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20 Of The Coolest Aliens From Pop Culture

June 7th, 2014 9:00am EDT
20 Of The Coolest Aliens From Pop Culture
We have a fundamental obsession with the idea that aliens exist. In all probability they do - but we've got no actual idea what they might look like, sound like, think like or smell like. And if there's one thing the human mind does when it's not sure about something - it's create an identity from scratch. And that's what some of our most prolific directors and writers have done with some of the most beloved science fiction series in pop culture.

The result is a near infinite library of alien species that could very well be more extravagant than anything nature can produce. This library of...
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The Greatest Movies From The 70s

April 1st, 2014 8:00am EDT
The Greatest Movies From The 70s
The 1970s. The era of disco, bell bottom jeans, and phenomenal moviemaking. Hollywood’s golden age surged in the seventies, a time where gifted filmmakers carved their niche in the studio system and created films unlike anything seen before. From maverick moviemakers who created their penultimate masterpieces to the birth of the modern Hollywood blockbuster amongst a sea of commercial duds, the seventies were one of the hottest times in filmmaking even in the wake of the Cold War. Without further ado, here are the best movies of the 1970’s.

"The Godfather: Parts I and II" (1972 and 1974)
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Prep for 'Prometheus' with 'The Book of Alien' and 'Colonial Marines Technical Manual'

June 10th, 2012 11:00am EDT
Book of Alien
In 1979, director Ridley Scott revolutionized the sci-fi genre with his landmark film Alien. The movie’s realistic future mixed with Swiss artist H.R. Giger’s grotesque alien design, terrified viewers. Using Scott and Giger’s work as a foundation, James Cameron created the action-packed sequel Aliens in 1986. Although Cameron’s film concentrated less on horror, he introduced equally grounded and imaginative technology to the same universe.

Sadly the franchise declined with the following sequels, Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection. However this weekend, Ridley Scott hopes to revitalize science...
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'Alien' Left Michael Fassbender 'Disturbed' As A Child

June 6th, 2012 3:11pm EDT
Michael Fassbender
Michael Fassbender has never forgiven his parents for letting him watch Alien as a child, because the creepy movie left him "disturbed".

The actor, who stars in Alien-inspired film Prometheus, was so frightened by the 1979 sci-fi horror movie he grew convinced his body could be infiltrated by extraterrestrial beings and his life would come to a gruesome end.

He tells the Chicago Sun-Times, "My parents allowed me to see it for some reason, which was odd because they were very strict. For some reason, they had no problem with their child seeing creatures bursting out of the chests of human ...
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New 'Prometheus' Trailer Reveals The Aliens

April 30th, 2012 5:07pm EDT
Prometheus
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 ...
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Ridley Scott To Launch Online Film Competition

January 19th, 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 YouTube.com 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...
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'Prometheus' Trailer Released

December 23rd, 2011 2:25pm EST
Prometheus
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.
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Director Ridley Scott Examines The 'Prophets Of Science Fiction' On New 8-Part Series

November 7th, 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...
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Sigourney Weaver 'Will Be Back' For More 'Avatar'

September 19th, 2011 8:05am EDT
Sigourney Weaver
Sigourney Weaver has assured fans she "will be back" to star in the planned sequels to sci-fi epic Avatar, despite director James Cameron killing off her character in the 2009 blockbuster.

The Alien star portrays botanist Grace Augustine in the futuristic 3D movie, which has become the highest-grossing film of all time and the only release in history to break the $2 billion mark.

Cameron is currently writing a follow-up to the box office smash and Weaver insists Augustine will be resurrected for the forthcoming installments.

Speaking to movie blog ComingSoon.net, Weaver claims Cameron...
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Sigourney Weaver Wants To Help With 'Alien' Prequel

October 19th, 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...
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Vampires Win Big At Scream Awards (Hot Pics!)

October 18th, 2010 7:56am EDT
Scream Awards
Vampires ruled at the 2010 Scream Awards in Los Angeles on Saturday night with "Twilight's" Kristen Stewart and the cast of TV drama "True Blood" winning big prizes at the city's Greek Theater.

Stewart picked up the Best Fantasy Actress honour at the event, held to applaud all things sci-fi, and "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" was named Best Fantasy Movie. It was also a big night for "True Blood," which picked up Best TV Show from number one fan Marilyn Manson.

