Sigourney Weaver

Omrod's Aliens

QUESTION:  Which of the following men has not yet directed one of the films in the Alien franchise?
A). Ridley Scott
B). David Fincher
C). Tony Scott
D). James Cameron
ANSWER BELOW

In 2015, Bob Omrod's collection of miniatures became a part of the American Treasure Tour. If you have not yet seen it, it is truly amazing that it was created by one man, but that it was on display in his home until it moved to Oaks. Filled with imaginative interpretations of scenic scenes and dioramas, there is something for everyone. One element of the miniatures the blog enjoys exploring is his love of movies.  We've talked about his dioramas dedicated to Wizard of Oz, Dune, and his 40 Horror films ensemble. Today's blog is dedicated to the science fiction horror film Aliens.

1979's Alien introduced the character of Ellen Ripley, played by Sigourney Weaver. A strong-willed woman who never gave up, Ripley had to contend with an alien in her spaceship as it systematically killed her compatriots. The film proved extremely popular, making a sequel inevitable. But politics got in the way and it took seven years until Aliens came out. It is one of the rare instances where critics and fans consider the sequel superior to the original. It garnered seven Academy Award nominations, winning two (for Sound Effects Editing and Visual Effects). Alien 3 came out in 1992, and Alien: Resurrection was released in 1997. Since then, there have been two Alien v. Predator films and the 2012 prequel Prometheus, with others continuing the legacy. Bob Omrod has captured the feel of Aliens in a diorama depicting the monsters, their victims, and a whole slew of eggs getting ready to hatch. While Mr. Omrod has created a family-friendly image of Aliens, we do not suggest that the film itself is suitable for younger viewers.

ANSWER:  C). Tony Scott, the brother of Ridley, was better known for light-hearted action comedies.

Sigourney Weaver - October 8, 2014

Happy 65th Birthday to Sigourney Weaver! Born Susan Weaver into a life of privilege—her father was the president of NBC—she changed her name at the age of 14, inspired by the character “Sigourney Howard” from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. Weaver was already acting in school plays and summer stock at this age and, after graduating high school, attended Stanford University and Yale School of Drama. She established a successful stage career and began appearing in films in 1977. Her first role was a non-speaking 6-second appearance in Woody Allen’s Annie Hall. A mere two years later, she starred in Alien and a star was born.

TODAY’S TRIVIA QUESTION

Sigourney Weaver often towers over her costars. How tall is she?

a) 5’ 11”

b) 6’

c) 6’ 1”

d) 6’ 2”

Answer below!

CLIP OF THE DAY

Weaver has starred in countless hit films: Ghostbusters, Gorillas in the Mist, Working Girl, The Ice Storm, The Village, and Avatar. However, we will always think of her as “Ripley” in Alien. Can you handle this terrifying trailer for the 1979 classic? In space, no one can hear you scream…

QUOTE OF THE DAY

I'd rather have a small part in a movie I love than a bigger part in one I don't care about.

~Sigourney Weaver

TRIVIA ANSWER

a) 5’ 11”