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And now the fun part. Since I only saw twenty-four 2008 films at the time of this writing, I thankfully managed to avoid most of the clunkers. But a few did slip by the quality control filters.
M. Night Shyamalan tries to recover from the “Lady in the Water” debacle with a supposedly hard “R” rated horror film, but instead only finds himself chasing the wind. Some of the most dreadful miscasting in recent memory, and an amazingly embarrassing overall effort.
What good would a 25 Hottest of 2008 list be without a 25 Lamest of 2008 list to complement it? That's right, in addition to scouring all the year's news for what was hot, we did the same for what was not ... hot. What irritated us to no end? Who had a horrible year at the movies? What person, place or thing would we happily ship off to a galaxy far, far away? Chipping it to help dissect 2008 were Cinematical's Erik Davis, Scott Weinberg, Eric D. Snider, Monika Bartyzel, Jessica Barnes, Eugine Novikov, William Goss, Jette Kernion and Peter Martin. In a year that saw George Lucas take a fan beating, Harry Potter get pushed around and M. Night Shyamalan attempt an R-rating, who (or what) would go down as the lamest of 2008? Click through the gallery below to find out ...
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- Erik Davis
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- Peter Sciretta
M Night Shyamalan has found himself under attack for the casting choices in the upcoming big screen live action adaptation of Avatar, titled The Last Airbender (almost 500 angry comments on our previous news story). I have a big of good news for Avatar fans: The Gorfaine-Schwartz Agency has confirmed that seven-time Academy Award-nominated composer James Newton Howard has signed on to compose the film’s score. Airbender will be the seventh collaboration between Howard and Shyamalan. Howard most recently received acclaim for his work with Hans Zimmer on The Dark Knight. Related Stories
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- Peter Sciretta
Once again it appears 20th Century Fox has a film that won't be breaking any box-office records as their late-2008 sci-fi blockbuster The Day the Earth Stood Still earned $12.5 million on Friday and looks like it probably won't reach even the mid-to-upper $30 million mark many predicted and certainly not the overwhelming $55.2 million our Box-Office Oracle Laremy Legel assumed it would take in. At this point I'm sure Fox is just waiting for 2008 to end as this has been one of the worst years for a major studio that I can remember. Their biggest hits are an animated flick (Horton Hears a Who) and the awful comedy What Happens in Vegas. I am sure they were hoping The Day the Earth Stood Still would at least drum up some of the support last year's I Am Legend managed in the same frame when it earned $77.2 million in three days, but Keanu Reeves »
- Brad Brevet
Word is that M. Night Shyamalan has chosen the cast of The Last Airbender and it has a decidedly paler look than some had expected. Entertainment Weekly is rolling with news that M. Night's live-action film of the popular Nickelodeon cartoon will star Noah Ringer, a karate star he found in »
- Adam Sweeney
The movie is based on Avatar: The Last Airbender, the popular animated series that ran from early 2005 up until this summer. The story was organized into 3 books (seasons) with each episode called a chapter. There are 20 chapters in each book with one extra in the final book making for a 61-episode run to tell the story and end it properly.
And that they did.
On top of winning an Emmy award and being one of Nickelodeon’s highest rated shows ever; the series spawned all sorts of merchandise including several video games – and now a potential feature film franchise.
Here is the cast thus far:
Noah Ringer, a karate star chosen from an open casting call in Texas will play Aang, the central character (the Avatar) of the story. »
- Rob Keyes
The youthful cast includes Karate star Noah Ringer will play Aang, the Avatar (the spirit of the planet manifested in human form), the last surviving Airbender and a monk of the Air Nomads, a race of people with the unique ability to manipulate the air around them. He is assigned with the task of keeping the Four Nations at peace.
Jackson Rathbone (Twilight) will play Aang’s friend Sokka, a warrior of the South Pole’s Southern Water Tribe, a race of people who can control and manipulate water.
Nicola Peltz (Deck the Halls) will play Sokka’s fourteen-year-old sister Katara, the last remaining Waterbender of her entire Tribe.
