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If you can wrap your brain around the fact that The Sixth Sense is now older than Kiernan Shipka, you can celebrate the 15th anniversary of M. Night Shyamalan's classic. Here are six fascinating facts about The Sixth Sense.
1. Casper almost killed the movie.
Right around the time that Shyamalan had gotten the idea for the movie, Casper was released. He figured another ghost movie would not be well-received, so he tossed the idea aside (we're glad he came back to it).
2. Unlike us, Haley Joel Osment was not afraid
In a recent Reddit AMA, Osment explained that after filming all those scenes it was hard to be frightened by the movie. For him, there was "something desensitizing" about the production process and so he didn't have the creepy nightmares through which many of us suffered.
3. That's Donnie Wahlberg, BTW
The former New Kids on the Block member and brother to Marky Mark lost so much weight for the role of Vincent, Shyamalan did not recognize him when he arrived on set. (Bonus fun fact: Mischa Barton is also in the film, as the little girl who was being kept sick.)
4. It's one of few #Fancy horror flicks
The Sixth Sense received an Oscar nomination for Best Picture. It's one of only four horror movies to accomplish such a feat (alongside The Exorcist, Jaws, and Silence of the Lambs).
5. So, The New York Times got it wrong
The Times gave the film a terrible review and Shyamalan was immediately afraid that nobody would get it. (We got it, dude).
6. I see birthday cake
The film was released (we assume purposely) on the director's birthday. This could have made for some pretty sad birthday parties had the film flopped, but luckily it didn't. Because it is an excellent film. So, Happy Anniversary to The Sixth Sense, and Happy Birthday to M. Night Shyamalan! (One more bonus fun fact: the director also had a cameo in the film as a doctor, which was partly a tribute to his many family members who are actual physicians.)
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British rapper Chipmunk is wheelchair-bound following a high-speed crash on a quad bike during a recent vacation. The Oopsy Daisy hitmaker, real name Jahmaal Bailey, crashed his motorised vehicle at full speed while on holiday on the Greek island of Crete.
Bailey made his fans aware of the accident on Thursday (10Jul14) by posting a series of pictures on Instagram.com detailing his injuries.
In the images, he is shown with blood rushing down the side of his face and lying on an operating table with a neck brace. He also posted a close-up of his head stitches and another of him in a wheelchair sporting large bandages around his head.
The rapper, who is now back in England, explained the accident and revealed he cannot move his right leg.
He writes, "Today I was meant to fly to LA (Los Angeles) to put my finishing touches at last on records to be properly released... It's been a good 3 years since I've had an official release. So you could imagine how gutted I am. Same speed I'm just merciful to be alive. I know people that have died from bike crashes...
"Quad Bike crash full speed... that looked like a scene out of Final Destination meets Fast & Furious. Came out with 12 stiches (sic) to the head... Grazes all over my body... And no use of my right leg. But can move my toes a lil (little)."
The rapper also told how he was later rushed to hospital on Wednesday (09Jul14) after falling unconscious.
He continues,"So last night I was coolin (relaxing)... Then out of no where (sic) lost consciousness... Went green... Then white... Then had to get rushed to hospital. Where I met that WITCH of a doc (doctor). They gave me further examinations which showed no signs of internal bleeding but my leg considering there was no break or fracture was infected and heavily bruised hence me not being able to move it... Just praying on a smooth recovery man."
On Friday (11Jul14), Chipmunk thanked his fans for their get well messages.
Singer/songwriter Kristeen Young has hit back at Morrissey after he blamed her for spreading an illness that sparked the cancellation of his tour, branding the statement "lies". The U.S. musician was removed as the former The Smiths star's long-term support act last week (ends06Jun14), and Morrissey issued a statement on Tuesday (10Jun14) cancelling his remaining North American dates.
The Suedehead hitmaker insisted Young "confessed to 'a horrendous cold', the symptoms of which were passed on to Morrissey resulting in the cancellation of the next show in Atlanta", but she has since issued a furious response to the remarks.
