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Now that Neill Blomkamp’s place at the helm has been confirmed, fans of the Alien franchise are beginning to ponder on the casting possibilities for the director’s as-yet-untitled sequel for 20th Century Fox.
We know that Sigourney Weaver’s return is all but guaranteed, following up on the actress’ collaboration with Blomkamp on his soon-to-be-released sci-fi actioner, Chappie. But beyond that, the cast and core premise of the director’s vision is somewhat of a mystery. Yes, the stellar concept art gave us an inkling of the general direction, but both Blomkamp and the studio have remained mum on the finer details.
Despite that, during last weekend’s Pensacola Comic-Con, Reddit user Sskywarpe posited the potential of a return to the sci-fi to one Michael Biehn, who played Corporal Hicks in James Cameron’s action-packed sequel. When asked, Biehn reportedly smiled and said yes to the question, before exclaiming “looks like it! »
- Michael Briers
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After Ridley Scott’s cerebral space-horror Alien, and James Cameron’s explosive thrill ride in its sequel Aliens, one of cinema’s most famous franchises began to lose its way somewhat. Alien 3 was a mess of ideas that offered us a rather underwhelming conclusion, and years later the big budget Alien Resurrection did little but make a lot of noise and simply confuse things even further.
But after almost 20 years of constant rumour and hushed whispering, there’s finally going to be a new Alien film to bring the series to a definitive and satisfying conclusion. Now the real intrigue begins though, with questions about who will be involved, how the story will unfold, and how things can be picked up again after the endings of the last two outings, being the first that the new film will need to address.
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- Adam Clery
Sigourney Weaver has said that science fiction movies "don't get enough respect" when it comes to major awards recognition.
"It is a genre that I think doesn't get enough respect when you consider how many issues sci-fi brings up that we need to deal with," said Weaver, who won a Best Actress Oscar nomination for Aliens.
"I think part of it is the Academy is mostly people like me who are over a certain age and they're still probably looking for the more conventional movie. I think all that's going to change because some of the work being done in sci-fi is some of the most interesting, provocative work out there."
Blomkamp, whose 2009 breakthrough District 9 earned a Best Picture nomination, added he hoped a »
Variety reported in September that “Into the Storm” director Steven Quale was attached to the project, written by EuropaCorp topper Luc Besson and “The Equalizer” screenwriter Richard Wenk. The story focuses on a group of Navy SEALs attempting to solve a long-forgotten mystery while uncovering an immense treasure hidden in a lake in war-torn Serbia.
EuropaCorp’s slate includes “The Transporter Legacy” and recent Toronto Film Festival acquisition “Big Game.” It announced in February that it was forming the Red joint distribution venture for the U.S. with Ryan Kavanaugh’s Relativity.
Stapleton also stars in the Cinemax series “Strike Back.” He »
- Dave McNary
While promoting Chappie on the Jonathan Ross show, Sigourney Weaver fielded the inevitable questions about Alien 5 and Avatars 2, 3 and 4. She had nothing new to add on the Alien movie, but maybe she did shine some new light on the Avatar sequels.
As you’ll see in this clip, Weaver said “I don’t play the same character.”
Without spoiling Avatar for those of you born in the last four years, there were only a handful of ways in which Weaver could be coming back as the same character.
Perhaps James Cameron’s previous comment, that Weaver’s role will “evolve” is the key to this. I’ve been hearing people say “Swamp Thing” and “Avatar sequel” in the same paragraph for a few years now, and I wonder if that the puzzle doesn’t have a very simple solution.
I guess it all depends on what you mean by “the same character, »
- Brendon Connelly
Last we heard of Avatar 2 and its pair of subsequent sequels, director James Cameron had opted to delay the upcoming installments due to a complex script. This is largely due to the fact that all three movies are set to be filmed simultaneously, leaving cast and crew with a lot of plates to keep spinning. However, despite the events of the first Avatar in 2009, one seemingly core member of the original film set to rejoin production is Sigourney Weaver, who may not play Grace Augustine upon her return.
That’s according to the actress herself, who recently appeared on The Jonathan Ross show to talk all-things-Chappie (with a spice of Blomkamp’s mysterious Alien sequel thrown in for good measure, no doubt). And during the course of the interview, Weaver was asked how she will be able to return to the mystical world of Pandora. Put simply, the »
- Michael Briers
Lifelong Oscar bridesmaid Leonardo DiCaprio is moving ahead with The Crowded Room, an extremely buzzy biopic in which he’ll play Billy Milligan, the first person to successfully use multiple personality disorder as a legal defense.
Milligan, who died in December of 2014, was charged with robbery and raping three women on the Ohio State University campus in the 1970s. While preparing his defense, Milligan was diagnosed with multiple personality disorder. He and his lawyers pleaded insanity, contending that two of Milligan’s alleged 24 personalites committed the crimes without his knowledge. He was the first to use this defense and be acquitted because of it.
