Screen Junkies » james cameron http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Wed, 27 Aug 2014 18:35:11 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 ‘Terminator 2′ Chase Scene Recreated In ‘Grand Theft Auto V’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/terminator-2-chase-scene-recreated-in-grand-theft-auto-v/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/terminator-2-chase-scene-recreated-in-grand-theft-auto-v/#comments Fri, 06 Jun 2014 16:56:24 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=262074 If the 'Grand Theft Auto V' games have been successful in any regard, it's at making me want to listen to Guns N' Roses.

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It’s astounding that this technology exists yet we STILL can’t shoot the dog in Duck Hunt. YouTube user John Chapman and some friends used Grand Theft Auto V to recreate the L.A. River chase scene from Terminator 2: Judgement Day. It’s really well done and must have taken a long time to get the shots right. As if anyone stays on mission in those games anyway.

For comparison, here is the scene from James Cameron’s sequel. This movie is so damn good.

Now I’m going to have to listen to Guns N’ Roses all afternoon.

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It Was Only A Matter Of Time Before ‘Avatar’ And Cirque De Soleil Came Together http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/it-was-only-a-matter-of-time-before-avatar-and-cirque-de-soleil-came-together/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/it-was-only-a-matter-of-time-before-avatar-and-cirque-de-soleil-came-together/#comments Thu, 29 May 2014 17:47:09 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=261870 Of course this is happening. James Cameron just knows which buttons to push.

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Because James Cameron isn’t the type to just “direct” a movie, he has found several ways to oversell even history’s highest grossing film in Avatar. In addition to its many, many sequels, James Cameron will be putting the show in the world’s arenas with an Avatar-inspired Cirque de Soleil show.

Sure, it’s a pretty natural fit for both properties, but that doesn’t make it any less annoying. In fact, the only way to make Cirque de Soleil, James Cameron, and Avatar MORE annoying was to partner them all up.

SYNERGY!

The show will debut in 2015, which means we have until then to destroy every arena in the world so that this show has nowhere to exist. I don’t want to see so much as a YMCA gym left standing, people. This is serious!

 

 

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Sigourney Weaver To Transform In ‘Avatar’ Sequels http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/sigourney-weaver-to-transform-in-avatar-sequels/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/sigourney-weaver-to-transform-in-avatar-sequels/#comments Fri, 09 May 2014 16:38:16 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=261547 It would be sweet if she could turn into a jet.

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Sigourney Weaver (alternate pronunciation: Siganorey Weaver) is fearful that shooting Avatar 2, 3, and 4 back-to-back will kill her. For real this time and not in the mystical cat person way. Speaking of which, Weaver’s character died in the original but is returning for all of the sequels. Without getting into the details Weaver hinted that her character will transform in each sequel. “It will be challenging for me. I can’t talk about it, but my part is a little different in each one,” she teased. “I’ll transform somewhat.”

That sounds hokey. Here’s hoping that by the end she transforms into a fart and floats away. (NY Mag)

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James Cameron Weighs In On Who Would Win In A Fight Between A Na’vi, T-800, And The Alien Queen http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/james-cameron-weighs-in-on-who-would-win-in-a-fight-between-a-navi-t-800-and-the-alien-queen/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/james-cameron-weighs-in-on-who-would-win-in-a-fight-between-a-navi-t-800-and-the-alien-queen/#comments Mon, 14 Apr 2014 18:24:43 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=261054 The man's thought it through.

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By James Cameron standards, James Cameron has been out of the public eye for a little while. Luckily, he popped for a reddit AMA in which he reminded the world exactly why he is the king of it and also the best.

When asked, “A Na’vi, the Alien Queen and the T-800 Terminator get in a fight. Who wins?” Cameron took a break from talking about the ocean to respond:

Is the T-800 armed or not armed?

An Armed T-800 with a plasma rifle will clean house, all it has to do is shoot the Alien Queen, and have it bleed on the Na’vi. I would think that all three of them unarmed. Queen beats Na’vi. Queen beats T-800, because the T-800 would tear the arm off a queen, which would dissolve the mantel and shut down the cyborg.

Now a Na’vi riding a leonopteryx, or a Na’vi riding a thanataur, that would be a different story.

Now you know.

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James Cameron PIcks Writers For The Three ‘Avatar’ Sequels, Reminding Us There Are Going To Be Three F*cking ‘Avatar’ Sequels http://www.screenjunkies.com/general/james-cameron-picks-writers-for-the-three-avatar-sequels-reminding-us-there-are-going-to-be-three-fcking-avatar-sequels/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/general/james-cameron-picks-writers-for-the-three-avatar-sequels-reminding-us-there-are-going-to-be-three-fcking-avatar-sequels/#comments Fri, 02 Aug 2013 18:13:46 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=256257 *sigh*

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He wasn’t joking about the slew of Avatar sequels. Well, if he is still joking about the three Avatar sequels, James Cameron is remaining pretty committed to the joke. He’s announced the three writing teams that will take us back to the land of blue people and Sam Worthington again and again and again.

Cameron has seemed to eschew bigger writing names in favor of the likes of the teams that wrote Sarah Conner Chronicles (which he was involved in), Rise of the Planet of the Apes (which was just an awesome film), and Savages (which was a film so bad it angered me).

So he’s a bit all over the map there, but at the very least, it should make for some diversity come December 2016, December 2017, and December 2018.

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Of Course James Cameron Is Developing New Underwater Motion Capture Technology http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/of-course-james-cameron-is-developing-new-underwater-motion-capture-technology/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/of-course-james-cameron-is-developing-new-underwater-motion-capture-technology/#comments Mon, 08 Apr 2013 20:30:57 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=254298 He should live in an underwater house already.

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James Cameron has two loves — creating new technologies that forever change the landscape of film making, and breathing through a tube. So, it comes as no surprise that he’ll combine both passions for the Avatar sequels. Producer Jon Landau revealed yesterday at the 2013 NAB Technology Summit on Cinema that Cameron will develop techniques for underwater motion capture. It has hencetofore been considered impossible due to the buoyancy of ping pong balls.

Speaking at a technology in cinema conference, Landau said the Oscar-winning director proposed to make use of the process “because we can simulate it visually but can’t simulate it experientially for them”. Cameron has previously hinted at the possibility of exploring the oceans of Pandora, the forest moon setting for his 2009 3D box-office hit, in future films.

