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Tom Hardy, star of “Mad Max: Fury Road,” and Logan Marshall-Green actor “Spider-Man: Homecoming” can be really, really hard to tell apart. They were both born in the mid-’70s — Tom Hardy in London and Logan Marshall-Green in South Carolina (with a twin brother!). But they often seem interchangeable in the roles they’ve played on both big screen and small. Can you tell them apart? Round 1: Scraggly bearded villain Logan Marshall-Green in “Spider-Man: Homecoming” (2017) / Tom Hardy in “The Revenant (2015). Round 2: Blockbuster sci-fi hero. Tom Hardy in “Mad Max: Fury Road” (2015) / Logan Marshall-Green in “Prometheus” (2012). Round 3: Slightly. »
- Thom Geier
After the lackluster box office performance of Alien: Covenant, 20th Century Fox isn’t quite ready to give director Ridley Scott’s two proposed sequels the green light. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the studio will be taking steps to “reassess” the Alien series while Scott returns to the director’s seat for two upcoming feature films, All the Money in the World and The Cartel.
Covenant wasn’t by any means a box office flop, but it’s hard to argue that a franchise is on an upward trend when the previous film (Prometheus) made $170 million more than the latest installment. Covenant most likely made its money back, taking in a worldwide total of $232 million on a $97 million budget, but Fox clearly was hoping more people would flock to the theaters.
The Prometheus sequel posted a fine opening weekend number at the domestic box office; during its second weekend, »
- Justin Cook
Throughout the course of Alien: Covenant‘s prolonged development cycle, writer-director Ridley Scott ran the risk of putting the cart before the horse by indulging in his plans for multiple sequels – sequels that would go on to dovetail his Prometheus prequel saga with the original Alien movie that spawned a million nightmares back in ’79.
But in light of Covenant‘s less-than-stellar box office performance – $74 million domestic and $158m overseas for a combined total of $232m – 20th Century Fox has reportedly pumped the brakes on those ambitious franchise plans for the time being. As part of its midsummer analysis, one which revealed Channing Tatum to be an early frontrunner for Universal’s Van Helsing, The Hollywood Reporter notes that Fox is now in the process of “reassessing” the future of the Alien franchise, which doesn’t necessarily bode well for Scott’s aforementioned sequel plans.
Long before this particular development, the »
- Michael Briers
After nine weeks in release, we can officially call Ridley Scott‘s Alien: Covenant a massive flop. Its $230 million worldwide gross puts the film somewhere between a $50-$100 million loss, a disturbing $170 million less than its predecessor, the 2010 Prometheus. Diminishing returns, indeed. We’ve suggested multiple times on this site that the franchise’s rebirth […] »
- Brad Miska
It appears the future of the Alien franchise is once again uncertain. Anticipation was mighty high for director Ridley Scott’s return with 2012’s Prometheus, and indeed despite some mixed reviews, the sci-fi pic grossed a hearty $403.3 million worldwide. Scott intended for Prometheus to relaunch the franchise in an intriguing way, but while he was busy making Exodus: Gods and Kings and The Martian, filmmaker Neill Blomkamp convinced Fox to give his own separate idea for an Alien movie a go. However, as soon as Scott got wind of this, he forged ahead with Prometheus 2, … »
- Adam Chitwood
It’s been a summer of franchises that might have made okay money (largely thanks to international ticket sales) but left audiences disappointed. “Transformers: The Last Knight,” “The Mummy,” and “Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” all fall into that category, but “Alien: Covenant” is its own special thing. Not only was the sequel to “Prometheus“/prequel to “Alien” a box office disappointment (it earned nearly $200 million less than its predecessor worldwide), but it arguably severely damaged the brand.
- Kevin Jagernauth
The Kaiju were defeated once, but humanity sleeps with one eye open waiting for their dreaded return in the world of Pacific Rim: Uprising, and a new promo video for the sequel invites you to join the Jaeger uprising.
"A new generation of Jaeger Pilots will stand tall for all humanity. What is a Jaeger? It’s you, times a thousand. Witness the next evolution of human invention, with the unveiling of the Pan Pacific Defense Corps Mark VI Jaeger Program, and visit Gojaeger.Com to discover if you have what it takes to join the biggest heroes ever to walk the Earth.
One day, the monsters will return."
