The best way to describe The Martian would be Castaway crossed with Apollo 13 with a sprinkling of Gravity and a hint of Interstellar. However, there’s no hint of any kind of Alien in this Ridley Scott drama/ adventure, which once again proves that the British director is always at his best when he’s up in space.
Matt Damon stars as Mark Watney, a astronaught and botanist who gets left behind on the Mars following a horrific storm. With the rest of his crew on their way home, presuming his death, Watney use his scientific skills to survive on the hostile planet while Nasa, and then ultimately his old crew, battle against the odds to ‘Bring Him Home.’
Scott has once again managed to »
- Paul Heath
Damon Lindelof wears his heart on his sleeve, which at once makes him an ideal person to run a show like "Lost" or "The Leftovers," and the absolute last person you would want to wish that burden on. He holds nothing back, whether in his writing or in his discussion of his writing, and he takes every criticism of his work very deeply. (He quit Twitter two years ago because it wasn't healthy for him anymore to wake up every day to people cursing at him and demanding six years of their lives back.) That openness and sincerity was on display in "Leftovers" season 1. The show was despised by some for being too depressing, too slow, too opaque, and spending far too much time with the mute, chain-smoking members of the Guilty Remnant cult. But it was adored by others (like me) who fell right into the show's parallel world — one just like ours, »
- Alan Sepinwall
Details might be scarce at the moment, but consider this your one-stop shop (which will be updated as new info arrives) for cast, plot rumours and potential spoilers on the new Alien movie.
Ridley Scott is back in the director's chair for more (a lot more)
Despite arriving to a mixed reception from critics in 2012, Prometheus banked a hefty $400 million at the worldwide box office to all but guarantee a sequel.
Scott, who kick-started the Alien franchise way back in 1979, will be directing Paradise Lost now that he's done with The Martian. Prometheus marked Scott's first sci-fi since 1983's Blade Runner - now he can't get enough of the genre.
"I thought I'd left science fiction for too long, that I had better climb back in. »
Films offer some of the best explorations of isolation and loneliness, argues James...
"In space no one can hear you scream." . The tagline for Alien, and the sad truth for anyone who's crying out for company in the wider cosmos beyond our stratosphere.
The following is a true story - many winters ago I decided that it'd be a good idea to leave behind my loved ones and wider society and go into solitary exile. I made an agreement with a stranger online and said I would spend the whole of that December looking after her two cats while she was away in Australia.
I then headed off to a cottage in the Welsh Valleys to fulfil this responsibility and, aside from those two indifferent kitties, I had no company at all. In my mind I'd envisioned this as a perfect retreat from a Christmas season I couldn't be mithered »
'The Martian' movie: Matt Damon as an astronaut stranded on Mars. 'The Martian' movie review: Ridley Scott still has 'greatness left in him' The Martian is the story of a man in trouble and in desperate need of saving. Brilliant and resourceful, he must marshal all of his creative powers to solve a series of difficult problems or all is lost. That man is Ridley Scott. The Oscar-nominated British director has been mired in a late-career slump after a run of middling films that only served to dent his legacy, namely The Counselor, Prometheus, and Exodus: Gods and Kings. Scott, at the Omg age of 77, can still put together a movie, but fans have been wondering if he had any greatness left in him. The Martian answers that question with a pleasantly enthusiastic yes. That enthusiasm comes tempered as we wonder if Scott would have approached The Martian in the »
- Mark Keizer
When we met Ridley Scott in a plush London hotel one September afternoon, the director was relaxed and jovial. And well he should be; his latest film, The Martian, has already garnering glowing notices, and for our money, it's Scott's best film in years. The story of astronaut Mark Watney and his struggles to survive alone and hungry on the hostile surface of Mars, it's full of humour, drama and eye-popping visuals.
As the film opens in the UK, we were lucky enough to talk to Scott about all kinds of movies from his voluminous body of work, including Alien, Blade Runner, Legend, The Counsellor and lots more, all leading up to his plans for the three Prometheus movies he wants to make, and finally, »
This piece contains a spoiler for World War Z.
