Sci-Fi Movies Wednesday: Avatar, The Hobbit, New Moon, Spider-Man 4, Thor + more

This week in Sci-Fi Movies we have a special pre-Thanksgiving edition. And what do we have to be thankful for in sci-fi/genre movies? How about fresh updates on Avatar — including a new interactive trailer — and The Hobbit. Casting news for Thor and rumors for Spider-Man 4. News on potential ID4 sequels (yes sequels) and we’ve even got a trailer for the upcoming Family Guy ‘Empire Strikes Back’ spoof. We have all that and more, including the latest box office figures, casting bites, images and videos.



Weta Wraps Production on James Cameron’s Avatar + New Interactive Trailer
New Zealand-based effects house Weta has wrapped their work on James Cameron’s upcoming 3D sci-fi fantasy "Avatar". The film and director were profiled by "60 Minutes" last Sunday (which noted that the film cost $400 million). You can watch the segment below:

In other "Avatar" news, Atlantic Records has announced that the soundtrack for the film — "Avatar: Music From The Motion Picture" — will be released on December 15th (December 14th internationally). The soundtrack will feature "music composed and conducted by Academy Award®-winner James Horner and the film’s title song, ‘I See You’, performed by multiple Grammy® Award-nominated singer Leona Lewis." The soundtrack is currently available for pre-order through Also 20th Century Fox says the runtime of the movie is looking to be close to 2 1/2 hours and the LA Times’ Hero Complex blog has an interview with USC linguistics professor Paul Frommer talking about the language he created for the film. And lastly, Fox has released a new interactive trailer for the film which you can explore at

New images/videos

New image of Zoe Saldana’s character Neytiri [USA Today]

French poster [Filmsactu via]

Character profiles: Neytiri (Zoe Saldana)

Watch more: Colonel Quaritch (Stephen Lang) | Trudy Chacon (Michelle Rodriguez) | Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) | Parker Selfridge (Giovanni Ribisi) | Dr. Grace Augustine (Sigourney Weaver)

"Bones" promo featuring Avatar product placement

Featurette: "Human Hardware"

Featurette: "The World of Avatar"

Watch more featurettes here

Thor Will Begin Shooting in January + Cast Expands
Filming on Marvel Studios’ "Thor" is scheduled to begin in Los Angeles in mid-January 2010. Production Weekly reports that filming will then move to Santa Fe, New Mexico in March till late-April. On the casting front, four actors/actresses have boarded the Kenneth Branagh-directed film. First up is the casting of The Warrior’s Three, the trio of Asgardian adventurers who fight alongside Thor. Stuart Townsend, Ray Stevenson and Tadanobu Asano have nabbed the roles:

Townsend…plays Fandral, a character which was drawn in the comic book series based on Errol Flynn and his movies. Stevenson…plays Volstagg the Valiant, a hard-living brawler, a character inspired by Falstaff. Asano…plays Hogun the Grim, the third warrior and traveling companion of the hammer-swinging Thor, who is played by Chris Hemsworth.

Also joining the cast will be Idris Elba. Elba will play Heimdall, the guardian of Asgard who stands on the BiFrost Bridge ready to defend the cities from intruders. And lastly, word from co-star Natalie Portman — who will play Thor’s love interest Jane Foster — is that actress Kat Dennings has also been cast:

"Well I’m really excited," Portman told MTV News. "Kat Dennings is going to be in it with me and she’s a good friend and an amazing actress, so I’m looking forward to that."

The character she plays hasn’t been revealed yet, but a casting call from back in October posted on SpoilerTV (via HeyUGuys) provides for the possibility that it’ll be the character Marcy Lewis:

"[MARCY LEWIS] (20) Is a college student. Aloof, jaded beyond her years, she thought her internship with scientist Kate Spelling would be an easy 6 college credits. However, she’s been stuck for months in this small New Mexico town and relegated to a wide range of unglamorous activities. Kate has been particularly hard on Marcy, making it her personal project to see that Marcy lives up to her potential. Marcy deals with her situation both by using subtle irony and by being an overt wiseass."

