Comic-Con: Original Kenner ALIEN Action Figures From the 70s Being Remade and Sold Later This Year

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Back in the late 70s, Kenner, the same company that made the original Star Wars figures, designed 3 ¾” action figures for the original Alien.  At the time, Kenner thought Alien would be a big hit and the figures might be another Star Wars.  They thought wrong.  Shortly after they released a 12″ Alien figure, which barely sold, Kenner decided to kill the 3 ¾” toy line and the figures never saw the light of day.  However, the prototypes eventually leaked into collectors hands and they were the types of figures everyone always wanted but could never own.

Until now.

Earlier today at Comic-Con, Super7 announced something crazy: they’ve unearthed the original 33-year-old prototypes and will use them to help make these “lost toys” a reality.  Like all the toys from the 70s, the figures will be loaded with five points of articulation, accessories, and period-authentic blister card packaging.  Included will be Ripley, Ash, Dallas, Kane in Nostromo Suit and the Alien.  Hit the jump for more info and images!

Book Reviews: THE BOOK OF ALIEN and PROMETHEUS: THE ART OF THE FILM

by     Posted 2 years, 46 days ago

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Every film fan should own at least a couple “Making-of” books.  These books might not meet the sheer wealth of material the special features DVD or Blu-ray can offer, but they can make great reference material you can pull off your shelf at any time or have sitting on your coffee table if you just want to kill some time and look at some gorgeous concept art.

The best making-of books offer an excellent blend of informative material coupled with high-quality images, and with the release of Prometheus, two new making-of books have hit shelves:  The Book of Alien and Prometheus: The Art of the Film.  One is an example of how to a making-of book wrong, and the other is an example of how to do it right.

Weekend Box Office – MADAGASCAR 3 Passes PROMETHEUS with $60.3 Million Opening

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After winning Friday by a nose, Fox’s Prometheus slipped into second this weekend with an estimated $50 million from 3,396 locations. That gives Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted the win with a reported $60.3 million from 4,258 dates and puts overall box office receipts more than 30% ahead of 2011.

Title Weekend Total
1 Madagascar 3 $60,350,000 $60.3
2 Prometheus $50,000,000 $50
3 Snow White & the Huntsman $23,020,000 $98.5
4 Men in Black 3 $13,500,000 $135.5
5 The Avengers $10,809,000 $571.8
6 Best Exotic Marigold Hotel $3,235,000 $31
7 What to Expect When You’re Expecting $2,700,000 $35.7
8 Battleship $2,286,000 $59.8
9 The Dictator $2,150,000 $55.1
10 Dark Shadows $1,360,000 $73.7

Ridley Scott Talks PROMETHEUS, Viral Advertising, TRIPOLI, the BLADE RUNNER Sequel, PROMETHEUS Sequels, More

by     Posted 2 years, 59 days ago

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No matter how much time you get with director Ridley Scott, it’s never enough.  After all, you could spend an entire interview discussing the original Alien, Blade Runner, or his under-appreciated gem, Kingdom of Heaven (specifically the director’s cut with forty additional minutes that completely changes the film).  So when I got to participate in a roundtable interview with Scott yesterday in London for Prometheus, his first sci-fi movie in thirty years, you could say I was a bit excited.

During the twenty minute interview, Scott talked about how Prometheus came about, it’s relation to the original Alien, the viral marketing, technology, his fascination with robots and artificial intelligence, and so much more.  In addition, Scott talked about other projects like Monopoly, the Blade Runner Sequel, what ever happened to Tripoli and what it was about, and reveals that he already has ideas for the Prometheus sequel, assuming he gets to make one.  Hit the jump to either read or listen to the interview.

Damon Lindelof Talks Turning an ALIEN Prequel into PROMETHEUS, the Viral Campaign, Revealing Too Much in Trailers and More

by     Posted 2 years, 79 days ago

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I can safely say that Prometheus is undoubtedly one of the most anticipated films of the year.  Beyond the fact that it marks a return to the sci-fi genre for director Ridley Scott and is related to his classic horror film Alien, it looks unbelievably cool.  By now most people are familiar with the fact that the project originated as a direct prequel to Alien, but when Damon Lindelof was brought onboard to work on the screenplay it morphed into an original story that has ties to the Alien universe.

