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James Cameron Might ‘Pass the Baton’ to Another Director After ‘Avatar 3’

James Cameron Might ‘Pass the Baton’ to Another Director After ‘Avatar 3’
Although James Cameron has been deeply entrenched in the development of sequels to his 2009 blockbuster “Avatar” for more than a decade, the director has shared that he’s considering leaving the world of Pandora behind for other projects down the line.

The first “Avatar” sequel, subtitled “The Way of Water,” is set to hit theaters on Dec. 16. A third film in the “Avatar” series was shot back-to-back with “The Way of the Water” and is eyeing a release in 2024.

While Cameron certainly has a vision of more “Avatar” stories after those two films, he might not be at the helm for potential subsequent entries. The director told Empire that he’s considering leaving the franchise in another director’s hands after he completes work on the third entry.

“The Avatar films themselves are kind of all-consuming,” Cameron said. “I’ve got some other things I’m developing as well that are exciting.
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‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Leads as U.K. June Box Office Soars to 116 Million

‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Leads as U.K. June Box Office Soars to 116 Million
The total U.K. and Ireland box office for June 2022 was £95.7 million (116 million), according to numbers released by Comscore.

May holdover “Top Gun: Maverick” was the top film of the month with £37.1 million, for a total of £65.3 million. The Tom Cruise vehicle is also the top grossing film of the year in the territory so far, 55 above “Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness” (£42 million), which is the fifth highest grosser of June with £2.4 million. The sequel is also Cruise’s highest-grossing film to date, and Paramount’s best performing movie ever released – with the pair re-uniting again for next summer’s “Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One.”

At second position on June was “Jurassic World: Dominion,” with a gross of £28.5 million, which is the fifth best performing movie of the year so far. “Lightyear” was in third position, with a total to date of £7.6 million.

In fourth place was Baz Luhrmann’s “Elvis,
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James Cameron May Not Direct the Final ‘Avatar’ Films

James Cameron May Not Direct the Final ‘Avatar’ Films
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James Cameron may have created the planet of Pandora, but there’s a chance the filmmaker does not direct all of the Avatar films.

After the franchise’s game-changing first film, Cameron decided to continue the saga with four more stories, the first of which, Avatar: The Way of Water, hits theaters on Dec. 16, 2022. The third installment hasn’t been announced, but it’s slated to be released in December 2024, since it was filmed back-to-back with Avatar 2.

The fourth and fifth movies haven’t gone into production yet, but when they do, Cameron says he might not be at the helm.

“The Avatar films themselves are kind of all-consuming,” Cameron said in an interview with Empire magazine, adding that there are some other projects he’s developing that he’s excited about.

“I think eventually over time – I don’t know if that
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The 10 Best Running ‘Seinfeld’ Gags, Ranked

The 10 Best Running ‘Seinfeld’ Gags, Ranked
A bonafide staple of TV sitcom excellence, “Seinfeld” still lands. Co-created by namesake star Jerry Seinfeld and “Curb Your Enthusiasm” auteur Larry David, NBC’s iconic half-hour comedy received mixed reviews when it aired its pilot on July 5, 1989. The episode, titled “The Seinfeld Chronicles” was funny, no question. But the brilliantly understated beats of a stand-up comedian in New York City and his three closest friends talking about “nothing” ad infinitum wasn’t yet optimized for its raucous comedic potential. Fast-forward that metaphoric VHS a few years and you’ve got one of the most successful eight-handers in the history of the small screen, heralded by a bass line just as recognizable.

Seinfeld appeared as a fictionalized version of himself opposite Jason Alexander as George Costanza, Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Elaine Benes, and Michael Richards as Cosmo Kramer for a whopping nine seasons. Over the series’ 180 episodes, the “Seinfeld” gang explored
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The One Trait That Ties Together Akira Kurosawa's Favorite Directors

The One Trait That Ties Together Akira Kurosawa's Favorite Directors
Akira Kurosawa is your favorite director's favorite director, but do you know his favorite directors? The acclaimed Japanese filmmaker is primarily known for his historical epics and samurai films, including "Seven Samurai" and "Rashomon."

Kurosawa was heavily inspired by the cowboys in American Westerns, and in turn, many spaghetti Westerns were heavily inspired by Kurosawa. The director once told Dick Cavett that he "love[s] the movies of John Ford," the acclaimed American director known for Westerns like "The Searchers." 

