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Shooting Tidbit on M. Night's SIGNS!!!

Hey folks, Harry here... T.S.Z. has reported in from the world of ROCKY-land, to tell us about where in this world M. Night is gonna be shooting SIGNS... his first non-Bruce Willis mainstream flick... We'll have to play careful on this flick, cause it's best to leave his films mainly in the domain of "I don't know" right? I think so... even if Moriarty doesn't.

Hey, Harry. You've got a great site, and I'm really happy that I now have a reason to drop you a line. If I can pick a moniker, call me 'Zarathustra.'

Tonight (11 July) the local NBC affiliate here near Philly is reporting that portions of the new M. Night flick "Signs" right here in my home town of Doylestown, Pa (approx. 45min. north of Philadelphia) at Delaware Valley College. Shooting is set to begin in September.

Just wanted to let you in on this little tad-bit if you haven't already been bombarded with emails. I'll write more if I can weasel my way into some info once shooting starts.

Thus spake Zarathustra

And then the Good Doctor sent this in.... Hmmmmmm....

 I saw your little scoop out M. Night's new movie Signs, about where and when they're shooting it. Something else popped up in the Philly Inquirer last week when Gibson was in town doing the Declaration reading. He supposedly mentioned that You Can Count on Me's Mark Ruffalo was going to co-star. Since there's nothing much known about this flick (except for the farmer finds crop cirlces in his backyard plot), thought you might like to know what's up.

The Good Dr.

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  • July 11, 2001, 8:03 p.m. CST

    Sixth Sense+Overrated, Unbreakable=Underrated...

    by SethShandor

    Signs= Juuuust right?

  • July 11, 2001, 8:06 p.m. CST


    by frosteey

    Heard any thing about this flick? Cuz I haven't...if you know anything and actually read these, could ya post a brief synopsis.

  • July 11, 2001, 8:08 p.m. CST


    by SethShandor

    Something to do with crop cirlces is all I know, and like Harry, all i probably WANT to know.

  • July 11, 2001, 8:11 p.m. CST

    This is news?

    by -mrbean-

    We have known that 'Signs' was going to be filmed in Bucks County for months now. Of course, it's always a good idea to let everyone know exactly where parts will be filmed, especially if we need not know any of the plot ;) I swear to God if the story and ending get out because of ths site, I am coming all the way from PA to Austin.

  • July 11, 2001, 8:13 p.m. CST

    by -mrbean-

    SethShandor, we know that Unbreakable is by far the better movie. If the other ignorant bastards who inhabit this planet disagree then screw em, it's their loss.

  • July 11, 2001, 8:47 p.m. CST

    Signs of Madness

    by Huneybee

    I remember this from a Weekly Recap a while back. What evil worm, no doubt left by aliens disguised as computerized farm equipment, has infested the brain of Mel that would cause him to do this to a long time fan. I can't take the pain. I just can't... <stumbling away clutching hair>_______An in agony with grief Bee

  • July 11, 2001, 8:48 p.m. CST

    Mel Gibson rules

    by Dirty_Bird

    I didn't see The Sixth Sense in theatres (Damn!) and Unbreakable didn;t look to good to me, but I'll always see a Mel Gibson movie. He makes movies just THAT much better simply by being in them.

  • July 11, 2001, 8:58 p.m. CST


    by DarthSatyr

    So my wife would agree that Mel makes any movie better. But I actually think she means his ass makes any movie better. Anyway, I generally enjoy Mel's flicks and I generally like what M. Night is doing, so I'm excited. And by the way, Harry, these pop-up ads are about to make me eat a damn bullet.

  • July 11, 2001, 9:09 p.m. CST

    I agree

    by JonQuixote

    The Sixth Sense is a gimmick movie. Probably the greatest gimmick movie of all time, but a gimmick movie nonetheless. Once you know the gimmick, it's mediocre. Stylish, but mediocre. Unbreakable (which, btw, plays MUCH better on the small screen) is a damn fine movie, no matter how you look at it. Wonderful performances, creepy & atmospherically directed, and the pacing, though slow, is almost pitch perfect. Also, one of the best loaded-up DVDs out there! I just wish there was an option that would get rid of that crappy Dragnet ending...what a heartbreaker!

