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Creator: Elizabeth Meriwether
Running Time: 545 Mins
Fox’s New Girl has, unsurprisingly, been incredibly successful all over the world and I think it’s safe to say that a huge portion of that success is due to the shows wonderful leading lady Zooey Deschanel. Deschanel has a remarkable exuberance and energy that flows throughout her performance in almost every project she is part of from Elf to 500 Days Of Summer and even managed to improve M. Night Shyamalan’s atrocious The Happening. This is certainly not lacking in New Girl as Deschanel’s character Jess is as bubbly and quirky as ever. She also conveys an innocence to the audience that is finely balanced with an audacious personality that straddles the line between kind and confident perfectly. Either way it’s very hard not to fall head »
- Ben Read
Hollywood history always makes for fascinating reading. Hindsight and whatnot. During a month in which Sound on Sight takes an opportunity to tip a collective hat in the direction of recently ‘retired’ workhorse auteur Steven Soderbergh, there is a further chance to reel back the years and examine a period of time when one of modern cinema’s finest acolytes was transforming from indie hero to mainstream heavyweight. Of course, it all seems so predictable now that he would follow up his 2001 Oscar win with 12 years of financial and critical success with unmatched versatility. What is more interesting are two fellow directors sharing the limelight with him that year, the trio hailed as the hottest directorial properties in the business. Chances are many of you do not remember the name Richard Kelly. It’s likely most of you have no wish to recall the work of M. Night Shyamalan. 2001 was a strange year. »
- Scott Patterson
Do you know what really grinds my gears? Terrible plot twists, that’s what.
Everyone’s had this experience before: there you are, enjoying a perfectly serviceable romance/thriller/drama/action/horror/[insert odd subgenre here] flick, when, suddenly, you’re shocked out of your seat, and not in a good way.
You’ve just witnessed a ruinously bad plot twist that has the net effect of obliterating any shred of credibility your film of choice may have once possessed. Please know that you have my deepest sympathies, and if you need to talk to anyone to help you get through this tough time, our comment boards are always open to you.
Terrible plot twists are the ultimate in awful movie-watching experiences. Sadly, that doesn’t mean they’re uncommon. And unfortunately, I’ve seen more than my share of good films destroyed by ridiculous, strange, unjustified or just plain dumb twists. What this »
- Isaac Feldberg
The first photo of Mark Wahlberg with the young cast from "Transformers: Age of Extinction" went online over the weekend, giving us a look at the new group of attractive people that will run away from Autobots, Decepticons, and Dinobots when they all return next summer.
So since this is the most revealing piece of official promotional from the highly anticipated sequel, we decided that it's worth diving into what Wahlberg could possibly be look at off on the desert horizon.
"Breaking Bad" Rv
Michael Bay directing
Sir Lancelot running at him
The wind like in "The Happening"
- Kevin P. Sullivan
If at first you don’t succeed, then spend $15,000 of your own money. Or so the Hollywood saying goes. That was the case for John Leguizamo as he pursued the role of infamous drug kingpin Pablo Escobar in the upcoming King Of Cocaine. Leguizamo lost out on the role numerous times as contemporaries such as Oscar Isaac and Benicio Del Toro were considered above him. After those two came and went (although Del Toro is still set to play Escobar in Paradise Lost), Leguizamo pressed on and invested $15,000 of his own money in order to construct a fat suit and apply some prosthesis in order to convince director Brad Furman. It worked, though not at first, as financier Scott Steindorff still needed convincing. After people at Relativity studios failed to recognise Leguizamo, Steindorff gave in and here we are now.
Leguizamo is an astonishing actor and one who can completely lose himself in a role. »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
M. Night Shyamalan may have begun his career with both critical and commercial success, but in the last half decade or so, universal praise has largely escaped him. The Happening, The Last Airbender and several others put a big dent in his reputation among fans, but until recently, he still managed to frequently pull in impressive box office numbers. His most recent feature After Earth, initially seemed promising with longtime A-list actor Will Smith and his son Jaden Smith signed on for the action adventure flick set 1,000 years in the future. Even with that stor power, however, the movie came and went in theaters in the blink of an eye without blowing many people away. Now Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is hoping to bring in some added cash flow from Blu-ray, DVD and Digital sales. Maybe an impressive amount of revenue will be generated. Maybe it.ll once again disappoint »
From Boogie Nights to 2 Guns, Donnie Wahlberg's brother has been on a steady upward trajectory. Here's some of our favourite Mark moments - what else should be on the list?
• Mark Wahlberg: 'I've been hustling all my life'
• Wahlberg on his 'drunken' antics on the Graham Norton Show
Talk to a young music fan about Marky Mark and they'll probably think you're offering them one of those new internet drugs, rather than discussing commercial rap's great white hope circa 1991.
Mark Wahlberg has long-since put his awkward pop beginnings behind him, and is now regarded as a very fine actor indeed (even if, for those of a certain age, he'll always be the leader of the Funky Bunch).
