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News Simon Brew 24 Apr 2014 - 07:17
You want a really good The Iron Giant Blu-ray release? Then you might need to do something about it...
Way back on the press tour for Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, we got to spend 20 minutes in the company of its director, Brad Bird. This was a big moment for us, given that Bird directed The Incredibles and Ratatouille, along with one of our favourite films, The Iron Giant.
We've written about our precise love for The Iron Giant here, but Bird told us something about the film's planned Blu-ray release when we interviewed him. Here's what he said: "I’ve been talking with Warner Bros for basically the past ten years, and all sorts of options have been discussed.
There’s been talk of doing about a minute and a half, two minutes, of new animation for it, that were some sequences that we designed in the original, »
Ridley Scott, director of “Alien” and “Blade Runner,” returns to the genre he helped define. With Prometheus, he creates a groundbreaking mythology, in which a team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a thrilling journey to the darkest corners of the universe. There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race. »
British sci-fier “The Machine” lands somewhere between “Blade Runner” and “Her” as a portrait of near-future humanity developing, and possibly being displaced by, beings of artificial intelligence. Closer to “Her” in its musing on human/machine connectivity, while also incorporating the dystopian and action-thriller aspects of “Blade Runner” and its ilk, albeit on a much smaller scale, the pic will divide fantasy fans, some of whom will give it props for breaking somewhat from genre formula, while others will be disappointed by the largely budgetary limits of its imagination. Its theatrical opening April 25 on one Los Angeles screen (following its Stateside VOD launch), amid a gradual international rollout, will serve best in raising awareness for home-format sales.
Opening text informs that a new Cold War between China and the West has resulted in “the deepest recession in history.” While the proles presumably starve (we never see much of the outside »
- Dennis Harvey
Imitation of Life: James’ Sci-Fi Thriller Plumbs Dark Recesses of A.I.
While its ingenious ideas are sometimes marred by obvious budgetary limitations, director Caradog W. James’ second feature, The Machine is a highly enjoyable and brooding sci-fi flick in the philosophical vein of Blade Runner, with a smattering of other similarly minded or styled classics, such as Lang’s Metropolis heavy on its mind. Even though it sometimes looks like a film that seems tailor made for the Syfy Channel, James still manages to create an appropriate atmosphere with its cavernous, dimly lit underground bunkers. An arresting and ambient score reminiscent of Vangelis and early John Carpenter is complimentary to its simple yet hypnotic spell.
In the not too distant future, the UK seems to be languishing in the throes of the preapocalypse as the Western world is heavily engaged in a Cold War with China. The government »
- Nicholas Bell
Our friends at Blurpy have alerted us to Brian Taylor‘s awesome Ridley Scott movie poster print series. Taylor, who also goes by the nickname Candykiller, is a Scotland-based graphic designer and illustrator who has worked mainly at design and advertising agencies. Candykiller has released the first two prints for the movies Blade Runner and Alien, […]
The post Cool Stuff: Candykiller’s Ridley Scott Poster Art Prints appeared first on /Film. »
- Peter Sciretta
We are obsessed with technology. This much is true. Between our cell phones and tablets and home computers and whatever else we have in our home that whirs, beeps, or produces faint electromagnetic waves, it sometimes feels like we have a more intimate relationship with our things than the people in our lives. And this has long been the realm of speculative science fiction, which wonders what would happen if that love affair with technology turned really, really dark.
The latest example of this is Warner Bros' new sci-fi epic "Transcendence," which is about the nature of humanity and all of the cumbersome fleshiness that goes with it, and concerns a mad scientist (Johnny Depp) who, after getting poisoned by a radioactive bullet (don't ask) has his consciousness uploaded to a computer which results, of course, in some unintended consequences.
- Drew Taylor
Harrison Ford is usually thought of as delightfully grumpy based on his TV appearances, but his Reddit Ama over the weekend was full of fun and funny nuggets. (Ford was promoting a Showtime series about climate change that aired over the weekend.) Here are a few of the highlights! And as an extra treat, check out Ford playing "Uncharted 3" in Japan a few years ago. You're welcome in advance.
