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Sam Worthington Talks 'Avatar' Sequel on 'The Tonight Show' (VIDEO)

by Laura Prudom, posted Aug 12th 2011 4:00AM
Sam Worthington Jay LenoWhen you make the highest grossing movie of all time, you've got to imagine that expectations for a sequel must be fairly high, and for a perfectionist like James Cameron, only the best will do.

'Avatar' star Sam Worthington visited 'The Tonight Show with Jay Leno' (weeknights, 11.35PM ET on NBC) Thursday night, and he gave a few, exceedingly vague hints about where Cameron's at in preparing the sequel.

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Andy Serkis Talks About His 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes' Motion-Capture Performance (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Aug 4th 2011 4:10PM
Andy Serkis talks about 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes' on 'Today'Playing an ape through motion-capture technology might be daunting to some actors. Not Andy Serkis. He's been through the motion-capture process before, playing Golem in the 'Lord of the Rings' series. He's even played an ape before, acting as Kong in 'King Kong.' Thursday on 'The Early Show' (weekdays, 7AM on CBS), Serkis talked about the particulars of motion-capture acting and his latest role, playing the chimpanzee Caesar in 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes.'

What I love about acting is the art of transformation," he said. "I'm inside of Caesar when I'm playing Caesar. There's no question. I mean, it's ... there is a period of, you know, subsuming yourself completely into the role, and then there's a deep decompression period afterwards. And you have to be able to do that."

The same company that created the characters on film for 'Avatar' created the chimps and apes for 'Rise,' studying the skin and fur of the animals to faithfully recreate that on the screen. The 'Early' report said to look forward to more of that kind of technology working its way into the movies. It may be time to remake 'Every Which Way But Loose' with Serkis as Clyde.

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'The Simpsons' Meet 'Avatar' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Nov 22nd 2010 2:01AM
'The Simpsons' Meet 'Avatar'The Simpsons are television's favorite yellow-hued dysfunctional family. But what if, instead of being yellow, 'The Simpsons' turned a bit ... blue? On the new episode (Sun., 8PM ET on Fox), the show takes its now-familiar "couch gag" to unfamiliar territory: The land of the Na'vi.

After entering an "avatar machine," the Simpson family become blue-skinned "avatars" of themselves -- just like in that movie ... Um, now what's that movie called again? It's on the tip of our tongues. Oh, well. ... We'll think of it in a second.

At any rate, to return to their "homeland" (i.e., their familiar TV/living room set-up), Bart, Lisa, Homer, Marge and Maggie must brave the dangers of the strange new land. One of them must master a flying couch, and "connect" with it to get a ride back "home."

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James Cameron Says O.J. Simpson Was Almost Cast as 'The Terminator' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Jun 28th 2010 1:35AM
James Cameron Thought O.J. Simpson was 'Too Nice' for 'The Terminator'James Cameron is the director of 'Avatar' -- the highest-grossing film in history. But Mr. Cameron hasn't always had a smooth road to movie success. On '60 Minutes' (Sun., 7PM ET on CBS), Cameron discusses his early years in the industry -- including the time a studio tried to cast O.J. Simpson in one of his movies.

After being fired from his first directing job -- on the notorious flop 'Piranha II' -- Cameron had a vision for a new film. This vision literally came to him in a dream; a dream about a skeletal robot rising from a fire. In the end, the film became 'The Terminator,' his first blockbuster success.

But even though Arnold Schwarzenegger became famous in the role, he wasn't the studio's first choice. An executive wanted to cast O.J. Simpson as the killer cyborg from the future. Cameron was completely against the idea, thinking that O.J. would be totally miscast as a killer. Of course, this all took place years before the murders that would make Simpson infamous.

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Right Now on Cinematical

by Kona Gallagher, posted Apr 4th 2010 1:14PM
cinematicalThe folks at our sister site, Cinematical, are working hard to give you news and reviews of the best -- and worst -- the silver screen has to offer. Here are some of their musings on the latest blockbusters, indies, and everything in between:


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Glenn Beck Explains His 'Antichrist' Comment, We Explain the Rest of It

by Danny Gallagher, posted Mar 26th 2010 1:04PM
One of the weirder entertainment feuds, one even weirder than the famed Nipsey Russell-Herve Villechaize knife fight of 1976, has emerged in our midst.

A few days ago, Oscar winning director James Cameron got extra chatty with a Hollywood Reporter, er, reporter and let loose on anti-global warming zealots and Glenn Beck (and no, that last sentence wasn't meant to be redundant). It got so heated and ridiculous that it made me wish 'Celebrity Deathmatch' was still on the air and not in the claymation format.

Beck, of course, heard the comment in which Cameron claimed Beck had once referred to him as the "Antichrist". Beck dove into his archives, found the rather un-Christian reference he made towards the 'Avatar' director and post a full response to Mr. Cameron on his Wednesday show.



Of course, that's not the whole story.

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Glenn Beck Feuds With James Cameron (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Mar 25th 2010 3:37PM
Glenn Beck Feuds with James Cameron'Avatar' director James Cameron is currently in a war of words with Glenn Beck, the controversial Fox News pundit. The feud gets a little complicated, but we'll break it down for you.

Three years ago, Beck called Cameron "the Antichrist" for making 'Titanic.' (Apparently, Beck is not a big fan of the film, or of the Celine Dion song that accompanied it.) Cameron recently heard about the remark and replied by calling Beck -- and we quote -- "A f--king a--hole."

Now, on 'The Glenn Beck Program' (weekdays, 5PM ET on FNC), Beck strikes back. While wearing 3D glasses, he mocked Cameron and 'Avatar,' saying that Cameron made a billion dollars off of a "Smurf-murdering movie,' and adding: "It's time to step away from the CGI, just for a minute, Jim."

