Oct. 30, 2014 | 12:37 p.m.
In the spirit of Halloween, Hero Complex reached out to select filmmakers to solicit their fondest memories of classic horror. Below, Neil Marshall — who recently directed the pilot episode of NBC’s new series “Constantine,” and who produced the ghost story “Soulmate,” which arrived on DVD this week — discusses his respect and admiration for Ridley Scott’s “Alien.” He also addresses its influence on his features, including the acclaimed thriller “The Descent,” a superlative horror story that sees a strong heroine fighting monsters in a confined setting. Few horror movies have had such a profound effect on me as Ridley Scott’s 1979 masterpiece, “Alien.” Few movies of any kind have had as much of an impact and influence on the movies I make. I was too young to catch it at the cinema when it was first released, but my […]
Oct. 06, 2014 | 12:07 p.m.
Ridley Scott’s landmark “Alien” arrived in theaters 35 years ago this year, introducing moviegoers to an actress named Sigourney Weaver. As Ellen Ripley, Weaver delivered a mesmerizing performance that catapulted her into the Hollywood spotlight and broke significant ground for women in genre. Three decades later, Weaver notes that any message of empowerment the original film might have communicated was accidental and not an effort on Scott’s part to blaze a new trail. “I always felt that the decision to make Ripley the survivor was not made out of any great feminist sentiment,” the Oscar-nominated actress said. “It was, ‘No one will ever guess that this girl will end up being the survivor.’ It wasn’t a statement of any kind, but he really made it work.” Intentional or not, “Alien” set a new standard for outer space cinema, with Scott’s […]
June 12, 2014 | 6:04 p.m.
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 […]
May 13, 2014 | 5:57 p.m.
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 […]
March 25, 2014 | 1:28 p.m.
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, […]
March 11, 2013 | 6:15 p.m.
Ridley Scott, the director of “Blade Runner” and “Alien,” has signed a deal with the gaming and streaming media website Machinima to produce a dozen short sci-fi films that will use filmmakers from Scott’s commercial production company. The most successful of the short films could be developed into features, Machinima and Scott announced Monday. Scott will serve as executive producer, and the 12 shorts will be made by directors working for Scott’s advertising concern, Ridley Scott Associates. Machinima, which says it reaches 262 million viewers monthly, recently started work on a feature-length version of its “Mortal Kombat: Legacy” series. Scott’s advertising roster includes such heavyweight filmmakers as Kathryn Bigelow, Martin Scorsese, Sam Mendes and Neill Blomkamp. Scott most recently returned to science fiction himself with last year’s “Prometheus,” which took place in the same universe as his landmark “Alien” and […]
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 […]
June 09, 2012 | 7:31 a.m.
SPOILER ALERT: This post reveals details about a key scene in “Prometheus” and also touches on other major plot points. SPOILER ALERT: Haven’t seen “Prometheus” but you plan to? You might want to read this post later. From the moment Swedish actress Noomi Rapace signed on to play Elizabeth Shaw in Ridley Scott’s sci-fi action film “Prometheus,” she was concerned that acting in front of a green screen would be a big challenge. But Scott had no intention of putting Rapace on an empty stage. Rather, the director and his crew built enormous sets at Pinewood Studios in London to create the far-off planet where Shaw and her crew land after two years of space travel. Even the monsters in Scott’s world were real — including the baby alien that Rapace’s Shaw rips out of her belly with help of […]
May 17, 2012 | 2:49 p.m.
I have a soft spot for trailer mash-ups — the “Toy Story” and “Star Trek” one was genius, and there was that great hybrid of “Up” and “Inception” — and Jay West just sent me a link to this new one. There’s an awful lot of clever energy and nimble imagination at work in these. What’s the best one you’ve seen? If you come up with a Top 5 ranking (with links, please) we’ll give the coolest collection a guest post and byline here on Hero Complex. – Geoff Boucher RECENT AND RELATED ‘Prometheus': Ridley Scott returns to ‘Alien’ canvas Ridley Scott: ‘Magic comes over the horizon’ ‘Prometheus': The riddles of Ridley Scott Michael Fassbender on ‘Prometheus’ Ridley Scott seeks the ‘original DNA’ of ‘Alien’ Moebius: The last interview Ridley Scott: I came to science fiction by backdoor Rutger Hauer: Chris […]
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: […]