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Joss Whedon reflects on the mistakes of “Alien: Resurrection”


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Joss Whedon might not have been responsible for everything that went wrong with 1997’s “Alien: Resurrection,” but he is responsible for helping to write it. In light of another arguably disappointing “Alien” movie, “Prometheus,” having come out, Whedon was asked during a recent interview to reflect back on one of the “lowest” moments of his career.

“Yes, I did see ‘Pro-meaningless,'” Whedon joked to Total Film (via Comic Book Movie). “In all seriousness, ‘Alien: Resurrection’ was, I thought, the lowest I could ever feel. And then they cancelled ‘Firefly.’ ‘Yup, there you go. That’s me feeling even lower.’ Let me quote King Lear — ‘The worst is not, so long as we can say, “This is the worst,’

He continued, “You don’t ever get over it. When you are making a movie you are making something that is going to last forever, especially now with the Internet. So there is always going to be a shitty ‘Alien’ movie out there. A shitty ‘Alien’ movie with my name on it.”

It turns out that Whedon even likes “Alien vs.. Predator” better than “Alien: Resurrection.” “I actually like the first Alien vs. Predator,” he admitted. “I’m a Paul W. S. Anderson fan.”

One of the main lessons Whedon learned from his bad experience with “Resurrection” is that “casting is storytelling,” he said.

“I wrote two characters for ‘Alien: Resurrection’ and their arc was that you would not know what way they were going to go,” Whedon explained. “One of them turned out to be insane — and what do they do? They call Brad Dourif. So there is no plot twist. Brad is a very good actor but he has been pigeonholed into these roles. Then they case J.E. Freeman as a thug — and his character was also supposed to be a mystery. So there you go again, the mystery is gone. Those are just a couple of examples because there are thousands of them when it comes to ‘Alien: Resurrection.'”

At least Whedon has moved on to have plenty of success since his low days. “The Avengers” is one of the most successful movies of all time, Whedon has a new TV series on the way and he also is a creative consultant for Marvel. We think his track record will likely cause people to forget that he was ever involved with a “shitty ‘Alien’ movie.”

Did you realize Whedon was involved in “Alien: Resurrection”? What do you think is the highest moment of Whedon’s career? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and 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

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Cancel it!

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Forgotten America

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Wedding Planners

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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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