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‘Avatar’ Theme Land Headed to Disney Parks

Source: The Hollywood Reporter, by Alex Ben Block

The first themed “land” will be built at Disney World in Orlando, Florida, with construction expected to start by 2013.

The blue people are coming to Disney.

Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Worldwide has sealed a deal with filmmaker James Cameron and producer Jon Landau, Fox and Cameron’s Lightstorm Entertainment to create themed attractions at Disney parks based on the 2009 movie.

The first themed “land” will be built at Disney World in Orlando, Florida, with construction expected to start by 2013.

The first Avatar attraction will be inside the Animal Kingdom park. Disney said this was chosen because “with its emphasis on living in harmony with nature, Animal Kingdom is a natural fit for the Avatar stories, which share the same philosophy.”

Cameron and Landau, through Lightstorm, will be creative consultants and partner with Walt Disney Imagineering in the design and development of the Avatar attractions, which eventually will be at other Disney parks worldwide as well.

The deal is exclusive to Disney, which plans to roll out other Avatar attractions over time. Some of that will depend on discussions with joint venture partners on parks outside the U.S.

The parks will not only play off the huge hit movie which dominated the box office for months in 2010, but also benefit from the release to two more movies now in pre-production. Cameron has announced plans to release those movies at Christmas 2014 followed by the second at Christmas 2015.

Avatar was a movie that broke new ground in terms of presentation and technology, especially in the use of 3D. It is expected that the theme park attractions will also use that technology and new innovations to engage park visitors.

“James Cameron is a groundbreaking filmmaker and gifted storyteller who shares our passion for creativity, technological innovation and delivering the best experience possible,” said Robert A. Iger, President and CEO of The Walt Disney Company. “With this agreement, we have the extraordinary opportunity to combine James’ talent and vision with the imagination and expertise of Disney.”

Avatar created a world which audiences can discover again and again and now, through this incredible partnership with Disney, we’ll be able to bring Pandora to life like never before. With two new Avatar films currently in development, we’ll have even more locations, characters and stories to explore,” said James Cameron.  “I’m chomping at the bit to start work with Disney’s legendary Imagineers to bring our Avatar universe to life.  Our goal is to go beyond current boundaries of technical innovation and experiential storytelling, and give park goers the chance to see, hear, and touch the world of Avatar with an unprecedented sense of reality.”

“This exciting new venture combines the world of Avatar with the enormous reach of Disney and the incomparable talent of Jim Cameron,” said Fox Filmed Entertainment chairmen Jim Gianopulos and Tom Rothman.  “While Jim is bringing audiences further into Pandora with the next two chapters in the Avatar motion picture saga, the theme park attraction will likewise bring a new dimension to the amazing universe he created.”

Avatar is a uniquely powerful franchise that has global appeal with audiences of all ages. Its spectacular settings, intriguing characters, imaginative creatures, and strong themes of family and loyalty make it a perfect fit for Disney,” said Thomas O. Staggs, Chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. “We can’t wait to give our guests the ability to journey to Pandora and explore the incredible immersive world of Avatar in person.”

SDCC Exclusive #13: James Cameron’s Avatar The Final Battle – Avatar Jake Sully vs Colonel Miles Quaritch Figures

James Cameron’s Avatar™ The Final Battle – Avatar Jake Sully vs Colonel Miles Quaritch Figures
Comic-Con Price: $40

This set marks the first pairing of a 6″ N’avi figure with a 3-3/4″ RDA figure. Features include a new head on Jake, new broken window parts on the Amp Suit, and an all-new deco. Miles includes a gas mask.

‘Avatar’ is No. 1 movie of all time


It was only a matter of time – 47 days, to be precise.

According to the box office tally site Boxofficemojo.com, “Avatar” is now the highest-grossing movie of all time domestically. The James Cameron film’s business now stands at $601.1 million, ahead of the $600.8 million Cameron’s “Titanic” did back in 1997-98.

Moreover, “Titanic” took 252 days to top out; “Avatar,” which has been the biggest movie in the country since its mid-December release, is still No. 1 and shows little sign of flagging (and those nine Oscar nominations won’t hurt).

The film is already the global box office leader, having topped “Titanic’s” $1.8 billion-plus last week.

Yes, there’s been a lot of teeth-grinding over what this means. Yes, tickets for “Avatar” cost more than “Titanic,” or “Star Wars,” or “Gone With the Wind.” Yes, the film is still down the list if you adjust for inflation. But credit where credit is due: “Avatar” was a monumental gamble – its budget is the kind of thing that can cripple studios – and it’s paid off, both critically and commercially. James Cameron has got the golden touch.

