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Close Encounters Re-Release Trailer: The Classic Is Returning to Theaters

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Close Encounters Re-Release Trailer: The Classic Is Returning to Theaters
Earlier this week, the Sony Pictures Entertainment YouTube released a bizarre new video entitled "This Means Something," with the video and the YouTube description also including the URL WeAreStillNotAlone.com. The website doesn't feature any content other than a form to fill out to receive updates on "UFO sightings," but shortly after the video debuted, a new report revealed that the video is actually a teaser for a theatrical re-release of Close Encounters Of the Third Kind, the sci-fi classic that celebrates its 40th Anniversary this year. Sony Pictures has not yet confirmed what this video really is, but there is some evidence that shows it's connected to Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

The video opens with text that reads, "Every day, air traffic control tracks thousands of planes. But, every so often, they see something... that cannot be explained." The video then goes on to show an air traffic control grid,
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Top Alien Films

Director Ridley Scott and Katherine Waterston (Daniels) on the set of Alien: Covenant

Alien: Covenant opened in theaters this past weekend and brought in an estimated $36 million at the box office.

Fox’s film enjoyed a solid global debut performance as the Ridley Scott directed film that is the second of the prequel series and the sixth Alien feature film in the franchise earned $66.3 million globally.

In space, no one can hear you scream. After nearly four decades, those words remain synonymous with the sheer, relentless intensity of Ridley Scott’s masterpiece of futuristic horror, Alien. Now, the father of the iconic franchise returns once more to the world he created to explore its darkest corners with Alien: Covenant, a pulse-pounding new adventure that pushes the boundaries of R-rated terror.

The films timeline line up as such:

Engineers create humanity. Archaeologists Elizabeth Shaw and Charles Holloway discover humanity’s origins
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We Need To Talk About Ridley: The essential problem with the new Alien movie

Is it best when Ridley Scott is tethered to a well-constructed source? On the basis of his new Alien movie, Sean Wilson thinks this could well be the case…

There’s a lot to admire about Alien: Covenant, Ridley Scott’s gore-strewn return to the sci-fi horror franchise he kickstarted back in 1979. As a piece of visual, physical spectacle it’s extraordinary: visually elegant and sleek, never going in for cheap shocks but fully engaging us in an otherworldly atmosphere. It’s what we’ve come to expect from the world-builder responsible for the original Alien, Blade Runner, Gladiator and countless other handsome spectacles. As a piece of storytelling however, it’s an altogether different proposition, more on which momentarily.

Sadly it appears that Scott, who it goes without saying is one of cinema’s truly great visionaries, has past form in this area. In particular, the quality of Scott
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Watch the Alien: Covenant Red Carpet Premiere Live

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Watch the Alien: Covenant Red Carpet Premiere Live
20th Century Fox will unveil its highly-anticipated sci-fi thriller Alien: Covenant in theaters May 19, but today marks the world premiere screening at the Odeon Theater in London. For those who can't make it to the premiere, the studio has set up a Facebook Live stream, where fans can watch all of the stars and filmmakers walk the red carpet before the big screening. It remains to be seen if there will be live streams in place for the movie's domestic premiere in the United States, as we count down towards the highly-anticipated release. This comes just a week after the cast appeared for a live Alien Day Q&A, that was also live-streamed.

This live stream was set up through Facebook Live, which allows fans to leave reactions and comments as the live stream goes on. The cast for Alien: Covenant includes Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride,
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What Might Have Been: A History of Failed Alien Sequels

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The Alien franchise has an interesting history not just because of the films that hit the big screen, but also because of the ones that did not. This is a look at some of the Alien films that came close to getting a greenlight, but were never made.

During the movie production process, it is not uncommon for a film to undergo several major changes in concept before becoming fully realized. The Alien franchise is one franchise that has seen its fair share of changes along the way. However, it is also unique due to the shear volume of potential films that have hit the drawing board but never progressed. Part of the reason for this is due to the fact that the Alien franchise has run into many different problems along the way. For one, it is a rare franchise with a multitude of different filmmakers and producers involved
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Win Passes To The Advanced Screening Of Alien: Covenant In St. Louis

Ridley Scott returns to the universe he created, with Alien: Covenant, a new chapter in his ground-breaking Alien franchise. The crew of the colony ship Covenant, bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world. When they uncover a threat beyond their imagination, they must attempt a harrowing escape.

