Watch: James Cameron Introduces Disney World Attraction AVATAR LAND

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While we await the long-promised sequels to Avatar, Disney and James Cameron are ready to unveil a first look at the new Disney World theme land Avatar Land.  Concept art and a teaser video for the Animal Kingdom addition were unveiled at the D23 Expo in Tokyo over the weekend, offering fans a preview of the Avatar-inspired attraction that will open at Walt Disney World in 2017.  This will be largest expansion in the history of Disney World, as Avatar Land will boast rides, entertainment experiences, nighttime attractions, floating lanterns, and presumably cat people.

Cameron is currently hard at work prepping three Avatar sequels, the first of which will be released in December 2016.  The director will shoot all three film simultaneously next year.  For now, hit the jump to watch a video preview of Avatar Land introduced by Cameron himself, followed by concept images of the theme park attraction.

TOP 5: First Trailer for ROBOCOP Remake, Cinemath: Woody Allen, Could 2015 Be the Biggest Movie Year Ever?, GRAVITY Trailer and Reaction, TIFF 2013

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Continuing the trend I started last week, today I’m bringing another Netflix instant stream recommendation your way in the form of director Eric Walter‘s documentary My Amityville Horror. The pic made its U.S. premiere at last year’s Fantastic Fest in Austin and earns its recommendation by presenting the oft-told Amityville Horror story from a unique perspective: that of Daniel Lutz. Mr. Lutz lived in the house as a 10 year old boy when the haunting events of this story unfolded. In My Amityville Horror, he recounts his experiences on record for the first time and the result is a fascinating, sometimes heartbreaking, look at the impact of living the story first-hand.

Moving from one form of recommendation to another, this week’s Top 5 includes the first trailer for director José Padilha‘s RoboCop remake, a new installment of Cinemath that analyzes our perception of Woody Allen‘s career with IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes scores, an overview of the massive movie year that 2015 is shaping up to be, a terrifying new trailer for Gravity as well as a strong endorsement of the film by James Cameron, and our kickoff coverage of the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. As is often the case, a brief recap and link to each of the above makes its home after the jump.

James Cameron Calls Alfonso Cuarón’s GRAVITY the “Best Space Film Ever Done”

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When last we spoke about Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity, it was to tell you of the positive response and early Oscar buzz it was receiving out of the 70th Annual Venice Film Festival.  Now, as it heads toward Toronto before its October 4th release date, some of Hollywood’s heavy hitters are lending their support to the film.  James Cameron had no reservations in calling Gravity “the best space film ever done” while praising not just the technical achievements, but the performance of Sandra Bullock.  Hit the jump to see what else he had to say.

James Cameron to Expand AVATAR Universe with Four Sci-Fi Novels from Author Steven Charles Gould

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Those of you who love James Cameron’s exotic world of Avatar will be happy to hear that, in addition to the three planned sequels, four new novels are also in the works.  Teaming up with sci-fi author Steven Charles Gould (Jumper), Cameron plans to expand the world of Avatar not only in his films, but in these companion novels as well.  Few details are available at the moment, but we’ll certainly hear more about both forms of media over the coming years, with the movie sequels set to come out in 2016, 2017 and 2018.  Cameron is currently writing the screenplays for the films, along with Josh Friedman (War of the Worlds), Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver (Rise of the Planets of the Apes), and Shane Salerno (Savages, Salinger).  Hit the jump for the full press release.

James Cameron Reveals Personal Artwork that Inspired AVATAR, TERMINATOR and More While Discussing His Early Career

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Visionary director James Cameron (Avatar) came from humble beginnings and worked a string of blue-collar jobs before eventually making a foray into the world of cinema.  To celebrate his 59th birthday, here’s a video interview with Cameron in which he talks about those formative experiences during his early career and reveals just where his inspiration comes from.  From painting posters in a small apartment, to working his way up to second-unit director for Roger Corman, to finally seeing his teenage dreams realized on screen in his own big-budget productions.  Cameron also shows off artwork from 1976 that clearly leads to the blue-skinned Na’vi from Avatarplus looks at concept art from Terminator and even a rare drawing from Titanic (you know the one).  Hit the jump to see the images and watch a video interview with Cameron.

