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Damon Lindelof on whether 'Prometheus' is an 'Alien' prequel, plus life after 'Lost'

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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Oscars to showcase movies under the stars in outdoor screening series

Oscar would like to ask you out on a date.

While the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences may seem like a highly restrictive group — and it is, if you want to win one of those golden statuettes — the organization is expanding its outreach to regular moviegoers by announcing a summer-long series of outdoor movies.

“Oscars Outdoors” will showcase films on Fridays and Saturdays on a 40-by-20 foot screen in a park the organization built in the heart of Hollywood specifically for the sake of showing movies under the stars. The public is welcome, and the Academy is especially hopeful tourists will take advantage of it.

“The idea is to tie this in to the world, to let people know they can come here and see movies,” said Academy president Tom Sherak (pictured). “I’m telling you — come. Come bring your blankets, come bring your beach chairs, and come just enjoy two hours of getting away from those rigors of life. Those nights here are beautiful in the summertime.”

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Alice Cooper talks about his 'Dark Shadows' cameo -- and his many other memorable onscreen adventures

It doesn’t come as a huge surprise to discover horror movie-lovers Alice Cooper and Tim Burton had plenty to talk about when the rocker turned up to film a cameo in the director’s new, Johnny Depp-starring movie Dark Shadows. “We had dinner one night in London and we both knew every point of reference,” Cooper recalls. “If he would say, ‘Suspiria’ I would say ‘Dario Argento.’ I see the humor in horror as much as Tim or Johnny does, so we really do fit together.”

The “School’s Out” star plays himself in Burton’s big budget adaptation of the bizarre, supernatural soap opera, which opens May 11. It says a great deal about the eccentric nature of the rock star’s filmography that Dark Shadows is likely to stand as one of its less insane entries. In this week’s Entertainment Weekly, Cooper talks at length about appearing in such cinematic curios as the Mae West vehicle Sextette, the infamous musical Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, and the werewolf farrago Monster Dog — as well as his roles in better-received projects like Prince of Darkness and Wayne’s World. READ FULL STORY

'Battleship' featurette: Rihanna can shoot a gun, and she's got the certificate to prove it -- VIDEO

Already open overseas a month before its May 18 debut Stateside, Battleship‘s brought in serious bank — $129 million in just under two weeks, according to Box Office Mojo. But for U.S. audiences, one of the intriguing questions lingering about Universal’s aliens-at-sea action spectacular is how Robyn Fenty — a.k.a. multi-platinum selling music superstar Rihanna — will fare in her big-screen acting debut as a Navy gunner. One thing we do know from this Battleship featurette (embedded below): She’s certainly got the “Navy” and “gunner” part down.

“The training, the drilling, really just ripped me apart, and broke me down,” says Rihanna. “Really got me out of the mentality of being a celebrity, or ‘Rihanna.’”

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'Ruby Sparks' trailer: What if you could write the perfect partner?

Creative writers often talk about how their characters end up taking on lives of their own, communicating what they want to do in the story to the writer, instead of the other way ’round. Ruby Sparks, the follow-up film from Little Miss Sunshine directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, takes that common experience and makes it real: What if a struggling writer (Paul Dano) manifests the perfect manic pixie dream girl girlfriend (Zoe Kazan, who also penned the script) purely from his own imagination?

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'Magic Mike' trailer: 'I'm just trying to figure out, why stripping?' -- Um, why NOT?

Chances are, you’re not even reading this right now, since you saw the words “Magic Mike trailer” in the headline, and have already skipped on down to the first look at Channing Tatum’s male stripper movie. But if you do have the will power to read these words, a quick heads up: The trailer focuses less on the lubricious performances of the all-male revue, and more on, like, the story. (Yes, there is a story! Yes, I’m as surprised as you are!) It turns out that  Tatum’s title character is struggling to break out of stripping so he can start a business making custom furniture. “So you must be really good with your hands,” observes his love interest (Cody Horn), who’s also the sister of the newest recruit (Alex Pettyfer). Honey, it seems to me he’s good with pretty much everything.

