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The Directors Guild of America has unveiled the nominations for the 67th annual DGA Awards. Hit the jump to see the nominees and learn about Kubo and the Two Strings‘ historical nomination from the Costume Designers Guild.

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Arrival Visual Effects

Sometimes when it comes to visual effects, less is more. In the case of the acclaimed sci-fi hit Arrival, there’s not a mess of blockbuster spectacle that needed to be done in order to bring the arrival of these unique aliens to life. While there are aliens created with visual effects, there aren’t any cities that need to be intricately blown up in post-production or anything like that.

If you’d like to see some of the visual effects work that went into Arrival, a breakdown from Oblique FX has been made available online, showing how they manipulated footage that was shot on location to make it look like one of the sites where the unidentified flying objects is located. It should come as no surprise to see that the giant, pebble shaped ships were created in post-production, but you might be surprised by what is real and what isn’t.

Watch the Arrival visual effects breakdown after the jump. Read More »

blade runner 2049 mysteries

While the ham-fisted theatrical cut of Blade Runner felt the need to tie everything up with a neat little bow, the infinitely superior director’s cut and the even better “final cut” conclude on a more ambiguous note. Was Harrison Ford‘s Rick Deckard, a robot-hunting “blade runner” for the LAPD, a Replicant himself the whole time? Everyone has an opinion and the debate has raged on for years amongst fans and the people who actually made the film.

And with the sequel arriving next year, there are plenty of Blade Runner 2049 mysteries ahead of us, and it’s good to know that those closest to the productionseem compelled to keep one of the big unanswered questions from the original movie intact.

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Dune

With Blade Runner 2049 still in post-production, Denis Villeneuve has already set his sights on another classic sci-fi property. You may recall that just a few weeks ago, Legendary Entertainment scooped up the rights to Frank Herbert‘s Dune. You may also recall that a few months before that, Villeneuve confessed his longtime desire to make a Dune remake. Well, now it’s all coming together nicely as Villeneuve has reportedly entered early talks to direct Dune for Legendary.  Read More »

blade runner 2049 images

The first teaser trailer for Blade Runner 2049 arrived two days ago and it got the entire internet yammering over what it shows and it what it pointedly does not reveal. Denis Villeneuve‘s sequel to Ridley Scott’s 1982 science fiction masterpiece may have released an official synopsis, but it is holding most of its cards close to its vest. If early word is any indication, the actual plot of the film is going to lead to some heads exploding (or at least inspire some spirited conversation).

Can we glean any exciting details from a new batch of images from the film? Nah. Not really. But we can ogle how pretty this movie looks and admire Ryan Gosling‘s amazing coat.

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blade runner 2049 trailer

A sequel to Blade Runner can’t help but feel like folly. How do you make a follow-up to Ridley Scott‘s 1982 classic, which redefined is genre in ways that are still being felt today, without constantly being stuck in the shadow of its predecessor? We actually have an answer to that largely rhetorical question: you drag Harrison Ford back into the mix and you hire someone like Denis Villeneuve to direct.

While those aspects make it feel okay to look forward to Blade Runner 2049 and not dread it like some kind of cyberpunk plague, it’s going to take a great trailer to get us fully on this movie’s side. So ladies and gentlemen: prepare your judgmental expressions, because the first trailer has arrived.

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best original score shortlist

Johann Johannsson’s (Sicario) heart pounding Arrival score was disqualified as a contender in the Best Original Score category. The Academy deemed Leslie Barber‘s Manchester by the Sea and Kathryn Kluge’s Silence scores ineligible as well. They were ruled out for not being “substantial enough,” but the exclusion of Arrival had to do with Max Richter‘s “This Bitter Earth.”

Below, check out the best original score shortlist.

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Denis Villeneuve, producer Ridley Scott, and stars Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling on the set of BLADE RUNNER 2049

Is Rick Deckard, the assassin played by Harrison Ford in Ridley Scott‘s Blade Runner, one of the very androids he sets out to destroy? This is a question at the core of the 1982 science fiction classic. And now that director Denis Villeneuve is making a sequel starring Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling, many fans are wondering if Blade Runner 2049 will spoil the Deckard-Replicant mystery. Hit the jump to find out what Villeneuve said about the Blade Runner 2049 replicant mystery.
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arrival alien designs

The aliens in Denis Villeneuve‘s adaptation of Ted Chiang‘s Arrival are remarkably simple. Besides not sharing any glaringly obvious resemblances to any other aliens we’ve seen lately on film, there’s a gracefulness to how they move, communicate, and interact with their ship’s environment. Unsurprisingly, the final designs we saw don’t share a whole lot in common with some original designs concept artist Peter Konig made for the emotional sci-fi drama.

Below, see some of the alternative Arrival alien designs.  Read More »

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Arrival isn’t a political movie.

It is, in so many ways, an apolitical movie, a movie that wants to rise above the muck, cut through the nonsense, and cast a spotlight on concepts that should be universal to every member of the human race. Arrival is a film about patience and restraint, kindness and hope, communication and understanding. It sees our differences, the imagined barriers that divide us, as nothing short of apocalyptic. To survive, humanity must rise to the occasion and come together. To thrive, we must reconcile our passions and our intellects. We need to be smart. We need to be kind. We need to be brave.

But now, just a few days after the 2016 United States presidential election, Arrival has transformed into a beacon in the dark, a glimmer of light in a black room. The opening of a movie has never felt more fortuitous or more necessary. This was a great movie when I saw it over a month ago, but it is now a moral salve, an engine that can transform despair into hope.

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