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After Earth – The Review

29 May 2013 9:30 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

At the beginning of the 2013 Summer film season comes M. Night Shyamalan’s coming-of-age movie, After Earth.

The movie begins more than one thousand years in the future long after people are forced to abandon the only home they had ever known. Upon leaving Earth in 10 arks, calendars were changed from Ad to Ae, reflecting the new life “After Earth.”

Humans relocated to Nova Prime where they faced an invasion from the Skrel and the genetically engineered weapon – The Ursa.  These beasties can sense humans’ fear and use that to track and kill their prey.

Just as it seemed nothing could stop the Ursa, Ranger Cypher Raige (Will Smith) inadvertently uncovers their weakness: without fear, humans are invisible to the Ursa. In an unprecedented show of self-control and discipline, Raige eliminated his fear and defeated the Ursa. This act of restraint became known as “Ghosting,” and lifted Raige to new heights of fame. »

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Visual Effects Masters Hunt New Worlds To Conquer

29 May 2013 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Visual effects masters are called “magicians” for a reason: They really do seem like conjurers. The only limits on what they can put on the screen seem to be time, budget and imagination.

But when anything and everything is within your grasp, what’s left to accomplish? What excites top vfx supervisors about their work, and what do they still dream of doing?

“You’re striving to challenge yourself,” says “Star Trek Into Darkness” vfx supervisor Roger Guyett. A sci-fi fan, he says, “For a visual-effects artist, lighting ships in space is pretty hard to beat.” It was a special thrill when a vfx image of the Enterprise in warp became the poster for the “Star Trek” reboot. “You feel like you’re creating a memorable image when that happens,” he says.

Visual effects are labeled post-production but vfx supes are on a picture from pre-production through the end of post. »

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Win Passes To The Advance Screening Of After Earth In St. Louis

20 May 2013 4:08 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

A crash landing leaves teenager Kitai Raige (Jaden Smith) and his legendary father Cypher (Will Smith) stranded on Earth, 1,000 years after cataclysmic events forced humanity’s escape. With Cypher critically injured, Kitai must embark on a perilous journey to signal for help, facing uncharted terrain, evolved animal species that now rule the planet, and an unstoppable alien creature that escaped during the crash. Father and son must learn to work together and trust one another if they want any chance of returning home.

After writing the story for After Earth, Will Smith – also a producer of the film – would turn over the writing reins to Gary Whitta and M. Night Shyamalan. Shyamalan would also direct the movie.  Smith called Shyamalan on his birthday, and Shyamalan told Smith how great Jaden Smith was in The Karate KidWill Smith said, “Well, we do have a movie idea in the works…” and they took off from there. »

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Giveaway – Win An After Earth Prize Pack

17 May 2013 3:05 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Set to hit theaters on May 31st, After Earth begins more than one thousand years in the future – in fact, one thousand years after humanity was forced to abandon the only home they had ever known.

Legendary General Cypher Raige (played by Will Smith) returns from an extended tour of duty to his estranged family, ready to be a father to his 13-year-old son, Kitai (played by Jaden Smith). When an asteroid storm damages their craft, they crash-land on a now unfamiliar and dangerous Earth. As his father lies dying in the cockpit, Kitai must trek across the hostile terrain to recover their rescue beacon. His whole life, Kitai has wanted nothing more than to be a soldier like his father. Today, he gets his chance.

To celebrate the theatrical release of After Earth, Wamg is doing a giveaway!

Two (2) winners will receive an After Earth Prize Pack, including:

1 T-shirt »

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