Sunday, April 29, 2012

OFF-WORLD NEWS UPDATE for April 2012

Keeping you up to date on all things Blade Runner






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


There still has not been any official news updates on the sequel to Blade Runner.


In the meantime, the Twittersphere has been buzzing with the PKD letter praising the special viewing he had of some clips from the movie. 

BBC Radio featured Kerry Shale reading Philip K Dick's "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" over the month of April. 


For his indelible contributions to American cinema, the Film Society presented the 2012 Kanbar Award for excellence in screenwriting to David Webb Peoples this weekend, (April 28th). 


Edvard Munch's "The Scream" will be up for auction at Sotheby's next week. 



Paul M. Sammons, author of "Future Noir", will give a talk at the 2012 Philip K. Dick Festival


Costumes from Blade Runner, and more are coming to the Museum of Natural History in Halifax, NS, as part of the traveling exhibition sponsored by the EMP Museum. The extended tour schedule is as follows:



The Museum of Natural History, Halifax, NS
May 26, 2012 - August 26, 2012


Naples Museum of Art, Naples, FL
September 22, 2012 - December 30, 2012


There was a Blade Runner screening event at the Northbridge Piazza in the City of Perth in Western Australia on Sat, (April 21st). 





More photos of the evening are found HERE.


There are two screenings of Blade Runner coming up. On May 26th in NYC at the Walter Reade Theatre. Then on July 7th, at the LA Convention Center, in downtown Los Angeles. Sean Young and James Hong are scheduled to appear at the festival as well. The dates and times will be released closer to the event.




Now for some articles, art and music!


Articles:


Podcasts:



Art:


Music:

  • Bring on the Night. A demo released from MEMORIA's archives. 


"Bring on the Night" was performed during the scene where we first meet Captain Bryant. It is sung from his perspective. It is one of twenty-five songs from "Blade Runner: The Rock Project" -- music inspired by the movie Blade Runner.

Music: Marco Spatuzzi
Lyrics: C.A. Chicoine



  • Love Theme from Blade Runner -- Classical Guitar Solo



Written by Vangelis. Arranged for guitar and performed by David Nann.

This is the "Love theme" in the Blade Runner movie.
Standard Tuning is used and performed on an Ibanez PC300NCE Guitar


  • Blade Runner - Riders On The Storm (Music Video)


Infected Mushroom -- Riders On The Storm (Music Video)

Blade Runner By @matiasbsb



Miscellaneous:










Blade Runner's 30th anniversary is on June 25, 2012. Don't let that moment be lost in time...

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

Have a better one!

~ Kipple

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Blade Runner Immersive Cinema


Be a part of the Blade Runner immersive cinema experience – Saturday 21 April at the Northbridge Piazza, Cnr James and Lake Streets, Perth, Western Australia 6003.


Copyright: Cam Campbell



As part of Innovation Month, an annual celebration of all things innovative and futuristic, the City of Perth Northbridge Piazza will be hosting an immersive cinema experience featuring Blade Runner on Saturday 21 April.

This won’t be any ordinary night at the movies as the screening also marks the 30th anniversary of the release of Ridley Scott’s cult film! The Piazza space will be transformed into the dystopic downtown LA setting of the movie! Immersive cinema involves the recreation of key scenes and settings of the movie to create a whole new dimension of audience interaction.

Movie fans and techno-buffs should be on the lookout for origami animal clues which will be hidden in Northbridge Businesses during the week prior to the event. Follow the clues to find special tokens will unlock free food and prizes at select venues around the Northbridge Piazza on the night. There is a special secret surprise attached to these tokens that will only be revealed when the bearer arrives at the Piazza during the immersive cinema performance. Clues to this token treasure hunt will be released soon!

The Blade Runner after-party will feature themed variety performances, night markets with food, snakes and eyeballs for sale, belly dancers and a special live DJ Blade Runner set commencing after film. Participants are warned to keep an eye out for several recently-escaped Nexus 6 replicants who are currently trying to avoid detection by the blade runners.

Ten lucky attendees who pre-register via email at piazza@cityofperth.wa.gov.au will be given a free Geisha Makeover to get into Blade Runner mode for the after-party. First in, best dressed! Blade Runner costumes are encouraged for this event and prizes will be awarded for best dressed.

Immersive Cinema starts at 7.30pm; film screening starts at 8.30pm, Blade Runner Live DJ Travis Doom set 10.45 till late.

Source: http://northbridgepiazza.showmeperth.com.au/event/bladerunner-immersive-cinema-1982-%E2%80%93-m


Northbridge Piazza on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/nbpiazza

Friday, April 6, 2012

Journey Planet - The Blade Runner Issue

Journey Planet is a science fiction online fanzine from James Bacon and Chris Garcia. They published their first issue in 2008. In 2010, they won the Nova Award for Best Fanzine.

