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With 23 films over the last 38 years, Ridley Scott has barely had time to slow down and he’s already planning to shoot his Prometheus sequel, Alien: Paradise Lost, early next year. As for his latest, The Martian, it’s shaping up to be his biggest success yet with a $100 million-plus opening weekend worldwide and widespread acclaim from audiences and critics. For those that are looking to go behind the scenes of the the making of the film, as well as his entire career, we’re featuring a batch of extensive conversations he’s taken part in.
“Matt [Damon] called me ‘Two Take Charlie,'” Scott told EW with a laugh, revealing he shot the film in a brisk 72 days. “The key is to know what you’re doing. If you do 90 takes it means you don’t really know what you want. Also, the key in doing my job is to »
- Leonard Pearce
"I'm in a groove now," the venerated director Ridley Scott said of his career as we sat down to record this podcast last Friday, the day on which his latest film, the space-set dramedy The Martian, opened nationwide and was greeted with rave reviews en route to topping the box-office with a weekend gross of $54.3 million. The 77-year-old Brit has been making acclaimed and popular films for 38 years — films as eclectic as 1979's Alien, 1982's Blade Runner, 1991's Thelma & Louise, 2000's Gladiator and 2001's Black Hawk Down. He's been nominated for the best director Oscar three
- Scott Feinberg
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After discussing them this summer, George Miller tells Top Gear he’s in talk with WB for the Mad Max: Fury Road sequels, but first he says, “I want to do a small film without special effects before I do any of that, just to do it quickly. We shot Fury Road for eight months… that’s a lot. Every day in the heat and the dust, doing these stunts, it’s very wearing. We’ve got two more planned, but at some point in the future.”
Listen to our own Nick Newman discuss the career of Hong Sang-soo on the latest episode of The Auteur Museum:
- TFS Staff
The stellar $55 million box-office debut of “The Martian” this weekend marks a return to form for Ridley Scott, and raises the prospect that the acclaimed director could be in line to take another run at his first Oscar victory. Academy voters don’t — at least consciously — factor box-office performance in when they make nominations, but broad commercial success drives buzz and certainly can’t hurt. “The Martian” is Scott’s best sci-fi opening ever, ahead of “Prometheus,” “Alien” and “Blade Runner,” and second overall only to “Hannibal,” which rolled out to $58 million in 2001. Also Read: Matt Damon's 'The Martian' Soars. »
- Todd Cunningham
With Ridley Scott committed to the "Prometheus" sequel "Alien: Paradise Lost" and with plans for potentially two more films that would link back up with the "Alien" franchise, it raises an obvious question.
That being how in the hell does Neil Blomkamp's direct "Aliens" sequel fit into all this and how will Scott's plans affect it? We know Scott is producing the Blomkamp film which will come sometime after 'Paradise Lost', and speaking with Empire this week he suggests the film will take the almost three decades since "Aliens" release into consideration:
"I'm producing [Blomkamp's movie]. It's designed to go next after ['Alien: Paradise Lost']. ["His version] is more associated with Ripley. It's coming from a completely different angle. It's kind of more of a sequel… after, after after. I'm coming at it from the back end."
Scott says he's keen to make two films a year going forward, likely one major and one quick smaller film »
- Garth Franklin
This week, Neil Calloway suggests some films that would work well as TV shows…
With the new series of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. now underway, the Limitless TV show having just debuted in the Us, and talk of a Game of Thrones movie being made (later denied). There’s even a TV show (the second, following a short-lived 1990 show) of the John Hughes/John Candy classic Uncle Buck coming soon. Add in the Minority Report TV show, and the just announced Lethal Weapon series and we have truly entered the age of the TV and film crossover.
The line between TV and film is growing smaller. The “small screen” is no longer seen as a step down from the cinema, largely because our TVs are no longer small, and people are watching what awful people call “content” in the same way – streaming it to their TV, laptop or tablet. Martin Scorsese, »
- Neil Calloway
With the recent title change of the Prometheus sequel to Alien: Paradise Lost, fans have been wondering what that means for Neill Blomkamp’s plans for Alien 5, a movie which will apparently pick up after Aliens (thereby forgetting the divisive third and fourth instalments of the franchise).
