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Learn Who'll Receive Abrams' MAKING OF AVATAR (And A 2011 AVATAR Calendar, Too!)

Merrick here...
...with the names of those who'll receive THE MAKING OF AVATAR book... a 2011 AVATAR calendar....

from Abrams books (per THIS announcement). The name of the game was to e-mail me at, or closest two, five pre-selected mystery times. The five readers who accomplished just that?


Thomas A - CANADA

pre-selected time = 2:31pm CST USA e-mail received at 2:30:55pm CST USA


Chris M - GA

pre-selected time = 3:45pm CST USA e-mail received at 3:45:52pm CST USA


Christopher H - CA

pre-selected time = 4:24pm CST USA e-mail received at 4:23:57pm CST USA


Destry W - CA

pre-selected time = 11:17am CST USA e-mail received at 11:19:05am CST USA

Monday November 22, 2010

Mario D A - CA

pre-selected time 11:25pm CST USA e-mail received at 11:26:53 PM

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. Boundless appreciation to Abrams for making this possible, and for handling expediting in this giveaway. Recipients - Abrams already has your names in hand, and will be getting your books out to you shortly. Enjoy, and have a great Holiday!
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  • Nov. 24, 2010, 11:51 a.m. CST

    Jar Jar Abrams?

    by Bruce of all Trades

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 12:02 p.m. CST

    I've read this and the Making of Star Wars books

    by gautsid

    The Making of Star Wars books are superior across the board; the level of depth and care. Those books are worth it, this one sucked.

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 12:45 p.m. CST

    Ain't it Contest News

    by CountOrlok


  • Nov. 24, 2010, 12:49 p.m. CST

    Ain't it Contest News

    by Rupee88

    Yes these are poor excuses for meaningful or interesting content and they give away like 5 or 6 items that aren't even worth that much..not saying the contest is bad but featuring it as a major story is weak.

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 12:59 p.m. CST


    by RETURN_of_FETT

    wait a minute....I didn't enter.</p><p>....nevermind

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 1:04 p.m. CST

    After Cameron's turn-tail-and-run thing in Aspen...

    by ravenloff

    ...I'm simply not going to take him seriously anymore.

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 1:39 p.m. CST


    by Darth Busey

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 1:44 p.m. CST

    What happened in Aspen?

    by mousetail

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 1:59 p.m. CST

    Bruce of all Trades

    by DrRumpledink

    You don't read much do you?

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 2:24 p.m. CST

    Great book

    by Shaner Jedi

    True, it's not as good as the Making of SW and ESB books by Rinzler, but Jody Duncan and Fitzpatrick do a great job of puttin as much of the development of Avatar into the book. And they even show the ILM test shots from 06 as well as talk about other tidbits usually reserved for in-depth DVD features. It's a good read.

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 2:30 p.m. CST


    by ravenloff

    He slandered people skeptical of AGW. When challenged to an open debate, he agreed and a time was set. Then Cameron's people made demand after demand (things like no cameras or audio recordings if memory serves) which the other side agreed to. In the end, Cameron called the whole thing off. He never gave a reason himself that I'm aware of. I believe his publicist cited scheduling conflicts, but I honestly can't be bothered to even google it. He lowered himself to Gore-like status with that whole incident. At least Cameron probably knows the center of the Earth isn't millions and millions of degrees F

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 3:24 p.m. CST

    by sideshowrob

    whoever posts the next talkback is gay

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 3:42 p.m. CST

    AGW? ah you mean global warming,that thing that most of

    by KilliK

    the uneducated americans think that is is hoax.hehe.right.if i was Cameron i wouldnt have even bothered to go into the trouble to debate this FACT with brain-washed morons.he did the best thing to ignore them completely at the's like beating a dead horse,pointless.

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 3:50 p.m. CST

    Any Word On The Bloom County Contest?

    by Fievel

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 4:04 p.m. CST

    no erections

    by TisketMaster

    I can't get erections anymore just knowing that Avatar exists in the world.

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 4:40 p.m. CST

    Global Warming "debate"

    by TisketMaster

    I don't know who would "win" the Cameron-whoever global warming debate, but fact that such a debate is even considered significant in our society is a sign that we've ALL lost. Who cares what a Hollywood director and a cynical, pompous right wing pundit have to say about the validity of a scientific theory? If that's where you get your info, then your opinion is irrelevant to the issue, regardless of what you believe. Even if you were 'right,' you'd only be right because of luck, not by any intelligence on your part. The only source you have that is even remotely reliable are actual experts that have taken the time to learn the chemistry and fluid physics that are relevant to atmospheric science--and, at the end of the day, 98% of climate scientists acknowledge the earth is getting warmer and know that man-made contributions can have an impact. If you want to deny that, then you are getting your information from...where exactly? Oh yeah, you're getting it from someone's ass, either your or an anti-AGW shill. Congrats.

