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Back in the mid-1980s movie goers hadn’t yet grown instantly skeptical of an impending sequel. There had been more than a few sequels by this point in time but the idea that they tended to end up as shameless cash-ins where the studios simply repeated what had come before – adhering to the false notion of “it if ain’t broke don’t fix it” – was yet to become a noticeable trait in popular culture.
That said, the news of a sequel to Ridley Scott’s seminal horror-science fiction classic Alien made more than a few people nervous that the end result wouldn’t stand a chance of living up to the original. Scott’s movie had all but revolutionised the genre, delivering tension and shocks amidst a setting which oozed atmospheric production design just as the alien in question oozed acidic blood. Fortunately, James Cameron »
- Andrew Dilks
John Bailey, Gale Anne Hurd, John Knoll and Michael Tronick have accepted invitations to join the Science and Technology Council of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, bringing the council’s membership to 25 for 2014-2015.
Bailey is a cinematographer with more than four decades behind the camera. He joined the Academy in 1981 and is currently a governor representing cinematographers. Bailey was elected to a vice president post this year.
See Also: Academy Unveils 21 Feats on Oscar’s Sci-Tech Short List
Hurd is producer and CEo of her own company, Valhalla Motion Pictures, with credits including films “Aliens” and “The Terminator” trilogy, as well as ‘The Walking Dead” on AMC. A former Academy governor, Hurd has chaired the Academy’s Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting Committee, Investment Committee, Producers Branch Executive Committee and Festival Grants Committee, and has been a member of the Producers Branch since 1987.
Knoll is currently the »
- Shelli Weinstein
Currently hard at work doing post-production on Exodus: Gods And Kings, the biblical epic starring Christian Bale, Ridley Scott’s probably not heading off afterwards to a remote tropical island for a much-needed vacation. Nope, there’s no time for that. His crowded slate is brimming with a ton of exciting projects – The Martian, Blade Runner 2 and Prometheus 2.
The first Prometheus, released in 2012 divided critics and fans on account of not being everything everyone wanted it to be! While there’s definitely moments that require deeper investigation to understand (the lack of brainpower in a couple of scientists), it’s not the disaster that so many xenomorph die-hards claim it is.
Speaking to Yahoo!, the British director gave an update on the status of the sequel to the Alien prequel. The most interesting tidbit negated rumours afloat since late last year, with regards to the status of the script. »
- Gem Seddon
We’ve reviewed every summer movie season since 1980 to find out which are the best, and which are the worst. Last week we posted our picks for the worst, and here we post our picks for the best.
2015 and 2016 may just be the most overthetop summer movie seasons yet. It seems like nearly every movie slated for a summer 2015 or 2016 release is heavily anticipated. Because of these impending summers of movie awesomeness, we’ve decided to take a look back at summer movie seasons of years past. The idea of the summer movie season is currently in full swing, but it didn’t catch on immediately. Hollywood had to do its fair share of experimenting to determine what types of films would be most successful. As a result, some summer movie seasons have been better than others. We’ve reviewed them all for you and ranked them from worst to best. »
- email@example.com (G.S. Perno)
For the second week of September, horror fans have a ton of Blu-ray and DVD titles they can choose from, including Stan Winston’s Pumpkinhead (the latest from Scream Factory), Synapse Films’ brand new Blu-ray of the original Prom Night, and Bobcat Goldthwait’s sasquatch tale Willow Creek.
Scorpion Releasing is also giving fans their first chance to own Oliver Stone’s directorial debut, Seizure, in stunning HD and Graduation Day is also making its Blu-ray bow this week as well. And as if all that’s not enough, we’re also getting a few re-releases as well including The Amityville Horror, a groovy 4 pack of horror movies from Image and a double DVD of House and House II: The Second Story.
- Heather Wixson
With Aliens already a hit and Stan Winston having achieved legendary status in the visual effects community, it was time for him to step behind the camera and finally call the shots. The unusual project he chose to spearhead was Pumpkinhead, a film never destined for commercial success but one that carves a niche all its own. Thanks to Shout Factory, Pumpkinhead will finally make its high definition home video debut in a collector's edition package, and look better than it ever has.
Winston enlisted Aliens colleague Lance Henricksen to star in Pumpkinhead as a backwoods father consumed by hatred and anger after a group of obnoxious city thrill-seeking 20-somethings kill his son in an legitimate accident. Henricksen gets to put his dramatic skills on display as he enlists the help of a rotting old witch to conjure up a spell and unleash a monster on the kids to exact his revenge, »
After last week’s news about Netflix securing The Blacklist for a record fee, a similar story came to light this week concerning the pre Batman prequel series Gotham. Now rather than getting it day and date after Us broadcast as per Breaking Bad and From Dusk Till Dawn, Gotham’s entire run will just arrive on Netflix after it’s finished its TV broadcast. Worse news is that this means you have to wait for Channel 5 to get their finger out and schedule it on one of their three channels and then muck it around the schedule just to confuse you further and for it to finish its run there. Kind of takes the wind out the sails doesn’t it? I wouldn’t expect to see Gotham on Netflix until this time next year at best but we will see.
