However you feel about Neill Blomkamp's in the works sequel to the first two "Alien" films, the project is going ahead. Whilst we await and see how "Alien 3" and "Alien: Resurrection" will be (or if) they'll be acknowledged in the film, it turns out the movie has undergone one change for continuity sake.
In an upcoming interview with Empire (via Den of Geek], Blomkamp reveals that "I changed the one thing [Ridley Scott] felt was bumping Prometheus a little bit" and adds that Scott insisted on the change to minimize conflict with the "Prometheus" sequel which is still in the works.
Scott is also serving as an executive producer on Blomkamp's film. There's also apparently a "bold" title already set for the movie, but the filmmaker can't say just yet as it "gives away too much".
Filming is continuing at present on the ninth season of "Doctor Who" which also marks the second time around for leading man Peter Capaldi.
The show's producer/head writer Steven Moffat spoke with the official magazine for the franchise (via DW News) and says that Capaldi's rather angry and moody Doctor from last year will relax a bit for the next season:
"We're not bringing him back exactly as we left him, at all, I think that was already evident at Christmas. He's left some of the burden of being a superhero of the universe behind. So I'm pushing him - I'm writing quite funny this year – I'm pushing him the other way."
Moffat also revealed (via The BBC) that co-star Jenna-Louise Coleman was originally slated to be written out in the eighth season finale "Death in Heaven":
"That was her last episode. Then she asked me if she could be in [the] Christmas [episode]. So I said, 'OK, I'll write you out in Christmas.' She came to the read through and did the 'write out' version - and again changed her mind. But the truth is I never wanted her to go. And with Last Christmas, I'd already written the alternative version where she stayed, and I preferred that version. Frankly, I didn't want to lose her. She's an amazing actress, and she never stops working to make Clara better. I was very happy to go the extra mile to make sure we could keep her."
The world has been eagerly awaiting the arrival of the second Star Wars: The Force Awakenstrailer, which allegedly is dropping for fans at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim next month. Before then, a few reports have arrived online detailing what we’ll be seeing in the new footage. If you want to maintain an air of mystery, you know to stop reading now. But if you want to hear how we’ll get our first looks atHarrison Ford’s Han Solo and Mark Hamill’s Luke Skywalker, whip out your spoon and swallow a few grains of salt.
The trailer itself reportedly runs about 90 seconds, and opens with a shot of an AT-AT lying on its side on a desert planet, presumably the same desert planet we found John Boyega’s Finn. While Andy Serkis performed the voiceover for the first trailer, it’s a female voice this time around, and Star Wars 7 News suggests it’s Lupita Nyong’o’s. "I shall show you the story...," she says.
From there, we cut to a few shots of the locations as the voiceover continues: a large castle-like structure in a forest that’s most likely the Puzzlewood set location ("of who you seek…"), a large tropical location seemingly on top of the water ("the one who taught me…") and a cloaked figure standing on the stone steps of a tall green, mountainous hill ("I know why the weapon came to you…"). This location is said to be Skellig Michael Isla, where J.J. Abrams shot scenes with Hamill. We then see a shot of Finn, Rey (Daisy Ridley) and a blue alien with a CG face said to be Nyong’o’s character. They all stand in the darkness of a case as Finn accepts the hilt of a lightsaber. When he ignites it, the blade is green and Rey is "disturbed" by these events.
Now we get to what we’ve all been waiting for: the reveal of Han Solo, Princess Leia and Luke Skywalker. In a series of fast-paced shots accompanied by John Williams’ music, we see a quick reveal of the elderly Solo, a black TIE Fighter attacking the forest location from earlier in the trailer, Kylo Ren brandishing his broadsword-esque lightsaber and a dark mask in approaching a figure, people fleeing as a TIE Fighter blasts the tropical location around them, a quick bleep-bloop from R2, and C-3P0 and Leia in a Rebel command center of sorts. The voiceover changes back to, presumably, Serkis, who says, "Don’t get too sentimental." After a shot of Solo sharing a longing gaze with Lei and walking away from her towards the Millennium Falcon, we see Finn standing in the forest locale in front of Rey and holding his green lightsaber. As the villainous Kylo Ren approaches him, we hear Solo’s voice shout, "You can do this, kid. I believe in you."
