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James Cameron Announces That First 'Avatar' Sequel Has Been Delayed Until 2017


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Avatar director James Cameron has announced that the release of the film’s first of three long awaited sequels has been pushed back a year, to 2017. Speaking in New Zealand, Cameron blamed the ‘complex job’ of writing the three sequels simultaneously on the delay. The first follow up to the 2009 box office hit was meant to land in theatres in just over a year.

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“There's a layer of complexity in getting the story to work as a saga across three films that you don't get when you're making a stand-alone film," the director said while taking part in an event to promote the film industry in Wellington.

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James Cameron On Avatar Sequels: "You Will Sh*t Yourself, With Your Mouth Open"


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James Cameron is really pushing these Avatar sequels. The Oscar-winning director has three follow-ups planned for the 2009 fantasy adventure and used a select choice of words to describe his excitement.

James CameronJames Cameron [L] is also developing a Pandora Avatar world

"I can tell you one thing about them, they're gonna be b**chin'," he told Empire magazine. "You will s**t yourself with your mouth wide open."

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Hollywood's Sequel Fever Means Zoe Saldana's Schedule Is Booked For The Next Few Years


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Zoe Saldana has a lot coming up in the next couple of years, having been signed to several franchises, including a sequel to Guardians of the Galaxy, as well as Star Trek 3. She’s also expected back for the second, third and fourth Avatar films, which director James Cameron announced earlier this year.

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Saldana's pregnancy won't affect her ambitious filming schedule.

Saldana recently talked to Vulture about her packed filming schedule for the next couple years. All of it isn’t set just yet, but Saldana does have an idea about the immediate future at least.

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Why James Cameron Is Being Sued For $1 Billion Over 'Titanic' Attraction


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A woman behind a virtual reality simulator of the Titanic disaster is suing filmmaker James Cameron for $1 billion. Stay with us here. Faan Qin, the inventor of the 'attraction, is suing over the hit movie Titanic, claiming the producers stole her ideas for a 3D ride that recreates the experience of the giant liner crashing into an iceberg.

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According to the lawsuit obtained by TMZ.com, Qin claims Cameron and his hang copies her idea with something called 'R.M.S Titanic - The Experience' in Orlando, which they've apparently made a killing from. Qin claims that Cameron's attraction has more than $343 million but she wants triple that to teach the director a lesson. 

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James Cameron To Shoot Avatar 2, 3 And 4 Simultaneously


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James Cameron used his Reddit AMA on Saturday morning to update fans on the three planned Avatar sequels, saying he will have completed the scripts within six weeks. The first sequel is set to hit cinemas in December 2016, with Josh Friedman, Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver and Shane Salerno previously announced Cameron's collaborators.

James CameronJames Cameron Is Shooting Avatar 2, 3, and 4 Simultaneously 

"The second, third and fourth films all go into production simultaneously," the director wrote in his Reddit AMA. "They're essentially all in preproduction now, because we are designing creatures, settings, and characters that span all three films. And we should be finished with all three scripts within the next, I would say, six weeks."

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James Cameron Secures Return Of Avatar Co-Stars, Zoe Saldana And Sam Worthington, For Trilogy


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James Cameron has already started the process of filming the next instalments of 2009's sci-fi epic 'Avatar'.

The film maker has secured his two co-stars, Zoe Saldana and Sam Worthington, for them to reprise their roles as 'Neytiri' and 'Jake Sully' in the next three films.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Cameron was waiting for the actors to finalize their deals and will reunite with each other when shooting begins later this year.

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New Zealand Fast Becoming The Go-To-Place For Blockbusters - Avatar 2, 3 & 4 Going Kiwi


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If you’re shooting a sprawling blockbuster, with luscious alien planets providing the backdrop, then you’ve probably already considered New Zealand as a filming location. Truth is though, you’re not; but Peter Jackson did, and now James Cameron is heading back.

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He announced, alongside New Zealand’s Prime Minister John Key and Avatar producer Jon Landau, that the second, third and fourth films – much like the first – will be filmed on the Pacific island.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger: The 'Avatar 2' Antagonist?


