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Once called the next Steven Spielberg, M. Night Shyamalan floated away on his hubris and drank his own Kool Aid. His first couple of movies are considered classics. The later half of his career has been riddled with one flop after the next. Now, he is poised for a comeback, with the indie horror movie The Visit. But as he sets out to launch this economic thriller that takes him back to his roots, the fan roar for a sequel to one of his earliest hits keeps growing louder day by day. We've heard murmurs that it could happen. And now, M. Night Shyamalan claims that an idea is indeed percolating. But Unbreakable 2 is not going to look, feel or sound like Unbreakable. The studio might not even touch it, as it doesn't really read as a sequel.
This sounds about right when looking at M. Night Shyamalan's career trajectory. »
In the penultimate episode of this ‘event drama’ things take a disturbing turn. With feelings running high, expectations weighting heavy upon Matt Dillon’s Ethan Burke and the towns folk out for blood, it was bound to turn nasty.
As power starts slipping away from David Pilcher and his sister continues undermining him, Wayward Pines simmers over like a prison riot. With the true realisation of their situation beginning to dawn, vigilante behaviour seeps through the pores of these indoctrinated individuals. While ritual execution once used as a deterrent, is now considered the norm in a community rift with frustration.
As ever the key to Wayward Pines remains Matt Dillon. Closely followed by Melissa Leo in a role which has evolved week on week, while Jones has devolved into delusion. Shannyn Sossman and Charlie Tahan remain effective in their roles as »
- Gary Collinson
To celebrate the release of Rwby Volume 1 – out on DVD & Blu-ray 29th June 2015 – we have a copy on DVD to giveaway! From Rooster Teeth, the production team behind internet sensation Red Vs Blue, comes this original CG web-series about four girls who team up to form Rwby and battle supernatural forces! Inspired by hit series such as Naruto, Fairy Tail and Avatar: The Last Airbender, the hotly anticipated Rwby already has the makings of a modern anime-style classic!
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- Phil Wheat
To celebrate the release of Rwby Volume 1 – out on DVD & Blu-ray 29th June 2015 – we have a copy on DVD to giveaway!
From Rooster Teeth, the production team behind internet sensation Red Vs Blue, comes this original CG web-series about four girls who team up to form Rwby and battle supernatural forces!
Inspired by hit series such as Naruto, Fairy Tail and Avatar: The Last Airbender, the hotly anticipated Rwby already has the makings of a modern anime-style classic!
You can order Rwby Volume 1 here.
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- Gary Collinson
We look back at M Night Shyamalan's much-vilified fantasy movie, and ask if anything could have saved it...
“The Last Airbender is an agonizing experience in every category I can think of and others still waiting to be invented.”
So began Roger Ebert's review of The Last Airbender. It sounds harsh, but Ebert's half-star verdict was fairly representative of the tidal wave of criticism that engulfed director M. Night Shyamalan's most expensive and, ultimately, most derided film yet.
But unlike other misfires from Shyamalan, this wasn't based on his own original idea. It was the first of a planned trilogy based on the beloved Nickelodeon series Avatar: The Last Airbender, which was hugely acclaimed for its visual sense, engrossing storytelling and lively, vibrant characters. What went wrong? It's almost harder to try and figure out what, if anything, went right.
I am willing to give M. Night Shyamalan a little leeway for films after The Village. The Lady In The Water was not great but it also wasn't awful. It becomes more difficult with movies like The Happening, but there is absolutely no excuse for The Last Airbender. Having seen a screening with studio executives present, I could easily tell they were freaking out at the piss poor reaction we were giving the... Read More »
- Alex Maidy
Say what you will about M. Night Shyamalan, but his films do get people talking. Five years after the much-reviled The Last Airbender and 15 years after the much-loved Unbreakable, he’s still fielding questions about both. While on the press tour for his latest endeavor, the actually pretty well-reviewed Wayward Pines, Shyamalan offered his latest […]
- Angie Han
Out doing press for the show, many questions still deal with his past efforts from the widely reviled "The Last Airbender," to some of his more early acclaimed work such as the superhero origin story "Unbreakable".
