The reviews thus far:

This review contains mild spoilers. Major spoilers have been saved for the end, and cannot be seen unless highlighted.

There just has to be something meaningful under the surface. Right?

When the spectacle is this detailed and carefully composed, and the mythology this intriguing, and the caliber of the cast this impressive, how disappointing would it be to find out that Prometheus indulges mindless escapism no more rewarding than that of a Michael Bay film?

If only. I could forgive “disappointing”, so long as the mindless escapism on offer were willing to commit to the part (see: Aliens). But there’s a key difference between a silly sci-fi affair like Prometheus and that of the Transformers variety: Michael Bay knows exactly what he wants his films to be, and doesn’t insult viewers by pretending that they’re anything more. He doesn’t allude to a higher purpose when presenting his particular brand of sensory assault, and then refuse to pull back the curtain when it comes time to reveal what that higher purpose is.

Prometheus may seem like more sophisticated fare, with a promise of greater significance deeply entrenched in the oft-mentioned subject matter (i.e., uncovering the origin of human life), but the movie utterly fails at tying its ideas and its monstrous happenings together. Despite feigning interest in probing life’s most pertinent mysteries, the film has nothing to say. It asks — literally asks, aloud — weighty questions without any interest in exploring the answers. The film expects you to do the heavy lifting, as though it should be rewarded for even daring to ask the questions to begin with. What is the meaning of life? Where do we come from? Why do we believe what we believe? What makes us human? What drives us to find the answers to these questions? Read More »

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Last week in London I had the opportunity to sit at a table with other journalists and interview Prometheus star Michael Fassbender.

Fassbender talks playing an earlier model of android, cinematic influences for the role, David’s contempt for humans, what David did the 2 years when everyone was in cryostasis, the possibility of appearing in Prometheus sequels, how humans treat David, not having time to do a lot of preparation for the role, further delving into the hinted relationships he has with Weyland and Charlize’s characters, playing up the comedy in moments of the film, working on the viral marketing for the project, trying to produce feature films, his future project slate, not acting for nine months, and much more.

Read the entire interview after the jump. It contains only very minor spoilers (I have made any mild spoilers invisible, you need to highlight to reveal).

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As production gets underway, news is coming in fast and heavy from the Iron Man 3 set. After the jump:

  • Iron Man 3 to shoot in Miami; see set pics with Robert Downey Jr. and Don Cheadle now
  • Photos from the North Carolina set confirm A.I.M. will play a role in Iron Man 3
  • Ridley Scott toned down Prometheus for U.K. rating, won’t release director’s cut
  • Erica Ash will play Ashley Tisdale‘s BFF and rival in Scary Movie 5
  • Damon Lindelof talks converting Star Trek 2 to 3D, the possibility of doing Star Trek 3

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Interview: Noomi Rapace Talks ‘Prometheus’

Last week in London I had the opportunity to sit at a table with other journalists and interview Prometheus star Noomi Rapace.

Noomi talks about the secrecy of the production, the physicality of her performance, and having to work in the uncomfortable space suits, shooting the most horrific scenes in the film, the parallels between her character and Ripley, the possibility of Prometheus sequels, her reaction to seeing the film for the first time, changing her body for the role, her career trajectory from Sweedism actress to Hollywood star, improving Sherlock Holmes 2 with Robert Downey Jr and much more.

Read the entire interview after the jump. It contains only very minor spoilers (I have made any mild spoilers invisible, you need to highlight to reveal).
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Last week in London I had the opportunity to sit at a table with other journalists and interview director Ridley Scott about his upcoming sci-fi film Prometheus.

We talk about the evolution of technology, teleportation, going from models to CG, how Prometheus evolved from his unanswered questions in Alien, his facination with Artifical Intelligence, the film’s original title Alien: Paradise, the creator-creation dynamic, his decision to build huge sets and not to rely on CG, the film’s viral advertising, working with Charlize Theron, where a Prometheus sequel could lead, writing a book vs. writing a screenplay, updates on all the projects he’s been atteched to, and more.

Read the entire interview after the jump. It contains only very minor spoilers (I have made the one real spoiler invisible, you need to highlight to reveal).
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The success of a trailer can be measured in a million different ways — through total views, through audience tracking, through informal polls, through detailed analyses — but of the newest, and most enjoyable, methods may be to see how many parodies spring up around it. After all, in the digital age, can a movie really say it’s made a mark on pop culture until it’s spawned at least a couple of sweded versions or oddball mash-ups?

By that standard, the marketing for Prometheus and The Dark Knight Rises are doing very well indeed. Two new videos have sprung up recent days, one a painstakingly recreated Prometheus trailer done all with paper and flashlights, the other a goofy take on the Dark Knight Rises paper done with hot dogs. Watch both after the jump.

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Note: Prometheus opens Friday June 8 so this review only contains minor spoilers included in early trailers. A more in-depth, spoiler filled discussion will be posted after wide release.

With Prometheus, director Ridley Scott gives audiences almost too much of what they want in a big budget 3D sci-fi film. There’s an incredible spaceship, a bombastic score, kick-ass women, android humor, chills, thrills and gore. You name it and Prometheus probably has it. It also has mysterious connections to Alien, the groundbreaking film that Scott released in 1979. (Though I’d say this “informs” that movie rather than relating to it directly.)

Add that all up and you have a very intense, entertaining movie that tries to be all things at once and suffers for it. The laser beam focus of Alien is gone. Prometheus is just the laser beams. But they’re well worth watching. Read More »

From the Eighties, Nineties and up through today, this edition of sequel bits spans the decades. After the jump read about the following:

  • Gremlins‘ star Zach Galligan joins the cast of Hatchet 3.
  • Watch Benedict Cumberbatch gush about his experience on Star Trek 2 and avoid the word “Khan.”
  • Michael Dorn, aka Worf in the Star Trek universe, was asked to be in Star Trek 2.
  • We’ve got a list of films that Scary Movie 5 is likely to parody.
  • Four clips from Prometheus are now online.
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