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..And talk about the old cinema tradition, the Intermission. This break in between lengthy films was born out of necessity not ambition. Back when everything was projected on film a reel on the projector could only hold so much. This required the projectionist to load the second reel, and this required time, hence the intermission. With digital projection it's a tap of the play button and the computer does it's thing, no intermissions needed. But an idea has arose: Just because we don't have to doesn't necessarily mean we shouldn't.
The 154 minute Exodus Gods and Kings left many movie goers burned out by the first hour and a half (some the first 20 minutes) and too beaten to care much for the coming hour. But would an intermission solve this epics exhaustion? Or would viewers take the opportunity to leave? Or, would they be disappointed that they had lost the films sense of immersion? »
- email@example.com (Aaron Hunt)
The Doctor has been voted the greatest sci-fi character of all time in a BFI poll.
Thousands took part in the survey, with the Time Lord beating Alien's Ellen Ripley to the top spot by just 110 votes.
2001: A Space Odyssey voted greatest sci-fi movie of all time
Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader from Star Wars came in third place, while Kerr Avon from the 1970s BBC series Blake's 7 came in fourth.
Star Trek's Spock is in tenth place.
19% of votes were cast for alien characters, while humans received 67% and robots/computers received 14%.
Michael Stevens For 'The Good'
"No spoilers intended, but most of us already know how this story unfolds, with director Ridley Scott delivering action adventure along the lines of 'Gladiator', with epic 3D sequences involving horses, chariots and thousands of ancient warriors.
"The recreation of ancient Egypt through the efforts of hundreds of digital artists is visually impressive throughout the entire film, depicting David Lean-like arid deserts, the Egyptian city of 'Memphis', a series of horrific plagues, tidal waves and cosmic weather anomalies.
"Lemming-like criticism leveled at the film for using 'white' actors in main roles is unfounded, as actor Christian Bale delivers the goods (speaking English not Egyptian) in his depiction of 'Moses' aka 'Moishe', evolving »
- Michael Stevens
Ridley Scott may still be undecided about whether he’s going to direct Blade Runner 2, but the filmmaker is still determined to push ahead with the sequel to his 1982 sci-fi classic, and now he’s offered a brief update to MTV, with the Exodus: Gods and Kings helmer saying the script is the best thing Harrison Ford has ever read.
“I sent him [the script] and he said ‘wow, this is the best thing I’ve ever read’ so it’s very relevant to what happened [in] the first one. [With] Blade Runner we kind of landed on a somehow very credible future. And it’s very difficult to change that because it’s been so influential with everything else.”
Blade Runner 2 is currently slated to go into production in 2015, meaning that it’s likely we’ll see another director stepping in for the sequel, given that Scott is currently prepping The Martian and has Prometheus 2 following that. »
- Gary Collinson
The Southbank venue played host to showings of Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi with special guests Paul Blake (Greedo), Garrick Hagon (Rebel pilot Biggs Darklighter), Anthony Forrest (Mos Eisley roadblock stormtrooper), Anne Skinner (script supervisor) and Harley Cokeliss (2nd Unit Director) on hand to discuss the sci-fi movies.
Lando Calrissian star Billy Dee Williams also took part in an exclusive filmed interview before Empire Strikes Back and Jabba the Hutt puppeteer Toby Philpott joined in for a post-Return of the Jedi Q&A.
The BFI's Benugo bar offered fans Mos Eisley Cantina-themed drinks, while Lego tables decked out the foyer for those wanting to build Star Wars models.
The day also saw prizes being dished out for the best »
If something makes a lot of money, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it deserved to. In fact, a large amount of the highest-grossing movies ever probably didn’t deserve to make as much cash as they actually did, especially when you consider that established classics like Citizen Kane, It’s A Wonderful Life and Blade Runner all performed terribly at the box office, despite the fact that they’re awesome. Which is another way of saying: lots of money doesn’t equate to lots of quality. And 2014 is certified proof of that theory.
The top 10 highest-grossing movies of this particular year are an interesting bunch – an eclectic bunch if ever there was one, consisting of superhero classics, a couple of overblown CG-orientated snoozefests, average sequels, worthwhile sequels, sequels that nobody expected, and – of course – a couple of memorable animated flicks, too. What do all these pictures have in common, »
- Sam Hill
Scott, who directed the 1982 original Blade Runner, told MTV News that Ford is excited for the upcoming dystopian sci-fi sequel.
"I sent him this [script] and he said, 'Wow, this is the best thing I've ever read', so it's very relevant to what happened [in] the first one," Scott said.
"I'm not just doing a sequel with lots of action and see how far we can go with the special effects because you can't, really.
"Blade Runner kind of landed on a somehow very credible future. And it's very difficult to change that because it's been so influential with everything else."
Scott previously stated that he will not be directing the sequel, although Ford will reprise his role as Rick Deckard.
Scott's latest film Exodus: Gods and Kings »
Blade Runner, 1982.
Directed by Ridley Scott.
A blade runner must pursue and try to terminate four replicants who stole a ship in space and have returned to Earth to find their creator.
As part of the BFI’s Science Fiction season, Ridley Scott’s visionary dystopian cyberpunk film will be screened on December 14th, before a nationwide re-release next April. The film has gone down in Hollywood legend for its complicated existence. From the troubled, often tortuous shoot, to misguided marketing, through to a theatrical release that tore critics and (disappointing low numbers of) audience members straight down the middle. It truly was a love it or hate it affair.
In 1992, following the film being re-appraised on the burgeoning home video market through the 80’s, Ridley Scott was able to then release a Directors cut, which »
- Gary Collinson
The last "Indiana Jones" installment wasn't loved by critics, but it grossed almost $800 million at the worldwide box office. That's the reason why Disney has been eager to get another film off the ground, preferably with Harrison Ford reprising his role. But in the last six years, another "Indiana Jones" movie has yet to go into production, despite numerous rumors that a script already exists and that that sound stages have already been reserved. In a new interview with Disney CEO Bob Iger, Variety revealed that he spoke about "Indiana Jones 5," stating: "We'd love to make another Indiana Jones movie but we're pacing ourselves right now [launching 'Star Wars' first]." So it seems that Disney is still interested. Meanwhile, Ford is busy reprising his other roles in "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" and the upcoming "Blade Runner" sequel. »
Harrison Ford apparently does not have a bad feeling about the Blade Runner sequel. Ridley Scott, who directed the 1982 sci-fi classic, told MTV News that the sequel's script is "written and ready to go," and Ford is "absolutely" on board for the film. Read more Harrison Ford Sought to Reprise Classic Role for 'Blade Runner' Sequel "I sent him this [script], and he said it’s the best thing he’s ever read," Scott said. "It’s very relevant to what happened in the first one." The Exodus: Gods and Kings director added that he is currently unsure
- Ryan Gajewski
Ridley Scott has confirmed a sequel to the beloved, cult-classic Blade Runner, and Harrison Ford signed on in no time. But with a number of Ridley Scott projects taking priority over the sequel, there hasn.t been a ton of momentum quite yet. But now we can rest assured, because Harrison Ford finally got his hands on the screenplay, and apparently, it.s the best thing he.s ever read. In a recent press tour for Exodus: Gods and Kings, Scott chatted with MTV News about his upcoming projects including, The Martian, Prometheus 2 and Blade Runner 2. In discussing Blade Runner 2, Scott confirmed that Harrison Ford was absolutely on board and said: "I sent him this [script] and he said it.s the best thing he.s ever read. It.s very relevant to what happened in the first one." Scott wouldn.t discuss much further but promised that "it.s »
Actor Harrison Ford who played 'Rick Deckard' in director Ridley Scott's "Blade Runner" is keen on re-visiting his ex-cop character for "Blade Runner 2", with high praise for a new screenplay given to him by Scott:
"I’m quite curious and excited," said Ford.
"...I would be very anxious to work with Ridley Scott again, he’s a very talented and passionate filmmaker...and I think it would be very interesting to revisit the character."
As for the original film, Ford said, "I remember it with complication, but I'm not there to generate nostalgic moments, I'm there to do a job of work. I quite understand that everybody has an ambition when they come and do a film, and everyone's ambition may not be focused on the same thing. I truly admire Ridley as a man and as a director, and I would be very happy to engage »
- Michael Stevens
If you’re worried that the upcoming “Blade Runner” sequel won’t measure up to the 1982 sci-fi cult classic, rest assured. Harrison Ford apparently thinks the script is “the best thing (he’s) ever read.”
Director Ridley Scott told MTV News that the screenplay is not only “written and ready to go,” but that Ford loves it.
“I sent him this (script) and he said, ‘Wow, this is the best thing I’ve ever read,’ so it’s very relevant to what happened (in) the first one,” Scott told MTV News. “I’m not just doing a sequel with lots of action and see how far we can go with the special effects because you can’t really. ‘Blade Runner’ kind of landed on a somehow very credible future. And it’s very difficult to change that because it’s been so influential with everything else.”
