James Cameron's Avatar / Project 880|
Die archivierten Nachrichten aus der Rubrik "Aktuelles"...
Empire sprach mit dem Produzenten Jon Landau...
[...] In the end we just asked questions instead, including one or two on those rumours that Avatar 2 will take us to the depths of Pandora's oceans.
"Water will be a part of the movie, but it won’t be all of the movie, " Landau told us. "There’s been a lot of rumours that it’s an underwater movie - it’s not. Just like the Floating Mountains, and the Na’vi's interaction with the mountains, were a part of Avatar, it’ll be the same type of thing."
Read into that what you will, but we can probably file a Gungan-style tribe of subsea frog people under 'unlikely'. Sighs of relief there, then. So will the sequel launch Jake Sully into orbit and on to new planets? No, says Landau. "I think the next movie will stay on Pandora. That’d be my guess. Not all the answers are there yet, but I think we’re happy with Pandora."
Landau also stressed that Avatar 2 won't leave narrative theads hanging, Hallows-style. "The next [film] will kick off where the next last one ended, but, just like Avatar resolved itself and doesn’t feel like a set-up to another movie, you don’t want Avatar 2 to feel like a set up for 3." [...]
THN berichtet über ein neues Buch zum Film...
To co-incide with the release of AVATAR: COLLECTOR’S EDITION on DVD and Blu-Ray, Titan Books are publishing the definitive companion to the 3D science-fiction epic, Avatar Collector’s Vault 3D, which is released on 15th November, priced at £34.99.
As you make your way through James Cameron’s Avatar Collector’s Vault 3D, you will journey though stunning terrain that few human eyes have seen - the world of the Na’vi, the 10-foot-tall blue-skinned humanoids who inhabit Pandora. View the moon’s amazing creatures, ranging from the gentle, spirit-powered wood sprite to fearsome predators such as the thanator and the great flying leonopteryx.
Presented in a slipcase, with a pair of 3D glasses, this stunning oversized hardcover is packed with exclusive photos, and also includes more than 60 special features and removable pieces. [...]
Die Presseagentur Freiraum liefert die offizielle Pressemeldung...
[...] Moving forward with the most anticipated films of the next decade, Fox Filmed Entertainment Chairmen Jim Gianopulos and Tom Rothman announced today that Academy Award®-winning filmmaker James Cameron has agreed to make AVATAR 2 and 3 as his next films.
Cameron, who had always viewed AVATAR as the creation of a new world and mythology, will begin work on the scripts early next year with an eye towards commencing production later in 2011. Cameron will decide if he will shoot the films back-to-back after he completes the scripts, but the release of the first, as yet untitled sequel, is targeted for December 2014, with the third film contemplated for a December 2015 release.
AVATAR 2 & 3 will be produced by Cameron and Jon Landau for Cameron's Lightstorm Entertainment.
"AVATAR is not only the highest grossing movie of all time, it is a created universe based on the singular imagination and daring of James Cameron, who also raised the consciousness of people worldwide to some of the greatest issues facing our planet," said Rothman and Gianopulos. "We had no higher priority, and can feel no greater joy, than enabling Jim to continue and expand his vision of the world of AVATAR. This is a great day in the history of our company, and we thank Jim, Jon Landau, Rae Sanchini and all of their team and all of our Fox colleagues throughout the world, who have made this possible."
Commented Cameron: "It is a rare and remarkable opportunity when a filmmaker gets to build a fantasy world, and watch it grow, with the resources and partnership of a global media company. AVATAR was conceived as an epic work of fantasy - a world that audiences could visit, across all media platforms, and this moment marks the launch of the next phase of that world. With two new films on the drawing boards, my company and I are embarking on an epic journey with our partners at Twentieth Century Fox. Our goal is to meet and exceed the global audience's expectations for the richness of AVATAR's visual world and the power of the storytelling. In the second and third films, which will be self contained stories that also fulfill a greater story arc, we will not back off the throttle of AVATAR's visual and emotional horsepower, and will continue to explore its themes and characters, which touched the hearts of audiences in all cultures around the world. I'm looking forward to returning to Pandora, a world where our imaginations can run wild."
"It is very exciting to be teaming again with our partners at Fox to give audiences the opportunity to return to Pandora," said producer Jon Landau. "With the first movie, Jim only scratched the surface of the stories he wants to tell and the creatures and world he wants to create. Now we will continue his vision." [...]
Bei Slashfilm.com gibt es eine nicht verwendete Szene, die auf der kommenden "Avatar: Aufbruch nach Pandora" Extended Collector's Edition enthalten sein wird... Und CS! sprach mit James Cameron über die Sequels und den Roman...
"Our plan right now is to do two and three as a single large production and release them a year apart," Cameron said, "In order to do that, we have to refine our technical processes beyond the end of where we were finishing 'Avatar' one a year ago. We need to future-proof ourselves out five or six years to the end of the third film." [...]
In the meantime, Cameron is continuing work on his Avatar novel, which he hopes will serve as a bible for other creators to offer their own unique takes on the world of Pandora.
"The novel's a big project," said Cameron, "It's not a novelization... I asked myself, 'If this had been based on a book, what would that book have been?' It ends coterminously with the end of the movie. I'm not going to give you one frame beyond that. But how about the 30 years before Jake came to Pandora? The discovery of the planet? Grace's arrival there? All the back story and the history of Earth. All the context and then everything lateral to what you see in the movie. Whether it's things that are happening off-camera or things that are happening inside the characters' heads."
Cameron also reiterated his thoughts on Sigourney Weaver's character returning for Avatar sequels, despite her apparent death in the first film.
"Who said she died?" Cameron teased with a big grin, "Nobody dies in a science fiction movie. Whether Grace lives or dies depends more on Sigourney's agent than anything. [...]
STYD sprach mit Sigourney Weaver...
Q: Has he (James Cameron) shared with you any ideas for how Grace might be in an "Avatar" sequel?
Weaver: He has a little bit, but I'm not at liberty to tell anything. He just said, "You know, in science fiction, death is not really death."
Q: Well, that’s good news.
Weaver: Yeah, so we'll see. [...]
Bei CS! gibt es einen Trailer zur "Extended Collector’s Edition" mit bislang ungesehenen Szenen...
Bei Amazon.de wird es eine exklusive Sonderfassung der "Extended Collector’s Edition" (Release: 15. November 2010) geben, die neben dem Disc-Set ein 44-seitiges Fanbuch, ein 35 mm-Bild des Filmstreifens und 7 Stunden Extras enthält...
Bei CS! gibt es Infos zur US-Version der "Avatar" Extended Collector's Edition, die am 16. November 2010 erscheinen wird...
[...] The three-disc AVATAR Extended Collector's Edition Blu-ray and Theatrical Special Edition Re-Release DVD will both feature the original theatrical release, a special edition re-release, family audio track with all objectionable language removed and new collector's extended cut with sixteen more minutes including an exclusive alternate opening Earth scene. Viewers will journey to the depths of Pandora with filmmakers during "Capturing Avatar" an in-depth feature length documentary covering the 16 year filmmaker journey including all new interviews with James Cameron, Jon Landau and cast and crew exploring James Cameron's unique vision for the film seen by more than 310 million people worldwide. [...]
Heute kommt die 9 Minuten längere Extended Edition von "Avatar" in die deutschen Kinos...
CS! berichtet über die US-Kinocharts...
[...] James Cameron's Avatar: Special Edition was re-released into 812 IMAX and Digital 3D theaters and it brought in $4 million domestically to take twelfth place and push its total to $753.8 million. Overseas the re-release earned $4.3 million, pushing the international total past the $2 billion mark. [...]
Bei CS! gibt es ein Video-Interview mit James Cameron...
Bei MarketSaw gibt es ein Audio-Interview mit James Cameron...
11:20 - Cameron talks about AVATAR 2's current status. He has an overall story arc for 2 and 3, but has some modifications for that after spending some time during the last few months with native tribes in the Amazon basin. Script will be a ways out yet for AVATAR 2.
12:04 - He is focusing his writing right now on the AVATAR novel (corresponds to the first film) and that will take him the next couple of months to bang out. Not sure when it will be coming out, perhaps the end of the year or the first quarter of 2011.
12:45 - The AVATAR re-release will have 9 extra minutes, not 8 and it will all be CG. No extra footage of live action characters drinking coffee. Rainforest; some at night; a hunt sequence - a lot of flying; high impact action; an emotional scene toward the end has been added back; "the best CG in the film has been added as far as facial performance"; A Na'vi counterattack after the bulldozer attack; more of Grace at the school; adding the Stingbat and Sturmbeast creatures; additional Quaritch final AMP Suit battle shots; more of the glade love scene. It is all on par with the best of the rest of the film. They had lots of footage to choose from and they put back the absolute best scenes and shots they could.
15:45 - Cameron does not have the release timing of the 3D Blu-ray as they want to have a nice distribution of 3DTVs in homes. He has seen the 3D master run on consumer 3DTVs from Panasonic and Samsung and "It looks amazing. It looks really spectacular." [...]
