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Denis Villeneuve Confirms Bond 25 Talks, But Dune Takes Priority

Coming off his meticulous work on Blade Runner 2049 (our review), writer-director Denis Villeneuve would be forgiven for wanting to take a nice long vacation.

But it seems the filmmaker has no intention of taking his foot off the pedal, as he’s already begun scripting Legendary’s fabled Dune reboot alongside the Oscar-winning Eric Roth. It’s a sci-fi reimagining that has languished in the pits of development hell for years, and it may wind up averting Denis Villeneuve from Bond 25.

Four months ago, the director was shortlisted for MGM’s next James Bond film alongside Yann Demange and David MacKenzie (Hell and High Water), and though Villeneuve confirmed those talks in a new interview with The Playlist, he also admits that Dune has taken precedence over all other projects.

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50 Free Screenplays You Can Download Right Now, From ‘Eternal Sunshine’ to ‘Lost in Translation’

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50 Free Screenplays You Can Download Right Now, From ‘Eternal Sunshine’ to ‘Lost in Translation’
Looking for a good read this fall? Skip a book and try a screenplay instead. Script Reader Pro has put together an incredible collection of 50 screenplays you can download right now for free. The database is categorized into five genres — drama, comedy, thriller, horror, and action/adventure — and includes 10 films per genre. Scripts featured include classics like “Alien” and “Reservoir Dogs” and contemporary favorites like “It Follows,” “Nightcrawler,” and “Bridesmaids.”

Read More: 2018 Oscar Predictions: Best Adapted Screenplay

For aspiring screenwriters, the collection provides a masterclass in learning the ins and outs of writing for the big screen from masters such as Charlie Kaufman, Sofia Coppola, Alexander Payne, Quentin Tarantino, and more. Oscar-winning screenplays for “Lost in Translation,” “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” “Good Will Hunting,” and “No Country for Old Men” are also available.

Click here to visit Script Reader Pro, where you can download all the screenplays for free.
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Makeup-Hair Designer Specializes in Bruising Looks for ‘Blade Runner 2049,’ ‘Stronger’

Makeup-Hair Designer Specializes in Bruising Looks for ‘Blade Runner 2049,’ ‘Stronger’
This is a busy year for makeup and hair designer Donald Mowat, who worked on two major releases: “Blade Runner 2049” and “Stronger.”

Mowat was a big fan of Ridley Scott’s original “Blade Runner,” released in 1982, so he was psyched when helmer Denis Villeneuve asked him to lead the makeup department for the sequel — a revisiting of the L.A.-based futuristic tale set 30 years later. Mowat overcame initial anxiety over the epic scope of the project and was happy to reteam with the director and cinematographer Roger Deakins, with whom he had worked on “Sicario” and “Prisoners” as well.

“Blade Runner 2049” required every type of makeup application: character, aging, beauty and fantasy. Mowat and Villeneuve met to discuss initial concepts. The designs found inspiration in many sources, including Alexander McQueen’s fashions, Jack Nicholson’s torn nose in “Chinatown” and Rutger Hauer’s bloodied face in the original “Blade Runner.”

Some design
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Denis Villeneuve Tells Rian Johnson About Being Offered ‘Blade Runner 2049’ With a Mysterious Envelope — Listen

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Denis Villeneuve Tells Rian Johnson About Being Offered ‘Blade Runner 2049’ With a Mysterious Envelope — Listen
Just about everyone is happy that Denis Villeneuve directed “Blade Runner 2049,” including Rian Johnson. The two filmmakers spoke to each other after a recent screening of the film, which was recorded as an episode of the DGA’s podcast the Director’s Cut. A few minutes in, Villeneuve describes the cloak-and-dagger circumstances that led to him taking on the project — and why it took him two months to decide to do so.

Read More:‘Blade Runner 2049’ Was Never Going to Be a Blockbuster, But It Can Become Something Cooler: a Cult Classic

“The project was written by and for Ridley Scott, and the thing is that Ridley had a lot of things cooking at the same time. Harrison Ford was anxious to start the project, and Ridley was working on finishing ‘The Martian’ going into ‘Alien: Covenant,’ and so they decided, the producer and Ridley decided to reach for someone else,
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‘Blade Runner 2049’ Box Office Carnage: Sony and Ryan Gosling Stand to Lose, but Roger Deakins Still Stands to Win

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‘Blade Runner 2049’ Box Office Carnage: Sony and Ryan Gosling Stand to Lose, but Roger Deakins Still Stands to Win
It could have been worse: The final domestic weekend totals for “Blade Runner 2049” came to $32.7 million, about $1.25 million better than initial pre-Sunday estimates. That could mean all is not lost for Warner Bros. — but with production, marketing, and distribution around $300 million, it’s still a dreadful result. Who stands to suffer the most? Here are some losers — and, some possible winners.

