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AMANDLA STERNBERG, FROM “HUNGER GAMES” TO“EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING”

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She first gained recognition for her role as Rue in “The Hunger Games,” alongside Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson. Now, teen star Amandla Sternberg stars as Maddy in in Warner Bros. Pictures' new romantic drama Everything, Everything (in Philippine cinemas June 21, 2017).
Based on the bestselling book of the same name by Nicola Yoon, Everything, Everything tells the unlikely love story of Maddy (Sternberg), a smart, curious and imaginative 18-year-old who due to an illness cannot leave the protection of the hermetically sealed environment within her house, and Olly (Nick Robinson), the boy next door who won’t let that stop them. Gazing through windows and talking only through texts, Maddy and Olly form a deep bond that leads them to risk everything to be together…even if it means losing everything.

Amandla Stenberg is huge fan of the book and the script—adding, “I was immediately drawn to the whimsy and the quirkiness of the story and the real life, tangible em…

“DESPICABLE ME 3” SHARES CHARACTER POSTERS OF MINIONS AS INMATES

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As the new trailers have revealed, the Minions go to jail in Despicable Me 3, and Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment have released the character posters for the six lead Minions as inmates, with cute tattoos to boot.

Take a look at the new posters below and watch Despicable Me 3 in Philippine cinemas on June 14, 2017.

The team who brought you Despicable Me and the biggest animated hits of 2013 and 2015, Despicable Me 2 and Minions, returns to continue the adventures of Gru, Lucy, their adorable daughters—Margo, Edith and Agnes—and the Minions in Despicable Me 3.

Joining Steve Carell and Kristen Wiig in Despicable Me 3 is Emmy, Tony and Grammy Award winner Trey Parker, co-creator of Comedy Central’s global phenomenon South Park and the Broadway smash The Book of Mormon. Parker voices the role of villain Balthazar Bratt, a former child star who’s grown up to become obsessed with the character he played in the ‘80s, and proves to be Gru’s most formidable nemesis to date.

Despi…

H'WOOD WALK OF FAME HONORS “TRANSFORMERS”DIRECTOR MICHAEL BAY

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LOS ANGELES – Michael Bay received one of the highest honours in Hollywood: his handprints in the Walk of Fame.

Bay sank his hands and feet into the forecourt of Hollywood’s TCL Chinese Theatre recently as he was honored for a money-spinning movie career that has netted almost $6 billion.

The 52-year-old Los Angeles native is known for directing some of history’s biggest effects-laden blockbusters, from “Bad Boys” (1995), “Armageddon” (1998) and “Pearl Harbor” (2001) to the “Transformers” franchise, whose fifth installment, “Transformers: The Last Knight” opens in the US and the Philippines on June 21, 2017.

“It brings back your childhood because I remember as a kid I came here. And this is where I went to the movies with my parents, this was the place where I saw ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark,’ when I decided I want to become a director,” he told Agence France Presse.

Bay, who now calls Miami home, worked as an intern for George Lucas’s special effects company Industrial Light and Magic befor…

THE UNDEAD AND HER PREY: MEET “THE MUMMY”CHARACTERS

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A badass female mummy, a down-on-his-his-luck soldier of fortune and and engimatic doctor lead the mysterious characters in Universal Pictures' new action-adventure The Mummy (in Philippine cinemas on June 7. 2017).

Nick Morton (Tom Cruise) is a soldier of fortune who plunders conflict sites for timeless artifacts…ones he sells to the highest bidder. When Nick and his No. 2 (Chris Vail) are attacked by insurgents in the Middle East, in the ensuing battle, they accidentally unearth a tomb of an Egyptian pharaoh they come to know as Ahmanet. Nick is not simply the one responsible for setting Ahmanet free, he’s fulfilling an ordained destiny he couldn’t have possibly imagined. Now, he is the only one who can stop her ascension to a global ruler who will enslave humanity.

Ahmanet (Sofia Boutella). Centuries ago, Ahmanet was raised as a fearless warrior and heir to her father’s throne. She was destined to be the first female pharaoh, but when the king finally fathered a son, Ahmanet was …

“WONDER WOMAN” TO HAVE MIDNIGHT PREVIEWS JUNE 1 AT 12:01AM

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MANILA, May 29, 2017 – The countdown to the opening of Warner Bros. Pictures' Wonder Woman cannot be any faster, but die-hard fans are in for a treat as the studio has announced midnight previews on June 1 at 12:01AM in selected cinemas in Metro Manila and regional cities.

