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It’s the last weekend of August, dear readers, and the summer movie season is at an end. But there’s still plenty of cool stuff coming to our theaters this year, from James Bond to Star Wars and everything in between. This week’s installment of Trailer Trashin’ takes a look at The Martian, the upcoming sci-fi film from director Ridley Scott.
Premise: A manned mission to Mars goes awry, and astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is presumed dead and left behind on the planet by his crew. Watney fights to survive in the harsh environment and to signal to others that he is still alive. Upon discovering Watney’s signal Nasa, scientists all around Earth, and his crew members collaborate to find a way to rescue him.
My take: English filmmaker Ridley Scott has had a good relationship with science-fiction. The two films that helped put him on »
- Timothy Monforton
One thing sci-fi fans will be expecting this fall is a response from Neil deGrasse Tyson on the scientific authenticity of Ridley Scott's The Martian. But the celebrity astrophysicist is already endorsing the movie in a big way. He stars in a new promotional video as himself, hosting an episode of his show StarTalk that only exists within the universe of The Martian to discuss the fictional spacecraft The Hermes and its dangerous Ares 3 mission to Mars. At the end, after stating that Earth is the planet "to which we owe our creation" but "no longer seems destined to be our final resting place," we see a group image of the Ares 3 crew, characters played by Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kate Mara, Sebastian Stan, Aksel Hennie and...
- Christopher Campbell
To date, 20th Century Fox has supplemented its riveting full-length trailers for Ridley Scott’s The Martian with a trio of viral clips, designed to introduce the cast and crew of the Ares-3 before they embark on their daring mission to the Red Planet. Chief among those has been the character psych tests, allowing us to gain a gist of the personalities of the leading members of the crew, specifically Matt Damon’s cocksure Mark Watney and Jessica Chastian’s commander, Melissa Lewis.
Adopting a slightly different tactic this time around, the studio has unveiled an informative clip that stars famed American astrophysicist and cosmologist, Neil deGrasse Tyson, who channels his screen presence from the Carl Sagan-inspired Cosmos series to guide you from our pale blue dot across the solar system and onto Mars. It’s a neat, if self-indulgent, tease for The Martian, with Tyson documenting all of »
- Michael Briers
This week has already brought us a new poster and TV spot for Ridley Scott’s The Martian, and now we have a new Ares 3 viral video entitled ‘Our Greatest Adventure’, whcih sees Neil deGrasse Tyson examining the upcoming Ares 3 mission and the journey to Mars with a special episode of Star Talk…
See Also: Watch the latest trailer for The Martian
During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive. Millions of miles away, Nasa and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring “the Martian” home, while his crewmates concurrently plot a daring, »
- Gary Collinson
Aside from supporting roles in Band of Brothers and evocative British realism drama Fish Tank, you’d be forgiven for not knowing who Michael Fassbender was prior to 2008. Less than a decade later, though, the German–Irish star has shouldered his way into Hollywood’s pantheon, and his stature will only continue to grow over the next two to three years thanks to roles in Justin Kurzel’s Macbeth – and indeed Assassin’s Creed – along with Ridley Scott’s sci-fi sequel, Prometheus 2.
Before all of that, however, Fassbender’s latest and much-talked about role will be playing the titular, flawed visionary for Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs biopic, and only today Universal has released a pensive new poster for the Oscar-tipped drama. It’s a beautifully clean, minimalist side-portrait of the lead character, which trumpets the film’s ensemble cast as much as it casts its protagonist in isolation. »
- Michael Briers
Matt Damon, who will soon appear onscreen as a badass botanist in Ridley Scott's The Martian, has revealed new details regarding his return to the Bourne universe. Damon hasn't played Bourne since 2007's The Bourne Ultimatum, and is coming back to the character after Jeremy Renner and Tony Gilroy's moderately successful Bourne Legacy. Speaking to BuzzFeed, Damon explained that part of the reason he stayed away was he was waiting for a geopolitical paradigm shift. "We always looked at those movies as really about the Bush presidency, and so we kind of had to wait for the world to change." He went on, "Without giving too much of it away, it’s Bourne through an austerity-riddled Europe and in a post-Snowden world. It seems like enough has changed, you know? There are all these kinds of arguments about spying and civil liberties and the nature of democracy." The film, »
- Greg Cwik
“I was already on to my next movie,” Scott told Empire Magazine when talking about the decision to shift the release of The Martian from November to October. “I was starting to look for locations for my next movie, which is Prometheus 2.”
