Check Out Raymond Swanland’s ALIENS VS. PREDATOR Cover Art Before It Goes on Sale at Comic-Con

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Limited editions of Raymond Swanland‘s intense cover art for the Dark Horse Comics series Aliens, Predator, and Aliens vs. Predator are going on sale at the Acme Archives booth at Comic-Con.  Swanland will join the fun at Acme’s booth on Saturday 7/26 from 2pm-4pm for signings.

Even if you can’t make it to San Diego next weekend, the pieces will be available online before month’s end.  So hit the jump to see what’s available and find out how to purchase one of the prints.

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.

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.

Bill Paxton Talks EDGE OF TOMORROW, Working with Tom Cruise and Doug Liman, ALIENS, AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D., Future Projects, and More

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One of my favorite movies is James Cameron’s Aliens.  While the term masterpiece gets used to describe many things that are unworthy of the moniker, when you’re talking about Aliens, you’re talking about perfection.  Loaded with incredible visuals, a great script, and effects that still hold up, Aliens is a great example of what’s possible in cinema.  Knowing how I feel about the movie, you can imagine how excited I was when I found out I’d get a chance to speak with Bill Paxton at WonderCon.  Thankfully, while you usually only get a few minutes on a red carpet, Paxton spoke with me for a long time before Warner Bros.’ Edge of Tomorrow panel.

During our conversation, he talked about Aliens, people quoting lines to him, what it was like working with director Doug Liman and Tom Cruise on Edge of Tomorrow, the premise of the film, being part of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., future projects, and a lot more.  If you’re a fan of Paxton, I promise you’ll enjoy this interview.

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.

Limited Paper: Mark Englert Auctioning a Pair of Extremely Rare ALIENS-Themed Prints For Boston Red Cross and Expressobeans.com

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For some time now, rumors have been circulating about an extremely rare Aliens-themed poster being worked on by Mark Englert.  These rumors were ignited when the artist posted some process shots of the piece to his personal blog a few months ago, at which time he also revealed that Close Your Eyes, Baby was…a commission piece.  In other words, Mark Englert’s latest wouldn’t be finding its way to a wide release.  Fans were bummed…but rumors persisted that there might be some hope yet.

As it turns out, there is a bit of hope if you’re interested in obtaining one of Englert’s Aliens-themed prints…but you’ll have to act quick if you’re interested in picking one up.  Read all about it after the jump, folks.

Toy Fair 2013: New NECA Toys for 60′s BATMAN, AFTER EARTH, ROBOCOP, GREMLINS, PROMETHEUS, ALIENS, IRON MAN, PREDATOR, and More

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For our final Toy Fair image article, we’re doing a huge roundup of NECA toy images.  While they’re making figures/toys for all the regular movies and TV shows you’d expect, the highlight of NECA’s 2013 lineup is the 60′s Batman featuring Adam West!  The reason it’s taken so long to get an Adam West Batman is lawyers.  From what I’ve been told, Warner Bros. owns Batman, while 20th Century Fox owns the show.  For years the two companies have been trying to work out an agreement to release DVDs/Blu-rays and new merchandise with little success.  However, late last year, the two companies finally worked out a deal and 2013 should see a lot of new toys and hopefully a home video release.  Which is great news for the fans.

In addition to checking out the first 60′s Batman toy in quite some time, you can also see new toys for Aliens, A Christmas Story, Captain America, Michael Keaton’s Batman, Carrie, Gremlins, E.T., Harry Potter, Hulk, Iron Man, Pacific Rim, Predator, Prometheus, Scarface, Rambo, The Hobbit, The Hunger Games, Thor, and a lot more.

Toy Fair 2013: Images of Mezco’s BREAKING BAD and NECA’s Upcoming Toy Lines for CARRIE, ALIENS, KICK-ASS 2, PACIFIC RIM, PROMETHUES and More

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As you’ve probably noticed, over the past 48 hours, we’ve posted a ton of toy articles.  The reason is every February in New York City, the toy industry holds its yearly convention (Toy Fair) and it’s where every toy manufacturer shows off their upcoming products.  If you’re a fan of movie related toys, Lego, or just cool stuff, Toy Fair is basically a huge preview of what you’ll be spending your money on this year.

Anyway, while walking around the show yesterday, Samantha Cheirif took a number of pictures and this batch covers Mezco Toyz Breaking Bad and NECA’s Carrie, Kick-Ass 2, Pacific Rim, Prometheus, Aliens, Rambo, The Lone Ranger, The Hobbit, Gremlins and more.  Hit the jump to check out the images.