Here's our pick of five of his most memorable acting performances to date, including suggestions from @GuardianFilm followers laura_grande13, billys94, kool_hair and roxy_holman. What else deserves to be on the list? »
- Adam Boult
In 2012, when Disney completed its $450 million buyout of Indian conglom Utv, there was concern in Indian filmmaking circles that the company’s motion picture arm would abandon edgy pics like the sex, drugs and alcohol-soaked “Dev. D” in favor of family-friendly fare. Siddharth Roy Kapur, managing director of studios for Disney Utv, put an immediate kibosh to such talk. “We will continue to make the kind of movies we always (have),” he said, noting that Utv product would be branded as such, while a separate slate of films with Mouse branding would cleave to family values.
The combined box office of Disney Utv’s five 2013 releases so far is more than $45 million, including directing duo Abbas-Mustan’s Hindi-language “Race 2,” starring Anil Kapoor and Deepika Padukone, which collected $22 million globally. In 2011-12, its last year of trading before the company delisted from the Bombay Stock Exchange in the wake of the Disney buyout, »
- Naman Ramachandran
Carrey has distanced himself from Kick-Ass 2 on Twitter. Which other actors have put the boot into one of their own projects?
Kick-Ass 2 should have resurrected Jim Carrey's career. It promised to be the antidote to Carrey's current professional malaise. The public have grown sick of watching him dance with cartoon penguins or conduct wildly age-inappropriate relationships while acting as a weird cinematic representation of Danny Wallace, and he knows it. So signing up for a minor yet indelible role in an edgy ensemble such as Kick-Ass 2 seemed like a masterstroke.
But, now that Carrey has gone out of his way to distance himself from the film on Twitter, who knows what'll happen? However, Carrey is by no means the first actor to besmirch his own projects. Here are some other notable instances.
I did Kickass a month b4 Sandy Hook and now in all good conscience »
- Stuart Heritage
After Earth has been surprisingly divisive among reviewers and audiences, with opinions ranging from those who consider it a pleasantly entertaining bit of filmmaking from maligned director M. Night Shyamalan to those who have declared it in step with his recent string of duds and possibly the worst movie of 2013 so far. I understand both of these views to an extent. I found it to be something of an improvement over outright disasters like The Happening and Lady in the Water, in that I didn’t hate every single second of it. In fact, I found it to be mildly enjoyable, which surprised me coming from Shyamalan and the relatively untested starpower of Jaden Smith. There was a decent number of things in the film to admire.
The biggest obstacle for Shyamalan to my mind continues to be his inability to recognize things in his movie that are just awkward. »
- Darren Ruecker
It's almost impossible to think it now but at the turn of the millennium the hottest ticket in town was M Night Shyamalan. His chilling ghost story The Sixth Sense built around an "oh wow" third-act plot twist, scooped six Oscar nominations and delivered a massive $670 million box office payday. Success thrust Shyamalan to Christopher Nolan-like levels of adulation, but the years since have not been so kind. The wheels began to judder on the uneven The Village before a series of creative misfires with Lady in the Water, The Happening and the truly terrible Last Airbender derailed him completely. Even this month's After Earth (complete with Will Smith's A-list star power) is proving to be a less-than-prosperous outing for Hollywood's one-time golden boy.
We here at Digital Spy are more interested in celebrating Shyamalan's triumphs though, in particular his 2000 Sixth Sense follow-up Unbreakable - in our eyes his most accomplished movie. »
Nobody embodies the phrase "One Hit Wonder" better than M. Night Shyamalan. Initially deemed as "The Next Spielberg", he has been on a progressively steady slump his entire career, making weaker and weaker films with each passing release, and at this point it's up in the air which one is the worst. How could somebody who showed such initial promise end up becoming a punchline?
M. Night's formula is to have a mystery that revolves around a mythology and slowly give out information to the audience before hitting them with the pay off. His direction is very slow and deliberate, with horror sensibilities. His actors are all given thoughtful, pulled-back performances and his pacing is really slow to draw out tension, which is best embodied in The Sixth Sense. »
- Flickering Myth
If there is one thing the movie-loving Internet-reading masses love, it’s celebrating the anniversary of a favorite film. After all, yesterday unofficially became Can’t Hardly Wait day around the world (or possibly just on my Twitter feed, but still) as cinephiles joined together to talk about how much they loved a Jennifer Love Hewitt-starring nineties-era teen movie that turned fifteen years old in the middle of a nondescript workweek. Encouraged by the Internet’s adoration of weirdo movie anniversaries, I decided to plunge back into the archives and turn up some other titles that are celebrating anniversaries this week. The results were insane – and also incredibly amusing. Given the box office tradition of opening films on Fridays, and given that today is the thirteenth of the month, I’d assumed that a surplus of horror films would pop up from recent years. I was wrong – and while there were no horror films, there »
- Kate Erbland
After cinematic atrocities like The Village, The Happening, and The Last Airbender, writer-director M. Night Shyamalan became such a joke to the degree that his name on the trailer for Devil--for which he earned a story credit.got laughs from moviegoers across America. Little wonder then that Columbia Pictures carefully hid his writer and director credits on the marketing for the Will Smith/Jaden Smith vanity project vehicle After Earth. But doing press for the picture, the twist-obsessed filmmaker has revealed something truly shocking: he was the ghostwriter for popular 1999 teen-centered rom-com She's All That. Speaking with Movies.com, Shyamalan spoke about his range, and then admitted that The Sixth Sense (which he wrote and directed) and Stuart Little (which he has a screenplay credit on) were not the only 1999 movies he worked on. After teasing he'd ghost-written a movie that year as well, he confesses: "I ghost-wrote the »
When The Sixth Sense was first released back in 1999, critics and audiences alike were almost unanimous in their admiration of the film. It’s smart ghost story and “that” twist ending had everyone on tenterhooks. Its writer and director, M.Night Shyamalan was a star, and soon enough everyone wanted a piece of him.