Here are two more casting bites:

  • Jaimie Alexander ("Kyle XY") has begun training for her role of Sif. [@JamieGirlXO via Superhero Hype]

  • Stan Lee says that director Kenneth Branagh has promised him a cameo in the film, but he’s not sure what role it’ll be. [MTV]

New Moon Opens With $142.8 Million; 3rd Biggest Opening Weekend Ever
"The Twilight Saga: New Moon" opened over the weekend to the tune of over $142.8 million, more than doubling-up its predecessor "Twilight" ($69.6 million) and placing it 3rd all-time on the opening weekend charts:

  1. The Dark Knight – $158,411,483

  2. Spider-Man 3 – $151,116,516

  3. The Twilight Saga: New Moon – $142,839,137

  4. Shrek the Third – $121,629,270

  5. Spider-Man – $114,844,116

Helping it place so highly — and well above initial expectations and tracking — were record-breaking midnight and Friday overall numbers. The film took in $72.7 million on Friday, crushing the previous record held by 2008’s "The Dark Knight" ($67.2 million). ‘New Moon’ performed well on the foreign front too, grossing $132.1 million from 24 territories, accounting for a five-day worldwide opening of $274.9 million. To put this into greater perspective, "Twilight" grossed a little less than $385 million in its entire theatrical run — $192.8 million domestic, $192.2 million foreign — so in just five days, ‘New Moon’ grossed more than 70% of the entire take of its predecessor.  Through Wednesday the film stands at $296.8 million worldwide (164.7 million domestic and $132.1 million foreign).

Peter Jackson: First Hobbit Script Complete + Important Announcement Expected Next Month
"The Hobbit" executive producer-writer Peter Jackson confirmed that the first script for the two films based on the JRR Tolkien novel has been completed and delivered to the studio [via]:

"The Hobbit will be two movies and we’ve written the first script and delivered it to the studio who seem to be happy with it," Jackson told reporters. "We’re now halfway through the second script and Philippa, Fran, Guillermo and myself are doing the scripts and having great fun."

"It was an interesting experience because eight or nine years have passed since we wrote the ‘Lord of the Rings’ screenplays and I was worried it’d be weird or hard or uncomfortable to go back there, but as soon as we started writing the scripts it was fun, actually, and easy."

Jackson also noted that the "Hobbit" films will not be released in 3D, per the desire of director Guillermo Del Toro: "Guillermo wants to shoot in 35mm, old-fashioned film, which suits me, because he wants to keep it in the same space as the original trilogy." Meanwhile, was tipped off that some sort of announcement is coming next month:

"I received a mysterious email followed up by a phone call in the last few days. I don’t know much, all I know is that ‘Something is coming’ on December 8th, 2009. And that we should be watching this space and stay tuned for more!"

Rounding out this week’s "Hobbit" related coverage, here are a few mini-casting bites:

  • Director Guillermo Del Toro confirmed that he’ll be making a cameo in the film as a small monster: "I had a hand on the design of the creature and I will personally sculpt the appliances that will be applied on my face and hands. I used to sculpt the creatures for NECROPIA (my FX company) and I miss it a bit. I will have a line or two and die quickly."… []

  • Producers have begun looking at casting for the dwarfs and one of the major contenders reportedly up for a role is Brian Cox. [AICN]

Family Guy: Something Something Something Dark Side Trailer
Fox has released the full trailer for "Family Guy: Something Something Dark Side", a parody special based on the 1980 classic "Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back".

Official Synopsis
The saga continues as Luke (Chris), Leia (Lois), Han Solo (Peter) and Chewbacca (Brian) have evaded the dreaded Imperial Starfleet led by the cunning, conniving and curiously short evil lord Darth Vader (Stewie), setting up a new secret base on the remote ice world of Hoth. With the rebellion in trouble, young Skywalker must take the advice of his late, and rather lascivious, mentor Obi-Wan Kenobi (Herbert) and learn the ways of the “farce” under Jedi Master Yoda (Carl) to save the galaxy once and for all.

