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Sigourney Weaver has signed on to return for the three upcoming Avatar sequels as a new "challenging character". The Alien star played Grace Augustine in the first film, but director James Cameron was so eager to reunite with Weaver that he has created a new role for her in the follow-ups.
The Titanic director says in a statement which reads: "Sigourney and I have a long creative history, dating back to 1985 when we made Alien. We're good friends who've always worked well together, so it just feels right that she's coming back for the Avatar sequels. "Her character of Grace Augustine, as fans know, died in the first movie, so she's playing a different and in many ways more challenging character in the upcoming films. We're both looking forward to this new creative challenge, the latest chapter in our long and continuing collaboration."
Weaver joins returning cast members Zoe Saldana and Sam Worthington for the sequels, with the first of three scheduled to hit cinemas in December, 2016.
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Avatar fans should start clearing out their schedules for the next three years or so. With Avatar sequels in pre-production stages right now, James Cameron is a busy man who just added more to his plate, and more big news for fans of the 2009 film. Cameron will team up with Cirque du Soleil for what sounds like the most epic, beautiful, live performance ever.
Of the collaboration, Cameron says, “Over the years, I have discovered the extraordinary talents and imaginations of both the artists and the creative forces behind Cirque du Soleil... I know we share the common goal of bringing audiences to another level of entertainment experiences. I look forward to doing just that on this project.”
It sounds like we can expect a little bit of this...
...mixed with some of this:
As fans impatiently await the 2016 release of Avatar 2, they can experience the magic of Cirque d'Avatar (no, that's not the official name) next year.
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Filmmaker James Cameron has teamed up with Cirque du Soleil masterminds to produce a live show based on his hit film Avatar. The new spectacular, which is set to debut at the end of 2015, will tour the world.
Announcing the news on Thursday (29May14), Cameron said, "Over the years, I have discovered the extraordinary talents and imaginations of both the artists and the creative forces behind Cirque du Soleil. "I know we share the common goal of bringing audiences to another level of entertainment experiences. I look forward to doing just that on this project."
Meanwhile, Cameron's Avatar sequel is set to hit theatres in December, 2016.
Jessica Alba was such a good girl when she became a teenage star she lied about her sexuality to appear more interesting in interviews. The actress admits she wasn't prepared to become a sex symbol when director James Cameron cast her as his leading lady in hit TV action drama Dark Angel, and her strict Catholic upbringing left her inexperienced for questions about her personal life.
She tells Entertainment Weekly, "They (reporters) would always ask me provocative questions about my sexuality, my this or that. Sometimes I would lie and say something that wasn't true to make myself seem more interesting than I was.
"I mean, I didn't even know how to walk in heels until I went to the Golden Globes for the first time."
Plans for a Broadway revival of the hit Titanic musical have been postponed because producers cannot find a home for the sinking ship drama.
Titanic, which follows the story of the infamous 1912 maritime disaster, was scheduled to set sail on the Great White Way this autumn (14), but theatre bosses have been forced to delay the production due to "the lack of availability of a Broadway house".
In a statement, they add, "Revised plans will be announced as soon as scheduling allows." The original musical won five Tony Awards following its opening in 1997, the same year James Cameron's movie epic of the same name hit cinemas, and ran for two years. The new show will be directed by Thom Southerland.
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So, even though my Dancing with the Stars rankings were completely wrong, I may have been the only person to correctly rank Candace Cameron Bure above James Maslow. So ha!
Yes, in Monday's finale (part 1), after a rollicking martial arts-inspired free dance (and a real-live kiss during his tango with Peta – which somehow couldn't even compete with Meryl and Maks almost-kiss) James was sent home. Candace looked quite candidly shocked, as did pretty much everyone else in that studio audience. But, as Tom Bergeron would remind us, "That's live TV!" And hey, at least he got to encore his freestyle dance in last night's episode.
Speaking of which, I always forget that the second part of the finale is less a new episode and more a sort of homage to the rest of the season. A good deal of the episode is spent on retrospectives, bringing back old dancers and stars, video packages, and live musical performances, most of which was delightful – anyone could benefit from a repeat viewing of Charlie White's Dick van Dyke-approved jazz dance to "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious," in my opinion. Plus, Maks "joked" that he was going to "ravage" Meryl and nickname both of their "mean, Russian children" "Bear" during one of the video packages. So there was that. Now, the musical numbers were a bit on the spotty side – ranging in quality down from Iggy Azalea's earpiece malfunction, to Christina Perri's pitch-y take on "Human," to the multitasking Cody Simpson and Amber Riley, and finally, up to Ariana Grande's pristine vocals on "Problem."
