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In 2004, Tom Perrotta wrote the novel Little Children, exploring the prison behind what it’s like to be normal in married suburbia. It later was turned into an Oscar winning movie starring Patrick Wilson and Kate Winslet, successfully translating the story to screen. He later wrote The Leftovers, where 2% of the world’s population suddenly disappears later to be known to the world as the “Sudden Departure.” The Leftovers doesn’t go into why this happened, but rather how society copes and the division created not just between groups of people but between themselves and their emotions.
This was turned into an HBO series starring Justin Theroux as Kevin Garvey, the chief of police who struggles to maintain some form of sanity both in his community and family life. Garvey is the centerpiece of the show, even with The Leftovers working more as an ensemble show. Mysterious characters and events »
- Jovy Skol
Director Ridley Scott is in a good mood! And why not: The Martian, his most recent production, has received critical acclaim and topped the box office this past weekend. So the filmmaker is ready to talk about his next film, Alien: Paradise Lost, a follow-up to his Alien prequel Prometheus. Scott confirmed that the sequel will begin with survivors Noomi Rapace and Michael Fassbender on their way to the home world of a mysterious alien race known as the Engineers. In an interview with Awards Campaign, Scott stated: “It’s going to be its own separate thing because they are going to the planet of the Engineers and they are going to see what happened there. It was a disaster. And they will be in that alien craft that takes them there, but with a new group...
- Peter Martin
LexCorp. The world alone is enough to send chills down the spines of ardent DC fans – and indeed the Last Son of Krypton himself – and it’s one that takes the stage in the all-new viral video for Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. Building off of the character profile for one Lex Luthor Jr. (Jesse Eisenberg), today’s snippet is more about rounding out the nefarious power-monger, but it still generates ample buzz for Zack Snyder’s superhero face-off in its own right.
Bearing semblance to the Prometheus viral marketing campaign, which had Guy Pearce’s Peter Weyland trumpet humanity’s God-like nature, the promo is designed as an unveiling of LexOS, a powerful, water-tight operating system that will herald a new frontier in electronic security.
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While the video is intending to expand the lore of Dawn of Justice beyond the titular pairing, it »
- Michael Briers
I really enjoyed watching The Martian when I was sitting in the theater, but that love has faded quickly in the days since. There’s a high amount of amazing spectacle and suspense to keep audiences engaged but there’s an emotional emptiness to the film that makes it feel inconsequential in the long term and hurts the film. Ten minutes after I thought it was an Oscar contender released too early, two days after it feels like just another movie, and in a couple months I doubt I’ll be thinking about it at all. I suppose this is what Ridley Scott is these days and it’s so sad that the man who made Blade Runner and Alien is making such hollow science fiction these days.
The set pieces on display in The Martian are as good as anything I’ve seen this year. From Martian sandstorms to »
- Arthur Tebbel
Your Friends & Neighbors: Kusama’s Enjoyably Tense Cult Thriller
Since premiering her phenomenal, Michelle Rodriguez starring indie debut Girlfight in 2000, Karyn Kusama hasn’t lived up to early prognostications. One of the few women directors with a big budget studio effort to her name, the ill-fated Aeon Flux (2005), starring a post-Oscar Charlize Theron, followed by the highly anticipated horror film, Jennifer’s Body, written by Diablo Cody (unfortunately less revisionist than one would have hoped for), the director unfortunately been unable to showcase her talents with these critically lambasted mainstream titles.
The Invitation, re-teams with her Aeon Flux (2005) writers Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi (recently responsible for the Kevin Hart/Ice Cube film Ride Along) for a much more enjoyable passion project. Featuring a cast of bright young Los Angeles actors we’ve seen filtered through a number of American indie films, Kusama builds intense atmosphere atop familiar foreboding for »
- Nicholas Bell
Talking to Awards Campaign, Scott says that both Noomi Rapace's Elizabeth Shaw and Michael Fassbender's android David will be joined by other crew members in their quest to track down the mysterious Engineers:
"It's going to be it's own separate thing because they are going to the planet of the Engineers and they are going to see what happened there. It was a disaster. And they will be in that alien craft that takes them there, but with a new group that's incoming, a new group of travelers in the beginning of the first act."
