Last week we saw the first trailer for the 3D rerelease of Titanic, the 1997 hit that became the biggest movie of all time, until director James Cameron decided to one-up himself with last year's Avatar, which usurped the story of youthful love aboard a doomed ocean liner. That trailer was like a little time capsule taking us back to those heady days during which the world was infatuated with the film, thanks to Cameron's technical virtuosity, Leonardo DiCaprio's dreaminess, Kate Winslet's impeccable nudity, and Celine Dion belting out "My Heart Will Go On."
Today, though, we have a new featurette on the theatrical reissuing of Titanic, featuring the man himself, James Cameron, discussing the film's lasting emotional resonance and the thinking behind its conversion to 3D. Cameron's reputation for perfectionism and ambition is well-earned, and when he promises that Titanic will provide a faultless post-conversion 3D experience that is equivalent to a feature filmed with 3D cameras, you take Big Jim at his word.
A new featurette from the upcoming Hugo features a whole mess of new imagery from the rapturous-looking film, as well as behind the scenes footage, but most importantly, it includes Martin Scorsese and James Cameron sitting side by side and talking about 3D. Hugo represents the legendary Scorsese's first family film and his first use of the newfangled format, while Avatar director Cameron has been a tireless proponent of 3D who has never been at a loss for opinions on how it should be used. It's a short video, just over two minutes, and it's largely promotional hyperbole, but all the footage from the actual film looks incredible in 2D, and both Scorsese and Cameron are fun to watch and listen to; they're both such formidable filmmakers in very different ways, and sitting next to one another, they're almost caricatures of themselves in a very entertaining way.
Up until Avatar last year, Titanic was by far the most successful movie of all time (not adjusted for inflation, naturally), and since James Cameron is all about three dimensions nowadays, we're getting a theatrical 3D rerelease of the film early next year. In order to let the world know about said rerelease, a trailer and poster for Titanic 3D are now online and ready to view.
Time has heightened many of the film's flaws, and the backlash against Titanic was vicious enough that is easy to forget just how impossibly popular the film was after its 1997 debut. This trailer, though, works overtime to push its audience's collective nostalgia-button, and if the sight of Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet as crazy kids falling in every shade of love doesn't get you, then James Horner's score might just do the trick. And if that doesn't work, Celine Dion and the unabashed melodrama of "My Heart Will Go On" will be the nostalgia iceberg colliding with your vulnerable heart.
For the last eleven months, things have been pretty quiet on Cleopatra, Sony Pictures' 3D take on the life of the famous Egyptian queen. Quiet enough, in fact, that it seemed the project had lost steam, despite the continued involvement of Angelina Jolie as the title character. Now though, it turns out that Sony has not yet given up on Cleopatra, and are bringing aboard another Oscar-winning screenwriter to rewrite the script. Not only that, but an A-list director whose next film involves a girl and her dragon tattoo might just be interested in directing the film.
Given that he's the star of the biggest film of all time, it's strange to consider that just two years ago, American audiences weren't familiar with Sam Worthington, the Australian actor who played ex-marine-turned-interplanetary revolutionary Jake Sully in James Cameron's Avatar. That film conquered theaters and brought about the current wave of 3D features in 2009, the same year that Worthington starred alongside Christian Bale in Terminator: Salvation.
Since springing to international stardom, Worthington has kept exceedingly busy, putting another notch in his epic-scale franchise belt as Perseus in last year's Clash of the Titans remake, and this year, he's also committed to smaller, more intimate films such as the relationship drama Last Night with Keira Knightley. Last month, he starred alongside Jessica Chastain and Helen Mirren in John Madden's The Debt, and he plays a determined rural cop in the dark police procedural Texas Killing Fields, arriving in theaters this Friday. In a phone interview with journalists from all over the world promoting Texas Killing Fields, Worthington provided brief updates on his next mega-movies: the already-filmed Clash of the Titans 2, and the two eventual sequels to Avatar.
Despite dormancy of more than a decade following Terminator 2: Judgment Day, the franchise launched by James Cameron in 1984 has, like the titular figure, proven surprisingly resilient, extending its life to two Cameron-less theatrical installments and a television series. Even after McG's Terminator: Salvation was not terribly well-received in 2009, a fifth Terminator is all but inevitable. Arnold Schwarzenegger is rather improbably attached to return to series, but director Justin Lin, who became a hugely in-demand commodity with Fast Five this summer, will no longer be involved. Probably.
