Ridley Scott
English film director, and producer
Ridley Scott
Sir Ridley Scott is an English film director and producer. His best-known films include Scott's commercial breakthrough Alien (1979), sci-fi classic Blade Runner (1982), Black Rain (1989), Thelma & Louise (1991), best picture Oscar-winner Gladiator (2000), Hannibal (2001), Black Hawk Down (2001), Kingdom of Heaven (2005), American Gangster (2007), Robin Hood (2010), and Prometheus (2012).
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To Heaven and Back: Anita Moorjani
Huffington Post - 7 days
Porch Light People: Individuals who are fully themselves. They are not influenced by "shoulds" from the culture or other people. They instead live from their inner light. My first Porch Light Profile is about New York Times best selling author Anita Moorjani. I chose her because her book, Dying to Be Me: My Journey from Cancer, to Near Death, to True Healing, is one of the most compelling memoirs I've ever read. The book details the author's spontaneous healing of stage four Hodgkin's lymphoma after a near-death experience (NDE). As she lay comatose, her organs shutting down, she "crossed over" to an indescribable realm of love and clarity. In Heaven, she was reunited with loved ones who had passed away. From them she learned she had the choice to return to Earth. They told her if she went back, her cancer would rapidly heal. All she had to do was to live her life fearlessly. What that meant was to love herself unconditionally and be who she was moment by moment. Reading about ...
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John Hurt, Star Of 'The Elephant Man' And '1984,' Dead At 77
Huffington Post - 24 days
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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: "The Forgotscars:" Celebrating the Oscar Omitted
Huffington Post - 27 days
I do this every year. I don't know if anyone reads it. Frankly, it's hard to know who reads my stuff lately. It gets lost in the abyss of a Trump presidency. Anyway, with the nominations just announced for the 89th Academy Awards, naturally I'm left bummed out with the omissions. That said, this year the Academy - for the most part - got it right. Sure, they flubbed. I mean no Amy Adams? Are you nuts? The Best Actress race should've been between the Arrival star and 20th Century Women's Annette Bening yet neither were nominated. This is Ridley Scott and Ben Affleck bad. Other omissions? An as expected low showing for Nocturnal Animals, and a complete shaft to Tom Hanks. Oh, and yes Mel Gibson there's a place for you in Trump's America. Anyway, back to the start and me writing this column each year. Here's my annual "forgotscars" - a list of nominees of those not nominated. There are no awards but feel free to weigh in on the comments section. Best Picture Deadpool Lo ...
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Ridley Scott's 'Alien: Covenant' will get a separate virtual reality experience
LATimes - about 2 months
Ridley Scott is, virtually, at it again. The veteran director — whose "The Martian" was turned into an elaborate piece of virtual reality by Fox — will see his new movie "Alien: Covenant” also given the VR treatment. The studio announced Tuesday that it is creating the science-fiction piece, enlisting...
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The First 'Alien: Covenant' Trailer Is A Terrifying Holiday Treat
Huffington Post - about 2 months
The first official trailer for Ridley Scott’s “Alien: Covenant” that dropped late Saturday night is a real festive treat for sci-fi fans.  “Covenant” is the sixth film in the movie franchise and takes place after 2012’s “Prometheus,” but before the events of the 1979 original film. It follows the crew of a colony ship, “bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world.” The film stars Michael Fassbender, who is reprising his role as David the android, Katherine Waterston, Danny McBride, James Franco, Jussie Smollett, and Billy Crudup. “Alien: Covenant” hits theaters May 19, 2017. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
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Michael Bay Has Zero Interest In Blowing Things Up For A Marvel Movie
Huffington Post - 3 months
You’d think Marvel and director Michael Bay would go hand in hand, right? Both have failed Ben Affleck miserably, been blamed for the downfall of cinema, and demanded an unnecessary amount of explosions to make their movies watchable. And yet, Bay has steered clear from the recent boom in superhero films. During an interview with Collider on the set of “Transformers: The Last Knight” published Monday, the director explained that he has zero interest in directing a Marvel flick because nothing can compare to creating a world all your own.   “I really liked ‘Civil War.’ I like a lot of the Marvel movies,” Bay said. “When I saw ‘Iron Man,’ it broke a lot of new ground for me, and it was a great character. Funny, witty, I liked that about it.”  Still, he’d rather stick to directing Mark Wahlberg’s varied “OMG robots are real” expressions in the billion-dollar “Transformers” franchise, which spits out a new installment this summer, than anything Marvel. “I wouldn’t want to, it ...