1. Harrison Ford doesn't have ophidiophobia, thank you very much.
Ford's famously fedora'd alter ego Indiana Jones is notoriously scared of snakes. Ford himself? Not so much. "I actually like snakes! When I was young, I was a boy scout nature camp counselor, and one of our projects was collecting snakes and creating an environment for them, so I'm quite familiar with snakes and think they'r[e] fantastic creatures."
2. Han Solo is pretty handy around the house.
Ford was sort of working as »
- Jenni Miller
Oh, Harrison. While Harrison Ford is one of the few guys working right now who I could indisputably call "iconic," I find myself ambivalent about his persona when he's giving interviews. I've had some good chats with him, and some that were more difficult, and it completely seems to be up to his mood at the moment we sit down. The same can be said about his appearances on talk shows. He's done it well at times, and there are other interviews where it looks like he wants to crawl out of his skin, and for an actor, he seems to have no interest in disguising his feelings at all. He seems perfectly happy to snarl at someone if he thinks they ask him something stupid or obvious, which makes it extra-surprising that he was willing to do a Reddit Ama to help promote the new documentary series "Years Of Living Dangerously. »
- Drew McWeeny
When Ridley Scott first revealed that he's working on "Alien" prequel, called "Prometheus," he also said that he's working on a sequel to his "Blade Runner" sci-fi film, which starred Harrison Ford. Now, while participating in an "Ask Me Anything" session on Reddit, Ford commented on how he feels about potentially returning for "Blade Runner 2." He said: "I'm quite curious and excited about seeing a new script for 'Blade Runner.' If it's a good script 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." Coincidentally, Ford also said that "Blade Runner" was the most difficult film he ever worked on, stating that the cast and crew worked fifty nights in a row and "it was always raining." »
Washington, Apr.15: Harrison Ford recently talked about his memories and behind the scene stories of 'Indiana Jones' and 'Blade Runner' on Reddit's Ama session.
Whilst speaking on the sequel of 'Blade Runner', the 71-year-old actor said that he was curious and thrilled to see a new script for the movie and thought that if it turned out to be a good script, then he would be very apprehensive to work with Ridley Scott again, CNet reported.
The American actor also revealed behind the scene stories of 'Indiana Jones' and added that in the first part of the movie, he tore an Acl in one of his knees during a fight scene with a giant German mechanic on an airplane. (Ani) »
- Abhijeet Sen
Harrison Ford took part in a Reddit Q&A yesterday, in which he broached the issue of a potential sequel to Blade Runner. "I’m quite curious and excited about seeing a new script for Blade Runner if in fact the opportunity would exist to do another," said Ford, when asked whether he'd be keen to reprise the role of Deckard. "If it’s a good script, I would be very anxious to work with Ridley Scott again," he continued. "He’s a very talented and passionate filmmaker, and I think it would be very interesting to revisit the character." ...
- George Wales
Oscar Pistorius’ cross-examination by prosecutor Gerrie Nel, who is trying to prove the Olympian intentionally shot and killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, concluded on Tuesday.
Oscar Pistorius Cross-Examination Ends
Nel continued to try to show that Pistorius willfully and knowingly shot Steenkamp in a fit of rage. "You fired four shots through the door whilst knowing that she was standing behind the door," Nel said to Pistorius, who was on the stand in the South Africa courtroom. "She was locked into the bathroom and you armed yourself with the sole purpose of shooting and killing her.”
In response, Pistorius said, “That is not true.”
Nel also wanted to know why Pistorius’ shouts and screams, according to neighbor accounts, seemed to stop after he fired the shots and opened the bathroom door to find Steenkamp slumped next to the toilet. “When I saw Reeva there, I was broken,” Pistorius testified. “I »
A day after James Cameron participated in a Reddit Ama to promote the environmental documentary Years of Living Dangerously, Harrison Ford decided to give himself over to the process as well in support of the project. The iconic actor behind Han Solo in the Star Wars movies wasn't quite as candid as Cameron in answering fan questions, which was to be expected. As Ford is notoriously grumpy in most interviews. He did share his excitement about the Untitled Blade Runner Project, which may be a true sequel to the 1982 sci-fi classic.
