This next piece of news will cause streaks in your blue face paint, Avatards.
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.
James Cameron, the only guy with any original ideas in Hollywood, has thrown the proposed Battleship movie under the bus in a recent German interview.
With Angelina locked down to play the role that Liz Taylor made famous, Deadline reports that producer Scott Rudin is “pretty close” to locking someone down to helm this mighty, might vessel.
Clash Of The Titans-induced pink eye may be a worry of the past. Apple is developing a technology that will allow audiences to view 3D images without the aid of glasses.
The good news just keeps on coming for James Cameron. Not only has Avatar grossed over $2.7 billion, it also holds the title of most pirated film of 2010 with 16.5 million illegal downloads.
I knew that 3D technology was too awesome of a power to expect that it wouldn’t corrupt. Now, James Cameron, driven made by stereoscopic film-making, is teaming up with Cirque du Soleil to take creeping us all out to the next level.
Universal has dropped the trailer for the James Cameron-produced 3D cave disaster movie Sanctum. This film contains three of Cameron's favorite things: water, tight spaces, and 3D. No wonder he wanted his name on it even if he probably really didn't do anything to aid production.
Cameron pushes through a minor stroke.
We knew it was too good to be true. James Cameron has been wooed away from the 3D epic Cleopatra starring Angelina Jolie. Fox made a "huge" donation to Cameron's environmental fund in order to get him to commit to Avatar 2 and Avatar 3 as his next films.
This will tie him up through 2015 at minimum. Seeing how it takes him three years to put his shoes on, it's unlikely he'll expand the lush digital world he aims to capture. The plan as of right now is to have him start scripting early next year to get Avatar 2 in theaters by December 2014. He'll decide whether he wants to shoot the sequels back-to-back once scripting is complete. So get ready for Avatar to stay in the news cycle for a long time to come. As well as reports of Angelina Jolie kicking drums of oil into Cameron's beloved ocean. (Deadline)
James Cameron inched closer to committing to Avatar 2 at a world media event for the Blu Ray release of an extended Avatar. “Our plan is to make 2 and 3 together as a single large production and release them a year apart,” Cameron said. “It’s in progress right now. There’s a lot of writing, a lot of designing and there’s a lot of tech work that we’re going to do.”
Hasn’t he invented everything already? He should be able to just crank out more Na’Vi, but of course Cameron wants to push things further. If he’s going to make two movies together, that could take five years. He wants to anticipate technological advances five years out, so that Avatar 3 still looks fresh when it’s released.
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Deadline, you so crazy. You's gettin' everyone's nipples hard. The outlet is reporting that James Cameron is flirting with the possibility of directing a 3D Cleopatra epic for Sony starring Angelina Jolie:
"The talks are serious but by no means conclusive yet. Amy Pascal decided to fast-track its PG-13 and 3D Cleopatra project after screenwriter Bran Helgeland wrote what was is being described as a 'brilliant script deserving of epic treatment' all about 'what the Romans took from Egypt'. Pascal is hoping for a start date in 2011 but has acknowledged that "it won't be cheap" and is calling this her Gone With The Wind epic."
That all sounds well and good, but how feasible is it? Cameron needs a minimum of a decade to prep even the making of a sandwich, and Sony wants to get this thing going in a matter of months. Also, where does that leave the state of Avatar 2 and all of the Avatards already pining for its release? I'm putting this one in the "Gee We'd Sure Like This To Happen" bin.
It was this, or a pic of Jamie Lee Curtis. No offense to Curtis, but I stand by my decision.
Director James Cameron is heading back to the small screen with a planned television adaptation of True Lies. The 1994 film, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger as a secret agent and Jamie Lee Curtis as his bored, unknowing wife, was a box-office hit and also garnered critical acclaim. Deadline Hollywood is reporting that the series, which is about to be shopped to the networks, will be produced by Cameron's Lightstorm Entertainment and 20th Century Fox TV.
This marks Cameron's second foray into the world of television. In 2000, he produced the Fox series "Dark Angel," which only lasted two seasons, but still managed to introduce the world to the wonders of Jessica Alba's 19-year-old ass. Here's hoping that Cameron's latest effort has as profound an impact on our society.
Claiming dominion over all things aquatic or 3D, James Cameron went all king of the world on Piranha 3D last week, and now the film's producer Mark Canton (who looks like what would happen if Phil Spector banged Albert Brooks) is showing his teeth in response. And he raises a few damn good points! Though, they are lengthy points. Here's just a few favorites, but I encourage you to check out the entire response after jump. Go on wit yo' bad self, Mark Canton:
“Mr. Cameron, who singles himself out to be a visionary of movie-making, seems to have a small vision regarding any motion pictures that are not his own. It is amazing that in the movie-making process – which is certainly a team sport – that 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."
