Opening in theaters on January 20th is Haywire, a new espionage film helmed by Academy Award-winning director Steven Soderbergh (Traffic, Contagion). The movie centers on a female covert operative that must now unravel the reasons why she has become the target of those who were once part of her team. The result pays homage to classic spy flicks, in every sense of the word, reminiscent of old-school thrillers in visuals, story and music.
It was important to Soderbergh to revisit that genre of cinema, and possibly update its conventions. To that end, he employed his former colleague Lem Dobbs (The Limey) for a script; Ewan McGregor (Beginners), Channing Tatum (The Son of No One), Michael Fassbender (X-Men: First Class), Antonio Banderas (Puss in Boots), Bill Paxton (Aliens), and Oscar-winner Michael Douglas (Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps) for a supporting cast, and for his muse - Soderbergh turned to MMA champion fighter Gina Carano.
I recently had the pleasure of attending the Haywire Press Conference held at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills, which was filled with members of the press eager to hear Antonio Banderas, Ewan McGregor, Channing Tatum and Gina Carano talk about the action-packed new film.
Straight talk from the Straight Talk Highway: Prometheus is at least a little bit of a prequel to Alien, in that explores the mysteries of the big dead Space Jockey and the derelict spacecraft where the crew of the Nostromo encountered the xenomorph eggs in Ridley Scott's 1979 classic. We know this based on many things, including the teaser trailer and a new image that shows star Noomi Rapace in yet another exceedingly H.R. Giger-esque setting that includes not one, but two Space Jockeys making like sentries or maybe empty suits of armor. So why, then, have Fox and the filmmakers distanced Prometheus from Alien? Probably because, unlike most of the prequels we're used to, this one won't go out of its way to very specifically link up to the first film, showing how Ripley got her job at Weyland Yutani and whatnot.
With just days to go before the Oscar nominations are announced on January 24th, it is now time to narrow down the predictions to 5 in each category. Rather than list each name alphabetically, the contenders have been listed in the order of their likelihood of receiving the nomination. In each category, the 5th slot could possibly go to a “dark horse” instead…
Hey, here's a treat: Two official images, one each from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and Prometheus, two of the biggest, most anticipated event pictures of 2012. The images are all kinds of different, with Noomi Rapace wearing her stylish spacesuit in a dark, Giger-y set, and Martin Freeman in full Bilbo Baggins mode on a sunny day in Middle Earth.
Prometheus and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey have a lot in common, though. Both are technically prequels to beloved, hugely successful properties, both find crazy-popular directors returning to the properties with which they're most associated, and both see those directors filming features in 3D for the first time in their long careers (Get your Rogue 3D Eyewear right here, folks). So hey, check out the image from the new movies directed by Ridley Scott and Peter Jackson.
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.