Archive for March, 2010

UGO Phone Interview With M. Night

March 30, 2010

Jordan Hoffman of UGO.com scored an exclusive phone interview with M. Night Shyamalan, in which we learn the pronunciation of some character’s names has been changed, firebenders do in fact require an outside source for their fire (as we previously reported), and more!

M. Night Shyamalan: Let’s talk about Firebending. When I first saw the show, I saw that everyone else needed their element around them. You need water to bend water, earth beneath your feet to bend earth and air is all around us. So, the idea of self-manifesting fire was the first thing that popped into my head, in terms of wanting to understand this world. Now, manifesting fire through chi, I thought, was fascinating. So – in our movie – the majority of the benders still need a source. So you need fire nearby, which creates all sorts of wonderful, practical issues.

Jordan Hoffman: This is new. Katara keeps a water bag, but firebenders don’t need that.

M. Night Shyamalan:
This is totally new.  So the Fire Nation will throw in a fireball not only to create damage, but to ensure that there is a source of fire.

And Hoffman also addressed the Racebending issue later on in a follow up interview.

Jordan Hoffman: One of the complaints is this: you have Inuit actors playing the background of the water bending tribe, yet the two leads, Sokka and Katara, are white, so people looking for conspiracy will point to this.

M. Night Shyamalan: When you see the whole movie, where the characters go, the Northern Water Tribe all have the European look that Sokka and Katara have, with a few exceptions here and there.

Jordan Hoffman: The other day you said that the second film will feature a lot of the Earth Bending Nation, which is Asian, but there is a community within that that is African-American.

M. Night Shyamalan: That’s correct. And I’m pumped for that.

Visit UGO.com for the rest of the interview!

Advertisements

Los Angeles Times Interviews Noah Ringer

March 29, 2010

Los Angeles Times reporter Amy Kaufman talked with The Last Airbender’s own Noah Ringer at the 2010 Kids Choice Awards.

Nick.com has also posted some Airbender related videos, you can see those at the links below.

KCA 2010: Last Airbender & Ryan Shekler Interview

KCA 2010: Airbender’s Nicola Peltz Bends Slime

KCA 2010: Taylor Lautner & Dev Patel Interview

This videos are probably the worst quality imaginable. If we get higher res versions, we’ll post them.

Kids Choice Awards TV Spot

March 28, 2010

A brand new TV spot for The Last Airbender aired during Nickelodeon’s annual Kids Choice Awards.

I Think I’m Turning Japanese

March 26, 2010

A Japanese theatrical trailer for The Last Airbender surfaced on the internet today. Those that were disappointed with the second theatrical trailer’s lack of fresh material will be very pleased.

Thanks to Last Airbender Fans forum member Project 86 for the tip.

Second Theatrical Trailer Has Arrived

March 24, 2010

Coming out of left field today is a new theatrical trailer for The Last Airbender. It includes a number of new shots from the film, and features Noah Ringer speaking as Aang for the first time. It is unclear at this time whether this trailer is the new one scheduled to be attached to Iron Man 2, in theaters May 7, or if it is an International trailer.

The First Slimebender

March 23, 2010

In a move that could change the very nature of the universe, Nick.com is reporting that Nicola Peltz will be slimebending at the 2010 Kids Choice Awards. The KCA’s will be aired at 8pm EST on March 27th. Be sure to tune in for slimebending that would make Due & Tho proud.

thanks to RockinDMG for finding a higher quality video

M. Night On Zuko’s Mom, Book 4, and Poster Signing

March 15, 2010

Greetings my fellow Hotmen. While it will be a few more days before the video of the roundtable discussion will be released to us, our friends at Paramount have agreed to let us give our loyal readers & Last Airbender fans a little preview of the events that transpired on March 11 in New York City.

Three Last Airbender fan sites were invited to participate in the discussion with M. Night Shyamalan: Jordan from AvatartheLastAirbenderOnline.com, Teddy from LastAirbenderFans.com, and myself.  Joining us at the discussion were entertainment journalists from IGN, io9MTV, Jordan Hoffman from UGO whom was particularly fond of the blueberry muffins, and many others. After a brief breakfast at The W Hotel in Times Square, where the aformentioned blueberry muffins were served, we sat down for what turned out to be an hour long discussion with M. Night.

While each writer was only able to ask one question on film due to time, I was able to squeeze in three. M. Night spoke on the film with what can only be described as child-like enthusiasm, and would often deviate into other topics related to a question. After the discussion he was even kind enough to sign our choice of either an Aang or Zuko theatrical one-sheet. While we cannot go into too much detail until the full videotapped discussion is released, here are some juicy tidbits to whet your appetite.

  • The world of The Last Airbender is inspired by Asian culture, much the same way The Lord of the Rings is inspired by Midieval Europe. The story of this film does not take place in our world, hence the absense of East Asian caligraphy that was prevalent in the animated series.
  • M. Night was just as mystified by the lack of resolution in the Zuko’s Mother story arc in Book 3, and declared he will make it a priority to do so in the films.
  • Sillier moments and characters from the show, such as the Cabbage Man, will not be a part of the film.
  • He met with Mike & Bryan during the production of Book 3 to be sure that they had no plans to extend the story into a possible Book 4, before he moved forward with the production of The Last Airbender. Night wanted to be sure it would end in Book 3.
  • Casting the lead characters was done without bias. Any actor of any race had a shot at the roles. Once the lead characters were cast, the people of their respective nations were cast as the same or similar race.
  • Toph will be Asian in the sequel.

 The full video discussion will be available in a few days time. Keep an eye out for it!

New Airbender Trailer and More

March 9, 2010

Frank Marshall has announced via Twitter that there will be a new The Last Airbender trailer attached to Iron Man 2 which comes out on May 2nd.

For those of you interested in being a part of The Last Airbender a new casting call has been announced.

An open casting call for the movie will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Independence Visitor Center at Sixth and Market Streets.

Producers are repeating their call for physically fit boys and girls ages 6 to 16 and men and women 18 to 65 – especially those with martial-arts skills.

Shyamalan’s crew issued a notice Friday, reading in part: “Wear your karate gi, dress casually, or come in the traditional costume of your family’s ethnic background.”

For those interested you can  e-mail CastingAirbender@gmail.com or call 215-552-8554. Those chosen must be available for two months starting March 22nd. Good Luck! Source

We have gotten a ton of M. Night questions from you the fans. We’re still accepting them up to March 10th. Remember you can email askmnight@gmail.com or use the FORMSPRING.

Ask M. Night!

March 5, 2010

We are very pleased to announce that Last Airbender Film has been invited by our friends at Paramount Pictures to participate in a filmed round table discussion with director M. Night Shyamalan, in which your questions about the film will be answered! The event will be held next week in New York City on March 11.

To submit your question for consideration, all you have to do is send us an e-mail with your name and question to askmnight@lastairbenderfilm.com. Questions must be submitted no later than 12 PM EST on March 10.