‘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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Watch the R-rated Trailer for ‘Alien: Covenant’

I thought I would start 2017 with this terrific trailer for one of the movies I am most looking forward to seeing this year: Alien: Covenant, directed by Ridley Scott, who helmed the original Alien.

This is a red-band trailer, meaning it features grown-up language and some blood and body horror.

This is how the studio describes the story: The crew of the colony ship Covenant, bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world. When they uncover a threat beyond their imagination, they must attempt a harrowing escape.

The movie stars: Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride, Demián Bichir, Carmen Ejogo, Amy Seimetz, Jussie Smollett, Callie Hernandez, Nathaniel Dean, Alexander England, Benjamin Rigby.

Alien: Covenant opens on May 19.

Director Teases Next X-Men Movie: ‘Apocalypse’

wolvieDirector Bryan Singer is already looking past this summer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past to 2016’s X-Men: Apocalypse, which will once again “somewhat” adapt a popular storyline from the comic books.

“[The movie] won’t necessarily create an alternate universe [as in the comics], but there may be some swapping things that I’m playing with,” Singer told Entertainment Weekly.

Screenwriter Simon Kinberg added: “From a visual standpoint it actually may be a bigger movie than Days of Future Past because there’ll be disaster-movie imagery, like the title would imply.”
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X-Men: Days of Future Past Sneak-Peeks

Let’s ease into this first day of the new year with some photos teasing one of the most anticipated films of 2014, X-Men: Days of Future Past. Most of these images are new, but I peppered in a few from past weeks that I hadn’t run yet.

Assuming you can tear your eyes from that image of a stunningly gorgeous Jennifer Lawrence smiling at the camera and move on with your life — I know I had trouble doing that — you might spot director Bryan Singer in the mix; he’s wearing a plaid shirt and sitting on the hood of the car and standing next to Prof. X. This movie adapts a popular time-traveling storyline that sees Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) travel into the past to try to prevent a dystopian, mutant-hating future from coming to pass.

The movie stars the cast from X-Men: First Class — including James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult and Lawrence — and the cast from the earlier movie trilogy — Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Ellen Page, Halle Berry, Shawn Ashmore, Jackman and possibly Anna Paquin (but probably not) — playing versions of their characters at different ages.

X-Men: Days of Future Past opens May 23.

Did Magneto (Help) Assassinate JFK?

The latest video clip intended to create buzz about next summer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past may make a few folks cringe since it tries to link Magneto (Michael Fassbender) to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy — just days after the USA marked the solemn 50th anniversary of the tragedy.

Personally, I don’t think the video crosses the line into bad taste, but I also don’t see any particular reason why it needed to be done — unless the assassination conspiracy ties directly into the plot of the new movie.

Fox Engineers a Prometheus Sequel

Well, 20th Century Fox officially announced that there will be a sequel to Prometheus, with Ridley Scott involved, and it should be in theaters in 2014 or 2015.

In addition to Scott, whose role is so far unclear — will he direct or just produce? — Noomi Rapace (Shaw) and Michael Fassbender (David) are signed for the sequel. Co-writer Damon Lindelof (Lost), however, “might not be available,” so new writers are being considered. Lindelof has already pitched his ideas for a follow-up, and it is unknown if any of his ideas will be incorporated into the next movie.

“Ridley is incredibly excited about the movie, but we have to get it right. We can’t rush it,” says Fox president of production Emma Watts, in announcing that the studio is “actively pushing ahead” with the sequel.
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Prometheus (2012) (Non-spoiler)

For a long time now, director Ridley Scott and co-screenwriter Damon Lindelof have been preaching that Prometheus has “Alien DNA,” but little did moviegoers suspect just how literal that description would be. I thought it meant the movie would have background elements that related to the 1979 classic’s universe that were not in-your-face; but, like the crew of the vessel Prometheus, I was wrong, so wrong.

The story begins in 2089 with a pair of scientists, Dr. Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) and Dr. Charlie Holloway (Logan Marshall-Green) discovering ancient cave paintings that confirm their belief that an alien species (dubbed the Engineers) seeded human life on Earth and left a star map as an invitation to come visit the parent species when we became sufficiently advanced. Enter dying wealthy eccentric Peter Weyland (Guy Pearce), who funds Shaw and Holloway’s voyage 35 lightyears (about 205 trillion miles) into deep space because he wants to meet his maker before he dies. When the Prometheus crew arrive at their destination, what they find is nothing they expected.
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Robot in a box

Well, it ain’t Gwyneth Patrow‘s head in a box, but it’ll do…

Just in case you’re not sufficiently weirded out by Prometheus, check out this slick Apple-style commercial for the David 8 model of synthetic person from Weyland Industries. Michael Fassbender‘s Prometheus character is a David…

So there you have it: Fassbender in a Box!

Latest Prometheus Trailer Ups the Intrigue

The more I see about Ridley Scott’s upcoming Prometheus, the more intrigued I become. I wish I could phrase that “the more I learn about Prometheus,” but we never really seem to learn anything about the storyline of the movie. We get images, but not context. What does it all mean?

Regardless, I am intrigued by what I see here…

Prometheus opens June 8, and stars Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Guy Pearce, Idris Elba and Logan Marshall-Green.