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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...
This review contains spoilers.
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 »
A government agent who appears without warning in a small, sleepy woodsy town in the middle of nowhere that’s hiding much more than it seems? A town that’s full of weirdos — both the harmless and the probably insane? And all of the action seems to take place around him hanging out in the local diner getting his next batch of information? It sounds familiar because it’s Twin Peaks. But Wayward Pines, a new show from executive producer M. Night Shyamalan, is certainly trying its damndest to convince us that it’s something completely different. Adapted from “Pines,” the novel by Blake Crouch, the series will arrive on Fox in 2015 to hopefully cleanse the taste of After Earth. And The Last Airbender. And The Happening. And Lady in the Water. And from our mouths as Shyamalan’s assurance that he can still produce something legitimately creepy and bizarre. Is »
- Samantha Wilson
The BAFTA award winning teen drama sensation Skins took Britain by storm in 2007 with its controversial story lines and relatable and eccentric characters. The show’s success made it the perfect training ground for up-and-coming British teen actors to throw themselves into the spotlight. In Justin Edgar’s energetic new comedy We Are The Freaks we find two of Skins‘ most popular alumni take centre stage on the big screen. Parsons (Skins‘ Mike Bailey) and Chunks (Skins‘ Sean Teale) accompany Jack (Jamie Blackley) on an eventful weekend that might change their lives forever. As this stylish, coming 0f age, cult comedy takes us back to the rebellious era of the 1990s, we celebrate the release of We Are The Freaks by taking our own look back at some of our favourite Skins stars and find out what they’ve been up to since leaving the hit drama.
Mike Bailey – played »
- Jazmine Sky Bradley
In the post-Lady in the Water era, it’s tough to remember how bonkers people once went for The Sixth Sense. But a mere millennium ago, M. Night Shyamalan’s atmospheric thriller was the toast of audiences and critics alike — a box office smash, a cultural touchstone, a freakin’ Best Picture nominee. Not only at the MTV Movie Awards, but also at the Oscars!
How did a simple, potentially gimmicky ghost story capture our hearts and minds so fully? Easy: because despite the shadow hindsight casts upon it, The Sixth Sense is a great movie. Its brief 107-minute run »
- Hillary Busis
Those transforming alien robots from outer space don’t know who they be messin’ with. Check out a new poster for Michael Bay’s “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” which finds the man formerly known as Marky Mark fleeing a giant killer spaceship. I still can’t believe Wahlberg is playing dad to teenage characters these days. Man, where did all the time go? Anyways, Wahlberg plays a down-and-out mechanic in Texas who gets caught up in all manner of transforming alien robots from outer space shenanigans. Needless to say, he’s going to need that Texas toughness to survive. And did I mention he has a totally hot daughter, too? Damn. That’s the girl from “The Last Airbender”? Apparently so. Starring Mark Wahlberg, Jack Reynor, Nicola Peltz, Stanley Tucci, Kelsey Grammer, Sophia Myles, Li Bingbing, T.J. Miller, Han Geng, and Titus Welliver. Marky Mark fights back this June 27th. »
After the critical failure of big budget blockbusters such as The Last Airbender and After Earth, filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan is returning to his roots with a low-budget thriller entitled Sundowning, which is currently shooting in Pennsylvania with a cast that includes Kathryn Hahn (We're the Millers) and young actor Ed Oxenbould (Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day).
According to The Wrap, Sundowning "is described as a psychological phenomenon associated with increased confusion and restlessness in patients with some form of dementia" and the film will see Hahn as a single mother whose two young children visit their grandparents, where things go "very wrong." Shyamalan has written and directed the movie, and is also producing alongside Marc Bienstock and Ashwin Rajan. »
- Gary Collinson
After a promising early career, director M. Night Shyamalan’s reputation has taken a hit in recent years after he released a trio of duds: The Happening, The Last Airbender and After Earth. The latter two also represent the biggest budgets that Shyamalan has ever handled as director, and despite each scraping by with a profit at the box office it’s unlikely that we’ll see sequels any time soon.
Instead, Shyamalan has turned his attention to a low-budget thriller called Sundowning, which he has been filming in Philadelphia for the past few weeks. Shyamalan also wrote the script and is co-producing alongside Ashwin ...
- H. Shaw-Williams
Wikipedia: Sundowning is a psychological phenomenon associated with increased confusion and restlessness in patients with some form of dementia. Most commonly associated with Alzheimer's disease, but also found in those with mixed dementia, the term "sundowning" was coined due to the timing of the patient's confusion. For patients with sundowning syndrome, a multitude of behavioral problems begin to occur in the evening or while the sun is setting. Licking his wounds after the critical drubbing of "The Last Airbender," along with the equally reviled and commercial bomb "After Earth," M. Night Shyamalan is going indie, with production already underway on "Sundowning." The project has been shooting somewhat in secret for a while, but some new details have emerged that will hopefully see Shyamalan getting his mojo back. The Wrap reveals that Kathryn Hahn and child actor Ed Oxenbould star in the film about "a single mother whose two young children visit their grandparents… »
- Edward Davis
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