Sigourney Weaver (born Susan Alexandra Weaver, 8.10.1949) Sigourney Weaver is an American actress, perhaps best known for her role in the 1980s blockbuster film series Alien.
Childhood: Sigourney Weaver was born to Elizabeth Inglis and Pat Weaver in New York City. Her mother was an English actress and her father was a television executive for NBC. She chose the name Sigourney for herself, after reading F. Scott Fitzgerald' The Great Gatsby.
As a child, Sigourney Weaver attended the Ethel Walker School, followed by the Chaplin School. She went on to graduate from Stanford University with a BA in English. She went on to gain a Master if Fine Arts degree at Yale University's School of Drama, where she appeared in a production of Stephen Sondheim's Frogs.
Acting Career: In 1977, Sigourney Weaver landed a role in Woody Allen's Annie Hall; a role that would go on to earn her a great deal of critical acclaim. The film also starred Allen himself, as well as Diane Keaton and Shelley Duvall.
It was two years later, though, that Sigourney Weaver became a household name, when she starred in Ridley Scott's blockbuster action sci-fi film, Alien. Alien also starred Tom Skerritt and Veronica Cartwright. Weaver was nominated for a Best Actress Oscar for her performance, but lost out to Mary Steenburgen in Time After Time. Sigourney Weaver reprised her role as Ellen Ripley in the subsequent films in the franchise. Aliens, the first sequel, was not directed by Ridley Scott but by James Cameron and the third was directed by David Fincher. Alien Resurrection was released after a break, in 1997 and was directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet. It also starred Winona Ryder.
The Year of Living Dangerously, released in 1983, starred Sigourney Weaver alongside Mel Gibson, Linda Hunt and Michael Murphy.
In 1984, Sigourney Weaver appeared in the popular science fiction comedy Ghostbusters, with Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray and Harold Ramis. She also appeared in the sequel, Ghostbusters II.
1988 was a pivotal year for Sigourney Weaver, as she appeared firstly in Working Girl, with Harrison Ford, Melanie Griffith and Alec Baldwin. Next, she starred in Gorillas in the Mist, playing the role of the naturalist Dian Fossey. She was nominated for Academy Awards for both roles but lost out to Jodie Foster and Geena Davis. Weaver did, however, win a Golden Globe award for both of her performances.
1993 saw Sigourney Weaver star in Dave, a comedy-drama film starring Frank Langella, Ving Rhames and Kevin Kline. This was followed, two years later, with an appearance in 1995's Copycat, in which she played the role of Helen Hudson, an agoraphobic criminal psychologist.
Weaver then focused on a number of smaller roles, in films such as A Map of the World and Snow Cake before appearing in Ang Lee's The Ice Storm, which also featured performances from Christina Ricci, Elijah Wood, Joan Allen and Tobey Maguire. In 2001, she worked with Jennifer Love Hewitt on the comedy film Heartbreakers.
In 2008, Sigourney Weaver provided the voice for the computer in Disney's WALL*E.
Weaver's first performance in a 'made for TV' movie came in 2009, when she starred in Prayers for Bobby. She was nominated for an Emmy Award for her performance in the film, which also starred Ryan Kelley. Later that year, James Cameron's epic 3-D film Avatar was released, with Sigourney Weaver joining Sam Worthington and Michelle Rodriguez in the title roles. The film was nominated for a huge number of awards and was noted for its groundbreaking cinematic technology.
Personal Life: In 1967, Sigourney Weaver was engaged to the reporter Aaron Latham. In 1984, she married Jim Simpson, a filmmaker, with whom she has a daughter, Charlotte.
The actress has previously said she doesn't want the character to be referred to as a "villain".
In just a few weeks time, fans of Marvel will finally see Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist come together to form the crime-fighting group of heroes known as 'The Defenders', in a series on Netflix of the same name. So who's the Big Bad forcing them to put aside their differences and fight for the greater good? Sigourney Weaver's new addition to the universe, Alexandra.
Sigourney Weaver as Alexandra in 'The Defenders' / Cr: Sarah Shatz
The full origin story of this character as well as the motivation for whatever actions she may take remains to be revealed, but the casting of Weaver means that she's going to be a huge force with a domineering aura about her. You don't pick somebody like Weaver to play a shy and retiring role, or somebody who skulks around in the shadows, that's for sure.
The character will be bringing Elektra back into the fold.
