“Avatar” Fans Can Own The Collector’s Edition On DVD And Blu-ray. The three-disc set of “Avatar” is coming out Nov. 16. Fans of the movie and its award-winning visual effects can buy the extended highly anticipated release of “Avatar” Extended Collector’s Edition on Blu-ray and DVD with exclusive collectible packaging and lots of extras.
With three versions of the film on the DVD and fans will get an all-new extended cut of the film and hours of never-before seen material including over 45 minutes of amazing deleted scenes. ’ There’s an extended length cut that’s sixteen minutes longer, plus documentaries, behind the scenes features, artwork and over 45 minutes of deleted scenes. Everything worth putting into a special edition is in this set. The three-disc “Avatar” Extended Collector’s Edition Blu-ray and Theatrical Special Edition Re-Release DVD will both feature the original theatrical release, a special edition re-release, family audio track with all objectionable language removed and the new collector’s extended cut with sixteen more minutes, including an exclusive alternate opening Earth scene. Other bonus features include a journey to the depths of Pandora with filmmakers during “Capturing Avatar,” an in-depth feature length documentary covering the 16-year filmmaker journey with new interviews with James Cameron, Jon Landau and the cast and crew; 45 minutes of deleted scenes; the “Pandora’s Box” feature which delves into the filmmaker process; an interactive scene deconstruction that explores the various stages of production through three different viewing modes; and 17 short features that show how producers scored the film, captured performances, shot in 3D fusion camera and organized stunts. The Oscar and Golden Globe winning epic is the highest grossing film of all time, taking in over $2.7 billion in the worldwide box office.
James Cameron’s “True Lies” Set For TV Remake. Before the blockbuster “Titanic” in 1997, James Cameron had the mega hit “True Lies.” Now, after another record-breaking hit in “Avatar,” the filmmaker will be bringing back “True Lies” in a TV adaptation. The action/comedy became a top-grossing film in 1994. It starred Jamie Lee Curtis and Arnold Schwarzenegger as a seemingly normal suburban couple. Unbeknown to his wife Helen who believes her husband is just a computer salesman, Harry is leading a double life as a secret agent for the U.S. The film, considered one of the most expensive films ever made that decade, was nominated for an Oscar for Best Visual Effect. Curtis also won a Golden Globe for her role. According to our source, Cameron is set to produce a TV adaptation of the film. His Lightstorm Entertainment and 20th Century Fox TV are producing. Rene Echevarria will be the writer/showrunner and co-exec producer. The details are still unclear, though it is almost safe to say that they will be looking for other actors to play the roles of Schwarzenegger and Curtis. This is not Cameron’s first foray into television. He also co-created and exec produced “Dark Angel,” a Fox series that made Jessica Alba a star in 2000 to 2002
Oprah Winfrey Reclaims Most Powerful Celebrity Throne. Oprah Winfrey is once again the queen of celebrities. The media mogul has reclaimed her throne as the most powerful celebrity by Forbes magazine, knocking over last year’s number 1 Angelina Jolie. Forbes tallied the names in the Celebrity 100 based on fame and money. Their earnings estimates and their Web hits, including press mentions. For this year, their social standing was also calculated using social sites like Facebook and Twitter. Winfrey was ousted from her comfortable top position last year by Jolie, but quickly regained footing this year. The magazine cited her eponymous talk show, as well as other media. Lady Gaga debuts in the list at 4th place, while America’s sweetheart Sandra Bullock sits pretty at 8th place. She was 92nd last year. Beyonce Knowles (2nd), Britney Spears (6th), Madonna (10th), and U2 (7th) make up the music stars included in the first 10 rank. James Cameron (3rd), Johnny Depp (9th), and Tiger Woods (5th) round up the Top 10. Jolie and partner Brad Pitt also make the list at 18th and 30th place respectively, while “Twilight” stars Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson join the power list for the first time at 66th and 50th.
