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With Harrison Ford back as Rick Deckard, Denis Villeneuve in the director's chair, and Ryan Gosling eyeing a key role, the Blade Runner sequel was already in good hands, but now fans have another big reason to get excited, as it was recently announced that cinematographer Roger Deakins joined the film's crew:
Press Release (via The Playlist) -- "Los Angeles, CA, May, 20, 2015 – Twelve-time Academy Award-nominated cinematographer Roger Deakins will join director Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners, Incendies) on Alcon Entertainment’s sequel to Blade Runner, it was announced by Alcon co-founders and co-ceo’s Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson.
Deakins, who will be presented with the Pierre Angénieux Excellens in Cinematography Award at the Cannes Film Festival on May 22 reteams with Villeneuve on what will be their third feature collaboration, havingpreviously worked together on Alcon’s Prisoners, starring Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal as well as Villeneuve’s upcoming film Sicario, a drug-trafficking drama starring Emily Blunt, »
- Derek Anderson
George Miller's "Mad Max: Fury Road" is tearing through theaters right now. If you haven't seen it, rectify that over the holiday weekend. It's a bold revisitation of an original vision (an original vision that itself already had plenty to offer in the way of a unique, seminal cinematic experience). So it got me thinking… This whole premise is more or less rhetorical. Let's start by noting as much. "Mad Max: Fury Road" is a special case, not least of which because Miller himself — not some random studio hire — took the reins on dragging the material into the 21st Century. And not every stunning piece of world-building should get the same treatment. Sometimes it just doesn't work. We saw that already when Ridley Scott went back to his "Alien" roots with "Prometheus." But nevertheless, there are a number of other original visions from fascinating filmmakers that I wouldn't mind »
- Kristopher Tapley
Michael Stevens For 'The Good':
"'Mad Max: Fury Road', director George Miller's sardonic $150 million budgeted 3D demented demolition derby of a movie, throws everything to the wind and cuts to the chase for an insanely wild 2 hour ride...
"...in a ferociously adrenalized crash 'n burn', petrol-pumped speed-demon of a movie that leaves his previous "Mad Max" trilogy in the dust...
"The new film gets into gear early on, revved-up by grotesque, dystopian death cult-followers, scrambling like vile Rat Patrols through the Namibian desert...
"...accompanied by explosive set pieces, broken CG bodies and scattered car debris.
"Like a cranked-up 'Cirque Du Soleil', led by a pounding dirge and amplified death-metal »
- Michael Stevens
With Michael Biehn’s Corporal Hicks expected to return to the Alien franchise alongside Sigourney Weaver’s Ripley in Neill Blomkamp’s upcoming fifth instalment of the sci-fi series, Entertainment Weekly took the opportunity to ask Bill Paxton if he’d have any interest in reprising the role of Hicks’ fellow Colonial Marine, Private Hudson.
“That’s the first I’ve heard of [the project],” said Paxton. “Maybe. I mean, if you’re going to bring Hicks back, you’ve got to have Hudson!”
Rumours suggest that Blomkamp’s Alien will serve as a direct sequel to Aliens (that may or may not ignore Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection), which if true would make it highly unlikely that we’ll see more of Hudson given the character’s fate in James Cameron’s 1986 sequel.
- Gary Collinson
Last year, we saw Matt Damon in astronaut mode in Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar (above). And now The Bourne Identity star is returning to space with The Martian, the adaptation of Andy Weir‘s novel of the same name. Alien director Ridley Scott is at the helm of the sci-fi drama which follows an astronaut (Damon) who […]
- Ethan Anderton
"I mean, if you're going to bring Hicks back, you've got to have Hudson," he declared.
Blomkamp has previously described his movie as a direct sequel to Aliens, although he has stressed that it will not ignore events in the later films either.
Alien 5 is currently scheduled to premiere in 2016. Watch Blomkamp and Weaver discuss the film with Digital Spy below: »
Viewers can step into the brilliant world of H.R. Giger and learn about the late legend in Dark Star: H.R. Giger's World. The intimate documentary hits select theaters tomorrow from Icarus Films, and we have release details and two clips from the movie.
Press Release -- "Surrealist artist H. R. Giger (1940-2014) terrified audiences with his Oscar-winning monsters in Ridley Scott's Alien. Sci-fi, horror, music, album covers, tattoos and fetish art have been influenced by his dark, intricate paintings and sculptures depicting birth, death and sex.
Both a mesmerizing introduction to Giger's oeuvre and a must-see for Giger devotees, Belinda Sallin's definitive documentary Dark Star: H. R. Giger's World shares the intimate last years of the artist's life and reveals how deeply he resided within his own artistic visions.
