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M. Night Shyamalan At Work On Low Budget Thriller 'Sundowning' Starring Kathryn Hahn

  • By Edward Davis
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  • March 22, 2014 1:51 PM
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Licking his wounds after the critical drubbing of "The Last Airbender," along with the equally reviled and commercial bomb "After Earth," M. Night Shyamalan is going indie, with production already underway on "Sundowning." The project has been shooting somewhat in secret for a while, but some new details have emerged that will hopefully see Shyamalan getting his mojo back.

M. Night Shyamalan & Bruce Willis Reunite For A ‘Labor Of Love’

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 29, 2014 2:25 PM
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While both of their trajectories have fallen into mediocrity, at one time M. Night Shyamalan and Bruce Willis were hard to beat. For a moment there in the late '90s and early '00s, the duo mesmerized audiences and critics with supernatural offerings "The Sixth Sense" and "Unbreakable," before they broke apart and saw a general decline in quality in their output. So maybe, together once again, they can make magic happen?

So M. Night Shyamalan Probably Didn't Ghostwrite ‘She’s All That’ After All?

  • By Diana Drumm
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  • June 15, 2013 1:13 PM
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Remember recently when M. Night Shyamalan said that he ghostwrote the 1999 Freddie Prinze Jr./Rachael Leigh Cook rom-com “She’s All That”? Maybe not, but you should have at least read and/or heard that tidbit as a buzzworthy factoid by now. Over the past two weeks or so, the rumor has set the interwebs ablaze with “Hmm, that’s interesting/a bit odd/nuts.” With no real reason to doubt him, the media took the faux-teur at his word. And even taking things a bit farther than the film gossip-mill, IMDb changed the writers’ credits on “She’s All That” to give Shyamalan and R. Lee Fleming Jr. (the screenwriter who had the original credit) equal footing. Wikipedia went so far as to claim that Shyamalan was polishing the “She’s All That” script while adapting “Stuart Little” and working on “The Sixth Sense” (although it should be noted that they also misspelled Shyamalan’s name and misused a source). Now, it turns out that there may be yet another twist. How very fitting!

Watch: Was ‘The Buried Secret of M. Night Shyamalan’ The End Of This Fauxteur?

  • By Edward Davis
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  • June 5, 2013 1:24 PM
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For this writer, one of the most egregious statements a magazine ever made about a filmmaker was in 2002 when Newsweek called M. Night Shyamalan the “Next Spielberg.” The surprise twists of his films were gimmicks and never had much substantive weight emotionally or otherwise (other than similar narrative tricks of a shock jock). “The Sixth Sense” is a one trick pony, deeply overrated and doesn’t hold up once you know the gag, “Unbreakable” is better genre piece, but I still don’t get the fuss and “Signs” was never particularly special either. But as big global hits ($672 million worldwide for ‘Sense,’ $408 million for “Signs,” though “Unbreakable” failed to gross more than $100 million domestically), I suppose I can see why, from a financial perspective Newsweek might have thought Shyamalan might continue to be a big crowd-pleasing blockbuster filmmaker.

Box Office: Will Smith Tumbles With 'After Earth'; 'Fast & Furious 6' Holds On To #1

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • June 2, 2013 12:08 PM
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Has there ever been any franchise quote like the "Fast And Furious" films? Since Justin Lin took over the series, the grosses have risen with each installment. His "The Fast And The Furious: Tokyo Drift" collected $158 million globally seven years ago, and now, three movies later, "Fast And Furious 6" is set to gross over $170 million domestically within its first eleven days of release. Even with two challenging newcomers in the marketplace, this latest installment held the top spot for the second weekend in a row, and should become the second film in the series to cross half a billion in global gross within days (it currently rests at $480.6M globally).

M. Night Shyamalan Says 'Unbreakable' Sequel Is "Getting Closer"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 30, 2013 2:26 PM
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The latest from M. Night Shyamalan, the Smith & Son sci-fi spectacle "After Earth" hits theaters this Friday, and as you might expect it's another underwhelming effort from the filmmaker (our review is here). And while he's already gone on record saying that his next movie will be a "micro-budget" movie, the director is keeping the fires burning for what many fans have been hoping for and talking about for years: a sequel to Shyamalan's supernatural comic book style movie "Unbreakable." And it looks like that chatter may finally be coalescing in an actual real thing.

M. Night Shyamalan Reveals He Ghost-Wrote 'She's All That' & Says His Next Film Will Be "Micro-Budget" Effort

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • May 30, 2013 9:42 AM
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It's pretty fascinating to see the extent of M. Night Shyamalan's sidelining during the run-up to “After Earth,” as his mounting directorial follies have led to the promotional campaign saying barely a word about him. Instead, stars Will Smith and Jaden Smith are left to carry the sci-fi film to hopeful glory, but in one of Shyamalan's select interviews, the director let a few details loose about his next film, as well as an amusing tidbit about a past one.

Review: 'After Earth' Provides Father-Son Counseling Within Generic Sci-Fi Trappings

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • May 30, 2013 8:56 AM
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After Earth, Jaden Smith, Will Smith
In regards to summer blockbusters, there’s a sense that we should grade on a curve. So count a couple of wins in M. Night Shyamalan’s column: “After Earth” is not one of those movies where you have to keep track of a million characters, each one having some sort of individual, arcane plot significance. It is not reliant on a pre-established property or mythology. At a brisk 100 minutes, the picture certainly never overstays its welcome. It doesn’t have a half-hearted allusion to 9/11 or current global politics, and isn’t scored like a composer with a grudge is doling out revenge one booming crescendo at a time. And thank the God for small favors that “After Earth” isn’t in 3D.

Rob Lowe Will Literally Play JFK In Ridley Scott-Produced 'Killing Kennedy' & More

  • By Jason McDonald
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  • May 29, 2013 12:36 PM
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Oscar winner Melissa Leo (“The Fighter”) is heading back to television to co-star with Matt Dillion in M. Night Shyamalan’s “Wayward Pines.” Fox is putting together the event series based on Blake Crouch’s novel "Pines" and hopes to have it out by fall 2014. Described as a "Twin Peaks"-esque show (high hopes), the story follows Secret Service agent Ethan Burke (Dillion) as he searches for two missing federal agents in Wayward Pines, Idaho. Of course, not everything is at it seems in Wayward Pines and Burke only finds more mysteries. One of which is Nurse Pam (Leo) who tends to Burke when he winds up in the town hospital, only to become a lethal advisory with deep ties to Wayward’s secrets.

Watch: TV Spot For 'After Earth' Plus New Pics From M. Night Shyamalan's Sci-Fi Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 24, 2013 10:20 AM
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Ah, Earth Day. What was once a moment spent to consider the fate of our planet is now a crass marketing opportunity, and nobody knows that better than Fox. Just a couple years ago, they used the day to help push "Avatar" on home video...the first of a double-dip release, which we're pretty sure isn't so environmentally friendly. And this year, they're showing they care about the planet by reminding you about a Will Smith movie that's coming out.

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