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OSCARS: VFX Nominees Discuss Key Sequences

Thomas J. McLean is an AwardsLine contributor

This year’s nominees show how visual effects have spread from summer blockbusters to genres as diverse as superheroes, different flavors of fantasy, more traditional sci-fi territory, and even the art-house film. For each nominee, there’s a moment that makes it worthy of an Oscar nomination. Here, the visual-effects supervisors on the nominated films break down the key challenges and talk about the sequence that clinched the nomination.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

The nominees: Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton, R. Christopher White

No. of visual-effects shots: 2,176

Tech breakthrough: The complexity and number of techniques used to create the digital creatures. “It’s a combination of lots of things to get a creature to that point”, says Letteri. “It’s muscles, it’s skin, it’s facial capture, it’s performance capture”. All those things had to come together to bring to convincing life six leading digital characters with dialogue. Read More »

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Google Joins Online Retailers For Fox’s Digital HD Launch

By | Tuesday September 18, 2012 @ 6:58am PDT

This is a big addition for the Fox initiative designed to promote sales of digital downloads of home videos, which kicks off today. The studio is making more than 600 movies available under its new Digital HD-branded program. Today’s top attraction is Prometheus, being offered for less than $15 and three weeks before it’ll be out on DVD or Blu-ray. Fox‘s early release date for electronic sales is the change that’s generated the most industry buzz. Google had been the most glaring missing piece in Fox’s distribution network that includes Apple’s iTunes, Amazon, Best Buy’s CinemaNow, PlayStation, Walmart’s VUDU, and Xbox Live. But Fox says today that its Digital HD films will be available through Google Play and YouTube. Consumers who buy home videos through any of the online retailers will also have streaming rights, although the exact method varies depending on the seller’s business arrangements. Read More »

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Fox Hopes To Boost Movie Downloads By Offering Titles Ahead Of Discs

By | Friday September 7, 2012 @ 8:07am PDT

The studio will launch the effort September 18 by releasing Prometheus Fox‘s biggest title so far this year — three weeks ahead of DVD and Blu-ray, and VOD. There’ll also be more than 600 films offered under the program branded Digital HD. The big change, though, is that Fox now plans to offer movies ahead of traditional home video, in most cases by about two weeks. It will do that with upcoming releases including Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Ice Age: Continental Drift, The Watch, and Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: Dog Days. Amazon, CinemaNow (Best Buy), iTunes, PlayStation, VUDU (Walmart), and Xbox are on board to sell the films — likely for just under $15. That would represent a discount from previous movie downloads, which typically sold for about $20. Read More »

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FX Acquires ‘Prometheus’ TV Rights

By | Monday June 11, 2012 @ 12:04pm PDT

FX has acquired first-run TV rights to movie sibling 20th Century Fox’s Prometheus, the Ridley Scott sci-fi movie that premiered this weekend and grossed about $50 million domestically. The deal gives FX the current No. 1 and No. 2 movies at the North American box office as it already acquired DreamWorks Animation’s Madagascar 3 through its output deal with DWA. The cable network also has rights to this year’s box office tentpoles The Avengers, Snow White And The Hunstman, Battleship and The Dictator.

Related: HOT WEEKEND! Both ‘Madagascar 3′ And ‘Prometheus’ On Fire For $59.6M/$49.5M

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HOT WEEKEND! Both ‘Madagascar 3′ And ‘Prometheus’ On Fire For $59.6M/$49.5M

June 8-10 Weekend Actuals

1. Madagascar 3 (DreamWorks Anim/Paramount) NEW [4,258 Theaters] PG
Friday $20.7M, Saturday $22.6M, Sunday $17.1M, Weekend $60.3M

2. Prometheus (Fox) NEW [3,396 Theaters] R
Friday $21.5M, Saturday $16.0M, Sunday $13.6M, Weekend $51.1M

3. Snow White & The Huntsman (Universal) Week 2 [3,777 Theaters] PG13
Friday $7.5M, Saturday $8.9M, Sunday $6.7M Weekend $23.1M (-59%), Cume $98.5M

