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January 18, 2010 | by ELLEN GRAY, Daily News Television Critic 215-854-5950
IF, AT THE beginning of last night's Golden Globes telecast, you'd begun a drinking game that involved taking a sip every time someone took a shot at NBC, you might not be able to read these words today. And not because "The Hangover" won (along, of course, with "Avatar," since the Globes honor comedies and dramas separately). Capping more than a week's worth of drama over its late-night schedule, the network, which now owns the Weather Channel, somehow failed to note warnings of the impending monsoon season or to erect a shelter for actors arriving at the Beverly Hilton (which did pick up a little free advertising by dispatching people with umbrellas bearing the hotel's name to provide safe passage to those at risk of unplanned-for polka dots)
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January 13, 2010 | HOWARD GENSLER Daily News wire services contributed to this report
OH, "AVATAR," what have you wrought? Why do so many people see you and leave the theater blue? First came the group who saw the film as racist because it offers up another white-male messianic figure saving the natives. Right-wing bloggers have decried its anti-militaristic message. Even anti-smoking activists have been burned by Sigourney Weaver lighting up. Now comes a critique from an organization which knows a messianic figure when it sees one: The Vatican.
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December 18, 2009 | By Steven Rea INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
Two alternate titles come to mind when watching Avatar, the modest little indie by way of James "King of the World" Cameron: How about Runs With Na'vis, or Flies With Banshees? The filmmaker's epic adventure - which cost upward of $230 million and, actually, happens to be great fun - is the gamer generation's answer to Dances With Wolves. It's a trippy sci-fi tale about an ex-Marine, trained to fight an indigenous people, who comes to understand the tribal culture in ways that make him terribly conflicted about annihilating them.
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December 16, 2009 | By Steven Rea, INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
Two alternate titles come to mind when watching Avatar , the modest little indie by way of James "King of the World" Cameron: How about Runs With Na'vis , or Flies With Banshees ? The filmmaker's epic adventure - which cost upward of $230 million and, actually, happens to be great fun - is the gamer generation's answer to Dances With Wolves . It's a trippy sci-fi tale about an ex-Marine, trained to fight an indigenous people, who comes to understand the tribal culture in ways that make him terribly conflicted about annihilating them.
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July 19, 2008 | By Elizabeth Fox INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Entertainment for kids isn't always just for kids: Ask any adult who's seen a movie from Pixar or Jim Henson. Avatar: The Last Airbender, the Nickelodeon cartoon whose third season comes to an end tonight, is one part basic kids' cartoon and one part martial-arts extravaganza. The two-hour finale features an epic battle, lively humor, and philosophical questions that even adults will find themselves pondering. So compelling is Avatar that it has inspired a Lord of the Rings-style live-action film trilogy from local fave M. Night Shyamalan, with the first movie set for release in 2010.
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May 8, 2012 | Howard Gensler
James Cameron has got the blues. The "Avatar" blues. The "Titanic" director, told the New York Times, "I've divided my time over the last 16 years over deep ocean exploration and filmmaking. I've made two movies in 16 years, and I've done eight expeditions. Last year I basically completely disbanded my production company's development arm. So I'm not interested in developing anything. I'm in the ‘Avatar' business. Period. That's it. I'm making ‘Avatar 2,' ‘Avatar 3,' maybe ‘Avatar 4,' and I'm not going to produce other people's movies for them.
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December 17, 2009 | By GARY THOMPSON, thompsg@phillynews.com 215-854-5992
WHEN A TREE falls in a forest, and James Cameron is there to direct, it definitely makes a sound. An earsplitting sound. Of course, in "Avatar," the tree is 500 feet high and felled by missiles launched from a flock of attack helicopters, and it's a sacred tree whose roots are connected to the souls of the forest's indigenous peoples, whose cries of pain are entwined with the noise of the bombs and shattering wood. So some noise is to be expected. But the OTHER sound you hear in "Avatar," the sound heard round the cinema world, is that the brave new 3D, computer-generated world that Hollywood tech-heads have been promising is finally here.
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August 30, 2010 | By GEOFF BOUCHER, Los Angeles Times
SANTA MONICA, Calif. - Apparently, there's no such thing as a quiet little corner of the world when your name is James Cameron. "Welcome to the wind tunnel," the 56-year-old filmmaker said as a Santa Monica sea breeze gusted through the French doors of his beachside hotel room on a recent afternoon. A hard-backed "Avatar" poster flew off a tripod stand in the corner and the filmmaker chuckled. "Look at that, Neytiri just leaps at you the moment you walk in the room. " Surprise attacks and second winds are fitting imagery these days.
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August 28, 2011 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Columnist
With as much humility as he can muster, Sam Worthington wants to correct the notion that James Cameron's Avatar is one of the biggest hits in Hollywood history. "It's the biggest," he says, answering a question about how it feels to be the star of one of the most successful - no, make that the most successful film in the annals of moviedom. "You can't really fathom it," he says. "It was a changing point in my life, that's for sure. Not only getting the job and working with Jim, but everything that surrounded it. Avatar turned into an anomaly, basically.
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December 12, 2011 | By Peter Mucha, Inquirer Staff Writer
Earthly mortal combat has knocked alien-style off its money-making perch. Sales of the interactive game Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 topped the $1 billion mark in just 16 days, a day less than the film Avatar needed to become the fastest-selling "entertainment property" ever, according to the game's maker, Activision. With millions of ardent fans, The Call of Duty series, which includes eight games so far, has become a blockbuster franchise that rivals the likes of Stars Wars, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings and the National Football League, Activision contends.
