The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the final 15 contenders for the 2010 Oscar for Best Visual Effects.

This is only the first cut, though. Next, members of the Academy’s visual effects branch executive committee will select seven of the final 15. At that point, all the members of the visual effects branch watch 15 minute clip reels from those seven films and then select the five nominees. Eventually, one film will be given the Oscar on February 27 at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood. After the jump, look at the full list and join along in guessing which films will make the cut and which won’t. Read More »

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Predators posterThis week, David Chen, Devindra Hardawar, and Adam Quigley discuss the dickishness of Kevin Feige, praise the sublime The Kids Are Alright, and try to figure out why Despicable Me isn’t as good as a Pixar film. Special guest C. Robert Cargill (AKA Massawyrm) joins us from Ain’t It Cool News.

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In this episode of the /Filmcast: After Dark, David ChenDevindra Hardawar, and Adam Quigley deliver their final thoughts on The Last Airbender racebending controversy. Special guest Dan Trachtenberg joins us from The Totally Rad Show. The Facepainting article we reference can be found here (which is also where the image above comes from). Make sure to check out our review of The Last Airbender too.

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The Last AirbenderThis week, David Chen, Devindra Hardawar, and Adam Quigley celebrate the selection of Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man, reflect on the brilliance of Louis CK, and delve into the mysteries of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Special guest Dan Trachtenberg joins us from the Totally Rad Show.

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The Last Airbender – What Did You Think?

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As you may have noticed from reading /Film recently, M. Night Shyamalan’s The Last Airbender is opening this weekend. You may have read Devindra’s scathing review, or watched his excellent interview with Shyamalan himself. You may have also seen that The Last Airbender is this year’s worst reviewed film. Many of you have taken the opportunity to air your views on the film, but in case you haven’t yet, now’s your chance.

Are you a fan of the original series? if so, did the film do justice to it? Did The Last Airbender prove that Shyamalan can get out of his career rut by adapting another property (instead of coming up with his own original idea)? Are critics woefully out of touch, or is the film as bad as everyone says it is? Hit the jump to share your thoughts on the movie. Spoilers are allowed (but only for the film, and not for the series please).

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With the release of The Last Airbender, M. Night Shyamalan’s gradual metamorphosis into George Lucas is complete. Just like the Star Wars director, Shyamalan burst onto the scene with a couple innovative films (The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable), and displayed a talent for visuals early on. And just like Lucas, Shyamalan’s screenwriting deficiencies, and his inability to properly take criticism from others, have led to his downfall.  His previous film, The Happening, remained enjoyable on an MST3K-level, despite its issues. But with Airbender, Shyamalan delivers a film that’s so singularly misguided, so devoid of a pulse — or anything that made the original series great — it’s like watching a CGI-infused train wreck in slow motion and low-rent 3D.

After my interview with Shyamalan ended, in which he was incredibly enthused and proud about what he had made, I shook his hand and thought, “My god, you have no idea what’s about to hit you.”
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It is now official, M Night Shyamalan‘s The Last Airbender has beaten the Brendan Fraser animal family comedy Furry Vengeance to become the worst reviewed film of the year. This according to Rotten Tomatoes, which compiles reviews from movie critics from around the world. Airbender has a 6% rating with 80 reviews counted thus far. That means that only five of the critics files a positive review. If you’re wondering which movie critics liked the movie, hit the jump.

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M. Night Shyamalan is a nice guy, which makes the fact that he directed one of the worst films of the year all the more painful. I got a chance to sit down and chat with The Last Airbender director after viewing the film, and it’s clear that he’s passionate about the material, and that he’s very conscious of the racebending controversy. Our discussion touches on him getting used to making a CGI-filled epic film, some material that was cut out, and how he recovered from feeling lost during the production, among other topics.

You can view a video of the interview below (worth watching if only for the moment he realizes something may have been left out of the Blu-ray), download an audio version, or read a transcript of a majority of the discussion. My review of the film, with all the heartache you’d expect from a fan of the series, will be coming soon.

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Two New Clips: The Last Airbender

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Paramount Pictures has released two new video clips from M Night Shyamalan‘s big screen adaptation of The Last Airbender. Last week we posted a 41 second clip shows Sokka’s (Jackson Rathbone) reaction to the ships of the Fire Nation approaching (click here to watch it). The first 22-second clip shows Aang battling Fire Nation soldiers in one seemingly continuous shot, using Zack Snyder-like slow-motion and zoom-ins. It looks pretty awesome visually. The second clip, which is 24-seconds long, shows Zuko and Katara fighting. Watch the two new clips right now after the jump.

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