MTV sprach mit James Cameron über den Stand der Dinge in Sachen "Avatar"-Sequels...
[...] "'Avatar 2'... we're still working on deals. We don't start the movie until we get the deals worked out," he said. "I'm making notes. I'm not sitting idle," Cameron said. "But really, what I'm working on primarily is the novel."
He continued, "I never had a chance to get the novel done while we were making the movie, and I always intended to. I didn't want to do a cheesy novelization, where some hack comes in and kind of makes s--t up. I wanted to do something that was a legitimate novel that was inside the characters' heads and didn't have the wrong culture stuff, the wrong language stuff, all that."
Once the novel is out there, Cameron hopes that others will help him in further fleshing out the universe. There are simply key bits of the ongoing story, such as the happenings on Earth and Jake & Grace's personal arcs, that he wants to make sure are developed in specific ways. "I don't mind opening the universe, but I just don't want that to happen until I've got more meat on the bones. ... That all needs to be filled in before other writers can come in and run with it."
Presumably, once the novel is nailed down, work will begin in earnest on getting the sequel going. In fact, Cameron hints that the final two films in the planned trilogy could be lumped together into a single mega-production. "We're actually talking about that. That's not a decision yet," he said. "That is something that makes a lot of sense, given the nature of these productions, because we can bank all the [motion] capture and then go back and do cameras over a period of time."
There's also Cameron's insane schedule beyond the "Avatar" films. He's got any number of possible projects lined up, stories he's spoken before about wanting to tell, and locking into not one but two multi-year "Avatar" productions will undoubtedly set any other plans back. Fold both movies into one slightly longer production process, however, and it's a more economical use of that time.
The nature of the "Avatar" world is also a big plus. Where live-action films shot back-to-back have breakneck schedules and place great demands on the participating cast & crews, the largely CG environments of the planet Pandora require a comparably smaller commitment. "The way these back-to-back productions fall apart is that you're trying to do two live-action films back to back, and you're working on it for a year and a half, shooting. Everyone is dead. It's not humanly possible. This type of film, it absolutely would work."
Bei CS! gibt es Auszüge aus einem Interview mit Sam Worthington...
[...] Speaking of Cameron, Worthington told ComingSoon.net that he is excited for the theatrical re-release, but that he isn't sure what's going to be included in the eight minutes of additional footage:
"I wish we added eight hours. I think the first cut I saw was about six hours long... There's a couple of extra hunting scenes. There's a much-speculated and blogged sex scene everyone keeps f--king harping on about. To be honest, I think everyone's going to be disappointed that's it's not blue porn... But there's a lot of other character parts. Giovanni [Ribisi] stuff and Stephen Lang stuff. So it's up to Jim. I know Jim would only release it if it enhanced the story by putting it back in."
Additionally, there's a number of scenes that took place on Earth that were ultimately excised from the final cut:
"We shot all that. When we first saw all that, it didn't [work]. You just want to get to the planet. It's kind of a slow burn. Jim always wanted it to be a slow burn start so that you would adjust to your eyes and adjust the world, but it because too much of slow burn. It was like, "hurry the f--k up, man."
Meanwhile, Avatar's future may not yet be on the schedule, but Worthington thinks it won't be long before thing start moving forward:
"Avatar 2 will be whenever Jim decides to write it. I think he's in Thailand at the moment or trying to save the Gulf. But I'm sure he's going to put pen to paper soon." [...]
Die deutsche Fox-Pressestelle meldet...
Twentieth Century Fox und James Cameron präsentieren eine längere Fassung von AVATAR - AUFBRUCH NACH PANDORA, die ab dem 2. September in Deutschland (US-Start: 27. August) nur für kurze Zeit und exklusiv in 3D wieder auf der großen Kinoleinwand zu sehen sein wird.Die neue Version des erfolgreichen und bahnbrechenden Kinoabenteuers enthält acht Minuten zusätzliches Material. Nicht zuletzt als Reaktion auf den Film hat seit dem Kinostart von AVATAR - AUFBRUCH NACH PANDORA im letzten Dezember die Zahl der 3-D-Kinos rasant zugenommen. Jetzt haben Zuschauer, die ihn bisher nicht in 3-D erleben konnten, erneut die Gelegenheit dazu.
"Immer wieder haben mir Zuschauer gesagt, dass sie mehr Pandora wollten, dass sie länger dort bleiben wollten", sagt James Cameron. "Genau das können sie jetzt. Die längere Fassung wird exklusiv in 3D gezeigt und enthält zusätzliche acht Minuten nie gezeigtes Filmmaterial mit neuen Kreaturen und weiteren Action-Szenen. Egal ob man den Film bereits begeistert im Kino gesehen hat oder ihn noch gar nicht kennt - jetzt kann man ihn völlig neu erleben.
Jim Gianopulos und Tom Rothman, Chairmen und CEOs von Fox Filmed Entertainment, kommentieren: "Die neue Version von AVATAR - AUFBRUCH NACH PANDORA ist ein ganz besonderes Ereignis, und das nicht nur, weil der Film zu einem der beliebtesten der Geschichte geworden ist. Seit dem Kinostart im letzten Dezember haben uns Fans mit Bitten überhäuft, den Film wieder in 3-D-Kinos zu zeigen. Und wir sind natürlich begeistert, dass James Cameron dem Publikum endlich noch mehr AVATAR liefert."
Mit einem Einspielergebnis von weltweit 2,7 Mrd. US-Dollar ist das Oscar®- und Golden-Globe®-gekrönte Epos der erfolgreichste Film aller Zeiten. Die Blu-Ray-Disc ist die meistverkaufte der Welt. [...]
20th Century Fox has announced that James Cameron's Avatar will be re-released into Digital 3D and IMAX 3D theaters on August 27 with over 8 minutes of never before seen footage!
"Since - and largely as of result of - Avatar's release last December, the number of available digital 3D screens has exploded, and moviegoers who missed experiencing the film in 3D, as well as fans that want to return to Pandora again, will now have that opportunity," the studio said.
The Oscar and Golden Globe winning epic is the highest grossing film of all time, taking in over $2.7 billion in worldwide box office. It is also the top-selling Blu-ray disc of all time.
Visit Avatarmovie.com/Re-ReleaseDates for international release dates.
Talking about 3D at a technology forum in Seoul, South Korea, James Cameron said that he estimates it will take about three years to make the Avatar sequel. That's 18 months less than it took the first.
He said that the release date for the follow-up will be announced in a few months.
Cameron previously revealed that the sequel would focus on Pandora's ocean. "I'm going to be focusing on the ocean on Pandora, which will be equally rich and diverse and crazy and imaginative, but it just won't be a rain forest. I'm not saying we won't see what we've already seen; we'll see more of that as well," he said.
The first film has earned a massive $2.718 billion worldwide and has sold more than 19.7 million DVD and Blu-ray discs in three weeks.
MarketSaw meldete kürzlich...
[...] AVATAR 2 will continue several years after the events of the original. It will also lay the groundwork for the other moons in the system. Things are going to get quite "weird" to the point of becoming somewhat abstract! Each movie will stand on its own and there will definitely be NO shooting the sequels back to back. Trilogy? Actually no. The sky is no limit for this universe - the plot lines are endless.
AVATAR 2 SPOILER ALERT: This is verbatim from my source...
"Oh and Pandora has a lot of shit coming its way. Break out the space marines, looks like some bugs need a stomping."
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment has announced that James Cameron's Avatar sold 6.7 million DVDs and Blu-ray Discs in the United States and Canada its first four days. The studio says that the movie has become the fastest-selling Blu-ray of all time.
The film has sold 4 million DVDs and 2.7 million Blu-rays since its home entertainment debut on Thursday, which amounts to $130 million in sales.
The previous record holder for a similar time frame had been The Dark Knight in 2008. That movie took 18 months to sell 2.5 million Blu-rays.
On its first day, Avatar moved 3.2 million DVDs and Blu-rays, compared to 2.7 million discs overall for the Batman film.
Avatar has earned $2.713 billion at the worldwide box office.
Heute erscheint die erste Fassung von James Cameron's "Avatar: Aufbruch nach Pandora" auf Blu-ray & DVD... Und CS! meldet...
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment sold 1.5 million Blu-ray units of James Cameron's Avatar on Earth Day, the film's first day of home video release. The 1.5 million units is a new record, topping The Dark Knight's 600,000 Blu-ray units sold its first day in 2008.
The studio expects to sell well over 4 million combined Blu-ray and DVD units of the movie.
Retailers sold out of 60% of their Blu-ray inventory, while they moved out about 50% of their Avatar DVDs.
Hero Complex sprach mit James Cameron über die um 6 Minuten erweiterte Fassung, die im August 2010 in die Kinos kommen soll, sowie das Sequel, welches u.a die Ozeane von Pandora im Fokus hat...
