Once upon a time, when M. Night Shyamalan was making a movie, his name was promoted above the title. Then he did The Happening and The Last Airbender. For his latest release, After Earth, his name is barely visible with a microscope. Which is probably a good thing when the film has one of, if not the biggest movie stars in the planet and his increasingly famous son along for the ride.

Will Smith and Jaden Smith are prominently on display in the latest poster for After Earth, Sony’s sci-fi action film out June 7. Also given a big spot are the trees and clouds of Earth, which the film suggests are now out to kill all humans. Check it out below. Read More »

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The first trailer for M. Night Shyamalan‘s After Earth was a pretty tightly controlled thing, showing characters played by Will and Jaden Smith stranded on Earth in a future that has seen evolution turn decidedly against humans.

This second trailer gives more context to the story, showing a bit of what the two guys were doing before crashing on Earth, an establishing the fact that there is conflict between father and son just as well as between the humans and everything else on Earth. It also gives us some hint of what they hope to to in order to escape the planet that originally gave birth to humanity.

Because it is a Shyamalan film I have been conditioned to assume that there’s something here that we’re not seeing, but so far this looks like his most promising film in some time. That’s enough for now. Check out the new footage below. Read More »

M. Night Shyamalan‘s stock as a director has steadily declined since his breakout The Sixth Sense, but with some luck After Earth could be the film to turn that trend around. For one thing, it’s tough to go lower than the 6% RT score he got for The Last Airbender. For another, the marketing materials so far look genuinely striking, with a rich, detailed universe for the leads (Will Smith and Jaden Smith) to play in.

Now a second trailer is just around the corner, and to whet audience appetites Columbia Pictures has just revealed two new stills. Check them out and get the info on the trailer after the jump.

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While we won’t know if the sci-fi film After Earth is a return to form for M. Night Shyamalan for a few months, we do know one thing. The world the filmmaker has created around the movie is incredibly rich and thoughtout. That much is obvious with the launch of the film’s official website.

The site contains three sections. The first is on the movie, and includes the trailers, photos, downloads and more. The second is called Nova Prime, which is the name of the planet Kirai Raige (Jaden Smith) and his father Cypher Raige (Will Smith) live on before crash landing on Earth. That section of the site tells more about Kirai’s training, weapons, enemies and more. Finally, there’s a section called Project Next Generation, which seems to tell the story of how humans left what is now considered the most dangerous place in the Universe: Earth. There it states:” 6 Arks, 1 Toxic Planet, .000625% chance of survival. If you want to be among the 750,000 men, women and children who will escape from Earth, apply now.”

Ominous and potentially, very cool. Check out the links and some photos below. Read More »

Here’s the international trailer for M. Night Shyamalan‘s sci-fi picture After Earth, which stars Will Smith and son Jaden Smith as a father and son who are stranded on an Earth that has returned to a sort of wild, prehistoric state. The trailer opens with a hell of a sequence, and then settles into a more meditative sort of survival adventure setup that is less sci-fi than it is Edgar Rice Burroughs.

While the trailer keeps Will Smith’s presence throughout thanks to voiceover, this looks to a great extent like a one-man show for Jaden Smith. Can he carry it off, with Shyamalan’s help? Check out the trailer below.  Read More »

Neither M. Night Shyamalan, Will Smith or Jaden Smith showed up at San Diego Comic-Con this past weekend, but their new movie did. After Earth had a subdued, small panel Saturday morning featuring screenwriter Gary Whitta (Book of Eli) and director of photography Peter Suschitzky (The Empire Strikes Back) talking about the world in which the 2013 sci-fi action film is set.

After the jump, you can watch the first viral teaser for the film as well as several revealing clips from the panel itself. Read More »

Buried in the incredibly busy Saturday schedule for San Diego Comic-Con 2012 is a panel concerning M. Night Shyamalan‘s latest film, After Earth. The sci-fi film, which stars Will and Jaden Smith, seems like a natural fit for Comic-Con, but neither the director or its two leads will be in attendance.

Instead, the panel will be in a medium sized room. It will feature the screenwriter and director of photography, and focus more on the comic books designed to accompany the film than it will on the movie itself. Seems like an odd approach but, in this reveal, we do get the first official plot synopsis of the movie. Most of the information has been rumored before but now it’s official. Check it out below. Read More »

One word can be used to described the Saturday schedule of San Diego Comic-Con 2012: “Wow.” Whereas Thursday and Friday are merely peppered with highlights, Saturday is jam-packed full of presentations sure to make your heat spin. We’d heard Warner Bros. would be bringing The Hobbit and Pacific Rim to the Con, but they’re also bringing Man of Steel. We’d heard Quentin Tarantino was coming to Con with Django Unchained, and that’s now confirmed. Details from M. Night Shyamalan‘s Will Smith movie, After Earth, will be revealed. Kevin Smith will have Hall H to himself for two hours to talk about whatever he wants. Oh, and Marvel has an hour to talk Iron Man 3 and whatever else they want. Guess what? That’s not even close to a full list of events.

After the jump, check out a few of the Saturday movie and TV highlights and link to the full schedule. Read More »

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