“We want to take advantage of the technologies brilliant people are putting out to make the next two movies even more emotionally engaging and visually tantalising, and to really wrap up the story arc of our two main characters,” Landau said on Sunday in a keynote speech at the 2013 NAB Technology Summit on Cinema in Las Vegas. He described the process as “performance capture in water”. (Deadline)

This is great news for cinema. But bad news for Andy Serkis, who famously suffers from a condition that makes him water-soluble.

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James Cameron Decides To Direct Not ‘Avatar’ Movies http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/james-cameron-decides-to-direct-not-avatar-movies/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/james-cameron-decides-to-direct-not-avatar-movies/#comments Wed, 24 Oct 2012 16:34:51 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=251643 Hopefully he'll find a way to make it ridiculously expensive.

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James Cameron announced to the New York Times that he’s retired from any non-Avatar filmmaking. Like several rappers before him, it was all bullshit. Consider today his unretirement from projects exclusive to the Avatar universe.

Cameron and Lightstorm Entertainment have picked up the rights to The Informationist, a novel by Taylor Stevens that has drawn comparisons to Girl With The Dragon Tattoo as well as the Jason Bourne series. Cameron’s intention is to shoot it after Avatar 3 and before the Avatar prequel. The story follows a girl in central Africa raised by gunners and mercenaries, who goes into the business of selling information. Which I was always lead to believe is free. Just dial 4-1-1. If anything, it costs a few cents.

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James Cameron To Rectify Lack Of Chinese Na’vi By Adding Some Chinese Na’vi http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/james-cameron-to-rectify-lack-of-chinese-navi-by-adding-some-chinese-navi/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/james-cameron-to-rectify-lack-of-chinese-navi-by-adding-some-chinese-navi/#comments Wed, 19 Sep 2012 17:02:51 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=251022 Because money.

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The extremely wealthy James Cameron isn’t hurting for money on account of his extreme wealth. But that doesn’t mean he doesn’t know a good (read: weird) deal when he sees one.

Last month, Cameron spread his love of 3D to China by partnering up with state-owned film groups to distribute cameras and 3D technology. While there, he saw gold in them there Chinese hills. Although Avatar 2 and 3 and already funded, Cameron wants to try to get China to flip some of the bill. And to sweeten the pot, he’s willing to throw some Chinese actors into the sequels.

“Within five years, China could easily be as big a gross-revenue market for film as North America, and there are very specific economic incentives for having both Chinese content and Chinese co-production. We are already funded on Avatar 2 and 3, but if we qualify as a co-production, there might be some incentives in the percentage of revenue we can take out of China,”

“We are running the numbers to see if that makes sense.” At very least, the director could recruit Chinese actors to work in the movies, which will be distributed worldwide by Fox (though Cameron has not set release dates yet). “For Avatar, we can certainly use Chinese actors as performance capture actors because any accent issues will hide within the Na’vi accent,” says Cameron.

Or just get Rob Schneider.

“So we can have Chinese Na’vi; [and in the live-action sequences] we can also have Chinese actors who speak English in the film.
We are projecting a future in Avatar, and if you project that future out, it is logical that there would be a number of Chinese amongst the contingent on Pandora.”

Why stop there? Can probably get some pretty sweet endorsements and merchandise sales by creating X-Games Na’vi. Food for thought. (THR)

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Today In ‘Oh, F*ck Me’: Cameron Adds Fourth Avatar http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/today-in-oh-fck-me-james-cameron-adds-a-fourth-avatar-installment/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/today-in-oh-fck-me-james-cameron-adds-a-fourth-avatar-installment/#comments Mon, 10 Sep 2012 21:11:10 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=250794 Good. I had only reached 25% of my "heavy-handed preachiness" threshold with the first one.

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I liked the first Avatar. I thought that it did an admirable job of putting a thin plot on the back burner in order to take the audience on a cutting-edge journey the likes of which they’d never seen. And in doing that, created a pretty moving piece of art.

That said, I wouldn’t say I am scrambling for three more installments. I’d say my desire is much closer to “zero” more installments. However, this isn’t about me. It never is. This is about James Cameron’s weird mind and sense of purpose, which is now telling him that he is only 25% done telling the story of Avatar. This is the same type of voice that told the Wachowski brothers that they were only 33% done with The Matrix story after finishing the first one. Needless to say, this voice is both terrible and dangerous.

The fourth installment of the CGI-ish epic will follow the early expeditions to Pandora and [WHITE NOISE].

In other news, that Arrested Development reunion really seems to be coming together nicely, doesn’t it?

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Three ‘Avatar’ Sequels Are Filming Back-To-Back-To-Back http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/three-avatar-sequels-are-filming-back-to-back-to-back/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/three-avatar-sequels-are-filming-back-to-back-to-back/#comments Tue, 26 Jun 2012 17:15:44 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=249373 This won't get old.

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Someone didn’t learn the lesson of diminishing marginal returns from the Wachowski Brothers and their ill-fated Matrix sequels.

And that someone is James Cameron.

Sigourney Weaver, who has worked with Cameron on Aliens, has said that she’s signing on to appear in all three of them, but she has no idea what the story is. In her own words, “I just show up.”

What a professional.

Cameron has hinted at “non-linear storytelling” and time travel in the sequels, which doesn’t make me cringe as much as I thought it would, because as ridiculous as JC is, he’s always proven capable of telling a story in a thoughtful, clear fashion, even if those stories are sometimes silly as all get-out.

It’s no surprise that these things are filming all at once, given that they’re such an undertaking, but the sheer number of Avatar films on the horizon sorta makes my stomach turn.

Here’s to hoping maybe one of them is a Dan Harmon-helmed claymation version with the cast of Community.

Oh. Wait. Shit.

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It’s Going To Cost Extra To See ‘The Hobbit’ In Its Intended Frame Rate http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/its-going-to-cost-extra-to-see-the-hobbit-in-its-intended-frame-rate/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/its-going-to-cost-extra-to-see-the-hobbit-in-its-intended-frame-rate/#comments Tue, 19 Jun 2012 16:58:04 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=249288 Bad news for people who are both on a fixed income and care about frame rates.

