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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
The story follows a single mother (Kathryn Hahn) whose young children visit their grandparents, and things go horribly wrong. Ed Oxenbould plays one of the children, who is very protective of his sister. No other plot details have been revealed, but the title alone could offer some clues. The term Sundowning is a "psychological phenomenon" with symptoms that include restlessness and increased confusion in patients who have dementia, along with agitation and mood swings.
M. Night Shyamalan is directing from his own script and producing alongside Marc Bienstock and Ashwin Rajan, with Steven Schneider executive producing. Production has nearly wrapped in the filmmaker's hometown of Philadelphia, on what is described as a low budget.
Kathryn Hahn can currently be seen in »
M. Night Shyamalan never really left the horror/thriller genre since leaving it behind to films like The Last Airbender and After Earth. After The Happening, he produced Devil and he had intended to shepherd more horror films, but they never took off. He's been at work on a new thriller (possibly straight-forward horror) called Sundowning and, today, we're learning a bit about the cast.
- Ryan Turek
Following the disaster that was the Will and Jaden Smith science fiction movie After Earth (recent winner of three Razzie Awards) and his foray into anime with The Last Airbender , filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan is returning to the thriller genre with Sundowning , according to TheWrap . The low-budget movie stars Kathryn Hahn, currently appearing in Jason Bateman's Bad Words , and child actor Ed Oxenbould, and there's more information about it then Shyamalan's past movies at this stage with Hahn playing a single mother with two kids (of which Oxenbould plays one) who visit their grandparents before things go wrong. Hahn is a busy character actor who has appeared in many movies including last year's We're the Millers and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and has roles in »
Tom Verica (American Dreams) has joined the cast of ABC drama pilot How To Get Away With Murder starring Viola Davis and executive produced by Shonda Rhimes. The sexy, suspense-driven legal thriller centers on ambitious law students and their brilliant and mysterious criminal defense professor, Annalise Dewitt (Davis), who become entangled in a murder plot that could rock their entire university and change the course of their lives. Paradigm-repped Verica will play Annalise’s husband Tom, a psychology professor who comes from a long line of academic royalty. Morgan Spector (The Last Airbender) is set as a series regular in the NBC drama pilot Coercion, based on an Israeli format. The high-octane thriller revolves around the O’Connor family and their son, Alex (Gavin Stenhouse), a decorated American war hero and CIA analyst. Unbeknownst to him, both of his parents and his sister are part of a dormant Russian sleeper »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
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
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