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Christmas is a time of giving and Hollywood apparently decided that we all didn’t get enough presents on Sunday – so, generous souls that they are, they have one last gift for us in the form of an exciting new film. What could possibly be better than a film starring Mark Wahlberg and Justin Bieber set in the world of street basketball? Nothing. That’s what. We’ve heard about Marky Mark and Biebs teaming up for this still untitled project since early last year, but now Wahlberg’s come out talking about what he expects the film to be like, what he thinks Bieber brings to the table, and how his intuition is always spot on when it comes to selecting projects (perhaps his intuition was on vacation when he signed up for The Happening…) When asked...
- Mike Bracken
If nothing else, the egregiously awful new sci-fi thriller The Darkest Hour adds a formidable new entry in the pantheon of hilariously unfrightening horror movie villains, a strange subset that includes such oddities as Death Bed, The Bed That Eats. Not since Mark Wahlberg trembled in fear beside a menacing houseplant in The Happening has a film tried to provoke terror with such an unlikely object of menace. The bad guys in The Darkest Hour are energy-based aliens who emerge as migratory clouds of gold dust. They’re essentially tinsel with an attitude, great gobs of glitter with a body »
M. Night Shyamalan's directing career has taken him from "Oscar-nominated wunderkind" for The Sixth Sense, then "summer blockbuster powerhouse" with Signs, then a string of disappointments like The Village, Lady in the Water, The Happening and especially The Last Airbender that's made him. what, exactly? A punchline for anyone who doesn't like twist endings? A punching bag for Last Airbender fans who think he destroyed something they love? A total mystery for those of us who still think he has a little bit of talent? Whatever you think of Shyamalan at this point, you won't be getting rid of him any time soon-- despite the colossal awfulness of The Last Airbender it made $319 million worldwide, and Shyamalan is now moving on to another gigantic project, 1000 A.E., which will star Will and Jaden Smith as a father and son who crash land on earth 1,000 years after humans have acated »
M. Night Shyamalan’s fall from grace has unfortunately been a swift one for the once-untouchable director. After giving us the brilliant box-office hit thrillers-with-a-twist The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, Signs and The Village, it was soon downhill after that with the appalling double efforts of The Happening and The Last Airbender bringing things to a head. Hopefully his next project, After Earth, will once again see audiences flocking to the multiplexes. The cast he has assembled that will certainly help.
Will Smith and son Jaden have already been confirmed and now X-men: First Class star Zoe Kravitz along with Oscar-nominated Hotel Rwanda actress Sophie Okonedo are now in talks to join the film as daughter and wife respectively. After Earth will be big-budget action-adventure project coming via Columbia Pictures. It’s set well into the future and focuses on a father and son whose spacecraft crashes back on Earth, years after the planet became inhabitable. »
- Craig Hunter
Lionsgate released this kick-ass new movie trailer and poster for the upcoming horror film “The Cabin in the Woods” written by Joss Whedon and written/director by Drew Goddard (Cloverfield, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and starring Richard Jenkins (The Rum Diary, Hall Pass), Bradley Whitford (The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants), Jesse Williams (Grey’s Anatomy), Chris Hemsworth (Thor, The Avengers, Red Dawn), Fran Kranz (Donnie Darko), Kristen Connolly (The Happening), Anna Hutchison (Legend of the Seeker), Brian J. White and Jodelle Ferland (Eclipse, The Haunting Hour: The Series). Synopsis: Five friends go to a remote cabin in the woods. Bad things happen. If you think you know this story, think again. »
- Brian Corder
Lionsgate just sent us the first official movie poster for the upcoming horror film “The Cabin in the Woods” written by Joss Whedon and written/director by Drew Goddard (Cloverfield, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and starring Richard Jenkins (The Rum Diary, Hall Pass), Bradley Whitford (The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants), Jesse Williams (Grey’s Anatomy), Chris Hemsworth (Thor, The Avengers, Red Dawn), Fran Kranz (Donnie Darko), Kristen Connolly (The Happening), Anna Hutchison (Legend of the Seeker), Brian J. White and Jodelle Ferland (Eclipse, The Haunting Hour: The Series). Synopsis: Five friends go to a remote cabin in the woods. Bad things happen. If you think you know this story, think again. »
- Brian Corder
When M. Night Shyamalan join the world of Twitter, I immediately thought, “This guy’s going to get slaughtered.” So far, it hasn’t been a slaughter, but neither has it been the warmest of welcomes. Right when it became aware the divisive director – and a director I still like, The Last Airbender and The Happening notwithstanding – the twist jokes came. So. Many. Twist. Jokes. I searched through the twitter-sphere to see what type of flack he was getting, and so far, a decent amount. Honestly, I’d be lying if I said some of these tweets didn’t make me laugh, but then I felt kind of bad. Think about it, isn’t it pretty cool for a director, especially someone who has plenty of harsh critics like Night, to put himself out there online to interact with fans? I think so. Not only that, there’s something so cowardly about a random twitterer sending off »
- Jack Giroux
Exclusive: The agency signing wars had been quiet, but they just heated up. Wme has signed M. Night Shyamalan. The writer, director and producer has been developing as his next film the Sony Pictures tent pole A.E. which has Will Smith attached to star with his son, Jaden. Shyamalan had been repped by CAA. The Philadelphia-based filmmaker last directed The Last Airbender and before that The Happening. Shyamalan also generated the genre film Devil through Night Chronicles, the banner he formed to hatch and produce fright fare with Media Rights Capital. Shyamalan spent several years with CAA and before that had been repped by UTA. »
- MIKE FLEMING
Times are tough for filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan, who’s on a (critical) losing streak – one that partially began with 2004′s The Village, but really picked up speed after Lady in the Water, The Happening, and The Last Airbender. Hence the reduction in anticipation for his next project: the post-apocalyptic sci-fi tale, One Thousand A.E..