“I’m producing [Blomkamp’s movie]. It’s designed to go next after ‘Alien: Paradise Lost’. His version is more associated with Ripley. It’s coming from a completely different angle. It’s kind of more of a sequel… after, after after. I’m coming at it from the back end.”
So, they’re clearly going to be two very different movies, but it should be interesting to see how the »
- Josh Wilding
20th Century Fox’s release, which carries the fortuitous coincidence of Nasa’s recent discovery of water on Mars, is dominating moviegoing. Its opening day looks to take in $17 million, including $2.5 million at Thursday night previews — far above the $1.4 million from “Gravity” two years ago and the biggest preview gross since “Straight Outta Compton” pulled in $4.9 million in mid-August.
Ridley Scott’s action-adventure, starring Damon as an astronaut stranded on the Red Planet, is launching amid strong reviews following last month’s premiere at the Toronto Film Festival. Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for Rentrak, said that the initial “Martian” performance is impressive on several counts.
“Despite not being a sequel or a franchise film, it has truly captured the imagination of »
- Dave McNary
So, what’s going on with Neil Blomkamp’s “Alien 5” now that Ridley Scott is making “Alien: Paradise Lost,” a.k.a. “Prometheus 2,” and possibly planning two more films that connect to the original “Alien” film? Well, while there have been rumors that Scott was none too pleased when he first learned about Blomkamp’s pitch — especially since he’s still in the middle of his “Prometheus” spin-offs — he’s clearly come to Jesus with Fox and Blomkamp, will act as a producer on the film, and apparently the younger filmmaker’s movie will come sometime after "Alien: Paradise Lost." Read More: Ridley Scott Teases 'Alien: Paradise Lost' Will Have "Connections" With Ripley But what is “Alien 5” exactly? Blomkamp has said it picks up after the events of James Cameron's “Aliens,” so many have speculated that it acts as a kind of wedged-in retcon that basically »
- Edward Davis
Though it’s by no means a horror film, fans of Ridley Scott’s previous outer space adventures like Alien and Prometheus will surely want to check out The Martian, now in theaters. Not your cup of tea? Rather stay at home?… Continue Reading →
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- John Squires
If you have not seen "The Cabin in the Woods" and don't want to know what happens, do not read this article. I repeat: Do Not Read This Article. Don't. Do it. Now, on to the major, major spoilers... In a recent interview with Den of Geek, "The Cabin in the Woods" writer/director Drew Goddard spilled that Lionsgate is actually clamoring for a sequel to the film, which grossed $66 million worldwide and was presumably profitable. "...the studio wants to do it," said Goddard. "They've come to us. ...The funny part is, I don't think we planned that movie to do a sequel you know?" He's not kidding. As anyone who has seen the uber-meta horror flick knows: the world ends at the end of the movie. As in, finito. Finished. No more world. Bye, bye, world. Goddard is unperturbed. "...the fun thing about Cabin is, the rules are pretty crazy, »
- Chris Eggertsen
As Alien taught us, in space, no one can hear you scream. They also can.t hear you critique. But when astronauts land back on terra firma, the one major complaint they tend to hurl at astronaut-based sci-fi flicks involves undergarments. or, the lack of proper representation. As part of her promotion for Ridley Scott.s The Martian, co-star Jessica Chastain sat with Nasa astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson, who served as a consultant on the film. They were asked by Yahoo Movies about possible flaws in the finished feature, to which Dyson explained: They should be wearing. maximum absorbency garments, or MAGs for short. You know them as diapers. And they.re a reality in space travel. And some movies omit this very important garment. So when Sandra Bullock peels off her space suit in Gravity to reveal sexy, form-fitting boy shorts (in the image at the top of this »
Ridley Scott still remembers, vividly, sitting down in a movie theater, watching the lights go down and experiencing as a gamechanging moment as 2001: A Space Odyssey sputtered to life onscreen. "It had been out less than a week," the filmmaker recalls, settling into a chair in a cavernous hotel conference room in Toronto. "I sat in theater all by myself in the middle of the day, in Queensgate, London, with a pack of cigarettes — you could smoke in theaters in those days. It was a brand-new 70mm print, and »
Ridley Scott may currently be doing the press rounds to promote his latest film, The Martian, but that hasn’t stopped him from getting the wheels in motion for his next project. The follow-up to 2012’s Prometheus, now titled Alien: Paradise Lost, is already lined up as Scott’s next film as director, and will – as indicated by the title – have connective tissue with both Prometheus and the Alien franchise.
