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Cannes Film Review: ‘The Wakhan Front’

17 May 2015 1:31 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

For a still-young subgenre, it can feel as if the narrative possibilities of the War in Afghanistan soldier study are approaching exhaustion — until a film like Clement Cogitore’s clever, curiosity-stoking “The Wakhan Front” points out the pockets of uncanny experience that lie within it still. A portrait of tense frontline routine in which the most urgent threat to troops’ survival takes a distinctly metaphysical form, this brooding broadcast from the Twilight War Zone stars the steadfast Jeremie Renier as a committed French army captain whose authority gradually deserts him when his men begin unaccountably disappearing. Though its disquieting premise never quite combusts into a full-scale psychological thriller, Cogitore’s accomplished, arresting debut should reverberate widely on the festival circuit; select distributors may proceed with caution.

Introducing the film at its Cannes Critics’ Week premiere, its writer-director described it wryly as “John Ford meets M. Night Shyamalan” — as if to pre-empt any such comparisons, »

- Guy Lodge

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Daily | Cannes 2015 | Gus Van Sant’s The Sea Of Trees

16 May 2015 6:43 AM, PDT | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

Reviewing The Sea of Trees, with Matthew McConaughey, Ken Watanabe and Naomi Watts, for Time Out, Guy Lodge notes that Gus Van Sant "has long exhibited a curiously split directorial personality, producing one dripping barrel of schmaltz like Restless for every Elephant-style study in austere severity. Still, he may never have made a film quite as banal as this life-after-near-death drama, which resembles one of Japanese auteur Naomi Kawase's spiritualist tone poems brutally hijacked in the editing suite by M. Night Shyamalan." We're collecting more pans, one defense and a clip. » - David Hudson »

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Cannes Film Review: ‘The Sea of Trees’

15 May 2015 1:47 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

One way to pass the time during “The Sea of Trees” — preferably during one of Matthew McConaughey’s interminable misty-eyed monologues — is to try and figure out exactly how many bad movies the actor, screenwriter Chris Sparling and director Gus Van Sant have managed to squeeze into their tale of a man’s lonely quest to take his own life. Almost impressive in the way it shifts from dreary two-hander to so-so survival thriller to terminal-illness weepie to M. Night Shyamalan/Nicholas Sparks-level spiritual hokum, this risibly long-winded drama is perhaps above all a profound cultural insult, milking the lush green scenery of Japan’s famous Aokigahara forest for all it’s worth, while giving co-lead Ken Watanabe little to do other than moan in agony, mutter cryptically, and generally try to act as though McConaughey’s every word isn’t boring him (pardon the expression) to death.

How this dramatically stillborn, »

- Justin Chang

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Ratings: ‘Scandal,’ ‘Blacklist’ Finales Down Sharply From Last Year

15 May 2015 9:20 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Fox’s “Wayward Pines” opened modestly on Thursday opposite a pair of season finales — ABC’s “Scandal” and NBC’s “The Blacklist” — that finished with upticks but were down sharply from last year. Overall, it was fairly sluggish for a final Thursday of the television season, with a high-rated NBA playoff game on Espn at least partly to blame.

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, ABC’s season finales of “Scandal” (2.3 rating/8 share in adults 18-49, 8.1 million viewers overall) and “Grey’s Anatomy” (2.2/8 in 18-49, 8.3 million viewers overall) stood as Thursday’s top two series in 18-49. While each was up a tick from last week, they were down 32% and 15% respectively vs. last year’s season-enders. “Grey’s,” for a show in its 11th season and in an earlier timeslot, is still performing admirably, but anchor “Scandal’s” decline this spring and must be sending off some alarm bells at the Alphabet. »

- Rick Kissell

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Ratings: Fox’s ‘Wayward Pines’ Debut Lost in the Woods Against ‘Scandal’ Season Finale

15 May 2015 8:47 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Fox miniseries “Wayward Pines” may not have stood a chance, premiering against ABC’s mighty “Scandal” season finale. Still, the numbers were not good for M. Night Shyamalan‘s small-screen offering. “Pines,” which stars Matt Dillon, Terrence Howard and Juliette Lewis, managed just a 1.0 rating among adults 18-49 and 3.8 million total viewers. Fox is anticipating/hoping for a strong bump in delayed viewing, as ABC may have been the priority last night for fans drawn to both shows. It wasn’t all great for “Scandal,” however, as the Kerry Washington show was down 32 percent from April 2014’s season finale. NBC’s “The Blacklist” fell. »

