This weekend brings the telecast for the 88th Academy Awards, and we’ll see who takes home Hollywood’s biggest prize. But before that, maybe you’d like to see some of the nominees chat for two and a half hours about their nominated work. Earlier this month, the Directors Guild of America rounded up the 2016 DGA nominees for an extensive chat, and it’s fascinating.
Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Ridley Scott, George Miller, Tom McCarthy, and Adam McKay all sit down to talk about ther respective careers, filmmaking advice, production on each of their nominated films and more. Watch the 2016 DGA Nominees panel below. Read More »
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Posted on Thursday, February 25th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
With cameras set to roll on Alien: Covenant soon, it looks like the final pieces of this mysterious project are starting to fall into place. Director Ridley Scott‘s follow-up to 2012’s Prometheus has added four new names to its cast, which means that we probably now have a list of actors who we’ll get to see eviscerated by Xenomorphs in 2017.
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After making a few decent action flicks, and a slew of really bad ones, Jean-Claude Van Damme didn’t have any problem poking fun at himself while getting surprisingly introspective in the 2008 Belgian crime drama JCVD. And now he’s going to do it again, but this time for an action comedy series called Jean-Claude Van Johnson at Amazon, one that gives a very good reason as to why he made something as terrible as Street Fighter. Find out more about the Jean-Claude Van Damme Amazon series below. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, February 10th, 2016 by Angie Han
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 Down. Read More »
Posted on Monday, February 1st, 2016 by Angie Han
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 Waterston. Read More »
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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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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 »
Posted on Friday, January 15th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
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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Posted on Thursday, January 14th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
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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