One Thousand A.E. is actually based on an original screenplay by Gary Whitta (The Book of Eli) that was subsequently reworked by Shyamalan. Now, a third scriber has been recruited to polish off and refine the script even more.
Variety has confirmed that the most recent writer to take a stab at One Thousand A.E. is Stephen Gaghan, who won an Academy Award for penning Steven Soderbergh’s lauded 2000 ensemble crime flick, Traffic - he was also ...
Click to continue reading Shyamalan’s ‘One Thousand A.E.’ Script Polished Off By Oscar Winner
- Sandy Schaefer
One of the most essential aspects of a horror movie is a good villain. Without one, you have nothing for the film’s scares to rely on. I imagine most of you are spending today, Halloween, looking back on some of your favorite horror movies. I imagine most of them have a villain who has withstood the test of time, who remains scary even to this day. Some horror villains aren’t that lucky. They may not have the fame of a Jason or a Freddy, but they are scary all the same. Let’s take a look at the six non iconic scary movie bad guys who, for better or worse, have seen better days.
Baseball Hat Guy of Prom Night (2008)
Many of you will know actor John Leguizamo as an intense, wiry Hollywood character actor who has forged a successful career playing some memorable roles in some equally impressive features (Super Mario Brothers and The Happening, notwithstanding).
What is probably less well-known about the Colombian-born actor is his extensive theatre work. He’s been behind a number of successful, award-winning one-man shows since the early nineties, where he has delved into the subject of his Latino heritage, family issues and general psyche with such colourful titles as Mambo Mouth, Spic-o-Rama, and Sexaholix… A Love Story (he also penned a biography entitled Pimps, Hos, Playa Hatas, and All the Rest of My Hollywood Friends: My Life).
It’s with the latest of these works, Ghetto Klown (a distillation of the other earlier productions, and brimming with more of an autobiographical overtone) which sees him make his debut on the UK stage »
- Adam Lowes
Not unlike The Thing, alien movies turn up in all shapes and sizes. From the explosive blockbuster to the low-budget drama, from films inspired by novels to those inspired by… a Hasbro board game, the sub-genre has certainly made an impact. To mark the release of Green Lantern on 3D Triple Play, Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Download from 17th October (you can enter our competition to win a copy here), Thn is taking a look at the good — and the very bad — in alien invasion movies.
Remake Invasion – Set phasers to educational. The brain child of science fiction writer H. G. Wells, The War Of The Worlds was first published in 1898 and is one of the oldest stories featuring an alien attack on Earth in which creatures from Mars descend onto Earth and enslave the human race. The novel was adapted for radio by Orson Welles, who managed to create »
- Joe Taylor
In recent years the world of Video Games and Film have collided more frequently and more contentiously than ever before. As time passes more and more video games are being converted for the big screen, resulting in few success stories and a more regular burden of failure. The problem seems to be a lot of the games that are being selected shouldn’t and the ones that should are being neglected for possible franchise starters, Resident Evil I’m looking at you.
So today, once and for all, here on WhatCulture! I am going to give you a definitive list of the Top 5 games that Need to be made into movies and, you never know, if we get enough support it may just happen.
Now before I start I am just going to say that there isn’t going to be any of the following games in this list: Metal Gear Solid, »
- Thomas Goodyear
Friday The 13th U.S. Release Set For April 2012
Lionsgate has acquired worldwide distribution rights to the horror film The Cabin In The Woods from MGM and scheduled the film to be released on April 13, 2012. The company will be distributing the film in North America and the UK, with Lionsgate’s international sales team handling overseas sales.
