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Sigourney Weaver Had a Very Busy Weekend Celebrating Alien

Ellen Ripley is alive and well. Alien star Sigourney Weaver appeared to give dueling shout-outs to the 40-year-old sci-fi horror classic this weekend, both nodding toward the next generation of fans and taking a trip down memory lane for Samantha Bee.

Saturday night saw Weaver participating in a taped opening for Samantha Bee’s Not the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, reprising her role as Ellen Ripley to coax Bee into hosting the event. “I can’t cover another presidential election!” Bee tells Weaver’s character in the sketch. “There are too many candidates! Eighteen, nineteen, thirty—Nate Silver is going to fuck us again!

I know it’s bad down there. Maybe bad isn’t strong enough,” Weaver’s character tells her. “It’s vile, it’s appalling, a kick in the tit . . . This is your job. You have to host a dinner. It’s the most important thing there is. Daniel Dale is exhausted. He needs this! And Chuck Todd hasn’t been able to trim his goatee in months! And don’t you want to see how jacked Chris Cuomo is now? Journalists have one of the most difficult jobs today, and you have to go down there and tell them how important they are!

And it was the second that weekend that Weaver celebrated her old character. The 1979 Ridley Scott film—which officially turns 40 on May 25, and is honored with its own “Alien Day” celebration on April 26—was back in the headlines when students of New Jersey’s North Bergen High School staged their adaptation Alien: The Play. On Friday, Weaver herself dropped by to congratulate them.

“I just want to say, it looked incredible. You put so much heart and soul into that,” Weaver said in a social media post, according to WCBS.


Sigourney Weaver, Margaret Qualley to Star in ‘My Salinger Year’

Sigourney Weaver and Margaret Qualley are set to co-star in “My Salinger Year,” the big-screen adaptation of Joanna Rakoff’s international bestseller, which will be directed by Oscar-nominated Canadian director Philippe Falardeau.

Memento Films International (“Call Me by Your Name”) has come on board to handle international sales and is co-representing the U.S. rights with UTA Independent Film Group.

This is a total crowd-pleaser that will draw a substantial audience,” said Tanja Meissner, head of international sales at Memento. “All the relevant ingredients are assembled: an irresistibly charming and tender story in which ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ meets the literary world.

My Salinger Year” will start shooting in Montreal and New York this Spring. Luc Déry and Kim McCraw from micro_scope are producing the film. The Canadian company’s critically acclaimed credits include Denis Villeneuve’s “Incendies” and “Enemy,” as well as Falardeau’s “Monsieur Lazhar,” which was nominated for the foreign-language Oscar in 2012.

Written by Falardeau and based on Rakoff’s book, “My Salinger Year” takes place in New York in the ’90s and follows Joanna (Qualley), who leaves graduate school to pursue her dream of becoming a writer and gets hired as an assistant to Margaret (Weaver), the stoic and old-fashioned literary agent of J. D. Salinger.

Fluctuating between poverty and glamour, Qualley spends her days in a plush office and her nights in a sink-less Brooklyn apartment with her socialist boyfriend. Joanna’s main task is processing Salinger’s voluminous fan mail, but as she reads letters from around the world, she impulsively begins personalizing the responses, discovering her own voice in the process.

After directing seven features starring mostly male protagonists, I was longing to shift the paradigm and tell a story from a female perspective,” said Falardeau, whose credits also include “The Good Lie” and “Chuck,” starring Liev Schreiber, Naomi Watts and Elisabeth Moss, which premiered in Venice and Toronto.

“I now get to do that with the help of two very talented actresses who should prove to make an exciting duo in this mentor-mentee story,” Falardeau said.

“My Salinger Year” is co-produced by Ruth Coady and Susan Mullen at Irish company Parallel Films (“Brooklyn,” “Mary Shelley”) in Ireland. Jane Skalski at Next Wednesday Films and author Rakoff are exec-producing.

Memento Films International, which had a banner year in 2018 with the Oscar-winning “Call Me by Your Name,” is boasting a strong slate of prestige English-language films, notably Benedict Andrews’ “Against All Enemies,” with Kristen Stewart.

“My Salinger Year” will be distributed in Canada by Mongrel Media.

Falardeau, Weaver and Qualley are repped by UTA, and Rakoff by WME. Qualley is also repped by Management 360 and attorney Harris Hartman.


Meryl Streep, Sigourney Weaver reunite with professor Carmen de Lavallade

Meryl Streep and Sigourney Weaver reunited with their professor, legendary dancer Carmen de Lavallade, at Jazz at Lincoln Center last Thursday.

Both actresses studied under de Lavallade at Yale School of Drama, and showed up at an event where she was being honored.

Streep said she thinks of her former professor every day, and Weaver credited her as ‘the most useful professor’ she’s ever had,” an attendee told Page Six.

Carmen had us all reaching for the sky,” Weaver said at the bash. “Carmen, this exquisite, powerful woman and dancer, this patient, loving teacher, had become a part of me.”


‘Galaxy Quest’ Screen Captures

Hello everyone! I added to the gallery screen captures from the movie ‘Galaxy Quest’ (1999). Enjoy!

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