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06.22.2009

M. Night Shyamalan has made plenty of movies that found a large audience, but THE LAST AIRBENDER seems like his first strictly designed for that purpose. Is that the twist?

Paramount and Nickelodeon are surely hoping it's the first in a franchise -- they plopped it on the prime release date of July 2, 2010. The live-action adaptation of the Miyazaki-influenced animated TV series (which drops the AVATAR name, for obvious Cameron-related reasons) is set in a fantasy world and follows a reluctant young hero who can manipulate the elements using martial arts and CGI.

The new teaser trailer is here, and hints at Shyamalan's use of FX spectacle. No sign of SLUMDOG's Dev Patel, though...

Extra Tidbit: Shyamalan has said he was attracted to the property's Buddhist and Hindu philosophies and Shakespearean overtones.
Source: JoBlo

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5:13PM on 06/25/2009

Egotism

MNS' egotism has been demonstrated time and time again, in interviews, commentaries, and actions. He may not have been the one to decide to plaster his name on the title screen, but it fits the personality he's demonstrated in the past. His smash hit seemed to have gone to his head, and he hasn't realized yet that he's made a string of [link] films since The 6th Sense (which was indeed phenomenal), and that he hasn't actually demonstrated that he has genuine talent to back up his snotty
MNS' egotism has been demonstrated time and time again, in interviews, commentaries, and actions. He may not have been the one to decide to plaster his name on the title screen, but it fits the personality he's demonstrated in the past. His smash hit seemed to have gone to his head, and he hasn't realized yet that he's made a string of [link] films since The 6th Sense (which was indeed phenomenal), and that he hasn't actually demonstrated that he has genuine talent to back up his snotty behavior.

As a big fan of the TV show, I really hope that he demonstrates that he's not a one-hit-wonder, and has at least two really good movies to offer.
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12:19AM on 06/24/2009
@ Grand_Marquis: "Because it's DULL, you twit! It'll hurt more!"

Okay, the fact that Bryan Konietzko is helping write the screenplay is a bonus. But the fact that M. Night Shamalamadingdong is co-writing worries me. I lost interest in his stuff after Unbreakable.

Avatar: The Last Airbender was big enough that they don't need his name above the credits. The fact that it's on there is a sign that his ego is still intact. Not good.
@ Grand_Marquis: "Because it's DULL, you twit! It'll hurt more!"

Okay, the fact that Bryan Konietzko is helping write the screenplay is a bonus. But the fact that M. Night Shamalamadingdong is co-writing worries me. I lost interest in his stuff after Unbreakable.

Avatar: The Last Airbender was big enough that they don't need his name above the credits. The fact that it's on there is a sign that his ego is still intact. Not good.
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10:40PM on 06/23/2009
there is an interview up on youtube with m night and the creators of the show. it's a really good watch. the creators are involved every step of that way :)

i'm stoked.
there is an interview up on youtube with m night and the creators of the show. it's a really good watch. the creators are involved every step of that way :)

i'm stoked.
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10:27PM on 06/23/2009

Written, Produced, and Directed By . . .

M. Night Shyamalan. Even though the movie is adapted from a TV series, the script is by Shyamalan. However, with the creators of the show serving as executive producers, they should have influence on the final product.

But Shyamalan hasn't done a movie with a twist ending since The Village. The last two movies had a mostly straight forward conclusion. They also are the worse of his movies. At the very least, though, they prove that Shyamalan is straying from the twist ending formula.
M. Night Shyamalan. Even though the movie is adapted from a TV series, the script is by Shyamalan. However, with the creators of the show serving as executive producers, they should have influence on the final product.

But Shyamalan hasn't done a movie with a twist ending since The Village. The last two movies had a mostly straight forward conclusion. They also are the worse of his movies. At the very least, though, they prove that Shyamalan is straying from the twist ending formula.
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10:01PM on 06/23/2009

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Looks like a nice change of pace for this director...will follow up the previews...but I must say, it looks promising.
Looks like a nice change of pace for this director...will follow up the previews...but I must say, it looks promising.
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6:37PM on 06/23/2009

Why Are There So Many Haters?

