Katherine Waterson Takes the Lead in a New Photo From ‘Alien: Covenant’

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The marketing campaign for Alien: Covenant is pushing forward steadily, doling out tantalizing images the remind us the film will be closer in tone to the original Alien than other entries to the franchise such as Aliens or Prometheus. But the new film has to separate itself and stand out from the original Alien and Katherine Waterson who plays the character of Daniels told Empire just how Daniels differs from Ripley:

“Unlike Sigourney in Alien, [Daniels] is in a survival mode of sorts from the beginning. She’s not the captain, but she’s a natural leader so in times of crisis she falls into that position quite easily.”

Personally, Waterson looks a little too much like Ripley for my taste. So far the images released from the film have given me a lot of hope that Alien: Covenant is taking things back to the bloody horror roots of the original but I am beginning to worry this could be a bit of a retread. If it was a sequel it wouldn’t bother me so much but considering this is before Alien in the timeline, I’m worried Daniels’ character could take away from how special Ripley is if both characters are too similar.

Alien: Covenant hits theaters May 19, 2017.

The film stars Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterson, Noomi Rapace, Danny McBride, Billy Crudup, and Guy Pearce. Written by Michael Green, John Logan, and Jack Palgen. Directed by Ridley Scott.

Bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, the crew of the colony ship Covenant discover what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world, whose sole inhabitant is the synthetic David, survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition.

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SOURCE: EMPIRE

James Franco Confirms He Has A Role in ‘Alien: Covenant’; Two New Images Released

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When 20th Century Fox previewed the first 40 minutes of the upcoming prequel to Alien, Alien: Covenant just two weeks ago, talk began to swirl on the web that James Franco had a cameo during the film’s introduction as Branson, the pilot of the Covenant and Husband to Katherine Waterson’s character Daniels.

While promoting his upcoming film, Why him? Franco confirmed his involvement with the film to We Got This Covered although he wasn’t quite sure he was allowed to:

“I don’t know what I’m allowed to say with that one. Yeah. I guess the news broke. Everybody is going crazy about that.”

Two new images have also hit the web per the film’s official twitter account as well as Entertainment Weekly giving us a look at Daniels taking aim with her weapon and a squad of Weyland- Yutani agents heading into action.

Alien: Covenant Hits theaters May 19, 2017.

Produced by 20th Century Fox, Alien: Covenant stars Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterson, Noomi Rapace, Danny McBride, Billy Crudup, and Guy Pearce. Written by Michael Green, John Logan, and Jack Palgen. Directed by Ridley Scott.

Bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, the crew of the colony ship Covenant discover what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world, whose sole inhabitant is the synthetic David, survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition.

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SOURCES: EW, TWITTER, WGTC

‘A Cure for Wellness’ International Trailer #1 is Totally Freaky

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Gore Verbinski (The Ring, Pirates of the Carribbean) isn’t quite the name you think of when you hear the words “visionary filmmaker” but the footage seen in the trailers alone from his next film A Cure for Wellness looks absolutely stunning and completely terrifying. 20th Century Fox has released a new chilling international trailer for what it no doubt hopes will be the next horror classic. Regardless, 2017 looks to be continuing the resurgence of horror that began this past year first with by A Cure for Wellness followed by Get Out a week later in February.

A Cure for Wellness hits theaters February 17, 2017.

The film stars Dane DeHaan, Jason Isaacs, Mia Goth, Celia Imre, Carl Lumbly, and Susanne Wuest. Written by Justin Haythe. Directed by Gore Verbinksi.

An ambitious young executive is sent to retrieve his company’s CEO from an idyllic but mysterious “wellness center” at a remote location in the Swiss Alps. He soon suspects that the spa’s miraculous treatments are not what they seem. When he begins to unravel its terrifying secrets, his sanity is tested, as he finds himself diagnosed with the same curious illness that keeps all the guests here longing for the cure. From Gore Verbinski, the visionary director of “The Ring,” comes the new psychological thriller, “A Cure for Wellness.”

