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By David Kronke and David Kronke,Special to The Sun | July 31, 1994
Director James Cameron was in front of the camera, not behind it, posing for publicity shots for his new movie, "True Lies," and his assistants, for a change, were directing him. "Smile," insisted a young woman who worked makeup on his latest action epic. "You have a nice smile.""How would you know?" Mr. Cameron good-naturedly demanded. "You've never seen it.""Every picture of you makes you look so mean," another assistant fretted."The camera doesn't lie," Mr. Cameron said -- and smiled.Mr.
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By Jonah Goldberg | May 2, 2013
In the new sci-fi movie "Oblivion," Earth's most precious resource is Tom Cruise. But running a close second (spoiler alert) is water. Aliens want it. All of it. This is old hat, science fiction-wise. In "The War of the Worlds," H.G. Wells had Martians coming to Earth to quench their thirst. The extraterrestrial lizards (cleverly disguised as human catalog models) in the 1980s TV series "V" came here to steal our water too -- though they wanted it in part to wash down the meal they intended to make of us. In the more recent "Battle: Los Angeles," pillaging Earth's oceans was the only motivation we're given for why aliens were laying waste to humanity.
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By Ann Hornaday and Ann Hornaday,SUN FILM CRITIC | December 22, 1997
He's been compared to root canal and Mr. Hyde, but James Cameron is the picture of amiability as he meets a luncheon companion at the Four Seasons Hotel in Washington.As he eagerly shows a visitor a book about shipwrecks given to him earlier that day by Robert Ballard, who discovered the Titanic wreck in 1985, the 43-year-old director seems more like a big kid than the enfant terrible he's been made out to be. Only the occasional hint of gray flecking his neatly trimmed blond hair and beard indicate that he's recently dodged a very big bullet.
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By Leonard Pitts Jr | April 15, 2012
There is a single shot, just seconds long, in James Cameron's newly re-released movie, "Titanic," that says it all with poignant eloquence. Up to this point in the narrative, the director has emphasized the great ship's size and grandeur. She sweeps over the waves like a building that has somehow learned to fly, and you cannot help but gape at the mammoth scale of her, the largest moving object on Earth at more than 100 feet tall and four city blocks long. Then comes her collision with that iceberg she saw too late.
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By Ann Hornaday and Ann Hornaday,SUN FILM CRITIC | March 24, 1998
"Titanic," James Cameron's $200 million epic about the 1912 sea disaster, tied "Ben-Hur" for the most Oscars in history, winning 11 at last night's 70th annual Academy Awards ceremony.The blockbuster, which just last summer was rumored to be a flop in the making, won the Oscar for best picture as well as awards for: costumes, sound, sound effects editing, visual effects, original dramatic score, film editing, original song, cinematography, art direction and direction.Its 14 nominations had tied the record set by the 1950 film "All About Eve."
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | December 6, 2002
Glen Burnie filmmaker David Cross' Ghostwatcher, the tale of a woman scared to walk outside of her house because of the ghosts she fears live inside, continues its run at Anne Arundel County's Premier Cinemas this week. Filmed in Glen Burnie, Boring in Baltimore County and Hampstead in Carroll County, Ghostwatcher had its premiere at the same movie house Oct. 12. Both shows that day sold out. Tickets for the exclusive engagement are $3, and the film will run at least through next Thursday.
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By LEONARD PITTS JR | June 18, 2006
WASHINGTON -- Seventy-six years ago, thousands of people came to lynch James Cameron. In this, he was not unique. An estimated 4,700 Americans - the vast majority of them black men - suffered that fate in the years between the Civil War and the civil rights movement. Here's what makes Mr. Cameron different: He survived. The rope around his neck and the mob howling for his blood, but he survived. He is believed to be the only person ever to do so. James Cameron died last Sunday at 92 after years of failing health.
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By Terry Lawson and Terry Lawson,KNIGHT RIDDER / TRIBUNE | December 11, 2003
Full disclosure: I have not watched in their entirety all nine - that's right, nine - discs of Alien Quadrilogy, which would have taken a workweek plus overtime: There's something like 45 hours of previously unseen material here. I still may do so, however, sometime before I retire to some other planet. Ridley Scott's 1979 Alien is one of the best horror movies of the past half-century; James Cameron's 1986 sequel, Aliens, is one of the best action movies of the past quarter-century (and, to my mind, still his best movie, especially in the extended cut)
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By Ann Hornaday and Ann Hornaday,SUN FILM CRITIC | December 19, 1997
Has anyone not heard that "Titanic" is the most expensive movie ever made? Is there a citizen at large who doesn't know of the problems that bedeviled its production, from director James Cameron's explosive temper to the PCP-laced lobster chowder? Anyone out there remember that the two studios behind "Titanic," 20th Century Fox and Paramount, almost came to blows last summer while deciding when to release the film?Well, forget it all. "Titanic," a three-hour, wide-screen historical romantic epic, steams over its advance hype, leaving the tatters of gossip columns and inside reports in its prodigious wake.
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By Ann Hornaday and Ann Hornaday,SUN FILM CRITIC | March 24, 1998
Titanic," James Cameron's $200 million historical epic about the 1912 sea disaster, was the best picture at the 70th Academy Awards last night. The Oscar capped 11 wins for the movie, which tied with 1959's "Ben-Hur" for the most Oscars won in history."Titanic's" 14 nominations tied the record set by 1950's "All About Eve.""My heart is full to bursting, except to say, 'I'm the king of the world!' " So said James Cameron with a triumphant whoop, echoing Leonardo DiCaprio's character in the film, as he received the Oscar for best director.
