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For fans of the “Alien” franchise, Ridley Scott‘s “Prometheus” was a lot of things, and few were very good. Many found the characterizations frustrating and the story not particularly compelling, and perhaps worst of all, the fear that was embedded in the original 1979 film was largely absent in the prequel. Sure, there was Noomi Rapace‘s […]
- Kevin Jagernauth
To celebrate the end of production on Ridley Scott’s Prometheus sequel, Alien: Covenant, star Danny McBride took to Instagram to share a photo of himself on set. In the film, McBride portrays a pilot, so it’s only fitting that the posted picture features the actor in his ship’s cockpit, sporting a space cowboy look. The snapshot was accompanied by a caption that read, “That’s a wrap on #aliencovenant. Ridley is going to scare the shit out of you.” See it here…
Of course, the actor is best known for his comedic work in such films and TV shows as Pineapple Express, This is the End, Eastbound and Down and Vice Principals (which premiered on HBO last week), so Covenant will certainly be new territory for McBride, as it brings him into a darker and more horror-infused environment.
Lastly, the first behind-the-scenes photo from Alien: Covenant showing »
- Justin Cook
Set to take the helm of Ridley Scott’s titular space vessel, McBride took to Instagram to post one final look into what we assume to be the cockpit of the Covenant, promising that, “Ridley is going to scare the shit out of you.” Given the awe-inspiring set photos coupled with the promise of a Xenomorph slithering onto the scene, we’re inclined to believe him.
Hoping to correct course after the largely underwhelming Prometheus – it was by no means Alien: Resurrection, but Scott’s prequel spinoff paled in comparison to the director’s original classic – Alien Covenant is the second chapter in the filmmaker’s planned prequel trilogy, one that has subsequently ordered Neill Blomkamp’s proposed Alien sequel to the shelf, for now. Should that plan take shape, »
- Michael Briers
Alien: Covenant: Director Ridley Scott and actress Katherine Waterston (Inherent Vice) are featured in a new photo from behind the scenes of Alien: Covenant. The caption indicates that principal photography has concluded. The cast includes Michael Fassbender, Noomi Rapace, Billy Crudup, Demián Bichir and Danny McBride; the movie is scheduled for release on August 4, 2017. [Twitter via Collider] Star Trek: According to J.J. Abrams, Anton Yelchin will not be replaced in the next Star Trek movie. Yelchin, who was tragically killed in a freak auto accident last month, portrayed Ensign Pavel Chekov in the three most recent franchise installments. Abrams says that the filmmakers have been discussing how to deal with the loss of the character in the screenplay, but...
- Peter Martin
Actress Noomi Rapace is already attached to the untitled project, which is also scripted by Sheridan (In America). It has received a production funding commitment of €540,000.
It is one of several projects backed by the Ifb as it attempts to build on what has been a successful period for the Irish film industry.
Ghost story The Lodgers, written by musician and professor of gothic literature David Turpin, has received production funding of €600,000. Directed by Brian O’Malley (Let Us Prey), it will be produced by Tailored Films (Stitches).
Described as a classic ghost story, The Lodgers tells the story of orphaned twins Edward and Rachel »
Alien: Covenant: Director Ridley Scott and actress Katherine Waterston (Inherent Vice) are featured in a new photo from behind the scenes of Alien: Covenant. The caption indicates that principal photography has concluded. The cast includes Michael Fassbender, Noomi Rapace, Billy Crudup, Demián Bichir and Danny McBride; the movie is scheduled for release on August 4, 2017. [Twitter via Collider] Star Trek: According to J.J. Abrams, Anton Yelchin will not be replaced in...
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Yesterday marked the 30th anniversary of Aliens, and today brings news that Ridley Scott has now wrapped principal photography on the latest chapter of the sci-fi franchise, Alien: Covenant. And to commemorate the occasion, the official Twitter account has debuted a new behind-the-scenes image which features Scott along side his leading lady Katherine Waterston…
Ridley Scott returns to the universe he created in Alien with Alien: Covenant, the second chapter in a prequel trilogy that began with Prometheus — and connects directly to Scott’s 1979 seminal work of science fiction. Bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, the crew of the colony ship Covenant discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world — whose sole inhabitant is the “synthetic” David (Michael Fassbender), survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition.
- Gary Collinson
As Alien: Covenant ends filming, a new photo is now online featuring a new look at Katherine Waterston and director Ridley Scott. Waterston plays Daniels, a member of the crew on the colony ship Covenant.
