Neil Blomkamp will direct the next Alien film. Photo: Neil Blomkamp
Despite attracting the absolute best talent, the Aliens franchise has been on a bit of a rough patch for the last, oh, 30 years or so.
Ridley Scott’s Prometheus prequel? It sucked. Alien: Resurrection, a joint written by Joss Whedon and filmed by the director of City of Lost Children? It blew. Alien 3, directed by multiple Academy Award winner David Fincher? Well, I’ve personally always thought it got a bum rap, but the general consensus is: It’s terrible.
Now Neil Blomkamp, the talented South African director behind District 9 and the upcoming Chappie, has been hired to film the next Alien movie. And thanks to Blomkamp, we have a pretty good idea what the movie will be about.
People await the arrival of dirigibles at the edge of Mars’ Victoria Crater in Erik Werquist’s short film Wanderers.
You can wait until the 2030s when NASA hopes to land astronauts on Mars. Or, if you have four minutes to spare right now, you can see what it is like to stand on the edge of the red planet’s Victoria Crater or catch a Martian sunset.
Erik Wernquist will even throw in a side of rings — Saturn’s that is — for watching his awe-inducing short film, Wanderers, which is embedded below.
“I am always inspired by reading about astronomy, and planetary astronomy in particular,” Wernquist told Cult of Mac. “And when I read about, or see pictures from places, I often fantasize about what it would … feel like to actually be there.”
With the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer hitting everywhere this weekend, anticipation for the new movie — and thirst for all the details and rumors we can handle — is at an all time high. What are the story details? Who are the characters in the trailer? What about all the original cast members?
Set 30 years after The Battle of Endor (seen in 1983's The Return of the Jedi), The Force Awakens is directed by hotshot and super Star Wars fan J.J. Abrams, fresh off his success with the Star Trek franchise. If the trailer is anything to go by, the new films are in fantastic hands. What the final product will be is any fan’s guess, so here are seven crazy rumors about the details coming to the films next December.
Andy Serkis narrates the trailer and will play two different roles in the film
According to Jedi News, Andy Serkis is the narrator of the new trailer. He'll also play more than one role in the film. One role may be motion-captured as Serkis has been in many movies like King Kong and as Gollum in the Lord of the Rings films, as one of a group of super acrobatic creatures. The other role has Serkis's character involved in some way with the young lady in the trailer, Daisy Ridley. This character will have a pivotal role that could have more to it than it seems. Like Obi Wan and Luke Skywalker, perhaps?
The rumor here is that Attack the Block star Boyega will be the audience viewpoint character, much like Luke Skywalker was in the original films and Anakin was (less successfully, perhaps) in the prequel trilogy. Latino Review goes even a step farther saying that Boyega may not initially be a Jedi, but might become one under the tutelage of none other than Skywalker himself.
In a somewhat conflicting rumor, Collider says that the twin children of Han Solo and Leia Organa may in fact be the lead characters in the upcoming film. Named Jacen and Jaina, the two might be powerful Force-sensitives who receive training from Uncle Luke, but go their own ways when Jacen takes to the Dark Side. File this one under "not likely, but fun."
Daisey Ridley may be playing Han and Leia's daughter
The determined-looking young lady on the improbably designed speeder vehicle in the trailer is none other than Daisey Ridley, a relatively unknown British actress. Speculation is that her character will be the daughter of Han and Leia, Kira, who will meet up with Boyega's character and help him find Luke. CBS News puts her between Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher in a publicity shot to lend some weight to this rumor.
According to TheForce.net, everyone's favorite smuggler with a heart of gold will put on the Stormtrooper armor again in The Force Awakens in a nice nod to the original trilogy. In A New Hope, Han and Luke both don Stormtrooper outfits to gain access to the Death Star prison hold and free Princess Leia, fresh from her viewing of her home planet being vaporized by the moon-sized super weapon. Here’s hoping Solo wearing the armor again won’t turn into a fourth-wall breaking corn-fest, but it’ll be fun to see him wearing the whites one last time.