The epic scale and action-heavy narratives in Kurosawa's films are often cited as the director's appeal to international audiences, and they also link them to American Westerns....

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‘Stranger Things’ Spinoff Will Be ‘1,000 Different’ Than Netflix Series, Introduce New Characters

‘Stranger Things’ Spinoff Will Be ‘1,000 Different’ Than Netflix Series, Introduce New Characters
Any “Stranger Things” spinoff series will not be following the core tweens in the current franchise starter.

Series creators Matt and Ross Duffer confirmed during the “Happy Sad Confused” podcast that a spinoff show is in the works, but fans should not expect a standalone story for Millie Bobby Brown’s Eleven or Joe Keery’s Steve. Instead, the upcoming series will be “1,000 percent different” than the current flagship show.

“I’ve read these rumors that there’s going be an Eleven spinoff, that there’s going be a Steve and Dustin spinoff or that it’s another number,” the Duffer Brothers said. “That’s not interesting to me because we’ve done all that. We’ve spent I don’t know how many hours exploring all of that. So it’s very different.”

The Duffer Brothers added that the spinoff will maintain the same “storytelling sensibility” fans have come to love from “Stranger Things,
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Seth MacFarlane Gives Details About The Ted Prequel Series Coming To Peacock

Seth MacFarlane Gives Details About The Ted Prequel Series Coming To Peacock
Remember "Ted"? The dirty teddy bear comedy from "Family Guy" creator Seth McFarlane isn't necessarily on the tip of everyone's tongue these days, but it was a surprise hit upon its release in 2012. The movie grossed over 500 million worldwide, generating a sequel and now, a decade later, a prequel series.

The first season of the Peacock series is still being made (that CGI bear probably takes a while to render), so fans of the foul-mouthed plushie will be waiting a while longer for his return. But in the meantime, McFarlane is sharing insight with Collider about...

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Surfside Condo Collapse Doc in the Works From 101 Studios, Grain Media and Miami Herald — Film News in Brief

Surfside Condo Collapse Doc in the Works From 101 Studios, Grain Media and Miami Herald — Film News in Brief
101 Studios, Grain Media and the Miami Herald are partnering on a documentary about the horrific collapse of the Champlain Towers South condo building in Surfside, Fla., that killed 98 people in 2021.

The film, about one of the deadliest building failures in modern history, will be based on the Herald’s Pulitzer Prize-winning reporting. “Surviving Surfside” will feature interviews with survivors, first-responders, relatives of the victims, and the journalists and engineers examining the event. It will reveal “the turbulent history of Miami” and examine the suspects that may have contributed to the collapse of the 12-story beachfront condo. The investigation finds that “this crisis might have been averted,” exposing “profound truths about how profit so easily trumps human life,” according to a press release.

“As a newsroom, we poured our hearts into the breaking news and the ongoing daily coverage, and subsequent investigative coverage, of the Champlain Towers South condominium collapse story,
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The Most Powerful Characters In Stranger Things, Ranked

The Most Powerful Characters In Stranger Things, Ranked
Read with caution: The following contains major spoilers for "Stranger Things" season 4, volume 2!

The long-awaited fourth season of "Stranger Things" is finally here. Due to pandemic-related shutdowns, season 4 of Netflix's hit sci-fi series premiered three years after season 3 shattered streaming records, and scattered its cast to the winds. In season 4, half of the kids are on spring break in Hawkins, while Mike visits Eleven, Will, and Jonathan in California, and Joyce heads to Russia to find Hopper. Through flashbacks, the newest season also brings us back to Hawkins Lab, where we see Dr. Brenner's experiments at their peak and meet a...

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Working With Disney Wasn't Something Ridley Scott Was Willing To Do

Working With Disney Wasn't Something Ridley Scott Was Willing To Do
Did you know that expert stylist and proudly grumpy octogenarian Ridley Scott came very close to working with Disney not too long ago? It's an odd pairing on paper. Where the Mouse House was the go-to source for family entertainment long before it started taking over the industry, Scott has spent most of his career directing movies geared towards adults. Even as studios have shifted away from modestly-budgeted films intended for adult audiences, the filmmaker has carried on making R-rated period pieces, dramas, and thrillers, with the occasional PG-13 (but still adult-targeted) feature like "The Martian."

Scott's output from the past decade includes films about the...

