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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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The End is Nigh in First 'Maze Runner: The Death Cure' Teaser Trailer

"Every maze has an end." 20th Century Fox has finally unveiled the first teaser trailer for Maze Runner: The Death Cure, the third and final movie in the sci-fi series. This series had a small, humble beginning with a movie about a giant maze, then blew up into something much bigger with the second movie, The Scorch Trials, released in 2015. It definitely seems to be following in the footsteps of The Hunger Games, but there's an edge to it that makes it stand out in its own way. Dylan O'Brien stars as Thomas, and the full cast includes Kaya Scodelario, Walton Goggins, Nathalie Emmanuel, Katherine McNamara, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Rosa Salazar, Giancarlo Esposito, Patricia Clarkson, Barry Pepper, Ki Hong Lee, and Jacob Lofland. My first impression is that this actually looks pretty damn cool. Enjoy. Here's the teaser trailer (+ UK poster) for Wes Ball's Maze Runner: The Death Cure, from
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Kingsman: The Golden Circle movie review: deliver us from “edgy”

MaryAnn’s quick take… Save us from male artists who think they are dangerously, uniquely innovative. This stew of toxic masculinity and CGI-cartoon violence is nothing but tediously mundane. I’m “biast” (pro): love the cast, mostly

I’m “biast” (con): hated the first film

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Here’s a phrase I do not recall from Kingsman: The Secret Service: “independent intelligence agency.” This is uttered in Kingsman: The Golden Circle in connection with the American counterpart to Kingsman: Statesman, to which we are introduced here. But what does that mean, precisely? It means they’re mercenary spies, doesn’t it? I have a vague recollection of Secret Service mentioning something about Kingsman being funded by the crown heads of Europe, which at least offers a veneer of governmental authority and fealty to law and order — though of course there
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Take A Tour Of The Maze Runner: The Death Cure Set Via New Featurette

Between new promos for Spider-Man: Homecoming, Wonder Woman and New Line’s big-screen rendition of It, last night’s MTV Awards ceremony presented a delightful treasure trove of new footage for some of 2017’s biggest tentpoles. And though it doesn’t quite fit the bill of a summer blockbuster – unforeseen setbacks and a set accident involving Dylan O’Brien forced Wes Ball’s Ya threequel to relocate to 2018 – 20th Century Fox’s Maze Runner: The Death Cure unveiled a brand new featurette in which a fully-recovered O’Brien invites you to take a tour of the sci-fi set.

Those familiar James Dashner’s dystopian novel series ought to recognize those sterile laboratories, as they belong to the nefarious conglomerate known as Wicked (World In Catastrophe: Killzone Experiment Department). Following up on both The Maze Runner and its so-so sequel, Scorch Trials, The Death Cure is all set to bring the
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SXSW Film Review: ‘This Is Your Death’

SXSW Film Review: ‘This Is Your Death’
Would you watch a reality show in which contestants killed themselves live on air? The screenwriters of “This Is Your Death” think you would, and they’re deeply disappointed in you. And so, out of deep concern for both your entertainment and enlightenment, they have written a dark social satire — serviceably directed by “Breaking Bad” baddie Giancarlo Esposito — in which they can have their cake, while you eat it, too. That means theatrical audiences (of whom there will be few) will have the chance to tsk-tsk as “real people” drown, shoot, electrocute, and otherwise off themselves, only to have the movie turn around and tsk-tsk them back for watching.

Those old enough to have lived through the first Golden Age of Television will recognize the pun in the film’s title — a riff on 1950s spirit-lifter “This Is Your Life” — while also remembering a time when even standard small-screen programming
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Lego Batman Movie Beats Fifty Shades, John Wick at the Box Office

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Lego Batman Movie Beats Fifty Shades, John Wick at the Box Office
Before The Hunger Games set box office records in March 2012, that month wasn't normally considered one to launch a franchise. Lately, February has been a go-to month to launch some unconventional blockbusters, following the success of Warner Bros.' The Lego Movie ($69 million opening, $469.1 million worldwide). Fifty Shades of Grey ($85.1 million opening weekend, $571 million worldwide), Kingsman: The Secret Service ($36.2 million opening weekend, $414.3 million worldwide) and the R-rated Deadpool ($132.4 million debut, $783.1 million worldwide). This year, three highly-anticipated movies square off, with The Lego Movie spin-off The Lego Batman movie facing a pair of R-rated sequels, Universal's sexually-charged erotic drama Fifty Shades Darker and Lionsgate's action-packed John Wick: Chapter 2. As expected, all three newcomers fared quite well, but The Lego Batman Movie came out on top with $55.6 million.

