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06 January 2010 @ 01:35 pm

Avatar grosses most in China at opening day box office

BEIJING, Jan. 6 (Xinhua) -- Hollywood blockbuster Avatar scooped about 33.03 million yuan (about 4.8 million U.S. dollars) on Monday, becoming the most successful film in China in terms of opening day box office.

Avatar has made history by defeating director Zhang Yimou's A Simple Noodle Story that raked in 21 million yuan on Dec. 10, said Gao Jun, deputy general-manager of New Film Association, one of the leading distributors in the country, on Wednesday.

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Had a feeling this would happen because a few of my relatives back in China called these past two days and all talked about how crazy the anticipation/attendance for Avatar has been. Plus China has had to wait the longest...must suck hearing the rest of the world gushing :P
05 January 2010 @ 07:24 pm
Since MTV.com had one for Sam already (Which was posted earlier today at ontdworthington), of course Zoe's Kate comparison was only a matter of time.

Is 'Avatar' Star Zoe Saldana The New Kate Winslet?
We compare James Cameron's newest leading lady to the 'Titanic' beauty.
By Larry Carroll

These days, the one word on every moviegoer's lips is "Avatar." With the box-office receipts soaring, the love story and special effects fueling repeat views, and Oscar-buzz building, it's unlike anything we've seen since ... well, the last James Cameron feature film, 1997's "Titanic."

In the 12 years following that movie's release, stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet have made good on their promise, racking up instant classics and awards nods with equal aplomb. On Monday, we took a hard look at whether "Avatar" star Sam Worthington could use his momentum to launch a Leo-like career. Now, it's time to compare Cameron's leading ladies and look at why Zoe Saldana could become the next Winslet — or why such comparisons could leave the actress feeling as blue as her "Avatar" character.

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I like the commenter who said "I'm wondering if the next segment will be Is Stephen Lang the new Billy Zane?," lol
05 January 2010 @ 03:09 pm

The Art of Avatar, the companion book to this epic 3-D action adventure, explores the developmental and conceptual art used by the creative team to create the original world of Avatar.
With over 100 exclusive full-color images including sketches, matte paintings, drawings, and film stills, The Art of Avatar reveals the process behind the creation of set designs for the imaginative vistas, unique landscapes, aerial battle scenes, bioluminescent nights, and fantastical creatures. Interviews with art directors, visual effects designers, animators, costume designers, and creature makers bring insight into this creative process. The Art of Avatar brings readers behind the scenes of this unprecedented moviegoing experience.

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I love this book because it's inspiring. To see the processes all the designers/creators of everything from the plant life, creatures and mech suits went through to get it perfectly right is incredible. It's why I get a little irritated when people write the movie off as just ~*eye candy and claim no thought/originality went into it.
05 January 2010 @ 01:07 am

Propelled by enthusiastic word of mouth and repeat business unrivaled since Titanic, Avatar crossed the $1-billion mark in just its third week at the worldwide box office. Over the New Year's weekend, it brought in an estimated $68.3 million at the domestic box office to bring its North American total to $352.11 million after 17 days. IMAX screenings accounted for $66.4 million of that total, easily setting a record for the ultra-widescreen format. The movie already ranks No. 4 on the list of all-time box-office champs, behind Titanic ($1.84 billion), Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King ($1.12 billion, and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest ($1.07 billion). Even with Avatar out of the picture, the box office performed remarkably well.

It's funny too, considering both would Cameron movies. It's just...been there SO LONG i feel sort of attached to it.

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