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In celebration of the franchise’s 30th anniversary, 20th Century Fox staged an Sdcc presentation for all things Alien, welcoming the likes of James Cameron onto the stage to reflect on the series’ decorated history.
Of course, it is Alien and Cameron’s own Aliens that are often cited as the finest in the franchise – and rightfully so – but the director’s refreshingly frank assessment of Alien 3 piqued the interest of fans, not to mention the way in which he showered praise on Neill Blomkamp’s shelved Alien 5.
“I think it works gangbusters. He shared it with me, and I think it’s a very strong script and he could go make it tomorrow,” Cameron stated. “I don’t know anything about the production, and I don’t know what Ridley [Scott]’s doing. But hopefully there’ll be room for both of them. Like parallel universes.”
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- Michael Briers
San Diego - James Cameron already weighed in on Alien 3's brutal treatment of Aliens survivors Newt (Carrie Henn) and Hicks (Michael Biehn) in the David Fincher threequel. Now, after 24 years, the actors who played the characters are sounding off about their untimely mutual demise in the infamous 1992 followup. "By that stage I had already decided that I wanted to be a teacher so I was not planning on going into [acting as an adult]," Henn told us at San Diego Comic-Con, before adding: "Had I been asked [to reprise my role], I probably would have done it. Who wouldn't? [But] I wasn't devastated." Biehn, meanwhile, said he was "disappointed" that Hicks wouldn't be returning but managed to put it all in perspective (while simultaneously throwing a little shade at the later installments). "Of course I was disappointed but I actually [got] into the movie on a fluke because another actor had to drop out," he said. "Then they »
- Chris Eggertsen
San Diego - Alien 3 is widely reviled by fans of the first two films, most notably for the fact that two of the survivors from James Cameron's Aliens -- Michael Biehn's Corporal Hicks and Carrie Henn's Newt -- were killed off in the first 10 minutes. In fact, you can count Cameron himself among the movie's detractors. "I thought it was dumb [that Hicks and Newt were killed off]," said Cameron while doing press for Aliens' 30th anniversary at Comic-Con. "I thought it was a huge slap in the face to the fans. I mean look, [Alien 3 director David] Fincher's a friend of mine, and David is an amazing, amazing filmmaker, unquestionably. That was kind of his first big gig, and he was getting vectored around by the studio, and he dropped into the production late and they had a horrible script and they were rewriting it on the fly, and it was just a mess. »
- Chris Eggertsen
Obviously, there wasn’t going to be any new footage at the Comic-Con Aliens panel today, what with it being a 30th anniversary celebration and all. What did happen is about what you expect, with Sigourney Weaver holding court, snarky jabs at David Fincher, and Bill Paxton yelling, “Game Over, Man! Game Over!” to the delight of the assembled crowd. Everyone was there, even Carrie Henn, who was 10 years old when casting assistant took her picture at school—some things really were different in the ‘80s—leading to her casting as scrappy survivor Newt. Henn, who never appeared in another film, now works as a fourth-grade teacher:
It’s all the stuff nerds love about cons, even down to the couple who got engaged during the panel, prompting Cameron to remark, “May you be happy and have many spawn.” (Mazel tov, weirdos.) One of the more interesting stories came ...
- Katie Rife
San Diego — “It’s just unabashed,” Justin Timberlake says about the Comic-Con experience. He’s there this week for his second-ever trip to the geek confab, after touring the festivities incognito as Ernie from “Sesame Street” when he was there to promote the film “In Time” five years ago. “Where else can you find Gandalf and a Stormtrooper having a beer? They go hard here.”
This time he’s among the consumer masses to pitch DreamWorks Animation’s “Trolls,” releasing Nov. 4. A cheery musical wrought with colorful, tactile-like craftsmanship, the film manifests a mythology behind the ubiquitous creature dolls originally created by Danish woodcutter Thomas Dam: The trolls live a deliriously happy existence, singing on cue, taking breaks throughout the day to hug. They are hunted, meanwhile, by a monstrous race called the Bergin, who get their own happy highs by eating the trolls.
The 35-year-old Timberlake voices Branch, a »
- Kristopher Tapley
Isn’t it about time we had another buzzy thriller novel adapted for the big screen? Particularly one starring the sensational Emily Blunt? After the success of Gillian Flynn’s “Gone Girl,” directed by David Fincher and starring Ben Affleck and an Oscar-nominated Rosamund Pike, audiences are surely thirsting for another bone-chilling story of adultery, deceit, and unreliable narrators. Enter “The Girl on the Train,” Paula Hawkins’ best-selling erotic mystery novel about an alcoholic commuter who becomes obsessed with a couple she sees every day through a train window—and then embroiled in their affairs after a mysterious disappearance. With a screenplay adaptation by Erin Cressida Wilson (“Secretary”) and direction from Tate Taylor (“The Help”), “The Girl on the Train” stars Blunt as Rachel, the alcohol-abusing divorcée struggling to come to grips with her husband Tom’s (Justin Theroux) new life with Anna (Rebecca Ferguson). Co-starring Haley Bennett, Luke Evans, »
The Film Society of Lincoln Center announces Ava DuVernay’s documentary The 13th as the Opening Night selection of the 54th New York Film Festival (September 30 – October 16), making its world premiere at Alice Tully Hall. The 13th is the first-ever nonfiction work to open the festival, and will debut on Netflix and open in a limited theatrical run on October 7.
