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Download the movie You Again online. You Again (2010) is a Comedy movie that set to be released wide on September 24, 2010. In You Again, successful PR pro Marni heads home for her older brother's wedding and discovers that he's marrying her high school arch nemesis, who's conveniently forgotten all the rotten things she did so many years ago. Then the bride's jet-setting aunt bursts in and Marni's not-so-jet-setting mom comes face to face with her own high school rival. Stars in You Again movie are Kristen Bell as Marni, Jamie Lee Curtis as Gail, Sigourney Weaver as Aunt Ramona, Betty White as Grandma Bunny, Odette Yustman as Joanna, Jimmy Wolk as Will, Billy Unger as Ben, Kristin Chenoweth as Monique Leroux, Kyle Bornheimer as Tim, Christine Lakin as Taylor, Victor Garber as Mark, Cloris Leachman as Helen, Sean Wing as Charlie, Patrick Duffy and Jenna Leigh Green as Heather. You Again is directed by Andy Fickman and distributed by Touchstone Pictures, MPAA rating as PG. So download free You Again (2010) movie HD online.

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Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps will be released on 24th of September 2010 wide in any theaters. Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010) is a Drama and Sequel Film directed by Oliver Stone. The cast of the film are Michael Douglas reprises his role as Gordon Gekko, Shia LaBeouf portrays Jacob "Jake" Moore, Josh Brolin plays Bretton James, Carey Mulligan portrays Winnie Gekko, Frank Langella will play Lewis Zabel, Susan Sarandon portrays Sylvia Moore, John Buffalo Mailer plays Robby, Eli Wallach will play an older banker, Vanessa Ferlito will portray Audrey, Charlie Sheen will reprise his role as Bud Fox in a cameo appearance, Jim Cramer, Natalie Morales, Donald Trump and Julianne Michelle. The movie Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps is under the distribution of 20th Century Fox and MPAA rating as PG-13. Emerging from a lengthy prison stint, Gordon Gekko finds himself on the outside of a world he once dominated. Looking to repair his damaged relationship with his daughter, Gekko forms an alliance with her fiance Jacob, and Jacob begins to see him as a father figure. But Jacob learns the hard way that Gekko -- still a master manipulator and player -- is after something very different from redemption. Watch free Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010) movie stream online.

In early 2007, The New York Times reported that a Wall Street sequel, then tentatively titled Money Never Sleeps had entered pre-production and was in the early stages of development with a screenplay by Stephen Schiff of The New Yorker. Shortly after the film was confirmed, Douglas was reported to be interested in reprising his role as Gordon Gekko, depending on the script. In October 2008 20th Century Fox announced that it had officially green-lit the film, and would serve as a distributor. In the same month it was announced that writer Allan Loeb, whose notable work as a writer includes Things We Lost in the Fire, 21, as well as creating the television show New Amsterdam, had been "tapped" to write a script that was being referred to as a "page one rewrite", meaning that he would be starting "from scratch" on the script. According to one of the film's writers Stanley Weiser, director Oliver Stone had been working on a script for the sequel before going on to direct W., and had originally wanted the film to take place in China. Shortly after the film had entered pre-production, it was announced and confirmed that both Charlie Sheen and Daryl Hannah, who had appeared in the first film Wall Street, would not be involved with the sequel, though when confirming that Hannah and Sheen weren't reprising their roles they didn't state a reason. It had been implied that Sheen was not expected to reprise his role in the sequel because LaBeouf's role in the film would be similar to Sheen's role in the first film. Despite openly stating that Sheen wasn't going to return, Stone confirmed that Sheen would have a "brief appearance" as Bud and that Sheen's appearance in the film is currently being "worked into" the script.

In May, 2007 it was widely speculated that Stone would not be returning as director, as, on announcing the film, Fox had reportedly stated to Variety that he was not expected to return to direct to the film. Despite these rumors, in April 2009, Fox confirmed that Stone would be returning as both director and producer, alongside Douglas and Edward R. Pressman, who will produce the film under his production company Edward R. Pressman Film, will also serve as the film's only studio production company, unlike the first film where American Entertainment Partners L.P. and Amercent Films were the film's production companies. The film will be co-produced by Eric Kopeloff and Alessandro Camen and Celia D. Costas will serve as executive producer. In addition to Loeb, the film's screenwriter, the film's story is written by Bryan Burrough, and the film's overall writer is Schiff. The film was given a $70 million budget. The New York Times reported that, as part of research for the film, Douglas and Stone had a dinner meeting with Samuel D. Waksal, the founder of the biopharmaceutical company ImClone Systems, who spent five years in federal prison for securities fraud. They also stated that LaBeouf, along with Stone, discussed the financial collapse with multiple hedge fund managers. Stone stated that, earlier in the summer he had taken LaBeouf to a cocktail party, organized by Nouriel Roubini, a New York University economics professor and chairman of a consulting firm who earned acclaim for predicting the financial crisis early. At the party Stone and LaBeouf discussed the financial collapse with Roubini and also discussed hedge fund managers, who are clients of Roubini’s firm. Roubini said that “in this financial crisis it was the traditional banks and the investment banks that had a larger role in doing stupid and silly things than the hedge funds.” Stone also stated that he had conversations with Jim Chanos, a prominent hedge fund manager who had urged him to focus less on hedge funds and more on the banking system, Chanos said, "there was a much more important story, a bigger story, in what happened with the system."

In October 2008, 20th Century Fox confirmed that writer Allan Loeb, who is a licensed stock broker, had been selected to re-write the script. Stanley Weiser had worked on a treatment for the sequel with the second part set in China. The film was set in the present with Gekko being released from jail. The studio felt that the material was dated and put the project in turnaround. Stone had a falling out with the producer Pressman and began work on W. with Weiser. Weiser's treatment was discarded and the new film began taking shape from an original script by Stephen Schiff. It was reported that Aaron Sorkin had turned down the opportunity to work on the film's script.

In December 2008, while still in the process of drafting, Loeb said that he had been riveted by "The Madoff headlines", and Loeb showed interest in referencing Madoff in the film, noting: "the thing that is so crazy about this story is that Ponzi schemes seem to be the simplest low-class scam," and "but this was carried out in the highest-echelon of high-finance. You couldn't even get in to see this guy unless you had $2 million to invest." However in September, Stone clarified that Madoff will not be mentioned in the film, commenting "Madoff I consider to a be a sociopath; he was a crook running a Ponzi scheme. This is legal. What's going on now is legal. It's legal robbery." In early June, Loeb reportedly handed in his second draft of the film to Fox. Loeb's first draft was "so great" that Stone had said that he did not feel the need to touch it, although he does have the option to be able to make adjustments to the second draft, if he feels the need to. It was reported that Loeb's latest draft for the film had been "strong enough" to convince Stone to return. According to Stone, in March he was still strongly considering returning to the film, and by April had returned after reading Loeb's latest draft for the film. In July, it was reported that Loeb was finalizing the screenplay; Stone said that the script went through some re-writes, saying, "We sort of started over with the story of a young man who is at the center of it, and how he needs Gordon Gekko's help to navigate those waters."

According to Pressman, the new film will be based in four locations, New York, London, the United Arab Emirates and an Asian country. One of the character consultants to the new movie will be billionaire Vincent Tchenguiz. Pressman said that Tchenguiz had modeled Gekko but did admit that Gekko was "partly Milken." Pressman said that Gekko will be a more outwardly altruistic figure but, admits, "a leopard doesn't change its spots, despite appearances." Pressman said of the origin of the film's subtitle: "Wall Street was New York- centric. Today the markets are much more global, hence the title of the new film, Money Never Sleeps." Pressman described Gekko's involvement in the film as being "larger than life" and also said of a product placement for the film that, "We did that last time. There was competition between Forbes and Fortune about which of the magazines we used. We went for Fortune and then Forbes wrote a nasty story about the movie." It was reported that Loeb had taken advice from a "number of real Wall Street movers and shakers" to ensure "horrifying accuracy" for the film's script. Stone said that the film will provide more of a social commentary and admitted that he had never expected high finance to "serve again as a tableau for his storytelling". Stone also stated that the film's plot will also showcase the unemployment rate at an all time high and the "our national debt ever climbing." Stone said that he had originally passed on the directing the film, but after the stock market crash he became interested in the directing the film again. Discussing the difference between Wall Street and its sequel, Stone explained, "In the other movie, Charlie Sheen is corrupt at the beginning and he finds a path to integrity. In this movie, it starts out the other way. Shia and Carey are idealists. And their idealism is being threatened." A writer for USA Today believed that the film's story-line "attempts to put the complicated financial schemes that led to the worldwide economic collapse on a human scale."

