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10 items from 2017

Netflix’s New Ratings System Is a Terrible Idea

20 March 2017 9:03 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Whatever future of entertainment may hold, it’s reasonable to assume Netflix will play some role in determining it. The company is at the forefront of defining home viewing habits and the ways in which audiences can discover its library of movies and television. It’s a fickle process, one that doesn’t favor the discovery of edgier content. So it was particularly dispiriting to learn that sometime in April, Netflix will abandon its five-star ratings in favor of a thumbs up/thumbs down approach.

“Five stars feels very yesterday now,” said Netflix VP of product Todd Yellin in a press briefing. He went on to suggest that star ratings hurt its business investments in catalogs of titles, noting that “bubbling up the stuff people actually want to watch is super important.”

However, that logic holds only if you believe the only important metric is giving the audience exactly what it wants — and nothing else. »

- Eric Kohn

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Ridley Scott has already has a script for another Alien movie, and plans for Six more

7 March 2017 10:49 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Back in September 2015, Ridley Scott revealed that he had plans for three Prometheus sequels, leading up to his original 1979 sci-fi classic Alien.

The first of those – now titled Alien: Covenant – is just a few short months away from release, and Scott has told The Sydney Morning Herald that he already has a script for the next Alien movie, and is planning on a 2018 shoot.

“You’ve got to assume to a certain extent success and from that you’d better be ready.“You don’t want a two-year gap. So I’ll be ready to go again next year.”

See Also: Watch ‘The Last Supper’ prologue for Alien: Covenant

Meanwhile, Scott also went on to add that he has plenty of plans for the series going forward, stating: “If you really want a franchise, I can keep cranking it for another six. I’m not going to close it down again. »

- Gary Collinson

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‘The Last Laugh’ Review: A Funny, Fitfully Interesting Doc About Why Jews Make Holocaust Jokes

3 March 2017 3:47 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Ferne Pearlstein’s “The Last Laugh” is a rather safe and genteel documentary about the limits of humor (especially as they pertain to the Holocaust), but it opens with a subtly provocative sequence of events that’s hard to shake. Rob Reiner, but one of the film’s many different talking heads, tells a very benign joke about two Jews who tried to kill Hitler. Gilbert Gottfried pops up to get in on the action. Then we cut to Mel Brooks — perhaps the single most significant figure in permitting modern Jews to make light of their darkness — and he performs some light Hitler shtick, culminating in a shoutout to “The guy who made me money.”

Finally, and seamlessly, the film cuts to survivor and educator Renee Firestone, introducing the nonagenarian just as she launches into a bit about Dr. Josef Mengele inspecting some of the young women on whom he was hoping to experiment. »

- David Ehrlich

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Alien: Covenant gets a new poster

28 February 2017 6:31 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

With a new trailer set to land tomorrow, 20th Century Fox has released a new poster for Alien: Covenant, director Ridley Scott’s hotly-anticipated follow-up to Prometheus, which reveals that the UK will be getting the film a week earlier than the U.S. on May 12th. Check it out here…

See Also: Watch ‘The Last Supper’ prologue for Alien: Covenant

Ridley Scott returns to the universe he created in Alien with Alien: Covenant, the second chapter in a prequel trilogy that began with Prometheus — and connects directly to Scott’s 1979 seminal work of science fiction. Bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, the crew of the colony ship Covenant discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world — whose sole inhabitant is the “synthetic” David (Michael Fassbender), survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition.

Alien: Covenant is set for »

- Gary Collinson

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Watch The Prologue To Alien: Covenant, The Last Supper

23 February 2017 6:21 AM, PST | www.themoviebit.com | See recent TheMovieBit news »

Ridley Scott returns to the world of Alien with prequel Alien: Covenant this Summer, and to get us hyped for more Xenomorph tinged action a prologue short movie, The Last Supper, has come our way. Directed by his offspring Luke Scott (Morgan), it introduces us to the future alien fodder crew of the colony ship Covenant as they enjoy one last meal together before entering cryosleep, suggesting that Covenant follows suit with the majority of the movies in this franchise and kicks off with the crew coming out of stasis. On top of introducing the cast, which includes Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride, and James Franco, it also drops some neat hints about what the story holds for us. One cool thing revealed is that all the characters are couples, adding a nice dynamic to the story when it comes time for some alien implantation. On top of that, »

