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With all of the news headlines glued to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which has just passed $610 million worldwide breaking countless records in its process, James Cameron has come out talking about his Avatar sequels.
Cameron said in an interview with the Montreal Gazette that Avatar 2 will be released in Christmas 2017, he said: "Christmas of '17 is the target... At least, that's what we've announced. But I don't consider that to be as important as the fact that when we get all three films done, we drop them a year apart. I call it a meta-narrative that runs across the three movies. Each film stands alone, but it also tells one much larger story".
Until now, Avatar 2's release date had been rumored for 2014, 2015 and even 2016 - waiting another two years shouldn't hurt too much. As for whether Cameron and his team will reach the promised Christmas 2017 window, he said: "We have design more or less finished, which is an enormous task. It's been about a two-year task. [We've finished] all the creatures and the landscapes, and the new world's within the world of Pandora that you see. The writing is ongoing, but almost finished. Technical development is done. Stages are done. Infrastructure. So we're really poised to start after the first of the year".
Star Wars: The Force Awakens continues to print money, with Disney's latest blockbuster flying past $610 million in worldwide ticket sales. In the US alone, it has become the fastest movie to hit $250 million.
The Force Awakens has outperformed Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 for Saturday sales, in a big way. Star Wars: The Force Awakens has broken pretty much every record possible: largest Thursday preview, global IMAX opening record, largest Friday, largest Saturday, largest Sunday, largest Monday, largest 4-day gross, biggest domestic opening, biggest worldwide opening and so many more records.
The latest news is that The Force Awakens will beat the current #1 box office champion: Avatar. Considering Avatar pulled in $580 in its first week, The Force Awakens is definitely doing a good job towards its battle to the #1 grossing movie of all time. Avatar sits at the top of the worldwide gross of $2.78 billion, which I think The Force Awakens will beat in the end.
While all eyes are glued to Star Wars: The Force Awakens this week - which just had the biggest opening ever, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is getting some TV spot lovin' in Germany.
The new German TV spot teases a few seconds of new footage, even in its short 30-second runtime. In the middle of the clip, Batman is flying the Batplane towards Superman, firing rounds of bullets at him - while Superman doesn't even take a scratch.
We also see Superman in some flames at the 0:19 mark, Batman knocked to the ground at 0:20, and Superman flying forwards along the ground in a cloud of dust and smoke at 0:24. I still think we're not receiving the full picture here, and that the pissed off Superman we're seeing is actually Bizarro - the first creation from Lex before we see Doomsday unveiled later in the movie - but that's just me.
We all knew that Star Wars: The Force Awakens would break records, with J.J. Abrams' latest movie pulling in a huge $238 million in its opening weekend in the United States. The Force Awakens had already broken single-day records with $57 million.
As for the global numbers, The Force Awakens looks to have taken in $517 million - a mind-blowingly huge number. Rival distributors are saying that The Force Awakens grossed closer to $245 million domestically, with the final numbers to be released on Monday. Prior to this huge haul from The Force Awakens, the previous record holder was Jurassic World with $208.8 million worldwide.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens scooped up the second-biggest start behind Jurassic World (which pulled in $524.9 million), which had help from its Chinese box office numbers. The Force Awakens doesn't open up in China, which is the second-largest moviegoing market in the world, until January 9. Walt Disney Studios chairman, Alan Horn, said in a statement: "Our sole focus has been creating a film that delivers that one-of-a-kind Star Wars experience, and director J.J. Abrams, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy and the Lucasfilm team have outdone themselves".
With all of the movie hoopla going on right now surrounding the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight is getting some good press, and it's spreading across the US with special 70mm screenings of the film - including a longer cut of the movie, with an intermission.
Well, THR is now reporting that Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice might get a 70mm release, thanks to the increased availability of 70mm-ready screens - courtesy of The Weinstein Company getting cinemas to prep their screens for The Hateful Eight. Zack Snyder directed part of Batman v Superman in 65mm IMAX, which as Slashfilm reports "makes a 70mm projector the best possible way to see the movie on the big screen".
