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In perhaps the coolest, nerdiest spot of interstellar marketing, the front page of The Martian‘s script made its way onto a Nasa spacecraft earlier this month. Per Empire, the title page from Drew Goddard’s screenplay was included in a capsule for the maiden trek of Nasa’s Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle (Mpcv). The mission, which took off on December 5th, saw the craft shoot up 5600 miles above Earth for its four-and-a-half hour journey.
The film’s executive producer, Aditya Sood, revealed why exactly the page was involved:
“Nasa really rolled out the red carpet for us. In the capsule they had some personal objects that were important to people involved in the Orion project and one of the things was Ridley’s drawing on the cover page of The Martian script. This is a movie about people who are really passionate about science and space-travel, so that was »
- Gem Seddon
While Ridley Scott's Biblical epic Exodus: Gods & Kings is still in theaters, the hype machine has already been started for the director's next film The Martian, and it's literally out of this world. Empire reports that the December 5th launch of Nasa’s Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle (Mpcv), conducted as a 4-hour test flight 5600 miles above the Earth’s surface, had a capsule full of personal objects important to people involved in the project. What's cool is that one of the objects was the cover page of the screenplay for The Martian, written by Cabin in the Woods scribe/director Drew Goddard, with a drawing by Scott himself. Here's the script page with the drawing that ended up flying above the surface of the Earth: For those who haven't kept up, the film follows an astronaut (Matt Damon) who is stranded in a colony on Mars and struggles to survive, »
- Ethan Anderton
In what may seem like an odd story, director Ridley Scott has sent the screenplay title page of his latest project The Martian into space. The page was taken for a ride on the maiden voyage of Nasa's Orion Spacecraft, and included a drawing from the director himself depicting star Matt Damon as the title character. The page was taken from the original draft by Drew Goddard.
The title page features Matt Damon's stranded astronaut declaring: "I'll science the shit out of this planet." Which is an actual line from the book upon which the movie is based. The script page took flight on December 5, and embarked on a four and a half hour orbit 5600 miles above the Earth's surface. About the event, producer Aditya Sood stated:
"Nasa really rolled out the red carpet for us. In the capsule they had some personal objects that were important to people »
Moviegoers are underwhelmed by Ridley Scott’s epic attempt at retooling C.C. DeMille’s classic The Ten Commandments and injecting more action into the second book of the Holy Bible. Critics share their opinions that the celebrated director of such films as Alien, Blade Runner, and Gladiator comes up short when trying to adapt the inspirational story from its source material for Exodus: Gods and Kings. If anything, the movie should inspire folks to do a little research on their own.
Kingstone Media has made it easy for comic fans to dig deeper into the story of the Deliverer of Israel from Egypt. Two mini-graphic novels, as I call them, are available which explore different times and event in the life of Moses. Written by Pastor, missionary, evangelist and book author Michael Pearl, Exodus and Moses both condense the tales into 28 to 29 page full-color books which might take some creative license here and there, »
- email@example.com (Eric Shirey)
Following up on the artwork for Guardians of the Galaxy, Big Hero 6 and Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar, Poster Posse has published an array of stunning artwork to commemorate the 35th anniversary of Ridley Scott’s seminal sci-fi classic, Alien.
The beloved 1979 masterpiece may have spawned an entire universe across different mediums but, much like The Creative Assembly’s recent survival horror title, Alien Isolation, Poster Posse’s latest work returns to a film that changed a genre and, ultimately, created two stars in the making in Ellen Ripley and the deadly Xenomorph.
