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I thought making my top 10 list was going to be a piece of cake this year. Last year was like pulling teeth, trying to choose which of the best to cut, grateful for missing some critics' favorites that would've made the process all the more painful. ('Cause yeah, I got around to seeing "127 Hours" a couple weeks later — who knows what I'd have had to axe to make room for that one.)
But there was no "King's Speech" this year, no "Black Swan." Easy, I figured... until I narrowed my list to 13 movies and became paralyzed by indecision. My assignment was 10, so 10 it is, but just know that it cost me — losing "X-Men: First Class" (2011's best superhero movie in an abundantly superheroic year), "Midnight in Paris" (Woody Allen's whimsical remake of "Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure" — I'm kidding, kind of) and "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" (edgy, »
- Brooke Tarnoff
Angelina Jolie wrote and directed the Bosnian War romance In The Land Of Blood And Honey, but does not appear in it. That is wise. If Jolie were merely to cameo in the film, M. Night Shyamalan-style, her magnetic presence, however fleeting, would forever throw off the film’s balance. Jolie is too innately glamorous to inhabit the film’s cold, grey universe convincingly. It’s a film of shuddering earnestness and fevered good intentions gone awry, a dreary slog of a message movie with little but noble if unfulfilled aspirations to commend it. Goran Kostic stars as a Bosnian »
We know that every time we mention this flick, the hearts of Phantasm fans everywhere break just a little bit. Sorry, but it has nothing to do with the famed Don Coscarelli franchise. That being said, two more fresh pieces of eye candy have come our way for Pascal Laugier's latest flick, The Tall Man, and it's our duty to share!
Look for more on this one soon!
Cold Rock, USA - A darkness hovers upon the town. Children have gone missing over the years, leaving neither a clue nor a witness. Superstitious locals talk of The Tall Man, a legendary, mysterious dark figure who takes children away, never to be seen again.
Julia (Jessica Biel) is a nurse living in Cold Rock who doesn't believe in legends. Until one night, waking up with an eerie feeling, »
- Uncle Creepy
The more I learn about Chronicle, Josh Trank and Max Landis. faux-documentary, found-footage drama, the more I.m intrigued by what we might be in store for early next year. First, it was that fantastic trailer that established a superhero story of three friends who stumble on . something that granst them super powers. At first, like most teenage boys, they use these powers for mischief, as you can see in the international trailer that recently arrived online (courtesy of BadTaste.it): But later, we.ll learn that absolute power corrupts one of these kids absolutely, and Chonicle become something else entirely. The found-footage nature of Trank.s shoot will have several making comparisons to The Blair Witch Project or the Paranormal Activity films, which is understandable. But this origin story reminded me more of M. Night Shyamalan.s Unbreakable, with ordinary citizens being blessed with newfound powers and trying »
By Scott Mendelson
HollywoodNews.com: In what one might call ‘the calm before the storm’, two middling wide releases debuted to relatively middling numbers. Next week sees a flurry of major wide releases over the last two weeks of the year, so this frame was a bit of a breather. The top film was New Year’s Eve, which debuted with $13.8 million. That’s one of the weakest #1 debuts of the year, and about $1 million less than Valentine’s Day grossed on its first day back in February 2010. That film scored the record for a romantic comedy debut with $56 million over Fri-Sun. Of course, that film had romantic comedy heavyweights like Julia Roberts, Anne Hathaway, Queen Latifah, and Jennifer Garner. This film had a slightly lower-wattage cast, with only Katherine Heigl and Zac Efron qualifying as box office draws. The newbies this time around (Michelle Pfeiffer, Robert De Niro, Hillary Swank, »
- Scott Mendelson
M. Night Shyamalan's directing career has taken him from "Oscar-nominated wunderkind" for The Sixth Sense, then "summer blockbuster powerhouse" with Signs, then a string of disappointments like The Village, Lady in the Water, The Happening and especially The Last Airbender that's made him. what, exactly? A punchline for anyone who doesn't like twist endings? A punching bag for Last Airbender fans who think he destroyed something they love? A total mystery for those of us who still think he has a little bit of talent? Whatever you think of Shyamalan at this point, you won't be getting rid of him any time soon-- despite the colossal awfulness of The Last Airbender it made $319 million worldwide, and Shyamalan is now moving on to another gigantic project, 1000 A.E., which will star Will and Jaden Smith as a father and son who crash land on earth 1,000 years after humans have acated »
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Reason infinity why it's great when celebrities join Twitter. M. Night Shyamalan, the man behind 'The Sixth Sense,' 'Signs' and -- unfortunately for him -- 'The Happening' and 'The Last Airbender,' has recently signed up for the social networking site, and in a tweet late Wednesday night he revealed what Hollywood superstar Will Smith has taken to calling him. Responding to a fan wondering what friends call Shyamalan, the director wrote, "Most family calls me 'Manoj.' All my friends and everyone else calls me 'Night.' A few peeps call me 'M.' Will Smith calls me 'M. Neezie.'" And there's your icebreaker, should you ever run into Shyamalan on the street!
