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Abrams And AICN Want To Give You A Copy Of THE MAKING OF AVATAR Book And A 2011 AVATAR Calendar, Too!!

Merrick here...
...with a cool opportunity for AICN readers. We have five (5) copies of Abrams' MAKING OF AVATAR book by Jody Duncan and Lisa Fitzpatrick.
A 271 (ish) page hardcover chronicling the making of the film, the book is ripe with many interesting and informative images, but know they're largely of a production nature (mocap suits, green screen sets, some shots from the movie, etc). There is some design work featured here, but if you're looking for a larger collection of concept art, designs, etc. check out Abrams' ART OF AVATAR (HERE) for a larger selection. THE MAKING OF AVATAR offers a strong, visually supported sense of the physical effort required to realize the film and handsomely presents its content on high quality paper. To compliment this fine publication, Abrams is also including a 2011 AVATAR calendar with every prize allotment.
I.e. recipients will receive a MAKING OF AVATAR book and an AVATAR 2011 calendar. How do you get Pandorically awesome prizes? It's pretty simple... Please follow the rules below precisely. In the past we've had folks unnecessarily disqualified for deviating from the simple parameters laid out herein, and we hate to see that happen! ** Sometime between the time you read this and 11:59:59 PM CST USA (i.e. one second before midnight CST USA) on Monday November 22, 2010, send an e-mail to me *****via the e-mail link below*****. ** You can enter four (4) times a day for the contest's duration. ** Include your name and mailing address in this e-mail. The address is to expedite prize shipment only and will be summarily discarded once book recipients are chosen and announced. No spam, no mailing lists, etc. ** Be sure to send from an ACTIVE (and frequently checked) E-MAIL ACCOUNT. If I try to reach you & my message bounces back? I'll trash your win and move on to the next closest winning contestant I can reach. Really not trying to be a jerk here, but I've no time to chase folks down. ** I've already pre-selected five (5) times of day between today (Thursday November 18, 2010) and 11:59:59 PM CST USA on Monday November 22, 2010. The person who e-mails me at (or closest to) one of these times will receive 1 (one) copy of the THE MAKING OF AVATAR book and 1 (one) AVATAR 2011 calendar. NOTE: I've been asked this before, so...for clarity...I'm using whatever time is stamped on the Yahoo mailing address established for this contest as the determiner. I'm in Central Time USA, so I guess that's a CST time stamp (?) ** The five (5) recipients will be announced on this site 'round Monday November 22, 2010. ** You can only win one (1) copy of the book and one (1) copy of the calendar. ** Contest open to U.S. and Canadian readers only. **Abrams will will be generously handling fulfillment in this contest. ** As a general FYI, you should know that...due to the number and frequency of entries...recipients in past contests were sometimes determined by matters of seconds. Literally. And that's it!


Best of luck to you. And, enjoy! We'd like to thank the awesome folks at Abrams for making this contest possible and, as I mentioned, above handling its fulfillment. You can find their official website HERE. THE MAKING OF AVATAR is now in stores, or can be found for a nice price HERE. The 2011 AVATAR calendar is also in stores, or it's available HERE. Best of luck to you! Thanks for participating, and enjoy!
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  • Nov. 18, 2010, 1:10 p.m. CST

    Are you actually going to announce the winners this time???

    by shmu65

    Cause you didn't last time for the Star Wars contest...

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 1:12 p.m. CST

    Is it a pop-up book?

    by FSJGuy

    I mean come on, lets milk this "3D" as much as we can

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 1:33 p.m. CST

    I'm too lazy for these types of contests

    by Zombieflicker


  • Nov. 18, 2010, 1:36 p.m. CST

    No thanks

    by ricarleite2

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 1:39 p.m. CST

    Beautifully illustrated pictures

    by bobbofatz

    and gorgeous photos. But a very thin and predictable story. I kid

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 1:41 p.m. CST

    No thanks

    by Astronut

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 1:42 p.m. CST

    I was gonna say it must be a picture book

    by Astronut

    'cause there's certainly not much to say about it. I'd rather watch paint dry.

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 1:43 p.m. CST

    LOL BrainDrain

    by Astronut

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 2:07 p.m. CST

    Pretty pictures and very few words?

    by MustGoFaster

    Yup that sums Avatar up.