The drama also claimed the Holy Sh--! Scene of the Year accolade for its much-publicized head-twisting sex encounter, while "True Bl...
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'Salt': Strong Enough For A Man, Re-Written For Angelina Jolie

July 22nd, 2010 1:00pm EDT
salt
This weekend, Angelina Jolie stars in “Salt,” a fast-paced, espionage thriller with an intelligent script and plenty of car chases and explosions. Jolie plays Evelyn Salt, a CIA agent who is accused of being a Russian spy. The movie has a very intelligent, twist-filled script, written by Kurt Wimmer, that will keep audiences glued in their seats.

Jolie wasn’t the first choice for the lead role, however. Originally, in 2007, Tom Cruise was set to star! Wimmer’s first draft of the script followed Edwin A. Salt as he tried to prove his innocence of being a sleeper spy. When Cruise left the pr...
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Fergie & Will.i.am Model The Latest In Bondage Gear

February 25th, 2010 1:15pm EST
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The Black Eyed Peas performed at Madison Square Garden last night in New York, and Fergie looked like a stripped down "Terminator" machine in her skin-tight latex costume. will.i.am joined the fun by donning an eery black mask.

Want to see more of the Peas' crazy costumes? The group plans to screen one of their concerts live in movie theaters across the U.S. Fans who don't have tickets to their current tour will be able watch the band's gig in Los Angeles on March 30 live on the big screen.

Meanwhile, Fergie is planning to explore her passion for rock music on her next solo album - she's ...
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George Lucas And Martin Scorsese Pay Tribute To Gareth Wigan

February 14th, 2010 3:00pm EST
George Lucas
George Lucas and Martin Scorsese have paid tribute to beloved British producer Gareth Wigan, who died on Saturday aged 78.

Wigan was credited with steering the success of the first Star Wars in 1977, after serving as a production executive on the sci-fi movie.

He subsequently worked on other films including All That Jazz in 1979 and Alien in the same year, before he was appointed co-vice chairman of the Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group in the 1990s.

And his death in Los Angeles after a brief illness has shocked Star Wars creator Lucas, who will "always be grateful" for Wiga...
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7 Scariest Films to Watch on Halloween

October 28th, 2009 10:30am EDT
Scariest Films to Watch on Halloween
To be clear, we abhor the countless seemingly arbitrary lists of "scary" films that have littered the internet and many a magazine. If you are tired of trying to search these lists looking for films that don't have Halloween or 13th in the title, you will appreciate our list. Horror films, for the most part, are supposed to move the audience. They are not created for awards shows, and typically the ones that haunt us are the ones which are considered to be "bad" films. The most obvious issue with these previous lists it that they do not give an accurate explanation of how they define th...
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Is Excessive CGI And No Plot Becoming A Trend In Movies?

September 10th, 2009 11:14am EDT
Transformers 2
A few weeks ago I got to see 15 minutes of James Cameron's "Avatar" on the IMAX in 3D, and it was some of the best CGI ever seen on the big screen. For years Cameron has promised a big comeback and at least visually this movie looks like it will truly deliver when it comes out in December. And yet ... what little they revealed of the plot felt contrived, and the dialogue was stiff. A soldier sneaking undercover in another society and then falling in love with this new culture and trying to make peace between the two nations. Viewers have seen that before, but what makes "Avatar" different h...
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Best Space Movies

June 12th, 2009 9:53am EDT
Moon
The subject of space is a difficult one in terms of selecting films. Qualifying elements are somewhat subjective. Does the film have to take place in space? Must it include aliens? Does a mere reference to space, or different planets, make it a "space" film? In short, is it merely a subgenre of science fiction? Space and science fiction, while not mutually exclusive, can occur without the other.

