new immigrant, becoming a citizen with »

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Zoë Saldana Reveals Her Italian Husband Became a U.S. Citizen

20 July 2016 2:55 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Zoë Saldana has a lot to be thankful for these days, with two healthy boys at home and her new movie, Star Trek Beyond, opening Friday. And on Wednesday, the 38-year-old actress got one more reason to celebrate, as her husband Marco became a U.S. citizen. The Italian artist, who took Zoë's last name after they were married in 2013, received his citizenship in an official ceremony. The actress shared the good news, as well as photos of Marco, on her Instagram account. "On our way to be sworn in as a U.S. Citizen," Zoë wrote. "Marco has been »

- Dave Quinn, @NineDaves

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Zoë Saldana Reveals Her Italian Husband Became a U.S. Citizen

20 July 2016 2:55 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Zoë Saldana has a lot to be thankful for these days, with two healthy boys at home and her new movie, Star Trek Beyond, opening Friday. And on Wednesday, the 38-year-old actress got one more reason to celebrate, as her husband Marco became a U.S. citizen. The Italian artist, who took Zoë's last name after they were married in 2013, received his citizenship in an official ceremony. The actress shared the good news, as well as photos of Marco, on her Instagram account. "On our way to be sworn in as a U.S. Citizen," Zoë wrote. "Marco has been »

- Dave Quinn, @NineDaves

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An Unnecessarily In-Depth Analysis of The Magnificent Seven Trailer

19 July 2016 10:46 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

The remake of a remake.Don’t worry, I counted. There‘s seven.

Westerns always put an extra giddy-up in my canter. It’s easily the most enjoyable genre of film for me. I think it has something to do with manly men doing manly men things. You know, like twirling a six-shooter around the shooting finger and placing it perfectly in its holster without even looking. I can’t even put my phone in my pocket without dropping it at least four times a day, easy. The Magnificent Seven — based on the 1960 film of the same name which was based on Seven Samurai — just had its second trailer released, which is of the more official variety and less the teaser kind. Take a little break from reading and watch it in all its magnificence:

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- Colton Ledford

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J.A. Bayona's 'A Monster Calls' to get Euro premiere at San Sebastian

19 July 2016 6:06 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Sigourney Weaver to receive festival’s Donostia Award.

Sigourney Weaver will receive San Sebastian’s Donostia Award at the European premiere of J.A. Bayona’s A Monster Calls (Un Monstruo Viene A Verme) during the 64th edition of the festival.

A Monster Calls, in which Weaver co-stars alongside Felicity Jones, Lewis MacDougall and Liam Neeson, was produced by Apaches Entertainment, Telecinco Cinema and Películas La Trini, and will be distributed by Universal Pictures International Spain.

The Spanish film is based on Patrick Ness’s novel of the same name which tells the story of a twelve-year-old boy struggling with his mother’s illness who is helped by a monster who comes to him in the middle of the night.

The third feature film in Bayona’s career, A Monster Calls closes a trilogy of tales that focuses on the bond shared by mothers and children. Bayona’s next project will be the sequel to Jurassic World

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Sigourney Weaver Set For San Sebastian Donostia Award

19 July 2016 3:18 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Madrid — Sigourney Weaver will receive the 2016 Donostia Award for career achievement at the 64th San Sebastian Festival, which runs Sept. 18-26 at the Basque resort city.

The Donostia Award ceremony will link to a European premiere screening of Juan Antonio Bayona’s “A Monster Calls,” which co-stars Felicity Jones, Lewis McDougall and Liam Neeson. The film, Bayona’s third feature after “The Orphanage” and “The Impossible,” will screen out of competition at San Sebastian.

A festival statement on Tuesday said Weaver had “presided over some of the biggest productions in the last few decades, under the direction of moviemakers such as Ridley Scott, Peter Weir, James Cameron, Mike Nichols, Roman Polanski, Ang Lee and David Fincher.”

Produced out of Spain by Apaches Ent., Telecinco Cinema and Peliculas La Trini, and financed and distributed by Focus Features, River Road, Participant Media and Lionsgate, “A Monster Calls” is slated to open in the U. »

- John Hopewell

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‘Beyond Valkyrie: Dawn of the Fourth Reich’ Exclusive Trailer: Unlikely Allies Must Free Resistance Fighter In WWII Drama

18 July 2016 7:04 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

An intense WWII thriller torn from the frontlines, “Beyond Valkyrie: Dawn of the Fourth Reich” takes place in the midst of war as dissension amongst Nazi forces was on the rise. As Operation Valkyrie prepares to assassinate Adolf Hitler, an Allied special ops team gets ready to extract the man destined to lead the Fourth Reich. But after Valkyrie fails, everything changes. Now, the same special ops team must work together with a host of unlikely allies to free a resistance fighter from behind enemy lines. Watch an exclusive trailer for the film below.

Read More: Terrence Malick Reveals New World War II Drama ‘Radegund,’ Starring August Diehl

The film was directed by Claudio Fäh, who has previously “Northmen – A Viking Saga,” “Sniper: Reloaded,” and 16 episodes of “Ghost Whisperer: The Other Side,” the online companion series to CBS’ “Ghost Whisperer.” It’s written by Robert Henny and Don Michael Paul. »

- Vikram Murthi

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Brand New Trailer 'A Monster Calls' Starring Liam Neeson is Here!

13 July 2016 7:44 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Focus Features has revealed a brand new trailer for the upcoming fantasy fable A Monster Calls, featuring the vocal talent of Liam Neeson as the title imaginary creature. Check out the new below, which looks like a darker version of The Bfg.

The film is a visually spectacular drama from acclaimed director Juan Antonio Bayona (“The Impossible”), based on the award-winning children’s fantasy novel by Patrick Ness.

12-year-old Conor (Lewis MacDougall) attempts to deal with his mother’s (Felicity Jones) illness and the bullying of his classmates by escaping into a fantastical world of monsters and fairy tales that explore courage, loss, and faith.

The film also stars Toby Kebbell (Fantastic Four), Sigourney Weaver (Avatar) and Geraldine Chaplin (The Orphanage).

A Monster Calls will be released nationwide from Focus Features on October 14, 2016.

Source: USA Today »

- Kellvin Chavez

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"Battle Angel" Taking Flight

12 July 2016 11:35 AM, PDT | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

According to producers James Cameron and Jon Landau, Robert Rodriguez, director of "Sin City", is now in pre-production to helm the live-action 'female cyborg' feature "Battle Angel", based on the graphic novels by Yukito Kishoiro,  "exploring a young woman’s journey of self-discovery...":

"Robert and I have been looking for a film to do together for years," said Cameron, director of "Terminator", "Aliens" and "Avatar", "so I was pumped when he said he wanted to do 'Battle Angel'. He’s very collaborative and we’re already like two kids building a go-kart, just having fun riffing creatively and technically. 

"This project is near and dear to me, and there’s nobody I trust more than Robert, with his technical virtuosity and rebel style, to take over the directing reins. We’re looking forward to learning a lot from each other while we make a kick-ass epic..."

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- Michael Stevens

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