100 years after setting off on her doomed voyage, the Titanic is back in the headlines and back on the big screen! In honor of the ill-fated ocean liner’s centennial anniversary, director James Cameron has sent his record breaking blockbuster Titanic into another round of theatrical release. But this time the larger than life spectacle gets the 3-D treatment, so you’ll be able to see that steamy car love-scene like never before!
It’s hard to believe it’s been 15 years since the film first took the world (and the Oscars) by storm. It made an even-bigger star out of Leonardo DiCaprio, brought Kate Winslet to worldwide prominence, and probably bought James Cameron a couple dozen yachts or something. But despite the boatload of success stories, many faces from Titanic have been lost in the great sea of Hollywood bit parts. Billy Zane, where art thou!? Never fear, movie fans; we’ve managed to track down all of your Titanic favorites. Full speed a head to the gallery below to see how they look, and what they’ve been up to!
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 bealiens 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.
For a man who personally wrote and directed a blue alien version of Pocahontas, James Cameron rips into Battleship awfully hard. “We have a story crisis. Now they want to make the Battleship game into a film. This is pure desperation,” Cameron complained to German news site Spiegel. Rihanna is signed onto Battleship as her first acting gig, playing the role of Reikes alongside Liam Neeson, Alexander Skarsgard and Brooklyn Decker. Don’t worry, James, there are still plenty of board games left to turn into hastily-written, mediocre family comedies. Oh wait, you meant good stories. Yeah, we’re screwed.
Following in the footsteps of McG’s Ouija Board movie, we don’t blame the Titantic director for thinking studio execs are just raiding their kid’s playroom for inspiration. “Everyone in Hollywood knows how important it is that a film is a brand before it hit theaters. If a brand has been around, Harry Potter for example, or Spider-Man, you are light years ahead. And there lies the problem. Because unfortunately these franchises are become more ridiculous. Battleship. This degrades the cinema,” Cameron ranted. We have to agree with James on this one, unless the movie ends the way an actual game of Battleship always ends: with your little brother flipping over the board while throwing a tantrum, and everyone deciding to watch TV instead.
Samsung launched their HD 3D LED TVs yesterday in New York and there were plenty of celebrities on-hand to celebrate. The most obvious guest of the night was Avatar director James Cameron, who pioneered his own motion-capture 3D technology for his Oscar-winning film. The Black-Eyed Peas were also there to give a concert, and stars like Andy Samberg and Donald Trump dropped by the event which took place in Times Square. We think the technology is cool and all, but what’s more entertaining is how goofy everyone looks in their 3D glasses. Check out our gallery of celebs who weren’t ashamed to be caught wearing the latest high-def fashion accessory.
What’s an award show without silly trivia the morning after? Here are some obscure tidbits about last night’s Oscar winners. And remember, everyone nominated is a winner.
Having finally snagged an Oscar after forty years in the industry, Jeff Bridges can now focus on getting a Grammy. The Crazy Heart crooner actually released a reggae-flavored album, Be Here Soon, in 2000. Click here to enjoy “Movin’”—”soon I’ll be touching you…touching the dream!”
The majority of Best Supporting Actor Christoph Waltz‘s film career has been over in Germany, but fans hungry to see him sans subtitles can rent the 2000 straight-to-DVD flop, Ordinary Decent Criminal, an Irish crime drama starring Kevin Spacey and Colin Farrell. Waltz plays Dutch art dealer Peter: judging from this clip, we’re not surprised Oscar didn’t notice.
Sandra Bullock may have never been near an Oscar before, but she gave her first televised acceptance speech in 1995, when she won Best Female Performance, Most Desirable Female and Best On-Screen Duo with Keanu Reeves for Speed at the MTV Movie Awards. Those guys are always ahead of the curve!
See seven more, including clips of Jeremy Renner‘s stoner comedy debut and Kathryn Bigelow as a sexy cowgirl, after the jump.
James Cameron may be a touchy guy, but don’t assume he’s a poor sport. The kajillionaire says the Academy shouldn’t have scrapped their planned Avatar parody starring Ben Stiller and Sacha Baron Cohen—at least not on his account. “I don’t know anything about that,” he told E! Online. “I don’t produce the Oscars. If they want to poke fun at Avatar Sunday, that’s OK by me.” According to New York, Cohen was going dress up as a female Na’vi and accuse Cameron of impregnating her. Worried the perfectionist director might bolt out of embarrassment, producers reportedly canceled plans and Cohen decided not to bother attending at all.
