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A new group of travelers will join Shaw and David in Ridley Scott’s Alien: Paradise Lost Director Ridley Scott continues to spill the beans about his upcoming Prometheus sequel Alien: Paradise Lost, this time filling in Awards Campaign on the state of Engineer homeworld (ironically nicknamed “Paradise”) once Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) and David (Michael Fassbender) cruise…
- Max Evry
No one in the universe wants a sequel to Prometheus more than director Ridley Scott, who has been talking about a follow-up to his Alien prequel ever since it left audiences baffled and divided three years ago. Now titled Alien: Paradise Lost, the film that once was Prometheus 2 has charted a course for an early 2016 […]
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- Jacob Hall
Do you recall the moment in Prometheus when an accomplished group of scientists, completely disregarding the potential threat from spores, bacteria and other such nasties, remove their helmets in an alien environment? How about the scene in which Jackson and Millburn go up close and personal with an unknown snake-like being? Yep, it’s fair to say that for all of the brainy and intellectual questions posited by Ridley Scott’s 2012 Alien offshoot, it’s leading crew members bordered on the unwatchable.
Fear not, though, for Scott has revealed that the film’s hot-button sequel, Alien: Paradise Lost, will introduce a new group of travellers alongside Michael Fassbender and Noomi Rapace – who return as the headless android David and Elizabeth, respectively.
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Plotting course for the home world of the Engineers, last we seen of Fassbender and Rapace’s characters they had hijacked the alien ship »
- Michael Briers
Ridley Scott, one of the most respected filmmakers of his generation, has yet to win an Oscar despite three nominations including one for helming 2000 Best Picture champ “Gladiator." This could finally be his year with the overwhelming success of “The Martian,” a film which returns Sir Ridley to his sci-fi roots. With a 94% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a $55 million opening weekend, it has the approval of both critics and audiences alike. Will Oscar voters agree? -Break- Will Golden Globes predict Oscar winners again? In this 3D epic, Matt Damon plays an astronaut who must do whatever is necessary to survive after being stranded on Mars. This is prime material for the director, who infuses it with his usual visual prowess and an unexpected dose of heart, making it one of his strongest efforts in years. Scott's first Oscar nomination was for “Thelma & Louise” (1991), a female-d..."' »
With 23 films over the last 38 years, Ridley Scott has barely had time to slow down and he’s already planning to shoot his Prometheus sequel, Alien: Paradise Lost, early next year. As for his latest, The Martian, it’s shaping up to be his biggest success yet with a $100 million-plus opening weekend worldwide and widespread acclaim from audiences and critics. For those that are looking to go behind the scenes of the the making of the film, as well as his entire career, we’re featuring a batch of extensive conversations he’s taken part in.
“Matt [Damon] called me ‘Two Take Charlie,'” Scott told EW with a laugh, revealing he shot the film in a brisk 72 days. “The key is to know what you’re doing. If you do 90 takes it means you don’t really know what you want. Also, the key in doing my job is to »
- Leonard Pearce
"I'm in a groove now," the venerated director Ridley Scott said of his career as we sat down to record this podcast last Friday, the day on which his latest film, the space-set dramedy The Martian, opened nationwide and was greeted with rave reviews en route to topping the box-office with a weekend gross of $54.3 million. The 77-year-old Brit has been making acclaimed and popular films for 38 years — films as eclectic as 1979's Alien, 1982's Blade Runner, 1991's Thelma & Louise, 2000's Gladiator and 2001's Black Hawk Down. He's been nominated for the best director Oscar three
- Scott Feinberg
The Martian fell just shy of breaking Gravity's box office record for highest October opening of $55.7 million, by taking in $55 million in its first weekend. That record will likely be in no danger of falling this weekend either, with only one new movie arriving in wide release, Warner Bros.' Pan, and TriStar's The Walk expanding. With Pan's less than stellar critical reception so far, the projections at BoxOffice.com indicate that Pan likely won't have a shot at the top spot, with The Martian set to win for a second time in a row.
