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Gold Derby nuggets: 'Titanic' to sail in 3-D | 'The Pacific' to sail for free

March 15, 2010 |  4:32 pm

TitanicJames Cameron sat down with Ed Baig to talk about all aspects of making and marketing 3-D movies. Their lively conversation including a tantalizing tidbit about "Titanic," which swept the 1997 Oscars winning 11 Academy Awards, including three for Cameron: "We're targeting spring of 2012 for the release (of a 3-D version of 'Titanic'), which is the 100-year anniversary of the sailing of the ship." And says Cameron,"It's never going to be as good as if you shot it in 3-D, but think of it as sort of 2.8-D." USA TODAY

• Sad news Monday for "Titanic" star Kate Winslet with the announcement that she and her husband of seven years, director Sam Mendes ("American Beauty"), have separated. The pair of Oscar winners said in a statement that, "they are saddened to announce they separated earlier this year. The split is entirely amicable and is by mutual agreement. Both parties are fully committed to the future joint parenting of their children."

• The SAG Awards are set for Sunday, Jan. 30, 2011. Nominations for the 17th annual edition of these kuods from the actors' union will be announced on Dec. 16.

• Three-time Emmy champ Valerie Harper ("Rhoda") -- who sits on the SAG board of directors -- could contend for her first Tony Award for her performance as theater grand dame Tallulah Bankhead in the new Matthew Lombardo play "Looped." Karen Wada waded through the reviews following Sunday's opening and discovered many of the critics "seemed to be high on Harper, while expressing a variety of opinions about the play." CULTURE MONSTER

The Pacific HBO • HBO is streaming the first episode of the mega-expensive mini-series "The Pacific" online for free. The 10-part WWII drama, from executive producers Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks, is a companion piece to their Emmy-winning "Band of Brothers." That 2001 mini-series focused on the war in Europe. "The Pacific" received a rating of 86 at Meta Critc based on 31 reviews. While there were a handful of pans, most reviews for the ambitious project were respectful if not raves. HBO

• Last year, Emmy Awards producer Don Mischer proposed time-shifting eight of the 28 awards, including best mini-series, so only the acceptance speeches would air on the kudocast. That plan was soon scuttled and Mischer is returning to produce the Emmy Awards for a 10th time. The TV academy in conjunction with NBC made the announcement Monday. Said academy president John Shaffner, "Don produced a Primetime Emmy telecast last year that hit it out of the park. We know he can creatively build on that accomplishment. We are very fortunate to be able to work with him again this year." ATAS

• "True Blood" is to begin its third season on HBO on Sunday, June 13. The vampire drama, starring Oscar winner Anna Paquin, has gone from critics darling -- winning both the new program award from the TCA and a Golden Globe for Paquin in the first season -- to a major hit for the paycaster drawing upwards of 12 million per week during the second season last year.

• HBO might be getting one more season out of "Curb Your Enthusiasm" according to creator and star Larry David. At Saturday's PaleyFest, he told Kate Stanhope "I'm leaning toward it, so I would say there's a good chance. It is not definite yet, but we're working on it." The five-time Emmy contender for comedy series drew its best ratings for season seven which used a reunion of "Seinfeld" as a plot device for David to repair his TV marriage. TV GUIDE

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Top photo: "Titanic" poster. Credit: Fox

Bottom photo: "The Pacific" poster. Credit: HBO

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