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Every year film buffs decry the Oscars as a nonsensical popularity contest won more by marketing than good filmmaking, and the very next year those same people tune in again only for the cycle to repeat itself. Yes, not every great movie can get nominated, but the Academy are a notoriously crusty bunch, often sticking to tried and tested “Oscar-bait” formula rather than rewarding movies that transcend this and try something different.
These 13 movies are without question among the best films of the year and sure to be better than a number of movies which in fact end up being nominated, but because of their genre, small scale, difficult subject matter or one of a billion other reasons, they’ll miss out on getting to compete for the little gold guy.
One hoped after 2009’s Dark Knight controversy that a new age would dawn for the Academy, »
- Jack Pooley
Icons of Fright recently sat down for an exclusive interview with veteran actor Michael Biehn to talk about his latest feature film, "24 Hour Rental." Biehn had the opportunity to work with legendary director James Cameron on three of his biggest blockbusters which included 1984's "The Terminator" (1984), "Aliens" (1986) and "The Abyss" (1989). Neill Blomkamp ("District 9") was announced earlier this year as the director for a new "Alien" film which would be a continuation from Cameron's "Aliens" sequel and feature the return of lead protagonist Ellen Ripley (Weaver) and Corporal Hicks (Biehn).
Biehn talked about the newly announced "Alien" film saying:
"They're talking about doing another "Aliens" movie, with Neill Blomkamp, and Fox came and announced it and Sigourney (Weaver) has come out and announced it. The basic idea is acting like "Alien 3" and 4 never existed, so if you go on Neill Blomkamps site, everyone can see all the artwork for that. »
- J.B. Casas
How you feel about "Alien 3" and "Alien: Resurrection" will probably determine how you feel about Neill Blomkamp's planned (but seemingly stalled-out) fifth installment in the long-running sci-fi/horror/action franchise, which is rumored to be a direct continuation of James Cameron's "Aliens" that will completely ignore the events of the third and fourth entries in the series. Given those films' less-than-beloved reputations, I assume that most fans wouldn't mind Blomkamp rescuing Newt (Carrie Henn) and Corporal Hicks (Michael Biehn) from their grisly fates in "Alien 3's" bummer prologue. In a new interview with Icons of Fright, Biehn seems to confirm that Blomkamp's vision would pick up where "Aliens" left off, with Hicks, Ripley and Newt reconvening 20 years after the events of James Cameron's 1986 sequel. "The basic idea is acting like 'Alien 3' and '4' never existed," Biehn told the site, later adding: "I know »
- Chris Eggertsen
Back in February, it was confirmed that 20th Century Fox is moving forward with Alien 5, which has Neill Blomkamp set to direct and Ridley Scott producing. Unfortunately, we reported last month that Alien 5 has been put on hold indefinitely, so the studio and Ridley Scott can focus on making a sequel to Prometheus, now entitled Alien: Covenant. We first heard about Alien 5 in January, when Neill Blomkamp shared concept art illustrations that featured Sigourney Weaver's Ripley and Michael Biehn's Hicks from the 1986 sequel Aliens, with Michael Biehn revealing himself in March that he may come back as Hicks. The actor recently spoke with Icons of Fright, where he revealed that Alien 5 will feature an adult version of Newt, played by Carrie Henn in Aliens.
"I think when they put that out there and have pictures with me as Hicks again, people were excited and though I'm not into online stuff much, »
Back at the start of the year, it was announced that Neill Blomkamp (Chappie) would be directing a fifth instalment of the Alien franchise, which would see the return of Sigourney Weaver’s Ripley, along with Corporal Hicks, who was played by Michael Biehn in 1986’s Aliens.
However, last month it was revealed that Fox has put the project on hold due to Ridley Scott’s Prometheus sequel Alien: Covenant, which is set to start production in February ahead of October 2017 release. Still, Biehn remains hopeful that Alien 5 will see the light of day, with the actor speaking about the project to Icons on Fright this past week.