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By Patrick Goldstein and Tribune newspapers | January 8, 2010
I t's no secret that "Avatar" has been stunningly successful on nearly every front. The James Cameron-directed sci-fi epic is already the fourth-highest-grossing film of all time, having earned more than $1 billion around the globe in less than three weeks of theatrical release. The film also has garnered effusive praise from critics, who've been planting its flag on a variety of critics Top 10 lists (it has earned an impressive 83 score on Rotten Tomatoes). The 3-D trip to Pandora is also viewed as a veritable shoo-in for a best picture Oscar nomination when the academy announces its nominees on Feb. 2. But amid this avalanche of praise and popularity, guess who hates the movie?
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,michael.sragow@baltsun.com | May 3, 2009
From her breakthrough with Near Dark, a contemporary vampire movie featuring undead who roam the West in a van, Kathryn Bigelow has broken new ground for female movie directors. Simply following her instincts for atmosphere and suspense, she's become a specialist in fable and adventure. Even skeptics acknowledge her knack for splashy action-film iconography in movies like Point Break, which turned Keanu Reeves into a Gen-X version of the strong, silent type and showcased Patrick Swayze as a specialist in tough-guy karma while mixing surfing and grand larceny.
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By LEONARD PITTS JR | June 18, 2006
WASHINGTON -- Seventy-six years ago, thousands of people came to lynch James Cameron. In this, he was not unique. An estimated 4,700 Americans - the vast majority of them black men - suffered that fate in the years between the Civil War and the civil rights movement. Here's what makes Mr. Cameron different: He survived. The rope around his neck and the mob howling for his blood, but he survived. He is believed to be the only person ever to do so. James Cameron died last Sunday at 92 after years of failing health.
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June 5, 2005
BRIDGE, ANYONE? Ever wondered if you had what it takes to play bridge? If so, try your hand in the beginner's classes of the Baltimore Congress of Bridge Clubs, the umbrella organization of three bridge clubs in the city. BCBC President Thelma B. Satchell says, "We're always looking for new members to join us, and have beginner's classes whenever we can get eight students to commit to learning bridge for eight weeks." The BCBC is one of the oldest units in the American Bridge Association, which was started as a bridge club for African-Americans at a time when segregation kept black players from joining white organizations.
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By Terry Lawson and Terry Lawson,KNIGHT RIDDER / TRIBUNE | December 11, 2003
Full disclosure: I have not watched in their entirety all nine - that's right, nine - discs of Alien Quadrilogy, which would have taken a workweek plus overtime: There's something like 45 hours of previously unseen material here. I still may do so, however, sometime before I retire to some other planet. Ridley Scott's 1979 Alien is one of the best horror movies of the past half-century; James Cameron's 1986 sequel, Aliens, is one of the best action movies of the past quarter-century (and, to my mind, still his best movie, especially in the extended cut)
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | July 1, 2003
Saying you like a brutal franchise picture like Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines because of the grace notes probably sounds as persuasive as saying you buy Maxim for the articles. But that's my story and I'm sticking to it. Jonathan Mostow, who directed the estimable genre pictures Breakdown and U-571, brings some welcome gusts of humor and a smidgen of humanity to T3. Still, he can't cut loose from crash-and-dash chases and robot-crushing wrestling matches that for some of us turned tedious even in Terminator 2: Judgment Day. The good news is that Schwarzenegger is more entertaining than ever as the Terminator T-101 cyborg.
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June 5, 2005
BRIDGE, ANYONE? Ever wondered if you had what it takes to play bridge? If so, try your hand in the beginner's classes of the Baltimore Congress of Bridge Clubs, the umbrella organization of three bridge clubs in the city. BCBC President Thelma B. Satchell says, "We're always looking for new members to join us, and have beginner's classes whenever we can get eight students to commit to learning bridge for eight weeks." The BCBC is one of the oldest units in the American Bridge Association, which was started as a bridge club for African-Americans at a time when segregation kept black players from joining white organizations.
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By Dave Barry and Dave Barry,KNIGHT RiDDER/TRIBUNE | May 31, 1998
I FINALLY FINISHED the script for the sequel to the movie "Titanic." I am calling it -- and let the legal record show that I thought of this first -- "Titanic II: The Sequel."I am darned proud of this script. I have been working on it, without sleeping or eating, except for two grilled-cheese sandwiches, for the better part of the last 35 minutes. I realize that sounds like a lot of work, but bear in mind that writer/director James Cameron spent nearly twice that long on the script for the original movie, which was titled "Titanic I, the Original Movie."
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | December 6, 2002
Glen Burnie filmmaker David Cross' Ghostwatcher, the tale of a woman scared to walk outside of her house because of the ghosts she fears live inside, continues its run at Anne Arundel County's Premier Cinemas this week. Filmed in Glen Burnie, Boring in Baltimore County and Hampstead in Carroll County, Ghostwatcher had its premiere at the same movie house Oct. 12. Both shows that day sold out. Tickets for the exclusive engagement are $3, and the film will run at least through next Thursday.
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