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Alien franchise: ranking the movies in order of quality

22 January 2015 7:45 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Alien and Aliens are classics. But how do the other sequels, prequel and spin-offs compare? We try to rank them in descending order...

Ranking any franchise is a personal and difficult process, but the Alien series represents its own challenges. Were you more affected by the intimate shocks of the 1979 original, or the more action-led 1986 sequel? Were you impressed by Alien 3's commitment to its bleak tone, or irked by its soupy darkness?

You're sure to have your own opinions as to how the Alien movies should be ranked, though we'd wager that, like us, you'd place the Alien Vs Predator spin-offs quite far down the list. But then there's Ridley Scott's prequel, Prometheus, a film some might rank far above Jean-Pierre Jeunet's quirky Alien Resurrection, and perhaps even David Fincher's Alien 3.

Accepting, then, that the ranking below is very much down to personal taste, »

- ryanlambie

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3 Fun Facts For Alien and Raiders Of The Lost Ark - Video

21 January 2015 1:46 PM, PST | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

Movie Blast has created a fun facts video series for movies, and each one they do points out three things that you might not know about the film in question. The two that I've included here are for Ridley Scott's Alien and Steven Spielberg's Raiders of the Lost Ark. I've been doing a Fun Facts column of my own because I love movie trivia, but these are presented in a brief animated format. There's some interesting stuff included in these that I wasn't aware of.


- Joey Paur

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Exodus: Gods and Kings movie review: whites only

21 January 2015 6:50 AM, PST | | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

Simultaneously the dullest and the most insulting version of itself it could possibly be. If only it had managed to be campy, that’d be something… I’m “biast” (pro): have been a fan of Ridley Scott in the past…

I’m “biast” (con): …but not so much lately

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

I think I’ve finally figured out what Exodus: Gods and Kings is all about. I don’t mean how it’s a painfully boring, too-literal adaptation of a Biblical fantasy that’s been told plenty often before, and was not calling out to be told again. I mean how it’s possible that Ridley Scott could have made such a stodgy flick, and one that’s utterly tone-deaf to modern sensibilities. Cuz Scott used to be ahead of the curve, not decades behind it: This is the guy who »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Daily | Kenny, Maddin, Tsai

21 January 2015 4:18 AM, PST | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

In today's roundup of news and views: Cristina Álvarez López and Adrian Martin suggest that we "re-imagine" Roman Polanski's Repulsion "as a Béla Tarr film." Plus Adrian Martin on Walerian Borowczyk, Jonathan Rosenbaum on Tsai Ming-liang's Stray Dogs, Jason Z. Resnikoff on the contrasting views of the future between Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey and Ridley Scott's Alien, Wayne Koestenbaum and Sérgio Dias Branco on Guy Maddin, Joshua Rothman on Werner Herzog, Grady Hendrix on Tsui Hark, Michael Sicinski on Gabe Klinger's documentary on James Benning and Richard Linklater—and more. » - David Hudson »

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Sponsor Update: Big Bad Toystore New Arrivals & Pre-Orders

18 January 2015 4:01 AM, PST | Legions of Gotham | See recent Legions of Gotham news »


New Pre-orders


New Hasbro – Marvel, Star Wars, And Transformers!

We have listed a ton of new preorders including Star Wars Black 6”; Transformers Combiner Wars, Robots in Disguise, and Rescue Bots; Marvel Legends Infinite; Marvel Avengers Infinite; and Avengers: Age of Ultron.

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Daenerys With Drogon Statue

Daenerys Targaryen, the last noble of her house, is on a path to reclaim her destiny in Game of Thrones. She has emerged as one of the series’ best-loved characters. Dark Horse »

- Matt MacNabb

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New Documentary on Surrealist H.R. Giger, Who Designed the 'Alien' Xenomorph, Coming Soon