Understandably, some people are ambivalent about Scott returning to the realm of Alien and Prometheus, especially when the 2012 movie drew such a mixed response. Though it received mostly broadly positive reviews, and was generally admired for its invention and wealth of ideas, Prometheus still left many underwhelmed thanks to its plethora of plotholes, some dodgy story turns and a few underwritten supporting characters. Where most basically thought the film passed muster, others were indifferent, while some outright hated it.
- Brogan Morris
This review contains spoilers. Our spoiler-free review is here.
9.3 Under The Lake
"This safety message was brought to you by Vector Petroleum"
Right then. There’s an isolated base, with a diverse crew on board. There’s a threat, from which there’s no obvious sign of escape. There are corridors, which are set to be run down with as much determination as you would expect. And there’s the arrival of the Doctor and his companion, just as the fit is hitting the shan.
What do you mean you’ve seen it all before?
"You actually poo-pooed the ghost theory?"
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- Tamika Jones
It’s the biggest Thursday preview gross since “Straight Outta Compton” pulled in $4.9 million in mid-August.
“The Martian” is expected to pull in around $45 million at 3,826 locations over the weekend, with the studio pegging an opening in the low $40 million range. The film cost $109 million to produce and boasts a supporting cast that includes Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Jeff Daniels, Michael Pena and Chiwetel Ejiofor.
Pre-sales for “The Martian,” based on Andy Weir’s novel, have been topping “Gravity,” which launched on the same weekend in 2013. Sandra Bullock’s “Gravity” set an October opening record of $55.8 million.
It’s uncertain if Hurricane Joaquin will impact box »
- Dave McNary
Sci-fi fans might feel a frisson at the end of The Martian when the credit “Directed by Ridley Scott” fades in over a shot of space. It evokes the same credit over a shot of space in Scott’s 1979 sci-fi classic Alien — a cold, cynical, icky film, still a prime specimen of the subgenre known as “body horror.” The Martian is so not that. It flips Alien on its polar axis: In this space, everyone can hear you scream. The whole world, in fact, is watching and rooting for space botanist Mark Watney (Matt Damon), left for dead on the red planet and now tasked with keeping himself from starving before Nasa can send fresh vittles and/or bring him home. Mark is an amazingly resourceful guy, but the film still says, it takes a village. And I couldn’t help thinking as I watched, I’m part of that village! »
- David Edelstein
When Ridley Scott announced plans to return to the Alien saga (with what eventually turned out to be his thrilling but bamboozling space thriller Prometheus) five years ago, the internet was pretty receptive to the idea. After all, Twentieth Century Fox had squeezed every last drop of acid blood from the waning franchise via a series of progressively weaker sequels (not counting James Cameron’s excellent Aliens) before topping off the misery with a brace of utterly pointless Alien vs Predator movies. What more could possibly go wrong, especially with Scott returning to the genre that made him famous for the first time in 30 years?
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- Ben Child
The Martian, 2015.
Directed by Ridley Scott.
During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive.
The Martian is a 142 minute movie that opens up with the above mentioned failed Nasa mission that ends up deserting team botanist Mark Watney (Matt Damon) on Mars thanks to a hailstorm. It’s a decision by director Ridley Scott (whose movies are all over the map in terms of quality lately) that pays »
- Robert Kojder
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