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Ridley Scott's Latest Epic Banned In Egypt, Morocco

12/27/2014 9:14pm EST
Exodus: Gods And Kings
Ridley Scott's Biblical epic Exodus: Gods And Kings has been banned in Egypt and Morocco.

Officials from the governments of the two nations will not allow the film to play because of its "historical inaccuracies," according to the BBC.

Egyptian censors are unhappy because the film depicts Jews as the builders of the Pyramids, and they also claim that the Red Sea was parted as the result of an earthquake and not by a miracle performed by Moses (Christian Bale).

The film was set to run in Morocco, where it was filmed, but censors backtracked on their decision.

Last month the film was heav...

Ridley Scott Developing TV Series About Ebola

10/17/2014 8:44am EDT
Ridley Scott
Filmmaker Ridley Scott is working on a TV series based on the Ebola epidemic. The program will be based on author Richard Preston's 1994 best-selling book "The Hot Zone."

Scott's project has been in development for 10 years, but recent events have fast tracked the series. He is collaborating with director and producer Lynda Obst.

Scott originally wanted to adapt the book into a big-screen film with Jodie Foster in the lead.

Over, 4,400 people in West Africa have died in recent months from Ebola. Three people in the United States have battled the disease, which is a severe, often fatal il...

Christian Bale Gets Biblical In First Trailer For 'Exodus: Gods And Kings'

7/9/2014 12:30pm EDT
Christian Bale Gets Biblical In First Trailer For 'Exodus: Gods
Christian Bale and Ridley Scott are teaming up for Exodus: Gods and Kings, which just got a first trailer that proves it aims to beat out Noah as the best Biblical epic this year.

In typical Ridley Scott fashion, the period piece will feature giant battles and sweeping sets, as seen in the first seconds of a trailer when two armies charge and a cloaked figure looks over a populated ravine at night. Joel Edgerton's Ramses snarls to Bale's Moses, "You say you didn't cause all this, you say this is not all your fault – so let's just see who is more effective at killing: you or me."

Exodus ...

New Pope Chosen For Ridley Scott's 'The Vatican'

3/1/2013 4:41pm EST
Bruno Ganz
We have a new pope - Unknown star Bruno Ganz.

The Swiss actor will play the pontiff in Ridley Scott's new cable series The Vatican, according to the project's star Matthew Goode.

The Watchmen actor tells WENN, "I'm playing the papal secretary (Bernd Koch), the pope's right hand man. Bruno Ganz is going to play the pope and Kyle Chandler and Sebastian Koch are in it as well. It's shaping up incredibly nicely and I'm quite scared because Ridley's directing it, who I love."

The casting will no doubt spark controversy as Ganz also played Nazi leader Adolf Hitler in 2004 movie Downfall.


Ridley Scott To Make Debut As TV Director With 'The Vatican'

12/21/2012 9:12am EST
Ridley Scott
Ridley Scott is turning his attentions to TV directing for the pilot of a small-screen drama about the Catholic Church.

The filmmaker has focused on cinema throughout his lengthy career, stepping behind the camera on some of the biggest movies in history, including Alien, Gladiator and Blade Runner.

He will now make his first foray into TV directing by helming a pilot for The Vatican, a look at the politics and power-play at the top of the Catholic church.

House screenwriter Paul Attanasio will pen the script for the episode for execs at Showtime.

Scott has only worked in TV product...

Ridley Scott Jets To LA To Attend Brother's Funeral

8/26/2012 8:07am EDT
Ridley Scott
Filmmaker Ridley Scott joined family members and friends in Los Angeles on Friday to mourn the death of his brother, director Tony, who jumped to his death from a bridge in San Pedro, California on August 19.

The private funeral service was held at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Prometheus directed Ridley flew in from his home in London for the funeral.

The 68-year-old Top Gun moviemaker appears to have taken his life but police officials are still unclear as to what drove him to suicide.

Los Angeles County coroner spokesman Ed Winters tells The Hollywood Reporter that Scott left two...

Ridley Scott To Start Work On 'Prometheus' Sequel

8/1/2012 11:52pm EDT
Filmmaker Ridley Scott is reuniting with his Prometheus stars Michael Fassbender and Noomi Rapace for a second installment of the sci-fi movie.

The Alien prequel proved to be a big hit upon its release earlier this summer and studio executives at 20th Century Fox are now pressing ahead with plans for a follow up.

Scott will return to direct, while Fassbender and Rapace have already signed up to reprise their roles, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Studio boss Emma Watts says, "Ridley is incredibly excited about the movie, but we have to get it right. We can't rush it."

