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It’s been three decades since “Stand By Me” became the little drama that could, catapulting River Phoenix to stardom, establishing Rob Reiner as a director on the rise, and racking up big ticket sales on a paltry budget.
The story of four friends from small town in Oregon, hiking into the countryside in search of the body of a boy who has been hit and killed by a train, is an unlikely coming-of-age tale. Yet in Reiner’s sensitive hands, it becomes a meditation on mortality — one that transcends its 1950s setting to have a universal appeal.
“Stand By Me” is unique in other ways. For one thing, it rivals “The 400 Blows” in its ability to evoke complex characterizations from young actors. Not only Phoenix as spiritual leader Chris Chambers, but co-stars Wil Wheaton as sensitive Gordie Lachance, Jerry O’Connell as wisecracking Vern Tessio, and Corey Feldman as hot-tempered Teddy Duchamp, »
- Brent Lang
Harrison Ford broke his left leg while filming Star Wars: The Force Awakens – but it could have been much worse. Harrison Ford Star Wars Accident Back in June 2014, Ford was filming The Force Awakens, reprising his role of Han Solo, at Pinewood Studios in London. On set one day filming a scene on […]
- Chelsea Regan
In this edition of Star Wars Bits: The U.K. court case surrounding safety regulations on Star Wars: The Force Awakens has reached its conclusion. The next Star Wars: Aftermath book will feature the Battle of Jakku. Conan O’Brien offers up a dead Tauntaun for a cozy place to sleep. Cool art combines Star Wars with […]
- Jacob Hall
Star Wars Celebration didn't reveal nearly as much about the future of the franchise on the movie side of things as fans had hoped, but any news that was revealed got left in the dust in the wake of San Diego Comic-Con. During Star Wars Celebration, there were more interviews than anyone could possibly have kept up with. That being the case, some of those kind of got buried and it looks like some big news got lost in the shuffle. The big news being that Han Solo and Hayden Christensen will not be in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
The fan site Star Wars Underworld has uncovered a couple of interviews with Extra from Star Wars Celebration that made these confirmations seperately. Starting with Han Solo, there have been prominent rumors that everyone's favorite smuggler was going to be making a cameo in the movie. It would make some sense, »
Disney and Lucasfilm certainly took a risk when they decided to shoot for a Han Solo movie. Not only is this an iconic character in pop culture and film, but he's a character that's only been portrayed by one man: the legend Harrison Ford. To top it all off, he's a character we've seen at a young age, and one that we know exists as Harrison Ford in the current continuity in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. As such, going back into the Star Wars timeline and having him be portrayed by a different actor was always a tall order.
But amidst all this, there was a potential in. Sure, it would always be jarring initially, but Lucasfilm had an opportunity to introduce the character ahead of the release of his own standalone film. Enter the rumors of Han Solo appearing in the first Star Wars anthology film, Rogue One. »
- Joseph Medina
Variety is reporting that The Walking Dead star Lennie James is in talks with Alcon Entertainment to join the cast of the forthcoming Blade Runner sequel, which is being directed by Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners, Sicario).
James will join a cast that includes the returning Harrison Ford as Rick Deckard alongside new additions Ryan Gosling (The Nice Guys), Robin Wright (House of Cards), Carla Juri (Morris From America), Ana de Armas (Knock Knock), Dave Bautista (Spectre), Mackenzie Davis (The Martian), Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips), David Dastmalchian (Ant-Man), Hiam Abbass (Munich) and Sylvia Hoeks (Tirza).
See Also: You can check out concept art from the Blade runner sequel here and here
The as-yet-untitled Blade Runner sequel is set for release on October 6th 2017.
- Gary Collinson
Lennie James, who is most recently known for his outstanding work on The Walking Dead, has joined the cast of Blade Runner 2. British actor James, who has also appeared in Guy Ritchie’s Snatch and many other TV series and movies throughout his 25 year career, joins the likes of Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Robin Wright, Dave Bautista, Barkhad Abdi, Ana de Armas, and David Dastmalchian in the as yet untitled sequel, set decades after the classic original.
There have been zero details released as to who James will play in the movie. Zero.
