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#41 Jules

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Posted 17 January 2012 - 07:38 PM

Since 'Prometheus' apparently has neither xenomorphs nor predators, the following should be entirely irrelevant.

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Posted 06 February 2012 - 06:29 AM

Hm. Why do I get the feeling that everyone who wanted to see a film version of H.P. Lovecraft's 'At the Mountains of Madness' (every version of which seems to have gone nowhere, in spite of the best efforts of various international filmmakers and producers of note) are going to get a surprise in June 2012?
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Posted 28 February 2012 - 07:03 AM

It's been a short while now since the 'international' trailer was released.

It looks like the original trailer, minus the iconic, incremental assembly of lines to form the title as used in the original film's opening. (I think it looks like they were lazy with the translation of the cued text for their different markets, or are perhaps going to rely upon local distributor value-add.)

http://collider.com/...trailer/146161/

Without the text, it's easier to see something odd in a frame or two of video-style glitches after the body of the trailer, and one or more of these seem to contain a white, skeletal, hand-like object projecting outward from a band of darkness. (You'll need to go frame-by-frame to see it. There are auditory cues (static) appearing simultaneously, which may help with locating it.

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Potential attempt at a (now-debunked) subliminal suggestion?

An unintentional artifact in the image production technique?

Who the hell knows?

(Edited post: the original teaser trailer seems to have the artefact, but it's harder to see.)
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Posted 29 February 2012 - 03:16 AM

This is cute.

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A TED talk from 2023, featuring Guy Pearce as Peter Weyland, essentially meshing the worlds of 'Alien' and 'Blade Runner' by way of talk of cybernetics. (The slicked-back hair and amiable bastardy would suggests a bit of a villain, it seems to me, but best to hold off judgement on a thing like that until all the facts are in.)

This viral video (presumably not in the film, but who knows...) includes a nice reminder of the original Greek legend.

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And the filmmakers' love of 'Lawrence of Arabia' by Lean.

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(Of course, we can forget about continuity with the canon of 'Aliens' onwards, at this point.)

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Posted 29 February 2012 - 03:27 AM

Anyone familiar with 'The Mountains of Madness' by Lovecraft will likely be amused by the markings on the wall in the background of the following promotional photo of Shaw and Holloway.

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Any red-blooded RPG players out there having any problems with a no-holds-barred Lovecraftian love-fest from Ridley and his merry band?
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Posted 03 March 2012 - 11:15 PM

(Didn't think so!)

Next on the agenda: breakaway civilizations.

A backstory premise of Alien0 was that the starship operations depicted in the original film were taking place more like a 'black project' (i.e. a government-funded effort whose financials are secret) than a regular, PR-laden NASA enterprise.

In other words, that fact that human beings were travelling to the stars was not something generally known to regular citizens in first-world countries on Earth (even though those citizens were paying for those off-world operations).

This (highly speculative) article suggests one piece of that scenario:

http://www.theregist.../05/100yss_rfi/

While the following (even more speculative) link suggests another:

http://www.mycuriousbrain.com/?p=632
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Posted 16 March 2012 - 08:34 AM

This is getting a little silly.

It seems that doing a teaser trailer, to tease the actual, upcoming trailer, isn't meta enough, so the Prometheus team has apparently released a preview-teaser for the teaser for the trailer.

Or something.

Anyway, the actual trailer apparently will appear at http://www.youtube.com/prometheus6812, but in the meanwhile try the following:



There's a breakdown of imagery and stuff over at the detailed-as-ever http://www.prometheu...ie.com/news/125 site which is worth seeing, as is their video collation at http://www.youtube.c...lienPrequelNews for those who like that kind of thing.

In any case, this sub-tease trailer thing offers:
- moar space porn
- lots of transparent aluminium/aluminum and storm clouds
- a big-ass ATV that looks suspiciously like it was designed for highway use (with an actual highway appearing on cue)
- a science dude deploying the red laser-scanner things seen in the teaser (i.e. the original teaser from, like, before)
- and what looks like an escape pod popping out of what I'm assuming is a human ship before it (i.e. the Prometheus) impacts the lovely old Giger croissant in mid-air.

Pretty stuff.
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Posted 16 March 2012 - 04:47 PM

Wow, that is silly. I do want to see the movie, but come on...

[lots of fast clips]
prepare to experience
[lots of fast clips]
the new trailer
[lots of fast clips]
for the most
anticipated movie
[lots of fast clips]
of the year
[lots of fast clips]
Prometheus
[lots of fast clips]
Visit
www.youtube.com/prometheus6812
to watch the full trailer

The point? someone wants to own all the prometheus clicks and clickthroughs? Bah.
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Posted 16 March 2012 - 08:35 PM

I feel your pain, MW. (And think of how silly this will seem if they put all that stuff on the eventual DVD.)
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Posted 17 March 2012 - 09:21 AM

This might clear the decks:
http://www.sequentia...new/?page_id=24
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Posted 17 March 2012 - 11:05 PM

And, after that diversion, let's continue with more recent footage.

