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James Cameron Thinks Hollywood Studios Are Messing Up 3-D

“Avatar” was the international blockbuster that made 3-D movies commonplace in American multiplexes. Its director and multi-dimensional filmmaking’s leading evangelist, James Cameron, ought to be happy. He’s not.

Posted on Jul 9, 2013 READ MORE


Mr. Fish's Cartoon

Prosecuting Prosecutorial Abuse

Massachusetts’ U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz and Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen Heymann must be held accountable for their actions during their prosecution of the late Internet activist Aaron Swartz; in China, a father hired online “assassins” to kill his son’s avatar in an attempt to save his real life; meanwhile, the U.S. is giving the Afghan government a fleet of drones. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jan 18, 2013 READ MORE


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Wikimedia Commons / Natasha Baucas

BP Refused James Cameron’s Cleanup Help

Those Hollywood directors, always thinking they can call all the shots. “Avatar” helmer and self-proclaimed “King of the World” James Cameron tried to do his eco-friendly (and global royalty) duty ... (continued)

Posted on Jun 3, 2010 READ MORE


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James Cameron vs. Glenn Beck: Round Two

So, “Avatar” director James Cameron got good and steamed the other day while discussing Fox News’ own Baron von Shoutypants, Glenn Beck. On his show Wednesday night, Beck responded, and as it turns out, he’s guilty as charged! He also finds Celine Dion’s “Titanic” power ballad “horrific, really.”

Posted on Mar 25, 2010 READ MORE


Cameron
Wikimedia Commons / Natasha Baucas

James Cameron Calls for Dialogue With Glenn Beck

During a press junket on Tuesday, “Avatar” helmer James Cameron let fly about Fox News’ shouty conspiracy buff Glenn Beck, calling Beck a couple of rated-R names before backing up a bit and suggesting that he’d like to have a “dialogue with him.” In 3-D! Just kidding.

Posted on Mar 24, 2010 READ MORE



Mark Fellman / WETA courtesy 20th Century Fox

‘Avatar’ Gets Earth Day DVD Release

Fans of James Cameron’s “Avatar” who are anxiously waiting to watch, pause for commentary and perhaps act out the film in the comfort of their own homes now have a date, and an auspicious one, when they can make that magic happen: April 22. Twentieth Century Fox is giving “Avatar” ... (continued)

Posted on Mar 16, 2010 READ MORE


3-D White House
White House / Pete Souza

Everything’s Coming Up 3-D

Although 3-D technology has been around so long that it almost seems quaint, it’s still the Next Big Thing, in a sense, in the entertainment industry, as even television manufacturers are chomping at the bit to get in on the action. What’s more, “Avatar” director and technological innovator James Cameron is ... (continued)

Posted on Mar 15, 2010 READ MORE



Stoner Seniors Edition

Why more old people smoke pot than they used to, what to do when your judge and prosecutor are having an affair, and why Obama’s assault on Wall Street is weak sauce. All this and more after the jump.

Posted on Feb 25, 2010 READ MORE



Something Rotten in Denmark Edition

Here’s why you should never e-mail your professor after showing up an hour late, give cameras to chimps or put a grouchy Dane in charge of your country’s tourism pitch.

Posted on Feb 24, 2010 READ MORE



Unsolved Mystery Edition

Why do Americans refuse to believe crime has been going down for a decade? Why are so many of them foot fetishists? And was Rene “I think, therefore I am” Descartes really murdered with a poisoned communion wafer? Answers to these questions and more on today’s list.

Posted on Feb 17, 2010 READ MORE


James Cameron and friends
20th Century Fox / Mark Fellman

James Cameron Working on ‘Avatar’ Novel

There’s no shortage of fan fiction and musty paperbacks based on science fiction movies, but it’s highly unusual for the creators of such films to actually write the things. James Cameron is reportedly working on a novel based on the back story of his latest film, which has already made more money than any movie ever.

Posted on Feb 16, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Bernat Armangue

‘Avatar’ in the West Bank

Some Palestinians in Billin, the West Bank town famous for its civil disobedience, have taken a cue from the movie “Avatar.” Demonstrators have painted themselves blue, citing a parallel between their cause and that of the film’s indigenous protagonists, who fight against a foreign occupying force.

Posted on Feb 14, 2010 READ MORE



Welcome Back, da Vinci Edition

President Obama asked for a better health care plan, so here it is. Native people say “Avatar” is real, so there. But why are they digging up Leonardo da Vinci—and is there anything left? These stories and more on today’s list.

Posted on Jan 28, 2010 READ MORE



Castro Edition

Going nuclear in the Senate, the anthropology of “Avatar” and why Fidel Castro sent doctors instead of soldiers to Haiti. These stories and more on today’s list.

Posted on Jan 27, 2010 READ MORE


Cameron and Weaver
Flickr / OfficialAvatarMovie

Anti-Smoking Camp Targets ‘Avatar’

James Cameron’s “Avatar” has made beaucoup bucks, already taking in more than $1 billion worldwide since its last last month, but there’s at least one group that’s not happy with certain aspects of his futuristic odyssey. A campaign called Smoke Free Movies sponsored a major ad buy in Hollywood’s two prominent trade papers Tuesday to protest ... (continued)

Posted on Jan 11, 2010 READ MORE


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Wikimedia Commons / Natasha Baucas

Cameron Puts His Money Down for ‘Hiroshima’

James Cameron, that visionary mega-director of historic oceanic tragedy and, more recently, virtual blue puma-people, has dug into his giant pockets to option a book for a possible film project that’s quite different in subject and tone from his latest blockbuster, “Avatar.” Variety reported Friday that Cameron now has movie dibs on Charles Pellegrino’s nonfiction book “The Last Train From Hiroshima: The Survivors Look Back.”

Posted on Jan 8, 2010 READ MORE



Mark Fellman / WETA courtesy 20th Century Fox

Cameron’s ‘Avatar’ Awes the Skeptics

The film industry has produced no shortage of spectacles over the last hundred years, from “Ben Hur” to “Star Wars.” In terms of technological sorcery and visual wonder, James Cameron’s “Avatar” now ranks chief among them.

Posted on Dec 15, 2009 READ MORE


Second Life anti-war protest

Avatars Against the War

While thousands of people were in D.C. protesting the war on Jan. 30, more than 120 digital versions of people gathered online in the Second Life world to stage a virtual protest. Watch a video of it.

Posted on Feb 8, 2007 READ MORE


Second Life graphic
From Second Life (via Popular Science)

It’s a Wonderful Second Life

Check out this mind-blowing story on Second Life, the simulated online world where people socialize, shop for actual products, attend legitimate university classes, even buy virtual real estate—using real-world money.
This head-spinning enmeshing of online/off-line interaction represents a new model for our Internet-addled society. It’s like “The Matrix” (Version 0.1).

 

Posted on Oct 12, 2006 READ MORE


Suzanne Vega's avatar
From Wired News

Live Musical Acts, Coming to a Sim Near You

Now this is a cool sign of the times: Musicians are playing “live” concerts streamed through virtual reality environments like “Second Life.” Above, the avatar of Suzanne Vega plays in what was billed as “the first time a major recording artist performed live in avatar form.”

Posted on Aug 18, 2006 READ MORE


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