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"Avatar" Sequel Planned for Mariana Trench off Australia
Source: cbsnews.com


September 2010 - "Avatar" director James Cameron is planning to go where few others have gone before to film the sequel to his 2009 3-D blockbuster.

The Oscar winning film director ("Titanic") has reportedly commissioned a special submarine that can go down seven miles below the ocean's surface as part of his plans for a sequel to "Avatar." The movie will be set in the oceans of the film's fictional alien planet of Pandora.




U.S. military claims slaughter in "Avatar" smears Marines
Source: people.com.cn


January 2010 - Recently, the Hollywood movie "Avatar" became extremely popular worldwide. However, the U.S. military issued some complaints about the movie, saying that the movie deliberately smeared the image of Marines. Some military enthusiasts also hold similar opinions.

The website of the semi-official "Marine Corps Times" published a letter written by Colonel Bryan Salas, the public affairs director of the U.S. Marines, in which the colonel frankly says that the producers of Avatar show that they know little about the culture of the U.S. military.

On the discussion forums of the "Marine Corps Times" website, netizens expressed their viewpoints about Avatar. Some people support the position of the U.S. military and consider the movie an insult to the U.S. armed forces.




Download Pirates:
"You're Not in 3D Anymore"
Source: timesonline.co.uk


January 2010 - Avatar, the 3D film directed by James Cameron, is likely to become the second highest-grossing movie in history behind Titanic, having taken more than $1 billion (£621 million) worldwide in only three weeks.

However, to the chagrin of Mr Cameron, the story of a disabled American soldier infiltrating a colony of blue aliens has proved as popular as an illegal download as with paying customers.

He had predicted that the film’s 3D technology would deter online theft, but almost one million pirate copies were downloaded within seven days of its release — a record — according to figures seen by The Times. By comparison, New Moon, the second most popular first-week download ever — part of the popular Twilight series — was illegally accessed 610,000 times.

Before the release of Avatar, Mr Cameron, who also directed Titanic, said: “You can pirate a 3D movie but you can’t pirate it in 3D, so you can’t bottle that 3D experience.”




James Cameron weighs in on the smoking issue in Avatar
By Michael Cieply | Excerpt: nytimes.com


January 2010 - Some of those who oppose smoking in movies have just seen the future, and they are not happy about it.

Having caught up with James Cameron’s 3-D science fiction thriller, “Avatar,” over the holidays, Stanton A. Glantz, director of the Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education at the University of California, San Francisco, said his Smoke Free Movies initiative would soon come out swinging with an informational campaign aimed at what he saw as the movie’s pro-smoking message.

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President Obama Sees Avatar in 3D
By Peter Baker | Source: nytimes.com


January 2010 - New Year’s Eve turned out to be Movie Day for the First Family. Vacationing in Hawaii on a rainy day, President Obama, his wife and their two daughters headed to a local shopping mall movie theater to take in the Digital 3-D [IMAX] showing of “Avatar.”

The Secret Service cleared one of the 10 theaters at the Windward Mall’s multiplex in Kaneohe for the Obamas, who arrived for the special screening around 9:20 a.m., well before the day’s regular showings get underway so as not to inconvenience other moviegoers. The other nine theaters at the multiplex are open as usual.




For all its success,
will Avatar change the industry?
By Michael Cieply | Excerpt: nytimes.com


January 2010 - Just five months after Warner Brothers released its talking-picture sensation “The Jazz Singer” in October 1927, the studio was back in theaters with another talkie, the crime drama “Tenderloin.” In today’s Hollywood, things take a little longer.

Even as James Cameron’s science-fiction epic “Avatar” continues to dazzle the audience with its visual wizardry, filmmakers and studios are struggling to figure out when, if ever, viewers can expect an equally striking on-screen experience.

With its combination of immersive 3-D images and a sophisticated performance-capture technology, the movie has, as of Sunday, taken in $1.3 billion in worldwide ticket sales, much of it from 3-D screens.

