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Published: 09/29/10

George Lucas Will Re-Release 'Star Wars' in 3-D (Yawn)

By  Paul Wachter - AOL News
George Lucas Will Re-Release 'Star Wars' in 3-D (Yawn)

(Sept. 29) -- George Lucas can't help himself. Critically, and arguably artistically, it's been all downhill for the "Star Wars" franchise since the second installment, "The Empire Strikes Back." But the money kept pouring in, even as Lucas introduced such awful characters as Jar Jar Binks, while the dialogue, never great to begin with, suggested self-parody. Of course, it was only a matter of time before Lucas jumped on the 3-D gravy train, and now all six "Star Wars" films will be re-released in 3-D. Lucas said that "Avatar" convinced him the technology was up to snuff, reports The Hollyw...

Published: 09/28/10

James Cameron's Next Target: Alberta Tar Sands

By  Dave Thier - AOL News
James Cameron's Next Target: Alberta Tar Sands

(Sept. 28) -- Hollywood mogul turned all-points environmental activist James Cameron has already been vocal in his disapproval of the proposed Belo Monte Dam on the Xingu River in Brazil and offered private submarines to help clean up the Gulf of Mexico, but now he's moving on to his newest post-"Avatar" environmental project: the Alberta tar sands in Canada. Over the past year, the United States has grown increasingly reliant on oil extracted from tar sands in the north Canadian province, despite concerns from environmental activists that the extraction methods produce three times the greenh...

Published: 08/20/10

Roger Corman Celebrates 'Piranha' 32 Years Later

By  David Moye - AOL News
Roger Corman Celebrates 'Piranha' 32 Years Later

(Aug. 20) -- Folks in Hollywood used to say that filmmaker Roger Corman was the only guy in Tinseltown who could negotiate a deal in the booth, use the booth as a set and finance the film using the change in the coin slot. Of course, that was when phone booths were still common. These days, it's hard to find a phone booth, but Corman, 84, is still around and still making the type of movies that would be perfect at drive-ins -- if those weren't disappearing. Michael Buckner, Getty Images for EW Director Roger Corman has been making movies since 1953 and is known for both his tireless efforts...

Published: 07/30/10

Long Gone From Theaters, 'Avatar' Plays On as Protest Symbol

By  Dave Thier - AOL News
Long Gone From Theaters, 'Avatar' Plays On as Protest Symbol

(July 30) -- James Cameron's 3D sci-fi blockbuster "Avatar" has crossed the threshold into the real world again this week in a London protest featuring blue-painted activists railing against a proposed mining operation by a British company that would displace hundreds of native Indians from their ancestral homeland (in India). While some criticized the movie for having derivative characters and an unoriginal plot, that same broad, quasi-mythical presentation seems to have made it a touchstone for activism that still resonates eight months after its release. Cameron himself has explicitly sta...

Published: 07/28/10

Panasonic's New 3-D Camera, for the James Cameron in All of Us

By  Paul Wachter - AOL News
Panasonic's New 3-D Camera, for the James Cameron in All of Us

(July 28) -- It didn't take long for James Cameron's "Avatar" to transform the Hollywood action epic. Soon after its release, studios were converting every planned summer blockbuster into 3-D (often with poor results). But who knew "Avatar" would change the home camcorder market as well? Panasonic's new $2,000 3-D camera, to go on sale Aug. 20 in Japan, will allow families to give the "Avatar" treatment to weddings and children's soccer games. The camera, and others like it soon to follow, works in conjunction with 3-D televisions, and viewers will have to wear 3-D glasses to see the effects...

Published: 07/27/10

New Titanic Expedition Will Create 3D Map of Wreck

By  not in system - AOL News
New Titanic Expedition Will Create 3D Map of Wreck

RICHMOND, Va. (July 27) -- A team of scientists will launch an expedition to the Titanic next month to assess the deteriorating condition of the world's most famous shipwreck and create a detailed three-dimensional map that will "virtually raise the Titanic" for the public. The expedition to the site 2½ miles beneath the North Atlantic is billed as the most advanced scientific mission to the Titanic wreck since its discovery 25 years ago. Ralph White, AP The bow of the Titanic sits on the bottom of the North Atlantic, about 400 miles southeast of Newfoundland. A team of scientists will launc...

Published: 06/17/10

Cameron's Oil Spill Brain Trust Issues Strategy Report

By  Michelle Ruiz - AOL News
Cameron's Oil Spill Brain Trust Issues Strategy Report

(June 17) -- After a 10-hour brainstorming session at the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington earlier this month, the team of experts convened by blockbuster director James Cameron has a few oil spill containment suggestions for BP, including launching a forensic analysis of the underwater wreckage. The final version of a report shared with the EPA, the Coast Guard, the Department of Energy and other agencies was made public for the first time today. In it, the 28 deep-sea engineering experts lay out potential solutions for plugging what they call the "runaway Deepwater Horizon well...

Published: 06/3/10

James Cameron: BP 'Morons' Don't Want My Help With Oil Spill

By  Mara Gay - Politics Daily
James Cameron: BP 'Morons' Don't Want My Help With Oil Spill

James Cameron wanted to help the efforts to contain the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. But he says the "morons" at BP snubbed his offer. "Over the last few weeks I've watched, as we all have, with growing horror and heartache, watching what's happening in the Gulf and thinking those morons don't know what they're doing," the 'Avatar' and 'Titanic' director said at The Wall Street Journal's All Things Digital conference. Cameron met with federal officials this week in the hopes that the same underwater expertise in deep sea robotic vehicles that made 'Titanic' such a blockbuster co...

Published: 06/2/10

James Cameron Helps EPA Tackle Titanic Oil Spill

By  Michelle Ruiz - AOL News
James Cameron Helps EPA Tackle Titanic Oil Spill

(June 2) -- Already the self-proclaimed King of the Movie World, "Titanic" director James Cameron has been tapped to help the federal government with a real-life problem in the ocean: the massive BP oil gusher in the Gulf of Mexico. The Oscar-winner and ocean buff joined a brainstorming session Tuesday at the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, meeting with scientists and engineers about how to stop the oil flow. The meeting's 20 attendees represented agencies including the Energy Department, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration and the Coast Guard, according t...

Published: 06/2/10

Gulf Oil Spill Update: Maybe James Cameron Can Fix It!?

By  Paul Wachter - Politics Daily
Gulf Oil Spill Update: Maybe James Cameron Can Fix It!?

It's not a good sign that federal officials overseeing the effort to stop the Gulf of Mexico oil spill are turning to Hollywood for answers, but that's what happened on Tuesday, when the Environmental Protection Agency included director James Cameron in a brainstorming session. Then again, "Avatar" and "Titanic" are better training for plugging a leaking deep-water well than you might think: "The Canadian-born Cameron is considered an expert on underwater filming and remote vehicle technologies," the Associated Press reports. Earlier, BP tested oil-scrubbing devices invented by fellow Academ...

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