April 23, 2014

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“The Thing” prequel gets stark, new poster

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Universal has released the latest teaser poster for it’s revisit to the land of “The Thing,” which John Carpenter so expertly mined for frozen thrills in 1982. Though billed as a prequel, the new film reportedly also follows a team of international scientists at a remote post in Antarctica who unleash an alien creature that had been dormant in the ice.
And it’s not human. Yet.
Here’s the poster:

And here’s an official plot synopsis from the studio:
Antarctica: an extraordinary continent of awesome beauty. It is also home to an isolated outpost where a discovery full of scientific possibility becomes a mission of survival when an alien is unearthed by a crew of international scientists. The shape-shifting creature, accidentally unleashed at this marooned colony, has the ability to turn itself into a perfect replica of any living being. It can look just like you or me, but inside, it remains inhuman. In the thriller The Thing, paranoia spreads like an epidemic among a group of researchers as they’re infected, one by one, by a mystery from another planet.
Paleontologist Kate Lloyd (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) has traveled to the desolate region for the expedition of her lifetime. Joining a Norwegian scientific team that has stumbled across an extraterrestrial ship buried in the ice, she discovers an organism that seems to have died in the crash eons ago. But it is about to wake up.
When a simple experiment frees the alien from its frozen prison, Kate must join the crew’s pilot, Carter (Joel Edgerton), to keep it from killing them off one at a time. And in this vast, intense land, a parasite that can mimic anything it touches will pit human against human as it tries to survive and flourish.
Matthijs van Heijningen directs the film, which stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Joel Edgerton, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Ulrich Thomsen, Eric Christian Olsen and Trond Espen Seim.
“The Thing” opens everywhere on Oct. 14.
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Ridley Scott adds Fassbender to sci-fi thriller

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Details continue to shift regarding Ridley Scott’s upcoming sci-fi endeavor.
For starters, it was going to be an “Alien” prequel … two of them, in fact. Scott had discussed plans to film back-to-back “Alien” prequels while making the rounds for “Robin Hood.” But somewhere along the way, plans shifted. The project took on a different name – “Prometheus” – and distanced itself from the “Alien” franchise as a whole. Scott now says the film will have “Alien” DNA.
20th Century Fox, which is releasing the film, made a shift of its own, moving “Prometheus” from a March 2012 date to June 8, 2012 … right in the heart of next year’s summer season.
And now we’re hearing casting news. THR reports that “Inglourious Basterds” star Michael Fassbender will star alongside “Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” standout Noomi Rapace when Scott begins shooting his film. Fassbender also has the high-profile role of Magneto in this summer’s “X-Men: First Class,” from director Matthew Vaughn.
What changes are on the horizon next for Scott’s film? What exactly does “Alien DNA” mean? We’re curious, but something tells us specifics will be scarce until Scott’s ready to roll “Prometheus” into theaters next year.
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“Avatar,” “Ghostbusters” sequel news from Sigourney Weaver

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: It’s impressive how many potential sequels on fanboy radars revolve around Sigourney Weaver.
Not that Weaver isn’t a major star. She is, and has been for decades. But several franchises Weaver has been involved in – both recently and through the years – are hoping to move forward with new installments, and the actresses revealed a few choice details on them in a good interview with EW.com.
On her “Avatar” character potentially dying in James Cameron’s first film, Weaver said:
Well, I wouldn’t use that word. I wouldn’t use that word — she was changed. You know, it’s science fiction, so we saw something happen to her, and we don’t quite know what it is. She definitely went into the Tree of Souls, right? It’s science fiction. What looks like death, who knows? I think Jim is just starting to write [the sequels] now.
She also touched on the long-rumored “Ghostbusters” sequel and said:
I just saw Bill Murray at the Scream Awards, and he said we’re gonna do it, but I’m not sure. I think no one’s really read a script. But I’ve talked to Ivan Reitman. He definitely wants to do it. There was a script that was being rewritten as of about a year ago. The one thing I said is that I’ll do it if Oscar, my little son, can be a Ghostbuster, and I think he liked that idea.
But as for Ridley Scott’s “Alien” prequel, Weaver admitted:
Oh no, I’m not in any way involved, and I won’t be.
So there you go. Weaver likely will be back for “Avatar,” won’t be back for “Alien,” and knows as much about a new “Ghostbusters” as the rest of us do. Which is to say, Not much.”
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The Top 10 Scariest Horror Films from the last 20 years