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Alien³ Could Have Been A Bizarro Take On Disney

Alien³ Could Have Been A Bizarro Take On Disney
One doesn't need to dig too deeply to find stories about the myriad production troubles during the filming of David Fincher's 1992 debut film "Alien³." The whole saga could fill up a book, but in brief, the movie was rewritten multiple times during filming, each time with drastic changes to the settings and the characters. This went far beyond the rounds of rewriting that studio films typically go through. One draft set the movie on Earth, another resurrected characters from the film's immediate prequel, "Aliens," and there were others, each thrown together by various teams of famous screenwriters. All the while, sets were being built and altered,...

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Ryan Reynolds Gave David Harbour ‘Sweet’ Advice After ‘Hellboy’ Flop: ‘Am I Going to Survive This?’

Ryan Reynolds Gave David Harbour ‘Sweet’ Advice After ‘Hellboy’ Flop: ‘Am I Going to Survive This?’
David Harbour didn’t shy away from having a “Strange” conversation with Ryan Reynolds.

The “Stranger Things” star revealed to GQ UK that he reached out to Reynolds following the “flop” of “Hellboy” and asked Reynolds about how his career survived starring in the critically panned comic book installment “Green Lantern.”

Harbour played the titular antihero in the 2019 remake; Reynolds led the DC film “Green Lantern” in 2011 and infamously live-tweeted his first time watching the film a decade later after having “fear” over how bad it was. The “Deadpool” actor has also spoofed his “Green Lantern” appearance multiple times. So, Reynolds was the right person for Harbour to reach out to once Harbour knew “Hellboy” was off to a rocky start.

“I know him a little bit. I called him and I was like, ‘Hey man, I just need to know something. You know ‘Green Lantern?’ Huge flop for you.
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Germany’s Redrum invests in new project from Chile’s Patricio Valladares (exclusive)

Germany’s Redrum invests in new project from Chile’s Patricio Valladares (exclusive)
Cannibal Holidays’ will shoot in Chile and Germany later this year.

Exclusive: Germany’s Redrum Films Productions is to back Cannibal Holidays, a new project from Chilean genre filmmaker Patricio Valladares.

The film will shoot in Chile and Germany later this year, with Valladares directing. Redrum CEO Michael Merhi will produce along with Valladares and Vittorio Farfan. Production and services company Redrum (not to be confused with UK film and TV production company Redrum Films) is the film arm of German horror publisher Redrum Books.

Andrea Cavaletto has written the screenplay, adapted from the 2018 novel of the same title by
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Paramount and Nickelodeon Promote Shari Hanson to Executive VP of Physical Production and Visual Effects

Paramount and Nickelodeon Promote Shari Hanson to Executive VP of Physical Production and Visual Effects
Shari Hanson has been elevated to executive VP of physical production and visual effects for Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Animation.

Under her new title, she will continue to work on Paramount’s live-action films and will expand her portfolio to include titles produced at Nick Animation. Hanson’s promotion comes as Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Studios work to streamline their strategy for production. Hanson joined the company in 2015.

Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Studios president of worldwide physical production Lee Rosenthal announced the promotion and called Hanson “an exemplary executive, and invaluable member of our team.”

“As we all know, Shari is a great physical production executive and trusted partner to our producers, as witnessed on ‘The Lost City,’ ‘Clifford the Big Red Dog,’ ‘Gemini Man’ and ‘Crawl,'” Rosenthal said in a memo to staff. “With this newly created hybrid role, we have an amazing opportunity to bridge our VFX and production work in unique,
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‘Friends’ Creator: It Was a ‘Mistake’ Misgendering Kathleen Turner’s Trans Character, I ‘Feel Stupid’

‘Friends’ Creator: It Was a ‘Mistake’ Misgendering Kathleen Turner’s Trans Character, I ‘Feel Stupid’
Friends” co-creator Marta Kauffman opened up about the misstep in referring to Chandler Bing’s transgender parent, played by Kathleen Turner, in the original series as a man.

Kauffman, who created the 1994 to 2004 series with David Crane, admitted that “referring to her as ‘Chandler’s father’, even though Chandler’s father was trans” was a “mistake.”

“Pronouns were not yet something that I understood. So we didn’t refer to that character as ‘she.’ That was a mistake,” Kauffman said during “The Conversation” on the BBC World Service (via The Huffington Post).

Matthew Perry as Chandler endured numerous jokes about his “dad,” played by Turner, on the series. Turner played Chandler’s parent Charles Bing, who performed as Helena Handbasket for her drag stage show Viva Las Gaygas. The series never explicitly addressed whether Charles was trans, but Kauffman confirmed that she was.

