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Will Michelle Rodriguez be playing a tough girl who can keep up with all the guys or tough girl who can keep up with all the guys but has one crying scene. She's got range.

Even better if she has a name that can be mistaken for a bloke's name and then when all the tough marines meet her they'll alll be "Omg you're a girl" and then she'll school them in how tough she is.

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Fuck.

Michelle Rodriguez - won't she stop acting to save us all the horror of watching her attempt to do it.

high fucking five. Has she even been in a decent film before? Old jim been playing in the ocean for too long :(

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Actor Laz Alsonso - who I've never heard of before - has started the hyperbole machine:

"The technology that he's using is something that hasn't been done before, the way that he's doing it," Alonso said before naming a few of the VIP guests that have swung by the set. "When you see guys like Marilyn Manson coming through, and Peter Jackson and Spielberg coming through to see what this new cutting-edge technology is, you know you really have something special going on."

"What we're seeing right now as far as technology is level one," he said of today's blockbusters. "What you'll be seeing when this movie comes out is roughly like a level 20."

Source

Overblown quotes aside, it'll be interesting to see if Cameron can raise the bar.

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will this be anything like the anime version?

I can only presume you're talking about the american made cartoon of the same name which has nothing to do with this.

So no. :(

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the manga one? About some girl like a robot.. i thought it was japanese..

edit:

from wikipedia

James Cameron is directing and producing Battle Angel, a live-action adaption of the first three volumes of the manga series. Cameron has plans to make a trilogy if the first film is successful. Alita will be a CG character performed by an actress. Filming will be made with the new digital 3D system Cameron has developed for Avatar.

Battle Angel is currently in pre-production and is set for a 2009 release. [4]

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the manga one? About some girl like a robot.. i thought it was japanese..

edit:

from wikipedia

James Cameron is directing and producing Battle Angel, a live-action adaption of the first three volumes of the manga series. Cameron has plans to make a trilogy if the first film is successful. Alita will be a CG character performed by an actress. Filming will be made with the new digital 3D system Cameron has developed for Avatar.

Battle Angel is currently in pre-production and is set for a 2009 release. [4]

See this thread is about Avatar so I thought you were mixing up the names etc etc. :(

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Been a bit quiet on the news front for this movie but today the villain is revealed - not seen his work before but that doesn't mean much in this day and age! I think a trailer is still a long way off though.

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http://www.comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id=39242

Matt Gerald (In the Mix) has been cast in James Cameron's sci-fi action-adventure Avatar, reports Variety. Gerald will play the lead villain and will begin filming this month in New Zealand and Los Angeles. His previous credits include S.W.A.T. and Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines.

Opening May 22, 2009, the Fox release also stars Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez, Giovanni Ribisi, Joel David Moore, CCH Pounder, Peter Mensah, Laz Alonso, Wes Studi and Stephen Lang. Avatar is the story of a wounded ex-marine, thrust unwillingly into an effort to settle and exploit an exotic planet rich in bio-diversity, who eventually crosses over to lead the indigenous race in a battle for survival.

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It's an alien!

(Imageshack version in case AICN's gets removed.)

Not too surprisingly Cameron has said it is nothing to do with him.

“You recently posted some artwork of a supposed Na’vi character. Don’t know where you got it but it’s spurious. I’ve never seen that piece of art. We had a lot of free-ranging conceptual stuff in the early days of design two and a half years ago, and it might be something that was done then but not shown to me, but it is definitely not remotely our actual character design. Aside from two legs, two arms and a tail, it doesn’t have any features in common with our final designs. If I had to guess I’d say it’s a piece of fan art based on the description of the Na’vi from the old treatment which was leaked twelve years ago. That description is obsolete relative to the shooting script, since things have changed a lot over the years.”

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First promotional work? Sorry, this about the only size that I could find this early on - This comes via a site called Bad Taste & Joblo.com, who say it's from some kind of Fox promo material.

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According to Cameron that isn't from them or Fox.

Harry,

Good to hear from you.

This art is not from us. I don't know where it comes from. More overactive fan imaginations? It's not bad though.

Things are going well on Avatar, or at least as well as can be expected on such a ridiculously complex project. We've wrapped principal, and most of the live action portion of the movie is already cut. It's starting to look and sound like a movie. I'm ecstatic with the performances and the look. The cast chemistry worked out perfectly.

I'm in New Zealand right now, working on effects, while Steve Quale shoots some second unit. We've worked together a lot (he did the engine room scenes on "Titanic", plus co-directed "Aliens of the Deep" with me) and he's the only guy I trust to shoot stuff for me, especially in 3D. We still have a little performance capture work to do with Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana in March, when we get her back from Star Trek (she's Uhura -- but of course you already knew that.) And we have a couple of days with Stephen Lang in April or May, to shoot his character's last scene, which is so technically difficult it will take us until then to figure out how to do it.

You can see how spread out the schedule is -- it's just the nature of this type of CG animation/live action hybrid. Most of my time now is spent editing, because on this type of film you edit every CG scene twice -- once to edit the raw performance capture, before it goes to virtual camera, and then again when you have the virtual camera shots, you do the final edit of the scene. It's very complex and taxing, but the result is amazing. The Weta animators are ON FIRE, and seeing the world and the creatures come to life is what keeps us going. There's a spirit on this film, an esprit de corps amongst the virtual team, that comes from knowing we're doing something absolutely groundbreaking. It's why people still have good morale after working on this thing for two years or more. And we still have more than a year and a half to go. I don't know if this will be a good film, great film, awful film, but I can say with absolute certainty that you will see stuff you've never imagined, and that the process of making this film will generate a lot of interest within the technical side of the biz. When I edit with some of our early stuff, "shot" using our virtual camera system over a year and half ago, it already looks laughably crude. Our process has evolved so much, just within the making of this one movie. Of course the final standard of photoreal animation will be consistent throughout the film, because it all gets rendered in a big frenzy next year.

It's all very exciting to be doing, and that (usually) compensates for the grind of the seven day weeks. Well, no rest for the weary. Gotta get to the cutting room. Back to Pandora.

Jim out

http://www.aintitcool.com/node/35672

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Cameron has a quick word or two on Avatar -

James Cameron revealed at the Microsoft Advance ‘08 event that Avatar will be the first film to feature photo-realistic characters which actually look real.

“Avatar will make people truly experience something. One more layer of the suspension of disbelief will be removed. All the syn-thespians are photo-realistic. Now that we’ve achieved it, we discovered CG characters in 3D look more real than in 2D. Your brain is cued it’s a real thing not a picture and discounting part of image that makes it look fake,” said Cameron. “Avatar is the single most complex piece of filmmaking ever made. We have 1,600 shots for a 2.5 hour movie. It’s not with a single CGI character, like King Kong or Gollum. We have hundreds of photo-realistic CG characters.”

More here...

http://www.slashfilm.com/2008/05/21/james-...uncanny-valley/

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