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Ridley Scott’s new “Blade Runner” is “likely to be a sequel”

Ridley Scott’s new “Blade Runner” is “likely to be a sequel” (photo)

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Well, at least Ridley Scott‘s new “Blade Runner” movie isn’t going to be a remake. What it is going to be isn’t much better, though. The director is quoted in the Wall Street Journal as saying that the new movie he is writing, producing and directing is “likely to be a sequel.”

When asked about that quote, Scott said that he is actually pretty far into the development process for the new movie. “I think I’m close to finding a writer that might be able to help me deliver. We’re quite a long way in, actually,” he said.

So it sounds like Scott has conceptualized the film, and now just needs someone to help him make it. Scott turned to “Lost’s” Damon Lindelof and co-writer Jon Spaihts to pen his “Alien”-prequel-turned-original-story “Prometheus,” so maybe he will end up continuing that relationship and have them come on board for another “Blade Runner.” The material certainly fits into Lindelof’s comfort zone.

It’s unclear whether or not Scott plans to bring star Harrison Ford back for another go. When he was asked about the idea of a “Blade Runner” sequel back in August, he didn’t act too broken up about the prospect of not participating in the film. “I wouldn’t feel bad if I were not invited to the party, because I would understand they would want fresh blood to be spilled,” he told Omelete.

It will be interesting to see what storyline Scott pursues for his sequel. “Blade Runner” was only loosely based off Philip K. Dick’s “Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep” because he started adapting the novel without ever finishing the book (he didn’t like where it was going), so he easily could create a new storyline true to the mythology that he created. Or, if he has actually finished the novel by now, he could try to create something closer to Dick’s original vision. Either way, it seems like this new “Blade Runner” film is definitely moving forwards, so we’ll have to take it in whatever form it arrives.

Are you glad Scott’s new “Blade Runner” movie is a sequel instead of a remake? Share your thoughts in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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Scott Aukerman Is Hitting the Road for a Comedy Bang! Bang! Live Tour

Scott and Comedy Bang! Bang! are coming to a town near you.

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Comprised of countless characters, hilarious guests, and running gags, Comedy Bang! Bang! simply can’t be contained in just its podcast and TV forms. As such, host Scott Aukerman is taking the show and its oddball cavalcade on the road in a brand new live tour. Fan favorites Lauren Lapkus, Paul F. Tompkins, and Neil Campbell will be along for the ride (either as themselves, as their show personas, or both — we’re not at liberty to say!), and there will surely be a few surprise drop-ins as well. And maybe…a little magic?

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Check out the tour dates below and catch the Comedy Bang! Bang! live tour when it swings nearby. And be sure to check back for updates on Comedy Bang! Bang!‘s new season, debuting this spring on IFC with new bandleader and cohost “Weird Al” Yankovic.

April 30 – Theater at the Ace—Los Angeles, CA
May 6 – Convocation Hall—Toronto, ON
May 7 – Wilbur Theatre—Boston, MA
May 8 – Keswick Theatre—Philadelphia, PA
May 9 – The Lincoln Theatre—Washington, DC
May 10 – The Carolina Theatre of Durham—Durham, NC
May 11 – The Tabernacle—Atlanta, GA
May 13 – Gramercy Theatre—New York, NY
May 17 – Texas Theatre—Dallas, TX
May 18 – Paramount Theatre—Austin, TX
May 19 – Pantages Theatre—Minneapolis, MN
May 20 – Athenaeum Theatre—Chicago, IL
May 21 – Royal Oak Music Theatre—Detroit, MI
May 22 – Paramount Theatre—Denver, CO
May 23 – Fox Theater—Oakland, CA
May 24 – Revolution Hall—Portland, OR
May 25 – The Moore Theatre—Seattle, WA
May 26 –Vogue Theatre—Vancouver, BC

Steven Spielberg says George Lucas screwed up “Indy 4″

Steven Spielberg says George Lucas screwed up “Indy 4″ (photo)

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Reason #168 it’s awesome to be Steven Spielberg: you can pretty much say anything you want. A director who didn’t have Spielberg’s clout, job security, and reputation couldn’t go around openly questioning his screenwriter. Spielberg, on the other hand, can — and just did — bash his screenwriter, George Lucas, like an Internet fanboy.