4. Men in Black 3 (Columbia/Sony) Week 3 [3,792 Theaters] PG13
Friday $4.3M, Saturday $5.6M, Sunday $3.9M, Weekend $13.9M (-51%), Cume $135.9M

5. The Avengers (Marvel/Disney) Week 6 [3,129 Theaters] PG13
Friday $3.3M, Saturday $4.5M, Sunday $3.4M Weekend $11.2M (-45%), Cume $572.3M

6. Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (Fox Searchlight) Week 6 [1,298 Theaters] PG13
Friday $940K, Saturday $1.4M, Sunday $938K Weekend $3.3M (-27%), Cume $31M

7. What To Expect When You’re Expecting (Lionsgate) Week 4 [2,087 Theaters] PG13
Friday $924K, Saturday $1.1M, Sunday $756K, Weekend $2.8M (-37%), Cume $35.8

8. Battleship (Universal) Week 4 [1,954 Theaters] PG13
Friday $694KK, Saturday $918K, Sunday $664K, Weekend $2.3M (-55%), Cume $59.8M

9. The Dictator (Paramount) Week 4 [1,651 Theaters] R
Friday $714K, Saturday $849K, Sunday $679K Weekend $2.2M (-52%), Cume $55.3M

10. Moonrise Kingdom (Focus) Week 3 [96 Theaters] PG13
Friday $466K, Saturday $637K, Sunday $456K Weekend $1.6M, Cume $3.7M

SUNDAY 1:30 AM, 5TH UPDATEAny worries about a Summer 2012 domestic box office slump are officially gone. Because overall moviegoing was a whopper weekend: $175M, or +32% from last year.  To Hollywood’s surprise, Prometheus (3,396 theaters) edged Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted (4,258 theaters) in a  dog fight for #1 on Friday. But the toon came back with a +8% kiddie bounce on Saturday to end its opening weekend with a fierce $59.6M.  By contrast, the scifi thriller plunged -22% from Friday to Saturday but still ended with a big $49.5M weekend result.

No one least of all Twentieth Century Fox expected its R-rated original playing in less theaters to outgross DreamWorks Animation‘s PG-rated family threequel on opening day. In fact Fox execs kept predicting no more than a $30M-$35M weekend result in a blatant attempt to lower expectations. But Prometheus in North America debuted to an overperforming $3.561M in midnight screenings at 1,368 locations, shooting its Friday gross to $21.4M. The tantalizing combination of Alien‘s Ridley Scott as director and Lost‘s Damon Lindelof as screenwriter, plus Fox’s Avatar-savvy teaser marketing that also kept Prometheus under wraps, really motivated moviegoers. But audiences only bestowed a so-so ‘B’ CinemaScore on Prometheus – because of huge plot holes big enough to drive Mack trucks through. And that did hurt word of mouth just as I predicted and drpped to $16.4M on Saturday. So the film should end the weekend closer to $49M than $50M. Which is stil a solid result for a film the studio claims cost only $125M because of UK tax credits and low CGI costs. (By the way, that ‘R’ rating was blamed on one really gross scene.)

Fox will update overseas numbers later this morning, but the actioner was on fire when it opened internationally a week earlier. Coming into Friday, Prometheus already had amassed $51M from territories that opened last weekend and posted strong opening day numbers out of Australia, Korea and Taiwan.

