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It was only a few weeks ago when my friends would regard James Cameron’s AVATAR as “that anime M. Night Shaymalan movie.” Because of that, the title was wisely swapped to THE LAST AIRBENDER, and hopefully now that the real AVATAR has made $600M and changed filmmaking forever, people will stop mixing them up.

What you see below are shots from the newest issue of Empire (via Last Airbender Fans) which features new photos from the set of THE LAST AIRBENDER. The movie is rumored to have one of the most elaborate sets ever built, which if it fails, can make the project an entirely new low for Shyamalan.

I’ve heard the source material for this is pretty excellent, and I’ve never seen M. Night attempt anything other than horror, so I’ll reserve judgment for now, but if Shaymalan’s film trajectory continues on its current path, the movie very well could crash through the sub-basement where THE HAPPENING resides and start blasting its way through the solid granite beneath it. Or you know, it could be good, I guess.

Check out the pics below, and see them for real when the newest issue of Empire hits shelves.

Extra Tidbit: Literally each of his movies has been worse than the previous one. It's hard to think of another director where that has happened so precisely.

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8:22AM on 01/02/2010
Keeping sixth sense aside, anyone who made the masterpiece called 'Unbreakable' can never be counted out. I even loved the village & signs. Looking forward to this one.
Keeping sixth sense aside, anyone who made the masterpiece called 'Unbreakable' can never be counted out. I even loved the village & signs. Looking forward to this one.
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3:06PM on 12/31/2009
M. Night Shyamalan: king of GREAT movies that are GROTESQUELY underappreciated, as well as people who are so asinine that they think their opinions (such as his movies being increasingly, precisely worse) are universal and final.
M. Night Shyamalan: king of GREAT movies that are GROTESQUELY underappreciated, as well as people who are so asinine that they think their opinions (such as his movies being increasingly, precisely worse) are universal and final.
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1:19PM on 12/31/2009

Tidbit is overstated

It's one thing to have an opinion, Paul, it's another thing to have a site where the journalists confuse their opinions for fact so much of the time. It's hard to think of another site where that happens to precisely, or consistently.

I'd argue that The Happening was substantially better than Lady in the Water, or The Village. I'd also argue if you take out the novelty of the twist, that Unbreakable is much better than The Sixth Sense, in part because it doesn't depend on the twist to be
It's one thing to have an opinion, Paul, it's another thing to have a site where the journalists confuse their opinions for fact so much of the time. It's hard to think of another site where that happens to precisely, or consistently.

I'd argue that The Happening was substantially better than Lady in the Water, or The Village. I'd also argue if you take out the novelty of the twist, that Unbreakable is much better than The Sixth Sense, in part because it doesn't depend on the twist to be so interesting.

He's a little repetitive and hung up on his own directorial style, but M has become a punching bag for lazy critics who want to gang up on someone because its easy, and their unabashed love for his first project makes them feel insecure as his subsequent projects make them rethink their original assessment of that first film.

My biggest nit - stop cameoing yourself. Yes, I just used cameo as a verb.

As for the guy below - I'd never say Pan's Labyrinth was "shitastic". Clearly you've never seen "Broken Arrow"; otherwise you'd revise what films fit your definition of the word shitastic.
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1:35PM on 01/04/2010
I agree with everything here except for the bit about The Happening being better than Lady in the Water and The Village.

Hell, I'd hesitate before saying that flick was better than Alvin and the Chipmunks. Terrible writing, acting, directing and effects. Here's a quick synopsis: Is it the planet that's killing people? Is it the planet that's killing people? Eh? EEEEH?! .....IT IS! and that's my twist. Roll credits! I never once assumed it wasn't the planet that was doing the killing.
I agree with everything here except for the bit about The Happening being better than Lady in the Water and The Village.

Hell, I'd hesitate before saying that flick was better than Alvin and the Chipmunks. Terrible writing, acting, directing and effects. Here's a quick synopsis: Is it the planet that's killing people? Is it the planet that's killing people? Eh? EEEEH?! .....IT IS! and that's my twist. Roll credits! I never once assumed it wasn't the planet that was doing the killing. I got that from the teaser for crying out loud.

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But yeah, I agree with everything else. Joblo, if you're gonna throw opinions out like they're fact, at least hire some writers with a little taste.
2:21AM on 12/31/2009

Extra Tidbit Is Entirely Wrong!

