April 7, 2010 |
M. Night Shyamalan has a massive plan in mind for "The Last Airbender" -- a patient film trilogy that presents a fantasy epic and also grows progressively darker as its young characters (and actors) mature in front of moviegoers. That brings to mind both "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy and the "Harry Potter" franchise, and, as you might imagine, that has stirred excitement among executives at Paramount Pictures who would love to have a magical franchise that pulls in billions of dollars at the box office.
May 13, 2013 |
Fox is looking to the stars - literally. At their upfront presentation Monday at the Beacon Theatre in New York City, the network announced plans to reboot “Cosmos,” Carl Sagan's massively popular documentary series. The new, 13-episode version will air sometime in 2014. In one of the more unlikely pairings in recent memory, it is produced by Seth MacFarlane and will be hosted by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, the director of the Hayden Planetarium and a popular recurring guest on “The Daily Show.” VIDEO: New fall TV shows When it aired 33 years ago, “Cosmos” became the highest-rated series on PBS (a benchmark surpassed 10 years later by Ken Burns' “The Civil War”)
June 17, 2008
"The Incredible Hulk" was the weekend's top-grossing film, while M. Night Shyamalan's "The Happening" opened better than expected. Sales in the U.S. and Canada, June 13-15: -- Industry totals -- -- Movie 3-day gross Total Venues Average/ Weeks -- (studio) (millions) (millions) -- venue --- 1 The Incredible $55.4 $55.4 3,505 $15,810 -- -- Hulk -- -- -- -- -- -- (Universal) -- 1 2 Kung Fu $33.6 $117.3 4,136 $8,127 2 -- Panda -- -- -- -- -- -- (Paramount) -- -- -- -- -- 3 The Happening $30.5 $30.5 2,986 $10,220 1 -- (20th Century -- -- -- -- -- Fox)
August 10, 2010
SERIES Hell's Kitchen: The final two contestants go head-to-head before the winner is revealed in the season finale (8 p.m. Fox). Pretty Little Liars: This drama about teenage girls and the secrets they keep ends its freshman season (8 p.m. ABC Family). Unnatural History: The gang is on the trail of a stolen ruby in this new episode (8 p.m. Cartoon Network). America's Got Talent: Acts that submitted their auditions on YouTube get a live shot at impressing the judges in this new episode (9 p.m. NBC)
June 29, 2010
The Early Show M. Night Shyamalan; Miss Delaware Kayla Martell; chef Marcus Samuelsson. (N) 7 a.m. KCBS Today Kristen Stewart ("The Twilight Saga: Eclipse"); Wimbledon. (N) 7 a.m. KNBC KTLA Morning News Sophia Bush; Virginia Madsen. (N) 7 a.m. KTLA Good Morning America Dolly Parton. (N) 7 a.m. KABC Good Day L.A. (N) 7 a.m. KTTV Today (N) 9 a.m. KNBC Live With Regis and Kelly Kristen Stewart; Rob Schneider. (N) 9 a.m. KABC The View Helen Mirren and Taylor Hackford; Tonya and David Craft; Jesse Tyler Ferguson.
February 28, 2011
Last night's Oscars were great for British people, so-so for everyone else. ( Los Angeles Times ) It was also a great night for Melissa Leo, who shocked the audience with an F-bomb after winning. ( Los Angeles Times ) "True Grit" went home with zero Oscars after 10 nominations. ( Los Angeles Times ) And Corey Haim and Betty Garrett were left out of the In Memoriam montage. ( Hollywood Reporter ) Some might say the Oscars were a triumph for conservative values.
January 24, 2011
Protesters greet the premiere of Kevin Smith's Sundance horror flick "Red State. " ( Los Angeles Times ) And in the auditorium, Smith pulls a bait-and-switch: promising an auction for the film and then announcing that he's distributing it himself. ( Los Angeles Times ) One-time Oscar nominee M. Night Shyamalan is now a leading Razzie nominee. What a twist ending! ( Los Angeles Times ) Keith Olbermann has broken up with MSNBC, and news junkies are the friends and family left to figure out what went wrong.
July 25, 2012
Yann Martel's bestselling novel "Life of Pi" is coming to movie theaters this winter in 3-D. The trailer is online now. A delightully inventive story about Pi Patel, a 16-year-old whose life is much changed by a shipwreck, "Life of Pi" might have been considered unfilmable. Pi survives in a lifeboat along with a ferocious tiger, an orangutan, a zebra and a hyena. Drifting for months, he sees terrible and wondrous things. The project stopped and started with three directors - M. Night Shyamalan, Alfonso Cuaron and Jean-Pierre Jeunet - before getting traction with Ang Lee . He's done both CGI ("The Hulk")