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It would appear that M. Night Shyamalan's poor reputation as of late has driven to make films underground, as it has just been announced that the Sixth Sense director has already completed work on his next project and has now found a distributor. This news comes to us from Deadline, which says that Universal has picked up the worldwide rights to The Visit, a low budget horror movie that M. Night Shyamalan made in partnership with the folks over at Blumhouse Productions. The report says that the film is more in line with the movies the filmmaker he began his career with (Sixth Sense, Unbreakable) and less like the critically-shredded material that killed his career (The Last Airbender, The Happening). He actually self-financed the movie, staying away from the studio system, and shot the entire thing around his home in Pennsylvania. There are no actors mentioned in connection with »
Perhaps no modern-day filmmaker has endured as much critical drubbing as M. Night Shyamalan, the once-promising director of The Sixth Sense and Signs who went downhill fast with a brutal series of five flops in a row, each somehow more horrendously executed than the last. Now, however, Shyamalan may finally be on the right track – flying under the radar, he recently shot a low-budget, supernatural thriller more in line with his first directorial efforts, which has just been picked up by Universal Pictures.
Titled The Visit, the project is a marked change from Shyamalan’s big-budget fare like The Last Airbender and After Earth, both of which earned him Razzie nominations for Worst Director (he actually won the dishonor for The Last Airbender). The director partnered with Blumhouse Productions’ Jason Blum, which likely helped the film land at Universal, but Shyamalan chose to go outside of the studio route, self-financing »
- Isaac Feldberg
M. Night Shyamalan has gotten a bit of a bad reputation these days, mainly because he hasn't exactly lived up to the reputation set after The Sixth Sense (though if you read our interview with him, he makes a fair point about how that was never really an accurate reputation to begin with). He went from small-scale, intimate movies (Signs, The Village) to big-budget misses (The Last Airbender, After Earth) and the results were never as rewarding as what he started out doing. Now it would appear that Shyamalan knows this, because he made an effort to get back to his thriller past by shooting a movie entirely in secret. It's called The Visit and he self-financed and shot it around his house in Pennsylvania with no fanfare whatsoever. And then when he had the movie in the...
- Peter Hall
After a sci-fi detour, M. Night Shyamalan is revisiting the genre that launched his career. EW can confirm that Universal Pictures has acquired the rights to Shyamalan's The Visit, which he will write and produce in addition to directing. The film is currently set for a Sept. 11, 2015 release. Deadline first reported the news. The Visit tells the story of a brother and sister on a weeklong trip at their grandparents' Pennsylvanian farm. While there, the siblings discover their grandparents have been hiding some disturbing secrets, slimming down the children's chances of ever returning home. Shyamalan will produce the film via his studio Blinding Edge Pictures, »
- Jonathon Dornbush
After his blockbuster success with The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable, it seemed studios were more than willing to furnish M. Night Shyamalan with unlimited resources to try and scare up more twist endings at the box office. But, after Signs each film was met with diminishing returns culminating in the debacle that was The Last Airbender. But, it looks like after working on the Fox series Wayward Pines, Shyalaman may be poised for a comeback. Partnering with Paranormal Activity producer Jason »
- Alex Maidy
This week's episode of The Legend Of Korra teaches viewers that friendship can last a lifetime. Here's Kaci's review...
This review contains spoilers.
4.4 The Calling
In the fourth episode of this season's Legend Of Korra, Korra finally lets go.
Jinora, Ikki, and Meelo get some much-needed time to showcase their sibling relationships this week. Together, the three of them search for Korra while increasingly annoying each other. I have a feeling that if you have siblings yourself, then you'll recognize a lot of their dynamics in your own life. But what I liked best is that in the end, all three of them were necessary to find Korra. I'm a big fan of group dynamics where everyone contributes something part of a greater whole and this episode is no exception. There's no denying that Ikki gets the best storyline of the three, though, as she expertly manipulates two men many »
The Legend Of Korra book four is shaping up to be the show's best ever run. Here's Kaci's review of The Coronation...
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4.3 The Coronation
The latest episode of Legend Of Korra is another great episode that showcases just how good the writing of this series can be. Season four is quickly shaping up to be my favourite.
