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Alan Dean Foster interview: Alien: Covenant – Origins

Padraig Cotter Oct 5, 2017

Alan Dean Foster chats to us about writing the official movie prequel to Alien: Covenant...

Alan Dean Foster is a name that will be familiar to fans of quality fantasy and sci-fi novels. He’s the prolific author behind the Spellsinger series, The Damned Trilogy and standalone books such as Voyage To The City Of The Dead, Glory Lane and Drowning World.

Mr Foster is also well known for his work in movie and television novelizations and spin-offs. This part of his career began when George Lucas hired him to ghost-write the Star Wars: A New Hope novel, which also led to him writing the first expanded universe novel Splinter Of The Mind’s Eye. Since then he’s written books set in the Star Trek and Transformers universes, in addition to novelizations of The Thing, Dark Star, Outland and Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

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Supernatural's Jared Padalecki Wants to Play Nightwing

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Just a few days ago, we reported that The Lego Batman Movie director Chris McKay will next tackle a live-action Nightwing movie. Now that we know this movie is actually happening, many are wondering who will actually play the title character. Over the weekend, one potential candidate emerged, with Supernatural star Jared Padalecki responding to a fan on social media, revealing that he would love to play Nightwing.

While this is far from a confirmation that he will take on the role the actor was asked by a fan on Twitter if he would consider playing Nightwing, with Jared Padalecki revealing that he "always wanted to" play this character on the big screen. Although this project is actually moving forward, it may be quite some time before they are ready to start casting, so it seems unlikely that the studio is actually looking to cast this title role quite yet.
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John Carpenter’s The Thing

Look out: John Carpenter's chilly tale of shape-shifting chaos at the South Pole creeps back with a new transfer and two fully stocked discs of extras old and new, including the bowdlerized Network cut, just for laughs. The picture still works like gangbusters -- the best monsters are still the gooey, rubbery pre-cgi kind. John Carpenter's The Thing Collector's Edition Blu-ray Scream Factory 1982 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 109 min. / Street Date September 20, 2016 / 34.93 Starring Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, T.K. Carter, David Clennon, Keith David, Richard Dysart, Charles Hallahan, Peter Maloney, Richard Masur, Donald Moffat, Joel Polis. Cinematography Dean Cundey Production Design John J. Lloyd Special Makeup Effects Rob Bottin Film Editor Todd Ramsay Original Music Ennio Morricone Written by Bill Lancaster from the short story "Who Goes There?"by John W. Campbell Jr. Produced by David Foster, Lawrence Turman Directed by John Carpenter

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It's been eight years since
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October 11th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include The Thing, Ghostbusters (2016), Carrie (1976)

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On October 11th, horror and sci-fi fans have many reasons to rejoice, as we have two stellar Collector’s Edition releases from Scream Factory coming our way this week, The Thing and Carrie. Arrow Video is also keeping busy this Tuesday with two Special Edition releases of their own—The Hills Have Eyes and Dark Water (2002)—and the most recent Ghostbusters comes home this week on Blu-ray and DVD as well.

Other notable releases for October 11th include Hannibal: The Complete Series, 2 Jennifer, Astro-Zombies, Killer Ink, a holiday art version of Krampus, the entire run of Kolchak: The Night Stalker on DVD, A Werewolf in the Amazon collection, and an assortment of Blu-ray and DVD re-releases of The Twilight Zone.

Carrie: Collector’s Edition (Scream Factory, Blu-ray)

Based on the best-selling Stephen King novel, this "absolutely spellbinding horror movie", (Roger Ebert) has become a pervasive, pop-culture touchstone
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Contest: Win The Thing Collector’s Edition on Blu-ray

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John Carpenter's classic horror film The Thing receives the Collector's Edition treatment from Scream Factory on Tuesday, October 11th, and we've been provided with three Blu-ray copies to give away to lucky Daily Dead readers.

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Prize Details: (3) Winners will receive (1) Blu-ray copy of The Thing Collector's Edition.

How to Enter: For a chance to win, email contest@dailydead.com with the subject “The Thing Contest”. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.

Entry Details: The contest will end at 12:01am Est on October 14th. This contest is only open to those who are eighteen years of age or older that live in the United States. Only one entry per household will be accepted.

