James Mangold cop movie

Get excited, Cop Land fans, because director James Mangold is making another cop movie. After knocking Logan far out of the ballpark, Mangold has lined up his next project: an adaptation of Don Winslow‘s (The Cartel) upcoming novel, The Force. Stephen King called Winslow’s latest – a story about corrupt cops in New York City – “The Godfather, only with cops. It’s that good.”

Here’s what we know.

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Alien Covenant Trailer Breakdown 51

We thought James Cameron was being rather ambitious by planning four sequels to his sci-fi hit Avatar, but then Ridley Scott came along and let us know about how big plans for the future of the Alien franchise. We already know the creator of the original Alien from 1979 was seemingly prepared to make sequels until he keeled over on set, but we didn’t think he was actually going to follow through on that promise.

In a recent interview, Ridley Scott revealed that the title for the next film in his xenomorph franchise will apparently be Alien: Awakening. However, that sequel will not take place after Alien: Covenant, and it’s just the tip of the iceberg of new installments of the Alien franchise. There’s a lot to chew on here. Read More »

Gladiator

Ridley Scott knows how to resurrect Maximus Decimus Meridius (Russell Crowe) for a Gladiator sequel. It’s been 17 years since the somewhat divisive Best Picture winner came out, but Scott still has the desire to bring Maximus back from the dead. Unfortunately, the sequel he envisions today probably isn’t the bonkers Gladiator 2 script Nick Cave wrote.

Below, read Scott’s thoughts on a Gladiator sequel.

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Alien Covenant footage

“I’m pleased to show you some clips from our latest project, Alien: Covenant. My mantra has always been to scare the living shit out of you.”

And after that brisk introduction from director Ridley Scott, we were off. Technically, the crowd in the Paramount Theater in downtown Austin was there to watch a repertory screening of the original 1979 Alien, Scott’s horror/science fiction classic that has inspired countless imitators, but no equals. However, our session got started with with 15 minutes of the next film in the series, Alien: Covenant, with cast members Katherine Waterston, Danny McBride, and Michael Fassbender on hand for a brief Q&A.

We watched three full scenes from the upcoming film and they were very promising: slick, violent, and very intense. Oh, and full of what seem to be major spoilers, but we’ll leave those parts out. Instead, let’s dive into what was on display in this footage in the most spoiler-free way possible.

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Alien Covenant Android Video

In addition to the terrifying Xenomorphs that kill off countless characters across the franchise, the Alien films are also known for introducing advanced android characters that can be nearly indistinguishable from humans. Alien: Covenant is no different as we’ll be meeting Walter, the next generation of the android David from Prometheus.

To introduce audiences to the new advanced android, 20th Century Fox has released a viral ad for Walter (played by Michael Fassbender) in the style of an advertisement that you might see for the latest Apple product, complete with some familiar fonts. Ridley Scott‘s son Luke Scott (Morgan) directed the ad, and it’s honest kind-of haunting.
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next alien movie

Ridley Scott is 79 years old and he has directed five movies in the past six years. He’s the human equivalent of the bus from Speed – he can’t slow down. More than that, he’s making the rest of look bad. In the time it takes me to write an introductory paragraph about upcoming Alien movies, Scott has probably signed on to producer another half dozen movies.

With his next movie, Alien: Covenant, due out in a next few months, Scott has revealed that he’s definitely not getting tired of the Alien series. In fact, you’ll have to pry it from his cold, dead hands.

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Alien Covenant Red Band Trailer

UPDATE: We’ve added a red band version of the Alien: Covenant trailer after the jump.

With Logan hitting theaters this week, we’re getting a bunch of new movie trailers for audiences to feast their eyes on. That includes 20th Century Fox giving us an even better look at their sci-fi horror sequel Alien: Covenant.

Ridley Scott is back with another installment of the Alien franchise that feels like it’s going back to the roots of the original 1979 film that terrified us. This time it’s the crew of the Covenant encountering some deadly creatures on a distant planet. There are facehuggers, full grown xenomorphs, and even one new monster being added to the mix in the new Alien Covenant trailer the 20th Century Fox decided to release early after it leaked online this evening. Watch it below! Read More »

Alien Covenant Trailer Breakdown 53

Last year, I visited the set of Alien: Covenant. Today, I was able to publish my observations, and I wrote all about the film’s gore and monsters, its cast of characters, its sets and costumes, and its connections to Prometheus. And then, like clockwork, a new trailer arrived, and you know what means – it’s time to go through this whole thing frame-by-frame.

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alien covenant trailer breakdown

The soundstage smells like a walkthrough haunted house you’d find in a strip mall in October. The scent of fog machines and fresh lumber and various chemicals fill the nostrils as you step into the darkness and stare at the giant web of wood and cables emerging from the shadows. Everyone around you is in one of two modes: either they’re scrambling through the darkness to beat the clock, or they’re lounging around and waiting until it’s their turn to scramble through the darkness to beat the clock.

Body parts that look suspiciously like Michael Fassbender sit in the corner, waiting for their moment in the spotlight. It only adds to the haunted house vibe.

But if you let your eyes adjust to the darkness and walk through the fog and maneuver around to the front of the giant set located in the Australian soundstage where Alien: Covenant is being filmed, you’ll be greeted with a familiar sight: it looks like the large chair of the Space Jockey, the mysterious being found long dead in the original 1979 Alien. Actually, it’s the large chair of the Engineer, the mysterious being introduced in 2012’s Prometheus. Literally. It’s supposed same chair.

It was one of several sets we visited that day…and one of several puzzle pieces in deciphering what this movie is all about.

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alien covenant prometheus 2

Let’s be honest with ourselves here: the earliest details about Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant made this film sound like a soft reboot, a way of continuing the series while dismissing as much of the divisive Prometheus as possible. However, after a day on the film’s set last year, it became very clear that this is very much a sequel to the first Alien prequel, even as it’s doubling down on being the prequel many Alien fans wanted in the first place. Let’s take a closer look.

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