Ellen Ripley

Prometheus is headed to theaters near you very soon, but Ridley Scott couldn’t have seen what is coming out of Salt Lake City.  Alien meets Puppets! Yes, Meat & Potato Theater performance group has created and will perform an Alien inspired show that would definitely make Ridley Scott bust a gut.

Meat & Potato said that Aliens( The Puppet Musical):

“Oozes with characters from Snake Plissken to Optimus Prime, from Bert to Ernie, and from Alf to Lady Gaga! Festering with hundreds of references to other science fiction movies!”

The only non-puppet actor in the  show is actress Rebecca Marcotte who plays Ellen Ripley, Sigourney Weaver’s star role in the Alien franchise. The Salt Lake City Tribune interviewed Marcotte on the role, and she said:

‘There’s not an actress out there who doesn’t wish she could play Ripley,” Marcotte, who saw Aliens 15 times as a teen, said. “They hadn’t even written it yet, and I was in.’

‘She also saw the original 1979 film, Alien directed by Ridley Scott, enough times to seal Sigourney Weaver forever in her soul as the iconic representation of Ripley’s fierce spirit.. ‘I’m a recovering nerd that way,’ she said.”

This sci-fi bonanza mixes the fuzzy and outrageous of the movie genre, onto the theatrical stage. Even though this production is a big feat of creative and financial proportions, The Meat & Potato Theater keeps tickets at an affordable  price to entice younger audiences, but so far have relied on donations to afford their different productions.

While the show’s plot follows that of the Ridley Scott’s Alien from 1979 it does have its fair share of  twists due to its influence on modern times. The show synopsis released by Meat & Potato Theater reads:

Ellen Ripley’s hero’s journey to slay slimy space creatures and fulfill maternal instincts protecting an orphaned girl — is powerful enough to overpower audience objections to mixing it all up with a full cast of puppets, a few water guns and a romping soundtrack of eight original songs.

For more information on the show, and Meat & Potato Theater you can check out their Website or Facebook Page. If you are in the Salt Lake City area will you be watching the show, and if you do submit photos (if possible), or video to share with the Nerdbastards crew!

Confession time  . . . this NerdBastard wasn’t excited about all the Prometheus hoopla going around. Yeah, I love the Aliens franchise but without Ripley, I just couldn’t get excited and I’ve skipped a lot of the marketing stills, videos, and such.

I wrote a couple of posts, but I was pretty much just pulling a “When Harry met Sally, your the best baby!” Going through the motions to get my daily posts in. Then this Happy Birthday David video gets my attention.

Michael Fassbender’s portrayal as David has left me speechless. The entire video has an underlying feeling of foreboding that has re-energized my desire to check this movie out. Androids, (excuse me) Artificial persons have made a lasting impression and impact on the Aliens franchise, Ash, Bishop, and Call have pretty much stolen the show in this NerdBastard’s opinion, and now we have David.

Prometheus comes out June 8, 2012.

Could Gemma Arterton Be Our New Ripley?

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Not too long after getting some info on the Alien prequels from Ridley Scott himself, we get some casting rumors. It seems that Gemma Arterton (Quantum of Solace, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time) will be meeting Scott for the upcoming Alien films, or so she says in an interview with the Sunday Times. Of course, once this news came up on the internet, people instantly wondered if Arterton could be our new Ellen Ripley.

What do y’all think about this casting rumor? You think Arterton can pull off being Ripley or do you have someone else in mind that you believe can pull it off? Also, she may be meeting Scott for another role so who knows until something is officially confirmed.

Source: Gizmodo


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