Asked last week if any similarly ambitious film were in the works, Alec Shapiro, senior vice-president for sales and marketing of Sony Corporation’s content creation group, whose digital cameras were used on “Avatar,” was stumped. “Not to my knowledge,” he said. “I can’t, offhand, see another half-billion-dollar production.”




Pandora's Music Box:
Rock Stars' Na'vi Avatars
Source: rollingstone.com


February 2010 - Bruce Springsteen, Madonna, The Beatles and more stars' "Avatar" alter egos. Click on the source link above to check out Rolling Stone's Avatarized gallery.







James Cameron Talks About The Political Response To 'Avatar'
Source: mtv.com


February 2010 - The director talks about the backlash and revisionist history to "Titanic" and the "Terminator" films as well.







James Cameron Talks About The Environmental Aspect Of 'Avatar'
Source: mtv.com


February 2010 - The director tried to instill viewers with "moral outrage" that might inspire them to do something about the environment.






James Cameron Writing 'Avatar' Prequel -- But Not For The Big Screen
Director plans to write debut novel that tells the film's backstories, producer Jon Landau reveals.
By Larry Carroll | Excerpt: mtv.com


February 2010 - It's the highest-grossing film of all time, possesses the most Oscar nominations of any film heading into next month's ceremony and is the word on everyone's lips: "Avatar." Now, James Cameron is beginning work on a prequel — but it won't be coming soon to a theater near you.

"Jim is going to write a novel himself," the film's producer, Jon Landau, told us when he stopped by the MTV News studios recently. "Not a novelization — and there is a distinction. A novelization basically retells the story of the movie. Jim wants to write a novel that is a big, epic story that fills in a lot of things."

Ever since "Avatar" mania engulfed Hollywood, rumors and small details have leaked out about possible prequels, sequels, comic books and novelizations. But Landau's comments appear to indicate the first definitive plan to provide more from the "Avatar" world to the seemingly endless appetite of its fans.






James Cameron talks with SBclick about the Na'vi of Avatar and Social Consciousness

February 10, 2010 - James Cameron discusses the raw materials used to conceive of the Na'vi people from the film Avatar. Cameron also talks about the social responsibility we all have for this globe. From the 2010 Santa Barbara Film Festival.




Avatar Poster Mashups
Source: empireonline.com


February 2010 - Time for some harmless pokes at Avatar with these poster mashups. Some of them are quite hilarious, others . . . not so much. Click the source link above to view over 25 Avatar poster mashups.


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Avatar Bolsters News Corp.’s Earnings
By Tim Arango | Excerpt: nytimes.com


February 2010 - Buoyed by the success of “Avatar,” the science fiction blockbuster that has become the highest-grossing movie to date, the News Corporation reported a quarterly profit on Tuesday that surpassed the expectations of Wall Street analysts.

“Avatar,” made by James Cameron and released by News Corporation’s 20th Century Fox film studio, has generated nearly $600 million at the North American box office, and more than $2 billion worldwide, making it the highest grossing movie to date in dollars not adjusted for inflation.

It surpassed “Titanic,” another film from Mr. Cameron, that had topped the list of moneymakers. Because of the success of “Avatar,” several Wall Street analysts raised their earnings estimates for the News Corporation in recent days.

At the company’s newspaper unit, which is central to the company and close to Mr. Murdoch’s heart, operating income increased from $200 million to $259 million. Revenue increased from $1.5 billion to $1.65 billion. The company attributed the profit gain to “increased advertising revenues at The Wall Street Journal and lower operating expenses throughout the newspaper businesses from prior year restructuring efforts,” according to a company statement.




What's Subversive About Avatar?
Excerpt: foxnews.com


February 2010 - James Cameron was on "The View" Wednesday morning and he was quite frank about the premise and purpose of his film, "Avatar." He plainly explained it was anti-corporate and that his goal was to wrap that "subversive" message in an entertaining vehicle that America, or the world, would swallow whole:

JAMES CAMERON, DIRECTOR, 'AVATAR': Well, look — here's, here's — I think the film is definitely anti-corporate, you know, and I think that the corporations and the corporate lobbies are doing a huge damage to the country and the environment.

