December 16, 2013 |
"Avatar" fans hungry for information about the long-gestating sequels to the 2009 science fiction blockbuster got another morsel this week, when director James Cameron said he will film the live-action portions of the three movies in New Zealand, with production scheduled to start there in early 2015. Cameron said the intention is to shoot the three movies concurrently, releasing the first sequel in time for Christmas 2016 and the following sequels in late 2017 and late 2018. The announcement, which Cameron made at a news conference in Wellington, New Zealand, on Monday, came with a promise from "Avatar's" studio, 20th Century Fox, to spend at least $413 million in the island nation, in exchange for a 25% tax rebate there.
October 21, 2013 |
A violin that was played by a musician on the Titanic as the ship sank in 1912 has been sold at auction for more than $1.7 million, more than triple expectations. The instrument sold at a Saturday auction in Britain for £1.1 million, or about $1.78 million. It had been estimated that the selling price would be between £200,000 and £300,000. Henry Aldridge and Son, the British auction house that specializes in Titanic-related memorabilia and that held the auction, said the instrument was discovered in 2006, and was played by second-class passenger Wallace Hartley, who was one of hundreds who perished on the tragic night of April 14, 1912.
October 15, 2013 |
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will serve as co-hosts at the 2014 and 2015 Golden Globes, NBC announced Tuesday. The comedic personalities will follow up their 2013 turn hosting the show. Fey and Poehler's Globes earlier this year was considered one of the stronger performances at the awards podium in recent memory. At 19.7 million overall viewers, the Globes ratings were the highest since 2007. The pair also had well-received comedic bits including memorable jokes about James Franco's ill-fated turn as Oscar host several years before and a dig at James Cameron.
October 11, 2013 |
More than 100 miles from Hollywood, the Hollister Ranch garden of James and Suzy Amis Cameron is transitioning to fall. Garden consultant Paul Hudak is pulling out 300 tomato plants and some squash and putting in long rows of lettuce, kale and quinoa. Walking the field, he pauses repeatedly, his pocket knife at the ready to cut into Adirondack blue potatoes, Moon and Star watermelons and kohlrabi. Later, in the greenhouse, he shares a Trinidad Moruga Scorpion, believed to be the hottest pepper in the world.
October 10, 2013 |
The fifth annual Red Carpet Green Dress competition, which has designers competing to create eco-friendly fashion that will be showcased in front of millions of eyeballs on the Academy Awards red carpet, gets underway Friday. Founded by Suzy Amis Cameron (wife of director James Cameron), the contest not only provides a high-profile platform for environmentally friendly fashion, but it also serves as a fundraiser for MUSE School CA, a nonprofit, educational organization in Malibu Canyon that was founded by Amis Cameron and her sister, Rebecca Amis.
October 7, 2013 |
As "Gravity" made waves at the box office this weekend, pundits both professional and amateur struggled to find comparisons. One of the striking attributes of the Alfonso Cuarón film is that it's not really like anything that's come before. But one of the striking attributes of Hollywood is that everything is like something that's come before. And so a few journalists - including this ink-addled simpleton - came to a conclusion: In some ways, Cuarón's "Gravity" was much like James Cameron's "Avatar.