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‘Avatar’ Neyrtiti First Glimpse

Posted by Brian on 07/27/2009

AvatarSource: Official Site

We’re clearly rolling into the start of a large marketing push. Here’s a glimpse at Zoe Saldana’s character in the upcoming James Cameron epic, Avatar. This will most likely be another poster to follow the one of Sam Worthington’s avatar. Hopefully, this is the start of a series as I’d love to see Sigourney Weaver’s avatar next, or perhaps a poster for each creature on Pandora or the locations themselves. GODDAMNIT I NEED TO SEE THIS NOW!



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Avatar Day Is August 21st!

Posted by Brian on 07/24/2009

avatarsdccpanel1Source: First Showing

I’m excited. At the very least the rest of this year, and next year especially will erase the horrid memory that was Summer Blockbusters 09. Sigourney Weaver stated at Comic-Con that the reason James Cameron was such a great director was because no one cares more than he does. From what I gather that appears to be true as his passion for this film is oozing and seething through every laborious conversation about the story, the technology, the moon Pandora (it’s not a planet, though it resembles one), the years and years it took to get to this moment.

Well, just to prove how commited Cameron is to making sure your asses are rightly sitting in IMAX seats he has partnered with the theater to bring the public 15 MINUTES of footage in 3D absolutely free. If you can’t make it or can’t find an IMAX in your area, don’t worry because on the same day the trailer for Avatar will drop in all formats so you can just download it in HD.

AVATAR opens in theaters everywhere December 18, 2009. Note: Above artwork altered by me.

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First Look: Na’vi From ‘Avatar’

Posted by Brian on 07/01/2009

Source:  Coming Soon

I am FREAKING OUT about this movie right now! Goddamn immersive scriptment. James Cameron should write novels; but anyway Avatar is coming to Comic-Con, if you didn’t already know, and in anticipation of it’s arrival in Hall-H in just a few short weeks a banner has gone up promoting James Cameron’s arrival at the convention. As far as I know, this is the first official shot of a Na’vi and while it isn’t much notice the insane amount of detail in the  subtle features. that bring her skin to life.

Note: I commented on the following picture at a website, and was subsequently lambasted by posters for being “over-enthused” over effects that are simply as “good” as WETA’s previous creation, Gollum, to which I say FUCK THAT.

Avatar Comic-Con Banner
Avatar Comic-Con Banner

“Let’s take a second and absorb what we’re seeing here. That’s a Na’vi creature. That’s a WETA creation. That is not a woman in makeup and prosthetics, and it is fleeting to say that it’s as good as a  six year old film. WETA has grown since then, and since King Kong. And while all of you are bitching about whether or not this is the final poster or what font they’re using, none of you are taking the time to appreciate what you’re seeing. That’s a completely digital creation.  Look at the creases in the skin, the dimples and wrinkles across the lip, the folds and contours of the eyelid, that wet gloss over her eyes that are distinctly human. It’s so easy to say it’s only okay, because it’s such a subtle effect. Such an incredible achievement, Rob Zemeckis will shit his pants come December. This isn’t just “good”, this is remarkable.”

So yes, I shit my geek pants. But I’m pretty sure you will too.

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Concept Art: ‘Avatar’ [UPDATED!]

Posted by Brian on 06/23/2009

James Cameron and Sam WorthingtonSource: MarketSaw

UPDATE: I want to point you all in the direction of a first hand impression of the James Cameron footage that was screened. What he’s describing is what it felt like to read the decade old scriptment. This is ten years on with WETA Digital at James Cameron’s disposal, so we’re well beyond ‘excitement’ at this point.

The audience afterwards was stunned. Everyone just gasped, wondered and just couldnt believe what they saw. [Cameron] is so proud of this movie and still handles it with great suave like he just folded a paper plane. I am just mindbaffled how a genius like that can contain himself with something like this.

This movie will change the industry. It can now enable me to play a character in a studio, then to be transferred into something different on screen so an audience will believe I am that different character. This is not the Polar Express style ‘change of character’. This will enable actors to act without them being cast on looks, but on bodylanguage from now on. [Source]


Now that I’ve calmed down a bit, James Cameron along with cast-members Sigourney Weaver, Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana and Stephen Lang debuted 24 MINUTES OF FOOTAGE (!) from Avatar. While the general consensus has been “Holy shit, my eyes!” and sustained applause, people are using phrases like “stunning, literally jawdropping. Amazing visuals unlike any before seen, with incredible detail.” The footage was premiered at CineExpo in Amsterdam and while practically everyone was sworn to secrecy, a couple of shots of Avatar concept art from the after-party have shown up online.