- Tony Maglio

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Wayward Pines, Ep. 1.01, “Where Paradise Is Home” a familiar take on the unfamiliar setting

14 May 2015 6:30 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Wayward Pines, Season 1, Episode 1, “Where Paradise Is Home

Written by Blake Crouch

Directed by M. Night Shymalan

Airs Thursdays at 9pm (Et) on Fox

As even a cursory glance at the TV Tropes page will tell you, the idea of a seemingly normal town with a dark secret is one of popular culture’s most frequently explored ideas. The dichotomy of an idyllic life with lurking horrors underneath it has been deployed by everyone from H.P. Lovecraft to Stephen King to David Lynch to David E. Kelley, yielding a spectrum of results and interpretations. There’s been so many of them, in fact, that it’s dulled the impact of the genre because the audience is expecting something strange to happen before too long. For a new entry to stand out, it needs to have either an incredibly distinctive voice or a twist on the structure that transcends its stock setting. »

- Les Chappell

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Wayward Pines: M. Night Shyamalan's Reason for Almost Not Signing on Is Amazing

14 May 2015 2:00 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Are you ready for TV's twistiest new show? Wayward Pines—Fox's newest people-stuck-in-weird-small-town mystery show—premieres tonight, and executive producer M. Night Shyamalan can promise us one thing: the characters are absolutely not dead. In fact, if they were, he wouldn't have even taken on the project. "I called them and I said, as long as everyone isn't dead, I'll do it," the king of plot twists tells E!'s Kristin Dos Santos. "The answer was 'not dead.'" Shyamalan is responsible for some of the biggest plot twists in film history, including, perhaps, the biggest one of all, when it was revealed that—spoiler alert!—Bruce Willis »

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5 Best M. Night Shyamalan Moments

14 May 2015 12:00 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

So, here we are. As promised, I’m here to offer a counterpoint to, well, myself in the case of M. Night Shyamalan, who serves as executive producer and one of the handful of directors on Fox’s upcoming Wayward Pines. Even so, the look of Wayward Pines is all Shyamalan, much like David Fincher’s stylistic signature has remained on House of Cards despite him having directed only a few episodes. Shyamalan’s ability to evince an eerie atmosphere through patience and a deep respect for quiet remains clear even today, when he’s not dealing with wind-harnessing wizards or whatever the hell that thing at the end of After Earth was supposed to be. He’s also refined a shaggy, intermittently insightful perspective on the relationship between parents and children, something that felt far more convincing early on into his career. That being said, that visual evocation of intimacy, »

- Chris Cabin

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Shock Q&A: M. Night Shyamalan on Wayward Pines

14 May 2015 11:56 AM, PDT | shocktillyoudrop.com | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

At a Television Critics Association panel for his new TV series Wayward Pines, M. Night Shyamalan said something that speaks volumes about narrative instinct. “I would love to make the first act the entire movie,” Shyamalan said. “That’s my favorite part of the movie, and moviegoers and where we are in cinema now, it’s as…

The post Shock Q&A: M. Night Shyamalan on Wayward Pines appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »

- Samuel Zimmerman

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Exclusive Portraits: Matt Dillon, M. Night Shyamalan of ‘Wayward Pines’

14 May 2015 11:34 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – The 2015 TV season just got a little more intriguing, with the premiere of “Wayward Pines” on the Fox network on Thursday, May 14th. The series features Matt Dillon, and the Executive Producer and Director of the first episode, filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan (“The Sixth Sense”).

Wayward Pines’ Lead Actor Matt Dillon at C2E2 in Chicago, April 26th, 2015

Photo credit: Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for HollywoodChicago.com

Wayward Pines” features Matt Dillon as a U.S. Secret Service agent who is called into the small Idaho town of Wayward Pines, to investigate the disappearance of two federal agents. The series also features Carla Gugino, Toby Jones, Melissa Leo, Terrence Howard and Juliette Lewis. The show was picked up for an initial ten episodes, primarily directed by M. Night Shyamalan.

Wayward Pines’ Executive Producer/Director M. Night Shyamalan at C2E2 in Chicago, April 26th, 2015

Photo credit: Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for HollywoodChicago. »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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‘Wayward Pines’ Showrunner on the Series’ Twists and Turns, Working With M. Night Shyamalan

14 May 2015 8:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

M. Night Shyamalan is making his TV debut with “Wayward Pines,” a 10-episode events series that premieres Thursday night on Fox. The mystery miniseries, which has inspired comparisons to “Twin Peaks,” Shyamalan’s own “The Village” and more, follows an FBI agent, played by Matt Dillon, who heads to an odd Idaho town in search of two of his fellow agents who have gone missing. Once he’s there, however, he learns he may never leave alive.