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 5:12 p.m. CST

    said unparanoid_android the scientist

    by KilliK


  • Nov. 24, 2010, 5:13 p.m. CST

    why should he show up?

    by redkamel

    Its like debating evolution with the God Squad. Its not like they will listen, or care, and its not like it matters, because they wont change their mind, and at any rate, its IS real, whether they agree or not. <[> Its why I don't bother debating climate change with any hardcore disbelievers. The science is there if you want to look at it. Not to mention the worst case scenario of "believing climate change" is increased energy efficiency and lower environmental impact, while the worst case scenario of NOT "believing in climate change" is, oh, lets see, fucking up the entire planet and people dying.

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 5:19 p.m. CST

    TisketMaster well said BUT i want to add something

    by KilliK

    Cameron is not only a director,but also a scientist regardless if he doesnt have a PHD in physics or maths.he is very clever and very educated on this matter and knows what he is talking about,he is not your usual celebrity attention whore who protest with cameras following me to prove that he/she "cares".<br /> <p>At least Cameron is a HW director who tries to bring the attention of the people to this problem,while most of the other HW directors only care about getting richer and sniffing coke from a whore's butt.

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 5:33 p.m. CST

    @ sideshowrob

    by Thorden

    Haha, that just cracked me up. So simple, yet so funny. Thanks mate.

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 5:46 p.m. CST

    I'm glad that Cameron fucked with the deniers

    by Rupee88

    He probably never planned to attend but just wanted to mess with them a bit.

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 5:47 p.m. CST


    by UGG

    with peas and gravy are awesome. <p>And for those who want the Cameron/Aspen story <p><p>

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 6:13 p.m. CST

    Cameron is a fucking ass clown

    by sansara07

    He acts like he has a doctorate from an Ivy League university. The truth is he went to some backwater community college where he briefly studied mechanics and then DROPPED OUT. He's a college dropout, not a fucking academic.<P>Its obvious that he chickened out of Aspen when he knew he would get his ass whupped. His people didn't want it broadcast/recorded and he STILL backed down from the challenge. He's nothing but an arrogant pussy. He KNEW that without scripted answers it would be an utter humiliation for him.

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 6:21 p.m. CST

    And by the way...

    by sansara07

    Chris Nolan went to University College London which is one of the top universities in the world. You need a stellar grade point average to get in. And he COMPLETED his degree, unlike Cameron who dropped out of a shitty community college. Nolan is much more intelligent than Cameron. He just doesn't make a song and dance about it like Jimbo Cameron tries to. Just thought I'd throw that in there because I KNOW how much the Cameronoids can't stand being told how much better Nolan is than Jimbo Cameron.

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 6:43 p.m. CST

    And Avatar is, face it, pretty shit.

    by TommyGavinsEgo

    It's a stunning technical achievment. It truly did fuck my eyeballs in all the right ways in IMAX 3D, and was like nothing I'd ever seen, unlike anything anyone had ever attempted on a scale no one but Cameron would have the balls to try. <p> <p> But, underneath the stunning visuals, it's a shitty movie that's way too long (and no I'm not some ADD fucktard, I just think it had a hell of a lot of fat on it); a hackneyed plot (not always a bad thing - some of my fave flicks are derivative as hell); it cannibalised whole tracts and characterisations from Cameron's own Aliens; and did - sorry - seem to sag under the weight of its own self-importance. <p> <p> I came out of the screening thinking something I've never thought before after a film. <p> <p> "That was probably the most stunning, jaw-dropping movie I've ever seen. And I don't know if I can ever be bothered to sit all the way through it again." <p> <p> Plus, Sam Worthington is C-grade in anything, and that includes mo-cap.