The film was co-written by Joss Whedon (Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Firefly, the upcoming Marvel film The Avengers) and writer Drew Goddard (Cloverfield, Lost, Buffy The Vampire Slayer), and marks Goddard’s directorial debut. Whedon also produced the film, which he has described as “the horror movie to end all horror movies.” The film is wildly imaginative and intensely horrific, toying with every convention of its genre while at the same time raising their stakes exponentially.
- Tom Stockman
HollywoodNews.com: Lionsgate® (NYSE: Lgf), a leading global entertainment company, acquired worldwide distribution rights to the horror film The Cabin In The Woods from MGM and scheduled the film to be released on April 13, 2012, it was announced today jointly by Joe Drake, President of the Motion Picture Group, and Jason Constantine, President of Acquisitions and Co-Productions. The company will be distributing the film in North America and the UK, with Lionsgate’s international sales team handling overseas sales.
The film was co-written by Joss Whedon (Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Firefly, the upcoming Marvel film The Avengers) and writer Drew Goddard (Cloverfield, Lost, Buffy The Vampire Slayer), and marks Goddard’s directorial debut. Whedon also produced the film, which he has described as “the horror movie to end all horror movies.” The film is wildly imaginative and intensely horrific, toying with every convention of its genre while at the same time raising their stakes exponentially. »
- Anastasia Alvarado
Check out a brand new movie poster for the upcoming horror film “The Cabin in the Woods” written by Joss Whedon and written/director by Drew Goddard (Cloverfield, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and starring Richard Jenkins (The Rum Diary, Hall Pass), Bradley Whitford (The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants), Jesse Williams (Grey’s Anatomy), Chris Hemsworth (Thor, The Avengers, Red Dawn), Fran Kranz (Donnie Darko), Kristen Connolly (The Happening), Anna Hutchison (Legend of the Seeker), Brian J. White and Jodelle Ferland (Eclipse, The Haunting Hour: The Series). Synopsis: A twisted and unusual take on the familiar “cabin in the woods” formula. Follow @Shockya on Twitter for the latest from the upcoming film »
- Brian Corder
Finally, audiences will find out whether the emperor has any clothes or not. Super 8 will be unleashed on approximately 5,300 screens at 3,379 locations this weekend (including 240 in IMAX), and it's doing sneak previews today at 329 locations (including 239 in IMAX). Director and lens flare enthusiast J.J. Abrams has played the mystery card again with Super 8, just like he did with Cloverfield and his television series Lost. Super 8's been obtusely marketed as a monster movie in the sense-of-wonder style of Steven Spielberg's '70s and '80s movies (i.e., people looking up at something off-camera with their mouths agape), only without providing a glimpse of the monster or alien or whatever the heck it is. The Spielberg homage extends to the movie's early June release date, which is in line with Spielberg's key directorial efforts (Raiders of the Lost Ark, E.T.) and productions (Poltergeist, Gremlins, The Goonies) of the early-to-mid 1980s. »
- Brandon Gray <email@example.com>
For a year after his first Oscar nomination for The Departed in 2006, actor Mark Wahlberg was just about the only talent from that massive ensemble film that was talking up the possibility of a prequel/sequel to Martin Scorsese’s Best Picture winning crime classic. Wahlberg was desperate for that movie to happen and was riding on the wave of enthusiasm for months after it’s release because for so long he had been the victim of appearing in mostly shitty movies and finally, here was a part that fit him like a glove and he was addicted to the idea of more.
So far he hasn’t played Staff Sgt. Dignam again and in fact for the most part his career hadn’t changed much, quickly going back to leading horrible movies that no-one really cared for (The Happening, Max Payne). But after his years-long battle to bring a »
- Matt Holmes
Do you know what the surprise is in Super 8? I'm leery of surprise endings ever since M. Night Shyamalan's The Happening. Could this kind of secret-keeping backfire? —C.C, via the inbox I'd be leery of surprise endings, too, if I'd paid 13 bucks only to learn that the villain was a bunch of furious trees. But could the big Super 8 reveal really be that lame? I found out for you (spoiler-free, too): I don't think you need to worry so much about this one. "He already pulled this trick off once before with Cloverfield, Erc box office analyst Jeff Bock says of Super 8 director J.J. Abrams. "So it's no real surprise he's attempting to use his sleight of hand »
The new J.J. Abrams film Super 8 opens this week, and it stars Kyle Chandler as a small town sheriff who has to cope with mysterious happenings and inexplicable events that could foretell an alien invasion, or worse ... the end of the world.
That got us thinking about other apocalyptic heroes throughout the years, and how their glowing hotness was used as a beacon to help guide us through to safety.
Or was the last thing we saw before the world ended.
Either way, we're glad these guys were on our side, and present this tribute to the Hunks of the Apocalypse!
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