[...] We created a broad canvas for the environment of film. That’s not just on Pandora, but throughout the Alpha Centauri AB system. And we expand out across that system and incorporate more into the story - not necessarily in the second film, but more toward a third film. I’ve already announced this, so I might as well say it: Part of my focus in the second film is in creating a different environment - a different setting within Pandora. And I’m going to be focusing on the ocean on Pandora, which will be equally rich and diverse and crazy and imaginative, but it just won’t be a rain forest. I’m not saying we won’t see what we’ve already seen; we’ll see more of that as well. [...]
CS! sprach mit dem Produzenten Jon Landau über die Blu-ray & DVD-Versionen des Films, 3D und mehr...
CS! sprach mit dem Produzenten Jon Landau, u.a. über das Sequel...
[...] "Look, I think one of the things that we have been successful at is that the most pressure we feel is our own pressure," he told us. "I think that's true as we make a movie, whether it be 'Titanic' or 'Avatar.' Our pressure about an 'Avatar' sequel is self-imposed. We've always said that if the public wanted a sequel that we would do a sequel. That having been said, in my opinion, Jim has done two sequels in his career, and both times, he has at least equaled if not surpassed the original movie. We're only going to do it when we have a piece of material, a script, that we believe will be at least as entertaining and unique as the first movie was."
Then again, once they get that material--and Landau agreed that the possibilities for a sequel are somewhat endless--making a sequel will likely be a lot easier than it was to make the first movie. "Not only that, but the hard part is out of the way. We figured out how to do it, and our goal in the next one is to do it more cost-effectively and more time-efficiently, and we have kept on a team of our technical staff who is working right now on Gen 2 of what we did, but with all the experience that we've had. We kept them on, and they're working for us right now."
Over the next few months, Landau and Cameron will be overseeing production on the supplementary materials for the four-disc ultimate edition Avatar Blu-ray out in November, many of which will appear in the months between releases through "The Avatar Program," which will allow those who buy the initial DVD release exclusive access to the materials at Avatarmovie.com.
Eventually, the Blu-ray will include a brand-new two-hour documentary on making Avatar and unused extra scenes from the movie, including more on the Na'vi school run by Sigourney Weaver and on Jake's training as an Avatar. With that in mind, we wondered how much time Cameron might have to start developing new material.
"The good news is that we have systems and methodologies in place that will not consume a lot of Jim's time," Landau said. "I think Jim's time will be surgical coming in. We have a very good behind-the-scenes crew working on this two-hour documentary we want to put together - Jim's not doing it himself. We have Weta Digital working on these shots, but our animation supervisor is now our visual FX supervisor, so he'll take all of this to a certain point and then Jim will be able to come in, but hopefully, he'll be able to go off and do some other stuff. There are a small number of movies that Jim wants to (direct) himself, but he doesn't want to say that he can do things that he's not going to have time for, and we know that whatever movie he does is not going to be done in six months." [...]
CS! berichtet über die anstehende DVD/BD-Veröffentlichung von James Cameron's "Avatar" und deren "Begleiterscheinungen", u.a. sollen 1 Million Bäume gepflanzt werden... Löblich !!!
Yahoo! Movies meldet...
Sam Worthington says the staggering worldwide success of "Avatar," over $2.5 billion at the box office, makes him wonder if multiple sequels will be made - and the Australian actor said he'd work with director James Cameron again for just "a bucket of fish."
"I'm starting to think we're going to do 'Avatar 3, 4, 5'" Sam told Access Hollywood's Billy Bush at the ShoWest Awards in Las Vegas on Thursday. "But that's the thing, we're only going to do it if Jim can find someone to challenge him because he's not the type of guy that just dives in lightly."
The 33-year-old actor said the innovative director could bring another groundbreaking technique to the sequels.
"Jim will only do a movie if it's a challenge for him and if he can revolutionize something," he told Billy. "I know with Jim, he has to find his own personal challenge on it. So we'll wait and see."
And Sam said he's onboard for whatever Jim asks of him - and he'll do it for close to nothing.
"I signed for a couple [of sequels] but I'll work with Jim for a bucket of fish," Sam joked. [...]
Bei CS! gibt es Infos zum Release von James Cameron's "Avatar" auf Blu-ray & DVD...
USA Today sprach mit James Cameron...
Q: [...] When is Avatar coming out in 3D on Blu-ray?
A: We're not officially announcing it right now but I'm hoping for fall. The wildcard is that we might be re-releasing the movie this fall. It's kind of gotten stomped out (in theaters) because of Alice in Wonderland. The word we're getting back from exhibitors is we probably left a couple of hundred million dollars on the table as a result. The question is the appetite still going to be there after the summer glut of movies. We're going to assess that. We're talking about maybe adding in additional footage and doing something creative. [...]
CS! berichtet über die Einspielergebnisse...
The Visual Effects Society announced the winners of the 8th Annual VES Awards on Sunday night at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles, California. The annual event recognizes outstanding visual effects in more than twenty categories of film, animation, television, commercials and video games. [...]
Avatar was the evening's big winner taking home six awards including Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects Driven Motion Picture. [...]
CS! berichtet über die Einspielergebnisse...
[...] James Cameron's Avatar added yet another $14 million domestically and $36.1 million internationally for a worldwide take of $50.1 million in its 11th weekend. The 20th Century Fox release has now earned $706.9 million domestically and $1.844 billion internationally, which means Avatar's overseas number has even surpassed Titanic's worldwide total of $1.843 billion. Globally, the juggernaut has reached $2.550 billion. [...]
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CS! berichtet über ein französisches Video-Interview von CineTVBuzz.com, in dem Sigourney Weaver äusserte im "Avatar"-Sequel mitzuwirken...
IMAX Corporation and Twentieth Century Fox today announced that James Cameron's Avatar has crossed the $200 million mark at IMAX theaters worldwide during the weekend from Friday, February 19, 2010 through Sunday, February 21. During its 10th weekend, the film grossed $4.3 million from 179 IMAX theaters domestically, representing approximately 27% of the film's total domestic three-day weekend gross of $16.2 million. Internationally, the IMAX release grossed $3.9 million from 84 IMAX theaters, bringing the weekend's global IMAX total to approximately $8.2 million and the film's overall IMAX global total to more than $200 million. [...]
The Wall Street Journal sprach mit James Cameron...
Copernicus plauderte kürzlich für AICN mit James Cameron über die wissenschaftlichen Hintergründe...
Wie MTV.com meldet, arbeitet James Cameron an einem Prequel-Roman, der Ende 2010 erscheinen soll... Derweil sprach CS! mit der Drehbuchautorin Laeta Kalogridis über James Cameron und die Arbeit an "Avatar"...
[...] The weird thing about working with Jim is you become so submerged, so to speak, in the world, you become so obsessed with it, and this is going to sound really silly, part of you can't imagine that everybody else will not be as obsessed as you are with it when they finally get to see it. Part of you is like, "Oh my God, this is the most wonderful world to visit," I mean, to a point where it gets to your detriment where you're watching the four-hour cut and you're like, "This is great!" You're thinking, "I want to stay here for four hours!" which is not really realistic. Simultaneously, part of you is thinking, "I feel this way because I'm too close. I'm too close, I'm too close, I'm too close. I'm too invested in every little detail. I care too much about the characters." I think the only person who doesn't second guess himself is Jim. Jim is the one who frankly can keep the boat on course while everyone around him... you follow him like the General that he is, because you believe in him. I would be truthful in saying that I believed in Jim more than I believed in the movie, just because he's a very inspirational figure and person for me. But I'd be lying if I didn't say that I was totally obsessed and will continue to be obsessed with that damn planet." [...]
CS! sprach mit James Cameron...
ComingSoon.net: When you started writing the script for "Avatar" 15 years ago, did you have a vision for where the sequels would go?
James Cameron: No, but a lot of ideas for the sequels kind of evolved out of writing the story for "Avatar." Anything that we designed, ideas that we had, if we couldn't figure out how to put them in the movie we said "We'll stick it in the sequel," so we have a big backlog of ideas.
CS: How many sequels will there be?
Cameron: I don't know.
CS: Do you know where the story is going for the next film?
Cameron: Yeah, I definitely have a story arc in mind for the second film and even on a very vague base for a third film. That doesn't mean we'll do a third film - it doesn't mean we'll stop at a third film. We'll just have to see where it goes.
CS: Will the sequel be the next movie you do or will it be another project?
Cameron: That hasn't been decided yet.
CS! berichtet über die Einspielergebnisse...
James Cameron's Avatar passed up the filmmaker's own Titanic at the domestic box office on Tuesday to claim that crown as well. Avatar reached $601,141,551 after 47 days to pass up the $600,788,188 that Titanic earned its entire run.
Internationally, Avatar had already passed up Titanic's $1,242,413,080, and now stands at $1,446,989,293.
Worldwide, Avatar has brought in $2,048,130,844 so far, while Titanic earned $1,843,201,268 total.
News Corp. is in very early talks with James Cameron about a possible "Avatar" sequel.
