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Lawsuit Filed Against James Cameron over "Avatar" Dismissed

PRNewsFoto/Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Worldwide, Scott Brinegar(LOS ANGELES) -- A lawsuit filed against James Cameron and his production company over the plot of his hit film Avatar has been dismissed, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The complaint, filed in December of 2011, alleged that the plaintiff, Gerald Morawski, pitched to Cameron in 1991 a film that contained a premise similar to that of Avatar.

Morawski's proposal, dubbed Guardians of Eden, revolved around a tribe whose rainforest environment is threatened by a mining company.  Morawski, claiming he'd signed an agreement under which he retained the rights to his idea, sought compensation from Cameron due to its alleged similarity to the Avatar plot.

However, The Hollywood Reporter says, a judge has ruled that Cameron did not breach the agreement and that evidence shows the director created the idea for Avatar himself.

Cameron has faced similar lawsuits from other plaintiffs, including a pending complaint brought by a former employee of his production company, Lightstorm Entertainment, who's claimed he came up with the idea for Avatar in 1999.

Avatar is the highest-grossing movie of all time at the domestic and worldwide box offices.  It made nearly $2.8 billion worldwide following its release in late 2009.

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James Cameron Talks "Titanic" Blu-ray, "Avatar" Sequels

PRNewsFoto/Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Worldwide, Scott Brinegar(NEW YORK) -- One of the great love stories of all time is now available on Blu-ray for the first time.

A 3D Blu-ray version of Titanic hit stores this week.  It contains over two and a half hours of never-before-seen footage.

Titanic director James Cameron is fond of a new documentary in the collection called "The Final Word," which explores what happened to the ship once it sank.

He says, "If you're really into kind of how the ship sank, I get the experts together and we sort of work it out and I think we come to some pretty good conclusions."

Cameron tells ABC News Radio that his love for deep sea exploration was fostered by his research for the film, including his expeditions to the Titanic wreck.  That helps to explain why the sequels to another one of his blockbusters, Avatar, will explore the ocean world on the moon Pandora.

What else can we expect from the Avatar sequels?

Cameron reveals, "It's really going to be the completion of a major story arc that has to do with Jake and Neytiri and their children, and it's an epic multi-generational story."

Cameron says Avatar 2 will be released on Christmas 2015 and Avatar 3 on Christmas 2016.  The director doesn't have a release date in mind just yet for a possible fourth Avatar flick, but he says the film could be a prequel.

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"Avatar" Sequels to Shoot Back-to-Back

PRNewsFoto/Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Worldwide, Scott Brinegar(NEW YORK) -- Sigourney Weaver, one of the stars of the highest-grossing film in Hollywood history, Avatar, confirms that there are three more films to the Avatar series coming.

Weaver confirms to Showbiz411 that she is set to film Avatar 2, 3 and 4 simultaneously after she wraps Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, a new Lincoln Center play by Christopher Durang, which opens in New York City on Nov. 12.

In an interview with The New York Times last month, James Cameron said, "I’m in the Avatar business.  Period.  That’s it.  I’m making Avatar 2, Avatar 3, maybe Avatar 4, and I’m not going to produce other people’s movies for them."

"I think within the Avatar landscape I can say everything I need to say that I think needs to be said, in terms of the state of the world and what I think we need to be doing about it," the 57-year-old director continued.

, released in 2009, garnered a number of awards, including Academy Awards for best cinematography, best visual effects, and best art direction, and grossed more than $2 billion worldwide, the first film to do so.

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Release of 'Avatar' Sequel May Be Delayed

PRNewsFoto/Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Worldwide, Scott Brinegar(LOS ANGELES) -- The sequel to James Cameron's 2009 blockbuster film Avatar might arrive in theaters later than initially scheduled.

The second Avatar movie had been slated to open in 2014. However, Avatar producer Jon Landau tells Empire, "We're not naming dates, but I think 2014 will be a tough date for us to make. It's about getting it right."

Empire speculates that the sequel probably won't debut until 2015 at the earliest, and that the third film in the series likely won't see the light of day until 2016 or 2017.

