By Dana Goodyear at The New Yorker– Man of Extremes: The Return of James Cameron
Cameron is fifty-five. It has been twelve years since he has made a feature film; “Avatar,” his new movie, comes out on December 18th and will have cost more than two hundred and thirty million dollars by the time it’s done. He started working on it full time four years ago, from a script he wrote in 1994. “Avatar” will be the first big-budget action blockbuster in 3-D; Cameron shot it using camera systems that he developed himself. He is a pioneer of special effects: the undulating water column of “The Abyss” and the liquid-silver man of “Terminator 2” helped to inspire the digital revolution that has transformed moviemaking in the past two decades. The digital elements of “Avatar,” he claims, are so believable that, even when they exist alongside human actors, the audience will lose track of what is real and what is not. “This film integrates my life’s achievements,” he told me. “It’s the most complicated stuff anyone’s ever done.” Another time, he said, “If you set your goals ridiculously high and it’s a failure, you will fail above everyone else’s success.”
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Via Sci FI Wire
Pics of the ENTIRE MOVIE of Wolfman (J.K..Sort of)
A bunch of new stuff for Universal’s upcoming reboot of its classic horror movie The Wolfman, including a new trailer at Apple.com and an image from EVERY SINGLE FRAME OF THE MOVIE! (Not really … but it sure feels like it.)
Here’s how Universal describes the movie:
Inspired by the classic Universal film that launched a legacy of horror, The Wolfman brings the myth of a cursed man back to its iconic origins. Oscar winner Benicio Del Toro stars as Lawrence Talbot, a haunted nobleman lured back to his family estate after his brother vanishes. Reunited with his estranged father (Oscar winner Anthony Hopkins),Talbot sets out to find his brother … and discovers a horrifying destiny for himself.
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From Fred Topel at Sci Fi Wire: Is Pirates of the Caribbean 4 in trouble?
A proposed fourth Pirates of the Caribbean movie has a title—P of C: On Stranger Tides—and a vague release date—summer 2011—but there’s also a lot of questions about whether it’ll actually get made.
For one thing, Johnny Depp told the Los Angeles Times that his enthusiasm for a fourth outing as Captain Jack Sparrow had waned now that his longtime Disney ally, former chairman Dick Cook, has been booted out.
Now comes word from Bill Nighy—that’s the squid-faced Davy Jones to you lot—says that any announcement about a sequel is premature.
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Honestly, I hope they don’t make a fourth Pirates movie. Three was enough. Let it go before you ruin the series. The new special effects in Avatar seem like they will be really cool, hopefully they’ll stand up to time as well. And the Wolfman looks really good, but it wasn’t much of a leap for Benicio Del Toro to play a werewolf.
Do you think they should make another Pirates movie? What do you think of all the new Avatar info?