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If the latest rumors are to be believed, then good ol’ Arnie Schwarzenegger will be making it four films with James Cameron, as he might be joining the Avatar 2 cast in the role of ‘bad guy’. This is, of course, according to the Latino Review, who so often gets this stuff spot on. If it’s true, then it’s goes under the file: huge movie news.

Cameron steered Arnie to Hollywood notoriety with Terminator 1, Terminator 2, and True Lies, and a reunion with the irrepressible Austrian would represent a major boon. According to the Review, “Arnold’s film career post politics has been straight up bumjuice,” so an entry into the Avatar franchise would be most welcome.

“Movie-wise, he’s tied up with his next two movies, but hopefully, there’s something down the line when he’s finished with that,” Schwarzenegger told the MTV Movies Blog earlier this year. “I always look forward to working with him because Cameron is a very talented director."

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Heart-Racing 'Gravity' Trailer Released As October Release Inches Closer


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After months of being tantalised with intriguing and hauntingly beautiful Gravity teaser clips, we finally have our first, full-length official trailer that makes us more excited about the upcoming Alfonso Cuarón-directed space thriller than ever.

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Sandra & George's Performance As Two Astronauts Has Been Praised.

The trailer, released a month ahead of Gravity's early October theatrical release date fleshes out the stark clips we'd been teased with and reveals more of the action scenes as George Clooney and Sandra Bullock struggle as two astronauts adrift in space after their shuttle is damaged by space debris. We are reminded of the odds faced by our astronauts as they float "372 miles above the earth." An on-screen blurb reads "There is nothing to carry sound. No air pressure, no Oxygen. Life in space is impossible."

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James Cameron's Avatar Will Be A Quadrilogy, Not Trilogy As Planned


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James Cameron's planned Avatar trilogy will be a quadrilogy it was announced on Thursday 1st August.

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James Cameron at the 109th Explorers Club Annual Gala at the Waldorf Astoria, New York.

James Cameron's 2009 Avatar will become a one of four as plans for three more sequels have been announced. Josh Friedman (War of the Worlds), Shane Salerno (Savages), Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver (who both wrote Rise of the Planets of the Apes) will collaborate with Cameron on the sequels. 

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James Cameron And The Mystery Of The Three Avatar Sequels


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Three Avatar sequels in three consecutive years? We knew James Cameron was ambitious, but this… this is madness (cue obligatory 300 reference.) Still, the news, as announced by MTV, is that not only has Cameron added a third Avatar sequel to his schedule (that’s four movies in total, if you’re counting), but he plans to film all three at the same time. You might want to go back and read over that again.

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A little ambition never hurt anybody...

Cameron explained in his interview with MTV News that he is already putting together a writing and production team for each separate movie. These people will coordinate their work to get the scripts in good enough shape for filming to begin sometime next year. Simultaneously. On all three movies. The moral of this story is that James Cameron does not mess around when it comes to his franchises. But it’s alright, because it’s not like he has a lot of high expectations to meet, apart from Avatar being the highest grossing movie of all time and all.

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Paramount’s Judgement Day: Is Arnie Back As Terminator, Or Is It Hasta La Vista, Baby?


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Terminator will be returning in 2015, Paramount announced on Tuesday (26th June 2013), the script is already in the development. Laeta Kalogridis (Shutter Island) and Patrick Lussier (Drive Angry) are currently working on the project. No casting decisions have been revealed and it is unknown if Arnold Schwarzenegger will return to the role as the Terminator. 

Arnold SchwarzeneggerArnold Schwarzenegger at The Last Stand premiere in London. 

The James Cameron films follow, for anyone who hasn't visited earth anytime in the last 30 years, the adventures of John Connor. Initially only a glint in his father's eye, Connor is pursued by an assortment of robot assassins from the future. The first robot was played by Arnold Schwarzenegger who has appeared, some form or the other, in every Terminator film since. 

It's likely he will make an appearance in the forthcoming film. His likeness was featured in special effects form in the last film, Terminator Salvation, starring Christian Bale and Sam Worthington. Schwarzenegger has much bigger things going on at the time: bizarrely being the Republican Governor of California. His term ended in 2011 so he is now free from public duties, should he wish to be involved. 

