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16 items from 2017


‘Split’: M. Night Shyamalan Explains the Thriller’s Shocking Twist Ending

20 January 2017 1:42 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

M. Night Shyamalan’s latest thriller “Split” follows James McAvoy as Kevin, a man with 23 discrete personalities, all different and dangerous with agendas of their own. The story follows him as he kidnaps three teenage girls and holds them hostage in his basement. The girls soon begin to meet each personality, with the final persona being the most terrifying of them all.

The film looks to be Shyamalan’s big return after a string of disappointments like “The Happening” and “After Earth.” “Split” has critics excited, with some, like io9, saying that the film has the “best twist since ‘The Sixth Sense.'” The website spoke with the director about the shocking ending, that may surprise and excite many M. Night fans.

Readers beware, if  you have not seen “Split,” turn away.

[Editor’s Note: Major spoilers for “Split” follow. Proceed at your own risk.]

Read More: ‘Split’ Trailer: M. Night Shyamalan Unleashes 23 Different Versions Of James McAvoy In Wild Kidnapping Thriller

In “Split, »

- Liz Calvario

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Spoiler Space: Spoiler Space: Split

20 January 2017 12:06 PM, PST | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

Thoughts on, and a place to discuss, the plot points we can’t reveal in our review.

If Unbreakable’s David Dunn was M. Night Shyamalan’s version of the classic superhero, then what does that make Kevin? His take on an X-Men villain? Over the course of the film, Shyamalan drops a few hints about the connection between Split and his fondly remembered reimagining of the comic book origin story (the title and poster are dead giveaways, in retrospect), but it isn’t until the final moments—and the split-second return of Bruce Willis as Dunn—that the movie reveals itself as being set in the Unbreakable-verse. One can imagine a proper sequel that will pit Dunn against “the Horde,” as Kevin calls himself at the end of the movie. But how much does the connection between the two films really matter?

After all, part of what makes »

- Ignatiy Vishnevetsky

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Split: M Night Shyamalan explains its dramatic ending

20 January 2017 7:07 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Ryan Lambie Jan 21, 2017

Huge spoilers: we delve into Split's conclusion, and share M Night Shyamalan's thoughts on what it all means...

Nb: This is your final warning for huge, huge Split spoilers.

See related  Split review M Night Shyamalan interview: Split, non-conformity, creative freedom

M Night Shyamalan's already well known for his knotty thrillers, and in many respects, Split doesn't disappoint. It stars James McAvoy as Kevin, a seemingly ordinary guy who suffers from dissociative identity disorder (Did), and whose multiple personalities are beginning to run dangerously out of control. Within his troubled mind there resides a nervous, hip-hop loving nine-year-old, Hedwig, and Barry, a gentle fashion designer.

Dennis, on the other hand, is far more unstable: one day, he decides to kidnap three teenagers - Casey (Anya Taylor-Joy), Claire (Haley Lu Richardson) and Marcia (Jessica Sula) - and keep them locked up in his basement. Another of Kevin's personas, »

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The Insane Connection Between Split and Another Great M. Night Shyamalan Movie

20 January 2017 5:30 AM, PST | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

Warning: Spoilers below! Split is M. Night Shyamalan's latest horror-thriller, and if you've seen the movie, you undoubtedly have some questions about the ending. I'm not talking about how the actual story concludes - I'm talking about the last minute or so, when we get an unexpected cameo. We see Shyamalan earlier in the film, but this appearance is even better. The movie has all but concluded when we see patrons of a diner fixated on a news broadcast. Casey (Anya Taylor-Joy) has been found and the reporter is talking about the case, saying that outlets have already started calling the killer by a nickname: The Hoard, due to his many personalities. A woman at the counter says, "That guy who got locked up 15 years ago, they gave him a funny name too." The camera pans down the counter to a man dressed in a jumpsuit with a tag marked "Dunn. »

- Maggie Pehanick

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Every Bizarre, Twisted, F*cked-Up Thing That Happens in M. Night Shyamalan's Split

19 January 2017 8:30 PM, PST | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

M. Night Shyamalan first gained fame with The Sixth Sense, thanks to its brilliant, original twist ending. Since then, the director has been chasing the ever-elusive high of a similarly successful and mind-blowing surprise, which he's attempted in his successive horror and sci-fi films like The Village, Signs, and Unbreakable. Although those failed to deliver the same impact, his 2015 found-footage flick The Visit seemed to herald a return to form for Shyamalan with its simple story and fantastic, shocking conclusion. With that in mind, the writer-director's latest entry into the horror genre, Split, looked like it might be a twist-filled slam dunk at the box office. Although the film suffers from a few bloated, meandering storylines and the ending will leave some rolling their eyes, there are enough creepy, terrifying moments (and incredible performances) scattered throughout Split that will no doubt make it a notable notch on Shyamalan's belt of accomplishments. »

- Quinn Keaney

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Mickey Rourke Signs With Apa

19 January 2017 9:29 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Mickey Rourke is getting in the ring with Apa. The Wrestler star has signed with the agency for representation.