Asked about potential "Avatar" sequels, chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch said on his quarterly earnings call Tuesday that the conglomerate is in "very early talks about it." Director James Cameron "has ideas" for a sequel, he said, adding: "We will be pushing for one."
But he cautioned analysts not to "hold your breath for an early one" in a possible reference to Cameron projects often taking a long time to come to fruition.
News Corp. deputy chairman, president and COO Chase Carey interjected that both sides want to make another movie. "We certainly both intend to have one," he said.
The executives said financing of a sequel like of any movies these days would be key as News Corp. likes to lay off risk, especially since Cameron films tend to go over budget. But given the success of "Avatar," financing details could come together.
Management also said 60% or more of the profit from "Avatar" will come in over the next two quarters, adding the firm will continue its theater run as the boxoffice goes well, with a DVD release also planned soon after the theatrical run. A DVD release date hasn't been announced so far.
Pushed further on details about the DVD plans for "Avatar," Murdoch said it will be released during his company's current fiscal year, which ends June 30. But he also highlighted that it won't be a 3D DVD release as that technology isn't developed enough yet. But Carey added there could be a 3D "Avatar" DVD release further "down the road" when the technology is ready.
20th Century Fox PresseService meldet...
[...] mit 9 Nominierungen für AVATAR - AUFBRUCH NACH PANDORA, darunter auch
für "Bester Film" und "Beste Regie" geht James Camerons grandioses
Fantasy-Abenteuer, das seit 17. Dezember 2009 erfolgreich im Kino
läuft, ins ganz große OSCAR®-Rennen. [...]
Variety.com berichtet über die Einspielergebnisse...
[...] Entering its seventh frame at the domestic box office, 20th Century Fox's "Avatar" again proved its staying power, taking in an estimated $30 million. James Cameron's pic easily surpassed the No. 2 film, Warner Bros.' Mel Gibson starrer "Edge of Darkness," which opened with $17.1 million.
"Avatar's" domestic intake has reached $594.5 million, combined with $1.45 billion internationally, for a worldwide cume that has passed the $2 billion mark.
Last weekend, the film passed "Titanic" in foreign revenues. "Avatar" became the all-time highest grosser worldwide as of Jan. 25, leaving only the domestic figure to beat. Cameron's 3D phenom still remains just a few strokes behind the $600.8 million domestic benchmark set by "Titanic" in 1998, but given last week's daily average of $3.18 million, Fox said the pic should beat "Titanic" some time midweek. [...]
CS! berichtet über die US-Einspielergebnisse...
[...] It has now been seven weeks since James Cameron's Avatar began its unstoppable run of the box office, not allowing a single other movie to supplant its placement at the top of the heap. That continued unabated as the FX-heavy sci-fi fantasy epic added another estimated $30 million to its haul, down just 14% from last weekend. It has grossed nearly $594 million domestically with its international gross having crossed the $2 billion mark over the weekend. Having already taken the international gross crown away from Titanic last week, it's edging closer to the $600 million grossed by Cameron's previous movie, which has been resting atop the domestic gross record book unhindered for 12 years. Avatar should pass it on Monday or Tuesday and the question now is where will its final box office tally end up, being that it's likely to remain in IMAX and 3D theaters for at least another month? [...]
ScreenDaily.com berichtet über den Rekord der Rekorde !!!
Avatar sealed its place in history as it overtook Titanic to become the biggest film of all time at the international box office following a $107m weekend haul that raised the running total to $1.288bn.
Active on approximately 11,800 screens in 111 markets, the film grossed more than $100m for the sixth consecutive weekend and is already ahead of Titanic’s $1.242bn international mark by $46m.
Combined with the $552.8m North American gross, Avatar’s global running total stands at $1.84bn and will overtake Titanic’s $1.842bn on Monday to become the biggest worldwide release in history as it bears down on $2bn.
In another spectacular result in China it added $11.7m from 1,013 screens to cross $100m there, despite losing 1,500 2D screens last week to Confucius. The running total stands at an extraordinary $102.3m after three weeks.
In its second weekend in Italy Avatar added $13.6m for $37.8m. With France already on $123m, several other territories are closing in on the $100m mark: Avatar generated a further $8.9m in Germany for $95.7m, $8m in the UK for $92.9m, and $3.9m in Russia for $95.4m.
The film added $5.7m in Japan for $77.7m, $5.7 in Spain for $76m, $5.2m in Australia for $77.1m, and $4.2m in South Korea for $79.5m. It has become the first non-South Korean film to cross 10m admissions and is now the biggest film of all time in Spain, Australia, Hong Kong and Chile, having previously attained the distinction in China and Russia.
Avatar’s box office in Brazil stands at $39.2m and Mexico has reached $35.5m and it is the third biggest and second biggest films of all time, respectively.
In a statement Fox International co-presidents, Paul Hanneman and Tomas Jegeus said, "Having been a part of the Titanic phenomenon, we never thought this day would come in our careers. But James Cameron created in Avatar a film with such humanity and magic that it reasonates with people of every culture.
"We want to thank the Fox International team around the world who believed in the film and worked tirelessly for the past several years to maximise its potential. We also want to thank the international exhibition community which caught the 3D bug after the success of Ice Age 3 and worked hard to bring this groundbreaking experience to to audiences everywhere." [...]
MarketSaw hat kürzlich ein Bild einer geschnittenen Szene, die auf der Erde spielt, veröffentlicht... Zudem gibt es einen Artikel über die visuellen Effekte, die für diese Sequenz Verwendung fanden...
Yahoo! Movies gibt es das 22-minütige "Behind the Scenes"-Special "Creating the World of Pandora"...
"Avatar" wurde bei den gestern in Los Angeles
stattfindenden Golden Globes als Bester Film in der Kategorie "Drama" ausgezeichnet, darüberhinaus ehrte die Hollywood Foreign Press James Cameron als "Besten Regisseur" !!! Derweil berichtet CS! über die Einspielergebnisse...
[...] James Cameron's Avatar will soon sink Titanic's global record of $1.843 billion, as the 20th Century Fox release earned yet another $54.6 million domestically over the four-day holiday weekend, claiming first place for a fifth weekend in a row. The film has reached $505.1 million in North America and passed up the $500 million mark in just 32 days, a new record. That record was held by The Dark Knight, which reached the mark in 45 days, and Avatar is expected to surpass the The Dark Knight in total domestic box office ($533.3 million) as well next weekend to become the second-biggest title of all time behind Cameron's own Titanic ($600.8 million). Avatar also set a new record for the biggest fifth weekend ever domestically, beating Titanic's $30 million by earning $41.3 million over the Friday-to-Sunday frame.
Internationally, Avatar earned $125 million from Friday to Sunday for a total of $1.115 billion (not counting Monday). The worldwide total has reached an amazing $1.64 billion already! [...]
James Cameron's unstoppable Avatar is entering its fifth weekend with more dominant ticket sales. Fandango tells us that 80% of its ticket sales for Avatar have been for the 3D and IMAX screenings and for the fifth weekend, 73% of its advanced ticket sales are for Avatar, followed by The Book of Eli with 7% and The Lovely Bones with 5%.
Worldwide, the film has earned $1.42 billion and has just passed up Shrek 2's $441.2 million to climb to the fourth spot on the all-time domestic list with $445.7 million. It only trails Star Wars ($460.9 million), The Dark Knight ($533.3 million) and Titanic ($600.8 million) now.
In sequel news, James Cameron told Entertainment Weekly that he was even planning a sequel during production. "I've had a storyline in mind from the start - there are even scenes in 'Avatar' that I kept in because they lead to the sequel," Cameron said. "It just makes sense to think of it as a two or three film arc, in terms of the business plan. The CG plants and trees and creatures and the musculo-skeletal rigging of the main characters - that all takes an enormous amount of time to create. It'd be a waste not to use it again."
[...] James Cameron's juggernaut Avatar dominated the box office again its fourth weekend, adding $48.5 million domestically and $143 million internationally! Domestically, it broke the record for the biggest fourth weekend ever for a movie, surpassing Cameron's own Titanic, which earned $28.7 million its fourth weekend. The North American total has climbed to $429 million, allowing the film to pass up Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest's $423.3 million to become the seventh-biggest movie of all time domestically. We think it has a good chance of beating The Dark Knight's domestic take of $533 million now, but will it reach Titanic's $600.8 million?
Overseas, the blockbuster has reached a massive $906.2 million to take its worldwide total to a whopping $1.335 billion! It only trails Titanic's $1.843 billion, a number that doesn't seem impossible with how much Avatar has been earning on a worldwide basis every day. [...]
While James Cameron's Avatar has climbed to the 10th spot on the all-time domestic list with $380.5 million (surpassing Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith's $380.3 million and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King's $377 million - worldwide it's reached $1.16 billion), 20th Century Fox has posted a PDF online of the full screenplay for awards reasons. You can read or download the script using the link below! You'll be able to see what did and what didn't make it into the final cut...
