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Neill Blomkamp's third full feature film as director, Chappie, arrives in cinemas this Friday. The film features Sharlto Copley, Sigourney Weaver and Hugh Jackman, and it follows the huge success that Blomkamp enjoyed with District 9, and the not quite so much success he had with Elysium.
Chatting to Uproxx, Blomkamp has been looking back at Elysium, and told the site that "any frustration I feel with Elysium is with myself". In specific reference to whether he feels under extra pressure because his first film did so well, and then his second underperformed, Blomkamp said that he didn''t, but added "the thing that bothers me is if I feel like I fucked it up".
So is that how he feels about Elysium? "A little bit", he admitted.
"I feel like, »
Ever since Sigourney Weaver announced that she would be back to star in Avatar 2 back in 2010, we have been scratching our heads about the situation. After all, her character, Dr. Grace Augustine, very clearly died towards the end of the film - so how could Weaver be coming back? Finally the actress has clarified her position in the franchise a bit, and has confirmed that she will be in Avatar 2 playing a different character. Weaver is currently on the press tour promoting the upcoming release of Chappie, and it was while she was a guest on the UK's The Jonathan Ross Show that the actress revealed how she will be fitting into Avatar 2. The late night program's titular host asked her if we could expect the upcoming sequel to be set directly after the events of the last movie, and she corrected him by saying, "No. I »
From mullets to mutton chops and extravagant mustaches – it's safe to say Hugh Jackman has seen the spectrum when it comes to his hair.
Et sat down with Jackman to talk about his new film Chappie, and he told us about his mullet and the many other hairstyles he’s donned throughout the years.
"I'm going be honest, you know why I love this haircut? Low maintenance," Jackman told Et. "Typical man. Low maintenance."
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"That's the most high-maintenance haircut of all," said Jackman. "I'm singly responsible for the hole in the ozone layer with the amount of hairspray I've used."
"Three days spent in Disney World with my daughter and her friends for her birthday, and I got recognized twice," said Jackman. "One of those »
Back in January when director Neill Blomkamp first revealed some concept art for his then-potential Alien movie, Sigourney Weaver’s Ripley was joined by none other than Corporal Hicks, played of course by Michael Biehn in 1986’s sequel Aliens.
Considering Hicks’ fate at the start of Alien 3, there was some speculation as to whether Blomkamp’s concept would ignore subsequent sequels – something which the filmmaker has since confirmed and denied. However, with the project now officially moving ahead at Fox, it seems that Biehn may indeed be returning to the role of the Colonial Marine.
According to a poster on Reddit, who met Biehn at the Pensacon convention over the weekend, the actor responded “yes… looks like it” when asked if he’d been contacted by the studio for the new Alien movie, and if he was going to do.
Now, this may not be accurate, but I’m »
- Gary Collinson
An interesting thing about Neill Blomkamp’s (District 9, Chappie) concept art for his Alien film is that the images included the characters Ellen Ripley and Dwayne Hicks, respectively played by Sigourney Weaver and Michael Biehn. Weaver is on board the… Continue Reading →
- John Squires
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
When Chappie director Neill Blomkamp first shared the concept art illustrations for his Alien 5 sequel back in January, some of the images featured depictions of both Sigourney Weaver's Ripley and Michael Biehn's Aliens character Corporal Hicks. Right now, we still don't know anything about the story, except that it will give the Ripley character a proper ending. While doing press with Digital Spy for Chappie, Neill Blomkamp hinted that not only will Sigourney Weaver star as Ripley, but Michael Biehn will be back as Hicks as well.
"Hopefully we see them."
It's worth noting that the 2013 video game Alien: Colonial Marines actually alters Hicks' apparent death in Alien 3. While we don't know exactly when in the Alien timeline this new story is set, it looks like we'll get to see Ripley and Hicks fighting side by side once again in this sequel.
In related news, Reddit »
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
They say that the month of March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. Traditionally, March was an unconventional month to release huge tentpole movies, but that all changed a few years ago when The Hunger Games took in $152.5 million in its opening weekend, proving that this month could be used to launch huge blockbuster franchises. To get you prepared for the month ahead, we're breaking down the five movies we're most looking forward to this March, along with an indie honorable mention. Here are the best movies awaiting you in the weeks ahead!
1Chappie - March 6
South African filmmaker Neill Blomkamp returns with his third feature film Chappie, following Best Picture nominee District 9 and the sci-fi tentpole Elysium. The filmmaker goes back to his South African roots with Chappie, which centers on the title robot (voiced by Sharlto Copley), who is the first android »
Elysium is set in 2159 and features a spaceship full of ultra rich passengers flying over a poverty-stricken earth.
Speaking to Uproxx about Elysium, Blomkamp said: "I feel like I f**ked it up.
"I feel like, ultimately, the story is not the right story. I still think the satirical idea of a ring, filled with rich people, hovering above the impoverished Earth, is an awesome idea. I love it so much, I almost want to go back and do it correctly.
"But I just think the script wasn't... I just didn't make a good enough film is ultimately what it is. I feel like I executed all of the stuff that could be executed, like costume and set design and special effects, »
"...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
The Hunger Games actress was the victim of a nude photo leak when her iCloud account was allegedly hacked by an anonymous party.
Why do we consider hurting celebrities 'fair game'?
Weaver said that there is now "no escape" from social media, meaning that actors and other stars need to work out how to deal with the pressures it brings.
Speaking to The Sunday Times Style Magazine, she said: "It is something actors need to figure out how to combat, and it doesn't serve anyone to have privacy invaded to such an extent.
