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James Cameron Bringing Sigourney Weaver Back For 'Avatar' Sequels Even Though Her Character Died

June 10th, 2014 8:55pm EDT
Sigourney Weaver in Avatar
Sigourney Weaver has reportedly signed on to star in the three planned Avatar sequels.

But wait -- didn't she die in the first one?

Yes she did, but according to director James Cameron, who loved working with Weaver, she'll return as a new character in the three follow-up films that he's currently working on.

"Sigourney and I have a long creative history, dating back to 1985 when we made Alien," Cameron said in a statement. "We're good friends who've always worked well together, so it just feels right that she's coming back for the Avatar sequels.

"Her character of Grace Augustine, as f...
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Sam Worthington And Zoe Saldana Sign On For Three 'Avatar' Sequels

January 14th, 2014 10:03pm EST
Avatar
Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana are set to reprise their characters from Avatar in all three planned sequels from producer James Cameron.

Worthington's character, paraplegic human Jake Sully, has his consciousness transferred into the body of a Na'vi warrior created in a lab to be his "avatar" on the planet Pandora. He falls for the Na'vi female Neytiri (Saldana) and ultimately chooses to live out his life as one of them, leaving his human body behind.

The two join Stephen Lang, who will reprise his role as Colonel Quaritch -- even though he was pretty convincingly killed at the end of th...
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Disney And James Cameron Reveal Artist Renderings For Animal Kingdom's 'Avatar Land'

October 14th, 2013 8:04pm EDT
Avatar Land
The planet Pandora, from James Cameron's epic science-fiction film Avatar, is heading to Disney's Animal Kingdom in the form of a new theme park attraction.

The first news of the collaboration between Cameron's Lightstorm Entertainment production company and Walt Disney Imagineering was released last month, and over the weekend the filmmaker joined Disney's Tom Staggs and Joe Rohde to show off some concept renderings of the new theme park attraction while at Disney's biennial D23 Expo in Japan.

Dubbed "Avatar Land", the project will cost $400 million, making it the largest expansion to ...
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'Avatar' Plagiarism Lawsuit Against James Cameron Dismissed

October 4th, 2013 11:24am EDT
James Cameron
On Wednesday, a lawsuit filed against director James Cameron was dismissed by a Los Angeles judge.

A former Lightstorm Entertainment employee, Eric Ryder sued Cameron in 2011 alleging the storyline for the filmmaker's hit 3D movie Avatar was copied from his 1999 story K.R.Z. 2068. K.R.Z. 2068 is described as an "environmentally-themed 3-D epic about a corporation's colonization and plundering of a distant moon's lush and wondrous natural setting".

While the plots are similar, a judge ruled in Cameron's favor, stating, "There is no evidence James Cameron did not create Avatar in 1996.'' ...
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Arnold Schwarzenegger To Play Villain In 'Avatar 2'?

September 17th, 2013 3:07pm EDT
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Arnold Schwarzenegger could be teaming up with James Cameron again in a billion-dollar franchise.

There's a big rumor via Latino Review claiming Arnold will star as in the villain in the sequel to the blockbuster Avatar. The sequel will follow directly after the events of the first film, when Sam Worthington's character permanently becomes a Na'vi. Although the blue-skinned species appears to have beaten back human invaders, it's only a matter of time before they return.

And it appears that next human wave of attackers will be led by none other than Schwarzenegger.

There's also the possi...
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16 Of Our Favorite Blue Movie Characters, From 'Avatar' To 'X-Men'

August 5th, 2013 8:05pm EDT
Avatar
Last week, director James Cameron promised not one, not two, but three sequels to his hit film Avatar.

Hot off the success of the 2009 film, Cameron revealed that there were plenty more tales to tell about the planet Pandora and its race of blue beings - the Na'vi.

Cameron plans on shooting the three sequels simultaneously, and he's got four new screenwriters on board to help him pen the three stories.