Although Scott is debating »
- Maane Khatchatourian
That’s according to Ridley Scott, at least. During a conversation about the intersection of making films based on some of the oldest stories (such as Scott’s new Exodus) and science fiction, the subject of Blade Runner 2 came up. Scott has recently said the Blade Runner 2 script was going well, and that he was […]
- Russ Fischer
While busy making the press rounds for his latest release Exodus: Gods And Kings, director Ridley Scott revealed some interesting information when it comes to the sequel to Blade Runner and a few words on Prometheus 2. Last month we heard that the Scott would not be sitting in the director’s chair for the Blade Runner sequel and instead he would be acting as a producer. While speaking to MTV, Scott talked about the script: I sent him [the script] and he said ‘wow, »
- Graham McMorrow
Remember my review of Snowpiercer?
Well, I do, and that’s all that matters, because I had a revelation recently about that comic-turned-movie. You see, at my place of employment, they’ve been showing holiday movies, as retail outlets are wont to do when they’re trying to sell TVs (even though it’s damn grocery store). And they’ve been showing a movie that, even as I try desperately to ignore it, has gradually transformed from a painfully-deformed specter of childish inanity to a foreboding, hideous larvae. This movie is, in fact, The Polar Express. Or, as it was originally called, Snowpiercer Part One! That’s right, I’m on to your games, Tom Hanks and Robert Zemeckis. You clearly read the then untranslated French graphic novel Snowpiercer about a seemingly unstoppable train howling across an alien wasteland of snow and ice and whose passengers represent humankind and decided »
- Chris Melkus
Originally set to be released this past summer, Wachowski fans have had to patiently wait almost a whole other year for Jupiter Ascending to hit theaters. In that time, so many trailers and sneak peeks have been released that it would be easy to assume that the film has already come and gone. Warner Bros. in the midst of changing that mindset, and today they have released yet another look at this epic sci-fi adventure with an extended TV spot.
Jupiter Ascending is an old fashion throwback to the sci-fi novels of yesteryear. The tale follows Jupiter Jones, who was born under a night sky, with signs predicting that she was destined for great things. Now grown, Jupiter dreams of the stars but wakes up to the cold reality of a job cleaning other people's houses and an endless run of bad breaks. Only when Caine, a genetically engineered ex-military hunter, »
When the entire span of Ridley Scott's career is finally written about, it's tough to say where a film like "Exodus: Gods and Kings" will stand. On the one hand, it's a big, brash, big-budget retelling of an ancient Biblical tale, a story of such big proportions that no less a titan than Cecil B. DeMille made two distinct versions of the Hebrews-out-of-Egypt story. On the other hand, it's a film that doesn't lend itself to hyperbolic enthusiasm, the way Scott's "Alien," "Blade Runner" or "Thelma and Louise" did.
I'm no fan of "Gladiator," but it's fair to say that it provided a template for Ridley's later work -- mixing high drama, big action sequences and a visual flair that owed as much to early Hollywood extravaganzas as it did to latter-day adventure films. It may be because I watched it only the week before, but the film that »
- Jason Gorber
Directed by Ridley Scott
Perhaps the End Times are finally upon us. How else to explain a year that began with Russell Crowe playing Noah and ends with Christian Bale as Moses? Whereas Darren Aronofsky’s Noah reached giddily crazy heights, Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods and Kings never transcends its plodding, inevitable story arc. Not only does it lack the visual imagination we’ve come to expect from Scott, a potentially-interesting “tale of two brothers” spin is completely wasted by a lazy script. This is about as by-the-numbers as epics get.
You have to admire Christian Bale’s refusal to even attempt a showy accent. His cocksure attitude as Moses is so inappropriate that all you can do is shake your head in bemused wonder. Had the entire film been as defiant as its leading man, »
- J.R. Kinnard
Ridley Scott is a filmmaker who, at his very best, is able to convey genuine human stories even when dealing with the largest possible canvases. "Blade Runner" is an existential tale of personal identity housed within a misty post-apocalyptic noir, "Alien" is less about the acid-bleeding monster than the working class heroes that fall victim to it, and "Gladiator" follows a single man's journey from the brink of desperation back to, if not a place of hope, then at least one of acceptance (it just so happens to be set in blood-soaked ancient Rome). So it would make sense that Scott would sign up for something like "Exodus: Gods and Kings," a massively budgeted retelling of Moses' trek out of Egypt. If anybody could telescope these events into something manageably relatable, it's Scott. The problem is that the director doesn't seem all that interested in telling a human drama, »
- Drew Taylor
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