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James Cameron Names Zack Snyder, Robert Rodriguez, & Tim Miller As Inspirations

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Without a doubt, James Cameron is one of the most influential voices in film today (perhaps even in history). Sure, the guy tends to make one film a decade, but when he does actually release a movie, they, without fail, go one to become cultural phenomenons. Terminator 2, Titanic, Avatar -- these are all movies that have defined generations, and they’re movies that continue on as staples of their respective genres.

Of course, creativity doesn’t happen by accident, and it doesn’t happen in a vacuum. Creativity feeds creativity, and like any creative person, James Cameron survives on a healthy diet of other people’s works. But on whose works is Cameron actually feeding? Speaking with Megat Danial, Cameron shared that very thing.

“Directors that continue to inspire me…Ridley Scott. I mean, I’ll go to any Ridley Scott movie, even the ones that bomb, to me, are great, »

- Joseph Medina

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Ridley Scott, Danny McBride & Michael Fassbender to Attend SXSW 2017 with Sneak Peek of Alien: Covenant

16 February 2017 8:48 AM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Last month it was announced that Ridley Scott's horror classic Alien will be screening at this year's SXSW Film Festival in Austin, and now it's been revealed that the screening will include special guests Scott, Michael Fassbender, and Danny McBride, as well as a sneak peek of Scott's new film, Alien: Covenant.

The special screening of Alien and the Alien: Covenant sneak peek will take place on March 10th at 10:00pm Ct at the Paramount Theatre in Austin, TX. While Scott and Alien: Covenant co-stars Fassbender and McBride will be in attendance, it's not yet known if an audience Q&A will take place or how much footage of Alien: Covenant attendees will be treated to. Daily Dead will be on site with live coverage of the festival, and we'll be sure to keep you updated on this event and other screenings.

In the meantime, you can check »

- Derek Anderson

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Ridley Scott Is Waiting in the Wings to Direct The Batman

13 February 2017 11:08 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The bad news for fans of the DC Extended Universe is that Ben Affleck is no longer going to direct The Batman for Warner Bros. The good news is, the studio is not messing around when it comes to filling the director's chair, as they are going after some truly top-notch talent. Recently, it was reported that Cloverfield and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves is the studio's top choice for the job and they are just waiting on the deal to get done, since he has already committed to directing the movie. Should things fall apart, apparently Alien and Blade Runner director Ridley Scott is hanging out on the sidelines to direct.

The news broke just before the weekend that Matt Reeves, who was the rumored frontrunner to direct The Batman when Ben Affleck officially stepped down, had committed to doing the movie. That said, »

- MovieWeb

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Blade Runner 2049 Will Keep CGI To A Minimum As Denis Villeneuve Bigs Up Sequel’s Practical Effects

13 February 2017 10:07 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Blade Runner 2049 will keep CGI and green screen effects to a minimum, according to Denis Villeneuve.

Variety caught up with the Oscar-nominated writer-director soon after news broke that he’ll be taking the reins on Dune for Legendary. It marks yet another high-profile piece of science fiction for Villeneuve to sink his teeth into following last year’s Arrival, and those concerned that the filmmaker will indulge in cutting-edge CGI when crafting Blade Runner 2049 needn’t worry; he fully intends to “do as much as possible in-camera.”

After addressing the inherent pressures of tackling such a revered property, here’s what Denis Villeneuve had to say on the sequel’s use of CGI – or lack thereof.

“I think I can count on one hand how many times I saw a green screen in all of those months of shooting. There will be CG enhancements, of course, but as »

- Michael Briers

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Prevenge movie review: baby bump off

13 February 2017 7:37 AM, PST | | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

MaryAnn’s quick take… Fresh feminist horror of a very welcome taboo-smashing kind. Nasty, hilarious, outraged and outrageous, and as poignant as it is blackly funny. I’m “biast” (pro): love Alice Lowe, desperate for movies about women

I’m “biast” (con): not generally much of a horror fan

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

This is what happens when women make movies: We get movies that do not look like anything we’ve seen before. And I promise you, you have never experienced anything like writer-director-star Alice Lowe’s Prevenge: it’s nasty, hilarious, outraged and outrageous, and magically exactly as genuinely poignant as it is blackly, sarcastically funny.

