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  • #16

    Dimanche 3 Janvier 2010 -- La 3D, avenir du septième art ? Au terme d’une année marquée par une fréquentation record des salles de cinéma aux Etats-Unis et en France, le cinéaste d’Hollywood James Cameron parvient à imposer son magistral Avatar en haut du box-office américain. Le film est le plus cher de tous les temps. Le dernier film de James Cameron, Avatar, aura coûté 500 millions de dollars. Il a largement contribué au pot total de 270 000 millions de dollars empochés par les cinémas. Le box-office américain aura passé un excellent Noël avec le week-end le plus lucratif de l’histoire. Les cinémas nord-américains ont enregistré le week-end dernier un record de recettes réalisées en partie grâce à ce nouveau film de science-fiction de James Cameron, d’après la société spécialisée Exhibitor Relations. Il s’agit d’une hausse de quelque 10 millions de dollars par rapport au précédent record réalisé en juillet 2008 lors de la sortie du dernier Batman, le Chevalier noir, selon la même source.

    Long métrage de science-fiction teinté de fable écologique, sorti douze ans après le succès planétaire de Titanic, signé du même James Cameron, Avatar a engrangé quelque 75,6 millions de dollars de recettes, soit presque autant que le week-end précédent. Ces recettes historiques pendant le week-end de Noël ne profitent toutefois pas uniquement à la superproduction de Cameron, dont le coût est estimé à près de 500 millions de dollars. En deuxième place, le film d’action Sherlock Holmes, réalisé par Guy Ritchie et dans lequel Robert Downey Jr incarne le célèbre détective et Jude Law le fidèle Dr Watson, récolte 62,4 millions de dollars. Ces deux films représentent à eux seuls 53 % des entrées dans les cinémas nord-américains entre vendredi et dimanche derniers. Excellent score également pour les écureuils du film pour enfants Alvin et les Chipmunks 2, en troisième position avec 48,9 millions de dollars. Avec quelque 10,3 milliards de dollars de recettes pour l’année, le box-office nord-américain devrait enregistrer un record en 2009, selon Exhibitor Relations. Cameron compte bien marquer l’histoire du cinéma en repoussant les limites technologiques et faire entrer le septième art dans une nouvelle ère, celle de la 3D.

    Avatar est un projet vieux de dix ans, une épopée soutenue par la 20th Century Fox. Le défi du réalisateur, également scénariste et producteur, est de lier à la perfection l’ambitieuse technologie, la 3D, à des prises de vues réelles. Avatar narre les aventures de Jake, un vétéran de guerre paraplégique transporté sur une autre planète, Pandora, habitée par les Na’vi, une race extra-terrestre humanoïde avec sa propre culture et son propre langage. Les Terriens se trouvent alors confrontés les uns aux autres et à la culture locale, alors qu’une guerre intergalactique est sur le point d’éclater. L’histoire est celle d’un ancien marine blessé, qui va être involontairement impliqué dans un projet visant à exploiter cette planète exotique riche en biodiversité. Les habitants de ladite planète mèneront une bataille pour leur survie.

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    • #17

      January 6, 2010 -- James Cameron's Avatar may have smashed box-office records, but it's receiving less-than-stellar reviews from some conservative writers who have panned the movie's blunt political messaging. "I call it the 'liberal tell,' where the early and obvious politics of the film gives away the entire story before the second act begins, and 'Avatar' might be the sorriest example of this yet," wrote conservative movie critic John Nolte. Filmmaker Cameron does little to hide the political nuances in his $230 million hit, which has grossed more than $1 billion worldwide and is on its way to becoming one of the top 10 highest domestic grossing movies of all time. From its portrayal of the corporation that wants to take over the natural resources on the planet Pandora - a not-so-subtle allusion to the likes of Halliburton and defense contractor Blackwater - to distinct religious, anti-war and pro-environment themes, the film's political messaging has rubbed many conservatives the wrong way. "I wasn't infuriated by Avatar. I was infuriated by the way it framed the culture-war debate... as if there are no secular people on the right," Jonah Goldberg, editor-at-large of the National Review, told ABC News. Some conservatives have panned the movie not just for its overt political tones, but its criticism of American actions. "Avatar is a thinly disguised, heavy-handed and simplistic sci-fi fantasy/allegory critical of America from our founding straight through to the Iraq War," wrote Nolte. "It looks like a big-budget animated film with a garish color palette right off a hippie's tie dye shirt."

