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September 21, 2011 | By Catharine Hamm, Los Angeles Times Travel editor
With news that Disney has reached licensing agreements that will allow it to bring “Avatar” rides and attractions to its theme parks (Florida first, maybe as early as 2016), we have to ponder this question: How much do you really remember about the movie? It's only been a couple of years since the blockbuster film made its debut. And sequels are said to be in the works for 2014 and 2015. And, most important, the true aficionado will never forget. On the other hand, others may never have known.
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September 21, 2011 | By Catharine Hamm, Los Angeles Times Travel editor
With news that Disney has reached licensing agreements that will allow it to bring “Avatar” rides and attractions to its theme parks (Florida first, maybe as early as 2016), we have to ponder this question: How much do you really remember about the movie? It's only been a couple of years since the blockbuster film made its debut. And sequels are said to be in the works for 2014 and 2015. And, most important, the true aficionado will never forget. On the other hand, others may never have known.
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OPINION
December 29, 2009 | Jonah Goldberg
You probably don't need a long synopsis of James Cameron's half-billion-dollar epic, "Avatar," in part because even if you haven't seen it, you've seen it. As many reviewers have noted, Cameron rips off Hollywood cliches to the point you could cut and paste dialogue from "Pocahontas" or "Dances with Wolves" into "Avatar" without appreciably changing the story. In short, "Avatar" tells the tale of a disabled Marine, Jake Sully, who -- through the wonders of movie magic -- occupies the body of a 10-foot-tall alien so he can live among the mystical forest denizens of the moon world Pandora.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 21, 2010
Kids took the stage and celebrities sat in the audience Wednesday as First Lady Michelle Obama honored community arts programs that help young people around the country develop their talents and succeed in life. Obama presented 15 after-school and out-of-school programs, many of them serving at-risk youths, with the 2010 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award. She said the programs teach young people that "each of them has something of value to contribute. " She called the arts programs "shining examples of using success in the arts and humanities as a bridge to success in life.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 25, 2009 | Denise Martin; Scott Collins; Alex Pham
Judging by Thursday's 25-minute preview unveiled at Comic-Con, James Cameron's 3-D "Avatar" will be every bit the spectacle of his 1997 Oscar-winning film "Titanic." The animated "Avatar" is set on a distant, lush planet called Pandora, a super-saturated world filled with 1,000-foot trees, exotic, near fluorescent forests, fearsome predators and an indigenous people known as the Na'vi -- tall, blue humanoids who are peaceful until provoked.
NEWS
February 10, 2010 | By Christy Grosz
When "Up in the Air's" Ryan Bingham says "moving is living," he's standing at a podium in front of a group of anonymous businesspeople, discussing the benefits of eliminating the literal and figurative baggage in their lives. But as the movie progresses, it's clear that Bingham's ability to travel light is much more about avoiding any emotional attachments than it is about gliding with ease through an airport security line. Although Bingham, played by the Oscar-nominated George Clooney, is using travel as a way of escaping emotional growth -- or, some might say, making time stand still -- "Up in the Air" isn't the only film this season -- or even the only Oscar nominee -- that uses the physical journey as a metaphor for a character's visceral transformation.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 21, 2010
Kids took the stage and celebrities sat in the audience Wednesday as First Lady Michelle Obama honored community arts programs that help young people around the country develop their talents and succeed in life. Obama presented 15 after-school and out-of-school programs, many of them serving at-risk youths, with the 2010 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award. She said the programs teach young people that "each of them has something of value to contribute. " She called the arts programs "shining examples of using success in the arts and humanities as a bridge to success in life.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 17, 2009 | Kenneth Turan, FILM CRITIC
Think of "Avatar" as "The Jazz Singer" of 3-D filmmaking. Think of it as the most expensive and accomplished Saturday matinee movie ever made. Think of it as the ultimate James Cameron production. Whatever way you choose to look at it, "Avatar's" shock and awe demand to be seen. You've never experienced anything like it, and neither has anyone else. Say what you like about writer-director Cameron -- and take it from me, people have -- he has always been a visionary in terms of film technology, as his pioneering computer-generated effects in "The Abyss" and "Terminator 2: Judgment Day" testify.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 5, 2012 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Sam Worthington was on the hook, then he was off the hook, after an allegedly drunken scuffle Saturday night in Atlanta that led to his arrest on suspicion of disorderly conduct. The "Avatar" star was refused entrance to a restaurant because he appeared intoxicated and didn't have proper identification to get into the place, TMZ reported Monday. Worthington then became disorderly, according to a police report obtained by the website , and allegedly pushed doorman Jerry Link twice.
