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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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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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James Cameron: Despite Mistakes in Original 'Titanic,' No Changes in 'Titanic 3-D'

James Cameron and Kate Winslet at the "Titanic 3D" premiere in London on March 27, 2012. Jon Furniss/WireImage(LONDON) -- James Cameron, a trailblazing oceanographic explorer, a hugely respected Titanic expert and a perfectionist moviemaker, said that while he discovered a few minor mistakes in his original Titanic, he hasn't changed one frame in his remastered 3-D version.

"There was a moment when I thought fleetingly I could correct the film and actually have it match what Titanic really looked like," Cameron said in an exclusive interview with Nightline. "Another part of my mind said, no, then you're going be a nutter standing on the street corner babbling away."

Movie stars Kate Winslet, Billy Zane and others dazzled on the red carpet in London Tuesday for the world premiere of Titanic 3-D, 15 years after the original film was released. Cameron worked with 300 computer artists, who spent 750,000 man hours giving one of his most iconic films a third dimension. It was a process he called "horrific" and "mind-numbing."

"It has to be done right," he said. "Didn't change a frame. The ship still sinks. Jack still dies."

In the years since the 1997 romantic film became a mega-hit at the box office -- Titanic was the first movie to gross more than $1 billion -- Cameron dipped deeper into his obsession with the "unsinkable ship." The legendary director has dived to the wreck in the North Atlantic 33 times in a submersible vehicle, studying how the real thing compares to his film creation.

"We found places that the set was wrong, little bit, you know, this was wrong, that was wrong," he said. "There was glass missing from a door."

"I thought I'd thought about everything about Titanic," Cameron told Nightline. And then he gathered eight of the world's leading Titanic experts for an upcoming National Geographic documentary called Titanic: The Final Word. The documentary premieres on Sunday, April 8 at 8 p.m. ET on the National Geographic Channel.

Titanic 3-D may almost be historically accurate, but Cameron now knows it is not perfect. For example, he used a little artistic license in the scene where Winslet and DiCaprio are clinging to the ship's railing, way up in the air, as it is being dragged down into icy depths.

"There was actually probably a moment where it was standing quite proud of the water, but it wasn't quite as dramatic and as static as we showed in the film," Cameron said. "It probably wasn't straight up. It was probably at an angle. We realized that it was really just the perspective of some of the eyewitnesses."

He said he hopes Titanic 3-D, which will be out in theaters in April 4, timed to the 100th anniversary of the ship's sinking, will have a powerful impact on the audience.

Cameron nearly missed the Titanic 3-D premiere because, just Monday, he was at the bottom of the Mariana Trench in the Western Pacific, roughly seven miles down in the deepest part of the world's oceans.

Only two other people have ever been down that deep. In 1962, then-Navy Lieutenant Don Walsh and a Swiss co-pilot dove into the trench. More than 50 years later, Cameron made the deep dive alone, down to what he described as a "lunar landscape."

"I've got some good engineers," Cameron said. "If we thought we were going die, diving this sub, we'd be idiots."

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James Cameron Completes Journey to Ocean’s Deepest Point

PRNewsFoto/Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Worldwide, Scott Brinegar(NEW YORK) -- James Cameron, the Oscar-winning filmmaker of the two highest-grossing films of all time, can now add another major accomplishment to his list as he has returned from an expedition to the “Challenger Deep,” the deepest part of the ocean.

The Titanic and Avatar director, who is also the National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence, reached the Challenger Deep in a solo dive on Monday at 7:52 a.m. local time.  The depth at the Mariana Trench in the western Pacific Ocean was recorded at 35,756 feet.

Cameron spent a total of six hours on the sea floor, where he collected samples for scientific research, according to the National Geographic Society.  He made the voyage to the bottom of the ocean in his specially designed submersible called DEEPSEA CHALLENGER.

Cameron’s first words on reaching the bottom were “all systems okay,” NGS reported.  He returned safely to the surface in a faster-than-expected 70-minute ascent, compared to the 2 hours and 36 minute descent to the 6.8-mile-deep underwater valley, according to the non-profit institution.

“Jim came up in what must have been the best weather conditions we’ve seen, and it looks like there’s a squall on the horizon,” NASA astrobiologist and expedition member Kevin Hand told National Geographic.

Cameron’ expedition was a joint research venture between the filmmaker, National Geographic and Rolex.  He is expected to discuss his findings on Monday.

