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Sam Worthington Says 'Avatar 2' Will Finally Start Shooting In October 2014

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 18, 2013 3:59 PM
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Well, we're now four years on from the arrival of James Cameron's "Avatar," with the eco-message blockbuster ushering in the 3D age for good, and becoming a worldwide phenomenon in the process. And yet, getting a sequel in front of cameras has proven to take longer than expected. In 2010, it was announced that "Avatar 2" would arrive for 2014, but two years later Cameron's producer Jon Landau said that target probably wasn't going to be hit, and he offered up 2016 as a likely slot for the followup. And it seems that's a realistic goal.

James Cameron Calls 'Gravity' The "Best Space Film Ever"; Plus Watch George Clooney & Sandra Bullock Talk Film At Venice

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 4, 2013 1:32 PM
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Gravity, Sandra Bullock
Our anticipation for Alfonso Cuaron's long awaited (seven years since "Children of Men!") return to the big screen with the deep-space-set "Gravity" grows like an exploding star as we countdown to the movie's October debut (you can read our Venice Film Festival review here). In fact, the only way we could be more excited about the movie is if someone like, say, James Cameron, a space travel freak and the unofficial grand wizard of 3D, were to dub the film "the best space film ever," which is something that he just did. Game changer! Also, watch costars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney talk about the film from Venice.

James Cameron Says It's "Absolutely Inevitable" That All Entertainment Will Be In 3D

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 22, 2013 9:19 AM
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To 3D or not to 3D, that is the question, and lately, the answer from moviegoers has been: pass. As was reported earlier this month, the format has been taking some blows at the box office, with North American crowds favouring regular old 2D for the majority of their viewing experience. This summer, only 25% of total domestic ticket sales of Dreamworks' animated film “Turbo” came from those uncomfortable glasses, with 31% of sales for “Monsters University” in 3D, and only 34% for Brad Pitt's biggest grossing movie ever, “World War Z." But don't tell that to James Cameron, who sees only a bright, three-dimensional future for the format.

Watch: Massive 3-Hour Documentary On The Making Of James Cameron's 'Aliens'

  • By Jason McDonald
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  • July 29, 2013 11:23 AM
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If you’re the kind of person that loves to work Newt’s infamous “They mostly come out at night…Mostly” line into every conversation that you can, you might think you’re pretty well-versed in the world of James Cameron’s “Aliens.” Since the film’s release in 1986 there have been plenty of interviews, documentaries, and discussions given about the sci-fi classic, but none are as comprehensive as the one you can view below.

James Cameron Says 'Man Of Steel' & 'Iron Man 3' Probably Didn't Have To Be In 3D

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 5, 2013 2:28 PM
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There is probably no bigger cheerleader on the planet for 3D than James Cameron, but he's also been the loudest voice when it comes to half-hearted, unartistic use of the format. And he recently had a lot to say about 3D and moviemaking in general, sitting down with Alfonso Cuarón for a conversation at Mexico City’s technology forum TagDF on Wednesday. Why were they paired up? Well, it turns out Cameron lent Cuarón some technology assistance on his upcoming 3D space adventure "Gravity," a movie will undoubtedly meets his approval, 3D-wise. But as for some of the other blockbusters this summer? Not so much.

5 “Cursed” Movie Productions That Survived Bad Buzz And 5 That Didn't

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • June 24, 2013 3:51 PM
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5 Movies With Bad Buzz
“World War Z” will in all likelihood be looked back on as an important turning point in the narrative of bad buzz prematurely equating to a flop. It's an interesting case study for studios trying to turn back the tide on troubled productions. These days, with transparency and information as available as it is, bad buzz can severely hurt a film. Look at “Gangster Squad” (delayed and then had its ending reshot), “Battleship” (delayed, looked like Michael Bay at sea) or “John Carter” (delayed, had a title changes, suffered from a terrible marketing campaign). These are three recent films that only reinforced the traditional narrative -- these movies are troubled, therefore they’re going to suck.

Watch: 1998 James Cameron Hosted TV Special Exploring Orson Welles' 'The War Of The Worlds'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 12, 2013 2:36 PM
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It's hard to believe in this era of 3D, CGI and Twitter feeds full of "Game Of Thrones" spoilers, but there was once a time when radio was king. And before he made one of the greatest movies of all time with "Citizen Kane," Orson Welles was a master of the airwaves. This was never more evident that his October 30, 1938 broadcast adaptation of H.G. Wells' iconic "War Of The Worlds." Presented in the format of fake news bulletins, the show was a hit but it was so good, that many listeners thought they were listening to updates from a real alien invasion, a situation not helped by the fact that there were no commercial breaks. It has gone down in history, enshrined at National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress. And yet, it continues to fascinate.

Discuss: Are You Actually Looking Forward To The 'Avatar' Sequels? James Cameron Offers Minor Update

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 18, 2013 3:58 PM
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There are exactly 2,782,275,172 reasons that Fox is going ahead with "Avatar" sequels -- yes, that is monumental worldwide box office for James Cameron's smash hit film. A technological wonder upon release, and responsible for ushering the onslaught of 3D movies to the multiplex, there is sound financial reason for the studio to press onward. And certainly, with the film moving units on home video (where it has already cycled through a couple different releases), it suggests that audiences are willing to return to Pandora. While the studio had initially set "Avatar 2" for a December 2014 release, followed in 2015 by part three, last summer it was revealed that wasn't going to happen, with 2015 said to be the earliest that any of the sequels might surface. And one reason why? Cameron is still writing the thing(s).

Folks Behind 'Avatar' & 'Drive Angry' Teaming To Write Megan Ellison's New 'Terminator' Movie

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 17, 2013 1:58 PM
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While Megan Ellison has made her name on working with auteurs like Paul Thomas Anderson, Harmony Korine and Kathryn Bigelow, she's got blockbuster aspirations. Way back in the spring of 2011, she snapped up the rights to the "The Terminator" franchise, and while there has been plenty of speculation and rumor, there hasn't been much in the way of action. But last month, movement began with her brother David Ellison of Skydance ("Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol," "Jack Reacher," "Star Trek Into Darkness") teaming up with her on "The Terminator," and now the project is taking on some fresh blood.

James Cameron Aims To Start Filming 'Avatar' Sequels In Late 2013, May Shoot In 48fps

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 28, 2012 2:53 PM
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Oh yeah, this is still happening. With Marvel, "Justice League" and "Star Wars" gobbling up the franchise headlines in recent weeks and months, it's easy to forget that another mega serires is just waiting around the corner, with James Cameron getting ready to expand his "Avatar" universe. Right now the plan is for two sequels that will likely shoot back-to-back, with the possibility of an "Avatar 4" prequel (though even if it does happen, it won't be part of the "Avatar 2" and "Avatar 3" production"). And while "Avatar 2" was initially slated for a December 2014 release, that timeline was bumped back earlier this year, and now it seems we might have some idea of when it will arrive.

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