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 2:14 p.m. CST

    open to U.S. and Canadian readers only.

    by Gorgomel

    as usual, us european readers are left behind.

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 2:18 p.m. CST

    Too much work for too little gain

    by DocSavageFanFromWayBack

    First, everything is a darn twitter contest and now it is 4Xs per day for a freaking week or more. Nope, too much effort and you must remember that it is freaking Avatar. Worst big budget, spoon feed the masses, drivel, made in the last 10 years. No thanks.

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 2:22 p.m. CST

    When will Cameron be sued?

    by ndally

    For ripping of Dances with Wolves? I mean it's been said a million times but they are tue EXACT same fucking movie. We joke around about Fern Gully and Dances With Wolves but it's fucking true. This movie even ripped off the "tunnel-brain-sync" effect from the show "Sliders". Man I couldn't believe what I was watching and really the only people saying shit about it are people in the talkbacks. It's almost boderline plagiarism

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 2:37 p.m. CST

    OK, Dances w/ Wolves has been mentioned.

    by Nice Marmot

    Now lets get Smurfs and Thundercats out of the way so we can move on . . .

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 2:38 p.m. CST

    Did he ever announce who won the SW book?

    by TheUltimateMathTeacher

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 2:38 p.m. CST

    Ndally, it also ripped off Romancing the Stone...

    by Nice Marmot

    . . . by being set in a jungle.

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 2:48 p.m. CST

    Weak story, but...

    by HarryKnowlesNonExistentInceptionReview

    ...the damn thing mesmerizes me whenever I see it on HBO. Watched it 5 or six times already and never tire of it. Sue me. Even in 2D the visuals are amazing.

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 3 p.m. CST

    Dances with... yawn

    by thommcg

    Even Star Wars & The Matrix were just a retelling of religious texts. John Dunbar never gathered the tribes and led them in a surprise attack either though.

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 3:12 p.m. CST

    Instead, please, could I have

    by Subtitles_Off

    an itchy rash on my testicles?<P>A kick to the nuts?<P>A poke in the eye?<P>A Sarah Palin Presidency?<P>A new Lady GaGa CD?<P>Rush Limbaugh, in a thong, jumping out of my birthday cake (which obviously, then, would not be safe to eat)?<P>A Justin Timberlake Oscar nomination?<P>A month of Mondays?<P>A sequel to the Pixar movie CARS?<P>Ryan Reynolds speaking in a gravelly voice in the GREEN LANTERN movie?<P>These are just a few of the things I can think of, off the top of my head, that I would want more than anything relating to AVATAR.<P>I bet we can come up with hundreds, if not thousands, of things we'd all want and need more. C'mon!

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 3:13 p.m. CST

    Don't even have to be things we really want or need...

    by Subtitles_Off

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 3:20 p.m. CST

    Is Asimov going to warn us about Jar Jar Abrams?

    by SithMenace

    Because I imagine whenever he reads the name Abrams, nothing matters anymore. His eyes widen and glaze over while his hands absentmindedly settle on the keyboard and start typing 200 words per minute of pure bile. Eventually his nose starts to bleed, and he hasn't figured out that it happens every time his Abrams trance comes on. What he doesn't know is that he's slowly killing himself with small, irreparable brain hemorrhages. <p>Poor guy.

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 3:27 p.m. CST

    I have the Making of Avatar in the Limited Special Edition

    by KilliK

    which i ordered and i am waiting for Amazon to send it.but i didnt know about the Calendar so i have to get my hands on it.since i am not going to win the contest,i have to buy it.<br /> <p>oh and haters: AVATAR = MASTERPIECE.

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 3:34 p.m. CST

    Saw some deleted scenes on youtube...

    by MustGoFaster

    Sigournet Weaver(tearfully): "They called me Eyokyok barmbey tutu".<P>Sam Wart:"That means Mother".<P>Avatar was a fucking insult to my intelligence. What a corny cornhole piece of wank. Cameron what were you thinking, man? Horrendous film. Absolutely horrendous. Its gonna take a LOT for Cameron to get back into my good books.

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 3:38 p.m. CST

    Despite the approval of millions, losers will grumble

    by quantize

    like the whiney cunts that they are...thus it was. <p> Ok so it's not THE most incredible film ever made but I have to's surprisingly watchable and entertaining on repeat. For all the bitching and whining, they must be missing something that works here.