Box Office Mojo reports that The Lego Batman Movie debuted in 4,088 theaters, with this animated spin-off earning an impressive $13,609. Fifty Shades Darker opened in second place with $46.7 million,
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Sigourney Weaver and James Cameron Look Back at Aliens on Its 30th Anniversary

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Sigourney Weaver and James Cameron Look Back at Aliens on Its 30th Anniversary
Three decades before strong, competent and powerful female action heroes like Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games, Black Widow in The Avengers and Rey in Star Wars: The Force Awakens finally became fixtures in film, there was Sigourney Weaver as Ripley in Aliens. The actress debuted Warrant Officer Ellen Ripley in director Ridley Scott's moody 1979 sci-fi/horror masterwork Alien, deftly eluding a monstrous, murderous and nearly indestructible extraterrestrial life form. But it wasn't until that film's long-gestating sequel Aliens arrived in 1986, written and directed by future action auteur James Cameron, that Ripley truly emerged as an ass-kicking action heroine
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Sigourney Weaver and James Cameron Look Back at Aliens on Its 30th Anniversary

  • PEOPLE.com
Sigourney Weaver and James Cameron Look Back at Aliens on Its 30th Anniversary
Three decades before strong, competent and powerful female action heroes like Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games, Black Widow in The Avengers and Rey in Star Wars: The Force Awakens finally became fixtures in film, there was Sigourney Weaver as Ripley in Aliens. The actress debuted Warrant Officer Ellen Ripley in director Ridley Scott's moody 1979 sci-fi/horror masterwork Alien, deftly eluding a monstrous, murderous and nearly indestructible extraterrestrial life form. But it wasn't until that film's long-gestating sequel Aliens arrived in 1986, written and directed by future action auteur James Cameron, that Ripley truly emerged as an ass-kicking action heroine
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American History X and Tony Kaye, Hollywood maverick

Ryan Lambie Sep 5, 2016

An often spectacular drama, American History X left its maker shunned by Hollywood. Ryan looks at a great film and its maverick director.

It should have been a proud moment for British director Tony Kaye. His first feature, American History X, had finally appeared in Us cinemas on the 30th October 1998, and was already earning deserved attention for the strength of its direction and its powerful performances - not least from Edward Norton, cast in the lead as a volcanically angry young neo-Nazi in Venice, California.

American History X might have marked the next phase in Kaye's career, which, like such directors as Ridley Scott and Alan Parker before him, had begun in advertising back in the 1980s. And yet post-production on the movie had been protracted and difficult, as Kaye engaged in an increasingly public battle for its final cut. That battle had become so heated,
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20th Century Fox sets up ‘The Hunger’; Luke Scott to direct

Donner Party movie coming from Luke Scott: The Hunger will focus on events from 1846.

The Donner Party movie will focus on a group of American pioneers who, on a long trip, had to resort to cannibalism to survive.

20th Century Fox will back The Hunger, a new film to be directed by Luke Scott. The project will be based on the planned book ‘Donner Party’ which is set around a group of American pioneers led by George Donner and James F. Reed who set out for California in a wagon train in May 1846. Many of the ‘party’ had to resort to cannibalism to survive the trip.

The project is written by Scott, son of the legendary Sir Ridley Scott who has acted as a second unit director on some his most recent epics, including The Martian and Exodus: Gods and Kings.