Audiences loved Madagascar 3 and gave it a straight ‘A’ CinemaScore as usual. And the toon distributed by Paramount took in $20.4M Friday and $22M Saturday to win the weekend with one of DreamWorks’ best results. Toon benefitted from pent-up demand because of the lack of family movies in the marketplace for some time. Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted also stampeded out of the gate with early box office results internationally Friday. Read More »

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‘Snow White’ $56.1M Domestic Breaks Box Office Slump: $95.4M Global; ‘Prometheus’ On Fire In UK Ahead Of Domestic Opening; ‘Marvel’s The Avengers #3 Film Of All Time

By | Saturday June 2, 2012 @ 9:44pm PDT

June 1-3 Weekend Actuals

1. Snow White And The Huntsman (Universal) NEW [3,773 Theaters] PG13
Friday $20.5M, Saturday $21.0M, Sunday $14.7M Weekend $56.2M

2. Men in Black 3 (Columbia/Sony) Week 2 [4,248 Theaters] PG13
Friday $8.1M (-54%), Saturday $12.2M, Sunday $7.8M, Weekend $28.1M (-49%), Cume $111.1M

3. The Avengers (Marvels/Disney) Week 5 [3,670 Theaters] PG13
Friday $5.6M, Saturday $9.0M, Sunday $5.8M, Weekend $20.5 (-44%), Cume $553M

4. Battleship (Universal) Week 3 [3,144 Theaters] PG13
Friday $1.4M, Saturday $2.2M, Sunday $1.4M, Weekend $5.1M (-54%), Cume $55.4M

5. The Dictator (Paramount) Week 3 [2,649 Theaters] R
Friday $1.4M, Saturday $2M, Sunday $1.3M, Weekend $4.7M (-49%), Cume $50.8M

6. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (Fox Searchlight) Week 5 [1,294 Theaters] PG13
Friday $1.3M, Saturday $2M, Sunday $1.2M, Weekend $4.5M (-30%), Cume $25.4M

7. What To Expect When You’re Expecting (Lionsgate) Week 3 [2,907 Theaters] PG13
Friday $1.4M, Saturday $1.8M, Sunday $1.1M, Weekend $4.4M (-38%), Cume $30.7M

8. Dark Shadows (Warner Bros) Week 4 [3,002 Theaters] PG13
Friday $1.1M, Saturday $1.7M, Sunday $971K, Weekend $3.7M (-51%), Cume $70.7M

9. Chernobyl Diaries (Alcon/Warner Bros) Week 2 [2,433 Theaters] R
Friday $1.0M,Saturday $1.2M, Sunday $844K, Weekend $3.1M (-61%), Cume $14.5M

10. For Greater Glory (Arc Entertainment) NEW [757 Theaters] R
Friday $589K,Saturday $657K, Sunday $639K, Weekend $1.9M

SATURDAY PM, 6TH UPDATE: Based on new numbers coming in, my sources now say Universal’s #1 film Snow White And The Huntsman (3,773 theaters) came in at $20.3M Snow White And The Huntsman Box OfficeFriday and bumped up to $21.5M Saturday. That makes for $56.1M this domestic weekend. The result is better than expected for the 2D original fantasy actioner that cost $172M and didn’t have the benefit of a 3D premium or franchise recognition. Despite decent reviews, audiences gave the PG-13 movie a so-so ‘B’ CinemaScore which could have affected word of mouth but didn’t. (As evidenced by the Friday to Saturday jump.) There’s a palpable sense of relief around Universal Pictures and even Hollywood now that the Charlize Theron-Kristen Stewart-Chris Hemsworth starrer directed by first-timer Rupert Sanders and produced by Joe Roth is showing promise at the domestic box office. Because it follows on the heels of May’s very disappointing domestic on Universal’s Battleship and April’s The Five Year Engagement  – two films specifically criticized by parent company Comcast chief Brian Roberts to Wall Street as big “misses” affecting earnings.

