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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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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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 »
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Posted on Monday, January 11th, 2016 by Angie Han
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 »
One of the favorites of critics and audiences alike in 2015 was The Martian, starring Matt Damon. The movie hits Blu-ray and DVD next week, so there’s no better time for the Honest Trailer to skewer the space survival story that makes us spend even more money to rescue Matt Damon from space (which has happened a little more often than you may remember). So let’s go to a place we can only go in the movies: a world where NASA is suddenly popular and very well-funded. Read More »
Around the end of every year, The Hollywood Reporter releases one-hour roundtable video interviews with writers, actors, directors, and more. Often the filmmakers will discuss their work with a surprising amount of honesty. This year is no different, and once again, they’ve found a few filmmakers you’d want to spend an hour with, including directors Quentin Tarantino (The Hateful Eight), Ridley Scott (The Martian), and Danny Boyle (Steve Jobs).
After the jump, watch the one-hour long chat.
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Posted on Thursday, December 31st, 2015 by Jacob Hall
If you want to get nerds shouting at each other, bring up Prometheus. A misunderstood masterpiece? A flawed, fascinating misfire? A low point for the Alien series? You’ll find all of these opinions and more floating around the internet, which means that the upcoming Alien: Covenant is facing down a variety of expectations. For some fans, it has to redeem the previous movie. For others, it needs to deepen the mythology that was introduced in Prometheus. Director Ridley Scott, riding high off the success of The Martian, certainly has his work cut out for him.
But today’s headline does not come to us courtesy of Mr. Scott. It comes to us courtesy of costume designer Janty Yates, who revealed that Alien: Covenant will be set ten years after the crew of the Prometheus was wiped out and Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) and David (Michael Fassbender) set out in search of the Engineers’ home planet.
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This is not a bad year to be Katherine Waterston. The actress broke out last year with Inherent Vice, and since then, she’s delivered an emotional performance in Steve Jobs and shot the highly anticipated Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The actresses’ next job? A starring role in Ridley Scott‘s Prometheus sequel, Alien: Covenant.
Learn more about Scott’s film after the jump.
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Not too long ago we learned that the official title for Prometheus 2 would be Alien: Covenant, with the story making a direct connection to director Ridley Scott‘s 1979 classic sci-fi horror Alien. The sequel will follow the crew of the colony ship Covenant discovering what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world whose sole inhabitant is the “synthetic” David (Michael Fassbender), survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition.
And now we have some details on what kind of aliens we can expect to eat up the new crew on this presumably doomed expedition, and fans of the original franchise are going to be very happy. Read More »