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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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Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jamie Foxx Join Untitled Netflix Sci-Fi

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Jamie Foxx and Joseph Gordon-Levitt are boarding Netflix’s untitled sci-fi movie which long-time collaborators Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman are directing off Mattson Tomlin’s screenplay.

The pic’s storyline is being kept under wraps.

Eric Newman and Bryan Unkeless’ Screen Arcade will produce as part of their first look deal with Netflix. Newman, who has been behind such productions as the Oscar-nominated Children of Men, and Zack Snyder’s reboot of Dawn of The Dead, has a strong, on-going relationship with Netflix that goes back to the streaming service’s second original series Hemlock Grove.  He also conceived and packaged Narcos for Netflix on which he serves as writer, show-runner and EP.

Unkeless recently produced the three-time Oscar-nominated film I, Tonya, starring Margot Robbie and Allison Janney; the latter winning an Academy Award for best supporting actress. Unkeless’ film First Match, which he produced for Netflix, won the Audience Award at SXSW earlier this year.

Ray Oscar best actor winner Foxx is currently shooting the courtroom drama, Just Mercy opposite Michael B. Jordan and Brie Larson for director Destin Cretton.  Foxx can next be seen in Lionsgate’s Robin Hood on Nov. 21 and his Fox show Beat Shazam, which he serves as EP and hosts, was recently renewed for a third season. Gordon-Levitt can next be seen in the airline hijacking thriller, 7500 from Patrick Vollarth. Gordon-Levitt is a two-Golden Globe nominee in the comedy/musical lead actor category for 50/50 and (500) Days of Summer.

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Birds Of Prey: WB Considers Sofia Boutella, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, More For All-Female Superhero Team

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Despite ostensibly being six years into their DC Comics shared universe experiment, Warner Bros. still seem to be trying to get things figured out, with more films supposedly in the works than most independent studios’ next decade of plans. To date, we know of Aquaman, Shazam, Wonder Woman 1984, Man of Steel 2, Supergirl, The Batman, Batgirl, Nightwing, Deathstroke, Suicide Squad 2, Gotham City Sirens, Green Lantern Corps, The Flash: Flashpoint, and Birds of Prey.

Now, news is trickling through that Birds of Prey is at least making some serious headway, with Warner Bros. compiling shortlists for casting the film’s key roles.

Even though she’s supposedly a villain, we know that Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn will reprise her role as a member of the film’s titular all-female super-team, and the characters she’ll be joined by are set to be Helena Bertenelli / Huntress, Dinah Lance / Black Canary, Renee Montoya, and Cassandra Cain (presumably in her role as the vigilante Orphan, as opposed to the role of Batgirl that she has played in the comics – Warner Bros. have made clear that the Barbara Gordon incarnation of Batgirl will be getting her own film later down the line, despite the fact the character has traditionally been a mainstay of the team), as they take on the villainous Black Mask.


On the shortlist for the Huntress – mob boss daughter turned crossbow-wielding superhero – are Sofia Boutella (Kingsman: The Secret Service), Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Scott Pilgrim vs. The World), Cristin Milioti (How I Met Your Mother), and Margaret Qualley (The Leftovers).


For the sonic-powered siren Black Canary, Belle’s Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Underground’s Jurnee Smollett-Bell are both up for the part. Lady Gaga was reportedly offered the role, but turned it down.


Finally, Gotham City detective, and ally to Commissioner Gordon, Renee Montoya will reportedly be portrayed by either One Day at a Time’s Justina Machado or Vida’s Roberta Colindrez.

No decisions have been made surrounding the potential casting of Cassandra Cain or the film’s antagonist Black Mask as of yet, but more news is expected shortly as roles begin to fill up.

Birds of Prey will be directed by Cathy Yan (Dead Pigs), and has a script from Christina Hodson (Bumblebee). No release date has yet been set.

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Chris Hemsworth Shares First Look At Men In Black Reboot

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When the original Men in Black hit way back in 1997, it was like an adrenal shot to the blockbuster scene, deftly balancing humour, science-fiction, and action set-pieces. However, neither of the film’s two sequels managed to manage to capture audience’s hearts in quite the same manner, so now Sony Pictures has endeavoured to reboot the franchise with a brand new cast.

Chief amongst that cast are Thor: Ragnarok co-stars Tessa Thompson and Chris Hemsworth. Yesterday, Hemsworth himself even posted a picture of the two on set to his social media. Check it out below.


The Untitled Men in Black will be directed by F. Gary Gray (Fast and Furious 8), and will also star Rebecca Ferguson, Emma Thompson, and Kumail Nanjiani. It is eyeing a 14th of June, 2019 release date.

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