“Avatar” Fans Can Own The Collector’s Edition On DVD And Blu-ray. The three-disc set of “Avatar” is coming out Nov. 16. Fans of the movie and its award-winning visual effects can buy the extended highly anticipated release of “Avatar” Extended Collector’s Edition on Blu-ray and DVD with exclusive collectible packaging and lots of extras.
With three versions of the film on the DVD and fans will get an all-new extended cut of the film and hours of never-before seen material including over 45 minutes of amazing deleted scenes. ’ There’s an extended length cut that’s sixteen minutes longer, plus documentaries, behind the scenes features, artwork and over 45 minutes of deleted scenes. Everything worth putting into a special edition is in this set. The three-disc “Avatar” Extended Collector’s Edition Blu-ray and Theatrical Special Edition Re-Release DVD will both feature the original theatrical release, a special edition re-release, family audio track with all objectionable language removed and the new collector’s extended cut with sixteen more minutes, including an exclusive alternate opening Earth scene. Other bonus features include a journey to the depths of Pandora with filmmakers during “Capturing Avatar,” an in-depth feature length documentary covering the 16-year filmmaker journey with new interviews with James Cameron, Jon Landau and the cast and crew; 45 minutes of deleted scenes; the “Pandora’s Box” feature which delves into the filmmaker process; an interactive scene deconstruction that explores the various stages of production through three different viewing modes; and 17 short features that show how producers scored the film, captured performances, shot in 3D fusion camera and organized stunts. The Oscar and Golden Globe winning epic is the highest grossing film of all time, taking in over $2.7 billion in the worldwide box office.
“Avatar” DVD Sales Surpass 6 Million Units. As if its box office receipts weren’t proof enough of its dominance, the highest-grossing movie of all time is continuing its reign over all things entertainment. Since its April 22 release on DVD and Blu-ray Hi-Def, “Avatar” has been setting records once again, but this time on home format. In only its first few days of availability, the James Cameron fantasy film has beaten out the record for Blu-ray sales — previously set at 2.5 million units — by reaching an early total of 2.7 million units sold for the Blu-ray format alone. Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment also has announced the combined total for both DVD and Blu-ray sales, which has already shot past 6.7 million units. This makes it the best-selling title in recent history, with still more results yet to be seen. Oscar winner “Avatar,” also nominated for Best Picture and Best Director at the 82nd Academy Awards, has been transferred to DVD form with full utilization of disc memory for the best possible viewing experience. Besides creating the ultimate in high definition movie-watching, Twentieth Century Fox has filled the DVD with extras, most notably the chance to become attached to fellow viewers through the online bonus “The Avatar Program,” which offers users updates on additional materials to further enhance their enjoyment of the movie. Likewise, “The Home Tree Initiative” gives people the chance to take part in the planting of trees across the planet in the hopes that Earth will begin to look more like the lush alien world Pandora.
Twentieth Century Fox Celebrates 75th Anniversary With Year-Long Promotion. Some of the most beloved movies of all time will be available with all kinds of new content as a legendary film studio celebrates its semisesquicentennial throughout the year. As part of its 75th anniversary, Twentieth Century Fox has launched a 12-month marketing campaign commemorating some of its best films made during the last three-quarters of a century. The studio will be re-releasing more than 300 movies into the market on DVD and Blu-ray Hi-Def in order for all-new audiences to appreciate their library. Additionally, the Web site Fox75th.com will enable movie-lovers to keep up with the year-long promotion and contests, one of which gives customers the chance to win $75,000. Fox Home Entertainment will be releasing its films in increments and in various formats, including multiple features. The “Singles” collection will consist of nine films: “The King and I,” “Love Me Tender,” “All About Eve,” “Gentlemen’s Agreement,” “All That Jazz,” “Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing,” “Romancing the Stone,” “Hello Dolly!” and “The Gang’s All Here.” Also coming out are the “Double Features,” pairing two movies to a disc: “The Commitments”/”The Full Monty,” “An Affair to Remember”/“Ever After,” “Moulin Rouge!”/“Tristan & Isolde,” “Little Miss Sunshine”/“Juno,” “Walk the Line”/“William Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet” and “Garden State”/“Say Anything.” Additionally, Fox will be releasing selections of “Triple Features” and “Classic Quads,” as well as the massive collection the “Commemorative Box Set,” which will feature “Avatar,” Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid,” “Cleopatra,” “The Devil Wears Prada,” “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes,” “Ice Age,” “Minority Report,” “Patton” and “Wall Street,” to name just a few. These compilations will be available later in the year. Certain Fox films will be getting an overhaul, too. “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” “The Sound of Music,” “The Last of the Mohicans” and others will make the jump to Blu-ray with special anniversary editions and director’s cuts.