  • July 11, 2001, 9:56 p.m. CST

    who really cares

    by churiso

    M Night Shamalamadingdong is a main stream director with nothing original to show. Unbreakable i enjoyed until the ending; which was horrific. Sixth Sense, take it for what it is, a good money maker with a surprise ending that tricks people into thinking its a good movie. Like the previous poster before me said, watch his interview; you will then see what kind of director he is. On a different rant: Mel Gibson used to be great(mad max, year of living dangerously| any peter weir films he starred are included) now... well... he sucks.

  • July 11, 2001, 10:05 p.m. CST

    M Night = Flash in the pan...?

    by MaxCalifornia.

    How many more times is he going to do this "ordinary folk try to slowly deal with the unexplained/ supernatural" shtick? Guess he's just riding the hype wave while he's still hot...can't blame him for doing that, but he could end up the next Kevin minute that brand of filmmaking is all the rage, but suddenly audiences move on to something else.

  • July 11, 2001, 10:27 p.m. CST

    Mel is cool

    by Freya

    Mel Gibson has made a very choice. He finally decided to work with a decent director and touch another genre other than his usual fare. Signs sounds very cool and M. Night Shyamalan rules. For the record, I liked both The Sixth Sense AND Unbreakable.

  • July 11, 2001, 10:39 p.m. CST

    Unbreakable, without question the best film of last year.

    by Clockwork Taxi

    This coming from a man who hated 6th sense.

  • July 11, 2001, 10:46 p.m. CST

    Yo Adrian! Shamalamadingdong's shootin' another flick here in Ph

    by Bari Umenema

    Let's you and me, you know, mosey on down to that film set and see if we's can score us some parts as extras or somethin'. Who knows you might get discovered and fly out to Hollywood and become a big movie star, me I'll still be here workin' as a leg breaker down on the docks. Stranger things have happened. Sit Butkus sit! Good doggie. Yo where the hell are my raw eggs to drink? I'm thirsty!

  • July 11, 2001, 10:49 p.m. CST

    pop ups

    by Cthulu

    Yeah I get them too and they suck.

  • July 11, 2001, 11:28 p.m. CST

    Plot ruined?

    by Say10

    Am I the only one who read "Huneybee"'s post? I hope to God this wasn't a huge plot twist and is merely something we find out early on. We all know Shyamalyan's films thus far have alot of greatness thrust on them simply because of their twists - I'd be pissed if some idiot talk backer screwed this one up for me.

  • July 12, 2001, 1:14 a.m. CST

    da glorees of er god-feerin christin names!

    by CRM114

    Aw we all no dat a folk aint propa unless er names be propa christin like. Aw dont go see no flicka shows by folks with em funny names an uh things aint gettin blowed up! I like em shows like Perl Harbor. Things got blowed up real good. Nah lets all breed wit er siblins an beestow our babies propa monikas like uh Billy Bob er Mary Sue. Churiso (I no dats a nicker name) uh done be wit me! Ol buddy ol pal! I like yers. I like yers real good.

  • July 12, 2001, 6:01 a.m. CST

    whats the new film about?

    by DrX

    anyone know roughly whats happening - without too many spoilers!

  • July 12, 2001, 6:37 a.m. CST

    Fanboy geeks

    by CTM1975

    I'm sick of all you stupid fanboy geeks reaming Sixth Sense just because it made 49 bazillion dollars, while praising Unbreakable because it was a glorified comic book. Go jerk off to scantily clad images of She-Hulk, losers. BTW, I really liked both Sixth Sense and Unbreakable.

  • July 12, 2001, 6:54 a.m. CST


    by Action

    Fuck all you guys shittin' on M. Night. Generation X finally gets a director that seems to be truly gifted, and you COMPLAIN. Tell me that M. Night doesn't have his own cinematic style. Tell me that there's another MIDDLE EASTERN director out there. And I dare any one of you to name a move that ever took comic books and super heroes as seriously as "Unbreakable". Appreciate the guy's talent, you assholes.

