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James Cameron Teaming With Cirque Du Soleil For Live ‘Avatar’ Tour

By | Thursday May 29, 2014 @ 9:31am PDT
Mike Fleming

AVATARUPDATE: Got a press release with the details for Avatar, which is the first film that Cirque Du Soleil has used for a touring act. Release is below the original story.

BREAKING: How invested is James Cameron in the blue people that populate his Avatar world? Cameron, who’s readying a trio of 3D-shot sequels to Hollywood’s all time highest grossing film, has announced that he will team with Cirque du Soleil to develop an arena-tour show that is inspired by the film. The show will debut in late 2015. He announced it alongside Cirque Du Soleil president/CEO Daniel Lamarre at the C2MTL-Commerce and Creativity Conference.

The timing means the show will debut before the three sequels which, like the original, is financed and distributed by Twentieth Century Fox. Cameron previously worked with with Cirque Du Soleil as exec producer of the Andrew Adamson-directed 3D film Cirque Du Soleil: Worlds Away.

Daniel Lamarre, President and CEO of Cirque du Soleil and Academy Award-winning filmmaker James Cameron announced a new partnership to develop an arena-touring show inspired by the world of Cameron’s history-making motion picture, AVATAR. This “live experience” is expected to debut late 2015 for what will become a global touring schedule.

The announcement was made in Montreal during the international business C2MTL– Commerce + Creativity Conference.

The live production will feature the creative signature drive of Cirque du Soleil in association with Cameron’s and Jon Landau’s Lightstorm Entertainment. The show is

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Gravitas Ventures Lands VOD Rights To Cirque Du Soleil

By | Thursday August 1, 2013 @ 2:19pm PDT

The deal gives Gravitas Ventures the exclusive right to distribute Cirque du Soleil programs via transactional, sub and ad sponsored VOD in North America. The programs will include performance specials featuring the live shows as well as behind-the-scenes documentaries that highlight the creative process of a Cirque du Soleil show. Kooza and A Thrilling Ride Through Kooza will be available August 6 and are available for pre-order now on iTunes. Additional programs will continue into September as part of a Season of Cirque du Soleil. They include Cirque specials Delirium, Hatching (a documentary on the creation of Ovo), Flow: A Tribute To The Artists Of O and The Mystery Of Mystère.

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Cirque Du Soleil And UCLA Film School Partner On Student Fellowship Program

By | Thursday March 28, 2013 @ 3:47pm PDT

The UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television (TFT) is teaming up with Cirque du Soleil on a multi-year fellowship program for TFT graduate students, it was announced today. Dean Teri Schwartz says the collaboration offers students the opportunity to work across multiple platforms that integrate visual storytelling with live performance, multimedia, 3D, CGI and other forms for digital content creation. Four graduate students will be chosen from candidates from the Film/TV/Digital Media Department and Theater Department. They will participate in the creative, technical, production and management process of Cirque du Soleil’s resident shows in Las Vegas and will be involved in the process from development through production. Aspiring candidates must write a narrative on why he/she wants to participate in the program. It’s set to get underway this summer.

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UPDATE: Hollywood & Highland Owner Pledges To Repay $30M LA Loan To Lure ‘IRIS’ To Venue

By | Saturday December 1, 2012 @ 1:15pm PST

UPDATE, 1:15 PM Saturday: Hollywood & Highland and Dolby Theatre owner CIM said today it will continue payments on the $30 million loan provided by Los Angeles city officials to lure Cirque du Soleil to the theater. CIM Group spokeswoman Karen Diehl issued a statement saying payments would be made as scheduled on the city loan OK’d by the City Council and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. “The loan is current, and CIM will repay the entire obligation of the loan in full,” the statement said.

PREVIOUSLY, 5:43 PM Friday: The Dolby Theatre will need to find a new tenant after the Oscars. Cirque du Soleil‘s IRIS, which has been the theater’s main tenant since Dolby took over sponsorship of the former Kodak Theatre on May 1, is closing earlier than expected. “After close to 500 well received shows at the world renowned Dolby Theatre, the last performance of Cirque du Soleil’s IRIS will be January 19, 2013. Despite phenomenal reviews and enthusiastic audience response, demand has not met projections”, Cirque senior director of communications Renée-Claude Ménard told Deadline in a statement late today. IRIS was originally scheduled to temporarily stop production on January 26, 2013, to allow time for set up of the Oscar show on February 24. IRIS was then expected to return to the Dolby in March to continue its run, but that now clearly is not going to happen. Ménard added … Read More »

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Hot Trailer: James Cameron’s ‘Cirque Du Soleil: Worlds Away’

Paramount‘s Cirque Du Soleil: Worlds Away has the scope of the group’s live performances covered thanks to the tech contributions of executive producer James Cameron and Vince Pace. Andrew Adamson directed the hybrid concert pic, which is set for a December 21 release.

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OSCARS: Will Monday’s President’s Day Holiday Impact Last-Minute Ballots?

By | Friday February 17, 2012 @ 5:16pm PST
Pete Hammond

In speaking with various Academy members this week, I have noticed a good number of them had yet to vote. Consider it fair warning that all 5,783 ballots are due back to PricewaterhouseCoopers by 5 PM Tuesday. Complicating matters this year is that Monday is President’s Day, a national holiday designed to sell mattresses but also a postal holiday. That means ballots mailed after Saturday are not likely to get to those accountants offices until Wednesday — too late to count. Of course, with the Academy’s planned move to electronic voting next year this won’t be a problem in the future. But the snail mail process they still have in effect this year could be. Now if you just can’t decide among Clooney or Pitt or Dujardin or you are perplexed by which film to vote for in the Sound categories, you can conceivably have your ballots dropped off directly to the Pricewaterhouse offices at 350 S. Grand Ave. in Los Angeles on Tuesday before 5 PM.  In years past, consultants have told me anywhere from 100-300 ballots might walk in on the last day. Read More »

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OSCARS: Cirque Du Soleil To Perform

By | Friday February 17, 2012 @ 8:20am PST

Beverly Hills, CA – Oscar® telecast producers Brian Grazer and Don Mischer have invited Cirque du Soleil to present a wholly unique and exclusive performance for the 84th Academy Awards, it was announced today. The one-time-only event will feature the largest Cirque cast ever assembled for a single act.

