Monday, March 16, 2015

OFF-WORLD NEWS DIGEST | VOL. V, No. 1

Welcome to another edition of the OFF-WORLD NEWS Digest.



In the news ...






-- Blade Runner interest has been going through another resurgence in recent months – as shown through the increase of chatter in forums, Blade Runner Facebook fan pages, and Twitter; and through the increase of showings in theatres across the globe. And through articles, art, photography, and videos. It's easy for some to slip through the cracks at first. But they soon find their way to the masses.   


-- It has been announced back in late February that director Denis Villeneuve is in negotiations to direct Harrison Ford in the “Blade Runner” sequel for Alcon Entertainment. Written by Hampton Fancher and Michael Green, the “Blade Runner” sequel will take place several decades after the 1982 original. Harrison Ford will reprise his role as Rick Deckard in the film.

Ridley Scott will exec produce the sci-fi thriller. Producers are Bud and Cynthia Sikes Yorkin and Alcon’s Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson.

“We are honored that Harrison is joining us on this journey with Denis Villeneuve, who is a singular talent, as we experienced personally on ‘Prisoners,'” Kosove and Johnson said in a joint statement. “Hampton and Michael, with Ridley Scott, have crafted a uniquely potent and faithful sequel to one of the most universally celebrated films of all time, and we couldn’t be more thrilled with this amazing, creative team.” [Variety]


-- Incredible model shop photos surface! HERE!


-- Greek singer Demis Roussos died back in January. For Blade Runner enthusiats, he is known for his vocal performance on "Tales of the future", by Vangelis, from the movie soundtrack and 1994 album "Blade Runner", from Vangelis. http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-30984851


-- Fellow Blade Runner fan and collector, Geoff Hutchins, passed away on January 8th 2014. Geoff was of course the owner of many, many Blade Runner props and collectables. Geoff is survived by his wife Tracy, a son, and a daughter, and two grandchildren. 

I did not know Geoff personally. We chatted a few times here and at the BladeZone's Off-world Forums. 

Geoff's son, Jamie, had this to say on BladeZone's Facebook page, in regards to the announcment on the news of his father's passing and the comments posted in reply. 

"Thank you so much for doing this! I am immensely proud of my dad and I plan to continue displaying his collection for all to see. Thanks again."

My thoughts are with his family and friends. 



Now for some articles, art, music, videos, podcasts, and some miscellaneous !




Art:


by Liesi

More HERE.

Blush Response

Pris - Rhys Cooper





Music:








Videos:













Miscellaneous





1:6 "Rep-Detect 2019 V.2" 
More HERE.

  • Many more fan-created props in the making can be viewed at Propsummit  – The Art of Blade Runner.
  • Comic->





And remember to follow @OffWorldNews on Twitter to receive these and other Blade Runner related news items, (including movie showings, specials, and more not featured in this newsletter), as it comes in. 

Also, be sure to check out KippleZone's Pinterest page – A "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" & "Blade Runner" fanfiction e-zine.

As we welcome the new year, we embark on our 19th year as a newsletter -- keeping you up to date on all things Blade Runner

"Have a better one!"


~ Kipple


Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Los Angeles, the City in Cinema: Blade Runner

Blade Runner's future noir, proto-cyberpunk vision of a Los Angeles both post-industrial and re-industrial, both first-world and third-world, has remained in the more than 30 years since its unsuccessful first run the definitive image of the city's future. Using a combination of studio backlots, scale models, matte paintings, and actual Los Angeles architectural landmarks, the film imagines a "retrofitted," Japanified Babel of a megalopolis that, through the name of the film, still stands for a thoroughly realized dystopia — and, increasingly, a tantalizing one.

The video essays of "Los Angeles, the City in Cinema" examine the variety of Los Angeleses revealed in the films set there, both those new and old, mainstream and obscure, respectable and schlocky, appealing and unappealing — just like the city itself.

For more on "The City in Cinema", "Notebook on Cities and Culture", and "A Los Angeles Primer", visit colinmarshall.org




Los Angeles, the City in Cinema: Blade Runner (Ridley Scott, 1982) from Colin Marshall on Vimeo.