new Xenomorph

Prometheus concludes with the Trilobite and the Engineer giving birth to The Deacon. The baby blue-skinned alien hardly ended Sir Ridley Scott‘s film with a bang. Will we ever see that Xenomorph-like creature ever again or was it simply a moment of underwhelming fan service? We’ll have to wait and find out, but we do know the name of the aliens wreaking havoc in next summer’s Alien: Covenant is not “Deacons.”

Below, get some information on the new Xenomorph (SPOILERS ahead).

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As simple as they are, the opening credits for Alien are rather iconic. All the important names of the cast and crew appear on screen as the title is slowly revealed piece by piece. It appears in the movie exactly as it did in the posters leading up to the release of the film. But at one time, the title treatment was completely different, with a much stronger influence from the xenomorphs designed by the late H.R. Giger.

Check out the alternate Alien title treatment after the jump. Read More »

blade runner 2 concept art
Alcon Entertainment’s Blade Runner sequel is only a year away from release and Warner Bros has finally announced a proper title for the film: Blade Runner 2049. Hit the jump to learn more and see a photo from the set featuring director Denis Villeneuve, producer Ridley Scott, and stars Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling.
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taboo teaser trailer

Tom Hardy and Steven Knight are inseparable these days. The actor starred in Knight’s fantastic drama Locke and co-starred in the Knight-created series Peaky Blinders, and now the two of them are working on a new miniseries for BBC One and FX. Hardy stars in Knight’s Ridley Scott-produced drama Taboo, which takes place in 1814. We’ve already seen a trailer for the miniseries, but FX is starting to air promos for it.

Below, watch the Taboo TV spot.

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‘Morgan’ Videos: She’s Feeling Much Better Now

Morgan trailer

All three of Sir Ridley Scott‘s children have directed feature films now. The Alien director’s oldest son, Jake, has made some great music videos (The Cranberries’ “Zombie”) throughout his career, and his last picture was the thoughtful drama Welcome to the Rileys. Ridley Scott’s daughter, Jordan Scott, directed Cracks, which features an often frightening and heartbreaking performance from Eva GreenLuke Scott, who worked as a second-unit director on The Marian and Exodus: Gods and Kings, has his debut feature-length film, Morgan, coming out shortly.

Below, check out some Morgan videos.

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Gladiator Honest Trailer

This weekend brings the sword and sandal epic Ben-Hur to theaters, a new telling of the classic novel by Lew Wallace that was already turned into a movie back in 1959. Therefore, the folks over at Screen Junkies thought it would be appropriate to skewer one of the most successful sword and sandal epics of the past 20 years with an Honest Trailer.

Back in 2000, Gladiator was nominated for 12 Academy Awards and ended up taking home five of them, including Best Picture and Best Actor for Russell Crowe. There are many who don’t think the movie deserved to take home Best Picture that year, and now they can revel in the jokes made at the movie’s expense in the Gladiator Honest Trailer after the jump. Read More »

The Phantom Simon Wincer interview

On February 17, 1936, Lee Falk’s comic strip hero The Phantom was introduced to the world. Over the following years—as the character reached millions of fans through an unparalleled-for-that-era level of worldwide syndication—The Phantom became an international sensation. The comic strip (clearly) excelled in many countries around the world, but perhaps none more so than Australia. So it seems fitting that, six decades later, the man who would finally bring this hero to the big screen would be an Australian himself: Simon Wincer.

To learn about how The Phantom was made, I spoke at length with Simon Wincer. But it took a little while before we even got to talking about the masked crusader. Because, frankly, there was just too much to talk about. Like how Wincer swooped into to replace the original director of Free Willy (and ended up helping to save that film). Or how he helmed an Emmy-dominant, prestige miniseries (years before such things were du jour). We spoke about all those things and much more (like the cinematic value of manure).  Below is a copy of our conversation…

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alien covenant scary

20th Century Fox has done a fine job of keeping the secrets of the recently wrapped Alien: Covenant out of the public eye (for now), but everything that has been publicly revealed have showcased a film that seems to be acting as a direct response to how audiences felt about Prometheus. Ridley Scott‘s 2012 prequel remains divisive and the public details about the new film paint the picture of a production that keeps everything that worked in that first film while quietly throwing away everything that did not.

And while Prometheus was bold and bizarre, it was never especially frightening, at least not in the ways that the original films were frightening. Star Michael Fassbender says that Alien: Covenant will correct that.

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alien covenant wraps

Alien: Covenant, the the sixth film in the Alien series and the third time director Ridley Scott has helmed one of these movies, has officially wrapped filming and the official Alien Twitter account has shared a new photo from the set to prove it. Despite a pretty steady series of behind the scenes photos and little updates, this has been the rare major studio film to make it this far in the process with the vast majority of its secrets intact. Outside of a cast list, a basic synopsis, and a wild (and potentially spoilery) rumor about Katherine Waterston‘s character, we know precious little about Alien: Covenant.

So let’s just ponder this set photo, shall we?

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Blade Runner 2

Director Denis Villeneuve (Sicario) begins principal photography on Blade Runner 2 this month. The sequel takes place decades after Sir Ridley Scott‘s 1982 film (around 2047 or 2050, says Scott), but we know little about the plot or even whom the project’s star, Ryan Gosling, is playing. Villeneuve hasn’t spilled any significant new details lately, but he has shared some artwork. Below, check out the Blade Runner 2 concept art.

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