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James Cameron: “If Avatar 2 and 3 don’t make enough money, there’s not going to be a 4 and 5”

After close to a decade in development, production is now finally underway on James Cameron’s Avatar sequels, with the filmmaker embarking on his hugely ambitious plan to shoot four films consecutively. The production will however be taking a break between the first two sequels and the latter two, and it seems that Avatar 4 and Avatar 5 may not yet be set in stone.

“Let’s face it, if Avatar 2 and 3 don’t make enough money, there’s not going to be a 4 and 5,” Cameron tells Vanity Fair. “They’re fully encapsulated stories in and of themselves. It builds across the five films to a greater kind of meta narrative, but they’re fully formed films in their own right, unlike, say, The Lord of the Rings trilogy, where you really just had to sort of go, ‘Oh, shit, all right, well I guess I better come back next year.
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James Cameron on the technical challenges of shooting underwater on the Avatar sequels

Although plot details on James Cameron’s four Avatar sequels are being kept tightly under wraps, we do know that the movies will explore the oceans of Pandora, with Avatar 2 and Avatar 3 in particular set to feature a number of underwater sequences.

Given that the Avatar movies rely heavily on performance capture, this change of environment has raised a number of technical challenges for Cameron and his crew, which the filmmaker has discussed in a recent interview with Collider.

“It’s never been done before and it’s very tricky because our motion capture system, like most motion capture systems, is what they call optical base, meaning that it uses markers that are photographed with hundreds of cameras,” said Cameron. “The problem with water is not the underwater part, but the interface between the air and the water, which forms a moving mirror. That moving mirror reflects all the dots and markers,
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NCIS: New Orleans: Season Four Viewer Votes

How well do Pride and his team work their cases in the fourth season of the NCIS: New Orleans TV show on CBS? As we all know, the Nielsen ratings typically play a big role in determining whether the TV show NCIS: New Orleans is cancelled or renewed for season five. Unfortunately, most of us do not live in Nielsen households. Because many viewers feel frustrated that their viewing habits and opinions aren't considered, we'd like to offer you the chance to rate all the season four season episodes of NCIS: New Orleans for us, below. A CBS military procedural, NCIS: New Orleans stars Scott Bakula, Cch Pounder, Daryl Chill Mitchell, Lucas Black, Rob Kerkovich, Shalita Grant, and Vanessa Ferlito. The military procedural drama centers on Special Agent Dwayne Pride (Bakula) and his team at the local field office in New Orleans. Together,
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Giovanni Ribisi returning for all four Avatar sequels

With production underway on James Cameron’s Avatar sequels, Deadline is reporting that Giovanni Ribisi has become the latest cast member from the original movie to sign on for all four of the new films.

Ribisi reprises his role of Parker Selfridge, head administrator of the Rda responsible for the mining operations on Pandora. He joins fellow returnees Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Joel David Moore, Cch Pounder, Matt Gerald, Stephen Lang and Sigourney Weaver, while new additions to the cast include Kate Winslet, Oona Chaplin, Cliff Curtis, Britain Dalton, Filip Geljo, Jamie Flatters, Bailey Bass, Trinity Bliss, Jack Champion, and Duane Evans Jr.

Avatar 2 will open on December 18th 2020, followed by Avatar 3 on December 17th 2021, Avatar 4 on December 20th 2024 and Avatar 5 on December 19th 2025.
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Giovanni Ribisi Returns for All Four Avatar Sequels

Giovanni Ribisi Returns for All Four Avatar Sequels
With Avatar 2 and the rest of the Avatar sequels starting production just a few weeks ago, the cast continues to be rounded out, with the latest addition returning from the original blockbuster Avatar. Giovanni Ribisi has come aboard to reprise his role as Parker Selfridge from the original Avatar, joining returning stars such as Sam Worthington (Jake Sully), Zoe Saldana (Neytiri), Sigourney Weaver (Dr. Grace Augustine), Stephen Lang (Colonel Quaritch), Cch Pounder (Moat) and Matt Gerald (Corporal Lyle Wainfleet). This also comes a few weeks after the young Avatar 2 cast was announced, which make up the Sully family, members of the Metkayina Clan and a former Hell's Gate Adolescent.

