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Media mogul A. Jerrold “Jerry” Perenchio, who amassed a fortune by building a powerhouse TV production company and later the Spanish-language network Univision, and was among California’s most prolific philanthropists and political donors, has died. He was 86.
Perenchio died of lung cancer at his Bel Air home on Monday, a family spokesperson told the Los Angeles Times.
His personal wealth, along with an early career managing high-profile stars and promoting major sporting events, belied a fierce determination to stay out of the limelight, in which he granted few interviews and rarely allowed his associates to do the same.
A partner with Norman Lear in the production of such shows as “The Jeffersons” and “One Day at a Time,” Perenchio made a fortune on megahits of the 1970s, particularly from the sale of the shows into syndication.
No media investment, however, was as lucrative for Perenchio as the one in Univision, which »
- Ted Johnson
Your average debut director starts small. A few characters, limited settings, achievable challenges. Ridley Scott's first film was a short following his brother on a bicycle, made in 1963 on a pittance. It'd take him years to rack up the skill and ambition necessary to attempt the likes of Alien, Blade Runner and Gladiator. But even the most pie-in-the-sky first-timers would have balked at the challenge Woody Harrelson set for himself with his debut feature film. Lost In L… »
With a new Blade Runner film on the way later this year, it seems an appropriate time to revisit a certain overlooked 2003 film that is as close to a prequel to Ridley Scott's seminal clone-noir as there ever was. Michael Winterbottom's Code 46 made only tiny ripples on the festival circuit before it faded into obscurity, mere minutes upon commercial release. It's chilly central romance, and slippery, edge-of-tomorrow social concerns, failed to ignite the passion of either the genre crowd or the art-house set. There are, however, a small number of us who straddle that space in between, and continue to sing the film's myriad praises. These include exemplary future-building out of existing locations and architecture around the world, intimate (yet curiously mannered) dialogue,...
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For “Alien: Covenant,” Ridley Scott not only redesigned H.R Giger’s iconic Xenomorph creature from the first movie, but also unveiled the new Neomorph. They’re a fascinating study in contrast (and brilliantly animated by Mpc), especially in light of the director’s passion for sentient life forms.
The Xenomorph contains a subtle shift between fleshy skin and a harder exoskeleton, while the Neomorph offers more humanoid qualities with its elegant simplicity. Yet it packs a deadly bite with a double-jointed, protruding jaw, which strikes without warning.
However, there’s at least one tender moment, in which Michael Fassbender’s android gazes upon the Neomorph and blows on his face the way you’d blow into the nostril of a horse. It’s a mutual fascination between creator and creation that »
- Bill Desowitz
Wow, Ralph freaking Macchio… I’ve got to admit, it’s been some time since I saw Daniel Larusso in a movie. So of course I was gonna sit down and watch this flick! But what I did not expect was to find a whole cast of actors that maybe never set the world on fire but I have a certain affinity for.
A Cat Named Leonard is one of those bottle movies that takes place over one day, spending time with various different characters that you just know (because Movies) will all somehow connect to each other at some point or other, you know like Crash, Kids, Clerks, or any other movie of its nature these are just the ones come to mind.
We start the flick by meeting Dominic »
- Kevin Haldon
Oscar- and Emmy-nominated actress Vera Farmiga will follow “Bates Motel” by checking in to another TV series, having signed on to star in an episode of Channel 4 anthology series “Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams.” Farmiga will star alongside actor Mel Rodriguez (“The Last Man on Earth”) in an episode entitled “Kill All Others,” from Emmy-nominated U.S. writer-director Dee Rees.
Farmiga plays a politician who makes a shocking statement encouraging violence. Rodriguez plays the one man who dares to question the situation and finds himself an instant target. “Straight Outta Compton” star Jason Mitchell, Glenn Morshower and Sarah Brown co-star in the episode.
Farmiga received an Academy Award nomination for her supporting role in Jason Reitman’s 2009 film “Up in the Air.” She was nominated for an Emmy in 2013 for her leading role as Norma Bates in A+E Networks’ “Bates Motel.” Rees was nominated for two Emmys for co-writing and directing single-drama TV biopic »
- Robert Mitchell
Upon first glance at the title it might seem like some "click-bait" article trying to get read. And perhaps, no matter what you read here, that is how you're going to see it. However, once you finish reading this opinion piece (and remember, this is simply my opinion), you may very well agree that Ridley Scott is no longer the man to handle the Alien franchise. Especially after watching this weekend's less than stellar Alien: Covenant.