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(via Bloody Disgusting)

Tim Miller Breaks His Silence on Exit From ‘Deadpool 2’

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It came as a major shock when news broke that director Tim Miller would be unfortunately exiting Deadpool 2 over creative differences with Ryan Reynolds. Now after two months since the sequel to 20th Century Fox’s smash hit superhero action comedy which became the highest grossing R-rated film all time was left without a director, Miller has come forth to offer his side of the story. The director was a guest on CG Garage Thursday night and offered his insight into his untimely exit from the project:

“I just want to say one thing to the geek audience out there, because it’s important to me what the geeks and nerds of the world think because they are my brothers and sisters. I didn’t want to make some stylized movie that was 3 times the budget. If you read the internet — who cares, really? But for those of you who do, I wanted to make the same kind of movie that we made before because I think that’s the right movie to make for the character. So don’t believe what you read on the internet.”

When Miller exited Deadpool 2, reports cited that the creative differences Miller was having with Reynolds were over Miller’s desire to cast Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights, Bloodline) in the film as Cable, however. Miller says that wasn’t the case:

“I wanted to do the same thing [as the first movie]. Kyle Chandler was not going to be Cable. All this stuff that I read kind of kills me.”

Reynolds was recently named GQ’s Man of the Year and during an interview with the magazine stated that once the film got to the production phase things got even more difficult than it already had been for Reynolds (who had been championing the project for over a decade). Reynolds said here were some “vaguely intense fights that escalated quickly” during the post-production process but Miller doesn’t think those arguments were anything out of the ordinary:

“Even when some people go, “The movie was really hard to make.” The movie was a joy to make. I think you see it on screen. We all had such a good time. We had a few arguments in post, but nothing more than usual. The crew was so great, everybody was going to come back and we were going to have such a good time and the idea that it was a difficult movie…It wasn’t, it was a joy, and it was the best experience of my life.”

Creative people are very passionate people with strong personalities and the people working in Hollywood are some of the most creative people on the planet. Screaming matches are to be expected at any phase of a project whether it’s development, principal photography or post-production. More times than not, a better idea is often found as a result of a disagreement. Artists who collaborate have to challenge each other so that the final outcome is the best possible outcome there could be.

Miller’s exit is starting to become a little he said, she said, but one thing is for certain. Miller left Deadpool 2 on good terms with 20th Century Fox. When Miller exited the project, he jumped ship over to Fox’s Influx, a tech-thriller based on the novel by David Suarez. The story follows an man who invents a device that can reflect gravity. Instead of receiving acclaim for his innovation, his lab is locked down by a shadow organization, the Bureau of Technology Control, which prevents technological advances from making its way into the public.

You can watch Miller’s full interview on the 100th episode of CG Garage here.

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SOURCE: CG GARAGE

Final ‘Assassin’s Creed’ Trailer Gets The Tone Right

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Assassin’s Creed has the best chance of finally legitimizing video game adaptations in cinema, however. Up until now the marketing campaign for the film has been a strange one, featuring modern day hip-hop clashing against the medieval setting in the trailers. While the film does look like it has potential at being the best video game adaptation yet (which isn’t saying much), the marketing is needed to be spectacular for it to be able to compete with the juggernaut Rogue One. In a last ditch effort, 20th Century Fox has released a final trailer for the film that finally features appropriate music. The film features a tremendously talented cast led by Macbeth alum Michael Fassbender, Marion Cottilard, and director Justin Kurzel.

Assassin’s Creed hits theaters December 21st.

The film stars Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Irons, Brendan Gleeson and Michael K. Williams. Written by Michael Lesslie, Adam Cooper, and Bill Collage. Directed by Justin Kurzel

Through a revolutionary technology that unlocks his genetic memories, Callum Lynch (Michael Fassbender) experiences the adventures of his ancestor, Aguilar, in 15th Century Spain. Callum discovers he is descended from a mysterious secret society, the Assassins, and amasses incredible knowledge and skills to take on the oppressive and powerful Templar organization in the present day.