Top 50 of Forbes’ Most Powerful List:
16.Black Eyed Peas
21.Dr. Phil McGraw
“Avatar” DVD Sales Surpass 6 Million Units. As if its box office receipts weren’t proof enough of its dominance, the highest-grossing movie of all time is continuing its reign over all things entertainment. Since its April 22 release on DVD and Blu-ray Hi-Def, “Avatar” has been setting records once again, but this time on home format. In only its first few days of availability, the James Cameron fantasy film has beaten out the record for Blu-ray sales — previously set at 2.5 million units — by reaching an early total of 2.7 million units sold for the Blu-ray format alone. Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment also has announced the combined total for both DVD and Blu-ray sales, which has already shot past 6.7 million units. This makes it the best-selling title in recent history, with still more results yet to be seen. Oscar winner “Avatar,” also nominated for Best Picture and Best Director at the 82nd Academy Awards, has been transferred to DVD form with full utilization of disc memory for the best possible viewing experience. Besides creating the ultimate in high definition movie-watching, Twentieth Century Fox has filled the DVD with extras, most notably the chance to become attached to fellow viewers through the online bonus “The Avatar Program,” which offers users updates on additional materials to further enhance their enjoyment of the movie. Likewise, “The Home Tree Initiative” gives people the chance to take part in the planting of trees across the planet in the hopes that Earth will begin to look more like the lush alien world Pandora.
James Cameron’s mega successful sci-fi flick “Avatar” will be released on Blu-ray and DVD come April. Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is set to release the top grossing film for home viewing audiences worldwide.
On April 22, Earth Day, fans in the U.S. and Canada will be able to revisit and rediscover the magic of the highest grossing film of all time in the comforts of their own homes. Since its theatrical release in December, “Avatar” dominated the box office records, even beating Cameron’s other megahit “Titanic” for the highest grossing film title with $2.6 billion in worldwide box office. The film – starring Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Stephen Lang, Joel David Moore, Michelle Rodriguez, Giovanni Ribisi, and Sigourney Weaver – tells the story of a paraplegic former Marine who, taking over from his twin brother, enters a scientific project that uses an avatar to interact with the humanoid species called Na’vi in the planet Pandora. His mission is to lure the Na’vis away from their home base in order for his fellow humans to mine a precious mineral called unobtanium. But things get complicated when he learns to love the race as his own. “Avatar” will be available on Blu-ray and DVD in the U.S. and Canada on April 22.
The release dates for other countries:
•Apr 21: France, Netherlands, Belgium, Spain
•Apr 22: China, Brazil, Russia, North America
•Apr 23: Germany, Switzerland, Japan, Mexico
•Apr 26: U.K.
•Apr 27: Denmark
•Apr 28: Norway, Sweden, New Zealand
•Apr 29: Australia
•Apr 30: Finland
•May 6: Italy
“Precious” Wins Best Supporting Actress, Adapted Screenplay Oscars; Ben Stiller Gets Laughs. One of the biggest award winners of the year just added a couple more distinctions to its catalog. “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” won two of the top honors of the 82nd annual Academy Awards, taking home the statuettes for Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress. Stand-up comedienne Mo’Nique received the acting award, thanking everyone on the film’s cast and crew, including producers Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry; “Gone with the Wind” actress Hattie McDaniel, the first African-American Oscar winner; her husband, for his support; and the Academy, specifically for showing that “it’s about the performance and not the politics.” Screenwriter Geoffrey Fletcher was more emotional in his acceptance speech, saying that the award went out to “all the precious boys and girls everywhere” and “everyone who works on a dream every day.” Following this, co-host Steve Martin broke the tension by claiming credit for Fletcher’s speech. Comic Ben Stiller also provided laughs – when giving out the award for Best Makeup, the “Greenberg” star came on stage sporting the blue skin, yellow eyes and tail of one of the Na’Vi alien race from Best Picture nominee “Avatar.” Director James Cameron was among those laughing the hardest at the getup. “I should’ve just worn my Spock ears,” Stiller said, noting that “Avatar” wasn’t even in the running for the award. His “Star Trek” remark proved appropriate when he opened the envelope to reveal the category winner was J.J. Abrams’ big screen update of the science fiction favorite. But not before an offstage fishing pole snagged his fake tail. This is one of many Oscar gags for Stiller, who last year portrayed a confused, bearded Joaquin Phoenix and in another year, was in the middle of a green screen stunt that didn’t go as planned.
