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That divisive movie of 2012 that insists on permeating cinephile blogs - Prometheus - isn't prepared to go away just yet.
No doubt you have your thoughts on Ridley Scott's Alien prequel and no doubt your friends, family, and hell, family pet, have their own opinion on Prometheus, too. But what did Quentin Tarantino, king cinephile, himself think?
The Django Unchained director hit Craig Ferguson and expressed his opinion. Perhaps his thoughts will make you feel better about your own...or perhaps can simply stand steadfast by your own opinion and not give a crap about what Tarantino thinks. Regardless, head inside for more.
Today, our "best of 2012" turns to Jeff Allard. Jeff has been writing for us for quite a while and I respect his work, moreover, his opinion. If you've been following our year-end lists this week, you might have noticed a pattern in our selections. Well, Jeff is here to break things up. We'll begin with his "honorable mentions." Head inside for his "top 5." - Ryan Turek, Managing Editor
Honorable Mentions: Shark fans should give Bait a look as it’s one of the best examples of the shark sub-genre; The Collection was the gnarliest slasher pic of the year; Tim Burton made one of his best recent films with Frankenweenie, a true love letter to Monster Kids; and although it probably would’ve worked better as an installment of an anthology show as the story felt padded out to feature length, Sinister nonetheless achieved some of the year’s best scares.
There was a report in early August that Ridley Scott and Fox were beginning to look at their creative options for a sequel to Prometheus and looking to new writers to tackle the follow-up. Still, if you needed further confirmation that Damon Lindelof (who did a rewrite of Jon Spaihts' Prometheus script) isn't returning to script the next film, Collider spoke to the man himself and got him to comment on the record why he won't be back.
Prometheus continues to fascinate the pop culture community. In the wake of its release, cinephiles have been scrutinizing deleted scenes and behind-the-scenes tales, perhaps in an effort to find answers for the big question: "What went wrong?" And in their quest for the truth, many were curious to read the original script before writer Damon Lindelof (Lost) got his hands on it.
Lindelof has taken a lot of the blame for Prometheus' glaring problems, and while I certainly believe that, I always wondered how much responsibility Jon Spaihts should shoulder. He's the writer of the original script. And let's not forget, he scripted The Darkest Hour as well. Not exactly top-notch sci-fi.
For those who wondered what Spaights had in mind for Prometheus can now dig into his draft of the script which was called Alien: Engineers.
The Prometheus Blu-ray and DVD release is rapidly approaching (it hits October 11th) and a deleted scene featured on the disc has hit the web. After the jump, you'll find Weyland chatting it up with one of the Engineers before things turn...sour. The Blu is going to be jam-packed with deleted scenes, so if you were a fan of the film, it'll be worth the buy.
Some Blu-ray and DVD art for Ridley Scott's Prometheus popped up on Twitter via this account. They posted two pieces of artwork, one which will be "featured on the box itself" - perhaps they mean the O Ring packaging - and art for the Hungarian DVD release, which is close to what the U.S. will get. Head inside for a look. The film is expected to arrive on DVD/Blu-ray October 11th. Stay tuned for an official announcement.
About six months ago, FEARnet's Lawrence Raffel and myself put the all-horror podcast we had been collaborating on, called Shock Waves, on hold.
A few factors into its hiatus (we knocked out 18 episodes consistently from July 2011 to January of this year), but nothing ever stays dead in this genre so we both agreed it was time to bring Shock Waves back, especially after the listener feedback asking when it would return.
Here's the rub. All of our old episodes, from "season 1" we'll call them, are gone. Lost to the Internet. Don't ask me where they went, but they no longer exist, sadly. We're starting "season 2" with a clean slate you might say.
In this installment, we're getting back into the groove of things. We look at various horror movies we've liked and disliked in 2012 so far. We also weigh in on the Korean import Deranged, now playing in select theaters.
Brian Collins (from BadAss Digest, Horror Movie a Day) swings by for a discussion about Halloween 4 and Halloween 5, two titles making their Blu-ray debut this month from Anchor Bay Entertainment. How do the sequels featuring the iconic horror villain Michael Myers hold up? Oh, we'll tell you...
