12 items from 2011
Director Ridley Scott's "Alien" prequel, "Prometheus", opens June 8th, 2012, starring Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Idris Elba, Sean Harris, Kate Dickie, Logan Marshall-Green and Patrick Wilson :
"...the film takes a team of scientists and explorers on a thrilling journey that will test their physical and mental limits, stranding them on a distant world, where they will discover the answers to our most profound questions and life's ultimate mystery..."
The production used several stages at Pinewood including the '007 Stage', with "Prometheus" marking Scott's fifth film lensed at the studios, including "Alien", "Legend", "White Squall" and "Robin Hood".
"It’s my heritage, my personal heritage," said Scott about working at Pinewood and Shepperton. "I film everywhere in the world and I think all things considered what we have to offer here, is »
- Michael Stevens
 Last month, Kees van Dijkhuizen hinted that this month's installment of "[the films of]" would be "the biggest episode yet," and it seems he's made good on that promise. With 19 films under his belt, Ridley Scott is the most prolific of the filmmakers van Dijkhuizen's profiled so far, as well as the most established. Impressively, van Dijkhuizen has managed to keep the runtime under three minutes while still paying appropriate homage to each of the director's films. "[the films of]" is van Dijkhuizen's yearlong series comprised of twelve montages, each of which highlights the style and oeuvre of a different director. This latest one, titled "[the films of] Ridley Scott," is the ninth installment. Watch it after the jump. More than most of the other artists who've been featured so far, Scott has a very diverse filmography that ranges from war epics and sci-fi thrillers to romantic comedies. Though as van Dijkhuizen points out in his behind-the-scenes post , "you can't capture his essence, »
- Angie Han
Taking a well-earned break from his Californicating, David Duchovny will spend the hiatus trapped underwater with Ed Harris and William Fichtner, when he joins the indie thriller Phantom.Set on a Soviet submarine during the Cold War, Phantom sees a Russian captain contending both with a rogue Kgb unit and a supernatural force that's trying to take over the vessel. Harris is the captain, and Duchovny will replace Andy Garcia as the leader of a Soviet special forces team on a secret mission.Hopefully Phantom will dispense with silly accents and go the Hunt For Red October route of allowing everyone to speak as they normally would, on the understanding that they're really speaking in Russian. What's good for Sean Connery is good for everyone else.Todd Robinson is the writer and director (he also wrote Ridley Scott's White Squall and directed Lonely Hearts), and the cast also includes Natasha McElhone. »
David Duchovy has joined the cast of the indie thriller Phantom. The film is set on a Soviet submarine during the Cold War and stars Ed Harris, William Fichtner, and Natascha McElhone. Variety reports that Duchovny is replacing Andy Garcia as the leader of the Soviet Special Forces team who is forced to head up a mission cloaked in secrecy. Todd Robinson (White Squall) wrote the script and is directing the indie which will shoot next month in Long Beach, California. Rcr Media is co-financing and producing the flick, with Sony Pictures Worldwide handling domestic distribution. Duchovny recently wrapped the latest season of Showtime’s Californication and the indie comedy Goats. »
- Adam Chitwood
Recently Dread Central reported on Fires at Midnight Films' announcement about the impending release of The Burningmoore Incident, in which Queensryche frontman Geoff Tate has a prominent role. So of course we had to speak to Tate about both the film and the new Queensryche record he's been working on.
The Burningmoore Incident tells of the 2005 murder of Anne Parrish and her three sons and the disappearance of their patriarch, James Parrish (Tate). As time goes on, James Parrish falls under suspicion for the murders but is never found. Flash forward five years: A construction team from Cole Contracting of New York installs multiple video cameras on their first day of what is to be a home makeover reality show. In no time the Parrish house becomes a slaughterhouse at the hands of a brutal and deranged killer. Soon police discover that they have indisputable evidence that confirms Parrish as the killer. »
Exclusive: Real-life couple Anne Heche and James Tupper are set to star in the Lifetime original movie Girl Fight, their first on-screen pairing since the ABC dramedy series Men In Trees on which they met. Inspired by the true story of Florida cheerleader Victoria Lindsay, Girl Fight recounts the harrowing story of Tori Lindsay, a 16-year-old, stellar high school student whose life spirals downward when her "friends" brutally beat her up and then upload a video of the attack onto the Internet. Heche and Tupper will play the girl's parents. David Craig (Flight 93), Linda Berman (Buffalo Dreams) and Rocky Lang (White Squall) are executive producing the movie, which was written by Benita Garvin and Teena Booth. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Pinewood Studios (UK) reports that production has started on "Prometheus", 'an original science fiction epic' directed by Ridley Scott ("Alien"). The Twentieth Century Fox, Scott Free Productions and Brandywine Productions film, stars Noomi Rapace ("The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"), Michael Fassbender ("X-Men: First Class") and Oscar-winner Charlize Theron ("Monster").