Ralph McQuarrie's designs live on, especially in the little soccer-ball droid we get to see partway through the trailer, bloop-bleeping like R2-D2. It's rumored that this new comic relief is, in fact, another R-series droid, as fan site Jalopnik thinks, placing this cute little fellow as an astromech droid, as opposed to the humanoid droids and the non-barrel bodied mechanical creatures.
In a bit of wild speculation, Making Star Wars thinks some leaked concept art of the scary cyborg character staring at an old Vader helmet is actually Luke Skywalker, the protagonist of the original three movies, who ended up defeating Darth Vader while using the light side of the Force. Who knows, it might be true - the cloak is similar to the one Mark Hamill wore in The Return of the Jedi, and the mouth could be Hamill's, and that robotic hand is also the correct one for the Luke character.
When there’s a new technology on offer, the adult entertainment business is the first to adopt and exploit it. Drones are no different: what better way to engage our inner voyeur than with footage of the sexual act.
The below video has an atmospheric soundtrack and — yes — people engaging in the oldest human activity on earth. While it’s tastefully done (there are no close ups of the action), the nakedness is clearly visible and is, as such, not safe for any environment like work or the subway. With that warning firmly in hand, head on through to see the video.
Lesser known characters join the lineup of Marvel movie madness. Photo: Marvel Studios
Marvel Studios’ Kevin Feige took to the stage at a special event at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood Tuesday to talk about the next slate of blockbuster films the company is planning to release over the next few years. The full docket, with projected dates, is as follows:
· 5/1/15 – Avengers: Age of Ultron · 7/17/15 – Ant-Man · 5/6/16 – Captain America: Civil War · 11/4/16 – Doctor Strange · 5/5/17 – Guardians of the Galaxy 2 · 7/28/17 – Thor: Ragnarok · 11/3/17 – Black Panther · 5/4/18 – Avengers: Infinity War Part I · 7/6/18 – Captain Marvel · 11/2/18 – Inhumans · 5/3/19 – Avengers: Infinity War Part II
While most of us are clear on who The Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy are, there are some lesser-known characters getting the full movie spotlight that you may not be aware of. Here’s how they fit into the larger Marvel cinematic universe.
It’s rainy out there for neighbors. Screengrab: Pablo Fernandez Eyre
My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle. Ponyo, Kiki’s Delivery Service. Chances are you’re thinking of these lovely, peaceful, wonderful animated films right now.
And these are just a few of the fantastic and bewitching animated films that Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli have made together over the past couple of decades. Now, however, Miyazaki has retired after making one final, autobiographical film, The Wind Rises. Studio Ghibli has put its film-making on hold, as well, citing restructuring.
Independent filmmaker Pablo Fernandez Eyre was a little sad when he heard the news.
“I decided to make a tribute to show my love for movies like Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away,” he told Cult of Mac in an email. Check out his moving 8-bit piece below.
Got three minutes? Then you can travel Turkey, north to south, through this shifting and cunningly edited short film, called Watchtower of Turkey, by Leonardo Dalessandri.
He traveled over 3500 kilometers in 20 days, filming the lush landscapes and varied peoples of this middle eastern land, across eight different regions and cities in the Republic of Turkey, a land that has been inhabited since the paleolithic age.
“I’ve crossed Cappadocia, Pamukkale, Ephesus, Istanbul, Konya; and tasted baklava, kunefe, doner, the turkish tea; and got the chance to meet the soul of Turkey, its people,” writes Dalessandri on the video page, “and got their smiles and their hospitality.”
If you have a nerd in your life, and you need to get him/her a gift anytime soon, then your search is over. Go buy them the new Lomo Konstruktor Super Kit, the “directors cut” of the original build-it-yourself plastic film camera kit that now contains not one, not two but three lenses, plus a proper viewfinder.