JAMES CAMERON'S AVATAR SCREENPLAY
James Cameron's Avatar became the second-highest grossing film worldwide of all time on Wednesday, its 20th day in theaters.
Domestically, the blockbuster added $6.91 million to push its total to $374.4 million. The film has climbed to the 12th spot on the all-time domestic list, surpassing Spider-Man 2 ($373.6 million).
Internationally, Avatar has earned $760.9 million.
The combined worldwide total stands at $1,135,383,229, which surpasses The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King's $1,119,110,941. The movie now only trails Cameron's own #1 global blockbuster Titanic, which earned $1,842,879,955.
[...] Avatar has surpassed Jurassic Park ($357.1 million) for 14th place on the all-time domestic chart. It will next be eyeing The Passion of The Christ, which earned $370.8 million. [...]
The foreign total stands at $706.4 million and worldwide total has reached $1.07 million after just eighteen days of release.
IMAX Corporation and Twentieth Century Fox today announced that James Cameron's Avatar continued its record-breaking box office run over its third weekend, grossing approximately $8.7 million from 179 IMAX theaters domestically from January 1 through January 3, 2010. The film registered more than 12% of the film's total domestic gross of $68.3 million during that period on less than 3% of the screens, driving the domestic IMAX box office to date to approximately $47.1 million.
The IMAX international release grossed more than $4.0 million from 71 IMAX screens during the weekend, an 11% increase over last weekend. Avatar also posted a record-breaking international single day on Saturday with $1.425 million. The worldwide IMAX box office total for Avatar is estimated to be $67 million as of the end of day Sunday, January 3, 2010. [...]
James Cameron's Avatar grossed another $18.29 million on Tuesday to push its domestic total to an impressive $250.4 million after just 12 days.
The $18.29 million is an increase over last Tuesday's $16.1 million and both numbers trail only The Dark Knight's $20.9 million on the all-time non-opening Tuesday list.
Internationally, the blockbuster has reached $476.2 million as of the 29th for a combined worldwide total of $726.6 million! Percentage-wise, the domestic take is 34.5% and the international take is 65.6% of that massive total.
IMAX Corporation and Twentieth Century Fox today announced that James Cameron's Avatar continued its record-breaking box office run during its second weekend, grossing approximately $8.8 million from 179 IMAX theaters domestically from December 25 through December 27, 2009, registering approximately 12% of the film's total domestic gross of $75.6 million on less than 3% of the screens. IMAX theaters continued to operate at virtually full capacity all weekend, driving the domestic IMAX box office to date to approximately $28 million.
The IMAX international release posted an estimated total of approximately $3.6 million from 70 IMAX screens during the weekend, with the IMAX network in Poland and Japan posting record openings. The film is still scheduled to open on 11 IMAX screens in China and one in Argentina in the coming weeks. The worldwide IMAX box office total is more than $39 million as of the end of day Sunday, December 27, 2009.
Avatar has been digitally re-mastered into the unparalleled image and sound quality of "The IMAX Experience."
"Consumers are clearly seeking out IMAX as the way to experience James Cameron's latest blockbuster, and this weekend's results reinforce how well this groundbreaking film plays to our audience," said IMAX CEO Richard L. Gelfond. "'Avatar' is well on its way to becoming our highest grossing Hollywood IMAX title."
"To have reached $39 million from 249 screens in just 10 days demonstrates that moviegoers clearly understand the value of experiencing 'Avatar' in IMAX," added Greg Foster, Chairman and President of IMAX Filmed Entertainment. "James Cameron, Jon Landau and Lightstorm realized the vision of this film in IMAX, and we're continuing to see the incredibly positive way that moviegoers are responding to that vision."
Bei Slashfilm.com gibt es die bislang bekannten Infos zu den möglichen "Avatar"-Sequels !!! CS! berichtet über die US-Kinocharts und die internationalen Einspielergebnisse...
[...] This was a banner Christmas weekend, ending a year where the box office was generally up from last year with not only the biggest Christmas weekend ever, but a historic record-setting weekend with the Top 4 grossing more than $200 million on their own, and the Top 10 grossing $260 million, up nearly $100 million (!) from Christmas weekend last year.
Much of that record can be accounted for by three movies and leading the way was James Cameron's unstoppable sci-fi epic Avatar (20th Century Fox), which once again took first place with an estimated $75 million over the three days to set a new Christmas weekend record. The previous record holder was Meet the Fockers with $46.1 million in 2005. Down less than 3% from its opening weekend, Avatar also holds claim to the second-biggest second weekend ever for a movie ever, right after last year's gigantic blockbuster hit The Dark Knight. Having grossed $212 million in ten days--the seventh movie to cross $200 million and currently the seventh highest grossing movie of the year--Avatar is clearly on its way to top $300 million. The question is whether it can pass the $402 million made by Michael Bay's Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen to take over the top spot as the highest-grossing movie of 2009. By comparison, The Dark Knight had grossed $100 million more than Avatar after ten days, so Cameron has a long way to go if he wants his new movie to take its rightful place behind his previous dramatic feature Titanic as the second-highest grossing movie domestically of all time.
Internationally, Avatar added $145 million this weekend to push its overseas total to $405 million and worldwide total to an amazing $617.3 million after just 10 days in release. [...]
Bazmann von HeyUGuys.co.uk beleuchtet die negativen Aspekte von "Avatar"...
Copernicus plaudert bei AICN über die wissenschaftlichen Hintergründe... Interessanter Lesestoff...
CS! berichtet über die US-Einspielergebnisse...
20th Century Fox will be having a Merry Christmas [...]
The studio's Avatar made yet another $16.4 million in second place on Wednesday. The James Cameron film has now reached $126 million domestically in just five days of release. [...]
After earning an impressive $16.4 million domestically on Monday, James Cameron's Avatar added another $16.1 million on Tuesday! That's the second-highest number for a non-opening film ever (behind The Dark Knight's $20.9 million) and third-biggest Tuesday of all-time, trailing only The Dark Knight and Transformers, which opened on a Tuesday in 2007 and earned $27.9 million.
The blockbuster film has now reached $109.5 million in North America after just five days in theaters.
Overseas, the 20th Century Fox release has reached $191.8 million for a worldwide total of $301.3 million already.
In the largest theatrical 3D film release to date, RealD announced today that theaters equipped with RealD's 3D cinema technology brought in nearly $40 million of the total domestic box office generated by 20th Century Fox's Avatar, which debuted at #1 during its opening weekend, earning more than $242.5 million worldwide. The box office generated in theaters with RealD technology accounted for over 50% of the total weekend's receipts. [...]
Harry Knowles von AICN hat seine Filmkritik veröffentlicht... Und CS! berichtet über die Einspielergebnisse...
According to various sources, 20th Century Fox is estimating James Cameron's Avatar grossed $27 million in its opening day in a variety of formats including IMAX 3D. While normally, that would put it in range to set a new December record over Will Smith's 2007 thriller I Am Legend, which opened with $77.2 million, snowstorms hitting the Eastern seaboard over the weekend might keep some moviegoers at home, putting it somewhere under $75 million. Check back tomorrow for the estimated weekend gross once Saturday numbers are reported.
Keine Frage: James Cameron's "Avatar: Aufbruch nach Pandora" muss man sich ansehen - ohne Wenn und Aber... Erst dann sollte man sich Mike Russell's Kritik bei AICN zu Gemüte führen...
Heute startet James Cameron's "Avatar: Aufbruch nach Pandora" in den deutschen Kinos...
CS! sprach mit James Cameron, Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana und Sigourney Weaver... Ausserdem meldet CS!...
IMAX Corporation and Twentieth Century Fox today announced that James Cameron's Avatar will open in 178 IMAX theaters domestically on December 18, 2009, simultaneously with the motion picture's premiere in conventional theaters. The IMAX 3D release will also open in 83 IMAX theaters internationally starting on December 16th, for a total of 261 theaters, making this the Company's widest release to date. [...]
Bei AICN gibt es einen Schwung überwiegend positiver Kritiken zum Film... Bei Rotten Tomatoes liegt der Schnitt derzeit bei 89% !!!
CS! sprach mit James Cameron, u.a. über mögliche "Avatar"-Sequels...
[...] He said that because so much went into creating the world in Avatar, it makes sense to use that to make more films. "Actually, when I pitched this to 20th Century Fox four-and-a-half years ago, I said, 'You know, we're going to spend a lot of money and time and energy creating not only a process but the assets, the CG assets, we call them - all the models of every rock and tree and plant and creature and the muscle rigs for all the creatures and the facial rigging for the main characters and all that'... huge, millions and millions of dollars. So it really makes sense to think of it as the potential start of a franchise, if you will, or a saga that plays out over several acts, each movie being an act of that saga. And I have it mapped out, but I haven't written the scripts yet. And it all depends on whether we do well with the first film. But that was certainly the intention from the beginning - to create a foundation for a persistent world." [...]
Bei JoBlo.com kann man einen Blick auf das "Avatar" IMAX-Poster werfen...
