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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.

Concept Art From M. Night Shyamalan's ‘After Earth’ Features A Picture Of Wong Kar-Wai's 'In the Mood for Love'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 19, 2012 9:43 AM
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Well, say what you will about M. Night Shyamalan, but his films -- even at their worst -- have always looked pretty damn good (the exception being the abysmal "The Last Airbender"). Shyamalan has alwasy had a knank for picking great cinematographers to work with on his films including Tak Fujimoto ("The Happening," "Signs," "The Sixth Sense"), Roger Deakins ("The Village") and Eduardo Serra ("Unbreakable"). However, one of his most famous collaborations occured when he somehow managed to wrangle the cranky, Hollywood-hating, but exceptionally gifted Christopher Doyle for "The Lady In The Water." The longtime cinematographer for Wong Kar-Wai (though they haven't worked together since "In The Mood For Love") is known for capturing astonishingly beautiful and unexpected moments. And while we'll have to wait and see if Shyamalan and Doyle's career paths ever cross again, it sure seems like the director is a big fan of the cinematographer's work.

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.

Zoe Kravitz & Sophie Okonedo In Talks To Join Will & Jaden Smith In M. Night Shyamalan's '1000 A.E.'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 6, 2011 9:04 AM
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Looking back at the blockbusters of this year, it's pretty much whiter than a dinner party at Mel Gibson's house. Bar the occasional token supporting role, like Derek Luke's five lines in "Captain America: The First Avenger," Idris Elba stealing the show in "Thor" or David Oyelowo's villian in "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," the cast (and indeed principle crew) of the biggest movies of the year have mostly been depressingly omni-ethnic, a sad reflection that international audiences still, on the whole, don't turn out to see black actors in lead roles. And that's why, whatever misgivings we might have about a new M. Night Shyamalan film, the casting for his next effort is at least a little refreshing.

'Traffic' Oscar-Winner Stephen Gaghan Polishes M. Night Shyamalan's Will Smith Vehicle 'One Thousand A.E.'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 11, 2011 9:41 AM
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Of the many, many problems of the recent output of M. Night Shyamalan, perhaps first among them is that he's simply not as good a writer as he is a director. He handles the early parts of "Signs" with a disciplined tautness worthy of Spielberg, but throws it away on a teeth-grittingly nonsensical 'God has a plan' ending. He writes himself into "Lady in the Water" as a soon-to-be-martyred author whose work will eventually lead to world peace. He printed out "The Happening" and sent it to his agent, rather than putting it in a box, setting fire to the box, taking the ashes and putting them in a lead-sealed concrete vault a mile underground, as he should have done.

Will & Jaden Smith Team Up With M. Night Shyamalan To Make Our Favorite Sci-Fi Movie Ever

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 4, 2011 7:14 AM
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While "Men In Black 3" looks like it's being swallowed into a sinkhole of overspending, the bottom line is that Will Smith is the biggest star in the world and Sony loves being in business with the guy. So if he and his son want to star in a sci-fi movie directed by M. Night Shyamalan, then that's what's gonna happen dammit.

Robert De Niro Says 'The Irishman' With Marty Scorsese Is Coming, Eventually

  • By Edward Davis
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  • March 7, 2011 3:07 AM
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Bradley Cooper Slightly Less Optimistic About Secret M. Night Shyamalan Project, "It's Hard To Get a Movie Made"Some New York Playlist members were lucky enough to attend the "Limitless" press junket this weekend and were able to be in the presence of the great Robert DeNiro who plays Carl Van Loon in the film, an intimidating Wall Street business magnate modeled after business tycoon George Soros.

'The Last Airbender' Razzie Leader "Winning" Worst Picture, Director, Screenplay & Use Of 3D

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 27, 2011 2:04 AM
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Just as Hollywood gets set to honor the best of 2010 tonight, the Razzies paid their own tribute to the worst and topping the "winners" was certainly one the year's most egregious entries.

Jaden Smith Reveals Two Boring, Obvious Details About M. Night Shyamalan's ‘One Thousand A.E.’

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 22, 2010 8:28 AM
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Mark Wahlberg Admits 'The Happening' SuckedLast month it was reported that M. Night Shyamalan was developing a new film, "One Thousand A.E." as a potential vehicle for newest pint sized box office wonder, Jaden Smith. Details were kept under wraps at the time with the only news about the project being that it wasn't written by Shyamalan (thank god) but was instead penned by Gary Whitta ("The Book Of Eli," doh!).

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