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Thousands of Avatar Fans Learning Na'vi
 Thousands of Avatar 
 Fans Learning Na'vi 
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Thousands of Avatar Fans Learning Na'vi

Educational website even has study guides

(Newser) - If you’ve already mastered Klingon, you might want to turn your language learning talents onto Na’vi next. Yes, obsessive Avatar fans are learning the fictional language, most notably at the appropriately named learnnavi.org , where 4,300 people have already contributed to the discussion forums. One commenter, during...

James Cameron Calls Glenn Beck a Madman, and Worse

...but wants to debate him

(Newser) - James Cameron didn’t mince words yesterday when asked for his thoughts on a particular Fox News host: “Glenn Beck is a f---ing asshole.” The Avatar director later amended that, saying, “He may or may not be an asshole, but he certainly is dangerous,” calling him...

Sam Worthington: From Bricklayer to 'It' Guy

The Aussie heartthrob refuses to play the Hollywood game

(Newser) - The buzz about Sam Worthington began with his role in Terminator Salvation; by the time Avatar came out, it was official: This former bricklayer is Hollywood’s next big thing. He auditioned for the first time on a whim, and made something of a name for himself in his native...

Oscar Ratings Hit 5-Year High
 Oscar Ratings Hit 5-Year High 

Oscar Ratings Hit 5-Year High

41.3M viewers tune in, highest since 2005

(Newser) - Last night's Oscar telecast attracted more viewers than the awards extravaganza has drawn in the last 5 years. Some 41.3 million viewers tuned in to see The Hurt Locker triumph over Avatar, compared to 36.3 for the 2009 show. The all-time high for Oscar viewership also involved James...

Real-Life Avatar Unfolds in India

Tribe battles to stop mining of their sacred mountain

(Newser) - Take away the six-legged lemurs, the banshees, and the moon of Pandora, and the plot of Avatar sounds a lot like the mining battle playing out in real life in the Indian state of Orissa. There, indigenous tribespeople are fighting to stop a mining company from extracting bauxite from the...

The Hurt Locker Dominates as Bigelow Snags Best Director

First directing honors for a woman as Iraq thriller reaps 5 awards

(Newser) - The Iraq war thriller The Hurt Locker earned the Best Picture Academy Award tonight, and Kathryn Bigelow won for best director. Bigelow is the first woman in the 82-year history of the Oscars to earn Hollywood's top prize for filmmakers. Among those Bigelow beat were ex-husband James Cameron, the best...

Oscar Stars Dazzle Despite Showers
 Oscar Stars Dazzle  
 Despite Showers 
Red Carpet Sightings

Oscar Stars Dazzle Despite Showers

Cameron vs. Bigelow, Streep vs. Bullock, Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin

(Newser) - Intermittent downpours pounded the tent over the red carpet at the Kodak Theater tonight, as stars gathered for the first Academy Awards with 10 best-picture nominees since 1943. Voters are expected to go very big or very small on their best-picture winner, with the two favorites the as-big-as-it-gets blockbuster Avatar...

Here's What Oscar Darlings Should Have Been Titled

The Blind Side as White Lady Saves the Day and more

(Newser) - It’s just about time for the Oscars, but first, check College Humor ’s list of what some of the nominated films should be called, if we’re being honest with ourselves.
  • Avatar: Predictable, with James-Cameron-ripping subtitle, “From the guy who knows how to spend $280,000,000.

Baron Cohen's Preggers Na'vi Skit Axed From Oscars

Producer feared Avatar joke would offend James Cameron

(Newser) - Sacha Baron Cohen has been scratched from the list of Oscar presenters and insiders say it's because a producer feared a skit by the creator of Borat and Bruno would offend Avatar director James Cameron. Baron Cohen had planned to "blue up" as a female Na’vi for a...

Hurt Locker Producer Banned From Oscars
 Hurt Locker Producer 
 Banned From Oscars 

Hurt Locker Producer Banned From Oscars

Chartier first nominee un-invited for Oscar campaigning

(Newser) - For the first time ever, an Oscar nominee has been banned from attending the Academy Awards. The Hurt Locker co-producer Nicolas Chartier earned the ire of the academy with an email campaign telling friends to push academy members to support his movie over "that $500M film" (best picture rival...

