Ridley Scott confirms his next movie is Prometheus 2

Ridley Scott just can’t leave space alone. In a recent interview with Empire, the The Martian director stated plainly that his next project is the sequel to 2012’s Prometheus. “I was starting to look for locations for my next movie,” he told the magazine, “which was Prometheus 2.”

For those who don’t remember, Prometheus served as a kind of pseudo-prequel to the Alien franchise. Starring Noomi Rapace and Michael Fassbender, the film delved into the origins of intelligent life on Earth as well as how the iconic Xenomorphs can into being. While the movie itself was a bit of a mess, it was still a financial success, paving the way to a new franchise running parallel to the Alien mythos. That’s great news for fans who’ve wanted Scott to…

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Author: Kwame Opam

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On Beauty Behind the Madness, The Weeknd goes from enigma to pop star

The man born Abel Tesfaye began his career as a mystery. His first mixtape, House of Balloons, was released for free on his website in March of 2011. The tape was as gritty and dark as Tesfaye’s voice was angelic, its sex appeal came with a sidelong threat of violence. The combination was arresting; every corner of the music world perked up its ears. MTV called it the best album of the year. It got a co-sign from Drake. In the months that followed, he released two more free mixtapes, Thursday and Echoes of Silence, both of which dug even deeper into Tesfaye’s seedy, confessional world. Curiosity about who, exactly, The Weeknd was skyrocketed, fueled by Tesfaye’s initial refusal to give any press interviews or even show his face.

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Author: Lizzie Plaugic

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Appeals court overturns earlier ruling against NSA surveillance

The Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has overturned an injunction against the US government’s phone surveillance program. Today, the court handed down a decision in Klayman v. Obama, a lawsuit arguing that the NSA’s mass collection of phone records is unconstitutional. It found that there was not enough evidence that the lawsuit’s subjects were actually under surveillance, reversing a decision made in late 2013.

The court didn’t address whether the surveillance program was legal or constitutional. Instead, it concluded that the case’s subjects lacked standing to bring a complaint at all, because they were unable to demonstrate that they’d suffered harm. The secrecy of US surveillance programs has made it almost impossible…

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Author: Adi Robertson

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Huawei Watch preorders suggest Android Wear will soon support iPhone

The Huawei Watch, another nice looking, round Android Wear smartwatch, is now up for preorder at Amazon. Pricing starts at $349 for a stainless steel model with black leather strap and goes all the way up to $799 for a gold-plated stainless steel watch with matching gold-plated steel band. That’s soundly Apple Watch territory, so it’ll be interesting to see what type of demand exists for an ultra-premium Android Wear device. Amazon says the Huawei Watch will begin shipping September 2nd.

The $799.99 gold-plated Huawei Watch

But perhaps more interestingly, the Huawei Watch’s item page says the watch is compatible with “iOS 8.2” or later (along with the regular Android requirements). The Verge has previously reported on G…

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Author: Chris Welch

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New trailers: Star Wars, The Martian, Ash vs Evil Dead, and more

Maybe it’s because we’re moving out of summer movie season, but this was actually a kind-of sort-of slowish week for trailers! That said, a few big upcoming titles made a lot of noise without showing very much — like, yes, Star Wars — and a number of films that are a bit more under the radar had room to do their thing the rest of the week. Also, there’s a fashion film with David Beckham. So that’s cool. Check all of this week’s best out below.

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Author: Jacob Kastrenakes

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