Now fifteen years old, there's been talk of a sequel to the latter for many years, talk that has never panned out as such. Speaking with IGN, Shyamalan has revealed that one potential idea is that a follow-up could go the small screen route:
"Could you do a six-episode Unbreakable series on Netflix or HBO? Yeah! That's cool. I even had an idea of doing a story that goes in one form, and a second part that's in another form, and a third one's in a different form. »
- Garth Franklin
At this point, the idea that M. Night Shyamalan.s The Last Airbender was a big-budget, box-office disaster is well established in the ignominious annals of cinematic stinkers. While the film was widely panned by the critic community for a number of reasons, it seems that the director is offering up a different explanation: It was made for 9-year-olds, and adults didn't get that. Recently speaking to IGN about his latest role as a producer on the Fox television series Wayward Pines, Shyamalan sportingly indulged a topic shift to one of his most notorious failures in 2010.s The Last Airbender and even offers up a theory as to why audiences just weren.t receptive to the adaptation of the Nickelodeon animated series. According to Shyamalan: My child was nine-years-old. So you could make it one of two ways. You could make it for that same audience, which is what I »
M. Night Shyamalan is currently enjoying what has become a rarity in recent years — critical acclaim and a bonafide hit. His Fox series "Wayward Pines" has emerged as one of the highlights on the spring TV listings, and with the found footage horror "The Visit" around the corner, we could be on the cusp on a Shyamalaissance. But the director has always taken his knocks in stride, and one of his most savagely reviewed efforts, the big screen version of the popular children's series "The Last Airbender," he says is a favorite of the intended audience. Read More: Watch: International Trailer For M. Night Syamalan's 'The Visit' Brings New Footage And Scares "My child was nine-years-old. So you could make it one of two ways. You could make it for that same audience, which is what I did — for nine and 10-year-olds — or you could do the ' »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Back in January M. Night Shyamalan revealed that he would love to make a sequel to his much loved movie Unbreakable and in a recent interview with IGN the filmmaker reiterated his hopes that a sequel might still happen, only this time for television.
When asked about the possibility of an Unbreakable sequel being developed for television Shyamalan replied:
“As a way to continue the story, yes. That would [interest me]…I really love where we are. Could you do a six-episode Unbreakable series on Netflix or HBO? Yeah! That’s cool.”
The director went into more detail about plans on how he could take the story forward:
“I even had an idea of doing a story that goes in one form, and a second part that’s in another form, and a third one’s in a different form. You never do the same form. »
- Gavin Logan
During a promotional interview with IGN for his new TV series Wayward Pines, director M. Night Shyamalan got onto the topic of adaptations, and in particular his big screen take on Avatar: The Last Airbender and the negative reception to the movie from both fans and even the animated series’ creators.
“It’s really weird because on the show the average age was, like, nine-years-old,” states Shyamalan. “My child was nine-years-old. So you could make it one of two ways. You could make it for that same audience, which is what I did — for nine and 10-year-olds — or you could do the Transformers version and have Megan Fox. I didn’t do that. That would have felt like, ‘Well, I’m going to make a movie about a kids show that my 10-year-old is watching and not make it for her. I make it for my guy friends.’ That felt »
- Gary Collinson
Like their '90s filmmaking geek compatriot Kevin Smith, The Wachowskis have seen their critical standing sink further and further the deeper we get into the 21st century. In our current franchise-minded world, one might have expected the Wachowskis to be greeted as saviors with their return to original sci-fi filmmaking in “Jupiter Ascending.” Instead the directing duo turned in the year’s most derided (if not reviled) film. To add insult to injury, Screen Junkies has seen fit to give the Wachowskis’ film the “Honest Trailer” treatment, joining the ranks of such unparalleled genius as the “Twilight” series, “Grown Ups” and “The Last Airbender.” Running over five minutes long, the “Honest Trailer” of much-ridiculed film doesn’t hide its disappointment in the film and the directors – a view shared by many critics, including us in our review – and really dives deep into the problems with the film, going as »
- Cain Rodriguez
Written by Blake Crouch
Directed by M. Night Shymalan
Airs Thursdays at 9pm (Et) on Fox
As even a cursory glance at the TV Tropes page will tell you, the idea of a seemingly normal town with a dark secret is one of popular culture’s most frequently explored ideas. The dichotomy of an idyllic life with lurking horrors underneath it has been deployed by everyone from H.P. Lovecraft to Stephen King to David Lynch to David E. Kelley, yielding a spectrum of results and interpretations. There’s been so many of them, in fact, that it’s dulled the impact of the genre because the audience is expecting something strange to happen before too long. For a new entry to stand out, it needs to have either an incredibly distinctive voice or a twist on the structure that transcends its stock setting. »
- Les Chappell
Sad news to report. Academy Award winning cinematographer Andrew Lesnie passed away suddenly, and has died at the age of 59. Born in Sydney, Australia, Lesnie went on to work closely with Peter Jackson as his Director of Photography on the three Lord of the Rings movies. He also went on to work on King Kong and The Hobbit trilogy, as well as I Am Legend, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, The Last Airbender and Russell Crowe's The Water Diviner most recently. He won the Oscar for Return of the King back in 2002. Lesnie was a beloved member of this industry, with many speaking out about him through social media (including even Ian McKellen as seen below). Details are not yet available about his death; he was only 59 years old. Here's a few of the tweets collected from Ian McKellen, Russell Crowe, James Wan + Eric Vespe on Lesnie: »
- Alex Billington
The Australian Cinematographers Society will dedicate its annual awards to be handed out in Hobart on Saturday to one of its most esteemed members, Andrew Lesnie, who died on Monday.
