Residents of Bakersfield, CA might have felt like they were either in a future season of Game of Thrones or transported to Pandora recently as a huge, flying dragon was spotted in the skies at a local air field. The dragon is a prototype owned and designed by Disney and is something the Imagineers have reportedly been working on for years.

Disney blogs are speculating what, exactly, this contraption could be for and the two best bets are either an attraction for the in-development Avatar Land at Animal Kingdom in Orlando, FL or possibly something to do with the under construction Disneyland in Shanghai. Check out the images and decide for yourself. Read More »


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Everyone has something to say in today’s Sequel Bits, whether it’s Star Trek 2 co-writer Alex Kurtzman on the magneticism of Benedict Cumberbatch, Robert Englund on Freddy Krueger’s backstory, or Frank Spotnitz on the possibility of another X-Files movie. Also after the jump:

  • Details on the new (in-canon) video game sequel to Aliens
  • James Cameron and Jon Landau have big plans for the Avatar franchise
  • The MPAA stamps Piranha 3DD with a well deserved R rating

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James Cameron is planning to shoot two sequels to Avatar back-to-back, and in the two and a half years since the release of the first film, we’ve learned a few things about plans for those two new movies. The most important thing is arguably the release date. Fox announced Avatar 2 (which may not be the final title) for December 2014, with the third film to follow in 2015. But as we’re already well into 2012 and we know the sequel doesn’t have a cast or green light, that 2014 date has been seeming less likely.

Indeed, at a Titanic 3D screening early this year, Cameron’s long-time producer Jon Landau said that the first Avatar sequel is likely four years away. Now, in a new interview promoting Titanic 3D, he offers a little more about the Avatar sequel, saying that 2014 doesn’t look likely, but that things are underway. Read More »

Q&A: Which is the Best 3D Format?

Lets face it, 3D movies are not going away any time soon. Every year we’re seeing more and more films being released and re-released in 3D. So why not experience the 3D in the best way possible?

There are several 3D formats. RealD? Dolby 3D? IMAX 3D? XpanD 3D? Which is the best 3D format? I attempt to answer that question in this weeks edition of Q&A. We’ll take a look at the technical differences, and the advantages and disadvantages between the four big choices. We’ll show you why your local multiplex picked one format over another, and we even got some of the top 3D filmmakers and 3d experts to comment.

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Get ready for one more special edition of James Cameron‘s blockbuster film Avatar. In an unusual move, however, this is not a disc-based release. Instead, Fox has teamed up with Apple to release an iTunes special edition that will allow viewers to instantly change the view of the film between original greenscreen footage, rough CGI overlays and the final version. A lot of the sort of footage that this promises might be stuff you’ve seen before, but this may be a novel way to present it all at once.

Given the degree to which many of us enjoy seeing the work in progress version of movies, especially when they reveal the process of converting raw footage into a very polished final version, this might be of more interest than your typical special edition re-release.

Check out a trailer below to see some of the features in action.

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Apparently, one of the most essential qualities of an Avatar fan is patience — Avatar 2 isn’t hitting theaters until 2014, and Disney World’s Avatar-land won’t open until years after that. But in the meantime, we have a couple of tidbits on what to expect from the future of the franchise. Director James Cameron recently offered some hints as to what Avatar 2 might look like, and went for a walk around Disney’s Animal Kingdom to explore the future site of the Avatar attraction. More details after the jump.

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When James Cameron does interviews, he loves setting the record straight. He was in New York Monday night to receive a Breakthrough Award from Popular Mechanics. While on the red carpet, he commented on the voice cameo viral video that we recently published, the Avatar world that will be opening at Disney and also Sigourney Weaver‘s comment that she’d be returning for Avatar 2 even though she died in the first film. That last bit, in particular, is of interest because Cameron’s answer provides a glimpse into the structure of the 2014 sequel. Read his quote and more after the jump. Read More »

Yesterday, the Walt Disney Co. announced their plan to bring Pandora to the Magic Kingdom, in the form of an Avatar-themed attraction at Walt Disney World. While the decision made sense on a lot of levels — Pandora actually seems like it’d be fun to visit, and an attraction based on the top-grossing film of all time is bound to make tons of money — the initial reveal offered few answers to the obvious questions. Such as: Where? When? Why? How?

We still don’t have all the answers, but we do a few more details on the new “Avatar-land,” including a (very) rough timeline and a general location. Read more after the jump.

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Disney Adding ‘Avatar’ Attractions to Theme Parks

When James Cameron‘s Avatar hit theaters in late 2009, one of its most talked-about aspects was its ability to really bring audiences into the world of Pandora through stunning cinematography, cutting-edge 3-D and graphics, and exquisitely realized details. The world was so beautifully rendered, in fact, that stories started circulating of fans who were heartbroken that Pandora didn’t actually exist.

Well, Pandora still isn’t real, but soon it’ll become a place you can visit. The Walt Disney Co. is reportedly on the verge of announcing a plan to bring the Avatar universe to its theme parks, starting with Disney World in Orlando, Florida. More details after the jump.

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