Who did not enjoy Avatar? We learned that anyone whose bomb or trigger happy is antiquated and that virtual Indigenous People all combined into one tribe, painted blue with corn braids and feathers are really all of us who care about saving the planet.
Now Avatar‘s main cast are talking up a sequel. Here’s the main points of what’s been hyped at this early stage:
It’s Out There: “It’s going to be really cool and out there,” Australia’s Sam Worthington tells moviefone.
[Image via Laura Likey]
On James Cameron wanting to be Moses: “He’s still writing what he calls ‘The Bible’ and detailing the world. Once he’s detailed the world — more so than it’s already detailed in his big brain, anyway — then, he said he can write the script, and we can go explore the world. Things like going underwater….going in the floating mountains.”
On the saving the planet theme: “What’s the new dilemma? Is it just humans coming back, or is something even bigger than can threaten them, threaten the world? We can look at our world again, and see that we know we’re hurting the environment, and we know we can do things about it. But what else are we doing that’s wrong…?”
To read more vague thoughts from an actor who has not yet been fed the script that does not yet exist in full, go here to MovieFone. I swear Worthington could be the next Elena Kagan because that interview was pretty impressive at giving away little.
We also have to remember that the novels are meant to be arriving on book shelves before the film (according to James own words) and even before the film script of the sequel is ready. We also have to realize, that James Cameron was last spotted with Andrew Adamson brainstorming the concept of turning Vegas’ acrobats into 3D movie-telling mythological ideas.
James is in no rush to do an Avatar sequel–he’s happy just taking each day as it comes. Smart man.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 12.19.10~
E.M – has this funny pic about how 3D glasses should be used
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 12.8.10~
This is what a Kiwi team of champions looks like.
Pride of Aotearoa/ New Zealand = a pride of acrobats and action stars 2010′s.
Hot dance News/ Family News: Who? Prestige dance group is a group of Kiwi-Polynesian lads.
Hollywood Claim to fame: Jordan Samuel, aka Jay-V is my nephew and namesake. He also dances in this group.
Global Claim to Fame: 1st Place performance at World Supremacy Battlegrounds 2010, South-Pacific.
Skill: Polynesian robotic discipline fused with endless creativity. A new generation arises.
Dance Group Origins: Auckland – The Supercity, North Island, New Zealand.
Creativity: They are self-taught, self-choreographed. The ensemble shines–a Polynesian-Kiwi art form in effect. Community in unison is star.
Vibe: Off the chain.
What should happen: They all should be cast in a 3D action film. So talented. They’ve got mad skills. Put these guys in super hero costumes then film them in 3D. Wow! They’d be amazing. Think Dwayne Johnson x 11.
Rating: Group effort, little budget, focus. High energy. They are self supporting artists. But the Result is 10/10. Awesome! Mighty men.
Demand: Performing in Melbourne Australia and Sydney Australia. Trans-Tasman dance group. Their current self-expression takes the form of dance experts. However, they are all stars in the making.
Very cool. Mauri ‘Ola Prestige. You’re rocking! You make me proud to be a Kiwi.
[Pic: Jordan Samuel Graham (left) hangs out hood-side with his mates. Image Jay-V's own]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 11.22.10~
America hasn’t been forthcoming in providing high profile Asian-American faces in Hollywood texts of entertainment. Why? Who knows.
When needing to broker new markets with either India or China to grow the American economy any Asian faces are worthwhile promoting to show cultural match with these two nations.
Here’s a study of Dan Choi – one of the few Asian-American faces actually allowed to be promoted within America. I’m writing this from Hollywood the weekend that California was successful in brokering a film making partnership with the Indian film industry this week. So at least some gains are being made for America and the economy this week.
If we’re talking about growing Hollywood’s film industry, perhaps Asian action films, as in Bruce Lee proven cross-over film markets appeal, being updated in 3D, are what Hollywood should be seeking to do–to grow the California film industry. Perhaps.
If I was the Governor of California (eg: newly elected Jerry Brown) I would hold meetings with Spielberg and Ang Lee types too and the likes, to suggest California partners with China to remake Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon in 3D, or a movie similar.
As America is too slow, I guess New Zealand filmmakers will have to get on this one instead, to grow the Chinese-Kiwi film industry down under. Actors of the calibre of Yun-Fat Chow and Ziyi Zhang would be very welcome in New Zealand to make their films, I reckon.
Good films with Asian leads should be normal in the world. Asian faces should be seen a lot more than they are in the West. These are my thoughts anyway,blogging today from a humble apartment in Hollywood. Let’s go through bamboo forest in 3D New Zealand–why not?!
