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The last we heard of Neill Blomkamp, things weren’t going well for the South African director. His latest feature, Chappie, was the critical and financial hot people expected, and his proposed Alien 5 was canned as fast as it was green lit in favour of Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant. But you can’t keep a good director down, but his latest project is one I don’t think any one saw coming. Having made his name with short films like Alive in Joburg (the inspiration for District 9) and the Halo short Landfall, Blomkamp is heading back to that medium, but with a twist: this new series of experimental shorts, coming from the newly formed Oats Studios, will be going straight to online gaming platform Steam. Simply titled Oats: Volume 1, the first trailer for the project has come online, chock full of the usual fantastic visuals and unique concepts from the modern Sci-Fi master, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
Ryan Lambie May 30, 2017
Over the past few days, District 9 and Elysium director Neill Blomkamp's been teasing a new creative project over on Twitter. Oats Studios will specialise in making "experimental short films", Blomkamp says, which will be available to watch online via Steam.
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The studio's first film is currently dubbed Volume 1, if its teaser trailer on YouTube is anything to go by; foraging back through Blomkamp's Twitter timeline, meanwhile, throws up another possible title: Rakka. At any rate, the short film appears to depict an alternate 20th century history where humans wage war against a race of lizard-like alien invaders; "Alternate Vietnam war timelines are coming," was how Blomkamp described it on Twitter earlier in May.
We're fairly sure it's no coincidence that, »
Back in April, director Neill Blomkamp took to Twitter to announce that he and his banner, Oats Studios, would be releasing experimental short films via Steam. At the time, he was wondering if people would be willing to pay for… Continue Reading →
- Jonathan Barkan
It has somehow already been eight years since Avatar, the highest-grossing movie ever made, arrived in theaters. Despite the crazy time gap, James Cameron has actually been dedicating much of his time in the years since to getting Avatar 2, and the other planned sequels ready to go. There are some who feel that the 11-year gap that will exist by the time Avatar 2 finally arrives on December 18, 2020 will hurt the movie. But not James Cameron.
The director recently spoke with CNN in honor of Disney World's Pandora: The World of Avatar expansion. James Cameron was asked about what is taking so long with the Avatar sequels, of which there are four, and if he is worried. It turns out, he isn't and he seems more than confident that things will work out. Here's what he had to say about it.
Welcome to another installment of Movies to Show My Son. This is the blog series were I discuss movies I can’t wait to show my son in the future. I’ll be covering my own personal experience with the movie, movie and life lessons I hope he will learn, and lastly my concerns about showing said film. This week’s film is Alien.
I came very late to the Alien franchise. I am not sure why, but for some reason it was not until a decade ago when I first sat down to watch them. Oddly my first introduction into the franchise happened when I watched the Mel Brooks’s comedy Spaceballs. At the very end at the movie there is a spoof of the infamous chest bursting scene. At at the time did not understand why the horrific act I saw was so funny to a »
- Dan Clark
Often the most exciting films at festivals are the complete unknowns, the wildcards that immediately grab the viewer by surprise and don't let go. Such is the case with Kantemir Balagov’s Closeness, playing in the festival's Un Certain Regard section. It’s the best kind of debut feature—raw and undisciplined, but vibrating with life, the kind of bolt from the blue that turns an unknown into a director to watch. Turning his lens to his hometown of Nalchik, a small town in the North Caucasus, an area not usually put to screen, Balagov draws from the history of the region ca. 1998, specifically the kidnappings fairly common at the time. Here, a young Jewish couple, David (Veniamin Kac) and Lea, are taken the night of their engagement and held for ransom. Going to the police is not an option, so the families look to their “tribe” for help. There's enough money to rescue Lea, »
As those involved with the upcoming Netflix series The Defenders head out to promote other projects, it’s inevitable that the growing anticipation for that small screen superhero team up will give rise to Defenders-related questions. Such was the case when acting legend Scott Glenn spoke to AOL Build about The Leftovers.
Glenn’s appearance as the mysterious Stick in the series Daredevil was undoubtedly one of the high points of that show, as he arrived in episode seven of the first season, and delivered an entirely different perspective on the titular vigilante lawyer. Revealed as the mentor of Matt Murdock, the dynamic between the two characters made for fascinating viewing – as we came to understand the way in which the evolution of Murdock led him to be almost diametrically opposed to his teacher in terms of morality.
