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John Refoua, Editor on ‘Avatar’ Films, Dies at 58

John Refoua, the Oscar-nominated editor who worked on Avatar and Avatar: The Way of Water, has died. He was 58. Refoua died from complications from a rare bile duct cancer called cholangiocarcinoma, according to his wife, Serena Bell Refoua, who shared the news of his death in a Facebook post. He was diagnosed with cancer […]

‘Avatar: The Way of Water’ Team Raced to Create 1,065 Delivery Versions for Theaters

The herculean effort to make James Cameron’s groundbreaking Avatar: The Way of Water and deliver the movie to theaters around the world for its Dec. 16 day-and-date release was the subject of a day-long series of panels and presentations, Tuesday at the HPA (Hollywood Professional Association) Tech Retreat. A sold-out crowd of 750 Hollywood tech […]

Box Office Milestone: ‘Avatar 2’ Sinks ‘Titanic’ to Rank as No. 3 Pic of All Time

It’s official: Avatar: The Way of Water has edged out Titanic at the global box office with $2.243 billion in global ticket sales to become the No. 3 movie of all time, not adjusted for inflation. James Cameron, who directed both films, lays claim to three of the four top-grossing movies in history. Titanic, which […]

‘Avatar 2’ Sweeps Visual Effects Society Awards Feature Competition

James Cameron’s juggernaut Avatar: The Way of Water swept the awards in the feature competition at the 21st annual Visual Effects Society Awards on Wednesday night at the Beverly Hilton. Its nine wins included one for the top category of outstanding VFX in a photoreal feature. The movie also collected trophies for animated character (for […]

China Box Office: ‘Avatar 2’ Opens Far Below Tracking at $57.1M as COVID Outbreak Bites

Disney and 20th Century’s Avatar: The Way of Water opened in China over the weekend to $57.1 million, a starting haul that would be considered a heroic comeback for Hollywood in the increasingly choppy China market — if the movie were made by any filmmaker other than James Cameron. Presale rates and other online measures of audience […]

China Box Office: ‘Avatar 2’ Headed for $120M+ Opening Splash

James Cameron’s Avatar: The Way of Water is off to a strong start in China despite significant uncertainty surrounding the public health situation in the country.  As of 12 p.m., local time Friday, the film had earned $15.2 million (RMB106 million), including Thursday night previews, according to regional box office consultancy Artisan Gateway. The firm […]

China Box Office: ‘One Piece Film Red’ Wins Quiet Weekend While ‘Avatar 2’ Release Looms

Japanese anime blockbuster One Piece Film Red won a slow weekend at China’s theatrical box office, supplanting fellow anime franchise installment Detective Conan: The Bride of Halloween, which had held the top spot for the past two weeks. Film Red, the 15th film in Oda Eiichiro’s iconic One Piece manga and film franchise released in […]

‘Avatar 2’ Star Cliff Curtis on Watching Preview Footage With James Cameron: “Stunned Beyond Belief”

New Zealand star Cliff Curtis is having a pretty solid 2022. The actor’s most recent feature, Muru, the acclaimed Māori-language action drama, became New Zealand’s highest-grossing film this year after its release in September. Later, it was selected as the country’s official contender for the Oscars in the best international film category. If Muru ends […]

James Cameron Talks ‘Avatar’ Rerelease and the “Resurgence” of the Moviegoing Experience

James Cameron recently rewatched a fully remastered Avatar with his children, and it made him excited for the film’s upcoming rerelease in theaters. His kids, like a lot of people since Avatar was first released in 2009, saw the film on streaming or on Blu-ray, instead of on a big screen. When they watched it […]

James Cameron May Not Direct the Final ‘Avatar’ Films

James Cameron may have created the planet of Pandora, but there’s a chance the filmmaker does not direct all of the Avatar films. After the franchise’s game-changing first film, Cameron decided to continue the saga with four more stories, the first of which,  Avatar: The Way of Water, hits theaters on Dec. 16, 2022. The third […]

‘Avatar: The Way of Water’ Teaser Trailer Debuts Online

The teaser trailer for James Cameron’s Avatar: The Way of Water has arrived online. The first look was playing exclusively in theaters over the weekend, ahead of Disney-Marvel’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. But on Monday, it went live for all to see on YouTube and social media. Each of the four Avatar sequels — […]

Who’s Afraid of Streaming? Theater Owners’ Swagger Returns at CinemaCon

While the annual gathering of theater owners in Sin City wasn’t as rowdy as it might have been in pre-pandemic times, it returned to some semblance of normal as the box office makes gains and streaming turns out not to be the boogeyman that exhibitors feared. The Hollywood Reporter headed to CinemaCon to chronicle the […]