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M Night is shooting THE LAST AIRBENDER

Published at: April 2, 2009, 3:45 p.m. CST

Hey folks, Harry here... I've really no idea what M Night Shyamalan is going to turn THE LAST AIRBENDER into, but whatever it is - it's actually shooting atop Mount Penn! The area's READING EAGLE seems to have been given a certain degree of access and as a result we have the first report on the making of the film with pictures! So if you care about this project - this is the first chance to get excited or discouraged... depends on your point of view...

Click Here to see the pics and report from the READING EAGLE!

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  • April 2, 2009, 3:47 p.m. CST

    Wow

    by Daremo

    Hopefully not another dud.

  • April 2, 2009, 3:51 p.m. CST

    Are we at the who cares point with M. Night yet?

    by Nobody_Touches_Buddy_Revell

    we should be

  • April 2, 2009, 3:51 p.m. CST

    Bad filmmaker makes film of overrated cartoon.

    by DerLanghaarige

    I smell Oscars.<br> But at least I gotta give Shyamalan that a.) while his scripts began to suck harder with every movie, hedefinitely has some talent as a director, and b.)this doesn't seem to be your typical Shyamalan movie, so it will be at least an itneresting project to follow.

  • April 2, 2009, 3:52 p.m. CST

    What?!

    by CENOBITE

    M. Night Shyamalan actually shot a scene outside of Pennsylvania?! I'm shocked.

  • April 2, 2009, 3:53 p.m. CST

    I still hold out hope for Shaymy...

    by The Eskimo

    ...but I don't know why. That last film with Marky Mark was some amateur shit.

  • April 2, 2009, 3:58 p.m. CST

    We were at the who cares point with Lady in the Water

    by JuanSanchez

  • April 2, 2009, 4 p.m. CST

    FOLLOW SOURCE MATERIAL

    by optimistprime

    Like most things that are popular in another format, staying true to your source material will generally be the difference between good (Iron Man) and bad (Bayformers).

  • April 2, 2009, 4:11 p.m. CST

    shoot me now

    by cyrent

    oi vey

  • April 2, 2009, 4:12 p.m. CST

    Where's the Married with Children movie?? I've been waiting fore

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    Hooters hooters yum yum yum. Hooters hooters on a girl thats dumb.

  • April 2, 2009, 4:13 p.m. CST

    What a tweest!

    by fiester

    Sham is right.

  • April 2, 2009, 4:18 p.m. CST

    I could care less

    by Charlie_Allnut

    I'm not familiar with this film, and M. Night seems to have turned into a hack. This could be the nail in the coffin.

  • April 2, 2009, 4:19 p.m. CST

    Grasping for straws

    by BCfreeB

    M. Night is desperately seeking success at this point. He KIND OF was with The Happening, but that one backfired (even though he made it what Im sure he thought was a "conventional thriller") He's just gotten more and more out of touch with reality, film, and his fan base. But Unbreakable was pretty great.

  • April 2, 2009, 4:20 p.m. CST

    @ Nobody_Touches_Buddy_Revell

    by Crashbang

    We are. I REALLY wanted to love every movie after Sixth Sense, and even quite enjoyed the villiage. But signs hit me hard and I didn't even go to see Happening after bad word of mouth. Perhaps this will be the start of his recovery as an artist, if you get my meaning.

  • April 2, 2009, 4:20 p.m. CST

    Christina Applegate's hottness is the dependent variable

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    in Married with Children movie's viability. Get the ball rolling.

  • April 2, 2009, 4:22 p.m. CST

    He already "whitewashed" Avatar

    by Chief Joseph

    Cast all caucasians as asians.<br> For shame.<br> Although he'll probably cast himself in the movie.

  • April 2, 2009, 4:29 p.m. CST

    The hack is back...

    by Fenrisulfr

    ... this guy is still getting work?

  • April 2, 2009, 4:30 p.m. CST

    'knowing' was like a Shyamalan film

    by robamenta

    sad to say...total shit and daring at the same time

  • April 2, 2009, 4:42 p.m. CST

    Best Animated series of all time

    by THE KNIGHT

    In my honest opinion. Please don't fuck it up Night!

  • April 2, 2009, 4:45 p.m. CST

    I love m. night even if the happening was terrible

    by TheDark0Knight

    I think it sounds like a good project, night should bring some real emotion to this.

  • April 2, 2009, 4:46 p.m. CST

    I think it could be great!

    by Mathom

    Just like all of his movies. I still don't understand what folks don't like about Lady In the Water.

  • April 2, 2009, 4:47 p.m. CST

    Derharlingarley

    by I am the most horrible

    You accidentally said "overrated." You meant "underrated"...either that or you're effin crazy!!!

  • April 2, 2009, 4:48 p.m. CST

    ANDREW LESNIE!

    by THE KNIGHT

    DP of the LOTR trilogy. is doing this film... That's enough to get me excited!

  • April 2, 2009, 4:50 p.m. CST

    CENOBITE- Reading is in Pennsylvania

    by RenoNevada2000

    Reading is about an hour north of Philly. When I was going to college at nearby Kutztown University, the Pagoda was a great place to take a date for a blowjob if you couldn't get your roommate to vacate the dorm room for a few hours.

  • April 2, 2009, 4:50 p.m. CST

    All this reckless Hate....

    by Mathom

    And I still say the Happening wasn't that bad, but I know I'm preaching to the wrong choir here.

  • April 2, 2009, 4:56 p.m. CST

    The Happening wasn't that bad...

    by Dead_Geek

    ....HAHahahahahahhahahhahhahhahahha! ASS!

  • April 2, 2009, 5:02 p.m. CST

    Most ridiculous scene in The Happening...

    by Fenrisulfr

    Whalberg walks into a house and asks a plant, terrified, if he can use the washroom. LMFAO. I thought I was hallucinating. I thought: no fucking way this is supposed to be taken seriously.

  • April 2, 2009, 5:11 p.m. CST

    heard so many good things about avatar

    by wixmmm

    i kept hearing over and over and over about how great avatar was but everytime i went to tv.com and saw that huge smile on that cartooned face i just couldn't give the show a shot, even though the ratings were so high (although that doesn't say much because the people on that site still think heroes is awesome)... but when i was going on a long roadtrip for vacation i put the episodes on my computer... watched 2 1/2 seasons and gave up... it was really hit or miss but the annoying humor i'm supposed ignore was unignorable (is that even a word?)

  • April 2, 2009, 5:15 p.m. CST

    Potential

    by Toonol

    The cartoon was surprisingly good, and I still think M Knight is massively talented. The problem is he is also massively flawed. If circumstances conspire to negate those flaws (such as having a good screenplay), he has a shot at turning out a great movie.<p> His failures are more interesting than Michael Bay's greatest successes.

  • April 2, 2009, 5:15 p.m. CST

    Reviews!

    by laraz

    Hi fellow geeks and film lover alike, if you want some good reviews of the latest and best in film head over to myspace page, its ursl is www.myspace.com/martinjunior84 hope you all enjoy, and if you got a myspace account add me, because facebook sucks!

  • April 2, 2009, 5:15 p.m. CST

    Reviews!

    by laraz

    Hi fellow geeks and film lover alike, if you want some good reviews of the latest and best in film head over to myspace page, its ursl is www.myspace.com/martinjunior84 hope you all enjoy, and if you got a myspace account add me, because facebook sucks!

  • April 2, 2009, 5:15 p.m. CST

    Reviews!

    by laraz

    Hi fellow geeks and film lover alike, if you want some good reviews of the latest and best in film head over to myspace page, its ursl is www.myspace.com/martinjunior84 hope you all enjoy, and if you got a myspace account add me, because facebook sucks!

  • April 2, 2009, 5:15 p.m. CST

    Reviews!

    by laraz

    Hi fellow geeks and film lover alike, if you want some good reviews of the latest and best in film head over to myspace page, its ursl is www.myspace.com/martinjunior84 hope you all enjoy, and if you got a myspace account add me, because facebook sucks!

  • April 2, 2009, 5:15 p.m. CST

    Reviews!

    by laraz

    Hi fellow geeks and film lover alike, if you want some good reviews of the latest and best in film head over to myspace page, its ursl is www.myspace.com/martinjunior84 hope you all enjoy, and if you got a myspace account add me, because facebook sucks!