"[Jennifer] is brilliant. Leave her alone."
The Alien actress also said that she has no desire to see her idols naked, explaining that she would rather keep them on a "pedestal".
"Would I have tried to hound Steve McQueen to see nude pictures? Probably not. I wanted him on a pedestal, »
Did you know that Kristen Stewart made history a week ago? The 24-year-old actress became the first American woman to win a prestigious Cesar Award, France's own version of the Academy Award. She also won it for an English-speaking role. Think about that for a second. This honor hasn't been bestowed upon Meryl Streep, Michelle Williams, Sigourney Weaver, Natalie Portman, Glenn Close, Susan Sarandon or any other globally acclaimed American actress over the past 30 years. No, it was Kristen Stewart who broke the French's reticence to reward anyone but their own. Stewart, an actress who continues to (mostly) put studio work behind her following a string of acclaimed performance in indie films over the past year. That career path continues with her next endeavor, the "Untitled Kelly Reichardt Project," In case the name is unfamiliar to you, Reichardt is an acclaimed director whose movies include festival favorites "Night Moves," "Meek's Cutoff" and "Wendy and Lucy. »
- Gregory Ellwood
“My favorites are the first two movies, so I want to make a film that’s connected to ‘Alien’ and ‘Aliens,’” he told AlloCine. “That’s my goal. I’m not trying to undo ‘Alien 3’ or ‘Alien: Resurrection’; I just want it to be connected to Alien ‘1’ and ‘2.’”
“I think we left a series that’s quite beloved just sort »
- Maane Khatchatourian
Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway: ITV, 7pm
More antics from the cheeky Geordie duo, who are back for the second instalment in this series of their hit variety show.
There's all the usual fun, games, celeb guests and musical performances, plus Richard Madeley teams up with the boys for their latest prank.
No more button-thwacking, no more spinny chairs - it's time for the Battle Rounds!
Love 'em or loathe 'em, the Battles always provide scenes to remember - but who will survive into the Live Shows?
CSI: Channel 5, 9pm
Saturdays aren't a big night for drama, but Channel 5 continues to serve up all-new episodes of ever-popular Us import CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.
The Jonathan Ross Show: ITV, »
After a bombardment of terrible sequels and remakes, the horror movie genre is undergoing something of a renaissance of late with the excellent Babadook and this week's It Follows leading the charge.
Both films are driven by strong performances from up-and-coming female stars (Essie Davis and Maika Monroe), which brings to mind a classic horror movie trope: the Final Girl. Most prevalent in slasher films, the Final Girl is the last character standing who confronts a killer/ghost/demon and lives to tell the tale.
Digital Spy looks back at 7 of our favourite horror movie Final Girls, why they're iconic and what they're up to now...
Many horror fans thought Drew Barrymore would end up being Scream's Final Girl when they first watched Wes Craven's 1996 horror, but the director offed her in the opening moments leaving Neve Campbell's Sidney Prescott to face down Ghostface. »
All due respect to "Star Wars" and "Star Trek" fans (Rip Leonard Nimoy), but "Alien" is easily my favorite sci-fi franchise of all time. Why do I love it? Try Sigourney Weaver at her most bad-ass. Try H.R. Giger's incredible Xenomorph, the most oddly beautiful creation in movie-monster history. Try Stan Winston's jaw-dropping Alien Queen. Try the fact that every single movie in the series tried something unique and different. Hell, I even admire aspects of the widely-reviled "Alien: Resurrection," including the infamous Newborn! Can't help it: there is something wildly, transcendently strange about that albinic monstrosity. That said, the first two films in the franchise are clearly the best, and the crazy thing is I can't even really compare them. They're too different! Ridley Scott's claustrophobic original gave way to full-tilt action in James Cameron's followup, and while my loyalties have shifted over the years »
- Chris Eggertsen
Neill Blomkamp, acclaimed director of District 9 and Elysium, brings you Chappie -- his startling vision of the future, where humanity's last hope isn't human. In the near future, crime is patrolled by an oppressive mechanized police force. But now, the people are fighting back. When one police droid, Chappie, is stolen and given new programming, he becomes the first robot with the ability to think and feel for himself. As powerful, destructive forces start to see Chappie as a danger to mankind and order, they will stop at nothing to maintain the status quo and ensure that Chappie is the last of his kind. Directed by Neill Blomkamp, written by Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell, Chappie stars Sharlto Copley, Dev Patel, Ninja and Yo-Landi Vi$$er, Jose Pablo Cantillo, Sigourney Weaver, and »
- Pietro Filipponi
Yesterday it was reported that Neill Blomkamp ias pulling a Bryan Singer and ias looking to retool the Alien franchise by ignoring the continuity of Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection by setting his upcoming movie after the events of Aliens. This would allow him to use Micheal Biehn’s Hicks, who was seen in the concept art released back in January.
In an interview with French outlet AlloCine to promote Chappie, Blomkamp reaffirmed his position on the franchise and his new movie means for the series
- Luke Owen
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In an interview with The Guardian, Blomkamp has said that he will “categorically” not feature the Ripley 8 clone from Alien Resurrection in his new chapter. These seems to lend credence to the widespread supposition that he’s going to wipe away the two more recent Alien sequels. It’s something I blogged about here earlier today, even.
Does this mean he’ll let those films be undone incidentally, absolving himself of responsibility because they’re just collateral damage? That’s a cynical reading of his comments, »
- Brendon Connelly
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