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It’s 4/26…So Happy Alien Day 2018!

Much like Star Wars Day, 20th Century Fox realized there are many fans of the Alien franchise. Which is of course why for third year, Alien Day is making a return. So what can you expect from the festivities for Alien Day 2018? It turns out some pretty fun stuff as a matter of fact. Best of all, for Alien Day 2018 you won’t actually have to go toe to toe with any Xenomorphs…unless you want to of course.

Naturally the reason April 26th has been chosen for all Alien Days is simple. You will recall that in the 1979 masterpiece, the crew of the Nostromo land upon LV-426. You might remember that this first encounter with a Xenomorph doesn’t go favorably for the crew members.
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I think we might as well start with Alien: Descent for this Alien Day 2018 coverage. Descent is a brand new free-roaming VR experience at The Outlets at Orange, located in 20 City Blvd W, Orange, California. What is it you might ask?
“Join an elite squad of Colonial Marines sent to investigate a distress signal from a Weyland-Yutani mining outpost. Just before losing contact, the facility reported some sort of infestation. It’s up to you and your squad to contain the threat, quarantine any survivors and get everyone off-world safely.”
Alien Day 2018 - Alien Descent

You can book Alien: Descent for your group of four by clicking on the link here.

The esteemed Mondo has some choice offerings this year. First up is a limited edition Alien inspired movie poster by Pascal Blanche.
Alien Day 2018 - Mondo - Pascal Blanche

Who on the official Mondo site had this to say about appreciation for Ridley Scott’s 1979 film.
“ALIEN is my favorite Horror and hard science space movie. I’ve watched it countless times whether it was for the music or going back to this uncanny sequence on LV426. The slow rhythm of the landing, the expedition, the alien ship reveal … everything in there has hooked me for years and is still a big influence on my work. I am honored and privileged to pay tribute to this classic movie with my poster.”

They are also offering a new T-Shirt which features artwork by Martin Ansin. The subject matter? Why none other than Jonesy, the feline companion to the crew of the Nostromo. As well as depending on how you look at it, the reason most of them didn’t make it out alive!
Alien Day 2018 - Jonesy

20th Century Fox is also joining in on the celebration. Apparently earlier in the month they were offering sweet deals on digital versions of the Alien film franchise. It began on the 21st, with a new movie each day, so for today only you can grab Alien: Covenant for $4.99, by using the Movie of the Day app.

[Via] 20th Century Fox

That is not all the ways you can celebrate Alien Day 2018:
“Gamers can win Alien franchise movies on Blu-ray and other fantastic prizes by competing in Zen Studios’ Aliens Pinball FX3 tournament! Everyone who plays the Aliens table on Five-Minute Mode between April 26 and May 3 is eligible, with the best prizes going to those who top the leaderboards. Players can download Pinball FX3 for free on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Windows 10 or Steam. The Aliens table is part of a three-pack known as Aliens vs. Pinball, which also includes tables based on Alien vs. Predator and Alien: Isolation.

Beginning today, Shop.FoxMovies.Com unveils all-new apparel commemorating Dark Horse’s upcoming Aliens: Dust to Dust comic series which launches today.”
Alien Day 2018 - Aliens Dust to Dust

Immerse yourself in the horrors of the ALIEN Universe from the safety of your home. Binge your own ALIEN marathon as HBO On Demand, HBO GO, and HBO NOW will offer a special presentation of the franchise films including Alien (Director’s Cut), Aliens, Alien3, Alien: Resurrection, and Alien: Covenant.
Plus, fans should stay tuned for major merchandise announcements, limited edition releases and exciting unveils to take place on and in the days leading up to ALIEN DAY. Among the key licensees returning to the ALIEN DAY celebration include Dark Horse Comics, Eaglemoss, The Loyal Subjects, Fright Rags, Geek Fuel, Mattel, Super 7, Diamond Select, Wonderdice, Park Agencies, Heighway Pinball Limited, Titan, NECA, Mondo, Prime 1, Trevco, Changes, Funko and more.”

So there you go, friends. Certainly a whole lot of options to celebrate Alien Day 2018!

[Via] Alien Anthology

Star Wars Is 40 Years Old Today…I Think I’m Old Now

Friends, it’s hard to believe Star Wars is 40 years old. I will to admit to having a rather difficult time wrapping my head around that fact. As well as finding that I’m suddenly feeling my age. I also find myself flooded with many Star Wars memories. Having said that I felt I should focus on my first viewing of that groundbreaking film.

After all as Star Wars.Com reminds us. Star Wars is 40 years old today.

Star Wars is 40 years old - Star Wars.Com

Image courtesy of Star Wars.Com

I want to talk about Darth Vader’s appearance in the 1977 film. Moreover how I almost missed it thanks to my Father’s well-intentioned desire to protect his 5-year-old Son.
Star Wars is 40 years old

Of course when Star Wars was released back on May 25th, 1977 we didn’t know what to expect. In fact I don’t believe my Father or myself ever saw a trailer for the film until well after it had exploded in popularity. Moreover when we first saw Star Wars it wasn’t busy, if memory serves me correctly it was barely half-full. I can assure you however that the next week when we went to see the movie it was a whole other story. Lines around the movie theater!
Star Wars is 40 years old - Lines around theaters

Anyway, I am getting off subject. I was already put in a state of total awe with the appearance of the Star Destroyer. But as the rebel soldiers nervously awaited whatever was cutting through doors, a hand rose up and blocked my view. I yanked my Father’s hand down in time to see the Stormtroopers enter the Tantive IV, blasters firing away.
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When Darth Vader stepped out of the smoke to survey the work of his Stormtroopers. My Father’s hand shot up again in front of my eyes. With all of my five-year-old might I began to slap at his arm, ducking so I could get my first look at Vader. Was I scared? Not in the least but I was definitely in a state of rapture as Vader proved he was dangerous as he was menacing.
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As we were driving home I couldn’t contain my excitement over Star Wars. I was literally in sensory overload. While I had seen plenty of movies – great ones in fact, nothing had affected me like Star Wars. On the drive home I yammered away on everything about I loved about the movie. Of course I had to ask my Father why he had attempted to cover my eyes. The answer was…interesting.

