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Flashback: James Cameron Deflects Aliens Criticisms In A 1987 Issue Of Starlog

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It will be hard for some of you youngsters to believe, but there was a time, not so long ago, when one did not have a global forum in which to air one’s frustrations, nitpick movie mistakes, and call filmmakers hacks. Yes, before there was an internet, we could not simply log into the comments section on IMDb or YouTube and let the world that know that “tHis mOOvie SUx BALZ.” No, we had to put forward our theories of cinematic ball-suckiness person-to-person, perhaps while standing around a water cooler or huffing paint in our parents’ basement. There were even times, believe it or not, when we would become so irate over the shortcomings of a film or TV show that we would sit down, compose our thoughts, and mail them to a magazine.

Such was the case back in 1987, when numerous angry fanboys took to the letter column of Starlog Magazine to vent their hatred for a little science fiction flick called Aliens. Yes, that Aliens. It seems that not everybody thought it was the classic it’s come to be regarded as, and many fans wrote in to nitpick various elements of the film and whinge in general. Where it gets interesting is in what happened next. As pointed out via Reddit, director James Cameron actually addressed the complaints personally in the magazine’s 125th issue. He corrects misunderstandings, explains that some confusing aspects were the result of deleted footage (much of which appeared in the later director’s cut), and generally defends his work.

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Science Fiction’s Ten Best One-On-One Fights To The Death

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Science fiction film and television has provided no shortage of jaw-dropping battle scenes over the years. We’ve watched ships stalk each other through thick nebula haze, sleek starfighters dancing through fields of debris, and burning dreadnoughts make one final, defiant suicide charge against the enemy. But while some of the genre’s most memorable moments were played out on a huge scale, there are plenty of smaller, more personal battles that were just as intense and dramatic. After all, it’s easy to go to war when you’ve got a fleet of the galaxy’s finest behind you, but what about when it’s just you against the person/thing across from you, and only one of you is walking away alive?

In honor of The Hunger Games hitting theaters tomorrow, we here at GFR decided to look back at our favorite mano-a-mano SF fights over the years. These dustups are one-on-one and to-the-death. No one has to actually die, but the intent to kill has to be there, on one side or both. Let’s step into the ring and meet our first contenders… (Note: You can click the images to watch video of the fights.)

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Scientists Want To Search The Moon For Aliens

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We all know that the moon is a lifeless barren rock incapable of supporting life. Humanity gave up on the ideas of intelligent life living on the moon shortly after we figured out it wasn’t made of green cheese. But now scientists at Arizona State University think we may have overlooked something, and are urging SETI to search old photos and records of the lunar surface for signs of extraterrestrials.

Their point as outlined in this paper is that after decades of observation scientists now have huge databases of records detailing not just the moon but the sky around the Earth. The believe that if intelligent life does exist in the universe, there’s a chance it may have sent a probe to our region of the galaxy. If they did, they’re hoping there might be some sign of it in the existing records and photos they already have.

In particular they think the database of photos taken by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter is a good place to start. If aliens had at some point in our past arrived and attempted to observe Earth, setting up a base on the moon would have been their first move. Even if it happened hundreds or thousands of years ago, some of that evidence may still exist on the Moon’s surface.

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Aliens On Ice: An All Skate Tribute To James Cameron’s Movie

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That’s right, Aliens on Ice. The following video is of a performance put on live in Austin, Texas (of course it’s in Austin) at Chaparral Ice on November 18 & 19. It is exactly what the title suggests. A local theater troupe decided to put on a live performance the 1986 movie Aliens, on an ice rink, wearing ice skates.

Here it is:

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U.S. Government Officially Responds To Accusations Of Alien Cover-ups

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One of the kind of cool things the Obama administration has done since taking office is set up a means by which American citizens can get real answers to questions they have about what the government has been up to.

If you set up a petition through We The People and it gets more than 17,000 signatures, you’ll get an official response to it. So of course everyone wants to know… has the government found any evidence of extraterrestrial life?

Two such petitions were put forward and have subsequently received enough signatures to force a response from the Obama administration. So here’s their response, the official word on whether the government knows anything at all about aliens from Phil Larson of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy…

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James Cameron Played The T-1000 And The Alien Queen

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A lot of Hollywood directors make cameos in their film. Hitchcock was a master at working himself into his films and more recently Peter Jackson showed up in all three of his Lord of the Rings films in blink or you’ll miss it rolls. But James Cameron has a different way of working himself into his pictures: his voice.

James Cameron makes voice cameos in almost all of his films. In several of them he just voices random pilots, but in a couple of cases he gives voice to some of his most iconic characters. For instance, in Terminator 2 he voices some of the T-1000’s screams and in Aliens he’s the voice of the Alien queen.