The mysteries of Prometheus are legion and legendary. Released in June in the wake of a solid year of anticipation, the Alien semi-prequel turned out to be a stealth kickstarter for a new franchise — a sequel is being extremely vaguely planned for 2014 or so. Perhaps because of those sequel plans, Prometheus never provided direct answers for some of the most intriguing plot elements in the movie. A new infographic at the film’s Facebook page, however, appears to provide some insight into the nature of the Black Ooze (or “Black Goo,” if you’re a classicist) — the dark viscous substance which provided most of the central plot twists of the movie. It may also provide a hint about the direction of the movie, which for the sake of argument let’s call Prometheus 2: Rise of Epimetheus. READ FULL STORY
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'Prometheus' Blu-ray trailer promises to reveal the meaning of life (or at least the meaning of 'Prometheus')
“How far would you go to get your answers?” Michael Fassbender’s self-seeking robo-Aryan asks at the start of this new trailer for Prometheus on Blu-ray. Would you put your life at risk? Would you travel beyond the stars? Would you buy Prometheus on Blu-ray?
While audiences tended to like Fassbender’s performance as Peter O’Toolbox, the big-budget Alien prequel was notorious for its inability to definitively reveal the true meaning of the universe and the teleological purpose of humanity. This new release — which boasts seven hours of special features — promises to rectify that.
Personally I thought the movie was a big, wonderful mess, as opposed to a big, terrible mess, and its atmospherics and thematic density overrode any narrative nonsense. But if you’re not like me and you actually dislike plot holes so big you can drive a space-ATV through, then you might be interested in getting a glimpse at the film’s alternate beginning, alternate ending, and alternate middle. And, hey, everyone knows art only gets better the more you have to explain it! READ FULL STORY
UPDATE: Tony Scott’s family is denying media reports that the director had inoperable brain cancer. ABC News, which first reported the story, has now backed off its initial claim, updating its web site with a post headlined, “Tony Scott Brain Cancer Report Appears in Doubt.”
Details are emerging about why ‘Top Gun’ director Tony Scott may have taken his own life Sunday. According to ABC News, an unnamed source claims that the Hollywood veteran was suffering from inoperable brain cancer. No further explanation about his alleged illness has been provided yet.
The 68-year-old Scott jumped off San Pedro’s Vincent Thomas Bridge on Sunday afternoon. The Associated Press reports that police discovered notes to loved ones in Scott’s car, as well as a suicide note in his office.
A representative for Scott has not yet responded to EW’s request for comment on this story. Last night, the director’s rep issued the following statement to EW: “I can confirm that Mr. Scott has indeed passed away. I have no further details and ask that the family’s privacy be respected at this time.”
Tony Scott, the director of Hollywood hits such as Top Gun, Beverly Hills Cop II, and Unstoppable, died Sunday at age 68, his publicist has confirmed to EW. According to the Los Angeles Police Department’s harbor division, the British-born filmmaker jumped to his death from the Vincent Thomas bridge near Long Beach, Calif.
According to officials, the director climbed a fence on the south side of the bridge and leapt off around 12:30 p.m. Police reportedly found a suicide note inside Scott’s black Toyota Prius, which was parked on the bridge. His identity was confirmed around 7 p.m. by the Los Angeles County coroner’s office.
Scott and his older brother Ridley (the Oscar-nominated director of films like Alien, Gladiator, and Prometheus) were partners in Scott Free Productions, the company behind the CBS drama The Good Wife as well as A&E’s four-hour medical thriller Coma, due to air next month. Tony Scott, whose last film was the 2010 runaway-train thriller Unstoppable with Denzel Washington and Chris Pine, had been developing a sequel to his 1986 Tom Cruise blockbuster Top Gun. READ FULL STORY
WARNING: This post contains Prometheus spoilers.
Ridley Scott’s Prometheus prompted a lot of questions from cinemagoers, like “What the f—?” and “No, seriously: What the f—?” We can’t provide answers for either of those queries. But we can resolve the question of what Michael Fassbender’s android David said to the Engineer just prior to the alien going ape and trying to kill everyone in sight.