Behind the shuttered windows and ivy-covered walls of his residence in Zurich, Switzerland, Dark Star brings viewers into Giger's »
- Derek Anderson
Hans Ruedi Giger, the artist known for his nightmarish vision, passed away in 2014 at the age of 74. Luckily for us, Swiss documentarian Belinda Sallin has made a comprehensive, yet intimate portrayal of the artist just before his passing. It was his Oscar winning work in Ridley Scott's seminal sci-fi movie Alien -- the facehugger, the phallic, acid bleeding creatures, the skeletal inner sanctums of the creatures, based on his paintings and sketches from his book Necronomicon (1976) -- that really put his often obscene dreamscapes of birth, death and sex into the mainstream consciousness. With such dark imaginations, you'd expect a tortured soul. But as Sallin invites us into Giger's home in Zürich, Switzerland, you soon find out the opposite is true. Mild mannered and soft...
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By Todd Garbarini
“The dark corners of the human mind are the deepest dark, I believe, of anything in the universe,” once said author, playwright, producer, and director Arch Oboler in describing his infamous radio plays of the 1930s and 1940s which aired on NBC under the title of Lights Out! It is no secret that some of the world's most well-known artists, everyone from author Edgar Allan Poe to film director Dario Argento, have channeled nightmarish experiences from their childhood and woven them into the very fabric of their stories and films. The late great surrealist Swiss artist Hans Rudolf Giger, known internationally as H.R. Giger, also sublimated his fears and frustrations into startling and often horrific imagery that coupled man with machinery as he explored the triptych of existence: birth, life, and death. Audiences are taken behind the scenes of this master painter in the elegiac final days »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
Back in 2010, Shadowlocked ran a piece entitled The lost film that accompanied The Empire Strikes Back. It was an excerpt from an in-depth with the short film's writer/director/producer Roger Christian, conducted by our Founding Editor Martin Anderson, and discussing the interesting behind-the-scenes story of the for-a-long-time-lost-but-not-forgotten fantasy short film Black Angel.
Not to be confused with James Cameron's TV series Dark Angel, or Joss Whedon's TV series Angel, Roger Christian's 25-minute short film Black Angel preceded Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back in 1980, before the print was destroyed and the film thought lost to the world. In recent years, however, another print has been discovered, and now it's been made available for free on YouTube until the end of May.
The Black Angel team have teased “another exciting announcement coming on 2nd June.”
A post on the film's official Facebook page tells fans »
Sound on Sight undertook a massive project, compiling ranked lists of the most influential, unforgettable, and exciting action scenes in all of cinema. There were hundreds of nominees spread across ten different categories and a multi-week voting process from 11 of our writers. The results: 100 essential set pieces, sequences, and scenes from blockbusters to cult classics to arthouse obscurities.
If you’re an action hero, pulling off daring rescues and badass escapes is just another day at the office. The rescue has been the prototypical action scene since humans have been able to put pen to paper. From Tarzan swinging in on a vine to Iron Man flying in on his jets, a hero isn’t a hero unless he can swoop in and save the damsel or the day. The only thing more exciting is if the clock is ticking on his escape. Whether it’s from a burning building, »
- Shane Ramirez
Ever since “Alien” clamped itself upon our cultural psyches — much like the outer-space thriller’s frightening facehugger in 1979 — many of us have been patiently waiting for another actress to stand out in a role that equals, if not tops, Sigourney Weaver’s take-charge she-warrior Ripley: A female who is fierce without having to compromise her gender or be upstaged -- or worse, rescued -- by a male cohort. In other words, a sister who does it for herself while also saving the world. Many have tried, from Brigitte Nielsen (“Red Sonja”) and Halle Berry (“Catwoman,” Storm in the “X-Men” films) to Michelle Yeoh (“Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”) and Milla Jovovich (the “Resident Evil“ series). A few have come close, including Linda Hamilton in “Terminator 2: Judgment Day,” Uma Thurman in both “Kill Bill” volumes, Angelina Jolie in “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider” and its sequel, Jennifer Lawrence in “The Hunger Games” franchise, »
- Susan Wloszczyna
May releases from Diamond Select Toys include Ghostbusters, Predator, and a zombified Jay and Silent Bob. Also in our latest round-up: 20 Seconds to Live, a Captain America vs. Iron Man infographic, and new Dark Star: H.R. Giger's World stills.
Diamond Select Toys: Press Release -- "The new Previews catalog is in comic shops now, and inside is a litany of new products coming your way from Diamond Select Toys! Due out this fall, the new offerings include items from the Batman Classic TV Series, Batman The Animated Series, Gotham, Ghostbusters, Jay and Silent Bob, Marvel Select, Predator, Pulp Fiction, Star Trek, Universal Monsters and more! It’s the best of all worlds! Read on for more info, and pre-order today through your local comic shop, your favorite online retailer, or diamondselecttoys.com! Find your nearest comic shop at comicshoplocator.com!
