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December 16, 2013 | By Rebecca Keegan
"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.
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ENTERTAINMENT
October 23, 2012 | By Rebecca Keegan
James Cameron has begun to think about life after his two "Avatar" sequels -- and it includes making a movie from a female-driven novel called "The Informationist. " Cameron's production company, Lightstorm Entertainment, has optioned the rights to the debut book by Taylor Stevens, with plans for Cameron to direct it for 20th Century Fox, Lightstorm announced Tuesday. A thriller set in Africa, "The Informationist" follows Vanessa Munroe, a researcher hired to help find the missing daughter of a Texas oil billionaire.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 16, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
In the latest sign of California's declining movie market share, director James Cameron announced he will shoot the three sequels to his Oscar-winning blockbuster "Avatar" in New Zealand. Cameron's Lightstorm Entertainment will do the performance-capture work on the movie in Los Angeles at MBS Media Campus (formerly known as Manhattan Beach Studios).  However, the live-action portion of the production will film in New Zealand, following a similar pattern to the original 2009 film, Cameron and his partner, Jon Landau, announced Monday.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 16, 2013 | By Rebecca Keegan
"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.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 1, 2013 | By John Horn
James Cameron's “Avatar” project just got even bigger - so large that Cameron is no longer going it alone. The director and 20th Century Fox announced Thursday that they are now making three, not two, sequels to Cameron's 2009 blockbuster, the highest-grossing movie of all time with global sales of $2.78 billion. Rather than writing the sequels himself, as was Cameron's original plan, the filmmaker has brought on a team of screenwriters to collaborate on the follow-ups: Josh Friedman (“War of the Worlds”)
ENTERTAINMENT
December 16, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
In the latest sign of California's declining movie market share, director James Cameron announced he will shoot the three sequels to his Oscar-winning blockbuster "Avatar" in New Zealand. Cameron's Lightstorm Entertainment will do the performance-capture work on the movie in Los Angeles at MBS Media Campus (formerly known as Manhattan Beach Studios).  However, the live-action portion of the production will film in New Zealand, following a similar pattern to the original 2009 film, Cameron and his partner, Jon Landau, announced Monday.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 30, 1991 | David J. Fox \f7
One of the leading characters in the original "The Terminator' was supposed to return in the sequel, even though he had been terminated by the end of the first film. Michael Biehn, who played a freedom fighter from the future sent to protect the heroine (Linda Hamilton) from the actions of Arnold Schwarzenegger's Terminator, originally shot a half-day cameo appearance for the sequel. Biehn's image was even seen in the early trailers for the film.
BUSINESS
July 9, 1993
Tom Allen, senior vice president of finance and administration at Fox Broadcasting Co., is resigning to become chief operating officer of Irvine-based Virgin Games and executive vice president and chief financial officer of its parent company, Virgin Interactive Entertainment. Film Rae Sanchini, former senior vice president at Carolco Pictures, has been named president of Lightstorm Entertainment, the movie production company headed by director James Cameron.
BUSINESS
April 23, 1992 | JOHN LIPPMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
This week's unusual $500-million production and distribution agreement between Twentieth Century Fox and film producer/director James Cameron--the latest evolutionary step in the relationship between movie makers and their financial backers--shows how Hollywood at last is trying to put a lid on out-of-control production costs. The arrangement between Fox and the maker of the blockbuster "Terminator 2: Judgment Day" borrows a page from television.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 1, 2013 | By John Horn
James Cameron's “Avatar” project just got even bigger - so large that Cameron is no longer going it alone. The director and 20th Century Fox announced Thursday that they are now making three, not two, sequels to Cameron's 2009 blockbuster, the highest-grossing movie of all time with global sales of $2.78 billion. Rather than writing the sequels himself, as was Cameron's original plan, the filmmaker has brought on a team of screenwriters to collaborate on the follow-ups: Josh Friedman (“War of the Worlds”)
ENTERTAINMENT
October 23, 2012 | By Rebecca Keegan
James Cameron has begun to think about life after his two "Avatar" sequels -- and it includes making a movie from a female-driven novel called "The Informationist. " Cameron's production company, Lightstorm Entertainment, has optioned the rights to the debut book by Taylor Stevens, with plans for Cameron to direct it for 20th Century Fox, Lightstorm announced Tuesday. A thriller set in Africa, "The Informationist" follows Vanessa Munroe, a researcher hired to help find the missing daughter of a Texas oil billionaire.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 18, 1996 | Robert W. Welkos and Sharon Bernstein
Death Becomes Her In this 1992 film, a character played by Goldie Hawn is shot backward with such force that she flies through the air and lands in a decorative pond. The backward jump, performed by Denise Lynn Roberts, involved a maneuver known in the stunt business as a "ratchet gag." Roberts wore a harness with a wire attached. When her character was shot, the wire jerked her back and up, letting her loose at the top of her trajectory.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 28, 1991 | Nina J. Easton
Even Roger Smith's barber wants to know: Will "Terminator 2" really be the most expensive movie in history, topping out at as much as $110 million? "We're amused that everyone is so concerned about our profits," the Carolco executive vice president says of the rumor, which started at $60 million several months ago and seemed to jump another $5 million every time some agent circulated it at lunch.
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