Today in show business news: James Cameron wants three more Avatar movies, American Idol makes a surprising decision, and another look at the next Thor.
Oy. Filmmaker and likely lunatic James Cameron has hired three writers to write three new Avatar films. Yes. Three. We knew that there would be more Avatar movies, but for the longest time it was only supposed to be two. But nope. Now it's three. Bringing the grand total of Avatar films to four, which is about a three and a half more Avatars than there should be. The guy who wrote War of the Worlds (the remake, dummies) will write one. Then there's the duo who wrote Rise of the Planet of the Apes doing another. And then there's a guy who doesn't have many credits but he's worked with Cameron before, so I guess they know each other. Three more Avatar movies! How about that. What will they be about? Oh, lord only knows. In the first sequel, everyone from the first movie has a fun, sexy summer at a lake somewhere and everyone realizes they're a little older and things have changed? And then in the next one Jake and Neytiri get married, and isn't that crazy that they're getting married. Finally in the fourth movie, which comes out years and years later, everyone goes to a reunion and it's all sad and everyone's really old and the movie keeps trying to reference jokes from the first Avatar as if we all remember them. Oh, and of course they continue to rape dragons throughout. They will always be hair-raping dragons, don't worry. So, are you excited? For all the Avatars? You should be. Because boy are there going to be a lot of Avatars. [Deadline]
Speaking of things we don't need more of, Keith Urban has been asked back as a judge on American Idol. Huh? They get rid of Randy, Nicki, and Mariah, and they keep Keith? That is absurd. What did he offer the show? I guess there was the country element, maybe country fans tuned in to see him, but there are many other country singers who would probably make way more interesting judges. So what's going on here? I have to imagine that he begged them. Right? Something along the lines of, "Please, please, I need this job. I need to stay in LA. You have no idea what it's like back in Tennessee, on the farm with Nicole. She's so mean to me. So mean..." And then he broke down in sobs and the Fox execs could only make out snippets of what he said next, but they heard things about "the root cellar," "stinging nettles," "the gray room where I'm not allowed," "old dolls' heads," and "the rug beater." So they finally said "Jesus, jeez, OK, OK, you can come back. Stop crying on my paint leg." That's got to be what happened, right? There is no other explanation. [The Hollywood Reporter]