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As many of us have learned from movies, TV and purchasing bedazzled jeans to impress the opposite sex (just me?) money doesn’t buy you everything. This includes quality, something director M. Night Shyamalan learned on big-budget movies like The Last Airbender and After Earth, movies that forced him to reinvent his approach to filmmaking, resulting in what many are calling a grand return to form.... Read More »
- Matt Rooney
Don't call it a comeback—M. Night Shyamalan is just doing what he does best. When The Last Airbender and After Earth struggled with critics and audiences, the Philadelphia-based director knew instinctively what to do. "I felt like I wanted to ignite the danger switch in me," he recalls. "I wanted to tell myself, 'You have no safety net.'" The result was The Visit, a found-footage horror in which two teenagers drop in on their folksy grandparents, only to find their lives… »
Netflix has announced the list of films that will be available to stream in June. The list includes new never-before-seen original films, as well as documentaries, comedies, animated titles and some classic movies.
1. “The Sixth Sense” (available June 1)
2. “Saving Banksy” (available June 2)
The documentary follows a New York-based art collector as he attempts to save the street work of graffiti artist Banksy. The film features interviews with some of the top names in the street art and graffiti world, including Ben Eine, Risk, Revok, Niels “Shoe” Meulman, Blek Le Rat, Anthony Lister, Doze Green, Hera, and Glen E. Friedman.
3. “Shimmer Lake” (available June 9)
The Netflix original drama follows a local sheriff as he attempts to solve the mystery »
- Yoselin Acevedo
Cannes — Guillermo del Toro will godfather this October’s milestone edition of the Sitges’ Catalonia Intl. Fantastic Film Festival as the famed fantasy-genre fest celebrates its 50th edition and genre gains ever greater mainstream acceptance.
A hallowed place of pilgrimage for genre aficionados worldwide, fishing village-set Sitges launched in 1968 the first Intl. Week of Fantastic Cinema, a bastion of fantasy films and avant-garde film debate which implicitly stood up to Francisco Franco’s arcane dictatorship. Sitges’ Catalonia Intl. Fantastic Film Festival is now one of Europe’s biggest genre events, notching up about 200,000 attendees last year, according to organizers.
For del Toro, godfathering is a debt repaid. “Sitges was, in my mind as a young filmmaker, the Mecca,” he recalls. “Being there with my first film, ‘Cronos,’ and winning the Maria Prize, was a giant boost. A year later, receiving the lifetime achievement award, I felt similarly reinvigorated and went »
- Emilio Mayorga
Between them, Split and Jordan Peele’s directorial debut Get Out have cemented their respective status as two of 2017’s more memorable sleeper hits. The first, directed by Hollywood’s master of suspense M. Night Shyamalan, proved to be so successful – $221.9 million from a budget of just $9m – that the filmmaker is getting the chance to complete his mind-bending trilogy with the release of Glass. Expect that one to debut in 2019.
Get Out, on the other hand, is more of a self-contained thrill ride, one in which Daniel Kaluuya’s Chris comes into contact with the step-parents from hell. It’s a gripping, mesmerizing tale that manages to deftly balance horror with social commentary, and Get Out will no doubt be fondly remembered by genre fans as a cracking debut from Jordan Peele.
- Michael Briers
Having set M. Night Shyamalan to curate a horror programming block, complete with a relaunch of the anthology series Tales from the Crypt, TNT has now turned to Alien and Blade Runner director Ridley Scott to develop a night of original sci-fi programming, which Deadline reports will serve as a showcase for hourlong series, shortform programs and other formats to be developed in collaboration with the legendary filmmaker.
“Being given the creative license to generate and develop science fiction programming in a variety of formats for TNT is very exciting,” said Scott. “This genre is one of my favorites, and there are an infinite amount of original and innovative story ideas out there that we are looking forward to exploring with TNT. It is very exciting for all of us.”
