Alien was made back in the good old days when monsters were guys in rubber suits. If Ridley Scott is making a prequel to Alien, it would make sense to go back to the practical effects. It turns out the director's been consulting with Avatar creature designer Neville Page. Scott’s still not sold on that performance capture hocus pocus.
“I just recently was talking to Ridley Scott,” Page said at a media even for the Blu-Ray release of Avatar. “He brought up a really interesting point about how the real rubber suits for him are still a preference because you get stuff that you’re forced to have be real. As a result, it feels real on camera or in camera. I thought, ‘Wait a minute, I thought we were doing everything digital now.’ Just like us, a director’s going to use whatever tools make sense for the end result.”
That’s food for thought for Ridley Scott. Dude, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Bring back the rubber suit. Page said Scott was just gathering information to weigh his options.
“He was talking more theoretical in regards to filmmaking and his experience on the original. It’s a choice of now moving forward, when you can do an alien fully digital, is that what he would do?”
What do you think? Wouldn’t it be great to see an old school alien in the Alien prequel as opposed to more CG B.S.?
James Cameron inched closer to committing to Avatar 2 at a world media event for the Blu Ray release of an extended Avatar. “Our plan is to make 2 and 3 together as a single large production and release them a year apart,” Cameron said. “It’s in progress right now. There’s a lot of writing, a lot of designing and there’s a lot of tech work that we’re going to do.”
Hasn’t he invented everything already? He should be able to just crank out more Na’Vi, but of course Cameron wants to push things further. If he’s going to make two movies together, that could take five years. He wants to anticipate technological advances five years out, so that Avatar 3 still looks fresh when it’s released.
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"No. Seriously, do not listen to this thing. I do not have a crush on Cindy Hawkins."
I, like most others, reacted poorly when it was announced that Platinum Dunes are making a movie based off Hasbro's Ouija Board. "That's dumb," I thought. "There won't even be any room to work in French martial arts." Oh, how short-sighted I was, friends.
Taken director Pierre Morel is on the shortlist to direct the film. That means this will be the ass-kickingest game of Ouija ever played. All I see in my head when I think of this is a child-version of Liam Neeson breaking his older sister's fingers one by one until she admits she moved the planchette. Hopefully, he'll be able to get Neeson himself. You know, if Milton Bradley doesn't have him under retainer. (LA Times)
I'm going to executive produce your face off!
Mark Wahlberg's gradual takeover of HBO moved one step closer to the tipping point with the announcement that he and Malcolm Gladwell are teaming up to produce a spy drama for the network. This brings Wahlberg's total number of HBO "executive producer" credits up to 55, give or take several dozen. Stephen Levinson and Charles Randolph will also act as executive producers, whatever that means.
The as-of-yet untitled series will take place in Cold War-era Berlin, and follow the exploits of a missionary who falls in with the CIA. In the interest of proving the writers at Vulture wrong, we will not go in for the easy "missionary position" joke, although God knows it would be hilarious if we did. (Vulture)
It's no surprise that Piranha 3D is getting a sequel. It's also no surprise that the sequel's title contains a pun involving breasts (Piranha 3DD). What is surprising is the fact that the film is scheduled to hit theaters in August 2011. I know they're not exactly going for an Oscar, but less than a year is still a pretty quick turn around time.
John Gulager (Feast) is set to direct, while Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan (Saw sequels) will pen the script. Let's hope Melton and Dunstan are fast writers. To speed things up, might I suggest using the word "tits" instead of "breasts," the word "fish" instead of "piranha," and the symbol for "$" in place of the words "plot," "character development" and "dignity." (Empire)
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The director's chair left vacant by David O. Russell on Pride And Prejudice And Zombies is being retro-fitted for a few more asses. Jonathan Demme, Matt Reeves, the Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs guys, and Mike White joined previously announced asses David Slade, Neil Marshall, and Mike Newell for a shot at plunking down for some on-set bad back support.