We’ve seen concept art before but this, to my knowledge, is the latest to give us an honest-to-god look at what James Cameron is trying to create. The last time I was seriously blown away by special effects, and I’m talking jaw on the floor, was Termintator 2: Judgement Day when the T-1000 walked out of those flames, and morphed back into Robert Patrick. From that moment forward, I needed to know how every special effect was done. I don’t know if it’ll be at all the same, but: This. Looks. Friggin. Gorgeous. Decemember can’t get here soon enough.

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Trailers: ‘The Last Airbender’

Posted by Brian on 06/23/2009

The Last AirbenderHere’s the teaser trailer for M. Night Shyamalan’s adaptation of the Nickelodeon cartoon, Avatar: The Last Airbender. I personally think this looks great, but Shyamalan’s problem has never been directing; it’s his storytelling. Hopefully working from a source where he isn’t creating everything is what he needs to get reinvigorated. The film stars newcomer Noah Ringer, Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire), Nicola Peltz, and Jackson Rathbone (Twilight).

Avatar: The Last Airbender takes place in a fantasy world that is home to humans, fantastic animals, and spirits. Human civilization is divided into four nations: the Water Tribes, the Earth Kingdom, the Air Nomads, and the Fire Nation. Each nation has its own natural element, on which it bases its society. Within each nation exists an order called “Benders” who have the ability to manipulate the eponymous element of their nation.

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Stills: ‘Avatar The Game’

Posted by Brian on 06/18/2009

Avatar The GameSource: Official Site

Here’s a few more stills from the upcoming Avatar game. The official site went live, but houses nothing more than the three stills below, James Cameron talking about the game, and a link to pre-order your copy which ships out 11-24-09. If you missed any of our coverage, find the previous article here.


The game, developed by Ubisoft, will be released this December to coincide with the release of the film.

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Script Review: ‘Avatar (1998 Scriptment)’

Posted by Brian on 06/06/2009

Here’s a review of James Cameron’s AVATAR scriptment from 1998. I’ve been dodging putting it up, because I quite literally didn’t want to leave the world he’d created on the page. Safe to say, it’s pretty amazing. Click that beautiful forest for the review.


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E3 2009: ‘Avatar’ Heavy Loader

Posted by Brian on 06/04/2009

Avatar James Cameron the game logo E3 2009Source: Collider

Collider posted some absolutely gorgeous shots of Avatar‘s Heavy Loader in full. The suit, which had been seen in concept art and game stills, was revealed at E3 and functions as tool, weapon, and breathing apparatus.

Avatar James Cameron  heavy equipment from E3 2009
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Avatar James Cameron  heavy equipment from E3 2009 (4)
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Avatar James Cameron  heavy equipment from E3 2009 (1)

I’m getting pretty giddy that we’re gonna start seeing some actual pictures of the Na’vi and the actual environments soon. We’re still a full six months out from release, but with Comic Con coming up soon I gather that marketing for the film will notice a significant push soon.

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Sigourney Weaver Talks ‘Avatar’

Posted by Brian on 05/30/2009


Source: Hollywood Reporter

More Avatar news to whet your palette? Yes please! While it’s not exactly news or anything we didn’t already know, it is extremely interesting to hear someone talking about the film.

Sigourney Weaver spoke briefly with THR about her character, the world James Cameron has created, the technology created specifically for the film, and their close working relationship with Weta Digital.

It’s not very informative, but still intriguing to hear. As we get closer to the release date, I’m sure we’ll hear a lot more about this film.

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Concept Art: ‘Avatar’

Posted by Brian on 05/28/2009


Source: MarketSaw

MarketSaw, the only site where anything tangible about James Camerson’s heavily anticipated film Avatar ever surfaces, has revealed two shots of early concept art from the film. The shots were approved by Fox, so they’re legit. The first piece of concept art was drawn by Dylan Cole. MarketSaw is still trying to get confirmation on artist of the second piece.

The first pic contains a full shot of the PowerSuit, mechanized armor that is used to protect against the wildly indigineous creatures of Pandora and to prevent the operator from breathing the poisonous Pandorian air. A shot of the practical PowerSuit from the waist down showed up earlier this week. The second shot is a futuristic helicopter being chased by three alien creatures which may or may not be Bansheerays. Enjoy the pics below.

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Avatar is written and directed by James Cameron. It is his first theatrical feature, discounting documentaries, in over a decade. It hits theaters December 18, 2009.

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