Damon Lindelof’s ALIEN prequel script apparently rocks; Natalie Portman front-runner for female lead?

Ridley Scott's highly anticipated return to the world of science fiction has been high on my personal list of anticipated projects. The prequel to ALIEN, the 1979 sci-fi/horror classic that spawned a franchise, could very well bring Scott back to his roots. He's dabbled in historical epics with GLADIATOR and ROBIN HOOD, as well as political thrillers like BODY OF LIES. However, those haven't really measured up to the majesty of his early works.

The excitement surrounding this project has reached unseen heights, as Damon Lindelof of LOST has submitted an apparently stellar script for the movie; what's even better is the potential actress for the lead role. Hit the jump for more information. Continue reading

SHREK FOREVER AFTER slays at the weekend box office

Shrek Forever After

The fourth SHREK feature, SHREK FOREVER AFTER, made over $71,250,000 million at the domestic box office this weekend. A big number. Yet, it doesn't seem that impressive when you do a little digging. Why? Well, if you compare that take with the opening weekends of the last two SHREK films, $71 million falls pretty short of what those two sequels made. As in its opening weekend SHREK THE THIRD had $121.6 million, and SHREK 2 made $108.

SHREK FOREVER AFTER's appearance knocked down the first and second place performers from last week to second and third (and in the same order). IRON MAN 2 really is number 2 this week making $26.6 million. ROBIN HOOD with an $18.7 million weekend is still looking up at IRON MAN 2 (and now SHREK FOREVER AFTER). Continue reading

IRON MAN 2 is still the hero of the weekend box office

IRON MAN 2 had a fly second weekend at the domestic box office, despite the release of another big summer-spectacle film in Ridley Scott's ROBIN HOOD. IRON MAN 2 kept its box office crown by taking in an estimated $53 million, while ROBIN HOOD finished second with $37.1 million. Continue reading

Theatrical Review: ROBIN HOOD

Robin Hood

Rating: 2/5

Writers: Brian Helgeland (screenplay), and Brian Helgeland & Ethan Reiff & Cyrus Voris (story)
Director: Ridley Scott
Cast: Russell Crowe, Cate Blanchett, Max von Sydow, William Hurt, Mark Strong
Studio: Universal

Ridley Scott’s new take on the origins of Robin Hood has had a hell of a time making it to the screen, from the scraping of its first take (the never-to-be-shot NOTTINGHAM, which cast Robin as the villain), casting back-and-forths, and an inflated budget (estimated at $237 million) that would make anyone want to shoot something with a bow and arrow. But Scott and Russell Crowe’s latest collaboration is finally here, and it can’t help but be speculated if all the work, time, and money was worth it. Not quite.

Billed as an origin story, the film pulls from all different directions to give us what absolutely no one asked for – a story of where the prince of thieves came from. And it’s the combination of those competing angles and the vague sense that none of this is necessary that truly shoots the film in its metaphorical foot. While the film isn’t quite “messy,” it’s certainly far from cohesive. Despite employing too many locations and characters, ROBIN HOOD precedes in a linear enough fashion to keep it from being confusing, but boy is this ill-fated epic scattered. Continue reading

The latest trailer for ROBIN HOOD will steal your attention

Just in time for its release this Friday, Hulu has robbed from the rich and given to the poor people who are anxiously awaiting for ROBIN HOOD to hit theaters. Gone is the Bryan Adams soundtrack of yesteryear, replaced by a very cool score that I can't wait to steal purchase. Hey, I'm poor. And I'm just trying to be like Robin Hood!

Many say that the film is just a rehashing of GLADIATOR, seeing how it reteams director Ridley Scott and actor Russell Crowe in a similar-looking film. To this, I say, "Yeah. So?" GLADIATOR was amazing, so to see these two at it again should prove to be a merry time of action-packed awesomeness. And, if this trailer is any indication, Scott has figured out how to give Robin Hood a suit that he can fight in and out of the water in! Either that, or Robin Hood just stopped wearing a Snuggie underneath his armor.

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Giveaway: Win a ROBIN HOOD prize pack

Robin Hood Poster

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Ridley Scott's ROBIN HOOD is coming out soon and we definitely feel like it would be a good idea to offer you the chance to win some free ROBIN HOOD merchandise in the meantime. Why? Because we care about your happiness and cool free stuff should make you happy.

We have a ROBIN HOOD prize pack to give away that includes one poster, one hat, and one T-shirt. Just fill out the form after the break. The contest ends 11:59 PM on May 13. On May 14 we will select a winner via a random drawing and notify by email. No purchase necessary, winners must live inside the U.S., no P.O. boxes, and one entry per household. Good luck! Continue reading

Ridley Scott reveals new details about his ALIEN prequel

Who wants to talk ROBIN HOOD when we can talk about the ALIEN prequel, right? That's precisely what MTV thought when they recently spoke to director Ridley Scott, who helmed the first ALIEN.

And the man finally revealed some interesting info about the upcoming prequel. Hit the jump to see what Scott had to say. Continue reading

Live in Dallas? Win passes to @gandthew’s advance screening of ROBIN HOOD


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Oscar® winner Russell Crowe stars as the legendary figure known by generations as “Robin Hood,” whose exploits have endured in popular mythology and ignited the imagination of those who share his spirit of adventure and righteousness. In 13th century England, Robin and his band of marauders confront corruption in a local village and lead an uprising against the crown that will forever alter the balance of world power. And whether thief or hero, one man from humble beginnings will become an eternal symbol of freedom for his people.

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Second trailer for ROBIN HOOD

Russell Crowe in Robin Hood

It's been about three months since we first got a look at Ridley Scott's take on the altruist badass known as Robin Hood. Now, YahooMovies has debuted a second trailer for the inevitable summer blockbuster. While the first trailer didn't impress many, including myself, this one looks to deliver everything we asked for. Check out the trailer, and my thoughts, after the jump.

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ROBIN HOOD gets an international trailer


While I dug the first trailer for ROBIN HOOD that we were given recently, it was more for the Russell Crowe/Ridley Scott factor. Yet, I felt the trailer relied a little too much on this while not enough on the actual story. That was until I saw the international trailer!

Gone is the oddly placed guitar-heavy score (sorry, no Bryan Adams either) and in its place is what looks to be exactly the type of epic we have come to expect out of this pair. Crowe and Scott of course teamed up together on 2000's GLADIATOR, creating one of the most well-done historical dramas of the decade.

Now they are back for the retelling of this classic tale about the warrior who robbed from the rich and gave to the poor. Along for the adventure is Cate Blanchett as Maid Marian, who looks to have traded in her role as the damsel in distress for a sword, a shield, and a license in kicking ass.

The film hits theaters May 14th of next year but you can check out its international trailer after the jump! Continue reading