Ridley Scott Plans to Deliver a “Fresher Form of Alien” in PROMETHEUS 2

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About two months ago, Ridley Scott offered a Prometheus 2 update confirming that the script was being written, that he had “15 drafts evolving” and also that the iconic Xenomorphs will not be part of the sequel.  He noted that “there’s only so much snarling you can do” and that it’s time to do something more interesting, but left it at that.  However, in a more recent interview, Scott gives up a little more information and it teases the direction he could be going in with aliens in the sequel.

Hit the jump to find out what Noomi Rapace’s Elizabeth Shaw could encounter in Prometheus 2.

KINGDOM OF HEAVEN Ultimate Edition and ALIEN 35th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray Reviews

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20th Century Fox has released two of Ridley Scott’s best films in new special editions.  Those films are Alien and Kingdom of Heaven.  One of these editions offers supplements and commentaries never before put to Blu-ray, while the other is a repackaged version of previous editions, where the only new element are some collectables.  My review of both follows after the jump. 

DRACULA UNTOLD, THE WALKING DEAD, THE PURGE: ANARCHY and More Coming to Halloween Horror Nights 2014

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Dracula Untold doesn’t hit theaters until October 17th, but it seems as though Universal expects it to draw a crowd because the movie will have a presence at Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights 2014.  The event kicks off on September 19th and will feature the Dracula Untold: Reign of Blood maze in which you’ll meet Vlad the Impaler and get a sense of what goes down when he chooses to swap his humanity for a never-ending thirst for blood.

Hit the jump for more on the Dracula Untold: Reign of Blood maze as well as details on some of the other properties to be featured at Halloween Horror Nights this year.

Pre-Order Bonus Content for ALIEN: ISOLATION Features Voice of Sigourney Weaver and Ability to Play through Scenes from ALIEN

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The previous Alien game, Aliens: Colonial Marines was, to put it lightly, reviled to the point of people suing the developers for making a game so incredibly terrible.  The new Alien game, Alien: Isolation, looks like a vast improvement by taking the popular sci-fi series away from a first-person shooter and moving it to a first-person survival horror game.  Those who pre-order Alien: Isolation will get a pretty cool bonus: the ability to play through two scenes from Ridley Scott‘s Alien, and they will have the authenticity of including voice work from actors Sigourney Weaver (Ellen Ripley), Tom Skerritt (Dallas), Veronica Cartwright (Lambert), Harry Dean Stanton (Brett), and Yaphet Kotto (Parker).  Ash will still look like Ian Holm, but it will be a sound-alike.  Damn androids.

Hit the jump to check out the pre-order trailer and the press release, which details the two scenes from Alien that players will get to experience.  Alien: Isolation will be available on October 7th for Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and Windows PC.  Click here to pre-order on Amazon.

Awesome Blu-ray Deal: ALIEN Anthology and PROMETHEUS Bundle $19.99 (78% Off)

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If you’ve been holding out for the Alien series on Blu-ray, today’s the day to act.  The four-film Alien anthology—which includes Alien, Aliens, Alien 3, and Alien: Resurrection—is currently on sale bundled with Ridley Scott’s sort-of-prequel Prometheus for a mere $19.99 on Blu-ray, which is a whopping 78% off.  That price would be great for just Alien and Aliens plus the extensive Anthology supplements, but throwing in the whole series makes it a very solid buy.

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Sigourney Weaver Talks the Longevity of the ALIEN Franchise, Her Initial Trepidations to Play Ripley, and Whether She Would Return for a New ALIEN Sequel

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The Alien film franchise stands out in stark contrast from the majority of horror series, which tend to extol their iconic villain over their more bland heroes.  For Friday the 13th, nobody cares for the anonymous teens, all sympathy and audience-support ultimately sides with mass-murderer Jason Voorhees.  The same is similarly true for Nightmare on Elm Street (Freddy Krueger), The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (Leatherface), Saw (Jigsaw) and Halloween (Mike Myers).  The Alien Quadrilogy is one of the rare exceptions – a horror franchise where the iconic character isn’t the villain but the hero.  Ellen Ripley, seemingly the doomed third-lead of Alien, emerges as the de-facto hero of that picture.  Over the course of the three following sequels, Ripley would become a potent female action icon, a doomed tragic heroine and ultimately an existential anti-hero.  In the capable hands of Sigourney Weaver, Ripley’s four-film arc though feels of one piece.  She quite simply is the glue that keeps the Alien franchise together.

