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Sigourney Weaver Embraces the Action Figure World

RipleyAlien_conceptWe’re guessing few people were more excited about the news that Sigourney Weaver has finally officially acquiesced to the idea of Ellen Ripley action figures than KPCC managing editor, digital Patrick Lee. That’s because his Twitter handle (@ripleycal) mashes the last name of her character in Ridley Scott‘s 1979 sci-fi classic with that of Winona Ryder‘s in 1997 sequel Alien: Resurrection.*

At right is some initial concept art. Although we’re personally excited that there’s a hint of Jim Morrison, chances are that will not make the final toy-cut. From this week’s announcement:

The officially licensed Ripley action figures from the National Entertainment Collectibles Association (NECA) will span multiple movies within the Alien saga: initial plans include a figure of Ripley in her Nostromo jumpsuit from the original 1979 film, to be followed later by a Ripley figure based on the 1986 movie Aliens, directed by James Cameron

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Studio City Freelancer Among This Year’s S.I. Newhouse Finalists

Remember all that business last spring about The Hobbit’s 48-frames-per-second technology? Among the reporters covering the topic at that time was Studio City-based freelance writer Hugh Hart for Wired magazine.

While Peter Jackson’s 48-fps experiment didn’t exactly set the movie business on fire, it has paved the way for Hart to travel this summer to New York City for the S.I. Newhouse School Mirror Awards, which honor the best reporting about digital media. His Wired feature is a nominee in the Best Single Article category alongside The Huffington Post’s Michael Calderone, Media Matters’ Joe Strupp and three others.

Hart did a great job in the Wired piece of framing the historical Hollywood context, moving in his first two paragraphs from a current studio to Thomas Alva Edison circa 1890. The reporter also landed the holy grail for this sort of piece – an interview with James Cameron. (Hart also spoke with visual effects pioneer Douglas Trumbull and several others.)

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LA Agency Cranks Out Another Year-End Review for Google

The video compilation runs two minutes, 46 seconds and features initial quick shots of Red Bull space diver Felix Baumgartner, South Korean viral sensation Psy and a deep-sea diving James Cameron. And for the third year in a row, Google’s Zeitgeist: Year in Review was put together by an agency right here in LA.

Released Wednesday and linked on the Google search home page, the slick montage is about to cross the two and a half million views mark. It was directed by WHiRLED founder-creative director Scott Chan and produced by his colleague there Jenna Cedicci.

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Kids on Twitter Shocked to Discover Titanic Was Real

Is this what James Cameron has wrought?  A generation that believe the Titanic was just a movie? Alright whippersnappers, just so we’re clear, Marilyn Monroe, the attack on Pearl Harbor, and Cleopatra were also real.

To be fair to the kids above, we probably shouldn’t leave the chronicling of American history to Hollywood.

April 15th marks the 100 year anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. The film Titanic will turn 100 in the year 2097.

James Cameron: Avatar Sequels Will Likely Sink My Follow-Up Dive Plans

There has arguably never been a more dramatic juxtaposition at a Hollywood movie press junket and premiere event than the one that recently took place in London for the unveiling of the 3D version of Titanic. There was director James Cameron, explaining to reporters that he almost didn’t make it because of his record-setting dive to the Mariana Trench a few days earlier.

In terms of coverage of Cameron the explorer, the best outlet remains that of his scientific partner, National Geographic. In the magazine’s latest Web exclusive, the king of the underworld talked about his desire to return to the seven-mile bottom as well as his very measured view of the inevitable excursion glitches:

“The thing that I know from my experience of diving … is that unless you’re running a tourist sub that does the same dive every day, day in day out, you’re going to have technical problems.”

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Deadline.com Fails the April Fools Test

Today, The Guardian has clearly admitted their mistake. After picking up an April Fools joke item posted at worstpreviews.com that claimed James Cameron wanted to do a sequel to Ridley Scott’s Prometheus, the newspaper has amended the item sub-headline:

History may be set to repeat itself if Cameron signs on for the follow-up to Ridley Scott’s latest return to the Alien universe • … but in fact it’s unlikely to as we discovered this story was an April Fool’s joke on the part of the original source on 3 April. Sorry for the misinformation

On the other hand, Deadline.com’s Mike Fleming, who sourced the errant Guardian report, has not been quite as upfront about the slip-up. And that does not sit well with the author of the original gag article, Alex Ginzburg:

After most sites realized it was a joke, they simply apologized. But not Deadline. It instead erased all user comments about how the original article was a joke and then posted an update that states: “Insiders tell me that James Cameron was making a slightly humorous off-handed comment about making a Prometheus sequel and they’d be surprised if it amounted to anything, considering how busy the director will be preoccupied with Avatar sequels.”

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Video: James Cameron Talks About His Voyage to the Ocean’s Floor

Director James Cameron gave his exit interview to National Geographic shortly after he emerged from his yellow submarine and became the first person in history to take a solo dive to the bottom of the Mariana Trench. Can’t wait to see the footage of what he found down there.

James Cameron Reaches Deepest Point of the Ocean

Director James Cameron conquered possibly the last great exploratory feat on Earth over the weekend. He reached the deepest point of the ocean–35,756 feet down, at the bottom of the Mariana Trench. And once he got there, he tweeted.

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CNN Reporter Reels In James Cameron Scoop

The Internet was replete this week with details about James Cameron‘s latest real-life adventure. But only CNN national correspondent Jason Carroll was able to provide ship deck details about the Avatar maestro’s imminent 36,000-foot deep sea dive.

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Santa Barbara Cinematographer Mike deGruy Dies in Helicopter Crash

Award-winning cinematographer Mike deGruy was killed over the weekend in a helicopter crash in Eastern Australia. He was 60 years-old. DeGruy was on assignment for National Geographic at the time of his death. The Santa Barbara-based deGruy was probably best known for his work on James Cameron‘s documentary Last Mysteries of the Titanic.

Andrew Wight, an Australia-based writer-producer who also collaborated with Cameron in the past, was also killed in the crash.

“Mike and Andrew were like family to me,” Cameron told the AP. “They were my deep-sea brothers and both were true explorers who did extraordinary things and went places no human being has been.”

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