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Harrison Ford has officially signed on to reprise the role of Rick Deckard in the upcoming Blade Runner sequel with filming set to begin sometime next year without Ridley Scott in the director's chair. He will instead set his sights to adapting Martin Weir's "The Martian" with Matt Damon in the lead.
Scott's departure from directing the project makes me wonder whether it also means he'll be unable to helm Prometheus 2, which was originally skedded for release in 2016.
"We talked at length about what [a story] could be, and came up with a pretty strong three-act storyline, and it all makes sense [Continued ...] »
Exodus helmer Ridley Scott told Variety that he will likely not direct the Blade Runner sequel he developed with actor-scribe Hampton Fancher. "We talked at length about what it could be, and came up with a pretty strong three-act storyline, and it all makes sense in terms of how it relates to the first one," Scott said. He told the trade that he'd produce, but someone else will have to direct — the project purportedly begins filming within the next year. "Harrison (Ford) is very much part of this one, but really it's about finding him; he comes in in the third act," he added.Blade Runner news aside, the cover story revealed that Scott has begun shooting his adaptation of Andy Weir's sci-fi novel The Martian. The movie (same name) will feature Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, and Jeff Daniels, among other high-octane names, and will follow a »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
Ridley Scott is a man whose slate of projects never seems to dwindle, and inevitably, he can't get around to directing them all himself. His latest movie, Exocus: Gods And Kings, arrives in cinemas next month, and then he's straight off to make his next, the adaptation of Andy Weir's excellent book The Martian (that Matt Damon will star in).
As a consequence of that, it'd been assumed that he'll be handing directing duties of Prometheus 2 over to someone else. But as it turns out, he's not going to be directing the mooted Blade Runner 2 either.
Scott has been involved with the project, developing the film alongside Hampton Fancher (who co-wrote the original). "We talked at length about what it could be, and came up »
As we wait for Exodus: Gods & Kings to hit theaters next month, many are more interested in director Ridley Scott going back to sci-fi. He's already got The Martian with Matt Damon in the works, set for release next year, but there's also been development on Blade Runner 2. For awhile, it's been understood that Scott was going to direct the follow-up with a script that was originally coming from the first film's writer Hampton Fancher, but may now be coming from Green Lantern scribe Michael Green. However, in an interview with Variety (via The Playlist), Scott says he will produce the film, but not direct this time. Scott doesn't give a reason for not directing the sequel, but he's still involved with the script as the project develops. More than likely, Scott just doesn't have the time to fit the film into his schedule as soon as the producers would want him to get moving. »
- Ethan Anderton
Once untouchable sci-fi milestones, Ridley Scott has deemed it necessary to keep tinkering with "Alien" and "Blade Runner." We've already seen the result of what happened with "Alien" pre-prequel "Prometheus" (which has a sequel brewing), and for a while now, a follow-up to "Blade Runner" has been in the works. It looks like the pieces are falling into place, and with Scott's "Exodus: Gods And Kings" arriving soon, he's hitting the press circuit and revealing his future plans for the replicant saga. Chatting with Variety, Scott said that he won't direct "Blade Runner 2," but will stay on as a producer, with filming scheduled to get underway next year. There's no word why he opted out of the director's chair, but considering his next project is "The Martian" with Matt Damon, he probably just doesn't have the time anymore. But he's been deeply involved, working on the script with "Blade Runner »
- Kevin Jagernauth
While J.J. Abrams (Star Trek) will be lauded with the Ves Visionary Award, British filmmaker-producer Ridley Scott will be receiving the Ves Lifetime Achievement Award for a career that includes Alien (1979), Blade Runner (1982), Gladiator (2000), Kingdom of Heaven (2005), Prometheus (2012) and the forthcoming Biblical epic Exodus: Gods & Kings (2014).
“Ridley Scott is a defining voice of the feature, broadcast and commercial forms,” stated “Jeffrey A. Okun, Ves Board Chair. “His vision and contribution to the art is incomparable and his impact upon the visual effects and technical form is unparalleled. Ridley has given us a body of groundbreaking work to aspire to, and for this we are honored to award him with the prestigious Visual Effects Society Lifetime Achievement Award.”
“The best filmmaking has always been the result of collaboration between artists, craftspeople and technicians, both in front and behind the camera,” remarked Ridley Scott. “Over the years I have been very fortunate »
- Trevor Hogg
The ideal place to meet Ridley Scott would be on a raging battlefield, in the furthest reaches of outer space, or in the midst of any of the other vast canvases on which he creates his movies.