Mako and Bolin are reunited at Wu's coronation but quickly find themselves at odds when Kuvira uses the moment to announce that she will in fact be the leader of the Earth Empire and that technology and innovation are the way to the future, not "archaic" monarchies. Yet again, I find myself so torn when it comes to the "villain" of this season: I agree with her point about technology and innovation, but a military dictatorship is hardly the way to go. Never trust anyone whose primary means of assuring compliance is through fear. »
Summer movie season is a magic time of year when Hollywood traditionally rolls out its most appealing merchandise. It’s true that some summer movie seasons are better than others. This is our ranking of all the summer movie seasons since 1980 from worst to best.
On January 20th, 1975, Steven Spielberg and Universal Studios released Jaws. The movie landscape would be forever changed from that date. Jaws is widely credited as being the first blockbuster film because it was the first movie to make over $100 million (non-adjusted). The fact that the film had a meager $8 million budget meant that it was a huge cash cow for the studio and rocketed Spielberg to the the forefront of a new generation of filmmakers for a new era of movie mass-consumption. George Lucas and Spielberg followed up in 1977 with Star Wars, which became a sensational and very profitable hit. It helped to convince production »
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Ridley Scott's Exodus: Gods and Kings opens this December, and the casting for the film has been controversial to say the least. Although Ancient Egypt was a racially diverse society, the lead cast — Christian Bale as Moses, Joel Edgerton as Ramses, Sigourney Weaver as Tuya, and Aaron Paul as Joshua — is as white as it gets. That's unfortunately standard for a Hollywood movie, but things took a turn when the above photo hit the Internet. As you might have noticed, the important people are white, the slaves and servants are black. People had a problem with that, especially when they found that black and non-white actors were mostly credited with roles like "Egyptian Thief" and "Egyptian Lower Class Civilian." Yikes. Scott recently spoke to Yahoo Australia, and this is what he said about casting the film.
“Egypt was – as it is now – a confluence of cultures, as a result »
- Mily Dunbar
Book three's finale utterly restores Kaci's admiration for, and faith in, The Legend Of Korra. Here's her review...
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3.12 Enter The Void; 3.13 Venom Of The Red Lotus
The season three finale of Legend Of Korra is easily my favorite finale this show has done so far. I had a problem with the finale of season one, you might remember — the last five minutes shoehorned in a happy ending. Korra and Lin got their bending back, Korra and Mako got together, and virtually every other sacrifice that had been made was "fixed." In short, it ignored the realities of violence and war. I bring that up because this finale proves to me that this show is at its best when it doesn't do that — one of the many reasons Korra is so amazing to me and a worthy successor to The Last Airbender is that it peels back the layers of oppression, »
The majority of the most engaging and convincing sci-fi stories out there can be boiled down to one simple, concise “what if?” question. Star Trek is “what if humans come together and explore space”, The Matrix is “what if the world is a computer simulation”, and After Earth is “what if we keep letting M. Night Shyamalan make films”. It’s these questions, often derived from our own lived experience and current world, which serve as a way into fantastical fictional worlds full of crazy aliens, awesome spaceships and laser pistols. Especially the laser pistols.
It also means that Sf fans are the most dedicated of any genre, their imaginations being piqued by the questions asked by authors and sent flying off in all directions. The worlds created in science fiction films, TV shows, novels and video games are usually so fully realised that most bases are covered, »
- Tom Baker
As post production is currently underway for Kiriya Kazuaki's English-Language debut, The Last Knights, a new poster art and several new images have arrived, giving us our first look at Clive Owen and Morgan Freeman. The action adventure is a Us/Korean co-production featuring an international cast that includes Cliff Curtis (The Last Airbender), Tsuyoshi Ihara (Ninja, 13 Assassins), Sung-kee Ahn (The Tower) and Park Si-yeon (Dachimawa Lee).A knight seeks vengeance when his lord is unjustly executed by a tyrannical emperor.Knight's commander Raiden receives an honor above all else when Bartok, his childless lord, names him as his heir. But his happiness is destroyed when the emperor's evil emissary Mott forces him to behead his surrogate father, and casts him and his men out of their...
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[This is a review of The Legend of Korra season 3, episode 10. There will be Spoilers.]
With each passing week, The Legend of Korra journeys closer to the point of no return. Sure, season 4 is already in production, but who will live to see it?
The Last Airbender franchise is not unaccustomed to death; however, never has it been so viscerally captured right before our eyes. As the Earth Queen’s last breath was violently ripped from her lungs, it became instantly clear that this will not be the only significant death from season 3. So, who’s next?
