Don’t Bother Screaming: Neil Blomkamp is Bringing Back “Alien”

Face hugs, face hugs for everyone! If that joke is a mystery to you then you might be equally baffled by the general excitement in the air at the news of a brand new Alien movie. From whom? Well, from Neil Blomkamp of course!

The sci-fi wunderkind had mentioned in recent weeks that 20th Century Fox might be interested in making an alien movie he was connected too. As verbal contracts go, it was pretty soggy and likely to tear. But now Deadline has reported that Blomkamp has officially been hired for the gig. The director himself also teased the news on Twitter with a delightfully unambiguous image.

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This is one of those news stories that’s been on the boil for a couple of months now. We reported on some particularly teasing artwork that Blomkamp released in connection to an alien project that the District 9 director was batting around. Unfortunately they seemed to be a pipe dream as Blomkamp was busy working on his latest Sci fi project Chappie. Don’t get me wrong, Chappie looks fantastic in its own right, but the 90’s lad in me got all tingly at the idea of a new alien movie. And from the looks of the artwork it was going to be a far-cry from original Alien director Ridley Scott‘s xenomorph follow up Prometheus, which was more alien adjacent and left a lot of fans pining. The concept was not only steeped in hella aliens, but there were also images of franchise characters Ripley and hicks, played by Sigourney Weaver and Michael Biehn respectively. Whether or not the two actors will be in any way connected to this project is still very much up in the air, but hopefully something will be let slip very soon.

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Some of Blomkamp’s original artwork…both will feature on my next birthday cake.

This is very exciting news for the franchise and for fans. With franchises like Star Trek and Star Wars being handed off to innovative directors like J.J. Abrams to great effect, there’s certainly something to be said for injecting an old favourite with some new blood- especially if that blood is scary green space acid. We’ll have more on this as the story develops, but for now just have a seat, watch all the alien movies again and make wild speculations about what the next film could be about. That’s what I’m gonna do.

The Craft Behind the Cuteness: Featurette on Making of Disney Short “Feast”

Everyone knows that when a new Disney film comes out, there’s always a little something to get excited about! The recent run of shorts that accompany big feature animations these last few years have been nearly as successful and lovable as their feature-length big brothers. The most recent Disney venture Big Hero 6, a stupendous marvel adaptation of nerds-turned-superheroes, comes with its own short called FeastFeast is the story of Winston the Boston Terrier and his relationship with his owner over the years and through the meals. If you’ve watched it, you’ll know how charming the story is, and if you haven’t…I mean, you’ve just gotta. In case you won’t be able to see it any time soon, Variety has something to wet your whistle: a making-of featurette that takes you through the entire process of animation from original sketches and storyboards through to the final glimmering touches. It’s definitely worth a watch if you’re an animation aficionado or you just like cartoon dogs. I would be the latter.

It’s always nice to peek under the curtain of a big movie-making machine like Disney and see the people who actually make the magic happen. Hopefully we’ll be seeing a lot more of these featurettes when we get some more Disney movies under our belts.

“We are Still Here” Trailer Demands a Sacrifice

I’ll tell you what’s pretty neat about the world of horror movies: as a genre that is so incomparably saturated with cinematic twaddle and disappointment, it’s so so satisfying when a ballsy, unique horror flick pokes its head above water. I’m hoping this will be one of those days, as Slashfilm reports on a trailer for a promising new horror film. We Are Still Here appears to have a common enough premise: a couple moves into an old house in a small town only to find out that their new home was subject to some strange goings-on at some point or other and now they will have to pay the price…possibly with their lives. Sure, it doesn’t sound like much, but just wait until you see the trailer. Fresh from Slashfilm:

I hope you got funny sort of chill from that. We Are Still Here has an unfashionable 70’s feel to it that only serves to heighten the creepiness of the whole thing. I can’t tell you how nice it is to see a film about a couple moving to a haunted house and for that couple to not be unbelievably gorgeous. This project looks to be out in the middle of nowhere in every sense of the word. Barbara Crampton, Andrew Sensenig and Larry Fesseden star and Ted Geoghegan is writing and directing.