Here’s the the Top 5 based on North America’s weekend estimates:

1. Snow White And The Huntsman (Universal) NEW [3,773 Theaters]
Friday $20.3M, Saturday $21.5M, Weekend $56.1M, International $39.3M

2. Men In Black 3 (Columbia/Sony) Week 2 [4,248 Theaters]
Friday $8.1M (-54%), Saturday $12M, Weekend $28M, Cume $111M

3. The Avengers (Marvels/Disney) Week 5 [3,670 Theaters]
Friday $5.6M, Saturday $9.0M, Weekend $19.8M, Cume $541.5M

6. Battleship (Universal) Week 3 [3,144 Theaters]
Friday $1.3M, Saturday $2.1M, Weekend $4.7M, Cume $55.0M

5. The Dictator (Paramount) Week 3 [2,649 Theaters]
Friday $1.4M, Saturday $1.9M, Weekend $4.6M, Cume $50.0M

My sources say that overseas Snow White opened in 45 territories and was the #1 movie in 30 territories and especially strong in Latin America and Asia. It will gross $39.3M this weekend, which is on a par with The Hunger Games $38M and better than Twilight‘s $30M, for a $95.1M worldwide cume. Highlights include Mexico $1M at 588 dates and 48% market share, ($900K at 393 dates and 51% market share), Germany ($1.5M at 618 dates in 2 days), UK ($1M at 476 dates and with previews total is $2.6M (where the movie was overwhelmed by Fox’s Prometheus. See below). ”The UK has two national holidays and school holidays next week and 5 weeks as counter-programming to the Euro Cup, so we expect the film to have a long run,” a Uni exec emailed me. Snow White has 18 territories including Australia, France, Italy, Japan and Russia to open over the next two months. It’s now safe to say that Snow White is breaking the post-Avengers early summer slump which has claimed 5 straight major studio releases so far because the Marvel mega-blockbuster was sucking all the air out of domestic box office. Insiders now expect the movie’s internationalcume to ultimately earn $250M-$275M all-in. “We’ll make money with the movie which we really care about. No one can rag us this week,” a Uni exec said to me this morning.

Snow White’s midnight screenings in 1,092 theaters bear that out: they grossed an encouraging $1.383M. That’s a far better per-screen average for the non-3D/non-sequel movie than last weekend’s slow-to-start Men In Black 3 which took in $1.550M midnights from 2,232 theaters even with the 3D premium and sequel marketing advantage. Universal had done an excellent job in lowering expectations for its big early summer tentpole. Tracking for weeks now had been underperforming and the studio kept telling everybody it expected only a $38M-$42M domestic opening weekend. That result would have been devastating to the studio and its execs. But tracking has been hinky for months and even a year now, as true sages of Hollywood box office know well. This morning Snow White‘s tracking took a dramatic uptick at the end of this week and finished strong. ”Given the way the tracking has been, it was very difficult to project the scope of any opening for any film in the marketplace this season: good, bad, or indifferent,” a Uni exec tells me today.

Fox’s Prometheus is having “a fantastic start” internationally this weekend before it opens in North America next Friday, according to the studio. The scifi film opened head-to-head with Snow White in the UK. Today Fox said Prometheus is 319% of the Snow White opening there, and 161% of both Snow White and holdover Men In Black 3. It’s also the biggest opening day for a Ridley Scott film ever in the UK. “We have had a superb start with Prometheus opening a clear No. 1 grossing £2.2m ($3.39M). This includes an estimated £200k ($306K) from special midnight screenings on Thursday.” A high 76% is from 3D, which includes 6.74% from IMAX. Most of the IMAX shows were only playing one evening performance on top of MIB3 because Sony had a 2-week agreement with IMAX digital. The two x70mm IMAX sites (Southbank in London and Manchester) played all day and reported every show including lates were sold out in advance. The foreign cume for Wednesday and Thursday in the eight markets released there was $5.5M. In addition to the UK, countries Turkey, Sweden, Norway, Finland, and Latvia opened Friday.