IMAGE
July 31, 2011 | Adam Tschorn, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Although the makeover movie genre often thrusts men into padded superhero suits, the silver screen has offered up a handful of memorable male metamorphoses that required little more than a change of clothes, a shift of the shoulder and an attitude adjustment. Among some of the standouts: "The Nutty Professor" (1963) Jerry Lewis didn't need no stinkin' fat suit in the original version of his Jekyll and Hyde romp (later remade starring Eddie Murphy in said fat suit). Lewis transformed his character with just buckteeth and a bowl cut for the nerdy before and an eye-catching blue tuxedo, pink shirt and smoldering swagger for the after.
NEWS
February 10, 2010 | By Christy Grosz
When "Up in the Air's" Ryan Bingham says "moving is living," he's standing at a podium in front of a group of anonymous businesspeople, discussing the benefits of eliminating the literal and figurative baggage in their lives. But as the movie progresses, it's clear that Bingham's ability to travel light is much more about avoiding any emotional attachments than it is about gliding with ease through an airport security line. Although Bingham, played by the Oscar-nominated George Clooney, is using travel as a way of escaping emotional growth -- or, some might say, making time stand still -- "Up in the Air" isn't the only film this season -- or even the only Oscar nominee -- that uses the physical journey as a metaphor for a character's visceral transformation.
OPINION
December 29, 2009 | Jonah Goldberg
You probably don't need a long synopsis of James Cameron's half-billion-dollar epic, "Avatar," in part because even if you haven't seen it, you've seen it. As many reviewers have noted, Cameron rips off Hollywood cliches to the point you could cut and paste dialogue from "Pocahontas" or "Dances with Wolves" into "Avatar" without appreciably changing the story. In short, "Avatar" tells the tale of a disabled Marine, Jake Sully, who -- through the wonders of movie magic -- occupies the body of a 10-foot-tall alien so he can live among the mystical forest denizens of the moon world Pandora.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 25, 2009 | Denise Martin; Scott Collins; Alex Pham
Judging by Thursday's 25-minute preview unveiled at Comic-Con, James Cameron's 3-D "Avatar" will be every bit the spectacle of his 1997 Oscar-winning film "Titanic." The animated "Avatar" is set on a distant, lush planet called Pandora, a super-saturated world filled with 1,000-foot trees, exotic, near fluorescent forests, fearsome predators and an indigenous people known as the Na'vi -- tall, blue humanoids who are peaceful until provoked.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 15, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
James Cameron will make his return trip to Pandora with some familiar faces, as "Avatar" stars Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana have signed on for three sequels, studio Fox announced Tuesday. Though Cameron presumably could have taken the franchise in a different direction, Worthington and Saldana reprising their roles as Jake Sully, the disabled ex-Marine inhabiting an alien body, and Neytiri, the Na'vi huntress, suggests that their story will remain front and center. Given that "Avatar" still holds the record for worldwide gross with nearly $2.8 billion, and that Worthington and Saldana are the film's main characters, it's not particularly surprising that they've signed on for the sequels.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 8, 2010 | By Geoff Boucher
A splatter of midafternoon rain fell on the tented red carpet for the 82nd Academy Awards, but it was just an empty threat. In the end, the sun (and Johnny Depp's mad grin, thanks to a giant billboard for "Alice in Wonderland") looked down on the most fame-packed piece of real estate on Earth. Here's the report from this year's rug. Master of the carpet: Some stars spent little time on the rug -- Morgan Freeman, for instance, jog-walked right past the media despite the protestations of a heartbroken BET team -- others linger for the long haul.
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