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James Cameron is spurning the surface world by going to the bottom of the ocean


James Cameron is best known as the director of the two most financially successful movies of the modern era, which I believe were titled The Boat That Couldn’t Stop Sinking and Blue People: Origins. But this whole “filmmaking” thing is just a day job, paying the bills for his true passion: Conquering the ocean. Cameron is an Explorer-In-Residence for National Geographic, and in that role, he’s about to set off on a magical journey to the deepest point in the ocean — a place that was only visited once before, 50 years ago, by Jacques Piccard and Don Walsh. Cameron make the journey alone, in a bespoke submersible called the Deepsea Challenger. In a new video released by National Geographic, Cameron notes that he’s a little worried about the journey. “Worrying’s good when you’re an explorer,” he says. Watch the video below: READ FULL STORY

2011's babes of Twitter

No, we’re not talking about Courtney Stodden, we’re talking about this year’s newcomers to the Twitterverse. Having passed its half-decade mark, the site continues to attract A-listers who have a little time and 140 characters to spare for an occasional rant or rave. So, which celebs got a taste of the dreaded #failwhale for the first time in 2011? Read on… READ FULL STORY

'Avatar 2' might go under the sea

avatar-2Image Credit: Weta; DisneyJames Cameron says that the first sequel to Avatar won’t come out until Christmas 2014 (…which probably means the meticulous director will actually release it in summer 2016.) So we should be skeptical about any plot rumors. Still, this is too fascinating to not at least chat about: Avatar co-star Michelle Rodriguez has told the Associated Press that Avatar 2 will bet set at least partially underwater. Cameron’s production company, Lightstorm Entertainment, had no comment about the “underwater” plotline, but considering the director’s history with watery movies, this rumor rings at least a little bit true. Would you want to see the Avatar sequels go under the sea? READ FULL STORY

Vanity Fair's Top 40 Hollywood earners include zero of this year's Oscar acting nominees: Are we surprised?

Johnny-Depp-CameronImage Credit: Michael Tullberg/Getty Images; Juan Naharro GimeneJames Cameron tops Vanity Fair‘s carefully calculated list of Hollywood’s Top 40 earners in 2010, with an estimated $257 million (all but $4 million of it tied to Avatar, and that does not include $50 million of Avatar money from 2009). Johnny Depp comes in at No. 2 with an estimated $100 million comprised primarily of his paychecks for Alice in Wonderland, the fourth Pirates of the Caribbean film, and The Tourist. Check out the full list — limited to creative types (stars, directors, and producers) and the money they earned from movies — and tell us what you find interesting. It’s not really a surprise — we all know Oscar noms don’t typically align with blockbusters — but none of this year’s Oscar acting nominees make the cut.

James Cameron joins Twitter. And it's already available in 3-D.

James-Cameron-on-TwitterImage Credit: Mark FellmanBREAKING NEWS: Ryan Seacrest just convinced James Cameron to join Twitter. While we all prepare to survive the harmonic convergence of this moment that will inexorably lead to the Internet gaining sentience and becoming Skynet, here are some fun facts we can already glean from the King of the World’s entrée into the universe of social media:  READ FULL STORY

The inevitable 'Avatar' porn lacks zingy name

You know the rules: If you can imagine it, there’s porn of it. I’m just surprised this one took so long — but I guess if James Cameron can take a decade to make it, Hustler can take a few months. Anyway, here it is, a safe-for-work trailer for the Avatar porn. You did this to yourselves, nerds: READ FULL STORY

James Cameron adapting 'True Lies' for TV

James Cameron directs big movies. Gigantic movies. Movies that take the box office behind the middle school and get it pregnant. But big-screen success doesn’t necessarily mean much in TV land: Cameron’s early-’00s TV show, Dark Angel, puttered around Fox for two seasons without making much of a ratings dent. (Although we can thank Dark Angel for the Cult of Jessica Alba and the less-glitzy-but-more-rakishly-charming Cult of Michael Weatherly.) Apparently, Cameron is ready to try again: EW has confirmed that the director is currently working on adapting his 1994 spy-thriller True Lies into a TV show. READ FULL STORY

James Cameron wants to film doc about Brazilian dam...in 3-D

james-cameronImage Credit: Mark FellmanLooks like James Cameron might be taking his support of the Amazon into the third dimension. According to AFP, the Avatar director told the Folha de Sao Paulo newspaper that he plans to shoot a 3-D film in Brazil that will focus on indigenous tribes’ opposition to the building of a dam that could flood their lands.

“I want to return to meet some of the leaders of the Xikrin-Kayapo tribe who invited me,” he is quoted as saying to the paper. “I want to take a 3-D camera to film how they live, their culture.” This wouldn’t be the first movie Cameron filmed in the region — the director, a longtime supporter of the Xikrin-Kayapo, already shot a short film about the tribe and the dam, which could force 16,000 people to relocate if it is constructed. (The short movie will be included in the special features of the Avatar DVD.) READ FULL STORY

'Piranha 3D' producer responds to James Cameron in a message that'd require 55 Twitter posts

James-Cameron-CantonImage Credit: Michael Tullberg/Getty Images; Ryan Miller/Getty ImagesLesson one in how to handle criticism: If someone insults your film in 89 words, don’t spend 1,374 words fighting back. Especially if the movie in question is Piranha 3D, and especially if you’re fighting against James Cameron. Last week, Cameron told Vanity Fair that Piranha 3D was “an example of what we should not be doing in 3-D.” He continued: “It just cheapens the medium and reminds you of the bad 3-D horror films from the 70s and 80s, like Friday the 13th 3-D. When movies got to the bottom of the barrel of their creativity and at the last gasp of their financial lifespan, they did a 3-D version to get the last few drops of blood out of the turnip.”

Piranha 3D producer Mark Canton responded Tuesday in an e-mail sent to reporters that not only circumvented Cameron’s initial point, but also engaged in much of the same behavior that Canton accused Cameron of. For instance, if you’re going to slam Cameron for name-dropping some notable directors, you shouldn’t mention that you watched Piranha 3D with J.J. Abrams, who “had nothing short of the fabulous, fun 3-D experience that the movie provides.” I agree that it was inconsiderate of Cameron to single out Piranha 3D. Cameron could have easily made his argument without condemning a specific movie. But if Canton thinks Cameron “should be taking the high road,” the producer shouldn’t declare that he found “the 3-D in Avatar to be inconsistent,” and that he had wished “Avatar had been more original in its storytelling.” Mr. Canton, hidden not that deep within your dissertation was the only response you needed to make. And it would have taken all of 11 words: “My sense is that Mr. Cameron has never seen Piranha 3D.

Canton’s unedited response, in its entirety, starts after the jump: READ FULL STORY

Fishy Business: The behind-the-scenes story of the 'Piranha' movies (Part III)

piranha-3d-posterThe story so far: Following the release of Jaws, legendary exploitation-movie producer Roger Corman hired fledgling director Joe Dante to direct a rip-off movie about small, killer fish. The result was 1978’s gore-drenched, but tongue-in-cheek Piranha, which cost less than $1 million to make and grossed around $14 million in the U.S. alone. The sequel, 1981’s Piranha II: The Spawning, was directed by first-time film-maker James Cameron. The future Avatar and Titanic auteur was fired midway through the film’s shoot in Jamaica, and the movie was not a commercial success. But this disappointing experience did inspire Cameron to write his breakthrough movie, Terminator. READ FULL STORY

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