Shyamalan's 'Glass' is Engaging Almost Until the End

I don’t think anyone will deny that M. Night Shyamalan is a great storyteller. He initially proved that with the release of The Sixth Sense. The symbolism of the color red, the odd scenes that made very little sense until the end of the movie and of course, the amazing twist that nobody saw coming. That incredible twist has almost been the director’s undoing. Since 1999, not one of his other movie’s endings have had the same impact, but he continues to try.

In 2000, Mr. Shyamalan hoped that lightening would strike twice with Unbreakable which also starred Bruce Willis. Like The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable was a mystery only this time, the story featured the lone survivor of a train crash who left the accident without a scratch on him and an incredibly fragile, wheelchair-bound, comic book enthusiast which appeared to be the polar opposite. The story was intriguing, but basically fell apart near the end when the twist was revealed. Now almost 19 years later, the same thing ha…

This Day in Pop Culture for June 20

"Jaws" was released in theaters on June 20, 1975.

‘Jaws’ is Released in Theaters

The producers of the hit film Jaws hired 27-year-old Steven Spielberg to direct the film before the release of his first movie, The Sugarland Express. Based on the novel by Peter Benchley, shooting the film took longer than expected and drove costs up to $8 million while the budget was set at $4 million. At one point, Universal threatened to shut down production of the movie, but had a change of heart and instead promoted Jaws with a $700,000 marketing campaign. The mechanical shark used in the picture was affectionately named Bruce. (Pixar named the shark in Finding Nemo after him as well.) The famous “daa-daa” music was composed by John Williams and was performed by tuba player Tommy Johnson. Jaws made about $7 million during the opening weekend becoming one of the first summer blockbuster films ever.  It also caused a lot of people to be afraid of going into the water. Any water.

Nicole Kidman was born on June 20, 1967.

Nicole Kidman is Born

Though she is mostly know as an Australian, Nicole Mary Kidman was born on this day in 1967 in Honolulu, Hawaii while her parent were in the United States on educational visas. Kidman’s first tried acting while in primary and high school. Kidman says that she was first inspired to act after she saw Margaret Hamilton’s performance as the Wicked Witch of the West in The Wizard of Oz. Kidman first studied at Philip Street Theatre in Sydney and studied alongside actress Naomi Watts. One of her first breakout roles was in the 1989 thriller, Dead Calm. The next year she married Tom Cruise and appeared with him on the big screen in the 1992 film, Far and Away. She sang for the first time on screen in 2001’s Moulin Rouge! and divorced Cruise the same year. In 2006 Kidman married country singer Keith Urban and the two are practicing Catholics.

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