Why Na'vi Have Breasts
 Why Na'vi Have Breasts 

Why Na'vi Have Breasts

Because director James Cameron milks audience lust

(Newser) - OK, they're small, but Na'vi women definitely have them: Breasts. But why? They're extraterrestrials, not mammals, who don't need them to nurse their babies. So why are they there? Simple. "Because this is a movie for human people," director James Cameron explained in an Inside the Actors Studio...

Hurt Locker, Bigelow Dominate BAFTAs

 Hurt Locker, 
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Hurt Locker, Bigelow Dominate BAFTAs

Iraq war movie captures best film, director, original screenplay

(Newser) - The Hurt Locker ran roughshod over the competition at tonight's BAFTAs, capturing best film, best director, and best original screenplay among its six trophies—four more than Avatar scored. "My heart's beating so fast I can barely talk," said Hurt Locker director Kathryn Bigelow, whose rivalry with ex-husband...

Animated Actors: Oscar Worthy?

in clooney's case, yes

Animated Actors: Oscar Worthy?

Some argue 'Avatar' stars deserve nominations, too

(Newser) - Despite nine Oscar nominations, Avatar actors got snubbed—and some speculate it’s due to their “animated” looks on-screen. Performance capture is much more than animation, argue some, who say actors like Zoe Saldana should be recognized for their performances. “I like to think of it as digital...

Cameron: Give Ex Best Director
 Cameron: Give Ex Best Director 
'I don't really need another one'

Cameron: Give Ex Best Director

James Cameron says Kathryn Bigelow deserves Oscar

(Newser) - James Cameron graciously insists ex-wife Kathryn Bigelow should win the Oscar for best director, not him—because he doesn’t “really need another one.” In an interview with Charlie Rose, Cameron says his “fantasy outcome” would be to win Best Picture for Avatar while Bigelow wins Best...

Cameron Plans Avatar Prequel
 Cameron Plans Avatar Prequel 

Cameron Plans Avatar Prequel

Sadly, it will just be a book—for now

(Newser) - Some Avatar fans (like the ones role-playing in this amazing video ) have a bit of a hard time disengaging from James Cameron’s virtual world when the movie ends. Luckily for them, the auteur is planning a prequel—unfortunately, it’s just a book. “Jim wants to write...

Meet the Na'vi Tribe of...Wisconsin
 Meet the Na'vi Tribe 
avatar mania

Meet the Na'vi Tribe of...Wisconsin

Sure-to-be-viral video depicts hardcore Avatar fandom

(Newser) - Not sure how to channel all the passion you feel for Avatar? Take a cue from a blue-skinned tribe living right here in the USA. Described by one Newser user as “a disturbingly funny video of the Na'vi people of Hometree, Wis.,” the video shows the group in...

Why Avatar Can Make You Vomit

3D doesn't sit well with all viewers

(Newser) - James Cameron sees Avatar as the beginning of a revolution in 3D movies, but not everyone will be able to join in. Some viewers are sickened, in some cases to the point of vomiting, by 3D viewing. Adults with vestibular problems—related to the nerves and canals inside the ear—...

Dear John Topples Avatar
 Dear John 
box office roundup

Dear John Topples Avatar

With $32M haul, tearjerking chick flick unseats blue beings after 8 weeks

(Newser) - For the first time in 2010, a movie other than Avatar ruled the weekend box office, as the Nicholas Sparks chick flick Dear John unseated the sci-fi phenomenon with a $32.4 million debut. James Cameron's latest, which opened Dec. 18, did $23.6 million to finish second and run...

Avatar, Hurt Locker Nab 9 Oscar Noms Each

Nine nominations each for Cameron, Bigelow films

(Newser) - The science-fiction sensation Avatar and the war-on-terror thriller The Hurt Locker lead the Academy Awards with nine nominations each, including best picture and director for James Cameron and ex-wife Kathryn Bigelow. Also nominated for best-picture: District 9; the animated comedy Up; the World War II saga Inglourious Basterds; the football...

Avatar Creating Bottleneck at 3D Screens

It's still selling well, and Disney's 'Alice' is coming soon

(Newser) - The success of Avatar is creating a first-of-its-kind problem in movie land: a potential bottleneck of films for 3D screens. The problem will come to a head March 5, when Disney releases Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland. Imax theaters and other operators of 3D screens agreed long ago to show...

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