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Sylvester Stallone has put out a call on Twitter, presumably with his latest iteration of "The Expendables" in mind: "A young Sigorney Weaver anywhere out there?" The misspelling of her name aside, Weaver became one of Hollywood's few female action stars because Ridley Scott cast her as androgynous astronaut Ripley in "Alien," and another director who likes strong women, James Cameron, encouraged her to kick ass in the sequel "Aliens," at which point he passed the baton to David Fincher, who continued the tradition in "Alien 3." Stallone has plenty of tough action femmes to choose from now, from Gina Carano and Michelle Rodriguez, who memorably fight each other in "Fast & Furious 6" and Jennifer Garner ("Alias") to Cate Beckinsale ("Underworld"), Zoe Saldana ("Star Trek Into Darkness") and Gwyneth Paltrow ("Iron Man 3"). Rodriguez herself recently complained about the lack of female superheroes. Check out the interview below with Sony chief Amy Pascal, »
- Anne Thompson
Neca will be releasing their first series of new Aliens figures at the end of this month and they’ve shown off new photos of the final figure designs in their packaging:
“Available in clamshell packaging, the long awaited re-launch of our Aliens product line celebrates the 1986 James Cameron classic with a brand new version of the Alien Warrior and for the first time ever – two of the Colonial Marines!
Hicks and Hudson stand nearly 7″ tall and feature over 30 points of articulation! The marines come with signature weapons, including pulse rifle, shotgun, welder, motion tracker, and shoulder lamp. Incredibly detailed and photo-realistic portrait sculpts are sure to impress.
Last but not least is the all-new Alien Warrior which stands over 9″ tall and has over 30 points of articulation, including a bendable tail, hinged jaw, and sliding inner mouth. This version of the Warrior features the brown costume highlights and a glossy, »
- Jonathan James
It has been announced today that James Cameron will direct a live worldwide broadcast of the worldwide hit Swan Lake next month. The broadcast, from The Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg, will be screened to 50 countries across the globe. Mariinsky’s artistic director Valery Gergiev will conduct alongside Ekaterina Kondaurova in the starring role. Cameron plans to make use of the 3D technology he has pioneered with films such as Avatar and also used in Ang Lee’s Life Of Pi to make the production an event viewers won’t forget in a hurry.
The director and producer behind such box office juggernauts as Titanic and Aliens has been quiet of late; his last box office outing was 2009′s Avatar which currently holds the record for the highest grossing film of all time. Avatar 2 is scheduled for 2015 with Avatar 3 also in the works.
Screening productions live has increased »
- Victoria Bull
The team over at 1A4 Studio has created another incredibly fun animated video that tells the story of James Cameron's Aliens in 60-seconds. It's packed full of all of the action and mayhem that we love from the original film. Aliens was the first rated-r movie that I saw in theaters, and it was one of the best movie going experiences ever.
If you've seen the previously made videos, then you know you're in for an entertaining treat. Enjoy!
- Joey Paur
Feature Ryan Lambie 17 May 2013 - 05:47
Here's a fresh batch of worthy, geek-friendly crowdfunding projects that have caught our eye this week...
The best part of putting together this weekly crowdfunding column? While trawling through the dozens of ideas that appear online every day, we stumble on all kinds of weird and wonderful things.
Some ideas are semi-practical - a new kind of flip-flop with soles made from astro turf, for people who want to feel as though they're walking on grass all day long - while others are downright strange - such as a set of tabletop gaming figures shaped neat like little human backsides.
Some ideas are commercial and enticing enough to sale past their funding goal - a zombie Lego Batman mash-up animation's already doing well - while others are rather more niche - we spotted a strip poker text adventure, which has, unsurprisingly, attracted rather less interest so far. »
As I’ve stated in previous Fund This Film posts, one of the main benefits of crowdfunding is that it offers opportunity for projects that Hollywood literally rejects. Filmmakers like Alex Cox, Ralph Bakshi and even Zach Braff have hit Kickstarter because their visions and methods don’t fit the industry standards and preferences these days and no mainstream production and financial outlets are interested in their works as they’re intended. Similarly, with computer effects being the go-to norm in moviemaking now, people wishing to work with practical effects need to go to fans of such tactile techniques in order to pay for it. We’ve already seen a few campaigns highlighting old school movie magic, including Cox’s effort, and now there’s one from animatronic and makeup wizards Alec Gillis and Tom Woodruff, Jr. If you’re not familiar with those guys by name, you know the creatures and other stuff they’ve done »
- Christopher Campbell
"The creatures survived, but not without mutation." That's only part of the description for a new horror movie called Harbinger Down, but you can already picture a movie in your head. And if you're a fan of movies from the '70s, '80s and '90s, you no doubt picture it having some pretty badass physical creature effects in it. And were the movie made during that time, chances are Alec Gillis and Tom Woodruff Jr. would have brought those creatures to life. Between the two of them, they've made the twisted masterpieces at the center of movies like Aliens, Tremors, The Monster Squad, Starship Troopers, The Terminator, Predator and dozens more. And now they're making a movie in the vein of those sci-fi/horror classics, and they need...