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Directors Guild of America to bestow top honors on Ridley Scott
LATimes - 3 months
In a celebrated career already dotted with various awards, director Ridley Scott is about to add one more top honor. On Tuesday, the Directors Guild of America announced that Scott is the 2017 recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award for Distinguished Achievement in Motion Picture Direction. ...
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Oscar Watch: The latest predictions and why Trump's election might be good news for 'La La Land'
LATimes - 3 months
The last time a Republican won the White House and lost the popular vote, Oscar voters ended up giving the best picture honor to a flamboyant, rousing and altogether silly movie about a proud Roman soldier fighting for his freedom. That film, of course, was Ridley Scott’s “Gladiator,” about which...
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Movie Review: 3-D Auteurs
Huffington Post - 3 months
Ah, 3-D! It always seemed more like a gimmick than a true breakthrough in movie making technology. It was first introduced in the 1950s to beat back the threat of television; it was reintroduced in the new millennium to beat back the threat of the Internet. It didn't stop TV, and it won't stop Netflix, but a case can be made that it's more than just a toy. Film Forum makes that case with its 3-D Auteurs film festival, running November 11-29, and featuring 34 films by serious directors like Alfred Hitchcock, Wim Wenders, and George Miller. Note that Film Forum is the only repertory theater in New York City equipped to show 3-D films in the finicky 1950s dual projector format. Highlights include: It Came From Outerspace (1953). Cheesy alien invasion movie, the kind they don't make anymore. From a story by Ray Bradbury. You know you want to see it. Is it a metaphor for the Cold War? You decide. Directed by Jack Arnold. House of Wax (1953). Vincent Price as the ultimate tor ...
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Furry Blue Alien Watches Presidential Race From Space
Huffington Post - 4 months
Imagine aliens from planet Zârtôk responding to our deep space signals by sending a furry ambassador bearing great wisdom and technology to share along with insights into how to create a balanced global culture where all beings thrive equally. Pausing before making her presence known, she tunes into the news feeds for an Earthly update and discovers that the largest developed nation on this world is seriously considering electing a reality TV star with no experience and the consciousness of a three-year-old as their leader. Finger pointing, name calling, sniffs, and shimmies are the highpoints of political dialogue. Fact checking is a new form of employment. Lies are truth. Hate-mongering is nationalism. Three am tweets about non-existent porn videos starring decades-old beauty pageant queens are newsworthy. And don't forget hand size ... What's a self-respecting alien to do? Firing off a quick FTL message saying "Nobody's home," she mixes up a big batch of Orville Rede ...
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Alma-Tadema: Classical Charm
Huffington Post - 4 months
Leeuwarden, capital of Friesland, produced Rembrandt's beloved wife Saskia Uylenburgh, along with Mata Hari and M.C. Escher. But there's another native son who's been largely forgotten since his heyday in Victorian London. "Alma-Tadema: Classical Charm" at the Fries Museum hopes to change that with a dazzling retrospective on the distinctive 19th century painter (October 1, 2016 to February 7, 2017). Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, Coign of Vantage (detail), 1895, oil on canvas, 58.88 x 44.45 cm, Collection of Ann and Gordon Getty Eighty paintings have been assembled from private collections and museums around the world by curators Elizabeth Prettejohn, Head of Art History at the University of York, and Peter Trippi, a New York-based independent scholar of 19th century British art. "Alma Tadema: Classical Charm" is organized chronologically -- from a teenage self-portrait to his late masterpiece The Finding of Moses which sold for a record smashing $36 million in 2010. Sir ...