Rourke started his career in Lawrence Kasdan's hit feature film Body Heat, with other early career roles in Francis Ford Coppola's Rumble Fish, Barfly, Angel Heart and the erotic thriller 9 1/2 Weeks, where he starred opposite Kim Basinger.

In the early '90s, Rourke left acting to try his hand at a career in professional boxing, retiring a few years later and returning to Hollywood.

He starred alongside Bruce Willis in Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez's Sin City and gained major recognition for his role in Darren Aronofsky's The »

- Mia Galuppo

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A Definitive Ranking of All of M. Night Shyamalan's Biggest Twists, From 'The Sixth Sense' to 'Split'

18 January 2017 3:28 PM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

There's a twisted little reveal at the end of M. Night Shyamalan's multiple personalities horror flick, Split -- though, that shouldn't come as a surprise to fans of the director, as an Omg!-worthy twist in the final act of the film has become his calling card in Hollywood. (Which wasn't always the case, as -- twist! -- he also wrote the script for Stuart Little.) As for how it stacks up against the twists of Shyamalan films past, we won't divulge the ending of Split here, but...

Massive spoilers for all other M. Night Shyamalan films ahead.

For Shyamalan's part, his favorite of his twists is in Signs. "I don’t know why, I find it so spiritual," he told Et. "The guy who lost faith and then remembers what his wife said. Then, he looks around the room and sees that his wife was talking about this moment. It always »

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Exclusive: The Honor and Pressure of Being M. Night Shyamalan

18 January 2017 6:15 AM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

“I see dead people.”

It was the plot twist heard around the world when writer-director-producer M. Night Shyamalan’s The Sixth Sense hit theaters in 1999 and surprised everyone with one of the most shocking reveals in cinematic history. The film, starring Bruce Willis and newcomer Haley Joel Osment, earned six Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay for Shyamalan. It was also a monster success at the box office, grossing over $672 million worldwide on a $40 million budget, and turned Shyamalan into a household name.

Born in India, raised in Pennsylvania and a graduate of New York University’s prestigious Tisch School of the Arts, Shyamalan followed the success of The Sixth Sense with even more twists and turns over the next two decades. 2000’s Unbreakable -- also starring Willis -- 2002’s Signs with Mel Gibson and Joaquin Phoenix and 2004’s The Village -- also with Phoenix -- saw the director reach new heights »

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Isabelle Huppert May Receive First-Ever Oscar Nomination — Other Greats Who Also Have Zero

12 January 2017 6:00 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

Isabelle Huppert (Courtesy: Tristan Fewings/Getty Images)

By: Carson Blackwelder

Managing Editor

The best actress Oscar race might seem like a showdown between La La Land’s Emma Stone and Jackie’s Natalie Portman, but Elle’s Isabelle Huppert is proving to be quite the upset. Should Huppert actually snag an Oscar nomination this year, shockingly it would be a first for the French thespian. If Huppert has flown under the Academy’s radar, who else out there is considered the best of the best and hasn’t had a chance to win Hollywood’s biggest award?

Our latest indication of Huppert’s surprise domination this awards season was at the Golden Globes when the 63-year-old won for best actress in a drama and bested Portman — Stone was nominated for best actress in a musical or comedy. Further catapulting Huppert in the best actress Oscar standings was Elle being named best foreign-language film, »

- Carson Blackwelder

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Arrow! Snow! Wilder! Nameberry Releases List of 100 Best Baby Names for 2017 (and Celebs Are Already Fans)

11 January 2017 11:00 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Now that 2016 is over, many expectant parents — celebrities included! — are looking to what’s hot for 2017’s best baby names.

Consequently, there’s no better time than January to release a list of the most on-trend names for the new year, which is precisely what popular baby-moniker site Nameberry did recently.

Here are 25 of the 100 Best Baby Names for 2017, according to Nameberry, along with some of their popular celebrity ties.

Want all the latest pregnancy and birth announcements, plus celebrity mom blogs? Click here to get those and more in the People Babies newsletter.

Arrow: “Set to shoot upwards”

Celebrity »

- Jen Juneau

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Denzel Washington Interview: The Director Reveals How He Opened Up ‘Fences’

11 January 2017 8:56 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Ever since I first met Denzel Washington on the set of Spike Lee’s “Malcolm X,” I’ve felt comfortable with him. Maybe it’s because he and my mother grew up in the same working-class New York suburb, Mount Vernon. Fact is, I grew up in the film industry with Washington, along with Mel Gibson, Debra Winger, Bruce Willis, Kevin Costner, and John Travolta; we’re all close to the same age.

