Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Internationaly The Happening was the #1 film in the world making over $32 million in over 88 markets. While The Hulk made $31 million in 38 markets.
Fox and UTV must be happy that The Happening made back its $57 million production budget in 1 week with ticket sales totaling up to more then $62 million dollars world-wide. By next weekend I expect the movie to also make back its marketing cost world-wide. So M. Night Shyamalan is back and making big bucks for Hollywood.
Wired.com has a cool story about how factual The Happening is:
**Spoilers May Be Ahead**
I went into The Happening with high hopes and I was not disappointed. Many people complained about the bad dialogue but I thought it really added to the B-movie feel that M.N.S. was trying to convey.
The opening scenes in Central Park were so beautiful. Then the action then moves to Philadelphia at the J.R. Masterman School which really looks great on camera. I thought Mark was great in this scene in the class room, it was very funny. M. Night really knows how to make a movie look great. The video of the zookeeper at the zoo looked pretty fake but this movie seemed to be an unapplogetic B-movie. One thing I really like about M. Night is the way he does most of the deaths in the movie with long shots that show the nature around the person/persons who are commiting suicide. This method works disturbingly well. Like when the Jeep crashes and Julian kills himself in the middle of the street.
I really like the scene when they are leaving the new home development and the sign says, "You Deserve This!".
Mrs. Jones house was very effective in this movie the look of the interior and exterior were very effective in conveying the mood. Betty Buckley's acting was very well done and this part of the movie delivered the most screams from my theater.
The ending in the final movie was much better then the ending that M. Night penned in the original screenplay. One thing about the new ending is how did everything seem to go back to normal. I wish instead of showing the scientist on the news they could of explained how things in Philly were almost back to normal. One thing I like about the end in 'The Green Effect' was how it showed people surviving the event around the world. In the movie this event only is happening in the North East of the US. The score by James Newton Howard was amazing and really went well with this film.
In my opinion the movie gets a B+ and it one of the best B-movies. A way to describe this movie is a mix between, The Birds, Invasion of the Body Snatchers (the original) and The Blob.
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Yesterday's box office total was: $12,800,000
The Happening at #2 with The Incredible Hulk with #21,030,000.
The Happening is well on its way to recouping its budget of $57 million.
The movie opened at 2,987 theaters.
Yesterday's numbers beat the expectations that were putting this movie at $24 million dollars for the whole weekend. Now expections have been changed for $28-32 million.
My Review is coming later thus weekend...
Friday, June 13, 2008
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Another bad review from USA Today:
Hey in Boston they gave it a C-:
Time has a interesting review:
Below is the link to the USAToday review of the movie:
Hometown Philly.com gave the movie a C:
Less then 1 hour until Friday the 13th!
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
A Mini-Review from Plam Beach:
Philly.com has a very interesting story on Shyamalan the link is below:
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Did anyone catch the show on FX last night (The Happening: Taking Fear To A Whole New Level)? It was very interesting.
FearNet.com has a cool interview with some of Mark Walhberg, John Leguizamo, Zooey DeChanel and M. Night Shyamalan: http://www.fearnet.com/MCNewsDetailPage.aspx?catid=30&mid=14744
ShockTillYouDrop also has a great interview with M. Night read it at the link below:
Also some more reviews are coming in:
This first one is from The Hollywood Reporter:
Plus one more from New Zealand:
Heres one from the great north:
Twitch has a review of the movie:
This review is very positive with a 3 out of 4 stars:
More updates coming thru out the week...
P.S. Just found out Mark will be on The Late Show with David Letterman tonight on your local CBS station.
Monday, June 9, 2008
We have a sorta review from The Miami Herald here is the link:
The reviewer gives the movie an ok review, this also confirms the fact the 20th Century Fox is presenting Preview screenings. Hey wheres are tickets to the advanced screening! haha
Also lots of press for The Happening so here we go!
First this is just about all the Broadway actors that are appearing in this film:
JoBlo.com has an interview with M. Night, you can view it by clicking the link below:
USAToday.com has a good story about Shyamalan:
Also NPR.com has an audio interview with Shyamalan:
Last week I got an e-mail about watching FX tonight at 11pm and I know why now. FX will be airing a special called THE HAPPENING: Taking Fear to a Whole New Level. So tune in to that and hopefully we will learn some new information on the film.
P.S. I got an e-mail from Australia and it seems like there is a lot of promotion for The Happening and Fox is really marketing it there.
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Here is some reaction to the interview:
More info can be found at this link: http://www.slashfilm.com/2008/06/03/first-look-the-opening-of-transformers-2/ or for video go to http://wfmz.com/view/?id=276618
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
A report in the newspaper The Scotsman (http://thescotsman.scotsman.com/features/M-Night-Shyamalan--What.4121061.jp) says that the movie will not be screened for audiences. This usually is a bad thing meaning that studios don't want bad reviews but it can also be a good thing to help movie goers make up there minds with out help for reviewers.
Also over 80 new promo shots have been posted the link follows:
Here are some shots of M. Night and Mark Walhberg doing press for El Incidente (aka. The Happening) in Spain. Mark's hand was injured during a shoot for G.I. Joe.
Wired.com has a great blog on The Pixies and M. Here is the link http://blog.wired.com/music/2008/05/does-m-night-sh.html.
In Bethlehem, Pa outside of Philly Transformers 2 will start filming next week so look for a new Philly Film blog to be starting soon.
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
The new Happening website has launched I sugest you check that out it has looks of cool stuff and has desktop backgrounds. The address is http://www.thehappeningmovie.com/.
Also another extened Red Band trailer has hit the net here is the link: http://www.traileraddict.com/trailer/the-happening/red-band-trailer.
Soon I will be posting 3 new TV spots for the movie and a new American poster for the film which hits screens of June 13th, 2008.
Monday, May 19, 2008
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Here is the link:
Saturday, May 17, 2008
Friday, May 16, 2008
Thursday, May 8, 2008
Friday, May 2, 2008
Sunday, April 27, 2008
Signs are pointing to a sale of the Gladwyne mansion of filmmaker M. Night
Shyamalan, who put the pile up a year ago for $8 million and then cut the tag to
$7.25 million and then to $6.25 million. I hear that the selling price will be
in the high fives. Montgomery County records show he paid $4.5 million when it
was built in 2000 on nearly two acres. The Shyamalans now live on a 123-acre
compound in the western reaches of the Main Line. Shyamalan's latest, The
Happening, is scheduled to open wide June 13, and he's in early preparation for
The Last Airbender, a live-action adventure.
Monday, March 17, 2008
Here are some stills and a link to an article and more photos:
Here is a article about film critics already trashing this film:
Monday, February 18, 2008
Sunday, February 17, 2008
Friday, February 15, 2008
Tell us about it in the comment box. More coming on it this weekend.
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
At the request of 20th Century the trailer was taken off the net. I have a copy but will not post it until we are allowed.
For stills and more please read the post below.
Here is a review of the trailer:
Monday, February 4, 2008
^ Woman in center city picking up a gun
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Found a story about the movie: