I was just doing some searches on Google and came across an actor’s website. Jason Rickey will be playing an E.R. Trauma Doctor in AvP2 according to his official site. So I guess that means there’ll be a scene in a hospital. Not surprising, I guess a lot of people will be getting hurt after the Aliens are let loose.
“So far in the film world, Jason has played various character types such as an E.R. Trauma Doctor – (Alien Vs. Predator 2), Mental Patient – (Case 39), and a Superhero – (Pysch) to name a few.”
Exclusive Update: I received some information about the hospital scene. Many people start coming into the hospital who are hurt or have been killed while the Alien(s) and Predator were doing battle somewhere else in town. In another scene, the Alien(s) and Predator find themselves on the parking lot in front of the hospital and cause a lot more damage. Vehicles, Ambulances are destroyed and many more people are hurt. A few armoured vehicles appear but they came too late and the creatures have disappeared.
I have to admit, AvP2 news has been pretty scarce this month. Anyway, a new cast member has been added to IMDB’s AvP2 page. Chelah Horsdal will be playing a character called Darcy Benson, apparently. Never heard of her myself… though that can be said for most cast members in AvP2.Â She’s made appearances in a lot of stuff, Smallville, Supernatural, SG1 etc.
Thanks to Darkoo for the news.
Edit: I just checked her official site for confirmation and found this: “Chelah is thrilled to be playing ”˜Darcy Benson’ in the Strause brothers’ sequel to ”˜Alien vs Predator.’ Don’t ask ”˜cuz it’s all top secret. We will tell you this: There is an Alien. And a Predator.”
There’s a new article on CGSociety about the editing in AvP2. Most of it goes way over my head, it’s very technical. They talk about the crew using AJA KONA 3 and Apple Final Cut Pro to edit the movie.
“The Alien vs. Predator 2 editorial team modified their existing workflow to integrate with the pipeline at visual effects studio Hydraulx, setting up an Apple Final Cut Pro editing pipeline for the film that relies heavily on AJA’s KONA 3 card. Shot on 35mm 3-perf film, the setup allows Hydraulx to cut the film at a 1080i resolution, lay down previews to a D5 deck and go out to an HD deck for studio reviews before finishing the film with a 4K Digital Intermediate scan and film output. The pipeline employs five KONA 3 cards: a projection system, an editor system, a visual effects editor system, a utility system and an assistant system.
Interesting to note, they also call AvP2 an “effects-heavy” film.
Thanks to therockbottom65 for the news.
Saw this last week but I didn’t think it was relevant. How wrong I was. AliensOnline posted Spanish covers of the Alien Resurrection and Predator 2 definitive edition dvds. What’s interesting is that the Predator used for the P2 cover resembles the one in AvP2, don’t you think?
I thought it was the one from Predator 2 or at least a slightly different variant of it. But if this is from AvP2, why would Fox use it on the P2 DVD?
Update: Confirmed By Colin Strause.
Some worrying news. There’s an article over at MSNBC about the least anticipated movies of 2007. AvP2 is listed fourth, right under Fantastic Four 2. :angry:
“I love it when a movie feels the need to name itself twice in the same title. Like the audience is so lazy they won’t be able to bother themselves to actually speak the entire thing, even when buying a ticket at the box office, so they give you an out. If you want to call it simply “AVP2″ then you can and it’s okay. It’s the studios way of telling you that nothing really matters anymore and that this movie is a part of that philosophical manifesto. Will Alien prevail or will Predator? Does it matter in the end? Aren’t we all just dust in the wind?
Ray of hope: The remote possibility of brief sequences of half-way decent monster-fighting. Maybe.”
I looked at the poll results and AvP2 is currently second to Saw IV with 12% of the votes. See, this is what happens, when nobody knows hardly anything about a film. Thanks to Trioxide for the news.
Seems there will be some form of advanced preview of AvP2 at this years Fangoria’s Weekend of Horror Convention. The convention takes place for three days – May 18-20, 2007 at Burbank’s Marriott Airport Hilton.
“The convention will also host a costume contest, dessert party (free and open to Gold and Silver customers only), giant dealers’ marketplace, FANGORIA TV screenings, a jam-packed indie-horror movie festival and advance previews of such films as Rob Zombie’s HALLOWEEN, SAW IV, THE EYE, ASYLUM, TRICK ’R TREAT, ALIEN VS. PREDATOR 2, 30 DAYS OF NIGHT, I AM LEGEND, THE INVASION, BORDERLAND, ONE MISSED CALL, CASE 39, WRONG TURN 2 and many more!”
Hopefully, somebody will report back what the footage is when the convention comes round. Thanks to Lovely Man for the news.
I was reading an interesting article this morning on Bloody Disgusting about the MPAA creating a new rating called “Hard R”. I guess for us non-Americans, the idea is to re-create the NC17 rating but without the negative impact on marketing. i.e. NC17 has a bad rep with cinemas and video stores like Blockbuster refuse to stock them.
“The goal is to find a category for some films that are now informally called “hard R’s” — i.e., content so graphic that no one under the age of 17 should be allowed to see it at all in theaters. The new generation of horror pics, namely, the “Saw” and “Hostel” franchises, are pushing the limits of the “hard R” category.”
How does this relate to AvP2, you’re wondering? Well, Fox chairman, Tom Rothman, continuously refers to AvP2 as being “Hard R”. Maybe a coincidence, maybe not but I must say it would be interesting if the gore factor in AvP2 can be compared to that seen in the Saw/Hostel series’.
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You can now pre-order the figure. Even if you don’t fancy spending the cash, there’s some pretty good looking pictures on the site.
Something I’m curious about and I imagine a lot of people are too. AvP2 co-director Colin Strause commented on the running time of AvP2 on the IMDB Boards.
“You can’t force a time onto a movie, otherwise it will drag. That said, the length of Predator is good for that type of movie, so I’m sure we will be somewhere in that range once we are done editing, but until then we don’t want to be quoted on the length before the edit is locked. It will be as long as it needs to be.”
So, Predator’s length was about 100mins. Sounds about right, though I was hoping for a two hour film. Maybe that was wishful thinking. I guess it’s better than AvP’s length. What was it? Between 85-90 minutes, I think.
I remember when McFarlanes was the talk of the town, but now it seems Hot Toys are taking over as the prime Alien vs Predator figure makers. Figures.com recently posted up a review for Hot Toys’ new figure, the Ancient Predator:
“The Predators look phenomenal. Judging them as poseable model kits or action figures, they are probably the most detailed and arguably the most accurate representation of the characters. HT doesn’t compromise here – you get every little detail done almost perfectly, from the Alien’s transparent dome to the fibre-like material under the Predators’ lenses.”
The rest of the review gives details on posabilty and build, as well as plenty of pictures. Be sure to check out the review.