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‘Bird Box’ Review: Netflix’s Sandra Bullock Thriller Is So Intense You’ll Want to Cover Your Eyes — AFI Fest

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‘Bird Box’ Review: Netflix’s Sandra Bullock Thriller Is So Intense You’ll Want to Cover Your Eyes — AFI Fest
If ever you find yourself trying to survive the end of the world, don’t look to Malorie (Sandra Bullock) for an inspiring pep talk. “Bird Box” begins with her telling two small children to do exactly as she says if they want to survive, with the most important lesson being to never remove their blindfolds — if they look at it, they will die. We won’t know what it is for some time, but the urgency in her voice comes across to us just as clearly as it does to Boy and Girl (the meaning of whose names — or lack thereof — will likewise be made clear in time).

Bullock convincingly transforms herself into a gritty survivalist in Susanne Bier’s gripping thriller, which brings to mind everything from “The Road” to “The Happening” as it carves a space for itself in the post-apocalyptic canon. She’s joined in the ensemble by Trevante Rhodes,
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AFI Fest Film Review: Sandra Bullock in ‘Bird Box’

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AFI Fest Film Review: Sandra Bullock in ‘Bird Box’
When it comes to the movie “Jaws,” there’s a myth so often repeated that hardly anyone stops to question it anymore: The story goes that because Spielberg couldn’t get his giant mechanical shark to work, he was forced to shoot around it, resulting in a more effective film. That’s true up to a point. Sharks are scary, and the mere suggestion of one — coupled with the sight of a giant fin slicing through water, menacing p.o.v. shots, and the most menacing score ever written — is certainly more frightening than the sight of a malfunctioning rubber dummy. But there are countless examples, from Freddy Krueger to the clown from “It,” of horror-movie nightmares that are terrifying precisely because we do see them.

And then there’s “Bird Box,” a not-inexpensive Netflix thriller which pushes things to the other extreme, conjuring some kind of deadly phenomenon the
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The World Goes Mad in Netflix’s Official Trailer for Bird Box, Starring Sandra Bullock

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Something is stalking the streets and the woods in the new movie Bird Box, and it's so horrifying that "if you see it, you take your life." Based on Josh Malerman's acclaimed 2014 novel of the same name, Bird Box is featured in its first official trailer ahead of its December release on Netflix.

Directed by Susanne Bier from a screenplay by Eric Heisserer (adapted from Josh Malerman's novel), Bird Box stars Sandra Bullock, Trevante Rhodes, Jacki Weaver, Rosa Salazar, Danielle Macdonald, Lil Rel Howery, Tom Hollander, Colson Baker, Bd Wong, Sarah Paulson, and John Malkovich.

Bird Box will be released on Netflix and in limited theaters on December 21st. Featuring a dread-filled atmosphere akin to The Happening and A Quiet Place, the new trailer for Bird Box can be viewed below:

Synopsis: "When a mysterious force decimates the world's population, only one thing is certain: if you see it,
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Glass Trailer #2 Locks the Beast in Battle with the Overseer

Glass Trailer #2 Locks the Beast in Battle with the Overseer
A brand new trailer for Glass is here. People have been craving a sequel to Unbreakable pretty much since it was released in 2001. Last year, M. Night Shyamalan finally delivered on that promise, sort of, with Split. Though, that movie's connections to Unbreakable were tangential. Next year will see the culmination of this trilogy and the sequel many moviegoers have been waiting a very long time to see. Now, thanks to this new trailer, we have our best look at what's to come yet.

This is the first new footage to arrive online since the first Glass trailer was released during Sdcc. This is going to pick up after the events of Split and will see Elijah Price, David Dunn and Kevin Wendell Crumb all locked up to start. However, they're going to get free and, as we can see, it's going to result in a superhero showdown the likes
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Bruce Willis Is the Overseer in New Glass Motion Poster

Bruce Willis Is the Overseer in New Glass Motion Poster
A brand new motion poster for Glass has made its way online and it brings with it a pretty significant reveal. Bruce Willis was introduced as David Dunn, a real-life superhero, in M. Night Shyamalan's Unbreakable. Willis showed back up for a brief, but very memorable cameo in last year's Split, which wound up being a surprise sequel of sorts to Unbreakable and helped lead to the upcoming finale to this long-in-the-works trilogy. But the character has never had a real superhero name and was only known as David Dunn. Until now that is.