Chronicling the history of racial inequality in the United States, The 13th examines how our country has produced the highest rate of incarceration in the world, with the majority of those imprisoned being African-American. The title of DuVernay’s extraordinary and galvanizing film refers to the 13th Amendment to the Constitution—“Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States . . . ” The progression from that second qualifying clause to the horrors of mass incarceration and »
- Kellvin Chavez
If the languid summer tentpole season has you down, fear not, as the promising fall slate is around the corner and today brings the first news of what we’ll see at the 2016 New York Film Festival. For the first time ever, a non-fiction film will open The Film Society of Lincoln Center’s festival: Ava DuVernay‘s The 13th. Her timely follow-up to Selma chronicles the history of racial inequality in the United States and will arrive on Netflix and in limited theaters shortly after its premiere at Nyff, on October 7.
“It is a true honor for me and my collaborators to premiere The 13th as the opening night selection of the New York Film Festival,” Ava DuVernay says. “This film was made as an answer to my own questions about how and why we have become the most incarcerated nation in the world, how and why we regard »
- Jordan Raup
Sigourney Weaver to receive festival’s Donostia Award.
A Monster Calls, in which Weaver co-stars alongside Felicity Jones, Lewis MacDougall and Liam Neeson, was produced by Apaches Entertainment, Telecinco Cinema and Películas La Trini, and will be distributed by Universal Pictures International Spain.
The Spanish film is based on Patrick Ness’s novel of the same name which tells the story of a twelve-year-old boy struggling with his mother’s illness who is helped by a monster who comes to him in the middle of the night.
The third feature film in Bayona’s career, A Monster Calls closes a trilogy of tales that focuses on the bond shared by mothers and children. Bayona’s next project will be the sequel to Jurassic World.
Madrid — Sigourney Weaver will receive the 2016 Donostia Award for career achievement at the 64th San Sebastian Festival, which runs Sept. 18-26 at the Basque resort city.
The Donostia Award ceremony will link to a European premiere screening of Juan Antonio Bayona’s “A Monster Calls,” which co-stars Felicity Jones, Lewis McDougall and Liam Neeson. The film, Bayona’s third feature after “The Orphanage” and “The Impossible,” will screen out of competition at San Sebastian.
A festival statement on Tuesday said Weaver had “presided over some of the biggest productions in the last few decades, under the direction of moviemakers such as Ridley Scott, Peter Weir, James Cameron, Mike Nichols, Roman Polanski, Ang Lee and David Fincher.”
Produced out of Spain by Apaches Ent., Telecinco Cinema and Peliculas La Trini, and financed and distributed by Focus Features, River Road, Participant Media and Lionsgate, “A Monster Calls” is slated to open in the U. »
- John Hopewell
Before Ridley Scott decided to press ahead with his Prometheus sequel / Alien prequel Alien: Covenant, District 9 director Neill Blomkamp was gearing up to enter the Alien universe with a sequel to the first two movies, which would have saw Sigourney Weaver returning as Ripley alongside her Aliens co-star Michael Biehn as Hicks. Although it is now on indefinite hold, Weaver has revealed to EW that she’s still committed to the project and feels it will deliver a satisfying ending for her character.
“We have a great script. Fox asked us to delay so Ridley Scott could shoot his [second] Prometheus movie. That was too bad because we would have already done it by now. It’s a great story and it’s satisfying to me to give this woman an ending. The script itself has so much in it that’s so original, but also really satisfies the, I would say, »
- Gary Collinson
At 26, Kristen Stewart is already a veteran of the industry. She’s been acting since the tender age of eight, spotted by an agent while performing in her elementary school’s holiday play, and since then has juggled massive franchises and prestige work alike. After all that, she still resists talking about her performances in the bland industry lingo that so many performers adopt with their rising profiles.
For example, don’t ask her what it’s like to play her roles. Or, rather, don’t use the word “play.”
“‘Play’ sounds like ‘lie’ to me, and I’m just trying to do the opposite,” Stewart recently told IndieWire. She’d already slipped up once during the conversation, when referring to her Cesar Award-winning role in Olivier Assayas’ “Clouds of Sils Maria.”
So what do you call whatever it is the ubiquitous star does whenever she surfaces in another movie? »
- Kate Erbland
Ridley Scott is just about done filming "Alien: Covenant" in Sydney, Australia where he's been working on the project for a good few months. The "Prometheus" follow-up is slated to hit in August next year and was the cause of another project set within the "Alien" universe being put on hold - Neill Blomkamp's proposed direct sequel to "Aliens".