Acs president Ron Johanson spoke for many when he told If today, .Andrew was one of our greatest cinematographers. It.s a huge loss. He leaves such a void..
Lesnie, who was 59, had been suffering from heart problems.. He won an Oscar for Best Cinematography in 2002 for Peter Jackson.s Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring and a BAFTA award in 2004 for Lord of the Rings: Return of the King.
On his Facebook page Jackson wrote, "Andrew created unforgettable, beautiful images on screen, and he did this time and again, because he only ever served what he »
- Don Groves
Beloved cinematographer Andrew Lesnie has died suddenly from a suspected heart attack at age 59.
Just as much as Peter Jackson, Lesnie was the man responsible for the look of "the Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit" films, having worked as director of photography on all six movies in the two trilogies.
Leslie served as Dp on over forty films and series including "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," 2005's "King Kong," "I Am Legend," "The Lovely Bones," both "Babe" films, "The Last Airbender," "The Delinquents," "Spider & Rode," "Two if by Sea," "Doing Time for Patsy Cline," "Bran Nue Dae".
Source: ABC Online »
- Garth Franklin
It might be way too soon to say this but we're feeling optimistic so what the hell: welcome back, M. Night Shyamalan! The trailer for his latest film, The Visit, was posted online late last week, and not only is Shyamalan returning to his horror film roots, but it looks like he's doing it with a good movie. Finally! Admit it; his film track record as of late has been less than stellar. And that's putting it nicely. These are the last four films he's made: After Earth (bomb) Devil (meh) The Last Airbender (bigger bomb) The Happening (even star Mark Wahlberg hated it) Basically, instead of being known for his creepy, unique film twists like he used to »
A visit with grandma goes horribly, supernaturally wrong in a trailer for M Night Shyamalan's new movie.
Two children (Ed Oxenbould and Olivia De Jonge) are expecting a nice trip to their grandparents' home in The Visit, but things go from mundane to terrifying at night.
Shyamalan uses a found footage format for the horror movie, as the kids document their grandparents' increasingly bizarre behaviour.
"They're weird during the day, even weirder at night," the kids tell their mother (Kathryn Hahn) while pleading for a rescue.
The Visit opens on September 11 in the Us and the UK. »
After experimenting in different genres to no tangible avail with The Last Airbender and After Earth, M. Night Shyamalan is returning to a genre he helped define with the release of upcoming horror film, The Visit, which today debuted its creepy first trailer.
Mixing found footage elements with more traditional camera work, the clip is an unusual melange of genre tropes, and despite our utmost attempts, we haven’t been able to identify any indications of a last-act, Shyamalan-styled twist. How and ever, the core premise of The Visit will center around a young brother and sister who are shipped out their grandparents for the weekend to spend some quality time with their ageing relatives. What could possibly go wrong?
A lot, as it turns out. Enforcing a non-negotiable, lights-out-by-9:30 policy, the grandparents attempt to push the children to a safe distance, but it isn’t long before the »
- Michael Briers
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