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'Alien: Covenant': Katherine Waterston on Becoming a Next-Gen Action Hero

'Alien: Covenant': Katherine Waterston on Becoming a Next-Gen Action Hero
Katherine Waterston is sprawled on the floor of her dressing room. "I hurt my back a few days ago," she explains, slightly embarrassed. "It's not as bad as it looks, trust me." Waterston is backstage at the Good Morning America studios in Manhattan, having just appeared with a handful of her Alien: Covenant costars to stump for the movie on the morning-show circuit; right now, however, she's half-prone, half-sitting on the ground, and well aware that she resembles a vulnerable tangle of limbs stuck in the middle of an advanced yoga position.
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Sigourney Weaver: Next ‘Avatar’ Scripts Are ‘Many Times More Amazing’ Than First One

Sigourney Weaver: Next ‘Avatar’ Scripts Are ‘Many Times More Amazing’ Than First One
What with the “Avatar” sequels and a villainous gig in Marvel’s upcoming Netflix series “The Defenders,” Sigourney Weaver has a lot on her plate. Her latest movie, “A Monster Calls,” co-stars Liam Neeson as a monster whose visits help a boy confront an impending loss. It The film hits U.S. theaters in January.

A Monster Calls” seems like a very different kind of movie from blockbuster fare like “Avatar” and “Alien.”

I was looking ahead at the four “Avatar” sequels looming over me, and the idea of doing a small, intimate picture that was all about relationships was very appealing. We actually got to rehearse; we even had a read-through! To be able to hear Liam play the monster, and to have us all tell the whole story together in the same room — people don’t realize how incredibly helpful that is. You carry that with you for the whole shoot.
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'Gorillas in the Mist': 25 Things You Didn't Know About the Sigourney Weaver Classic

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Few movies can boast a real-world impact, but "Gorillas in the Mist," the biopic of slain primatologist Dian Fossey, is one of them. Released 25 years ago (on September 23, 1988), the film alerted the world to the plight of the endangered Rwandan gorillas that she'd spent 20 years studying, prompting charitable efforts that have helped preserve the primates and conserve their habitat.

But as familiar as Fossey's story is (thanks to the movie), there's still much that remains shrouded in mystery, from the identity of Fossey's killer to how Sigourney Weaver was able to ingratiate herself with Fossey's own gorillas during the filming. Here's the details behind the film, including the hardships involved in making it, which gorillas were fake, and what became of the poacher-threatened primates after the movie crew left.

1. Producer Arne Glimcher and Universal had acquired the movie rights to "Gorillas in the Mist," Fossey's 1983 best-selling memoir. Glimcher traveled to
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James Cameron is Shooting How Many Avatar Sequels at the Same Time?

The answer is: Three. That’s three sequels to “Avatar”. All shot back-to-back-to-back, apparently. Or at least, that’s according to “Avatar” star Sigourney Weaver, who let the info slip out. Also according to Weaver, the first of the sequels will begin production as soon as this Fall. In an article by Showbiz 411 about Weaver’s upcoming political show on cable TV called “Political Animals”, the conversation immediately switched to “Avatar”, which is where Weaver dropped the bomb. Then she films “Avatar” 2, 3, and 4 with James Cameron. That’s right: they’re making three sequels to the blue 3D phenom all at the same time. Weaver says she has no idea how long it will take, or how it’s going to work. “I just show up,” she said. If “Political Animals” is renewed, USA will have to wait until all that’s over. And it’s not like Weaver is
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Weaver and Rickman to Star in Benefit Reading for The Flea

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Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman ("Seminar"), and Noah Robbins ("Arcadia") are set to appear in a reading of Hamish Linklater’s "The Vandal" on Tuesday, April 3 at The Museum of Jewish Heritage. The reading is a benefit presented by The Flea Theater, and will be directed by The Flea’s artistic director – and Weaver's husband – Jim Simpson."We are delighted to have an artist like Hamish share his gifts with The Flea," said The Flea's producing director Carol Ostrow. "To have luminaries like Sigourney Weaver and Alan Rickman interpret his work will mean an unforgettable evening of theater.""The Vandal" is set on a frozen night in Kingston, NY, where a woman (Weaver) who's lost everything tags her name on Death's door. "The play is about how we live and the stories we tell ourselves when we’re haunted by the people we’ve loved and lost," said Linklater, who is currently appearing in.
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Weaver Reprises Role In 9/11 Play

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Weaver Reprises Role In 9/11 Play
Sigourney Weaver is set to reprise her role in the 9/11-themed play The Guys as part of a 10th anniversary tribute to those who lost their lives in the horrific terrorist attacks.

