June 06, 2014 | 2:52 p.m.
Neil deGrasse Tyson has taken television audiences on a tour through the universe with his series, “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey,” which concludes its 13-episode run on Fox Sunday and on National Geographic Monday, before arriving on Blu-ray Tuesday. But when the acclaimed astrophysicist turns to the skies for entertainment, what does he like to watch? Hero Complex reached out to the man himself to find out. Find his picks for his 10 favorite sci-fi films — and one distinguished runner-up, in his own words below. I like big-budget science fiction films. My list, with two exceptions, bears this out. I want science fiction films to stretch the talent and imagination of visual effects experts. And the film above all else should create a vision of the future we either know that we don’t want, or know that we do. The […]
Oct. 03, 2012 | 5:20 p.m.
A dystopian tale that calls to mind a certain L.A.-set sci-fi classic starring a replicant-hunting Harrison Ford in a colorful tie, Image Comics’ “Non-Humans” borrows a page from Ridley Scott’s landmark “Blade Runner” but puts a distinctive spin on the narrative. In the new comic book out Wednesday, co-created by Whilce Portacio, Noah Dorsey and Glen Brunswick and written by Brunswick, hard-boiled Det. Oliver Aimes is hunting down not criminal replicants, but toys that have come to sentient life and now make up a new societal underclass that exists on the margins of the population in a decimated urban landscape. Hero Complex contributor Jevon Phillips caught up with Brunswick and Portacio to discuss their creative inspiration and the tone of “Non-Humans” itself. HC: There are strong hints in the book, but what were the influences that you used to shape the […]
June 12, 2012 | 8:00 a.m.
The topic has been making the rounds in cinéaste circles, and on Thursday it reached the cafeteria at Pixar Animation Studios in Emeryville, Calif. Three of the studio’s directors — Oscar winners Andrew Stanton (“Finding Nemo,” “Wall-E”) and Lee Unkrich (“Toy Story 3″) and Oscar nominee Bob Peterson (“Up”) — sat down for lunch and began chewing on a Hollywood mystery: the Ridley Scott Exception. “We started talking about it because Lee mentioned how he had just shown both ‘Blade Runner’ and ‘Alien’ to his teenage daughter and that she loved both of them,” Stanton recalled later that day. “Certainly story and character must be king for a movie to stand the test of time, but typically every [science fiction] movie, no matter how good it looks, is ultimately betrayed in the end by the limitations of whatever current technology […]
April 26, 2012 | 11:18 a.m.
Ridley Scott talks about creativity, photographic memory, “Prometheus,” painting and the possibilities of another “Blade Runner” film in this premiere episode of “Hero Complex: The Show” on the Nerdist Channel. After 30 years, the esteemed filmmaker is returning to science fiction on June 8 with “Prometheus,” a movie set in the “same universe” as his classic “Alien” (1979). The movie stars Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron and Idris Elba as crew members aboard the Prometheus, a ship sent across the stars to find the secrets of humanity’s origins. Scott, at age 74, is on a search of his own as he returns to questions left unanswered in “Alien” (as he explained when he first spoke publicly about this project at the 2010 Hero Complex Film Festival). We spoke with him at the Los Angeles offices of his production company. I get the fun job of hosting “Hero Complex: […]
April 20, 2011 | 11:00 a.m.
Don’t bother making weekend plans — armageddon arrives Thursday. If you go by the lore of “Terminator” and the timeline set down by “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles,” the artificial intelligence of Skynet — the computer system commanding the entire U.S. military arsenal — went online Tuesday at 8:11 p.m. and began a 48-hour sequence of events that, well, doesn’t end well for us flesh-and-bone types. As you read this, Skynet is learning at an exponential rate and will soon recruit iPods, microwaves and missiles for its Thursday attack against humanity. If by some chance all of this doesn’t happen Thursday, we’re not out of the woods yet. After years of doomsday fantasy and fear-the-future science fiction, there are plenty of other red-letter days to mark down:. April 21, 2011 — Beware your gadgets “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles” (2008-2009): Skynet becomes self-aware and begins “Judgment […]
April 08, 2011 | 6:46 p.m.
