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DreamWorks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg thinks post-conversions could kill 3D

Jeffrey-KatzenbergImage Credit: Alberto E. Rodriguez/WireImage.comThe issue of 3D is being debated all over Hollywood in this post-Avatar world, where it seems every-other movie being released boasts a third dimension. In a lengthy interview with Variety, DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg says that decisions being made in the next 30-60 days will determine the future of the platform. In short, Katzenberg says 3D just for the sake of 3D is not a good decision, because “all 3D is not created equal.” In that regard, the DreamWorks exec had some strong words for the 2D-to-3D conversation of Warner Bros.’ Clash of the Titans. “We’ve seen the highest end of [3D] in Avatar and you have now witnessed the lowest end of it [in Titans],” he says. (Warner Bros. said it is not commenting on Katzenberg’s statements at this time.) READ FULL STORY

This week's cover: Sam Worthington talks 'Clash of the Titans'

ew-cover-1097Finding an actor to play the lead role of Perseus — the demigod son of Zeus — in the new Clash of the Titans (out Friday) proved a difficult task for the mortals working on the film. “The studio said, ‘You don’t need Brad Pitt, but find somebody interesting,'” says producer Basil Iwanyk. “We interviewed every really thin actor in his 20s, but we kept asking, Can these guys swing a sword? Can these guys jump on a horse?” Sam Worthington had recently finished shooting Terminator Salvation and Avatar, so there wasn’t any question the rugged 33-year-old could handle a weapon while riding a flying stallion. But the actor didn’t know if he wanted the part. “I wasn’t very familiar with the original movie, so I had to make sure it was something worth rebooting,” he says. “Sometimes you can remake something when the original is fine. But when I looked at the 1981 movie, I knew straightaway we could improve on it. Especially the visual effects. Stop-motion was great in its time, but I thought we could ramp it up a bit.” READ FULL STORY

Theaters raising ticket prices: How much extra will you be willing to pay?

How-to-train-Your-Dragon_320.jpg Image Credit: DreamWorks AnimationIf you’re going to see How to Train Your Dragon this weekend, don’t be surprised if you’re paying a little extra. Wall Street analysts announced today that theaters across the country are hiking ticket prices, with 2-D screenings going up 4 percent, 3-D prices rising by 8 percent, and IMAX tickets rising by 10 percent. The average upcharge to see a 3-D movie is now $4. (Let’s all just blame the overwhelming success of 3-D smashes Avatar and Alice in Wonderland, yes?) It’s still early in the 3-D boom-let, but I can’t help wondering at what price audiences will start to rebel. Avatar and Alice set awfully high bars in terms of visual inventiveness. At some point, audiences won’t be willing to pay extra anymore for just the simple fact of an added dimension. They’re going to require something more in terms of quality, and if they don’t get it, then that $17.50 (the price of a 3-D ticket here in New York) is going to feel awfully steep. How much would be too much for you to pay, even if it’s a movie you’d like to see? And how long will 3-D tickets really be worth the extra money to you?

Beck v. Cameron: Round Two

glenn-beckImage Credit: Fox NewsYou had to sit through a lecture on how bomb-throwing hippies from the 1960s have taken over the U.S. government — did you know that President Obama is part of a vast left-wing conspiracy to grant illegal immigrants the vote? — but towards the end of his show today, Fox’s Glenn Beck fired back at James Cameron. As you may have read on EW.com, the Avatar director took aim at Beck yesterday during a press conference promoting Avatar’s DVD release. Cameron called Beck “dangerous” and his Global Warming-denying ideology “poisonous.” He also took objection to Beck calling him the “anti-Christ” back in 2007, when Beck was a host on CNN. (“Only a force of pure evil could have directed [Titanic],” Beck opined back then.)

Well, this afternoon Beck bit back. “The following segment is a Fox television first — it’s Fox News 3-D,” he said, whipping on a pair of cardboard 3-D glasses. “Yes, James, I am guilty. I did call James Cameron the anti-Christ. But only because of the Celine Dion song. Horrific. Really. But the best part is, this guy has carried this joke around for three long years. This guy is making a billion dollars on a Smurf-murdering movie and he’s stewing about a joke that nobody heard on a network nobody watched! It’s time to walk away from the CGI, Jim. Just for a minute. I don’t think he’s just upset with me, though. He’s also upset with you too,” Beck went on, nodding into the camera, at his show’s viewers. “Because you’re a global warming denier.”

As basic cable feuds go, this one doesn’t quite have the seat-of-your-pants entertainment value of, say, George Clooney versus Bill O’Reilly, or even John Stewart versus Jim Cramer. But these are early rounds. Maybe Cameron will take it up a notch tomorrow. If you were Jim Cameron, what would you say to Glenn Beck, Pop Watchers? (Also, if you were Jim Cameron, could we have some of your money?)