In celebration of the release of one of the newest and most promising space films, Moon, check out a brief list of our favorite space films. What you will find below is a mix of films t...
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Underrated & Overrated Horror Films

October 31st, 2008 12:25pm EDT
Saw
Today is Halloween. No introduction necessary. Check out our list of five of the most overrated and underrated horror movies of all time:

UNDERRATED

5. "Scream" (1996)

Ah, the classic case of so overrated it became underrated. Actually, it's more that this movie was so good and influential that its hallmarks have become so deeply ingrained in moviedom that we can't imagine a time that existed before it. It didn't invent the slasher genre, it just brought it to a new level, adding humor and bringing a spot of intelligence to its leads. It was also a perfect parody of ...
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A Salute To The Head Explosion

September 23rd, 2008 11:40am EDT
Deadly Friend
When it comes to body parts that can explode, your head is ripe for the picking. Not only is it large and filled with goo, it perches atop of your shoulders begging for something to come along and smash it. Movie makers have known this fact for a long time. Nothing quite gets an audience going like a well placed exploding head. David Cronenberg's Scanners probably has the most oft-referenced scene, as it's one of the few mainstream horror films to give us a detailed and goopy exploding melon. Belloq's fate in Raiders of the Lost Ark even goes to show that Oscar winning directors aren't abov...
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Celebrity Fashion Review: Summer Calling

June 9th, 2008 10:48am EDT
Emmanuelle Chriqui
It is officially summer time. What a better season for celebrities to expose more skin than usual? Hold on, we take that back. Celebrities are always showing off skin. It's a 365 day job; however, while some are willing to show off their assets others are not always as keen. Or, if they do show off anything, it would have been best if they hadn't at all.

Summer Dos

At the 2008 World Ocean Day event on June 4, Amber Valletta was all legs in a simple black pencil skirt with a head turning side split. We love how she kept it feminine with a lovely lace deep v-neckline top. Ke...
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Death, Alien Larva & More On 'Torchwood'

March 3rd, 2008 9:05am EST
Torchwood
After last week's disappointing episode, Torchwood makes a triumphant return to form in the episode "Reset," which may not be the funniest episode this season, but it sure was the best. Torchwood working as a team, an alien mystery to solve, and one hell of a cliffhanger. Oh, and a little guest star in the form of Ms. Martha Jones, or should I say, Doctor Jones? (Freema Ageyman).

So we open with a medical mystery where unrelated murders are taking place, only nobody knows how exactly the victims are getting murdered, as there are no murder weapons and no apparent cause of death. Torchw...
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The 'Forgot-scers': Films & Performances That Fell Through The Cracks This Year

February 22nd, 2008 11:39am EST
Michael Clayton
The Academy Awards are just one big popularity contest, right? Everyone has an agenda, everything is fixed, its Hollywood's Prom and this year Michael Clayton is just the Prom King.

Some of it's true and some isn't, and most of the movies nominated this year are rightfully so. That just doesn't reconcile that so many great movies fall through the cracks each year, for whatever reason, and don't get their just deserts.

They're overlooked, they're under-appreciated, and they're forgotten. They may not be the very greatest ever made, but they still deserve to get let in on the celeb...
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Film Feature: Improbable Survivors

January 28th, 2008 11:12am EST
Live Free Or Die Hard
Movies are entertainment. We're supposed to suspend our disbelief so we can be entertained and so we don't bog ourselves down in the specifics. In some movies we can do just that - believe - and we can go with the flow. Others provide circumstances that are just too preposterous to take at face value.

Following are some of those movies and characters that I couldn't just forget about and found myself picking apart afterwards. I initially enjoyed each and every one of them, but on further viewing, they were just too much to accept.

Kill Bill Volume 2

There were a lot of scenes i...
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NYC Opera Awards To Include Sigourney Weaver, Van Cliburn And Susan Graham

October 14th, 2007 9:15am EDT
Sigourney Weaver
NEW YORK (AP) - She won't be singing, but Sigourney Weaver will be surrounded by some of the world's opera greats when she joins mezzo-soprano Susan Graham to host the Opera News awards.

The movie star and opera fan will help deliver the third annual Opera News awards on Jan. 24 during a gala evening at Manhattan's Pierre hotel, Opera News magazine announced. The five winners will be present for spoken and video tributes.