Last night, The Hero Complex Film Festival honored Ellen Ripley and the actress who plays her with a double feature of Ridley Scott’s Alien and James Cameron’s Aliens.  After the screening, Sigourney Weaver herself was on hand to discuss the enduring popularity of Alien, the iconography of Ripley and whether the character will ever grace the big screen again.  For highlights from the Q&A, hit the jump.

Artist and ALIEN Designer H.R. Giger Dead at 74

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Swiss Artist H.R. Giger, who is best known for designing the iconic look of Alien, has died at age 74.  An employee told Swiss media [via Reuters] that Giger died on Monday in Zurich from injuries he obtained after suffering a fall.  Giger, who worked in multiple formats including ink drawing, polyester, airbrush, and more, described his work as “biomechanical” as it frequently fused the human and the industrial into surreal images.  His work was always eye-catching and enduring to the point where, as seen in Jodorowsky’s Dune, the designs he did for Alejandro Jodorowsky‘s failed attempt to make Dune eventually landed up in Ridley Scott‘s Prometheus.  That’s not to mention all of his work that adorned VHS boxes, album covers, and the fact that he even has his own museum in a medieval castle in Switzerland.

Our deepest condolences go out to Mr. Giger’s family and friends.

Hero Complex Film Festival Lineup Announced; Will Include Interviews with James Cameron, Sigourney Weaver, Joe Dante, and More

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The Los Angeles Times 2014 Hero Complex Film Festival lineup has been announced.  There will be a mix of classics films screening such as The Terminator, Terminator 2, Monty Python & the Holy Grail, Alien, Aliens, and Gremlins as well as a 10th anniversary presentation of the 2003 Battlestar Galactica miniseries and an advance screening of How to Train Your Dragon 2.  Almost all of these screenings will be accompanied by live Q&As with the films’ creators and stars including James Cameron, Sigourney Weaver, Joe Dante, Ronald D. Moore, Dean DeBlois, Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, and more.  While the advanced screening of How to Train Your Dragon 2 is cool, I’m glad there’s a heavy emphasis on classic sci-fi, fantasy, and horror movies.  That being said, I’m sure Cameron will get a bunch of questions of the Avatar sequels.

Tickets will go on sale tomorrow, April 30th, starring at 10am.  Hit the jump to check out the press release and to find out how you can get tickets.  The 2014 Hero Complex Film Festival will run from May 30 – June 1st.

New MONDO Posters for PSYCHO, FLASH GORDON, ALIEN, and More by Kevin Tong and Martin Ansin

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Coming off the tremendous success of their Disney gallery, Mondo will be following it up with another big show.  This one will focus on sci-fi, fantasy, and horror with a bent towards emulating classic movie posters.  The artists handling the work will be two of my personal favorites, Kevin Tong and Martin Ansin.  The films they’ve chosen to do include Psycho, Flash Gordon, and Alien as well as more recent stuff such as Prometheus and a variant of the poster for Hannibal.  Unsurprisingly, these posters are gorgeous (I’m particularly enamored of Kevin Tong’s poster for Psycho) and will likely be snapped up in a heartbeat when the gallery opens on Friday.

Hit the jump to check out the posters that have been released so far.