“We’re looking to create a programming block filled with the kind of imaginative, awe-inspiring storytelling that has made science »
- Gary Collinson
Beware: there's fresh horror on the horizon. Even though the weather getting warmer and the days are getting longer, there's always time to turn to the darker side of the cinematic universe. In the wake of 2016's chilling scary movie slate, some seriously frightening 2017 titles are coming to theaters near you. The year started strong with the release of M. Night Shyamalan's newest film, Split. Seeing as we've still got the remake of Stephen King's It on the books and new announcements coming through every day, there's plenty more to come. We figured it's high time to give you a rundown of what's in store as the year rolls on. Related11 Horror Movies That Will Scare Your Pants Off This Summer »
- Ryan Roschke
I’ve mentioned numerous times on the website how I’m a fan of the movie Unbreakable. Following M. Night Shyamalan’s The Sixth Sense, it was hard for him to follow up with a movie that could compete with that type of quality but I always thought Unbreakable did it, and did it well. It’s nice to know one of the best directors of our time, Quentin Tarantino feels the same way. I just came across this video of Tarantino talking about his top 20 favorite films and amazingly Unbreakable makes the list. Here’s what Tarantino said: “On my top 20 list
- Nat Berman
A few weeks ago, writer-director M. Night Shyamalan officially confirmed in a series of tweets that the highly-anticipated Unbreakable and Split sequel is happening, officially titled Glass, with Universal Pictures setting a January 18, 2019 release date. Producer Jason Blum recently confirmed new details about this joint sequel himself, revealing that M. Night Shyamalan will be given a bigger budget this time around, but that isn't exactly saying much, since Split was made for just $5 million. Still, don't expect Split 2 to be a massive big-budget movie, since its increased budget still pales in comparison to most tentpoles.
Jason Blum has made a career out of making micro-budget films, from hit franchises like Paranormal Activity and The Purge, to this year's low-budget hits Split and Get Out. Split was produced with a $9 million budget, earning a whopping $275.1 million worldwide, but now that he's bringing Split together with the Unbreakable characters, the director will »
M. Night Shyamalan‘s Split sequel won’t be restrained to the small budget of its predecessor. Blumhouse produced the horror thriller, which follows a man with 23 distinct personalities who kidnaps three girls, for just $9 million, which is actually a bit bigger than some Blumhouse productions. That movie went on to earn a whopping $275 million worldwide in […]
- Peter Sciretta
“The Strangers 2” finally found its cast nine years after the first film. Bloom and the Fyzz Facility Pictures announced Thursday that Christina Hendricks, Bailee Madison, and Lewis Pullman will be starring in the follow-up to 2008’s “The Strangers.”
Picking up where Liv Tyler and Scott Speedman’s original left off, “Strangers 2” will see Hendricks, Madison, and Pullman as one family terrorized by three masked figures at an abandoned trailer park during a cross-country road trip gone wrong. Johannes Roberts (“47 Meters Down”) will direct based on a script by “Strangers” scribe Bryan Bertino and Ben Ketai.
Intrepid Pictures’ Trevor Macy returns to executive produce while the Fyzz Facility Pictures’ Wayne Marc Godfrey, Robert Jones, Mark Lane, and James Harris will produce, in association with Relativity Media. The Fyzz Facility is also serving as financier. Aviron will »
- JD Knapp
Disclaimer: This post contains spoilers for Split (Seriously, though? What’s the statute of limitations on this one?).
Earlier this year, audiences were blown away by M. Night Shyamalan’s latest offering, Split. In years past, Shyamalan had slowly lost the trust of his millions of fans with films like The Happening and The Last Airbender. Not so long ago, just seeing his name in front of a trailer was enough to elicit groans from audiences. However, with last year’s The Visit, coupled with this year’s Split, Shyamalan’s given us a decent one-two punch that seems to foreshadow a renaissance in his career.
Split was an especially amazing film. Not only was it great on its own, but its ending revealed that it existed in the same universe as Unbreakable, one of Shyamalan’s more beloved early offerings. After nearly two decades of fans wondering if we »
- Joseph Medina
“Better Watch Out,” formerly known as “Safe Neighborhood,” stars DeJonge as a babysitter who, one snowy night on a quiet suburban street, must defend her twelve-year-old charge (Levi Miller) from intruders but quickly learns that this is an extraordinary home invasion that demands an equally extraordinary response. Co-stars are Virginia Madsen, Patrick Warburton, Ed Oxenbould, Aleks Mikic and Dacre Montgomery (“Power Rangers”).
The film will receive a theatrical and digital release on Oct. 6, with a home video release to follow in time for the holiday season.
