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Everybody loves those Nike Air Mags from Back To The Future Part II, especially since the company actually sells them from time to time, but they’re definitely not the only pair of badass kicks you can usually only find in a movie. There’s also the customized Team Zissou-branded Adidas Roms from Wes Anderson’s The Life Aquatic, which sneaker-loving film buffs have been pestering Adidas to make for years. Finally, the company came through earlier this month, but you may have already missed your chance to buy a pair of the custom blue and yellow Roms.
As reported by Sneaker News (via Vice), Adidas produced a limited run of 100 Team Zissou Roms and sold them exclusively at the We Love Green music festival in Paris in honor of an appearance from Seu Jorge, whose music was featured prominently in the film. Vice has reached out to Adidas »
- Sam Barsanti
35 Years in the Rain: 10 Facts You Might Not Know About Blade Runner on its Anniversary35 Years in the Rain: 10 Facts You Might Not Know About Blade Runner on its AnniversaryKurt Anthony6/23/2017 9:48:00 Am
Adapted from Philip K. Dick’s visionary novel, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, Blade Runner was released in theatres on June 25, 1982 and has since earned the title of one of the best science fiction films of all time.
Despite the film’s estimated budget of $28M, Blade Runner was not an instant success. The complex plot and slow pacing resulted in low box office numbers, but the dystopian sci-fi classic eventually garnered a cult following and became a leading example of the neo-noir genre.
Journey with us to the savage world of the year 2019 as we track down ten facts about Blade Runner before they’re lost in time, like tears in the rain.
1. Dystopian Details
It’s all in the details, right? Through a process he called “layering,” Ridley Scott had the Blade Runner set created right down to the smallest detail to ensure his film appeared as realistic as possible. Many of these details were never seen on screen, like the parking meters with rates printed on them. In case you were wondering, 1 minute of parking costs $3 in 2019.
2. Constricting Co-star
It’s been said that you need to watch out for snakes in Hollywood. Fortunately for Joanna Cassidy (Zhora), she was already familiar with her serpentine co-star. The snake used in the film was Cassidy’s pet – a Burmese python named Darling.
3. What did he say?
The fictional street language used in Blade Runner’s dystopian Los Angeles is known as Cityspeak. The gibberish is a mishmash of French, Spanish, German, Hungarian, Chinese, and Japanese and was developed by Edward James Olmos (Gaff) during background research for his character.
If you’re looking for information on fidget spinners, you’ve come to the wrong post. The levitating cruisers featured throughout the film are called Spinners. Although we’re a few more years away from flying our cars across the Trans-Canada Highway, Blade Runner fans can find a Spinner on permanent exhibition at the Museum of Pop Culture in Seattle, Washington.
5. Big-ticket Blaster
Fresh off the set of Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), Harrison Ford traded in his iconic whip for an Lapd 2019 Blaster to use while playing the role of retired blade runner, Rick Deckard. Blasters don’t come cheap, though. The original prop sold at an auction in 2009 for $270,000.
6. Pleasure Principle
How does a genetically engineered android celebrate a birthday? With an incept date! All Nexus 6 Replicants carry an incept date on their file to note when they were activated. Classified as a “basic pleasure model,” it’s no coincidence that Pris Stratton (Daryl Hannah) has an incept date of Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2016.
7. Blade Reefer
When Deckard (Harrison Ford) brings a questionable snake scale to a lab for inspection under a microscope, the image we see on the screen is actually that of a female marijuana plant. Pretty dope, isn’t it?
8. One Actress or Another
While Daryl Hannah ultimately brought life to the character of Pris, it was actually Debbie Harry who was Ridley Scott’s first choice to play the skin-job. In 2014, the Blondie singer revealed: “My biggest regret of all is turning down the role of the blonde robot, Pris, in Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner. My record company didn’t want me to take time out to do a movie. I shouldn’t have listened to them.”
9. Return of the Falcon
It seems as though Han Solo, the smooth talking smuggler from Star Wars, parked his Millennium Falcon spaceship in Los Angeles. As a nod to the fellow sci-fi flick and its shared star, Harrison Ford, a Millennium Falcon model was disguised as a building and included in several outdoor city scenes throughout Blade Runner.
10. Rough Read-through
As you know by now, Blade Runner draws its inspiration from Philip K. Dick’s award-winning sci-fi novel, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Despite it’s influence, Ridley Scott didn’t read the book before making his film: “I actually couldn't get into it. I met Phillip K. Dick later, and he said, ‘I understand you couldn't read the book.’ And I said, ‘You know you're so dense, mate, by page 32, there's about 17 story-lines.’”
Great Scott! Sci-fi fans with a good (or bionic) eye can spot a Spinner parked in a driveway during a scene in Back to the Future Part II.
Plus, don't forget Blade Runner 2049 arrives in Cineplex theatres on October 6, 2017. You wouldn't want to miss this much anticipated sci-fi sequel! Check out the trailer below.
Click here to buy or rent the original Blade Runner from the Cineplex Store! »
- Kurt Anthony
A glut of supposed leaks about future movies in the DC Extended Universe have just appeared on 4chan. If these allegations are to be believed, we can look forward to Supergirl turning up in Man of Steel 2, Nightwing being fast-tracked into production and the Joker showing up in Joss Whedon’s Batgirl movie.