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- Christopher Rosen
Zoë Kravitz is in talks to join the cast of Sony Pictures and Overbrook Entertainment's sci-fi film "1000 A.E.," to be directed by M. Night Shyamalan. According to Variety, Will and Jaden Smith star in the film.Sophie Okonedo ("Hotel Rwanda") is also in talks to join the cast. Shyamalan rewrote the original script by Gary Whitta with Stephen Gaghan performing an additional polish.Production is scheduled to begin in February with a release date in June 2013 being eyed.Set 1,000 years into the future, the sci-fi film centers on an estranged father (Will Smith) and son (Jaden Smith) who must navigate through a dangerous and abandoned earth after their ship crashes.Shyamalan is producing along with Will Smith and his Overbrook partners »
- Adnan Tezer
Just last month, we brought you the news about Oscar-winning screenwriter Stephen Gaghan (Traffic, Syriana) rewriting the script for director M. Night Shyamalan‘s forthcoming sci-fi film, One Thousand A.E. starring Will Smith (Men In Black III) and his son, Jaden Smith (The Karate Kid).
Now, THR reports that Zoë Kravitz (X-Men: First Class) and Sophie Okonedo (Doctor Who) are both in early talks to join the cast of the film, which has now been retitled After Earth. If they sign on for the project, Kravitz would play Smith’s daughter, and Okonedo will portray his wife.
The story follows a father and son who crash-land on Earth one thousand years after mankind has abandoned the planet. The crash leaves the elder Smith badly injured, and it’s up to the boy to find help in what is now a strange and dangerous place.
After Earth is slated to hit »
- Jason Moore
M. Night Shyamalan's next film, After Earth, came pre-packaged with  its two leads: Will and Jaden Smith. The pair will play a father-son duo whose spaceship crash lands on Earth 1,000 years after humans were forced to leave the planet. Now The Hollywood Reporter says the ladies in their lives are close to being cast and they'll be played by Zoe Kravitz, who was recently seen in X-Men First Class, and Sophie Okonedo, best known for her Oscar-nominated work in Hotel Rwanda. They'd play the daughter and wife of the family, respectively. The casting news actually comes with a few new details on the plot too and you can read those after the jump. The Hollywood Reporter , who broke the story, describe the roles of Will and Jaden Smith as follows: The elder Smith is playing a hero, while Jaden is his son, considered a failure as a warrior. When the two crash-land on Earth, »
- Germain Lussier
I’ve seen reports calling M. Night Shyamalan’s upcoming post-apocalyptic, sci-fi adventure by conflicting names. There are those referring to it as 1000 A.E. like the Heat Vision article I’ve sourced for this news, and there are those who have been referring to it simply as After Earth, which seems to come from a tweet the director made referring to the movie as such. Whatever it’s going to end up being officially called, the new Shyamalan joint will star Will and Jaden Smith as a futuristic father/son duo who live in a time when man is no longer inhabiting the Earth, probably because it’s been completely overtaken by massive electric car junkyards. Will’s character is seen as a great hero, but Jaden’s is viewed as a disappointment because he’s not a great warrior. This is an unfortunate set-up, because when the duo crash lands on Earth it suddenly becomes »
- Nathan Adams
The pieces are quickly falling into place for writer/director M. Night Shyamalan’s next project, a futuristic sci-fi tale that was previously going under the title One Thousand A.E., but is now (according to the filmmaker) simply called After Earth.
Principal photography on After Earth is slated to begin by February 2012, with Jaden and Will Smith headlining the flick. Oscar-winner Stephen Gaghan is reportedly in the process of putting the finishing touches on the film’s script, which was originally drafted by Gary Whitta – the writer responsible for The Book of Eli and the earliest version of the screenplay for director Jaume Collet-Serra’s upcoming Akira adaptation. Shymalan also took a stab at the After Earth script, prior to Gaghan.
Heat Vision says that two actresses are currently in talks to ...
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- Sandy Schaefer
How loyal is Tim Burton's frequent collaborator Danny Elfman? Enough that he'd drop out of one of the most high-profile projects of the year to help finish the enigmatic director's upcoming "Dark Shadows." With that film and "Men in Black III" filling his plate, Variety reports that those scheduling conflicts have caused Elfman to ankle from the hotly-anticipated "The Hunger Games."