The latest motion poster shared by the studio, which is teeing up the new Glass trailer arriving online Thursday, comes with the reveal that David Dunn's superhero name is The Overseer. Unfortunately, for the time being, we have little to no context regarding that name. But it's a very significant reveal for those who have
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20 Crazy Details Behind The Making Of The Sixth Sense

It’s incredible to think that The Sixth Sense reaches the milestone of 20 next year. What started off as a cult classic gradually spread through word of mouth and became the second highest grossing movie of 1999.

The film has now become synonymous with one great child actor, one visionary director’s debut, and one fantastic plot twist.

The director himself, M. Night Shyamalan, has enjoyed incredible highs and lows in his career. His debut The Sixth Sense earned him comparisons with Spielberg, but this pressure may have been his undoing.

After a slew of stinkers in the form of The Happening, The Last Airbender, and After Earth, Shyamalan was effectively blacklisted from Hollywood.

It was only after the mediocre success of found footage movie The Visit and his resurgence with Split that he has recently been taken seriously again.

With this new found respect, people have cast their minds to
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Glass Trailer Is Here, Uniting Unbreakable and Split

The first trailer for Glass has arrived. The trailer debut has been hyped up a great deal by Universal and Blumhouse all week. They've been teasing some brief footage ahead of their presentation for the highly-anticipated sequel at San Diego Comic-Con. Now, fresh off of its debut in Hall H at the massive pop culture event, the trailer has made its way online, giving us our best look yet at the upcoming conclusion to the trilogy that M. Night Shyamalan started nearly two decades ago.

Though not a comic book movie in the traditional sense, Glass follows in the footsteps of Unbreakable, which told the story of real-world superheroes and villains. This movie picks up after the events of last year's massively successful Split which, to the surprise of everyone, wound up being a secret sequel to Unbreakable. Shyamalan pulled one over on all of us big time with that reveal,
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James McAvoy Wants To Make More Unbreakable Sequels After Glass

Like most sensible people, I’d completely written off M. Night Shyamalan. After all, the guy made Lady in the Water, The Happening, The Last Airbender and After Earth back-to-back – and those are four stone-cold cinematic stinkers. It got to the point where he’d announce a new project and my instinctive reaction would be “who the hell is giving this guy money?” So, it took me a lot of convincing to watch 2016’s Split.

I finally did, though, and despite being a very silly movie, it’s actually pretty awesome, largely thanks to James McAvoy throwing everything including the kitchen sink into his performance as a serial killer with multiple personality syndrome. The cherry on top was the post-credits revelation that Split had been a stealth sequel to 2000’s Unbreakable all along – my favorite Shyamalan film to date.

Now, this nascent cinematic universe is set to be explored further in Glass,
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Video Explains What Happens When A Film's Twist Doesn't Work

When a film's twist works, it can propel the film to an iconic status. Take Psycho, for example, which is one of the most memorable twists in cinema. Now take The Happening, an equally mysterious twist audiences didn't see coming, which is iconic for all the wrong reasons. What happens when a twist doesn't land with its audience? Why doesn't it land? What makes a twist effective? You'll get some analysis on all these questions in the video below, and walk away thinking you know what it takes to make a good twist in a film, even if you don't:
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10 Years Later, ‘The Happening’ Deserves to be Recognized as a B-Movie Classic

10 Years Later, ‘The Happening’ Deserves to be Recognized as a B-Movie Classic
It’s the 10th anniversary of M. Night Shyamalan‘s The Happening! Many consider this to be one of Shyamalan’s worst films, but maybe it’s time to finally celebrate the film for what it really is: a weird, funny B-movie. A film that should be embraced for its silliness, rather than hated. Ten years ago, The Happening graced movie screens […]

The post 10 Years Later, ‘The Happening’ Deserves to be Recognized as a B-Movie Classic appeared first on /Film.
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First Glass Footage Description Unites Split and Unbreakable Supervillains

Universal has unveiled the first footage from director M. Night Shyamalan's Glass. The footage debuted at CinemaCon and, though it hasn't yet been released online, the reaction to the footage on social media has been extremely positive. The studio also revealed a banner for the upcoming sequel to Split and Unbreakable, which shows Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson and James McAvoy gathered together as their respective characters.