At the time of the film's announcement plot details were kept under-wraps. During a majority of the film's development process Loeb had been keeping the newly updated script under wraps, but he later announced that the film's plot will primarily focus on Gekko, recently released from prison and re-entering a much more "chaotic" financial world than the one he once oversaw from the previous film. Alex Young, co-president of Fox added that, "we sort of started over with the story of a young man who is at the center of it, and how he needs Gordon Gekko's help to navigate those waters." In August 2009, the entire script was reportedly leaked online. Despite originally having been only tentatively titled Money Never Sleeps at the time of the film's announcement, by June 2009 the film was still using Money Never Sleeps as its working title. However, shortly after the film's title was changed to Wall Street 2. Douglas recalled, "They had another title, Money Never Sleeps, and then Oliver Stone, who directed the first one, read the new script and said 'I want to do it and we're going to call it Wall Street 2. In late 2009, the film's titled was changed to Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.

Stone stated that a majority of the film's filming will take place at the Federal Reserve Building, and that The New York Stock Exchange, whose trading floor was a frequent image and major location in the first film, will be less prominent. Stone stated that he chose to not prominently use the Stock Exchange, because interest in stock trading made the system available and comprehensible to everyone and also because it "was foreign territory." Stone said that he chose to use the Federal Reserve building because, "In the original ’87 movie there was no Federal Reserve, we didn’t get into that,” and “But now the world has changed radically. This is part of the bulwark of the system.” Stone also said that another reason for using the Federal Reserve as a main location was because that's where several important financial meetings took place last in September 2008, during the beginning of the Stock Market Crash happened, and due to the film's factual coverage of the stock market crash it will be an important location and setting.

LaBeouf confirmed that the film was going to begin filming in August 2009, commenting, "we’re deep in prep now". The film was reportedly originally set to have had begun principal photography on August 10. However, around the same time that Bardem had dropped out of the film, the filming dates were changed multiple times through-out the month of August. The film began principal photography on September 9, 2009, in New York City, New York. Due to the film's filming schedule LaBeouf was unable to attend the New York premiere of his film New York, I Love You on October 14. Stone said that of filming that they were on schedule and on budget, but stated that the constantly changing weather was a "big" problem for filming. He also said that the filming on location process was similar to the first film. While filming Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, LaBeouf said that Douglas was an "opened wound on the set" due to his oldest son's arrest in July for drug trafficking, and added that Stone filmed a "struggling" Douglas. While Sheen was filming his scenes in the film, he "needed a little prodding" to remember his cue during the party scene in which Gekko encounters Fox.

On September 10, Stone filmed scenes with LaBeouf and Langella involving King Charles spaniels in Central Park. Also on September 10, Douglas filmed scenes in New York. On September 11, they began filming in the morning around 76th and 5th and on 82nd Street. On Sunday, September 13, LaBeouf and Mulligan filmed scenes on a motorcycle on West 15th Street, and continued filming scenes involving the motorcycle on September 16, in Chelsea, Manhattan and finished on October 1. On September 18, Douglas filmed scenes of Gekko being released from prison outside Sing Sing maximum-security prison in Ossining, Westchester County. On September 19, LaBeouf and Ferlito filmed scenes in Jersey City. On October 7, LaBeouf and Douglas filmed scenes at the Central Park Zoo in Manhattan. LaBeouf filmed scenes in the Meatpacking District and the following day filmed scenes near the Lincoln Center. On October 10 and 11, 2009, the movie was filmed at Fordham University for the classroom scenes. On October 18, scenes involving LaBeouf, Mulligan and Brolin were filmed in New York. On October 23, LaBeouf and Douglas filmed scenes in various location's of New York. On November 6, LaBeouf filmed scenes on the Upper West Side of New York. In order to film a dining scene between LaBeouf and Douglas, Shun Lee West closed for 24 hours so the two could film scenes at the restaurant for the entire day on November 10. As part of casting extras in the film, Stone and Brolin went to places like RdV at night and asked workers if they would like to be extras in Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.

The soundtrack to the film is slated to be released on September 21, 2010, through Todo Mundo. The album features numerous songs by David Byrne, including several tracks from his 2008 collaboration with Brian Eno, Everything That Happens Will Happen Today.

Unlike the original film which was rated R by the MPAA, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps is rated PG-13 for "brief strong language and thematic elements".

The film was screened out of competition at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival to generally positive reviews.
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Warner Bros. acquired film rights to the book series Guardians of Ga'Hoole by Kathryn Lasky in June 2005. The studio planned to produce the series as a computer-generated animated film under producer Donald De Line with Lasky writing the adapted screenplay. In April 2008, the project was under Village Roadshow with Zack Snyder attached to direct and Zareh Nalbandian producing. A new screenplay was written by John Orloff and John Collee. Production began in Australia in February 2009. The film will be developed by the digital visual effects company Animal Logic, following its success with the 2006 film Happy Feet.

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The production began filming late August 2009 in Boston, Massachusetts. The former MASSBank branch located in Melrose, Massachusetts was used as one of the banks in the film, taking on the name Cambridge Merchants Bank. They also filmed at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut to shoot in the casino and MCI-Cedar Junction in Walpole, Massachusetts to shoot in their visiting room.

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In October 2008, Shyamalan announced, with the partnership of Media Rights Capital, that Devil will be made with the Dowdle brothers as the directors and Brian Nelson as the screenwriter. A year later, filming started on October 26 in Toronto. There was additional shooting for the film several months later in Los Angeles.

The film was set to have a release date on February 11, 2011 but was bumped up to September 17, 2010. The film's trailer debuted online on July 13, 2010. The trailer is also attached with Inception, The Expendables, Salt, The Other Guys, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, and The Last Exorcism.

On June 23, 2010, Shyamalan announced the second film in The Night Chronicles, currently titled Fourteen Seconds. The film is about a jury discussing a case dealing with the supernatural. Chris Sparling is set to write the script but there is no director presently attached.
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In 1994, director James Cameron wrote an 80-page scriptment for Avatar. In August 1996, he announced that after completing Titanic, he would film Avatar, which would make use of synthetic, or computer-generated, actors. The project would cost $100 million and involve at least six actors in leading roles "who appear to be real but do not exist in the physical world". Visual effects house Digital Domain, with whom Cameron has a partnership, joined the project, which was supposed to begin production in the summer of 1997 for a 1999 release. However, Cameron felt that the technology had not caught up with the story and vision that he intended to tell. He decided to concentrate on making documentaries and refining the technology for the next few years. It was revealed in a Bloomberg BusinessWeek cover story that 20th Century Fox had fronted $10 million to Cameron to film a proof-of-concept clip for Avatar, which he showed to Fox execs in October 2005.

In February 2006, Cameron revealed that his film Project 880 was "a retooled version of Avatar", a film that he had tried to make years earlier, citing the technological advances in the creation of the computer-generated characters Gollum, King Kong, and Davy Jones. Cameron had chosen Avatar over his project Battle Angel after completing a five-day camera test in the previous year.

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From 2005 to 2007, Cameron worked with a handful of designers, including famed fantasy illustrator Wayne Barlowe and renowned concept artist Jordu Schell, to shape the design of the Na'vi with paintings and physical sculptures when Cameron felt that 3D brush renderings weren't capturing his vision, often working together in the kitchen of Cameron's Malibu home. In July 2006, Cameron announced that he would film Avatar for a mid 2008 release and planned to begin principal photography with an established cast by February 2007. The following August, the visual effects studio Weta Digital signed on to help Cameron produce Avatar. Stan Winston, who had collaborated with Cameron in the past, joined Avatar to help with the film's designs. Production design for the film took several years. The film had two different production designers, and two separate art departments, one of which focused on the flora and fauna of Pandora, and another that created human machines and human factors. In September 2006, Cameron was announced to be using his own Reality Camera System to film in 3D. The system would use two high-definition cameras in a single camera body to create depth perception.