The show brings to life the books by Blake Crouch, adapted for television by showrunner-executive producer Chad Hodge. Shyamalan serves as exec producer and directed the first episode. Along with Dillon, the cast includes Melissa Leo, Terrence Howard, Carla Gugino, Shannyn Sossamon, Toby Jones, Reed Diamond, Tim Griffin, Charlie Tahan, Juliette Lewis and Hope Davis.

Ahead of the thriller’s premiere, Hodge spoke to Variety about adapting the series, the all-star cast and »

- Alex Stedman

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Wayward Pines Boss: Uncovering the 'Gargantuan' Twist Is Only Half the Fun

14 May 2015 6:00 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Are you at all prepared to set foot in Wayward Pines…?

This Thursday at 9/8c, Fox premieres its 10-episode “event series,” exec-produced by M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, who also directed the pilot) and adapted for TV by Chad Hodge (Runaway, Playboy Club). The psychological thriller stars Matt Dillon (Crash) as Ethan Burke, a Secret Service agent who is searching for two missing colleagues when he gets into a life-altering car crash. Afterward, Ethan wakes up in the titular hamlet, whose peculiar residents aren’t in any particular rush to help him get home.

The cast also includes Terrence Howard »

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'Wayward Pines' Review: An Edgy, Surreal and Terrifying Psychological Thriller

13 May 2015 10:00 PM, PDT | buddytv.com | See recent BuddyTV news »

What happens when supernatural screenwriter and director, M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, Signs), collaborates with Blake Crouch, the horror novelist and creator of the critically acclaimed Pines trilogy? You get Fox's Wayward Pines, a psychological thriller about a mentally unstable secret service agent who finds himself trapped in bizarro-land where all kinds of scary, unimaginable circumstances lead him to question his own sanity and stage a seemingly futile escape. We're questioning that sanity as well, especially since Shyamalan's trademark is the shocking surprise denouement. Is it worth a watch? Let's take a look.

Add to the mix, executive producer Chad Hodge, whose The Playboy Club and Runaway were prematurely cancelled before they even got their feet wet. Let's just hope Hodge's multi-million dollar education makes his third time a charm.

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- editor@buddytv.com

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Review: Fox's 'Wayward Pines' a town of second-hand mysteries

13 May 2015 12:55 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

In Fox's "Wayward Pines," a Secret Service agent played by Matt Dillon finds himself trapped in a remote Idaho town from which he's not allowed to leave. No one will tell him why he can't go, nor why any of the other weird things happen in a place where the residents are paranoid, bloodthirsty, and under constant surveillance. TV has a long and illustrious history of weird mystery locale shows like this, from "The Prisoner" to "Lost." But for a show like this to work, at least one of two things must be true(*): 1)The characters and/or story have to be compelling even before the mysteries get answered, or 2)The mystery explanation has to be so damn clever that it retroactively makes everything that came before better. (*) Your mileage will vary, as seen among the "Lost" fans whose enjoyment of the whole series was soured by how it explained its mysteries. »

- Alan Sepinwall

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‘Wayward Pines’ Review: Stellar Cast Steers Unpredictable Thrill Ride

13 May 2015 11:42 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The name M. Night Shyamalan promises unexpected twists and turns, and though his legacy has become somewhat tarnished since the heady days of “The Sixth Sense,” he absolutely delivers with Fox’s upcoming “Wayward Pines” 10-episode limited series. Shyamalan is an executive producer and directs the pilot. Adapted by Chad Hodge (“The Playboy Club”) from Blake Crouch’s popular book series, “Pines” has been rightfully compared to David Lynch’s ambitious “Twin Peaks,” but it also shares striking similarities with other shows including “The Prisoner,” “Lost” and the more obscure “Persons Unknown.” Things are never what they seem and no »

- Jason Hughes

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Wayward Pines Review: M. Night Shyamalan’s Drama is No Twin Peaks

