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Another Alien movie?Aug 03 2009

Not sure what the proper response to this news is.

Twentieth Century Fox is resuscitating its "Alien" franchise. The studio has hired Jon Spaihts to write a prequel that has Ridley Scott attached to return as director. Spaihts got the job after pitching the studio and Scott Free, which will produce the film.

The film is set up to be a prequel to the groundbreaking 1979 film that Scott directed. It will precede that film, in which the crew of a commercial towing ship returning to Earth is awakened and sent to respond to a distress signal from a nearby planetoid. The crew discovers too late that the signal generated by an empty ship was meant to warn them.

Yes!? No!? What? Uh-uh. Zzzz. Great! Not again. That's it man, game over man, game over!

Ridley Scott is set to direct aMar 27 2008

Ridley Scott is set to direct a film about Gorbachev and Reagan's 1986 summit in Iceland. Looks like I may get my wish. (thx, gunnar & brian)

rating: 4.5 stars

Blade RunnerFeb 27 2008

They don't make 'em like they used to. Sort of. According to Wikipedia, there are seven different versions of Blade Runner, from a 113-minute workprint version shown to test audiences in early 1982 to the "Final Cut" supervised by director Ridley Scott and released in late 2007. I saw the latter version1 and with the exception of Rachael's giant shoulder pads and the slower pacing, the whole thing seemed surprisingly contemporary (or not-too-dated at least). The film has aged well, like a fine wine.

[1] Which I watched in HD on a large TV...a fantastic way to view this beautifully cinematic film. I think this is what David Lynch is taking about when he says that you shouldn't watch movies on a "fucking telephone".

Ridley Scott to tell the story of the Gucci dynastyDec 04 2007

Ridley Scott and the company behind "The Devil Wears Prada" will bring the epic story of the Gucci dynasty to the screen. From Variety:

Just when Maurizio [Gucci] was on the verge of his greatest success -- a daring fashion show debuting the clothes of newcomer Tom Ford -- his penchant for accumulating enemies caught up with him; Maurizio was gunned down in front of his Milan apartment in 1995.

Plenty of potential for intrigue in the history of the House of Gucci in the 1970s and 80s, fleshed out by what is sure to be extravagant production design mixed with Scott's highly-stylized aesthetic will make this an interesting project to look out for.

Previous big screen forays into the world of high fashion include this year's vanity documentary "Lagerfeld Confidential" and the maligned Robert Altman romp "Prêt-à-Porter (1994)." (via The Tastemakers Society)

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