Fans are advised to reserve and buy their tickets now to be among the first in the world to watch Wonder Woman.

In Metro Manila, midnight screenings are confirmed to be held in Glorietta 4, Greenbelt 3, Trinoma, S' Maison, SM Aura, SM Bacoor, SM BF, SM Bicutan, SM Fairview, SM Light Mall, SM Mall of Asia, SM Marilao, SM Megamall, SM Molino, SM North EDSA, SM Southmall, Robinsons Magnolia, Powerplant, Century, CommerCenter, Eastwood, Evia, Fisher's Mall, Gateway, Newport, Starmall Alabang, Starmall EDSA, Starmall Las Pinas, Starmall San Jose, Vista Mall Sta. Rosa, Vista Mall Taguig, Uptown and Venice Cineplex.

Moviegoers in the provinces may watch in SM Baguio, SM Clark, SM Naga, SM Pampanga, Vista Bataan, V…

REVIEW | Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar's Revenge (2017)

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The new adventure is all about the hunt for the all-powerful device called Trident of Poseidon, which can break any curse in the sea. Johnny Depp returns as Capt. Jack Sparrow, the drunken anti-hero, who is joined by two newcomers, Henry (Brenton Thwaites), a British Navy officer and son of Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann (Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley), and astronomer...[READ FULL REVIEW HERE]


ROBOT DOG IS A GIRL’S BEST FRIEND - “A.R.C.H.I.E.” IN CINEMAS JUNE 7

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Known for the iconic classic blockbuster “Back to the Future” franchise, Michael J. Fox is back in the modern-day comedy adventure movie “A.R.C.H.I.E. (Artificial Robotronic Canine Hyper-Intelligence Experiment).”

Directed by Robin Dunne and inspired by classic endearing movies such as “Iron Giant,” “Short Circuit” and “Air Bud,” “Archie” is an enchanting tale about a young girl named Isabel (Sarah Desjardins) who makes friends with a robotic dog that possesses many special abilities. Archie is initially owned and created by world-renowned roboticist Brooke Benton (Katharine Isabelle) to help those in need. Though he looks like a normal dog, he is anything but. He can talk. He can run at blinding speed. He’s got super strength and x-ray vision. On the news of her research program being shut down by the military, Brooke helps Archie escape in the hopes of finding a family to care for him.

As Isabel and Archie’s paths connect, they find a bond and become fast friends …

Get a full serving of trending topics on Solar Scoop

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Solar Entertainment Corporationstrengthens its online presence with the launch of the new online show SOLAR SCOOP, which can be viewed HERE, starting on Monday, May 29, 2017.

Hosted by commercial model-boxing instructor Vince Velasco and dancer-actress Kelley Day, SOLAR SCOOP is the first locally-produced 5-minute online show of Solar featuring exciting and trending topics on entertainment, sports, and lifestyle. Channel and program updates, corporate and sponsored events, and other campaigns of the Solar channelswill also be featured on the online show.

“The launch of Solar Scoop signifies the beginning of the traction we are building in the digital industry. We will continue to widen our reach with the emerging audiences, especially online, and there are more exciting news ahead,”says Solar Entertainment President and CEO Wilson Tieng.

Don’t miss the 10-minute pilot episode of SOLAR SCOOP featuring the latest on the NBA Finals and an exclusive interview with an NBA star, plus handy li…

REVIEW | The Rewrite (2015)

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If you need a break from showy, CGI-infused franchise movies at the multiplex and want to enjoy a good ol’ character-centric comedy, then “The Rewrite” might be your best bet. And with the charming cast of Hugh Grant, Marisa Tomei, J.K. Simmons, and the terrific ...[READ FULL REVIEW HERE]



UNIVERSAL PICTURES UNVEILS “DARK UNIVERSE” FOR ITS CLASSIC MONSTERS SERIES OF FILMS

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Oscar® Winner Bill Condon Confirmed as Director of Bride of Frankenstein, the Next Dark Universe Film, to be Released in February 2019. Dark Universe Reshapes Enduring Cinematic Characters for Today’s Audiences

Universal Pictures announced May 23 that its series of films reviving the studio’s classic monster characters for a new generation will be known as “Dark Universe.”

The motion logo for the new initiative features a musical theme composed by Danny Elfman and will debut in theaters preceding The Mummy, which will be released in Philippine cinemas June 7.


(Watch the Dark Universe clip.)

