The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.
In this edition, a video essay explores how James Cameron might be the best action director in the world. Plus, The Simpsons voice star Yeardley Smith teaches slang from the animated FOX series in character as Lisa Simpson, and witness the age of female superheroes on the big screen in a powerful montage of inspiring heroics. Read More »
The weird and wild thing about Walt Disney World’s Pandora: The World of Avatar is that it’s a spoiler for movies that haven’t even been made yet. The theme park land, located at the Animal Kingdom park in Orlando, Florida, is “set” decades after the events of James Cameron‘s un-made Avatar sequels. Peace has come to Pandora and guests step into the roles of tourists who are allowed to visit the alien world, which is slowly recovering after the various wars with mankind.
It’s an incredible framing device for a theme park land, but it definitely makes talking about those sequels a wee-bit strange. And in a new interview, producer Jon Landau talked about the upcoming four (!) Avatar sequels, sharing film-specific details while confirming that the bonds between the films and the theme park land will continue to grow.
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In this edition of Sequel Bits:
- Judith Shekoni joins Maleficent 2
- Zoe Saldana is done filming her scenes for Avatar 2 and Avatar 3
- Samuel L. Jackson was very impressed by James McAvoy‘s Glass performance
- Jeff Goldblum says he would be down for another Fly movie, so someone should make that happen
- B.D. Wong doesn’t think Jurassic World‘s Dr. Wu is a villain
- Dwayne Johnson confirms work has begun on another Jumanji sequel
- Producers want Emily Blunt back for Sicario 3
- Pet Sematary has begun filming
- The King of Kong‘s Billy Mitchell tries to explain himself
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3D may be rapidly losing popularity and theaters, but James Cameron is still convinced that this technology is the future of cinema. The director helped revive 3D technology with his groundbreaking, lavish 2009 sci-fi film Avatar, but unfortunately, few films has lived up to the potential of 3D since then.
Which is why Cameron is flying the flag for 3D with all four of his Avatar sequels — and possibly with all of his films for the foreseeable future.
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James Cameron is currently busy in production on the four planned Avatar sequels that will start hitting theaters in December of 2020. But he had enough spare time to take part in a new documentary series called AMC Visionaries: James Cameron’s Story of Science Fiction, coming to AMC on April 30. Cameron sat down with some press to discuss the series, but of course the conversation turned to progress on the Avatar sequels, and the filmmaker made quite the bold comparison.
Without getting too specific, Cameron calls the forthcoming Avatar sequels a “generational family saga” akin to The Godfather trilogy. Find out what the director had to say below. Read More »
It took 10 years for Marvel Studios to give the king of Wakanda his own movie, but it looks like Kevin Feige and the power players at Marvel waited until the exact right moment to unleash the film upon the world. Black Panther has grossed almost $1.2 billion worldwide and more than $605 million domestically, and this past weekend, it became the first movie since James Cameron’s Avatar to top the box office for five weeks in a row. Read more about Marvel’s Black Panther box office domination below. Read More »
In this edition of Theme Park Bits:
- Get egg-cited about the egg-cellent Easter egg hunts coming to Disneyland Resort and Epcot.
- The Annual Pass program for Disneyland Resort may be about to undergo a major revamp.
- Hello Kitty fans, your prayers have been answered: the character is now at Universal Hollywood.
- New details have emerged about rides themed to Batman and his villains at Warner Bros. World.
- Two different rides at two different Disney parks carry the name Nemo & Friends. Which is better?
- And more!
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Remember Avatar? You probably do, because the film was a Titanic-sized hit for director James Cameron, taking in a worldwide box-office gross of over $2.7 billion, thus making it the highest-grossing film of all time. Yet despite this blockbuster status, Avatar seems curiously removed from the public consciousness. That’ll change soon, as Cameron is set to unleash four Avatar sequels upon the world. Maybe.
In a new interview, Cameron provides an update on his Avatar sequels, and claims that Avatar 4 and 5 are still not a sure thing. Cameron also reveals who Kate Winslet will be playing in the films, so read on to find out.
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As James Cameron continues onward with production for his four Avatar sequels, the cast has slowly been taking shape. Now another actor who appeared in the first film has been confirmed as returning for all four films. Giovanni Ribisi will reprise his role as Parker Selfridge. The latest Avatar sequel casting news awaits you below.
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It’s been 20 years since James Cameron made one of the biggest blockbuster dramas of all time. Titanic told the tragedy of the cruise liner that sunk in the freezing Atlantic Ocean on April 14, 1912, all through the eyes of two forbidden lovers played by then-rising stars Kate Winlset and Leonardo DiCaprio. Now one of the Best Picture winner’s stars is heading to a far away world to reunite with James Cameron.
All of the Avatar sequels are now in production (along with the three other sequels that will follow over the next eight years), and Kate Winslet has been confirmed have a role in the anticipated sci-fi follow-ups . Find out more about casting Kate Winslet in Avatar sequels below. Read More »