"Alien: Paradise Lost" is slated to begin shooting in February. In a separate interview with The Daily Beast, he says Neil Blomkamp's "Aliens »
- Garth Franklin
It may have a shiny new name, Alien: Paradise Lost, but the film will still follow on the heels of Ridley Scott.s 2012 sci-fi film Prometheus. We.ll get to see what happens to Dr. Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) and the humanoid robot David (Michael Fassbender) after they blast off, continuing their search for the creators of humanity. However, they won.t be the only travellers on this particular road, there.s going to be some new fodder for whatever alien creation they encounter. On the publicity trail stumping for his The Martian, Sir Ridley has frequently been asked about his upcoming adventure in the Alien world. Talking to Awards Campaign, the subject came up again, and he shed some light on the nature of the new movie and who will populate it. He said: It.s going to be it.s own separate thing because they are going to »
You didn't expect Alien: Paradise Lost to revolve solely around Noomi Rapace and Michael Fassbender's head, did you? The two survivors left from Prometheus capped off the last film having launched into space, in the hopes of reaching the Engineers' home planet and getting some answers. But when Ridley Scott picks up their trip in the sequel, which he aims to start shooting in March, he plans on adding... Read More »
- Billy Donnelly
With each passing day, Ridley Scott provides another morsel of info about the suddenly expansive "Alien" movie universe, and what's coming down the line. We already have a title for the "Prometheus" sequel — "Alien: Paradise Lost" — and we know that it's first down the pipeline, with Blomkamp's effort to follow, which Scott will be producing. But it seems both movies are coming to us much faster than anticipated. The rumor thus far was that "Alien: Paradise Lost" would drop in 2017, with "Alien: Blomkamp-ed" coming in 2018, but you might want to move those timelines forward. "I’m actually going to be working again with Michael Fassbender in February on 'Prometheus 2.' It’s written, so I’m not chugging along and trying to work out where we’re going to do it," he told The Daily Beast. "With something like that, it’s six-month prep. We’re going to call it 'Alien: Paradise Lost. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The first of three planned sequels to Prometheus was recently titled Alien: Paradise Lost, suggesting that it will unquestionably tie into the Alien universe. Ridley Scott is returning to direct, and while he prepares to do just that, he revealed… Continue Reading →
- John Squires
Last month, while doing press for The Martian, Ridley Scott dropped a bombshell, revealing that the title for his Prometheus sequel is Alien: Paradise Lost. Many fans were disappointed that 2012's Prometheus didn't have a strong enough connection to his original 1979 classic Alien, but this new title sparked a flurry of both speculation and excitement. We know that Prometheus stars Noomi Rapace (Elizabeth Shaw) and Michael Fassbender (David) will reprise their roles, and continue their quest to find the Engineers. During an interview with Awards Campaign, Ridley Scott teased that they won't be alone on this journey. When asked if his sequel will retain the same look as Prometheus, he had this to say.
"It's going to be it's own separate thing because they are going to the planet of the Engineers and they are going to see what happened there. It was a disaster. And they will be in »
A new group of travelers will join Shaw and David in Ridley Scott’s Alien: Paradise Lost Director Ridley Scott continues to spill the beans about his upcoming Prometheus sequel Alien: Paradise Lost, this time filling in Awards Campaign on the state of Engineer homeworld (ironically nicknamed “Paradise”) once Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) and David (Michael Fassbender) cruise…
- Max Evry
No one in the universe wants a sequel to Prometheus more than director Ridley Scott, who has been talking about a follow-up to his Alien prequel ever since it left audiences baffled and divided three years ago. Now titled Alien: Paradise Lost, the film that once was Prometheus 2 has charted a course for an early 2016 […]
The post ‘Alien: Paradise Lost’ Will Introduce New Explorers to Get Mercilessly Slaughtered in Space appeared first on /Film. »
- Jacob Hall
Do you recall the moment in Prometheus when an accomplished group of scientists, completely disregarding the potential threat from spores, bacteria and other such nasties, remove their helmets in an alien environment? How about the scene in which Jackson and Millburn go up close and personal with an unknown snake-like being? Yep, it’s fair to say that for all of the brainy and intellectual questions posited by Ridley Scott’s 2012 Alien offshoot, it’s leading crew members bordered on the unwatchable.
Fear not, though, for Scott has revealed that the film’s hot-button sequel, Alien: Paradise Lost, will introduce a new group of travellers alongside Michael Fassbender and Noomi Rapace – who return as the headless android David and Elizabeth, respectively.
