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Effects Supremo Joe Letteri Says Zack Snyder Is Placing Emphasis On In-Camera Effects In 'Man of Steel'

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • December 17, 2011 10:45 AM
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There are few people in Hollywood who know more about special effects than Joe Letteri – which is probably why he’s earned five Oscars in the past eight years, and worked in some capacity on almost every major blockbuster released in Hollywood.

Marrakech Film Festival '11: Sigourney Weaver Talks 'Avatar,' 'Prometheus' & Forgetting The Pain of 'Alien 3'

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • December 15, 2011 2:53 PM
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It's said you should try to avoid meeting the people you admire, as they're bound to disappoint. Sigourney Weaver, however, put the lie on that entirely when we got to talk with her at the recent Marrakech International Film Festival, where she was serving as President of the short films jury. If her recent movie choices have been a bit mixed (for every "Rampart" there's an "Abduction") Weaver herself seems teflon-coated in that she can emerge from lesser films intact, and somehow any blame gets deflected onto the films themselves for not being able to capitalize properly on her particular brand of charisma. This erratic quality level has also, presumably, a lot to do with being an actress of a certain age who wants to work regularly, (and boy, does she work: 2011 saw her in 4 theatrical releases -- the aforementioned films plus "Paul" and "Cedar Rapids"); it's hardly controversial to suggest that Hollywood isn't exactly programmed for the sixtysomething actress, even someone as iconic as Weaver.

James Cameron Says Non-Linear Storytelling Will Let Sigourney Weaver Return For 'Avatar' Sequels

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 11, 2011 8:10 AM
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Remember that little movie from a couple of years ago called "Avatar"? If you don't, you're probably one of the five people who didn't buy one of the tickets that helped push the movie to over $2.7 billion in worldwide sales. Given that figure, it was inevitable that sequels were put in the works, and while Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana are no brainers to return, fans were a little confused when Sigourney Weaver revealed she would be returning as well. "Don't worry, I will be back," she told ComingSoon last month. "Jim [Cameron] says no one ever dies in science fiction. He's told me the stories for the next two movies and I have to say that they're absolutely wonderful and there's a real treat in store. Now we just have to make them." Hey, but wait, didn't Grace die in the first movie?

Zoe Saldana Says 'Colombiana 2' Could Happen If You Go See The Movie This Weekend

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • August 25, 2011 3:21 AM
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Actress Says She'll Sign On To James Cameron's 'Avatar' Sequels, Sight UnseenIn the past two years Zoe Saldana has become a force to be reckoned with in more ways than one: she helped J.J. Abrams resuscitate the "Star Trek" franchise as the lone female in the film’s boys' club, commanded the screen as the literal warrior princess Neytiri in James Cameron’s blockbuster game changer, ”Avatar," and now takes center stage as an ass-kicking assassin in "Colombiana," due Friday. Two of the three films already have sequels in the works – "Star Trek" is scheduled to start shooting later this year, and Cameron promised two more "Avatar" films arriving in 2014 and 2015. But speaking to the press on Wednesday, Saldana indicated she wouldn’t mind if her latest film became the next in her growing series of franchises.

'Avatar' Sequels To Arrive With Long-Awaited Higher Frame Rates; Cameron Eyes Brazil For Inspiration

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 31, 2011 4:29 AM
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George Lucas Says Conversion Of 'Star Wars' Into 3D Will Cost More Than The Film's Original BudgetJames Cameron, Jeffrey Katzenberg and George Lucas sat down together yesterday at CinemaCon to once again talk about the future of moviegoing; in other words they talked about 3D. With more and more films being pushed into the release chain requiring those dumb glasses, the format clearly isn't going away anytime soon but we're also at the tip of the iceberg in terms of how "real" the experience can get.
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Is The Japan Quake Slowing Down 'Avatar 2' Pre-Production?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 21, 2011 7:15 AM
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Is Fox facing a double whammy of bad news? Just days after Darren Aronofsky bailed on "The Wolverine" -- which is already facing a delay thanks to the devastating earthquakes in Japan -- it looks like another major franchise might be looking at some difficulty due to the events overseas.
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James Cameron Says He's Still Going To Direct 'Battle Angel' & 'Avatar' Sequels Will Be 3D-ier

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 1, 2011 7:07 AM
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In 2005, at the same time James Cameron announced "Avatar," he also proclaimed his intentions to make "Battle Angel" — a futuristic love story thriller about a 26th-century cyborg" that he also envisioned as a trilogy in 3D, based on Yukito Kishiro's 12 popular Japanese graphic novels (titled "Battle Angel Alita") about a nymphette who morphs into an action heroine.

James Cameron To Direct 'Avatar 2' & 'Avatar 3' Next

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 27, 2010 1:45 AM
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Sorry 'Cleopatra'While James Cameron certainly hasn't been shy about talking up proposed sequels to his blockbuster "Avatar," it always seemed like something he would get to in a couple of years. Well, it looks he will get to it slightly sooner than anticipated, as 20th Century Fox has announced that James Cameron is making "Avatar 2" and "Avatar 3" his next films. But you're gonna have to wait to see them.

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