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Sigourney Weaver Talks About Her Freediving Training For ‘Avatar 2’

Reports have emerged that Director James Cameron is planning on making the Oceans beneath Pandora an integral part of the film. The move is not really surprising since Cameron is known to have a passion for the underwater world: Two of his films — Titanic and The Abyss — were filled with underwater action.

Further proof that there will be plenty of underwater action in the upcoming blockbuster, Sigourney Weaver, who is returning to the franchise as a new character, was trained in freediving. She boasted to Yahoo News that as part of her training:

At least on land, I’m up to four minutes holding my breath.

She also confirmed that she has been scuba certified so she can film all the scenes needed in the new film. She added:

And I’m now scuba certified as well as in the midst of becoming an accomplished free diver. Once I completed my scuba course, Jim said to me, ‘The 75 percent of the world that’s underwater is now part of what your world gets to be.’”

If you’re already excited about Avatar 2, you’ll have to wait. The movie premieres on December 17th, 2020.


Sigourney Weaver to narrate L.A. Phil’s ‘War of the Worlds’; two performances added

Actress Sigourney Weaver has signed on to narrate the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s world premiere next month of Annie Gosfield’s opera “War of the Worlds,” with adapted text and direction by 2017 MacArthur fellow Yuval Sharon.

“War of the Worlds” uses Orson Welles’ famous 1938 fake news broadcast about aliens invading Earth to examine the often-flawed dissemination of information in modern times. The show will be heard not only inside Walt Disney Concert Hall but also outside it, via three revamped World War II air raid sirens. Sounds, songs and news bulletins from performers on the streets will be broadcast inside the hall.

I love this idea that the street and the hall are in dialogue with each other — that we’re not on Bunker Hill removed from everyday life,” Sharon, who holds the title artist-collaborator with the L.A. Phil, said during a recent interview.

Two bonus performances were added to the original show date of Nov. 12. Those added shows will take place on Nov. 18.

As our current political and social situation becomes so dire and alarming, this piece feels like it’s speaking to these issues in a way that, for me, feels quite electrifying,” Sharon said.


Sigourney Weaver’s Villainous Role In Marvel And Netflix’s THE DEFENDERS May Have Been Confirmed

We knew that Sigourney Weaver’s mysterious Alexandra will be the primary antagonist in Marvel and Netflix’s The Defenders, but we weren’t sure excatly what role she’d play in prompting the four heroes to team-up to put a stop to her machinations. The prevailing theory has always been that she’s somehow connected to The Hand (perhaps even the human vessel of The Beast?), and it sounds like that will indeed be the case.

During an interview with International Business Times, costume designer Stephanie Maslansky seemingly confirmed that Alexandra commands The Hand:

I think that she’s clearly a baddie, and she’s the head of an ancient organization which is grounded in the comics. I hope that her wardrobe reflects that kind of ancientness. I hope I haven’t said too much. I hope Marvel doesn’t come after me.

Though Maslansky doesn’t mention this ancient organization by name, it’s pretty obvious who she’s talking about. Not a huge surprise by any means, and we clearly still have a lot to learn about this character, but there you go.


‘Avatar 2’ to Begin Shooting This Fall, Says Sigourney Weaver

Production on the Avatar sequel is set to begin in the fall, according to Sigourney Weaver.

We’re starting!” the actress excitedly told The Hollywood Reporter at a screening of The Assignment, held Monday night at New York City’s Whitby Hotel. “We’re starting training, and we’re starting — hmm, I probably can’t say anything. We will be actually shooting it by the fall.

James Cameron has previously noted that the scripts of all four Avatar films are completed, and stars Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana are also set to return alongside Weaver. But fans were disappointed to hear that the second film would not be ready for a 2018 release date. Though the sequel to the 2009 sci-fi blockbuster, which grossed $2.7 billion at the global box office, had not officially been dated, it was expected for Christmas 2018.

Yet Weaver reassures that audiences’ patience will be rewarded in time.

I’m telling you, these scripts are so amazing, I’m not worried about [disappointing fans] at all,” she told THR. “Am I worried about how we’re going to bring them to life? Yes, because they’re so ambitious. They’re so worth it. They’re well worth waiting for. I’m not worried about that at all. We’re trying to get it done as quickly as possible.


Ridley Scott Says the Next ‘Alien’ Movie Is Already Written

Ridley Scott likes to move fast. Which, for his age and for the kinds of movies he makes, is kind of incredible. At 79 the guy is churning out almost a movie a year, but these aren’t Woody Allen comedies or Clint Eastwood dramas—they’re big, brash blockbusters like Prometheus and Exodus: Gods and Kings and The Martian. He most recently completed the Prometheus follow-up Alien: Covenant, and while Scott has talked in the past about continuing on with the franchise, he’s now saying the sequel to Covenant is already written and ready to go.

Buried in the bottom of a set visit report from the Sydney Morning Herald (via AVP Galaxy) is the news that Scott is ready to get moving on an Alien: Covenant sequel:

While working on Alien: Covenant, he had the next installment written so he is ready to keep advancing the saga.
“You’ve got to assume to a certain extent success and from that you’d better be ready,” he says. “You don’t want a two-year gap. So I’ll be ready to go again next year.”

It’s unclear when this interview was conducted (our set visit took place in 2016), so by “next year” he could mean 2017—meaning production could begin later this year.

Back in 2015, Scott said there would be two more Alien movies after Alien: Covenant, saying they would be “origin stories” that would answer “very basic questions” that were posed in Alien regarding who might have made it and where it came from. But before Prometheus was released, Scott was talking up sequels that would venture further away from the Alien franchise, focusing on Noomi Rapace and Michael Fassbender’s characters as they set off to find the home world of the Engineers. It doesn’t look like that’s the case in Covenant, which is yet another riff on a human crew encountering the alien threat, so it’s possible those plans have changed.

What Scott does seem to be consistent about over the past couple years is saying he intends for these movies to wrap around and connect back to the original Alien, leading right up to the events of Ripley and the original crew. When exactly that happens, what Covenant has to do with it, and even who wrote this Covenant sequel are still unanswered questions, but Scott seems to be in this thing for the long haul after taking a lengthy break from the sci-fi genre following Blade Runner.

What this also means is that Neill Blomkamp’s own Alien sequel is probably dead, or at the very least in a state of cryofreeze. The District 9 filmmaker shared some fan art of his online ahead of the release of Chappie and subsequently made a deal with Fox to actually turn his idea into reality—a film that would pick up after the events of Aliens and bring Sigourney Weaver and Michael Biehn back into the franchise. At that time Scott was busy with The Martian and it was unclear if/when Prometheus 2 would happen, but Blomkamp’s movie lit a fire under Scott, who subsequently forged ahead with Alien: Covenant and ensured that his movie would be made before Blomkamp’s. We’ve since heard nothing official about Blomkamp’s Alien sequel, and with Scott already gearing up to make the next Alien movie, we may not for quite some time.


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