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When it was announced that Ridley Scott was returning back to the film that made him a household name, and perfectly merged sci-fi and horror together into something original, fans were very excited. After all, Alien was a cult classic, it was terrifying, gave us a great female hero, and oh yeah, it was terrifying. Fast forward 33 years, we got the Alien prequel Prometheus, which gave us a semi-origin to how everything started (or so we thought), going in a different direction and concentrated on the supposed creators of the Xenomorph, the Engineers. Although it was divisive, Prometheus was successful, earning more than $400 million worldwide. So, it’s no surprise that Scott would make a sequel to the prequel: Alien: Covenant.

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Within two weeks, we will see Hugh Jackman’s final ride as Wolverine in Logan. Jackman has played the titular character since 2000’s X-Men one of the first successful comic book movies that kickstarted our current “superhero cinema” phase. Although Jackman was taller than his comic book counterpart, he has encapsulated the core of the character very well. At the age of 48, he has decided to hang up his claws and Logan will be is final outing. Many critics have already seen the movie at press screenings over the last few weeks.  However, they were barred from saying anything due to a press embargo. Well, that embargo was lifted at 4:30 PM yesterday and now the reviews are flooding in. So how did Logan do?

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Somewhere, James Cameron is presently working on the classified technology that will allow him to bring to life the top secret storyline of the ever expanding series of Avatar sequels. Avatar the first remains the worldwide box office champion despite the best efforts of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but while there are no less than four Star Wars movies presently on the release calendar, the long-awaited Avatar sequels remain unscheduled and in release date limbo. Or are they? In its most recent round of release date roulette, Twentieth Century Fox seems to be staking out ground for Avatar 2 and other future franchise movies.  (more…)

‘Mouse Guard’ Comics Receiving Film Adaptation

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You may not have heard of Mouse Guard, the Eisner-winning fantasy epic written and illustrated by creator David Petersen, but you certainly should. It is a long-running comic series (and tabletop RPG) featuring a stoic order of guardians in the form of actual mice, who defend the lands from the evils and monsters that would do it’s citizens harm. However, when the word ‘monster’ comes up, instead of thinking of giants or dragons, imagine owls and snakes; just because these creatures may seem mundane to us giant humans, they are a very real danger to anyone the size of a mouse. Despite the admittedly adorable art, Mouse Guard does not channel Stuart Little as much as it does the Night’s Watch from Game of Thrones. Now, it’s getting a big screen adaptation. (more…)

‘Aliens’ Reunion Planned For Comic-Con

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There are only a few sequels that either rival or surpass their original film. Of course, you have Terminator 2: Judgement Day, The Godfather II, and The Dark Knight. However, the one that really stands out (and stands the test of time) is James Cameron’s Aliens. The sequel to the space horror film Alien had the right amount of horror, action, and heart. The film upped the ante of its predecessor and managed to be a one of a kind blockbuster. It’s hard to believe that it’s been 30 years since the original came out in 1986. Audiences still can’t get enough of this film, and it looks like we’ll be in for a treat at this year’s Comic-Con in San Diego.

It has been confirmed that the original cast of the film will reunite this year at Hall H of Comic-Con. In addition to director Cameron and Sigourney Weaver, the bands getting back together! Included in the panel will be Bill Paxton, Gale Anne Hurd, Lance Henriksen, Michael Biehn, Paul Reiser, and Carrie Henn (now all grown up). No word if Weaver will be discussing the much rumored and anticipated Neill Blomkamp direct sequel to Aliens, which hopes to remove Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection from canon and our collective memory.

Cameron although busy with up to four sequels for his Avatar franchise, still is very fond of Aliens, as he feels it’s the film that really put him on the map.

“You know, it’s interesting. I don’t normally pursue these kind of nostalgia moments like we’re going to do down at Comic-Con, and I didn’t do it much at all for Terminator on its 30th, but there’s something about Aliens. It was a milestone for myself and Gale because the film got seven Academy Award nominations.”

Weaver recently attended a screening and Q&A at the Alamo Drafthouse where she and fans got to relive the magic.

“One of my great moments in … life, frankly, was by the time we got to that line, the whole audience yelled it with Ripley,”

We all know what line she’s talking about!

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Twentieth Century Fox will also be releasing a 30th Anniversary Blu-ray and Digital release of the film this fall. The first 250 fans who pre-order at Comic-Con will get a lithograph image of Ripley fighting the Alien Queen. The Blue Ray will include the original theatrical edition as well as the special edition of the film, commentary tracks, and deleted/extended scenes. Also included in the box set will be collectible art cards as well as concept art sketches by director Cameron.