Der neue Clip / Ausschnitt "You Should See Your Faces" aus James Cameron's "Avatar" ist online...
Zwei neue Featurettes aus James Cameron's "Avatar" sind online...
Zwei neue Clips / Ausschnitte aus James Cameron's "Avatar" sind online...
MTV and 20th Century Fox are partnering on an unprecedented livestream event to give fans a unique and interactive look into James Cameron's epic adventure Avatar. Presented by LG Mobile Phones, "Avatar Live" will stream in high-definition (HD) simultaneously on MTV.com and Facebook on December 3, 2009 at 3:00pm ET/ 12:00pm PT and followed by an all new "Behind the Screen" Avatar-themed episode on MTV in December.
Produced by MTV News, the livestream event in HD will present exclusive footage and give fans the chance to engage live with Cameron and two of the film's stars, Sam Worthington and Zoë Saldana. The chat will be moderated by MTV News' Josh Horowitz and feature questions submitted in real-time from the greater Facebook and MTV.com audience. The event will be dual streamed in HD and archived through the official Avatar target=_blank>Facebook community and through movies.mtv.com. LG is the official event sponsor and will be offering users the opportunity to upload their own questions for the cast to be answered during the live stream.
"We are thrilled to launch this unique partnership with Twentieth Century Fox and bring exclusive 'Avatar' programming to the MTV audience in new and exciting ways," said John Shea, Executive Vice President, Integrated Marketing and Branded Content, MTVN Music and Logo Group. "Additionally, mashing the dynamic reporting of the MTV News team together with the Facebook platform allows us to connect fans directly to the film's talent in a first of its kind live event and one we hope to replicate with future films."
MTV continues to cover the film on-air with a brand new edition of "Behind the Screen" featuring Avatar. Produced by MTV News in the 20th Century Fox studio, the episode will feature intimate interviews with the stars of Avatar, present viewers with clips from the film and more.
Bei FilmMusicMag.com gibt es ein Audio-Interview mit James Horner...
Ein Behind the Scenes Video zu James Cameron's "Avatar" ist online...
Bei ExLibris.ch kann man in James Horner's "Avatar" Score reinhören...
Bei IGN gibt es den Clip / Ausschnitt "Thanator Chase" aus James Cameron's "Avatar"... Und bei CS! gibt es zwei CNN Video-Specials zum Film... Wer sich die Filmerfahrung nicht verhageln will, sollte die Klickfinger weglassen... ;-)
Bei CS! gibt es die Video-Mitschnitt von CBS' 60 Minutes...
Bei CS! gibt es die Video-Featurette "Colonel Quaritch"...
Bei IGN gibt es die Video-Featurette "Human Hardware"...
Bei CloneWeb.net kann man einen Blick auf das französische Poster werfen...
Bei USA Today gibt es ein sehenswertes Bild von Neytiri... Bei Playboy.com gibt es ein Interview mit James Cameron...
Eine weitere Featurette zu James Cameron's "Avatar" ist online... Und bei CS! gibt es Infos zum "Avatar" Soundtrack...
Ein weiterer TV-Spot zu James Cameron's "Avatar" ist online...
Der TV-Spot #3 zu James Cameron's "Avatar" ist online...
Der neue Trailer mit deutscher Synchro wird im Vorprogramm von Roland Emmerich's "2012" zu sehen sein... Bei CS! kann man sich den japanischen Trailer anschauen... Ausserdem ist ein TV-Spot zu James Cameron's "Avatar" online... Und last but not least gibt es einen neuen Trailer zum vielversprechenden "Avatar" Videospiel !!!
Die Offizielle Website bietet endlich mehr Material und der neue Trailer zu James Cameron's "Avatar" ist in offizieller Form online !!!
Eine 4-minütige Featuette zu James Cameron's "Avatar" ist online...
Variety.com sprach mit dem Produktionsdesigner Rick Carter...
Wie nicht anders zu erwarten war, ist der neue Trailer zu James Cameron's "Avatar" online - wenn auch nur in miserabler Bootleg-Qualität... Blöd, wer sich das anschaut... ;-)
[...] 20th Century Fox will debut a new trailer for James Cameron's Avatar in theaters this Friday, October 23rd! The trailer, which clocks in at roughly around 3 minutes and 30 seconds, won't be coming online until October 29th. You should really see this in theaters anyways as we've learned that this is THE trailer, the one that will show you much more story (as opposed to the teaser trailer previously released). [...]
MovieScore Magazine berichtet über den "Avatar"-Score von James Horner...
[...] Mike Knobloch, the executive vice president of Fox Music, describes James Horner’s music for the film as epic. "It’s a brilliantly unique blend of traditional and contemporary, electronic elements and spans the entire spectrum of attitude and energy - from bombastic action to the delicate, romantic discovery of a new world." [...]
Bei Spoiler TV gibt es ein paar neue Szenenbilder...
Unter AVTR.com ist eine Viralsite online gegangen, die u.a. "Avatar"-Artwork bietet...
Bei Trailer Addict gibt es einen PANASONIC-Werbeclip, der "Avatar"-Filmmaterial enthält...
Bei Empire Online gibt es eine neue Video-Featurette zum "Avatar" Videospiel...
Bei CS! gibt es neue Scans aus dem Magazin "Empire"...
Bei Empire Online kann man das Cover der aktuellen Ausgabe bestaunen, die einige neue Bilder enthält... Psst: Bei HeyUGuys.co.uk gibt es Scans aus dem Magazin...
CS! sprach mit Sam Worthington über die Reaktionen der Fans...
[...] "I read all what was said yesterday about the trailer. I can see their point, but as I said, it's not meant to be built for an Apple Mac, it's built for IMAX, it's built for 3D, that's what he's designed it for. He's designed it to bring people back to the cinema. It's interesting that he's released that trailer and the next day, he shows it on IMAX. It's one extreme to the other. We get the criticism and then we get the rave reviews of what it really looks like in its own formula. That's obviously going to get people to think and go, 'Damn right! I'm going to go and see this at the cinema.' Jim has always said to me that he wants to bring people back to the movies, and he's a smart enough man for that to be tactical." [...]
James Cameron slipped into the Imax theater at L.A.'s Bridge theater on Friday tonight as 20th Century Fox showed 16 minutes of his 3-D pic "Avatar" to everyday moviegoers.
Fox held the screenings in a total of 101 Imax theaters domestically and another 238 theaters overseas, of which roughly 30 were Imax venues.
Tickets were free and were given out during an online lottery.
The unusual promotional event-billed "Avatar Day"-is designed to ready fans for the film, which doesn't open until December, as well as prompt theater owners to install more 3-D screens.
Also on Friday, 20th Century Fox announced that the online teaser became the most viewed trailer ever on Apple.com. The first look drew over 4 million streams, breaking the previous record of 1.7 million.
Zwischenzeitlich ist auch der Trailer zum offiziellen "Avatar" Videospiel online... Und bei AICN gibt es Stimmen zum gestrigen "Avatar"-Day...
Bei io9.com gibt es Standbilder aus dem offiziellen "Avatar" Teaser-Trailer, von dem nun auch eine deutsche Version aka "Das ist toll..." verfügbar ist... ;-)
Der offizielle "Avatar" Teaser-Trailer ist seit 16.00 Uhr online !!! Und bei CS! gibt es neue Szenenbilder...
Der erste offizielle "Avatar" Teaser-Trailer wird - laut einem Countdown bei Apple.com - am Donnerstag um 16.00 Uhr veröffentlicht...
Bei CS! gibt es zwei neue Bilder, eines mit Sam "Jake" Worthington und Avatar...
Bei MarketSaw gibt es Bildmaterial von Händen und Füssen von Jake's Avatar... SPOILER !!! 20th Century Fox PresseService berichtet über den deutschen "Avatar"-Day am 21. August 2009...
Am 21. August werden weltweit exklusiv Ausschnitte aus dem Film in 3D
präsentiert. Auch das deutsche Publikum bekommt am kommenden Freitag
die Gelegenheit in die Welt von AVATAR - AUFBRUCH NACH PANDORA
einzutauchen und knapp 20 Minuten Filmmaterial zu erleben.