While speaking about his upcoming 3D animated movie “The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn” with Empire, Spielberg addressed the lingering disappointment around his last film, “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.” Though he says he’s “very happy” with how the movie ultimately turned out, he acknolwedged that he can “sympathize” with people who didn’t care for the big third act reveal because he never liked it either. He told Empire:

“George and I had big arguments about the MacGuffin. I didn’t want these things to be either aliens or inter-dimensional beings. But I am loyal to my best friend. When he writes a story he believes in — even if I don’t believe in it — I’m going to shoot the movie the way George envisaged it. I’ll add my own touches, I’ll bring my own cast in, I’ll shoot the way I want to shoot it, but I will always defer to George as the storyteller of the Indy series. I will never fight him on that.”

Man, following your friend and longtime collaborator right off a cliff even when you know he’s got a bad idea. That’s loyalty. Wait, what am I saying? He’s openly dissing his idea in public! That’s loyalty?

Whatever else it is, it’s certainly candid in a way you only see in film interviews with people who’ve achieved Spielberg’s level of status and success. Oh by the way, if “Indy 4″ didn’t kill your enthusiasm for “Indy 5,” Spielberg says Lucas is working on that story now. I’d make a joke about Lucas’ fridge-nuking screenplay being done sometime soon, but apparently that’s the one “Crystal Skull” gag Spielberg does own up to inventing. He told Empire, “That was my silly idea. People stopped saying ‘jump the shark.’ They now say, ‘nuked the fridge.’ I’m proud of that.”

I guess it’s nice that someone’s proud of it. Actually, I have to admit I kind of like the nuke-the-fridge scene. But people get so angry about it that I tend to keep that fact hidden away, like the Ark of the Covenant in an army warehouse. I’m surprised Spielberg doesn’t do the same. Then again, see Reason #168 why it’s awesome to be that guy.

Who’s to blame for “Crystal Skull”‘s problems? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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Watch Harrison Ford play the Indiana Jones-like video game “Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception”

Watch Harrison Ford play the Indiana Jones-like video game “Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception” (photo)

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A swashbuckling treasure hunter who spends his time stealing remote, mysterious items. Exotic landscapes and sexy, troublesome female leads. Continued trouble with Nazis. Are we describing the “Indiana Jones” film series or the “Uncharted” video game franchise? Well, in this case we’re talking about both.

Anyone who’s even taken a minute to look at the “Uncharted” franchise knows that it is largely inspired by the escapades that archeologist Indiana Jones got into in Steven Spielberg’s film series. And so, in a stroke of marketing genius, Sony enlisted none other than Harrison Ford to play a demo of “Drake’s Deception,” and recorded his surprisingly enamored reactions to the game.

It’s clear from the video above that Ford isn’t especially familiar with playing the PS3, but that didn’t stop him apparently enjoying the game and its lead character Nathan Drake.

“I think it’s remarkable. The storytelling is very visual and exciting and the action just keeps on coming. I think it’s very realistic and very dramatic. I love the reality of the character’s reactions to the situations he’s in. It’s very exciting,” Ford said in the midst of yelling “Go! Go! Go!” at Drake onscreen.

According to Ford, this is the first time he’s played an “Uncharted” game and he found it “very challenging.” The actor beloved for his performances as Indiana Jones and Han Solo also couldn’t help comparing the cinematic game to the movies he’s acted in.

“There’s so much more action here than there is normally in a movie. It’s so much more concentrated. Of course, there are a lot more, when you’re an actor playing in a role, there are a lot of other obligations that you have, but it’s very much like being in the movie for me. Except, the movie I always win. In the game, sometimes I don’t win,” he said with a smile.

“Uncharted 3″ hits store shelves November 1.

Are you glad to see that Sony finally brought together “Uncharted” and Harrison Ford? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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