Considering that Glenn Beck is involved, we're guessing that this feud is only just starting to heat up. Watch the entire clip to get the full story!

Watch the video after the jump.

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Academy Awards Broadcast Was a Comedy of Errors and an Error of Comedy

by Danny Gallagher, posted Mar 8th 2010 7:38AM
The Best Picture goes to
There was a great industry joke lobbed at the Hollywood awards machine by the short-lived but loved TV cartoon 'The Critic.' The joke featured a Midwestern farmer and his boy spotting a plane headed to Hollywood.

"Yep, son," the wide-eyed farm says with a big pitchfork in his all-American paw, "on that plane are the people who fill our lives with blockbuster movies, moronic situation comedies, awards shows where awards shows win awards. Get my gun, boy."

If the 82nd Academy Awards takes home an Emmy or even a nomination for their television broadcast, just about every middle American farmer with a sidearm will land on a terror alert watch list and every first class flight from New York to Hollywood will have to divert over the Gulf of Mexico in order to avoid the inevitable strafe of gunfire from America's heartland.

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Josh Groban and Ellen DeGeneres' Ode to the 'Oscars' (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Mar 5th 2010 8:15PM
Ellen DeGeneres, Josh Groban, OscarsSometimes Oscar bits work, and sometimes, they end up like the one on 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show' (weekdays, syndicated), in which Josh Groban and Ellen DeGeneres sang an ode to the Best Picture nominees.

Good effort, guys, and we appreciate the attention to detail, like dressing Groban up like a Na'vi from 'Avatar' and having him croon to characters from the Best Picture noms.

Still, you'd better keep your day jobs. Years from now, you'll look back on this as one of those "what was I thinking?" moments.

Watch the video after the jump.

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Neil Patrick Harris And the 'Smurfs' Movie - UPDATE

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 4th 2010 1:02PM
neil_patrick_harris_smiling_foreheadAs the folks at Moviefone.com point out, blue is the hot color for movies these days, especially if your name is James Cameron. Well, it's not going to be a sequel to 'Avatar' or another Cameron pic or even an updating of 'The Blue Lagoon,' but Neil Patrick Harris has agreed to be in 'Smurfs: The Movie.' (Not to be confused with 'Smurfs: The Opera.')

Actually, Neil will be all voice for the role. Sony's concept for the big screen version of 'Smurfs,' the popular '80s Saturday morning cartoon series, is live action mixed with animation, under the direction of 'Beverly Hills Chihuahua' auteur Raja Gosnell.

Exactly which of the smurfs Neil will play remains shrouded in mystery. I suspect he's getting his pick, as long as it's not Papa Smurf. That role's already been claimed by Jonathan Winters.

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Joan Rivers Wants Age Appropriate Fashion in Hollywood (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Mar 2nd 2010 1:00PM
Joan Rivers argued in favor of age appropriate fashion for Hollywood celebrities on 'The Rachael Ray Show' (weekdays, syndicated) today, pointing out that stars should "hide" their bodies after reaching a certain age.

To illustrate her point, Rivers referenced several body parts of her own which she keeps well covered. "My legs now, they look like 'Avatar.' They are bright blue," she said.

Watch the video after the jump.

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James Cameron: Hopeful Academy Award 'Jackass' (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Feb 17th 2010 3:30PM
Should 'Avatar' win big at this year's Academy Awards, director James Cameron promises to make an even bigger spectacle than he did after declaring himself "king of the world" when 'Titanic' won for Best Picture in 1998, he said on 'The View' (weekdays, syndicated).

"I can make a bigger jackass of myself," Cameron said. "That's what I love about the Academy Awards, a great opportunity to make a damn fool of yourself in front of a billion people."

Watch the video after the jump.

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James Cameron Talks 'Avatar' Sequel on 'Larry King' (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Feb 4th 2010 3:00AM
Larry King Live, James Cameron, Avatar sequelWith 'Avatar' poised to win an Oscar – or two or three – director James Cameron talked about the possibility of a sequel on 'Larry King Live' (weeknights, 6PM ET on CNN).

"I haven't started thinking about the story yet, although I have a general story arc for it," said Cameron. "But we have had some technical discussion of how we would do it."

Not only that, but we got to see how Larry King would look as a blue Na'vi. He's a little demon-ish, and now that we think about it, he'd probably pass for Lorne's slightly off-species second cousin on 'Angel.' Just think about it. That's all we ask.

Watch the video after the jump.

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'Laser Cats' Gets the James Cameron Treatment on 'SNL' (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Jan 19th 2010 2:30PM
'Laser Cats,' a recurring 'SNL' digital short series, got the James Cameron treatment when the director lent his talents to the fifth episode of the low-rent schlockfest.

This installment of the sci-fi send-up finds Sigourney Weaver spoofing her roles in 'Aliens' and 'Avatar' and battling mutant felines who shoot lasers from their mouths. Think aliens with acid for blood are scary? Kitties bursting out of stomachs are arguably worse.

Watch the video after the jump.

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Sigourney Weaver on 'Saturday Night Live': Clip Highlights

by Jane Boursaw, posted Jan 17th 2010 4:15PM
Saturday Night Live, Sigourney WeaverSigourney Weaver hosted this week's 'Saturday Night Live,' which made for good fodder from 'Avatar,' James Cameron, and even her dad, Pat Weaver, former head of NBC.

Disco Booty Junction, Grady Wilson's Fifty and Freaky, and ESPN's 'Lady Stars of Darts' all showed up. But things took a turn for the worse with Weaver and Cameron's new film, 'Laser Cats.'

Watch the clips after the jump.

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