It's fair to say that one of this year's most highly-anticipated new shows is Marvel's 'The Defenders' - Netflix and Marvel's most ambitious collaboration to-date. Bringing together Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist, the show will see the four heroes form an unlikely bond, as they work together to save their home from the biggest threat they've ever gone up against.
Sigourney Weaver as Alexandra in 'The Defenders' / Cr: Sarah Shatz
Though she may not look like an incredible adversary, Sigourney Weaver's Alexandra will be at the heart of that threat. What she lacks in physical dominance she makes up for in intimidation and presence. Her power is unrivalled and the essence of her character is something that, despite everything else, allows the viewers to really see her as a prominent threat to the Defenders.
Continue reading: Sigourney Weaver's Alexandra Wants To "Run The World" In 'The Defenders'
The actress implored writers to think outside the box with her character, Alexandra.
"I'm not a villain. I'm an adversary." Those are the words of Sigourney Weaver when talking about her new role in Marvel's 'The Defenders', which comes to Netflix a little later this year and brings together the four heroes that have enjoyed solo series on the streaming service.
Sigourney Weaver as Alexandra / Cr: Sarah Shatz
Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist are those heroes, all intent on bringing Weaver's character Alexandra down when she poses a huge threat to their homes in 'The Defenders', but exactly how much damage can somebody do who's simply all about self-preservation?
Continue reading: Sigourney Weaver On Avoiding "Villain" Terms With 'The Defenders' Role
The actress has teased some of what we should expect from Alexandra...
For many, Marvel's 'The Defenders' has been a long time coming. Bringing together comic book superheroes Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist, the show will for the first time see the four on the small screen coming together in an attempt to stop a threat from taking over their cities and changing the way of life forever.
Sigourney Weaver stars as Alexandra in 'The Defenders' / Cr: Sarah Shatz
As part of Marvel and Netflix's collaboration, which has already brought us at least one singular solo season for all four of the heroes mentioned above, 'The Defenders' will be hoping to reel in the same sort of success that they all saw. With the fan-favourite characters coming together, that's something that's pretty much assured at this point.
Continue reading: Sigourney Weaver Teases 'The Defenders' Villain Alexandra
A difficult movie to market, this isn't actually the BFG-style fantasy adventure it looks like. Instead, it's a darkly emotional journey taken by a young boy who is grappling with huge issues he doesn't quite understand. In other words, it's a film for adults that centres on a child. It's also one of the most moving films in recent memory, with a powerful cast and a remarkably resonant sense of authenticity even in its big effects-based sequences.
In northern England, 12-year-old Conor (newcomer Lewis MacDougall) is running his home while his mother (Felicity Jones) undergoes treatment for cancer. He's rather annoyed that his grandmother (Sigourney Weaver) keeps butting in to take over, and also that his father (Toby Kebbell) lives in America and can only drop in for short visits. Overwhelmed by all of this, Conor imagines the gigantic yew tree in a nearby churchyard coming to life and visiting him at night. This monster (voiced by Liam Neeson) spins a series of fables about princes and dragons, exploring complex themes Conor can't quite grasp because they don't have the simple morality of obvious heroes and villains. And now the monster tells Conor that he has to recount the final story himself, and that it has to be the truth.
Yes, this film is exploring the wrenching nature of mortality and grief, and how it feels to discover for the first time what it means to each of us personally. Thankfully, writer Patrick Ness (adapting his own novel) and director J.A. Bayona (The Impossible) are clever enough to make a film that will touch grown-ups and children in very different ways. The basic story works as an adventure odyssey with strong dramatic kicks. And while youngsters are caught up in the rich depth of ideas that are momentous but just out of reach, the audience members with experience in this area will find some scenes almost overwhelmingly emotional.
Continue reading: A Monster Calls Review
Sigourney Weaver attends the photocall of 'Un Monstruo Viene a Verme' (A Monster Comes To See Me) - the film in the US and UK is being called A Monster Calls. Royal Theater Madrid - Madrid, Spain - Monday 26th September 2016
Conor's life has never been easy, his mother is loving but any other family members are distant from the young boy. He's bullied at school and is increasingly turning into a loner. One night Conor goes to sleep but it awakened by a noise at the window.
What is revealed to Conor is a monster who starts talking with the boy. He says he'll tell the boy a series of stories in return for the boy eventually telling his own. As nights pass, the monster and the boy become closer friends but as the monster begins to get Conor into trouble, he must face up to a few issues in his life that he's been avoiding.
A Monster Calls is an adaptation of the Patrick Ness book of the same name. The book was originally published in 2011 but had its roots actually came from famed children's author Siobhan Dowd who wrote Bog Child. Dowd began work on the A Monster Calls before her death but unfortunately ran out of time, at which point Ness picked the novel up.
