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2009-04-04 14:17:28

British actor Christian Bale will star alongside U.S. actor Mark Wahlberg in the new movie Prisoners, Hollywood insiders say. Unidentified insiders said the film project being put together by the Endeavor Talent Agency has yet to be financed or attached to a studio, The Hollywood Reporter said Friday. The thriller follows a small-town carpenter whose 6-year-old daughter is kidnapped along with one of her friends. After clashing with the city detective in charge of his daughter's case, the...

2008-10-20 06:00:15

By Scott Bowles BEVERLY HILLS -- Mark Wahlberg pushes away a bread bowl and drops his head on folded arms. He's clearly a little run-down. His 2-year-old son, Michael, isn't adjusting well to the new baby in the family, 1-month-old Brendan. He has four television projects with HBO. He recently wrapped shooting on Peter Jackson's The Lovely Bones and has been promoting his latest film, Max Payne, even stopping by Saturday Night Live to spoof himself this past weekend. Oh, and he has...

2008-10-10 15:00:21

By Barry Caine 'The Happening" is not quite the morbid slog it was on the big screen. It's still loonier than a box of Jujubes. And M. Night Shyamalan jackhammers his green theme with the subtlety of a whoopee cushion. But the oft-inane dialogue and story inconsistencies notwithstanding, the director's first R-rated film plays better on the small screen. Smaller expectations, I guess. One fine day in New York's Central Park, all the people stop moving and some kill themselves. (Why they...

2008-07-21 03:00:29

By William Bender, Philadelphia Daily News Jul. 21--GROUNDBREAKING on an $85 million Hollywood-style movie-production studio in Delaware County won't begin for at least a couple months, but one director already wants to shoot his next film there: M. Night Shyamalan. The studio's developers -- Philadelphia real-estate attorney Jeffrey Rotwitt and Santa Monica, Calif.-based Pacifica Ventures -- say they could be only days away from securing crucial tax breaks. Their Sun Center Studios...

2008-07-14 15:00:34

Movie Review TAYLOR BUNDY, 17 Freestyle Staff Writer I hate horror movies. I loathe their suspenseful, pulsing music and unrealistic-but-gruesome gore. I despise the feeling of dread that accompanies me to the dark of my bedroom and encourages insomnia. But all biases aside, The Happening is a good film. Even more so, it's a good story. Sure, I cringed with apprehension and eventually began to cover my eyes more than reach for popcorn, but, even with all my prejudices against the...

2008-06-23 06:00:18

By Scott Bowles In a rare game of Hollywood chicken, two comedies aimed squarely at teens hit theaters this weekend, and it proved a smart move for Steve Carell's film. Get Smart took first place with $39.1million, according to studio estimates from box-office tracking firm Nielsen EDI. The haul, about $5 million more than expected, made it an easy winner, particularly given the weak showing of its main competition, Mike Myers' The Love Guru. Myers' first live-action movie in five...

2008-06-22 12:00:21

By Jeff Vice Deseret News Funny man Mike Myers is well-known for having a sense of humor. Filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan is pretty much known for not having much of a sense of humor at all. So keeping that in mind, you tell me why Shyamalan's latest, a thriller titled "The Happening," has more laughs in it than Myers' "The Love Guru." And by "more laughs," I mean that the former has a lot more laughs in it. What's scary about that is the R-rated "Happening" is supposed to be, well ......

2008-06-18 12:00:36

It has been a tough summer to be a superstar director or writer. Take Larry and Andy Wachowski, the writer/director brother team behind the Matrix franchise and the creative minds behind Warner Bros.' (TWX) megabust Speed Racer. Or M. Night Shyamalan. The 38-year-old Indian-born writer/director was pilloried by movie critics before the opening of his apocalyptic film The Happening, which did surprisingly well in the face of almost universally stinky reviews. [Of course, it then promptly fell...

2008-06-13 18:00:19

By Jeff Simon, The Buffalo News, N.Y. Jun. 13--It almost happened. America's movie hypemeisters almost killed M. Night Shyamalan with kindness. A Newsweek cover story called him "The New Spielberg." Others once peddled the idea that he is the new Hitchcock. His movies after "The Sixth Sense" have been so far beneath that level that such hype should have been a felony. ------ THE HAPPENING Three and a half stars (Out of four) STARRING: Mark Wahlberg, Zooey Deschanel, John...


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  • A vial or small glass bottle, especially one for holding vinegar, oil, etc.; a caster for liquids.
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