"Jason and I are, like, naked together. You don't wanna be with a dude that's a total skeebag. You have to be with somebody you trust. We really just had a great partnership." Cameron Diaz on being comfortable in provocative scenes with co-star Jason Segel in their upcoming film, Sex Tape. The two previously co-starred in 2011's Bad Teacher.
Singer Courtney Love is courting controversy once again after suggesting Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band do not "belong" in rock and roll, days after they were inducted into the industry's Hall of Fame museum. The Boss paid tribute to his longtime backing band and performed with the musicians as they were honoured at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame gala in New York last week (10Apr14), but in a new YouTube.com video, Kurt Cobain's widow claims they do not fit into the genre.
Love also admits she isn't a big Springsteen fan and only liked the rocker's 1982 album Nebraska, a series of demo songs he recorded without the E Street Band. In the video, part of her Love on Love online segments in which she offers up her take on a variety of topics, she says, "I like Nebraska. And whenever I say that to a Springsteen person (fan), they look at me funny."
She continues, "With Springsteen, I just... I really like him. He's a nice guy. Cameron Crowe, an old, very dear friend of mine, took me to the Staples Center (in Los Angeles) for a three-night gig, and I could only last an hour and a half in a three-and-a-half hour show with the Boss." But Love's main problem with Springsteen's music appears to lie with the work of the E Street Band.
She adds, "My Springsteen problem is just that saxophones don't belong in rock 'n' roll. They just don't belong." The footage then cuts to a photo of Springsteen with late E Street Band saxophonist Clarence Clemons, who died in 2011. Love was in attendance at the Hall of Fame event to mark the induction of Cobain and his Nirvana bandmates, Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic. KISS, Peter Gabriel and Hall & Oates were also among the Class of 2014.
Australian pop star Cody Simpson has become the latest celebrity to be booted off U.S. reality show Dancing With The Stars. The Pretty Brown Eyes singer and his professional partner Witney Carson failed to win over show judges and viewers with their samba, performed to the tunes of I Can't Wait to Be King from The Lion King, and they were shown the door after their elimination on Monday night (14Apr14).
Simpson admits he didn't expect to leave the competition so soon, but is excited to return to his pop career.
He tells Eonline.com, "I'm sad... mixed feelings. It's kind of like, one amazing experience is over, Witney and I are kind of sad about it, but at the same time, I can just get back to what I do... start working on the new album and move on to the next phase of my career."
And the 17 year old is planning to make full use of his new talents, adding, "I'm feeling as though now I can apply those things... to my own career, my own music."
Actress Elisha Cuthbert's ex-boyfriend, ice hockey player Sean Avery, and endurance swimmer Diana Nyad were the first two celebrities to be voted off season 18 shortly after its launch last month (Mar14), while Star Wars hero Billy Dee Williams was forced to pull out of the ballroom contest due to a chronic back problem.
Other stars still in competition include former Full House actress Candace Cameron Bure, former Wonder Years star Danica McKellar and funnyman-turned-game show host Drew Carey.
"I don't know if anyone is really naturally monogamous. We all have the same instincts as animals. But we live in a society where it's been ingrained in us to do these things." Actress Cameron Diaz has doubts about maintaining a relationship with just one significant other.
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It looks like you'll have to wait even longer for your return trip to Pandora. In a recent Reddit AMA, director James Cameron revealed that the scripts for the three Avatar sequels will be completed within the next six weeks, and that all three films will go into production simultaneously. In the AMA, Cameron opened up about his creative process, saying, "The biggest pressure I feel right now is cutting out things I love to get the film down to a length that is affordable." It's admirable that Cameron is taking the time to perfect the Avatar sequels, projects that are clearly special to him, but has he already taken too long to create them? The first sequel to 2009's Avatar is set to hit theaters in December of 2016, seven whole years after the first Avatar was released. Cameron may very well be crafting the next sci-fi masterpiece, but will people still care about the franchise two years from now?
