Meet 'Alien' special effects aces Alec Gillis and Tom Woodruff Jr., who talk about their work on every film in the franchise between 1986 and 2007
Noomi Rapace and Michael Fassbender reprise their roles from the 2012 film that leads into 'Alien: Covenant,' director Ridley Scott's new entry in the saga
“The franchise has kind of wandered all over the map,” the 'Avatar' and 'Terminator' director told Vulture when asked about upcoming 'Alien: Covenant.' "I don't think it's worked out terribly well."
The film’s release has also been moved up three months and will now open on May 19, 2017, shifting from its previously announced Aug. 4, 2017 date. Covenant will now open against Warner Bros.’ horror sequel Annabelle 2 and Paramount’s Baywatch reboot, starring Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron. Covenant is from Alien director Ridley Scott, and will feature Noomi Rapace, reprising her role as Dr. Elizabeth Shaw from the 2012 prequel Prometheus. Rapace will be joined by franchise newcomers Billy Crudup, Katherine Waterston and Danny McBride.
With the release of the latest round of Star Wars merchandise set for this year’s so-called “ Rogue Friday” (riffing on last year’s Force Friday) on Sept. 30, Yahoo Movies is looking back at movie merchandise through the years . In today’s fourth installment, writer Ethan Alter looks back on movie-related goods gone awry. __________________________ Ever since George Lucas’s foundational blockbuster Star Wars proved that the Force is strong with tie-in movie merchandise, audiences have been able to follow their favorite big-budget spectacles directly from the multiplex to the toy store. But not all blockbusters ? nor toy lines ? are created equal. While action figures modeled after such citizens of that far, far away galaxy as Han Solo, Amidala, Kylo Ren, and Jyn Erso are always guaranteed to fly off the shelves, some toys are destined to sit there gathering dust. Maybe the movies they were based on played to empty theaters, while everyone saw The Force Awakens for the gazillionth time. Or maybe, just maybe, the toys themselves desperately needed more time in the plastic incubator from whence they emerged. With spiffy new Rogue One: A Star Wars Story toys arriving this week, we look back at some of the biggest merchandising misfires in contemporary movie history. And as you’ll see, even a mighty brand name like Star Wars can take a major toy-related tumble now and then.
As a part of the Alien Day celebration, the fine folks behind Ridley Scott’s confusingly titled Prometheus sequel Alien: Covenant released the first photo from the set, where production recently began.