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Cameron talks Avatar 4 ?

10 Sep 2012

In this MTV interview James Cameron is not only letting everyone know that there is a 2 and 3 but a 4th installment of Avatar that would be a prequel to the first film. It would cover what went wrong with the humans and the locals. Avatar 2 for your info will be released sometime in 2015 but I am assuming since the script of 2 and 3 is being written as one that the filming will also be shot back to back much like the last Harry Potter film was. Which means the release date for the 3rd installment will be more closer to a year or earlier later. That is assuming they shoot it back to back.


Disney to get Avatar Land

20 Mar 2012

Disney in conjunction with James Cameron and Fox Filmed Entertainment co-chairs and co-CEOs Jim Gianopulos and Thomas Rothman have settled on bringing to life a section in Disney's Animal Kingdom called Avatar Land which is based off the hit movie Avatar. It will have all the features you seen in the movie plus some added bonuses. This with out a doubt is a win win for Fox and Disney. Animal Kingdom lacks attractions and since the film was mainly an environmental message wrapped up in a Sci Fi feature film it will fit perfectly into that theme park. Construction of the park will begin in 2013 and probably will take about a year to complete . A conservative estimation has it it opening in 2014 or 15 but I seen how they work in Disney and they are pretty efficient in their design and building. ANd I will bet it is going to be one of those must do's for sci fi'ers around the Orlando are. Anyway watch the video below for the announcement.


Avatar breaks Blu Ray record and Cameron is talking sequel

23 Apr 2010

Sci Fi Wire has  an inside update on Cameron's and Foxes opinion on an Avatar sequel .

We've all been wondering what James Cameron has in store for a sequel to the biggest movie of all time, Avatar, which would explore the oceans of Pandora, and now he's saying that he's already got the tools he needs to create an undersea version of the fantastical planet.

A second Avatar movie is still speculative, and 20th Century Fox has not yet made deals with Cameron or the actors for a sequel. But Fox Film Entertainment co-chairman and chief executive officer Tom Rothman said that he is confident that everything will work out.

"The truth is that just like I didn't worry about the deal for the movie, I don't worry about the deal for the sequel," Rothman said in a separate interview. "When Jim is ready to do it, we at Fox will be ready to do it with him."

Also in the blue world of Pandora is that Avatar has broken the 1st day Blu Ray sales surpassing the Dark Knight according to the Hollywood Reporter .

Recent market momentum for Blu-ray enthusiasm was apparent, as Blu-ray sales of "Avatar" -- at 1.5 million copies -- well outpaced first-day sales of previous high-def top dog "The Dark Knight." An early industry estimate set overall disc sales of the title comfortably north of 4 million units, putting it well on track to become the year's top-selling release to date.

Retailers sold out of 60% of their Blu-ray inventory on average, a Fox rep said. He declined to specify unit shipments.

Mass merchants moved out roughly 50% of their "Avatar" DVDs, the spokesman added.


Avatar and District 9 nominated but no Star Trek

02 Feb 2010

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has released its nominations for the 82nd Annual Academy Awards that will be held on Sunday, March 7, 2010 . As expected Avatar was chosen in the best film category. What I did not expect and even stated it in previous post was District 9. I was sure that Star Trek would of been in there and District 9 would of been nominated as an independent. Then again the Academy has its own way of choosing and there are times and this is one of them that we sit there and scratch our heads and say - What were you thinking ?  Not that D9 did not deserve it but I thought and so did many others that Star Trek was the better of the 2 films. Well what do I know. Right.

Out of that list I can not see any other film other then Avatar winning this award, Avatar which  has broken all sorts of records and has crossed a cultural divide to become a success not only domestically but world wide. Not too many films can brag about that. Even if the judges of the awards look at sci fi films as a box office filler that are not worthy of any consideration for the top honors. Avatars innovative approach with 3D coupled with its success should be the obvious choice. That is unless the Oscars want to make a statement of some kind then one of the more artsy ones will get it.


