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James Cameron sued for $50m over Avatar

James Cameron sued for $50m over Avatar

Jul 1 2013, 10:18am CDT | by

James Cameron is being sued for $50 million by a British artist over claims he stole ideas for the film 'Avatar'. The director - whose 3D blockbuster became the highest grossing movie of all time,...

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James Cameron sued for $50m over Avatar

Jul 1 2013, 10:18am CDT | by

James Cameron is being sued for $50 million by a British artist over claims he stole ideas for the film 'Avatar'.

The director - whose 3D blockbuster became the highest grossing movie of all time, making more than $2.8 billion worldwide - has been accused of ''willful and deliberate copying, dissemination and exploitation'' by artist Roger Dean in a lawsuit filed last week.

Dean is claiming that Cameron must have studied his work before making 'Avatar' and that, in particular, the floating islands and massive trees on the fictional planet of Pandora heavily resemble his own paintings.

In legal documents, the artist - described in the papers as ''an international artist and designer, whose evocative and visionary images created a new genre of work'' - claims Cameron ''studied and referenced his art in preparation for the film''.

The papers continued: ''The similarities of each such work are substantial, continuing, and direct so as to rule out any accidental copying or similarity in scenes common to the genre.''

The artist also pointed out the similarities between the Tree of Life and the Home Tree of Avatar's fictional alien race, the Na'vi, and his works, Pathway and Floating Jungle.

Dean said his claims were backed up by ''numerous comments on the internet''.

Cameron - who won a best director Oscar for his earlier smash hit 'Titanic' - has said publicly that he first came up with the idea for 'Avatar' in 1995.

The director is currently working on two sequels, the first of which is expected to be released in 2015.

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Aug 16 2014 9:07am CDT | Source: imdb

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James Cameron’s ‘Deepsea Challenge 3D’ Can’t Surface An Audience In Specialty Box Office Debut

Aug 10 2014 12:43pm CDT | Source: Deadline

James Cameron’s Deepsea Challenge 3D, a doc sponsored by National Geographic that features box-office king of the world Cameron diving to the deepest spot in the ocean, ran aground on the shoals of audience indifference in its debut in this weekend’s specialty box office.  Deepsea, directed by John Bruno with Ray Quint, opened in more than 300 locations Friday, a relatively big opening debut for a specialty release. But ge ...
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Megan Fox On "Turtles" Sequel, "Fathom" Status

Aug 8 2014 10:34am CDT | Source: Dark Horizons

The reboot of the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" franchise hits today, and actress Megan Fox has been out doing the promotional rounds for the film. Recently she spoke with Screen Rant and surprisingly revealed that Paramount isn't pushing forward with a 'Turtles' sequel just yet. She's not even sure if she's signed up for it: "How many am I signed up for is a go ...
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Zoe Saldana in fighting spirit for Guardians of the Galaxy (with video)

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LOS ANGELES — Zoe Saldana has carved out an impressive career playing sci-fi action characters. For instance, Saldana continues her Neytiri role in the upcoming James Cameron Avatar series while introducing Gamora in the ...
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Q&A: Peter Jackson On His Middle Earth Exit, How The Beatles And Stanley Kubrick Nearly Did LOTR, And A Disguise That Let Him Haunt Comic-Con

Jul 27 2014 9:33pm CDT | Source: Deadline

Peter Jackson is coming to the end of a stay in JRR Tolkien’s Middle Earth that has dominated a quarter of the 53-year old director’s life, right into middle age. The result: three Lord Of The Ring films and two installments of The Hobbit that grossed $4.89 billion in worldwide box office. By the time The Battle Of The Five Armies finale plays out, Jackson’s six films may reached $6 billion, and better the current hardware haul of 17 Oscars including Best Picture for Return ...
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Jul 23 2014 4:09pm CDT | Source: movie pilot

A little while ago I took it upon myself to have a second viewing of Ridley Scott's Prometheus, and while I find the movie to be decent enough, one thing in particular slightly bothered me; the technology.Now, when I say technology I mean both the technology used to create the film, and the technology within the film, why exactly does it all bother me? Allow me to explain.CGI and the Death of Practical Effects:Lets start off with something easy; com ...
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One FX Shot In ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ Took 1030 Iterations

Jul 14 2014 11:00am CDT | Source: slash film

One of my favorite shots in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes involves an ape taking control of a tank and running amuck in post apocalyptic San Francisco. Its great because of the way its presented — the sequence appears to be a single shot mounted from the back of the tank turret. During my conversation with director Matt Reeves, he talked a bit about the frustrating long process of waiting over a year to finally see the final vision realized through completely re ...
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