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Before you go chalking this up to half-hearted wish speak from an actress who’d love a little more time in the limelight, consider this. Sigourney Weaver’s initial Alien director, Sir Ridley Scott, has started building the bridge between pre-Alien conversations with his own film, Prometheus, and that movie’s planned sequel.
H.R. Giger passed away this week, after suffering injuries caused by a fall. In his 74 years of life, he made the impression of a dark and brooding genius on anyone who saw his visage. Yet if you talked to the people who worked with him, they could have told you that he was a lot friendlier than his image's reputation would suggest.
This actually isn't the first time that Fox has tried to launch a theme park of their own. In 1999 the studio opened the doomed Fox Studios Backlot in Australia, but the idea wound up flopping and the park closed two years after it opened. The Genting Outdoor Theme Park that currently exists will begin the upgrade process in September...
Without the wizardry of modern computer imaging, Lang and his team created a movie monster who could bring down society, and created a Metropolis that still inspires artists today. And thanks to some fascinating behind-the-scenes photos, modern audiences can get a fuller appreciation of the work that went into building this world.
For as long as there has been art there have been people who analyze artists' works and try and get inside their minds. They look back and various pieces of literature, film, and music and discover themes, uncover allegory, and divine origin of inspiration. Much of the research is theory until either confirmed or explained by the creators, which isn't always an option - which is why we should treasure little pieces like this.
The last one, which pretends to be for the corpse-dragging comedy Weekend at Bernie’s, is the absolute “WTF?” of the entire group. I can’t even begin to pretend that the two eyeballs on Peter Parker’s Web-shooting hand have to do with Ted Kotcheff’s 1989 movie.
At 7' 2" Badejo had strangely long arms and a very slim form that Scott believed would look downright unearthly with a little bit of costuming. And he was right. Even in this test footage where Badejo wears little else but a mock-up head and slinks around a basic set, the transformation is unsettling and suitably alien.
Cool as it may look in the Alien franchise, I'm fairly certain that none of us would ever want to go through the horror of having a chestburster launch out of our chest. In addition to the fact that it results in death (there's no real positive spin on that aspect), it also looks insanely painful and just the thought of an alien being making a home in your ribcage is ridiculously disturbing.
While the Prometheus Blu-ray set went up for pre-order on Amazon a week before the movie even opened here in the states, but we still don't have any official word or dates for the much-anticipated release. What we do have, however, is an early glimpse at what bonus features the Prometheus Blu-ray is likely to be packing.
WARNING: The following article contains massive spoilers about Prometheus. If you do not wish to know any details or spoilers about the film, please do not click on this article (and please ask yourself why you were thinking about clicking on the link to begin with).
Prometheus may not be directly linked to Alien(s), but there is little doubt it returns Ridley to the world he created over thirty years ago-- and though it’s not strictly necessary to know a lot about the Alien movies before seeing Prometheus, you might like to have a little context if you haven't caught the earlier films
"There's a gap of a few years between Prometheus and the original Alien," Cameron tells The Guardian. "That gap is meant for me to answer all the questions raised in Prometheus."
The studio’s content to stick with that tagline – “The search for our beginning could lead to our end” – which confirms the basic story of a team of astronauts (played by Charlize Theron, Idris Elba, Michael Fassbender, Sean Harris, Guy Pearce and Noomi Rapace) venturing to the darkest corners of our universe when they discover a clue to the origin of our species. Beyond that, virtually everything else about Scott’s sci-fi/horror hybrid remains a mystery.
In case you haven’t seen Scott’s 1979 masterpiece in years, the Space Jockey was the mysterious, fossilized alien creature spotted sitting in a chair, or on some throne of bizarre technology. Scott, at one point, promised the Space Jockey’s back story – and that still may be coming – but then he changed his tune to say that Prometheus will be a standalone story with threads that might connect with Alien.
Scott’s clearly alluding to his seminal sci-fi classic with the way the title Prometheus comes together on screen. And even his imagery, from cinematographer Dariusz Wolski, looks like it continues from Scott’s 1979 effort. Yes, there are plenty of high-tech spaceship shots, and the technology has advanced. But by first glances, this is a companion piece to Alien< and I couldn’t be more thrilled.