This is meant to wake folks up. Sure, sure, clearly. To me it's a very personal film in the sense that when I was a kid, you know, in high school it was the start of the environmental movement and I made a film in high school about pollution.



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James Cameron‘s “Avatar: Extended Collector’s Edition Blu-ray 3-Disc Set

October 2010 - FOX has officially announced that James Cameron‘s “Avatar: Extended Collector’s Edition Blu-ray 3-Disc on November 16th. The set includes DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound and full 1080p (2D) in the 2.35:1 aspect ratio. Highlighted below are the feature contents of each disc.

Disc One:

* Original Theatrical Version
* Special Edition Re-Release
* Collector’s Extended Cut
* 16 more minutes and exclusive alternate opening
* Family Audio Track (All Objectionable Language Removed) on Original Theatrical Release & Special Edition Re-Release

Disc Two:

* “Capturing Avatar” An in-depth feature length documentary with James Cameron, Jon Landau and cast and crew
* Deleted Scenes – including over 45 minutes of new never-before-seen deleted scenes
* Production Materials

Disc Three:

* Open “Pandora’s Box” and go deeper into the filmmaker process
* Interactive Scene Deconstruction: Explore the various stages of production through 3 different viewing modes
* Production Shorts: 17 featurettes covering performance capture, scoring the film, 3D fusion camera, stunts and much more
* Avatar Archives including original scriptment, 300 page screenplay and the extensive Pandorapedia
* BD-live Portal with additional bonus materials




Avatar 3D Blu-ray Confirmed
Excerpt: twice.com


September 2010 - Panasonic will be the exclusive launch partner of 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment for the 3D Blu-ray Disc release of the blockbuster smash "Avatar" in early December, Panasonic marketing executives said Thursday.

At launch, running through an undisclosed period of time, the disc will only be available to consumers who purchase a Panasonic 3D Viera plasma TV. The promotional offer will likely take the form of a variety of bundles onto the purchase of Viera 3D TVs and related equipment, although exact details are still to be announced, the company said.

Victor Carlson, Panasonic's consumer marketing VP, told TWICE his company will back the promotional offers using an integrated marketing campaign that will leverage the cooperation and resources of participating retail channel partners. Click the source link above for the complete story.




SFMZ Reviews the Avatar Special Edition
at The Daily Beast
Excerpt: thedailybeast.com


August 2010 - The popular online news service TheDailyBeast.com invited SFMZ to write a review of the special edition for a feature article they were working on. Thank you for the invite Daily Beast and here is the excerpt of our review:


Not For the Faint of Avatar Hearts
By: Thomas Powell of AvatarMovieZone.com
Rating: 8/10


After viewing the Avatar: Special Edition, I wondered if the casual fan would make the assumption that they would see an additional nine minute segment of film—instead, what viewers get is a basket full of 30 second cinema packets. While the extra footage would likely be welcomed by the dedicated fans of Avatar, a perfunctory audience may receive these fleeting passages of visuals as insignificant. Clearly, James Cameron (and studio) released this special edition aimed at the followers of his new fictional universe.

A few of the excerpts are so minute that some viewers may actually miss them, unless they have taken in the film multiple times before—from glimpses of an extra smile or new facial expression from one of the main characters. That's not to say the special edition is completely devoid of plot relevance. The training school scene reveals information about the Na'vi, granted you eventually learn this plot element later in the original release, but at least the special edition plants this seed early on in the film.

The scene with Tsu'tey towards the end added more emotional impact to the freshly fought battle. Personally, I would consider it the MVP of the added footage. The scene had no special effects or wowing us with other visuals, simply a great emotional punch to the drama.

