Posts Tagged ‘Frank Marshall’

REVIEW The Last Airbender

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. (more…)

Twitterbending News!

June 16, 2010

The Twitter happy producer of The Last Airbender Frank Marshall just posted this:

LAST AIRBENDER release date moves up to July 1st…

All fans eagerly waiting the opening of Airbender, just got a 24 hour bonus! Be sure to visit Frank Marshall at his Twitter page.

Marshall Weighs in on Racebending

April 8, 2010

Jordan Hoffman with UGO.com was contacted recently by The Last Airbender producer Frank Marshall, to clarify the insensitive casting calls, and the race of the characters in general.

“agree[s] that this casting notice was poorly worded and offensive. However, it was not written nor distributed by the production, or the studio, but by a local extra casting entity that did not consult with either. “Ultimately, we all take responsibility for not doing a more thorough job monitoring these frequently used third-party agents and Paramount has since been in regular dialogue with Asian American advocacy groups including the Japanese American Citizens League and the Media Action Network for Asian Americans to ensure that such a mistake does not happen in the future.”

Marshall also produced the original casting breakdowns as they were first made available.

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.

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.

Super Bowl TV Spot in 1080p

February 5, 2010

The highly anticipated 30 second TV spot for The Last Airbender scheduled to air during the Super Bowl this Sunday has found its way online courtesy of UGO.

Percy Jackson & the Avatar

January 27, 2010

The Last Airbender producer, Frank Marshall, confirmed that the full theatrical trailer will be attached to Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief opening February 12, 2010. He also confirmed that a TV spot will run five days before, during Super Bowl XLIV on February 7. It is not clear if the TV spot will feature the full theatrical trailer, or a slimmed down version, but it is said to feature the entire main cast.

In any case, it’s sure to be an exciting week for Percy Jackson fans, football fans, and Avatar fans.

Trailer Delayed

December 4, 2009

News from The Last Airbender producer Frank Marshall. Marshall posted on  Twitter yesterday stating :

Not enough ILM shots finished, so LAST AIRBENDER trailer will not debut until Feb…

While this news crushes our anticipation of the trailer as a delightful X-mas present, we must remember that February is not that far away and continue to have patience.

On the First Day of Xmas

August 24, 2009

Paramount gave to Avatards,
a trailer for them to tear apart

Yes, our twittering friend LeDoctor has sent word that post production on The Last Airbender is progressing smoothly, and they’re shooting for a Christmas release for the full trailer. It could possibly be attached to Peter Jackson’s The Lovely Bones, due in theaters on December 11. But it would be deliciously ironic if it finds itself attached to James Cameron’s Avatar, which will open on December 18.