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Why It Works: Aliens

Why It Works is an ongoing column which breaks down some of the most acclaimed films in history and explores what makes them so iconic, groundbreaking, and memorable. ****SPOILERS AHEAD**** With ALIEN: COVENANT less than a month away, the fact that we recently had to wish a far too early game over to Bill Paxton , and the misfits-in-space sequel GUARDIANS OF THE...
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Cool Videos: Sigourney Weaver returns as Ripley on Stephen Colbert

Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Ripley in the ALIEN movies proved that women can carry a gun, blast some fools away, and swear like a champ just as well as the men – if not better. She remains one of the most legendary heroes in all of cinema, and with the prospect of more ALIEN movie on the horizon the notion of her return has been on the tip of everyone’s brain bubbles....
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The Good, The Bad & The Badass: Bill Paxton

Bill Paxton While the flub heard around the world dominated headlines the morning after Oscar Sunday, earlier that day the news broke that Bill Paxton , one of Hollywood’s most beloved character actors, had passed away. At only sixty-one, this was unexpected, as there hadn’t been any rumors of ill health. In fact, Paxton was particularly prolific over the...
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Bill Paxton of Aliens, Twister, Big Love and more has died at 61

Well, this is just horrible news to wake up to. Bill Paxton , considered a legend for his countless memorable roles in such films as ALIENS, TOMBSTONE, TWISTER, WEIRD SCIENCE, APOLLO 13, THE TERMINATOR, FRAILTY, EDGE OF TOMORROW (and tons of others), as well as his TV work on Hatfields & McCoys, Big Love, and most recently of Training Day, has died at the age of 61 due to surgery...
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Michael Biehn talks Aliens and Blanc-Biehn Productions (Comic Con 2016)

Michael Biehn is a legend to 80s and 90s kids like myself. ALIENS, THE TERMINATOR, THE ABYSS, TOMBSTONE, THE ROCK. I get to meet a lot of cool actors and actresses doing this gig, but it's not often you meet one who held such an integral role in your childhood; I can't tell you how many times I've heard Kyle Reese say, "Come with me if you want to live!" or Dwayne Hicks mutter, "Stay...
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Aliens 30th Anniversary panel (Comic Con 2016)

Only a few days ago, James Cameron 's sci-fi horror classic ALIENS enjoyed its 30th Anniversary. So what better place to talk about and celebrate the film than at San Diego Comic-Con, where movie geeks reign supreme? A good chunk of the main cast was at the panel, as were Cameron and producer Gale Anne Hurd. While of course no major revelations were to be had, the hour-long panel was just...
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Aliens 30th Anniversary Tribute (Video)

Thirty years ago a movie came out that many feared wouldn’t exactly work out. It was a sequel to a mega-hit movie, and was being directed by a man with only one real film under his belt. If that wasn't enough, this greenhorn was using complex, state-of-the-art visual effects and techniques, stressing out his crew and basically trying to invent the future of blockbuster...
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Sigourney Weaver updates us on Blomkamp's Alien film and the end of Ripley

Neill Blomkamp 's ALIEN film is not a sure thing, which makes every bit of information that comes our way about it so fascinating. Word is that 20th Century Fox wanted to jump on Ridley Scott 's ALIEN: COVENANT first, as odd as that sounds, but fortunately for us, Sigourney Weaver is as excited as she ever was to reprise the role of Ellen Ripley for Mr. Blomkamp. In speaking with...
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Michael Biehn reveals details about Blomkamp's shelved ALIEN sequel

There seemed to be a good deal of disappointment going around when Neill Blomkamp 's plans for an ALIEN sequel were stuck on the shelf, in favor of Ridley Scott getting a clear runway to go ahead and make PROMETHEUS 2 ALIEN: PARADISE LOST ALIEN: COVENANT. Fueled by the enthusiasm for a batch of cool concept art imagery, a segment of fans preferred something more Ripley-based if the...
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Neill Blomkamp shows off new pulse rifle from his Alien movie

There goes Neill Blomkamp getting everyone excited about his ALIEN sequel again. He did it once with his concept art, and it led to him actually getting a deal at Fox to make a new ALIEN movie. Now he's going back to the well again, in order to ratchet up enthusiasm for what he's going to make once Ridley Scott is done with his ALIEN: PARADISE LOST film. Taking to...
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I Want That: Giant 15 inch tall Xenomorph Queen figure from NECA

NECA has revealed images and details for their latest badass figure: an enormous Xenomorph Queen that is over 15 inches tall and over 30 inches long. The figure was created in honor of the 35th anniversary of the Alien franchise, and is based on the creature's appearance in James Cameron 's ALIENS. In my opinion the figure is absolutely gorgeous, as well as a little...
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Exclusive Cool Video: Soundtrack tribute to James Horner's score to Aliens!

All right, score fans, we've got yet another soundtrack tribute for you, this time for James Horner's score to James Cameron's classic ALIENS!  The sci-fi actioner found the return of Sigourney Weaver's Ripley teaming up with a group of Colonial Marines to return to the planet where she first met the infamous xenomorph and investigate their resurgence. Featuring some of the most colorful...
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