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The Notable Films of 2011: Part Four

27 December 2010 9:58 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Damsels in Distress

Opens: 2011

Cast: Adam Brody, Analeigh Tipton, Megalyn Echikunwoke, Ryan Metcalf

Director: Whit Stillman

Summary: The story revolves around a group of style-obsessed college girls who take in a new student (Gerwig) and teach her their misguided ways of helping people at their grungy university.

Analysis: The first film in a decade from arthouse darling Whit Stillman, a filmmaker's filmmaker whose three Manhattan-based, yuppie-themed mannerist comedies - "Metropolitan," "Barcelona" and "The Last Days of Disco" - were a big influence on the likes of auteurs such as Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach. Stillman says this film varies somewhat from his previous trilogy of sorts, telling First Things that "This film is different, Completely different. Okay, not completely different, but it’s different".

Independently financed by Castle Rock CEO Martin Shafer, the project recently wrapped filming in Manhattan where Stillman returned to last year after having spent much »

- Garth Franklin

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The Notable Films of 2011: Part Four

27 December 2010 9:58 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Damsels in Distress

Opens: 2011

Cast: Adam Brody, Analeigh Tipton, Megalyn Echikunwoke, Ryan Metcalf

Director: Whit Stillman

Summary: The story revolves around a group of style-obsessed college girls who take in a new student (Gerwig) and teach her their misguided ways of helping people at their grungy university.

Analysis: The first film in a decade from arthouse darling Whit Stillman, a filmmaker's filmmaker whose three Manhattan-based, yuppie-themed mannerist comedies - "Metropolitan," "Barcelona" and "The Last Days of Disco" - were a big influence on the likes of auteurs such as Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach. Stillman says this film varies somewhat from his previous trilogy of sorts, telling First Things that "This film is different, Completely different. Okay, not completely different, but it’s different".

Independently financed by Castle Rock CEO Martin Shafer, the project recently wrapped filming in Manhattan where Stillman returned to last year after having spent much »

- Garth Franklin

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The Legendary H.R. Giger Is Working On Ridley Scott’s Alien Prequel

21 December 2010 10:00 AM, PST | ScifiMafia | See recent ScifiMafia news »

There’s been a ton of rumors floating through cyberspace about Ridley Scott‘s hotly anticipated, Untitled Alien Prequel for 20th Century Fox. Most of it was complete crap. The only thing’s that we’re sure of, have come from Ridley Scott himself. Over the last few months, the director has talked about Damon Lindelof jumping aboard to rewrite Jon Spaihts‘ draft of the script and he’s talked a bit about the setting and direction for the film – saying,

“The film will be really tough, really nasty,” he notes. “It’s the dark side of the moon. We are talking about gods and engineers. Engineers of space. And were the aliens designed as a form of biological warfare? Or biology that would go in and clean up a planet?

Now, AvPGalaxy reports that H.R. Giger‘s wife, Carmen Scheifele says that the Academy Award winning visual effects artist »

- Jason Moore

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New Titles for Alien Prequel, Clash of the Titans Sequel, and Conan Reboot

9 December 2010 7:49 AM, PST | Reelzchannel.com | See recent ReelzChannel news »

A trio of previously-untitled upcoming sci-fi and fantasy movies have finally been given official appellations. First up, Ridley Scott's Alien prequel, which may not turn out to be a prequel, after all. According to Vulture's "insiders," Scott's movie is actually a reboot of the franchise as reflected by its new title, Paradise, which eschews the "Alien" title altogether. Vulture also claims that the movie is not delayed, as recently rumored, and that Michelle Yeoh and Michael Fassbender are in consideration for major roles. Noomi Rapace, Carey Mulligan, Abbie Cornish and Natalie Portman are all said to be in consideration for the Ripley-esque (Sigourney Weaver) lead role. The Paradise script was written by Jon Spaihts, with rewrites by Lost writer Damon Lindelof.

