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Is it more accurate to say that M. Night Shyamalan is a polarizing cinematic figure, or that he is just widely maligned? The director has gone from rising star to whipping boy to laughing stock in what feels like such a short time span, a popular film career that has gone on for not even 15 years. The promise of his early films such as The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable seems like a distant memory, and today his name evokes—despite rather consistent box office success—almost uniform critical derision.
How did this fall from grace happen? It baffles me. The Sixth Sense is kind of an undeniable classic, so ingrained in the cultural psyche that its famous twist and catchphrase are etched in Hollywood history. Unbreakable, which came out a year after the resounding success on Sixth Sense, may be an even stronger and more resonant film despite its less iconic status. »
- Darren Ruecker
It’s been a rocky road for M. Night Shyamalan, who hit a career high in 1999 with the eerie Oscar-nominated thriller “The Sixth Sense,” but in recent years has struggled to stay atop Hollywood’s A-list of directors after several box office misses. Yet, ever since “Sixth Sense’s” surprise blockbuster success, the writer-director has been the marquee selling point for each of his films — until now.
With Sony’s post-apocalyptic “After Earth” set for release May 31, the studio opted to put stars Will Smith and his teenage son Jaden front and center in the marketing campaign for its $100 million-plus family picture, pushing Shyamalan out of the spotlight.
M. Night Shyamalan’s Box Office Track Record:
Nowhere in the key promotional materials — the posters, trailers, »
- Andrew Stewart
People are so often happy to just cruise these days as the amount of goodwill the cinema going public has towards a director is often relative to past successes. The better the previous work the more good will that you’ll have in the bank.
Every time that I go and see a new Quentin Tarantino film, I always have the thought in my mind that this is the director that gave us the double whammy of Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction, not the director who gave us the bloated mess that was Grindhouse or the Kill Bill double-bill. And as he continues to disappoint, I’m left thinking, “Oh well. Maybe next time.”
Looking at the directors working in Hollywood today, there are so many that constantly using the, “A film from the director that brought you…” format to promote their newest film and the problem is the mentioned »
- James Thomson
Director: Michael Taverna. Review: Adam Wing. Arriving approximately fifteen years too late, Apartment 1303 is a terrifying shocker based on the highly acclaimed (that’s what it says here) J-horror film of the same name. I say terrifying but what I really mean is terrifyingly bad. I say shocker but what I really mean is shocking. Starring Mischa Barton (The Oc, The Sixth Sense), Rebecca De Mornay (The Hand that Rocks the Cradle) and Julianne Michelle (Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps), Apartment 1303 is released through Koch Media this June, available to buy on DVD, Blu-ray and VOD. I was starting to think the curse of the J-horror remake had passed, but this 2012 offering is further proof that you can’t keep a dead girl down. Hollywood will continue to raid the vaults of Asian cinema over the next few years, with remakes of Oldboy and Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance looking most likely to offend, »
A new video featuring director Ruairi Robinson and actress Olivia Williams waxing on from Cannes regarding their new flick, The Last Days on Mars, has surfaced online, and we have that and the first still ready and waiting for you!
Liev Schreiber (Scream 2, X-Men Origins: Wolverine) alongside Olivia Williams (The Sixth Sense, Rushmore), Romola Garai (One Day, Atonement), Elias Koteas (Shutter Island, Zodiac), Tom Cullen (Weekend), Goran Kostic (In the Land of Blood and Honey, Taken), and Johnny Harris (Snow White and the Huntsman) star in the film.
The Last Days on Mars, which was previously titled The Animators, follows the story of an astronaut crew on Mars on the verge of a major breakthrough, having collected rock specimens that reveal microscopic evidence of life. »
- Uncle Creepy
M. Night Shyamalan’s last two films – The Last Airbender and The Happening – were misfires that would have landed any other filmmaker in director jail almost indefinitely. He hasn’t been able to capture the magic of The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable, but one of the unwritten constants of Hollywood applies to Shyamalan: if you make one massive hit, you’ll have a career forever.