Pop/R&B singer Jesse McCartney will play the Fire Nation’s evil prince Zuko. Exiled from the Fire Nation by his father, Zuko »
- Robert Greenberger
M. Night Shyamalan has assembled a cast of unknown actors for his next movie The Last Airbender. Texan Noah Ringer has secured the role of the film's hero Aang, a 12-year-old boy with superpowers who is pitted against the Fire Nation. Ringer, a karate champion, answered an open casting call for the movie. Joining him are Twilight actor Jackson Rathbone as Aang's (more) »
- By Simon Reynolds
Although we haven't been actively following the project, M. Night Shyamalan's big screen adaptation of the Nickelodeon cartoon series Avatar: The Last Airbender has been gaining buzz due to its enormous fanbase. Entertainment Weekly claims to finally have the casting details for the film, which includes a handful of young and fairly unknown actors. But as always, we know that Shyamalan claims to want to find the right actors, not big names, and thus he seems to have chosen a few that fit the roles. Paramount is still developing this feature as a big franchise and is hoping to have the first of three films out in July of 2010. After an open casting call in Texas, Shyamalan discovered karate star Noah Ringer and offered him the lead role as Aang. Twilight star Jackson Rathbone will play Aang's friend Sokka, while Nicola Peltz will star as his sister Katara. And »
- Alex Billington
M. Night Shyamalan has just locked up the cast for his next movie, The Last Airbender. No his actors will not be plants, or in the case of Mark Wahlberg blocks of wood. The Last Airbender is based on an Emmy winning anime series which airs on Nickelodeon, about a world full of people who use martial arts and manipulate the elements. Most of you have never heard of it, and according to EW you'll also have never heard of his cast. He's filling the movie mostly with unknowns. The movie's star, Aang, will be played by a karate star named Noah Ringer whom Night found at an open casting call in Texas. Aang's sister Katara will also be played by an unknown, named Nicole Peltz. The biggest names involved are probably Jackson Rathbone, whom fangirls may remember as the twitchy sixth member of the Cullent clan, and Jesse McCartney »
Entertainment Weekly reports that M. Night Shyamalan has found the cast for The Last Airbender, the live-action adaptation of the popular Nickelodeon anime-inspired series Avatar. Karate star Noah Ringer (discovered in a Texas open casting call) will play Aang, the Avatar (the spirit of the planet manifested in human form), the last surviving Airbender and a monk of the Air Nomads, a race of people with the unique ability to manipulate the air around them. He is assigned with the task of keeping the Four Nations at peace. Jackson Rathbone (Twilight’s Jasper Hale) is in talks to play Aang’s friend Sokka, a warrior of the South Pole’s Southern Water Tribe, a race [...] »
- Peter Sciretta
After embarking on a countrywide casting tour, M. Night Shyamalan has found his stars for the the upcoming anime-inspired The Last Airbender. Based on the Nickelodeon series "Avatar: The Last Airbender," the film will star newcomer Noah Ringer, a karate star in Texas with no acting credits to his name, as Aang, the young superhero who must stop the Fire Nation (any relation to the Rhythm Nation?) from destroying the world. Also cast in the film are Jackson Rathbone (Twilight) and »
- Mike Sampson
After tackling World War II with Flags of Our Fathers and Letters from Iwo Jima Clint Eastwood moved farther back in time to the 1930s with Changeling and he will jump back to the future with Gran Torino with a Dirty Harry style character that no likey the neighbors. So to say I didn't expect his next flick to be a thriller described as in the same vein as M. Night Shyamalan's The Sixth Sense would be a lie, but I am definitely intrigued. Variety tells us the film is titled Hereafter and outside of knowing Peter Morgan (Frost/Nixon and The Queen) wrote it I have nothing else for you. Apparently the film was part of the Paramount/DreamWorks pact and when that alliance dissolved DreamWorks kept control of the property and has since been wooing Eastwood into the director's chair with Playboy bunnies, fast cars and Geritol. »
- Brad Brevet
Among the spate of new international sales agencies, FilmNation Entertainment has been formed by ex-Weinstein Company executive Glen Basner. The company is the exclusive international sales agent for Media Rights Capital (MRC) and Samuels Media Group and has a non-exclusive sales pact with Endgame Entertainment. On its maiden voyage at AFM it is selling three projects from the Night Chronicles label, a partnership between MRC and M. Night Shyamalan. Prior to serving as president of international for TWC, Basner was EVP of international sales and distribution for Focus Features.
Another new sales agent is Exclusive Film Distribution headed by Guy East. HS Media's newly formed sales and distribution company whose debut line-up for the American Film Market includes presales for Peter Weirs' 'The Way Back' from Spitfire and three Hammer titles, Exclusive Film Distribution is based in London and handles worldwide sales and distribution for both Spitfire Pictures and Hammer Films 'The Quiet Ones', 'The Resident' and 'The Wake Wood' directed by David Keating and starring Aiden Gillen, Eva Birthistle and Timothy Spall and currently shooting in Ireland.