Set ten years after the events depicted in Scott’s 2012 hit Prometheus, Alien: Covenant returns to the roots of the director’s groundbreaking saga with a uniquely terrifying tale filled with white-knuckle adventure and monstrous new creatures. With this, the sixth installment in the blockbuster series, the visionary director edges ever closer toward revealing the mysterious origins of the mother of all aliens, the lethal Xenomorph from the original film.

Alien: Covenant stars Michael Fassbender (Prometheus, 12 Years a Slave), Katherine Waterston (Steve Jobs,
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Meet Walter in New Alien: Covenant Short Film

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Meet Walter in New Alien: Covenant Short Film
Twentieth Century Fox's much anticipated, action-thriller, Alien: Covenant, hitting theaters May 19th, marks visionary director Ridley Scott's return to the universe he created. Continuing to enthrall fans, Fox has tapped Advanced Micro Devices (Amd) to be the official Cpu/Gpu partner for Alien: Covenant and today will release its branded short, "Meet Walter" that stars Michael Fassbender as his character Walter. As the centerpiece of the #MeetWalter campaign, this short introduces Walter, the latest synthetic android with intelligence powered by Amd (Nasdaq: Amd), RyzenTM and RadeonTM processors, and manufactured by the film's fictional corporation Weyland-Yutani.

The short, conceived by Ridley Scott and 3Am, produced by Rsa Films with technology partner Amd and directed by Luke Scott, showcases Walter as the world's most advanced synthetic companion, created to serve and designed to help achieve a better human experience with intelligence. As part of the campaign, a limited-edition poster debuts online and at SXSW,
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Aliens 30th Anniversary Edition

James Cameron's superb spacemen vs. monsters siege battle epic is back in a reissue with an extra collector goodie or two, still looking good on Blu-ray for its 30th Anniversary. And that heroine Ripley is still the most combat-worthy space cadet in the galaxy. Aliens 30th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray Fox Home Entertainment 1986 / Color / 2:35 1:85 widescreen 1:37 flat full frame / 137, 154 min. / Street Date September 13, 2016 / 24.99 Starring Sigourney Weaver, Carrie Henn, Michael Biehn, Paul Reiser, Lance Henriksen, Bill Paxton, William Hope, Jenette Goldstein, Al Matthews, Mark Rolston, Ricco Ross, Colette Hiller, Daniel Kash, Cynthia Scott. Cinematography Adrian Biddle Film Editor Ray Lovejoy Original Music James Horner Written by James Cameron, story by Cameron, David Giler, Walter Hill from characters by Dan O'Bannon, Ronald Shusett Produced by Gale Ann Hurd Directed by James Cameron

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

I know I'm in a minority when I confess that I had little use
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Sigourney Weaver and James Cameron Look Back at Aliens on Its 30th Anniversary

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Sigourney Weaver and James Cameron Look Back at Aliens on Its 30th Anniversary
Three decades before strong, competent and powerful female action heroes like Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games, Black Widow in The Avengers and Rey in Star Wars: The Force Awakens finally became fixtures in film, there was Sigourney Weaver as Ripley in Aliens. The actress debuted Warrant Officer Ellen Ripley in director Ridley Scott's moody 1979 sci-fi/horror masterwork Alien, deftly eluding a monstrous, murderous and nearly indestructible extraterrestrial life form. But it wasn't until that film's long-gestating sequel Aliens arrived in 1986, written and directed by future action auteur James Cameron, that Ripley truly emerged as an ass-kicking action heroine
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Sigourney Weaver and James Cameron Look Back at Aliens on Its 30th Anniversary

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Sigourney Weaver and James Cameron Look Back at Aliens on Its 30th Anniversary
Three decades before strong, competent and powerful female action heroes like Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games, Black Widow in The Avengers and Rey in Star Wars: The Force Awakens finally became fixtures in film, there was Sigourney Weaver as Ripley in Aliens. The actress debuted Warrant Officer Ellen Ripley in director Ridley Scott's moody 1979 sci-fi/horror masterwork Alien, deftly eluding a monstrous, murderous and nearly indestructible extraterrestrial life form. But it wasn't until that film's long-gestating sequel Aliens arrived in 1986, written and directed by future action auteur James Cameron, that Ripley truly emerged as an ass-kicking action heroine
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Neill Blomkamp's revisionist 'Alien 5' could be the worst thing to happen to the series