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Ridley Scott honored and Donald Trump teased as American Cinematheque Award event is held
LATimes - 4 months
Despite the English roots and fanciful narratives of the filmmaker being honored, presenters doling out the praise for director Ridley Scott at the 30th American Cinematheque Award ceremony couldn’t pass up the opportunity to crack jokes at the current American political climate. Australian actor Russell...
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The 3 Models of Modern Publishing -- And How You Should Choose
Huffington Post - 5 months
If you're reading this, you've already written a book, or you are seriously considering it. Now the question you want answered is, "What's the best book publishing option for me?" The book publishing landscape is very confusing. This is for many reasons; the most relevant to you is that the business of book publishing has changed dramatically over the past decade, and most of the advice people give is dated and wrong. Furthermore, most of the guides to book publishing are geared towards writers, novelists, or hobbyists. Entrepreneurs, business owners, executives and other professionals should look at book publishing through a completely different lens than writers. This piece will examine the three book publishing options commonly available, explain the pros and cons of each, and help you understand exactly which one you should select. Just some background on me, so you know why I'm qualified to write this: I've been in the book and publishing industry for almost two decades ...
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Full Episode: 2020 02/26/16: Journey to the Oscars
ABC News - 12 months
Looking at defining moments in the careers of some of the most notable 2016 nominees, including Sylvester Stallone, Brie Larson, Bryan Cranston, Ridley Scott and Matt Damon.
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What to Watch Tuesday
NYTimes - 12 months
Ridley Scott goes on “a blissed-out cosmic high” in “The Martian.” Sammy Hagar burns rubber with Dan Rather. And “Frontline” examines the country’s heroin epidemic.
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TV This Week, Feb. 14 - 20: 'Broad City' on Comedy Central
LATimes - about 1 year
SUNDAY Filmmakers Tom Hooper, Danny Boyle, Todd Haynes, Tom McCarthy, Ridley Scott and Quentin Tarantino take part in a roundtable on "The Envelope." 5:30 p.m. Ovation Blimey! It's time for the "The EE British Academy Film Awards 2016" — a.k.a. the BAFTAs. 7:30 p.m. BBC America Isn't it romantic?...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Ridley Scott
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2016
    Age 78
    Ridley also paid tribute to his late brother Tony at the 2016 Golden Globes, after his film, The Martian, won Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy.
    More Details Hide Details Russell Crowe commented, "I like being on Ridley's set because actors can perform and the focus is on the performers." Paul M. Sammon, in his book Future Noir: The Making of Blade Runner, commented in an interview with Brmovie.com that Scott's relationship with his actors has improved considerably over the years. More recently during the filming of Scott's 2012 film, Prometheus, Charlize Theron praised the director's willingness to listen to suggestions from the cast for improvements in the way their characters are portrayed on script. Theron worked alongside the writers and Scott to give more depth to her character during filming. His striking visual style, incorporating a detailed approach to production design and innovative, atmospheric lighting, has been influential on a subsequent generation of filmmakers. Scott commonly uses slow pacing until the action sequences. Examples include Alien and Blade Runner; the LA Times critic Sheila Benson, for example, would call the latter "Blade Crawler" "because it's so damn slow". Another technique he employs is use of sound or music to build tension, as heard in Alien, with hissing steam, beeping computers and the noise of the machinery in the space ship. Scott claims to have an Eidetic Memory, which he says aids him in visualising and storyboarding the scenes in his films.
    In 2016, Scott was in early negotiations to direct the screen version of the 1968 British TV series The Prisoner.
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    Scott, through his Scott Free Productions, is an executive producer on the dark comic science-fiction series BrainDead which debuted on CBS in 2016.