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Peter Jackson‘s upcoming “here we go again” epic The Hobbit is one of the most anticipated films of 2012. But despite the movie’s proven track record of Peter Jackson directing short people in funny costumes running around, Jackson and company have managed to muster up some controversy to go along with the movie – and it all has to do with frame rates.

It’s a bit technical, but here’s the gist: The traditional frame rate (“the number of images displayed by a projector within one second”) for film projection in the United States is 24 frames per second. But big 3D-enthused filmmakers like Jackson and James Cameron are trying to get higher frame rates off the ground with the reasoning that they’re better for 3D – with many viewers saying that it makes Middle Earth look fake and artificial. Jackson shot The Hobbit in 48 fps, and he wants as many movie theaters as possible to show it in that new format.

But whatever your opinion on frame rates – there’s a solid bottom line here: In order for theaters to show movies like The Hobbit in the new frame rate, they have to equip their digital projectors with new software, which requires time and money. So to show The Hobbit in full-on Hobbit-vision is going to cost theaters more than showing a normal movie.

No one knows exactly how the exhibitors will defray this cost, but you can bet at least part of it will end up as a ticket price increase. So at this point, it’s basically up to the audience – if they’re willing to pay for higher frame rates, this could really take off. If not, it could be the next Smell-O-Vision. (The Hollywood Reporter)

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Honest Trailers: ‘Avatar’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/honest-trailers-avatar/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/honest-trailers-avatar/#comments Thu, 14 Jun 2012 21:05:10 +0000 Jame Gumb http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=249244 Honest Trailers is back...

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Honest Trailers is back, and this time, James Cameron’s Avatar is on the chopping block. And rightfully so. After all, maybe Avatar has fancy CGI, but in your heart of hearts, you know FernGully was better.

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9 Instances Of James Cameron Just Being Ridiculous http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/9-instances-of-james-cameron-just-being-ridiculous/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/9-instances-of-james-cameron-just-being-ridiculous/#comments Tue, 27 Mar 2012 21:28:35 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=247726 Who Else Would Want To Tweet From The Ocean's Deepest Point?

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James Cameron, perhaps the most lauded and well-known director in the world, has a reputation for being a bit…ridiculous. He’s allegedly demanding and can have a temper, but that’s pretty much for the course, so I wouldn’t call him a jerk in that capacity. He’s just got a bit of an ego that manifests itself in strange ways, like silly acceptance speeches, goofy pictures, and lots and lots of divorces from wives.

While that may not make him particularly desirable to live or work with, it makes him plenty fun to write about. Peep this.

He Tweeted From The Ocean’s Deepest Point

The impetus for this inventory of silly Cameron behavior is his recent submersion to the deepest point of the ocean, then his tweet from there, making him (probably) the person that holds the record for the deepest tweet in history. Sounds dirty, but really it’s just absurd.

I’m hoping that we’re only a few years away from Cameron getting another divorce so that he can marry the sea in a civil ceremony in Vermont.

He’s Been Married Five Times

He’s like the Liz Taylor of men! First married in 1978 to Sharon Williams, Cameron’s revolving door of nuptials and pledges included Gale Ann Hurd, Hurt Locker director Kathryn Bigelow, Terminators 1 and 2 star Linda Hamilton, and Suzy Amis, to whom he has been married since 2000. Whoa! 12 years. We may have found a keeper.

Judging by many of the accounts of actors and crew members on his sets, coexisting with James is no walk in the park for three months, so I can’t imagine that living with him and his peccadilloes day in and day out would be a walk in the park.

His Golden Globes Acceptance Speech Contained A Line In Na’vi

Yup, he tossed in a line from a fictional language he created upon receipt of a Golden Globe. Not an Oscar, mind you, but a Golden Globe.

He offered up this little pearl to the drunk guests in attendance and the woefully sober audiences at home:

“I just want to say,” the shaggy-haired director said, “Bonati komaei mismoka mismokay — which means, I see you, my brothers and sisters.”

He sees us? That’s terrific news! We see you, too, James. And you’re a big, glorious vision of a man. Shine on, you crazy diamond! Why can he quote his own language in a moment of glory, but when I won that beer pong tourney and offered thanks in a mumbled drunken language I made up, it was a minor tragedy? Doesn’t seem fair to me at all.

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Roger Ebert, David Poland Think ‘Titanic 3D’ Looks Like Crap http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/roger-ebert-david-poland-think-titanic-3d-looks-like-crap/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/roger-ebert-david-poland-think-titanic-3d-looks-like-crap/#comments Tue, 21 Feb 2012 16:55:26 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=245697 Is this the death of unnecessary 3D? Please?

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The news of James Cameron’s 3D re-release of Titanic divided moviegoers into two camps. One lot accused the move of being a shameless cashgrab devised to get fans to pay higher ticket prices to see one of most successful films ever yet again. Then there’s the other group that dismissed the first group as cynical. After all, this is a production from James Cameron. He’s the leading pioneer in modern 3D filmmaking and wouldn’t settle for a subpar post-conversion.

Well, now that second group look like real dickweeds.

Paramount and Fox hosted a few Valentine’s Day previews of the re-release and made the mistake of allowing critics to see it.

Roger Ebert commented:

Cameron has justly been praised for being one of the few directors to use 3D usefully, in Avatar. But Titanic was not shot for 3D, and just as you cannot gild a pig, you cannot make 2D into 3D. [...] There’s more to it than that. 3D causes a noticeable loss in the brightness coming from the screen. Some say as much as 20 percent. If you saw an ordinary film dimmed that much, you might complain to the management. Here you’re supposed to be grateful you had the opportunity to pay a surcharge for this defacement. If you’re alert to it, you’ll notice that many shots and sequences in this version are not in 3D at all, but remain in 2D. If you take off your glasses, they’ll pop off the screen with dramatically improved brightness. I know why the film is in 3D. It’s to justify the extra charge. That’s a shabby way to treat a masterpiece.

In the case that you feel  haters gonna hate, 3D friendly critic David Poland had this to say:

I was happy that when we got to the theater, it turned out not to be IMAX 3D. Those glasses are ridiculous and I have only had one or two happy experiences with that specific format. (I quite like IMAX and don’t always dislike 3D.) So I didn’t get irritated by having the glasses on as we watched the hours of film roll by.

