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16 items from 2011


Did ‘Promotheus’ Teaser Leave Hints Of ‘Alien’ Influence?

20 December 2011 9:17 AM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

The 20th Century Fox promo that teased the upcoming first trailer for the Ridley Scott-directed Prometheus certainly seemed different from Scott’s iconic science fiction film Alien–but does one small clue at the end indicate there’s a closer tie to the franchise than previously believed? Fox and Scott originally set up the film to be a prequel to Alien, but that changed when Damon Lindelof came in for a rewrite job and ended up changing the focus enough that the combination of Jon Spaihts and Lindelof’s script is considered an original. But a look at the producing credits at the end of the promo raises eyebrows. Scott is credited as producer along with David Giler and Walter Hill. The latter two had nothing to do with this film, but Giler and Hill were producers on the original 1979 film, and they have gotten credit of some kind on every single Alien film, »

- MIKE FLEMING

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Scott's "Prometheus" Challenges The Gods

14 December 2011 3:39 PM, PST | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Sneak Peek the first poster supporting director Ridley Scott's "Alien" prequel, "Prometheus" starring Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Idris Elba, Sean Harris, Kate Dickie, Logan Marshall-Green and Patrick Wilson :

"...A team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a journey to the darkest corners of the universe.

"There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race..."

Scott lensed "Prometheus" @ Pinewood Studios (UK), for Twentieth Century Fox, Scott Free Productions and Brandywine Productions.

"Prometheus" re-teams Scott with long-time collaborators production designer Arthur Max ("American Gangster"), Oscar-winning costume designer Janty Yates ("Gladiator"), Oscar-winning editor Pietro Scalia ("Black Hawk Down") and set decorator Sonja Klaus ("Kingdom of Heaven").

The initial draft of "Prometheus" was written by Jon Spaihts ("The Darkest Hour") from an idea by Scott, with Damon Lindelof ("Star Trek") and Scott developing the final screenplay. »

- Michael Stevens

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Sneak Peek Ridley Scott's "Prometheus"

22 November 2011 9:35 PM, PST | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Sneak Peek new images from director Ridley Scott's "Alien" prequel, "Prometheus", opening June 8th, 2012, starring Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Idris Elba, Sean Harris, Kate Dickie, Logan Marshall-Green and Patrick Wilson :

"...A team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a journey to the darkest corners of the universe.

"There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race..."

Scott shot "Prometheus" @ Pinewood Studios (UK),for Twentieth Century Fox, Scott Free Productions and Brandywine Productions.

"Prometheus" re-teams Scott with long-time collaborators production designer Arthur Max ("American Gangster"), Oscar-winning costume designer Janty Yates ("Gladiator"), Oscar-winning editor Pietro Scalia ("Black Hawk Down") and set decorator Sonja Klaus ("Kingdom of Heaven").

The initial draft of "Prometheus" was written by Jon Spaihts ("The Darkest Hour") from an idea by Scott, with Damon Lindelof ("Star Trek") and Scott developing the final screenplay. »

- Michael Stevens

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Scott's "Prometheus" Challenges The Gods

7 November 2011 7:14 AM, PST | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Director Ridley Scott's "Alien" prequel, "Prometheus", opens June 8th, 2012, starring Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Idris Elba, Sean Harris, Kate Dickie, Logan Marshall-Green and Patrick Wilson :

"...the film takes a team of scientists and explorers on a thrilling journey that will test their physical and mental limits, stranding them on a distant world, where they will discover the answers to our most profound questions and life's ultimate mystery..."

Scott shot "Prometheus" @ Pinewood Studios (UK),for Twentieth Century Fox, Scott Free Productions and Brandywine Productions.

The production used several stages at Pinewood including the '007 Stage', with "Prometheus" marking Scott's fifth film lensed at the studios, including "Alien", "Legend", "White Squall" and "Robin Hood".

