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Warning: If you haven’t seen it (and if that’s the case, get thee to the DVD immediately), the following contains major spoilers for Return Of The Living Dead.
I’ve noticed that Dan O’Bannon’s recent passing has inspired a lot of scolding obituaries, with paragraphs devoted to lecturing a reader ignorant of O’Bannon’s contributions to film. I’ve already been told this week in open letters by complete strangers how I don’t even know that he wrote the original draft of Alien and therefore created the chest-burster and he worked with John Carpenter and Tobe Hooper and on Star Wars and if wasn’t for him there would be no... was Dan O’Bannon doomed to an obscurity I was unaware of? While he is less famous than some of his collaborators, possibly unfairly, he will never need to be explained to me »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jack Bennett)
So you’ve unwrapped all of your Christmas presents, received three copies of District 9 from multiple uncommunicative family members, and the year of 2009 is about to be wrapped up. The debate is over: 2009 has been a great year for film. So what do you do now?
Why, start thinking about what’s around the corner, of course!
While there’s less in the way of interesting sci-fi, as 2009 will surely be remembered for, 2010 has plenty of interesting new films in store, as well as some remakes, reboots and sequels. Here’s a list of the 15 most anticipated films of 2010, in order of release, followed by a minefield of movies you might consider avoiding.
The Wolfman (February 12)
- John Cooper
Dread Central was pointed in the direction of a new official website that celebrates the genius of the late Dan O'Bannon today, and there's no better place to celebrate the man's legacy.
Dan himself was working on this when he died, and his wife, Diane, wanted to let fans know how much she and their son, Adam, appreciate the outpouring of affection and respect for Dan’s work since his passing last Thursday.
The site contains many interesting bits of O’Bannon information for fans of his work including info on the last script he was working on and a new zombie project that Dan had intended to direct, Dan O’Bannon’s Zombies: Fruit of the Tomb.
As most fans of H.P. Lovecraft already know, Dan was a life-long Lovecraft fan. Lovecraftian elements permeate Alien, and Dan adapted The Case of Charles Dexter Ward into 1992’s The Resurrected, which »
- Uncle Creepy
The first two posters for “Robin Hood” directed by Ridley Scott have been revealed.
Robin Hood Poster
The film stars Oscar winners Russell Crowe as Robin Hood and Cate Blanchett as Maid Marian, Matthew Macfadyen as the Sheriff of Nottingham, Danny Huston as King Richard, Mark Strong as Sir Godfrey, William Hurt as William Marshall and Scott Grimes as Will Scarlet.
British filmmaker Ridley Scott (Alien, Blade Runner, Black Rain, G.I. Jane, Gladiator, Hannibal, Black Hawk Down, American Gangster) directed the movie from the script written by Oscar winner Brian Helgeland (L.A. Confidential, Conspiracy Theory, Mystic River, Man on Fire, and Green Zone).
Robin Hood Poster
The film is scheduled to hit theaters on May 14th, 2010.
If you haven’t seen “Robin Hood” trailers check them out here
The photos from the »
Back in the day Walter Hill was one of the heaviest hitters in Hollywood. Starting as an Ad on Bullitt and the original Thomas Crown Affair, Hill would go on to produce films like Alien, while writing and directing the likes of Streets of Fire, 48 Hours, Red Heat and The Warriors. A string of duds dropped Hill right out of the A-list, his most recent gig as writer or director coming with 2002's Undisputed, which he also produced.
In the middle of his A-list run, though, Hill directed a flop by the title of Johnny Handsome, a film headlined by Mickey Rourke which also feature Forest Whitaker in the cast. And with everything old in Hollywood becoming new again, the Hill / Rourke / Whitaker trio are getting back together and bringing a few interesting names with them.
That Rourke is set to headline Hill's upcoming St Vincent is not new, word »
I read Jeffrey Well’s blog daily; he’s an industry insider outsider, if you catch my drift. His often snarky, un-pc commentary (most recently his relentless assault on Mo’Nique for not playing Hollywood’s Oscar game) can be entertaining, if not insightful.
His post this morning on his reasons for not having ever seen a film with a mostly African-American audience in his entire life got a mild chuckle out of me, including the myriad of comments that followed in response – seemingly all from other white men (but I could be wrong).
