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While there are many who will argue that Ridley Scott's "Alien" is still the pinnacle of the franchise, there is an equal number who argue passionately for James Cameron's "Aliens" as the high point in the series. But no matter which side of the fence you're on, it can't be denied that the director took the monumental task of making the followup, and delivered in a big way. So let's travel back to nearly three decades ago (damn, we're old) with this vintage press kit featurette for the film. Running eight minutes long, it goes behind-the-scenes of the making of the movie, laying out the story, with insights from Sigourney Weaver, James Cameron and producer Gale Anne Hurd. The director describes his movie as a "dark action piece, with a very warm human center," adding that it's his goal to connect with the characters. Meanwhile, Hurd contends that »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Spartacus, Apocalypse Now, and even Kill Bill all suffered the slings and arrows of editorial misfortune, losing moments their creators thought really tied the project together. Of course, some auteurs go the other way and cut their films in length in order to really put a button on their classics, such as Ridley Scott's Alien clocking in a couple of minutes shorter than the original. In the tradition of those greats, we now have a cut of Muppets Most Wanted, as seen by its most reserved critics: Statler and Waldorf. USA Today was the lucky publication to gain access to the preferred version of one of this year's most underrated comedic gems, and it's a cut that has a lot to talk about. Mainly, the fact that the film is only made up of two scenes, both of which feature the creators to a certain extent. It's daring! It's bold! »
Some sequels are doomed to live in the shadow of the hits that triggered them. Here are a few examples...
Following up a successful movie with a sequel is a tough proposition for any writer or director, and it's often the case that such follow-ups fail to recreate the magic of their predecessors. But sometimes, sequels can offer a different yet entertaining experience of their own, and it's even possible that, if they didn't happen to share the same name as an earlier hit film, they might even have been better received.
This article's dedicated to a few of these kinds of films. They offer lots of excitement, comedy, jolts of terror and a smattering of great performances, and might have fared better with audiences and critics had they not been sequels. At the very least, they attempted to do something a little different than the films they followed. While other examples undeniably remain, »
A couple of weeks ago it was announced that Alien stars Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, Yaphet Kotto, Harry Dean Stanton, and Veronica Cartwright would all be coming back to reprise their roles for the upcoming game Alien: Isolation. Sega and The Creative Assembly have released a new video featuring the cast discussing the legacy of the film and their involvement in the new game.
Our latest Insider Video, “The Cast of Alien”, sees academy award nominated and golden globe winner actress, Sigourney Weaver (Ellen Ripley), Veronica Cartwright (Lambert), Harry Dean Stanton (Brett), Tom Skerritt (Dallas) and Yaphet Kotto (Parker) reveal further details of their return in Alien: Isolation™.
Players will be able to explore the Nostromo from habitation »
- Joey Paur
There are certain eternal questions in life that I doubt we’ll ever find an answer to. Who was Jack The Ripper? What happened on the Mary Celeste? How have there been five Resident Evil movies? And the question we’re going to look at now, why do they make kids' cartoons out of very adult movies?
In some ways it makes sense. As a kid, there are very few moments more exciting than watching an ultra-gory action film or a dodgy sex comedy that you know you’re not supposed to be watching. Everyone knows this, the studios especially. But surely they can’t be that blatant about it? You can’t make a show for kids based on RoboCop! Have you seen RoboCop? Won’t somebody please think of the children?
Imagine being a custodial worker in a bunker that’s the last livable place on Earth. The air outside is unbreathable, and a select group of humans are in cryogenic slumber around you. This is life for workers Bauer and Cartwright, but great responsibility and a dark secret could threaten to destroy their sanity and the human race. Produced by Robert Kirkman and starring Norman Reedus, Air is hitting theaters next spring and a teaser trailer was released yesterday during Comic-Con.
Set to come out in the spring of 2015, Air is the first feature film from Skybound Entertainment. Joining Reedus in the movie is Djimon Hounsou (Gladiator, Blood Diamond, Fast & Furious 7), who plays Cartwright opposite Reedus’ Bauer. Christian Cantamessa (co-writer of the video game, Red Dead Redemption) makes his directing debut with Air, based off a script by himself and Chris Pasetto. Robert Kirkman is producing the project, along with David Alpert, »
- Derek Anderson
If you’re a horror game fan, this fall is going to be hotter than a Sumerian summer. Two massive titles are set to hit console in the pre-Christmas season, and one of them, Alien: Isolation, just released a new video.
