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European Box Office Jumps 70 Percent in 2022, But Remains Below Pre-Pandemic Figures

The European box office continues to bounce back, but theatrical revenues are still a ways from their pre-pandemic peak. According to official figures released by European Audiovisual Observatory on Thursday, gross box office receipts across the European Union and the U.K. were up 70 percent in 2022 to $5.5 billion (€5.07 billion), with an additional […]

‘Avatar: The Way of Water’ Delivers Fifth VFX Oscar to Weta’s Joe Letteri

Surprising no one, Avatar: The Way of Water collected the Oscar in visual effects for its jaw-dropping work that helped to propel the movie to more than $2.2 billion at the box office, making it the third highest grossing movie of all time. In doing so, Weta FX’s production senior VFX supervisor Joe Letteri collected […]

THR’s ‘Behind the Screen’ Takes Final Look at the Oscar Crafts Categories

Still filling out your Oscar ballot? The Hollywood Reporter‘s executive awards editor Scott Feinberg joins THR tech editor and Behind the Screen host Carolyn Giardina to take a last look at the crafts categories before the 95th Academy Awards. In this new episode of THR‘s Behind the Screen, they discuss questions such as, will Elvis […]

‘Avatar: The Way of Water’ Producer Jon Landau on the “Commitment” He Made to the Film’s Stars: “These Are Not Animated Characters”

Twenty-five years after winning the best picture Oscar for Titanic — and 12 years after his second best picture nomination, for Avatar — producer Jon Landau is back in the awards race with Avatar: The Way of Water. Landau talks to THR about besting his own box office records, what it will take for performance-capture […]

How the Oscar Nominees for Visual Effects Created Movie Magic at the Highest Magnitude

The Batman The aim of Matt Reeves’ The Batman was to make it feel as if the action could really happen. “There’s no science fiction element or fantastic element that removes it from our reality,” production VFX supervisor Dan Lemmon says, explaining that required doing as much in camera as possible. Special FX supervisor Dominic […]

How Sound Pros From ‘All Quiet on the Western Front,’ ‘Avatar: The Way of Water,’ and ‘Top Gun Maverick’ Sent Audiences to Battlefields, Beneath the Ocean and Into the Sky

When it comes to creating movie sound, it’s all about world-building, says Julian Howarth, sound mixer on Avatar: The Way of Water. “And then it’s to make something believable, emotional and to tell a story,” he adds. “In any film, that’s what we’re here to do.” For Howarth’s team, that was about telling an immersive […]

James Cameron Convenes ‘Avatar 2’ Fans for Unfiltered Feedback: “We’re Not Looking for Praise”

Days before James Cameron’s Avatar: The Way of Water splashed its way past his 1997 film, Titanic, on the global box office charts to become the No. 3 movie of all time (not adjusted for inflation), the filmmaker took a seat on the Walt Disney Studios lot in Burbank to do something he said he’s […]

MPSE Career Achievement Award Honoree Gwendolyn Yates Whittle On ‘Avatar 2’ and Women in Sound

When supervising sound editor Gwendolyn Yates Whittle accepts her career achievement award on Feb. 26 at the 70th Motion Picture Sound Editors’ Golden Reel Awards, she’ll be only the third woman to do so. “I’m hoping to start a trend of more women getting more recognition,” Yates Whittle, who worked on Avatar: The Way of […]

How Oscar-Nominated ‘Avatar: The Way of Water’ Production Designers Created an Alien Underwater World

Whether it was creating the Metkayina village or a sinking sea vessel on the Pandora moon, production designers Dylan Cole and Ben Procter say their approach to their work on James Cameron’s Avatar: The Way of Water was, philosophically, not unlike that of any live-action movie. “We design sets,” Cole says, adding that the use […]

‘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 […]

‘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 […]

Euro Box Office Tops $7B in 2022, Still Well Below Pre-Pandemic Levels

European cinemas showed signs of a return to health last year, with box office revenue jumping from 4.4 billion euro ($4.7 billion) in 2021 to 6.6 billion euro ($7.08 billion) last year, according to figures from Gower Street Analytics, a box office analyst group. That positive news corresponds with preliminary figures released Wednesday by the […]