Sigourney Weaver cites desire to return to Ellen Ripley role… if Fox will let her

Sigourney Weaver cites desire to return to Ellen Ripley role… if Fox will let her (photo)

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Sigourney Weaver overcame numerous fiery, slimy and face-hugging challenges throughout her run as Ellen Ripley in the four main “Alien” films. She blew stuff. She died. She even found herself being cloned back from the dead. With all of that behind her, it doesn’t seem to be completely out of the question that she might one day return to the role.

Unfortunately, when Weaver was asked about likelihood of Ripley’s return, she expressed very little faith in Hollywood.

“I doubt it just because the way the industry is,” the Oscar-nominated actress told Moviefone. “While I can’t speak for them, I think for Fox, once you’re 60, you’re not going to be starring in an action movie.”

If Fox could be persuaded, however, it sounds like Weaver would sign on to appear in one more movie battle against her intergalactic adversaries.

“I would have liked to do one last story where we go back to the planet, where Ripley’s history is resolved,” she said. “But I do feel like her story is unfinished.”

At 61, Weaver’s got plenty of acting left in her veins. Even if Fox doesn’t want to give her the whole spotlight, there has to be a way to get her back into the fight–preferably something that doesn’t involve her training Shia LeBouef to inherit her mantle as humanity’s last best hope.

Perhaps she could team up with Mila Kunis or Natalie Portman and show them how to wipe out a nest of H.R. Giger-designed nasties. The film would just need to aim a little higher than other recent installments from classic action franchises, such as “Indiana Jones” and “Rambo” that have tried to carry torches into theaters for a new generation.

At the end of the day, Fox will do what Fox wants to do, so don’t get your hopes up. Weaver also thinks it would be “great” if her character Grace from “Avatar” could come back for a sequel, though. And judging by her carefully chosen words, stating that she’s “not at a point where [she] can talk publicly about it,” seeing her back in action in that part sounds much more promising.

Would you like to see Sigourney Weaver return to the iconic character for one final swan song? Chime in below or on Facebook or Twitter.

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”

Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”

But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.


It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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