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It seems like all anyone wants to talk about this week is Cannes, and the alleged hubbub Netflix has created by not releasing their films in French theaters. Their Bong Joon-ho–directed “Okja” was amongst the films that were booed during a screening and had to be stopped. Festival jury members—which this year include Will Smith—have been arguing about whether Netflix should be allowed nominations if it doesn’t release films in France. The rumor mill is also whirring about big upcoming projects and casting. Highlights include Daniel Radcliffe starring in the prison drama “Escape From Pretoria,” based on the life of Tim Jenkin and due to film in South Africa in early 2018. Tom Hardy is set to play a decorated U.S. Navy Seal in a new film from director Andrew Dominik (“Chopper”) and producer Ridley Scott. Sasha Lane (“American Honey”) joins Alicia Vikander and Armie Hammer »
It seems like all anyone wants to talk about this week is Cannes, and the alleged hubbub Netflix has created by not releasing their films in French theaters. Their Bong Joon-ho–directed “Okja” was amongst the films that were booed during a screening and had to be stopped. Festival jury members—which this year include Will Smith—have been arguing about whether Netflix should be allowed nominations if it doesn’t release films in France. The rumour mill is also whirring about big upcoming projects and casting. Highlights include Daniel Radcliffe starring in the prison drama “Escape From Pretoria,” based on the life of Tim Jenkin and due to film in South Africa in early 2018. Tom Hardy is set to play a decorated U.S. Navy Seal in a new film from director Andrew Dominik (“Chopper”) and producer Ridley Scott. Sasha Lane (“American Honey”) joins Alicia Vikander and Armie Hammer »
Henry Bevan on the rise of the stupid smart character…
If you’ve been browsing this website over the last couple of days you will have noticed there has been a lot of Alien: Covenant content. We’ve published not one, not two but three reviews. We’ve written letters to David Fincher, we’ve talked about Ridley Scott, we’ve written comment pieces on why the franchise is exhausted, and others on why Covenant is the third best film in the franchise.
Don’t worry, this is not another article about the theologically minded space slasher. We don’t want to face-hug you to death. But, this comment piece will use the xenomorph’s favourite franchise to explore how blockbusters are increasingly having “smart” characters do some stupid shit.
Covenant is full of stupid shit. The crew land on an uncharted planet with only some guns for protection. They proceed to sniff black pods, »
- Henry Bevan
The sun has been out in force at this year’s Cannes, heating up the red carpets and parties that line the Croisette, the seaside resort’s main thoroughfare. In the hotel suites where most of the deals go down at the annual gathering of studio executives and producers, the temperature has been a lot cooler. As it reaches its midpoint, bidding wars, usually a staple of Cannes, have been virtually non-existent. After losing their shirts on splashy acquisitions that sank at the box office, it’s as if the industry made a pact to not to get burned again.
This year’s Cannes has proved to be one of the starkest reminders yet that the movie business is in flux, independent films aren’t »
- Brent Lang and Ramin Setoodeh
Welcome, one and all, to the newest episode of The Film Stage Show! This week, I am joined by Michael Snydel and Bill Graham, and we talk about the newest film in the long-running Alien franchise, Alien: Covenant, directed by Ridley Scott.
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M4A: The Film Stage Show Ep. 242 – Alien: Covenant
00:00 – 04:40 – Introductions
04:41 – 37:52 – Alien: Covenant Discussion
37:53 – 1:38:47 – Alien: Covenant Spoiler Discussion
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- Brian Roan
Neca has revealed its upcoming line of figures for Ridley Scott’s sci-fi thriller Alien: Covenant which includes a Neomorph, a Xenomorph, and a creature pack which contains two facehuggers, an open egg, a closed egg, a Chestburster, and poseable Neomorph toddler. Take a look at the official promotional images here…
See Also: 3 Reasons Why Alien: Covenant is the Best in the Franchise Since Aliens
From Alien: Covenant, the terrifying new movie directed by Ridley Scott! This screen accurate version of the Neomorph, the horrific new creature introduced in the movie, stands approximately 9” tall. It comes with an alternate interchangeable head and a poseable baby Neomorph accessory, and features over 30 points of articulation and a bendable tail. Window box packaging.
