Ridley Scott’s space operas have been pretty bleak. “Alien” and its follow-up prologue “Prometheus” carried us to places where everyone can hear you scream. “Blade Runner” brought killer androids from their slave confines on extraterrestrial colonies to destroy their creators on Earth. Scott’s goal has been to make us unsettled, not uplifted. Unlike the “Star Trek” franchise, he’s never inspired NASA engineers.
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Sitting overlooking the ocean at a restaurant in Long Beach, Calif., comedian Gabriel Iglesias pulls out his cellphone. Scrolling through the notes section, he lands on a page dated Dec. 30, 2012. On it is the skeleton of the idea bringing him back to television screens on Thursday night, an unscripted show about his struggles eating healthy and working out while on tour.
A lot has changed in late-night TV in the six months since Comedy Central announced that Trevor Noah would become the new host of “The Daily Show.”
LOS ANGELES — The animated “Hotel Transylvania 2” made $47.5 million in the U.S. and Canada over the weekend to become the biggest September movie opening of all time.
During the development process to create a wave of fresh heroes for Archie Comics’ Dark Circle imprint, editor Alex Segura reached out to writers Adam Christopher and Chuck Wendig and asked them for a new take on a classic American hero. And then, after seeing their initial pitch, Segura encouraged the writing duo to go bigger and bolder to reinvent the Shield.
The original “Star Wars” trilogy (Episodes I-III, 1977-1983): Because CGI was still in its embryonic stages, miniature Millennium Falcons, puppet Yodas and AT-AT Walkers shot in stop-motion were among the elements used to transport audiences to that galaxy far, far away. Still, George Lucas’s first “Star Wars” movies set a new bar for what could be visually achieved in the mainstream blockbuster.
Bruce Greenwood’s close encounter with an Alaskan grizzly bear while filming the new indie drama “Wildlike” did not involve the usual Hollywood trained animal.
MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke to Elton John and invited him to a meeting after the British singer fell victim to a prank phone caller who pretended to be the Kremlin leader.
MILWAUKEE — Marquette University announced Thursday it is rescinding an honorary degree it awarded to comedian and father figure Bill Cosby when he was commencement speaker for the Class of 2013, amid compounding allegations the actor was a serial rapist who drugged his victims.
In the mid-1960s, the Rev. Everett Parker found himself embroiled in a scene that could have been in a thriller novel.