[Press Release] Los Angeles, CA – February 18, 2014 – 35 years later, fans are still “screaming” in space as Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products celebrates the 35th anniversary of the ground-breaking film Alien, one of the most enduring sci-fi horror franchises of all time, with multiple iconic partners for exclusive branded merchandise available worldwide. National Entertainment Collectibles Association (Neca), an entertainment conglomerate and global leader in licensed consumer goods, in association with Fox Consumer Products, announces today the first-ever action figures of Lieutenant Ellen Ripley that feature the likeness of actress Sigourney Weaver, who was nominated for an Oscar® and Golden Globe® for Aliens in 1987. The officially licensed Ripley action figures from Neca will »
- Pietro Filipponi
The moment the floor opened, the first stop of Toy Fair 2014 was the National Entertainment Collectibles Association (Neca) booth and it was a good thing we started there because this year’s display was overloaded with new items from Captain America: The Winter Solider, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Pacific Rim, Arkham Origins, The Dark Knight and so much more. Divergent fans should have their eye on Neca, too, because the company also revealed a whole bunch of products for the March 21st release. Hit the jump for more on the upcoming Divergent line and the rest of the Neca 2014 lot including over 100 pictures. Neca showed off exceptionally detailed items from Alien Series 3 including Bishop (Lance Henriksen) from Aliens, the Dog Alien from Alien 3 and a 35th Anniversary tribute figure, Kane (John Hurt) in the Nostromo Spacesuit from the 1979 original. The Predator line now includes the »
- Perri Nemiroff
So would I — but, alas, we never will. In the mid-’70s, Hollywood studios declined to finance just such a project after Jodorowsky spent a couple of years prepping the movie with a band of hugely gifted artists including future Alien creators H.R. Giger and Dan O’Bannon. (In fairness to the studio execs, they may have been justifiably reluctant to invest in a project which Jodorowsky himself believed might be as »
- Clark Collis
10 years before director David Lynch adapted Frank Herbert's sci-fi masterpiece Dune, filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky tried, in 1974, to mount an adaptation of this seminal sci-fi novel, although it never panned out. This utterly ambitious project is detailed in director Frank Pavich's documentary Jodorowsky's Dune, as you can see in the first trailer. Alejandro Jodorowsky himself outlines his plans for this massive undertaking, which had David Carradine, Mick Jagger, Salvador Dalí and Orson Welles attached to star. H.R. Giger was set to work on the designs of the film years before he became famous for Ridley Scott's Alien. Take a look at the first footage, along with the poster from this upcoming documentary, arriving in theaters March 21.
Shot in France, England, Switzerland and the United States, this documentary covers director Alejandro Jodorowsky (El topo, The Holy Mountain, Santa sangre) and his 1974 Quixotic attempt to adapt the seminal sci-fi novel Dune into a feature film. »
Fifty-seven years passed between the events of Ridley Scott's Alien and James Cameron's Aliens, and during that entire time, Ellen Ripley slept in stasis. At least, that's what we were told. Now along comes author Tim Lebbon to tell us that wasn't actually the case.
Alien: Out of the Shadows, the first in a barrage of Alien books coming this year from Titan Books (more on those in a minute), begins an all-new tale about what happened during those "lost" five decades and change. The book picks up some 37 years after the destruction of the Nostromo. The Marion is a mining ship much like the Nostromo, crewed by a rough-edged bunch of space jockeys in charge of a mining operation on planet LV178. It's a boring, repetitive job right up until the day the miners discover something other than trimonite below the planet's surface. When several of »
- Blu Gilliand
Following the season one home entertainment release of Bates Motel, HeyUGuys had the opportunity to check-in with Max Thieriot who plays Dylan Massett the recently created brother of one of cinema’s most iconic characters: Norman Bates.
During the course of a reflective and riveting conversation Max shared with us his memories of first discovering Psycho and the privilege of stepping into this world, his thoughts on what makes Hitchcock an enduring filmmaker, the challenges of stepping into the shoes of iconic and new characters alike, and the advantages of television to tell the back story of one of cinema’s iconic relationships.
What are your first memories of Psycho?