By Scott Mendelson
HollywoodNews.com: The goal of this list is pretty simple. I’m sure we’re all sick and tired of seeing countless ‘scariest movies of all time’ lists every Halloween that basically include some combination of the same several movies. Among the movies that will not be on this list: “Psycho,” “Rosemary’s Baby,” “The Exorcist,” “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” “Jaws,” “Halloween,” “Alien,” and “The Shining.” Nothing against those films, but I’d imagine that any film nerd who cares enough to read a list of great horror films has probably already seen them. By limiting the list to the last twenty years, we automatically discount most of the staples that usually fill up such ‘best of’ lists for Halloween. Oh, and another thing, this is purely about theatrical movies that actually scared me, regardless of how high they rank in the quality totem pole. “The Silence of the Lambs,” “Se7en,” and “The Sixth Sense” are among my all-time favorite movies, but they didn’t particularly frighten me. So, without further ado, let’s dive into, as the television network TNT likes to call them ‘the new classics’.
Candyman (1992)
Based on a short story by Clive Barker, this genuinely disturbing fairy tale concerns an urban legend that haunts a poverty-stricken housing project in Chicago. As a grad student (Virgina Madsen) investigates the legend of Candyman, the hook-handed murderer who can be summoned by speaking his name into a mirror three times, Helen Lyle finds herself affected by the unending violence and desperation that grips Cabrini-Green. Effortlessly weaving in ideas involving class and race without aggressively preaching, director Bernard Rose crafts a mournful little picture where the underprivileged find it easier to blame their misfortunes on a ghostly hook-handed psychopath than accept the random misery and violence in their midst . Deftly dealing with the core power of urban legends (they only have power if you believe them), the film resists revealing the truth about the mythical Candyman until the last possible moments. Personified by a foreboding but sensual Tony Todd in a star-making-but forever typecasting performance, the world of Candyman is one where it’s easier to fear the boogieman than to fear your neighbors.
This one is Wes Craven’s masterpiece, bar none, and easily the best of the “Nightmare On Elm Street” series. The picture works as a deconstruction of the slasher genre, an emotionally wrenching portrait of grief, and a genuinely terrifying piece of horror of [...]

Natalie Portman circling “Alien” prequel as Lindelof’s script earns raves

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: In the long run, saying goodbye to “Lost” might be the best thing to have happened to Damon Lindelof.
The celebrated co-creator of the groundbreaking island drama has moved on to some truly mouth-watering projects since departing “Lost.” He co-wrote “Cowboys & Aliens” for director Jon Favreau. He’s tackling the “Star Trek” sequel for (I’m assuming) J.J. Abrams to direct. And now word is breaking that Lindelof’s screenplay for Ridley Scott’s planned “Alien” prequel is earning raves at 20th Century Fox.
Vulture reports that the studio is flipping out over Lindelof’s treatment for assorted reasons. Though details are being kept under wraps, Lindelof reportedly has penned a PG-13 “Alien” adventure, and has come up with a way to reduce costs by reducing expensive, effects-laden set pieces.
“This is some good news for Fox, which has almost nothing resembling a blockbuster in the hopper for the summer of 2012, and could certainly stand to reinvigorate a wildly popular multi-part sci-fi franchise,” Vulture writes.
The report goes on to say that Natalie Portman is at the top of the list of actresses hoping to take the ride with Sir Ridley, and that “Dragon Tattoo” actress Noomi Rapace also is being considered for the role. It’s interesting that Portman once was circling Alfonso Cuaron’s “Gravity,” another sci-fi flick, so maybe she just has a hankering for a space project.
Finally, the report says Scott’s film isn’t a reboot of the franchise – like this summer’s “Predators” – but should be viewed as Scott’s second “Alien” film that somehow continues the franchise with the original filmmaker’s voice.
The as-yet-untitled “Alien” prequel is due out in 2012. More details as they emerge.
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“The Thing” prequel teases in New York, leaks online