Giovanni Ribisi also joins a slew of new cast members including Cliff Curtis as Tonowari, the leader of the Pandora underwater reef clan known as the Metkayina Clan, Oona Chaplin as a new character named Varang and Kate Winslet,
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Kate Winslet will reunite with James Cameron for Avatar sequels

James Cameron has begun production on his ambitious sequels for Avatar, but that apparently hasn’t stopped him from adding cast members to the films. Now, according to Deadline, Cameron is set to reunite with an actress from his second-highest grossing movie, with Kate Winslet joining Avatar 2 and its sequels – marking the the first time she and Cameron have worked together since 1997’s Titanic – with Winslet set to play a character named Ronal.

“Kate and I have been looking for something to do together for 20 years, since our collaboration on Titanic, which was one of the most rewarding of my career,” Cameron said. “I can’t wait to see her bring the character of Ronal to life.”

Its unknown right now if Winslet will be playing a human character or a member of a Na’vi clan. Last week Cameron revealed the group of young actors who will be
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Kate Winslet to Reunite With James Cameron in ‘Avatar’ Sequels

Kate Winslet to Reunite With James Cameron in ‘Avatar’ Sequels
Kate Winslet has come on board James Cameron’s “Avatar” sequels, reuniting with the director two decades after they collaborated on “Titanic.”

“Kate and I have been looking for something to do together for 20 years, since our collaboration on ‘Titanic,’ which was one of the most rewarding of my career,” Cameron said. “I can’t wait to see her bring the character of Ronal to life.”

The four sequels will hit theaters starting on Dec. 18, 2020 for “Avatar 2.” “Avatar 3” will open on Dec. 17, 2021, followed by a three-year break for “Avatar 4,” set for Dec. 20, 2024. “Avatar 5” will then debut on Dec. 19, 2025.

Cameron began filming the first of the four Fox movies last week in California. The creator of the original “Avatar” — the 2009 fantasy epic that remains the all-time worldwide box office champion with $2.8 billion — first announced plans for four pics in 2016. He had initially envisioned two sequels, but after meeting with the screenwriters, artists,
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NCIS: New Orleans: Cancelled or Renewed for Season Five?

Vulture Watch What's next for Special Agent Pride and team? Is the NCIS: New Orleans TV show cancelled or renewed for a fifth season on CBS? The television vulture is watching for the latest cancellation and renewal news, so this page is the place to track the status of NCIS: New Orleans, season five. Bookmark it, or subscribe for the latest updates. Remember, the television vulture is watching your shows. Are you? What's This TV Show About? Airing on the CBS television network, NCIS: New Orleans stars Scott Bakula, Cch Pounder, Daryl Chill Mitchell, Lucas Black, Rob Kerkovich, Shalita Grant, and Vanessa Ferlito. The military procedural drama centers on Special Agent Dwayne Pride (Bakula) and his team at the local field office in New Orleans. Together, they investigate criminal cases involving military personnel. Read
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NCIS: New Orleans: Season Four Ratings

Like last year, the NCIS: New Orleans TV show won't have the security of airing directly after the original NCIS, which remains the most watched scripted series on CBS. Unsurprisingly, the spinoff did shed some viewers in its new timeslot. But, although NCIS: New Orleans ran about middle of the pack in terms of its demo ratings, it still managed to be a top-five show where total audience is concerned. Since this fourth season will give it a decent sized syndication package, it is time to wonder how much longer it will remain on the air. Will NCIS: New Orleans be cancelled or renewed for season five? Stay tuned. A military action procedural, NCIS: New Orleans stars Scott Bakula, Cch Pounder, Daryl Chill Mitchell, Lucas Black, Rob Kerkovich, Shalita Grant, and Vanessa Ferlito. The CBS drama centers on Special Agent Dwayne Pride (Bakula)
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‘Avatar’ Sequels: First Images Of Cast Revealed

‘Avatar’ Sequels: First Images Of Cast Revealed
20th Century Fox has shared the first look at the brand new actors joining returning Avatar cast members Zoe Saldana, Sam Worthington, Sigourney Weaver, Cch Pounder, and Stephen Lang for the forthcoming sequels. Game of Thrones star Oona Chaplin is also starring in an unknown role. Appropriately shot at The World of Avatar at Disney's Animal Kingdom, the new sequels feature a young batch of actors. This includes Jake (Worthington) and Neytiri’s (Saldana) children. Jamie Fl…
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‘Avatar’ Sequel: First Photos of New Cast Members Unveiled

‘Avatar’ Sequel: First Photos of New Cast Members Unveiled
20th Century Fox has revealed the newest cast members and images for the Avatar sequel, following Monday’s start of production in Manhattan Beach, Calif.