13 January 2015 11:24 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

It was the hammer-headed Xenomorph from Ridley Scott's 1979 "Alien," with its macabre, womblike set design, that won famed surrealist H.R. Giger his Oscar in 1980 for Best Achievement in Special Effects. Now, Icarus Films and KimStim have announced the joint acquisition of North American distribution rights -- including theatrical, home video and TV -- to "Dark Star: H.R. Giger's World," directed by Belinda Sallin. 2015 release date forthcoming. Giger, who died in 2014, designed out-of-this-world sets and scenes for "Poltergeist 2," "The Other Side," "Alien 3," "Species" and "Prometheus," to name a few, along with mind-bending cover art for Emerson, Lake and Palmer, Debbie Harry and Danzig. Giger was recently featured in the terrific documentary "Jodorowsky's Dune," chronicling the thwarted attempt by Alejandro Jodorowsky, who approached Giger to contribute VFX designs, to mount the Frank Herbert »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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Alien 3: the story ideas that never made it to the screen

12 January 2015 8:46 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

During its fraught production, Alien 3 went through dozens of drafts. We look at some of the story ideas that never made it to the screen...

When the credits rolled on 1986's Aliens, the inevitable question from many cinemagoers was, "What happens next?"

For 20th Century Fox, and writer-producers David Giler and Walter Hill, it took nearly six years to figure out an answer to that question. Certainly, when Aliens was in production, director James Cameron had some ideas about a sequel; he once spoke about the prospect of Ripley, Hicks and young Newt - a makeshift family thrown together by that film's events - meeting up again for a second sequel to Alien.

“I know that James Cameron had planned to have Hicks, Ripley and me in Alien 3, to have a family-type thing", Newt actress Carrie Henn said in 1995.

A year after Aliens came out, Cameron was unequivocal »

- ryanlambie

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DVD/Bluray Review: Supernova

11 January 2015 1:59 PM, PST | | See recent Icons of Fright news »

Scream Factory has been releasing a pretty steady amount of hits when it comes to releasing some genuinely great (and most of the time, beloved) long lost, out of print or just fan favorite films from the ’70s/’80s and all of the way up to films of today. Most of the time, the releases are warranted and fans celebrate getting HD transfers of films they hold dear…most of the time.

Fast forward to Supernova, the James Spader and Angela Bassett-led 2000 sci-fi horror film that was marred by multiple directors, editors, reshoots and eventually the miracle of being released, given its circumstances. While most genre fans might pass on this one, it’s an interesting release from a company that always has some nifty tricks up their sleeves, even if said tricks is releasing one of the most confusingly studio-tampered films of all time.

Supernova (2000)

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- Jerry Smith

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New Trailer Lands For Neill Blomkamp’s Robot Actioner Chappie

9 January 2015 2:02 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Filmmaker Neill Blomkamp stirred things up earlier in the week by publishing unseen concept art from his previously-unheard-of Alien project. With xenomorph devotees the world over mourning the loss of a movie we’ll likely never see, you can’t deny the fact that when Blomkamp’s interested, he throws himself all in. With that in mind, we can turn to a movie that is on its way – Chappie. While it doesn’t include any acid-blooded extraterrestrials, it does bear more than a passing resemblance to several schlocky 80s flicks.

Ahead of its arrival into cinemas, Sony has dropped a new trailer. This time permitting us a better glimpse at the film’s human component, there’s still no mistaking who’s the central figure: Chappie, the robot. Equipped with artificial intelligence, Chappie believes himself to be unique as he begins to question his life’s purpose. His job as »

- Gem Seddon

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Watch: New Trailer For Neill Blomkamp’s Sci-Fi Film ‘Chappie’ Starring Hugh Jackman, Dev Patel & Die Antwoord

9 January 2015 9:04 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

So what was director Neill Blomkamp up to with those “Alien” designs and concept art that he posted a week back? As some were speculating — given the design had a young Sigourney Weaver and the likely long dead Michael Biehn as Corporal Dwayne Hicks — maybe he was planning a video game within that same time period? Who knows. He hasn’t admitted what that secret, now evidently abandoned project was. We’ll assume details will come to light some day. In the meantime, Blomkamp’s got his sci-fi “Chappie” on the way. Some have noted that the first trailer didn’t show a lot of “comedy” and was actually quite serious with a melodramatic score. Well, that’s marketing for you, and we’ll assume the movie has more than one flavor ala “District 9” (and is hopefully a lot less like the more humorless “Elysium”). Backing up a little »

- Edward Davis

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10 Amazing Unmade Alien Films

6 January 2015 5:41 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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In space, nobody can hear you scream. Speculate, though? Sure! Knock yourself out with the speculation! Nobody’s gonna stop you from speculating, not even in the vacuum of space! The Alien franchise looks like it emerged fully formed, with its groundbreaking female protagonist, severe but sensical genre shifts, and a xenomorph plucked straight from your nightmares.

