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While Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s immortal words, “I’ll be back,” helped launch a franchise, and James Cameron‘s vision and unrivaled skill for spectacle cemented its place in cinema history, the “Terminator” series also owes a considerable debt to composer Brad Fiedel. Scoring the first film and the follow-up, “Terminator 2: Judgment Day,” his throbbing, futuristic work helped established […]
- Edward Davis
May the Fourth Be With You! After a week break to go to a wedding (not my own) and deciding to captalise on the May the Fourth gimmick, this edition of The Week in Star Wars is slightly late but brings news of Mads Mikkelsen’s role in Rogue One, Episode VII behind the scenes images, possible cameos, James Cameron on Avatar avoiding Star Wars and more…
Kicking things off this week with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and although he was absent from the first trailer, Mads Mikkelsen has let slip on what his role will be in the movie. Warning There Are Potential Spoilers Here: “I read the script and it was very beautiful,” he told Sky News, when asked about the hotly-anticipated spinoff. “Felicity Jones is playing this lovely, strong woman. I play her… father.” Now it should be noted that several actors have admitted to »
- Luke Owen
With editors and cinematographers chiming in on the best examples of their craft in cinema history, it’s now time for directors to have a say. To celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Directors Guild of America, they’ve conducted a poll for their members when it comes to the 80 greatest directorial achievements in feature films since the organization’s founding in 1936. With 2,189 members participating, the top pick went to Francis Ford Coppola for The Godfather, one of three films from the director making the top 10.
Even with films from nonmembers being eligible, the male-dominated, America-centric choices are a bit shameful (Kathryn Bigelow is the only female director on the list, and the first foreign film doesn’t show up until number 26), but not necessarily surprising when one looks at the make-up of its membership. As with any list, there’s bound to be disagreements (Birdman besting The Bicycle Thief, »
- Jordan Raup
To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Aliens, Neca has released promotional images for the upcoming series 9 figures from James Cameron’s 1986 classic which include Private Vasquez, Private Frost and an Albino Alien concept figure from the original screenplay; take a look below…
Private Jenette Vasquez is one of the most requested action figures of all time and features the likeness of Jenette Goldstein. Her Marine gear is completely faithful to the movie, from the hand-painted mottos to the detailed headgear and shoulder lamp. Vasquez has over 30 points of articulation and comes with a smartgun with fully articulated harness, plus a blast effect that attaches to the muzzle.
Private Ricco Frost – known as “Frosty” to his fellow Marines – comes to action figure form for the first time with the likeness of actor Ricco Ross. His detailed body armor features the same personalized touches as in the movie, and he’s packed with accessories: removable helmet, »
- Amie Cranswick
This past April 26 was officially deemed Alien Day by 20th Century Fox. And with that came a ton of new Xenomorph merchandise and special anniversary screenings of Aliens. Now, in the wake of what it has left behind, we get our first look at something we thought we'd never see, The Albino Xenomorph as created by Aliens director James Cameron.
The Albino Alien is coming from Neca, who wowed fans with their 'Kenner-Throwback' Ripley action figure unveiled during Alien Day this past week. They also revealed a new Newt action figure, along with Private Vasquez. Now, they have pulled the curtain back on what might be their pièce de résistance. The Albino Xenomorph arrives as part of Series 9 for this collection, and it's a concept that was taken from James Cameron's original Aliens script before he made some revisions.
The Albino Alien is Neca's first 'concept figure' »
A bunch of new stills are out from "Drive" director Nicolas Winding Refn's latest feature "The Neon Demon" which premieres during the Cannes Film Festival next summer. Elle Fanning, Karl Glusman, Bella Heathcote, Jena Malone, Abbey Lee, Desmond Harrington, Christina Hendricks, and Keanu Reeves all star in the horror tale about an aspiring L.A. model who finds her youth and beauty the envy of the beauty-obsessed women around her. [Source: The Film Stage]
Disney Pictures has announced a June 7th Blu-ray, DVD and VOD release date for "Zootopia," their animated feature that has proven a smash with both audiences and critics - taking in $910 million at the global box office to date along with a stunning 98% score on Rotten Tomatoes.
- Garth Franklin
With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit the interwebs. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.