It's obviously more expensive to show 70mm, but Batman v Superman would be something that's worth it. With Warner Bros. reportedly spending up to $410 million on the movie, making it the most expensive movie ever made, I don't know why they wouldn't go the extra mile (or extra 70mm at least) and show off Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice in 70mm.
We knew Star Wars: The Force Awakens would make an entire galaxy of money, but the J.J. Abrams-directed movie has broken the single-day box office record in the UK, Ireland, Germany, Sweden and Norway.
The Force Awakens set opening records in Austria, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, New Zealand, Finland, Netherlands, Ukraine, Slovakia, Croatia, Iceland, Serbia, Switzerland, Chile, and Peru. The Force Awakens has pulled in $129.7 million for its worldwide opening, including the record $57 million from Thursday's US box office numbers. Even before Star Wars: The Force Awakens was released, it had outsold every other film in history on Fandango.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Star Wars: The Force Awakens has already pulled in over $100 million - a figure that would see $60 million from the opening day, and opening weekend sales alone. Disney have been downplaying the opening numbers for The Force Awakens, which is a strange thing to see considering Star Wars is a gigantic franchise.
Up until The Force Awakens, The Dark Knight Rises was the record holder, making $25 million in advance ticket sales - but with $100 million in ticket sales already - Disney should be quite happy. Previous reports have pegged Star Wars: The Force Awakens to make anywhere between $180 million and $220 million in the opening weekend, a number it'll have to reach to beat Jurassic World's huge haul of $208 million earlier this year. The record holder right now is still James Cameron's Avatar, which debuted to the tune of $232 million.
Netflix used its marketing prowess at the perfect time, teasing the fourth season of its hit show House of Cards during the GOP presidential debate on Tuesday night.
The announcement was made from the office of President Underwood, the fictional president portrayed by Kevin Spacey. Underwood told voters through a new political ad that his journey in the White House was only just beginning. A new website was also launched for the president's potential campaign, where Underwood says he's had just about enough of "political gridlock and stagnation". A statement on the website says: "Let's plow through the stubborn and smallminded and send Washington a message loud and clear".
House of Cards' fourth season will debut on March 4, 2016 for your binge-watching needs - myself included.
If you haven't watched Mr. Robot, I highly suggest you do, as it was one of the biggest surprises of the year for me. The show is very unique, with a 'Fight Club' vibe to it, but deeply entrenched in the world we live in today that is dominated by corporations, governments, spying, and technology.
The second season of USA's hit show will debut next year with the show's creator, Sam Esmail, set to direct every single episode. Variety is reporting that Esmail plans to direct every episode of the second season, which will show massive confidence in Esmail from USA as a writer-director. Esmail earned great acclaim from the first season of Mr. Robot, as he also directed three episodes, and now proven himself as a film director with 'Comet'.
As for Mr. Robot's second season, it was teased earlier this year at New York Comic Con that the second season will "get really f***ing dark" - which is interesting to hear, as the first season was pretty damn dark as it was. Rami Malek, who plays the main character Elliot on the show, said that when it comes to preparing for the second season, he said it's "going to be tough". Not only that, but series creator Sam Esmail added: "We should learn more about Elliot's relationship with his sister and follow fsociety member Darlene, and how that relationship fits in with the origins of the now infamous hacker group society".
X-Men started off the superhero movie trend, and if you're a fan of the franchise, you'll be like me in thinking that X-Men: Days of Future Past was the best of the series. Well, the first trailer to X-Men: Apocalypse is here, so check it out below.
Rolling in from the trailers of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Captain America: Civil War, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens only days away from being released, Fox chose an interesting time to unveil the trailer to X-Men: Apocalypse. But whatever they were thinking, it's a great tease at what looks to be an awesome next instalment into the X-Men franchise.