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Chris Messina joins M Night Shyamalan’s Devil

Posted by LiveFor on October 16, 2009

SGY-00983140085Universal Pictures has set Chris Messina to star in Devil, a horror-thriller based on an M. Night Shyamalan story that will be directed by John Erick Dowdle and Drew Dowdle (“Quarantine”).
Production begins in Toronto at the end of the month according to Variety.

The film is being produced by Shyamalan and Sam Mercer. It is the first in a deal between Shyamalan and Media Rights Capital to create Night Chronicles, a banner that will hatch one genre film per year for the next three years.

Brian Nelson (“30 Days of Night”) wrote the script. The Dowdles will be exec producers.

So far the plot is being kept under wraps, but sources said Messina plays the lead role of Bowden, a sobered-up homicide detective which sounds like one big cliche at the moment. Messina most recently starred in “Julie and Julia” and “Vicky Cristina Barcelona.”

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Posters for Iron Man 2, Shutter Island, The Last Airbender and Up in the Air

Posted by LiveFor on June 24, 2009


Here are some promo posters for Jason Reitman’s Up in the Air, M Night Shyamalan’s The Last Airbender, Martin Scorsese’s Shutter Island and Jon Favreau’s Iron Man 2.

Film1.nl were the ones who got the photos off them from the Cinema Expo International 2009 being held in Amsterdam.

These are not the finished official posters but rather a way to advertise the films at the show.

I think the Last Airbender one is my favourite.

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The Last Airbender – Trailer

Posted by LiveFor on June 23, 2009

This is the official teaser trailer for M. Night Shyamalan’s The Last Airbender, the live action movie based on Avatar the Last Airbender.

It certainly looks a lot better than Dragonball Evolution and has a similar tone to the original cartoon. If anything the long shot of all the ships reminds me of John Woo’s Red Cliff. It definitely has the potential to look epic. All depends upon how good the main kid is at acting I suppose.

You can have a better look at Aang and Dev Patel as Zuko in this photo.

What do you reckon? Good or bad?
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Avatar: The Last Airbender – First photos of the cast

Posted by LiveFor on May 22, 2009

The less said about M. Night Shyamalan’s The Happening the better. Instead lets turn our attention to the other Avatar film, not the one that James Cameron is doing in super-duper 3D, this one is Avatar: The Last Airbender.

USA Today had the first character photos from the production and you know what, they are looking pretty good. Noah Ringer, 12, makes his feature-film debut as the hero Aang. Slumdog Millionaire’s Dev Patel plays the villain, a firebender named Zuko. The film is a live-action version of the show that opens 2nd July 2010.

Ringer didn’t need to alter much to play Aang, who uses martial arts to manipulate the weather. Like Aang, Ringer keeps his head shaved and is an expert in martial arts. “It keeps me cool when I’m doing tae kwon do,” says Ringer, a Texas native with a black belt who landed the role after sending a homemade DVD of him practicing the sport. “It’s so cool to get the part.”

Patel, too, seems suited for the film, the first of a planned trilogy. He earned his black belt in tae kwon do before he turned to acting and discovered the television show while filming Millionaire. “I started watching it in my trailer in India,” says Patel, who plays the villain Zuko, a “firebender” (he manipulates flames). “I see why the fan base is so big. It’s got action but a lot of moral messages.”
Are you a fan of the cartoon? Do you feel the live action film will be a faitful adaption?

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M Night Shyamalan’s Avatar: The Last Airbender to start shooting

Posted by LiveFor on April 2, 2009

Director M. Night Shyamalan is about to start shooting his next film in his home state, like usual. The Reading (PA) Eagle is reporting that production on Shyamalan’s Avatar: The Last Airbender is set to start tomorrow in Reading, PA. Here’s an excerpt from the article.

Most of the work for the Paramount picture this week will take place at the Pagoda on Mount Penn, following the company’s return Monday after 15 days in Greenland.