Alcon Entertainment and Sony

Alcon, the 20 year-old production company founded by FedEx’s Fred Smith, has produced 31 films, with one big moneymaker (“The Blind Side”), some smaller successes (“Dude, Where’s My Car?,” “P.S. I Love You,” “Insomnia”) and several higher-budget flops (“Transcendence,” “Point Break”).

Its total investment in “Blade Runner 2049” isn’t totally clear. Sony is reported to have contributed $90 million for international rights, with its share of marketing expenses uncertain. So Alcon will neither bear the entire expense nor keep all the revenues, but it
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Watch: Roger Deakins on Personal Connection through Cinematography

To supplement Matt Mulcahey’s interview with Roger Deakins about shooting Blade Runner 2049, check out Arri’s interview with the legendary Dp. He starts with a few general anecdotes, notes that he’s not lit the way he’d light a scene, and tells a story about lighting a scene in Prisoners with just a lighter, among other highlights.
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Peer Through The Glass Of Denis Villeneuve’s Films

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Dark and haunting are the worlds director Denis Villeneuve brings to the screen. Often obstructed by oblique lines and brimming with suspense, Villeneuve frames his films in a way that pulls the audience forward by their already contorted, anxiety-ridden gut. Villeneuve’s most recent film “Blade Runner 2049” will, no doubt, earn its place in the canon of thought provoking and awe-inspiring science fiction cinema. A large portion of praise “Blade Runner 2049” has garnered is due to the transcendent camera work of cinematographer Roger Deakins, with whom Villeneuve previously worked with on “Sicario” and “Prisoners.” Translated by way of Deakins’ incomparable talent and style, Villeneuve marries the feeling of unease and the framework of film to create images that are possessive.

Continue reading Peer Through The Glass Of Denis Villeneuve’s Films at The Playlist.
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Blade Runner 2049 Bombs at the Box Office with $31.5M

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Blade Runner 2049 Bombs at the Box Office with $31.5M
While New Line Cinema's It remake managed to salvage a horrid summer box office season, last weekend marked a return to the box office's slumping ways with a slew of underperforming newcomers. As expected though, Warner Bros.' Blade Runner 2049 debuted at just the right time to put the box office back on track, opening in the top spot with a decent $31.5 million. While it still came in far under most box office predictions, it still helped the box office get back on track for what could be a strong fall season.

This Blade Runner sequel opened in 4,058 theaters, earning a decent $7,769 per-screen average in the top spot at the box office this weekend. It also earned an additional $50.2 million this weekend, to bring its worldwide opening weekend total to $81.7 million. Still, that figure represents roughly half of its $150 million production budget, and since the project isn't slated to open in China,
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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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Cold, Hard, Clear: Denis Villeneuve Through Glass

By Jacob Oller

The director’s aesthetic inclinations are quite transparent. lade Runner 2049 won’t be director Denis Villeneuve’s first visually stunning film. The French Canadian won countless awards for Arrival, Sicario, and Prisoners, but even his early work had the crisp detachment that makes those films so striking. Oddly enough, something linking these through their cinematography is shots […]

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‘Blade Runner 2049’ Review: Denis Villeneuve Creates A ‘Miracle’

Early on in Denis Villeneuve's Blade Runner 2049, Ryan Gosling's Officer K confronts Dave Bautista's Sapper Morton, and Morton says the line, "You've never seen a miracle." Having now seen the film, I can say that I have seen a miracle. A miracle of spectacle and story. A sequel that betters the first film in almost every way. A film that marries science fiction and epic, widescreen pulp noir storytelling. If the original Blade Runner was "sci-fi noir," a futuristic throw back to the detective films of the 1940s and '50s, Blade Runner 2049 is science fiction's Chinatown. And it is truly a miracle.

Blade Runner 2049 is set 30 years after the events of the first film. Officer K (Gosling) is a blade runner, tasked with chasing down and retiring older Nexus model replicants. When he confronts Morton (Bautista), K learns of a secret that could shatter humanity,
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Roger Deakins is Filming ‘The Goldfinch’ Next, But Might Not Reunite With Denis Villeneuve For ‘Dune’

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Roger Deakins is Filming ‘The Goldfinch’ Next, But Might Not Reunite With Denis Villeneuve For ‘Dune’
The world will finally get to see Roger Deakins’ latest visual masterpiece when “Blade Runner 2049” opens in theaters this Friday, but the legendary cinematography isn’t taking any moment to rest after working on the Denis Villeneuve sequel for the last year. The 68-year-old Dp has confirmed to Variety that he’s gearing up to shoot “The Goldfinch” next, in which principal photography begins in January. Deakins’ prep on the film begins in a couple weeks.