"Building upon the world we created with Avatar has been a rare and incredibly rewarding experience," the director said in a statement. "In writing the new films, I've come to realize that...
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James Cameron Reveals Plans For Three 'Avatar' Sequels, Will Begin Shooting In 2014

August 1st, 2013 9:41pm EDT
Avatar
Moviemaker James Cameron has revealed that he's now planning three sequels to sci-fi blockbuster Avatar.

The director, who previously had only two sequels planned, revealed that he's hired screenwriters Josh Friedman (War Of The Worlds) to assist him with the first sequel's screenplay, Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) to help write the second and Shane Salerno (Alien vs. Predator 2) to co-pen the third.

Cameron also revealed that he plans on shooting all three sequels simultaneously starting next year, according to Deadline.com.

"Building upon the world we cr...
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Sam Worthington: 'I Was A Jerk'

April 19th, 2013 7:13pm EDT
Sam Worthington
Avatar star Sam Worthington has admitted he acted like "a jerk" on the night he was arrested for disorderly conduct in Georgia last year.

The Australian actor was taken into custody by police after he became involved in a bust-up with a bouncer outside an Atlanta nightclub in November.

Worthington, who was in town to shoot the action drama Ten with Arnold Schwarzenegger., allegedly grew violent after he was denied entry to the venue, and is said to have been pepper-sprayed by a doorman before being hauled away in handcuffs.

The actor has now opened up about the incident, insisting he ...
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'Avatar' Copyright Lawsuit Against James Cameron Thrown Out

February 5th, 2013 6:24pm EST
James Cameron
A judge has thrown out a copyright lawsuit against Avatar director James Cameron.

Gerald Morawski alleged he gave the filmmaker the idea for his blockbuster about a native tribe clashing with a mining company, insisting he even sold him art concepts that were incorporated into the 2009 movie, which grossed $2.7 billion at the global box office.

Cameron maintained his innocence and handed over a 45-page declaration of how he came up with the project's concept, and on Tuesday Judge Margaret Morrow ruled in Cameron's favor, stating, "Clear, undisputed evidence shows Cameron independently c...
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James Cameron Ordered To Turn Over 'Avatar' Scripts In Copyright Lawsuit

January 24th, 2013 10:36am EST
James Cameron
Director James Cameron has been ordered to hand over his draft screenplays for Avatar to a former employee who claims the moviemaker stole his idea for the blockbuster.

Eric Ryder, who previously worked for Cameron's Lightstorm Entertainment Inc. production company, filed suit against the Oscar winner in 2011, alleging the highly-successful fantasy film was based on a script he wrote for a movie called K.R.Z. 2068.

Ryder is demanding compensation over claims Cameron used his ideas without permission and without giving him due credit, but the director insists he wrote Avatar five years b...
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James Cameron Files Legal Document To Prove He Created 'Avatar'

December 12th, 2012 9:45am EST
James Cameron
Director James Cameron has fired back at legal action from an artist who accused him of stealing the plot for his hit film Avatar, by signing a 45-page sworn declaration detailing its creation.

Gerald Morawski filed a lawsuit against the Oscar winner and his company Lightstorm Entertainment at United States District Court, Central District of California, alleging Cameron had used the subject of his paintings as the basis for the plot of the $2.78 billion-grossing movie.

Morawski claims after selling Cameron four art pieces in 1991, he pitched the director a movie entitled Guardians of E...
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James Cameron Moves To Dismiss $2.5 Billion 'Avatar' Lawsuit

July 16th, 2012 11:37am EDT
James Cameron
James Cameron has asked a judge to dismiss a $2.5 billion lawsuit filed by a man who alleges the director stole his idea for Avatar.

Sci-fi screenwriter Bryant Moore filed suit against Cameron late last year, claiming the moviemaker based his highly-successful film on his scripts for two projects called Aquatica and Descendants: The Pollination.

Moore alleges Avatar shares key plot details with his work and is demanding billions of dollars in damages.

