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Sigourney Weaver confirms “Avatar 2″ return, offers thoughts on “Ghostbusters 3″

Sigourney Weaver confirms “Avatar 2″ return, offers thoughts on “Ghostbusters 3″ (photo)

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As a castmember in “Abduction,” Sigourney Weaver has recently been doing her duly appointed duty, giving interviews in an attempt to convince people to go see a Taylor Lautner movie where he almost certainly doesn’t turn into a werewolf. Thankfully, some folks were bright enough to ask the actress about some highly-anticipated projects that we really care about: New “Ghostbusters” and “Avatar” movies.

In a conversation with ComingSoon, Weaver graciously answered a question she must hear at least once a day and spoke about the likelihood of “Ghostbusters 3” actually happening. Despite not having read the script, the actress seems convinced that her character’s son, Oscar, will have grown up to be a Ghostbuster in the new movie. Oscar, who was an infant in 1989’s “Ghostbusters 2,” would work out to be at least 23 if aging in real time. In related news: You’re old.

When he’s not trying to keep his telephone conversations with Britney Spears secret from the Men in Black, “Ghostbusters” star Dan Aykroyd has been doing the rounds himself, claiming that the third film will happen with or without Bill Murray. In a separate interview with Cinema Blend, Weaver pointed toward the latter possibility when she mentioned, “Well, I guess [Murray’s character] Peter Venkman is dead.” However, Cinema Blend was quick to point out that the actress could just be repeating a 2009 story about Murray appearing in the film as a ghost.

Meanwhile, another Weaver-starring film, “Avatar” has a sequel in the works that is a little bit more of a sure thing, largely on account of the fact that James Cameron’s 3D take on “Ferngully” is only the biggest, most successful movie of all time. Not to spoil a nearly two-year-old film that everyone reading this is almost statistically guaranteed to have seen at least once, but SPOILER: Sigourney Weaver’s character dies at the end of the movie.

Weaver and Cameron aren’t going to let a little thing like death get in the way of keeping a lucrative franchise healthy, however, with the actress confirming to ComingSoon, “Don’t worry, I’ll be back.” She further explained that according to the director “no one ever dies in science-fiction,” and that the stories for the next two “Avatar” movies are “absolutely wonderful.”

What do you think about Dana Barrett’s son Oscar growing up to be a Ghostbuster? Also, do you think your motion sickness can handle another two “Avatar” movies? Tell us in the comments below or on Facebook and Twitter.

Underworld

Under Your Spell

10 Otherworldly Romances That’ll Melt Your Heart

Spend Valentine's Day weekend with IFC's Underworld movie marathon.

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Romance takes many forms, and that is especially true when you have a thirst for blood or laser beams coming out of your eyes.  It doesn’t matter if you’re a werewolf, a superhero, a clone, a time-traveler, or a vampire, love is the one thing that infects us all.  Read on to find out why Romeo and Juliet have nothing on these supernatural star-crossed lovers, and be sure to catch IFC’s Underworld movie marathon this Valentine’s Day weekend.

1. Cyclops/Jean Grey/Wolverine, X-Men series

The X-Men franchise is rife with romance, but the steamiest “ménage à mutant” may just be the one between Jean Grey (Famke Janssen), Cyclops (James Marsden), and Wolverine (Hugh Jackman). Their triangle is a complicated one as Jean finds herself torn between the two very different men while also trying to control her darker side, the Phoenix. This leads to Jean killing Cyclops and eventually getting stabbed through her heart by Wolverine in X-Men: The Last Stand. Yikes!  Maybe they should change the name to Ex-Men instead?


2. Willow/Tara, Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Joss Whedon gave audiences some great romances on Buffy the Vampire Slayer — including the central triangle of Buffy, Angel, and Spike — but it was the love between witches Willow (Alyson Hannigan) and Tara (Amber Benson) that broke new ground for its sensitive and nuanced portrayal of a LGBT relationship.

Willow is smart and confident and isn’t even sure of her sexuality when she first meets Tara at college in a Wiccan campus group. As the two begin experimenting with spells, they realize they’re also falling for one another and become the show’s most enduring, happy couple. At least until Tara’s death in season six, a moment that still brings on the feels.


3. Selene/Michael, Underworld series

The Twilight gang pales in comparison (both literally and metaphorically) to the Lycans and Vampires of the stylish Underworld franchise. If you’re looking for an epic vampire/werewolf romance set amidst an epic vampire/werewolf war, Underworld handily delivers in the form of leather catsuited Selene (Kate Beckinsale) and shaggy blonde hunk Michael (a post-Felicity Scott Speedman). As they work together to stop the Vampire/Lycan war, they give into their passions while also kicking butt in skintight leather. Love at first bite indeed.


