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James Cameron Says ‘Avatar’ Wanted to Avoid “‘Stranger Things’ Effect” of Teens Who “Look Like They’re 27”

James Cameron is well aware that his projects aren’t the only ones to have dealt with child castmembers’ changing appearances over the years. During a recent Entertainment Weekly interview, the filmmaker offered further context for his decision to shoot his recently released sequel Avatar: The Way of Water at the same time as the franchise’s […]

Edie Falco Shot ‘Avatar 2’ So Long Ago That She Thought It Had Already Been Released and “Didn’t Do Very Well”

Edie Falco was a bit confused about the release plan for Avatar: The Way of Water, in which she plays General Ardmore. During a recent visit to ABC’s The View, the actress admitted to the show’s panel that she filmed her role in James Cameron’s long-gestating sequel so long ago that she assumed it had […]

‘Avatar: The Way of Water’ Star Stephen Lang Talks Quaritch 2.0 and the Complicated Legacy of ‘Tombstone’

[This story contains one spoiler question and answer for Avatar: The Way of Water.] Whether it’s the courage of Avatar: The Way of Water’s Colonel Quaritch or the cowardice of Tombstone’s Ike Clanton, Stephen Lang knows how to craft an unforgettable villain. Despite Quaritch meeting his end in 2009’s Avatar, director James Cameron informed Lang […]

Events of the Week: ‘Babylon,’ ‘Avatar: The Way of Water’ and More

Here’s a look at this week’s biggest premieres, parties and openings in Los Angeles and New York, including red carpets for Babylon, Avatar: The Way of Water, Emily in Paris and Whitney Houston: I Wanna Dance with Somebody. Avatar: The Way of Water premiere The Avatar sequel’s cast and crew continued its world tour on Monday […]

‘Avatar: The Way of Water’ Charts Course for Year’s Best Global Box Office Opening

James Cameron’s Avatar: The Way of Water is finally setting sail. Hollywood and worried theater owners are counting on the long-awaited sequel to close out 2022 in grand fashion after a tough fall season. If tracking is correct, The Way of Water should score a domestic debut of $150 million to $175 million, and $450 […]

James Cameron Not Attending ‘Avatar: The Way of Water’ Hollywood Premiere After Testing Positive for COVID-19

James Cameron, director of the highly anticipated Avatar: The Way of Water, will not attend Monday evening’s premiere of the film in Los Angeles after testing positive for COVID-19, The Hollywood Reporter learned. “Jim has COVID but is feeling fine. He tested positive as part of a routine testing cadence. He will continue to complete […]

Imax CEO Bets Big On ‘Avatar: The Way of Water’ China Box Office Prospects

Imax CEO Richard Gelfond predicts big box office in China and elsewhere worldwide for James Cameron’s long-awaited sequel Avatar: The Way of the Water. “Avatar and Imax share a synergy, a DNA,” Gelfond told the Wells Fargo TMT Summit conference during a session on Tuesday. He recalled Imax in 2010 having 250 theaters worldwide at the time […]

‘Avatar: The Way of Water’ Tracking for $150M-$170M Domestic Box Office Opening

The long-awaited sequel Avatar: The Way of Water should open to at least $150 million-$170 million when sailing into North American theaters on Dec. 16, according to early tracking. And those are conservative estimates. Directed by James Cameron,The Way of Water hits the big screen more 13 years after Avatar made history in becoming the […]

‘Avatar: The Way of Water’ Runtime Sails Past Three Hours

Be prepared for a long soak. James Cameron’s Avatar: The Way of Water has a runtime befitting the 13-year wait for the sequel: around three hours and 10 minutes, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter. Avatar 2 hopes to join an elite club of longer Hollywood tentpoles that have done blockbuster business in theaters, including Avengers: […]

Italy Revives Tepid Box Office With $3 Tickets, ‘Minions 2’

Italy’s version of National Cinema Day — a five-day event called Cinema in festa offering discount tickets for certain films at participating theaters across the country —has proved a major success, with more than 1.1 million people crowding in, bringing in around $3.9 million (€4 million) in box office revenue. Compared to the previous week, […]

How James Cameron and Jon Landau Remastered ‘Avatar’ for Its Rerelease

When Avatar opened in December 2009 — en route to becoming the biggest movie of all time, topping $2.8 billion at the global box office — for many movie goers, it was the first time they experienced digital 3D. Now, filmmaker James Cameron and producer Jon Landau will reintroduce audiences to their groundbreaking movie with […]

Box Office Preview: Controversy-Ridden ‘Don’t Worry Darling’ Could Surprise With $20M-Plus Opening

After weeks of making headlines for one controversy after another, director Olivia Wilde’s sophomore feature Don’t Worry Darling could surprise in its box office debut this weekend with $20 million-plus. Official tracking and Warner Bros. are being more conservative in projecting $17 million. But based on advance ticket sales, exhibitors are giving a range of […]