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Re: Prometheus (Alien Prequel)
« Reply #60 on: April 11, 2012, 07:21:55 am »
Great read.
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Re: Prometheus (Alien Prequel)
« Reply #61 on: April 11, 2012, 07:55:31 am »
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Great read.

Uh, did you notice, UK is getting it a week before us?

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Re: Prometheus (Alien Prequel)
« Reply #62 on: April 11, 2012, 08:06:47 am »
Yeah, I saw that. I think that's the norm now on everything. I know they release Video games and Albums earlier as well. Not sure why that is though.
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Re: Prometheus (Alien Prequel)
« Reply #63 on: April 11, 2012, 07:51:05 pm »
Ridley Scott tells MPAA to get their house in order.

Gawd, I love this. I could start a thread on the MPAA alone and this secret process they somehow get away with, but this works for me now.

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Ridley Scott may have a hit on his hands with his Alien prequel Prometheus, but he’s worried that an R rating could ruin it all. At a public screening of some of the film’s footage in London yesterday, he let loose on the Motion Picture Association of America, complaining that the MPAA’s rating system may be broken.

Film blog Thompson on Hollywood has a good recap of the footage shown and Scott’s comments. The site writes: 

[Scott] also expressed frustration at the MPAA’s seemingly random approach to ratings, saying he wanted Prometheus to get a rating “that allows it to make as much money as possible. I know the importance of that. When a big film fails, it’s disastrous for all of us.” But he also blasted some of the “films this year that have got PG-13 ratings – it’s absolutely **** ludicrous. So MPAA, get your house in order.”

Scott isn’t the only person to complain about the MPAA lately. The creators of the documentary Bully were  upset by the organization because their film received an R rating, which means that its intended audience (teens being bullied) cannot see the film. When a film does not get at least a PG-13 rating, it often loses a large chunk of its potential box office revenue.

The MPAA rates films by playing them for a committee who review them for things like language, drugs, violence, and sexual content.  Information on the process and committee members can be found here.

We know that The Dark Knight Rises has managed to get a PG-13 rating, and can only hope that Prometheus manages to get one as well. It would be a shame if it turns out to be a great film but is unable to recoup its budget due to a rating. Prometheus hits theaters June 8, 2012. 
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Re: Prometheus (Alien Prequel)
« Reply #64 on: April 12, 2012, 03:04:51 pm »
Ridley Scott talks Prometheus


As workers were returning to work after the Easter break, hundreds of excited film journalists were being drawn towards Leicester Square like moths to a light. What cinematic delight could have possibly enticed them at this uncustomary early hour? Only one of the most anticipated films of this summer, Ridley Scott’s Prometheus. This wasn’t a full screening, but a taster of some of the opening scenes and an extended trailer, with the great man and some of the stellar cast in attendance to answer questions about the film.

Most (informed) people will agree that 3D is not much more than a ploy by the studios to enhance their films’ box office takings, and the use of post production conversion would support the argument that there is not really much artistic consideration given to its use. However, it is the old masters that are having the most success, not only because they understand how to make films, but also because they have chosen to shoot in 3D. James Cameron’s Avatar set the benchmark, but Werner Herzog’s documentary Cave of Forgotten Dreams, and Martin Scorsese’s Hugo both showed how to do it with completely diverse subject and shooting styles. Now Ridley Scott has embraced it.

As Scott pointed out in the Q&A after the screening, “It’s not science, it’s not brain surgery. It’s actually pretty straightforward. And yet it is science, because it’s science to actually make 3D occur and to be shootable and capturable on a daily basis. But I’m sitting in a studio with four huge screens, which are all 3D, in a little black tent and I’m looking at them. If there’s four monitors there are four cameras, if there are six monitors then there’s six cameras, and because I’m a visual person anyway, it was dead simple and very straight forward. You could easily allow things to turn into major conferences where you ask anyone, including the tea lady what she thinks, but I don’t do that. I had a wonderful camera man called Dariusz Wolski. I talked to him and said, ‘We’re going to do 3D’ and he said, ‘Yeah, that’s fine’. So we went with using the RED camera, as opposed to the other one, and the RED was superb. The quality was fantastic, whether it’s 2D or 3D, it’s amazing and it wasn’t a problem. So anyone who says, ‘Oh, you’ve got to add sixteen weeks’ means they don’t know what the bloody hell they’re doing! ‘There’s a lot to it’. No, it’s dead simple, straight forward. If you know what you want, you know what you want. That [holds up finger] could be hanging in the foreground, and you can have a forty-five minute discussion about something hanging in the foreground. Say ‘I hate it; get rid of it’ or ‘I love it; **** off!’ It’s that simple!