However… I found myself wanting to take the glasses off repeatedly. And here is why: it’s like watching the movie through a filter. Call it darkness, call it clarity… call it what you like. But for me, especially on Titanic, the slight facial fur and occasional acne under the make-up on Kate Winslet and the small pock marks on Leonardo DiCaprio’s face are a part of the intimacy of the movie. The movie takes such painstaking efforts to get every detail right… I want to see them, including the imperfections. And with those glasses on, I could not. Some might be happy not to see detail… to have the image smoothed out even more. But not me. These people are beautiful. Their imperfections are beautiful.

I think the best move here is to simply re-release a non-3D version of the film. It won’t earn Cameron enough to fund the purchase of his own private ocean, but it will seem way less schisty.

Also, why not hook us up with a 3D Terminator 2: Judgement Day? Because that would be rad. (MovieLine)

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James Cameron To Revolutionize Theme Parks With ‘Avatar: The Ride’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/james-cameron-to-revolutionize-theme-parks-with-avatar-the-ride/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/james-cameron-to-revolutionize-theme-parks-with-avatar-the-ride/#comments Tue, 20 Sep 2011 20:00:07 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=229271 James Cameron is chomping at the bit.

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It turns out that the immersive 3D world of James Cameron and Disney have decided to go one step further by building the world of Pandora. No, they’re not creating an alien world and launching it into orbit (at least not until the technology is there). They are actually building at Avatar theme park ride at Animal Kingdom in Orlando, Florida.

Avatar created a world which audiences can discover again and again and now, through this incredible partnership with Disney, we’ll be able to bring Pandora to life like never before. With two new Avatar films currently in development, we’ll have even more locations, characters and stories to explore,” said James Cameron in a press release. “I’m chomping at the bit to start work with Disney’s legendary Imagineers to bring our Avatar universe to life. Our goal is to go beyond current boundaries of technical innovation and experiential storytelling, and give park goers the chance to see, hear, and touch the world of Avatar with an unprecedented sense of reality.”

That’s awesome news for Cameron. How gratifying it must be to see a world you created turned into an experience. I think we all can agree that Titanic would have made an awesome ride. (Deadline)

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James Cameron, Sam Worthington, ‘Transformers’ Producer Want To Unite For Box Office Devastation http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/james-cameron-sam-worthington-transformers-producer-want-to-unite-for-box-office-devastation/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/james-cameron-sam-worthington-transformers-producer-want-to-unite-for-box-office-devastation/#comments Tue, 14 Jun 2011 20:47:56 +0000 Col. Longshanks http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=216102 A new sci-fi actioner you'll no doubt see.

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20th Century Fox are vigorously rubbing their hands together at the exciting news that James Cameron and Sam Worthington want to reunite for the studio. The duo, who you may remember teamed up on the art house picture Avatar, are looking at sci-fi action project Myth, a pitch by writer Will Staples. Transformers producer Lorenzo di Bonventura is also on board, just to assure the movie’s invincibility.

There’s a catch, however. All three powerhouses are only looking to produce. Cameron is not set to direct, Worthington is not set to star, and di Bonventura is not set to serve BBQ Chicken quesadillas during break time. We don’t even have any solid details on Myth except that “it’s big, it’s sci-fi, and it’s got lots of action.” I believe SyFy channel’s Dinocroc vs. Supergator had the same premise.

So look for this movie sometime maybe in the future. Or never. (THR)

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‘Titanic 3D’ Dead Ahead! http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/titanic-3d-dead-ahead/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/titanic-3d-dead-ahead/#comments Thu, 19 May 2011 16:58:09 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=212819 Human tragedy that pops right off the screen and into your face.

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Good news for fans of seeing doomed members of the aristocracy in three dimensions: James Cameron’s supercalamegahit Titanic is getting a 3D re-release on April 6, 2012. Here’s JC himself on this momentous occasion:

“There’s a whole generation that’s never seen ‘TITANIC’ as it was meant to be seen, on the big screen.  And this will be ‘TITANIC’ as you’ve never seen it before, digitally re-mastered at 4K and painstakingly converted to 3D.  With the emotional power intact and the images more powerful than ever, this will be an epic experience for fans and newcomers alike.”

Cameron then bellowed, Titanic 3D is UNSINKABLE!” before flying away on a helicopter made of money. It’s funny to think that Cameron, who’s been vocal in his criticism of 3D conversion as opposed to shooting in 3D in the past, is now putting his support behind a 3D conversion project like this one. Maybe he needs to make a car payment or something.

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Blu-Ray Review: The Terminator http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/dvd/blu-ray-review-the-terminator/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/dvd/blu-ray-review-the-terminator/#comments Thu, 12 May 2011 17:34:19 +0000 Col. Longshanks http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=212203 He's back. Again.

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It’s the film that made Arnold Schwarzenegger and James Cameron stars. The Terminator has dropped another edition on Blu-ray, and there isn’t much here that we haven’t seen before. The visuals and sound are as impressive as the 80s allow. It’s not any fault of the film, mind you. Back in 1984 the effects, musical score, and teased bangs wowed, but now those elements date a well-written and directed action flick. However, it’s still impossible not to enjoy The Terminator. Just trying to figure out the time travel logistics keeps your mind racing. There’s also that cringe-worthy moment when Arnold pops out his own eye and reveals the exoskeleton underneath his flesh. Just keep telling yourself it’s not real.

Special features include a look into creating the effects and a retrospective of the film. These can be seen on earlier home versions of the film, though.

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Peter Jackson Explodes Film Nerd Heads By Shooting ‘Hobbit’ At 48 FPS http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/peter-jackson-explodes-film-nerd-heads-by-shooting-hobbit-at-48-fps/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/peter-jackson-explodes-film-nerd-heads-by-shooting-hobbit-at-48-fps/#comments Tue, 12 Apr 2011 04:22:12 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=206594 In his epic quest to cure 3D headachyness and do a crazy technology thing, Jackson has opted to shoot 'The Hobbit' at 48 frames per second, rather than the good ol' fashioned 24.

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Do you hear that? It’s the sound of a million film geeks screaming out in agony. Peter Jackson is shooting The Hobbit in 48 fps.

