August 8, 2014
James Cameron Discusses DEEPSEA CHALLENGE 3D on Charlie Rose

James Cameron discusses his latest film with Charlie Rose.

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August 6, 2014
James Cameron on The Colbert Report

James Cameron discusses his latest film: DEEPSEA CHALLENGE 3D with Stephen Colbert.

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August 4, 2014
DEEPSEA CHALLENGE 3D on World News with Diane Sawyer

James Cameron’s DEEPSEA CHALLENGE 3D featured on the news broadcast.

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James Cameron Took A Rolex to the Ocean Floor

Jimmy talks to blockbuster director James Cameron about his documentary DEEPSEA CHALLENGE 3D and his adventures exploring the ocean during his record seven-mile dive.

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August 1, 2014
James Cameron: Deep-Sea Director

Between blockbusters, James Cameron has pushed the limits in underwater exploration. In 2013, he reached the ocean’s deepest point — seven miles down. Of course, he filmed it.

In January 1960, a U.S. Navy submersible carried two men to Challenger Deep, the bottom of a trench seven miles below the surface of the western Pacific – the deepest point in the world’s oceans. They stayed for only 20 minutes, but it was enough to captivate a boy from landlocked Chippawa, Ontario. “I couldn’t think of anything cooler than being a deep-ocean explorer,” says James Cameron.

In April 2012, after working in almost total secrecy for seven years and ahead of other high-profile teams, including one backed by Virgin tycoon Richard Branson, Cameron became the first person to return to Challenger Deep since 1960. Now the underwater expedition is the subject of a documentary, James Cameron’s Deepsea Challenge 3D. The journeys of Cameron’s electric-green “vertical torpedo,” Deepsea Challenger, were dogged by calamity – bad weather, failing equipment, and the deaths of his colleagues Andrew Wright and Mike deGruy, who were preparing to film the expedition when their helicopter crashed.

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July 11, 2014
The Ballad of Ron Allum: How a Self-Taught Engineer Sent James Cameron to the Mariana Trench — and Back.

In late March 2012, an oblong lime-green submersible broke the surface of the Western Pacific near Guam. On the deck of a nearby ship, the Mermaid Sapphire, an 80-person support team and a film crew cheered wildly. The team winched the peculiar-looking craft on board and released the hatch. The door swung open and, to even louder cheers, James Cameron, the legendary

Hollywood action-film director, emerged. He had just dived nearly seven miles to the deepest point in the ocean, becoming the first person to ever reach the pitch-black depths of the Mariana Trench alone.

With his seven-hour dive, Cameron achieved what the world’s top ocean explorers could not, and the eerie scenes he filmed in the frigid darkness form the basis of a documentary, Deepsea Challenge 3D, set to be released in August. But if the tale of a Hollywood director turning into a deep-sea pioneer isn’t odd enough, the story of how he got there—all but forgotten behind the news of his dive—is even stranger.

That story centers on a stocky, gray-haired figure standing shyly at the edge of the crowd that early-spring day. Ron Allum, a 65-year-old Australian broadcast technician, co-designed and built the Deepsea Challenger despite having no background in mechanical engineering, no qualifications in oceanic science, and no education beyond a trade-school certificate. For seven years, he toiled in secret on Cameron’s submersible, eventually ending up in a clandestine workshop jammed between a plumbing-supply business and a furniture maker in suburban Sydney.

How did this unknown, self-trained engineer build a sub capable of getting James Cameron to the bottom of the ocean? It’s complicated, and it involves $10 million worth of scientific research, along with a can of car lubricant and a KitchenAid cake mixer.

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July 4, 2014
The Best Movie Trailers of the Week

Welcome back to Best Movie Trailers of the Week, a column where we handpick the best new movie trailers that have arrived online over the past week.

This new Foxcatcher teaser trailer is barely over a minute long, yet it’s got more intensity than the large majority of booming, CG-packed, action-heavy blockbuster montage-style trailers out there. The color palette and that ominous deep tone really set the mood and also pair superbly well with Channing Tatum’s downright fierce performance. By the time the piece hits its climax, it’s especially unnerving and not just because it’s unsettling to see a person smash his own head into a mirror, but because you’ve got a firm understanding of who Tatum’s character is and what drives him to do it.

St. Vincent
It’s almost always a smart play to begin a trailer with a complete scene because it’s a surefire way to pull a viewer into a world, and that’s certainly the case with this new promo for the Bill Murray-starrer St. Vincent. From there, it’s all about his relationship with 12-year-old newcomer Jaeden Lieberher. There isn’t much structure to the narrative as presented in this trailer and the piece also lacks a build, but it does present Murray’s relationship with Lieberher as a particularly charming one–so charming, in fact, you’ll absolutely want to spend more time with them whether you have a clear sense of the plot and story trajectory or not.

Deepsea Challenge 3D
The first half of this trailer for James Cameron’s Deepsea Challenge 3D plays more like a super-cheesy commercial than a riveting movie trailer, but as soon as it hits the 50-second mark and we start to hear about the situation from Cameron’s perspective, that’s when you connect to the film’s main character, Cameron, his mission to dive to the bottom of the Mariana Trench, and the life-threatening risks that come along with it. Even though Cameron is alive and well now, hearing those warning beeps and then someone describe Cameron’s vessel as “a metal coffin” while watching it plummet down into darker waters is very alarming.

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July 2, 2014
Trailer Round-Up: “Foxcatcher,” “Horrible Bosses 2,” “When Marnie Was There,” & More

We’ve got the first trailer round-up of the week, and it’s quite the good one to boot. With the exception of the second trailer forFoxcatcher and the featurette for Richard Linklater’s Boyhood, every other film in this batch is releasing their first trailer. Each trailer is entertaining in their own right and are incredibly successful in building up interest for their respective films. Seth Gordon’s upcoming comedy sequel Horrible Bosses 2 and Studio Ghibli’s latest film When Marnie Was There, from director Hiromasa Yonebayashi (The Secret World of Arrietty), round up an already strong headliner in the aforementioned Foxcatcher…

Last but not least I thought I’d throw in this little documentary trailer for James Cameron’s Deepsea Challenge 3D. Is it a little self-serving and narcissistic? Absolutely, but given all the money Cameron himself put into achieving a childhood dream of reaching the bottom of the Mariana Trench. It’s as cheesy and manipulative a trailer as you can get, but I enjoyed it simply because of the passion Cameron shows for his ventures. That’s one thing no one can deny about Cameron, because he’s about as passionate a person as you can find in the industry. The drama aside, the exploration side of this documentary looks to be as awe inspiring as it’s being sold so if you’re into deep sea exploration you’ll want to check this out.

Deepsea Challenge 3D hits theatres on August 8th.

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