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July 26th has an eclectic assortment of horror and sci-fi offerings for fans, including a pair of cult classics—The Boy Who Cried Werewolf and Hellhole—from the fine folks at Scream Factory. Severin Films resurrects Doctor Butcher M.D. and Zombie Holocaust in HD this week, and Karyn Kusama’s superb psychological thriller The Invitation comes home on Tuesday courtesy of Drafthouse Films.
Richie Bridgestone’s parents are getting a divorce, but that’s the least of his problems at the moment. Richie is hoping his parents will reconsider and on a visit to his father’s secluded cabin, he witnesses his dad being attacked by a werewolf. Much like the tale of the boy who cried wolf, »
- Heather Wixson
The Alien franchise hasn't exactly been branded as the feel-good series of the century. It is a series that had its origins in the sci-fi/horror genres before it quickly moved into the action/sci-fi genre with its sophomore outing, Prometheus. Ever since then, it's largely stayed squarely within the general science fiction genre, with plenty of action to spare. The closest the series ever got back to its original tone was probably in 2012's Prometheus, but it still never compared to the original in the horror arena.
In a recent interview with Collider, actor Michael Fassbender (who plays the morally ambiguous android, David) expressed his satisfaction with Alien: Covenant, the direct sequel to Prometheus and prequel to the original Alien.
“This Alien is going to be… I’m very excited to see it and everybody in the film was saying this is a film that we all want to see. »
- Joseph Medina
While at this year's San Diego Comic-Con promoting King Arthur, actor Charlie Hunnam confirmed he will not be returning in the upcoming Pacific Rim sequel, despite Guillermo del Toro’s recent assurance that a lot of actors from the first film would be back.
Yahoo! Movies caught up with Hunnam and told them that he was actually approached to reprise his role as hero Raleigh Becket but was was forced to exit the production at an early stage due to scheduling conflicts.
“I’m very excited about it. I’m glad they’re making it. “I think it’s going to be great…There was one incarnation of this sequel that involved me heavily, but I was unavailable…Sometimes, non-creative decisions will dictate how something unfolds, which seems bass-ackwards, in the fact that we’re making art – or, at least, aspiring to make art. But yeah, it just ended up »
- Kellvin Chavez
Other than the casting of John Boyega, official news on who will appear in Pacific Rim 2 has been slim. Of particular interest has been whether or not the cast members from the first film will reprise their roles in the sequel, and while at Comic-Con to promote his new film, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, Charlie Hunnam confirmed that he will not return to play Raleigh Becket.
Hunnam talked with Yahoo! at Comic-Con about Pacific Rim 2 and expressed his excitement for the film while also discussing why he couldn’t be a part of it:
“I read an early draft of what they’re doing. There was one incarnation of this sequel that involved me heavily, but I was unavailable. They have a very definite schedule that they have to film because of the politics and business surrounding filmmaking.”
- Derek Anderson
One of the many movies celebrating a milestone anniversary this year is the beloved 1986 sci-fi sequel Aliens, director James Cameron's follow-up to Ridley Scott's 1979 masterpiece Alien. This franchise is alive and well, with Ridley Scott currently filming Alien: Covenant, a follow-up to 2012's Prometheus that will help bridge the gap between the prequel and the original Alien. Filmmaker Neill Blomkamp is also putting together a project tentatively known as Alien 5, but we don't know when that will move forward quite yet. While celebrating the 30th Anniversary of Aliens at Comic-Con this weekend, director James Cameron revealed the Alien franchise's biggest mistake.
Screen Rant attended the Aliens 30th Anniversary panel at Sdcc, which included James Cameron, producer Gale Ann Hurd and stars Sigourney Weaver (Ripley), Bill Paxton (Hudson), Lance Henriksen (Bishop), Paul Reiser (Burke), Michael Biehn (Hicks) and Carrie Henn (Newt). While the sequel is still beloved by fans around the world, »
If Prometheus doubled down on existential themes of discovery and chronicling our history amid the cosmos, then Alien: Covenant is primed to steer Ridley Scott’s prequel back to the franchise’s dark, acid-spewing roots.
