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On The Lot: 2 Guns, Avatar sequels and more

A still from Avatar. The sequels will be released from 2016-2018.
A still from Avatar. The sequels will be released from 2016-2018.
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Time for On The Lot, our weekly summary of news from the movie business with LA Times reporter Rebecca Keegan. 

"2 Guns" starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg took the top spot in the box office this weekend, but the big story in movies wasn't the buddy cop movie. Hundreds of teenage girls started rioting at the Grove on Saturday after they couldn't get into the One Direction movie.

It was officially announced last Thursday that James Cameron will make not two, but three sequels to the 2009 box office hit "Avatar." Avatar 2 and 3 will build on the original story, while Avatar 4 will be a prequel to Avatar 1. The new films are set to be released from 2016-2018.

"Elysium," director Neil Blomkamp's second sci-fi film following "District 9," comes out in theaters on Thursday, and there seem to be some similarities between the Elysium and Halo worlds. Blomkamp worked on a Halo film that hasn't panned out yet.

Cheryl Boone Isaacs was chosen to head the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. She's the first African-American president they've ever had.