"It’s my heritage, my personal heritage," said Scott about working at Pinewood and Shepperton. "I film everywhere in the world and I think all things considered what we have to offer here, is »

- Michael Stevens

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Alien 3 (1992)

24 September 2011 5:38 PM, PDT | Planet Fury | See recent Planet Fury news »

Directed by: David Fincher

Written by: Dan O'Bannon, Ronald Shusett, Vincent Ward, David Giler, Walter Hill, Larry Ferguson

Cast: Sigourney Weaver, Charles S. Dutton, Charles Dance, Paul McGann, Brian Glover, Lance Henriksen

It happens to everyone. You dislike a film, then rewatch it years later and discover it wasn't as bad as you thought.

Perhaps you initial response was marred by the events in your life. Or maybe a few years more of life experiences allowed you to see something in the film you missed in your previous viewing.

In the spirit of such misguided opinions, I'm starting a new feature entitled Is It Really That Bad? Each month, I'll pick a film I disliked/hated/had issues with when I first watched it and see if time has changed my opinion. For my first film, I decided to watch both the theatrical and director's version of Alien 3, to »

- Chris McMillan

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Philip K. Dick – A History in Cinema

28 June 2011 11:00 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

To mark the Blu-ray and DVD release of Matt Damon and Emily Blunt’s new thriller The Adjustment Bureau, on July 4th, we’ve taken a look at the films influenced by sci-fi writer Phillip K. Dick, whose short story Adjustment Team inspired this film. Dick, for those that don’t know, is a legendary cult short story writer and novelist whose imaginative and unique narratives have inspired numerous feature films and attracted some of Hollywood’s most prominent directors including Ridley Scott, Steven Spielberg and John Woo

The Adjustment Bureau

David Norris (Matt Damon) is a young charismatic politician who is destined for greatness but when he has a chance encounter with dancer Elise Sellas (Emily Blunt) he instantly falls for her and veers off his pre-determined path. The adjustment team must step in to make a “correction“ and put David back on a course that will mean he »

- Phil

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Diabolical Deal: Alien Anthology for $53 on Blu-Ray

9 June 2011 2:42 PM, PDT | Destroy the Brain | See recent Destroy the Brain news »

Late last year, Fox put out the Alien Anthology Blu-Ray set.  The price tag was hefty, especially if you didn’t like the last two films.  While you can purchase these individually for $15, you can get this nice box set – which I believe has extras not found on the individual releases – for $53!  Click beyond the break for the full details & where to buy it.

Disc 1: Alien

**1979 Theatrical Version

**2003 Director’s Cut with Ridley Scott Introduction

**Audio Commentary by Director Ridley Scott, Writer Dan O’Bannon, Executive Producer Ronald Shusett, Editor Terry Rawlings, Actors Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, Veronica Cartwright, Harry Dean Stanton and John Hurt

**Audio Commentary (for Theatrical Cut only) by Ridley Scott

**Final Theatrical Isolated Score by Jerry Goldsmith

**Composer’s Original Isolated Score by Jerry Goldsmith

**Deleted and Extended Scenes

**Mu-th-ur Mode Interactive Experience with Weyland-Yutani Datastream

Disc 2: Aliens

**1986 Theatrical Version

**1991 Special Edition with James Cameron »

- Andy Triefenbach

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Total Recall (2012): Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Biel, Bill Nighy Cast

26 May 2011 2:36 AM, PDT | Film-Book | See recent Film-Book news »

Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Biel, Bill Nighy join the cast of Len Wiseman‘s Total Recall (2012). Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Biel, Bill Nighy join a Total Recall film that is actually a remake of a 1990 science fiction film of the same name that Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rachel Ticotin, Sharon Stone, Michael Ironside, and Ronny Cox starred in. Total Recall is “based on the Philip K. Dick story ‘We Can Remember It for You Wholesale.’ Directed by Paul Verhoeven and written by Ronald Shusett, Dan O’Bannon, Jon Povill, and Gary Goldman, it won a Special Achievement Academy Award for its visual effects. The soundtrack composed by Jerry Goldsmith won the Bmi Film Music Award.”

