Hero Complex hosts free screenings of ‘Up’ and ‘Avatar’ this week [UPDATED]

Dec. 13, 2009 | 6:02 p.m.

On Monday night, I hope you L.A. readers will join us at the Landmark Theatre for a free 3-D screening of Pixar’s “Up”  and, afterward, a Q&A session onstage with director Pete Docter. This great event is part of the Envelope screening series, which puts filmmakers and stars in the same room with members of Hollywood guilds so they can discuss their trophy-worthy projects as awards season begins its serious ramp-up here in Tinseltown.

Those members of the voting guilds get seated first, of course, but we almost always have seats for the general public. These events are great and there are often surprises. I hosted the “Crazy Heart” screening recently, for instance, and not only did the post-screening panel include Jeff Bridges, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Robert Duvall, but T Bone Burnett showed up as a surprise guest and joined us for an especially lively conversation. The “Up” screening starts at 7:30 p.m. Hope to see some of you there. If you have a question you’d like me to ask Docter, post it below in the comments section.

On Friday, I’ll be hosting the big daddy of the Envelope series this year, an opening-night screening of Fox’s “Avatar” with guests James Cameron, Sam Worthington, Sigourney Weaver and Zoe Saldana. That event will be at the Mann Chinese theaters. Some of you readers have reserved seats for that one — you’ve been contacted if you were one of the lucky ones — and we’re expecting a major turnout from guild members because of the timing and the talent on hand. For more on the Envelope screening series, go right here.

UPDATE: THE “AVATAR” SCREENING IS FULL DUE TO RESERVATIONS BY GUILD MEMBERS

– Geoff Boucher

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