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All week long our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century. Click here for a complete list of our essays. "Mulholland Drive." "Donnie Darko." "Spirited Away." "Ghost World." "The Royal Tenenbaums." "Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring." "Wet Hot American Summer." "Pulse." "Hedwig and the Angry Inch." If you're not stunned by the sheer variety of greatness in the above list of films, you probably won't be on board with my argument for 2001 as the greatest year in movie history. And if you're puzzled by the exclusion of "A Beautiful Mind," then you might as well stop reading now. "A Beautiful Mind," of course, won Best Picture at the Oscars the following year, an honor that felt undeserved at the time and positively baffles in hindsight. The Ron Howard-directed drama was an ephemeral triumph, the kind of middle-of-the-road Hollywood »
- Chris Eggertsen
This spring, let your imagination run free. Sci-fi fantasy and comic book fans will have the chance to embark on a unique journey beyond space, time and known worlds that await us when the highly celebrated live-action, sci-fi anthology Metal Hurlant Chronicles: The Complete Series debuts for the first time on Blu-ray™ and DVD on April 14, 2015 from Shout! Factory. This highly anticipated home entertainment collection will be available at Walmart stores nationwide and at Amazon.com
Visionary writer-director Guillaume Lubrano brings his faithful, well-crafted adaption of the world renowned comics anthology Métal Hurlant (also known internationally as Heavy Metal Magazine) to live-action with a star-studded cast including Rutger Hauer (Blade Runner), Scott Adkins (Expendables 2) Michael Biehn (Aliens), Kelly Brook (Piranha 3D), David Belle (Prince of Persia), John Rhys-Davies (Raiders of the Lost Ark), Joe Flanigan (Stargate: Atlantis), James Marsters (Buffy The Vampire Slayer), Dominique Pinon (Alien: Resurrection), Michelle Ryan »
- Robert Greenberger
The huge success of Game of Thrones has inspired a spate of similar swords-and-sorcery shows – but are any of them worth watching?
When Game of Thrones returns for its fifth season on Sunday, it will be entering a situation not unlike the one Ripley encounters in Alien: Resurrection, when she stumbles into that laboratory filled with tanks containing multiple bloated, twisted clones of herself.
The cable landscape is packed with GoT homunculi, these imitations less about flattering the original than grabbing some of its audience. The checklist of clichés they employ is a long one and includes an old-time setting, convoluted plotting, graphic sexuality and violence, an overwhelmingly bleak view of humanity, and classically trained actors reciting gibberish dialogue. It’s a great time if you own a company that manufactures replica broadswords or merkins, but a risky one for anyone looking to idly binge on a new series. Hence »
- Thomas Batten
I'd say it's fair to call Neill Blomkamp (District 9, Chappie) a visionary filmmaker, but as far as him being a quality storyteller, that's another thing. So, it's safe to say I'm a little wary of his upcoming Alien feature, which he recently discussed with Empire (via Den of Geek) and has said a few changes had to be made because Ridley Scott felt it "was bumping Prometheus 2 a little bit." Blomkamp made the change to minimize any kind of conflict with the Prometheus sequel. He also adds there is already a title for the film that is "kinda quite bold, but it gives away too much if I say the title." I'm not entirely sure what that means considering we're going to know the title sooner or later, but it seems safe to assume it isn't Alienses. As for any kind of plot, so far all he's said »
- Brad Brevet
"I changed the one thing (Ridley) felt was bumping Prometheus a little bit," he told Empire.
"Where it went after Aliens to me, as a fan, was wrong," he said. "There's a s**tload missing as a fan that I would want to see."
From what we’ve heard so far about Neill Blomkamp’s Alien 5, it’s going to take place after Aliens, but will not undo the work of Alien3 or Alien: Resurrection. According to Sigourney Weaver, she was convinced to do the movie while he told her the story he had planned out during the production of Chappie.
Well, it looks like that story may now have changed.
During an interview with Empire Magazine here in the UK, Blomkamp revealed that discussions between himself, 20th Century Fox and Ridley Scott have made it clear that an element of his story needed to change as it would affect the plot of Scott’s own Prometheus 2.
“I changed the one thing [Ridley Scott] felt was bumping Prometheus a little bit,” Blomkamp said, adding that he has a title – but it would be a major spoiler to reveal it, “it’s kinda quite bold, but »
- Luke Owen
However you feel about Neill Blomkamp's in the works sequel to the first two "Alien" films, the project is going ahead. Whilst we await and see how "Alien 3" and "Alien: Resurrection" will be (or if) they'll be acknowledged in the film, it turns out the movie has undergone one change for continuity sake.
In an upcoming interview with Empire (via Den of Geek], Blomkamp reveals that "I changed the one thing [Ridley Scott] felt was bumping Prometheus a little bit" and adds that Scott insisted on the change to minimize conflict with the "Prometheus" sequel which is still in the works.
Scott is also serving as an executive producer on Blomkamp's film. There's also apparently a "bold" title already set for the movie, but the filmmaker can't say just yet as it "gives away too much". »
- Garth Franklin
This story implies a spoiler for Alien 3.
Neill Blomkamp's proposed sequel to Alien has thrown up a degree of confusion over the past month or so. First of all, it was said that it was going to effectively sideline Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection, and pick up after James Cameron's Aliens. Then, Blomkamp himself distanced himself ever so slightly from those comments, instead insisting that due respect would be paid to the third and fourth Alien films.
Well, a little bit more information has come to light in the new issue of Empire magazine.
