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20th Century Fox decided to unload its 2018 slate all at once, offering plenty of new release dates and changing others. Buried at the very end of this announcement is the fact that The Predator is being delayed by quite a few months. It moves from its February 3 dumping ground to August 3, 2018.
While any given movie's delay is cause for alarm, that's not the case here. It appears that 20th Century Fox has a little more confidence in their sci-fi horror reboot, and want to give it a much more attractive summer release date. No other new details have emerged.
The Hollywood Reporter announced this slight delay in The Predator release date. Initially, the galaxy's greatest hunter had the February 3 release date all too itself. Though the movie would have gotten massacred in its second weekend by the final sequel in the Grey trilogy Fifty Shades Freed. It was also set »
Mark Allison Apr 18, 2017
10 years ago was was a high watermark in Hollywood - and British - filmmaking. We've been looking at why...
Ten years on, and 2007 must surely be remembered as one of the finest years in English-language film-making, quite possibly the best of this century so far. Like 1939, 1976, or 1994, it was one of those years in which a succession of veritable classics came into being. So many, in fact, that some of the best examples were cruelly overlooked by the hype machine of the day. A decade later, it’s high time to look back at 2007 for both its celebrated landmarks and forgotten masterpieces.
“Unclouded by conscience, remorse, or delusions of morality…” The latest subscriber cover for Empire Magazine has arrived and, after offering the spotlight to Wonder Woman and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 in recent months, this time it’s Alien: Covenant‘s turn to take center stage.
Embedded below, the onyx-grey one-sheet draws attention to the famous Xenomorph and its biomechanical design, which sprung from the mind of the great H.R. Giger almost 40 years ago. Since then, the nightmarish being – dubbed the “perfect organism” by Ash back in ’79 – has become one of the most recognizable movie monsters in film history, and it’ll be back on our screens in little over a month’s time with the release of Covenant.
And so, as Ridley Scott’s prequel-sequel creeps ever closer, Empire has turned in a report from the Covenant set, which includes new pictures of the striking, decidedly alien environments and the Neomorph, »
- Michael Briers
Arnold Schwarzenegger’s upcoming slate has took a bit of a hammering this past week or so, what with Paramount letting his option on a Terminator Genisys sequel lapse, the plug being pulled on The Legend of Conan, and the action icon stating he won’t appear in The Expendables 4 unless Sylvester Stallone is on board.
Well, it seems we can also officially rule out a potential cameo in next year’s The Predator, with Arnie revealing to Yahoo! Movies that he did meet with director Shane Black about a return as Dutch, but rejected the opportunity.
“They asked me, and I read it, and I didn’t like it — whatever they offered,” said Arnold. “So I’m not going to do that, no. Except if there’s a chance that they rewrite it, or make it a more significant role. But the way it is now, no, I won’t do that. »
- Gary Collinson
We’re now six movies deep in the “Alien” franchise (including the forthcoming “Alien: Covenant,” not including “Alien vs. Predator”) and as Ridley Scott has said himself, it’s the kind of property that could go on forever. However, had things gone differently during the making of the original film, it’s arguable that might not have even been a sequel, let alone multiple films.
- Kevin Jagernauth
Box OfficeWhat this weekend’s flops say about a couple of May releases.
There was plenty of good news over the weekend as box office reports show Beauty and the Beast crossing the $300m mark after only 10 days, Get Out veering very close to the $150m milestone, and newcomer Power Rangers doing decent business ($41m) for something that didn’t seem suited for a large enough audience.
But there was some bad news, as well, with both Life and CHiPs falling short of their expectations for an estimated $13m and $8m, respectively. Considering they both resemble bigger movies coming out in two months, I can’t help considering how those genuine summer blockbusters — Alien: Covenant and Baywatch — might compare.
Huge releases and huge hits are happening year round these days, with seven movies already this year passing $100m domestically (only four of 2016’s releases hit that mark before the first quarter was over). Beauty and the Beast and »
- Christopher Campbell
The cast for Shane Black's The Predator continues to grow. And the movie has just added some more, awesome talent. The latest actor to join the still expanding ensemble is none other than Edward James Olmos (Blade Runner, Battlestar Galactica) and, if you weren't excited about this movie already, this might be enough to get you there. While not much has been revealed about his character in the movie, it's said that he plays a military man of some sort, which makes sense, given that this is a Predator movie.