Thus, while audiences may approach the upcoming After Earth with a good amount of caution, we’ve still listed the film as one of our Most Anticipated Films for May, 2013 - since the initial trailers are promising. For the first time ever, Shyamalan is not listed as the sole writer, as Book of Eli scribe Gary Whitta and Stephen Gaghan (Candy Store) are also listed (along with a story credit for Will Smith). The closest Shyamalan has come to being ...
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- Anthony Vieira
This is the Mousterpiece Cinema schedule for the rest of 2013:
June 1st, 2013: Pinocchio (1940)
June 8th, 2013: James and the Giant Peach (1996)
June 15th, 2013: Walt Disney Treasures: Mickey Mouse in Living Color
June 22nd, 2013: Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
June 29th, 2013: Monsters University (2013)
July 6th, 2013: Meet the Robinsons (2007)
July 13th, 2013: The Lone Ranger (2013)
July 20th, 2013: Pixar Shorts Collection, Volume 1 (2007)
July 27th, 2013: The Great Mouse Detective (1986)
August 3rd, 2013: The Straight Story (1999)
August 10th, 2013: Song of the South (1946)
August 17th, 2013: Planes (2013)
August 24th, 2013: Oliver & Company (1988)
August 31st, 2013: My Neighbor Totoro (1988)
September 7th, 2013: The Muppet Movie (1979)
September 14th, 2013: The Three Musketeers (1993)
September 21st, 2013: Peter Pan (1951)
September 28th, 2013: Ghosts of the Abyss (2003)
October 5th, 2013: The Sixth Sense (1999)
October 12th, 2013: The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949)
October 19th, 2013: Hocus Pocus (1993)
October 26th, 2013: Up (2009)
November 2nd, »
- Josh Spiegel
His once amazing career consisted of The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, Signs and dare I say The Village (well, I bloody liked it), but director M. Night Shyamalan then went from The Lady In The Water to the man in deep shit. Since then, we’ve had the (embarrassing) The Happening and bizarrely bad The Last Airbender. Many believe the upcoming After Earth is last chance at savaging the once promising output.
The futuristic sci-fi thriller stars Will and Jaden Smith as a father and son who awake to find they’ve crash landed on a decimated Earth years after civilisation left the dying planet. There situation worsens when the alien creature cargo they we’re carrying, has escaped and is becoming a little hungry.
- Craig Hunter
The Fall TV Season presentations for all the new network shows take place this week with the second announced yesterday. Here's a full breakdown of which concepts have made the final list over on Fox.
While "The Following" proved a breakout winner, Fox had few success stories last season. So, it is going a bit more ambitious this year with numerous dramas, comedies and one-off "event series".
Several pilots didn't make the final cut and won't be seen including the family of government-sanctioned assassins drama "Boomerang," the adaptation of Lauren Oliver's book trilogy "Delirium" about a world where love is illegal, the legal interns workplace comedy "To My Assistant," the U.S.S. Lexington-set "The Wild Blue," and "The List" about the hunt for a thief who stole a file containing the secret identities of people in the Witness Security Program,
(Sci-Fi Drama, Mondays 9pm)
A high-tech, »
- Garth Franklin
New York — ABC is cutting its aging "Dancing With the Stars" back to two hours and one night next season, creating a slot for a new drama series based on the Marvel Comics world that's aimed at expanding the network's audience, its programming chief said Tuesday.
Condensing the celebrity dancing contest on Monday night "opens up Tuesday for a pretty aggressive play," said Paul Lee, ABC Entertainment Group president, whose network became the third of the major broadcasters to announce its 2013-14 schedule. The network's entire Tuesday lineup for the fall is made up of new series.
"Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," from hit-maker Joss Whedon of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "The Avengers" films, will help broaden the audience for ABC, which is the network leader among young adult women, Lee said. The comic-book based series presumably will attract some younger men to the network. "Dancing With the Stars" is big with older women. »
During Fox‘s Upfront presentation yesterday, they announced that they are jumping into the realm of “event series”. Although they aren’t providing a definition, the inference is that, one, it will be short season, what we used to call half seasons but are more and more becoming the norm, based on successful cable models of 8-12 episodes; and two, they will be standalone seasons/series, based on the model of Fox‘s cousin FX‘s American Horror Story.
The benefits to viewers are pretty great. These shorter seasons are usually broadcast without a break, and there are no unresolved cliffhanger endings and no “but how will they do this next season?” or “save our show!” or “this show is getting stale” grumbling, because we know ahead of time when the season/series will be over.
Fox‘s first foray (they later announced the event series 24: Live Another Day »
- Erin Willard
Fox has one of its better slates coming your way with the new season, especially if you take the midseason shows into account. Some of these shows may not jump out at you now as must-see, but some of them are going to take over, if I’m any judge anyway.
Clear showcase offerings Dads, Almost Human, and Us & Them are guaranteed to take off early. Almost Human has J.J. Abrams recognition to pull people in, though it looks to be a show that could flounder after a few episodes, even if I hope it doesn’t. The other two are going to become hits. Unfortunately, we have to wait until mid-season for the Gavin & Stacey remake.
Rake also looks like a winner, as long as the translation can be made to work as an Americanized product, and the show actually delivers what made the Australian original so brilliant.
- Marc Eastman
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On Monday Fox unveiled their primetime slate for the 2013-2014 television season to the national advertising community during its annual Programming Presentation at the Beacon Theatre in New York City. The network announced 5 new comedies, 4 new dramas, a first event series, and an animated comedy from Seth MacFarlane.
Some of today’s most inventive directors working in film have smoothly segued from motion pictures to series TV and their new shows have found a home at Fox. What caught my attention were the sci-fi, fantasy shows bearing the names of Abrams, Shyamalan, Kurtzman and Orci.
Among the network’s lineup is M. Night Shyamalan’s new event series Wayward Pines. Set to premiere in 2014 and based on the best-selling novel, “Pines,” by Blake Crouch, Wayward Pines is an intense, mind-bending thriller in which nothing is what it seems. Also on the Fox schedule is the »
- Michelle McCue
The last few years we’ve been left bewildered at what was ‘Happening‘ to the man who brought us modern masterpieces The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable. Fingers crossed M. Night Shyamalan’s back on top form with big-budget sci-fi thriller After Earth.
The futuristic film follows teenager Kitai Raige (Jaden Smith) and his legendary father Cypher (Will Smith), who find themselves stranded on Earth, 1,000 years after catastrophic events forced mankind to escape to pastures new. With his strict father critically injured, young Kitai must venture on a dangerous mission to signal for help, while battling survival from the evolved animal species that now rule the planet. However, none are more deadly then the unstoppable alien creature that escaped during their crash.
Source: Clevver Movies
- Craig Hunter
There was a time when the name M. Night Shyamalan was a byword for twisty-turny thrillers and high production values. That time was 1999 and the movie that got him there was The Sixth Sense. Since then Shyamalan’s cred has sunk, slowly but surely, one stupid twist after another, until the career nadir of The Last Airbender, which was just awful in every conceivable way. But Shyamalan hopes to regain some credibility and Fox apparently trusts him to do it by greenlighting the event series Wayward Pines, to star Matt Dillon.
Wayward Pines is adapted from Blake Crouch’s novel Pines and concerns a Secret Service agent (Dillon) who is searching for two missing agents in the ‘bucolic’ town of Wayward Pines, ID. All is not as it seems – naturally – and presumably weird stuff begins to happen. Does this sound like Twin Peaks to anyone else? No? Alrighty.
