Meet the Crew of ‘Alien: Covenant’

alien-covenant-prologueIn Alien: Covenant, the colony ship Covenant is loaded with colonists on a mission to establish human colony on another planet. The crew of the ship is made up of couples, and to introduce fans to the main cast, Luke Scott, the son of director Ridley Scott, has made a short film dubbed Prologue: Last Supper.

This is not footage from the movie itself, but rather an original piece designed to show how the crew relate to each other — and a rare chance to see characters in an Alien film happy!

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‘Alien Covenant’ Trailer: Meet the Monsters

aliencovenant-eggposter The release of the latest movie in the Alien franchise is creeping up on us fast, so we should be hearing/seeing a lot more about Alien: Covenant in the coming weeks. In that spirit, 20th Century Fox has released a second trailer for the flick — and this one is packed with action and Xenomorphs!

Yes, this is technically a sequel to the uneven Prometheus, but the trailer makes it feel more like another part of the “real” alien series, with an emphasis on eggs, facehuggers and the xenomorphs rather than the mysterious Engineers.

In fact, the trailer makes only vague references to Prometheus, in the form of that horseshoe spacecraft and Walter, the synthetic person who looks exactly like David (both played, of course, by Michael Fassbender).

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Sigourney Weaver’s Ripley Will Be in New ‘Alien’ Movie

alienneil08It’s now official: Neil Blomkamp‘s new xenomorph movie for 20th Century Fox, which is being called Alien 5, will star Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Ripley, and will ignore Alien3 and Alien: Resurrection.

Blomkamp says his film is designed to fit right after Aliens, so bye-bye, prison planet, and so long, Newborn!

Let’s hope Michael Biehn (Hicks)  is the next to commit to the movie.

Neil Blomkamp Hired for ‘Alien’ Movie

After teasing fans that he had planned an “Alien” movie that didn’t pan out with the studio, director Neil Blomkamp (District 9) revealed this week on his Instagram that 20th Century Fox has hired him to make the movie after all, according to Variety.

Blomkamp said the idea for the “Alien” film was on his mind while he was filming his current movie, Chappie (opening March 6), which features Sigourney Weaver. He told the world Fox didn’t bite on the idea, and the director released a bunch of the concept art that he had worked up featuring Ripley (Weaver), Hicks (Michael Biehn), xenomorphs and some interesting new stuff. Check it out:


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The Greatest PEZ Dispenser Ever Made. Ever. Seriously, Ever.

The good folks over at Movies.com have spotted the greatest PEZ dispenser ever made, hands-down. It was created by artist Peter “Rat” Davidson, who, as far as I can tell, does not actually work for PEZ.

Too bad we cannot actually buy this.

“Honest Trailer” Parodies Prometheus

Ridley Scott’s highly-anticipated, somewhat underwhelming Prometheus is available on Blu-ray/DVD today, packing a bunch of alternate and deleted scenes, commentaries and all the usual good stuff to this kinda/sorta/more or less prequel to the Alien franchise.

I enjoyed Prometheus for what it was — probably because I was the only person in the world who didn’t expect Scott to answer all the questions in the Alien universe — and I posted a review to that effect after I saw it in the theater. I am looking forward to watching the Blu-ray because I want to see what was left out. Interestingly, Scott refused to cut together an extended version of the movie for this release, because he says the version seen in theaters is his “director’s cut.” So the extra  footage is on the disc, just not edited into the movie.

To have a little fun with the movie, here is a so-called “Honest Trailer” that pokes holes in the regular trailer with a cynical voice-over telling us what we’re not really going to see…

My favorite line is the bit about the woman “who can only run in straight lines” — I was practically shouting in the theater for her to “take a hard right! Or a left, even!”

Test Footage From 1979 Alien

This is awesomely creepy beyond the telling of it: Test footage of the Xenomorph from Ridley Scott’s original Alien, circa 1978.

Bolaji Badejo, who played the creature, is seen practicing his movements in a Nostromo corridor while wearing only a prop version of the alien head and some shorts. Sure, the music is unsettling on its own, but seeing the long-limbed Badejo (at 7-foot-2) moving slowly and acting curious as the Xeno hunts the crew is quite creepy.

This is one case where “Man in suit!” is not a perjorative.