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.

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And the rumors keep coming about Ridley Scott‘s new film, Prometheus. It was originally announced as a prequel to the director’s masterpiece Alien, then said to be a totally seperate endeavor. But comments from actor Michael Fassbender and a few spy reports say that there is a definite connection to Alien, though Prometheus will approach some of the aliens a bit differently.

There’s a slight bit of extra info available now, though to those who have been fans of the Alien films for some time this will be more of a confirmation than a revelation. Read More »

What is Page 2? Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 40 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness. If you have any interesting items that we might’ve missed that you think should go in /Film’s Page 2 – email us!

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Academy Award-winning actress Charlize Theron (Monster) is in talks to join Ridley Scott‘s Prometheus. Theron will join Noomi Rapace (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) and Michael Fassbender (Inglourious Basterds), although Charlize’s character details have not been revealed in the trade update. The science fiction project set-up at 20th Century Fox, was originally developed as an Alien prequel. Rapace will play the lead character Elizabeth Shaw and Fassbender will be playing an android. Theron beat out Angelina Jolie for the part. Two other major male roles have yet to be cast.

Meanwhile, Fassbender has been doing interviews and claims that Prometheus is still “absolutely” connected to the Alien film series, despite being sold as an entirely new movie.

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When Ridley Scott‘s new film Prometheus was announced, the official word was that the story evolved out of the script for the director’s planned Alien prequel. But this story, we were told, took place in a different narrative universe than that of the Alien films. (Even though some common DNA would be recognizable, Ridley Scott said.) It seemed like this new movie would be an all-new, totally original thing.

Now there’s a report that runs counter to that claim — according to Sky.com, Prometheus very specifically features Alien elements such as the Space Jockey and the actual xenomorph aliens the series made famous. Read More »

Infographic: Bad Science in Movies Chart

IO9 has created a handy chart which shows which space movies feature the most common scientific mistakes. It might come as a surprise that Michael Bay’s Armageddon actually fares better than the Star Wars of Alien films. And it comes as no surprise that Apollo 13 and The Right Stuff have been graded a clean bill of accuracy. Hit the jump to see the entire chart.

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This news, if correct, will make some people very happy, but let’s stress ‘if correct.’ The wife of Swiss artist and designer H.R. Giger told the TV show Glanz & Gloria (video here) that her husband is ‘on board’ for the new Alien film being developed by Ridley Scott. This would mark the artist’s first direct association with the Alien series since David Fincher’s Alien 3. Read More »

There’s some big news on Ridley Scott‘s two-part prequel to his 1979 film Alien. First up, time to kill off the rumor that the project has been delayed: Fox says that there is no delay. (The interesting reason for the rumor is after the break.)

But more important, a report says that the first film is called Paradise, and that cast sought by Ridley Scott includes Michael Fassbender and Michelle Yeoh. More info on the character details and plot of the film are also after the break. And note that there are possible spoilers in the info that follows. Read More »

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