This latest casting news for The Predator comes courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter, who couldn't reveal any further details about about the plot, but Fox has been keeping things pretty secretive up to this point. So that isn't necessarily surprising. Whatever it is he will be doing, having someone like Edward James Olmos in this movie can only serve to benefit it. »
With the upcoming release of Alien: Covenant, we get a glimpse of the origins of the Xenomorph. To fans though, it will always begin with Alien. The moment the creature rips itself from the chest of John Hurt is one of the most iconic moments in movie history. This is why my review of the Alien and Predator Figurine Collection starts with the original Xenomorph.
Looking at the impressive little statue, which is 1:16 scale (around 14cm tall) there is plenty of detail in the design of the figurine, and there has to be. H.R. Giger’s alien creation was a work of art, that not only created the monster itself but also the ship it originated from in the Alien movie (in egg form of course).
- Paul Metcalf
Raúl Ruiz’s 1980 short film, Snakes And Ladders, follows H as he begins playing a board game where the world around him gradually becomes the board. H comes upon two men playing ludo on a table and as he joins in, the field of play continuously grows, moving from the tabletop to Paris, Europe, the world, and finally all of existence. H’s movement in the game becomes the work of chance governed by the roll of the dice and as he progresses he gradually comes to realize that he is the die, and that he is the game piece being moved about on the map. The cosmic forces controlling H ultimately reach into the frame, emphatically presenting an author surrogate in the form of a hand. Director Paul W.S. Anderson creates filmic board games similar to Snake And Ladders without explicitly revealing his authorial hand. He leaves the author’s presence unstated, »
Back in 2012, heralded filmmaker Ridley Scott finally made his long-awaited return to the Alien franchise with Prometheus, which received mixed reviews but still paved the way for this summer's Alien: Covenant. It has already been confirmed that Alien: Covenant will start a new trilogy of sci-fi films, that will eventually connect to Ridley Scott's original classic Alien. But now it seems the director is thinking even bigger. Ridley Scott revealed during a new interview that he is actually planning six more movies after Alien: Covenant. Here's what he had to say below.
"If you really want a franchise, I can keep cranking it for another six. I'm not going to close it down again. No way."
The filmmaker revealed this during an on-set interview with the Syndey Morning Herald while production was still under way. After directing the 1979 classic Alien, he handed the reins over to James Cameron for the iconic 1986 sequel Aliens, »
The Alien franchise is officially back in full swing. It was a film series that began decades back with Alien, continued with Aliens, and then officially fell off the rails with the David Fincher-directed Alien 3. Discounting the Alien vs. Predator films, it pretty much sat in hibernation for a while.
A few years back, director Ridley Scott returned to the helm for Prometheus, a film they stated was made with the same DNA as Alien. Despite the filmmaker’s many warnings that Prometheus would not be a direct prequel to Alien, fans continued to take it as gospel that it would, in fact, be a direct prequel to Alien. So when the credits rolled in Prometheus, and we were left with the most loose of connections to the original films, fans were left unsatisfied. Would Ridley Scott leave us with these threads dangling?
It turns out now. Scott »
- Joseph Medina
For a long time, Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant was an unknown quantity. Billed as both a continuation of the beloved Alien franchise and a sequel to the poorly received Prometheus, fans prayed for more of the latter and less of the former. Well, they’ll get a pretty good idea of which they’ll receive on Thursday, as 20th Century Fox is attaching a full-length red band trailer for the film in front of screenings of the hotly anticipated Logan.
Christmas Day saw the release of a teaser trailer and last week saw a brilliant prologue scene entitled “Last Supper” debut, in which we got to know the crew of the colonization ship Covenant. We met them in the middle of their final meal before heading into cryosleep, giving us an opportunity to familiarize ourselves with the characters and their mission to form a new human settlement on a remote planet. »
- David James
20 February 2017 9:40 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
The director shared a first look at part of the sprawling cast for his reboot, which includes Trevante Rhodes, Sterling K. Brown, Boyd Holbrook, Jacob Tremblay, Olivia Munn and Keegan-Michael Key. Filming began Monday in Vancouver.
Black also confirmed the film will be rated R, and used some colorful language to do so.
Black, co-wrote the script with Fred Dekker for what's officially being billed as the fourth installment of the franchise after 1987's Predator, 1990's Predator 2 and 2010's Predators (sorry, Alien vs. Predator). The film will see the »
- Aaron Couch
Note: Comments from Paul W.S. Anderson are taken from Lights, Camera, Game Over!: How Video Game Movies Get Made, which is available for pre-order now.