At least, that’s according to Michael Fassbender. The Light Between Oceans actor spoke to Collider over the weekend, revealing that Covenant is shaping up to be “much scarier” than its divisive forebear.
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Similar to how James Cameron expanded the series into full-blown action territory with the remarkable Aliens in ’86, it appears that Fox’s prized sci-fi series will use Covenant to circle back to the horror elements associated with Ridley Scott’s original genre classic, Alien.
“This Alien is going to be… I’m very excited to see it and everybody in the film was saying this is a film that we all want to see. It’s much »
- Michael Briers
Ridley Scott's "Alien: Covenant" has wrapped with a full year to go before it cinemas. So far some images from the set have teased the "Prometheus" follow-up which will take a more direct route towards 1979's original "Alien".
Now one of the returning cast members, Michael Fassbender, has revealed to Collider that one big difference between the films is that Scott is trying to up the scare factor in the new entry with a tone much more akin to the original "Alien" film's horror elements:
"This Alien is going to be… I'm very excited to see it and everybody in the film was saying this is a film that we all want to see. It's much scarier than Prometheus but it's got the same sort of scope of Prometheus. Its kind of got more of the sort of thriller, imminent disaster feel that Alien had, so it's kind of »
- Garth Franklin
Ryan Lambie Jul 26, 2016
They cost millions and they’re very, very odd. We take a look at 12 expensive and eccentric Hollywood films from the past 40 years...
The risk-averse nature of filmmaking means that the world’s more maverick and outrageous writers and directors have to make do with relatively low budgets. Nicolas Winding Refn drenched the screen in all kinds of sordid, violent and startling imagery in such films as Only God Forgives and this year’s The Neon Demon, but the combined budget of those probably didn’t even match the catering budget for something like Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice.
Every so often, though, a truly bonkers film slips through the Hollywood studio system - often by accident. From horror sequels to original sci-fi adventures, here are 12 incredibly expensive and gloriously eccentric Hollywood movies from the past 40 years.
The Exorcist II (1977)
Budget: $14 million
Like most films made for purely financial reasons, »
As part of its Comic-Con panel yesterday, Marvel showcased next year’s Sony co-production Spider-Man: Homecoming [watch the panel here], showing off the first footage from the film [read a description here], as well as debuting a piece of concept art featuring the web-slinger battling The Vulture [see here].
Now, to follow that up, we have the first official synopsis: it’s brief, and it gives nothing away…
A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who made his sensational debut in Marvel Studios’ “Captain: Civil War,” begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging superhero in “Spider-Man: Homecoming.”
Spider-Man: Homecoming sees Tom Holland and Marisa Tomei reprising their roles from Captain America: Civil War as Peter Parker/Spider-Man and Aunt May, alongside Marvel veteran Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark. New additions to the cast include Michael Keaton (Birdman), Michael Barbieri (Little Men), Zendaya (K.C. Undercover), Angourie Rice (The Nice Guys), Tony Revolori (The Grand Budapest Hotel), Logan Marshall-Green »
- Gary Collinson
The Marvel Studios Comic-Con panel confirmed that Tom Holland’s Spider-Man will be going up against The Vulture in next year’s Spider-Man: Homecoming, and while we don’t yet know who’ll be playing the villain (although Michael Keaton is surely the strong favourite), we have got a piece of concept art giving us our first look at the character…
Spider-Man: Homecoming sees Tom Holland and Marisa Tomei reprising their roles from Captain America: Civil War as Peter Parker/Spider-Man and Aunt May, alongside Marvel veteran Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark. New additions to the cast include Michael Keaton (Birdman), Michael Barbieri (Little Men), Zendaya (K.C. Undercover), Angourie Rice (The Nice Guys), Tony Revolori (The Grand Budapest Hotel), Logan Marshall-Green (Prometheus), Martin Starr (Silicon Valley), Donald Glover (Community), Laura Harrier (One Life to Live), Kenneth Choi (Captain America: The First Avenger), Hannibal Buress (Broad City), Isabella Amara (The Boss), Jorge Lendeborg, »
- Gary Collinson
Never-before-seen footage from Spider-Man: Homecoming was screened to the crowd attending the Marvel Studios San Diego Comic-Con panel in Hall H, and, as has been assumed for weeks, it reportedly confirms that The Vulture will indeed be one of the film’s villains.