“They’re talking about doing another Aliens movie, with Neill Blomkamp, and Fox came and announced it and Sigourney Weaver has come out and announced ,” states Biehn. “The basic idea is acting like Alien 3 and 4 never existed, so if you go on Neill Blomkamp’s site, »
- Gary Collinson
When I joined the Icons of Fright team as a contributor a few years back, the first interview I conducted was with a childhood hero of mine, Michael Biehn. Biehn and his wife/producing partner Jennifer Blanc-Biehn were in Los Angeles, doing a signing at Burbank’s Dark Delicacies and were both nice enough to take a few moments out of their schedule to chat about the film they were signing for, The Victim (interview here). It was a big deal to me, and something that helped push me into working my ass off as a writer, and a real turning point for me on a personal level. This previous week, I spoke to Biehn about what’s happened since our first interview, his role in XLrator Media’s mobster comedy series 24 Hour Rental (now available via Hulu), and about what to expect from director Neill Blomkamp’s Alien 5 film, »
- Jerry Smith
"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" may seem like an Oscar contender on the surface, but academy voters are notorious for giving the cold shoulder to sci-fi fare. Just ask last year's snubbed films "Interstellar" and "Guardians of the Galaxy." With two other genre films in contention this year -- "The Martian" and "Mad Max: Fury Road" -- "Star Wars" fans are beginning to wonder if the much-anticipated seventh film in the franchise may get lost in the shuffle. -Break- Subscribe to Gold Derby Breaking News Alerts & Experts’ Latest Oscar Predictions No sci-fi film has ever won Best Picture at the Oscars, with only a small number even being nominated in the first place. Since the Academy Awards expanded the number of Best Pic nominees in 2009, only five sci-fi films have reaped bids: "Avatar" (2009), "District 9" (2009), "Inception" (2010), "Gravit..."' »
With Alien 5 now on indefinite hold due to Ridley Scott’s Alien: Paradise Lost, Deadline is reporting that director Neill Blomkamp is in talks to direct an adaptation of Thomas Sweterlitsch’s upcoming sci-fi novel The Gone World, which has been optioned by 20th Century Fox.
Several studios were said to be interested in the rights to the book, which is described as “a sci-fi time travel procedural.” Should Blomkamp reach a deal with Fox, he will also write the script for the adaptation.
Blomkamp’s most recent film Chappie was released earlier this year, but struggled with the critics and grossed just $102 million around the globe, less than half that of his two previous movies District 9 and Elysium.
- Gary Collinson
Before Ridley Scott’s Prometheus 2 – officially labelled Alien: Paradise Lost – began picking up steam ahead of its 2017 release, it had all looked so positive for Neill Blomkamp’s impassioned pitch for Alien 5. After winning over legions of doubters with some truly impressive concept art along with courting Sigourney Weaver and Michael Biehn back for their respective parts, 20th Century Fox pumped the breaks on the director’s vision, and it wasn’t long before Paradise Lost took precedent at Fox.
For now, Blomkamp’s Alien 5 is officially “on hold”, and while there’s no indication of the exact length of time that the project will remain on the shelf, the director has now set his sights on a new film: an adaptation of acclaimed sci-fi novel The Gone World.
First picked up by Deadline, the outlet reports that the South African director will write and helm the time travel piece, »
- Michael Briers
With Neill Blomkamp's "Alien 5" effectively kiboshed by Ridley Scott (I'd wager that it's much more than just "on hold"), the director now has to turn his attention elsewhere. The goodwill extended to toward the filmmaker after "District 9" is fading fast following the disappointing "Elysium" and this year's "Chappie" (though I'm definitely a fan of the latter), but he's lining up a new movie, and his first adaptation of someone else's work. Deadline reports that Blomkamp will bring "Tomorrow And Tomorrow" author Thomas Sweterlitsch's new novel "The Gone World" to the big screen. The book is yet to be published, but will find the director diving into a "time travel procedural," so we'll see how that plays out. The project is set up at Fox, and Blomkamp will write the script in addition to directing. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Chernin Entertainment will produce the sci-fi time travel procedural, though specifics of the plot are under wraps. Sweterlitsch's previous book "Tomorrow and Tomorrow" is being setup as a film at TriStar.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
Exclusive: Fox has just landed The Gone World, the next sci-fi novel by Thomas Sweterlitsch, and the studio is in talks with District 9 helmer Neill Blomkamp to write the script and direct it. Chernin Entertainment is producing. The book isn’t yet published; the author’s previous novel, Tomorrow And Tomorrow, was acquired by TriStar. The new one is a sci-fi time travel procedural, and I hope to be able to tell you more shortly. Blomkamp made a splashy debut with District 9… »
From Kyle Reese to Cpl. Dwayne Hicks and beyond, Michael Biehn is well-known within the horror and sci-fi genres for playing memorable characters throughout his career. At the recent Crypticon Minneapolis, I had the great pleasure of speaking with Biehn about potentially reprising his role as Hicks in a new Alien film, the intense shoot of The Divide, and more.
Through his concept art, Neill Blomkamp has shown interest in bringing back Cpl. Dwayne Hicks in a new Alien film. Despite the project recently being put on the back burner, what are your thoughts on the potential new film and possibly reprising your role as Hicks?
