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    Press Release

    I just got this from a media rep for The Last Airbender.
    Kicking-Off The Last Airbender On DVD
    November 16th
    American Taekwondo Association Students Nationwide Are Joining An Exclusive Live Online Event With The Film's Star And ATA's Own Noah Ringer Live from Hollywood

    Noah will Address Los Angeles ATA Students, as well as Connect To ATA Schools Across The Country Including the Dallas, Chicago, Philadelphia and Miami Areas via USTREAM

    Who: The Last Airbender actor Noah Ringer, who stars as Aang, the lone Avatar, will team up with the American Taekwondo Association (ATA) and Paramount Home Entertainment to participate in a live streaming video event.

    From Los Angeles, joined by distinguished event moderator Taekwon Lee along with local ATA students, Noah will connect with ATA schools nationwide to talk about his experience on the film as well as demo some of his favorite Taekwondo moves. Two years after he began studying Taekwondo at the age of 10, Noah Ringer earned his first-degree black belt, and utilized his martial arts experience to land the lead role in the live-action family adventure The Last Airbender, now on DVD. Ringer, now 13, holds the 2009–2010 title of Texas State Champion in his age group in five different categories.

    What: Special cameras and monitors set up with USTREAM will enable select ATA schools in major cities to link up with Noah directly to ask questions about his martial arts background and his action-packed role on The Last Airbender from Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies. Additionally, ATA schools across the country will be setting up themed 'watch parties' for the online event to mark the film's home entertainment debut.

    When: November 16th, 2010 Live Online Event starts at 4 pm PST∑

    Fans can log-on to http://www.ustream.tv/lastairbender.
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    Speaking of Dev

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    More on the ATA event next week

    Anyone here connected with ATA?
    Noah Ringer, Star of The Last Airbender, the American Taekwondo Association and Paramount Home Entertainment Join Forces for a Nationwide Celebration of the Film's DVD & Blu-ray™ Debut

    Live Ustream Event Connects Noah Ringer with Select ATA Member Schools Across the Country on November 16th

    HOLLYWOOD, Calif., Nov. 9, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- On November 16, 2010, in celebration of the Blu-ray™ and DVD release of Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies' The Last Airbender, Paramount Home Entertainment will team up with the American Taekwondo Association (ATA) for nationwide events. The premier North American organization dedicated to the martial arts discipline of taekwondo, the ATA and its affiliates have over 1,500 licensed schools, all of which will have the opportunity to participate in themed parties to mark the film's home entertainment debut.

    In addition, actor and martial arts enthusiast Noah Ringer, who stars as Aang, the lone Avatar, will take part in a special streaming video event, giving hundreds of ATA students the chance to interact with him directly. Students at select member martial arts schools across the country will be able to pose questions personally via Ustream as Ringer shares stories about his background in taekwondo and his experiences on the set, as well as demonstrates some of his martial arts skills live. Fans interested in watching the live event can visit www.ustream.tv/lastairbender on November 16th from 4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. PST. The ATA will post the event at www.ataondemand.com and viewers can also connect via www.facebook.com/paramounthomeent.

    Ringer achieved first degree black belt rank with the ATA when he was 12 years old and is proficient with a variety of Eastern weapons. A newcomer to the world of acting, he first heard of the open auditions to play Aang through his taekwondo school and won the part over thousands of applicants. He will next be seen in director Jon Favreau's sci-fi Western Cowboys & Aliens alongside Harrison Ford, Daniel Craig and Sam Rockwell.

    One of the top 10 family films of the year worldwide earning over $315 million at the global box office*, The Last Airbender will be available in a DVD/Blu-ray Combo pack, as a single disc DVD or single disc Blu-ray.

    About American Taekwondo Association

    The American Taekwondo Association (ATA) is the largest martial arts organization in North America. Since its founding in 1969 by Eternal Grand Master H.U. Lee, ATA has registered more than 1 million students. Today ATA has approximately 100,000 members around the world. A non-violent system of self-defense, taekwondo first developed more than 1,000 years ago. ATA-affiliated schools practice the style of Songahm (meaning "Pine Tree and Rock") Taekwondo. Songahm Taekwondo places great emphasis on cognitive and emotional improvement, as well as on physical performance. ATA operates through a network of more than 1,000 independently owned and operated affiliate schools on five continents. Its unique history includes pioneering steps that organized traditional martial arts techniques into a uniform curriculum by establishing standards to ensure consistency in instruction and learning. For more information, go to www.ataonline.com

    About Paramount Home Entertainment

    Paramount Home Entertainment (PHE) is part of Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment. PPC is a unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), a leading content company with prominent and respected film, television and digital entertainment brands. PHE is responsible for the sales, marketing and distribution of home entertainment products on behalf of various parties including: Paramount Pictures, Paramount Vantage, Paramount Classics, Paramount Famous Productions, Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central, CBS and PBS and for providing home entertainment fulfillment services for DreamWorks Animation Home Entertainment.