Toy Fair 2014: Over 70 Pictures of New Figures from THE WALKING DEAD, Marvel, GODZILLA, ALIEN, BATMAN, GAME OF THRONES, STAR WARS, and More

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Toy Fair at the Javits Center in New York City is absolutely enormous.  There’s 412,000 net square feet of exhibit space and a whole section of it is devoted to action figures alone with high quality collectibles from Star Wars, The Walking Dead, Alien, Godzilla and so much more.

Dark Horse had a slew of Marvel Classic items on display, a bunch of Game of Thrones characters and even a bust of Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli) from Grimm.  Kotobukiya came with loads of stunning Marvel designs including their April 2014 release, Nightwing, and also a Batman: Arkham Origins piece, but there’s still no debut date for that one.  The McFarlane Toys booth was loaded with Walking Dead characters with a 10-inch Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) as well as a statue of The Governor’s zombie fish tank.  Catch all of that and loads more after the jump.

Super7′s ALIEN ReAction Figures to Be Sold Exclusively at San Diego Comic-Con

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San Diego Comic-Con is a must-attend event for toy collectors.  This year, one of the hottest toys will be Super7′s Alien “ReAction Figures”.  As we previously, the 1979 Alien action figures were canceled, and these 3 3/4″ figures are based on the prototypes.  Now, under supervision from 20th Century Fox, Super7 will sell these limited edition figures at SDCC.  Per the press release, “Each is stylized exactly as items from the ‘golden age’ of action figures with approximately five points of articulation, accessories, and period-authentic blister card packaging.”

There will be four different exclusives related to this line at San Diego Comic Con.  Hit the jump for details and images.  The 2013 San Diego Comic-Con runs from July 18 – 21st.

WonderCon: New Images and Info on the Kenner ALIEN Action Figures Being Sold Later This Year by Super7

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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.

Later this year, Super7 will be releasing new action figures based on 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.

Limited Paper: Mondo Announces TINA’S MOM’S BOYFRIEND, Fernando Reza’s MYTHIC BEASTS TRAVEL POSTERS, Justin White’s RATED G, and More!

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We’ve got a ton of stuff to get through in Limited Paper today, including a look at Mondo’s next big gallery show (featuring artwork from Australian duo We Buy Your Kids), FroDesignCo’s series of Mythic Beasts Travel Posters (featuring Limited Paper’s spirit animal, the Chupacabra), Gallery1988’s Rated G (featuring work from Justin White), and—because why the hell not—we also need to provide an update on our latest contest/giveaway while teasing the next one.  Phew.  Bring a bookmark and meet me on the other side of the jump, my fellow poster junkies.

Blu-ray Deals: ALIEN ANTHOLOGY for $19.99 (71% Off)

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Remember back in June when Alien Anthology was only $38.99 on Blu-ray?  Well if you bought it then, you were a sucker.  Today, a scant five months later, it’s Amazon’s Gold Box Deal of the Day and is going for $19.99 (71% off MSRP).  To be fair, this is a set worth owning at any price.  Not only do you get all of the Alien movies in HD as well as all the special features from the incredible Alien Quadrilogy box set, but there are also new extras created especially for this set (like what really happened on Alien 3).

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Ridley Scott Refused to Do an Extended Cut for PROMETHEUS Blu-ray; Jon Spaihts Reveals Details about His Original Script

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One of the most frustrating things about Prometheus is its potential.  There are simply too many plot holes (which, admittedly, I didn’t notice when I saw the film; I was wrapped up in the visuals, performance, and strength of Ridley Scott‘s direction).  The fact that the marketing for the Blu-ray has had to be “Questions Will Be Answered” is preposterous.  This isn’t Lost.  This is a movie, and either the questions should have been answered or they should purposely be left ambiguous.  Looking back on Prometheus, I’ve wondered if the more fulfilling picture is out there either in a director’s cut or in screenwriter Jon Spaihts‘ original script.

Hit the jump for why we won’t be seeing the director’s cut, but we can learn a bit more about what Spaihts intended before screenwriter Damon Lindelof came on board.  Prometheus hits DVD, Blu-ray, and 3D Blu-ray tomorrow.

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