New Blu-ray Releases police story

This week, two of Jackie Chan’s best movies come to home video courtesy of the Criterion Collection. In addition to that, one of last year’s most underrated pics hits Blu-ray; a sci-fi masterpiece comes to 4K; and one truly strange movie about fishing brings Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway together again. These are the new Blu-ray releases and their special features you should check out this week and beyond.

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alien high school play encore

Last week, Sigourney Weaver was brave enough to head to the most feared part of the galaxy: New Jersey. The actress stopped by North Bergen High to say hello to the talented high schoolers who put on a pretty impressive stage production of Alien. Ridley Scott, director of the O.G. Alien film, as well as recent prequels, was so impressed when he heard about the production that he donated $5000 for an encore performance. It was that encore that Weaver showed up at, appropriately blowing the minds of the entire cast. You can see Weaver stopping by below, and you can also watch the full play, which North Bergen High uploaded to their YouTube page.

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alien day 2019

Happy Alien Day! Which is a thing now! Since 2016, merchandisers have been cashing-in by holding Alien Day on April 26, in honor of the planet when those slimy, nasty Xenomorph eggs were first encountered –  LV-426 (4/26, get it?). Alien Day 2019 is upon us, and its brought with it a whole galaxy of Alien-related merch you can sink your piston-like inner jaw into. This year is extra special, because it marks the 40th anniversary of the first film.

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john wick chapter 3 photos

In this edition of Sequel Bits:

  • Ben Affleck still wants to make an Accountant sequel.
  • Ridley Scott might still be making an Alien: Covenant follow-up.
  • See a new pic from Jumanji 3.
  • Cinematographer Dan Laustsen talks John Wick: Chapter 3.
  • Game of Thrones actor has joined the cast of the Avatar sequels.
  • Theresa Randle is back for Bad Boys 3.

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Sigourney Weaver Reacts to Alien High School Play

Last weekend, a high school stage production of Alien went viral when images and video of the impressive play by a New Jersey drama club hit the web. The hype was enough to gain the attention of the official Alien Anthology account from 20th Century Fox (which may be in the hands of a Disney employee now), but now the students will be riding a whole new wave of pride thanks to some praise from Alien director Ridley Scott and the film’s star Sigourney Weaver. Read More »

Alien 40th Anniversary Shorts Red Band Trailer

20th Century Fox is about to launch the Alien 40th Anniversary Shorts Series on IGN, featuring “six terrifying new tales set in the Alien universe.” Ahead of the launch, a new Alien 40th Anniversary Shorts red band trailer has arrived, loaded with enough terror and bloodshed to pique your interest. Check out the trailer below.

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Alien High School Play

20th Century Fox has been acquired by The Walt Disney Company, but their legacy of decades of contributions to cinema will live on. And a group of high school students are already doing their part to keep their flame burning.

Over the weekend, a high school drama club in North Bergen, New Jersey hosted a stage production of the sci-fi horror classic Alien. And once you see the pictures and video from the play below, you’ll be amazed at what this group of teens pulled off. Read More »

Alien vs Predator Football Video Game

Even though the Alien and Predator franchises have both gone in some weird directions over the years, their individual missteps pale in comparison to the insanity of the Alien vs Predator franchise. The war between these two interstellar species began in Dark Horse comic books back in 1989, and it came to arcades not long after in 1994. But sometime in the mid-90s, that battle almost came to video game consoles in a completely unexpected fashion: a cosmic football game. That’s right, there was almost an Alien vs Predator football video game set in the distant future. Find out all about it below. Read More »

Alien 40th Anniversary Shorts

If you’ve been disappointed with Ridley Scott’s Alien prequel films and want a return to traditional Xenomorph action, you might want to check this out. 20th Century Fox partnered with global creative community Tongal to give fan filmmakers a chance to make short films set within the world of Alien. Over 550 shorts were pitched, with six stories ultimately chosen. Fox then gave the six filmmakers total access to use any and every piece of Alien mythology possible. Watch the Alien 40th Anniversary Shorts trailer below, and learn more about the short films.

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Alien Isolation trailer

In 2014, the video game Alien: Isolation introduced the world to Amanda Ripley, the daughter of Sigourney Weaver‘s cinematic heroine Ellen Ripley, in a horror-soaked survival thriller set fifteen years after the events of Ridley Scott‘s original 1979 movie.

Now, 20th Century Fox is expanding Amanda’s story by incorporating the cut scenes from the game into an Alien: Isolation digital series, complete with “new story beats”. Find out when and where you can watch the new series below. Read More »