Production is already underway on Blade Runner 2 with a release date also already set for October 6th, 2017.
- Paul Heath
The idea of a sequel to Ridley Scott's Blade Runner should sound like a terrible idea, it really should, but damn if I'm not growing more and more excited about the project with each passing day. Taking place decades after the first film, the Untitled Blade Runner Sequel will bring Harrison Ford back as Rick Deckard and pair him up with Ryan Gosling. Details on the plot are close to... Read More »
- Kevin Fraser
Lennie James (The Walking Dead) is set to join the previously announced cast of Alcon Entertainment's Blade Runner sequel which includes Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Robin Wright, Ana de Armas, Sylvia Hoeks, Carla Juri, Mackenzie Davis, Barkhad Abdi, David Dastmalchian, Hiam Abbass and Dave Bautista, it was announced by Alcon co-founders and co-ceo's Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove. Denis Villeneuve (Sicario, Prisoners) is directing the film to be released October 6, 2017. The film will be released by Warner Bros. in North America and Sony Pictures Releasing International will distribute in all media for all overseas territories.
The sequel is set several decades after the 1982 original, with Harrison Ford reprising his iconic role as Rick Deckard. The film is written by Hampton Fancher and Michael Green, and succeeds the initial story by Fancher and David Peoples based on Philip K. Dick's novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep. Story details »
According to Deadline, Lennie James (The Walking Dead, Snatch, Colombiana) has been added to the already very impressive vast of Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2. We haven't received character details on any of the cast members up to this point, and that continues here, with no mention of the role - be it hero, villain, human or replicant - that James will play in the film. All we do know that he'll be joining Ryan Gosling, Robin Wright, Ana de Armas, Sylvia Hoeks, Carla Juri, Dave Bautista, Barkhad Abdi and the returning Harrison Ford. Blade Runner 2 is set to hit theaters on October 6, 2017. »
Hot off his turn in The Walking Dead season 6, it is Lennie James that will join the sci-fi sequel’s crowded roster. No word yet on who James will be playing (Replicant? Human?), all we know is that he’ll be rubbing shoulders with Harrison Ford’s Deckard, Ryan Gosling, Robin Wright, Ana de Armas, Sylvia Hoeks, Carla Juri, Guardians fan-favorite Dave Bautista and Captain Phillips star Barkhad Abdi.
That makes for quite the enviable casting docket, which is reason enough for us to lend Warner and Alcon Entertainment’s long-rumored follow-up the benefit of the doubt. That, coupled with Villeneuve’s recent track record (read: Prisoners and the Emily Blunt-fronted actioner Sicario) which has witnessed the »
- Michael Briers
Back in 2014 when Star Wars: The Force Awakens was still a very intangible, mysterious thing, we got reports that Harrison Ford was injured on the set. We later found out that it was due to a door on the Millennium Falcon malfunctioning which fell on him and pinned his leg between the door and the floor. He was taken to a hospital, treated and was ultimately able to finish reprising his role as Han Solo. As it turns out, the injury could have been much more severe and according to a recent court hearing, Ford could have been killed.
A recent report from The Guardian gave some details on a recent court hearing that took place in Milton Keynes, England. The company that was responsible for the incident, Foodles Production, pleaded guilty to two separate counts that breached various health and safety codes they were expected to adhere to. According to the prosecutor Andrew Marshall, »
The company that created the hydraulic Millennium Falcon door that injured Harrison Ford on the set of Star Wars: The Force Awakens two years ago has pleaded guilty to failing to protect actors and workers on set. Foodles Productions, which The New York Times reported was a Disney subsidiary that was named ridiculously in an effort to fool and repel Star Wars fans from filming sites, said it was responsible on two counts: failing to ensure safety and failing to keep Ford and other actors away from hazardous situations.
Lennie James of “The Walking Dead” fame has joined Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford in “Sicario” director Denis Villeneuve’s “Blade Runner” sequel. From a script written by Hampton Fancher and Michael Green, based on Philip K. Dick’s “Do Androids Dream of Electric… Continue Reading → »
James will be joining an all-star cast that includes Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling, Robin Wright, and Dave Bautista. In addition to the impressive cast, the film also boasts director Denis Villeneuve at the helm, who is best known for Prisoners and, more recently, Sicario.