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 3:38 p.m. CST


    by DrMorbius

    One can but hope...

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 3:45 p.m. CST

    On the other hand...

    by ThereWolf

    Dances With Wolves resembles no other film in the history of cinema.<p>No, not even A Man Called Horse. How dare you suggest it.

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 3:50 p.m. CST

    Mustgofaster: haven't seen that scene but it sounds

    by UltraTron

    like the reason they called her that is because she taught them in a school for five years. Of course I doubt you even understood that in the original cut. Avatar was smarter than most films and contained exposition meant to break through a mind blowing visual presentation in 3D. Basically when people tell me their opinions of avatar and they didn't love it- 10 times out of 10 it went over their heads and they just dismiss it to not reveal their stupidity

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 3:52 p.m. CST

    Quantize: actually in many ways it IS.

    by UltraTron

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 3:52 p.m. CST

    So if a billion people...

    by FSJGuy

    set themselves on fire, does that makes it a good and intelligent thing to do?

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 3:59 p.m. CST

    But...I didn't get them anything.

    by HapaPapa72

    It's funny; I bet a lot of guys on here would prefer to bang the one on the left.

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 4:05 p.m. CST


    by MustGoFaster

    Are you fucking kidding me? Avatar didn't go "over my head" it went under my ass and licked my balls on the way out. Only STUPID people love it. So you are in good company heh heh.

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 4:24 p.m. CST

    FSJGuy a billion people make love

    by KilliK

    i suggest you shouldnt do it because it must be bad,right?<br /> <p>fucking morons and their stupid arguments...

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 4:30 p.m. CST

    I'm way more interested in how they made it

    by Rev. Slappy

    than ever watching it again.

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 4:56 p.m. CST


    by Fah-Cue

    All of the fx were done on computers and the movie was bad.

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 5:47 p.m. CST

    Story is ok

    by bobbofatz

    Not as good as JCs best. As someone said above there is no denying the visuals. Incredible. Watch it a few times on HBO or disc. Pick up the nuances and facial movements of the avatars and aliens. Especially Saldanas character. I think she deserved some awards consideration. Story=C+ Visuals=A+++. Still an undeniable breakthrough of a movie.

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 5:53 p.m. CST


    by Astronut

    Then you must also think Catwoman is Shakespeare. Give me a fucking break.

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 6 p.m. CST

    Why can't we please just get another Aliens movie

    by SithMenace

    from Cameron? I guess he's too busy trying to create his own Star Wars trilogy. Sad really.

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 7:01 p.m. CST

    Astronut sorry never watched it

    by KilliK

    i only watch great films,not garbages.

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 7:12 p.m. CST

    No, Alien 4 killed the franchise

    by SithMenace

    And there's no reason it couldn't be brought back with another fantastic movie, like Earth War for example.

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 7:23 p.m. CST


    by DrMorbius

    Arm or leg?

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 9:37 p.m. CST


    by CatVutt

  • Nov. 19, 2010, 12:16 a.m. CST

    there's a 3D avatar book

    by frank cotton

    at my local BORDERS. out of my price range

  • Nov. 19, 2010, 3:02 a.m. CST

    BluRay limited edition on Ebay UK

    by Fortunesfool

  • Nov. 19, 2010, 3:15 a.m. CST

    If I received this as a gift, I'd be pissed.

    by RedJester

    That GL ring on the other hand is actually pretty cool.

  • Nov. 19, 2010, 4:03 a.m. CST

    Lucas got pwned.

