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Look at this: From the writer/director of District 9. Wickus. Ripley. Slumdog. Die Antwoord. Wolverine with a mullet. Ed-209 meeRobocop 2. How Is This Movie Not Going To Be Amazing? My mom saw a TV spot for Chappie and asked me what I knew about it. I told her to think of it as Short Circuit for adults. In reality that’s not too far off, but director Neill Blomkamp’s three feature films have all been a sum of their parts from genre films of the past. He’s claimed James Cameron’s Aliens as his favorite film, and is close with Peter Jackson who also knows a lot about splatter gore and epic scale. Chappie has major influence from the first two Robocop films, both Short Circuit films, and The Fifth Element among others. I remember right after seeing District 9 that Blomkamp was going to be the successor to Paul Verhoeven, »
- Mike Hassler
Sigourney Weaver is a national treasure. Are you aware of this? If you answered "no," you simply haven't been paying attention. For over three decades, the Oscar-nominated actress has gifted us some of our most ferocious movie characters, from the xenomorph-battling Ellen Ripley in the "Alien" series to Katharine Parker in "Working Girl" to Dr. Grace Augustine in James Cameron's "Avatar." In light of that, and to celebrate her appearance in Neill Blomkamp's upcoming sci-fi film "Chappie," we're breaking down ten times she was a total badass on screen. You knew she was a force to be reckoned with in "Aliens," but what about "Galaxy Quest"? "Heartbreakers"? "The Ice Storm"? We're covering all the bases here, from every stage of her incredible film career. Revere a living legend with us below, then feel free to weigh in with your own favorite moments in the comments. »
- Chris Eggertsen
When news broke that Neil Blomkamp would write and direct a new Alien film — which will disregard the events of David Fincher's Alien 3 and Jean-Pierre Jeunet's Alien: Resurrection — longtime fans of Ripley, as represented in Ridley Scott's Alien and James Cameron's Aliens, rejoiced. Sigourney Weaver included. The actress who portrays Ripley said at the time, that she thinks Blomkamp is the right person to wrap up the saga: "I would love to take Ripley out of orbiting around in space and give a proper finish to what was such an excellent story." Weaver told The
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Sigourney Weaver promises that the “Alien” franchise is in good hands with “District 9″ director Neill Blomkamp, and she’s looking forward to returning to her signature role of Ellen Ripley in a new installment in the science-fiction series.
“I can’t think of a better director,” Weaver told Variety at the New York City premiere of Blomkamp’s latest film, “Chappie.” “He’s a real fan. I think he’ll be true to the world and take it in unexpected directions. It’s got a lot of sinew in it. It will certainly stand up to the others and probably break a lot of new ground as well.”
Weaver appears in “Chappie,” a film about a police droid who is able to think and feel, as a ruthless weapons manufacturer. She said Blomkamp expressed his admiration for the first two films in her iconic sci-fi series, Ridley Scott’s »
- Brent Lang
After teasing his ideal Alien sequel on Instagram earlier this year, director Neill Blomkamp was finally given the opportunity to direct a brand new installment in the Alien franchise, and it looks like Sigourney Weaver has signed on to reprise her iconic role.
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When asked about whether or not she was coming back to reprise her role as alien-fighting badass Ellen Ripley, Weaver said she would be retuning.
"There are two factors [Neill Blomkamp] needs: Ripley and the Aliens," Weaver said.
"She'll be in the cast," Blomkamp said. "She is the Alien franchise, to me, so »
Welcome to another horror/sci-fi round-up! This time around we have word of two big cast confirmations for Independence Day 2, details on Scream Factory's Deep in the Darkness Blu-ray / DVD release, and information on the new Blanc/Biehn Productions film, Treachery.
Independence Day 2: Last night it was revealed that the first official cast member had signed on to star in Roland Emmerich's Independence Day 2, the sequel to his 1996 film that featured massive alien-induced destruction and larger-than-life characters. It's now been confirmed that one of those characters will be coming back, as Emmerich tweeted last night that Jeff Goldblum will appear in the sequel, likely reprising his role as the brainy and dryly humorous David Levinson, who teamed up with fighter pilot Captain Steven Hiller to take down the mothership in the original film. Smith will not be coming back to reprise his role as Steven. »
- Derek Anderson
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After Ridley Scott’s cerebral space-horror Alien, and James Cameron’s explosive thrill ride in its sequel Aliens, one of cinema’s most famous franchises began to lose its way somewhat. Alien 3 was a mess of ideas that offered us a rather underwhelming conclusion, and years later the big budget Alien Resurrection did little but make a lot of noise and simply confuse things even further.