I know the way he swings his tall body into that loping, cocky walk. And it’s fun to watch him, in the green room at the Writers Guild, enthusiastically wave his hands around when he talks about directing. He’s in a good mood: His August Wilson film adaptation of “Fences” has been enthusiastically received, by critics, audiences and — perhaps most crucially for its Oscar chances — actors, landing the coveted SAG Ensemble nomination.

In his third directorial outing (“The Debaters, »

- Anne Thompson

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Denzel Washington Interview: The Director Reveals How He Opened Up ‘Fences’

11 January 2017 8:56 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Ever since I first met Denzel Washington on the set of Spike Lee’s “Malcolm X,” I’ve felt comfortable with him. Maybe it’s because he and my mother grew up in the same working-class New York suburb, Mount Vernon. Fact is, I grew up in the film industry with Washington, along with Mel Gibson, Debra Winger, Bruce Willis, Kevin Costner, and John Travolta; we’re all close to the same age.

I know the way he swings his tall body into that loping, cocky walk. And it’s fun to watch him, in the green room at the Writers Guild, enthusiastically wave his hands around when he talks about directing. He’s in a good mood: His August Wilson film adaptation of “Fences” has been enthusiastically received, by critics, audiences and — perhaps most crucially for its Oscar chances — actors, landing the coveted SAG Ensemble nomination.

In his third directorial outing (“The Debaters, »

- Anne Thompson

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The Newton Brothers Haunting Score For “The Bye Bye Man” Available on Sony Classical Records

10 January 2017 2:28 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Composers Andy Grush and Taylor Stewart, aka The Newton Brothers, score Stx Entertainment’s supernatural horror thriller, The Bye Bye Man.

The film stars Douglas Smith, Lucien Laviscount, Cressida Bonas and Doug Jones. Directed by Stacy Title and written by Jonathan Penner, “The Bye Bye Man” follows the story of three college students move into an old, off-campus house. They quickly find themselves hunted by a supernatural entity called The Bye Bye Man who may be responsible for possessing various people and causing them to commit killing sprees throughout recent history. The students discover the origins of the Bye Bye Man and find that there is only one way to avoid his curse: don’t say or think his name, because once the Bye Bye Man gets inside your head, he takes control.

Bye Bye Man opens in theatres on January 13, 2016. The soundtrack album featuring the score is available on Sony Classical. »

- Michelle McCue

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Watch: Bruce Willis Stars as Seagram’s ’80s-Era Spokesperson

6 January 2017 1:23 PM, PST | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

In the years just before he starred as John McClane in the first “Die Hard” film, Bruce Willis had already locked down one of the decade’s most memorable roles: the spokesperson for Seagram’s Golden Wine Cooler. For those fond of retro ’80s commercials, Willis stars in multiple spots, all of which are viewable on YouTube. They range from a flirtatious encounter with Sharon Stone—who at the time was still a few years out from her “Total Recall” days”—to an impromptu singing session on a porch to a bluesier take on the Seagram’s tag line, “It’s wet and it’s dry.” Watch one of our favorites below! Ready for your small-screen break? Check out our commercial audition listings! »

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The 80s Movie Guide For The New Parent

6 January 2017 4:15 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Tom Jolliffe with the 80s movie guide for the new parent…

Last December I welcomed my baby daughter into the world. It was a momentous day. My first, and like all new parents who find the weight of responsibility fall into their lap after 9 months of increasing inevitability, I suddenly realised I had absolutely no fucking idea what to do for the next 18 years of raising this little blob into becoming an adult. Sure I could have asked other parents, or Googled, but I decided that perhaps watching a load of parentally themed films from the 80’s might be a better idea.

So what can we say about the parental movie of the 80’s? This isn’t merely about someone being a genetic mother or father I should point out, but it’s the notion of the protagonist(s) being blissfully unprepared for parental responsibility being thrust upon them either temporarily or permanently, »

- Amie Cranswick

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Can We Trust M. Night Shyamalan Now?

4 January 2017 8:59 AM, PST | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

Surely the world remembers M. Night Shymalan's (Mns) The Sixth Sense. It crept into theaters, and blew most people away with it's twist-ending. Bruce Willis was excellent (isn't he always?) and Haley Joel Osment was still adorable. Then we got Unbreakable. More Bruce Willis, with just a touch of Samuel L. Jackson. Signs did well, but some of the dazzle of Mns' formula was wearing off. The twists were expected, but he did stick Joaquin Phoenix and Mel Gibson together when both were on a career high. 

"Well, Hello."

But, then came The Village. The Lady in the Water promised to be a new bedtime story. The Happening had a great trailer, but humans outran the wind. There was a catastrophe he called The Last Airbender. For those of you that still watch Will Smith movies, here's hoping you skipped After Earth. Now, here's where things get interesting: The Visit. »

- Tyler Richardson

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