It’s hard to believe that it’s been over 30 years since Aliens was released. Aliens is known for being one of the best sequels in film history. Sigourney Weaver, who after three decades still is a role model for so many women thanks to her work as Ripley, is reprising her role as the kick ass heroine in a new Aliens installment directed by Chappie filmmaker Neill Blomkamp. We spoke to Sigourney Weaver about how Ripley’s influence on cinema, and she credits the many people behind the scenes which played a major factor in making her an iconic actress. (Click on the media bar below to hear Sigourney Weaver)
These days, Hollywood is more of an equal-opportunity employer when it comes to casting women as action heroes, but until 1979, such a move was unheard of. That all changed when Sigourney Weaver – as Lt. Ellen Ripley – took charge and, with her stunning and well-received performance, made the movies a safe haven for women warriors. Many actresses since then have cited Weaver (and Ripley) as an inspiration, and when we spoke to Weaver, she talked about being a role model for strong female characters. (Click on the media bar to hear Sigourney Weaver)
After her breakthrough in Alien, Weaver teamed with James Cameron for the sequel, Aliens,and they’ll be working together extensively in the next few years, as she has signed up for all three of Cameron’s Avatar sequels.
Slated for a roll-out release beginning late next month, JOHN DIES AT THE END is a sci-fi fanboy’s wet-dream come true that features aliens, drugs, time travel and monsters. Adapted for the screen (from the novel by DAVID WONG) and directed by DON COSCARELLI, the film seems a logical next-step from the maker of such titles as BUBBA HO-TEP, THE BEASTMASTER and the PHANTASM series. Co-produced by and starring Oscar-nominee PAUL GIAMATTI, this bizarrely off-beat saga should sate fans of the filmmaker who have been waiting almost a decade for his return to the screen.
Facing entertainment reporters just a few days ago, GIAMATTI talked about why he wanted to take part in this quirky genre film. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
Available today on DVD and Blu-ray, E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL is arguably one of the greatest kids’ movies ever made and certainly one of the greatest films of the 1980s. Both enduring (and endearing) the film told the story of a stranded alien creature and the young suburban boy who makes him part of the family. Directed by STEVEN SPIELBERG from a script by MELISSA MATHISON, the cast featured HENRY THOMAS, DREW BARRYMORE, ROBERT MACNAUGHTON, DEE WALLACE and PETER COYOTE.
Winner of four Academy Awards out of nine nominations, the film continues to be a crowd pleaser and audience favorite. A few years ago, we sat down with a very grown-up HENRY THOMAS who talked about the good and bad sides of being thrust into the spotlight and his ultimate gratitude for the role. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
Airing tonight on ABC, THE NEIGHBORS is arguably the oddest sitcom to roll down the pike in some time. Reminiscent of such shows as 3rd ROCK FROM THE SUN and MY FAVORITE MARTIAN, this off-beat comedy centers on a New Jersey family who finds the upscale, gated community they’ve just relocated to is entirely populated by extraterrestrials trying (not very successfully) to fit in unnoticed in human society. The fishiest of fish-out-of-water stories, the show has divided critics into love-it-or-hate-it camps but is considered a real oddity by both.
We sat down with series stars LENNY VENITO and JAMI GERTZ during the recent Television Critics Association press event and they put the story in a more relatable light while praising DAN FOGELMAN’s script writing.