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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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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

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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 ...
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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

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Official: ‘Transformers: Age Of Extinction’ Breaks ‘Avatar’s China Record As Highest-Grossing Film Ever

Jul 9 2014 11:57am CDT | Source: Deadline

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After 12 days of release (and a bit of confusion over official numbers) Michael Bay’s Transformers: Age Of Extinction now has the distinction of passing Avatar as the highest-grossing film ever in China. With $225.1M (1,396M RMB), the movie has bested James Cameron’s record of $221.9M that was set in 2010. On Tuesday, Chinese research firm Ent Group reported that the Autobots had overtaken the Na’vi as of July 6 with $222.74M, but Paramount has just weighed in with its offi ...
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Transformers 4 Now Highest Grossing Movie in China Ever

Jul 9 2014 10:57am CDT | Source: movie pilot

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Paramount might be having a hard time with some of their Chinese sponsors, but I very doubt they're regretting getting involved in the Chinese movie industry. As of yesterday, Transformers: Age of Extinction is now the highest grossing movie in China. Ever.This is pretty big deal considering China has its own, somewhat insulated movie industry, and until this week, local hit Lost In Thailand was sitting in second place. Last weekend Transformers 4 took second place and then com ...
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Christopher Nolan Explains Why Movie Theaters Are Changing and Where They're Heading

Jul 8 2014 6:00pm CDT | Source: movies.com

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Christopher Nolan lives alongside the likes of James Cameron, Steven Spielberg, George Lucas and Quentin Tarantino in the rarefied stratosphere of filmmakers who can command the entire movie industry's attention every time they make a statement. And so if he's going to take the time to write an editorial in The Wall Street Journal, it's a good idea to hear him out. So what's Nolan up in arms about now? Well, unlike Spielberg, Lucas and Taranti ...
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John Cusack Picks Up Dragon Blade

Jun 15 2014 12:56pm CDT | Source: Empire Online

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With Adrien Brody in Jackie Chan's latestA $65 million price tag might seem like chump change to the likes of James Cameron, but Dragon Blade’s budget makes it one of the three most expensive films shot in China. With Jackie Chan in the lead, the producers are aiming for even more international appeal, hiring John Cusack and Adrien Brody to co-star.Daniel Lee is busy marshalling the troops for this one, a period action film that blends Roman soldier ...
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Jason Momoa Is Aquaman in ‘Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice’

Jun 14 2014 2:10am CDT | Source: Slash Film

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 Jason Momoa has been cast as Aquaman in the Zack Snyder‘s Man of Steel sequel/Justice League prequel Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice. Hitfix has confirmed the long rumored casting, and claims Snyder has “already finalized his designs for the character so shooting can take place soon.” Find out more about the new Aquaman Jason Momoa after the jump.   I’ve theorized for some time that Batman’s reason for showing up in Metropolis looking for a fight with Superman might have something to ...
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Author Don Winslow Jumps To Knopf From S&S; His ‘Power Of The Dog’ To Be Helmed By ‘Dragon Tattoo’ Scribe Nikolaj Arcel

Jun 9 2014 10:26am CDT | Source: Deadline

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EXCLUSIVE: Don Winslow, the author of bestselling crime novels that include Savages, The Power Of The Dog and The Winter Of Frankie Machine, has left Simon & Schuster to return to Random House’s Knopf imprint. He has signed a fat two-book deal there. Winslow has delivered the first novel and will turn in the second in July. No titles or details are known just yet. The deal was made directly by Knopf Chairman and Editor-in Chief Sonny Mehta, and who can blam ...
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7 weeks ago

Astrophysicist Tyson's Top 10 Sci-Fi Films

Jun 8 2014 6:15pm CDT | Source: dark horizons

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Famed astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has been very vocal about his problems with the scientific inaccuracies of Alfonso Cuaron's "Gravity". Recently speaking with The LA Times, he was asked for a list of his ten favorite sci-fi films. There's the original versions of "The Day the Earth Stood Still" and "Planet of the Apes," Stanley Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey," James Cameron's ...
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