"I'm quite curious and excited about seeing a new script for Blade Runner if in fact the opportunity would exist to do another, if it's a good script I would »
From James Cameron to Harrison Ford, they're getting everyone on Reddit. Over the weekend the other big Reddit Ama (aka Ask Me Anything) participant was legendary actor Harrison Ford, best known as Han Solo, Indiana Jones, Rick Deckard, Jack Ryan, President James Marshall, Colonel Graff. He explains that he was recently a "correspondent for Years of Living Dangerously, a new Showtime docuseries about climate change," and answered a number of fan questions for an hour. He covers topics on Blade Runner, Star Wars, Indiana Jones, even Anchorman, Expendables, and plenty more. Recap his highlights below. Though he has been a bit odd at in-person appearances recently, Harrison Ford's responses here seem clear and concise. These are some of his best answers. To start: "Who did you prefer portraying, Han or Indiana?" I think Indiana Jones was a lot of fun to do because of the places we went to »
- Alex Billington
So who shot first, Han Solo or Greedo? "I don't [k]now and I don't care" came the direct response of actor Harrison Ford who was asked the question in a recent Reddit Ama to promote the Showtime docuseries "Years of Living Dangerously".
In contrast, Ford actually sounds quite keen to return to the role of Deckard: "I'm quite curious and excited about seeing a new script for 'Blade Runner' if in fact the opportunity would exist to do another, if it's a good script 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."
- Garth Franklin
This past weekend saw some big stars come out to promote the upcoming nine-part Showtime documentary series on climate change called Years of Living Dangerously. The series premieres on April 13, and there are a ton of notable names associated with it, like James Cameron and Harrison Ford, both of whom participated in Reddit AMAs (Ask Me Anything) to support the doc. While Harrison Ford didn't give up any tasty details regarding the new Star Wars trilogy (and what role, if any, he'll have in it), he did answer a bunch of fun fan questions covering a wide array of topics -- from the potential for a Blade Runner sequel to who actually shot first: Han Solo or Greedo. We collected some of our favorite moments from the chat below. You can read the entire...
- Erik Davis
Yesterday, Harrison Ford participated in a Reddit Ama to promote the upcoming Showtime docuseries Years of Living Dangerously, which is about climate change. During the Ama, Ford fielded plenty of questions about his career, personal life, interests, and various other topics. Ford came off online as he usually does in interviews: charming when asked good questions, and not suffering fools when it comes to bad, fanboyish questions. My personal favorite was when someone asked, "Who shot first? Han Solo or Greedo?" and Ford responded, "I don't know and I don't care." And if you think he's being a curmudgeon, he also says he was happy to take small roles in Anchorman 2 and The Expendables 3 because they looked like fun even though he hadn't seen the previous movies. Hit the jump for more including Ford's thoughts on Blade Runner 2. Regarding his Expendables 3 appearance, Ford told Reddit how it came »
- Matt Goldberg
It was a star-studded weekend on Reddit. Not only did director James Cameron do an Ama, legendary actor Harrison Ford did one, too. Both were promoting the environmental documentary Years of Living Dangerously. As things tend to do, each went awesomely off-topic. In Ford’s case, he admitted he still hopes a Blade Runner 2 get made […]
- Germain Lussier
It's been awhile since we've heard anything about Blade Runner 2. The last thing we heard was back in May when Green Lantern co-writer Michael Green was hired to write the script, but the sequel is moving forward, and there's a good chance that it will eventually happen. During an "Ask Me Anything" Q&A on Reddit, Harrison Ford was asked how he felt about a sequel to Ridley Scott's classic sci-fi noir thriller. This was his response:
“I’m quite curious and excited about seeing a new script for Blade Runner if in fact the opportunity would exist to do another, if it’s a good script 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.”
The actor then went on to reveal the first Blade Runner »
- Joey Paur
By all accounts, Harrison Ford and Ridley Scott didn't get on very well while shooting Blade Runner, but that doesn't seem to have bothered the director too much, as he recently stated that he'd love to get Ford back to do the planned follow up to the sci-fi masterpiece. For his part, Ford has also expressed admiration for Scott's talent, and has sounded positive about a possible reprisal of the role of replicant hunter (and possible replicant himself) Rick Deckard. But now he's been even more forthcoming during a Reddit "ask me anything" session. "I'm quite curious and excited about seeing a new script for Blade Runner if in fact the opportunity would exist to do another, if it's a good script 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 »
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