All of this and much more in the Shock Waves relaunch! Listen inside.
How likely is a sequel to Prometheus? The film has grossed over $300 million worldwide, $125 million of that coming from the U.S. box office. The story left the door wide open for a sequel and director Ridley Scott has expressed interest in exploring the world further. Twentieth Century Fox wants more, too.
According to The Hollywood Reporter: "Scott and the studio actively are pushing ahead with a follow-up (stars Michael Fassbender and Noomi Rapace are signed) and are talking to new writers because Prometheus co-scribe Damon Lindelof might not be available."
If you're a fan of Ridley Scott's pseudo-Alien prequel Prometheus, this is right up your alley. If you haven't seen the film yet, turn away as spoilers lie after the jump...
From the moment it was announced that Ridley Scott would be filming Prometheus, a film vaguely described as being set in the Alien universe, the overriding question was how much of Alien’s DNA would finds its way into the film. After having my questions about Prometheus’ mysterious Alien factor finally answered, I was inspired to revisit another film with its own “alien factor” – 1990’s Metamorphosis: The Alien Factor.
Initially developed as a sequel to 1983’s cult creature feature The Deadly Spawn, Metamorphosis evolved into something entirely separate from that earlier film. Deadly Spawn producer Ted A. Bohus returned to shepherd this new project but even though it was planned to be a straight sequel, for whatever reason those plans were scrapped and what emerged was a film that tread the same B-movie terrain and kept the same love of monster movies and old school FX as The Deadly Spawn but was otherwise unrelated.
Ah, Prometheus. The dividing lines have been drawn and you're either into it or your not. While The Avengers gobbled up all of the box office cash, Ridley Scott's anticipated sci-fi summer offering seems to be the one to be gobbling up all of the film discussion.
I mean, everyone appears to agree The Avengers was innocent, big fun with the conversation going so far as to talk highlights ("Remember when the Hulk...?"). Prometheus, on the other hand, has fueled a lot of heated debate. Essays have been written, Twitter wars have broken out. Hell, in the bar I attended Saturday night, a chat about the film's value to the world of sci-fi/horror kick-started instantly.
People are getting very passionate about how they feel regarding Prometheus and, this morning, a friend alerted me to a hilarious "SMS Dialogue" between Noomi Rapace's Shaw character and an Engineer. Naturally, it's SPOILER FILLED, so do not proceed if you haven't see the film - but I think it's a fine (creative?) example of how people are voicing their opinions - in this case - about the film's massive logistical flaws. And doing it in a way that might be a bit easier for the ADD, text-frenzy types out there will understand.
Those masters of movie collectibles at NECA have revealed that they landed the license to Ridley Scott's Prometheus and are creating a few action figures based on the film.
In addition to photos, the company released a video teaser which you can view after the jump.
Series 1 focuses on the Engineers and two 8 1/2-inch figures will be made available. One in a pressure suit, the other in the chair suit (the recognizable "Space Jockey" design).
The figures are going to be on display at the San Diego Comic-Con next month, however, they will not be available until September.
The wait is over. Ridley Scott's return to the Alien universe (and we can rightly say that), Prometheus, has opened in 3D and IMAX and we want you to sound off with your thoughts on the film. Use our comment board below to voice your feelings - keep it spoiler-free and intelligent. And please be respectful of your fellow reader's opinions.
Does the film live up to the hype? Did it meet your expectations in regards to being connected to the Alien franchise? Or did it fail? Which characters stood out for you? Again - our comment boards are here for you!
You can feast on all of our Prometheus coverage via this link. Watch our interview with Ridley Scott and read our interviews with cast members Noomi Rapace, Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender and others.
As you may already realize, ShockTillYouDrop.com and ComingSoon.net were in London last week for the junket and premiere of Sir Ridley Scott's Prometheus, and we've been sharing some of our interviews over the past week.
We saved the best for last as we have exclusive interviews with five of the actors who make up a portion of the crew of the exploratory spaceship Prometheus who end up finding more then they expected: Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender, Noomi Rapace, Guy Pearce and Logan Marshall-Green.