On the heels of 17 new images from the film yesterday, EW has now unveiled an extensive interview with Lindelof in which he addresses exactly how the film changed from a straight prequel to a separate story, how the excellent viral campaign came about, trying not to reveal too much in the marketing material, and he comments on how the title of the film is tied into the story’s themes.  Hit the jump to see what he had to say.

New Three-Minute PROMETHEUS Trailer Has Loads of New Footage and a Great Look at Alien Life Forms

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Prometheus hasn’t landed yet, but a new three-minute trailer has.  It shows a ton of new footage (which may be on the spoilery side) and emphasizes Charlize Theron’s character, Meredith Vickers.  Vickers comes across like a female version of Stephen Lang’s Colonel in Avatar and clearly has a seedy agenda (which is blatantly called out in a spat of coarse dialogue).  The trailer plays as a mini-movie of sorts, a condensed version of what we can expect when the full theatrical release hits theaters on June 8th.  Get caught up on all of our previous coverage here, including images, featurettes, posters, what the film will be rated and the ongoing viral marketing campaign.  Directed by Ridley Scott, Prometheus also stars Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Idris Elba, Logan Marshall-Green and Guy Pearce.  Hit the jump to check out the awesome new trailer.

WonderCon 2012: PROMETHEUS Panel Recap Featuring Sir Ridley Scott and Damon Lindelof

by     Posted 2 years, 134 days ago

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20th Century Fox showed up to WonderCon 2012 ready to unveil some footage for their heavy hitters this summer. The studio led off with director Ridley Scott’s Prometheus, the loosely-tied prequel to that Alien franchise you may have heard about. We’ve already brought you the new trailer and the viral site featuring Michael Fassbender’s character, David. While they didn’t screen any additional footage beyond the trailer, Damon Lindelof was on hand to moderate a panel discussion that included Sir Ridley Scott, Fassbender and Charlize Theron.

Prometheus, starring Noomi Rapace, Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender, Idris Elba and Guy Pearce. Prometheus opens in IMAX 3D on June 8th. Hit the jump for our recap on the panel discussion .

Guy Pearce’s Role in PROMETHEUS Possibly Revealed [Minor Spoiler]

by     Posted 2 years, 153 days ago

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Ridley Scott‘s Prometheus is one of my most-anticipated movies of the summer, and Fox has done a pretty good job keeping the details under wraps.  We know it has Alien-DNA, that the last eight minutes will tie into Scott’s 1979 seminal sci-fi horror film, and a few other assorted details.  Last May, we reported that Guy Pearce had joined the film, but there were no details on his character.  In a recent interview, Scott may have revealed who Pearce is playing.  I don’t consider this is a major spoiler since A) the publication is in question; and B) if it is true, the director had no problem giving away the info in an interview.  I can understand wanting to keep the secrecy going on a movie that’s managed to keep us in the dark so far (and hopefully will continue to do so up until its release), so don’t click ahead if you want to avoid a minor spoiler.

Hit the jump to find out who Pearce might be playing.  The film also stars Charlize Theron, Noomi Rapace, Idris Elba, and Michael FassbenderPrometheus opens in 3D on June 8th.

Geek Gifts: Nerd up Your Beverage with Han Solo in Carbonite and ALIEN Ice Trays

by     Posted 2 years, 221 days ago

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Have you ever looked into your ice beverages and thought, “This drink is all well and good, but these ice cubes are so dull.”  Well, they don’t have to be!  You can geek up that drink with some help from nerdy ice cube trays.  You know what’s better than drinking a nice cold soda?  Drinking a nice cold soda with a tiny frozen Han Solo in it.  Or if you feel that Star Wars already has its wampa mitts into too much merchandise already, go with a little R-rated sci-fi and throw some Alien eggs into your iced-tea.  Nothing refreshes like a frozen xenomorph fetus.

Hit the jump to check out the ice trays and where you can buy them.

Ridley Scott Provides a Few New Details on PROMETHEUS; Says the Xenomorph Will “Absolutely Not” Appear in the Movie

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Fox has done a pretty good job of keeping the lid on Ridley Scott‘s Prometheus.  Of course, everything will likely be known a month before the film opens, but for now: mystique!  The movie still indirectly ties in to Alien by exploring the mystery of the Space Jockey (the giant dead creature found by the crew of the Nostromo in the first act).  Says Scott:

Yeah, so there you have that… I always thought it was amazing that no one ever asked who he was, and why was he there? What was all that about? I sat thinking about this for a while and thought, “Well, there’s a story! And the other four [films] missed it!” So, here it is.

