The indie comedy Cedar Rapids is doing the rounds at Sundance, which has given Ed Helms the opportunity to talk about the movie and debate ReelzChannel about whether Sigourney Weaver's character is a "cougar" in the movie. Helms, known for his roles in the TV series The Office and last year's hit comedy The Hangover, finds himself in his first lead role, and says that it's weird being in "an Ed Helms movie".
watch the clips >> Posted 01.25.11 by Ryan
It's incredibly exciting and daunting. The insecurity kicks in. "Well, how's the movie gonna do? How's this gonna affect me in terms of the work I can get later? Will people give me a chance to carry movies?" All of these bulls**t career questions start swirling around. But I'm just really proud of the movie. The people that I care about and whose opinions mean a lot to me, are liking it, and that's all I can hope for.
It would be difficult to think of another actress (or actor) that's been involved in more movie franchises than Sigourney Weaver. The actress has the Ghostbusters, Aliens and now Avatar franchises on her resume.
Weaver talked to EW.com about the future of those franchises while promoting the DVD release of her movie Prayers for Bobby. Will Weaver come back as Ripley? >> Posted 12.22.10 by reelz
Noomi Rapace has already become something of a sensation in Europe thanks to her portrayal of Lisbeth Salander in the Millenium Trilogy of movies—The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest—based on the novels of the late Stieg Larsson, and now the Award-winning Swedish actress is poised to become a household name in America, as well. Rapace landed a top-secret role in director Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes 2 alongside Robert Downey Jr. and is rumored to be in talks for the lead in Ridley Scott's Alien Prequel. While in LA on Monday to promote the U.S. release of Hornet's Nest on October 29th, Rapace addressed the Alien Prequel rumors and said that she would love to work with Scott. see what Rapace said about Scott and taking the role >> Posted 10.27.10 by BrentJS
While much of the recent talk about the Alien franchise has focused on director Ridley Scott's currently in-development prequel and the casting of a hot young actress to follow in the footsteps of Sigourney Weaver's tough-as-nails character, Lt. Ellen Ripley, the upcoming release of the Alien Anthology box set offers a reminder of what made Weaver a perfect leading lady in the first place. There can be no doubt that the continued success of the Alien franchise owes a great deal to her portrayal of Ripley, who is now considered to be one of the greatest female characters in cinema history — even landing in the top 10 of the American Film Institute's "100 Years ... 100 Heroes and Villains" list — and this screen test extra from the Anthology proves that she was always a natural for the role. watch weaver's screen test for Alien >> Posted 10.23.10 by BrentJS
Sigourney Weaver has a varied career, starring in sci-fi franchises like Alien and Avatar and comedy franchises like Ghostbusters. All three franchises are continuing with either sequels or prequels in the works.
The validity of Ghostbusters 3, however, has been called into question of late, with Bill Murray calling talk of the sequel "a bunch of crock" and criticizing the potential script from The Office writers Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky. Fellow Ghostbuster Dan Aykroyd countered, explaining that the writers "wrote Bill the comic role of a lifetime." Throughout this, Weaver has remained an advocate of the sequel, and recently told ShockTillYouDrop that she has been contacted by franchise director Ivan Reitman about participating in the sequel.
could weaver return for avatar 2? >> Posted 10.18.10 by Ryan
Yes, I got a call from Ivan Reitman. I think everyone who's involved would love to get together again. I think everyone's working on really trying to create a wonderful original story. I just said, "That would be fun and please make sure my little son Oscar grows up to be a Ghostbuster." And he said, "Absolutely." Then I think he directed this other film and is busy editing it, so it kind of got put on hold. But I would be surprised if we didn't do it.
Spanish filmmaker Rodrigo Cortés (Buried) has enlisted veteran actress Sigourney Weaver for Red Lights, the story of a para-psychologist who tries to prove that a noted psychic is a fraud. Cortés told Bloody Disgusting that the movie is "about how the brain does not give a true picture of reality."
According to Bloody Disgusting, Weaver will play "Margaret Matheson." However, it was not revealed if Matheson is the para-psychologist, the psychic, or some other character, and no other cast announcements have been made at this time. It's also unclear if Lionsgate, the distributor behind Buried, will be backing the Red Lights production or if it will be independently financed. Posted 05.26.10 by BrentJS
Looks like Ghostbusters 3 is more than "just a bunch of talk". Sigourney Weaver not only told Channel4 that a third Ghostbusters "is happening," she also gave away a few spoilers.
I'm afraid to say [Ghostbusters 3] is happening, I hope people are excited about that. I don't know if I'm going to be in it, I have had a couple of calls asking "would you read the script".
I know that my little son Oscar — who was kidnapped from me — I think he has grown up to be a ghostbuster. I might be in it; I see nothing wrong with being in it, although I don't think I will have a big part. I think Bill Murray has a little more to do with it — he's a ghost.
For the third movie, The Office writers Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg are writing the screenplay, and if what Weaver says is true, are likely horrified with what Weaver has revealed about their script. No director is attached, however Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters 2 director Ivan Reitman hasn't "ruled out" a return. Posted 12.15.09 by Ryan
Avatar's promised Pandorapedia still hasn't been released to the general public, but French TV has Sigourney Weaver giving what looks like a pretty comprehensive introduction to life on the alien moon — perhaps for tourists or an Animal Planet special.
We get familiar footage of the thanator super-predators and the pterodactyl-like banshees, but also glimpses of some of the other flora and fauna. These range from the apparently inoffensive bio-luminescent wood-sprites to the dire horse, not to mention the Leonopterix, which is a flying creature even higher up on the food chain than the banshees.
A final interesting factoid: All of the major critters on Pandora, both on land and in the air, are hexapods, i.e. they have six limbs. Why? 'Cause it's an alien world, that's why. In any case, the visuals, as always, are worth checking out. Posted 12.06.09 by reelz
The clips from Avatar just keep on coming. While most of what we have seen up to this point features the blue-skinned aliens or the arsenal of weapons and machines the humans brought to Pandora, this new footage offers a less flashy look at the conflicts and bad conscience that have sprung up among the colonists over the way they are exploiting the planet.
Here we have Dr. Grace Augustine (Sigourney Weaver) as a research scientist venting her disaffection with the more machine-gun aspects of the hearts and minds campaign, and getting set straight by an amoral corporate flack Parker Selfridge (Giovanni Ribisi), who points her back in the direction of of the bottom line. Along the way we get some backstory about all the company has done to "civilize" the natives. Posted 12.04.09 by reelz
A bunch of scans from Empire's cover story on Avatar have popped up on line (via MarketSaw). They offer (among other things) a first look at Sigourney Weaver as a blue-skinned alien hybrid.
After the trailer debuted last week, there had been some complaints that Sam Worthington's avatar didn't look enough like him. You can check out some stills of him from the magazine and decide for yourself. For Weaver though, the resemblance is not really in question, as is evident in side-by-side photos of her as human and alien. They also show off one more cool aspect of inhabiting an avatar: You get to be younger.
You can also check out a couple of close-ups of Zoe Saldana as a Na'vi. No side-by-side comparisons though, since the character she plays is an alien native, not a human-Na'vi hybrid. And for those who just can't get enough, there is a second batch of photos as well, including a nice group shot in the jungles of Pandora. Posted 08.27.09 by reelz