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World's Greatest Effects Guru Ray Harryhausen Dies Aged 92


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Ray Harryhausen, a visual effects guru often considered to have been the finest in the movie business, has died aged 92. Best known for his pioneering work on Star Wars, Jason and the Argonauts and Clash of the Titans, Harryhausen made his models by hand and shot them frame by frame to create some of the best-know sequences in cinema.

The technique was taken up by the likes of Nick Park, co-creator of the Wallace & Gromit movies who called Harryhausen "one of the true greats" this week. Star Wars creator George Lucas said that without him "there would likely have been no Star Wars." Shaun of the Dead director Edgar Wright said, "I loved every single frame of Ray Harryhausen's work.He was the man who made me believe in monsters."

Harryhausen's finest moment came when he animated seven skeletons who came to life in Jason and the Argonauts - a sequence that took three months to film, according to BBC News.

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Odds Are On For No One As Oscars Look To Be Close


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With the nominations for 2013's Academy Awards being revealed today, all the fields are open in the four major categories as there seems to be no real, clear cut contenders for the top prizes.

Lincoln has taken the brunt of the nominations, with twelve nominations in total, so it looks as though Steven Spielberg's historical epic might be favourite for some of the top awards too- Daniel Day-Lewis, Steven Spielberg and the film itself looking odds on favourite with Oddschecker.com. But still, are things really as clear cut as they seem? Maybe not, with the odds aside, the close(ish) ones at that, nothing really seems that clear really.

Avatar was the odds on winner back in 2010, but it was the former Mrs James Cameron, Katherine Bigelow, to see her film sweep the awards. Day-Lewis in particular has some competition in his field, with Cannes winner Joaquin Phoenix and first time nominees Bradley Cooper and Hugh Jackman biting at his heels. Both Argo and Zero Dark Thirty look as though they could take the top award of the night from under the president's nose, but with no Ben Affleck, it does look as though Ang Lee may be Spielberg's only competition to top director gong.

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The Informationist: James Cameron Looking At Life Beyond ‘Avatar


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James Cameron is already looking ahead to life beyond his two ‘Avatar’ sequels. Err, steady on Jim, might it not be worth getting those out of the way first? According to The Los Angeles Times Cameron's production company, Lightstorm Entertainment, has optioned the rights to ‘The Informationist’, the debut book by Taylor Stevens, with plans for Cameron to direct it for 20th Century Fox.

 The story is set in Africa and follows a researcher hired to help find the daughter of a Texas oil billionaire. Jon Landau, Cameron’s producing partner, commented "This is one of the most cinematic books I’ve ever read, and it's got all the classic Jim Cameron elements - a female protagonist who is smart, physically adept and skilled, great action, an unexpected love story."

Landau continued, adding that Cameron would hire a screenwriter to adapt it while he's in production on the ‘Avatar’ sequels. "The writing process, the perfect time to do that is when you’re in production on something else," he commented. "You need the relief during the process of making a movie like 'Avatar' where you can escape on a weekend and read a draft." Oh enough of that already, Landau, quit holding out on us, when are the ‘Avatar’ sequels actually getting going? "We don't have a shooting script, but we have a direction we're going in.” Well that’s no help whatsoever.

Mythbusters: Did Jack Really Have To Die In Titanic? Perhaps Not!


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James Cameron’s Titanic was an epic cinematic reprisal of the tragic nautical tale. But did the film’s heart-breaking, tear-jerking ending really have to ‘go down’ like that?

According to the myth busting TV show imaginatively titled, MythBusters: no it did not. The show’s hosts, Adam and Jamie tested the various ways Jack could have survived, and it looks like with a little more attention to water safety, and a little life jacket initiative, he could have made it to shore with his newfound love. Even a sensible sharing system of the makeshift raft could have ensured survival. Then again, if that had happened, the film probably wouldn’t have been made. James Cameron is fully aware of the debate, but doesn’t quite share the myth-buster’s view. “Actually, it's not a question of room, it's a question of buoyancy," He told IGN recently. "When Jack puts Rose on the raft, then he tries to get on the raft. He's not an idiot, he doesn't want to die. And the raft sinks and kind of flips. So it's clear that there's only enough buoyancy available for one person. So he makes a decision to let her be that person instead of taking them both down."

