New behind-the-scenes image from James Cameron's Avatar!

The New York Times has posted a couple of new images from James Cameron's upcoming SF epic Avatar as part of its story about 3-D filmmaking, including this one, featuring the director himself on the film's set.

Not sure what we're looking at, though: A pod for remote viewing? A stasis chamber for long-range space travel? A tanning bed of the future?

Avatar opens Dec. 19.

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