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Apparently, there no such thing as a quiet little corner of the world when your name is James Cameron.
to the wind tunnel, the 56 year old filmmaker said as a Santa Monica sea breeze gusted through the French doors of his beachside hotel room on a recent afternoon. A hard backed poster flew off a tripod stand in the corner and the filmmaker chuckled.
at that, Neytiri just leaps at you the moment you walk in the room. attacks and pandora glass beads second winds are fitting imagery these days. the December release that stands as the highest grossing film in history and was still showing on 500 screens as recently as mid April, will return to theaters Friday with nine minutes of additional footage and somewhat uncertain ambitions.
The ubiquitous pulled in $2.4 monet jewelry billion in worldwide box office, which raises the question of who the target audience is for the release of Special Edition how can moviegoers miss a film if it never really went away? More than that, now stands as the bestselling Blu ray ever and in its first three weeks on shelves the film sold a record breaking 19 million units on DVD and Blu ray. what weird about this. Most people would say that ends the life cycle. But we know that there were not enough 3 D screens out there to support two big pictures when 'Alice in Wonderland opened [on March 5] and then 'How to Train Your Dragon, they took half our screens. We know there were a lot of people at that point who wanted to see 'Avatar in 3 D on a big screen. Does all that go away after the home video release? My instinct is that people who wanted to see it on a big screen will still want to see it on a big screen. says he hopes to pull in moviegoers who typically dislike sci fi but may have softened their stance while watching win the Golden Globe for best picture and earn top Oscar nominations, including best director and best film. Most of all, though, he is counting on the true believer constituency being lured back by the new scenes, which include a dramatic hunt sequence that pits Na spears against the sturmbeest, a large herd animal that Cameron calls answer to a buffalo. didn want to do so much that it became a different movie. I wanted it to be the same movie you remembered if you already seen it but with some little special jelly beans along the way. There are some real chunks with some real payoffs in and of themselves but other ones are just little 20 second bits here or 40 seconds there, enough to add a little bit but not enough to break up the flow or the pace. It all the same experience but with a little bit more of Pandora. for that additional footage, there are three with the sturmbeest. Why so many? Cameron says two shorter scenes with the burly creature were edited out when that primary hunting sequence ended up on the editing room floor. other little scenes felt like orphans with the big tuna scene so we took them out as well. Now you see the sturmbeest in the battle scenes toward the end of the film. not all endless stuff of people talking back at the base, he said. all CG stuff or a few live action shots with CG elements. It the good stuff. We have another 20 minutes [we could have added] of people talking back at the base, absolutely, but I didn think that what people wanted to line up for. More compelling from a narrative standpoint, however, is the restored death pandora charms sale scene of Tsu (Laz Alonso), the strong, scowling Na tribesman who is betrothed to Neytiri (Zoe Saldana) before the arrival of Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) as the earthling intruder in the dangerous Eden that is Pandora. Cameron had joked that he faced a near mutiny from his creative team when he decided to chop out the evocative battlefield death scene. Now he concedes that his team might have been right.
was a powerful emotional scene that we took out because I thought it was almost too many emotional beats toward the end of the film, Cameron said. was really worried about fatigue. I think subconsciously I was concerned about a 3 D fatigue mixing with an experimental fatigue, and then when we put the film out there I started to think I erred on the conservative side. Be it with toy shelf ventures, video game releases or the wildly ambitious online tie ins, Cameron and company have approached as a candidate to join Wars and Trek as omni media franchises that inspire pop cultural tribal followings across decades.
At this point, though, might just as easily go in a different direction and become a cinematic phenomenon with narrower life off the screen like, say, Matrix or Cameron own films. If that happens, it won be for lack of trying by Cameron.
The filmmaker, for instance, is finishing a companion novel to that will go further into the characters, the history and the environs presented in the movie story. At one point he had hoped the book would be finished in time for linked release with the film last year, but that didn happen.
Cameron said it may be on shelves in time for the holidays.
gets into the nuts and bolts of the Na culture, their lore and mythology, and has more about Dr. Grace [Sigourney Weaver character] and her time on Pandora, but it doesn go beyond the end of the film other than to tease a little bit about what going to happen next. novel will tune Cameron up to write the scripts for the next two films to be released this decade.
will steep me in the stuff so I can write the two film story arc that I want to do next, Cameron said.
Cameron admires the universes created by George Lucas and Gene Roddenberry and the man who now has the two highest grossing films of all time (Cameron from 1997 still floats there at No. 2 worldwide with $1.8 billion) openly admits that he aspires to compete with his own cosmic aspirations.
got to compete head on with these other epic works of fantasy and fiction, the Tolkiens and the 'Star Wars and the 'Star Treks,' Cameron said. want a persistent alternate reality to invest themselves in and they want the detail that makes it rich and worth their time. They want to live somewhere else. Like Pandora. Geoff Boucher
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Though I agree Avatar is as yet as a hobbit to a Mumak, it may prove to be as epic a milestone in cinema literature. Howevermuch Avatar may remind us of other tales, the world Cameron designed and the culture behind it is unprecedented in sci fi. Look how shallow the original Starwars plot was. I loved it but it was "space opera" pulp fiction that was with TESB ROTJ fleshed out into a decent saga.
As for the dialogues, lets be fair. Cameron may not be Tolkien or even Heinlein but Please Just compare Avatar with the plots and dialogues of the first StarWars and original Star trek.
Also Tolkien was nominated but not short listed for the Nobel literature prize, as none of the critics believed The Lord of the Rings would become such a classic. yet It has spawned an entire genre of heroic fantasy. Perhaps the same may occur with Avatar. Like Tolkien, Cameron has a story world far better envisioned than Roddenberry or Lucas could ever come up with on their own.
Gorgeous CGI eye candy does not a Tolkien make. Cameron achievement with Avatar was astounding, as a commercial exercise first and foremost and as eye candy. pandora charms on sale Tolkien is on another level entirely inventing the fantasy genre among other things. Lucas had Joseph Cambell coaching him up and Yoda and Chewie and Hans and Boba Fett and R2D2 and C3PO. Awesome, appealing unique characters of all stripes. Avatar = Navi and Humans and cool flora and fauna. Too limited in its diversity of higher level humanoid like beings to be anywhere near Tolkien/Star Wars/Star Trek. The mythology and tribal allegiance etc. is born out of the characters and diversity of humanoid like beings in these worlds. Like all great drama, it the relationships that matter. Avatar is Pocahontas and killing snit in a gorgeous place.
Come on guys, I heard ppl tell me "Avatar was just Dances with Wolves".
Ok I agree the Naa bear a little too much similarity to native americans than necessary, but who need 1000 different humanoid aliens? I love the common design format of fauna in Pandora (6 legs, quills, luminescent colours). Maybe the Naa should have had 4 arms.
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