Movie review: ‘Prometheus’

By Ashley Bergner, Box Office Buzz

The beginning of Ridley Scott’s sci-fi thriller “Prometheus” is deceptively calm. Scott takes time to set up the premise, carefully building the level of suspense as we watch a crew of scientists and their corporate sponsors set off for a faraway planet on board the spaceship Prometheus, searching for clues that could reveal how life originated on Earth. Yet anyone who has seen “Alien” knows better than to relax, and we know this quiet beginning is just lulling us into a false sense of security. Because while the crew of the Prometheus has no idea what horrors wait for them on the alien planet, we do, and what follows is a harrowing struggle to escape from the nightmare into which the mission quickly descends.

The film begins with two scientists, Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) and Charlie Holloway (Logan Marshall-Green), who have discovered an ancient cave painting in Scotland depicting a giant being pointing to the stars. Shaw and Holloway interpret this as an invitation from alien beings to come and visit their world. Weyland Corp. agrees to sponsor a voyage to this mysterious planet and outfits a vessel called the Prometheus for a voyage across the stars. Continue reading

Movie review: ‘Men in Black 3’

By Ashley Bergner, Box Office Buzz

Part of the fun of the first “Men in Black” film was simply watching the interaction between Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones’ alien investigators, Agent J and Agent K. The two actors had a great “odd couple” chemistry, Will Smith’s high-energy, charismatic Agent J contrasting nicely with Tommy Lee Jones’ blunt, prickly Agent K.

Yet it’s almost even more fun to watch Will Smith interact with a younger version of K in the recently released “Men in Black 3.” Josh Brolin gives a hilarious, and uncannily spot-on performance as the young Agent K, and as one review I read put it, it’s worth the price of admission just to see Brolin channel Tommy Lee Jones. Continue reading

Think you were abducted by aliens? Researchers say it was a dream

That abduction and probe was just a dreamBy: Matthew Jackson, Source: Blastr.com

Thousands of people have been brave enough (or crazy enough, depending on whom you ask) to come forward in the last half-century with tales of alien abductions in the dead of night. It’s a widespread phenomenon, but researchers are adding fuel to the skeptic fire with claims that what you think of as a real experience was really just a “lucid dream.”

Results from an experiment last fall by the Out-of-Body Experience Research Center in California show that out of 20 volunteers, 35 percent of them were able to have out-of-body experiences in which they encountered aliens. Lead researcher Michael Raduga said that the participants were all coached to “separate from their bodies” every time they were half-awake during the night, and some of them actually got somewhere. Continue reading

FOX exec attacks Prometheus leaks as ‘heartbreakingly unfair’

Fox Lashing Out at Promethius CriticsBy Matthew Jackson, Source: Blastr.com

A few days ago the ‘net got a glimpse of what appeared to be a very poor-quality version of the as-yet-unofficial trailer for Ridley Scott’s mysterious Prometheus. The film has been under such tight wraps that we’re hungry for any glimpse we get, but Fox Filmed Entertainment CEO Tom Rothman was not amused.

In fact, he warned us all that the footage we saw was just “half-assed,” and the real deal is coming soon. Continue reading

Flick Bits: First Pics of Ridley Scott’s Prometheus!

Entertainment Weekly has a sneak peek into the much anticipated new Ridley Scott flick, Prometheus.  Thanks to http://skiffyandfanty.wordpress.com for the scans.

And here they are.

 

Scott’s film, set for release next June, is the latest addition to the Alien universe/series, which began with Alien in 1979 and continued under James Cameron with the 1986 film Aliens.  Prometheus stars Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Patrick Wilson, Idris Elba, Noomi Rapace, and Guy Pearce (among others).

IMDB describes the film as follows:

A team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a journey to the darkest corners of the universe. There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race.

Additional photos have been posted by io9, some of which you can see below:

 

The awesome story of how the Nostromo prop from Alien was rescued

The Saving of the Nostromo

The guys at the Prop Store of London know that the stories behind sci-fi props can sometimes be as fascinating as the props themselves. That’s why they’ll be popping up on Blastr from time to time, taking a look at the untold stories of some amazing objects from movies and TV—such as the Nostromo spaceship from Alien, which was left under a tarp on a driveway for two decades until it was rescued and restored.

It’s impossible to say where modern sci-fi might be without Ridley Scott’s Alien. At the center of the seminal 1979 film was not only the psycho-sexual design of H. R. Giger, but also the space tug upon which ninety percent of the film took place: The Nostromo.

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That Alien prequel is NOT an Alien prequel anymore

Not really alien anymore

Director Ridley Scott and 20th Century Fox have finally announced an official title, release date and star for Scott’s highly anticipated Alien prequel. There’s just one thing … it’s NOT an Alien prequel anymore.

According to Deadline, the film is now called Prometheus and is scheduled for a March 9th, 2012 release, with Swedish actress Noomi Rapace (Sherlock Holmes 2) confirmed for the lead role of Elizabeth Shaw as rumored for months. While the movie originally started development as a prequel to Scott’s 1979 classic Alien, he now says that it has changed—with the help of screenwriter and Lost showrunner Damon Lindelof—into something completely different and wholly original.

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Is Ridley Scott’s Alien prequel falling apart?

Is the Alien Prequel Coming to an end?

Fans everywhere rejoiced when Ridley Scott came aboard Fox’s origin story for its long-running Alien franchise—and clapped a bit when Lost’s Damon Lindelof agreed to rewrite the script. But are budgetary concerns going to derail it?

Apparently, Scott’s vision for the prequel—which he has described as “really tough, really nasty”—demands that he spend $250 million to make a film that he wants to be a hard R.

Fox, on the other hand, is looking for a PG-13 movie that would cost far, far less.

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