The last time Oscar presenters had to rattle off 10 names in the Best Picture category was in 1943, when “Casablanca” sealed its beautiful friendship with moviegoers. History has proven the Academy Award voters correct in choosing “Casablanca” from a formidable group of contenders that included “For Whom the Bell Tolls” and “Heaven Can Wait.” On Sunday, we’ll again be treated to scenes from 10 Best Picture hopefuls – a move spurred by last year’s outrage over the snubbing of “The Dark Knight,” a fan and critic favorite that didn’t even make the longtime standard list of five nominees. But with this year’s mix ranging from box office behemoths like “Avatar” to more subtle fare like “An Education,” we’re in for a game of Oscar roulette. There’s a chance that a split vote could yield a top flick that will please just about no one – save, of course, for the winner. While “Casablanca” has done well with posterity, not every pre-1943 winner from fields that raged from five to 12 stands up to subjective scrutiny all these years later. “The Great Ziegfeld” topped nine competitors in 1936, beating the more enduring “Mr. Deeds Goes to Town” and “A Tale of Two Cities.” The next year, “The Life of Emile Zola” somehow bested “Captains Courageous,” “The Awful Truth,” “Lost Horizon,” “A Star is Born” and five others. Perhaps the biggest upset of the long-list nominee era came in 1941 when the very good “How Green Was My Valley” won out over nine films that included “The Maltese Falcon” and “Citizen Kane.” The visually innovative and psychologically aware “Citizen Kane” was an industry game-changer – much like “Avatar,” whose enveloping 3-D performance-capture technology already is exercising an influence. “Avatar,” not incidentally, also is the biggest moneymaker of all-time (though when you adjust for inflation 1939 Best Picture winner “Gone With the Wind” is still the champ). More than just the denizens of Pandora will be blue if “Avatar” loses the top prize. But “The Hurt Locker” and “Precious” are strong contenders, both with themes and backstories that appeal to Oscar voters. If “The Hurt Locker” wins, it would become the first Oscar winner directed by a woman (Kathryn Bigelow). If “Precious” wins, it would be the first Best Picture directed by an African-American (Lee Daniels). There’s also added drama here, the kind Academy voters love: “Avatar” director James Cameron and Bigelow used to be married, also raising the tension for the Best Director contest, which includes Daniels. mWhile those three movies have gotten the most pre-Oscar buzz, it’s possible that this year’s revised ballot – in which Academy voters ranked their favorites in order – could yield a surprise winner. We could live with a victory by the excellent “Up,” “Inglourious Basterds” or “District 9.” The Hollywood honchos are just hoping to avoid a situation like last year when the worthy, but below-the-radar “Slumdog Millionaire” took the Oscar home. The truth is that many viewers probably will shut off the TV in disgust if “Avatar” doesn’t win. So here’s some advice to “Avatar” fans: focus on the years Oscar got it right, such as in 1943 with “Casablanca.” And remember, no matter what happens, we’ll always have Pandora.
