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Briefly: Yesterday we heard that James Cameron had brought in Sarah Connors Chronicles writer Josh Friedman to help script Avatar 2. Turns out, there’s a lot more going on in the Avatar camp than that one personnel addition.

In fact, Fox and Cameron are now officially planning three Avatar sequels. The film trio will be shot in a manner akin to Peter Jackson’s Middle-Earth films — that is, all films shooting more or less as one — with release windows planned for Decembers in 2016, 2017, and 2018. We’ve heard before that there could be a fourth film in the series, and Sigourney Weaver recently said that there was a plan to shoot them back to back. Filming begins next year.

In addition to Friedman’s script work on the second film, Cameron has recruited Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver (Rise of Planet of The Apes) to write the third and Shane Salerno (Salinger) to script the fourth in the expanded suite of sequels. [Deadline]

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Briefly: James Cameron has been hard at work — or at least at work in some sense — on the Avatar sequels for a few years now. There has been a lot of tech development done to bring new visions of Pandora to life, for example. But while the technological underpinning of the sequels is more or less in place, the direct roadmap to get to the end of the second movie is not. Cameron, in short, has been sorta stalled out scripting Avatar 2 and 3. Now he’s bringing in outside help.

The Wrap reports that Cameron has turned to Josh Friedman, creator of the sci-fi TV series Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, to add to the Avatar sequel script. That’s an interesting choice, with Friedman having made a major work derived from Cameron’s own creation. All camps refused to comment on the story. We don’t have any new story details, or an update on the production and release timeline. At this point, Avatar 2 isn’t likely to hit before the end of 2015.

It was just a few days ago that Demi Moore dropped out of the porn biopic Lovelace after being hospitalized for “exhaustion,” but it looks like filmmakers Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman may be close to finding their replacement already. Us Weekly reports that Weeds star Mary Louise Parker is being considered as a possibility to step in for Moore, who was previously set for a small part as feminist icon Gloria Steinem.

If the report proves true — and if Parker accepts — she’ll be joining a sprawling cast that includes Peter Sarsgaard, Hank Azaria, Adam Brody, Bobby Cannavale, Chris Noth, Sharon Stone, Juno Temple, Debi Mazar, Wes Bentley, Romeo Brown, Robert Patrick, Eric Roberts, and Chloë Sevigny, with Amanda Seyfried starring as Deep Throat star Linda Lovelace. Shooting on the project is currently underway in Los Angeles, though no release date has been announced at this time. Parker will next appear in the comic book adaptation R.I.P.D. opposite Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges. [via Moviefone]

Update: Actually, it turns out that Sarah Jessica Parker will take the Gloria Steinem role. Perhaps US Weekly got a couple wires crossed; the names are close enough.

After the jump, things get complicated between Greg Kinnear and Jennifer Connelly.

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By now, everyone knows that Terra Nova‘s premiere has been pushed back multiple times thanks in a large part to its effects. You’ll have to wait til the pilot airs September 26 on Fox to decide if the delays were ultimately worth it, but you can get a peek at the show’s overall look right now. A new video explores the show’s massive and really quite beautiful set. You can’t accuse the crew of lacking for ambition, and considering that snowballing production costs were one of the problems that plagued the series early on, it’s nice to know the money actually went somewhere.

I caught the first half of the two-hour premiere at Comic-Con, and while there’s room for improvement on the story side, I wrote that “[i]f nothing else, the show looks absolutely gorgeous.” After checking out this clip, I think you’ll agree. Watch the video after the jump.

Also after the jump, read about new projects from Daniel Tosh, Sean Hayes and Locke & Key writer Josh Friedman.

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Nick Stahl Cast in ‘Locke & Key’

Locke & Key

Nick Stahl (Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines) has been cast in Fox’s Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci-produced small screen television adaptation of the graphic novel, Locke & Key by Stephen King’s son, Joe Hill.

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Fox Picks Up ‘Locke & Key’ Television Series

Locke & Key

Here is a small update to a story that broke last week: Fox has handed in a series commitment to the Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci-produced small screen adaptation of the graphic novel, Locke & Key by Stephen King’s son, Joe Hill. Steven Spielberg is involved (via: DreamWorks Television), and Josh Friedman (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, War of the Worlds) will be the showrunner on the series.

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Locke & Key

Joe Hill is following in the steps of his father Stephen King, and making the transition to Hollywood. His book, Heart-Shaped Box is already being developed into a big screen thriller by director Neil Jordan over at Warner Bros, Mandalay Pictures has optioned his upcoming novel Horns. In February, it was rumored that Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci were developing a big screen adaptation of the graphic novel, Locke & Key, for Dreamworks. Turns out that it wasn’t actually a movie adaptation after all — but instead a television series.

Vulture has learned that Steven Spielberg is involved (via: DreamWorks Television), and Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (Transformers, Hawaii Five-O, Fringe) are working with writer/executive producer Josh Friedman (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, War of the Worlds) on the project.  Kurtzman and Orci have a television deal with 20th Century Fox, so the series will likely end up on one of the Fox stations with Steven Spielberg’s DreamWorks television banner producing.

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First Look: The Sarah Connor Chronicles

The Sarah Connor Chronicles

Check out the first photo from the small screen Terminator pilot, The Sarah Connor Chronicles. The photo above shows Lena Headey (300) as Sarah Connor and Thomas Dekker (Heroes) as John Conner. The television show takes place after the events of Terminator 2: Judgement Day, and years before Terminator 3. The adapted series is written by War of the Worlds scribe Josh Friedman. The series is in line for a late 2007 air date.

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