      The inhabitants of the planet Pandora in the film, the Na'vi, live in harmony with their natural surroundings and have strong faith in the powers of their goddess Eywa. But the RDA corporation, run by humans, sets up shop on Pandora to exploit its mineral resources. It will do anything to obtain Pandora's "nobtainium," even if that means destroying the Na'vi, their habitat and their faith. Some conservative writers say they are outraged by strong religious undertones in the movie. "Like the holiday season itself, the science fiction epic is a crass embodiment of capitalistic excess wrapped around a deeply felt religious message," Conservative writer and blogger Ross Douthat wrote in an op-ed in the New York Times. "Avatar is Cameron's long apologia for pantheism - a faith that equates God with Nature, and calls humanity into religious communion with the natural world." Other themes in the movie have also been the subject of conservatives' ire. Travis Kavulla, an African Studies scholar, argues that the movie's depiction of Na'vi as helpless victims gives a false sense that natives are always in harmony with nature. "When you have this complete alien species presented as a kind of the Hollywood ethics embodiment, I don't find it credible," Kavulla told ABC News. "There's this romantic notion of nature. ... It's just ridiculous to think that most indigenous people are kind of hunter gatherers who don't impact their environment."

      The movie also takes takes a swipe at the Bush administration's war in Iraq, even drawing parallels to the Vietnam war, a move that Goldberg dubbed a cliche. "There are dozens of movies that have taken shots at Bush, starting with 'Star Wars' movies," Goldberg told ABC News. "What's offensive about this is not that it's carrying an ideological agenda. It's that it's so lame. The guy is not even president anymore. ... It's bravery at the cheapest for Cameron to think, if he thinks that, this took courage on his part to make." John Podhoretz, writing a critique for the Weekly Standard, goes so far as to call the movie "anti-American." "The conclusion does ask the audience to root for the defeat of American soldiers at the hands of an insurgency. So it is a deep expression of anti-Americanism-kind of," Podhoretz writes.

      This is certainly not the first time a Hollywood movie has been accused of liberal bias, or criticized for its political undertones. Some critics such as Kavulla say the movie, which is mainly about the 3D special effects, should not be taken seriously. But at the same time, some conservatives say they cannot discount its impact on pop culture. "I think conservatives understand how influential pop culture can be," Kavulla said. "I talk to people who have not seen a movie in theaters in years. Nonetheless they are talking about their excitement ... It is a reinvented way of watching a movie." Those on the political right don't see the movie as controversial - in fact it may be the opposite, Goldberg said - but there is a certain amount of sensitivity about these issues among conservatives. "The special effects really look awesome but the story, regardless of the politic stuff, is salient. ... It's incredibly trite and cliched," said Goldberg said. For his part, Cameron has been unabashedly open about his political intentions. The movie is about how greed and imperialism tend to destroy the environment, in this case the "pristine" environs of Pandora, Cameron said in an interview with NBC's Today show. "It's a way of looking back at ourselves from this other world, seeing what we're doing here."

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      • #18

        January 17, 2010 -- Only three weeks after its release, Avatar, the 3D sci-fi fantasy directed by James Cameron, has overtaken Star Wars to become the third biggest grossing film ever on the U.S. domestic box office charts. Avatar, at $500 million (£308 million) the most costly movie in history , took $41.3 million in the U.S. at the weekend, raising its total to $491.8 million. Worldwide, it has grossed $1.5 billion. This weekend it also became the most successful Imax feature ever. The speed with which Avatar has hurtled up the charts has astonished the cinematic world. Star Wars took years and several reissues to take in $460.9 million in the U.S. Star Wars fans, however, can point out that their favourite is well ahead of Avatar in terms of tickets sold and Avatar has streaked ahead because of today's higher admission prices. Avatar is now homing in on the second spot, The Dark Knight, part of the Batman franchise. After that, Cameron has only himself to catch. His Titanic, which raked in $600 million in the U.S., holds the top slot. Titanic is also top of the heap worldwide, taking in $1.8 billion in 1997 and 1998. On Wednesday, Avatar increased its global take to $1.13 billion to surpass the $1.12 billion notched up by The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, according to Box Office Mojo. Avatar is set in the year 2154 on the distant planet Pandora, which is being colonised by Earthlings in need of a rare mineral called unobtainium, a source of energy that alone can save our planet from extinction. Some commentators have interpreted the film as a metaphor for the destruction of indigenous people – they are slender blue-tinted natives in Avatar – by colonial powers. Despite its popularity, critics have been cutting about Cameron's work. One called it "overlong, dramatically two-dimensional, smug and simplistic. It preaches a sermon about our duty towards the preservation of the environment while leaving the biggest trail of carbon footprints since Godzilla trampled New York."

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        • #19
          Originally posted by Felicity View Post

          saw it today... reminded me alot of fern gully (quality childrens film)....

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