A planned “Avatar” parody sketch by Sacha Baron Cohen has been yanked from the Academy Awards. Reports said that the skit, which will also feature Ben Stiller, was canned due to “creative differences.” The said skit would have featured Baron Cohen dressed as a blue-skinned Na’vi woman and Stiller as his inadequate translator. When the Pandora natives become frustrated with his twisted words, Baron Cohen will reveal that he is carrying James Cameron’s love child. But the comedy sketch was deleted from the program, in what is assumed to be a move in respect to Cameron. Baron Cohen apparently did not like that his parody has been axed. Upon hearing the news, he decided to skip Oscars altogether. His rep told various publications that the comedian left the show due to “creative differences.” But Cameron would have liked the sketch. He told eonline.com that he is not aware of the Oscar producers decision, but “if they want to poke fun at ‘Avatar’ Sunday, that’s OK by me.” “The Oscars are a celebration of movies? even the gaffes and out of bounds stuff are all part of the fun.” The 82nd Academy Awards will be held on March 7 at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood. Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin will host
“Avatar” has unsurprisingly scooped up awards at the first-ever International 3D Society “Lumiere Awards,” winning the Live action 3D Feature of the Year among six other trophies. Brendan Fraser was also awarded Best 3D Talent for his acting and producing role in “Journey to the Center of the Earth in 3D.” The James Cameron box office blockbuster also won Best 3D Stereography – Live Action and Best 3D Character for Neytiri, played by Zoe Saldana. Co-star Giovanni Ribisi accepted the awards on behalf of the filmmakers. Fraser was honored for his work as both actor and executive producer of the successful 3D feature film “Journey to the Center of the Earth in 3D.”Also honored were Jeffrey Katzenberg, DreamWorks Animation CEO, with a 3D Vision Award. The event, presented by the newly formed International 3D Society, was held at the Hollywood’s Mann Chinese Theater Tuesday.
The list of winners:
•Live Action 3D Feature of the Year: “Avatar”
•Animated 3D Feature of the Year: “Up”
•Short 3D Motion Picture/Narrative: “Partly Cloudy”
•Best 3D Documentary: “Under the Sea 3D”
•Outstanding Achievement of 2D to 3D Converted Feature: “G-Force”
•Best 3D Character of the Year: Neytiri from “Avatar”
•Best 3D Scene of the Year: “Avatar” and Jake Sully for “First Flight”
•Best 3D Stereography – Live Action: “Avatar”
•Best 3D Stereography – Animated: “Coraline”
•Outstanding Achievement in 3D Visual Effects: “Avatar”
•Outstanding Achievement for Marketing 3D Content: 20th Century Fox Studios for “Avatar”
People’s Choice Awards tie-up category (announced during the January 6 telecast of the event):
•2010 People’s Choice Award – Favorite 3D Live Action Movie: “Avatar”
•2010 People’s Choice Award – Favorite 3D Animated Movie: “Coraline”
“Avatar” is on the cusp of toppling the domestic box-office record after leading all movies for a seventh straight week. James Cameron’s 3-D epic earned $30 million over the weekend, and its domestic total reached $594.5 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. That puts the film only about $6 million behind the domestic record set by Cameron’s “Titanic” in 1998 with $600.8 million. Earlier this week, the 20th Century Fox blockbuster passed “Titanic” for the worldwide box-office record. It has now crossed the $2 billion worldwide mark with $2.039 billion, easily beating the $1.8 billion made by “Titanic.” “You have to do a double take when you see these numbers,” said Paul, Dergarabedian, box-office analyst for Hollywood.com, marveling that “Avatar” decreased only 14 percent from the previous weekend. “James Cameron is the king of the box office hold.”
So close to the domestic box-office record, “Avatar” could pass “Titanic,” interestingly enough, on Tuesday — when Oscar nominations are announced. The film is expected to be nominated for best picture, as well as numerous other categories. Those nominations could mean an Oscar bump for “Avatar,” further propelling its gross. Whereas the sustained box-office performance of “Titanic” has typically been attributed to teenage girls seeing the film repeatedly, the demographics for “Avatar” are less clear. One draw for repeat business is surely the 3-D visual effects. “It’s everybody going repeatedly,” said Dergarabedian. “At first it was more of a fanboy experience, and then the word got out.” Analysts believe the lengthy run from “Avatar” is likely hurting the business of other films.Mel Gibson’s revenge-thriller “Edge of Darkness,” debuted this weekend with $17.1 million for Warner Bros., a respectable if slightly low total. Dan Fellman, head of distribution at Warner Bros., called it a “solid opening.” “On a normal weekend, we probably would have had the number one film,” said Fellman, shrugging at the out-of-this-world competition from “Avatar.” “Edge of Darkness” had been widely seen as a test to whether Gibson can return to headlining a film, after eight years and damage to his image. The last movie he starred in was “Signs” in 2002. Four years later, he made anti-Semitic remarks during a drunken-driving arrest. But “Darkness” has received mostly good reviews. Fellman said the studio’s data showed approximately 70 percent of those seeing the film said they came to see Gibson. “It certainly marks an interesting return for Mel Gibson,” said Fellman. “When this film plays out, I think his star will shine a little brighter.”