The announcement includes details of the enterprise relaunching Universal’s iconic characters into modern cinema, as well as confirmations of superstar cast and that Academy Award® winner Bill Condon will direct Bride of Frankenstein.

Dark Universe was begun by core creatives Alex Kurtzman, who also serves as director and producer of The Mummy, the inaugural film in the new classic monster series, and T…

“WONDER WOMAN'S” GAL GADOT GREETS FANS FROM PHILIPPINES

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Warner Bros. Pictures has released a short video of Gal Gadot greeting her Filipino fans as she invited them to watch her film, “Wonder Woman” in Philippine cinemas June 1, 2017.

Check out the video.


“Mabuhay, Philippines!,” starts the Israeli actress in the video.


“I'm Gal Gadot and I play Wonder Woman in the first-ever live-action `Wonder Woman' movie,” she continues. “From the gorgeous island paradise of Themyscira, to the World War I Europe, the film is full of action and adventure, as an Amazon warrior learns what it takes to become one of the greatest super heroes of all time.”

She concludes, “Don't miss Warner Woman in cinemas this June.”

Joining Gadot in the international cast are Chris Pine, Robin Wright, Danny Huston, David Thewlis, Connie Nielsen, Elena Anaya, Ewen Bremner, Lucy Davis, Lisa Loven Kongsli, Eugene Brave Rock and Saïd Taghmaoui.

Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, raised on a sheltered island paradise and trained to be a…

REVIEW | Dear Other Self (2017)

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Jodi Sta. Maria plays Becky, a bored ad agency worker longing to see the world, because she wants to wear boots and experience cold climate. So when a tragedy at work forces her to resign, she grabs the opportunity to finally...[READ FULL REVIEW HERE]

REVIEW | Manhattan Night (2016)

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Adrien Brody is Porter Wren, a newspaper columnist prowling the streets of Manhattan for dark stories—murder, tragedy, you name it. While attending a soirée, married man Porter meets blonde femme fatale ...[READ FULL REVIEW HERE]


REVIEW | Colossal (2017)

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It’s a colossal ambition—a mashup of indie flick and monster movie. If you’re a fan of either, the whimsical and audacious dark comedy “Colossal” from Spanish director Nacho Vigalondo, starring big stars Anne Hathaway and Jason Sudeikis, will ...[READ FULL REVIEW HERE]




“THE EMOJI MOVIE” INVADES CANNES, LAUNCHES NEW TRAILER

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Columbia Pictures' new animated adventure The Emoji Movie saluted the 70thCannes Film Festival, May 17, 2017 as it took over the Carlton pier and star T.J. Miller arrived via parasail in a timely publicity event to hype the film.

Miller then hosted the event – joined in by the Emoji characters on the barge – then led in the launching of the animated comedy's international trailer which may be viewed HERE.

In Philippine cinemas starting August 23, 2017, The Emoji Movie is the new animated adventure that unlocks the never-before-seen secret world inside your smartphone.

Hidden within the messaging app is Textopolis, a bustling city where all your favorite emojis live, hoping to be selected by the phone's user. In this world, each emoji has only one facial expression – except for Gene (T.J. Miller), an exuberant emoji who was born without a filter and is bursting with multiple expressions. Determined to become "normal" like the other emojis, Gene enlists the help o…

YOUNG ADULT NOVEL “EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING” NOW A ROMANTIC FILM

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Based on the bestselling book by Nicola Yoon comes Warner Bros. Pictures' new romantic drama Everything, Everything. The tells the unlikely love story of Maddy, a smart, curious and imaginative 18-year-old who due to an illness cannot leave the protection of the hermetically sealed environment within her house, and Olly, the boy next door who won’t let that stop them.

Everything, Everything stars Amandla Stenberg as Maddy and Nick Robinson as Olly, and also stars Ana de la Reguera and Anika Noni Rose.

“I wanted to import the whole book into the movie,” says director Stella Meghie. “There was just so much between Maddy and Olly, the little moments that I wanted to get in, like every text conversation. Nicola wrote something so funny and sweet and honest and even fantastical, and it was important to me that the film feel like that, too.”