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Neill Blomkamp's revisionist 'Alien 5' could be the worst thing to happen to the series
One thing I’ve always appreciated about the Alien franchise is that it has never failed to spin itself off in interesting creative directions. In an age when the biggest movies in the universe are a series of same-y (not necessarily bad) Marvel superhero sequels and spinoffs -- and the most popular movie of the last several years is essentially a remake of the first film in the same series -- the sci-fi/horror/action franchise kicked off by Ridley Scott in 1979 stands as a refreshing counterpoint to the “blockbuster by rote” rulebook that often plagues modern Hollywood. For those who loathed Alien 3 and its followup Alien: Resurrection, Sigourney Weaver’s recent claim in an interview with EW that the plot of Neill Blomkamp’s Alien 5 will ignore that those films ever happened no doubt came as a welcome bit of news. Yet I can’t help but wonder
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It Came From The Tube: Tales From The Crypt (1989 – 1996)

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“Hello, Boils and Ghouls” was a typical opening salvo from The Crypt Keeper, the wraparound host (and animatronic cadaver) of HBO’s inventive, creepy and more often than not, mordantly funny salute to the EC Comics of yesteryear, Tales from the Crypt (1989 – 1996). Throughout seven seasons, viewers were subjected to as much gore, nudity, and twisted morality as we could handle. God (or his underworld counterpart) bless premium cable.

Tales ran from June 10th, 1989 to July 19th, 1996, for a grand total of 93 episodes. That’s a lot of grue to ingest, and until ratings started to slip by Season Six, horror fans found it easy to lap up. And as with any anthology series, mileage varies and quality flickers to and fro – but Tales from the Crypt’s success is anchored in the very fact that it was allowed to live, and thrive, for as long as it did.

The show
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Alien: how its physical acting makes a horror classic

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Even shorn of its sound, Alien remains a masterpiece of tension thanks to the power of its physical performances, Ryan writes...

This article contains spoilers for Alien.

When a film works - really, really works - its combination of acting, cinematography, music, sound design, lighting and editing come together so seamlessly that it can become difficult to pin down exactly why it’s so effective. Take Alien for example: beautifully shot by Ridley Scott and cinematographer Derek Vanlint, cut with razor-sharp perfection to Jerry Goldsmith’s piping eerie score, it’s a masterpiece of genre filmmaking.

In the years since Alien’s release in 1979, various aspects of it have been singled out for praise: Hr Giger was rightly handed an Oscar for his part in the seductively hideous xenomorph in its various stages. The film’s story and nightmare imagery is still picked over for its Freudian and feminist subtexts.
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Good luck 'reinventing' the Crypt Keeper, M. Night Shyamalan

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Good luck 'reinventing' the Crypt Keeper, M. Night Shyamalan
If there's one element Tales from the Crypt fans are attached to from the original HBO series, it's John Kassir's cackling, pun-happy Crypt Keeper. Which is why I suspect many fans will be disappointed by today's news that TNT is "reinventing" the character for their M. Night Shyamalan-produced reboot, which the network has now officially ordered for a 10-episode run. In short: HBO's incarnation of the Crypt Keeper -- and by extension Kassir -- will not be returning for the new series. As Kassir pointed out to me back in January, the character is in fact owned by the original series' producers -- a group that includes Joel Silver, Robert Zemeckis, Walter Hill, Richard Donner and David Giler -- and the decision of whether or not to grant the rights is up to them. The question is: were TNT and Shyamalan simply unable/unwilling to retain the rights,
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What debt does Alien owe David Cronenberg’s Shivers?

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Alien may be a sci-fi horror classic, but what about the movies that inspired it - including David Cronenberg’s debut, Shivers?

At first, they might look as different as night and day. One is the directorial debut from a maverick Canadian director, the other is a Hollywood movie funded by 20th Century Fox. One is set in deep space, the other in a luxury apartment block on terra firma. One had a decent amount of money to throw at the construction of sets and special effects, the other was made for a few thousand dollars.