Kate Beckinsale will play Douglas Quaid (Colin Farrell)’s wife Lori and Jessica Biel (nice photos of her here and here) will play Rachel, a “girl Quaid meets in his spy life”. Bill Nighy will be playing Quatto, the leader of the resistance. »

- filmbook

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Scott Starts "Prometheus" @ Pinewood UK

4 May 2011 5:57 PM, PDT | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Pinewood Studios (UK) reports that production has started on "Prometheus", 'an original science fiction epic' directed by Ridley Scott ("Alien"). The Twentieth Century Fox, Scott Free Productions and Brandywine Productions film, stars Noomi Rapace ("The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"), Michael Fassbender ("X-Men: First Class") and Oscar-winner Charlize Theron ("Monster").

The production is using several stages at Pinewood including the world famous '007 Stage'. This is the fifth time that Scott has shot at the studios, with previous films including "Alien", "Legend", "White Squall" and "Robin Hood".

"It’s my heritage, my personal heritage," said Scott about working at Pinewood and Shepperton. "I film everywhere in the world and I think all things considered what we have to offer here, is as good as anything you’re going to get in Hollywood."

"We are thrilled to welcome back Ridley Scott and the new production, 'Prometheus' to the studios »

- Michael Stevens

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Prometheus Adds Guy Pearce

29 April 2011 10:07 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Actor Guy Pearce has been added to the cast of Prometheus, according to an insider on the set. Here's an email excerpt from this insider, who is currently at Pinewood Studios in London where the movie is now shooting.

"Evening Nick, my mate is working on Prometheus as Omitted and met Guy Pearce on set today. She's previously worked on Omitted, Omitted and Omitted and I've no reason to believe she's lying. I've not read anywhere about Guy being cast so thought it might interest you."

It isn't clear what character Guy Pearce will play in Prometheus. Little is known about the story of Prometheus, although it is said to be in the same vein of the 1979 classic Alien.

Ridley Scott is directing Prometheus from a screenplay by Damon Lindelof, Ronald Shusett, and Jon Spaihts.

Prometheus comes to theaters June 8th, 2012 and stars Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Idris Elba, »

- MovieWeb

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Bryan Cranston Cast as ‘Total Recall’ Villain; Basic Plot Revealed

30 March 2011 12:55 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

What will it take to make the Total Recall remake look like a good idea? Casting Colin Farrell in the lead is a good move, while hiring Len Wiseman (Underworld, Live Free or Die Hard) to direct doesn't inspire quite the same good will. We've known little else about the film, but now Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad, Drive) is in negotiations to play the film's bad guy. Thanks to new reports, we finally know a bit more about the film. Kurt Wimmer wrote this version of the film based on Philip K. Dick's 1966 short story We Can Remember it for You Wholesale, and it sounds like he's making some big changes. We recently heard [1] that Kate Bosworth, Diane Kruger, Eva Mendes, Paula Patton, Jessica Biel and Eva Green were in consideration for the two main female roles,Lori and Melinda, and that report made it sound like they were »

- Russ Fischer

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Total Recall, Here Comes the Boom, and I Hate You, Dad Set 2012 Release Dates

25 February 2011 5:11 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Summer 2012 is heating up for moviegoers as Columbia Pictures adds three highly anticipated films to its summer slate, it was announced today by Jeff Blake, chairman, Worldwide Marketing and Distribution for Sony Pictures. Joining the strong summer line-up that already includes Men in Black III in 3D (May 25) and The Amazing Spider-Man in 3D (July 3), the studio will release I Hate You Dad, starring Adam Sandler and Andy Samberg, on June 22, Here Comes the Boom, starring Kevin James, on July 27, and a re-imagining of Total Recall, starring Colin Farrell, on August 3.