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From the Press Release: In 1982 legendary genre filmmaker John Carpenter (Halloween, They Live) unleashed The Thing--a chilling sci-fi thriller that raised the bar on shocking special effects and terrified movie audiences worldwide.
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The Thing Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Clips & Trailer

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Coming out on a Collector's Edition Blu-ray on Tuesday, October 11th, Scream Factory's high-def release of John Carpenter's The Thing is teased in two clips and a trailer.

From the Press Release: In 1982 legendary genre filmmaker John Carpenter (Halloween, They Live) unleashed The Thing--a chilling sci-fi thriller that raised the bar on shocking special effects and terrified movie audiences worldwide. On [October 11th] the Scream Factory™ home entertainment brand is proud to present this landmark horror film in a 2-disc Collector’s Edition Blu-ray release which includes a brand new 2K scan of the film (supervised by Director of Photography Dean Cundey) and over 5 hours of extras.

Directed by Carpenter, The Thing stars Kurt Russell (Escape from New York, Big Trouble in Little China) and features special visual effects by Albert Whitlock (Dune) and special makeup effects by Rob Bottin (The Howling, Fight Club). This definitive set includes a collectible
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Watch an Exclusive Behind-the-Scenes Clip from Scream Factory’s The Thing Collector’s Edition Blu-ray

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Almost as scary as the alien parasite in John Carpenter's The Thing is the barren, brutally cold landscape surrounding the isolated characters. With The Thing being released on a Collector's Edition Blu-ray from Scream Factory on October 11th, we've been provided with an exclusive behind-the-scenes Blu-ray clip in which actors Joel Polis, Peter Maloney, and Thomas G. Waites discuss filming in the arctic conditions.

From the Press Release: In 1982 legendary genre filmmaker John Carpenter (Halloween, They Live) unleashed The Thing--a chilling sci-fi thriller that raised the bar on shocking special effects and terrified movie audiences worldwide. On [October 11th] the Scream Factory™ home entertainment brand is proud to present this landmark horror film in a 2-disc Collector’s Edition Blu-ray release which includes a brand new 2K scan of the film (supervised by Director of Photography Dean Cundey) and over 5 hours of extras.

Directed by Carpenter, The Thing stars Kurt Russell (Escape from New York,
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Scream Factory’s upcoming Collector’s Edition of The Thing boasts Insane Amount of Special Features; Exclusive Extra Slipcover and More Available For Online Pre-Orders!

Jesus Christ. That’s all that came to mind when I read the announcement that the gang at Scream Factory were prepping a September 20th Collector’s Edition Bluray release of John Carpenter’s horror classic The Thing. Never known to skimp on supplemental material as well as some excellent HD transfers, fans were left with their collective mouths wide open when Sf gave us all the good today, revealing the release’s special features. Be prepared for your day to get a lot better after reading what’s coming your way (and be sure to pre-order it directly from Scream Factory for even more goodies!)

Special Features:

• New 2K scan of the Inter-positive supervised and approved by director of photography Dean Cundey

• New 4.1 created from the original 70Mm Six Track Dolby Stereo soundtrack

• New Audio Commentary with director of photography Dean Cundey

• New The Men of Outpost 31 – interviews with Keith David,
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John Carpenter’s The Thing Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Release Details & Cover Art

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Scream Factory has revealed the special features list and cover art for their Collector’s Edition Blu-ray of John Carpenter’s The Thing, due out on September 20th with a new 2K scan of the film’s inter-positive, a new audio commentary with director of photography Dean Cundey, and much more:

Press Release: In 1982 legendary genre filmmaker John Carpenter (Halloween, They Live) unleashed The Thing–a chilling sci-fi thriller that raised the bar on shocking special effects and terrified movie audiences worldwide. On September 20, 2016, the Scream Factory™ home entertainment brand is proud to present this landmark horror film in a 2-disc Collector’s Edition Blu-ray release which includes a brand new 2K scan of the film (supervised by Director of Photography Dean Cundey) and over 5 hours of extras.

Directed by Carpenter, The Thing stars Kurt Russell (Escape from New York, Big Trouble in Little China) and features special visual effects
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Did Han Solo commit suicide in 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'?