If you’re a fan of Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Angel, Marvel’s Daredevil or the superb comedy horror, Cabin In The Woods, you’ll almost certainly have heard of Drew Goddard. Beginning as a staff writer on Buffy and Angel before gradually building his way to directing Cabin In The Woods (which he co-wrote with Joss Whedon), Goddard is now one of Hollywood’s most sought-after writers and filmmakers.
His latest project to reach the screen is The Martian, adapted from Andy Weir’s best-selling novel and now director Ridley Scott’s new movie. A visually captivating account of an astronaut’s survival after an incident leaves him stranded alone on Mars, it features a superb central performance from Matt Damon, »
Ridley Scott’s new film runs the gamut of emotion, and takes in a variety of landscapes and textures. The sci-fi thriller sweeps us from the hostile, storm-whipped surface of Mars to the blue skies of Earth, from the silence of a space ship travelling through space to the hubbub of Mission Control at Nasa. Matt Damon’s astronaut protagonist Mark Watney, meanwhile, swerves from confusion to euphoria to blind panic as he battles to survive, alone, on the surface of the angry red planet.
British composer Harry Gregson-Williams created the similarly varied music for The Martian, with the tribulations of its hero underscored by Gregson-Williams’ mix of the soaring and the intimate. When we sat down to speak to the composer, he was still in the midst of »
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The new James Bond song is out! It’s been called everything from “haunting and wonderfully orchestrated” (former Bond Roger Moore, there) to “radically wimpy” (by The Atlantic).You can listen to the track on Spotify, continuing the franchise’s love of promotional tie-ins. Enjoy with Bond’s alcoholic beverage of choice…a Heineken.
- Oli Davis
One of the most hot-and-cold sci-fi films in recent memory, Ridley Scott's Prometheus has been a source of debate, ridicule, adoration, and everything in between since it first hit theaters in 2012. Now, Scott is returning to the sci-fi genre this week with The Martian, which has so far fared much better in its reception (see our review here). So, take a few minutes to revisit the absurdity and... Read More »
- Paul Shirey
When "Prometheus" hit theaters, it became clear that director Ridley Scott wants to take the franchise in a completely different direction from the "Alien" franchise. But in a new interview, Scott revealed that "Prometheus" will eventually tie into "Alien." "In a way it is 'Prometheus 2,' but it was always in the works to be called ['Alien: Paradise Lost']," he explained. "Is 'Prometheus' actually taking us off course from where I'm going, which is actually backing into the first 'Alien'... I've even got connections with Ripley [in the sequel], but I'm not telling you what." Scott also spoke about Neill Blomkamp's new "Alien" film, stating that there's definitely a plan to collaborate. "I'm producing it," he said. "The design is for it to go out next, after ['Prometheus 2,' which] will go out first. [Blomkamp's 'Alien' is] more associated with Ripley, it's a completely different angle, it's more of a sequel. I'm »
In the recent rush to acclaim Tom Cruise as the world's greatest living movie star (hot on the heels Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation), one phase of his career has been conspicuously overlooked. That's the brief interlude between 1983's Risky Business and 1986's Top Gun, during which he briefly acquired flowing rockstar locks and starred in Ridley Scott's fairytale flop Legend.
Not only has the 1985 film been wiped from Cruise's CV, it's also rarely spoken of when discussing Scott's career. All this despite arriving right after the director's stone-cold classics Alien and Blade Runner, and in the midst of the '80s swords and sorcery craze that gave us Arnie punching a camel and Dolph Lundgren as He-Man.
Why does Scott's last fantastical excursion until Prometheus continue to languish in obscurity? On one level the answer is simple: it was a huge box office bomb on release and only »
Aliens vinyl bank now available for pre-order. Considering we’ve been wringing our hands all week at Styd unleashing news about Ridley Scott’s upcoming Prometheus sequel Aliens: Paradise Lost, this blast of xenomorphic collectible coolness that just crossed our desk seemed worth a mention. Diamond Select Toys have just announced another addition to…
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- Chris Alexander
Since revealing that Prometheus 2 is now going by the title of Alien: Paradise Lost, director Ridley Scott can’t seem to stop talking about his latest foray into the world he created back in 1978. Having stated that he plans to direct three Prometheus sequels, he’s not been speaking to Empire about Paradise Lost and the reasoning behind its title.