Fox was wavering because of its painful experience with cost overruns and delays on Cameron's previous picture, Titanic, even though Cameron rewrote Avatar's script to combine several characters together and offered to cut his fee in case the film flopped. Cameron installed a traffic light with the amber signal lit outside of co-producer Jon Landau's office to represent the film's uncertain future. In mid-2006, Fox told Cameron "in no uncertain terms that they were passing on this film," so he began shopping it around to other studios, and showed his proof-of-concept to Dick Cook (then chairman of The Walt Disney Company). However, when Disney attempted to take over, Fox exercised its right of first refusal. In October 2006, Fox finally agreed to commit to making Avatar after Ingenious Media agreed to back the film, which reduced Fox's financial exposure to less than half of the film's official $237 million budget. After Fox accepted Avatar, one skeptical Fox executive reportedly told Landau, "I don't know who's crazier for letting you take this on, us or you!"

In December 2006, Cameron described Avatar as "a futuristic tale set on a planet 200 years hence ... an old-fashioned jungle adventure with an environmental conscience [that] aspires to a mythic level of storytelling". The January 2007 press release described the film as "an emotional journey of redemption and revolution" and said the story is of "a wounded former Marine, thrust unwillingly into an effort to settle and exploit an exotic planet rich in biodiversity, who eventually crosses over to lead the indigenous race in a battle for survival". The story would be of an entire world complete with an ecosystem of phantasmagorical plants and creatures, and a native people with a rich culture and language.

Estimates put the cost of the film at about $280–310 million to produce and an estimated $150 million for marketing, noting that about $30 million in tax credits will lessen the financial impact on the studio and its financiers. A studio spokesperson, said that the budget "is $237 million, with $150 million for promotion, end of story".

Avatar is primarily an action-adventure journey of self-discovery, in the context of imperialism and deep ecology. Cameron said his inspiration was "every single science fiction book I read as a kid", and that he was particularly striving to update the style of Edgar Rice Burroughs's John Carter series. The director has acknowledged that Avatar shares themes with the films At Play in the Fields of the Lord, The Emerald Forest, and Princess Mononoke, which feature clashes between cultures and civilizations, and with Dances With Wolves, where a battered soldier finds himself drawn to the culture he was initially fighting against.

In a 2007 interview with Time magazine, Cameron was asked about the meaning of the term avatar, to which he replied, "It's an incarnation of one of the Hindu gods taking a flesh form. In this film what that means is that the human technology in the future is capable of injecting a human's intelligence into a remotely located body, a biological body."

The look of the Na'vi—the humanoids indigenous to Pandora—was inspired by a dream that Cameron's mother had, long before he started work on Avatar. In her dream, she saw a blue-skinned woman 12 feet (4 m) tall, which he thought was "kind of a cool image". Also he said, "I just like blue. It's a good color ... plus, there's a connection to the Hindu deities, which I like conceptually." He included similar creatures in his first screenplay (written in 1976 or 1977), which featured a planet with a native population of "gorgeous" tall blue aliens. The Na'vi were based on them.

For the love story between characters Jake and Neytiri, Cameron applied a star-crossed love theme, and acknowledged its similarity to the pairing of Jack and Rose from his film Titanic. Both couples come from radically different cultures that are contemptuous of their relationship and are forced to choose sides between the competing communities. He felt that whether or not the Jake and Neytiri love story would be perceived as believable partially hinged on the physical attractiveness of Neytiri's alien appearance, which was perfected by considering her appeal to the all-male crew of artists. Though Cameron felt Jake and Neytiri do not fall in love right away, their portrayers (Worthington and Saldana) felt the characters do. Cameron said the two actors "had a great chemistry" during filming.

For the film's floating "Hallelujah Mountains", the designers drew inspiration from "many different types of mountains, but mainly the karst limestone formations in China." According to production designer Dylan Cole, the fictional floating rocks were inspired by Mount Huang (also known as Huangshan), Guilin, Zhangjiajie, among others around the world. Director Cameron had noted the influence of the Chinese peaks on the design of the floating mountains. When Cameron was asked if he got the idea for the floating mountains from an album cover of the rock band Yes, he replied with a laugh, "It might have been ... Back in my pot-smoking days."

To create the interiors of the human mining colony on Pandora, production designers visited the Noble Clyde Boudreaux oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico during June 2007. They photographed, measured and filmed every aspect of the platform, which was later replicated on-screen with photorealistic CGI during post-production.

Cameron said that he wanted to make "something that has this spoonful of sugar of all the action and the adventure and all that" but also have a conscience "that maybe in the enjoying of it makes you think a little bit about the way you interact with nature and your fellow man". He added that "the Na'vi represent something that is our higher selves, or our aspirational selves, what we would like to think we are" and that even though there are good humans within the film, the humans "represent what we know to be the parts of ourselves that are trashing our world and maybe condemning ourselves to a grim future".

Cameron acknowledges that Avatar implicitly criticizes America's role in the Iraq War and the impersonal nature of mechanized warfare in general. In reference to the use of the term shock and awe in the film, Cameron said, "We know what it feels like to launch the missiles. We don't know what it feels like for them to land on our home soil, not in America." He said in later interviews, "...I think it's very patriotic to question a system that needs to be corralled..." and, "The film is definitely not anti-American." A scene in the film portrays the violent destruction of the towering Na'vi Hometree, which collapses in flames after a missile attack, coating the landscape with ash and floating embers. Asked about the scene's resemblance to the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center, Cameron said he had been "surprised at how much it did look like September 11".

At a 2010 conference on renewable energy use, Cameron criticized global warming skeptics, saying that there needs to be a broad educational campaign to help Americans understand global warming and convince voters and politicians to take action to combat it. He asserted that Avatar and similar productions could help people grasp the gravity of the problem.

Principal photography for Avatar began in April 2007 in Los Angeles and Wellington, New Zealand. Cameron described the film as a hybrid with a full live-action shoot in combination with computer-generated characters and live environments. "Ideally at the end of the day the audience has no idea which they're looking at," Cameron said. The director indicated that he had already worked four months on nonprincipal scenes for the film. The live action was shot with a modified version of the proprietary digital 3D Fusion Camera System, developed by Cameron and Vince Pace. In January 2007, Fox had announced that 3D filming for Avatar would be done at 24 frames per second despite Cameron's strong opinion that a 3D film requires higher frame rate to make strobing less noticeable. According to Cameron, the film is composed of 60% computer-generated elements and 40% live action, as well as traditional miniatures. Additional live action elements were filmed at Kerner Studios on Kernercam 3D systems and RED cameras.

Motion-capture photography lasted 31 days at the Hughes Aircraft stage in Playa Vista in Los Angeles. Live action photography began in October 2007 at Stone Street Studios in Wellington, New Zealand, and was scheduled to last 31 days. More than a thousand people worked on the production. In preparation of the filming sequences, all of the actors underwent professional training specific to their characters such as archery, horseback riding, firearm use, and hand-to-hand combat. They received language and dialect training in the Na'vi language created for the film. Prior to shooting the film, Cameron also sent the cast to the jungle in Hawaii to get a feel for a rainforest setting before shooting on the soundstage.

During filming, Cameron made use of his virtual camera system, a new way of directing motion-capture filmmaking. The system is showing the actors' virtual counterparts in their digital surroundings in real time, allowing the director to adjust and direct scenes just as if shooting live action. According to Cameron, "It's like a big, powerful game engine. If I want to fly through space, or change my perspective, I can. I can turn the whole scene into a living miniature and go through it on a 50 to 1 scale." Using conventional techniques, the complete virtual world cannot be seen until the motion-capture of the actors is complete. Cameron said this process does not diminish the value or importance of acting. On the contrary, because there is no need for repeated camera and lighting setups, costume fittings and make-up touch-ups, scenes do not need to be interrupted repeatedly. Cameron described the system as a "form of pure creation where if you want to move a tree or a mountain or the sky or change the time of day, you have complete control over the elements".

Cameron gave fellow directors Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson a chance to test the new technology. Spielberg said, "I like to think of it as digital makeup, not augmented animation.... Motion capture brings the director back to a kind of intimacy that actors and directors only know when they're working in live theater." Spielberg and George Lucas were also able to visit the set to watch Cameron direct with the equipment.