Another rumour that’s sprung up from 4chan (via Reddit) today concerns The Flash, and it claims that both Robert Zemeckis and Matthew Vaughn are in contention to direct. We already knew that though, and so that’s not terribly surprising to hear. What is surprising, however, is the second part of the rumor, which you can see below.
“Robert Zemeckis and Mathew Vaughn, who was also offered the Man of Steel sequel, are the top candidates to direct The Flash. The studio wants the Reverse Flash as the main antagonist with the character returning for a »
- Christian Bone
Logan is a near perfect film and one of my top five superhero movies. Though the Wolverine Trilogy started on an incredibly low note with X-Men: Wolverine Origins, the film did offer a much more interesting and dynamic take on Wolverine's nemesis/half-brother, Victor Creed aka Sabretooth. When capping off the trilogy, there was talk that Liev Schrieber was at one point set to return, completing his arc with Logan. Though the character didn't make it past the writing phase, we now have details on exactly what Sabretooth's role was in an earlier draft of the script.
“[Director James Mangold] and I did talk about it. For my money, he was the best thing in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. I thought Ryan made a lot out of his bit for it. »
- Nick Doll
Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture: Clothing Commercial of the Day: Falyon Wearable Tech created a self-drying jacket inspired by Back to the Future Part II that you can buy right now. Watch the ad: Movie Celebration of the Day: When Honest Trailers takes on a movie as great as Aliens, there's not much to make fun of: Mashup of the Day: Speaking of Aliens, here's a deleted scene from Antonio Maria da Silva's brilliant Hell's Club 2 pitting a Xenomorph against Blade Runner's Deckard: Cosplay of the Day: Inspired by a memorable line from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, here's a cosplayer mashing up Yondu and Mary...
- Christopher Campbell
Pete Dillon-Trenchard May 15, 2017
A few weeks ago, in the viewing notes for Doctor Who series 10's second episode, Smile, I mentioned that the craft used by the colonists was marked ‘Erewhon 190484’ and asked for your theories. Many of you correctly pointed out that Erewhon is the name of a Samuel Butler novel about a dystopian society whose inhabitants live in fear of machines (And not ‘nowhere’ backwards, as I’d rather rashly stated - sorry about that…).
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Most people are lucky to get a snazzy tie pin or a used pocket square as the accessories for their Homecoming suit. Not so for your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man, with Marvel releasing a new graphic today showing off all the high-tech bells and whistles in Peter Parker’s latest duds. Designed by Tony Stark, it’s a versatile bit of kit, complete with built-in Gps, enhanced web shooters, and that detachable recon drone we saw in the latest trailer. (Director Jon Watts says it’s called “droney,” which is pretty dang cute.)
The suit also sports web wings (for gliding aerodynamically over helicopters), “expressive eyes,” and auto-fitting technology. That’s right: Iron Man has finally mastered self-fitting tech, meaning Spider-Man is one step closer to living every nerd’s dream of having Marty McFly’s outfit from Back To The Future Part II. (It remains »
- William Hughes
During Tuesday’s Season 2 finale (airing at the special time of 8/7c), “we will be losing some people,” executive producer Marc Guggenheim tells TVLine. “There are going to be some significant deaths.”
Needless to say, the show is “going to have to” add some new players in Season 3, given the loss of life. “But whereas the Season 1 [finale] was introducing a character or a group of characters from the Jsa, »
Author: Cai Ross
Earth’s future has always proved a playground of possibility for scriptwriters and directors. Artists are rarely content to make do within the confines of what is merely possible. Setting a movie years in the future is a way of letting their minds off the leash, while usually offering an allegorical reflection of the times in which we currently live. As one fictional time-travel expert once said, “The future is not set. There is no fate but what we make for ourselves.”
Snow White & The Huntsman director Rupert Sanders is the latest in a long line of visual soothsayers who has made his own fate in the form of Ghost In The Shell, which offers us a metropolitan futureworld full of gymnastic augmented cybernetic agents, colossal 3D advertisements and the increasingly regular sight of Juliette Binoche in a lab-coat.
Like many futuristic sci-fi movies, Ghost In The Shell »
- Cai Ross
Production and distribution outfit reveals strong slate of titles at Hong Kong market.
Hong Kong-based Sun Entertainment Culture (Sunec) has unveiled a string of titles at Filmart, including crime suspense thriller Schemer from filmmaker Sunny Luk (who won best director at the 2012 Hong Kong Film Awards for Cold War [pictured]); the big-screen adaptation of Louis Cha’s wuxia novel The Book And The Sword from veteran director Jacob Cheung and writer James Yuen; and Chinese New Year action comedy Keep Calm And Be A Superstar by director Vincent Kok.
Pang is also the producer of new TV series Women Who Flirt, based on his big-screen romantic comedy of the same name and directed by TV drama director Sammy Ko, and DoP Jason Kwan’s directorial debut A Nail Clipper »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Silvia Wong)
Mel Gibson’s “Hacksaw Ridge” earned the top two sound editing awards Sunday night at the 64th Mpse Golden Reel Awards, while Damien Chazelle’s “La La Land” and Disney’s “Moana” took musical and animation honors.
TV winners included “Westworld” (for both long form and short form FX/Foley), “The Night of” “Part 1 The Beach,” “Penny Dreadful III” “Ebb Tide,” “Stranger Things,” and “The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do the Time Warp Again,” and “Mozart in the Jungle.”
64th Mpse Golden Reel Award Highlights:
Best Sound Editing In Feature Film – Dialogue / Adr
- Bill Desowitz
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