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Cyberpunk in Cinema: Blade Runner from 2019 to 2049 [Part 2]

[Editor's note: Be sure to read part one of Rochefort's series here.]

Cyberspace, artificial intelligence, street tech, cyborgs, shady megacorporations. These are just some of the staples of Cyberpunk, a science-fiction subgenre that began as a literary movement spearheaded by authors like William Gibson (whose “Neuromancer” won the Hugo, Nebula, and Philip K. Dick awards in 1984), Bruce Sterling, Rudy Rucker, Lewis Shiner, John Shirley and Neal Stephenson.

Cyberpunk reshaped the way we see the future, and has informed our understanding of the age of big data. Its pervasive and frequently subversive influence can be found in everything from the way w [Continued ...]
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Joe R. Lansdale and Idw Team Up for Bubba Ho-tep And The Cosmic Blood-suckers Comic Book Series

He introduced readers to Hap and Leonard and took us to the drive-in, but thanks to the film adaptation of his 1994 novella, writer Joe R. Lansdale is known by many for resurrecting Elvis, who recently returned in a Bubba Ho-Tep prequel novella by Lansdale. Now, the legendary author is teaming up with Idw Publishing to bring The King back to life in Bubba Ho-Tep and the Cosmic Blood-Suckers, a new comic book series adaptation premiering this March:

Press Release: San Diego, CA – Hail to the King, baby! Prior to the events of the original Bubba Ho-Tep cult story, Elvis was enlisted by President Nixon to defeat an alien threat unlike anything he’s faced before. Idw and award-winning writer Joe R. Lansdale present Bubba Ho-Tep and the Cosmic Blood-Suckers!

“Bubba Ho-Tep was an accidental story that turned out to be my first film adaptation, and it's still going strong in story and film,
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Cyberpunk in Cinema: Blade Runner from 2019 to 2049 [Part 1]

Cyberspace, artificial intelligence, street tech, cyborgs, shady megacorporations. These are just some of the staples of Cyberpunk, a science-fiction subgenre that began as a literary movement spearheaded by authors like William Gibson (whose “Neuromancer” won the Hugo, Nebula, and Philip K. Dick awards in 1984), Bruce Sterling, Rudy Rucker, Lewis Shiner, John Shirley and Neal Stephenson.

Cyberpunk reshaped the way we see the future, and has informed our understanding of the age of big data. Its pervasive and frequently subversive influence can be found in everything from the way we work and the devices we use to fashion, music and cinema. And underneath all the neon, grime, leather and chrome, cyberpunk fiction continues to ask vital questions about how we cope w [Continued ...]
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‘The X-Files’ Review: ‘This’ Delivers a Compelling Casefile and Mulder and Scully at Their Cutest

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‘The X-Files’ Review: ‘This’ Delivers a Compelling Casefile and Mulder and Scully at Their Cutest
[Editor’s note: Spoilers follow for “The X-Files” Season 11, Episode 2, “This.”]

Previously, on “The X-Files”…

Agents Mulder and Scully are back to investigating paranormal crimes, which they used to do with some help from a group of hackers known as the Lone Gunmen — until the Lone Gunmen nobly sacrificed themselves to save the world back in Season 9.

This Week’s Dossier

Mulder and Scully are enjoying a lazy night dozing in front of the TV when Mulder’s cell phone starts getting strange messages from the presumed-dead Langly — oh, and three armed men barge in, leading to a firefight and then the arrival of a second group of armed men who get Mulder and Scully in handcuffs, though the duo are able to escape.

Read More:‘The X-Files’: 3 Reasons Not to Worry About Season 11 Being the End

Now on the run (but with an assist or two from Skinner), the partners follow breadcrumbs left behind
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Our Stories are True: Porto/Post/Doc 2017

“The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel.” opens William Gibson’s Neuromancer, set in Chiba, Japan (while generally accepted as a reference to the novelist’s home in Vancouver). A similar pall intermittently lingered over the northern Portuguese city of Porto during the city’s Porto/Post/Doc festival. The pallid grey and smoke were reminders of the devastating fires that have engulfed northern regions of the country since the summer, claiming many lives. The cinematic image of smokey cobblestone streets — with a knowledge of the real, if unseen forces behind them — provided a somber and […]
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Female Snake-Eyes Is a Hit, Will She Get Her Own G.I. Joe Movie?

Female Snake-Eyes Is a Hit, Will She Get Her Own G.I. Joe Movie?
Who is Dawn Moreno? She's the new Snake-Eyes and break-out character of G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero! Scripted by legendary G.I. Joe writer Larry Hama, with art by incoming artist Netho Diaz (Aquaman), issue #246 marks the beginning of the "Dawn of the Arashikage" storyline, which sees Dawn, a Mexican-American teenager, take on the mantle of Snake-Eyes, one of the most iconic members of the G.I. Joe team. This pivotal issue in Hama's long-running G.I. Joe saga has now sold out at the distributor level, as have the preceding issues #244 (featuring Dawn's first appearance in costume) and #245 (Dawn's first cover appearance in costume as Snake-Eyes).

