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Ridley Scott on “Prometheus” and exploring the origins of the Space Jockey


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Ridley Scott and the cast of “Prometheus” have been making the media rounds in Europe, holding press conferences in both Paris and London to share some new footage of the movie with foreign press.

Though much of the film is still a secret, the director and his cast — Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender and Charlize Theron — did give away some very telling bits of information about the flick. Chief among them was Scott’s confirmation at the London press conference (via Empire) that “Prometheus” will have to deal with the origins of the Space Jockey.

“I must have thought about it for three or four years and thought in all of the films nobody had asked a very simple question which was – who is the big guy in the chair, who was fondly after ‘Alien’ called The Space Jockey,” Scott said of his initial pitch for “Prometheus.” “I went in to Fox with four questions. Who are they? Why are they there? Why that cargo and where were they going or had they in fact had a forced landing? And so in fact it was a study of a pilot and Tom Rothman [co-chairman and CEO of Fox Filmed Entertainment] said, ‘That sounds good to me’.”

Scott continued, “It’s interesting when you start off with an interesting idea like that and you don’t know whether it’s going to be a prequel or a sequel. It gradually adjusted itself into much larger questions and therefore now the actual connection to the original ‘Alien’ is barely in its DNA. You kind of get it in the last seven minutes or so.”

That being said, there will be plenty of connections to “Alien.” Rapace said that, though her character is not a predecessor to Sigourney Weaver’s Ripley, she definitely comes from the same mold.

“She feels like she’s in the same family, in a way,” Rapace said. “She’s a survivor and a fighter in the same kind of way, a little bit similar to Ripley.”

Similarly, there’s going to be a scene in “Prometheus” that is in line with “Alien’s” famous chest-buster scene.

“There is a scene that could be called the equivalent of that. But that was private; no one witnessed that. It’s your scene [points to Rapace]. But we can’t say what it is,” he said.

Rapace added, “I dreamt nightmares for two weeks. I had these weird fucked-up images in my head, so yes it did affect us.”

Guy Pearce recently talked to Fangoria and said that “Prometheus” works very well as a predecessor to “Alien.” He plays Peter Weyland, who Pearce confirmed is connected to the Weyland-Tutani Corporation that’s seen as a villainous organization throughout the entire “Alien” series. But he was quick to clarify that this isn’t just a cut-and-dry prequel.

“What I’m saying is this is not just, ‘Oh, this is what they were doing before the first “Alien” film.’ It delves into ideas and philosophy that make it a much grander scenario than a typical prequel,” Pearce said.

At the Paris press conference (via, Scott also discussed the running time of “Prometheus.” He said that the version of the film that people see in theaters will be his director’s cut, though that could change by the time it actually hits theaters on June 8.

“In this instance, you got a pretty good version here, pretty good cut,” Scott said.
“We’re running at about — I think without the end titles, which normally run about four to five minutes — we’re running one hour, fifty-nine minutes and change. It’s very tight, it’s what it should be.”

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Final Countdown

The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at


Rev Up

Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.


Give Back

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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GIFs via Giphy, Photos via The Everett Collection

It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.

Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…