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Are prequels the “new black” in Hollywood?
Here are just a few examples. The “X-Men” franchise, having run its course in a modern setting, is about to flashback to tell how Professor Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) and Magneto (Michael Fassbender) became rivals in “X-Men: First Class.” Sir Ridley Scott currently is prepping two prequels of his cherished “Alien,” which will delve into the idea of terraforming and lay out where the alien creatures came from and how they were created. Even the James Bond franchise went back to square one with “Casino Royale” and found great success.
One other anticipated prequel, Matthijs van Heijningen Jr.’s “The Thing,” is starting to show its cards. Set years before John Carpenter’s classic 1982 thriller (also titled “The Thing,” for optimum confusion), this new story sets up a confrontation at a remote Antarctica research site between a scrappy graduate student (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), a helicopter pilot (Joel Edgerton) and an alien life form.
A teaser clip was screened at NY Comic Con this weekend. ShockTillYouDrop has a description of the teaser. http://www.shocktillyoudrop.com/news/topnews.php?id=16847 CinemaBlend has shaky, leaked footage of the reel (for now). http://www.cinemablend.com/new/The-Thing-Prequel-Trailer-Leaks-Online-21123.html
What do you think? Are you on board with a “Thing” prequel? Do you need to see more before you can decide?
“The Thing” is scheduled to be in theaters on April 29, 2011.
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Is Gemma Arterton up for Ridley Scott’s “Alien” prequels?

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: It’s a good time to be Gemma Arterton (as well as Arterton’s agent).
Though the curvy British actress was relegated to eye candy in “Prince of Persia,” the latest Bond adventure, and a “Clash of the Titans” remake, she showed acting chops in an underseen abduction thriller “The Disappearance of Alice Creed” and looks to be carrying Stephen Frears’ festival comedy, “Tamara Drewe.”
Positive buzz is earning Arterton conversations with major directors for a handful of anticipated titles. The actress told The Sunday Times (via Digital Spy) that she’s meeting with Sir Ridley Scott for the chance to headline the director’s back-to-back “Alien” prequels.
In the same article, Arterton said she’s going to appear in “The Keys To The Street,” an adaptation of a Ruth Rendell novel that was penned by “Inception” director Christopher Nolan; as well as a Richard E. Grant-helmed cowboy film titled “In With The Outlaws.”
We have e-mails out to studio reps to confirm Arterton’s flurry of activity. There’s no doubt she is a hot commodity right now, but just how many of these meetings lead to legitimate jobs has yet to be decided.
What do you think? Has Arterton impressed you in her previous roles? Do you want to see her headlining an “Alien” prequel, or saddling up for a western? Hit our Comments section and let your voice be heard.
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Ridley Scott ‘Alien’ prequel to out-marvel ‘Avatar,’ drip with gore

HollywoodNews.com: If you’re getting excited for Ridley Scott’s “Alien” prequel, make sure you don’t eat before you enter the multiplex.
The director, 72, promises that it will be “really nasty” and remains an origin story about the intergalactic monsters. Scott originally directed the first 1979 film which went on to gross more than $80 million at the domestic box office.
Scott is on tap to helm two “Alien” prequels, the first of which will unspool next year.
Says Scott to Virgin Media: “The film will be really tough, really nasty. It’s the dark side of the moon. We are talking about gods and engineers. Engineers of space. And were the aliens designed as a form of biological warfare? Or biology that would go in and clean up a planet?”
Not to mention, Scott is out to ace James Cameron in crafting a better film than “Avatar.”
“Jim’s raised the bar and I’ve got to jump to it,” Scott stated. “He’s not going to get away with it.”
Part of the rivalry stems from the fact that Cameron took over the “Aliens” franchise with its second chapter in the summer of 1986.
Earlier in the year, Scott told MTV News about the plot for the upcoming “Alien” prequel which takes place decades before Sigourney Weaver’s Ellen Ripley boards the Nostromo spaceship. Nonetheless, the main protagonist will be a woman.
Scott revealed: “It’s set in 2085, about 30 years before Sigourney. It’s fundamentally about going out to find out, ‘Who the hell was that Space Jockey?’. The guy who was sitting in the chair in the alien vehicle – there was a giant fellow sitting in a seat on what looked to be either a piece of technology or an astronomer’s chair.
“Our man [Tom Skerritt's Captain Dallas] climbs up and says, ‘There’s been an explosion in his chest from the inside out – what was that?’. I’m explaining who the Space Jockeys were.”
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The ‘Alien Anthology’ to debut on Blu-Ray in October