  • July 12, 2001, 7:26 a.m. CST

    I was going to say something about the ending of "Unbreakable" b

    by Brother Putney

    Two hours later I was arrested by the Philadelphia Police Department and remanded to the psychiatric ward. I remain under observation (where I'm heard to murmur that the ending wouldn't have been such a let-down if what had come before hadn't been so great... except for the "don't shoot friends," scene, that was a bit funny). Meanwhile, Terry "The Toad" was drafted and killed in Viet Nam, and Spicolli saved Brook Shields from downing and blew the reward money hiring Van Halen to play his birthday gig. When at Universal Studios, take the tour (ask for Babs).

  • July 12, 2001, 7:51 a.m. CST

    Watched Unbreakable a second time recently...

    by LoneChicken

    Middle Eastern director: Shakur Kapur (Elizabeth). 'nuff said. Unbreakable... For some reason, I mentally blocked out the text that appears at the end and low and behold... It was a pretty good movie! No, not the best of last year. Not even close. What's with the camp that keeps telling people, "You just don't get it... it was brilliant!" No, there is a lot of great stuff going on there like the camera tricks for the young Ejilah scenes, but this was an incomplete movie that wasted way too much time in the first 3/4 of the movie. "It's a brilliant beginning that sets everything up for later chapters in a potential franchise!" I have around 10000 comic books, this is a movie about comic books, not a comic book itself. In movie franchises, each movie has its own complete story (usually). This one unsatisfyingly wasn't complete. That stuff should be left to hour long movies that set up a TV series. Not a feature length movie. In the end, I marvelled more at the skill of most of the directing and writing as well as the concept, but just not the total package.

  • July 12, 2001, 8:19 a.m. CST

    I'm not a cook, but I know when I'm eating bad food

    by soylentphil

    If you had to make a film to be able to comment on one, these Talkbacks would be as barren as a porn star's uterus. Anyone ever see Night's first flick, "Praying With Anger"? Oof. Unbreakable wasn't bad.

  • July 12, 2001, 9:06 a.m. CST

    Neither M. Night nor Shekhar Kapur are Middle Eastern

    by The_Black_Hair

    Good lord you people love wallowing in your ignorance of all things non pale. India is not part of the Middle East. If you must label them they are South Asian.

  • July 12, 2001, 9:08 a.m. CST

    Sixth Sense = Unbreakable

    by pedant

    A person with a special gift learns to use it to help others, under the guidance of a man who is not quite what he seems. It's the exact same plot, right down to the revelatory twist ending.

  • July 12, 2001, 9:29 a.m. CST

    Sixth Sense != Unbreakable

    by neovsmatrix

    Sixth Sense does NOT equal Unbreakable. They can only be compared on the surface, but they are two VERY different movies. Just about every movie ever made can be shown to be remarkably similar or the same as some other movie. At least on a very superficial level, which is what you're doing. And it's not like the greats never imitated themselves. What about the two versions of Hitchcock's The Man Who Knew Too Much? I was a big fan of Unbreakable, and the fact that it was a superhero movie wasn't what made it so great. It was the fact that it was a character drama with superhero elements that made it so damn interesting and worthwhile to watch. Easily my favorite movie of last year, and one of my all-time favorites now. Shyamalan was right to have gotten rid of the traditional three-act arc he was about to do (he even mentions this in the dvd, and it's possibly where all the rumors of a trilogy stemmed from). And Sixth Sense was not reliant on the ending to make it a great film. It just happened to have an ending that surprised viewers. Like the Usual Suspects, although I thought the twist was pretty obvious. Both of those movies were great because of their characters, plot, and the genuine pathos they exhibited. That's rare in a movie nowadays, and that's why I hold all three mentioned films in extremely high regard.

  • July 12, 2001, 9:32 a.m. CST

    Oh yeah, and I can't wait to see Signs!

    by neovsmatrix

  • July 12, 2001, 10:06 a.m. CST

    Does anyone get the feeling...

    by BigTuna

    IF the Sixth Sense didn't become the 10th biggest hit ever these geeks would like it more? Face it guys, you like Unbreakable because it's about comic books, it's a geek's dream. The Sixth Sense WAS a solid film and had much more going for it then just the " trick ending" . It had a touching relationship with Willis and Haley and had some great creepy moments. Oh and stop dreaming of a trilogy Unbreakable was somewhat dissapointing at the boxoffice and M.Night already said he doesn't ever want to make a sequel.