The Alien star will return to the stage to play a journalist who helps a fire captain memorialise the men he lost at Ground Zero.

Weaver first took on the role in the months following the 2001 atrocities and the actress is eager to revisit the production, so she can again honour the fallen.

She tells the New York Post, "(At first everyone enjoyed) being together in a room for an hour and a half and being allowed to think about what had happened... Once the lights go down, you are open in a way you are not open when you are watching the news or reading the paper. You can think about things and have emotions and disagree and experience what's going on in the world in a more personal way."

The Guys will be staged at the Museum of Jewish Heritage for a two-night run, beginning on Wednesday.

Weaver's husband, Jim Simpson, will direct.

Sigourney Weaver values home over work

Sigourney Weaver values home over work
Sigourney Weaver's most "life-changing" moments have been as a parent and wife rather than as an actress, she has revealed. The award-winning actress, who is married to filmmaker Jim Simpson and is mother to 20-year-old Charlotte, told The Mirror that her perfect day off would be spent with her family. She said: "I think most of my life changing experiences have been as a parent (more)
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Weaver Praises 'Strong' Husband

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Weaver Praises 'Strong' Husband
Sigourney Weaver has credited her husband Jim Simpson with keeping their 24-year marriage stable - because he handles her fame with "grace."

The Alien star married the theatre director in 1984 after just two months of dating, and they have a 19-year-old daughter, Charlotte, together.

Weaver admits it was love at first sight for her, but it's taken a huge amount of effort on Simpson's part to keep their relationship on track.

She says, "We met at a theatre festival party in 1983. I asked him to dance and he said, 'No.' I was crushed. Later he agreed to a date and two months after that we got married. He is a strong man to be married to someone famous, you have to be.

"He handles the fuss with grace. I get far more attention than him, but it's clear for both of us that his work is as important as mine."

Sigourney Weaver 'still in marital bliss'

Sigourney Weaver 'still in marital bliss'
Sigourney Weaver has insisted that she is still happy after 25 years of marriage. The Avatar actress has revealed that she still can't believe how fortunate she was to marry her filmmaker husband Jim Simpson because he was exactly what she was looking for, Contactmusic reports. The 60-year-old said: "I'm in shock, and happy. I remember making a long list of what I wanted in someone - and I lost the list, but I found the guy. I think I knew him when I saw him. I had to ask him out. He was much too shy to ask me, I was a (more)
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ESPN Classic relives spirit of '79

NEW YORK -- ESPN Classic is going to put an old spin on a new game. Though better known for showing key games from the annals of sports history, ESPN Classic is going to televise nine Wednesday nights of live college basketball beginning Jan. 5. The first is West Virginia against Villanova at 8 p.m. EST. The games, under the banner of "Turn Back the Clock", will have a decidedly retro on-air look, circa 1979. "We're taking the graphics back to our early days of ESPN," ESPN Classic exec producer John Dahl said. Retro also extends to the sound: Early ESPN announcer Jim Simpson will return to do the play-by-play, and analysts will include former coaches and others.

Sigourney And Bill Team Up For September 11 Play

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Ghostbusters stars Sigourney Weaver and Bill Murray have teamed up on the New York stage to pour their hearts out about the September 11 terrorist attacks. Weaver's character, a journalist helping a fire captain, played by Murray, writes eulogies for eight men lost in the rubble of the World Trade Center, destoyed by terrorists, in new play The Guys. The play is directed by Weaver's husband Jim Simpson.

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