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“Avatar” sequels to begin filming in 2013

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The sequels for “Avatar” are still a long ways off, but they could begin filming within the next year. James Cameron hit “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” red carpet in New Zealand Wednesday and revealed that he plans to have the scripts for “Avatar 2″ and “3” done by February and then start shooting the movies back-to-back by the end of 2013.

“I want to get these scripts nailed down, I don’t want to be writing the movie in post production,” he told The West Australian. “We kind of did that on the first picture, I ended up cutting out a lot of scenes and so on and I don’t want to do that again.”

That seemingly aligns with 20th Century Fox’s plan to have “Avatar 2″ come out in December 2014 and then “3” hit theaters on December 2015. It depends how long it takes for Cameron to film the movies and whether there are any more delays, but it seems like we could have the next two chapters of the “Avatar” saga out within the next three years.

Cameron also discussed the use of 48 frames per second film technology in his new movies. He said he’s waiting to see the response to the higher frame rate in “The Hobbit” before he commits to using that technology in “Avatar 2″ and “3.”

“If there is acceptance of 48 (FPS), then that will pave the way for Avatar (sequels) to take advantage of it,” he said.

It should go without saying that the films will be released in 3D like their predecessor.

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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.

Dileep Rao explains the roles humans will have in “Avatar 2″

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For all that we don’t know about “Avatar 2,” there are some plot details we have been clued in on. James Cameron has said the film will take place in the oceans of Pandora and will potentially even head to other planets. We’ll meet other Na’vi clans beyond the one we became close with in “Avatar,” and see different parts of the sci-fi world Cameron has created.

With all the focus on the new parts of the foreign planet, it’s unclear what roles the human characters will have to play. Sam Worthington’s Jake Sully made a full transition to his Na’vi avatar form at the end of “Avatar,” so it could be that there won’t be any human characters at all.

Not so, Dileep Rao told us when we attended the red carpet premiere of “Broken Kingdom.” Though he told us he can’t talk about whether he’ll be back in “Avatar 2,” he said he expects humans to still have a role to play in the film universe.

“I don’t think Jim would ever leave behind the world that we know and the world that he’s built and not leave them together,” he explained.

The actor portrayed Dr. Max Patel in “Avatar,” one of the scientists behind the avatar endeavor. With Sigourney Weaver’s Grace dead at the end of the first film, Max could have a much larger role in number two. The other humans — like Joel David Moore’s Norm — still need to use avatars to be out in the world of Pandora. Hopefully “Avatar 2″ remembers its namesake and keeps the avatars around.

No word yet on when “Avatar 2″ will hit theaters, but it likely won’t be before 2015. Cameron also has plans for an “Avatar 3″ and “Avatar 4.”

Do you think that the humans will have as big a role in the “Avatar” sequels? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

“Avatar” sequels could become a Chinese co-production

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The “Avatar” sequels might be heading underwater, but they also could be headed to China.

James Cameron is currently handling pre-production of the movie, but he took the time to chat with The Hollywood Reporter to talk about his plans for the next two or three “Avatar” movies. Apparently he’s thinking of having the films become a Chinese co-production, something we’ve seen other projects like “Iron Man 3″ do to tap into the large Chinese market.

“Within five years, China could easily be as big a gross-revenue market for film as North America, and there are very specific economic incentives for having both Chinese content and Chinese co-production,” Cameron said. “We are already funded on ‘Avatar 2′ and ‘3,’ but if we qualify as a co-production, there might be some incentives in the percentage of revenue we can take out of China. We are running the numbers to see if that makes sense.”

That would mean some slight changes for the next few “Avatar” films. If “Avatar 2,” “3” and “4” were to be Chinese co-productions, then they’d have to incorporate Chinese actors. Cameron has some ideas for how they’ll fit into the already defined universe.

“For Avatar, we can certainly use Chinese actors as performance capture actors because any accent issues will hide within the Na’vi accent,” he said. “So we can have Chinese Na’vi; [and in the live-action sequences] we can also have Chinese actors who speak English in the film. We are projecting a future in ‘Avatar,’ and if you project that future out, it is logical that there would be a number of Chinese amongst the contingent on Pandora.”

No word yet on when “Avatar 2″ will hit theaters, but it likely won’t be before 2015.

Do you think it’s smart to make the “Avatar” sequels Chinese co-productions? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

James Cameron talks “Avengers,” tells Hollywood: “Let’s go, guys”

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James Cameron isn’t worried about “The Avenger’s” impressive run in theaters this year because he is still King of the World $2 Billion Box Office Intake.

“They got close,” Cameron told MTV News when asked about “The Avengers” $1.5 billion worldwide gross. “They didn’t break the $2 billion-dollar barrier, there’s only two in the club. But you know, come on, let’s go, guys.”

It almost seems as though Cameron is looking forward to someone fighting for the title of King and Queen of the box office, though “The Avengers” made a valiant effort. There aren’t any hard feelings here, because a $2 billon intake means a blooming box office.

“Look, I want Hollywood to be as successful and vibrant as it always has. Hopefully a movie will come along next year and show everyone what’s possible because that just benefits us all,” Cameron said. “On the other hand, if that shouldn’t happen for another ten years that would be good too. It’s kind of a no-lose situation. We managed to push ‘Titanic’ right over the $2 billion mark with the re-release, so I’m happy about that.”

So what did he actually think about “The Avengers”? It turns out he’s now a Joss Whedon fan through and through.

“Oh I liked ‘Avengers.’ I thought it was a real crowd-pleaser, lots of fun [and] funny, funnier than [I expected],” Cameron said. “I thought leavening it was important because ‘Titanic’ is not exactly a laugh riot.”

Do you think a movie will come around to overtake “Avatar” and “Titanic” any time soon? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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