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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,
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A high-tech, »
- Garth Franklin
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
Before deciding to pick sign an up-and-coming director, Stallone previously voiced his interest in signing Mel Gibson.
Sorry, tried hard, Mel’s living his own life….
— Sylvester Stallone (@TheSlyStallone) April 19, 2013
I’m happy for Hughes. He’s a fresh face.
I’m also very happy that with Gibson out, The Expendables 3 won’t be four hours long.
Check out the trailer for Red Hill (2010) below.
Source: Deadline, Sly Stallone Twitter »
- Alex Corey
A director has been set for the next Expendables film. Though franchise gatekeeper Sylvester Stallone admitted that he reached out to Mel Gibson for the Expendables 3 directing gig to no avail, he has now filled the chair with relative newcomer Patrick Hughes. Stallone announced on Twitter that The Expendables 3 needed “freshness, class, and much badass” and that he had found it in the Australian filmmaker, who made his feature directorial debut on the 2010 thriller Red Hill. Little is known about the plot for The Expendables 3 at this point, but Stallone recently stated his intention to add more humor to the franchise and noted that he hopes Jackie Chan will join the cast. Hughes received strong marks for Red Hill (read Steve’s interview with the director here), and it’s refreshing to see a young talent like him being brought into the franchise. With a director now set, »
- Adam Chitwood
A new thirty-second TV spot for M. Night Shyamalan’s After Earth has crash landed on the internet following last night’s MTV Movie Awards ceremony. The footage is a condensed, action packed version of the longer theatrical trailer and hints at the kind of terrestrial horrors facing Kitai Ranger and his esteemed father Cypher, who will be played by Jayden and Will Smith, respectively.
And here’s the clip in all of its post-apocalyptic glory:
Set on a barren, unrecognisable Earth 1,000 years in the future, the film gravitates around the aforementioned Kitai and Cypher, who are futuristic citizens from Nova Prime – a colonised planet that exists light years away from our humble space rock. On a routine inter-stellar mission, their ship is caught amidst an asteroid field which causes it to crash land, killing everyone save for the two central Smiths, who discover that, more than a millennia ago, »
- Michael Briers
The Tribeca Film Festival have announced the juries for each category of competition. A host of actors, directors and journalists have been selected that include Evan Rachel Wood, Paul Haggis, Josh Radnor, Eva Longoria and Bryce Dallas Howard.
The members selected will be judging the films that fall within their respective categories, and you can check out the list below. Make sure to check back with us for all the latest from Tribeca including reviews, interviews and more! The festival runs from April 17th – April 28th in New York City.
World Competition Categories
The jurors for the 2013 World Narrative Competition are:
Kenny Lonergan: Academy Award®-nominated playwright, filmmaker and screenwriter. Credits include You Can Count On Me,Gangs of New York, and Margaret. His stage credits include Lobby Hero, The Waverly Gallery and This is Our Youth. He is a member of the Naked Angels Theater Company in New York. »
- Damen Norton
The Tribeca Film Festival announced today that it has selected 42 jurors for this year’s festival. The jurors include members of the filmmaking community — including Bryce Dallas Howard, Whoopi Goldberg, Paul Haggis, Taraji P. Henson, Kenneth Lonergan, Eva Longoria, Josh Radnor, and Evan Rachel Wood — as well as policy makers and entertainment business leaders.
According to a press release, the seven juries will award $180,000 in cash and prizes during the Festival (April 17-28). Tribeca All Access (Taa) Creative Promise Awards will award an additional $20,000 — $10,000 for narrative and $10,000 for documentary. All winners will also receive a work of original art by »
- Lanford Beard
"The Host" hits theaters this week, and for many fans it's a chance to see whether the popular Stephanie Meyer novel can become a pop culture phenomenon like "The Twilight Saga" did before it.
But for other film buffs, "The Host" represents something else: The continuing development of star Saoirse Ronan, who famously earned an Oscar nomination for 2007's "Atonement" at the age of 13. Will "The Host" finally turn her into an A-lister and ensure that she avoids the child star curse ... or will she become the latest of Oscar's children to experience their biggest career highlight before being legally able to drive?
Personally, we think Ronan has the goods to become a legit superstar ... but Hollywood can be a tough town, for kids and grown-ups alike. Here's a look at some of the kids in the past who have earned Oscar nods and what ended up happening to them. »
- Scott Harris
Director: Scott Stewart
Running Time: 97 Minutes
Synopsis: As the Barret family’s peaceful suburban life is rocked by an escalating series of disturbing events, they come to learn that a terrifying and deadly force is after them.
Blumhouse Productions have been behind the slow-burning but very successful Sinister and Insidious in recent years and they’ve been selling Dark Skies in a similar vein. However, this standard-named film pretty much defines it, as there’s not a lot said or seen that hasn’t been done before.
In essence, Dark Skies tries to be a slow-paced, psychological and family-orientated saga but also wants to be a thriller. There’s no doubt that Dark Skies has occasional moments of heightened sensory excitement entwined with some good scare sequences but fans of this kind of genre will come away disappointed. »
- Dan Bullock
Nearly every movie poses some questions for the audiences who watch them. Often times these are answered, but sometimes they aren’t, and we’re left to wonder. Some films do this intentionally, adding an extra layer to the story, but there are plenty of films that seem to just conveniently forget about certain things, hoping that those of us watching will as well. Being the big movie geek that I am, these are the type of things that keep me up and night and that I probably spend way too much time analyzing.