The Martian opened in 3,750 theaters, a count that isn't expected to change too much going into its second weekend at the box office. Ridley Scott's sci-fi drama following the quest to save an astronaut stranded on Mars has been called the best movie of the year by a number of critics. We still »
In Ridley Scott’s latest, The Martian, Matt Damon finds himself stranded in the outback of our solar system, left to fend for himself on the giant red rock of Mars. Like an interstellar version of Tom Hanks in Castaway, Damon’s Mark Watney must improvise his own survival, using whatever tools he can find to prevent himself from perishing out in the wilds of space.
The Martian‘s a different kind of vibe from films like Star Trek and Interstellar, movies which posit that space travel is a glamorous, awe-inspiring thing, even when shit’s hitting the fan. Scott’s latest effort isn’t alone in its portrayal of space as an unsparing danger zone, either. While more cheerful movies have considered the vast blackness beyond our planet to be a blessing, just as many films have depicted the final frontier as an unknowable expanse full of terror.
- Brogan Morris
The Producers Guild of America (PGA) will present Jim Gianopulos, Chairman and CEO of 20th Century Fox, with its 2015 Milestone Award at the 27th Annual Producers Guild Awards ceremony on January 23, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza. The PGA honors the popular long-running studio chief who worked his way up through the ranks, excelling on the foreign distribution side before taking over as chairman and CEO of Fox motion pictures in 2000, first with co-chair Tom Rothman, then solo since 2012. Gianopulos has always worked closely with James Cameron ("Avatar"), Ridley Scott ("The Martian") and Roland Emmerich ("The Day After Tomorrow"), among other filmmakers at Fox, and has nurtured such franchises as "Planet of the Apes," "X-Men," "Ice Age," and "The Night at the Museum." The Milestone Award recognizes "an individual or team who has made historic contributions to the »
- Anne Thompson
Jim Gianopulos, the chairman and CEO of 20th Century Fox, will receive the Milestone Award at the 2016 Producers Guild Awards, the PGA announced on Tuesday. The Milestone Award is the PGA’s top honor, and in the past has gone to Steven Spielberg, James Cameron, Ron Meyer, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Bob Iger and Harvey and Bob Weinstein, among others. Gianopulos has been the chairman of Fox since 2000, overseeing films that include “Avatar,” “Moulin Rouge,” “Life of Pi,” “Minority Report,” “Walk the Line” and the “Planet of the Apes,” “Ice Age” and “X-Men” franchises. Fox’s most recent release was Ridley Scott‘s box-office. »
- Steve Pond
“The Martian” is about Matt Damon trying to get back to Earth after being left behind on Mars, and Ellen DeGeneres hopes the sequel takes place on Uranus. The reigning daytime talk show queen debuted a parody of the Ridley Scott science fiction film on Tuesday, and Damon seems to approve of the concept, since he took time out of his busy schedule to star in the fake trailer. “Even if I could make contact, it would take eight years for another person to reach Uranus,” Damon says in character as resourceful astronaut Mark Watney. “So I’m left with only one option: I’m. »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
Ridley Scott’s space adventure achieves his biggest ever first weekend in the UK – but for The Intern’s quest for bums on seats, it’s complicated
With £4.90m plus £1.63m in Wednesday and Thursday previews, Ridley Scott’s The Martian delivers the biggest UK opening since Inside Out in July. The success brings cheer to the UK cinema sector, which saw admissions falter in late September. The box office jumped 54% from the previous weekend – and that’s not even including the healthy previews that occurred on Saturday and Sunday for Hotel Transylvania 2.
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- Charles Gant
Last week we asked everyone what their favorite film featuring the Moon was (blood-moon hype going on and all...), but this week another astronomical location featured heavily in the news: Mars, and this was because of the stellar (haha) box office by Ridley Scott's The Martian. Of course that film has been covered here a few times already. We have Jason Gorber's very positive review, and Matt Brown wondered in his column why our increased knowledge about the red planet has only made it less colorful. Matt's article especially makes mention of Mars as the filmic wonderland it used to be, a fantasy adventure world filled with tropical treasures, scantily clad princesses and huge dinosaurs. Still, using Mars as a sterile place of hazard can...
