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As many of us have learned from movies, TV and purchasing bedazzled jeans to impress the opposite sex (just me?) money doesn’t buy you everything. This includes quality, something director M. Night Shyamalan learned on big-budget movies like The Last Airbender and After Earth, movies that forced him to reinvent his approach to filmmaking, resulting in what many are calling a grand return to form.... Read More »
- Matt Rooney
Don't call it a comeback—M. Night Shyamalan is just doing what he does best. When The Last Airbender and After Earth struggled with critics and audiences, the Philadelphia-based director knew instinctively what to do. "I felt like I wanted to ignite the danger switch in me," he recalls. "I wanted to tell myself, 'You have no safety net.'" The result was The Visit, a found-footage horror in which two teenagers drop in on their folksy grandparents, only to find their lives… »
Disclaimer: This post contains spoilers for Split (Seriously, though? What’s the statute of limitations on this one?).
Earlier this year, audiences were blown away by M. Night Shyamalan’s latest offering, Split. In years past, Shyamalan had slowly lost the trust of his millions of fans with films like The Happening and The Last Airbender. Not so long ago, just seeing his name in front of a trailer was enough to elicit groans from audiences. However, with last year’s The Visit, coupled with this year’s Split, Shyamalan’s given us a decent one-two punch that seems to foreshadow a renaissance in his career.
Split was an especially amazing film. Not only was it great on its own, but its ending revealed that it existed in the same universe as Unbreakable, one of Shyamalan’s more beloved early offerings. After nearly two decades of fans wondering if we »
- Joseph Medina
We now have further evidence that James Cameron's long-delayed Avatar 2 and its sequels are finally happening. Shooting is expected to start later this year. And the casting process is well under way in order to keep things on schedule. Fear the Walking Dead star Cliff Curtis has joined the cast for all four Avatar sequels in a new lead role.
The news comes courtesy of Deadline, who report that Cliff Curtis is playing a new character named Tonowari, the leader of the Metkayina, a reef clan from Pandora. James Cameron has been saying for years that a lot of Avatar 2, and presumably the other sequels, will be taking place underwater. With this new casting, it looks like that will indeed be the case.
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Curtis, who is currently on hiatus, will play Tonowari, leader of the Metkayina reef people clan. Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana earlier signed deals to reprise their characters for the Avatar movies.
Curtis' credits include Trauma, Body of Proof and features The Last Airbender, 10,000 BC and Live Free or Die Hard. The movies will be made one after the other by Cameron, who has enlisted Josh Friedman, duo Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver, and Shane »
- Etan Vlessing
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It’s almost become a running joke in the film industry that James Cameron’s wildly ambitious Avatar sequels are coming together at a glacial pace. Almost a decade has passed since the director’s space oddity was crowned king of the international box office – to this day, Avatar remains the highest-grossing film in history with $2.79 billion, albeit when those figures aren’t adjusted for inflation – and though many have called the franchise’s staying power into question, 20th Century Fox recently staked out a handful of release dates between 2020 and 2025 for all four sequels. Count ’em, four.
The first, Avatar 2, is due to light up theaters in December of 2020, and we now have word of a new addition to the stellar cast: Cliff Curtis. Best known for his performances across The Last Airbender and AMC spinoff Fear the Walking Dead, »
- Michael Briers
M. Night Shyamalan has being on one hell of a comeback lately, with The Visit and Split going a long way to erasing the memories of mega flops like After Earth, The Last Airbender, and (shudder) The Happening. With Split, the man known for his love of twists deliver quite a doozy, and if you’re unaware of how the multiple personality disorder themed psychological thriller panned out, consider this your spoiler warning: The movie was actually the long awaited sequel to 2000’s grounded superhero flick Unbreakable, with Bruce Willis returning as David Dunn, the blue collar worker impervious to harm, setting him on a quest to end the reign of James McAvoy’s Kevin, who is now in control of his 24 separate personalities, and has become a powerful, supernatural entity dubbed The Horde by the media. If that juicy bit of information has you champing at the bit for more, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
Boy, the career of M. Night Shyamalan has had more twists and turns than an M. Night Shyamalan movie. He went from director of a virtually unseen indie debut, to an Oscar-nominated overnight success with “The Sixth Sense,” to a golden boy unable to do wrong with “Unbreakable” and “Signs,” to a critical pinata with “Lady In The Water” and “The Happening,” to blockbuster flop helmer (and also still a critical pinata) with “After Earth” and “The Last Airbender,” to the director of well-executed, low-budget, career-reviving horror movies.