4. Spider-man/Mary Jane Watson, Spider-man

After rushing to the aid of beautiful girl-next-door Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst), the Amazing Spider-man is rewarded with an upside-down kiss that is still one of the most romantic moments in comic book movie history. For Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire), the shy, lovable dork beneath the mask, his rain-soaked makeout session is the culmination of years of unrequited love and one very powerful spider bite. As the films progress, Peter tries pushing MJ away in an attempt to protect her from his enemies, but their web of love is just too powerful. And you know, with great power, comes great responsibility.


5. Molly/Sam, Ghost

When it comes to supernatural romance, you really can’t beat Molly and Sam from the 1990 hit film Ghost. Demi Moore goes crazy for Swayze like the rest of us, and the pair make pottery sexier than it’s ever been.

When Sam is murdered, he’s forced to communicate through con artist turned real psychic, Oda Mae Brown (Whoopi Goldberg in her Academy Award-winning role) to warn Molly she is still in danger from his co-worker, Carl (a pre-Scandal Tony Goldwyn). Molly doesn’t believe Oda is telling the truth, so Sam proves it by sliding a penny up the wall and then possessing Oda so he and Molly can share one last romantic dance together (but not the dirty kind). We’d pay a penny for a dance with Patrick Swayze ANY day.


6. Cosima/Delphine, Orphan Black

It stands to reason there would be at least one complicated romance on a show about clones, and none more complicated than the one between clone Cosima (Tatiana Maslany) and Dr. Delphine Cormier (Evelyne Brochu) on BBC America’s hit drama Orphan Black.

Cosima is a PhD student focusing on evolutionary developmental biology at the University of Minnesota when she meets Delphine, a research associate from the nefarious Dyad Institute, posing as a fellow immunology student. The two fall in love, but their happiness is brief once Dyad and the other members of Clone Club get involved. Here’s hoping Cosima finds love in season four of Orphan Black. Girlfriend could use a break.


7. Aragorn/Arwen, Lord of the Rings

On a picturesque bridge in Rivendell amidst some stellar mood-lighting and dreamy Elvish language with English subtitles for us non-Middle Earthlings, Arwen (Liv Tyler) and Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen) bind their souls to one another, pledging to love each other no matter what befalls them.

Their courtship is a matter of contention with Arwen’s father, Elrond (Hugo Weaving), who doesn’t wish to see his daughter suffer over Aragorn’s future death. The two marry after the conclusion of the War of the Ring, with Aragorn assuming his throne as King of Gondor, and Arwen forgoing her immortality to become his Queen. Is it too much to assume they asked Frodo to be their wedding ring-bearer?


8. Lafayette/Jesus, True Blood

True Blood quickly became the go-to show for supernatural sex scenes featuring future Magic Mike strippers (Joe Manganiello) and pale Nordic men with washboard abs (Hi Alexander Skarsgård!), but honestly, there was a little something for everyone, including fan favorite Bon Temps medium, Lafayette Reynolds (Nelsan Ellis).

In season three, Lafayette met his mother’s nurse, Jesus, and the two began a relationship. As they spend more time together and start doing V (short for Vampire Blood), they learn Jesus is descended from a long line of witches and that Lafayette himself has magical abilities. However, supernatural love is anything but simple, and after the pair join a coven, Lafayette becomes possessed by the dead spirit of its former leader. This relationship certainly puts a whole new spin on possessive love.


9. Nymphadora Tonks/Remus Lupin, Harry Potter series

There are lots of sad characters in the Harry Potter series, but Remus Lupin ranks among the saddest. He was bitten by a werewolf as a child, his best friend was murdered and his other best friend was wrongly imprisoned in Azkaban for it, then THAT best friend was killed by a Death Eater at the Ministry of Magic as Remus looked on. So when Lupin unexpectedly found himself in love with badass Auror and Metamorphmagus Nymphadora Tonks (she prefers to be called by her surname ONLY, thank you very much), pretty much everyone, including Lupin himself, was both elated and cautiously hopeful about their romance and eventual marriage.

Sadly, the pair met a tragic ending when both were killed by Death Eaters during the Battle of Hogwarts, leaving their son, Teddy, orphaned much like his godfather Harry Potter. Accio hankies!


10. The Doctor/Rose Tyler, Doctor Who

Speaking of wolves, Rose “Bad Wolf” Tyler (Billie Piper) captured the Doctor’s hearts from the moment he told her to “Run!” in the very first episode of the re-booted Doctor Who series. Their affection for one another grew steadily deeper during their travels in the TARDIS, whether they were stuck in 1950s London, facing down pure evil in the Satan Pit, or battling Cybermen.

But their relationship took a tragic turn during the season two finale episode, “Doomsday,” when the Tenth Doctor (David Tennant) and Rose found themselves separated in parallel universes with no way of being reunited (lest two universes collapse as a result of a paradox). A sobbing Rose told a holographic transmission of the Doctor she loved him, but before he could reply, the transmission cut out, leaving our beloved Time Lord (and most of the audience) with a tear-stained face and two broken hearts all alone in the TARDIS.