In the last few years, Swedish actress Noomi Rapace has been transitioning into a respected and in-demand actress in Hollywood after getting attention as the original "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" in the Scandinavian "Millennium" thrillers before playing a gypsy in Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, opposite Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law.
Although Ridley Scott's Prometheus is very much an ensemble piece, her Dr. Elizabeth Shaw is very much the central character as it's her desire to find answers to where we came from that sends her and a crew of 17 on the exploration vessel Prometheus into the furthest reaches of space to answer an invitation found on ancient cave paintings.
ShockTillYouDrop attended the London junket for the movie and sat in on a roundtable with the actress alongside some of the internet's crack journalists to hear her talk about working with Ridley and the influence of the original Alien's leading lady, Sigourney Weaver, among other things.
Next up in our series of interviews from the London junket of Ridley Scott's Prometheus is Michael Fassbender, the Irish actor who has been making huge waves in Hollywood both with smaller artier films like Steve McQueen's Shame and big blockbusters like last year's X-Men: First Class.
In Prometheus, Fassbender plays one of the more interesting characters, the cyborg David, placed onboard the Prometheus by Weyland Corporation President Peter Weyland (Guy Pearce) to help the crew fulfill its mission on another planet. David is inquisitive about everything, but his curiosity tends to get the better of his human colleagues, making him the instigator for some of the worst things that happen to the Prometheus' crew in trying to get Weyland the results he expects.
You can read our earlier interview with Charlize Theron here.
A new TV spot for Ridley Scott's Prometheus has come online and can be watched after the jump.
Hitting North American 3D, 2D and IMAX 3D theaters on Friday, June 8, the anticipated sci-fi thriller stars Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Guy Pearce, Idris Elba, Logan Marshall-Green and Charlize Theron. The film takes a team of scientists and explorers on a thrilling journey that will test their physical and mental limits and strand them on a distant world, where they will discover the answers to our most profound questions and to life's ultimate mystery.
Cool connections to Ridley Scott's Alien, a great performance by Michael Fassbender, and impressive production design make Prometheus well worth checking out in theaters, but a familiar plot and stupid choices by the characters keep it from being the sci-fi classic it could have been.
In 2089, after scientists Elizabeth Shaw and Charlie Holloway discover clues about ancient astronauts on Earth, the Weyland Corporation funds an expedition into space where the aliens are believed to be located. Shaw and Holloway go along for the ride with the expedition.
When they arrive on the desolate planet, they find clear signs that intelligent life has been there. The crew is drawn to a massive domed structure obviously built by the aliens they are looking for, but when they get inside, they are completely unprepared for what they discover.
As mentioned previously, ShockTillYouDrop.com and ComingSoon.net are currently in London for the week to talk with Sir Ridley Scott and the cast of his new outer space thriller Prometheus, and we're ready to share some of the many interviews we've done, starting with Academy Award-winning actress Charlize Theron.
In Prometheus, she plays Meredith Vickers, the woman in charge of Prometheus' expedition, representing the Weyland Corporation, and let's just say that she's not the warm and cuddly individually we normally see Theron play in movies like Monster, Young Adult and Snow White and the Huntsman (ha ha).
Here's a roundtable interview with the actress we sat on in with a group of journalists earlier in our trip. At the end, Charlize even talked about her upcoming stint in George Miller's Mad Max: Fury Road, which will start filming in Namibia in July.
ComingSoon.net and ShockTillYouDrop.com are currently in London for the junket and premiere of Ridley Scott’s Prometheus, something we can’t say too much about just yet unfortunately, but we know how excited everyone is for this movie, so we’re kicking off a week of Prometheus stuff with an interview with co-screenwriter Jon Spaihts, who was involved with the early stages of making the movie happen.
Spaihts is a screenwriter who has been very much demand in recent years, mainly due to his screenplay for an outer space adventure called Passengers for Keanu Reeves that made the 2007 screenplay Black List - an industry award given to the best unproduced spec screenplays each year - but has still yet to be produced. Since then, Spaihts worked on the screenplay for last year’s The Darkest Hour, and the anticipation for Ridley Scott returning to the world of his early film Alien in Prometheus has gotten even more people in Hollywood interested in Spaihts’ work.