  • July 12, 2001, 10:12 a.m. CST

    O'Doylestown Rules!

    by Redwood

    Sixth Sense was really good, Unbreakable was good but pretentious, and I think this will be pretty good, too.

  • July 12, 2001, 1:52 p.m. CST

    Both films were okay but it stops there

    by cow

    I thought The Sixth sense was way too long. It had its creepy moments but to be honest, the preview was much scarier than the movie itself. The only interesting thing about it was the ending but once I knew the ending I wasnt interested in seing the movie again. Unbreakable was a better film but the ending was a total letdown. After Bruce learned the truth about Samuel he just walked away. He should have beaten the crap out of him. Thats another thing, I dont like about Shamaladingdongs movies. Bruce is a good actor but hes not allowed in either of Shawarmas films to get really pissed off ands yell and curse. I for one amd sick of seeing Bruce all serious and very, very quiet. When Bruce is at his best he yells and curses and beats the crap out of peopke and waves guns around kills people and delivers cool oneliners. I miss that. Unbreakable was about a superhero with superpowers but Bruce didnt act like a superhero. For christ sake, Neo had was a superhero with superpowers in The Matrix and he kicked some serious ass!! Why couldnt Bruce have killed Samuel at the end???? Why did he just looked frightened at him and walked away???? Goddammit!!! M Nights movies are soo boring and soo long and really not that interesting. None of his movies can be compared to The Matrix. The Matrix is still the best movie ever made. Another movie that has a twist is FightClub and in this movie the twist is ten times scarier and ten times more surprising than in both of Shamalamalamas movies put together. Shawarmas movies are too much talk and too little action. And the person that said that his two movies are very similar are absolutely right. They are. Both movies are long and boring and once you know how they end you dont care about them anymore.

  • July 12, 2001, 1:59 p.m. CST

    to darth walken

    by cow

    i agree with you dude. both movies pretty much sucked. and what lies beneath was ten times scarier than the sixth sense will ever be!!!!! the gift was also alot scarier than the sixth sense will ever be. the same thing goes for unbreakable. not scary at all. better than the sixth sense but still not a very good film. and the ending was ridicoulus and a complete fucking letdown!!!!

  • July 12, 2001, 3:30 p.m. CST

    M. Night, despite having a first initial as a first name, has pr

    by AntoniusBloc

    The Sixth Sense was a great film, and it didn't simply rely on a gimmick ending. The ending fit perfectly, but no one(most people didn't anyway) saw it coming. Regardless of the ending, it was a very well written and directed film that had everything you want in a movie of its genre. In addition to the suspense and great cinematography, you care about the characters Night creates, and the relationships they form. Unbreakable was a fascinating film, but i have to take the side that you are left to feel the story is incomplete. I haven't seen the commentaries on the DVD, but i would like to see sequels. It was a great set up. I didn't see Mr. Glass coming as the arch enemy, but what a cool twist. I guess we have to accept that Night just wanted to do the most realistic looking and feeling comic book story(unlike Superman which was a well made comic book in motion, at least the first half), and Night probably succeeded. But is that enough to make a great film? Not sure. The surprise ending for me was very cool, but not enough to make the film feel complete. Therefore, with no sequels, you could probably argue that Unbreakable's ending was kind of a cool gimmick. Anyway, i look forward to anything M. Night has planned next.

  • July 12, 2001, 4:06 p.m. CST

    Sixth Sense: seen it all before Twilight zone episode

    by SethShandor

    Jacob's ladder was FAR superior to 6th was well made, but lacked anything new... sorry night. Seen the ssame thing too many tinme before. Unbreakable, now THERE'S something I never saw before (or will again I'm sure).

  • July 12, 2001, 4:23 p.m. CST

    Hitchcock / Shyamalan

    by pedant

    The difference is that Hitchcock remade The Man Who Knew Too Much because he was dissatisfied with the results of the first one. Whereas M. Night appears to have remade The Sixth Sense in order to milk a successful formula for all it's worth.