Related: Marvel’s The Avengers #3 Film Of All Time

Disney announced this morning that Marvel’s The Avengers became the third highest grossing film yesterday domestically passing The Dark Knight ($533M), and the third highest grossing film globally passing Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2 ($1,328M). But these records are not adjusted for higher ticket prices, inflation, or 3D premiums. The Avengers‘ estimated cumulative performance to date as of Friday is international $793.2M and domestic $538.1M for a worldwide cume of $1,331.3M. It currently stands as the #5 film of all-time internationally (#4 is Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides with $803M). Domestically, it crossed $500M in just 23 days, setting a new speed record overtaking Avatar which took 32 days.
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‘Prometheus’ Begins Foreign Run: #1 France

By | Wednesday May 30, 2012 @ 10:06pm PDT

EXCLUSIVE: Ridley Scott’s scifi thriller won’t debut in the U.S. or Canada until June 8th but it’s already started selling movie tickets in France. Fox’s Prometheus opened with $1.5M (Euros 1.12m) for #1 in the market and 40% market share. It was the 2nd highest opening day of 2012, behind The Avengers but 20% ahead of Men In Black 3 and 87% ahead of The Hunger Games. In fact pre-sales for Prometheus in a number of countries are many times the MIB3 levels and should increase now that reviews are coming out and the public is getting a taste of the long-secret story and visuals that is/isn’t a prequel to the Alien franchise. (Oh for crissakes, Fox, just brand it already…) The 9-day jump on foreign box office is due to the Euro Cup beginning June 8th and running through July 1st, so Twentieth Century Fox wants to open box office early for its big summer blockbuster.

It is debuting 15 international markets (20 countries) this weekend — including the UK, France, Russia, Holland, Belgium, Switzerland, and Scandinavia – on 4,700 screens, of which 3,300 are 3D. Right now UK presales are around $1.6M (£1m) already. And the IMAX Southbank alone has sold $810K (£500k) making it the largest ever presales at this screen. After that, Prometheus will open day and date in  35 international markets (49 countries) next weekend, including South Korea, Australia, and Taiwan. That will ensure Ridley Scott’s scifi thriller will play on a total 8,000 screens, of which 5,000 are 3D. Most of … Read More »

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Fox Unveils Noomi Rapace For ‘Prometheus’

By | Wednesday May 16, 2012 @ 7:49pm PDT

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Fox Confirms R Rating For Ridley Scott’s ‘Prometheus’

By | Tuesday May 8, 2012 @ 8:19am PDT
Mike Fleming

Prometheus Movie RatingWhen I spoke to director Guillermo del Toro recently, he noted the similar circumstances between Ridley Scott’s Prometheus and At The Mountains Of Madness, the film del Toro was set to direct with Tom Cruise until Universal pulled the plug because the director would not back off his insistence of being able to deliver an R-rated film. Universal execs deemed that too risky for a $150 million film, despite it being 3D and based on storied HP Lovecraft subject matter.

At The Mountains Of Madness Guillermo Del ToroPrometheus is even more like At The Mountains Of Madness than del Toro thought. Fox has confirmed that it will release Scott’s science fiction film with an R rating, rather than water the film down to get a PG-13. It is a big risk for Fox, whose executives basically are in the position that Universal execs wanted to avoid when they said no to At The Mountains Of Madness. Part of me wonders if del Toro should have gone ahead and made his movie, and dug his heels in on a rating after it was finished, but I know that del Toro is too forthright for that. The MPAA rationale behind the Prometheus rating cited “sci-fi violence including some intense images, and brief language,” exactly the same things that might have hamstrung Mountains. I’m told that del Toro is … Read More »

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Hot International Trailer: ‘Prometheus’

By | Sunday April 29, 2012 @ 5:52pm PDT

A new international trailer (UK) for Ridley Scott’s Prometheus appeared today and we’re passing it along. Mixed with some of what we’ve seen before, the new bits tease just enough to keep fanticipation high. Opens June 8th in North America.