Though her main characters are both 18, Nicola Yoon’s initial inspiration for the book came when she was a new mother. “I thought my daughter was goin…

REVIEW | Bliss (2017)

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“Groundhog Day” meets “Misery” meets “Inception.” This is Jerrold Tarog’s talk-of-the-town “Bliss,” a psychological thriller that almost got slashed out of the cinemas for its display of female genitalia and masturbation, and elements of violence and lesbian rape. After fighting for public exhibition, Tarog finally got the movie...[FULL REVIEW HERE]



REVIEW | King Arthur Legend of the Sword (2017)

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When the legend of King Arthur gets a Guy Ritchie remake, expect sacrilege—and loads of fun. Super-stylish, with Cockney-accented lads walking around smugly, with rock and roll music matching their every move, Ritchie’s artistic treatment gives the classic story a....[FULL REVIEW HERE]





REVIEW | Alien: Covenant (2017)

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It’s the year 2104 and colony ship Covenant is on its way to inhabit a new planet. Onboard the ship are 2,000 passengers in cryo-sleep. Tragedy happens and the surviving crew decide to make a stopover on a mysterious planet—and, of course, it’s where the chest-bursting, face-hugging aliens...[READ FULL REVIEW HERE].

A different kind of ever after is coming your way as SOLAR PICTURES brings you THE BRIDE

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This horror flick tells the story of a small town girl named Nastya. Newly married, her husband Ivan drives her to his hometown to meet his family. Upon their arrival, Nastya feels she made the wrong decision as strange people surround her and starts witnessing bizarre and terrible visions while Ivan’s family prepares her for a mysterious Slavic wedding ceremony.
More than the wedding preparations, can she stay alive the next few days?
A mix of shock and awed reactions on the movie trailer via YouTube made waves early this year. Vloggers Dex& Mike Movie Show commented, “[The trailer] is interesting and different,” and KorikonNala also said, “[It’s] a good, creepy horror movie.”
THE BRIDE is released by Planeta Inform thru Solar Pictures and is rated PG (Parental Guidance) by the MTRCB. Showing in cinemas starting May 10, 2017. Don’t miss out and join the conversation at #TheBrideMovie and #TheBrideSolarPictures.
View trailer here!

For more updates on films/movies released, distri…

RISE OF THE WARRIOR IN “WONDER WOMAN” OFFICIAL FINAL TRAILER

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Witness the rise of a Warrior. Watch the new “WonderWoman” trailer HERE and see the film in Philippine cinemas June 1, 2017.

Following Gal Gadot’s broadcast presentation on the just-concluded MTV Movie & TV Awards, Warner Bros. Pictures has made the Wonder Woman official final trailer titled Rise of the Warrior available online.

Gal Gadot returns as the title character in the epic action adventure from director Patty Jenkins (“Monster,” AMC’s “The Killing”).

Joining Gadot in the international cast are Chris Pine (the “Star Trek” films), Robin Wright (“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” Netflix’s “House of Cards”), Danny Huston (“Clash of the Titans,” “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”), David Thewlis (the “Harry Potter” films, “The Theory of Everything”), Connie Nielsen (Fox’s “The Following,” “Gladiator”), Elena Anaya (“The Skin I Live In”), Ewen Bremner (“Exodus: Gods and Kings,” “Snowpiercer”), Lucy Davis (“Shaun of the Dead,” FX’s “Better Things”), Lisa Loven Kongsli (upcoming “Ashes in t…

THE STORY'S FAR FROM OVER IN “BLADE RUNNER 2049”TRAILER

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The new trailer for Blade Runner 2049, the highly awaited sequel to the classic Blade Runner, has just been released by Columbia Pictures and may viewed at HERE.

Coming to Philippine cinemas this October, Blade Runner 2049 is directed by Academy Award-nominee Denis Villeneuve (Sicario, Arrival).

Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos. K’s discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Ford), a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years.

The film is written by Hampton Fancher and Michael Green, and succeeds the initial story by Fancher and David Peoples based on Philip K. Dick’s novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep.

The film also stars Robin Wright, Ana de Armas, Sylvia Hoeks, Carla Juri, Mackenzie Davis, Barkhad Abdi, Dave Bautista, David Dastmalchian and Hiam Abbass.

