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  1. A two-part young adult novel series focusing on Avatar Kyoshi written by F. C. Yee was published in July 2019 by Abrams Children's Books. The first book of the Kyoshi Novels is Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Rise of Kyoshi. The second part in the series, titled The Shadow of Kyoshi, was released on July 21, 2020.

    • February 21, 2005 –, July 19, 2008
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    A century has passed since the Fire Nation declared war on the other three nations of Air, Water and Earth in their attempt to conquer the world. Sokka and his sister Katara, who belong to the Southern Water Tribe, discover an unusual iceberg. Breaking into the iceberg releases a beam of light and reveals a 12-year-old boy named Aang and his flying pet bison named Appa. Zuko, the disgraced prince of the Fire Nation, detects the light from Aang's release and arrives at the Southern Water Tribe to demand the villagers hand over "The Avatar": the only person capable of manipulating, or "bending", all four elements of air, water, earth and fire. Aang surrenders himself to save the village, but escapes the Fire Nation ship and flies to Appa, brought by Katara and Sokka. The trio travel to the Southern Air Temple, where Aang learns he was in the iceberg for a century and that the Fire Nation wiped out the Air Nomads, including his guardian Monk Gyatso. In despair, Aang enters the Avatar S...

    Development

    On January 8, 2007, Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies announced that they had signed M. Night Shyamalan to write, direct, and produce a trilogy of live-action films based on the series. The first of these films was to be a faithful adaptation of the main characters' adventures in Book One. According to an interview with the co-creators in SFX magazine, Shyamalan came across Avatar: The Last Airbender when his daughter wanted to be Katara for Halloween. Intrigued, Shyamalan researched...

    Casting

    Shyamalan originally offered the roles of Aang to Noah Ringer; Sokka to Jackson Rathbone; Katara to Nicola Peltz; and Zuko to Jesse McCartney. In an interview with People, Shyamalan claimed that he did not want to make The Last Airbender without Nicola Peltz, "I said that only once before in my career, and that was when I met Haley in The Sixth Sense auditions."In February 2009, Dev Patel replaced Jesse McCartney, whose tour dates conflicted with a boot camp scheduled for the cast to train in...

    Filming

    Pre-production began in late 2008, while filming began in March 2009 in Greenland. After two weeks, the cast and crew moved to Reading, Pennsylvania, where production designers and special effects crews worked for several weeks, preparing the local site for the film. A production team scouting the area found the Pagoda on Mount Penn, which served as an ancient temple in the film.Reading mayor Tom McMahon explained that crews made road improvements and buried electrical lines surrounding the s...

    Promotion

    The teaser trailer for the film was attached to Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, released in theaters on June 24, 2009. The teaser trailer was also shown exclusively on the June 22, 2009 episode of Entertainment Tonight. The trailer shows Aang airbending in a temple which is being attacked by a multitude of Fire Nation ships.Three additional trailers were released leading up to the film's release. The first TV spot aired during Super Bowl XLIV on February 7, 2010. It showed parts of the f...

    Graphic novels

    Two original black-and-white graphic novels, entitled The Last Airbender Prequel: Zuko's Story and The Last Airbender, drawn in the manga style, were written by Dave Roman and Alison Wilgus. "Avatar: The Last Airbender has shown incredible crossover appeal with manga fans. The release of The Last Airbender movie and original tie-in manga gives us the chance to share completely new stories with Avatar fans looking for more about Aang, Zuko, and their favorite characters." Dallas Middaugh, Asso...

    To avoid confusion with James Cameron's Avatar, the title was changed from Avatar: The Last Airbender to simply The Last Airbender. The film premiered in New York City on June 30, 2010, and opened the following day in 3,169 theaters, against The Twilight Saga: Eclipsewhich also stars Jackson Rathbone.

    Critical response

    On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 5%, based on 192 reviews with an average rating of 2.96/10, making it the lowest-rated film produced by Nickelodeon Movies, as well as Shyamalan's worst-reviewed film to date. The site's critical consensus reads, "The Last Airbender squanders its popular source material with incomprehensible plotting, horrible acting, and detached joyless direction." On Metacritic, it has a weighted average score of 20 out of 100, based on 33 reviews, ind...

    Crew responses

    Shyamalan argued that his style and art-form of storytelling resulted in the negative reviews of the film and compared it to asking a painter to change to a different style: "I bring as much integrity to the table as humanly possible. It must be a language thing, in terms of a particular accent, a storytelling accent. I can only see it this certain way and I don't know how to think in another language. I think these are exactly the visions that are in my head, so I don't know how to adjust it...

