James Cameron’s ‘Avatar’ rakes in rave reviews…

Full SPOILER FREE review from Alex Billington of FirstShowing here

Our previous posts on ‘Avatar’ here.

TheTelegraph has a roundup:

Here are a selection of some of the previews:

Hollywood Reporter: “A dozen years later, James Cameron has proven his point: He is king of the world … The only question is: How will Cameron ever top this?”

Screen International: “It’s an unprecedented marriage of technology and storytelling which is on the whole remarkably successful.”

Variety: “Twelve years after “Titanic,” which still stands as the all-time B.O. champ, Cameron delivers again with a film of universal appeal that just about everyone who ever goes to the movies will need to see.”

The Times: “Avatar is an overwhelming, immersive spectacle. The state-of-the-art 3D technology draws us in, but it is the vivid weirdness of Cameron’s luridly imagined tropical otherworld that keeps us fascinated.”

The Sun: “…make sure you can say you were there when the future of cinema began.”

Alex Billington of First Showing via Twitter: “James Cameron is a freakin’ genius! I can’t say much but wow, I loved it. Avatar was phenomenal, pretty much blew me away.”

The Guardian: ..”.it looked amazing and that the story was gripping.”

December 11, 2009. Tags: , , , , . Celebrities, Entertainment, Fantasy, Fiction, Film, graphic art, Mystery, Popular Culture, Sci Fi, Suspense. 2 comments.

Update: When MiM worlds collide: Red State Update meets SDCC: Dennis Miller, ‘Avatar’ Cast, James Cameron Talk To Jackie at Comic-Con

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Jackie interviews Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lange, and James Cameron after the ‘Avatar’ preview at Comic-Con.http://www.redstateupdate.com

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July 24, 2009. Tags: , , , , . Celebrities, Comedy, Entertainment, Fantasy, Politics, Popular Culture, Sci Fi. Comments off.

SDCC ’09 Avatar Panel with James Cameron, Sigourney Weaver…

Our previous posts on Avatar here

Courtesy of geeksofdoom:

A panel discussion of Avatar that took place after an exclusive screening at the 2009 San Diego Comic Con. James Cameron and the movie’s cast discuss elements of the film

Parts 2-4 of the panel after the break:

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July 24, 2009. Tags: , , , , . Art, Entertainment, Fantasy, Film, gaming, graphic art, Horror, Popular Culture, Sci Fi, Supernatural, Suspense. Comments off.

Video: James Cameron unveils details about Avatar movie and game | SCI FI Wire

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SciFiWire by way of G4:

…the official Web site for the game has gone live, with screenshots from the game, which we presume also presage the look of the top-secret movie.

Cameron says the movie takes place in the 22nd century on Pandora, the Earth-like moon of a gas giant planet, with 1,000-foot-tall trees and creatures both beautiful and terrifying, as well as the Na’vi, a primitive humanoid race: 10 feet tall, blue-skinned and striped like tigers. They are wise and fierce warriors who live harmoniously in their forest environment.

Because the atmosphere on Pandora is toxic to humans, there are created human-Na’vi hybrids called “Avatars,” which are living, breathing bodies in the real world, controlled by human drivers who project their consciousness into the Avatar bodies.

Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) is a paralyzed war veteran who can live within his Avatar and finds himself caught between the humans and the inhabitants of Pandora. He also falls in love with a Na’vi woman.

Cameron also describes massive battles featuring flying creatures called “Banshees” by the humans. Avatar also stars Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez, Giovanni Ribisi, Joel David Moore, CCH Pounder, Peter Mensah, Laz Alonso, Wes Studi, Stephen Lang and Matt Gerald. It opens Dec. 18.

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June 2, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , . Art, Entertainment, Fantasy, Film, Popular Culture, Sci Fi, Uncategorized, Urban Fantasy. 1 comment.

Avatar Interview with James Cameron

Avatar Interview with James Cameron

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Best thing about T4 was clearly Worthington, cant wait to see Avatar where he gets an actual plot and good director to work with, pfft! Hey he is wearing a Master of Puppets shirt, helloo! lol, love that 🙂 SciFiWire reports Avatar will have a three month run in IMAX…

From EAsylumm

Stills from Avatar set, betcha many Bothans died to get us these stills:

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May 27, 2009. Tags: , , , . Entertainment, Fantasy, Film, Popular Culture, Sci Fi, Uncategorized. 1 comment.

“Avatar” Official Launch Trailer

Our previous posts on Avatar here

Courtesy of officialavatar:

In Theatres Worldwide December 18 – AVATAR takes us to a spectacular world beyond imagination, where a reluctant hero embarks on an epic adventure, ultimately fighting to save the alien world he has learned to call home.