Young is adamant she was only suffering an allergic reaction and was not to blame for others in Morrissey's camp falling ill, and the singer also alleges she did not quit and was instead asked to leave the tour.
In a statement posted on Facebook.com, Young writes, "Ok. Regarding the recent... statement from Morrissey: I did not 'confess to a horrendous cold'. On Monday, June 2nd, I had an allergy attack that was over within 16 hours. I went to a doctor (on Monday, June 2nd), an allergy specialist, who gave me drugs for allergies... and they worked. I explained this (early on Tuesday, June 3rd) and offered this doctor's phone number to Morrissey personally, via email, and the tour manager, Donnie Knutson (for proof... since they seemed to doubt me). But, they NEVER followed up with me or said doctor.
"Also... it is incorrect that I 'decided to leave the tour completely'. I was asked to leave. Was called (in the presence of my band as witnesses) by Morrissey's booking agent, Dave Tamaroff, and told that there would be a new support band in Boston. I am very sorry that Morrissey is not feeling well. But I will not tolerate these lies... particularly about my health. This is really too much and bizarre."
Penny Dreadful is in a unique position. On the one hand, it’s chock full of great visuals, fun occult subject matter, and two Bond movie alums: Timothy Dalton and Eva Green. On the other hand, it asks questions and establishes mysteries before it introduces the characters or the rules of the world. You won’t know what the hell is happening for the first 20 minutes of the premiere episode. The series relies on the viewer's knowledge of a variety of subject matter, and patience. This might be where it gets its namesake. Penny Dreadfuls were British serial stories, purchased for a penny, that featured lurid and sensational stories occasionally Gothic in nature. It is definitely going for a pulpy and occult, but feels like a very pretentious version of The League of Extraordinary Gentleman.
“Who the f**k are you people?”
The episode begins with a girl sneaking out of her bed opening a door and screaming her head off. Then we cut to an older woman (Green) who is frantically praying as spiders, presumably not radioactive, crawl from a crucifix to her arm. Then without warning we cut to Ethan Chandler (Josh Hartnett) a.k.a. Wyatt Twerp, a charming sharpshooter in a Wild West Show... in England. Despite poor career choices, he (or Hartnett’s butt double) does well with the ladies. Without much of an introduction Green’s character tries to convince him to work with her, and we understand that she must be some sort of witch. After all, Green played similar characters in The Golden Compass, Dark Shadows, and Camelot. At this point, the show is getting precariously close to going up its own rear with pretension. Is it above exposition? Great visuals and creepy mysteries are great but even better if we know who the hell the characters are.
Despite all human logic, Wyatt Twerp meets Green’s character without knowing her name or what she wants at a seedy opium den. Enter Sir Malcolm (Dalton), he tells Ethan to join him in a creepy basement... and he does. Then he proceeds to talk to a bunch of men in a weird language, maybe Elvish or ancient Sumerian. Who knows? All we know is they are vampires because they have fangs. Then they attack and they kill them all. Ethan, is unfazed until they enter a room full of dead bodies and get attacked by a snake creature. They are able to fight him because Green’s character stares him down. They take the dead body to some weird lab where people are dissecting bodies. A doctor cuts open the creature they killed and it has hieroglyphs written all over its skin. Then after 20 minutes where the audience doesn’t know what the hell is going on, Wyatt Twerp who, up until know, has been entirely stoic, says, “Who the f**k are you people?” Their response: come to yet another undisclosed location.
Let the Magic Begin
Ethan shows up at the house and, surprise, he gets to learn Green’s character’s name, Vanessa Ives. She’s creepy and gives him an awkward card reading and then explains what’s going on. Sir Malcolm’s daughter is the girl who disappeared and they are looking for her. Sir Malcolm and Vanessa take the hieroglyphs to an eccentric Ancient Egyptian expert who looks like an extra in The Hunger Games. It turns out the writings are fromthe Egyptian book of the Dead.