Roland Emmerich Planning Two ID4 Sequels
Director Roland Emmerich ("2012") told MTV News that he would like to follow-up the events of "Independence Day" with two sequels:

"What we want to do in the next – it’s actually two movies – we want to do a bigger arc," he explained. "”Independence Day’ was always like the king who leads his troops into battle against an evil force, and that stays like that."

So the plan is not just one sequel but two. And Emmerich has got a nifty title in mind: “‘ID4-ever,’ Part I and II maybe?” he suggested.

There’s no script yet, but Emmerich says there is "an idea" and that when they do ultimately move forward it’ll be with Will Smith and he even has a name in mind:

"’ID4-ever,’ Part I and II maybe?" he suggested.

"The idea is just to continue the story and actually I don’t know how many years ago this was—twelve, thirteen, fourteen years ago—and just continue where it ended."

Disney Puts ‘20,000 Leagues’ On Hold; McG No Longer Attached
Disney has halted work on "Captain Nemo: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" — which was scheduled to begin production in February — and McG is no longer attached to direct:

The picture, tentatively scheduled to begin production in February, has been halted indefinitely, and McG is no longer steering the ship…The studio confirmed that the studio won’t proceed with the film for now, and reps for the director confirmed he has withdrawn. McG will concentrate on other projects…

While names like Will Smith were rumored as possible stars, no cast was ever set. The project had been on a fast track under the Dick Cook regime. Studio sez event pics like "20,000 Leagues," "John Carter of Mars" and "Tron" are still priority under new chief Rich Ross.

Rachel McAdams Denies Spider-Man 4 Casting Rumors + Casting Call May Provide Some Story Hints
Last week we reported that Rachel McAdams was rumored to be high on a list to play the villain Black Cat in Sam Raimi’s "Spider-Man 4", but the actress is denying the reports:

"That’s a total rumor, I have to say…I was hanging out in Toronto the other day and someone came up to me and said, ‘I just heard you’re doing Spider-Man 4.‘ And I said, ‘Really? No one told me!’ It’s not true."

Shortly after the McAdams casting rumor, two more "Spider-Man 4" casting rumors popped up: one about Julia Stiles meeting with a casting company in New York to discuss a role in the film and another, reported by Nikki Finke of Deadline, that Sony Pictures is interested in pursuing Anne Hatheaway for a role — presumably Black Cat — in the film :

"While Sony Pictures insists no decisions have been made, sources tell me that the producers have approached Anne Hathaway to star in the film. Maybe you experts have an idea what she’ll play? All I know is that she’s wanted for a starring role, and she won’t replace Kirsten Dunst who’s also cast in the Spidey fourquel."

Entertainment Weekly talked with a rep for Hathaway who told them that "there are no negotiations underway," although the rep declined to comment on whether the actress had met with the film’s producers. And lastly, SpoilerTV-Movies got their hands on the first official casting call for the film looking for a baby boy with red hair, perhaps hinting at Cletus Kasady/Carnage:

2 or 3 year old boy to play 2 year old, Caucasian with RED HAIR, an adorable toddler with an engaging personality, on set experience preferred. IDENTICAL TWINS ONLY

And lastly, star Tobey Maguire recently revealed that the film will begin shooting in spring 2010"Spider-Man 4" hits theaters on May 6, 2011.


The Addams Family (musical)

First look at the cast [Vanity Fair via io9]

Alice in Wonderland

Three-poster banner [Facebook]

The three posters separate: 1
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Poster [Empire]

Harry Potter

First look at the theme park "The Wizarding World of Harry Potter" [more at The Leaky Cauldron]

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

First look at Xenophilius Lovegood (Rhys Ifans) [L’Univers de Harry Potter via CinemaBlend]

Iron Man 2

From the January 2010 cover of Empire (out on Thursday) [Empire]

Jonah Hex

First official look at Josh Brolin []

The Lovely Bones

Final poster [MySpace]

The Road

Poster [IMP Awards]

Shrek Forever After

First look [USA Today]

Superman Lives

Concept art from Tim Burton’s unfilmed Superman project [more at MTV]

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

Teaser poster [Shock Till You Drop]

