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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.”
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- 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
With Ridley Scott committed to the "Prometheus" sequel "Alien: Paradise Lost" and with plans for potentially two more films that would link back up with the "Alien" franchise, it raises an obvious question.
That being how in the hell does Neil Blomkamp's direct "Aliens" sequel fit into all this and how will Scott's plans affect it? We know Scott is producing the Blomkamp film which will come sometime after 'Paradise Lost', and speaking with Empire this week he suggests the film will take the almost three decades since "Aliens" release into consideration:
"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."
Scott says he's keen to make two films a year going forward, likely one major and one quick smaller film »
- Garth Franklin
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. »
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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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
20th Century Fox
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
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).
“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
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
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
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 →
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- John Squires
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.
- Brogan Morris
It’s the biggest Thursday preview gross since “Straight Outta Compton” pulled in $4.9 million in mid-August.
“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.
It’s uncertain if Hurricane Joaquin will impact box »
- Dave McNary
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?
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- Ben Child
The Martian, 2015.
Directed by Ridley Scott.
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
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
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.”
Moving on to Blade Runner 2, and despite »
- Gary Collinson
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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