Instead of game footage, this video shows some behind-the-scenes moments with the cast of the original Alien and some of their thoughts on video games and the enduring quality of the film. Everyone from Sigourney Weaver to Harry Dean Stanton makes a quick appearance.
This was no doubt done to encourage people to pre-order Alien: Isolation, which comes with the Crew Expendable and Last Survivor Dlc featuring the cast of the original film. Both Dlc packs recreate scenes from Alien and should be a big enough incentive for any horror fan to pre-order the upcoming game.
Alien: Isolation is a first person survival horror game where »
- Scott Dell
As creator Bryan Fuller puts it, the last season of Hannibal “ended with everybody bleeding, and Hannibal dropping the mic and walking out,” but the next season is about to get even more intense. At EW’s Comic-Con hideout, Fuller offered some hints about the next season, including clues as to how the series will incorporate Hannibal and Dr. Du Maurier back to the rest of the characters, and talked about the various Alien collectibles he’d like to pick up in San Diego. The big prize? Sigourney Weaver, who Fuller admitted he’d love to sign for a spot on the show. »
- Jackson McHenry
Being that she's one of the most badass characters in film history, it only makes sense that the Alien universe's Ellen Ripley has been honored with a handful of action figures over the years. But there's always been a catch involved, which has resulted in them being a bit less than screen-accurate.
You see, Sigourney Weaver had never given permission for her likeness to be used, and so most of the Ripley toys out there don't quite look like Ripley. But that all changes thanks to Neca, who have Finally acquired the license, and have not one but two incredible Ripley figures in the works.
At Comic-Con, the company is showing off both figures for the very first time, and we've got the images for you today, courtesy of Figures.com!
Both toys will be included in the fourth series of Neca's ever-expanding Alien line, the first one depicting Ripley »
- John Squires
Sigourney Weaver is set to reprise the role of Ellen Ripley alongside co-stars Tom Skerritt (Dallas), Veronic Cartwright (Lambert), Harry Dean Stanton (Brett) and Yaphet Kotto (Parker) from Ridley Scott’s 1979 classic Alien for the upcoming Alien: Isolation video game. Yesterday, Sega and The Creative Assembly debuted a new video at the San Diego Comic-Con, which sees Weaver and the rest of the cast talking about returning to the world of Alien for the upcoming game, and we’ve got it for you here…
Alien: Isolation is set for release on October 7th.
- Gary Collinson
"There are more unmade movies than there are made movies," says Frank Pavich, director of Jodorowsky's Dune, the documentary chronicling director Alejandro Jodorowsky's efforts to adapt Frank Herbert's seminal science fiction novel for the big screen. His effort began almost a decade before the generally unsatisfying David Lynch version hit theatres in 1984.
Back in the mid 70s, widely credited as the creator of the Midnight Film genre with the release of El Topo (which caused a riot during its viewing at a film festival in Mexico), and fresh from the success of The Holy Mountain, Jodorowsky was given his choice of subject for his next movie. He elected to adapt Dune, even though he had never even read the book.
"Dune will be the coming of a god, »
Ridley Scott immersed viewers in a spaceship of horrors 35 years ago and now it’s time to return. Alien: Isolation may focus on Ripley’s daughter, but Sega and The Creative Assembly are allowing gamers to relive the events of the 1979 movie and have brought back much of the Nostromo’s crew, including Sigourney Weaver, to lend their likeness and voice. A new video shows the original cast reflecting on the film’s legacy and the upcoming game.
This will be part of two Dlc missions that will allow players to relive classic scenes from the movie and are part of the game’s pre-order offerings. Alien: Isolation is due out on October 7th. In addition to the game’s new video from The Creative Assembly, a previous trailer and two screenshots are also included below. Read on for more details on the bonus missions and how to »
- Derek Anderson
The Ripley actress, who will be joined by her fellow co-stars for Alien Isolation story Dlc, discusses the game and its environment in the new video from Sega.
Weaver says that while video game developers aren't film directors, they know that people want to be immersed in the world of Alien.
"It's not a really pleasant world for humans to be in," admits Weaver. "And it certainly becomes a lot more unpleasant when the alien is in your midst."
