Widening the thematic scope without sacrificing too much of the claustrophobia that made the original 1979 Alien universally spooky Prometheus takes the trophy for this summer's most adult-oriented blockbuster entertainment. The movie will leave your mouth agape for its entire runtime first with its majestic exploration of an alien planet and conjectures on the origins of the human race second with its gross-out body horror that leaves no spilled gut to the imagination. Thin characters feel more like pawns in Scott's sci-fi prequel but stunning visuals shocking turns and grand questions more than make up for the shallow ensemble. "Epic" comes in many forms. Prometheus sports all of them.
Based on their discovery of a series of cave drawings all sharing a similar painted design Elizabeth (Noomi Rapace) and Charlie (Logan Marshall-Green) are recruited by Weyland to head a mission to another planet one they believe holds the answers to the creation of life on Earth. Along for the journey are Vickers (Charlize Theron) the ruthless Weyland proxy Janek (Idris Elba) a blue collar captain a slew of faceless scientists and David (Michael Fassbender) HAL 9000-esque resident android who awakens the crew of spaceship Prometheus when they arrive to their destination. Immediately upon descent there's a discovery: a giant mound that's anything but natural. The crew immediately prepares to scope out the scene zipping up high-tech spacesuits jumping in futuristic humvees and heading out to the site. What they discover are the awe-inspiring creations of another race. What they bring back to the ship is what they realize may kill their own.
The first half of Prometheus could be easily mistaken for Steven Spielberg's Alien a sense of wonder glowing from every frame not too unlike Close Encounters. Scott takes full advantage of his fictional settings and imbues them with a reality that makes them even more tantalizing. He shoots the vistas of space and the alien planet like National Geographic porn and savors the interior moments on board the Prometheus full of hologram maps sleeping pods and do-it-yourself surgery modules with the same attention. Prometheus is beautiful shot in immersive 3D that never dampers Dariusz Wolski's sharp photography. Scott's direction seems less interested in the run-or-die scenario set up in the latter half of the film but the film maintains tension and mood from beginning to end. It all just gets a bit…bloodier.
Jon Spaihts' and Damon Lindelof's script doesn't do the performers any favors shuffling them to and fro between the ship and the alien construction without much room for development. Reveals are shoehorned in without much setup (one involving Theron's Vickers that's shockingly mishandled) but for the most part the ensemble is ready to chomp into the script's bigger picture conceits. Rapace is a physical performer capable of pulling off a grisly scene involving an alien some sharp objects and a painful procedure (sure to be the scene of the blockbuster season. Among the rest of the crew Fassbender's David stands out as the film's revelatory performance delivering a digestible ambiguity to his mechanical man that playfully toys with expectations from his first entrance. The creature effects in Prometheus will wow you but even Fassbender's smallest gesture can send the mind spinning. The power of his smile packs more of a punch than any facehugger.
Much like Lindelof's Lost Prometheus aims to explore the idea of asking questions and seeking answers and on Scott's scale it's a tremendous unexpected ride. A few ideas introduced to spur action fall to the way side in the logic department but with a clear mission and end point Prometheus works as a sweeping sci-fi that doesn't require choppy editing or endless explosions to keep us on the edge of our seats. Prometheus isn't too far off from the Alien xenomorphs: born from existing DNA of another creature the movie breaks out as its own beast. And it's wilder than ever.
The Desperate Housewives star braved the rain with her husband Tom Mahoney and their twin daughters Eden and Savannah, five, to explore the California Redwoods and the birthday girl posted a photo of herself and her kids on her Twitter.com page.
Alongside the picture, she wrote, "In the redwoods for my birthday...so glam!!"
She also thanked fans for all of their birthday wishes, adding, "Thank you Thank you Thank you for all the birthday love. Makes turning 50 a wonderful thing!!!! Much love back..... XO".
The actress was left devastated when her partner, Tom Mahoney, was diagnosed with the deadly disease last year (09).
But Cross was determined to remain strong throughout the ordeal, and refused to tell the couple's three-year-old daughters Eden and Savannah.
She tells People.com, "There's no point in telling our kids. They were so young and anything to them is normal, so they didn't know things weren't normal.
"They're enjoying their life. Daddy's fine. It's in the past. He has nothing to say."
Mahoney has since received the all-clear, and the battle has made Cross realise how lucky she is: "My kids are great, work is great, my husband's really, really fantastic. I'm very blessed. All of my dreams have come true."
The actress spends long hours on set and is often parted from her three-year-old girls Eden and Savannah - which she finds difficult.
In a post on her Twitter.com page, she writes, "Missing my girls something fierce! My hat is off to all mothers at work and at home."
"I have a lot of friends that I haven't called in three years!" DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES star MARCIA CROSS admits her social life is no longer a priority after becoming a mum to twins Eden and Savannah in 2007.
The actress became mum to twins Eden and Savannah in 2007 and regularly visits Los Angeles play areas with the pair, who turn three on Saturday (20Feb10).
Now Cross has joined forces with charity KaBoom!, which aims to encourage kids to spend more time outdoors - and the actress is urging mums to feel the benefit of a visit to a playground.
She says, "I just open up the gates and let (Eden and Savannah) go."
Desperate Housewives star Marcia Cross has been left "heart-broken" by her husband's cancer battle, according to her mother.
Cross' stockbroker husband, Tom Mahoney, is currently receiving treatment for the illness after being diagnosed earlier this year.
No other details about the 51-year-old's condition have been released, but Cross' mother, Janet, insists the actress and her partner are determined to beat the deadly disease.
She tells Britain's Closer magazine, "It's heart-breaking to see Tom so ill - he's got a big battle ahead of him. It just breaks my heart that they have only just found each other fairly recently and he might not be around to watch his kids grow up.
"They are the most romantic pair too. I just hope Tom gets better, so they can have a normal life again. His chemotherapy has been so gruelling and it's been tough but they're in love and doing the best they can."
The couple, who wed in 2006, are parents to two-year-old twin daughters, Eden and Savannah.
Cross' previous partner, long-term boyfriend Richard Jordan, died of a brain tumor in 1993.
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Desperate Housewives star Marcia Cross gave birth to fraternal twin daughters on Tuesday in Los Angeles.
Cross, 44, and husband Tom Mahoney, 49, married in June 2006.
The girls, Eden and Savannah, are the first children for the couple.
Cross' representative tells People magazine, "Mother and babies are all doing well."
The star, who plays Bree Van De Camp on the hit series, had been on bed rest since January.
Producers of the show set up production at her home in order to finish her storylines on the series.
She was put on bed rest as a precautionary measure and had a problem-free pregnancy.
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