Danny McBride Boards a Spaceship for ‘Alien: Covenant’

Danny McBride in Eastbound and Down

It was a given that Michael Fassbender would return for Ridley Scott‘s Prometheus sequel Alien: Covenant, and the addition of Katherine Waterston as his new leading lady wasn’t exactly surprising either — she’s exactly the kind of young, on-the-verge star you’d expect to see cast in a big-budget blockbuster like this.

The newest new cast member, however, is definitely unexpected. Danny McBride is reportedly in talks to join the outer-space adventure. It’s a rare foray into dramatic territory for the actor, who’s best known for comedy projects like Eastbound and DownRead More »

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Noomi Rapace in Prometheus

Title notwithstanding, Alien: Covenant is a Prometheus sequel, and as such we’ve been expecting it to pick up where that earlier adventure left off. But it seems at least one major development will have taken place by the time we revisit that universe.

Director Ridley Scott confirms Noomi Rapace will not return as archaeologist Elizabeth Shaw, leaving Michael Fassbender‘s murderous android David the only character from the last film set to return. He’ll be joined by some new characters, though, including one played by Katherine WaterstonRead More »

Matt Damon in The Martian

The Martian represents Sir Ridley Scott‘s grand return to science-fiction and what a return. Unfortunately, the director behind Blade Runner and Alien was not nominated for Best Director at the Academy Awards. But that’s no matter, as his inspiring, exciting, and funny “comedy” (as the Golden Globes called it) will stand the test of time. Drew Goddard‘s (The Cabin in the Woods) script features some of the best material the director has worked with in years and while the screenwriter did a tremendous job adapting Andy Weir‘s novel, but it wasn’t always easy for the screenwriter.

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The Martian Visual Effects

Out of all the Best Picture nominees, The Martian is probably the most easily accessible for general audiences. It’s fun, dramatic, has a simple story, a great cast and just works. Mad Max: Fury Road is a close second, but it’s definitely far too weird for your grandparents who would probably love The Martian.

Following the Oscar nominations, studios are starting to put out more featurettes to take people behind the scenes of the movie vying for the big prize this year. This time it’s The Martian visual effects taking the spotlight with a reel that shows off just what was real on the film that stranded Matt Damon on Mars, and what wasn’t You might be surprised to see what was practical and what wasn’t. Read More »

alien covenant rating

With the exception of Alien vs Predator, a movie that has been all but forgotten thanks to some voluntary worldwide hypnosis that you don’t remember, the Alien series has trafficked in just enough extreme violence to warrant R-ratings on each and every entry. The original 1979 film, its three increasingly wonky sequels, and the 2012 prequel Prometheus have all worn their rating as a badge of honor – when you buy a ticket for one of these movies, you are guaranteed something harsh and visceral.

So it’s not too surprising that director Ridley Scott has revealed that he has every intention of making the upcoming Alien: Covenant a “hard R.” We would expect nothing less from this series and nothing less from Scott, who has never shied away from the blood ‘n guts throughout his long career.

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2016 oscar snubs

The 2016 Oscar nominations are here and you know what that means: it’s time to start complaining!

To be fair, this year’s nominees gave us a lot to cheer about. Mad Max: Fury Road (/Film’s favorite movie of 2015) walked away with a stunning ten nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director. Other favorites, like Brooklyn, Spotlight, The Martian, and even Bridge of Spies racked up nods. As with any Oscar year, there was just as much to love as there was to hate.

So let’s give into our hate. And our confusion. And and our total bafflement. Because it wouldn’t be the Oscars without a bunch of big, weird surprises throwing everyone off track and inspiring furious debates about how wrong the Academy is on a yearly basis. Let’s run down the biggest snubs of the year.

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Ridley Scott Will Produce ‘Marvel’ For AMC

Ridley Scott directing The Martian

Ridley Scott is a busy man. He always has a few movies on his plate, including an adaptation of The Cartel and possibly a remake of The Prisoner, and his company also produces a healthy amount of movies. Scott Free Productions is currently working on Marvel, a TV adaptation of George Pendle‘s nonfiction book Strange Angel. And no, it doesn’t have anything to do with Marvel Studios or Marvel Comics.

Learn more about the Ridley Scott TV show after the jump.

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2016 DGA Awards

The Golden Globes have come and gone, but we’re still in the full swing of awards season. Last week brought the nominations for the Writers Guild Awards, the BAFTAs across the pond, and the Producers Guild Awards. Now it’s the Directors Guild of America Awards chiming in with their annual nominees, and while fans of Mad Max: Fury Road will be happy, those who enjoyed Carol will not. Hit the jump for the full list of 2016 DGA Awards nominees. Read More »

Ridley Scott The Prisoner

Ridley Scott isn’t one to waste time. He dove into pre-production on Alien: Covenant almost the moment he was done with The Martian, and now as Alien: Covenant nears its start date, he may have already lined up his next directorial effort. A new report indicates Scott is in talks to direct The Prisoner, based on the 1960s British cult hit series.  Read More »