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Cameron's Blue Avatar, Swinton Hauls Movies, Moore Traverses Fest, Ebert's Best Movies

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood August 5, 2009 at 3:30AM

James Cameron’s new poster for Avatar is an extreme close-up of a blue Nav'i alien from the Planet Pandora. It’s an arresting image that makes you stop and pay attention. Cameron wants you to know he’s taking you somewhere you’ve never been before. Jeff Wells hates this poster. There’s plenty of time between now and December 18 for the Fox marketers to figure out their message. I suspect that one reason they’re showing the 15 minutes in IMAX theaters on August 21 is that they know showing the film is their best approach.
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James Cameron’s new poster for Avatar is an extreme close-up of a blue Nav'i alien from the Planet Pandora. It’s an arresting image that makes you stop and pay attention. Cameron wants you to know he’s taking you somewhere you’ve never been before. Jeff Wells hates this poster. There’s plenty of time between now and December 18 for the Fox marketers to figure out their message. I suspect that one reason they’re showing the 15 minutes in IMAX theaters on August 21 is that they know showing the film is their best approach.

Tilda Swinton is very tall. When they cast her as the White Witch in The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, she was perfect: Amazonian, athletic, high-boned and powerful. So now she’s hauling a movie theater around Scotland, a follow-up to her film festival last year.

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A slimmed down Michael Moore winds up the Traverse City film festival--without showing his new doc bound for Toronto, Capitalism: A Love Story.

Roger Ebert obsesses on my guilty pleasure, best movie lists-- and hundreds of commenters do the same.

This article is related to: Franchises, Genres, Studios, Stuck In Love, Daily Read, Avatar, Sci-fi, Twentieth Century Fox, Roger Ebert Fellowship


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.