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Denis Villeneuve On His Love Of Sci-Fi, Working With Ridley Scott On ‘Blade Runner 2049’ & Revisiting ‘Dune’ – Behind The Lens

Denis Villeneuve On His Love Of Sci-Fi, Working With Ridley Scott On ‘Blade Runner 2049’ & Revisiting ‘Dune’ – Behind The Lens
There is no question that Denis Villeneuve has been on a roll of late enjoying great success with movies like his Oscar-nominated foreign-language film Incendies, Prisoners, Sicario, Arrival and now Blade Runner 2049, which is earning buzz for a second consecutive Oscar Best Director nomination following last year’s Arrival. Villeneuve sat down with me for an in-depth conversation in my new video series Behind the Lens, and we covered the waterfront with topics ranging…
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‘Blade Runner 2049’: Denis Villeneuve on the Challenges of Three-Way Sex Scenes and His Very Real Need for a Nap

‘Blade Runner 2049’: Denis Villeneuve on the Challenges of Three-Way Sex Scenes and His Very Real Need for a Nap
With “Blade Runner 2049” playing on the big screen (where it must be seen in all its glory) amid debates about mismarketing and spoiler phobia, director Denis Villeneuve was relieved to be able to sit down and talk openly about making the movie — with a few well-placed spoiler alerts.

Like “Life of Pi,” and “Mad Max: Fury Road,” along with its main Oscar rival “Dunkirk,” critically hailed “Blade Runner 2049” pushes the state of motion-picture making to its apex. And the Academy — from the picky directors branch and the crafts to actors with a fondness for long-overlooked Harrison Ford — should reward the long-awaited sequel to Ridley Scott’s 1982 “Blade Runner” with multiple nominations. (The original landed just two craft nods.)

Read More:‘Blade Runner 2049’ Could Finally Nab Harrison Ford and Roger Deakins Those Elusive Oscars

I’m not the only one who came out of this complicated two-hour, 43-minute
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‘Blade Runner 2049’: Denis Villeneuve on the Challenges of Three-Way Sex Scenes and His Very Real Need for a Nap

‘Blade Runner 2049’: Denis Villeneuve on the Challenges of Three-Way Sex Scenes and His Very Real Need for a Nap
With “Blade Runner 2049” playing on the big screen (where it must be seen in all its glory) amid debates about mismarketing and spoiler phobia, director Denis Villeneuve was relieved to be able to sit down and talk openly about making the movie — with a few well-placed spoiler alerts.

Like “Life of Pi,” and “Mad Max: Fury Road,” along with its main Oscar rival “Dunkirk,” critically hailed “Blade Runner 2049” pushes the state of motion-picture making to its apex. And the Academy — from the picky directors branch and the crafts to actors with a fondness for long-overlooked Harrison Ford — should reward the long-awaited sequel to Ridley Scott’s 1982 “Blade Runner” with multiple nominations. (The original landed just two craft nods.)

Read More:‘Blade Runner 2049’ Could Finally Nab Harrison Ford and Roger Deakins Those Elusive Oscars

I’m not the only one who came out of this complicated two-hour, 43-minute
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‘Blade Runner’ Box Office Deja Vu as ‘2049’ Starring Ryan Gosling Falls Short

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‘Blade Runner’ Box Office Deja Vu as ‘2049’ Starring Ryan Gosling Falls Short
Thirty-five years after the Ridley Scott sci-fi original (which was not an initial box office success but grew into a cult favorite), the long-aborning sequel “Blade Runner: 2049” had much to recommend it: rave reviews, Denis Villeneuve directing his follow-up to sci-fi Oscar-winner “Arrival”; Ryan Gosling’s first wide release since “La La Land”; a committed multi-generational smart sci-fi fan base.

So why did the movie fall short of expectations? It was expected to score at least $40 million domestically against a $155-185-million budget: $31 million marks a serious under-performer and suggests that to the extent that Villeneuve channeled the original, he may have delivered an artistic achievement that is not mainstream.

With most of the world outside Asia already playing the film, the initial foreign $81 million take will not yield $300-million worldwide — which is close to what the movie cost to make and market (shared by Alcon Entertainment and financier
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Blade Runner 2049 – Review

Ryan Gosling as K in Alcon Entertainment’s action thriller “Blade Runner 2049,” a Warner Bros. Pictures and Sony Pictures Entertainment release, domestic distribution by Warner Bros. Pictures and international distribution by Sony Pictures. Photo by Stephen Vaughan.

