rakka

Last month, director Neill Blomkamp officially revealed his Oats Studios project, a series of short films that would be released for free on YouTube and Steam (a wildly popular platform for PC games). The first of those shorts, titled Rakka, is online and you watch it right now.

As you’d expect from a film directed by the man behind District 9, Elysium, and Chappie, this short is about as NSFW as you can get…unless your workplace is perfectly fine with harsh language and extreme violence.

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oats studios trailer

The offerings from Neill Blomkamp‘s Oats Studios looks more bonkers by the minute.

The experimental short film studio from the director of District 9, Elysium and Chappie dropped a second teaser trailer Monday, and it’s chock full of new footage of creepy aliens, gory bodies, and Sigourney Weaver. Hey, since we’re not getting Blomkamp’s Alien 5, I’ll take it.

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Avatar 2 delay

James Cameron isn’t concerned at all about how the sequel to Avatar is going to perform after a 10-year wait. Considering the first film made around $2.7 billion dollars worldwide, which certainly isn’t a gross you hit because of pure luck, he’s probably correct not be worried. Cameron has defied expectations in the past with the best results imaginable, and yet some people still underestimate the director of TitanicTerminator 2: Judgment Day, and Aliens.

Below, learn why Cameron isn’t sweating the Avatar 2 delay.

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sigourney weaver leader of the hand

There are few details surrounding Sigourney Weaver‘s Big Bad in the upcoming Marvel/Netflix miniseries The Defenders, other than her name is Alexandra and she has a team of mean-looking thugs in suits at her disposal.

“The more connections you have, the easier it will be to break you,” Alexandra menacingly says in The Defenders trailer, supposedly to the team of streetwise superheroes, Matt Murdock, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Danny Rand. But we may have confirmation of who she is and how she’s connected to supervillain organization, The Hand.

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Defenders

The streetwise heroes of New York finally meet in the trailer for The Defenders, the miniseries that every Marvel-Netflix series has been building up to since Season 1 of Daredevil dropped in 2015.

Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox), Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), Luke Cage (Mike Colter) and Danny Rand (Finn Jones), meet in a clash of fists and personalities, brought together by nurse Claire Temple (Rosario Dawson) and Stick (Scott Glenn) to defend New York against The Hand and a mysterious villain played by Sigourney Weaver.

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Ripley returns

In about two weeks, we’ll have a good idea of how hungry the world is for more Alien films. Sir Ridley Scott has a couple of sequels in mind, and he envisions himself ready to shoot one next year after he makes All the Money in the World. Right now, Scott is steering the Alien ship, and it probably won’t ever make a stop for Neill Blomkamp‘s untitled Alien film.

Below, Ridley Scott discusses Blomkamp’s Alien sequel.

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Stephen Colbert Alien Sketch

Next month will bring a new chapter of the Alien franchise to the big screen with Ridley Scott back behind the camera for Alien: Covenant. The film is both a sequel to Prometheus and a prequel to Alien, and there are apparently several more stories left to tell in between.

The new line-up of Alien films forced Neill Blomkamp to cancel his alternate sequel that would have brought back Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Ripley, but that movie seems to be on the backburner indefinitely. Thankfully, someone else was able to give us our fix of Ellen Ripley, albeit in the form of a comedy sketch where she has some trouble getting proper healthcare from The Late Show host Stephen Colbert after all the xenomorph encounters she’s had over the years.

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alien alternate ending

Alien had a notoriously high death count when it first hit theaters in 1979, horrifying theatergoers with its gore and blend of horror and sci-fi.

But director Ridley Scott, who is promoting his return to the Alien franchise with the upcoming Alien: Covenant, had in mind one more body to add to that death toll: Ellen Ripley. The de facto star of the following Alien movies was never originally intended to survive beyond the first film, according to a recently revealed alternate ending.

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avatar 2 begins shooting

Avatar was released in 2009 and changed the 3D movie game as we knew it. But the much-anticipated (and much-promised) sequel to James Cameron‘s sprawling sci-fi epic has been delayed year after year, until now.

Sigourney Weaver, who played Dr. Grace Augustine in the original Avatar and has a new role in the sequels, confirmed that  Avatar 2 starts shooting this fall.

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avatar 2 plot

The four Avatar sequels turn Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) into a family man. Director James Cameron called the sequels “more of a family saga about the struggle with the humans.” In Avatar 2, Sully and his family visit unexplored parts of Pandora, according to Sam Worthington.

The actor recently talked about that eight-year gap in the story and the current shooting schedule. Below, read what Worthington had to say about Sully’s role in the first of the four Avatar sequels.

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