Michael Fassbender is just three weeks into the filming of Ridley Scott’s “Prometheus” but the star says the experience is a dazzling one already. “I walk on the set and I feel like I’m walking on a spaceship,” Fassbender said. “It’s breathtaking. All the various panels and screens…it’s just dealing with a top-notch art department and carpenters and the riggers and everything that goes into putting that together. It’s just, well, breathtaking, all of it.” The June 2012 release, which also stars Charlize Theron, was originally conceived as a prequel to Scott’s 1979 classic “Alien” but it veered off in other directions and is now planned as a stand-alone project (or, perhaps, a prequel being disguised to preserve some mystery). Fassbender wasn’t at liberty to say too much about the film but I asked him if the character he’s portrays has been especially elusive. […]
April 01, 2011 | 11:36 a.m.
At 67, Dutch actor Rutger Hauer has a whopping nine films due in 2011, including a lead role as a reluctant vigilante in a low-budget ode to exploitation films, “Hobo With a Shotgun,” which is available today on VOD and opens in theaters May 6. But to sci-fi fans, Hauer will always be remembered most as the rebel replicant Roy Batty from Ridley Scott’s classic “Blade Runner.” Naturally, Hauer has some ideas about the recently announced plans to make “Blade Runner” sequels and/or prequels. “If Christopher Nolan would be on it I’d say, ‘All right, go for it!'” said Hauer by phone from a hotel room in Amsterdam, where he was filming a Dutch movie about the Heineken family. “But otherwise you can’t do it. ‘Blade Runner’ is such a unique film. How do you describe a diamond? I don’t […]
June 22, 2010 | 1:47 p.m.
Here’s some nifty video from Ridley Scott’s appearance at the recent Hero Complex Film Festival in which he talks about the success of Sigourney Weaver amid the austere suspense of “Alien,” and the surprising circumstances of his first meeting with Harrison Ford to discuss a film called “Blade Runner.” The festival was a tremendous success and we’re going to do it again next year. I have a few filmmakers in mind already, but I would love to hear who you’d like to see up there on the stage and what classic films fit the bill. – Geoff Boucher RECENT AND RELATED Ridley Scott wants to make two ‘Alien’ prequels Ridley Scott: ‘Blade Runner’ echoes in ‘a very special way’ Christopher Nolan has a dim view of 3-D Hero Complex Film Festival covered far and wide ‘Alien’ writer Dan O’Bannon remembered Greatest sci-fi heroine? Ripley, […]
June 06, 2010 | 8:53 p.m.
FROM THE ARCHIVE: 2007 RIDLEY SCOTT INTERVIEW Ridley Scott is one of three directors I’ll be interviewing on stage next weekend at the first Hero Complex Film Festival and we’ll be screening two of his landmark films: “Blade Runner“ and “Alien.” Three years ago, I talked to the filmmaker for a Los Angeles Times Calendar feature on “Blade Runner,” and I thought now might be the perfect time to revisit the piece and reprint it here on the blog. Thanks to all of you for the great support for the festival and I’m really looking forward to seeing many of you there. — Geoff Boucher Ridley Scott was living in London in 1980 but looking for a leading man for his first Hollywood movie. The script was a strange one — it was a surreal tale adapted from a 1968 novel about murderous artificial people in futuristic […]
May 03, 2010 | 4:24 p.m.
“Blade Runner,” perhaps the greatest science-fiction film ever made. “The Dark Knight,” the pinnacle of superhero cinema and a billion-dollar success. “Star Trek,” the most enduring and successful science-fiction brand name in history. “Alien,” the deep-space masterpiece that changed horror films forever. Three days of sublime films are presented, with their iconic creators on stage talking about the past, present and future of their heroic franchises. Leonard Nimoy, Ridley Scott and Christopher Nolan June 11, 12, 13 Mann’s Chinese, Hollywood BUY TICKETS Clicking on Green Links will take you to a third-party e-commerce site. These sites are not operated by the Los Angeles Times. The Times Editorial staff is not involved in any way with Green Links or with these third-party sites.