To film the shots where CGI interacts with live action, a unique camera referred to as a "simulcam" was used, a merger of the 3D fusion camera and the virtual camera systems. While filming live action in real time with the simulcam, the CGI images captured with the virtual camera or designed from scratch, are superimposed over the live action images as in augmented reality and shown on a small monitor, making it possible for the director to instruct the actors how to relate to the virtual material in the scene.

A number of revolutionary visual effects techniques were used in the production of Avatar. According to Cameron, work on the film had been delayed since the 1990s to allow the techniques to reach the necessary degree of advancement to adequately portray his vision of the film. The director planned to make use of photorealistic computer-generated characters, created using new motion-capture animation technologies he had been developing in the 14 months leading up to December 2006.

Innovations include a new system for lighting massive areas like Pandora's jungle, a motion-capture stage or "volume" six times larger than any previously used, and an improved method of capturing facial expressions, enabling full performance capture. To achieve the face capturing, actors wore individually made skull caps fitted with a tiny camera positioned in front of the actors' faces; the information collected about their facial expressions and eyes is then transmitted to computers. According to Cameron, the method allows the filmmakers to transfer 100% of the actors' physical performances to their digital counterparts. Besides the performance capture data which were transferred directly to the computers, numerous reference cameras gave the digital artists multiple angles of each performance. A technically challenging scene was near the end of the film when the computer-generated Neytiri held the live action Jake in human form, and attention was given to the details of the shadows and reflected light between them.

The lead visual effects company was Weta Digital in Wellington, New Zealand, at one point employing 900 people to work on the film. Because of the huge amount of data which needed to be stored, cataloged and available for everybody involved, even on the other side of the world, a new cloud computing and Digital Asset Management (DAM) system named Gaia was created by Microsoft especially for Avatar, which allowed the crews to keep track of and coordinate all stages in the digital processing. To render Avatar, Weta invented a new system called Mari, and used a 10,000 sq ft (930 m2) server farm making use of 4,000 Hewlett-Packard servers with 35,000 processor cores running Ubuntu Linux and the Grid Engine cluster manager. The render farm occupies the 193rd to 197th spots in the TOP500 list of the world's most powerful supercomputers. Creating the Na'vi characters and the virtual world of Pandora required over a petabyte of digital storage, and each minute of the final footage for Avatar occupies 17.28 gigabytes of storage. To help finish preparing the special effects sequences on time, a number of other companies were brought on board, including Industrial Light & Magic, which worked alongside Weta Digital to create the battle sequences. ILM was responsible for the visual effects for many of the film's specialized vehicles and devised a new way to make CGI explosions. Joe Letteri was the film's visual effects general supervisor. Working with ILM, ILM-spinoff KernerFX provided live action VFX elements which were captured with Kernercam 3D systems using RED cameras.

Composer James Horner scored the film, his third collaboration with Cameron after Aliens and Titanic. Horner recorded parts of the score with a small chorus singing in the alien language Na'vi in March 2008. He also worked with Wanda Bryant, an ethnomusicologist, to create a music culture for the alien race. The first scoring sessions were planned to take place in Spring 2009. During production, Horner promised Cameron that he would not work on any other project except for Avatar and reportedly worked on the score from four in the morning till ten at night throughout the process. He stated in an interview, "Avatar has been the most difficult film I have worked on and the biggest job I have undertaken." Horner composed the score as two different scores merged into one. He first created a score that reflected the Na'vi way of sound and then combined it with a separate "traditional" score to drive the film. British singer Leona Lewis was chosen to sing the theme song for the film, called "I See You". An accompanying music video, directed by Jake Nava, premiered December 15, 2009, on MySpace.

The first photo of the film was released on August 14, 2009, and Empire magazine released exclusive images from the film in its October issue. Cameron, producer Jon Landau, Zoe Saldana, Stephen Lang, and Sigourney Weaver appeared at a panel, moderated by Tom Rothman, at the 2009 San Diego Comic-Con on July 23. Twenty-five minutes of footage was screened in Dolby 3D. Weaver and Cameron appeared at additional panels to promote the film, speaking on the 23rd and 24th respectively. James Cameron announced at the Comic-Con Avatar Panel that August 21 will be 'Avatar Day'. On this day the trailer for the film was released in all theatrical formats. The official game trailer and toy line of the film were also unveiled on this day.

The 129-second trailer was released online on August 20, 2009. The new 210-second trailer was premiered in theatres on October 23, 2009, then soon after premiered online on Yahoo! on October 29, 2009, to positive reviews. An extended version in IMAX 3D received overwhelmingly positive reviews. The Hollywood Reporter said that audience expectations were coloured by "the [same] establishment skepticism that preceded Titanic" and suggested the showing reflected the desire for original storytelling. The teaser has been among the most viewed trailers in the history of film marketing, reaching the first place of all trailers viewed on Apple.com with 4 million views. On October 30, to celebrate the opening of the first 3D cinema in Vietnam, Fox allowed Megastar Cinema to screen exclusive 16 minutes of Avatar to a number of press. The three-and-a-half-minute trailer of the film premiered live on November 1, 2009, during a Dallas Cowboys football game at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas on the Diamond Vision screen, the world's largest video display, and to TV audiences viewing the game on Fox. It is said to be the largest live motion picture trailer viewing in history.

The Coca-Cola Company collaborated with Twentieth Century Fox to launch a worldwide marketing campaign to promote the film. The highlight of the campaign was the website AVTR.com. Specially marked bottles and cans of Coca-Cola Zero, when held in front of a webcam, enabled users to interact with the website's 3D features using augmented reality (AR) technology. The film was heavily promoted in an episode of the Fox Network series Bones in the episode "The Gamer In The Grease" (Season 5, Episode 9). Avatar star Joel David Moore has a recurring role on the program, and is seen in the episode anxiously awaiting the release of the film. A week prior to American release, Zoe Saldana promoted the film on Adult Swim when she was interviewed by an animated Space Ghost.

Avatar: A Confidential Report on the Biological and Social History of Pandora, a 224-page book in the form of a field guide to the film's fictional setting of the planet of Pandora, was released by Harper Entertainment on November 24, 2009. It is presented as a compilation of data collected by the humans about Pandora and the life on it, written by Maria Wilhelm and Dirk Mathison. HarperFestival also released Wilhelm's 48-page James Cameron's Avatar: The Reusable Scrapbook for children. The Art of Avatar: James Cameron's Epic Adventure was released on November 30, 2009, by Abrams Books. The book features detailed production artwork from the film, including production sketches, illustrations by Lisa Fitzpatrick, and film stills. Producer Jon Landau wrote the foreword, Cameron wrote the epilogue, and director Peter Jackson wrote the preface.

In a 2009 interview, Cameron said that he planned to write a novel version of Avatar after the film was released. In February 2010, producer Jon Landau stated that Cameron plans a prequel novel for Avatar that will "lead up to telling the story of the movie, but it would go into much more depth about all the stories that we didn't have time to deal with", saying that "Jim wants to write a novel that is a big, epic story that fills in a lot of things".

Cameron chose Ubisoft Montreal to create an Avatar game for the film in 2007. The filmmakers and game developers collaborated heavily, and Cameron decided to include some of Ubisoft's vehicle and creature designs into the film. James Cameron's Avatar: The Game was released on December 1, 2009, for most home video game consoles (PS3, Xbox 360, Wii, Nintendo DS, iPhone), Microsoft Windows and December 8 for PSP.

Mattel Toys announced in December 2009 that it would be introducing a line of Avatar action figures. Each action figure will be made with a 3D web tag, called an i-TAG, that consumers can scan using a web cam, revealing unique on-screen content that is special to each specific action figure. A series of toys representing six different characters from the film were also distributed in McDonald's Happy Meals in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, the United States and Venezuela.

In December 2009, France Post released a special limited edition stamp based on Avatar, coinciding with the film's worldwide release.

Avatar premiered in London on December 10, 2009, and was released theatrically worldwide from December 16–18. The film was originally set for release on May 22, 2009, during filming, but was pushed back to allow more post-production time (the last shots were delivered in November), and to give more time for theatres worldwide to install 3D projectors. Cameron stated that the film's aspect ratio would be 1.78:1 for 3D screenings and that a 2.39:1 image would be extracted for 2-D screenings. However, a 3D 2.39:1 extract was approved for use with constant-image-height screens (i.e. screens which increase in size to display 2.39:1 films). During a 3D preview showing in Germany on December 16, the movie's DRM ‘protection’ system failed, and some copies delivered could not be watched at all the theaters. The problems were fixed in time for the public premiere, however. Avatar was released in a total of 3,457 theatres in the US, of which 2,032 theatres ran it in 3D. In total 90% of all advance ticket sales for Avatar were for 3D screenings.

