Game of Thrones alum joins James
Cameron's four Avatar sequels
Oona Chaplin is trading Westeros for the
jungles of Pandora.
Chaplin, best known for playing the ill-fated Talisa Stark on Game of Thrones,
has signed on to star in James Cameron’s upcoming Avatar sequels, EW has
confirmed. She will play a character named Varang, who will appear in all four
The original Avatar debuted in 2009 to major box office success, and Cameron has
been discussing potential sequels ever since. In April, 20th Century Fox
confirmed release dates for all four sequels, with the first one scheduled to
hit theaters on Dec. 18, 2020. The other three will debut on Dec. 18, 2020, Dec.
17, 2021, and Dec. 20, 2024.
Original stars Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, and Sam Worthington are all
expected to return for the sequels, and last month, the cast reunited with
Cameron at the unveiling of Walt Disney World’s newest land: Pandora – The World
of Avatar. In April, Weaver said that production on the next film is expected to
begin later this year.
In addition to her role on Game of Thrones, Chaplin — who is the granddaughter
of Charlie Chaplin — also starred opposite Tom Hardy in the FX series Taboo.
A Talk with Randall Frakes, the author
of The Terminator and T2 novelizations
JamesCameronOnline had a pleasure to talk
to Randall Frakes, a long time friend and collaborator of James Cameron, who is
perhaps best known to Jim Cameron fans for writing the novelizations for the
Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgment Day aka T2. He also collaborated with
Cameron on many levels, from creating the sound of the Alien Queen to
brainstorming on many of his movies. You can check the Q&A in our SPECIAL
FEATURES section or go directly to
James Cameron addresses gap between
Smashing box-office records in 2009, Avatar
quickly became the highest-grossing film of all time, James Cameron beating his
own record-breaking Titanic. Despite the financial incentive, Cameron and the
film studio will release the sequel in 2019, ten years after the original
reached cinemas. As a result, there’s some hesitancy regarding whether there’s
still longing for another Avatar outing.
Asked by CNN whether worried about the gap between the last Avatar and further
Avatar-related releases — such as the upcoming Disney’s Pandora theme park —
Camron reminded the interviewer about the gap between other films in other
“It was a seven-year gap between The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgment Day,
a seven-year gap between Alien and Aliens,” the famed director said before
reaffirming how the prospect of another four Avatar films is unlike anything
anyone has done before.
“It’s going to be obviously more like a ten-year gap between Avatar and Avatar
2. But Avatar 2 you are going to with not the promise, but the certainty of
three more films beyond that, and that’s a very different concept with the
audience. And a lot of the delay has been around creating that overall vision”.
Recently, the four sequels were given release dates by 20th Century Fox,
starting 18 December 2020, the rest coming 17 December 2021, 20 December 2024,
and 19 December 2025.
Previously talking about the project, Cameron said: “The thing is, my focus
isn’t on Avatar 2. My focus is on Avatar 2, 3, 4, and 5 equally. That’s exactly
how I’m approaching it.
Bob Iger, James Cameron Open Pandora:
World of Avatar at Walt Disney World
Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger and
“Avatar” director James Cameron opened Pandora: World of Avatar at Walt Disney
World Resort in Florida on Wednesday.
“This is literally a dream has come true,” explained Cameron, who first
conceived the world of Pandora in his sleep as a 19-year-old.
The park — the largest expansion in the history of Disney’s Animal Kingdom — was
inspired by that dream and the 2009 blockbuster “Avatar.” It officially opens on
May 27, but VIP guests were treated to a special dedication ceremony.
“At Disney we have a ‘how did they do that’ standard,” Iger boasted while
standing in front of Pandora’s infamous floating mountains. “I can’t think of a
better example of that than what we’re standing in front of right now.”
Iger thanked the imagineers who conceived and executive the project, as well as
the man who created the world of “Avatar” — Cameron himself.
“”He does the impossible again and again and again, merging wonderful
storytelling with mind-blowing technology to create experiences that no one has
seen before. And ‘Avatar’ is definitely one of them,” Iger continued.
Among the attractions in the new expansion: a first person 3D ride called Avatar
Flight of Passage, a gentler ride through a bio-luminescent forest called Na’vi
River Journey, and the exotic environs of the Valley of Mo’ara.