“Years ago, I kept mulling over what Alien 2 could be. I was fiddling around with some ideas. I was always fascinated with why this thing [the xenomorph] would be made, by whom, and for what purpose? The planet it was on – and I was looking at the dark side of the moon – would be called Paradise. Paradise is a very ominous word… In a way it is Prometheus 2. It’s exactly the same story. But it was always in the works to be called that [Alien: Paradise Lost]. Is Prometheus actually taking »
- Gary Collinson
Every week the entertainment world provides us with the unfortunate, the inexcusable, and the questionable. Here are this week’s disappointments.
None of this is surprising or even worthy of mention. When they figure out how to get Harold Ramis to appear in the film, wake me up.
Hugh Jackman played Wolverine in seven movies. One and a half of those movies were good. Maybe we should stop pretending his Wolverine was some kind of genre defining role and that we’ll all be lamenting his departure. Tom Hardy is already a better Wolverine than Jackman based on the grunting he did in Fury Road.
Apparently Damon does not have a Netflix subscription. »
- Anghus Houvouras
Yesterday, we exclusively revealed that Sir Ridley Scott’s Prometheus sequel will be titled Alien: Paradise Lost, and now more details about the movie have been revealed. Asked to expand on the reason for the title, The Martian helmer explained that while nothing in the movie itself has changed, it was a necessary alteration due to
- Josh Wilding
When Prometheus first hit theaters in 2012, many fans were disappointed that there wasn't much connection to director Ridley Scott's iconic Alien franchise. The filmmaker dropped a bombshell earlier this week when he revealed that his Prometheus sequel will now be called Alien: Paradise Lost, stating that this follow up will "go into the back door of the very first Alien." While promoting The Martian, Ridley Scott shed some new light on this sequel, teasing that the Xenomorph's home planet may be called Paradise.
"Years ago, I kept mulling over what Alien 2 could be. I was fiddling around with some ideas. I was always fascinated with why this thing [the xenomorph] would be made, by whom, and for what purpose? The planet it was on - and I was looking at the dark side of the moon - would be called Paradise. Paradise is a very ominous word..."
It's clear, then, »
Ridley Scott hints at Ripley and Xenomorph connections in Alien: Paradise Lost Yesterday, Ridley Scott made waves by announcing that his sequel to 2012’s Prometheus would be titled Alien: Paradise Lost, effectively tying his next directorial outing far closer to his original 1979 Alien than he’d previously let on. Now he’s clarified even more details to…
- Max Evry
Following the reveal that the Prometheus sequel will be titled Alien: Paradise Lost, director Ridley Scott has shed even more light on what we should expect from the movie. For starters, it sounds like he’s finally ready to address how these prequels are going to link to his 1979 classic, something which didn’t really factor into Prometheus all that much.
“Years ago, I kept mulling over what Alien 2 could be. I was fiddling around with some ideas. I was always fascinated with why this thing [the xenomorph] would be made, by whom, and for what purpose? The planet it was on – and I was looking at the dark side of the moon – would be called Paradise,” said the director.
“Paradise is a very ominous word. In a way it is Prometheus 2. It’s exactly the same story. But it was always in the works to be called that [Alien: Paradise Lost]. Is »
- Josh Wilding
As Sir Ridley Scott prepares for the launch of his enormously satisfying sci-fi flick, The Martian, he’s been talking, mostly to HeyUGuys, about his next movie: the sequel to Prometheus. Yesterday, he revealed that the title of the film was actually Alien: Paradise Lost, linking it directly to the franchise he started back in 1979. But it also set tongues wagging: what did this title mean? How do things tie into the Alien world? What does this mean for Neill Blomkamp’s mooted Alien sequel? And what the heck is going to happen to the disembodied head of Michael Fassbender’s David? Well, we spoke to Sir Ridley this afternoon (hear the full interview on next week’s Empire Podcast) and got some answers to those burning questions. On the title change, Sir Ridley said it had been a long time coming. At one point, Paradise was a possible title for Prometheus, »
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