Despite an underwhelming box office performance Denis Villeneuve‘s Blade Runner 2049 brought back many of the themes that Ridley Scott‘s sci-fi classic Blade Runner did. Possibly the total running time of the film was something that kept audiences away? But in a new interview with ScreenCrush, Villeneuve confirms that he stands by the length of the final theatrical cut because the movie could have been a lot longer.
At a total running time of 2 hours and 44 minutes, many parts of the film did feel like something was missing so additional scenes could have been beneficial. Only a few weeks after the film was released there were rumors of a four-hour original cut of Blade Runner 2049, but those rumors never made it past the editing room. Villeneuve says that the four-hour cut will never leave that room either:
[Laughs] …The thing is, it’s true that the first cut was four hours and at one point we were like, “Okay, do we go to the producer and release it in two?” But let’s say the idea of the movie being in two parts didn’t get out of the editing room. [Laughs] No, the best incarnation of the movie is what is in the theater. What was striking is that the four-hour cut was quite strong. But personally I prefer the one that is in the theater because it’s more elegant, I would say. But there are some scenes that were like [makes boosh sound]. Quite strong.
Villeneuve was never pressured from Alcon Entertainment to cut down the run time, he decided on his own to cut out nearly half of the movie.
“I think four hours was too self-indulgent. And it’s a strange conversation because we’re talking about Blade Runner, so people want to know if there are other kinds of cuts. It’s [that way] in all movies; there’s always a long cut at the beginning. The first cut is always long, and it’s a process and a lot of editing.”
Villeneuve didn’t blame the length of his final cut for poor box office results, though he did wonder if audiences were intimidated by both its length and subject matter. He said:
"People are maybe afraid of the film because it’s long and supposed to be a puzzle."
What do you think? WOuld you like to have seen the four hour cut of the film see the light of day?
Before Thor: Ragnarok was released there were rumors that Matt Damon had snuck in a role, and once the MCU film hit theaters it was quite obvious that fans weren’t disappointed by Damon’s comedy timing. The actor told Collider that he thought his part in Ragnarok was hilarious and discussed what brought him to the movie.
During the interview Damon was asked if he had always wanted to be part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe or if his Ragnarok appearance was a spur of the moment thing:
“Chris just called me up, and Taika called me up, and I’m friends with those guys. They pitched me the idea and I just thought it was hysterical, the idea of basically an intergalactic community theater actor kind of living out Tom Hiddleston’s character’s fantasy. I just thought it was just a great, funny bit, and very easy to do. Those guys were a lot of fun, and Taika runs a really fun set. It was a light lift for me.”
The scene in question was near the beginning of the film where he played an Asgardian actor portraying Loki along with Sam Neill as Odin, Luke Hemsworth as Thor. But now that Damon has had the small part in Ragnarok it pretty much rules him out of playing any of the big heroes or villains in the future of the MCU.
Damon added that Tom Hiddleston and Chris Hemsworth were on set during their day of shooting, and seemed to enjoy the scene just as much as the audiences did:
“Tom was right there, and Chris was there, and we were all having a good laugh.”
Director Taika Waititi promised a fun third installment to the Thor saga. Damon wasn't the only actor to bring the laughs, there were other brilliant comedy performances from stars like Jeff Goldblum and Hemsworth. One might even argue that Ragnarok has set a precedent for how Marvel movies should be made moving forward.
What did you guys think of Damon's cameo, was it a nice addition or was it too distracting?
Academy Award-Winning writer Aaron Sorkin takes the directors chair for the first time to tell the incredible true story of LA's Poker Princess in Molly's Game. Jessica Chastain stars in a role that could very well score her a Golden Globe and perhaps an Oscar. From aspiring Olympic skier to illegal gambling mogul, the story of Molly Bloom will both inspire and leave you amazed.
If you haven't seen the 1994 action film Speed, you probably have heard about it. Keanu Reeves plays a cop that gets stuck on a public transit bus that a terrorist has rigged to blow if the speed drops below 55 mph. It's a classic movie that pushed Sandra Bullock into stardom and launched Keanu Reeves action career to another level.