Blockbuster filmmaking is often a game of timing; studios jostle each other for prime release date position from years out, and films are made at an assembly line pace. It’s all a necessary evil. The honest truth is that the average filmgoers are a fickle bunch, with memory leaking from their heads like a drippy faucet. Wait too long, and the next whiz-bang event movie can steal your thunder. Studios need to strike when the iron is hot, and Cameron has already waited five whole years to create the next Avatar film, a millennia in movie years. In contrast, it took less time for Sony to completely reboot the Spider-Man franchise. Unfortunately for Cameron, the iron might have already gone cold. We have our doubts that the sequels to the highest grossing film of all time will have the same game-changing affect as the first one.
The original Avatar was undiluted spectacle, a film that didn't have many big ideas rattling around its head but sure delivered on the big moments. Beyond just being pretty to gawk at, Avatar was a runaway success because it was the first film to really utilize modern 3D technology in a way that didn’t feel like a gimmick. It was a new technology, and going to see that film felt like standing on the cutting edge of something new in cinema... at least for a time anyway. It used the 3D technology to draw viewers into its world, and give the film’s vibrant visuals depth. It was a cool parlor trick, but circa five years later, and everyone else already has that same trick up their own sleeves. Just about every blockbuster under the sun is in 3D, and just like that, one of Avatar’s greatest strengths feels already like old hat. Moviegoers are already tiring of 3D, with percentage of 3D ticket sales slipping with each coming year. An Avatar sequel simply wont have the same spellbinding affect the first one did in 2009.
It also doesn't help that Avatar simply doesn't hold up all that well story-wise. The plot of Avatar is relatively generic. It's a sci-fi pastiche of other man vs. nature films, and it is often unfavorably compared to films like Dances with Wolves or Pocahontas. It's been a long time since 2009 and the spectacle has worn off for most. Public opinion of the film has also soured considerably, and beyond it's visual fidelity, it's not really a great piece of storytelling. At this point, the film probably gets more love showing off new Blu-Ray players or HDTVs, than being genuinely enjoyed for it's story.
With all that said, we're definitely not ringing the death knell for the Avatar franchise. James Cameron is a blockbuster mastermind, and when big even filmmaking can sometimes feel cynical and calculated, Cameron's films always feel like they're coming from a genuine and deeply felt desire to create something new. Each of his projects is full of ambition, so maybe the wait for the next Avatar will be well worth it. The coming sequels could very well rock the world the way Avatar did five years ago and Titanic did 12 years before that. Cameron is a man full of surprises, and maybe we shouldn't be doubting the director who created the two highest grossing movies of all time. Maybe this will be added to the cannon of James Cameron proving snarky film writers wrong. We sincerely hope it is.
Pregnant actress Drew Barrymore was joined by pals including Cameron Diaz, Gwyneth Paltrow and Reese Witherspoon on Saturday (12Apr14) to celebrate the impending birth of her second child.
The Charlie's Angels star threw a baby shower at her Hollywood Hills home and was joined by around 50 guests. A source tells People.com, "Drew had a blast. (She) is so ready for this baby!" Barrymore and her husband, art consultant Will Kopelman, are expecting a sister for their 18-month-old daughter Olive. The couple wed in 2012.
"As of right now, he and I have not discussed it, and I don't see a role as the scripts are coming together that would be appropriate for him, so I would say probably not." Director James Cameron dismisses rumours his The Terminator star Arnold Schwarzenegger will feature in the next Avatar movie.
Hollywood director James Cameron has offered up his deep-sea diving expertise in the ongoing search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. The search for the missing jet, which disappeared last month (Mar14) with 239 onboard, is soon to go underwater with the launch of a mini-submarine which will scan the bed of the Indian Ocean for wreckage, and Cameron has now offered up his advice.
The Titanic moviemaker, who is an avid devotee of deep-sea diving, insists the success of the search will hinge on whether the 'ping' signals picked up by the search teams were actually emitted from the plane's black box recording device, but he is adamant he knows exactly how to find the missing plane. In a chat with fans on Reddit.com, Cameron explains, "Well, I know how it will be done. If these pings that they're receiving are confirmed as being from the flight recorders, then they'll triangulate the acoustic data that they have so far, and they'll generate what's called a search box. I don't know how big that will be, but it might be 25-30 miles on a side, it might be a very large piece of ocean... The next step would be to use an AUV, an autonomous underwater vehicle, and have it run at 400 or 500 feet above the bottom and do a sonar profile of the bottom... Then you analyse any signatures... that don't look like flat bottom, and you say 'Are those rocks, is that geology or does that look like the piece of an aircraft?' And then once you have those targets... you go back, either with that type of vehicle or an ROV (a remotely operated vehicle) that would be hanging down from a ship on a cable. And you'd take a look essentially with a video camera. And then you'd be able to identify whether that target was in fact the aircraft you are looking for." He then adds, "That's how it would be done. But it all hinges on whether or not those pings are actually from the black box, and not from something else, like a scientific instrument that's drifted off course or whatever."