Members of the Sully family include Jamie Flatters, Britain Dalton, and Trinity Bliss. New cast members for the Metkayina clan include Bailey Bass, Filip Geljo and Duane Evans Jr. Jack Champion will portray Javier “Spider” Socorro, a human teenager born at Hell’s Gate. But he prefers his time in the rainforest of Pandora more than the asphalt of Hell’s Gate.

The four sequels will hit theaters starting on Dec. 18, 2020 for “Avatar 2.” “Avatar 3” will open on Dec. 17, 2021, followed by a three-year break for “Avatar 4,” set for Dec. 20, 2024. “Avatar 5” will then debut on Dec. 19, 2025.

James Cameron announced at CinemaCon in 2016 that he would make four sequels to “Avatar,” promising that the films would start hitting theaters in 2018. The creator of the original “Avatar” — the 2009 fantasy epic that remains
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Avatar 2 casts Sully family and Na’vi clans, James Cameron reveals shooting details for sequels

As James Cameron begins production on Avatar 2 and its sequels, the official Facebook page has announced the casting of several young actors in the series. They will portray children the children of Sam Worthington’s Jake Sully and Zoe Saldana’s Neytiri as well as children of the Metkayina Clan, led by Cliff Curtis. Only one of them will remain a human, born at the military base Hell’s Gate from the first film. Avatar 2 released a picture of the young cast with the announcement…

Pictured from left to right is Jack Champion, playing (Javier “Spider” Socorro), Trinity Bliss (Tuktirey of the Sully Family), Bailey Bass (Tsireya of the Metkayina Clan), Jamie Flatters (Neteyam of the Sully Family), Britain Dalton (Lo’ak of the Sully Family), Filip Geljo (Aonung of the Metkayina Clan), and Duane Evans Jr (Rotxo of the Metkayina Clan).

Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, producer Jon Landau
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Avatar sequels begin production with budget in excess of $1 billion

After years of development and pushed back release dates, cameras have now officially started rolling on James Cameron’s four Avatar sequels, with production getting underway today in Manhattan beach.

The four follow-ups to the highest-grossing movie of all time have a reported budget in excess of $1 billion, and will be shot together in succession in 3D. Plot details are being kept under wraps, but it has been said that parts of the films will take place underwater, while Stephen Lang’s Colonel Quaritch will be the main villain across all of the sequels. Meanwhile, Sam Worthington has also said that Avatar 2 in particular will have a focus on family.

See Also: James Cameron isn’t concerned about the long gap between Avatar movies

The Avatar sequels will featuring returning cast members Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Joel David Moore, Cch Pounder, Matt Gerald, Stephen Lang and Sigourney Weaver, while
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James Cameron begins shooting Avatar 2 on Monday

After years of development, numerous delays, and months of pre-production, director James Cameron is finally set to return to the world of Pandora, with Borys Kit of The Hollywood Reporter revealing that cameras will start rolling on the first of four Avatar sequels this coming Monday.

Also…James Cameron finally begins shooting Avatar 2 Monday.

— Borys Kit (@Borys_Kit) September 20, 2017

Although plot details are being kept under wraps, producer Jon Landau teased what we can expect from the sequels, stating that: “At the heart of any movie are the characters. One of the strengths of great scripts are always the universal and relatable themes… There’s no more relatable theme than family. At the center of each of our four movies will be the Sully family. Each sequel will play as a stand-alone movie. Each movie’s story will come to its own conclusion… However, when looked at as a whole,
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Bagdad Cafe Screens September 21st at Webster University

Bagdad Cafe screens Thursday September 21st at Webster University’s Moore Auditorium (470 East Lockwood). The movie starts at 7:30pm.

Drawn to a pair of lights in the barren American desert sky, a mysterious German woman, Jasmin (Marianne Sagebrecht), stumbles upon a dilapidated motel/diner in the middle of nowhere. Her unusual appearance and demeanor are at first suspicious to Brenda (Cch Pounder), the exasperated owner who has difficulty making ends meet. But when an unlikely magic sparks between the two women, this lonely desert outpost is transformed into a thriving—and popular—oasis.

