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The last time Jean-Pierre Jeunet made a film in English, it didn't work out so well. Hot off cult hits "Delicatessen" and "The City Of Lost Children" (co-directed with Marc Caro), Jeunet was picked by 20th Century Fox to helm "Alien: Resurrection," the fourth film in one of the most important franchises. The result was the worst entry in the series, one admittedly hampered by studio interference, but also one that seemed to prove a uniquely poor match to Jeunet's particular skill set. The Gallic helmer bounced back, next going on to make the most beloved film of his career with "Amelie," but it's taken him seventeen years to return to the U.S. for another English-language picture, and this time, it's much more on his terms: an adaptation of Reif Larsen's acclaimed "The Selected Works Of T.S. Spivet," variably retitled ""The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet." The results, »
- Oliver Lyttelton
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
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 »
During an interview with the Radio Times at this month's London Film and Comic Con, Sigourney Weaver -- who has been a vocal critic of the "Alien vs. Predator" spinoffs for quite some time now -- further blasted the films by claiming that it was her choice to have her "Alien" character Ellen Ripley killed off because, quote: "I heard that Fox was gonna do 'Alien vs Predator.' Which really depressed me because I was very proud of the movies.” Now, in an exclusive rant over at Bloody-Disgusting, original "Alien vs. Predator" screenwriter Peter Briggs (whose version of the film was never made) is calling b.s. on those assertions by throwing down a few facts: most pertinently, that his "Alien vs. Predator" screenplay was bought by Fox long after "Alien 3" had started principal photography: "['AvP' producer] Larry Gordon would later tell me 'Alien vs Predator' had only been discussed »
- Chris Eggertsen
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 »
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 »
Ripley and Hicks are still returning to the world of Alien, and here's Neill Blomkamp's latest concept art to prove it...
Director Neill Blomkamp continues to work on his upcoming sequel to Alien, and he's posted some new concept art for it to his Instagram account.
With the description "#alien going very well. Love this project", Blomkamp posted the following new image...
As you can see, that's Signourney Weaver's Ripley and Michael Biehn's Hicks in the picture, and that continues to suggest that the new film is going to pick up after James Cameron's Aliens, rather than directly following the timeline of Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection.
The suggestion has been that Blomkamp's new movie will effectively take the place of the latter two sequels in the Alien series, although he's denied that his plan is to undo what happened in the subsequent films. Quite how Alien »
As director Neill Blomkamp (District 9, Chappie) continues with development on his Alien sequel/reboot, the filmmaker has taken to Instagram to share a new piece of concept art from the fifth instalment of the classic sci-fi series, which features Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) alongside Hicks (Michael Biehn)…
At this point, little is known about Blomkamp’s plans for his Alien movie, with conflicting reports from the director suggesting that it will / won’t ignore the events of Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection.
- Gary Collinson
Paramount tried a few approaches in the new Terminator reboot. But if a franchise hits the doldrums, how can a studio resurrect it?
Fingers are being crossed at Skydance and Paramount Pictures that the critical mauling handed out to Terminator: Genisys last week won't be reflected fully in the box office numbers. So far, the plan for a new trilogy of Terminator films is arguably just about alive, courtesy of a total gross for the new film of $131m worldwide. That's below expectations, but if it can eventually crawl its way to $400m, that's probably enough to move ahead with a Genisys sequel (it'd be more than the hugely-acclaimed Mad Max: Fury Road).
But even if a new film gets greenlit, it's clear that things have to change again. As many have pointed out, the consensus is now that there have been more bad-to-middling Terminator films than good ones, »
The latest addition to Outlander‘s Season 2 cast is a real giant in Hollywood. (Well, a half-giant.)
Frances de la Tour, known for her portrayal of towering Beauxbatons headmistress/half-giantess Madame Maxime in the Harry Potter films, will play Mother Hildegarde in upcoming episodes of the Starz series, the network announced Tuesday.
