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Alien | Watchalong!

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Alien is a 1979 British-American science-fiction horror film directed by Ridley Scott, and starring Tom Skerritt, Sigourney Weaver, Veronica Cartwright, Harry Dean Stanton, John Hurt, Ian Holm and Yaphet Kotto. The film’s title refers to a highly aggressive extraterrestrial creature that stalks and kills the crew of a spaceship. Dan O’Bannon wrote the screenplay from a story he wrote with Ronald Shusett, drawing influence from previous works of science fiction and horror. The film was produced by Gordon Carroll, David Giler and Walter Hill through their Brandywine Productions and distributed by 20th Century Fox. Giler and Hill made revisions and additions to the script. Shusett was executive producer. The eponymous Alien and its accompanying elements were designed by Swiss artist H. R. Giger, while concept artists Ron Cobb and Chris Foss designed the human aspects of the film. Alien launched the Alien franchise and is chronologically the first of the main series, with the prequel series set in an earlier timeframe.

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Arrival Review | Sci-Fi Weekly

Popcorn Talk Network proudly presents “Sci-Fi Weekly”, a weekly vodcast series that celebrates the futuristic world of Cinema Past and Present! This week hosts Zach Wilson and Jesse Klein review the new Sci-Fi film Arrival and report all of your sci-fi news for the last week!

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Sigourney Weaver Profile – Episode #40 (October 6th, 2015)

Popcorn Talk proudly presents Profiles with Malone and Mantz! In this vodcast series hosts Alicia Malone and Scott “Movie” Mantz break down and focus on some of the most prolific Hollywood directors, writers and actors in the entertainment industry – past & present. Today it’s all about Sigourney Weaver… So who else to discuss Sigourney than with Ivan Reitman, James Cameron, and Sigourney Weaver herself!. Sigourney Weaver (born Susan Alexandra Weaver; October 8, 1949) is an American actress and film producer. Following her film debut as a minor character in Annie Hall, she quickly came to prominence in 1979 with her first lead role as Ellen Ripley in Alien. She reprised the role in three sequels: Aliens (1986), for which she was nominated for anAcademy Award Best Actress; Alien 3 (1992), and Alien: Resurrection (1997). Weaver is also known for her starring roles in the box-office hits Ghostbusters (1984), Ghostbusters II (1989), and Avatar(2009). A seven-time Golden Globe Award nominee, she won both Best Actress in Drama and Best Supporting Actress for her work in the 1988 films Gorillas in the Mist and Working Girl, becoming the first to have won two acting Golden Globes in the same year. For her role in the 1997 film The Ice Storm, she won the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. Additionally, she has received three Academy Award nominations, three Emmy Award nominations, and two Saturn Awards. On stage she was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for the 1980 Off-Broadway play Das Lusitania Songspiel and received a Tony Award nomination for the 1984 original Broadway production of Hurlyburly. In 2013, she returned to Broadway for the first time in over 15 years in the original production of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, which won the Tony Award for Best Play. Her other films include The Year of Living Dangerously (1983), Dave (1993), Death and the Maiden (1994), Copycat (1995), A Map of the World (1999), Galaxy Quest (1999), and Prayers for Bobby (2009). Weaver acquired the nickname of “The Sci-Fi Queen” for her numerous contributions to science-fiction film history, including minor roles in successful works such as Futurama (2002), WALL-E (2008), Paul (2011) and The Cabin in the Woods (2012). Follow Alicia on Twitter! Follow Scott on Twitter! SUBSCRIBE TO PROFILES ON ITUNES!