Now Youtuber devicer has given us an ultra super short cut of the movie that is only made up of all the shots of the bus' speedometer. It's pretty funny:
As you may have heard, Blade Runner 2049 director Denis Villeneuve is currently in talks to develop and direct Sony Pictures' new Cleopatramovie which is being written by David Scarpa, Eric Roth and Brian Helgeland. Scarpa wrote the script for All the Money in the Worldand and in a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter he talked about what we can expect from the film, calling it a "lean, mean political thriller":
“It’s similar [to All the Money in the World] in that there’s a lot of research involved and there’s a question with all that of how do you want to do it and how do you make something new out of it? With Getty, part of the idea was to take two genres we felt we knew, which was the kidnapping genre and what we’ll call the “great man” genre — the Citizen Kane genre — and smash them together and make something new out of them. With Cleopatra … instead of doing the movie as the prestige picture — the three-hour, lots of pageantry, people with fans and English accents and all that stuff — [we] really treat it as a political thriller. Dirty, bloody, lots of people swearing and having sex and all of that other stuff and just treat it as a two-hour, lean, mean political thriller, full of assassinations, etc. Just going the opposite direction from the way we think that movie is going to go.”
The new Cleopatra film is based on the Stacy Schiff biography Cleopatra: A Life. It sounds like it's going to end up being a pretty crazy movie. With Villeneuve at the helm, there's no doubt it will be a film worth checking out.
What do you think about a new take on Cleopatra? Is this a movie that sparks your interest?
Lightsaber fights have become one of the most anticipated and exciting moments in Star Wars movies today. That wasn't necessarily true in the original trilogy. Most of the laser-sword show downs in those three films were pretty basic for the most part. It wasn't until The Phantom Menace that lightsabers got a whole lot more exciting with the addition of Darth Maul and his red double-bladed lightsaber. Now when we go back and watch the very first lightsaber fight captured on film between Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Vader in A New Hope, it seems painfully tame.(Watch it here to be reminded)
But now, thanks to some talented filmmakers on Youtube, this scene has gotten an injection of awesome and the choreography feels much more like the epic showdown both Anakin and Kenobi had in Revenge of the Sith.
So far, the creators have only released a short clip, with the whole scene to be released next year. Here is a teaser for what they have in store.
We've see just how sinister General Hux can be in both The Force Awakens and in The Last Jedi, but now we're learning how he rose through the ranks of the First Order, becoming one of the youngest officers with such a high rank.
In Delilah Dawson's new novel Phasma, we learn that Armitage Hux was raised in the First Order, his father, Brendol Hux, served in the Empire before their defeat, eventually helping to recreate the army as the First Order in the Unknown Regions.
But Hux and Captain Phasma, conspired against him eventually killing Brendol. After that Armitage rose up in his place and his ruthlessness made him a valuable asset to the armed forces, and Supreme Leader Snoke knew how to get what he needed from Hux.
In Star Wars: The Last Jedi - The Visual Dictionary, Pablo Hidalgo describes his journey succinctly:
"Hux is responsible for the deaths of billions, having given the order to fire the Starkiller at the heavily populated Hosnian system. A man of no scruples who craves power above all, Hux has dispatched many enemies or would-be foes before they became too dangerous a threat. This included quietly eliminating his own father, the elder General Brendol Hux, whose elevated position in the early First Order gave Armitage a childhood of great privilege."
Hux strived to earn Snoke's approval which caused him to butt heads with Kylo Ren, Snoke's apprentice, and both were used as tools to achieve the First Order's goals.
But now that Snoke is out of the picture, Kylo Ren stands as the new Supreme Leader. We don't know how this will change Hux who is now being forced to serve under his rival. It's very likely we'll find out in Episode IX.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is now playing in theaters everywhere.
These days, everyone complains about remakes and sequels, saying there isn't enough originality out there any more. Well the Netflix original Bright is about as original as it gets! Director David Ayer injects creatures taken right out of the Lord of the Rings into a gritty crime drama and its pretty fantastic. Of course, the movie is not for everyone and has its problems, but every fantasy fan should at least consider giving it a watch. Its not like you have to pay extra to see it.
Let's face it, we live in a world where remakes and unnecessary sequels hit theaters more than they should. And I'll be the first to admit that the sequel to 1995's Jumanji fits that description. But, Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle was way more entertaining and a lot more fun that I would have ever imagined.
In the newest addition to the Star Wars saga, we were introduced to a handful of new characters and creatures. One of the clear standouts, Rose Tico is an important new addition into the world of Star Wars: The Last Jedi—and actress Kelly Marie Tran is clearly living a dream that lots of fans have.
Now a new behind-the-scenes featurette is showing us the very moment she locked down her place in the cast. We even get to see Tran's reaction to one of her final auditions before being offered the role.
We also see a chemistry test he had with John Boyega, to see how she meshed with the actor she’d be spending most of her time within the movie. The video also includes director Rian Johnson's reaction to Tran, describing her as the exact character he had in mind.