James Cameron’s mega successful sci-fi flick “Avatar” will be released on Blu-ray and DVD come April. Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is set to release the top grossing film for home viewing audiences worldwide.
On April 22, Earth Day, fans in the U.S. and Canada will be able to revisit and rediscover the magic of the highest grossing film of all time in the comforts of their own homes. Since its theatrical release in December, “Avatar” dominated the box office records, even beating Cameron’s other megahit “Titanic” for the highest grossing film title with $2.6 billion in worldwide box office. The film – starring Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Stephen Lang, Joel David Moore, Michelle Rodriguez, Giovanni Ribisi, and Sigourney Weaver – tells the story of a paraplegic former Marine who, taking over from his twin brother, enters a scientific project that uses an avatar to interact with the humanoid species called Na’vi in the planet Pandora. His mission is to lure the Na’vis away from their home base in order for his fellow humans to mine a precious mineral called unobtanium. But things get complicated when he learns to love the race as his own. “Avatar” will be available on Blu-ray and DVD in the U.S. and Canada on April 22.
The release dates for other countries:
•Apr 21: France, Netherlands, Belgium, Spain
•Apr 22: China, Brazil, Russia, North America
•Apr 23: Germany, Switzerland, Japan, Mexico
•Apr 26: U.K.
•Apr 27: Denmark
•Apr 28: Norway, Sweden, New Zealand
•Apr 29: Australia
•Apr 30: Finland
•May 6: Italy
Twilight most downloaded soundtrack . With Oscars fever gripping movie fans ahead of the 82nd Academy Awards on March 7th, research by Nokia into the listening habits of music fans around the world reveals Twilight has dominated the movie soundtrack charts over the last 12 months. Twilight didn’t receive a single nomination for last year’s Oscars ceremony, yet appears three times on the list of the world’s most downloaded movie soundtracks for the last 12 months. Recent release AVATAR, up for nine Oscars in 2010, is in second place.
TOP 10 GLOBALLY DOWNLOADED MOVIE SOUNDTRACKS (2009-10*)
1. Twilight (Original motion picture soundtrack: International Version)
3. Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds
4. Mamma Mia!
5. The Twilight Saga: New Moon (Mexican version)**
6. Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen
7. Alvin And The Chipmunks 2
8. Slumdog Millionaire
9. The Twilight Saga: New Moon (Original motion picture soundtrack)
Slumdog Millionaire swept up a staggering eight golden statuettes at last year’s ceremony – including best original song, original score and sound mixing. If listeners’ current favourites could predict this year’s winners, Avatar, Transformers and Inglorious Basterds look set for a night of victory.
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The last time Oscar presenters had to rattle off 10 names in the Best Picture category was in 1943, when “Casablanca” sealed its beautiful friendship with moviegoers. History has proven the Academy Award voters correct in choosing “Casablanca” from a formidable group of contenders that included “For Whom the Bell Tolls” and “Heaven Can Wait.” On Sunday, we’ll again be treated to scenes from 10 Best Picture hopefuls – a move spurred by last year’s outrage over the snubbing of “The Dark Knight,” a fan and critic favorite that didn’t even make the longtime standard list of five nominees. But with this year’s mix ranging from box office behemoths like “Avatar” to more subtle fare like “An Education,” we’re in for a game of Oscar roulette. There’s a chance that a split vote could yield a top flick that will please just about no one – save, of course, for the winner. While “Casablanca” has done well with posterity, not every pre-1943 winner from fields that raged from five to 12 stands up to subjective scrutiny all these years later. “The Great Ziegfeld” topped nine competitors in 1936, beating the more enduring “Mr. Deeds Goes to Town” and “A Tale of Two Cities.” The next year, “The Life of Emile Zola” somehow bested “Captains Courageous,” “The Awful Truth,” “Lost Horizon,” “A Star is Born” and five others. Perhaps the biggest upset of the long-list nominee era came in 1941 when the very good “How Green Was My Valley” won out over nine films that included “The Maltese Falcon” and “Citizen Kane.” The visually innovative and psychologically aware “Citizen Kane” was an industry