I am excited for the movie, as I think he's an excellent director.

Now on to this quote from the article, which is a bit baffling: "Iíve never seen M. Night attempt anything other than horror..." - So, with the arguments that "Sixth Sense" and "The Happening" are horror films, which they only slightly are, you must have seen only those two movies by him, am I wrong here?

As for the extra tidbit= "Sixth Sense", very good. "Unbreakable" a truly remarkable gem, "Signs", the alien designs and
I am excited for the movie, as I think he's an excellent director.

Now on to this quote from the article, which is a bit baffling: "Iíve never seen M. Night attempt anything other than horror..." - So, with the arguments that "Sixth Sense" and "The Happening" are horror films, which they only slightly are, you must have seen only those two movies by him, am I wrong here?

As for the extra tidbit= "Sixth Sense", very good. "Unbreakable" a truly remarkable gem, "Signs", the alien designs and bad CGI make this his worst one, but still entertaining, "The Village" is his best movie, but it's widely misunderstood, which is sad, "Lady In The Water" is an excellent adult fairy tale and far better than the overrated, shitastic "Pan's Labyrinth", and "The Happening" was a fun, if flawed thriller.
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12:38AM on 12/31/2009

I want this to be good . . .

simply because the original animated series was so fucking awesome (if you haven't seen it, check it out!).

If M. Night blows this one, he's completely and utterly screwed.
simply because the original animated series was so fucking awesome (if you haven't seen it, check it out!).

If M. Night blows this one, he's completely and utterly screwed.
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9:54PM on 12/30/2009

M. Night

True, his films end up dissapointing most of the time, but The Last Airbender looks pretty awsome.
True, his films end up dissapointing most of the time, but The Last Airbender looks pretty awsome.
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9:47PM on 12/30/2009
m night has never used cgi before

so how will it be cheap not to mention i think it cost 100 million to film
m night has never used cgi before

so how will it be cheap not to mention i think it cost 100 million to film
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1:56AM on 12/31/2009
The aliens in "Signs" were CGI, and very cheap looking, and their designs weren't all that good. Then in "Lady In The Water" the grassed, wolf-like Scrunt and the monkeys of balance made of tree branches, the Tortuga, were CGI. They faired better, but still not great.

I probably spelled the names of the "Lady" creatures wrong, and if I did, sorry.
The aliens in "Signs" were CGI, and very cheap looking, and their designs weren't all that good. Then in "Lady In The Water" the grassed, wolf-like Scrunt and the monkeys of balance made of tree branches, the Tortuga, were CGI. They faired better, but still not great.

I probably spelled the names of the "Lady" creatures wrong, and if I did, sorry.
1:22PM on 12/31/2009
I agree, his earlier movies had poor CGI - but since this is a "property", I'm guessing the studios will step in an "support" M - by which they'll strong-arm a real FX house to do the work.
I agree, his earlier movies had poor CGI - but since this is a "property", I'm guessing the studios will step in an "support" M - by which they'll strong-arm a real FX house to do the work.
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8:47PM on 12/30/2009

He didn't write it so :)

The only real issue should be condensing. He is turning a season into a single movie. The only worrisome thing is HIS cheap cgi usage. These fights need to look real.
The only real issue should be condensing. He is turning a season into a single movie. The only worrisome thing is HIS cheap cgi usage. These fights need to look real.
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8:45PM on 12/30/2009

EXTRA TIDIBIT

Place useless opinion here...followed by things I would never say to people in person...Feel more like a man
Place useless opinion here...followed by things I would never say to people in person...Feel more like a man
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6:17PM on 12/30/2009

The Village wasn't that bad!

You are partially correct, each of M. Night's movies seem to get worse. Lady in the Water was utter shit, but The Happening was a joke.
You are partially correct, each of M. Night's movies seem to get worse. Lady in the Water was utter shit, but The Happening was a joke.
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5:43PM on 12/30/2009
Shyamalan is the Uwe Boll that Hollywood hasn't caught on to. I caught a whiff of his bullshit in Signs, and have been kicking his garbage out to the curb ever since. I haven't seen Unbreakable, but I do know the only movie of his that I have enjoyed at all was The Sixth Sense. I have also never seen Wide Awake or Praying With Anger. Shyamalan either needs to pull his head out of his ass, or shove it in deeper until it comes out between his shoulders again.
Shyamalan is the Uwe Boll that Hollywood hasn't caught on to. I caught a whiff of his bullshit in Signs, and have been kicking his garbage out to the curb ever since. I haven't seen Unbreakable, but I do know the only movie of his that I have enjoyed at all was The Sixth Sense. I have also never seen Wide Awake or Praying With Anger. Shyamalan either needs to pull his head out of his ass, or shove it in deeper until it comes out between his shoulders again.
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1:53AM on 12/31/2009
Pretentious much?
Pretentious much?
4:34PM on 12/30/2009