From the opening shot in the preview clips it was clear that Scott knows what he is talking about, with some great use of 3D without it being intrusive or gratuitous. The initial clips set up the story and introduced the characters of the story and the premise for the journey. Charlize Theron is the steel-cold captain; Michael Fassbender is an android, who bears an uncanny resemblance to the idealised Nazi Arayan ubermensch. The rest of team is a motley crew of scientists led by Noomi Rapace. After the scene-setting we were treated to a montage of action from the rest of the film that intrigued and excited while not giving a lot of the story away.

Having directed two of the most iconic sci-fi movies, as well as plenty of human drama movies too, it is great to see him return to the genre that put his name in the spotlights. While Prometheus has been touted as a prequel to Alien, Scott was very clear about the film’s origins and intentions.

“I watched the three subsequent Aliens being made, which were all jolly good in some form or other. So I thought the franchise was fundamentally used up. I must have thought about it for three or four years and thought in all of the films nobody had asked a very simple question, which was; who is the big guy in the chair, who was fondly after Alien called The Space Jockey? I don’t know how the hell he got that name. There was this big-boned creature who seemed to be nine feet tall sitting in this chair and I went in to Fox with four questions. Who are they? Why are they there? Why that cargo and where were they going or had they in fact had a forced landing? So off I went with two writers, John Spaihts and Damon Lindelof and we came up with the screenplay, the draft. It’s interesting when you start off with an interesting idea like that and you don’t know whether it’s going to be a prequel or a sequel, it gradually adjusted itself into much larger questions and therefore, now, the actual connection to the original Alien is barely in its DNA. You kind of get it in the last seven minutes or so. That’s about it.”

Scott also talked about his absence from the genre for so many years.

“You know, one of the problems with science fiction, which is probably one of the reasons why I haven’t done one for many, many years, is the fact that everything is used up. Every type of spacesuit is used up, every type of spacecraft is vaguely familiar, the corridors are similar and the planets are similar. So what you try to do is lean more heavily on the story and on the characters, to make that really, to give you lift-off, bad pun! But then during the design process, I think we come up with a lot of fairly, to use that awful word ‘cool’…cool looking things which evolve from the drawing board with the designers saying, ‘I’ve seen that, you can’t do that, you can’t do that’. Then you suddenly start to come up with evolutions of different looks so that as a total package, the film feels quite different.”


As much as I've poo poed 3D, Avatar was special. I think this will be to an ill probably try to attend the 3D.
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Re: Prometheus (Alien Prequel)
« Reply #65 on: April 17, 2012, 06:21:00 pm »
Ridley Scott Promises Prometheus Theatrical Release Will be His Director's Cut

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We were waiting for the official word on just what Prometheus will be rated, and while that hasn't comes just yet, some other good news has. Read on for the details.

During a Paris press conference (see the video below), Scott exclaimed some truly exciting news ...

“The cut that you’re gonna see in cinemas…it’s always the director’s cut, really,” Scott exclaimed before chatting up on the film’s run time. “I’ve only made a mistake once on cutting a film short — I won’t say what it is right now, because this is not the time — but I removed 17 minutes off a movie, and I didn’t ruin it, but it wasn’t [as effective]. In this instance, you got a pretty good version here, pretty good cut. We’re running at about — I think without the end titles, which normally run about four to five minutes — we’re running one hour, fifty-nine minutes and change. It’s very tight, it’s what it should be.”

Does that mean it's an R? Stay tuned.

Prometheus, starring Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Idris Elba, Patrick Wilson, Logan Marshall-Green, and Ben Foster, will be in theaters on June 8th, 2012.

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In the distant future two superpowers control Earth and fight each other for all the solar system's natural resources. When one side dispatches a team to a distant planet to terraform it for human colonization, the team members discover an indigenous race of bio-mechanoid killers.

Ridley Scott, director of 'Alien' and 'Blade Runner,' returns to the genre he helped define. With 'Prometheus' he creates a groundbreaking mythology in which a team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a thrilling journey to the darkest corners of the universe. There they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race.

