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Part of his distaste is that the ending of his film was left feeling wasted when "Alien 3" opened and all the hard-fought survivors of the previous film, bar Sigourney Weaver's Ripley, had died. Cameron, who was at Comic-Con over the weekend to celebrate Aliens' 30th anniversary, spoke with io9 about why he didn't like "Alien 3":
"I thought [the decision to eliminate Newt, Hicks, and Bishop] was dumb. I thought it was a huge slap in the face to the fans. [Alien 3 director] David Fincher is a friend of mine, and he's an amazing filmmaker, unquestionably. That was kind of his first big gig, and he was getting vectored around by the studio, and he dropped into the production late, and they had a horrible script, »
- Garth Franklin
There were various highlights from the "Aliens" 30th anniversary panel that took place in Hall H at Comic-Con on Saturday, and towards the end of that panel there came discussion about the direct sequel in development that "District 9" director Neill Blomkamp is behind.
"[Blomkamp] was a fan who grew up in South Africa and loved the movies so much that he broke the tapes... We started chatting about how the series left Ripley. That whole first day on set we just started talking about it. I had never wanted to do a fifth [movie]. I didn't want to go to Earth because I thought Earth was boring."
Then Blomkamp came back with something that got her excited about the »
- Garth Franklin
30 years ago, James Cameron's Aliens hit theaters, meaning it has been 30 years since audiences first heard Sigourney Weaver's Ellen Ripley famously scream at the Alien Queen: "Get away from her, you bitch!" At the Aliens 30th anniversary panel that took place in Hall H at Comic-Con, the discussion eventually drifted toward Ripley's return to the big screen. During a Q&A portion of the panel, an audience member asked Weaver about the reported Ripley-fronted Aliens project from District 9 director Neill Blomkamp. Blomkamp and Weaver worked together on 2015's AI film Chappie, where the actress and director talked about Ripley's
- Mia Galuppo
A solid hook is one of the biggest factors in what makes a successful film pitch. This doesn’t guarantee a film will end up being good, but it’s a place that can start you off on the right path. Perhaps this is why it is becoming increasingly common to find shorts turned into feature-length films. District 9 and Whiplash each had humble beginnings as short films, helping to draw attention to financing for their feature-length treatment. Lights Out is no different and it succeeds largely because director, David F. Sandberg allows the world to expand beyond his excellent short and become something much more disturbing.
The general premise is simple: when you turn out the light, something appears in the shadows. Even now, typing this out, I’m treated to goosebumps. When you flick the light back on, the apparition is gone. It may not even notice you »
- Bill Graham
It was all the way back in 2011 that we first came across the South African filmmaking duo of director Michael Matthews and writer / producer Sean Drummond. The occassion was their fabulous retro scifi short film Sweetheart - you can check that original post, including the trailer, here - which at the time was a trigger point in convincing me that, hey, maybe there's more going on in South Africa than just District 9 and Tsotsi, an opinion I have become only more convinced of in the years since. Already in 2011 Matthews and Drummond had big plans for their debut feature - a contemporary, township set western - and how they wanted to forge a new path for South African films. And while...
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Before Ridley Scott decided to press ahead with his Prometheus sequel / Alien prequel Alien: Covenant, District 9 director Neill Blomkamp was gearing up to enter the Alien universe with a sequel to the first two movies, which would have saw Sigourney Weaver returning as Ripley alongside her Aliens co-star Michael Biehn as Hicks. Although it is now on indefinite hold, Weaver has revealed to EW that she’s still committed to the project and feels it will deliver a satisfying ending for her character.
“We have a great script. Fox asked us to delay so Ridley Scott could shoot his [second] Prometheus movie. That was too bad because we would have already done it by now. It’s a great story and it’s satisfying to me to give this woman an ending. The script itself has so much in it that’s so original, but also really satisfies the, I would say, »
- Gary Collinson
Brace yourself for one of the most unflinchingly original wild rides from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment and Stx Entertainment with the adrenaline-fueled action hit Hardcore Henry. Filled with non-stop action and thrilling adventure, Hardcore Henry is the first film shot completely in first-person shooter perspective. Starring Sharlto Copley (Chappie, District 9, Elysium), and immerse yourself in an exciting new world as you become the title hero. The Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital HD feature even more explosive thrills with deleted scenes and commentary with the director and actor/producer. Be the first to own Hardcore Henry on Digital HD on July 12, 2016 & on Blu-ray™, DVD and On Demand on July 26, 2016.