Cameron’s fictionalized account of the sinking of the Titanic is still considered one of the most successful films ever made, despite being made nearly 16 years ago. To date, it has earned $658,672,302 in North America and $1,526,700,000 in other countries, for a worldwide total of $2,185,372,302.


Sanctum Review


OK
Inspired by a true story and executive produced by underwater-film fanatic James Cameron, this cave-diving thriller has a lot going for it, thanks to a strong cast and high production values. But the script fails to make anything of the premise.

Fit young Aussie Josh (Wakefield) travels to a remote cave in Papua New Guinea with American financier-adventurer Carl (Gruffudd) and his girlfriend (Parkinson). There they join a team, already deep underground, led by Josh's hard-man dad Frank (Roxburgh). Having just discovered a massive new water-filled chamber, everyone's shocked by the accidental death of a team member (Cratchley). And then a tropical storm descends, flooding their base camp and forcing the spelunkers deeper underground in search of another way out. But the already strained team finds it difficult to work together.

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James Cameron Saturday 16th October 2010 arrives to the 2010 Environmental Media Association Awards held at the Warner Bros. Studios Burbank, California

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James Cameron Saturday 25th September 2010 James Cameron is seen leaving Malibu Country Mart after having lunch with a friend Malibu, California

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James Cameron and Suzy Amis - James Cameron and Suzy Amis Washington DC, USA - The Climate Rally Earth Day 2010 at the National Mall Sunday 25th April 2010

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CCH Pounder and James Cameron - CCH Pounder, James Cameron and Suzy Amis Los Angeles, California - 'Avatar' Earth Day Tree Planting Ceremony held at Twentieth Century Fox Studio Lot Thursday 22nd April 2010

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Suzy Amis and Cch Pounder
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Cch Pounder and James Cameron

Magda Rod and James Cameron - Magda Rod, Richard Gree, James Cameron, Suzy Amis, LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Lu Parker Thursday 22nd April 2010 at LA Live Los Angeles, California

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James Cameron, Suzy Amis and 'avatar' Neytiri
James Cameron and Suzy Amis
James Cameron, Suzy Amis and 'avatar' Neytiri
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James Cameron, Suzy Amis and 'avatar' Neytiri

Black Eyed Peas and James Cameron - The Black Eyed Peas and James Cameron New York City, USA - The Black Eyed Peas launch the Samsung 3D LED TV at the Time Warner Center - Arrivals Wednesday 10th March 2010

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James Cameron and Black Eyed Peas - Wednesday 10th March 2010 at Times Square New York City, USA

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James Cameron and Black Eyed Peas

James Cameron - James Cameron and wife Suzy Amis Sunday 7th March 2010 at Academy Of Motion Pictures And Sciences Hollywood, California

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James Cameron and Suzy Amis

Bill Paxton and James Cameron - Bill Paxton, James Cameron and Tom Arnold Los Angeles, California - 8th Annual VES Awards held at The Hyatt Regency Century Plaza - Press Room Sunday 28th February 2010

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Bill Paxton and James Cameron
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Bill Paxton and James Cameron

James Cameron - James Cameron with his wife Suzy Amis Los Angeles, California - 8th Annual VES Awards held at The Hyatt Regency Century Plaza - Arrivals Sunday 28th February 2010

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James Cameron - James Cameron and wife Suzy Amis Sunday 21st February 2010 at BAFTA London, England

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James Cameron and his wife Suzy Amis - James Cameron and his wife Suzy Amis Los Angeles, California - The 2010 Writers Guild Awards held at The Hyatt Regency Century Plaza - Arrivals Saturday 20th February 2010

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James Cameron and His Wife Suzy Amis
James Cameron and His Wife Suzy Amis
James Cameron and His Wife Suzy Amis