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'Men in Black 3' star Josh Brolin talks about playing a young Tommy Lee Jones: 'That was the toughest thing I'll ever do'

The challenges involved in bringing Men in Black 3 to the screen — the ever changing script, the production delays, the budget that reportedly soared past $215 million — are not exactly a secret. If the thing had been a cakewalk, odds are we wouldn’t be sitting here 10 full years after the last installment of the sci-fi-comedy series, gearing up for the new film’s May 25 release. But co-star Josh Brolin had his own personal slice of misery to contend with in the making of MiB3: honing his impression of Tommy Lee Jones. The film’s storyline has Will Smith’s Agent J traveling back in time to 1969 to prevent an alien baddie named Boris (played by Jemaine Clement) from assassinating Jones’ Agent K — and the critical job of playing that younger incarnation of K fell to Brolin. “That was the toughest thing I’ll ever do,” Brolin tells EW. “I’m literally reliving it with you right now, and I’m so happy to be able to laugh about it.” READ FULL STORY

'Hysteria' trailer: Turns out, the vibrator began as a motorized feather duster

Thanks in large part to Downton Abbey, American audiences seem once again hungry for light, soapy romantic comedy set amid the plummy accents and fancy waistcoats of British high society. Add in the invention of the vibrator, and you’ve got Hysteria, about a young doctor (Hugh Dancy) who runs afoul of a spirited feminist (Maggie Gyllenhaal) as he strives to invent a device to cure his female patients of the titular ailment. Hmm. What’s this motorized feather duster invented by his buddy (Rupert Everett)? Wonder if that has any other possible uses…

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Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson talks 'G.I. Joe: Retaliation': 'This one is much different'

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Does your movie franchise require a fresh face and additional biceps poundage? Then the man to call is Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. The wrestler-turned-actor got his big-screen breakthrough in the 2001 sequel The Mummy Returns and more recently has spruced up both the Fast and Furious and Journey to the Center of the Earth series.

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'The Dark Knight Rises' star Tom Hardy talks about playing Bane and inventing the villain's controversial voice: 'It's a risk.'

When Christopher Nolan asked Tom Hardy to play the villain in his third and final Batman movie, The Dark Knight Rises, due July 20, the director doted on one job requirement in particular: the budding star would have to wear a mask that looked like a leathery baboon mouth with metal casings for fangs – a sort of steampunk respirator as fashioned by Francis Bacon. “I think he worried it would be something I might not consider because wearing a mask might damage my career or something. He thought I’d be worried that the audience couldn’t see my beautiful face,” says Hardy, who also worked for Nolan in the filmmaker’s 2010 Oscar-nominated smash Inception. “Like I care. It’s Chris Nolan! I would wear a paper bag over my head for that man.”

To play Bane, a willfully evil and possibly unstoppable force of mind and might, the British actor wanted to develop a distinctive voice, one that evoked (albeit elliptically) the comic book character’s erudition and ethnic heritage (Bane hails from a fictional Caribbean country). Hardy sought a sound befitting a man steeped in malevolence and old soul wisdom and who could trace his roots to ancient Latin culture. “There were two doors we could walk through,” says Hardy. “We could play a very straightforward villain or we could go through this very quirky door, which is totally justified by the text but may seem very, very stupid.” Not surprisingly, Hardy decided to go for the second option. “It’s a risk, because we could be laughed at—or it could be very fresh and exciting,” he says. While some found his dialogue incomprehensible in the IMAX-exclusive sneak peek attached to Mission: Impossible—Ghost Protocol last December, the actor asks for patience. “The audience mustn’t be too concerned about the mumbly voice,” says Hardy. “As the film progresses, I think you’ll be able to tune to its setting.”

Bane’s motivation as a villain remains one of Rises’ best-kept secrets—although the trailers suggest his master plan requires the razing of Gotham and the death of Bruce Wayne. Does Bane represent a specific political or philosophical complaint? The answer is… maybe. “I think the politics of the film are going to be hotly debated one way or another, as they were in the last film,” says Nolan. Listening to Hardy compare Bane to the scarred, clown-faced villain who terrorized Gotham City in The Dark Knight, you almost get the feeling of a revolutionary usurper with tremendous resources. “The Joker didn’t care—he just wanted to see the world burn, and he was a master of chaos and destruction, unscrupulous and crazy. Bane is not that guy,” says Hardy. “There is a very meticulous and calculated way about Bane. There is a huge orchestration of organization to his ambition. He is also a physical threat to Batman. There is nothing vague about Bane. No jokes. He’s a very clean, clear villain.”

For more about The Dark Knight Rises, pick up the new issue of Entertainment Weekly, which features our annual Summer Movie Preview. Get the scoop on all of the season’s most anticipated films, including The Avengers, The Amazing Spider-Man, Prometheus, Men In Black 3, Snow White and The Huntsman, and more.

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