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Meet the doomed ensemble of ‘Alien: Covenant’ in this five-minute prologue

Yesterday, we received word that 20th Century Fox would be treating fans to “an exclusive Alien: Covenant debut” during last night’s…

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Yesterday, we received word that 20th Century Fox would be treating fans to “an exclusive Alien: Covenant debut” during last night’s episode of Legion on FX and it appears the studio stuck to their word by delivering a five-minute prologue to the upcoming sci-fi film from visionary director Ridley Scott.

The short film was directed by Scott’s son Luke Scott and is appropriately titled Prologue: Last Supper. Set aboard the Covenant, a colonization ship that is on its way to a remote planet to form a new human settlement, the main crew and their android, Walter, enjoy their final meal together before they enter cryosleep. While the the prologue does not feature any chestbursting (or backbursting) incidents, it’s an exceptional way to introduce us to the crew of the ship, including the franchise’s first LGBT characters, without spoiling any juicy details from the movie itself.

Even though he’s only featured in the prologue for a very short amount of time, we’re also given a look at James Franco’s character, Bronson. In late December, we picked up a report which claimed that he would be starring as Branson, the captain of the Covenant ship and the husband of Katherine Waterson’s lead character character, Daniels. Interesting enough, Franco’s character mentions that he is feeling a little under the weather and it’s quite possible that he has been impregnated with one of those pesky little alien babies.

Connected directly to Ridley Scott’s 1979 sci-fi masterpiece, Alien: Covenant is the second installment in the prequel trilogy that began with Prometheus and follows the Covenant crew as they embark on a journey to a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy. After discovering what appears to be an uncharted paradise, they soon learn that it is actually a dark, dangerous world whose sole inhabitant is the synthetic David, the one and only survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition. When they uncover a threat beyond their imagination, they must attempt a harrowing escape.

The film was directed by Scott and also stars Michael Fassbender, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride, Demián Bichir, Carmen Ejogo, Amy Seimetz, Jussie Smollett, Callie Hernandez, Nathaniel Dean, Alexander England, and Benjamin Rigby.

Alien: Covenant will burst into theaters on May 19, 2017.

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‘The Call of the Wild’ trailer finds Harrison Ford, his dog embarking on an epic adventure

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20th Century Fox has released the trailer for The Call of the Wild, the first live-action effort from Lilo & Stitch and How to Train Your Dragon director Chris Sanders starring Harrison Ford.

Based on the novel by Jack London, The Call of the Wild chronicles the story of Buck, a dog whose life is turned upside down when he’s uprooted from his California home and taken to the exotic wilds of the Alaskan Yukon where he meets John Thornton (Ford), a seasoned gold prospector, during the Klondike Gold Rush in the 1890s.

In addition to Ford, the film’s cast ensemble cast also includes the likes of Dan Stevens, Karen Gillan, Omar Sy, Bradley Whitford, Colin Woodell, Scott MacDonald, and Cara Gee.

Michael Green scripted the film, which is produced by Erwin Stoff, with Diana Pokorny serving as executive producer and Ryan Stafford co-producing.

The Call of the Wild hits theaters February 1.

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Contest: Enter to win ‘Angel Has Fallen’ on Blu-ray from Lionsgate Home Entertainment

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Lionsgate Home Entertainment will release Angel Has Fallen on Blu-ray/DVD on November 26 and it’s giving Silver Screen Beat readers a chance to win a Blu-ray combo pack (plus DVD and digital) of the film.

Our readers can click this link right now to enter to win an Angel Has Fallen combo pack, which includes several behind the scenes featurettes and a 3-part audio commentary with director Ric Roman Waugh.

The contest is currently ongoing and will end Sunday, November 24, at which point winners will be selected and notified. Below is the official trailer for Angel Has Fallen as well as some additional details about the film.

Directed by: Ric Roman Waugh

Cast: Gerard Butler, Morgan Freeman, Alan Siegel, Matt O’Toole, John Thompson, Les Weldon, Yariv Lerner, and Mike Touzard

Rating: R for violence and language throughout

4K UHD / BLU-RAY / DVD / DIGITAL SPECIAL FEATURES

  • “Even Angels Fall: The Story” Featurette
  • “Someone to Watch Over Me: New Blood” Featurette
  • “Calling All Angels: Casting” Featurette
  • “True Faith: Authenticity” Featurette
  • “Fight for You: Stunts and Action” Featurette
  • “Earth Angel: Recreating DC” Featurette
  • “Angel Declassified” 3-Part Audio Commentary with Director Ric Roman Waugh

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Paramount taps ‘Fargo’ creator Noah Hawley to write, direct next installment in ‘Star Trek’ series

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Fresh off the release of his feature directorial debut Lucy in the Sky last month, Noah Hawley has been set to write and direct the upcoming next installment in the Star Trek franchise, according to Deadline.

Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, and the rest of the principal cast are all expected to return for Star Trek 4, which Hawley will also produce for his 26 Keys banner along with JJ Abrams and Bad Robot.

The film is not in any way related to the R-rated spinoff Abrams and Quentin Tarantino have been developing with writer Mark L. Smith and will serve as a direct sequel to 2016’s Star Trek Beyond.

S.J. Clarkson had been attached to direct Star Trek 4 as recently as last year and was poised to become the first woman to helm a film in the sci-fi series but reportedly parted ways with the project after development stalled in mid-2018.

Hawley — perhaps best known for his work on FX series such as Fargo and Legion — recently made his directorial debut with the Natalie Portman-led drama Lucy in the Sky, which tanked at the domestic box office amid harsh reviews from critics.

Production on Star Trek 4 is expected to get underway in 2020.

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