When writer-director James Cameron's Avatar debuted in 2009 and became the highest-grossing movie of all time, audiences proved that they could unironically enjoy watching an overtly environmental allegory while indulging in the modern luxuries of air-conditioning and 3D movie-going. There were even many reports of people suffering post-Avatar depression because the bio-luminescent jungles of Pandora exist merely as expensive digital environs. Today, anyone suffering from that peculiar psychological malady can jump for joy, as Pandora will soon be physically recreated as an attraction at Disney Parks.
According to no less a source than the Disney Parks Blog, Disney's Bob Iger and Tom Staggs announced at a press conference today that a newly formed long-term deal between Walt Disney Imagineering and Fox Filmed Entertainment will see Avatar locations incorporated into Disney's amusement parks. James Cameron, producer Jon Landau, and their team at Lightstorm Entertainment will be providing creative oversight.
There have been a lot of rumors lately about The Expendables 2, a sequel to Sylvester Stallone’s 2010 testosterone-filled, action-packed extravaganza. Some of them have turned out to be true, and others have been false. The original film earned over $250 million worldwide at the box office and featured a long list of ‘80s and ‘90s action stars including Stallone, Jason Statham (The Transporter), Jet Li (Romeo Must Die), Dolph Lundgren (Rocky IV), Mickey Rourke (The Wrestler), Bruce Willis (Die Hard), and Arnold Schwarzenegger (Terminator 2: Judgment Day).
While Stallone co-wrote and directed the first film, it has been previously announced that Simon West (Con-Air) would be taking over directing duties from “Rambo” and David Agosto and Ken Kaufman would be crafting the script. Part of the fun of the first film was seeing all of these unique action stars on the big screen at the same time, and there have been many rumors about which actors “Rocky” might ask to join him for the next installment. The impressive list of hopefuls include Jean Claude Van Damme (Timecop), Chuck Norris (The Delta Force), Scott Adkins (X-Men Origins: Wolverine), Hulk Hogan (No Holds Barred), Steven Segal (Out For Justice), Tom Arnold (True Lies), Mr. T (Rocky III), Carl Weathers (Predator), Vin Diesel (xXx), Dwayne Johnson (Fast Five), Charlie Sheen (Wall Street), Christopher Lambert (Highlander), John Travolta (Pulp Fiction), Nicolas Cage (The Rock), and Christian Slater (True Romance).
While it was recently announced that Willis and Schwarzenegger would be reprising their roles (in a larger capacity), and that Chuck Norris, Jean Claude Van Damme, and Scott Adkins had been confirmed to join the cast, one actor who will not be appearing in the upcoming sequel is Tom Arnold. Last week another news site reported that the comedian/actor might be appearing in The Expendables 2, but last night I had a chance to catch up with the actor at the Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood and he denied the report. I had the pleasure of speaking with Tom Arnold on the red carpet at a release party for X-Men: First Class, which is available on Blu-ray and DVD today. I asked the actor point blank if he will be appearing in The Expendables 2 and here is what he had to say about the script for the film, the rumor, and how it all got started.
When The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift was on the way back in 2006, it was generally viewed as the sad death rattle of an overextended novelty franchise. Thanks to the confident direction and action orchestration of Justin Lin, though, the stand-alone story proved that there was some life left in the street-racing series, and after bringing back the original cast with Fast & Furious, Lin ensured that this summer's Fast Five was the biggest film of the franchise, earning over $600 million worldwide. He's been quite enthusiastic about returning for another round of automotive mayhem, and today Lin confirmed that a sixth The Fast and the Furious would be his next film, while also providing an update on the Terminator sequel to which he remains attached.
Throughout the Final Destination series, the Grim Reaper hasn't needed a huge amount of human assistance to finish off most of the survivors of catastrophes. A faulty power cord, a well-placed laundry line, or a malfunctioning escalator seem to do the trick just fine, yet in Final Destination 5, survivors will begin picking people off in the hope that they can be spared Death's elaboration machinations. Based on the second trailer for the not-really-titled Final Five, though, the Reaper is still in fine Rube Goldbergian form. Word to the wise: if you recently made it through a major bridge collapse, other survivors of which have been dying left and right, do not, I repeat, do not get laser eye surgery or go to your acupuncture appointment.