Sigourney Weaver dispatches her last alien beast in this third installment of the mega-grossing futuristic action-adventure series. Don’t look for the Rambo-like performance of Aliens: This time Weaver’s Ripley, stranded in an outer-space penal colony, faces the rampaging monsters without weapons — and without hair. David Fincher, who has done music videos for Madonna, Paula Abdul, and George Michael, makes his feature-film directing debut.
Inside Story: ”It’s not Aliens, it’s not Die Hard 2,” warns Weaver. ”It’s a sort of intellectual, existential action drama. People coming from the trailer expecting to see Terminator 2 are going to be very disappointed.” People coming from the test screenings were indeed disappointed by the film’s bleak tone and ending. The production was plagued by disagreements over scripts and by spiraling costs (the budget soared to well over $50 million), and word has it that frantic last-minute edits were made to streamline the story. Though the first two Aliens have scared up more than $140 million and this installment is guaranteed to open well, it may not be the monster hit Fox is hoping for.
In the wake of Wayne’s World’s blockbuster success, Disney’s Hollywood division is marketing Encino Man as the next big schwing. MTV VJ Pauly Shore (host of Totally Pauly) and Sean Astin star as California teenagers who dig up a 10,000-year-old caveman (Brendan Fraser) and attempt to remake him in their own image (with a shaggy ‘do and ’70s retro clothing). In their quest to become America’s next pop-culture antiheroes, these two Valley boys could well enjoy excellent box office adventures.
Inside Story: Producers originally picked Shore to play the naive caveman, but the actor said no way. ”I didn’t want to be a caveman because cavemen can’t talk,” he explains. Shore not only talks, he invented a new Valley vocabulary for his high school character, including ”How crusty is my ‘do,” (a reference to hair care) and ”My melon is fully twigged” (”My head is messed up”). ”It’s stuff I heard from friends that I grew up with, but it kind of just came down to me doing my own thing,” says Shore. How does Shore-speak differ from the argot practiced by Wayne and Garth? ”Those two guys were made-up characters,” says Shore. ”The scary part is that this is really how I talk.”