Blade Runner 2049, director Denis Villeneuve’s sequel to Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner, is a visual feast, a cinematic banquet that is much in the style and spirit of the original. For that reason alone, it deserves to be seen on the biggest screen, with the best sound, you can find. This is a film worth the effort to see it as it should be seen, but particularly if you are one of the many fans of the first film.

Fans of the original Blade Runner need not fear this sequel. As one of many filmmakers who were smitten with and influenced by Ridley Scott’s ground-breaking film, French Canadian director
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Interview: Denis Villeneuve on the Task of Crafting 'Blade Runner 2049'

"It's the multiplication of brains and [all] the people that you have to tune to make sure that they are all dreaming in the same direction." He's a master filmmaker and continues to deliver some of the best films of this decade - Denis Villeneuve. Born in Quebec, Villeneuve has been an acclaimed filmmaker for many years but finally got his foot into Hollywood's door after making Incendies in 2010. He followed that up with Prisoners, as well as Enemy released the same year, before making Sicario and Arrival. His latest is Blade Runner 2049, a highly anticipated, long-awaited sequel to the sci-fi cult hit from 1982 starring Harrison Ford as a cop named Deckard. I didn't get to chat with Villeneuve for Arrival last year (it was one of my favorite films), so I chased him this time for Blade Runner and got to spend a few minutes talking with him. This interview is completely spoiler free.
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‘Blade Runner 2049’ Director Denis Villeneuve on Building the Future and Taking Ridley Scott’s Advice [Interview]

‘Blade Runner 2049’ Director Denis Villeneuve on Building the Future and Taking Ridley Scott’s Advice [Interview]
With Blade Runner 2049, which arrives in theaters 35 years after Ridley Scott‘s classic, Denis Villeneuve has pulled off no small feat. The filmmaker behind Arrival, Incendies, and Sicario has made a sequel that doesn’t stand an inch in the shadow of Scott’s masterpiece. He’s made this iconic depiction of the future feel as new and as awe-inspiring as […]

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“I Had To Be Approved By Harrison”: Denis Villeneuve Talks Getting ‘Blade Runner 2049’ Gig

With a couple of Oscar nominations to his name thanks to “Incendies” and “Arrival,” and a string of acclaimed films including “Prisoners,” “Enemy,” and “Sicario,” it’s not a surprise that producers would leap at the chance to work with Denis Villeneuve. And certainly, when it comes to “Blade Runner 2049,” the director had no problem getting in the door – but it certainly helped that he was equally enthusiastic about the project.

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Denis Villeneuve: Blade Runner 2049, practical effects, Arrival

Ryan Lambie Oct 3, 2017

Blade Runner 2049 director Denis Villeneuve tells us why making the sci-fi sequel was the most difficult thing he’s ever done...

Denis Villeneuve looks like a filmmaker with the weight of the world on his shoulders, or at least the weight of one of this year’s most anticipated movies.

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Blade Runner 2049 is still a couple of weeks away from release when we meet Villenueve in a London hotel, and he seems more than a little apprehensive about his latest creation. He speaks slowly and softly in his French-Canadian accent, addressing the larger portion of his responses to a glass of water on the small table by his foot.

When we ask whether making Blade Runner 2049 was difficult, Villeneuve seems almost relieved,
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‘Blade Runner 2049’: Will Strong Reviews, Ryan Gosling Push Sequel to Success?

‘Blade Runner 2049’: Will Strong Reviews, Ryan Gosling Push Sequel to Success?
One of the most memorable moments at this year’s CinemaCon came on opening night when Sony Motion Picture Group chairman Tom Rothman debuted footage for “Blade Runner 2049” and said, “Netflix, my ass.”

Six months later, domestic distributor Warner Bros., international distributor and production partner Sony and production company Alcon Entertainment are about to find out whether the Denis Villeneuve-directed sequel to Ridley Scott’s iconic 1982 original has what it takes to get filmgoers off the couch.

It’s starting to look promising for the sequel, which opens Oct. 6 and stars Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford reprising his Rick Deckard character from the 1982 film. Sony co-financed the production with Alcon Entertainment, while Warner Bros. handles the domestic rollout through its longstanding output deal with Alcon.

