February 27, 2011
Nearly sweeping the cermony this year, The Last Airbender received multiple Razzies at this years award ceremony. In addition to Worst Director and Worst Picture, AIRBENDER also “won” Worst Screenplay, Worst Eye-Gouging Mis-Use of 3-D, and Worst Supporting Actor in Jackson Rathbone.
It turns out, there is a way to make The Last Airbender palatable; riffing.
Thats right, the guys at Rifftrax.com (formerly MST3K), have released a rifftrax you can play along with The Last Airbender. You can forget how terrible the movie is, while you’re dying of laughter. The rifftrax for Last Airbender can be purchased here.
November 11, 2010
Heads up to all you Avatards out there, who may be excited about The Last Airbender’s DVD & Blu-ray release next week on the 16th. If you head on over to BecomeTheAvatar.com, you can upload a personal photo of yourself, friend, or family member and become the Avatar, to be printed as a poster, DVD or Blu-ray cover. Doing so will also net you a $5 off coupon good towards the DVD/Blu-ray combo pack!
As you may have guessed, we are back from our hiatus…somewhat. Many aspects of our personal and professional lives have drawn our attention away from the Avatar fandom these last few months, but expect us to be a little more active over the months to come. Thanks for the support.
July 23, 2010
AvatarSpirit.net board member MoonlitShadow attended the Avatar signing with Bryan Konietzko & Mike DiMartino at the San Diego Comic-Con today, and returned with the following bit of Korra news…
So, Im currently using my iPod to type a short message, but I just got out of the avatar signing at the Nick booth. One pretty big piece of info- Korra IS a miniseries, and Bryke is happy because tha means they can really make an impressive 12 episodes instead of hits and misses like they felt they had with original series. Also, expect Korra to air in LATE fall 2011.
I’m sure some will be disappointed that it will not be a full season, but this could work out for the best. At least we can be sure that Korra won’t be making any trips to the Great Divide.
July 22, 2010
Fellow Avatar fan Matt Patches from UGO was able to shoot some questions Jeremy Zuckerman’s way during a panel at the San Diego Comic-Con. When asked if he were open to returning to compose for “The Legend of Korra,” Zuckerman responded with a resounding “absolutely!” Jeremy Zuckerman along with Benjamin Wynn, comprised the band known as The Track Team, who were responsible for the iconic music & sound design in “Avatar: The Last Airbender.”
I for one could not be more pleased to hear Zuckerman’s enthusiasm. Whereas the characters were the heart, The Track Team’s score was the soul of the original Avatar. An Avatar without their musical talents would be like Star Wars without John Williams.
July 21, 2010
The good people at Nick were kind enough to pass along a high definition version of “The Legend of Korra” promotional art. Click the image above to see it in all its glory.
In other Korra news, Speakeasy spoke with “Avatar: The Last Airbender” creators Mike DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko in an interview that sheds some light on a number of topics ranging from the highly anticipated new series, to their thoughts on Shyamalan’s adaptation, whom the mother of Aang’s son Tenzin is, and more! Read on Avatar faithful!
The Wall Street Journal: How did you come up with the idea for the spinoff?
Bryan Konietzko: When Mike and I first created “Avatar: The Last Airbender” we always knew it would have an ending to it, that particular story. But as the show really took off, and found an audience all over the world, we knew that despite our intentions of ending that story there would probably be a time when Nickelodeon would come calling and want some more episodes….When that time came we had this idea for jumping ahead and telling a story about the next Avatar, this girl Korra. Read the rest of this entry »
July 21, 2010
More news is pouring in on “The Legend of Korra!” This time the Wall Street Journal Speakeasy got some juicy story & character details from Nick, and also a slightly higher res version of the previously released promotional still!
Nickelodeon said in a release that “The Legend of Korra takes place 70 years after the events of ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’ and follows the adventures of the Avatar after Aang – a passionate, rebellious, and fearless teenaged girl from the Southern Water Tribe named Korra.”