- Oliver Lyttelton
Thanks to Split, 2017 got off to a flyer for fans of psychological horror and M. Night Shyamalan in particular. A taut, thrilling story coupled with James McAvoy’s tour-de-force performance – not to mention the suitably mind-bending finale – ensured Shyamalan’s latest not only signalled a return to form for the filmmaker, who had churned out three forgettable features in The Happening, The Last Airbender and After Earth, but it’s also resulted in horror fans reflecting back on Split as one of the early sleeper hits of the year thus far.
If you’ve yet to catch M. Night Shyamalan’s comeback, don’t fret; Split is now available via Blu-ray and DVD, and even comes packing an alternate ending that is purportedly much darker than the one screened in theaters. One way or another, to celebrate its home video release, We Got This Covered has a frightful prize pack »
- Matt Joseph
Though January is usually a dumping ground for movies that either aren’t good enough to be Oscar contenders or have no business coming out during spring and summer, director M. Night Shyamalan delivered quite a surprise to those who had given up on the man who brought us The Happening, The Last Airbender and After […]
- Ethan Anderton
For years, many feared that M. Night Shyamalan’s best days were behind him. Since breaking onto the Hollywood scene with The Sixth Sense all those years ago, his career has been defined by triumphant highs (Unbreakable) and crushing lows (The Happening). However, it wasn’t long after the release of The Last Airbender in 2010 that Shyamalan quietly began to stage a comeback – and not a moment too soon.
After Earth aside, the back-to-back punch of The Visit and January’s psychological thriller Split has in many ways reinstated M. Night Shyamalan’s status as one of the most tenacious filmmakers working in the industry today. The latter went on to become a box office hit, too – $272 million worldwide, to be precise – spawning talk of a sequel that would, in turn, close out the trilogy once and for all. Bear in mind that if you’ve yet to watch Split »
- Michael Briers
With production starting on Aquaman this summer, we recently saw a video with star Jason Momoa training for his role as Arthur Curry, along with a photo of Amber Heard practicing her swordplay skills for her role of Mera. Over the weekend, Amber Heard posted a new video showcasing another part of her training, where she's seen practicing her hand-to-hand combat skills, in a most impressive fashion. While there is still not much we know about Mera in Aquaman yet, it seems clear that she is not one to be messed with.
Amber Heard herself posted this brief nine-second video to Instagram over the weekend, showing her training with the 87Eleven team, a company that was founded by John Wick directors Chad Stahelski and David Leitch. While the founders weren't present in this video, she is seen training with Jon Valera. Earlier this week, Amber Heard posted a training photo »
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Ghost in the Shell has downloaded to theaters, and Paramount is hoping the techno-action film avoids the land mines of other recent anime-to-live-action movies.
With that in mind, it's time to reconsider one of the films that was ravaged by critics at the time, but deserves a second look. No, we're not talking about M. Night Shyamalan's The Last Airbender. We are talking about Speed Racer.
The Speed Racer anime took the freewheeling, car-obsessed 1960s era and mixed it with action and adventure. As it crossed the ocean to America, it was tailor-made for Saturday-morning fun. Unintentionally poor dubs and stilted animation make »
- Jon Humbert
Warner Bros.' highly-anticipated Aquaman movie starts production this summer, and will continue through the fall, with a shoot in Italy planned. Fans have been waiting for more updates on this highly-anticipated superhero adventure. Last month, a video surfaced showing some of Jason Momoa's training to play the title character, a.k.a. Arthur Curry, but he isn't the only cast member who's been getting ready. Earlier today, Amber Heard, who is playing the role of Mera, revealed on social media that that she has been partaking in some wushu classes.