The filmmaker is the first to reach the ocean’s deepest point since retired U.S. Navy Capt. Don Walsh and Swiss oceanographer Jacques Piccard in the bathyscaphe Trieste in 1960.  Cameron is the first to complete the journey in a solo vehicle. 

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Two National Geographic Filmmakers Die in Plane Crash

James Cameron (L) and Mike DeGruy during 22nd Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival in Santa Barbara, California, United States. (Ray Mickshaw/WireImage(SYDNEY) -- Two National Geographic filmmakers, American cinematographer Mike deGruy and Australian television writer-producer Andrew Wight, died in a helicopter crash in Australia on Saturday, according to the company's website.

Wight, the owner and pilot of the Robinson R-44 helicopter, and deGruy crashed shortly after takeoff, according to a statement released by National Geographic. Police said Wight, 52, and deGruy, 60, took off from an airstrip in Jasper's Brush, about 80 miles south of Sydney, prior to the crash.

“We are grieving over the loss of these two extraordinary friends,” said Tim Kelly, president of the National Geographic Society. “Andrew and Mike were part of our extended family at National Geographic, and our hearts, prayers, and thoughts go out to their loved ones. They accomplished so much, but were taken too early, and our world is greatly diminished by their leaving it.”

The pair were in Australia working on a documentary film with award-winning director James Cameron.

Cameron released this statement: “Mike and Andrew were like family to me. They were my deep-sea brothers, and both were true explorers who did extraordinary things and went places no human being has been. They died doing exactly what they loved most, heading out to sea on a new and personally challenging expedition, having fun in the way they defined it for themselves, which was hardship and toil to achieve something never done before. They were passionate storytellers who lived by the explorer’s code of humor, empathy, optimism, and courage. Their deaths are a tremendous loss for the world of underwater exploration, conservation, and filmmaking.”

No further details relating to the crash were released.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


'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.”

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'Titanic' Going 3D Next Year

20th Century Fox/Paramount Pictures(NEW YORK) -- James Cameron is giving another film the 3D treatment.

The director who pioneered modern 3D filmmaking techniques with his IMAX documentary Ghosts of the Abyss and global blockbuster Avatar, is giving his 1997 Oscar-winning film Titanic a 3D makeover.

The epic romance starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet will be re-released worldwide in 3D on April 6, 2012 -- four days before the 100th anniversary of the Titanic setting sail on the ill-fated maiden voyage that inspired the movie.

In a statement, Cameron said, "There's a whole generation that's never seen Titanic as it was meant to be seen, on the big screen.  And this will be Titanic as you've never seen it before, digitally re-mastered...and painstakingly converted to 3D.  With the emotional power intact and the images more powerful than ever, this will be an epic experience for fans and newcomers alike."

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Kate Winslet Nude 'Titanic' Sketch Sold to the Highest Bidder

Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage(EL SEGUNDO, Calif.) -- With 14 Oscar nominations and 11 wins, James Cameron's Titanic, the highest-grossing film in history until Avatar came along in 2010, has made headlines again for a famous nude sketch of its star Kate Winslet.

The sketch sold last weekend for a reported price of at least $16,000 at Premiere Props' entertainment memorabilia auction. Although the highest bid was $16,000, the final selling price has not been released.

When contacted by ABC News about the sale, Premiere Props would not comment.

Martin Nolan, executive director of Julian's Auctions, another entertainment memorabilia auction house in Beverly Hills, Calif., said he's not surprised by the whopping amount of cash. "People will pay this kind of money for celebrities," he said. "It's about the love for the movie, the entertainment in saying you own this and for love of art itself."

And this sketch depicted a pivotal Titantic scene: Rose DeWitt Bukater, played by Winslet, asks lover Jack Dawson, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, to draw a portrait of her wearing a blue diamond necklace -- called the Heart of the Ocean -- and nothing else. Jack sketches while Rose lies nude on a couch inside her suite.

DiCaprio, however, despite his many talents, did not actually draw the portrait. Director James Cameron did, according to

Chris Petrikin of Fox Studios, which released Titanic in 1997, told ABC News the studio could not comment on the sketch or the sale until it first authenticated the work of art. An employee at Sotheby's New York, an international art auction house, however, said it was not customary to authenticate a piece after an item had been sold.

"It's the first thing we do," said the Sotheby's representative. "Depending on the item, we direct our clients to a correct specialist in that field, arrange a viewing, appraise it and after an evaluation see what sale it's suited for."

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