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Avatar 3D Blu-ray Giveaway

Avatar 3D Blu-ray Giveaway

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Fox announces on Facebook today: “Pandora comes to life like never before with the ultimate home video viewing experience.” For the first time ever, a deluxe 3-disc 3D edition of Avatar can be seen on your home screen. October 16th — a month after 3D Titanic’s re-release on Blu, Sept 10. Event films like Jaws, Titanic and Avatar are a class of movies unto themselves Their impact on popular culture…

Two Avatars?  Wasn’t One Enough?

Two Avatars? Wasn’t One Enough?

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Movie Videos & Movie Scenes at MOVIECLIPS.com I was always grateful that Jim Cameron never decided to make a Titanic 2. Sure, he made Aliens as a sequel to Ridley Scott’s Alien, and he made Terminator 2, but when he shoots his wad he does so with such gusto that one expects that to be more than enough. Now the news has been dropped that Cameron has committed to an…

Cameron expands Avatar 1, expounds on Avatar 2 & 3

Cameron expands Avatar 1, expounds on Avatar 2 & 3

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Avatar gets a theatrical re-release on August 27. Lots of people are excited about the 8 minutes of new footage, so I’ll gamely feign enough interest to post the same details. It‚Äôs actually nine! [Extra minutes.] I added some since that press release. It‚Äôs all CG. None of it is kinda boring shots of people sitting around in offices at the base, drinking coffee. It‚Äôs all out in the rainforest,…

Cameron Joins Real-Life Na’vi in Protest

Cameron Joins Real-Life Na’vi in Protest

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Jeff Wells at Hollywood-Elsewhere finds himself conflicted over Jim Cameron lending a hand to native people who are trying to preserve their land and way of life: What I mean is that it feels “right” and a tiny bit weird at the same time. What is environmentalism if you don’t stand up and do something along the lines of what Cameron is attempting? And yet there are faint echoes of…

Sigourney Weaver Cries Sexism, or Something

Sigourney Weaver Cries Sexism, or Something

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The other story coming out of the “Jim Cameron goes to the Amazon and paints his face in protest” was that Sigourney Weaver made a really comment about this year’s Oscar race. When asked why Jim Cameron didn’t win the Oscar, she said: “Jim didn’t have breasts, and I think that was the reason,” Weaver told Brazilian news site Folha Online over the weekend. “He should have taken home that…

Spit n’ Rub: Final Oscar Predictions

Spit n’ Rub: Final Oscar Predictions

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Don’t forget to enter our Oscar pool over at Awards Picks! And our Predictions contest. And our Predict the Oscars WRONG contest. As Kris Tapley wrote over at In Contention, I feel like this could be an off year for me too. ¬†I figure, it suddenly became unpredictable once two things were set in motion. ¬†The first was the Chartier email seemed to give voters a reason not to pick…

Last Minute Words from Smart People

Last Minute Words from Smart People

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Illustration by Joe Zeff Design Two articles caught my eye this morning. ¬†One is Erik Childress’ final Oscar predictions. ¬†And the other is Joe Morgenstern’s piece for the Wall Street Journal about Avatar and The Hurt Locker. ¬†I think Morgenstern writes of these two films very well — high praise for both in their unique ways. Both of these pieces have helped me come to a better understanding of this…

Cards Falling into Place for Avatar

Cards Falling into Place for Avatar

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The New Yorker’s Richard Brody believes that the majority of round one votes will fall overwhelmingly in Avatar’s favor: Hendrik Hertzberg‚Äôs Comment a few weeks ago on the change in voting method for Best Picture that the Academy instituted this year, when it expanded that category to include ten candidates, shows how this may be so. His demonstration of how the system will work begins: ‚ÄúIn the unlikely event that…

The Blockbuster vs. The Long Tail – AO Scott Sums Things Up

The Blockbuster vs. The Long Tail – AO Scott Sums Things Up

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The Oscars find themselves locked in a battle for the near and immediate future of Hollywood. Coming out of the last ten years we were lulled into a false sense of security, that independent cinema WAS the future of Hollywood. Think again. Money has never seemed as important to the film industry as it does this year. Here is AO Scott: The ‚ÄúHurt Locker‚Äù-‚ÄúAvatar‚Äù showdown is being characterized as a…

How Can Avatar Lose?

How Can Avatar Lose?

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Nikki Finke raises a few interesting things to note about the Chartier email. When I read that an Academy flack, an EMPLOYEE of AMPAS, had forwarded the story on the Carpetbagger about the military’s objection to The Hurt Locker, I thought, hm. That’s strange. Why would the Academy be sending out an anti-Hurt Locker story as an email blast? Something feels very fishy indeed.¬† Meanwhile, here is Finke on the…