The Goldfinch” is an adaptation of the 2013 bestseller by Donna Tartt. Warner Brothers and Amazon Studios have teamed up for the film adaptation, which will be directed by “Brooklyn” helmer John Crawley. Ansel Elgort has been offered the lead role, according to multiple reports, but no official casting announcements have been made by the studio. The plot tells the story of Theodore Decker, a young man who survives a terrorist bombing at an art museum.
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Roger Deakins on ‘Blade Runner 2049’ and That Elusive First Oscar

Roger Deakins on ‘Blade Runner 2049’ and That Elusive First Oscar
Cinematographer Roger Deakins has amassed 13 Oscar nominations throughout his career for work on films like “The Shawshank Redemption,” “No Country for Old Men,” and “Skyfall.” It has become a slice of Oscar trivia that he has yet to win, tied for the record on that score with the late George J. Folsey (“The Great Ziegfeld,” “Adam’s Rib”). Denis Villeneuve’s massive blockbuster sequel “Blade Runner 2049” may or may not be the turning of the tide for Deakins at the Academy Awards, but judging by his response to such factoids, he isn’t losing any sleep over it. He’s just happy to still be doing the work of visual storytelling. He continues to perform at a high level, and he’s forged a partnership with Villeneuve over the course of three films now (“Prisoners” and “Sicario” being the others) that makes for one of the great visual signatures in modern cinema.

Deakins
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Can Blade Runner 2049 Dethrone It at the Box Office?

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Can Blade Runner 2049 Dethrone It at the Box Office?
Thanks to three underperforming newcomers, the fall blockbuster It returned to top the box office with a paltry $17.3 million in the estimates, but when the actual numbers were released yesterday, it was actually far worse, with Kingsman: The Golden Circle coming out on top with $16.93 million, and It dropping to second with $16.9 million. Kingsman 2's two-week reign will most likely come to a close this weekend with Blade Runner 2049 hitting theaters, armed with a wealth of Blade Runner buzz and strong reviews, making it an easy choice to win this weekend, even while going up against a diverse slate of newcomers like 20th Century Fox's The Mountain Between Us and Lionsgate's My Little Pony movie. Still, the R-rated Blade Runner 2049 should have no trouble topping the box office with a projected $51.6 million.

Last month, the first box office projections put the Blade Runner 2049 opening weekend at north of $40 million,
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‘Blade Runner 2049’ Director Denis Villeneuve Explains Why He Replaced Composer Jóhann Jóhannsson

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‘Blade Runner 2049’ Director Denis Villeneuve Explains Why He Replaced Composer Jóhann Jóhannsson
Director Denis Villeneuve and composer Johann Johannsson have had a fruitful relationship with Johannson providing powerful scores for Prisoners, Sicario, and Arrival.

Johannson was set to work on Villeneuve’s latest film, Blade Runner 2049, but eventually Villeneuve decided to go a different direction and bring on composers Hans Zimmer and Benjamin Wallfisch (It). Considering the history and the fact that Johannsson is an Oscar-winning composer, it was a bit surprising when he was let go.

Speaking to Al Arabiya English [via Indiewire], Villeneuve explains
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Denis Villeneuve Movies Ranked from Worst to Best

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Denis Villeneuve Movies Ranked from Worst to Best
Few filmmakers of the 21st century have risen to prominence and prestige with the forcefulness of “Blade Runner 2049” director Denis Villeneuve, whose seemingly unstoppable career has been bolstered by a steady balance of critical respect and commercial success. In fact, Christopher Nolan is the only other person who comes to mind, and the similarities between the two of them are hard to ignore.

For one thing, these men are both men, and that tends to be a more crucial detail than it should. For another, they’re also genuine auteurs, each committed to a clinical brand of Cinema (with a capital “C”) that’s muscular and intellectual in equal measure. Nolan is a bit more rigidly defined by his own rubric, but Villeneuve shares his gift for sublimating big ideas into even bigger spectacles, and has likewise honed his skills by fluidly moving between massive blockbusters and idiosyncratic passion projects.
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“I Had To Be Approved By Harrison”: Denis Villeneuve Talks Getting ‘Blade Runner 2049’ Gig

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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’ Soundtrack: Denis Villeneuve Finally Reveals Why Jóhann Jóhannsson Left the Project

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‘Blade Runner 2049’ Soundtrack: Denis Villeneuve Finally Reveals Why Jóhann Jóhannsson Left the Project
Denis Villeneuve and Jóhann Jóhannsson have collaborated three times in the last few years, with the Icelandic composer scoring “Prisoners,” “Sicario,” and “Arrival.” That partnership was meant to continue with “Blade Runner 2049,” but Hans Zimmer and Benjamin Wallfisch eventually took over for Jóhannsson on the long-awaited sequel to Ridley Scott’s sci-fi landmark. After much speculation, Villeneuve has commented on the reason why he chose to go in a different musical direction.

“The thing I will say is that making movies is a laboratory. It’s an artistic process. You cannot plan things. Jóhann Jóhannsson is one of my favorite composers alive today. He’s a very strong artist,” Villeneuve told Al Arabiya English. “But the movie needed something different, and I needed to go back to something closer to Vangelis. Jóhan and I
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