Nonetheless, Cameron has now filed his own legal documents in a bid to have the case thrown out, insisting Avatar's plot and characters...
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'Battleship' Posts Disappointing Weekend, 'Avengers' Jumps To 4th Highest Gross Of All-Time

May 21st, 2012 2:03pm EDT
The Avengers
On Friday we forecasted that Battleship had no chance beating The Avengers over the weekend, but we had no idea the board game-turned-movie would debut so low.

Expected to make around $40 million its first three days, Battleship could only muster $25 million. A $209 million production budget and sizeable market spend means the film has some work to do if it doesn't want to be a total loss.

Meanwhile, Avengers continues to dominate the box office here in the United States and across the world. Domestically the film took in another $55 million, just over estimates. That puts its US total at...
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Box Office: 'The Avengers' Should Break 'Avatar' Record, 'Dark Shadows' Set For Distant Second

May 11th, 2012 10:33am EDT
The Hulk in The Avengers
The Avengers should have little trouble breaking Avatar's second weekend record, thanks in part to great reviews and word of mouth. Avatar took in just above $75 million its second weekend and pundits suggest The Avengers may break the $100 million mark.

The Avengers face no contenders for the top spot; while Johnny Depp's Dark Shadows should bring in a good haul, Box Office Mojo suggests it will "only" make $33 million.

If The Avengers beats Avatar's second weekend mark, it could be a sign that Disney's film might contend for the top domestic spot of all-time. James C...
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James Cameron: 'I'm In The Avatar Business'

May 7th, 2012 7:06pm EDT
James Cameron
Director James Cameron has thrilled Avatar fans by committing to at least one more installment of the sci-fi epic following its upcoming sequel.

The Titanic filmmaker has been busy collecting deep sea footage for a second Avatar film, which will be set underwater and released in 2015.

And Cameron reveals he's decided to stop taking on projects outside of the franchise so he can instead devote his time to producing an additional one or two Avatar movies that carry a hidden message about the fragile state of the world.

He tells the New York Times, "Last year, I basically completely disband...
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Sam Worthington To Be The Next James Bond?

April 26th, 2012 11:24am EDT
Sam Worthington
Sam Worthington is the actor most likely to step into James Bond's shoes when Daniel Craig hangs up his Walther PPK, according to Britain's leading bookmaker.

Craig is currently shooting scenes for his third outing as the suave superspy in Skyfall, which is due for release in 2014, and shows no signs of retiring from the role.

However, when he eventually moves on from the 007 franchise, Avatar actor Worthington - who was born in Britain but grew up in Australia - is hot favorite to take over the coveted part, followed by English actor Tom Hardy and Shame star Michael Fassbender.

A spo...
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James Cameron Invests In Space Exploration Company

April 19th, 2012 11:03pm EDT
James Cameron
Director James Cameron has invested in a new space exploration company.

Google co-founder Larry Page and a group of entrepreneurs have teamed up to launch a new organization called Planetary Resources, and the firm is set to unveil a "new space venture with a mission to help ensure humanity's prosperity" during a news conference in Seattle, Washington next week.

And listed as one of the corporation's biggest supporters and financial backers is Avatar and Titanic filmmaker James Cameron.

The start-up company's primary goal is to expand Earth's natural resources.

Cameron's new business ve...
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'Hunger Games' Beats 'Three Stooges' & 'Cabin In The Woods' At Box Office

April 16th, 2012 8:39am EDT
The Hunger Games
"The Hunger Games" has continued its reign atop the box office after seeing off the competition for the fourth week in a row.

The much-hyped movie, which stars Jennifer Lawrence and Liam Hemsworth, has now become the first film in three years to hold onto the top spot for one month since James Cameron's "Avatar" was released in 2009.

The film grossed a total of $21.5 million over the weekend, bumping its domestic earnings to a staggering $337.5 million.