“This is the kind of emotional experience that is not only part of the brand
story for our films, it’s a reminder of the stunning world created in James
Cameron’s imagination — a world that will astonish and delight generations to
come, both on screen and through immersive fan experiences like Pandora the
World of Avatar.” said Stacey Snider, CEO and Chairman, 20th Century Fox Film.
Many of the “Avatar” cast — including Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, and
Sigourney Weaver — joined Iger, Cameron and Snider for the celebration.
According to Iger, “Pandora is just as great in person as it is on screen.”
Check out the dedication ceremony here -
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jJk8II7TcZI (jump to the 9:50 mark)
Cliff Curtis lands major role in Avatar
Kiwi actor and Fear The Walking Dead star
Cliff Curtis will play the lead character in the next Avatar films.
Producer Jon Landau told the NZ Herald that Curtis will play the lead character
in all four of James Cameron's upcoming Avatar films.
Landau said he and New Zealand-based director James Cameron were very excited.
Curtis will play Tonowari, who is the leader of the Metkayina, the reef people
Curtis had hinted at the exciting news in early May. "I've actually got quite a
good project coming up," Curtis told Stuff. "Which I'm not allowed to say
anything about, but I'm quite excited about. They're going to work around my
commitments on the TV show, so that's all good."
Production will begin next year at Wellington's Stone Street Studios, with
returning cast members Zoe Saldana, Sam Worthington and Sigourney Weaver joining
The first of the four sequels is due for release in December 2020, with the
final film set to release in 2025.
The original Avatar was released in 2009 and remains the all-time box office
champion with a worldwide gross of nearly NZ$4 billion. Curtis, one of New
Zealand's biggest film and TV exports, has featured in some of New Zealand's
most celebrated films, including The Piano, Once Were Warriors, Whale Rider and
The Dark Horse.
He received the top honour Arts and Entertainment, as well as the Supreme award
at the first Matariki Awards in Auckland last year.
New Official Terminator 2 Judgment Day
3D website has launched
An official Terminator 2 Judgment Day 3D
website has just launched today, you can see it here -
New Official Terminator 2 Judgment Day
3D trailer is here, reveals digital alterations
The trailer for Terminator 2: Judgment Day
in 3D has been officially released, and you can see it here -
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OnjrhlzJRwU. You can also check some
of the minor digital alterations that were done on the movie here -
Terminator 2 Anniversary Official
Unstoppablecards.com will be releasing
brand new T2 trading card in time for the release of Terminator 2: Judgment Day
in 3D. Head on to
James Cameron's 'Titanic' Secrets: "It's
Time I Gave My Version of What Happened"
As the Oscar-winning blockbuster nears its
20th anniversary, the director looks back at the tense studio negotiations and
strategic release plan in connection with a new book on the studio head who
greenlit the movie.
Twenty years after he scored what, at the time, was the biggest hit in movie
history with 1997’s Titanic, director James Cameron for the first time reveals
some of the behind-the-scenes drama behind his classic film in this letter he
wrote to THR’s Stephen Galloway for his new biography, Leading Lady: Sherry
Lansing and the Making of a Hollywood Groundbreaker (Crown Archetype, out April
25). Here’s Cameron in his own words:
Peter Chernin at Fox [then-20th Century Fox chairman] had made it clear that he
wanted a partner to share the pain on a $100 million (or so we thought at the
time) chick flick. I told Peter that finding a partner was his problem, I had a
movie to make, so I just proceeded hell-bent toward production, and Fox
continued to fund the film while they scrambled to find a partner.
In late July of ’96, only a couple weeks before we were to start principal
photography, and with the construction of the studio in Baja in full swing and
the full-size ship set already being built, Casey Silver at Universal passed
after a long dalliance. But Paramount was interested — Sherry [Lansing] had read
the script and thought it was good. I was due to start photography of the
present-day scenes in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in a few days, and had no time to
deal with studio politics.
I had one brief call with Sherry in which she was very positive about the power
of the script.
I have no idea how much Sherry had to do with all this business maneuvering. She
was always the creative interface between us and Paramount, and remained highly
supportive of the film.
Sherry was very complimentary about the dailies as we went along. She shared
with me later that she was very excited that the raw footage captured the sweep
and emotion promised by the script. I had only ever done sci-fi, horror and
action previously, so this must have been a relief. However, at the same time
the costs were spiraling out of control, so I remember the praise from all
parties becoming more sparing as time went on — they didn’t want to encourage me
to sacrifice schedule for quality.
