Blade Runner

Just yesterday I said “Los Angeles film fans, April and May is a great time to live in the City of Angels.” There’s the Hero Complex Film Festival, EW’s CapeTown Film Festival, the Turner Classic Movies Film Festival and now Target Presents AFI Night at the Movies.

It’ll take place April 24 at the Arclight Hollywood in Los Angeles, CA and feature the following line-up:

  • Kathy Bates presenting Misery 
  • Cher presenting Moonstruck 
  • Sally Field presenting Norma Rae
  • Peter Fonda presenting Easy Rider
  • Harrison Ford presenting Blade Runner: The Final Cut
  • Samuel L. Jackson presenting Pulp Fiction
  • Shirley MacLaine presenting Terms of Endearment
  • Demi Moore presenting Ghost 
  • Mike Myers presenting Shrek
  • Sidney Poitier presenting In The Heat of the Night
  • Kurt Russell presenting The Thing 
  • Kevin Spacey presenting The Usual Suspects

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Few people nowadays would debate Blade Runner‘s position in the sci-fi classics pantheon, whether they like the movie or not. But when the film first opened three decades ago, not everyone was so sure what to make of it. Plenty of critics praised its looks, but criticized the slow pacing, and its overall $6 million opening weekend gross was considered a disappointment.

Among the many who weren’t so hot on the film at first were the very execs who funded it, Tandem Productions’ Jerry Perenchio, Bud Yorkin, and Robin French. The company compiled a list of notes following a screening in January 1982, in which they blasted the film as “deadly dull” and complained about the voiceover, the dialogue, the music, the pacing, and much more. A copy of that document has just hit the web, and you can see it for yourself after the jump.

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Have you ever flipped your TV to a movie and been delighted it was one of those presentations with facts that pop up on the screen? If so, you might want to know about a new site just launched that provides that sort of presentation all the time.

The site is called Yeah! and is run by AMC Networks, which own AMC, IFC, Sundance Channel, WE tv and IFC Films. Basically, the site allows you to stream movies like Scream, Reservoir Dogs, 300, The Terminator, Clerks, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Pulp Fiction, and This is Spinal Tap. Along with each film are 400-500 pieces of new, original context and facts that appear on the screen during the film. Check out a video and read more below. Read More »

No matter how simple or elaborate a piece of art is, chances are the artist behind it made twenty different versions before arriving at what you see. Other times, they work on something and are forced to scrap it for one reason or another. This happens with everything: music, movies, posters, books. Most artists would never let the public see their unfinished works, but in the case of pop culture artist Olly Moss, he decided to let us in on the process.

Moss recently blogged about several projects he was working on during 2012 that either were either cancelled, scrapped or completely reimagined. Projects that weren’t even close to complete, just ideas and simple sketches. Normally, you’d think, “who cares?” But Moss was working on some truly incredible stuff: A Lawrence of Arabia poster, an Akira poster, a Blade Runner poster, Dr. No, Mad Men and more. It leads one to wonder why most of this stuff didn’t happen.

We asked Mr. Moss for comments on all of these posters and he was happy to oblige. After the jump, check out Moss’s incomplete work and read his comments on each. Read More »


The fate of a Prometheus sequel is likely being decided as we speak…on Blu-ray shelves nationwide. Ridley Scott‘s return to the Alien universe just came out on Blu-ray after its slightly disappointing U.S box office, grossing just over $126 million. When combined with its international take, though, the film was a moderate hit, grossing just over $400 million. That’s not a number that guarantees a follow up but the movie has generated a ton of discussion and a strong showing in the home market would surely help the sequel’s case immensely.

Scott recently spoke about that potential film and made it sound like a Blade Runner sequel was more certain than a second trip on the Prometheus, saying that the sequel to the 1982 classic was definitely “happening.” Read his quotes after the jump. Read More »

The links between Ridley Scott‘s Prometheus and Alien are explicit. But an image that purports to be a screenshot from the bonus material on the steelbook edition of Prometheus makes a case for something bigger: the Alien films and Blade Runner being set in the same universe. The precise intent of the info in the image snapshot is open to question. That said, eagle-eyed watchers of both Alien and Blade Runner will have long ago realized that the films already had something in common, and that’s after the break, too.

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For the small minority of people who haven’t bought Blade Runner in some format over the past several decades, next month might be your time. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the film, Warner Bros. is releasing a brand new 3-disc collectors edition that’ll include the Ridley Scott‘s Final Cut, which has been unavailable on Blu-ray for several months, as well as a few cool little trinkets and a 72 page booklet with brand new sketches, posters and set photos. After the jump, check out the full box art and trailer for the release. Read More »

Friday is the second ‘official’ day of each San Diego Comic Con, and it’s the day where things start to kick into gear. The SDCC organization and various film studios announced their Friday plans today, and there are some great things happening.

The best are at Sony’s panel in Hall H, where the studio will show off Rian Johnson‘s Looper (with Johnson, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Emily Blunt in attendance) and debut the first footage from Neill Blomkamp‘s Elysium (with Blomkamp, producer Simon Kinberg, Matt Damon and Jodie Foster showing up). Comic Con could be said to be Blomkamp’s first home, as that’s where his debut feature District 9 first got loads of attention, back in 2008.

This schedule also shows that television is taking a pole position this year, as Hall H has big presentations for The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones, and there are big events for Firefly, Community, Breaking Bad, and many more shows.

There’s a lot more going on during the day, but hit the jump to get some highlights. Read More »

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