Gosling Blade Runner

(In our Spoiler Reviews, we take a deep dive into a new release and get to the heart of what makes it tick…and every story point is up for discussion. In this entry: Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049.)

Any review of Blade Runner 2049 is by default a spoiler review. Warner Brothers and director Denis Villeneuve have gone to extreme lengths to keep the majority of details about their sci-fi sequel a secret, including limiting press screenings and issuing stern warnings to the press who did see the film to not reveal anything. This is both a commendable and unfortunate approach. While it’s true that movie marketing tends to give away too much for many films, and going into a film cold can make for a more rewarding experience, the tight-lipped approach to Blade Runner 2049 may have inadvertently doomed it at the box office. Audiences knew so little about the film from its less-than-engaging trailers that they simply didn’t bother to attend.

Which is a shame, because Blade Runner 2049 is one of the very best films of 2017, and one of the most staggering big studio releases you’re likely to come across. How on earth did Denis Villeneuve convince Warner Brothers to let him make a gigantic, foreboding tone poem and dress it up as a Blade Runner sequel? We may never know, and if the film continues to underperform, we may never get so lucky again.

So how about we dive into a Blade Runner 2049 spoiler review and talk about what makes this movie work so well?

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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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Guardians of the Galaxy 2 Music Video

When the news came that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 would be arriving on home video this month, director James Gunn teased one wild special feature the likes of which had never been seen on any Marvel Studios movie before. That special feature has now arrived in its entirety online.

James Gunn created a Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 music video inspired by the original disco song “Guardians Inferno” by a group called The Sneepers, featuring none other than Star-Lord’s fictional father David Hasselhoff. This is a full fledged retro music video created in the same style as real hit disco songs from the 1970s, and it’s so weird and glorious. Watch it below! Read More »

Infinity War Script

Marvel Studios is notoriously secretive when it comes to their big screen endeavors, and when it comes to the next assembly of The Avengers, they’re not even trusting the cast members who play Earth’s mightiest heroes to keep their mouths shut.

Avengers: Infinity War is done shooting and production on Avengers 4 is underway. We’ve already gotten a taste of what The Avenger sequel will bring to the table next summer with the footage that played at both The D23 Expo and San Diego Comic-Con, but when it comes to hearing new details about the movie, we may not be able to rely on the cast members to accidentally spill secrets as often as they did before. That’s because directors Anthony & Joe Russo didn’t give their cast the entire Infinity War script and only provided them with the relevant pages and information they needed to effectively deliver the best performance. Read More »

Eternal Warrior movie

Valiant Entertainment owns the largest independent superhero universe in comics, and they’ve been attempting to get a Valiant Cinematic Universe off the ground for years. But after a handful of stops and starts, it seems like they’re finally gaining some momentum: Jared Leto (Suicide Squad) was recently pegged to play the comic assassin Bloodshot and now Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy) is developing an Eternal Warrior movie about an immortal character who must protect the Geomancer, an oracle born with the power to speak for the Earth itself.
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Suicide Squad Trailer Mash-Up

Even though Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 just hit theaters over a month ago, James Gunn is already hard at work on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Just recently, the director’s brother Sean Gunn said that development isn’t moving as quickly as it otherwise would since part of what happens in the sequel depends on what the Guardians deal with in Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers 4.

But there is one thing that James Gunn is already considering and it would require him to break part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe canon he established in the first movie. Get the lowdown on this Guardians of the Galaxy 3 development below. Read More »

Spider-Man Rights

When Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures announced a partnership that would allow Spider-Man to become part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, fans lost their minds. The fact that Sony had the rights to Spider-Man initially meant that Marvel Studios previously could never bring the wallcrawler into a movie with The Avengers, but Tom Holland debuted as the webslinger in Captain America: Civil War, and now he gets his own new franchise starting with Spider-Man: Homecoming in July.

The future of Spider-Man will already include the next installment of The Avengers franchise and a sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming, but that’s currently as far as the partnership between Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures goes, according to Kevin Feige. However, if Guardians of the Galaxy franchise star and Avengers: Infinity War cast member Dave Bautista is to be believed, there’s a chance Marvel Studios may end up being completely in control of Spider-Man’s future again. Find out more below. Read More »

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 junket

Last week, I had the opportunity to attend the press junket for Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 in West Hollywood. Peter Sciretta and I will be publishing individual interviews with Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige, writer/director James Gunn, and actors Chris Pratt and Kurt Russell here on the site in the days leading up to the film’s release next week. In the meantime, I collected ten pieces of info we gleaned at the junket’s two press conferences, which featured key members of the creative team and nearly every major member of the movie’s cast.

In addition to the folks mentioned above, Zoe Saldana, Michael Rooker, Pom Klementieff, Elizabeth Debicki, Dave Bautista, Karen Gillain, Sean Gunn, and Sylvester Stallone were all in attendance. Read on to discover what we learned from the spirited group interviews.
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Avengers Infinity War Details

We still have four more movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe that will hit theaters before The Avengers: Infinity War. But with the cast of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 making the publicity rounds and production on Infinity War happening right now, there have been a slew of new details about the Avengers sequel that have come to light.

Below, we dive into what we can expect when the Avengers meet the Guardians of the Galaxy, what some of the cast members are hoping to see for their characters, and a certain revelation from some set photos giving fans something they’ve been hoping to see for a little while now. However, beware of potential spoilers from here on out. Read More »

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We’re about to see Dave Bautista get back in action as the hilariously literal Drax the Destroyer in James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, but the former WWE superstar actually has another movie coming out on the exact same day. It’s called Enter the Warriors Gate, a fantasy martial arts film written by Luc Besson (The Fifth Element) and Robert Mark Kamen (Taken). Watch the Enter the Warriors Gate trailer below.
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