10 items from 2015
Felt like a standard week for me as of late, watching a couple movies and a fair bit of television. On the small screen I watched a little more "Veep", tonight's episode of "True Detective" (which is a good one and our podcast for this episode is even an improvement) and this was the first week I had to watch "Hannibal" at its regularly scheduled time, which is why my recap and review came a day later. The show is on too late to really come to the table with a proper look back immediately. Then again, my recap this week probably wasn't my best work. On the movie front I saw Ted 2 in the beginning of the week and Magic Mike Xxl on Thursday. And then, last night, a friend of mine and I, who are on the road in Spokane checking out the 3-on-3 basketball, watched Alien vs. Predator »
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Neca's Toys"R"Us exclusive Alien vs. Predator figures can be purchased later this fall. A Q&A with David Ryan Keith from The Redwood Massacre and details on a Fright Rags Jurassic Park-inspired T-shirt are also featured in this round-up.
Neca's Toys"R"Us Exclusive Alien vs. Predator Figures: These figures will be available to purchase in Toys"R"Us stores in October for $43.99 and they will come with a mini-comic version of the original Dark Horse story:
"This special edition action figure 2-pack is a loving recreation of this classic pairing from the 1994 Kenner toy line. It includes Renegade Predator with rifle, bladed weapon, and interchangeable masked and unmasked heads. He is painted in an all-new color scheme with brown armor, faithful to the original Kenner release.
The Alien uses the 1979 “Big Chap” body with a glossy black dome and darker black decoration, again faithful to the original Kenner version. »
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For all of its fans and for all of the legendary praise it seems to have stored over the decades of its existence, it's hard to remember that we only really have three Predator films in the history of the character. Not counting the Alien vs. Predator films, those three films have managed to give us a villain so memorable that tons of fan art, novels, and even comic books have been written to extend the legacy of the under-used film icon. It's not that there's a lack of effort to try and revive the franchise, though, especially considering that Vincenzo Natali has just released artwork from his own attempt. Pitch Imperfect 1: #DanMilligan's painting for my Predator pitch. See more Dan art here http://t.co/3E6bQQkVpe pic.twitter.com/nGsbWZsnak. Vincenzo Natali (@Vincenzo_Natali) May 31, 2015 Three posts from Natali's Twitter have showcased three different sets of artwork »
Shared, multi-franchise universes are all the rage right now, with many studios jumping on board to milk the cash cow. Cinelinx takes a look back at the five best combine universes in film.
The Avengers have made shared universes the big film craze of recent years. DC/Warner Bros. is planning to copy Marvel/Disney’s unified universe success with their own cross-franchise world, anchored by the Justice League. Disney is also spreading out its Star Wars universe, with annual solo films alternating between the main franchise and spin-offs featuring characters like Obi-Wan, Yoda and Boba Fett. Universal Studios has begun building their own monster-verse, starting with Dracula Untold. Fox is planning to merge their X-Men/Fantastic Four franchises. Paramount is looking at sequels and spin-offs to the Transformers series, making it into a multi-franchise story. Sony is toying with the idea of a combined universe built around the legend of Robin Hood, »
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Petr Jakl has come a long way from his roots in Prague, Czechoslovakia. He started out with roles in foreign films in the late 1990s and early 2000s and quickly found a spot in Hollywood playing supporting characters in movies like xXx and Avp: Alien vs. Predator. Not content to stay in front of the camera, Jakl has now written and directed two of his own projects. The latest one, Ghoul, is hitting select theaters on March 20th.
I had the opportunity to interview Mr. Jakl while he was busy promoting the film. We talked about the rich history, superstitions, the supernatural leanings of the Ukrainian people, and more about the background of the movie “Ghoul.” Read on to climb inside the head of this up and coming director, writer, producer, and actor.
How did you get involved in Ghoul?
My first movie was a thriller called Kajinek, inspired by »
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“Beowulf” has found its lead in Kieran Bew. The “Avp: Alien vs. Predator” actor will join William Hurt and Joanne Whalley on James Dormer‘s ITV reimagining. Hurt plays Hrothgar, Whalley is Rheda. Bew has also starred in “Green Street Hooligans” and TV’s “Da Vinci’s Demons.” Filming will begin on the action-packed literary re-imagining — created by Dormer, Tim Haines and Katie Newman — in northeast England in April. Also Read: Netflix-Marvel’s ‘Daredevil’ Adds Six to Cast The first episode will see the titular Beowulf who, after spending many years wandering as a mercenary warrior, returning to Herot to »
- Tony Maglio
There are few movie franchises as iconic and unforgettable as Alien, so what better reason is needed to look back at the classic sci-fi action series and dig out some of those Easter eggs you probably never noticed? With the movies released on Blu-ray a few years ago, fanatics have managed to uncover even more hidden gems recently which weren’t visible on prior DVD versions of the series.
Regardless of each individual movie’s quality (because who doesn’t prefer the first two to the latter two?), the Alien films are absolutely jam-packed with clever hidden gags and references (not so much Alien 3 though, hence its absence from this list), and Prometheus also includes a few nifty ones itself. As for the risible Alien vs. Predator movies? They won’t be getting a look in here whatsoever.
From Easter eggs involving the actual alien eggs themselves to unexpected cameos, »
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In the wake of the Alien 5 news, here are 10 franchise sequels that also ignored at least one previous film.
We all have moments in our lives we'd prefer to forget, and so too do filmmakers. So what do you do when a movie franchise starts to go off the rails? Simple, just forget that the lesser films in the series never happened.
News recently broke that director Neill Blomkamp's taking this approach to the Alien universe. Recent interviews with both he and returning star Sigourney Weaver have revealed that Blomkamp's forthcoming sequel will not necessarily follow the events of Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection, and pick up the story from Aliens instead (although he has since given a brief update on that).
Of course, we'll have to wait and see exactly how all this pans out. But it's by no means the first time in history that a film's »
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Crossovers used to be the death-knell of a franchise. Marking the point where original appeal had waned and gimmicks were the only way to keep a past-it idea going. There were a few successes, sure, but most didn’t go beyond the novelty of seeing two things not normally on screen together being on screen together. There’s a reason Yogi’s Ark Lark has been wiped from the cultural memory (oh yes, The Simpsons Guy is far from the first case of lazily mashing together characters).
Nowadays, however, crossovers are the backbone of the blockbuster industry, motivating increasingly adventurous mega-franchises. At some point in the mid-noughties Hollywood managed to convince audiences they didn’t mind films not being stand-alone experiences and the notion that separate characters should come together eventually became the norm.
It all kicked off with The Avengers, which made previous cynical meet-ups (Freddy Vs. Jason, »
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While Chappie will surely break new ground as one of the few original sci-fi releases of 2015, director Neill Blomkamp, known for genre favorites District 9 and Elysium, was actually attempting to bring a more familiar franchise back to the big screen. It appears that he was working on a true sequel to the 1986 release Aliens, though in an unofficial capacity. He has released some of the concept art, though with no real context to why or what he was truly planning.
As everyone knowns, director Ridley Scott returned to his roots by directing the Alien prequel Prometheus, which came after two less than well received Alien Vs. Predator movies. It's possible that 20th Century Fox was also planning a true sequel, which is hinted at in art that features Sigourney Weaver as Ripley and Michael Biehn as a badly scarred Hicks. We also get to see the Alien Queen on the loose, »
10 items from 2015
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