Are you looking forward to being royally creeped out?

Knockout Trailer for Bert Marcus’ Boxing Doc “Champs”

Hey, no one likes Mondays…it’s essentially the strep throat of days. So what could make you feel better on this dreary day than a trailer for an awesome looking-documentary. Sure, I suppose the awesome-looking documentary itself would make you feel even better, but I don’t have the doc on me right now. So you’ll have to make do with the trailer. But don’t worry, it’s pretty cool.

Champs is a frank and compelling look at the world of boxing and the people who risk their lives for fame and glory by getting into the ring. But don’t expect a puff piece of any sort: Champs is as much about the darkness of the sport as it is about the glitz and glamour. Boxing veterans including Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield and Bernard Hopkins are joined by stars such as Mark Wahlberg, Denzel Washington, Ron Howard, Spike Lee to share their experiences of the sport. Check out the trailer below, courtesy of JoBlo Movie Trailers:

Pretty chilling am I right? Champs is written and directed by Bert Marcus who has brought us other controversial documentaries including How to Make Money Selling Drugs and Teenage Paparazzo. The doc was an official selection for the Tribeca Film Festival and it isn’t hard to see why. This looks to be a hard-hitting documentary that…oh haha I get it, “hard-hitting”, very good, you snuck that one in at the end didn’t you?

Anyway, you should watch it.

“Deadpool” News: Costumes, Carano and Colossus!

It’s been a very busy week in the Deadpool camp, and there has been a whole stack of rumours and teases and casting news coming out of every dang opening. This has most likely been choreographed as a means of prodding the arguably cult classic marvel character into the mainstream conversation, but it’s just as much for the fans to chatter about as well. Let’s start with the altruistic star Ryan Reynolds taking it upon himself to tease not only a release date for the film, but a couple of costume choices as well. Here’s a stoic sepia-toned picture from Reynolds’ Twitter:
B9pqctXIUAA3JkoIf you didn’t know what you were looking at, you could easily mistake a strikingly faithful Deadpool mask for a bust of a bald philosopher…what? Actors can have busts of things. Fortunately the sneaky tease also had a tweet alongside it: Sepia tone disguises the fact the mask is ballerina pink. It’s early. 365 sleeps early.

So can we expect to see Deadpool on our screens exactly a year from now? It certainly looks that way. Whether or not we’ll be seeing a mask that looks just like the one in the picture is a whole other question. Still, don’t expect it to be an outfit that takes itself too seriously.

Moving swiftly on then,  we also have a delightful bit of casting news. Screenrant has reported that Gina Carano will be joining the team as Marvel mutant (what other kind of mutant could there be?) Angel Dust. Carano is the first Deadpool cast member to be announced other than Mr Reynolds himself, so hopefully we’ll be seeing the list flesh out over the coming months. You may know Carano from Blood and Bone, Haywire and Fast and Furious 6, as well as a few tv gigs here and there. She also happens to be a former mixed martial artist, so she’s certainly got the criteria to keep up with Marvel’s favourite merc’. If you’re not familiar with Angel Dust, she’s a mutant with the ability to fill her body with adrenalin and get all souped up – so Carano is more than suited for the job.

Gina Carano. What you can't see in this photo is the opponent she has in a sleeper hold.
Gina Carano. What you can’t see in this photo is the opponent she has in a sleeper hold.

Finally, let’s stop by the rumour store to pick up some potentially bogus news. With the introduction of Angel Dust there has been a lot of buzz about whether we’ll be seeing any X-men mixing it up with Deadpool. While it would be hilarious to see a buddy cop situation between Wolvervine and Deadpool, ending with them fighting and regenerating for all eternity, it leaves very little space for sequels. So instead we may be seeing everyone’s favourite paperweight Colossus joining the fray.

Daniel Cudmore silvering up in "Days of Future Past"
Daniel Cudmore silvering up in “Days of Future Past”

The X-Man with the ability to turn his entire body into metal will potentially join the cast, although whether it would be Daniel Cudmore playing the role (he was a fairly mute Colossus in the original X-Men film series as well as X-Men: Days of Future Past) is another story – or it’s not another story if it turns out to be false.