    Accolades

    The Last Airbender received nine nominations at the 31st Golden Raspberry Awards including Worst Picture. The film went on to sweep the Razzies with five awards: Worst Picture, Worst Director (Shyamalan), Worst Screenplay (Shyamalan), Worst Supporting Actor (Jackson Rathbone), and a special award, "Worst Eye-Gouging Mis-Use of 3D."

    Shyamalan or Paramount/Nickelodeon did not immediately confirm the "go-ahead" or whether the plug would be pulled on the trilogy. While filming The Last Airbender, Shyamalan mapped out a rough draft for a second film that is "darker" and includes Azula, portrayed by Summer Bishil, as the main antagonist. In a July 2010 interview with New York Magazine, Shyamalan commented "In the next few months we'll be able to know whether we have that opportunity or not" when asked about the sequel. No such announcement was made, and in a September 2010 interview when asked if he knew when the sequel will be made, he replied, "I don't, because there are so many factors they take into account", adding, "I guess it will get into an area where it becomes a discussion – like pros and cons." In September 2015, Shyamalan told Metro UK that he may work on the sequel after completing his next thriller, which was supposed to start shooting in November 2015. In October 2018, an unrelated live-action remake...

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    • June 30, 2010 (New York City), July 1, 2010 (United States)
    • M. Night Shyamalan, Sam Mercer, Frank Marshall
    • Cast
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    Albert Kim, executive producer
    Dan Lin, producer
    Lindsey Liberatore, producer
    Michael Goi, producer and director

    Before casting choices were made, it was stated by Daniel Richtman in a post that they were "looking for a mostly Asian cast and a 12-14 [year old] Asian kid to play Aang".DiMartino and Konietzko corroborated this in a post of their own, saying that they wanted to make a show that featured a "culturally appropriate, non-whitewashed cast". The following people and studios are known to be involved in the show: 1. Jang Chol Lee as a Concept Designer. 2. Eddie Bonin as VFX Production Executive for Season One. On August 12, 2020, DiMartino and Konietzko announced they left the production in June, citing creative differences with Netflix. On March 15, 2021, it was confirmed that Albert Kim will be the showrunner for the live-adaption of Avatar: The Last Airbender on Netflix, with the production to begin August 16, 2021 in Vancouver, Canada.On July 18, 2021, it was reported that the date of production is delayed, once again, to November 16, 2021, under the working title "Trade Winds", and...

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  3. Dec 06, 2014 · The Last Avatar: Directed by Jay Weidner. With Adey, Alexander Polinsky, Roy Rains Jr., Dayvin Turchiano. The Last Avatar is a mystical adventure film, a story of a young man who leaves Hollywood to find himself.

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    Background

    In his childhood, Aang lived at the Southern Air Temple, regarding Monk Gyatso as his father figure. Due to the signs of a possible war, Aang was told about his status as the Avatar at age thirteen, three years earlier than usual. This caused a schism between himself and the other Air Nomads of his age, and shortly after running away from his nation due to his reluctance to be the Avatar, Aang and his flying bison, Appa, were caught in a storm, crashing into the water and being swallowed by t...

    Awakening

    After being discovered and freed by two teenage siblings from the Southern Water Tribe—Katara, a waterbender, and her brother, Sokka—Aang was taken back to their village in order to recover. Ignorant of the century that had passed, Aang thanked Katara but told her that he should get back home, as the others were probably worried about him. Before he could leave the village Prince Zuko's shipsmashed through the icy landscape, having been alerted to the presence of the Avatar by a beam of light...

    The Southern Air Temple

    Upon arrival at the Southern Air Temple, Aang called out for his friends and Monk Gyatso, but no one answered. A winged lemurflew to the boy and immediately played and bonded with him. Katara was puzzled as winged lemurs were supposed to be extinct, but Aang, unaware of the events that had occurred in his absence, thought she was mistaken. Katara immediately realized that Aang had been in the ice for a hundred years, not just gone for a few days as Aang had thought. Before she could tell him,...