Really, though, the life cycle of the Alien films has much more in common with that of the titular monster. It’s violent, messy, and almost resulted in the death of John Hurt. Ever since screenwriter Dan O’Bannon had twenty-some pages of a project called Memory – where some space-farers wake up from cyro-sleep due to a distress call on a nearby planet – but couldn’t figure out where to go next, the franchise has been in a state of flux.

From the haunted house horror of Alien to the hoo-rah action of the sequel, »

- Tom Baker

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'Carol Marcus' Covers "Maxim"

5 January 2015 5:48 AM, PST | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Sneak Peek revealing images and footage of Brit actress Alice Eve, aka 'Carol Marcus' from "Star Trek Into Darkness", in a classic photo shoot for "Maxim" magazine:

"There is an acting gene that has been passed down to me by my parents," said Eve. "It's nature, not nurture..."

Eve is best known for her roles in the films "Starter for 10" (2006), "Crossing Over" (2009), "She's Out of My League" (2010), "Sex and the City 2" (2010), "The Raven" (2012), "Men in Black 3" (2012) and "Star Trek Into Darkness" (2013).

Eve is also known for a notorious but innocent scene in "Star Trek Into Darkness", when her character, science officer 'Carol Marcus' strips down to her underwear (as an homage to Sigourney Weaver as 'Ripley' in "Alien")...

...while preparing to pull on a 'special torpedo disarming' outfit.

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek Alice Eve...


- Michael Stevens

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Artwork from Neil Blomkamp’s Secret and Cancelled ‘Alien’ Movie

5 January 2015 4:16 AM, PST | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Director Neill Blomkamp was secretly working on an “Alien” movie before his directorial debut with “District 9.”

Now it looks like a pipe dream.

The director revealed several concept images of the film, including the xenomorph, a scarred Corporal Dwayne Hicks, Weyland Corp., and alien-hybrid Ellen Ripley.

“Was working on this. Don’t think I am anymore. Love it though,” he wrote. “Woulda rocked. Was a mental stroll into the world Ridley Scott created.”

The concept art is by Geoffroy Thoorens.

Blomkamp did hint that the door is open for him to return to the project.

Check out the artwork and photo below. Note he also has a sculpture of Master Chief from “Halo” on his desk. Hmmmm…..

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- Gig Patta

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A closer look at Neill Blomkamp's abandoned Alien sequel

5 January 2015 2:29 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

As Neill Blomkamp reveals the concept art for a seemingly abandoned Alien sequel, here's a closer look at what its story might have held...

Back in the 1990s, when Fox were trying to pull together the strands of Alien 3, a potentially fascinating concept of a wooden planet full of monks was dreamt up by director Vincent Ward. That idea never made it to the screen, and has since become one of the most interesting "what if" scenarios in science fiction cinema.

But here's another one: it seems that District 9's Neill Blomkamp also had a shot at directing an Alien movie. A project successfully kept under wraps by Fox, this apparently abandoned Alien sequel only came to light when Blomkamp put some concept art examples up on his Instagram feed.

"Was working on this," he casually wrote. "Don't think I am anymore. Love it though."

Given Blomkamp's track record in the sci-fi genre, »

- ryanlambie

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Neill Blomkamp Shares Concept Art From His Proposed Alien Sequel

4 January 2015 10:07 PM, PST | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

His CV has one or two projects lurking on it that remained frustratingly out of reach – the much-heralded but still unmade Halo film fits that category – but District 9 director Neill Blomkamp has shown a welcome willingness to share when he knows the movies won’t go ahead. He has apparently been quietly developing his take on an Alien franchise sequel, and shared some imagery via Twitter. Admitting that the idea had no official input from 20th Century Fox, which controls the rights to make any Alien follow-ups and seems more committed to having Ridley Scott direct (or at least produce) a Prometheus sequel, Blomkamp enthusiastically showed off intriguing artwork that included a look at Sigourney Weaver’s Ripley in human and alien-hybrid form and appears to include Michael Biehn as Hicks.No plot details were given, and it definitely appears that Blomkamp won’t be going ahead with what was called Alien: Xenomorph, »

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District 9 Director Neill Blomkamp Teases Secret Concept Art For ‘Alien’ Project

3 January 2015 5:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

It appears that Chappie wasn’t the only project director Neill Blomkamp was working on in 2014, after a number of Alien-esque concept artworks were posted on his Instagram page yesterday.