The 3D movie revival (2009-2011)

The 3D movie revival (2009-2011) (photo)

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Slate has an article this morning every 3D fan — or 3D hater — should read. It’s called “Who Killed 3D?” by Daniel Engber, and it accuses four main suspects: greedy theater chains, greedy film studios, shrewd consumers, and hack filmmakers. The entire piece, which includes eye-opening graphs on the decline in revenue generated by 3D movies in recent months, is worth reading, but here is one brief excerpt on the subject of moviegoers’ perception of the format:

“While the early movies in the 3D revival relied on outrageous stunts — pickaxes flying off the screen and all that — recent films have tended to use the technology for atmosphere, rarely breaking out of the stereo window. Restraint carries its own risks, however. In June, A. O. Scott called this ‘one of the pitfalls of that format, which is that if the 3D is unobtrusive enough that you don’t really notice it, you may as well forego the disposable glasses and the surcharge that comes with them.’ The vice- chairman of Paramount summed up the case when he told the Times that consumers are ‘tired of sitting in a theater thinking, ‘Wait is this movie in 3D or not?”
It’s a damned-if-you-do problem: 3D effects are either too blatant or too subtle, a novelty or a trifle.”

I’m not sure that there’s one clear assailant here — in the final analysis, the solution to this mystery may be like a game of “Clue” where someone accidentally shoved both Colonel Mustard and Professor Plum’s cards into the little envelope. There may also be one more suspect that Slate missed, one that combines elements of greedy studios, shrewd consumers, and hack filmmakers: let’s call it “glutting the market.”

The 3D revival began with “Avatar,” which became more than a movie, even more than the all-time highest grossing movie in history. It became an event. People who rarely go to the movies — not just “3D movies,” but movies in general — went to see it. Thanks to its association with the “Avatar” brand, 3D felt special, not just some gimmick dredged up to enliven tired genre formula, but an entire new filmic dimension ready to be explored. For a very brief period, it seemed like 3D was the future. That’s how you were going to see the biggest and most important films from now on.

Of course in “Avatar”‘s wake came many, many 3D movies. Even movies that weren’t shot in 3D were converted to 3D in post-production to cash in. At that point, the quality of 3D films was almost irrelevant; it was quantity that mattered. Some have compared the surcharge on 3D movies to the ticket prices at Broadway shows or sporting events. That’s ludicrous; live theater and sports are once-a-year indulgences (if you’re lucky). Perhaps if there was one 3D movie of the year on par with “Avatar,” people would embrace the idea of a surcharge. But we’ve reached a point this summer where there are sometimes one or two new 3D movies every week. Now there’s nothing inherently special about a 3D movie.

“Avatar” and a few other high-end 3D movies suggested that there could be. But I suspect Slate’s article will soon be proven correct: those in charge of the format sacrificed long-term viability for short-term profits, which is too bad. I remain convinced that there are still interesting artistic opportunities in three dimensions. Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg both seem to think so; their upcoming movies “Hugo” and “The Adventures of Tintin” are both in 3D. But even if they explore new dimensional terrain, will anyone notice? As far as most theatergoers are concerned, they’ve already seen enough.

Do you still like going to 3D movies? Tell us in the comments below or on Facebook and Twitter.

“Ghostbusters” will return to theaters this October

“Ghostbusters” will return to theaters this October (photo)

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Fire up your proton packs, Ghostbusters fans. The gang is getting back together and heading to theaters.

And while it’s not the “Ghostbusters 3” news we’ve been waiting to hear, today’s announcement on the official “Ghostbusters” page on Facebook is still a big deal — especially given what it could mean for a potential third film.

According to the site, the original “Ghostbusters” movie will get a theatrical re-release this October, bringing Peter, Egon, Ray, Winston, and the rest of the team back to the big screen. Here’s what the site had to say about the return of the world’s premiere paranormal removal experts:

Alright, Ghostbusters fans. It’s time to get your cats and dogs together and prepare for mass hysteria: This October, for the first time in over 25 years, the original and unforgettable Ghostbusters makes its triumphant return to theaters!

The site also posted the original 1984 trailer for “Ghostbusters,” which is worth watching again just to relive the classic 1980s-style of trailer narration. There’s no specific date noted for the film’s return to theaters, but something timed to Halloween is likely.

Of course, given all of the recent buzz surrounding a potential third “Ghostbusters” film, it’s also likely that a good showing for the film’s re-release could provide the necessary nudge to get the third film rolling.

Yes, it’s the sort of thing that could incite mass hysteria, folks. Cats and dogs, living together… you know the deal, “Ghostbusters” fans.

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