This Star Wars 7 trailer is said to be attached to Avengers: Age of Ultron, which hits theaters on May 1. But anyone attending Star Wars Celebration will be in for a treat. Of course, even if these reports are legit, some of the footage could change between now and its grand reveal. Stay tuned.
Ever since Neill Blomkamp officially announced that a new Alien movie - temporarily known as Alien 5 - would be his next directorial effort, the floodgates have opened for minor details about the project. The latest comes from Michael Biehn - who famously played Hicks in James Cameron's Aliens .The latest comes from Michael Biehn - who famously played Hicks in James Cameron's Aliens - and it sounds like we can expect his involvement in the upcoming sequel.
The actor attended Pensacola Comic Con - a.k.a. Pensacon - this weekend, and it seems he took the time to answer in the affirmative about his potential involvement in what looks to be the next installment of the Alien franchise. This news comes from aReddit user who evidently was able to ask Michael Biehn two quick questions about his potential future with Alien 5 after seeing him at the convention. According to the source, the actor "smiled and said, 'Yes.'" when asked if he had been contacted about the new sequel, and when later asked if he would be game to do it, he reportedly said, "Looks like it!"
Sixteen-year-old actor Mateus Ward ("Murder in the First") has reportedly emerged as the first name to have auditioned for the role of Spider-Man for the upcoming Marvel-approved reboot.
Bad Ass Digest posted the news, which would seem to indicate the plan for this third reboot is to stick with Peter Parker rather than Miles Morales. It would also confirm rumors that the studio is going much younger than previous incarnations, and looking at proper teenagers for the role.
Another surprising detail - the audition was secret enough it took place at a home rather than at a studio or office. Whomever lands the role is expected to shoot his scenes for "Captain America: Civil War" this year ahead of his solo "Spider-Man" film which will film next year.
CBS and Warner Bros. TV have released the first photo of Melissa Benoist in full costume as the super heroine of CBS' "Supergirl" series. The new look has a more subdued color palette than the comics incarnation, but isn't as overly detailed as the Henry Cavill Superman outfit from the "Man of Steel" films. Three-time Oscar winner Colleen Atwood, who also designed the titular hero costumes for "Arrow" and "The Flash," created this outfit.
NBC has announced the premiere dates for its major summer programming.
The biggest news is the return of "Hannibal" which is departing its second season Friday night timeslot in favor of its first season Thursdays at 10pm timeslot starting June 4th.
The Peacock has also set its young Charles Manson-themed police drama "Aquarius" for a two-hour premiere the week before on Thursday May 28th at 9pm. It will then regularly screen at 9pm before "Hannibal" each week.
NBC has also scheduled the two hour premiere of the reality series "American Ninja Warrior" for Monday, May 25th.
Fresh in minds thanks to her "Sound of Music" medley performance at the Oscars on the weekend, Lady Gaga has followed it up with an unexpected announcement.
Variety reports that the singer is set to star in the upcoming fifth season of FX's anthology series "American Horror Story," which would mark her first major TV gig.
No details about Gaga’s character have been revealed, the title and theme of the next season have been kept quiet though clues about it have been scattered throughout the recently finished fourth season. Then, shortly after this news broke, Gaga and Ryan Murphy posted tweets confirming the new season's subtitle will be 'Hotel'.
That fourth season, "Freak Show," broke ratings records and was the most-watched telecast in FX history. The fifth season is slated to premiere in October.
Daniel Craig is back to work on the new James Bond film "Spectre" in the U.K. following an accident earlier in the week. Movie extras were reportedly told to go home on the day Craig was injured.
Craig sprained his knee while shooting a fight scene at Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire. However the shoot has not lost any time or filming days according to a source, with Craig returning to work on Saturday.
In other news about the film, Jesper Christensen has reportedly completed all his work on the film as Mr. White. Christensen apparently shot all of his work in the UK for a scene that was "damn fine" he tells BT.
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