Remember that doctor that cut open the creature. He’s an important character apparently and gets invited to Sir Malcolm’s home, The Explorer’s Club. He, like Wyatt Twerp, is getting drafted for some sort of secret undertaking. This is starting to become the origin story of a Victorian England version of The Avengers, only without the luxury of any exposition. Suddenly, Malcolm sees his daughter. Only she’s not a child, she’s a creepy monster teen. He and Vanessa have a strange connection. It’s unclear yet if she is responsible for his daughter’s condition, or if they’re trying to cure her. But who cares? Because...
That Doctor who is so vital to the team? The one whose name we never learn? That’s for a big ol' reveal. On his way home from dinner, on a rainy night, he decides to raise the dead. He pulls a tarp to reveal a corpse sewn together and then he reanimates it because he is none other than Dr. Viktor Frankenstein. His monster flashes his peen for a few minutes and they share a tender moment of new life.
It’s unclear where the show is going as the next episode is primed to introduce more characters. It seems engaging, has a pretty terrific cast, and some great production value. However, mystery for mystery’s sake can be sloppy storytelling. It seems like we won’t know for sure if this is a worthwhile watch until the next episode.
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When CBS renewed The Big Bang Theory for three seasons recently, it meant that the top rated sitcom is guaranteed to hit a 10th season (the show is closing out its seventh season now). While the certainty might be great for the network and the show's producers, it does beg the question of how the show will manage to stay fresh for that long. Even all-time classic sitcoms like Friends and Cheers struggled to sustain storylines when the season numbers hit double digits.
So, what will Big Bang look like in another three years? Can they find ways to keep things interesting or are they doomed to plod along through multiple seasons of rehashing what we've already seen? Obviously we can't know the outcome, but over the long history of sitcoms there are some lessons that are there to be learned. What do Sheldon and crew need to avoid in order to keep from "jumping the shark"? Let's take a look.
Limit the Break-ups
In some ways, the show has boxed itself into a corner in this regard. While Jim Parsons' Sheldon might be the most popular character, there's little debating the fact that the center of the show is the Leonard-Penny relationship. Just like with Ross and Rachel on Friends, it is the over-arching storyline even when it is seemingly dormant. Over the first six seasons, the show's writers had Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco's characters hook-up and break-up repeatedly. They're currently together and if they were to break up again, it will be really hard to put them back together in any way that doesn't aggravate the audience… at least the portion that was alienated by yet another off again period for the couple. The show's other pairs (Sheldon and Amy, Howard and Bernadette) have an entirely different issue — the female half's sole reason for being there is as part of the couple. For better or worse, the show has to come up with ways to tell stories with the relationships (mostly) intact.
Friends got away with having its characters have children by subsequently finding ways for the babies to disappear after they were born. That show, however, had the advantage of establishing extended families for the characters that lived nearby to help explain who was watching the infants. Big Bang, on the other hand, has done the exact opposite; most of the characters aren't native to the show's Pasadena setting. With the exception of Howard and Bernadette, no other characters on the show can have children that could be explained away (and it's hard to say how plausible the idea of Howard's never-seen mother taking care of an infant is). So, Penny and Leonard can't have a baby that magically ages three years between seasons and becomes a precocious genius. Same thing goes for any young relatives of Sheldon's suddenly arriving from Texas to live with him or Amy's vivacious "forgotten" younger sister showing up.
Tread Carefully With Cast Changes
With the possible exception of Cheers, no other long-running sitcom has done as good of a job of incorporating new characters into the show's mix. Not every fan may like Mayim Bialik's Amy Farrah Fowler, but the character along with Melissa Rauch's Bernadette has opened up a slew of possibilities for the show's writers. At this point, however, there is far less wiggle room. Introducing another new character, after so much time has been invested in the core group, would be a hard sell. Conversely, having a key character depart would ruin the chemistry that the show has worked so hard to establish. It's quite possible that someone will leave over the next three seasons and it will be a challenge to deal with that in a way that doesn't cause a chunk of the audience to leave along with the character. Big Bang's creator Chuck Lorre may have milked additional seasons out of his hit Two and a Half Men after Charlie Sheen was replaced by Ashton Kutcher, but you'd be hard pressed to find anyone that liked the show better after the change. Of course, having a character depart is still better than going the Bewitched/Rosanne route and bringing in another actor to play the same role.