Cameron used his deep-sea diving expertise on his films The Abyss and Titanic, and he broke the record for the deepest ever solo submarine dive in 2012 when he plunged seven miles (11 kilometres) underwater to the Mariana Trench of the Pacific Ocean.
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It's been 30 years since The Terminator first hit movie screens. Not anticipated to do very much, the movie became a surprise hit, turning Arnold Schwarzenegger into a bankable star and launching the careers of director James Cameron and the original Sarah Connor, Linda Hamilton.
In the years since 1984, there have been multiple sequels and television projects that have built upon the lore of the time traveling cyborgs, but how much do you know about the one that started it all? Here are some fun facts about a modest movie that turned into one of the most influential hits of the last 30 years.
1. Cameron has said that he got the inspiration for a killer cyborg from a dream that he had while he was in Italy to promote his directorial debut, the justifiably forgotten Piranhas II: The Spawning. Just the same, science fiction writer Harlan Ellison sued the production claiming that the script plagiarized his work.
2. Franco Columbu appears briefly in the film in the sequence set in the future. Columbu is a former bodybuilder and one of Schwarzenegger's best friends. Besides The Terminator, Columbu appeared with Arnold in the documentary Pumping Iron, which first brought Schwarzenegger national attention, as well as Conan the Barbarian and The Running Man.
3. Schwarzenegger didn't want to say his iconic line "I'll be back." He was self-conscious about the way that he pronounced "I'll" with his Austrian accent and tried to convince Cameron that a futuristic cyborg wouldn't say something like that. Cameron, thankfully, refused to change it.
4. The "I'll be back" line represented three of the 58 total words that Schwarzenegger says in the film.
5. In a Sylvester Stallone/Rocky move, Cameron sold the script for the movie for exactly one dollar. The measly amount was agreed upon with the stipulation that he be allowed to direct. (Hey, what would you have done if your main claim to fame was Piranhas II?)
6. The studio originally wanted to cast O.J. Simpson in the role of the Terminator, but the director successfully argued that no one would buy the former football star as a killer.
7. In one of the early pitch meetings to get financing for the film, Cameron brought along his actor buddy Lance Henriksen dressed as the Terminator for effect. The character actor ended up playing Detective Hal Vukovich in the movie.
8. Schwarzenegger was originally considered for the role of Kyle Reese, the soldier sent back from the future to protect Connor. That role eventually went to Michael Biehn, an idea that Cameron reportedly hated. While he was taking the forced meeting with the former bodybuilder, the director made the actor stop talking so that he could sketch a picture of him with the new idea of making him the Terminator.
9. Bill Paxton had a small role in The Terminator as a blue-haired, switchblade-wielding punk who makes the mistake of messing with the time-traveling (and naked) Schwarzenegger. The actor earned a bigger role appearing with both Henricksen and Biehn in Cameron's follow-up project, the 1986 blockbuster Aliens.
10. The motorcycle that the Terminator rides to chase Sarah and Kyle is a used Honda CB750, utilized for no other reason other than it's what the production could afford. In the sequel, Schwarzenegger upgraded to a significantly cooler new Harley-Davidson Fat Boy.
11. Production had to be delayed so that Schwarzenegger could finish filming Conan. What did Cameron do while he waited? He helped Stallone complete the script for Rambo: First Blood Part II.
12. The movie had a budget of $6.4 million, not a particularly large amount even in 1984. It went on to gross just under $40 million at the box office in the U.S. and just short of $80 million worldwide, surpassing the expectations of everyone involved. Things wouldn't be so low-budget on the sequel. Seven years later, Terminator 2: Judgement Day had a budget of right around $100 million and grossed over $500 million worldwide.