Sherry always loved the film but [when the release date loomed] the business
heads at Paramount acted like they'd been diagnosed with terminal cancer — a lot
of grim faces and a triage approach to releasing the movie. Everyone thought
they were going to lose money, and all efforts were simply to make sure the
hemorrhage was not fatal. Nobody was playing for the upside, myself included,
because nobody could have imagined what was about to happen next.
In post in the late spring of ’97, as we were trying desperately to complete the
visual effects in time for a summer release it became increasingly clear to me
that we were going to miss the July release date, and we were going to have to
make major cuts and compromises in order to meet any deadline in summer. We’d
had an extremely successful preview in Minneapolis that gave us our first hint
that the movie transcended expectations. But the reality of getting the film
done at the necessary level of visual quality was becoming almost impossible.
The film was simply too long and the visual effects too unprecedented. It seemed
we would miss any date in July and have to push into August, which was
considered a dumping ground. And even then, there would be serious compromises
to the editing, the effects and the music. Making the film shorter was taking
longer. In the cutting room, the film was getting shorter by a few seconds a day
— it was liking cutting a diamond. We didn’t want to screw it up by hacking at
it, but we were desperate to get it shorter.
We were also being pummeled relentlessly in the press, especially the industry
trade papers — about epic cost overruns, set safety, delivery dates and just
about everything. We were the biggest morons in Hollywood history and the press
had the long knives out, sharpening them as we approached our summer release. It
would have reached a crescendo of scorn just as we put the film in theaters.
I pitched the concept that the best way to deal with the negative press was to
take a step back. To move away from the crescendo of ridicule and let them fall
on their face. They could only sustain the negative story so long. By December
it would have long ago run its course, and they'd have to come up with something
new to make ink. That something might just be the fact that the film was
actually good, and worth all the drama of production.
My example was the martial art of aikido, where you use the opponent's own
momentum against them to take them down. The press were attacking so
aggressively that the only way to throw them was to step back and let them go
flying past, and fall because of their own inertia.
And it turned out that the strategy, with regard to press and the marketplace,
worked perfectly. No one more surprised than myself, because nothing like it had
ever been tried. But it was a strategy that revealed itself in the heat of
battle — necessity was the mother of invention. And desperate times called for
I screened the film for Sherry on a flat-screen monitor at an Avid desk, in what
is now my eight-year-old daughter's bedroom at our house in Malibu. She sat to
my right and I talked her through it as I played the film reel by reel, because
Avids at that time couldn't play out more than about 20 minutes of cut material.
It was still in a rough state with a lot of effects missing or still in the form
of videomatics or storyboards. The score was mostly temp (a lot of Enya), though
a few of James Horner’s memorable melodies were in, in the form of synthesizer
She had a very emotional reaction. She said she thought it was a great love
story, on the order of Gone with the Wind, and it really held her throughout,
despite the crude play-out.
She had a few comments, all of which were positive and insightful. I don't
recall her being overly concerned about length, although there was an overall
sense from everyone involved, myself as well, that it needed to be shorter. But
to her the important thing was that the chemistry between Jack and Rose
[Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet] worked, and the drama paid off at the end.
She was a big fan of the slightly enigmatic ending, as I recall. Was old Rose
still alive and dreaming of Jack, or had she died and gone to be reunited with
him in Titanic heaven? We had a long talk about that.
My memory of the session was that she loved the film, and it was a big turning
point for me because we were in a very bleak place emotionally, trying to finish
the movie. Everyone was against us, and we knew we would always carry this huge
albatross of going almost twice the proposed budget for the rest of our careers
(if there even was going to be a career after that). And all of a sudden, we had
a studio head saying that somehow, at some level, it had all been worth it. Mind
you — nobody thought we were EVER going to break even. And I pretty much assumed
at that time that I’d never work again.
[The ad campaign] was an ongoing battle. We had cut a reel in March of '97 (nine
months before the release) for ShoWest that was about four minutes long. The
first glimpse of the movie to be revealed to the world, coming on the heels of
all the negative stories of budget and schedule overruns. The reel told a tragic
love story in pictures, with music rather than words. It was very classy and
artistic. Despite all the negative press swirling around the production, that
ShoWest reel gave everyone pause. For ten seconds, there was a moment of silence
and a grudging murmur that maybe this film wasn't a total disaster after all.
Then all the negative press started again and the moment was forgotten.
Now cut to November '97 and we’re trying to make TV spots to sell a 3-hour and
15-minute love story in 30 seconds. All the spots emphasized action and peril.