Avoid Very Special Episodes
How I Met Your Mother is the rare sitcom that can get away with dealing with issues like losing a parent without destroying the show's rhythm. Big Bang Theory isn't HIMYM (or Family Ties or All in the Family for that matter). The show isn't designed to handle heavy topics in any real way. There can't be an episode where depressed comic book store owner Stuart actually decides to end things or Kunal Nayyar's Raj gets hit by a truck and ends up in a coma or Penny awaits test results after her doctor "found something." Once that happens, the show will have gone down a path that it probably can't come back from.
It will be a challenge for the Big Bang team to craft episodes that feel new without resorting to any of the desperation plays that have doomed so many other sitcoms. If the show wants to join the short ranks of shows that have put together a solid decade of viable episodes, however, it will have to rise to that challenge.
Lord Of The Rings moviemaker Peter Jackson has restated his interest in taking charge of a Doctor Who episode, inviting BBC bosses to allow him to create a special in his native New Zealand. Jackson, who shot the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films Down Under, is urging Doctor Who producer Stephen Moffatt to give him the reins of the franchise, and he admits that discussions between himself and BBC chiefs are "actually kind of serious".
Jackson says, "I'd love to try my hand at television, because I've never had the discipline of having to shoot for those impossibly tiny schedules. I think I could do it OK now.
"I did suggest that they did a New Zealand story - something to do with the (rugby union team) All Blacks versus the Daleks. There's a good story in there, although obviously the All Blacks would have to win!"
Earlier this year (13), Jackson, a lifelong Doctor Who fan, told Entertainment Weekly magazine he'd be willing to direct an episode of the cult sci-fi show for nothing but a prop Dalek.
The filmmaker revealed his wife Fran Walsh has bought him two Daleks in the past as Christmas gifts.
He explained, "I have a very early one and another from (former Doctor Who star) Sylvester's (McCoy) time.
"I've also collected a few Doctor Who costumes, including a Tom Baker outfit with a scarf."
Glee actress Nene Leakes has blamed her jet-setting lifestyle for her recent health crisis. The TV star, who also appears on reality show The Real Housewives of Atlanta, alerted fans to her medical scare on Monday (18Nov13) by posting a photo of herself in a hospital bed with intravenous (IV) drips in her arm, receiving treatment for blood clots in her lung.
In a series of Twitter.com posts, she explained, "I have been very sick for the past couple of days... My arms are hurting wit (with) these IVs. Blessed to be alive..."
Leakes offered up no further information about the nature of her condition in the Twitter posts, but she has now opened up about her illness in a candid post on her website.
Updating fans on Tuesday (19Nov13), she wrote, "Late last week I wasn't feeling well and was feeling a little short of breath. I know my body and I know when I should be concerned so I went to the hospital to get checked out. After some routine tests I was diagnosed with blood clots in my lung.
"I'm told this happened to me because of the constant travelling around the country that I do for my job. I'm thankful to be alive as the doctor advised me that most people don't recognise the symptoms of blood clots and don't go to the doctor and that's when the big problems start happening."
Leakes has since been discharged from the hospital and is currently recovering at home.
Actor Dean Mcdermott has played down reports of his family's financial struggles after his wife Tori Spelling revealed they could not afford a vasectomy procedure in her new book. The former Beverly Hills, 90210 star confessed she and her husband have put off plans for the actor to undergo the procedure in a bid to halt their baby making, after realising they lacked the funds to pay for it.
