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The art above is the production logo for That’s What I’m Talking About, the new film from Richard Linklater. We’re stretching the definition of “sequel bits” just a little here, but the movie has been called a “spiritual sequel” to Dazed and Confused. Linklater started production on the movie this week, and that image is in celebration of the ongoing production.

  • The Woman in Black – Angel of Death gets a new US release date,
  • James Wan talks about Fast & Furious 7,
  • Producers suggest there’s a plan for a new Saw film in 2016,
  • A new Horrible Bosses 2 poster goes online,
  • As does a Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb poster,
  • And James Cameron talks Terminator.

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Matt Ryan Tobin Halloween

James Cameron, John Carpenter, Peter Jackson, Christopher Nolan & Steven Spielberg. You’d be hard pressed to come up with five names who, over the past few decades, have build better worlds on the big screen. Avatar, Halloween, The Lord of the Rings, Inception and Jurassic Park are just the tip of the cinematic iceberg for that group and, this weekend at the Hero Complex Gallery, they’re paying tribute.

Imagined Worlds is a group show at the Hero Complex Gallery in Los Angeles, CA comprised of art based on the films of those five filmmakers. As you can expect, the possibilities are endless with that group and, below, you can get just a small sampling of the work that’ll first be on display Friday October 17, before going online Saturday October 18. Read More »

Avatar 120 fps

Unlike some of his esteemed colleagues, James Cameron has never shied away from new technology. He’s been a proponent of 4K resolution and higher frame rates for years. In fact, he’s been telling people he wanted to shoot his Avatar sequels in 60 FPS since 2011 — before Peter Jackson’s 48 FPS Hobbit even hit theaters.

Now it seems Cameron may go even further than that. Douglas Trumbull says Cameron’s Avatar producer Jon Landau is interested in his MAGI process, which captures and displays images at 120 frames per second in 4K and 3D. Hit the jump for more details.

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Avatar sequels

We’re back in a familiar part of a cycle with respect to James Cameron and his films, where, in the long and seemingly fallow period between movies, people tend to question the wisdom of his next move. It happened before Titanic, and before Avatar. We know how both of those films turned out, at least from the perspective of business and cultural impact. But we still wonder about the value of making not one, but three Avatar sequels.

Cameron and Fox have been developing the movies for a while, and will soon start in earnest on production, with the first film scheduled for release in late 2016. And to hear the writer/director tell it, Avatar is the vehicle through which he can express all his artistic ideas going forward. Read More »

Avatar

James Cameron can’t write all three Avatar sequels alone. And he especially can’t write them alone at the same time. That’s why he enlisted the help of four writersRick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, Josh Friedman and Shane Salerno. The five of them sat in a room for five months, eight hours a day, breaking down the stories for each sequel. It wasn’t until the end of the process that Cameron finally assigned each writer (or team) a film. In that process, it seems the breakdown of who is writing which sequel was misreported in the press. In a new New York Times article, it’s been corrected. Read about the Avatar sequel writers below. Read More »

Sigourney Weaver Avatar 2

Sigourney Weaver is officially heading back to Pandora. The Avatar actress has just been set for all three upcoming sequels, joining Sam Worthington, Zoë Saldana, and Stephen Lang.

At this point, moviegoers who saw the first Avatar (so, all of them) may be wondering how Weaver intends to return when her character, Grace, died in the first film. As it turns out, that isn’t an issue at all because Weaver isn’t playing Grace this time around. Hit the jump for details.

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Hamilton Biehn Terminator

The story is legendary. In the mid 1970s, George Lucas sat down to write a space opera called Star Wars. He wrote a 12 (or 9, depending on who you ask) chapter story that he soon realized was way too ambitious for one film. So he chopped the saga of the Skywalkers story down to its most exciting, and tightest chapter. Chapter 4, eventually called “A New Hope.” Later, those other ideas would become sequels, prequels and soon, a sequel trilogy.

But who knew James Cameron did the same thing with The Terminator?

At the LA Times Hero Complex Film Festival last weekend, Cameron told the story of writing his original 1984 hit The Terminator. He said the story he wrote included the liquid metal warrior who would eventually become the T-1000 in Terminator 2, but he couldn’t afford to make the effect imagined in his head. So he lopped off the second half of the story and the rest is history.

Read Cameron’s story of the film’s origin below. Read More »

Terminator

With a new Terminator movie currently in production, the filmmakers certainly looked back and what worked, and what didn’t, in the franchise. The good stuff can largely be attributed to one man, James Cameron, the original creator, co-writer and director of the first two films. Everything since then? Not so much.

However, Cameron doesn’t have any stake in the new Terminator movies because he sold the rights several decades ago in order to get the first movie made. That ended up being a blessing and curse for the director. It got the film made and kickstarted his hugely successful career, but he left lots of money on the table because he didn’t have any legal ownership.

At a recent Q&A at the Hero Complex Film Festival, Cameron talked about that balance. He also said David Ellison, who currently controls the rights and is producing the new film with Paramount, had some conversations with him about the new movies. Cameron calls himself “loosely attached” though he won’t get credit and says his biggest contribution is the focus on Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s character. There was also a point several years ago where Cameron could have bought the rights back, and didn’t.

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Avatar Land

For years we’ve just referred to it it “Avatar Land” but, at a recent Q&A, James Cameron told audiences what the official name of the newest addition to Disney’s Animal Kingdom might be. “It’s going to be called, I believe, Pandora: The Land of Avatar.”

He also discussed some of the technical advances Disney Imagineers are making in the park, particularly with the animatronic Na’vi. Read more about Cameron and Pandora The Land of Avatar below. Read More »