When this dynamic is seen in conjunction with Stick’s relationship with »
- Sarah Myles
James Cameron is executive producing a documentary about vegan diets called “The Game Changers,” the director Louis Psihoyos recently told Boulder Magazine. A former National Geographic photographer, Psihoyos received widespread acclaim for directing “The Cove,” a controversial exposé on dolphin fishing practices in Japan which won the Academy Award for best documentary feature in 2010.
Mixed martial arts champion James “Lightning” Wilks originally brought the project to Psihoyos, who then approached Cameron. “Cameron went to the deepest part of the ocean last year or the year before,” said Psihoyos. “Obviously he’s a big ocean lover and we have that in common. We met with him to get him on to this project. He is just so passionate about it.”
A pescatarian since 1986, Psihoyos stopped eating fish after getting mercury poisoning. He says a plant-based diet is the »
- Jude Dry
The actress, who starred in the 2009 blockbuster that inspired the new expansion at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Orlando, says her first visit to the alien world was overwhelming.
“I’m trying to find the words that best describe my feelings, because I was here yesterday for the first time and I brought my family,” Saldana told People at the grand opening on Wednesday. “And it’s only through my family’s and my friends’ eyes that I’m able to give myself a moment »
- Michelle Tauber
Androids and facehuggers and aliens, oh my! Alien: Covenant continues the tradition of unsuspecting crews feeling safe on unfamiliar planets until… well, you know the rest. Or so you think!
Alien: Covenant bridges the gap between Prometheus and the rest of the Alien franchise while throwing in a few scares and twists on the way. In case you haven’t seen this sci fi thriller just yet, here’s our 5 reasons you need to see Alien: Covenant! (With as few spoilers as possible…)
5. The Special Effects
As we’ve grown accustomed to with Ridley Scott’s Alien franchise the special effects are usually breath-taking, and Alien: Covenant is no different. Whether the scenes are in outer space or on an alien world, we believe what we see. Not to mention when the aliens come »
- Zachary Dent
When Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist finally unite on Netflix for The Defenders, it can only be in response to a very significant threat. Individually, they’ve each faced down a variety of foe – from Wilson Fisk, to Kilgrave, to Mariah Dillard – so it’s with great anticipation that fans await the unveiling of the villainous character played by the legendary Sigourney Weaver, “Alexandra.”
Nerdist recently asked Weaver about her The Defenders character, as she attended the opening of Pandora: The World Of Avatar at Animal Kingdom – and the actress managed to give a detailed answer, while revealing very little of any great consequence.
“I know I play sometimes, like the warden in Holes is a villain, but I don’t do it very often and I never really think of them like that. To them, it always comes out of something. They can’t see things »
- Sarah Myles
“I spent a lot of time reviewing the silent films for crowd scenes –the way extras move, evolve, how the space is staged and how the cameras capture it, the views used,” Nolan said earlier this year when it came to the creation of his WWII epic Dunkirk, referencing films such as Intolerance, Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans, and Greed, as well as the films of Robert Bresson.
Throughout the entire month of July, if you’re in the U.K., you are lucky enough to witness a selection of these influences in a program at BFI Southbank. Featuring all screenings in 35mm or 70mm — including a preview of Dunkirk over a week before it hits theaters — there’s classics such as Greed, Sunrise, and The Wages of Fear, as well as Alien, Speed, and even Tony Scott’s final film.
Check out Nolan’s introduction below, followed by »
- Jordan Raup
While we have seen an official trailer for Netflix’s upcoming The Defenders series, we still don’t know that much about Alexandra, the mysterious villain being portrayed by Sigourney Weaver. Just who is she?
Recently, the actress sat down for an interview with Nerdist, where she discussed what pulls her to certain villainous characters, and what specifically makes Alexandra tick:
When asked about the psychology of the villains she chooses to play, Weaver states: “To them, it always comes out of something. They can’t see things the way the normal person sees them, they’re still trying to complete something for themselves.”
The outlet then asked her how a woman like Alexandra sees the world, to which the actress replied: “I do think: she’s a renaissance woman. I think yes, she has to do these things but she really… she loves life, she loves culture. It’s »
- Jordan Jones
“This is literally a dream has come true,” explained Cameron, who first conceived the world of Pandora in his sleep as a 19-year-old.
The park — the largest expansion in the history of Disney’s Animal Kingdom — was inspired by that dream and the 2009 blockbuster “Avatar.” It officially opens on May 27, but VIP guests were treated to a special dedication ceremony.
