News Bites: 'Avatar' Gets Its Own Cirque du Soleil Show


Avatar/Cirque du Soleil: James Cameron is working with the folks behind Cirque du Soleil to produce a live, Avatar-themed show that will debut in late 2015. Cameron previously served as executive producer for 2012's Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away. He's currently working on preproduction for the first of three sequels to Avatar, with a due date of December 2016 for the finished product. [Variety]

The Book of Life

The Book of Life Trailer: Featuring colorful and traditional Mexican art, The Book of Life tells the enchanting story of Manolo (voiced by Diego Luna), a young man who must journey through three fantastical worlds in order to face his fears. Produced by Guillermo del Toro, the movie's voice cast includes Channing Tatum, Zoe Saldana and Christina Applegate; the first trailer is totally captivating. Look for it in theaters on October 17. [YouTube]


A Walk Among the Tombstones

A Walk Among the Tombstones Trailer: Liam Neeson stars as Mike Scudder, a former New York City police officer who carries a heavy burden of guilt in the upcoming suspense drama A Walk Among the Tombstones. As the first trailer succintly explains, he now works as an unlicensed private investigator, and his mission in the movie is to find out who kidnapped and murdered the wife of a drug trafficker (Dan Stevens). The movie, based on a novel by Lawrence Block, heads to theaters on September 19. [MovieClips]


After Earth

Brilliance: Ahead of production starting this summer, Will Smith has dropped out of the starring role in Brilliance, which revolves around a federal agent tracking down a "brilliant" -- someone born with "extraordinary abilities" -- who is planning a terrorist attack. "Timing" is being blamed for Smith's exit, though it's not clear if that's related to a conflict with an upcoming movie or other issues. [Deadline]


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