There's still hope the film will go ahead though, Scott himself is an executive producer on it and series star Sigourney Weaver is still quite keen to revisit. Speaking with EW this week, the actress revealed a few more scant details about the story which will serve as a different conclusion to Ripley's story:
"I hope it won't be a few (years). I hope it'll be a couple. But we'll see... It's a great story and it's satisfying to me to give this woman an ending…The script itself has »
- Garth Franklin
“They did this in one take, which I hate.”
Of course, anyone who appreciates brilliant filmmaking should feel the same way, especially if they also appreciate themes of human nature drenched in cynicism. The film is easily one of the smartest, most beautiful gut-punches to come out of Hollywood in the ’70s (or any other decade for that matter), and it remains a powerful commentary on greed, bureaucracy, and the futility of good intentions.
- Rob Hunter
Sigourney Weaver has two big cameos this summer, in the Pixar movie Finding Dory and the Ghostbusters remake, which is in theaters this weekend. And as such, she has been on the press trail quite a bit, where she has dropped little tantalizing tidbits about the impending Alien 5 to be directed by Neill Blomkamp of District 9 and Chappie fame. Last month, Weaver, who is set to reprise her role as Ellen Ripley in this sci-fi sequel, confirmed that the movie will gloss over Alien 3 and Alien Resurrection. Now, she says that the sequel, which doesn't have a title yet, will finally give Ripley a proper send off. So we can look for it to be Sigourney's final bow as Ellen Ripley.
"It's a great story and it's satisfying to me to give this woman an ending. The script itself has so much in it that's so original, but also really satisfies the, »
Netflix has been stepping up their distribution model to compete with other streaming services entering the original content game. One of their most recent projects has been given its first trailer. Rebirth follows a suburban man (Fran Kranz) who joins a private “self-actualization” program after bumping into an old college friend (Adam Goldberg) who recommends it highly.
The conceit looks to be a blend of David Fincher’s The Game, the events depicted in the documentary We Live In Public, and this year’s The Invitation. What remains to be seen is if it can have the intelligence of the first, the audacity of the second, or the slow-burn intensity of the third. This will be the sophomore directorial effort of Karl Mueller, who also penned the script. A promising aspect is cinematography by Bone Tomahawk Dp Benji Bakshi, who has a brilliant eye for the unnerving.
See the trailer for yourself below, »
- Mike Mazzanti
If you've seen her work on HBO's The Leftovers or David Fincher's Gone Girl, you'll know that any project which counts Carrie Coon among its cast won't be suffering in the talent department. The previous two seasons of FX's Fargo were able to gather together a great bunch of actors and the upcoming third season looks to continue that trend. TVLine reports... Read More »
- Kevin Fraser
One thing I’ve always appreciated about the Alien franchise is that it has never failed to spin itself off in interesting creative directions. In an age when the biggest movies in the universe are a series of same-y (not necessarily bad) Marvel superhero sequels and spinoffs -- and the most popular movie of the last several years is essentially a remake of the first film in the same series -- the sci-fi/horror/action franchise kicked off by Ridley Scott in 1979 stands as a refreshing counterpoint to the “blockbuster by rote” rulebook that often plagues modern Hollywood. For those who loathed Alien 3 and its followup Alien: Resurrection, Sigourney Weaver’s recent claim in an interview with EW that the plot of Neill Blomkamp’s Alien 5 will ignore that those films ever happened no doubt came as a welcome bit of news. Yet I can’t help but wonder »
- Chris Eggertsen
It’s a pretty exciting time to be an “Alien” fan. Not only is Ridley Scott currently in production on “Alien: Covenant” (which, if we have our facts correct, is an “Prometheus” sequel/”Alien” prequel), but Neill Blomkamp’s slow-moving sequel continues to take shape with tantalizing tidbits from the cast and crew. Speaking to Entertainment Weekly about the 30th anniversary “Aliens” celebration set for Comic-Con this month, the one and only Sigourney Weaver confirmed an important detail about the continuity of Blomkamp’s fifth installment.
“It’s just as if, you know, the path forks and one direction goes off to three and four and another direction goes off to Neill’s movie,” Weaver revealed, confirming that Blomkamp’s sequel actually won’t be a fifth installment at all and will serve as a »
- Zack Sharf
A wise man once said marriage is buying a house for someone you hate, but what if that once ironclad relationship is heading toward the rocks? That’s exactly the conundrum facing a group of thirtysomethings in today’s debut trailer for The Intervention, Clea DuVall’s dramedy that is set for release late next month.
It also marks the writer-director’s first foray behind the lens, building on a prestigious résumé that is comprised of roles in Interrupted, David Fincher thriller Zodiac and Ben Affleck’s espionage thriller Argo. The Intervention represents a different kettle of fish, though, and here we see Melanie Lynskey lead an all-star cast that includes Natasha Lyonne, Vincent Piazza, Jason Ritter, Ben Schwartz, Alia Shawkat, and Jack Reacher: Never Go Back star Cobie Smulders.
Though they’re fooled into thinking they have embarked on a couples retreat, the pair at the heart of DuVall »
- Michael Briers
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