So, what do those words I just typed mean? In his epic quest to cure 3D headachyness and do a crazy technology thing, Jackson has opted to shoot The Hobbit at 48 frames per second, rather than the good ol’ fashioned 24. High-frame rate movies are utilized in some theme park rides and James Cameron is an advocate, which I think is reason enough for film snobs to dismiss it. Basically, 48 fps looks crisper, whil 24 fps has a subtle motion-blur quality and has been standard since the 1920s.

Jackson posted a lengthy entry on his Facebook about his decision. Even his Facebook updates are epic:

We are indeed shooting at the higher frame rate. The key thing to understand is that this process requires both shooting and projecting at 48 fps, rather than the usual 24 fps (films have been shot at 24 frames per second since the late 1920′s). So the result looks like normal speed, but the image has hugely enhanced clarity and smoothness. Looking at 24 frames every second may seem ok–and we’ve all seen thousands of films like this over the last 90 years–but there is often quite a lot of blur in each frame, during fast movements, and if the camera is moving around quickly, the image can judder or “strobe.”

Shooting and projecting at 48 fps does a lot to get rid of these issues.  It looks much more lifelike, and it is much easier to watch, especially in 3-D. We’ve been watching HOBBIT tests and dailies at 48 fps now for several months, and we often sit through two hours worth of footage without getting any eye strain from the 3-D.  It looks great, and we’ve actually become used to it now, to the point that other film experiences look a little primitive. I saw a new movie in the cinema on Sunday and I kept getting distracted by the juddery panning and blurring. We’re getting spoilt!

So, to summarize, all films before The Hobbit were shot for chumps and idiots. In 3D, 48 fps kicks ass, you just don’t know it yet.

Film purists will criticize the lack of blur and strobing artifacts, but all of our crew–many of whom are film purists–are now converts.  You get used to this new look very quickly and it becomes a much more lifelike and comfortable viewing experience.  It’s similar to the moment when vinyl records were supplanted by digital CDs.  There’s no doubt in my mind that we’re heading towards movies being shot and projected at higher frame rates.

…and comparing 24 fps to vinyl records is the final stab in the heart. Throw the old frame rate into the volcano, folks. You can read the full opine here, and check out some less-than-epic set photos in the top left corner and below.

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Manhattan Beach Gets ‘Avatar’-ted http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/manhattan-beach-gets-avatar-ted/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/manhattan-beach-gets-avatar-ted/#comments Tue, 12 Apr 2011 00:50:41 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=206567 Twentieth Century Fox and director James Cameron have chosen MBS Media Campus in Manhattan Beach to shoot the sequels to 'Avatar', the bazillion dollar-grossing, unofficial 'Pocahontas' remake.

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Where will the next Avatar movies be shot? Ask one of those crazy Na’vi fans who paint themselves blue and they’ll answer, “in the wild forests of Pandora, of course.” The real answer is a motion capture facility in Manhattan Beach. Not nearly as mystical or hippie-ish, though I hear they have granola bars in the snack machines.

Twentieth Century Fox and director James Cameron have chosen MBS Media Campus in Manhattan Beach to shoot the sequels to Avatar, the bazillion dollar grossing, unofficial remake of Disney’s Pocahontas. The studio has 15 sound stages and 580,000-square-feet of studio and office space. Cameron’s production company, Lightstorm Entertainment (sounds like the name of a terrible mid-90s comic book company), is likely to move in as well. If Cameron gets his way, his studio and offices will be closer to his home in Santa Monica.

If you’re one of those crazy Avatar fans I discussed earlier, the MBS Media Campus address is 1600 Rosecrans Ave. A true Na’vi would camp out there until Avatar 2‘s release date in December 2014, followed by Avatar 3 in December 2015. Just don’t tell them Screen Junkies sent you. (Hollywood Reporter)

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Guess What James Cameron’s New Company Does (HINT: It’s 3D) http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/guess-what-james-camerons-new-company-does-hint-its-3d/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/guess-what-james-camerons-new-company-does-hint-its-3d/#comments Mon, 11 Apr 2011 16:59:21 +0000 Dave Horwitz http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=206432 This guy's really nuts about the third dimension, huh?

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In a move that will shock literally no one, James Cameron has teamed up with his Aliens Of The Deep cinematographer Vince Pace to start his own 3D production company: The Cameron-Pace Group.  According to Cameron, the company aims to “accelerate worldwide growth of 3D across all entertainment platforms including features, episodic and live television, sports, advertising and consumer products, pioneering a new generation of camera systems, services and a variety of creative tools that are innovative, powerful and easier to embrace.” Projects already being handled by the CPG include the new Pirates movie Paul W.S Anderson’s Th Three Musketeers, and Martin Scorsese‘s Hugo Cabret.

Look I am a bad person to be reporting about this. I only saw 5 minutes of Avatar on HBO, and the trailer made me uncomfortable when I saw it in front of Inglourious Basterds. That’s right, I didn’t like the giant blue cat-people-things. I’ll get up on my soapbox and say that we need better movies, not shinier, more expensive ways to cram mediocre movies down our dumb throats. But Cameron seemingly doesn’t agree, and he’s got billions of dollars that also disagree. Here’s the official press release:

James Cameron and Vince Pace Form New Venture to Accelerate 3D Solutions Across All Entertainment Platforms

Legendary filmmaker and 3D visionary, James Cameron has teamed up with acclaimed cinematographer and fellow 3D pioneer, Vince Pace to form CAMERON – PACE Group (CPG), which seeks to accelerate worldwide growth of 3D across all entertainment platforms including features, episodic and live television, sports, advertising and consumer products, pioneering a new generation of camera systems, services and a variety of creative tools that are innovative, powerful and easier to embrace. Cameron and Pace unveiled the new company this morning during a press conference at the 2011 NAB Show in Las Vegas.

CPG will build upon the strong foundation of PACE and the 3D technology to which its co-founders have individually and collectively contributed, such as the revolutionary FUSION 3D system. In combination, Cameron’s and Pace’s technologies, products and services have been responsible for $4.7 billion of box office receipts and have played an extensive role in 25 features, seven concert and music entertainment projects and 40 sports productions worldwide, including “Avatar,” “TRON: Legacy,” “Resident Evil: Afterlife” and “U2 3D.” This history puts CPG in a unique position to respond to the growing demand for high-quality 3D entertainment and to provide 3D technology innovations that serve studios, filmmakers, directors of photography, producers, networks, studios and broadcasters. The company plans to take full advantage of its position to drive innovations in technology and deliver products, services and creative tools in unprecedented ways.

