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 31 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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Running around as Ellen Ripley, flamethrower/grenade launcher in hand, blowing away aliens. It seems like such a natural transition to a video game. And though the first two films in the Alien franchise did have games come to home computer, Commodore 64, and even the stand-up arcade platform, the first time Nintendo or Sega users got to play in the universe was Alien 3. That wasn’t the plan though. Twenty-four years ago, a little company called Square, who later made a name for themselves making a tiny series called Final Fantasy, made an 8-bit version of James Cameron’s Aliens. It was never released in the United States and was basically forgotten. Until now. Read More »
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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ThinkGeek is selling an awesome t-shirt featuring various weapons from 10 famous science fiction films of the last 74 years. Can you name all the movies?
Museum Acquires Rare Arms Collection: To your right you’ll see our display of 20th and early 21st century science-fiction armaments. You can compare the variety of size and lethality over the years. Everyone “oohs” over the pulse rifle. Don’t get too close, though. The gun cabinet glass is coated with self-arming nanites. We don’t want to have to mop up another tourgroup.And ahead on your left, you’ll see models of some early time travel vehicles, including H.G. Wells’s time machine…. This shirt contains images of 10 famous science fiction arms and the year of their screen debut on a black 100% cotton shirt.
But apparently ThinkGeek messed up and the art has the wrong date for Logan’s Run (it says 1967, it should be 1976) so they are selling the shirt at 50% off. Grab one for only $7.99 to $9.99 plus shipping depending on size. So if you don’t mind the small error on an otherwise really cool tee, grab one now. Hit the jump to see a bigger image of the artwork.
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20th Century Fox’s highly anticipated Alien Anthology Blu-ray set was officially announced this morning and you can officially pre-order the set on Amazon for $97.99, 30% off the $140 list price. The Blu-ray box set will be released on October 26th 2010, the same day Universal Pictures is releasing the Back to the Future Trilogy on Blu-ray. Read the full press release with full disc details after the jump, along with more photos.
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[Editor's Note: We have published reviews of Avatar by David Chen, Brendon Connelly, and Russ Fischer. Here is a different take on the film from Hunter Stephenson.]
No man is an island, so James Cameron humbly ventured off several years into the future to create one for his own damn self called Pandora. And now he’s inviting the unwashed masses to explore it for a small fee, with permission to return, preferably in the company of an unsuspecting elder skin, if one so chooses. In my mind, the phrase “movie gods” as it applies to mainstream blockbusters had nearly become obsolete. Agree? The exciting, previously unimaginable computer generated wow-factor that Cameron and Steven Spielberg defined with Terminator 2 and Jurassic Park was followed by challengers to the SFX throne that, even at their best, never quite felt as revolutionary and transportive.
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As you probably know by now, Gallery 1988 will be holding their third annual pop culture art show Crazy4Cult 3D from July 16th (TONIGHT!!!) to August 8th in Los Angeles. Gallery1988 has given us permission to run an exclusive preview of some of the cool artwork which hasn’t been seen yet, that will be available at the show. After the jump we’ve included over 30 pieces of the awesome art you’ll see at the show. If you’re interested in buying any of the original art — make sure you’re there! If you want to order any of the prints, you can email Gallery 1988 at firstname.lastname@example.org or call them at 323 937 7088.
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Sideshow Collectibles is taking preorders for a limited edition Fetal Queen Maquette from Alien3. This limited edition Maquette is an exact reproduction of the original created by Amalgamated Dynamics Inc (ADI), which also appears on the Alien3 poster and film cover artwork. The Fetal Queen Maquette is cast in high-quality polystone, hand-finished and hand-painted to exacting standards, then individually hand-numbered. The Fetal Queen is held in place by magnets, and is removable from the base. Available in the second quarter of 2009, pre-order now for $199.99 on Sideshowtoy.com.
First designed by H. R. Giger in 1979, the menacing star of the Alien series is a unique xenomorphic being. Since the species was reawakened by the crew of the Nostromo Spacecraft, the sole survivor, Ellen Ripley, has battled to keep humanity safe from alien destruction. In Alien3, Ripley and her late crew crash land on a prison planet after their escape from the alien stronghold. As the prisoners are slowly killed, Ripley discovers that the reason for their sudden breakdown is an inhuman stowaway, and a desperate plan is devised to kill the alien menace. What Ripley soon learns is that there is more to her alien encounter than she imagined.
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