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Michael Fassbender jokes he "studied Ashton Kutcher" to play Steve Jobs

4 October 2015 3:01 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Michael Fassbender might find himself struck off Ashton Kutcher's Christmas card list.

The Prometheus actor jokingly mocked Kutcher's turn as Apple co-founder Steve Jobs at a press conference at the New York Film Festival.

When asked how he prepared for his role in Danny Boyle's Steve Jobs, Fassbender said with a smile (via The Guardian): "I studied Ashton Kutcher."

Kutcher played the tech pioneer in the 2013 critically-panned Jobs.

By contrast, Boyle's biopic, which focuses on three key product launches, has been praised with Digital Spy calling Fassbender's performance "compelling".

Reacting to criticism that he doesn't look like Jobs, Fassbender admitted he had similar concerns.

"That was the first thing I said to Danny [Boyle]," he explained. "I said, 'Christian Bale looks a lot more like Steve Jobs than me'. He wasn't interested in that - he wanted to get the energy and essence of the man and go with that. »

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'The Martian' Opens With Strong $55 Million Weekend at U.S. Box Office

4 October 2015 1:53 AM, PDT | Box Office Mojo | See recent news »

The talk of The Martian breaking Gravity's October, opening weekend record began early and really spiked after the Ridley Scott film posted a better opening day than the 2013 Alfonso Cuaron sci-fi flick. However, estimates show The Martian coming up a shade shy of the $55.7 million October record. Provisioned with an "A" CinemaScore, though, this one should survive well week-to-week. 20th Century Fox is reporting an estimated $55 million weekend for The Martian, which puts it $785,112 short of the October opening record, but enough for second place on the chart. By comparison, Gravity scored an "A-" CinemaScore back in 2013 as it went on to enjoy weekends with drops no larger than 36.3% over its first seven weekends. In fact, over the course of its entire 31 week run, Gravity only dropped more than 50% three times. Being a major Oscar contender and 3D event film will do that. I expect big things in The Martian's future, »

- Brad Brevet <>

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The Martian review – Matt Damon shines as stranded astronaut

4 October 2015 1:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Director Ridley Scott makes the most of an excellent script and a first-rate star for a scintillating sci-fi trip to the red planet

Proving conclusively that it really is all about the writing, Ridley Scott’s most enjoyable film in years reassures us that the creakiness of Prometheus, the cack-handed contrivance of The Counsellor and the sheer stodginess of Exodus: Gods and Kings were genetically rooted in their respective screenplays. Scott may not have the best eye for a decent script (he thought A Good Year read like a charming Russell Crowe vehicle), but when the right words are on the page he can visualise them like no other. From the creative back and forth of Hampton Fancher and David Peoples on Blade Runner, through the genius of Callie Khouri’s Thelma and Louise screenplay, to this terrifically crowd-pleasing adaptation of Andy Weir’s book by The Cabin in the Woods creator Drew Goddard, »

- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic

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The Martian: 10 Reasons Why It’s Better Than Interstellar

3 October 2015 6:02 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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Sir Ridley Scott finally makes a welcome return-to-form with The Martian; the brilliant, expansive and immersive sci-fi blockbuster aided by a remarkable ensemble cast. After underwhelming consistently with his recent outputs (Exodus: Gods And Kings, The Counselor, Prometheus), the Matt Damon vehicle sees the legendary auteur’s most robust and coherent release since Gladiator.

Hollywood has now mastered the art of space imagery and is truly able to transport their audiences to planets and galaxies far, far away, but despite exceptional visuals and dramatic advances in filmmaking technologies, the principals of great cinema will forever rely upon storytelling and realised characters.

Last year, fanboys across the globe were left stunned and speechless by Christopher Nolan’s operatic and sprawling Interstellar, and clearly enraptured in a haze of Hans Zimmer-Hoyte van Hoytema wonder, forgot that it’s actually an incredibly mediocre movie.

The Martian on the other hand, »

- Chris Haydon

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Ridley Scott Talks More About Neil Blomkamp’s Plans For Alien 5

2 October 2015 2:24 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

With the recent title change of the Prometheus sequel to Alien: Paradise Lost, fans have been wondering what that means for Neill Blomkamp’s plans for Alien 5, a movie which will apparently pick up after Aliens (thereby forgetting the divisive third and fourth instalments of the franchise).

While Ridley Scott recently confirmed that the movie is still happening, he’s now shed some more light on what we should expect from the film and how it will connect to the original Alien.

