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By KAREN BUTLER, United Press International
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The director of "Titanic" revisits the doomed ocean liner at the bottom of the sea in the new IMAX film, "Ghosts of the Abyss."


"When I was young, Titanic was a legend, a myth. It wasn't until I saw it with my own eyes that it became real. It was a real event that happened to real people," explains James Cameron, the director of the 1998 drama, "Titanic," and the new IMAX documentary, "Ghosts of the Abyss."

Cameron says he spent years planning the film and the special equipment he needed to make it. The expedition team he used for the new documentary included numerous "Titanic" crew members: Don Lynch, chief historian of the Titanic Historical Society, and actors Bill Paxton and Lewis Abernathy, who also appeared in the movie, "Titanic."

Debuting in theaters next month, the super-sized adventure film takes audience members on a 3-D journey 2 miles beneath the surface and into the ruined wreck of the great ship where more than 1,500 people perished.


Actress Sigourney Weaver says she hopes her new film "The Guys" comforts those who lost loved ones in the Sept. 11, 2001, tragedies.


"I think at the time when Anne Nelson wrote the play ('The Guys' was based on,) we sort of tried to get it out to the people right away," the "Ghostbusters" star told United Press International.

She said there was a sense that if they did not concentrate on what happened the day of the terror attacks they could "bring these guys to life in a way that could bring some solace to people because so many people felt devastated whether they lost a close friend or a family member or had no connection at all, as in my case."

"The Guys" is the story of a New York fire captain, played in the film by Anthony LaPaglia, struggling to write eulogies for men he lost in the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. Based on Nelson's popular play of the same name, "The Guys" opens next month and is the first big-screen drama about the events of Sept. 11.

Asked why she thought there weren't more such movies due for release, Weaver replied: "I think it's a daunting idea to do something about Sept. 11 that doesn't do it in some cheesy way. I think people are still in shock. I think that we felt comfortable making this film because it was based on true experience. We had had so much support from the fire dept, police dept, so many people who had been involved."


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