First Trailer for Annihilation

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Alex Garland is making quite the name for himself after his first outing, Ex Machina, was touted as one of the best sci-fi films in decades, and lived up to expectations. Now, his latest film, Annihilation, starring Natalie Portman and Oscar Isaac has its first trailer.

Based on Jeff VanderMeer’s book of the same name, Annihilation follows the story of a scientist (Natalie Portman) leading a task-force into the aftermath of an unknown environmental disaster, to find the strange alien creature that caused it, and to rescue her husband (Oscar Isaac).

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R.I.P. Harry Dean Stanton

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Harry Dean Stanton is considered by many to be among one of the greatest actors to ever live. Directors all over the world, from multiple generations considered it an honor simply to have him cameo. Now, he has passed at the age of 91. A bright star in many of Hollywood’s greatest, Stanton had pivotal roles in films such as Alien, Pretty in Pink, Twin Peaks, Escape from New York, The Godfather: Part II, and the lead in Paris, Texas.

Even his cameo role in Marvel’s The Avengers was a bright spot in an already fantastic film. He was considered by many to be the definition of cool in Hollywood. Stanton has never married, but has stated he has “one or two children.” He will be sorely missed, and our thoughts go to his friends, and loved ones.

Entertainment Weekly Drops a Ton of Star Wars Updates

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Entertainment Weekly posted several updates today regarding several of the new alien races, Luke Skywalker himself, and the leader of the First Order, Snoke from Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi. We’ve learned that Luke wasn’t alone on the planet Ahch-To, location of the first Jedi temple, as he’s joined by a small race of furry creatures, the Porgs, and an anthromorphic race of aquatic creatures that maintain the structures on the island, called the Caretakers.

The other big news is in regards to Snoke, and our first look at his incredible bodyguards, the Praetorian Guard. Hit the jump to get a full look at several new stills from the film.

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Oats Labs: Rakka

The first short from Neil Blomkamp’s Oats Studios was released this morning. Titled Rakka, and broken into three chapters, the story follows a band of the last remnants of humanity after a hostile alien takeover. The aliens are vicious, and overpowering, with the ability to take control of a person’s psych with a single look.

It’s a fantastic short film, and being the first in a volume of many, there are obviously questions that still need quite a few answers. Check it out above, and let me know what your thoughts are!

Neill Blomkamp’s Alien 5 is Dead?

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What is sure (hopefully) to be the saddest news this week, Ridley Scott has went on record as saying that Neill Blomkamp’s Alien 5, set in the continuity after Aliens, is essentially dead. After Blomkamp posted some concept art of the project on Instagram, it single-handedly revived interest in the Alien franchise after the disaster that was Prometheus. Now, Ridley Scott has stepped back into the picture and ripped the franchise from his younger counterpart with Alien: Covenant.

I think it will never see the light. There was never a scenario, just an idea that evolved into a pitch of 10 pages, I had to participate as a producer but it did not go any further because Fox decided that they did not want to do it. I had already done Prometheus and worked on Covenant. – Ridley Scott

Blomkamp is a visionary in Sci-Fi right now, with the creativity and originality just oozing from his films. You can see his passion for every project plainly on the screen, and I was very much looking forward to his vision for an Alien film. He absolutely would have knocked it out of the park, but it sadly looks like Scott just won’t step away, and has most likely pulled a power play with the studio on this one. That’s my thought, at least…