13 May 2015 10:30 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Not all that long into Wayward Pines, series creator Chad Hodge's follow-up to The Playboy Club, Ethan Burke (Matt Dillon), a Secret Service agent, is asked politely to "evacuate" a motel room that he can not pay for. He's not asked to "leave" or "exit" but "evacuate," a word that suggests an emergency or imminent danger. This exchange ends up being a perfect encapsulation of what is so deeply off about this supernatural drama, though, to be honest, the fact that the series is executive produced and, in the case of the pilot, directed by M. Night Shyamalan might have been reason enough. Indeed, the series shares a litany of the stylistic accents, in both narrative and imagery, that have typified Shyamalan's films, especially following Signs. Burke, like so many of Shyamalan's protagonists, is a smart, humble man stuck in the death grip of tyrannical overseers with no exit, »

- Chris Cabin

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Wayward Pines: 8 reasons you might want to tune in

13 May 2015 9:35 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

New mystery thriller Wayward Pines feat. Matt Dillon arrives today on Fox. Here are a few reasons you might want to watch it...

“Welcome to Wayward Pines, where paradise is home”.

The louder a fictional small town shouts about being heaven on Earth, the higher the probability that it is in fact, an axis of evil. As a rule, if the town sign features a beaming family and a cheery slogan, you’ll be lucky to make it to sundown without being kidnapped, cannibalised or having your severed spine used as a xylophone in the local middle school’s ossuary orchestra.

(It’s all a matter of irony. Small towns with dark secrets love irony in a town slogan. It gives them a pleasant break from all that ritualised murder and alien probing.)

Joining the likes of Woodbury, Trinity, and the daddy of them all, Twin Peaks, is Wayward Pines, »

- louisamellor

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On Fox's Summer Series 'Wayward Pines,' M. Night Shyamalan’s Last Stand

12 May 2015 9:08 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Face cut and bruised in a grisly car accident, with sunken cheekbones and an upright shock of dark hair, Special Agent Ethan Burke (Matt Dillon) staggers through the first few episodes of "Wayward Pines" looking like Frankenstein's monster. A member of the U.S. Secret Service, Burke comes to the titular Idaho town to investigate the disappearance of two fellow agents, including his former lover, Kate (Carla Gugino), but as with Mary Shelley's iconic creature, he soon discovers a society wickedly protective of appearances. Purposeful or not, the allusion's an apt one: "Wayward Pines" itself is a Frankenstein's monster of influences, an assemblage of spare parts from the worlds of science fiction, horror, and fantasy that reeks of a failed experiment. Based on the novels by Blake Crouch and developed for television by Chad Hodge ("The Playboy Club"), Fox's limited series also bears the unfortunate imprint of executive producer M. Night Shyamalan, »

- Matt Brennan

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On Fox's Summer Series 'Wayward Pines,' M. Night Shyamalan’s Last Stand

12 May 2015 9:08 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Face cut and bruised in a grisly car accident, with sunken cheekbones and an upright shock of dark hair, Special Agent Ethan Burke (Matt Dillon) staggers through the first few episodes of "Wayward Pines" looking like Frankenstein's monster. A member of the U.S. Secret Service, Burke comes to the titular Idaho town to investigate the disappearance of two fellow agents, including his former lover, Kate (Carla Gugino), but as with Mary Shelley's iconic creature, he soon discovers a society wickedly protective of appearances. Purposeful or not, the allusion's an apt one: "Wayward Pines" itself is a Frankenstein's monster of influences, an assemblage of spare parts from the worlds of science fiction, horror, and fantasy that reeks of a failed experiment. Based on the novels by Blake Crouch and developed for television by Chad Hodge ("The Playboy Club"), Fox's limited series also bears the unfortunate imprint of executive producer M. Night Shyamalan, »

- Matt Brennan

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Today in Movie Culture: 'Star Wars' Meets 'Star Trek,' R2-D2 Goes on a Killing Spree and More

11 May 2015 11:00 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:   When Star Wars is mashed with Star Trek, it becomes "The Carbonite Maneuver" (via Uproxx)   Speaking of Star Wars, here's a short fan film made with Lego bricks depicting R2-D2 as a killing machine (via Geek Tyrant):   Cosplay of the Day: speaking of R2-D2, we're counting this Vw Bus dressed up like the Star Wars droid as vehicular cosplay (via Geekologie):   Someone has leaked the titles of Marvel's Phase Four, through 2023. We can't wait for "Spatula" (via Screen Crush):    Must See Films offers an analysis of M. Night Shyamalan's Unbreakable (via Filmmaker Iq):   This is what The Big Lebowski...

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- Christopher Campbell

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