Cameron and his Avatar star Sigourney Weaver have both lent their support to a campaign against the megastructure, known as the Belo Monte project.
They staged a press conference on Monday (12Apr10) where they told the Brazilian media the dam would have a damaging affect on the Amazon's indigenous population.
On Thursday (15Apr10), a judge in Brazil stalled the project by suspending the bidding among contractors - and Cameron insists the ruling is a small victory in an ongoing fight for the Amazon Indians.
He says, "(It's) a real Avatar battle in the Amazon. It's personal now because I know these people who will be affected."
Government officials have vowed to appeal the ruling - and Weaver warns there is still a struggle ahead to convince authorities to call off plans for the dam.
She tells the Associated Press, "We haven't stopped it. We postponed it. There needs to be more dialogue and the indigenous people need to be included."
Rocker Sting has been protesting plans for the dam since 1989, when he joined the indigenous leader Raoni Metyktire to oppose a hydro-electric project on the Amazon's Xingu River.
Sting held a press conference in the country last year (09) to condemn the proposals for the megastructure, known as the Belo Monte project, which will be the third largest dam of its kind in the world.
The rocker claimed the project, which will flood large areas of the region, will have a damaging affect on the Amazon's indigenous population, as well as destroying the habitat of many rare animals.
And now Cameron and Weaver have lent their support to the campaign - the Avatar moviemaker addressed the Brazilian media on Monday (12Apr10) with the actress by his side, and urged President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva to stop construction on the dam.
He said, "I would challenge him to be a hero (by halting work on the project). Huge dams are a 20th century idea in the 21st century: it's a dinosaur's idea. (The dam) is going to be an ecological disaster."
The pair also helped raised awareness of environmental issues by planting a tree in Sao Paulo's Ibirapuera Park on Sunday (11Apr10) - it marked the first of one million saplings which will be planted in 15 countries worldwide through a partnership between Hollywood studio Twentieth Century Fox and the Earth Day Network.
Bigelow became the first ever female to take the top accolade at the glitzy Los Angeles event in March (10) for her gritty war drama The Hurt Locker, fighting off competition from her former husband's blockbuster Avatar.
But Weaver, who voices a character in Cameron's sci-fi epic, is convinced Bigelow only won the award because she's a woman.
She tells Brazilian news site Folha Online, "Jim didn't have breasts, and I think that was the reason. He should have taken home that Oscar."
The veteran actress is also disappointed that The Hurt Locker beat Avatar to the Best Picture prize - insisting the epic missed out on the trophy because it is "fashionable" for films that "nobody saw" to take the top prizes.
She adds, "In the past, Avatar would have won because they (Oscar voters) loved to hand out awards to big productions, like Ben-Hur. Today it's fashionable to give the Oscar to a small movie that nobody saw."
Source: Heat Vision Blog
Sigourney Weaver famously battled a deadly Queen in James Cameron's Aliens and now, she'll play one in Amy Heckerling's (Clueless) new comedy Vamps.
In the writer-director's modern-day story, two beautiful young vampires are living the good nightlife in New York until love enters the picture and each has to make a choice that will jeopardize their immortality. She's signed on to star opposite Alicia Silverstone and Krysten Ritter as Ciccerus, the bloodthirsty vampire who turned the two ladies into creatures of the night.
Seeing how The Twilight Saga has divided the vampire loving market, having Weaver in the mix gives the project a shot of geek cred, which could help sell tickets to genre junkies who might otherwise ignore a romantic comedy with the undead.
Red Hour Films is producing as well as Lauren Versel of Lucky Monkey Pictures and Molly Hassell.
A late April start is being eyed.
Source: 20th Century Fox
20th Century Fox has announced the home entertainment release date for their biggest release of the decade - James Cameron's Avatar. The Golden Globe and Academy Award winning blockbuster will be available on Blu-ray and DVD on April 22nd, 2010. Here is the press release:
AVATAR on Blu-ray presents the ultimate high definition experience for home viewing audiences. Fans around the world will soon be able to discover every detail and relive every moment of James Cameron’s AVATAR in the comfort of their own home. Blu-ray is recognized for presenting optimal picture and sound, and now AVATAR’s masterful cinematography, art direction and visual effects will lend itself to awe-inspiring clarity when you become absorbed in the extraordinary all-encompassing experience in the living room.