Twentieth Century Fox has released a new featurette on the title space ship in Ridley Scott's Prometheus which features crew members talking about the design and more. You can watch it below...
Verizon has released two more TV spots for Ridley Scott's Prometheus, opening in 3D, 2D and IMAX 3D theaters on June 8. You can watch the videos using the player below!
The anticipate sci-fi thriller stars Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Guy Pearce, Idris Elba, Logan Marshall-Green and Charlize Theron.
Prometheus takes a team of scientists and explorers on a thrilling journey that will test their physical and mental limits and strand them on a distant world, where they will discover the answers to our most profound questions and to life's ultimate mystery.
There's just over two weeks left before Ridley Scott's Prometheus hits theaters and, in preparation for the June 8th event, 20th Century Fox has released a brand-new featurette focusing on Charlize Theron's character, Vickers.
The much-anticipated film takes a team of scientists and explorers on a thrilling journey that will test their physical and mental limits and strand them on a distant world, where they will discover the answers to our most profound questions and to life's ultimate mystery. Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Guy Pearce, Idris Elba and Logan Marshall-Green also star.
A new international poster for Ridley Scott's Prometheus has a lot of people buzzing this morning, not because it features some new artwork...but it might contain a big spoiler.
20th Century Fox has released another viral video - akin to the Next Generation David ad - connected to Prometheus. This time, you're getting a look at a classified Prometheus crew video file featuring Elizabeth Shaw, played by Noomi Rapace. Take a look...
I'm not really sure how much more of Prometheus you want to see before the film's release on June 8th, but it's our job to share and report on every little thing that floats out there. This morning, a new TV spot for Ridley Scott's has hit and it is filled with slimy, slithering critters.
And that's not all. Head inside for a look. Or don't, we completely understand if you're trying to avoid spoilers!
Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Logan Marshall-Green, Charlize Theron, Idris Elba, Sean Harris, Kate Dickie and Guy Pearce star in the film.
17 new images from director Ridley Scott's Prometheus are now online, courtesy of Entertainment Weekly. Check them out after the break!
Starring Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Guy Pearce, Idris Elba, Logan Marshall-Green and Charlize Theron, the sci-fi thriller hits 3D, 2D and IMAX 3D theaters on June 8. The movie was written by Damon Lindelof, Jon Spaihts and Scott.
After she completed The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo trilogy and before Prometheus, Noomi Rapace tackled a supernatural thriller called Babycall. That film is being re-titled for its U.S. release to The Monitor and it's coming to DVD July 24th from Lionsgate Home Entertainment.
After escaping an abusive husband, Anna (Rapace) and her 8-year-old son move far away to a secret location. Terrified that her ex-husband will find them, she buys a baby monitor to keep in her son’s room at all times - but she soon discovers strange noises echoing through the monitor from elsewhere in the building. As she witnesses the sounds of what she believes is another child being murdered, she fears the worst – that it’s her own son. Reliving the nightmare she recently escaped, Anna will need to figure out what’s real and what isn’t before she loses her sanity and her child.
The DVD will come with deleted scenes.
A pre-sale ticket stub for Ridley Scott's Prometheus has revealed that the film apparently has received an R rating from the MPAA. For those who get flustered over ratings, this should appease you.
Update: Prometheus is indeed rated R for "sci-fi violence including some intense images, and brief language."
An international film site has released another look at Michael Fassbender from Prometheus. Want it? You got it, head inside for a look. And get ready...the film opens in theaters on June 8th. For more news and updates on Ridley Scott's latest, click here.
As if the featurettes, trailers and photos were not enough, Twentieth Century Fox is now getting you riled up about Prometheus (opening June 8th) with some audio. This morning, an audio puzzle was apparently released by the studio. The clip was played in reverse, but it didn't take long for the audio to hit You Tube in its proper presentation. Inside, listen to a clip from the film in all of its creepy glory.
