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Originally posted 03/26/2012 08:15AM
Hollywood filmmaker James Cameron's career in scientific research went into a steep decline Monday, exactly as he planned it.
The Oscar-winning director of Titanic and Avatar became the first human to make a solo trip to the deepest part of the ocean – the so-called Challenger Deep spot, part of the Mariana Trench in the western Pacific Ocean, near Guam.
Cameron, 57, descended for two hours and 36 minutes and reached the spot at 7:52 a.m. local time Monday (5:52 p.m. ET Sunday), CNN reports. He spent two hours observing and collecting samples of material for research and then resurfaced after a 70-minute ascent.
Originally posted 08/16/2010 10:45AM
Birthdays are always meaningful, but this one was particularly deep.
Avatar director James Cameron celebrated his 56th birthday on Monday with an unlikely voyage to the bottom of Russia's Lake Baikal, the world's oldest and deepest lake, Bloomberg reports.
Cameron, an underwater enthusiast since his pioneering work on The Abyss in the 1980s, explored the depths of Lake Baikal in a Mir mini-submarine – the same type of submersible craft he used in filming Titanic in the '90s.
Originally posted 06/02/2010 07:45AM
Will the disastrous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico have a Hollywood ending?
James Cameron, the director of Avatar and Titanic, joined scientists and other experts at a meeting with U.S. officials Tuesday in Washington to come up with possible fixes for the leak, which so far has resisted oil company BP's attempts to plug it.
The Canadian-born Oscar winner, 55, is an ocean-technology buff and has been an expert in underwater filming and manned submersible vehicles since his pioneering work on The Abyss in the 1980s.
Originally posted 04/18/2010 09:30AM
The aliens may be blue in Avatar, the highest-grossing film of all-time, but director James Cameron and star Sigourney Weaver are using their movie to spread a message that's proudly green.
The accomplished pair hosted the Eco Warrior Training competition, presented Saturday at Brooklyn Technical High School by the Internet search engine Bing. Local high school students vied for $12,000 in scholarships delivering speeches on "An Environmental Lesson I Learned From Avatar and How to Apply It In My Community, New York City, America and/or the World."
"As a New Yorker, I'm thrilled to be here to meet you, to talk to you about all of us becoming eco-warriors because our planet needs it. I got involved in Avatar, and I loved the experience. I loved the director, but I also really wanted to play Grace Augustine, who's this kick-ass woman scientist," Weaver, 60, told the more than 300 cheering teens in the audience.
Originally posted 03/07/2010 09:00PM
Music and laugher kicked off the 2010 Academy Awards from Hollywood's Kodak Theatre. In a non-traditional first, the show actually opened with the 10 Best Actor and Actress nominees introduced alphabetically before escorts rose from the audience and guided them to their seats.
Then the fun began.
Neil Patrick Harris, who hosted the Tonys and Emmys last year, delivered the show's opening musical number, "No One Wants to Do It Alone," essentially setting the stage for hosts Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin – who spent their opening dialogue poking fun at the top nominees who had just been seated.
"There's that damn Helen Mirren," said Martin – prompting Baldwin to say, "Steve, that's Dame Helen Mirren."
Originally posted 12/27/2009 02:45PM
It’s an Attack of the Show! special unlike any other when Olivia Munn enlists Eva Amurri to recreate the James Cameron film Avatar on G4’s Olivia! The Munn-der Years, which airs Dec. 28.
In one new sketch, Munn and Amurri channel Thelma & Louise, with Amurri tackling the Louise role originated by her mother, Susan Sarandon.
"It’s like the sequel to Thelma & Louise," Munn tells PEOPLE. "She’s got the blue bandana and we both wore the jean shorts. It’s awesome! It’s like, what happens after we drive off the cliff? We drive off a cliff and then open up into Avatar, and we’re in the movie, and then we get turned into avatars and we literally do shot-for-shot James Cameron’s trailer."
Amurri was game to go blue with Munn. "The full makeup is not a problem with her," Munn says. "Once we read the script and I told her what it was, and we watched the James Cameron trailer and we realized how awesome it would be to have Thelma and Louise as avatars, and there’s the whole uprising and everything, she was completely down."
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