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M. Night Shyamalan Has 'Proof' For Syfy; 'After Earth' Trailer May Arrive With 'The Hobbit'

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • August 7, 2012 3:00 PM
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It may be hard to recall now, but there was once a time when director M. Night Shyamalan was coined by Time magazine as “The Next Spielberg,” and the fact that almost everything the helmer touched, starting with 1999’s “The Sixth Sense” seemed to turn to gold, he was certainly becoming the go-to poster boy for blockbuster genre filmmaking in the same vein as the bearded one. Now after a storied series of missteps which includes directing films like “The Happening” and “The Last Airbender,” along with a notoriously humorless approach to looking at his own work, much of the goodwill Shyamalan built early in his career has seemed to all but vanish from even some of his most adamant defenders.

New Posters For 'Gangster Squad,' 'The Last Stand,' 'After Earth' & 'The Campaign'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 19, 2012 2:59 PM
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Set your eyeballs on fun, because a plethora of one sheets have landed in the last few days, so we're just gonna round 'em up here for your perusal.

The Best & Worst At Comic-Con: Which Films & Studios Had Good, Bad Or Middling Reactions

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 16, 2012 3:34 PM
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Well, Comic-Con is done for another year. The San Diego Conference Center is currently getting a thorough hosing down, hungover cos-players have done their awkward walks of shame, and film press are returning to their various corners of the world longing, like ourselves, to watch and write about something difficult, European and subtitled.

Watch: 'After Earth' Promo Video Suggests We'll Still Be Using Facebook In 2066

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 15, 2012 12:32 PM
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M. Night Shyamalan, Will Smith and Jaden Smith couldn't be bothered to wave to fans at Comic-Con, skipping San Diego entirely on Saturday, while Sony forged ahead, trying to get the geek crowd excited about the next summer's blockbuster, "After Earth." The studio showed off mostly behind-the-scenes footage, which included a clip of the director explaining he's approaching his sci-fi blockbuster as if it were "a documentary about Earth’s future." And certainly, the first promo video for the movie lays out the alternate history the movie will be using.

James Newton Howard Reteams With M. Night Shyamalan To Score 'After Earth'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • July 12, 2012 10:39 AM
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There’s an argument – and it’s an argument that this writer subscribes to – that ever since “The Sixth Sense” each of M. Night Shyamalan’s films has been worse than the one that preceded it. “The Sixth Sense” > “Unbreakable” > “Signs” > “The Village” > “Lady in the Water” > “The Happening” > “The Last Airbender.” You may have a few minor quibbles with that order, but it’s hard to disagree that, broadly, the quality of Shyamalan’s movies have followed a distinctly downward trajectory. So that being said, hands up if you’re excited for “After Earth”!

A Fan Of ‘Tree of Life’ & ‘Jurassic Park?’ Then You’ll Love ‘After Earth’ Says M. Night Shyamalan

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • May 29, 2012 8:39 AM
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While Twitter remains a vital tool for filmmakers to reach out to audiences worldwide, there are some public figures for which the medium just seems ill-fitted. Directors like Kevin Smith and Edgar Wright have their sensibilities precisely tuned to the format, but on the other end of the spectrum, M. Night Shyamalan, who quietly casts out filmmaking advice and shout-outs to followers, just seems peculiarly distant after maintaining a veil of secrecy for so long. Still, updates on his latest film, “After Earth,” have offered a compelling view from his perspective, the latest of which finds the director making some bold proclamations in addition to ruminating on his ambitions in the filmmaking realm.

Clove From 'Hunger Games' Joins Will & Jaden Smith In M. Night Shyamalan's 'After Earth' (aka '1000 A.E.')

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 11, 2012 5:23 PM
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Soon-to-be fifteen year old actress Isabelle Fuhrman is carving out quite a career for herself. She first came to notice as the creepy Esther in the horror flick "Orphan," went the indie route for "Salvation Boulevard" and this spring she'll feature in her first major tentpole with "The Hunger Games" playing Clove. And it looks like she's impressing the right people and she'll join one of the biggest movie stars on the planet -- and his son -- in another futurist tale.

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