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DEADLINE – Sony Pictures has made a deal with Alcon Entertainment for overseas distribution rights to the Blade Runner sequel that Denis Villenueve will direct. The Big Short’s Ryan Gosling stars alongside Harrison Ford, who’s returning to one of his most iconic roles, as Richard Deckard. Warner Bros has North American distribution rights through its output agreement with Alcon’s Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson, and Sony has the rest of the world. Production begins in July.


This is a big deal for Tom Rothman, who, when he took the reins of Sony Entertainment, immediately set to work on overhauling the overseas operation of the studio to bring it line with powerhouses like Warner Bros and Fox, where Rothman spent so many years. Most of the revenue stream on pictures like this comes from overseas, and this is one of the beach head projects he targets. He has stalked Alcon and Scott (who’s godfathering his seminal film) like a blade runner pursuing a runaway replicant. That pursuit got more aggressive once the film drew Villenueve, who’s coming off Sicario, and when Gosling committed to star with Ford. Original cowriter Hampton Fancher and Michael Green wrote the script.


Cynthia Sikes Yorkin will produce along with Johnson and Kosove. Bud Yorkin will receive producer credit. Alcon bought the rights to the 1982 film from the Yorkins, in 2011.


Scott will be executive producer, along with Frank Giustra and Tim Gamble, CEO’s of Thunderbird Films, and Bill Carraro.

SLASHFILM – The hype and buzz around Star Wars: The Force Awakens is starting to die down along with the film’s box office haul (it lost to The Revenant and Ride Along 2 last weekend), but that doesn’t mean there isn’t cool stuff to hear about the sci-fi blockbuster. In fact, just one day after the film hit theaters back in December, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences had a conversation with some of the key filmmakers on the film, including director J.J. Abrams, producer Kathleen Kennedy, writer Lawrence Kasdan, star Harrison Ford and more. That conversation is finally available to watch online.


Here’s the Star Wars: The Force Awakens panel from The Academy Conversations:


In addition to the aforementioned names, the panel also includes production designer Rick Carter, visual effects supervisor Roger Guyett and costume designer Michel Kaplan. Even though it’s only a 15-minute talk, they provide some decent insight into their mindset when taking on such a Herculean task as making a new Star Wars movie.


Lawrence Kasdan talks about intentionally evoking the feeling people had when they saw the first Star Wars while Harrison Ford talks about how he genuinely had a great time every day that he was on set. That probably doesn’t apply to the day a hydraulic door broke his leg, but you get what he’s trying to say.


You can check out even more cool chats with the filmmakers and cast members from some of 2015’s biggest movies, such as The Hateful Eight and Creed, at the Oscars YouTube page right here. And if you’re looking for some more recent insight into the making of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, check out our interview with Neal Scanlan — creature & droid effects creative supervisor, creature shop concept designer, creature shop head — and SFX supervisor Chris Corbould.

E! ONLINE – Say what?!?!


Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs, directors Guillermo Del Toro and Ang Lee and actor John Krasinski announced the nominations for the 2016 Oscars Thursday morning, and while justice was served for some, others were completely snubbed. In additions to the snubs there were also plenty of surprises that caught us off guard, so this year’s Oscars will probably be full of even more shocking moments (with the help of host Chris Rock, of course).


Let’s talk about how “See You Again,” the song from Furious 7 performed by Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth, didn’t earn a nomination for Best Song. That’s right, Paul Walker’s tribute didn’t get a nod. Instead, “Earned It” by The Weekend from Fifty Shades of Grey made the cut as well as Golden Globe-winning “Writing’s on the Wall” by Sam Smith from Spectre, which sort of went without saying. But “Earned It” over “See You Again”?! We’d understand “Love Me Like You Do,” but “Earned It” seems a little out of left field. Continuing in the song category, we’re still surprised about Lady Gaga. Yes, it was awesome to watch her win the Golden Globe, but it’s still slightly jaw-dropping how she can go from slightly out there performer to a potential EGOT winner in a year.


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THE GUARDIAN – The Star Wars star ‘proceeded to pretty much smooch the heck out of my face,’ Slater says, after he won a Golden Globe for acclaimed TV show Mr Robot


Christian Slater addressed his troubled past and recent career resurgence in the Golden Globe-winning show Mr Robot, during the show’s panel at the Television Critics Association winter press tour in Pasadena, California, on Thursday.


“Strike and struggle precede success, even in the dictionary,” said the actor, who won for best actor in a supporting role in a series at Sunday’s ceremony, while the show netted the award for best television series (drama).


“I love going to work, I love this business,” he added. “You just keep going, keep striving and struggling and saying yes, even though you might be a little afraid. I’m just grateful I said yes [to Mr Robot] basically. It’s an unpredictable ride and certainly one I’m grateful to be on.”


