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Ridley Scott confirms “Prometheus” is an “Alien” prequel of sorts

Ridley Scott confirms “Prometheus” is an “Alien” prequel of sorts (photo)

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Ridley Scott has been notoriously tight-lipped about his long-awaited return to sci-fi with “Prometheus,” but now he’s finally starting to spill the beans. It’s long been known that the movie is some sort of “Alien” prequel (sort of, maybe) and that it stars Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron and Noomi Rapace. But beyond that and the one image released of the film, Scott has kept mum on what the 2012 flick entails.

Until now, that is. The “Alien” director chatted with The Wall Street Journal and was so excited about “Prometheus” that “you can hear the enthusiasm in his voice.” Turns out that the movie really is a prequel to “Alien”…. sort of. He told WSJ that the last eight minutes of “Prometheus” evolve into “a pretty good DNA of the ‘Alien’ one,” but the rest of the movie stands on its own.

And the rest of the movie sounds pretty darn epic. Scott explained that the central metaphor of “Prometheus” is about a “higher being” challenging the gods, much like the mythological god Prometheus did. “Fire is our first form of technology,” Scott explained, and so his main character steals “fire” from the gods just like his mythological counterpart. As a result, he is punished “in perpetuity in a horrible fashion.”

The script comes from Damon Lindelof and Jon Spaihts, and Scott said that it was that screenplay that really got him excited for the project.

“I think the reason why I haven’t attempted science fiction in a number of years is because I haven’t really come across a script that I really liked,” he said. “This developed and came out extremely well.”

He also was thrilled for his first chance to work heavily with 3D and CGI. Scott called “Prometheus” “the best time I’ve had in a number of years making a movie.” But just because he has “completely taken off into this cyberworld,” Scott also created a lot of the sets himself without the assistance of computer-generated images.

Oh, and for those of you hoping that “Alien” star Sigourney Weaver is going to be making an appearance in this movie, you’re out of luck. Scott confirmed that she’s not going to be making a cameo in “Prometheus.”

Are you excited for “Prometheus”? Sound off in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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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.

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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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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…

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A-O Rewind

Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.

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Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.

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