The Wolfman

U.S. posters [Shock Till You Drop]

French poster [Shock Till You Drop]


  • Paul Bettany ("Legion") provided the voiceover for Tony Stark’s AI "manservant" Jarvis in "Iron Man", but the actor says he hasn’t gotten a call to voice the part in "Iron Man 2". [IGN]

  • Sam Worthington has been signed to star in "The Last Days of American Crime", an adaptation of the comic book series of the same name. Worthington will also produce. [Mania’s Comics2Film]

  • Brad Pitt’s production company Plan B and the Indian company Reliance Big Entertainment have inked a deal with Capcom to develop a feature film based on the "Dark Void" computer game as a potential franchise and starring vehicle for the actor. [Variety]

  • Sam Neill, Geoffrey Rush, Hugo Weaving and David Wenham will lead the voice cast of Zack Snyder’s 3-D animated film "Guardians of Ga’hoole". [THR’s Heat Vision Blog]

  • Here’s "Anvil!: The Story of Anvil" director Sacha Gervasi talking about the cameo the band will be making in Michel Gondry’s "The Green Hornet". [via SlashFilm]


Dante’s Inferno (video game)


Fantastic Mr. Fox

Anatomy of a scene: Director Wes Anderson discusses an early scene from the film [NY Times]

Far Cry (straight-to-video)

DVD trailer [IGN]

Gentlemen Broncos

Behind the scenes featurette


Trailer with commentary by director Matthew Vaughn [via SlashFilm]

The Lovely Bones

French trailer [via]

Clip [Rope of Silicon]

Watch another clip from the film at MSN

Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief

Domestic trailer

The Road


Watch two more clips: 1 | 2

Behind the scenes featurette

Season of the Witch


Superman Returns

Superman Returns The Bryan Singer Cut campaign trailer [Superman Returns: The Bryan Singer Cut]

Tron Legacy (video game)

