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Glamour! Elegance! The sweet smell of self-congratulation! None will be present at the 34th annual Razzie Awards, a proudly low-budget event dedicated to dishonoring the previous year’s worst movies. (Actually, make that “no-budget”; have you seen the Razzies’ website? It looks like a Geocities page from 1996.)
There are several strong contenders in this year’s Razzies race, from father-and-son team Will and Jaden Smith to perennial “winner” Adam Sandler and Golden Raspberry Award Foundation favorite Sylvester Stallone, who snagged a record-breaking 31st nomination for his work in three 2013 films. (Note: It is not hard to become a member of the Golden Raspberry Award Foundation. »
- Hillary Busis
M Night Shyamalan quickly became one of Hollywood's top directors after such hits as "The Sixth Sense," "Unbreakable" and "Signs." But then came "Lady in the Water," "The Happening," "The Last Airbender" and "After Earth." Since then, Shyamalan's reputation has been destroyed. But the director isn't giving up and is returning to his roots. According to his Twitter account, he recently started shooting a low-budget movie, called "Sundowning," that apparently has a cast and crew of about ten people. "In Philly, under a foot of snow. Crews digging out to get to our house where we are shooting the microfilm," Shyamalan wrote. "The cast is sensational. The performances were so captivating. I was walking on air as I went home. I hope I don't screw this up." Very little is known about the new movie, but there are rumors stating that Bruce Willis and Denzel Washington will appear in it. »
Cue the loud, simultaneous groans of Shyamalan haters across the globe, similar to the cries of laughter that rang out once Mark Wahlberg discovered the evil menace plaguing The Happening. Yes, the news is true – M. Night Shyamalan has been directing a secret microbudget horror film right under our noses, as today the director teased Twitter followers with a production picture to prove his newest project. Of course, someone could have uncovered this news weeks ago and just didn’t care enough to report it, but hey, it’s a new movie by M. Night Shyamalama-ding-dong – there has to be some kind of, um, excitement?
Titled Sundowning, sites are beginning to speculate that M. Night’s most recent film will be a vampire thriller of sorts, but after some Sherlock Holmes detective work (Google), I uncovered the true meaning of yet another strange title by the mysterious director. As per the interwebs, »
- Matt Donato
Kind of a good news/bad news situation this week. Bad news for those of us who like to watch sitcoms of 30 minutes in length whilst we eat dinner during the week, Channel 4 has decided to remove most of its good content including Peep Show, The It Crowd and Black Books from Netflix and Lovefilm as of February 15th. You can still watch these online but you have to go through their frankly useless 4Od app which I have never managed to watch a full episode of anything on without it crashing at the bloody adverts. Whilst its admirable that Channel 4 are taking things back in-house, they really need to improve their software first, or maybe they already have because I gave up on it back in 2012 and never finished season two of The Killing.
The good news is that Netflix have debuted season two of political drama House of Cards, »
- Chris Holt
The Super Bowl spot from Sunday showed off some of the great, real action from the video game adaptation Need for Speed. Even if the full theatrical trailer showcased a lot of melodrama and cheesy dialogue, we at least now this film will look pretty on the big screen and have some spectacular racing sequences with big crashes. And now those bits of high speed destruction will be coming at our faces. After an update on Twitter from Box Office Mojo said the film would be released in 3D, people began worrying about a terrible, hasty 3D conversion akin to the atrocities committed in the moving pop-up book of Clash of the Titans or The Last Airbender. But fortunately, director Scott Waugh says that's not the case. More below! SlashFilm got word direct from Wuagh himself, and the conversion to 3D isn't a last minute decision as we assumed. The »
- Ethan Anderton
In a surprise, last-minute announcement, DreamWorks revealed that it will be releasing Need for Speed in 3D when it hits theaters on March 14. That only gives the studio 38 days from now until its release for the conversion. While it is possible that they may delay the release due to the conversion, the studio has already shelled out more than $4 million just for its Super Bowl ad alone promoting that release date.
It remains to be seen if a post-production 3D conversion can even be pulled off in such a short amount of time. The studios have been much more cautious about 3D over the past few years, after hastily-planned conversions such as Clash of the Titans and The Last Airbender in 2010, which were done just weeks before their release dates, failed to impress moviegoers. Of course, technology has advanced rapidly since then, so it could be possible to pull off »
One of the most depressing facts in the world is that the most important lessons we learn in life come from our mistakes. Most of the time, we commit these sins unwittingly, and the lesson ends up being that we’re too oblivious to know that The Last Airbender didn’t have a chance at being any good.
But these end up being some of the most valuable experiences we are dealt in life. Our egos are inflated enough for us to believe that we always know best, and that terrible viewing of that certain film has now taught you that you should no longer trust M. Night Shyamalan, no matter what franchise he’s dealing with.
Still, it’s much better to learn from the mistakes of others rather than on our own. Here are some of the ones that have affected me the most that »
- Jon Negroni
Sixth Sense collaborators in talks to bring Shyamalan's screenplay about a man who walks across the Us as love letter to late wife
• Bruce Willis 'bored' with making action movies
Sixth Sense duo Bruce Willis and M Night Shyamalan are in talks to reunite on a new drama about a man who sets out to traverse the United States on foot after losing his wife in a tragic accident.