Sure, there have been bad-fetus movies before, and movies about strange creatures growing inside human bodies and taking over. (Two recent awful examples: Devil’s Due and The Unborn.) But to a one, as far as I am aware, »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Check Out the Cover & Release Details for The Art And Making Of Alien: Covenant Book

10 February 2017 10:08 AM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

After you see Ridley Scott's Alien: Covenant in theaters on May 19th, you can pore over the creature designs from the film in Titan Books' upcoming hardcover release of The Art and Making of Alien: Covenant. *Potential spoiler warning for those that don’t want to know anything about the new Alien design.*

Due out on May 24th (according to PREVIEWSworld), and written by Simon Ward, the pages of The Art and Making of Alien: Covenant are sure to be packed with behind-the-scenes photos and artwork that will offer insights into the making of the movie's new creatures and set pieces. While we'll have to wait until spring to lay eyes on these images, you can get a tease of what's to come through the official cover art and synopsis below.

Synopsis: "Ridley Scott returns to the universe he created, with Alien: Covenant, a new chapter in his groundbreaking Alien franchise. »

- Derek Anderson

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Prevenge review – magnificently murderous mum-to-be

9 February 2017 2:45 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Alice Lowe directs and stars in this cracking tale of a pregnant woman who turns killer on the instructions of her unborn child

Alice Lowe makes a cracking directorial debut with this macabre, grittily low-budget and explicitly violent movie about a murderous pregnancy. It is a little like Sightseers, the black comedy she co-wrote and acted in for Ben Wheatley – but with fainter tint of queasy humour. It reminded me more of John McNaughton’s Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, or indeed the “impregnation” scene from Ridley Scott’s Alien

Prevenge provides a nightmarish satirical twist on post- and antenatal depression. On first seeing this film in Venice last year, maybe addled by lagoon vapours or the disorientating horror of the film itself, I aired my own bizarre theory that the title was a riff on pre-emptive revenge: prevenge, pretaliation etc. It was gently pointed out to me that »

- Peter Bradshaw

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‘The Assignment #1 and #2′ Review

9 February 2017 10:01 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

The Assignment #1

Written by Walter Hill, Matz | Art by Jef | Published by Titan Comics

Hitman Frank Kitchen’s assignment to kill a celebrated fashion designer who’s fallen behind on his debts takes a turn when his victim’s sister, a sociopathic surgeon, decides to punish him in the unique way only she can. Abducted and operated on against his will, Frank awakens in an altered condition – but with a hitman’s hunger for revenge…

The Assignment #2

Written by Walter Hill, Matz | Art by Jef | Published by Titan Comics

Former hitman, Frank Kitchen battles liqour, lecherous glances and his own inner demons, while coming to terms with his new identity. But after finding solace in the arms of a former lover,  it isn’t long before his violent past comes back to haunt him…


I would like to believe that everyone reading this review will already know who the great Walter Hill is, »

- Kevin Haldon

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Films that led to other films being cancelled

9 February 2017 2:40 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Ryan Lambie Feb 15, 2017

Had Tomorrowland been a hit, we might have had a Tron sequel. We look at movies whose fate had a knock-on effect on other films...

You've probably heard of chaos theory and a thing called the butterfly effect - a concept where the flapping of an insect's wings in a London borough causes a shed to collapse somewhere in the Australian outback.  In other words, seemingly incidental events can have a knock-on effect on everything else - like that old board game, Mousetrap, where a ball falling into a bath caused a boot to kick a bucket, which eventually led to the cruel detainment of several rodents.

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The concept applies even in the high-stakes, high-energy world of filmmaking, where the success of one type of movie can prompt rival studios to greenlight their own, »

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This Rogue One Scene Was Inspired by Blade Runner

8 February 2017 9:23 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

We're two months out from the release of Rogue One in theaters, and there is still quite a lot we're learning about the first Star Wars Anthology movie. Now comes another cool piece of intel about the design, look and feel of one scene in particular. Apparently, one of the earlier moments was directly influenced by the original 1982 sci-fi classic Blade Runner.

Which is funny, because Blade Runner probably wouldn't have existed without 1977's A New Hope. And Harrison Ford probably would have still been a carpenter had it not been for Star Wars becoming such a cultural phenomenon when it did. But the snake eats its own tail, and it has been confirmed that the artists behind bringing the world of Rogue One pulled inspiration directly from Ridley Scott's android tale.

