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Release Date: December 18, 2009 (North America) More Regions »

Genres: Action, Science Fiction          MPAA Rating: PG-13

Production Phase: Released

Studio: 20th Century Fox   Production Company: Lightstorm Entertainment

Who's In It: Sam Worthington (Jake Sully), Zoe Saldana (Neytiri), Sigourney Weaver (Dr. Grace Augustine), Giovanni Ribisi (Parker Selfridge), Michelle Rodriguez (Trudy Chacon)

Who's Making It: James Cameron (Director), James Cameron (Screenwriter), Jon Landau (Producer), James Cameron (Producer), Weta Digital (Special Visual Effects)

Premise: In 2154, paraplegic war veteran Jake Sully is offered a once-in-a-lifetime trip to the alien world Pandora if he agrees to work for a mission that will harvest a valuable element from the far-off world.... More »

Official Website: www.avatarmovie.com

What We Think: The guy that gave us first two Terminator movies, Aliens and The Abyss is back in the sci-fi game? It's about time, Jim, and welcome back buddy. We can't wait to see what you're working... More »

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Friday, July 24, 2009

Video from yesterday's Avatar panel at Comic-Con 2009 has been thrown up on YouTube by the Geeks of Doom team. If you couldn't be there in Hall H here's your opportunity to see director James Cameron and stars Sigourney Weaver, Zoe Saldana and Stephen Long talk about working on Pandora.

 

 

 

 

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Thursday, July 23, 2009

With the first day of Comic-Con 2009 underway, we've found some video showing off the Avatar booth on display at the con. That full-sized mech seen at E3 is there to attract passers-by and as you will shortly see there are also Avatar toys on display behind plexiglass walls.

 

 

 

And here's a demo of the interactive webcam that allows you to see Avatar vehicles and characters like they are in motion at your house:

 

 

 

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Thursday, July 23, 2009

When James Cameron emerged onto the stage at Hall H, the Comic-Con audience assembled to be the first public in the world to see material from Avatar erupted into applause. Cameron was introduced by Tom Rothman, the president of 20th Century Fox's film division, and later the director was joined by cast members Sigourney Weaver, Zoe Saldana and Stephen Lang. When Lang emerged he addressed the crowd in his Avatar character -- a loud, no-nonsense Army soldier.

Cameron told the crowd that he had made Avatar for "the 14-year-old kid that he used to be," and compared its storyline to Lawrence of Arabia. After talking some more to the audience (he added that he was inspired as a kid by 2001: A Space Odyssey and the first two seasons of the 1960s Star Trek), the lights dimmed and a whopping 24 minutes of material from the movie was shown to the crowd, consisting of one live-action scene and five CG scenes. Among the digital creatures shown were Saldana's Na'vi character, the shark-like Banshee aerial creatures that fly through Pandora's atmosphere and part of a battle sequence between the natives and their flying mounts.

Cameron concluded the panel by saying that August 21 will be "Avatar day": 15 minutes of footage from Avatar will be shown at IMAX theaters free of charge and the trailer for the video game and images from the toy line will be released.

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- "Da Mole". Comment on this Scoop (0)
Wednesday, July 1, 2009

A banner featuring what appears to be a close-up of one of the Na'vi aliens from Avatar is being seen on the streets of San Diego. The Avatar image is helping to promote the upcoming 40th annual Comic Con International where a panel for the movie will be held. Whether director James Cameron turns up remains to be seen, but for now we've finally gotten our first look at what he's been looking at on those Avatar monitor screens.

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Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Collider has six photos of the power loader/armored mech/whatever-it-is because the real-life model is at Ubisoft's booth at this year's E3.

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Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Yesterday James Cameron came to show the world's assembled video game press (and the world) their first glimpse into the secretive Avatar production. Cameron was there to talk about Ubisoft's Avatar video game and how it expands on the universe we'll see in the film. The filmmaker gave the audience a primer about the film's storyline and its revolutionary filmmaking techniques, relating it to how Ubisoft is also taking a similar approach to the design of the Avatar game.

Here's the video of Cameron talking to the crowd at the event:

 

 

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Thursday, May 28, 2009

MarketSaw has done it again and has published another Avatar exclusive, this time of two pieces of concept art from the film. The first piece of art confirms the design of the power loader/battle suit seen a couple of days ago (and which we're running along with this story) while the second shows one of the humans' atmospheric jets chasing after Na'vi on a flying creature on Pandora. Hit our link to see larger versions of these images.