- Dave McNary
Once, M. Night Shyamalan‘s name was synonymous with box office disappointment. The horror director exploded on the scene with The Sixth Sense in 1999, and became known for his mind-blowing twist endings. He was on a roll for a while with Unbreakable and Signs, but then something happened. His movies began to get critically panned, and […]
The post How M. Night Shyamalan Got Out of His Career Slump appeared first on /Film. »
- Hoai-Tran Bui
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It is such a great scene, it's hard to believe it did not make the final cut.
With all the chatter surrounding M. Night Shyamalan now that he has announced a sequel to Unbreakable and Split, it is time to talk about one of the best scenes from the 2000 Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson starrer that didn't make it into the theatrical release.
The scene: After Willis' David Dunn lifts a tremendous about of weight in his home with his son looking on in astonishment, the unlikely hero decides to push himself even more by going to the weight »
- Ryan Parker
This is a big week for the Cinemaholics, as they take to the podcast to review The Circle, directed by James Ponsoldt and based on the book by Dave Eggers. How do Emma Watson and Tom Hanks fare in their first film together? Jon, Will, and Maveryke discuss.
The show kicks off with some talk surrounding the first trailer for Kingsman: The Golden Circle, as well as some movie “newsbites” segmented throughout the episode for your listening pleasure. Finally, we finish up with a few mini reviews for Big Little Lies Season 1, Fargo Season 3, Great News Season 1, Girlboss Season 1, and the Girls series finale.
For more, here are the links to what was discussed this week (your Cinemahomework):
- Jon Negroni
We had a great week filled with some awesome movie news, trailers, and clips! Check out some of the highlights below!
Lightning McQueen is back! The first official trailer for Cars 3 dropped this week. McQueen has endured the biggest car wreck of his life and a new generation of racers are leaving him in their dust. But with a little help from trainer and racing technician Cruz Ramirez (Cristela Alonzo), McQueen sets out to prove that #95 is still the best there ever was, and the best there ever will be. It will be Pixar's biggest showdown when Lightning McQueen races newcomer and top dog Jackson Storm (Armie Hammer) on Piston Cup's grandest stage. Owen Wilson returns as Lightning McQueen, »
- Zachary Dent
Author: Scott Davis
The original novel, published in 1981, was made into a feature film in 1984 by Mark Lester (Commando) and starred Drew Barrymore (Santa Clarita Diet, The Wedding Singer) in the lead role. Martin Sheen, George C. Scott, Art Carney, David Kieth and Heather Locklear co-starred and grossed over $17million domestically.
For the remake, Blumhouse have secured Akiva Goldsman (A New York Winters Tale) to direct the film after recently helming Stephanie for the production company and which debuted this week at the Overlook Film Festival. Goldsman is an Academy Award Winning writer for his work on A Beautiful Mind and has also scribed a wide range of films including the upcoming The Dark Tower, Angels & Demons, Batman and Robin, and A Time To Kill. »
- Scott Davis
Slight is right. Arguably the biggest letdown of the 2016 Sundance film festival, J.D. Dillard’s feature debut squanders its high concept — an amateur street magician uses his craft to free himself from the clutches of a maniacal drug dealer — and serves up a low-rent, Nickelodeon-lite version of that story, blowing his chance with corny acting, paint-by-numbers plotting, and a dippy score.
Perhaps Dillard is too young or green to escape the recycled clichés that constitute the bulk of his script (co-written with Alex Theurer), and yet, charitably speaking, “Sleight” shows potential. Not box office potential, mind you, as the Jason Blum-backed, WWE Studios release is bound to disappoint on its too-wide theatrical release, but it heralds the arrival of a new African-American director with dreams of tackling big-budget genre fare (last month, he was in talks to remake “The Fly” for Fox), a talented Dp in AFI grad Ed Wu, »
- Peter Debruge
M. Night Shyamalan has being on one hell of a comeback lately, with The Visit and Split going a long way to erasing the memories of mega flops like After Earth, The Last Airbender, and (shudder) The Happening. With Split, the man known for his love of twists deliver quite a doozy, and if you’re unaware of how the multiple personality disorder themed psychological thriller panned out, consider this your spoiler warning: The movie was actually the long awaited sequel to 2000’s grounded superhero flick Unbreakable, with Bruce Willis returning as David Dunn, the blue collar worker impervious to harm, setting him on a quest to end the reign of James McAvoy’s Kevin, who is now in control of his 24 separate personalities, and has become a powerful, supernatural entity dubbed The Horde by the media. If that juicy bit of information has you champing at the bit for more, »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
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