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The 20 Best Summer Blockbusters Ever

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • June 19, 2014 2:54 PM
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The 20 Best Summer Blockbusters Ever
Over a month ago, perhaps feeling daunted by the seemingly endless summer season stretching out in front of us and the sheer volume of popcorn we were going to have to eat, we brought you our list of The 20 Worst Summer Blockbusters Of All Time. But now that we’re in the thick of it, and we’ve had a few more decent big titles open (“22 Jump Street,” “Edge of Tomorrow” and “X-Men: Days of Future Past” all had their charms) we’re turning that frown upside down, and bringing you our rundown of the 20 Best Summer Blockbusters of all time. But that “hooray for everything!” vibe is a little misleading. As we’ve proven to ourselves so many times before, stable, long-term professional relationships of mutual respect and admiration tend not to be shaken by debates over whether “Jonah Hex” is empirically worse than “Battlefield Earth,” but are much more likely likely to be rocked to their very foundations by arguments over whether X treasured childhood classic is better than Y worldwide box-office hit. Let’s have a moment’s silence for the old friendships this list has torn asunder.

Producers Officially Reach Out To Harrison Ford To Return For 'Blade Runner 2'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 15, 2014 12:35 PM
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Blade Runner
While Harrison Ford has always been honest about his lack of interest in Han Solo as a character (though he'll gladly take a paycheck), he's been equally clear about this enthusiasm (as much as Ford can muster) for Deckard from "Blade Runner," and the possibility of playing him again in a sequel. "I'm quite curious and excited about seeing a new script for 'Blade Runner' if in fact the opportunity would exist to do another, if it's a good script I would be very anxious to work with Ridley Scott again, he's a very talented and passionate filmmaker," he said this spring. "And I think it would be very interesting to revisit the character." Well, consider the olive branch extended.

Watch: Sigur Rós Meets 'Blade Runner' In This Astounding Mash-Up Plus 7-Minute Art Direction & Production Design Featurette

  • By Joshua Encinias
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  • May 8, 2014 1:22 PM
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Blade Runner
Philipp Acker, or “Schambess,” composited a beautiful tribute to “Blade Runner,” stringing together the film’s most beautiful shots with “All Right” by Sigur Rós to punctuate pivotal moments in the tribute. FYI, the tribute contains spoilers! While most of civilization pines for more “Star Wars” and Han Solo’s reported “gigantic” part, there’s a diaspora of “Blade Runner” fans who wish upon a star that the swirling rumors of a “Blade Runner 2,” that ties in “Prometheus,” comes to light.

Harrison Ford Weighs In On “Greedo Shooting First” Controversy, Still Interested In ‘Blade Runner’ Sequel

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 14, 2014 10:22 AM
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Harrison Ford, Blade Runner, Greedo
"Han shot first!" is what any "Star Wars" fan will rightly insist really happened in the original release release of "Star Wars." In case you somehow missed out, when George Lucas first released "Star Wars" in 1977, Han Solo found himself face-to-face with Greedo in Mos Eisley's cantina, with the alien looking to collect a debt Han owed to Jabba The Hut, and threatening the pilot's life with a blaster. But Han quickly dispatched Greedo, shooting him with a gun he kept hidden under the table. It was pretty cool. But for the 1997 theatrical release, George Lucas altered the scene, adding in footage that now had Greedo shooting first and missing, before Han fires back, killing him. Naturally, fans were incensed and to date, this is the only version of the scene available on DVD, and of the many tweaks Lucas made to his original trilogy after the fact, this is one of the most controversial. And now, Ford himself has weighed in.