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Re: Prometheus (Alien Prequel)
« Reply #66 on: April 17, 2012, 06:25:31 pm »
New Prometheus Teaser Shows Android’s Softer Side



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Michael Fassbender cries robot tears — and creeps everyone out — in the latest teaser for Ridley Scott’s highly anticipated sci-fi epic Prometheus.

The clip, which surfaced Tuesday, plays out like a promotional video showing off one of Weyland Industries‘ humanoid robots (or is it Weyland Corp.? the dialog and the branding seen in the video are different). The android, named David and played by a fantastically rigid-yet-cuddly Fassbender, claims he is an incredibly human robot.

“What is it about robots that makes them so robotic?” the droid says in the voiceover. “At Weyland Industries, it has long been our goal to create artificial intelligence almost indistinguishable from mankind itself.”

To prove his humanity — David claims he understands human feelings even if he doesn’t have them — the android cries real(ish) tears when asked what distresses him. (Answers: war, poverty, unnecessary violence, etc.). But, in a show of what makes his model very un-human, David describes how he can help people.

“I can do almost anything that could possibly be asked of me,” David says. “I can assist your employees. I can make your organization more efficient. I can carry out directives my human counterparts might find … distressing, or unethical.”

The faux android advertisement closes with David explaining that he is the eighth generation of Weyland’s robots and describes himself as, “technological, intellectual, physical, emotional.”

Again, creepy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DOOJl5lWNfM
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Re: Prometheus (Alien Prequel)
« Reply #67 on: April 17, 2012, 06:51:35 pm »
Of course it's gonna be R Rated. Unless you expect your Aliens to do paddy-cake when forced into a corner with no way out. I say make it an X X X feature with some Alien on Alien lovin'. Not to be confused with what transpired in Alien Resurrection, which was anything but sexy.
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Re: Prometheus (Alien Prequel)
« Reply #68 on: April 17, 2012, 07:08:30 pm »
I don't know if was the media, or misunderstanding, or Scott changing his mind. He said at one point to make it PG-13 to make it available to as many people as possible.
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Re: Prometheus (Alien Prequel)
« Reply #69 on: April 17, 2012, 07:10:11 pm »
He said at one point to make it PG-13 to make it available to as many people as possible.

Nooooooooooooo!!!

In space, everyone can hear this!
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Re: Prometheus (Alien Prequel)
« Reply #70 on: April 27, 2012, 12:20:11 pm »
Prometheus - 30 Years in the Making Featurette

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Re: Prometheus (Alien Prequel)
« Reply #71 on: April 27, 2012, 04:09:03 pm »
OK, my turn.... Is this not out yet
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Re: Prometheus (Alien Prequel)
« Reply #72 on: April 27, 2012, 04:34:24 pm »
Direct-to-DVD at your local Blockbuster.
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Re: Prometheus (Alien Prequel)
« Reply #73 on: April 29, 2012, 06:17:30 pm »
New International Trailer released as promised.

And Holy Kee-wrap
a whole bunch of new stuff shown.

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Re: Prometheus (Alien Prequel)
« Reply #74 on: May 04, 2012, 07:08:10 pm »
Ridley Scott’s 'Prometheus' Breaks IMAX U.K. Pre-Sales Record


LONDON – Ridley Scott’s Prometheus is proving an eye-popping draw for the BFI Imax theater in central London as pre-sales for the movie break records.


Scott’s movie, starring a galaxy of stars including Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Noomi Rapace, Idris Elba and Logan Marshall-Green, has booked 18,287 tickets in hits first full week of presales at the theater.

It translates into £293,312 ($474,687) in gross pre-sale tickets, the highest grossing week ever.
The standalone flagship IMAX theater also reported its highest grossing first day of pre-sales ever, taking £137,000 ($221,717).

The take has beaten other high-profile IMAX rollouts in the U.K. including Harry Potter And the Deathly Hallows Part 2, Avatar and The Dark Knight
 
The 20th Century Fox distributed movie marks Scott’s return to sci-fi, a genre he is credited with helping to define with his Alien and Blade Runner films.

Prometheus details the story of a team of explorers who discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a journey to the darkest corners of the universe. There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race.

The movie opens in IMAX with midnight screenings beginning May 31 in the U.K.
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