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SOURCE20TH CENTURY FOX

‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ Official Trailer #1

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Summer 2017 is shaping up to be one of the biggest movie seasons in history with epic blockbusters featuring superheroes, aliens, monsters, and even super intelligent apes. The king of motion capture Andy Serkis returns as Caesar in the third outing of Fox’s reboot of The Planet of the Apes franchise. The apes are left without a choice when a ruthless Colonel (Woody Harrelson) leads humanity into a war to take Earth back from the apes.

War for the Planet of the Apes hits theaters July 14, 2017.

The film stars Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson, Judy Greer, Steve Zahn, Karin Konoval, Ty Olson, and Alessandro Juliani. Written by Mark Bomback and Matt Reeves. Directed by Matt Reeves.

Caesar (Andy Serkis) and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless colonel (Woody Harrelson). After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. As the journey finally brings them face to face, Caesar and the colonel are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both of their species and the future of the planet.

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SOURCE: 20th CENTURY FOX

Ryan Reynolds Opens Up About David Leitch Directing ‘Deadpool 2’

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It came as a major shock when Tim Miller exited Deadpool 2 over creative differences with Ryan Reynolds. With production set to begin this spring in order to meet a January 2018 release date, Fox had no time to waste finding a replacement director. The studio landed on David Leitch. Not only does Leitch have the action chops required to take on a superhero film a la John Wick and also Captain America: Civil War for which he served as a co-director on the film’s second unit, he also has experience working directly in the X-Men franchise at Fox as an action coordinator on X-Men Origins: Wolverine as well as directing the second unit on The Wolverine.

While speaking with Entertainment Weekly, Reynolds opened up about Leitch coming on board to helm the sequel to what is the highest grossing Rated-R film of all time:

“Everbody was just a fan of his work. He’s just a guy who’s so muscular with his action. He also really understands those Deadpool sensibilities and where we need to take the franchise from here. And I love John Wick. One of the things that David Leitch does that very few filmmakers can do these days is they can make a movie on an ultra tight minimal budget look like it was shot for 10-15 times what it cost.” 

Deadpool didn’t just have comedy and action, it had style. Which is exactly what Leitch brings to the table. Not only that, with Leitch in the mix, the sequel has the potential to be a more thrilling follow-up to the merc with a mouth’s first outing. But the big question with Deadpool 2, after the first feature grossed truckloads of cash, winning over the executives at Fox, was whether or not the sequel would get a bigger budget.

In the same interview, Producer Simon Kinberg told EW that in order to hold on to the magic of the first film, the sequel needs to not go the route of other franchise blockbusters and up the ante but rather stay small and true to the original flick:

“The goal for us when we sat down and started talking about it was it needs to be as provocative and startling as the first film which means it can’t just be a continuation of the first film. It has tonally and stylistically be as fresh and original. That’s a big challenge especially because they had 10 years to gestate on the first movie and we don’t have that kind of time on the second movie. That’s the biggest mandate going into on the second film: to not make it bigger. We have to resist the temptation to make it bigger in scale and scope, which is normally what you do when you have a surprise hit movie. But actually stay true to the tenets of it’s the tone and the style and the humor that make it so special — it’s not the explosions and the special effects.”

Kinberg’s words are refreshing. Deadpool 2 could have easily become just another comic book movie with Deadpool trying to stop some epic disaster but instead, it will go against that grain. One of the most impressive things about the first film was how incredible the film managed to look with an estimated budget of $58 million. With Miller out, Deadpool 2 needed a director who could achieve that same scale while still keeping it small and intimate and that’s exactly why Reynolds said Leitch was chosen to direct the film:

“Everybody was just a fan of his work. He’s just a guy who’s so muscular with his action. He also really understands those Deadpool sensibilities and where we need to take the franchise from here. And I love John Wick. One of the things that David Leitch does that very few filmmakers can do these days is they can make a movie on an ultra tight minimal budget look like it was shot for 10-15 times what it cost.”

Deadpool 2 is set to hit theaters on January 12, 2018. But Fox isn’t stopping there. The studio is already developing a third feature with so that if the franchise goes as planned, Deadpool will be joined by the X-Force team in Deadpool 3.

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SOURCE: EW