James Cameron's Message to 'Avatar' Sequel Critics
Avatar: The Way of the Water director James Cameron doesn't care if you're not a fan of movies (like this one) with long runtimes. He essentially told critics of the upcoming sequel that the movie will be long and they should just deal with it. In an interview with Empire Magazine, he said if people can binge watch television all day, then they can sit through a movie that runs longer than two hours. "I've watched my kids sit and do five one-hour episodes in a row. Here's the big social paradigm shift that has to happen: it's ok to get up and go pee," he said. So far, the runtime of Avatar 2 has not been revealed but the 2009 film ran over 2 hours and 40 minutes.
'Stranger Things' Shatters Streaming Record
The hit 1980s-themed sci-fi Netflix series Stranger Things has demolished the Nielsen streaming record for most-viewed program in a single week. In Season Four: Volume One's opening week between May 30 and June 5, viewers logged 7.2 billion streaming minutes. Only two previous titles, "Ozark" and "Tiger King," have ever logged more than 5 billion viewing minutes and both hit those marks during the lockdown stage of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020.
Harry Styles' 'As it Was' May Be the Song of the Summer
Harry Styles' "As it Was" is once again sitting comfortably at the top of Billboard's Hot 100 list 13 weeks after its release. It debuted in the number one spot on the April 16 chart and has dipped to number two a few times. The song last week knocked out "Jimmy Cooks" by Drake Featuring 21 Savage, which fell to number five. The Hot 100 takes into account streaming, sales data, and radio airplay.
'Beauty and the Beast' Live-Action on ABC
ABC will bring a live-action adaptation of "Beauty and the Beast" to fans at the end of the year. The 1991 Disney classic was the first full-length animated feature to be nominated for the Best Picture Oscar and it actually won the award for Best Music, Original Song. Hamish Hamilton is set to direct the new rendition and Jon M. Chu will executive produce the project. The special is slated for a December 15 premiere on Disney+.
Banksy's Private Collection
Art lovers are descending on New York City to take in Banky's most recent installation, Banksy: Building Castles in the Sky. The mysterious artist has gathered a private collection of works and displayed them at New York's International Center of Photography Museum for a limited time. The exhibit offers fans and lovers of art to get just a bit closer to the man behind the art. The display is open now through September 5.