James Cameron plans to only make Avatar movies for the rest of his career. The director - who was Oscar-nominated for the first film, which tells the tale of humans exploiting the natural resources of the planet Pandora - is no longer concerned with making any other films and wants to focus on the sci-fi projects for the future.
"I'm in the Avatar business. Period. That's it. I'm making Avatar 2, Avatar 3, maybe Avatar 4, and I'm not going to produce other people's movies for them. I'm not interested in taking scripts.... I think within the Avatar landscape I can say everything I need to say that I think needs to be said, in terms of the state of the world and what I think we need to be doing about it. And doing it in an entertaining way," he told The New York Times.
Currently James is working hard on the first follow-up, and pre-production is already underway: "So we've been mostly working on the tool set, the production pipeline, setting up the new stages in Los Angeles, setting up the new visual effects pipeline in New Zealand, that sort of thing. And, by the way, writing."
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Here are some of the DVD and Blu-ray options available this week:
- Avatar: DVD, Blu-ray
- Best Worst Movie: DVD
- Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore: DVD, Blu-ray
- Disney's A Christmas Carol: DVD, Blu-ray
- The Extra Man: DVD, Blu-ray
- The Kids are All Right: DVD, Blu-ray
- The Last Airbender: DVD, Blu-ray
- The Lightkeepers: DVD, Blu-ray
- Lottery Ticket: DVD, Blu-ray
- Metropolis: DVD
- Open Season: Blu-ray 3D
- The Polar Express: Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray combo
- The Shawshank Redemption: Blu-ray
Make sure to also check out the TV-on-DVD options for this week.
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James Cameron, famed director-turned household name after the success of Avatar, wants to hold 3D movies to a high standard. So high, in fact, that he’ll go out of his way to insult 3D movies which aren’t up to the same standard, apparently, as Avatar.
Cameron was uncomplimentary of Piranha 2 in a recent Vanity Fair interview, saying “I tend almost never to throw other films under the bus, but [Piranha 2] is exactly an example of what we should not be doing in 3D. Because it just cheapens the medium and reminds you of the bad 3D horror films from the 70s and 80s, like Friday the 13th 3D.” Cameron previously worked on the movie, but not for long. He explained: “I worked on Piranha 2 for a few days and got fired off of it; I don’t put it on my official filmography. So there’s no sort of fond connection for me whatsoever.”
But producer Mark Canton isn’t about to let the insult go by. He fired back on Tuesday with this: “Cameron consistently celebrates himself out as though he is a team of one. His comments are ridiculous, self-serving and insulting to those of us who are not caught up in serving his ego and his rhetoric.”
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Although early reports had The Last Exorcism in first place this weekend, the final numbers told a different story. When the dust finally settled on Monday, Lionsgate’s Takers had squeaked out a slim lead. (Less than $200,000 separated the two films.)
Exorcism, though, did not walk away a loser. The movie “documenting” a priest’s final exorcism earned just over $20 million—and it only cost $1.8 million to produce. The PG-13 flick also surpassed The Unborn‘s 2009 debut ($19.8 million), though it did fall short of The Exorcism of Emily Rose. (That 2005 release opened to $30 million.)
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Here are a few selections in theaters this weekend:
- The Last Exorcism (PG-13): starring Patrick Fabian, Ashley Bell, Iris Bahr (directed by Daniel Stamm)
- Takers (PG-13): starring Matt Dillon, Paul Walker, Idris Elba (directed by John Luessenhop)
- Aashayein* (NR): starring John Abraham, Anaitha Nair, Sonal Sehgal (directed by Nagesh Kukunoor)
- Avatar* (PG-13): starring Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver (directed by James Cameron)
Want to know why you should see Avatar again in the theaters? Well - I doubt I could provide you with a reason, but this new promo might be able to answer your question.
On August 27, 20th Century Fox plans to re-release the blockbuster hit - in 3-D - with an additional 8 minutes of footage. Can you tell what’s new in Avatar: Special Edition? I can’t. But then I only paid to see the movie…once.
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Avatar is returning!
The blockbuster hit that shattered ticket sale records will come back to the theaters on August 27, to be shown exclusively in 3-D. The reason behind all the fuss? A whopping eight additional minutes have been added to the flick. Most movies would release a Special Edition DVD to celebrate the achievement…not Avatar.
You’d almost think the film didn’t make enough money the first time around. Avatar: Special Edition is being highly-touted by director James Cameron, who said viewers will get to see “new creatures and action scenes.”
Really, this is necessary?
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The Hobbit: Guillermo Del Toro’s exit from The Hobbit doesn’t necessarily mean an end for the prequels. Lord of the Rings’ Peter Jackson is now in talks to serve as both producer and director. It’s still hoped the two films can be released in 2012 and 2013.
-What do Adam Sandler, Mo’Nique and James Gandolfini have in common? They all recently received invites from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS).
-Avatar may not have cleaned up at those Oscars, but it did win more than its share of Saturn Awards. The movie nabbed 10 prizes this week including Best Science Fiction Film.
-Should we be blaming or thanking The Smurfs for this? The Troll dolls, recently seen in Toy Story 3, will soon be the subject of their own DreamWorks Animation film.
-Looking forward to the Entourage premiere? If so, you should be happy to know executive producer Mark Wahlberg is still planning a big screen version of the HBO program.
-The only piece of robot memorabilia remaining from 1984’s Terminator is going up for auction. The “T-800 Terminator” metal arm is expected to fetch over $15,000.
The movie that shattered the box office is now setting new standards in the world of Blu-ray. Since its April 22 release on home disc, Avatar has sold almost 7 million DVDs and Blu-rays to date - though the number is only going to get bigger and bigger.
James Cameron’s flick is now the fastest-selling Blu-ray of all time. Sales will boom again when the 3D Blu-ray discs are released, an event which FOX says is upcoming (though no official date has been announced.)
You can pick up Avatar from Amazon now, for 50% off.
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