Director’s Cut: 10 Theatrical Versions Vs. The Filmmaker's Final Vision

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  • April 2, 2014 2:55 PM
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Directors Cut Feature
Blessed/cursed with one of the most confusing and prolonged release strategies in recent memory, (blessed in that it has kept the movie in the conversation longer; cursed because that’s longer for everyone to get bored and irritated with it too) the second part of Lars von Trier’s “Nymphomaniac” opens in the U.S. this weekend (our ‘Vol II’ review is here). Our stock of sex puns may have been well and truly plundered (note how we couldn’t even bring ourselves to say “this coming weekend”) but that’s still not the end of it, as ‘Vol II’ also has a director’s cut on the way (the director’s preferred version of ‘Vol I’ played Berlin some weeks after the theatrical cut had already opened).

Harrison Ford Has Been Talking 'Blade Runner 2' With Ridley Scott; Ben Kingsley Denies 'Star Wars' Rumors

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 9, 2013 10:03 AM
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As long as there has been talk about the developing "Blade Runner" sequel, Harrison Ford's name has been in the mix, even though it doesn't make much sense narratively. "I don't think it'll be Harrison [starring]. But I've got to have him in it somewhere. That'd be amusing," Ridley Scott said last year, and it seems he's not joking.

Happy Friday The 13th! The Truth Behind 10 Freaky Movie Myths

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  • September 13, 2013 3:01 PM
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10 Freaky Movie Myths
Friggatriskaidekaphobes unite! We’re hardly the superstitious types around these parts, but with today being the notoriously unlucky/cursed/bedeviled Friday the 13th, we thought we’d counter-program from all our festival and award season coverage, and take a moment to take a not-very serious look at some of the myths, urban legends and superstitions that have sprung up around Hollywood movies over the years. Should you be terrified to rewatch “Three Men and a Baby” for any reason other than that it’s “Three Men and a Baby”? Did Charlie Chaplin catch a time traveler? Just how many people involved have to die and for how long a period after filming has ended, for a film to be considered “cursed”? These are just some of the questions we’ll be shining a light on today, so grab your lucky rabbit’s foot, throw some salt over your shoulder, cross your fingers and knock on wood as we run down, and largely lay to rest, a few of the more stubborn myths about sinister forces or secret conspiracies or paranormal interventions that have dogged the movie industry for decades.

Sean Young Says You Should Boycott The 'Blade Runner' Sequel If She's Not In It

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 7, 2013 10:23 AM
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The wheels are slowly turning on a "Blade Runner" sequel, and while we wait to see what kind of shape the story will take, it appears one original cast member is throwing down some ultimatums about the whole endeavour. As you might recall, at the beginning of the year Sean Young said she had met with the folks behind the sequel, and was effectively told that none of the original cast were likely to come back. At the time, she noted that it "disappointment to the audience not to have Rachel in it" and seems those feelings have only grown in the months that followed.

Attn Ridley Scott: Katy Perry Would Like To Play Rachael In 'Blade Runner 2'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 30, 2013 10:04 AM
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Blade Runner Katy Perry
While "Blade Runner 2" is still a worrisome specter on the horizon for fans of the original, gaining "Green Lantern" writer Michael Green to pen the screenplay this past spring, it's still so far away (Ridley Scott's next film is the Moses flick "Exodus") that it's mostly rumor and speculation that's going to drive news of the movie for the next little while. It will also give budding actors and actresses a chance to openly campaign for roles in the movie, and one starlet isn't missing an opportunity.

'Blade Runner' Sequel Continues To Develop With 'Green Lantern' Writer Brought On Board; Prequels Also In The Works

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 31, 2013 3:58 PM
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Blade Runner, Green Lantern writer
So yes, there is a "Blade Runner" sequel happening, if somehow you missed the news. Last year, circa "Prometheus," Ridley Scott spent a considerable amount of time talking up the movie, with news that original writer Hampton Fancher was working with the director on the story. But since then, much has been quiet about the project set up over at Alcon. Other than the news that Harrison Ford might return in a small role, some links between "Blade Runner" and "Prometheus" being discovered and Sean Young (of all people) saying she's already met with Scott about the movie. All this to say, things are moving forward.

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