Hit the jump for more on what he had to say about the prequel/not-a-prequel, and why he removed the famous xenomorphs from the equation.  Prometheus opens June 8, 2012 and stars Charlize Theron, Noomi Rapace, Idris Elba, and Michael Fassbender.

New Look at Images from Ridley Scott’s PROMETHEUS

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A week ago, we brought you an early look at scans from Ridley Scott’s new Alien-“prequel” Prometheus. They showed actors Noomi Rapace (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), Michael Fassbender (X-Men: First Class) and Logan Marshall-Green (Devil) in their luminescent-collared spacesuits exploring what looked like ruins of an unknown planet. They also showed stars Charlize Theron (Hancock) and Idris Elba (Thor) on the bridge of the eponymous ship. Lording over the explorers in the background was a monolithic face looking down on a field of what appear to be primitive versions of Alien eggs down in the fog. Well now we can show you all of that in more clarity, along with a couple of new images from the film. With clearer images available, a trailer should be right around the corner. Prometheus opens in 3D on June 8th, 2012. Hit the jump to check out the images.

Ridley Scott Says the Last 8 Minutes of PROMETHEUS Evolve into the ALIEN DNA

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It’s been fun calling Ridley Scott‘s Prometheus an Alien prequel/not-prequel.  The movie started out as a straight-up prequel to his classic 1979 sci-fi horror film, but then turned into something of a quasi-spin-off when Scott said back in January, “The keen fan will recognize strands of Alien’s DNA.”  In a recent interview with the Wall Street Journal’s Speakeasy blog, Scott says the last eight minutes of Prometheus will evolve into “a pretty good DNA of the Alien one.”

Hit the jump for more on what Scott had to say about the film plus my speculation on what will happen in the last eight minutes.  The film stars Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender, Noomi Rapace, Idris Elba, and Guy PearcePrometheus opens in 3D on June 8, 2012.

Damon Lindelof Shares Details on Michael Fassbender and Charlize Theron’s Roles in PROMETHEUS

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The official Lost podcast was one of my first ventures into internet radio.  If I learned anything from hours of listening to showrunners Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse deconstruct their show, I learned those two men are fantastic at elaborating on past story and teasing future developments in a way that excites more than it spoils.  Lindelof worked without Cuse on the script for Prometheus, but that skill thankfully carries over.

MTV spoke to Lindelof at Comic-Con, when he shared what it was like to collaborate with Ridley Scott, revealed more about the roles of Michael Fassbender and Charlize Theron, and explained a link between the prequel and the Alien franchise.  Read the quotes after the jump.

First Image from PROMETHEUS

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Prometheus probably has the highest ratio of Audience Anticipation to Public Information of any movie in production.  It’s a quasi-Alien prequel (hence the anticipation), but the only solid detail we know is Prometheus takes place in outer space.  The first image released by Warner Bros. confirms that much.  Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Idris Elba, Guy Pearce, and possibly Ben Foster star.  I can’t tell you definitively who is in that space suit, but my bet is on Rapace, the female lead in the movie.  We should learn more at Fox Comic-Con panel later today — check back soon for our recap.

Prometheus is scheduled for release on June 8, 2012.  See the new image after the jump.

ALIEN Prequel NOT Called “Paradise”; Casting Reports False; Will Only Be One Movie

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Yesterday, it looked as if we were getting a huge amount of info on Ridley Scott’s Alien prequel.  Vulture reported that the film was called “Paradise”, and that Michael Fassbender (Inglourious Basterds) and Michelle Yeoh (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) were being offered roles.  But last night, Chris Petrikin, 20th Century Fox’s Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications, took to the Twitter machine to make some clarifications.  He first stated that the title is not “Paradise”.  Presumably, “Paradise” could just be an alias for the production.  It did seem odd that Fox would make an Alien movie and not put the word “Alien” in the title.

In other clarification news, The Playlist reports that according to a source who’s close to the production, the casting rumors regarding Fassbender and Yeoh are “just plain wrong.”  Hit the jump for more rumor control on the Alien prequel.

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