[Daily article] August 26: Prometheus (2012 film)

Prometheus is a 2012 American science fiction film directed by Ridley
Scott (pictured), written by Jon Spaihts and Damon Lindelof, and
starring Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Guy Pearce, Idris Elba, Logan
Marshall-Green, and Charlize Theron. In the late 21st century, the crew
of Prometheus follows a star map seeking the origins of humanity; they
arrive on a distant world and discover a threat that could cause the
extinction of the human race. The film was initially conceived as a
prequel to the Alien franchise. In late 2010 Lindelof and Scott rewrote
a Spaihts script relying on the Alien universe, but exploring its own
mythology and ideas. Principal photography began in March 2011, with an
estimated $120–130 million budget. The film was released in 2012 in
Britain and North America, and grossed over $403 million worldwide.
Reviews praised the film’s visual aesthetic design and the acting,
especially Fassbender’s performance as the android David. The plot drew
a mixed response from critics, who faulted elements that remained
unresolved or were predictable. A sequel, Alien: Covenant, is scheduled
to be released in August 2017.

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Today’s selected anniversaries:

1748:

The first Lutheran denomination in North America, the
Pennsylvania Ministerium, was founded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

1810:

Juan José Castelli ordered the execution of Santiago de
Liniers, during the Argentine War of Independence.

1966:

The South African Defence Force launched an attack against
SWAPO guerrilla fighters at Omugulugwombashe, starting the Namibian War
of Independence.

1978:

Aboard the Soviet Soyuz 31 spacecraft, Sigmund Jähn became the
first German in space.

2008:

More than a week after a ceasefire was reached in the Russo-
Georgian War, Russia unilaterally recognized the independence of
Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

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Wiktionary’s word of the day:

yeasayer:
1. One whose attitude is positive, optimistic, confidently affirmative.
2. (pejorative) One who habitually agrees uncritically.

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Wikiquote quote of the day:

  Once again the crust of civilization has worn thin, and beneath
can be heard the muttering of primeval fires. Once again many accepted
principles of government have been overthrown, and the world has become
a laboratory where immature and feverish minds experiment with unknown
forces. Once again problems cannot be comfortably limited, for science
has brought the nations into an uneasy bondage to each other.  
–John Buchan

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