Why the Oscar-winning screenwriter's first self-made film may be her last
Quick -- name the new M. Night Shyamalan summer blockbuster.
James Cameron must turn over to his former employee Eric Ryder the drafts of Cameron's screenplay for the blockbuster Avatar, in a partial victory for the unknown author handed down today by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Alan Rosenfield. Rosenfield, (a rare local who admits he didn't see Avatar ... More >>
Quentin Tarantino emerges from a chaotic couple of years with his most ambitious film to date, Django Unchained. Will the Academy really, really like it?
This week's list of special event movies ranges from a James Cameron classic to Henry Fonda's take on the 16th president.
A race to the heart of the underworld is revving between Hollywood darling James Cameron and Virgin mogul Sir Richard Branson. The stakes are high. Only one submersible has ever touched the deepest point on the ocean floor, dramatically labeled the "Challenger Deep". That vessel was named Trieste, ... More >>
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Jeffrey WisniewskiWisniewski's battling Buddhas: Hollywood high tech with art world cred Sculptor Jeffrey Wisniewski, known for dismantling an American colonial home and feeding it into a woodchipper, piece by piece, somewhat in the spirit of celebrated house-cutting artist Gordon Matta-Clar ... More >>
What's the old adage? "If it exists, someone's made porn out of it." I suppose it's not really an old adage...but I've been told it's The 34th Rule of the Internet. Recent controversy about condom use in The Industry has cast another dark cloud over Porn Valley, as highlighted in LA Weekly's cover ... More >>
Of all that is in the name of being over-commercialized and tacky, Disney is prepping to open one of several Avatar lands at its Walt Disney World theme park in Florida. The first is expected to break ground in 2013 at its Animal Kingdom portion. Here are five things that are bound to go w ... More >>
Clooney collides with silent classics, while 3-D goes otherworldly
Jodie Foster plausibly listens for aliens in Robert Zemeckis' adaptation of Carl Sagan's novel Contact. When we watch 2001 or Deep Impact or Avatar, how is it that we accept (at least for two hours or so) what we are seeing? As Professor David Kirby of the University of Manchester argues in h ... More >>
Filmforum's "Alternative Projections" symposium draws a line from avant-garde to Avatar
Lightstorm EntertainmentBe calm, Jake: Big oil has no chance against our gentle CreatorAs if "Avatar" didn't hit us over the head hard enough, director James Cameron is taking his devotion to Mother Nature a step further by pumping $1 million into the campaign against California's Proposition ... More >>
With his latest mind-boggler, can Christopher Nolan save the summer?
[Ed.'s note: Attention Phish-Heads! Your idols have made a 3-D movie to blow your minds in yet another dimension and it opens today. They're also kind, giving folks, so they have offered you an EXCLUSIVE version of "Mike's Song" from the soundtrack via West Coast Sound. Right-click here for the dow ... More >>
Keeping it realist at the old boys club
The Spruce Goose.Land adjacent to Playa Vista that once belonged to Howard Hughes has been sold in a deal with three buyers worth an estimated total of about $85 million, Bloomberg News reports. The deal includes the hangar-cum-soundstage where Hughes built the record-setting Spruce Goose ai ... More >>
Attention, super-avid Avatar fans who are also into linguistics: Paul Frommer, the USC professor who created the Na'vi language used in James Cameron's film, will be lecturing and signing DVDs at Laser Blazer on Pico tomorrow night. You have to buy the film at Laser Blazer in order to get F ... More >>
From Yale drama to his latest film, there's more to this multiplex master than meets the eye
Today in Inane Squabbles Between Successful Assholes: James Cameron (ex-husband of Kathryn Bigelow and director of Avatar), and Glenn Beck, Fox News personality and mastermind behind the book and one-man-show The Christmas Sweater--yes, that really exists) are having a media feud! It started at ... More >>
How a badly troubled script doomed Spider-Man 4