10 Things You Might Not Know About ‘Prometheus’

Recently I watched a lengthy DVD special feature called Furious Gods: Making Prometheus from the 4-disc Blu-ray and felt the need to share what I learned for anyone who enjoyed the movie as much as I did.

If you don’t have to time to watch Furious Gods, just know that Ridley Scott is a brilliant visual director and artist who, like Tarantino and del Toro, is not a huge fan of green screen filmmaking.

Also, he changes his mind every three seconds. (Applicants to work with him have to be patient and on their toes at all times, this is called “The Ridley Factor”).

Here are 10 interesting facts about the sci-fi prequel:  Continue reading “10 Things You Might Not Know About ‘Prometheus’”

All-Female ‘The Expendables’ In Development, Who Would You Cast?

Adi Shankar (producer of The Grey and The Bitter Bill starring Rooney Mara and Channing Tatum) is working on a version of The Expendables with female action stars instead of dudes who secrete 80’s-scented testosterone.

First Showing took the names out of my head when they mentioned Linda Hamilton, Sigourney Weaver, Milla Jovovich, and Kate Beckinsale as ideal casting choices. I’ve also seen whispers of Haywire‘s Gina Carano, Michelle Yeoh, Ali Larter, Michelle Rodriguez, Lucy Lawless, and Angelina Jolie.

My choice is Swedish GWTDT/Prometheus star Noomi Rapace (in a perfect world, Rooney Mara AND Noomi Rapace). Who’s on your ideal list of all-star lady action stars?  Continue reading “All-Female ‘The Expendables’ In Development, Who Would You Cast?”

Voula Papachristou Booted From Olympics For Racist Tweet

Greek triple jumper and 2009 European Athletics U23 Championships gold-medalist Paraskevi “Voula” Papachristou was ejected from the Greek team yesterday after tweeting the following:

“With so many Africans in Greece… the West Nile mosquitoes will at least eat homemade food!!!”

The tasteless joke was seen by the Hellenic Olympic Committee as “contrary to the values and ideas of the Olympic movement.” Papachristou had planned to travel to London not long after she received the news.

While she later apologized and wrote that she is merely a non-political athlete, the links she posted to sites promoting extremist right-wing viewpoints suggested otherwise. Continue reading “Voula Papachristou Booted From Olympics For Racist Tweet”

‘Prometheus’ – Smart Director, Dumb Scientists

Ridley Scott was smart to not market Prometheus as a prequel to Alien, because that’s exactly what it is. Not in the cinematic “all your questions are answered” shoot-cut-wrap sort of way, but it does cleverly give fans of the original the easter egg they’ve been waiting for.

Scott is smarter here then he’s been in a long time, presenting you with special effects that make Battleship and everything else from recent years besides District 9 look like they were shot a day after computers were invented. Scott has also not lost his talent for creating the same tension for the audience that his characters are experiencing.

Scientists to be exact. Two in “charge,” though not as much as they’d like to be. Then a captain, medic, pilots, an overseer, an android, a geologist, a botanist, and a few others.  Continue reading “‘Prometheus’ – Smart Director, Dumb Scientists”

The Old Lisbeth Salander Supports The New One

Noomi Rapace is the sole reason that I was extremely hesitant to support an American version of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and Stieg Larsson’s Millenium Series as a whole. “Hesitant” is actually an understatement.

I LOATHED the idea of it. If you’ve ever read the books or seen the Swedish film adaptations, you’d know that as a fan you develop a very strong connection with the characters. Lisbeth in particular, the non-cliche, promiscuous, borderline-Asperger’s hacker.

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