James Cameron - James Cameron with Suzy Amis Los Angeles, USA - 2010 WGA Awards held at The Hyatt Regency Hotel in Century City, USA Saturday 20th February 2010

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James Cameron - Saturday 6th February 2010 at Santa Barbara International Film Festival Santa Barbara, California

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James Cameron and wife Suzy Amis - James Cameron & wife Suzy Amis at the Hollywood Palladium Hollywood, USA - The 21st Annual PGA Awards 2010 Sunday 24th January 2010

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James Cameron and Wife Suzy Amis

Suzy Amis and James Cameron - Suzy Amis and James Cameron Los Angeles, California - 15th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards at the Hollywood Palladium Friday 15th January 2010

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Suzy Amis and James Cameron
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James Cameron and Arnold Schwarzenegger - James Cameron and Arnold Schwarzenegger Friday 18th December 2009 at Star On The Hollywood Walk Of Fame Los Angeles, California

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Avatar Review


Extraordinary
After a 12-year-break, Cameron returns to feature filmmaking with a mind-bending epic that's both visually spectacular and emotionally involving.

And the fact that it's in gorgeously rendered 3D is icing on the cake.

In the year 2154, paraplegic Marine Jake (Worthington) is transported to the planet Pandora to join the avatar project. Soon he's in the middle of hostile territory in the genetically cloned body of the Na'vi: three metres tall with blue skin, a tail and a very sensitive ponytail. In the jungle, Jake befriends Neytiri (Saldana), who trains him in the ways of the Na'vi. But this puts him at odds with his employers, who want him to help move the Na'vi so they can plunder the land for a rare mineral.

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James Cameron - Thursday 10th December 2009 at Odeon Leicester Square London, England

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Zoe Saldana, James Cameron, Sam Worthington and Sigourney Weaver
Giovanni Ribisi, James Cameron, Michelle Rodriguez, Sigourney Weaver and Zoe Saldana
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James Cameron - James Cameron and wife Suzy Amis Friday 5th June 2009 at Egyptian Theater Los Angeles, California

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Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles: Season One Review


Very Good
The MILF playing the lead role of the new Terminator TV show is enough to revive interest in the sci-fi franchise after its third film tanked.

Despite not being nearly as buff as Linda Hamilton, Lena Headey pulls off a feisty Sarah Connor: She's gorgeous but tough enough to be taken seriously. Her co-stars aren't half bad either; they're worthy spin-off "successors." But as for the show itself, its first season can be summarized as a series of hits and misses, where the strong points occur at the beginning and the end, sandwiching a mess of boring melodrama in the middle. Nonetheless, when the show's good, it's really good, and those few quality episodes should be powerful enough to reel you into watching season two.

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Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985) Review


Bad
There are times when I get completely fed up with the arrogance of human beings, forever in their hurry to make money and be a-number one. Petty tyrants in offices preside over minute typographic errors then lash out with tirades against their minimum wage employees, cowering in their cubicles under paper-strewn desks. Sardines pile into the subways breathing each other's coffee and dry animal sweat. It's enough to drive someone mad.

Instead of heading to your local gun shop (or, in NYC, the neighborhood park) to pick up a pair of high powered machine guns and mow a path through thy fellow man, I suppose temporary (if mind-numbing) release can be found through the stupid slaughter of Rambo: First Blood Part II. It's ignorant, but certainly conforms to expectations. It's the Bernie Goetz of Vietnam movies.

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Rambo: First Blood Part II (1987) Review


Bad
There are times when I get completely fed up with the arrogance of human beings, forever in their hurry to make money and be a-number one. Petty tyrants in offices preside over minute typographic errors then lash out with tirades against their minimum wage employees, cowering in their cubicles under paper-strewn desks. Sardines pile into the subways breathing each other's coffee and dry animal sweat. It's enough to drive someone mad.

Instead of heading to your local gun shop (or, in NYC, the neighborhood park) to pick up a pair of high powered machine guns and mow a path through thy fellow man, I suppose temporary (if mind-numbing) release can be found through the stupid slaughter of Rambo: First Blood Part II. It's ignorant, but certainly conforms to expectations. It's the Bernie Goetz of Vietnam movies.