game-changer – much like “Avatar,” whose enveloping 3-D performance-capture technology already is exercising an influence. “Avatar,” not incidentally, also is the biggest moneymaker of all-time (though when you adjust for inflation 1939 Best Picture winner “Gone With the Wind” is still the champ). More than just the denizens of Pandora will be blue if “Avatar” loses the top prize. But “The Hurt Locker” and “Precious” are strong contenders, both with themes and backstories that appeal to Oscar voters. If “The Hurt Locker” wins, it would become the first Oscar winner directed by a woman (Kathryn Bigelow). If “Precious” wins, it would be the first Best Picture directed by an African-American (Lee Daniels). There’s also added drama here, the kind Academy voters love: “Avatar” director James Cameron and Bigelow used to be married, also raising the tension for the Best Director contest, which includes Daniels. mWhile those three movies have gotten the most pre-Oscar buzz, it’s possible that this year’s revised ballot – in which Academy voters ranked their favorites in order – could yield a surprise winner. We could live with a victory by the excellent “Up,” “Inglourious Basterds” or “District 9.” The Hollywood honchos are just hoping to avoid a situation like last year when the worthy, but below-the-radar “Slumdog Millionaire” took the Oscar home. The truth is that many viewers probably will shut off the TV in disgust if “Avatar” doesn’t win. So here’s some advice to “Avatar” fans: focus on the years Oscar got it right, such as in 1943 with “Casablanca.” And remember, no matter what happens, we’ll always have Pandora.
“Avatar” has unsurprisingly scooped up awards at the first-ever International 3D Society “Lumiere Awards,” winning the Live action 3D Feature of the Year among six other trophies. Brendan Fraser was also awarded Best 3D Talent for his acting and producing role in “Journey to the Center of the Earth in 3D.” The James Cameron box office blockbuster also won Best 3D Stereography – Live Action and Best 3D Character for Neytiri, played by Zoe Saldana. Co-star Giovanni Ribisi accepted the awards on behalf of the filmmakers. Fraser was honored for his work as both actor and executive producer of the successful 3D feature film “Journey to the Center of the Earth in 3D.”Also honored were Jeffrey Katzenberg, DreamWorks Animation CEO, with a 3D Vision Award. The event, presented by the newly formed International 3D Society, was held at the Hollywood’s Mann Chinese Theater Tuesday.
The list of winners:
•Live Action 3D Feature of the Year: “Avatar”
•Animated 3D Feature of the Year: “Up”
•Short 3D Motion Picture/Narrative: “Partly Cloudy”
•Best 3D Documentary: “Under the Sea 3D”
•Outstanding Achievement of 2D to 3D Converted Feature: “G-Force”
•Best 3D Character of the Year: Neytiri from “Avatar”
•Best 3D Scene of the Year: “Avatar” and Jake Sully for “First Flight”
•Best 3D Stereography – Live Action: “Avatar”
•Best 3D Stereography – Animated: “Coraline”
•Outstanding Achievement in 3D Visual Effects: “Avatar”
•Outstanding Achievement for Marketing 3D Content: 20th Century Fox Studios for “Avatar”
People’s Choice Awards tie-up category (announced during the January 6 telecast of the event):
•2010 People’s Choice Award – Favorite 3D Live Action Movie: “Avatar”
•2010 People’s Choice Award – Favorite 3D Animated Movie: “Coraline”
Shutter Island’ opens on top with $41.1 million. Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio’s thriller “Shutter Island” has managed the best weekend debut ever for both the director and star, opening with $41.1 million. The top 20 movies at U.S. and Canadian theaters Friday through Sunday, followed by distribution studio, gross, number of theater locations, average receipts per location, total gross and number of weeks in release, as compiled Monday by Hollywood.com are:
1. “Shutter Island,” Paramount, $41,062,440, 2,991 locations, $13,729 average, $41,062,440, one week.
2. “Valentine’s Day,” Warner Bros., $16,665,299, 3,665 locations, $4,547 average, $86,927,385, two weeks.
3. “Avatar,” Fox, $16,240,857, 2,581 locations, $6,292 average, $687,962,011, 10 weeks.
4. “Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief,” Fox, $15,254,421, 3,396 locations, $4,492 average, $58,714,813, two weeks.
5. “The Wolfman,” Universal, $9,895,105, 3,223 locations, $3,070 average, $50,363,730, two weeks.
6. “Dear John,” Sony Screen Gems, $7,130,552, 3,062 locations, $2,329 average, $65,801,765, three weeks.
