Cirque du Soleil Cancels Raleigh, NC Shows – AvatarMeet 2016 Options Being Discussed

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Cirque du Soleil is cancelling upcoming stops in North Carolina by two of its touring shows to protest a state law that limits anti-discrimination protections for the LGBT community.

The company said Friday that it will scrap plans for “Ovo” to play Greensboro from April 20-24 and Charlotte from July 6-10, and “Toruk — The First Flight,” which was scheduled to play Raleigh from June 22-26.

The company said in a statement that it “strongly believes in diversity and equality for every individual and is opposed to discrimination in any form.”

In their statement Cirque du Soleil says HB2 is “an important regression to ensuring human rights for all.”

– via WBTV

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The 2016 AvatarMeet was centered on the Raleigh performances. The event organizers are currently evaluating options for the meet and more information will be available soon. Stay tuned for the latest in the LearnNavi Forums.

For the record, LearnNavi.org supports Cirque du Soleil’s decision in this matter.

James Cameron Making Four ‘Avatar’ Sequels

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James Cameron will make four “Avatar” sequels, promising that the films will start hitting theaters in 2018.

The creator of the original “Avatar,” the 2009 fantasy epic that remains the all-time worldwide box office champion, said that his vision for a followup has expanded over time.

He first envisioned two sequels. But after meeting with a team of four screenwriters and a group of “some of the top artists and designers in the world,” he realized that he had way too much material for just two films. He initially decided on three sequels, then jumped to four.

“So far, what I am seeing in pure imagination is far beyond the first film,” Cameron said. He said that very few people have seen the initial concepts, but a select few have been left “speechless” by what they saw.

“We have decided to embark on a truly massive cinematic project, making four epic films, each of which stands alone but together forms a complete saga,” Cameron said. His announcement came immediately after the director told theater owners he opposes the proposal by Sean Parker’s upstart Screening Room, to bring movies into customers’ homes at the same time they debut in theaters.

In further support of the first-run theatrical experience, Cameron added of the “Avatar” sequels: “Trust me, these are films that were designed to be seen in theaters and on the big screen first.”

The other three films will be released at Christmas-time in 2020, 2022 and 2023. “That is our game plan,” Cameron said.

“The next time I see you will be on Pandora,” Cameron told the theater owners, referring to the mythical land he created with “Avatar.”

James Cameron Making Four ‘Avatar’ Sequels

LearnNavi.org has a New Dedicated Webex Server

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Webex is a state-of-the-art web-based meeting, collaboration and information sharing application used by major corporations and universities. Our new server allows up to 50 participants to share video, audio and desktop display information online, in real time. Plans for this service include scheduled online Na’vi training in a virtual classroom, as well as ad hoc seminars or one-on-one tutoring by advanced Na’vi speakers and instructors.

More information is in the News section of the LearnNavi Forums