Mother Hildegarde is the commanding Mother Superior of Paris’ L’Hopital des Anges. »
Anghus Houvouras with five film franchises on the fence…
In part one, we examined the worst film franchises passing through Hollywood like kidney stones wrapped in barbed wire. As we continue to look at examine the current state of film franchises that Hollywood has to offer, it felt like there were some that were neither movie masterpieces or unmitigated cinematic disasters. Some franchises are straddling the fence between ‘awesome’ and ‘awful’. Let’s take a look at the five movie franchises that delivered some highs and lows… whose ultimate film fate has yet to be determined.
Do I even need to waste word count on the greatness of the original? A masterpiece. Steven Spielberg’s best big budget movie and still the gold standard for special effects, which seems odd given that it’s 20+ years old. The Lost World: Jurassic Park is the definition of an uninspired, cliché ridden copy/paste sequel. »
- Anghus Houvouras
With the success of Universal's latest Jurassic Park outing, where can the films go next?
The second biggest opening weekend in Us box office history (ahead of Avengers: Age Of Ultron), very positive reviews and another big hit for Universal in what's set to be the studio's best ever summer: it would be fair to say that all concerned won their gamble to resurrect Jurassic Park.
Jurassic World - aka Jurassic Park 4 - has come along 14 years after the fun but weightless Jurassic Park III, and, while staying within the boundaries of what made the first film work so well (just with less interesting characters, in truth), it feels different from the current summer fare. There's no angst, there are few moments where human beings can't be seen amidst the CG, »
According to a recent report from TV Line, the Outlander season 2 folks have decided to include Jamie's past girlfriend, Annalise de Marillac, to the mix. She will be played by French actress, Margaux Chatelier (left). Annalise is described as being beautiful and charming. Additionally, they are also bringing on a new character, named Monsieur Joseph Duverney, who is described as being well-dressed, middle-aged Minister of Finance to Louis Xv. Duverney and Jamie will become competitors at chess. Joseph will be played by actor, Marc Duret. Marc and Margaux join other season 2 cast additions: Borgia‘s Stanley Weber (as Le Comte St. Germain), Hatfields & McCoys‘ Robert Cavanah (as Jamie’s Jacobite cousin, Jared Fraser), Alien: Resurrection‘s Dominique Piñon (as healer Master Raymond) and Homefront‘s Rosie Day (as Mary Hawkins, the daughter of a baronet). »
Is Claire about to get some competition for Jamie’s affections?
Additionally, the Starz series has enlisted another French actor, Marc Duret, to fill an important role in the Frasers’ new Parisian setting. (To maintain authenticity, the show has employed a French tutor to assist with language and pronunciation, as it did with Gaelic last season).
Is there an apothecary in the house?
Outlander on Wednesday announced that French actor Dominique Piñon will portray the mysterious Master Raymond in the second season of the Starz drama, currently in production in Scotland.
RelatedOutlander Boss on Jamie’s [Spoiler], Season 2 in France and Why [Spoiler] Went Full-Frontal in the Finale
In addition to being a “healer with a great deal of knowledge regarding secret matters, both political and occult,” Master Raymond will develop a unique bond with Claire following his introduction next season.
Piñon might be best recognized by American audiences as John Vriess, the paraplegic engineer in 1997’s Alien: Resurrection. »
With Michael Biehn’s Corporal Hicks expected to return to the Alien franchise alongside Sigourney Weaver’s Ripley in Neill Blomkamp’s upcoming fifth instalment of the sci-fi series, Entertainment Weekly took the opportunity to ask Bill Paxton if he’d have any interest in reprising the role of Hicks’ fellow Colonial Marine, Private Hudson.
“That’s the first I’ve heard of [the project],” said Paxton. “Maybe. I mean, if you’re going to bring Hicks back, you’ve got to have Hudson!”
Rumours suggest that Blomkamp’s Alien will serve as a direct sequel to Aliens (that may or may not ignore Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection), which if true would make it highly unlikely that we’ll see more of Hudson given the character’s fate in James Cameron’s 1986 sequel.
- Gary Collinson
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
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