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Did you know Neill Blomkamp’s got a new film out? Probably not, because, even though Chappie has been moderately successful, all everyone’s been talking about is the director’s recently announced Alien project. Part of that’s down to Chappie being a lazy cut-and-copy exercise from Blomkamp’s own earlier work, but mainly because his new Alien is the most exciting thing to happen to a franchise in years (and, after Alien: Isolation, that’s saying something).
Blomkamp released some unofficial concepts for a new Alien movie back in January and since then it’s gone from being some pretty polished fan art to a resuscitation of a presumed dead franchise; following the overwhelmingly positive reaction to his posts, 20th Century Fox announced they were going to actually make the movie, with both Sigourney Weaver and Michael Biehn confirming they’d look to »
- Alex Leadbeater
Ask anybody who likes the Alien movies what the biggest problem with the franchise is and you’ll probably get an answer along the lines of: “Everything they did after Aliens.” Which would be something of a glib reply, of course, but not an entirely unfair one.
After all, David Fincher’s follow-up, Alien 3, is credited with having made some of the worst narrative judgement calls in the history of any franchise, ever. And the decision to bring back Ripley after her death for another go-around in Alien: Resurrection… well, “she’s a clone” was never going to do the series justice, was it?
Last week, it was revealed that Neill Blomkamp, the South African director behind the modern sci-fi masterpiece that is District 9, and not quite so great (but still interesting) second and third features, Elysium and Chappie, has signed on to deliver a brand spanking new movie. »
- Sam Hill
When I first read the headlines, I swear I could hear the high-pitched tear of a needle being dragged across a vinyl record. After posting a few pieces of concept art, 20th Century Fox gave the go-ahead to Neill Blomkamp to take the reigns of their wounded Alien franchise. The one that has been so poorly manhandled that they couldn’t even make a decent movie out the back story with Ridley Scott at the helm, and couldn’t mine one moment of fun from crossing over the classic Xenomorphs with the Predator franchise. I mean, seriously. Even the terrible Freddy vs. Jason had a few fun moments.
The Alien franchise has been drifting aimlessly since James Cameron delivered the universally loved Aliens nearly 30 years ago. Since then, Alien fans have been perpetually disappointed by the series. »
- Anghus Houvouras
Alien 5 was announced a few weeks ago, with director Neill Blomkamp convincing Sigourney Weaver to reprise the role of Ripley, and now the actress has praised the filmmaker during a promotional interview for their new sci-fi Chappie.
“I can’t think of a better director for [Alien],” Weaver tells Variety. “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… Suddenly it seemed so obvious that this would happen. We’ve been in touch the last year, and he’s shared wonderful artwork.”
- Thomas Roach
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
- Ted Simmons, Ashley Lee
Split Image: Stearns’ Debut a Dark Hearted Cult Comedy
The insidious recruitment techniques of religious cults used to be a veritable genre staple, beginning, perhaps, with the fascination surrounding the highly publicized Manson Family murders in the late 1960s. The media sensation resulted in a culturally acknowledged terror reflected in the cinema for decades to come, and one may recall a slew of 1980s titles that cashed in on these cultural fears, with titles like Ticket to Heaven (1981) and Bad Dreams (1988) now languishing in obscurity, despite a variety of notable historical markers, from the Jim Jones’ led mass suicide in 1978 Jonestown, Guyana, to the Branch Davidian and Heaven’s Gate episodes of the 1990s. It appears there may be a minor resurgence in the topic, with Ti West’s recent The Sacrament (2013) recreating the spirit of Jim Jones. Now, Faults, the directorial debut of Riley Stearns, which premiered at »
- Nicholas Bell
When asked by Digital Spy if his new movie would be closer to the "sci-fi/horror" of Alien or "sci-fi/action" of its 1986 sequel Aliens, Blomkamp said: "I want it to be the third of those three movies, so I'm going to try my best to make it try to live up to those [first] two."
Blomkamp also told AlloCiné: "My favourites are the first two movies, so I wanna make a film that's connected to Alien and Aliens - that's my goal.
Prior to his confirmation as the new Alien movie's director, Blomkamp posted pictures of concept art - featuring Weaver's lead character Ripley - that »
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 »
New Alien movie confirmed, Neill Blomkamp to direct
Neill Blomkamp reveals concept art for Alien sequel
With Blomkamp's new film Chappie in cinemas this week (and Weaver among its all-star cast), Digital Spy quizzed the pair on the upcoming Alien continuation.
Weaver gave the seal of approval for the new Alien director and teased her hopes for Ripley this time around, while Blomkamp uncorked some very cool secrets about the film (and how he's ignoring Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection).
Watch the video above to find out all this and more about the forthcoming Alien sequel.
Horror's Final Girls: What happened to the stars of Halloween, Scream and more?
Chappie will open in cinemas on March 6. »
“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
After a bombardment of terrible sequels and remakes, the horror movie genre is undergoing something of a renaissance of late with the excellent Babadook and this week's It Follows leading the charge.
Both films are driven by strong performances from up-and-coming female stars (Essie Davis and Maika Monroe), which brings to mind a classic horror movie trope: the Final Girl. Most prevalent in slasher films, the Final Girl is the last character standing who confronts a killer/ghost/demon and lives to tell the tale.
Digital Spy looks back at 7 of our favourite horror movie Final Girls, why they're iconic and what they're up to now...
Many horror fans thought Drew Barrymore would end up being Scream's Final Girl when they first watched Wes Craven's 1996 horror, but the director offed her in the opening moments leaving Neve Campbell's Sidney Prescott to face down Ghostface. »
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
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