“Avatar: The Way of Water” Latest Trailer Released

Avatar The Way of Water Latest Trailer ReleasedJames Cameron and team has released a new trailer for the director’s latest upcoming epic film, “Avatar: The Way of Water”.

The spectacular trailer showcases some of the technology the director has in store. In a recent GQ interview, he explains the algorithms, new cameras, and many other techs that came into use in making the film.

“It’s not animation in a Pixar sense where they’re just making stuff up,” Cameron said. “The actors already defined what they did, but it has to be translated from the captured data to the 3D-CG character. And there’s all sorts of AI steps in there.”

Directed by James Cameron and produced by Cameron and Jon Landau, the movie stars Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldaña, Sigourney Weaver, Kate Winslet, and Stephen Lang.

Get another peek at the upcoming sequel’s story in this new trailer. The film is set more than a decade after the events of the first film, Avatar.
“Avatar: The Way of Water is set to debut in theaters on December 16, 2022.

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“Everything Everywhere All at Once” Lead Independent Spirit Awards Film Nominations

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The film categories of 2023 Film Independent Spirit Awards nominations were revealed on Tuesday morning, Nov, 22, 2022.

“Everything, Everywhere All At Once” leads the list with 8 nominations. “TAR” followed closely with 7 nominations, while “Aftersun” and “Women Talking” received 5 and 4 nominations respectively.

For the acting categories, the nominees were Michelle Yeoh (Everything Everywhere All At Once), Mia Goth (Pearl), Paul Mescal (Aftersun), Cate Blanchett (TÁR), Andrea Riseborough (To Leslie), Jeremy Pope (The Inspection), Taylor Russell (Bones And All), Dale Dickey (A Love Song), Regina Hall (Honk For Jesus. Save Your Soul.), and Aubrey Plaza (Emily The Criminal).

This year, the awards ceremony will use gender-neutral acting categories in lead and supporting across film and television.

“We’re thrilled to join the other festivals and award shows that are already moving to celebrate great acting without reference to gender. We’re also happy to welcome non-binary performers into the Spirit Awards without forcing them to choose to identify as male or female,” Film Independent president Josh Welsh said at the time.

For a full list of nominees, go to filmindependent.org.

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Cate Blanchett To Receive Honor At Palm Springs Film Festival

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The Palm Springs International Film Awards has announced that Cate Blanchett is set to receive the Desert Palm Achievement Award.

“Cate Blanchett is truly one of the best actresses of this generation, whose performances are always extraordinary no matter the role. In her latest film Tár, Cate perfectly embodies Lydia Tár as an orchestra conductor at the height of her career whose life begins to unravel,” said Festival Chairman Harold Matzner. ” There is no one better suited for this role and it is our honor to present the Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actress, to Cate Blanchett.”

Two-time Oscar winner Blanchett will receive the honor during a ceremony at the Palm Springs Convention Center on Jan. 5, 2023.

Her film Tar saw its initial theatrical release Oct. 7 through Focus Features.

Blanchett was honored at the festival previously with the Desert Palm Achievement Award: Actress (2016) for Carol and Truth, Career Achievement Award and Ensemble Performance Award Babel (2007).

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Critics Choice Winner “Nuisance Bear” Released On Streaming On The New Yorker

nuisance bearThe New Yorker recently débuted the award-winning new short documentary, “Nuisance Bear,” which presents a portrait of a Manitoba town where travellers arrive in droves every autumn to observe the migration of polar bears. On Nov.13 in New York City it received Best Documentary Short at the Critics Choice Documentary Awards.

The footage that filmmakers Jack Weisman and Gabriela Osio Vanden captured reveals as much about the behavior of the humans—including the scrums of wilderness paparazzi that descend on Churchill, Manitoba every fall—as that of the bears.

“Nuisance Bear” received three Critics Choice Documentary Award nominations—a first for a short—for Best Cinematography, Best Short Documentary, and Best Science/Nature Documentary.

These nominations join a list of more than a dozen other honors for the film. Most recently, the film was nominated for the 38th IDA Documentary Awards for Best Short and the Cinema Eye Honors for Outstanding Nonfiction Short.

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Mad Max: Fury Road Meets Annihilation In Upcoming Almighty Series

ALMIGHTY SERIESFan-favorite creator Ed Laroche (The Warning) is back with an all-new, high-stakes, five-issue miniseries in, Almighty. This upcoming launch is set to hit shelves in February 2023 from Image Comics.

Almighty is an original sci-fi/fantasy epic that is perhaps best described as Max Max: Fury Road-style action combined with the mutated horror of Annihilation.

“I can’t wait for people to experience this story; each issue ratchets up the tension culminating in one of the most unexpected climaxes put to paper,” said Laroche.
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Wonderfront 2022 Festival: Photo Highlights

It was a big day of great music in San Diego on Friday, as Wonderfront 2022 Festival kicks off on seven stages with more than 80 bands playing for three days. See some of the photo highlights from yesterday’s performances.

Highlights includes stunning performances by LA indie pop band “Saint Motel” and rock band “Young the Giant” rocking the night over at Port of San Diego, singer-songwriter from Detroit Quinn XCII performed at Seaport Village stage and country music singer and songwriter CAM serving up the fun over at Events.com Embacadero North.

