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The Sci-Fi Classics That Inspired The Look Of Loki

The Sci-Fi Classics That Inspired The Look Of Loki
One of the first things that a viewer notices about the new Marvel show Loki — besides the irreverent, surreal tone and typically fantastic performance by Tom Hiddleston in the title role — is the look, which blends futuristic high tech with bureaucratic blandness and out-of-time anachronisms.

All these elements are particularly present in the headquarters of the Time Variance Authority, the organization that keeps the Sacred Timeline from splintering off into pieces and sends agents out to retrieve Loki once he fractures the timeline with his escape from 2012 in Avengers: Endgame.

It’s the kind of strange mix of science fiction, fantasy and enhanced reality that has been practiced in the past by filmmaking geniuses like Terry Gilliam and others. Director Kate Herron, who helms all six episodes of Loki, tells us that she was going for exactly that kind of feeling.

“I really wanted it to be a big love letter to sci-fi,
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Why ‘Big Mouth’ Needed to Embrace Anxiety and Concerns of the LGBTQ+ Community in Season 4

Why ‘Big Mouth’ Needed to Embrace Anxiety and Concerns of the LGBTQ+ Community in Season 4
“It’s pretty hard to think of something that goes too far in ‘Big Mouth,'” said Nathan Rico, the show’s art director, “we tend to really go for it.” And four seasons in (with at least two more on the way), Netflix’s raunchy animated comedy remains as diligent as ever in exploring the shame-induced recesses of the adolescent mind with a surprising measure of thoughtful realization. Or in as much as you can with hormone monsters and talking vaginas running around, not to mention episodes devoted entirely to fecal matter.

But Season 4 allowed the creators to truly meet the moment of intersecting fears and anxieties without really knowing that most people’s mindsets would end up much like the young characters. Social and personal identity and deep-rooted fears about the future and the unknown are a running theme within the narratives of this far-reaching, exploratory bunch of episodes,
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The Sword and the Sorcerer: Promo for 1982: The Greatest Geek Year Ever!

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The Sword and the Sorcerer: Promo for 1982: The Greatest Geek Year Ever!
I think it’s generally accepted nowadays that 1982 was perhaps the greatest year for geek cinema that ever was. Just think about all of the classics that came out: Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Blade Runner, E.T: The Extra-Terrestrial, John Carpenter’s The Thing, Conan The Barbarian, and many, many more. Oddly, there’s never been a great in-depth examination…
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How ‘Loki’ Was Inspired by ‘Blade Runner’ and ‘Rick and Morty’

How ‘Loki’ Was Inspired by ‘Blade Runner’ and ‘Rick and Morty’
If it looks like the Time Variance Authority, the bureaucratic organization at the center of Marvel Studios’ “Loki,” had the same architect as the Tyrell Corporation, the nefarious tech conglomerate in “Blade Runner,” that’s exactly how head writer Michael Waldron wanted it.

“It was a huge inspiration,” Waldron told TheWrap of Ridley Scott’s 1982 sci-fi noir. “‘Blade Runner’ is one of the, if not the defining sci-fi crime thriller. And it has such style to it. I described the Tva’s aesthetic on the page as ‘Mad Men’ meets ‘Blade Runner.’ That was all I had to do. It was Kate (Herron), our director, who came in, really inspired by ‘Blade Runner’ and everything and working in conjunction with our production designer. She brought that idea to life in a really cool way and and just made it that much more real, made the Tva feel lived in.”

Gugu Mbatha-Raw,
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Iamtw Announces 2021 Nominees

Iamtw Announces 2021 Nominees
The International Association of Media Tie-In Writers (Iamtw) recognizes the wide range of authors who work on media tie-ins. Often overlooked, these writers craft exciting tales using beloved characters and settings of franchises including the likes of Mike Hammer, Firefly, Murder She Wrote, James Bond, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Star Wars, Doctor Who, and Star Trek. These stories can be original adventures, or adaptations of movies or television episodes. They include all genres and a wide range of lengths and formats.

To recognize the accomplishments of the unsung authors in this particular field, the Iamtw sponsors the annual Scribe Awards. This year’s awards have six categories to highlight excellence in Novels, Short Stories, Audio Dramas, Young Adult/Middle Grade works, and Graphic Novels.

Congratulations to all the nominees.