The first time that I came across Psycho I was very frightened. I first watched it at a young age, and it was the shower scene and the line “Wouldn’t hurt a fly” that resonated with me more so than the other scenes. »
- Paul Risker
In 2012, a cast of international stars including South African Oscar-winner Charlize Theron, German thespian Michael Fassbender, American up-and-comer Logan Marshall-Green, Swedish stunner Noomi Rapace and English hunk Idris Elba collided for the sort-of prequel to Ridley Scott's Alien, Prometheus. While we wait for updates on a possible prequel sequel, Rapace and Elba are re-teaming for another thriller, though this one is swapping space for the gritty decay of New York City. Reporting from the European Film Market, THR reveals Rapace and Elba are set to star in Alive Alone, a crime-drama penned by Khurram Longi. Also joining the cast is Avatar star Sam Worthington. The script made the coveted Black List in 2010 (the annual list of the most popular unproduced screenplays in Hollywood), as well as the Brit List. The film will be the first Rapace will also produce; plus it will mark Longi's directorial debut. His previous writing »
Titan’s range of vinyl figures is set to grow ever larger this year with the announcement of another wave of Doctor Who figures (The Geronimo Collection), a wave of Battlestar Galactica 2004 series figures and the soon to be revealed Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Alien Vs Predator figures.
The Geronimo Collection – Our second collection devoted to the 11th Doctor, this range of 3″ blind-boxed Titans features (by popular demand) All of the 11th Doctor’s companions, The War Doctor (played by John Hurt) from the 50th Anniversary Special, the newly-redesigned Cyberman from “Nightmare in Silver” and the Doctor’s ever-ready, uncompromising ally Strax.” Figures included in this series are: The 11th Doctor, The Monster Doctor, The War Doctor, a Zygon, Rory as The Last Centurion, »
- Phil Wheat
Carnaby sells Gary Kurtz-produced action to Korea, Thailand and Vietnam, among others.
Additional deals have closed with Monolith for Poland, Blitz Film in the Former Yugoslavia, J&J Media in Korea and Gulf Film for Middle East.
VFX companies Weta Workshop and Prime Focus are also aboard.
The project, about a five-man German tank crew which encounters a supernatural entity as they motor across Russia, is due to go into production later this year. »
- email@example.com (Andreas Wiseman)
In The Vault this week, we welcome director Dave Parker (The Hills Run Red, ColdWater) and journalist Rebekah McKendry from Fangoria. These are two of the biggest horror nerds I know (and I know a lot of horror nerds) so they give some great insight on this week's film, Dead & Buried.
Dead & Buried is a kind of low-key zombie flick. I had never even heard of it until we started working on The Vault. The small New England coastal town of Potter's Bluff is a popular vacation spot, but visitors frequently end up, well, murdered. But thanks to some voodoo witchcraft, the dead rise again, as residents who don't eat brains and, frankly, act as if nothing happened - except, of course, when it is time to kill the newbies.
- Alyse Wax
Thanks to Stan Winston School, we have a really cool piece of original concept art from Ridley Scott's Alien. As you can see, it's the nightmarishly awesome scene when audiences were first introduced to the chestbuster.
I also included a behind the scenes video featuring some the effects involved in bringing the chestbuster to life.
I love looking at storyboard art from classic films. if you ever come across anything that we haven't posted, please submit it to us! To see more Alien storyboard art, click here.
- Joey Paur
When Steve Jobs launched the Macintosh, he had to generate buzz about a computer that was unfamiliar to most people. It was in 1984, that the relatively unknown computer company, launched a new product named after a particular type of Californian apple – the Macintosh – and in the process changed the world. There were no tech blogs, no social media tools, and certainly no internet. So Jobs had to generate his own campaign to tell the world about the computer, and announce the product to the world via a single advertisement.
Super Bowl Xviii’s lasting legacy has been that single advertisement, a minute long spot that aired sometime during the third quarter. 1984 is the landmark television commercial which thirty years ago, paved the way for big-budget television advertisements and brought Apple into the mainstream. It was conceived by Steve Hayden, Brent Thomas and Lee Clow at Chiat\Day, produced by New York production company Fairbanks Films, »
Like a number of films from 2013, many of them nominated in one or both of the Academy's sound categories — "All is Lost," "Inside Llewyn Davis," "Lone Survivor" — what the audience hears is crucial to the overall experience of the film. And that was never more the case this year than with Alfonso Cuarón's "Gravity." But when your goal is authenticity in orbit, how do you come at the problem laid out by the tagline for Ridley Scott's 1979 horror film "Alien": "In space, no one can hear you scream," or do anything, really. The film is conceptually unique »
- Kristopher Tapley
Last month it was revealed that Death Waltz Records would be releasing the scores for Forbidden World and Slumber Party Massacre (check that out here), and now the full details for the former and Ms. 45 have been revealed!