When the first Alien movie landed in theaters in 1979, it was groundbreaking. It featured incredible special effects, a plausible look at the space program in the future, and a scene of such amazingly grotesque proportions (the alien exploding out of a crew mate's stomach), it still shocks people to this day. The film was smart, it featured a female kicking ass, and in many ways, the first Alien movie directed by Ridley Scott is still ahead of it's time. »
This review was originally published in Nathaniel's column at Towleroad
If the famed director Ridley Scott were in art school, his professor would be yanking the paintbrush out of his hand — “it’s perfect, stop adding brush strokes!” His wife probably has to pull spices from his hands as he cooks. If you’ve been playing along with this Hollywood giant’s career you know that he can never leave well enough alone. I’ve lost count of how many “versions” there now are of his early sci-fi masterpiece Blade Runner (1982) and, after years of threats, that film will have a sequel this October, Blade Runner 2049, though Scott opted to pass the directorial reigns over to Denis Villeneuve (Arrival).
Having exhausted returning to that particular sci-fi well, Ridley has moved back even earlier in his career to the film that made him famous, Alien (1979). He’s now directed two »
- NATHANIEL R
Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture: Trailer Reaction of the Day: Watch as an amused Lego Batman watches the new trailer for Spider-Man: Homecoming Trailer Dissection of the Day: Easter egg king Mr. Sunday Movies takes an amusing deep dive through the Blade Runner 2049 trailer for things we may have missed: Movie Comparison of the Day: Speaking of Blade Runner 2049, here's a video from IMDb comparing the sequel to the original, shot by shot: Video Essay of the Day: Also speaking of Blade Runner, Nerdwriter analyzes and celebrates the score for the original movie: Vintage Image of the Day: Peter Mayhew, who turns 73 today, receives...
- Christopher Campbell
(Because of the mixed reactions to the film from critics across the internet, we are running two reviews of Alien: Covenant. Here’s a negative take on the movie. For a different take, you can read Karen Han’s positive review.) Ridley Scott has made two great films: Alien and Blade Runner. In spite of the sequel to […]
- Josh Spiegel
The opening seconds of the latest trailer for Blade Runner 2049 sent out a clarion call to fans of the original with a single melancholy synthesizer pulse. The sounds of Vangelis’ legendary soundtrack for the original are inextricable from the movie’s appeal. The sequel promises, more than anything else, a return to a very specific fictional world, one defined by the concept art of Syd Mead and cinematographer Jordan Cronenweth’s framing of it. But Vangelis’ music is an equally important component of that world, and a new video by Nerdwriter1 teases out what makes it so resonant, decades later.
A big part of it is the way the film blends score, sound design, and dialogue into one sinuous whole, drenching spoken words in echo and creating abstract sounds that play off individual cuts. This was achieved, in part, by Vangelis’ composition method, wherein he watched edits of the ...
- Clayton Purdom
Alien: Covenant (20th Century Fox)
I really loved Prometheus, not as a cinematic masterpiece, but as movie-worthy prequel to Sir Ridley Scott's genre-defining 40 year-old masterpiece Alien. And having rewatched it again, Prometheus's smart narrative and deliberate storyline still resonate with me. Perhaps it is my age, and probably his, that that prequel raised major existential questions -- "why are we here?" and "who created us?" -- that resonate with In that film, why did the Engineers seed life in the ever-expanding universe and our own planet, if they did at all. He certainly knows how to direct action sequences that have grit, energy, and beauty as his films Gladiator and Blade Runner Scott next chapter Alien: Covenant answers many of the questions left dangling at the end of the aforementioned movie, but still leaves some questions unanswered -- a great device to hook newbies and fans alike. And certainly raises new questions, »
- Dusty Wright
This year marks the 35th anniversary of the original sci-fi noir thriller Blade Runner from director Ridley Scott. Therefore, it’s only appropriate that this year also marks the long-anticipated sequel that fans have wanted for decades. As for what secrets lie in Blade Runner 2049, we don’t know, but we do know that the visuals […]
- Ethan Anderton
Debuting at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2016, Matt Tyrnauer‘s Citizen Jane: Battle for the City has received rave reviews across the country as it opened in limited release last month. Centering on Jane Jacobs — a journalist, author, and activist — the film showcases the problems inherent to how urban planners in the mid-twentieth century worked.
