Buzz Aldrin’s Expert Opinion On What M. Night Shyamlan’s After Earth Got Wrong

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When Buzz Aldrin puts in his two cents about the realism of how space travel is portrayed in a movie, it’s worth at least 10 cents. And while nobody really needed an explanation of why M. Night Shyamalan’s After Earth wasn’t the most realistic movie out this year, it’s better than hearing a non-astronaut say it. (But seriously, read our review.)

Aldrin got a chance to see the film at its New York premiere and spoke with the Huffington Post at an event where he was a guest of honor. Though he enjoyed the set design and the family dynamic between Will Smith and Jaden, he felt the film was too much of a “shoot-em-up,” joking that he would hope “the aliens are more peaceful than they are in this film, wherever they are.” But his main point of contention is one of the oldest errors in sci-fi: sounds in space.

“There was a lot of noise,” he said of After Earth. “In space, you don’t get that much noise…Noise doesn’t propagate in a vacuum. We talked over headsets. Fortunately, we were free of static. We could communicate with each other pretty clearly, and mission control, though we were 50,000 miles away.” Should we just chalk another checkmark next to Joss Whedon’s name for offering complete silence in space on Firefly? I think we shall. Maybe if they’d have kept to the film’s original pitch, this wouldn’t have been an issue and we wouldn’t have spent so much time talking about a damned Shyamalan movie.


After Earth Trailer Teases Heart-Stopping Thrills

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With the release of Oblivion and After Earth, there are two post-apocalyptic sci-fi movies coming out this year. Now the second trailer for After Earth, starring Will and Jaden Smith, has arrived to give us a better look at what to expect. The latest film from director M. Night Shyamalan could be one of the biggest movies of the summer season…or it could be another strike against Shyamalan’s once-promising career. The trailer looks exciting, and it captures the father/son relationship aspects the film will surely center around. Check it out:


After Earth Photo And Poster Lack Excitement

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Here are two conversations about the same thing. “Hey, did you see the new picture for that Will Smith movie, After Earth, that’s coming out?” asks one guy. “The one with his son? Yeah, it looks okay, I guess,” says the other. Now let’s take a look at the other way. “Did you see the new picture for that M. Night Shyamalan…” asks the one guy before his friend throws boiling water in his face to make him shut up.

The After Earth Twitter page has unleashed a brand-new image from the film, in which Jaden Smith is — get this — running. Or perhaps he’s just in the middle of lunging, I’m not sure. See the full tweet below.



M. Night Shyamalan’s Real Genius

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Real Genius is right up there with The ‘burbs as one of my very favorite guilty pleasures from the ‘80s. Actually I’m not even guilty about it, because it’s awesome, and I shall duel at 50 paces anyone who says otherwise. What’s not to like about Real Genius? You’ve got a young Val Kilmer at his very most Val Kilmeriest. You’ve got quotable lines like: “Why is that toy on your head?” “Because if I wear it anywhere else, it chafes.” You’ve got a government-contracted laser used to explode a man’s house with popcorn. It’s the gift that keeps on giving.

But in all my viewings of Real Genius, I never once suspected that it was secretly an M. Night Shyamalan twisty thriller, some 14 years before anybody knew what an M. Night Shyamalan twisty thriller was.


M. Night Shyamalan Working On Twin Peaks-esque TV Series For Fox

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This summer will see the release of M. Night Shyamalan’s latest film, the Will Smith-starring sci-fi flick After Earth. It’s unclear if After Earth will be part of a movie comeback for the Indian-American director, but on TV, Shyamalan is still a hot commodity as if 2001 never ended. Fox has just picked up Shyamalan’s Wayward Pines for a long-form drama series to air in 2014.

According to Deadline.com, Fox is developing Wayward Pines with Shyamalan, Chad Hodge (The Playboy Club), Donald De Line (Green Lantern), and Ashwin Rajan (After Earth).

‘With top-notch auspices and feature-quality production plans, Wayward Pines… represent exactly the kind of high-impact, 10- to 12-part events we set out to develop when we entered the limited series business,’ said Fox chairman Kevin Reilly. ‘These two series (Blood Brothers) are the first of many big ideas, big names and big talent that you can anticipate will be on our air in the next 12-24 months.’

The TV series follows a secret service agent named Ethan Burke. When he arrives in the small rustic town of Wayward Pines, Idaho to investigate the whereabouts of two missing federal agents, he soon discovers that things aren’t what they appear to be, and more questions about the town overshadow his ongoing investigation. As Burke slowly discovers the truth, he comes to the realization that he may never leave Wayward Pines alive.


New After Earth Promo Images

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I’ve gone over it in my head again and again, and I can’t think of what new piece of information about After Earth would make me want to drop everything I was doing to go see it. It’s a sci-fi apocalyptic tale. I like that. It’s got a small cast secluded in a new world with unknown enemies. I like that. I like Will Smith and have no problems with Jaden Smith yet, and Isabelle Fuhrman is looking like she’ll have a career I’ll be pleased to follow. But it’s a CGI extravaganza from M. Night Shyamalan and two co-screenwriters (says IMDB), which negates anything positive I may have felt.


So the new pieces of information currently not changing my mind about anything are two promo images released for the film, due out June 7, 2013. The first something of a majestic pose from Jaden Smith, presumably wearing the uniform that changes him into the Wile E. Coyote bat man we see in the trailer. And everything is forest green behind him, so it could almost be a Hunger Games promo image. Hey, Fuhrman was in that!

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