With ‘Hollywood Maori King’ Cliff Curtis (a proponent of Mau Rākau traditional Maori martial arts) demonstrating that Maori-Kiwi actors can hold their own in Asian-friendly themed martial arts action films in 3D, there is little risk in this strategy. The film Cliff Curtis last appeared in, The Last Airbender grossed: US$ 121,601,062 domestically within the US and $186,901,861 outside of the US. Or total gross: $318,902,923. Or over one third of New Zealand’s entire Tourism earnings in any given year. Not bad. Which incidentally, is also why Cliff Curtis is still New Zealand’s leading Hollywood Maori King. That’s some box office clout, right there in the future direction of New Zealand cinema in 3D featuring Asians and Asian-American actors and Maori / Kiwi actors too in the leads.
[Image of Dan Choi photographed by Pride Magazine. Image of 3D glasses - sports]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 11.14.10~
Watch clip here.
FLOTUS, Michelle Obama, laid all her American dance moves aside and leaped into some new fun and learning, dancing with young people in India.
Their traditional music, is a little bit hip, as reflected in this dance video too of Beyonce dancing at a block party with arms raised, Indian style also. (Kylie Minogue‘s arm/ hand movements choreography from her new music video Get Outta My Way, a few weeks before Beyonce was filmed, doing Indian-styled hip hop choregraphy, also reflects the same trait. Hands expression in dance is India).
Nice cross-cultural similarities being found and created right now in world history (in arts and cultural performing arts) between America and India with Mrs Obama. Quite novel really, who ever would have thought?
Also Britney Spears Bollywood choreography in her Circus World Tour was also a forward-thinking example of this. The most successful cross-over American artist in India’s history is Michael Jackson (1/4 of all music download in India, is that of MJ’s). Nice to see Michelle Obama going after the Jackson golden trail of cultural appeal that Indians like… in the dance of life that in universally shared by us all.
Janet Jackson also demonstrated this in her no. 1 hit, Runaway -the music video,15-years ago for American women crossing over into India by paying tribute and respect to Indian women’s legacy of dance as performing artists. That clip below. Michelle Obama makes it look so natural and easy for America to dance Indian. Love it, just like the world loves Janet doing the same thing. Mrs Obama is the first First Lady of America to do this. Go Michelle!:
Of course, being a Kiwi I ask the question, what would Bollywood musicals choreography look like, filmed in the colorful magic of 3D cinematic mastery? Now there’s the future of cinema and musical cinema(s) bridge-building cross-culturally smart, right there. A part of it, anyway. Peter Jackson directing a simulation of the Taj Mahal imagery in 3D could be quite hot, when filming action and choreography. Watching Mrs Obama perform in the above clip also reminds me of Avondale, a city in Auckland The Supercity and the culturally rich Kiwi-Indian community of New Zealand. Love them.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 11.8.10~
Alrighty, I am still obsessing on the fact that Michael Jackson as a brand to entertain, still rocks on, because his architecture as an entertaining King, has a life force of it’s own–with or without him.
That’s nuts. For a fragile dude, he sure built a solid kingdom of entertainment to model. Look at this stuff fly. It’s the real deal of a King. Dance is celebrated in these images of art and performance. Monarch butterflies and Doves feature too.
These are the symbols that Jackson’s children and Miss Janet Jackson – MJ’s sister, are presenting to his fans and the world.
There is no more successful American who proved they could cross over and appeal to India, like Michael Jackson. He “lived beyond color lines, geographical borders and boundaries” to paraphrase his sister’s Rhythm Nation lyrics.
He was cross-cultural, all people he saw as being the same. As a culture maker, and America’s King of Pop he saw his role as creating symbology for his fans, so that they could have a sense of global culture that resonated with them all.
Seriously though, as New Zealand is the nation that creates Jackson-Taylor Monarchs in 3D in the 2010′s of cinema mastery –we perhaps need a ‘royal cinematic meeting of entertainment minds’ with one of MJ’s kids or his nieces or nephews (we’re not fussy), to star in our Hobbit films, to cement that point. What a cool idea.
Let me play ‘stand in’ Hollywood casting agent on this one… We’ll go for Blanket Jackson thanks, as a Hobbit prince of Latino descent. :)Having seen both Michael and Janet Jackson both perform live in concert in Auckland at Mt Smart Stadium, New Zealand with friend, Trinity Brooke, I think Blanket would rock, following in the footsteps of the family, in a Hobbit film shot in 3D and Middle Earth. Imagine that! A real Jackson Hobbit too. Perfect!
Enjoy these images, from Blanket’s Estates’ one page ad in the LA Times today. A paper that services a city and associated cities of 20 million people.
[Image of Dame Elizabeth Taylor. Patron Saint portrait at The Abbey, West Hollywood, hung over fire's heat--Horiwood.Com's own like the hearth and kiln of a Queen. Music: Janet Jackson singing Nothing (Trust in Me)]. “Cherish each moment as if it’s your last. Nothing is more important than the one’s we love. Trust in me.”–lyrics paraphrased.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 11.4.10~
America Today – looks like this, from the front page of the Los Angeles Times – Entertainment Capitol of the World.
The LA Times, paints a picture of A Pontificating American King – in President Barack Obama.
