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UPI Almanac for Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013.
By United Press International

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Monday, Aug. 6, 2012.
By United Press International
Shyamalan, Noxon team up for Syfy pilot

Shyamalan, Noxon team up for Syfy pilot

NEW YORK, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- M. Night Shyamalan and Marti Noxon are co-writing and serving as executive producers on a TV pilot called "Proof," America's Syfy cable network announced.
Shyamalan to direct Will and Jaden Smith

Shyamalan to direct Will and Jaden Smith

LOS ANGELES, April 5 (UPI) -- M. Night Shyamalan is to direct father-son actors Will and Jaden Smith in a science-fiction picture, Columbia Pictures said.
'Airbender' 'wins' Worst Picture Razzie

'Airbender' 'wins' Worst Picture Razzie

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- "The Last Airbender" was declared the "winner" of five Razzie Awards, including Worst Picture and Worst Eye-Gouging Misuse of 3D, in Los Angeles Saturday.
Night dismisses racial casting criticism

Night dismisses racial casting criticism

NEW YORK, July 4 (UPI) -- Indian-born U.S. filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan says he is saddened by critics who say his casting for the big-screen adaptation of the Asian-themed, animated TV series "The Last Airbender" should have been more culturally diverse.
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Paltrow, Willis eye Shyamalan's next film

Paltrow, Willis eye Shyamalan's next film

LOS ANGELES, June 21 (UPI) -- Bradley Cooper, Gwyneth Paltrow and Bruce Willis are loosely attached to writer-director M. Night Shyamalan's next project, The Hollywood Reporter said.
Stars line up for 'Airbender' roles

Stars line up for 'Airbender' roles

HOLLYWOOD, March 13 (UPI) -- Aasif Mandvi, Shaun Toub and Cliff Curtis have joined the cast of M. Night Shyamalan's "The Last Airbender," Hollywood's Paramount Pictures said.
Dev Patel to star in Shyamalan's next

Dev Patel to star in Shyamalan's next

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 2 (UPI) -- Hollywood filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan has cast "Slumdog Millionaire" star Dev Patel in his upcoming, live-action movie, "The Last Airbender," Variety.com said.

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UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2008.
By United Press International
Shyamalan to make 'Airbender' movie

Shyamalan to make 'Airbender' movie

HOLLYWOOD, April 16 (UPI) -- Hollywood filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan has signed on to adapt Nickelodeon's animated TV series "The Last Airbender" as a live-action movie.

Wahlberg replaces Gosling in 'Bones'

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 22 (UPI) -- U.S. actor Mark Wahlberg has signed on to replace Ryan Gosling in Peter Jackson's upcoming screen adaptation of "The Lovely Bones," Variety.com said.

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UPI almanac for Monday, Aug. 6, 2007.

'Instinct 2' bags four Razzies

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- "Basic Instinct 2" was the big winner -- or loser, depending on your point of view -- taking four trophies at the 2007 Golden Raspberry Awards in Los Angeles.

Nina Jacobson inks DreamWorks deal

HOLLYWOOD, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- Former Walt Disney Motion Pictures President Nina Jacobson is going to DreamWorks under a three-year production deal with the Hollywood studio.
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M. Night Shyamalan and wife arrive for "The Last Airbender" Premiere at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center in New York on June 30, 2010. UPI /Laura Cavanaugh
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Manoj Nelliyattu Shyamalan (pronounced /ˈʃæməlɑːn/; Malayalam: മനോജ് നെല്ലിയാട്ട് ശ്യാമളന്‍,Tamil: மனோஜ் நெல்லியடு ஷ்யாமலன், Maṉōj Nelliyāṯṯu Ṣiyāmaḷaṉ, born 6 August 1970), known professionally as M. Night Shyamalan, is an Indian-born American filmmaker and screenwriter, known for making movies with contemporary supernatural plots that climax with a twist ending. He is also known for filming his movies (and staging his plots) in and around Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he was raised. Shyamalan released his first film, Praying with Anger, in 1992 while he was a New York University student. His second movie, the major feature film Wide Awake, made in 1995 but not released until three years later, failed to find financial success.

Shyamalan gained international recognition when he wrote and directed 1999's The Sixth Sense, which was a commercial success and nominated for six Academy Awards, including: Best Picture, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay. He followed The Sixth Sense by writing and directing Unbreakable, released in 2000, which received positive reviews. His 2002 film Signs, where he also played Ray Reddy, gained both critical and financial success. His next movie The Village (2004) became a commercial success in spite of receiving mixed to negative reviews. His later fantasy film Lady in the Water (2006) performed worse critically and financially. The film The Happening (2008) was a financial success but also received negative reviews. The Last Airbender (2010) received extremely negative reviews in the United States, but has gone on to make nearly $320 million internationally at the box office. His latest film, Devil (2010), which he produced and wrote the story for, but did not direct, was not screened by critics before its release but eventually received mixed reviews. Devil was not a blockbuster hit but has become a commercial success relative to its low budget and was named as one of the top 5 horror films of 2010 by ShockTillYouDrop.com.

Shyamalan was born in a Hindu Household in Puducherry, India. His father, Nelliyattu C. Shyamalan, is an Indian Malayali physician belonging to a famous "Thiyya" tharavad from Mahe, Kerala. His mother, Jayalakshmi, is a Tamil Indian and an obstetrician and gynecologist by profession. In the 1960s, after medical school (at the Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research in Puducherry) and the birth of their first child, Veena, his parents moved to the United States. His mother returned to India to spend the last five months of her pregnancy with him at her parents’ home in Chennai (Madras).

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