  • April 2, 2009, 5:15 p.m. CST

    Reviews!

    by laraz

    Hi fellow geeks and film lover alike, if you want some good reviews of the latest and best in film head over to myspace page, its ursl is www.myspace.com/martinjunior84 hope you all enjoy, and if you got a myspace account add me, because facebook sucks!

  • April 2, 2009, 5:15 p.m. CST

    Reviews!

    by laraz

    Hi fellow geeks and film lover alike, if you want some good reviews of the latest and best in film head over to myspace page, its ursl is www.myspace.com/martinjunior84 hope you all enjoy, and if you got a myspace account add me, because facebook sucks!

  • April 2, 2009, 5:15 p.m. CST

    Reviews!

    by laraz

    Hi fellow geeks and film lover alike, if you want some good reviews of the latest and best in film head over to myspace page, its ursl is www.myspace.com/martinjunior84 hope you all enjoy, and if you got a myspace account add me, because facebook sucks!

  • April 2, 2009, 5:15 p.m. CST

    Reviews!

    by laraz

    Hi fellow geeks and film lover alike, if you want some good reviews of the latest and best in film head over to myspace page, its ursl is www.myspace.com/martinjunior84 hope you all enjoy, and if you got a myspace account add me, because facebook sucks!

  • April 2, 2009, 5:15 p.m. CST

    Reviews!

    by laraz

    Hi fellow geeks and film lover alike, if you want some good reviews of the latest and best in film head over to myspace page, its ursl is www.myspace.com/martinjunior84 hope you all enjoy, and if you got a myspace account add me, because facebook sucks!

  • April 2, 2009, 5:18 p.m. CST

    "Cast all caucasians as asians."

    by Toonol

    I don't think he did. Yes, he cast Caucasians. I don't think he cast them as Asians. He cast them as residents of another world, with no Asia or Europe. I'm not sure the ethnicity of the cartoon characters is clearly set. Yes, the FANTASY SETTING draws heavily on Eastern culture, but that doesn't necessarily dictate the characters' genetics.

  • April 2, 2009, 5:20 p.m. CST

    laraz

    by wixmmm

    Lame as fuck, but because of the number of times you posted that you are a douchebag and a loser... i would have ignored you if you only posted it once but by reposting over and over i think you're a loser... will you review before movies come out (not counting torrent leaks)??? If i wanted to read some loser's ametuer take on films i'd go to imdb or anywhere else other than your lame little myspace page. i hope you're banned for this.

  • April 2, 2009, 5:22 p.m. CST

    MNS doomed...

    by Unscripted

    ...because he insists on shooting everything in Philthadelphia, the most suck-tastic city in the whole country.

  • April 2, 2009, 5:26 p.m. CST

    is anyone still on the Shamalamalan bandwagon?

    by BMacSmith

    I jumped off around Signs and havent looked back.

  • April 2, 2009, 5:30 p.m. CST

    I'd like to see some concept art online- how bout it Shammy?

    by D.Vader

    That'd be a really good way to win your audience back. Start treating them to something nice. Court them back. Give us tidbits. HOW ABOUT SOME ART?!

  • April 2, 2009, 5:36 p.m. CST

    I'm shooting an Airbender

    by jimmy rabbitte

    It smells like lunch.

  • April 2, 2009, 5:47 p.m. CST

    wixmmm

    by laraz

    Hey dude im not tryig to start a-fight, hell im just trying to get out there! & i download movies or buy them illegally! I came across through a friend, but anyway, most the films I review I see in the theater! & My reviews are just as good or sub-par than anyone else on aint it cool! The only difference may be is that AICN gets to go & suck up to the Studios & Directors!

  • April 2, 2009, 6:06 p.m. CST

    The Pagoda

    by YarelPoofsChin

    I live in the area, and think it's funny that someone is acutally using one of PA's oddest land marks. Espically since the article mentions that the pagoda will be digitally replaced in the final film. Here's a link to the pagoda's web site: http://www.readingpagoda.com/Home.html

  • April 2, 2009, 6:29 p.m. CST

    NEEDS GIANT ROBOTS

    by Sal_Bando

    another idiotic post. Oh well-

  • April 2, 2009, 6:31 p.m. CST

    "My reviews are just as good or sub-par.."

    by TheMandrakeRoot

    Laraz, I never usually call people out on this site, but you my friend are a complete fucking wanker. By spamming this site you make people give even less of a fuck about your self proclaimed "sub-par" reviews. Seriously, fuck off with that shit.

  • April 2, 2009, 6:33 p.m. CST

    Hilarious

    by Aquatarkusman

    "And I still say the Happening wasn't that bad, but I know I'm preaching to the wrong choir here." You mean the choir made up of people from the Planet Earth?

  • April 2, 2009, 6:55 p.m. CST

    Is this an Air Bud sequel?

    by JumpinJehosaphat

    R.I.P., sweet puppy....

  • April 2, 2009, 7:06 p.m. CST

    I think this post pretty much sums it up

    by TiVo1138

    "Whalberg walks into a house and asks a plant, terrified, if he can use the washroom. LMFAO. I thought I was hallucinating. I thought: no fucking way this is supposed to be taken seriously." Whether you like the movie or not, this scene was NOT supposed to be taken seriously. I heard the same criticisms of Unbreakable when the kid pulls the gun on Bruce Willis. The general public misinterprets a lot of the shit in Shyamalan's films.

  • April 2, 2009, 7:08 p.m. CST

    Pictures suck.

    by OutlawsDelejos

    Guys standing around a truck. Fuck Yeah!

  • April 2, 2009, 7:15 p.m. CST

    other than James Newton Howard

    by oscarmike

    nothing else about this movie interests me. love the show but it's fine just being a cartoon

  • April 2, 2009, 7:37 p.m. CST

    Must be using the pagoda as the air temple

    by Ye Not Guilty

    Very interesting

  • April 2, 2009, 7:53 p.m. CST

    Is this still with white people?

    by Dazzler69

    I think they should be Asian like in the toon.

  • April 2, 2009, 8:06 p.m. CST

    M. NIGHT, STICK A SHOTGUN IN YOUR COCKSUCKER AND PULL THE TRIGGE

    by THEFUCKINGCREEPYTHINMAN

  • April 2, 2009, 8:07 p.m. CST

    RRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR

    by THEFUCKINGCREEPYTHINMAN

  • April 2, 2009, 8:07 p.m. CST

    Don't care

    by one_guy_from_andromeda

    Really, who gives a shit about what Shyamalan does anymore?

  • April 2, 2009, 8:13 p.m. CST

    M. Night Shamalamadingdong

    by crankyoldguy

    makes awful films in recent years. And Sixth Sense wasn't that great. Unbreakable? the Decline began. And the last three to four? Not even mediocre. Pure bullshit stories. I'd rather see any Air Bud movie, in fact, to repond to that post above. He's a hype gone bad fest.

  • April 2, 2009, 8:14 p.m. CST

    Possible script for The Last Airbender

    by bobsjohnson

    leaked....http://tinyurl.com/dgub9z

  • April 2, 2009, 8:27 p.m. CST

    ZAC EFRON AS CAPTAIN PLANET

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    Make it happen

  • April 2, 2009, 8:34 p.m. CST

    I'll file this in the who gives a fuck drawer

    by Biffs_Pleasure_Paradise

    M Night has made one great movie (Unbreakable), and this is based on a kids cartoon series. I'll pass.

  • April 2, 2009, 8:43 p.m. CST

    UNBREAKABLE 2 & 3

    by Mullah Omar

    That would actually rekindle a bit of my interest in Night. <br> <br> As it stands the guy is like a successful child actor grown up into a dysfunctional train wreck of an adult. I liked his first couple of films but it has been a steep fall downhill since the last third of THE VILLAGE. Pretty sad, because the guy showed such promise.

  • April 2, 2009, 8:51 p.m. CST

    Go ahead & hate!

    by laraz

    All I am trying to do is get out there, call me what you will or want. I never said my reviews are great or brillant. All I can say is that when I do a review I do not talk about myself for three paragraphs and my own adventure, before I actually begin the review. I review the dam movie, not myself, like alot of critics on here at AICN does, with the exception of maybe two. All I am doing is promoting myself, and doing something positive in a way. All you dudes on here do is just tear people down, I aint mad at you, got nothing but love for you, do your thing haters!