Michael Biehn: My guess is they would bring back Hicks, and Newt is now going to be about twenty-six or twenty-seven [and be played by] some hot young actress who can really tear it up. I'm guessing Sigourney [Weaver] will pass the mantle to the younger woman and »
- Derek Anderson
Neill Blomkamp, the writer and director of the highly anticipated fifth film in the Alien franchise (as well as past projects such as District 9, Elysium, and Chappie), confirmed Thursday night on his Twitter account that that planned project has been put on hold indefinitely in favor of Prometheus 2. He will be working on "other things" instead. This comes as a bit of a surprise, especially since Blomkamp has enjoyed sharing some pretty great Alien-related concept art on his Instagram account in recent months. Prometheus 2, now titled Alien: Paradise Lost (confusing, huh?), will head into production this coming February, with Michael Fassbender and Noomi Rapace reprising their roles from the original film. Of course, director Ridley Scott, whom industry insiders claim always wanted a Prometheus sequel to take precedence in the franchise's order of succession, will be fronting the project. Interestingly, Deadline reports that a "change of »
- Devon Ivie
Some sad, but not unexpected, news today indicating that one of the most fan-friendly projects in development right now has been indefinitely put on hold.
alien is kinda holding/ pending prometheus 2. So I shall be working on other things... as much as I love the xeno- and Lt ripley
— Иeill BlomkΛmp (@NeillBlomkamp) October 30, 2015
A big part of the reason is due to 20th Century Fox and Ridley Scott's "Alien: Paradise Lost" is moving forward. Reports a few months back indicated Scott, a producer on Blomkamp's film, asked for a pause on that project so his "Prometheus" sequel could move forward first.
When said sequel scored its new 'Alien'-inspired moniker and Scott talked about further films that would »
- Garth Franklin
The Internet was abuzz last year when it was announced that District 9 and Chappie director Neill Blomkamp was working with 20th Century Fox on a new sequel to Alien starring Sigourney Weaver and Micheal Biehn, but it now looks like that movie is in trouble.
Following the announcement that Ridley Scott was making three sequels to his movie Prometheus, set in the Alien universe before the first film, and that it was now titled Alien: Paradise Lost, fans began to wonder just how Fox would handle to Alien franchises being developed at the same time.
The answer: they’re not.
Taking to Twitter, Blomkamp announced that Alien 5 was on hold pending Alien: Paradise Lost and that he was leaving to do other things. He hasn’t officially left the project, but he certainly won’t be working on Alien 5 for the foreseeable future. It had previously been revealed that »
- Luke Owen
District 9 and Chappie director Neill Blomkamp‘s planned Alien movie is hold, according to reports. The news reaches us from Blomkamp himself, and it seems the reason may be Ridley Scott’s Prometheus 2, which is now being called Alien: Paradise Lost.
Blomkamp tweeted the following.
alien is kinda holding/ pending prometheus 2. So I shall be working on other things… as much as I love the xeno- and Lt ripley
— ?eill Blomk?mp (@NeillBlomkamp) October 30, 2015
It’s a litle disappointing as we like what we’ve seen so far from the bits of concept art that Blomkamp has released etc.
Scott starts shooting on Alien: Paradise Lost in the new year for a December 31, 2017 release.
More news on this as we get it.
- Paul Heath
Ah, this is a disappointment.
Earlier this year, it was revealed that District 9 and Chappie director Neill Blomkamp was working on an Alien sequel that would sit after Alien and Aliens. But since then, Ridley Scott – riding particularly high off the back of the excellent The Martian right now – has declared that he wants the Prometheus sequel to come next in the series.
As such, Alien: Paradise Lost – the aforementioned Prometheus follow-up – is heading into production early next year, with a 2017 release date eyed. Scott then has plans for potentially two more Prometheus films after that.
The casualty of this may well have been Blomkamp’s eagerly-awaited Alien 5. Whilst the movie hasn’t been cancelled, it’s clearly been held up in the queue. And the latest Tweet from »
It’s not entirely a shock, but plans for a Neill Blomkamp-directed film in the Alien franchise have been put on hold and possibly set aside entirely, and the District 9 director is moving on to other projects. Blomkamp took to Twitter minutes ago to relay the news. alien is kinda holding/ pending prometheus 2. So I shall be working on other things… as much as I love the xeno- and Lt ripley — Иeill BlomkΛmp (@NeillBlomkamp) October 30, 2015 In February it was… »
Back in March, shortly before the release of “Furious 7,” Vin Diesel threw out a bold prediction about his movie’s chances in the forthcoming awards season. “It will probably win best picture at the Oscars,” he told Variety, “unless the Oscars don’t want to be relevant ever.”
Box office domination is a lousy measure of relevance, let alone quality, but Diesel’s comment did carry a valid point about the Academy’s historic disregard for genre movies, the occasional best-picture win for a “French Connection,” a “Silence of the Lambs” or a “Lord of the Rings” finale notwithstanding. Still, to its credit, the organization has taken some welcome steps toward acknowledging that movie greatness doesn’t always come laden with self-evidently worthy themes; sometimes it shows up swinging a sword, driving a car, or toting a cattle gun.
And things have arguably improved since the Academy expanded its »
- Justin Chang
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