Warning: potential minor spoilers ahead for Glass if you'd rather go in not knowing anything or don't want to know what's going to be in the trailer. The footage shown reveals that American Horror Story star Sarah Paulson is playing a psychologist who is dealing with David Dunn (Bruce Willis), Kevin Wendell Crumb (James McAvoy) and Elijah Price, aka Mr. Glass (Samuel L. Jackson). The footage includes several scenes of the characters interacting with one another, with Dunn trying to stop an apocalyptic event.
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Split Director M. Night Shyamalan To Produce New Thriller Series For Apple

At one time, M. Night Shyamalan was the toast of Hollywood, having directed such hits as The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable. But as time went on, his name became less of a draw, especially after he treated us to such “gems” as Signs, The Village, The Happening and The Last Airbender. When laid out like that, his resume has more misses than hits, putting him on par with the Wachowskis, but I digress.

Fortunately for him, there’s been a turnaround of sorts in recent years, with Split having garnered much acclaim. Given that, there seems to be a renewed sense of confidence surrounding his brand as it were, even if the ax just came down on Wayward Pines.

With that, Apple is going all in on Shyamalan, hiring him to executive produce a new thriller that’s already been given a straight-to-series order. Currently without a title, the show will consist of 10 half-hour episodes,
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Contemporary Chinese Cinema: A Blander Tomorrow

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Contemporary Chinese Cinema is a column devoted to exploring contemporary Chinese-language cinema primarily as it is revealed to us at North American multiplexes.Ding Sheng’s remake of John Woo’s classic A Better Tomorrow (1986) encapsulates much that’s wrong with contemporary mainstream cinema, both in China and abroad. Ding, most known for directing moderately successful latter-day Jackie Chan vehicles like Railroad Tigers, Little Big Solider, and Policy Story 2013, is a competent director of action who seems to feel deeply bored by anything that doesn’t have an explosion of some type, and so he cuts aimlessly and pointlessly through expository dialogue and ostensibly character-building scenes, a remedial Michael Bay without any of the panache. The remake hews closely to the plot of the original film: a pair of gangster “brothers,” Triad counterfeiters in the first film, now Mainland smugglers, are betrayed on a mission in a foreign territory (first Taiwan,
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Mark Wahlberg Hopes That God Will Forgive Him For Starring in Boogie Nights

We've all made some bad choices in our lives that we regret. It's life! It's what we do as human beings. We just have to learn from our mistakes and live with the mistakes that we've made.

Mark Wahlberg has made a lot of mistakes in his acting career. The Happening and the Transformers are a few that just pop into my head, but those aren't the films that he's hoping God will forgive him for. Nope! During a recent interview with the Chicago Tribune, the actor reveals that he hopes God will forgive him for Boogie Nights! He says:

"I just always hope that God is a movie fan and also forgiving, because I've made some poor choices in my past. Boogie Nights is up there at the top of the list."

I can understand that to an extent because of the film's subject matter. Hell, he previously said
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Mark Wahlberg Asks God's Forgiveness for Boogie Nights

Mark Wahlberg Asks God's Forgiveness for Boogie Nights
Mark Wahlberg has made some real stinkers in his long and storied career as an actor. So when asked if there was one movie he'd like to be forgiven for, some would think the immediate answer would be one of the two Transformers movies he's appeared in, or the truly terrible M. Night Shyamalan thriller The Happening. But no, the devote Catholic actually chose the acclaimed Oscar-nominated Paul Thomas Anderson drama Boogie Nights.

Sure, Boogie Nights was both a critical and commercial hit, and still has a legion of fans to this day. But when asked if he's ever prayed to God for forgiveness when it comes to one of his movies, he didn't hesitate to name Boogie Nights. The actor was with Cardinal Blase Cupich this past Friday, when he said this about answering for some of his movie sins.

"I just always hope that God is a movie fan and also forgiving,
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‘Glass’: Everything You Need to Know As M. Night Shyamalan Begins Filming His ‘Unbreakable’/’Split’ Sequel

‘Glass’: Everything You Need to Know As M. Night Shyamalan Begins Filming His ‘Unbreakable’/’Split’ Sequel
The M. Night Shyamalan renaissance is going to hit its peak in 2019 with the release of “Glass.” The movie culminates a years-in-the-making passion project for the director, who was nearly driven out of Hollywood forever after a string of critical and commercial flops. Shyamalan would probably be the first to tell you he never thought he’d be returning to the world of “Unbreakable” after 17 years, but the director’s comeback with producer Jason Blum has made it all possible.

