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15 Minutes of 'Avatar' to Be Screened for Free

July 24, 2009 (4:52 am) GMT
At San Diego Comic Con 2009, director James Cameron announced that fifteen minutes of 'Avatar' will be screened for free in 3-D theaters across the world on August 21.
15 Minutes of 'Avatar' to Be Screened for Free

August 21 will be an "" day since on the particular day, as much as 15 minutes of the movie will be screened for free. The news came from director James Cameron toward the end of the film's panel at San Diego Comic Con 2009 on Thursday, July 23. He claimed the free fifteen minutes of -starred film will be played in many 3-D theaters worldwide.

In the beginning of his announcement, Cameron stated that the free screenings are part of their marketing strategies. "We're going to do something unprecedented. It's a social marketing experiment," so the filmmaker suggested. He then added more info saying, "We're going to take over as many IMAX 3D theaters and other select 3D theaters worldwide on August 21 and we're going to let an international global audience come see 15 minutes of 'Avatar' for free. It's going to be Avatar day."

During the "Avatar" presentation, Cameron premiered a 24-minute footage of the sci-fi movie, previewing details of what the Avatars are and how they look like. The director also joined Tom Rothman, chairman of Fox Film Entertainment, and cast members, , who portrayed Dr. Grace Augustine, and , who played Neytiri, for a Q&A session.

A sci-fi movie from 20th Century Fox, "Avatar" is produced by James Cameron and Jon Landau. The plot centers on a wounded ex-marine, who is thrust unwillingly into an effort to settle and exploit an exotic planet rich in bio-diversity, and eventually crosses over to lead the indigenous race in a battle for survival. "" actor Sam Worthington and "" star are among the cast of the movie which will be released in the U.S. on December 18.

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