The Creative Assembly has pulled out all the stops when it came to adding downloadable content to their upcoming Alien: Isolation video game. They’ve managed to pull together the original 1979 Alien cast to recreate their characters voices for the additional missions. (more…)
Do people even want Alien 5? While Ridley Scott‘s own Prometheus didn’t set the world on fire, it’s still getting a sequel. That film series is set generations before the events in Alien and it seems its sequel will move even further and further away from the universe created back in the late 70’s. So if a new Alien film was in the works, where would it fit in? What would it be about? Who would be in it?
According to Ripley herself, Sigourney Weaver, she would be keen to star. (more…)
There was sad news this Tuesday morning for Aliens fans when the death of artist H.R. Giger was announced by Sandra Mivelaz, the administrator of the H.R. Giger Museum in Gruyeres, Switzerland. (more…)
There are a few simple rules regarding conversation in my house:
1. No politics
2. No religion
3. No insulting the films of Brian De Palma or David Cronenberg
4. Those who mention Prometheus will be shot
It’s not that I despise Prometheus (the first half is actually quite good), it’s just that the very thought of the movie’s squandered potential irks me to no end. So count me as someone who is actually looking forward to the sequel, as I hope (maybe against hope) that Ridley Scott & Co. can actually stick the landing this time, instead of dropping a giant, somewhat phallic-looking spaceship on my dome. Unfortunately, one of its busiest stars cast a shadow of doubt upon when we’re actually going to see the continued adventures of Elizabeth Shaw and the severed head of David the Robot today, thus meaning I can’t set a defined date upon which I can revisit and possibly revise my “house rules”.
You can learn a lot about a person by asking which film is their favorite from the Alien franchise. If they say something besides Alien or Aliens, you know you can rule out their opinion right there. Seriously, who’s favorite is Aliens 3 or any of the AvPs? Were they to answer Aliens then you know they like lots of action, big guns, and ladies who can kick a serious amount of xenomorph ass. But if the original flick, Alien, is their favorite then clearly they go in for the more cerebral, horror flick where a lady still kicks xenomorph ass but is also terrified she’ll be attacked from around every corner. If you fall into that last category, then Creative Assembly and SEGA have made Alien: Isolation just for you. (more…)
Every day the internet produces an astounding amount of goodies and gems. Most hilarious, some amusing, but all worth at least a few seconds of your time. We here at Nerd Bastards try to bring you the best bits of news and nerdery the webz has to offer, with a bit of snark thrown in. But sometimes not everything makes the cut. Monday through Friday we’ll be bringing you our inbox leftovers, our forgotten bookmarks, the nerdy bits that simply slipped through the cracks. You can submit items to Nerdy Bits by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dead Space is a very popular video game franchise that obviously takes its inspiration from the haunted spaceship horror motif coined by Alien. So it would be a natural fit to have a horror movie director slip into the role and bring Dead Space to life in a live-action movie, right? But how about a horror movie legend like John Carpenter? Could you see the man behind Halloween, The Thing, Star Man and Assault on Precinct 13 directing a Dead Space movie?
Well, John Carpenter thinks he can? He told IGN that he was seriously interested in the possibility:
“I would love to make Dead Space [into a film], I’ll tell you that right now. That one is ready-made. You know it’s great. The first game was more – I guess it was like Alien – but not quite. It was a little different than that. I maintain that Dead Space would just make a great movie because you have these people coming onto an abandoned, shut-down space ship and they have to start it up and something’s on board. It’s just great stuff. I would love to make Dead Space [into a film], I’ll tell you that right now. That one is ready-made.”
Of course, Carpenter’s last trip into space, 2001’s Ghosts of Mars, didn’t turn out so well, but his last film, The Ward, I enjoyed a lot, so I wouldn’t mind seeing what Carpenter could do with an established brand like Dead Space.
What do you Bastards think?
Source: Comic Book Movie
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This week on The Bastardcast, Jason and Jeremy talk about a nightmare Justice League cast, why Smurfs hate Jamie Foxx, why Guillermo del Toro (like many others) hates Michael Bay, why everybody hates Gwyneth Paltrow, and how a bunch of toys that were designed in 1979, might be the key to solving all the lingering questions from Prometheus.