As with everything nowadays, the casting list is also uncertain now that Natalie Portman has walked from the starring role. Bradley Cooper, Scarlett Johansson, Mia Wasoshoushawkasa, Tilda Swinton, and Catherine O'Hara are all rumored for the project. It's impressive that so many big names (and Mike White) are interested in the project. I'm sure it will end up in good hands (or Mike White's). (The Wrap)
Well "Glee" just got a lot more interesting. GQ explores the "Glee" phenomenon by getting stars Lea Michele and Dianna Agron to take pictures dressed as sexy school girls. There are words too, but I was too busy fixating on the above pic of normally uptight Rachel (Lea Michele) licking a lollipop in white undies. No wonder the cast can't stop having sex with each other. Why can't the girls prance around the halls in this getup every week? I wouldn't care if they sang Michael Bolton nonstop.
More hot pics of the "Glee" girls after the jump…
In retrospect, I shouldn't have attempted this.
Bloody Disgusting is reporting that Mark Wahlberg has been offered the opportunity to get really super emo in The Crow. The original big screen adaptation was directed by Alex Proyas and followed Eric Draven, who is murdered and comes back to kill the men responsible for putting down him and his fiancée. Brandon Lee was accidently killed by a loaded gun during filming. I say nothing is an accident when Michael Wincott is on set.
Hasn't Wahlberg kind of already done this role in Max Payne? He didn't wear makeup and sling an ax (that's a guitar, for all you squares), but he got revenge for his family's murder with moody music and lighting. My guess is nothing will come of this rumor. Wahlberg should know better than to take the reigns from Crow: Salvation's Eric Mabius of ABC's "Ugly Betty."
It looks like Zach Galifianakis doesn't want to eat the cooter banana. While appearing recently on the Comedy Death Ray podcast, the notoriously choosey star of G-Force, "Tru Calling," and Out Cold intimated that he's having some "moral" issues with what Todd Phillips is planning to do on The Hangover 2.
“But a movie you’re acting in, you don’t have a lot of control — you just show up and vomit your lines out. I’m not the boss. I’m in a deep protest right now with a movie I’m working on, up in arms about something. But I can’t get the guys to [listen] … I’m not making any leeway.” Galifianakis cut host Scott Aukerman off with an abrupt warning sound as the host began to mention the film’s title, but after Aukerman pressed, “I know you’re filming The Hhhhhhhh … ” Galifianakis admitted, “It has something to do with a movie I’m working on, yeah. I’ll tell you about it later. It’s very frustrating.”
People are assuming that Galifianakis is taking issue with the inclusion of a Mel Gibson cameo in the film. Which is kind of silly. Sure, the man is considered vile right now and this is a case of stunt casting in the highest degree, but in all fairness, he was going to be hungover anway. Can you really blame Todd Phillips if he happens to point a camera at it? (Vulture)
Nerd worlds have officially collided. In anticipation of the release of Disney's Tron Legacy, Marvel Comics has created variant covers to celebrate just how nerdy nerd things can get. Beginning in November, superheroes Captain America, Spider-man, Iron Man, and others will get rave-friendly neon lights added to their attire. If you speak fluent nerd, the issues featuring Tron variants, and spotlighted characters, are as follows:
• AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #651 TRON Variant, featuring Spider-Man
• AVENGERS #7 TRON Variant. featuring Spider-Woman
• AVENGERS ACADEMY #7 TRON Variant, featuring Quicksilver
• CAPTAIN AMERICA #612 TRON Variant, featuring Captain America
• INCREDIBLE HULKS #618 TRON Variant, featuring Ghost Rider
• INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #33 TRON Variant, featuring Iron Man
• NEW AVENGERS #7 TRON Variant, featuring Ms. Marvel
• SECRET AVENGERS #7 TRON Variant, featuring Moon Knight
• THOR #617 TRON Variant, featuring Thor
• WOLVERINE #4 TRON Variant, featuring Wolverine
In all honesty though, these re-interpretations look pretty sweet. I just wish it didn't feel so whorey. It's as if each of the above comics should come with a BK Broiler with a cutesy name like the BK Tronoiler. It doesn't sound the least bit appetizing, but you'd eat it because the pickles glow. Hot damn, I'm a marketing genius. Now to the lab to make pickles glow…
Check out more varient cover pics after the jump…
"I'm not taking this call."
