Avatar 2 set to start filming

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James Cameron’s Avatar became the highest-grossing movie in the world and now the plans are the works to make a sequel to the film.

Cameron has confirmed that he will make Avatar 2, 3, and 4 with the first sequel due to begin filming in October 2014. Avatar 2 will be released in December 2016 with the third installment to hit theatres in December 2017 and the final in December 2018.

Stephen Lang will reprise his role as Colonel Miles Quatrich, despite seeming to have died in the first Avatar film.

The first Avatar film was released in 2009 and made over $2.7 billion worldwide making it the biggest money earning film of all time and was nominated for several Academy Awards including Best Director for Cameron. The award eventually went to Cameron’s ex-wife for directing The Hurt Locker.

It appears that former Governor of California Arnold Schwarzeneggar is interested in the films. It has been reported that he is being sought to play the role of a human general in the films.

The pair has previously worked on Terminator, Terminator 2, and True Lies together.

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Toronto Film Festival favourites

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The F Word”, “August: Osage County”, “Dallas Buyers Club”, and “Don Hemingway” are some of the movies that have made their debut at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival (read here other news).

“August: Osage County” and “Dallas Buyers Club” are being considered hopefuls for next year’s annual Academy Awards.

“August: Osage County” stars Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts and is the story of the Westons who have been brought together by family tragedy to their home in Osage County.

Streep plays Violet Weston who is stricken with cancer and is addicted to painkillers for quite some time while Roberts plays her eldest daughter who is annoyed by her. The movie has gotten mixed reviews by critics.

“The F Word” stars Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe and is a romantic comedy which has received positive reviews.

In Don Hemingway, Mark Wahlberg and Jude Law star in film about outlaws. Law stars as Hemingway and the film, which is directed by Richard Shepherd, has gotten fairly positive reviews. Shepherd also directed “The Matador”.

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Soundman Ray Dolby dies

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American inventor and audio pioneer Ray Dolby (read here other news about Ray Dolby) known for Dolby surround sound and Dolby Digital stereo has died at the age of 80 at his home in San Francisco.

Dolby, who founded Dolby Laboratories, was diagnosed with acute leukemia earlier this year. He founded the Dolby company in 1965 and it became a leader in audio technology. Dolby was instrumental in such things as noise reduction and surround sound technology and also created a number of technologies which are very often still used in music, movies, and the entertainment industries.

The work Dolby did helped to reduce the hissing sound in cassette recordings and he also did work on “Star Wars”.

The inventor had 50 U.S. patents and he also claimed a number of awards for his work, including several Emmys, two Oscars and a Grammy.

Dolby was awarded the National Medal of Technology from President Clinton and he was also inducted into the US’s National Inventors Hall of Fame and the UK’s Royal Academy of Engineers.

Last year the theatre which stages the annual Academy Awards was renamed the Dolby Theatre. The Ray Dolby Ballroom was also named in his honor.

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Angela Lansbury to get Oscar

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British actress Angela Lansbury will join Angelina JolieSteve Martin, and Italian costume designer Piero Tosi on the Oscar stage this year.

 

All four will receive honorary Academy Awards. Lansbury will receive an award for her career achievements, as will Steve and Piero while Angelina will receive the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. The awards honour individuals who have made indelible contributions to their fields.

 

The board of governors for the Academy voted on the recipients last week and the awards will be presented at a ceremony to be held on November 16 at Hollywood & Highland Centre’s Ray Dolby Ballroom.

 

Eighty-seven year old Lansbury has been nominated three times Best Supporting actressOscars. The actress has been acting for 65 years and her latest project was in 2011′s Mr Popper’s Penguins. Piero has earned five Oscar nominations the last being for 1982′s La Traviata.

 

The Hersholt Award is presented periodically to a film industry member for exemplary humanitarian work. Jolie won an Oscar for best supporting actress in 1999′s Girl, Interrupted. She is a special envoy for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

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How Theo Hutchcraft adores Jeremy Irons

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Hurts band member Theo Hutchcraft is a big fan of British star Jeremy Irons. According to Hutchcraft, who was doing a piece for Electronic Beats website, he was once told that the films a person likes and the star a child idolises are the people and things you emulate as an adult. For Hutchcraft, that person is Irons who for him is the consumate actor.

“I found this really great, stark black and white picture of him the other day wearing a monocle and a polo neck by the photographer Michel Comte in an Interview Magazine from 1990“, says Hutchcraft.

“There’s another photograph that I really like where he’s wearing a suit matched with a pair of Nike trainers. It’s something about his demeanor that suggests a romantic back story that I want to rifle through“.

Irons has of course won Academy Awards for his role in such films as “Reversal of Fortune“. He has also played in “The Man in the Iron Mask“.

Said Hutchcraft: “He’s this established Hollywood star so he probably has a beautiful house and a nice car; but it’s about more than the usual trappings.

He looks like he could live in some sort of house in Paris or somewhere in rural France with a vineyard. Or else he looks like you might see him on a yacht or a small canal boat tending to the flowers on the roof”.

And Hutchcraft thinks that while Hurts isn’t a lot like Irons they have managed to fool people into thinking that. “If I’m like Jeremy Irons when I’m old, I’ll be a very, very happy man”.

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