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Michelle Yeoh | Michael Fassbender | Alien Prequel | Conan | Clash of the Titans »

- BrentJS Sprecher

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The 'Alien' Prequels Get Shoved To A Later Date

7 December 2010 8:26 AM, PST | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Things aren't looking too hot for the "Alien" prequels at the moment. The two Ridley Scott films suddenly got a push back into 2013 and 2014 with no real explanation whatsoever. This is rather weird given the fact that Scott's been prancing about town saying himself that they'll more than likely begin to shoot sometime early next year. So much for that, eh?The sudden halt is speculated to be caused by possible story problems, which is a bit strange when you think about it. Everyone's been singing Damon Lindelof's praises over his revisions on the Jon Spaihts script. Then again, the budget might have something to do with all of this. We can sit and think about it all we want, but we won't know what the truth is until they come out and tell us.At the moment Olivia Wilde and Noomi Rapace are said to be the front »

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The Black List Update: Picks 5 to 1 of 2007

6 December 2010 10:05 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Next week is when hopeful screenwriters who've had one of their scripts circulate the respective production houses are hoping that their screenplay gets a couple of extra bites. Now in it's sixth year, it'll also be a time when curious onlookers such as film executives, development people, agents and hardcore cinephiles take a gather at a list that emphasizes quality and original writing. blcklst.com has been all spruced up for the occasion --- so you should definitely check back there to see what 2010 will reveal -- and if you're like us and like to revisit Best of Lists of the previous years. Last year over 300 executives contributed their opinion to make up a Black List that had a Muppet Movie (not the Jason Segel project) in the number one spot and The Social Network at number 2. Here are the top vote-getters of 2007. 5. Selma (Votes: 29) Writer: Paul Webb Status: In »

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Alien Prequel Reportedly Pushed Back to 2013; Olivia Wilde and Noomi Rapace Rumored to Be Frontrunners for Lead Role

6 December 2010 1:36 PM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

For those itching to see Ridley Scott’s prequel to Alien, you may as well sit tight because it looks like it’s gonna be a while. Last we heard, visual fx guru Henry South had tweeted that he had begun work on the prequel. That tweet has since been deleted and Script Flags now reports that the release date of the film has been pushed back an entire year to 2013. Not without a silver lining, the same report also says that actresses Olivia Wilde and Noomi Rapace are currently the frontrunners to take on the lead role in the film.

At this time, there’s no official word on why the release date has been pushed back or even if that means that principal photography is being pushed back as well. Conceivably, the flick could still be shooting early next year and the studio could just be giving Scott more time for post-production. »

- Adam Chitwood

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"Alien" Prequel Delayed A Year

6 December 2010 6:35 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Ridley Scott's untitled "Alien" prequel films have been pushed back a year according to Script Flags.

Originally the plan was to shoot both films starting February in the UK for releases in 2012 and 2013, now it seems 2013 & 2014 releases are being targeted. Neither Fox or Scott have given a reason for the delay, though it's speculated the film is being delayed for further script and production development.

The other month emerged reports that Scott and Fox had come to disagreements over the film's budget and tone - Scott wanted a big budget and R rating, Fox wanted a cheaper PG-13 effort. "Lost" showrunner Damon Lindelof performed a rewrite of Jon Spaihts's screenplay that all parties were apparently happy with - though this report indicates that may not be the case. »

- Garth Franklin

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Will Ridley Scott's Alien prequel make a groundbreaking scene?

21 October 2010 9:33 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The 'Brokeback Alien' rumours couldn't get any more off the planet. But so what? As long as the film enters new territory

You know it's been a slow news week when pretty much the most enticing morsel out there is the bizarre leak (or possibly hoax) that Ridley Scott's forthcoming Alien prequel may centre on two male humans forced into sexual intercourse by their extra terrestrial overlords.

Would you like a little time to take that in? Done? Okay, we'll continue. The main reason I'm picking up London Insider's report on the Australian What's Playing site, is that studio Fox appears to have asked for it to be removed, though not before the story had spread like wildfire across the blogosphere. I can't see why anyone would have bothered to scotch what sounds like an extremely silly rumour on a relatively obscure site unless it were ... well, true.

We've known for some time, »

- Ben Child

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A Prequel To The ‘Alien’ Prequels

20 October 2010 7:03 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

This all seems a little hairy, so keep that salt grain handy, but this is too interesting to ignore.

Below are leaked plot points from the Damon Lindelof-written draft of Ridley Scott’s Alien prequel, courtesy of an “Australian outlet.” Hmmm.

Here it is below (via /Film):

- The Lindelof script “bares little to no similarity to the previous [Alien] chapters,” i.e. the Jon Spaihts draft, among others.

- The new script concerns story follows Growers, a group of aliens capable of adapting to different environments/creating new environments. There’s apparently a homosexual sequence between two male human thanks to the Growers’ mind control capabilities. Color me curious.