The game's primary narrative revolves around Ripley's daughter Amanda. Amanda Ripley's mission takes her to a remote trading station 15 years after the events of the first Alien film as she attempts to track down the flight recorder of her mother's ship. »
The new Alien: Isolation game has special bonus levels that allow you to play as the original cast of 1979's Alien, bringing back the characters that launched a long-standing franchise. A new featurette brings the actors all back to discuss their work and their return to this world. Watch as Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, Harry Dean Stanton, Yaphet Kotto and Veronica Cartwright reunite and share their experience with fans as Alien: Isolation heads to Comic-Con 2014.
Alien: Isolation allows players to assume the roles of from Ridley Scott 's original classic Alien . Sega and The Creative Assembly have premiered a new featurette with the cast discussing their legacy and involvement in the upcoming game.
Discover the true meaning of fear in Alien: Isolation, a survival horror set in an atmosphere of constant dread and mortal danger. Fifteen years after the events of Alien, Ellen Ripley's daughter, Amanda »
Sega's Alien: Isolation video game will be a big draw at Comic-Con starting today, what with a giant Alien egg on the show floor that attendees willing to brave the line will be able to step into to demo the game. Today is also the first time that Alien: Isolation will be playable following the surprising news that the film's original cast would be lending their voices to their characters, and you would only be able to experience this at launch by pre-ordering the game to access the 'Crew Expendable' and 'Last Survivor' modes via Dlc.
Pre-orders for Alien: Isolation are still top priority at Sega and as Comic-Con begins, they've released a new Alien: Isolation cast trailer featuring Sigourney Weaver (Ellen Ripley), Veronica Cartwright (Lambert), Harry Dean Stanton (Brett), Tom Skerritt (Dallas) and Yaphet Kotto (Parker) talking about returning to those roles after so many years. »
A few weeks ago, it was revealed that the upcoming Alien: Isolation will allow players to take on the roles of some of the characters from Ridley Scott’s classic film Alien and much of the cast would be reprising their roles. Now Sega and The Creative Assembly have debuted a new video featuring the cast discussing…
- Spencer Perry
A few weeks ago, it was revealed that the upcoming Alien: Isolation will allow players to take on the roles of some of the characters from Ridley Scott's classic film Alien and much of the cast would be reprising their roles. Now Sega and The Creative Assembly have debuted a new video featuring the cast discussing the legacy of the film and their involvement in the upcoming game. Check it out in the player below! »
Sega’s forthcoming Alien: Isolation tells an original story about Amanda Ripley (briefly mentioned in Aliens) set 15 years after the first film. But Amanda is about to be overshadowed by her very famous mother: Sigourney Weaver will play Ellen Ripley for the first time since 1997’s Alien: Resurrection—albeit in digital form—in two pieces of downloadable content for the game.
- Aaron Morales
Imagine being a custodial worker in a bunker that’s the last livable place on Earth. The air outside is unbreathable, and a select group of humans are in cryogenic slumber around you. This is life for workers Bauer and Cartwright, but great responsibility and a dark secret could threaten to destroy their sanity and the human race. Produced by Robert Kirkman and starring Norman Reedus, Air is hitting theaters next spring, and a new image and poster from the film have been released.
Set to be released in spring of 2015, Air is the first feature film from Skybound Entertainment. Joining Reedus in the movie is Djimon Hounsou (Gladiator, Blood Diamond, Fast & Furious 7), who plays Cartwright opposite Reedus’ Bauer. Christian Cantamessa (co-writer of the video game, Red Dead Redemption) makes his directing debut with Air, based off a script by himself and Chris Pasetto. Robert Kirkman is producing the project, »
- Derek Anderson
There will be lots of sci-fi at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con International.
“The Hangover” actress Sondra Currie will be on location to pitch a new sci-fi television series “Ganymede Pan” to fans and others attending the convention. Currie is best known as Alan’s mother in all three “Hangover” movies.
Currie spoke with in detail about the premise of the television and her plans for the upcoming San Diego Comic-Con International.
Read the interview below.
Latino-Review: Tell me more about this show “Ganymede Pan.” I’ve seen the trailer. What is this science-fiction television show you’re trying to promote?
Sondra Currie: It’s a situation in which the universe is in grave danger. I play General Tai. She is the nemesis on the show. There’s a psychotropic substance or we call it a “trope. »
- Gig Patta
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