I’m not one of those post-racial types who’s naive enough to believe that we don’t still very much live segregated lives. However, I must admit that there was something still sad about Wells’ words as well as the comments of those that followed. This black “otherness” that we’ve all experienced before from »
As Meryl Streep and Sigourney Weaver win plaudits for their roles as older women in physical relationships with younger men, one of the most enduring barriers in Hollywood's movie-making history is at last being torn down
When a film star seduces someone 20 or 30 years their junior on screen, the audience doesn't bat an eyelid. In fact, it is an established cinema convention. If the older star is a woman, however, public reaction is harder to predict. But now Hollywood, so long accused of sexism because of the way it treats female talent, finally seems prepared to tackle a subject once regarded as beyond the pale: sex and the sixtysomething woman.
Sigourney Weaver, who stars in this month's new sci-fi blockbuster, Avatar, has revealed that in her next film she is to play the lover of an actor little more than half her age. In Cedar Rapids, Weaver, 60, is cast opposite »
- Vanessa Thorpe
You know what really makes a man? A beard. Beards have been featured in films throughout the history of cinema, some great, some good, and some not so great or good. But over the years a few beards have stood the test of time and deserve a little attention. So without further ado ...
The Buz presents:
The Top Ten List Of The Greatest Beards In Horror History
Max had one of those beards that just looked like it belonged there. It was a part of his face. While it wasn’t the fullest or longest beard, it makes an impression. And if I’m not mistaken, it’s the only film in which Larry Fishburne had a beard, making it both unique and stylish. Let us hope he brings it back soon.
Unique and Stylish, »
- The Buz
The first teaser trailer for Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood appeared online last week, giving us our first proper taste of the Alien director’s take on the classic character, as well as Russell Crowe’s portrayal of him. I have to say I agree with fellow Screen Rant writer Paul Young that the trailer was a little disappointing, mostly because the heavy, beating rock music overpowered everything. It wasn’t bad or anything, as what was happening on-screen looked good to me, but just the wrong choice of music Imo.
Now we have a new international trailer for Robin Hood that comes in and saves the day by remedying the problems I had with the first (domestic) teaser. It does this by replacing the heavy beating rock music (which was reminiscent of the second Clash of the Titans trailer) to some which is far more suited to the movie, »
- Ross Miller
It's showing at regular cinemas in conventional 2D or, where venues have the facilities, in 3D. And it's also available in 3D on the giant, immersive screens at IMAX venues.
Well, the best way to see a sci-fi spectacle like this is obviously going to be in IMAX 3D so, with the aid of press tickets, I headed to nearby Birmingham's Thinktank IMAX screen.
So how does it perform, does it live up to the hype and anticipation of all the trailers, will it really bring about a cinematic revolution? I joined the long lines of people waiting for over an hour before the fully-booked performances and put on my 3D goggles to find out...
By now most people will have seen the trailers all over the internet and also on television (not just as commercials »
- David Bentley
Before I read that James Cameron was born 55 years ago in Kapuskasing, Ontario, the only thing I knew about the town was that when, during their 1951 tour of Canada, Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip stopped there for an hour, they were greeted by a banner headline in the local paper reading "Kapuskasing by no mere fluke, welcomes the Princess and the Duke".
He got his first film job in 1980 as art director on Roger Corman's low-budget Sf film Battle Beyond the Stars, a transposition to outer space of The Magnificent Seven. It was scripted by John Sayles, who was to remain an independent film-maker of personal, modestly financed movies, while Cameron was soon to make exponentially expensive blockbusters.
His seventh feature, Titanic, is »
- Philip French
It's been taking rather a long time for the Creature from the Black Lagoon to re-emerge on to the big screen for the planned remake. And now it's evolving yet again...
The project has been in development at Universal for more than a quarter of a century and the studio has just hired a new director, Carl Rinsch.
Rinsch, whose previous work is mainly in commercials, was recently linked to the new Alien prequel (now being helmed by Ridley Scott) and will be in the hotseat for the samurai film 47 Ronin (starring Keanu Reeves).
Meanwhile, Breck Eisner - who had dropped out of the Creature remake earlier this year - is now directing a new version of The Brood, David Cronenberg's 1979 horror film about mutant children instructed to carry out violence through a psychic link with their mother.
The original Creature from the Black Lagoon, about an amphibious missing »
- David Bentley
For a kid that grew up in the 1970s and 80s on monster movies, the name Dan O'Bannon was one I was familiar with. His first screen credit was being a co-writer on John Carpenter's Dark Star, an ambitious student science fiction film whose influence had a big impact on the genre. Maybe it didn't have the biggest budget but the movie was big on ideas.
But O'Bannon became a master to me when, as a nine-year-old, my Dad took me to see Alien in 1979. Together with co-writer Ronald Shussett, and certainly with the brilliant film director by Ridley Scott, creature design by H.R. Giger and so many others, Alien became the towering masterpiece of O'Bannon's career, a creation of dark perfection that will likely still be praised a hundred years from now by film buffs.