    About Ustream

    Ustream is the leader in live video and its platform empowers any individual, public figure or brand to stream to a global audience of unlimited size. Ustream offers free broadcasting and viewing platforms for the Web and mobile devices. The interactive functionality within Ustream enables real-time engagement with Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and AIM. Hundreds of high-profile broadcasters have partnered with Ustream to reach millions of people. Ustream (www.ustream.com) is a privately-held company based in San Francisco, Calif.
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    yeah something tells me this movie isnt really doing well on dvd...cause they are going for the hard sell, which you never have to do with a movie that was technically a hit..

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    We're involved in this promotion too.

    It's our new sweepstakes. Enter to win THE LAST AIRBENDER.

    Contest ends 11/24/2010. Good luck!
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    Press Release

    I just received this from THE LAST AIRBENDER'S Press rep.
    The Last Airbender Star Noah Ringer Joins Students from the American Taekwondo Association for an Exclusive Live Event as The Last Airbender is Released on DVD

    Noah Ringer Demonstrated Martial Arts Skills and Addressed Los Angeles ATA Students,
    as well as Directly Connected to Students in Dallas, Chicago, Philadelphia and Miami Areas via Ustream

    Downloadable video highlights from the event available at: www.MNRwire.com/lastairbender
    The Last Airbender actor Noah Ringer, who stars as Aang, the lone Avatar, teamed up with the American Taekwondo Association (ATA) and Paramount Home Entertainment to participate in a live streaming video event on Tuesday, November 16th.

    From the XMA World Headquarters, Noah was joined by distinguished event moderators Taekwon Lee and Mike Chat and connected via Ustream with ATA schools nationwide, sharing his experiences on the film as well as demoing his martial arts skills live. Two years after he began studying Taekwondo at the age of 10, Noah Ringer earned his first-degree black belt, and utilized his martial arts experience to land the lead role in the live-action family adventure The Last Airbender, now on DVD. Ringer, now turning 14, is a 2nd degree black belt and holds the 2009–2010 title of Texas State Champion in his age group in five different categories.

    Fans can log-on to www.ataondemand.com and http://www.ustream.tv/lastairbender to watch the event in its entirety. Ustream enabled ATA schools in major cities to link up with Noah directly to ask questions about his martial arts background and his action-packed role on The Last Airbender from Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies. Downloadable video highlights from the event are also now available at: www.MNRwire.com/lastairbender

    The Last Airbender, the exciting live-action film tells the story of four nations, Air, Water, Earth and Fire, locked in an age-old conflict that can only be ended by the Avatar—a single boy with the power to manipulate all four elements. Earning more than $315 million at the global box office to become one of the top 10 family films of the year worldwide.

    The Last Airbender DVD/Blu-ray Combo pack, available November 16th boasts over two hours of in-depth, behind-the-scenes special features including a nine-part documentary on the making of the film, a featurette entitled “Origins of the Avatar”, which documents the creative transformation of the hit animated series to the big screen, picture-in-picture insights from the cast and crew that deconstruct some of the amazing action and visual effects sequences, deleted scenes, outtakes and more. The film also will be available as a single disc DVD or single disc Blu-ray, both of which include “Origins of the Avatar”, deleted scenes and outtakes.


    The Last Airbender star, Noah Ringer, left, receives a second degree black belt certificate during a live streaming video event to celebrate the film's arrival on DVD and Blu-ray on November 16th in Los Angeles. Also pictured are Lucas Taekwon Lee (center) and Mike Chat (right) of the American Taekwondo Association.


    Actor Noah Ringer, star of The Last Airbender, demonstrates his martial arts skills for American Taekwondo Association members across the country during a live online event to celebrate the film's DVD and Blu-ray debut on November 16th in Los Angeles.

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    It is truly painful to watch and read this, its like slow torture.
    Shame on you Gene !!
    SHAME ON YOU !!!
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    He trains my hands for war, my fingers for battle !

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    The movie was such a POS.... flush it!

