James Cameron confirms he is making four Avatar sequels

By Bryan Bishop

We’d already heard rumors that James Cameron had found three sequels a little limiting for his Avatar follow-ups, and on stage at CinemaCon today he made it official. The filmmaker announced that no less than four new sequels to his 3D epic are in the works, with the first hitting theaters in 2018.

The filmmaker discussed the many ways in which he is expanding the world — a theme park with Disney in in the works, and his company has signed a deal with Dark Horse Comics for graphic novel spin-offs — but the movies themselves are obviously the biggest component.

The Avatar sequels have been a moving target since he first announced he was working on them, and Cameron has since assembled what amounts to a screenwriting superteam to break the story for the various films. As it stands, the second film in the series will be coming out in the holiday season of 2018, with the subsequent films arriving in 2020, 2022, and 2023.

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Avicii Talks Illness, Fame and Retiring at Age 26

by Scott Roxborough

“I’m happier, more stress-free than I’ve been in a long time.”

Avicii looks tired. Tired, but happy.

The Swedish electronic dance music superstar is en route from Bahrain, where he was the headline act for Bahrain Grand Prix concert series, stopping over for a few hours in Cannes before heading out for the final stretch of what, if the 26-year-old DJ is to be believed, will be his final tour.

Last week, Avicii, who also goes by his given name, Tim Bergling, shocked his millions-strong global fan base when he announced his retirement from live touring in an emotional letter he posted on his website.



Radiohead, LCD Soundsystem, J. Cole Top Outside Lands 2016 Lineup

by Gil Kaufman

Nine years after they helped kick off the inaugural edition, Radiohead will return to San Francisco’s iconic Golden Gate Park to headline the 2016 edition of the Outside Lands Festival. Thom Yorke and company will be joined by an all-star roster of other headliners including the reunited LCD Soundsystem, Lionel Richie, J. Cole, Lana Del Rey, Duran Duran and Zedd. Additionally, Outside Lands 2016 will boast the first-ever live festival performance of The Muppets’ Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem.

The three-day fest (Aug. 5-7), which mixes gourmet food and wine with amazing music, will also host Air, Sufjan Stevens, Ryan Adams, Beach House, Halsey, Grimes, Jason Isbell, The Last Shadow Puppets, Miike Snow, Kehlani and the Claypool Lennon Delirium.

Major Lazer, Chance the Rapper, Miguel, Big Grams (Big Boi + Phantogram), Third Eye Blind, Griz, Brandi Carlile, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Foals, Lord Huron, St. Lucia and Vince Staples will also perform.

Both VIP and single-day GA tickets for the fest will go on sale on Thursday. For a full daily lineup for Outside Lands 2016 click here.


It hasn’t even been a year, and there’s already an improved Samsung Galaxy A9

By Williams Pelegrin

Announced last December, the Samsung Galaxy A9 represented the company’s latest effort to disguise a mid-range smartphone in high-end construction. Following the lead of Chinese smartphone makers Xiaomi and Meizu, however, Samsung opted to create a Pro version of its jumbo-sized Galaxy A smartphone, which brings us to the Galaxy A9 Pro, reports GSM Arena.

Revealed for China, the Galaxy A9 Pro doesn’t do anything dramatic to differentiate itself from the original, offering slight bumps in RAM, built-in storage, camera resolution, and battery. More specifically, the Galaxy A9 Pro runs on 4GB of RAM, up from the 3GB found in the original, while featuring 32GB of storage, twice the storage of the original. In addition, the Galaxy A9 Pro features an 8-megapixel camera on the front and a 16MP camera around back, nice bumps from the 5MP and 13MP rear- and front-facing shooters, respectively, found in the original. Finally, the Pro version of the Galaxy A9 includes a whopping 5,000mAh battery, up from the 4,000mAh battery found in the Galaxy A9.



Young Han Solo Will Probably Be Played By One Of These 4 Actors

By Dirk Libbey

And then there were four. When we first heard about the casting search for the young version of Han Solo for the character’s upcoming standalone Star Wars film, it sounded like every living human between 20 and 35 was being considered. Then we heard the shortlist had been whittled down to about a dozen names. While the decision hasn’t quite been made yet, the shortlist has reportedly become even shorter.

While the exact size of the shortlist is unclear, according to The Hollywood Reporter, at least four actors were in London last week to test for the role. While three of the young performers have been on our radar previously, one appears to be an entirely new name attached to the intergalactic smuggler. Here’s a look at the top candidates for the Millennium Falcon pilot’s chair.

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Xbox One meets PS4? Microsoft to enable cross-platform multiplayer gaming with other consoles


If you’re big into multiplayer gaming, you need to buy the same console as your friends to play together. But a new move by Microsoft may end that.

In a note to independent developers today, ID@Xbox director Chris Charla announced that the company is enabling developers to support cross-network multiplayer gaming.

He explains, “This means players on Xbox One and Windows 10 using Xbox Live will be able to play with players on different online multiplayer networks – including other console and PC networks.”

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2016 Academy Awards – Spotlight, Leo, Mad Max wins big

2016 Academy Awards

Best Picture

Best Actor
Leonardo DiCaprio in “The Revenant”

Leonardo DiCaprio

Best Actress
Brie Larson in “Room”

Supporting Actor
Mark Rylance in “Bridge of Spies”

Supporting Actress
Alicia Vikander for “The Danish Girl”

Alejandro G. Iñárritu for “The Revenant”

Adapted screenplay
“The Big Short” Screenplay by Charles Randolph and Adam McKay

Original screenplay
“Spotlight” Written by Josh Singer & Tom McCarthy

Film editing
“Mad Max: Fury Road” Margaret Sixel

Production design
“Mad Max: Fury Road” Production Design: Colin Gibson; Set Decoration: Lisa Thompson

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New York Fashion Week: Couture

By AI Creative Media

Couture New York Fashion Week began on Friday, February 12 and runs through February. All of the shows were held on Crowne Plaza Times Square Manhattan, Broadway, NY.

The 23rd Season of Couture Fashion Week featured collections from Dauphine of France, Anniesa Hasibuan, Vintage Couture by Vanny Tousignant, Ely Cortrreal and Andres Aquino, and performances from Mia Wallace and Serena Bateman.

Couture Fashion Week was founded in 2005 by Andres Aquino and also presents a series of couture and luxury fashion shows in New York City, Cannes and other selected cities.

Here’s some of the highlights of the 3-day couture fashion event.

Photographer: Armando – aiphotoimaging.com
New York Couture Fashion Week
Crowne Plaza Times Square Manhattan, Broadway


Screen Actors Guild Awards 2016: ‘Spotlight’ Cast Takes Top Prize

Journalism drama “Spotlight” won the SAG ensemble cast award in a night that was dominated by a diverse roster of winners.

“Spotlight” won the cast award over “Beasts of No Nation,” “The Big Short,” “Straight Outta Compton” and “Trumbo.”

Solidifying his front-runner status, Leonardo DiCaprio has won the SAG Award for Best Actor for “The Revenant” for his role as a fur trapper bent on revenge. Brie Larson won Best Actress for her role as a tormented mother in “Room.”

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