Comicbook.com writer Lucas Siegel provided a description of the footage…
Bad Reputation plays, and shots of high school. “Every Story” then shots of Tony, Rhodey, each character in high school. “Every journey. Has a beginning.” Peter is walking through school, and a homecoming banner goes up. 9:30am Science. Peter’s looking at footage of himself taking Giant Man down. Flash Thompson is an indian character. The Disney channel star Zendaya may be playing Liz Allan! In Chemistry, Parker works on his web fluid on the side. A girl is playing F, M, K with Avengers. Liz thinks Spidey is hot. One of his other friends »
- Justin Cook
The first sequel to the film “Alien,” stars Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Ripley, the sole survivor of the attack on the Nostromo, as she returns to the planet where her crew encountered the Alien, only this time with a crew of space marines. Naturally, everything goes wrong, and it’s up to Ripley to stop another attack from killing her and a traumatized young girl named Newt (Carrie Henn).
Now, the film’s cast are celebrating the anniversary with a panel at this year’s Comic-Con, with a live stream Q&A featuring questions from audience members and the Internet. The people participating include James Cameron, producer Gale Anne Hurd, Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton, Lance Henriksen, Paul Reiser, »
- Vikram Murthi
To celebrate the end of production on Ridley Scott’s Prometheus sequel, Alien: Covenant, star Danny McBride took to Instagram to share a photo of himself on set. In the film, McBride portrays a pilot, so it’s only fitting that the posted picture features the actor in his ship’s cockpit, sporting a space cowboy look. The snapshot was accompanied by a caption that read, “That’s a wrap on #aliencovenant. Ridley is going to scare the shit out of you.” See it here…
Of course, the actor is best known for his comedic work in such films and TV shows as Pineapple Express, This is the End, Eastbound and Down and Vice Principals (which premiered on HBO last week), so Covenant will certainly be new territory for McBride, as it brings him into a darker and more horror-infused environment.
Lastly, the first behind-the-scenes photo from Alien: Covenant showing »
- Justin Cook
Set to take the helm of Ridley Scott’s titular space vessel, McBride took to Instagram to post one final look into what we assume to be the cockpit of the Covenant, promising that, “Ridley is going to scare the shit out of you.” Given the awe-inspiring set photos coupled with the promise of a Xenomorph slithering onto the scene, we’re inclined to believe him.
Hoping to correct course after the largely underwhelming Prometheus – it was by no means Alien: Resurrection, but Scott’s prequel spinoff paled in comparison to the director’s original classic – Alien Covenant is the second chapter in the filmmaker’s planned prequel trilogy, one that has subsequently ordered Neill Blomkamp’s proposed Alien sequel to the shelf, for now. Should that plan take shape, »
- Michael Briers
A deep sense of nostalgia bookends the latest entry in the fifty year old Star Trek saga, Beyond. First, nostalgia for Earth (the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise are space-weary, having been on an exploratory mission for three years); later, nostalgia for a new adventure (certain mid-movie mishaps forces them into a temporary space vacation, and they long to get back out there). In between lies a half decent action movie with engaging if familiar characters, and just enough action to keep you mostly interested. But even the diehard fans of the series may leave the theater with some wistfulness of their own—longing perhaps for the days of J.J. Abrams, when the films really dared go where they had not before.
