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June 12, 2014 | 6:04 p.m.

‘Alien': Ridley Scott helped shape Ripley, Sigourney Weaver says [video]

While Sigourney Weaver always will be Ripley to some “Alien” fans, the actress said that the development of the character was really a team effort with director Ridley Scott. During a recent appearance at the fifth annual Hero Complex Film Festival, Weaver said that, as a young actress, she knew she could trust Scott to help her mold Ellen Ripley in the right way and create a hero not traditionally seen in the science-fiction world. “Ridley was so instrumental in making her as powerful as she was,” she said. “Ridley just has such an eye for what’s real and what’s true and what’s right and I really felt like I could always depend on him completely.” Weaver’s appearance capped off the Hero Complex Film Festival, which took place May 30-June 1 at the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres in Hollywood. The […]
June 11, 2014 | 11:30 a.m.

Sigourney Weaver reflects on her ‘Aliens’ Oscar nomination [Video]

For Sigourney Weaver, being nominated for a best actress Academy Award for her groundbreaking turn in 1986’s “Aliens” had immediate and tangible effects. Weaver said she got the news while preparing for her role as Dian Fossey in “Gorillas in the Mist” and had been meeting with producers who wanted her to work with domesticated chimps to research the role. Weaver had been arguing that the endeavor wouldn’t be helpful to her. “After I got the nomination, suddenly, they listened to me very carefully,” she said during a recent appearance at the Hero Complex Film Festival. A tribute to Weaver at the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres in Hollywood capped off the fifth annual event on June 1. The actress took the stage for an in-depth Q&A between screenings of Ridley Scott’s landmark 1979 science fiction film “Alien” and James Cameron’s sequel […]
June 10, 2014 | 3:17 p.m.

Sigourney Weaver: Will ‘Avatar’ sequels pave way for new ‘Alien’ film?

Could Sigourney Weaver be preparing to revisit one of her most iconic characters? The answer appears to be yes. News broke this week that the actress would return to the world of Pandora for James Cameron’s upcoming sequels to “Avatar,” but speaking at the Hero Complex Film Festival earlier this month, Weaver also pointed out her willingness to play Ellen Ripley, the heroine at the heart of the “Alien” franchise, one final time. “I do feel that there’s more story to tell,” Weaver said. Weaver’s appearance capped off the fifth annual Hero Complex Film Festival at the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres in Hollywood. The actress took the stage for an in-depth Q&A between screenings of Ridley Scott’s landmark 1979 science fiction film “Alien” and Cameron’s 1986 sequel “Aliens.” (Cameron was a guest of honor at the festival on Saturday, on […]
June 10, 2014 | 7:00 a.m.

E3 2014: ‘Alien: Isolation’ invents powerful heroine in Amanda Ripley

The alien is an "unstoppable force" in "Alien: Isolation." (Creative Assembly / Sega)
There was one primary rule given to players who settled in for a demo of Sega’s upcoming game “Alien: Isolation”: Do not try to kill the alien. “Alien: Isolation,” due this October for most major consoles, takes its inspiration directly from Ridley Scott’s 1979 landmark space film, which introduced audiences to the menacing, H.R. Giger-designed creature. The ultimate goal of the game, its writers and designers say, is simply to stay one step ahead of the monster, which cannot be outrun or eliminated. “What we have thought throughout the project is that this is an homage to the original movie, where the alien is unstoppable,” said Will Porter, one of the writers on the game being developed by Creative Assembly. “The alien is death. From that, that’s where the game play comes from. That’s where the tension comes from. It gives it a different feeling from […]
June 02, 2014 | 6:08 a.m.

Sigourney Weaver eyes new Ripley adventures at Hero Complex Film Fest

Sigourney Weaver takes questions from fans and talks about the lasting significance of the "Alien" franchise at the fifth annual Hero Complex Film Festival. (Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times)
Sigourney Weaver was midway through praising her character of Ellen Ripley, her iconic role from the “Alien” franchise, whom she called “an existential hero” with a firm “moral compass,” when she alluded to a very popular discussion among fans. “Had we done a fifth one, I don’t doubt that her humanity would have prevailed. … “I do feel like there is more story to tell.” Weaver’s appearance capped off the fifth annual Hero Complex Film Festival at the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres in Hollywood. The actress took the stage for an in-depth Q&A between screenings of Ridley Scott’s landmark 1979 science fiction film “Alien” and James Cameron’s 1986 sequel “Aliens.” (Cameron was a guest of honor at the festival on Saturday, on hand for a Q&A of his own between screenings of “The Terminator” and “Terminator 2: Judgment Day.”) Weaver […]
May 13, 2014 | 5:57 p.m.

