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by (@hallekiefer)

Zoe Saldana Suffered A Breakdown Following Avatar

According to her new interview in Latina magazine, Zoe Saldana suffered a breakdown following her star turn in Avatar, and not because of all the weird braid/tentacle business she had to deal with on-screen. “The year after Avatar was just emotionally overwhelming. I was traveling all over the world, waking up in different time zones,” the actress reveals. “Your body gets exhausted, and by the end of the year I just collapsed.” Unfortunately, while the rest of us can just watch Fright Night Lights and weep on the couch in private, Saldana had to get right back up and film the upcoming action movie Colombiana. “I was sitting in my hotel room, and I couldn’t stop crying,” she says of her training for the film. “I couldn’t stay awake. I must have slept for an entire month. It took me the rest of the year, even as I was working and shooting Colombiana, to pick myself up. Thank God my family was there.”

Now Saldana says she lives a much slower-paced life, explaining, “I don’t shower if I don’t want to. I don’t answer e-mails. It’s a healthy way of being selfish. You know you’re old when gardening, the Food Network and voice notes from your nieces and nephews blow your mind.” We feel her. It took us a long time to learn that a world filled with CGI cat people isn’t everything.

by (@hallekiefer)

Avatar 2, Future 3-D Films Will Be “Reality,” Says James Cameron

We don’t know nothing (read: anything) about shooting movies, but apparently faster film rates are about to change our lives, technologically-speaking. According to James Cameron, 3-D movies made with increased frame-rates won’t just bring the audience alien love-making at it’s most vivid. There will actually be aliens making love in front of them. “When you author and project a movie at 48 or 60, it becomes a different movie,” Cameron raved at CinemaCon this week. “The 3-D shows you a window into reality; the higher frame rate takes the glass out of the window. In fact, it is just reality.” We don’t know if we really want Pandora and the Na’vi to become reality, though that would at least make 3-D ticket prices seem less outrageous.

Given Cameron’s plans for Avatar 2 and 3, it sounds like we have a whole lot of practically naked blue realness headed our way. The director also suggested the industry shoot movies in 3-D to begin with, given that converting 2-D film is incredibly expensive. “It is not cheap. It is not fast. If you want do it right, you can do it right,” Cameron admonished. If the cost is really that much, can we please not go back and make Aliens a reality? Brain-braids are back enough; we couldn’t deal with those face-huggers zooming at us while we try to eat our Raisinets.

by (@JordanRuntagh)

James Cameron Set For Two Avatar Sequels

He opened Pandora’s box, and now he’s getting sucked back in for another two movies. 20th Century Fox just announced that film maker James Cameron has agreed to make two sequels to his record-breaking Avatar. The studio aims to have the first of the untitled projects in theaters by December 2014, and the second out a year later. Which means that they’ll probably be released just in time for you to go see it with your grandkids. Seriously, if it took him almost fifteen years to make the first one, we’re a little skeptical.

Cameron plans to start writing the scripts in the coming months, and then move into production sometime in fall 2011. It’s uncertain but likely that he will shoot both films back to back. Let’s hope so. If not, we think there’s no hope the third one will be complete in our lifetime.

“I’m looking forward to returning to Pandora, a world where our imaginations can run wild,” said Cameron in a press release. “In the second and third films, which will be self-contained stories that also fulfill a greater story arc, we will not back off the throttle of Avatar’s visual and emotional horsepower, and will continue to explore its themes and characters, which touched the hearts of audiences in all cultures around the world.”

What about after these two? Maybe he’s just going to keep making Avatar’s sequels until one of them wins a Best Picture Oscar. We wouldn’t mind. Check back with us in four years.

[Photo: Images]

by (@missmuttoo)

James Cameron Sued For Allegedly Ripping Off “Avatar”

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Taking on all the Na’avi’s is such a smart idea! Kelly Van is the author of a book called, “Sheila the Warrior: The Damned”, which was published online. And she’s claiming that James Cameron stole the idea for Avatar from it.

She’s spouting that 20th Century Fox was in on it too, and in court papers, claims that everything was copied. From the plot to the characters, especially their, “physique, demeanor, attire, emotions and powers/rituals.” Van’s characters are blue with yellow eyes, too. ¬†She’s going as far as to allege that Cameron’s “settings” and “scenes” are ripped off from her story as well.

Van’s work is a science-fiction piece where her characters travel to Tibet where baddie “bloodsuckers” are attempting to overthrow the peace. In her Tibet, “the concept of killing” is alien. Using Tibet as a space is hardly original, though, now is it? It’s a Buddhist land, and the “concept of killing” amongst the people, is alien according to the religion’s scriptures. Violence came in when China decided to overthrow the country causing His Holiness The Dalai Lama to flee to India. Her plot sounds like a metaphor to us!

Cameron claims he’s never even heard her story, and isn’t particularly worried about the suit. Chris Petrikin, a spokesman for Fox stated, “It’s absolutely baseless. Jim Cameron’s treatment for Avatar was written before Ms Van alleges she even started to write her book.

One of the major disputes is this: a studio source says that a completed script for the film was given in 1998. Van’s lawyer, Kevin Mirch, disagrees, saying, “We did a lot of research, and the copyright says ‘Avatar’ was copyrighted on April 1 of 2007. The date of [Van's] creation was in 2000, and it was published on the Internet in 2003.”

Outlining more of the beef he added, “Avatar was done much later. It’s just contrary to what they said to us – which they did in a very rude manner. [Cameron's] lawyer wrote us a letter saying they would go after our law firm and our client if it wasn’t dismissed immediately. To have letters that say they’re going to sue us and they’re going to bankrupt us is bad business.” We’ll be watching how this particular script unfurls! ‘Cause the Na’avi won’t take it lying down.

[Photo: Splash News Online]