Ridley Scott directs a star studded cast in the film adaptation of Andy Weir’s novel.
David Bowie once asked us if there was ‘Life on Mars’ and this November the answer will be yes.. sort of, as Matt Damon finds himself stranded all alone on the red planet. Following in the footsteps of Gravity and Interstellar, comes Ridley Scott’s The Martian 2015’s space set drama, which sees Matt Damon fight for survival alone on Mars.
Matt Damon stars as astronaut Mark Watney in The Martian.
In The Martian Damon stars as astronaut Mark Watney, who is left stranded and presumed dead on Mars, after his crew evacuate the planet during a dust storm. Faced with a potential four year wait for rescue, Watney must fight to stay alive, as he attempts to make contact with ground control.
Mark Watney is an astronaut whose resourceful and determined personality is the only thing he has to rely on when he is accidentally abandoned on Mars when his team abort their mission in the face of an oncoming storm. He is presumed dead, but he has miraculously survived, though injured, and now must do everything within his power to get a message to NASA, calculating that if they get it, he still has to survive for four years until they reach him. He has little left in the way of supplies and is living in a Hab which is meant for only a month's worth of use. On his to do list is to attempt to grow crops to survive on, and do everything he can to make water. Luckily for him, a message does reach NASA and his crewmates immediately come together to work out how to rescue their man.
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Ryan Gosling is reportedly in talks to star in the 'Blade Runner' movie alongside Harrison Ford.
Ryan Gosling is in talks to star in the sequel to Blade Runner. The 34-year-old actor will be joined by Harrison Ford, who played Rick Deckard in the original 1982 film. Ford will reprise his role but it is uncertain which part Gosling, if negotiations are successful, will play.
Ryan Gosling is in talks to appear in Blade Runner 2.
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A meaty, fascinating story is splintered into three plot strands that battle for the viewer's attention, so while the film is never boring, it's also oddly uninvolving. Fortunately, it has an excellent cast and is shot with skill and a relentless intensity to feel like a big, epic-style dramatic thriller with heavy political overtones.
After a scene-setting prologue, the story starts in 1953 Moscow, where Leo (Tom Hardy) is a war hero now working in the military police, purging the city of its spies. Or at least its suspected spies. In the Soviet socialist utopia, crime officially doesn't exist, but Leo finds it difficult to tell his best pal Alexei (Fares Fares) that his 8-year-old son was killed in a train accident when he was so clearly tortured and murdered. Ordered by his boss (Vincent Cassel) to let it go, and menaced by his rival colleague Vasili (Joel Kinnaman), Leo continues investigating, resulting in a reprimand that sees Leo and his wife Raisa (Noomi Rapace) relocated to the the grim industrial city of Volsk. But when another young boy's body appears here, Leo gets his new boss (Gary Oldman) to see the connection.
There are at least three main plots in this film, and the filmmakers oddly never allow one to become the central strand. There's the mystery involving this brutal, unhinged serial killer (Paddy Considine) stalking boys along the railway. There's the thriller about Leo being brutally taunted by Vasili, who has a thing for Raisa and is trying to crush them for good. But the only emotionally engaging strand is Leo and Raisa's complex marriage relationship, which takes a couple of unexpected turns. Along the way, there are several action sequences shot with shaky cameras and edited so they're impossible to follow. And there's a sense that the film also wants to be a grandiose Russian epic with its expansive cinematography and big orchestral score.
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The iconic monster from the 1979 movie of the same name topped a list voted for by the Radio Times.
Nearly forty years after it first appeared on our screens to terrify audiences, the Alien monster from the eponymous sci-fi / horror franchise has been named as the scariest movie creature ever.
A poll of over 2,000 votes from among readers of the British TV listings magazine The Radio Times put designer H. R. Giger’s creation at the top of the list. The monster first appeared when it burst through John Hurt’s chest in the titular 1979 movie, and went on to be the star of three more Alien movies plus a handful of spin-offs, franchise crossovers and a prequel.
Sigourney Weaver was the star of all four of the 'Alien' movies
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Neill Blomkamp will direct the next film in the 'Alien' franchise, 20th Century Fox announced on Wednesday (18th February).
