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15 Things You Didn’t Know About ‘Aliens: The Official Movie Novelization’
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Aliens: The Official Movie Novelization Cover

Before the extended “Special Edition” of Aliens was released on LaserDisc and VHS in 1992, Alan Dean Foster‘s Aliens: The Official Movie Novelization gave fans of James Cameron’s 1986 film their first look at scenes that didn’t make the final cut.

Titan Books recently reissued Aliens: The Official Movie Novelization, as well as Foster’s adaptation of Alien and Alien 3. After re-reading Aliens: The Official Movie Novelization, I thought it would be fun to explore some of the differences between the book and the film and how unused elements from the screenplay were recycled for subsequent Alien films and Ridley Scott’s 2012 prequel, Prometheus.

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Blu-ray Deal: ‘Alien Anthology’ and ‘Prometheus’ Bundle For $20!
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Alien Prometheus Blu-ray bundle

Today’s bonus Gold Box spotlight deal of the day over at Amazon is the Alien Anthology and Prometheus Blu-ray Bundle for only $19.99 (that’s 78% off the list price of $89.99).

The bundle comes with the Alien Anthology Blu-ray Edition box set along with the Prometheus Blu-ray/DVD combo pack (which is only $4.99 sold separately right now!).

Note – this deal is valid only for today, Friday, June 13, 2014, until 11:59pm PST while supplies last.

The Alien Anthology Collection Blu-ray box set includes all four standalone Alien films, which starred Sigourney Weaver: Alien, Aliens, Alien 3, and Alien Resurrection. Along with the two versions of each film are two bonus discs with over 65 hours of special features, with over four hours of previously unreleased exclusive material such as original screen tests of Sigourney Weaver prior to filming the original Alien, unseen deleted scenes, thousands of still photographs from the Fox archives, the previously unseen original cut of “Wreckage and Rage: The Making of ALIEN3,” and more.

Below is an extensive list of what’s included in the Alien Anthology Collection Blu-ray box set.

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H.R. Giger, The Influential Artist Of ‘Alien’ Fame, Dies At Age 74
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H.R. Giger, the Swiss surrealist painter and sculptor who became internationally renowned in the 1970s for the nightmarish visions he helped bring to life in Ridley Scott’s sci-fi/horror masterpiece Alien, has died at the age of 74.

The cause of death was injuries Giger sustained in a fall on some stairs at his home in Zurich, Switzerland. He succumbed to his injuries in a hospital yesterday, as told by Sandra Mivelaz, administrator of the H.R. Giger museum in Gruyeres, western Switzerland, to the The Associated Press.

A master of disturbing artistic visions that fused Gothic horror, sexuality, and extraterrestrial machinery in a way that no one could ever imitate, Giger’s work first caught the attention of filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky, who hired him to provide design work for his eventually-shelved adaptation of Dune.

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15 Things You Didn’t Know About ‘Alien: The Official Movie Novelization’
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Adam Frazier   |  @   |  
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Alien: The Official Movie Novelization by Alan Dean Foster

The thing looked like the hand of a skeleton with many fingers curled into the palm. Something like a short tube protruded from the palm and something like a tail was coiled beneath the base of the hand. There, on the back, was a dim, convex shape like a glazed over eye. Disgusting! But if that was an eye and not some slimy excrescence… he moved closer to take a look. And the eye moved; it stared right back at him.

Then, the ovoid sprang at him, exploded at him with the energy contained in that coiled tail. He raised an arm to protect himself. Too late! The thing’s fingers gripped his faceplate. The weaving tube in the palm’s center was stroking the glass. It started to sizzle. The faceplate was dissolving! The creature was through the plate. Must get it off! It was pushing at his mouth, tight around skull, tube down throat, can’t breathe…

“Kane, answer me,” Dallas’ voice came from above, but from down below, there was no reply.

Alan Dean Foster‘s novelization of Ridley Scott’s 1979 film Alien was the first full-length adult science fiction novel that I remember reading. At this point, I had already seen Scott’s film on VHS – after begging my mother to rent it from the local video store. It wasn’t until I read Foster’s novelization, however, that I full understood everything my young eyes had seen. While reading, I began to notice several major differences between the book (which was based on an earlier draft of Dan O’Bannon’s screenplay) and the finished film. For one thing, the Space Jockey was nowhere to be found – and the Facehugger (as mentioned above) had an eye on its back.

If you’ve never read Alien: The Official Movie Novelization, Titan Books recently reissued Foster’s book and plans to reissue his adaptations of Aliens and Alien 3 as well. In addition to Foster’s novelizations, Titan Books is also publishing brand new Alien adventures from authors Tim Lebbon (Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi – Into the Void), Christopher Golden (Baltimore, or The Steadfast Tin Soldier and the Vampire), and James A. Moore (Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Chaos Bleeds).

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Fox Sets Release Dates For ‘Fantastic Four’ & ‘Wolverine’ Sequels, Untitled Marvel Movie Among Others
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20th Century Fox never lets a little thing like their upcoming films having not actually gone into production yet stop them from setting release dates. That’s common practice for most studios these days, but Fox was one of the earliest pioneers of that practice, and for better or worse the filmmakers working under them have had to adapt or hit the bricks. Nothing personal, just business.

