Blade Runner 2049 production diary reveals boring alternate title and other fun facts

Blade Runner 2049 was clearly a big, complicated project, if only because we’ve heard a lot about the different iterations it went through and the details that were changed late in production. We already heard that it was originally four hours long, though that version was never meant for the public, and now Collider has…

Yep, Han and Leia were definitely either drunk or high when they showed up on Cloud City

Monty Python’s Eric Idle just did an interview with The New York Times in advance of his new memoir, Always Look on The Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography. The chat is filled with insight, heart, and plenty of affable grouchiness, but of particular note is the confirmation of a story that’s long swirled around a…

Han Severals: 16-plus characters who smuggled inspiration from Han Solo

Han Solo is based on a familiar archetype: Star Wars’ lovable scoundrel can trace his roots back to our earliest myths, while there are progenitors of his world-weary cynicism in Humphrey Bogart’s movies, his charming roguishness in Douglas Fairbanks’, and his reluctantly outlaw heroics throughout the samurai films…

Steven Spielberg is open to a female Indiana Jones, so let's do some fantasy casting

In a recent interview with The Sun (via The Hollywood Reporter), Steven Spielberg suggested that he’d be open to a future Indiana Jones star being a woman, noting that they’d “have to change the name from Jones to Joan” and that there’s “nothing wrong with that” (other than the fact that last names don’t work that…

Harrison Ford's Han Solo advice to Alden Ehrenreich surprisingly wasn't "get out while you can"

Harrison Ford likes to present himself as a bit of a curmudgeon, even when his underlying goodness shines through his gruff exterior, but apparently he had a very productive chat with Alden Ehrenreich last year to discuss the actor’s then-upcoming role as the young Han Solo in Solo: A Star Wars Story. That’s according…

Today is your official last day ever to argue about the ending of Blade Runner

With the highly anticipated sequel hitting theaters this weekend, today is pretty much the last day you can reflect on the themes and philosophical implications of 1982’s Blade Runner before whatever is going to happen in Blade Runner 2049 completely changes what you think. The original Ridley Scott feature is not…

Could Blade Runner 2049 have used a little more grit to go with its epic awe?

After 35 years of science-fiction movies only inspired by—or blatantly derivative of—Ridley Scott’s landmark dystopian noir, they finally made another Blade Runner: a nearly three-hour, big-budget art movie masquerading as a blockbuster, starring Ryan Gosling as a new era’s robot-hunting answer to Harrison Ford (who…

Here is exactly what Ryan Gosling’s face looks like after being punched by Harrison Ford

Perhaps sensing that there needed to be some good in this world, the news cycle continues to reach out for and surface any possible information about the moment when legendary Hollywood hardass Harrison Ford punched Ryan Gosling right in the face during the filming of Blade Runner 2049. We have, at this point, gone…

Blade Runner translated Philip K. Dick’s sparse mindfuck into Ridley Scott’s overwhelming vision

Shortly after the election, there was a minor debate in literary circles about which classic dystopian novel better reflected and anticipated the Trump era. Readers voted for George Orwell, sending 1984 back atop the bestseller lists, while critics generally opted for Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World. The choice, as …

Blade Runner 2049 creates gorgeously languid spectacle from our memories of a classic

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Blade Runner 2049 begins on a farm in broad daylight. It’s what you would call a dramatic change of scenery. Before now—which is to say, for the decades it took Hollywood to get this long-awaited sequel off the ground—Blade Runner was basically synonymous with nighttime and the city. Though set in a sleek, bleak…

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