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'Avatar' premiere: Hollywood's night on the blue carpet [Photo gallery]

December 16, 2009 |  8:58 pm

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The stars of "Avatar" made a fine showing in the flesh on Wednesday evening in Hollywood, hitting the blue carpet in support of James Cameron's hotly anticipated sci-fi effort, which opens this Friday. 

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Among the cast members on the not-red-at-all carpet? Sam Worthington, with girlfriend Natalie Mark; Zoe Saldana; a sparkling Sigourney Weaver, playing with a toy version of her avatar, Grace; and Giovanni Ribisi.

Behind-the-camera types included director James Cameron, of course, and his wife, Suzy Amis; "Single Ladies" music video director Jake Nava, who helmed Leona Lewis' video of the film's closing tune, "I See You"; and "X-Men" director Bryan Singer, who's already using new technology from "Avatar" on his upcoming "Jack the Giant Killer."

Also seen Wednesday night? Click on the "photo gallery" image of Zoe Saldana for a peek at lots of familiar faces.

Cameron's follow up to "Titanic" -- the highest-grossing film in history -- has been eagerly awaited by fanboys and teen girls alike. Blame it on the dazzling visual effects and the dazzling Worthington.

Solid reviews have come in for the fantasy, and projections say Cameron's baby could rake in $250 million worldwide and take the concept of 3-D films to new levels.

One message Sam took from his character Jake Sully, a guy who stands up to bullies: "If you're 7 or 70, nobody should be able to tell you what to do," he said to the hosts of the "Avatar MySpace Red Carpet Premiere," broadcast live on UStream as the crowd entered the premiere.

So, um, he didn't let Cameron tell him what to do?

"Oh no, he told me what to do, man -- he's the boss."

-- Christie D'Zurilla and Matt Donnelly

Photos: Sigourney Weaver, James Cameron, Sam Worthington and Michelle Rodriguez at the "Avatar" premiere Wednesday night at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, top. At right, Zoe Saldana at the premiere. Credit: Kevin Winter / Getty Images.

The Ministry proudly presents related blue ink on 'Avatar,' courtesy of our brother bloggers over at Hero Complex:

Sam Worthington made girls 'weak in the knees' says 'Avatar' casting director

'Avatar' takes Mattel into uncharted toy territory

'Avatar' star Sigourney Weaver as queen of sci-fi: 'Outer space has been good to me'

Jim Cameron vs. Robert Zemeckis? An insider's view of the rivalry

Avatar': technologically advanced, even in the trailer

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