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    On 10 May 2016, it was announced that Scott and Goddard would be reteaming to adapt the book Wraiths of the Broken Land by S.
    More Details Hide Details Craig Zahler. It is described as a piece of fiction that combines elements of “horror, noir, and Asian ultra-violence.” Scott and his brother produced CBS series Numb3rs (2005–10), a crime drama about a genius mathematician who helps the FBI solve crimes, and The Good Wife (2009–2016), a legal drama about an attorney balancing her job with her husband, a former state attorney trying to rebuild his political career after a major scandal. The two Scotts also produced a 2010 film adaptation of 1980s television show The A-Team, directed by Joe Carnahan. Scott was an executive producer of the first season of Amazon's The Man in the High Castle (2015–16).
  • 2015
    Age 77
    On 3 July 2015, he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Royal College of Art in a ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall in London at which he described how he still keeps on his office wall his school report placing him 31st out of 31 in his class, and how his teacher encouraged him to pursue what became his passion at art school.
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    Scott also revealed that filming would begin sometime within 2015, and that Harrison Ford has signed on to reprise his role from the original film but his character should only appear in "the third act" of the sequel.
    More Details Hide Details In late 2013, it was announced that Scott will begin casting for the film adaptation of Hugh Howey's Wool in early 2014. A sequel to Prometheus titled Alien: Covenant is in development, and has started filming in 2016, for release in 2017. Filming wrapped on July 19, 2016.
  • 2014
    Age 76
    In May 2014, it was reported that Scott was in negotiations to direct the adaptation, set to star Matt Damon as Mark Watney.
    More Details Hide Details The film was originally scheduled for release on 25 November 2015, but Fox later switched its release date with that of Victor Frankenstein, and thus The Martian was released on 2 October 2015. The Martian was a critical and commercial success, and has grossed over $630 million worldwide, becoming Scott's highest-grossing film to date.
    Scott directed the biblically-inspired epic film Exodus: Gods and Kings, released in December 2014.
    More Details Hide Details Filmed at Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire, the film starred Christian Bale in the lead role. In March 2013, Twentieth Century Fox optioned the film rights for the novel The Martian, and hired screenwriter Drew Goddard to adapt and direct the film.
    Scott informed the Variety publication in November 2014 that he was no longer the director for the film and would only fulfill a producer's role.
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  • 2013
    Age 75
    On 25 October 2013, Indiewire reported that "Before McCarthy sold his first spec script for Scott's (Counselor) film, the director was heavily involved in developing an adaptation of the author's 1985 novel Blood Meridian with screenwriter Bill Monahan (The Departed).
    More Details Hide Details But as Scott said in a Time Out interview, 'Studios didn't want to make it. The book is so uncompromising, which is what's great about it.' Described as an 'anti-western' "
    On 24 June 2013, Scott's series Crimes of the Century debuted on CNN.
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  • 2012
    Age 74
    In November 2012 it was announced that Scott would produce the documentary, Springsteen & I directed by Baillie Walsh and inspired by Life in a Day, which Scott also produced.
    More Details Hide Details The film featured fan footage from throughout the world on what musician Bruce Springsteen meant to them and how he impacted their lives. The film was released for one day only in 50 countries and on over 2000 film screens on 22 July 2013. Scott directed The Counselor (2013), with a screenplay by author Cormac McCarthy.
    In 2012, Scott produced the commercial for Lady Gaga's fragrance, "Fame."
    More Details Hide Details It was touted as the first ever black Eau de Parfum, in the informal credits attached to the trailer for this advertisement.
    As part of the buildup to the 2012 London Olympics, Scott produced Britain in a Day, a documentary film consisting of footage shot by the British public on 12 November 2011.
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    His younger brother Tony, who was also his business partner in their company Scott Free, died on 19 August 2012 at the age of 68 after jumping from the Vincent Thomas Bridge which spans Los Angeles Harbor, after a long struggle with cancer.
