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Game News: Xbox, Ubisoft, Alien, Fables

12 hours ago | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Xbox One

A limited edition, NFL-themed, silver Xbox One has been created but won't be available in stores. Only 50 of the limited series will be produced, the first will serve as the prize in a raffle being held next week by the Brees Dream Foundation. [Source: Cinema Blend]

Ubisoft

Despite only being on the scene for seven years with six major titles so far, the "Assassin's Creed" franchise is more popular than you might expect. Ubisoft's financial investor page (via Behind Games) has listed how many total physical and digital copies have been sold of their respective franchises. They are:

Assassin's Creed: 73 million

Just Dance: 48 million

Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: 30 million

Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: 26 million

Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: 25 million

Petz: 24 million

Rayman: 25 million

Imagine: 21 million

Prince of Persia: 20 million

Driver: 19 million

Far Cry: 18 million

Rayman Raving Rabbids: 14 million

The Settlers: 10 million

The Experience: 9 million

Anno: 5 million. »

- Garth Franklin

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New Alien: Isolation Video Brings Out the Lo-Fi Sci-Fi

18 April 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

We've been monitoring the progress of Alien: Isolation carefully and trying to keep our heads after the debacle of Aliens: Colonial Marines, but it's getting really hard to not get excited. Next up for you guys is a new developer diary. Dig it!

“This isn’t a world of holograms and touchscreens; there’s no sense here that technology is going to save you.” – Alistair Hope, Creative Lead.

To stay faithful to the original source, Alien: Isolation takes a retro look to the future with a design aesthetic which developer Creative Assembly describes as "lo-fi sci-fi." It’s clunky, it’s chunky, it’s push-button and analog. There are no phasers or lasers, and the smartest weapons you find may be tied together with duct tape and string. A world very much of Crt not LCD, Alien: Isolation may be set in the future, but it’s »

- Steve Barton

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Cool Stuff: Candykiller’s Ridley Scott Poster Art Prints

17 April 2014 3:00 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Our friends at Blurpy have alerted us to Brian Taylor‘s awesome Ridley Scott movie poster print series. Taylor, who also goes by the nickname Candykiller, is a Scotland-based graphic designer and illustrator who has worked mainly at design and advertising agencies. Candykiller has released the first two prints for the movies Blade Runner and Alien, […]

The post Cool Stuff: Candykiller’s Ridley Scott Poster Art Prints appeared first on /Film. »

- Peter Sciretta

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Harrison Ford Excited to Return for Blade Runner Sequel

15 April 2014 5:21 AM, PDT | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

When Ridley Scott first revealed that he's working on "Alien" prequel, called "Prometheus," he also said that he's working on a sequel to his "Blade Runner" sci-fi film, which starred Harrison Ford. Now, while participating in an "Ask Me Anything" session on Reddit, Ford commented on how he feels about potentially returning for "Blade Runner 2." He said: "I'm quite curious and excited about seeing a new script for 'Blade Runner.' If it's a good script I would be very anxious to work with Ridley Scott again, he's a very talented and passionate filmmaker. And I think it would be very interesting to revisit the character." Coincidentally, Ford also said that "Blade Runner" was the most difficult film he ever worked on, stating that the cast and crew worked fifty nights in a row and "it was always raining." »

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James Cameron Wanted To Make 'Aliens 5' With Ridley Scott, Says 'Prometheus' "Didn't Add Up Logically"

14 April 2014 6:39 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

You probably remember that at one point in the early aughts, Ridley Scott wanted to return to the 'Alien' franchise. This is years before “Prometheus” took shape and this version would have essentially been a more traditional “Aliens 5” with Sigourney Weaver as Ripley, and the alien battle taking place on Earth. But the “Aliens Vs. Predator” series not only stole the idea, but in the eyes of Scott, it sullied the franchise and he didn’t want anything to do with it. Though, they did consider it regardless for a while. "We’d have to go back to the drawing board on [the fifth alien film]," Weaver told MTV in 2008. "Ridley said that right away when we first talked about [a fifth film]." But in the end he wiped his hands clean of it all for years until he found the right way to reboot the series with the prequel-like “Prometheus.” But did you know »

- Edward Davis

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James Cameron Talks 'Battle Angel', 'True Lies 2', 'Terminator' and 'Alien 5'

12 April 2014 1:22 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Director James Cameron just finished his extensive Ama on Reddit, where he went over his entire career and discussed all of his movies, both future and past. In an unusually candid conversation, the man behind two of the world's biggest movie releases, Titanic and Avatar, was definitely asked anything and everything.