Also on the show: The boys investigate what both G-Pal (we call her G-Pal now) and Iron Man smell like, what it would be like if Arnold Schwarzenegger replaced Kelly LeBrock in the Weird Science remake, how Porn Inspector would look on a resume, and why Patton Oswalt, the guy from Monk, and Superman are freaking awesome, and possibly the same person (bum! Bum!! BUM!!!).
If that gets your blood pumping, don’t miss Jeremy traumatizing his son, and Jason calling for hand job flavored cough medicine before raging about his uncapitalized upon rumble pack masturbatory aide invention and the magical vibrating underthings that are swooping in to capitalize on that market. ‘
All that and unicorn recipes that will make your head spin, on The Bastardcast.
The Bastardcast: Your mother’s dirty secret.
Want proof that Joss Whedon is merely a nerd demi-god, and not a full-on nerd god? He can still make mistakes. To wit, you may recall a film called Alien: Resurrection, the fourth film in the storied Alien franchise that was written by no less than Joss Whedon! You read that right. Joss. Whedon.
So you probably already know that, but the subject of Alien: Resurrection came up again in a recent interview that Whedon did with the magazine Total Film. They asked The Avengers director about both the Alien film he authored and his views on the most recent installment of the franchise, Prometheus.
“Yes, I did see Pro-meaningless,” he joked. “In all seriousness, Alien: Resurrection was, I thought, the lowest I could ever feel. And then they cancelled Firefly. ‘Yup, there you go. That’s me feeling even lower.’ Let me quote King Lear – ‘The worst is not, so long as we can say, ‘This is the worst.'”
As for the exact hiccup in the execution of his Alien script, has an idea about that. “Casting is storytelling,” he explained. “I wrote two characters for Alien: Resurrection and their arc was that you would not know what way they were going to go. One of them turned out to be insane – and what do they do? They call Brad Dourif. So there is no plot twist. Brad is a very good actor but he has been pigeonholed into these roles. Then they cast J.E. Freeman as a thug – and his character was also supposed to be a mystery. So there you go again – the mystery is gone. Those are just a couple of examples because there are thousands of them when it comes to Alien: Resurrection.”
Well, perhaps Whedon can take some solace in now having directed the third most popular film of all time and basically having carte blanche for anything he wants to do in Hollywood. “Yeah – you don’t ever get over it,” he said matter of factly. “When you are making a movie you are making something that is going to last forever, especially now with the internet. So there is always going to be a shitty Alien movie out there. A shitty Alien movie with my name on it.”
But at least it’s not the shittiest Alien movie of all, right? I mean, look at Alien Vs. Predator.
“I actually like the first Alien vs. Predator. I’m a Paul W. S. Anderson fan.”
Well, there’s no accounting for taste.
Source: Comic Book Movie
A lot of people are focused on who’s going to be in front of the camera on the Guardians of the Galaxy movie, but what about who’s behind it.
Well one interesting name that’s come up is Brian Muir, and if you don’t know the name you’ve definitely seen his work. Muir is a sculptor who’s been used in several sci-fi and fantasy movies to create props and costumes. Amongst his credits are Darth Vader’s mask and chest plate in the original Star Wars, the Ark of the Covenant in Raiders of the Lost Ark, and the Space Jockey from Alien. He’s also worked on the Harry Potter films, The Dark Crystal, The Princess Bride and most recently, Snow White and the Huntsman. So this guy knows his $#!%.
Well, Bleeding Cool has learned that Muir has just been signed up to work on the upcoming Marvel film Guardians of the Galaxy. Muir was recently working on Thor: The Dark World, and was apparently asked to stick around for Guardians. Considering Muir’s background, Bleeding Cool tried to find out if Muir was working on Star Lord’s mask, but they were “given the run around.” But what they did learn, however was that “there’s something of a Star Wars vibe to the plans for Guardians.”
Well at least they went to the source to accomplish it.
More news as it develops.
Source: Comic Book Movie