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Avatar returs to the big screen – 8 minutes of new footage

July 8th, 2010

Do you want to see Avatar one more time at the movies? Do you want to see 8 minutes of never before seen footage? Well, then you’re in luck, Avatar is back at the movies August 27.

On August 27, return to Pandora and re-experience James Cameron’s History-Making Epic film, with more than Eight Minutes of Never Before Seen Footage- exclusively in Digital 3D and IMAX® 3D. Since – and largely as of result of – AVATAR’s release last December, the number of available digital 3D screens has exploded, and moviegoers who missed experiencing the film in 3D, as well as fans that want to return to Pandora again, will now have that opportunity.

The Oscar® and Golden Globe® winning epic is the highest grossing film of all time, taking in over $2.7 billion in worldwide box office. It is also the top-selling Blu-ray disc of all time.

Source: Avatarmovie.com

Go see Avatar in IMAX 3D, again – last chance

April 16th, 2010

Great news. If you still have an urge to see Avatar at the movies one last time, you have the chance this coming weekend.

It is our duty to bring you news and information about movies showing in theaters, so we have to let you know about the upcoming re-release of James Cameron’s Avatar in theaters this weekend, even though I don’t really understand the point of it. AMC will be re-showing Avatar in 61 theaters in 29 cities in the US on April 16th and 17th (Friday and Saturday) in glorious IMAX 3D. The real reason is that Avatar hits DVD and Blu-Ray on April 22nd (Earth Day!) next week and this is your very last chance to see Avatar “the way director James Cameron intended it to be experienced.” I’m not sure this is truly your last chance, though.

The only bad news is that the only showtimes for Avatar are at 11PM at night on Friday and Saturday. What the heck AMC? Why choose the absolute worst times to show a 3 hour movie? If you still want to go, you can click here for info on locations and tickets. This is not the extended cut of Avatar will be released back into IMAX theaters sometime in late summer. This is simple a double-dip last minute cash grab to get people out to see Avatar in theaters before it hits DVD and I’m not sure that many people care. Unfortunately this is a pretty half-assed attempt on AMC’s part. I think they should be running it more than just at 11PM, come on!

I’m planning on picking up Avatar next week on Blu-Ray and watching it when I get it then. But I don’t plan on re-watching it in theaters (in 3D) until the extended release hits sometime later this year. Anyone else?

Source: Firstshowing.net

Avatar wins three Oscars – miss out on big ones

March 8th, 2010

Avatar the won three awards for art direction, cinematography and visual effects at the Oscars. Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker) won  the acclaimed Best Director award, and she’s the first woman in history to win that Oscar. The Hurt Locker also won best picture and was the the big winner of the night with a total of six Oscars.

Both Avatar and The Hurt Locker had nine nominations each, The Hurt Locker ended up winning the heavy categories, Avatar won the technical ones.

So, Avatar rules the Box Office but not the Oscars. Congratulations to Kathryn Bigelow and the team behind The Hurt Locker, it’s a great movie.

PICTURE:
Avatar
The Blind Side
District 9
An Education
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
Precious
A Serious Man
Pixar’s Up
Up in the Air

DIRECTOR:
James Cameron – Avatar
Kathryn Bigelow – The Hurt Locker
Quentin Tarantino – Inglourious Basterds
Lee Daniels – Precious
Jason Reitman – Up in the Air

ACTOR:
Jeff Bridges – Crazy Heart
George Clooney – Up in the Air
Colin Firth – A Single Man
Morgan Freeman – Invictus
Jeremy Renner – The Hurt Locker

ACTRESS:
Sandra Bullock – The Blind Side
Helen Mirren – The Last Station
Carey Mulligan – An Education
Gabourey Sidibe – Precious
Meryl Streep – Julie & Julia

SUPPORTING ACTOR:
Matt Damon – Invictus
Woody Harrelson – The Messenger
Christopher Plummer – The Last Station
Stanley Tucci – The Lovely Bones
Christoph Waltz – Inglourious Basterds

