futuristThe /Filmcast Interview is a series of conversations with actors, directors, and other key figures from the entertainment industry. In this episode, David Chen speaks with writer Rebecca Keegan about the struggles and triumphs of James Cameron, the future of 3-D, and the success of Avatar. Rebecca Keegan’s newest book, The Futurist: The Life and Films of James Cameron, is out on bookshelves now.

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How James Cameron Put Down a Mutiny on the Set of Aliens

Rebecca Keegan’s book, The Futurist: The Life and Films of James Cameron, was recently released to coincide with the release of James Cameron’s Avatar (you can read all of our Avatar coverage, including news/reviews/interviews by clicking here). I haven’t had a chance to read the whole thing yet, but the few excerpts I’ve read are pretty fascinating. Keegan had an unprecedented amount of access to the man and dug up some pretty great film-related tidbits from his past. This week and next, I’ll be relaying some of the most interesting sections of the book – stories from the fascinating career of James Cameron, with words from the man himself – culminating in a /Filmcast interview that I’ll do with Keegan next week. I’d highly suggest you pick up the book yourself, as it’s certainly a worthy read for any film fan.

Up first, a story of from the set of how the Aliens shoot almost spun wildly out of control, and what Cameron had to do to put down a crew mutiny. [Update: Several people in the comments have pointed out, correctly, that the following story was covered in the extensive Aliens DVD special features.]
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