To its credit, Star Trek Beyond strives hard, successfully, to feel more like an extended episode of the TV show than a modern, soapy Hollywood blockbuster. »
- J Don Birnam
Filming has wrapped. The next phase begins. #AlienCovenant pic.twitter.com/tH19MTGjfB
— Alien Anthology (@AlienAnthology) July 19, 2016
As you can see its an intriguing image of lead actress Katherine Waterston (playing a character named Daniels) who is kitted out in very familiar garb. Is anyone else thinking Sigourney Weaver’s Ripley?
Ridley Scott returns to the universe he created in Alien with Alien: Covenant, the second chapter in a prequel trilogy that began with Prometheus — and connects directly to Scott’s 1979 seminal work of science fiction. Bound for a remote planet »
- Paul Heath
Yesterday marked the 30th anniversary of Aliens, and today brings news that Ridley Scott has now wrapped principal photography on the latest chapter of the sci-fi franchise, Alien: Covenant. And to commemorate the occasion, the official Twitter account has debuted a new behind-the-scenes image which features Scott along side his leading lady Katherine Waterston…
Ridley Scott returns to the universe he created in Alien with Alien: Covenant, the second chapter in a prequel trilogy that began with Prometheus — and connects directly to Scott’s 1979 seminal work of science fiction. Bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, the crew of the colony ship Covenant discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world — whose sole inhabitant is the “synthetic” David (Michael Fassbender), survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition.
- Gary Collinson
As Alien: Covenant ends filming, a new photo is now online featuring a new look at Katherine Waterston and director Ridley Scott. Waterston plays Daniels, a member of the crew on the colony ship Covenant.
The film also stars Michael Fassbender, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride, Demian Bichir, Carmen Ejogo, Amy Seimetz, Jussie Smollet, Callie Hernandez, Nathaniel Dean, Alexander England, Benjamin Rigby, and Noomi Rapace.
Ridley Scott returns to the universe he created in Alien with Alien: Covenant, the second chapter in a prequel trilogy that began with Prometheus -- and connects directly to Scott’s 1979 seminal work of science fiction. Bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, the crew of the colony ship Covenant discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world -- whose sole inhabitant is the "synthetic" David (Michael Fassbender), survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition. »
- Kellvin Chavez
Ridley Scott's sequel to the divisive Prometheus, Alien: Covenant, has wrapped, and the Alien Anthology Twitter account has shared a stylish new behind-the-scenes pic of the director alongside a grinning Katherine Waterson (Inherent Vice). There seems to be little doubt that her character's look pays homage to Sigourney Weaver's Ripley, and rumor has it that Daniels may actually be the iconic officer's mother. You can check out some more Bts images Here and Here. “Bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, the crew of the colony ship Covenant discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world — whose sole inhabitant is the ‘synthetic’ David (Michael Fassbender), survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition.” Alien: Covenant stars Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Demien Bichir and Danny McBride, and is set to hit theaters on August 4, 2017. »
Warning: There is a potentially major Alien: Covenant spoiler below. Proceed no further if you're sensitive to that kind of thing. ....... ....... ....... Back in June, The Playlist reported that Katherine Waterston would be playing Ellen Ripley's mother in Alien: Covenant, the Prometheus sequel/Alien prequel which just wrapped filming with director Ridley Scott. While that's an unconfirmed bit of information, this wrap photo posted to the official Alien Anthology Twitter today certainly shows Waterston looking very, very Ripley-esque: Filming has wrapped. The next phase begins. #AlienCovenant pic.twitter.com/tH19MTGjfB — Alien Anthology (@AlienAnthology) July 19, 2016 Indeed, with her close-cropped hair, light-colored top and over-the-shoulder holster, the look of Waterston's character closely resembles Ripley's from Aliens. If nothing else, the photo will certainly fuel further speculation on the link between the two women. I mean, look, it's already happening! Thanks for the content, guys. Alien: Covenant hits theaters on August 4, 2017. »
- Chris Eggertsen
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