The film also stars Michael Fassbender, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride, Demian Bichir, Carmen Ejogo, Amy Seimetz, Jussie Smollet, Callie Hernandez, Nathaniel Dean, Alexander England, Benjamin Rigby, and Noomi Rapace.
Ridley Scott returns to the universe he created in Alien with Alien: Covenant, the second chapter in a prequel trilogy that began with Prometheus -- and connects directly to Scott’s 1979 seminal work of science fiction. Bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, the crew of the colony ship Covenant discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world -- whose sole inhabitant is the "synthetic" David (Michael Fassbender), survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition. »
- Kellvin Chavez
Such is the gravity of post-production and CGI work on Hollywood’s marquee releases, that some of 2017’s biggest releases are already beginning to wrap filming. Just yesterday, we brought you the news that The Mummy, Universal’s modern redo of the cult supernatural thriller, had completed principal photography in London and now, Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant will join it in post.
That’s according to the ever-active Alien Anthology Twitter feed (thanks, Collider), which has also unearthed what is surely the final set photo of Covenant, spotlighting Ridley Scott opposite Inherent Vice breakout Katherine Waterston.
Filming has wrapped. The next phase begins. #AlienCovenant pic.twitter.com/tH19MTGjfB
— Alien Anthology (@AlienAnthology) July 19, 2016
Joining a crew of spacefaring explorers that comprises Billy Crudup, Demián Bichir, Carmen Ejogo, Jussie Smollett, Amy Seimetz and Danny McBride as the vessel’s captain, details remain few and far between regarding Alien: Covenant‘s plot, »
- Michael Briers
Back in April, production began on 20th Century Fox's highly-anticipated Alien: Covenant, which not only serves as a sequel to 2012's Prometheus, but starts a new trilogy that will help bridge the gap to the original 1979 classic Alien. Today we have word that production has officially wrapped, along with a final photo from the set with director Ridley Scott and star Katherine Waterston.
The set photo debuted through the Alien franchise's official Twitter, which teased that "the next phase begins" after filming has wrapped. Unfortunately, the photo doesn't reveal too much, although we haven't seen or heard too much from the set since filming began. We did see a set video earlier this month that revealed a Xenomorph, along with previous glimpses of Michael Fassbender and Danny McBride on the set. Unfortunately, we won't be getting a glimpse of this movie at Comic-Con, since 20th Century Fox is skipping the convention entirely. »
Jo Satana will be delivering reviews from films exhibiting at the 2016 Fantasia International Film Festival!
I find it fitting how the first film to relieve the stress I accumulated after a whole year without Fantasia was by shoegazing fetish auteur Steven Shainberg. The director behind one of the most approachable sub/dom kink flics to “get it right” in Secretary, Shainberg’s return to filmmaking after a ten-year hiatus is Rupture. How’s that for buildup?
Rupture dives into the scifi/horror pool and stars this era’s Sigourney Weaver, Noomi Rapace. Rapace plays Renee Morgan, a single mom who is doing her best to provide a nurturing family environment for her teenage son, while at the same time trying to feed other instinctual urges. After dropping her kid off with his father before meeting a friend for a skydiving lesson, things go sideways as she’s kidnapped and held »
- Jo Satana
Flatliners set pics: Remake of the 1990 movie about medical students who take themselves to the brink of death appear online
It has only just started shooting, but there are already some Flatliners set pics hitting the net. Based on the 1990 movie of the same name which starred Kiefer Sutherland and Julia Roberts, Flatliners revolves around a group of medical students who begin to explore the realm of near death experiences, hoping for insights.
The original was directed by Joel Schumacher, though the in-production remake is being helmed by Niels Arden Oplev, the filmmaker responsible for the original version of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo starring Noomi Rapace.
Here’s the plot synopsis for the original.
A group of young medical students, lead by Sutherland’s character, »
- Paul Heath
Indie writer-director Steven Shainberg has never been one to stick to a single genre, hopping from crime thriller (1998's Hit Me) to kinky dark comedy (2002's criminally under-appreciated Secretary) to biographical drama (2006's Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus). Now, ten years after his last feature, Shainberg tries his hand at science fiction/horror with Rupture, a solid abduction thriller starring Noomi Rapace (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo), Michael Chiklis (Fantastic Four), and Peter Stormare (Fantasia Festival favorite Bad Milo).