"Shame on you for thinking that genre movies and the real maestros like Roger Corman and his collaborators are any less auteur or impactful in the history of cinema than you. Martin Scorcese made Boxcar Bertha at the beginning of his career. And Francis Ford Coppola made Dimentia [sic] 13 back in 1963. And those are just a few examples of the talented and successful filmmakers whose roots are in genre films. Who are you to impugn any genre film or its creators?"
And now… fighting words:
“Jim, are you kidding or what? First of all, let’s start by you accepting the fact that you were the original director of PIRANHA 2 and you were fired."
(Runs around in exaggerated circle playfully slapping own face a la early Martin Lawrence)
No. He. Didn't. Don't MAKE a James Cameron take off his earrings!!
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Hey, everybody! James Cameron has something important to say about the dangers of using 3D technology in an inappropriate manner, so listen up!
I tend almost never to throw other films under the bus, but (Piranha 3D) is exactly an example of what we should not be doing in 3-D. Because it just cheapens the medium and reminds you of the bad 3-D horror films from the 70s and 80s, like Friday the 13th 3-D. When movies got to the bottom of the barrel of their creativity and at the last gasp of their financial lifespan, they did a 3-D version to get the last few drops of blood out of the turnip.
First of all, comparing Piranha 3D to Friday the 13th Part III is like comparing Kim Kardashian to the cast of "The View." Both are incredibly stupid, but one is still fun to watch if you're in the mood (for porn). Piranha 3D knew what it was supposed to be, and it hit the mark. Critics agree, and its Rotten Tomatoes ranking rivals that of Avatar (not that the two movies should be compared). Why should a film that is meant to be nothing more than a fun, summer gore-fest be excluded from using 3D technology? Not every 3D film needs to be a smug, ham-fisted retread of Dances with Wolves.
Second, if you want to talk about squeezing blood from a turnip, how about Avatar Special Edition, which is charging fans roughly $15 dollars to see a movie that was still in theaters less than a year ago. Oh, let's not forget the eight minutes of extra footage, which comes out to about $2 per new minute. At the end of the day, if people want to pay $15 to see Avatar again, good for Cameron. But if those same people want to pay to see fish dismembering topless girls, who is he to judge? (Vanity Fair via Movie Line)
In 30 years, wearing 'Blueface' will be considered racist.
Good news for Avatar fans! You now have a reason to live for at least three-to-four more years (besides those yearly trips to Branson with your mother).
In an interview with the New York Post, director James Cameron said he's still in the "tons of notes" stage of his production of Avatar 2, and the sequel won't be completed until at least 2014. But it may be worth the wait, since the director plans on filming the third installment at the same time.
"Right now, the thinking is that [Parts] Two and Three are going to be done together," he said. "They'll be released separately, probably a year apart or maybe even two, but they'll be done in a bunch. I'm mapping out the story line right now, so there's a proper arc that plays out over two films but buttons nicely at the end of Two, so you don't get this horrible second-act/end-of-'The Matrix' feeling."
What a jerk! The only feeling I had at the end of The Matrix Reloaded was one of pure euphoria. Granted, I watched the film on a return flight from Mexico, and a condom full of "Blanco" had ruptured in my large intestine, but still. Cameron should keep his opinions to himself. (Cinema Blend)
James Cameron is saying awesome things again. I love the way he talks. He's the perfect mix of Ned Flanders and drill sergeant that will stomp your mudhole. This news may come as a big "DUUUUHHHH" but the HMFIC revealed to MTV Movies Blog his plans to include underwater filming in Avatar 2.
"I think what we should do there is — because we'll have to have characters that are in and under the water — is that we should actually capture them underwater. It's not the same as going diving, but I like to keep my diving, which I do for pleasure, separate from work. Diving for shooting a movie is work. Diving for exploration is a gas. I like to keep my peas and carrots separate."
Awww… doesn't he just say the darndest things? Peas and carrots. That's some Canadian charm. Go on and tell us about the re-release of Avatar, you folksy so-and-so. I want you to be my new grandpa.
"You mean the alien kink scene? It's been restored, every last frame of it. Seriously. All 20 seconds of it."
Grandpa, don't say gross stuff around my friends!! Yuck!! Gross!! He called boot-knockin' "kink". What are they teaching up there in Canada?!!