Also in its first weekend of release was “When in Rome,” the Walt Disney romantic comedy starring Kristen Bell. It took in $12.1 million.
Many films will hope for a box-office boost from the Academy Awards after nominations are announced Tuesday morning. The Oscar effect, though, may be slightly different this year, since the academy has expanded best picture nominees from five to ten.
Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Media By Numbers LLC. Final figures will be released Monday.
1. “Avatar,” $30 million.
2. “Edge of Darkness,” $17.1 million.
3. “When in Rome,” $12.1 million.
4. “The Tooth Fairy,” $10 million.
5. “The Book of Eli,” $8.8 million.
6. “Legion,” $6.8 million.
7. “The Lovely Bones,” $4.7 million.
8. “Sherlock Holmes,” $4.5 million.
9. “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel,” $4 million.
10. “It’s Complicated,” $3.7 million.
James Cameron carried home two Golden Globes on Sunday night for his 3-D blockbuster, “Avatar.” “Avatar,” which has sold $1.6 billion in tickets worldwide in just a month, was chosen best movie drama, while Cameron won for best movie director. “We have the best job in the world,” Cameron said. Many of the winners and presenters at the 67th Golden Globes wore red and yellow ribbons, a reminder of Tuesday’s devastating earthquake in Haiti. “It does feel strange to dress up and play fantasy, but I’m glad we are talking about it,” actress Kyra Sedgwick told our source on the red carpet. Globe producers included several appeals in the awards broadcast for viewers to donate to Haitian relief efforts. As “Crazy Heart” star Jeff Bridges accepted the best actor in a movie drama award — the first Golden Globe of his career — he joked about his lack of awards. “Wow, you’re really screwing up my under-appreciated status here,” Bridges said. The best actress in a movie drama went to Sandra Bullock for her work in “The Blind Side.” Robert Downey Jr. won the Globe for best actor in a movie comedy or musical for his role in “Sherlock Holmes.” Downey joked that he didn’t have an acceptance speech because his wife told him Matt Damon would win the category for “The Informant!” “The Hangover,” a comedy about misadventures in Las Vegas, won the Golden Globe for best comedy or musical movie. Former boxing champ Mike Tyson, who played himself in the film, stood onstage as a movie director Todd Phillips accepted the award. Austrian actor Christoph Waltz won the Golden Globe for best supporting actor in a movie for “Inglourious Basterds.” The role of Nazi Colonel Hans Landa — the villain in Quentin Tarantino’s film — required Waltz to speak four languages fluently. The Golden Globe for best TV drama was awarded to AMC’s “Mad Men” for the third straight year. Alec Baldwin repeated his Emmy success at the Globes, winning the best actor in a TV comedy or musical series award. Meryl Streep took home her seventh Golden Globe, one for best actress in a comedy or musical movie, for “Julie & Julia.” Streep, referring to last week’s earthquake in Haiti, said it was hard for her to put on her “happy movie self, in face of everything I am aware of in the real world.” Streep had two chances to win the category, because she was also nominated for “It’s Complicated.” Kevin Bacon won the Golden Globe for best actor in a made-for-TV miniseries or movie for his acting in HBO’s “Taking Chance.” It was his first Globe. The Globe for best actress in a made-for-TV miniseries or movie went to Drew Barrymore for HBO’s “Gray Gardens.” It was her first Globe win after three nominations. Chloe Sevigny, who plays the second wife in HBO’s “Big Love,” took the best supporting actress Globe for a made-for-TV miniseries or movie. “Up in the Air,” which was up for Globes in six categories, won the best screenplay award. Showtime’s “Dexter” grabbed Golden Globes for best actor — Michael C. Hall — and best supporting actor — John Lithgow — in a TV series, miniseries or movie. The best actress in a TV drama series went to Julianna Margulies for her work