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'Avatar' unleashes menagerie of 3-D flicks

Robert W. Butler

Like it or loathe it, the new year in movies will be dominated by one thing: 3-D.

The success of James Cameron's "Avatar" just about guarantees that studios are going to look long and hard at every upcoming project to gauge whether it will benefit from the new technology.

The 2010 lineup is thick with 3-D titles (dates are subject to change): Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland" (March 5), "How to Train Your Dragon" (March 26), "Kenny Chesney: Summer in 3-D" (April), "Shrek Forever After " (May 21), "Toy Story 3" (June 18), "Despicable Me" (July 9), "Step Up 3-D" (Aug. 6), "Megamind" (Nov. 5), "Tron Legacy" (Dec. 17).

The makers of the "Jackass" series have announced that their next collection of painful stunts is being shot with the same 3-D camera developed by Cameron for "Avatar." It's due out Oct. 15.

Classic movies will get a 3-D makeover. In 2011 Disney will re-release "Beauty and the Beast" in 3-D, and the original "Night of the Living Dead" already has undergone the transformation. George Lucas reportedly is reissuing the entire "Star Wars" saga in 3-D.

And don't get too attached to those polarizing glasses required for 3-D viewing. The industry is at work creating 3-D projection requiring no glasses,

Until "Avatar," most of us regarded 3-D as a gimmick. Expect the gimmick to become standard procedure.