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In the novel The Good Lord Bird, the young slave Henry dresses in a sackcloth during an escape from violence, and subsequently takes advantage of being mistaken for a girl as he seeks freedom. It’s not the role you might assume Jaden Smith would take to follow a couple of Karate Kid movies (the second is moving forward now) and After Earth. Nevertheless, it’s the movie he’s doing. Read More »

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The Karate Kid sequel director hired

When The Karate Kid was released in theaters in May 2010, the box office surpassed all expectations (grossing $176 million domestic and about $182 internationally). Columbia Pictures was quick to announce that the company would begin development on a sequel. Kung Fu Panda screenwriters Cyrus Voris and Ethan Reif were tapped to pen the follow-up, but development of the Karate Kid sequel has not been as quick. In 2012, Zak Penn, the writer of X-Men: The Last Stand and The Incredible Hulk, was brought on to rewrite the sequel screenplay. Two years later and Sony has hired Breck Eisner to be the Karate Kid sequel director.

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After Earth Smiths

A Will Smith movie without charisma is like an M. Night Shyamalan movie without a twist. It sounds interesting or different going in, but this one ultimately doesn’t deliver.

Much as Shyamalan made his career on surprise twists, Smith made himself the biggest star in the world by focusing his talent and charm. Over his last few movies, the director has begun to move away from the “twist” hallmark, and with the pair’s first collaboration, After Earth, Smith also forgoes his calling card. The actor’s undeniable charm and screen presence have been completely excised from his portrayal of a cold, fearless military leader. Without that personality to fall back on Smith’s character becomes a personification of the movie: far from captivating and only somewhat watchable.

After Earth begins with a promising story idea — Smith’s character is on a life or death mission with his son – but ends up hollow and disjointed, with questionable choices made all around. It’s a good nugget of a premise that never feels truly developed. Read More »

After Earth Web 5

M. Night Shyamalan‘s new film and potential comeback After Earth has been moved up one week from June 7 to May 31. It’s a good move on Columbia’s part, as the Will Smith movie can very likely dominate that late May weekend, which is otherwise occupied by Now You See Me and The Purge.

After Earth has Smith and his son Jaden Smith playing a father/son duo who crash land on Earth long after humanity has fled the planet. In the race to signal for rescue, the two men face ferocious Earth-grown dangers and an alien creature that dogs his steps.

After the break, we’ve got info on two more potential Will Smith films. Read More »

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 »

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 »

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