Blade Runner 2049 early buzz

When Blade Runner 2049 was announced, many cinephiles reacted with suspicion. Ridley Scott’s original 1982 film is one of the staples of the science fiction genre, and one that posed a long-term question – is Deckard a replicant? – that geeks have been arguing about ever since. But a sequel? Now? Really? Then Denis Villeneuve (Arrival, Sicario, Enemy) signed on to direct, and he brought legendary cinematographer Roger Deakins with him. The tide began to shift. Fans were still hesitant, but there was some hope.

Now, the first reactions to the film have hit the web, and they’re wildly positive. Has Villeneuve done the impossible and delivered a new sci-fi classic? Read the first Blade Runner 2049 early buzz below.
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Blade Runner 2049 box office tracking

Tickets for Blade Runner 2049 went on sale this week, two weeks before the sci-fi sequel’s October release. And with those first sales, box office tracking services have predicted that Blade Runner 2049 is set to rake in more than $40 million on its opening weekend.

Blade Runner 2049 is one of the fall’s most anticipated movies, but it’s still to be seen whether that initial interest can drive the film to make up for its hefty production costs. Hit the jump to learn more about the Blade Runner 2049 box office tracking.

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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 tv spot

The plot of Blade Runner 2049 has thus far been shrouded in mystery, and the marketing and trailers for the Denis Villeneuve film seem intent on keeping it that way. However, it’s inevitable that we’ll learn a smidgen more of the secrets of this film.

The newest Blade Runner 2049 TV spot gives us a hint of the motivations behind the Big Bad played by Jared Leto, as well as why Harrison Ford‘s Rick Deckard went into hiding for 30 years after the events of the original Blade Runner.

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Jon Bernthal First Man

Over the past few years, actor Jon Bernthal has worked with one impressive list of filmmakers: Martin Scorsese, Denis Villeneuve, Edgar Wright, Steve McQueen, and more. The actor recently wrapped shooting McQueen’s heist film, Widows, and he’ll soon work with another Oscar-winning director, Damien Chazelle (La La Land), on First Man. The actor has signed on to play astronaut Dave Scott, who was a pilot aboard the Gemini VIII mission.

Below, learn more about the Jon Bernthal First Man casting news.

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Ryan Gosling - Saturday Night Live Season 43

Last season of Saturday Night Live enjoyed record numbers for the late night sketch comedy series, the likes of which haven’t been seen since the 1990s. That’s largely thanks to the complete shitshow in the White House making for ripe political satire, not to mention impeccable lampooning of the Orange-in-Chief himself by Alec Baldwin.

If the Saturday Night Live spin-off Weekend Update: Summer Edition this month is any indicator, the 43rd season of the staple NBC series should be back with a vengeance, and now we know who will be hosting the season premiere. Surprisingly, it’s not a former SNL cast member or one of their knockout, repeat hosts. Instead, it’s Blade Runner 2049 star Ryan Gosling and I couldn’t be happier about that. 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’ Will Be Rated R

The Blade Runner 2049 MPAA Rating is R

Blade Runner fans who were worried that the upcoming sequel would tone down the violence can rest easy: Blade Runner 2049 officially has an R rating from the MPAA.

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‘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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