Countless novels, video games and films set their scene in our world after some global catastrophe, and with good reason. The end of everything will remain a popular arena in which to tell your story and, in cinematic terms, as we are now knee deep in a world where CGpocalypes are ever more convincingly rendered there is cause to assume that we’ll see the world ending again and again.
After Earth is one of the latest armagedd-o-ramas to hit the big screen, conceived by Will Smith and snapped up by M. Night Shyamalan to direct, we are again treated to another cautionary tale of the consequences of our actions. That we will one day blast off from our homeworld and seek a new place among the stars is an age-old idea, in Shyamalan’s movie it is our short-sightedness which propelled us skywards. Pixar’s Wall-e shares some of the same ideas, »
- Jon Lyus
The Men In Black star explained how the Karate Kid remake prompted him to concoct After Earth's futuristic storyline, in which he stars as Cipher - a military hero who relies on his teenage son (played by real life offspring Jaden Smith) to save him after the pair crash land on an abandoned and hostile Earth thousands of years in the future.
The former Fresh Prince also discusses his future as an action movie star, suggesting it's time for a body scan after agreeing with our view that he can keep whooping Et's derrière into his 90s by using the same technology that restored Jeff Bridges's youthful glow in Tron: Legacy.
A cheeky prank he played on his »
Screen Junkies is back with another great Honest Trailer that bashes the hell out of M. Night Shyamalan's latest film After Earth. I never even saw this one because on top of me giving up on the director, the movie just looked absolutely terrible. I thought about renting it, but after watching this Honest Trailer I will never waste my time watching this terrible-looking sci-fi movie.
- Joey Paur
Check out what's new to rent and own this week on the various streaming services such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical exclusives for rent, priced from $3-$10, in 24- or 48-hour periods After Earth (M. Night Shyamalan-directed sci-fi nepotism; Will Smith, Jaden Smith; rated PG-13) The Hangover Part III (comedy adventure; Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms, John Goodman; rated R) The Purge (home-invasion horror; Ethan Hawke, Lena Headey; rated R) Sunlight Jr. (drama; Naomi Watts, Matt Dillon, Norman Reedus; available now before theatrical release) Curse of Chucky (horror; Brad Dourif, Fiona Dourif; unrated) Stuck in Love (comedy...
- Robert B. DeSalvo
This week: All crime, including murder, is legal for one 12-hour period a year in "The Purge," a horror thriller in which Ethan Hawke and Lena Headey play a married couple that tries to keep their family safe during the annual event after an intruder gains access to their fortified home.
Box Office: $64 million
Rotten Tomatoes: 38% Rotten
Storyline: In the near future, crime has been reduced to a minimum as the New Founders have instituted the Purge: an annual 12-hour period when all crime, including murder, is legal. James Sandin (Ethan Hawke) is a security-system salesman who feels pretty confident that his wife (Lena Headey) and two children will be safe during the Purge as they »
- Robert DeSalvo
On Demand DVD New Releases Oct. 7-13 After Earth Will Smith and his son Jaden Smith star in director M. Night Shyamalan’s futuristic tale of a father and son stranded on Earth a millennium after humanity left the planet. The son must brave the treacherous habitat to signal for help for him and his injured father. Also stars Sophie Okonedo (PG-13, 1:40) 10/8 The Hangover Part III Phil (Bradley Cooper), Stu (Ed Helms) and Alan (Zach Galifianakis) are back as the Wolfpack in this Vegas-set adventure. An angry gangster holds their friend hostage demanding that they find Chow, who stole millions of […]
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- Meredith Ennis
Few filmmakers are more disliked than M. Night Shyamalan for squandering opportunity after opportunity in what was once a successful career. Or for his limitless ego. It’s now led to his new book, I Got Schooled: The Unlikely Story of How a Moonlighting Movie Maker Learned the Five Keys to Closing America’s Education Gap. I just threw up in my mouth a little: »
- NIKKI FINKE, Editor in Chief
Wouldn’t it be awful if this episode description invoked that most famous line from the 1999 psychological thriller The Sixth Sense? Wouldn’t that be the hackiest thing ever? Of course it would be, which is why we see new podcasts! They’re walking around like regular podcasts, but they don’t know they’re new. All right, it’s out of our system, but can you blame us? Yes, the new Mousterpiece Cinema is all about M. Night Shyamalan’s star-making film, catapulting him into the Hollywood stratosphere only a few years before he’d begin descending into something of a public joke. And someone who’s having none of that joke is Gabe, who’s a no-show this week, for reasons Josh divulges in the episode. In Gabe’s place, Josh got three excellent guests: Scott Meslow of The Week, Alexander Huls of Film School Rejects and Movies. »
- Josh Spiegel
In a surprising move, former "Doctor Who" star David Tennant has signed on to star in Fox's limited series adaptation of "Broadchurch," which airs in the UK on ITV. The reason the casting seems strange is Tennant also stars on the original series.