Some of the man’s personalities included Adalana, a lesbian who admitted to the rapes; Ragen, a Yugoslavian communist who admitted to the robberies; and Arthur, a high-strung but proper Englishman. Perhaps the most fascinating part of Milligan’s story is that Hollywood has not yet »
- Isaac Feldberg
Remember when Leonardo DiCaprio said he was planning to take a long break from acting after "Django Unchained" and "The Great Gatsby"? Well, that didn't really seem to happen. He's currently shooting Alejandro González Iñárritu's "The Revenant," his slate as a producer is massive, and now he's just tacked on another gig that will seem both producing and starring. DiCaprio is taking the lead in the true story tale, "The Crowded Room," a project he's been trying to get off the ground for years, and one that other filmmakers have tried to make too. In fact, James Cameron, Joel Schumacher, and David Fincher toyed with it at various points, and the subject matter is intriguing. Based on Daniel Keyes' book "The Minds of Billy Milligan," it tells the story of the titular man, who became the first person to use the legal defence of multiple personality disorder successfully. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
"...have you ever heard of nonlinear storytelling? A lot happens on that planet before she shows up, and before Jake shows up to join her," James Cameron said in 2011 about the return of Sigourney Weaver in the "Avatar" sequels even though her character, Grace, died. "She’s there for fifteen years ahead of time. I don’t know, but I wouldn’t jump to conclusions. And I’ve already said way too much about 'Avatar 2 and 3' here and there, but people piece it together like those voice cameos and tell the whole story!" And yet, Cameron couldn't helping saying a few more words: "Okay, here’s the deal. When you have a science-fiction series, a science-fiction franchise, you’re never dead, unless your DNA is expunged from the universe. And then there’s always time travel!" So is Grace dead, alive, or transformed? Well, we'll find out eventually, but »
- Kevin Jagernauth
A long-gestating flick about the first person to successfully use the insanity defense at a U.S. trial is finally getting off the ground, with a major star attached.
The Hollywood Reporter writes that Leonardo DiCaprio is set to star in "The Crowded Room," the story of Billy Milligan, who was charged with robbery and rape in the 1970s. Milligan was subsequently diagnosed with multiple personality disorder, and pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity, claiming that two of his 24 personalities committed the crimes without his knowledge.
Per THR, "Milligan's various personalities included Adalana, a lesbian taking responsibility for the rapes; Ragen, a Yugoslavian communist who admitted to the robbery; and Arthur, an uptight Englishman." He was the first person to use -- and be acquitted for -- this defense.
- Katie Roberts
Though Neill Blomkamp is setting up his Alien movie as the "genetic sibling" of James Cameron's Aliens, the director has also stated that he won't be disregarding the last two films in the series. If that's true he's going to have his work cut out connecting everything together, because Alien 3 saw Hicks and Ripley die, and in Alien: Resurrection the latter returned as a clone 200 years into the future! Whatever he's planning, it sounds like that concept art wasn't just a "what if" scenario to gauge interest, as Blomkamp says he hopes the deceased Colonial Marine will also be back to kick some Xenomorph ass in his movie. Here's the video interview, in which the director also gives us an idea of the tone he'll be aiming for. Whether Michael Biehn will return to play him is another matter, but one would have to assume the feelers have »
Not everyone is in a position to pursue a project across 20 years in their career, but Leonardo DiCaprio is taking full advantage of his ability to do just that. Like a dog that will not stop chasing a speeding car, he’s inching closer to a film he’s wanted to work on for many moons, making a deal with New Regency for The Crowded Room. It’s based on Daniel Keyes’ 1981 non-fiction book about Billy Milligan, who became the first person in Us court history to successfully argue a defence of multiple personalities, alleging that one of the 24 other distinct personas in his head committed robbery and the rape of three women, and that he was unaware of the crimes. New Regency has had the book’s rights for years now, and DiCaprio first became interested back in 1997. Since then, it has largely sitting on a shelf at the »
While some critics and cinemagoers may rate the sequel to The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel as less witty and entertaining than the original, others would disagree.
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel raked in $4 million last weekend, well ahead of the first edition.s $3.4 million in 2012.
The key question now is whether the second iteration of the adventures of hotelier Sonny (Dev Patel) and senior citizens played by Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Bill Nighy,. Ronald Pickup et al will have the staying power of the predecessor, which wound up with $21.4 million.
Achieving a multiple of more than six times the opening weekend may be a tall order for the Fox Searchlight film directed by John Madden.
Elsewhere, there wasn.t much of a post- Oscars bounce for the key winners as nationwide receipts eased by 5% to $12.1 million, according to Rentrak.s estimates.