Zaheer and his fellow Red Lotus members have succeeded in freeing Ba Sing Se from the powerful elite. Like Ra’s ...
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- David Griffin
M. Night Shyamalan delivered some solid cinema with (arguably) his first three films, and quickly turned into a joke afterwards. Lady In The Water underperformed, The Happening was one of the most unintentionally funny films I've ever seen, and then there's the crown jewel; The Last Airbender. While I was excited for Shyamalan to work on something he hadn't written, the end result was his biggest transgression thus far. However, it seems that the director was not completely to blame. Someone »
- Sean Wist
Once in a while a movie is so bad that it actually hurts. Just the thought of having to watch these blunders will make you want to stick a number 2 pencil in your eye. Mariah Carey’s Glitter, M. Night Shyamalan’s The Last Airbender, the list goes on. However, sometimes a movie is so bad, so preposterous and so poorly made that they transcend shoddy film-making to become truly entertaining cinema.
We’ve all experienced this. You have your buddies over and you watch a movie that you don’t really know too much about. Come to find out, the movie is horrible. However, you find yourself strangely intrigued with the horribleness you’ve just witnessed. This is an experience (that we totally just made up) that we refer to as “terrible movie comedic liberation”. This is when you are able to watch a bad movie, laugh at it and actually enjoy it, »
- Jesse Gumbarge
If M. Night Shyamalan.s The Last Airbender is famous for anything, it.s for being an absolute disaster. Fans of the animated series were over the moon with anticipation for the film, but now it stands as one of the most reviled big budget blockbusters of the modern era. Usually you can trace a disaster of this proportion to some bad mojo going on behind the scenes, and if a recently unearthed message board post is to be believed, then The Last Airbender is no exception to that. This story comes to us from a fan message board called AvatarSpirit.net, where a user claiming to have behind the scenes knowledge about Shyamalan.s film has spilled the beans on some very dark, corporate details about the production. The user.s story begins by saying that things were all well and good in the first draft of the screenplay »
Nicola Peltz is as deft at dodging killer bots onscreen as she is striding across a beach in sky-high gold Gucci platform heels and a glittery gold-and-white Proenza Schouler dress. Her starring role this summer as Mark Wahlberg’s daughter in Michael Bay’s Transformers: Age of Extinction is likely to be a big break for 19-year-old Peltz, whose past work includes The Last Airbender and A&E series Bates Motel. List: The Hollywood Reporter Reveals Hollywood's 100 Favorite Films The daughter of billionaire businessman Nelson Peltz and former model Claudia Heffner, the actress says growing up with one
- Rebecca Ford
Chicago – Among the Transforming machines in the fourth installment of the “Transformers” series are human actors, poised to react to the giant robot madness around them. Nicola Peltz and Jack Reynor are newcomers to the series, and both are making major franchise film debuts in “Transformers: Age of Extinction.”
Peltz portrays Tessa Yeager, the daughter of Cade Yeager (Mark Walhberg), and they are both allied with the good-guy Transformer Autobots, who are the target of a government takedown. Jack Reynor is Shane Dyson, the secret boyfriend of Tessa, who also happens to be a expert race car driver, which is really handy when escaping both the emerging enemy Transformers and the government.
Nicola Peltz is also familiar to fans of “Bates Motel” on the A&E Network, portraying Bradley Martin. She was also seen in “Deck the Halls” (2006) and “The Last Airbender” (2010), and will have a role in the upcoming – and intriguingly titled “Affluenza. »
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The 19-year-old beauty, who plays Mark's onscreen teenage daughter Tessa in the latest action-packed "Transformers" installment, has some big shoes to fill, as the new leading lady of the franchise, taking over for Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and original "Transformers" star Megan Fox.
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22 Jump Street is in theaters this weekend, and its one of the few TV-to-Movie franchises that has gotten it right. This comes after so many have gotten it really wrong! Adapting a hit television show to the big screen seems like it would be an easy thing. The source material is great, there's an existing audience, it should be money in the bank. But bigger does not mean better. There's more than enough examples of great TV turned into garbage cinema. So much so, there was a fair amount of difficulty and debate narrowing it down to ten, epically awful movies. Criteria had to be established. There must be a method to this madness. Terrible films like The Smurfs, Scooby Doo, Yogi Bear, or The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas still has an appeal to younger audiences who might actually be entertained by it. It does have some value. Once »
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