Internationally, Avatar opened on a total of 14,604 screens in 106 territories, of which 3,671 were showing the film in 3D (producing 56% of the first weekend gross). The film was simultaneously presented in IMAX 3D format, opening in 178 theaters in the United States on December 18. The international IMAX release included 58 theaters beginning on December 16, and 25 more theaters were to be added in the coming weeks. The IMAX release was the company's widest to date, a total of 261 theaters worldwide. The previous IMAX record opening was Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, which opened in 161 IMAX theatres in the US, and about 70 international. In summer 2009, 20th Century Fox Korea adapted and later released Avatar in 4-D version, which included "moving seats, smells of explosives, sprinkling water, laser lights and wind".

Avatar earned $3,537,000 from midnight screenings domestically (United States and Canada), with the initial 3D release limited to 2,200 screens. The film earned $27 million on its opening day, and $77 million over its opening weekend, making it the second largest December opening ever behind I Am Legend, the largest domestic opening weekend for a film not based on a franchise (topping The Incredibles), and the 25th largest national United States weekend opening, despite a blizzard which blanketed the East Coast of the United States and reportedly hurt its opening weekend results. The IMAX opening also broke box office records, with 178 theaters generating approximately $9.5 million, 13% of the film's $73 million (at the time) domestic gross on less than 3% of the screens.

International markets generating opening weekend tallies of at least $10 million were Russia ($20.8 million), France ($20.3 million), the UK ($14.1 million), Germany ($13.2 million), Australia ($11.9 million), South Korea ($11.4 million) and Spain ($10.9 million). Avatar's worldwide gross was an estimated $232,180,000 after five days, the ninth largest opening-weekend gross of all time, and the largest for a non-franchise, non-sequel and original film. 58 international IMAX screens generated an estimated $4.1 million during the opening weekend.

The film's revenues decreased by a mere 1.8% in its second weekend in domestic markets, earning $75,617,183, to remain in first place at the box office and recording the biggest second weekend of all time. The film experienced another small decrease in revenue in its third weekend, dropping 9.4% to $68,490,688 domestically, though remaining in first place at the box office, to set another weekend record. On the 19th day of the film's international release, it crossed the $1 billion mark worldwide, making it the fastest film ever to do so and also making it the highest-grossing release of 2009 worldwide. In its fourth weekend, Avatar continued its streak, leading the box office domestically, to set a new all-time fourth-weekend record of $50,306,217, and becoming the highest-grossing 2009 release in the United States. In the film's fifth weekend, it set the Martin Luther King Day four-day weekend record, grossing $54,401,446; its three-day take was $42,785,612, also a new fifth-weekend record, and held to the top spot to set the sixth weekend record as well, earning $34,944,081. On January 31, it became the first film to earn over $2 billion. It took $31,280,029 in the U.S. and Canada to set a seventh weekend record, and remained in the number one spot at the domestic box office for seven consecutive weeks, the most consecutive #1 weekends since Titanic spent 15 weekends at #1 in 1997–'98. On February 27, after 72 days of domestic release it became the first film to gross over $700 million. Avatar is just the second film to earn over $1 billion in foreign box office revenue alone, and spent 11 consecutive weekends at the top of the box office outside the United States and Canada. By the end of its first theatrical release Avatar had grossed $749,766,139 in Canada and the U.S., and $1,990,639,582 in other territories, for a worldwide total of $2,740,405,721.

Including the revenue from a re-release of Avatar featuring extended footage, Avatar has grossed over $751 million in the U.S. and Canada, and $1.990 billion in other territories for a worldwide total of over $2.741 billion, with over 72.6% of its total worldwide gross in international markets. Avatar has set a number of box office records during its release; on January 25, 2010, it surpassed Titanic's worldwide gross to become the highest-grossing film of all time worldwide 41 days after its international release, just two days after taking the foreign box office record, and on February 2, 47 days after its domestic release, Avatar overtook Titanic to become the highest-grossing film of all time in Canada and the United States. It is also the highest-grossing film of all time in at least 30 other countries. IMAX ticket sales account for $228 million of its worldwide gross, more than double the previous record.

Box Office Mojo estimates that after adjusting for the rise in average ticket prices, Avatar would be the 14th-highest-grossing film of all time in the U.S. and Canada. Box Office Mojo also observes that the higher ticket prices for 3D and IMAX screenings have had a significant impact on Avatar's gross; it estimated, on April 21, 2010, that Avatar had sold approximately 75 million tickets in North American theatres, more than any other film since 1999's Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. In terms of worldwide revenue, Avatar has grossed more than Titanic after adjusting for inflation.

Before its release, various film critics and fan communities predicted the film would be a significant disappointment at the box office, in line with predictions made for Cameron's previous blockbuster Titanic. This criticism ranged from Avatar's film budget, to its concept and use of 3D "blue cat people". Slate magazine's Daniel Engber complimented the 3D effects, but criticized them for reminding him of certain CGI characters from the Star Wars prequel films and for having the "uncanny valley" effect.

Box office analysts, on the other hand, estimated that the film would be a box office success. "The holy grail of 3-D has finally arrived," said an analyst for Exhibitor Relations. "This is why all these 3-D venues were built: for Avatar. This is the one. The behemoth." The "cautionary estimate" was that Avatar would bring in around $60 million in its opening weekend. Others guessed higher. Some analysts believed the film's three-dimensionality would help its box office performance, given that recent 3D films had been successful.

Cameron said he felt the pressure of the predictions, but that pressure is good for film-makers. "It makes us think about our audiences and what the audience wants," he stated. "We owe them a good time. We owe them a piece of good entertainment." Although he felt Avatar would appeal to everyone and that the film could not afford to have a target demographic, he especially wanted hard-core science-fiction fans to see it: "If I can just get 'em in the damn theater, the film will act on them in the way it's supposed to, in terms of taking them on an amazing journey and giving them this rich emotional experience." Cameron was aware of the sentiment that Avatar would need significant "repeat business" just to make up for its budget and achieve box office success, and believed Avatar could inspire the same "sharing" reaction as Titanic. He said that film worked because, "When people have an experience that's very powerful in the movie theatre, they want to go share it. They want to grab their friend and bring them, so that they can enjoy it. They want to be the person to bring them the news that this is something worth having in their life."

After the film's release and unusually strong box office performance over its first two weeks, it was debated as the one film capable of surpassing Titanic's worldwide gross, and its continued strength perplexed box office analysts. Other films in recent years had been cited as contenders for surpassing Titanic, most recently The Dark Knight, but Avatar was considered the first film with a genuine chance to do so, and its numbers being aided by higher ticket prices for 3D screenings did not fully explain its success to box office analysts. "Most films are considered to be healthy if they manage anything less than a 50% drop from their first weekend to their second. Dipping just 11% from the first to the third is unheard of," relayed Paul Dergarabedian, president of box-office analysis for Hollywood.com. "This is just unprecedented," he said. "I had to do a double take. I thought it was a miscalculation." Analysts predicted second place for the film's worldwide gross, but most were uncertain about it surpassing Titanic because "Today's films flame out much faster than they did when Titanic was released." Brandon Gray, president of Box Office Mojo, believed in the film's chances of becoming the highest-grossing film of all time, though he also believed it was too early to surmise because it had only played during the holidays. He said, "While Avatar may beat Titanic's revenue record, it will be tough, and the film is unlikely to surpass Titanic in attendance. Ticket prices were about $3 cheaper in the late 1990s." Cameron said he did not think it was realistic to "try to topple Titanic off its perch" because it "just struck some kind of chord" and there had been other good films in recent years. He changed his prediction by mid-January. "It's gonna happen. It's just a matter of time," he said.

