Based on his unabashed aquatic preoccupation, I'd bet that James Cameron's Malibu estate has a beautiful ocean view. In addition to The Abyss, Titanic, and his many submersible adventures, Cameron has long developed The Dive, a drama based on a real life free-diving couple. While the world's preeminent blockbuster-maker is busy with his Avatar sequels, though, The Dive is being handed off to director Martin Campbell.
Faced with the age-old dilemma between going big or going home, James Cameron will invariably choose to go big, and he'll go so big as to move himself into a new tax bracket. He most recently went big with Avatar, which became the biggest movie ever (not adjusted for inflation) usurping his previous achievement in bigness, Titanic. With the fourteen-year record holder for highest grossing movie of all time getting a 3D re-release this April, you bet your ass Cameron's putting all that bigness on jumbo-sized IMAX screens.
Back in 2009, a movie arrived in theaters that transported audiences to a lush, unpolluted alien world without acknowledging the irony of sitting in an air-conditioned theater for its nearly three-hour runtime. Since Avatar became the biggest movie of all time (not adjusted for inflation), the world has patiently waited for the sequels that James Cameron, in his beneficence, has promised. The second and third Avatar movies have been consistently pegged for 2014 and 2015, but it looks like we might have to wait an additional two years before Avatar 2 brings Pandora back to Earth.
A few years ago, Sam Worthington was a less globally-recognized name than his fellow Australians Yahoo Serious or Paul Hogan, but starring in the biggest movie of all-time for director James Cameron certainly changed that quite a bit. After playing paraplegic Marine-turned-messianic-leader Jake Sully in 2009's Avatar, Worthington quite suddenly found himself legitimized as a leading man on level rarely attained by actors of any stripe.
Since taking his first trip to Pandora, Worthington has appeared in a variety of projects, from starring as Perseus in the 3D remake Clash of the Titans to acting alongside Keira Knightley in the relationship drama Last Night and Jessica Chastain in the Mossad thriller The Debt. His next film, Man on a Ledge, finds him playing the title character, a wrongly-accused criminal with an elaborate and risky plan to clear his name. While promoting Man on a Ledge, Worthington sat down with international journalists for a roundtable interview during which he provided updates on some of his new projects, including Thunder Road, the Avatar sequels, and this year's Wrath of the Titans.
Film producer Kathleen Kennedy may have co-founded Amblin Entertainment with her husband, Frank Marshall, and director Steven Spielberg, but she is also responsible for producing some of the most beloved films of the 20th Century. Together, Kennedy and Spielberg are the most successful producing team of all time and collectively their films have grossed over $5 billion in domestic box office receipts. In addition to working with Spielberg, she has also collaborated with legendary directors such as Clint Eastwood (The Bridges of Madison County), Robert Zemeckis (Back to the Future), David Fincher (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button), and Martin Scorsese (Cape Fear).
Kennedy’s resume reads like a grocery like list of the greatest films of our generation including Raiders of the Lost Ark, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Gremlins, The Goonies, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Jurassic Park, The Sixth Sense, The Color Purple, Munich, and the Oscar-winning Schindler’s List. She is currently in the process of promoting two new films that she made with Spielberg, which open only days apart from each other. War Horse, based on the popular book and stage play of the same name, and The Adventures of Tintin, which is based on the fan-favorite series of comics by Belgian writer and artist Herge and opens in U.S. theaters everywhere on December 21st.
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.