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‘Blade Runner 2049’ is Rumored to Be the Longest Blockbuster Since ‘Interstellar’

30 August 2017 8:13 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Denis Villeneuve’s “Blade Runner 2049” is easily one of the most anticipated releases of the fall movie season, and it looks like everyone deciding to see the movie on the big screen is going to want to make themselves very, very comfortable in their seats.

The sequel is skipping festival season but has begun screening and sources say it runs well over the two-and-a-half hour mark. The exact runtime has not been confirmed by Warner Brothers yet, but Sony Russia has listed the movie at 163 minutes, which means we’d be getting 2 hours and 43 minutes of jaw-dropping Roger Deakins cinematographer.

#BladeRunner2049 is apparently 163 mins long (Tbc runtime from Sony Russia, via Dcp distribution service Kinoplan &

— Anton Volkov (@antovolk) August 29, 2017

The average runtime for studio blockbusters has been way past the two-hour mark for some time now, but 163 minutes »

- Zack Sharf

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"StartUp" - Welcome To The 'Darknet'

16 August 2017 9:59 AM, PDT | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Sneak Peek new footage, plus images from Season 2 of the dramatic crime series "StartUp", airing September 28, 2017 on "Crackle":

"...a desperate banker, a Haitian-American gang lord and a Cuban-American hacker are forced to work together to unwittingly create their version of the American dream ..."

Cast includes Ron Perlman ("Sons Of Anarchy", "Hellboy") as 'Wes CHandler', Martin Freeman ("The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey") as 'Phil Rask', Adam Brody ("Burning Love") as 'Nick Talman', Otmara Marrero as 'Izzy Morales', Edi Gathegi as 'Ronald Dacey', Jocelin Donahue as 'Maddie Pierce', Ashley Hinshaw as 'Taylor', Karissa Montaner as 'Karina' and Addison Timlin as 'Mara'.

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Startup" - Season 2 »

- Michael Stevens

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Warner Bros., Tolkien Estate Settle Massive ‘Lord of the Rings’ Lawsuit

3 July 2017 7:39 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Warner Bros. and the estate of J.R.R. Tolkien have resolved a rights dispute over “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings,” the two parties said in a court filing.

The settlement ends a legal scuffle that has pitted the film studio and the author’s heirs against one another since 2012. The conflict stemmed from the digital exploitation of the hobbits, wizards, elves, and other fantastical characters from the hit films in online slot machines and other games. The Tolkien estate and publisher HarperCollins alleged that the studio never had rights to license characters for these purposes. Warner Bros. countersued, claiming that the estate cost it “millions of dollars in license fees” from merchandising when it filed a legal challenge.

Terms of the settlement were not disclosed, but a legal filing said the two parties had resolved their »

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Aussie actors, directors and technicians invited to join Oscars body

29 June 2017 12:34 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

'Lion' director Garth Davis is among the Aussie invited to join AMPAS.

Joel Edgerton, Chris Hemsworth, Margot Robbie, Rebel Wilson, Garth Davis, Cate Shortland, Jocelyn Moorhouse and Eva Orner are among more than two dozen Australians who have been invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS).

Tanna.s Martin Butler and Bentley Dean, writers John Collee (Tanna, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World) and Luke Davies (Lion), film editors Alexandre de Franceschi (Lion) and Tania Michel Nehme (Tanna), make-up artists and hairstylists Shane Thomas (The Dressmaker, Hacksaw Ridge), Rick Findlater (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey), and Kerry Warn (The Great Gatsby) are also admitted into the Oscars body.

Other Aussie invitees include designer Beverley Dunn (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales), sound designers Peter Grace (Hacksaw Ridge), Robert Mackenzie (Hacksaw Ridge) Guntis Sics (Kong: Skull Island) and »

- Don Groves

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Mortal Engines Reunites Hugo Weaving with Peter Jackson

12 April 2017 5:11 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

After starring in the blockbuster Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies for Peter Jackson, Hugo Weaving is reuniting with the filmmaker once again. The actor has signed on to star in Universal Pictures and Media Rights Capital's highly-anticipated adaptation of Mortal Engines, joining a cast that includes Robbie Sheehan, Rohan Raftery, Hera Hilmar and Stephen Lang. Peter Jackson is only writing and producing this adaptation though, with his longtime visual effects collaborator Christian Rivers set to make his feature directorial debut.

Variety broke the news on this casting earlier today, although there was no word on who the actor is playing. Subsequent reports have revealed that Hugo Weaving is playing Valentine, which is likely the Thaddeus Valentine character from the original Philip Reeve novels. In the books, Thaddeus Valentine is a Historian, who, in serves this post-apocalyptic world by collecting and preserving artifacts, which most often can be incredibly dangerous. »

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