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Tuesday
Dec182012

"Star Wars," "Lord of the Rings" Treasures Bring "Titanic" Prices at Auction

Hemera/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- Some extremely valuable pieces of Hollywood memorabilia generated big bucks at an auction over the weekend.

"Profile in History's Drama, Action, Romance: The Hollywood Auction" put pieces like an extremely rare X-Wing fighter model from Star Wars and the bow used by Orlando Bloom in the Lord of the Rings films under the hammer, and the prices fetched were nothing short of blockbuster.

Bloom's bow -- which was plastic, but painted to look like wood -- was sold for $372,000, including the auctioneer's fee, more than double what was expected, The Hollywood Reporter notes.

A dress Kate Winslet wore in Titanic went for $330,000, while the X-Wing -- thought to be one of just a few to survive -- was sold for $270,000, far exceeding the $120,000 it was thought to fetch.

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Tuesday
Sep112012

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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Tuesday
Mar272012

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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Monday
Sep262011

Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez Watch 'Titanic' in Empty NBA Arena

Kevin Mazur/WireImage via ABC(LOS ANGELES) -- Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez had a movie date Friday night.  They didn't go to a movie theater, though -- they went to the home of the NBA's Los Angeles Lakers.

TMZ.com reports that after the couple attended a Demi Lovato concert at the Nokia Theatre in L.A., Justin led Selena through an underground tunnel to the nearby Staples Center, where they watched a screening of Titanic by themselves. Justin reportedly was allowed to use the venue for free because he's performed a couple of sold-out concerts there.

Justin's inspiration for a movie night at the Staples Center was a scene in the comedy Mr. Deeds in which Adam Sandler's suddenly wealthy character enjoys a candlelit dinner with Winona Ryder's character in an otherwise empty Madison Square Garden in New York City.

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Friday
May202011

'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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Wednesday
Apr062011

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 Moviefone.com.

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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Monday
Sep272010

Titanic Star Gloria Stuart Dead at 100

Photo Courtesy - 20th Century Fox(LOS ANGELES) -- The Los Angeles Times reports actress Gloria Stuart has died at the age of 100 after a five-year battle with lung cancer.  Stuart was best known for her role as the elderly Rose character in 1997's Titanic.  The part earned her a best supporting actress Academy Award nomination, making her, at 87, the oldest actress ever to be nominated for an Oscar.  In her 1999 autobiography, Stuart wrote about her excitement over earning the part in the James Cameron film. She wrote, "I knew the role I had wanted and waited for all these many years had arrived!  I could taste the role of Old Rose!”  Stuart, whose first acting credit on the Internet Movie Data Base dates back to 1932, was also a founding member of the Screen Actors Guild.  She received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2000. 

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