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Inside 'Red Oaks': An Eighties TV Show That's Not Ironic

6 October 2015 11:26 AM, PDT | | See recent Rolling Stone news »

"The Eighties were good to me," says Jennifer Grey, and considering she's best known for having the time of her life with Patrick Swayze in 1987's Dirty Dancing, that would make sense. "You know those people who rock that hairdo from the moment they got laid the most in their life? The Eighties are a bit like that for me."

Grey, who also appeared in Red Dawn and Ferris Bueller's Day Off, isn't quite ready to leave the age of Rubik's cubes and Max Headroom behind — she currently appears as »

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Doctor Who blogging: “Under the Lake”

5 October 2015 1:13 AM, PDT | | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

[previous: “The Magician’s Apprentice”/“The Witch’s Familiar”]

warning: spoilers!

This certainly looks, at first glance, like classic Doctor Who: corridor running! But it’s almost a caricature of the format: the Doctor arrives to help a bunch of people trapped in a starbase/ship/hotel/whatever figure out and escape from the monster trapped in the bottle with them. It’s Steven Moffat’s take on James Cameron — there are so many shades of Aliens, Titanic, and The Abyss here — and he can’t seem to leave it alone: we just got this in the Christmas episode, and it’s not any more interesting now. And much of the potential tension is diffused because everyone on this underwater base already knows who the Doctor is and knows what Unit is, so they welcome his help instead of being suspicious of him and demanding to know just who the hell he thinks he is to waltz in and take command. »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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The 10 Best Makeup Effects in Film

4 October 2015 6:16 PM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

As in a great Halloween costume, makeup is an important aspect of film. Join us as we examine 10 films where makeup effects played a very large role.

Using Makeup to Create A Style

Example: Edward Scissorhands (1990)

While Edward Scissorhands may be one of Burton’s most beloved characters because of Johnny Depp’s performance, the character is also memorable for his looks. For starters, there is his birds-nest hair. The wispy cob-webb look not only reassured audiences of Edward’s sad, lonely and parentless existence, but it also became an easy identifier for Burton’s gothic style. Indeed, Edward’s wild, untamed yet solid hairstyle was similar to that of Beetlejuice, whose film came out two years prior, and would be similar to many other characters we would see in later Burton films.

Edward’s pasty white make-up helped audiences to understand that he was not just a normal man. »

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Scott On "Alien: Paradise Lost," "Alien 5" Filming

4 October 2015 7:30 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

With Ridley Scott committed to the "Prometheus" sequel "Alien: Paradise Lost" and with plans for potentially two more films that would link back up with the "Alien" franchise, it raises an obvious question.

That being how in the hell does Neil Blomkamp's direct "Aliens" sequel fit into all this and how will Scott's plans affect it? We know Scott is producing the Blomkamp film which will come sometime after 'Paradise Lost', and speaking with Empire this week he suggests the film will take the almost three decades since "Aliens" release into consideration:

"I'm producing [Blomkamp's movie]. It's designed to go next after ['Alien: Paradise Lost']. ["His version] is more associated with Ripley. It's coming from a completely different angle. It's kind of more of a sequel… after, after after. I'm coming at it from the back end."

Scott says he's keen to make two films a year going forward, likely one major and one quick smaller film »

- Garth Franklin

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Ridley Scott Talks More About Neil Blomkamp’s Plans For Alien 5

2 October 2015 2:24 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

With the recent title change of the Prometheus sequel to Alien: Paradise Lost, fans have been wondering what that means for Neill Blomkamp’s plans for Alien 5, a movie which will apparently pick up after Aliens (thereby forgetting the divisive third and fourth instalments of the franchise).

While Ridley Scott recently confirmed that the movie is still happening, he’s now shed some more light on what we should expect from the film and how it will connect to the original Alien.

“I’m producing [Blomkamp’s movie]. It’s designed to go next after ‘Alien: Paradise Lost’. His version is more associated with Ripley. It’s coming from a completely different angle. It’s kind of more of a sequel… after, after after. I’m coming at it from the back end.”