Some people tend to think of these unanswered questions as plotholes. While that may very well be the case, I like to think of films as complete worlds and that there is some sort of explanation for the ‘inconsistencies’ posed in films. Despite my best efforts, answers aren’t always readily available, and these are some »
- email@example.com (Jordan Maison)
When The Last Exorcism was set to be released, horror fans took up arms to protest its PG-13 rating. For many, an R rating is an inextricable component of horror films, one that allows them to push certain boundaries not found in PG-13 films. How good can a horror film be if it’s rated PG-13?
While there are exceptions, the majority of PG-13 horror films, at least in contemporary cinema, focus on instilling a sense of dread and fear rather than outright shocking you with blood, guts, sex, and violence. If you look back over the past thirty years or so, PG-13 horror has been wildly successful, perhaps more so than R-rated horror, due in no small part to their ability to focus less on the object and more on the abject, and thus be more appealing to those unable to stomach extreme violence and gore.
Although I will »
- Brad McHargue
The Call marks a serious turning point for child-star Abigail Breslin (that cute girl from Little Miss Sunshine and Signs). Breslin stars as Casey Wilson, a naive teenager, who after taken hostage by a madman, slowly comes into her own as a woman. Much like Casey's arc in the film, Breslin herself seems poised to transition from the cherub-cheeked roles of yesteryear to more serious adult fare. Just one look at her upcoming slate of films is ample evidence: Ender’s Game, Final Girl, Haunter, August: Osage County… With such an eclectic mixture of big budget, Oscar-bait, indie and genre horror films on the horizon, Breslin seems more than up for such a challenging transition. In the following interview with Abigail Breslin, she discusses transitioning to more adult roles, the difficulties of acting in a trunk and her upcoming parts in both the big budget Ender’s Game & the indie horror Haunter. »
- Tommy Cook
Whoa, talk about all grown up!
Abigail Breslin, who first charmed us in 2002 with her role in M. Night Shyamalan's "Signs," returns to the scene this weekend in the thriller "The Call," co-starring Halle Berry. But a few glances at how much Breslin has evolved in the years after her Oscar-nominated breakthrough performance in "Little Miss Sunshine" serves as a case study in the transformation of a child star. Not only is Breslin a full-fledged celebrity, but she's also becoming a style icon whose dresses become more and more sophisticated as time progresses.
Here's a look back at one of our favorite child stars of the 2000s and how much she's matured since we first met her.
- The Huffington Post
Giving us an interesting look into the other side of the 911 plea, The Call gives one plenty to holler about (for better or worse), but ultimately betrays its strong premise. But if you like mayhem, perhaps that’s not a bad thing…
Here we meet Halle Berry as 911 operator Jordan Turner, clearly an example of excellence in her field. During a call from a teenage girl alone at home being pursued by a home invader, Jordan makes a judgment call that kicks in a case of Ptsd and puts her career in jeopardy. When circumstances force her onto a call in which history is repeating itself, she (and we) find out if she has the fortitude to face the dragon. Oh, and the assailant? Same guy.
The Call starts strongly, but ends up being more of a crashing wave (emphasis on crashing). A solid swell at the outset with effective »
- Lisa Elin
In the years since The Sixth Sense, the name M. Night Shyamalan has become a punch line, synonymous with feeble attempts at suspense. This reputation is not unearned. It does, however, ignore some good stuff like the polarizing but interesting Unbreakable and the mostly delightful alien flick Signs. Unlike, say, The Happening, which creeps its way toward a final twist so weak it couldn’t open a pasta jar, Signs skips amiably to the finish before hopping genially off of a cliff into a chasm of nonsense. The aliens were allergic to water? Was that from a first draft or something? (No apology for giving the ending away. It’s not a spoiler if you wait a decade to reveal the conclusion of a movie that is nonessential viewing.) “Advanced Documentary Filmmaking,” this week’s Community episode, is the series’ Signs, breezy and fun with a vexing conclusion.I am »
- Josh Gondelman
We’re hoping M. Night Shyamalan’s latest epic sees the director back to his best following a recent, torrid time on the big-screen. Disasters, The Lady In The Water, The Happening and The Last Airbender, has seen Shyamalan’s stock plummet with both critics and cinemagoers alike, following a trio of memorable masterpieces with The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable and Signs.
After a crash landing leaves teenager Kitai Raige and his legendary and decorated father Cypher, stranded on Earth, 1,000 years after cataclysmic events forced humanity’s escape. With Cypher critically injured, Kitai must embark on a perilous journey to signal for help, facing uncharted terrain, evolved animal species that now rule the planet, and an unstoppable alien creature that escaped during the crash. Father and son must learn to work together and trust one another if they want any chance of returning home.
- Craig Hunter
What doesn't kill a family makes it stronger. The latest trailer for After Earth, the new sci-fi thriller summer tentpole from Signs director M. Night Shyamalan, is in the wild. And in this one, viewers get a much better sense of the father-son outing Will Smith and son Jaden's characters embark on that results in their spaceship crash landing on an earth now hostile to humans, putting them in serious danger. As the teaser starts, an unidentified narrator sounding like a computer voice tells us that teenager Kitai Raige, played by the younger Smith, confuses "courage with recklessness" and is not quite cut out for advancement—which apparently means joining the ranks of the so-called »
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