The artwork is truly impressive, and renders Scott’s vision in a wholly unique way 35 years after the film first terrified audiences the world over. Whether it’s the alien’s head portrayed in the shape of the number 35 or the Nostromo suspended in the blackness of space over a cluster of galaxies that resemble the Xenomorph itself, »
- Michael Briers
Nasa's Orion spacecraft was designed to shuttle astronauts to Mars some day. When it made its first successful test flight on Dec. 5 from Florida’s Cape Canaveral, the 11-foot-long capsule didn’t blast anyone to the red planet, but it did keep with the theme, completing two orbits of Earth while carrying the front page of the script for The Martian (above). Directed by Ridley Scott with a screenplay by Drew Goddard, the film is based on the novel by Andy Weir that tells the story of an astronaut (Matt Damon) stranded on Mars. It was the production’s Nasa »
- Sara Vilkomerson
2014 is coming to a close, which means there are only a few more days left in the 35th anniversary of Ridley Scott‘s Alien. We recently pronounced the sci-fi masterpiece the director’s best film and there weren’t many arguments about that. Not only did the film create a star and a franchise, it set the […]
The post Check Out These ‘Alien’ Posters Celebrating the Film’s 35th Anniversary appeared first on /Film. »
- Germain Lussier
If you're itching to see director Ridley Scott return to the realm of Science-Fiction, you're not going to have to wait very long. His latest project in development, The Martian, is based on the book of the same name by Andy Weir with a screenplay by Drew Goddard (World War Z, The Cabin In The Woods). The story revolves around astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) as he's left for dead on the surface of Mars. Not content with giving up on life just yet, the scientist »
- Sean Wist
Taking his commitment to realistic sci-fi very seriously indeed, Ridley Scott sent a page from The Martian into space for real this month, hitching a ride for it on the maiden voyage of Nasa’s Orion spacecraft. The first page of Drew Goddard's original draft, the sheet bears Scott’s drawing of Matt Damon’s stranded astronaut declaring that he’ll “science the shit out of this planet,” – a line from the book upon which the film is based.Taking off on December 5, the Orion embarked on a four-and-a-half hour orbital flight that took it 5600 miles above the Earth’s surface with Scott’s page in tow. “Nasa really rolled out the red carpet for us,” explains executive producer Aditya Sood. “In the capsule they had some personal objects that were important to people involved in the Orion project and one of the things was Ridley’s drawing on »
Watch this THR interview roundtable, and guess what? The one who comes off the best is the most likely to be nominated: American indie Linklater, whose "Boyhood" is clearly admired by the others in the group, especially Leigh, Tyldum and Nolan, who give him cred for having the balls to not only conceive but commit to this 12-year low-budget feat, which demanded that he abandon being in control or knowing the outcome. Brit Nolan and Norwegian outsider Tyldum come off as the most intense and demanding of the bunch. Jolie laughs as Nolan, who reveres Stanley Kubrick, Ridley Scott and George Lucas, recounts having a blast filming on a glacier in 100-mile-an-hour winds in Iceland as his crew complained bitterly. Tyldum describes his total commitment when he shoots--and the bizarre intimacy he has with his lead actor. It's not always the nice guys who finish first when it comes to directing. »
- Anne Thompson
It seemed this year that if any artist was due for the retrospective treatment, it was "Unbroken" cinematographer Roger Deakins. While I of course did not address all of the 50-plus films he has shot throughout his illustrious career during a recent extended interview, I settled on a few in particular that I think represent a nice cross-section of his work. Each of them — "Nineteen Eighty-Four," "Sid and Nancy," "Barton Fink," "The Shawshank Redemption," "Kundun," "The Man Who Wasn't There" and "The Village" — will get their own space in the next few days. Cinematographer Roger Deakins knew director Michael Radford from their film school days. They cut their teeth together in 1983 on their theatrical narrative debut, "Another Time, Another Place," which caused a stir at the Cannes Film Festival and led to Radford being presented the opportunity to tackle a dream project: an adaptation of George Orwell's pivotal 1948 novel "Nineteen Eighty-Four. »
- Kristopher Tapley
The Poster Posse is back, and they have come together to pay tribute to Ridley Scott's classic sci-fi horror film Alien, which celebrated its 35th Anniversary this year. I can't believe it's been 35 years since that movie was released! The movie launched the career of Sigourney Weaver and introduced the world to the Xenomorph, one of the most terrifying aliens in the history of film.
I've included several pieces of art that have been submitted for the first phase of this tribute project below.
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- Joey Paur
Kristen Wiig is taking the road less traveled, and after a bumpy start, it's starting to show signs of life. Most former "Saturday Night Live" standouts either head to Hollywood to make as many studio comedies as they can or try to fashion a comedy series on TV. Wiig exploded — and earned an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay — in Paul Fieg's blockbuster "Bridesmaids," but for the most part she's been exploring her range in indies such as "Girl Most Likely," "Hateship Loveship" and "Welcome to Me." Whether or not it's a deliberate strategy, it's paid off with Craig Johnson's "The Skeleton Twins." The dramedy reunited Wiig with her former "SNL" co-star Bill Hader as siblings who, after years of semi-estrangement, need each other more than ever. The duo earned raves for their performances, but neither has made a significant mark on the awards season this year. The good »
- Gregory Ellwood
It was a year of many tortured geniuses onscreen — Alan Turing, Stephen Hawking, J.M.W. Turner, Brian Wilson — and behind the scenes, where directors like Bong Joon-ho, James Gray and Paul Schrader fought producers and distributors over final cut, and the right to see their films properly released. Of course, the very idea of distribution has become nearly as diffuse in the digital era as that of film itself, a material on which few movies are still made and even fewer shown — unless you happen to be Paul Thomas Anderson, Quentin Tarantino or Christopher Nolan, who earned the ire of some theater owners when he demanded they reinstall 35mm projectors if they wanted to screen his “Interstellar” two days early. In light of the film’s $600 million worldwide gross (and counting), one can only say: poor them.
