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James Cameron says Sigourney Weaver might be back for “Avatar 2”

James Cameron says Sigourney Weaver might be back for “Avatar 2” (photo)

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If James Cameron has one tidbit of advice for his fans, it’s that dead characters won’t necessarily stay dead forever in his sci-fi universes. So Jack from “Titanic“? Definitely gone. Ripley in the “Alien” films? Not so much. And Sigourney Weaver‘s sadly deceased character Grace in “Avatar“? Well, Cameron says we’ll just have to wait and see if she’ll be back or not.

New York Magazine‘s Culture Vulture blog caught up with the director after he received an award from Popular Mechanics last night. Weaver was the person to present the award, and Vulture couldn’t resist asking Cameron about the rumors she’s been spreading that she’ll be back for “Avatar 2.” The notoriously secretive director didn’t hedge around the issue as much as one might expect, though he didn’t give a concrete answer either.

“Did I say she was going to be in ‘Avatar 2’?” Cameron responded with a grin. “I don’t want to disabuse her of that fantasy. But have you ever heard of nonlinear storytelling? A lot happens on that planet before she shows up, and before Jake shows up to join her. She’s there for fifteen years ahead of time. I don’t know, but I wouldn’t jump to conclusions.”

So it sounds like if Grace does return for “Avatar 2,” it will be in a prequel capacity instead of her being resurrected. That’s an idea I can get behind, because there’s plenty more to the story of Pandora than what we saw in “Avatar” (obviously, it’s why Cameron is making two more movies). But Cameron said sci-fi leaves him with a whole lot of options of how he can keep his favorite characters coming back for more, whether they’re dead or not.

“Okay, here’s the deal,” he said. “When you have a science-fiction series, a science-fiction franchise, you’re never dead, unless your DNA is expunged from the universe. And then there’s always time travel!”

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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