- Peter Hall
Greetings from the apocalypse! This is an exciting week for me, since I'm making my art gallery debut and all — I'm celebrating with two docs covering cool artistic subcultures (gig posters and tattooing), as well as a hella ton of Mother's Day recommends. Let's get to it, shall we, old sport? Yep yep.
Friday, May 10
Pow! In Theaters
Glam filmmaker Baz Luhrmann's reimagining of F. Scott Fitzgerald's timeless Jazz-age romance "The Great Gatsby" looks like my 11th grade book report had sex with a disco ball, but that's par for the course. Luhrmann had previously razzle-dazzled "William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet" and reunites with Leonardo DiCaprio as enigmatic rich dude Jay Gatsby, clinging to the memory of a past dalliance with Daisy Buchanan (Carey Mulligan). Clinging tragically, »
- Max Evry
Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon is now available on Xbox Live, Psn and PC. It is a game where you get the girl, kill the bad guys and save the world in a VHS-version of the future.
We recently chatted with Michael Biehn (who voices Sergeant Rex “Power” Colt) about how he got involved and his thoughts on the game. Biehn also stated that a sequel has “not been confirmed” as reported by other video game websites. Read on to learn more!
Michael Biehn: Actually, I met [Creative Director] Dean [Evans] when we were in Canada doing some work on a film festival for “The Victim.” Jennifer [Biehn's wife, Jennifer Blanc-Biehn] actually met Dean and Dean talked to her. Jennifer kind of had to drag me by my collar to meet him because I didn't really know anything about gaming, »
- Amanda Dyar
We had the chance to sit down with the great Michael Biehn recently to talk about all things badass, and of course the subject of Ubisoft's latest game which he does the voice acting for, Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon, came up. So what does Biehn know about a possible sequel? Read on!
Below is a quick excerpt! Look for the whole interview tomorrow!
Regarding a possible sequel Biehn said, "I don't know anything. If they do a sequel, that is [Creative Director] Dean [Evans]' decision. For all I know it might not have anything to do with me, and he might make a completely different game. I had thought I heard someone say something about a sequel, but I really don't know anything about it, which means if there was one, then I don't know if I would be involved. I don't know anything about what the subject matter would be »
- Uncle Creepy
"Blood Dragon" in a lot of ways is a perfect way to experience vanilla "Far Cry 3" without getting too invested. For 15 bucks (1200 Ms Points), Ubisoft smartly detatches the main game and narrative threads of an island hopping, male power fantasy featuring a douchey 20 something for... a male power fantasy featuring a retro throwback of douchey action star. A mouthy look at some of the best (and worst) of what 80's and 90's action movies had to offer -- it's that mid-afternoon cable movie that you've just woken up to after passing out drunk on the couch, bathed in the dim glow of your TV set. Shirtless and confused, you stumble for the remote to turn it off but something compels you to perervere through your stupor because you just saw the most kickass and ridiculous action sequence of any action movie worth its salt.
"It's so bad it's good" seems »
- Clint Mize
Having spent a few minutes with the long awaited Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon this morning we can tell you one thing... it's batshit nuts and we thank the video game gods every day for its existence. Need more convincing? Check out the launch trailer and new screenshots!
Developed by Ubisoft Montreal, Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon lets players get the girl, kill the bad guys and save the world in a VHS-era vision of the future! As Sergeant Rex Colt, you are part man, part machine, all American. You are a state-of-the art Mark IV cyber-commando on a mission...of vengeance. You’re out to bring down your old commanding officer and his battalion of ruthless killer cyborgs and you’ll stop at nothing to get the job done. Hollywood action icon Michael Biehn (The Terminator, Aliens, and The Abyss), returns in this explosive 1980s style sci-fi vision of a dark future. »
- Uncle Creepy
In retrospect, the 1980s were perhaps humanity’s most colourful decade. That is, at least in terms of modern time. Filled to the brim with colour, experimentation, cheesy movies and strange musical styles, those years will never be forgotten, and for good reason. However, as a race, we’ve experienced an incredible amount of progression since that time – so much so that it’s impossible to even list, or comprehend all of the advancements that have been made. Of course, a lot of that has to do with technology, which is always improving at an impressive, yet almost overwhelming pace. Gadgets and gizmos have become an integral and beneficial part of our everyday lives in today’s modern world, and it’s always interesting to look back on where we came from.
Whereas this modern day is ripe with high-definiton TVs displaying 1080p resolution, video game consoles spouting realistic-looking 3D »
- Chad Goodmurphy
Tony Award 2013 nominations: Broadway-Hollywood connections include Sigourney Weaver, Tom Hanks, Paul Rudd, Bette Midler (photo: Sigourney Weaver in Vanya and Sonya and Masha and Spike) The 2013 Tony Award nominations will be announced tomorrow, April 30. Among this year’s potential Tony nominees are a number of film-related performers, ranging from Academy Award nominees and winners such as Sigourney Weaver, Tom Hanks, and Jessica Chastain to The Avengers‘ Scarlett Johansson, Our Idiot Brother and Dinner for Schmucks‘ Paul Rudd, and Tom Cruise’s ex-wife Katie Holmes. Two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks (Philadelphia, Forrest Gump) may be up for a Best Actor in a Play Tony Award for Nora Ephron’s Lucky Guy. Ephron, who died last year, directed Hanks in two of his biggest box-office hits: Sleepless in Seattle (1993) and You’ve Got Mail (1998), both co-starring Meg Ryan. Another potential Best Actor nominee is David Hyde Pierce (Nixon, Down with Love) for »
- Andre Soares
It’s hard to imagine Catwoman played by anyone besides Michelle Pfeiffer or Harrison Ford not in the iconic role of Indiana Jones. But it almost happened on several occasions. Whether the actor was fired from set or just pulled out last minute due to the always convenient “scheduling conflicts” excuse, the person never made it to the big screen in these films.
