Prometheus is almost here. In case you hadn't guessed from the millions of teasers and trailers - mostly for other teasers and trailers. So it's probably about time someone did a themed series of blog posts over a week (well, it's Wednesday now, so let's say a couple of days) and gave it a stupid name. Like Promethweekus. Or something.
With Ridley Scott returning to his best genre, the temptation is to write long, ineloquent articles analysing what makes the original Alien such a superb film. A part of me walks to talk almost exclusively (and at length) about Ridley Scott's use of tracking shots and how he shoots empty corridors like no other director. Another part of me wants to then contrast that with James Cameron's Aliens and talk about how the Avatar director tries to imitate Ridley's corridor-based camera movements - and mostly fails.
It's also hard not to debate the character development of Sigourney Weaver's Ripley: the careful juxtaposition of her against Veronica Cartwright's hysterical fellow female crew member in 1979; the unsubtle use of Carrie Henn's "Newt" in the loud, bombastic 80s; the transformation from mother to Queen Bitch at the turn of the decade; the move from Queen Bitch to scientific freak in 1997's muddled finale by Jean-Pierre Jeunet.
But I was so busy rewatching the Alien series that I didn't have time for all of that. So instead, here's a quick and easy way to remind yourself what happened in the franchise before going back to the myth's origins.
Here is the Alien Quadrilogy - in Haiku.
Out today in Serbian cinemas... Titanic. In 3D. Here's hoping they don't change the ending.
See what I did there?
So yeah, if you're near a cinema in Serbia at some point in the next few weeks, why not check out little-known film Titanik? It's getting a tiny 3-D re-release in a couple of select locations around the world to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the Titanic's tragic sinking. And it will no doubt rake in millions and millions of dollars. And probably quite a few Serbian dinars too.
If you're not sure about James Cameron's epic romance/historical drama/disaster movie/technological extravaganza (it's actually a very decent and emotionally engaging movie), then head this way to read our retrospective review of Titanic on VHS.
Alternatively, watch the Titanic 3D trailer. Or just click here to see a massive picture of Billy Zane. Either one should convince you to see Titanik again on the big screen. (Don't worry - there are 2D prints out there as well.)
The Titanic 3D trailer turned up online last night - and it looks all reassuringly familiar.
James Cameron’s “Titanic” is an epic, action-packed romance set against the ill-fated maiden voyage of the R.M.S. Titanic, the pride and joy of the White Star Line and, at the time, the largest moving object ever built.
says the official synopsis. And we all know where it goes from there. Jack (Leonardo DiCaprio) meets Rose (Kate Winslet). Jack draws naughty pictures of Rose. Rose runs away from Billy Zane. The ship sinks. Everyone dies. And Billy Zane flounders about with a gun.
I'll be honest: I have a massive soft spot for Titanic. James Cameron is making a heck of a lot from this re-release, but the chance to watch it (probably for the 20th time) on a IMAX screen? I'm as excited as that Italian friend Leo has at the beginning of the film who disappears about halfway through and probably suffers an excruciatingly painful watery death.
Titanic 3D is in UK cinemas on Friday 6th April 2012 - 9 days before the 100th anniversary of the ship's sinking. It's going to be big. And even if you're not a fan of the film, let's face it, if you're not looking forward to seeing Billy Zane in a wet tux holding an M1911 pistol IN 3D, there's probably something wrong with you.
Read on for the trailer.
After the immense success of last week’s inaugural Home Videos post (Steven Spielberg’s Hook), even the Guardian have started writing about VHS (sort of). And so I continue to rummage through the big bag of tapes in my attic to waffle on about films what I saw when I were a youngster.
This week, out of the depths of VHS past comes Titanic:
Yes, Titanic – that Oscar-winning James Cameron epic that was formerly the most expensive movie ever made, not to mention the highest grossing movie of all time. Until Avatar came along, of course.
Guillermo Del Toro has now officially declared his life-long dream project of adapting H.P. Lovecraft's At the Mountains of Madness dead, just after everyone started gearing up for a June start date. He's doing a film called Pacific Rim next instead.
Rather than being angry with Universal for not taking the risk on a $150million R-rated production or making a wisecrack about Del Toro saying yes to a Pacific Rim job (ho ho ho), here's something to help you get through this horrible news:
It actually works with any bad news you'll ever get, so you may want to bookmark this. Remember The Social Network not winning that Best Picture Oscar? How about the news that Sony have just put money into a project called "Peter Pan Begins"? 2011 could well end up being a bumpy ride - and we haven't even got to Transformers 3 yet.