Commenting on the announcement, Blake said, "Not only do we have two of our most exciting franchises back in theaters with Men in Black III in 3D and The Amazing Spider-Man, but the three movies we added to the slate today round out a fantastic schedule. We love comedy in the summer and you can't ask for better stars »

- MovieWeb

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Sony Schedules ‘Total Recall’ For August 2012, Also Dates ‘I Hate You, Dad’ And Kevin James’ Mma Film

25 February 2011 4:18 PM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Today Sony/Columbia has announced and/or confirmed three films, complete with release dates. The new version [1] of Total Recall, to be directed by Len Wiseman starring Colin Farrell, will have an August 3, 2012 release. Adam Sandler and Andy Samberg are definitely teaming as father and son for I Hate You, Dad (previously reported [2] as a possibility), which will hit on June 22, 2012. And the Kevin James Mma film we've talked about [3] a couple of times gets a title, Here Comes the Boom, and a release date of July 27, 2012. More info on each film after the break. A press release says of Total Recall, Total Recall is a new, contemporized reimagining of the science fiction saga.  The film will be directed by Len Wiseman and produced by Neal H. Moritz and Toby Jaffe, with Ric Kidney on-board as executive producer.  The short story “We Can Remember It for You Wholesale” by Philip K. Dick »

- Russ Fischer

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Theron Cast In Scott's "Prometheus"

11 February 2011 7:16 PM, PST | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

According to reports actress Charlize Theron ("Aeon Flux") has joined Noomi Rapace ("The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo") and Michael Fassbender ("X-Men: First Class") in director Ridley Scott's upcoming 20th Century Fox alien feature "Prometheus".

The initial draft of the script was written by Jon Spaihts ("The Darkest Hour") from an idea by Scott. Damon Lindelof ("Star Trek") and Scott are currently developing the screenplay.

"While 'Alien' was indeed the jumping off point for this project," said Scott, "out of the creative process evolved a new, grand mythology and universe in which this original story takes place.

"The keen fan will recognize strands of Alien’s DNA, so to speak, but the ideas tackled in this film are unique, large and provocative. I couldn’t be more pleased to have found the singular tale I’d been searching for and finally return to this genre that’s so close to my heart. »

- Michael Stevens

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Alien prequel turns into Prometheus, coming out in 2012

16 January 2011 12:52 PM, PST | Corona's Coming Attractions | See recent Corona's Coming Attractions news »

In a surprising announcement, 20th Century Fox has announced that its Alien prequel has metamorphed into a different and entirely original science fiction idea. Now called Prometheus, Fox and director Ridley Scott have set the ambitious release date of March 9, 2012 for the movie. Noomi Rapaci (star of the original Swedish version of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) has been confirmed to play the lead role in the Prometheus movie, a scientist named Elizabeth Shaw. The studio also revealed that there are four remaining major roles left to be cast in Prometheus.

So how did Scott and Fox go from making a prequel to Alien -- which was to have told the story of how the crashed spacecraft containing the Alien eggs came to be on the spooky planet --  to deciding that the material had evolved into a completely different tale? Ridley Scott explains:

"While Alien was indeed the »

- Patrick Sauriol

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Scott Says "Alien" Is Jumping Off Point For "Prometheus"

14 January 2011 9:06 PM, PST | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

According to Twentieth Century Fox, Ridley Scott will direct "Prometheus", an original science fiction 'epic', for worldwide release March 9, 2012.

The initial draft of the script was written by Jon Spaihts ("The Darkest Hour") from Scott’s idea. Damon Lindelof ("Star Trek") and Scott are currently developing the screenplay.

"While 'Alien' was indeed the jumping off point for this project," said Scott, "out of the creative process evolved a new, grand mythology and universe in which this original story takes place. The keen fan will recognize strands of Alien’s DNA, so to speak, but the ideas tackled in this film are unique, large and provocative. I couldn’t be more pleased to have found the singular tale I’d been searching for, and finally return to this genre that’s so close to my heart."

Of the five major roles to be cast, Swedish actress Noomi Rapace ("The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo »

- Michael Stevens

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