Synopsis: Ridley Scott, director of “Alien” and “Blade Runner,” returns to the genre he helped define. With PROMETHEUS, he creates a groundbreaking mythology, in which a team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a thrilling journey to the darkest corners of the universe. There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race.
As a three-day countdown featuring teasers for a teaser trailer have promised, the first trailer for Prometheus is now online. In a week stuffed to the gills with excellent, high-profile trailers, this one is probably the best of the bunch. For the last year or so, Ridley Scott and 20th Century Fox have played awfully coy about the extent to which Prometheus is a prequel to Scott's seminal 1979 hit Alien, but this teaser makes it abundantly clear how how much this is stylistically and spiritually connected to its predecessor. It's designed just like a trailer for that film, and even includes a space jockey shot.
There's very little indication of plot and even less of character. Instead, the trailer maintains the mystery that has so far defined the film and ladles on thick spoonfuls of dread. While we've all been excited to see Scott return to science fiction after a three decade break, Scott apparently remembered to make Prometheus scary as hell. So that's good.
This week has basically been the trailer-pocalypse, with a cavalcade of them arriving one on top of the other starting Monday, and it's not over yet. Fox is counting down Thursday's reveal of the first trailer for Prometheus in style. On Monday, the studio released two trailers for the trailer, little thirty-second teases featuring footage from the film, behind the scenes snippets, and director Ridley Scott loquaciously discussing his return to science fiction for the first time since 1982's Blade Runner. With one day to go until the trailer arrives online to what should be the delight of many, Fox has eschewed the teases and instead debuted a new image from Prometheus.
Over the last several years, I have found it odd how, increasingly, we see ads for ads for movies in the form of quick previews for trailers, but I can't keep from getting giddy at this new thirty-second tease designed for prime the pump for the first official Prometheus trailer. The whole shebang will arrive on Thursday, December 22nd, but for now, this quick bit of business, which combines footage from the film with glimpses behind the scenes and Ridley Scott waxing verbose, will have to suffice. Well, that and some words from an interview with Scott about whether or not we'll see that slimy xenomorph from Alien spilling acidic blood.
If the Academy Awards are the most respected, high profile, and sought-after awards in film, the bright center of the awards universe around which so many actors, directors, and assorted film professionals revolve during this time of the year, then the Golden Globes are...also awards. Despite the Hollywoord Foreign Press Association's reputation for not exactly being on the up and up with these awards, the Golden Globes are probably the second biggest awards show around. Today the HFPA announced the nominees for the 69th Annual Golden Globes, which will one again be hosted by Ricky Gervais.
One of the biggest question marks for next summer is Prometheus, the first science fiction film from director Ridley Scott since 1982's Blade Runner. While pretty much every major summer 2012 movie has released a teaser trailer, we've seen no actual footage from Prometheus aside from the Comic-Con footage that made it clear, visually at least, that the film does indeed take place within the universe of Alien. A teaser trailer should be arriving shortly, but today we may have a look at the film's teaser poster. There's no confirmation that the image you'll find below is, in fact, the official teaser poster, but is very much in line with the images we've seen from the film, with a tiny little spacesuited explorer before a giant, creepy face.
All the attention regarding cinematic Marvel superheroes is currently aimed at The Avengers, the big ensemble crossover brewing for next summer. But what's the status of the Marvel heroes whose movie rights reside over at 20th Century Fox? We know The Wolverine should go into production in 2012, but beyond that, plans aren't exactly clear. Fans would love to see a continuation of the prequel universe established in X-Men: First Class, but it remains to be seen if that will come together. Fox Filmed Entertainment co-chairman and Chief Executive Officer Tom Rothman recently offered a little clarification on the potential sequel's development, and also chimed in on the studio's reboots for both Daredevil and Fantastic Four.
Traditionally, the weekend following Thanksgiving's extended vacation is one of unremarkable box office performances, as the nation is content to unbutton its collective top button and sit back to the let the turkey settle in its system, while also lamenting the loss of delicious leftovers. This year is no different, with no major wide releases in multiplexes to truly shake up the dynamics of last weekend. With no new competition and generally tame showings from existing competitors, then, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 continued its dominance of the domestic box office, accomplishing a couple of franchise feats in the process. The Muppets, meanwhile, slowed down considerably, and Hugo hopped up to the third place after rolling out in more theaters.
The workings of the human mind are endlessly complex, and our emotions are often befuddling not just to others, but to ourselves. Many people gain a greater understanding of themselves, their pasts, and their place in the world with the help of therapists, those laudable doctors who endeavor to diminish the suffering we so often inflict upon ourselves. Therapy is an easy means of conveying a character's problems onscreen, so often, cinematic psychiatrists often exist as spouters of convenient, character-establishing dialogue.
Not so in A Dangerous Method, the new film from auteur David Cronenberg, the director behind A History of Violence, The Fly, Dead Ringers, Eastern Promises, and Videodrome. In the film, Viggo Mortensen plays none other than Sigmund Freud, with Michael Fassbender as his protege-turned-rival Carl Jung. The story explores how the rift between these two peers, caused principally by Jung's passionate affair with Sabina Spielrein, a patient played by Keira Knightley, contributed directly to the creation of psychoanalysis as we know it today.
With A Dangerous Method in limited release and currently providing a dense, layered meditation on these two great intellectuals, we here at IAR decided to create a Rogue 10 list in the film's honor, one that identifies those cinematic shrinks who, like Mortensen's Freud and Fassbender's Jung, stand out from the crowd as titans of intellectual medicine in the movies. So here, for your list-loving enjoyment, are ten cinematic therapists for the ages.
Last week, magazine scans provided our very best official look at Prometheus, the terribly mysterious Alien quasi-prequel from Ridley Scott. 20th century Fox has now kindly provided bigger, better versions of those same images, without all the text and whatnot from Entertainment Weekly. Being larger and clearer, these versions provide a better look at the cast in their stylized space togs, as well the familiar and thoroughly spooky production design, which, though not overseen by H.R. Giger (Scott's regular collaborator Arthur Max served as production designer), overtly recall the derelict spacecraft from 1979's Alien. Peer into the mysteries of Prometheus and cross your fingers for a trailer sometime soon.