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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Class is in session. Put away your cell phones, sit up straight, and watch this video that’ll teach you the history of computer generated characters in movies. Beginning with the stop motion animation in the original King Kong and the films of Ray Harryhausen, to how those films influenced massive jumps like Young Sherlock Holmes, The Abyss, Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace and The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, let Professor Inrdshelby (a Vimeo username) take you on a tour. Check out the video after the jump. Read More »

Pandora and Seattle have a lot in common. Both have a strong pro-environmental stance, lush, beautiful green foliage and a valuable natural resource. And though Pandora is fake and Seattle is real, the two become one this weekend as the Experience Music Project Museum will host the inaugural opening of Avatar: The Exhibition. The exhibit will be open from June 4-September 3 and include “authentic props and costumes, interactive displays, concept models, and sketches” from the highest grossing film of all-time. Plus, if you go on opening day, many of the film’s stars will be on hand. Get all of the info after the jump. Read More »

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Earlier this week, Peter attended an exclusive discussion called “3D: A Transforming Visual Art – A Conversation With Michael Bay and James Cameron.” The point of the event was to discuss the use of 3D in Transformers: Dark of the Moon and how 3D in general has evolved over the last few years including, of course, the application in Avatar.

However, according to Peter’s write up, the interview wasn’t strictly a love letter to the third dimension. It was much more realistic, open and critical of the medium. “Michael Bay was as honest as you can get, explaining how everything and anything can, and did, go wrong while shooting his movie with Cameron’s 3D camera rigs….Cameron was also honest, admitting that 3D filmmaking is still in the early stages, and it will only get better.”

For more info on the event, head over to Peter’s write up and watch his video blog with Frosty from Collider. But if you’d like to see these two titans of filmmaking going head to head yourself, as well as some brand new footage from Transformers: Dark of the Moon, check out a clip after the jump. Read More »

We know that James Cameron has a deal with Fox to make two sequels to Avatar, and that the project(s) will be his next films. When that deal was announced we heard some basic facts, and in the months since producer Jon Landau has spoken a bit more about plans for the films. But if you’re hanging on for every last detail about the upcoming sequels, we’ve got Mr. Cameron’s most recent statements after the break. Read More »

VOTD: Flames Over Pandora (Gorillaz meets Avatar)

Youtube user Charman64 has used clips from Avatar to help illustrate the Gorillaz song “Fire Coming Out Of A Monkey’s Head“. Watch the video embedded after the jump.
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