Speaking of “Interstellar,” if there was one undeniable constant at the movies in 2014, it was time, »
- Scott Foundas
The Doctor has been voted the greatest sci-fi character of all time in a BFI poll.
Thousands took part in the survey, with the Time Lord beating Alien's Ellen Ripley to the top spot by just 110 votes.
2001: A Space Odyssey voted greatest sci-fi movie of all time
Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader from Star Wars came in third place, while Kerr Avon from the 1970s BBC series Blake's 7 came in fourth.
Star Trek's Spock is in tenth place.
19% of votes were cast for alien characters, while humans received 67% and robots/computers received 14%.
With rumours arriving that The Walking Dead spin-off may be a prequel, hot on the heels of the news that Syfy is pursuing a series about Superman's grandfather, titled Krypton, there are officially no more jokes. Anything you might say about making a comic book series set some ridiculous amount of time before the real story starts happening, can and will be seriously considered as a pitch by some network, somewhere.
A Newsroom-style series about The Daily Planet before Clark Kent started working there? A psychological procedural featuring Dr. Harleen Quinzel but no Joker? A jungle-set adventure series about Gorilla Grodd's granddad? We could keep going until the phone rings and someone makes us an offer for a pilot, but that would be an unnecessary amount of pre-amble before getting to the point, »
Michael Stevens For 'The Good'
"No spoilers intended, but most of us already know how this story unfolds, with director Ridley Scott delivering action adventure along the lines of 'Gladiator', with epic 3D sequences involving horses, chariots and thousands of ancient warriors.
"The recreation of ancient Egypt through the efforts of hundreds of digital artists is visually impressive throughout the entire film, depicting David Lean-like arid deserts, the Egyptian city of 'Memphis', a series of horrific plagues, tidal waves and cosmic weather anomalies.
"Lemming-like criticism leveled at the film for using 'white' actors in main roles is unfounded, as actor Christian Bale delivers the goods (speaking English not Egyptian) in his depiction of 'Moses' aka 'Moishe', evolving »
- Michael Stevens
Now playing in theaters around the world is Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods and Kings. As most of you know, the film is Scott’s take on the Bliblical story of Moses, with Christian Bale playing the former Egyptian prince and Joel Edgerton filling the role of the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses. The film also stars John Turturro, Ben Mendelsohn, Sigourney Weaver and Ben Kingsley. For more on the film watch these clips or the trailer. At the press junket in Paris I landed an exclusive video interview with Aaron Paul. He talked about what it was like working for Ridley Scott, why he'll always remember shooting the Red Sea sequence, deleted scenes, future projects, his wife's charity, and more. Hit the jump to watch. Aaron Paul: What was it like working for Ridley Scott on a huge Hollywood movie. Was there a day or two that he'll always remember from making Exodus? »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
This week on The Collision, we discuss Exodus: Gods and Kings. We talk about the film's lack of personality, how it deals with the story's religious aspects, the priorities and filmography of director Ridley Scott, our feelings about his work going forward, and much more. As always, we finish up with our recommendations. Click here to listen to the new episode of The Collision, click here for the previous episode ("The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1"), click here to add the podcast to your RSS, and click here to find us on iTunes. To keep up to date with The Collision, you can follow us on Twitter at @MattGoldberg, @AdamChitwood, and @PNemiroff. Adam's Recommendation: Kingdom of Heaven (Director's Cut) Matt's Recommendation: American Gangster
- Matt Goldberg
Michael C here to look at an embattled new wide release.
Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods and Kings is so dead in the water, so consistently baffling in its choices, that it is difficult to know where to begin. How about the simple fact that when one is adapting the Old Testament there is no getting around God?
Gods and Kings doesn’t go so far as to omit God altogether. The Lord is present (sort of) in the form of a petulant eight-year old child who first appears from behind the burning bush to issue vague marching orders to Moses. What Scott and his quartet of screenwriters do attempt is an end-run around the almighty in the form of an ill-considered attempt to wedge the Book of Exodus into the Batman Begins mold where all the miraculous events are brought down to Earth with realistic explanations, or at least semi-plausible interpretations. »
- Michael C.
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