  • April 2, 2009, 8:52 p.m. CST

    im still not happy that The Knowing is being compared to shamala

    by stooopider

    I mean, come on now...

  • April 2, 2009, 8:53 p.m. CST

    .....lamalamadingdong

    by stooopider

  • April 2, 2009, 9:07 p.m. CST

    Really Hideous Racism

    by ThusSpakeSpymunk

    I'm amazed that nobody has remarked about the awful racism on display in the casting of the leads for this show. Boo Boo Stewart would be a fantastic Aang, knows martial arts and can act. And he's the right age to play Aang. And he's got Asian features. But M. Night, the self-professed rule-breaking visionary, goes the exact way of all Hollywood executive douches and casts an entirely all-white cast of near-twenties playing teens. Go suck an egg, M. Night.

  • April 2, 2009, 9:10 p.m. CST

    I enjoyed UNBREAKABLE

    by bobjustbob

    Disliked SIXTH SENSE. Loathed SIGNS. THE VILLAGE was worse still. By I do find his interviews hysterical.<p>You know you have cheesy-goodness when reading the reviews of a movie are more enjoyable than the movie itself. (Most any review or LADY or HAPPENING.)<p>BTW, I wonder if he has found a bigger typeface for his name in the credits.

  • April 2, 2009, 9:14 p.m. CST

    Hilarious.

    by Darkman

    That's what I think of people bitching about the characters being played by white actors. <br><br> Correct me if I'm wrong, but wasn't the voice cast of the series made up primarily of white people?

  • April 2, 2009, 9:15 p.m. CST

    This will positively be the WORST movie ever made

    by kirttrik

    ...There is no way, in this spacial dimension, that this cartoon will work as a live action film that's supposed to be taken seriously. This will be BATMAN AND ROBIN bad.

  • April 2, 2009, 9:21 p.m. CST

    awww man

    by Magnethead

    im so curious to see what this will end up like im probably going to go see it damn im such a sucker

  • April 2, 2009, 9:38 p.m. CST

    Laraz pple hate you because you're spamming

    by D.Vader

    Put one post with your link in each story, fine. Its annoying but acceptable. <p> But do it FIFTY times in in EACH talkback? People are going to call you out, buddy. And you'll get banned.

  • April 2, 2009, 9:39 p.m. CST

    I loved Airbender, best quality toon out there!

    by oneletter

    It had an overall epicness to it that didn't fall mercy to crap characters. I wish for continuing epicness in the live action movie but really am feeling iffy about Mr M. Night.....sigh

  • April 2, 2009, 9:54 p.m. CST

    After THE CRAPPENING. No more of this retard.

    by AwkwardAvenue

  • April 2, 2009, 10:14 p.m. CST

    dont mess it up cause the concept is pretty great

    by pipergates

  • April 2, 2009, 10:18 p.m. CST

    M Night my eventually redeem himself but

    by DoctorZoidberg

    I am not holding my breath.

  • April 2, 2009, 10:27 p.m. CST

    LARAZ

    by Nachokoolaid

    It's good that everyone is finding out what I already knew. You are a cunt. Way to go buddy. And M. Night hasn't made a good movie in a while.

  • April 2, 2009, 10:35 p.m. CST

    Rewatched The Sixth Sense recently

    by HoichiTheEarless

    It's a great movie. There's a simple elegance to it that's really been missing from anything Shyamalan has done since (I haven't actually seen his last two but it seems I'm not missing much). I'm not familiar with this Avatar cartoon but from the description it sounds like a bad match for Shyamalan's penchant towards self indulgent convoluted twistiness.

  • April 2, 2009, 10:56 p.m. CST

    THE LAST COKE BENDER

    by BALZACS_BALLSAC

    The movie lasts all weekend (now with hookers!)

  • April 2, 2009, 11 p.m. CST

    FUCK ALL SHYAMALAN HATERS.

    by HoboCode

    That is all.

  • April 2, 2009, 11:01 p.m. CST

    RACIST MOVIE

    by mazuzu

    www.racebending. com aang-aint-white.livejournal. com/ derekkirkkim.blogspot. com/2009/01/new-day-in-politics-same-old-racist.html

  • April 2, 2009, 11:08 p.m. CST

    This will suck.

    by MaxTheSilent

    This show is the greatest animated series of all time. Shyamalan can only ever fuck up it's brilliance.

  • April 2, 2009, 11:10 p.m. CST

    I hate over-political correctness.

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    Oversensitivity...where you pretty much arent allowed to say anything anymore. <BR><BR> But with that said, this trend of casting caucasians to play asian roles is kinda iffy I think. Like that movie based off the true story off those college kids gambling...where in real life it was comprised of mostly asians (I read), and when it came to the movie version the main character and most were white. And now Goku from dragonball is white. Thats kinda....I dunno...wrong in some way....I havent thought it enough maybe, but the gut reaction is that its iffy.

  • April 2, 2009, 11:13 p.m. CST

    Adama vs stupidity:

    by Amy Chasing

    "Adults will never be able to stop using the word 'race' as a cultural determinant... There is only one race: the human race. SO SAY WE ALL!"

  • April 2, 2009, 11:26 p.m. CST

    So basically you're saying "The Last Airbender" will suck

    by SifoDyasJr.

  • April 2, 2009, 11:31 p.m. CST

    WHITE = GOOD, BROWN = EVIL

    by mazuzu

    is America still THIS ignorant? y F with the source material? i will never understand hollywood

  • April 2, 2009, 11:53 p.m. CST

    I love to see how talkbackers...

    by Lobanhaki

    begin writing their reviews before the film is even out. I think Shyamalan's films can be awkward and stilted sometimes, but that seems to be something he's working through as he tries more ambitious subject matter. Oh, and people, the conversation with the plant in The Happening was played as a joke. When you look hard for a bad movie in what you're watching, what else will you find?

  • April 3, 2009, 12:01 a.m. CST

    y is AICN so scared to cover the racism in this movie?

    by mazuzu

    u guys sold ur souls to hollywood

  • April 3, 2009, 12:02 a.m. CST

    Happening's plant conversation isn't the problem.

    by Amy Chasing

    The boredom I felt while watching it was. It arguably wasn't particularly interesting or entertaining; the actors didn't seem to know what to portray; is it meant to be taken seriously or a farce? What's worse is that bottom-line, the audience couldn't care less about it one way or the other in the end. Whatever that film set out to achieve, it failed.

  • April 3, 2009, 12:04 a.m. CST

    The perceived racism of Airbender has been covered.

    by Amy Chasing

    And done to death. It didn't change anything. But you are welcome to sign the petition against the casting if it makes you feel better.

  • April 3, 2009, 12:05 a.m. CST

    HoboCode is a tool

    by DocPazuzu

    That is all.

  • April 3, 2009, 12:33 a.m. CST

    NO MOREEEEEEEEEEEE

    by pauduro

    PLEAS STOP GIVING $$$$ TO M Night NO MOREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE STOPPPPP IF YOU GANT TO WASTE MONEY PUTIT IN THE TRASH INSTED OF M Night

  • April 3, 2009, 1:01 a.m. CST

    i have never seen this show, i dont think its

    by southafricanguy

    been shown in south africa. Can someone fill me in on why its such a highly regarded anime series? And is it a good or bad thing that M. Night is adapting this?

  • April 3, 2009, 1:01 a.m. CST

    I literally know nothing about it...

    by southafricanguy

  • April 3, 2009, 1:10 a.m. CST

    Avatar: The Last Airbender is the best American animated

    by Amy Chasing

    series I can think of because: 1) It has a definite beginning, middle and end - so it's planned, well thought-out and put together. 2) The characters, dialogue and humour are all genuinely interesting and entertaining to watch, no matter your age. 3) The story is as epic as the world it's in. <P> An incredible achievement for an animated series.

  • April 3, 2009, 1:28 a.m. CST

    is it okay if I still just see the movie...

    by DrBrianOblivion

    ...I mean as much as I like sticking my money in a trash can, it just seems like i mine as well at least get a little bit of enjoyment for my dollar. Besides not everyone takes bad films personally. I didn't feel raped after I watched the happening. It wasn't like he maliciously set out to make a horrible film just to spite the viewer... If anything you should feel sorry for him...