Yet Alien, released in 1979 and triggering a franchise that is still growing and mutating today, has more in common with Shivers than at first meets the eye. Cronenberg made Shivers for approximately $130,000 in 1975. Could it be that this low-budget shocker inspired what is still considered to be the ultimate space horror movie?
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No Cryptkeeper in the 'Tales from the Crypt' revival? Here's why that's a mistake

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No Cryptkeeper in the 'Tales from the Crypt' revival? Here's why that's a mistake
Tales from the Crypt without the Cryptkeeper? Believe it or not, that may be what we're in for. According to an exclusive report over at Bloody-Disgusting, not only will TNT's recently-announced Tales from the Crypt revival series not be a weekly anthology like the original show, it will also lack the most beloved element from HBO's famed '80s and '90s incarnation: the pun-loving corpse voiced by John Kassir and designed by special effects makeup artist Kevin Yagher, who charmed audiences with his rotting flesh, penchant for tacky one-liners ("That Grunwald, one little problem and he goes right to pieces!") and maniacal high-pitched cackle.  In response to fan outrage, Kassir himself has called the alleged snub a "shame/sham" via his official Twitter account, and he expanded on those comments when I spoke to him via phone earlier this afternoon. "It's funny, I have more trending going on with
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Release Details for Tales From The Crypt Presents: Demon Knight and Bordello Of Blood Collector’s Edition Blu-rays

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Two of the Cryptkeeper's big screen stories—Demon Knight and Bordello of Blood—will receive stellar home media treatments this fall from Scream Factory, with both films set to be released as Collector's Edition Blu-rays on October 20th. In early July, the cover art for the anticipated releases was revealed, and now their full lists of special features have been announced.

Scream Factory's guaranteeing the ultimate Halloween treat for fans of Demon Knight and Bordello of Blood, as the special features list for the former includes a new audio commentary with Demon Knight director Ernest Dickerson, while the latter has a new audio commentary with Bordello of Blood co-writer and producer A.L. Katz.

Below, we have the official press release with the full special features lists, and in case you missed it, we also have a look at the final cover art for the Collector's Edition releases.

Press Release: Just in time for Halloween festivities,
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Alien 3: the story ideas that never made it to the screen

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During its fraught production, Alien 3 went through dozens of drafts. We look at some of the story ideas that never made it to the screen...

When the credits rolled on 1986's Aliens, the inevitable question from many cinemagoers was, "What happens next?"

For 20th Century Fox, and writer-producers David Giler and Walter Hill, it took nearly six years to figure out an answer to that question. Certainly, when Aliens was in production, director James Cameron had some ideas about a sequel; he once spoke about the prospect of Ripley, Hicks and young Newt - a makeshift family thrown together by that film's events - meeting up again for a second sequel to Alien.

“I know that James Cameron had planned to have Hicks, Ripley and me in Alien 3, to have a family-type thing", Newt actress Carrie Henn said in 1995.

A year after Aliens came out, Cameron was unequivocal
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Ten Conspiracy Thrillers with Cynical Resolutions

Though there are some spoilers sprinkled throughout this piece for some of the films, they are largely vague for readers who have not seen the films in question.

In his book Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America, journalist Rick Pearlstein posits that Nixon, one of history’s most reviled presidents, manipulated social trends, tense racial crises and even war to assume the office, and, perhaps inadvertently, created the way the Right and Left deal with each other in the present day. The scars of the seventies indeed still hang like a dark cloud over Washington, its internal systems ravaged by covert bugging operations and illegal payoffs. With Edward Snowden’s Nsa revelations and Wikileaks at the forefront today, America has once again regressed into paranoia, though nothing in contemporary cinema compares to the violent, bleak reactions filmmakers had to the Watergate scandal. The occasional modern conspiracy thriller,
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Human vs. Alien Films: The Must-Sees

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Humankind’s collision with otherworldly life forms can make for unforgettable cinema.

This article will highlight the best of live-action human vs. alien films. The creatures may be from other planets or may be non-demonic entities from other dimensions.

Excluded from consideration were giant monster films as the diakaiju genre would make a great subject for separate articles.

Readers looking for “friendly alien” films such as The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951), It Came from Outer Space (1953) and the comically overrated Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) are advised to keep watching the skies because they won’t find them here.

Film writing being the game of knowledge filtered through personal taste that it is, some readers’ subgenre favorites might not have made the list such as War of the Worlds (1953) and 20 Million Miles to Earth (1957).

Now let’s take a chronological look at the cinema’s best battles between Us and Them.
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