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2012: a British man, playing an online slot machine for 30p on his laptop, is suddenly greeted by the sight of Christian Bale’s Batman and Heath Ledger’s Joker taking over his screen. Not crude 8-bit interpretations, but full HD actual animation from the Chris Nolan blockbuster – complete with voiceovers.
The player is urged to “take a side” and spin a virtual Wheel of Fortune. The prize at stake: almost £6 million.
The wheel spins, accompanied by the Joker’s maniacal “all it needs is a little push”, and the wheel comes to a random stop on the Mega Jackpot symbol. Hans Zimmer’s score has never seemed so dramatic. The jackpot is won and the player – known only as ‘John’ – goes away a multi-millionaire.
The prize won that day? »
- Kyle Reese
'Pixels' movie with Adam Sandler. 'Pixels' movie weekend box office: Adam Sandler vs. 'Ant-Man' Despite its underwhelming domestic box office debut last weekend, Marvel's Ant-Man may turn out to be the winner in North America this weekend (July 24–26, '15) thanks to another underwhelming debut: that of the Adam Sandler Pixels movie. According to weekend box office projections found at Variety, the Chris Columbus-directed Pixels is expected to open with $25 million from 3,723 locations – following a $10 million Friday take (including $1.5M from Thursday previews). If so, that'll place Adam Sandler's latest lowbrow comedy – now in 3D – on a par with Sandler domestic disappointments like Jack and Jill and Funny People. Deadline.com, for its part, is expecting $27-$28 million by Sunday evening. Sat., July 25, update: According to studio box office estimates, Pixels underperformed on Friday, taking in $9.2 million. That's below figures for Jack and Jill and, adjusted for »
- Zac Gille
Over the weekend Sigourney Weaver was in the UK for the London Film & Comic Con, during which she had some pretty negative words about 2004’s franchise mash-up Alien vs. Predator, stating that the movie “really depressed me”, and also caused Ridley Scott to scrap his plans for a potential Alien sequel.
Well, it seems Weaver’s comments didn’t go down to well with Peter Briggs, writer of the original spec script for Alien vs. Predator back in 1991, who posted a rather lengthy repsonse over at Bloody Disgusting. Here’s a few highlights…
Alien vs Predator had only been discussed for the first time at Fox literally days before Steve gave him the script in September 1991, which is why I was in the right place at the right time to make my first sale. Maybe they were in a panic about Alien 3… I have no idea. And so when »
- Gary Collinson
Appearing at London Comic Con last week, Sigourney Weaver spoke about her history with Fox's "Alien" franchise and seemingly suggested that Fox's early plans to make "Alien vs. Predator" back before "Alien 3" in 1993, was what caused Ridley Scott to drop out of the project and what made her decide to kill off the Ellen Ripley character.
Now Peter Briggs, who penned the original "Alien vs. Predator" spec script back in 1991 (but is uncredited on the final 2004 film) has responded to the criticism in a letter to Bloody Disgusting. Briggs penned a draft which was at Fox for over a decade until Paul W.S. Anderson came onto the movie and did his own version, and says that the third "Alien" began filming almost a year before his spec script even arrived at the studio:
"Maybe they were in a panic about 'Alien 3'... I have no idea. And so when »
- Garth Franklin
Peter Briggs wrote a spec script for the project way back in summer 1991 based on the Dark Horse comics series which came out the previous year. He later sold it to 20th Century Fox.
In a 1,000-plus word response to Weaver's comments, Briggs takes issue with the idea that Weaver wanted her character Ripley killed off in Alien 3 on hearing of the spinoff, which she also claimed discouraged Ridley Scott from returning to the series.
"Once again, I heaved a sigh that she just can't stop scratching this itch," Briggs told Bloody Disgusting.
He added that Weaver's chronology was off, because producer Larry Gordon told him that Alien vs Predator was only under discussion at Fox days before his then-agent Steve Kenis gave him the script »
Last month brought the tragic and surprising news that Oscar-winning composer James Horner had died in a plane crash at 61 years old. It was certainly a crushing blow to the world of cinema that had been so touched by his incredible scores for films such as Titanic, Braveheart, A Beautiful Mind, Aliens, Field of […]
- Ethan Anderton
Composer James Horner tragically died last month, leaving behind a legacy of incredible work ranging from "Aliens" and "Titanic" to "Braveheart" and "A Beautiful Mind". At the time it was thought that Antoine Fuqua's boxing drama "Southpaw" opening this week, along with the Chilean miner drama "The 33" opening in November, were his last remaining works.
