Launched in 1984, the TED Conference (short for Technology, Entertainment, and Design) has played host to some pretty impressive speakers since its inception, including J.J. Abrams, Bill Clinton, Richard Branson, and Bono. None can hold a candle, however, to the illustrious Peter Weyland, co-founder of the Weyland-Yutani corporation, whose innovations helped pave the way, among other things, for mankind's first-ever contact with the alien species known affectionately as Face-Suckers. The clip below, taken from Weyland's speech at the TED Conference in 2023, provides a revealing glimpse into the man's genius:
Lest any of you get confused, the preceding clip is meant to provide background to Ridley Scott's Alien quasi-prequel Prometheus, but does not actually appear in the film. Guy Pearce, however, does appear in the film, though not in the role of Peter Weyland, but as a character named Stannison. The clip was directed not by Ridley Scott but by his son, Luke, who plays designated hitter for the Tampa Bay Rays. Got it? Good.
In addition to Pearce, Prometheus stars Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender, and Idris Elba. It opens everywhere June 8, 2012.
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Patricia Arquette has joined the cast of Jake Scott's untitled Jeff Buckley biopic, Variety reports. The True Romance star, often referred to as "the good Arquette," will play the role of the late singer-songwriter's mother, Mary Guibert. Reeve Carney, star of Julie Taymor's critically maligned Broadway show Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark and her even more-maligned film adaptation of Shakespeare's The Tempest, is set to play the lead role. According to Variety, Arquette's appearance will be little more than a cameo.
Principal photography on the film is slated to occur in the spring, in New York and Memphis.
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When crafting a follow-up to the highest-grossing R-rated comedy of all time it’s understandable that one might be reticent to mess with a winning formula. But director Todd Phillips and writers Craig Mazin and Scot Armstrong seem to have confused revisiting with recycling: The Hangover Part II so closely mirrors its blockbuster predecessor in every vital aspect that it can scarcely claim the right to call itself a sequel.
The only significant new wrinkle introduced in Part II is its setting: Bangkok Thailand a location that at least theoretically augurs well for a second helping of inspired lunacy. The story structure of the first film has been copied wholesale a game of Mad Libs played with its script. The action is again set around a bachelor party this time in honor of buttoned-down dentist Stu (Ed Helms). Again the boys (Stu Bradley Cooper’s boorish frat boy Phil and Zach Galifianakis’ moronic man-child Alan) awaken the next day in a hideously debauched hotel room with little memory of the previous night’s revelry. And again there is a missing companion: Teddy (Mason Lee son of Ang) the brother-in-law to be. (Poor Justin Bartha is once again relegated to the sidelines popping up now and then to push the plot forward via cell phone.)
The amnesiac/investigative angle of the first Hangover made for a refreshing twist on the contemporary men-behaving-badly comedy. Repeated here its effect is arguably the opposite: Too often the action feels rote and formulaic. Gone is any hint of surprise an aspect so crucial to good comedy and a huge part of the first film’s appeal. Key comic set pieces – a tussle with monks at a Buddhist temple a visit to a transsexual brothel a car chase involving a drug-dealing monkey – reveal themselves to be merely variations of memorable bits from the first film.
Tonally Part II is darker cruder and a bit nastier than its predecessor. Female characters never a priority in the first film are further marginalized in the sequel. (The only woman with significant dialogue a Bangkok prostitute also happens to have a penis. I’ll let you ponder the implications of that one.) The three leads Helms Cooper and Galifianakis still work well together and despite the inferior material enough of their chemistry remains to make the proceedings bearable – and occasionally funny. But their characters feel somehow degraded reduced to coarse caricatures of their former selves. Speaking of caricature Mr. Chow (Ken Jeong) the fey faux-gangsta villain of the first film returns in an expanded capacity in the sequel his garbled hip-hop slang more gratuitous – and more grating – than before.
I can’t help but wonder what might have been if a planned cameo by Mel Gibson playing a tattoo artist hadn’t been scrapped reportedly due to objections by Galifianakis. Liam Neeson Gibson’s replacement apparently proved ineffectual in his first go-round and when he wasn't available for re-shoots his scene was eventually shot with Nick Cassavetes in the role. In its existing incarnation the scene is purely functional a chunk of forgettable exposition. The presence of Gibson an actor of not inconsiderable comic talent would have at least added an air of unpredictability something the scene – and indeed the movie – sorely lacks.