Scream 4 can't get enough of teasing us. Yesterday we showed you a bootlegged Scream 4 teaser from Spike TV's "Scream Awards." Today, we have a new teaser. A better teaser. A Culkinier teaser.
This extended teaser builds on the footage we saw yesterday and presents the "new rules" of the film. The kills have got to be way more extreme, virgins are fair game (sorry Hans), and the killer should film their kills now. Which makes no sense if you don't want to get caught. If you thought Michael Bay was pissed about those puppies, just imagine how he'll react to someone posting a Courtney Cox snuff film. Dude's a serious "Cougar Town" fan.
Check out the new teaser after the jump…
It's a slow news morning and this video is so stupidly awesome that I had to post it. It features Doug Funnie from Nickelodeon's "Doug" teaching everyone how to Dougie. Even Skeeter and Patty Mayonaise get in on the action. This probably isn't what Cali Swag District had in mind when they created the ridiculous dance craze, but it'll do. I'm more of a Berney dance guy myself.
Also, this is amusing.
Learn how to Dougie from Doug after the jump…
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Footloose. Dirty Dancing. Saturday Night Fever. Weekend At Bernie's 2. It only took 17 years, 3 months, and 9 days, but now the dancing corpse has officially inspired a dance craze. Southern rap group I.S.A. have created the hit song thing with music behind it "Moving Like Berney." As you'll see in the video below the jump, the dance is easy enough to do. In fact, it's a modified limbo where you wiggle your head while shuffling about aimlessly. Much like the corpse of Bernie Lomax did in the presence of music thanks to a botched voodoo ritual in the poorly-received but now bonafide hit sequel. I'm so glad this exists. Just in time for my best friend's wedding!
Shake your dead groove thang after the jump…
The French are known for many things: their food, their revolution, the unusually short stature of their political leaders, etc. What they’re not known for (not yet anyway) is Mylène Jampanoï. A regular on the French cinematic scene, Jampanoï has yet to achieve namedrop status here in the States. But with a pair of eyes like those, it’s likely she’ll turn more than a few heads this weekend when she makes an appearance as a reporter in director Clint Eastwood’s upcoming supernatural drama Hereafter.
A word from Mylène: "I hate love stories."
More pics of Mylène after the jump…
Let's raise a little hell.
Looks like Amber Heard is now Hell's go-to girl when it is breaking loose. Last week we all had a good laugh at the Drive Angry 3D trailer, starring Heard and Nicolas Cage, and today there's news that she may join the on-again, off-again Hellraiser remake. It's reported that lazily-named director Christian E. Christiansen has signed on, and that producers hope to get Heard for their new teen-friendly take on the franchise. We'll keep you posted as the more sanitzed Heckraiser heads toward a start date. (Bloody Disgusting)
We know Ripley can’t be in the Alien prequel Ridley Scott is directing, but there may be a way for Sigourney Weaver to lend a hand. While promoting the Blu Ray release of the Alien saga and Avatar, Weaver gave her opinions on the Alien prequel.
“Certainly not as an actor but if they needed help with the story, I could probably help them,” Weaver said. “I have a good sense of what people appreciate in the series and what they don’t care about. So I hope they’ll ask me.”
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Is the woman in the back right Adam's mom?
President Barack Obama has found some time in his busy schedule of running the Free World to offer up a brief appearance on "Mythbusters." On the episode which airs December 8th, "Obama challenges hosts Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman to prove the ancient Greek myth that scientist and polymath Archimedes set fire to an invading Roman fleet using only mirrors and the reflected rays of the sun."
As any avid "Mythbusters" fan knows, they are revisiting this myth for a second go, as I'm sure they were trolled the first time around on the show's message board. Obama most likely led the flame war so he could get Adam and Jamie to design a new weapons defense system on Discovery Channel's dime. …Suckers. (Deadline)
Meet your new mom.