    Aang is fun-loving, somewhat naive and adventurous. He possesses a deep respect for life and freedom and is often reluctant to fight though when he does, he tends to use more defensive forms than attack. He craves the stimulation of new people and places. His frequent off-course detours frustrate both allies and pursuers alike. Yet Aang has always prided himself on a complex social network of friends extending over all four nations, and war will not stand in his way. In addition, he looks forward to playing with all the exotic fauna in each place he visits. Whether it is penguins, pig hog-monkeys or gigantic eels, no fit animal Aang sees goes unridden. Underneath this carefree exterior, however, Aang hides a great deal of guilt and mental burden in his duties as Avatar. Very much the reluctant hero, he wishes he had been there to help his people a century ago. This initially caused him to conceal his true identity from friends, and he still has a tendency to slack off in his studies...

    Aang dons an intricate airbending tattoo on his head and along his arms and legs. The tattoos are along the chi-lines as with his animated counterpart, except for a "cross-like" figure between his shoulder blades on his back. At the Spirit Oasis, Aang revealed that to receive the tattoos, an airbender must be able to meditate for long periods of time without losing focus, presumably as a mark of graduation, rather than after mastering thirty-five of the thirty-six tiers of airbending and inventing a new airbending technique like the "air scooter" in the series. In the BR/DVD featurette, Discovering The Last Airbender, Bryan Konietzkosaid he suggested that the tattoos, which were solid lines in animated version, be made more intricate for the live-action version.

    As the incarnation of the Avatar, Aang possesses the ability to bend all four elements, making him the most powerful bender in the world. Because the Avatar Spirit has mastered all the elements many lifetimes over, Aang has exceptional natural talent toward bending. Aang can also bend two elements at the same time. He is also extremely agile and quick. Frequently, he can defend himself without bending by simply dodging and avoiding attacks. He sometimes uses techniques similar to the martial art Aikido, which is the pursuit of harmony in conflict situations, rather than destroying or defeating the opponent. Aang can use his glider staff too with great skill, using it sometimes for attack, defense, or bending.

    Katara

    From the moment the waterbender found Aang, she became his staunch defender and protector, adopting motherly instincts toward Aang. Katara offered Aang emotional support, as she was also his closest friend. Aang revealed his past life at the Southern Air Temple to her, along with why he ran away and how he feels responsible for the War. Katara's show of affection toward him was quite evident, but he has yet to reciprocate her feelings for him and turn the relationship into "something more", s...

    Sokka

    Aang's relationship with Sokka, although not largely developed upon, was based upon principles of mutual respect. Although hesitant to trust Aang early on, their relationship and friendship developed as time passed. At some point during the movie, Aang began to consider Sokka as a part of his newfound "family".

    Gyatso

    Monk Gyatso was the monk in charge of taking care of Aang at the Southern Air Temple. Up until Aang ran away, Gyatso acted like a father figure to him, teaching him airbending and the ways of the Avatar. Gyatso was among the monks to whom Aang was supposed to bow, accepting his role as the Avatar. He was the only one that noticed Aang hesitated before he ran away. Gyatso's death was the one Aang was most distraught over.

    In the movie, Aang is played by relative newcomer Noah Ringer. Ringer began practicing Taekwondo - the martial art and national sport of South Korea - at the age of ten. His skills later garnered accolades, including the title of American Taekwondo Association Texas State Champion. He began shaving his head during his martial arts training to help cool off, which gave him the nickname "Avatar" due to his resemblance to Aang from the animated series. When he heard about the film adaptation, he made an audition tape with his instructor and sent it to the filmmakers. He had not worked in film before, but his resemblance to Aang, enhanced by painted a blue arrow on his already shaved head, swung him the role. Having not acted before, Ringer was required to attend acting school a month before filming commenced, calling the film a great experience.

    He appears to be the youngest monk ever to master airbending, receiving his tattoos, the Air Nomads' sign of airbending mastery, when he was a child.
    In the television series, Aang's name has the American pronunciation: "Ang" or "Aeng" (: [æŋ], as in "sang"). In the film, the pronunciation is "Ahng" (IPA: [ɑːŋ], as in "art" or "aha" or "father")...
    Aang, unlike his television counterpart, had some difficulty learning waterbending, due to him grieving the extinction of the Air Nomads.
    Aang in the series was found at the age of twelve, but was found at thirteen in the movie.
  4. Avatar: The Last Airbender: Created by Michael Dante DiMartino, Bryan Konietzko. With Paul Sun-Hyung Lee, Gordon Cormier, Daniel Dae Kim, Dallas Liu. Live-action adaptation of the animated series centering on the adventures of Aang and his friends, who fight to save the world by defeating the Fire-Nation

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