It’s highly beneficial that the original is held in such high regard, Rothman says, but adds that “Blade Runner 2049” is being pitched very much on its own, rather
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‘Blade Runner 2049’ Review: Denis Villeneuve’s Neo-Noir Sequel Is Mind-Blowing Sci-Fi Storytelling

‘Blade Runner 2049’ Review: Denis Villeneuve’s Neo-Noir Sequel Is Mind-Blowing Sci-Fi Storytelling
Outside “Star Wars,” no sci-fi universe has been etched into cinematic consciousness more thoroughly than “Blade Runner.” Ridley Scott’s definitive 1982 neo-noir offered an immersive dystopia of rain-soaked windows and shadowy buildings adorned with animated neon billboards, where flying cars hum through the endless night. That cyberpunk vision remains just as alluring 35 years later, and “Blade Runner 2049” could have merely roamed those streets with the same chiaroscuro imagery and delivered a satisfying taste of the same familiar drug. Instead, director Denis Villeneuve goes beyond the call of duty, with a lush, often mind-blowing refurbishing of the original sci-fi aesthetic that delves into its complex epistemological themes just as much as it resurrects an enduring spectacle.

As the title explains, 30 years have passed since the previous installment, and a murky world of corporate overlords and stone-faced assassins has only grown murkier. “Blade Runner” found manufactured human workers known as replicants
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Blade Runner 2049 review

You owe it to yourself to go and see Blade Runner 2049 in a massive cinema. If you still need convincing, here's a spoiler-free review...

This film should not exist. Not just because its predecessor, released in 1982, was initially a critical failure - and who in their right mind would sink $185 million into making a sequel to a movie that took a decade to be appreciated? Not just because the original Blade Runner was a self-contained story, unsullied by the kinds of disappointing follow-ups and spin-offs that blighted the once mighty Alien. No, Blade Runner 2049 shouldn’t exist because belated, expensive sequels are so seldom worth our time and money.

How miraculous, then, that Blade Runner 2049 emerges not only as a film that complements the original - and arguably deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as Ridley Scott’s seminal masterpiece - but also stands as
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Daniel Craig Reportedly Wants Denis Villeneuve To Direct Next James Bond

Denis Villeneuve‘s career thus far has been marked by a desire to pursue original storytelling. From his breakthrough, Oscar-nominated “Incendies,” the filmmaker has climbed his way up the ladder, taking on great scripts, and turning out unique, intelligent, and stylish films like “Prisoners,” “Enemy,” “Sicario,” and “Arrival.” But for the first time in his nearly three-decade career, Villeneuve is being lured by blockbusters.

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Toronto: Canadian Producers Assn. Taps Montreal Duo McCraw, Dery Winners

Montreal producer duo Kim McCraw and Luc Déry have won the Canadian Media Producers Assn.’s 2017 Indiescreen Award for established producer.

The award, which comes with a cash prize of Can$10,000, was announced at an afternoon ceremony at the Toronto Intl. Film Festival’s industry hub, kicking off the festival’s industry conference, which runs through Sept. 13.

McGraw and Déry (who won the award in 2006, its inaugural year) have produced more than 15 acclaimed features under their micro_scope shingle, including the Oscar-nominated “Incendies” (2010) and “Monsieur Lazhar” (2011). Their latest, the psychological thriller “A Worthy Companion,” starring Evan Rachel Wood and Julia Sarah Stone (pictured above), marks the feature debut of renowned, Montreal-based photographer brother team Carlos and Jason Sanchez; the film has its world premiere this Sunday.

The emerging producer prize, which comes with a Can$5,000 cash prize, was went to Wildling PicturesKristy Neville and Matt Code, the duo behind several acclaimed short films; their first feature
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‘Blade Runner 2049’ Director Denis Villeneuve on Creating the Future [Interview]

‘Blade Runner 2049’ Director Denis Villeneuve on Creating the Future [Interview]
Making a satisfying sequel to a beloved, inspiring science-fiction classic is a tall order. But if there’s a filmmaker up to the hefty task, it’s Denis Villeneuve. The director behind Arrival, Sicario, Enemy, and Incendies has been turning out exceptional work. He can create an immersive and wholly tangible atmosphere, which is the kind of director a project like Blade Runner 2049 calls for. […]

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WestEnd boards Camille Cottin-Pathé comedy 'Saving Mum'

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WestEnd boards Camille Cottin-Pathé comedy 'Saving Mum'
Exclusive: Comedy co-stars Miou-Miou and Camille Chamoux; first look revealed.

WestEnd Films is launching world sales on Saving Mum (working title), a heartwarming comedy which reunites the team behind French comedy Connasse: writer-director Eloïse Lang and French actress Camille Cottin (Allied).