Yesterday Dan O'Bannon passed away at the age of 63, still in what should have been his middle age. »
- Patrick Sauriol
This was a rough week for memorial tweets, with Tisha Taylor Murphy and Roy Disney's passings both making headlines. More condolences showed up today for "Alien" screenwriter Dan O'Bannon and Bengals wide received Chris Henry, who both had their share of fans in our feed.
Following up on Jason Reitman's Olympic Torch tweets from the week, posted a much better photo today and got some moral support from Roger Ebert. You can check that out below, along with a shot of "New Moon" actor Alex Meraz's new t-shirt, two actresses who are not ashamed of their Wiis. It's all retweeted in the Twitter-Wood report for December 18, 2009.
Twitter Pic of the Day:
@TheAlexMeraz Don't you just love when you buy a kick-ass shirt?! I know I do. The cashier laughed when he saw me buy it http://bit.ly/7PnZn0
- Brian Warmoth
"Alien" screenwriter Dan O'Bannon's death was the trending topic of the Twitter Report feed this morning. The writer, who also penned "The Return of the Living Dead," made his way into memorial tweets from Simon Pegg, Edgar Wright, Dave McKean and many others who took O'Bannon's contributions to sci-fi, horror and film to heart.
Elsewhere in the overlap between comics and film, Brian Michael Bendis tweeted some optimism about the film adaptation of his graphic novel "Fire," which now has a mystery actor attached. Warren Ellis accused him quickly thereafter of having had his Twitter account hacked by Mark Millar.
- Brian Warmoth
A genre great has left us. Dan O'Bannon has died at the age of 63. O'Bannon might not be a household name like Cameron or Spielberg, but he's one of the minds behind material that any self-respecting fanboy or fangirl should know intimately. While his early career was marked by writing and appearing in John Carpenter's Dark Star (that's him chasing the alien balloon around the ship) and working on Star Wars special effects, O'Bannon then essentially launched the Alien franchise (with a »
- Dave Davis
Dan O'Bannon, the unassuming sci-fi screenwriter and quirky horror specialist behind the "Alien" film franchise, died Thursday at St. John's Health Center in Santa Monica after a 30-year battle with Crohn's disease. He was 63.
His work on various movies ranging from 1983's "Blue Thunder" to "Lifeforce" and the mid-1980s low-budget "Invaders From Mars" to 1990's Paul Verhoeven-Arnold Schwarzenegger blockbuster "Total Recall" made him an influential figure in the genre world, as his did his 1985 directorial debut, "The Return of the Living Dead."
But it was "Alien" with which he made his most lasting mark, helping to create characters and monsters that are still around today (Fox is readying an "Alien" prequel with original director Ridley Scott resuming helming duties.)
The St. Louis-born O'Bannon met John Carpenter at USC, where the two wrote a short film -- Carpenter's thesis film -- that turned into the cosmic low-budget comedy »
- By Mike Barnes
By Brent Lang
Dan O'Bannon, a screenwriter and director who left his indelible imprint on the science fiction genre, has died of an undisclosed illness. He was 63 years old.
He may never have been a household name, but even the most casual moviegoer knew O'Bannon's work.
- Brent Lang
Thanks for the prompt post, the outpouring of love and respect is getting back to the family. I know I only had a few minutes last night, so here's a little more information.
Dan died at 6 Pm last night of complications from his 33 year fight with Crohn’s Disease (Giger's Agent and friend of the O'Bannon family, Les Barany speculated that his stomach disease might have been an inspiration for the chestburster).
Dan put up a great fight all of these years and is finally at peace.
His wife Diane has stated that she has plans to publish much of his unpublished work, and soon we'll all get a chance to appreciate more of his creativity in his absence. »
Well, it certainly didn’t suck. That’s me, eating a little crow. For months I have snickered about the colossal disaster I was sure Avatar was going to become. Admit it, you thought so too. How on earth could you not be pessimistic after seeing the early trailers?
Alien creatures a hue of blue so intense it would make papa smurf puke, and waxy humans that would beat any of Robert Zemeckis’s early efforts for “most soulless rendition of a human being” did not exactly instill confidence in me. Then came the daunting news that the movie weighed in at almost 3 hours. Add the driving time in and the Avatar screening took up almost half a day. I disliked the movie before I even slipped on the exquisite 3-D nerd-spectacles that I so love.
A funny thing happened when the movie began. I was captivated. I rarely looked at my watch, »
- Shannon Hood
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