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James Cameron Working on an 'Avatar' Cirque du Soleil Show

Not only has James Cameron got a slew of "Avatar" sequels on his long-term slate, he's also now taking his blue Na'vi to the circus. The director is set to develop an "Avatar" live production for Cirque du Soleil.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • May 29, 2014 1:55 PM
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'James Cameron's Deepsea Challenge 3D' Diving Into Theaters This Summer

DisruptiveLA has scooped up stateside rights to the documentary "James Cameron's Deep Sea Challenge 3D," following the "Avatar" director's lifelong dream of becoming an explorer. As in his films, Cameron does nothing in small measure -- this doc captures him making history by becoming the first person to travel solo to the deepest point of the ocean (and planet).
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • May 6, 2014 12:01 PM
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'Doctor Who' Star Matt Smith Joins Paramount and Skydance's 'Terminator' Reboot UPDATE

UPDATE: "Doctor Who" star Matt Smith, who played the Doctor from 2011 to 2013, is set to join Paramount and Skydance's new "Terminator" reboot. He will play a new character in the franchise, "with a strong connection to John Connor."
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • May 2, 2014 3:26 PM
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Hero Complex's 2014 Fest Lineup Boasts 'How to Train Your Dragon 2,' James Cameron, 'Battlestar Galactica' and More

The LA Times’ Hero Complex Film Festival, launching into its fifth year, has unveiled its genre-happy lineup for the 2014 edition. The screenings and live Q&As run May 30 through June 1 in Hollywood, all hosted by HC editor Gina McIntyre.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 29, 2014 1:41 PM
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James Cameron on Reddit: Three 'Avatar' Sequels Almost Written, 'Years of Living Dangerously,' Guilty Pleasures, Oculus Rift

James Cameron has been a vegetarian for two years and explains exactly how the search teams in the Indian Ocean will find the submerged crash site for MH370 --if the pings they've located are in fact from the crashed jet's black box. And yes, we now know that the 59-year-old filmmaker/explorer is writing and prepping all three "Avatar" sequels at once before he starts shooting--they should be finished in the next six weeks, he writes.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 12, 2014 5:35 PM
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Showtime Splashes Down at TV Critics Panel with Climate Change Doc; Star-Studded New Shows Unveiled

Heat, drought and catastrophe conspired to provide a perfect entrance for Arnold Schwarzenegger when he showed up at TCA on Thursday to promote Showtime's epic documentary on climate change, "The Years of Living Dangerously." The pay cabler also unveiled previews of new shows "Penny Dreadful," "The Affair," "Happyish," and the return of "Episodes."
  • By Amy Dawes
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  • January 17, 2014 1:11 PM
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James Cameron Lines Up Potential Post-'Avatar' Directing Vehicle 'The Informationist' Centering on Strong Female Protagonist

James Cameron and his Lightstorm Entertainment producing partner Jon Landau have nabbed rights to Taylor Stevens' 2011 novel "The Informationist." Cameron is considering directing the film for 20th Century Fox, but not until after his two "Avatar" sequels which will be shot concurrently.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 23, 2012 3:32 PM
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'MythBusters' Confronts James Cameron on Jack's Needless Death in 'Titanic'

For last few months since he released "Titanic" in 3-D, James Cameron claims he receives dozens of emails a day - quibbling that Rose is selfish, Jack is foolish, and both of them could have easily fit on the floating board and waited for rescue during the sinking of the ship. So, the director turned to the Discovery show "MythBusters" to help him with some fact-checking.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • October 10, 2012 12:35 PM
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Immersed in Movies: Talking Virtual Production and Higher Frame Rate at SIGGRAPH

Virtual production and higher frame rate dominated the conversation at this week’s SIGGRAPH conference in LA, just as they did at FMX earlier in the year. Despite Warner Bros. scaling back on the number of screens that it will play “The Hobbit” at 48 fps on December 14...
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • August 9, 2012 3:53 PM
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Immersed in Movies: Talking 'The Hobbit,' Higher Frame Rates, and Virtual Production at FMX [Updated]

I'm in Stuttgart, Germany, this week for the FMX conference on animation, VFX, games, and transmedia. Not surprisingly, the emphasis at FMX is on virtual production, the hottest industry topic, thanks to the influence of "Avatar" and the lingering interest in last year's Oscar winner, "Hugo," among others.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • May 10, 2012 6:36 AM
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