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For the first time since his cult classic Blade Runner back in 1982, Ridley Scott will venture back to the science fiction genre with Prometheus - a prequel of sorts to his seminal sci-fi/horror Alien, which - after a seemingly endless stream of teaser previews through-out the week - has finally made its way online ahead of the film's release next summer.
Prometheus features an all-star cast that includes Noomi Rapace (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), Charlize Theron (Snow White and the Huntsman), Michael Fassbender (X-Men: First Class), Patrick Wilson (Watchmen), Idris Elba (Thor), Guy Pearce (Animal Kingdom), Logan Marshall-Green (Devil) and Rafe Spall (Anonymous). It is based on a screenplay by Jon Spaihts (The Darkest Hour), with rewrites by Damon Lindelof (Lost, Cowboys & Aliens and the as yet untitled Star Trek sequel).
A week ago, we brought you an early look at scans from Ridley Scott’s new Alien-“prequel” Prometheus. They showed actors Noomi Rapace (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), Michael Fassbender (X-Men: First Class) and Logan Marshall-Green (Devil) in their luminescent-collared spacesuits exploring what looked like ruins of an unknown planet. They also showed stars Charlize Theron (Hancock) and Idris Elba (Thor) on the bridge of the eponymous ship. Lording over the explorers in the background was a monolithic face looking down on a field of what appear to be primitive versions of Alien eggs down in the fog. Well now we can show you all of that in more clarity, along with a couple of new images from the film. With clearer images available, a trailer should be right around the corner. Prometheus opens in 3D on June 8th, 2012. Hit the jump to check out the images. »
- Dave Trumbore
While production picks back up in Montreal, Bloody Disgusting has been digging for the full cast of David Twohy's Riddick, the third film in the trilogy that will star Vin Diesel and Karl Urban. We have exclusively reported that Andreas Apergis, Katee Sackhoff (White Noise 2: The Light, Growl, The Haunting in Georgia), Bokeem Woodbine (Total Recall, Devil) and WWE wrestler Dave Bautista (The Scorpion King 3: Battle for Redemption) have all been given offers. Add Matthew Nable to the list as "Boss Johns". Apergis would play "Krone", commander of the dark theocracy. Sackhoff would pay "Dahl", a Nordic merc tracking Riddick. We've also learned that there's strong interest in both Cliff Curtis and Holt McCallany as "Santana" and "Vargas", respectively. »
We still might not know whether it’s a true prequel to Alien or not, but either way, it looks pretty awesome.
We’re finally getting a peek at leads Noomi Rapace (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo) and Michael Fassbender (Every movie out this year) on the set of Ridley Scott’s Prometheus. The image comes from Entertainment Weekly, which also has some interesting soundbites from Fassbender and Charlize Theron, whose role is still shrouded in secrecy.
Fassbender says, “There’s definitely a link to Alien. There’s creatures in it that you’ll recognize.”
Yet Theron casts doubt on this innocuous claim, saying, “I think people should really let go of the idea that it’s an Alien film.”
Enjoy the pic!
The latest issue of Entertainment Weekly features several new photos from "Prometheus," including one that's made its way online. The image, which you can see above, centers on three of the main characters from Scott's loosely connected "Alien" movie, played by actors Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender and Logan Marshall-Green.
Rapace and Fassbender are increasingly known quantities these days, what with "Sherlock Holmes 2" on the cusp of release and Fassbender making headlines with his Nc-17 drama "Shame." Marshall-Green, however, is a lesser known figure: he's currently most famous for M. Night Shyamalan's "Devil" and for getting shot to bits by Mischa Barton on "The O.C." Something tells me that "Prometheus" is going to up his pedigree significantly.
Beyond seeing these actors in action for the first time, »
- Josh Wigler
More possible Akira casting news coming in from the good folks over at The Hollywood Reporter... With Garret Hedlund playing Kaneda, the gang leader, and an offer out to Kristen Stewart to play Ky Reed, a woman who is part of an underground movement to expose the government for turning orphans into living weapons (she also may possess some abilities herself), the big question is who will play Tetsuo, the young man whose latent powers will release the powerful being known as Akira.
The story is set in a place called New Manhattan and follows two brothers, one the leader of a motorcycle gang, the other a younger man with telekinetic abilities who becomes a dangerous weapon. Here's the list of actors WB has in mind for the $90 million movie being directed by Jaume Collet-Serra (Orphan).
