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Avatar Sequels to be Shot in New Zealand

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James Cameron has recently announced that all three Avatar sequels will be filmed entirely in New Zealand, as part of a major new agreement that will see hundreds of jobs created and a major financial injection into the New Zealand film industry. Cameron made the statement alongside NZ Prime Minister John Key.

There are many stipulations for Fox and Cameron’s production company, including 90% of the live action crew being nationals and holding an official red carpet premiere in the country. The DVD will also include a feature showcasing how awesome the country is. In return the production will benefit from recently introduced tax breaks, offering up to 25% relief.

Avatar 23, & 4 will begin shooting next year, with a planned release in December 2016, 2017 and 2018 – mirroring the production and release strategy of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy.

Avatar (2009) was a recording-breaking epic, and very much the ambassador for 3D technology. It remains the highest grossing movie of all time and was nominated for nine Academy Awards including Best Picture. It lost this and Best Director to Kathryn Bigelow’s The Hurt Locker, picking up three Oscars including Visual Effects. Will the sequels do any good? History would predict not, but if Lord of the Rings is anything to go by, popular franchises with enough clout behind them can build enough buzz, so only time will tell.

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Zachary Levi Is ‘Shazam!’ In Official Teaser Trailer

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Not content with seeing Jason Momoa’s ‘Aquaman’ steal all of the DC glory at Comic-Con this weekend. Zachary Levi is taking a much lighter approach to this often brooding universe with ‘Shazam!’, working like a charm in the fun-filled teaser trailer released by Warner Bros.

Directed by David F. Sandberg, the initial footage focuses on foster kid Billy Batson (Asher Angel), who is chosen to channel superpowers through an ancient wizard, ultimately turning into the titular character with the childish sensibilities intact. Super strength? Flying? He seems more concerned on how he’s meant to pee in his red suit. Yet he’s soon having to use his abilities for good, when faced with Mark Strong’s big bad Dr. Thaddeus Sivana.

‘Shazam!’ swoops into UK cinemas in April 2019.

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Fantastical Debut Trailer For ‘Aquaman’ Welcomes You To Atlantis

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Still reeling from the critical reception which greeted ‘Justice League’ last year. Director James Wan and leading man Jason Momoa are tasked with keeping Warner Bros’ DCEU above water this December with ‘Aquaman’ and after seeing the action-packed first footage straight from Comic-Con, they seem up for the challenge.

Billed as the origin story of the half-human half -Atlantean. We catch glimpses of Arthur Curry’s (Momoa) family unit, most notably Nicole Kidman’s Queen Atlanna and his feisty red-haired ally Mera (Amber Heard), merely teasing his potential king status as he clashes with half-brother Orm (Patrick Wilson), allowing Wan to dial up the underwater spectacle and throw in a goat for good measure.

We’re positively drowning in excitement already. Here’s the trailer…

 

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First ‘Godzilla: King Of The Monsters’ Trailer Is An Atomic Blast

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Well. If you thought there wasn’t enough monster mayhem in Gareth Edwards’ 2014 effort.

Michael Dougherty’s (Krampus) 2018 film seems awfully keen to amend this with the epic debut trailer for ‘Godzilla: King Of The Monsters’, pitting the iconic creature against some of his greatest adversaries. Expect stunning money shots of Mothra, Rodan and a certain three-headed titan by the name King Ghidorah, whilst the human heroics are left to the Russell family consisting of Millie Bobby Brown, Vera Farmiga and Kyle Chandler.

The film roars into cinemas next May.

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