James Cameron Says He Hopes Audiences Will Get “Avengers Fatigue” and Compares AVATAR Sequel To THE GODFATHER

With Titanic and Avatar, director James Cameron has made two of the most financially successful movies ever! The director is now currently in production on his four Avatar sequels. It's going to be really interesting to see how those turn out and how audiences will react to them when they start to be released. Since the first movie was released, Marvel Studios has made a huge impact on Hollywood and the kinds of films that we are seeing today.

Over the past ten years, Marvel Studios has built something incredible and the hype for Avengers: Infinity War is epically exploding! It doesn't seem like the excitement for these films is going to die down anytime soon. But, that doesn't stop James Cameron from hoping that audiences will start getting "Avengers fatigue" soon! While talking to Indie Wire, the filmmaker said:

"I’m hoping we’ll start getting 'Avenger' fatigue here pretty soon. Not that I don’t love the movies. It’s just, come on guys, there are other stories to tell besides hyper-gonadal males without families doing death-defying things for two hours and wrecking cities in the process. It’s like, oy!"

I think the movies and the stories told are a little bit more than that, and at the rate that Marvel's Avengers: Infinity War is going with ticket presales, and the box-office estimates there's a chance that it could surpass Cameron's top-grossing movies. Hell, Black Panther already dethroned Titanic! Maybe he just doesn't want to have to compete with these films when his Avatar movies come out! 

This quote was brought up with Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige during an interview with NY Mag, and this is how that conversation went down:

“‘There are other stories to tell,’” I said, quoting Cameron, “besides, you know, hypogonadal males…’”

“Hypogonadal!” said Feige.

I continued: “‘Hypogonadal males without families doing death-defying things for two hours and wrecking cities in the process.’

” Feige sat, processing the quote. I noted that Cameron prefaced his comments by saying, “[It’s] not that I don’t love the movies. It’s just, come on, guys.”

“Uh, he loves the movies!” Feige said, a knowing grin spreading on his face. He stood up, pumping his arm. “That’s awesome! Wow, James Cameron loves our movies! That’s exciting!”

When talking about the upcoming Avatar sequels, he explains how they are like The Godfather, saying: 

"I’ve found myself as a father of five starting to think about what would an 'Avatar' story be like if it was a family drama. What if it was 'The Godfather'? It’s a generational family saga. That’s very different than the first film."

He then goes on to offer an example of what he's talking about in terms of what having a family can give a story dynamic:

"What happens when warriors who are willing to go on suicide charges and leap off cliffs, what happens when they grow up and have their own kids? It becomes a very different story."

That's definitely some interesting insight. We don't know much about the story, but we do know that a lot of this first sequel is going to take place underwater and we are going to be introduced to a lot of new characters. Most notably the kids of Jake (Sam Worthington) and Neytiri's (Zoe Saldana), who will play a large role over the course of the sequels. 

The Avatar sequels will also see the return of Joel David Moore, Matt GeraldSigourney Weaver, Giovanni Ribisi, and Stephen Lang, who will be back as the main villain. Cliff Curtis and Oona Chaplin are also in the sequels.

The Avatar sequels have a budget of $1 billion dollars and Fox is releasing Avatar 2 on December 18, 2020, Avatar 3 on December 17, 2021, Avatar 4 on December 20, 2024, and Avatar 5 on December 19, 2025.

New INFINITY WAR Clip Shows The Avengers Discussing Thanos, Extended Fight Clip, and 2 TV Spots

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In only a few days we will be sitting in a movie theater finally watching the story for Avengers: Infinity War unfold on the big screen! While we wait patiently for that moment to happen, we have two great new clips and a TV spot for you to watch.

The first clip features Bruce Banner telling Tony Stark about Thanos, with Doctor Strange and Wong weighing in on the conversation and adding additional details. Banner explains to Stark that Thanos is the one responsible for sending Loki to Earth to start the Battle of New York. As you might expect there's a bit of fun humor in the clip. Banner also tells Stark that Thanos already has the Power and Space Stones, which makes him "the most powerful creature in the universe."

The second clip is an extended version of a fight scene in which Captain America, Black Widow, and Falcon are fighting members of Thanos' Black Order, which is pretty cool because we get to see how Black Widow takes down Corvus Glaive!

I also included two new TV spots for you to enjoy that offer a bit of new footage from the film. Some of that footage includes Doctor Stange going to Tony Stark for some help. The movie comes out on April 27th! 

