May 2nd, 2010
12:56 PM ET

Trailer Park: 'Airbender,' 'Twilight' and 'Mormon Proposition'

This week’s Trailer Park takes a look at the latest from “The Last Airbender,” the new “Twilight Saga” adventure and a gay rights documentary sure to upset at least one religious organization.

Not too long ago I was covering the red carpet at the Nickelodeon Kid’s Choice Awards. While there, I interviewed famed “The Sixth Sense” director, M. Night Shyamalan who could not be more excited about his upcoming summer release, “The Last Airbender.” The film stars “Twilight” co-star Jackson Rathbone and “Slumdog Millionaire’s” Dev Patel. It's based on the popular animated television series about a fictitious world where humans can control the various elements: fire, earth, water and air.

According to Shyamalan, fans are going to be blown away by the special effects in the film, which will be shown in 3-D where available. The movie doesn’t come out until July 2, but multiple trailers are available now to whet your palate.

It appears there will be a battle of the fantasy films that weekend - on Wednesday, June 30, Rathbone’s other famous franchise film, “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse,” is set to hit theaters.

The intensity of fan interest around the “Twilight” films has not decreased in the slightest and will likely ring up huge numbers at the box office. The third installment of the massively popular series is directed by David Slade and looks to really draw the line in the sand between team Edward and team Jacob fans as this one is all about vampires going head to head with werewolves.

As an interesting side note, it was recently announced that Bill Condon will direct the film’s fourth release, “Breaking Dawn.” Before taking his swing at Kristen Stewart, Rob Pattinson and Taylor Lautner, Condon’s last big feature film was with Beyonce and Jennifer Hudson in “Dreamgirls.” It should be interesting to see what the man behind such a successful musical will bring to the “Twilight” franchise.

Completely unrelated to mythical creatures and element-bending super humans, is the new politically charged documentary, “8: The Mormon Proposition.” Director Reed Cowan says he initially planned on making a film about gay teen homelessness and suicide in Utah, but switched his focus to Mormon ideology because of how it contributes to the homophobia that causes these problems in the first place.

Cowan, who grew up gay in Utah himself, specifically examines the Mormon church’s part in helping California’s Proposition 8 pass, which made it illegal for two members of the same sex to marry in that state. The film, which premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, will debut in select cities June 18.

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    August 27, 2011 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  3. lien tom

    like immature foolz

    June 21, 2011 at 3:56 am | Report abuse |
  4. Gel Pen

    Dev Patel showed his great acting skills on SlumDog Millionaire, i would love to see more of his movies ,~;

    December 12, 2010 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Eli Ally

    i watched Slumdog Millionaire and Dev Patel has great performance on this movie,`~

    October 11, 2010 at 3:34 am | Report abuse |
  6. Lauren Wright

    Dev Patel is a great actor specially on the movie Slumdog Millionaire:.'

    August 31, 2010 at 3:04 am | Report abuse |
  7. Bryan Jenkins

    Dev Patel gave a great performance in the movie Slumdog Millionaire.~.-

    July 16, 2010 at 12:57 am | Report abuse |
  8. john g

    m night hit the on the nail on head my god children wanted to stay an see it twice,I cryed twice ,trying to teach children about whats going on and different religions,they said they see what I have been trying to teach them thanks

    July 6, 2010 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  9. to britt and britt sucks

    u guyz are retarded and u both suck.....u guyz r acting like immature foolz...dont be smart! 😐

    June 24, 2010 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  10. mBritt ,

    Im not an epic fail. Sorry

    June 18, 2010 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Britt

    and EITHER WAY....ur still an EPIC FAIL!!!!

    June 18, 2010 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Briit sucks

    Eitheer way, i can't wait till the last airbender comes out.

    June 18, 2010 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Britt

    ok...u on't suck ur just an EPIC FAIL!!!!!

    June 18, 2010 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Briit sucks


    June 18, 2010 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
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  16. BRit sucks


    June 18, 2010 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Britt


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  18. Aang

    I know right!, JULY 1ST

    June 18, 2010 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Drew


    June 18, 2010 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Madison Davis

    Dev Patel and that indian chick really rocks on the movie Slumdog Millionaire.-~~

    June 10, 2010 at 11:29 pm | Report abuse |
  21. reinaldo

    I believe all of these films sound good..... I'm excited to watch "airbender".....

    when these films will be available in Brazil????

    May 3, 2010 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
  22. reinaldo

    eu acredito que todos serão bons filmes o Brasil esta ancioso em ver todos....

    May 3, 2010 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Bubba

    1. All of these films sound boring.
    2. Whet your 'pallet?" Why would you want a sharpened pallet anyway?
    3. Block these comments beginning and ending with [...] they are blog spam.

    May 3, 2010 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  24. natalie

    They should change the release date for Airbender. It'll get cremated by Twilight at the box office.

    May 3, 2010 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  25. aughra

    LOL Pete!

    May 3, 2010 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Pete

    True dat. If something is whetting your pallet, it's time to talk to the boys on the loading dock about proper workplace etiquette.

    May 3, 2010 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  27. tj

    "airbender" rocks

    May 2, 2010 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Chris

    Palate, not pallet.

    Is there no editor who even glances at these things before they are posted?

    May 2, 2010 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |

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