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The Avatar Effect

26 Jan 2010

Most of this article is opinion based

Avatar is now number 1 capsizing the Titanic and taking the honors of the best movie of all times for itself. The Los Angeles Times ( among many others ) reported that Avatar had racked up $1.85 billion in worldwide ticket sales, edging past "Titanic's" $1.84 billion. Domestically it fell short of the Titanic’s sales $554.9 million vs $600.7 million for Titanic. But overseas the movie was king of the world by pulling $1.30 billion to compared to $1.24 billion.

So what is it with this film that makes it a must see ? Why did it cross so many lines of cultures and come across with the same results ? Why did it cause controversy ? I have some theories on all of that.

So why was it a must see ?  Yea it was a 3D movie that really rocked with its outrageously awesome effects and great action scenes. But there was another reason and it was just this. It was a good simple story line that had a very good moral message. I once heard a poster on another site and a handful of critics say that the story was not deep. That it lacked a true authors tale of telling a story. Ummm but get a life. A story does not have to be over drawn with complex twists and deep cryptic messages to be good. Many simple short stories and novels convey a message without getting all artsy and dwell in the depths of metaphors to do it. Avatar did what it was meant to do. Tell a story and convey a message. And the numbers prove it did it well. Unless there are a few telling the many that they are intellectually challenged and feeble for not agreeing with their point of view.

So why did it cross over to so many cultures ? I have to believe it was the message, plain and simple. It was nice for once seeing a movie that showed us that we do not have to sell our souls or destroy everything in our path to make peace with ourselves and nature. It was also refreshing to see that one of the morals was respect. Respect for nature, respect for others, and respect for yourself.  Another message which I will repeat again soon and you will see why, was no matter what race you are from or matter the culture you embrace a good soul will always transcend all those obstacles and shine through in the end.

Why did it cause controversy ? Well there are many people which just did not like the film for very odd reasons. Well at least to me they were. One that surfaced from time to time was that the film was racist. It was said that it was another film showing a white man rescuing the primitive tribe. Ehhh that is weak and one could argue that comes from a small but bitter group. But never the less the press pushed on it giving the film some more advertisement and raising the curious factor a bit. It may have held some water with the exception is that the main character Jake Sully embraced their (Na’vi) way of life as opposed to changing them to fit his own culture. That to me showed the opposite and I believe many saw it that way also. Basically one of Avatars simpler messages and morals was that a good heart and kind soul that is willing to have an open mind can over come all those barriers that hold us as a species from coming together. Like I said the character in the film embraced a way of life that is not unlike those of American Indians, Tribal Africans, or those of the old European Clans. I also think that fact may have made it more appealing to a part of old world cultures that saw it as something they could themselves relate to.

Of course there were the anti tree hugging society and those that just like things to go boom critics that sounded off on many fronts. Hey I love things to go boom also. Matter of fact I think Cameron did a great job satisfying the pyros in the audience. Me being one of them. The pro environment sentiment is part of a bigger message which at the end of the movie summed it up nicely by Jake Sully’s narration. They will return to the planet that they killed. I think those were the words that was said. It is the same old message if we are not careful this could be us in the not to distant future message. Same old yes but very true. It was an ugly look at what our race can do when we overlook our sense of right and wrong for just profit.

Anyway its a dream of many I think to try to find a balance with your life and that of the outside world. Many Earth based religions believe that the Earth is alive that we are in fact are connected to each other by a force. We are definitely connected by synergy to the environment. What effects one eventually effects the other. It was sentiment that touched a good many of the audience. Matter of fact there were many that after they saw the film had to go and get therapy . I am not kidding with you on that. They said that after watching the film that they got overly depressed because they realized that our own world could not match up with the Na’vis world. That is the power of a simple and well told story coupled with state of the art CG’s and great direction from the director. That is the Avatar effect.


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