  • April 3, 2009, 1:32 a.m. CST

    "Go ahaead & hate" says Laraz

    by ol' painless

  • April 3, 2009, 1:33 a.m. CST

    Good. I will.

    by ol' painless

    You fifty-TB posting piece of monkey shit. Go away and never come back. You gigantic dork.

  • April 3, 2009, 2:18 a.m. CST

    laraz

    by OptimusCrime

    I went to his myspace page, and was pleased to see that his reviews are revelations, each and every one. He effortlessly cuts the the thematic essence of each film and provides insightful commentary that anyone would find useful. He is the greatest critic in the history of the world, and it isn't close. Ebert is a sub literate caveman by comparison.<P>Honestly though, his bullshit IS probably better than Harry's.

  • April 3, 2009, 2:20 a.m. CST

    disclaimer

    by OptimusCrime

    yeah, I didn't actually go to his myspace page. Just clearing that up for those unable to recognize sarcasm.

  • April 3, 2009, 2:22 a.m. CST

    Why does "M Night" abbreviate his first name?

    by Prossor

    Shouldn't it be M-whatever N Shyamalan? Oh right he wants to have SPOOOOKY name ! just like that McShit fella.

  • April 3, 2009, 2:37 a.m. CST

    This can't be HAPPENING

    by deanbarry

    see what i did there? Clever huh. WOW! What a spectacular turd of a movie. I loved all his previous films, even Lady In The Water to some degree. But this...oh my god. I truly thought it would have some redeeming qualities. Nope. Pure crap. It made my poo look good by comparison. So...what will he do with this? I'm morbidly curious, like a scientist taking mould samples off of a 7 month old pizza. I'll probably take a look, but then turn my nose in disgust and try not to throw up. And what is up with that laraz character? Does he need to be banned or what. i don't like him/her.

  • April 3, 2009, 2:58 a.m. CST

    Who. THE FUCK. Cares.

    by Motoko Kusanagi

    no<p>fuckin'<p>body

  • April 3, 2009, 4:05 a.m. CST

    laraz...

    by DocPazuzu

    ...is the new galleriechappe. Remember that spamtool? The diff being that laraz actually responds to talkbackers which should make his gradual evisceration that much more hilarious.

  • April 3, 2009, 4:42 a.m. CST

    It may be based on a cartoon but even the cartoon had good bits

    by Roborob

    OK it is a kids cartoon but some of the themes are quite adult and if the kiddie stuff is kept to a minamin this film may be the first film by M. Night that ~I actualy like.

  • April 3, 2009, 5:07 a.m. CST

    This one's produced by Frank Marshall

    by Mr Gorilla

    You know him from Raiders and the Bourne films, of course, but he also produced Signs, which was very entertaining and although I realise not the most popular film on this site the last film of M Night's that's watchable. So maybe that's a glimmer of hope?

  • April 3, 2009, 6:57 a.m. CST

    Is he going to come up with a twist ending?

    by ricarleite2

    Like, it was all a dream? Or the white characters are actually asiatic, and are actually dead, but they thought they were alive, and imagined their bodies as being western white people?

  • April 3, 2009, 7:01 a.m. CST

    Frank Marshall's best flick is CONGO

    by Droid

    Fact! <p>"Tickle, Amy!"

  • April 3, 2009, 8:37 a.m. CST

    The "M" in Shyamalan's names stands for monotonous.

    by Leafar the Lost

    I loved M Night Shyamalan's "The Sixth Sense". I liked his next movies "Unbreakbale" and "Signs". Then, it started to fall apart with "The Village" and "Lady in the Water". The final nail in his career coffin should have been "The Happening". I don't know anything about how they do deals in Hollywood, but I am guessing that he had a contract to do "The Last Airbender" long before "The Happening" was shown in theaters. If Shyamalan does this movie that same way he has done his last three, then I am prepared for an epic disaster. I really liked the Avatar cartoon, and I thought that it was one of the better ones out there. It had a good three seasons, and the ending was an epic battle with the Firelord. However, I think that Shyamalan was the wrong choice to direct this. Basically, the Avatar show was a lighthearted, fanatsy cartoon with a little drama and some good fight scenes and no deaths. This really needed a director like Michael Bay. There really wasn't some deep, psychological subtext to the Avatar, and from some of the interviews I have read, it looks like Shyamalan is going in the wrong direction with his vision of this movie. I am prepared for an epic fail...

  • April 3, 2009, 8:50 a.m. CST

    Why It's Racist

    by ThusSpakeSpymunk

    The reason the racism is especially galling is that we all know this is based on a show primarily for kids, of all races - and we can easily see that the reason the casting went the way it went was because the executives in Hollywood WOULD NEVER ALLOW a movie featuring non-white heroes to be prominently displayed. Heroes in Hollywood are either white if the movie is serious or black if the movie is meant to exploit the black marketplace. It's hideous. It's racism. It's ugly and wrong, but in this case it's especially bad because this is a show featuring Asian / Mongolian characters (albiet through a lens of a fantasy world) and when push came to shove they didn't have the guts to cast the chracters as they ought to be cast - Asian/Mongolian - and instead made an entirely-white cast that REALLY pisses off those of us who don't fit the mold of white America.

  • April 3, 2009, 9:04 a.m. CST

    Aerial Bender

    by StatelyWayneManor

    Motoko beat me to it...

  • April 3, 2009, 9:08 a.m. CST

    Last Airbender

    by torpedoboy

    First Career Ender

  • April 3, 2009, 10:22 a.m. CST

    CockSpazm

    by HoboCode

    Eat shit.

  • April 3, 2009, 11:20 a.m. CST

    He was drinking a beer when he came in!!!

    by Azlam Orlandu

    I love It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

  • April 3, 2009, 11:33 a.m. CST

    I hated the Godzilla remake...

    by morGoth

    ...because all the Japanese people were cast as Caucasians. Hey, just because it was in NYC instead of Tokyo doesn't mean a damned thing! Damned racist...and why the hell did Clint Eastwood cast all those, yes, JAPANESE actors in "Letters From Iwo Jima"? I mean, everyone knows the US won that battle so why wold there be japanese troops on the island still? At least Clint got it right with "Flags of Our Fathers" except for that bogus Indian dude...he shouldda been played by Keanu, admit it! Fargin' racist...don't even GET me started on "The Magnificent Seven"!

  • April 3, 2009, 11:33 a.m. CST

    I love The Village

    by kwisatzhaderach

    So there.

  • April 3, 2009, 11:34 a.m. CST

    I'd forgotten all about The Happening

    by kwisatzhaderach

    Really will have to get round to watching that one of these days, even if it is awful.

  • April 3, 2009, 11:55 a.m. CST

    I won't be seeing it.

    by will2power

    As long as he's got this whitebread cast, I'm not interested. It's such a copout to cast white actors in the roles to draw appeal. I'm not going to see it.

  • April 3, 2009, 12:13 p.m. CST

    FUCKING RACIST BULLSHIT

    by sokitome

    The Racial motivations behind this film is obvious! To deny it is offensive is both moronic and ignorant.

  • April 3, 2009, 12:16 p.m. CST

    morgoth

    by sokitome

    I know you're attempting to be sarcastic in your statements. It would have been effective if ANY of the casting comparisons you made were valid. It is obvious you don't understand the issue and therefore should get a bit more educated rather than spewing such stupidity.

  • April 3, 2009, 12:21 p.m. CST

    This stinking Indian punjabi slumdog...

    by --- Emperor ---

    Why doesn't America ship this worthless insipid half-witted immigrant back to his slum dump back in Bombay? His fellow punjabis are actually making better films than him in bollywood, so if hollywood desperate needs a punjabi, import one with some actual talent. Ship this slumdog back to his hut.

  • April 3, 2009, 12:23 p.m. CST

    Shyamalan vs Sham Wow Guy

    by mrfan

    That would be a hell of battle.

  • April 3, 2009, 12:26 p.m. CST

    Punjabi Slumdog

    by --- Emperor ---

    I forgot to add: Ship this slumdog punjabi monkey back to his hut with his 23 brothers, 15 sisters, and 3 mothers and 2 fathers.