James Cameron vs. Glenn Beck: Let's get it on!

cameron_beckImage Credit: Cameron: Tony DiMaio/Startraks Photo; Beck: M. Caulfield/Getty ImagesJames Cameron pulls no punches. And he has no use for Fox TV host Glenn Beck. At a press conference to promote the DVD release of Avatar, Cameron eviscerated the conservative pundit and challenged him to a debate about the environment. The Oscar-winning director called Beck “dangerous” and his ideas “poisonous,” but he seemed mostly offended by being called the anti-Christ by Beck back in 2007, when the then-CNN host criticized Cameron’s TV documentary, The Lost Tomb of Jesus. READ FULL STORY

'Big Bang Theory' recap: Sheldon wins award, loses pants

Jim-Parsons-pantsImage Credit: Cliff Lipson/CBSOn the one hand, it is fairly obvious that last night’s episode of The Big Bang Theory will be on Jim Parsons’ shortlist to send out for Emmy consideration, as well it should be. He fainted! He sang! He stripped! He ran the gamut of human emotions from joy to panic to abruptly intoxicated! I mean, just look at that photo — that is just empirically funny.

On the other hand, on a whole this episode just didn’t quite come together the way it should’ve for me. Granted, as Sheldon-centric Big Bangs go, it wasn’t nearly as insufferable as “The Einstein Approximation” (i.e. Sheldon got stumped) or “The Bozeman Reaction” (i.e. Sheldon got robbed). And it did provide one of my all-time favorite Leonard/Sheldon exchanges:

Sheldon: I recently had a dream that I was a giant, but everything around me was to scale, so it all looked normal.
Leonard: How did you know if you were a giant if everything was to scale?
Sheldon: I was wearing size 1,000,000 pants. READ FULL STORY

'Avatar' DVD to hit stores on April 22 (Earth Day)

AvatarBlu-rayThe biggest movie of all time is finally headed to your living room. Twentieth Century Fox announced that it will release Avatar on DVD and Blu-Ray on April 22 — Earth Day. But if you’re planning on taking a hammer to your piggy bank and racing out to buy one of those pricey 3-D TVs, hold up a sec. The home version of James Cameron’s f/x-a-palooza will only be available in 2-D. Additionally, the $29.98 DVD and $39.99 Blu-Ray will not come packed with extras — or any extras at all — because both Cameron and the studio wanted to deliver the film in all of its ground-breaking digital glory, which, of course, takes up precious disc space. Nevertheless, Fox says that a loaded, multi-disc edition will hit stores in November.

As for Avatar‘s Earth Day release date — which falls on a Thursday instead of the usual Tuesday DVD drop date — Cameron and Co. believe that the date makes sense because of the movie’s ecological themes. Without seeing it, we have no idea how a film as epic (in every sense of the word) as Avatar will play on the small screen. But we do know this: the fastest-selling DVD of all time (that would be Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight, which managed to move 3 million DVDs on its first day back in December 2008) better get ready to be bumped down a peg.

Will you run out and buy Avatar on Earth Day, or will you wait for the loaded version in November…or buy both…or neither? Let’s hear from you.

Dakota Fanning: The red carpet's next big thing?

dakota-fanningImage Credit: Kyle Rover/startraksphoto.comI totally agreed with my colleague, Tim Stack, when he predicted Avatar star Zoë Saldana would be this year’s most promising fashionista. That was then, when she wore that magnificent Roland Mouret gown to her film’s London premiere. But after two extremely disappointing turns, first at the Golden Globes and more recently at the Oscars, where she wore her atrocious pom-pom confection, I’ve all but lost total faith in the actress’ taste. Why she thought wearing a tattered crimson quilt and a costume borrowed from the Moulin Rouge to two of this season’s most prestigious red-carpet events is beyond me.

But just as I was about to lose all hope, Dakota Fanning stepped out in this stylish sequined Valentino mini (left) at The Runaways premiere this past Thursday in L.A., and it worked on so many levels: her age, frame, the event, and so on.

The 16-year-old star is no one-trick pony, though. Fanning brought it just as fiercely to New Moon‘s L.A. premiere last November in a playful lace Valentino mini and I-want-them-now heels. She even knows how to make nude tones work on her porcelain skin, as we saw at last year’s NAACP Awards. Seriously, can this girl do no wrong? I’m anticipating some lovely summery frocks for this summer’s Eclipse premiere.

Dakota, I dub thee my new red carpet style crush. What do you guys think? As a disclaimer, I’m totally on board the Lea Michele-style icon-to-be train, but what movie actress should inherit the fashion throne? Sound off below!

Oscar spoofs time: Stephen Lang drinks your milkshake

It’s Oscar week, and before the red-carpet showdown begins, we can enjoy the Oscar spoofs. Sadly, Billy Crystal is not involved, but I did enjoy MTV’s Josh Horowitz inserting himself in The Blind Side and Up In The Air. Even more impressive is Avatar‘s scary Stephen Lang sipping a milkshake and talking about Justin Bieber; and Anthony Mackie being a good sport in the supermarket.

Definitely better than Snooki taking on Inglourious Basterds.

Have you seen any other good Oscar spoofs this year?

James Cameron on 'Inside the Actors Studio': 'Avatar' is a chick flick, 'Aliens' had a major gaffe

James Cameron’s Inside the Actors Studio premieres tonight (7 p.m. ET, Bravo). One clip you’ll see: Cameron talking about a mistake in Aliens that he didn’t notice until the premiere. Watch it below. Anyone catch it?

Another: Cameron explaining why Avatar is actually a chick flick.

P.S. It’s nice to see this show have a quality guest again. No offense, Kate Hudson.

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