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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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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

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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.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

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

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