Der Eintritt ist in allen Kinos kostenlos. Die heiß ersehnten Tickets
(nur so lange der Vorrat reicht) sind direkt an den jeweiligen
Die Vorführungen finden am 21. August in Deutschland in den folgenden
3D Kinos zu den folgenden Zeiten statt:
Berlin - CineStar Cubix (Rathausstrasse 1 10178 Berlin) Uhrzeit:
Berlin - UCI Zoopalast (Hardenbergstraße 29a 10623 Berlin) Uhrzeit:
18:00 & 18:40
Berlin - CineStar IMAX (Potsdamer Straße 4 10785 Berlin) Uhrzeit:
Bochum - UCI Kinowelt Ruhr Park (Am Einkaufszentrum 44791 Bochum)
Uhrzeit: 18:00 & 18:40
Bremen - Cinespace (AG-Weser-Straße 1 28237 Bremen) Uhrzeit: 19:00
Dortmund - CineStar (Steinstrasse 44 44147 Dortmund) Uhrzeit: 19:00
Dresden - Neues Rundkino (Prager Str. 6 01069 Dresden) Uhrzeit: 19:30
Duisburg - UCI Kinowelt (Neudorfer Straße 36-40 47057 Duisburg)
Uhrzeit: 18:00 & 18:40
Düsseldorf - UFA Palast (Worringer Straße 142 40210 Düsseldorf)
Uhrzeit: 18:00 & 18:30
Essen - Lichtburg (Kettwiger Straße 36 45127 Essen) Uhrzeit: 19:00
Frankfurt - CineStar Metropolis (Eschenheimer Anlage 40 60318 Frankfurt am Main) Uhrzeit: 19:30 Uhr
Freiburg - Harmonie (Grünwälderstr. 16 -18 79098 Freiburg) Uhrzeit:
19:00 & 19:30
Hamburg - UCI Kinowelt Othmarschen Park (Baurstraße 2 22605 Hamburg)
Uhrzeit: 18:00 & 18:40
Karlsruhe - Filmpalast am ZKM (Brauerstraße 40 76137 Karlsruhe)
Köln - Cinedom (Im Mediapark 1 50670 Köln) Uhrzeit: 18:00 & 19:00
Leipzig - CineStar (Petersstrasse 44 04109 Leipzig) Uhrzeit: 18:30
Leverkusen - Kinopolis (Friedrich-Ebert-Platz 3e 51373 Leverkusen)
Uhrzeit: 18:00 & 19:00
Mainz - CineStar (Holzhofstr. 1 55116 Mainz) Uhrzeit: 18:00
München - Cinema (Nymphenburger Straße 31 80335 München) Uhrzeit:
München - Mathäser (Bayerstr. 5 80335 München) Uhrzeit: 18:00 & 18:45
Münster - Cineplex (Albersloher Weg 14 48155 Münster) Uhrzeit: n.n.a.
Nürnberg - Cinecitta IMAX (Gewerbemuseumsplatz 3 90403 Nürnberg)
Uhrzeit: 18:30 & 19:30
Oberhausen - CineStar (Luise-Albertz-Platz 1 46047 Oberhausen)
Stuttgart - Gloria (Königsstr. 20 70173 Stuttgart) Uhrzeit: 18:30 &
Sulzbach - Kinopolis (Main-Taunus-Zentrum 65843 Sulzbach) Uhrzeit:
18:00 & 18:45
Ulm - Xinedome (Am Lederhof 1 89073 Ulm) Uhrzeit: 18:15 & 18:45
Alle Informationen zu den Vorführungen können auch den jeweiligen
Kino-Websites entnommen werden oder der Film Website
www.avatar-derfilm.de, die ab sofort online gegangen ist.
Parallel zum AVATAR Event wird der erste offizielle Filmtrailer veröffentlicht.
LATimes.com berichtet über den "Avatar"-Day am 21. August 2009...
[...] On Monday, 20th Century Fox will launch an unusual offer on the website for its Cameron-directed film "Avatar": free tickets for an early look at 16 minutes of footage from the futuristic thriller that will be shown in more than 100 Imax 3-D theaters around the world.
With two screenings on Friday, Aug. 21 (at 6 and 6:30 p.m.), the "Avatar" preview will include an introduction from Cameron and some new footage not shown during July's Comic-Con International convention in San Diego. [...]
The unprecedented promotion -- which includes more than 30 Imax 3-D screens overseas -- signals just how much Fox has riding on its massive "Avatar" investment (more than $240 million in production costs) and how Imax is trying to position its theaters as the destination for the highly anticipated movie. [..] "Avatar" will be playing at more than 225 Imax theaters when it opens Dec. 18.
Advance screenings of movie footage for the press and at events such as Comic-Con are fairly common for big-budget Hollywood releases. But it's unprecedented for a studio to show an extended excerpt of a film in such a broad public setting months before it hits theaters.
Fox is not paying Imax to use its theaters for the preview, though the studio is bearing the cost of producing and distributing the digital prints. Imax will provide 3-D glasses.
In what’s sure to be a mad grab among sci-fi fans, tickets will be given away a first-come, first-served basis on the "Avatar" website (www.avatarmovie.com) at noon PST Monday. [...]
Fox will also release the first "Avatar" trailer in theaters around the world next Friday.
Bei AICN kann man das Teaser-Poster bestaunen...
Quint von AICN berichtet von der Comic-Con 2009...
[...] Cameron said he spent so much time developing this world that there’s a lot more use he can get out of it. Sequels are definitely something he’s interested in, providing, of course, the movie does well and the sequel is wanted.
He also mentioned wanting to put a version of the movie on the DVD that is just the raw footage of the actors doing their performance capture so everyone can see just how pure of a process it is, how much the end result is the actors. [...]
Die Offizielle Website ist online, auch Twitter und Facebook wurden "aktiviert"...
Bei AICN gibt es Bilder von "Avatar"-Spielzeug... Und EW.com berichtet über die Comic-Con Präsentation, inkl. Video...
Director James Cameron had just two questions for the audienceof 6,000 at today’s much-anticipated Avatar sneak peek at Comic-Con. One: "How many of you have ever wanted to go to another planet?" And two: "Are you ready to go to Pandora?" That was Cameron’s introduction to 25 minutes ofnever-before-seen footage of Avatar, which will hit theaters on Dec. 18. Attendees saw Sam Worthington’s character travel to the world of Pandora as an Avatar and interact with theNavi and the other wild, mystical creatures around him.
Donning 3-D glasses for the footage, the audience went wild for Cameron’s crazy-inventive world ofPandora, for which he created everything from floating mountains to theblades of grass to the language of the native Navi population. Cheeringwas most enthusiastic for a clip in which Worthington’s Avatar wrestles a vicious pterodactyl-type creature to attain a new mode of air transportation. Cameron is clearly not just making a cool sci-fi movie here; forhim, Avatar is socially-relevant filmmaking, regardless of howotherworldly it appears. "Avatar may have a spoonful of sugar with allthe sci-fi and special effects, but it has a conscience. It makes youthink a little bit about how you interact with nature and your fellowman."
Cameron also made an intriguing announcement: On August 21, Twentieth Century Fox willtry to get a hold of as many 3-D and IMAX theatres as they can aroundthe world to show 15 minutes of Avatar - for free. They’re calling it "Avatar Day," and along with footage from the film they’ll debut video game trailers andother Avatar-centric stuff. It sounds awesome, but you have to wonder: how will the theatersmanage it?
Bei MarketSaw gibt es Hinweise zu dem "Avatar"-Werbeplakat... SPOILER !!!
[...] Exclusive insider info on the Na'vi image in the poster - this is from a trusted source: "Since one of the viewers of the Amsterdam presentation already mentioned it, the avatars do look somewhat like their human counterparts. This means the Na’vi look less human. Larger eyes for one. (Jim: Actually heard Neytiri has a striking resemblance to Zoe Saldana).
Unfortunately, geometric distortion was introduced when people photoshopped the banner picture, which was slightly oblique, to generate a full-frontal view. This made the facial features look smaller in relation to the size of the head, as well as distorting the nose.
The glowing spots are on the face, not an overlay of a star map. Whether they are naturally-occurring markings, tattoos made with bioluminescent bacteria, emanations of mysterious psychic powers, or simply applied dots of glowing makeup must be left to your readers’ imaginations at present." [...]
"There is major difference between the Na’vi and the avatars. It was visible in the footage shown at Amsterdam, but the viewers were so stunned they didn’t notice. The Na’vi have four fingers and toes; the avatars have five. In addition to the eyes, the avatar’s nose is also slightly smaller than the Na’vi’s." [...]
Bei CS! kann man einen Blick auf ein "Avatar"-Werbeplakat werfen...
Bei MarketSaw gibt es eine neue Beschreibung der Na'vi & Pandora-Kreaturen, inkl. Vergleich der Änderungen gegenüber dem Scriptment... SPOILER !!! Sowie ein paar Hinweise zum Trailer, der voraussichtlich Mitte bis Ende August veröffentlicht wird...
James Cameron hat auf der Cinema Expo in Amsterdam 24 Minuten aus "Avatar" gezeigt... Bei UCSNord gibt es ein Bilder von der Präsentation... U.a. berichten IESB,
Und bei CS! schreibt "The Insider" über das Gesehene... Vorsicht SPOILER !!! Und
[...] After a brief introduction from cast members Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Stephen Lang and Sigourney Weaver, we were asked to put on the 3-D glasses (really uncomfortable, especially if you already wear a pair). Most of the scenes were from the first half of the movie.
In the first scene we see Sam Worthington's crippled ex-marine Jake Sully, who just arrived on the planet 'Pandora.' He's in a wheelchair and just rolled in to hear Colonel Quaritch, played by the impressive Stephen Lang, talk to the troops. He's giving a classic speech that every military leader gives at the beginning of a battle. Jake listens as an outsider to this speech. A melancholic smile appears on his face. Although the scene is in 3-D, I haven't really noticed it. Finally a director who doesn't feel the need to stick it in the audience's face with cheap tricks like pointing objects at the camera.
