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James Cameron Breaks Silence on Endgame Beating Avatar as Biggest Movie Ever

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Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige announced the news that Avengers: Endgame had become the highest grossing movie of all time at Comic-Con this summer. The timing was perfect and Marvel Cinematic Universe fans celebrated all over the world. James Cameron’s Avatar had held that record since 2009 and the director held it even before then with 1997’s Titanic. The director was in Australia shooting the Avatar sequels when he received the news, which led to a quick congratulatory social media message to Marvel Studios and the Russo Brothers. Now, Cameron reveals how he really felt about his record getting beat.

As of this writing, Avengers: Endgame has earned 2.79 billion, which eclipsed Avatar‘s $2.78 billion this summer. James Cameron is a competitive director. He has proven this time and time again over the years. So, was he upset that his Avatar box office record was crushed by a comic book movie? As it turns out, the news made him pretty happy about the future of movies. James Cameron had this to say about learning about Avengers: Endgame becoming the highest grossing movie of all time.

“It gives me a lot of hope. Avengers: Endgame is demonstrable proof that people will still go to movie theaters. The thing that scared me most about making Avatar 2 and Avatar 3 was that the market might have shifted so much that it simply was no longer possible to get people that excited about going and sitting in a dark room with a bunch of strangers to watch something.”

There have been talks about rereleasing Avatar before the sequels hit theaters, which could give it the extra edge to beat Avengers: Endgame as the biggest movie of all time. However, James Cameron has his eyes set on the releases of Avatar 2 and Avatar 3 and wonders if they’ll be able to capture the success of the first installment or at the very least, come close to it. With the way the box office has started to fall off more each year, the director is unsure. He explains.

“Will Avatar 2 and 3 be able to create that kind of success in the zeitgeist? Who knows. We’re trying. Maybe we do, maybe we don’t, but the point is, it’s still possible. I’m happy to see it, as opposed to an alternate scenario where, with the rapid availability, custom-designed experience that everybody can create for themselves with streaming services and all the different platforms, that (theatrical potential) might not have existed anymore.”

Avengers: Endgame has proven to James Cameron that the box office juggernaut still exists. Disney has been proving that a lot over the last few years, though they haven’t been able to fully resuscitate the entire industry singlehandedly. With the rise of streaming at the epic shows telling stories over the course of 10+ hours, Cameron is a bit worried about the future of cinema, though he isn’t opposed to doing something for the small screen. He had this to say.

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“I’m just glad it still exists because I’m all about the big screen… Not that I wouldn’t do something for streaming where you can get into the characters in a different way but what I love the most to do is to create that completely kind of subsuming experience where you turn off your phone and you engage. You as an audience member engage for two hours or two and a half hours, whatever it is. And that still exists!”

James Cameron still has a love of the big screen experience and he wants it to survive and evolve. Potential moviegoers have so much at their fingertips that it’s hard to compete with streaming when you can watch something from the comfort of your own home. But, nothing beats the excitement of experiencing something new and positive in a theater full of other movie fans, and Cameron knows that. The interview with James Cameron was originally conducted by Deadline.

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Megan Fox Says She And Amanda Seyfried Were ‘Horrified’ To Make Out In Jennifer’s Body

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Throughout Hollywood’s history, there have been tons of movies that originally slipped through the cracks before being embraced by audiences years later. Such is the story with Jennifer’s Body. The horror film starring Megan Fox opened in theaters ten years ago to poor reviews and fell flat with audiences with its $31 million box office earnings.

Jennifer’s Body writer Diablo Cody, who famously wrote hit comedy Juno before the now cult horror classic, cites some unfortunate marketing as the reason for Jennifer’s Body flopping. Since Megan Fox was at the height of her sex symbol status, the studio focused on objectifying the actress to sell tickets to young men over the film’s target to women on themes of female sexualization and queer representation. Perhaps it was ahead of it’s time?

Thinking back, Megan Fox remembers her and Mamma Mia’s Amanda Seyfried being timid to film one scene in Jennifer Body where the two friends make out on a bed, revealing a rare instance of bisexuality on the big screen. In Fox’s words:

Now these are the behind-the-scenes things you don’t think about! Make-out scenes such as the one between Megan Fox and Amanda Seyfried in Jennifer’s Body have the camera getting as intimate with the viewer as the actors on screen. And for the two young women, the idea of baring all their blemishes was the most terrifying aspect of filming the sequence.

Counterpoint, I don’t think anyone was looking for chin acne or even thinking about that during the steamy sequence! However, it was scenes such as this one that was particularly used in the marketing of Jennifer’s Body to entice male theatergoers and largely ignore the film’s intended audience. Megan Fox told Variety in the tenth-anniversary interview that the film was sold as the ‘Megan Fox is sexy, come see this movie,’ when there was more than met the eye.

Diablo Cody also remembers predicting the film’s flop fate during a test screening with the film’s marketing target. She has one of the responses saved to this day, which read “needs moar bewbs.” Since 2009, Hollywood has certainly shifted its focus and a movie like Jennifer’s Body may have been marketed different and reached its intended audience.

Since the failure of Jennifer’s Body, Diablo Cody has moved on with critically-acclaimed projects such as Young Adult, Tully and television show United States of Tara, while Megan Fox and Amanda Seyfried have found successful careers, with Jennifer’s Body remaining a deep cut (hidden gem?) during their acting beginnings.

