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‘Blade Runner 2049’ #SDCC2017 Panel



Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling and Denis Villeneuve were on hand at Hall H while a hologram Jared Leto introduced the show.

San Diego Comic-Con was transformed into 2049 Los Angeles at Hall H on Saturday as the cast and crew of Blade Runner 2049 took the stage.

The panel opened with the “Tears in the Rain” monologue from the original, followed by a timeline that connected the original Blade Runner to 2049. Some of the dates went as follows: 

2023: Replicant prohibition takes effect.

2025: Wallace Corporation helps solve the world food shortage.

2030: Wallace helps legislation repealing replicant prohibition.

2049: Thirty years after Deckard and Rachel escaped, Los Angeles has changed dramatically. Humans who can’t afford to get to offworld colonies are left behind. Society is divided between two classes: replicant and humans.

Jared Leto showed up in a hologram in pink pants and powder-blue shirt to introduce the panel, promising the film is the “sequel we have been waiting for.” Leto then disappeared to “oohs” and “aahs” from the crowd as the cast and crew walked out for the panel.

On hand for the presentation were stars Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling (at Comic-Con for the first time), as well as director Denis Villeneuve.

“I didn’t want someone else to fuck it up,” said Villeneuve about taking on the challenge of directing the project. “It is my favorite movie of all time.”

The original Blade Runner director, Ridley Scott, mainly left Villeneuve alone during the filming, letting him make his own story.

Footage was then introduced in which Gosling’s Blade Runner goes into Wallace Corp. and gets a tour of the facilities. Gosling is given a memory to watch, which turns out to be audio from the replicant test between Deckard and Rachel in the original movie.

In the audience Q&A section, the last question was asked to Ford: “Is your life goal to reboot every major franchise you have been in?”

“You bet your ass it is!” Ford assured the crowd.

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‘Millie Bobby Brown Voicing A VR Experience For Darren Aronofsky’ Is The Most 2018 Headline You’ll Read Today



Stranger Things‘ Millie Bobby Brown has signed on to narrate the second ‘episode’ in a three-part virtual reality experience entitled Spheres, from creative auteur Darren Aronofsky.

Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty) lent her voice to the first episode, which was unveiled at the Sundance Film Festival. The third episode premiered before the second, at the Tribeca Film Festival, and was narrated by Patti Smith (Song to Song). Aronofsky has produced the series, which is described as a ‘virtual journey’ – because of course it is – and is based on the famous ‘Pale Blue Dot‘ image of Earth, taken by the Voyager 1 probe in 1990. All three episodes were directed by up-and-comer Eliza McNitt (Fistful of Stars).

The series will be shown off for the first time in its entirety at the Venice Film Festival, as part of the event’s virtual reality section, from the 29th of August until the 8th of September. Spheres will be released to the public on the Oculus VR system following the culmination of the VFF.

Millie Bobby Brown can next be seen in Legendary’s Godzilla: King of the Monsters, due on the 31st May next year.

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Seth Rogen, Charlize Theron Comedy Flarsky Delayed Four Months To Open In Summer



Lionsgate are feeling confident about their forthcoming comedy Flarsky.

The film, which stars Seth Rogen and Charlize Theron, recently scored highly in test screenings, with a majority of audience members giving it scores about 95%, and as such the studio now feel the feature can perform amongst the big boys in the Summer blockbuster season.

Flarsky will follow down-on-his-luck journalist Fred Flarsky (Rogen) who – following a series of ludicrous circumstances – catches the eye of the most powerful woman in the world, Charlotte Field (Theron). From there, Flarsky becomes a confidante and an integral member of her inner circle, as Field works her way towards the US Presidency.

The project had been slated for a February 8th 2019 release date, but following the positive test screenings Lionsgate have pushed the film back to the 7th of July – for some perspective, that’s the same weekend Ocean’s 8 opened this year.

Flarsky has been directed by Jonathan Levine, and also stars Alexander Skarsgard, Andy Serkis, and O’Shea Jackson Jr.

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PETA Demands Boycott Of Alpha Following Animal Deaths Allegations



PETA, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, have called for a boycott of Sony Pictures’ upcoming historical family-adventure Alpha, after five bison were supposedly killed for the film’s shooting.

“Five sensitive bison lost their lives, all so that their bodies could be used as props in this wholly forgettable flick,” PETA’s Senior Vice-President Lisa Lange said in a statement, “PETA is calling on the public to show Hollywood that cruelty to animals will not be tolerated by refusing to buy a ticket to Alpha.”

The bison carcasses were used as props in the aftermath of a pivotal hunting scene in the film, which is set 20,000 years ago – shortly after the last Ice Age – and tells an origin tale for man’s partnership with dogs.

The deaths of the bison were uncovered after a 2016 investigation by the Hollywood Reporter which found that animal wrangler John Scott, who was supposedly overseen by the American Humane Association, had contacted the Longview Beef Jerky company in order to purchase the bodies of animals they had themselves killed. However, as this would then reasonably make the film’s production responsible for the creature’s deaths it would also subsequently breach the AHA’s code of conduct for filmmaking.

Alpha will not carry a tag in its credits that reads “No animals were harmed during the making of this film”, and is due for release on the 24th of August, rated 12A. It stars Kodi Smit-McPhee, Natassia Maithe, and Leonor Varnela, and was directed by Albert Hughes.

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