As Hollywood struggles to reinvent their array of superheroes with each iteration, it’s no surprise that audiences would become hungry for something off the beaten path. While it’s not the first post-modern comic-book adaptation, Deadpool is billed as ushering in a new direction: a fan-spurred, self-aware tentpole that’s R-rated to its core, featuring a wise-ass character (don’t call him »
- TFS Staff
One of the toughest characters from the Alien franchise, Colonial Marine Private First Class Jenette Vasquez (Jenette Goldstein) from 1986’s Aliens is being honored in a new figure from Neca that was originally revealed on Alien Day and has now been teased in additional photos.
Actress Jenette Goldstein, who portrayed Smartgun operator Private Vasquez in Aliens, fittingly unveiled new photos of Neca’s figure on Twitter. Fans can take a look at these photos below, as well as earlier images revealed by Neca to celebrate the first ever Alien Day earlier this week.
This summer marks the 30th anniversary of James Cameron’s Aliens, and Neca plans to celebrate by releasing new collectibles, including the Private Vasquez figure as well as a figure of Newt (Carrie Henn), the young survivor found by Ellen Ripley and the Colonial Marines on the moon Lv-426.
This Private Vasquez collectible is scheduled for an August release, »
- Derek Anderson
San Diego Comic-Con International’s Hall H is the stuff of geek legend. Every summer, nearly 7,000 fans pack this convention center hall for the promise of seeing their favorite filmmakers, actors and creators showing a sneak preview of some of the biggest and most anticipated films. For example, James Cameron showed up at the Hall in […]
The post Fox Skipping Comic-Con Because of Piracy? Here’s Why They Are Wrong appeared first on /Film. »
- Peter Sciretta
If there’s one thing you can count on, it’s the fact that Hollywood constantly keeps an eye out for the next big adaptation. These days, there are few genres riper for the silver screen treatment than Japanese manga. James Cameron and Robert Rodriguez seem intent on getting in on the action with their own adaptation of the popular Manga series Alita: Battle Angel. Simply titled Battle Angel, the project has taken a big step forward by narrowing its search for a lead down to three major up-and-coming actresses. James Cameron and Robert Rodriguez have kept themselves busy in their efforts to get Battle Angel off the ground. A new report from THR seems to indicate that the film has narrowed its search for lead character Alita down to It Follows’ Maika Monroe, Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials’ Rosa Salazar, and K.C Undercover& »
The remarkable career of the movie industry's most admired and influential special-effects auteur, the legendary Ray Harryhausen, is the subject of Gilles Penso's definitive documentary Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan.
The documentary features interviews with the man himself, Ray Harryhausen, as well as Randy Cook, Peter Jackson, Nick Park, Phil Tippet, Terry Gilliam, Dennis Muren, John Landis, Guillermo del Toro, James Cameron, Steven Spielberg and many more.
These filmmakers, who today push the boundaries of special effects movie-making, pay tribute to the father of Stop Motion animation [Continued ...] »
Funko has revealed its upcoming ReAction 3-pack figure set for James Cameron’s 1986 classic Aliens, which includes Ellen Ripley with the power loader suit and the Alien Queen along with two new Funko Pop! Movie vinyl figures featuring Ripley and a super sized 6 inch Alien Queen; take a look below….
This time there’s more!
The Aliens ReAction 3-pack features Ripley, the Power Loader suit, and the Alien Queen!
Reenact the famous showdown with this one-of-a-kind action figure set!
Ellen Ripley makes her Pop! debut alongside a super-sized 6″ Alien Queen Pop!
- Amie Cranswick
As a special exclusive for Daily Dead readers, we have Carl Kelsch’s new short film, For My Facebook, available to watch now. Also in today’s Horror Highlights: Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan Blu-ray / DVD release details, info on Europe’s 4K Uhd Blu-ray release of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, and a Q&A with Restoration director/co-writer/co-star Zack Ward.