Source: Entertainment Weekly

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A new movie trailer and promotional poster for the upcoming DreamWorks Animation flick Trolls has just been released by 20th Century Fox. Be forewarned: this product contains massive amounts of color, glitter, and music! The tunes are to be expected, though, when you have Justin Timberlake voicing the lead troll, Branch. Timberlake’s only what, like a nine-time Grammy, four time Emmy Award winner? When you hear who else is in the vocal cast, signs of a hit movie soundtrack will be unmistakable. (more…)

Avengers and X-men

With the onslaught of superhero films, it’s a great time to be a geek. All of our favorite childhood comic characters are showing up on either the big screen or the small screen. While some are warning about “superhero fatigue,” most of the movie going public is really enjoying all the films that have been coming out in recent years. The only real frustrating aspect of it all is that not every character’s rights are with one specific movie studio. As a result, a single coherent cinematic universe hasn’t been 100% established. The most popular one is the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) which is provided by Marvel Studios. Many of the characters involved in that are associated with the Avengers films as well as the solo titles surrounding those characters. Other characters’ rights are owned by 20th Century Fox which on the rights to characters associated with the X-Men and The Fantastic Four. As a result, it looks like we will never be able to see Wolverine fight The Hulk (even though Wolverine was introduced to the world in a comic book with The Hulk). Looks like that might be about to change, though.

For the most part, Fox has enjoyed their ability to maintain their own cinematic universe separate from Marvel Studios and be able to make a great deal of revenue as a result. Fox had never even considered selling the rights back to Marvel, or even working out some sort of cross promotional film between the two studios. However, recently with the critical and commercial failure of the most recent Fantastic Four film, and the critical failure of X-Men: Apocalypse, they might be changing their tune. Since Marvel Studios and Sony worked out a deal to allow Spider-Man to be in the MCU which allowed Spider-Man to be one of the highlights of Captain America: Civil War and the web-slinger will soon have his own film, Spider-Man: Homecoming next summer. It looks like Fox is revisiting the option to play nice with marvel Studios.

In a recent interview Matt Key, producer of Kevin Smith’s Fatman on Batman podcast, Key shared some insights that he has been hearing within the industry.

“I’ve heard from a few of my sources, my little birds that Fox and Marvel have… kind of talked, but not really, but like there’s interest from Fox, like, ‘Ooh, y’know, what they did with Sony and Spider-Man is actually pretty cool, like, maybe…’ We’re years away from that ever possibly happening… but I think that’s what it would take… Fox joining hands with Marvel.”

Sounds like they will soon play in the same sandbox, which could lead to all sorts of new films. If a Sony-type of deal could be worked out, it probably would give Marvel creative control, but Fox would still make a great deal of money. With the postponement of the Inhumans film, and the fact that there are up to 3 planned MCU films that are currently unnamed, perhaps Marvel has already been making plans and one of them could be a film featuring a Fox-related property. Imagine what they could work with if they had the rights to Dr. Doom, The Kree Empire, The Beyonder, and many other characters tied into Fox properties?!? We could get The War of Kings, or even Avengers vs X-Men!!!

Until we actually hear of an actual deal we can simply hope something gets worked out so that we can have a true cinematic universe for all Marvel characters.

Source: ComicBook Movie

 

Kingsman Bridges feature

Dude! Academy Award-winning actor Jeff Bridges took to social media this past weekend to officially announce his next project. Bridges confirmed on his Twitter page that he has signed on to join the cast of ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle.’ Not only is he adding star power and talent to an already stellar cast, but he is reuniting with Julianne Moore, his co-star in ‘Seventh Son‘ and ‘The Big Lebowski.’ (more…)

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The old adage about the three most important things in real estate – “location, location, location” – is perhaps best applied in these modern times to movie release date schedules. Some studios stake a claim to a date two, three, even five years in advanced, and it’s gotten to be such a game, you don’t even have to announce a specific movie along with the release date anymore. In keeping with that new tradition, Twentieth Century Fox is staking claim to two dates in the not-too-distant future, while quietly giving back one date. Sorry Gambit fans, but it looks like you won’t be seeing the X-Men‘s Ragin’ Cajun this coming October after all. (more…)

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Let’s be honest: would anyone really expect Deadpool to play by the rules?  Deadpool annihilated the box offices this past weekend, raking in over $135 million and surpassing records left and right.  The film is also, like many in the comic book-based genre, riddled with Easter eggs and subtle winks and nods for true fans to find.  One wink, however, may not be returned; as screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick featured a Marvel-owned character without permission from Marvel Studios or Disney.  That could be one big no-no. (more…)