in “The Good Wife” on CBS. Comedian Mo’Nique won the Golden Globe for best supporting actress in a movie for her role as an abusive mother in “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire.” “I’m shaking when I tell y’all I’m in the midst of my dream,” Mo’Nique said. Toni Collette won the best actress in a TV comedy or musical TV series for Showtime’s “United States of Tara.” It was Collette’s first Globe win, though she has been nominated four times. The Disney-Pixar blockbuster “Up” won the Golden Globe for best animated movie. Pixar has won the category every year since it was started four years ago. “Up” was also honored for best original movie score, which was composed by Michael Giacchino. The award for best original song for a movie went to T Bone Burnett’s “The Weary Kind,” the theme for “Crazy Heart.” The Golden Globe for best foreign language film was given to Germany’s “The White Ribbon.” Film legend Sophia Loren presented the award. On the red carpet, the earthquake in Haiti and rain over Los Angeles dampened the Golden Globes Sunday evening. Dresses were as glamorous as ever, but the talk was less about the competition and more about the relief efforts under way in Haiti. “It does feel strange to dress up and play fantasy, but I’m glad we are talking about it,” said Kyra Sedgwick, nominated for a fifth time as best actress in a TV drama for “The Closer.” British comic Ricky Gervais, who is hosting the 67th Golden Globes show, said “someone much more important than me” will address the Haiti tragedy during the NBC telecast. Actress Olivia Wilde, who was already involved in supporting an orphanage and three schools in Haiti, said her Golden Globe dress and several others will be auctioned off with “100 percent of the money going to a local program in Haiti.” “It’s my way of turning all this fashion madness into something positive,” Wilde said. George Clooney, up for a best actor award for his film “Up in the Air,” will host a telethon on Friday to raise money for the devastated island nation. “Up in the Air” has six Golden Globe nominated, the most of any other movie. The Golden Globes, produced by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, is the opening act in the 2010 awards season. Umbrellas were out as a rare rain fell Sunday evening. The first section of the red carpet leading into the Beverly Hilton Hotel was not covered.
The Directors Guild of America has announced the nominees for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film. Unsurprisingly, the helmers of 2009′s top films made it to the shortlist, including James Cameron and Quentin Tarantino. Cameron, who won the award in 1997 for “Titanic,” is nominated for his sci-fi offering “Avatar,” while Tarantino, who was previously nominated for “Pulp Fiction” in 1994, is mentioned for his WWII-themed flick “Inglourious Basterds.” They will be competing against first time nominees Jason Reitman (“Up in the Air”), Lee Daniels (“Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire”), and Cameron’s ex-wife Kathryn Bigelow (“The Hurt Locker”). DGA President Taylor Hackford said, “The DGA Award is especially meaningful to directors because it is decided solely by their peers – the men and women who have been in the same trenches and know exactly what goes into the crafting of a unique motion picture.” “The five nominees for this year have each expressed an indelible vision that transported audiences to vivid vistas of cinematic art. My heartiest congratulations to all of the nominees.” The winner will be announced at the 62nd Annual DGA Awards Dinner on January 30 at the Hyatt Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles. Meanwhile, Cameron scored another feat with “Avatar.” The futuristic film – starring Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez, and Stephen Land – has become the third highest grossing film of all time with $1.1 billion, edging the $1.07 billion spot previously held by “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest.”