Audio Drama:

The Enemy of My Enemy by Tracey Ann Baines

He Kills Me, He Kills Me Not by Carrie Thompson
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Indiana Jones 5 Set Photos Reveal Harrison Ford Back in Costume

Indiana Jones 5 Set Photos Reveal Harrison Ford Back in Costume
In the last decade, Harrison Ford has revisited two of the legendary roles that made him a Hollywood icon. He stepped back into the role of a slightly wiser but no less stubborn Han Solo in 2015’s The Force Awakens to guide the next generation of Star Wars heroes. It was a passing of the torch. Then, in 2017’s Blade Runner 2049, Ford’s haunted former replicant hunter Rick Deckard returned to the big screen, this time to help Ryan Gosling’s Agent K uncover an android conspiracy. The movie ends with K bleeding to death in the snow while Deckard is reunited with someone he thought he’d lost forever. A bittersweet ending to be sure.

With his roles in Star Wars and Blade Runner seemingly concluded, Ford now turns to his other iconic character: Indiana Jones. Indeed, 14 years on from the release of Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,
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10 Best Blade Runner 2049 Quotes, Ranked

10 Best Blade Runner 2049 Quotes, Ranked
Released nearly forty years after the original, Blade Runner 2049 earned widespread praise for virtually all aspects of its production. Of particular note was Roger Deakins's beautiful cinematography, the imaginative world-building, and production design, and the philosophical writing from screenwriters Hampton Fancher (who wrote the original Blade Runner) and Michael Green.

Related: Sicario To Blade Runner 2049: Denis Villeneuve's 10 Best Cinematic Moments

The writing was wonderous and engrossing, telling a great detective-mystery story while offering up tantalizing musings on humanity and memorable quotes that will be repeated for years to come. Many characters within Blade Runner 2049 are quiet and contemplative, but they offer up lines of dialogue that shine. These are some of the best quotes from the movie.
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‘Loki’ Head Writer Says ‘Catch Me If You Can,’ ‘Before Sunrise,’ ‘Blade Runner’ & Mad Men’ Influenced His Marvel Series

‘Loki’ Head Writer Says ‘Catch Me If You Can,’ ‘Before Sunrise,’ ‘Blade Runner’ & Mad Men’ Influenced His Marvel Series
If you don’t already, you should know writer Michael Waldron if only because his career has greatly accelerated in the last two years. Originally working with Dan Harmon and as a writer on “Rick and Morty,” he quickly fast-tracked: he became the head writer on Marvel’s “Loki,” then was recruited to do a major rethink/rewrite on “Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness,” and also penned an untitled “Star Wars” movie the Marvel boss Kevin Feige.

Continue reading ‘Loki’ Head Writer Says ‘Catch Me If You Can,’ ‘Before Sunrise,’ ‘Blade Runner’ & Mad Men’ Influenced His Marvel Series at The Playlist.
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Huge Expansion Of Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood Debuts June 26 With Interactive Harry Potter, DC Showcases

Huge Expansion Of Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood Debuts June 26 With Interactive Harry Potter, DC Showcases
As theme park attractions reopen across Southern California, Warner Bros. announced on Tuesday that its massively revamped Studio Tour will welcome back guests on June 26.

Five years in the making, the expanded set tour utilizes a new building devoted completely to the tour center, in addition to a lot tour and a stop at the iconic Stage 48. The tour highlights the nearly 100 years of TV and movie-making at the studio, and specifically spotlights the DC Universe and Harry Potter. The tour also now welcomes families with children five years and older.

Key additions include the “Storytelling Showcase,” where guests can explore the evolution of Warner Bros.’ long history; “Action and Magic Made Here,” the new grand finale experience featuring the DC Universe and Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts series; an expanded new Warner Bros Studio Store, which will be open to the public without a Studio Tour ticket purchase.

“Entertainment
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‘Ok Computer’s’ Pooja Shetty and Neil Pagedar on Creating Home-Grown Indian Sci-Fi

‘Ok Computer’s’ Pooja Shetty and Neil Pagedar on Creating Home-Grown Indian Sci-Fi
Making its European debut in International Film Festival Rotterdam’s new talent category Bright Future is “Ok Computer,” a six-part Hindi sci-fi comedy set 10 years in the future.

Featuring an AI-driven “New India” of towering smart holograms and drone superhighways, the Disney Plus Hotstar series stars Vijay Varma (“A Suitable Boy”), Radhika Apte (“Sacred Games”) and Jackie Shroff (“Criminal Justice”), and follows the capers of a hard-boiled detective (Varma) who is called out of retirement when a self-driving car gets hacked, killing a random pedestrian.

The series was produced through Mumbai-based Memesys Culture Lab and created by two of the company’s Goa-based stakeholders: first-time directors Pooja Shetty, a former production designer and architect, and Neil Pagedar, a writer and documentary filmmaker.

Fellow Memesys cofounder Anand Gandhi (“Ship of Theseus”) – an IFFR alumni – also co-wrote the script.

