10 Stories About the Making of ‘Alien’

Stories About the Making of Alien

(Welcome to 10 Stories, a feature where we take a closer look at the making of a film and extract all the necessary trivia you require.)

Alien is perfection. It’s the sort of perfection that makes you ask, “How did they do that?” 41 years after its release, any story to be told about the making of the movie has been told. Nevertheless, we can never talk too much about Alien, especially for those of us who haven’t read or seen everything about the making of the film.

The exhaustive number of docs and making-of features have never dispelled or undercut the magic of the movie. The special features for the film, as well as most of director Ridley Scott‘s filmography, are a film school student’s dream. No stone is ever left unturned. Scott has never been shied away from sharing his secrets or his process.

So we dug into the various special features for Alien to see what we could learn from the master himself about his horror classic.

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The Man Who Killed Don Quixote

It’s hard to believe, but director Terry Gilliam has been working on The Man Who Killed Don Quixote for almost 20 years. After one setback after another, with bad luck compounding bad luck, it looks as if Gilliam might buck the odds and finally release the film for the world to see. The filmmaker recently revealed that he’s nearly finished cutting the film together. Hell might be about to freeze over, and we may finally be blessed with Terry Gilliam’s The Man Who Killed Don Quixote.

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John Hurt Dead

With a career spanning over 55 years, John Hurt was one of the best actors to come out of the United Kingdom. But sadly, the Oscar nominee who has done everything from blockbuster franchises to Shakespearean theater has left us far too soon.

After celebrating his birthday just five days ago, Sir John Hurt has died at 77 years old, as confirmed by the actor’s publicist Charles McDonald late last night. We remember John Hurt and his decorated career below. Read More »

Which Actor Dies the Most On Screen - Sean Bean

Dying on screen can be an honor for an actor or actress. Lord of the Rings star Sean Bean has even become known for the frequency with which he has died on film throughout his career. However, one does not simply assume that he is the actor who has died the most in film and television. In fact, there are a few actors who came out above him when one dedicated cinephile decided to find out which actor has died the most on screen.

Find out which actor dies the most on screen after the jump. Read More »

Last Panthers trailer

Need another show to add to your busy schedule? The Last Panthers might not be a bad addition to your weekly schedule. The six-episode crime series premieres next month in the states, and it stars Samantha Morton (Synecdoche, New York), Tahar Rahim (A Prophet), and John Hurt (Only Lovers Left Alive).

Watch The Last Panthers trailer below.

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Don Quixote delayed

The story of Terry Gilliam‘s death was thankfully completely wrong, but his new/old film project, The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, is having a harder time. The film has been an on-again, off-again proposition for years, originally going before cameras in 2000 with Johnny Depp and Jean Rochefort in the lead roles before a set of disasters, including physical problems for Rochefort, forced the film to be canceled. We could write a book about the movie’s problems, but there’s already a movie about it, Lost in La Mancha.

The latest incarnation of The Man Who Killed Don Quixote has been planned to star Jack O’Connell and John Hurt. That’s now in doubt, however, as Hurt’s recent cancer diagnosis means Don Quixote is delayed again. Read More »

del Toro black and white movie

On one hand, it’s great to see the partnership between Legendary and Guillermo del Toro keeping the director in a state of constant production. From Pacific Rim to Crimson Peak to Pacific Rim 2 (with The Strain pilot in there, too) del Toro has been going non-stop. The only downside is that he’s doing big movies. There’s seemingly little room for another movie like The Devil’s Backbone, and there are a lot of people who’d love to see him do another picture in that vein. Turns out, the one with the power to do something about it is del Toro himself.

Now the director says he will do another “small” movie — a black and white film, and that he’s got his eye on John Hurt to play a significant role.  Read More »

Hercules trailer

January’s The Legend of Hercules failed to impress much of anyone when it opened this January. Fortunately for fans of the Greek hero, he gets a second opportunity to make an impression with this summer’s Hercules, directed by Brett Ratner.

Dwayne Johnson plays the title character, here a damaged soul haunted by an incident in his past. He’s called upon to save the world from mythological creatures, or something. The important thing is that the plot gives Johnson plenty of opportunities to wear next to nothing and flex his fearsome muscles. Watch the new full-length Hercules trailer after the jump.

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Man Who Killed Don Quixote casting

Here’s something we missed earlier this week in the deluge of new project news from the marketplace at Cannes: Terry Gilliam has chosen some new actors for The Man Who Killed Don Quixote. This project has been going on and off for nearly fifteen years, and the most recent incarnation had Robert Duvall set to star as Quixote, with Ewan McGregor tentatively set to play the modern-day writer who ends up back in Quixote’s time, where the old man mistakes him for Sancho Panza. Those actors are both off the project, but it isn’t dead yet. (Or dead again.)

Now there’s news that Gilliam and Spanish producer Adrian Guerra are going back into casting for The Man Who Killed Don Quixote. Read More »

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Only Lovers Left Alive Trailer

I couldn’t appreciate this Only Lovers Left Alive trailer more — it captures so much of the perfectly hazy sensation that Jim Jarmusch conjures up in his vampire/junkie tale. We get to see Tom Hiddleston as a mopey ages-old musical innovator, Tilda Swinton as his more pragmatic and engaged companion, and even John Hurt (who did a lot to help get the film made) as a vampiric author whose works you’ll probably be familiar with.

But this isn’t all arty, languid nights. There’s a mounting tension as the sister of Swinton’s character, played by Mia Wasikowska, shows up to throw some chaos into the couple’s strange little family. The film is just fantastic, and this trailer is a great way to sell it. Read More »