Original Star: James Remar
Replacement: Michael Biehn
Original Star: Christian Bale
Replacement: Christian Bale
This one is a bit bizarre. Christian Bale was originally offered the role of Bateman but then the studio decided to go in a different direction. They hired Leonardo DiCaprio the role but he dropped out after the success of Titanic. The part was then offered to Ewan McGregor, but »
- Stacy Lambe
Custom footwear brand Revive set its sights on a James Cameron movie for its newest sneaker mash-up. Thankfully, we're not talking about Titanic. Instead, the company traveled back to 1986 and the Reebok Stompers that Aliens heroine Sigourney Weaver wore when she blasted the Alien queen into space. The futuristic Reeboks (in red, grey and white) make the perfect space "boot" to kick some Xenomorph ass. The retro-looking shoe has also been the foundation of several other sneaker designs referencing sci-fi films of the 1980s, including Blade Runner and Indiana Jones. We also spotted a blue pair of Aliens Stompers on Amazon, which aren't the same color as Ripley's, but the description by Reebok swears they're "a remake of the popular shoe...
- Alison Nastasi
Time for a little exclusive action to get your Monday morning cooking as on tap for you right now is the exclusive premiere of the new one-sheet for the English language remake of Patricio Valladares' Hidden in the Woods (En Las Afueras De La Ciudad).
Once again Valladares is at the helm with a stellar cast including Michael Biehn (The Terminator, Aliens), William Forsythe (The Devil's Rejects), Mma fighter Krxysztof Soszynski, Chris Browning ("Sons of Anarchy," The Book of Eli), Ricco Ross (Aliens) (Iron Man, Jeannine Kaspar (“House of Lies,” “Nip/Tuck”), Andy Mackenzie (Sushi Girl, "True Blood"), Electra Avelan (Grindhouse, Machete Kills) Mark Burnham (Quentin Dupieux's Wrong and Wrong Cops), Jennifer Blanc (The Victim, Wrong Cops), and Richard Gunn (“Granite Flats,” “Dark Angel”) along with Caitlin Keats (Broken English, Kill Bill Volume 2, Treachery), Matthew Alan (Red Tails, "Sons of Anarchy"), J. Michael Trautmann (Here Comes the Boom, »
- Uncle Creepy
For some time now, rumors have been circulating about an extremely rare Aliens-themed poster being worked on by Mark Englert. These rumors were ignited when the artist posted some process shots of the piece to his personal blog a few months ago, at which time he also revealed that Close Your Eyes, Baby was…a commission piece. In other words, Mark Englert’s latest wouldn’t be finding its way to a wide release. Fans were bummed…but rumors persisted that there might be some hope yet. As it turns out, there is a bit of hope if you’re interested in obtaining one of Englert’s Aliens-themed prints…but you’ll have to act quick if you’re interested in picking one up. Read all about it after the jump, folks. If you’re a fan of Mark Englert’s, then you’re probably already well-aware that »
- Scott Wampler
One of the more highly praised but little-seen shows of the past few years has been the swords-and-sandals epic Spartacus. The show came to a pre-planned end last week; however, television writing veteran and series creator Steven DeKnight is not resting on his laurels, already in the midst of negotiations with Starz, the channel on which all three seasons of Spartacus aired, for a new show. However, that is where the similarities end; while the previous show dove into the past, DeKnight’s next show, titled Incursion, will be going to the future. Described as a military science fiction drama, DeKnight cites James Cameron’s seminal film Aliens as a major influence on the series, along with the highly acclaimed miniseries Band of Brothers and the popular game Halo.
In addition, DeKnight revealed that the platoon at the centre of the show will feature a helthy mix of both male and female characters, »
- Deepayan Sengupta
If you, like us, once relished walking a video store's aisles and picking up giant VHS clamshell cases of ridiculous-looking sci-fi action movies with titles like Hell Comes to Frogtown, Immortal Combat or Ghost Warrior, you're going to get a massive smile pressing play on the trailer for Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon. Sadly this isn't a trailer for a movie, but game developer Ubisoft is clearly turning to the past for inspiration here. This is its version of an '80s movie where a ragged soldier has to save the world. In fact, Ubisoft even hired Terminator and Aliens star Michael Biehn to voice the main character Sgt. Rex Powercolt, a cybercommando born from "the toxic ashes of Vietnam War 2." If none of the words in that sentence make you happy...
- Peter Hall
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