But after almost 20 years of constant rumour and hushed whispering, there’s finally going to be a new Alien film to bring the series to a definitive and satisfying conclusion. Now the real intrigue begins though, with questions about who will be involved, how the story will unfold, and how things can be picked up again after the endings of the last two outings, being the first that the new film will need to address.
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- Adam Clery
Sigourney Weaver has said that science fiction movies "don't get enough respect" when it comes to major awards recognition.
"It is a genre that I think doesn't get enough respect when you consider how many issues sci-fi brings up that we need to deal with," said Weaver, who won a Best Actress Oscar nomination for Aliens.
"I think part of it is the Academy is mostly people like me who are over a certain age and they're still probably looking for the more conventional movie. I think all that's going to change because some of the work being done in sci-fi is some of the most interesting, provocative work out there."
Blomkamp, whose 2009 breakthrough District 9 earned a Best Picture nomination, added he hoped a »
Back in January when director Neill Blomkamp first revealed some concept art for his then-potential Alien movie, Sigourney Weaver’s Ripley was joined by none other than Corporal Hicks, played of course by Michael Biehn in 1986’s sequel Aliens.
Considering Hicks’ fate at the start of Alien 3, there was some speculation as to whether Blomkamp’s concept would ignore subsequent sequels – something which the filmmaker has since confirmed and denied. However, with the project now officially moving ahead at Fox, it seems that Biehn may indeed be returning to the role of the Colonial Marine.
According to a poster on Reddit, who met Biehn at the Pensacon convention over the weekend, the actor responded “yes… looks like it” when asked if he’d been contacted by the studio for the new Alien movie, and if he was going to do.
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- Gary Collinson
When Chappie director Neill Blomkamp first shared the concept art illustrations for his Alien 5 sequel back in January, some of the images featured depictions of both Sigourney Weaver's Ripley and Michael Biehn's Aliens character Corporal Hicks. Right now, we still don't know anything about the story, except that it will give the Ripley character a proper ending. While doing press with Digital Spy for Chappie, Neill Blomkamp hinted that not only will Sigourney Weaver star as Ripley, but Michael Biehn will be back as Hicks as well.
"Hopefully we see them."
It's worth noting that the 2013 video game Alien: Colonial Marines actually alters Hicks' apparent death in Alien 3. While we don't know exactly when in the Alien timeline this new story is set, it looks like we'll get to see Ripley and Hicks fighting side by side once again in this sequel.
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A Redditor was at Pensacon over the weekend, and so was Michael Biehn. The perfect opportunity to ask a couple of questions – or, really, the same question twice – about the upcoming Alien movie from Neill Blomkamp. To whit: will Biehn be in the movie?
Of course, the appearance of a scarred Hicks in Blomkamp’s concept art was a pretty good indicator that Biehn would be back, it’s just that words from the horse’s mouth are better.
So, according to Sskywarpe, there were two, super-quick Q&A exchanges. First of all, he asked Biehn if he’d been contacted about the new film. The answer, plain and simple, was “Yes.”
Then, in a comment on the same thread, Sskywarpe goes on to say Biehn later walked past him, so he asked another question. “Alien 5, you gonna do it!?”
Biehn’s response this time was just as encouraging. »
- Brendon Connelly
Though Neill Blomkamp is setting up his Alien movie as the "genetic sibling" of James Cameron's Aliens, the director has also stated that he won't be disregarding the last two films in the series. If that's true he's going to have his work cut out connecting everything together, because Alien 3 saw Hicks and Ripley die, and in Alien: Resurrection the latter returned as a clone 200 years into the future! Whatever he's planning, it sounds like that concept art wasn't just a "what if" scenario to gauge interest, as Blomkamp says he hopes the deceased Colonial Marine will also be back to kick some Xenomorph ass in his movie. Here's the video interview, in which the director also gives us an idea of the tone he'll be aiming for. Whether Michael Biehn will return to play him is another matter, but one would have to assume the feelers have »
Ever since Neill Blomkamp officially announced a week and a half ago that a new Alien movie - temporarily known as Alien 5 - would be his next directorial effort, the floodgates have opened for minor details about the project. The latest comes from Michael Biehn - who famously played Hicks in James Cameron's Aliens - and it sounds like we can expect his involvement in the upcoming sequel. The actor attended Pensacola Comic Con - a.k.a. Pensacon - this weekend, and it seems he took the time to answer in the affirmative about his potential involvement in what looks to be the next installment of the Alien franchise. This news comes from a Reddit user who evidently was able to ask Michael Biehn two quick questions about his potential future with Alien 5 after seeing him at the convention. According to the source, the actor "smiled and said, »
“My favorites are the first two movies, so I want to make a film that’s connected to ‘Alien’ and ‘Aliens,’” he told AlloCine. “That’s my goal. I’m not trying to undo ‘Alien 3’ or ‘Alien: Resurrection’; I just want it to be connected to Alien ‘1’ and ‘2.’”