In better news David Wain’s relatively well »
- Chris Holt
If you’ve wondered what it was like on the moon Lv-426 when the Xenomorphs overran the terraforming colony later visited by Ellen Ripley and the Colonial Marines in James Cameron’s Aliens, then the new Aliens: Fire and Stone comic book miniseries from Dark Horse should interest you. We have a handful of preview pages from the first issue that shows panicked people pursued by Xenomorphs.
Aliens: Fire and Stone #1 (comes out on September 24th)
Writer: Chris Roberson
Artist: Patric Reynolds
“During a vicious xenomorph outbreak, terraforming engineer Derrick Russell leads a desperate group of survivors onto a rickety mining vessel. They hope to escape the creatures overrunning their colony—but they’ll face horrors both in space and on the strange planet they crash on. Ties in with the Prometheus and Aliens films!”
Trailer via IGN:
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- Derek Anderson
Do you have fond memories of watching fright flicks with your friends at sleepovers? The Awesome Fest ensures that those days don’t have to stay in your past with their 2nd annual Summer Camp Sleepover, an outdoor film festival taking place in the woods near Philadelphia. This year’s film lineup is a mix of retro favorites and new blood, with aliens, zombies, and Jason Voorhees set to appear on the big screen.
Presented by Founder/Artistic Director Josh Goldbloom and Film Programmer Scott Weinberg, the Summer Camp Sleepover will be pitching tents and rolling out sleeping bags at the Adventureland Day Camp in Bensalem beginning at 4pm on Friday, September 12th. Campfires, games, food trucks and more are on the schedule for this 21+ event. Below, we have the official press release with full details on the Summer Camp Sleepover that will feature the following six films:
- Derek Anderson
The first and only time I had seen Pumpkinhead was upon its initial release, maybe once since, but I can’t remember for the life of me. From what I recall, I liked it but never thought it was anything to write home about. Well, some things change, and some films age in ways that change the way we think about them. With life circumstances, changes in the way we look at various things and so on, sometimes films hit us differently later on. Such was the case when I recently sat down to revisit the film, via Scream Factory’s new Collector’s Edition Bluray of the 1988 Stan Winston creature feature. Does the disc provide the supplemental goodies that Jeff Nelson, Cliff McMillan and the Scream Factory are known for supplying? Yes. There are quite a few fun special feature docs, interviews, etc. Where the disc shines though, is the film itself. »
- Jerry Smith
What's scarier than an evil clown? How about an evil Gingerclown? Or something like that... Anyway, here's a new movie featuring a grease-painted psycho and Tim Curry. That should be enough to keep you reading.
Terrifying nightmares come to life in the thrill ride Gingerclown, arriving on DVD (plus Digital), Digital HD, and Video on Demand November 11 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Including a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film, the Gingerclown DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $26.98.
When a group of high school kids break into an abandoned amusement park, they come to find it is overrun by monsters. A house of horrors reminiscent of It, Gingerclown stars Tim Curry (Charlie's Angels), Lance Henriksen (Aliens), Brad Dourif (Halloween), Michael Winslow (Spaceballs), and Sean Young (Ace Ventura: Pet Detective).
To impress the football team and the girl of his dreams, Sam dares to enter an old amusement park, »
- Steve Barton
At the end of last year we got word that Traverse Media had acquired the rights to writer-director Travis Romero's Treachery, but then things got quiet. Today the silence ends as the film now has a North American VOD release date.
From the Press Release:
Talent management, production, distribution, and marketing company Traverse Media is pleased to announce a September 1st North American release date for Blanc/Biehn Productions' Treachery on Video on Demand (VOD).
Treachery stars Michael Biehn along with a fantastic ensemble cast that includes Jennifer Blanc-Biehn (The Divide, Everly, Wrong Cops), Sarah Butler (I Spit on Your Grave remake), Caitlin Keats (Kill Bill Vol. 2, Broken English), Chris Meyer (Among Friends), and Matthew Ziff (Truck Stop, Altered Perception).
- Debi Moore
When a fractured family reunites, old wounds can be healed… or ripped open again, especially when a storm rolls in and keeps the argumentative group housebound for the night. Familial tensions boil over and old secrets surface in Treachery, an upcoming film from Blanc-Biehn Productions that stars Michael Biehn, features plenty of family drama, and has just received a release date.
Los Angeles- “Talent Management, Production, Distribution and Marketing Company Traverse Media, announced today the North American release date for Blanc/Biehn Production’s latest Movie Treachery on Video on Demand (VOD).