    More Details Hide Details Before Tony's death, he and Ridley collaborated on a miniseries based on Robin Cook's novel, Coma for A&E. The two-part miniseries premiered on A&E on 3 September 2012, to mixed reviews. In 2013, Ridley stated that he is an atheist. Ridley has dedicated several of his films in memory of his family: Blade Runner to his brother Frank, Black Hawk Down to his mother, and The Counselor and Exodus: Gods and Kings to his brother Tony.
  • 2010
    Age 72
    On 6 July 2010, YouTube announced the launch of Life in a Day, an experimental documentary executive produced by Scott.
    More Details Hide Details Released at the Sundance Film Festival on 27 January 2011, it incorporates footage shot on 24 July 2010 submitted by YouTube users from around the world.
  • 2009
    Age 71
    In 2009, the TV Series The Good Wife premiered with Ridley and his brother Tony credited as executive producers.
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    On 31 July 2009, news surfaced of a two-part prequel to Alien with Scott attached to direct.
    More Details Hide Details The project, ultimately reduced to a single film called Prometheus, which Scott described as sharing "strands of Aliens DNA" while not being a direct prequel, was released in June 2012. The film received mostly positive reviews and grossed $403 million at the box office. A sequel is in development for 2017.
  • 2008
    Age 70
    In late 2008, Scott's espionage thriller Body of Lies, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Russell Crowe, opened to luke-warm ticket-sales and mixed reviews. Scott directed a revisionist adaptation of Robin Hood, which starred Russell Crowe as Robin Hood and Cate Blanchett as Maid Marian. It was released in May 2010 to mixed reviews, but a respectable box-office.
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  • 2007
    Age 69
    The film premiered in November 2007 to positive reviews and box office success, and Scott was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Director.
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  • 2006
    Age 68
    Scott's next film was American Gangster, based on the story of real-life drug kingpin Frank Lucas. Scott took over the project in early 2006, and had screenwriter Steven Zaillian rewrite his script to focus on the dynamic between Frank Lucas and Richie Roberts.
    More Details Hide Details Denzel Washington signed on to the project as Lucas, with Russell Crowe co-starring.
    Asked if he was against previewing in general in 2006, Scott stated: "It depends who's in the driving seat.
    More Details Hide Details If you've got a lunatic doing my job, then you need to preview. But a good director should be experienced enough to judge what he thinks is the correct version to go out into the cinema." Scott teamed up again with Gladiator star Russell Crowe, for A Good Year, based on the best-selling book by Peter Mayle about an investment banker who finds a new life in Provence. The film was released on 10 November 2006. A few days later Rupert Murdoch, chairman of studio 20th Century Fox (who backed the film) dismissed A Good Year as "a flop" at a shareholders' meeting.
    Unhappy with the theatrical version of Kingdom of Heaven (which he blamed on paying too much attention to the opinions of preview audiences in addition to relenting when Fox wanted 45 minutes shaved off), Scott supervised a director's cut of the film, the true version of what he wanted, which was released on DVD in 2006.
    More Details Hide Details The director's cut of Kingdom of Heaven has been met with critical acclaim, with Empire magazine calling the film an "epic", adding: "The added 45 minutes in the director’s cut are like pieces missing from a beautiful but incomplete puzzle." "This is the one that should have gone out" reflected Scott.
  • 2005
    Age 67
    In 2005, he made the modestly successful Kingdom of Heaven, a film about the Crusades.
    More Details Hide Details The film starred Orlando Bloom, and marked Scott's first collaboration with the composer Harry Gregson-Williams. The Moroccan government sent the Moroccan cavalry as extras for some battle scenes.
  • 2003
    Age 65
    In 2003, Scott directed a smaller scale project, Matchstick Men, adapted from the novel by Eric Garcia and starring Nicolas Cage, Sam Rockwell and Alison Lohman.