Continue reading: Rambo: First Blood Part II (1987) Review

The Terminator Review


Essential
I'll never forget the first time I saw James Cameron's The Terminator. I must have watched that movie at least 100 times during my youth. But during the 101st viewing, the VHS copy I stole from my uncle Dave's video collection was eaten by my crappy old-school, top-loading VHS player. Damn, that sucked.

The Terminator stands as a personal favorite. Schwarzenegger was in his prime in the 1980s -- in guilty pleasures like Commando, Raw Deal, Predator, Conan The Barbarian, and The Running Man. But he gave many kids my age something to hang on to during the Reagan years. Schwarzenegger was our generation's John Wayne, a muscle-bound bodyguard extracting his own kind of vengeance from a cold and dangerous world. He was always the good guy, but it's almost ironic that his first indelible impression on our minds was that of a killer robot from the future sent back in time to murder a hot coffee shop waitress.

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Terminator 2: Judgment Day Review


Excellent
James Cameron made one of his biggest early hits with the sequel to the popular Terminator, Schwarzenegger's baddest-ass role to date. Sent back in time (again) to protect the young leader of a future resistance group, Arnie does battle with a superior model of himself (Patrick -- hey Rob, where'd your career go? Oh, to The X-Files.). Of course he wins, but not before dazzling the world with some of the finest special effects put to film, 90% of which still look state of the art 10 years after their creation.

Too bad Sarah Conner (Linda Hamilton) is even less likable in this film than in the original -- her character, long suffering in a mental hospital, is one-dimensional and overdramatic. Her son (Edward Furlong), supposedly the future leader of "the resistance," comes across as whiny and fragile. And as for that T-1000, well, the technological leap to go to from a standard cyborg to a liquid metal machine with no visible parts... seems like that might take a bit longer than 10 years to create.

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Aliens Of The Deep Review


Very Good
Ever since mega-blockbuster director James Cameron made The Abyss, he seems to have had deep-sea fever. And ever since he scored cajillions of dollars on T2 and Titanic, he's had enough capital to make his Richard-Branson-inspired adventurer dreams come true.

Post-Titanic, Cameron made a 3-D documentary about exploring the wreck of the real sunken luxury liner, titled Ghosts of the Abyss; and then later released another wreck-dive chronicle, Expedition: Bismarck. Now, he takes to the breach once more in Aliens of the Deep, an often-incredible, sometimes-annoying 3-D IMAX adventure that finds Cameron seeking out the creepy crawlies that teem around the ocean bottom's heat vents.

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Aliens Review


Excellent
In Aliens--the sequel to the 1979's Alien--Sigourney Weaver reprises her role as Lt. Ripley. In the first film, she was the soul survivor after her crew discovered deadly aliens during a space expedition. At the end of Alien, she expelled a creature through the air lock and put herself into hibernation. Aliens opens 50 years later, when a ship crew discovers Ripley sleeping in deep space. She's awakened and returned to Earth, where she learns that her daughter, who was 11 years old the last time she saw her, has recently died of old age.

To her astonishment and horror, Ripley also learns that a multi-billion dollar human colony has been established on the alien-infested planet from which she escaped. When the colony loses contact with Earth, Ripley tries to tell everyone about the aliens, but, naturally, no one listens to her. A crew of heavily armed soldiers, technicians, and scientists set out on another space expedition to investigate. After being told that the soldiers intend to destroy the species, Ripley decides to tag along as well. Once the ship arrives at the colony, however, all hell breaks loose.

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The Terminator Review


Essential
I'll never forget the first time I saw James Cameron's The Terminator. I must have watched that movie at least 100 times during my youth. But during the 101st viewing, the VHS copy I stole from my uncle Dave's video collection was eaten by my crappy old-school, top-loading VHS player. Damn, that sucked.

