December 22nd, 2010
04:58 PM ET
Even among the movies that have been pirated, “Avatar” takes the top spot.
The Oscar-winning film - already the highest-grossing movie of all time after pulling in $2.8 billion at the global box office - was the most pirated movie of 2010 having been downloaded from torrent websites 16,580,000 million times, according to TorrentFreak.com. Never before has TorrentFreak seen that many downloads of a movie within one year, the website reports.
“Avatar” was followed by “Kick-Ass,” this spring’s super-hero movie starring Aaron Johnson, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Chloe Moretz, that had some kick ass attitude. It earned a modest $48 million at the box office, but the film was downloaded from torrent sites 11.4 million times.
October 28th, 2010
10:10 AM ET
Forget Cleopatra – it's all about Pandora for director James Cameron.
Though he had hoped to direct Angelina Jolie in a 3-D biopic about the Queen of the Nile, Cameron will now have his hands full with not one, but two sequels to his 2009 blockbuster "Avatar," according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The first "Avatar," starring Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, and Sigourney Weaver, told the story of a greedy corporation trying to rob the moon Pandora and its blue Na'vi people of the rich mineral unobtainium. The 3-D sensation went on to gross $2.8 billion worldwide.
August 27th, 2010
01:00 AM ET
Oh, “Avatar.” Even though you give some of us the blues, we still can’t quit you.
Thankfully, James Cameron and 20th Century Fox heard the plea of fans who were craving more from the alien universe he created – in 3-D, of course – and so the studio is releasing “Avatar: Special Edition” only in theaters equipped with digital 3D, which includes IMAX.
To be clear, this isn’t the exact same “Avatar” that was released last December – there’s a whole extra nine minutes in this version.
June 25th, 2010
12:38 PM ET
“Avatar” may not have won the Oscar for best film this year, but it did sweep the 36th annual Saturn Awards.
The James Cameron film took home 10 trophies, including best science fiction film presented by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films at the Castaway restaurant in Burbank according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The sci-fi mega-hit also earned best actor and actress honors for its stars Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana.
April 26th, 2010
02:16 PM ET
James Cameron’s sci-fi epic “Avatar” has become the top-selling DVD release of the year after just four days on the market, according to the LA Times.
Four million DVDs and 2.7 million Blu-rays have been sold since the film’s Thursday release (which was timed strategically to coincide with Earth Day), and that combined total easily breaks the previous record set by “The Twilight Saga: New Moon,” which just over 4 million units when it debuted on DVD in March, according to a Summit Entertainment press release.
“Avatar” also topples the Blu-ray DVD sales record previously held by “The Dark Knight,” which sold 2.5 million Blu-ray copies since its release 16 months ago.
Unlike those astronomical box office numbers - the movie has grossed 2.7 billion worldwide - the DVD sales were made without the help of 3-D.
April 15th, 2010
06:06 PM ET
Out of all the movies in 2009, three made the cut on Yahoo! Movies list of "100 Movies to See Before You Die: The Modern Classics," and they're all notably familiar from awards circuit coverage: James Cameron's 3-D gold mine "Avatar", Quentin Tarantino's "Inglourious Basterds" and Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow's "The Hurt Locker."
The movies - all of which were made between 1990 and 2009 - were chosen based on their artistry, originality, and pure cinematic entertainment, Yahoo! said in a statement. This is what creates an interesting mix of critically acclaimed features ("Brokeback Mountain; "American Beauty") with movies that were more embraced by the moviegoers themselves ("There's Something About Mary"; "The Big Lebowski").
The list also highlights some movies that are not only generation-defining, but also have scripts that just beg to be quoted at random, such as1995's "Clueless" or 2004's "Anchorman." And of course, more obvious choices from the past two decades, like "Goodfellas," "Silence of the Lambs," "Fargo" and "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," were included.
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