One of the key proponents of this movement to teardown what he deemed “slums” for new, mammoth housing projects of concrete erasing the very communities they sought to “save” was New York’s Robert Moses. His power and reputation allowed him to force his ideas through the legislature for decades until Jacobs caught wind professionally and personally (he would eventually target her neighborhood). She ignited to take a stand and share her own beliefs in writing and via protest on city living, safety via “eyes on the street,” and the notion that cities are defined by its people, »
- Jared Mobarak
Having set M. Night Shyamalan to curate a horror programming block, complete with a relaunch of the anthology series Tales from the Crypt, TNT has now turned to Alien and Blade Runner director Ridley Scott to develop a night of original sci-fi programming, which Deadline reports will serve as a showcase for hourlong series, shortform programs and other formats to be developed in collaboration with the legendary filmmaker.
“Being given the creative license to generate and develop science fiction programming in a variety of formats for TNT is very exciting,” said Scott. “This genre is one of my favorites, and there are an infinite amount of original and innovative story ideas out there that we are looking forward to exploring with TNT. It is very exciting for all of us.”
“We’re looking to create a programming block filled with the kind of imaginative, awe-inspiring storytelling that has made science »
- Gary Collinson
Ridley Scott hasn’t worked through his daddy issues yet. Many of his films deal with men, biblical figures, robots (replicants), and others, seeking answers from their creators. The director previously relied heavily on this concept with his first Alien prequel, Prometheus; much to the dissatisfaction of fans and critics alike. Many of the thrills and chills from the 1979 film were placed in the shadows to shine a light more on man’s search for the answers to the universe, along with an android teaching these foolish mortals a lesson or two along the way. Now, with Alien: Covenant, this is the second film where Ridley Scott tries to blend “man and his creator” questions with the horror of the unknown. Although longtime Alien fans might praise Covenant for delivering more of what they didn’t get enough of in the previous prequel, the British auteur still hasn’t found »
- Michael Haffner
The geek pastiche of Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One knows no bounds (beyond those of Oasis, the immersive Mmorpg at the story’s center). Its dystopian treasure hunt pulls in allusions to Blade Runner, Rush, Dungeons And Dragons, and an arcade’s worth of vintage video games. Those allusions won’t include any Steven Spielberg films as long as Ready Player One director Steven Spielberg has any say in it, but according to T.J. Miller, movies made by Spielberg’s friends aren’t off limits.
In an interview with Fandango, the Silicon Valley star and party-crashing emoji discusses his Ready Player One role, which was created specifically for the movie. “Basically I am a funny, or at least mildly amusing, Boba Fett,” he says, a bounty hunter working within the Oasis at the behest of Ready Player One’s Darth Vader figure, Nolan Sorrento. Though there’s really ...
- Erik Adams
There’s a lot to admire about Alien: Covenant, Ridley Scott’s gore-strewn return to the sci-fi horror franchise he kickstarted back in 1979. As a piece of visual, physical spectacle it’s extraordinary: visually elegant and sleek, never going in for cheap shocks but fully engaging us in an otherworldly atmosphere. It’s what we’ve come to expect from the world-builder responsible for the original Alien, Blade Runner, Gladiator and countless other handsome spectacles. As a piece of storytelling however, it’s an altogether different proposition, more on which momentarily.
Sadly it appears that Scott, who it goes without saying is one of cinema’s truly great visionaries, has past form in this area. In particular, the quality of Scott »
- Sean Wilson
Aliya Whiteley May 19, 2017
With a new Blade Runner film coming, and a TV series of his work, we look at the writing of Philip K Dick...
Over the next few weeks, with help from BookBeat - who we thank very much for their support - we're trialling a book club series of features, where we look at books, how they translate to movies, how they work in audiobook form, and just generally chat about a certain title. You can get a free trial of BookBeat - a sort-of Netflix for audio books - right here. Den Of Geek readers get a full month free trial, as opposed to the usual two weeks. But you need to click on that link to get it!
We started this series last week with a look at The Revenant, »
Let’s face it: product placement is everywhere. Subtle to not-so-subtle advertisements wheedle their way into TV shows and movies so often that these days we barely blink at them. Then again, sometimes it’s just too glaring to ignore.
We may be streaming lifetime movies on Netflix or watching the newest blockbuster on the big screen when we encounter these product placement crimes. Even some of our most beloved films commit them. The following list details some of the most shameful product placements in our favorite movies:
1. Captain America Civil War– Audi (2016)
Image credit: Carscoops.com
When Marvel released an Audi ad spliced with scenes of the Captain and Black Panther chasing Bucky through congested traffic to its Youtube page, many fans felt frustrated by the obvious sell-out. The association between Audi and the film didn’t end there for fans; watching the real chase sequence without seeing Audis »
- The Hollywood News
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