M. Night Shyamalan

If you were to ask most people why The Last Airbender got so much hate, they’d probably respond with another question: “Where to begin?” Viewers slammed the live-action fantasy for its muddy visuals, its wooden acting, its incoherent plot, its stilted dialogue… and let’s not even get into the whitewashing controversy that surrounded the casting.

If you asked director M. Night Shyamalan, however, he’d have a very different reply. In an old interview, the filmmaker complains that critics just don’t “get” him and his “European sensibility.” Hit the jump to watch his explanation.

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The news that Michael Bay would be back to direct Transformers 4 didn’t come as a surprise, exactly, but it did run counter to some of Bay’s earlier hesitations about returning for a fourth installment. In a new interview, Bay discusses why he decided to come back after all — as well as the resistance he got in trying to shake things up with the relatively low-budget, non-Transformers project Pain & Gain.

Meanwhile, director M. Night Shyamalan, who also knows a thing or two about critically derided franchises, is said to be mulling over three separate projects for his follow-up to After Earth. Could one of them be The Last Airbender 2? Uh, maybe, but it seems like a stretch. Read about both Bay and Shyamalan after the jump.

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I’m still kicking myself for missing yesterday’s Comic-Con panel for The Last Airbender: Legend of Korra, but at least we can all now feast in the trailer that premiered there. As a huge fan of the original Avatar: The Last Airbender, I’m happy to report that Korra looks like a gorgeous and mature follow-up.

The trailer opens up with some epic imagery, including a giant statue of a grown-up Aang (the original series’ main character), and a flying bison (no clue if it’s Appa). We see Korra, the new Avatar, leaving her home in the Southern Water Tribe and making her way to the United Republic. That city was founded by Aang and Zuko (the tortured “evil” prince from the first series) as a place meant for members of all tribes to live, our friends over at UGO reported from the panel. Read More »

Before you get all nervous, The Last Airbender: The Legend of Korra is a not a sequel to M. Night Shyamalan’s multiple Razzie award winning (or is it losing) film The Last Airbender. It is, however, a sequel to the wildly popular and critically acclaimed animated television show Avatar: The Last Airbender on which that crappy film was based. Set 70 years in the future, The Legend of Korra follows a new Avatar named Korra whose attempts to master the final element, air, leads her to a brand new, steampunk influenced city. After the jump, check out two images from the show, a detailed description as well as the full cast list that includes Lost‘s Daniel Dae Kim, AliensLance Henriksen and Spider-Man‘s J.K. Simmons. Read More »

31st Annual Razzie Award Winners


The Golden Raspberry Award Foundation have announced the “dis-hours” for the year in film that was 2010. M. Night Shyamalan’s The Last Airbender swept this year’s awards, winning Worst Director, Worst Picture, Worst Screenplay and a brand-new category created for this year’s awards — Worst Eye-Gouging Mis-Use of 3-D. Jackson Rathbone also took home the award for Worst Supporting Actor for both Airbender and The Twilight Saga’s Eclipse.

Read the full list of winners (or should I say losers?) in the press release after the jump.
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50 Movie Spoilers of 2010 in 3 Minutes

Our friends the Fine Brothers have filed the latest episode of their popular “Spoiler” series — 50 Movie Spoilers of 2010 in 3 Minutes, in one take. You might remember that we’ve featured their videos 50 Christmas Movie Spoilers in 3 Minutes100 Movie Spoilers in 4 minutes, Spoiling Every Best Picture Winner in Oscar History, 50 spoilers of 2009 in 4 minutes, 100 Horror Movie Spoilers in 5 Minutes, 50 Disney Spoilers in 3 Minutes and 50 Comedy Spoilers in 3 Minutes.  Hit the jump to watch their latest. And if it isn’t completely obvious already, please be warned that the following video contains spoilers.

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2010 Razzie Nominations Announced

Tomorrow the Oscar nominations will be announced, which means that today is the day for the Golden Raspberry Foundation to release the nominations for the 2010 Razzies. To no one’s surprise, the list pokes a stick at The Bounty Hunter, The Last Airbender, Sex and the City 2, and other less scintillating moments from 2010. Check out the list after the break. Read More »

In this special episode of the /Filmcast, Dave and Devindra chat with Dan Trachtenberg from the Totally Rad Show about their favorite movie soundtracks of 2010.

What were some of your favorite soundtracks of 2010? E-mail us and let us know at slashfilmcast(AT)gmail(DOT)com. You can also call and leave a voicemail at (781) 583-1993. We’ll be back on Sunday (1/16) at 10 PM EST / 7 PM PST to chat about Exit Through the Gift Shop.

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