- Gary Collinson
There were suggestions at one stage that Ridley Scott would pass on directing the sequel to Prometheus, and take a producer role on the new movie. After all, his slate of projects is hardly small, and he's making major, complicated films at a rate of one a year right now. His next, The Martian, is due out in the autumn.
In recent months, it then started to look as if he was interested once more in directing Prometheus 2 himself, and so it became a case of seeing where the film would land on his slate. Pretty much right now is the answer. The movie is reported to head into production early in 2016, and chatting to Empire, he's confirmed what he's up to next.
"I was already on to my next movie", Scott said, »
The movie that already has everyone in it, and is based on perhaps the coolest idea in a decade, now The Martian ups the cool factor to unprecedented levels as Neil deGrasse Tyson offers us a special episode of “StarTalk” that walks us through the Ares mission to Mars.
It’s a “show” that comes from post-2029, after the first manned mission to Mars, and it’s bizarrely fascinating to watch.
Take a look, and pre-order another ticket for The Martian.
During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive. Millions of miles away, »
- Marc Eastman
Our adventure is just beginning. Whoa! This is awesome. Fox has debuted an intriguing new promo video for Ridley Scott's The Martian, featuring real-world astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson examining and discussing the Ares 3 mission to Mars. With all the footage we've seen it looks like they're trying to make this as realistic as possible, as if this mission was actually taking place. And I love that angle because it really does make this feel more real, and like it's actually possible. This video delves into the ideas about Mars and why we want to go there, and how we're going to get there. It's a very nice primer for this movie. Here's the new promo for Ridley Scott's The Martian, with Neil deGrasse Tyson talking about Ares 3: You can also see the second trailer for The Martian here with tons of footage + the Ares 3 video promo. The Martian »
- Alex Billington
Get ready for an exciting voyage to the Red Planet.
20th Century Fox has released a new video called “Our Greatest Adventure” in anticipation of their upcoming film, The Martian.
During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive.
Millions of miles away, Nasa and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring “the Martian” home, while his crewmates concurrently plot a daring, if not impossible, rescue mission. As these stories of incredible bravery unfold, »
- Michelle McCue
Earlier this month we found out that production on the Prometheus sequel was hoping to get underway in January 2016, which would seem to indicate that it would be Ridley Scott's next film after The Martian. While speaking with Empire during The Martian press-tour, Scott confirmed that Prometheus 2 would indeed be his next movie; in fact, he's already begun scouting for... Read More »
- Kevin Fraser
Director Ridley Scott tends to attach himself to a ton of projects at once, and while invariably a number of these don.t pan out, he still works at a quick clip, especially considering he.s 77-years-old. His space adventure The Martian doesn.t come out until October, but he.s already hard at work on his next film, and we now have confirmation that will be Prometheus 2. Talking to Empire about The Martian, Scott and star Matt Damon, who plays an astronaut stranded on Mars, talked about the rapid pace at which the director works. Damon made a quip about the film being finished two weeks after shooting, and Scott agreed, revealing: I was already on to my next movie! I was starting to look for locations for my next movie, which is Prometheus 2. Ridley Scott making back-to-back sci-fi movies is an idea we will always get behind, »
Ridley Scott’s The Martian has been really knocking it out of the park lately with their fantastic viral videos, and for their latest one, they’ve brought out the big guns with superstar of science Neil deGrasse Tyson taking us through the epic journey the crew of the Ares 3 will go through to fulfil their mission of setting for on Mars. Released: 30th September (Irl/U.K.)/ 2nd October (U.S.) Synopsis: During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive. Millions of miles away, Nasa and a team of international scientists work »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
A sequel to the Alien franchise spinoff was announced back in 2014, but the filmmaker has since had other projects like television series The Hot Zone and drug war drama The Cartel on his development docket.
