Archive for April, 2009

Last Airbender More than Meets the Eye

April 28, 2009

Frank Marshall (TLA Producer), confirmed today on Twitter that The Last Airbender teaser trailer will be attached to “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”. Transformers is set to release June 24th.

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Budget Confirmed: $250 Million

April 21, 2009

Frank Marshall confirmed today that the budget for the planned The Last Airbender trilogy is $250 million, and that they will be spending more on the first film “to create the world.”

Marshall Claims No Discrimination

April 20, 2009

The Last Airbender Producer, Frank Marshall, in an effort to quell the continuing charges of whitewashing the cast, had this to say on his Twitter.

The casting is complete and we did not discriminate against anyone. I am done talking about it.

Well there you have it.

Shooting to Start This Week in South Philly Seaplane Hangar

April 12, 2009

According to a report by Philly.com, shooting is set to begin this week at one of the largest soundstages on the East Coast.

This week, M. Night Shyamalan and his Last Airbender cast and crew will shoot at the Navy Yard in South Philly on what could be the largest soundstage on the East Coast.

It’s a World War II seaplane hangar that served as the PX for the Navy until it was decommissioned – 75-foot ceilings over about 100,000 square feet, or almost two football fields, including end zones. Paramount knocked out the hangar’s temporary columns, walls, and ceilings, so it’s all clear. “Built for war and indestructible” is how Greater Philadelphia Film Office head Sharon Pinkenson describes it. Before Shyamalan got ahold of it for his action film, it was used for storage of equipment for the X Games during the winter between the competition’s two summers in Philadelphia.

After doing a little researching around I managed to find a picture of the hangar/sound stage. This thing is huge!

South Philly Hangar Sound Stage

South Philly Sound Stage Hangar-- ©2008 Everett Priestley

Frank Marshall added a picture of the hangar to his Twitter site this morning!

Navy Hangar Set -- © 2009 Frank Marshall

Navy Hangar Set -- © 2009 Frank Marshall

Teaser Trailer By June!

April 9, 2009

Producer Frank Marshall updated his Twitter yet again, this time announcing that a teaser for The Last Airbender will be out by the end of June!

Pictures of Noah Ringer & Co. Are Coming

April 9, 2009

According to Producer Frank Marshall’s Twitter, a press release and photos of the cast are due out in June! If there aren’t any leaks between now and then, we’ll be getting out first look at the Noah Ringer as Aang and the rest of the Gaang in just two months.

Spears and Meat, Purty Sweeeet!

April 8, 2009

Amanda Bell of the Twilight Examiner sat down with Jackson Rathbone for a little chat, discussing topics ranging from his role in Twilight, to his upcoming role as Sokka in The Last Airbender.

“I’ve been training in various styles of Kung Fu since December, and I love it! It connects the body and mind in a way a textbook could never achieve . . . I can kill from 10 feet away with a spear . . . Purty sweeeeeetttt . . .”

This is a Warrior’s Wolf-Tail!

April 7, 2009

Pictures have found their way online of Jackson Rathbone sporting his Sokka hairdo!

“Well, it certainly tells the other warriors that you’re fun and perky!”

And the Peabody Goes To…

April 6, 2009

The George Foster Peabody Awards has honored Avatar: The Last Airbender with a prestigious Peabody Award for its “unusually complex characters and healthy respect for the consequences of warfare.”

Michael DiMartino, co-creator  and co-executive producer, had this to say when reached by Animation Insider.

We are thrilled, honored, and humbled that Avatar was chosen to receive a Peabody award. From the start, Bryan [Konietzko] and I set out to make a series that would exceed what audiences normally expect from children’s animated shows. We’re proud of all the people who worked tirelessly to make that goal a reality.

Avatar: The Last Airbender is one of a few animated programs, including The Simpsons, Wallace & Gromit, Dora the Explorer, Blue’s Clues, and South Park, to have ever received a Peabody.

Congratulations to Michael Dante DiMartino, Bryan Konietzko, and all of the talented people who put so much hard work into making Avatar a reality.

Lauren Mary Kim is a Warrior

April 5, 2009

“But she’s a girl too.”

According to IMDb, Lauren Mary Kim has been cast as Kyoshi Warrior #3! As Aang so aptly put it in The Warriors of Kyoshi, “Relax, Sokka. Where we’re going you won’t need any pants!”

Tino Quezada and John Mitchell have also been cast as Fire Nation warriors.