As far as the sex scene between Neytiri and Jake, any attention it has received is pure hype. It is simply inconsequential and a bit of a mystery to me why it was omitted in the original release. What was revealed is what everyone expected: they “hooked up.”

All in all, the casual fan should enjoy a revisit with this special edition for the obvious new visuals and a chance to see it on the big 3D screen one more time. The dedicated followers will get a real treat, catching the stealth additions others will likely miss. My only regret, as I watched the end credits roll off, I was kind of hoping to see a cameo of Samuel Jackson as Nick Fury pop in with a one-liner.

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By Adriana Barton | Source: prnewswire.com

January 2010 - Avatar, director James Cameron's epic motion picture, is being touted as a breakthrough in filmmaking technology for revolutionizing the way 3-D movies are made. But Avatar's influence is being felt far beyond the theater as the movie is also driving a revolution in the way 3-D movies are being promoted.

The producers of Avatar wanted movie posters that reflected the breakthrough 3-D experience they delivered in the theater - that's why they turned to the team at Virtual Images. The latest 3-D marketing revolution came in the form of 3-D movie posters that have unimaginable depth and clarity. The Ultra-3D Avatar posters were produced on new lenses utilizing a unique technology developed by Virtual Images.

Virtual Images worked with 20th Century Fox to produce nearly 2,000 Ultra-3D movie posters located in theaters and high-traffic venues throughout the United States and internationally. The posters were launched just in time for Avatar day on August 21, 2009, helping to create substantial buzz for the most anticipated 3-D movie of 2009.

With more than 15 years experience connecting a brand's message to 3-D, Virtual Images has helped to promote some of the highest-grossing movie titles such as Transformers, Batman, Star Trek, Harry Potter, Ice Age and Iron Man.

About Virtual Images, Inc

Virtual Images, an IGH Solutions Company, headquartered in Redlands, California, is the leading provider of 3-D marketing products.

Their patented software and advanced production equipment ensure the most dynamic 3-D imagery. With expert designers and leading 3-D artists in-house, Virtual Images helps entertainment marketers, publishers, and advertising agencies break through the clutter using 3-D technologies to engage consumers.




By Adriana Barton | Source: bbc.co.uk

January 2010 - On the fictitious world of Pandora, Avatar director James Cameron unleashed many terrible things: greed, brutality and a bewildering array of savage beasts, not to mention a biotech means of going native that Grey Owl (the Victorian “Indian”) could only dream of. None of this alarmed the Catholic Church. Rather, it was Pandora’s message of hope and faith in the interconnectedness of life that put the church on high alert.

Vatican Radio chastised the film for presenting nature as “a divinity to worship” and for promoting “all those pseudo-doctrines that turn ecology into the religion of the millennium.” At least the Vatican isn’t out of touch. According to Bron Taylor, author of the new book Dark Green Religion, nature-based spirituality is not only undergoing a renaissance – it’s giving religious institutions a run for their money.

Western society is in a dramatic shift away from monotheism, notes Dr. Taylor, professor of religion at the University of Florida. And in many cases, he says, former believers are turning to Mother Earth to fill the spiritual void. He cites findings that large numbers of people in Europe and the United States express “deep trust in nature as inherently spiritual or sacred.” The trend is obvious on the West Coast. Only 22 per cent of British Columbians attend a religious institution once a month or more, according to a 2008 poll by sociologist Reginald Bibby, compared with 38 per cent in Ontario.




Source: bbc.co.uk

January 2010 - A Chinese mountain has reportedly been renamed in honour of the sci-fi film Avatar, after claims it had inspired scenery in the fantasy blockbuster. The Southern Sky Column in Zhangjiajie, Hunan province, will now be known as the Avatar Hallelujah Mountain. Local officials said photographs of the mountain had been used as the basis for Avatar's fictional world of Pandora. Avatar has become the most popular film ever in China, making $80m (£50m) at the box office so far.