Labour of Love is based on a screenplay Shyamalan sold prior to finding mainstream success with the 1999 supernatural thriller, his third film as director. It will be his first movie with Willis since Unbreakable, in 2000.
The new film is set in Philadelphia, where both The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable took place, but fans expecting a return to the style of the duo's early collaborations may be disappointed. Labour of Love contains no supernatural elements, according to Deadline, and the project may »
- Ben Child
The past decade hasn’t been too kind to filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan, who broke out back in 1999 with psychological thriller The Sixth Sense and has been on a pretty consistent downward spiral since then. Unbreakable and Signs aside, Shyamalan has turned out some pretty awful movies. Moviegoers really didn’t take to the “the trees are attacking” twist in his horror-thriller The Happening, Nickelodeon viewers certainly have him on their hit-list after the horrific, can’t-look-away train-wreck that was The Last Airbender, and his latest film, After Earth, just earned the director six Razzie nominations, including ones for Worst Picture, Worst Director and Worst Screenplay. And so, going back to a simpler time for his next project likely sounds pretty good to Shyamalan right now.
- Isaac Feldberg
We’ve noticed Bruce Willis’ recent run of films that all seem to fall under the action thriller category and wondered if he’d ever get out of the genre again. It seems he’s now taken the hand of his Sixth Sense/Unbreakable writer-director M. Night Shyamalan and hopped instead to drama with Labor Of Love.According to Deadline, Willis will be a bookstore owner in Philadelphia (natch! It’s M. Night!) who loses the love of his life in a tragic accident. Never big on words, he becomes haunted by the notion that he never properly told his wife how much he loved her. Since she once asked if he would walk across the country for her, he decides to show his devotion posthumously by proving it. That trek leads from Philly to Pacifica in California, which was her favorite place.The director, who could use a boost »
Park City - I'm not entirely sure when I first met Justin Simien. Actually, correct that. It was four and a half years ago ( found the E-mail introducing him as the new online publicist for Paramount Pictures from 2009). Having worked for the venerable studio one time myself, we immediately had a number of similar acquaintances both socially and professionally. And in my position I ended up talking to him about work related items usually once week. But, as we chatted about more interesting topics than say the latest publicity opportunities for "The Last Airbender" (you poor child) I quickly realized »
- Gregory Ellwood
Top 10 Ryan Lambie 22 Jan 2014 - 05:51
Like any awards ceremony, the Razzies can sometimes make some bizarre decisions. Here's our pick of 10 mystifying nominations...
Established in 1981, the Golden Raspberry Awards have grown from a tiny ceremony hosted in founder John Jb Wilson's living room into their own Hollywood institution. Intended as an antidote to the self-congratulation and glitz of awards season fixtures like the Oscars or the Golden Globes, the Razzies aim to single out the worst films, screenplays and performances of the preceding year, serving up an irreverent parody of Hollywood's vanity and excess.
Sometimes, the Razzie choices aren't too far off the mark. Few would argue against Battlefield Earth's 2000 win for Worst Picture, or that the impenetrably murky The Last Airbender didn't deserve the amusingly-titled award for Worst Eye-Gouging Misuse of 3D.
There have been some really worthwhile categories on occasion, too, like Worst Movie Trends of the Year, »
The fun of writing film columns is when an article generates a discussion about a movie and you come out the other side with a completely different perspective from when you started.
Like all comic book adaptations, the recent speculation about who will play Doctor Strange got the internet discussions a stirring. I had some thoughts on the subject and thought I'd take a moment to analyze some of the more unique actor/director pairings that have stemmed from a series of discussions on a number of popular online websites before revealing my one and final choice for the role of Dr. Stephen Strange.
Directed by Ridley Scott
Never in an thousand years would this pairing have crossed my mind. It's inspired, and certainly out of left field (something I always appreciate). Ridley Scott has »
- Gary Collinson
In his latest twist, writer/director M. Night Shyamalan – a man once touted as “the new Spielberg” – is working on a television mini-series titled Wayward Pines. Although critics and audiences panned his newest films (After Earth, The Last Airbender), the small screen offers Shyamalan a chance to retrieve some artistic credibility. For those already weary of the show’s quality, the Sixth Sense director is only helming the pilot episode of the 10-episode Fox mini-series (his main job is as the executive producer), and he did not write the episode’s screenplay, so you can rest easy.
Entertainment Weekly got an early look at the thriller starring Matt Dillon, Melissa Leo, Terrence Howard and Juliette Lewis, and in an interview with the magazine, Shyamalan revealed a passion to try something new and move to television.
”Everyone’s been telling me that I’d like the way the medium is going, »
- Jordan Adler
Warner Bros. Pictures
CGI has revolutionized filmmaking – effects that were previously thought impossible to achieve on-screen can now be realized with a computer. Films such as the 2013 game-changer Gravity wouldn’t have been possible without CGI. But sometimes it has its limits. Have you ever watched a film that wasn’t a video game adaptation and thought: “Wow, this might as well just be a video game”? Films nowadays seem to get massive budgets for the sake of rendering CGI sets and characters… and part of me wants to plug a controller in and start playing.
Here, then, I’ve rounded up “10 Movies That Were Pretty Much Just Video Games,” be it due to the frequent use of CGI, or just thanks to the overall look. Probably best to skip over the article if you haven’t seen a film as spoilers lie within (also: I’m only allowing one »
- Thomas Broome-Jones
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