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Watch The Entire High School Theatre Production of “Alien”

North Bergen High School is now the equivalent of “My Hero Academia” for nerds living in New Jersey – and I mean that in the best way possible. Students from this fine educational facility put on a great performance of “Alien”… yes, the movie that they transitioned from screen to stage with some crazy reverse engineering.

The play has now made it online via a bootleg filmed during the encore performance by someone in the audience who was kind enough to record it. We tip our hats to this heroic filmmaker, and while we would normally never condone recording theatrical shows, we are very grateful that we all now have the chance to see this spectacular show.

Watch this fine piece of drama below:

According to the original poster, the school recorded a professional quality version and will hopefully sell that once it is ready. I look forward to supporting this release, and hope it includes special features!

Best of all, Sigourney Weaver gave it the official thumbs up, and was there in person to enjoy the show:

And by the way, Ridley Scott was just as awesome, donating $5000 to help make the production happen.

My chest is filled with emotions after seeing this and hearing all the support this play got… or maybe it’s filled with a chestburster. Either way, I got the feels!

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Two “Alien” Series In The Works – One WIth Ridley Scott PRODUCING

They come mostly at night. Mostly. That is, the upcoming pair of live-action shows set in the Ridley Scott “Alien” universe. An enduring franchise that has somehow never had a TV show, it looks like that is about to change, and instead of getting just one, we may be getting a pair.

According to a report from HN Entertainment, details are minimal at best right now but it seems there will be two shows coming. While both are in the early developmental phase, one of them is rumored to be headed to Hulu, and Ridley Scott would be on board as an executive producer.

With the Disney and Fox merger taking place very soon, it seems Disney will be okay with Fox continuing to produce more mature content. Disney is headed down that route as well, although I doubt we will ever see Mickey and Donald on board the Sulaco.

The last major Alien project was “Alien: Covenant”, which was a bit of a flop. It seems TV could be a saving grace for this franchise, that truly deserves better than some of the schlock it’s been given.

At this point, there is no concrete news on anything so take this with a grain of salt. I would totally watch an episodic Alien series, and a franchise like this would absolutely benefit from that type of format.

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Xenomorph terror begins again in this new trailer for “Alien: Covenant”

No one can hear you scream in space… or on freshly terraformed planets.

Ridley Scott returns to the universe he created, with ALIEN: COVENANT, a new chapter in his groundbreaking ALIEN franchise. The crew of the colony ship Covenant, bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world. When they uncover a threat beyond their imagination, they must attempt a harrowing escape.

The movie will star Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride, Demián Bichir, Carmen Ejogo, Amy Seimetz, Jussie Smollett, Callie Hernandez, Nathaniel Dean, Alexander England, and Benjamin Rigby.

You can check it out in theaters on May 19.

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“Alien Vault: The Definitive Story of the Making of the Film” Book Review

There is a movie that I really like, I might even consider a favorite, but I can not make myself watch it that often. It’s one of those movies that you need to be in the right mood for, and that mood is unfortunately one of absolute lonesome terror where I don’t mind seeing a phallic looking monster explode out of someone’s chest. In case you are not picking up the subtle hint, I am talking about Ridley Scott’s sci-fi horror classic, “Alien.” A film that would inspire many others after, as well as comics and video games, the original “Alien” used the groundwork laid out by Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey” and took things to a new level that made an unforgettable experience where, unlike in space, everyone will hear you scream when you watch it. If you are like me and want to get to know the behind-the-scenes story of this great movie, Quarto Publishing has you in mind with their book, “Alien Vault: The Definitive Story of the Making of the Film.”

Written by Ian Nathan, who has also written the definitive textbook on the history behind the original Terminator movie and it’s sequel, this 176-page tome chronicles the entire process of creating this movie, which in 1979 was quite the feat. The amount of physical effects that had to be used along with the highly-detailed set and costume designs combined with the vision of Ridley Scott and his team led to a movie that created a new type of fear for the viewer and ultimately, a whole new genre for horror. Nathan’s research and interviews give us new insight on the stories that led to so many memorable moments on film.

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The book is filled with added inserts, like posters of H.R. Giger’s artwork, pages of the original script, behind the scenes polaroids, international promo posters, and so much more. I love any book that includes extra bonuses like this, giving me something to read and something to hang on my wall after I am done. It feels like the book has helped me become a production assistant on the set, and I am part of the film crew that is making this epic space scare.

All of the questions you ever had about the movie are answered here. This includes the real reason that the aliens have acid blood, how they shot the chest-burster scene and how genuine the actors reactions were (hint: VERY), and who wore the alien suit. Hearing how the actors formed a true unit behind the scenes and their stories of working together showed how much these actors bonded and why they worked together so well on camera. I don’t want to ruin too much, but I really enjoyed the sections on Ripley’s character, especially with what was cut from the movie that you should read and I should do my best not to spoil.

One of my favorite elements of this book is all of the production artwork. I am a nut for production art, especially concept art and storyboards, and this book delivers on all fronts. While there are plenty of gorgeous full-color photos on set, it is hard not to love the work done by Moebius, Ron Cobb, Dan O’Bannon, and of course H.R. Giger. This movie would be nothing without the creative minds that propelled the ideas that Scott had and took it to a new level that he most surely did not expect. This is a movie about design as much as it is about fear, and the stage was set with every piece of the puzzle that the design team crafted.

You can order “Alien Vault: The Definitive Story of the Making of the Film” on Amazon.com for around $20, and is an absolute steal at that price. Film making is an enigma, especially when it comes to creating intricate scenes with physical effects, and this book breaks it all down for us, as well as giving us the human element with the cast and crew who made this movie happen. This book is for any fan of the “Aliens” movies, as well as movie buffs in general whether you plan on becoming a part of Hollywood or just enjoy watching a great film.

It looks like I am going to have to put on my “big boy pants” and watch this movie again, now that I have a newfound sense of what went on behind the scenes. Will it make things any less scary for me? Probably not, and I certainly hope not, but knowing the story behind the story will give me a whole new way to admire this film.

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