- Uncle Creepy
With two of the three major roles cast for Jaume Collet-Serra’s adaptation of Akira, Warner Bros. is set to shore up the role of Tetsuo before Thanksgiving. The Unknown director already has Garret Hedlund (Tron: Legacy) and Kristen Stewart playing Kaneda and Kei respectively, but will hold screentests this Sunday and Monday for Tetsuo, the young man who channels the powerful Akira. Set to test are D.J. Cotrona (Detroit 1-8-7), Logan Marshall-Green (Devil), Toby Kebbell (RocknRolla), Richard Madden (Game of Thrones), and Rami Malek (Larry Crowne). Retesting for the role will be Paul Dano (Little Miss Sunshine) and Alden Ehrenreich (Twixt). Hit the jump for more on Akira. Heat Vision reports that Warner Bros. is anxious to wrap up the casting of the lead roles in Akira, having also offered parts to Gary Oldman and Helena Bonham Carter recently. The $90 million project will move from its manga roots in Neo-Tokyo to Neo-Manhattan, »
- Dave Trumbore
I truly hate these kind of stories, but it is kind of interesting to get deep inside the brain of a studio. Tonight THR has some potential casting for Warner Bros. Pictures' upcoming Akira, all of which is merely speculation. The big question now is who will play Tetsuo, the young man whose latent powers will release the powerful being known as Akira? D.J. Cotrona (G.I.Joe 2: Retaliation), Logan Marshall-Green (Devil, Prometheus), Toby Kebbell (RocknRolla, War Horse), Richard Madden ("Game of Thrones"), Rami Malek (Twilight: Breaking Dawn: Part 2), and Michael Pitt ("Boardwalk Empire") are all potentials, with Paul Dano (There Will Be Blood, Cowboys & Aliens) and Alden Ehrenreich (Tetro) retesting for the role. Thumbs up for the studio thinking outside of the box. Keanu Reeves, sigh... A decision is expected before Thanksgiving. Dano immediately caught my eye, and I think Kebbell, Pitt and Madden are also compelling choices. »
We know Garret Hedlund will play the lead role of Kaneda, and it looks likely that Kristen Stewart will play his love interest Ky. But who will star as the character most closely associated with the Manga classic, the mentally unstable psychic Tetsuo? Well quite possibly one of the following. From THR.. D.J. Cotrona (the Detroit 1-8-7 star who just wrapped the role of Flint in G.I.Joe 2: Retaliation), Logan Marshal Green (who appeared in the M. Night Shyamalan-produced Devil and will be seen in Ridley Scott’s Prometheus), Toby Kebbell (he caught the eyes of Warners execs with RocknRolla and is in War Horse), Richard Madden (Robb Stark in Game of Thrones), Rami Malek(appeared in The Pacific and has a supporting role in Twilight: Breaking Dawn—Part 2), and Michael Pitt (the breakout actor on HBO's Boardwalk Empire). Also retesting for the role are Paul Dano »
Directed by: William Brent Bell
Release Date: January 6, 2012
Trailer Score: 7/10
Thoughts by Tsr: Another creepy movie about exorcisms! I never tire of huddling under my theater chair, hoping the dumb sh*t on screen isn’t really going into the dark barn after the scampering devil-child. No, really. I haven’t gotten sick of it and I’m not likely to. Which is one of the reasons I can overlook the potential for major recycling from other, more original movies about exorcisms.
The trailer has a dabbling of freaky scenes that aren’t fresh, but still creepy. Of course, you have an advantage if you’re making a film about a contorted, babbling mad woman, who likes to sing “Itsy Bitsy Spider” and hurl priests against the wall. It’s already such a spooky concept, that it’s »
- Morrow McLaughlin
Exclusive: The agency signing wars had been quiet, but they just heated up. Wme has signed M. Night Shyamalan. The writer, director and producer has been developing as his next film the Sony Pictures tent pole A.E. which has Will Smith attached to star with his son, Jaden. Shyamalan had been repped by CAA. The Philadelphia-based filmmaker last directed The Last Airbender and before that The Happening. Shyamalan also generated the genre film Devil through Night Chronicles, the banner he formed to hatch and produce fright fare with Media Rights Capital. Shyamalan spent several years with CAA and before that had been repped by UTA. »
- MIKE FLEMING
Jonathan Teplitzky.s Burning Man may mark the beginning of a new phase in Bojana Novakovic.s acting career. .This is the kind of film I.m drawn to,. says Novakovic, who plays Sarah in the drama. .I want to make these films forever.. Novakovic is best known for starring in macabre international films in which her characters habitually meet gruesome ends. Last year, she played Mel Gibson.s daughter in Martin Campbell.s thriller, Edge of Darkness (which saw her nominated for an AFI nomination for best actress), as well as a victim in John Erick Dowdle.s claustrophobic horror film, Devil. But for the Serbian-born actress, it was a refreshing change to be offered a role in an Australian film that suited her taste. .This »
- Andre Fenby
We have seen couple of concept art images Vin Diesel shared via his Facebook page for Riddick, with the last one featuring our first look at the new Necro-armor design. It has also been revealed that the production has been shut down due to money problems. Now, according to Bloody-Disgusting, some new roles have been offered. More below... "We're being told that offers were made to Andreas Apergis, Katee Sackhoff (White Noise 2: The Light, Growl, The Haunting in Georgia), Bokeem Woodbine (Total Recall, Devil) and WWE wrestler Dave Bautista (The Scorpion King 3: Battle for Redemption). Apergis would play "Krone", commander of the dark theocracy. Sackhoff would pay "Dahl", a Nordic merc tracking Riddick." David Twohy is directing the new film, with Vin Diesel and Karl Urban set to reprise their roles. Riddick still has no release date. Betrayed by his own kind and left for dead on a desolate planet, »
While production has been shut down in Montreal, we did a little digging and have landed some potential casting news for Universal Pictures' Riddick, which is being directed by franchise creator David Twohy. We're being told that offers were made to Andreas Apergis, Katee Sackhoff (White Noise 2: The Light, Growl, The Haunting in Georgia), Bokeem Woodbine (Total Recall, Devil) and WWE wrestler Dave Bautista (The Scorpion King 3: Battle for Redemption). Apergis would play "Krone", commander of the dark theocracy. Sackhoff would pay "Dahl", a Nordic merc tracking Riddick. If signed, they would join Vin Diesel and Karl Urban in the R-rated sequel to Pitch Black and The Chronicles of Riddick from Universal Pictures. »
The work of Edgar Allan Poe is notoriously dark, somber, and horrifying. So why not add some romance to sap things up a little bit. That's a great idea, right? Anyone? Hello? No, seriously, right? Um ...