In addition to making advanced technologies, tools and services available to the global entertainment community, CPG will serve as an industry advocate for 3D technologies, practices and creative tools that will help filmmakers and other content producers realize 3D’s full potential as a creative and powerful storytelling and live broadcast medium. It will also drive public advocacy by setting the “gold standard” for the public’s perception of 3D, which will result in compelling, engaging and high quality 3D entertainment.

“Our goal is to banish all the perceived and actual barriers to entry that are currently holding back producers, studios and networks from embracing their 3D future,” said James Cameron, Co-Chairman of CAMERON – PACE Group. “We are dedicated to building a global brand that is synonymous with high quality 3D and spans multiple channels, from features to episodic television, and changes the boundaries of what is understood to be 3D material.”

“CPG’s mission is to step up industry-wide efforts to help filmmakers realize 3D’s full potential as a creative and powerful storytelling medium and accelerate the growth of the next generation of 3D solutions across all platforms,” said Vince Pace, Co-Chairman and CEO of CAMERON – PACE Group. “Through our expanded reach and new generation of 3D solutions, we will deliver a variety of creative tools including SLATE2SCREEN™ 3D production services, educational workshops for industry professionals in FUSION 3D and FUSION 3D Mobile Workflow Units that support end-to-end solutions for both the live and recorded production environments. CPG will deliver CAN DO solutions.”

CAMERON – PACE Group already has an extensive list of current and upcoming projects, including “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” “Transformers: Dark of the Moon,” “The Three Musketeers,” “The Invention on Hugo Cabret,” “Life of Pi,” and “47 Ronin.” For a more extensive list of CPG projects, as well as a comprehensive overview of CPG’s available products and services, please refer to, www.cameronpace.com.

PACE has begun the formal rebranding process and its operation under the CAMERON – PACE Group banner is effective immediately. CPG will be headquartered in Burbank, CA, at the current home to PACE. CPG is going to expand PACE’s technology impact by developing new solutions and implementing current solutions worldwide. These activities will require the company to both expand its existing staff of engineers and technicians and fill a number of newly created positions. Qualified and talented industry professionals, design engineers, software engineers and technicians interested in shaping the future of 3D entertainment are invited to learn more at, www.cameronpace.com

About CAMERON – PACE Group:

CAMERON – PACE Group (CPG) is a trend-creating technology and production services firm. CPG is advancing the future of 3D across all media channels by making the most advanced products, support solutions and creative tools available and accessible to networks, studios, broadcasters, filmmakers and creative teams around the globe. The company is singularly dedicated to building upon the strong foundation of innovative technology developed by its visionary co-founders, James Cameron, Vince Pace and Patrick Campbell and leveraging its unmatched 3D expertise to help content producers realize 3D’s full potential as a creative and powerful storytelling medium. CAMERON – PACE Group was founded in 2011 by James Cameron and Vince Pace and is headquartered in Burbank, CA. For more information, please visit, www.cameronpace.com.

(Collider)

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Douglas Trumbull To Blow Your Mind With Frame Rates http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/douglas-trumbull-to-blow-your-mind-with-frame-rates/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/douglas-trumbull-to-blow-your-mind-with-frame-rates/#comments Mon, 11 Apr 2011 16:58:18 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=206431 A movie at 60 fps is, like, three times as good.

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You might recognize the name Douglas Trumbull, even if you aren’t sure from where. He’s probably most famous for his work on the excellent special effects in the sci-fi classic, 2001: A Space Odyssey. But he’s also directed some movies himself since then, like Silent Running. Recently, though, his career has been in silent running – he hasn’t directed a movie since 1983′s Brainstorm. Now, despite that, he’s being trusted with the latest in Hollywood’s mind-blowing technology: higher frame rates. Here’s Trumbull on the best invention since Edison filmed a man on a horse:

“Higher frame rates create a sense of realism. We are now at a time when we can have any film texture we want. But it’s not an either/or situation.”

This higher frame rate process has been advocated by James Cameron as a solution to the headaches and nausea that sometimes accompany a 3D movie. No details on plot or anything, but let’s face it – you’re coming for the higher frame rates, not the story or characters. (The Hollywood Reporter)

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‘At The Mountains Of Madness’ Is Maybe Actually Happening Soonish http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/at-the-mountains-of-madness-is-maybe-actually-happening-soonish/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/at-the-mountains-of-madness-is-maybe-actually-happening-soonish/#comments Mon, 07 Mar 2011 17:35:18 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=102519 Producer says this is filming in June. He must not be familiar with how movies get made.

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They got this one off the ground quickly.

Producer Don Murphy has divulged that Guillermo del Toro‘s next directorial project, At The Mountains Of Madness, will begin this June with Tom Cruise attached to star.

Based off the H.P. Lovecraft novel, the story tells of a team of scientists who awaken monsters in Antartica. And since it’s Lovecraft, you can bet that they will be tentacle monsters. And since it’s del Toro, you can bet that they will be covered in eyeballs.

June seems a little early to begin filming, as we haven’t been beaten over the head with news of casting shortlists and labor union strikes. Can a movie this big be put together quietly? My guess is that filming is a ways off still but will keep you updated on the actors that Tom Cruise will try to pull out of the grasp of eyeball-covered tentacle monsters. (io9)

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Review: Sanctum http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/review-sanctum/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/review-sanctum/#comments Fri, 04 Feb 2011 16:44:43 +0000 Fred Topel http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=24793 It uses a disaster to work through daddy issues. So does every disaster movie. Sanctum is just so dire it’s no fun.

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Sanctum is one of those classic stories about a team of distinct personalities lending their specific skills to a highly specialized mission. Then something goes wrong and those skills either help them escape or seal their doom.

In a team of cave divers, Frank (Richard Roxburgh) is the tough as nails veteran, who’s alienated his son Josh (Rhys Wakefield) with his disciplinarian ways. Judes (Allison Cratchley) is the Sigourney Weaver look-a-like who’s daring enough to follow Frank. Carl (Ioan Gruffudd) is the fun loving rich adventurer showing his babe Victoria (Alice Parkinson) some excitement. George (Dan Wyllie) is the techie on the monitor and there are some other people. Character development is proportionate to how soon they die.