Today though, Fuqua has revealed to NPR (via Movies.com) that there's one last Horner score still to come which we'll see next year - the score for Fuqua's upcoming western remake "The Magnificent Seven". It's surprising news considering the film is still well in the midst of shooting, but it turns out Horner didn't need to see the footage to craft the music:
"James was an incredible human being. He was a filmmaker through and through. He was one of the most gentle people I've ever met. Even the way he spoke was very soft and thoughtful. »
- Garth Franklin
Last month, the film world lost a legend when composer James Horner passed away at the age of 61. The man was incredibly prolific in his career, with the likes of Star Trek II: Wrath of Kahn, An American Tail, Aliens, Avatar, and Titanic under his belt, and has been a stable part of your movie going experience, even if you never realised it. While we knew we would be hearing from him for a little while longer, with him contributing to this Friday’s Southpaw and the upcoming Chilean miner drama The 33, Southpaw director Antoine Fuqua shared with us that the man had left us all with a very special gift. Speaking to NPR, he praised Horner for his thoughtful and gentle nature, and the fact he worked on the low budget boxing drama entirely for free. Then he dropped the bomb: Horner took it upon himself to write »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
The mighty Sigourney Weaver was in London over the weekend for the London Film & Comic-Con, and she was chatting about just where the Alien movies went wrong. She was only around for the weekend, so there was only so much she could get through.
Confirming that she chose to have Ripley killed off at the end of David Fincher's Alien 3, she said "yes - because I heard that Fox was going to do Alien Vs Predator, which really depressed me because I was very proud of the movies".
You more than likely know what happened next. Fox made two Alien Vs Predator movies. The first, directed by Paul W S Anderson, at least has its moments, but it's some way away from the tone and feel of the first two Alien films (that's a bit »
The movies were much maligned by hardcore fans of both individual franchises, but did turn a profit for 20th Century Fox.
"I heard that Fox was gonna do Alien vs. Predator [around the time of Alien 3]," Radio Times quotes her as saying. "Which really depressed me because I was very proud of the movies."
The star went on to say: "I've nothing against building a movie on a video game, but at the time, it was, as Jim Cameron said I think publicly, 'Why would you want to do that?'
"It's like making Alien Meets the Wolfman."
The "Alien" franchise is in state of flux at the moment. Ridley Scott went the prequel-ish route with "Prometheus," while Neill Blomkamp is somewhat retconning the series with his upcoming installment set between "Aliens" and "Alien 3." As fans know, Sigourney Weaver's Ripley dies at the end of the David Fincher directed "Alien 3," but what is less well known is that it was the actresses' idea. As the script was developing for the franchise's third movie, Weaver made it clear she wanted a minimal role for Ripley, and eventually landed on wanting her character to pass away. But besides giving Ripley a heroic exit, there was another reason Weaver has revealed for her character's demise. "...I heard that Fox was gonna do 'Alien vs Predator.' Which really depressed me, because I was very proud of the movies,” she told the Radio Times. “I’ve nothing against building a »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Many fans still can't quite embrace Alien 3, with some considering it the worst movie in the franchise. Some hate it simply because it kills off beloved character Ripley at the end, sending her to a fiery death. And though she was resurrected as a clone in Alien Resurrection, many simply aren't willing to forgive director David Fincher and his sequel for what it did. While speaking with London Times at London Comic-Con this past weekend, star Sigourney Weaver confirmed it was her decision to kill off Ripley. Though, we shouldn't blame the actress. Alien Vs. Predator is the real culprit to blame!
While 2012's Prometheus is considered a prequel to Alien, the true Alien franchise came to a close with 2004's Alien Vs. Predator and 2007's Aliens Vs. Predator - Requiem. Neither of which set the box office on fire. Most fans of the long-running series did not enjoy either crossover, »
This past weekend's London Comic Con saw many stars turning out for panels, one of them being "Alien" series lead Sigourney Weaver. Though it has been nearly twenty years since she last played Ellen Ripley, the role will arguably remain her most iconic and the actress was happy to talk about the ups and downs of the part with The Radio Times during the event.
Weaver has expressed disappointment in the past with how Fox treated the "Alien" franchise, specifically the "Alien vs. Predator" films of which she's not a fan. While the first "Alien vs. Predator" film hit in 2004, the project had actually been in development at the studio since the early 1990s.