I wish people would consider the facts. M.Night is the director but he has a position to play. It's not as easy as him 'screwing' up the movie single handedly (?), he's not the writer, the writer is Mike DiMartino who is the creator of the series. So, if there is some crazy @$$ twist it's not on M.Night. Also, M.Night's name being included in the title may not be entirely up to him...there are things called studios that are in business of making money...so...if they know his name is g
I wish people would consider the facts. M.Night is the director but he has a position to play. It's not as easy as him 'screwing' up the movie single handedly (?), he's not the writer, the writer is Mike DiMartino who is the creator of the series. So, if there is some crazy @$$ twist it's not on M.Night. Also, M.Night's name being included in the title may not be entirely up to him...there are things called studios that are in business of making money...so...if they know his name is g
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6:28PM on 06/23/2009

Wow!

I've only seen a few episodes of the tv series. At first I was very skeptical of it, because I hate it when americans try to make a show seem like anime but totally fail and the animation doesn't come close. But The Last Airbender was a pleasant surprise and I thought the script/story etc was excellent in the episodes I watched. I mean, I was totally engrossed in what was going on and immediately started to get to know these characters and like them. Maybe one day I will buy the show on
I've only seen a few episodes of the tv series. At first I was very skeptical of it, because I hate it when americans try to make a show seem like anime but totally fail and the animation doesn't come close. But The Last Airbender was a pleasant surprise and I thought the script/story etc was excellent in the episodes I watched. I mean, I was totally engrossed in what was going on and immediately started to get to know these characters and like them. Maybe one day I will buy the show on DVD!

That being said, from the episodes I've seen, this looks incredibly faithful to the source material, yet has a more mature enough tone to it.

And considering how horribly that Dragonball movie looked from the start (i mean the START, right when we found out who was directing, playing goku, and the first screen shot) this is a great start for this film and I really hope its great because I'm all for it!!
Hopefully this is so good it inspires a faithful reboot of live-action Dragonball Z, and might even inspire DiCaprio to get back on board with AKIRA!
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6:20PM on 06/23/2009
gay.
gay.
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4:20PM on 06/23/2009
Nice. Looks like it'll be a good adaption.
Nice. Looks like it'll be a good adaption.
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3:23PM on 06/23/2009
Initially skeptical, I watched this teaser and expected Dragonball Z. Having seen it, I'm now sold. Brilliant. AND the kid is doing actual kung-fu. Bonus points.
Initially skeptical, I watched this teaser and expected Dragonball Z. Having seen it, I'm now sold. Brilliant. AND the kid is doing actual kung-fu. Bonus points.
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2:31PM on 06/23/2009
I'm not familiar with this show, but the trailer looks good. I wonder if M Night can resist a twist ending. Maybe it turns out the airbender has been dead the entire time.
I'm not familiar with this show, but the trailer looks good. I wonder if M Night can resist a twist ending. Maybe it turns out the airbender has been dead the entire time.
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1:56PM on 06/23/2009

But, Stratbust...

Why a spoon, cousin? Why not an axe?
Why a spoon, cousin? Why not an axe?
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12:50PM on 06/23/2009
looks good to me.
looks good to me.
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12:12PM on 06/23/2009
Damn that looks really good! M. Night may have sucked hard for the last few movies he's done. Real hard. But, let's not forget that he is the man who brought us that giant slab of Pwnage that is Unbreakable.

Really hope he pulls this one off.
Damn that looks really good! M. Night may have sucked hard for the last few movies he's done. Real hard. But, let's not forget that he is the man who brought us that giant slab of Pwnage that is Unbreakable.

Really hope he pulls this one off.
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11:23AM on 06/23/2009
Avatar is such an epic show and so far it's proven that M Night pulled off a successful Fire Nation invasion. But can he pull off a giant Koi Fish made out of water, that rises out of a city made of ice, and obliterates the Fire Nation armies...

Or a six legged flying Bison?

We'll see. But i'm stoked. This teaser is brilliant.
Avatar is such an epic show and so far it's proven that M Night pulled off a successful Fire Nation invasion. But can he pull off a giant Koi Fish made out of water, that rises out of a city made of ice, and obliterates the Fire Nation armies...

Or a six legged flying Bison?

We'll see. But i'm stoked. This teaser is brilliant.
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10:04AM on 06/23/2009

What's that title again?