Five Fun Facts about 'Prometheus' Actor Idris Elba

6/7/2012 2:00pm EDT
Idris Elba - Five Fun Facts
Ridley Scott’s Prometheus comes out this Friday, reminding us of the buzz that surrounded his original Alien film back in 1979. Much like he did with that film, Scott has cast this science fiction piece with well-established actors including Academy Award winner Charlize Theron, Guy Pearce, and Michael Fassbender. Fans of the HBO series “The Wire” or the BBC series “Luther” will be pleased to see Idris Elba take on the role as the captain of Prometheus, giving us a good excuse to dig up five fun facts on the sexiest man to ever work at Dunder Mifflin.

1) A working actor since 1999, it was...

Review: 'Prometheus' - A Film You'll Remember Long After The Credits Roll

6/4/2012 7:04pm EDT
What if you had the chance to meet the people who created you? And by you I mean the human race. Could you resist such an opportunity?

Two brilliant scientists, the intense, religious Dr. Shaw (Noomi Rapace) and the very unspiritual Dr. Holloway (Logan Marshall-Green) certainly can't. Not after they discover a series of cave paintings that turn out to be a star map, left by several ancient Earth civilizations that points to the same location in distant space.

They believe that they found the planet that is home to the engineers of the human race. And Shaw and Holloway are determined to p...

Trailer Talk: Ridley Scott's 'Prometheus' Could Be This Summer's Next Big Blockbuster & More

6/4/2012 1:02pm EDT
Arriving in theaters this week are Ridley Scott’s highly anticipated sci-fi vehicle “Prometheus,” the silly computer animated sequel “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted,” the coming-of-age comedy “Lola Versus,” the indie time travel comedy “Safety Not Guaranteed,” the period piece drama “Bel Ami,” the family relationship dramedy “Peace, Love, & Misunderstanding,” and Todd Solondz’s drama “Dark Horse.”

Unfortunately my pick from last week, “Snow White and the Huntsman,” was plagued by bad acting, lackluster action scenes, and farfetched concepts even for a fairy tale. Not only was it diff...

MPAA Gives 'Prometheus' An R Rating After Ridley Scott Refuses To Cut Gory Scenes

5/8/2012 11:23pm EDT
Ridley Scott's upcoming sci-fi film Prometheus will be released in the U.S. with a restrictive R rating after the director decided against cutting gory footage from the movie to please censors.

Officials from the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) ruled the picture, starring Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender and Guy Pearce, was too violent for young theater-goers and suggested an edit be made if Scott wanted to secure a lower rating to appeal to those 17 and below.

But the filmmaker has chosen to leave the final cut of Prometheus as it is - and as such, only viewers over the a...

New 'Prometheus' Trailer Reveals The Aliens

4/30/2012 5:07pm EDT
A new extended trailer has been released for Prometheus, and it has revealed the aliens the crew face when they touch down on an unnamed planet.

Part of the reveal is the reason why these astronauts landed on the planet; it appears a pictogram has been discovered at numerous locations that is actually a star map... or an invitation. The data on the planet could lead humanity to the story of its origins.

The crew comes into contact with a cobra-like appendage that fells one of the scientists. It's then that they realize they could have found something that could end their existence.

If ...

Ridley Scott To Launch Online Film Competition

1/19/2012 12:19pm EST
Ridley Scott
Ridley Scott is launching a new online contest to send 10 budding moviemakers to this year's Venice Film Festival.

The Alien director has joined forces with video-sharing website to launch the campaign, asking fans to create their own 15-minute films and post them on the site.

The final 10 films, which will be voted for by the public, will all be screened at the Italian film festival, while the overall winner will also receive a $500,000 grant to create a movie with Scott.

The legendary director says, "Short film-making is exactly where I started my career 50 years ago. So...

The Most Anticipated Movies of 2012

1/13/2012 10:00am EST
Most Anticipated Movies of 2012
If you’re family is like mine, you probably got one for Christmas. I have an aunt who has given on to me every year since I was seven. Each time I open the wrapping paper and feign surprise, as if my present could have been anything else. The first few times she gave me this turd of a gift, I hung it dutifully on my wall for the entire year. Each time I looked at it, I would wonder how Chocolate Labradors or Monster Trucks define me as a person (News Flash: They don’t). Now, as soon as she leaves the room, I throw my gift right in the trash without even a modicum of guilt. Still don’t know ...

'Prometheus' Trailer Released

12/23/2011 2:25pm EST
Ridley Scott's Prometheus was originally going to tie into the Aliens series before its story grew into something completely different. The trailer, released recently, shows the influence from the Aliens series - but it doesn't show any monsters just yet. Watch it below!

Prometheus stars Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Guy Pearce, Idris Elba, Charlize Theron, and Ben Foster. The movie is due out next summer.

