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First 'Avatar' Sequel Pushed Back To 2017

1/14/2015 5:14pm EST
Avatar fans are going to have to wait until Christmas 2017 before returning to the planet Pandora for the first of the three sequels to the film, which are currently in production.

Director James Cameron told the Associated Press on Wednesday that he's pushing back the release dates for the three films by a year because the writing process for all three, which are being written simultaneously, is a process that's gotten "very involved."

Related: James Cameron Reveals Plans For Three 'Avatar' Sequels, Will Begin Shooting In 2014

"There's a layer of complexity in getting the story to work ...

Disney And James Cameron Reveal Artist Renderings For Animal Kingdom's 'Avatar Land'

10/14/2013 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 ...

'Avatar' Plagiarism Lawsuit Against James Cameron Dismissed

10/4/2013 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.'' ...

Arnold Schwarzenegger To Play Villain In 'Avatar 2'?

9/17/2013 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...

James Cameron Reveals Plans For Three 'Avatar' Sequels, Will Begin Shooting In 2014

8/1/2013 9:41pm EDT
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...

James Cameron To Donate Deep Sea Craft To Oceanographic Institution

3/26/2013 2:32pm EDT
James Cameron
Moviemaker James Cameron is donating the craft he used for a deep sea diving project to a research group.

The Titanic director invested around $10 million of his own cash to fund the Deepsea Challenger submersible system, which helped him dive seven miles underwater to the world's deepest point, the Mariana Trench of the Pacific Ocean, southwest of Guam, in March last year.

He has now decided to hand the craft over to experts at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution to further their maritime exploration.

The group will receive the Deepsea Challenger in June, and Cameron tells the N...

'Avatar' Copyright Lawsuit Against James Cameron Thrown Out

2/5/2013 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...

James Cameron Ordered To Turn Over 'Avatar' Scripts In Copyright Lawsuit

1/24/2013 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...

James Cameron Files Legal Document To Prove He Created 'Avatar'

12/12/2012 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...

Check Out James Cameron's 'Ghosts Of The Abyss' On Blu-ray 3D & Blu-ray 2D Sept. 11

9/8/2012 7:19am EDT
Ghosts of the Abyss
Filmmaker James Cameron has long been fascinated with the ill-fated maiden voyage of the great ship the Titanic, and he used the story as the backdrop for his most famous and successful movie.

In the summer of 2001, Cameron and his good friend Bill Paxton (who appeared in "Titanic") joined a group of scientists, maritime historians, archaeologists, and deep sea explorers for a daring experiment -- to find and document the Titanic's final resting place at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean.

Cameron brought along a film crew equipped with state-of-the-art 3-D cameras to document the voyage a...

James Cameron Moves To Dismiss $2.5 Billion 'Avatar' Lawsuit

7/16/2012 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...

'Titanic' Debuts On Blu-ray 2D & 3D Worldwide Sept. 10, 2012

6/17/2012 7:37am EDT
Available in high definition for the first time ever, James Cameron’s timeless and unforgettable tour de force "Titanic" will be presented in stunning 2D and 3D, providing a cinematic in-home experience like never before.

This spectacular epic re-creates the ill-fated maiden voyage of the White Star Line's 7.5 million R.M.S Titanic and the tragic sea disaster of April 15, 1912. Running over three hours and made with the combined contributions of two major studios (20th Century-Fox, Paramount) at a cost of more than 200 million, Titanic ranked as the most expensive film in Hollywood histor...

Bill Paxton Denied Insurance Coverage For 'Titanic' Dive

5/26/2012 2:21pm EDT
Bill Paxton
Titanic star Bill Paxton took a huge risk when he embarked on a deep sea dive to the famed wreck because he was unable to secure life insurance coverage for the trip.

Director James Cameron invited the actor along for an underwater mission to the ship's final resting place after filming for the 1999 blockbuster movie wrapped several years ago.

Paxton reveals he originally tried to get financial assurance for his wife Louise Newbury and their two children so they would be well taken care of in the event that the adventure went horribly wrong - but he was denied coverage and was forced to m...

Box Office: 'The Avengers' Should Break 'Avatar' Record, 'Dark Shadows' Set For Distant Second

5/11/2012 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...

James Cameron: 'I'm In The Avatar Business'

5/7/2012 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...

James Cameron Invests In Space Exploration Company

4/19/2012 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...

'Hunger Games' Beats 'Three Stooges' & 'Cabin In The Woods' At Box Office

4/16/2012 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...

'Titanic' 3D Sails To New Opening Day Record In China

4/12/2012 9:08pm EDT
The new 3D Titanic movie has broken opening day box office records in China.

The reformatted disaster movie has already sailed to the top of film charts around the world and Chinese fans really couldn't wait to see the James Cameron epic.

They raced to cinemas on Tuesday to give the new version of the 1997 film the biggest opening day in the nation's history.

The film, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, sold $11.6 million - roughly a quarter of what the original grossed in China during its entire theatrical run in 180 theaters.

The new version opened in 3,500 cinemas.

'Titanic' Documentaries Feature James Cameron & Bob Ballard On Nat Geo Channel

4/7/2012 10:45am EDT
National Geographic Titanic
This April marks the 100-year anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, and National Geographic is commemorating the anniversary with two of the world’s leading explorers, James Cameron and Bob Ballard.

