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(The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.)

In this edition, director Ridley Scott breaks down his favorite scene from the original Blade Runner. Plus, see a fanmade trailer that pits Batman against the monstrous Pennywise the Dancing Clown from the new adaptation of Stephen King’s It, and see what it would have been like if Bender from Futurama were HAL 9000 in 2001: A Space Odyssey. Read More »

blade runner 2049 behind the scenes

Blade Runner 2049 is getting closer and closer to its release date, yet much of the film is still shrouded in secrecy. In an era where most high-profile films have almost their entire plot-lines spoiled before they hit theaters, it’s fairly impressive that director Denis Villeneuve and company have managed to play things so close to the vest.

Now, a series of behind-the-scenes features totaling over 20 minutes have arrived to give us our best look yet at the futuristic world Villeneuve has created. See the extensive Blade Runner 2049 behind the scenes clips below.

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Blade Runner 2049 Whiskey

This year we’ve already heard about two different whiskeys being released by Old Forester and Glendronach distilleries as a cross-promotion with Kingsman: The Golden Circle. But there’s one more movie-themed whiskey on the horizon inspired by another major fall blockbuster.

Blade Runner 2049 hits theaters in under three weeks, and along with it will be a special limited edition whiskey from Johnnie Walker, inspired by the liquor’s own appearance in both the original Blade Runner and the forthcoming sequel. Find out more about the Blade Runner 2049 whiskey below. Read More »

blade runner anime

With the long-awaited sequel, Blade Runner 2049, soon to hit theaters, indubitably the question will be raised of what happened in the years that passed between the two films.

While other franchises have taken to comic books or novelizations to fill in the holes, Blade Runner will release an anime, helmed by the director of Cowboy Bebop. It’s somewhat fitting for a franchise that has so heavily influenced the cyberpunk wave of anime in the ’90s — which has made it back to the big screen in this year’s adaptation of Ghost in the Shell.

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blade runner 2049 short film prequel

Blade Runner 2049 is less than a month away and it’s fairly remarkable how little we actually know about this movie. Denis Villeneuve‘s sequel to Ridley Scott’s science fiction classic has been holding its plot cards close the vest, with the trailers offering up stunning imagery and a vague shape of a story instead of telling us exactly what to expect. It’s a breath of fresh air, to be perfectly honest.

With only a few weeks left before it hits theaters, expect to start seeing more Blade Runner 2049 headlines as Warner Bros. enters full marketing blitz mode. For now, let’s take a look at a new prequel short highlighting the character played by Dave Bautista, the current box office tracking for the film, and IMAX’s big plan to sell you on paying premium prices to watch this on an enormous screen.

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Blade Runner 2049 Short Film

Blade Runner 2049 doesn’t hit theaters until October, but Warner Bros. Pictures has a long marketing lead-up to the sci-fi sequel to Ridley Scott’s original sci-fi noir from 1982.

The original Blade Runner took place in 2019, which was then the distant future. Now that we’re just two years away from hitting that year ourselves, it only makes sense for the sequel to jump ahead 30 years. That leaves a big gap of time where we don’t know what happened in this sci-fi universe. Thankfully, a series of short films leading up to the release of Blade Runner 2049 will help fill in some of the gaps, and the first one, starring Jared Leto and Benedict Wong, has just been released. You can watch it below. Read More »

Blade Runner 2049 TV Spot

We’re returning to futuristic Los Angeles this Fall with the long-awaited sequel, Blade Runner 2049. Picking up where Ridley Scott left off in 1982, director Denis Villeneuve (Arrival, Prisoners) follows a new blade runner played by Ryan Gosling as he uncovers a secret from the past that will greatly impact the future, especially when it comes to replicants.

A new Blade Runner 2049 TV spot from our friends in the United Kingdom has arrived online, and it’s long enough that you could even consider it a trailer. There is plenty of new footage, including Officer K (Gosling) officially asking Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford) to help him with some kind of case. Of course, Officer K is digging where he shouldn’t be and there are some dangerous people in pursuit who cut their meeting short.  Read More »

‘Blade Runner 2049’ Won’t Have Narration

Blade Runner 2049 narration

When it comes to the voiceover from Blade Runner, some people love it, most people don’t. While the director of the sequel, Denis Villeneuve, is a huge fan of the original cut and the narration’s “film noir quality,” there will be no voiceover guiding the audience in Blade Runner 2049. For the Arrival and Sicario director, a voiceover would not have worked – but that didn’t stop him from joking about it with star Harrison Ford a few times.

Below, Villeneuve confirms there’s no Blade Runner 2049 narration.

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Denis Villeneuve interview

Making a satisfying sequel to a beloved, inspiring science-fiction classic is a tall order. But if there’s a filmmaker up to the hefty task, it’s Denis Villeneuve. The director behind ArrivalSicarioEnemy, and Incendies has been turning out exceptional work. He can create an immersive and wholly tangible atmosphere, which is the kind of director a project like Blade Runner 2049 calls for.

For the sequel to Ridley Scott’s 1982 film, Villeneuve is again working with cinematographer extraordinaire Roger Deakins, who shot Sicario and Prisoners. As Scott told the filmmaker, their vision of Los Angeles 2049 “was able to extend that atmospheric quality that the first movie had.” During a recent roundtable interview to promote the film at Comic-Con, Villeneuve told us about his collaboration with Scott and Deakins, why he wanted to make a sequel to Blade Runner, capturing the spirit of the original, and more.

Below, check out the Denis Villeneuve interview.

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Blade Runner 2049 trailer vr

I’m flying around LAPD headquarters, in pursuit of a replicant. We’re both in spinners. For the most part, it keeps its distance as we fly through the rain and neon lights of Los Angeles. It’s kind of exhilarating, the kind of VR trip you absolutely want to experience if you’re in San Diego for this year’s Comic-Con.

If you’re not, then read all about my experience with the Blade Runner 2049 VR – which will be made available later this year – and more.

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