  • July 12, 2001, 4:46 p.m. CST

    Unbreakable WAS a complete film

    by neovsmatrix

    I don't understand how Unbreakable wasn't complete. Mr. Glass was imprisoned and David Dunne accepts his destiny. What could be more complete than that? How complete would the Matrix have been if nobody knew that it was the beginning of a trilogy? I'm pretty sure the announcement that it would be a trilogy didn't happen until after the movie was a hit. As for Bruce Willis killing Elijah at the end, that's ridiculous. Doesn't character mean anything anymore? If he killed Elijah, it wouldn't have been climactic, nor would it have been good, because it's completely out of character for David Dunne to do such a thing. And it would be pretty stupid within the context of the movie since it would not fit in with the overall scheme of things then. As for Hitchcock remaking The Man Who Knew Too Much because he was dissatisfied with the first, you're missing the point pedant. All filmmakers have similar themes in their films. It doesn't make their films remakes of their prior successes. It's like a writer who keeps writing after his first novel is a big hit. The person's writings could all be similar in theme to the first novel and still be different. that's the same thing with Unbreakable and the Sixth Sense. They are two very different movies, and just because you didn't like it doesn't mean you can really lump it together as a repeat of his prior work. Whatever, I loved Unbreakable and I got my friend hooked on it too when I showed it to him on DVD, and he bought his own copy as well.

  • July 13, 2001, 1:39 a.m. CST

    I haven't made a post in ages...

    by Kyle.Reese

    so I might as well just say something since I'm a huge Shyamalan fan. Unbreakable was sheer brilliance. I totally loved that film. I would have loved The Sixth Sense as much too but by the time I got around to watching that film some idiot spoilt the ending for me. But I'm sure if I watched that movie without knowing the ending I would have been as impressed as I was when I saw Unbreakable... Signs sounds great, Mel's a good actor (Mad Max rules) and I guess I can forgive him for that Patriot nonesense providing he never does something as offenseive as that ever again.

  • July 13, 2001, 8:49 p.m. CST

    just by reading the words Mel and Shyamalan in one line's gettin

    by keisereela

    Shyamalan is a very good filmmaker. Mel usually shies away from big name director (for obvious reasons). But with these two names attached together....oh, you can't miss! Well, I think i'm biased. I love Mel, and thought Shyamalan did phenomenal work in the past and has established himself very well for such a short period of time.

  • July 13, 2001, 8:56 p.m. CST

    I love Mel and Shyamalan

    by keisereela

    with these talented NAMES together, and with a title like that, how can this miss?! Mel has not done much like this before so this will be quite an exciting movie. Superstars get more exciting when they do something different and the star hasn't done before... look how audiences embraced What Women Want.

  • April 20, 2002, 8:21 p.m. CST

    Maybe you should stick to not posting!

    by shores75

    Hmmm, forgive Mel for the Patriot? Offensive? I can see why you haven&#39;t posted in years. Alot of great actors have terrible movies but for Mel, this is not the case. I&#39;m sure this will be as good as anything else he has ever done.

  • July 22, 2002, 1:13 p.m. CST

    ending of "Fields"

    by seriousmoviebuff

    I have a friend who&#39;s a friend of one of the boom operators who worked on the movie, and here&#39;s the scoop on the ending. Those shapes are made by a dead guy who&#39;s a ghost, played by Bruce Willis, who makes a surprise appearance at the end. He made those shapes to let people know what it would be like in the afterlife. The afterlife is very complicated and indescribable, so he uses these shapes, which contain all the information anyone needs. The shapes basically contain the answers to all the great questions about god and heaven and hell and how we should live our lives. Questions that can not be answered in the human language, so Bruce Willis has made these shapes. While trying to figure out the mystery behind these shapes, Mel Gibson slowly gets wierder and wierder as the movie progresses, until he finally reaches the perfect revelation - that we are all dead. But then he tries to let people know that they are actually dead, but now that he knows he&#39;s dead, he can&#39;t communicate with the others, because that&#39;s one of the rules - you can&#39;t communicate with humans, if you know you&#39;re dead, even though we&#39;re all dead.