Exclusive: Watch the Short Film For My Facebook: Press Release: “It all started with a funny image that popped in writer/director Carl Kelsch’s head: a play on words that yielded the final shots of ‘For My Facebook’ (To say more would spoil the ending). With only a few directing credits under his belt, he recruited jack-of-all-horror-trades Louie Cortes (Dir. of Attack of the Brain People, writer of Blood Slaughter Massacre) to do Sound. Kelsch, who also operated the camera, got input from Cortes on blocking and framing. »
- Tamika Jones
In today’s edition of Sequel Bits: Simon Pegg talks at length about Star Trek Beyond. A new look at Sofia Boutella‘s Star Trek Beyond character. James Cameron explains why he won’t make another Alien movie. Fast 8 has begun filming and there’s footage of a car chase to prove it. They’re making a new Dennis the […]
- Jacob Hall
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Scooperhero News – Wolverine Will be in X-Men: Apocalypse to the surprise of nobody. In similar ‘we already figured you’d be in that movie news’, Robert Downey Jr. will play Tony Stark in Spider-Man: Homecoming. More unexpected, however, are the dubious character rumours for DC’s The Flash and Green Lantern Corps movies. And oh, the inhumanity! Inhumans has been quietly dropped from Marvel’s Phase III slate.
Star Wars -Will beautiful baby George be in Episode VIII? Probably not. But his right royal dad and uncle, Princes William and Harry, might be. Also, Disney breathes a sigh of relief: James Cameron won’t be releasing his 87 Avatar sequels head-to-head with Star Wars films.
Everything Else – Darren Aronofsky’s next film gathers a fantastic cast, »
- Oli Davis
What is Alita: Battle Angel and why should we be excited that it's moving forward? As our own Peter Hall explained, the live-action movie is based on a manga that revolves around "cyborgs, futuristic sports, Mars colonies, and floating cities." It takes place several centures in the future and is set in the former United States. A cyborg named Alita is the lead character. Alita lost her memories and became a bounty hunter. James Cameron dreamed about making a live-action version for years before finally hiring Robert Rodriguez to direct last October. At the time, we noted that the project had no time frame established for when it might hit theaters. According to THR, the film has not yet been given the green light by Fox due to budgetary issues. Still, four...
- Peter Martin
From bustling New York to sleepy Pasadena, these schools earn high marks when it comes to training the film, TV and media icons of tomorrow.
American Film Institute
AFI’s two-year conservatory program prioritizes structure and extensive production experience, which leads to a massive total of 120 completed
short narratives each year. The school also offers a workshop for aspiring female directors, which launches with a three-week course to equip participants with the knowledge to create a short film or web/streaming service series.
Art Center College of Design
Boasting an acclaimed list of alumni that includes filmmakers Zack Snyder and Michael Bay, the Southern California private college provides its undergraduate and graduate film students with top-of-the-line equipment, an immersive curriculum and industry-relevant relationships to guide their professional development.
Dept. of Film & Television, College of Communication
On the heels of establishing a one-year Mfa program »
- Variety Staff
James Cameron has been talking about a film adaptation of the manga Battle Angel Alita for a long, long time, with the science fiction action film at one point competing with Avatar to be his next project. Alas, Avatar got made first and Mr. Cameron decided to spend the rest of his life exploring every last […]
- Jacob Hall
While Sigourney Weaver has not been part of the Alien franchise for many years, the famous Xenomorph has not been at rest. Thanks to a couple of Alien vs Predator movies, Weaver’s famous nemesis has continued to haunt movie screens. The actress has never bothered with those films, however, as she figures, if the Alien doesn’t win the fight they’re not worth her time. As part of yesterday’s Alien Day, Sigourney Weaver was in attendance at a special screening of James Cameron’s 1986 film Aliens. During an audience Q&A session the woman who played Ripley in four films was asked if she had ever seen the Avp movies (which she wasn’t part of). Entertainment Weekly quotes the actress giving the world’s most perfect answer. Well, I haven’t seen them. Because I heard that »
With a director in place in Robert Rodriguez, it looks like casting is underway on James Cameron’s manga adaptation Alita: Battle Angel, with The Hollywood Reporter revealing that a number of actresses are testing for the female lead.
According to the site, Maika Monroe (It Follows), Rosa Salazar (Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials), Zendaya (Spider-Man: Homecoming) and Bella Thorne (The Duff) have all tested for the lead role of Alita, an amnesiac cyborg who is found in a junkyard by a cybermedic expert and becomes a bounty hunter, tracking down criminals.
As yet, the adaptation is yet to officially receive the green light, with 20th Century Fox said to be looking to bring the budget down from the $175 – $200 million range.
- Gary Collinson
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