Teaser trailer

Universal Soldier: Regeneration

DVD/Blu-ray trailer

The Wolfman

Making of featurette


  • Michael Bay, who is currently working on the script for "Transformers 3" , says he has no plans to write out Megan Fox’s character: "She’s got a great part in Transformers 3," the director said. [USA Today]
  • FX has acquired the TV rights to all four "Twilight" movies, beginning with the first movie in the franchise in late 2011. ‘New Moon’ will follow in late 2012, followed by ‘Eclipse’ in early 2013 and ‘Breaking Dawn’ if/when it gets made. The network also acquired the rights to "Knowing" and "Push". [THR]
  • "Iron Man 2" director Jon Favreau hints that the trailer for the film will be attached to the Christmas release of "Sherlock Holmes" which stars "Iron Man 2" star Robert Downey Jr. [Superhero Hype]
  • Universal Pictures has hired editors Mark Goldblatt and Walter Murch to cut together a new version of "The Wolfman". [Variety via io9]
  • 20th Century Fox has hired Justin Theroux ("Iron Man 2") to pen a draft of "Space Invader", a proposed astronaut-based romantic comedy centering on a man who decides to go to space after he suspects that his longtime girlfriend, an astronaut, is cheating on him with another spacewalker. Will Arnett is attached to star. [THR]
  • Zach Whedon, brother of Joss Whedon, will be writing a six-issue "Terminator" series for Dark Horse comics. [Techland via Whedonesque]
  • Tony Giglio, writer of the upcoming "Death Race" sequel, says that the film will be a prequel and will fill us in on the back story’s of Frank, List and Case. [Shock Till You Drop]
  • Comic book writer Alan Moore ("Watchmen") will be writing the lyrics for the next opera from Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett. [BBC via SCI FI Wire]
  • DreamWorks Studios has tapped "Mad Men" writer-producer Marti Noxon to pen a script for a remake of the 1985 horror comedy "Fright Night". Noxon’s previous credits include writing-producing gigs on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Angel". [THR]
  • Screen Gems has tapped John Hlavin ("The Shield") to write "Underworld 4". The plot of the film is still being kept under wraps, but Hlavin was able to reveal that it’s not a prequel. "It will satisfy old fans and excite new audiences, meaning that we don’t want to redo the first three movies, so steps are being taken to honor what fans have loved but at the same time introduce fresh elements," he added. [THR’s Heat Vision Blog]
  • Rob Marshall has confirmed reports that he will be directing "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides". [AICN]
  • "Rambo V" won’t have a sci-fi-infused storyline after all: "I’m letting you know that Rambo has changed course and the story about hunting the man/beast will be done using another character in the lead. RAMBO himself will be heading over the border to a violent city where many young women have vanished," Sylvester Stallone revealed. [SZoners]
  • Kyle Ward’s deal to pen a script based on the PS3 game "Uncharted Drake’s Fortune" fell through due to other commitments — specifically "Hitman 2" — so Sony has instead hired Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer ("Conan") to pen the latest draft… [Latino Review]
  • …Staying for a moment on the gaming front, Martyn Pick will reportedly direct a film version of the video game "Warhammer 40,000". [QuietEarth]
  • Paradox Entertainment is currently working on a new film adaptation of "Kull the Conqueror". [ via]
  • You can now listen to the entire soundtrack for Terry Gilliams’ "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus"… [ImaginariumofDrParnassus]
  • …Same goes for the film score for Spike Jonze’s "Where The Wild Things Are", which you can listen to at WB’s For Your Consideration site.
    FilmDrunk has a script review for the upcoming remake of "Red Dawn". [FilmDrunk]
  • Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura ("Transformers") has signed a deal to produce a big screen adaptation of Michael Scott’s six-part fantasy novel series "The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel". [Variety]
  • Sony Pictures has set a February 2, 2010 release date for "Zombieland" on DVD and Blu-ray. [Bloody Disgusting]
  • …Meanwhile, "Zombieland" director Ruben Fleischer revealed that Sony is interested in a sequel and that it will probably be shot in 3D. [Moviehole]
  • Stephen Susco has been hired by Relativity to pen the latest draft for the live-action adaptation of "Hack/Slash". [Bloody Disgusting]
  • Lionsgate will release "Saw VII 3D" — the first in the series to be made in 3D — on October 22, 2010. [DreadCentral]
  • Michael Caine ("Batman Begins", "The Dark Knight") doesn’t sound too optimistic about the chances of a third "Batman" from director Christoper Nolan, at least not anytime soon: "But I don’t know if they are ever going to make another Batman. If they do it won’t be for quite a while." [IGN]
  • J. Michael Straczynski ("Babyon 5"), who is working on the screenplay for the proposed "Forbidden Planet" remake, says that the film could end up becoming part of a new franchise: "Warners is very excited about it, thinks it’s a big franchise for them and a huge budget, so they’re very much oriented toward getting it done." [SCI FI Wire]
  • The cast of "Resident Evil: Afterlife" continue to hint that the character Jill Valentine will be in the film. [Shock Till You Drop]
  • Ryan Reynolds talked a bit about his roles in "Green Lantern" and ‘Deadpool’ in an interview with MTV.
  • Peter Jackson says that "The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn " is finished: "Tintin is great. It’s made. The movie is cut together and now [we] are turning it into a fully-rendered film." [BBC News]

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Am I the only one that thinks Avatar looks like a live action version of Fern Gully ?

I dunno, but I think alot of the vehicles/equipment in Avator look like direct rips of Halo stuff.

Family FTW! perfect parody of the Empire Strikes Back preview from 1980. And great choice for the new screenplay for a remake of Fright Night.

Wow…. a $400 million budget for Avatar? I REALLY hope it’s good, or they’re going to be screwed when it comes to getting their money back.

Carl as Yoda? Seriously? I had to Wiki to remember who he is… the star (minor character) of four — count ’em four! — episodes. Why not Mort as Yoda?

Avatar could be cool. But, $400M cool? Good luck with that. Meanwhile, Zoe seems to be getting the lock on all the scripts that, thirty-five years ago, would have gone to Pam Grier.

I just don’t need even one sequel to ID4.

The Wolfman looks great… no edgy crap, or teenagers, just a good old-fashioned monster story with real characters.