Treachery stars Michael Biehn along with a fantastic ensemble cast that includes Jennifer Blanc Biehn (The Divide, Everly, Wrong Cops), Sarah Butler (I Spit on Your Grave remake), Caitlin Keats (Kill Bill Vol. »
- Derek Anderson
British actor Warwick Davis says he has “specific” fans—well-wishers who want to discuss just one of the several fantasy franchises in which he has appeared. “People talk about Star Wars, people talk about Harry Potter,” he explains, “and people talk about Leprechaun.”
Alert readers will have noticed that one of these franchises is not like the others. While Star Wars and Harry Potter have raked in billions of dollars, »
- Clark Collis
“It’s the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man.” It may be hard to believe, but it’s already been 30 years since Dr. Ray Stantz thought of happy memories that conjured up the towering, walking marshmallow in 1984′s Ghostbusters. The upcoming anniversary celebration keeps getting bigger, as a National Ghostbusters Day has been announced just a few weeks before the new Blu-rays hit the shelves.
Sony is releasing the Ghostbusters 30th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray on September 16th. If you’re wondering where the love is for the film’s 1989 supernatural sequel, don’t despair: Ghostbusters II is coming to Blu-ray for the first time via a 25th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray, also set for a September 16th release. Here are the official special features for each release:
- Derek Anderson
Easily one, if not the most iconic action heroine to grace the silver screen (sorry, Linda), it seems that Sigourney Weaver isn’t in a hurry to return to her action roots. When the first The Expendables film was announced people weren’t overly thrilled with the idea however once they saw how much fun the film was they soon changed their minds. The success led to two sequels and whilst the most recent film struggled at the box office (probably not helped by the family friendly 12A rating) it was still lovely to see all the big action heroes share screen time.
An all-female spin-off was announced a long time ago and is slowly heading for production next year the project has lost one of its most wanted actresses. Sigourney Weaver found herself the figurehead icon for the strong action heroine after James Cameron got his hands on her »
- Kat Smith
Who you gonna call? On Thursday, August 28, 2014, grab your Proton Pack and hop in your Ecto-1 for National Ghostbusters Day!
Celebrate the 30th anniversary theatrical re-release of the blockbuster classic with your fellow Ghostbusters, but beware of Slimers and menacing marshmallow men.
The original 1984 film has been restored and remastered in 4K and will be returning to the big screen from Sony Pictures Entertainment, in over 700 locations in the United States and Canada, for a limited engagement starting August 29 (Labor Day weekend).
Take a Ghostbusters selfie in your Ghostbusters gear, with your favorite Ghostbusters products, etc. using the hashtag #GB30 and post on your social media handles. They are going for the world record for the largest number of Ghostbusters selfies.
- Michelle McCue
Ghostbusters is on its way back to theatres and coming home completely remastered, and right now we have a look at a new sizzle trailer to help commemorate the wondrous piece of exctoplasm-soaked celluloid!
About Ghostbusters' 30th Anniversary
As a highlight of the celebration, the original 1984 film has been restored and remastered in 4K and will be returning to the big screen, in over 700 locations in the United States and Canada, for a limited engagement starting August 29 (Labor Day weekend).
Commenting on the announcement, Rory Bruer, President, Worldwide Distribution for Sony Pictures, said, “Ghostbusters is still one of our studio’s most beloved franchises – I was lucky enough to work on the release of the film on its first run so it’s a real thrill »
- Steve Barton
For the third week of August, there are a handful of great horror and sci-fi titles being released this week on DVD and Blu-ray including Jim Jarmusch’s stunning vampire love story Only Lovers Left Alive, Ti West’s The Sacrament, Scream Factory’s high definition release of Leviathan and much more.
The tale of two fragile and sensitive vampires, Adam (Tom Hiddleston) and Eve (Tilda Swinton), who have been lovers for centuries. Both are cultured intellectuals with an all-embracing passion for music, literature and science, who have evolved to a level where they no longer kill for sustenance, but still retain their innate wildness. Their love story has endured several centuries but their debauched idyll is threatened by the uninvited arrival of Eve’s carefree little sister Ava (Mia Wasikowska) who hasn’t yet learned to tame her wilder instincts. »
- Heather Wixson
I think your first R-rated movie in a movie theater is almost a rite of passage for any movie geek. At least it was for me. Seeing an R-rated movie was kind of a big deal as a kid, as I was always told I couldn't see them. I was 8 years old when I saw my first R-rated film, and it opened up a floodgate of awesomeness!
When I first saw the trailer for James Cameron's Aliens I knew I had to see that film. It was the first trailer I ever saw that gave me goosebumps and got me really, genuinely excited about seeing a movie. My heart sank when I found out it was rated R because I didn't think there was any way in hell that my parents were going to let me see it.
Of course I begged them to let me go! I was »
- Joey Paur
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