The majority of the most engaging and convincing sci-fi stories out there can be boiled down to one simple, concise “what if?” question. Star Trek is “what if humans come together and explore space”, The Matrix is “what if the world is a computer simulation”, and After Earth is “what if we keep letting M. Night Shyamalan make films”. It’s these questions, often derived from our own lived experience and current world, which serve as a way into fantastical fictional worlds full of crazy aliens, awesome spaceships and laser pistols. Especially the laser pistols.
It also means that Sf fans are the most dedicated of any genre, their imaginations being piqued by the questions asked by authors and sent flying off in all directions. The worlds created in science fiction films, TV shows, novels and video games are usually so fully realised that most bases are covered, »
- Tom Baker
Fox’s broadcast of the Teen Choice awards — which among other things reminded us of the painful truth that Kuwk has been on for 10 dang seasons — on Sunday night drew 2.6 million total viewers and a 0.8 demo rating, precisely matching its year-ago numbers.
Over on ABC, Wipeout (3.2 mil/0.8) dropped 16 and 20 percent, while Rising Star (2.9 mil/0.7) tumbled a full 22 percent, hitting new lows.
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This can’t end well.
Lost actress Zuleikha Robinson, most recently seen in ABC’s Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, is joining The Following‘s third season as the new girlfriend of Kevin Bacon’s Ryan Hardy, Deadline reports.
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Robinson, who will be a series regular on the Fox thriller, will play Gwen, an ER doctor and single mom who is the love of murder-magnet Ryan’s life and his first real chance at a family and true happiness. Their relationship will be seriously challenged by the dark »
M. Night Shyamalan delivered some solid cinema with (arguably) his first three films, and quickly turned into a joke afterwards. Lady In The Water underperformed, The Happening was one of the most unintentionally funny films I've ever seen, and then there's the crown jewel; The Last Airbender. While I was excited for Shyamalan to work on something he hadn't written, the end result was his biggest transgression thus far. However, it seems that the director was not completely to blame. Someone »
- Sean Wist
When it comes to its 2015 development slate, Lifetime prefers blondes.
The female-skewing cabler has given the green light to a miniseries about iconic Hollywood bombshell Marilyn Monroe, TVLine has confirmed.
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The project, titled Marilyn, is based on J. Randy Taraborrelli’s book The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe. Stephen Kronish (The Kennedys) will pen the script and Laurie Collyer (Sunlight Jr.) will direct.
So, getting back to the question posed in the headline: Who’s on your short list to play the (thankless) title role?
And the fact that his new cast — which includes Carla Gugino (Political Animals), Toby Jones (The Girl), Melissa Leo (The Fighter), Matt Dillon (There’s Something About Mary), Shannyn Sossamon (Mistresses) and Charlie Tahan (Law & Order: Svu) — likens the thriller to Twin Peaks and Twilight Zone indicates that the »
Once in a while a movie is so bad that it actually hurts. Just the thought of having to watch these blunders will make you want to stick a number 2 pencil in your eye. Mariah Carey’s Glitter, M. Night Shyamalan’s The Last Airbender, the list goes on. However, sometimes a movie is so bad, so preposterous and so poorly made that they transcend shoddy film-making to become truly entertaining cinema.
We’ve all experienced this. You have your buddies over and you watch a movie that you don’t really know too much about. Come to find out, the movie is horrible. However, you find yourself strangely intrigued with the horribleness you’ve just witnessed. This is an experience (that we totally just made up) that we refer to as “terrible movie comedic liberation”. This is when you are able to watch a bad movie, laugh at it and actually enjoy it, »
- Jesse Gumbarge
James looks back at one of season three's best Star Trek Tng episodes, introducing hapless Lieutenant Barclay...
This review contains spoilers.
3.21 Hollow Pursuits
The episode opens in Ten-Forward, where a character we've never seen before – Lieutenant Reginald Barclay – is causing a scene. He beats up La Forge, then Riker, then is about to sweep Troi off her feet when he's interrupted and called to the cargo bay by… La Forge! Turns out he's actually on the holodeck. Like M. Night Shyamalan if he directed an episode of The Twilight Zone, you did not see it coming.