I was a big fan of the TV show, and am really looking forward to the movie, but I couldn't help but notice that M. Night Shamalamadingdong had to go stick his name right in the movie's title logo. Must he be so ego-stroking and pretentious?
I was a big fan of the TV show, and am really looking forward to the movie, but I couldn't help but notice that M. Night Shamalamadingdong had to go stick his name right in the movie's title logo. Must he be so ego-stroking and pretentious?
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9:53AM on 06/23/2009

Wow!

I think I need to change my underwear now . . .

If M. Night screws this up, I'm hunting him down and cutting out his heart with a spoon.
I think I need to change my underwear now . . .

If M. Night screws this up, I'm hunting him down and cutting out his heart with a spoon.
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9:47AM on 06/23/2009
yep, i know nothing about the show but looks good. I hope this is a return to form for M. Night, I really like the guy!
yep, i know nothing about the show but looks good. I hope this is a return to form for M. Night, I really like the guy!
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4:42AM on 06/23/2009
avatar is hands down the best american anime. i've been a fan for a while now. i was skeptical with the show at first because american anime's are usually generic as hell. but then i fell in love with it.

this movie looks like it's going to do the show justice, and knowing how big of a fan m night is makes me really confident about this adaption. this teaser is great, i want to see more!

avatar is hands down the best american anime. i've been a fan for a while now. i was skeptical with the show at first because american anime's are usually generic as hell. but then i fell in love with it.

this movie looks like it's going to do the show justice, and knowing how big of a fan m night is makes me really confident about this adaption. this teaser is great, i want to see more!

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3:44AM on 06/23/2009

avatar

Actually looks pretty cool, I saw a pic of Dev Patel as the character he's playing in the film and looks good too.
Actually looks pretty cool, I saw a pic of Dev Patel as the character he's playing in the film and looks good too.
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3:06AM on 06/23/2009
I, too, first saw this and said that it was shaping up very nicely. the trailer looked good and the kid playing Aang looks just fine, but then i had to remind myself that what really is going to make or break the film is what the other people look like. once they have a trailer that shows the other actors in action, then i can have a good idea of whether or not this might actually be any good.
I, too, first saw this and said that it was shaping up very nicely. the trailer looked good and the kid playing Aang looks just fine, but then i had to remind myself that what really is going to make or break the film is what the other people look like. once they have a trailer that shows the other actors in action, then i can have a good idea of whether or not this might actually be any good.
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1:29AM on 06/23/2009
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1:27AM on 06/23/2009
Wha? I had no idea this was even being made. Could be pretty cool. Avatar's pretty sweet for being Americ-anime.
Wha? I had no idea this was even being made. Could be pretty cool. Avatar's pretty sweet for being Americ-anime.
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1:21AM on 06/23/2009
Huh. That took me by surprise. Actually looks pretty cool.
Huh. That took me by surprise. Actually looks pretty cool.
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12:34AM on 06/23/2009

yeah

that looks like Ang. He moves like the Avatar should move. Promising.
that looks like Ang. He moves like the Avatar should move. Promising.
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12:30AM on 06/23/2009
Okay, I'm excited for this now. Love the series, though it can be a bit too kiddie at times.
Okay, I'm excited for this now. Love the series, though it can be a bit too kiddie at times.
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12:29AM on 06/23/2009

yeah

that looks like Ang. He moves like the Avatar should move. Promising.
that looks like Ang. He moves like the Avatar should move. Promising.
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12:18AM on 06/23/2009
wow. that was amazing. o boy, if the movie lives up to this teaser, this thing is going to be epic!

great music by james newton howard too! maybe this dude will finally win an Oscar!!
wow. that was amazing. o boy, if the movie lives up to this teaser, this thing is going to be epic!

great music by james newton howard too! maybe this dude will finally win an Oscar!!
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11:14PM on 06/22/2009

Never seen "Avatar"...

...but this looks like the "Dragonball Z" movie I always wanted. Well at least more so than "Dragonball Evolution".

FUCK FOX
...but this looks like the "Dragonball Z" movie I always wanted. Well at least more so than "Dragonball Evolution".

FUCK FOX
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11:11PM on 06/22/2009
Somehow could this be the end of Shyamalan's twist series?

As in, gee, I hope this means he's gonna go out and become the director some of us think he should be, and not the gimmicky one he's turned out to be.
Somehow could this be the end of Shyamalan's twist series?

As in, gee, I hope this means he's gonna go out and become the director some of us think he should be, and not the gimmicky one he's turned out to be.
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