Movie News in 60 Seconds: ‘The Dictator’ on SNL; James Cameron Talks Another ‘Avatar’ Sequel; ‘Exotic Marigold’ Draws Crowds, and More

Movie News in 60 Seconds: ‘The Dictator’ on SNL; James Cameron Talks Another ‘Avatar’ Sequel; ‘Exotic Marigold’ Draws Crowds, and More

May 07, 2012

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Avatar Forever: In a wide-ranging interview, James Cameron talked about his future: “I’m not interested in developing anything. I’m in the Avatar business. Period. That’s it. I’m making Avatar 2, Avatar 3, maybe Avatar 4, and I’m not going to produce other people’s movies for them.” The director believes he can say anything that he wants to say “within the Avatar landscape.” He will, however, continue to make documentaries, including one about his recent record-setting deep sea dive. [New York Times]

Exotic Pleasures: Marvel’s superhero teamup wasn’t the only movie that packed in audiences this weekend. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, which follows a small group of Brits who retire in India, enjoyed a fine per-screen average of $27,789, making it the top specialized release this year. Many matinee screenings sold out, indicating that it’s skewing older -- no big surprise for a heartwarming comedy that stars Judi Dench, Tom Wilkinson, and Maggie Smith. [Los Angeles Times]

Catching a New Writer: Director Gary Ross declined to make Catching Fire, the sequel to The Hunger Games, due in part over concerns about the tight schedule to get a script ready in time for production to start by late summer. With Francis Lawrence now on board to direct, Lionsgate is in talks with hot-shot scribe Michael Arndt (Little Miss Sunshine, Toy Story 3) to work on the script, whose first drafts were written by Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire). Is this the usual nervous high-profile hire to quell schedule anxieties? Fans can only hope that's all it is.  [The Hollywood Reporter]

Who’s That Man: In support of The Dictator opening on May 16, Admiral General Aladeen made an appearance on Saturday Night Live during the Weekend Update segment, answering questions. A surprise guest also showed up, as you can see in the clip below. [NBC]

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