“I’m producing [Blomkamp’s movie]. It’s designed to go next after ‘Alien: Paradise Lost’. His version is more associated with Ripley. It’s coming from a completely different angle. It’s kind of more of a sequel… after, after after. I’m coming at it from the back end.”

So, they’re clearly going to be two very different movies, but it should be interesting to see how the »

- Josh Wilding

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Box Office: Matt Damon’s ‘The Martian’ Blasting Off with $50 Million

2 October 2015 1:41 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Mars fever is hitting U.S. theaters with Matt Damon’s “The Martian” heading for an opening weekend of about $50 million at 3,286 locations, according to early estimates Friday.

20th Century Fox’s release, which carries the fortuitous coincidence of  Nasa’s recent discovery of water on Mars, is dominating moviegoing. Its opening day looks to take in $17 million, including $2.5 million at Thursday night previews — far above the $1.4 million from “Gravity” two years ago and the biggest preview gross since “Straight Outta Compton” pulled in $4.9 million in mid-August.

Ridley Scott’s action-adventure, starring Damon as an astronaut stranded on the Red Planet, is launching amid strong reviews following last month’s premiere at the Toronto Film Festival. Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for Rentrak, said that the initial “Martian” performance is impressive on several counts.

“Despite not being a sequel or a franchise film, it has truly captured the imagination of »

- Dave McNary

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Ridley Scott Says Neil Blomkamp’s ‘Alien’ Film Is A “Kinda Sequel”

2 October 2015 12:34 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

So, what’s going on with Neil Blomkamp’s “Alien 5” now that Ridley Scott is making “Alien: Paradise Lost,” a.k.a. “Prometheus 2,” and possibly planning two more films that connect to the original “Alien” film? Well, while there have been rumors that Scott was none too pleased when he first learned about Blomkamp’s pitch — especially since he’s still in the middle of his “Prometheus” spin-offs — he’s clearly come to Jesus with Fox and Blomkamp, will act as a producer on the film, and apparently the younger filmmaker’s movie will come sometime after "Alien: Paradise Lost." Read More: Ridley Scott Teases 'Alien: Paradise Lost' Will Have "Connections" With Ripley But what is “Alien 5” exactly? Blomkamp has said it picks up after the events of James Cameron's “Aliens,” so many have speculated that it acts as a kind of wedged-in retcon that basically »

- Edward Davis

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Today on VOD: A Christmas Horror Story and Deathgasm

2 October 2015 10:17 AM, PDT | | See recent Dread Central news »

Though it’s by no means a horror film, fans of Ridley Scott’s previous outer space adventures like Alien and Prometheus will surely want to check out The Martian, now in theaters. Not your cup of tea? Rather stay at home?… Continue Reading →

The post Today on VOD: A Christmas Horror Story and Deathgasm appeared first on Dread Central. »

- John Squires

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7 Reasons To Have Faith In Alien: Paradise Lost

2 October 2015 9:12 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Ridley Scott may currently be doing the press rounds to promote his latest film, The Martian, but that hasn’t stopped him from getting the wheels in motion for his next project. The follow-up to 2012’s Prometheus, now titled Alien: Paradise Lost, is already lined up as Scott’s next film as director, and will – as indicated by the title – have connective tissue with both Prometheus and the Alien franchise.

Understandably, some people are ambivalent about Scott returning to the realm of Alien and Prometheus, especially when the 2012 movie drew such a mixed response. Though it received mostly broadly positive reviews, and was generally admired for its invention and wealth of ideas, Prometheus still left many underwhelmed thanks to its plethora of plotholes, some dodgy story turns and a few underwritten supporting characters. Where most basically thought the film passed muster, others were indifferent, while some outright hated it.

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- Brogan Morris

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Box Office: ‘The Martian’ Lands With $2.5 Million on Thursday

2 October 2015 7:44 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Matt Damon’s “The Martian” soared to $2.5 million at about 2,800 locations on Thursday night.

It’s the biggest Thursday preview gross since “Straight Outta Compton” pulled in $4.9 million in mid-August.

The Ridley Scott 3D action-adventure, starring Damon as an astronaut stranded on the Red Planet, is launching amid strong reviews following last month’s premiere at the Toronto Film Festival.

The Martian” is expected to pull in around $45 million at 3,826 locations over the weekend, with the studio pegging an opening in the low $40 million range. The film cost $109 million to produce and boasts a supporting cast that includes Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Jeff Daniels, Michael Pena and Chiwetel Ejiofor.