The Terminator stands as a personal favorite. Schwarzenegger was in his prime in the 1980s -- in guilty pleasures like Commando, Raw Deal, Predator, Conan The Barbarian, and The Running Man. But he gave many kids my age something to hang on to during the Reagan years. Schwarzenegger was our generation's John Wayne, a muscle-bound bodyguard extracting his own kind of vengeance from a cold and dangerous world. He was always the good guy, but it's almost ironic that his first indelible impression on our minds was that of a killer robot from the future sent back in time to murder a hot coffee shop waitress.

Continue reading: The Terminator Review

Rambo: First Blood Part II Review


Bad
There are times when I get completely fed up with the arrogance of human beings, forever in their hurry to make money and be a-number one. Petty tyrants in offices preside over minute typographic errors then lash out with tirades against their minimum wage employees, cowering in their cubicles under paper-strewn desks. Sardines pile into the subways breathing each other's coffee and dry animal sweat. It's enough to drive someone mad.

Instead of heading to your local gun shop (or, in NYC, the neighborhood park) to pick up a pair of high powered machine guns and mow a path through thy fellow man, I suppose temporary (if mind-numbing) release can be found through the stupid slaughter of Rambo: First Blood Part II. It's ignorant, but certainly conforms to expectations. It's the Bernie Goetz of Vietnam movies.

Continue reading: Rambo: First Blood Part II Review

Solaris (2002) Review


OK
Fear not, Clooney fans. Those two already-infamous shots of George's butt are alive and well in the long-talked-about but barely-anticipated Solaris -- a remake of the equally infamous 1972 Russian sci-fi epic (known for its stark photography, a near-three-hour running time that challenges even the most patient viewer, and a reputation for being utterly incomprehensible). I'm pleased to say that the remake is less stark, substantially shorter (97 minutes or so), and makes a little more sense. That said, I'd rather have been watching the original film.

The story is relatively faithful to Tarkovsky's flick. Distraught widower/shrink Chris Kelvin (Clooney) receives a distress call of sorts from a friend aboard a distant space station, then gears up to go to his rescue. Once he arrives at the station, orbiting a mysterious, glowing-pink planet called Solaris, Kelvin encounters a skeleton crew of surviving crewmembers, including the not-quite-right Snow (Jeremy Davies) and the ultra-paranoid Gordon (Viola Davis). It's not spoiling much to reveal that before his first night on the space station is over, Chris also encounters his dead wife Rheya (Natascha McElhone).

Continue reading: Solaris (2002) Review

Ghosts Of The Abyss Review


Very Good
After giving us the astounding details of a maritime disaster in Titanic, director James Cameron now presents an equally astounding 3-D return to the real wreckage of the ship, under 12,000 feet of ocean and at a pressure of 6,000 pounds per square inch. Part scientific exploration, part history lesson, Cameron has pulled together a multinational dive team and crew with specialized expertise, along with actor Bill Paxton as a participant-narrator for a documentary that is at times awesome and at times meditative on how one faces the question of life or death in the face of disaster.

Making the revisit possible is the most advanced underwater submersible and IMAX 3-D camera technology. The capabilities of both are well demonstrated in an introductory section of the film, taking full advantage of the medium to make you dodge a claw as it thrusts out at you, or allow you to carefully study faces as though you're sitting next to them.

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The Abyss Review


Excellent
Before he became King of the World, James Cameron blew budgets out of the water, so to speak, with this little gem about aliens living on the bottom of the ocean, and what happens when humans interact with them. The original ending blows totally, but the laserdisc promises a new ending that threatens to make The Abyss a classic.

The Muse Review


Good

Sharon Stone has always been an under-rated actress, but she may finally get her due with her sparkling comedic turn in the title role of "The Muse," as a literal, inspiration-spawning, divine daughter of Zeus living the good life as a hanger-on in La La Land.

With vivacious whimsy she plays her fussy, pampered, domineering demi-goddess -- the secret spring of creativity for Hollywood elite when their tapped-out talent needs divine intervention -- as a mix of Norma Desmond and the Spice Girls in both attitude and wardrobe.

Martin Scorsese comes to her for advise on a "Raging Bull" remake. So does James Cameron. "Stay away from water," she advises him. "No sequel?" he pouts.

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James Cameron

Date of birth

16th August, 1954

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