We felt that grotesquely under-sold the movie — making it seem like a latter-day
Poseidon Adventure at best. We lobbied strenuously to create more emotional
spots. It was agreed to do some love-story spots and target them to female
audiences (to air during daytime, on Oprah etc.).
I recall the campaign ultimately became this mixed bag of action, spectacle and
romance. I think the general audience take-away was that it was a disaster
movie, not a chick flick — which was probably necessary to get it open.
I was so pummeled getting the movie done that, by that time, I didn’t fight too
hard for anything. I remember that we ALL agreed on one thing — that the long
shot of Rose and Jack clinging to each other as the vertical stern of the ship
plunges down shrieking and groaning, with bodies falling hundreds of feet down
toward churning water, was a slam dunk. I think that shot alone got our opening
We did two premieres outside of the US, where they had no jurisdiction, being
only the domestic distributors. The first was in Tokyo, to open the Tokyo
International Film Festival. This was to completely sidestep what we saw as a
negative and biased U.S. press. So the first reviews, the first thing anyone
heard about the finished film, was coming out of Tokyo and it was resoundingly
Then we did a royal command performance screening in Leicester Square in London
for Prince Charles (the Queen gave it a pass). And again, the waves of positive
word of mouth were rolling onto American shores from afar.
So reviewers in the U.S. had to put away their prejudice and poison pens and
judge the film on its own merits. This strategy was done in spite of Paramount,
but fully supported by Fox, especially Tom Sherak and Jim Gianopulos (then head
of international distribution). Jim G actually came to Tokyo and personally
approved the installation of a new sound system and projectors at the Orchid
Hall, where we premiered.
Throughout this ugly period, Sherry remained staunchly supportive of the movie,
and the film had many supporters within the ranks of the Paramount's
distribution and marketing team. So in the end we put out spots, trailers and
ads that everyone was happy with, and we launched an effective campaign that
managed to open the film to number one on its opening weekend, just edging out
the Bond film [Tomorrow Never Dies] by a tiny percentage.
That was exactly the foothold in the marketplace that we needed — the platform
upon which Titanic built, week over week, to stay number one for 16 weeks
straight, all the way till April — a feat never accomplished before or since.
Work has begun on FOUR sequels to
Avatar, James Cameron reveals dates
The original 2009 3D blockbuster won three
Oscars for its stunning visual effects, cinematography and art direction.
In a Facebook post Cameron wrote: "Great to be working with the best team in the
"Avatar takes flight as we begin concurrent production on four sequels.
"The journey continues December 18, 2020, December 17, 2021, December 20, 2024
and December 19, 2025!"
He included an image of the Avatar team alongside the post on the film's
official Facebook page.
The first sequel had originally been due out in 2018 but Cameron said last month
that it would not be possible to make that deadline
James Cameron: A Filmmaker's
Odyssey book out now in France
A great new book on James Cameron and his
work with a new approach has just been released in France by David Fakrikian. It
is planned to be released in US in the future. Read one of the reviews below
"The Odyssey". The choice of this term to
titulate his monograph devoted to James Cameron, curiously the first in France,
gives a key to understanding how to apprehend this work. The filmmaker is the
Ulysses of our National Homer, David Fakrikian. As in the Greek epic, his hero
will have to overcome a thousand or more fantastic vicissitudes and confront
opponents, especially cyclops (producers) by legion. James Cameron's odyssey is
a sea-color gesture to showcase his hero's exploits and the author's alert style
takes you to the very first pages. It is a thrilling work to read, a great novel
of action, and an erudition to any test. As for the modest "filmmaker" of the
subtitle, it is obviously a litote since for David Fakrikian, Cameron is THE
In the foreword, the author explains that the information distilled throughout
the book comes from interviews published throughout the career of Cameron,
archived methodically all these years, as well as testimonials from
collaborators more or Less collected by the author over time. Suffice to say
that this sum is the synthesis of thirty years of passion on behalf of David
Fakrikian, the No. 1 fan of James Cameron in France. Let us not deceive
ourselves: here, it is the legend that is printed; Which changes a little the
Anglo-Saxon biographies that would sell father and mother to dismantle geniuses,
point their contradictions or bring them back to their simple terrestrial
condition. All the famous moments of the Cameronian gesture are therefore
beautiful and well there with the concern to give them that form called destiny:
Cameron who enters the assembly room of Piranhas 2 to put his film back in the
back of the financiers; Cameron who regularly insults on his tray producers who
came to ask him for accounts; Cameron who misses drowning on the filming of
Abyss, Cameron facing the rumors of disaster to come during the interminable
post-production of Titanic. For Fakrikian, Cameron will always be a free and
fighting spirit struggling to live up to his imagination. Even after he had
crowned himself "King of the World".