So that’s the whole feast of Deadpool news we got this week. Hopefully we’ll be getting a lot more solid info in the next few weeks.

 

Beware the First Trailer for “Crimson Peak”

I’ll tell you what, it’s been a long time coming. Say what you will about past mainstream Guillermo Del Toro projects, they were never shy of a decent helping of publicity. But when it comes to his latest project Crimson Peakwe’ve has very little to go on apart from a few set photos. Now Apple has been kind enough to release an official trailer for the classical ghost story, and suddenly the level of media quiet makes a lot more sense. Despite this being a classic Del Toro tour of wild imaginative horror, it certainly looks to be a quieter, more emotional sort of film in places. Hopefully the balance will play out well in the story of a newly-wed girl moving into the grand, foreboding house of her new husband and his sister. But why am I telling you? Have a look for yourself, courtesy of Apple:

It seems a little premature to start calling Crimson Peak Del Toro’s masterpiece, but there looks to be a strong enough sinister streak to make this a worthy addition to his canon. Written collectively by Del Toro, Matthew Robbins and Lucina Coxon, the film stars Jessica Chastain, Mia Wasikowska, Charlie Hunnam and Tom Hiddleston.

Will you be making the climb to Crimson Peak?

Things are Looking Chilly in New Set Photo from “Spectre”

Since the seemingly eons-long fanfare in the face that was the Sont hacking scandal, we really haven’t heard that much about Bond 24, or Spectre as all the cool kids are calling it…cool kids like Sam Mendes. But just because we haven’t heard anything doesn’t mean that there’s nothing going on – it just means that nothing’s been going drastically wrong. Well now Deadline is reporting that we have a little heads up from the crew over at Spectre with a teasing photo of 007 himself Daniel Craig on set. When everything was announced late last year we heard a lot about the intense number of locations this film would be undertaking throughout production, so you’d expect something exotic. You’d be right, sort of. Check out the photo below, courtesy of Deadline:
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Sooooo I’m gonna guess Switzerland? For those Bond aficionados out there you’ll certainly a glaring similarity between this image of Craig and George Lazenby‘s look in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. Obviously Craig’s outfit is a little form-fitting, but that’s mainly because no one was really interested in seeing what Lazenby was packing in his trunks.

The hope at the end of the day is still that all of the creases revealed in the hacking scandal have been tentatively ironed out. It would be tempting to look at the setting of Spectre and have concerns that they’re going a little overboard. But let’s be good and stay away from such concerns, and enjoy this image for what it is: a dude in big sunglasses walking awkwardly through snow.

Craig is joined by fellow Skyfall stars Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris and Ben Wishaw, along with newcomers Monica Bellucci, Dave Bautista, Christoph Waltz and Andrew Scott joining the fun.

Spectre will be in cinemas in the UK on October 25th this year, so stick around!

 

 

Things Are Gonna Get Messy in “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” Trailer

If you’re coming off the bullet-proof balls-out high that is Kingsman: The Secret Service, and you’re looking for your next hefty dose of stylish spy awesomeness, then you need look no further. Warner Bros. has been kind enough to release the first official trailer for Guy Ritchie’s latest offering The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Until now we’ve only had an image from the film that confirmed the retention of the 60’s setting of the original TV show from which the film has been adapted. Now we have a two-and-a-half-minute promise of everything else the film has to offer, which is to say a hell of a lot. Check out the trailer blow, courtesy of YouTube:

Groovy. From the small speak we have of U.N.C.L.E it certainly looks as though Ritchie has been steadily sharpening his directing implements since Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows four years ago. Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer look perfectly on form as Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin, American and Russian spies forced together to defuse the threat of a Nazi-controlled atom bomb. It’s especially nice to Cavill loosen up after playing a very steely Man of Steel. Did you notice Hugh Grant near the end there too?

The film is still set for release on August 14th, so…I don’t know, maybe watch Kingsman a few more times.