When Barclay gets to the cargo bay he's given a dressing down by Riker and La Forge for his lateness and generally neglectful behaviour. They lament how such a loser managed to make it onto the Enterprise anyway. Although a better question might be how he made it to Lieutenant when he's basically incompetent. »
If M. Night Shyamalan.s The Last Airbender is famous for anything, it.s for being an absolute disaster. Fans of the animated series were over the moon with anticipation for the film, but now it stands as one of the most reviled big budget blockbusters of the modern era. Usually you can trace a disaster of this proportion to some bad mojo going on behind the scenes, and if a recently unearthed message board post is to be believed, then The Last Airbender is no exception to that. This story comes to us from a fan message board called AvatarSpirit.net, where a user claiming to have behind the scenes knowledge about Shyamalan.s film has spilled the beans on some very dark, corporate details about the production. The user.s story begins by saying that things were all well and good in the first draft of the screenplay »
Based on the best-selling novel Pines by Blake Crouch and brought to life by filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan, Wayward Pines is the intense new mind-bending, 10-episode event thriller from Fox. When Secret Service Agent Ethan Burke (Matt Dillon) drives to the town of Wayward Pines, Idaho, to search for two missing federal agents, mysteries within the town pile up and Burke quickly begins to wonder whether he’ll ever make it out again. The show also stars Terrence Howard, Carla Gugino, Melissa Leo, Toby Jones, Juliette Lewis, Reed Diamond, Shannyn Sossamon, Tim Griffin and Charlie Tahan. While at Comic-Con to premiere the series, co-stars Matt Dillon, Carla Gugino, Melissa Leo, Toby Jones, Shannyn Sossamon and Tim Griffin talked about approaching characters in such a unique story, how their characters fit into this mysterious world, how much they were told about their characters’ secrets, how costume informs character, the experience of »
- Christina Radish
Our continuing look back at some of the biggest summers we've lived through takes us back 15 years to one of the best recent movie seasons overall. In honor of the 2014 summer movie season, Team HitFix will be delivering a mini-series of articles flashing back to key summers from years past. There will be one each month, diving into the marquee events of the era, their impact on the writer and their implications on today's multiplex culture. We continue today with a look back at the summer of 1999. It was the summer I became Moriarty. To be fair, I had been contributing to Ain't It Cool for a little while already by that point, and I had been slowly but surely embracing the potential of the website and the audience that I was reaching. I had already taken a few trips to Austin, including a memorable stay at the third Quentin Tarantino Film Festival, »
- Drew McWeeny
The best movie culture writing from around the internet-o-sphere. There will be a quiz later. Just leave a tab open for us, will ya? “Why The Sixth Sense Ending Has Never Been Matched” — Michael Howard at Esquire makes an honest case for a twist ending that’s remained peerless for 15 years. It’s funny to read something like this while remembering Fight Club came out the same year. Which is really the dominant twist? “The grand epiphany that our beloved child shrink had been dead all along did not come underhanded. The dots were there all along, but nobody, including the audience, wanted to connect them. The Sixth Sense‘s ending was shocking without being cheap, unforeseen without feeling deceptive, oddly comforting without seeming banal, and gave closure without looking lazy. Plus, it came at the end of an era during which audiences still allowed themselves to be surprised by major movies. It »
- Scott Beggs
eOne will handle sales of the film in all territories outside of the Us, as well as directly distribute Captain Fantastic in the UK, Canada and Australia/New Zealand.
It has also been revealed that Steve Zahn, Kathryn Hahn, Missi Pyle and Erin Moriarty have joined the film’s cast, which also features Frank Langella and rising stars George MacKay, Annalise Basso, Samantha Isler, Nicholas Hamilton, Shree Crooks and Charlie Shotwell.
Producers are Electric City Entertainment’s Lynette Howell and Jamie Patricof alongside ShivHans Pictures’ Shivani Rawat and Nimitt Mankad. Rawat is also financing the film via ShivHans Pictures. Executive producer is ShivHans’ Monica Levinson.