Xiaoxiang Morning News said the mountain was officially renamed at a ceremony on Monday. The paper said a photographer from Hollywood had visited the Wulingyuan Scenic Area, the location of the mountain, in 2008. "Many pictures he took then become prototypes for various elements in the Avatar movie, including the 'Hallelujah Mountains'," Reuters quoted the website as saying.

Avatar tours

The renaming of the mountain is one of the several attempts by Zhangjiajie to capitalise on the success of Avatar. The municipal government website has also adopted the slogan "Pandora is far but Zhangjiajie is near", while tourists are being offered tours of the locations which allegedly inspired the film, Reuters reports. Avatar follows the plight of the blue N'avi people as they fight to protect their land from a mining operation.




Up-and-coming 'Avatar' stars
radically transform their careers
By Scott Bowles | Source: usatoday.com


January 2010 - Sam Worthington had winnowed his possessions to two duffel bags — one for clothes, the other books — when he got a call from his agent asking if he'd like to read for a James Cameron movie. Suddenly, Worthington concedes, it seemed less urgent to quit the business and wander the roads of Australia, as was his original plan. "That's a call," he says, "that you have to take if you're serious about being an actor."

Zoe Saldana didn't need as much convincing. The actress, 31, had been pursuing a role in the sci-fi soap opera since she heard Cameron was returning after a 12-year commercial film hiatus following Titanic. "He was why I got into movies," she says. "His female heroes — Ripley (from Aliens) and Sarah Connor (from the Terminator franchise) — showed me an actress can be an action hero."

Seriousness has never been an issue for Worthington, a frank-talking Australian who worked as a bricklayer before taking an acting class to support a friend. Born in Surrey, England, the 33-year-old found most of his success before Avatar on Australian TV dramas such as The Surgeon and Love My Way.

But he was disillusioned with poor scripts and empty celebrity, and vowed to leave acting after the 2007 flop Rogue. "I was burned out," he says. "I wanted to control-alt-delete my life. I don't like being out of control of my life. I wasn't being rebellious. I was standing up for myself." Still, Worthington's intensity almost cost him the job. Like other stars of Cameron's films, Avatar's actors weren't given whole scripts, only a few select scenes. They aren't even told the title. The secrecy wore on Worthington, who during one read stormed off while "uttering some choice words.


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By Tom Carson | Excerpt: GQ.com

January 2010 - 1. Those Numbers.
$1 billion worldwide in under three weeks? No matter how big and devoted a fanboy base James Cameron has, there aren't that many fanboys in the Milky Way. Marketing can manufacture a hit, but it can't create a phenomenon. Old-fashioned dude that I am, I deduce that having their eyes popped by all that CGI action isn't the only reason everybody except your Great-Aunt Gladys—you know, the one who didn't like 3-D the first time—is flocking to Avatar. Something about a paraplegic and not especially brainy jarhead's transformation into the Big Boy Blue version of Crazy Horse must be hitting them where they live, or want to.


2. The Prosecution's Case.
Everybody pointing out how often we've seen this story before is absolutely right. Dances With Wolves, Pocahontas and The Matrix are the usual suspects, leaving Avatar's defenders to protest that—while we've seen this story before—we've never seen this movie before. Beyond that, any Cameron screenplay is full of lines and whole characters that land like an anvil in popcorn.

I feel bad for the good actors stuck delivering the most thudding versions of both: not only Stephen Lang, who was born to make us root for Macbeth instead, but Giovanni Ribisi, who's been getting the same bum rap as Titanic's Billy Zane. What people haven't grasped is that Ribisi is serving the project by using a clever actor's tricks when dealing with awful dialogue. His character's humanizingly nervous giggle is a thesp being inventive under terrible circumstances.


3. How I Ended Up In The Tank Anyway.
I can place it almost to the minute: the bit during Jake Sully's Na'vi initiation when he has to corral his first airborne ride. Having trudged to Avatar in a mood I normally save for doing taxes, I'd stayed cranky during the mostly tiresome first hour. But suddenly all these oversized indigo people were whooshing around aboard winged wild beasts, and the side of me that loved Kipling's (not Disney's) The Jungle Book at the age of nine got reluctantly hooked.