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Far From Home Concept Art Reveals A Terrifying Mysterio Vision

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Although he was advertised and depicted at the start of Spider-Man: Far From Home as a superhero from a parallel universe, Jake Gyllenhaal’s Quentin Beck, a.k.a. Mysterio, eventually showed his true colors and proved to be the same kind of manipulative, sinister ne’er-do-well that he is in the comics. Mysterio’s illusion-casting abilities were best on display during Far From Home when he assaulted Peter Parker with a series of visions in Berlin, and below you’ll find a particularly terrifying illusion that didn’t make the cut.

A warning to the arachnophobes out there, this truly is the stuff of nightmares.

Marvel Visual Development artist Henrik Tamm shared this artwork he created of Peter Parker confronting a group of gigantic spiders during Mysterio’s bombardment of illusions. And lest you think these spiders simply loomed large and were around to look intimidating, Tamm posted some other pieces of concept art on Instagram showing the Web-Slinger being forced to battle the arachnids and even becoming trapped by them, as seen below.

I know ‘usage of spiders’ isn’t criteria the MPAA takes into consideration when rating a movie, but if this illusion had made it into the final version of Spider-Man: Far From Home, I wouldn’t have blinked learning the movie had been rated R. Seeing a zombie Iron Man emerge from the grave is one thing, but having Peter fighting giant spiders would have been a way more frightening sight, and probably wouldn’t have sat well with the younger folks in the audience.

So while artistically this would have been cool to see in Spider-Man: Far From Home, I can understand why it ultimately wasn’t included. Or maybe scariness had nothing to do with it, and this spider sequence was simply a casualty of keeping a tighter running time. Either way, it was a cool, albeit unsettling idea to have Peter Parker confront the very creatures he’s modeled his superhero career after.

Mysterio has been antagonizing Spider-Man in the comics for over five decades, but Spider-Man: Far From Home marked his theatrical debut (apparently there were plans to feature him in Sam Raimi’s cancelled Spider-Man 4, though Bruce Campbell wouldn’t have played him). Thanks to Jake Gyllenhaal’s performance and the big twist surrounding the character, he certainly ranks as one of the more memorable Spider-Man film villains, especially for that mid-credits shocker, where before dying, Quentin Beck framed Spider-Man for murder and revealed to the world that he was Peter Parker.

Granted, if Jake Gyllenhaal’s Mysterio is as skilled at trickery as his comic book counterpart is, then there’s the chance he could still be alive and return in a future movie. But even if he is truly dead, he’s thrown the life of Tom Holland’s Peter Parker off course in a way that can’t be undone without some kind of worldwide, magical memory wipe (wait, that sounds familiar).

That sets up big things to come for this Spider-Man film series, although one can imagine some changes will need to be changed given the recent Disney/Sony split that’s resulted in Spidey being removed from the MCU. That setback aside, Sony is pushing ahead with another tale centered on Tom Holland’s iteration of the character, and the studio is reportedly looking to have Jon Watts sit back in the director’s chair.

Spider-Man: Far From Home is now available on Digital HD, and you can pick up a Blu-ray/DVD copy on October 1. Keep track of when the remainder of this year’s movies are coming out in our 2019 release schedule.

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With No Movies On His Plate, Kevin Hart In Therapy And ‘Grateful’ To Be Alive

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Actor and comedian Kevin Hart was in a major car accident earlier this month when the 1970 Plymouth Barracuda he was riding in went off the road. Fortunately, Kevin Hart survived the crash, although he suffered serious back injuries that required surgery. Now, with no movies on his plate, Kevin Hart is in therapy and ‘grateful’ to be alive.

According to TMZ, Kevin Hart is feeling “shocked” recovering following the crash and quite “grateful” to be alive. He has apparently seen the photos of the completely destroyed car he emerged from and can’t believe that anyone survived. So the actor is thankful to be alive and feels that he has “a new perspective on life” following such an ordeal that could have easily been much, much worse.

Kevin Hart is a prolific actor and comedian who is always busy with some new project. So although he always has stuff lined up, there was apparently nothing on his plate work-wise in the immediate future, which will allow him time to take a break and focus on his recovery. Because while his career is obviously important, it is secondary to his health, and he’s reportedly not worried about his accident impacting his career in any way.

The actor has allegedly been in a lot of pain, which is completely understandable, but thankfully, he is apparently expected to pretty much make a full recovery. It’ll just take some time and with no movies on his plate right now, he has that time.

Following the car accident and subsequent surgery, Kevin Hart spent 10 days in the hospital before beginning his physical rehabilitation in an inpatient facility. He is home now and has a long road of rehab ahead of him, working with a physical therapist to help him heal and rebound. Fortunately he’s already in good shape and that gym rat work ethic should be an asset in his recovery journey.

Although far from the primary concern, we had heard that Kevin Hart had a movie potentially in limbo following his accident. He has finished work on Jumanji: The Next Level and Fatherhood, but his film My Own Worst Enemy from director Tim Story was said to be in pre-production.

Kevin Hart will be in physical rehab for several months, but the fact that he has nothing immediate on his plate may indicate that My Own Worst Enemy will not be setback by his accident, although we’ll have to wait and see for sure. Maybe The Rock can just fill in for him wherever needed, like he did when he left his honeymoon early to appear on Kelly Clarkson’s talk show.

After suffering serious injuries and what seemed like a near brush with death, it’s great to hear that Kevin Hart is in good spirits and feeling positive and hopefully he’ll get back to doing what he does best sooner rather than later.

Kevin Hart will next appear on the big screen in Jumanji: The Next Level, in theaters on December 13. Check out our 2019 Release Schedule to keep track of all the biggest movies coming this fall and for the latest movie news, stay tuned to CinemaBlend.

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