James Cameron, the Oscar-winning director of Titanic, first conceived the film 15 years ago, when the means to realize his vision did not exist yet. Now, after four years of production, AVATAR, a live action film with a new generation of special effects, delivers a fully immersive cinematic experience of a new kind, where the revolutionary technology invented to make the film disappears into the emotion of the characters and the sweep of the story.

October 30, 2009. Tags: , . Art, Celebrities, Entertainment, Fantasy, Film, gaming, graphic art, Horror, Mystery, Popular Culture, Sci Fi, Supernatural, Suspense. 1 comment.

Breaking the celluloid ceiling: Kathryn Bigelow wins Directors Guild of America award for ‘The Hurt Locker’…

Right on. An incredible and powerful film, ‘The Hurt Locker’ keeps beating ‘Avatar’. Shockingly, Bigelow is the first woman to win this award in the history of the DGA. (and I must fess up and admit that I really get a kick out of her beating Cameron over and over, especially since he is her ex, lol).

Variety:

Kathryn Bigelow has won the Directors Guild of America award for directing “The Hurt Locker,” becoming the first woman to do so in the 62 years of the DGA awards.Bigelow’s win was announced Saturday night at the conclusion of the DGA awards ceremonies at the Century Plaza. She defeated James Cameron for “Avatar,” Lee Daniels for “Precious,” Jason Reitman for “Up in the Air” and Quentin Tarantino for “Inglourious Basterds.”

Bigelow, who shot the gritty drama in Jordan, was only the seventh female to be nominated for the DGA trophy.

Bigelow said she was “stunned, honored and proud” in her brief acceptance speech.

“I felt A deep obligation to tell this story with as much honesty as possible,” she added. “This is the most incredible moment of my life.”

The DGA award is viewed as a reliable predictor of the Academy Award for best director. The same director has won both in all but six years since 1948, including last year, when Danny Boyle won both trophies for “Slumdog Millionaire.”…

January 31, 2010. Tags: , , , . Armed Forces, Celebrities, Entertainment, Film, Terrorism. 1 comment.

Golden Globe Nomination Roundup: ‘True Blood’ gets nods for Best Drama/Actress, ‘Mad Men’ vs ‘House’ for best actor/drama…

Not much Golden Globe excitement this year IMO.  True Blood got 2 nominations (Anna up against Kyra Sedgwick for The Closer, another great acrtess in a great role), and SciFiWire notes James Cameron is up against his ex, she for ‘The Hurt Locker’ him for the peaceful smurf movie it took a decade to make. ‘Glee’ got props (best actor/actress/musical-comedy).

Will Hugh Laurie beat Jon Hamm for Best Actor in tv drama? Hope so! (Do they give Emmys for one time directorial outings a la the upcoming Hugh Laurie directed episode of House and the Joss Whedon upcoming ‘Glee’ and past awesomeness with episodes of The Office? They should.)

Will we be forced to watch ’30 Rock’ acceptance speech clips all day again the day after the awards? Let’s hope not.

And Michael Emerson was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for LOST 🙂 It would be great if he wins, it will match his Emmy!

But in general, booooo-rrring! They need more SciFi/Fantasy/Horror series in the Golden Globes. Man oh man.

HFPA – Nominations

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TV SERIES – Drama

Simon Baker – The Mentalist (CBS)

Michael C. Hall – Dexter (SHOWTIME)

Jon Hamm – Mad Men (AMC)

Hugh Laurie – House (FOX)

Bill Paxton – Big Love (HBO)

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS TV- DRAMA

Glenn Close – Damages (FX NETWORK)

January Jones – Mad Men (AMC)

Julianna Margulies – The Good Wife (CBS)

Anna Paquin – True Blood (HBO)

Kyra Sedgwick – The Closer (TNT)

BEST TV SERIES – DRAMA

Big Love (HBO)
Anima Sola Productions and Playtone in association with HBO Entertainment

Dexter (SHOWTIME)
Showtime Presents, John Goldwyn Productions, The Colleton Company, Clyde Phillips Productions

House (FOX)
Universal Media Studios in association with Heel and Toe Films, Shore Z Productions and Bad Hat Harry Productions

Mad Men (AMC)
Lionsgate

True Blood (HBO)

Your Face Goes Here Productions in association with HBO Entertainment

December 15, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , . Celebrities, Entertainment, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Popular Culture, Sci Fi, Supernatural, Suspense, True Blood. 1 comment.

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