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New Alien Movie Confirmed With Director Neill Blomkamp

XenomorphGreat news for xenomorph fans! Neill Blomkamp has been (re?)-tapped to direct a new Aliens feature under Ridley Scott’s production company. Blomkamp has been teasing his involvement online and some details came out back in January from Io9 when it appeared it wasn’t going to happen.

The untitled sci-fi project is separate from Prometheus 2, which Fox is still making with Ridley Scott.

Excerpt and more details from Variety:

Blomkamp, who directed “District 9″ and the upcoming Sony feature “Chappie,” had been teasing the project in recent months but said the extra-terrestrial reboot was likely abandoned. It was supposed to star “Alien” veteran Sigourney Weaver.

But on Wednesday Blomkamp confirmed the tentpole was back on track at Fox.

“So I think this is officially my next film,” he confirmed on Instagram.

It’s unclear whether Weaver is still attached to the movie.

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Interstellar Returns To IMAX For One Day Only

Interstellar PosterIf you missed Interstellar back in November you have one last chance to see it on the BIG screen.

On Saturday, February 21st certain AMC IMAX theaters will be showing the film – and only once at 3:00pm local time. The screening will include 12 minutes of new behind the scenes footage.

Footage (and occasionally, physics) aside, this was a thought provoking and beautiful film with solid performances all around. Interstellar is well worth IMAX dollars.

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Mad Max: Fury Road Art Book and Prequel Comics Covers

Mad Max: Fury RoadWe at Most of us at SpecFicMedia can’t wait for Mad Max: Fury Road to hit theaters this summer. To quench the Max lust, an art book and the first of four prequel comics will be launched in May.

Mad Max: Fury Road: Inspired ArtistsThe art book is titled Mad Max: Fury Road: Inspired Artists and will contain artwork based on the film by over 65 different artists as well as commentary from creator/director George Miller.

Mad Max: Fury Road: Nux & Immortan Joe #1The first prequel comic is titled Mad Max: Fury Road: Nux & Immortan Joe #1. This character-centric comic shows the rise of The Immortan Joe (played by Hugh Keays-Byrne), and Nux (Nicholas Hoult), one of the Immortan’s “War Boys”.

Click the pix below for larger versions. More details about the books and images are over at JoBlo.

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Coming Soon – LEGO S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier

It will set you back $350 bones, but the LEGO S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier has a lot to offer – and not just the 2,996 parts! The new play set will officially be revealed next month at the Toy Fair in New York.

LEGO HelicarrierThe Helicarrier is over two and a half feet long (31 inches), 11 inches high, and 17 inches wide. It includes 12 microfigures to keep the dual runways and bridge running, microscale fighter jets, Quinjets, and ground support vehicles. But that’s not all!

The set also includes five S.H.I.E.L.D. minifigures: Nick Fury, Black Widow, Captain America, Hawkeye, and the debut of Maria Hill in mini form.

LEGO Helicarrier minifigsThis LEGO release is not related to the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron movie, rather the original 2012 movie.

As an aside, who ever thought we’d be linking to a Wall Street Journal article?!

Here’s all of the pics released so far

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Fancy yourself a screenwriter?

Amazon has started a project called Amazon Studios. They are looking to produce movies, tv series, etc., and using community participation to not only create content but help make it better. It looks exciting to me, that’s for sure! Take a look for yourself and let me know what you think…

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Movie News – Ridley Scott to reinvent Blade Runner… sigh

Blade Runner has always been in my top five list of all-time movies. And now Sir Ridley Scott is looking to reinvent the possible “franchise” with a new Blade Runner, possibly slated for 2014. Read the story here. Part of me weeps in abject horror, but the rest of me is still interested.


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Movie Trailer – The Amazing Spider-Man

With a release date of July 3, 2012 for its Spider-Man reboot, Sony has released the first trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man.

A lifelong lover of Spider-Man, although admittedly not someone with great knowledge of the lore, I was crushed at Tobey Maguire’s portrayal of Peter Parker. He was flat and uninteresting, even while extraordinary things were happening to him. In my opinion, it’s hard to think of anyone that would have done a worse job. The only good things I can say about his three movies as Spider-Man is that I discovered James Franco and that I clearly recall how my heart ached from Thomas Haden Church’s portrayal of Sandman.

With this trailer, we see a new and seemingly darker vision of the webslinger and I have to say that I like what I see. And, no, I’m not talking about Emo Peter Parker like we saw in Spider-Man 3. While not familiar with actor Andrew Garfield (the new Spider-Man), there is something compelling bout his portrayal and I look forward to seeing more.

The only downside for me was that I was unable to watch the footage of Spider-Man’s aerial acrobatics because it made me immediately nauseous and dizzy. As someone prone to such issues, I had to look away from the screen until my teen told me it was safe to watch again. Based on that, I won’t opt for 3D showings, and others with vertigo conditions should be prepared as well.

The cast includes some well-respected actors, including Sally Field, Martin Sheen, Denis Leary, Campbell Scott, Emma Stone and Rhys Ifans. I’m sure Stan Lee will pop up at some point, although I didn’t see him in this trailer.

As a bonus, we actually get a peek at Peter’s parents, and I sincerely look forward to seeing that play out onscreen.





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Movie News – Knights of Badassdom

Knights of Badassdom, an independent comedy-fantasy, from director Joe Lynch, will be unveiled at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con.

After being dumped by his sexy girlfriend Beth, Joe (Kwanten) reluctantly decides to join Eric (Zahn) and his LARPing (Live Action Role Players) friends in the woods rather than stay behind and feel sorry for his newly single status. There he meets hot, ass-kicking, intimidating LARPer Gwen (Glau) and finds himself plunged into a surreal adventure wilder than he ever imagined when a make-believe wizard casts an all-too-real spell from an ancient book. That spell releases an actual demon with a taste for human blood — and souls — that starts systematically decimating the players in this suddenly deadly “game.” Will our guys become the heroes they have been pretending to be before time runs out?


How am I only hearing about this now? I don’t care, but I’m excited for it.

The official website for Knights of Badassdom can be found here.

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Movie News – First “The Hobbit” prod. diary

Peter Jackson presents the first production diary for The Hobbit.

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Movie News – Paramount Gives up on Dune

From Deadline New York:

Paramount has turned loose the giant worm, and everything else that was part of the seminal Frank Herbert science fiction novel series Dune. The studio\\™s four-year attempt to make a movie out of the franchise has fallen by the wayside. Paramount and the rights holders came to a parting of the ways as the rights lapsed. \\Paramount\\™s option has expired and we couldn\\™t reach an agreement,\\ said Richard P. Rubinstein, who controls the rights to what is considered the biggest-selling science fiction book ever. \\I\\™m going to look at my options, and whether I wind up taking the script we developed in turnaround, or start over, I\\™m not sure yet.\\

For more on the story, visit the article at Deadline New York’s website.