"The Three Stooges" debuted in second place with takings of $17.1 million and thriller "Cabin in the Woods" entered at third after rakin...
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Five Reasons We Love Aussie/Greek Hero Sam Worthington

March 30th, 2012 12:00pm EDT
Sam Worthington in Wrath of the Titans
Sam Worthington stars in the action-packed "Wrath of the Titans," which hits theaters today. He plays Perseus, who descends into the underworld on a mission to rescue Zeus (Liam Neeson) from the clutches of Hades (Ralph Fiennes), Ares (Edgar Ramirez), and Kronos.

We love this guy. Why? First, he admits he could have done better in the first film, "Clash of the Titans." He confessed to Empire magazine, "I wanted to do a second Titans film because I personally think I wasn't very good in the first one. I think I could've worked a lot harder on Clash." He's humble! We like that in Hollyw...
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Sam Worthington Named 2012 Fun Fearless Male Of The Year

March 6th, 2012 8:18am EST
Sam Worthington
Avatar star Sam Worthington has been crowned the Fun Fearless Male of the Year by editors at Cosmopolitan magazine.

The Australian hunk was named the winner of the annual accolade at a star-studded bash in New York City on Monday.

Explaining their choice, Cosmo bosses state, "Just as Russell Crowe and Brad Pitt are getting a little too old to fulfill our hottie-action-hero fantasies, along comes 35-year-old Sam Worthington. Our crush kicked in when the Aussie actor played a soldier with a heart of gold in Avatar and gained momentum as he showed off more skin and grit in Clash of the Tit...
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James Cameron Facing New 'Avatar' Copyright Lawsuit

January 26th, 2012 5:18pm EST
James Cameron
Avatar director James Cameron has been hit with a new copyright lawsuit.

Elijah Schkeiban claims he created a fantasy franchise, called Bats & Butterflies, in 1988 - and it closely resembles Cameron's 2010 blockbuster.

Schkebian's story chronicled a hero's travels to a faraway planet, called Altair. In the project, the lead character finds himself lost in a forest and befriends a number of indigenous creatures and partners with a community of butterflies.

On Monday Schkeiban filed suit against Cameron in California, alleging the movie star lifted plot ideas and characters from his boo...
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Sam Worthington Astounded By China's 'Avatar' Weddings

January 26th, 2012 10:35am EST
Sam Worthington
Aussie star Sam Worthington still can't believe the crazy things fans of his Avatar blockbuster will do to honor the film - Chinese officials have renamed a mountain range so devotees can get married in the fictitious alien world.

The film has become the most successful movie ever and Chinese fans have started dressing up as Na'vi warriors to wed among the Hallelujah Mountains, where Worthington and his co-star Zoe Saldana's all-blue characters fell in love.

Worthington says, "They renamed the mountains in China... People dress up, they're blue. The priest is blue as well."

And the Cl...
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Sam Worthington Proud Of His 'Healthy' Paunch

January 13th, 2012 12:37pm EST
Sam Worthington
Australian actor Sam Worthington has defended his recent weight gain, insisting his paunch is "healthy" and "human".

The Avatar star was photographed earlier this week on a beach in Hawaii sporting a fuller figure and the pictures were published with a headline containing the phrase "Clash of the Xmas puddings," a reference to his role in action movie Clash of the Titans.

However, Worthington is adamant he is proud of his bulging belly, as he "hates" working out at a gym and is happy to have normal body issues.

He tells News.com.au, "Clash of the Xmas puddings, that's good. I like it....
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Sam Worthington: 'I'm A Gypsy'

January 4th, 2012 11:31am EST
Sam Worthington
Sam Worthington loves his nomadic lifestyle so much; he's vowed to remain homeless for as long as possible.

The Australian actor sold all his possessions to pursue his career in Hollywood, and he's been living in hotels and sleeping on a pal's couch ever since.

And despite his hefty pay check from movie parts including a leading role in Avatar, Worthington intends to stay homeless for as long as possible - because he loves living like a "gypsy".