The second series of the British version of the show is scheduled to begin shooting in 2014, but so is the American remake, Variety reports. It's already been announced that "Broadchurch" creator Chris Chibnall is on board as an executive producer. He will be joined by Dan Futterman and Anya Epstein, who will also be the showrunners.
The series follows the murder investigation of a young boy by a detective. In the Fox version it will be an American detective, which means there will likely be an accent coming from the actor.
"Broadchurch" is one of three "event series" Fox is planning for their 2014 TV season. There's also »
Tennant, who is best known for playing the tenth incarnation of Doctor Who in the Brit TV series “Doctor Who,” will portray an American detective in “Broadchurch” who is the lead investigator on a case of a shocking murder that puts a town under scrutiny.
“Broadchurch” was ordered to series by Fox this summer, and is an adaptation of a U.K. crime drama that bowed on ITV earlier this year. “Broadchurch” joins “24: Live Another Day” and M. Night Shyamalan’s “Wayward Pines” as a limited run series for Fox, as the net heads into the 2014 TV season with an emphasis on event-type programming.
- AJ Marechal
Fox has appointed a feature film veteran to help grow its slate of event series. Jeni Mulein, who comes to the network from Original Film, will assume the position of vp event series programming, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. She will report to Shana C. Waterman, Fox's senior vp multi-platform programming and event series. In her new role, Mulein will offer input on creative direction for all of the network's upcoming projects, including those in development and already in production. Among them are high-profile shows including M. Night Shyamalan's Wayward Pines, 24: Live Another Day and the U.
- Philiana Ng
Universal Pictures recently announced that the title of upcoming fourth "Jurassic Park" film will be "Jurassic World." And now comes word that Bryce Dallas Howard is in talks to play a leading role in the new movie. The actress is known for playing Gwen Stacy in Sam Raimi's "Spider-Man 3." She also starred in M. Night Shyamalan's "The Village" and "The Lady in the Water." More recently, she appeared in "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse," "The Help" and "50/50." "Jurassic World" is directed by Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed) and will hit 3D and conventional theaters on June 12th, 2015. Steven Spielberg is on board to produce. »
Bryce Dallas Howard in ‘Jurassic World’? Howard possibly the next female star in ‘Jurassic Park’ franchise Bryce Dallas Howard, Rush director Ron Howard’s daughter perhaps best known for playing the Vengeful Vampire Victoria in David Slade’s The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, is "in talks" to star in Jurassic World aka Jurassic Park 4, to be directed by Safety Not Guaranteed‘s Colin Trevorrow. At this stage, it’s unclear what exactly Howard would be doing in Jurassic World — well, except that her (potential) character will somehow become entangled with dinosaurs and that there’ll be lots of green screens on the set. (See also: “‘Jurassic World’ director Colin Trevorrow. Why Him?“) (Photo: Bryce Dallas Howard.) According to various online reports, Universal had sets its sights on Bryce Dallas Howard a while back, but production was halted after Trevorrow took a pass on Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver’s Jurassic World draft. »
- Zac Gille
Starring Jaden Smith (The Karate Kid) and two-time Academy Award® nominated Will Smith (2006, Best Actor, The Pursuit of Happyness; 2001, Best Actor in a Leading Role, Ali), this action-adventure follows Kitai Raige (Jaden Smith) and his father Cypher (Will Smith), as they set out on a routine mission that crash lands them on a hostile planet Earth. Now, 1,000 years after Earth has been quarantined, everything on the planet has evolved to kill humans.