A Monster Calls stars Liam Neeson, Lewis MacDougall, Felicity Jones & Sigourney Weaver.
A-list director Ron Howard worked with the surviving Beatles to assemble this engaging documentary, which offers an inside look at Beatlemania, the three years when the best pop band in history toured the world. The messy title is a hint as to how compromised this film is: it's not a proper journalistic look at the band, but rather an approved portrait with the rough edges removed. But with its never-seen footage and lots of great music, it can't help but be hugely entertaining.
John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr spent years developing their sound before they hit the big time. And when they set off on their first tour in 1963, things immediately went crazy, with unprecedented displays of fan adoration. Fans couldn't get enough of these cheeky young guys from Liverpool, and their irreverent antics during interviews further endeared them to their audience. As they embarked on their first major tour of America, young journalist Larry Kane was sent to accompany them. Initially annoyed at this fluffy assignment, Kane was won over by their talent and the way they stood up to segregation laws in the South. But by 1966, they found that playing concerts in stadiums was simply too exhausting (they couldn't hear themselves above the screaming), so they abruptly stopped performing in public. The rest of their career took place in the studio.
All of this is recounted in a terrific range of home movies, archive footage, snapshots and interviews from the time, plus present-day recollections from Paul and Ringo. Added to this are interviews with celebrities who as children saw them perform, artists who worked with them and historians who examine their talent and impact. With access to this kind of material and a skilled editing team, Howard creates a film that's energetically gripping, offering a perspective on the Beatles that we may not have seen before.
Continue reading: The Beatles: Eight Days A Week - The Touring Years Review
It's been more than 30 years since the Ghostbusters first hit the big screen with a then-original mix of comedy and supernatural action. Intriguingly, this new film is neither a sequel nor a remake; it's a reboot of the franchise, which loosely adapts the original 1984 premise to all-new characters. Thankfully, the screenplay is smart and funny, and the cast is flat-out hilarious.
It opens as university professor Erin (Kristen Wiig) sees her hopes for tenure evaporate when a book she wrote years ago with her childhood pal Abby (Melissa McCarthy) resurfaces, affirming their belief in ghosts. So Erin seeks out Abby, and discovers that she's still researching the supernatural, now with the sharp-witted gadget maker Jillian (Kate McKinnon). With spirit sightings on the rise in New York, the three decide to launch a ghost-busting business, joined by city expert Patty (Leslie Jones) and bimbo receptionist Kevin (Chris Hemsworth). But the apparitions popping up around the city are getting increasingly malevolent, and it's clear that an apocalypse is brewing.
The basic plot is lifted from the original movie, which is referenced in virtually every scene. Most of this is rather distracting, because a more original storyline would have been a lot more involving and the in-jokes will be lost on younger audiences. But it's fun to see the original cast members turn up here and there in random cameos.
Continue reading: Ghostbusters Review
Weaver played Dana Barrett in 1984’s 'Ghostbusters' and the 1989 sequel.
Sigourney Weaver will make an appearance in the upcoming all-female Ghostbusters reboot, director Paul Feig has confirmed. Feig made the blockbuster announcement on Twitter, after defending his film and its female-led cast from fans unhappy with the reboot.
Sigourney Weaver is returning to Ghostbusters.
‘Gang, trying to keep surprises but this is about to leak, so I'll tell you myself: the awesome Sigourney Weaver is going to be in our movie!,’ the director tweeted on Friday. Weaver starred as Dana Barrett in 1984’s original Ghostbusters movie and returned for it’s less-well-received 1989 sequel.
Continue reading: Paul Feig Announces 'Ghostbusters' Reboot Will Feature Sigourney Weaver
The BAFTA nominee stars as robot engineer Deon in 'Chappie'.
Dev Patel stars in one of the most unusual sci-fi movies of recent years, 'Chappie', in which he plays a celebrated engineer and inventor of a robotic police force. However, communicating with a robot as opposed to another actor was always going to bring its challenges.
Dev Patel stars alongside Sharlto Copley in 'Chappie'
He's probably best known for starring in the Oscar winning Eastern drama 'Slumdog Millionaire', but Dev Patel is no stranger to the sci-fi fantasy genre. In 2010, he appeared in M. Night Shyamalan's 'The Last Airbender', but rather than having to weave around various special effects, this time he was expected to enact scenes with an inanimate object.
Date of birth
8th October, 1949
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