The performance will be accompanied by music by Academy Award®-nominated composer Danny Elfman, who scored the music for Cirque du Soleil’s IRIS, A Journey through the World of Cinema™. More than 50 international artists from Cirque du Soleil productions around the world will converge in Los Angeles on Oscar Sunday to bring the dynamic showcase to life.

The act marks the second time Cirque du Soleil has performed during an Academy Awards telecast. The troupe’s first appearance, at the 74th Academy Awards, sparked discussions about creating a permanent show at the Kodak Theatre and resulted in the creation of IRIS.

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Paramount Acquires Worldwide Rights To Andrew Adamson And James Cameron’s Cirque Du Soleil 3D Feature

By | Tuesday January 10, 2012 @ 7:39am PST
Mike Fleming

BREAKING: Paramount Pictures has acquired worldwide distribution rights to Cirque du Soleil Worlds Away, the 3D feature that Shrek and The Chronicles of Narnia helmer Andrew Adamson wrote and is directing, with James Cameron exec producing and spearheading the 3D. Deadline broke the story that Adamson and Cameron were teaming with Cirque du Soleil in late 2010 on a 3D film. Here is Paramount’s announcement:

HOLLYWOOD, CA (January 10, 2012) – Paramount Pictures and Cirque du Soleil jointly announced today that the studio has acquired worldwide distribution rights to the Cirque du Soleil 3D feature film entitled “Cirque du Soleil Worlds Away”. Written and directed by Andrew Adamson (“Shrek,” “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe”), and executive produced by Academy Award ® winning filmmaker James Cameron, the 3D film event features artistic and acrobatic performances from some of the most elaborate Cirque du Soleil productions. The film was produced by Adamson, Aron Warner, Cirque’s Martin Bolduc and Ed Jones and Cary Granat. Vince Pace oversaw the 3D stereo production aspect of the film.

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Madonna Set For Super Bowl Halftime Show, Will Collaborate With Cirque Du Soleil

By | Sunday December 4, 2011 @ 7:35pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Two months after speculation first started making the rounds, NBC and the NFL tonight confirmed that Madonna will perform during the halftime show at Super Bowl XLVI on February 5. Madonna’s set will be created by a team from Cirque du Soleil; Madonna’s frequent collaborator, creative director/choreographer Jamie King; and multimedia artists from Moment Factory. The choice of Madonna continues a recent trend of going with older performers outside the adults 18-49 demo. Aside from The Black Eyed Peas, the list of recent Super Bowl halftime acts includes The Who, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Prince, the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney and U2.

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TOLDJA! James Cameron And Andrew Adamson To Make Cirque Du Soleil Feature

Mike Fleming

Deadline revealed Tuesday that Cirque du Soleil had teamed with Andrew Adamson and James Cameron for a 3D feature film that incorporates elements of the Las Vegas shows into narrative features. The principals confirmed it with this press release, which adds some details of their plans:

Cirque du Soleil, James Cameron (Titanic, Avatar), and Andrew Adamson (Shrek, Chronicles of Narnia), in association with Reel FX Entertainment, announce today a partnership designed to develop and produce immersive theatrical 3D projects inspired by the unique creative universe of Cirque du Soleil.

Initiated by Cirque du Soleil, the new 3D motion picture experiences will combine the creative visions of Cameron and Adamson to capture and expand the live production experience to an art form beyond the imagination. The partnership brings together the best creative minds in 3D technology, creative storytelling and live performance.

The first project to stem from this partnership is currently in production. This first film includes original visuals and a story written by the project’s director, Andrew Adamson. James Cameron will Executive Produce, and bring his unique 3D expertise to the project. Reel FX Entertainment, led by Ed Jones and Cary Granat, is the production partner along with Cirque du Soleil Images. Both Jones and Granat have worked previously with Cameron and Adamson. Aron Warner, Adamson’s partner at Strange Weather Films, will also produce and is playing a key role in the project. Warner has also worked previously with Cameron.

The yet-to-be-named film is based on a very simple creative premise:

There are

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Andrew Adamson, James Cameron Team With Cirque Du Soleil On 3D Feature

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Director Andrew Adamson has begun production on an enterprising family-oriented feature film that marries James Cameron’s 3D wizardry with the precision and spectacle of Cirque du Soleil. I’m told the untitled film is a hybrid combining narrative storytelling with Cirque performances that are being captured in 3D from different themed Cirque du Soleil shows in Las Vegas. Those performances serve as the backdrop of a magical world where the film’s lead character has been transported.

The film is being financed primarily by Cirque du Soleil, and Cameron is serving as producer. Also producing are Reel FX Entertainment partners Cary Granat and Ed Jones, Cirque du Soleil, and Adamson’s Strange Weather Films’ partner Aron Warner. The intention is for this to  launch a series of family features that incorporate Cirque du Soleil into their storylines. Adamson, who directed the first two installments of the Shrek and Chronicles of Narnia franchises, hatched the story for the first film. He’s currently in New Zealand, shooting the narrative sequences that will give the movie its shape. He has also worked with Cameron already in capturing some of the Cirque du Soleil footage using 3D cameras.

The project is about one-third completed, and I’m told that major distributors have been shown sample footage. Several are interested … Read More »

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