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Plotting course for the home world of the Engineers, last we seen of Fassbender and Rapace’s characters they had hijacked the alien ship »
- Michael Briers
With 23 films over the last 38 years, Ridley Scott has barely had time to slow down and he’s already planning to shoot his Prometheus sequel, Alien: Paradise Lost, early next year. As for his latest, The Martian, it’s shaping up to be his biggest success yet with a $100 million-plus opening weekend worldwide and widespread acclaim from audiences and critics. For those that are looking to go behind the scenes of the the making of the film, as well as his entire career, we’re featuring a batch of extensive conversations he’s taken part in.
“Matt [Damon] called me ‘Two Take Charlie,'” Scott told EW with a laugh, revealing he shot the film in a brisk 72 days. “The key is to know what you’re doing. If you do 90 takes it means you don’t really know what you want. Also, the key in doing my job is to »
- Leonard Pearce
For a big budget movie about a lone astronaut who gets stranded on Mars, the spacesuits in The Martian are surprisingly sober in terms of design. There is an attempt here to make everything seem as plausible as possible, costume design especially. Director Ridley Scott’s regular costumer Janty Yates has created possibly the sexiest spacesuits ever seen on screen, and what’s more they are functional. To paraphrase a line in the film, she had to “science the shit out of them”.
Yates collaborated with Nasa looking specifically at their Z1 and Z2 prototypes to create an Eva (‘Extravehicular Activity’ – any time the crew must go outside) suit and surface or ‘bio’ suit (worn on Mars). The surface suit is similar to the blue under-suits she created for Scott’s near future set Prometheus in 2012, although further grounded in reality. The Prometheus under-suits could, in theory, monitor functioning levels of the human body, »
- Lord Christopher Laverty
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After discussing them this summer, George Miller tells Top Gear he’s in talk with WB for the Mad Max: Fury Road sequels, but first he says, “I want to do a small film without special effects before I do any of that, just to do it quickly. We shot Fury Road for eight months… that’s a lot. Every day in the heat and the dust, doing these stunts, it’s very wearing. We’ve got two more planned, but at some point in the future.”
Listen to our own Nick Newman discuss the career of Hong Sang-soo on the latest episode of The Auteur Museum:
- TFS Staff
After crafting the scores for Blackhat, The Town, Kingdom of Heaven, The East, and more, composer Harry Gregson-Williams reteamed with Ridley Scott for The Martian, the film adaptation of Andy Weir‘s best-selling novel. It tells the story of Astronaut Mark Watney (played brilliantly and charismatically by Matt Damon — check out our review here) as he struggles to get off the Red Planet.
We had the chance to recently speak with him about his work and the composer was quite happy with the score and eager to hear of our fondness for both the film and the music. In his words, jokingly of course, if you were to like some of the films to which he provided music, you may be in the minority. This time however, we’re willing to bet that nearly everyone on the planet will be in the majority and love The Martian.
We truly enjoyed catching up with Harry, »
- Marc Ciafardini
Michael Fassbender has joked he studied Ashton Kutcher to play Steve Jobs. The 'Prometheus' star portrays the Apple co-founder in the upcoming biopic - which shares its name with the late American entrepreneur - and he cheekily has claimed he based his portrayal on Ashton's interpretation in 2013 film 'Jobs'. Asked how he prepared for the project, Fassbender said with a grin: ''I studied Ashton Kutcher.'' The 38-year-old actor also admitted he tried to talk director Danny Boyle out of casting him in the lead role and told him that Christian Bale looked more like Jobs than him and would be better suited to the part. Speaking at a press conference for 'Steve Jobs' at the New York Film Festival on Saturday (03.10.15), he said: ''Obviously I don't look anything like Steve Jobs. That was the first thing I said to Danny. I said, ' »
The stellar $55 million box-office debut of “The Martian” this weekend marks a return to form for Ridley Scott, and raises the prospect that the acclaimed director could be in line to take another run at his first Oscar victory. Academy voters don’t — at least consciously — factor box-office performance in when they make nominations, but broad commercial success drives buzz and certainly can’t hurt. “The Martian” is Scott’s best sci-fi opening ever, ahead of “Prometheus,” “Alien” and “Blade Runner,” and second overall only to “Hannibal,” which rolled out to $58 million in 2001. Also Read: Matt Damon's 'The Martian' Soars. »
- Todd Cunningham
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