June 26, 2012 |
"The Avengers" now has"Titanic"in its sights at the domestic box office. Marvel Entertainment's hit superhero team-up is expected to pass $600 million in ticket sales in the U.S. and Canada on Tuesday, according to distributorWalt Disney Co. Only two other movies have done so previously, and both were directed by James Cameron: "Titanic," which came out in 1997 and finished its run at $658.7 million, and"Avatar," which was released in...
April 30, 2012 |
What's more exciting than James Cameron re-releasing “Titanic” in 3-D? When an even richer man - Australia's Clive Palmer - tries to bring the ill-fated ship to life. By building a modern replica of it. The mining billionaire said Monday that he has commissioned CSC Jinling Shipyard, a Chinese state-owned business, to construct a new Titanic from scratch. “Many people have attempted to do it before but have failed because they didn't have the buy-in of a shipyard and didn't have the money to pay for it,” he said.
April 24, 2012 |
A group of 21st-century private space entrepreneurs is expected to unveil an ambitious new venture to mine the surface of near-Earth asteroids in search of precious metals and rare metallic elements. The plan may seem like it was torn from a science fiction novel, and critics say the idea may be far-fetched and difficult for a small company to accomplish. But the company, Planetary Resources Inc., has already drawn an A-list of investors and advisors. The backers include Google Inc. Chief Executive Larry Page and Chairman Eric Schmidt, "Avatar" director James Cameron and Microsoft Corp.'s former chief software architect Charles Simonyi.
April 16, 2012
The sci-fi action flick "Battleship" got off to a solid start overseas this past weekend, grossing $58 million in 26 foreign countries. That sounds good — until you compare it with the receipts for "Titanic 3D," which has collected that much in China alone. Indeed, the revamped version of James Cameron's 1997 classic posted the biggest opening of all time in China, surpassing the $55-million debut of "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" last year. The film starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet dominated at the international box office this weekend, raking in $88.2 million from 69 foreign markets and bringing its total abroad to $146.5 million, according to distributor 20th Century Fox. Upon its release in China 14 years ago, "Titanic" played in only 180 theaters, compared with the 3,500 locations the 3-D reissue screened in over the weekend.
April 15, 2012 |
HALIFAX, Canada - Simple, says the gravedigger. It's about the movie. No, says the academic. It's about the money. Absolutely not, says the model-ship builder. It's about people. This is what happens when you ask why the sinking of the Titanic continues to fascinate us. The question has a special resonance in Halifax, a rainy, foggy port and capital of Nova Scotia that inherited perhaps the nastiest of all Titanic tasks. It was the seamen of Halifax, nearest major port to the sinking, who were sent out to collect corpses and wreckage in the days after the Titanic went down on April 15, 1912.
April 14, 2012 |
Although I never thought I would say these words in this lifetime, what I really missed was Celine Dion. While watching "Titanic," ABC's ill-paced, sanctimonious and overly stuffed four-part miniseries airing this weekend, it is impossible not to compare it with the James Cameron film of the same name. Completely unfair to screenwriter Julian Fellowes (creator of "Downton Abbey") or anyone else associated with ABC's "Titanic," but as the more than 1,500 folks who lost their lives on that fateful night 100 years ago could tell you, life is often completely unfair.
April 14, 2012 |
The Challenger Deep, a fissure in the Mariana Trench in the Pacific Ocean, lies farther below the Earth's surface than Mt. Everest reaches above it. And James Cameron, the science-enthralled director and underwater explorer, made it his Lindbergh moment, soloing humankind's deepest-ever plunge last month in a purpose-made submarine fitted out - natch - with 3D cameras. One hundred years ago today, the world's most famous accidental deep dive took the ocean liner Titanic to the bottom of the Atlantic.
April 11, 2012 |
The San Diego Museum of Natural History invites Titanic fans to mark the moments when the luxury liner hit an iceberg (11:40 p.m. April 14, 1912) and then sank (2:20 a.m. April 15, 1912). "Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition" will stay open from 9:30 a.m. Saturday until 3 a.m. Sunday to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the ship's deadly plunge. Visitors are encouraged to bring flowers, candles or other mementos to honor the more than 1,500 passengers and crew members who died.
April 2, 2012 |
In the late 1990s, a peculiar global fever broke out. Boys in Afghanistan began cutting their hair like Leonardo DiCaprio, girls in Japan held parties to weep together while listening to "My Heart Will Go On" and cruise line staffers had to keep peeling adventuresome passengers from the bows of their ships. The whole world, it seemed, needed a good cry — and found it in the movie "Titanic," James Cameron's extravagant retelling of the luxury ocean liner's 1912 sinking. After its 1997 premiere, "Titanic" sailed on to gross $1.8 billion globally, a record that would not be surpassed at the box office for 12 years — until Cameron's 2009 3-D fantasy "Avatar.
April 1, 2012 |
Julian Fellowes recalls his first Titanic moment, decades before a young Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet climbed onto James Cameron's set. "It haunted me," he says of a childhood viewing of "A Night to Remember," the 1958 British film about the ocean liner's crash into an iceberg and the ensuing race for the lifeboats. "Somehow the disaster of the Titanic embraces so much of that world -- high and low, working men and aristocrats, entrepreneurs and movie stars, immigrants hoping to start a new life in America.