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Peter Jackson shares Mortal Engines concept art

27 May 2017 1:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Peter Jackson has taken to Facebook to share a piece of concept art for the upcoming adaptation of Philip Reeve’s Mortal Engines, which features the character of Hester Shaw looking out at one of the giant, mobile ‘Traction Cities’ which roam the Earth looking for smaller cities to consume as they vie for what remains of the planet’s rapidly diminishing resources.

Mortal Engines is set to hit cinemas on December 14th 2018 and sees Peter Jackson protege Christian Rivers directing a cast that includes Hera Hilmar (Da Vinci’s Demons), Stephen Lang (Avatar), Hugo Weaving (The Lord of the Rings), Robbie Sheehan (Fortitude), Ronan Raftery (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them), Leila George (Mother, May I Sleep With Danger?), Jihae (Mars), Colin Salmon (Limitless), Patrick Malahide (Game of Thrones) and Rege-Jean Page (Roots). »

- Gary Collinson

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Peter Jackson Unveils Mortal Engines Concept Art

26 May 2017 4:49 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

While we still don't know when production will begin on the highly-anticipated adaptation Mortal Engines, which Peter Jackson is co-writing and producing, the cast is starting to come together, with Hugo Weaving signing on for an unspecified role. While it remains to be seen when the cast will be complete, Peter Jackson took to social media today, revealing the first piece of concept art from this fantasy adaptation. The concept art gives us our first glimpse at one of the massive cities at the forefront of this adaptation, plus one of the main characters.

Peter Jackson debuted this image on his Facebook page earlier today, although he didn't shed any light on what was being shown in this image from this fantasy adaptation. It appears that the character in the foreground of this image is one of the main characters, Hester Shaw, played by Hera Hilmar, who is seen looking »

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River Of Pain: what it adds to the story of Aliens

7 May 2017 4:26 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Rob Leane May 8, 2017

Audible’s Alien: River Of Pain expands the story of Aliens, giving us more Ripley and a deeper understanding of Hadley’ s Hope...

Alien: River Of Pain, the novel by Christopher Maggs, has been given a glossy audio drama adaptation by Dirk Maggs and the fine folks at Audible.

The story is set before and during the events of Aliens, offering further details about the Hadley’s Hope colony of Lv-426, what went wrong there, and how the decision was made to send Ripley, Burke, Bishop and the Colonial Marines to investigate.

A number of cast members from the film reprise their roles: William Hope as Lieutenant Gorman, Mac MacDonald as Colony Administrator Al Simpson, Stuart Milligan as the salvager that found Ripley drifting in deep space, and Alibe Parsons as Gateway Station’s med tech. 

New additions to the cast include Colin Salmon, Alexander Siddig, »

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Alien: the best spinoff stories featuring Ripley

3 May 2017 12:38 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Rob Leane May 5, 2017

It’s been a while since we saw her on the big screen, but Ellen Ripley lives on in books, audio dramas and games...

This article contains spoilers for Alien: Isolation and Star Wars: Rogue One

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Now that Neill Blomkamp’s much-talked-about Alien 5 idea – which would have brought back Sigourney Weaver and offered an alternate sequel to Aliens, wiping Alien 3 from the canon - seems to be off the cards, chances are that we won’t see Ellen Ripley back on the big screen any time soon.

Rumours and rumblings suggest that Ridley Scott’s Alien prequel series (which began with Prometheus and will continue very soon with Alien: Covenant) may eventually feature an aged-down Weaver back in the »

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Alien: River Of Pain - introducing a tense audio drama; new trailer

25 April 2017 10:33 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Rob Leane Apr 27, 2017

We got a taster of Audible’s new drama, Alien: River Of Pain. Here’s the new trailer and what we thought...

On a grey afternoon in Greenwich, I trundled through a park and struggled up an incline to reach London’s Royal Observatory. I was lured into this physical exertion by the promise of canapés, drinks and sneak peek at Alien: River Of Pain, a new Audible drama that will bridge the gap between Ridley Scott’s Alien and James Cameron’s Aliens.

After taking a second to catch my breath and immortalise the iconic London skyline with a half-arsed smartphone photo, I said my awkward hellos, stashed my belongings in a cloakroom and made my way into the event. As promised, bubbly was flowing and tiny nibbles were being circulated.

Staff carried snacks atop rectangular glass cases, which contained little black rocks. Space-y looking rocks. »

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Three more join the cast of Peter Jackson’s Mortal Engines

24 April 2017 12:50 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

THR is reporting that Colin Salmon (Limitless), Patrick Malahide (Game of Thrones) and Rege-Jean Page (Roots) have joined the cast of the Peter Jackson-produced Mortal Engines adaptation.

The adaptation of Philip Reeve’s award-winning book series is being directed by frequent Jackson collaborator Christian Rivers and is set thousands of years in the future in a world where cities now move on massive wheels, and attack each other for control over Earth’s diminishing resources.

Salmon, Malahide and Page join a cast that so far includes Hera Hilmar (Da Vinci’s Demons), Stephen Lang (Avatar), Hugo Weaving (The Lord of the Rings), Robbie Sheehan (Fortitude), Ronan Raftery (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them), Leila George (Mother, May I Sleep With Danger?) and Jihae (Mars).