A new film in the Alien franchise has been announced. The upcoming project, produced by the original Alien director Ridley Scott, will be directed by Neill Blomkamp. Blomkamp is best known for directing District 9 and will work on the upcoming Alien project independently from Scott's other Alien franchise film, a sequel to Prometheus.
Neill Blomkamp will direct the upcoming Alien film.
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The streaming service looks to continue its hot run after taking home a Golden Globe for original series, ‘Transparent’ last month.
Amazon are fast becoming a force to be reckoned with in the land of the streaming services, as they continue to expand their original programming portfolio. This time, the company have just announced five new series which have received the green light, after Prime users voted last month during the first pilot season of 2015.
Ridley Scott's 'The Man In The High Castle' has been ordered to a full series by Amazon
Shawn Ryan's 'Mad Dog's, Ridley Scott's 'The Man in the High Castle', Alex Gibney's docu-series 'The New Yorker Presents' as well as 'Just Add Magic' and 'The Stinky & Dirty Show' have all been ordered to full series, to premiere later this year and in 2016.
The actor plays military man Leo Demidov in the Tom Rob Smith adaptation.
Tom Hardy has a go at yet another accent in the Ridley Scott produced 'Child 44', an adaptation of Tom Rob Smith's award-winning 2008 novel about a series of brutal murders during the time of the Soviet Union.
Gary Oldman and Tom Hardy go head to head in 'Child 44'
Hardy plays a former Russian military officer named Leo Demidov in the thriller, who's offered the highest protection in the wake of his war heroism. But things take a dark turn when it becomes apparent that a set of ongoing child killings are being covered up by the authorities, and Demidov wants to do the right thing and find the perpetrator - to much anger from his Stalin obsessed superiors.
Amazon could have a mega-hit on its hands with 'The Man in the High Castle'.
Amazon releases its first wave of pilots for 2015 today (January 15) with an interesting slate of shows from an interesting group of filmmakers including Ridley Scott. The pilots are being delivered en masse via Amazon's Instant Video service, essentially giving the Golden Globe-winning streaming service a chance to test the water with users.
Ridley Scott has produced The Man in the High Castle pilot
One of the pilots is being described as must-see viewing: The Man in the High Castle. Produced by blockbuster director Scott, the show is based on the alternate history novel by American writer Philip K. Dick, which won the Hugo Award in 1963. The book focuses on daily life under totalitarian Fascist imperialism occurring in 1962, fifteen years after the end of a longer World War II, lasting from 1939 to 1947. The victorious countries are Imperial Japan, Fascist Italy and Nazi Germany. The show will essentially focus on what America would look like had the Allies lost the war.
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The actor researched his character so thoroughly that he kept bugging director Ridley Scott to include more biographical content in the script.
Christian Bale apparently annoyed director Ridley Scott on the set of new biblical epic Exodus: Gods and Kings because he learned about his character (Moses) and kept on pressing for more inclusions to the script.
Bale is renowned for putting huge amounts of effort into his roles, as anyone who has seen Harsh Times or The Fighter will testify. He told World Entertainment News Network: “I kept on annoying Ridley with how fascinating the character was and how much we could add, saying, ‘Can't we put this in?’ But he would say, ‘Well Christian, that's an eight-hour long film... Please shut up; I'm trying to get through a day's work!’”
Christian Bale in Exodus: Gods and Kings, which opened earlier in December
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The historical epic, starring Christian Bale has also reportedly been banned in Morocco.
Egypt is allegedly trying to keep Moses out (again). The BBC repots that Ridley Scott’s epic Exodus: Gods And Kings, has been banned in the Middle Eastern country over “historical inaccuracies” depicted in the film.
Christian Bale in Exodus: Gods and Kings
The country’s censorship board list film's depiction of the Jewish people as having built the Pyramids, and that an earthquake, not a miracle by Moses, caused the Red Sea to part as examples of the “historical inaccuracies.” that can be found in the movie.
Ridley Scott's latest movie, 'Exodus: Gods and Kings', has been hailed by critics as a grand spectacle.