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December 8, 2012
Eileen Moran, 60, a visual-effects producer who helped create the look of a bevy of blockbuster movies - from the ethereal world of Avatar down to King Kong's 460 billion strands of wind-rustled specially lighted fur - died Sunday in Wellington, New Zealand. The cause was cancer, her sister Janet Hamill said. Ms. Moran worked closely with the director James Cameron on Avatar and with the director Peter Jackson on the Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit, to be released in U.S. theaters this month.
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October 24, 2012 | By Howard Gensler
ELLEN DeGENERES was hailed as a trailblazer Monday night as she received the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center, in Washington. The show will be broadcast Oct. 30 on PBS stations. When DeGeneres first heard that she was receiving the same honor that Bill Cosby , Tina Fey and Will Ferrell won in recent years, she joked, "It really makes me wonder . . . why didn't I get this sooner?" More than just 'Avatar' Deep-sea explorer James Cameron has come up from beneath the sea. The director of "Aliens," "Terminator 2," "Titanic" and "Avatar," has picked up movie rights to The Informationist , a novel by Taylor Stevens , whose main female character has been compared with Lisbeth Salander, "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
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May 8, 2012 | Howard Gensler
James Cameron has got the blues. The "Avatar" blues. The "Titanic" director, told the New York Times, "I've divided my time over the last 16 years over deep ocean exploration and filmmaking. I've made two movies in 16 years, and I've done eight expeditions. Last year I basically completely disbanded my production company's development arm. So I'm not interested in developing anything. I'm in the ‘Avatar' business. Period. That's it. I'm making ‘Avatar 2,' ‘Avatar 3,' maybe ‘Avatar 4,' and I'm not going to produce other people's movies for them.
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April 6, 2012 | Reprinted from Wednesday's editions. By Gary Thompson, DAILY NEWS MOVIE CRITIC
If Titanic was James Cameron's meditation on the limits of technology, his new 3-D conversion underscores the point, to a fault. The conversion was expensive - at $18 million, it cost more to make than this year's Oscar winner ( The Artist , $15 million). And it was ambitious and exacting in the Cameron tradition - he sent bids out all over the world for the best technology, and asked companies to "audition" for the job by converting the same piece of footage. The winning firm spent a reported 60 weeks working round the clock to bring the new 3-D Titanic to theaters ahead of the 100th anniversary of its sinking, April 15. The result?
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December 12, 2011 | By Peter Mucha, Inquirer Staff Writer
Earthly mortal combat has knocked alien-style off its money-making perch. Sales of the interactive game Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 topped the $1 billion mark in just 16 days, a day less than the film Avatar needed to become the fastest-selling "entertainment property" ever, according to the game's maker, Activision. With millions of ardent fans, The Call of Duty series, which includes eight games so far, has become a blockbuster franchise that rivals the likes of Stars Wars, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings and the National Football League, Activision contends.
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December 5, 2011 | By Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
The helicopter hovers over the troubled nation of Sheylan, which is limping from drought and civil war. An aid worker turns to you and tells you to conduct an aerial assessment of the crisis and find those in need of food. You nod to the avatar, hunker down in front of your computer, and move your mouse to guide the chopper and scour the fictional scene. It's a video game - but not just any video game brimming with animated adventure. Food Force is part of a broad genre called serious games, and a niche within it whose mission is social awareness and change.
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August 28, 2011 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Columnist
With as much humility as he can muster, Sam Worthington wants to correct the notion that James Cameron's Avatar is one of the biggest hits in Hollywood history. "It's the biggest," he says, answering a question about how it feels to be the star of one of the most successful - no, make that the most successful film in the annals of moviedom. "You can't really fathom it," he says. "It was a changing point in my life, that's for sure. Not only getting the job and working with Jim, but everything that surrounded it. Avatar turned into an anomaly, basically.
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December 8, 2010 | By Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Tim Quirino needed cash to help him get through his senior year at Drexel University, he knew what to sell. His ad on eBay read something like this - Available: World of Warcraft avatar ranked second in his realm, plus his castle, virtual gold, weapons, and other accessories. Within a week, he pocketed a very real $1,000 for a very unreal set of assets. Fortunately for Quirino, now 26, the transaction was a smooth one. He got his money, graduated with a degree in graphic design, and went on to cofound the popular-culture blog Geekadelphia.
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August 30, 2010 | By GEOFF BOUCHER, Los Angeles Times
SANTA MONICA, Calif. - Apparently, there's no such thing as a quiet little corner of the world when your name is James Cameron. "Welcome to the wind tunnel," the 56-year-old filmmaker said as a Santa Monica sea breeze gusted through the French doors of his beachside hotel room on a recent afternoon. A hard-backed "Avatar" poster flew off a tripod stand in the corner and the filmmaker chuckled. "Look at that, Neytiri just leaps at you the moment you walk in the room. " Surprise attacks and second winds are fitting imagery these days.
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May 21, 2010
1. Edge of Darkness . 1/2 (R) 2. Legion (R) 3 Daybreakers . (R) 4. Tooth Fairy 1/2 (PG) 5. It's Complicated . (R) 6. Avatar . 1/2 (PG-13) 7. Leap Year . (PG) 8. Crazy Heart . . (R) 9. Sherlock Holmes . (PG-13) 10. The Blind Side 1/2 (PG-13)
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