To read his comments about the future of the Avatar franchise: clickHere.

Read on for his comments about True Lies 2, Battle Angel, the future of the The Terminator franchise and the Alien franchise, where he discusses his thoughts, feelings and general attitude towards cinema at this point in time.

For years, we've heard that True Lies 2 is happening. These rumors have mostly been kept alive by Arnold Schwarzenegger's co-star Tom Arnold. According to James Cameron, we'll probably never see a sequel.

We abandoned True Lies 2 after 9/11, because we didn't think a comedy about fundamentalist terrorists was so funny anymore. »

- MovieWeb

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The Last Days on Mars review 'Elegantly crafted adventure'

10 April 2014 1:45 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

This smart thriller is a neo-zombie nightmare in space, set in the fascinatingly surrel landscape of the red planet

Some space scientists are about to finish a wearisome six-month stint checking for signs of life on the fiery surface of Mars. Exhausted after endless weeks of work, driving their tractor-wheeled vehicles across dusty terrain between the mother ship and the temporary outpost next to the dig site, and waiting for crackly video messages to come through from their nearest and dearest on earth, they're looking forward to getting home. Surely nothing absolutely terrifying can happen to them on the very last day, can it? Screenwriter Clive Dawson and director Ruairí Robinson have put together a smart thriller, based on the 1975 Sf short story The Animators by Sydney J Bounds: a neo-zombie nightmare in space, with Liev Schreiber, Romola Garai and Olivia Williams among the jumpsuited crew. Their day-to-day working lives »

- Peter Bradshaw

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Prometheus 2: 10 Lessons It Must Learn In Order To Succeed

10 April 2014 6:47 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

20th Century Fox

Last month Ridley Scott’s 2016 “mystery project” was finally revealed – after a lot of speculation on movie forums, 20th Century Fox announced that the film in question will be the sequel to Prometheus, with Noomi Rapace and Michael Fassbender reprising their roles of Dr. Elizabeth Shaw and David.

The announcement immediately reopened the can of worms regarding the merits of Prometheus (something which this article will be guilty of doing in a moment), a movie which has stirred up no end of debate since its release. Is it a cinematic masterpiece or a hugely wasted opportunity to really flesh out the Alien mythology? Or is it – more plausibly – something in between; a decent science fiction film based on a much-loved franchise that’s as entertaining as it is over-ambitious?

To many, Prometheus felt like a project in which the makers – aware of the great expectations the movie »

- Andrew Dilks

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You Know You Want This 'Alien' Facehugger Table in Your Living Room

8 April 2014 2:00 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

When H.R. Giger first put pen to paper and drew the seeds of what we'd see in Alien, there is no way he could have possibly conceived just how long his images would endure and how they'd be passed down from generation to generation. Even though we've had seven feature films (if you count the sequels, crossovers and prequel) so far that utilize his creations, none of those have tried to deviate from what he first cooked up several decades ago. That's impressive. And of course, fans have been paying tribute to Giger's designs for decades, too, and the latest one to catch our eye is this Alien egg table with a "facehugger" nestled inside. It was all carved out of a single tree trunk by the very talented, chainsaw-wielding artist Griffon Ramsey. Check...

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- Peter Hall

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Prometheus 2: 10 Questions The Film Needs To Answer

8 April 2014 2:16 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

20th Century Fox

In space, no one can hear you scream. Well, unless it’s the collective groans of about a million Alien fans when promised prequel Prometheus delivered itself to the cinema, only to tell a 99% standalone story told practically adjacent to the mythos and story of the ill-fated Nostromo. That sound was practically heard in every part of the cosmos.

Ridley Scott, a talented director, broke ground with the claustrophobic space thriller Alien that introduced body horror and Cthulu-esque terror to a whole new generation, and delighted fans around the world when he announced new film Prometheus would deal with the story before his previous effort. Not everyone was satisfied, expecting Scott to pull out all the stops to craft a dark, thrilling prologue that upon its finale would lead directly into the events that preceded Alien.