Today's footage, in fact, courtesy of the 'Prometheus' film-making team; the (rather manifestly kickass!) new trailer:


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Here's the accompanying blurb, containing new intel:


In the distant future, two superpowers control Earth and fight each other for all the solar system's natural resources. When one side dispatches a team to a distant planet to terraform it for human colonization, the team discovers an indigenous race of bio-mechanoid killers.

Ridley Scott, director of 'Alien' and 'Blade Runner,' returns to the genre he helped define. With PROMETHEUS, he creates a groundbreaking mythology, in which a team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a thrilling journey to the darkest corners of the universe. There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race.

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 03:33 AM

Fun fanboy chatter over at http://www.aintitcool.com/node/54358 at the moment.

Best yet, from raskolnikov_was_framed:

CUM EVERYWHERE
seriously somebody get me some windex


Runner-up goes to wevebeenherebefore with:

HONEYPOT
Wow! The old honeypot trope. Get a civilization to destroy itself once it gets to the point it might be a threat to yours. In this case, invite them to a faraway planet in order to trigger a doomsday device. Same idea was in Sagan's Contact - send instructions on how to build an unknown device that might or might not destroy the planet. Been used many times before.

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 02:36 PM

Looks like the United Kingdom gets a different trailer.

Interesting that the reliance on the (somewhat crude-seeming) on-screen implementation of the star map/'invitation' seems to make the overall effect somewhat frail compared to the (presumably) international trailer.

Will 'Prometheus' be the better the less we think about the backstory?

Should it aim for emotional kickassery rather than allow audience to ponder too deeply about ancient aliens? (Especially ones who aren't, eventually?)

http://io9.com/58943... ... al-mission
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Posted 19 April 2012 - 09:01 AM

There's been so many self-similar trailers out for 'Prometheus' now that I've lost track.

However, this apparent IMAX teaser has some new features.

Techno-y music, first off.

Eye horror.

A holodude in armour.

And some kind of white, wormy tongue-like creature that gets about a bit. Rather floppily. And sloppily.

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Also, isn't Charlize acting a bit odd, throughout? Time will tell if that leaked report was accurate about her, presumably.

Here's the link:

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Posted 19 April 2012 - 09:26 AM

And in other news, it looks like they've updated the old facehugger-emerging-from-the-egg gag. Fairly disturbing.


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Posted 28 April 2012 - 08:36 AM

Hate to point out, but Sir Scott saying that "Everything is about everything" is a bit like saying "Apples is about apples".

It doesn't actually move things forward all that much.

Pretty pictures though.


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Posted 28 April 2012 - 08:44 AM

Ever wonder why, when things film-related are concerned, everything is better in Russian?

Must be Eisenstein's legacy or something.

http://www.dailymoti... ... from=embed

Some rules of thumb for space-travellers seem to be emerging:
1. Do not travel through space, like, ever. It's all bad.
2. If you must travel through space, land nowhere, and touch nothing.
3. If that's too hard, at least try to avoid touching viscous gooey stuff that eats your face.
4. If your face gets eaten by viscous gooey stuff, try to blow yourself out of an airlock or incinerate yourself with your flamethrower or something to avoid infecting your fellow crewmembers.
5. If all that is too hard, try to bring along an artificial person who has only a passing loyalty to its creators, so it can throw spanners in the works with pinpoint precision. And, like, don't ever flamethrow them, in spite of their tendency to bring alien lifeforms back to play with, glovelessly.
6. If that still leaves you feeling, like, all 'meh', bring along a blonde who is probably a deep-cover agent from the same goddamn alien civilisation which left the face-eating gooey stuff we warned you about back at #3 (especially as that will allow said alien civilisation to claim on the record-breaking frequent flyer miles she's going to have logged as a result, allowing those bastards to eventually either destroy or bankrupt Earth, depending on their mood).
7. Always install a games room and a very sturdy, sexy billiards table in your starship, especially if hot, cheekbonesy heroines are coming along. (What happens in the billiards room on the Prometheus stays in the billiards room on the Prometheus.)

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Posted 30 April 2012 - 11:16 PM

Not sure how many more trailers we should be expecting at this point, given that this new trailer seems to portray quite a bit of backstory.

Beautiful bits of faceplate meltage herein, for those into that kind of thing.

Also, it looks like the engineers are indeed rocking some kind of funky personal invisibility tech.

Plus, what looks like a revamp of some familiar, pregnancy-related body-horror. Which probably means that the daughters of all those Sci-Fi fangirls who actually managed to bring their child to term since 1979 will be able to endure their own difficulties with the hungry, stirring, alien creatures growing within them (assuming they decide to give out to any Sci-Fi fanboys).



(Still no naked pushups from Charlize, oddly enough, who just acts like a person who isn't a person trying very hard to avoid having anyone suspect that she's not a person.)
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Posted 07 May 2012 - 12:14 AM

Further proof we should keep an eye on Charlize.


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Posted 07 May 2012 - 12:18 AM

Some reassuring audio returned from the Prometheus away team. Sounds like they've encountered one of the friendly natives.

http://www.youtube.c... ... IWERkzeHkk
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