Universal Pictures Wins Bidding War on James Wan’s Film Adaptation of Stephen King’s THE TOMMYKNOCKERS

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Universal Pictures is set to produce James Wan's feature film adaptation of Stephen King's The Tommyknockers after winning a bidding war with Netflix and Sony Pictures. Wan set up the project a few weeks ago.

The book was released in 1987 and it was adapted into a TV miniseries by ABC with Jimmy Smits, which was pretty terrible. The story focuses on the residents of Maine town "who come under the influence of a strange object discovered in the woods. It turns out to be part of an alien spacecraft, which emits a gas that infects those who are exposed to it, eventually leading to chaos that only one man may be able to stop."

I know Tommyknockers is at the top of the list of best Stephen King books, but I liked it. I honestly think that if James Wan ends up directing, he would actually make a movie that is better than the book. As of right now, he's just attached to produce, but he is looking at directing it.

Here's the official book description:

“Late last night and the night before, Tommyknockers, Tommyknockers, knocking at the door…”

On a beautiful June day, while walking deep in the woods on her property in Haven, Maine, Bobbi Anderson quite literally stumbles over her own destiny and that of the entire town. For the dull gray metal protrusion she discovers in the ground is part of a mysterious and massive metal object, one that may have been buried there for millennia. Bobbi can’t help but become obsessed and try to dig it out…the consequences of which will affect and transmute every citizen of Haven, young and old. It means unleashing extraordinary powers beyond those of mere mortals—and certain death for any and all outsiders. An alien hell has now invaded this small New England town…an aggressive and violent malignancy devoid of any mercy or sanity…

The producer of the original miniseries, Larry Sanitsky, is also on board as an executive producer on the film and he previously said: 

"It is an allegorical tale of addiction (Stephen was struggling with his own at the time), the threat of nuclear power, the danger of mass hysteria, and the absurdity of technical evolution run amuck. All are as relevant today as the day the novel was written. It is also a tale about the eternal power of love and the grace of redemption."

Are you excited about this adaptation of The Tommyknockers? I just really hope that Wan directs it.

Source: Deadline

First Trailer Released For a New MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM Anime Film

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For those of you who are fans of Mobile Suit Gundam, you'll want to check out this first trailer for a new anime film called Mobile Gundam Suit Narrative, which is set in the Universal Century timeline.

The series is set in U.C. 0097 of the Universal Century, after the events of Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn. The trailer offers some cool footage, but nothing about the story. However, you can read the synopsis that was released here:

U.C. 0097. The year the Laplace’s Box was opened. Despite the revelation of the original charter for the Universal Century, which acknowledges the existence of Newtypes and their rights, the world remains largely unchanged.
After the destruction of the Neo Zeon remnant force known as the Sleeves, the event that has come to be known as the “Laplace Incident” seems to have drawn to a close. In the final battle, two Full Psycho Frame mobile suits displayed power beyond human imagination. The menace of the White Unicorn and the Black Lion were sealed away from public consciousness, and were consigned to be forgotten by history.
But now sightings of the RX-0 Unicorn 03, long thought lost two years ago, are being reported. Its name is Phenex, an immortal golden bird.

The film is being directed by Shunichi Yoshizawa (Gundam Thunderbolt) from a script written by  Harutoshi Fukui (Gundam Unicorn). Check out the trailer and tell us what you think!

Source: Anime UK News

New Movie Standees For INCREDIBLES 2, INFINITY WAR, MEG, JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM and More From CinemaCon

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I recently arrived in Las Vegas for CinemaCon 2018 and I had some free time on my hands to roam the halls of Ceasar's Palace to check out what new movie posters and theater standees there were on display for some of the upcoming movies. 

I've got posters and theaters standees here for Avengers: Infinity War, Incredibles 2, Meg, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Teen Titans GO! To The Movies, Mile 22, Mission: Impossible Fallout, Bumblebee, Oceans 8, and a sequel to Unbroken, which I didn't even know was a film being made! I also included a photo of a cool little mock up of the set of Mister Roger's Neighborhood for the upcoming documentary, Won't You Be My Neighbor?

Anyway, a lot of these are really fun. I like that the studio marketing teams are having fun and being creative with their theater standees these days.

I'll be in Las Vegas all week covering CinemaCon and I can't wait to see what the studios end up sharing with us! There's always a good amount of cool movie stuff that comes from CinemaCon so stay tuned!

