avatar 2 performance capture photo

You may have noticed that Avatar 2 producer Jon Landau has been regularly posting set photos from director James Cameron‘s follow-up movies. You’ve probably also noticed that they haven’t exactly been the most thrilling images – it’s largely been shots of people standing inside sound stages around pools. But today, Landau has published an Avatar 2 performance capture photo of one of the actors totally submerged underwater, and it finally provides a significant hint at what we’ll see when (if?) the movie arrives late next year. Read More »

The King's Man Trailer

The King’s Man, a prequel to Kingsman: The Secret Service, has been waiting in the wings for theatrical release for awhile now. The movie was originally slated to arrive in theaters in November of 2019, but it was delayed until February 2020, only to be pushed back yet again to September. It looks like the fall release date is still intact, despite all the release date shuffling due to the coronavirus pandemic, and to remind everyone that the movie is still on the way a new The King’s Man trailer as arrived. Read More »

Avatar 2 set photo - Jon Landau

Never doubt James Cameron. That’s a lesson Hollywood has had to learn time and time again, and even though I’m legitimately fascinated to see how many people will still care about the Avatar universe more than a decade after the original movie became the highest-grossing film of all time, history has proven that Cameron knows how to silence the haters better than any other writer/director in the modern era.

But for the love of the Eywa, can we get some more interesting Avatar 2 set photos, please? Producer Jon Landau has shared another behind the scenes shot, and at least we have a better idea about when this one was taken.
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Percy Jackson Author Hates the Movies

The best-selling Percy Jackson and the Olympians book series was turned into a film franchise that 20th Century Fox hoped would become their own Harry Potter. But after just two movies, it seemed the interest just wasn’t there, so fans never got to see the rest of the books brought to the big screen. That doesn’t seem to bother author Rick Riordan though, because he has been very outspoken about his hate for the movies, and he says the upcoming Disney+ series will not follow that same path of disappointment. Read More »

The Hate U Give rental

As the protests supporting the Black Lives Matter movement continue across the country, more and more people are looking for movies and shows to watch that address the root issues of that movement. (And no, The Help is not exactly the best available option.) Studios and filmmakers are making some particularly relevant movies free to rent, and it’s hard to get more relevant than 2018’s The Hate U Give, which involves the police shooting an unarmed black man, and what happens when the officer’s non-conviction inspires massive protests and riots.

If you missed the movie when it came out, now’s your chance to catch up with it. The Hate U Give has been made available for free on digital platforms, and you can read the director’s statement below.
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black sue storm

In a recent profile of Fantastic Four director Josh Trank, the filmmaker said he slept with a gun by his bed because of threats he was receiving online due to his decision to cast a black actor as Johnny Storm, AKA The Human Torch. Now Trank says he initially tried to cast a black woman to play Johnny’s sister, Sue Storm AKA The Invisible Woman, in the 2015 movie, but that he encountered “quite a bit of heavy pushback” from the studio and essentially wasn’t allowed to.  Read More »

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

(Welcome to The Quarantine Stream, a new series where the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.)

The Movie: The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

Where You Can Stream It: HBO Max and the Criterion Channel

The Pitch: In a seaside French town, two gorgeous young people declare their love for each other, but war rips them apart. Can their relationship withstand such a blow?

Why It’s Essential Quarantine Viewing: The Umbrellas of Cherbourg is, quite simply, one of the most beautiful movies of all time. And considering how particularly bleak the news is right now, couldn’t we all use a burst of cinematic color? Read More »

alien covenant sequel update

Ridley Scott has helmed two prequels to his classic sci-fi horror film Alien – Prometheus and Alien: Covenant. Those films have their fans (like me!), but they didn’t exactly blow up the box office. As a result, the fate of Scott’s proposed third Alien prequel remains in doubt, and that doubt has only increased since Disney picked up Alien franchise owner Fox. But Scott hasn’t given up hope just yet.

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The New Mutants Trilogy

It’s been a long road for the X-Men spin-off The New Mutants to make it to theaters. One of the biggest hold-ups came when 20th Century Fox was purchased by The Walt Disney Company, leaving the studio’s future theatrical releases with an uncertain future. Disney still intends to release the movie in theaters this year, but it’s anticipated to be the last remnant of Fox’s X-Men franchise. Even so, director Josh Boone is hoping the movie will be successful enough for Disney to let him complete a trilogy. Read More »

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avatar 2 filming

Productions around the world have been delayed due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, but ironically it is the long-awaited Avatar 2 that is staying right on schedule. Director James Cameron and producer Jon Landau lived up to their promises that Avatar 2 would be resuming production down in New Zealand this week, with the pair landing in the country and entering the 14-day mandated quarantine. Shooting resumes for real once Cameron and his crew emerge from quarantine.

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