August 2, 2004 |
With an estimated take of $50.8 million, M. Night Shyamalan's "The Village" delivered Disney's best debut of the year by far, more than double the biggest of its previous 2004 openings, "Miracle" ($19.4 million). Relishing the break in a streak of disappointments, Disney execs also pointed out the figure was a company best for a movie opening in July, surpassing even the $46.6-million first weekend for last year's "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl."
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.
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)
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.
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.
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)
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.
September 20, 2010 |
Stick five characters into a skyscraper elevator that lurches to a halt 20 floors up, and you've maybe earned the nervous attention of claustrophobics. Make one of them the devil, and you've perhaps got the Lucifer-phobics. But what about the M. Night Shyamalan-phobics? "Devil" is the Ã¼ber-confident chiller impresario's latest — this time as story-creator and producer — and the first in a projected directed-by-others trilogy of spook-outs called "The Night Chronicles.