In the second scene Sigourney Weaver's Dr. Grace Augustine explains to Jake how the process of transporting your mind into an Avatar works. Although the scene is mostly exposition, we've got a good look at the lab and more importantly we get a first glimpse of the Avatars, the Na'Vi lookalikes. These tall blue creatures lie in water tanks, waiting for their human to 'jump' in their bodies. Besides Weaver and Worthington, the scene introduces Joel Moore's character Norm Spellman. As is usually the case with Moore, his character is the comic relief.
It's the third scene where my heart begins to pound like crazy. Jake and Norm will inhabit their Avatar for the first time. They enter some sort of capsule and - flash - their mind enters the blue creatures, now lying on hospital tables. And not before long Avatar Jake wakes up. And it took my breath away. I thought--just like you guys--that I've seen it all with Gollum, or The Hulk, but Cameron has done it again. These creatures seem so real, that within minutes you forget you're watching an enormous and very blue CGI character. Even the eyes are totally convincing. The characters have real personalities and a soul.
In the fourth scene the Avatars of Jake, Norm and Grace explore the jungle of Pandora. The surroundings remind me of a planet that appears briefly in "Revenge of the Sith." A lot of massive colorful flowers and plants grow everywhere. Jake's unbridled enthusiasm works on Grace's nerves. And not before long they have their first confrontation with some creatures. Some sort of rhino with a flower sticking out of his head looks like he will kill Jake, but he's not scared and he let's out a scream. The 'rhino' runs away, but not because of Jake. A more dangerous creature - a wolf? - jumps at Jake from behind.
In the next couple of scenes Jake meets Na'Vi Neytiri (Zoe Saldana). Jake finds himself alone at night in the jungle with only a torch as protection against some evil looking dogs. Eager to fight them, Jake says: 'What are you waiting for?' When one of the 'dogs' attacks him he slams the torch in the creature's face. A fight ensues that Jake can't win by himself. Lucky for him, there's Neytiri who with her trusty bow and arrow helps Jake chase away the creatures. Just when Jake wants to offer his gratitude, Neytiri knocks his reached out hand away and says to Jake that killing these creatures is a bad thing. When the scene fades out to black, my mind begins to work overtime. How the hell is it possible that I never once felt like I've been watching a movie where almost everything comes out of a computer?
The most beautiful scene follows directly after the one I've described above. When Jake wants to take his torch with him, Neytiri takes it from him and throws it in the river. Like magic the flowers and plants - even the grassy soil - begin to glow in the night. The beauty completely takes my breath away. Meanwhile we get to learn more about Neytiri and her people. Everybody who knows the story of Native American Pocahontas and John Smith, will recognize a lot of similarities. Before you can sing "Colors of the Wind," Neytiri guides Jake through her world. Mysterious flowing and glowing seeds from a mystic tree appear out of nowhere. To Neytiri's surprise Jake attracts them. She has a look in her eyes like he's the 'chosen one.' And of course she's right. Jake has to lead the Na'Vi into battle against the massive army of Colonel Quaritch.
In the next scene we meet the Banshees. The Na'Vi ride these fierce looking creatures when they hunt. After some exposition, where Neytiri explains to Jake that a Banshee first has to respect you, before you can ride it, she takes flight and another gorgeous scene unspools.
The last scene wasn't completed. What we saw, was sort of a video-game version of the mother of all battles. Countless numbers of Na'Vi riding their Banshees attack Quaritch's fleet. I can't wait to see the battle fully rendered.
Overall I was really impressed by what I saw. The effects are in a league of their own. The story is pretty predictable, but this never gets to point where it becomes annoying. After some disappointing or even pointless 3-D movies, "Avatar" maybe the first movie where 3-D is properly utilized.
Bei MarketSaw gibt es drei neue Screenshots aus dem Videospiel "James Cameron's Avatar: The Game" von Ubisoft und interessante Infos dazu...
[...] the smaller aircraft is a Scorpion and the chopper landing in the rainforest is a Samson - which are featured heavily in the final cut!
[...] "The 'panther' is a Thanator, which was called a 'manticore' in the scriptment. The tan/orange animals being shot from the air are 'Sturmbeasts', which the Na'vi hunt like buffalo. The scriptment's 'titanothere' is in the movie too, but with a new name. Since I haven't seen an image of it online yet, I can't talk about it. The comment about everything being brightly lit is only partially correct. While there are some scenes in the movie like this, much of the action take place in dimly-lit rainforests, and at night." [...]
Bei YouTube.com gibt es ein weiteres E3-Video zum Videospiel "James Cameron's Avatar: The Game" von Ubisoft... MarketSaw widmete sich kürzlich den Gerüchten um die Laufzeit des Films...
[...] The 189 minute story comes from the Twitter feed of a t-shirt selling website, via Slashfilm:
"According to the threadmeisters at Film Crew T-Shirts, the running time of James Cameron’s Avatar is going to be... drum roll please... 189 minutes. How would they know? Well, I assume they’ve fostered some strong relationships with members of, quite obviously, film crews, and furthermore that one of these folks is a crew member on Avatar. Far from impossible."
This runtime claim is unsubstantiated, and likely just a made-up rumor. Looking at the t-shirt company's Twitter posting, they also seem to think that ancient, fake youtube Avatar trailer is real. Plus none of the t-shirts on their film crew t-shirt website are actual crew shirts from real films. So there you go - the 189 minute thing is almost certainly guesswork at best.
Also, we've known for over a year that Avatar would be 2.5 hours. However, it is good to hear confirmation from Landau that the latest cut is "definitely over 2 and a half hours." [...]
James Cameron hat auf der E3 das Videospiel "James Cameron's Avatar: The Game" von Ubisoft vorgestellt... Die Offizielle Website zum Videospiel ist derweil online...
Bei AICN gibt es Infos zu einer Q&A-Session mit James Cameron...
- [...] Cameron never thought he’d shoot a new movie in 1.85 ratio, but he loves the way 3D looks in that ratio, so audiences seeing the film in 3D will get a 1.78 presentation versus audiences who see the film in scope (widescreen) in 2D.
- He seemed unusually humble and said that "Avatar" may not make film history, but there are a few shots in the film that he knows for certain will be quite memorable, saying that he has his crew just got something back from the lab that made them say, "what the fuck?" (further fueling the "fucking our eyeballs" fire).
- He also said that the CG special effects aren’t necessarily revolutionary, but he believes that the way he’s shooting the film, with a camera that can give him and the actors instant feedback with a rendered image that loosely replicates what will be on screen in the final product, could very well change moviemaking. (He said the rendering looks like an "80’s video game" right now, but technology should advance to the point where it could look like the final product while they're filming on set.)
- When somebody asked about getting good performances out of the actors when they’re acting opposite a tennis ball, he said he didn’t see how it was any different than somebody auditioning for him in an office in Santa Monica, and that on his next film, whatever that may be, he should be able to create a rig where an actor could be interacting with a monitor that could provide a virtual acting partner (with a voice) - he said it was just too expensive for this one for too few scenes.
- When asked about the future of exhibition, he said it could be an "indefinite" period of time before 3D films won’t require glasses, but believed that stereoscopic 3D could be moving to TV screens and portable devices within the next five years and added that "since we spend our lives in front of screens at work and when we come home, don’t you think if there was an improvement for screens, people would want it?" [...]
MarketSaw hat sehenswerte Concept Art veröffentlicht, die aus dem kommenden Begleitbuch "The Art of Avatar: James Cameron's Epic Adventure" stammt...
MarketSaw zeigt ein Bild vom Equipment...
Bei MarketSaw gibt es neue, sehenswerte Bilder vom Set...
Time.com berichtet über Cameron's Avatar...
Twentieth Century Fox Licensing & Merchandising (Fox L&M) has selected Mattel, Inc. to develop a toy line inspired by one of the most anticipated films of the year -- James Cameron's Avatar. Tapped as master toy licensee for the epic sci-fi film property, Mattel will create a line of action figures and vehicles scheduled to hit retail nationwide in October 2009, months in advance of the film's release in December 2009. The announcement was made today by Elie Dekel, Executive Vice President of Fox Licensing and Merchandising.
Mattel's Avatar toy line will feature heroes, creatures and vehicles straight from the blockbuster film. Each action figure or vehicle will come with a 3D web tag, bringing a new level of interactivity to Mattel's newest action play line. Utilizing a computer's webcam, consumers can "scan" the web tag, unlocking special content unique to the product, like bio information on action figures and creatures, virtually on a home computer. [...]
Bei MarketSaw gibt es neues Artwork einer Na'vi...
NYTimes.com zeigt James Cameron im Filmset...
Bei IESB gibt es ein weiteres unspektakuläres Bild vom Set: James Cameron & Sam Worthington hinterm Monitor... ;-)
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