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question of the day: Eight extra minutes for James Cameron’s ‘Avatar’: will you watch and do you care?

Mark the date. Or not. On August 27 of this very year, you will have the distinct honor of being able — or not — of paying your 20 bucks/15 quid or so and being graced with eight whole extra minutes of Avatar. In 3D only! Because that’s how you rack up the most box office points possible! $2.7 billion worldwide simply must not stand: we can get to $3 billion!

No, seriously: Why would James Cameron do such a thing (quoted at The Hollywood Reporter)?

Audiences repeatedly told me they wanted more of Pandora, and wished they could have stayed there longer. So we’re making that possible.

Well, now: I always want more ice cream, too. That doesn’t necessarily mean it’s always a good idea. Sometimes another scoop of ice cream gives you a tummy ache. I loved visiting Pandora, and found the film to be probably the most immersive cinematic experience I’ve ever had. I’m not sure that eight more minutes could improve upon that.

What’s in the extra eight minutes? Maybe that hot ponytail psychic sex scene between Jake and Neytiri? Cameron coyly says only that the new scenes will feature “new creatures and action scenes.”

Eight extra minutes for James Cameron’s Avatar: will you watch and do you care?

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