Your story checks out, James. Let's hope you were wrong about Skynet.
If there's one thing I love in this world, it's eating a nice big meal and then heading home to drop a deuce. If there's a second thing I love, it's Avatar. That's why my head almost exploded when I saw this picture. It manages to combine my love of Avatar and my love of defecation in a humorous and timely manner.
For those of you who don't know, the photo is from Uncle John's Bathroom Reader, the Rolls-Royce of bathroom periodicals. This particular page from back in 1999 confirms James Cameron's long held assertion that he had to wait so long to make Avatar because technology had to catch up to his vision. I guess he isn't a pompous windbag after all, at least not in this instance.
Although, as someone on a comment board pointed out, this is James Cameron. He could have easily sent one of his robots back in time to add that page. (Film Drunk)
I thought the whole 3D thing was just a fad. But as of today, consider me converted, just like Paul on the road to Damascus. But instead of an angry Jew riding a horse in ancient Syria, I'm a lazy gentile sitting on a couch in CA. And instead of being instantly blinded by the light of god, I'm slowly destroying my eyesight while watching the new Jackass 3D trailer on my laptop. Other than that, the comparison is spot on.
From the looks of it, Jackass 3D is the reason why 3D was invented. All the stupid stunts and senseless violence really go a long way toward justifying the technology. In fact, I'd go so far as to say that the scene where the porta potty is bungeed into the air is a 1000 times more impressive than anything in Avatar. Plus, there are no blue people in Jackass, which is a plus. (Film School Rejects)
Watch the new Jackass 3D trailer after the jump…
Guillermo Del Toro's next directorial project will be At the Mountains of Madness, Latino Review is reporting.
Based on an H.P. Lovecraft novel, the film will tell the tale of a team of scientists who unwittingly awaken prehistoric creatures while on a mission in Antarctica. As you might imagine, they aren't friendly creatures, and bad things begin to happen.
James Cameron has taken some time off from cleaning the oil spill and saving the indigenous population of South America to produce the film, so I hope you like 3D.
Yo James! Time to get my blue ass paid again, bitch!James Cameron spent all of his money on hookers and underwater robots. The rest he just squandered. But those robots gotta eat, and now that the famed director is officially out of cash, he needs a way to make a quick buck before he has a full-blown cyborg uprising on his hands. Enter Avatar Special Edition. For roughly $15 dollars, you can see a movie that you paid to see less than a year ago. As if that once-in-a-lifetime opportunity is not enough, there are also eight minutes of never before seen footage. That's only about $2 per minute. Compare that to your average 90's phone sex hot-line, and you'll find it's a bargain. Rumor has it that all they did was add five extra steps to every running scene. That might not sound like much, but remember, it's in 3D! See the TV trailer for Avatar Special Edition after the jump…
Clappin' all night in this bitch.Thanks to better than expected DVD sales, richy-richerson James Cameron is set to earn $350 million dollars from Avatar. That's a record breaking number for a director to make from one film, and well over a thousand times more than what a blogger can earn annually for writing pithy articles about movie-making on the Internet. But that doesn't matter to me. It's really my passion for Photoshop that keeps me going.The $350 million figure far outpaces the $97 million that Cameron earned for Titanic. That number will climb, of course, when he re-releases a 3D version of Titanic later this year (after re-releasing Avatar). We need a new term to accurately describe that amount of money. It's not f*ck you money, it's f*ck the continent of Asia money. (Deadline)
Awwwwe, not again! I got greedy!In what might as well be billed as the Please Give Us $12 More Dollars Tour, James Cameron's Avatar is returning to 3D and IMAX 3D theaters on August 27th. For those of you who are skeptical about paying for the "re-release" of a film that was still in theaters six months ago, 20th Century Fox has upped the ante by adding more than eight minutes of never before seen footage! If you're paying $12 or more for a 3D ticket, that comes out to well over a dollar-per-minute of new footage.The only way I'll pay to see Avatar again is if the new material consists of Jake Sully injuring himself to the point where his Avatar is confined to a wheelchair, just like his human body. Now that's irony! (Coming Soon)
When James Cameron isn't saving the indigenous people of South America or cleaning up the BP oil spill, he spends time on his favorite hobby: filmmaking. Currently, Cameron is tinkering with a little-known film called Titanic. It was originally released in 1997 and was primarily shown in art-house theaters and on college campuses. Now, Cameron hopes to bring his work to a wider audience by converting it to 3D and re-releasing it to theaters in April of 2012.2012 marks the 100th anniversary of the Titanic's sinking, which went down on April 14th, 1912, much to the delight of melodramatic film lovers everywhere. (/Film)