Production designers and special-effects crews have been working for several weeks to prepare the local site for the film, which is set in a series of mythical nations – Air, Water, Earth and Fire – and is based on the Nickelodeon animated TV series of the same name.

Pamela Shupp, vice president of Berks Economic Development, said the organization was first contacted several months ago about filming the entire movie in Reading.

“They needed buildings to shoot all the interiors,” Shupp said. “They were looking for a group of buildings with high ceilings and specific column spacing. We showed them a number of buildings, but we couldn’t come up with enough to meet their requirements. So the interiors will be shot in Philadelphia (where Shyamalan is based).”

That’s when the location director noticed the Pagoda, which – despite the structure’s recent renovation – will serve as an ancient temple in the film.

Shupp added that the Berks County Conservancy assisted in locating specific rock formations and trees, and that First Energy jumped through hoops to help prepare the Pagoda set.

The Last Airbender will star Dev Patel, Cliff Curtis, Shaun Toub, Jackson Rathbone and Aasif Mandvi and will be set for release on July 2, 2010.

Do you think this is the film Dev Patel should make to consolidate his fame after Slumdog Millionaire?

Source: MovieWeb

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After The Happening will M Night Shyamalan piss away the rest of his reputation?

Posted by LiveFor on October 1, 2008

M. Night Shyamalan last film was The Happening which is terribly bad. He has also mentioned doing a sequel to Unbreakable which was pretty good. Now he says he has three potential films, one of which he hopes to make in 2010. In conversation with Bloody Disgusting he said:

In my head I have three ideas that are fighting to be the next spec. One is more straight up scary, one is more light hearted scary – kind of more in the Signs vein, which I had a great time doing the lighter end on that one – the other one isn’t… well, it’s not Gothic… but I am always in that world when I am working on original ideas. I will be shooting that one in 2010, so I have some time to decide.

I personally hope he sticks with the plan to do an Unbreakable 2. What would you like to see him do next? Keep it clean.

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The Return of Mr. Glass? Unbreakable 2 news

Posted by LiveFor on September 20, 2008

I loved the original Unbreakable. Thought it was a great story that built really well. Bruce Willis was great as the emotionally untouchable hero, David Dunn. Filmstalker have some news on the possibility of a sequel.

M. Night Shyamalan is interested in doing another film. He was talking about it recently and when asked about a possible sequel he said:
“I genuinely just asked this question the other day — should I make Unbreakable 2? I do love the [comic book movie] genre, I just wanna make sure that I’m able to express who I am…I don’t want to get so lost in the subject that I have to neuter everything that’s me in it, so maybe Unbreakable is the comic book thing I should do — I keep coming back to that.”
MTV through /Film have his comments above that really do look like he’s considering it, and there’s a great quote from Samuel L. Jackson that sets the scene perfectly:
“He was a victim of what Quentin [Tarrantino] was a victim of. ‘Jackie Brown’ is a great movie, but it’s not ‘Pulp Fiction 2.’ ‘Unbreakable’ is a great movie, but it’s not ‘I see [expletive removed – Richard] dead people.”
Shyamalan admits that the critics got to him too, something you don’t hear film-makers admitting to very often, but how could anyone not be affected by the continual backlash he receives?
“I made the mistake of getting caught up in the hype of the immediate reaction of the movie, which, experience has shown me, is not accurate to any of my movies…And If I had been more confident and said ‘I believe in that movie, I love that movie, and I should just go start writing the second one,’ that would’ve been the right move. I’ve still been thinking about it a lot and wonder if it’s too late.”

It’s not too late and you could really do a second film, and a third. Apparently he even talked to Jackson and Bruce Willis about where the characters would go. With Jackson’s Glass breaking out of prison and Willis’ hero reluctantly going after him, it could have continued to develop the superhero story in real life, and probably to great success.
What did you think of the first film? Would you like to see a sequel to it?

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