Pre-sales for “The Martian,” based on Andy Weir’s novel, have been topping “Gravity,” which launched on the same weekend in 2013. Sandra Bullock’s “Gravity” set an October opening record of $55.8 million.

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- Dave McNary

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Might Ridley Scott's Blade Runner 'franchise' cause tears in rain?

2 October 2015 5:22 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The veteran director’s 1982 future noir left enough unanswered questions to spawn a sequel. But do we really need multiple movies to find out whether Harrison Ford’s Rick Deckard is a replicant?

When Ridley Scott announced plans to return to the Alien saga (with what eventually turned out to be his thrilling but bamboozling space thriller Prometheus) five years ago, the internet was pretty receptive to the idea. After all, Twentieth Century Fox had squeezed every last drop of acid blood from the waning franchise via a series of progressively weaker sequels (not counting James Cameron’s excellent Aliens) before topping off the misery with a brace of utterly pointless Alien vs Predator movies. What more could possibly go wrong, especially with Scott returning to the genre that made him famous for the first time in 30 years?

Related: Ridley Scott: Ryan Gosling will 'probably' lead Blade Runner sequel

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- Ben Child

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Movie Review – The Martian (2015)

2 October 2015 5:22 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Martian, 2015.

Directed by Ridley Scott.

Starring Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Jeff Daniels, Kate Mara, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Kristen Wiig, Michael Pena, Sebastian Stan, Donald Glover, Mackenzie Davis, Benedict Wong, and Sean Bean.


During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive.

The Martian is a 142 minute movie that opens up with the above mentioned failed Nasa mission that ends up deserting team botanist Mark Watney (Matt Damon) on Mars thanks to a hailstorm. It’s a decision by director Ridley Scott (whose movies are all over the map in terms of quality lately) that pays »

- Robert Kojder

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‘Star Wars,’ ‘Jurassic World,’ ‘The Martian’ Highlight Visual Effects Oscar Race

1 October 2015 1:32 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

This year’s Oscar race for best visual effects is, as ever, loaded with summer blockbuster fare, prestige pics with eye-popping visuals and layered theatrical experiences that beg for a slowing of the inevitable march to a standard of home viewing. Coming out of the hot months, where a number of these contenders tend to plant their flag, it seems as good a place as any to begin our weekly dissection of the Academy’s 10 below-the-line categories.

At the top of the list would have to be Robert Zemeckis’ “The Walk,” which made waves last weekend after a New York Film Festival debut. Working with supervisor Kevin Baillie (“Flight”) and with effects house Atomic Fiction leading the charge, it could be a threat to win the prize at the end of the day. Even if the tone of the film’s first two acts didn’t work for a great many, »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Ridley Scott talks Alien: Paradise Lost and Blade Runner 2

1 October 2015 9:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Since revealing that the follow-up to Prometheus is going by the title of Alien: Paradise Lost, Ridley Scott’s press tour for The Martian has been dominated by talk of his impending return to the Alien universe, and speaking to Yahoo! Movies the director has revealed more details about the sequel, as well as discussing Denis Villeneuve’s upcoming Blade Runner 2.

“It continues after [Prometheus], where Elizabeth Shaw [Noomi Rapace] says, ‘I wanna go where they came from,'” states Scott. “And you’ve got Michael Fassbender in two parts, so she’ll slowly put him back together. They will go to the world of the Engineer… That’s where they’re going to go. They will find out who would design such an awful bio-mechanoid creature, like a massive piece of bacteria.”

See Also: Ridley Scott confirms that he will direct all three Prometheus sequels

Moving on to Blade Runner 2, and despite »

- Gary Collinson

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Ridley Scott Discusses Blade Runner 2, Ryan Gosling’s Role And More

1 October 2015 8:44 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

There’s been talk for years about a Blade Runner sequel, but it’s now finally happening with Denis Villeneuve at the helm. The first movie’s director, Sir Ridley Scott, is obviously going to produce (he’s far too busy with Prometheus sequel Alien: Paradise Lostto take the helm), and during the promotional tour for The Martian, he’s shed some light on what we should expect from the follow-up.

After revealing that he managed to convince Harrison Ford to return as Deckard through what the actor has apparently called one of the best scripts he’s ever read, Scott finally put one very divisive topic to bed: is Deckard a Replicant or not?

“Of course he’s a bloody Replicant! He’s going to have to admit it. You’ll have to see the story. It’ll all make sense.”