Closing the night at Events.com was headliner, Grammy winning brand Zac Brown Band, who rocked the crowd at the packed venue, bringing Caroline Jones into the stage. The band recently announced Jones as a permanent addition to the band.

The Wonderfront 2022 Festival is set to feature tonight’s performers such as G-Eazy, Soja, Swa Lee, as well asa headliner Kings of Leon. Th stages will return again tomorrow for the last day of the festival, with headliner Gwen Stefani set to perform.

Go to wonderfrontfestival.com for tickets and more details.

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Hard-Boiled Crime Thriller “Blood Tree” Set To Launch In February 2023

bloodtreeFan-favorites Peter J. Tomasi (Batman and Robin, Superman, Black Adam: The Dark Age, Super-Sons, Detective Comics) and Maxim Šimić (Escape from New York, Worlds Apart) team up for Blood Tree, an all-new ongoing series set to launch from Image Comics in February 2023.

In Blood Tree, two obsessed NYPD detectives hunt for a vicious butcher called the Angel Killer, a sociopath who preys on the innocent family members of known murderers in order to “purify” the rest of society.

This new story confronts the battle of nature versus nurture, considers how present and future generations are tainted by past generations, and asks the age-old question: Who must pay for the sins of the fathers—and perhaps even the sins of the mothers?

“I always wanted to take a shot at writing a taut and haunting crime drama in the tradition of Silence of the Lambs meets Seven,” said Tomasi.

Šimić added: “This book will surely grip the reader the same way it gripped me after reading the entire script. It’s dark, action packed, and, best of all, it’s got great characters.”

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Ari Lennox Announces The “age/sex/location” Tour 2023

Ari Lennox Announces The age sex location Tour 2023Following the release of her highly anticipated sophomore album, age/sex/location, GRAMMY nominated, and platinum recording artist Ari Lennox(Dreamville/Interscope Records) announces her “age/sex/location” Tour 2023.

Produced by Live Nation, the 27-city tour kicks off on January 26th at House of Blues in Las Vegas making stops across the U.S. in Los Angeles, Houston, Atlanta and more before wrapping up in her hometown at Howard Theatre in Washington, DC on March 28th. Tickets go on sale starting Friday, November 18th at 10am local on Ticketmaster.com

The D.C.-born singer-songwriter catapulted to success in 2019 through her debut album, Shea Butter Baby. The project, now with over 1.3 billion global streams, spawned major hits: the RIAA platinum-certified title track, featuring Dreamville label head and marquee artist, J. Cole, the fan-favorite, gold-certified singles “BMO” and “Whipped Cream,” and “Up Late,” whose intimate video drew praise from ESSENCE, Noisey, Pitchfork, and Billboard.

The album also reached certified gold status with the RIAA. Awards recognition capped off the debut era, with nominations at the Grammys (for her contribution on Dreamville’s album, Revenge of the Dreamers III) three 2019 Soul Train Awards, and two 2020 NAACP Awards. In 2021, she introduced her second chapter with the R&B throwback, “Pressure,” produced by legendary hitmakers Jermaine Dupri, Bryan Michael Cox and Johnta Austin.
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Zac Locke’s “#FLOAT” Comes To Digital and VOD 12/9 from XYZ Films

Zac Locke FLOAT Comes To Digital and VODA survivor horror film about a lazy river trip gone wrong, #FLOAT is the directorial debut of writer-director Zac Locke.

The horror film from XYZ Films is set for release in VOD and digital platforms on December 9, 2022.

#FLOAT skillfully plays on classic tropes of ’80s slasher films – beautiful young, selfish people blithely ignore warnings about the dangers awaiting them and then get gruesomely killed off – while employing a modern sensibility.

Here’s the film’s official synopsis:
Young, beautiful and full of life, vlogger Kali and her friends are heading to the river for their annual float, but it’s the first time since their friend overdosed and drowned last year. Their partying turns deadly as a sinister paranormal force plunges them into a life and death struggle forcing them to face their own fears as they turn on each other – and proceed to die one by one.

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Bigfoot Chapter Gets Extra-Length Encore Reprint In The Department Of Truth: Wild Functions Special This December

Bigfoot Chapter Gets Extra-Length Encore Reprint In The Department Of TruthJames Tynion IV and Martin Simmonds’ popular Bigfoot two-issue The Department of Truth story will return in an extra-length encore reprint titled, The Department Of Truth: Wild Fictions Special. On sale in December from Image Comics, the issue will include both The Department of Truth #10 and The Department of Truth #11 which, together, tells the standalone cryptid story fans love.

The Department Of Truth: Wild Fictions Special provides the perfect jumping on point for readers new to the series as well. “It’s impossible to pick a favorite story from the first few years of The Department of Truth, but the one that has brought the most people to my table at convention after convention is ‘A Hunter’s Story’, which ran over two issues in our second arc,” said Tynion IV.

“We’ve spent a lot of time talking about what might be the perfect bite-sized morsel of DOT to help comic shops introduce new readers to our series, and we can think of no better option as we start the drumbeat to The Department of Truth #25.”
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