It sounds »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
M. Night Shyamalan is taking his twist endings to the small screen.
At today's Upfront Presentation in New York City, Fox announced that it has given the greenlight to Wayward Pines, a drama based on a Blake Crouch novel that will be produced/written by The Sixth Sense director.
It will star Matt Dillon as Secret Service agent Ethan Burke, someone who arrives in a small Idaho town in order to find two missing federal employees... only for the investigation to turn especially confusing and mysterious.
As teased in the official press release:
Each step closer to the truth takes Ethan further from the life he knew, from the husband and father he was, until he must face the terrifying reality that he may never get out of Wayward Pines alive.
Note: Fox released its 2013-2014 schedule this morning. Check it out now to learn the new whereabouts of Bones »
- email@example.com (Matt Richenthal)
Ah, yes, the trials and tribulations of interviewing an actor about the role he's playing when that actor can't really talk about said role. Or, as Benedict Cumberbatch jokes about his notoriously secretive "Star Trek Into Darkness" director, J.J. Abrams, "He's right here now with a gun pointed to my head." (At least I think he's kidding.)
As you probably know by now, the identity of Cumberbatch's "Star Trek Into Darkness" character -- a character that causes much havoc for the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise, while his motivations remain unclear -- has been purposely shrouded in mystery. You probably also know that rumors persist that Cumberbatch is reprising a quite popular villain from a prior "Star Trek" film. (And if you don't know already, a quick check of IMDb will fill you in.)
We caught up with Cumberbatch -- the British thespian best known, until now, for »
- Mike Ryan
A new film festival is helping a Central American country find its voice
Festival name: International Film Festival of Panama
Location: Panama City, Panama
Dates: annually, April
About: Panama has an identity crisis. For a century its fortunes have been inextricably linked to the canal, whose billion-dollar revenue bypasses the third of the population living below the poverty line; it still uses the Us dollar, a remnant of the years when its neighbour virtually ran the place; the capital's skyline is dominated by a forest of half-empty skyscrapers, owned by foreign speculators. By all accounts the city is culturally bereft. Although Panamanians are avid filmgoers, their diet consists entirely of Hollywood films.
This has changed with the arrival of the International Film Festival of Panama, which last month concluded its successful second edition. The festival's chief aim is to introduce audiences to the best of world cinema, »
- Guardian readers, Demetrios Matheou
Per Variety, Bird has been cast as a troubled, drug-addicted child star. Williams (pictured below; The Seventh Son, "Dollhouse," The Sixth Sense) will play his manipulative mother, and Wasikowska (pictured right; Stoker, Alice in Wonderland, Only Lovers Left Alive) will portray his disfigured schizophrenic, fame-obsessed sister.
They join the previously announced Julianne Moore, John Cusack, Robert Pattinson, and Sarah Gadon. The screenplay is by Bruce Wagner (Wild Palms) and is a combo ghost story and critique of celebrity-obsessed society in Los Angeles.
Entertainment One Films and Martin Katz’s Prospero Pictures are producing with production starting in July in Toronto and Los Angeles. Sentient Entertainment's Renee Tab, Cronenberg's manager, will executive produce with Integral Films’ Alfred Hurmer co-producing. »
- The Woman In Black
For director David Cronenberg, marrying up stunning and grotesque visuals with Hollywood’s choicest talent is not unusual. The cast roster for his latest directorial effort, Maps To The Stars is already mightily impressive. Stars are chomping at the monstrous bit to have the chance to work with the Canadian filmmaker.
Mia Wasikowska, no stranger to the weird, Olivia Williams and Evan Bird have now joined the project. Wasikowska’s recent turn in Stoker cements her as an actress with a willingness to venture into the sinister side of human nature. Williams is best known for her work in The Sixth Sense, Rushmore, a brilliant turn in Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse, and the recent Anna Karenina adaptation. For youngster Bird, this will be his first foray into film after roles in TV’s The Killing and Falling Skies.
Reports on their roles indicate that the story is sounding more and »
- Gem Seddon
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