SUPPORTING ACTRESS:
Penélope Cruz – Nine
Vera Farmiga – Up in the Air
Maggie Gyllenhaal – Crazy Heart
Anna Kendrick – Up in the Air
Mo’Nique – Precious

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY:
Mark Boal – The Hurt Locker
Quentin Tarantino – Inglourious Basterds
Alessandro Camon & Oren Moverman – The Messenger
Joel Coen & Ethan Coen – A Serious Man
Bob Peterson & Pete Docter – Pixar’s Up

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY:
Neill Blomkamp & Terri Tatchell – District 9
Nick Hornby – An Education
Armando Iannucci & Simon Blackwell – In the Loop
Geoffrey Fletcher – Precious
Jason Reitman & Sheldon Turner – Up in the Air

ANIMATED FEATURE:
Coraline
Fantastic Mr. Fox
The Princess and the Frog
The Secret of Kells
Pixar’s Up

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM:
Ajami (Israel)
El Secreto de Sus Ojos (Argentina)
The Milk of Sorrow (Peru)
Un Prophète (France)
The White Ribbon (Germany)

ART DIRECTION:
Avatar
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
Nine
Sherlock Holmes
The Young Victoria

CINEMATOGRAPHY:
Mauro Fiore – Avatar
Bruno Delbonnel – Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Barry Ackroyd – The Hurt Locker
Robert Richardson – Inglourious Basterds
Christian Berger – The White Ribbon

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE:
Burma VJ
The Cove
Food, Inc.
The Most Dangerous Man in America
Which Way Home

DOCUMENTARY SHORT:
China’s Unnatural Disaster: The Tears of Sichuan Province
The Last Campaign of Governor Booth Gardner
The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant
Music by Prudence
Rabbit à la Berlin

ANIMATED SHORT:
French Roast
Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty
The Lady and the Reaper (La Dama y la Muerte)
Logorama
A Matter of Loaf and Death

LIVE-ACTION SHORT:
The Door
Instead of Abracadabra
Kavi
Miracle Fish
The New Tenants

VISUAL EFFECTS:
Avatar
District 9
Star Trek

COSTUME DESIGN:
Bright Star
Coco Before Chanel
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
Nine
The Young Victoria

MAKEUP:
Il Divo
Star Trek
The Young Victoria

FILM EDITING:
Avatar
District 9
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
Precious

SOUND MIXING:
Avatar
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
Star Trek
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

SOUND EDITING:
Avatar
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
Star Trek
Pixar’s Up

ORIGINAL SCORE:
James Horner – Avatar
Alexandre Desplat – Fantastic Mr. Fox
Marco Beltrami & Buck Sanders – The Hurt Locker
Hans Zimmer – Sherlock Holmes
Michael Giacchino – Pixar’s Up

ORIGINAL SONG:
“Almost There” from The Princess and the Frog
“Down in New Orleans” from The Princess and the Frog
“Loin de Paname” from Paris 36
“Take It All” from Nine
“The Weary Kind” from Crazy Heart

Avatar first film to Pass $700 Million in North America

March 2nd, 2010

Avatar grossed $14 million at the North American box office this past weekend. Avatar has now passed the $700 million mark at the domestic box office. That’s a first, though Avatar still trails a number of other movies in terms of ticket sales. Avatar’s total gross currently stands at $706.9 million. That’s $106 million more than the old record holder – Titanic – who stopped at $601 million domestic.

Overseas, Avatar remained at the top of the box-office charts for the 11th consecutive weekend, taking in $36.1 million at 6,535 screens in 70 territories. Its worldwide total is a staggering $2.550 billion. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Avatar’s top market this weekend was Japan ($4 million), though France remains the top market overall, with a total of $169 million to date.