Director: Joe Kosinski
Cast: Jeff Bridges, Garrett Hedlund, Olivia Wilde, Michael Sheen
Ground-breaking is a word that gets thrown around like a frisbee these days. This sequel to Disney's 1982 effects-smashing Tron looks impressive enough to claim such a grand moniker, but it's duller than dunking a Digestive in a cup of lukewarm tea. Yes, it's shiny and yes, it's blue but the most accurate adjective here is soggy. If we're keeping with the biscuit analogies, that is.
Gloria Stuart has passed away at the age of 100.
The actress, most famous for playing the older version of Kate Winslet's Rose in Titanic, died yesterday in Los Angeles. At 87 years old, she was the oldest Oscar nominee for her role in James Cameron's 1997 movie.
Stuart's career started decades earlier, back in the 1930s. A blonde who made her name in horror classics, she appeared in Frankenstein and The Invisible Man before becoming a founding member of the Screen Actors Guild.
She retired in the 40s before returning to screens in The Waltons and, eventually, Titanic. Stuart wrote about her late blossoming career: "When I graduated from Santa Monica High in 1927, I was voted the girl most likely to succeed. I didn't realize it would take so long."
Toy Story has topped Titanic to become the second highest grossing movie in UK Box Office history.
In a week where the Eli Roth-produced horror The Last Exorcism hit number one with £1.1m, Pixar's animated masterpiece stayed firm at number three in the charts, taking home £934k.
That figure was higher than new release The Switch (Jennifer Aniston's spermy rom-com) and Edgar Wright's Scott Pilgrim vs the World - a film which joins Toy Story 3 as one of the standouts of 2010. Unlike Woody and pals, though, that dropped 56% to take only £702k in its second week.
Now in its seventh week of release, Toy Story 3 continues to boast strong family appeal. It's now amassed a current total of £69,878,376. That just beats Titanic, which grossed £69.2m the UK.
Way ahead at the top of the all-time UK Box Office chart, of course, is Avatar. James Cameron's 3D sci-fi epic has taken a total of £93.4m.
With Avatar on re-release in the UK and Toy Story still in the top end of the weekly takings, expect both of those figures to keep climbing. Although don't expect too much from Avatar - it only got £274k this week. Which was less than Diary of a Wimpy Kid. And Marmaduke.
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You'd think that Guillermo Del Toro would be happy enough with the news that his pet project was going ahead. But now he's finally able to adapt H.P Lovecraft's At the Mountains of Madness, Del Toro's at loggerheads with Universal over who should star in it: James McAvoy or Tom Cruise.
Set in the 1930s, Lovecraft's novel sees geologist William Dyer uncover unspeakable and horrific things at the South Pole on an Antarctic expedition. A role that Chris Pine was also considered for, Del Toro seems keen on Cruise since they discussed the idea of a new version of Van Helsing.
Universal, meanwhile, want James McAvoy to take the lead, providing a younger face for the fantasy film. McAvoy is about to start filming with Matthew Vaughn as Professor Charles Xavier in X-Men: First Class. Cruise is soon to shoot Mission Impossible 4 (which will probably end up called something like Mission 4mpossible). Crucially, both actors would be available come May 2011, when Del Toro's production will kick off.
At the Mountains of Madness is being produced by James Cameron and will be shot in 3D. Expect him to weigh in at some point with his opinion and "blast" one of the actors. He seems to like blasting at the moment.
Following his happy reaction to Piranha 3D's box office performance and plans for a sequel, producer Mark Canton has found himself in bloody waters. Not due to killer fish or Kelly Brook, but thanks to Pandora's chief 3D spokesman, James Cameron.
The Avatar director, who previously slammed Clash of the Titans and Alice in Wonderland for their sloppy post-conversion work, turned his powers of the dark side onto Piranha 3D during his Avatar press tour.
He told Vanity Fair: "It's exactly an example of what we should not be doing in 3D. Because it just cheapens the medium and reminds you of the bad 3D horror films from the '70s and '80s, like Friday The 13th 3D."
Outraged by Cameron's derogatory comments, Canton retorted by citing Piranha 3D's 82% Rotten Tomatoes rating and the fun experience audiences are having in the cinemas - including filmmakers such as JJ Abrams.
"Mr. Cameron, who singles himself out to be a visionary of movie-making, seems to have a small vision regarding any motion pictures that are not his own," the producer wrote to journalists. "It is amazing that in the movie-making process - which is certainly a team sport - Cameron consistently celebrates himself as though he is a team of one."
Cameron, who started his career with a brief directorial stint on 1981's Piranha Part 2: The Spawning, reiterated his belief in the current "renaissance" of 3D cinema. Referring to both Disney's Tron and Martin Scorsese's 3D project, he dismissed Piranha 3D as "bottom of the barrel".
Canton concluded by describing Cameron's comments as "ridiculous, self-serving and insulting to those of us who are not caught up in serving his ego and his rhetoric."
Avatar (Special Edition) was re-released in UK cinemas in 3D last week and contains eight additional minutes of new footage.