Where did I/We/ Whatevz “f*ck up” – is not a good look, especially for a man whose in the hot throne seat, a burning throne he inherited, only two years ago.
This man needs our support not our lynching tendencies. Lynch pin politics are found in New Zealand. A problem solving nation, we always like to help. Soultions are us. Encouragement is Key. Go Obama! Rock it out brotha. Nothing to lose.
If you want to know what NZ thinks about this, check out this post, for one answer. I like the proven source, where it comes from.
In New Zealand we share everything with our brown people – that way, we don’t get shellacked.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 11.4.10~
STEVE McQUEEN’S THE BLOB GLOWING IN 3D – HAPPY HALLOWEEN DR BRUCE BRYAN MD – MOONLIGHTING SCREENWRITER
Gosh, sounds like anyone whose ever immigrated to America–the land of consumption and gumption to entertain and turn on a show.
My family doctor in America, although he’s based in Beijing, China most of the year (yeah! It’s like don’t get sick, ever!) is also writing a screen play based partially on The Blob.
The cool thing about the doc’s screenplay, is that everything blobbish and jelly-like in his screenplay is going to glow luminescent. Alien’s are going to get the glow treatment make over, so it’s a very exciting concept and idea. Sounds like a 3D filmmaking opportunity to me. A cool Hollywood movie idea.
This one’s for Dr Bruce Bryan MD and Matthew Bryan MD in training and families. They’re the coolest.
[Image: used with permission, Ella and Dempsey at Weideman Gallery, turn on a Halloween romance for fun, West Hollywood. Cute couple on Halloween. God I love America!].
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 10.31.10~
Gotta hand it to her, Laina Darling/ Laina Cheung has got a handle on the future of fun 3D glasses for Wellywood filmmaking in the 2010′s and beyond.
These glasses she’s rocking with her Kiwi Posse could do with a wee bit of hobbit hair though perhaps. Chubbier fingers, couldn’t hurt either. Come on now!
Always fun playing Entertainment-Franchising-FobnessING ideas with Ms Cheung. She’s the coolest. Laina Darling incites creativity. A gift.
Hey! EFFING 3D Hobbit glasses. Yes! TM that. Triple rings round this idea. Wellywood 3D filmmaking, here comes Laina Darling.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 10.29.10~
Writes Kylie Mac of Wellywood & Hollywood – “Tax incentives, NZ contribution money & law change seal the deal between NZ & Warner Bros/The Hobbit.. Makes me wonder the old 80′s Aretha Franklin question; ‘Who’s Zooming Who?’. (Thx for link Kris:) http://www.odt.co.nz/news/national/133632/tax-break-and-law-change-seal-hobbit-deal
[Image: Bollywood Star Deepika Padukone Cannes courtesy of Web, Documentary still Colin McKenzie of Forgotten Silver by Sir Peter Jackson. Music - retro Kids Incoporated singing Aretha Franklin - Queen of Soul from the late 80's. Hollywood's Mario Lopez on drums in this clip is Lol too!]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 10.27.10~
“In a world full of despair, you must still dare to believe”–imagination: Michael Jackson, King of Pop.
Michael Jackson, earned $275 million posthumously for his estate. His star template for entertainment distribution and spin off merch – is still America’s star template all emulate.
GK Films are negotiating to develop a feature film around MJ’s Thriller.
GK are driving the film pitch but Fox 2000, Mandate/Lionsgate and Summit Entertainment are bidding too. The film budget is expected to make $50 million.
The song’s folklore, involving Vincent Price and the town he grew up in–is the basis of the film’s narrative’s plot line.
Thriller songwriter Rod Temperton is up in this mix too. Meanwhile, Cirque du Soleil is in talks to do two live shows based on Jackson’s music.
Montecito partners Ivan Reitman and Tom Pollock are developing a film that focuses on MJ’s earlier years as The King of Pop. Peter Schlessel -head of GK films is leading producing efforts on this film idea.
While at Sony Pictures Entertainment, Schlessel made the deal for This Is It!, a big earner for SPE, and it is likely that GK Films will distribute Thriller through its SPE output deal. UTA reps Garelick and Reel Effects, while Paradigm reps Ortega.
This report via Mike Fleming.
My thoughts are – if MJ was using 3D film technology in his This is It! Tour visual arts armory — shouldn’t this film be shot in 3D, like the future of Bollywood film?
Distribution: If Hollywood wants a piece of India’s entertainment than this is a good idea. No other artist has been downloaded more times than MJ in India’s entertainment history of music sales. 24% of all songs in India downloaded are MJ songs. Really Summit Entertainment should bid big, as they are the leading ‘werewolf’/ wolf pack kids in Hollywood.
We live in an age of the 3D Jackson Estate still furthering entertainment models and distributon strategies for American Ent. I dig. Before Jackson died he was all about Thinking Green to save the earth’s enviroment – and he was doing this in 3D.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 10.27.10~