Next weekend, Avatar will likely suffer a significant box-office drop in North America and in most other top film markets, as Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland will be replacing it at numerous IMAX and 3D theaters. However, Fox is reportedly planning to rerelease the film later this year.

Avatar tops Titanic domestic Box Office record

February 4th, 2010

So the day has finally arrived, Avatar passed Titanic at the North American Box Office all time list. This is a feat that was thought almost impossible just a few months ago, but Avatar ignores all the rules that normally apply at the Box Office.

Avatar still tops the daily and weekly Box Office as well, so the final tally for Avatar is still to be seen. Avatar just got 9 Oscar nominations, that should give Avatar another boost. If Avatar wins some Oscars (which it will), that will be another boost. Just the fact that it passed Titanic will be a boost in itself.

Conclusion -  Avatar still have a lot of earning power left. $700+ million at the North American Box Office wouldn’t surprise me.

1 Avatar $601,142,000 2009
2 Titanic $600,788,188 1997
3 The Dark Knight $533,345,358 2008
4 Star Wars $460,998,007 1977^
5 Shrek 2 $441,226,247 2004
6 E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial $435,110,554 1982^
7 Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace $431,088,301 1999
8 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest $423,315,812 2006
9 Spider-Man $403,706,375 2002
10 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen $402,111,870 2009

Avatar DVD will be out before June 30

February 3rd, 2010

According to News Corp. chairman and CEO (who owns Fox that financed Avatar), Rupert Murdoch, the Avatar DVD will be in stores sometime before June 30. He did’nt mention anything about Blu-Ray but I assume a Blu-Ray version will be released at the same time as the DVD. I also assume that he in fact means a Blu-Ray release (not DVD) when he talks about 3D versions of Avatar.

However, we will not get the 3D release just yet, that we will have to wait an unspecified extra time to get our hands on.

There is also talk about the upcoming Avatar sequel and that they are in “very early talks about it.” Director James Cameron “has ideas” for a sequel, he said, adding: “We will be pushing for one.”

NEW YORK — News Corp. is in very early talks with James Cameron about a possible “Avatar” sequel.

Asked about potential “Avatar” sequels, chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch said on his quarterly earnings call Tuesday that the conglomerate is in “very early talks about it.” Director James Cameron “has ideas” for a sequel, he said, adding: “We will be pushing for one.”

But he cautioned analysts not to “hold your breath for an early one” in a possible reference to Cameron projects often taking a long time to come to fruition.

News Corp. deputy chairman, president and COO Chase Carey interjected that both sides want to make another movie. “We certainly both intend to have one,” he said.

The executives said financing of a sequel like of any movies these days would be key as News Corp. likes to lay off risk, especially since Cameron films tend to go over budget. But given the success of “Avatar,” financing details could come together.

Management also said 60% or more of the profit from “Avatar” will come in over the next two quarters, adding the firm will continue its theater run as the boxoffice goes well, with a DVD release also planned soon after the theatrical run. A DVD release date hasn’t been announced so far.

Pushed further on details about the DVD plans for “Avatar,” Murdoch said it will be released during his company’s current fiscal year, which ends June 30. But he also highlighted that it won’t be a 3D DVD release as that technology isn’t developed enough yet. But Carey added there could be a 3D “Avatar” DVD release further “down the road” when the technology is ready.

Sourse: THR

Avatar DVD and Blu-ray information

January 27th, 2010

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I’ve been getting a lot of questions about the upcoming release of the Avatar DVD and Blu-ray this past weeks.

Cameron has said that he anticipates the film to arrive on DVD and Blu-ray sometime June-August, but doesn’t expect a 3D version of the film to be released immediately.

He said this in December, before he knew what level of success Avatar would have, so maybe it’s more likely that we get the DVD and Blu-ray release somewhere around September-November since Avatar still performs strong at the Box Office.