- Amie Cranswick
Bryan Fuller, the creator of “American Gods,” “Hannibal,” probably isn’t going to be collaborating with Ridley Scott anytime soon. When asked about his thoughts Scott’s latest, “Alien: Covenant,” at the Vulture Festival Saturday, Fuller said, “I think the last two movies have had too many similarities to bad ‘Friday the 13th’ sequels and not enough similarities to good ‘Alien’ movies.” Scott also directed the last film in the franchise, “Prometheus.” Ouch. Also Read: 'Alien: Covenant' is Missing What Makes the Alien the Scariest Monster on Film (Commentary) Fuller added, “So, you see this chest-burster and how disturbing and snakelike it is, »
- Umberto Gonzalez
Cast your mind back to the moment just after the credits rolled on James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy – Xander had been saved, against all odds, and Star-Lord and Co. had shot off into the stars in search of new adventures and treasures to plunder.
But when the camera panned down to The Collector (Benicio Del Toro), battered and bruised after his run-in with an Infinity Stone, the post-credits scene revealed a surprise cameo in the form of Howard the Duck, a niche Marvel character (superhero?) well versed in the fine art of Quack Fu. It was a quirky little Easter egg buried in a film full of them, and those of you who have already seen Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will know that James Gunn managed to carve out another cameo for the irreverent Howard.
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- Michael Briers
Upon first glance at the title it might seem like some "click-bait" article trying to get read. And perhaps, no matter what you read here, that is how you're going to see it. However, once you finish reading this opinion piece (and remember, this is simply my opinion), you may very well agree that Ridley Scott is no longer the man to handle the Alien franchise. Especially after watching this weekend's less than stellar Alien: Covenant.
When the first Alien movie landed in theaters in 1979, it was groundbreaking. It featured incredible special effects, a plausible look at the space program in the future, and a scene of such amazingly grotesque proportions (the alien exploding out of a crew mate's stomach), it still shocks people to this day. The film was smart, it featured a female kicking ass, and in many ways, the first Alien movie directed by Ridley Scott is still ahead of it's time. »
Well what do you know… Given their penchant for riffing on Hollywood blockbusters, was it too much to expect them Not to create their own spin on the latest film in the Alien franchise? Yes, whereas Ridley Scott has brough us a Covenant, The Asylum are bringing us Alien Convergence!
When flying reptilian creatures wreak havoc all over the world, the survivors’ only hope of stopping them is a new, state-of-the-art fighter jet piloted by the only team that knows how to use the technology.
(Source: DreadCentral) »
- Phil Wheat
(In our Spoiler Reviews, we take a deep dive into a new release and get to the heart of what makes it tick…and every story point is up for discussion. In this entry: Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant.) In 1979, Ridley Scott unleashed Alien on unsuspecting moviegoers, creating something that would end up becoming iconic in the […]
- Chris Evangelista
This weekend, Sir Ridley Scott's Alien: Covenant entered North American cinemas, and aboard its titular spaceship we find a cast which includes Michael Fassbender as the artificial human Walter. Years ago we featured Michael Fassbender in our quiz (found here), and I wrote the following about him: Believe it or not, there was a time when I couldn't stand the sight of Michael Fassbender. In one of his films, I had noticed a slight nasal twang in his voice, and combined with his general assured presence I got him labelled as insufferably arrogant. Not the man personally of course (never met him), but I just got an "Ugh, him again" feeling I whenever I spotted him in a film. A few years later though, he...
[Read the whole post on screenanarchy.com...] »
- Adam Chitwood
22 May 2017 6:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Director James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 — with its gaggle of quirky superheroes — is the only summer 2017 tentpole to live up to the hype so far. Over the weekend, the Disney and Marvel superhero sequel grossed $35.1 million in its third outing, not that far behind the disappointing debut of Ridley Scott's Alien: Covenant.
Launching to a lackluster $36 million domestically, Alien: Covenant is the second big-budget movie in a row to disappoint after King Arthur: The Legend of the Sword, helping to contribute to an early summer revenue box-office decline of 10 percent »
- Pamela McClintock
'King Arthur: Legend of the Sword'...(© 2017 Warner Bros. Ent. Inc., Village Roadshow Films North America Inc. And Ratpac-dune Ent. LLC - U.S., Canada, Bahamas & Bermuda © 2017 Warner Bros. Ent. Inc., Village Roadshow Films (Bvi) Limited And Ratpac-dune Ent. LLC - All Other Territories) (Photo Credit: Daniel Smith)
Roadshow.s King Arthur: Legend of the Sword has opened on top of the box office with earnings of $2.3 million. Directed by Guy Ritchie and starring Jude Law, Charlie Hunnam and Eric Bana, the film bowed on 406 screens, each making an average of $5,730.