In keeping with that fine tradition, the studio has recently announced a slew of new dates for some of the biggest projects on their production slate for the coming years. Even though the long-in-development Fantastic Four reboot helmed by Josh Trank (Chronicle) still hasn’t began shooting, its hypothetical sequel already has a release date set for July 14, 2017. Fox is also continuing to exploit their other profitable Marvel properties with another Wolverine sequel debuting on March 3, 2017 (with James Mangold, director of last year’s terrific The Wolverine, returning), and a mysterious Marvel feature set for July 13, 2018.

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Blu-ray Deal: Alien Anthology Collection & Prometheus
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Alien Anthology Blu-ray

The Gold Box spotlight deal of the day over at Amazon today is Alien Anthology Blu-ray Edition box set for only $19.49 (that’s 72% off the list price of $69.99), as well as Prometheus Blu-ray/DVD combo pack for only $9.49 (that’s 22% off the list price of $24.99),

Note – this deal is valid only for today, Friday, November 1, 2013, until 11:59pm PST while supplies last.

The Alien Anthology Collection Blu-ray box set includes all four standalone Alien films, which starred Sigourney Weaver: Alien, Aliens, Alien 3, and Alien Resurrection.

Along with the two versions of each film are two bonus discs with over 65 hours of special features, with over four hours of previously unreleased exclusive material such as original screen tests of Sigourney Weaver prior to filming the original Alien, unseen deleted scenes, thousands of still photographs from the Fox archives, the previously unseen original cut of “Wreckage and Rage: The Making of ALIEN3,” and more.

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Fox Wants ‘Transcendence’ Writer Jack Palgen To Pen ‘Prometheus 2’
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Prometheus left somewhat of a sour after taste for a majority of movie goers expecting to experience the same terror and fear they felt when Ridley Scott‘s Alien came out. However, when the film ended, it left enough of a tease for fans to come back for a sequel. Now there will be spoilers after the jump as to where it could go, but Fox has found a writer to pen the script for Prometheus 2.

According to The Wrap, Fox wants Jack Palgen, screenwriter for Wally Pfister’s directorial debut Transcendence, to write the script for Prometheus 2. Jon Spaihts wrote the initial script for the first film, with Damon Lindelof doing the rewrites.

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Comic Review: Aliens: Inhuman Condition
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Aliens: Inhuman ConditionAliens: Inhuman Condition
Written by John Layman
Art by Sam Kieth
Colors by Sam Kieth, John Kalisz
Cover by Sam Kieth
Dark Horse Comics
Release Date: April 30, 2013
Cover Price: $10.99

On a distant frozen world, “artificial persons” are manufactured by mega-conglomerate Weyland-Yutani. These formidable new security synthetics, designed for combat, test their mettle against a hive of deadly Xenomorphs.

Socialization Specialist Jean DuPaul, who teaches the synthetics empathy, sees her ever-more-human android students sent to their destruction and learns that the most savage species in the universe is man.

Aliens: Inhuman Condition tells the story of Jean DuPaul and Bear, an unlikely duo in that Bear is an inanimate object – a fluffy, pink teddy bear to be exact. DuPaul lost her husband and daughter, and all she has left of her family is Bear, the stuffed synthetic play-thing that was to be her daughter’s.

Written by Eisner and Harvey Award-winner John Layman (Chew, Detective Comics), Inhuman Conditions sees DuPaul traumatized after losing her family during a Xenomorph attack. She’s eventually rescued by a task force of androids – but the damage is done.

DuPaul’s world view has been shattered, forcing her to see reality differently than her co-workers at the Weyland-Yutani manufacturing plant. She confides in Bear (think Steven Spielberg’s Artificial: Intelligence) and begins to see the Androids she teaches social skills to as living, breathing, human beings.

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Noomi Rapace Says ‘Prometheus 2’ Script In The Works
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Perhaps one of the most polarizing films of last year was Ridley Scott’s Prometheus. Some called it a return to the sci-fi horror genre and others called it one of the worst things ever. If it was the latter, part of the blame could be directed towards the screenplay. Regardless, the film made just enough money to garner a sequel, or at least explore the option of one.

Scott is definitely on board to direct one, and it seems that he’s been talking to film star Noomi Rapace about it as well. During a press conference for Dead Man Down, the actress confirmed that she has been talking to the director to discuss Prometheus 2 and what we could possible see in it.

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Famous Monster’s Favorite Film Quotes of 2012
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Film Quotes of 2012

2012 was a fantastic year for movies. Films like The Dark Knight Rises and Marvel’s The Avengers entertained audiences with blockbuster action sequences and the ultimate in childhood wish fulfillment, while movies such as Drew Goddard‘s Cabin in the Woods and Gareth Edward‘s The Raid: Redemption will long be remembered as putting the nail in the coffin of their respective genres.

We saw new films from acclaimed directors like Steven Spielberg, Quentin Tarantino, Ridley Scott, Christopher Nolan, Ang Lee, David O. Russell, Paul Thomas Anderson, William Friedkin, Steven Soderbergh, Ben Affleck, Sam Mendes, and Kathryn Bigelow. Not to mention the latest offerings from Rian Johnson, Joss Whedon, Richard Linklater, and newcomers Colin Trevorrow, Benh Zeitlin, and Stephen Chbosky.

So many memorable characters – so many great lines delivered by talented actors inhabiting their roles. Here are some of the best (and a few of the worst) film quotes from 2012. Feel free to include your own in the comments! You can also check out my Top 25 Films of 2012 here!

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