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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Guardians of the Galaxy 2

(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.)

This edition of The Morning Watch features a closer look at the surprising amount of practical effects during a particular action sequence in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, a video essay surrounding the sound of Ridley Scott‘s original Blade Runner, and a valiant attempt by someone to recreate an insane culinary creation from a Saturday Night Live sketch. Read More »

Blade Runner 2049 featurette

“We want people to look at it and say, ‘Wow that’s a beautiful shot. How did they get it?'” visual effects supervisor John Nelson says in the new featurette for Denis Villeneuve‘s Blade Runner 2049, the sequel to the 1982 sci-fi classic, Blade Runner.

That’s how I spent much of the time watching the featurette, which showcases more of the film’s stunning cinematography, courtesy of Roger Deakins, and establishes Blade Runner 2049 as the most visually breathtaking movie of the year. New footage delves into the story of Officer K (Ryan Gosling) and Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford, returning to his famous role), as well as gives us a hint at characters that we hadn’t yet seen.

Watch the Blade Runner 2049 featurette below.

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Hero Complex Gallery Blacklight Show - The Dark Knight

This past weekend saw the opening of the Hero Complex Gallery‘s latest exhibition: Blacklight.

The Blacklight show featured dozens of fluorescent and blacklight reactive artwork, which means we’re talking about some bright, electric and neon tributes by extremely talented artists to some of your favorite movies and TV shows. The gallery featured pieces honoring movies like Boogie Nights, Alien, Blade Runner, RoboCop, The Dark Knight, Mad Max: Fury Road and Collateral, as well as TV shows like Rick and Morty, Stranger Things, Futurama and more.

Check out our favorite pieces from the Hero Complex Gallery Blacklight show below. Read More »

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ridley scott director's cuts

Few filmmakers have embraced the extended director’s cut as much as Ridley Scott. Plenty of other directors dabble in the form, but results vary. When George Lucas revisited the original Star Wars trilogy, adding new special effects and splicing in scenes that were originally left on the cutting room floor, fans grew irate. When Steven Spielberg digitally swapped-out rifles for walkie-talkies in a re-release of E.T., it was viewed as pointless. In the cases of Lucas and Spielberg, the filmmakers were attempting to improve on things that perhaps didn’t need improving, leading to the age-old question, “If it ain’t broke why fix it?”

But for Scott, the director’s cut is something of an art form. The Post-Impressionist artist Paul Cézanne was famous for frequently not signing his name to his paintings, because he didn’t want to admit the work was done. He recreated the same painting again and again, sometimes even destroying canvases, in an elusive quest for perfection. Perhaps this is what Scott is doing as well; leaving the corner of the frame blank, delaying the final signature.

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Blade Runner 2049 Trailer Comparison

This year marks the 35th anniversary of the original sci-fi noir thriller Blade Runner from director Ridley Scott. Therefore, it’s only appropriate that this year also marks the long-anticipated sequel that fans have wanted for decades.

As for what secrets lie in Blade Runner 2049, we don’t know, but we do know that the visuals of the sequel magnificently recreate the production design and art direction of the original film, at least as far as we can tell from the first trailer. If you’d like to see them side-by-side, a new video compares footage from the new trailer with comparable shots from the original film.

Watch the Blade Runner 2049 trailer comparison after the jump. Read More »

blade runner 2049 posters

Returning to the Blade Runner series that helped cement his legacy as one of Hollywood’s most reliable action stars must have been a walk in the park for Harrison Ford. Maybe too much of a walk in the park, if these new Blade Runner 2049 posters are anything to go by.

Two new posters for Denis Villeneueve‘s sequel to the Ridley Scott sci-fi classic were released today, one featuring franchise newcomer Ryan Gosling,  who plays a hotshot blade runner Officer K, and Ford, who returns as former blade runner Rick Deckard.

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blade runner 2049 images

Every year in March, movie theater exhibitors gather in Las Vegas for CinemaCon, a convention spotlighting the newest advances in multiplex technologies and presentations from most of the major movie studios showcasing their film slates for the next year and beyond.

Tonight, CinemaCon kicked off with a presentation from Sony Pictures, showing off new footage and trailers for Spider-Man: Homecoming, Blade Runner 2049, The Dark Tower, Jumanji, Baby Driver, Flatliners, Cadavers and Rough Night. Read on for our Sony CinemaCon 2017 presentation recap to learn what was screened and to hear our first impressions and reactions.

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blade runner 2049 edward james olmos

Decades before he confirmed himself as a bonafide science fiction icon as Admiral Adama in the great Battlestar Galactica remake series, Edward James Olmos had a key role in Ridley Scott’s 1982 masterpiece, Blade Runner. Now, we know that he’s following in the footsteps of original star Harrison Ford and returning to the rainy, grimy streets of future Los Angeles in director Denis Villeneuve’s upcoming sequel, Blade Runner 2049.

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