Considering how tame this sounds compared to having Bruno’s asscheeks in your face, Cameron seems disappointed he won’t get his ribbing. “The Oscars are a celebration of movies…even the gaffes and out-of-bounds stuff are all part of the fun.” Besides, with Cameron saying he hopes ex-wife Kathryn Bigelow wins Best Director for The Hurt Locker, he’ll be in a fine mood as long as they grab him while Avatar‘s snabbing all the techie trophies…and before Best Picture.
Throughout awards season, our friend Janell Snowden at VH1 News has been asking celebrities like Nick Jonas, Marion Cotillard, Sean Paul and Death Cab for Cutie fortheir 2010 Oscar predictions. If the sum total of these celebs are correct, then Avatar will win Best Picture and George Clooney Best Actor at Sunday night’s Academy Awards. Precious and Crazy Heart stand a chance, too. Listen to the hodgepodge of celebs give their predictions, and you’ll catch noteworthy moments like Avatar director James Cameron admitting that his ex-wife’s movie The Hurt Locker might take home the top prize.
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Don’t try to paint this year’s Oscars as a Battle Of The Exes just because Avatar director James Cameron was married to The Hurt Locker‘s Kathryn Bigelow in the late ’80s—turns out everyone’s on the same side. “In our minds, it’s not a competition. That’s a narrative that’s imposed by others, because it’s, you know, it makes a good story,” Cameron told Charlie Rose, saying he’d love to see Bigelow win Best Director. “It’s the recognition, you know, finally the recognition catching up with the scope of her talent…I mean, I just think she’s worked so hard for so long.” Plus, Cameron could buy and sell every Oscar ever molded with the cash he’s made off Titanic (for which he won Best Director) and Avatar.
But as for Best Picture, well…he’d still like to stick that one on the mantle whether Bigelow wants it or not. “I know how hard my team worked and how much they would—how proud they would be of that accolade, you know what I mean? And look, for myself, I have already got an Oscar. I’ve got a couple of them, you know. And I respect the whole institution of the Academy Awards because it’s so—it’s the pinnacle of achievement in my chosen profession. But I don’t really need another one. But to be honored—you know, to have the team honored and for their accomplishment, that would mean so much to them.” With Bigelow and Cameron trading off accolades so far (Bigelow got the Critics’ Choice Movie Award for Best Director, Cameron took the Golden Globe), there’s no way to say whether either will get their wish until the envelopes open next month. [via HuffPo]
While there were tons of celebrities at the Super Bowl this weekend, it’s still trophy season in Hollywood and a handful of stars stayed back Sunday for the 2010 Virtuoso Awards, part of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Among the select few who signed the giant vodka bottle were The Young Victoria‘s Emily Blunt, An Education‘s Carey Mulligan and Saoirse Ronan of The Lovely Bones (awkwardly, of these actresses, only Mulligan is in contending for an Oscar next month). Viral videos aside, Quentin Tarantino outed himself as a less than faithful football fan by attending a director’s roundtable alongside The Hangover‘s Todd Phillips, Precious‘ Lee Daniels and those Academy-bound exes Kathryn Bigelow and James Cameron. What, none of these nerds cared about the Saints at all? Get a closer look in the gallery below.
After seeing Avatar, we wondered how James Cameron and his crew of artists dreamed up the lush, gorgeous world of the Na’vi. We thought maybe his inspiration came from imagining the land inhabited by Native Americans before Europeans pillaged and plowed its people, forests and animals. Zoe Saldana‘s character Neytiri had to be based on Pocahontas, right? How naive!
Playboy seems the more likely source. Having been married five times (often to women who’ve starred in his movies), it’s no secret that Cameron has an appetite for ladies. The above picture of German model Veruschka von Lehndorff is from Playboy’s January 1971 issue, when the director would have been at the masturbatory young age of 16. Before Playboy, Veruschka steamed up the silver screen in Antonioni’s 1966 classic Blowup — a film Cameron is sure to have seen.
Sinewy tree-dwelling creatures with painted skin who have little interest in clothing? Ahhh. It’s all coming together now. Veruschka was probably Cameron’s first love and if she were any younger than 70, we bet she’d be his sixth wife. [Source: via our boss via Paul Di Filippo]