Blade Runner 2049 will be distributed in the …

REVIEW | The Circle (2017)

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Emma Watson plays American Mae Holland, an underachiever who finds a job at The Circle, a Google-like corporation with a creepy goal to eradicate privacy. Based on Dave Eggers’ 2013 best-selling novel, this techno-thriller is engaging but severely underwritten...[READ FULL REVIEW HERE]

REVIEW | Luck at First Sight (2017)

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Boy meets girl in the throes of financial distress. Gambling addict and highly superstitious Joma (Jericho Rosales) is deep in debt. To increase his luck in gambling, he is advised to seek his “life charm” with the help of a green marble as guide. In less than five minutes, Joma finds his life charm in the form of a beautiful girl named Diane (Bela Padilla), who has her own...[READ FULL REVIEW HERE]


REVIEW | Gifted (2017)

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In a coastal town in Florida, Frank Adler (a ruggedly handsome Chris Evans) is serving as the single parent to his 7-year-old orphaned niece, Mary (Mckenna Grace). But Mary is no ordinary child. She is a highly intellectual, mathematical genius...[FULL REVIEW HERE]


MISADVENTURES CONTINUE IN FAMILY COMEDY MOVIE “DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: THE LONG HAUL”

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An all-new cast is about to experience the road trip of their lives in the family movie “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul” based on the bestselling young adult book series by Jeff Kinney.

In the latest movie “Diary of a Wimpy Kid:The Long Haul,” Greg Heffley convinced his family to attend their grandmother’s 90th birthday party. Unknown to his parents, Greg just wants to attend a gamers’ convention nearby their grandmother’s house and soon, the trip goes hilariously off-course.

The all-new cast includes Alicia Silverstone, Jason Ian Drucker, Charlie Wright, Owen Asztalos and Tom Everett Scott directed by David Bowers. Author Kinney said that the latest movie will take on a very timely theme, one that “every family is talking about” particularly the tension between gadgets time and real family time. “This is a chance for us to tell the contemporary family’s story and to do it in a humorous way,” said Kinney.

“When Alicia Silverstone’s name was first floated, it cau…

DIRECTOR GUY RITCHIE GIVES “KING ARTHUR” A GRITTY, MODERN EDGE

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Everyone knows the fabled Arthurian legend…or at least thinks they do. But in the hands of director Guy Ritchie, the tale takes on a decidedly gritty, modern edge in Warner Bros. Pictures' King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, in Philippine cinemas May 17, 2017.

In the film, Arthur is not yet king, but is instead a ruffian – a thoroughly reluctant hero compelled to discover his true destiny even as he fights against the very monarchy he is meant to rule.

“I think the best narratives take a man on a journey that transcends his limitations and allows him to evolve from his most basic nature into someone worthy of a bigger life,” says Ritchie, who also co-wrote and produced the film. “In our version of the story, Arthur’s life starts small: an urchin in a brothel, running the streets, learning to fight and dodging the law with his mates. Then the actions of others—some with good, some with not-so-good intentions—force him to expand his vision of who he could be.”

Charlie Hunnam, who stars i…

CHRIS EVANS’ “GIFTED” JOURNEY TO THE BIG SCREEN

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Chris Evans’ latest movie “Gifted” where he co-stars with Oscar winner Octavia Spencer, along with a multi-talented cast that includes Jenny Slate, McKenna Grace and Lindsay Duncan is a deeply charming story of a young child math prodigy and his uncle who are unexpectedly thrown into a custody battle that neither of them approves.

“Gifted” began its journey to the big screen when producer Karen Lunder, who has produced an assortment of films including “Arrival,” remembers a conversation with producer Andy Cohen in which she asked: “‘What do you have that’s great and different? What is the thing you’re most excited about?’ He sent me Gifted that was written by Tom Flynn. When I read the script, it had this timeless quality to it.”

Tom Flynn has had a successful career in Hollywood. “He’d done really well selling big comedy scripts to the studios,” GIFTED producer and Flynn’s literary manager Andy Cohen explains. Flynn left Hollywood for Florida where he started sellin…

RIDLEY SCOTT EXPLORES DARKEST CORNERS IN “ALIEN: COVENANT”

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The father of the iconic franchise “Alien” returns in the latest pulse-pounding instalment “Alien: Covenant” where he will take the audience in the darkest corners of the crew’s psyche in a new planet that stars an impressive cast - Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Guy Pearce and Danny McBride.

If anyone knows how to terrify audiences with smart, sophisticated storytelling, it’s Scott. His original Alien remains a standard bearer for the horror genre, a psychologically taut, uncomfortably claustrophobic film, as lean and effective as the sleek, vicious beast that first stalked Ellen Ripley and the crew of the starship Nostromo back in 1979. “In a funny kind of way, I always thought of Alien as a B-movie, really well done,” Scott says. “The subtext was pretty basic—it was seven people locked in the old dark house and who’s going to die first and who’s going to survive.”

“Alien: Covenant” finds Walter (Fassbender) tending to the ship Covenant where all of its crew ar…