Aliens (1986) Review | Action Movie Anatomy

Action Movie Anatomy hosts Ben Bateman and Andrew Ghai break down Aliens with guest Ryan Brookhart! Aliens is a 1986 American science-fiction action horror film written and directed by James Cameron, produced by his then-wife Gale Anne Hurd, and starring Sigourney Weaver, Carrie Henn, Michael Biehn, Paul Reiser, Lance Henriksen,William Hope, and Bill Paxton. It is the sequel to the 1979 film Alien and the second installment in the Alien franchise. The film follows Weaver’s character Ellen Ripley as she returns to the planet where her crew encountered the hostileAlien creature, this time accompanied by a unit of space marines. Gordon Carroll, David Giler and Walter Hill of Brandywine Productions, who produced the first film and the later sequels, were executive producers of Aliens. They were interested in a follow-up to Alien as soon as its 1979 release, but the new management at 20th Century Fox postponed those plans until 1983. That year Brandywine picked Cameron to write after reading his script for The Terminator; when that film became a hit in 1984, Fox greenlit Aliens with Cameron as director and a budget of approximately $18 million. The script was written with a war film tone influenced by the Vietnam War to contrast the horror motifs of the original Alien. It was filmed in England at Pinewood Studios and at a decommissioned power plant in Acton, London. Aliens grossed $180 million worldwide. It was nominated for seven Academy Awards, including a Best Actressnomination for Sigourney Weaver, winning both Sound Effects Editing and Visual Effects. It won eight Saturn Awards, including Best Science Fiction Film, Best Actress for Weaver and Best Direction and Best Writing for Cameron. Aliens is considered one of the best films in its genre.

Discussing “Sirius” – Inside The Documentary

Break down the latest documentaries with the creators on Popcorn Talk’s Inside The Documentary. Watch the documentary “Sirius” available on Netflix. Inside The Documentary breaks down Documentaries alongside their creators discussing the processes and decisions that go into all aspects of their creation process. Join us for an intellectual in-depth discussion! On today’s episode, we discuss “Sirius”. Sirius is a 2013 documentary directed by Amardeep Kaleka, based upon ufologist Steven M. Greer’s book Hidden Truth, Forbidden Knowledge. Partially funded by a successful Kickstarter campaign, the movie is narrated by Thomas Janeand follows Greer’s efforts to reveal what he claims is information about top secret energy projects and propulsion techniques. Sirius features interviews from former officials from the government and military as well as images and a DNA analysis of the six-inch human skeleton known as Ata that was found in the Atacama desert in northern Chile in 2003. The film premiered on April 22, 2013 in Los Angeles, California as well as online. Follow Kristen Snyder On Twitter!  Follow Bobby DeMuro On Twitter! Follow Isaias Castaneda On Twitter! Follow Ryan Malaty On Twitter! Theme song by Niko Makaris.  

Ender’s Game | Anatomy of a Movie

In this show, AOM hosts Phil Svitek, Demetri Panos, Sara Stretton and Marisa Serafini discuss the 2013 Gavin Hood film Ender’s Game, an American science fiction action film based on the novel of the same name by Orson Scott Card. The film stars Asa Butterfield as Andrew “Ender” Wiggin, an unusually gifted child who is sent to an advanced military school in space to prepare for a future alien invasion. The cast also includes Hailee Steinfeld, Ben Kingsley, Viola Davis, Abigail Breslin, and Harrison Ford. They discuss everything from filmography, to casting/acting, directing, cinematography, editing, score, sound editing, etc. HELPFUL LINKS: Ender’s Game IMDB – http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1731141/ Ender’s Game Article on Drones – http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2013/11/12/ender_s_game_and_drone_operator_psychology.html Ender’s Game Official Website – http://www.endersgamemovie.com/# Ender’s Game Trailers – http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/summit/endersgame/ HuffPost Review – http://www.huffingtonpost.com/lewis-desimone/why-i-saw-enders-game_b_4252625.html Asa Butterfield Article – http://www.thewrap.com/asa-butterfield-clive-owen-king-of-the-castle Entertainment Weekly Box Office Report – http://insidemovies.ew.com/2013/11/03/box-office-report-enders-game/ New York Times Review – http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/01/movies/enders-game-with-harrison-ford-and-asa-butterfield.html?_r=0