There is a rumor circulating that James Cameron may have copied most of Disney’s Pocahontas story, and simply changed some of the details like the names, place, and a few other details, but made his movie, Avatar, in 3-D to make it sell a lot more tickets.
Take a look at the picture, linked below, to see how similar the stories are. Pocahontas won a lot of awards, which Avatar will probably also win, especially since the stories are pretty much the same.
The 3-D special effects for Avatar may have taken 15 years, but the story took about a day. Avatar may not have been an original story, but neither was Titanic.
I wonder what James Cameron has to say about this.
On December 23 James Cameron had just gotten off his plane, and was walking out to wait for his car, when a fan approached him for an autograph.
Before I even watched the video below I asked "How did this fan know Cameron was going to be getting off an airplane at that time, and at that airport?" I didn’t see any other fans waiting for Cameron. I then wondered if the guy was some sort of stalker. I then watched the video, and saw Cameron say no when the fan asked for a signature.
On December 18 Cameron was interviewed by Dorothy Lucy on Good Day L.A., and he told her:
"I’ll sign as many autographs as people will line up for… The only thing worse than to sign a lot of autographs is to have them not show up."
It sounds to me like Cameron was talking about meeting fans face-to-face somewhere in a controlled environment where fans can line up to get an autograph, not signing autographs for random people, who could be crazy stalkers waiting for him as he got off a plane.
I’m certain most people will think Cameron is a jerk for not obeying the man’s request for an autograph, but there is an appropriate time and a place for those requests, and this didn’t seem to be the time or the place, especially since the fan was the only one asking.
The same guy asking for the autograph then went on to bash Avatar after first saying he was a fan. The so-called fan seemed to be more of a guy wanting a signature for something he’d be selling on eBay later that night. It appeared to me that Cameron used good judgement to rebuff the man’s request for an autograph. The same guy is probably hanging out waiting for celebrities all the time, especially if that airport is LAX.
To put Cameron’s reaction into perspective imagine this. Everytime you leave a Safeway a guy is standing outside asking you for a couple of dollars, and giving you some excuse why he needs the money. The guy is a beggar, or panhandler, who is always standing outside like it is his job, which it probably is. Some people might give the guy money, and other might say no. Cameron said no, which doesn’t make him a grinch. The next celebrity will probably give this guy a signature on something he can sell, or will give the guy a signature after he insults them in front of the cameras to save face. No means no. Cameron doesn’t owe anyone a signature, just like Safeway customers don’t owe a beggar standing outside money if they ask.
If this guy asked for a signature at an event where fans lined up to get a signature, and Cameron then said no, then I’d think Cameron was a jerk.
I saw Avatar over the weekend. Avatar was a great movie when it comes to special effects in 3D, but the story was very weak, at least for me, however, my dad thought the story was great. Avatar is worth seeing, especially at the theater, but only in 3D since this movie was made specifically to be seen in 3D. If you wait to see this movie on DVD you will miss out.
The first official movie trailer for Avatar, which hits theaters on December 18, has been released. The trailer below isn’t very good quality, but there is a much higher quality French MSN version here.
Although Apple has been hyping the download, and viewing, of the trailer from their site here, and the direct download of the HQ version here, the links are dead right now.
From what I’ve see so far I’m not sure yet how good the story is. Even the 3D special effects are leaving me wondering if they can live up to the master of special effects George Lucas of Star Wars fame.
Avatar is one of those movies that HG will see no matter what just to see if it will change how movies are made as James Cameron says it will.
So I got my two free tickets for August 21 to see the movie that is supposed to change how movies are made called Avatar. After I got confirmation my free tickets were waiting I discovered I wasn’t going to see the whole movie free, but instead was going to sit through a 15 minute trailer that only included one additional scene. Almost the exact same trailer will then be shown before other movies the next day, so why would I even waste my time. Granted the screening will be in 3D, and shown on an IMAX screen, but that’s not enough. I expect to see the whole movie, so I can write a review for Hollywood Grind readers.
I want to give the tickets away to someone more interested, but I have to present my I.D. at the door, so it looks like those seats will be empty. If James Cameron wants to spread the word about his movie, he’ll have to offer more than a 15 minute screening that everyone will see anyway.
Avatar will hit theaters on December 18, so I’ll just wait like everyone else.
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