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20th Century Fox Unveils 2012 Slate Featuring Return Of ‘Ice Age’, ‘Taken’, Ridley Scott, Ben Stiller And Others: CinemaCon

By | Thursday April 26, 2012 @ 2:01pm PDT
Pete Hammond

At this morning’s CinemaCon presentation of 20th Century Fox‘s 2012 product reel, co-chair TomCinemaCon 2012 Rothman began by mentioning several future projects in various stages of production or pre-production. Those included new editions in the Die Hard (A Good Day To Die Hard set for Feb 14 2013), Percy Jackson, Planet Of The Apes and Wolverine franchises in addtion to a comedy reteam of Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn in The Internship. But the emphasis at the event was on the studio’s slate for this year leading up to their big Christmas epic and Oscar hope, Ang Lee’s The Life Of Pi (see: Fox World Premieres Stunning Footage Of Ang Lee’s 3D ‘The Life Of Pi’).

20th Century Fox CinemaConKicking off with the Fox summer lineup co-chair Jim Gianopulos cited three 3D films including Ridley Scott’s return to the sci-fi format he championed for Fox in the original Alien – now back in form with their June 3 release PrometheusAlso highlighted was the Abe Lincoln action(!) drama Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (“the title says it all”, cracked Gianopulos) that comes from a creative teaming of director Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted) and the prolific Tim Burton, who has had projects touted by three different studios here this week. Also talked up was the latest sequel in their $2 billion franchise, Ice Age: Continental Driftwhich is set for July; the R-Rated comedy Neighborhood Watch Read More »

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‘Prometheus’ Robot Promo Featuring Michael Fassbender: Video

By | Tuesday April 17, 2012 @ 6:22pm PDT

Is it real or Ridley Scott? It’s actually Michael Fassbender as David the robot and is the latest tease from Fox for Prometheus, Scott’s return to space. In this clip, Fassbender shows us what the latest generation of robots is capable of, both physically and emotionally. This is just the one slice of the promotional pie the studio is baking for Prometheus. In February, TED attendees were treated to a talk “from 2023” by Weyland Industries CEO Peter Weyland as played by Guy Pearce. As well as a movie trailer and social media presence, there’s a Weyland Industries website, Verizon-tied full-page ads for robots and more. Prometheus, starring Fassbender, Pearce, Charlize Theron, Noomi Rapace, Idris Elba and Logan Marshall-Green, follows a team of explorers who discover an alien civilization that might hold the clue to the origins of mankind on Earth and a terrifying fate. It comes out June 8, 2012

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Report: James Cameron Wants To Return To ‘Aliens’ Mode With ‘Prometheus’ Sequel?

By | Monday April 2, 2012 @ 10:36am PDT
Mike Fleming

UPDATE: Insiders at the studio tell me that James Cameron might have made a slightly humorous off handed comment about a Prometheus sequel on the red carpet, but it’s not true he’s planning a Prometheus sequel; this falls into the April Fool’s category as I surmised in the original post. He’s too busy with Avatar sequels to consider anything else. Some Deadline commenters said the entire Guardian piece was based on a hoax story. What fun.

EARLIER: Here is a shocker. James Cameron tells The Guardian that after making a groundbreaking sequel to Ridley Scott’s classic film Alien, he now says he wants to make the sequel to Prometheus, Scott’s return to that hallowed ground. The proximity to April Fools always heightens one’s skepticism, but Cameron was out stumping for the 3D conversion of Titanic and when the journalist, Henry Barnes, directly quotes Cameron, you’ve got to pay attention. “There’s a gap of a few years between Prometheus and the original Alien,” Cameron told The Guardian. “That gap is meant for me to answer all the questions raised in Prometheus.”

There was a seven year gap between Scott’s film and Cameron’s sequel Aliens, and there might be that kind of time gap if this really goes forward. After all, Cameron committed to make two more installments of his all-time box office champ Avatar for Fox, when that studio pried him away from directing Cleopatra for Sony Pictures with Angelina … Read More »

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Hot Extended Trailer: ‘Prometheus’

By | Saturday March 17, 2012 @ 6:52pm PDT

The WonderCon crowd down in Anaheim today saw an exclusive extended trailer for Ridley Scott’s sci-fi epic Prometheus that was introduced by Scott, co-writer Damon Lindelof and stars Charlize Theron and Michael Fassbender. Fox is among the majors on the convention schedule looking to drum up support for its tentpoles — for the studio, that means Prometheus and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. (Lindelof tweeted in the lead-up: “Abraham Lincoln can hunt vampires, but Ridley Scott can hunt Abraham Lincoln.”) Here’s the trailer, which has more than a few echoes of Scott’s Alien — certain to make fans of that iconic pic happy:

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‘Prometheus’ To Get IMAX 3D Release

By | Thursday March 8, 2012 @ 2:02pm PST

Prometheus IMAXPrometheus, Ridley Scott’s return to sci-fi terror territory he explored with 1979′s Alien and 1982′s Blade Runner, gets the full IMAX treatment, including 3D and the company’s proprietary IMAX DMR (digital remastering). The 20th Century Fox feature will be released day-and-date with the standard theatrical opening. Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Guy Pearce, Idris Elba, Logan Marshall-Green and Charlize Theron star in the film, about a team of explorers who travel to the darkest corners of the universe in search of a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, only to find themselves in a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race. It was written by Jon Spaihts and Damon Lindelof.

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VIDEO: Ridley Scott’s ‘Prometheus’ Hits The Lecture Circuit In Clever Promo

By | Tuesday February 28, 2012 @ 1:17pm PST

The video is not from Ridley Scott’s Prometheus but was conceived by Scott and Damon Lindelof to be shown at the TED conference running now in Long Beach. Luke Scott directed the elaborate bit, which shows Guy Pearce’s character Peter Weyland addressing the annual thinkers confab in the “year of our Lord 2023.” There’s even a website for Weyland Industries. It’s a cool idea to introduce some of the film’s mythology without actually showing the film. Fox’s actual Prometheus pic is set for a June 8, 2012 release.

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Hot International Trailer: ‘Prometheus’

By | Thursday February 16, 2012 @ 3:12pm PST
Mike Fleming

There’s a new international trailer for Prometheus, Ridley Scott’s return to the terrain he explored in the science fiction classic Alien. It’s making the web rounds on sites like Aint It Cool News. Harry Knowles says there isn’t too much new in this trailer, and while he has the geek cred, I have to say that while I would have seen it anyway, this trailer makes Prometheus a must-see. Fox releases the 3D film June 8, with Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Idris Elba, Noomi Rapace, Patrick Wilson and Guy Pearce heading the cast.

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Hot Teaser: Ridley Scott’s ‘Prometheus’

By | Thursday December 22, 2011 @ 11:11am PST

After days of buildup and faux starts, here is the real deal.

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Did ‘Prometheus’ Teaser Leave Hints Of ‘Alien’ Influence?

By | Tuesday December 20, 2011 @ 9:17am PST
Mike Fleming

The 20th Century Fox promo that teased the upcoming first trailer for the Ridley Scott-directed Prometheus certainly seemed different from Scott’s iconic science fiction film Alien — but does one small clue at the end indicate there’s a closer tie to the franchise than previously believed? Fox and Scott originally set up the film to be a prequel to Alien, but that changed when Damon Lindelof came in for a rewrite job and ended up changing the focus enough that the combination of Jon Spaihts and Lindelof’s script is considered an original. But a look at the producing credits at the end of the promo raises eyebrows. Scott is credited as producer along with David Giler and Walter Hill. The latter two had nothing to do with this film, but Giler and Hill were producers on the original 1979 film, and they have gotten credit of some kind on every single Alien film, including two Alien vs. Predator spinoffs. An insider spoiled my hunch I’d found something here. They told me that the producing credit came from a long-ago settlement with Giler and Hill, and was warranted because of the origin of Prometheus before it broke away from the iconic Alien. The fact that the script credit only goes to Spaihts and Lindelof, with no mention that it’s based on characters created by original scribes Dan O’Bannon and Ronald Shusett, proves that it’s an original, I was told.

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