Produced by Guillermo del Toro (who directed the first film in the franchise), Pacific Rim: Uprising was directed by Steven S. DeKnight (Spartacus, Netflix’s Daredevil) from a screenplay by Derek Connolly (Jurassic World), with an earlier draft written by Jon Spaihts (The Mummy, »
- Derek Anderson
Netflix made a huge San Diego Comic-Con appearance by debuting the trailer for Bright, the latest film from director David Ayer (Suicide Squad and End of Watch) starring Will Smith, Joel Edgerton (The Gift), and Noomi Rapace (Alien: Covenant, Prometheus). Ayer may have dropped the ball with Suicide Squad, but Bright looks to right that wrong. Ayer is an extremely talented filmmaker, who also directed End of […] »
- Brad Miska
This morning we shared the excellent first trailer for The Snowman, a terrifying thriller from director Tomas Alfredson (Let the Right One In, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), based on Jo Nesbø’s global bestseller. Michael Fassbender (Prometheus, X-Men series), Rebecca Ferguson (Mission: Impossible—Rogue Nation), Charlotte Gainsbourg (Independence Day: Resurgence), Val Kilmer(Heat) and Academy Award winner J.K. Simmons (Whiplash) […] »
- Brad Miska
“We need you for an emergency assignment in London. We’ve got a prisoner waiting,” a CIA analyst tells expert interrogator Alice Racine (Noomi Rapace) over the phone. “I’m already on it,” a confused Alice replies. “What the hell are you talking about? We haven’t informed London station,” the analyst says. Alice’s face falls in horror — she’s been tricked into giving information to a terrorist cell.
There is the threat of a biological attack in the action flick “Unlocked,” but an unwitting Alice was brought in to interrogate a patsy and accidentally helped terrorists penetrate the CIA and the UK’s Mi-5. Suffice to say, this doesn’t make her very popular with her superior (John Malkovich), her mentor (Michael Douglas), or Mi-5 boss Emily Knowles (Toni Collette).
“I’m thinking I’m the only friend you got,” Mi-5 asset Jack Alcott (Orlando Bloom) tells Alice. And in true buddy cop movie fashion, they don’t really like each other all that much. But Alice will have to learn to work with Jack if she’s ever going to stop the attack, avoid biological warfare, and earn back the CIA’s trust.
Best known for playing Lisbeth Salander in the Swedish “Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” films, Rapace’s credits also include “Prometheus,” “Rupture,” and “Passion.” You can catch her next in “What Happened to Monday?” a sci-fi dystopian thriller in which she plays septuplets. The film will premiere on Netflix sometime in August.
If you’re interested in “Unlocked,” you might want to check out the Charlize Theron vehicle “Atomic Blonde,” out July 28. Also a female-led action film, it sees protagonist Lorraine Broughton working against the clock to find out who is targeting and killing her colleagues in the Mi-6.
Trailer Watch: Noomi Rapace Tries to Prevent Biological Warfare in “Unlocked” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Rachel Montpelier
It’s Se7en meets Silence of the Lambs in the trailer for The Snowman, a terrifying thriller from director Tomas Alfredson (Let the Right One In, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), based on Jo Nesbø’s global bestseller. Michael Fassbender (Prometheus, X-Men series), Rebecca Ferguson (Mission: Impossible—Rogue Nation), Charlotte Gainsbourg (Independence Day: Resurgence), Val Kilmer(Heat) and Academy Award winner J.K. Simmons […] »
- Brad Miska
Michael Fassbender (Prometheus, X-Men series), Rebecca Ferguson (Mission: Impossible—Rogue Nation), Charlotte Gainsbourg (Independence Day: Resurgence), Val Kilmer(Heat) and Academy Award winner J.K. Simmons (Whiplash) star in The Snowman, a terrifying thriller from director Tomas Alfredson (Let the Right One In, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), based on Jo Nesbø’s global bestseller. In the film, “When an elite crime […] »
- Brad Miska
It’s unfortunate that Luc Besson’s latest multi-million dollar action spectacle is called “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets,” because the film is as much about its male hero (the eponymous Valerian, played by Dane DeHaan) as it is about his female partner, Laureline (Cara Delevingne). A long-time passion project of the filmmaker, Besson’s newest feature is based on the French sci-fi comics series “Valérian and Laureline,” written by Pierre Christin and illustrated by Jean-Claude Mézières, a childhood favorite of Besson. Like the series that inspired it, the film follows a pair of “spatio-temporal agents” who are charged with keeping the peace across the universe.
