‘The Hurt Locker’ beats ‘Avatar’ for Best Picture and Best Director at Critics Choice Awards

Awesome!! As we noted in our previous piece, Kathryn Bigelow, director-producer of ‘The Hurt Locker’ happens to also be Cameron’s ex. Glad the serious film won. Enjoyed Avatar but it is NOT serious.

NYPost:

James Cameron’s “Avatar” and Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds” won the most awards at Friday’s Critics’ Choice Awards, but the top honor went to Iraq war drama “The Hurt Locker” and its director-producer Kathryn Bigelow.”Locker” was named best picture and Bigelow best director.

Accepting the best picture prize, screenwriter-producer Mark Boal said the award belongs to Bigelow “for her singular vision, for her endless inspiration and for never taking no as an answer.”

Bigelow had thanked Boal when she accepted the director’s honor, saying, “I stand here really because of one man, and that’s Mark Boal.”

“It’s wonderful to have this honor,” she continued, “but the recognition should also go to the men and women who are in the field to this day.”

“Avatar” was named best action movie and it collected a heap of technical awards, including honors for cinematography, editing, art direction, sound and visual effects.

The “Basterds” cast was the critics’ pick for best ensemble. The film’s villain, Christoph Waltz, was named best supporting actor and Tarantino won for his original screenplay.

“There’s really only one group of people to thank,” Tarantino said, “and that’s the actors who actually took it from the printed page and put it up on the screen. My material is not easy. It’s hard. I cannot have dumb actors do my material.”…

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January 16, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , . Armed Forces, Celebrities, Entertainment, Film, Obama Administration, Pentagon, Politics, Popular Culture, Terrorism. 2 comments.

Teh Funny! ‘Avatar: The Making of the Bootleg’

h/t SciFiWire

“This is the movie that I’ve been dreaming about pirating since I was 14 years old,” says director Tim Carson.

By freeloveforum:

Free Love Forum takes you behind the scenes of the revolutionary new bootleg of the revolutionary new movie.

Starring Jeremy Beiler, Paul Dorfman and Anne Johnson
Written & Directed by Gabe Gronli
Special Thanks to Aaron Cohen and Nick Vasile

December 30, 2009. Tags: , , , , . Comedy, Entertainment, Fantasy, Film, Popular Culture, Sci Fi. Comments off.

BSGcast: Avatar Review

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From the ever-awesome Matt and Nat at BSGcast/YourGeekNews

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December 20, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , . Art, Entertainment, Fantasy, Film, graphic art, Popular Culture, Sci Fi, Suspense. 1 comment.

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.

“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.

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.

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