Sometimes David Fakrikian is not afraid to borrow some shortcuts. In the
mid-1980s, Cameron, who was not yet the prophet of our time, was often
demolished by the press. Fakrikian, to illustrate the stupidity of his
detractors, quotes a diatribe to the flamethrower of Frédéric Mitterrand against
Aliens, the return accusing the film of military apology by hiding behind
extraterrestrial enemies to show that the enemy, Or, has no humanity (at the
same time, Cameron had just co-signed the scenario of Rambo 2). But strangely,
no reference to the magazine Starfix in which Christophe Gans and Bernard Lehoux
had taken to Terminator and Aliens with arguments not so distant, although
formulated less virulently. Same for Titanic. When the film comes out, it's a
public and critical success, yet Fakrikian comes up with a paragraph about
Kenneth Turan's negative criticism titled "Titanic sinks again" which Cameron
felt compelled to answer. It is the cute sin of geeks: long a minority or
discredited, when they had the power in their hands, they came to consider that
whatever resisted them no longer had the right to quote. The King is not
In the same vein, one can regret that Fakrikian no longer explores the
contradictions or the less shiny aspects of the personality of Cameron.
Personally, a particular scene always disturbed me in his filmography, until
casting a dark veil on the meaning of his legendary intransigence. It is in True
Lies. This is the humiliation of the character of Bill Paxton by Harry Tasker
(Arnold Schwarzenegger). Paxton embodies a somewhat shabby car salesman who, to
seduce Tasker's wife (Jamie Lee Curtis), makes him believe he is himself an
agent of the government. The lady abandoned by her husband lets himself vaguely
approached before Monsieur intervenes and brings poor Bill Paxton back to his
position as a liar, an affabulator, a parasite. To give him a lesson, Harry
Tasker threatened to assassinate him until the poor fellow was aroused,
provoking Arnie's hilarity. "Would a spy pee himself?". In reading Fakrikian's
book, I can not help wondering if this supposedly all-powerful Cameron sometimes
conceals an unbearable contempt for anything that is of the order of weakness,
failure or failure.
In short, back to our (electric) sheep. The metaphor is somewhat obvious, but
Cameron in the writer's pen is Terminator, that of the second film, a kind of
strong paternal figure lined with a block of pure fascination. And in this
hypothesis, it seems equally obvious that David Fakrikian is Edward Furlong, his
young admirer. If Fakrikian has gone beyond fifty, he is still possessed by the
sacred fire that burns for his idol. We know that biographers often choose their
subject to show the world the model to which it aspires in life. James Cameron
is undoubtedly this double fantasy in which the author is projected. Through the
odyssey of James Cameron, the self-portrait of David Fakrikian is hollowed out.
His credo has become his maxim: "to believe in oneself, never to stop, always to
advance, even though the world is told around You, and do everything to make
your vision come true. " Enjoy!
Peter Jackson and James Cameron
establish New Zealand company
Sir Peter Jackson and James Cameron
established a company on March 3, however they are remaining tight-lipped on
their latest Kiwi venture.
The pair are often spotted at major film industry gatherings in Wellington, and
around the world, so it hasn't come as a shock that they have started a company
The company is called PBT New Zealand, and is jointly owned by Cameron's
Auckland business, T Base 2, and Jackson's Wellington business, Wingnut Films.
Wingnut Films general manager Dominic Sheehan declined to comment on the
"Peter and Fran look forward to commenting about this project at an appropriate
Cameron's US company has not yet responded to requests for comment.
Jackson and Cameron's major activities have already overlapped.
Weta Workshop - the special effects and props company part-owned by Jackson -
played a major role with Cameron on Avatar, one of the highest grossing films of
all time, which was nominated for best motion picture at the 2010 Oscars.
According to company records, Cameron and his wife, Susy Amis-Cameron, reside in
Malibu, California, close to his LA firm Lightstorm Entertainment.
However, in 2012, Cameron paid $20 million for two large rural properties in the
At the time he bought more than 1000 hectares of land, he had a view to moving
there "indefinitely" with his family.