According to The Hollywood Reporter the haunting tale of a man who murders an old man and then hides his body under his floorboards, only to be driven insane by the sound of his still-beating heart, has been adapted into an upcoming film starring Patrick John Flueger, Rose McGowan, and Peter Bogdanovich.
Flueger is playing the lead role, and joining him as the female lead is McGowan (Grindhouse, Scream, Jawbreaker, The Black Dahlia). A tale of romance has been added to Poe’s dark story for the film adaptation. Bogdanovich will play the one-eyed old man.
- Uncle Creepy
Looking like it's taking the Beastly route, THR scored the first two images from The Tale Tale Heart, the latest adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe's short story. The haunting tale of a man who murders an old man, and then hides his body under his floorboards only to be driven insane by the sound of his still-beating heart has been adapted into an upcoming film starring Patrick John Flueger, Rose McGowan (Rosewood Lane, Scream, Grindhouse) and Peter Bogdanovich. The site reports that a tale of romance has been added to Poe's dark story for the film adaptation. Bogdanovich will play the one-eyed old man. Director John La Tier's adaptation is currently filming in New Orleans. Also joining the cast is Jacob Vargas (Devil, Traffic, Jarhead), Damon Whitaker (Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai) and Kirk Fox (Forgetting Sarah Marshall). »
Star-studded newcomers 50/50, Dream House and What's Your Number? all finished behind Courageous yesterday, which managed to attract a solid Christian audience on Friday. Still, even Courageous didn't have what it took to beat last weekend's leaders Moneyball, Dolphin Tale and The Lion King. Moneyball took the top spot for the second Friday in a row, dropping 43 percent to an estimated $3.85 million for an eight-day total of $29.8 million. That decline was slightly worse than last year's The Social Network (40 percent) but a vast improvement over Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (53 percent). The Brad Pitt baseball flick should finish the weekend with around $12 million, which probably won't be good enough for first place over Dolphin Tale. Dolphin Tale dipped a light 32 percent to an estimated $3.47 million, bringing its eight-day total to $26.7 million. Based on past similar movies, it should move up to first place by Sunday with a weekend take of roughly $14 million. »
- Ray Subers
Earlier this week we got some word on some more minor casting for Ben Affleck's third time at bat as director with Argo. The Good Will Hunting writer will also star in the film which adapts a 2007 Wired article about the life-or-death covert operation to rescue six Americans, which unfolded behind the scenes of the Tehran hostage crisis, and now three more great names have joined the cast. In a press release (via The Film Stage) announcing the beginning of production, it was revealed Chris Messina (Devil), Michael Parks (Red State) and Richard Kind (A Serious Man) also have undisclosed roles in the film. On November 4, 1979, as the Iranian revolution reaches its boiling point, militants storm the U.S. embassy in Tehran, taking 52 Americans hostage. But, in the midst of the chaos, six Americans manage to slip away and find »
- Ethan Anderton
One of the most popular emergent sub-genres in recent times has been the found footage horror film. The premise, for those unfamiliar with it, is to stage a supposedly real event, shot on a camcorder, a camera phone or other bit of consumer-level technology. Essentially, it commits to the whole “based on a true story” brand of horror, but with even less need for a strong basis in fact.
If it's done well enough, it plants the seeds of doubt in the minds of a cynical and media-savvy audience; could we be watching a document of real events, rather than another horror film? The hit rate is variable, but found footage horror qualifies as a distinctly modern sub-genre.
This is partly because of the level »
Last month, we brought you an eye-witness report on Ridley Scott’s “prequel” to his sci-fi iconic film Alien, entitled Prometheus, from the 2011 San Diego Comic Con panel, courtesy of our own Erin Willard. Amongst the panel lead by writer Damon Lindelof (Lost), interview with Charlize Theron, video uplink with director Sir Ridley Scott on set in Iceland, and a video montage, a bit of casting news had escaped Comic Con and only emerged now.
Here’s how the article mentioned Wilson’s casting:
“Wilson will need to leverage everything he’s learned from Shorecrest [Prepatory School] to a new role in the highly anticipated Alien prequel Prometheus (directed by original Alien auteur Ridley Scott) for his latest challenge — creating a rare TV drama success on Fridays. »
- Lillian 'zenbitch' Standefer
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