    More Details Hide Details It received mostly positive reviews, but performed moderately at the box office.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1995
    Age 57
    In 1995, Ridley and his brother Tony formed a production company, Scott Free Productions, in Los Angeles.
    More Details Hide Details All Ridley's subsequent feature films, starting with White Squall and G.I. Jane have been produced under the Scott Free banner. In 1995 the two brothers purchased a controlling interest in the British film studio, Shepperton Studios, which in 2001 merged with Pinewood Studios to become The Pinewood Studios Group which is headquartered in Buckinghamshire, England. Scott's historical drama Gladiator (2000) proved to be one of his biggest critical and commercial successes. It won five Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actor for the film's star Russell Crowe, and saw Scott nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director. Some have credited Gladiator with reviving the nearly defunct "sword and sandal" historical genre. The film was named the fifth best action film of all time in the ABC special Best in Film: The Greatest Movies of Our Time. Scott then turned to Hannibal (2001) starring Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lecter. The film was commercially successful despite receiving mixed reviews. Scott's next film, Black Hawk Down (2001), based on a group of stranded American soldiers fighting for their lives in Somalia, saw him receive a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Director.
  • FORTIES
  • 1987
    Age 49
    Scott made Someone to Watch Over Me, a romantic thriller starring Tom Berenger and Mimi Rogers in 1987, and Black Rain (1989), a police drama starring Michael Douglas and Andy García, shot partially in Japan.
    More Details Hide Details Both achieved mild success at the box office. Black Rain was the first of Scott's six collaborations with the composer Hans Zimmer. Road film Thelma & Louise (1991) starring Geena Davis as Thelma, Susan Sarandon as Louise, in addition to the breakthrough role for Brad Pitt as J.D, proved to be one of Scott's biggest critical successes, helping revive the director's reputation and receiving his first nomination for the Academy Award for Best Director. His next project, independently-funded historical epic 1492: Conquest of Paradise, was a box office failure. The film recounts the discovery of the Americas by Christopher Columbus (French star Gérard Depardieu). Scott did not release another film for four years.
  • 1985
    Age 47
    In 1985 Scott directed Legend, a fantasy film produced by Arnon Milchan.
    More Details Hide Details Scott decided to create a "once upon a time" tale set in a world of princesses, unicorns and goblins, filming almost entirely inside the studio. Scott cast Tom Cruise as the film's hero, Jack, Mia Sara as Princess Lili and Tim Curry as the Satan-horned Lord of Darkness. Scott had a forest set built on the 007 Stage at Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire, with trees 60 feet high and trunks 30 feet in diameter. In the final stages of filming, the forest set was destroyed by fire; Jerry Goldsmith's original score was used for European release, but replaced in North America with a score by Tangerine Dream. Rob Bottin provided the film's Academy Award-nominated make-up effects, most notably Curry's red-coloured Satan figure. Though a major commercial failure on release, the film has gone on to become a cult classic. The 2002 Director's Cut restored Goldsmith's original score.
  • 1984
    Age 46
    Scott filmed the advertisement in England for about $370,000; which was given a showcase airing in the US on 22 January 1984, during Super Bowl XVIII, alongside screenings in cinemas.
    More Details Hide Details Some consider this advertisement a "watershed event" in advertising and a "masterpiece". Advertising Age placed it top of its list of the 50 greatest commercials. Set in a dystopian future modelled after George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four, Scott's advertisement used its heroine (portrayed by English athlete Anya Major) to represent the coming of the Macintosh (indicated by her white tank top adorned with a picture of the Apple Macintosh computer) as a means of saving humanity from "conformity" (Big Brother), an allusion to IBM, at that time the dominant force in computing.
    In 1984 Scott directed a big-budget ($900,000) television commercial, "1984", to launch Apple's Macintosh computer.
