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Is Blomkamp’s ‘Alien’ Being Held Up by ‘Prometheus 2’?

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Who’s excited for a new Alien film? Well, hold onto your butts, because it may be just a little longer. This doesn’t mean that the project is doomed, as 20th Century Fox is still very enthused about the idea. However, according to a source at Bloody Disgusting, the District 9 and Chappie director Neill Blomkamp is being told to hold off until Ridley Scott’s Prometheus 2 goes into production. While this gives time for Blomkamp and company to finely tune a script and make sure those designs are in tip-top shape, but since both films most likely would have a lengthy development process, this could mean we may not see it until 2018.

Alien 5 is still very much in the works, as Fox remains hot on the idea,” says their insider. “Blomkamp continues to work on the script (only an outline existed previously) and refine the tale he is telling. Ridley Scott is still producing, but has insisted on Prometheus 2 being made first.”

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So while giving Blomkamp extra time to develop the new Alien film, this may also allow him to work around Sigourney Weaver’s scheduling, as she is involved with James Cameron’s Avatar sequels, which may have interfered with her return as Ripley. Of course, all of this could change at the flip of a switch, but according to the source once again, this is the current plan.

Michael Biehn has apparently talked to Neill Blomkamp about the film, but has not yet seen a script and according to the source he says it will ignore Alien 3 an Alien: Ressurection, but that may not be the case as the source says “…not sure if Biehn’s assertions about it ignoring 3 & 4 are accurate. It’s basically far too early to tell on that front right now.”

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Well, all we can do is sit and wait. Wait for quite awhile, but truth be told, I would gladly wait a few years to get the Alien sequel we, and the franchise, deserve.

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‘Piggy’ Wins Best Horror Film at Fantastic Fest

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Director, Carlota Pereda has a lot to be excited about today her gory coming-of-age film, Piggy just won Fantastic Fest’s Best Horror Film Award! The film is incredible and will have you cheering for the outsider and damning the bullies to their fates. It’s an incredibly endearing film that has as much heart as it does terror. It is really no to be missed.

The synopsis for Piggy goes like this:

With the summer sun beating down on her rural Spanish town, Sara hides away in her parent’s butcher shop. A teenager whose excess weight makes her the target of incessant bullying, she flees a clique of capricious girls who torment her at the town pool, only to stumble upon them being brutally kidnapped by a stranger, who drives off with them in his van. When the police begin asking questions, Sara keeps quiet. Intrigued by the stranger — an interest that’s mutual — she’s torn between revealing the truth and protecting the man who saved her.    

Piggy stars Laura Galán, Richard Holmes, Carmen Machi, Irene Ferreiro & Camielle Aguilar, with the special collaborations of Pilar Castro & Claudia Salas.

Don’t miss Piggy when it arrives on demand on October 14 and in Alamo Drafthouses on October 7.

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Creepy Smilers Caught on Camera at Major League Baseball Games

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The horror movie Smile is opening on Friday, and in a genius bit of marketing, the studio gave horror and baseball fans a creepy meta experience this past Friday.

On September 23, viewers of three Major League Baseball (MLB) games had people in the stands, near the cameras, who had disturbingly evil smiles across their faces, sometimes for innings at a time.

Innings and Grinnings

Sports Illustrated reported on the story citing three games in which the grinning people appeared: Red Sox-Yankees, Mets-Athletics, and Cardinals-Dodgers.

The stunt was effective. Unnerved fans and viewers quickly went to social media and posted about the smilers, making the whole gag a success.

But sports fans weren’t the only ones creeped out by the grinning ghouls. During the live broadcast of Good Morning America, behind hosts Hoda Kotb and Al Roker, a scare actor could be seen with the same evil Cheshire grin watching them from the street window.

The Psychotic Smirk

This deceptively trustworthy facial expression is known as the Psychotic smirk according to tvtropes.com.

“The Psychotic Smirk is a favorite with Big Bads everywhere. There’s no need to broadcast just how dangerous they are – everyone’s got a pretty good idea already, but no one can prove it. The important thing is to smile with only one side of the mouth. Sometimes, it’s accompanied by a Finger Wag as if to say “Nice try, sucker” if the hero had attempted to defeat them.”

That concept might be behind the plot of Smile which follows Dr. Rose Cotter who after experiencing a traumatic event notices that people start to smile just before becoming murderously unhinged.

Sosie Bacon — Kevin Bacon’s daughter — portrays the troubled Cotter in the film and she says it was a tough role, and audiences aren’t ready.

“Truthfully, I wasn’t fully aware of how much this part would wear on me when I began the movie,” Bacon told Orange Magazine. “It’s physically demanding, because your body doesn’t understand the difference between acting and real life. But honestly, I don’t know that anything can prepare you for an experience like ‘Smile.’”

Smile opens in theaters on Friday, September 30.

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‘Mystery Science Theater 3000’ is Going All Out With a 3D Halloween Special

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Mystery Science Theater 3000 is back, y’all! For a huge 3D Halloween special that brings back Jonah and the Satellite of Love crew. The guys will be screening 1961’s The Mask 3D and holding a special costume contest where fans are invited to send in their own Halloween costumes.

If you are interested in submitting your costumes you have to do that by October 16. You can submit those costume photos RIGHT HERE.

The MST3K event description goes like this:

Join Jonah and the bots for the premiere of The Mask 3D, a 1961 horror film about a cursed skull mask, and the first time the crew of the Satellite of Love will be subjected to a 3D movie! Filmed in iconic anaglyph 3D, the episode will be viewable with any pair of red and blue 3D glasses. A non-3D version of the episode will also be available.

In order to watch the MST3K Halloween special, you need to tune into The Gizmoplex. It is available through iOS, Android, Roku, Amazon Fire TV and more.

The big MST3K event arives on October 28. For more information on how to watch the Halloween Special head over HERE.

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