Dawn Moreno, who debuted in G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #226, was once a gifted high school athlete whose unique physical abilities drew the attention of Cobra Commander. The Cobra elite put Dawn under intense experimentation, accidentally implanting the memories of the original
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Talking ‘Mindhack’ with Director Royce Gorsuch

Interview with Director Royce Gorsuch for Mindhack

Mindhack screened earlier this year at Frightfest. The film offered a respite from the typical horror offerings, adding a science-fiction spice to the festival. Originally known as Mad Genius, Mindhack joins computer genius Mason (Chris Mason) as he researches into hacking the human brain. His end goal – to unite the world, eliminate war and create peace for all mankind. It’s a quirky story, brought to life by writer / director Royce Gorsuch.

Gorsuch had been making a living as a director for several years, his body of work mostly based within the advertising world. With Mindhack he decided to branch out from the naturalistic day job of commercials into the hyper-stylised world of cyberpunk. Royce has long been a fan of the movement and cites William Gibson’s Neuromancer as one of his favourite novels. We caught-up with the new feature filmmaker at
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Ranked: The 10 Best Cyberpunk Movies

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With the good reviews that Blade Runner: 2049 has been receiving, we look at just how well it stacks up against other films of the cyberpunk subgenre.

The term “cyberpunk” was originally coined by Bruce Bethke as a title for his 1983 short story. He invented the word to describe future children who would become so technologically inclined that older generations would have difficulty dealing with them (sound familiar?). That term would later be utilized to describe an entire subgenre of fiction, and later, film that focused heavily on mankind's technological advancement. From a fiction perspective, cyberpunk was born out of the new wave movement in the 1960’s. During that time period, the trend away from traditional writing styles and methods allowed for more experimentation and investigation into topics such as psychology, biology, and abstract thinking. Science fiction was one genre in particular which allowed further exploration into these areas, but
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Idw to Release Final Issue of Steve Niles & Bernie Wrightson’s Frankenstein, Alive, Alive Comic Book Series in January

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We've lost a lot of inspirational figures in the horror genre this past year, including the great Bernie Wrightson, a brilliant artist, co-creator of the Swamp Thing and passionate fan of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. Following his seminal illustrated version of Shelley's Frankenstein that was initially released in 1983, Wrightson recently teamed up with Steve Niles for a comic book series called Frankenstein, Alive, Alive, and Idw Publishing announced that the final issue of the series will be released in January, with artist Kelley Jones stepping in to finish what Bernie started, as per the legendary artist's wishes.

Press Release: San Diego, CA (October 18, 2017) – The fourth and concluding issue of Steve Niles & Bernie Wrightson’s Frankenstein, Alive, Alive will be released in January of 2018. Exploring the further adventures of Mary Shelley’s monster, this gothic horror story will be the final chapter of legendary artist Bernie Wrightson’s Frankenstein works.

“Bernie was
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Blade Runner Has Gotten Better With Age

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Blade Runner has aged like a fine wine, which is a rarity amongst effects-driven science fiction films. This is a look at several of the reasons why it has seemingly gotten better with age instead of worse.

Blade Runner is an odd case in the history of film. Here we have a movie that was widely misunderstood by both audiences and critics upon its release. It did marginal business in theaters, but ultimately failed to live up to the studio’s expectations. Critics dismissed it as mostly fluffy eye candy, and audiences wanted something more exciting. Despite these initial challenges, the film got a second chance.

Looking back at the same film today, the perspective has changed completely. Today, Blade Runner is widely considered a classic science fiction film. It has been elevated in status to quintessential viewing, and is featured on many critic’s best films lists. For today’s audiences,
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“Reader Beware, You’re in for a Scare!”: Idw & Scholastic Announce More Goosebumps Comic Books for 2018

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As previously reported, the world of R.L. Stine's Goosebumps will come to life in comic book form this Halloween season, but the frightening, nostalgic fun will continue on the paneled page next year, too, as Idw Publishing has announced another three-issue Goosebumps comic book story, "Download And Die!", that will be released in 2018:

Press Release: San Diego (October 5, 2017) – Idw Publishing, in association with Scholastic, is releasing the second three-issue arc in R.L Stine’s Goosebumps comic series. “Download And Die!” is a brand-new self-contained story set in the Goosebumps universe from the talented duo of writer Jen Vaughn (Adventure Time) and artist Michelle Wong (Tomboy).

In the tradition of the classic “Say Cheese and Die!” story, this spiritual successor takes that concept and puts a digital spin on it for the iPhone generation. Today’s kids will now have to contend with a smartphone app that snaps
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5 Ways ‘Blade Runner’ Changed the Look of Sci-Fi Forever

5 Ways ‘Blade Runner’ Changed the Look of Sci-Fi Forever
Over the last 50 years of filmmaking, there are very few films that have influenced modern filmmaking like Ridley Scott’s “Blade Runner.” Unlike other landmark films that changed Hollywood – ranging from “Easy Rider to “Jaws” – Ridley Scott’s 1982 film was a box office disappointment. Of course, the lasting impact of “Blade Runner” was also quite different than these films that became instant cultural phenomenons.

“‘Blade Runner’ is simply one of those cinematic drugs, that when I first saw it, I never saw the world the same way again,” said Guillermo del Toro told one interviewer, when describing why “Blade Runner” was one of his five favorite films of all-time.

Del Toro wasn’t alone. For a whole generation of filmmakers – including the cinematographers, productions designers and visual effects artists – a direct line can be drawn between “Blade Runner” and the imagery of modern sci-fi movie. In the 35 years in which
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The Beauty Of Horror II: Another Goregeous Coloring Book Release Details & Author Signing Dates

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Who knew coloring could so spooky?! From horror writer and illustrator Alan Robert comes The Beauty of Horror II: Ghouliana's Creepatorium, a new coloring book from Idw Publishing. As the title suggests, this coloring book is the continuation of Ghouliana's attempts to get colorers to unleash her fiendish spell, and we have release details and information on when and where you can meet Robert at autograph signings.

Press Release: New York, NY (September 19, 2017) - Life of Agony's Alan Robert has established himself as a prolific horror illustrator & writer over the last several years. Since 2010, Robert has created several award-winning titles through Idw Publishing (Crawl to Me, Killogy, Wire Hangers, The Shunned One). However, nothing would prepare him for the wild success of his 2016 breakout hit The Beauty of Horror: A GOREgeous Coloring Book. Nerdist hailed it as being "The World's Creepiest Adult Coloring Book" and it was Idw's #2 top-selling book last year.
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Cast This: Case in Neuromancer (from Deadpool director Tim Miller)

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William Gibson's crucial 1984 futuristic novel Neuromancer has been wildly influential over the years  -- everything from movies like The Matrix and Ghost In The Shell to countless videogames, comics, books, TV shows and real technology owes an incalculable debt to Gibson's seminal cyberpunk story. But despite its undeniable impact, an actual movie adaptation of Gibson's book has... Read More...
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Movie News: 'Deadpool' Director to Helm Sci-Fi 'Neuromancer'; Katie Holmes to Star in Self-Help Book Adaptation 'The Secret'

Neuromancer: Tim Miller (Deadpool, above with Ryan Reynolds) will direct a big-screen version of Neuromancer, based on a classic cyberpunk novel by William Gibson. First published in 1984, its hero is a former computer hacker who is down on his luck before he is employed to pull off "the ultimate hack." The project has been in development for years; a new writer will need to be hired. [Deadline]   The Secret: Katie Holmes (Touched With Fire, above) will star in The Secret. Andy Tennant (Hitch) will direct. Bekah Brunstetter (TV's This Is Us) wrote the screenplay, based on a self-help book by Rhonda Byrne. Holmes will play a young widow with three children who draws close to a handyman and his philosophy of life. [THR]   The Ballad of Buster...

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Movie News: 'Deadpool' Director to Helm Sci-Fi 'Neuromancer'

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Neuromancer: Tim Miller (Deadpool, above with Ryan Reynolds) will direct a big-screen version of Neuromancer, based on a classic cyberpunk novel by William Gibson. First published in 1984, its hero is a former computer hacker who is down on his luck before he is employed to pull off "the ultimate hack." The project has been in development for years; a new writer will need to be hired. [Deadline]   The Secret: Katie Holmes (Touched With Fire, above) will star in The...

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Deadpool’s Tim Miller Lands Gig As Director of Adaptation Of Cyberpunk Novel Neuromancer

The world just a little bit bleaker the day we learned that Deadpool director Tim Miller would be dropping out of Deadpool 2. Deadpool was a film that’s been a long time in the making, and the fact that one of its key architects wouldn’t be around for the second one was a bit of a gut punch to fans of the first. However, there was a bright side to this sad bit of news. While Miller would no longer be involved in Deadpool, it did open him up to work on other big projects.

Not long after, it was revealed that he was in early talks to direct an eventual reboot of James Cameron’s The Terminator. However, with the rights still not set to revert back to Cameron until 2019. Another project Miller’s been attached to is the adaptation Influx, though the current status of that is unknown.
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Deadpool’s Tim Miller to take the helm on Fox’s Neuromancer

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Author: Zehra Phelan

Deadpool helmer Tim Miller has kissed and made up with 20th Century Fox after pulling out of directing its sequel due to “creative differences” by coming on board the studio’s adaptation of Neuromancer.

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Based on the classic cyberpunk novel by William Gibson, Neuromancer follows Case, a hotshot data-thief whose nervous system is crippled by some former associates he ripped off. No longer able to access cyberspace, he’s given a second chance when he’s approached to work for a mysterious colonel who offers to repair Case if he agrees to handle a secret mission and destroy an unthinkably powerful artificial intelligence orbiting Earth. Of course, in order to ensure that Case does his bidding, the colonel implants a slow-acting poison in his brain to keep him in line and assigns a street samurai named Molly to watch his back.

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