What are we listening to? Sounds like a crew member of the Prometheus is encountering something not so friendly...
20th Century Fox has released another featurette that looks at the making of Ridley Scott's Prometheus. Is there new footage? Possibly. I wish I could tell you, but I've gone on a blackout with this title. Honestly, I feel like I've seen too much. Especiall after that three-minute trailer which premiered over the weekend.
Anticipation is a killer, I tell you. And so are spoilers.
Head inside for the featurette - entitled - "Creations," especially if you're gobbling up everything that's being released about the flick.
Twentieth Century Fox has released this new 3-minute international trailer for director Ridley Scott's highly-anticipated Prometheus, opening in 3D, 2D and IMAX 3D theaters on June 8.
Starring Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Guy Pearce, Idris Elba, Logan Marshall-Green, Charlize Theron, the film takes a team of scientists and explorers on a thrilling journey that will test their physical and mental limits and strand them on a distant world, where they will discover the answers to our most profound questions and to life's ultimate mystery.
This morning, you had the chance to meet David, the robot seen in Ridley Scott's upcoming Prometheus played by Michael Fassbender. Now, get to know the "David 8" model via a feature we've been given access to.
If you head to Project Prometheus today, you can explore one of David's seven different emotions when you crack the exclusive access code we have been provided and are now sharing with you. So, head inside, get the code and explore!
Prometheus opens in theaters on June 8th.
Twentieth Century Fox has released the latest viral video to promote Ridley Scott's Prometheus. This time, it's a faux advertisement for the "next generation David," the robot seen in the upcoming film - opening June 8th - who is played by Michael Fassbender.
The promo comes courtesy of the Weyland Corporation, of course, the main focus of Fox's viral campaign for the film. What can we glean from this video? Michael Fassbender rules. In all seriousness, this is some classy viral marketing. Give the video a look inside.
The film, starring Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Guy Pearce, Idris Elba, Logan Marshall-Green and Charlize Theron, takes a team of scientists and explorers on a thrilling journey that will test their physical and mental limits and strand them on a distant world, where they will discover the answers to our most profound questions and to life's ultimate mystery.
The image gives you a look at the design of the eponymous ship which carries stars Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Logan Marshall-Green, Charlize Theron and Idris Elba to their (final?) destination in the film. It's pretty darn cool and, if I was still a kid, something I'd probably hang in my room...next to a blueprint of the Delorean from Back to the Future.
Prometheus opens June 8th. Head inside for a look at the graphic!
Recently, we introduced you to the Prometheus Facebook app which promised to reveal new images from the upcoming Ridley Scott sci-fi epic. A bunch were revealed here on Shock at this spot. This morning, we have two more to share. One of which is apparently a "mural" that is discovered by the film's crew. Another is of the eponymous ship.
Speculate away as to what the mural represents. Me? I'm done speculating. I've seen enough from this film to get me excited and I'd rather not know much more, to be honest.
The film opens June 8th.
The outlet detailed what they witnessed and you can read all about it after the jump. Or not. You may want to spare yourself any spoilers, considering the film doesn't open for another two months.
Fox opens the film in the U.S. June 8th. Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Logan Marshall-Green, Charlize Theron, Idris Elba, Sean Harris, Kate Dickie and Guy Pearce star. Head on inside for the footage description!
Is every image from Ridley Scott's Prometheus a piece of art? Every pic we've seen - and there have been plenty of photos making their way into the world - captures our attention and makes us scrutinize every detail. This morning, we're studying five new photos which come courtsey of this Facebook app - you'll also find an additional animated GIF and a pictogram at that spot.
It appears that location will be revealing more videos and pics in the weeks to come.
After the jump, you'll find this week's images.
Twentieth Century Fox's international division has released a bevy of images from Ridley Scott's Prometheus. Granted, some of these appeared in that new issue of Empire magazine which hits stands in the U.S. soon. But they're not scans and there are a few new pics to behold.
The film doesn't open on June 8th, but the hype machine is well underway with promo materials now stating that Prometheus is from the director of Alien, something Fox avoided early in the ad campaign but is now embracing.