H.R. Giger, Surrealist artist, ‘Alien’ designer, dead at 74

H.R. Giger poses with two of his works at the art museum in Chur, Switzerland. (Arno Balzarini / AP Photo/Keystone)
H.R. Giger, the legendary Swiss surrealist artist whose designs for Ridley Scott’s “Alien” changed the cinematic science fiction landscape, has died at age 74. Giger won an Oscar for 1979’s “Alien,” and his work appeared in the sequel “Alien 3″ as well as the 1995 movie “Species.” In addition to his sculptures, he painted and designed furniture, and amassed a macabre collection of unusual artifacts that included eight human skeletons. In a 1998 interview with Times staff writer Kathleen Craughwell, the then-58-year-old said that his otherworldly art was influenced by the cruelty to animals he witnessed as a child in his native country: “I could see how [the farmers] knock down a cow with the big hammer. One was holding her and the other was hammering this cow. It was terrible. And they’d cry, and this noise, I never will […]
April 29, 2014 | 9:30 a.m.

James Cameron, Sigourney Weaver top Hero Complex Film Festival lineup

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Revolutionary filmmaker James Cameron, groundbreaking actress Sigourney Weaver and venerable writer-director Joe Dante will be among the special guests at the fifth annual Hero Complex Film Festival, set to take place May 30-June 1 at the TCL Chinese Theatres in Hollywood. Festival programming also will include a special tribute to the recent TV series “Battlestar Galactica,” with actors Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell and Jamie Bamber and creator Ronald D. Moore; a preview of the animated sequel “How to Train Your Dragon 2″; and a special “quote-along” Sunday matinee showing of “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.” Celebrated Australian comics artist Nicola Scott (“Birds of Prey,” “Secret Six”), who currently illustrates DC Comics’ “Earth 2,” created the out-of-this-world image for this year’s festival poster, pictured at right. The festival will open May 30 with a free screening of the 2003 […]
March 25, 2014 | 1:28 p.m.

‘Prometheus’ sequel: Ridley Scott, Michael Green ready 2016 film

Ridley Scott’s sequel to “Prometheus” will open March 4, 2016. The venerable filmmaker is working with screenwriter Michael Green on a follow-up to the 2012 release, which returned Scott to some of the sci-fi vistas he crafted with “Alien,” a film that celebrates the 35th anniversary of its landmark release this year. Written by Damon Lindelof and Jon Spaihts, “Prometheus” starred Swedish actress Noomi Rapace as Elizabeth Shaw, one of a team of scientists that embarks on a groundbreaking mission to explore the origins of life on Earth by traveling to the stars. Michael Fassbender played a David Lean-obsessed android, David, while Charlize Theron starred as Meredith Vickers, an envoy of Weyland Industries, the company financing the intergalactic expedition. “Prometheus” grossed more than $126 million at the domestic box office, yet reaction to the movie was divided. In his review, […]
Jan. 22, 2014 | 1:36 p.m.

‘Alien: Out of the Shadows': Read an exclusive excerpt from the novel

Alien: Out of the Shadows (featured image)
Ellen Ripley is back in the new, officially sanctioned novel “Alien: Out of the Shadows,” out next week. Hero Complex readers get an exclusive first look at an excerpt from the book, by horror and dark fantasy author Tim Lebbon (“Dusk,” “30 Days of Night”). The novel, to be released Jan. 28 by Titan Books, bridges the gap between the films “Alien” and “Aliens” and expands upon the series’ mythos. The book also mentions Amanda, Ripley’s daughter and the subject of the upcoming video game “Alien: Isolation.” Check out the exclusive “Out of the Shadows” excerpt below and let us know what you think in the comments.   Sharp, black, chitinous, sleek, vicious, hiding in shadows and pouncing, seeding themselves in people she loved—her ex-husband, her sweet daughter—and then bursting forth in showers of far too much blood. They expand […]
Jan. 07, 2014 | 8:00 a.m.

‘Alien: Isolation’ game pits Ripley’s daughter against Xenomorph

An image from the video game "Alien: Isolation." (Sega)
Fans of Ridley Scott’s 1979 iconic horror film “Alien” will be able to relive the suspense in “Alien: Isolation,” a new video game to be released this year, in time for the film’s 35th anniversary. The game, from Sega and British studio Creative Assembly, was officially announced Tuesday morning and will be available in late 2014 for Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 and PC. “Alien: Isolation” lets gamers play as Ellen Ripley’s daughter Amanda. When she left Earth, Ripley promised Amanda she would be home in time for her 11th birthday, but then the events of the movies ensued, and Amanda never saw her mother again. Some 15 years later, Amanda is an employee of Weyland-Yutani, the mega-corporation that operated Ripley’s ship Nostromo. Amanda finds out that the flight recorder from Nostromo has been recovered at Sevastopol, […]
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