Philippe Martinez, formerly of Bauer Martinez has created production and international sales agency Cinepro Pictures with offices in Florida and Georgia. It is backed by private equity investors, aims to make two films a year and launched at AFM with $20m budgeted supernatural thriller 'Tribes Of October', to be directed and coproduced by Martinez himself. Cinepro head of sales Ben Rizzo also is offering at AFM the $7m comedy 'Ex-Wife For Sale' to be directed as well by Martinez. Also slated is $7m Val Kilmer thriller 'The Steam Experiment' directed by Martinez, now in post-production. Genius Products holds North American rights. Karinne Behr is consulting on sales during AFM through her company Finance In Motion.
Katapult's David Jourdan has left to head up T&C Pictures International, a new sales outfit owned by T&C Pictures run by Arata Matsushima and 'High School Musical' franchise producers Bill Borden and Barry Rosenbush.
George Lascu’s Rex Media is offering a Matrix-style trilogy by cult Russian sci-fi writer Vasily Golovachev, led by the first film, $10m budgeted 'The Interceptor' which is currently in post-production. Lascu is also beginning pre-sales on the next two installments.
New Korean sales outfit M-Line, founded by Michelle Son, former head of international business at Showeast has kicked off with the presale of romantic drama 'Kitchen' to Showgate for Japan. M-Line also handles Showeast titles, whose horror film 'To Sir With Love' was just licensed to I-ON Media for Germany. »
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Former Weinstein Co. and Focus Features heavyweight Glen Basner is launching his long-anticipated international sales outfit FilmNation Entertainment.
The New York-based venture will serve as the exclusive sales agent for Media Rights Capital and Samuels Media Group and has a nonexclusive multipicture deal with James D. Stern's Endgame Entertainment.
Basner's initial slate will include three thrillers financed and produced by M. Night Shyamalan and Mrc's Night Chronicles banner, the first of which -- John Erick Dowdle's upcoming "Devil" -- he'll rep at this week's American Film Market.
Two employees will join the exec at FilmNation's late-booked Santa Monica office: director of international sales Robert Carney, a former software company veteran who will help navigate new technology and new-media venues, and sales coordinator Tara Erer. Basner hopes to build FilmNation to the size of his previous outfits, about 15-20 employees.
Despite ongoing rumors that Mrc would be funding Basner's first company, »
- By Gregg Goldstein
Welcome to the first Weekend Movie News Wrap Up of November. Let’s see what movie news we can read to take our minds off buying Christmas presents.
Halloween hit the box office hard this week! It’s no surprise that Saw V mutilated the number one spot on Friday with a gross of just over $3 million. Look for the horror franchise pic to gross $9-10 million by Monday morning.
Clint Eastwood’s Changeling should also make some change in the $9-10 million range over the weekend. However, expect the Angelina Jolie film to have legs like…er… Angelina Jolie. High School Musical 3 dropped by a terrifying 90% on Halloween night grossing a mere $1.7 million. Don’t »
- Niall Browne
Seeing as how the John Dowdle directed "Quarantine" and M. Night Shyamalan's tale of deadly trees both failed to impress many of us, there's a good chance that combining the power of both filmmakers may produce something semi-quasi-somewhat amusing. Well, we're hoping, at least. According to a story over at Variety, M. Night and the brothers Dowdle (John and Drew) are teaming up under the Night Chronicles banner to bring us "Devil", a supernatural thriller based on a story by Shyamalan. Further details about the film's plot were not made available, but we do know that it will be PG-13! Oh joy! At least it's not a remake, right? »
In a video interview, Phoenix told E! Online that his upcoming film Two Lovers will be his last performance as an actor. The film's co-star, Casey Affleck, was present during the impromptu announcement. When the interviewer laughed at Phoenix's remarks, the actor got visibly annoyed and emphasized that this wasn't a joke announcement: Phoenix is done. Affleck, clearly taken off guard, further confirmed the news to E!, suggesting the actor will focus on his music full time from here on out.
Later, Phoenix confirmed the news to Extra, saying: "[Two Lovers] will be my last performance as an actor ... I'm not doing films anymore ... I'm working on my music. I'm done. I've been through that."
Phoenix's representatives confirmed the news to Extra. "That is what he told me, »
- Josh Wigler
Not long ago, we brought you a video called Hollywood Director Attack Ads in which some clever folks created three John McCain attack ads ... as if they were directed by John Woo, Kevin Smith and Wes Anderson. Well now they're back with the sequel and three more Hollywood directors (except one features a writer and a director): Diablo Cody/Jason Reitman, David Lynch and M. Night Shyamalan. For the Cody one, the dialogue is absolutely hilarious -- all Juno-esque, as you can imagine. The David Lynch one is also quite fantastic if you happen to be a Lynch fan or that the guy's flicks are a little beyond weird and absurd. I was somewhat iffy on the M. Night commercial, however it does include a twist ending and a moronic cameo from a guy playing M. Night, and so it's totally worth the watch. Still in love with »
- Erik Davis
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