Recap: THE TERMINATOR 30th Anniversary Screening With James Cameron and Gale Anne Hurd

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Last night I headed down to The Egyptian theater to check out the American Cinematheque hosted 30th Anniversary screening of The Terminator with Arnold SchwarzeneggerJames Cameron, and Gale Anne Hurd in attendance.  Sadly when I arrived at the theater Schwarzenegger had cancelled due to illness (more on this later), but that did little to diminish my excitement.

I’ve been to The Egyptian plenty of times but, with this particular screening having sold out almost instantaneously, I can without a doubt say that I have never seen a line outside the theater like I did last night.  And I can definitely say that everyone got their money’s worth despite the last minute lineup change. Hit the jump for more details on The Terminator 30th Anniversary screening with James Cameron and Gale Anne Hurd.

THE TERMINATOR Celebrates 30th Anniversary With Arnold Schwarzenegger, James Cameron, and Gale Anne Hurd at the American Cinematheque

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One of the benefits of living in Los Angeles, in exchange for the earthquakes and skyrocketing rent, is you get to see cool stuff more often than you would in most other cities.  Case in point?  This 30th Anniversary screening of The Terminator with Arnold Schwarzenegger, James Cameron, and Gale Anne Hurd in attendance. The event will be held by the American Cinematheque at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood on October 15th and will be moderated by Geoff Boucher.

If you’re a member of the Cinematheque you can get tickets HERE today.  If you’re not a member, you can buy them tomorrow.  They cost $25 but I’m sure it will be worth it to see this restoration on the screen and check out the Q&A.  Hit the jump for more on The Terminator 30th Anniversary screening.

AVATAR Sequels Will Allow James Cameron to Express His Thoughts on the State of the World

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We’re getting more Avatar in 2016, 2017 and 2018, so a few months of no Avatar talk is no big deal, but if Avatar 2 really is going into production later this year as James Cameron said about a year ago or even in early 2015 as Zoe Saldana recently suggested, news is bound to start picking up.

The last update came in early June and revealed that Sigourney Weaver was set to return for all three new films and now Cameron is speaking up about the timeline of those films and about his confidence in the stories that they’ll tell.  Hit the jump for more on the Avatar sequels.

DEEPSEA CHALLENGE 3D Trailer: James Cameron Dives to the Deepest Point on the Planet

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While we still have a few years to wait until Avatar 2, those needing an immediate James Cameron fix will be appeased next month.  Naitonal Geographic has released the first Deepsea Challenge 3D trailer for directors John Bruno, Andrew Wight, and Ray Quint’s documentary about Cameron’s expedition to the Mariana Trench, the deepest point on the planet.  This trailer has a touch of narcissism to it, but that’s kind of par for the course.  The beginning of the trailer almost plays like parody and kept reminding me of the South Park gag.  Nevertheless, Cameron’s dive is a genuinely exciting scientific expedition, and it should be fun to follow the filmmaker along on his journey through the depths of the ocean—in 3D no less!

Hit the jump to watch the Deepsea Challenge 3D trailer.  The film opens in theaters on August 8th.

AVATAR Sequels to Star Sigourney Weaver as New Character

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20th Century Fox and writer-director James Cameron have confirmed that star Sigourney Weaver will return for the three planned Avatar sequels.  In the original 2009 blockbuster, Weaver played scientist Grace Augustine, who spent much of her screen time in the guise of her Na’vi body before undergoing a one-way physical transformation at the movie’s end.  Cameron confirms that Weaver will rejoin returning cast members Sam WorthingtonZoë Saldana and Stephen Lang in the sequels, the first of which plans to start production later this year, but kept the details of her new character close to the vest.  Hit the jump for more.

James Cameron Talks TERMINATOR, TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY, Casting Schwarzenegger, SPIDER-MAN, TERMINATOR: GENESIS, and More

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The brash excessiveness of Terminator 2: Judgment Day coupled with the low-budget moxie of it’s predecessor The Terminator make the series one of the great one-two punches in action/horror hybrid cinema.  This in addition to the various underlying thematics of both pictures – the malleability of identity, fatalism versus free will, man versus machine – has helped the series endure over time, growing in acclaim with each passing year.  We’re in the thick of the summer movie season now – and Terminator 2: Judgment Day is still the blueprint for what-to-do when making a big budget tent-pole film; whereas The Terminator remains a hallmark of independent filmmaking, proof of just how much is possible on a relatively shoe-string budget with a little nerve and creativity.

