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  1. On 1/19/2023 at 4:37 PM, Zorral said:

    Netflix: Reed Hastings steps down but subscribers jump
    Harry and Meghan's "great love story" was one of the big draws for customers



    No shit? 

    The whole "sky is falling at Netflix" thing never made sense to me. This company has over 220 million subscribers and something like 10 years of uninterrupted quarterly subscriber growth. It's perfectly normal for them to see some headwinds. 

    They were also criticized for not having an ad supported tier. I think it was a good thing they didn't because it meant that lever was still available for them to pull. And Disney and amazon started with ads at much lower subscriber counts. 

    I'd still like to see how the ads are executed. If it's like a content block at the beginning of a movie in the cinema, Fine. If it's like Tubi where it's the same commercial every five minutes until the film ends, not so fine. 

  2. 27 minutes ago, RumHam said:

    It was a Star Wars pitch they rejected. You've seen the Star Wars movies they've put out, right? 

    Yeah, an exhibition of stunning creativity and pitch-perfect decision making there. :rolleyes:

    I don't know the timing exactly, but if I'm not mistaken he pitched it to Lucasfilm either just before, or just after the decision was made to sell to Disney. It's unlikely anyone was going to successfully pitch anything at that point. 

    4 hours ago, SpaceChampion said:

    Yes.  Though the story is another retelling of Seven Samurai. 

    "Inspired-by" is more like it. Everything I'm hearing (2 films, maybe more, massive production) suggest there's considerably more there. 

    ETA: God I hope there are lightsabers in it. 

  3. 18 minutes ago, Corvinus85 said:

    And since Avatar 3 is only coming out in '24, there will likely be re-release sometime before that, because Avatar 1 got what? 2-3 re-releases, so it will add to the tally.

    If it follows the same scheme as the first film, we'll get a directors cut in theaters this summer. Guaranteed Avatar 2 hits theaters again in November 2024. 

    But yeah, the various re-releases of Avatar have added almost $200 million since it finished its run back in 2010. 

  4. 15 hours ago, IlyaP said:

    I still just can't fathom that. Two billion dollars in ticket sales. I wonder how many tickets that translates to being sold across the world?

    More importantly, it has legs similar to Top Gun Maverick. At this point in its theatrical run, TG:M would add another $400-$500 million world wide by the end. Who knows where Avatar 2 will land. 

    This is for a film that, in the past months, some people were legit saying was going to fail. 

  5. 7 hours ago, Veltigar said:

    Top Gun 2 remains the superior film though, even if it is surpassed in b-o. 

    Oh, he's definitely going to go over to the good guys. They can't have him lose every film. He's already done as a credible threat in my opinion and having him go native is also the most cliché way to go, so that's what Cameron's MO is for the story of these films.

    I'm going to look up Butler, he does look interesting.

    He's kind of half way there already. Not just in therms of his physical form. The values and virtues of a marine are much closer to those of the Na'Vi than the human society depicted in the film. and it goes without saying that he can't go back to earth. 


  6. Well, well.


    6TH OCTOBER 2022

    Press release: Various Claimants vs. Associated Newspapers Limited


    Today a group of people have launched a legal action against Associated Newspapers, publishers of The Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday and the Mail Online.

    The group behind this legal offensive are: Baroness Doreen Lawrence of Clarendon OBE; Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex; Sir Elton John and David Furnish; Elizabeth Hurley; and Sadie Frost.

    These individuals have become aware of compelling and highly distressing evidence that they have been the victims of abhorrent criminal activity and gross breaches of privacy by Associated Newspapers. Unlawful acts alleged to have taken place include:

    • The hiring of private investigators to secretly place listening devices inside people’s cars and homes
    • The commissioning of individuals to surreptitiously listen into and record people’s live, private telephone calls whilst they were taking place
    • The payment of police officials, with corrupt links to private investigators, for inside, sensitive information
    • The impersonation of individuals to obtain medical information from private hospitals, clinics, and treatment centres by deception
    • The accessing of bank accounts, credit histories and financial transactions through illicit means and manipulation.

    It is apparent to these individuals that the alleged crimes listed above represent the tip of the iceberg – and that many other innocent people remain unknowing victims of similar terrible and reprehensible covert acts.

    They have now therefore banded together to uncover the truth, and to hold the journalists responsible fully accountable, many of whom still hold senior positions of authority and power today.

    These individuals have been the subject of public interest during the course of their careers and personal lives. They are united in their desire to live in a world where the press operates freely, yet responsibly. A press that represents truth, is sourced in fact and can be trusted to operate ethically and in the interests of the British public.

    Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex, and Sadie Frost are represented by Hamlins LLP.

    Baroness Doreen Lawrence of Clarendon OBE, Elizabeth Hurley and Sir Elton John and David Furnish are represented by gunnercooke.

    David Sherborne of 5RB is Counsel for all the Claimants instructed by Callum Galbraith of Hamlins LLP and Anjlee Sangani of gunnercooke.


  7. 44 minutes ago, Derfel Cadarn said:

    They also photographed her and the other crash victims as they lay injured, dead or dying

    Holy shit, really? I didn't know that. 