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  • 1979
    Age 41
    Scott later married advertising executive Sandy Watson in 1979, with whom he had a daughter, Jordan Scott, and divorced in 1989.
    More Details Hide Details His current partner is the actress Giannina Facio, whom he has cast in all his films since White Squall except American Gangster and The Martian. He divides his time between homes in London, France and Los Angeles. His eldest brother Frank died, aged 45, of skin cancer in 1980.
    Scott had originally planned next to adapt a version of Tristan and Iseult, but after seeing Star Wars, he became convinced of the potential of large scale, effects-driven films. He accepted the job of directing Alien, the 1979 horror/science-fiction film that would win him international success.
    More Details Hide Details The female action hero Ellen Ripley (played by Sigourney Weaver), who appeared in the first four Alien films, would become a cinematic icon. The final scene of John Hurt's character has been named by a number of publications as one of the most memorable in cinematic history. Filmed at Shepperton Studios in England, Alien was the sixth highest-grossing film of 1979, earning over $104 million worldwide. Scott was involved in the 2003 restoration and re-release of the original film. In promotional interviews at the time, Scott indicated he had been in discussions to make a fifth film in the Alien franchise. However, in a later (2006) interview, the director remarked that he had been unhappy about Alien: The Director's Cut, feeling that the original was "pretty flawless" and that the additions were merely a marketing tool. Scott would later return to an Alien-related project when he directed Prometheus three decades after the original film's release. (See 2006 – present section, for more on Prometheus.)
  • THIRTIES
  • 1973
    Age 35
    Working alongside Alan Parker, Hugh Hudson and cinematographer Hugh Johnson, Ridley Scott made many commercials at RSA during the 1970s, including a notable 1973 Hovis advertisement, "Bike Round" (underscored by the slow movement of Symphony No. 9 rearranged for brass), set in the north of England but filmed in Gold Hill, Shaftesbury, Dorset.
    More Details Hide Details A nostalgia themed television advertisement that captured the public imagination, it was voted the UK's all-time favourite commercial in a 2006 poll. In the 1970s the Chanel No. 5 brand needed revitalisation having run the risk of being labelled as mass market and passé. Directed by Scott in the 1970s and 1980s, Chanel television commercials were inventive mini-films with production values of surreal fantasy and seduction, which "played on the same visual imagery, with the same silhouette of the bottle." Five members of the Scott family are directors, and all have worked for RSA. His brother Tony was a successful film director whose career spanned more than two decades; his sons Jake and Luke are both acclaimed directors of commercials, as is his daughter, Jordan Scott. Jake and Jordan both work from Los Angeles; Luke is based in London. In 1995, Shepperton Studios was purchased by a consortium headed by Ridley and Tony Scott, which extensively renovated the studios while also expanding and improving its grounds.
  • 1968
    Age 30
    In 1968, Ridley and Tony Scott founded Ridley Scott Associates (RSA), a film and commercial production company.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1965
    Age 27
    In 1965, he began directing episodes of television series for the BBC, only one of which, an episode of Adam Adamant Lives!, is available commercially. (He directed two others, but these have been wiped.)
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  • 1964
    Age 26
    Ridley Scott was married to Felicity Heywood from 1964 to 1975.
    More Details Hide Details The couple had two sons, Jake and Luke, both of whom work as directors on Scott's production company, Ridley Scott Associates.
  • 1963
    Age 25
    After graduation in 1963, he secured a job as a trainee set designer with the BBC, leading to work on the popular television police series Z-Cars and science fiction series Out of the Unknown.
    More Details Hide Details He was originally assigned to design the second Doctor Who serial, The Daleks, which would have entailed realising the serial's eponymous alien creatures. However, shortly before Scott was due to start work, a schedule conflict meant he was replaced by Raymond Cusick.
    In February 1963 Scott was named in title credits as "Designer" for the BBC television programme Tonight, about the severe winter of 1963.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1937
    Born
    Born on November 30, 1937.
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