In a recent People magazine interview, she explained, "We're in the entertainment business, and things change year to year. We don't have a series on the air right now, so we have to be more restrictive of what we can spend, just like anyone who doesn't currently have a steady job."
But her husband insists her vasectomy reveal has been blown out of proportion - they simply chose not to go forward with a top doctor's plans for the reversal operation, because his fees were too high.
McDermott explains, "We're human and life has ups and downs and sometimes your bank account is flush and sometimes it's not and it happens... I went to this particular doctor, because he's the best at the reversal. He doesn't take insurance and the estimate was pretty high and we told the business manager and he was like, 'That's a lot'.
"I didn't pursue it. It's not that we couldn't afford the vasectomy... I just didn't look for another doctor."
But the actor, a dad of five, insists the couple won't be having any more kids - vasectomy or not: "Tori doesn't like the idea of a vasectomy because it's so final... but I don't think we'd have more (children), especially after what she went through with (last child) Finn - she had a placenta previa and she spent two months in the hospital... We could have lost the baby and her. And physically, it took a lot out of her - four kids in six years, that's tough on a body."
Rock 'n' roll legend Little Richard is recovering after recently suffering a heart attack while at home with his family. The Tutti Frutti singer, who turned 80 last year (12), reveals he was overcome with a coughing fit and started to feel a shooting pain in his arm and it was only after self-medicating that he started to feel OK.
His doctor later advised him that he had suffered a heart attack, and revealed that he saved his own life with his quick-thinking actions.
During a chat with Cee Lo Green for a Recording Academy fundraiser in Georgia on Sunday (29Sep13), he explained, "The other night, I didn't know I was having a heart attack. I was coughing, and my right arm was aching. I told my son, 'Make the room as cold as ice.' So he turned the air conditioning on, and I took a baby aspirin. The doctor told me that saved my life. Jesus had something for me. He brought me through."
The veteran entertainer has stepped away from performing since almost collapsing on stage during a gig in Washington, D.C. last summer (Jun12).
Edgar Wright's Ant-Man has just been moved from a potential release date of November 2015 to July 31 of that year, just months after The Avengers 2: Age of Ultron and mere weeks after Warner Brothers' Batman Vs. Superman, making it a truly packed summer for superhero fans. But not only will Wright's film be hitting theaters sooner, it will also mark the transition into "Phase 3" of Marvel films – a slate of new characters that might include Marvel's first heroine and whatever mystery project Vin Diesel is working on (Groot spinoff?). While it will be sad to see old favorites go, Phase 3 seems like a shot in the arm for the audience and studio alike, and kicking it off in summer is a great sign. Perhaps they're so confident Ultron will impress that audiences' Marvel fever will lead them to a smaller film, boosting the box office from modest to huge. Or, maybe Disney thought fans might dig the scientific background to Ant-Man's story (he's a biochemist) what with Star Wars: Episode VII hype set to peak in the summer of 2015. Or, maybe they saw The World's End's respectable box office this summer, and decided another Wright flick was hardly a risk at all.
While in the comics, Ant-Man created the Ultron system, Avengers director Joss Whedon has already explained he's writing a different origin for the villain for his Avengers sequel. But even if Ant-Man isn't responsible for the creation of Ultron, he and his wife, Wasp, were founding members of the Avengers... all leading to a stew of elements from the comics that could potentially be reworked so that, while we may lose Iron Man, Thor, and Captain America, we might not have to lose the team or the sense of fun that they bring through collaboration.
Wright, who managed to bring the CGI-laden Scott Pilgrim Vs. World in at only a $60 million budget, is being given the reins on what now seems like a full fledged piece of the Marvel canon. It might sound risky, but Thor was a fantasy film with an unknown lead and unknown villian, both of whom are now bona fide stars and huge pieces of the Avengers. Ant Man seems to be following in those footsteps. Now all we have to do is wait for it... at least that wait is a couple months shorter now.
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