  • April 3, 2009, 12:33 p.m. CST

    "As long as he's got this whitebread cast..."

    by morGoth

    Wow, nothing racist about that statement.<p>Hey, I thought "The Happening" was entertaining enough if you didn't take it too seriously. C'mon, it had Hash Hogwallop in it!<p>I still like MKS in spite of his critics. I had heartburn with the ridiculous aliens (the planet Earth is blue for a reason, idiots!) but enjoyed "Signs" overall. So, I think I'll check this out too.

  • April 3, 2009, 12:35 p.m. CST

    Thank'ee kindly for the schooling...

    by morGoth

    ...and sok-ing-it-to-me. Snif, g'bye AICN as I guess I don't understand the word "sarcasm."

  • April 3, 2009, 12:36 p.m. CST

    We Would Not Have THE DARK KNIGHT...

    by DavidDunn

    If it werent for Unbreakable. That movie opened the doors.

  • April 3, 2009, 12:42 p.m. CST

    Agreed with all on the Unbreakable sequels....

    by Darth Macchio

    I actually haven't seen Happening but want to due to the redefining of the word 'trainwreck' or formal entry of the word "craptastic" into Webster's with this movie. Of course, I don't want to pay for it nor waste time dl'ing it so if it doesn't make it to the telly, ohs wells.<p>But I'd love me some further Unbreakable sequels...no question there. Love him or hate him, it's an arguably great "comic book hero" movie with a high degree of realism without gutter-balling into the standard dark and gritty, etc...

  • April 3, 2009, 12:45 p.m. CST

    Could we kindly ban The Emperor AICN?

    by HoboCode

    I mean jesus.

  • April 3, 2009, 1:02 p.m. CST

    you're welcome Morgoth

    by sokitome

    I take pleasure in trying to educate the stupid people like you in the world.

  • April 3, 2009, 1:07 p.m. CST

    Just out of curiosity...

    by morGoth

    ...what exactly have you educated me on? Oh, I get it...anyone with a user name like "sokitome" is an asshole? But then, you and I already knew that didn't we? And I'm sure you're going to prove that even more, yes?

  • April 3, 2009, 1:12 p.m. CST

    To HOBOCODE

    by --- Emperor ---

    How about you fuck your dumb head out of here? Who is "we"? Could "we" ban....? Do you feel your pathetic world crumbling down around you? Are you shocked? Are you outraged? Are you going to tell your dumb hick kids about this episode that has unfolded on AICN? What has the world come to? Fuck off monkey, seriously. You're nothing but an insignificant twirp with a twat rash on his nut sack. Go swipe it off with some tampons, fool.

  • April 3, 2009, 1:13 p.m. CST

    Avatar freaking rocked. I'm hopeful for this

    by FeralAngel

    Come on, after his last couple of shitefests, Mr Sham is DUE.

  • April 3, 2009, 1:15 p.m. CST

    The kids in the toon looked Caucasion; so does Astro Boy; so wha

    by FeralAngel

    Have none of you politically-correct pricks ever seen anime???? Everyone looks Caucasion! Blame the God of Manga if you must, but not the creators of Avatar. Bow down before their awesomeness.

  • April 3, 2009, 1:24 p.m. CST

    the only time ever I walked out during a movie

    by JohnRyder

    was Happening. I remember thinking on my way home that all the poor bastards still have to suffer for another 30 minutes. Still don't now how it ends I don't even care.

  • April 3, 2009, 1:27 p.m. CST

    Emperor

    by HoboCode

    Did Daddy not buy that Beamer for you after all? Poor little lamb.

  • April 3, 2009, 2:42 p.m. CST

    your comparisons

    by sokitome

    Morgoth, Your attempt to belittle the protest of this movie with comparisons of Godzilla, Letters from Iwo Jima, and Magnificent Seven. None of those movies attempted to have Caucasians playing distinct Asian Characters. These Characters are immersed in Asian clothing, mythology, writing, and cultures. They may appear caucasian to ignorant asses like "FeralAngel" but have been acknowledged Asian by their creators. M night did not change the names or the settings but just rather the races. None of the movies you mentioned did this. They completely changed the setting and characters, with exception of Iwo Jima. For your comparison to be valid Clint Eastwood would had to have Kevin Costner play the Watanabe role. If I were just one person protesting this movie then I believe I could be considered a whack job. The reality is Fans, The East West Players, and MANAA all have denounced this movie and what it is doing to the image of Asian Americans in media. That is why I believe your comparisons and attempt at sarcasm are ridiculous and stupid. P.S. You're right I am an asshole.

  • April 3, 2009, 3:09 p.m. CST

    AICN scooped by local paper

    by generasputinhole

    too funny that my local paper got the story. so, they're using the Pagoda in the movie hmm? That thing has been a landmark forever just because of the oddity of seeing a pagoda in the middle of Amish Country. Now its destiny has come, and Shyamalan's obsessive need to shoot every movie he makes in PA has once again managed to escape the difficulties of finding appropriate locations...

  • April 3, 2009, 3:37 p.m. CST

    M. Knight Schamalamadingdong is no longer relevant

    by Luscious.868

    The Sixth Sense was great, so was Unbreakable. Signs was pretty good although the logic of the Aliens being killed off by water is laughable. Earth is mostly water and they'd know that. The Village twist in The Village was complete shit. Lady in the Water was garbage (caught it on one of the movie channels) and I didn't even bother to see the Happening. Schamamlamadingdong is no longer relevant. He hasn't made a good movie in 8 years.

  • April 3, 2009, 3:41 p.m. CST

    Jackie E Haley is Freddy Krueger.

    by Fenrisulfr

    It appears an official announcement will be made early next week. I say FUCK YES.

  • April 3, 2009, 3:51 p.m. CST

    Sixth Sense

    by Mathom

    Is like Pearl Jam's Ten Album. Everybody liked it, and yet I prefer VS. And I also think every Pearl Jam album has been great sense. Just as M. Nights movies have ALL been great since...with Lady In the Water being one of the BEST.

  • April 3, 2009, 4:07 p.m. CST

    ...and stupid yourself.

    by morGoth

    Did you ever contemplate for a moment that I made "stupid" examples to illustrate how hyper thin-skinned people like you are? By that I mean pulling up the "racist" card at the drop of a hat. It's become so widespread and politically correct that it's just a mindless thing that people jump to conclusions over. Of course the examples were stupid, that’s the point. Do you honestly think I didn’t know the Japanese were merely defending Iwo Jima, part of their homeland, instead of the other way around? Sheesh, OK, you don’t find my humor funny but you’re the clueless one here. Maybe pulling that stick out of your obviously micro-diameter sphincter would help.<p>No sport, Clint would’ve cast Kazunari Ninomiya as “Iggy” in Flags. But then those were true-life characters and this subject concerns, at the source, a cartoon, yes? Are you picking up my drift? At any rate, those were two movies that were originally Japanese productions, remade and cast with Caucasians…get it? How racist!! Where were the protests then and now? Lawks, Godzilla was even moved to the US…horrors! There will always be some group getting their respective noses out of whack over, at times, perceived (and real, of course) racial slights. That doesn’t necessarily mean there was actual racial intent on anybody’s part though. Yeah, parbly stoopid examples of my typically stoopid humor...happy now?<p>But, please, keep implying that the dark-skinned Indian-American M. Knight is a racist (But, oh my, that would be impossible, yes?). Has anyone talked to the entities making the casting decisions? Is it M. Knight?<p>I notice you didn’t say anything about another poster referring to this move as “whitewashed” or another using the term “whitebread.” But that’s quite OK for you, because unlike the vast majority of people on this very planet, I’m sure there’s not a shred of racism in your body.<p>I have to ask then, are you proud that you’re an admitted asshole? That’s not exactly a desirable character trait to carry around in life but you may do as you please, obvously.