- The alien we know as the alien is a tool used by the terraforming aliens, who evolves into the title character of the Scott film from 30 years ago.

- A ship of humans eventually encounters this group of Growers holding human slaves. »

- Dan Mecca

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Ridley Scott's Alien Prequel May Contain Forced Gay Sex

20 October 2010 4:42 PM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

New details on Ridley Scott.s Alien prequel have emerged and early word is that even though it.s nothing like the original four films, word is that the script by Jon Spaihts and Damon Lindelof is so good it could be an Oscar contender. It.s a little early in the process for award predictions but What.s Playing seemed incredibly enthusiastic after their look at the script. They say the movie not only includes more details on the Space Jockey as previously revealed but it.s actually about the Space Jockeys. The tone is described as being hard science fiction meets psychological drama with romance. Or as their scooper calls it .Brokeback Alien.. That.s going to make sense when you read the rest of this article. You may want to stop here if you.re hoping to avoid spoilers. You.ve been warned. Warning: Potential Spoilers In »

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Natalie Portman Tops List for Scott's 'Alien' Prequel

13 October 2010 1:55 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

It was recently revealed Natalie Portman had dropped off both Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity as well as the announced adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, the latter of which also lost David O. Russell as its director. While Sandra Bullock is rumored to now be up for the lead role in Gravity, Portman is moving in another direction.

Vulture reports Portman is at the top of the list to play the lead role of a female Colonial Marine general in Ridley Scott's Untitled Alien Prequel, which is rumored to be chasing a budget between $150 - $160 million. The site also reports that right beyond Portman in the pecking order is Noomi Rapace, the star of Swedish The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo franchise as well as the new villain in Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes 2.

The report continues saying Damon Lindeloff's recent rewrite of Jon Spaihts »

- Brad Brevet

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'Alien' Prequel Gets An Awesome Rewrite By Damon Lindelof, Could Star Natalie Portman

13 October 2010 8:23 AM, PDT | MTV Movies Blog | See recent MTV Movies Blog news »

Surprise, surprise: Damon Lindelof's rewrite of Ridley Scott's "Alien" prequel has allegedly made the film infinitely more awesome. Culture Vulture got the exclusive that executives at Fox read the new draft of the screenplay (originally penned by Jon Spaihts) and were "very pleased with it indeed."

While all of Vulture's sources were sworn to secrecy on details of the plot, two big reasons Fox was happier than a pig in poop are that Lindelof's version lacks any big-budget set pieces, which is likely to bring down the suggested $150 million budget, and the film could also could potentially pull off a PG-13 rating, making it more accessible to mass audiences. But the reason we're so psyched for this script is the news that Lindelof and Scott are returning the sci-fi action franchise to the horror-suspense roots planted by Scott's original "Alien."

Focusing on suspense over the elaborately violent action »

- Terri Schwartz

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Portman Favourite For "Alien" Prequel

13 October 2010 6:07 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Natalie Portman is said to be the favourite to star in the upcoming "Alien" prequel reports Vulture.

Portman joins a very short list of contenders which also includes "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" star Noomi Rapace for the lead role in the film which Ridley Scott will direct from a script originally by Jon Spaihts.

"Lost" co-creator Damon Lindelof came onboard a while back to re-write it and has apparently turned in a new draft of the screenplay which the studio has loved. Why? It avoids adding any further expensive set pieces and effects-heavy action sequences, and allows the film to be kept at a PG-13 rating but will still "be as violent" as the original 1979 feature.

At present most of the issues over the project are in regards to the budget, Scott apparently wants $150 million but the studio would like it to be less. Story details are being kept top secret, »

- Garth Franklin

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Will Natalie Portman star in the Damon Lindelof-scripted 'Alien' prequel?

13 October 2010 4:40 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

That's the question being breathlessly asked across the internet this morning, and it's certainly a provocative one. Ridley Scott's been talking about making an "Alien" sequel or prequel for a while now, and finally settled into the prequel idea.  Early work on the script was done by Jon Spaihts, a talented writer whose "Passengers" is one of my favorite unproduced works of the last few years.  Recently, though, word broke that Damon Lindelof would be writing… something.  Either a new draft or a new take or a new something. Lindelof reportedly turned in the new draft to the studio over the »

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Alien Prequel Edges Closer! Fox Loves Script! Natalie Portman to Star?

13 October 2010 2:17 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Now here's some great news to kick off your morning with. Despite reports of disagreements, etc, Ridley Scott's Alien prequel(s) are gaining some serious momentum!

