19 items from 2015
Ranking any franchise is a personal and difficult process, but the Alien series represents its own challenges. Were you more affected by the intimate shocks of the 1979 original, or the more action-led 1986 sequel? Were you impressed by Alien 3's commitment to its bleak tone, or irked by its soupy darkness?
You're sure to have your own opinions as to how the Alien movies should be ranked, though we'd wager that, like us, you'd place the Alien Vs Predator spin-offs quite far down the list. But then there's Ridley Scott's prequel, Prometheus, a film some might rank far above Jean-Pierre Jeunet's quirky Alien Resurrection, and perhaps even David Fincher's Alien 3.
Accepting, then, that the ranking below is very much down to personal taste, »
Activision and developer Sledgehammer Games have unveiled an all-new trailer for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare‘s upcoming survival mode, Exo Zombies, which looks to considerably up the ante when it arrives in tandem with the shooter’s Havoc expansion pack next week.
Arriving first on Xbox platforms — much like all CoD content packs — on January 27, the expansion will comprise four brand spanking new multiplayer maps in the form of Sideshow, Core, Drift and Urban along with new weaponry and in-game bonuses.
But perhaps the headline act of Havoc is the long-awaited introduction of the game’s Exo Zombies, Sledgehammer’s futuristic spin on the franchise’s beloved survival mode. Bringing together the likes of John Malkovich, Jon Bernthal, Rose McGowan and Aliens‘ Bill Paxton (game over, man!) for a bout of action against the undead, Advanced Warfare‘s has all the promise of being something special, and given that »
- Michael Briers
After more than three decades working in film and television, producer Gale Anne Hurd says the basic tenet of her success has always been about preparing for every possible outcome on a project.
“Then you’re not stuck having to solve things when there’s truly no time to get it wrong,” says Hurd, who will receive the 2015 David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Motion Pictures at the Jan. 24 Producers Guild of America Awards ceremony.
“Going back to (1984’s) ‘The Terminator,’ I would have dreams about possible production problems, so I would have a list of plan B, plan C, plan D. Because everything that can go wrong will go wrong.”
Hurd started in the business as Roger Corman’s executive assistant at New World Pictures, eventually working her way up to head of marketing.“The Terminator,” which she also co-wrote, was the turning point, launching Hurd’s career as a producer. »
- Christy Grosz
Claustrophobic, tense and playing out as a global economy variation on “The Treasure of the Sierra Madre” set in the cold, crushing depths of the ocean, director Kevin MacDonald‘s “Black Sea” will have any thrillseekers in the theater clutching their armrest and shivering with imagined terrors.
Jude Law, with a short growth of stubble and a low growl of an accent, stars as Robinson, a Navy veteran who, in his first scene, is being fired after over a decade with a shipping company. Drinks with other similarly-discharged old coworkers lead to a discussion of rumors, legends and tales about a sunken German U-Boat, »
- James Rocchi
After the unprecedented success of his debut, District 9 (2009), South African director Neill Blomkamp thankfully avoided stepping right into a sequel, instead making his next film, Elysium (2013). Even though it was another grunge dystopia and was less well received, Blomkamp proves to be an innovative genre filmmaker, one of few filmmakers who can do a lot with a small budget and still retain an authorial voice when cast into the studio system. We have high hopes for his latest, which sounds to be a different angle from the filmmaker still working within preferred parameters. Based on his own 2006 short film, Blomkamp’s latest is Chappie, the tale of a robot kidnapped by two criminals and growing up under these strange familial circumstances as he grows into a prodigy. Blomkamp famously cast the members of provocative South African rap-rave group Die Antwoord, »
- Nicholas Bell
During its fraught production, Alien 3 went through dozens of drafts. We look at some of the story ideas that never made it to the screen...
For 20th Century Fox, and writer-producers David Giler and Walter Hill, it took nearly six years to figure out an answer to that question. Certainly, when Aliens was in production, director James Cameron had some ideas about a sequel; he once spoke about the prospect of Ripley, Hicks and young Newt - a makeshift family thrown together by that film's events - meeting up again for a second sequel to Alien.