Since its global theatrical release last December, AVATAR has continued to make motion picture history. Written by James Cameron and produced with his long-time collaborator Jon Landau, AVATAR stars Sam Worthington, Zoë Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang, Michelle Rodriguez, Giovanni Ribisi, Joel David Moore, CCH Pounder, Wes Studi and Laz Alonso.
Oscar and Golden Globe® winning epic is the highest grossing film of all time, taking in over $2.6 billion in worldwide box office. Director James Cameron takes audiences to a spectacular world beyond imagination, where a reluctant hero embarks on a journey of redemption and discovery as he leads a heroic battle to save a civilization. AVATAR delivers a fully immersive cinematic experience of a new kind, where the revolutionary technology invented to make the film disappears into the emotion of the characters and the epic nature of the story.
AVATAR will be available on Blu-ray Disc and DVD everywhere in the United States and Canada on Earth Day, April 22.
Below you'll find some DVD artwork provided by the studio.
Moviemaker JAMES CAMERON plans to gather his AVATAR cast around him on Saturday night (06Mar10) - for a pre-Oscars 'lucky' meal. Sigourney Weaver, Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana plan to dress up for the big dinner at the director's home.
James Cameron and the cast of Avatar have given a morale boost to the U.S. military in Bahrain - they staged a special screening of the film for troops.
The director, along with the movie's stars Weaver, Stephen Lang and Michelle Rodriguez, jetted to the island nation in January to showcase their award-winning film at a military base and aboard two battleships.
And Cameron's ex-Marine brother, John D. Cameron, was thrilled with his sibling's morale-boosting visit. Cameron told the NY Post, "Showing Avatar to the troops was truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience. To do something for the men and women who serve our country was a great privilege."
The director, along with the movie's stars Weaver, Stephen Lang and Michelle Rodriguez, jetted to the island nation in January (10) to showcase their award-winning film at a military base and aboard two battleships.
And Cameron's ex-Marine brother, John D. Cameron, was thrilled with his sibling's morale-boosting visit.
He tells New York Post gossip column PageSix, "Showing Avatar to the troops was truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience. To do something for the men and women who serve our country was a great privilege."
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The Hurt Locker
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Helen Mirren, The Last Station
Carey Mulligan, An Education
Gabourey Sidibe, Precious
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George Clooney, Up in the Air
Colin Firth, A Single Man
Morgan Freeman, Invictus
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(500) Days of Summer
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Marion Cotillard, Nine
Julia Roberts, Duplicity
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Matt Damon, The Informant
Daniel Day-Lewis, Nine
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Joseph Gordon-Levitt, (500) Days of Summer
Michael Stuhlbarg, A Serious Man
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Mo'Nique, Precious WINNER!
Julianne Moore, A Single Man
Anna Kendrick, Up in the Air
Vera Farmiga, Up in the Air
Penelope Cruz, Nine
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Christopher Plummer, The Last Station
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The actress was approached by James Cameron to play a scientist in the sci-fi epic but felt reluctant to jet out to film in New Zealand because her daughter Charlotte was finishing high school and heading for university.
Weaver says, "She was applying to colleges at the time, and leaving almost killed me. I was a b**ch because I made her do all the essays and applications before I left. I made her life miserable. It's tough being away; it never gets easier.
"I've always had a lot of guilt of about leaving my family, because I enjoy work so much. I think it was definitely mixed up for Charlotte growing up.
"I remember a friend of mine said to her, 'Don't you know that your mom is a huge feminist icon for all women?' And she said, 'That goes in the little box of things I don't need to know.'"
Weaver also admits she only recently managed to convince Charlotte to watch her hit Alien films: "She had never seen them before. I think she just prefers to think of me as good ol' mom, not some person running around a spaceship with a flame-thrower. But when children see their mother devoting herself to something she loves, I think it makes them appreciate that their mothers have something more to do than just be around them at home. Sometimes, our daughter missed out on having two parents at home, but we're very, very close."