    by Motoko Kusanagi


  • Nov. 19, 2010, 5:10 a.m. CST

    Let's face it -

    by Ghostball

    Avatar wasn't just a flash in the pan epic fail(its quality, story and character-wise, inversely to proportional to its takings), any more than Phantom Menace was. This really is the best "Big" Jim has to offer these days, and the epoch of Terminator 1&2, Aliens and to a certain extent Abyss is long over. His power in Hollywood has led him to some really Poochie notions about what constitutes entertainment, and we are looking at the serious prospect of having to look further afield for cellulloid coolness than our movie masters of old. <p>With Kong and Lovely Bones, the jury's out big time on Jackson also. Del Toro has yet to commit a crime of equal measure to celluloid, so who knows, maybe Mountains of Madness will get some of the shitty taste of Avatar out of our mouths, along with - God-willing - the Ridley Scott Alien preeqs, and possibly, POSSIBLY the Jackson's Hobbits(es)..., although keep in mind these puppies are all either adaptations or sequels - not exactly encouraging for those of us hopeful for new original genre pics. Back on subject, personally I don't think I'll be watching another Avatar movie UNLESS every single character is shitcanned in favour an all-new line-up. Strike one for Cameron, if you like (Titanic doesn't count, anymore than Justin Bieber counts as music - that movie was a public service, designed solely to get sexualy frustrated guys into the knickers of their dates, and it did a bang up job of it, thanks). <p>To summarize, I wouldn't revisit Jake, N'yteri, Grace or any other of those carboard douchebags even if Cameron personally arranged for Charlize Theron, Jessica Alba and Megan Fox to go threes on my cock, nuts and ass, 'round the clock, with no bathroom breaks.

  • Nov. 19, 2010, 6:01 a.m. CST

    Stop running contests until you can finish them.

    by Life Proof

  • Nov. 19, 2010, 6:15 a.m. CST

    Avatar Is About Something Of Great Import

    by Media Messiah

    It is about the state of being, and finding a way to live in balance with nature, without conflict--as well, it is about respect for others, and common human decency--and the consequences for the human race if we don't find that balance...and respect therein. Films like TDK are just about explosions, more explosions, on top of explosions, with an extra lair of frosting filled explosions. Avatar, however, is a tour-de-force of filmmaking, and is a masterpiece--as it's director dared risk a fortune to tell a tale about eco-responsibility, instead of just trying to entertain the lowest common denominator--which is the average American Idiot. He said no to that, and sought to educate them, and those who hate the film, are living in the bliss of ignorance--and they will stay there in their mental Matrix, well, until that ignorance leads them to doomsday. Enjoy--your time is almost up!

  • Nov. 19, 2010, 7:32 a.m. CST

    Media Messiah

    by SithMenace

    The problem is, a great message doesn't make a great movie. For me, characters are the number one thing that makes a movie entertaining. If I can't relate to or care about the characters, there's just no point. Yeah, Avatar was pretty to look at, and it had a nice message, but I could not sit through it for a second time. Same with the prequels. Is Avatar as bad as the prequels? Of course not, but they both suffer from the same problem, cardboard cutout characters.

  • Nov. 19, 2010, 7:52 a.m. CST

    Media Messiah

    by Ghostball

    ...Sheesh... thanks for that.

  • Nov. 19, 2010, 11:11 a.m. CST

    Avatar will not play well on the small screen


    Every promo I've seen so far on TV just looks so phony and I have a Widescreen HDTV.

  • Nov. 19, 2010, 5:29 p.m. CST

    Thanks but no thanks

    by Sprinky

    I had my fill of 3D. Pass.

  • Nov. 20, 2010, 11:16 a.m. CST

    Avatar is cool to look at because of the pretty colors!

    by ufoclub1977

    It's a pulp scifi novel come to life (complete with simplified pulp dialogue), kind of like the story within Gentlemen Broncos (great title sequence) but with an aim to be serious in an "on the nose" way. I'm not a fan of Cameron, and don't watch Aliens if it comes on because I find certain qualities in it too irritating (I was obsessed with the first ALIEN), but I think Avatar worked as pulp entertaiment (with an underlying new age ecological philosophy) and was also his original universe. Extra points for making a movie (possibly derived from countless sources) that is his own franchise universe.

  • Nov. 21, 2010, 12:40 a.m. CST

    Media Messiah...

    by jerseycajun

    I think it's pertinent to paraphrase from the Mike Russell review of Avatar, posted on this site from almost a year ago. Basically, having a good message in a movie cannot account for the weakness of having that message delivered by someone screaming at the top of their lungs through a megaphone. Despite being in accordance with the message, you feel embarassed for being 'with' the person screaming it. People tune it out because that person ends up drawing more attention to the irritating delivery than to the content.<br></br>Avatar's only grace note is that it works really well visually. It's a really awesome screensaver, if you turn the volume off.