Meanwhile Jackson, who is the director of Wingnut Films and co-owner of Weta
Digital, resides in Miramar, Wellington with his wife Fran Walsh.
Jackson was awarded a knighthood in 2009, following the success of his film The
In 2016, Cameron announced there would be four more Avatar sequels.
New Zealand secured the production of the upcoming Avatar films as part of a
deal signed by Cameron, producer Jon Landau, Lightstorm Entertainment, Twentieth
Century Fox, and the Government.
The films would be made in New Zealand and Manhattan Beach, California, with
digital production work done by Weta Digital.
As part of that deal, at least $500m will be spent in New Zealand making Avatar
two, three, and four, and New Zealand will host a red carpet premiere for at
least one of the films.
James Cameron on The View, discusses
Pandora, Terminator & Titanic
Watch James Cameron on The View talking
about Titanic, Bill Paxton, his Terminator movies, Pandora at DisneyWorld and
‘Avatar II’ Won’t Arrive For Christmas
“Well, 2018 is not happening,” Cameron told
The Toronto Star, adding that a replacement date has not been set. The delay
marks the third postponement of the the much-anticipated sequel, which initially
was set for a December 2014 release.
“What people have to understand is that this is a cadence of releases,” Cameron
said. “So, we’re not making Avatar 2, we’re making Avatar 2, 3, 4 and 5.” The
last three films in the series were scheduled for 2020, 2022 and 2023 releases;
Cameron did not say whether those films would now be delayed.
Ubisoft is making a new game based on
James Cameron’s largely theoretical pop
culture universe built around his 2009 movie Avatar just got theoretically
bigger. Massive Entertainment, Ubisoft's studio based in Malmö, Sweden, is
partnering with Lightbox Entertainment and Fox Interactive to create a new
Avatar game. The developer announced the project today during GDC 2017.
Ubisoft has already made one game based on the movie; Ubisoft Montreal released
James Cameron's Avatar: The Game in 2009. The new game, due out for PC and
consoles, will use the Snowdrop Engine, the same in-house engine as Tom Clancy's
The Division. Currently, the developer has few other details to share about the
Cameron is currently planning four sequels to Avatar, and Ubisoft says the new
game will “expand and deepen in the Avatar universe in exciting and innovative
ways along with the films.” A new game project is the least surprising of
Cameron’s plans, which already includes a theme park and graphic-novel spinoffs.
Avatar follows a group of humans colonizing a planet called Pandora, home to a
species of humanoid, feline-like beings called the Na’vi. It still holds the
international box-office record, having made more than $2.7 billion in
theatrical release. The film’s initial sequel has already been pushed from its
original 2016 date to sometime in 2018. Cameron has promised that when the
sequels finally arrive, they will make you “shit yourself with your mouth wide
James Cameron on Bill Paxton: 'Great
Actor, and a Creative Dynamo'
James Cameron, who frequently cast Bill
Paxton in the films he directed, has penned a tribute to the late actor
following Paxton's death at the age of 61.
Golden Globe-nominated actor dies following complications from surgery
In a statement to Vanity Fair, Cameron wrote, "The world is a lesser place for
his passing, and I will profoundly miss him."
"I've been reeling from this for the past half hour, trying to wrap my mind and
heart around it. Bill leaves such a void. He and I were close friends for 36
years since we met on the set of a Roger Corman ultra-low budget movie. He came
in to work on set, and I slapped a paintbrush in his hand and pointed to a wall,
saying 'Paint that!' We quickly recognized the creative spark in each other and
became fast friends."
Cameron would later cast Paxton in a series of small but memorable, cult classic
parts in several of his films: A punk with a tattooed face in The Terminator,
Hudson in Aliens, con man Simon in True Lies and a treasure hunter in Titanic.
"What followed was 36 years of making films together, helping develop each
others’ projects, going on scuba diving trips together, watching each others'
kids growing up, even diving the Titanic wreck together in Russian subs,"
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from the late Southern character actor
"It was a friendship of laughter, adventure, love of cinema, and mutual respect.