Regular listeners to the Flickering Myth Podcast will know that my movie tastes aren’t the norm when it comes to being a paid ‘film critic’. I have little interest in The Godfather or Citizen Kane, but will happily talk ad nauseam about the Child’s Play series or Friday the 13th. When it comes to Spielberg I’m more Jurassic Park and Raiders of the Lost Ark than Jaws and Schindler’s List, and I loathe the works of Woody Allen and Wes Anderson. I’ve not seen any of the films nominated for Best Picture at this year’s Oscars. Not one. Come to think of it, I didn’t see any of last year’s either. »
- Luke Owen
Though he doesn’t have the same clout as Hollywood’s other famous Paul Anderson, Paul W.S. Anderson has carved out his own impressive career, with films from the Mortal Kombat movie to Event Horizon to Alien Vs. Predator. But perhaps he’s best know for helming the persistent Resident Evil franchise, which just wrapped up with its sixth and final installment, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter. In a new interview with Thrillist, Anderson reflects back on the Resident Evil franchise and the unique career path he’s taken over the years.
What comes through most strongly in the interview is the fact that Anderson is incredibly content with his career. He’s aware that his films aren’t critical hits (he mentions he doesn’t take reviews too seriously), but he takes pride in the fact that he’s satisfying an audience who clearly loves his work (Resident ...
- Caroline Siede
It’s a shame that the zombie-mowing, monster-bashing post-apocalyptic Resident Evil series should end on a bum note, with one of its weakest entries; whether taken as guilty pleasures or as termite art, these movies are the only good thing to have come out of the early 2000s craze for schlocky video-game adaptations. They’re terrifically entertaining, boasting a capable pulp heroine in Milla Jovovich’s wasteland-roving Alice and an action-to-downtime ratio that makes most of their genre competitors look like pretentious twaddle. Jovovich’s husband Paul W.S. Anderson produces, writes, and directs most of them, and he’s a disreputable, utterly sincere sci-fi stylist whose dogged commitment to filming corridors, urban wastelands, and anything reminiscent of Aliens (including, yes, Alien Vs. Predator) eventually metastasized into a set of narrative themes. But behind these strong B-movie values is a series that begs to not be read literally—a mirror »
- Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
Sir Ridley Scott’s Alien has been widely hailed as a masterpiece, but many fans actually prefer James Cameron’s action-packed sequel Aliens. Regardless of which side of the fence you land on, there’s no denying that the franchise has struggled since then thanks to the disappointing third and fourth instalments and the mixed response to so-called prequel, Prometheus.
Throw in the abysmal Alien Vs. Predator movies and to say that Scott’s Alien: Covenant may end up making or breaking the series would be an understatement. However, one person who thinks that the time of the Xenomorphs is at an end is Cameron, who said in a recent interview that he believes “we’ve moved on” from the Alien franchise.
“The franchise has kind of wandered all over the map. Ridley [Scott] did the first film, and he inspired an entire generation of filmmakers and science-fiction fans with that »
- Josh Wilding
James Cameron's Aliens was that rare sequel which managed to be every bit as good (if not better, depending on who you talk to) as its predecessor, but he isn't overly enthusiastic about the sequels which followed. After Aliens, we were treated to David Fincher's Alien 3, Jean-Pierre Jeunet's Alien: Resurrection, Paul W. S. Anderson's Alien Vs. Predator, Colin... Read More »
- Kevin Fraser
Hollywood hasn’t always played nice with some of its biggest franchises. Occasionally, you get some truly great ones that managed to maintain their integrity throughout the entire run, but more often in the industry, franchises are run hard into the ground. Before the age of cinematic universes, studios had a tendency to rely solely on the name recognition of their sequels, and this trend is what led to the downfall of some greats, including the Alien franchise.
The original film (directed by Ridley Scott) hit theaters in 1979, and went on to become a staple in the horror/sci-fi genre. 1986 saw the release of the more action-oriented sequel Aliens, which was directed by James Cameron. Since that point, the film franchise kind of went off the deep end. Alien 3 had all the best intentions, but ultimately fell short of expectations, and Alien: Resurrections..let’s pretend that never happened, »
- Joseph Medina
After nearly seven years of lying dormant, the Predator franchise is getting ready to make a comeback and in seemingly true-to-form fashion. Director Shane Black, who starred in the original Predator, is currently working on a new entry in the franchise, simply titled The Predator, which is getting ready to start shooting for release early next year. The cast has been growing in recent weeks and now, Room star Jacob Tremblay has reportedly signed on for the movie.
The Hollywood Reporter broke the news that the 10-year-old actor is joining the fight against The Predator, alongside Boyd Holbrook, who is playing the main hero in the movie. The part was originally intended for Benicio Del Toro, but he had to drop out over scheduling conflicts. Jacob Tremblay broke out in the Oscar-winning drama Room and that put him on Hollywood's radar in a big way. Now he is going to make the jump from quiet, »
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