Here’s a little big to background on
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Luke Scott to give the story of the Donner Party a "Walking Dead" twist

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Morgan, the first feature film from Ridley Scott's son Luke Scott, is due to be released next month and the new director is already lining up his next project. Deadline reports that Scott will write and direct The Hunger for 20th Century Fox, which will tell the tragic true story of the Donner Party but with a "Walking Dead twist." I can't imagine that you'll... Read More...
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Fox Orders Donner Party Movie ‘The Hunger’ Directed by Luke Scott

Fox Orders Donner Party Movie ‘The Hunger’ Directed by Luke Scott
Fox has acquired movie rights to a book proposal “The Hunger,” based on the Donner Party tragedy, and tapped Ridley Scott’s son Luke Scott to direct from his own script.

The studio has set the project up with Ridley Scott’s Scott Free company producing. Fox executive Steve Asbell is overseeing “The Hunger.”

The novel is being created by New York-based Paper Lantern Lit with Alma Katsu writing the story, which contains zombie elements. Lauren Oliver and Lexa Hillyer, co-founders of Paper Lantern Lit, will be executive producers on “The Hunger.”

The Donner Party was trapped by deep snow for several months in the Sierra Nevada in late 1846 and early 1847 on its way to California with many resorting to cannibalism in order to survive. Only 48 of the 87 original members survived the winter.

Luke Scott worked as a second unit director on his father’s films “The Martian” and “Exodus: Gods and Kings.
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Donner Party Tale ‘The Hunger’ On Fox Menu; Luke Scott To Helm For Scott Free

  • Deadline
Donner Party Tale ‘The Hunger’ On Fox Menu; Luke Scott To Helm For Scott Free
Exclusive: 20th Century Fox has acquired The Hunger, a proposal for a novel that will be scripted and directed by Luke Scott, whose feature debut Morgan will be released September 2 by Fox. The book is a riff on the historical tale of the Donner Party, infusing one of the more spectacular and bizarre tragedies in American history with a Walking Dead-style twist. The novel is being created by New York-based content developer Paper Lantern Lit, and it will be written by…
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When Dylan O'Brien Is Expected To Return To The Maze Runner 3 Set

While it may not have overtaken The Hunger Games financially or popularity wise, The Maze Runner did manage to carve out a nice place for itself in the dystopian teen science fiction landscape when it was released in 2014. 2015 followed up with Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, and the third and final chapter, Maze Runner: The Death Cure, is set to drop in February of 2017. Production suffered a serious set back, though, when star Dylan O.Brien was seriously injured in an on-set accident last month. But according to a new report, the 24-year-old actor is healing well and is scheduled to return to the set soon. When Dylan O.Brien was hurt in March, the Vancouver B.C.-based production on Maze Runner: The Death Cure was immediately shut down indefinitely. EW recently spoke to co-star Giancarlo Esposito, who said that O.Brien is "healing nicely," and filming is now
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Blockbusters: are big films all year round a good thing?

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We’re seeing big cinema releases almost every weekend now. But is this a good thing?

Do you remember during 2014, where lots of fans stubbornly declared Captain America: The Winter Soldier the best film of that summer despite its opening in March/April? It was joined by The Amazing Spider-Man 2 in trying to steal a march on the competition, but clearly when you think big blockbusters, they’re associated with a certain time of year. And given how for the studios, summer season occupies a full third of the year from May to August, and Christmas the sweet period from November all the way through to New Year, that should be plenty of room for the Avengers, Star Wars and Jurassic Parks of the world, right?

Except that there are plenty more 'tentpoles' (big releases to prop up the studio’s bottom line) being made and
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Leonardo DiCaprio, Alejandro G. Inarritu Open Up About ‘The Revenant’s’ Brutal Shoot

Leonardo DiCaprio, Alejandro G. Inarritu Open Up About ‘The Revenant’s’ Brutal Shoot
Leonardo DiCaprio went to such great lengths as a method actor on “The Revenant” that he devoured a raw slab of bison’s liver. Although the props department had constructed a faux liver from jelly, DiCaprio worried that it didn’t look right. And so — after calls to his lawyer and agents cleared — producers were able to serve him the real thing. “The bad part is the membrane around it,” DiCaprio says. “It’s like a balloon. When you bite into it, it bursts in your mouth.”