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Did Han Solo commit suicide in 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'?
Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be available on home video April 1, 2016. Ignore the fact that saying “home video” makes you sound like you just time traveled from 1985. Focus instead on how this fact means Harrison Ford is once again doing the rounds on talk shows because he is a national treasure. Part of Ford’s whirlwind tour brought him to Jimmy Kimmel Live! where talk of course turned to the now iconic moment when Han Solo shucks this mortal coil and becomes one with the Force. As far as Ford is concerned, it was a long time coming. “I argued for 30 years for this to happen and finally, I wore them down.” When Kimmel joked that Han Solo won’t be in any Star Wars movies going forward, Ford was quick with an accusatory “Who said that? Who made you the boss?” Pressed to confirm or deny that Han Solo is gone for good,
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Round-Up: Doctor Strange Coloring Book, Party Night, Shivers Down Your Spine Blu-ray, Sunset On The River Styx

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Fill some of the Marvel Universe with your own splash of color. Marvel has announced three adult coloring books, including one for Doctor Strange. Also in this round-up: Party Night and Sunset on the River Styx first details as well as information on the Shivers Down Your Spine Blu-ray.

Color Your Own Doctor Strange: Press Release: “New York, NY—February 26th, 2016— You’ve read the comics. You’ve experienced these iconic and groundbreaking stories. Now it’s time to experience the Marvel Universe like you never have before – as a coloring book! Marvel is pleased to announce its next wave of Adult Coloring Books featuring some of Marvel’s most iconic characters, stories, and artwork to delight fans the world over! The Marvel Universe has action, power, excitement, and adventure. Now all it needs is You!

“The Adult Coloring Book market has become a pop-culture phenomenon,” says David Gabriel,
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Recommended New Books on Filmmaking: ‘The Force Awakens,’ Spike Lee, ‘Alien,’ Pixar, and More

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Force Awakens fever is still gripping the film industry two months after the release of the seventh Star Wars entry, and the world of cinema-centric books is just as Snoke-obsessed. But there’s plenty more worth snagging, including in-depth analyses of Pixar and Spike Lee’s Bamboozled, a lavish study of musicals, and a graphic stunner called Filmish.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Visual Dictionary by Pablo Hidalgo (Dk Publishing)

Dk’s Star Wars visual dictionaries are, quite simply, must-owns. (Even the three prequel editions are fascinating.) And the Force Awakens Visual Dictionary might be the best yet. Author Pablo Hidalgo goes deep, providing everything you wanted to know about Jakku (but were afraid to ask), offering insight on briefly seen characters like Max Von Sydow’s Lor San Tekka, and breaking down exactly why the “crossguard blades” of Kylo Ren’s lightsaber are a necessity. Plus, the film stills
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Sheltered arriving soon on the PS4

Team17 and Unicube have announced that Sheltered will soon be arriving on the PS4. As you know here at Flickering Myth, we’ve kept you constantly up to date on this post-apocalyptic, disaster management game as it’s grown on the both Steam and the Xbox One, so it is quite fantastic to see that it will soon be bringing the PlayStation into its raider-proof shelter.

Sheltered is a post-apocalyptic disaster management game that gives a whole new meaning to the term “nuclear family”. Originally created by Unicube, games label Team17 spotted the game during its Kickstarter campaign. Since joining forces, fledging game developers Sonny Meek and Dean Foster moved across to Wakefield in January 2015 to join Team17’s incubation program and co-develop the game within their development studio.

Sheltered is currently available to download via the Xbox One Game Preview program and Steam Early Access. During the game’s
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Bad Boy Jess Is Back! Milo Ventimiglia Signs on to Gilmore Girls Revival

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Stars Hollow's resident bad boy - and runaway - Jess Mariano is back. Milo Ventimiglia will reprise his role in the four-episode Gilmore Girls revival, Netflix confirmed Wednesday. The actor who played Rory's (Alexis Bledel)'s next boyfriend, playboy media mogul with a heart of gold Logan Huntzberger (Matt Czuchry), has also signed on, leaving only high school sweetheart Dean Forster (Jared Padalecki) out of the mix ... for now. Back in June, Ventimiglia, 38, had a hard time picking his favorite out of Rory's young loves. "I'm going to say Jess, but I love Dean. Mostly because I love Jared, but at the same time,
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Did Ewan McGregor just confirm ‘Star Wars’ originally had another origin for Rey?