Admission is:

$6 for the general public

$5 for seniors, Webster alumni and students from other schools

$4 for Webster University staff and faculty

Free for Webster students with proper I.D.

Advance tickets are available from the cashier before each screening or contact the Film Series office (314-246-7525) for more options. The Film Series can only accept cash or check.
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NCIS: New Orleans: Has the CBS Series Been Cancelled or Renewed for Season Four?

Vulture WatchWill this procedural series survive the move to 10pm? Has the NCIS: New Orleans TV show been cancelled or renewed for a fourth season on CBS? The television vulture is watching for the latest cancellation and renewal news and this page has been created to give our readers a dedicated place to track the status of NCIS: New Orleans, season four. You can bookmark this page or subscribe for the latest updates. Remember, the television vulture is watching your shows. Are you?What's This TV Show About?NCIS: New Orleans revolves around the local field office in New Orleans, investigating criminal cases that affect military personnel. Special Agent Dwayne Pride (Scott Bakula) leads the team. The rest of the cast includes Cch Pounder, Daryl Chill Mitchell, Lucas Black, Rob Kerkovich, Shalita Grant, and Vanessa Ferlito.Read More…
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James Cameron says he’s in “full-tilt production” on the Avatar sequels

Some eight years after the release of Avatar, which took the global box office by storm on its way to becoming the highest-grossing movie of all time, James Cameron has now revealed to EW that he’s in “full-tilt production” on the four sequels to the sci-fi blockbuster.

“Oh, we’re in production,” states Cameron. “We’re in full-tilt production. We’re in what we call ‘scouting,’ which basically is shooting for me. I’m on the stage all day long during the scouting process, because there are no sets or locations, other than in the virtual world, so I do all my location-scouting with a troop of actors that go through the virtual sets, and give me a sense of the scale and position, lighting, that sort of thing. Then, I’m in rehearsals with my principal cast and I start with them at the end of September.”

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Stephen Lang’s Colonel Quaritch is the villain of all four Avatar sequels, Matt Gerald to return

Despite his apparent demise in Avatar, Stephen Lang is confirmed to be reprising his role for James Cameron’s upcoming sequels, and now Cameron has revealed that he will in fact be the main villain in all four of the new movies.

“The interesting conceit of the Avatar sequels is it’s pretty much the same characters,” Cameron tells Empire. “There are new characters and a lot of new settings and creatures, so I’m taking characters you know and putting them in unfamiliar places and moving them on this greater journey. But it’s not a whole bunch of new characters every time. There’s not a new villain every time, which is interesting. Same guy. Same motherfucker through all four movies. He is so good and he just gets better. I know Stephen Lang is gonna knock this out of the park.”

See Also: Sigourney Weaver discusses James Cameron
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Stephen Lang’s Colonel To Be The Villain Of All Four Avatar Sequels; Matt Gerald Back On Board

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Jake, Neytiri, and the other Na’vi haven’t seen the last of Miles Quaritch.

Eight years ago, Stephen Lang’s bullish colonel terrorized Pandora as the head of Rda’s (Resources Development Administration) private security force, before ultimately ‘dying’ at the hands of Zoe Saldana’s Neytiri. But just as franchise mastermind James Cameron plans to bring back Sigourney Weaver for Avatar 2 and its many sequels, we’re now learning that Lang’s hardboiled military operative will continue to menace Jake (Sam Worthington) and the gang all throughout the Avatar saga. Perhaps Quaritch will be sporting some form of human exoskeleton in a few year’s time? Or will the antagonist go full cyborg in his mission to conquer Pandora?

Either way, ahead of production kicking off this fall, Empire sat down with James Cameron
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Matt Gerald Returning To James Cameron’s ‘Avatar’ World

Matt Gerald Returning To James Cameron’s ‘Avatar’ World
Exclusive: Matt Gerald officially has signed on to 20th Century Fox’s James Cameron Avatar sequels and will reprise his role as Corporal Lyle Wainfleet. He joins previous Avatar rep players Zoe Saldana, Sam Worthington, Sigourney Weaver, CCH Pounder and Joel David Moore. Cliff Curtis and Oona Chaplin also boarded the sequels this year as newcomers to the cast. Avatar 2 begins shooting this fall and will open on December 18, 2020. The sequels thereafter will open during…
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