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 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.
This is a terrific small film about artificial intelligence wrapped within a much bigger, less involving action blockbuster. When he's grappling with issues of existence and consciousness, filmmaker Neill Blomkamp has a lot of fascinating things to say. But he also seems unable to resist tipping everything into contrived chaos, adding an unconvincing villain and lots of violent gun battles. It's an awkward mix that might please action movie fans more than those who like to engage their brains.
It's set after 2016, when the Johannesburg police deployed a team of Scout robots to bring order to the gang-ruled streets. This has been a bonanza for the tech company Tetravaal, run by hard-nosed CEO Michelle (Sigourney Weaver), who chose the Scout model, designed by the nerdy Deon (Dev Patel), over a more military-style behemoth called Moose, designed by trigger-happy Vincent (Hugh Jackman). Meanwhile, a low-life trio of offbeat, high-energy thugs (Ninja, Yo-Landi Visser and Jose Pablo Cantillo) decide to crack into the Scout's control system, so they kidnap Deon, inadvertently getting their hands on his newest prototype, the first truly sentient robot. When he's switched on, Chappie (Copley) has a sensitive soul and learns rather too quickly from his captors.
With films like District 9 and Elysium, Blomkamp showed an ability to seamlessly integrate technology with a rough and real story, and the effects work here is remarkable mainly because we never see how they're done. The robots look utterly natural mixing with humans, and Copley's performance is so astonishing that Chappie quickly becomes a hugely sympathetic character, uncannily taking on the traits of the people around him. It also helps that the film's script continually puts Chappie into situations that force us to feel his emotions and, most importantly, his powerful sense of self-preservation. Yes, he wants to live!
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Sigourney Weaver - A variety of stars were photographed as they took to the red carpet World film premiere of 'Chappie' which was held at AMC Loews in Lincoln Square, New York City, New York, United States - Wednesday 4th March 2015
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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Hugh Jackman, Sigourney Weaver, Sharlto Copley and Neill Blomkamp - Shots of the stars of new sci-fi film 'Chappie' as they attend a press conference for the film at the Crosby Hotel in New York City, New York, United States - Tuesday 10th February 2015
Mankind has the potential to build wondrous things, yet it also truly fears what it doesn't understand. After working for the best part of a year on creating a thinking, feeling artificial intelligence, Deon Wilson (Dev Patel) is close to realising that vision. Said vision is CHAPPiE (Sharlto Copley), and when he is finally activated, he serves as a true breakthrough for mankind. CHAPPiE is a capable of thinking and learning, yet he also has the potential for creating destruction. It is this potential that worries Vincent Moore (Hugh Jackman), who sets out with the intent to destroy CHAPPiE before he can cause any damage.
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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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