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.
October 24, 2012 |
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.
May 8, 2012 |
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.
April 6, 2012 |
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?
December 12, 2011 |
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.
December 5, 2011 |
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.
August 28, 2011 |
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.
December 8, 2010 |
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.
August 30, 2010 |
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.
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)