The filthy greed of Cameron

As if creating two of the largest grossing movies of all time weren’t enough, James Cameron still feels the need to suck the well dry.

Cameron gave “Avatar” fans around the world a low blow when the film was released on Blu-Ray and DVD on April 22 with no special features. That’s right, the most popular movie of all time was released to public with no additional footage, zero documentaries behind the making of the film that cost $237 million and no deleted scenes. Not a second of additional material.

Although “Avatar” reeled in more than $2 billion worldwide, Cameron decided to release a separate version of his flick in November titled “Avatar: The Ultimate Edition.”

Apparently, the world did not receive the memo.

On April 26, the Associated Press reported “Avatar” had sold just below seven million copies in just four days, gathering in $130 million. I understand he’s not forcing the public to purchase copies of the film, but it’s amazing to me that Cameron, who’s the highest grossing director of all time, would stoop to such a measly level.

As if Cameron’s greed hasn’t already hit the pinnacle, he plans on re-releasing “Titanic,” second behind “Avatar” for highest grossing movie of all time, in 3-D sometime in 2012.

I nearly made the mistake when I stopped at Target to purchase “Avatar” on Blu-Ray. While standing in line, I glanced at the back of the case and it failed to describe any special features with the disc. I’m not usually one to dive into the special features of movies, but I was generally interested in how Cameron put together the film that took more than a decade to finish.

When I found a lack of features, I placed the Blu-Ray back and headed to the exit.

If Cameron is going to try and swindle $19.99 from me after I spent $11 at the theatre a few months back, he’s going to lose a sale.

I’ll purchase the later edition that is released in November, but the fact that Cameron is successfully pulling a fast one on the same people who have aided his films in box office triumph is a shady venture. I’m sure most people who have already shelled out the money for the Blu-Ray/DVD will find themselves buying another version come November.

So, if you haven’t already, avoid purchasing the disc and wait six months for a more plentiful version.

Plenty to choose from at the Oscars

ENTER MOVIE-AVATAR 3 MCTOn Hollywood’s largest stage, a man named Oscar reigns supreme.

Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin host the 82nd Academy Awards on Sunday, March 7 on ABC. This marks the first year that the Academy increased its Best Picture nominations to 10 films.

“Avatar,” which recently became the highest-grossing film of all-time, and “The Hurt Locker” led all nominations with nine, including Best Picture.

Here’s a recap of the major nominations and a prediction of the winners.

Best Picture

With 10 films nominated for the Academy’s top honor, it’s tougher than ever to distinguish the best movie.

I can’t see “Avatar” taking this award. Though visually captivating, the story was lazy and lacked originality. It’s difficult to give the Oscar to a film that didn’t earn nominations in the acting or writing fields.

I’ve been big on Kathryn Bigelow’s “The Hurt Locker” since the summer. Led by Best Actor nominee Jeremy Renner, “The Hurt Locker” immediately grabs the viewer with intense action sequences and has a different, more humanly feel to the war genre.

“Inglorious Bastards,” “Up,” and “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” are serious candidates, as well.

Prediction: “The Hurt Locker”

Best Director

It took James Cameron nearly 15 years to finish “Avatar,” according to EntertainmentWeekly.com. In 1994, Cameron put together a rough draft of the script and, because of a lack of technology, waited more than a decade until movie-making technology caught up to his vision.

The waiting seemed to pay off for Cameron as “Avatar” grossed more than $2 billion worldwide. Again, the film was stunning on multiple levels and Cameron’s imaginative ways will be paid off again with an Oscar here.

Nominees like Bigelow, Lee Daniels (“Precious”) and Quentin Tarantino (“Inglorious Bastards”) drew the short straw after being paired with Cameron.

Prediction: James Cameron, “Avatar”

ENTER TV-GOLDENGLOBES 127 LABest Actor

Early speculation has the Academy leaning heavily toward Jeff Bridges’ performance in “Crazy Heart.” Bridges already earned plenty of awards for his role including a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama.

Bridges is near and dear to my heart thanks to his unforgettable role as The Dude in “The Big Lebowski.” Renner (“The Hurt Locker”) is a possibility and one should never count out George Clooney (“Up in the Air”).

Prediction: Jeff Bridges, “Crazy Heart”

Here are a few other award predictions:

Best Actress: Sandra Bullock, “The Blind Side”

Best Supporting Actor: Christopher Waltz, “Inglorious Bastards”

Best Supporting Actress: Penelope Cruz, “Nine”

Best Animated Feature Film: “Up”

Best Original Screenplay: Quentin Tarantino, “Inglorious Bastards”