"The Happening"

<I>By Susan King, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer</I><br>
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 <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB003693" title="M. Night Shyamalan" href="/topic/entertainment/m.-night-shyamalan-PECLB003693.topic">M. Night Shyamalan</a> has finally gone over to the “dark side.” After being strictly a PG-13 director of thrillers such as “The Sixth Sense,” for which he received an Oscar nomination for best director, “Unbreakable” and “The Village,” Shyamalan has ventured into the R-rated waters with his latest chiller, <a href="http://topics.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/summer-sneaks-2008/the-happening">“The Happening,</a>” which opens Friday. Don’t expect nudity or tons of naughty words; “The Happening” is receiving its rating due to violence and bloodletting.<br>
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 From legends of the silver screen -- such as <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB002905" title="Burt Lancaster" href="/topic/entertainment/burt-lancaster-PECLB002905.topic">Burt Lancaster</a>, <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB001447" title="Kirk Douglas" href="/topic/entertainment/kirk-douglas-PECLB001447.topic">Kirk Douglas</a> and <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB003389" title="Gregory Peck" href="/topic/entertainment/gregory-peck-PECLB003389.topic">Gregory Peck</a> -- to Disney studio veterans -- such as Anne Hathaway and <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB004194" title="Lindsay Lohan" href="/topic/entertainment/movies/lindsay-lohan-PECLB004194.topic">Lindsay Lohan</a> -- almost every performer or director has or will make an R-rated movie. Here’s a look at R-rated firsts.<br>
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Also, you can read about "Happening" star John Leguizamo's <a href="http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/movies/la-et-sevens-leguizamo-pg,0,2415029.photogallery"><b>seven scariest movie scenes</b></a>.
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( Zade Rosenthal / 20th Century Fox )

By Susan King, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer

M. Night Shyamalan has finally gone over to the “dark side.” After being strictly a PG-13 director of thrillers such as “The Sixth Sense,” for which he received an Oscar nomination for best director, “Unbreakable” and “The Village,” Shyamalan has ventured into the R-rated waters with his latest chiller, “The Happening,” which opens Friday. Don’t expect nudity or tons of naughty words; “The Happening” is receiving its rating due to violence and bloodletting.

From legends of the silver screen -- such as Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas and Gregory Peck -- to Disney studio veterans -- such as Anne Hathaway and Lindsay Lohan -- almost every performer or director has or will make an R-rated movie. Here’s a look at R-rated firsts.

Also, you can read about "Happening" star John Leguizamo's seven scariest movie scenes.

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