Korra’s quest eventually leads her to Republic City–the epicenter of the world of “Avatar.” A metropolis powered by steampunk-type technology, the city is inhabited by people from all nations. Korra finds that Republic City suffers from rampant crime and is also dealing with an anti-bender revolt. Korra is tutored by Aang’s son, Tenzin, is the ways of airbending.
Sounds like the world of Avatar will closer reflect the steampunkish early concept art from the original series as seen in the recently released “Avatar: The Last Airbender” artbook! It’s also interesting to note that Aang’s son, Tenzin, can presumably airbend, when Mike & Bryan previously stated that Aang would be the last of the airbenders.
July 21, 2010
Nickelodeon has officially announced that a sequel to the critically acclaimed “Avatar: The Last Airbender” is the works! From the creator-producers of “Avatar: The Last Airbender,” “The Legend of Korra” (tentatively titled) animated series is slated to premiere in 2011. According to Nickelodeon executive Brown Johnson, the new series will follow the adventures of a teenage Water Tribe girl avatar named Korra (pictured above presumably), described as a independent hothead “ready to take on the world.”
Here is the full press release courtesy of Nickelodeon!
NICKELODEON GREENLIGHTS NEW SERIES
FROM THE CREATORS OF THE ANIMATED TELEVISION HIT
AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER
Series Creators Michael DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko
Bring Fans a New Adventure in the Avatar World The Legend of Korra Read the rest of this entry »
July 11, 2010
The box office estimates are in for the weekend of July 9-11th, and The Last Airbender has surpassed the $100 million mark after its second weekend!
After adding thirty four additional screens to bring its theater count up to 3,203, The Last Airbender dropped an estimated 57.5% from its opening weekend, grossing an estimated $17.15 million.
July 10, 2010
Lost in translation. What better phrase to sum up M. Night Shyamalan’s efforts to bring the beloved Avatar: The Last Airbender animated series to the silver screen? It has been three and a half years since Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies announced the hiring of Oscar nominated director M. Night Shyamalan to produce the live action adaptation, much to the trepidation of Avatar fans worldwide. While Night’s early Hollywood career met with substantial box office success and critical acclaim, his two most recent films (and a third to be released in 2008) were received far less favorably. Many were beginning to justifiably doubt his directing talents, and still more wondered if he had the skills necessary to do justice to the Peabody award winning modern classic. We’ve been following this film since production finally began to ramp up in the fall of 2008; covering every news item, every photo snapped, every interview given, every trailer screened, and we were even lucky enough to have a chance to interview Night himself back in March earlier this year. The cast and crew said the right things, the costumes and sets looked fantastic, the special fx wowed us, and Night had a lot of enthusiasm for the show & seemed to get what made Avatar great. Aside from the much publicized casting issues, things seemed to have been progressing most auspiciously. I was lucky enough to have been invited to the film’s premiere at the Lincoln Center in New York City on June 30th. Having given myself a few days deliberation, I believe I’m ready to submit a critique of the film that will hopefully keep gut-reaction hyperbole to a minimum. Read the rest of this entry »
July 6, 2010
Having grossed $51.8 million over the Fourth of July weekend, The Last Airbender’s current domestic box office now stands at $69.3 million after only five days! Director M. Night Shyamalan already has the entirety of the sequel mapped out, with Summer Bishil becoming the main antagonist for the remainder of the films.
“The third is more ambiguous, but the second one, I’ve written a draft that I’m really happy with and is darker and richer, and it has a wonderful antagonist in it in Azula, who’s kind of like our only real, pure antagonist in the series, so I’m excited about that.”
Night also spoke on the absence of the Kyoshi Warriors from the first film, and hints that we might not see them on the eventual home release.
“I probably won’t show the Kyoshi Warriors because I want to save them for the second movie, because I’m going to have to introduce them all over again.”
“We shot [the scene] and [the Kyoshi Warriors] were amazing, and we spent an unbelievable amount of time choreographing them,” he said. “And they just distracted from the movie, because the movie wasn’t about them.”
Of course, all of these plans hinge on The Last Airbender’s box office success.