Kauffman added that she set out to
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Gravitas Ventures Buys Animated Horror Film ‘Canvas’ (Exclusive)

Gravitas Ventures Buys Animated Horror Film ‘Canvas’ (Exclusive)
Gravitas Ventures has secured worldwide rights to “Canvas,” an animated horror film that debuted at the Annecy Festival. The movie, written and directed by Ryan Guiterman, stars Marama Corlett, Steve Key, Isabel Ellison, Sam Encarnación and Ell Peck. Gravitas will release the pic on demand on Aug. 9.

The movie follows a demon known as “The Painter,” who comes to Earth with a gruesome mission — to create new spawn from chaos and murder. FBI agent George Rohan finds himself tasked with covering up The Painter’s multiplying murders. At the same time, a dogged investigative journalist named Reila Martin is working to unveil George’s growing web of lies.

In addition to Annecy, “Canvas” has also played at the Strasbourg, Macabre Faire and Lighthouse film festivals. The film was produced by Isabel Ellison and Betsy Shuller. Executive producers are Dr. Steven Stoller, David Kennedy, Victoria Hill, Simon Taufique and Eric Guiterman.
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Superhero Bits: Thor: Love And Thunder's Rotten Tomatoes Score, The Boys Season 3 Finale Trailer & More

Superhero Bits: Thor: Love And Thunder's Rotten Tomatoes Score, The Boys Season 3 Finale Trailer & More
(Superhero Bits is a collection of stories, updates, and videos about anything and everything inspired by the comics of Marvel, DC, and more. For comic book movies, TV shows, merchandise, events, and whatever catches our eye, this is the place to find anything that falls through the cracks.)

In this edition of Superhero Bits:

The first "Thor: Love and Thunder" reviews are in.

"The Boys" season 3 finale gets a teaser trailer.

"Batman" begins a new era in the pages of DC Comics.

Could we see "The Flash" get spin-off shows?

All that and more!

DC's main...

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‘Stranger Things’ Might Have a ‘Game of Thrones’ Problem

‘Stranger Things’ Might Have a ‘Game of Thrones’ Problem
[Editor’s Note: The following article contains spoilers for “Stranger Things” Season 4, as well as “Game of Thrones.”]

In the trailer for “Stranger Things 4: Volume 2” it seemed certain someone would die.

And someone did die, but just one someone and not necessarily a someone who seemed in terrible danger before the two supersized episodes hit Netflix July 1 (or who even existed before the first batch of episodes debuted May 27). Eddie Munson (Joseph Quinn), newcomer and fans’ Season 4 favorite, went out in a blaze of glory, decimated by otherworldly bats while he bought time to save everyone else. In fact, he died the exact death that almost befell Steve (Joe Keery) in “Volume 1,” but the Duffer brothers wouldn’t dream of killing Steve — or any of its other longtime leads, it seems — with another season left to go.

Quickly disposing of Eddie was never a guarantee, based on the show’s track record. Sadie Sink’s Max joined in
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David Harbour And Ryan Reynolds Bonded Over Their Superhero Box Office Bombs

David Harbour And Ryan Reynolds Bonded Over Their Superhero Box Office Bombs
David Harbour has enjoyed a lot of success from his role as Chief Jim Hopper in "Stranger Things." From the moment he was introduced, Harbour infused the character with a sense of lovability that made him an instant fan-favorite.

But while Hopper gave Harbour a level of stardom that afforded him roles in big productions that turned out well, like "Black Widow," it also produced some flops — namely his first big movie lead in 2019's "Hellboy." The film, a reboot of the Guillermo del Toro superhero movies based on Mike Mignola's Dark Horse Comics character of the same name, was panned by critics and...

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A Guide To Every Version Of Dawn Of The Dead

A Guide To Every Version Of Dawn Of The Dead
Whenever a film exists in a variety of versions, it's a good bet there's a juicy behind-the-scenes story of an uncompromising director battling with a cabal of bottom-line-obsessed producers hellbent on transforming the surly artist's work into a product with broad commercial appeal. Given George A. Romero's agonizing history of Hollywood heartbreak, you'd expect "Dawn of the Dead," which exists in three distinctively different versions, to be one of those tumultuous tales. But while the filmmaker certainly had a rough go of it with censors in just about every country that exhibited his movie, this isn't a "Brazil" situation, where the studio attempted to...

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