On July 18th, 1986, writer/director James Cameron (Terminator 2: Judgement Day, Avatar) brought director Ridley Scott‘s original characters back to the big screen in the first sequel to Alien, appropriately titled Aliens. Lead actress Sigourney Weaver (Ghostbusters, Working Girl) returned to reprise the role of Ellen Ripley, who after the original was discovered in cryogenic sleep in her escape craft and returned to Earth. After communication is lost with colonists investigating Ripley’s claim of aliens on the moon, she and a rescue crew are sent on a mission to investigate the moon and discover if there are any survivors, or if Ripley’s outrageous claims are true. Aliens would go on to win two Oscars, doing even better than its predecessor. The film won for Best Sound Effects and another for Best Visual Effects; it also received another four nominations for Best Actress (Weaver), Best Set Decoration, Best Sound, Best Film Editing, and Best Music. Appearing alongside Weaver are actors Carrie Penn, Michael Biehn (The Terminator, The Abyss), Paul Reiser (Beverley Hills Cop, Whiplash), Lance Henriksen (Damien: Omen II, Savage Dawn), and Bill Paxton (Twister, Apollo 13). Continue reading →
The Terminator originally hit the big screen in 1984 from director James Cameron. The movie made Arnold Schwarzenegger an action movie star and earned director Cameron his reputation for outstanding visual effects. Following a cyborg robot (Arnold) who is sent back to 1984 to terminate the mother of John Connor, the leader of the human resistance against the Machines, the movie co-starred Linda Hamilton and Michael Biehn and since its release has had a total of three sequels, the first of which was also directed by Cameron. Now a reboot in the series is in the works with Arnold Schwarzenegger back as the Terminator, Emilia Clarke as Sarah Connor, and Jai Courtney as Kyle Reese, and the plot will, according to Schwarzenegger, involve time travel back to 1984 up to the present day. Since the film is a reboot the plot will most likely revolve around the same story as the original, or at least an adaptation of it, but what will be most exciting will be seeing Arnold back in his famous role and the visual effects modern technology will allow director Alan Taylor to bring to the story. Production is set to begin next month, so we’ll keep an ear out for more news.