Filled with non-stop action and thrilling adventure, Hardcore Henry is the first film shot completely in first-person shooter perspective. The Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital HD feature even more explosive thrills with deleted scenes and commentary with the director and actor/producer. Be »
- Tom Stockman
Sigourney Weaver has two big cameos this summer, in the Pixar movie Finding Dory and the Ghostbusters remake, which is in theaters this weekend. And as such, she has been on the press trail quite a bit, where she has dropped little tantalizing tidbits about the impending Alien 5 to be directed by Neill Blomkamp of District 9 and Chappie fame. Last month, Weaver, who is set to reprise her role as Ellen Ripley in this sci-fi sequel, confirmed that the movie will gloss over Alien 3 and Alien Resurrection. Now, she says that the sequel, which doesn't have a title yet, will finally give Ripley a proper send off. So we can look for it to be Sigourney's final bow as Ellen Ripley.
"It's a great story and it's satisfying to me to give this woman an ending. The script itself has so much in it that's so original, but also really satisfies the, »
Despite bursting onto the scene with a series of dark and twisted concept art, not to mention a genuinely gripping premise, Neill Blomkamp’s Alien 5 has put into a cryogenic sleep over at 20th Century Fox, opening up the path for Ridley Scott to push full steam ahead with 2017’s Alien: Covenant.
On ice and positively not cancelled, various tidbits for Blomkamp’s proposed sequel continue to find their way online, with a recent report revealing that the follow-up will effectively split from canon, ignoring the stories of both Alien 3 and Resurrection in the process.
Now, series stalwart Sigourney Weaver has weighed in on the matter, revealing the the South African filmmaker – best known for District 9, Elysium and Chappie – has crafted a fitting conclusion for one Ellen Ripley.
“It’s a great story and it’s satisfying to me to give this woman an ending… The script itself »
- Michael Briers
There has always been a trend for directors to turn their beloved short films into full-length features, Saw and District 9 being some big name examples. Turkish director Can Evrenol now brings us the latest conversion for our consideration, the twisted and terrifying Baskin.
Set all in one night, a group of Turkish police officers embark on the patrol from Hell (literally) when they receive a back-up request from out in an abandoned factory. Once inside they come face to face with many a macabre manifestation; can any of them survive the night?
The plot starts fairly simplistic, but somehow ends up becoming much more complex than is necessary. There’s plenty of philosophy about good versus evil, and the depravity and beastly nature of man. It’s great to see such big topics covered, but it bogs down and confuses proceedings a little.
The use »
- Kat Hughes
One thing I’ve always appreciated about the Alien franchise is that it has never failed to spin itself off in interesting creative directions. In an age when the biggest movies in the universe are a series of same-y (not necessarily bad) Marvel superhero sequels and spinoffs -- and the most popular movie of the last several years is essentially a remake of the first film in the same series -- the sci-fi/horror/action franchise kicked off by Ridley Scott in 1979 stands as a refreshing counterpoint to the “blockbuster by rote” rulebook that often plagues modern Hollywood. For those who loathed Alien 3 and its followup Alien: Resurrection, Sigourney Weaver’s recent claim in an interview with EW that the plot of Neill Blomkamp’s Alien 5 will ignore that those films ever happened no doubt came as a welcome bit of news. Yet I can’t help but wonder »
- Chris Eggertsen
It's a great time to be an Alien fan. Prometheus may have left a lot to be desired for those expecting a more solid connection to the core franchise, but if everything goes as planned, Ridley Scott's upcoming Prometheus sequel/Alien prequel may be everything fans wanted from Prometheus. Not only is it taking on the Alien moniker, but it seems poised to answer all those lingering questions Prometheus left behind.
Despite our excitement for the Ridley Scott Alien prequels, can't forget the Neill Blomkamp's sequels! For those who've forgotten, in the month's leading up to Promtheus 2/Alien: Paradise Lost/Alien: Covenant, District 9 director Neill Blomkamp was hard at work developing a sequel to James Cameron's Aliens. The plan was to bring Sigourney Weaver back to the franchise in top form, and continue on as if Alien 3 and 4 never happened. But ever since Ridley Scott »
- Joseph Medina
It’s a pretty exciting time to be an “Alien” fan. Not only is Ridley Scott currently in production on “Alien: Covenant” (which, if we have our facts correct, is an “Prometheus” sequel/”Alien” prequel), but Neill Blomkamp’s slow-moving sequel continues to take shape with tantalizing tidbits from the cast and crew. Speaking to Entertainment Weekly about the 30th anniversary “Aliens” celebration set for Comic-Con this month, the one and only Sigourney Weaver confirmed an important detail about the continuity of Blomkamp’s fifth installment.
“It’s just as if, you know, the path forks and one direction goes off to three and four and another direction goes off to Neill’s movie,” Weaver revealed, confirming that Blomkamp’s sequel actually won’t be a fifth installment at all and will serve as a »
- Zack Sharf
To celebrate the release of the action-packed British sci-fi Kill Command - available on DVD and VOD 27th June - we have teamed up with Vertigo Releasing to giveaway a copy on DVD. A dazzling mix of Predator, Robocop and District 9, but with a distinctly British flavour, this is a sci-fi thriller not to be missed!. Contest Ends on Friday, July 08, 2016 »
To celebrate the release of the action-packed British sci-fi Kill Command – available on DVD & VOD 27th June – we have teamed up with Vertigo Releasing to giveaway a copy on DVD.
