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‘Alien’: From H.R. Giger to Alf (photo)

‘Alien’: From H.R. Giger to Alf

On Saturday at 8 p.m. ET prepare yourself for the Alien invasion. We consider the 1979 Alien to be one of the scariest movies of all time and while obviously director Ridley Scott had a lot to do with the tension and fear infused in the movie, much of the credit has to go to […]

Going Hollywood. (photo)

Going Hollywood.

Relax, America: “Paranormal Activity 2” has a director. After a protracted and ugly round of corporate infighting about who was helming the next “Paranormal” and “Saw” films, the gig has passed out of the hands of the genre stalwarts entirely and into the hands of Tod Williams, best known as the writer/director of the mildly […]

James Cameron’s symbolically flowing locks. (photo)

James Cameron’s symbolically flowing locks.

When James Cameron showed up at the Golden Globes with hair that billowed in all directions, looking for all the world like a slimmed-down Charles Laughton, it was tempting to speculate about a life that involved so much money you’d never have to cut your hair ever again (who’s going to tell him anything about […]

“Avatar”‘s filthy habit. (photo)

“Avatar”‘s filthy habit.

“Avatar” has Sigourney Weaver puffing up a storm front and center — “Where’s my cigarette?”, she demands in her introductory scene — prompting the New York Times to offer yet another scorecard on the year in tobacco (ab)use on-screen. Stephen A. Glantz — director of the Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education at UC-San […]

Monsters Vs. Aliens: James Cameron’s Love/Hate Relationship with Technology (photo)

Monsters Vs. Aliens: James Cameron’s Love/Hate Relationship with Technology

[Major spoilers ahead for “Avatar” and other James Cameron films.] Like all of James Cameron’s six previous films, “Avatar” is a war of worlds both literal and figurative. Colonists from the planet Earth do battle with the native inhabitants of a moon named Pandora over the right to mine a rare and powerful mineral. Cameron […]

Something Borrowed, Something Blue (photo)

Something Borrowed, Something Blue

type=”text/javascript” src=”http://tweetmeme.com/i/scripts/button.js”>I can imagine Robert Zemeckis — whose botched motion-capture animated features “The Polar Express” and “A Christmas Carol” were full of rubbery, dead-eyed, freakish-looking human constructs — watching James Cameron’s “Avatar” with an expression on his face not unlike F. Murray Abraham’s Salieri listening to his first Mozart composition in “Amadeus.” From a technical […]

Dead Alive: Bringing Popular Characters Back to Life in Sequels (photo)

Dead Alive: Bringing Popular Characters Back to Life in Sequels

Fans of the gleefully excessive Jason Statham action film “Crank” know that it concluded with an impressively ballsy ending: Statham’s Chev Chelios gets his revenge but — SPOILER ALERT! — falls out of a helicopter in the process. In “Crank”‘s final shot, he falls into a car, bounces on to the pavement, twitches and… dies. […]