So, they’re clearly going to be two very different movies, but it should be interesting to see how the »

- Josh Wilding

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Ridley Scott Says Neil Blomkamp’s ‘Alien’ Film Is A “Kinda Sequel”

2 October 2015 12:34 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

So, what’s going on with Neil Blomkamp’s “Alien 5” now that Ridley Scott is making “Alien: Paradise Lost,” a.k.a. “Prometheus 2,” and possibly planning two more films that connect to the original “Alien” film? Well, while there have been rumors that Scott was none too pleased when he first learned about Blomkamp’s pitch — especially since he’s still in the middle of his “Prometheus” spin-offs — he’s clearly come to Jesus with Fox and Blomkamp, will act as a producer on the film, and apparently the younger filmmaker’s movie will come sometime after "Alien: Paradise Lost." Read More: Ridley Scott Teases 'Alien: Paradise Lost' Will Have "Connections" With Ripley But what is “Alien 5” exactly? Blomkamp has said it picks up after the events of James Cameron's “Aliens,” so many have speculated that it acts as a kind of wedged-in retcon that basically »

- Edward Davis

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Might Ridley Scott's Blade Runner 'franchise' cause tears in rain?

2 October 2015 5:22 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The veteran director’s 1982 future noir left enough unanswered questions to spawn a sequel. But do we really need multiple movies to find out whether Harrison Ford’s Rick Deckard is a replicant?

When Ridley Scott announced plans to return to the Alien saga (with what eventually turned out to be his thrilling but bamboozling space thriller Prometheus) five years ago, the internet was pretty receptive to the idea. After all, Twentieth Century Fox had squeezed every last drop of acid blood from the waning franchise via a series of progressively weaker sequels (not counting James Cameron’s excellent Aliens) before topping off the misery with a brace of utterly pointless Alien vs Predator movies. What more could possibly go wrong, especially with Scott returning to the genre that made him famous for the first time in 30 years?

Related: Ridley Scott: Ryan Gosling will 'probably' lead Blade Runner sequel

Continue reading. »

- Ben Child

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Stung Blu-ray / DVD Release Details & Cover Art

1 October 2015 9:56 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

EpiPens will do no good against the massive stingers aimed at garden party guests in Stung. Scream Factory will release the creature feature horror comedy on Blu-ray and DVD on November 3rd, and we have a look at the film's cover art and list of bonus features.

Press Release: Created in the vein of the 1950s Giant Monster movies, Stung pits wasps against Wasps in a tale of contemporary “bee-movie” madness set at an upscale garden party.   A delightfully gory creature feature, Stung will make its Blu-ray and DVD debut on November 3rd from Scream Factory, in partnership with IFC MidnightStung features a swarm of bonus content, including audio commentary with director Benni Diez, producer Benjamin Munz, and writer Adam Aresty; a Making of ‘Stung’featurette; production blogs; and more! Fans can pre-order their copies now by visiting

In Stung, a fancy garden party goes terribly wrong »

- Derek Anderson

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Round-Up: Extraordinary Tales Trailer, The Enfield Haunting Update, Diamond Select Toys at Nycc, Dark Awakening

29 September 2015 8:27 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

The trailer for Extraordinary Tales has arrived. Based on some of Edgar Allan Poe's most notable works, Extraordinary Tales is narrated by Guillermo del Toro along with other iconic artists. Also: more details on A&E's The Enfield Haunting, Diamond Select Toys at Nycc, and release details for Dark Awakening.

Extraordinary Tales: "A film anthology of five of Edgar Allan Poe’s best-known stories, each told in a unique graphic style and featuring some of the most beloved figures in horror film history. Adapting the look and variety of a classic horror anthology, Extraordinary Tales offers heart-pounding takes on The Tell-Tale HeartThe Pit and the PendulumThe Fall of the House of Usher, The Facts in the Case of Mr. Valdemar, and The Masque of the Red Death. Each tale is given a unique animated look, inspired by sources as diverse as classic Hollywood black-and-white monster films, »

- Tamika Jones

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Harry Gregson-Williams interview: The Martian, Ridley Scott, Hans Zimmer

28 September 2015 8:01 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

The composer behind The Martian talks to us about scoring Ridley Scott's sci-fi thriller, working with Hans Zimmer, and more...

Ridley Scott’s new film runs the gamut of emotion, and takes in a variety of landscapes and textures. The sci-fi thriller sweeps us from the hostile, storm-whipped surface of Mars to the blue skies of Earth, from the silence of a space ship travelling through space to the hubbub of Mission Control at Nasa. Matt Damon’s astronaut protagonist Mark Watney, meanwhile, swerves from confusion to euphoria to blind panic as he battles to survive, alone, on the surface of the angry red planet.