First Images of NECA’s ALIENS Action Figures and HALF-LIFE Gravity Gun Replica

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Toymaker NECA has revealed the first images of their upcoming Aliens action figures as well as a 1:1 replica of the gravity gun from the videogame Half-Life.  The Aliens figures include Hicks (Michael Biehn), Hudson (Bill Paxton), and an alien warrior.  The Hicks and Hudson figures are nearly 7″ tall and feature over 30 points of articulation.  Hicks and Hudson also come with multiple heads, but why you would want to use anything other than the “Game over, man!  Game over!”-head is beyond me.  As for the alien warrior, it’s 9″ tall and has over 30 points of articulation including a bendable tail, hinged jaw, and sliding inner mouth.  It’s perfect for destroying tiny Lance Henriksen.

As for the gravity-gun replica, it’s currently in development, and the image NECA has released is a model, not the final version.  However, it should still do a good job of taking out head-crabs.  Hit the jump to check out images of the toys.  The figures and the replica are due out in the spring.

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).

Click here to buy this beauty.  Note: Collider earns a small referral fee when our readers purchase something on Amazon through one of our links. The money generated helps pay our staff and keep the site running. Thank you for reading and supporting Collider.

Jon Landau Talks TITANIC 3D Blu-Ray, Chance of Converting TERMINATOR 2 or ALIENS to 3D, and Updates on AVATAR Sequels

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The epic love story Titanic, which earned two billion dollars at the box office and won 11 Academy Awards, is making its highly anticipated debut on Blu-ray, in high definition 2D and 3D, on September 10th. Whether choose the 2D Blu-ray/DVD combo pack or you go for the ultimate experience in immersive 3D, you will get four discs that feature more than two-and-a-half hours of new bonus footage, including an in-depth exploration of the film with James Cameron, documentary footage, 30 deleted scenes, over 60 behind-the-scenes featurettes, more than 2,000 photos, commentaries and more.

During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, producer and longtime James Cameron collaborator Jon Landau talked about the phenomenal reward of having the hugely successful film also stand the test of time, the biggest way in which Titanic changed his life, what he’s most excited about fans getting to see on the Blu-ray, his favorite deleted scene, and the challenges of post-converting an older movie. He also talked about the possibility of converting Terminator 2 and Aliens to 3D, how he feels about 48 frames per second and the future of projection, the current status of the release date and scripts for more Avatar films, the recent advances in technology that he’s most looking forward to incorporating into future movies, 3D as the future of home entertainment, and the most rewarding part of his years of collaboration with Cameron. Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Limited Paper: Mondo Goes Metallic for THE GOONIES, Kevin Tong Takes on BREAKING BAD, Godmachine Tackles ALIEN, and More

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Another day, another Limited Paper filled with reasons to deplete your bank account’s bottom line.  Last time, we offered up a super-sized batch of reading material, one filled to the rafters with new prints by Brandon Schaeffer, Tom Whalen, Laurent Durieux, Jason Edmiston, and more.  Today, we’re back with a slight less super-sized edition of your preferred Collider.com column.  But don’t worry, there’s still much for us to discuss, including Mondo’s just-released poster for The Goonies, Tomer Hanuka’s just-released Vertigo poster, and blah.

Meet me after the jump for all that and more, my fellow poster-fiends.

Friday Box Office – PROMETHEUS Leads with $21.4 Million Debut; MADAGASCAR 3 Not Far Behind with $20.4 Million

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Estimates are in for this weekend’s two new wide releases and, for the moment, they have Fox’s R-rated Prometheus slightly ahead with $21.4 million compared to the $20.4 million of Dreamworks Animation’s Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted. This is great news for Prometheus which is now all but guaranteed to gross over $50 million through Sunday; this despite the fact that Fox had been hinting that $40 million would be a stretch. Why the low expectations? To begin with, Madagascar 3 had a screen count advantage: launching in 4,258 locations to Prometheus’ 3,396. Then there’s that R-rating, which is commonly held to be the harbinger of middling grosses. Instead, Ridley Scott’s Alien prequel took in $3.5 million from its midnight premieres alone – double that of last weekend’s Snow White and the Huntsman. Of course, if Friday’s estimates are good news for Prometheus they are even better for Madagascar 3. Because of the film’s screen count and more-accessible PG-rating, Dreamworks’ latest is expected to take the weekend with around $60 million.  We’ll have full details and analysis tomorrow.

Title Friday Total
1 Prometheus $21,400,000 $21.4
2 Madagascar 3 $20,450,000 $20.4
3 Snow White & the Huntsman $7,500,000 $82.9
4 Men in Black 3 $4,200,000 $126.2
5 The Avengers $3,300,000 $564.3

 

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.

The Five Most Badass Female Leads in Movie History

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With Rooney Mara (Youth in Revolt) set to star as rebellious hacker Lisbeth Salander in David Fincher’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo next week, we thought we’d take a look back at past female badasses in cinematic history. Noomi Rapace nailed the role in the original Swedish version, so Mara will have a lot to live up to. Not only will she be compared to the performance of her predecessor, but also to the relatively few female heroines that came before her. Will Mara equal or surpass Rapace? Can she hang with the baddest ladies in movie history? Will she impress us enough to fight her way to the top? Hit the jump to check out our selection of the five most badass female leads of all time.

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