Director Ridley Scott Examines The 'Prophets Of Science Fiction' On New 8-Part Series

11/7/2011 2:35pm EST
Ridley Scott
Ridley Scott, the creative genius behind legendary Hollywood classics including "Alien," "Blade Runner" and "Gladiator," comes to SCIENCE this November with the world premiere eight-part series, "Prophets of Science Fiction".

An auteur of science fiction himself, Scott goes from behind the camera to on-air guide to explore the relationship between genre and the constantly-evolving worlds of science and technology. From Jules Verne and Isaac Asimov to George Lucas and Phillip K. Dick, the dreams of storytellers often become the inspiration for researchers seeking mankind’s next transforma...

No Harrison Ford For New 'Blade Runner' Movie

11/7/2011 11:44am EST
Ridley Scott
Ridley Scott has confirmed his new Blade Runner movie will go ahead without original star Harrison Ford.

The Indiana Jones actor took on the lead role in the cult 1982 film, based on a Philip K. Dick novel, playing a retired detective hired to track down a group of androids passing themselves off as human.

Scott recently revealed he is working on a sequel, but he has now confirmed Blade Runner will be back with a whole new cast.

The director tells the Wall Street Journal the project is moving forward "not with the past cast, of course," and when asked whether Ford's character of Rick ...

Ridley Scott Signs On For New 'Blade Runner' Movie

8/18/2011 6:15pm EDT
Blade Runner
Ridley Scott is set to revisit the sci-fi world of Blade Runner.

The moviemaker directed Harrison Ford in the cult 1982 film and now reports he has signed on to direct and produce a new installment of the movie, based on Philip K. Dick's 1968 novel "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep."

Ford played a retired detective hired to track down human-like androids in 2019.

It is not known if the new film will be a remake, prequel or sequel.

Michael Fassbender Finally Hits The Big Time With ‘X-Men: First Class’

6/3/2011 3:00pm EDT
Michael Fassbender X-Men: First Class
Though he is still relatively unknown to most audiences right now, after this weekend Michael Fassbender will officially be one of the biggest movie stars in the world. He stars as Erik Lehnsherr a.k.a. Magneto in the comic book origin story “X-Men: First Class.” His performance as the metal-bending, vengeance-seeking mutant will definitely be the performance people will be talking about after seeing the movie.

The German-born actor had his big break in the TV mini-series “Band of Brothers” which was produced by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks. Fassbender continued working steadily in Briti...

Sigourney Weaver Wants To Help With 'Alien' Prequel

10/19/2010 1:30pm EDT
Sigourney Weaver
Sigourney Weaver is hoping for a consultative role on the upcoming Alien prequel because she wants to make sure the film stays true to the franchise she helped build.

Director Ridley Scott is bringing the sci-fi series back to the big screen in a new movie, which is set before Weaver's iconic character, Ellen Ripley, first encountered the scary space creatures in the 1979 original. Scott is not planning to include Weaver in the new picture, but the actress hopes she will be able to find a role behind-the-scenes.

She tells Shock Till You Drop, "If they needed help with the story, I could...

T.I. Wants An Oscar By 40

8/11/2010 8:53am EDT
Rapper T.I. is shifting his focus from the music industry to Hollywood - because he wants to be an Academy Award winner within the next 10 years.

The hip-hop star has landed small roles in films such as Ridley Scott's American Gangster, and takes on a more significant part in the new crime thriller Takers.

However, T.I. admits he is building up his acting portfolio - because he doesn't want to be rapping into his late 30's like Jay-Z or Eminem. And he's intent on claiming gold at Tinseltown's most revered ceremony in the next decade.

The 29 year old tells Complex magazine, "I want to ...

Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett Star In 'Robin Hood' - On DVD & Blu-ray Sept. 21

8/8/2010 5:15pm EDT
Robin Hood
Oscar winner Russell Crowe reunites with "Gladiator" director Ridley Scott to reveal the untold story of a common archer’s rise to become a hero in "Robin Hood", the $309 million worldwide blockbuster coming to Blu-ray Hi-Def Combo Pack, 2-Disc Special Edition DVD and single disc DVD on September 21, 2010 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. All of these versions will feature the theatrical film, as well as a never-before-seen unrated director’s cut of the movie. The film and its unrated version will also be available day and date for digital download and video on demand.

The 3-dis...

Russell Crowe's Rep Slams 'Robin Hood' Digital-Slimming Reports

6/18/2010 8:27am EDT
Russell Crowe
Russell Crowe's representative has dismissed rumors the actor was digitally slimmed-down for his latest role as Robin Hood.