Namely, the scene involving the Ring of Kafrene. Here, Cassian Andor, played by Diego Luna in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, »

- MovieWeb

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In space, no one can hear you steal: is new sci-fi film Life just an Alien remake?

7 February 2017 7:56 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Hollywood has caught the sci-fi bug again. But can the forthcoming space thriller improve on Ridley Scott’s 1979 horror, or will it be just another Inseminoid?

In the not so grand pantheon of Alien rip-offs, it’s likely there will be far worse movies than Daniel Espinosa’s Life. There’s Roger Corman’s 1982 effort Mutant, Aka Forbidden World, which features a monstrous alien with xenomorph-like teeth, while 1981’s Inseminoid ramped up the body horror of Ridley Scott’s iconic 1979 slasher-in-space, with a plot in which an extraterrestrial comes to Earth and begins cheerfully impregnating the local population. Perhaps worst of the lot is Dark Universe (1983), featuring a very Hr Giger-esque creature bent on destroying humanity via a gruesome combination of instant zombification, bad acting and dodgy sex scenes.

All of the above were produced by film-makers on the margins of Hollywood, at a time when Rotten Tomatoes did not »

- Ben Child

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New Trailer For Life

7 February 2017 3:30 AM, PST | | See recent TheMovieBit news »

A new trailer has come our way for the Ryan Reynolds and Jake Gyllenhaal starring Life, a new sic-fi thriller from the minds of scribes Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick (the mad geniuses responsible for the script to Deadpool) and director Daniel Espinosa (Safe House). Carrying a serious Alien vibe with it, there is something genuinely unnerving about Life, continuing the fine tradition of close quarters sci-fi-horror that began with Ridley Scott’s aforementioned classic. Check it out for yourself below. Released: March 24th Synopsis: Life is a terrifying sci-fi thriller about a team of scientists aboard the International Space Station whose mission of discovery turns to one of primal fear when they find a rapidly evolving life form that caused extinction on Mars, and now threatens the crew and all life on Earth. »

- (Tom White)

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Resident Evil: In praise (and defence) of Paul W.S. Anderson’s billion dollar video game movie franchise

6 February 2017 9:00 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Luke Owen looks back at the Resident Evil franchise…

Note: Comments from Paul W.S. Anderson are taken from Lights, Camera, Game Over!: How Video Game Movies Get Made, which is available for pre-order now.

Regular listeners to the Flickering Myth Podcast will know that my movie tastes aren’t the norm when it comes to being a paid ‘film critic’. I have little interest in The Godfather or Citizen Kane, but will happily talk ad nauseam about the Child’s Play series or Friday the 13th. When it comes to Spielberg I’m more Jurassic Park and Raiders of the Lost Ark than Jaws and Schindler’s List, and I loathe the works of Woody Allen and Wes Anderson. I’ve not seen any of the films nominated for Best Picture at this year’s Oscars. Not one. Come to think of it, I didn’t see any of last year’s either. »

- Luke Owen

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Watch Every Super Bowl 51 Movie Trailer, From Worst to Best

6 February 2017 7:12 AM, PST | | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Last night's Super Bowl showdown condensed a TV season's worth of drama into one unscripted evening, but let's be honest: You're really watching grown men bash each other silly as an excuse to catch those brand-new TV spots for upcoming marquee-name movies, right? Right? (Just go with us here.) A cavalcade of new trailers for this year's biggest blockbusters graced the air time in between sacks and fumbles last night, with eager fans getting an eyeful of fresh footage from the latest Fast and Furious and Transformers installments to the upcoming big-screen, »

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Eaglemoss unleashes the Hulkbuster and the Xenomorph with Hero Collector Mega Specials

6 February 2017 5:31 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

If you’ve been perusing the shelves of your local comic book store, newsagent or supermarket over the past year or so, you may have noticed Eaglemoss’ Marvel Movie Collection, which presents a series of metallic resin figurines featuring the heroes and villains of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And now Eaglemoss has called in Veronica to deliver a Mega (and I do mean “mega” here) Special with the Hero Collector Hulkbuster Iron Man Armor, as seen in 2015’s Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Unlike the previous figurines in the Marvel Movie Collection, the Hulkbuster comes in at 1:12 scale (as opposed to 1:16 scale), and if you’ve seen the armor in action in Age of Ultron, you’ll realise this means we’re looking at a rather large piece indeed. The Hulkbuster measures 37cm in height, and weighs in at over 4kg. Now is probably a good time to reinforce your shelf! »

- Gary Collinson

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Life Trailer #2: Jake Gyllenhaal and Ryan Reynolds Face a Deadly Alien Species

5 February 2017 1:28 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

With so many reboots and sequels happening in Hollywood, there is a lot of desire for some original, or at least non-franchise related movies. Sony is going to provide sci-fi fans with something original next month in the form of Life, which features Jake Gyllenhaal and Ryan Reynolds dealing with a deadly new form of life discovered on Mars. Now, Sony has released a brand new, full-length trailer for Life that gives us a much better idea of what to expect from the new sci-fi thriller.