Pianist Van Cliburn will present the honor to soprano Leontyne Price. Also receiving the award for their contributions to opera are baritone Thomas Hampson, cond...
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Celebrity Birthdays, October 8

October 8th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Sigourney Weaver
Happy Birthday to Terminator 3's T-X Kristanna Loken (1979), actor Matt Damon (1970), American singer CeCe Winans (1964), actress Stephanie Zimbalist (1956), Kool & The Gang frontman Robert "Kool" Bell (1950), Alien fighter Sigourney Weaver (1949), Johnny (1948) and C-Jay (1965) Ramone of punk pioneers The Ramones, congressman Dennis Kucinich (1946), Goosebumps author R.L. Stine (1943), Saturday Night Live alum Chevy Chase (1943), activist Jesse Jackson (1941), knife-wielding Aussie Paul Hogan (1939), Kill Bill star David Carradine (1936), and Dune author Frank Herbert (1920).
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Celebrity Birthdays, September 12

September 12th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Neil Peart
Happy Birthday to "Phantom of the Opera" actress Emmy Rossum (1986), "The O.C." actor Benjamin McKenzie (1978), "American Idol" winner Ruben Studdard (1978), "Into the Blue" actor Paul Walker (1973), Primus guitarist Larry LaLonde (1968), musician Ben Folds (1966), Fishbone bassist John Norwood Fisher (1965), actress Amy Yasbeck (1963), French singer Mylene Farmer (1961), British actress Rachel Ward (1957), XTC keyboardist Barry Andrews (1956), "Bosom Buddies" actor Peter Scolari (1954), America co-founder Gerry Beckley (1952), author and Rush drummer Neil Peart (1952), "The Matrix" actor J...
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Celebrity Birthdays, September 12

September 12th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Neil Peart
Happy Birthday to "Phantom of the Opera" actress Emmy Rossum (1986), "The O.C." actor Benjamin McKenzie (1978), "American Idol" winner Ruben Studdard (1978), "Into the Blue" actor Paul Walker (1973), Primus guitarist Larry LaLonde (1968), musician Ben Folds (1966), Fishbone bassist John Norwood Fisher (1965), actress Amy Yasbeck (1963), French singer Mylene Farmer (1961), British actress Rachel Ward (1957), XTC keyboardist Barry Andrews (1956), "Bosom Buddies" actor Peter Scolari (1954), America co-founder Gerry Beckley (1952), author and Rush drummer Neil Peart (1952), "The Matrix" actor J...
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David Duchovny And Sigourney Weaver Star In 'The TV Set'; Coming To DVD Sept. 25

August 29th, 2007 9:00pm EDT
The TV Set
CENTURY CITY, Calif. - A smart, brisk and engaging comedy chronicling the perilous journey of an idealistic television writer as he tries to steer his pilot to a coveted spot on the prime-time television schedule, The TV Set bows on DVD September 25 from Fox Home Entertainment.

Hysterically smart, the black comedy from television writer and director Jake Kasdan (Orange County, Freaks and Geeks) "gets high ratings for razor sharp writing and direction and a wonderful ensemble delivering terrific comic performances" (Maxim). David Duchovny (The X-Files, Trust The Man) stars as writer M...
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Sigourney Weaver To Play Gypsy Rose Lee

March 8th, 2007 10:30pm EST
Sigourney Weaver
Alien star Sigourney Weaver is set for her most revealing role to date after signing on to play burlesque stripper Gypsy Rose Lee in a new movie.

Gypsy And Me is based on the memoir My G-String Mother: At Home And Backstage With Gypsy Rose Lee, written by her son Eric Lee Preminger.

Preminger was acting as his mother's stage manager when he was only 12 years old.

Weaver will also act as executive producer on the film, along with Dreamgirls producer Laurence Mark.

The film takes place in the late 1950s when Lee was at the tail end of her striptease career.

She decide...
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John Hurt Paints Between Movies, Not Ready To Exhibit Pieces

March 6th, 2007 9:46am EST
John Hurt
Alien actor John Hurt loves to paint when he's not making movies, but is too shy to display his creations to the public. The Oscar-nominated actor, 67, has sold some of his paintings, but doesn't believe his work is good enough to warrant an exhibition.

He says, "I enjoy art a lot and have done for many years. I am not too sure I am ready to show any of my pieces - they are figurative art - I have been asked to in the past.

"Anyway I am not sure I would have enough for an art exhibition of my own - some pieces I have sold and given away but so many more I have destroyed through ar...
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