The directorial duo spoke to Variety about the challenge of futuristic world-building in
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Filmbesprechung: I.K.U. – This is not Love – This is Sex (2000) von Shu Lea Cheang

Filmbesprechung: I.K.U. – This is not Love – This is Sex (2000) von Shu Lea Cheang
Um die 2000er herum, aber auch bereits im vorangegangenen Jahrzehnt war das das Kino wie auch die Literatur und die Kunst erfüllt von Geschichten, in denen es vor allem um die Bedenken hinsichtlich der neuen Technik des Internets gingen. War es in den 80er noch ein Gebiet der Nerds und einiger weniger Experten, war der Siegeszug des weltweiten Netzes Ende der 90er nicht mehr aufzuhalten. Während sich viele Filme wie auch Romane mit den Chancen befassten, gab es auch jene Stimmen, die befürchteten dieser ehemals freie Raum würde, ob kurz oder lang, von Konzernen übernommen werden, was aus heutiger Sicht fast schon prophetisch anmutet. Einer der vielleicht schrägsten, aber nichtsdestotrotz interessantesten Einträge, die sich mit diesem Thema befassten, ist Shu Lea Chang‘s Pink-Film „I.K.U. – This is not Love – This is Sex“, eine Auftragsarbeit im Namen des Produzenten Takashi Asai, seines Zeichens Gründer von Uplink, einer unabhängigen Filmproduktionsfirma.
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Jerome Hellman Dies: Oscar-Winning Producer Of ‘Midnight Cowboy,’ ‘Coming Home’ Was 92

Jerome Hellman Dies: Oscar-Winning Producer Of ‘Midnight Cowboy,’ ‘Coming Home’ Was 92
Jerome Hellman, the producer of landmark films such as Midnight Cowboy and Coming Home has died. The Oscar winner’s wife, Elizabeth Empleton Hellman, confirmed Hellman’s May 26 passing saying simply, “we will miss him terribly.” He was 92.

Hellman’s films helped define the “New Hollywood” of the 1970s. He tended to work repeatedly with a circle of top-notch collaborators and the films Hellman produced came from iconic directors such as John Schlesinger, Hal Ashby, George Roy Hill, Irvin Kershner and Peter Weir.

That Hellman would win Best Picture for Schlesinger’s Midnight Cowboy in 1970 was, at the very least, improbable. Hellman was going through a tough divorce. The film was based on a little-known novel. Schlesinger didn’t think Dustin Hoffman was right to play Ratso Rizzo. But Hellman fought for the Graduate actor. Also, the film was X-rated and dealt with homosexuality, prostitution and a gritty slice of
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‘Loki’: Everything you need to know about the Tom Hiddleston series before you watch

‘Loki’: Everything you need to know about the Tom Hiddleston series before you watch
If there’s one lesson we’ve learned from the 13 years we’ve spent watching the films of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it’s not to underestimate Tom Hiddleston’s Loki. Everyone’s favorite cunning and charismatic God of Mischief has escaped death a couple of times now in the course of his decade-long tenure in the MCU. Now he’s stepping out of his (adopted) brother’s shadow and getting his own show to further remind us why he’s one of the best characters the extended universe has ever produced.

Debuting Wednesday, June 9, “Loki” is the third original Marvel series to hit Disney+ this year after “WandaVision,” a sitcom pastiche with complex ruminations on grief, and “The Falcon and The Winter Soldier,” a timely two-hander that explored both trauma and racism through the lens of 2021. Directed by Kate Herron with Michael Waldron serving as head writer, the show
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Dune Script Blew Dave Bautista Away with Its Beauty and Emotion

Dune Script Blew Dave Bautista Away with Its Beauty and Emotion
Over time, wrestler-turned-actor Dave Bautista has proven his dramatic chops by working with several auteur filmmakers, the foremost of them being Denis Villeneuve, with whom Bautista worked on Blade Runner 2049. Now, Bautista is collaborating with Villeneuve again on the most ambitious movie of the filmmaker's career, a film adaptation of Frank Herbert's seminal sci-fi novel, Dune. In an interview with Collider, Bautista revealed how he had been blown away by the script for Dune.

"I was blown away [by the script]. I was blown away. It's weird, because when I read Blade Runner, when I read Dune, it's hard for me to know what their visions are. Especially what Denis' vision is, because the worlds they create are just so enormous. I don't think I could ever direct a film like that. My talent would lie in a very contained drama, that's what I would like to do, that's what I aspire to do.
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10 Movies Like Thelma & Louise Fans Will Enjoy

10 Movies Like Thelma & Louise Fans Will Enjoy
Ridley Scott, a filmmaker known for Blade Runner, Gladiator and The Martian, released Thelma & Louise, starring Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis.