Will.i.am is saying things. Namely, that James Cameron is writing and directing a 3D concert film for his group The Black Eyed Peas. Well, this is obviously the truth. Cameron is well known for his laidback attitude and enjoyment of jokes and good times all around, so OF COURSE he'd force Fergie's humps upon us in three dimensions.Sure, it sounds like a project far more suited for McG but keep in mind James Cameron is on the rebound. He was recently shot down by BP, only to have them run off with Kevin Costner. Rejection does funny things to a man. Like, make them flush away all credibility by teaming up with the Nickelback of hip-hop. Or sleep with a homeless woman during a bender. What's most important is that nobody is being judged here. (Vibe)
…right after he finishes his treat.UPDATE: James Cameron won't be taking the producer credit, but his Lightstorm team of Jon Landau and Rae Sanchini are still on it. Cameron's most likely too busy trying to crush the box office yet again with his next project. Spike Lee is crossing the t's and dotting the i's to direct Nagasaki Deadline, with James Cameron set to produce. It will be his first feature since 2008's Miracle At St. Anna. Deadline has the deets:The film focuses on a troubled FBI agent and his desperate race to thwart two terrorist attacks planned to unfold on American soil. The fed goes beyond obvious suspects to focus on theories that the crime is tied to historical events, as he races against the clock.They've somehow managed to bring the broad scope of the The National Treasure movies to post-9/11 terrorism drama. Let's just go ahead and get the paperwork moving along for Nic Cage's casting. With Lee and Cage on the same movie, some studio exec wouldn't sleep from pre-production all the way to its premiere. Lee will make constant creative demands, and Cage will want to spend most of his time with a block of C4, you know, to get inside the head of a plastic explosive.
With his greatest foe vanquished, Kevin Costner is now stepping up to the plate to save the Earth's oceans. Though they refused aid from James Cameron, BP has reportedly purchased a technology from the Waterworld star that will help clean up the tremendous spill in the Gulf.Since 1993, Costner has spent $20 million on the patent and development of a machine that seperates oil from water via a centrifuge. BP purchased 32 of the machines that will be able to clean 6 million gallons of water a day. Costner had a tough time selling the invention at first, drawing no interest from the Coast Guard or private companies. It wasn't until he helped rehabilitate the hot tub used in the taping of "Jersey Shore" that Congress took notice. (Houston Chronicle via Film Drunk)
Sh*t's f*cked, yo.The ocean is James Cameron's sandbox and BP has crapped in it. Knowing that the HMFIC wouldn't stand for that, the EPA called him in to discuss raking that crap out of there. However, British Petroleum has shot him down his help.Cameron suggested the U.S. government needed to take a more active role in monitoring the undersea gusher, which has become the worst oil spill in U.S. history.“I know really, really, really smart people [and Tom Arnold] that work typically at depths much greater than what that well is at,” Cameron said. “The government really needs to have its own independent ability to go down there and image the site, survey the site and do its own investigation,” he said. “Because if you’re not monitoring it independently, you’re asking the perpetrator to give you the video of the crime scene,” Cameron added.I just can't believe someone said no to James Cameron. The last person who did that was Linda Hamilton and we all know how well that turned out. That's right. A guest-starring role on "According to Jim." **shudder** (Reuters)
In an effort to cap the massive BP oil spill, the federal government has called in none other than director James Cameron. Because of his expertise with "underwater filming and remote vehicle technology," Cameron, along with scientists and other experts, met with officials from the Environmental Protection Agency to discuss ways of stopping the colossal leak.Suggestions included sending a remote-controled robot back in time to kill the President of BP's mother before he was conceived and creating genetically engineered oil-human hybrid bodies which could then be used to interact with the spill and gain its trust.The federal government hasn't been this desperate since they sent that team of oil riggers into space to blow up that asteroid. But hey, I guess it worked out in the end. (HitFix)
What does it take for Hollywood to start giving back? About $2.7 billion. By the time Avatar arrived on DVD and Blu Ray, 20th Century Fox took a special Earth Day initiative. James Cameron himself got his hands dirty to help plant a real tree. This tree won’t have any psychic powers, but it has some real significance to Avatar’s environmental message:Cameron, actress CCH Pounder and Fox Executives planted the first of 1,000,000 trees that will be planted in 15 different countries throughout the year. If you like, you can visit the James Cameron tree on the 20th Century Fox backlot. Just tell security I said it was aight.More story and pics after the jump…