The Oscar-winner plays the English folk hero in Ridley Scott's re-imagining of the classic tale, and recent reports claimed movie bosses spent "hundreds of thousands of dollars" in post-production to make a burly Crowe appear slimmer onscreen.

The National Enquirer alleged, "Crowe just couldn't manage to drop the last 10 to 15 pounds he'd packed on, and producers were horrified by several scenes where he looked totally fat."

However, Crowe's spokesperson has brus...

The New 'Robin Hood': Did It Need A Remake?

5/12/2010 9:20am EDT
Robn Hood - Dit it need a remake
Robin Hood is one of the most famous folklore heroes of all time, and the first rhymes and stories about the noble outlaw go as far back as the 14th century. He is typically known as a follower of King Richard II, the Lionheart, and his enemies are the Sheriff of Nottingham and the ambitious Prince John. In time Robin Hood had a whole gang behind him with names as famous as his, like Little John, Will Scarlet, Friar Tuck, and Maid Marian. In most tales he chose to rob from the rich to give to the poor, fighting the greed of the upper classes with his bow, and over the past few centuries thi...

Russell Crowe Hated Kevin Costner's 'Robin Hood'

5/10/2010 5:30pm EDT
Russell Crowe
Russell Crowe watched previous adaptations of the Robin Hood story to inspire his latest big screen outing - and hated Kevin Costner's turn as the folk hero.

The Gladiator star plays the legendary character in Ridley Scott's upcoming blockbuster and he studied other incarnations of the role to help shape his portrayal of the action man. And he admits Costner's 1991 film Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves wasn't one he liked.

He says, "I watched the Richard Greene TV series when I was a kid. When you see the episodes now, they're a bit creaky, and it's basically the same story every week. I s...

Trailer Talk: This Week in Movies - 'Robin Hood,' 'Letters to Juliet,' & More

5/10/2010 9:40am EDT
Letters To Juliet
Last week “Iron Man 2” totally blew my expectations out of the water, to be equally as enjoyable as its predecessor. It reuses the same formula as the original to achieve success: lighthearted banter, eye-popping special effects, and exciting action sequences. That being said, it’s not a boring carbon copy of the original because it introduces new characters and new challenges for the character Tony Stark. For further comments, check out my review.

May’s second week delivers just three new films to theaters: Ridley Scott’s action epic “Robin Hood,” the romantic dramedy “Letters to Julie...

Ridley Scott Planning 'Robin Hood' Sequel

4/5/2010 5:30pm EDT
Ridley Scott
Director Ridley Scott is hoping his upcoming Robin Hood blockbuster is a hit - because he has already mapped out plans for a sequel.

The moviemaker has re-teamed with Gladiator star Russell Crowe for the epic, which tells the early story of the legendary British outlaw.

And Scott is desperate for the film to triumph at the box office when it is released later this year, because he wants to turn the Robin Hood story into a successful franchise.

He says, "It is the beginnings of how the man becomes known as Robin the Hood. You don't really get that until the last few minutes when you re...

Russell Crowe Nearly Quit 'Robin Hood'

4/5/2010 9:38am EDT
Russell Crowe
Russell Crowe nearly quit his role in the upcoming Robin Hood movie after the first draft of the script painted the legendary British outlaw as a villain.

The project, originally titled Nottingham, was marred with problems when production began in 2007, with movie bosses forced to halt work while scriptwriters reworked the story. Sienna Miller was originally cast as Maid Marian, but was axed in favor of Cate Blanchett, and the title was changed to Robin Hood.

Filming eventually began in 2008 and wrapped last year, and Crowe admits he's glad movie bosses agreed to rework the project - be...

'Robin Hood' Opening Cannes Film Festival (Video)

3/26/2010 2:41pm EDT
After being plagued by re-writes and casting problems, Ridley Scott and Russell Crowe's latest historical epic is to open the legendary Cannes Film Festival.

Robin Hood has certainly had its problems - at one point, someone floated the idea of Russell Crowe playing both the Sheriff of Nottingham and the titular character. Injuries to both actors and set workers have also plagued the production.

Still, the action-packed film is hoping to repeat the success of Scott and Crowe's Gladiator. That film picked up five Academy Awards despite being released in May - the same month Robin Hood hits ...

Spotlight On Films In Which Technology Has Gone Awry: Our Grim Future Awaits

9/23/2009 12:43pm EDT
As we look forward to the future, we are hopeful that technology and the overall standard of living will continue to improve. Many films set in the distant or even in the more immediate future paint it as a grim place where our dependence on technology has blinded us to our own humanity.

We are reminded that technology yields great power and that great power can corrupt our souls. Films portraying this version of our future are meant to provoke commentary about the ethical dilemmas the characters face and to help steer humanity in a more thoughtful direction.

With the movie "Surroga...