Ghostbusters Movie Select Action Figures Series 1 Asst.:
A Diamond Select Toys release! »
- Derek Anderson
Dark Star: The World of H.R. Giger Opens May 15 H.R. Giger was a Swiss artist who bore no resemblance to most Swiss. He was a provocateur, creating artwork unlike anything else – metallic, filled with imagery of female genitalia giving birth and skeletal but alive – put him on the map. Giger won a Special Effects Academy Award for his work on Alien and worked on all but one Alien sequels including Aliens vs. Predator, creating creatures and thematic art. Remarkably, Giger never sketched, but used an airbrush freehand to express his dark imaginings. Documentarian Belinda Sallin looks at […] »
- Anne Brodie
Read More: New Documentary on Surrealist H.R. Giger, Who Designed the 'Alien' Xenomorph, Coming Soon Influential surrealist painter H. R. Giger hypnotized audiences with his Oscar-winning visual creatures in Ridley Scott's sci-fi classic "Alien" and altered the pop culture landscape forever with his striking, dark visual imagery. Now, the documentary "Dark Star: H.R. Giger's World" is hitting theaters, and Indiewire has an exclusive clip. The film's synopsis reads: "Hollywood, sci-fi, horror, pop music, album covers, punk and goth culture, tattoos and fetish art have been influenced by his intricate, startling paintings and sculptures depicting birth, life, death and sex. Both a mesmerizing introduction to Giger's oeuvre and a must-see for Giger devotees, Belinda Sallin's definitive documentary 'Dark Star: H.R. Giger's World' shares the last years of the artist's life and reveals how deeply he resided within his own artistic visions." Sallin's »
- Casey Cipriani
It was Romania, and the year was 1985. A population frightened into submission by secret police and round the clock surveillance under the dictatorial thumb of communist leader Nicolae Ceausescu were unable to act towards their own freedom, or show any act of defiance. But into this dark time came a hero: Chuck Norris. Well, sort of. Ok, not really.
The title of Chuck Norris vs Communism is misleading. It suggests that the 80s action star of such hits as Missing in Action, The Delta Force and Lone Wolf McQuade brought down the Iron Curtain. That may not be true exactly, but it wouldn’t be untruthful to say that Norris didn’t do his part just by being there. In video cassette form.
It’s easy to forget now that with entire film libraries are as close as an internet connection and a Netflix account just how revolutionary home video »
- Adam A. Donaldson
HitFix's recent spate of "Best Year in Film History" pieces inevitably spurred some furious debate among our readers, with some making compelling arguments for years not included in our pieces (2007 and 1968 were particularly popular choices) and others openly expressing their bewilderment at the inclusion of others (let's just say 2012 took a beating). In the interest of giving voice to your comments, below we've rounded up a few of the most thoughtful, passionate, surprising and occasionally incendiary responses to our pieces, including my own (I advocated for The Year of Our Lynch 2001, which is obviously the best). Here we go... Superstar commenter "A History of Matt," making an argument for 1968: The Graduate. Bullit. The Odd Couple. The Lion in Winter. Planet of the Apes. The Thomas Crown Affair. Funny Girl. Rosemary's Baby. And of course, 2001, A Space Odyssey. And that's only a taste of the greatness of that year. "Lothar the Flatulant, »
- Chris Eggertsen
One way of telling the history of photographic arts is to describe a linear progression of more and more realistic picture-making, as if painter's brushes and pencils aimed mainly to approximate the human eye until, finally, photography emerged. (This is the premise André Bazin famously explored in “The Ontology of the Photographic Image.”) Given photography's automatic reproduction, painting could move on to express more boldly, more experimentally, more abstractly. Realism was no longer necessary. Incidentally, a lot of the most visible and most discussed uses of CGI and SFX in contemporary cinema have embodied images, actions, and temporalities that are far from realistic. These digital platforms enable visions of worlds that alter our own sufficiently so as to provide something—escape? Improvement? Color? It doesn't ultimately matter. The point is that the pixel has often been directed towards ends that seem to go against photography (and cinematography's) automatic capture of the world. »
- Zach Campbell
Taking genre setups and elements and injected his own brand of sci-fi into them is what director Dan Bush is best at. Always giving fans very character-based stories, filled with humanity and smart characters in films like The Signal, Dan has a knack for allowing us as viewers into the head-space of his characters, making them feel like people we’ve known before and adding a level of authenticity to each project of his. Bush’s latest film, the sci-fi cloning mystery The Reconstruction Of William Zero, is a film that asks its viewers if they would choose to escape their lives and start over, if a tragic accident happened, the film is a home run for the director and one of the most original and heartfelt sci-fi films in quite some time, and features standout performances by Conal Byrne and Amy Siemetz as a husband and wife split up by the unthinkable. »
- Jerry Smith
Kate Mara and Anya Taylor-Joy were cast last month, and now Paul Giammati and Toby Jones have signed onto the cast of Luke Scott's sci-fi thriller Morgan. Boyd Holbrook (Run All Night, Gone Girl) is also negotiating to jump aboard, but hasn't quite made a deal yet.Morgan revolves around a corporate risk-management consultant (Mara), although the actual corporate risk-management depicted on screen will likely be kept to a minimum when the consultant is summoned to a remote lab to evaluate an artificial being (Taylor-Joy) with a view to its termination.Giamatti will be playing a psychologist who struggles to actually relate to people, while Jones will be the chief scientist in charge of the facility. The role Holbrook is up for is that of a nutritionist working for Jones.There are shades of Ex Machina in Seth Owen’s 2014 Black List script, although it also taps into Ridley Scott’s A. »
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