Though analysts have been unable to agree that Avatar's success is attributable to one primary factor, several explanations have been advanced. First, January is historically "the dumping ground for the year's weakest films", and this has also applied to 2010. Cameron himself said he decided to open the film in December so that it would have less competition from then into January. Titanic capitalized on the same January predictability, and earned most of its gross in 1998. Additionally, Avatar established itself as a "must-see" event. Gray said, "At this point, people who are going to see Avatar are going to see Avatar and would even if the slate was strong." Marketing the film as a "novelty factor" also helped. Fox positioned the film as a cinematic event that should be seen in the theatres. "It's really hard to sell the idea that you can have the same experience at home," stated David Mumpower, an analyst at BoxOfficeProphets.com. The "Oscar buzz" surrounding the film and international viewings helped. "Two-thirds of Titanic's haul was earned overseas, and Avatar [tracked] similarly ... Avatar opened in 106 markets globally and was No. 1 in all of them", and the markets "such as Russia, where Titanic saw modest receipts in 1997 and 1998, are white-hot today" with "more screens and moviegoers" than before. Films in 3D accumulated $1.3 billion in 2009, according to Variety, "a threefold increase over 2008 and more than 10% of the total 2009 box-office gross". The increased ticket price – an average of $2 to $3 per ticket in most markets – has helped the film. Likewise, Entertainment Weekly attributed the film's success to 3D glasses, but also to its "astronomic word-of-mouth". Not only do some theaters charge up to $18.50 for IMAX tickets, but "the buzz" created by the new technology was the possible cause for sold-out screenings. Gray said Avatar having no basis in previously established material makes its performance remarkable and even more impressive. "The movie might be derivative of many movies in its story and themes," he said, "but it had no direct antecedent like the other top-grossing films: Titanic (historical events), the Star Wars movies (an established film franchise), or The Lord of the Rings (literature). It was a tougher sell..."

The film received generally positive reviews from film critics. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports that 83% of 268 professional critics have given the film a positive review, with a rating average of 7.4 out of 10. Among Rotten Tomatoes' Top Critics, which consists of popular and notable critics from the top newspapers, websites, television and radio programs, the film holds an overall approval rating of 95%, based on a sample of 38 reviews. The site's consensus is that "It might be more impressive on a technical level than as a piece of storytelling, but Avatar reaffirms James Cameron's singular gift for imaginative, absorbing filmmaking." Metacritic, which assigns a weighted mean rating out of 100 reviews from film critics, the film has a rating score of 84% based on 35 reviews. CinemaScore polls conducted during the opening weekend revealed the average grade cinemagoers gave Avatar was A on an A+ to F scale. Every demographic surveyed was reported to give this rating. The main reason given for seeing the film was its use of 3D, as it was considered the main draw.

Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times called the film "extraordinary" and gave it four stars out of four. "Watching Avatar, I felt sort of the same as when I saw Star Wars in 1977", he said. Like Star Wars and The Lord of the Rings, the film "employs a new generation of special effects". A. O. Scott of At The Movies also compared his viewing of the film to the first time he viewed Star Wars, and added that although "the script is a little bit ... obvious," it was "part of what made it work". Todd McCarthy of Variety praised the film. "The King of the World sets his sights on creating another world entirely in Avatar, and it's very much a place worth visiting." Kirk Honeycutt of The Hollywood Reporter gave the film a positive review. "The screen is alive with more action and the soundtrack pops with more robust music than any dozen sci-fi shoot-'em-ups you care to mention" he stated. Rolling Stone film critic Peter Travers awarded Avatar three and a half out of four stars and wrote in his print review, "It extends the possibilities of what movies can do. Cameron's talent may just be as big as his dreams." Richard Corliss of Time magazine thought that the film was, "the most vivid and convincing creation of a fantasy world ever seen in the history of moving pictures." Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times felt the film has "powerful" visual accomplishments but "flat dialogue" and "obvious characterization". James Berardinelli, film critic for ReelViews, praised the film and its story, giving it four out of four stars he wrote, "In 3D, it's immersive – but the traditional film elements – story, character, editing, theme, emotional resonance, etc. – are presented with sufficient expertise to make even the 2D version an engrossing 2½-hour experience."

Avatar's underlying social and political themes attracted attention. Armond White of the New York Press wrote that Cameron used villainous American characters to misrepresent facets of militarism, capitalism, and imperialism. Evo Morales, Bolivia's first indigenous president, praised the film for its "profound show of resistance to capitalism and the struggle for the defense of nature". Russell D. Moore in The Christian Post concluded that propaganda exists in the film and stated, "If you can get a theater full of people in Kentucky to stand and applaud the defeat of their country in war, then you've got some amazing special effects." Adam Cohen of The New York Times was more positive about the film, calling its anti-imperialist message "a 22nd-century version of the American colonists vs. the British, India vs. the Raj, or Latin America vs. United Fruit". Ross Douthat of The New York Times opined that the film is "Cameron's long apologia for pantheism ... Hollywood's religion of choice for a generation now", while Saritha Prabhu of The Tennessean called the film a misportrayal of pantheism and Eastern spirituality in general. Annalee Newitz of io9 concluded that Avatar is another film that has the recurring "fantasy about race" whereby "some white guy" becomes the "most awesome" member of a non-white culture. Michael Phillips of the Chicago Tribune called Avatar "the season's ideological Rorschach blot", while Miranda Devine of The Sydney Morning Herald felt that, "It is impossible to watch Avatar without being banged over the head with the director's ideological hammer."

Critics and audiences have cited similarities with other films, literature or media. Ty Burr of the Boston Globe called it "the same movie" as Dances with Wolves. Parallels to the concept and use of an avatar are in Poul Anderson's 1957 short story Call Me Joe, in which a paralyzed man uses his mind remotely to control an alien body. Cinema audiences in Russia have noted that Avatar has elements in common with the 1960s Noon Universe novels written in the Soviet Union by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky, which are set in the 22nd century on a forested world called Pandora with a sentient indigenous species called the Nave. Various reviews have compared Avatar to the films FernGully: The Last Rainforest and Pocahontas. NPR's Morning Edition has compared the film to a montage of tropes, with one commentator stating that Avatar was made by mixing a bunch of film scripts in a blender. Some sources noted similarities to the artwork of Roger Dean, which featured fantastic images of floating rock formations and dragons.

Avatar received compliments from fellow filmmakers, with Steven Spielberg praising it as "the most evocative and amazing science-fiction movie since Star Wars" and others calling it "audacious and awe inspiring", "master class", and "brilliant". On the other hand, Duncan Jones said: "It's not in my top three James Cameron films. ... at what point in the film did you have any doubt what was going to happen next?".

Avatar was nominated for nine Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director. It won the awards for Art Direction, Cinematography, and Visual Effects. The New York Film Critics Online honored the film with its Best Picture award. The film also received nine nominations for the Critics' Choice Awards of the Broadcast Film Critics Association, winning in the Best Action Film and several technical categories. It won two of the St. Louis Film Critics awards: Best Visual Effects and Most Original, Innovative or Creative Film. Avatar also picked up four nominations for the 67th Golden Globe Awards, winning for Best Motion Picture – Drama and Best Director. The film also received eight nominations from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), including Best Film and Director, but won for only Production Design and Special Visual Effects. The film has additionally received various other awards, nominations and honors.

20th Century Fox Home Entertainment released the film on DVD and Blu-ray in the US on April 22, 2010 and in the UK on April 26. The US release was not on a Tuesday as is the norm, but was done to coincide with Earth Day. The first DVD and Blu-ray release does not contain any supplemental features other than the theatrical film and the disc menu in favor of and to make space for optimal picture and sound. The release also preserves the film's native 1.78:1 (16:9) format as Cameron felt that was the best format to watch the film. The Blu-ray disc contains DRM (BD+ 5) which some Blu-ray players might not support without a firmware update.

Avatar set a first-day launch record in the U.S. for Blu-Ray sales at 1.5 million units sold, breaking the record previously held by The Dark Knight (600,000 units sold). First-day DVD and Blu-ray sales combined were over 4 million units sold. In its first four days of release, sales of Avatar on Blu-ray reached 2.7 million in the United States and Canada - overtaking The Dark Knight to become the best ever selling Blu-ray release in the region. The release later broke the Blu-ray sales record in the UK the following week. In its first three weeks of release, the film sold a total of 19.7 million DVD and Blu-ray discs, a new record for sales in that period. As of August 25, 2010, DVD sales (not including Blu-ray) totalled $142,764,756.

