Roland Emmerich’s low budget sci-fi flick shuts down

by Simon Brew at Den of Geek
It raised eyebrows, at the very least. Last week, we reported the news that budget spender extraordinaire, Mr Roland Emmerich, was putting aside the requirement for a big cheque to a special effects company to instead focus on a far smaller project. That project was The Zone, a $5m sci-fi film that worked around the ‘found footage’ concept.

The problem, of course, is that ‘found footage’, a la The Blair Witch Project, Paranormal Activity and Cloverfield, is becoming an increasingly popular storytelling device. And in the past week, a similar-sounding found footage sci-fi movie by the name of Apollo 18 was bought by The Weinstein Company, with a March 2011 release date mooted.

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Another ‘TRON: Legacy’ Trailer: Neon, Dueling Jeff Bridges, Vehicles for Toys, Etc.

via I Watch Stuff

In case you still aren’t entirely clear on the “Jeff Bridges’ son going Tron-style to save his dad (and meet some sexy, single Tronettes on the way!)” premise of TRON: Legacy, to show you, here’s yet another super-intense trailer for the neon-slathered film.

TRON: Legacy will be in theaters December 17th

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What’s next for Edgar Wright’s “Blood and Ice Cream Trilogy”

By Meredith Woerner at io9
Now that Scott Pilgrim is out and alien road comedy Paul is nearing its release date, everyone is wondering what is next for Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Edgar Wright and the The Blood and Ice Cream Trilogy? So we asked.

Last we heard, the third film in Wright’s “The Blood and Ice Cream Trilogy” (named that way for the appearance of different Cornetto ice creams in both Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz) would be titled The World’s End. Will we being seeing this third film any time soon?

You’ve had a lot success playing around with different types of genres, how do go about lovingly skewering these types of films, while maintaining a fresh perspective?

I think you have to be passionate about the genre. With Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz they were both genres that I felt very warmly about. That is a big distinction to make. Especially with Shaun of the Dead, it was a Valentine to George Romero, it wasn’t a send up. I think a lot of people always refer to Shaun of The Dead as being a spoof, and Simon and I never saw it that way. We saw it as a zombie film that happens to be funny because of the characters’ reactions.

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A Survey of Aliens in Cinema History

by Margaret Eby at Flavorwire

Almost as long as there have been movies, there have been alien movies. Whether they’re zapping intruders on a moon romp, abducting helpless teenagers, terrorizing the planet, or simply visiting, extraterrestrials have been a prominent force on both the silver and television screen throughout the history of both mediums. But though the possibilities of imagined space creatures are endless — from sassy moon babes with ring skirts to gelatinous blobs with teeth — the paths of alien design follow distinct trends in film history.

“A Voyage to the Moon” is the first science fiction film, running just 14 minutes. In it, a group of intrepid astronomers meet the Selenites — aliens that look as much like chimpanzees in masks as they do humans, hopping awkwardly from rock to rock. The jumpsuit and mask combination is one that would quickly become a trope of sci-fi movies, as space men began to look just like us, only shinier, and with much poorer posture.

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I cannot freakin wait for the third ‘Blood and Ice Cream’ movie! Hot Fuzz is one of my all time favorite movies (and Shaun of the Dead of course). I want them to start working on the third on before Edgar Wright starts Ant Man!

What do you think about Roland Emmerich’s movie being canceled? What did you think of the new Tron trailer? Are you looking forward to the third ‘Blood and Ice Cream’ movie?