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Monday, May 25, 2009

MarketSaw has once again published a neato Avatar exclusive, this time of what they say is a piece of "heavy equipment" seen in the movie. We can make out a foot and a gripping hand on the metal beastie. Is this Cameron's updated version of the power loader from Aliens?

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Thursday, April 30, 2009

While discussing his next movie coming out soon, The Girlfriend Experience, director Steven Soderbergh was asked the question by Coming Soon's Edward Douglas as to why there hasn't been any recent films that have had a sizeable impact on the public's consciousness or pop culture, like for example Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather. Soderbergh expressed his disappointment in the lack of such milestone films but also said that there may be one on the horizon that can leave that kind of impression on the masses, and it's Avatar.

"I've seen some stuff and holy shit. It's the craziest shit ever," said the filmmaker. "That could negate everything I just said."

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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

The Hollywood Reporter caught up with Sigourney Weaver and cornered her into talking about what her role is in Avatar. Mary McDonnell was along for the ride. There's nothing earth-shattering in what Weaver reveals but it's still of interest to those following the slow trickle of information coming out about the production.

- The Hollywood Reporter. Comment on this Scoop (0)
Friday, April 24, 2009

The new issue of Empire magazine has three new photos showing James Cameron calling the shots on the set of Avatar and even shooting with the camera. When the MarketSaw website got a hold of some scans of the new images, they did some Photoshop magic and blew up the background image in one photo and turned around a monitor display in another photo, all better to see what Cameron himself was seeing. The improved image on the monitor seems to show a soldier walking between some equipment. Here's where it gets really cool: the background seems to be our first true look at the real-time animation that Cameron is using for Avatar. After all, the director is staring off-camera at a greenscreen but the image on the monitor suggests that this is the processed shot after the background animation has been added.

- Empire, MarketSaw. Comment on this Scoop (0)
Saturday, April 11, 2009

Avatar is a big, expensive film and anyway that 20th Century Fox can try and make some more return from their substantial investment (rumored to be somewhere between $250 million to $300 million), they're going to try. So even though the idea of an Avatar sticker book sounds pretty silly, when Cinematical found an Amazon solicitation for one, it shouldn't come as too much of a shock.

And there are other Avatar books: the movie scrapbook, a paperback for 9-12 year-olds called The Na'vi Quest and an art of Avatar hardcover with a foreward by Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson.

Oh, and they're reuseable stickers.

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Friday, March 20, 2009

There's an article in the new issue of Time magazine (and also available on their website) on the rise of 3-D cinema. Directors Steven Spielberg and James Cameron as well as DreamWorks Animation prez Jeffrey Katzenberg all get their turn to advocate why they believe the latest 3-D technology will revolutionize the way audiences experience motion pictures, but obviously the Time piece is of interest to those following all the latest news concerning Cameron's Avatar. And the writer of Time's article got his opportunity to see some of what Cameron has been cooking up.

"I couldn't tell what was real and what was animated -- even knowing that the 9-ft.-tall blue, dappled dude couldn't possibly be real," writes Josh Quittner, Time's reporter. "The scenes were so startling and absorbing that the following morning, I had the peculiar sensation of wanting to return there, as if Pandora were real."

Quittner originally pegged Avatar's budget at $300 million dollars but later recanted that figure, downsizing it to a mere $200 mil. Our own sources told us long ago that Avatar's budget was going to wind up closer to $300 million, if not there. But what's a hundred mil difference these days anyway?

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Friday, March 13, 2009

Avatar director James Cameron sets the record straight and shoots down the 8 rejected trailers rumor in an email to Ain't It Cool. Cameron tells the website, "As usual the rumor mill is grinding out mostly spurious stuff. I have no plans at present to go to Showest, and in any event we have decided not to unveil material there.

"As to the trailer story, I have no idea where that came from but I haven't rejected any trailers (yet) since I haven't seen any yet. They're still working on them for presentation, which presumably will be soon. I'm sure I'll reject a couple once I have the chance. Right now I'm just focused on having a movie to sell."

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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

MarketSaw is running a story from a source that they consider solid that 8 different trailers for Avatar have been created so far -- and rejected by James Cameron. "He is hard at work prepping his own trailer for the masses as he knows the first trailer has to be done right," says the site's source.

MarketSaw is also saying that footage from Avatar may be screened at this year's ShoWest convention which takes place from March 31 to April 2.

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