“I think we left a series that’s quite beloved just sort »
- Maane Khatchatourian
Madrid – Could Sony in Spain have come up with a solution to the costs and hassle of stars tub-thumping their latest movies worldwide?
On Saturday, in what Sony Pictures Releasing de España calls cinema’s first-ever holographic press conference, in this case staged for “Chappie,” the holograms of Hugh Jackman and Neill Blomkamp fielded questions from the Spanish press in Madrid — which the real-life Jackman and Blomkamp answered sitting in a hotel in Berlin.
Using Musion 3D holographic projection, in technical terms, the press conference was a stomping success. Bar a typical second-or-so delay in satellite sound transmission, the South African director and star of “Chappie,” quiescently sitting on stools, hands folded, came over loud and clear. There were no cuts or blur. And neither spent the whole time, as in many video satellite link-ups, trying to stuff an electronic gizmo further into an ear.
In the case of the presser for “Chappie, »
- John Hopewell
Welcome back to "The Week in Horror," HitFix's ongoing series that rounds up the 10 most pertinent fright-genre stories to break over the last seven days. In this week's edition: "The Crow" remake may have finally, once and for all, for realsies this time found its Eric Draven; a newly-demure pop star joins TV's premiere horror anthology series; and if you're scared of clowns, you might wanna skip number four (is all I'm saying). See below for the full roundup. 1. "The Crow" may fly with Jack Huston After losing Luke Evans back in January, the embattled remake has now set its sights on "Boardwalk Empire" actor Jack Huston, best known for his role as assassin Richard Harrow on the HBO series. Only seeing this if they bring back Bai Ling. [Deadline] 2. Niecy Nash signs on for victimhood in Ryan Murphy's "Scream Queens" The awesome, underappreciated "Getting On" star and "Reno 911!" scene »
- Chris Eggertsen
All due respect to "Star Wars" and "Star Trek" fans (Rip Leonard Nimoy), but "Alien" is easily my favorite sci-fi franchise of all time. Why do I love it? Try Sigourney Weaver at her most bad-ass. Try H.R. Giger's incredible Xenomorph, the most oddly beautiful creation in movie-monster history. Try Stan Winston's jaw-dropping Alien Queen. Try the fact that every single movie in the series tried something unique and different. Hell, I even admire aspects of the widely-reviled "Alien: Resurrection," including the infamous Newborn! Can't help it: there is something wildly, transcendently strange about that albinic monstrosity. That said, the first two films in the franchise are clearly the best, and the crazy thing is I can't even really compare them. They're too different! Ridley Scott's claustrophobic original gave way to full-tilt action in James Cameron's followup, and while my loyalties have shifted over the years »
- Chris Eggertsen
It’s been a mere nine days since Fox formally confirmed that Chappie director Neill Blomkamp would helm a new sequel in the Alien franchise, but for the Internet, nine days is a lifetime. In the time that has lapsed between the initial announcement and now, speculation has been rife about whether Blomkamp’s rendition would disregard some of the series lore — namely Alien 3 and Resurrection — but during a recent interview with AlloCine, the South African filmmaker assured fans that this simply isn’t the case.
Rather than out-and-out ignoring the two divisive installments, Blomkamp stressed that he wants his upcoming sequel to connect more with the original 1979 classic and James Cameron’s more action-heavy sequel, Aliens. In fact, this innate connection had already been alluded to through the original artwork that appeared on the director’s Instagram, which included depictions of Ripley and a badly scarred Corporal Dwayne Hicks. »
- Michael Briers
Yesterday it was reported that Neill Blomkamp ias pulling a Bryan Singer and ias looking to retool the Alien franchise by ignoring the continuity of Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection by setting his upcoming movie after the events of Aliens. This would allow him to use Micheal Biehn’s Hicks, who was seen in the concept art released back in January.
In an interview with French outlet AlloCine to promote Chappie, Blomkamp reaffirmed his position on the franchise and his new movie means for the series
- Luke Owen
District 9 and the upcoming Chappie director Neill Blomkamp caused quite a stir yesterday, with comments relating to his planned Alien sequel that caused everybody (myself included) to assume that his plan was to erase Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection from continuity. It turns out that is not the the case, and, talking to AlloCine, the director cleared up the matter (in my defense, it really sounded like that is what he meant). "I'm not trying to undo Aline 3 or Alien: Ressurection. My favorites are the first two movies," the director told the outlet, "I want to make a film that is connected to Aline and Aliens. That is my goal". O.k., that makes a bit more sense, especially calling his movie a "genetic sibling" of Alien, but it throws up even more questions on what direction Blomkamp's vision will go. Michael Biehn's Corporeal Hicks and Bill Paxton »
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