Last week.s number one.Alien: Covenant.tumbled 50 per cent to earn just below $2 million. However, the Ridley Scott film still boasted a bigger screen average than King Arthur: $6,269. Shot in Sydney, the Fox title has earned $7.2 million after two weeks..
Despite losing 111 screens, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has maintained third position, earning $1.9 million. The »
- Jackie Keast
STXinternational has secured the highly sought international rights to All The Money In The World, Ridley Scott’s true crime thriller chronicling the harrowing 1973 kidnapping of J. Paul Getty III, it was announced today by Adam Fogelson, Chairman of STXfilms, and David Kosse, President of STXinternational, divisions of Stx Entertainment. Imperative Entertainment and Scott Free are producing. Sony Pictures is handling North American and UK distribution of the film.
All the Money in the World stars Michelle Williams, Kevin Spacey and Mark Wahlberg and is a true story about the world’s wealthiest man, J. Paul Getty, who refuses to pay the ransom for his kidnapped grandson, forcing the boys desperate but resourceful mother to team with an ex-cia negotiator in Getty’s employ to figure out a way to save her son. Spacey will play the billionaire, Williams will portray Getty III’s determined mother, »
- Michelle Hannett
A new wave of filmmakers is emerging in Catalonia: Cosmopolitan, schooled in industry practices, genre blenders and versatile in style, they have tackled wide ranging subjects. Many of them happen to be women. Variety profiles 10 leading lights from the Spanish region.
Ballús’ short “Immersion” was well received by critics and her feature, “The Plague,” was nominated for the European Discovery – Fipresci’ Prize at the European Film Awards and took multiple 2014 first feature prizes on Spain’s fest circuit. Now the alum of Barcelona’s Pompeu Fabra University is initiating the French-Spanish co-production “Staff Only,” a dramedic coming-of-ager exploring international tourism in developing countries, and developing comedy “Six Ordinary Days.”
Film Community Powers Catalonia’s Rebound From Recession
Colell (“Manuscript to the City”) has worked as an editor and cinema lecturer. She has just finished her first fiction feature, “Facing the Wind,” selected for the 2015 Cannes Atelier, »
- Emilio Mayorga
God bless the Criterion Collection for their forthcoming Blu-ray of a nifty 2K restoration of The Breaking Point (1950), the second swipe at Ernest Hemingway’s novel To Have and Have Not, which is on the company’s release schedule for August 2017. You may have heard of the first version… Bogie, Bacall, Hawks, “You know how to whistle, don’t ya?” Remember that one? Well, this one, the story of a down-on-his-luck charter boat captain Harry Morgan (John Garfield) who gets manipulated into a deadly smuggling run to help make ends meet, is directed by Michael Curtiz, and it trades Hawks’ larky, Casablanca-derived vibe for something decidedly darker, a daylight-splashed noir that somehow ferrets out all the chiaroscuro shadows in Hemingway’s material nonetheless. Throughout The Breaking Point, but especially in the movie’s riveting second half when Morgan allows himself to get roped into a second, even more dangerous scheme, »
- Dennis Cozzalio
This was expected to be a nice pre-Memorial Day box-office weekend: a solid franchise opener and two lower-budget films doing their job to create modest improvement over last year. That didn’t happen.
Instead, the top 10 fell ten percent from last year, “Alien: Covenant” did around $10 million below consensus expectations; the reboot of “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” also underperformed. Only the female-centered young adult entry, “Everything, Everything,” escaped relatively unscathed.
Help should be on the way. Next week sees two films with optimistic projections — the R-rated film version of “Baywatch” and “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” (#5 in that franchise). Last year saw two openers (“X-Men: Apocalypse” and “Alice Through the Looking Glass”) only total $92 million between them for the three-day weekend. That should be easy to best — but that’s what we thought this week. It might be time to worry.
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1. Alien: Covenant »
- Tom Brueggemann
comScore today announced the official worldwide weekend box office estimates for the weekend of May 21, 2017, as compiled by the company’s theatrical measurement services.
Coming into this weekend, we here at Lrm asked ourselves whether or not Alien: Covenant would help propel the franchise forward, or if it would prove that the momentum had officially drained. While We can’t say that this weekend is a complete bust, It’s fair to call it a bit of a disappointment. Our own Weekend Warrior thought the film would come in at around $55 million, and early Thursday numbers showed the film tracking at $40-$45 million. But when all said and done, it only came out with $36 million — a much lower figure than even conservative estimates. As of right now, there’s no real solid reason as to why this was. Perhaps it was the fact that audiences are facing blockbuster overkill, and »
- Joseph Medina
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