Of his Golden Globe night, Slater said his most memorable moment was running into Harrison Ford at an after-party, where the Star Wars star “proceeded to pretty much smooch the heck out of my face”. Said Slater: “I was like: the night’s not gonna get much better than that, so I can go home now.”

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GQ – Han Solo never wants you to tell him the odds, but Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a sure thing to break box-office records, due in no small part to Harrison Ford. Here, in an exclusive interview, he tells GQ of his doubts over Disney’s takeover, why he has never had heroes and what it’s like to play the most beloved film character of modern times. May the Ford be with you…


“I don’t want all this to take all f***ing day.” The words Harrison Ford, 73, not so much spoke as snarled at me yesterday afternoon while discussing our lunch plans are still, 24 hours later, smarting like refined sugar hitting an exposed tooth cavity.


Walking up the steep drive that leads to the actor’s Los Angeles seven-bedroom, nine-bathroom, $12.6 million new build, found sunk among the coyote-patrolled LA foothills just north of Santa Monica, in a bid to clear the fug caused by a combination of jet lag and last night’s ill-advised three-Negroni supper, I go over the main points of what I know of the legendary actor one last time.


Accrued ticket sales of $3.9 billion (£2.5bn). A career that spans six decades. One of Hollywood’s most successful leading men. A staunch environmentalist. Flies his own Cessna Citation private jet. Also owns one vintage yellow-and-chrome Ryan PT-22 Recruit two-seater training plane – a little scratched on the nose. He’s something of a curmudgeon who has an alleged penchant for Seth Rogen-sized doobies. A man who enjoys woodwork, he once built a sun deck for Sally Kellerman from M*A*S*H and a $100,000 recording studio for Brazilian musician Sérgio Mendes. He actually likes snakes. A spider has been named after him: Calponia harrisonfordi.


Oh, one more thing: this month he will appear as Han Solo in Disney’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which, you may have heard, could easily be described as the most highly anticipated post-prequel sequel of all time. (Luckily for JJ Abrams, Frozen 2 isn’t slated until 2017.)


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ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY‘Force Awakens’ director J.J. Abrams hints Harrison Ford deserves Oscar love


J.J. Abrams is hopeful some of the people who made Star Wars: The Force Awakens will receive Oscar nominations next week.


And while he wouldn’t name anybody in particular, the director seemed to suggest that a certain scruffy looking nerf herder, who’s now the biggest U.S. box office star in history, deserved some Academy love.


“There are certain people who I know deserve it desperately,” Abrams said when asked about awards while promoting his new Hulu time-travel miniseries 11.22.63 (first trailer here) at the Television Critics Association’s press tour in Pasadena on Saturday. “And it would be wonderful if they got it. I feel like the gift of working on that film is such that I don’t need any further validation than the movie being out there and people liking the movie. There are people who I will be disappointed if they don’t get nominated, because I think the work they did was really exemplary.”


Pressed to name somebody specific, Abrams declined. “No, because if I mention eight people, the ninth person would be like, ‘Thanks!’” he said jokingly.


Abrams then added: “Honestly, it feels very obvious to me who deserves that kind of recognition. They might not even care.”


Hmm, which Force Awakens star would be the type of person who wouldn’t care about some big fancy awards show?


“I feel like I saw how hard some of these artists worked and I feel like they’re deserving,” Abrams said. “[Even if] they probably don’t.”


It’s true. All of it.



AV Club – When most people hit their 70s, they’re just thrilled if they can show up to the septuagenarian party a halfway graceful fashion. Harrison Ford prefers to crash land his way in, though, something that shouldn’t come as a surprise given his well-established penchant for not giving a fuck. Speaking of the absence of fucks given, here’s some news Ford won’t give a shit about: Digital Spy reports that the actor has just become the highest-grossing actor of all time at the U.S. box office. With Star Wars: The Force Awakens still vacuuming Americans’ wallets on the highest setting, Ford’s total has reached $4.7 billion, moving him past Samuel L. Jackson’s $4.6 billion gross.


Rounding out the top five are Tom Hanks ($4.3 billion), Morgan Freeman ($4.3 billion), and Eddie Murphy ($3.8 billion). It’s worth noting that a female doesn’t show up until Cameron Diaz at number 15 ($3 billion), so let that feed your perception of Hollywood’s gender imbalance as you will. That figure is probably more interesting to Ford than his position at the top, so if you happen to come across him in the friendly skies, lead with that angle. Mention his No. 1 spot and he’ll probably treat you the same way he treated Gary Oldman on Air Force One.

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