Director Alejandro G. Inarritu says he was initially concerned that his leading man could get sick from eating a potentially disease-ridden organ. But, he now beams at what the real liver added to DiCaprio’s performance. “Without it, he may not have gotten to the truth,” Inarritu says.

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In preparing to portray Hugh Glass, a real-life 19th century explorer
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Box Office: ‘In the Heart of the Sea’ Flops With $11 Million Debut

Box Office: ‘In the Heart of the Sea’ Flops With $11 Million Debut
Ron Howard’s “In the Heart of the Sea” sunk at the box office this weekend, mustering up a measly $11 million after debuting in 3,103 theaters.

It’s a painful flop for the director behind “A Beautiful Mind” and “Apollo 13,” one of the worst of his Oscar-winning career. With an $100 million production budget, the film will likely result in a steep write down for Warner Bros., the studio behind the seafaring epic. “In the Heart of the Sea’s” failure is the latest in a long string of missteps for the company, which is reeling from a litany of disasters that includes “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.,” “Jupiter Ascending” and “Pan.” The studio did catch a break over Thanksgiving when “Creed” emerged as a sleeper hit and its financial exposure is softened on “In the Heart of the Sea” because Village Roadshow was a backer.

“We stand
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'In the Heart of the Sea' Goes Hunting for #1 Before 'Star Wars' Arrives

'In the Heart of the Sea' Goes Hunting for #1 Before 'Star Wars' Arrives
Update: In the Heart of the Sea brought in $575,000 from Thursday night preshows. For the sake of comparison, Bridge of Spies brought in $500,000 from preshows in mid-October before opening with $15.3 million and, back in 2013, Captain Phillips kicked off on Thursday with $600,000 before opening with $25.7 million. In the Heart of the Sea is opening in a few more theaters than Captain Phillips did, but it does have 3D and IMAX ticket prices that must be taken into consideration. All told, these numbers don't really tell us much and it's still looking like an opening in the $15 million range. The original weekend forecast follows... Forecast: Does it say anything about the prospects for this weekend's box office that, instead of excitement over the release of Ron Howard's seafaring epic In the Heart of the Sea, the majority of the talk centers on countdowns for next week's premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens?
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Which 2015 film character are you?

2015 has certainly been a big year for blockbuster movies; we’ve seen Marvel bringing the curtain down on Phase Two with Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ant-Man, Universal Pictures enjoying huge success with the likes of Jurassic World, Minions, Fast & Furious 7 and Fifty Shades of Grey, The Hunger Games franchise drawing to a close with Mockingjay – Part 2, James Bond taking on Spectre in his 24th big screen adventure, new instalments of the Terminator, Mad Max and Mission: Impossible franchises, Pixar unleashing not one but two offerings in Inside Out and The Good Dinosaur, and Ridley Scott taking us to Mars with The Martian.

And of course, we still have Star Wars: The Force Awakens to look forward to…

To celebrate 2015’s big movies, the folks at Cineworld have put together an awesome, fun-filled, multi-choice film quiz for you to discover which 2015 film character you are. Will you be plucky Katniss Everdeen or fun-loving Ted?
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China Box Office: ‘The Martian’ Confirms Solid Landing on Top at Weekend

China Box Office: ‘The Martian’ Confirms Solid Landing on Top at Weekend
The Martian” landed comfortably in top spot at the Chinese box office with a strong opening weekend, and a market share double that of second placed film “Our Times.”

The Ridley Scott space adventure scored $49.0 million, according to local box office service Ent Group, and $50 million according to Fox. Ent’s data shows “The Martian” achieving that from 245,000 screenings, some 30% ahead of its next competitor.

Our Times,” a Taiwanese romance which has been a hit elsewhere in Asia, held on to second place in its second frame and saw its 7 day gross of $23.5 million beat its opening four days score of $17.3 million. After 11 days it stands on $40.8 million.

“Transporter Refueled” also moved up one place from fourth to third with a second week score of $7.42 million. After 10 days it has managed $18.5 million.

Local newcomer, “The Vanished Murderer” managed a $6.32 million opening. That put it in fourth spot.

“Spectre” continued to decay rapidly.
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