Mortal Engines will hit cinemas on December 14th 2018. »

- Gary Collinson

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Arrow Star Colin Salmon One Of Three New Additions To Mortal Engines

21 April 2017 6:32 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Mortal Engines may have taken little longer than expected to judder into life, spinning its wheels as Peter Jackson and his Lord of the Rings collaborator Christian Rivers juggled various and often conflicting schedules, but with a late 2018 release date in place, the big-screen adaptation Philip Reeve’s Ya steampunk saga is making up for lost time.

In fact, the cameras are already rolling Down Under, and The Hollywood Reporter brings word that the ensemble cast has made room for three new recruits: Arrow‘s Colin Salmon, Patrick Malahide and Rege-Jean Page. Details on their respective characters weren’t disclosed at the time of writing, but we understand that trio is now set to star alongside Misfits alum Robert Sheehan, Hera Hilmar, Avatar‘s Stephen Lang and the newly-cast Hugo Weaving.

Marking the feature film debut of Christian Rivers – Jackson, on the other hand, co-wrote the screenplay with Fran Walsh »

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Peter Jackson's 'Mortal Engines' Adds Trio (Exclusive)

20 April 2017 11:11 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Game of Thrones actor Patrick Malahide, Arrow actor Colin Salmon and Rege-Jean Page (Roots) have joined the cast of Mortal Engines, the Peter Jackson-produced adaptation of the Ya book series by Philip Reeve.

Jackson's protege Christian Rivers is directing the project, which is being co-financed by Mrc and Universal. Universal is distributing worldwide.

Robert Sheehan (Misfits) leads a cast of rising actors (such as Hera Hilmar with Hugo Weaving and Stephen Lang thrown in for good measure). The story is set in a future world devastated ecologically and technologically, where certain cities such as London are run by engines and »

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‘Alien: River of Pain’: Hear the Terror in Audible’s ‘Aliens’ Prequel (Exclusive Clip)

30 March 2017 1:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Before the xenomorphs return to the big screen to terrorize the Covenant crew this May, fans of the “Alien” franchise will get to revisit Lv-426 in Audible’s brand new audio dramatization “Alien: River of Pain.” The brand new multicast audio dramatization will be released on Alien Day, April 26.

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The new audio drama, set between the first two films in the “Alien” franchise, tells the story of the doomed research and mining colony Hadley’s Hope, which was established on Lv-426 in 2157. Leading up to the events of James Cameron’s “Aliens,” “Alien: River of Pain” will focus on the events surrounding the rise and fall of the mining colony, as well as the birth and backstory of “Aliens” character Newt. The cast includes Anna Friel, Philip Glenister, Colin Salmon, Marc Warren, Michelle Ryan, »

- Juan Diaz

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Aliens: new audiobook prequel on the way

30 March 2017 12:03 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Rob Leane Mar 30, 2017

Audible is releasing River Of Pain, an audiobook set between Alien and Aliens, in April....

Audible are getting in on the expanding-the-world-of-Alien game. The audiobook giants have a new project on the way (its second venture into the world of Alien), which will cover a different era to Ridley Scott's Alien: Covenant film.

Covenant takes place after Prometheus but before Alien, while Audible's incoming audiobook is set after the original Alien but before James Cameron's Aliens.

Audible has put together an audio adaptation of Alien: River Of Pain, a 2014 novel by Christopher Golden.

Here's the official synopsis of the book, which explores the origins of Newt and what happened while Ripley was travelling back to Earth...

"When Ellen Ripley finally returns to Earth, she learns that the planet Lv-426 — now called Acheron — has been colonized. But Lv-426 is where Ripley and the crew of »

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“Television Has Been Good in That It’s Paid the Bills”: Ernest Dickerson on Double Play, The Wire and Spike Lee

7 February 2017 12:13 PM, PST | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

Ernest Dickerson’s new film Double Play, an adaptation of the acclaimed Dutch-language Caribbean textbook standard by Curacaoan author Frank Martinus Arion, received its world premiere at the Rotterdam Film Festival. The novel uses a game of dominoes as a framework to look at the unrest on the Caribbean island during the tumultuous transition from Dutch colonial rule to independence. The film adaptation stars Lennie James, Colin Salmon and Louis Gossett Jr. as men with different personalities but an all too similar interest in women. Director Dickerson rose to fame for his glorious cinematography. He will forever be associated with Spike Lee, with whom he began […] »

- Kaleem Aftab

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Strike Back: Philip Winchester May Return for the Cinemax Reboot Series

6 February 2017 6:29 PM, PST | | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Is Philip Winchester returning for the upcoming Strike Back reboot? Recently, the star spoke with TV Guide about the Cinemax TV series.Winchester played Sergeant Michael Stonebridge on the original action drama, which followed the missions of Section 20, a classified branch of the British Defence Intelligence service. The cast also included Richard Armitage, Andrew Lincoln, Colin Salmon, and Shelley Conn. The show lasted for five seasons before ending in 2015.Read More… »


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