Instead, we’re sitting in a basement salon at London’s trendy Ham Yard Hotel, where the 76-year-old director has parked himself, however briefly, to discuss his new biblical epic “Exodus: Gods and Kings,” and to ruminate on his long career.
“You’re probably going to be sitting down, so you’re not going to get a proper sense of him,” actor Christian Bale, who stars in Scott’s new film as Moses, warned this reporter a few days earlier. “You’ve got to see Rid on the move to understand him. He’s totally kinetic. I’m absolutely sure he springs out of bed at 10 times the speed I do.”
Australian actor Joel Edgerton, »
- Scott Foundas
The writer/artist pair are reuniting on the company's first comics project, reports Deadline.
Palmiotti and Gray will lead the new Adaptive Comics division.
The first series, Abbadon, is a Western thriller about a corrupt town based on a 2011 screenplay written by Spencer Marstiller and acquired by Adaptive.
Adaptive Books was launched in the summer, publishing novels based on screenplays.
Michael Stevens for 'The Good':
Taking his cue from Kubrick, director Christopher Nolan's jump into deep space has some great new VFX, including an ominous tidal wave sequence...
...new planetary adventures, a breakneck drive through a country cornfield and several plot twists to make this space thriller worth exploring.
Matthew McConaughey gives a laid-back performance as 'Cooper' an interplanetary pilot, grounded by his responsibilities as a single father.
The camera loves Jessica Chastain as Cooper's adult daughter 'Murph', refreshing and luminous in every scene...
...while Anne Hathaway pours her heart into a teary-eyed performance.
The boxy robot 'Tars' also makes his film debut here in some great and unexpected action sequences.
Being the sentimentalist I am, I admit »
- Michael Stevens
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The biopic is alive and well this fall movie season, and luckily the latest offerings are much better than Lifetime’s Aaliyah movie. In The Imitation Game, Benedict Cumberbatch plays Alan Turing, the British mathematician who helped cracked Nazi code during World War II, while fellow English dreamboat Eddie Redmayne tackles the early life of cosmologist Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything. Typically you’ll see one of these attractive actors on the red carpet and think, “Marry me.” But when you see them portraying a brilliant mind on the big screen you’re suddenly like, “Marry me, and have my babies while taking care of my taxes until death do us part!”
These actors aren’t necessarily geniuses in real life, but they play them on the big screen and we’re totally Ok with drooling over that. From biographical portrayals of »
Think you’re having a bad day? Mark Watney’s is worse. Trust me.
Believing him to be dead after an accident, Mark’s crew have left him on Mars, for fear of endangering their own lives. Which leaves him alive . . . but alone. Unable to communicate with his crew or anyone back on Earth, Mark must figure out how to survive all by himself. The food and air supplies on the planet will only keep him alive for so long and it’s up to Mark to figure out a way home.
If he doesn’t run out of air or starve first.
The Martian is a fascinating story, following Mark’s journey as he is forced into a life of solitude with only what his crew have left behind. There are old TV shows to watch, Disco music to listen to and potatoes to plant – if he can just get the soil right. »
- Amanda Keats
"Interstellar" Spoilers Ahead
In an interview with The Daily Beast this week, Nolan went into detail about one of the film's big surprises - Matt Damon's role as the earlier expedition leader Dr. Mann. Mann follows a quite familiar to the point of being a cliche role - the coward whose desperate need to justify his self-survival threatens everyone's existence. Nolan admits the part is pretty much as it seems:
"It's very straightforward: selfishness and cowardice. It's very human, and I love what Matt did with that; he found the reality of it. It's the kind of sequence where you loathe the guy because he's doing something that you feel you might wind up doing in a similar situation. It's very logical, »
- Garth Franklin
Filmmaker Christopher Nolan's Interstellar still has fans talking two weeks after first hitting theaters, with many continuing to overthink the ending. During an interview with The Daily Beast, the filmmaker shed some light on a pivotal scene.
There will be Spoilers below, so read on at your own risk.
One of the biggest surprises for audiences was the reveal that Matt Damon portrays Dr. Mann, one of the original astronauts sent out during the Lazarus missions to find a new home for humanity. Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) and the rest of the Endurance crew head to Mann's planet because the data from beacon readings were promising, but they come to realize that Mann faked the data so he could be rescued. Mann ultimately attacks Cooper and leaves him to die, leaving to set up "Plan B" on Edmunds' planet.
When asked about Mann's motivations for this actions, Christopher Nolan had this to say. »
“Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars.
Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there.
After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive.”