Ditto, Season of the Witch. Good to see.

Bummed that Caine thinks another Batman may not happen any time soon. Also, intrigued by the “Bryan Singer Cut” Superman trailer/promo, whatever. Though the movie wasn’t the greatest, some of the additional footage would be intriguing to see in film. Frankly, I still think it comes in 3rd place out of the 5 Superman Movies, IMO:

1. Superman
2. Superman 2
3. Superman Returns
4. Superman 3
5. Superman 4 (what a mess)

Avatar still doesn’t look worth $400 million to me, or even worth really seeing. I’m amazed at how hyped it is.

Avatar hasn’t come out yet? I thought it already came and went. ;-)

With all the money they’ve spent on marketing, you’d think it was an art-house film.

Do we REALLY need to have a remake of Red Dawn. REALLY?



Avatar so far has cost around $237 million dollars, not $400 million. Although I wouldn’t be surprised at all if the final cost winds up around #300 million. They have sure spent a lot of dough on CGI which to be honest, doesn’t look too different or better than what we have seen before.

It’s too bad about their not being a third Batman movie being made by Christopher Nolan. But no one should be surprised since he was reluctant about returning as he pointed out afew times how the third movie in a series is usually the weakest. Apart from The Lord of The Rings: The Return of The king and the Bourne Ultimatum most end up like Spider-Man 3.

I mean’t ‘there” and not “their’. DAMN TYPOS!

I also meant $300 million and not #300 million for all those nitpickers out there!LOL!

#7 Don’t forget the Richard Donner vesion of Superman II. It is worth watching and definately puts a different spin on the movie….


Thor will KICK ASS!!!!

Van Damme is back….again!


Avatar is like Star Trek Insurrection on Steroids with younger actors, a better director and awesome cgi.

Relocating alien natives for a natural resource to benefit mankind. A soldier insurrects and joins the natives to fend off the greedy humans.

Thank god that mcg n disney wont be remaking 20,000 leagues-the james mason kirk douglas original is way too excellent/timeless to be upstaged by capt nemo the rock–that movie is still one of my fave movies of all time–avatars plot is nemesis with halo props-hope its better than the way that sounds–thor-cant wait for this-its gonna be different-hope they give jack kirby the credit his family deserves for once-


No You’re not! I hope it does well in the box office though, it would be asshamed to do a movie that looks that good and it be abox office flop! $300 million is alot to gamble!

opps sheesh sorry i meant insurrection not nemesis as plot of avarar haha ohwell


Yeah… Avatar has already come and gone… but don’t worry, the director’s cut is coming soon.

My comments, enumerated for your reading pleasure:

1. What, no comments about Something Something Something Darkside? I realize FG has lost a little something, but still….

2. I had no idea there were so many present and future projects in SF/F. Superlative coverage, as usual.

3. I still haven’t seen Dark Knight Returns, although I understand it is quite good. Kinda bummed that there will be a change of directors.

4. Van Damme movies are always good for a chuckle, in my view.

5. I get so confused between Avatar and Avatar: The Last Airbender. Seriously — why does “Avatar” get to be called “Avatar” and the latter only “The Last Airbender”? Which one is more famous/

6. And last but not least: Why is the value of pi irrational?

As much as I disagree with the hype surrounding The Dark Knight (yes it was good, but it wasn’t the second coming of superhero Jesus) it’s sad that a rather mediocre adaptation of a rather mediocre book manages to pull in so much in one weekend.

Warner Brothers must be hell-bent on getting a new “Batman” out there. You don’t make a billion-grossing super-hero sequel, and then just let the franchise lapse.

Two movies? The Hobbit? It’s just a little childrens book! How in heck do you stretch it out to two movies?

Can’t wait for Tim Burton’s “Alice”! :) But that Cheshire Cat makes me want to hide behind a sofa and never come out again…

Also, I’m crossing fingers for Thor, because, like Star Trek, it’s going to be either awesome or a disaster, with little room for anything in-between. I really really hope it’s teh awesome.