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 6:46 p.m. CST

    Chris Nolan went to University College London

    by KilliK

    which means he was a rich kid.Cameron's parents were marines thus poor people,Cameron after graduating with his Philosophy degree,got married and was working as a truck driver,then he decided to become a director,he taught himself how to become because he didnt have money to attain one of the expensive USA Film schools,he was editing secretly the Piranhas2 movie so that he could sleep in the editing room because he didnt have money to rent a hotel room in Italy until the producer caught him and threw him out from the production of the film,back to the USA he was so poor that he was sleeping to his then producer and lover house where one night he had a fever dream about robots fighting humans in the future,then he decided to make that dream into a small scifi movie and during the filming of that movie he was still so poor that Arnold,who was already very rich, bought him a dinner which Cameron politely promised that he would pay him back someday.<br /> <p>in other words Cameron PAWNS Nolan again.NEXT HATERS.

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 6:49 p.m. CST

    if you think Avatar is a shitty movie

    by KilliK

    then you are clueless about the art of cinema.Next month's insightful knowledge from the wise haters : why tacos are better than popcorn in the cinemas.

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 7:02 p.m. CST


    by JumpinJehosaphat

    As you know, the internets is a place of absolutes. You must take an extreme position. There's none of this, "some parts are good, some not" nonsense. No. Something either RULZ entirely, or is COMPLETE AND UTTER SHIT. One thing off? One minor detail? Oops, looks like it's COMPLETE SHIT, then! Any good that may be had by groundbreaking effects work, great editing, or a decent derivation of a classic tale, is negated by anything which may be nitpicked. See? That's why Avatar is COMPLETE AND UTTER SHIT. Opinion trumps all! Also, I'd be remiss if I failed to mention that if you disagree with me, you're most likely of low intellect and of suspect sexual orientation. I'm just following the rules here, man.

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 7:15 p.m. CST


    by KilliK

    YAWWWWWWWWWWWWWNNN.sorry,what were you saying? something about absolutes and mean the nose picking? YAAWWWNNN.

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 7:21 p.m. CST

    Avatar was FUCKING SHIT

    by MustGoFaster

    Why the hell would I want to know how it was made when it was all done on a fucking computer? Where's the craftmanship in that? I want to know how the original Alien was made. I want to know how The Thing was made. I want to know how the Star Wars OT was made. But Avatar? A couple of mouse clicks. End of book. This looks like a shit book to accompany a shit film.

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 7:21 p.m. CST


    by Thorden

    Good words mate..

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 7:30 p.m. CST


    by KilliK

    god damn it,these haters have become completely boring.and there are no other fresh news in this site to kill my time.anyway.

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 7:35 p.m. CST

    You are like baby

    by RedBull_Werewolf

    god damn i wish my penis could caress Zoe Saldana

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 7:39 p.m. CST

    And if Cameron cares about climate change

    by MustGoFaster

    why did he make Avatar? How much greenhouse gas was produced by all the computing power that went into making Avatar? Avatar used thousands of "processing farms" and used up enough energy to power fucking Silicon Valley for a week. Avatar helped melt the Greenland ice sheet! But you don't hear him talking about that, do you?

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 8 p.m. CST

    MustGoFaster apart from the fact that your argument is

    by KilliK

    completely moronic,there is also the fact that Cameron used the popularity of Avatar to seed trees,and according to him there have already been planted about 1m trees:<br /> <p> <br /> <p>As you can see at least Cameron tried to do something more substantial about the enviroment,apart from the fact that he played his own part with his movie in the cause to create worldwide awareness for the planet's environmental problems.<br /> <p>what did you do today for the planet and the world,apart from wasting space and air with your existence?<br /> <P>NEXT.

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 9:01 p.m. CST


    by MustGoFaster

    "His movie created worldwide awareness for the planet's environmental problems".<P>You are joking, right? Do you think Avatar has made ANYONE stop using their car, install solar panels on their roof and plant more trees in their garden? Newsflash, dickwad. Avatar has done NOTHING to make people act in a more environmentally conscious way. Plenty of people have seen it, but people are still driving and still flying and still using up as much energy as they used to. Also, there has been NO environmental movements created directly as a result of Avatar. I don't see people marching to the White House with placards demanding America reviews its energy policy. You are a pathetic little twerp aren't you, killik? Maybe you have too much of Cameron's jizz in your eyes.