The Imax 3D looks great. The film fills the whole Imax frame, not like some of those letterboxed blow-ups. The dimensions of depth are clear so it looks like you’re really looking into a scene, not just layers of footage converted at different levels. An interesting effect is when the camera bobs half under the water, because the wet part is distorted while the dry part remains clear.

The film builds as much suspense as it can on the diving alone. Carl does a daring base jump into the water. The crew sends lights after the divers via remote control. A tank leak fills a diver’s mask and threatens to sink her. That’s all dangerous or technical, but it seems like you’d have to really be a pro diver to find any of it suspenseful.

Even when the film becomes Poseidon Adventure in a cave, it feels realistic but not necessarily dramatic. A rush of water makes it dangerous for the team to climb to an exit, and when a boulder seals them in it’s going to be even tougher to find an alternative path. You’re still watching people swim or climb and taking their word for it that it’s hard. I trust their word, but I’m not invested.The story is pretty hardcore. Frank outright euthanizes a diver who’s just not going to make it through the caves. There’s not enough wetsuits so they have to warm up Victoria. George gets the bends. I won’t spoil this one but someone gets their skin caught in climbing gear and that’s graphic. These are all really deadly conditions that emphasize the danger, but in a script they’re just benchmarks and excuses for picking off team members.

It must have been really hard for director Alister Grierson to film in those caves and get any footage that can even cut together, let alone make sense of a narrative. I would have been more impressed if John Garvin and Andrew Wight had written a real script. So they use a disaster to work through Josh’s daddy issues. So does every disaster movie. Sanctum is just so dire it’s no fun.

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Vanity Fair Kind Enough To Remind Us That Movie Stars Are Really Rich http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/vanity-fair-kind-enough-to-remind-us-that-movie-stars-are-really-rich/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/vanity-fair-kind-enough-to-remind-us-that-movie-stars-are-really-rich/#comments Wed, 02 Feb 2011 22:52:57 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=24234 Vanity Fair has recently released a list of the 40 highest-paid people in film, and it should come as no surprise that the numbers are downright gaudy.

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Vanity Fair has recently released a list of the 40 highest-paid people in film, and it should come as no surprise that the numbers are downright gaudy. What does comes as a surprise is that only one woman (girl?) cracks the top 15, with Kristen Stewart coming in at #13. Not really sure what to say about that, as it seems that the new guard of actresses always seems to be about 15 years younger than their male counterparts, so that may have something to do with it.

What’s most shocking here is that Taylor Lautner is coming in at #9, which means not only did he out-earn EVERY WOMAN IN HOLLYWOOD, but all but eight of the men as well. According to Vanity Fair, he scored $33.5 million for his work in the two final Twilight installments, as well as simply showing up to film the stinker-in-waiting Abduction. That’s it. I’m gonna start doing 10-15 sit-ups every day.

Some other takeaways that may leave you wanting to kick down the walls of your cubicle:

  • James Cameron leads the pack with $257 million from his film about tall blue people. Glad to see he’s back on his feet.
  • Johnny Depp commands what we in the industry refer to as a “shit-ton” of money for his films, collecting $50 million for Alice in Wonderland, $35 million for whatever Pirates of the Caribbean movie they’re up to now, and $20 million to get seduced by Angelina in The Tourist. Can we take away his remaining indie credibility now?
  • People made a lot of money off of Inception, Iron Man 2, and Twilight.
  • Adam Sandler will not stop making crap movies if he keeps “earning” $50 million per year for being a pudgy schlub.
  • Where did all The Social Network money go?

If you didn’t see your favorite actor or actress on this list, don’t worry. They’re still obscenely rich. (A.V. Club)

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James Cameron Wants To Cure Your 3D Headaches http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/james-cameron-wants-to-cure-your-3d-headaches/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/james-cameron-wants-to-cure-your-3d-headaches/#comments Tue, 01 Feb 2011 20:01:20 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=23800 The newly Twitterific James Cameron is hard at work getting you to still care about 3D.

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The newly Twitterific James Cameron is hard at work getting you to still care about 3D. While on the press circuit promoting his new movie (as producer, not director, come on) Sanctum, he had some pretty interesting things to say about the technical aspects of 3D, especially as they relate to his upcoming sequel to Avatar:

“For ‘Avatar 2,’ what I’m most interested in is getting theaters to up their light level… And we want to shoot the movie at 48 or maybe even 60 frames a second, and display it at that speed, which will eliminate a lot of the motion artifacts that I think are causing some people problems… People talk about feeling sick or something like that, and I think it’s because the image is strobing. That’s a function of the 24 frame frame rate, which has actually got nothing to do with 3D. It’s just made more apparent because the 3D is otherwise such an enhanced, realistic image, that all of a sudden you’re aware of this funky strobing which you weren’t aware of.”

This is certainly good news if you’re sick of those headaches that sometimes accompany 3D movies. I’m an ignoramus when it comes to frame rates and the like, so I can’t speculate on what something like that would do to a movie’s look. Anyway, bring your own strobe lights and glow sticks to Avatar 2, because Cameron is not having it. (SlashFilm)

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Sanctum http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/films/sanctum/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/films/sanctum/#comments Sun, 30 Jan 2011 18:37:43 +0000 Col. Longshanks Director: Alister Grierson Cast: Richard Roxburgh, Alice Parkinson, Rhys Wakefield Synopsis: An underwater cave diving team experiences a life-threatening crisis during an expedition to the unexplored and least accessible cave...

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Director: Alister Grierson

Cast: Richard Roxburgh, Alice Parkinson, Rhys Wakefield

Synopsis: An underwater cave diving team experiences a life-threatening crisis during an expedition to the unexplored and least accessible cave system in the world.

Release Date: February 4, 2011

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James Cameron To Dominate Your Twitter Feed http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/james-cameron-to-dominate-your-twitter-feed/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/james-cameron-to-dominate-your-twitter-feed/#comments Fri, 28 Jan 2011 19:24:12 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=23127 Director/adventurer/submarine captain James Cameron is embarking on his latest journey 140 characters at a time.

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Director/adventurer/submarine captain James Cameron is embarking on his latest journey 140 characters at a time. If you’re on Twitter you can follow him at @JimCameron. Does this mean we all have to start calling him “Jim” now? Because I’m so used to “James” I think that would be kind of hard to get used to.