Cameron initially stated that Avatar would be released in 3D around November 2010, but the studio issued a correction: "3D is in the conceptual stage and Avatar will not be out on 3D Blu-ray in November." In May 2010, Fox stated that the 3D version would be released some time in 2011. Cameron told The Wall Street Journal that there will be further editions of DVD and Blu-ray available in the near future.

In July 2010, Cameron confirmed that there would be a limited theatrical re-release of the film on August 27, 2010, exclusively in 3D theaters and IMAX 3D. Fox also posted the international re-release dates for Avatar: Special Edition on the film's official website. The re-release includes an additional 9 minutes of footage, all of which is CG, including an extension of the sex scene and various other scenes that were cut from the original theatrical film. Cameron stated that the 9 minutes of added scenes cost more than $1 million a minute to produce and finish.

In 2006, Cameron stated that if Avatar was successful, he hoped to make two sequels to the film. In 2010, he said the film's widespread success confirmed that he will. The prospect of sequels was something he planned from the start, going so far as to include certain scenes in the film for future story followups. Cameron said he wants to make the sequel "cheaper and faster" and that the story will be a continuation of the characters introduced in Avatar. In an August 2010 interview, Cameron stated that his plans are to shoot both sequels in the planned trilogy back-to-back and that he was waiting for deals to be made. He also mentioned, "what I'm working on primarily is the novel" and "presumably, once the novel is nailed down, work will begin in earnest on getting the sequel going."

Though plots for future sequels have not been laid out yet, Cameron stated that they are going to widen the universe while exploring other moons of Polyphemus. The first sequel will focus on the ocean of Pandora but will also feature more of the rainforest from the original movie. It will continue to follow the characters of Jake and Neytiri. Cameron implied that the humans would return as the antagonists of the story. "I expect that those nasty humans didn't go away forever," he said. Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana have signed on to reprise their roles in future sequels, and Stephen Lang, who played Colonel Miles Quaritch, believes his character could make a return: "You think those two arrows in my chest are going to stop me from coming back?" Lang told Entertainment Weekly, "Nothing's over so long as they've got my DNA." In late February 2010, Sigourney Weaver, who played Dr. Grace Augustine, announced the possibility of her return for a sequel in an interview for the Le Grand Journal TV Show in Paris.

When being interviewed by AP on the red carpet of the 82nd Academy Awards, Cameron stated "if I were to start Avatar 2 tomorrow, it would still be three years away."
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"Great Directors," rated NR, is being released July 2nd and stars Bernardo Bertolucci, Catherine Breillat, Liliana Cavani, Stephen Frears, Todd Haynes, Richard Linklater, Ken Loach, David Lynch, John Sayles and Agnes Varda. Directed and written by Angela Ismailos. Great Directors (2010) is a Documentary movie and the film distributed by Paladin. Angela Ismailos’ Great Directors is a celebration of films and filmmaking starring ten of the worlds most acclaimed, provocative, and individualistic living directors. The documentary, which had its world premiere at the 2009 Venice Film Festival, is a deeply personal and intimate look at the art of cinema and the artists who create it, and features original, in-depth conversations with world-class filmmakers Bernardo Bertolucci, David Lynch, Stephen Frears, Agnes Varda, Ken Loach, Liliana Cavani, Todd Haynes, Catherine Breillat, Richard Linklater, and John Sayles. These interviews more than just chronicle Ismailos’ encounters with ten remarkable men and women. Extensively illuminated by clips and historical archives from the subjects’ works, they also reveal the distinctive personalities who created the timeless images that have long inspired Ismailos—and all of us. Intercutting among the filmmakers in a freely associative way, Ismailos explores each director’s artistic evolution; the role of politics and history on their work; their feelings about the other great directors who inspired them (with Bertolucci paying homage to Pasolini, Breillat to Bergman, and Haynes to Fassbinder, etc.); and the agony and ecstasy of being an artist in a medium that is, paradoxically, also an industry. Watch Great Directors (2010) movie free stream online.

Review aggregate Rotten Tomatoes reports that 12 critics have given the film a positive review based on 17 reviews, with an average score of 6.2/10.

On Metacritic, the film has a rating score of 48 based on 10 critic reviews.

On EInsiders, the film has a EI index score of 60% out of 100% based on certified critic review combined with five top film critic review scores.
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Love Ranch is a Drama film set to be released this June 30, 2010 in theaters wide. The story in the movie Love Ranch (2010), is a bittersweet love story that turns explosive when the players in a romantic triangle lose control and cross the line. Set in the late-1970s, depicting larger than life personalities living on the edge, Love Ranch stars Helen Mirren and Joe Pesci as Grace Bontempo and Charlie Bontempo, the husband and wife team who own and run Nevada’s first legalized brothel.

Their lives are suddenly altered when Armando Bruza, a husky, world famous heavy weight boxer from South America, played by hot up-and-coming Spanish actor Sergio Peris-Mencheta, is brought to the Ranch to train as part of Charlie’s ever-expanding entrepreneurial empire. Plans quickly go awry when Bruza comes between Grace and Charlie as an unforeseen love triangle develops that erupts into uncontrollable passion and murder. The film is directed by Taylor Hackford, under the distribution of E1 Entertainment, MPAA rating as R. Love Ranch cast are Helen Mirren as Grace Bontempo, Joe Pesci as Charlie Bontempo, Sergio Peris-Mencheta as Armando Bruza, Bryan Cranston, Gina Gershon, Scout Taylor-Compton as Christina, Taryn Manning as Mallory, Gil Birmingham as Sheriff Cortez, Ling Bai as Samantha, Rick Gomez as Tom Macy, Leslie Jordan as Mr. Hainsworth, M.C. Gainey and Elise Neal as Alana. Watch Love Ranch (2010) movie online free.

As of July 17, 2010, the film has been critically panned, with review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reporting that just 14% of critics gave the film positive reviews, based on 43 reviews with an average score of 3.8/10. The site's consensus of reviews was:
"Despite its saucy setup and the always marvelous Helen Mirren, Love Ranch is disappointingly flaccid."
The film is slated to be released on DVD & Blu-Ray on November 9, 2010.
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Download the movie I Hate Luv Storys online. I Hate Luv Storys (2010) is a Comedy and Romance movie that set to be released wide on June 30, 2010. In I Hate Luv Storys, Simran (Sonam Kapoor) loves Bollywood romances — so much so that her life has begun to resemble one. With her awesome job and a "Mr. Perfect" fiancé named Raj (Sameer Dattani), she lives a blissful, dreamy life. But in the frame comes Jay, who brings a fresh light and joy in her life. Jay (Imran Khan) is an assistant to a director who is famous for his love story films; however, Jay hates love stories. He believes love is nothing but a "sickness" that must be cured. Quite blunt in his ways, he first hates Simran for her "romantic" nature but soon after becomes her best friend.

After meeting Jay in a movie theater, and getting irritated by him, Simran leaves with a bad impression of him. The next day Simran appoints Jay as her assistant, however she plots to get revenge. But seeing Jay's soft heart behind the cool guy attitude stops her. Soon she develops a bond with him, which brings problems in her life with Raj, her fiancé. Soon, she falls head-over-heels in love with Jay and dreams of spending her entire life with him. She decides to tell him by inviting him to a hotel dinner.

Simran is awakened from a dream by seeing Jay kissing another girl's hand. She explains that she loves him and thinks he loves her. Jay explains that he never thought of her that way. After being heartbroken, she leaves. The story then unfolds, moving from Mumbai to New Zealand for further shooting of the film and premiere. Simran had not given up her love for Jay until now, and Jay began realising that she is going far away. He realises his love for her and plays some dramas with his friends that arise jealousy in Simran. But then he realized that it was wrong to make her feel bad or jealous to make him come back with him.

At a dinner with Raj, Simran tells him that she didn't love him and goes to the movie premiere where she expected to meet Jay. In the end, after much talk with his mother, Jay, who was about to leave Mumbai, runs back to the premiere but cannot find her. Outside the cinema, he finds her and tell her that he loves her very much. She also expresses to him that she loves him and they embrace. Stars in I Hate Luv Storys movie are Imran Khan as Jay Dhingra, Sonam Kapoor as Simran Sharma, Sameer Dattani as Raj Dholakia, Samir Soni as Veer Kapoor, Aamir Ali as Rajeev Kumar, Anju Mahendru as Jay's Mother and Bruna Abdullah as Giselle. I Hate Luv Storys is directed by Punit Malhotra and distributed by Dharma Productions and UTV Motion Pictures, not yet rated. So download free I Hate Luv Storys (2010) movie HD online.