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Box office report: 'Madagascar 3' earns $35.5M, more than 'Rock of Ages' and 'That's My Boy' combined
A couple of high-profile openers couldn’t force the animals of Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted into their cages. The animated comedy topped the box office once again this weekend, while Rock of Ages and That’s My Boy delivered majorly disappointing debuts.
Dreamworks’ $145 million effort Madagascar 3 roared a second time following its $60.3 million start. The CG-animated film dipped 41 percent to $35.5 million this frame. That’s better than the second weekend decline of its predecessor, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, which fell by 45 percent and had earned a slightly softer $116.9 million at the same point in its run. Madagascar 3 has grossed $120.5 million over ten days, and is headed to a $180 million finish domestically. Worldwide, the 3-D film has grossed a robust $278 million, and will likely finish near $600 million. READ FULL STORY
Here at EW.com, we’ve been going a little bit bananas over the impending release of Ridley Scott’s Prometheus — possibly because we’re intrigued by the mysterious trailers, possibly because we’re excited for anything that’s not a superhero sequel or Madagascar, possibly because we’re all just members of the Idris Elba fan club. If you’re somebody who wants to know just a little bit about the actual plot of the Alien pseudo-prequel, then you’ll love this clip that debuted on the Tonight Show, featuring Charlize Theron getting all up in the grill of Robo-Fassbender. We have no clue what they’re talking about. But boy, look at all that blue! Watch the clip below: READ FULL STORY
Thirty years ago, Ridley Scott kickstarted his career with Alien and Blade Runner, a dark pair of weird-future genre flicks that redefined the whole visual grammar of big-screen science-fiction. This summer, Scott is releasing Prometheus, the mysterious semi-prequel to Alien. Now, after many months of rumor-mongering, it looks like the director will be making a return trip to his other sci-fi classic. In a press release, Alcon Entertainment announced that Hampton Fancher, one of the two credited writers on the original Blade Runner, is planning to reunite with Scott to work on a sequel to the movie. READ FULL STORY
For six seasons on the cult TV show Lost, writer Damon Lindelof learned a few things about keeping fans in the dark. Not a day would go by that someone wouldn’t come up to him and ask what it all meant. Needless to say, he learned to keep secrets and stoke an air of mystery. All of which has come in handy on his latest project, Ridley Scott’s hush-hush sci-fi space epic Prometheus.
Lindelof, who shares a screenplay credit on the film with Jon Spaihts, has been tight-lipped about the film in the walk-up to its release on June 8 — in particular about the question that’s on every fanboy (and girl’s) mind: Is Prometheus an Alien prequel as has been rumored? EW spoke with Lindelof for this week’s cover story; here’s a transcript of the full interview.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Did you get a chance to visit the set of Prometheus?
DAMON LINDELOF: Yes, I spent about a month at Pinewood Studios in London — a couple of weeks at the very beginning and then a couple of weeks about a month in. To me, after working on Star Trek, where we did a lot of green screen, I was bowled over by the vastness of Ridley’s sets at Pinewood. It felt like old-school filmmaking in all of the right ways. You walk through those doors and you are transported just by the sheer audacity and magnitude of some of those sets.
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Casting Net: Cameron Diaz nears 'The Counselor.' Plus: Matthew McConaughey, Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, Chris Hemsworth
• …and this one too: Matthew McConaughey, Cuba Gooding, Jr., and Terrence Howard are all eyeing roles in writer-director Lee Daniels’ history-based film The Butler, about Eugene Allen (Forest Whitaker), the man who served in the White House from President Eisenhower through President Reagan. Oprah Winfrey will play Allen’s wife. [THR]
• Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler may be rivals on Parks and Recreation, but they’ll romance each other in They Came Together, a meta-romantic comedy from the duo’s Wet Hot American Summer director David Wain. (Yes, that’s the real title.) The film, written by Wain and Michael Showalter, will satirize typical rom-com tropes. It starts shooting this summer. [Variety]
Check out project news for Kyle Chandler, Chris Hemsworth, Luke Evans, and Logan Marshall Green below: READ FULL STORY
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