AVATAR Franchise Expanded to Three Sequels as James Cameron Recruits Co-Writers; AVATAR 2 Set for December 2016 Release

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Yesterday we got a bit of an update on the long-promised sequels to writer/director James Cameron’s 2009 film Avatar, but it turns out there’s much more to the story.  Cameron has been working on two follow-up films to the sci-fi pic over the last four years, with an eye towards filming both Avatar 2 and 3 at the same time and then releasing the sequels a year apart.  While last we heard Cameron was holed up in New Zealand finalizing the scripts for the sequels, news broke yesterday that Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles creator Josh Friedman had been enlisted to pitch in on the screenplay for Avatar 2.  It just so happens that this was only one third of the story, as Fox announced today that Cameron has actually enlisted the help of four screenwriters to collaborate with him on the screenplays for not only Avatar 2 and 3, but also Avatar 4, with the first sequel poised to hit theaters (finally) in December 2016.  Hit the jump for much more.

James Cameron Enlists TERMINATOR: SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES Creator Josh Friedman to Work on AVATAR 2 Screenplay

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Slowly but surely, development on the Avatar sequels continues to progress.  While James Cameron‘s past filmography tells us that the filmmaker will take as long as he pleases in between projects, we’ve seen numerous deadlines come and go for when Avatar 2 and Avatar 3 are expected to begin filming and finally hit theaters.  The most recent timeline has Zoe Saldana saying that she thinks production will finally begin in early 2014, and while Cameron has been hard at work on the screenplays for the past few years, it appears that he’s enlisting a little help to get the script for Avatar 2 in tip-top shape before production (hopefully) gets underway.  Hit the jump for more.

James Cameron Talks about Building Momentum on Writing AVATAR 2 and AVATAR 3

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Last November, James Cameron said he hoped to have the scripts for Avatar 2 and Avatar 3 finished by February, and planned to shoot later this year.  February has now come and gone, and Cameron is still at work on getting back into the world of Pandora.  But not to worry, Avatar fans.  Cameron is still plugging away at the sequels, and he’s close to reaching the point where the story begins to write itself.

Hit the jump for more.

TOP 5: 48fps Editorial, JUSTICE LEAGUE Rumors, WARM BODIES Set Visit, Jay-Z to Score THE GREAT GATSBY, Your Favorite Movies of 2012

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Welcome to 2013, folks. If you’re reading this it means that you survived the Mayan Apocalypse, the first Dick Clark-less New Year’s Rockin’ Eve celebration in like four decades, likely some sort of mandatory holiday time with your extended family, and incessant political jabber about some sort of “fiscal cliff”, all in a matter of about two weeks. Congratulations on a job well done. In spite of all these accomplishments, though, odds are you still haven’t spent any part of 2013 hanging out with Arnold Schwarzenegger and his tank. So, to this point, our Dave Trumbore still wins 2013.

All tank envy aside, let’s keep our heads up and focus on the first Top 5 installment of the new year. This week’s recap includes Brendan’s editorial plea for giving 48fps the old college try, Justice League rumors, Matt’s Warm Bodies set visit and ensuing zombie transformation, news of Jay-Z being brought on to score Baz Luhrmann‘s The Great Gatsby, and the results of our first ever readers poll that asked for your top movies of 2012. Brief recaps and links to all of the above are dying for your attention after the jump.

Why 48 Frames Per Second Is the Future of Filmmaking (Probably, If We Let It)

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If you are at Collider, you probably watch a lot of movies.  Based on our demographics, most of you have seen The Hobbit.  A significant portion of you will see The Hobbit in 48 frames per second.  Virtually all of you who do will think the higher frame rate looks strange, at least at first.  And yet, Hobbit director Peter Jackson proclaims 48fps is the future of filmmaking.  Critics are far from convinced, calling the new look “a gaudy high-definition tourist attraction” and “washed out and flat, yet unforgiving in its hyper-realism.”

Jackson’s push for 48fps (also known as High Frame Rate or HFR) has sparked a surprisingly heated debate over what seems like a relatively simple technological innovation.  Although my first viewing of The Hobbit was a peculiar experience, I am a believer in 48fps.  So after the jump, I examine the arguments for and against 48fps, the neuroscience behind the negative response, and what it will take for HFR to find widespread acceptance.

