April 15, 2016 |
20th Century Fox had its eyes on the future Thursday at CinemaCon in Las Vegas, where it was revealed that not only was a Deadpool sequel in the works with star Ryan Reynolds and director Tim Miller , but that James Cameron would be making a fourth Avatar sequel. A fourth? He hasn't even made a first. The former "King of the World" had previously announced plans to make only three follow-ups to his visionary box-office juggernaut, but said Thursday that there was just too much blue material for only three movies.
February 13, 2016
Valentine's Day @ the PFS Roxy Noon to 10:15 p.m. Sunday at the PFS at the Roxy Bring some beer or a bottle of wine for a BYO party featuring a daylong program of films about love in all its shades, including Rob Reiner's divine fantasy, The Princess Bride (rated PG; at noon); the deliciously dangerous noir Double Indemnity (no MPAA rating; 2:10 p.m.), Romeo + Juliet featuring the young Leonardo DiCaprio (PG-13; 4:30 p.m.), and James Cameron's Titanic , pairing Leo with Kate Winslet (PG-13; 7 p.m.)
February 7, 2016
'Star Wars' soars J.J. Abrams ' Star Wars: The Force Awakens on Saturday is expected to become the third film ever to make $2 billion worldwide, behind James Cameron's Titanic ($2.18 billion) and Avatar ($2.78 billion). Sweet nothings . . . Justin Bieber has shared pics of his new puppy, Phil. . . . Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Channing Tatum will sing and dance in a romcom musical. . . . President Obama will be on Ellen DeGeneres ' show Feb. 12.
December 21, 2012 |
TATTLE LOVES the Internet as much as the next guy but occasionally it can be misleading. With big news stories, Internet sources are so eager to get stories up quickly, a lot of them turn out to be completely wrong. With the recent Newtown massacre, for instance, we quickly learned that the shooter's mother was a teacher at the school, that his father was killed in New Jersey, that he left his mother's Bushmaster rifle in the car and that his name was Ryan. That's Oh-for-four.
December 21, 2012 |
EVERY ONCE in a while, a 3-D movie includes a sequence that completely validates the technology, and there is one such moment in "Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away. " It involves a beautiful and extremely flexible brunette, diving from the rim of a gigantic cocktail glass, arching as she hits the water to avoid the bottom, then revolving beneath the surface so that we may examine her artistry from every possible angle. To which one can only add: Make mine a double. "Worlds Away" is the latest visual wonderment from the 3-D Fusion camera systems of James Cameron, by way of "Shrek" director Andrew Adamson and the dozens of dancing daredevils who comprise Cirque du Soleil.
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.
September 10, 2012
ORCHESTRA TIX DEAL Individual tickets for Yannick Nézet-Séguin's inaugural season as music director of the Philadelphia Orchestra go on sale at noon Monday. That day only, the orchestra will cover all box-office fees for tickets purchased in person at the Kimmel Center Box Office at 15th and Spruce. The first 150 people in line will get either a free parking pass or a pair of tickets to the "West Side Story" concert in October. Box office closes at 6 p.m. THE DEEP BLU-RAY SEA Leave it to director James Cameron to go all out on a Blu-ray package for "Titantic.
June 6, 2012 |
Thirty-three years ago Ridley Scott's Alien unleashed on an unsuspecting public one of the most virulent, relentless monsters in movie history. Audiences in 1979 were shocked when, in a now-classic scene, the creature burst onto the scene after tearing, ripping, and biting its way out of John Hurt's chest. Featuring Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, and Ian Holm, Alien is a stunning science-fiction-horror parable that brings to life a creature so utterly different from us, so hostile, so unimaginably other that it is simply called the alien.
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?