“At Disney we have a ‘how did they do that’ standard,” Iger boasted while standing in front of Pandora’s infamous floating mountains. “I can’t think of a better example of that than what we’re standing in front of right now.”
Iger thanked the imagineers who conceived and executive the project, as well as the man who created the world of “Avatar” — Cameron himself. »
- Lawrence Yee
Running from 1-31 July, BFI Southbank are delighted to present a season of films which have inspired director Christopher Nolan’s new feature Dunkirk (2017), released in cinemas across the UK on Friday 21 July.
Christopher Nolan Presents has been personally curated by the award-winning director and will offer audiences unique insight into the films which influenced his hotly anticipated take on one of the key moments of WWII.
The season will include a special preview screening of Dunkirk on Thursday 13 July, which will be presented in 70mm and include an introduction from the director himself.
Christopher Nolan is a passionate advocate for the importance of seeing films projected on film, and as one of the few cinemas in the UK that still shows a vast amount of celluloid film, BFI Southbank will screen all the films in the season on 35mm or 70mm.
In 2015 Nolan appeared on stage alongside visual artist »
- Michelle Hannett
It took some convincing for Sigourney Weaver to tackle the role that would change her career.
Looking back on her audition for the role of fierce Et-battling Ripley in 1979’s Alien, Weaver says she wasn’t exactly gunning for the job.
“I remember that Ridley built an entire set for me just for the audition,” she told People on Wednesday at the grand opening of Pandora – The World of Avatar at Walt Disney World, which is based on the 2009 blockbuster Avatar film. “I was from the theater. I wasn’t even sure I wanted to be in a movie! I »
- Michelle Tauber
Back to Pandora!
On Wednesday, much of the cast of 2009’s record-shattering Avatar — the highest-grossing film in the world — reunited at Walt Disney World in Orlando for the grand opening of Pandora – The World of Avatar.
“This place is the next stage in the greater story of Avatar,” Cameron told People. “They brought to life what you saw in the movie and beyond. It’s now a physical, tactile, olfactory, full-sensory experience. »
- Michelle Tauber
What is Neill Blomkamp up to now? Ever since the sad news broke that his Alien reboot with Sigourney Weaver was being canned thanks to Ridley Scott taking over the franchise again, we've been curious about where Blomkamp would head next. Is he working on any movies? What is he developing next? We don't have any definitive answers yet, but we do have some exciting teases for potential science fiction projects in the works. Blomkamp has been tweeting since April about a partnership he has with Steam (the video game platform/distribution service). Apparently he has launched a new development studio called Oats Studio, where they're creating all kinds of crazy cool sci-fi projects. And what they want to do is release teases for them as short films on Steam in order to test and see which ones might become feature-length films. I'm in. We really don't know much about any of these projects yet. »
- Alex Billington
Alien: Covenant opened in theaters this past weekend and brought in an estimated $36 million at the box office.
Fox’s film enjoyed a solid global debut performance as the Ridley Scott directed film that is the second of the prequel series and the sixth Alien feature film in the franchise earned $66.3 million globally.
In space, no one can hear you scream. After nearly four decades, those words remain synonymous with the sheer, relentless intensity of Ridley Scott’s masterpiece of futuristic horror, Alien. Now, the father of the iconic franchise returns once more to the world he created to explore its darkest corners with Alien: Covenant, a pulse-pounding new adventure that pushes the boundaries of R-rated terror.
The films timeline line up as such:
Engineers create humanity. Archaeologists Elizabeth Shaw and Charles Holloway discover humanity’s origins »
- Michelle Hannett
Last week, the visual effects company Amalgamated Dynamics Incorporated (Adi) dug into their VHS archives and dusted off a rare Alien 3 behind-the-scenes video, which featured David Fincher, who made his feature directorial debut with the movie, offering direction to the Adi team during rehearsals for a scene involving an animatronic head of Bishop (Lance Henriksen). With yesterday marking the 25th Anniversary of the movie's theatrical release, Adi has put together a comprehensive eight-minute video where the effects team revisits this movie. Here's what the Adi team had to say in the video's description.
"As the 25th Anniversary of Alien 3 approaches, we could not ignore our contribution to the film's title character: the Alien itself. Through the miracle of VHS and exclusive photographs, Adi takes you back to that year of hard work at Pinewood Studios. Enjoy the retrospective!"
This eight-minute video surfaced on studio Adi YouTube, which shows »
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