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- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
M. Night Shyamalan would like to make one thing perfectly clear: "Wayward Pines" is nothing like "Twin Peaks." "I think when it's all said and done, it has nothing to do with ['Twin Peaks']," said the director when I brought up inevitable comparisons between the two series during our chat at San Diego Comic-Con. "'Twin Peaks' and Tim Burton movies, they're just different tonalities. The world is different. Everyone speaks different. That's just the way it is. And in our...show, 'Wayward Pines,' everyone's acting very odd. You have to watch for ten episodes and you'll understand why they're acting odd. There's a reason. There's a grounded reason." In other words: while "Twin Peaks" might as well take place in an alternate universe, "Wayward Pines" is very much based in reality. So will all our questions be answered by the end of the show? And how about a second season? »
- Chris Eggertsen
Based on the best-selling novel Pines by Blake Crouch and brought to life by filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan, Wayward Pines is the intense new mind-bending, 10-episode event thriller from Fox. When Secret Service Agent Ethan Burke (Matt Dillon) drives to the town of Wayward Pines, Idaho, to search for two missing federal agents, mysteries within the town pile up and Burke quickly begins to wonder whether he’ll ever make it out again. The show also stars Terrence Howard, Carla Gugino, Melissa Leo, Toby Jones, Juliette Lewis, Reed Diamond, Shannyn Sossamon, Tim Griffin and Charlie Tahan. While at Comic-Con to premiere the series, executive producer/pilot director M. Night Shyamalan spoke to press at a roundtable interview about what attracted him to this script, why TV is a better medium for this story, getting their first choice actor for each role, working with such a talented cast, how hard he found the TV experience, »
- Christina Radish
Day 2 of San Diego Comic-Con was jam-packed with horror goodies, and Fox TV brought two of them to the show: "Sleepy Hollow" and "Wayward Pines." Check out this pair of videos the network just released featuring highlights from both of them.
In the first, the cast of "Sleepy Hollow" all say what they would like to see happen in the upcoming Season 2, which premieres on September 22nd. If you're still not quite caught up, the Season 1 Blu-ray and DVD arrive on September 16th.
"Sleepy Hollow" focuses on a resurrected Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison), who’s pulled two and a half centuries through time to unravel a mystery that dates all the way back to America’s founding fathers. Along for the wild ride is a modern-day cop, Lt. Abbie Mills (Nicole Beharie). Joining the show this coming season are Timothy Busfield (“thirtysomething”) as Benjamin Franklin, plus “House of Cards” star »
- Debi Moore
M. Night Shyamalan marks his TV debut with Fox miniseries Wayward Pines, an event series with an all-star cast that has already been compared to Twin Peaks. The mini, set for 2015, will make its debut on Friday at Comic-Con in San Diego, where it will screen for fans as part of the network's offerings. The 10-episode drama is based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Blake Crouch and is described as a thriller in the vein of Twin Peaks. The project revolves around Ethan Burke (Matt Dillon), a Secret Service agent who
- Lesley Goldberg
Chicago – The debate between science and intelligent design (God) will go on as long as man evolves and searches for answers. A new and provocative film, “I Origins,” takes on the challenge of the debate through storytelling, and features hot actor Michael Pitt (“Boardwalk Empire”), directed by Mike Cahill (“Another Earth”).
Mike Cahill also teams again up with actress Brit Marling, who plays a research co-worker to Pitt’s main scientist character. Her last collaboration with Cahill, “Another Earth” – Marling also co-wrote the script – also investigated the concept of scientific certainly when faced with the mystery of an expansive and perplexing universe. In “I Origins,” the examination of the unique nature of the eye is explored, especially within its definition as a “window to the soul.”
Photo credit: Fox Searchlight Pictures
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Believe it or not kids, there was once a time when Amanda Seyfried and Rachel McAdams were largely unknown actresses with second billing to Lindsay Lohan, who was considered the most promising star of her generation, when Tom Cruise could star in a movie without Scientology and Oprahgate entering the discussion and when an M. Night Shyamalan film was something to look forward to. If I said that 2004 was the most important summer in filmdom I’d be biased, because that was the first time I started to treat the critical viewing of films as a serious pursuit, so if I said that the films that came out that summer — Anchorman, Shrek 2, and Mean Girls -- were like nothing I’d ever seen before, that’s accurate in a way, as I was paying attention to films in a way I hadn’t before. Still, 2004 was an unforgettable summer (if you don’t count the forgettable »
- Orrin Konheim
On a stormy night, amidst the the trees on a fog-shrouded hilltop, a large house sits. Inside, a group of people have come together to hear the reading of a will. As the night continues, the storm’s grasp strengthens and renders it impossible for the group to leave. They’ll have to spend the night. However, one amongst them is a murderer and will do anything in his/her power to be the next heir, including killing the guests off one by one. Before daybreak the killer will traverse throughout the house by secret passages, terrorizing each guest and creating a panic, while our protagonists race to solve the mystery.
Sound familiar? It should. It’s the classic scenario of what are known as ”Old Dark House” films that were popularized in the 30s and 40s in cinema. If you’ve ever watched a Saturday night horror film on basic television, »
- Josh Soriano
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