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Did Ewan McGregor just confirm ‘Star Wars’ originally had another origin for Rey?
On Thursday night’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!, actor Ewan McGregor stopped in and talked quickly turned to Star Wars. Sadly there’s still no official word on an Obi-Wan trilogy — get on it, Disney! — but McGregor did have some interesting tidbit to share about his role in The Force Awakens. McGregor was waiting nearly two years for the call from Abrams to be part of the new film! The important bit: “There’s a sequence where we can use a voice — that we hear Obi-Wan Kenobi’s voice coming from the distant reaches of the forest…or wherever it does come from […] I went in and I was able to see some of it before anyone else had seen it. I was very impressed. So yeah, I recorded a line for it. The line is ‘Rey, these are your first steps.’ But they got Alec Guinness to do ‘Rey’ which
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Star Wars: Episode VIII - what we know, what might happen

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Episode VIII is due out in time for the Star Wars 40th anniversary. Here's what we know so far, plus a bit of speculation about its events.

Nb: The following contains potential spoilers for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and speculation about Episode VIII. 

"In the middle act of a movie or a book or anything else,  not much happens. It sort of evolves the story, makes the plot more complicated." - George Lucas on The Empire Strikes Back

Disney may have had a lot riding on Star Wars: The Force Awakens - essentially, the future of an entire franchise - but next year's Episode VIII brings potentially nail-biting risks of its own. It will, after all, have to follow on from the success of The Force Awakens - currently the third biggest film of all time in terms of ticket sales - and will also draw
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The Force Awakens - what deleted scenes might we see?

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We know that at least 20 minutes was cut out of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. So what was cut, and will see it on the home release?

Nb: The following contains potential spoilers for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, assuming you haven’t yet seen it. Scroll below the Jedi Squirrel at your own risk.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens moved at the wild pace of a speeder bike hurtling through an Endor forest.

Indeed, director Jj Abrams seemed so intent on keeping his Star Wars sequel rattling along that he was quite ruthless about cutting away anything that might slow the story down; in interviews he’s given since The Force Awakens’ release, he’s talked on multiple occasions about sequences which ultimately wound up on the cutting room floor.

We recently learned that Abrams’ longest cut of The Force Awakens amounted to around 170 minutes, with
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45 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' plot details explained by the novelization

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45 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' plot details explained by the novelization
Many films these days — especially action tent poles — go through so many scripts and scriptwriters that the final product barely resembles the original idea. This isn’t Quite the case for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” but the novelization written by New York Times bestselling author Alan Dean Foster deviates from the movie in ways big and small. Foster had access to the script and this novel is part of the official Star Wars canon, but on a set like “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” changes were being made throughout production. This of course led to some interesting bits being left on the cutting room floor. These definitely aren’t every change, but they are the ones that piqued my interest. Warning: Spoiler For “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” Below. Duh. First Order Image Credit: Lucasfilm #1: Hux’s Star Destroyer is called the Finalizer and is a Resurgent-class ship.
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10 Major Reveals From The Star Wars: The Force Awakens Novelisation

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While the focus of Star Wars: The Force Awakens news stories may have shifted from rumours and spoilers to updates on the almost countless box office records it’s breaking on a daily basis, fans are still fervently debating some of the movie’s biggest twists and turns, with at least some of the answers coming from those responsible for making it.

However, there remains a very long list of unanswered questions and apparent plot holes which need to be addressed in some way. The upcoming novelisation of Star Wars: The Force Awakens (written by Alan Dean Foster, the man responsible for the very first Star Wars novelisation) has proved itself to be a surprising source for some huge new details about this reinvigorated Galaxy Far, Far Away that the J.J. Abrams helmed movie has returned us to.

As well as providing further insight into the story and characters
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Star Wars: The Force Awakens - Did Chewbacca have a major scene cut?

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Alan Dean Foster's Star Wars: The Force Awakens novelisation contains what could be a major deleted scene. Spoilers within...

Nb: The following contains a spoiler for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. As a result, we're forced to once again unleash our Jedi squirrel.

In a recent interview with Collider, Jj Abrams revealed that around 20 minutes of footage was trimmed from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. What were they? It may be some time before we discover the answer to that question, but we've discovered some fairly strong evidence for a major deleted scene in Alan Dean Foster's The Force Awakens novelisation.

The scene in question takes place at a cantina on planet Takodana, where Rey, Finn and Han hope to find help from Maz Kanata (Lupita Nyong'o). In the cut sequence, Rey bumps into Unkar Plutt (Simon Pegg in an uncredited cameo), the scrap dealer
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