  • April 3, 2009, 4:34 p.m. CST

    it's not political correctness

    by mazuzu

    it just f-ing sucks watching a show that is SO clearly East Asian and Inuit influenced... then having every single main character cast with WHITE actors... is just a slap in the face y not give asian-american and native-americans actors a chance? y not stay true to the source material? isn't America the land of opportunity? y not give asian-american actors an opportunity to play a role that was created to be played by them?!?!??!? i u dont think its racism... then will u at least admit its not fair? or at least that it really really sucks to be an asian-american and see this kind of crap happen all the time? now we r in this weird situation where all the villains are indian and middle-eastern not even f-ing east asian... and all the good guys r white... its stupid isnt it weird to see indians and persian wearing chinese and japanese armor? drinking green tea? doing a tea ceremenony? with chinese caligrahpy everyhwere? its absolutely retarderd... so it might not be racist.. but it sure as hell is unfair and illogical

  • April 3, 2009, 4:37 p.m. CST

    Is this a Fartman movie?

    by landrvr1

  • April 3, 2009, 4:43 p.m. CST

    Do you think

    by JohnnyKilroy

    they will replace the villians with trees and flowers?

  • April 3, 2009, 4:44 p.m. CST

    y f around with it?

    by mazuzu

    keep it true to the cartoon<br><br> everyone was either Asian or Eskimo<br><br> then u don't have this ridiculous white vs brown crap... so stupid

  • April 3, 2009, 4:45 p.m. CST

    www.racebending. com

    by mazuzu

  • April 3, 2009, 4:49 p.m. CST

    America is the Land of Opportunity

    by mazuzu

    America is the land of opportunity!!! <br><br> Give Asian-American and Native-Americans actors the opportunity to play themselves in movies.

  • April 3, 2009, 4:51 p.m. CST

    Shyamalama Ding Dong!

    by DickBallsworth

    Someone had to say it!

  • April 3, 2009, 5:21 p.m. CST

    ThusSpakeSpymunk

    by wixmmm

    ThusSpakeSpymunk: only white people play heroes? first--if you mean superheroes, well, there's pretty much green lantern john stewart as the only black sh i can think of. But in movies-what about Denzel Washington? Will Smith? Mos def if you count hitch hikers guide (and you SHOULD as this is a perfect counter to you 'studio execs' won't allow it, as that character could have very easiliy been white) Those are obvious examples, but if i really thought about it or looked some stuff up, i'm sure i could find more examples.

  • April 3, 2009, 5:28 p.m. CST

    Fucking with the races has been around forever...

    by alienindisguise

    I was watching the old Brando flick "Sayonara" today and freakin' Ricardo Montalban was playing Japanese! I'm sick of Asian actors getting both stereotyped and/or locked out of roles stateside due to studio ignorance. The Last Samurai is the last flick I can think of that did it right. Props to Edward Zwick.

  • April 3, 2009, 5:38 p.m. CST

    Everyone in the Avatar cartoon looked White not Asian!

    by Leafar the Lost

    It isn't Hollywood's fault that all of the characters on Avatar looked like white people dressed in Japanese clothing. Look at most Anime out there, and it is filled with White looking people speaking and dressing like Japanese people. It would be weird if M. Night decided to cast a bunch of Asian people to fill the roles of white looking people.

  • April 3, 2009, 5:41 p.m. CST

    racism

    by wixmmm

    if you demand so many asian-movie stars, then watch real, epic and beautiful to look at movies like Hero or House of Flying Daggers or tons of other fantastic movies from overseas. Do they cast white people in Bollywood? Do they cast white people in Asian movies? Airbender was an american show and had american voices and the only thing asian about it was its anime influence and the shade of the characters skin tones... demand asians for Cowboy Bebop or other asian-made anime... but just because airbender had a plot like an anime doesn't mean the characters need to be asian. Its an american show, with american voices so get over yourself. if you want asian stars and heroes then do your homework and go out and watch them, instead of complaining about racism because of casting... and yes, people of all enthnicities are 'american' so don't think by american i mean white... what i mean is an american show developed into an american movie has no obligation to cast stars of non-white ethnicities... it has an asian anime influence... there is SOOO much asian material out there, be it movies, tv or anime... this is one movie... if you so passionatly want asian heroes that do justice to asian media, then watch asian media. Hero and House of Flying Daggers are masterpieces of cinema that destroy Hollywood in virtually every way--beautiful color/cinematography, an EPIC AND I MEAN EPIC story, complex characters, situations and dialouge, insane action scenes with the actual ACTORS doing the fights which aren't the trademark mtv-generation'se use of quick cutting to mask a shitty moviestar s fighting and stunt incompetance, and (above all) ORIGINALITY--they don't have to rip off or reimagine every book or comic or old and now dated movie for ideas ... and a little tiny fact that the anime selection at barnes and noble is like 3x as big as the american comics.

  • April 3, 2009, 5:49 p.m. CST

    and i wasn't going to say it:

    by wixmmm

    I wasn't going to say it, afraid of the fury that would ensue, but since Leafar the Lost just said it, i'll back him up-- The characters in Airbender were in no way distinctly asian. The show had an asian INFLUENCE, but you absolutely cannot tell me why those characters look asian without making a kind of racist statement yourself (about asian features). And the voices are american, and you cannot distinguish any particular ethnicity because americans of all ethnicities (except for the recently immigrated) have the same accent, and there is no room for debate on that.

  • April 3, 2009, 5:57 p.m. CST

    MOrgoth and WIXMMM

    by sokitome

    I'd rather be an asshole than a moron like you. You still don't get it. The context of the story and characters and what M Night is doing is the crux of it being racist. Your idiotic examples are nothing more than transplanting Asian stories to American cities or Caucasian settings. HELL, that is still better than the crap these producers are doing. JUST BECAUSE people complain of racism doesn't make them overly PC ASSHOLE! Some shit is about RACIST Attitudes, and this practice yellowfacing Asians has been going on for DECADES. Just look at this other idiot WIXMM who says just because there are ASIANS in movies in ASia it's ok to put white people in AMERICAN made movies as Asians. Ummm HELLO. Asians are Americans too so are native americans. Your blanket statement of the country being overly PC implies this country has solved all its race issues which is the furthest thing from the point. PLUS it is just a CARTOON and aimed toward kids which makes it even MORE DAMAGING. Children's views toward the world have not be formed yet. Unfortunately movies is where they first learn race roles and such. I'm sick of HOllywood placing Asians in the background, even when the roles are supposed to be ASians. If this movie was about African mythology we wouldn't be having this conversation. Your idiocy astounds me as you think it is ok since every one is a little racists then a movie can alienate an entire race. How old are you 16? 17? My guess is not that old considering your ignorance on race issues, history, and logic.

  • April 3, 2009, 6:12 p.m. CST

    wixmmm

    by sokitome

    there are a ton of dvd extras and interviews with the creators of the show and executives from Nick that completely contradict your ignorant statement.

  • April 3, 2009, 6:59 p.m. CST

    first

    by wixmmm

    first-- i made it clear that asians are americans too. i said that we all talk the same, and i also used the term 'ethnicity' instead of race, beause even i believe that race has all sorts of negetive connotations and only older ignorant people use it, or an uninformed idiot. You WISH i had not made the point about all different ethnicities are american, but just because it's a great counter-argument to mine, you only wish i didn't say it. Mythology is subject to interpretation--no one country owns it, and because they are myths, they are endlessly subject to interpretation. Movies shouldn't alienate anyone... no matter who plays the roles in this, or what ethnicity those people are, it doesn't matter, because a) its ONE movie and more importantly b) it has NOTHING to do with an asian identity. It's about a kid with superpowers who needs to save the world which is four continents with each one having a specialized superpower. What about that is definitivly asian property? It has nothing to do with an asian identity. It is influenced by asian media-movies, anime etc. but wasn't kill bill even more blatant about ripping off asian media? and didn't that star a white chic? Your argument doesn't hold water, for me, because this movie, as a STANDALONE story, has nothing to do with an asian identity. I would whole-heartedly agree with you had Gran Torino cast a slightly asian looking but ultimately white teenager, because THAT movie is very much about the asian identity. Howabout you throw out more examples of movies that cast white people when they should have been asian and thus alienated an entire ethnicity. Just because Airbender was influenced by asian media, there is nothing in the story itself that demands the characters should be asian... NOTHING. Influence doesn't count... it probably would had this show been made overseas. And if this decision to not have asians play the roles alienated anyone, then THOSE are the overly sensative ones. The whole point of my argument is that the STORY AND STORY ALONE does not, in any way, call for asian characters. But I understand your point, and i'm far from ignorant, but there isn't anything IN Avatar that says the characters need to be asian. But to be completely honest, if it were up to me, I actually would have casted asians, specifically asians who have had real martial arts training that the movie could showcase, even though most of the fights are with superpowers, but those that aren't would kick serious amounts of ass had competent actors been hired. I just don't think that this decision to cast white kids is a racist move... because the most important thing regarding ethnicity is how it makes up one's identity. Gran Torino was about an asian identity. Airbender is not, even a little bit, about the asian identity. The story is a fictional world where everyone is the same ethnicity... its rediculous to say that just because a story draws upon asian influence, it must have an all asian cast... eventually, when an influence has been built over such a long time, someone else will take that influence and turn it into whatever they want to do with it... stealing an influence in no way requires casting relative to the influence itself... it just doesn't. Don't call me ignorant--i'm not... i just think its ludacris to call the casting of this movie a form of racism.

  • April 3, 2009, 7:18 p.m. CST

    second

    by sokitome

    ETHNICITY AND RACE ARE DIFFERENT! You cannot interchange the two because you like one word over the other. A race can have several different Ethnicities within it. MYTHS are an integral part of a culture they are not interchangable. A myth is another word for religion and represents the hopes and aspirations of a culture. To say it is ok to interchange people from another race as the hero of its own myth is absolutely absurd. IF a movie had to appeal to everyone then WHY THE FUCK WAS LORD OF THE RINGS ALL WHITE! IT's not a real world. No one in the FUCKING BOOK SAYS It's EUROPE but yet is perfectly acceptable as an extrapolation of Medievil Europe. I had no problems with LOTR. To say AIRBENDER is not ASIAN is COMPLETELY UNTRUE! THE CREATORS themselves purposely ignored EUropean mythic elements to create something NEW! THE INTENT of the producers of this film was to cast CAucasians as Asian mythic Heroes. IT was purposely done. to call it clever marketing is just another term for racism.

  • April 3, 2009, 7:41 p.m. CST

    Now, now...

    by morGoth

    ...let's not get ugly even iffen this is AICN. I'm going to end my participation in this because I would have better luck attempting to reason with a concrete telephone pole. Well, at least it might be a bit more objective. Good night to you sir.

  • April 3, 2009, 7:49 p.m. CST

    So how is the petition against the casting going BTW?

    by Amy Chasing

    Since people obviously seem to still feel passionately about this. It just seems to me that if the petition was meant to raise awareness, maybe it has maybe it hasn't but it probably was mainly preaching to the choir. It certainly didn't seem to change anything. <P> Bottom-line there are legitimate arguments on both sides here and neither side seems willing to listen to the other. Because of the gray-area that is trying to raise racism awareness using a fantasy animated show as the basis, I think playing the race card on this will either be ineffective (because most people don't know the show, let alone the creators intentions) or counter-productive because calling racism on a fantasy animated show adaptation seems a little petty when individuals are being undeniably race-discriminated against in the workplace. The casting of Airbender is not an open & shut case. If it were there'd be no argument here. <P> Don't get me wrong, I think it'd be nice to have Asian & Inuit looking people in Airbender. But it'd be nice, that's all. I previously posted about half a dozen reasons why Airbender isn't the best vehicle for racism awareness. I can post it all again if you like, but like I said, no one seems to be listening to alternate views.

  • April 3, 2009, 7:58 p.m. CST

    oh come on

    by wixmmm

    I JUST TOLD YOU--and i quote--"i made it clear that asians are americans too. i said that we all talk the same, and i also used the term 'ethnicity' instead of race, beause even i believe that race has all sorts of negetive connotations and only older ignorant people use it, or an uninformed idiot." <br><br>I KNOW THAT RACE AND ETHNICITY ARE DIFFERENT. Your argument clearly relies too much on the fact that i don't know the difference between race and ethnicity. I re-read my last post and NOT ONCE did i say race where i should have said ethnicity. Now, i may be at fault on this, but it is because of how i was taught--i went to highschool in mexico, where i was taught that 'ethnicity' is the correct term for different groups of people within the same country... so maybe i was taught wrong or contrary to what they teach in american highschools. Stop attacking me for things i made very clear in my above post--form a real argument based on what i said and not what you wish i said that would help you discredit me.<br><br>And you're just completely dead wrong about myths--myths are built upon older myths which are built upon even older myths, not necessarily blatant ripoffs, but mythology is not subject to its country. Read 'The power of myth' if you don't believe me. And i didn't say myth's are interchangable--that's just stupid. I said myths are and always subject to interpretation, NOT that they are interchangable. This is your second big point that you have made in response to my post where i did not say what you think or wish i said. Did I, EVEN ONCE, say myths are interchangable??? I didn't...<br><br>Lord of the Rings is EXACTLY the same as whites in airbender. I keep making and and making it very clear that the issue of airbender is that its INFLUENCED by asian media, but THE STORY AND STORY ALONE has nothing to do with asians... nothing. I said it a million times and you continue to ignore it--the issue at hand is not where they looked for inspiration, it was clearly inspired by asian media. But THE STORY AND STORY ALONE of airbender has ABSOLUTELY NOTHING i'll say it again ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with the ASIAN IDENTITY. When a movie or book requires the characters to be asian, it is because the ASIAN IDENTITY is being used on the plot or characters and to a certain extent sheds light or commentary on what it is like to have or know someone who has the ASIAN IDENTITY. NONE of the characters in airbender have ANYTHING to do with what it means to be asian. Don't call me ignorant when you spend half your post attacking me for things i never said, and ignoring things i made clear.

  • April 3, 2009, 7:59 p.m. CST

    by wixmmm

    who said anything about appealing to the fans? did i say they decided to go with whites in order to appeal to the audience? i didn't. yet another point you make in your attack on me that was no where in my argument.

  • April 3, 2009, 8:02 p.m. CST

    all we r saying... is give us a chance

    by mazuzu

    this was our chance!!!!! this was the perfect opportunity... WHY TAKE IT AWAY FROM US? so even if it's not racism.. it's still FREAKING UNFAIR... unless hollywood is going to cast John Cho as the next James Bond... or the next Michael Bourne... we will probably rarely ever see an Asian American as the MAIN CHARACTER of a movie... thank god for Harold and Kumar...

  • April 3, 2009, 8:08 p.m. CST

    one more thing

    by wixmmm

    You said: "WHY THE FUCK WAS LORD OF THE RINGS ALL WHITE! IT's not a real world. No one in the FUCKING BOOK SAYS It's EUROPE"<br><br>What you're saying here is EXACTLY my point-- Airbender is NOT A REAL WORLD. No one in the FUCKING BOOK SAYS ITS ASIA! You have ignored my whole point which was in order for the movie to REQUIRE asians, it needs to be related to the ASIAN IDENTITY. You're completely ignoring this... again, like i said, if Gran Torino had a white but asian looking guy playing the teenager, then that would be a travesty and yes, a bit racist. But the reason that kid NEEDED to be asian is because that movie shed light on the asian identity, experience, spirituality and all sorts of things about what it means to be asian. Airbender is a FICTIONAL world, no where in it is there anything remotely asian. George Lucas drew inspiration from all sorts of myths, but being influence or drawing upon inspiration has NOTHING to do with the ethnicity of a character, or the fictional world they live in.<br><br>Also, you said this: "say it is ok to interchange people from another race as the hero of its own myth is absolutely absurd." AIRBENDER IS NOT AN ASIAN MYTH! how do you not understand that? it DRAWS UPON asian myth and influence, but ultimately, its one of and infinite amount of american stories that DRAW UPON other myths. That does NOT make it an asian myth.

  • April 3, 2009, 8:09 p.m. CST

    re: myth

    by Amy Chasing

    Airbender is an American myth. It is full of American ideals, attitudes and even characterisations. <P> Just because the look of the world is Asian, don't for a moment think this is an Asian myth in any way.

  • April 3, 2009, 8:14 p.m. CST

    mazuzu

    by Amy Chasing

    The point is it isn't the perfect opportunity to fight racism. There is a gray area that needs to be addressed. If you think it's unfair, I feel for ya, but don't make this a fight against racism if there's the slightest doubt that the situation is actually racist.

  • April 3, 2009, 8:18 p.m. CST

    i m chinese american

    by mazuzu

    i see a world dat is completely east asian inspired.. telling a story that encompasses american ideals... <br><br> how do u think this casting makes me feel? sigh... <br><br> this was our chance... alas it was wasted

  • April 3, 2009, 8:22 p.m. CST

    It was a chance.

    by Amy Chasing

    There will be others. Others with no gray area. I'll be fighting with you 100% on them.