Whilst Blomkamp and Fox have both confirmed that the work has nothing to do with a studio reboot of Alien, it appears Blomkamp decided to take a stroll anyway through Ridley Scott’s original world and thank God he did, because conceptually, it looks pretty bloody amazing!

The nine renderings include Sigourney Weaver’s Ripley suited up in a xenomorph head piece, a mangled Corporeal Hicks (originally played by Michael Biehn), a spaceship located inside Weyland-Yutani headquarters and screaming xenomorph queen.

Check the renderings out below and let us know what you think:

A photo posted by Brownsnout (@neillblomkamp) on Jan 1, 2015 at 5:30pm Pst

A photo posted by Brownsnout (@neillblomkamp) on Jan 1, 2015 at 5:32pm Pst

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Neill Blomkamp Unveils Concept Art For His Alien Sequel

3 January 2015 4:19 AM, PST | | See recent Worst Previews news »

Director Neill Blomkamp (District 9, Elysium) has unveiled several pieces of concept art from an "Alien" film that he was working on. He said that it has nothing to do with the studio, which makes it unclear if this is for a movie, video game or possibly a comic book. The concept art features Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Ripley and Michael Biehn as Corporal Dwayne Hicks, as well as an Alien Queen, the Weyland-Yutani Corporation, and a Xenomorph-style helmet. Check everything out below. Blomkamp is a massive fan of the "Alien" franchise, but said that he's no longer pursuing the project, which is why he decided to publicly release the concept art. Concept Art: (click to enlarge) »

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‘District 9′ Director Neill Blomkamp Shares Concept Art for Aborted ‘Alien’ Sequel (Photos)

2 January 2015 2:04 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

District 9″ director Neill Blomkamp is fueling rumors that there may have been an “Alien” sequel in the works.

“Was working on this. Don’t think I am anymore. Love it though. #alien #xenomorph,” the director tweeted along with some concept art on which he was working.

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The drawings include an older version of Sigourney Weaver, back in Ripley mode, alongside Michael Biehn, apparently back as Corporal Hicks. The sequel, which looks like it won’t be made anymore — at least by Blomkamp — would have been titled: “Alien: Xenomorph. »

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'District 9' Director Reveals Concept Art for an 'Alien' Sequel That Never Happened

2 January 2015 1:30 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Director Neill Blomkamp (District 9Elysium) shared some fantastic, unofficial Alien concept art via social media, which he described as "a mental stroll into the world Ridley Scott created." He noted that the art was "done by [an] awesome French concept artist. Developed idea and art, but I don't think I'll make it," adding that it had "nothing to do" with 20th Century Fox, the studio behind the series. Blomkamp even went on to add that the studio had no idea he was working on the film, which looks to be set after the second Alien film. Check out some of the art below. [Instagram]         More From Around The Web...

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Neill Blomkamp reveals some thrilling concept art for an unmade 'Alien' film

2 January 2015 9:30 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

What the heck was Neill Blomkamp working on? In several interviews he gave in 2013, Blomkamp said that he would love to do an "Alien" film, but I don't remember ever hearing any official news that he had been hired to do any development towards that goal. I remember him saying that "Aliens" was his favorite film of all time at a special "Elysium" event as well, so it's something that is in his blood. Yesterday, though, Blomkamp decided to start the New Year off with a blast. He posted eight images to his Instagram account that suggest that he was indeed developing an "Alien" movie. His captions also suggest that the movie is now dead. From his comments on Twitter, it sounds like he never had the gig officially, but instead was working on this material as a thing he wanted to pitch to the studio at some point, and for whatever reason, »

- Drew McWeeny

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