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The List: 10 things physician, undersea explorer and author Joe MacInnis can’t live without

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1 | My customized hard hat
I co-led an expedition to the Titanic in 1991. Everyone on board needed a hard hat, so I decided as long as I’m going to wear this bloody thing I might as well add some zip to it. I had three flags painted on it: Russian, American and Canadian, representing the three countries on
that dive.

2 | My Norco
It’s old and heavy—the Model-T of mountain bikes. I cycle everywhere, so I need a bike that can take the punishment.Joe MacInnis

3 | My Red-Zone man purse
In the places I work, you have to be prepared for emergencies. This bag has everything I need in case disaster strikes: first-aid kit, Leatherman, water, stuff like that.

Joe MacInnis4 | My anchor
I inherited this chain link from the HMS Bounty from my first mentor at National Geographic, Edwin Link. It was given to him by Louis Marden, who discovered the wreck
in 1957.

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5 | My indestructible Rolex
In 1968, I worked for the U.S. Navy’s Sealab III project, studying how deep under the ocean people could work. Rolex gave me a prototype Sea-Dweller diving watch. Five years ago I lent it to my friend, the astronaut Dave Williams, and it circled the earth with him. Otherwise, it has never left my wrist.

Joe MacInnis6 | My flag
I used this flag on my Arctic expeditions. I led 10 over a period of 13 years to learn how to dive safely under the polar ice pack. It was dangerous work. The flag also came on my latest expedition—the deepest solo dive ever—in the Western Pacific with James Cameron.

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See every course of the R.M.S. Titanic’s final first-class dinner (meticulously recreated by a food blogger)

All aboard (Image: Renée Suen)

April 15 marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, and Titanic-mania has become pretty much unavoidable: there’s a memorial cruise retracing the luxury liner’s doomed voyage, a 3-D rerelease of James Cameron’s 194-minute epic and, inevitably, collectables from the Royal Canadian Mint. The culinary world is by no means immune to all this, of course. Food blogger Paula Costa (of Dragon’s Kitchen) has taken the event to her food-loving heart, challenging herself to recreate the 11-course first-class dinner from the eve of the vessel’s demise. Although the Kitchener/Waterloo–based food blogger has previously hosted similar Titanic-themed dinners with others (mainly of the second- and third-class menus), this was her first solo effort. The project, based on the recipes found in Last Dinner on the Titanic by Rick Archbold and Dana McCauley, was a year in making, with weeks devoted to testing recipes and sourcing ingredients used during the Edwardian period. In the end, eight guests were invited to partake in the dinner, which involved $400 worth of ingredients, three days of preparation and assistance from a few sous-chefs on the evening of service itself. See Costa’s entire Titanic feast—including a chunk of iceberg from off the coast of Newfoundland—in our slideshow »

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James Cameron is banking on 3-D TV

Forget Pandora. James Cameron has set his sights on a new frontier: 3-D TV. The Avatar director has teamed up with cameraman Vince Pace to form the Cameron-Pace Group, which will explore the widespread adoption of 3-D technology for episodic television, sports and advertising. While this might sound like something out of Star Wars or CNN’s lame 2008 presidential election coverage, Cameron, already a champion for 3-D cinema, feels that 3-D will become a major player in television programming in the next five years.

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James Cameron tops Vanity Fair’s big earners list, is officially our overlord

All hail the new overlord (Image: Steve Jurvetson)

Vanity Fair has published this year’s list of the 40 top earners in Hollywood, and though only one Canadian made the cut, he’s mercilessly, triumphantly and not unexpectedly sitting at number one. Kapuskasing’s own James Cameron took the top spot with an estimated 2010 income of $257 million, more than doubling his nearest competitor Johnny Depp, who managed to scrape by with a paltry $100 million.

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Match made in 3-D heaven: James Cameron and Cirque du Soleil

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In hindsight, this story seems inevitable. Epic director James Cameron will be teaming up with the equally epic Cirque du Soleil in a family-oriented 3-D feature film. Cirque in 3-D! It’s so obvious. Mike Fleming of Deadline reports that the film will combine narrative storytelling with Cirque’s signature brand of insane physical wizardry. Scenes featuring Cirque performances are currently being shot in Las Vegas, where the troupe has several ongoing shows. Those performances will feature as the backdrop to a magical world the main character will enter. Cirque is apparently providing the financing, with Cameron on board as producer. This feels like a match made in visually spectacular heaven. It’s as if Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt decided to get together and make a baby…only the baby wears spandex and flies off the screen. Careful, Shiloh.

Andrew Adamson, James Cameron team with Cirque du Soliel on 3D feature [Deadline]

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Avatar returning to theatres because “millions of people” missed it the first time

If you were one of the “hundreds of thousands, if not millions of people” who, according to James Cameron, wanted to see Avatar in 3-D but didn’t get a chance to because there were other movies made in 2009, rest easy. The Avatar architect is bringing Pandora back in a special edition with nine minutes of extra footage. The movie has already become the highest grossing film of all time, pulling in a whopping $2.7 billion for 20th Century Fox, but the studio says it has been “inundated with requests to re-release the film in theatres in 3-D” since its big-screen run ended last March, according to the Globe. Avatar: Special Edition opens this Friday, and if you miss it again, Cameron insists there will be a sequel.