I honestly hope he redeems himself with this

And for the record, I liked both The Village AND Lady in the Water up to a certain point. The "twist"(or twists if that's more appropriate) in The Village was B.S. to the story and totally took me out of it, and the ending of Lady in the Water was a cop-out. That being said, I hope Airbender does well.
And for the record, I liked both The Village AND Lady in the Water up to a certain point. The "twist"(or twists if that's more appropriate) in The Village was B.S. to the story and totally took me out of it, and the ending of Lady in the Water was a cop-out. That being said, I hope Airbender does well.
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11:25PM on 12/30/2009
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How is this a cop-out ending? I think it is a profoundly moving and emotional ending. The line 'Thank you for saving my life' hits me hard every time. Whereas...

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I find this to be completely awful. I was on the fence the whole movie because even though I thought it was a bit spotty, it was well written and the characters were good (as always with Shyamalan), but those freeze frames with the sentences telling you what happened completely killed the movie for me.
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How is this a cop-out ending? I think it is a profoundly moving and emotional ending. The line 'Thank you for saving my life' hits me hard every time. Whereas...

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I find this to be completely awful. I was on the fence the whole movie because even though I thought it was a bit spotty, it was well written and the characters were good (as always with Shyamalan), but those freeze frames with the sentences telling you what happened completely killed the movie for me.
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4:16PM on 12/30/2009
The addage in sports is that you are only as good as your last game. Last game was The Happening. Do the math.
The addage in sports is that you are only as good as your last game. Last game was The Happening. Do the math.
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3:32PM on 12/30/2009

dont fug it ub

He is a good director, he knows how to make fine films. His stories are... variable, to be kind. The Airbender epic is a goldmine and would be hard to mess up. If he does, woe to him.
He is a good director, he knows how to make fine films. His stories are... variable, to be kind. The Airbender epic is a goldmine and would be hard to mess up. If he does, woe to him.
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3:16PM on 12/30/2009

Each movie worst than last...

Does Uwe Boll count? Or are all his movies equally CRAP?
Does Uwe Boll count? Or are all his movies equally CRAP?
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2:58PM on 12/30/2009
m night has made 1 horrible film and that is happening.

Sixth sense - Very good
Unbreakable - His masterpiece imo
Signs - Good Film
Village - Solid Film
Lady in The Water - Decent film it just was'nt for me
Happening - horrible
m night has made 1 horrible film and that is happening.

Sixth sense - Very good
Unbreakable - His masterpiece imo
Signs - Good Film
Village - Solid Film
Lady in The Water - Decent film it just was'nt for me
Happening - horrible
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1:51AM on 12/31/2009
The Happening I thought was decent, but I do get why people would hate it. Glad to see you like his stuff though!
The Happening I thought was decent, but I do get why people would hate it. Glad to see you like his stuff though!
2:58PM on 12/30/2009

As far as the Tidbit goes...

Lady in the Water is my favorite of his films, and I think Unbreakable is an interesting mess with a horrible ending. And I like The Village a lot too.

No matter how bad his movies are, they always are very well written and have amazing music. So in that regard, I wouldn't call any of them strictly bad.
Lady in the Water is my favorite of his films, and I think Unbreakable is an interesting mess with a horrible ending. And I like The Village a lot too.