Not every question was answered – far from it – but a larger, »

- Chris Haigh

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Review: Jarmusch Puts a Refreshing, Distinctive Stamp on Vampres in Only Lovers Left Alive

7 April 2014 6:36 AM, PDT | shocktillyoudrop.com | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

When Only Lovers Left Alive was announced I think it was hard to not get at least a little bit excited. Here was have Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers) and Tilda Swinton (We Need To Talk About Kevin) - two powerhouse actors playing vampires in a world crafted by the always underlyingly powerful Jim Jarmusch, the man behind Ghost Dog, Dead Man and Broken Flowers, among others. That’s a lot of heavy hitter roster to begin with. Throw in the always lovable Anton Yelchin (Fright Night), the rising star Mia Wasikowska (Stoker) and the infamous John Hurt (Alien, Hellboy) and you have a stacked deck. So the question was could the film possibly live up to the hype that the cast induces? Absolutely.

The post Review: Jarmusch Puts a Refreshing, Distinctive Stamp on Vampres in Only Lovers Left Alive appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »

- Ryan Turek

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Listen to This Latest Alien: Isolation Video

4 April 2014 1:52 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Sound is a crucial component of any horror series, and Alien: Isolation is no exception. In the latest trailer the team behind the game at Creative Assembly discusses how careful it has been to remain true to the incredible audio composition of the 1979 movie.

With access to countless original audio recordings and the musical score, Alien: Isolation features a soundtrack which creates an emotional reaction from the player, escalating tension and driving fear.

Alien: Isolation is a first-person survival horror game capturing the fear and tension evoked by Ridley Scott’s 1979 classic film. Players find themselves in an atmosphere of constant dread and mortal danger as an unpredictable, ruthless Xenomorph is stalking and killing deep in the shadows. Underpowered and underprepared, you must scavenge resources, improvise solutions and use your wits, not just to succeed in your mission, but to simply stay alive.

Alien: Isolation will »

- Steve Barton

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Looking back at Alan Dean Foster's Alien novelisation

4 April 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Feature Ryan Lambie 7 Apr 2014 - 07:06

As Alan Dean Foster's novelisation of Alien gets a 35th anniversary reissue, we take a look back at its intelligent rendering of the film...

Celebrating its 35th anniversary this year, Ridley Scott's Alien remains a timeless exercise in atmosphere and suspense. The intervening years may have diminished the impact of its bloodiest moments, but the air of astral coldness is still as potent as it ever was.

Alan Dean Foster's Alien novelisation succeeds in capturing that same chilly essence - quite a feat, given that the author wrote the book in just three weeks, with what appears to be an early draft of the screenplay, and without having seen a photograph of the title creature.

Novelisations essentially a marketing tool - released around the same time as the films on which they're based, they're written quickly and bundled onto bookshop shelves without much fanfare. »

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Tom Hardy, Ridley Scott team for BBC drama

4 April 2014 12:00 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Ridley Scott and Tom Hardy to executive produce period drama Taboo from Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight, financed by the BBC and Sonar Entertainment.

The BBC has commissioned a major new period drama starring Tom Hardy, who will also executive produce the series with acclaimed director Ridley Scott.

The 8 x 60-minute drama, titled Taboo, will be produced by Scott Free London and Hardy Son & Baker for BBC1 and Sonar Entertainment, which is distributing the series outside the UK.

Set in 1813, the story follows James Keziah Delaney (Hardy), a rogue adventurer who returns from Africa with 14 ill-gotten diamonds to seek vengeance after the death of his father.

Refusing to sell the family business to the East India Company, he sets out to build his own trade and shipping empire and finds himself playing a dangerous game with two warring nations, Britain and America.

The shoot is scheduled to take place in the UK from January 2015.

Taboo was created »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Ridley Scott To Executive Produce Halo Digital Feature

3 April 2014 9:16 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Microsoft have announced today that Ridley Scott is currently working on a Halo digital feature. A press release revealed that Xbox Entertainment Studios and Scott Free Productions – Scott’s own company – “are proud to announce a new Halo…project to be released later this year.” The director, who is responsible for kick-starting the Alien franchise and directing the sci-fi, dystopian film Blade Runner, is attached as executive producer.

The digital feature is set to be directed by Sergio Mimica-Gezzan, who has worked on several episodes of Battlestar Galactica, while the creator of the TV series Prison Break, Paul Scheuring, will potentially be attached to the project as a writer.