    It's funny that I didn't see one advertisement for the DVD release before the preceeding Monday though.

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    critique

    "The Last Airbender is an agonizing experience in every category I can think of and others still waiting to be invented."

    óRoger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times


    Quote Originally Posted by sanjuro_ronin View Post
    It is truly painful to watch and read this, its like slow torture.
    Shame on you Gene !!
    SHAME ON YOU !!!

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    You all know my opinion on this film

    I posted it several pages back. That being said, the sweepstakes promotion has been going quite well. We do the promotions to attract eyeballs, and we've already had nearly 4X the entries than with the previous sweepstakes. I think that's largely due to it being a BRD/DVD combo pack. Those are always very popular. Kids films do well too for our sweepstakes. We get a lot of parents and grandparents entering for their kids. Anyway, it'll flip tomorrow night, so don't get your panties in a bunch.

    I also thought the Noel Ringer ATA promotion was amusing. I've never seen something like that for a DVD release.
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    Winners announced

    See our Airbender combo pack winners.

    For the record, this sweepstakes was one of the biggest we've done all year in terms of the number of entries, which is just about what I expected. Something I didn't expect has been the sales of our foam guns this holiday season. This has always been a good selling item, strangely enough. Just goes to show...
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    I split the thread

    Out of respect for the original animated series, I've split this thread into this one and the original Avatar: The Last Airbender thread. I made the break when Shyamalan's name was first attached to this film.

    `Last Airbender' rules Razzies as worst picture
    Sunday, February 27, 2011 3:46:57 AM Pacific Standard Time, Associated Press

    LOS ANGELES - The action fantasy "The Last Airbender" — about people who can command fire, air, water and earth — now controls something else: the Razzie awards for Hollywood's worst film achievements of 2010.

    "The Last Airbender" led Saturday's Razzies with five awards, among them worst picture, worst director and worst screenplay for M. Night Shyamalan.

    The movie also received Razzies for worst supporting actor (Jackson Rathbone, who was cited for both "The Last Airbender" and "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse") and for a special award, worst eye-gouging misuse of 3-D.

    A spoof of the Academy Awards, the Razzies were announced the night before the Oscars, Hollywood's biggest party.

    "Sex and the City 2" took three Razzies, including worst actress, a prize shared by co-stars Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis and Cynthia Nixon, worst screen couple or ensemble for its entire cast, and worst prequel, remake, rip-off or sequel.

    Ashton Kutcher was picked as worst actor for "Killers" and "Valentine's Day," while Jessica Alba took the Razzie as worst supporting actress for four 2010 releases, "The Killer Inside Me," "Little Fockers," "Machete" and "Valentine's Day."

    Shyamalan has been on a downward spiral since 1999 Oscar best-picture contender "The Sixth Sense," which earned him directing and writing nominations at Hollywood's highest honors. He won Razzies as worst director and worst supporting actor for his 2006 fantasy flop "Lady in the Water."

    Despite terrible reviews, "The Last Airbender" managed to find a decent audience, pulling in $300 million worldwide at the box office. Shyamalan adapted the movie from the animated TV series "Avatar: The Last Airbender."

    "He managed to take a cartoon property and make it even less lifelike by making it with real actors," said Razzies founder John Wilson. "Most people who like the show, and this would include my 14-year-old son, hated the movie. It made no sense whatsoever."

    "The Last Airbender" was among movies that critics knocked for smudgy, blurry 3-D images. The movie was shot in 2-D and converted to digital 3-D to cash in on the extra few dollars theaters charge for 3-D screenings.

    "They call it converted. We call it perverted," Wilson said. "The more times you trick the public and charge them that fee and don't really deliver, eventually it's going to be like Lucy and Charlie Brown with the football. Fool me ten times, I'm done."

    Wilson said the characters of "Sex and the City 2" were getting too old to cavort the way they do, calling the movie "`The Expendables,' but with estrogen," referring to Sylvester Stallone's tale about aging action heroes.

    "Sex and the City 2" also was offensive, Wilson said, showing Parker and her gal pal co-stars disrespecting Arab culture on a trip to Abu Dhabi and flaunting their privileged ways.

    "It was released in the middle of a period of American history when everyone's scrounging not to lose their homes, and these women are riding around in Rolls-Royces, buying expensive shoes and just throwing money around like they're drunk," Wilson said.
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    An amusing website

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    Hopefully M. Night ran out of dough and ideas: http://www.collegehumor.com/video/62...ight-shyamalan

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