As of this writing, few details regarding the plot have made themselves known to the general public. All we really do know is that the film takes place decades after the first Blade Runner in a future Los Angeles where The Climate Has Gone Berserk and the "ocean, the rain, the snow is all toxic."
The original film's director, Ridley Scott, is serving as executive producer, and cinematography legend Roger Deakins is re-teaming with Villeneuve on this project after working with him on last year's Sicario. »
- Joseph Medina
In addition to bringing Morgan to life on The Walking Dead, Lennie James has played many memorable roles in films, including Snatch, 24 Hour Party People, and Get on Up. It’s now been announced that the actor will return to the big screen to play a yet-to-be-revealed character in Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner sequel:
Press Release: Lennie James (The Walking Dead) is set to join the previously announced cast of Alcon Entertainment’s Blade Runner sequel which includes Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Robin Wright, Ana de Armas, Sylvia Hoeks, Carla Juri, Mackenzie Davis, Barkhad Abdi, David Dastmalchian, Hiam Abbass and Dave Bautista, it was announced by Alcon co-founders and co-ceo’s Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove.
Denis Villeneuve (Sicario, Prisoners) is directing the film to be released October 6, 2017. The film will be released by Warner Bros. in North America and Sony Pictures Releasing International will distribute in all media for all overseas territories. »
- Derek Anderson
Befitting his being an obnoxious YouTube mash-up of a person, Donald Trump has spent his campaign collecting takedown notices from artists whose songs he’s appropriated, to often-ironic effect. The Rolling Stones, Queen, the estates of George Harrison and Luciano Pavarotti—you could construct an entire dinner party playlist composed of musicians who have publicly disavowed Donald Trump’s use of their songs (or in John Oliver’s case, make a video). And be sure to save a slot for the late film composer Jerry Goldsmith, whose theme for the 1997 Harrison Ford thriller Air Force One has long been used to score Trump’s own presidential disaster film, and which has now also garnered the ire of the movie’s producer.
Talking to The Hollywood Reporter, producer Gail Katz says she sent a letter to Trump’s campaign requesting that it please stop playing the Air Force One theme ...
- Sean O'Neal
Lennie James is joining the cast of the Blade Runner sequel, which ss set several decades after the 1982 original, with Harrison Ford returning to play Rick Deckard. The cast also includes Ryan Gosling, Robin Wright, Ana de Armas, Sylvia Hoeks, Carla Juri, Mackenzie Davis, Barkhad Abdi, David Dastmalchian, Hiam Abbass and Dave Bautista. Still no character or plot details from producer Alcon Entertainment. Denis Villeneuve is directing the script by Hampton Fancher and… »
British actor Lennie James, of “The Walking Dead” fame, has been cast in the “Blade Runner” sequel, Alcon Entertainment co-founders and co-CEOs Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove announced Tuesday. The film, being directed by Denis Villeneuve (“Sicario,” “Prisoners”), already has Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Robin Wright, Ana de Armas, Sylvia Hoeks, Carla Juri, Mackenzie Davis, Barkhad Abdi, David Dastmalchian, Hiam Abbass and Dave Bautista in the cast. To be distributed by Warner Bros. in North America and Sony in all overseas territories, the film opens in theaters on Oct. 6, 2017. Also Read: 'Blade Runner' Sequel Adds Barkhad Abdi to Cast The upcoming “Blade. »
- Meriah Doty
The sequel, set several decades after the original, is written by Hampton Fancher and Michael Green, and succeeds the initial story by Fancher and David Peoples, based on Philip K. Dick’s novel “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep.” Plot details are still under wraps.
The movie hits theaters on Oct. 6, 2017.
Warner Bros. is handling domestic distribution, while Sony is taking on international distribution.
Alcon Entertainment acquired the film, television and ancillary franchise rights to “Blade Runner” in 2011 from the late producer Bud Yorkin and Cynthia Sikes Yorkin to produce prequels and sequels to the iconic sci-fi thriller. Cynthia Sikes Yorkin will produce along »
- Justin Kroll
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