HollywoodNews.com: Sometimes, the scariest things come from within. The “Alien Anthology” will debut on Blu-ray for the first time ever from October 25 internationally and on October 26 in North America. All four “Alien” films have been reinvigorated for an intense Blu-ray high-definition viewing experience. The release also marks the debut of MU-TH-UR Mode, a fully interactive companion that takes the extensive materials in the “Alien Anthology” and puts them in the user’s hand – connecting fans to special features on all six discs and instantly providing an index of all available ALIEN content, including over 60 hours of special features and over 12,000 images.
The “Alien Anthology” is a truly unique home entertainment experience. For the first time ever, the studio has united the material from every home video release of the “Alien” saga including the 1991/1992 laserdisc releases, the 1999 “Legacy” release and 2003’s groundbreaking “Alien Quadrilogy” release into one complete Blu-ray collection. The set also includes two versions of each film and over four hours of previously unreleased exclusive material such as original screen-tests of Sigourney Weaver prior to filming the original “Alien,” unseen deleted scenes, thousands of still photographs from the Fox archives, the previously unseen original cut of “Wreckage and Rage: The Making of ‘Alien3′,” and much, much more.
The “Alien Anthology” will be available for a suggested retail price of $139.99 U.S. / $179.99 Canada. Prebook is September 22.
The “Alien Anthology” is just one aspect of Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment’s yearlong campaign to honor the studio’s 75th birthday. This year the division will debut several select fan-favorites on Blu-ray for the first time ever including The Rocky Horror Picture Show, William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet, Moulin Rouge!, The Last of the Mohicans[i] and The Sound of Music.
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Review: ‘Predators’ is a worthy follow-up that’s almost as good as the original film

HollywoodNews.com: Not for nothing, but ever since the original was released in 1987, it’s felt a little bit like the Predator series has spent much of its time chasing the tail, sometimes literally, of Alien. And after 23 years, two follow-ups and two crossover films, it finally has a second installment that lives up to, and develops the story of the original in much the same way James Cameron’s Aliens did Ridley’s Scott’s Alien. But even though it’s the collective nostalgia of the best of both of those series that drives Nimrod Antal’s intended direct sequel to the 1987 original, Predators is nevertheless a gloriously entertaining movie that qualifies as quite possibly the best fan-service sequel of all time, and one of my favorite films of the summer.
The film practically defines in medias res as it opens with Adrien Brody’s character, Royce, free-falling from an unseen, unknown aircraft towards a vivid, green landscape that seems in an equal hurry to swallow him up. After landing gracelessly in the jungle below, Royce discovers that he’s not the only warrior to be subjected to such unceremonious treatment: there’s drug cartel henchman Cuchillo (Danny Trejo); Nikolai (Oleg Taktarov), a minigun-wielding member of the Russian Special Forces; ex-con Stans (Walton Goggins); African death squad soldier Mombasa (Mahershalalhashbaz Ali); strong, silent Yakuza member Hanzo (Louis Ozawa Changchien); Israeli defense force veteran Isabelle (Alice Braga); and Edwin (Topher Grace), a quick-witted doctor who seems dangerously out of place among these trained killers.
Before long, they encounter Noland (Laurence Fishburne), an eccentric loner with some crazy ideas about the occupants of the jungle, and his new companions’ place in the pecking order. Slowly realizing that they haven’t merely been kidnapped, but recruited to participate in a deadly hunt where they’re the prey, Royce and the others band together to figure out where they are, who’s hunting them, and most importantly, how to survive.

Other than reviving Arnold Schwarzenegger’s character Dutch, Predators has just about every single thing I could imagine wanting in a sequel to the original Predator. Screenwriters Alex Litvak and Michael Finch more or less reconstruct the bifurcated military-sci-fi script for the original in a similar but just-different-enough location, insert a colorful ensemble of formidable, unique and interesting characters, and then unleash irresistible forces on unmoveable objects. Suffice it to say that much like in McTiernan’s ’87 film, the deck is stacked against the humans in favor [...]

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