Probably the initial Blu-ray release of Avatar won’t be in 3-D and then a subsequent release will be in 3-D. That’s my guess right now. So we will probably put out a disk, you know, in six or eight months, let’s call it six months, and then after that we will have a 3-D disc when there are enough sets available.

In regards to any special content, Cameron revealed that there are about 10 to 12 minutes of footage that may be included on the home video release either as deleted scenes or as part of an extended edition.  One scene in particular focuses on Worthington’s character Jake Sully in his Avatar form, hunting a Sturmbeest — which is no longer seen in the movie.

MTV: Is there a sequence or two that you can describe for me that maybe will make it — whether it’s a director’s cut or an expanded edition — on DVD?

Cameron: …It’s a creature you no longer see in the movie,” Cameron said. “[Sully] has to learn how to hunt through the air and do this incredibly brave thing, and then after the hunt they have this big festival and they dance and there’s a drunk scene with [Na'vi member] Tsu’tey, which is Laz Alonso’s character, which is actually pretty damn funny.

Source: Your entertainment now

Avatar now the Biggest Movie Ever Worldwide

January 27th, 2010

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So, at last it’s official, Avatar is the top grossing movie of all time worldwide. Who would have thought that just a month and a half ago?

Yesterday a lot of news sources reported this but it’s not until today we have the official figures to back it up. As you can see in the table below Avatar now stands at $1.858.6 billion.

This comes after the sixth straight $100+ million weekends worldwide, and Avatar is showing almost no signs of slowing down anytime soon. 2$ billion worldwide is a lock, the real question is how far above $2 billion it will eventually land.

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How much will Avatar earn Worldwide?


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1 Avatar $1,858.6
2 Titanic $1,843.2
3 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King $1,119.1
4 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest $1,066.2
5 The Dark Knight $1,001.9
6 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone $974.7
7 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End $961.0
8 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix $938.2
9 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince $934.0
10 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers $925.3

Avatar tops Box Office for SIXTH consecutive weekend

January 25th, 2010

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Avatar tops Box Office for sixth consecutive weekend as it earned $36 million. Avatar is only the second film in history to reign the Box Office for this long, guess what other film has accomplished this – yep, that’s right – Titanic.

Up until now we have compared Avatar to Titanic’s performance, soon however, Avatar will cruise on new water. Avatar now stands at a total of $552.8 million in North America, only $49 million shy of Titanic’s total  gross. Avatar has now also passed The Dark Knight at the North American Box Office and only has Titanic in front of it.

International figures are lagging a bit in reporting Box Office figures, but you can soon expect reports that Avatar has taken over the number one spot on the World Wide Box Office gross list. And soon after that there will be reported that Avatar became the first movie in history to gross $2+ billion.

Stay tuned… (or subscribe to my RSS-feed or follow me on Twitter for coming updates)

Avatar tops Box Office for fifth straight weekend

January 17th, 2010

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Avatar steams ahead at the Box Office. For the fifth straight weekend Avatar tops the Box Office in North America with $41.3million and has now amassed a total of $492 million in North America alone. Avatar is the first film since 1999’s The Six Sense to top the Box Office for five straight weeks.

It looks more and more certain that Avatar eventually will beat Titanic’s record of $600.8 millions at the North American Box Office. The current no.2,  The Dark Knight, stands at $533.3 million and will probably be passed by Avatar next weekend.

1 Avatar Fox $41,300,000 $491,767,000
2 The Book of Eli WB $31,615,000 $31,615,000
3 The Lovely Bones P/DW $17,060,000 $17,527,000
4 Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel Fox $11,500,000 $192,592,000
5 Sherlock Holmes WB $9,825,000 $180,018,000

The worldwide gross for Avatar now now stands at $1.602.2 BILLION. Titanic will sink (pun intended) to second place, it’s just a matter of time now.

1 Titanic $1,842.9
2 Avatar $1,602.2
3 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King $1,119.1
4 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest $1,066.2
5 The Dark Knight $1,001.9
6 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone $974.7