The filmmaker is more prolific on Twitter than he is in Hollywood – he’s been a tweeter for 2 hours and has already churned out 3 tweets – One introducing himself to Twitter, one complaining about press junkets, and one (of course) Ryan Seacrest re-tweet. Rumor has it that his next tweet will be completely under water. (MovieLine)

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Mayans Be Damned, ‘Avatar’ Sequels Are Three Years Out http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/mayans-be-damned-avatar-sequels-are-three-years-out/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/mayans-be-damned-avatar-sequels-are-three-years-out/#comments Mon, 24 Jan 2011 17:18:48 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=21711 This next piece of news will cause streaks in your blue face paint, Avatards.

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This next piece of news will cause streaks in your blue face paint, Avatards. The good news is that James Cameron plans to shoot two Avatar sequels back-to-back. The bad news is that you’ll be dressing ridiculously for a long, long time to come. Cameron tells EW:

“I am in the process of writing the next two Avatar films now. We are planning to shoot them together and post them together, and we will probably release them not quite back to back, but about a year apart. Christmas ’14 and ’15 is the current plan.”

So run that estimate through the James Cameron technology development filter… multiply by future chance of 3D fatigue… carry over the one… five years. We’ll probably be waiting five years. Sadly, Giovanni Ribisi may lose his boyish looks by then. Oh yeah, he’s probably going to come back for the sequel.

“Basically, if you survived the first film, you get to be in the second film, at least in some form.”

So, just like Nightmare On Elm Street 4? Except better for the oceans.

“Fox has partnered with me to donate a chunk of the profits to environmental causes that are at the heart of the Avatar world. I didn’t want to make more Avatar movies without a grander plan in place.”

Almost makes up for the pollutants rendered while producing 3D glasses. Ah, the Circle Of Life.

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How Should Schwarzenegger Make His Comeback? http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/how-should-schwarzenegger-make-his-comeback/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/how-should-schwarzenegger-make-his-comeback/#comments Tue, 18 Jan 2011 21:41:06 +0000 Jame Gumb http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=17668 While I don’t blame a 63-year-old man for wanting to move away from action films, choosing a dramatic role right out of the gate might be a little risky.

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Now that his political career has ended, Arnold Schwarzenegger is looking to return to the silver screen. In a recent interview with the Austrian website Krone, the former governor said he wants to model his comeback career after Clint Eastwood, focusing on roles that stress acting over action. Schwarzenegger also said he’s been looking over several scripts, including one involving the true story of a Nazi soldier who saved a group of children he had been ordered to kill.

While I don’t blame a 63-year-old man for wanting to move away from action films, choosing a dramatic role right out of the gate might be a little risky. If anything, Schwarzenegger needs to ease back into the business by covering some familiar territory. Mind you, that doesn’t mean he has to go out and film another Terminator film, or re-team with Sinbad for Jingle All the Way 2, but it wouldn’t hurt him to get a hit or two under his belt before he goes after an Oscar.

Conan the Barbarian (Remake)
The remake of Conan the Barbarian is well underway, and Schwarzenegger was reportedly approached for a cameo in the film. Producer Avi Lerner supposedly offered the then governor a million dollars for one day’s work, and went as far as agreeing to shoot in Sacramento. While Schwarzenegger did not accept the role, he also didn’t turn it down, leaving Lerner to believe the door is still open.

I know that Arnold doesn’t need the money, but $1 million for a day’s work is hard to pass up. And what better way to launch a comeback than by appearing in a remake of his first major film? Even if it bombs, no one will hold Schwarzenegger responsible. It’s win-win.

Avatar 2 and 3
If there’s a director who is responsible for making Schwarzenegger a household name, it’s James Cameron. By casting the Austrian bodybuilder in his Terminator films, Cameron catapulted Arnold to the top of the Hollywood food chain, making him, arguably, the biggest movie star in history. As it just so happens, Cameron is still making movies, and he’s currently working on small, indie production known as the Avatar franchise. Perhaps you’ve heard of it?

At any rate, I know Arnie wants to move away from his action-oriented past, but a role in one of the Avatar sequels would be too good to pass up. And unlike many action films, Avatar actually has a story. It’s a simplistic, ham-fisted cliche of a story, but a story none the less. And while a man in his 60’s might look out of place kicking ass, these films are built around special effects. Seeing Arnold piloting a robot exoskeleton wouldn’t be all that far fetched in the context of the film. Or maybe he’d end up getting a bright-blu Avatar of his own. Actually, I hope it’s not the latter. I’d like nothing more than to see Schwarzenegger take out a whole boat load of those primitive blue bastards. We’re supposed to cheer for the humans, right?

Ghostbusters 3
If James Cameron is responsible for making Arnold Schwarzenegger’s career, Ivan Reitman is responsible for reinventing it. With films like Twins and Kindergarten Cop, the director gave Schwarzenegger the chance to break away from action roles and showcase his comedic potential. So if the actor is serious about staying away from action, why not re-team with Reitman for Ghostbusters 3?

Yeah, I know. This film is far from a sure thing, and unless Bill Murray decides to stop being Bill Murray, it’s never going to happen. But if it does go forward, it might prove the perfect comeback vehicle for Schwarzenegger. There’s going to be an unbelievable amount of hype surrounding the film, which means expectations will be massive, but on the plus side, Schwarzenegger as a villain couldn’t be any worse than Vigo the Carpathian.

The Dark Knight Rises
Everyone associated with the film Batman and Robin has a lot to answer for. Arnold Schwarzenegger is no exception. While he was far from the worst aspect of the movie, his portrayal of Mr. Freeze certainly won’t be remembered as a career highpoint. That being said, perhaps his performance would have been adequate if a different director had been at the helm.

I know this is a long shot, but what better way to make up for ruining the last batch of Batman films than by giving a stellar performance in the third installment of the Nolan franchise? Professor Hugo Strange is rumored to be the villain, and I don’t know if Schwarzenegger has the chops to pull off that role, but I can’t help but think there’s a part he could play, especially if he’s serious about moving away from one-dimensional characters. It’s doubtful Nolan would intentionally establish a link between his Batman films and those of Joel Schumacher, but if Schwarzenegger ever has the chance, I’d like to see him take it.

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