Related: 10 Best Movies About Female Villains Like The Favourite

When Thelma (Davis) and Louise (Sarandon) decide to break out of their old routines and hit the road, they have no idea what they're in for. When they hit a rough patch, their adventure turns into a deadly game of cat and mouse with the authorities. While this movie has had incredible success, several other movies hit the mark and fall into the same action-packed adventure category.
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Undergods review – a visionary dystopian anthology

Undergods review – a visionary dystopian anthology
Chino Moya’s debut is a haunting trilogy of stories that have totalitarianism in their surrealist, satirical sights

A riptide of surrealism runs through Chino Moya’s ambitious debut feature, a fantasy suite of tales that don’t so much interlock as butt into one another and blurt out alarming, dreamlike correspondences.

Related: From Insurgent to Blade Runner: why is the future on film always so grim?
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‘Undergods’ Review: Chino Moya’s Striking Vision of an Upside-Down Future

‘Undergods’ Review: Chino Moya’s Striking Vision of an Upside-Down Future
In the opening scene of Chino Moya’s grimmer-than-Grimm dystopian fairy tale collection, “Undergods,” a pair of grungy near-future garbagemen scour the ruins of a ghostly former metropolis looking for bodies. Like the Black Plague cleanup crew in “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” — the occasionally too-efficient “bring out your dead!” guys — it doesn’t matter whether the corpses they come across are even fully deceased: The collectors toss the bodies into the back of their cart either way. Should the poor souls turn out to still be alive, they can always sell them for precious cans of scarce food back at the depot.

Moya’s vision may be bleak — and “vision” is the right word to describe the Spanish-born director’s stunning capacity to create images and atmosphere — but there’s something unnervingly familiar about the world he creates in his feature debut. Between that twisted introductory vignette and
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Apple Lands Another Tom Hanks Film; ‘Finch’, Formerly Titled ‘Bios’, To Likely Release In Awards Season

Apple Lands Another Tom Hanks Film; ‘Finch’, Formerly Titled ‘Bios’, To Likely Release In Awards Season
Exclusive: Apple Original Films won a very competitive weekend auction among streamers to land the Tom Hanks-starrer Finch, an Amblin Entertainment sci-fi film that previously carried the title Bios and was originally intended to be released by Universal. It will now be released on Apple TV+ later this year, likely in awards season, with a qualifying theatrical run at least in the cards.

The film is directed by Miguel Sapochnik, who helmed some of the most ambitious episodes of Game of Thrones, including the “Battle of the Bastards” episode in Season 6 which won him the first of his two Emmys for the show. Script is by first-time screenwriter Craig Luck and Ivor Powell, latter of whom was associate producer of Blade Runner and Alien. Pic is produced by Kevin Misher, Jack Rapke, Jacqueline Levine and Powell. The executive producers are Robert Zemeckis, Luck, Sapochnik, Andy Berman and Adam Merims.
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‘2001’ VFX Guru Douglas Trumbull on Why CGI Hasn’t Outpaced the Visual Effects of Kubrick’s Film

‘2001’ VFX Guru Douglas Trumbull on Why CGI Hasn’t Outpaced the Visual Effects of Kubrick’s Film
Douglas Trumbull has been in the “2001: A Space Odyssey” business for over 50 years. The special effects guru was a young animation artist when he worked on the spaceflight short film “To the Moon and Beyond” for the 1964 World’s Fair, which caught the attention of Stanley Kubrick while in the early stages of planning his operatic space epic. Trumbull wound up learning the ropes of visual effects on the project and played a critical role in everything from the miniatures to Hal 9000’s robotic view and the climactic Stargate sequence, which remains as mesmerizing today as it was over half a century ago.

Much of Trumbull’s work is on display in “Envisioning 2001: Stanley Kubrick’s Space Odyssey,” an exhibition at New York’s Museum of the Moving Image that reopens this week and remains on display through September. The exhibit, a variation of an earlier show
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‘A.rtificial I.mmortality’ Review: Surveying New Technologies to Cheat Death

‘A.rtificial I.mmortality’ Review: Surveying New Technologies to Cheat Death
“A.rtificial I.mmortality” provides a diverting if superficial survey of how fast-evolving technology might be able to extend our lives — or at least some of our memories and characteristics. Featured as Hot Docs’ opening night selection, this Canadian documentary from director Ann Shin presents once-fantastical ideas now edging toward reality in a form palatable to broadcast viewers looking more for casual entertainment value than weighty investigation. But the film is weakened by its gratuitously first-person perspective, chosen for no obvious reason beyond the director evidently wanting to “star” in her own movie.

After an opening quote from Seneca, Shin takes center stage and stays there, as introduced at her 52nd birthday party, then perusing old family photos with two daughters. Her own mother has died, and her 78-year-old father is in a retirement home with dementia. But what if her own existence could somehow be elongated so that one
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