Monday, July 19, 2004

Shyamalan A Ding Dong

M. Night Shyamalan
Outstanding In His Field

It was reported Monday that the highly touted television program, 'The Buried Secret of M. Night Shyamalan' was, in actual fact, a hoax.

A spokesperson for the Sci Fi channel confirmed that the programming was more or less a 3 hour infomercial for Shyamalan's upcoming summer thriller, 'The Village'.

The Associated Press, as well as every other media organization for that matter, was basically hoodwinked by a Sci Fi Channel release that claimed Shyamalan pulled out from cooperating in the three-hour film when the documentary filmmakers delved too deeply into his personal life. The director was so ticked, the story goes, that he threatened to sue the documentary producers and prevent the cable channel from airing what it touted as a "disturbing expose."

The so-called 'disturbing' part turned out to be a bogus revelation that Shyamalan's obsession in the supernatural stemmed from the drowning death of a young boy near the filmmaker's Philadelphia home when he was 11. Feigning defiance in the face of potential litigation, Sci Fi said it planned to air the 'Buried Secret' special anyway.

'The Village' Idiot

It wouldn't have been so bad to just have a one hour - or even two hour - special promoting Shyamalan's new movie. After all, he's one of the most original and intriguing of all the current filmmakers. But instead, we got a 3 hour hoax! That's no way to treat a fan base, now is it?!

Shyamalan should be a shyamed of himself.

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