Rapace plays single mother Renee Morgan, whose teenaged son is prone to emotional and angry outbursts. As the audience watches them prepare for their day, we notice that, oddly, some of what we’re [Continued ...] »
Montreal — If Steven Shainberg’s career as a director was helped by his Sundance breakthrough “Secretary,” it hasn’t been easy coasting since then. Shainberg followed that film up with the Nicole Kidman– and Robert Downey Jr.-starring “Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus,” which, just like “Secretary,” has built up a loyal cult fanbase over the […]
- Jordan Ruimy
Ryan Lambie Jul 14, 2016
We take a look at some of the most memorable and freaky floating brains and flying heads in the history of cinema...
For some reason we've yet to discover, cinema has, for decades, been home to all manner of sentient, disembodied heads and floating brains. Note that we’re not talking about decapitations here - though goodness knows that cinema is home to plenty of those, from Japanese samurai epics to modern slasher horrors.
No, we’re talking about movies where heads and brains remain sentient even when they’re stuffed into jars or colossal things made of stone. Sometimes used for comedic effect, at other times for shock value, they’re a surprisingly common phenomenon in the movies. Here, we celebrate a few of our absolute favourites - though you’re sure »
Ryan Lambie Jul 13, 2016
If the casting of Danny McBride as a crew member in Ridley Scott's forthcoming Prometheus sequel (and Alien prequel) Alien: Covenant had you thinking he might be in the film to provide a bit of levity, the actor himself has dispelled that possibility in a new interview.
Speaking to Hitfix, McBride explains how he went in for a meeting with Scott without even knowing what film he was there to talk about - it was only when he saw some diagrams of space ships that he began to suspect. He then goes on to reveal that, as he read the script, he realised that his character - a pilot aboard the Weyland-Yutani exploration ship, Covenant - is far from a comic foil amongst all the deep-space hideousness. »
Have you heard about Alien: Covenant? The film that was Prometheus 2 then Alien: Paradise Lost, before it adopted its current title, may be in trouble. Not the kind of trouble that Prometheus faced (namely, putting Damon Lindelof in charge of the script) – this is much worse. Ben Child at the Guardian has added up all the info we have on Covenant so far and come to the conclusion that Ridley Scott is seemingly just making the film up as he goes.
The changing title is just the start of it. Lindelof was re-hired to pen the Prometheus sequel, then fired. The idea to keep the xenomorph out of the picture was introduced, then dropped, while long after filming began with Noomi Rapace replaced on lead character duties by Katherine Waterston, it was announced that Rapace would return for the sequel after all.
Alien: Covenant isn’t the first of »
- Brogan Morris
Entertainment Weekly interviewed actor Will Smith for their latest issue promoting Warner Bros. Pictures' and director David Ayer's "Suicide Squad." During the interview, Smith was asked what drew him to star in the ensemble anti-superhero film to which the actor replied, "“I had never played a character that legitimately didn’t give a f—,” said Smith who plays the assassin Deadshot aka Floyd Lawton. “It’s very freeing not having to carry the moral spine of the movie.”
Smith continued talking about collaborating with director David Ayer on the character saying, “I couldn’t find a model to understand what would make someone comfortable killing another person for money,” said Smith. “David walked me through that. He found a book for me (The Anatomy of Motive by John Douglas), and I worked through getting into the mind of serial killers. Once I accepted the [notion the author puts forth] that it feels good, that »
- J.B. Casas
Production is well underway on Ridley Scott's follow up to Prometheus and proper Alien prequel, Alien: Covenant. Given the way that Scott likes to work, and the nature of the movie, we know very little about specific details regarding the plot and characters in this sci-fi thriller. We do know that Danny McBride is in it, and he just revealed who he is playing.
McBride is currently out promoting his new HBO show Vice Principals, and in a recent interview with Rolling Stone, he finally gave some details about Alien: Covenant. In the interview, McBride revealed that he is playing the pilot of of the Covenant spacecraft. Here is what he had to say.
"I'm the pilot of the spaceship Covenant, which is a colonization ship, searching for a planet where we might start life anew. I run the ship."
McBride is typically known as a comedic actor, so »
The iconic horror-scifi “Alien” still haunts many of us to this day. From the ominous environment to the design of the alien itself, a huge part of the terror comes from the design of the film’s world. And the artist that we have to thank for the scaly, bony look of the title creature is Swiss designer H.R. Giger, who, since 1998, has showcased some of his greatest works in his own museum located in Switzerland.
One room of the museum, known as the H.R. Giger Bar, has been designed with many similarities to his work on the Ridley Scott film. And while many have not had the opportunity to experience it, photographer Matthias Belz has posted a 360 photograph of the bar, transporting us into the space as if we were there.
Opening in 2003, the room, »
- Kyle Kizu
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