Reebok is Re-Releasing Its Alien Stompers for Alien Day


It’s been a busy year for the Alien franchise. Currently celebrating its 40th anniversary, the popular space horror saga has seen a New Jersey high school rendition of the first film go viral, a series of short fan films sanctioned by Fox, and an upcoming documentary on the original 1979 film, Memory: The Origin of Alien, which is set for release this summer.

The latest tribute comes from Reebok, which is re-issuing an Alien Stomper sneaker originally produced in 2015 and 2016 for the 30th anniversary of the 1986 James Cameron-directed sequel, Aliens. In that film, hero Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) sports a pair of futuristic high-tops and android Bishop (Lance Henriksen) wears a mid-top design. The current iteration is a unisex mid-top that’s been purposely distressed so it seems like buyers have “found” a vintage pair, or prototype, of the shoes that would have been around in time for the events of the first movie.

A pair of Reebok Alien Stomper sneakers and accessories

Reebok sneaker designer Chris Hill used archival material from the films to craft the snowy-gray sneaker, which sports the logo of the Weyland-Yutani Corporation, the human-colonization profiteers that would have ostensibly made Ripley’s footwear. (Because documents relating to the first film spelled it Weylan, with no d, that's how it's spelled on the sneaker.) The shoes also come with paperwork and other accessories that might have been given to new employees of the fictional space company.  

The shoes were released in time for Friday’s studio-approved “Alien Day” and retail for $175.


Alexander Skarsgård Could Have Played Thor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Larry Busacca, Getty Images
Larry Busacca, Getty Images

Marvel fans may have trouble imagining Thor played by anyone other than Chris Hemsworth, but apparently, Alexander Skarsgård was pretty darn close to getting the role. How close, you ask? He tried on the costume, held the hammer, and even filmed an audition in the garb.

In 2009—just a year after True Blood premiered—the actor told MTV that he met with Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige and Thor director Kenneth Branagh about the part. “Yeah, I met with Kevin [Feige] a few times and the director,” he said. “There was definitely some truth in that, yeah.”

When the MTV interviewer said he thought the actor had the perfect look to bring Thor to life, Skarsgård simply replied, “So did I.”

But before you start to feel too sorry for Skarsgård, let's not forget the number of impressive roles the True Blood alum has landed. At the moment, he’s playing Perry Wright in HBO’s Big Little Lies, for which he won both an Emmy and a Golden Globe.

As for the Thor role, Hemsworth went on to play the God of Thunder in multiple films, and although his future in the MCU is not certain after Avengers: Endgame, the Australian actor confirmed he’d love to keep playing the character.

You Can Now Buy Your Own Harry Potter Invisibility Cloak 

Daniel Radcliffe in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001).
Daniel Radcliffe in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001).
Warner Bros.

Harry Potter fans, prepare to go nuts. Toy group Wow! Stuff has officially come out with an invisibility cloak and pre-orders begin on July 1.

According to CNET, the cloak works like a green screen and uses an app to show the wearer disappearing in photos and videos. The user can then save the photos and videos to their phone and show everyone their vanishing skills. The toy company felt compelled to warn users that they won't actually disappear, which is hilarious but worth clarifying in case someone thought they now had access to invisibility cloaks and real magic.

The creators actually examined the original cloak used on Daniel Radcliffe in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, now housed at Leavesden Studio, to make sure it was as close to the real one as possible.

The cloak, which is not transparent to the wearer, comes in two different versions: The standard cloak costs $70 and includes a stand to situate one’s phone for pictures. The deluxe version, which costs $80, has a serpent-themed border and a tabletop tripod so you can really go wild with photos.

The cloaks are set for an August 1 release, and have already made an impression on toy lovers, winning Innovative Toy of the Year at Sweden’s Toy Awards.

[h/t CNET]