Valerian may get title billing, but both DeHaan and Delevingne’s characters exist on very equal footing. Most of the time, it’s actually Laureline who saves the day when the notoriously hot-headed Valerian goes off the rails and biffs yet another important mission. »
- Kate Erbland
Michael Fassbender (Prometheus, X-Men series), Rebecca Ferguson (Mission: Impossible—Rogue Nation), Charlotte Gainsbourg (Independence Day: Resurgence), Val Kilmer (Heat) and Academy Award winner J.K. Simmons (Whiplash) star in The Snowman, a terrifying thriller from director Tomas Alfredson (Let the Right One In, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), based on Jo Nesbø’s global bestseller. In the film, “When an elite […] »
- Brad Miska
We all fell in love with Noomi Rapace after her powerhouse performance in Ridley Scott’s Prometheus. Every single time she’s cast, it’s a celebration, which is why this next title has me drooling in excitement. In the sci-fi thriller What Happened to Monday?, Rapace plays seven twin sisters, who are named after the days of the week. […] »
- Brad Miska
Although the disappointing box office returns for Alien: Covenant may have harmed Ridley Scott’s hopes of a further four entries in his Alien saga. However, it seems he still intends on at least one more instalment to bring the franchise full circle, and during a recent Q&A he has now suggested using CGI to bring Sigourney Weaver’s Ellen Ripley back into the series.
“We’re heading toward the back end of the first Alien so [using CG] may be feasible. I don’t think it’ll… but Ripley’s going to be somebody’s daughter. Obviously. We’re coming in from the back end. The time constraints, of what’s the time between this film, where we leave David going off heading for that colony, I think you’re probably two films out from even considering her.”
Sigourney Weaver had been keen to reprise the role of Ellen Ripley »
- Gary Collinson
As Ridley Scott continues in his quest to George Lucas-fy “Alien” into a big, unending, franchise property, what could’ve been with Neill Blomkamp‘s mooted “Alien” movie looks increasingly attractive. Granted, the director has a patchy track record, and even the string of experimental shorts he’s been releasing online have varied wildly in quality, but there’s no doubt that Blomkamp has a fertile imagination. Whether or not his idea for an “Alien” movie, which would’ve followed “Aliens” and ignored the rest of the canon, would’ve worked, it can’t be any worse than what “Prometheus” and “Alien: Covenant” have served up so far, right?
- Kevin Jagernauth
When Alien was released in 1979, it quickly became apparent that we had a bona fide cinematic icon on our hands. Warrant Officer Ellen Ripley – played by Sigourney Weaver – became the figurehead of what evolved into one of the most beloved science fiction franchises ever committed to celluloid. Indeed, she’s such a powerful character that even a drop into a furnace while her chest exploded could not kill her off. So, it stands to reason that every time Ridley Scott adds to the franchise with a prequel, he’s asked if we’re ever going to see Ripley again.
This is the question that was posed by an Instagram user recently, who then posted the interview snippet online for all to see. His query was based on the idea that Sigourney Weaver could be digitally de-aged – just as Marvel did with Robert Downey Jr in Captain America: Civil War – allowing »
- Sarah Myles
Playing an ass-kicking international spy can’t be easy, but Charlize Theron really suffered for her craft in “Atomic Blonde.” She twisted her knee, bruised her ribs and had to undergo extensive dental surgery, because she clenched down so hard on her jaw she cracked two teeth while getting in shape to throw burly men over her shoulders.
“It happened the first month of training,” Theron says. “I had severe tooth pain, which I never had in my entire life.” She thought it was just a cavity at first, until her dentist told her she’d need to have an operation before leaving for the shoot in Budapest. “Having to cut one of the teeth out and root canals,” Theron says. “It was tough. You want to be in your best fighting shape, and it’s hard. I had the removal and I had to put a donor bone in there to heal until I came back »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Simon Brew Jul 11, 2017
Spoilers for Alien: Covenant lie ahead.
Had Neill Blomkamp been given the green light to make his proposed Alien 5 project, then Sigourney Weaver would have been back in the role of Ellen Ripley, in a movie that picked up after Aliens. Blomkamp's project would have forked away from Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection.
In spite of disappointing box office for the latest chapter in the story, Scott is still keen to make more Alien prequels. In a new posting from Luis Nostromo, Scott has answered the question as to whether we can expect Ripley in any of them, »
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