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By Oscar van den Boogaard | Source: worldmeets.us

January 2010 - Douglas Coupland describes in Lara's Book, dedicated to Lara Croft, the heroin of the computer game Tomb Raider, how our dreams become reality. In 1900, young people read the stories of Jules Verne and fantasized of building airships and ultra-fast vehicles. When they got older, of course, they built airplanes and cars. In the thirties and forties, many young people were obsessed with science fiction stories about space, space travel and rockets, so when these young people grew up of course, they built the NASA space program, satellite TV and jumbo jets.

In the fifties and sixties, young people read about robots, government conspiracies, miniature James Bond-style espionage contraptions and mutants. And now we live in a world of robots, clones, microchips and computer games. In 2010, humanity watches the movie Avatar, about a mission to a paradise-like planet called Pandora where humans, via their virtual alter ego, make contact with the natives. Will this too become reality as well?

The world is swept up in this three-dimensional science fiction story. In Belgium, 600,000 people in two weeks went to see the blockbuster. I've never had the experience of having to reserve a movie ticket three days in advance. For the first time in my life, I'm sitting in a packed cinema. And never have I seen such a mixed audience in a move theater. Grandmothers, body builders, adolescents and intellectuals, all with 3D glasses on. It's quite an event. It's as if at the start of the second decade of the 21st century, we're really arriving in a new world. I feel like a Neanderthal who has seen his first aircraft.




James Cameron on 'Avatar': 'It's my most personal film'
By John Horn | Excerpt: latimes.com


February 2010 - Los Angeles Times reporter John Horn is one of the top journalists covering Hollywood and he recently sat down with five directors --- James Cameron, Kathryn Bigelow, Quentin Tarantino, Lee Daniels and Jason Reitman -- and conducted a fascinating round table discussion. You can find video snippets of it at our sister blog 24 Frames -- but here are two intriguing excerpts from "Avatar" writer and director Cameron, who may be the king of the world (again) on Oscar night.

Cameron on a beloved scene that just didn't make the cut...

It was an epiphanal scene for me when I was writing the script, and when I wrote it, I actually kind of welled up myself. It’s a scene at the end where the warrior that Jake has had to prove himself to, Tsu’tey, the guy that’s ... keeping him out of the clan and the whole Na’vi experience, is dying after the battle ... Jake goes to him and he hands him the baton of leadership and says, “You have to lead the people,” as he’s dying. Very, very powerful, emotional scene and again, the rhythm — it just messed with the rhythm of the ending. It just felt like there was one dramatic beat too many...

It had to come out completely, and that was the one scene that we finished all the way through the [special effects] Weta process because nobody could imagine the scene not being in the movie. Nobody. All the effects people came to me and said, “I can’t believe you’re cutting Tsu’tey’s death.” They were all invested in the scene. So, I actually had it out and I put it back in ... Then it got right down to the end where the final decision had to be made and I said, "No, it’s coming out."


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By Anahad O'Connor | Excerpt: nytimes.com

February 2010 - THE CLAIM: 3-D movies can induce headaches and sickness.

THE FACTS: The epic science-fiction film "Avatar" has broken box-office records. But it has had some unwanted side effects. Many viewers have complained that "Avatar" and other 3-D films give them headaches, nausea, blurred vision and other symptoms of visually induced motion sickness. The problem, studies indicate, is that the films often cause unnatural eye movements. Normally, when an object approaches a person, the eyes respond in two ways. They converge, or rotate inward to follow it (as an example, extend an arm with your index finger pointed up, then slowly pull it toward your nose).