Despite the delay, Landau says the Avatar team has begun working on various aspects of the first sequel, including "underwater performance-capture," since the film will explore Pandora's water world. Landau adds, "It's not going to be all underwater; it's going to be a place we go to, leave and come back to."

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'Avatar' Is the Most-Pirated Movie of All Time

PRNewsFoto/Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Worldwide, Scott Brinegar(LOS ANGELES) -- The James Cameron movie Avatar has officially become the most-pirated film of all time.

According to TorrentFreak, the 2009 film has been downloaded 21 million times since it was released.  Cameron had hoped -- in vain, as it turned out -- that the new 3D technology would combat illegal copying.  The movie grossed $2.8 billion worldwide in theatres.

Here are the top 10 most-pirated movies, according to TorrentFreak:

1. Avatar (21 million downloads)
2. The Dark Knight (19 million)
3. Transformers (19 million)
4. Inception (18 million)
5. The Hangover (17 million)
6. Star Trek (16 million)
7. Kick-Ass (15 million)
8. The Departed (14 million)
9. The Incredible Hulk (14 million)
10. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (14 million)

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James Cameron Wants to Dive to the Ocean Depths for ‘Avatar 2′

PRNewsFoto/Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Worldwide, Scott Brinegar(NEW YORK) -- Writer and director James Cameron, who thrilled audiences by creating the lush, mystical world of Pandora in his blockbuster film, Avatar, wants to dive down to the deepest part of the ocean to film the Avatar sequels.

“I liked the idea of exploring other planets, and then I found out we have this alien planet right here on Earth called the ocean,” Cameron told Nightline anchor Bill Weir in an exclusive television interview.

Cameron is planning to take a team down to the Mariana Trench, the deepest part of the world’s oceans located off the coast of Japan in the Pacific Ocean.

“I wouldn’t spend all that money on a sub if I wasn’t going in it,” he said.

Pandora’s oceans and their threatened conditions will be the center the Avatar sequels.

“It focuses on ocean issues,” Cameron said. “We’ve got a planet that’s a blue planet. From a distance, you look at it and Earth is a lot more blue than it is brown, you know, the landmass, and we’re making the oceans unsurvivable for a lot of the species right now. It’s just a way to focus a little energy in that direction.”

“We will see the oceans of Pandora,” he added, ”which we haven’t seen at all, and that’s an ecosystem that I’m dying to start designing because it’s going to look spectacular.”

The first Avatar film showed a beautiful world that was being threatened with destruction, a nod to what’s happening to our real environment. Cameron will be spending the next five years writing the second and third films together, a “continuation” of the same message, he said.

“The themes can play out in a way people can accept,” Cameron said. “I’m not going to become more strident. Well, we got away with this much environmental content in the first movie -- not, ‘let’s double it.’ I think that would be a mistake because it has to be entertainment, first and foremost.”

The irony of making an environmentally-conscious film that requires countless hours of computer work to produce its incredibly complex graphics, all of which draw on energy resources, is not lost on Cameron. In fact, the filmmaker said the next two Avatar films will be produced with help from solar power.

“We use a lot of computer power, and so you got a lot of people at work stations. We’re drawing on a lot of wattage for all the computers and render machines,” he said. “What we’re going to do is, essentially, put a 1.2-megawatt solar power station on the roof of our new facility so we will actually be net zero in energy. We’ll get it all from the sun to power the next two ‘Avatar films.”

One problem: The technology to make that a reality doesn’t exist yet, but Cameron’s solution is just to invent it.

“We just go to a big solar provider integrator and, you know, you work with a local utility and, so, a power-purchase agreement and the installation [can be designed],” Cameron said. “It’s actually fairly straightforward. In California, especially, there are some good rebates available for solar, so it actually starts to make it cost-effective.”

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Zoe Saldana: Hollywood's Newest Female Action Star

Kevin Mazur/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Move over Angelina, there's a new female action star in town and her name is Zoe Saldana.

Saldana is carrying her first film, Colombiana, in which she plays an assassin bent on avenging her family's deaths. Despite a slow opening weekend thanks to Hurricane Irene, the film debuted at No. 2 and remains firmly in the top five.

