alien has run its course

If you watched Alien: Covenant earlier this year and thought, “Huh, director Ridley Scott really doesn’t seem all that interested in the aliens in this Alien movie,” well…it seems like you were right. While Covenant was a box office disappointment, the legendary filmmaker still intends to make another movie in the franchise and it certainly sounds like he’s going to double down on not caring all that much about the creature that supplies these movies with their titles.

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Crenshaw movie

James Mangold, the director of one of the most critically-acclaimed, beloved, and hyper-violent superhero movies ever made in Logan, is now in talks to make…a family-friendly movie based on a children’s book called Crenshaw about a giant cat? Sure. Because that’s the natural progression.

Read more about Mangold’s new Crenshaw movie below. Oh yeah – and did I mention the kid’s book is from the author of the Animorphs series?
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The Post Q&A

Steven Spielberg’s upcoming movie The Post is one of the most vital, compelling pieces of filmmaking of his career. Full reviews are still under embargo, but the early buzz from critics who’ve seen early screenings is overwhelmingly positive.

I managed to get into one of those early screenings last night on the 20th Century Fox studio lot, where stars Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, and Bradley Whitford appeared for a Q&A after the movie. What follows is a transcript of some of the most fascinating moments of that conversation, including stories about how ridiculously quickly this project came together, Spielberg’s approach to directing, and the impact of the movie’s costume designer.
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Blu-ray releases 1128

(Welcome to Not Dead Yet, a feature dedicated to what’s new on Blu-ray and what special features you should be excited about. Because yes, some of us still like to own physical copies of our movies.)

Before we kick November to the curb, there’s a slew of great Blu-rays you might want to snap up for your viewing pleasure. As always, we encourage you to remember that while there’s plenty of digital media out there, physical media is still an essential part of a balanced entertainment diet. You can’t beat something tangible, folks. Or maybe you can. But I’m going to hold onto this stubborn belief as long as humanly possible!

This week’s Blu-ray roundup features Kathy Bates breaking a leg (or two), a killer Santa Claus, Kirsten Dunst getting high, a goofy yet inventive space adventure, the best performance of Robert Pattinson’s career, and Jeff Goldblum doing his Jeff Goldblum thing. Here are the new Blu-ray releases you should check out this week.

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the post early buzz

The Post could not have come at a better time, if first reactions to Steven Spielberg‘s ode to journalism are anything to go by. Set in 1971, The Post recounts the events following the New York Times’ publication of the Pentagon Papers. Determined to follow the Times’ lead, Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham (Meryl Streep) and editor Ben Bradlee (Tom Hanks) face the wrath of the U.S. government over the course of the Post’s publication of the Pentagon Papers, which divulge a decades-spanning cover-up of government secrets regarding the Vietnam War.

The embargo for social media reactions to The Post has been lifted, and critics are raving about how timely and important Spielberg’s latest film is in an era in which journalism is being assaulted.

See The Post early reactions below.

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master and commander sequel
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
is one of the best films of the 21st century, but not a lot of people saw it. Which is a shame, because the film was an adaptation based on Patrick O’Brian‘s 20-novel Aubrey-Maturin series, meaning it was ripe to launch an entire series of films. Due to shoddy box office, those follow-up films never came to pass, but now Master and Commander star Russell Crowe has given fans of the film hope. While this seems to be more wishful thinking than a sure thing, any news of a possible Master and Commander sequel is worth paying attention to.

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Avatar sequels

Remember Avatar? You probably do, because the film was a Titanic-sized hit for director James Cameron, taking in a worldwide box-office gross of over $2.7 billion, thus making it the highest-grossing film of all time. Yet despite this blockbuster status, Avatar seems curiously removed from the public consciousness. That’ll change soon, as Cameron is set to unleash four Avatar sequels upon the world. Maybe.

In a new interview, Cameron provides an update on his Avatar sequels, and claims that Avatar 4 and 5 are still not a sure thing. Cameron also reveals who Kate Winslet will be playing in the films, so read on to find out.

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avatar sequels underwater motion capture

Avatar 2 will finally hit movie theaters in 2020, 11 years after the first Avatar was released in 2009 and three years after the great SNL sketch poking fun at Avatar‘s font. The primary reason for the decade-long delay? The technology required to film director James Cameron‘s ambitious vision of a world submerged in water didn’t quite exist yet. So they invented it.

Cameron had been hinting for years about his grand plan to set the Avatar sequels primarily underwater, and shoot them using underwater motion-capture technology — but no one quite believed him until shooting for all four (!) sequels finally went underway this fall. Now that Cameron is in the full swing of production for Avatars 2 and 3, he can give us the scoop on what it’s like to shoot with this newfangled technology. Long story short: it’s really hard.

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Murder on the Orient Express sequel

Ready for the Agatha Christie cinematic universe? If you enjoyed Kenneth Branagh‘s recent big screen take on Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express, here’s some good news: a sequel is now in the works in the form of Death on the Nile. Branagh is expected to helm Death on the Nile, which will be the next adventure featuring Christie’s intrepid detective, Hercule Poirot. More details about the Murder on the Orient Express sequel are below.

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Lizzy Caplan Gambit

20th Century Fox’s Gambit solo movie was originally scheduled to hit theaters over a year ago, but several starts and stops and a revolving door of directors kicked its release back to 2019. And since the movie has just found a director in Gore Verbinski, important casting decisions are happening: Lizzy Caplan, the star of movies like Cloverfield and TV shows like Masters of Sex, has been cast as the film’s female lead. But who is she playing?
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