This latest Halo news is similar to the announcement of the TV adaptation of the popular Fps title, which is being produced by Steven Spielberg. However, while the latter is said to be a live-action feature, neither project is being described as a Halo movie. »

- Andrew Heaton

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Mythbusting Female-Led Film Franchises

3 April 2014 8:16 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

2013 was a banner year for women on the big screen. The Sandra Bullock-starrer Gravity pulled in more box-office bucks than Man Of Steel. Jennifer Lawrence’s The Hunger Games: Catching Fire set booking lines alight, and the Kristen Bell-led Frozen melted cash registers around the world. Then there was The Heat – a buddy cop film starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy, written by Katie Dippold – which raked in $230 million dollars.

On the face of it, these are very different movies, but they have two things in common. Firstly, they give us strong portrayals of well-written female characters in the main, lead role. These are not women as fantasized by men – facilitating the accepted order of things within a patriarchy – these are women as human beings. Secondly, they did well – very well. Individually, they were huge box office successes, and collectively they proved that cinema audiences desire a more »

- Sarah Myles

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Ridley Scott producing Halo digital feature project?

3 April 2014 2:34 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Ridley Scott will reportedly serve as executive producer on a new Halo digital project.

The project is being developed by 343 Industries, Xbox Entertainment Studios and the Alien director's own Scott Free Productions, according to The Wrap.

Sergio Mimica-Gezzan, whose previous credits include Battlestar Galactica and Heroes, is reportedly on board as director.

It is not associated with Steven Spielberg's previously announced Halo project.

It will share similarities with Machinima's 'Forward Unto Dawn' mini-series, focusing on a super-soldier who is not Master Chief.

Microsoft is planning to reveal more during this year's E3 gaming expo in June.

The firm previously denied reports that Ridley Scott had signed on to direct a Halo feature length film.

Microsoft hopes to debut original TV content on Xbox 360 and Xbox One early this year. »

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Boy, Bike, Ridley and Tony

2 April 2014 12:37 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Yesterday I stumbled on the following short film from Ridley Scott titled "Boy and Bicycle" of which he directed in 1962 while a student at the Royal College of Art in London. Shot over the course of six weeks, for ?65 (approx. $108 today) on 16mm and featuring his brother, the late Tony Scott, in the lead role, the short follows a young teen as he skips school. The film was shot in various locations in Hartlepool, North East England. The short would eventually be finished in 1965 when Scott secured financing from the British Film Institute and would then include theme music by James Bond composer John Barry. The short immediately caught my eye and after searching the Internet for commentary from others, most of which feel they see imagery they will later recognize in Scott's Alien, Blade Runner and Black Rain, I think the more obvious discussion points are visual comparisons to »

- Brad Brevet

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The 11 Most Badass American Movie Actors (Photos)

1 April 2014 4:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Here at Moviefone, we think America's greatness should be celebrated all year long -- or, at the very least, for an extra week. That's why we're declaring March 31 - April 4 "America F@$& Yeah" week, with five days of patriotic interviews and features that honor America and the movies.

Plenty of actors act tough and reckless off screen, but these American-born stars personify what it means to be badass and heroic in front of the camera.

Long before Johnny Depp trashed a hotel room and Shia Labeouf made headlines for fisticuffs, John Wayne and Clint Eastwood were being celebrated by fans for their portrayals of tough gunslingers and grisly macho men. They laughed in the face of danger and skillfully handled their business, man-style.

Nowadays, badass heroes aren't limited to the male of the species. Hollywood has since opened its doors (narrowly) for tough heroines, like Ripley, played by Sigourney Weaver, »

- Jonny Black

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10 remarkable things about Species

1 April 2014 2:56 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Top 10 Ryan Lambie 2 Apr 2014 - 06:07

An all-star cast hunt down a female alien in 1995's Species. Here are 10 remarkable things about this very strange film...

Nb: this article contains some saucy language and imagery that may be considered not safe for work.

Director Jonathan Glazer's Under The Skin took a B-movie concept - that of the female alien seductress - and turned it into an arthouse masterpiece starring Scarlett Johansson. 1995's Species, on the other hand, positively revels in its trashiness, with a mutating lady monster (played by Natasha Henstridge) scurrying around Los Angeles and attempting to copulate with its populace.

At the time of release, your humble writer went to a local cinema to watch Species with a group of friends, purely on the basis that it featured some creature designs by Swiss artist Hr Giger - most commonly noted for his work on the classic Alien. »

- ryanlambie

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