01:23 PM EDT 04/13/2013
Originally posted 02/27/2013 09:15AM
It's the biggest Oscar winner of all time, but it's also a code word for disaster: Titanic.
Now, an Australian billionaire plans to recreate the legendary ship, and charge $1 million for a first-class cabin when his replica Titanic II re-traces the original 1912 route of the great ship that went down.
Once the new ship is built in China, its maiden voyage is scheduled for late 2016 and will hopefully go the full distance from England's Southampton to New York's West Side.
Its furnishings, said its financier Clive Palmer, will include a Turkish bath (just like on the original) and the ornate grand staircase which Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet descended in the 1997 James Cameron movie.
It will also have some things the original didn't: air-conditioning and enough lifeboats.
Originally posted 01/14/2013 11:10AM
Amy and Tina, where'd you go?
Co-hosting the 70th Annual Golden Globes on NBC, 30 Rock's Tina Fey and Parks and Recreation's Amy Poehler started the night with a smashing duologue – a flawless link of strong one-liners.
If the bit had gone on long enough, you could have protected our national borders with it.
Originally posted 04/04/2012 06:45PM
Before Peeta and Katniss broke box-office records, before Edward and Bella set tween hearts swooning, there was Jack and Rose.
Fifteen years ago, the youthful star-crossed lovers in 1997's Titanic – played by Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet – helped propel James Cameron's epic blockbuster into box-office history. The film earned $1.8 billion worldwide and scored 11 Oscars.
Now Titanic is sailing back into theaters on April 4, this time in 3D. To mark the re-release, which is taking place along with the 100th anniversary of the real sea disaster, PEOPLE spoke with Winslet and Cameron about their memories of the film – including a few surprises:
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 11:45PM
After Neil Patrick Harris brought down the house with a musical number heralding the arrival of this year's Academy Awards co-hosts Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin, the guys wasted no time cracking up the audience – and picking on the night's biggest names.
Nobody was safe – not Meryl Streep, Zac Efron nor Matt Damon – from Baldwin and Martin's repartee. Here are some of the duo's best lines:
"[Best Actress nominee] Gabourey [Sidibe] and I have something in common: In our first movies we were both born a poor black child." – Steve Martin, joking about his beloved comedy The Jerk
"She was so pleased to be nominated with him, she sent him a beautiful gift basket with a timer." – Steve Martin, on Best Director winner Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker), who was nominated against her ex-husband, James Cameron (Avatar)
Originally posted 01/22/2004 11:59AM
The King of the World is returning. James Cameron, Oscar-winning writer/director of 1998's epic box-office smash "Titanic," is finally readying a follow-up feature, Variety reports.
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