7. “The Tooth Fairy,” Fox, $4,354,280, 2,523 locations, $1,726 average, $49,721,400, five weeks.
8. “Crazy Heart,” Fox Searchlight, $2,964,586, 1,089 locations, $2,722 average, $21,524,784, 10 weeks.
9. “From Paris With Love,” Lionsgate, $2,661,829, 2,311 locations, $1,152 average, $21,361,504, three weeks.
10. “Edge of Darkness,” Warner Bros., $2,243,311, 2,118 locations, $1,059 average, $40,347,222, four weeks.
11. “The Book of Eli,” Warner Bros., $1,888,305, 1,455 locations, $1,298 average, $90,775,391, six weeks.
12. “When in Rome,” Disney, $1,737,917, 1,627 locations, $1,068 average, $29,344,987, four weeks.
13. “The Blind Side,” Warner Bros., $1,451,100, 1,060 locations, $1,369 average, $247,071,052, 14 weeks.
14. “Up in the Air,” Paramount, $1,052,036, 727 locations, $1,447 average, $80,908,880, 12 weeks.
15. “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel,” Fox, $935,085, 841 locations, $1,112 average, $215,581,073, nine weeks.
16. “Sherlock Holmes,” Warner Bros., $846,490, 713 locations, $1,187 average, $205,534,198, nine weeks.
17. “My Name Is Khan,” Fox Searchlight, $700,885, 125 locations, $5,607 average, $3,253,168, two weeks.
18. “It’s Complicated,” Universal, $699,510, 598 locations, $1,170 average, $110,724,780, nine weeks.
19. “Legion,” Sony Screen Gems, $625,408, 786 locations, $796 average, $39,221,554, five weeks.
20. “The Last Station,” Sony Pictures Classics, $558,214, 109 locations, $5,121 average, $2,162,370, six weeks
“Avatar” is on the cusp of toppling the domestic box-office record after leading all movies for a seventh straight week. James Cameron’s 3-D epic earned $30 million over the weekend, and its domestic total reached $594.5 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. That puts the film only about $6 million behind the domestic record set by Cameron’s “Titanic” in 1998 with $600.8 million. Earlier this week, the 20th Century Fox blockbuster passed “Titanic” for the worldwide box-office record. It has now crossed the $2 billion worldwide mark with $2.039 billion, easily beating the $1.8 billion made by “Titanic.” “You have to do a double take when you see these numbers,” said Paul, Dergarabedian, box-office analyst for Hollywood.com, marveling that “Avatar” decreased only 14 percent from the previous weekend. “James Cameron is the king of the box office hold.”
So close to the domestic box-office record, “Avatar” could pass “Titanic,” interestingly enough, on Tuesday — when Oscar nominations are announced. The film is expected to be nominated for best picture, as well as numerous other categories. Those nominations could mean an Oscar bump for “Avatar,” further propelling its gross. Whereas the sustained box-office performance of “Titanic” has typically been attributed to teenage girls seeing the film repeatedly, the demographics for “Avatar” are less clear. One draw for repeat business is surely the 3-D visual effects. “It’s everybody going repeatedly,” said Dergarabedian. “At first it was more of a fanboy experience, and then the word got out.” Analysts believe the lengthy run from “Avatar” is likely hurting the business of other films.Mel Gibson’s revenge-thriller “Edge of Darkness,” debuted this weekend with $17.1 million for Warner Bros., a respectable if slightly low total. Dan Fellman, head of distribution at Warner Bros., called it a “solid opening.” “On a normal weekend, we probably would have had the number one film,” said Fellman, shrugging at the out-of-this-world competition from “Avatar.” “Edge of Darkness” had been widely seen as a test to whether Gibson can return to headlining a film, after eight years and damage to his image. The last movie he starred in was “Signs” in 2002. Four years later, he made anti-Semitic remarks during a drunken-driving arrest. But “Darkness” has received mostly good reviews. Fellman said the studio’s data showed approximately 70 percent of those seeing the film said they came to see Gibson. “It certainly marks an interesting return for Mel Gibson,” said Fellman. “When this film plays out, I think his star will shine a little brighter.”
Also in its first weekend of release was “When in Rome,” the Walt Disney romantic comedy starring Kristen Bell. It took in $12.1 million.
Many films will hope for a box-office boost from the Academy Awards after nominations are announced Tuesday morning. The Oscar effect, though, may be slightly different this year, since the academy has expanded best picture nominees from five to ten.
Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Media By Numbers LLC. Final figures will be released Monday.
1. “Avatar,” $30 million.
2. “Edge of Darkness,” $17.1 million.
3. “When in Rome,” $12.1 million.
4. “The Tooth Fairy,” $10 million.
5. “The Book of Eli,” $8.8 million.
6. “Legion,” $6.8 million.
7. “The Lovely Bones,” $4.7 million.
8. “Sherlock Holmes,” $4.5 million.
9. “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel,” $4 million.
10. “It’s Complicated,” $3.7 million.
Looks as if we might have an especially interesting Oscar ceremony and telecast on the horizon this year. For several reasons. For openers, in the interest of boosting sagging TV ratings, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is trying an experiment: there will be ten, as opposed to the traditional five, Best Picture candidates. Although detractors worry that this might diminish the prestige of the slate of Oscar nominees somewhat, proponents of the move feel that it is likely to pump up widespread rooting interest by including a few commercially successful titles among the chosen (not-as-) few that would otherwise have been left out. This is actually a return to a practice from the very earliest days of the Academy Awards, but is an experiment that could end up being a one-time event. However, with the runaway success of Avatar, there is every reason to believe that audience interest will be high, as it was when the box-office juggernaut Titanic dominated the event over a decade ago. And with the unusual wrinkle of the hosting being handled by two Hollywood notables — Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin, currently co-starring with Meryl Streep in It’s Complicated — nobody should be shrugging and muttering “same-old-same-old” on Oscar night. With awards season well underway and a number of titles and performers already boasting prizes, with the Academy’s voting deadline fast approaching, and with the way that the Golden Globes and Critics’ Choice winners have predicted the Academy Award winners and established front-runners in recent years, the Oscar picture begins to get clearer. Here are the titles and performers to keep an eye on as we approach the televised March 7th Academy Award ceremony, the 82nd Oscar night, at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood. Look for that group of ten Best Picture nominees to include such titles as Avatar, Up in the Air, Precious, The Hurt Locker, Inglourious Basterds, Up, District 9, Star Trek, An Education, and The Messenger. And look for Golden Globe winner Avatar and Critics’ Choice winner The Hurt Locker to duke it out for the top prize. Best Director honors could go to James Cameron for Avatar or Kathryn Bigelow for The Hurt Locker. They are, interestingly and deliciously enough, ex-spouses, and have split the Golden Globe and Critics’ Choice awards. But don’t completely count out Jason Reitman for Up in the Air, Quentin Tarantino for Inglourious Basterds, Clint Eastwood for Invictus, or Lee Daniels for Precious. The campaign for Best Actor appears to be a race between Jeff Bridges for Crazy Heart and George Clooney for Up in the Air, with the former having claimed both the Golden Globe and Critics’ Choice prizes. But don’t rule out Matt Damon for The Informant!, Morgan Freeman for Invictus, Colin Firth for A Single Man, Jeremy Renner for The Hurt Locker, Tobey Maguire for Brothers, or Ben Foster for The Messenger. Meryl Streep for Julie & Julia and Sandra Bullock for The Blind Side should be in the running for the Best Actress prize, both having been honored with awards already. But Gabourey Sidibe for Precious, Emily Blunt for The Young Victoria, Carey Mulligan for An Education, Abbie Cornish for Bright Star, Helen Mirren for The Last Station, and Penelope Cruz for Broken Embraces are also getting their share of attention from voters. Best Supporting Actress shapes up to be a competition that will include Mo’Nique for Precious and Vera Formiga and/or Anna Kendrick for Up in the Air. Mo’Nique, with the Golden Globe and Critics’ Choice award, is certainly the front-runner. But there are also Samantha Mortion for The Messenger, Maggie Gyllenhaal for Crazy Heart, Marion Cotillard and/or Judi Dench for Nine, Julianne Moore for A Single Man, and Melanie Laurent for Inglourious Basterds. And the slate of candidates for the Best Supporting Actor statuette will undoubtedly include Christoph Waltz for Inglourious Basterds because he has already collected the Golden Globe and Critics’ Choice prizes. But Woody Harrelson for The Messenger, Alfred Molina and/or Peter Sarsgaard for An Education, Christina McKay for Me and Orson Welles, and Stanley Tucci for Julie & Julia could be in the mix. Oh, nearly forgot: remember, it’s not really a competition; the honor is just being nominated.