Ridley Scott is no stranger to the biblical epic. From 'Gladiator' to 'Kingdom of Heaven', he has proved that he's fearless when creating a massive-scale movie. Although he has long been criticised for skimping on the emotional engagement, offering just enough sketchy melodrama to hold audience interest, but little more.
Christian Bale in 'Exodus: Gods and Kings'
His new movie 'Exodus: Gods and Kings' is his biggest yet, a gigantic movie retelling of the clash between Moses and his adoptive brother Pharaoh Ramses, played with muscly energy by Christian Bale and Joel Edgerton, respectively. And critics have agreed that the film is certainly spectacular.
Continue reading: Ridley Scott's 'Exodus: Gods And Kings' Brings Spectacle To Cinemas
Aside from impressive 21st century digital effects, this new take on the Moses story pales in comparison to Cecil B. DeMille's iconic 1956 version, The Ten Commandments, which is far more resonant and intensely dramatic. Biblical epics are tricky to get right, and Ridley Scott certainly knows how to make them look and feel terrific (see Gladiator and Kingdom of Heaven), but his films are generally about the spectacle rather than the human emotion. So this version of the biblical story will only appeal to viewers who have never seen a better one.
It's set in 1300 BC, when the Israelites have been in captivity in Egypt for 400 years. Now rumours of liberation are circling, centring on Moses (Christian Bale), the adopted son of Pharaoh Seti (John Turturro), raised as a brother alongside the future Pharaoh Ramses (Joel Edgerton). When it emerges that Moses is actually a Hebrew, he is sent into exile in the desert, where he finds a new calling as a shepherd and marries his new boss' sexy daughter Sefora (Maria Valverde). Moses also has a run-in with the Jewish God, who appears in the form of a young boy (Isaac Andrews), challenging Moses to free the Israelites. As Moses attempts to spark a slave revolt, God sends seven horrific plagues to convince Ramses to let his people go.
The script struggles to have its cake and eat it too, finding rational explanations for the plagues and miracles while still maintaining God's supernatural intervention. It's a rather odd mix that demonstrates just how compromised the movie is: it's a big blockbuster rather than a story about people. Several elements work well, such as depicting God as a boy, although the screenplay never manages to make much of the female characters. And only Ben Mendelsohn manages to inject any proper personality as the weaselly overseer of the slaves. Bale and Edgerton both catch the complexity of their characters' situations, privilege mixed with personal revelations. But Scott is more interested in parting the Red Sea than taking them anywhere very interesting.
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After filming the recent 'Exodus: Gods and Kings', actor Joel Edgerton praised director Ridley Scott, saying "everybody wanted to go to battle with him".
It's always good for actors and directors to get along on the set of a film; it keeps everyone involved in a good state of mind, and can lead to a better finished product than if everyone is at each other's throats. But simply getting along is one thing, and being in absolute awe of the people you are working with. Recently, actor Joel Edgerton, who played Ramses in the recently release 'Exodus: Gods and Men', revealed how much he idolised director Ridley Scott on the set of the film.
Joel Edgerton as Rameses in 'Exodus: Gods and Kings'
"Just meeting Ridley [Scott] at all was impressive for me. I've just admired his work for so many years - so many of his movies. So I was very chuffed just to meet him." The two must have gotten on quite well, as Edgerton revealed that the two spent the day working together, before Scott had dinner with him later. "I had a dinner with him the first night we met, and it was funny, because we spent the day playing dress-ups - literally - and then the evening, having a dinner and hearing his stories, y'know, I felt very honoured to get a chance to work with him."
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'Exodus: Gods and Kings' didn't take as much as 20th Century Fox probably predicted - but still, it topped the box-office.
Ridley Scott's biblical epic Exodus: Gods and Kings overcame concerns and criticism over its casting process to topple The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 at the North American box-office. The movie clocked up $24.5 million from 3,503 screens though generally it fell short of expectations and is still miles from its $140 million price-tag.
Christian Bale stars in Ridley Scott's biblical epic Exodus: Gods and Kings
Still, 20th Century Fox are still confident that Exodus will perform well overseas and begin turning a profit. According to Variety, Gods and Kings played particularly well to Hispanic and African-American moviegoers - ironic given its near all-white cast.