“I don’t know. I was worried a monster lizard was going to come running out at the screen.”

While I could go on and on about what the film series means to me. As Star Wars is 40 years old today, I can’t think of a better memory to share with you all. Furthermore it is my hope that someday soon the Retroist might present a Star Wars podcast.

Until that day you can certainly enjoy the Star Wars: Droids episode of the podcast!
Retroist Star Wars Droids Podcast

For more fun featuring Darth Vader: It Only Took 37 Years To Put This Darth Vader Model Together!

While Star Wars is 40 years old today, this is a perfect time to remind you about the original Kenner lightsabers.

[Via] Ultimate Toy Collector

Moonbase 3

Lunar lunacy on Moonbase 3

How excited would you be to find out that the minds behind Doctor Who were being given a second show to run, an original science fiction epic of their own design, with money coming not just from the BBC, but a major American studio, to be shown on a U.S. broadcast network?
Moonbase 3

If you were asked this in 2017, you’d probably be pretty excited. If, on the other hand, you were asked in 1973, you might also be excited, unaware that the result would be a short-lived show called Moonbase 3.

[Via] Collin Dubberley

Devised by Barry Letts and Terrance Dicks, who were, respectively, the producer and script editor of Jon Pertwee-era early ’70s Doctor Who, Moonbase 3 chronicles the dramatic goings-on at a British-run moon base, where research, politics, and the middle ground between the two – funding – are always points of contention. The pent-up confines of the base make it a pressure cooker between conflicting personalities; in this environment, personality quirks can become more pronounced, or even dangerous to others.
Moonbase 3

The BBC got 20th Century Fox to pitch in on the making of Moonbase 3, so its model work is fairly impressive – not just 1973 impressive, but nicely done and detailed. (Compare to a contemporary episode of Doctor Who, Frontier In Space, which featured a spacecraft whose spherical nose was literally a painted light bulb. Please don’t drop the model.) There was no obligation from the BBC to connect Moonbase 3 to Doctor Who, so it isn’t a spinoff; it actually aired in a late night slot on ABC in the States.

In fact, it’s that little known American broadcast that explains why we have the show at all now; as is often sadly the case, British-made shows shot on videotape tended to be shown once or twice, and then the tapes would be wiped and reused, as videotape was an expensive luxury in the 1970s. As far as anyone knew, until PAL-to-NTSC converted broadcast videotapes turned up in the vaults in America, Moonbase 3 was lost for good. (In fact, the show’s co-creator, Terrance Dicks, has offered the opinion that this might’ve been just as well, but when one considers the sadly incomplete state of such series as Doomwatch, Doctor Who, Ace Of Wands and Out Of The Unknown, the recovery of the entirety of Moonbase 3 has to count as a good thing.) Converted back to PAL, Moonbase 3 has since been released on DVD in the UK. (It’s so completely unknown in America that no Region 1 release has ever been scheduled; for whatever it’s worth, the show also exists in YouTubed form.)

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What does Moonbase 3 have going for it? An always-interesting cast, ever-shifting alliances and agitations between characters, and some decent sets and special effects for an early ’70s BBC series. The acting style is, to be charitable, early ’70s UK TV – stagey and a bit shouty – but Moonbase 3 boasts some familiar guest stars if you’re a fan of British TV. The highlight of the six episodes is Castor & Pollux, an episode chronicling a mishap during an international space mission involving one of Moonbase 3’s crew – it’s a gripping and plausible story (from a show that predated the American/Soviet Apollo Soyuz Test Project mission by two years) with some dizzying effects work.

On the downside, Moonbase 3 is thick with human intrigue and interpersonal conflict, and perhaps a bit short on the awe and wonder of space. The heavy, oppressive atmosphere of the show isn’t a bundle of laughs, and depending on your frame of mind may not even be entertaining. A few keen observers of British TV have noted that there’s more than a slight similarity between Moonbase 3 and the moody first season of Space: 1999, which arrived two years later on rival network ITV.

Moonbase 3 is an acquired taste, and it’s easy to see why it ran six episodes and then simply didn’t get picked up. The spacey sets built for the show were easy enough to recycle – they turned up as a faux spaceship in the season of Doctor Who that came after Moonbase 3’s short run – and Barry Letts and Terrance Dicks elected to concentrate their energy on the relatively light-hearted travels of the TARDIS. Moonbase 3 survives as a bit of a TV cul-de-sac, a sci-fi curio that may be more effective as a mood piece than as a story.

New Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes Trailer (BIG SPOILERS)

This is the new U.K. trailer of Rise of the Planet of the Apes…and with it I’m declaring this my favorite film of the Summer. Remember this trailer shows the entire story arc of the upcoming film…so SPOILERS!

20th Century Fox unleashes the Ape Hordes on August 5th. A huge thanks to Nordling from Ain’t It Cool for the heads up on the trailer!