Unable to contact home, and forced to battle exotic creatures and dangerous terrains, Kitai and Cypher must fight together to survive.
The After Earth Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD both come with all-new featurettes, including exciting behind-the-scenes looks at the making of the film, and a video announcing the winning team of the Xprize After Earth Challenge, »
- Michelle McCue
Several years after it took place, an old interview with Shyamalan has been making the rounds again recently where Shyamalan says his filmmaking has a "European sensibility" which means American film critics don't get him.
"They've never got me, and it’s getting worse. It’s almost like, go away. I also think I’m getting more, you know, influenced by other cultures more, as you could see from the movie. So I’m not doing like a straight-up American movie anymore.
I always had a European sensibility to my movies. The pacing is always a little bit off for them, and it feels a little stilted, and they need more electricity and all that stuff."
He goes on to cite Hitchcock, »
- Garth Franklin
Before M. Night Shyamalan set the standard for self-destructive directing careers, there was Robert Zemeckis. Probably best known for the Back To The Future trilogy, he was once one of the best directors in Hollywood, also giving us Contact, Forrest Gump, and Cast Away. Then...motion capture happened. Polar Express, Beowulf, and A Christmas Carol were mediocre at best and creepily unwatchable at worst, and I think we're all glad that ship sunk. What next? Well, it seems he'll be adapting a series of young adult novels. »
- David Hoffman
Actor, director and screenwriter Matt Thompson is a man with the same quintessential questions we have about the supernatural forces that have been with us forever. Ten years after his initial idea for the Osiris Films horror movie Bloodline, the film is finally ready for a September 27, 2013 release. A true labor of love guided by gut instinct, providence and daring “just go for it” faith, Matt chatted over the phone with Cinelinx writer Kyra Dawson to tell us all about the experience of wearing 3 hats in the production of Bloodline. Juggling the filmmaker triad of roles -- screenwriter, actor and director -- is a daunting effort that only a daring few are willing or intrepid enough to attempt. Come inside and see what took place on set at Bloodline and find out if Matt believes in curses and possession.
Bloodline has a logline that reads, “Terror Has Awakened”. By the »
- email@example.com (Kyra Dawson)
Oh what a difference an M. Night Shyamalan movie makes. Earlier this year, director Roland Emmerich confirmed that Will Smith would not return to the role of Captain Steven Hiller for ID Forever Part 1 - the first of two planned sequels to 1996's blockbuster Independence Day.
However, according to Emmerich, it appears that Smith may have had a change of heart - no doubt due to the critical and commercial failure of this summer's After Earth - and could be looking to shake off the Shyamalan effect by returning to his first major box office success.
"It changes every month," Emmerich told Digital Spy during a promotional interview for White House Down. "I sometimes say 'No, Will Smith will not be in it,' because he didn't want to do it before but now we have a meeting planned where we want to talk about it again."
ID Forever Part »
- Flickering Myth
The U.S. box office hit a record high this summer, pulling in $4.76 billion thanks to blockbusters like Iron Man 3 and Despicable Me 2. But not every film was a success, and flops like R.I.P.D. and The Lone Ranger stole the headlines. Below, check out this summer’s box office winners and losers — plus a few toss-ups — and then sound off with picks of your own in the comments!
Budget: $200 million
Domestic Gross: $408.9 million
Worldwide Gross: $1.21 billion
Bottom Line: The Marvel film got a huge boost from The Avengers’ massive success, earning $1.2 billion. Incredibly, »
- Grady Smith
It's finally Labor Day Weekend, which means the summer movie going season is officially closed for business starting this Monday. As summer winds down, and we head into September, many movie fans have made one thing very clear. They think this summer has been a complete wash! But is this summer any different than last summer, or the summer before that? How about a decade removed? Did we have bombs as big as The Lone Ranger, R.I.P.D. and After Earth ten years ago? (Yeah, we did, and it was called Gigli.)
We've decided to take a look at how this summer stacks up to a bygone era. Was 2003 a better year for movies? Or did we actually have it pretty good here in 2013 with Iron Man 3, Man of Steel and Elysium (just to name a few of the better one that have played out over the »
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