Check out a two-night world premiere event on April 8 and 9 on National Geographic Channel featuring "Titanic: The Final Word with James Cameron." Oscar-winning filmmaker and National Geographic Explorer-In-Residence James Cameron leads the ultimate cold-case investigation into the tragedy.

"Save the Titanic with Bob Ballard" features National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Dr. Robert B...

Five Fun Facts About 'Titanic'

4/5/2012 11:00am EDT
Five Fun Facts About 'Titanic'
This week the epic love story/disaster film "Titanic' marks its 15th anniversary (and the 100th anniversary of the actual sinking on April 15, 1912) with a 3D release in the theaters. (No worries for those who hate 3D as it's also being released in "Real D".) This re-release has caused a stir among those who love the film and those who hate it. What better time to share five fun facts you might not have known about one of the most polarizing films of the 1990s?

1) The iconic nude portrait of "young" Rose (Kate Winslet) was sketched not by Leonardo DiCaprio but by "Titanic" director James ...

Exclusive: 'Titanic 3D' Gets Big With 40 Ft. Banner!

4/2/2012 3:22pm EDT
Village Tower pic
Copying the very epic size that is the release of James Cameron’s "Titanic 3D" this week, Paramount facilitated the construction of a massive 40 ft. banner wrapped around the famed Regency Village Theater in Westwood, California. It’s an awesome piece of movie marketing that harks back to the old days of big movie spectacle pieces that all but announces the arrival of a cinematic event. Olson Visual put the whole thing together and there’s a short video that shows the construction of the whole ordeal – click the image below!

Also with the film hitting Wednesday, April 4th and a spe...

Kate Winslet Looks Regal At The 'Titanic 3D' Premiere In London

3/27/2012 3:00pm EDT
Kate Winslet
Kate Winslet looked lovely at the "Titanic 3D" premiere in London, England, today. She donned a black gown with jeweled sleeves and accessorized with matching earrings.

James Cameron's "Titanic" ranked as the most expensive film in Hollywood history at the time of its 1997 release. The actress was just 22 when she rose to fame playing Rose DeWitt Bukater opposite Leonardo DiCaprio.

In honor of the 100th anniversary of the Titanic's sinking, Cameron is releasing the 3D version of the film on April 4. The actual Titanic sank on April 15, 1912.

Earlier this month Kate was named among Britai...

James Cameron Completes Record-Breaking Submarine Dive

3/26/2012 8:31am EDT
James Cameron
Director James Cameron has performed the deepest ever solo submarine dive after plunging seven miles underwater to the world's deepest point, breaking his own previous record.

The fearless filmmaker reached the Mariana Trench of the Pacific Ocean, southwest of Guam, on Sunday.

The Titanic director is only the third person to venture to the ocean's deepest point and the only one to do so solo. He confirmed the news to his support crew waiting for him at the surface, writing, "All systems OK."

He also posted on his Twitter site, "Just arrived at the ocean's deepest pt (point). Hitting ...

James Cameron Planning A Record-Breaking Dive

3/9/2012 9:58am EST
James Cameron
Moviemaker James Cameron is set to break his own world record by diving seven miles underwater to the world's deepest point.

The Titanic director revealed on Thursday that he is aiming to reach the Mariana Trench of the Pacific Ocean, southwest of Guam, later this month.

Cameron landed the record for the deepest solo dive earlier this week by plunging five miles off the coast of Papua New Guinea and he is hoping his upcoming challenge will be just as successful.

He says, "When you're making a movie, everybody's read the script and they know what's going to happen next. When you're on ...

James Cameron Facing New 'Avatar' Copyright Lawsuit

1/26/2012 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...

Screenwriter Sues James Cameron For $2.5 Billion Over 'Avatar'

12/20/2011 8:55am EST
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,...

Kate Winslet Says She Feels 'Weird' About 'Titanic 3D'

12/12/2011 12:59pm EST
Kate Winslet
Kate Winslet is apprehensive about the upcoming 3D version of Titanic because she feels "very disconnected" from her life when she filmed the movie in the 1990s.

The British actress was aged just 22 when she found global fame starring as Rose DeWitt Bukater opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in James Cameron's 1997 epic, which has been rebooted for a 2012 release to mark the 100th anniversary of the luxury liner's fatal maiden voyage.

DiCaprio gushed about the remake after a recent screening but Winslet, now 36 and a mom of two, has not yet seen the film - and she admits her time making the mo...

James Cameron Hit With 'Avatar' Copyright Infringement Lawsuit

12/9/2011 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...

Stan Lee To Receive VES' Lifetime Achievement Award

10/19/2011 4:10pm EDT
Stan Lee
Comic book legend Stan Lee is to be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Visual Effects Society (VES) next year.

The beloved co-creator of Spider-Man, Fantastic Four and X-Men will follow in the footsteps of George Lucas, Steven Spielberg and James Cameron, who have all previously been handed the trophy.

VES chairman Jeffrey Okun announced the honor on Tuesday, saying, "Stan Lee's imagination has created a completely original and profitable niche in the entertainment world and has allowed visual effects to flex its muscle in service to it."

Lee will pick up the prize at ...

James Cameron To Create 'Avatar' Theme Park Ride

9/21/2011 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...