While discussing The Martian being brought forward for an autumn release, Damon joked: "Ridley was done with the movie about two weeks after we shot."
"I was already on to my next movie," Scott added. "I was starting to look for locations for my next movie, which is Prometheus 2."
Scott revealed last year that Prometheus 2 will unveil a "fresher form of alien", rather than relying on the franchise's Xenomorph. »
20th Century Fox has released a new video called Our Greatest Adventure in anticipation of their upcoming film, The Martian, in theaters October 3. Neil deGrasse Tyson examines the upcoming Ares 3 mission and their Journey To Mars on this special episode of StarTalk. The video sets up when this story is set, with Neil deGrasse Tyson revealing that the first mission to Mars took place "way back in 2029," before highlighting new details about the Ares 3 mission.
The video reveals that this mission takes place on the Hermes space station, with Neil deGrasse Tyson explaining that the Hermes is the most complex and expensive machine ever built, which remains "harbored" in low Earth orbit between its various missions. He also explains that it will take 124 days to make the 140 million mile journey to Mars, where the Ares crew will spend a month in a special compound that will protect them from all of the life-threatening Martian elements. »
The history of “Blade Runner” is a unique one. To say that other films have not seen such a large-scale reevaluation, would be false. However, few films received so tepidly — with such ambivalence — upon their initial release, have managed to become as influential and perpetually relevant as Ridley Scott’s bar-setting dystopian classic. To give Warner Bros. some credit, they did seem to have a finger to the film’s pulse, even predicting the box office dud on their hands. Now we can say that a certain amount of the film’s failure was the result of timing — the world just wasn’t quite ready for “Blade Runner” — but it also must be noted that much of what was altered from the theatrical cut over the years (the voiceover and gaudy happy ending being the main changes) were aspects that the studio had asked for, only to then criticize. Read »
- Gary Garrison
Ridley Scott is busier than ever, and there has been some speculation as to whether or not he would revisit the world of Blade Runner or Alien first. As suspected, the prolific filmmaker has confirmed that Prometheus 2, a sequel to his 2012 Alien prequel Prometheus, will be his next movie as a director. He has The Martian coming out this October, but as soon as it was wrapped, he didn't hesitate to jump into preproduction on this upcoming sci-fi thriller.
Prometheus originated as a prologue to the action seen in Ridley Scott's 1979 horror classic Alien. But the movie morphed into something much greater than a mere prequel, becoming its own thing and igniting a new franchise for 20th Century Fox. It took some pretty complicated ideas head-on and in turn tore audiences in two. Some longtime fans loved it, others hated it, but there is no denying it is interesting. »
There are plenty of people who are already sold on The Martian, the latest sci-fi drama from Ridley Scott. It’s one of our 30 Movies to Be Excited for Before the End of 2015, and the most recent trailer really showed how good it looks. But 20th Century Fox still has a little over a […]
- Ethan Anderton
It is time for me to make my peace with the fact that I will not be at Fantastic Fest this year. Last year's fest was one of my favorites ever, fitting for a tenth anniversary, and I would love to go this year. It's just not in the cards, though. It guts me, too. The event continues to grow and change and evolve, and it features one of the greatest programming teams in the business right now. There are films playing at the festival that I'll see in Toronto, and I'm sure I'll catch up with others, but that's not the point. Fantastic Fest is an experience, and an amazing one. If you want to go, you still can. "Daytime Only Badges, Fan Badges, and 2Nd Half Badges for Fantastic Fest 2015 are available for purchase here," today's press release urged. If you can go for the second half, you'll »
- Drew McWeeny
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