The Avatar sequels first look

Update: The young actors and their character names have now been revealed. Our original article follows, with the new info at the bottom of the piece.

Looks like Jake and Neytiri have been busy on Pandora. A new photo has surfaced from James Cameron‘s long-delayed Avatar 2 that gives us our first look at the child actors who portray the Na’vi children of Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana’s characters from the 2009 original, as well as some members of a separate Na’vi clan and lone human boy born on the moon’s military complex. Check out the full photo and get a few more details below.
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avatar sequel budget

Bless James Cameron‘s heart – he’s determined now more than ever to make those multiple Avatar sequels that no one is likely looking forward to. While the first film was undeniably a box office juggernaut, taking in $2.788 billion, people aren’t exactly chomping at the bit for a sequel. But James Cameron soldiers on, shooting four consecutive Avatar sequels at once with a whopper of a price tag. Read more about the Avatar sequel budget below.

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Michael Jackson's Thriller 3D

Michael Jackson‘s Thriller is perhaps the greatest music video of all time. It was the first music video of its kind, created as a nearly 14-minute short film that happened to have a chart-topping song playing throughout. The music video was such a publicized spectacle that it premiered at the AVCO Theatre in Los Angeles in 1983 and went on to sell out every night for three weeks straight. Thriller is also the only music video to be inducted into the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress, which is a pretty big deal.

Now fans will get to experience Thriller as they never have before when it screens in 3D at the Venice Film Festival. After being announced back in 2014, the 3D conversion of the music video directed by John Landis is finally ready for audiences to see it. Find out more about Michael Jackson’s Thriller 3D below. Read More »

The Lion King cast Scar

The cast of Iron Man director Jon Favreau‘s new take on Disney’s The Lion King keeps getting better and better. 12 Years a Slave and Doctor Strange star Chiwetel Ejiofor is currently in talks to provide the voice of Scar, Mufasa’s villainous brother who takes over the kingdom during Simba’s absence.
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CCH Pounder Avatar 2

Remember the character Mo’at from James Cameron‘s Avatar? Of course you do! It’s Mo’at! You know, that one character…who does that thing…Okay, so I don’t remember Mo’at at all. But maybe some super fans will recall that Mo’at is a Na’vi spiritual leader and the mother of Zoe Saldana’s character, Neytiri.

Why does this matter? Because Mo’at is back, baby. Cameron has hired actress CCH Pounder to reprise her role in Avatar 2, 3, 4, and 5.
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Valerian 2

French filmmaker Luc Besson (The Fifth Element) has Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets coming out this week, but he’s already hard at work writing the script for Valerian 3. What’s that, now? Oh, Valerian 2? Pssh, that script is already done. Who do you think you’re dealing with, here? This is Besson, baby! He finished that sucker a month ago, got bored in the interim, and started crafting yet another sequel.

While he may or may not ever get to make those films, Besson is secure in the knowledge that the first Valerian movie can’t bomb because of the way he and his wife, producer Virginie Besson-Silla, raised the financing for it. Or, perhaps more accurately, he knows that even if the first film becomes a notorious flop, he’s not in danger of being locked in director’s jail because of it.
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Valerian opening scene

Update: A new clip from the film has arrived online and we’ve added it below.

Ever since the first trailer for The Fifth Element director Luc Besson’s sci-fi film Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets premiered, I had a sinking feeling that the movie could be one of those films that’s beloved by the people who seek it out, but had the potential to be largely ignored by general moviegoing audiences. I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if it bombs at the box office but ultimately gains a cult classic reputation on home video.

But it looks like the film’s distributor is doing everything it their power to avoid that outcome, and they’ve made a pretty savvy move to make sure as many people as possible know that Valerian exists: the entire unedited opening scene will play in front of Marvel and Sony’s Spider-Man: Homecoming in select theaters next week.
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Glasses-Free 3D

You may have seen a lot of headlines in the past 24 hours about how James Cameron’s long-awaited Avatar 2 will feature glasses-free 3D technology. Cameron’s an innovative filmmaker who has been working on developing brand new tech for underwater motion capture for his ambitious sequels, and his entire career has basically been about pushing boundaries of what’s possible when it comes to filmmaking. So yeah, it’d be easy to believe the hype about glasses-free 3D.

Unfortunately, the promise of that particular bit of technology is not anywhere near as definitive as many of those headlines may have led you to believe. The truth is a lot less sexy, and much less headline-friendly.
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Skyscraper synopsis

Here’s something I didn’t see coming: Scream star Neve Campbell has signed on to star in Skyscraper, the new Dwayne Johnson-led action film from Dodgeball and Central Intelligence director Rawson Marshall Thurber. Plus, there’s a new synopsis that fills in a bit more of the movie’s plot, which involves Johnson’s character’s quest to rescue his family from a burning building.
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I learned a long time ago to think twice before doubting James Cameron. When everyone in Hollywood thought he was in the midst of an over-budgeted disaster, Cameron delivered what became the highest grossing movie of all time. The fact that the previous sentence could be referring to either Titanic or Avatar and be equally accurate is absolutely nuts, and while I’ve made my fair share of jokes about the upcoming Avatar sequels never getting off the ground, we now know exactly when Cameron will be diving back into the alien world of Pandora to begin filming.

Plus, each of the sequels are now being described as “stand-alone” stories that connect to form a larger saga. Find out the official Avatar 2 start date below.
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