As per New York Magazine's Vulture:

"We’re told all involved parties have been made to sign nondisclosure agreements about the plot, but our spies have been able to glean several interesting nuggets about the project, which is set roughly 35 years before Scott’s dystopic classic," writes Vulture. "Here's what we know ...

One reason Fox execs are so thrilled with Damon Lindelof's Alien draft is that, not only is it creatively engaging, but it adds no expensive "set pieces" — production-speak for elaborate, effects-heavy action sequences that add millions to the cost of a film — to the movie. 20th Century Fox and Scott have been wrangling over the director’s proposed budget. One insider familiar with the situation puts Scott’s suggested budget »

- Uncle Creepy

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‘The Darkest Hour’ Resumes Shooting in Moscow After Being Shut Down By Forest Fires

18 September 2010 1:00 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

The Darkest Hour is Summit's 3D alien attack thriller that started shooting in Moscow earlier this summer. The film's title came true in an unlikely manner, however, and production was shut down due to overwhelming smog from nearby forest fires. Now the production is back on track, so Emile Hirsch and Olivia Thirlby can get back to work. That's right -- Hirsch and Thirlby, a fairly unlikely duo for a film about " five young Americans who find themselves stranded in Moscow, fighting to survive in the wake of a devastating alien attack." Also in the film are Max Minghella and Russian actors Gosha Kutsenko, Dato Bakhtadze, Nikolai Yefremov and Arthur Smolyaninov. Timur Bekmambetov is producing and Chris Gorak directs.[THR] Previously: Gorak and Josh Zetumer revised the original script penned by M.T. Ahern and Leslie Bohem with revisions by Jon Spaihts. Gorak started as an art director on Tombstone, later working »

- Russ Fischer

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Shooting back on for 'Darkest Hour'

16 September 2010 12:47 PM, PDT | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

New Regency and Summit Entertainment.s 3D sci-fi thriller "The Darkest Hour" has resumed shooting in Moscow, six weeks after Russia's wildfire emergency shut down production on the film.According to Variety, the companies said that the delay won't affect the film.s release date of August 5, 2011. Fox will distribute the film.Production began on July 18, but was suspended after three weeks due to the wild fires in Central Russia, which made filming in Moscow impossible.Chris Gorak is directing from a screenplay by Jon Spaihts, based on a script by Leslie Bohem and M.T. Ahern. Tom Jacobson and Timur Bekmambetov are producing.The cast includes Emile Hirsch, Olivia Thirlby, Max Minghella, Rachael Taylor and Joel Kinnaman.The film focuses on five people who »

- Adnan Tezer

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The Darkest Hour Continues Production

15 September 2010 10:24 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Emile Hirsch stars in the action thriller New Regency and Summit Entertainment have started production again on the action-thriller The Darkest Hour in Moscow, which had to suspend filming for six weeks due to a wildfire in Central Russia.

According to Variety, the delay won't affect plans to release the film in the United States on Aug. 5.

Production began on July 18, but was suspended after three weeks due to the wild fires in Central Russia, which led to thick smoke shrouding Moscow and making filming in the city impossible.

Chris Gorak is directing from a screenplay by Jon Spaihts, based on the script by Leslie Bohem & M.T. Ahern.

The Darkest Hour centers on five young people who find themselves stranded in Moscow, fighting to survive in the wake of a devastating alien attack. The project marks the first American 3D production to film in Russia with locations including Red Square, »

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Ridley Scott Talks About His Upcoming Alien Prequel

6 September 2010 12:00 PM, PDT | ScifiMafia | See recent ScifiMafia news »

Back in July we told you that Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof had left the island behind and started a rewrite of Jon Spaihts‘ current draft of the script for Ridley Scott‘s forthcoming Untitled Alien Prequel for 20th Century Fox.

Now, Scott recently spoke with The Independent and hinted at the direction that the Untitled Alien Prequel will be heading.

Set 30 years before the 1979 original, so with no room for Sigourney Weaver’s Ripley, the prequels will explore the origins of the deadly aliens.

“The film will be really tough, really nasty,” he notes. “It’s the dark side of the moon. We are talking about gods and engineers. Engineers of space. And were the aliens designed as a form of biological warfare? Or biology that would go in and clean up a planet?

The Untitled Alien Prequel is slated to hit theaters in 2011. »

- Jason Moore

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