At long last, it came down to elimination time: which was a delightful brand of awkward, as the three remaining pairs watched selected video clips of themselves from as Christina Perri wailed away at her piano for a good two minute plus. Then, when that was over to the relief of the poor dancers/stars, the drumroll was so long that Candace dropped her poker face and grinned like a good sportsman. She was right – she did end up coming in third place.
And I have to admit, once it finally came down to Meryl/Maks vs. Amy/Derek, my heart was actually pounding a bit – because somewhere in the last 10 weeks I became a huge Meryl/Maks fan. Which was surprising, because I usually like underdogs, and Meryl had the clear advantage as a gold medal-holding ice dancer, while Amy had a lot more difficulties in uncharted territory as the first double-amputee on the show. But on the dancer side? Derek's kind of a DWTS juggernaut – rooting for him is kind of like rooting for the Yankees. And to counter Derek's five wins, much has been made of the fact that in 13 seasons, Maks has never taken the trophy once. Plus, Meryl's admission that she wanted to win more for Maks' sake than her own rang true, and that sort of sincerity is what's always made their relationship compelling to viewers.
With all that mind, their victory was truly a joy to behold (I delightfully noted that Meryl was up on Charlie's shoulders in mere seconds, while pretty much all of the rest of the cast had to band together to get Maks off the ground, so they could celebrate their new Mirror Ball Trophy in true DWTS form). Congrats, Meryl and Maks! Now, on to those mean Russian babies.
Olympic ice dancer Meryl Davis beat out competition from actress Candace Cameron Bure to be crowned queen of Dancing With The Stars during the finale on Tuesday night (20May14). Davis competed alongside Full House star Cameron Bure and actress-turned-Paralympian Amy Purdy during the final episode of the U.S. reality TV show in front of judges Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman, and Bruno Tonioli.
However, it was Davis who came out top alongside her professional partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy, who earned his first win in 14 seasons on the show.
After her triumph, Davis tweeted: "Thank you all for the incredible support... I'm completely overwhelmed. (Chmerkovskiy) and I have been so fortunate to share this journey w/ (with) you!"
Singer/actor James Maslow had been given the boot just shy of the finale during Monday's (19May14) episode.
Pop star Cody Simpson, who competed on the show, performed during the final along with rapper Iggy Azalea and singer Ariana Grande.
Singer/actor James Maslow is disappointed and relieved after fans voted him off U.S. reality show Dancing With The Stars on Monday (19May14) - because he was sick of living his life by the terms of an entertainment contract. The Big Time Rush star and his professional partner Peta Murgatroyd, who he once romanced, won over show judges and viewers with their tango and hip-hop freestyle dances, but were still cut from the show.
After the elimination, audience members booed, but Maslow admits he was not completely shocked.
He tells AccessHollywood.com, "I didn't expect to go home, but at the same time I'm not utterly shocked."
He adds, "As sad and partially frustrated as I am to not be able to compete - because we both really expected and wanted to be there... there's also a sense of relief and excitement that this is the first time in six years that I'm going to be free to go and do what I want to do, not on a contract."
Actress Candace Cameron Bure, Paralympian Amy Purdy and Olympic ice dancer Meryl Davis will vie for the show title on Tuesday (20May14).
Actress Candace Cameron-Bure's spot in the final of U.S. TV show Dancing With The Stars has been thrown into doubt after her professional partner Mark Ballas was injured during rehearsals. The pair was practising a routine for Monday night's (19May14) show when Ballas fell and popped his shoulder out of place during a complicated lift.
A spokesperson tells People.com, "Mark was seriously injured during camera blocking. His shoulder popped out during a lift and he was taken by ambulance to the hospital where he was treated and released. It's unclear whether or not he'll be able to perform on Monday's show." Reports suggest Ballas has been advised not to perform on the live episode, but insists he wants to take to the floor.
He reached out to fans on Sunday (18May14) on Twitter.com, writing, "Hey y'all. I'm doing alright, thanks for the love." One of the final four stars - Cameron-Bure, James Maslow, Meryl Davis, and Amy Purdy - will be eliminated on Monday, ahead of Tuesday night's (20May14) finale.
Actress Angelina Jolie is still hoping her long-delayed Cleopatra film will hit the big screen. Filmmaker James Cameron first revealed he was interested in developing a 3D movie about the Egyptian queen in 2010 and he wanted the Salt star to take on the role.
Following the news of Cameron's involvement, it was reported David Fincher was in talks to direct the film, but he reportedly declined to take on the project in 2012.
Life of Pi director Ang Lee was also added to the list of potential filmmakers, but he still hasn't signed on.
While Jolie admits the process has been difficult, she feels the film can still come together.
She tells People magazine, "I've been working on (it) forever. It's the hardest one to get done, so it's either going to be one of those that you just walk away and say, 'It was too hard', or it comes together beautifully and you really take it on."