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22 Jun 2011 21:19


Tech: 3Dcrease: New glasses take you back to two dimensions

  • If you think 3D movies are gimmicky, ubiquitous, and annoyingly underlit, you’re right. You’re also in luck, as these Rivers Cuomo-esque glasses will eliminate that third dimension from 3D films, making you feel as if you’re back in the pre-Avatar days of moviegoing. They don’t work on most home systems, but really, who would buy a 3DTV and then get glasses to make it a normal TV? For that matter, who would buy a 3DTV at all, for any reason? source

25 Jan 2011 00:07


Culture: James Cameron spills the beans on “Avatar” sequels

  • Basically, if you survived the first film, you get to be in the second film, at least in some form.
  • James Cameron • Discussing the back-to-back “Avatar” sequels he’s currently writing. Question: What does he mean by “…at least in some form?” Flashbacks? Ghosts? Long-lost twins? Regardless, the two films are set to be released in 2014 and 2015, respectively, but that’s obviously subject to change. source

20 Sep 2010 13:36


Culture: James Cameron heads back to the water

  • 6.8 miles underwater: location of “Avatar” sequel’s set source

20 Jun 2010 11:32


Culture: Is there an “Avatar” porn moving coming out (in 3D)?!

  • YES Larry Flynt, porn’s James Cameron, is making it source

30 Apr 2010 09:45


Culture: Roger Ebert’s official stance on 3-D movies: He hates them

  • 3-D is a waste of a perfectly good dimension. Hollywood’s current crazy stampede toward it is suicidal. It adds nothing essential to the moviegoing experience.
  • Film critic and all-around awesome person Roger Ebert • Talking about the craze towards three-dimensional films started by “Avatar” and continued with pretty much every major hit movie so far this year. His argument? It makes you sick, and you don’t really need it to tell a great story. “A great film completely engages our imaginations,” he writes. “What would ‘Fargo’ gain in 3-D? ‘Precious’? ‘Casablanca’?” source

22 Mar 2010 11:43


Culture: “Alice in Wonderland” no “Avatar,” but it was close for a while

  • “Alice” had a good first week, and hasn’t done bad, but it’s not epic. Tim Burton’s latest big-budget hit, which also uses the spectacular 3D technology of “Avatar” (though not as well), looked like it was on the way to a similarly epic run for a couple of weeks. But while it did good this week, it’s now clear that it’ll just be a big hit, not an epic one.

“Alice” in her third weekend

  • 45% dip in box-office receipts in weekend three source
  • $116M “Alice in Wonderland’s” box-office take after its first weekend
  • $209M “Alice’s” second-week mark; receipts dipped 46 percent
  • $265M its third-week tally; it managed to stay on top despite competition

“Avatar’s” first three weeks

  • 9.8% dip in “Avatar” in its third weekend source
  • $77M where “Avatar” stood after its snow-marred first weekend
  • $212M “Avatar” after weekend two; it was a huge hit during the week, even
  • $352M after its third weekend, it was over halfway to “Titanic’s” $600 million

Why the diverging paths?

  • » Did the snow help “Avatar” build staying power? Director James Cameron miraculously had a movie with a similar box-office run to his previous film, “Titanic.” Part of that may have been due to a huge snowstorm which slammed the East Coast in its first weekend, keeping demand for the movie high when the snow was eventually cleared.
  • » Blow up, then fade: One of the major differences between “Alice” and “Avatar” is that “Alice” had a more traditional path to success, one that most blockbusters have followed in the last decade. The much-hyped movie with the big first weekend often fades quickly. Some exceptions exist – “The Dark Knight,” for example, came out of the gate quicker than “Avatar” did and had some staying power, but faded by its fifth week. The secret to an “Avatar”-style run? Slow and steady wins the race.

16 Mar 2010 11:11


Culture: “Avatar” comes to DVD April 22, but it’s missing something

  • yes The “Avatar” DVD will come out on the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, which nicely dovetails into the plot.
  • no The DVD will not be in 3D. Not in 3D? What’s the freaking point? Now it’s just another movie. source

08 Mar 2010 10:33


Culture: Last night’s Oscars, in a few short words: Completely expected

  • six Oscars for “The Hurt Locker,” including Best Picture and Best Director
  • zero non-technical awards for megahit competitor “Avatar” (it won three)
  • zero surprises – pretty much all the pre-ceremony favorites won source

06 Mar 2010 13:18


Culture: James Cameron’s wife will be wearing an eco-friendly Oscar dress

In case you’re wondering, Suzy Amis Cameron is the one on the left. The one on the right, Jillian Granz, is the college student who designed the “Avatar blue” dress. source

13 Feb 2010 20:12


Culture: James Cameron says some amazing stuff at the TED conference

  • Curiosity is the most powerful thing you own. Don’t put limitations on yourself. Other people will do that for you … failure has to be an option in art and exploration because it’s a leap of faith. In whatever you’re doing, failure is an option, but fear is not.
  • “Avatar” director James Cameron • Giving a pretty awesome speech at the TED2010 conference today. TED, which stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design, has regular speeches like this. In Cameron’s, he talked about how his desire to explore led him to ideas like “Avatar” and “Titanic.” Part of his exploratory nature has been nurtured by his deep-sea diving. He’s spent 3,000 hours underwater over the last 40 years (and 500 inside of a submarine), which is kind of a lot. A very inspirational speech for sure. source