Is it just me, or does Avatar seem like a Pocahantas/Ferngully mashup with $400 million worth of effects? Your production can be as groundbreaking as it wants, but it won’t connect to audiences with a cliched story, characters, and dialogue.

Whoops, should have read the comments first. @ #2, obviously I was thinking the same thing, Capes! I loved Ferngully as a kid, but that and Pocahantas are some pretty simplistic movies to draw from…


Nolan may sneak up on us with, after many years, an inevitable sequel:

The Dark Knight Returns

Script by Nolan and Miller. Now that would flippin’ rock.

Also, Snyder could pull it off pretty well too.


Oh great, Another weak Family Guy Star Wars Special?

#27 how the hell did they successfully stretch LOTR to three films?. Oh yeh, having got totally bored half way through the second and not bothering with the third I remember now- they didn’t.
As for Avatar- that looks like an awful lot of dollars to end up with a big old sackful of ‘meh’. I’m sure the kiddies and suckers for hype will be there on opening weekend though, but its gona take a lot to recoup that kind of outlay.

Am I the only who is getting fed up with every single film being remade?

Only a freakin’ A -hole would invest 400 million $$$ in a movie! I don’t care how good it is or might be or how well it might do, this just sets a precedent for future movie -making disasters IMHO!!!! 3-4 really good movies could have been made for this price tag,Sheesh, I can’t believe anyone supported this idea! And no matter how good it might be I doubt that it will recoup the $$ back in the end even if it is considered a hit!

James Cameron has hedged his bets. If the movie flops, he gets a bailout package from the U.S government!

#24 You really do need to see The Dark Knight. I don’t mean now, I mean RIGHT NOW! It sure does look great, and takes the superhero genre to a whole new level.

#34 I have to disagree with your assesment of The Lord of The Rings trilogy. They are some of the best movies ever made with some of the best cgi ever done.

With all the starving and less privileged in the world today…. is ANY film REALLY worth $400,000????!?


#31 No worries, same page.

#32 Imagine Clint Eastwood as a much older Bruce Wayne ala Dark Knight Returns/Batman Beyond style mashup……put someone like Nolan on that = Ultimate coolness!

39. What makes you think that would ever happen?

#40 Just a dream sport…just a dream………

#37 Nevertheless I was bored off my tits. Granted the cgi was excellent but that just wasn’t enough for me.

Of course they would have to make a crap version of the Far Cry game. Didn’t see the monsters in the trailer. Barely recognized any of the actors. It deserves to go straight to DVD.

So Avatar is, as someone pointed out, Fern Gully in 3D?

Yawn. This doesn’t even have Tim Curry, why the hell would I watch it.

Also – the world does not need or want more Independence Day movies. Honestly, some people should be kept away from filmmaking, period.

@ 37

-Some- of the VFX were good. Other bits (horrid use of clone-stamping during pivotal shots of Two Towers, and that RIDICULOUS Legolas-jumping-on-the-horse-shot) were abysmal. I think what gets me the most with that Legolas shot is that if they wanted to show how useful CG stunt doubles are, why didn’t they have him perform a stunt that actually looked good?

Words can not describe how much I despise the Twilight saga. My hate…it consumes me.

An Addams Family musical?

Not only does the musical part trouble me, but there’s no way that this new film can top the brilliance that is the Raul Julia And Angelica Houston films of the 90s.

47 ———- Its a play !


James Cameron is known for making blockbusters that make studios loads of money, look at Terminator/2 and Titanic. The studio knows they can easily make $400million domestic and foreign combined and with the upcoming 3D tvs and blue rays etc., he is banking this is what causes folks to adapt newer home technology and push dvd/blue ray sales.

It looks like lots of elements from aliens, terminator and titanic, I am betting either the guy or girl dies at the end, who knows?

Nathan Lane as Gomez and Bebe Neuwerth as Morticia…now that’s interesting. And all due respect to the late Raul Julia but I hope Nathan Lane pays homage to the great John Astin.

and if we want to get down to it….I love Bebe Neuwirth. I mean, I really looove her….but no one can replace the great Carolyn Jones. I looooved her. Carolyn Jones born in Amarillo Tx. Greatness.