We told you earlier the latest issue of Empire magazine was going run a full spread on Prometheus, Ridley Scott's Alien prequel (yeah, we have no problem calling it that now). Said spread has inevitably made its way online, boasting more photos from the film. We have a few waiting for you after the jump.
One thing being called into question about Ridley Scott's Prometheus is the rating. There were rumors long ago that the film would hit theaters with a PG-13. Naturally, fans cringed.
In an interview with Empire recently, Scott said: "The question is, do you go for the PG-13, [which] financially makes quite a difference, or do you go for what it should be, which is R? Essentially, it's kinda R. It's not just about the blood, it's about ideas that are very stressful. I'm not an idiot, but I'll do everything I can to get the most aggressive film I can."
UK movie mag, Empire, revealed the cover for its May issue. Want to take a wild guess as to which film is in the spotlight? Well, Prometheus is released the following month, so yes, Ridley Scott's highly-anticipated flick is the cover story.
You'll get a larger glimpse of the cover - which features a new shot of star Noomi Rapace - after the jump. The May Empire is expected to hit stands overseas March 29th. Look for it in the U.S. shortly thereafter.
Prometheus opens June 8th and also stars Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender and Logan Marshall-Green. You'll also find a third TV spot within.
Updated with second image! The Prometheus viral fun continues... Today, if you venture to ProjectPrometheus.com/Eridu and type in the password "tell abu shahrain" you will be taken to a new image from the upcoming Ridley Scott film opening June 8th.
If you haven't gotten over the U.S. trailer for Ridley Scott's Prometheus (and how could you? It's pretty f**kin' stellar), well, we've got more for you. The international trailer has arrived, hailing from the UK, putting a variation on what we saw yesterday.
The sci-fi film, opening in 3D, 2D and IMAX 3D theaters on June 8, takes a team of scientists and explorers on a thrilling journey that will test their physical and mental limits and strand them on a distant world, where they will discover the answers to our most profound questions and to life's ultimate mystery.
Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Guy Pearce, Idris Elba, Logan Marshall-Green and Charlize Theron star.
Directly from WonderCon 2012, the brand new trailer for Prometheus that floored the crowd here.
Honestly, what more is there to say? We've been dying for new footage and we've been getting the goods. Directed Ridley Scott did fess up today to the fact that this is indeed a prequel to Alien in some respects, so with that out of the way...enjoy the new preview and meet our number one most anticipated movie of the year.
If you missed our previous Prometheus/WonderCon coverage, head back to the main page for our live coverage from the panel.
Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Logan Marshall-Green, Charlize Theron, Idris Elba, Sean Harris, Kate Dickie and Guy Pearce star. The film opens June 8th.
Twentieth Century Fox is presenting both Ridley Scott's Prometheus and Timur Bekmambetov's Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter at the WonderCon in Anaheim, California today and you can follow along with our live blog after the jump!
Prometheus, opening on June 8, stars Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Guy Pearce, Idris Elba, Logan Marshall-Green and Charlize Theron. The film takes a team of scientists and explorers on a thrilling journey that will test their physical and mental limits and strand them on a distant world, where they will discover the answers to our most profound questions and to life's ultimate mystery.
A short new IMAX trailer for Ridley Scott's Prometheus has come online and can be watched using the player below. The full 2 1/2-minute trailer will debut at WonderCon today and then will hit the internet, so stay tuned.
Check out the trailer after the jump...
Prometheus. Yeah, you know you want some. Information that is. Well, I hope you're ready, because - in the coming days - we're going to get a new trailer and we'll be dishing out some coverage of the panel at WonderCon on Saturday. Ridley Scott will be in attendance with other guests.
Twentieth Century Fox just informed us fans around the world are invited to participate in a live chat with stars Charlize Theron and Michael Fassbender exclusively on Yahoo! on Saturday, March 17th at 9:30 am PT.
Visit Yahoo Movies to watch the actors answer questions from the audience about this highly anticipated film set to release in theaters on Friday, June 8th. Wonder how the search for our beginning could lead to our end? What went into making the scariest action film of the year? Now is your chance to find out...