Both scores from composers Susan Justin and Joe Delia, have never been released since their respective films premiered back in the 80s, and are making their physical debut thanks to Death Waltz. Accompanying the releases will be brand new art from Alice X. Zhang and Kimberly Holladay, a poster, a booklet containing liner notes, and an immediate digital download of the full album! As a webstore exclusive for Ms. 45, you’ll receive “not only 5 cues used in the film but not on the vinyl but a whole 65 minutes of unused elements from the original score recording sessions direct from Joe Delia’s personal vaults!”
Check out the full details below! »
- Justin Edwards
The 2013 RopeofSilicon Movie Awards I was hesitant to actually do a sixth year of the RopeofSilicon Awards for a variety of reasons, but most of all due to the deluge of awards handed out for movies at this point in our culture. As it turns out, I'm glad I waited and I'm glad I decided to go forward with the Awards. As we've moved into 2014 it became clear there were not only films and performances from 2013 that were still resonating with audiences, but there were some that hadn't gotten the attention I felt they deserved. Therefore, these awards afforded me the opportunity to highlight some of those films and performances. Looking back, 2013 was something of a strange year for movies. It was a year dominated by big budget features, but while many of those blockbusters made lots of money, they fell quite flat in terms of overall audience reception. Films »
- Brad Brevet
The Unpopular Opinion is an ongoing column featuring different takes on films that either the writer Hated, but that the majority of film fans Loved, or that the writer Loved, but that most others Loathed. We're hoping this column will promote constructive and geek fueled discussion. Enjoy! ****Some Spoilers Ensue**** You may be reading this wondering if I am about to blast Ridley Scott's return to science fiction and the Alien universe. In fact, I absolutely loved »
- Alex Maidy
2013 was a good year for reading in general and horror in particular, so our current set of 365 days has some big shoes to fill. Here are a handful of titles coming out this year that I think are going to help 2014 meet those expectations.
January 28, 2014 - Titan Books
Tim Lebbon has a deft hand when it comes to working in established properties, having written novelizations and original books for fan favorites including 30 Days of Night, Cabin in the Woods and the Hellboy and Star Wars universes. Now he's taking on one of my favorite franchises – the Alien films. Out of the Shadows is an original novel that revisits the character of Ellen Ripley, who was of course brought to vivid life in the film series by Sigourney Weaver. It's the start of a new trilogy, the events of which lead directly »
- Blu Gilliand
Titan Books is releasing Tim Lebbon's Alien: Out of the Shadows, an official Alien novel and Book #1 in a trilogy, tomorrow, January 28th; and in honor of the occasion the author has provided us with his "Top Ten Alien Moments."
I'm a lifelong Alien fan, but when I was asked to do this feature, I decided to approach it without watching the films again. That way the scenes I pick are the ones that have truly stuck in my mind, not the ones that I pick up on after watching one of the movies again.
As such, the bulk of these scenes come from Alien and Aliens although I do like Alien 3 more than a lot of people; Alien: Resurrection, although very entertaining, is my least favourite of the four movies. (I've also restricted myself to the original Alien films, as I don't think vs. Predator and Prometheus are pure Alien. »
- Debi Moore
London — Scotland’s Glasgow Film Festival, which runs Feb. 20-March 2, will open with the U.K. premiere of Wes Anderson’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” and will close with the Scottish premiere of Jonathan Glazer’s “Under the Skin,” which was partly filmed in the city.
The fest has 60 U.K. premieres, including: “My Name is Hmmm…,” the feature film directorial debut from French fashion icon agnès b.; “Mr Morgan’s Last Love,” starring Michael Caine and Clemence Poesy; Michel Gondry’s “Mood Indigo,” starring Romain Duris and Audrey Tautou; Kristin Scott Thomas and Daniel Auteuil starrer “Before the Winter Chill”; Thomas Imbach’s “Mary Queen of Scots”; “The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out »
- Leo Barraclough
This year's Glasgow Film Festival was officially launched tonight with the news that Wes Anderson's latest, The Grand Budapest Hotel, will be its opening gala. Other UK premières screening there will include Mr Morgan's Last Love and agnès b's My Name is Hmmm…. The popular Frightfest weekender will return in all its gory glory and there's a new strand dedicated to the very best new cinema from Chile.
Guests at this year's festival will include George Sluizer, introducing his recently completed film Dark Blood, which stars River Phoenix. Richard Ayoade will present his new film, The Double, and there will be a chance to meet legendary set designer Roger Christian, who gave us Star Wars and Alien.
"In the decade since the Festival began, it’s grown almost beyond recognition," said co-director Allan Hunter. "One thing remains essential, though – Gff is and will always be an access-all-areas event, »
- Jennie Kermode
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