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It wasn't long ago that James Cameron's piece de resistance 'Titanic' smashed box-office records and snagged 11 Oscars.
Of course, now there's Avatar. It's actually surpassed Titanic in ticket sales, and isn't far behind in the Oscar race. Nine nominations in all - not bad for a boy from little Chippawa, Ontario
Even as a kid, James was talented. At fifteen, he saw '2001: A Space Odyssey', and knew he wanted to make movies. In 1981, he made his first - 'Piranha Two: The Spawning.' And yes - it's as bad as it sounds.
From there, James wrote the screenplay for 'Rambo: First Blood Part Two,' which apparently, Sylvester Stallone rewrote. Then, he directed the film that catapulted his career, and made Arnold a superstar - 'The Terminator.' James also wrote and directed another classic - 'Aliens'. Then, there was 'The Abyss', 'True Lies', and all the 'Terminator' sequels, including last year's 'Terminator Salvation.'
But since the late Nineties, James has mostly stayed away from big commercial flicks and made documentaries like 'Ghosts of the Abyss' and 'The Lost Tomb of Jesus.' But with 'Avatar', he's come back to Hollywood with a bang.