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Leave it to The Martian fans to use science and math to figure out one of the book.s (and the movie.s) most tantalizing mysteries. Obviously, Andy Weir.s story takes place in the future, though the novel, and Sir Ridley Scott.s movie, never specified in which year the narrative takes place. Well, that was unacceptable for a select few who adore the tale of Mark Watney, and they finally figured out the exact date in which The Martian takes place. Reddit user Lee_Ars started heating up the conversation three months ago, pointing out that including Thanksgiving in the story . as a catalyst for Watney.s eventual potato farm . was a significant clue. As Ars writes, he interviewed Weir, who explained that once readers could lock in on a year where the transfer orbits to Mars worked out in such a way that it allowed the crew »
The Oscar race got a little clearer over the last week, with Ridley Scott and Matt Damon showcasing “The Martian” for Academy voters, Danny Boyle‘s “Steve Jobs” screening for its first audiences outside of Telluride and Steven Spielberg‘s Cold War drama “Bridge of Spies” debuting at the New York Film Festival and screening for media in Los Angeles. It’s now safe to say that all three could figure into this year’s race, expanding the group of true Best Picture contenders to about 15 films that have been screened so far, and another handful that have yet to be unveiled. »
- Steve Pond
The release of Ridley Scott’s space hit coincided with the discovery of water on the red planet, which leads us to ask – how realistic is it, technically? A leading aerospace engineer offers his opinion
Overall it’s a very good movie, and while there are mistakes in it, it is the first genuine Mars movie. It is the first movie that attempts to be realistic and that is actually about human beings grappling with the problems of exploring Mars, as opposed to various movies set on Mars that are essentially either shoot ’em ups or horror films. It does not engage in fantasy: no monsters, no magic, no Nazis. However, there are a number of technical mistakes.
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- Dr Robert Zubrin
We're five months out from the Oscars, but the awards pundits at Gold Derby have made some predictions and the site has calculated the odds of potential Best Picture winners. At this point the true story journalism drama "Spotlight" is at #1 with odds of 6-1, followed by "Steve Jobs" in second at 8-1.
Three unscreened films made the top fifteen: Third and fourth went to David O. Russell's Jennifer Lawrence-led biopic "Joy" (17-2) and Alejandro Inarritu's survival drama "The Revenant" (9-1), while seventh is Quentin Tarantino's "The Hateful Eight" (14-1).
Boosted by rave festival reviews, "Carol" and "Room" tied for fifth and six with 12-1 each. Rounding out the top ten were Ridley Scott's well-regarded "The Martian" in eighth with 18-1, Steven Spielberg's "Bridge of Spies" in ninth with 20-1, and the transgender drama "The Danish Girl" in tenth at 20-1.
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- Garth Franklin
For a big budget movie about a lone astronaut who gets stranded on Mars, the spacesuits in The Martian are surprisingly sober in terms of design. There is an attempt here to make everything seem as plausible as possible, costume design especially. Director Ridley Scott’s regular costumer Janty Yates has created possibly the sexiest spacesuits ever seen on screen, and what’s more they are functional. To paraphrase a line in the film, she had to “science the shit out of them”.
Yates collaborated with Nasa looking specifically at their Z1 and Z2 prototypes to create an Eva (‘Extravehicular Activity’ – any time the crew must go outside) suit and surface or ‘bio’ suit (worn on Mars). The surface suit is similar to the blue under-suits she created for Scott’s near future set Prometheus in 2012, although further grounded in reality. The Prometheus under-suits could, in theory, monitor functioning levels of the human body, »
- Lord Christopher Laverty
- Jazz Tangcay
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After discussing them this summer, George Miller tells Top Gear he’s in talk with WB for the Mad Max: Fury Road sequels, but first he says, “I want to do a small film without special effects before I do any of that, just to do it quickly. We shot Fury Road for eight months… that’s a lot. Every day in the heat and the dust, doing these stunts, it’s very wearing. We’ve got two more planned, but at some point in the future.”
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