A year after Aliens came out, Cameron was unequivocal »
Baby on board!"Terminator" and "Aliens" star Michael Biehn, 58, and longtime girlfriend Jennifer Blanc-Biehn, 40, are expecting their first child together. Biehn has four sons from previous relationships -- and, we've learned, another boy is on the way.According to the couple's baby shower announcement, the two will be the proud parents of a baby boy sometime in the near future ... and they plan to name him Dashiell King Biehn.We got our first glimpse at Jennifer's big baby bump on Friday when the former "Dark Angel" alum/upcoming "Everly" star attended Secret Room Events' annual Golden Globe Awards Style Lounge at the Sls Hotel in Beverly Hills.Sporting a tight horizontal stripped mini, Blanc-Biehn -- who recently posed nude for German Penthouse -- proudly put her growing belly on display as she hit the red carpet.Jennifer legally changed her last name to Biehn years ago, but the two never tied the knot. »
- tooFab Staff
Though eager fans knew it was due sometime this month, Activision has formally announced that Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare‘s maiden Dlc pack, Havoc, will arrive for Xbox One and Xbox 360 on January 27.
As with previous map packs, the expansion will introduce four all-new multiplayer arenas in the form of Sideshow, Core, Drift and Urban. Not only that, fans of the first-person shooter can also look forward to a brand spanking new weapon known only as the AE4-Widowmaker — an assault rifle with a high-energy twist.
But perhaps the most enticing new-fangled addition that Havoc will herald is that of Exo Zombies, Advanced Warfare‘s spin on the franchise’s classic survival-based co-op mode. Given that it wasn’t included at launch, there’s now a particular kind of expectation resting on the mode’s broad, undead shoulders. Still, with the likes of John Malkovich, Jon Bernthal, Rose McGowan »
- Michael Briers
Harvey Lowry has begun production on the Charles Agron-starring and scripted Monday at 11:01 A.M. Co-starring genre great Lance Henriksen (Aliens, Pumpkinhead) and Step Up 2 queen Briana Evigan (seen above in Sorority Row), Monday at 11:01 A.M. sees a couple (Agron and Evigan) on a getaway. There, in a resort town, “a cult of Druid worshipers” emerge from the local…
The post Henriksen, Evigan in Druid Horror, Monday at 11:01 A.M. appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Samuel Zimmerman
Back in the 1990s, when Fox were trying to pull together the strands of Alien 3, a potentially fascinating concept of a wooden planet full of monks was dreamt up by director Vincent Ward. That idea never made it to the screen, and has since become one of the most interesting "what if" scenarios in science fiction cinema.
But here's another one: it seems that District 9's Neill Blomkamp also had a shot at directing an Alien movie. A project successfully kept under wraps by Fox, this apparently abandoned Alien sequel only came to light when Blomkamp put some concept art examples up on his Instagram feed.
"Was working on this," he casually wrote. "Don't think I am anymore. Love it though."
Given Blomkamp's track record in the sci-fi genre, »
“Was working on this. Don’t think I am anymore. Love it though. #alien #xenomorph,” the director tweeted along with some concept art on which he was working.
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The drawings include an older version of Sigourney Weaver, back in Ripley mode, alongside Michael Biehn, apparently back as Corporal Hicks. The sequel, which looks like it won’t be made anymore — at least by Blomkamp — would have been titled: “Alien: Xenomorph. »
- Linda Ge
What the heck was Neill Blomkamp working on? In several interviews he gave in 2013, Blomkamp said that he would love to do an "Alien" film, but I don't remember ever hearing any official news that he had been hired to do any development towards that goal. I remember him saying that "Aliens" was his favorite film of all time at a special "Elysium" event as well, so it's something that is in his blood. Yesterday, though, Blomkamp decided to start the New Year off with a blast. He posted eight images to his Instagram account that suggest that he was indeed developing an "Alien" movie. His captions also suggest that the movie is now dead. From his comments on Twitter, it sounds like he never had the gig officially, but instead was working on this material as a thing he wanted to pitch to the studio at some point, and for whatever reason, »
- Drew McWeeny
Once upon a time, Neill Blomkamp — the creative mind behind District 9, Elysium and the upcoming Chappie — was attached to direct the long-gestating Halo movie, and is now in contention to oversee the pilot episode of Steven Spielberg’s upcoming TV series. But the filmmaker also has a vested interest in another venerable sci-fi franchise and has even drafted up his own vision of what that end product could look like if he had the opportunity to one day direct.