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Marvel Studios is Reportedly Skipping Hall H at Comic-Con This Year

With Captain Marvel and Avengers 4 both in production, Marvel Studios would have plenty of cool footage to show of in Hall H at San Diego Comic-Con this year... if they wanted to. For those of you fans that were hoping for another big Marvel presence at the epic geek convention this year, like I was, it doesn't sound like we should count on them to show up to show anything off. 

According to New York Magazine and Vulture Senior Editor Kyle Buchanan, Kevin Feige told him that the studio will be skipping the Hall H panel this year. He explains why in the tweet below:

Let the dust settle!? What in the hell is going to happen in Infinity War that they will have to let the dust settle!? The Marvel Panel in Hall H is always my favorite presentation, so it sucks to hear that they won't be doing anything this year.

Yeah, I know that they'll have a floor presence, but it's not as exciting as what they usually do in Hall H. Regardless, Comic-Con will still end up being a ton of fun... as always. I'll miss that Marvel presentation, though!

A Real Life Cactus Version of Groot Has Been Found in Arizona!

Someone found a real-life cactus version of Groot in Phoenix, Arizona and it was such a big deal that it actually made the news! It's actually pretty funny with how much this cactus resembles Groot. As you can see in the photo below, the cactus has a similarly shaped head with eyes and a mouth and it's waving "hi"!

One commenter on Facebook amusing said that it looks like Groot's lesser known brother, Prick. He says:

"That's not Groot, that's his not so well liked brother "Prick". It's a common mistake! You can tell them apart when Prick keeps on saying "I am Prick!" He is also very lonely due to the lack of physical contact! He is a great cuddler but he always seems to rub people the wrong way!"

This is just a little something fun to tide you over until we see how teenage Groot's story arc plays out in Avengers: Infinity War! He's one character we haven't seen a lot of. 

STAR WARS Fan Builds an Electric Powered Drivable TIE Fighter

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Star Wars fan Allan Carver from Queensland, Nova Scotia built himself an incredibly cool looking electric powered TIE Fighter that's totally rideable! It's roughly one third the scale of a real tie fighter as depicted in the movies. I would absolutely love to ride around town in this bad boy!

The TIE Fighter is powered by mobility chair motors and tops out 6mph so it's not very fast. It can also be piloted remotely or from inside the cockpit via a remote controller. If that's not enough for you, it also makes TIE Fighter sounds! Carver says:

"I didn't want people to look at this and start picking it apart. I want people to look at this and go 'That's a TIE fighter.' The proportions are right, the details are close."

"I was like 'You know what would be cool? If you could actually drive a giant TIE fighter.'"

It's pretty sweet Star Wars ride and Carver should be proud of his TIE Fighter creation. You can check it out in action in the video below!

Enjoy Some Exciting New Footage From The Epic Battle of Wakanda in New INFINITY WAR Featurette and More

We've got three new promo videos for you to watch for Avengers: Infinity War! The first is a new Russian featurette for the film that is loaded with a lot of new footage showing off the epic battle of Wakanda. I have no idea what anyone is saying, but the visuals tell me everything I need know!

I also included a new TV spot for the film that embraces the Wakanda spirit as Black Panther leads a war chant as the Avengers and the Wakanda army prepare to run into battle. 

The final video I included is the second part of IMAX's Behind the Frame video for the film, the first part of which you can watch here. The featurette includes interviews with the cast and crew talking about the film and why audiences should watch the movie in IMAX. Just in case you didn't know, the entire film was shot in IMAX.

ASH VS. EVIL DEAD Has Been Cancelled After 3 Awesome Blood-Drenched Seasons

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I've got some terribly bad news for all of you Evil Dead fans. Starz has canceled Ash Vs. Evil Dead after three amazingly entertaining and blood-drenched seasons. I'm pretty bummed out about this and I don't like Staz right now. 

That's it! This is the end! We will most likely never ever see Bruce Campbell in the role of the chainsaw-wielding, deadite fighting, all-around badass, Ash again. 

Not long after Bruce Campbell said they would think about making another Evil Dead movie if Ash Vs. Evil Dead ended up getting canceled, he was asked at a recent convention if that was still the plan and he said:

"No, no, no. Because if they cancel it, I think Ash is done. I have lavender on my property. I’m going to smoke weed and hang out."

So, there ya go. At least we did get three seasons of Ash Vs. Evil Dead to enjoy! We knew that it wouldn't last forever. 

Campbell was also an executive producer on the series, along with Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert from the original film franchise. Unfortunately, the shows ratings had a steep fall off during Season 3, which is what pushed Starz to make the decision to end it. So, I guess we can blame the fans who stopped watching it. 

Source: Variety