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Androids, Sex & Sequels: 15 Things Learned About Ridley Scott's 'Prometheus'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 8, 2012 10:57 AM
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Over thirty years after the 'space jockey' first appeared in "Alien," and after a couple of months of speculation and rumor, Ridley Scott's "Prometheus," his return to sci-fi for the first time since "Blade Runner", and his continuation/prequel/spin-off/whatever to his 1979 space horror classic, finally hits theaters today. It's one of the most eagerly anticipated films of the year, and is already inspiring fierce debate (The Playlist team are split down the middle on the project, with wildly divided reactions from those who've seen it).

Discuss: Is Charlize Theron Back On The A-List? And Why Did She Ever Fall Off?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 7, 2012 12:57 PM
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There's one person who's pretty much inescapable in movie theaters at the moment, and that's Charlize Theron. Last weekend, she was the evil queen Ravenna in "Snow White And The Huntsman," and this weekend, she's the biggest name (although not the biggest part) among the ensemble cast of "Prometheus" -- a film that she was originally pegged to play the lead in. And in a few weeks, she'll start filming on the long-gestating "Fury Road," George Miller's return to the "Mad Max" world. Between those three, she's become the queen of the blockbuster world, and with a performance in "Young Adult" that might have been her most widely acclaimed ever, Theron's as big a star as she's ever been.

Charlize Theron Says 'Fury Road' Not A Sequel Or Prequel & Now Shoots In July; Pitching Modern Day 'Hatfields & McCoys' For TV

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • June 4, 2012 10:38 AM
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Charlize Theron is enjoying a particularly high profile at the moment thanks to a couple of big roles in “Prometheus” and “Snow White and the Huntsman” - just think how much we’d be talking about her right now if she’d have justifiably picked up an Oscar nomination earlier in the year for her performance in “Young Adult." Now that all of those films have (just about) made their way to theatres and can be judged on their merits, we can now turn our attention to some of her upcoming projects including George Miller’s “Mad Max: Fury Road.”

So Much For A Sequel? Universal Manages Expectations On 'Snow White And The Huntsman'

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • June 1, 2012 1:40 PM
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Today marks the release of “Snow White and The Huntsman,” and for those on the Universal lot, the occasion is one filled with quiet anticipation as the audience numbers come trickling back. Only two weeks after “Battleship” fell alongside that cinematic punching bag “John Carter” as one of this year's box office failures, the studio is now looking at its Kristen Stewart vehicle in a new light, basically pulling an about-face after so confidently exploring a vast future for it in the past few weeks.

Watch: 4 New Clips From 'Prometheus' Celebrate Untrustworthy Androids & Ominous Possibilities

  • By Ryan Gowland
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  • June 1, 2012 9:24 AM
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Androids. Anyone that saw Ridley Scott's "Alien" and "Blade Runner" knows that the director is fairly dubious about the apparent artificial intelligence that will be commonplace in the future. With Scott's "Prometheus" currently playing overseas and only a week away from release on this side of the Atlantic, it's clear that the director is still suspicious about man playing God, as evidenced by the beautiful but creepy viral video concerning Michael Fassbender's android character David. Now, Fox has released four new preview clips from "Prometheus," some of which highlight the possible duplicity of Fassbender's David, while the others point to a grim outcome for the characters, no matter whether the threat is human or android. And in case you're wondering: yes, these are pretty spoilery, so don't watch if you want to go into the movie fresh.

Review: 'Snow White & the Huntsman' Is A Beautiful Slog

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • May 31, 2012 10:10 AM
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2012 has already delivered one big-budget movie based on the classic Grimm Brothers' fairy tale "Snow White." Earlier this spring arrived Tarsem's fizzy, Bollywood-ish "Mirror Mirror," which saw Julia Roberts vamping it up as the evil queen, surrounded by the most cheesily phony-looking sets this side of a Hammer horror movie -- if the movie had been any lighter it would have blown off the screen. And this week lands another: "Snow White & the Huntsman," an oppressively grim (pun very much intended) take on the fairy tale that instead favors mood, menace, and a kind of earthy grittiness, over the airier "Mirror Mirror." The problem is, that for all its frequently jaw-dropping visual panache, in narrative terms it sputters and stalls, sagging under the weight of its visual opulence.

Review: Ridley Scott's 'Prometheus' Is A Gorgeous, Fascinating Muddle Of Ideas That Can't Stick The Landing

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 30, 2012 7:11 PM
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Ambition is a rare thing in movies these days, especially when it comes to summer blockbuster fare. There might be ambitions to blow up bigger things, or include more bad guys, or feature more stars, but in terms of real ambition -- telling big stories, about big subjects, on a huge canvas -- only a handful of filmmakers are really playing ball. Far more so than its predecessor "Alien," which is, after all, pretty much a haunted house designed to scare the living hell out of you, Ridley Scott's "Prometheus" has big ambitions. It wants to ask the big questions -- where do we come from? Why are we here? -- while also serving as a 3D, CGI-filled thrill ride.

Watch: 'Snow White And The Huntsman' Stars Charlize Theron & Chris Hemsworth Talk Characters, Costumes & More

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • May 30, 2012 2:28 PM
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One of the big reasons that moviegoers -- all boosted by the film's killer trailers -- will be turning out in droves this weekend to see Universal's "Snow White and the Huntsman" this Friday are the stars, with the picture stocked with of-the-moment hotness. Its three leads are "Twilight" franchise star Kristen Stewart as the fairest in the land, Snow White; Chris Hemsworth, currently smashing the box office records to smithereens as Thor in Joss Whedon's superhero free-for-all "The Avengers" as the titular huntsman; and Charlize Theron, as the vainglorious evil queen Ravenna (and she's appearing in Ridley Scott's sci-fi spectacle "Prometheus" opening next week).

Watch: Michael Fassbender & Charlize Theron Square Off In Sinister New Clip From 'Prometheus'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 25, 2012 8:42 AM
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That's right, another day, another piece of "Prometheus" and while our instinct is to turn off the internet until we see the damn thing, we can't help but continue to look at what is one of the summer's most anticipated films. And this latest glimpse isn't just a brief snippet of new footage -- it's a whole new scene.

Nobody Tells Tom Hardy Anything: 'Mad Max 4' Starts Filming In A Week, Says Charlize Theron

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • May 24, 2012 10:39 AM
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Poor Tom Hardy. First the actor is forced to grow an unwieldy beard as prep for his starring role in the upcoming “Mad Max” reboot, only to have the start date pushed back countless times. Then, while in Cannes this week helping to promote John Hillcoat's “Lawless,” Hardy confessed he still had no clue when shooting began. However, it seems Hardy was either off trimming his beard when news struck, or co-star Charlize Theron is just more aware of these things, because the actress today revealed the film is set to shoot very soon, as in next week.

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