British composer Harry Gregson-Williams created the similarly varied music for The Martian, with the tribulations of its hero underscored by Gregson-Williams’ mix of the soaring and the intimate. When we sat down to speak to the composer, he was still in the midst of »

- ryanlambie

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'Prometheus 2' Will Connect to Ripley and 'Alien' Xenomorphs

25 September 2015 1:15 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

When Prometheus first hit theaters in 2012, many fans were disappointed that there wasn't much connection to director Ridley Scott's iconic Alien franchise. The filmmaker dropped a bombshell earlier this week when he revealed that his Prometheus sequel will now be called Alien: Paradise Lost, stating that this follow up will "go into the back door of the very first Alien." While promoting The Martian, Ridley Scott shed some new light on this sequel, teasing that the Xenomorph's home planet may be called Paradise.

"Years ago, I kept mulling over what Alien 2 could be. I was fiddling around with some ideas. I was always fascinated with why this thing [the xenomorph] would be made, by whom, and for what purpose? The planet it was on - and I was looking at the dark side of the moon - would be called Paradise. Paradise is a very ominous word..."

It's clear, then, »

- MovieWeb

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Prometheus: Ridley Scott to direct all three sequels

25 September 2015 9:04 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Exclusive: Ridley Scott has confirmed to us that he's to direct all three Prometheus sequels currently planned...

While Ridley Scott's on the promotional trail for his new film The Martian (which is great, and well worth seeing), the director's been surprisingly forthcoming about his plans for further Prometheus movies. Only yesterday, we heard that the first sequel to his pre-Alien movies, tentatively called Prometheus 2, is now titled Alien: Paradise Lost.

Before that, it was revealed that there are plans for no fewer than three sequels to Prometheus, all eventually building to where 1979's Alien took off. The lingering question, particularly with Scott's consistently busy schedule, is who will direct them?

The answer? All of them.

When we asked whether he was directing Alien: Paradise Lost, he replied with an unequivocal "Yes."

"I'm starting at the beginning of March," he said. So what about the two »

- ryanlambie

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Contest: Win Tickets to the Kids Vs Monsters Premiere Party & Screening

24 September 2015 2:54 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Featuring an impressive cast that includes Malcolm McDowell and Lance HenriksenKids vs Monsters debuts Monday, September 28th in Los Angeles, and we've been provided with a pair of tickets to the premiere party and screening to give away.

One lucky winner and a guest will win tickets to the Kids vs Monsters premiere party in Los Angeles. The event will begin at 6:00pm Pdt with a special dinner, followed by a screening of the film with several cast members in attendance, including Lance Henriksen, Francesca Eastwood, and Anna Akana. The event will take place at the Egyptian Theatre (6712 Hollywood Blvd Los Angeles, CA).


Prize Details: (1) Winner will receive (2) tickets to the 6:00pm Kids vs Monsters premiere party and screening at the Egyptian Theatre in Los Angeles next Monday, September 28th.

How to Enter: For a chance to win, email with the subject “Kids vs Monsters »

- Derek Anderson

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Ridley Scott Says 'Prometheus 3' Or 'Prometheus 4' Will Finally Connect With 'Alien'

23 September 2015 6:20 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

When "Alien" first arrived, it was a simple sci-fi horror that had visual pizzazz and was executed with technical virtuosity. Seven years later came the sequel, "Aliens," which was bigger — James Cameron sized, in fact — and while not quite better, retained the essential core that made Ridley Scott's original offering so thrilling. After that, the franchise entered a downward tumble from which it has never quite recovered. When Scott returned to the series and to sci-fi with "Prometheus," it was promised to be a prequel to "Alien," but it wasn't really except for some slight references here and there. And it looks like "Prometheus" is turning into its own monster, one that won't connect to "Alien" for a while yet. Doing the rounds for "The Martian," the director recently spoke to German site FilmFutter and revealed "Prometheus" has its own story to tell before it eventually ties into the movie. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Ridley Scott Planning More Prometheus Sequels

23 September 2015 5:10 AM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

In news that will send some hearts beating faster and others starting to fill with barely-concealed vitriol, Ridley Scott has revealed that he has plans for the Prometheus universe that expand beyond the sequel now in pre-production.Talking with German site FilmFutter – so be aware that there are always translation issues when covering such stories – he was asked when Prometheus will tie in explicitly with the films he himself kicked off back in 1979 with Alien. "It won’t be in the next movie," he says. "It will be the one after this one, or maybe even a fourth film, before we get back into the Alien franchise." Yes, it appears he’s taking a leaf out of Aliens/Avatar director James Cameron’s book and keeping the story going. We have to wonder whether he’ll have the time to do it all, even given his usual fast pace when cranking out movies, »

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New Photos of Hcg’s Life-Size Aliens Warrior Statue

14 September 2015 9:06 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Ever wonder what life would be like if you came home to a Xenomorph every night? Standing over six feet tall, Hollywood Collectibles Group's new life-size Aliens warrior statue brings James Cameron's classic action horror film to frightening life.