And that IP is none other than Alien, 20th Century Fox’s legendary haunted-house-in-space that spawned an entire universe of sequels and middling spinoffs. Posting the rather striking images through his Instagram account, Blomkamp confirmed that he was at one point working on a concept for a new chapter in the series — in an unofficial capacity, we assume — but not anymore.
Unfortunately, the esteemed director didn’t shed any light »
- Michael Briers
While Chappie will surely break new ground as one of the few original sci-fi releases of 2015, director Neill Blomkamp, known for genre favorites District 9 and Elysium, was actually attempting to bring a more familiar franchise back to the big screen. It appears that he was working on a true sequel to the 1986 release Aliens, though in an unofficial capacity. He has released some of the concept art, though with no real context to why or what he was truly planning.
As everyone knowns, director Ridley Scott returned to his roots by directing the Alien prequel Prometheus, which came after two less than well received Alien Vs. Predator movies. It's possible that 20th Century Fox was also planning a true sequel, which is hinted at in art that features Sigourney Weaver as Ripley and Michael Biehn as a badly scarred Hicks. We also get to see the Alien Queen on the loose, »
Neill Blomkamp, the director behind District 9, Elysium and the upcoming Chappie, has taken to (an unverified) Twitter to share some concept art from an Alien project he was unofficially working on, which includes some shots of Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) and Hicks (Michael Biehn), along with the iconic creature, Weyland Corporation and the crashed alien ship from Ridley Scott’s original movie…
Considering that Hicks was killed off in between Aliens and Alien 3, you have to wonder as to how Blomkamp could have reintroduced the character, and whether he’d have ignored the events of Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection. But, as he states he’s no longer working on the project, I guess we may never know…
- Gary Collinson
"District 9" and "Elysium" filmmaker Neill Blomkamp shocked the hell out of everyone last night when he used social media to drop a massive stash of concept art for a film project he says he has given up on. Not just any film either, but what appears to be a direct follow-up to James Cameron's 1986 effort "Aliens" that seemingly ignores both "Alien 3" and "Alien Resurrection.
It began with the tweet: "Was working on this. Don't think I am anymore. Love it though... Woulda rocked. Was a mental stroll into the world Ridley Scott created." along with an image of the Queen Alien. Further concept art showed off Sigourney Weaver's Ripley and Michael Biehn's Hicks with facial scarring (which would set this after "Aliens"), along with scenes set inside what seems to be Weyland Yutani headquarters. It also looks like the crashed ship wreckage from Lv-426 has been moved there. »
- Garth Franklin
Director Neill Blomkamp, who has brought us films such as District 9 and Elysium, was developing an Alien film, but has apparently scrapped work on the project. It would have been part of the same franchise from Ridley Scott and James Cameron, and we have some concept art to share with you that shows how cool it would have looked.
Blomkamp revealed the news himself on his Instagram page along with several illustrations that were done for it. I've included the notes from the director that came along with each piece of art. The first one you see above came with the following caption:
"Was working on this. Don't think I am anymore. Love it though. #alien #xenomorph"
He also posted the following comments on Twitter:
"Ps this has nothing to do with the studio. I just feel like I might do something else instead. In which case why not »
- Joey Paur
A photo posted by Brownsnout (@neillblomkamp) on Jan 1, 2015 at 5:49pm Pst
Blomkamp revealed that he was working separately from studio 20th Century Fox to develop the Alien movie, with the film now unlikely to ever see the light of day.
"This has nothing to do with the studio. I just feel like I might do something else instead. In which case why not show some work," he wrote on Twitter. "They didn't really even know I was working on it."
The artwork also includes renderings of a Xenomorph, »
Director Neill Blomkamp is best known for directing District 9 and Elysium. His upcoming film is Chappie, which looks like a remake of the 1986 classic, Short Circuit. After that, what comes next? Well, it might have been a film set in the Ridley Scott/James Cameron Alien/Aliens universe. A few hours ago, Blomkamp posted messages along with five pieces of concept art from an Alien/Aliens project that would've included Signourney Weaver's 'Ripley.' Blomkamp wrote, "Was working on this. Don't think I am anymore. Love it though." That message was attached to an image of a Xenomorph/Alien (last image). Below, you can view all of the concept art he posted and underneath each of those is the messages he posted with them. "Oh shit" "#weyland corp" "#ripley #hicks" "Woulda rocked. Was a mental stroll into the world Ridley Scott created." "Wtf?" "Was working on this. Don't think I am anymore. »
19 items from 2015
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