The production is using several stages at Pinewood including the world famous '007 Stage'. This is the fifth time that Scott has shot at the studios, with previous films including "Alien", "Legend", "White Squall" and "Robin Hood".
"It’s my heritage, my personal heritage," said Scott about working at Pinewood and Shepperton. "I film everywhere in the world and I think all things considered what we have to offer here, is as good as anything you’re going to get in Hollywood."
- Michael Stevens
Back in March, we brought you the news that Logan Marshall-Green (Devil) had joined the cast of director Ridley Scott’s forthcoming sci-fi thriller, Prometheus. Marshall-Green is portraying Holloway, a crew member of the space ship searching for extraterrestrial life, and romantic liaison for the ship’s captain, portrayed by Noomi Rapace.
Previously confirmed cast members include Michael Fassbender (X-Men: First Class), Charlize Theron (Snow White and the Huntsman), Idris Elba (Thor), Sean Harris (A Lonely Place to Die), and Kate Dickie (The Pillars of the Earth). While a persistent rumor is floating around the internet that Guy Pearce has been seen on the Pinewood set of the film, though there’s no official confirmation of his casting.
Now, Pinewood Studios has announced that production on the film has begun at their studios in London:
- Jason Moore
The filmmaker said: "It's my heritage, my personal heritage, I film everywhere in the world and I think all things considered what we have to »
- David Bentley
Production has begun at Pinewood Studios on Prometheus, the latest science fiction epic from director Ridley Scott. The film stars Noomi Rapace (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), Michael Fassbender (X-Men: First Class) and Academy Award-winner Charlize Theron (Monster).
According to Pinewood’s blog, the production is using several stages at Pinewood including the world famous 007 Stage. This is the fifth time that Ridley Scott has shot at the studios; previous films have included Alien, Legend, White Squall, and Robin Hood.
Said Scott of working at Pinewood and Shepperton:
It’s my heritage, my personal heritage, I film everywhere in the world and I think all things considered what we have to offer here are as good as anything you’re going to get in Hollywood.
Prometheus is scheduled for a June 2012 release from Twentieth Century Fox. »
Exciting times ahead! The Pinewood Studios website is reporting (with a nod to their Twitter account) that production has begun on Ridley Scott’s Prometheus which confirms our earlier report stating the movie was shooting in the UK and not in Canada.
This will be the fifth film of Scott’s to use the facility. He made the first Alien there, 1985’s Legend, the underrated White Squall and (ahem) Robin Hood. The site has a quote from the filmmaker about his support of the studio:
“It’s my heritage, my personal heritage, I film everywhere in the world and I think all things considered what we have to offer here are as good as anything you’re going to get in Hollywood.”
- Adam Lowes
The arrival of handsome-super-lawyer flick The Lincoln Lawyer reminds me of an old bugbear: we need to crack down on courtroom movies and legal thrillers, and especially courtroom-showdown climaxes in otherwise non-legal movies. Getting the law involved just kills a movie stone dead every time.
In that last category alone there are dozens of movies that simply throw in the storytelling towel in the last act and allow their narratives to become enmeshed in the courtroom Sargasso of legal back-and-forth, declamatory utterances by the attorneys and whatever character-acting old geezer is today manning the bench. Films as diverse as Eureka, They Drive By Night and White Squall were all roaring along nicely until they screeched to a halt in courtrooms 20 minutes before their actual running-times expired.
Now, there »
- John Patterson
12 items from 2011
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