July 27, 2011 | 6:59 a.m.
GUEST ESSAY Ridley Scott just presented “Prometheus” to Hall H fans at Comic-Con, and that has Finland’s Juhani Nurmi, a journalist and devoted fan of “Alien,” looking back in horror – and appreciation. “In space, no one can hear you scream.” That’s the best movie slogan I know, and in my book, nothing else comes even close. Ditto for the poster (designed by legendary graphic artist Bill Gold), which is sinister yet elegant in its minimalism. It depicts a luminescent egg floating in a dark void, above a grate. Obviously, we’re talking about Ridley Scott’s “Alien.” This year marks the movie’s 32nd anniversary and more than that, the movie is back in the pop culture conversation with new urgency as Ridley Scott toils in Iceland on “Prometheus,” the 2012 release that began life as a straight prequel but has now reportedly morphed into something […]
Oct. 25, 2010 | 2:46 p.m.
“Everything sucks these days.” Sigourney Weaver said that with a wink when I asked about her just completed work with director Amy Heckerling on a vampire film — yes, that’s right, there’s yet another vampire project on the way. “A daughter of a friend of mine says that — ‘Everything sucks these days’ — because there are vampires everywhere on TV and in movies. This one is kind of a goofy comedy about these two nice young vampires who are trying to go straight. I play someone who is absolutely dyed-in-the-wool vampire, I just love what I do, I love killing people and drinking their blood.” The film, due next year, is called “Vamps.” It’s a modern-day tale of love and blood-slurping in Manhattan starring Alicia Silverstone (who memorably starred in writer-director Heckerling’s “Clueless” in 1995 ) and Krysten Ritter as attractive undead women who […]
Oct. 19, 2010 | 4:37 p.m.
In West L.A., everybody can hear you scream. On Friday, the Royal Theatre in West Los Angeles presents “The Alien Trilogy.” First up at 7 p.m. is Ridley Scott’s director’s cut of his 1979 blockbuster “Alien,” followed at 9:35 p.m. by James Cameron’s pulsating 1986 sequel “Aliens,” for which Sigourney Weaver earned a lead actress Oscar nomination. Her character, of course, was the fearless Ellen Ripley, who was ranked fifth by Entertainment Weekly on its list of “The 20 All Time Coolest Heroes in Pop Culture.” And finally at 12:30 a.m. is David Fincher’s first film, “Alien3” from 1992, which also stars Weaver. For more information, there’s the website for the Royal Theatre or call (310) 478-3836. – Susan King RECENT AND RELATED Scream 2010: Sigourney Weaver reigns as queen of sci-fi Sigourney Weaver: “Space has been good to me” Is Milla Jovovich reaching […]
Oct. 18, 2010 | 11:30 a.m.
There are a half-dozen actors who might be crowned as the “King of Sci-Fi Films,” but a few of them, like Harrison Ford of “Star Wars” and “Blade Runner” fame, might run screaming from the genre’s throne room. There is only one true and rightful queen, however, and on Sunday night she emerged from a giant steaming alien egg at the Greek Theatre to warmly greet thousands of her adoring subjects. “I do love science fiction and the roles it presents for women,” Weaver said not long before walking out on stage at the Scream 2010 Awards, which air Tuesday on Spike TV and represent pop culture’s surging Comic-Con energy the same way the MTV Video Music Awards keyed to the shifting dynamics of the 1980s. The sold-out crowd at the Greek cheered through a long rainy night – zombie make-up and lingerie, by the way, produce unpredictable […]
Sept. 10, 2010 | 9:44 a.m.
It’s widely acknowledged that Sigourney Weaver is the queen of sci-fi. (Her status as such was well-cemented way before “Avatar.”) Paul W.S. Anderson, director of “Resident Evil: Afterlife,” thinks that the action star of his franchise, one Milla Jovovich, has the chops to be in the conversation with Weaver among the genre’s best. (Update: Of course, given the fact that Anderson and Jovovich are married, that may make him a bit biased.) “There are very few women that have anchored four action movies — the only one I can think of is Sigourney Weaver with the ‘Alien’ movies. And Sigourney really was the jewel in the crown of that franchise. She made you believe in the alien,” Anderson said. “She made you believe in the horror of the situation, and I think in a very similar way, Milla makes you believe in […]
June 25, 2010 | 6:44 p.m.
Here’s a rare pair of photos from the set of “Alien,” the 1979 deep-space horror classic that changed the look and approach of an entire genre. In the photo above, it’s Sigourney Weaver, the towering actress who came to fame in the film, and director Ridley Scott, who would go on to direct films such as “Blade Runner,” “Gladiator“ and “Black Hawk Down.” Scott, also shown below, was a guest on the closing night of the recent 2010 Hero Complex Film Festival, and he talked quite a bit about his plan to make an “Alien” prequel (or even two of them) and the breakthrough work by Weaver in the original. – Geoff Boucher RECENT AND RELATED Ridley Scott wants to make two “Alien” prequels Ridley Scott: “Blade Runner” echoes in “a very special way” Leonard Nimoy’s farewell: “Live long and prosper, my […]
Dec. 13, 2009 | 6:02 p.m.
On Monday night, I hope you L.A. readers will join us at the Landmark Theatre for a free 3-D screening of Pixar’s “Up” and, afterward, a Q&A session onstage with director Pete Docter. This great event is part of the Envelope screening series, which puts filmmakers and stars in the same room with members of Hollywood guilds so they can discuss their trophy-worthy projects as awards season begins its serious ramp-up here in Tinseltown. Those members of the voting guilds get seated first, of course, but we almost always have seats for the general public. These events are great and there are often surprises. I hosted the “Crazy Heart” screening recently, for instance, and not only did the post-screening panel include Jeff Bridges, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Robert Duvall, but T Bone Burnett showed up as a surprise guest and joined us […]
Dec. 10, 2009 | 4:58 a.m.
“AVATAR” COUNTDOWN: 10 DAYS You may have heard about a little film called “Avatar” that opens Dec. 18. We’re counting down the days here at Hero Complex and today we bring you a conversation with Sigourney Weaver, arguably the greatest female star in the history of fanboy films. Sigourney Weaver, with a chuckle, says she will never grow tired of space travel. “I’m always up for going to another planet,” the three-time Oscar nominee said. “Outer space has been good to me.” This is the 30th anniversary of Weaver’s career breakthrough with her role as Ellen Ripley in the first “Alien” film. But far from resting on her laurels, the 60-year-old actress is again on extraterrestrial active duty with “Avatar,” the James Cameron sci-fi epic that opens Dec. 18. Weaver plays botanist Grace Augustine, who is mentoring a brash young […]
Aug. 21, 2009 | 6:23 p.m.
Eager fans will get their “Avatar” fix tonight as 20th Century Fox unveils 15 minutes of the James Cameron film to moviegoers for free in theaters across the United States. But when you’re Ellen Ripley, er, Sigourney Weaver, you get to see the whole thing. Well, sorta. Sci-fi’s grand dame has background with “Avatar” director James Cameron — he directed her in the 1986 hit “Aliens,” the second of her four films in the Ripley role – but even she hasn’t gotten the full “Avatar” experience. Instead of seeing the December release in all of its reputed 3-D splendor, she had to settle for a less extravagant 2-D version. “That was enough for my heart,” she said on the set of her new film “You Again,” an upcoming Disney comedy with costar Kristen Bell. Cameron’s off-world epic — starring Weaver, Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana – takes place on Pandora, […]