Weta Digital’s Sr. Visual Effects Supervisor Joe Letteri Talks IRON MAN 3, MAN OF STEEL, DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES, the AVATAR Sequels, and More

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At yesterday’s New York City press day for The Hobbit, I was able to sit down with Weta Digital’s Sr. Visual Effects Supervisor Joe Letteri for an extended video interview.  While Weta is currently hard at work on the next two Hobbit films, they’re also working on a few other high profile projects.  Towards the end of our interview, I got a few updates on Weta’s work for Man of Steel, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, The Wolverine, Iron Man 3, and the Avatar sequels.  As you might imagine, the updates on the projects are focused on the visual effects, but if you’re a movie nerd like me, it’s always cool to hear how they’re working to make the effects look even better and what scenes Weta is working on.  Hit the jump to watch.

James Cameron Hopes to Shoot AVATAR 2 and 3 Next Year; Says THE HOBBIT Will “Pave the Way” for Sequels to Be 48fps

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James Cameron is a very rich man, and as the director of the two highest grossing films of all time, he has the clout to move forward on his next project whenever the hell he wants.  We already know that he’s next set to direct Avatar 2 and 3 back-to-back, but he’s been a little busy diving to the ocean’s deepest point and mentoring the use of 3D cameras.  It now appears that he’s ready to get going in earnest, as he recently provided a hoped-for timetable of when the scripts will be finished and when shooting might begin.  Hit the jump for more.

Two New Featurettes for Ang Lee’s LIFE OF PI Focus on the 3D and Creating a CG Tiger

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Two new featurettes for director Ang Lee’s ambitious adaptation of Life of Pi have been released.  Lee has stated many times that this is the hardest film he’s ever had to make, and it’s obvious that’s not an understatement when you realize that the premise involves a young boy and a tiger lost at sea for the majority of the film.  The featurettes released today focus on the meticulousness that went into creating the CG tiger Richard Parker, and choosing to shoot the film in 3D.  The latter featurette includes 3D guru James Cameron talking about Lee’s use of 3D in the pic and how it enhances the story, naturally.

Hit the jump to take a look at the featurettes.  Life of Pi opens in 3D on November 21st.

James Cameron to Direct Thriller THE INFORMATIONIST After AVATAR Sequels

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Though James Cameron’s been busy searching the seas lately, he’ll soon be turning his attention (we think) to the long-promised Avatar sequels.  He will be directing Avatar 2 and 3 back-to-back, but it appears that he’s already selected his post-Avatar project.  It was announced today that Lightstorm Entertainment has acquired the rights to Taylor Stevens’ 2011 novel The Informationist for Cameron to direct and produce, with Lightstorm partner Jon Landau also producing.

The story centers on an information specialist who is hired by a Texas oil billionaire to find his daughter who vanished in Africa four years ago.  The specialist finds herself “back in the lands of her childhood,” where she must come face-to-face with the past that she’s tried to forget.  Landau describes the character as “a mix between Lisbeth Salander and Jason Bourne.”  Hit the jump for more.

TOP 5: RESIDENT EVIL: RETRIBUTION, First Trailer for LINCOLN, James Cameron Talks AVATAR Sequels/Prequel and His Take on JURASSIC PARK, FINDING NEMO 3D, TIFF 2012

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In the spirit of TIFF 2012 winding down this weekend, I’m interested in hearing what some of our readers most anticipated pics coming out of the festival are. For me, I was already psyched for films such as Looper, Cloud Atlas, and The Master, but early buzz has also peaked my interest in The Place Beyond the Pines, End of Watch, Spring Breakers, Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp, Dredd 3D, and At Any Price among others. What about you? Where there films that showed up on your radar while following the festival? What about a film you were looking forward to that you were disappointed didn’t fare quite as well as you had hoped (for me, this was Passion)? Let us know in the comments and be sure to check out this week’s fifth spot for a link that can help you get caught up on all of our TIFF 2012 coverage.

In addition to that fifth spot, also on the docket for this week’s Top 5 is a slew of video interviews for Paul W. S. Anderson‘s Resident Evil: Retribution, the first full trailer for Steven Spielberg‘s Lincoln, James Cameron talking the future of Avatar and what his take on Jurassic Park would have been like, and Steve’s video interviews with some of the major names behind Finding Nemo 3D. Brief recaps and links to each lie after the jump.

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