  • April 3, 2009, 8:26 p.m. CST

    m night destroyed avatar

    by supercowbell4therequestformorecowbell

    just saying what everybody will be saying when they see this shit fest on screen. m night plot twist at then end? the symbol on aangs head is really an elevator!

  • April 3, 2009, 8:32 p.m. CST

    I'm half Japanese

    by im_a_lead_farmer_muthafucker

    And I fucking hate it when I see white people acting like they're some maven in any Asiatic culture, real or fictional. <p> Like those idiots who think they can live in Japan because they like sushi. This casting would seem to cater those poser douchebags. Fuck that shit.

  • April 3, 2009, 8:54 p.m. CST

    im_a_lead_farmer_muthafucker

    by Amy Chasing

    You do realise from a certain point-of-view, you're being racist. ;)

  • April 3, 2009, 10:17 p.m. CST

    The

    by Pouchstalker

  • April 3, 2009, 10:19 p.m. CST

    ... Last Air Bender????

    by Pouchstalker

    I this a new Futurama movie???

  • April 3, 2009, 10:51 p.m. CST

    Wiximm

    by ThusSpakeSpymunk

    Notice what I said also about how they don't let black people be heroes unless they're playing to the "black demographic." That's true with Denzel, Will, etc. Every time a black hero IS cast, it's an example of a character who says "Aw, HAYL NAH!" or gives a speech about "the man" trying to keep him down - it's baiting, and it's disgusting. When something is MASS-APPEAL in design (as opposed to many people liking something unexpectedly going mass-audience) it's got white heroes, nearly 100 percent of the time, if it's a pure Hollywood product. Same is true with other races for other genres - martial arts? Asian or "brown people from below America on the map." Romantic comedy? British dudes and American women - white, of course. Ford Prefect was black because Douglas Adams described him once as black. You want to understand this crap? Go watch HOLLYWOOD SHUFFLE. Meanwhile, I'll still be trying to figure out why the hell Hollywood didn't cast Boo Boo Stewart as Aang, which is the most perfect casting ever.

  • April 3, 2009, 10:54 p.m. CST

    Wiximm

    by ThusSpakeSpymunk

    You want your whole argument ruined? OK. Aang is lighter-skinned than Zuko. But in the movie? They're both the same lily white. QED.

  • April 3, 2009, 10:56 p.m. CST

    to all

    by sokitome

    FIRST AMY CHASING: But it isn't filled with American ideals. The creators have said themselves the ideas behind Avatar were mostly based on Eastern Philosophies that just happen to coincide with American ideals. Fighting against tyranny is not just an American ideal. ANd yes to Wixmmm: you didn't say it was about marketing, I said Hollywood was treating it that way. But you're missing my point. The story arc of Avatar is Asian to me and Asians. Your interpretation of it is completely different. The intent of the creators was based on Asian Story arc. LOTR is a perfect example of my point. You argue it's a fantasy world yet there was no problem with it being cast with all Caucasians. How ridiculous would it had been if it were cast with Asians and a Black guy as Legolas, Aragorn, Gandalf, and Frodo. NOT ALL MYTHS are built on others. MYTHS ARE religions in most of the world. The word "myth" is a Christian based "tag" to different and detriment other religions. Tell a Native American his myths can be substituted with other ones to make it more palpable to a wider audience. YOu keep denying it is ASian but yet the again I say the CREATORS and NICK executives themselves have said it is Asian. It is VERY MUCH part of the ASIAN Identity. Just google the creators of the show. Read the interviews they gave before the announcement of this movie. It's all there.

  • April 3, 2009, 10:58 p.m. CST

    Sokitome -

    by ThusSpakeSpymunk

    I'd be interested to know the race of people who find it racist versus the people who don't.

  • April 3, 2009, 11:01 p.m. CST

    Amy Chasing

    by sokitome

    I kind of understand what you are saying this is somewhat petty since it is a children's fantasy show. But again I would just like to point out unfortunately children of this country let movies and pop culture influence them a lot. I just believe this would add to further alienation of Asians in this country. I'm sorry but anytime you have Caucasians dressing and acting "asian" in films is a bad thing. No matter how M NIght spins the racial makeup of the nations he is going to have to put on some make up to make them kids look the parts and they will still have Asian names. YES they are Asian based names, I know Asians with names like in the show including my own.

  • April 3, 2009, 11:02 p.m. CST

    I'm-a-Lead-Farmer

    by ThusSpakeSpymunk

    Thanks for giving me a good laugh with your name. Aside from that, I don't think it's as simple as that. It's more insidious. It's done because they honestly don't think over at Nickelodeon Studios (and M. Night seems to agree) that an Asian-looking cast would attract kids to see the movie. They think it would turn off parents. they think it would cost them money. It's as simple as that. If they thought for a minute that Asian cast would make them more dollars than an all-white cast, they'd do it. BTW - here's a link of the person I think should be Aang, sinc I've mentioned him a few times. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VTinQFsoA8I

  • April 4, 2009, 12:32 a.m. CST

    AICN are cowards

    by mazuzu

    if this controversy had to do with jews or blacks... the outcry would never stop

  • April 4, 2009, 1:09 a.m. CST

    What's an asian supposed to look like?

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    The characters in the cartoon look pretty asian to me. They wear asian clothing, read asian text, and many are clearly darker skin color.<BR> So how do they look white more than asian? Because they dont have super slanted eyes? Believe it or not, not all asians have super slanted eyes.

  • April 4, 2009, 7:54 a.m. CST

    M. Night

    by jdb1972

    Let's hope we get the excellent director and not the egomaniac writer/actor of his last few films. BTW, if you don't like the casting of this film, I expect you to show the same dislike for Sam Jackson as Nick Fury. If not, STFU.

  • April 4, 2009, 8:13 a.m. CST

    The Last Air Biscuit...

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    ...is what this will smell like.

  • April 4, 2009, 11:42 a.m. CST

    Nick Fury - the Difference

    by ThusSpakeSpymunk

    Difference with Nick Fury is that the CREATORS of Nick Fury recast him in the comics AS SAMUEL L. JACKSON for the ULTIMATES line of comics (different versions of the original characters) before the movie ever even got properly conceived. THEN, they got Samuel L. Jackson to play a role designed for him. If the creators of THE LAST AIRBENDER had halfway through the series rebooted everything and made the entire cast white, then I would have no problem with the movies casting whit people (though I do have to say I'd be pissed at the creators of AIRBENDER). BTW - GibsonUSA, -great- post. What do you think of my casting idea?

  • April 4, 2009, 11:43 a.m. CST

    More to GibsonUSA

    by ThusSpakeSpymunk

    I was going to say, yes, not all people of any ethnicity look like a stereotype. Aang and Co. clearly come from an Asian/Inuit type of environment/culture/ethnicity.

  • April 4, 2009, 12:02 p.m. CST

    Oh, btw - great site

    by ThusSpakeSpymunk

    www.racebending.com

  • April 4, 2009, 1:49 p.m. CST

    Oh, and another

    by ThusSpakeSpymunk

    http://aang-aint-white.livejournal.com/646.html DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS! Write a real postage letter. What's also disturbing about all this is that it's obvious from THESE casting decisions that the people casting the other roles - the "lesser characters" - will also be cast as white, because they're certainly not going to cast all-white leads and surround them by Asian/Inuit actors ... like they should all be.

  • April 4, 2009, 1:55 p.m. CST

    Dear M Night

    by mrbong

    no one seems honest enough to tell you this. you fluked your first film, somehow convincing large parts of the world that a padded out episode of The Twilight Zone was a good, "twisty" film. you then made a statement along the lines of "only Spielberg and I can make good story films", and have since proved that, at best, only 50% of that line is correct. you are a plank, a tool and are wasting valuable Hollywood $$$$ that could be spent on better projects. and "better projects" compared to your films would start with "Guttenberg's reunion Police Academy film" idea as the benchmark. kindly stop humiliating yourself and wasting our time - please fuck off, basically.

  • April 4, 2009, 2:37 p.m. CST

    holy crap! that kid can bend the crap outta that air!

    by supercowbell4therequestformorecowbell