Struggling to find her place in the post-Transformers world, Megan Fox has signed on for Jon Hamm's boo's comedy Friends With Kids. The movie steals a plotline from season three of "Murphy Brown," with director Jennifer Westfeldt starring alongside Adam Scott as a pair of friends who decide to forego the muckiness that comes with relationships and just skip ahead to the baby-making. That way, they're still free to date hotter people. Hotter people like Jon Hamm and Megan Fox it turns out.
"It's a very literate script and when Jen met with her, she thought Megan was spot on. When (Fox) picks the right part, she has tremendous value," said Cinetic Media's John Sloss, who is handling sales and had his fingers crossed behind his back during the interview. (THR)
I’m endlessly fascinated by zombie apocalypse stories, or any apocalypse stories for that matter. I just love to see the survivors scour the wastelands for supplies. The more supplies they have to gather, the better. There’ve been other post-apocalyptic shows but they didn’t have the “Mad Men” street cred. AMC’s zombie apocalypse show does.
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There is something distinctly rustic about Angie Simms. Slender, dark-eyed, and intense, she could easily slip into an American Apparel ad. With only a handful of acting credits to her name, it is unlikely that you’ve seen much of her yet, but a memorable appearance alongside Johnny Knoxville’s wrinkled alter ego in the new Jackass flick might just be her ticket into the limelight.
A word from Angie: "I hate when cashiers get an attitude if ur on the phone while checking out. Really? u expect me to look u in the eye while I buy wet wipes?"
Check out more photos of Angie after the jump. And the rest at her gallery.
The Darren Doppler is tweakin' again. Aronofsky's deal to direct Wolverine 2 is so close to being a real thing that Fox is already talking about concessions of the un-Sour Patch Kids variety. The studio will allow Aronofsky to shoot the sound stage portions of the film in New York so the filmmaker and Hugh Jackman can still go home to their families at night. Production will begin in March, after Aronofsky has had time to pimp Black Swan to the press. After the New York scenes have been shot, the production will move to Japan, far, far away from any wives and kids. You know what that means… Both guys will finally have time to finish The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest novel. They can't wait to see how the Millenium Trilogy ends. (Deadline)
Here's a rumor that might be crazy enough to be true. Page Six is reporting that Mel Gibson will have a cameo in The Hangover 2 as a tattoo artist. He'll shoot his scene on the Bangkok set at Warner Bros. before the production moves to Thailand at the end of the month. Can this really be happening? Does director Todd Phillips really want to take this chance? Should Mel Gibson be left around needles when the slightest peak at a skanky extra could set him off?
When Todd Phillips used Mike Tyson in The Hangover people took notice, so perhaps he's using the same strategy in the sequel. Afterall, Tyson bit a man's ear off, and Gibson hasn't done that yet as far as the public record is concerned. Maybe doing a cameo in an outlandish comedy is the perfect way to get back in people's good graces. After the world accepts him as a tattoo artist it might finally be ready to watch him tackle Jodie Foster's Beaver. (/Film)
What do you get the billionaire who has everything? A mediocre director with only one name, apparently.
Richard Branson, the owner of Virgin Airlines, is branching out into the film business (which will no doubt save money as far as in-flight movies are concerned). The corporate mogul is attempting to acquire the script for Columbus, which is described as a "300-style film about Christopher Columbus and his discovery of America." If the thought of an Indian kicking the explorer down a giant hole while yelling "This is the pre-Columbian Bahamas" doesn't float your boat, you're probably not going to like the fact that McG is attached to direct.
Branson is known for his love of extreme stunts. That being said, putting millions of dollars behind the man who made Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle is sure to get his adrenaline pumping. (Deadline)
Simon Pegg and Nick Frost have teamed up in the past to take on horror and the action genre, now they've set their sights on sci-fi. As this teaser for Paul will show you, the pair play nuuurrrdddssss who encounter an alien outside of Area 51.
Not much comedy is shown in this teaser and I need to applaud Greg Mottola's restraint in not having the alien play air guitar or perform a Black Eyed Peas song. Because that's the constant temptation and danger with working with CGI characters. Before you even realize it, you've veered into Alvin and the Chipmunks territory.
Check out the teaser after the jump…