Amber Heard posted a photo on Instagram, which shows the actress practicing with a fake sword. The actress also revealed in her Instagram post that she is being trained by accomplished martial artist Li Jing, who has worked as a stuntwoman on big-budget movies such as Pacific Rim, The Last Airbender, Rush Hour 3 and The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, »
Mark Harrison Mar 17, 2017
As Get Out arrives in UK cinemas off its hugely successful Us debut, we look at the growing hit factor that is Blumhouse...
This article contains spoilers for Split.
It feels as if the more expensive a film is, the fewer risks the studio will allow. There are perks to having a bigger budget, but often, a low budget either allows or forces filmmakers to be more creative. As tentpoles and franchise properties fill up the movie calendar, producer Jason Blum's company Blumhouse Productions has reintroduced a little risk into Hollywood with its tried-and-tested production model.
Blumhouse is primarily known for horror films, but they dabble in a number of different genres, producing independent films on budgets of no more than $10 million, and usually under $5m, and then distributing them through the studio system. They emerged with the massive success of the micro-budgeted Paranormal Activity series »
The Hollywood community is in mourning once again, only this time, for a young man who passed far before his prime. Trevor Habberstad, a stuntman and stunt coordinator who most recently worked on X-Men: Apocalypse, Doctor Strange and Passengers, passed away on Sunday at the age of 27. The stuntman succumbed to a rare form of cancer. Trevor Habberstad was on a family vacation in Hawaii last year when he began to feel stomach pain that doctors initially thought was appendicitis, but after another evaluation, it was revealed that he actually had gastric cancer.
Jeff Habberstad, Trevor's father and a stuntman/stunt coordinator as well, told Khts News in their hometown of Santa Clarita, California that they just found out about a week and a half ago that the cancer had spread into the late stuntman's brain. Jeff Habberstad served as a stunt coordinator for director Bryan Singer on 2014's »
Dev Patel On ‘The Last Airbender’ by Uinterview Dev Patel is an Indian-British actor. He is best known for his work in teen drama Skins and his debut film appearance in Slumdog Millionaire. This Dev Patel bio will tell the actor’s story in his own words through his exclusive video interview with uInterview.com. Dev Patel […]
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- Catherine Valdez
After spending a handful of years in the doghouse due to churning out truly terrible movies like The Happening and The Last Airbender, it seems like director M. Night Shyamalan is back. His 2015 movie The Visit helped, but it is his most recent movie Split that has really healed his damaged reputation. Since Split 2 is probably going to happen, there are a lot of questions, given the big reveal at the end of the first movie. One of those questions has seemingly been answered, because it looks like Samuel L. Jackson will be involved in the sequel.
Fair warning, this article will contain spoilers for Split. The actor recently spoke with Collider about Split and his potential involvement in the sequel. He revealed that even he didn't know about the ending, in which, it was revealed that Split and Unbreakable take place in the same universe, via a cameo by »
If you still haven't seen Universal's box office hit Split in theaters yet, there will be plenty of Spoilers below, so read on at your own risk. Most fans weren't surprised to learn that Split was set and shot in director M. Night Shyamalan's hometown of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, but there is one shocking surprise that was revealed during a scene at the very end of the film. This is your last chance to avoid any Split spoilers, so stop reading now if you haven't seen this thriller quite yet.
The final moments of Split revealed Bruce Willis reprising his role as David Dunn from Unbreakable in a diner scene where patrons are discussing a news report about James McAvoy's character Kevin Wendell Crumb, who the press have nicknamed "The Horde." When one woman mentions that The Horde reminds her of another unique criminal, David Dunn says she's thinking of Mr. »
With the release of his new film Split, M. Night Shyamalan is enjoying something of a renaissance after years as a critical punching bag. Both Split and 2015’s The Visit were successful returns to the director’s roots: stylized takes on pulp films with the sort of twist endings he made, and then lost, his name on. His first film, the unexpected smash The Sixth Sense, knocked everyone’s socks off with its twist ending, a trick he repeated with his moody follow-up Unbreakable, and then attempted with decreasing success in several successive films. The qualitative nose-dive was often attributed to audiences merely expecting a surprise ending from each movie—hence his retreat into twist-free fare like The Last Airbender and After Earth—but a smart video essay from The Film Theorists attributes these failed twists to more structural purposes.
It starts by providing a framework for a good ...
- Clayton Purdom
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