Due out in early 2016, limited to 150 items, and weighing in at 100 pounds, Hcg's Aliens warrior statue is now available to pre-order for $5999.95. Below are Hcg's newly revealed photos of the statue. To learn more, visit:

From Hollywood Collectibles Group: "We are proud to present our Officially Licensed Life Size Aliens Warrior statue!

This magnificent Xenomorph stands a full 80” tall and was made by an Aliens SFX professional utilizing some screen used components in its creation.  Constructed from fiberglass and mixed media, and with intricate attention to detail, the Aliens Warrior is captured perfectly in terrifying attack stance, and features a semi posable tail. »

- Derek Anderson

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Icons of Fright Interview with FX Legend/Fire City Director Tom Woodruff, Jr.

14 September 2015 3:33 AM, PDT | | See recent Icons of Fright news »

Tom Woodruff, Jr. is easily one of the most recognizable names in FX makeup and for his work in everything from The Terminator, Aliens and Tremors to his suit work, playing the Alien in ALIEN3, the Gillman in The Monster Squad and Pumpkinhead in well, Pumpkinhead. Stepping behind the camera to direct to upcoming Fire City: End Of Days (out October 6th via Uncork’d Entertainment), Woodruff took time out of his schedule to answer a few questions we had about the difference between directing a film and co-running Adi (Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc.), an Oscar winning FX shop alongside co-creator Alec Gillis. Read on!


How does it feel to step into the director’s chair with this film?

It’s a small film with some layers to it. It’s not overly complicated but you have to stay plugged-in to the story to feel it. The audiences “get it”. It »

- Jerry Smith

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19 Oscar-worthy sci-fi movie performances

9 September 2015 6:34 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

A genre constantly overlooked at awards ceremonies, sci-fi cinema is full of stunning performances - like these...

Should we care whether the Academy likes science fiction or not? Does it matter that the genre and its best performances are regularly overlooked by most mainstream awards bodies? Probably not. But consider this: cinema is by now a long-established artform. Movies chart all aspects of the human condition: birth, death, happiness, sadness, ennui, fear, elation, empathy.

The best sci-fi movies arguably achieve the same thing. Where else is the sense of mystery and triumphant discovery felt more keenly than in, say, Solaris? What other genre could explore the nature of addiction with the same humour and pathos as A Scanner Darkly? Could the themes of ageing and disease in The Fly be transposed to a realistic drama and still be as thrilling, bizarre and tragic?

It’s still the case that science »

- ryanlambie

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The Gamechangers: first trailer for Daniel Radcliffe and Bill Paxton's Grand Theft Auto TV drama

4 September 2015 1:02 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

"This is beyond what film can do," says Daniel Radcliffe in this new BBC Two drama about the early days of Grand Theft Auto...

It's no secret that the incredibly lucrative gaming series Grand Theft Auto has batted away controversy since its very early days. However, that's a story that we've not seen fictionalised - until now.

And with the geek-friendly cast of Daniel Radcliffe (as creator Sam Houser) going up against Bill Paxton (as anti-gta lawyer Jack Thompson), there are plenty of reasons to be excited for BBC Two's The Gamechangers.

The first trailer for this televised dramatisation has landed online today. Here it is...

The Gamechangers begins on BBC Two on Tuesday the 15th of September at 9pm. 

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Round-Up: Old 37 Trailer, Kids Vs Monsters / I Spit On Your Grave 3 Release Details

1 September 2015 7:43 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

In Old 37, horror icons Kane Hodder and Bill Moseley show us that calling for help is a fatal mistake. Release dates and details for Kids vs Monsters and I Spit on Your Grave 3 are also featured in this morning's round-up.

Old 37: "Two brothers (Kane Hodder, Bill Moseley) intercept 911 calls in a beat up, old ambulance to terrorize a small Northeastern town. Available For Preorder Now on,, and VOD on September 29th and DVD on October 6th."


Kids vs Monsters: Press Release: "Los Angeles (August 25, 2015) – Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange, “The Mentalist”) and Lance Henriksen (Aliens, “Millennium”) lead a stellar cast including Armand Assante (American Gangster, “NCIS”), Adrian Paul (“Highlander”), Christopher Atkins (Blue Lagoon) and Richard Moll (“Night Court,” “House”) in the fantasy horror-comedy, Kids vs Monsters, available on Digital HD and On Demand September 29 from MarVista Digital Entertainment. »

- Tamika Jones

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