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 9:17 p.m. CST

    Global Warming is real...

    by Johnno

    It gets hotter sometimes, it gets colder sometimes, and this can cause inconveniences. But some of you talk about Global Warming based on such scientific accuracy as those presented in 'Day After Tomorrow' and 2012. The Emmerich degree. Far as I see it, it's natural. Doesn't mean that I'm all for pollution and not reducing it. Just that some of you need to realize that global warming fanatics are using fear to make a cashgrab and their idiocy leads to policies that want human depopulation and fucking over third world countries that need to use resources like coal to form some industry and look after themselves because that's the only feasible way for them to pick themselves out from poverty and the other crap they have to deal with. So sorry, I'm not with the crowd that likes to worship Gaia and protect it at all costs from the evil humans. And no way in hell is going back to some nature lifestyle in our tents and treehouses in the forest a good way to live. The dangers and issues posed from such a backwards reality are far from the romanticized vision of living close to mother earth. There are many good things progress and industrialization have done. There just needs to be some balance, and we should not be led by such greed so as to go so far as to pollute and mess up the planet and its ecosystems.

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 11:06 p.m. CST

    JumpinJehosaphat - nice one.

    by spectacles

    A voice of reason here on the talkbacks is one in a million. Congrats. Hope you enjoyed your stay.<br><br> In anycase, could you nerds shut up about Nolan already? It's like the only cinema knowledge you gage things by is a handful of blockbusters that come out each year.

  • Nov. 25, 2010, 1:01 a.m. CST

    Ahem, actually, I installed solar panels on my roof...

    by Toruk_Makto

    A short while after watching Avatar. Donated some cash to a couple of E groups as well. That's one for the Cam-man. Now, bring on my fracken Battle Angel James!!!!

  • Nov. 25, 2010, 4:24 a.m. CST

    I really wish there was anything

    by Ghostball

    all that redeeming about 'Tar, but where's the evidence on that? It made lots of money? So do tabs, crack and smack, so does arms dealing. So anyone wants to pitch a tent for this movie on that basis needs to redress their definitions of artistic validity. <p>Its "message" is very easy for a billionaire to try to shove down everyone else's throat, because there is not even a remote possibility Cameron could ever be inconvenienced by having to limit his energy use - I'm assuming he doesn't exactly live up a tree in someone's orchard, subsisting solely on twigs and bark. It's also very easy, as Johnno points out, for all the developed economies that have had it good for the greater part of their entire existences, to start preaching conservationism to everyone else who hasn't yet HAD a taste of the "good life", even though we have of course been pumping shit like Dallas, Dynasty, and Danielle Steele TV movies down their throats and giving them the impression everyone in the west lives like that (and that IS what they think we all live like, and it's not exactly like their that far wrong, in terms of our consumption). We love our designer labels, our Bentleys, our Iphones, our round the world holidays, our 3D Xbox Avatar computer games (well, ok, sratch that), but god forbid that the 3 billion on the other side of the planet should all want to get their hands on that shit, right, Cameron? Oh, and your new character suck the shit out of a dead dog's asshole - did any of us happen to mention that?

  • Nov. 25, 2010, 9:42 a.m. CST


    by DonLogan

    "That was probably the most stunning, jaw-dropping movie I've ever seen. And I don't know if I can ever be bothered to sit all the way through it again."<br><br>Well said, that's pretty much how i felt.

  • Nov. 26, 2010, 11:51 a.m. CST

    Well said Johnno

    by Shaner Jedi

    well said. I loved Avatar but I sure as hell wouldn't want to live on a real Pandora. I enjoy our civilization even with all its flaws.

  • Nov. 26, 2010, 6 p.m. CST

    love hate relationship with Avatar

    by zdog22

    I know its flawed , I know it way too long. But every time its on i have to watch... can't help it

  • Nov. 27, 2010, 10:13 a.m. CST

    Cameron's smarts...

    by Hipshot

    1) Orson Scott Card, who wrote the novelization of "Abyss" said Cameron was the most technically adroit director he ever met. On the set of Abyss a helicopter broke down. Cameron picked up a toolbox and just fixed it. 2) He designed the underwatr cameras for Abyss, and much of the technical effect stuff for all his films. 3) Larry Niven's co-author Jerry Pournelle, who has two doctorates, worked extensively in the space industry. They had a meeting with Cameron to discuss film projects, during which the discussion ranged freely. Pournelle, who used to design I.Q. tests, came out of the meeting saying: "the guy is a genius. He knows more about the space program than I do!" ## Cameron is drop-dead brilliant.

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 1:53 p.m. CST

    The internet is fucking complete and utter shit.

    by HarryKnowlesNonExistentInceptionReview

    Anyone with half-a-brain knows that Michael Crichton was right about it: it will kill us as a species.

  • Dec. 23, 2010, 1:13 p.m. CST

    Cameron is the fucking MAN.

    by Volllllume3

    Nolan's an overrated HACK on par with Snyder and Bay.