No matter how bad his movies are, they always are very well written and have amazing music. So in that regard, I wouldn't call any of them strictly bad.
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2:33PM on 12/30/2009

Extra Tidbit

Unbreakable was far better than Sixth Sense. Signs and The Village (in my personal opinion, no attacks necessary) are better than Sixth Sense, too. Lady in the Water and The Happening are pretty bad, but nowhere near as bad as people make them sound. I'd rather see a hundred crappy M. Night horror films than another "One Missed Call" or "Fear Dot Com", etc.
Unbreakable was far better than Sixth Sense. Signs and The Village (in my personal opinion, no attacks necessary) are better than Sixth Sense, too. Lady in the Water and The Happening are pretty bad, but nowhere near as bad as people make them sound. I'd rather see a hundred crappy M. Night horror films than another "One Missed Call" or "Fear Dot Com", etc.
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2:09PM on 12/30/2009
he better not screw this up, i love the series
he better not screw this up, i love the series
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1:56PM on 12/30/2009

regarding the tidbit

unless your talking box office, there is no way to make the "literally" statement. even popular opinion isnt solid enough for that analysis. movie enjoyment is too far beyond subjective.
unless your talking box office, there is no way to make the "literally" statement. even popular opinion isnt solid enough for that analysis. movie enjoyment is too far beyond subjective.
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2:07PM on 12/30/2009
Box-Office won't work either. Signs made more than Unbreakable. The Happening made more than Lady. And Airbender will surely make more than Happening.
Box-Office won't work either. Signs made more than Unbreakable. The Happening made more than Lady. And Airbender will surely make more than Happening.
1:34PM on 12/30/2009
Wide Awake isn't better than the sixth sense and the sixth sense, although amazing, isn't as good as Unbreakable. Unbreakable is his best work to date. But since the Village his films have definitely digressed. Doing this film is probably a good move.
Wide Awake isn't better than the sixth sense and the sixth sense, although amazing, isn't as good as Unbreakable. Unbreakable is his best work to date. But since the Village his films have definitely digressed. Doing this film is probably a good move.
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1:06PM on 12/30/2009
I've just got to say that Lady in The Water and The Happening have been my favorite M. Night Shaymalan movies for very different reasons. And I at least like/enjoy all of the others.

You Shaymalan haters just suck as a populous.
I've just got to say that Lady in The Water and The Happening have been my favorite M. Night Shaymalan movies for very different reasons. And I at least like/enjoy all of the others.

You Shaymalan haters just suck as a populous.
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12:50PM on 12/30/2009
sixth sense was awesome. i didn't hate signs and the village. the rest i either haven't see or forgotten/wasn't impressed.
sixth sense was awesome. i didn't hate signs and the village. the rest i either haven't see or forgotten/wasn't impressed.
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12:42PM on 12/30/2009
Have to disagree with the tidbit. I find his flicks have gone up and down. Good, horrible, good, terrible, great, terrible, so this one has to be at least good, to stay in form. Oh, and it's garbage he couldn't use Avatar title. Avatar the anime has been around longer than James Cameron's little flick.

Whatever tho, this still looks like trash.
Have to disagree with the tidbit. I find his flicks have gone up and down. Good, horrible, good, terrible, great, terrible, so this one has to be at least good, to stay in form. Oh, and it's garbage he couldn't use Avatar title. Avatar the anime has been around longer than James Cameron's little flick.

Whatever tho, this still looks like trash.
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2:00AM on 12/31/2009
A) "Little flick?" Really? Even if it flopped at the box office, it's in no way, shape, or form a little flick. Creating entirely new technology to make it, in scope story-wise being epic, and running at over two and a half hours, nothing about it is little.

B) No, Cameron's Avatar has been around for at least 20 years, and for at least, the last ten of them, was under the name "Avatar" and had been already trademarked as such.
A) "Little flick?" Really? Even if it flopped at the box office, it's in no way, shape, or form a little flick. Creating entirely new technology to make it, in scope story-wise being epic, and running at over two and a half hours, nothing about it is little.

B) No, Cameron's Avatar has been around for at least 20 years, and for at least, the last ten of them, was under the name "Avatar" and had been already trademarked as such.
8:20AM on 12/31/2009
Okay, not a "little flick", how about "Grandiose Eyesore"? Better?
Okay, not a "little flick", how about "Grandiose Eyesore"? Better?
12:41PM on 12/30/2009

UM

Credit should go to LastAirbenderFans.com for these photos. That's where /Film's "reader" got the "scans" from.
Credit should go to LastAirbenderFans.com for these photos. That's where /Film's "reader" got the "scans" from.
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12:37PM on 12/30/2009
Considering all of his previous movies were Thrillers, here's to hoping the genre change will be his remedy. He's still pretty talented, even with the slate of crap movies as of late. This looks pretty good.
Considering all of his previous movies were Thrillers, here's to hoping the genre change will be his remedy. He's still pretty talented, even with the slate of crap movies as of late. This looks pretty good.
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