Among Indian film critics on the review-aggregation website, ReviewGang, the film scored 4.5/10 based on 6 reviews. Sukanya Verma of Rediff praised the lead performances and rated the movie 3/5 saying, "It's Imran and Sonam's collective persona and their free-flowing chemistry that makes all the difference. Although the pair deserve better than an amateurishly written romance to scoop out their terrific potential as a combination". Gauarv Malani of IndiaTimes rated the movie 2/5 and said, "If you hate love stories this one’s certainly not for you. Which means this ends up being another love story and that too a dull one!". Nikhat Kazmi of Times of India also praised the lead performances but found the plot predictable and rated the movie 3/5 saying, "Thematically, I Hate Luv Storys, is extremely simplistic, uni-layered and terribly predictable". Rahul Nanda of Filmfare rated it 2/5 and said, "The film never equals the sum of all its part, but it’s impossible to deny the energy with which it keeps the plot ticking on". Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama gave it 3.5/5 saying, "On the whole, I Hate Luv Storys is a young and vibrant love story with tremendous appeal for the yuppies. The fresh pairing and the on-screen electrifying chemistry, the lilting musical score and the magical moments in the film should attract its target audience". Noyon Jyoti Parasara of AOL rated it 3/5 and stated "The best part of ‘IHLS’ – apart from the characters – is the dialogues. There are some cool one-liners and hilarious incidents which will keep one laughing." Parimal M. Rohit of Buzzine Bollywood added, "I Hate Luv Storys features no shortage of cheesy dialogue, simplistically thematic humor, and unrealistic depictions of lifestyles" but still has "some redeeming values (such as) the chemistry between Sonam Kapoor and Imran Khan ... strong individual performances, genuine corniness, and memorable avatars....". Subhash K Jha was not impressed by the movie, calling it "a disappointment". Mathures Paul of The Statesman criticised the film, rating it 2/5 and said, "It gets heavy on the eyelids as early as the first 30 minutes".

The film had a strong opening in multiplexes and an average opening in single screens. It grossed Indian Rupee symbol.svg 43.30 crores in three weeks and was declared a "hit" at the box office.

The film was partly filmed in Queenstown, New Zealand.

The soundtrack of I Hate Luv Storys is composed by Vishal-Shekhar. The film has 5 original songs followed by 3 remixes. The soundtrack was released on 27 May 2010. It received a favourable review from Parimal M. Rohit of Buzzine Bollywood, with the author saying, "the soundtrack is phenomenally and breathtakingly romantic. The smooth beats and hypnotic vocals are second to none, and very few soundtracks are as complete as this one."
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Wild Grass will be released on 25th of June 2010 wide in any theaters. Wild Grass (2010) is a Drama Film directed by Alain Resnais. The cast of the film are Sabine Azéma as Marguerite Muir, André Dussollier as Georges Palet, Anne Consigny as Suzanne, Emmanuelle Devos as Josépha, Mathieu Amalric as Bernard de Bordeaux, Michel Vuillermoz as Lucien d'Orange, Sara Forestier as Élodie, Nicolas Duvauchelle as Jean-Mi, Vladimir Consigny as Marcellin, Annie Cordy as the neighbour of Marguerite, Roger Pierre as Marcel Schwer and Édouard Baer (voice) as the narrator. The movie Wild Grass is under the distribution of Sony Picture Classics and MPAA rating as PG. After working with the producer Bruno Pésery on his previous four films, Alain Resnais took up an invitation from Jean-Louis Livi to make a new one. For a subject, he was drawn to the novels of Christian Gailly by the author's "ironic and melancholy voice", and also by the musical quality of his writing and dialogue. He settled upon L'Incident, and obtained Gailly's permission to adapt it for the cinema when he undertook not to require Gailly's involvement in the preparation of the script. Although Resnais had worked closely with novelists on some earlier projects, this was the first time in his career that he took an existing novel as the basis for a film.

Marguerite Muir is a dentist, single and middle-aged, independent and unpredictable of mood. Georges Palet is in his 50s, married, and unemployed; and he harbours an ominous, and possibly criminal, secret in his past. When Georges discovers the discarded wallet from Marguerite's stolen handbag and hands it in to the police station, he allows himself to imagine the door opening to a romantic encounter. Marguerite initially has other ideas. As they navigate the social protocols of giving and acknowledging thanks, turbulence enters their lives, and Georges's wife Suzanne and Marguerite's best friend Josépha are drawn into the entanglement. Georges and Marguerite share a passion for aviation, which leads them to an unexpected resolution of their adventure. The film ends with a swift sequence of images which show efforts to keep wild grass at bay, culminating in a disconcerting question from Josépha's daughter. Watch free Wild Grass (2010) movie stream online.

In preparing the script, Resnais used the dialogue from Gailly's novel, since this had been the element which had particularly attracted him initially, and he repeatedly made reference back to Gailly's style of writing when seeking a rhythm for the film narrative or a visual equivalence for the hesitations and contradictions within his sentences. He also encouraged his set designer Jacques Saulnier and his director of photography Éric Gautier to follow the spirit of Gailly in the way that they used bold and contrasted elements of colour in the film's visual design. The composer of the music Mark Snow provided similarly varied and clear-cut musical styles for different episodes.

In the two principal roles, Resnais used actors with whom he had worked many times before: Sabine Azéma, making her ninth appearance in a Resnais film, and André Dussollier, making his seventh appearance. For the main supporting roles Resnais chose three actors (Anne Consigny, Emmanuelle Devos and Mathieu Amalric) who were new to his films, but who had all worked together in films directed by Arnaud Desplechin (alongside cameraman Éric Gautier). (Resnais acknowledged his admiration for Desplechin elsewhere.) Roger Pierre, who first worked for Resnais on Mon oncle d'Amérique (1980), played the small part of the dentist's elderly patient who says that this will be the last dental appointment he needs; Pierre died in January 2010.

The story is presented with the help of a voiceover narrator (Édouard Baer) who is almost another character in the film since he seems to be inventing what we see on the spot, complete with hesitations and omissions and changes of tone. It is left to the audience to decide whether his observations about the characters that the audience watches are to be believed or not.

Resnais explained his alteration of the title to Les Herbes folles as a recognition that L'Incident would not work as successfully as a title in a cinematic context as it did for the novel. His "wild grass" refers to a plant that grows in a place where it has no hope of developing: in a crack in a wall, or a ceiling. In the film his principal characters are "two people who have no reason to meet, no reason to love each other". The image reflects the stubbornness of Georges and Marguerite "who are incapable of resisting the desire to carry out irrational acts, who display incredible vitality in what we can look on as a headlong rush into confusion".

The film incorporates a number of references to cinema, notably in excerpts from and discussion of the American war film The Bridges at Toko-Ri (1954). The fanfare which traditionally accompanied the 20th Century Fox logo is featured at two points, marking off a section of the film within the film. For one major sequence, Jacques Saulnier constructed in the studio an extensive set of a street scene in which a local cinema, evocative of bygone years, provides the focal point.

Towards the end of the film, there is an interpolated quotation (from Flaubert's L'Éducation sentimentale): "N'importe, nous nous serons bien aimés." ["No matter, we shall have loved each other well."]

The film was a French-Italian production budgeted at €11.1 million. Filming took place at the Arpajon studios near Paris.

The film was first shown at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival in competition, and it resulted in a special jury prize for Alain Resnais as a "lifetime achievement award for his work and exceptional contribution to the history of cinema".

When the film was released in France in November 2009, reviews were predominantly favourable, with frequent reference to the originality and youthfulness of this work from an 87 year old director. Public reaction was more varied, but the film achieved over 380,000 ticket sales in its first four weeks of distribution.

At the French César Awards 2010, Les Herbes folles was nominated for four awards including Best Film and Best Cinematography.

Early reactions to the film among English-language reviewers indicated a more polarised assessment, with a contrast between those who were unconvinced about either the coherence or the significance of the story and those who savoured its sense of humour and cinematic invention.
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