Replacing Elfman on "The Hunger Games" is fellow Hollywood vet James Newton Howard, who has racked up credits on such pictures as M. Night Shyamalan's "Sixth Sense," "Unbreakable" and "The Village," "Dave," "Outbreak" and co-composer duties with Hans Zimmer on "Batman Begins" and "The Dark Knight."
- Brian Jacks
Will Smith Seeks Adventurous Wife, Daughter: Actresses Zoe Kravitz (above, in X-Men: First Class) and Sophie Okonedo are in early talks to join Will Smith and his son Jaden Smith in M. Night Shyamalan’s 1000 A.E. In the sci-fi adventure, the real-life father and son will be play a fictional father and son; Kravitz and Okonedo are under consideration as the elder Smith’s wife and daughter. (The Hollywood Reporter) From ‘Home Alone’ to Young Jesus: Filmmaker Chris Columbus will serve as a producer on Christ the Lord: Out of Eqypt, the big-screen version of Anne Rice’s book. The story revolves around 7-year-old Jesus; Columbus, of course, directed Home Alone, about an 8-year-old boy. (Variety) Bio-Pic Coming for...
- Peter Martin
Set in a time in which humans abandoned a now inhospitable Earth, Will plays a hero while Jaden is his son who is also considered a failure as a warrior.
When the two crash-land on Earth, it is up to the son to save his father. Kravitz would play Smith’s daughter, while Okonedo will portray his wife.
- Garth Franklin
Better late than never? Perhaps encouraged by his daughters, M. Night Shyamalan has finally taken a seat on the Twitter train (he’s now on Facebook, too). His first tweet, on November 25th, was a characteristic homage to his childhood hero:
I was thirteen years old when I tried to call Steven Spielberg. I made my mom call and pretend she was my assistant. He didn't take my call.
To commemorate this auspicious occasion, we present to you a collection of bold predictions: the five ways M. Night Shyamalan will reinvent Twitter.
2. Every tweet will have at least one game-changing twist.
3. Every tweet will contain no more or less than 106 characters (don’t bother counting characters in the above tweet; this reinvention, like the others here, will come… you just have to believe).
4. Every TwitPic »
- Tami Katzoff
Things are getting quite serious with M. Night Shyamalan’s upcoming sci-fi project 1000 A.E. Today we have Zoe Kravitz and Sophie Okonedo in talks to join previously announced Will Smith and Jaden Smith. In case you’re a little bit confused by this title I will just add right here at the beginning that another possible [...]
Continue reading Zoe Kravitz to Join Will and Jaden Smith in Shyamalan’s 1000 A.E. on FilmoFilia.
Looking back at the blockbusters of this year, it's pretty much whiter than a dinner party at Mel Gibson's house. Bar the occasional token supporting role, like Derek Luke's five lines in "Captain America: The First Avenger," Idris Elba stealing the show in "Thor" or David Oyelowo's villian in "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," the cast (and indeed principle crew) of the biggest movies of the year have mostly been depressingly omni-ethnic, a sad reflection that international audiences still, on the whole, don't turn out to see black actors in lead roles. And that's why, whatever misgivings we might have about a new M. Night Shyamalan film, the casting for his next effort is at least a little refreshing. Coming off a brace of critically savaged pictures, Shyamalan is now teaming up with Will Smith, the only black actor who's managed to draw an international »
The Hollywood Reporter has the exclusive on M. Night Shyamalan’s science-fiction film “1000 A.E.” According to the site, Zoe Kravitz and Sophie Okonedo are in early talks to join the cast of the film, which already has Will Smith and his son, Jaden, signed on. If Kravitz and Okonedo officially join the cast, Kravitz will play the role of Smith’s daughter and Okonedo will play Smith’s wife. “1000 A.E.” tells the story of an Earth that is no longer hospitable to human life. Smith is a hero, and his son is, sadly, considered a failure. When they happen to crash-land on the desolate terrain of Earth, the roles reverse, and »
M. Night Shyamalan’s fall from grace has unfortunately been a swift one for the once-untouchable director. After giving us the brilliant box-office hit thrillers-with-a-twist The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, Signs and The Village, it was soon downhill after that with the appalling double efforts of The Happening and The Last Airbender bringing things to a head. Hopefully his next project, After Earth, will once again see audiences flocking to the multiplexes. The cast he has assembled that will certainly help.
Will Smith and son Jaden have already been confirmed and now X-men: First Class star Zoe Kravitz along with Oscar-nominated Hotel Rwanda actress Sophie Okonedo are now in talks to join the film as daughter and wife respectively. After Earth will be big-budget action-adventure project coming via Columbia Pictures. It’s set well into the future and focuses on a father and son whose spacecraft crashes back on Earth, years after the planet became inhabitable. »
- Craig Hunter
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