Rounding out the cast are ten-time César Award nominee Miou-Miou (Populaire), Camille Chamoux (Supercondriaque) and Johan Heldenbergh (The Broken Circle Breakdown).

The exclusive first picture released features Camille Cottin, Miou-Miou and Camille Chamoux (from left to right). The film is currently shooting on Reunion Island.

Saving Mum is the French-language remake of Danish comedy All Inclusive. WestEnd Films acquired the remake rights for that film from Happy Ending Film.

The film tells the story of free-spirited Rose (Cottin) and her uptight sister Alice (Chamoux) who take their mother Francoise (Miou-Miou) out of Paris to the tropical island of Reunion for her birthday. But when a sexy bartender, an attractive widow, and cheap margaritas
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The Stunning New 'Blade Runner 2049' Trailer Is Here

The summer of 1982 was an amazing season for movies. On the same weekend in late June, for example, Ridley Scott's Blade Runner opened opposite John Carpenter's The Thing. Both were overshadowed by the blockbuster success of Steven Spielberg's E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial at the box office, but all three remain fan favorites. Fast forward 35 years later and we're eagerly awaiting a sequel to one of those sci-fi classics: Blade Runner 2049. One reason for our excitement is that Denis Villeneuve is directing. He broke out on the international scene with Incendies, which nabbed an Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Language Film, following that up with kidnapping thriller Prisoners, intense mystery Enemy and the action-packed suspense thriller Sicario. Most...

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Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling launch first 'Blade Runner 2049' trailer

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Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling launch first 'Blade Runner 2049' trailer
“We’re still exploring the themes of memories and empathy.”

Denis Villeneuve, Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford spoke about Blade Runner 2049 on Facebook Live as they launched the first full trailer for the science-fiction sequel.

Watch the trailer below or on mobile Here.

Denis Villeneuve revealed no spoilers from Alcon Entertainment’s upcoming Blade Runner 2049, but the director promised the sci-fi would go deeper into familiar terrain that was relevant to contemporary talking points.

“We’re still exploring the themes of memories and empathy,” Villeneuve said at Monday’s launch of the first full trailer hosted by IMAX in Los Angeles and webcast via Facebook Live.

“That’s the deeper tissue of where the movie evolves and what it means to be human.”

Moments earlier Ryan Gosling, who stars as blade runner Officer K, quipped that there was a sniper on the premises as a warning not to reveal any plot points. The story takes
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Chuck: Director Philippe Falardeau On The Liev Schreiber Boxing Drama

French-Canadian filmmaker Philippe Falardeau has actually been making movies for almost twenty years, but it wasn’t until about 2011 when he first started getting attention for his drama Monsieur Lazhar, which was nominated for a foreign language Oscar. Falardeau’s 2014 movie The Good Lie, didn’t get much notice despite starring Reese Witherspoon and being released by Warner Bros. Therefore, he hasn’t quite made the waves into Hollywood as his country-mates Denis Villeneuve or Jean-Marc Vallée (Wild).

Undaunted, Falardeau decided to take on the story of Bayonne, New Jersey boxer Chuck Wepner, who famously went up against Ali at the height of his success in the ‘70s and managed to go 15 rounds before the fight was called due to Wepner’s famed “bleeding” during fights. Wepner was alternately known as “The Bayonne Brawler” and “The Bayonne Bleeder.”

The movie Chuck stars Liev Schreiber as the famed boxer who would
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Denis Villeneuve to attend Canadian cinema celebration in La

Denis Villeneuve to attend Canadian cinema celebration in La
April event celebrates 150th anniversary of Canada.

A celebration of Canadian cinema will take place in Los Angeles from April 18-23 with a variety of screenings at The Cinefamily and The Aero.

The Consulate General of Canada in Los Angeles will celebrate Canadian Film Day 150 (Ncfd 150), presented by Reel Canada, with a free marathon of films to mark Canada’s sesquicentennial.

The event will run on April 18 and 19 at The Cinemafamily theatre in Los Angeles.

The Los Angeles screenings will kick-off on April 18 with Polytechnique from Denis Villeneuve and continue with The Saddest Music In The World, Meatballs, Strange Brew, and Villeneuve’s Incendies, followed by a Q&A with the director.

Canada Now: Best New Films 2017, presented by Telefilm Canada, will feature eight new Canadian films from the festival circuit and will screen from April 20–23 at the Aero theatre in Santa Monica, with several post-screening discussions.

Anne Émond’s biopic Nelly, about Quebec
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