*Zoe Saldana will be stuck on Pandora for the considerable future.
Fox announced late Tuesday that the actress and Sam Worthington have signed on for three more “Avatar” films.
“(Worthington’s) Jake Sully is a rare combination of passion, strength, street smarts and soul, which requires a lot from an actor,” said Cameron in a statement. “ Sam brought to the role a combination of sensitivity, vulnerability and strength.
“Zoe captured every aspect of the character I envisioned, bringing to Neytiri a mix of delicacy, fierceness and incredible physicality. I am beyond pleased they’ll be returning with us to Pandora.”
Laz Alonso as Deputy John Burke in a scene from Screen Gems' "Straw Dogs," opening nationwide Sept. 16
*Laz Alonso’s career is on fire.
The 37-year-old Washington DC native, whose recent credits include “Avatar,” “Jumping the Broom” and A&E’s “Breakout Kings,” says his ability to make critically-acclaimed footprints in Hollywood has just as much to do with the films he turns down as the ones he takes.
“Looking at my career, in the last year in particular, what actually brought my biggest leap of success was not working as opposed to working,” he tells EURweb’s Lee Bailey in a phone interview. “I got to a certain point where I was getting a lot of opportunities to play certain types of roles that I did not feel had longevity in them. I had a conversation with my agent and I told him straight up, look, say no to any of these roles. I don’t want to entertain them. I don’t want to do them anymore. I really want to change the course of where my career is starting to go and I can kind of see and feel [where it’s going.] I want to play roles that I’m proud of, that I feel a certain integrity about, and I want to continue to be truthful in the work that I do.”
Alonso admits things were “quiet for a while” after he made this pivotal career decision on the heels of “Avatar,” hoping to continue in roles of similar substance. His patience paid off when the scripts for “Jump the Broom” and “Breakout Kings” came across his desk.
“When I read them, I felt like the characters were morally right,” he says. “They had integrity, self-respect, and in some cases, they were the voice of reason.”
Alonso feels the same way about his latest film, “Straw Dogs.” Opening this Friday (Sept. 16), the story follows screenwriter David Sumner (James Marsden) and his wife, Amy (Kate Bosworth), as they move back to Amy’s hometown in the Deep South and face increasing conflict with the locals (Alexander Skarsgård, Walton Goggins).
James Marsden and Laz Alonso in "Straw Dogs"
Alonso, who plays the town sheriff, says his character is in step with his decision to only take roles that contribute something positive to the story.
“It wasn’t necessarily a lead in the film, but what I loved about this character was that he stood out from the standpoint of there’s tension all around him, and he takes the air out of that tension in every scene he’s in,” Alonso says.
Promos for the film, a remake of Sam Peckinpah’s 1971 psychological thriller starring Dustin Hoffman and Susan George, keep viewers guessing about the exact cause of the tension. But in the bonus audio below, Alonso drops hints about a racial element that may serve as one of the film’s final “straws.” [Scroll down to watch the trailers. FYI, Alonso does not appear in either trailer.]
*Zoe Saldana is showing off her agility as an actress with her latest production, “Colombiana.”
She tells the NY Daily News that the tough role was something she was ready for, as well as the guns.
“I grew up around a family of hunters in the Caribbean and guns were always around,” she says. “Now, I obviously didn’t know about all the weapons used in this movie, but that allowed me to create my own sort of swagger.”
But her role wasn’t without controversy.
Some Colombians are sharing their resentment because Zoe is a Puerto Rican and Dominican woman playing the role of a Colombian. They are also upset because the movie is so violent.
“Just because I’m Dominican doesn’t mean I can only play Dominican roles.” She did play a blue tree-swinging princess quite well. Noting Pam Grier and Sigourney Weaver as icons who inspire her, Saldana says, “These badass women always deliver great roles and never compromise their art form.”
Well, we’ll tell you. Afro-Latina actress Zoe Saldana is on the cover of the magazine’s fall style issue. The 33-year-old Dominican and Puerto Rican is also the star in this month’s much talked about “Colombiana.”
Her new role comes after her success in last year’s Avatar.
“The year after Avatar was just emotionally overwhelming. I was traveling all over the world, waking up in different time zones. Your body gets exhausted, and by the end of the year I just collapsed.”
In the midst of all the excitement and movement, she almost shut down.
“I was in Paris training for Colombiana, sitting in my hotel room, and I couldn’t stop crying. I couldn’t stay awake. I must have slept for an entire month. It took me the rest of the year, even as I was working and shooting ‘Colombiana,’ to pick myself up. Thank God my family was there.”
*The Black Eyed Peas are reportedly looking to give movie fans a 3D experience of their current world tour.
According to Hollywood News, the pop group is said to have chosen “Avatar” director James Cameron to helm the project.
“We have the biggest director, because we are the biggest group on the planet,” will.i.am told the Web site. “The Peas are filming it in South America. People will be able to see us in the theatre with the 3D glasses and everything.”
The group’s European leg of their world tour wraps July 12, before heading back to the US for string of dates across the country.
*”Avatar” star Zoe Saldana is engaged to her boyfriend of 10 years, Keith Britton, Us Weekly is reporting.
A source says the 32-year-old actress “is thrilled” to be tying the knot. “They’ve been together forever. They’re a great couple.”
Britton, 33, is an actor and CEO of My Fashion Database. Saldana has tried her best to keep their relationship out of the public eye.
“She doesn’t even introduce him as her fiancé,” adds another insider. “She will just say, ‘This is Keith.’ She likes to keep her personal life to herself and wants people to focus on her as an actress.”