‘Avatar’ returns to theatres Friday with extra footage [Globe and Mail]

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CBC airing documentary about the Queen in 3-D

The 3-D revolution is making its way from theatres to Canadian television next month in the most exciting way possible: a documentary on the Queen. Viewers won’t need a special TV to watch CBC’s Queen Elizabeth in 3D (only in Canada are movie titles this inane), but they will need glasses, which will be available for free at Canada Post.

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James Cameron blames oil spill devastation on James Cameron

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Remember back when James Cameron came up with a plan to stop the oil spill, but BP wouldn’t listen to him? (At the time, J.C. called the company’s execs “morons.”) Well, the rejection still stings. The filmmaker told MTV yesterday that his original report was ignored because it “was contaminated in their minds because there was a Hollywood guy involved.” Big mistake, BP. “At the end of the day, they did exactly what we recommended,” claims Cameron. “I’m not saying they did it because we recommended it. I think they did it because it was the right thing to do. But they basically did exactly what we said should be done.” So, the reason why the spill wasn’t quelled sooner was because James Cameron is too famous? Right.

James Cameron Says Government Ignored His BP Oil Spill Advice [MTV]

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Black Eyed Peas + James Cameron = 3-D humps

Now imagine this in 3-D (Image: Jorge Mejía Peralta)

We were a little surprised that after James Cameron decried the “stupid stuff” emerging from 3-D cinema (i.e. Clash of the Titans) he would make a 3-D film about a band whose previous hits include “My Humps.” The Black Eyed Peas, fresh off the success of “I Gotta Feeling,” which broke the Billboard record for topping the charts for 20 weeks, will be the stars of Cameron’s next blockbuster 3-D flick.

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The Danforth Guide: our 21 favourite spots along the east end’s main avenue

The east end’s main thoroughfare has long been known for two things: Greek food and the Taste of the Danforth. Over the past many years, though, homebuyers drawn to the subway line have slowly turned the long strip of two-storey brick buildings into a bustling neighbourhood that has attracted a rich selection of fine shops, independent coffee houses, Thai joints and haute cuisine restaurants. The Danforth has reached a wonderful maturity that we think should be celebrated. Here are 21 of the best reasons to cross the viaduct.

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The top-secret formula for decoding Toronto Star movie reviews, revealed

Everyone’s a critic, right? Well, at the Toronto Star, even its film critics don’t seem to be too, well, critical these days. Every other week, there’s a three- or four-star (out of four) review popping up. And unless it’s been an especially good year for movies (editor’s note: it has not), then there’s only one answer to why the reviews are so darn positive: math.

Through some crack investigative work—and one very-soon-to-be-sorry radio room intern—The Hype has managed to get a hold of the entertainment department’s top-secret “ridiculously absurd virtues for entertainment” equation, or RAVE for short. This classified formula reveals just how critics manage to award stellar reviews to such universally acknowledged dreck as Alice in Wonderland (3 1/2 stars, but 53 per cent on metacritic.com), the remake of Death at a Funeral (three stars, but 51 per cent on metacritic) and, shudder, The Twilight Saga: New Moon (three stars, but a pitiful 44 per cent on metacritic).

Herewith, the math behind a Toronto Star movie review.


The formula breakdown, after the jump.

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James Cameron won’t save world after all, even though he knows “really, really, really smart people”

Now here's a man who looks like he knows what he's doing (Image: Steve Jurvetson)

Just as we suspected, James Cameron’s plan to save the world and stop the oil spill did not go as well as he had hoped. Upon visiting Washington to offer his brainpower, oceanic expertise and fleet of underwater vessels to the cause, J.C. was given the old heave-ho by BP, which, it turns out, isn’t interested in the filmmaker’s help. Weird. As Cameron said, the BP people are “morons.” He also pointed out that he is connected up the wazoo: “I know really, really, really smart people that work typically at depths much greater than what that well is at.” We can’t quite figure out why they wouldn’t want his help.

James Cameron says BP turned down his offer to help on spill [Globe and Mail]

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James Cameron to save world in real life, put an end to oil spill

The BP oil spill has been called the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history and the possible downfall of the Obama administration, but luckily, the world has James Cameron. The blockbuster ninja has put his movie-making skills and general knack for excellence to finding a solution to halt the hundreds of thousands of gallons of oil billowing into the Gulf of Mexico every day. He just wrapped up a meeting in Washington today to talk out ideas with “fellow” deep-sea ocean experts.

All right, JC. You’ve become a bit of an undersea aficionado thanks to your filmmaker career, and you own a fleet of underwater sea vessels, and you really care about the planet. We get it. You’re smart. But if the plan involves Leonardo DiCaprio or teaching a team how to speak Na’vi, we’re jumping ship.

Avatar director joins experts to brainstorm spill solutions [Globe and Mail]
Avatar Director James Cameron Scripting New Ending to Oil Spill [People]

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James Cameron wants to approve all 3-D movies, avoid “stupid stuff” like Clash of the Titans

Save us from mediocrity (Image: Steve Jurvetson)

James Cameron is concerned that poorly received 3-D productions like the Clash of the Titans remake are giving the technology a bad name, so he’s suggesting a voluntary watchdog group within the North American film industry to keep 3-D standards as high as his own. Cameron’s beef with Clash of the Titans is that it was originally shot in 2-D and hastily converted into 3-D afterwards, using a contentious post-production process that took only seven weeks. Neither audiences nor critics were impressed with the results. Cameron says he knew it wouldn’t work, subsequently admitting he hasn’t seen the film.

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