Following it up with arguably his best work, 2000’s Unbreakable that reteamed him with Sixth Sense star Bruce Willis, was a smart and thoughtful take on comic-book mythology and, indirectly, Superman. Another notable success followed with Signs, and the world was Shyamalan’s oyster. That was until 2004′s The Village started to make us wonder what path he was going down and then 2006’s The Lady In The Water, a film that was his first dud. Uneven, disjointed and dull, Lady was the first sign that The Shyamalan train was beginning to run out of gas. »
- Scott Davis
On this week's episode of The Golden Briefcase, hosts Tim Buel and Jeremy Kirk go through their latest picks of the week, the newest in DVD & Blu-ray releases, new trailers for Denis Villeneuve's Prisoners, Luc Besson's The Family and James Wan's Insidious: Chapter 2. and plenty more. The main topic of the night was a discussion on the many movies and the career of filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, Signs, The Village, Lady in the Water, The Happening, The Last Airbender, After Earth). The guys discuss his cinematic works and all the plot twists and where Shyamalan can go from here. Listen in! The Golden Briefcase is also broadcast Live on Wednesday nights starting ~7:30Pm Pst. You can listen in via our Ustream page or by visiting our own live page right here on Fs. The podcast is just as fun to listen »
- Tim Buel
There are few directors I can think of that have experienced the dizzying highs and maddening lows as M. Night Shyamalan. His career has been a bizarre mish-mash of both masterpieces and pieces of garbage. It's tough to comprehend how someone capable of delivering such acclaimed films as The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable could also deliver painful, almost unwatchable tripe like The Happening and The Last Airbender. As far as filmmakers go, M. Night might be the most disappointing filmmaker in the history of cinema.
I think my cinematic tastes line up with most people on the Shyamalan's filmography. My first exposure to his work was The Sixth Sense, a movie which quickly became a classic. The film was something of a surprise when it was »
- Flickering Myth
I haven't seen M. Night Shyamalan's "After Earth," the reported $150 million sci-fi survival narrative starring Will Smith and his son Jaden that made just a fraction of that amount at the box office this weekend. I also didn't bother with Shyamalan's "The Last Airbender," his previous directing credit. After "The Happening," reports suggested that the filmmaker had lost the intrigue that made his work so attractive in the first place. I couldn't bring myself to confront the change. Even though "The Happening" and, god help us, "Lady in the Water" had their rampant absurdities, they were Shyamalan's absurdities: ideas that existed primarily to set in motion an array of frantic reactions and paranoia. His penchant for third act twists, though they became derided as clichés, reflected a genuine interest in showmanship that actively defied predictable Hollywood formulas. In "The Sixth Sense," "Unbreakable," "Signs" and even parts of "The Village, »
- Eric Kohn
Time was, not long ago, a Will Smith space epic like "After Earth" would have opened huge around the world on a July weekend, reconfirming his status as the biggest box office draw in the galaxy. Instead, "After Earth" opened in the shadow of a competitive Memorial Day holiday, underperforming even its modest predictions of a $30 to $40 million premiere, settling for a third-place debut estimated at $27.0 million. Its thunder was stolen by the still-strong "Fast & Furious 6" (on top for the second straight week, with an estimated $34.5 million) and stealthy indie newcomer "Now You See Me" (debuting in second place with $28.1 million), both of them ensemble movies starring, well, nobody near as famous as Will Smith.
What went wrong? A lot of things, as it turned out. Here are some of them:
- Gary Susman
Starring father-son duo Will and Jaden Smith, distributors Sony predicted to rake in around $35 million. Unfortunately for everyone involved, American audiences weren’t that bothered by the film, with After Earth only taking $27 million – Will Smith’s lowest summer opening since Made In America (taking $11.8 million in 1993).
Of course, this isn’t the first time Will and Jaden have worked together. 2006 saw the pair collaborate (or was that a case of pushy parenting?) for The Pursuit Of Happyness, which garnered a healthy $163.6 million in total. Maybe Jaden’s cuteness has rubbed off? Or could it be Shyamalan’s tainted name after the failures of The Happening and The Last Airbender?
Fast & Furious 6 ($34.5 million) and Now You See Me ($28.1 million) sat comfortably at the top of the Us box office. »
- Jazmine Sky Bradley
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