Glass,” the sequel to both “Unbreakable” and “Split,” has officially kicked off production this month and will be released by Universal Pictures on January 18, 2019. “Split” proved to be a hit with critics and audiences, and the last second reveal of Bruce WillisDavid Dunn confirmed Shyamalan had much larger plans for his own superhero universe.

As cameras start rolling on “Glass,” here’s everything you need to know about the movie right now.
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Split Vs. Unbreakable in Shyamalan's Glass Synopsis

Split Vs. Unbreakable in Shyamalan's Glass Synopsis
If you've been living under a rock, or have given up on M. Night Shyamalan as a filmmaker, you might not know that his latest movie Split is a sequel to his hit 2000 superhero drama Unbreakable. And now the man is making a trilogy ending third film that will tie the worlds of Unbreakable and Split together. It's called Glass, and it stars Bruce Willis, James McAvoy and Samuel L. Jackson all reprising their roles. Today, we have the official synopsis for this impending thriller, which M. Night Shyamalan only recently finished scripting.

In the late 1990s, heading into the 2000s, M. Night Shyamalan was seen as a wunderkind filmmaker often compared to Steven Spielberg. Especially with his enthralling twist ending for The Sixth Sense. His next movie wasn't as big of a hit, but Unbreakable instantly scored a legion of fans for being an incredibly smart superhero movie before
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Newswire: Real-life version of The Happening almost murders a family

Last week, nestled in the delightful science section of The Washington Post, amid stories about experimental brain treatments and animals’ “I’m upset” sounds, a small story was buried. It was a quiet story, and kept mostly to itself; no one would’ve ever suspected it of foul play. And yet, encased in the paragraphs therein lay a horror of biblical proportions. A narrative so chilling, so menacing and dire, it could only have been dreamt up by M. Night Shyamalan, America’s poet laureate of “...the fuck?” As reporter Ben Guarino explains, a coral reef almost murdered an entire family, pretty much a true-life version of The Happening. (Yeah, yeah, corals are technically animals, but give us a fucking break—even scientists think of them as the rainforests of the sea, so the analogy holds.)

Like many people nowadays, a family in Adelaide, Australia was growing their own homemade
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Discover Truth Behind The Cabin in the Woods When It Arrives For First Time On 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack September 5

Discover the truth behind The Cabin in the Woods when it arrives for the first time on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray™ and Digital HD) September 5 from Lionsgate. Featuring an all-star cast includingChris Hemsworth, Jesse Williams, Kristen Connolly, Anna Hutchison, and Fran Kranz, the critically acclaimed horror will be available in stunning 4K Ultra HD resolution and High Dynamic Range (Hdr), which delivers the brightest, most vivid and realistic color with the greatest contrast. The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray will also feature Dolby Vision™ high-dynamic range (Hdr) and Dolby Atmos immersive audio. Dolby Vision transforms the TV experience in the home by delivering greater brightness and contrast, as well as a fuller palette of rich colors. Together with the captivating sound of Dolby Atmos, consumers will experience both cutting-edge imaging and state-of-the-art sound technology for a fully immersive entertainment experience.

Co-written by producer Joss Whedon (The
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The Cabin In The Woods 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack Coming from Lionsgate Home Entertainment

One of the most discussed and debated horror films of the 21st century, The Cabin in the Woods is coming to 4K Ultra HD on September 5th from Lionsgate Home Entertainment:

Press Release: Discover the truth behind The Cabin In The Woods when the critically acclaimed horror film arrives for the first time on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray™ and Digital HD) September 5 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment.

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Discover the truth behind The Cabin in the Woods when it arrives for the first time on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray™ and Digital HD) September 5 from Lionsgate. Featuring an all-star cast including Chris Hemsworth, Jesse Williams, Kristen Connolly, Anna Hutchison, and Fran Kranz, the critically acclaimed horror will be available in stunning 4K Ultra HD resolution and High Dynamic Range (Hdr), which delivers the brightest, most vivid and realistic color with the greatest contrast.
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