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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.

Back-to-Back 'Independence Day' Sequels In The Works Even If Will Smith Doesn't Return

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 27, 2011 4:08 AM
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Jada & Willow To Also Feature?It was in spring 2010 that word first cropped up about possible back-to-back sequels to the blockbuster "Independence Day," with shooting said to take place as early as this year. Well, that didn't happen, and megastar Will Smith went on to make another franchise sequel instead in the shape of "Men In Black 3," but once again, the sequels are rearing their heads. Director Roland Emmerich, who has long been saying that once a story is in place they'll move forward, teased during an interview with The Lantern earlier this week when he said, "I'd say hold tight. It's happening soon." And it looks like it is.

M. Night Shyamalan & Will Smith's ‘One Thousand A.E.’ To Hit Theaters On June 7, 2013

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 8, 2011 1:31 AM
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Paul Rudd & Jennifer Aniston's 'Wanderlust' Moves To Feb 2012; 'The Descendants' Moves Forward One WeekIt has been three long years since Will Smith, arguably one of the biggest movie stars on the planet, was last seen on the big screen. 2008 saw two sides of the thesp: the blockbuster star in "Hancock" and the awards season contender in "Seven Pounds." Though they were successful, neither film quite lived up to expectations - and now Smith seems determined to bring home the bacon. Next year he'll be back with his mega-franchise in tow for "Men In Black III," and he won't be keeping fans waiting as 2013 will once again see him at a theater near you.

Will Smith Eyes Denzel Washington To Star In His Hurricane Katrina Drama 'The American Can'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 29, 2011 1:16 AM
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When you think about it, it's pretty amazing that no one has paired up Will Smith and Denzel Washington. Certainly you would think that two of the biggest stars in Hollywood would have been brought together in something by now, and while they are being tossed around as the possible leads for a remake of Sidney Poitier's comedy "Uptown Saturday Night" another project may pair them up sooner, but with only one of the stars in front of the camera.

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.

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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