At the same time, as the object approaches, the eyes focus and maintain a clear image of it by changing the shape of the lens, a process called visual accommodation. But a 3-D object flying off the screen causes sensory conflict. The eyes rotate inward to follow it, but they must also maintain a fixed focus on the display surface. So they converge without accommodating, an uncoupling of two natural processes that -- over the course of a long movie -- can be stressful. There is no proven way to prevent this.




Source: survivalinternational.org
Dongria Kondh Tribe Image: Jason Taylor


February 2010 - Survival has appealed to Avatar director James Cameron on behalf of an Indian tribe through an ad in the film industry magazine Variety (published today 8 February 2010). In the ad Survival asks Mr Cameron to help the Dongria Kondh tribe of Orissa, India, whose story is uncannily similar to that of the Na’vi in Avatar. The ad says:

The Dongria Kondh tribe in India are struggling to defend their land against a mining company hell-bent on destroying their sacred mountain. Please help the Dongria. We’ve watched your film – now watch ours: www.survivalinternational.org/films/mine.'

Survival’s ten-minute film ‘Mine: story of a sacred mountain’ - narrated by Joanna Lumley - exposes the Dongria’s plight. The Dongria live in the Niyamgiri Hills in Orissa state, India. British FTSE-100 company Vedanta Resources is determined to mine their sacred mountain’s rich seam of bauxite (aluminium ore). Vedanta is majority-owned by Indian billionaire Anil Agarwal. The Dongria and other local Kondh people are resisting Vedanta, and are determined to save Niyamgiri from becoming an industrial wasteland.




Source: seqmag.com

February 2010 - Sequence Magazine has put together a 45 minute video montage using existing videos on the making of Avatar along with a 5 minute music video sound-track by Leona Lewis. This video has a lot of new footage that was not included in the last 20 minute Making of Avatar that they aired a week ago.

Sequence Magazine: ". . . note that this is not an official making-of, it is something that Sequence Magazine staff had put together from all the material available freely on the Internet. We just chose the most interesting videos and edited it to create an organized “film” about Avatar." Click the source link above to view the video.




Video link: wetafx.co.nz

February 2010 - Weta Digital, an intregral partner in Avatar's visual effects, features an array of video snippets on the film along with stare and compare scenes of how effects were added into the shots. Click the video link above to view the currently offered seven videos.




Excerpt: thefablife.com

February 2010 - After seeing Avatar, we wondered how James Cameron and his crew of artists dreamed up the lush, gorgeous world of the Na’vi. We thought maybe his inspiration came from imagining the land inhabited by Native Americans before Europeans pillaged and plowed its people, forests and animals. Zoe Saldana’s character Neytiri had to be based on Pocahontas, right? How naive!

Playboy seems the more likely source. Having been married five times (often to women who’ve starred in his movies), it’s no secret that Cameron has an appetite for ladies. The above picture of German model Veruschka von Lehndorff is from Playboy’s January 1971 issue, when the director would have been at the masturbatory young age of 16. Before Playboy, Veruschka steamed up the silver screen in Antonioni’s 1966 classic Blowup — a film Cameron is sure to have seen.




Avatar Bolsters News Corp.’s Earnings
By Alex Billington | Excerpt: firstshowing.net


February 2010 - Yes, this is a weird update, but I always love hearing what Quentin Tarantino has to say, even if it's sometimes quite crazy. So back in December, Tarantino unveiled his Top 8 movies of 2009. It was an odd list and actually incomplete, because Tarantino hadn't seen every movie from that year that he wanted to. Well, Tarantino has now seen everything and has quickly put together a final list. It showed up in British tabloid writer Baz Bamigboye's Daily Mail update (via The Playlist and contains most of those old films as well as some interesting new ones. "My movie aside, I cannot NOT list Avatar at the top," Tarantino said.

Tarantino's Top 11 Films of 2009: 1. Avatar; 2. Star Trek; 3. Drag Me to Hell; 4. Funny People; 5. Zombieland; 6. Chocolate; 7. Observe & Report; 8. The Hurt Locker; 9. Julie & Julia; 10. Up in the Air; 11. District 9



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