A dazzling mix of Predator, Robocop and District 9, but with a distinctly British flavour, this is a sci-fi thriller not to be missed!
Like Gareth Edwards’ Monsters before it, Kill Command is a low budget sci-fi that defies its budget – visual effects supremo turned director Steven Gomez has fashioned a slick, exciting and expertly designed action film that is the match of any multi-million pound Hollywood blockbuster.
Featuring a gripping man versus machine plot line and some of the scariest robot creatures to ever grace the screen, this is a pure adrenalin rush of a film, that fans of the Alien and Predator films will devour.
Order today via Amazon or iTunes!
The competition closes at midnight on Sunday, »
- Gary Collinson
South Africa’s Creative Space Media has announced a new service for foreign shoots looking for added thrills with the use of high-grade military equipment and hard-to-access military locations.
With 11 years experience, primarily working with the South African defense industry, the company is positioned to offer foreign film crews “an authenticity that keeps your audience on the edge of their seats,” according to Csm’s Sizwe Zim.
“We’ve built unique strategic relationships in this industry,” he says.
Representing the Aerospace, Maritime and Defense Industries of South Africa, a local trade group, Csm, offers access to “the best military locations South Africa has to offer,” including a former army base; active and decommissioned military vehicles and equipment, including fighter jets and attack helicopters; aerial cinematography; and a team of stunt pilots, drivers, and base jumpers.
Based in Johannesburg, the company has serviced productions such as “The Avengers: Age of Ultron, »
- Christopher Vourlias
On July 2nd, they arrive. On July 3rd, they strike. On July 4th, we fight back. On June 24th, 2016, we…wish they had won.
In the summer of 1996, Roland Emmerich’s “Independence Day” reinvented the alien invasion genre for the blockbuster era, using newfangled digital technology to make a B-movie big enough to bring the whole world together. Its reputation may be overinflated by millennials who subsist on a steady diet of their own petrified kitsch, but Emmerich’s war of the worlds has nevertheless come to represent a type of full-bodied studio spectacle for which we all ought to be nostalgic. In fact, the self-described “master of disaster” seems really pissed at the people who aren’t. His lazy insult of a sequel — threatened since the day the first movie first cast its long shadow over America’s multiplexes — is ultimately nothing more than a giant middle finger to »
- David Ehrlich
The rebooted cinematic Star Trek franchise has gotten a great deal of criticism for focusing more on action than on the social and moral theme of the 1960s TV series. One person who defends the less thought-provoking style of the modern franchise is Chris Pine, who says a cerebral Trek movie wouldn’t go over well with modern fans.
When the original Star Trek TV series debuted in 1966, creator/showrunner Gene Roddenberry insisted that the show be an allegory for socio-political and cultural issues that America was facing during that turbulent error. The show dealt metaphorically with issues like the Vietnam War, racism, woman’s rights, communism, drugs and the “hippie” culture of the late 60s; all under the guise of sci-fi stories.
- email@example.com (Rob Young)
Emmy nomination voting begins Monday. For the next week or two we'll be sharing FYCs of some kind. Here's Daniel...
If you haven’t had a chance yet to read Debra Birnbaum’s shake-up Emmys proposal in Variety, I highly recommend you do. Her argument seems tailor made for feedback from passionate awards watchers (i.e. Tfe readers) who have cultivated reams of opinions for how various awards bodies do business, nomination-wise, in an ever-changing marketplace of taste and broader appeal. Living in this age of television where high quality programs are on an infinity loop, she wonders whether the Emmys should consider expanding their Outstanding Drama and Comedy Series categories to ten nominees.
While there’s a certain integrity in maintaining a tradition of exclusive acclaim – after all, not every deserving piece of art can statistically make the cut – one wonders how a taboo-busting, conversation-elevating, and surprising »
- Daniel Crooke
Press Release: Universal City, CA, May 26, 2016 – Brace yourself for one of the most unflinchingly original wild rides when the adrenaline-fueled action hit Hardcore Henry arrives on Digital HD on July 12, 2016 and on Blu-ray™, DVD and On Demand on July 26, 2016 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment and Stx Entertainment. Filled with non-stop action and thrilling adventure, Hardcore Henry is the first film shot completely in first-person shooter perspective. The Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital HD feature even more explosive thrills with deleted scenes and commentary with the director and actor/producer. Be the first to own Hardcore Henry, starring Sharlto Copley (Chappie, District 9, Elysium), and immerse yourself in an exciting new world as you become the title hero!
You remember nothing. Mainly because you’ve just »
- Derek Anderson
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