Sony Pictures uploaded the brand new trailer online, which gives us our best look at Life yet. The studio is also airing a couple of Super Bowl spots for the movie, which have also been released online already. This new trailer expands on what we saw in the first teaser and looks to be a serious homage to Ridley Scott's original Alien. In the video, »

- MovieWeb

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Ellen Ripley, Alien, and the rise of the modern Ripleys

5 February 2017 7:15 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Jennifer Leigh Williamson Feb 16, 2017

How Star Wars, Rogue One, Stranger Things and more are marking the rise of a new wave of Ripleys...

“Is that the only flamethrower?”

Most of us have long heard the fun fact that the role of Ellen Ripley in Ridley Scott’s 1979 masterpiece Alien was originally written for a man. Like Eric Stoltz filming for four weeks as Marty in Back To The Future, it's one of those fun Hollywood tidbits that seems ridiculous now as Sigourney Weaver’s Ripley has become one of the greatest heroes in movie history.

Going on to star in four (rumoured to soon be five) Alien movies, Weaver has been nominated for an Oscar, Golden Globe and BAFTA for her portrayal of this iconic character and its easy to see why. In a world of damsels, love interests and totty, Ripley is a woman: a well rounded, intelligent, confident, »

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Life Super Bowl Trailer: Ryan Reynolds Fights a Scary Alien

4 February 2017 10:52 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Ryan Reynolds got a big boost to his career last year with Deadpool, and while we have to wait a while for Deadpool 2, we are going to be seeing him back on the big screen very soon. He is going to be starring alongside Jake Gyllenhaal in the new sci-fi thriller Life, which just so happens to be written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, who penned the screenplay for Deadpool. Now, Sony Pictures has released their brand new Super Bowl spot for Life online.

Sony clearly has a lot of confidence in Life, or at the very least they want to get as many eyeballs on it as possible, since a 30-second slot of ad time cost an average of $5 million. In any case, this new video gives us a nice, brisk look at what to expect from the movie, which will be hitting theaters late next month. »

- MovieWeb

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Alien: just how intelligent is the title monster?

2 February 2017 3:10 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Ryan Lambie Feb 6, 2017

Ahead of this year's Alien: Covenant, we delve into a longstanding question: just how smart is the xenomorph, really...?

There are many reasons why Alien and Aliens are such unforgettable films: the dark underlying themes, the quality of the acting, the sheer artistry evident in their design and composition.

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But one of the reasons why these ageing films remain so compelling is because they imply as much as they show: 1979’s Alien may be infamous for its graphic birth sequence, but it raises so many questions that, at present, remain unanswered. How long had the crashed alien ship sat undiscovered on Lv-426, as the planet later became known? What were all those eggs doing in its belly? And foremost, just how intelligent is the creature we see emerge from John Hurt’s torso? Ridley Scott may be busy rootling »

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A Look Back at John Hurt’s Greatest Film Roles

31 January 2017 11:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

No actor was more perfectly named than John Hurt. It’s not as if the characters he played were always in pain, though more often than not, they were. Yet he was graced with a seductively layered and tricky personality — you sensed that his characters were sly, furtive, and complicated, because he was all those things as well.

Hurt died, at age 77, of pancreatic cancer Jan. 27 at his home in Norfolk, England. These are my favorites of his films.

The Naked Civil Servant

The performance that put Hurt on the map was his channeling of Quentin 
Crisp in a 1975 British TV movie. Cloaked in white makeup, with a shock of orange hair and a bombs-away bitchery as unapologetic as Johnny Rotten’s sneer, Hurt’s Crisp is effete , delicate, and merciless. The beauty of the performance is that it’s not a plea for “tolerance” so much as for the insane glory of the individual. »

- Owen Gleiberman

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