During her recent visit to The Daily Show, the Oscar-nominated »
- Michelle McCue
The most powerful aspect of the film is the message that it delivers about love. Love is a central theme of the story, and it plays a role in the pivotal moment at the end that brings everything together. Of course, the story also highlights the dark side of humanity. Especially when Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) and his team arrive on Dr. Mann’s planet, lured there by the promising data the they received. When they arrive and wake Mann (Matt Damon) up, we learn that the bastard faked the data so that he could get rescued. Mann eventually attacks Cooper and leaves him to die, so that he can initiate “Plan B”.
In an interview with The Daily Beast, Nolan offered »
- Joey Paur
Benedict Cumberbatch is featured on the cover of Time, Jon Hamm will guest star in the final season of Parks and Recreation, TV networks opt out of airing President Obama‘s speech and more in Last Lap.
Benedict Cumberbatch makes the cover of Time‘s “Genius Issue.” As he should have. [@Time] Jon Hamm will guest star in Parks and Recreation as Ed, a National Parks employee with all of the looks and none of the brains. [EW] President Obama will speak about the country’s immigration system tonight, but ABC, NBC, and CBS will not be airing it due to ratings. And Shondaland. [CNN] Angelina Jolie tells Du Jour magazine that she is “absolutely” quitting the acting world. [Vanity Fair] Keira Knightley thinks that Cumberbatch’s fans are artistic, terrifying, and lovely. John Cameron Mitchell will star in Hedwig, the Tony-award-winning Broadway production he co-wrote. [EW] Matt Damon‘s bromance with Ben Affleck continues as »
- Taylor Ferber
Bourne director Paul Greengrass is set to take on the upcoming 1984 remake for Sony Pictures.
Based on George Orwell's classic 1948 novel, 1984 is set in a futuristic world where individuality and privacy are outlawed. Citizens are forced to live in service to an all-seeing entity referred to as "Big Brother." The story follows a man tasked with rewriting history. He rebels after falling in love with a woman, which is considered a dangerous endeavor in his dystopian society. John Hurt played the lead in Michael Radford's 1984 version. Michael Anderson also directed a version of the tale in 1956. It is not known how this version of the story will be updated for today's surveillance encumbered social climate.
Scott Rudin and Gina Rosenblum are producing, with James Graham (Finding Neverland) set as the screenwriter. Rudin and Paul Greengrass previously teamed on the Oscar-nominated Captain Phillips starring Tom Hanks. They are next »
In addition to returning to the Jason Bourne franchise with Matt Damon at Universal, director Paul Greengrass is in the midst of setting up another project over at Sony Pictures. Deadline has word that Greengrass is attached to direct a new adaptation of George Orwell's classic novel 1984, a seminal piece of literature that takes place in a world where surveillance is unavoidable as a perpetual war rages on. The term Big Brother, used to reference government oversight and surveillance comes from this very novel, and in an age of drones, phone hacking, the Nsa's violation of privacy, it's more relevant than ever. The film is in the nascent stages as no actors are attached to the project yet, and James Graham (the man who wrote the musical adaptation of Finding Neverland), will adapt the book. Scott Rudin, who just teamed with Greengrass as producer on Captain Phillips, will produce the cautionary tale, »
- Ethan Anderton
“Big Brother is Watching You," wrote George Orwell in his eternal novel "1984." If only the author had lived to see "Citizenfour." As the age of Nsa snooping comes into the light, Orwell’s dystopian novel remains as pertinent as ever (this month, an Egyptian college student was arrested while carrying a copy of the novel, a move many reporters saw as a moment of life-imitating-art). Sony Pictures agrees: The studio has setup a new adaptation of the film with the project-hoarding Paul Greengrass attached to direct. Scott Rudin and Gina Rosenblum will produce the project, Deadline reports. "1984" follows the lead character Winston Smith as he rebels against the hellish bureaucracy of Airstrip One. Overpowering its citizens with surveillance, manipulation, propaganda, and legal action — any independent thinking is consider a "thoughtcrime" — the dream-prone Winston slips away from the oppressive government to encounter romance and freedom, paying the price when Big Brother catches him in the act. »
- Matt Patches
Brosgiving! Best buds Ben Affleck and Matt Damon are taking their bromance to the next level and spending Thanksgiving together this year. Us Weekly caught up with Affleck, 42, and his wife Jennifer Garner at the Save the Children Illumination Gala in New York City on Wednesday, Nov. 19, and the married couple of nine years dished on their holiday plans with one of their closest friends. "My mother is staying with us now and we'll all go down the street to Matt Damon's house," the Gone Girl [...] »
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