At 33, Saldana is no ingenue. For one thing, she has been in the business for more than a decade. A classically trained ballerina, she got her break playing a dancer in Center Stage in 2000.

She went on to play the girlfriend of Nick Cannon -- in Drumline.

She also brought home Ashton Kutcher in Guess Who, the 2005 update of the classic Guess Who's Coming to Dinner. And she portrayed a young Lieutenant Uhura in the 2009 Star Trek reboot.

But it was her role as Neytiri in James Cameron's Avatar, the biggest movie of all time, which put her center stage. Suddenly, Saldana was walking the red carpets, gracing the covers of magazines, posing for Calvin Klein underwear ads and making the best -- and worst -- dressed lists.

Saldana is a departure from the typical female action hero. Hailing from Queens, New York, she is Dominican and Puerto Rican and grew up, in part, in the Dominican Republic.

Last year, Saldana was the only woman to crack the top 10 of Entertainment Weekly's list of highest grossing stars under 40.

And she's not just popular with the male crowd, having made Maxim's Hot 100 list two years in a row

According to the market research firm CinemaScore, 57 percent of the opening weekend audience for Colombiana was female.

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'Roommate' Wins Slow Box Office Weekend 

Image Courtesy - Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The big winners at the box office this weekend were big losers just about everywhere else.

Horror film The Roommate, starring Leighton Meester of Gossip Girl fame, came in first notching $15.6 million, and in a distant second was James Cameron's Sanctum grossing $9.2 million.

Despite their relative successes on the silver screen, the movies tanked with reviewers across the country.

Movie rankings aggregator reported that only 9 percent of critics nationwide recommended The Roommate, which details two women living together in a college dorm. One roommate, played by Minka Kelly, becomes suspicious of the other, Meester, and believes her life is in danger.

Sanctum, Cameron's latest project since 2009's Avatar, scored just a 29 percent approval rating on RottenTomatoes. The film follows five divers exploring an underwater cave when it is besieged by a cyclone and they try to escape.

Overall, box office revenues have been down for 13 straight weeks. Super Bowl weekend is also typically slow as moviegoers eschew the lure of the theater in favor of the NFL's championship game.

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James Cameron Enjoyed 2010's Biggest Pay Day in Hollywood

Photo Courtesy - 20th Century Fox(NEW YORK) -- Thanks to the success of a movie called Avatar, Oscar-winning director James Cameron tops Vanity Fair's list of Hollywood's biggest earners in 2010.

The rankings focused on creative people, so agents and executives aren't included.  Money earned from projects other than films also wasn't taken into consideration, nor was income from earnings from endorsement deals.  With that said, here's a look at the top 10, along with how much money each made last year:

1. James Cameron -- $257 million
2. Johnny Depp -- $100 million
3. Steven Spielberg -- $80 million
4. Christopher Nolan -- $71.5 million
5. Leonardo DiCaprio -- $62 million
6. Tim Burton -- $53 million
7. Adam Sandler -- $50 million
8. Todd Phillips -- $34 million
9. Taylor Lautner -- $33.5 million
10. Robert Downey Jr. -- $31.5 million

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James Cameron Signs On for Pair of 'Avatar' Sequels 

Photo Courtesy - 20th Century Fox(LOS ANGELES) -- Oscar-winning director James Cameron has signed a deal to write and direct two Avatar sequels, reports Variety.  The first feature is going under the title Avatar 2 and could hit theaters in December 2014, while Avatar 3 should enable audiences to return to Pandora in December 2015.

Cameron plans to begin writing the films early next year, with the hope of starting production later in 2011.  It's unclear if Cameron will shoot the movies back-to-back or even simultaneously.

Cameron said, "In the second and third films, which will be self-contained stories that also fulfill a greater story arc, we will not back off the throttle of Avatar's visual and emotional horsepower, and will continue to explore its themes and characters, which touched the hearts of audiences in all cultures around the world.  I'm looking forward to returning to Pandora, a world where our imaginations can run wild."

Avatar, which came out last December, is the highest-grossing film in history, pulling in $2.8 billion around the world.

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