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— Director James Cameron said Wednesday that writing three “Avatar” sequels is such a complex job he’s delaying the first new film a year and it will now be released in late 2017.

Cameron plans to film the highly-anticipated sequels at one time and then release the three films over consecutive years.

The first had been due in late 2016, but he said the writing process had proved to be “very involved” and that the initial target date was probably too ambitious.

Cameron said the goal was to have the three scripts completed this month.

NEW YORK — Madonna, AC/DC and Ariana Grande are among the first performers announced to take the stage at the Grammy Awards next month.

Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran and country star Eric Church will also perform at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Feb. 8, The Recording Academy announced last week.

Grande, who is nominated for two awards, will make her Grammy debut. Church is nominated for four honors, while Sheeran has three, including album of the year for “x.”

The 57th annual Grammy Awards will air live on CBS.

JERUSALEM — Israel has named actor Michael Douglas as the 2015 recipient of the $1 million Genesis Prize award, popularly dubbed the “Jewish Nobel Prize.”

The Genesis Prize Foundation said last week that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will present the award at a Jerusalem ceremony this summer to “actor, producer and peace activist Michael Douglas.”

Associated Press