Bill wrote beautiful heartfelt and thoughtful letters, an anachronism in this
age of digital shorthand. He took good care of his relationships with people,
always caring and present for others. He was a good man, a great actor, and a
creative dynamo. I hope that amid the gaudy din of Oscar night, people will take
a moment to remember this wonderful man, not just for all the hours of joy he
brought to us with his vivid screen presence, but for the great human that he
Paxton died this weekend following complications from surgery. The actor's
Apollo 13 director Ron Howard and co-star Tom Hanks also remembered Paxton in
"Bill Paxton was, simply, a wonderful man. A wonderful man," Hanks wrote, while
Howard tweeted of Paxton, "A gr8 talent & spirit. His passion contributed so
much 2 #Apollo13 & all his wrk. We'll miss the hell out of U Bill."
James Cameron Praises Zack Snyder's
Zack Snyder has gone from being one of the
biggest directors to break out of the 2000s era, to one of the most
controversial and divisive directors of current times. The filmmaker's unique
visual style was perfect for the comic book movie genre, turning films like 300
and Watchmen into cult-hits that faithfully brought comic book pages to life on
the movie screen.
After making 300 and Watchmen for DC/WB (and a failed personal project in Sucker
Punch), Snyder was handed the keys to the kingdom: launching a DC Movie Universe
to rival the one Marvel has built. However, what should've been a slam dunk has
proven to be winding and very rocky road; Snyder's Superman reboot film Man of
Steel angered a lot of fans for its grim vision of Superman - as did the follow
up film, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Now Snyder has the big Justice
League team up film coming down to theaters, determining (maybe once and for
all) how his DC movie legacy will be written.
However, even while fans continue to debate the merits of Zack Snyder's
directing, there is one filmmaker that is lending some high praise to Snyder's
filmmaking abilities: James Cameron.
That's Cameron in an interview passed on by Comic Book Debate about which
filmmakers inspired him, and he name drops Robert Rodriguez as well as Zack
Snyder as filmmakers whose visual style grabbed his attention, long before they
were big names in the industry (speaking to the quality of their work, more than
It's interesting that Cameron references both Snyder and Rodriguez, as the two
filmmakers had major impact on starting the comic book movie era in Hollywood,
thanks to Snyder's 300, and Rodriguez's Sin City, two comic books by acclaimed
creator Frank Miller, which were adapted into successful films in 2006 and 2005,
respectively. It's also interesting that Cameron references his friend who
directed Deadpool, Tim Miller, as another inspiring filmmaker. Miller also
gained acclaim for making a new sort of comic book movie, making it an official
pattern: James Cameron admires the visual language of comic books - which makes
it even more interesting that he's never directed a superhero movie.
Sam Worthington confirms start date for
James Cameron Avatar sequels
Actor Sam Worthington is about to start
work on the blockbuster family sequel to Avatar, but that doesn't mean he likes
being in the public eye when not disguised in the blue of his character Jake.
"I don't think it's fun to read about yourself," he shrugs. "I don't think
anyone gives a rat's ass what I had for breakfast either, so you won't find me
on social media."
It's been eight years since Avatar broke global box-office records and launched
Worthington's career, but the 40-year-old Australian actor has finally confirmed
a start date of August for the four sequels to be shot concurrently by filmmaker
Although Worthington and director Cameron have kept mum on the storyline, Avatar
2 is reportedly set in the future where his character Jake Sully is married with
children to Neytiri (Zoe Saldana)
An In Depth Article on the Stop Motion
Check out this great indepth article on the
stop motion animation and puppet from the first Terminator -
You can also look at JCO's very own article
on the birth and design of the endoskeleton concept -
James Cameron's Q&A at Berlin Terminator
2: Judgment Day 3D Premiere
Check out the full video of a very
interesting Q&A with James Cameron during the Berlin premiere of Terminator 2:
Judgment Day 3D -
First Look at Dark Horse Avatar Comic
Check out the preview for the upcoming
Avatar Comic Book from Dark Horse/Lightstorm Entertainment
Free Comic Book Day on May 6th sees the first look at the new Avatar series by
Sherri Smith and Doug Wheatley. And here’s your first look inside the pages…
Return to the wilds of Pandora and the world of the Nav’i from James Cameron’s
groundbreaking film Avatar as Jake Sully connects with the flying Toruk, the
majestic Great Leonopteryx, by remembering the depth of his bond with his twin
brother and great partnerships of history and legend.
New Official Visit Pandora Website
take a look at the Visit Pandora website ,
https://www.visitpandora.com , created by the team at Alpha Centauri
Expeditions (ACE), the exclusive provider of tours to Pandora – The World of
Avatar. The website will have all the latest updates, and you can learn more
about all things Pandora, including the floating mountains, flying banshees,
flora, and animals of the world.
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