The design of the Na’vi was one of the most striking parts of James Cameron’s Avatar, an entire race of people with their own look and language. But the look of the Na’vi didn’t come from Cameron or his talented team of artists. They actually came from his mom. Yes, the design of the Na’vi came from a dream James Cameron’s mother had and relayed to her son. That’s just one of the facts packed into the latest episode of You Think You Know Movies, which takes you on an unexpected journey behind the scenes of Avatar !
If you want to understand modern Hollywood and how it’s evolved over the last 30 years, all you need to do is look at the contrast between 1984’s The Terminator and 2015’s Terminator Genisys.
Most fans of the first two Terminator films probably agree when it comes to the upcoming Terminator Genisys – approach with caution. This thing looks ready to burn anyone who gets their hopes up. And yet the film has pulled a marketing hail mary that feels specifically designed to get fans back on the movie’s side. Someone showed the movie to James Cameron and then got him to appear on camera to say nice things about it.
Five years after its initial release, does anyone care about James Cameron’s Avatar or its upcoming sequels? Disney bet countess millions of dollars on a “yes” when it officially broke ground on The World of Pandora, a new expansion to their Animal Kingdom park at Disney World in Orlando, Florida. Although the actual park “land” is still a massive dirt pit filled with construction equipment, Disney has released a brief new video showcasing some of the technology and scenery that will be featured in their latest theme park endeavor and we’d be lying if we said it didn’t look awfully impressive.
Now that James Cameron has promised that the new ‘Avatar’ movies will make you “sh– yourself,” he’s going to be pretty busy for the next few years trying to make sure the sequels live up to that very, um, specific hype. And since he’ll be preoccupied, he’s stepped down from directing true-life drama ‘The Dive,’ passing directorial duties off to ‘The Hunger Games’ director Francis Lawrence. As it turns out, another Lawrence is now involved in ‘The Dive’: Jennifer Lawrence will reunite with her ‘Hunger Games’ director to play the lead in the upcoming project.
Not long ago, we wondered aloud why James Cameron’s ‘Avatar’ had been largely forgotten about only five years later, despite being the biggest movie of all-time. It doesn’t even seem like there is a lot of anticipation for ‘Avatar 2’, which Cameron is developing concurrently with Parts 3 & 4. Well, people will suddenly have a little more time to start getting excited for an ‘Avatar 2’, because Cameron announced today that the upcoming sequel has been pushed back a full year, to December 2017.
James Cameron’s ‘Avatar’ opened on December 18, 2009, five years ago this month. In a theatrical release that would stretch on for 34 weeks, Cameron’s motion-captured 3D spectacle grossed $749 million in the U.S. and an additional $2 billion overseas. Box-office-wise, it is the biggest movie in history by an absurd margin; it tops its closest competition, Cameron’s own ‘Titanic,’ by some $600 million. That’s more than ‘The Dark Knight’ made in its entire domestic theatrical run.
James Cameron doesn’t lack for confidence. And why should he? This is the guy who made the biggest movie in the history of the universe, and then he topped himself and made the biggest movie in the history of the universe a second time. If there is anything in the world of movies James Cameron can’t do, he hasn’t found it yet.
Arnold Schwarzenegger is 67 years old, which makes the idea of him playing an ageless, robotic killing machine in the upcoming 'Terminator: Genisys' seem oh-so-very silly [Ed. note: as silly as that title?]. However, it turns out that there's some fairly level-headed science fiction going on the explains Arnie's senior citizen appearance in the new film and it came courtesy of the franchise's original creator, James Cameron.
Even though her character died in the first 'Avatar,' Sigourney Weaver has signed on to appear in 'Avatar 2,' 'Avatar 3' and 'Avatar 4.'But this isn't some resurrection nonsense, as James Cameron reveals she'll be playing someone new.