The Prodigal Son’s Return: Spider-Man Moves to Marvel Studios

Ok, lets check the pool, who had February?

Under a deal, the never-before seen, brand new (hopefully more popular) Spider-Man will now appear in a Marvel film from Marvel’s Cinematic Universe (MCU) – my guess would be Civil War. Sony Pictures will then release the next instalment of its almost $4 billion Spider-Man franchise, on July 28, 2017, in a film that will be co-produced by ever fan-boys dream man Kevin Feige and his box office-smashing  team at Marvel.

Together, they will decide on a new creative direction for the famous web-slinger. Sony Pictures will continue to finance, distribute, own and have final creative control of the Spider-Man films, but it’s likely at this point that Marvel will be taking the brunt of the brainstorming work since it’s their world and Spider-Man’s gonna live in it.

Marvel and Sony Pictures are also finally exploring opportunities to integrate characters from the MCU into future Spider-Man-only films.

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We sent this to Sony Pictures this morning. Too soon?

The new relationship follows a decade of speculation/rumour and human sacrafice among fans about whether Spider-Man – who has always been seen as an important part of the larger MCU – could finally become part of the Marvel Universe on the big screen.

As you can imagine the studios have gone a little nuts with press releases. Bob Iger, Chairman and CEO, The Walt Disney Company said: “Spider-Man is one of Marvel’s great characters, beloved around the world. We’re thrilled to work with Sony Pictures to bring the iconic web-slinger into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which opens up fantastic new opportunities for storytelling and franchise building.”
“We always want to collaborate with the best and most successful filmmakers to grow our franchises and develop our characters. Marvel, Kevin Feige and Amy, who helped orchestrate this deal, are the perfect team to help produce the next chapter of Spider-Man,” said Michael Lynton, Chairman and CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment. “This is the right decision for the franchise, for our business, for Marvel, and for the fans.”

“Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios share a love for the characters in the Spider-Man universe and have a long, successful history of working together. This new level of collaboration is the perfect way to take Peter Parker’s story into the future,” added Doug Belgrad, president, Sony Pictures Entertainment Motion Picture Group.

"The Amazing Spider-Man 2" grossed $709 million despite a considerable critical bollocking.
“The Amazing Spider-Man 2” grossed $709 million despite a considerable critical bollocking.

On the Marvel side of the fence, Feige said “I am thrilled to team with my friends at Sony Pictures along with Amy Pascal to produce the next Spider-Man movie…Marvel’s involvement will hopefully deliver the creative continuity and authenticity that fans demand from the MCU. I am equally excited for the opportunity to have Spider-Man appear in the MCU, something which both we at Marvel, and fans alike, have been looking forward to for years.”

Spider-Man, is the most successful franchise in the history of Sony Pictures, with the five films having taken in more than $4 billion worldwide.

Pitch puns, pitch puns everywhere! New “Pitch Perfect 2” Trailer

Hey, remember when it used to be weird if you were a fan of Pitch Perfect? Man, what a backwards, nonsensical time that was. These days I’m glad to be able to report on the all-singin’, fist-swingin’ musical comedy without a hint of sarcasm or dry snootiness. Seriously, I’m glad. The first film was a knockout and from the looks of it the sequel should at worst follow suit and at best be a great film in its own right. Do I mean great as in Citizen Kane great? No, of course not, but there’s lots of different kinds of great…great white sharks is another example.

Anyway, back on topic we’ve already had a look at what to expect from Pitch Perfect 2 with a theatrical trailer, but now we have a all new trailer to have a look at. Expect global leaders, going commando and something else beginning with G. Girls I guess? Yeah, lets go with girls. Courtesy of Universal UK:

So pretty standard as second trailers go: a little more exposition, a smidge more over-arching storyline, and a solid look at the villain. Lets just hope that the same goes for the next Star Wars Episode VII trailer. Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Anna Camp, Skylar Astin and helms-woman Elizabeth Banks are all back in their Pitch Perfect roles. Expect this one on May 15th for a US release.

Are you pitchin’ hard or hardly pitchin’?