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October 8: Happy Birthday Bella Thorne and David Yates


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Today is Bella Thorne’s 20th birthday.  She made her first screen appearance in the film Stuck on You at the age of six, and began acting regularly when she was about ten.  After a recurring role on Dirty Sexy Money, she was cast in her first regular role in 2008, on NBC’s My Own Worst Enemy.  When that series was canceled during its first season, she appeared on the web series Little Monk, and then took over the role of Teenie Henrickson on season 4 of HBO’s Big Love.  In 2010, Disney cast her in the lead role of CeCe Jones (with recent headliner Zendaya as her costar) on Shake It Up.

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Sigourney Weaver: Ripley’s Game


Sigourney Weaver had two upcoming releases when she appeared on the cover of the September 1997 issue of Movieline Magazine.  She reprised her role as Ellen Ripley for the last time in the reboot Alien: Resurrection and she starred in Ang Lee’s seventies-set drama, The Ice Storm.  In this interview, Weaver speaks honestly about the roles she turned down, the costars who were put off by her height and what it’s like to be recognized by strangers.

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Readers Rank the Alien Movies


Last week, Jeffthewildman ranked the movies in the Alien franchise from worst to first.  So of course we asked readers for their rankings.  The votes have been tallied.  Let’s review the reader rankings.

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Worst to First: Ranking the Alien movies


In a crowded summer movie season, Ridley Scott’s latest entry in the Alien prequel series has gotten squeezed out at the box office despite decent reviews.  What does that mean for the future of the Alien franchise?  It’s hard to say at this point, but it seems like as good a time as any to rank the Alien movies from worst to first.

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Sigourney Weaver: The Heat is On


Sigourney Weaver is a genre icon.  It’s probably a safe bet that she is best known for having played Ellen Ripley in four Alien movies with the threat of a fifth installment to be made some day if the stars align.  Despite a strong connection with science fiction, Weaver’s career has been fairly eclectic.  She’s done comedies ranging from Ghostbusters to Working Girl and prestige pictures like Gorillas in the Mist.  And she’s been nominated for Oscars in all of these different kinds of roles.

In 1992, Weaver was returning to the part of Ripley for what was supposed to be the last time in Alien3.  She was coming off a hiatus during which she gave birth to her only child.  In this cover story from the June 1992 issue of Movieline magazine, Weaver discussed her changing priorities as an actress and a mother.

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October 8: Happy Birthday Sigourney Weaver and Matt Damon


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Sigourney Weaver celebrates her 67th birthday today.  She made her film debut in a small role in Annie Hall, and was the breakout star of Alien two years later.  In the early 1980s she starred in diverse films, including Ghostbusters (one of her biggest box office hits) and The Year of Living Dangerously.  In 1986 she returned to what has become the role most associated with her, Ellen Ripley in Aliens:

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Movieline Cover Gallery 1997

Movieline Cover Gallery 1992

Movie Heroines Bracket Game Winner!


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A lot of times, the winner of the bracket games is pretty obvious from the outset.  But there were a lot of strong candidates in our Movie Heroine game.  Ultimately, it came down to Ellen Ripley vs. Princess Leia.  And Ripley won with almost 70% of the votes.

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Movie Heroines Bracket Game: Princess Leia Vs. Ellen Ripley


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With Cinderella and Insurgent in theaters, it seemed like an excellent time to rank our female heroes.  What exactly it means to be a movie heroine is open to interpretation.  We’ve got some of the action heroines you would expect.  But we also have some real world figures and some flawed protagonists.  Who’s the best movie heroine?  It’s time to find out.

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Movie Heroines Bracket Game: Sarah Connor Vs. Ellen Ripley


With Cinderella and Insurgent in theaters, it seemed like an excellent time to rank our female heroes.  What exactly it means to be a movie heroine is open to interpretation.  We’ve got some of the action heroines you would expect.  But we also have some real world figures and some flawed protagonists.  Who’s the best movie heroine?  It’s time to find out.

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Movie Heroines Bracket Game: Laurie Strode Vs. Ellen Ripley


Laurie Strode Vs. Ellen Ripley

With Cinderella and Insurgent in theaters, it seemed like an excellent time to rank our female heroes.  What exactly it means to be a movie heroine is open to interpretation.  We’ve got some of the action heroines you would expect.  But we also have some real world figures and some flawed protagonists.  Who’s the best movie heroine?  It’s time to find out.

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Review: Chappie


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When Lebeau and I discussed what sort of theme we might want to attack for late February-early March, there wasn’t much of interest to hook into. It was only when we noticed the release of Neill Blomkamp’s new film Chappie that we landed on movie robots. The topic has been fun thus far, and we’ve enjoyed talking about our favorite cinematic automatons both in our bracket game and in our podcast. But now we have to address the initial inspiration for our robot theme, and it’s a pretty mixed bag.
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