- noreply@blogger.com (Tom White)

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The Official Prologue to Alien: Covenant is “The Last Supper”

23 February 2017 4:30 AM, PST | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

Alright Alien fans, it’s time to get excited.  We all know that Alien: Covenant is going to start getting hyped to no end.  It all began yesterday when the first full cast picture was released.   Shortly after that we get this gem, which is way more detailed.   This is the official prologue to Alien: Covenant. Set aboard the Covenant, a colonization ship on its way to a remote planet to form a new human settlement, the main crew (all couples) and their android, Walter, enjoy their final meal together before cryosleep.  This clip was conceived by Ridley Scott and 3Am,

The Official Prologue to Alien: Covenant is “The Last Supper” »

- Nat Berman

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To the Covenant! Watch the Alien Covenant prologue; The Last Supper…

22 February 2017 11:57 PM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Alien Covenant prologue short reveals the crew of the supposedly doomed ship.

20th Century Fox have released the Alien Covenant prologue. The short, which runs at over four minutes, is titled The Last Supper, and can be viewed in the player below.

The Prologue: Last Supper short introduces the crew of the mission. Set aboard the Covenant, a colonization ship on its way to a remote planet to form a new human settlement, the main crew (all couples) and their android, Walter, enjoy one last meal together before cryosleep.

The short film is actually directed by Ridley Scott’s son, filmmaker Luke Scott, and was conceived by Ridley Scott and 3Am, and produced by Rsa Films.

Here’s the official synopsis for the movie, the sequel to Prometheus and prequel to the Alien movies, which will arrive in May.

Ridley Scott returns to the universe he created in Alien with Alien: Covenant, »

- Paul Heath

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John Hurt, Alien and Harry Potter Star, Passes Away at 77

28 January 2017 9:15 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

British actor Sir John Hurt, whose illustrious career spans six decades, has sadly passed away at the age of 77. The gravelly voiced man of many roles was perhaps best known for his classic movies such as Alien, Harry Potter and The Elephant Man. Publicist Charles McDonald confirmed the death late Friday. According to CNN, no cause of death is given.

John Hurt made a name for himself playing tormented characters. And he was actually known as an actor who most often times died on screen. Throughout his many projects, he had 47 death scenes. Perhaps no more memorable than when he introduced the world to the iconic Chestburster in Ridley Scott's 1979 classic Alien, where a baby xenomorph came ripping through his chest during a dinner scene inside a spaceship mess hall.

John Hurt's first role was in the 1962 TV show Z cars, and he has worked steadily ever since. »

- MovieWeb

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The Flash "Borrowing Problems From The Future" Review

25 January 2017 5:00 AM, PST | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

Changing The Future Is A Lot Harder Than Changing The Past

The Flash  returns from its winter break with the hangover of Barry witnessing the death of Iris in the future.  While this show has focused on Barry's past and living with the decisions he has made now we take a look at how will he handle knowing the future.  While The Flash thinks he has gotten rid of Savitar the image of the future leaves more questions for Barry than he can answer.  Borrowing Problems From The Future focused on Barry's dilemma of how to save Iris in the future.

Below are the three biggest takeaways from last nights episode.

1.  What we have learned from this show is that it is easier to change the past than the future.  The dilemma of Barry saving his mom was simple because he knew exactly what point to travel back too.  Saving »

- Michael Connally

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The Flash season 3 episode 10 review: Borrowing Problems From The Future

24 January 2017 7:17 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Mike Cecchini Jan 25, 2017

The Flash midseason premiere literally spelled out the rest of the season for us. We're cool with that...

This review contains spoilers.

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3.10 Borrowing Problems From The Future

When you think about it, these midseason breaks are really quite long. Ordinarily, by episode 10 of a 22 or 23 episode season, I've usually called out about 3-4 episodes as being "disposable" and indicative of why most network TV shows could benefit from moving to the cable model. Anyway, I'm not going to do that tonight, even though Plunder is a completely lame villain of the week.

Ah, but this is where The Flash proved me wrong once again. You see, »

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