As for how Ryan Gosling (a surprising »

- Josh Wilding

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Space Man: Ridley Scott talks The Martian

1 October 2015 8:00 AM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

British director Sir Ridley Scott is sitting in his L.A. office refining the script for Prometheus 2. He’s on page 51, just under halfway through.

“Three people are dying and I think it’s maybe two too many,” he says with a laugh. “You know, you’ve gotta keep the balls going in this kind of film because to follow Alien and then Prometheus 1, now Prom 2 has got to deliver a lot of stuff.”

The follow-up to 2012’s Prometheus, itself a prequel to the deep-space horror franchise that began with Scott’s Alien in 1979, is just one of several movies that mark the writer-director’s return to sci-fi after three decades, along with Blade Runner 2 (in its early stages) and this month’s The Martian, which stars Matt Damon as American astronaut Mark Watney, who becomes stranded on Mars.

“I think because I did two, one after the other [Blade Runner came out in 1982], I thought at the time, »

- Marni Weisz - Editor, Cineplex Magazine

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Kevin Feige Reveals More Doctor Strange Details

1 October 2015 5:09 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

In some respects, the transition of the Marvel Cinematic Universe into its next phase puts audiences at something of a crossroads. It could be argued that the ‘old’ titles, such as Captain America and Avengers, are now more heavily reliant on brand loyalty – having so successfully built that brand with previous movies – while the ground is being prepared for the arrival of ‘new’ titles, such as Black Panther and Captain Marvel. Ant Man was one of the first of those ‘new’ titles, and was well received earlier this year, but with that movie checked off the list, all eyes are now on Doctor Strange, which is set to begin production in November 2015.

Little has been revealed about the film, beyond the casting of Benedict Cumberbatch in the title role, Tilda Swinton as The Ancient One, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Baron Mordo, and Rachel McAdams as an undisclosed character. We also know »

- Sarah Myles

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Here’s why ‘The Martian’ author made one major exception to scientific accuracy

30 September 2015 1:30 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

“Big things have small beginnings.” That’s a line from Ridley Scott’s “Prometheus,”* but it also aptly describes his latest movie, “The Martian,” starring Matt Damon as an astronaut stranded on Mars. “The Martian” was a New York Times #1 Best Seller before it became a big budget Hollywood film helmed by one of the greatest sci-fi directors of all time. But even before it was a popular novel, “The Martian” had this surprisingly humble beginning: Its writer, a software engineer named Andy Weir, published the book in serial format, chapter by chapter on his blog in 2011. What if someone had told Weir in 2011 of “The Martian”’s big screen destiny? “I would not have believed it,” Weir assured HitFix. “It’s just ridiculous.” *and yes, before Michael Fassbender spoke those words in the “Alien” prequel, that line belonged to Mr. Dryden in “Lawrence of Arabia.” Weir’s book is »

- Emily Rome

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The Martian| Review

30 September 2015 11:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Stranger in a Bland Land: Scott’s Toilsome Return to Space

Ridley Scott, who is on the same annual cinematic trajectory as Woody Allen when it comes to churning out films, returns again to sci-fi with The Martian, an adaptation of Andy Weir’s novel. Fans of the source material will already know the title is somewhat of a misnomer, as this is one epic from Scott that doesn’t include an extra-terrestrial presence. Thematically, this is family friendly stuff, of the Ron Howard Apollo 13 ilk, and the film’s visual power, featuring the work of Scott’s returning DoP Dariusz Wolski, makes this 3D space epic seem superbly outfitted. But, as many have often criticized Scott as regards his recent output, it also lacks key components that made his earlier classics timeless—dramatic tension, spectacular thrills, and memorable characters. Instead, this rather feels like a sharply dressed rescue mission procedural, »

- Nicholas Bell

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Wait, Ridley Scott Wants More Than One Blade Runner Sequel?

30 September 2015 10:47 AM, PDT | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

For a man who is 77-years-young, Sir Ridley Scott sure does plan on making quite a lot of feature films in the twilight of his career. Fresh off revealing that Prometheus will have not one, not two, but three sequels, Ridley Scott has now confirmed that he wants to do the same with Blade Runner. Ridley Scott was in rather bullish form during his recent interview with Yahoo, insisting that he doesn.t see an end in sight for his work, and that he wants to build upon arguably his finest masterpiece. Scott was asked if he'd like to do multiple Blade Runner sequels, similar to what he has planned for Prometheus, to which he then emphatically responded: Listen: Everyone else is, so why not? I love to work. The French say, .Work to live,. and I live to work. I.m very lucky to have a job that I »

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