He tells Britain's Cosmopolitan magazine, "The white picket fence in Australia has never really appealed to me. I'm not very responsible when...
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Screenwriter Sues James Cameron For $2.5 Billion Over 'Avatar'

December 20th, 2011 8:55am EST
Avatar
Director James Cameron has been hit with a $2.5 billion lawsuit over new allegations he stole the idea for his 2009 sci-fi epic "Avatar."

Sci-fi screenwriter Bryant Moore claims the legendary filmmaker based "Avatar" on his scripts for two projects called "Aquatica and Descendants: The Pollination," adding that there are too many plot similarities between his ideas and Cameron's movie for them not to be linked.

Moore is also taking action against Cameron's production company Lightstorm Entertainment and executives at movie studio 20th Century Fox and is demanding the huge sum for damages,...
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James Cameron Hit With 'Avatar' Copyright Infringement Lawsuit

December 9th, 2011 8:32am EST
James Cameron
Director James Cameron is facing a copyright infringement lawsuit from a man who claims the legendary moviemaker stole his idea for Avatar.

Eric Ryder filed a lawsuit at Los Angeles County Superior Court on Thursday, claiming he approached Cameron's production company Lightstorm Entertainment in 1999 with an idea for an "environmentally themed 3D epic about a corporation's colonization and plundering of a distant moon's lush and wondrous natural setting."

He also claims his project included "self-contained robotic exterior suits which house a single human operator... just like in Avatar...
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James Cameron To Create 'Avatar' Theme Park Ride

September 21st, 2011 8:14am EDT
James Cameron
Director James Cameron has signed a deal with Disney bosses to turn his movie blockbuster Avatar into a theme park attraction.

The movie smashed a slew of box office records to become the highest-grossing film of all time upon its release in 2009 and fans will soon be able to experience Cameron's fictional planet Pandora for themselves at Florida's Walt Disney World.

The attraction will be part of the theme park's Animal Kingdom and construction is set to begin in 2013, with reports suggesting the project will cost a massive $400 million. Cameron has revealed the attraction will also ti...
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Sigourney Weaver 'Will Be Back' For More 'Avatar'

September 19th, 2011 8:05am EDT
Sigourney Weaver
Sigourney Weaver has assured fans she "will be back" to star in the planned sequels to sci-fi epic Avatar, despite director James Cameron killing off her character in the 2009 blockbuster.

The Alien star portrays botanist Grace Augustine in the futuristic 3D movie, which has become the highest-grossing film of all time and the only release in history to break the $2 billion mark.

Cameron is currently writing a follow-up to the box office smash and Weaver insists Augustine will be resurrected for the forthcoming installments.

Speaking to movie blog ComingSoon.net, Weaver claims Cameron...
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Sam Worthington Talks About His New Film 'The Debt' Plus 'Titans/Avatar' Sequels And More

August 31st, 2011 4:00pm EDT
Sam Worthington
Two years ago, we were all wondering “Who is this Sam Worthington” guy? Then Avatar came out, and anyone who hadn’t already seen Terminator Salvation surely caught him in the biggest movie of all time.

This week you’ll see a more sensitive side of Worthington in The Debt. He plays David, a Mossad agent trying to weather the pressure of capturing a Nazi criminal and living with him in a safe house. The film opens August 31.

Worthington walked into interviews for The Debt with shaggy hair and a full beard. Among the highly anticipated big budget sequels he’s in – Clash of the Titans 2 and A...
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Zoe Saldana: 'I Didn't Suffer A Nervous Breakdown'

August 26th, 2011 5:30pm EDT
Zoe Saldana
Actress Zoe Saldana has hit back at reports she suffered a mental breakdown after filming Avatar, insisting comments she made to a magazine have been misconstrued.

The sexy star told Latina magazine that the promotion and success of the sci-fi epic took its toll on her physically and emotionally, admitting she burst into tears in a Paris hotel and couldn't control her sobbing.

She told the publication, "The year after Avatar was just emotionally overwhelming. I was travelling all over the world, waking up in different time zones. Your body gets exhausted, and by the end of the year I ju...
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