Fifty Shades of Grey continues to drop like a stone, »
- Don Groves
Ever since Neill Blomkamp officially announced a week and a half ago that a new Alien movie - temporarily known as Alien 5 - would be his next directorial effort, the floodgates have opened for minor details about the project. The latest comes from Michael Biehn - who famously played Hicks in James Cameron's Aliens - and it sounds like we can expect his involvement in the upcoming sequel. The actor attended Pensacola Comic Con - a.k.a. Pensacon - this weekend, and it seems he took the time to answer in the affirmative about his potential involvement in what looks to be the next installment of the Alien franchise. This news comes from a Reddit user who evidently was able to ask Michael Biehn two quick questions about his potential future with Alien 5 after seeing him at the convention. According to the source, the actor "smiled and said, »
Madrid – Could Sony in Spain have come up with a solution to the costs and hassle of stars tub-thumping their latest movies worldwide?
On Saturday, in what Sony Pictures Releasing de España calls cinema’s first-ever holographic press conference, in this case staged for “Chappie,” the holograms of Hugh Jackman and Neill Blomkamp fielded questions from the Spanish press in Madrid — which the real-life Jackman and Blomkamp answered sitting in a hotel in Berlin.
Using Musion 3D holographic projection, in technical terms, the press conference was a stomping success. Bar a typical second-or-so delay in satellite sound transmission, the South African director and star of “Chappie,” quiescently sitting on stools, hands folded, came over loud and clear. There were no cuts or blur. And neither spent the whole time, as in many video satellite link-ups, trying to stuff an electronic gizmo further into an ear.
In the case of the presser for “Chappie, »
- John Hopewell
Leonardo DiCaprio has signed on to both star in and produce a film adaptation of "The Crowded Room," New Regency's long in gestation film adaptation of the acclaimed 1981 book "The Minds of Billy Milligan" by Daniel Keyes.
Billy Milligan was a man tormented by twenty-four distinct personalities battling for supremacy over his body. It was a battle that culminated when he awoke in jail, arrested for the kidnap and rape of three women on the Ohio State University campus in the 1970s.
In a landmark trial, Billy was acquitted of his crimes by reason of insanity caused by multiple personality - the first such decision in history. The personalities included a petty criminal, a drug dealer, an affection-starved lesbian, an eight-year-old sadist, a con man, a snobby Englishman, a Yugoslavian communist, and an escape-artist. Each of the people play a distinct role in this often shocking true story.
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- Garth Franklin
Leonardo DiCaprio has signed on to star in "The Crowded Room," a film that the actor has been interested in starring in for nearly twenty years. Jason Smilovic (Lucky Number Slevin) and Todd Katzberg have been hired to write the script. The movie is based on a book by Daniel Keyes about Billy Milligan, who was the first person to successfully use multiple personality disorder as a defense in a court of law. The book chronicles Milligan's story, including his court trial in the late 1970s after being charged with robbery and raping three women on the Ohio State University campus. In the preparation of his defense, Milligan . who died in December 2014 . was diagnosed with multiple personality disorder. Pleading insanity, he and his lawyers contended that two of his alternate personalities committed the crimes without his knowledge. He was the first to use this defense, and the first to be acquitted for this reason. »
When I sat down to revisit the 1998 film Lost in Space, it was a lark. Drinks were poured. Joe Tribbiani jokes were prepared. Wills were strengthened. The guy who brought the Blu-ray insisted that it wasn't nearly as bad as we remembered. 130 minutes later, my suspicions were confirmed: he was wrong. Stephen Hopkins' adaptation of the campy '60s television series of the same name is just as bad today as it was 17 years ago, when it become noteworthy for about three seconds when it was the first film to knock James Cameron's Titanic off its months-long box office perch. Today, that remains the only interesting piece of trivia about this debacle, which quickly vanished from the public consciousness. It didn't even have the decency to be a memorably bad movie...
- Jacob S. Hall
Leonardo DiCaprio has signed on to star in and produce an adaptation of The Crowded Room, where the actor will play the role he's been eyeing for nearly 20 years, Billy Milligan, the first person to successfully use multiple personality disorder as a defense in a court of law. New Regency will produce alongside Leonardo DiCaprio's company Appian Way, with screenwriters Jason Smilovic and Todd Katzberg coming aboard to write the screenplay adaptation. The project is based on the 1981 non-fiction book The Minds of Billy Milligan by Daniel Keyes.
Billy Milligan was charged with robbery and the rapes of three women on the Ohio State University campus in the 1970s. While preparing for his defense, Milligan was diagnosed with multiple personality disorder, and he plead not guilty by reason of insanity, which was caused by multiple personality disorder. Milligan and his lawyers contended that two of his 24 separate personalities committed the crimes without his knowledge. »
Where is James Cameron headed for his latest project? A school cafeteria. The Titanic director and his wife, Suzy Amis Cameron, are introducing an entirely plant-based menu at their private academy, the Muse School, which they founded in 2006 in Calabasas, California. But don't refer to the menu as vegan. "The average person would say vegan, but we say whole food, plant-based," the Hollywood filmmaker clarified at a Feb. 19 benefit celebrating his wife's Red Carpet Green Dress campaign, according to THR. "It's about raising kids who don't think it's strange or exotic or worthy of a pat on the back to »
- Jacqueline Andriakos, @jandriakos
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