The Hero Complex Film Festival celebrated these two movies with a double feature last night, followed by an interview with the man behind them: filmmaker James Cameron. During the post-screening Q&A, Cameron reminisced on coming up with the Terminator concept, casting Arnold Schwarzenegger in the title role and the iconography of the Sarah Connor character. In addition, Cameron gave his thoughts on the upcoming Terminator sequel/reboot (Terminator: Genesis) and how he wanted to do a Spider-Man movie.  For all these highlights and more, hit the jump. For Cameron’s revealing thoughts on the writing process behind his soon-to-be-in-production Avatar trilogy, click here.

James Cameron on Writing the Three AVATAR Sequels Back-to-Back-to-Back

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Last night at the Hero Complex Film Festival, filmmaker James Cameron was on hand to discuss his seminal action/sci-fi masterpieces The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgment Day. The course of conversation took a turn though to Cameron’s new hopefully equally seminal-in-the-making action/sci-fi trilogy: Avatar. Cameron hired three writers to collaborate on each of the three upcoming sequels (Josh Friedman, Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver and Shane Salerno), in an effort to get all the films ready to be shot back-to-back-to-back later this year. Last night, Cameron delved into the process behind writing these three sequels simultaneously. For Cameron’s revealing thoughts on the matter and how television gave him the idea in the first place, hit the jump.

Release Dates for JAMES CAMERON’S DEEPSEA CHALLENGE, Robert Zemeckis’ 3D Film, RICKI AND THE FLASH, and GEOSTORM

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Release dates for a number of upcoming films have been released.  Briefly:

  • James Cameron’s Deepsea Challenge 3D – The documentary feature that focuses on James Cameron’s boyhood dream of becoming an explorer and subsequent dive to the Mariana Trench will open in theaters on August 8th of this year.
  • Untitled Robert Zemeckis 3D – Director Robert Zemeckis’ next film, a drama about tightrope walker Philippe Petit, will bow on October 2, 2015.  Joseph Gordon-Levitt leads a cast that also includes Ben Kingsley and James Badge Dale.
  • Ricki and the Flash – Director Jonathan Demme’s film about a rock star mother who returns to her abandoned children in the hopes of reassuming her role as caretaker will open on June 26, 2015.  Scripted by Diablo Cody (Juno), the film will star Meryl Streep.
  • Geostorm – Warner Bros.’ sci-fi adventure about a malfunction in climate-control satellites will drop on March 25, 2016.  Gerard Butler stars and Dean Devlin makes his directorial debut.

Hit the jump to read the full press release regarding James Cameron’s Deepsea Challenge 3D.

David S. Goyer Boards James Cameron’s FANTASTIC VOYAGE Remake

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20th Century Fox is breathing new life into its long-developing remake of Fantastic Voyage.  An update of the 1966 sci-fi film of the same name has been in the works for years with producer James Cameron, and most recently Shawn Levy was onboard as director and moving towards production.  That iteration of the project never came to fruition, and though various drafts of the screenplay have been written, Fantastic Voyage has been dormant for the last couple of years.  But all of that is now changing, as Fox is intent on fast-tracking the project by enlisting Man of Steel architect David S. Goyer to pen a new treatment.  Read on after the jump.

Hero Complex Film Festival Lineup Announced; Will Include Interviews with James Cameron, Sigourney Weaver, Joe Dante, and More

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The Los Angeles Times 2014 Hero Complex Film Festival lineup has been announced.  There will be a mix of classics films screening such as The Terminator, Terminator 2, Monty Python & the Holy Grail, Alien, Aliens, and Gremlins as well as a 10th anniversary presentation of the 2003 Battlestar Galactica miniseries and an advance screening of How to Train Your Dragon 2.  Almost all of these screenings will be accompanied by live Q&As with the films’ creators and stars including James Cameron, Sigourney Weaver, Joe Dante, Ronald D. Moore, Dean DeBlois, Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, and more.  While the advanced screening of How to Train Your Dragon 2 is cool, I’m glad there’s a heavy emphasis on classic sci-fi, fantasy, and horror movies.  That being said, I’m sure Cameron will get a bunch of questions of the Avatar sequels.

Tickets will go on sale tomorrow, April 30th, starring at 10am.  Hit the jump to check out the press release and to find out how you can get tickets.  The 2014 Hero Complex Film Festival will run from May 30 – June 1st.

