WonderCon 2012: “Prometheus” panel report and new trailer


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Without a doubt, the “Prometheus” panel was one of the most anticipated events at WonderCon this year. Ignore that one-minute-long leaked teaser that hit the web last night, because writer Damon Lindelof and director Ridley Scott debuted a brand new full-length trailer for the fans in attendance.

While there’s still plenty of mystery surrounding the film, the trailer does set up the basic premise of the project. A group of explorers have discovered the same pictogram in the history of seven civilizations, and so they take it as a sign that there is some greater mystery to be resolved. Except what they take as an invitation is actually something much different, and they end up seemingly awakening a group of aliens staying in that other spacecraft we’ve often seen in “Prometheus’s” promotional material and set off a chain of events that, if not stopped, will cause the end of Earth.

They could be misleading, but it did look like there were a few moments where there were some face-grabbing, stomach-exploding aliens in the trailer. And, of course, there is an obligatory shot of the Space Jockey, who now seems to definitively be in this film.

Stars Charlize Theron and Michael Fassbender then took to the stage to talk about their roles. Turns out that Fassbender plays an android named David in the film, something we hadn’t known previously. And, though this is an ensemble film, Theron can be considered to be one of the most “main” characters. It’s also worth noting that this was their first time seeing any footage.

“It’s been a long time since I’ve done science fiction, which didn’t mean I wasn’t trying, but I couldn’t come across anything that was of any interest to me,” Scott said of his desire to make “Prometheus.” “I thought there was a genesis of a very small idea that hasn’t been examined … The story just started to evolve and take off into another universe.”

Though “Prometheus” is set in the “Alien” universe, it’s well known by now that it’s not a direct prequel. Lindelof teased that there’s enough room left at the end of the movie to — maybe — lend itself to creating more films in this series that might eventually tie in to the “Alien” franchise.

“If we’re lucky, maybe there will be a second part to all of this, because the film really does leave you with some nice big open questions,” Scott said. “I’ll certainly do another science fiction film as soon as possible.”

And, if you needed more of a nod that this is setting up the “Alien” universe, Fassbender’s last line in the trailer is, “Big things have small beginnings.”

“Prometheus” hits theaters on June 8. Check out the new trailer below.

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Take the Ultimate Resident Evil Movie Quiz

Catch a Resident Evil movie marathon Saturday, November 28th during IFC's Sweatsgiving.

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Resident Evil is the sort of action franchise that’ll crash a motorbike through a stained glass window just to explode some zombies in awesome fashion. But how well do you know Alice’s adventures against the undead? Before you catch IFC’s Resident Evil Sweatsgiving Marathon, take the quiz below and prove once and for all that you’re the ultimate Resident Evil movie fan.



Fred & Horatio Team Up

Former SNLers Work on Latino-Focused Comedy Hub

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10 Hockey Fails That Make the Benders Look Like Pros

Catch an all-new Benders Thursday at 10P on IFC.

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Imagine playing soccer in body armor, with a stick, on ice. It’s no surprise hockey players get so angry and beat the crap out of each other. Still, once you make it to the NHL, you’d think they could stay upright. But if these hockey fails are any indication, even the best of the best have their off nights. Check them out below and be sure to catch our favorite hockey team Uncle Chubbys on an all-new Benders Thursday, October 15th, at 10P.

10. Sometimes it feels like you’ve got friends in all the wrong places.

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9. Even getting off the ice can be a headache.

8. Don’t you hate when you forget how to drink on national TV?

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7. Sometimes you forget which side of the goal you’re supposed to protect.

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6. Drinking is hard. Okay?!

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5. It was the stick’s fault!

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4. At least something made it into the goal, right?

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3. When the only thing left to fight is the ice.

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2. Fans aren’t immune to a faceplant either.

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1. Or patriotic singers.

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7 Mismatched Buddy Cop Duos Who Play By Their Own Rules

Catch IFC's Lethal Weapon movie marathon Sunday, November 22nd starting at 8:30AM ET/PT.

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Mismatched buddy cops are a staple of action flicks, because “putting unstable people into high-pressure situations with guns and hoping things work out” always leads to comic mayhem. You know the trope — a beleaguered police chief assigns polar opposite detectives to a case that nobody wants to solve. They start out at each other’s throats before a begruding respect leads to geniune comraderie. (Nothing like blowing away some bad guys of vaguely European origin to stoke the fires of friendship.) In honor of IFC’s Lethal Weapon movie marathon, check out our tribute to the mismatched cop duos who play by their own rules and leave an epic body count in their wake.

7. Hammond and Cates, 48 Hrs.

Eddie Murphy and Nick Nolte invented and mastered the art of buddy comedy, and they didn’t let little things like Eddie’s Reggie Hammond not being a cop stop them. The premise of “I’m borrowing this convicted thief from jail for a couple of days so he can be a peace officer” violates pretty much every law we know about. But the results (and Eddie’s Reggie) convincingly speak for themselves.

6. Lee and Carter, Rush Hour

Rush Hour‘s  combination of Jackie Chan’s high-flying kicks with Chris Tucker’s motormouth means this movie never stops for a single second. Whether it’s action-packed set-pieces, turbocharged wise-cracking, or the wonderful novelty of clashing characters where neither is playing the straight man role, this duo is always going full tilt.

5. Raymond Tango and Gabriel Cash, Tango & Cash

Tango and Cash are forced together fairly quickly even by buddy cop movie standards thanks to falsified murder charges and a maximum security prison full of every perp they’ve ever put away. Sylvester Stallone and Kurt Russell bring high-tech attack vehicles and self-destruct sequences to the genre and the results, which are so not by the book they aren’t even fit for print, are all kinds of awesome.

4. Sykes and Sam Francisco, Alien Nation

Alien Nation took the mismatched partner genre to its ultimate conclusion by importing an alien “Newcomer” from an entirely different planet specifically to annoy James Caan’s grizzled cop. Oh, and also to fight an alien dealing “xeno-drugs” that make aliens immensely strong. Mandy Patinkin stars as the super-strong, ultra-helpful, and ridiculously named Sam Francisco.

3. Angel and Butterman, Hot Fuzz

Edgar Wright’s love-letter to buddy comedy moves London’s top cop Nick Angel (Simon Pegg) to the sleepy town of Sandford where PC Danny Butterman (Nick Frost) has nothing better to do than watch buddy cop movies and dream of action sequences. A hilariously self-aware parody of the genre pits both against a gloriously greasy Timothy Dalton.

2. Friday and Streebek, Dragnet

Dan Aykroyd and Tom Hanks is the kind of super-cinematic dream team that used to happen all the time in the buddy action comedy heyday of the ’80s. Aykroyd plays possibly the Akroyd-iest character of his career with Joe Friday, who has apparently replaced his soul with “the book” and doesn’t understand how silly he sounds when he reads from it. Hanks counters this with his streetwise Streebek, whose loose charm serves as Friday’s comedic foil. The classic mismatched pair join forces to fight P.A.G.A.N., the People Against Goodness And Normalcy, which should tell you whether you or not you want to watch this underrated ’80s comedy.

1. Riggs and Murtaugh, Lethal Weapon

Hammond and Cates were the original buddy cops, but Riggs and Murtaugh are the icons. In retrospect, pairing the almost-retired Murtaugh with suicidal loose cannon Riggs seems more like a scheme to avoid pension payouts than any way of fighting crime, but the results birthed an action comedy franchise that inspired more than a few imitators.

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