In fact, it was because of that early development that Weaver apparently decided to quit the series in 1993 with the third film (before later returning for 1997's "Alien Resurrection). Asked if it was her decision to »
- Garth Franklin
We now have a first look at the new Alien movie! Director Neill Blomkamp recently revealed concept art for the franchise's fifth film on Instagram, and it's safe to say iconic alien crusaders Ripley and Hicks (reprised by Sigourney Weaver and Michael Biehn) look pretty down on their luck as they face what looks like a soldier with a South Korean flag emblazoned on his armor . The grim photo doesn't reveal much of the actual film's plot, but Blompkamp has said his sequel will ignore the events of Alien 3 (1992) and Alien: Resurrection (1997), instead picking up from James Cameron's 1986 Aliens. "I want this film to feel like it is literally the genetic sibling of »
The filmmaker has kept fans in the loop with his vision for the film throughout pre-production, and his latest concept art depicts Sigourney Weaver as badass alien hunter Ellen Ripley once again.
#alien going very well. Love this project
A photo posted by Brownsnout (@neillblomkamp) on Jul 16, 2015 at 12:07pm Pdt
Blomkamp also wrote to his Instagram followers: "#alien going very well. Love this project."
It was through the enthusiastic response to concept art that Alien 5 was officially greenlit.
His sequel is said to follow in line with the spirit of Aliens, without ignoring the events in the later sequels.
Blomkamp has »
After generating a tremendous amount of buzz following those striking first pieces of concept art, all has been quiet on Neill Blomkamp’s anticipated Alien reboot-cum-sequel – at least, until now. Taking to Instagram, the District 9 and Elysium director has shared a new image for the film, all the while adding that the project itself is “going very well.”
It is essentially a status update that confirms Alien 5 – or whatever it will end up being titled – is still simmering away in development, as Blomkamp hunkers down to bring his vision to life at Fox. Once again starring Sigourney Weaver’s Ripley and Michael Biehn’s refigured Hicks, the artwork emphasizes the tone of the filmmaker’s project, and we understand that the reboot will attempt to combine the haunted-house-in-space elements from the first film with the action-oriented feel of Cameron’s adorned sequel, Aliens.
Without further ado, here is said picture. »
- Michael Briers
Remember a few weeks ago when we wrote about movie franchises that maybe should never have been franchised in the first place? “Alien” could be one of them. Ridley Scott’s terrifying original is still remarkable, and James Cameron’s sequel “Aliens” managed to expand the universe by switching genres into the action war movie to great effect. But from “Alien 3” through the “V. Predator” team-ups to Scott’s recent “Prometheus,” all the other films in the series have been disappointing from one degree to another. It remains to be seen if Neill Blomkamp can revive the series successfully. The South African at the helm of “District 9” was also behind the deeply disappointing “Elysium” and “Chappie,” has moved on to develop a new “Alien” picture that would see the return of Sigourney Weaver to the role of Ripley, moving alongside a potential sequel to “Prometheus.” “Alien” fans cooled »
- Oliver Lyttelton
20th Century Fox has shut down the Alien fan film that was due to star Carrie Henn.
The film would have focused on life 14 years after the events of Aliens, with an alternate timeline.
Adam Sonnet, writer and director of the proposed film, said: "When we decided to make this Alien tribute film we anticipated from the beginning that this could happen. We were hoping that since Fox allowed other fan films in the Alien/Predator universes to be made that they would allow us to do so likewise.
"Although we wanted to make a tribute film spin off in the Alien universe reuniting original cast members to play new roles, we understand that this is Fox's intellectual property »
Neill Blomkamp drummed up a lot of excitement when it was announced that he'd be getting to work on an Alien project that would resurrect both Sigourney Weaver's Ripley and Michael Biehn's Hicks, and act as more of a direct sequel to James Cameron's Aliens than "Alien 5". Then, Chappie came out. The movie had its share of fans of course, but the general consensus was that it wasn't the director's best work (by a wide margin) and anticipation for his Alien flick seemed to lessen somewhat. Fortunately Blomkamp himself doesn't seem deterred, posting the image below along with the caption “#alien going very well. Love this project.” #alien going very well. Love this project A photo posted by Brownsnout (@neillblomkamp) on Jul 16, 2015 at 12:07pm Pdt Ripley, Hicks and some new characters speaking to a Colonial Marine type there. We still have no idea how Blomkamp is »
Back in March, District 9 and Chappie director Neill Blomkamp sparked a firestorm of interest by revealing some concept artwork for an imaginary Alien movie. Such was the online enthusiasm that his fantasy became a reality, with Alien studio Fox immediately getting behind making the film for real. Since then all's been quiet, presumably while Blomkamp actually gets on with the business of figuring out what the film is. But he's just released another design to demonstrate that Alien 5 (or whatever it ends up being called) continues to tick over. It's "going very well" Blomkamp says.Once again, the new pic reiterates that Sigourney Weaver's Ripley and Michael Biehn's melty-faced Hicks (he got sprayed by acid in Aliens, remember) are front and centre of the project. Depending on what day it was, Blomkamp indicated earlier this year that his Alien would either somehow be set between Aliens and »
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