    The driver is most responsible for the wreck, but he would not have been doing that speed in that tunnel if he wasn't being chased. and if you've seen the damage to that car, it's unlikely a seatbelt would have saved her. She was sitting in the back seat with no front or side curtain airbag. 

  8. 1 hour ago, Maltaran said:

    You can understand why Andrew thinks he can get away with what he did when you look at the kind of people they have in the police.

    I'm just now learning about David Carrick. Disgusting. I hope the bury him under the jail. 

    And lets not forget that met police officers were colluding with the tabloids in the phone hacking scandal.

  9. 3 minutes ago, Week said:

    Dude, she suggested that her children would be exploited by tabloids that disparaged her, lied about her, and lead to the death her husband's mother even though there is a LAW about photographs in school. Simply evil for her to impugn their sterling reputation (WINK) and to suggest that laws might be skirted, changed, or simply ignored.

    Yeah, totally. It's not like they'd ever do anything immoral or illegal like, doctor photographs or tap peoples phones. 

  10. 6 hours ago, Ser Scot A Ellison said:

    I’m floored this has gone to three threads.  (And one thread hijack).



    Regarding the discussion in the previous thread about press intrusion; what makes anyone think the UK press would give H+M+kids the same deference they give W+K+Kids? Harry's whole position is that he and Megan were basically being served up to the press by competing palace interests.

  11. 2 hours ago, Veltigar said:

    Is this based on something?

    Damascene conversion? My own speculation I guess.

    Maj. General Smedly Butler was an interesting character.


    Can we take a moment to acknowledge:


    That James Cameron managed to get a nipple in a PG-13 movie. Slightly out of focus? Yes. Alien? sure. Nevertheless, I sat in that theater with my five young nieces as we all gazed at Sigourney Weaver-atar's pale blue tittie. 


  12. 5 hours ago, Mexal said:

    My wife and I watched Avatar on Saturday, which was fine and then saw Avatar 2 this morning and we both really liked it. Maybe it's because we're recent parents but the family shit hit us. Visually stunning as we expected with about 90 minutes of James Cameron underwater porn but I was never really bored of it. Glad I saw it in the theater, just a really fun experience.

    Also, Stephen Lang plays such an excellent hateable villain. I wanted him to die in the most horrible ways.

    Great villain. I suspect:


    Quaritch-prime will have his "Smedly Butler with a vengeance" moment. His affection for Spider might be the catalyst, but now that his life has effectively bee commoditized, at what point does he realize that he's got more in common with the Na'vi and the humans just sees him as a piece of property?

    Watching the final battle, it appears that some of the Recoms were merely injured, not killed. How's Quaritch going to feel if his brothers and sisters in-arms get put down because they'd be too expensive to nurse back to heath?


  13. 9 hours ago, BigFatCoward said:

    @Deadlines? What Deadlines? any idea of its likely final total? I'm guessing it will be well short of the first film, but might it make 2.5 billion? 

    $2.5 Billion would be a fair guess. It's difficult to say because its all about legs at this point; and international legs at that. I just don't have a good sense on how its trending in most places.

    ETA: Domestically, It's still up almost $50 million on Top Gun Maverick. It's also up on the first Avatar but that gap appears to be closing. Who knows?

  14. On 1/13/2023 at 4:48 AM, Veltigar said:

    Part of me wonders whether the positive change in reception has more to do with my own growth since the last film rather than any "real" improvements (outside of less Samn Worthington) Cameron made to the franchise. The message is far from subtle, but I have myself become much more emotionally aware of the catastrophic loss in biodiversity and the negative impact we overall have on the environment (instead of merely being intellectually aware of it like 10 years ago). There were a lot of scenes with the Tulkun in particular that struck an emotional cord that I was not expecting an Avatar film to find.

    Not sure whether anyone else felt that way?

    I never responded to this part before...

    But yes, I definitely had that feeling. There are a lot of emotional moments in the film; both at a character/story level and in terms of the broader environmental themes. The opening scene where the humans return was pretty devastating. I previously commented on a particular Tulkun scene, which I'll say again, was just fucking evil. There's also some obvious Vietnam War stuff as well. Tangentially, it's amazing what JC can pass as PG-13.


    Some boring box office stuff: 

    The-numbers lists the worldwide box office at 1.9 billion.

    Avatar 2 is within spitting distance of topping Avengers: Infinity War's international box office. Pretty remarkable after 4.5 weeks. Worldwide: Spider-Man: FFH, Infinity War, and Star Wars: TFW will be toppled in the next week or two. 

    Its domestic legs are pretty good but not quite as good as I expected. $650-$750 mil domestic seems locked in at this point. Beyond that is a stretch. 

    Not bad for a sequel no one asked for, in a dormant franchise with no cultural footprint. 

  15. 1 minute ago, IlyaP said:

    Hey hey hey hey! I saw it in 2D and it was perfectly watchable! You leave my eyeballs alone! :)

    There were a few shots scattered throughout the film where you could "see" that they were converted from 3D to 2D. some of the underwater scenes in particular. It was OK overall but I thought it was a bit jarring. I hope they improve it for the home release. 

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