/Filmcast Ep. 188 – Prometheus

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This week, Dave, Devindra, and Adam offer some faint praise for Snow White and the Huntsman, discuss the pleasures of getting into Dr. Who, reflect on the Blu-Rays for Alien and Breaking Bad, and try to make sense of Ridley Scott’s Prometheus.

You can always e-mail us at slashfilmcast(AT)gmail(DOT)com, or call and leave a voicemail at 781-583-1993. We’ll be reviewing Moonrise Kingdom next week.

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When your movie is called Prometheus and the ship in the movie is called “Prometheus,” chances are it’s pretty damn important. Sure there’s the obvious link to the Greek myth of a Titan who helped the mortals and was punished by being chained to a boulder to have his liver constantly eaten away. But in Ridley Scott‘s new film, the ship is the thing. A new featurette has come online that shows that gorgeous vessell in all its glory, complete with quotes from production designer Arthur Max about its design and more.

However, for a film that takes place three decades before Alien, that tech sure looks a little too advanced. Check out the featurette below and discuss how the hi-tech ship fits into the Alien universe. Read More »

With Prometheus on the way it’s a good time to celebrate all things Alien, and Atlanta-based artist Brad McGinty is getting into the action with a t-shirt version of his ‘Anatomy of the Xenomorph’ print. Based on an old set of Kaiju illustrations, the shirt looks a bit like the classic Alien creature design filtered through the wacky sensibility of the Japanese haunted house film Hausu.

McGinty (who also made a wild set of Christmas cards last year) is taking pre-orders for the shirt now. See the full image below. Read More »

Over the past several months, much has been made about the connections between Ridley Scott‘s original 1979 Alien and his 2012, 3D follow-up Prometheus. Seemingly every person involved with the film has a different take on the link between the two. It’s a direct prequel, but not really. It has Alien DNA, but only kind of. For a while, it seemed like every week we had conflicting reports on how one film relates to the other. And now the plot thickens.

Ridley Scott reportedly spoke to a Hungarian website and revealed the name of the character Guy Pearce will play in the film. The quote says that character is the only link between the movies. The quote, if true, is quite revealing. Unfortunately, its validity is being called into question. So, with a general Spoiler Alert, you can read it below. Read More »

Dark and gritty, just like the movies they represent, Dean Walton‘s sci-fi classic poster series does minimalism right. These posters for Blade Runner, E.T. the Extra Terrestrial, Alien, 2001 A Space Odyssey and The Terminator hearken back to Walton’s (who often goes by his art name Mr. Shabba) 2011 Oscar nominee posters, grabbing one image and infusing it with smaller ones. They’re also undeniably influenced by Olly Moss’s sought after Mondo Star Wars series, which certainly isn’t a bad thing. Check out each image below and find out how you can purchase your own. Read More »

Screenwriter Damon Lindelof appeared on The Kevin Pollak Chat Show this week and talked about his latest work writing on Ridley Scott‘s Prometheus, how he got the job and how that connects to the Alien films. Find out what he said after the jump.

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As you know, we’re big fans of long form interviews at /Film. In the past, we’ve posted extended 30-minute and possibly even one-hour interviews found on shows as Charlie Rose and other corners of the interwebs. Its rare that we see a filmmaker or screenwriter interviewed for anything longer than that. Well, this week The Kevin Pollak Chat Show had a 2 hour and fourty minute interview with Damon Lindelof, co creator and showrunner of Lost, producer for Star Trek, co-writer/producer for Star Trek 2, writer of Jon Favreau‘s Cowboys & Aliens and Ridley Scott‘s Prometheus.

During the interview, Lindelof talks about his twitter “feud” with Game of Thrones author George RR Martin, his inspirations, learning at NYU, his early life trying to make it in Hollywood, Stephen King and King film/TV adaptations, Star Wars vs. Star Trek, the creation of Lost and working with JJ Abrams, collaborating with Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman on Cowboys & Aliens, working with Ridley Scott on Prometheus and how it connects to the Alien films, how the writer’s strike allowed him to produce Star Trek while also working on Lost, brief thoughts on the newly announced 1952 project he’s working on for Disney, his Larry King impression, and much more. Watch the whole interview embedded after the jump.

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Watch A Brief History of Movie Title Designs

As part of the screening put together in relation to the SXSW Title Design Competition, Ian Albinson from the website The Art of the Title Sequence put together a nice two and a half minute compendium of excellent film titles. (That features an occasional piece of television, too.) For any long-time film lover, this little video will probably elicit quite a few responses simply on the strength of the title cards on display. I queued several films to re-watch after exposure to just a few seconds of their titles.

Check out the collection after the jump. Read More »

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