James Cameron Talks AVATAR Sequels, His Plan for ALIEN 5, PROMETHEUS, the TERMINATOR Reboot, BATTLE ANGEL, CAPTAIN AMERICA 2, and More

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Though filmmakers like Steven Spielberg and George Lucas are widely considered some of the most popular directors of all time, James Cameron has the distinct honor of directing the two highest grossing films ever made in addition to helming films in two other incredibly successful (and ongoing) franchises.  Fans had to wait over a decade for the follow-up to Cameron’s mega-hit Titanic, the performance-capture-heavy Avatar, and we’re currently in another waiting stage as we prepare for the long-promised Avatar sequels.

Cameron is deep in pre-production on Avatar 2, 3, and 4 right now with production set to get underway on all three films simultaneously later this year, but he recently took some time out of his schedule to participate in a fascinating and characteristically candid Reddit AMA in support of his upcoming Showtime docu-series Years of Living Dangerously.  In the lengthy AMA, the director discussed the status of the Avatar sequels, his initial plan for Alien 5, his thoughts on Prometheus and the Terminator reboot, the status of Battle Angel, what he thought about Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and even his South Park “appearance”.  We’ve compiled some of the more interesting highlights after the jump.

James Cameron Gives Update on AVATAR Sequels; Still Deciding How Much of the Film to Shoot in High Frame Rate

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In the ensuing years since the release of Avatar—the highest grossing film of all time—we’ve been privy to plenty of “updates” on the status of the sequels from folks tied to the production, and director James Cameron has now offered up yet another.  As Fox has now finally set December 2016, 2017, and 2018 release dates for the three upcoming Avatar sequels, this update comes backed by the fact that the films are really, truly, actually coming, and Cameron seems to be in a solid place with regards to planning.  The filmmaker says they’re developing the software while he works on the scripts and designs all the new creatures and environments, and he added that he hasn’t decided whether he will shoot all or just some of the film in High Frame Rate like Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy.  Hit the jump to read on.

Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana Officially Set for AVATAR 2, 3, and 4

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Though there wasn’t really any concern about them not coming back, Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana have now officially solidified their deals to star in all three of the upcoming Avatar sequels.  Heat Vision confirms that Worthington and Saldana will be reprising their roles as Jake Sully and Neytiri, and while plot details for this trio of films are under wraps, the report notes that Sully and Neytiri will have children.  The first actor to sign on for all three films was Stephen Lang, and the announcement of his casting took away any stakes we had with regards to his character surviving or dying in the next two movies.

Director James Cameron is co-writing Avatar 2, 3, and 4 with Josh Friedman, Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver, and Shane Salerno, respectively.  We know that filming will take place entirely in New Zealand, and Cameron plans on shooting all three pics at once when production gets underway later this year.  Avatar 2 is finally slated for release December 2016, with the other two films following in December 2017 and 2018.

James Cameron Talks AVATAR Sequels; Says They Will Be a Family Saga Like THE GODFATHER

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Last night, we reported that James Cameron would shoot all three Avatar sequels over the course of nine months in New Zealand.  Today, he’s provided some new information about the plot for the upcoming trilogy.  Story details have been scarce, especially since the sequels were expanded to three movies as opposed to just two.  When it was just Avatar 2 and Avatar 3, the sequels were reportedly about wrapping up the relationship between Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) and Neytiri (Zoe Saldana).  While that may still be part of the plan even with another film in the mix, Cameron has revealed some lofty aspirations for how he plans to explore Pandora and expand Jake’s story.

Hit the jump for more.  Filming is expected to begin in October 2014.  The Avatar sequels will come out at the pace of one film every December starting in December 2016.

All Three AVATAR Sequels Will Be Filmed in New Zealand

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New Zealand’s small army of proficient film crews have been working on The Hobbit, and now it appears they’ll have another mammoth trilogy to tackle.  James Cameron has issued a statement that he plans to shoot Avatar 2, Avatar 3, and Avatar 4 in New Zealand.  According to The Wrap, the three sequels will be shot at the same time, and “perhaps over a period of about nine months.”  Obviously, this is great news for the small country as Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce said in a statement, “The Avatar sequels will provide hundreds of jobs and thousands of hours of work directly in the screen sector as well as jobs right across the economy.”

Of course, this works to 20th Century Fox and Lightstorm Entertainment’s benefit as well.  The Wrap reports, “New Zealand’s government has agreed to a 25 percent financial rebate, up from the current 15 percent,” and Cameron expects the budget on all three sequels to come in beneath $1 billion, which is surprising when you consider that the first film was reported to have cost $500 million.  Avatar 2 is set for December 2016 followed by Avatar 3 in December 2017 and then Avatar 4 in December 2018.

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