Source: The Marquee Blog, CNN.com

Product Preview: Avatar Giclee Limited Edition (Pre-Order)

Since Avatar will be the #1 grossing movie of all time in the next few days, I thought I would do a product preview on the limitd edition Avatar Giclee. So, if James Cameron asks for a $300 million dollar budget on his next film, do you think he will get it now that he has the #1 and #2 movies of all time?

Check with Dan at the store to see if we are getting these in stock at customerservice@toyanxiety.com.

‘Aerial Battle’

Framed Giclee on Paper
Fine Art Print

Limited Edition: 150

Manufactured by: Acme Archives

Price: US $549.99 (Sideshow Collectibles)

  • Item Status:
    pre-order

Sideshow Collectibles is proud to present the limited edition fine art AVATAR print collectibles from ACME Archives. These giclee prints each feature custom matting and framing specially designed for each piece by Parker Jordan Fine Art.

The ‘Aerial Battle’ Fine Art Print features:

  • Limited Edition Giclee on Paper

  • 125 piece hand-numbered edition

  • Comes with Certificate of Authenticity

  • Print measurements: 10″ H x 21″ W

  • Size (Including Frame): 14″ H x 26″ W x 2″ D

James Cameron takes us to a spectacular new world beyond our imagination, where a reluctant hero embarks on a journey of redemption, discovery and unexpected love as he leads a heroic battle to save a civilization. Conceived 14 years ago and over four years in the making, this epic action-adventure-fantasy breaks new ground in delivering a fully immersive, emotional story and reinvents the moviegoing experience.The visual scope of the aerial battle between RDA and the Na’vi was motivated by epic military campaigns of the 20th century. By seamlessly integrating the elements of familiar gunship warfare in an otherworld environment, illustrator Ryan Church achieved in this design the film’s standard of balance between reality and fantasy.

Avatar Moves to No. 2 with Record Sixth Weekend

The Avatar juggernaut rolled on this weekend, as it left The Dark Knight in its wake to become the second-highest grossing movie in North America box office history, according to Fox’s estimates released on Sunday morning. Its $36 million haul is the biggest sixth weekend in history, and its still earning about $10 million a weekend than Titanic was a this stage of its run, so the all-time record is now assured.

Avatar’s international gross reached an estimated $1.288 billion over the weekend, putting it just just $2 million behind Titanic’s all-time record. Once full figures are in, it may actually have topped the record, and, if not, it will surely do so on Monday.

Hello from the Great White North!

Club PenguinThe weather in Phoenix has been over 100 degrees, so I took a small trip to visit my friends at Disney Online Studios – Club Penguin in Kelowna, British Columbia and enjoy the 55 degree days and the beautiful lake. For those of you not familar with Club Penguin, it is a snow-covered, virtual world where children play games and interact with friends in the guise of colourful penguin avatars.  

Players create a penguin and explore the snow-covered island of Club Penguin, engaging in a variety of fun and imaginative activities. Players can chat, send greeting cards, use emotes (emotion icons), or choose from a set of pre-defined actions such as waving or dancing. Users can also attend theme parties and special events, take on a role in the latest stage play, adopt and care for a cute and cuddly puffle pet, and play games to earn virtual coins which can be used to design the perfect igloo and create hundreds of outfits for their penguin. New content is added every week.

Club Penguin is designed for 6-14-year-olds but is open to all ages.

Click on the picture of the penguin to visit their virtual world.

San Diego Comic Con Movie Preview Photo – Avatar

James Cameron

A paraplegic ex-marine war veteran is unwillingly sent to establish a human settlement on the distant planet of Pandora, only to find himself battling humankind alongside the planet’s indigenous Na’vi race in this ambitious, digital 3-D sci-fi epic from Academy Award-winning Titanic director James Cameron. The film, which marks Cameron’s first dramatic feature since 1997’s Titanic, will be shot on the proprietary FUSION digital 3-D cameras developed by Cameron in collaboration with Vince Pace, and will offer a groundbreaking mix of live-action dramatic performances and computer-generated effects. Australian actor Sam Worthington stars as the reluctant human settler Jake Sully, with actress Zoe Saldana signing on to portray the local woman who enters into a romantic affair with the hero. The revolutionary motion-capture system created for the film allows the facial expressions of actors to be captured as a virtual camera system enables them to see what their computer-generated counterparts will be seeing in the film, and Peter Jackson’s Oscar-winning Weta Digital visual effects house has been hired to supervise Avatar’s complex visual effects. Joel Moore, Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang, and Michelle Rodriguez round out the cast. ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide