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    Interview: Alejandro Jodorowsky Reveals How His 'Dune' Inspired 'Alien' & Challenges With Getting Script Published

    Frank Pavich's "Jodorowsky's Dune," opening this week in limited release, is a documentary that, for film freaks at least, is something close to miraculous (read our review). It's a detailed, first-hand account of Chilean-French filmmaker Alejando Jodorowsky's failed attempt to bring Frank Herbert's...

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    Ripley: Believe it or Not, It's About All That

    When Women and Hollywood asked me if I wanted to do a couple of guest posts on horror movies, I jumped at the chance. Like Kerensa Cadenas mentioned in her introduction to the series, I have an abiding fascination with horror movies and the way they manage to articulate seemingly inarticulable fears...

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    Criticwire Picks: "Silver Linings Playbook" and "Anna Karenina" Mark Great Week for Literary Adaptations, Plus: Top Fan Grades

    Although their source novels were released thirteen decades apart, both films have fared well with pre-release reviews and festival runs. Also this week: a look at a few documentaries in theaters and on Netflix plus what film has the Criticwire Fan Seal of Approval.

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    Watch: Get Ready For 'Prometheus' On Home Video With Test Footage From Ridley Scott's 'Alien'

    Long before 3D, digital effects, RED cameras and whatever other tech gizmos Ridley Scott played with for "Prometheus," there was his original "Alien." A much more lo-fi production by today's standards, the movie still thrilled with its H.R. Giger designed creatures and unrele...

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    Weekend Reel Reads: The Origins of Aliens, Drivers and One Scary Shark

    This week's octet of stories from around the web deals almost primarily with the beginning. In some cases, it's the genesis of a franchise, but in others, it's the spark that leads to a celebrated life in film.

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    GREY MATTERS: ALIEN VS. PREDATOR VS. ALIEN VS. PROMETHEUS

    For months Twentieth Century Fox has been frothing us up over Sir Ridley Scott’s return to the "Alien" business with "Prometheus." But for me, this is an occasion to not only celebrate the uncelebrated—Paul W.S. Anderson’s fantastic "Alien vs. Predator"—but to see through Scott’s contributions and m...

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    The Films Of Ridley Scott: A Retrospective

    Ridley Scott is, in some circles anyhow, a god. Practically treated as royalty with laudatory genuflection from certain film enthusiasts — generally genre fetishists — he has turned in two unimpeachable cinema touchstones, "Blade Runner" and "Alien," plus a few other arguable modern semi-classics in...

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    SIMON SAYS: Trying Harder: What PROMETHEUS Gets Right

    One character in Prometheus sums up why Ridley Scott's return to his 1979 science fiction milestone is as refreshing as it is, in just two words: "Try harder."

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    The Best Film Writing About the 'Alien' Franchise on the Internet

    To get you geared up for the premiere of "Prometheus" this Friday, here are ten great pieces about the franchise so far.

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    VIDEO ESSAY: Ridley Scott's PROMETHEUS Timeline

    It’s perplexing to survey the recent surge of excitement from sci-fi movie fans about Ridley Scott. Sure, Scott’s two directorial sci-fi films—"Alien" and "Blade Runner"—set the benchmarks for the sci-fi horror and the sci-fi futuristic thriller, respectively, but Scott hasn’t directed a sci-fi film...

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