To mark the 30th anniversary of the release of the movie Blade Runner, they assembled a Blade Runner edition. And this issue is sure to delight any Blade Runner enthusiast.  



Among some of the highlights of this issue is the article "Acme Instant Fanzine". Editor, James Bacon, asks a couple authors and friends questions about Blade Runner. For example;

  • "How do the different editions of the movie compare for you, what do you like and dislike?" 
  • "How disappointed would you have been if the Director’s Cuts were never released?"
  • "How does the movie compare to the novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? for you, and what  parts of the book do you feel should have been included in the movie?"
  • "Can you explain what it is about Deckard that makes you identify him as human or Replicant?"
  • "Which characters appeared the most human to you, and what made them feel this way?"

In the article, titled "An Introduction to Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?"Graham Sleight starts his article;

  "It’s a commonplace to say that the works of Philip K. Dick are centrally concerned with the question of   what is real. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (1968) looks at a particular branch of that question: what is a fake? And, if you can make a fake seem authentic enough, does it matter? The book’s adaptation into Ridley Scott’s film Blade Runner (1982) changes a great deal, but keeps this idea at its heart."

In the article, "Building to it: Training for Blade Runner", by Christopher J. Garcia, he wrote;

  "You don’t just jump in and start watching a movie like Blade Runner. I know, I know. It’s just a movie, why would you need to train?, you’re thinking. Well, if you just jump in, you’ll likely find yourself blinded by
the magnificence and not the impact. And the best way to train for Blade Runner is to go and warm up with various other films that inform the viewer of where Blade Runner came from--cinematically."

In another article by Garcia, titled "Another 52 Weeks to Blade Runner Film Literacy", he wrote;


  "The entire message of  Blade Runner boils down to one question: What’s the goddamned point? I t doesn't try to answer this question, it doesn't have to, but it asks it and in not answering it, it makes an even bigger point."


There's also an article that writer/director Mark Hevingham wrote about his fan-production movie, Bladder Run, titled "Bladder Run or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Android."

And the there's a terrific fanfiction too, titled "Android Tears", by Robert Francis.

The article, "Late to the Blade Runner Party", by James Mason, is one that I can personally relate to. He writes;

  "Having only seen Blade Runner on a 20-something inch TV on VHS, I feel that there’s some mitigating
circumstances as to me not seeing the worth of Ridley Scott’s second science fiction movie. | So when the Dublin Film Festival had [Blade Runner] as part of their programme, I was going to most definitely see what all the fuss was about."

And there is more! 


  • Editorials 
  • Acme Instant Fanzine Edited 
  • A Timeline for Blade Runner 
  • Are You a Replicant? 
  • Stopping the Artificial Heart 
  • Electric Frogs 
  • Planet Los Angeles, 2019: Philip K. Dick’s Accidental Afterlife
  • The Tannhauser Gate -- What is it about Roy Batty’s last words, and where are those places?

It's all HERE!


Recommended before reading: Be sure you have at least 117-minutes of time after you read this issue of Journey Planet. Have your copy of the movie Blade Runner already set-up so that all you have to do is turn on the television. (Because, after you read this issue, you'll want to watch Blade Runner.)

Recommended while reading: Before reading Journey Planet's Blade Runner Edition, be sure and have the Blade Runner soundtrack, (or any Blade Runner-influenced music), playing in the back ground. Be sure that you won't be distracted, (tell family, friends, and neighbors that you mustn't be disturbed. Lock the doors and pull down the shades), by any external forces. Get comfortable, (pay attention to your posture), relax, and enjoy!


Have a better one!

~ Kipple

Sunday, April 1, 2012

OFF-WORLD NEWS UPDATE for March 2012

Keeping you up to date on all things Blade Runner

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


The KippleZone website has been undergoing a major overhaul. The DADoES/Blade Runner Glossary and the Douglas Trumbull articles have both been updated. And the Penfield comic strip has been brought back. Also, the long overdue fanfiction story, (the second half of the fanfiction story, Tomorrow Started) titled Awaiting Dawn is now up on the website.





“There’s no doubt that this racoon-makeup, her war paint, was something that was semi-inspired by Blade Runner. But, I wanted it to look like a mask that she could just take, you know, some grease paint on her black gloves and just smeared into her eyes and go, ‘Okay. I’m ready now. I’m hidden enough. I can respond now in a way that I always wanted to respond.’ ” -David Fincher, TGWTDT commentary




Articles:



PodCast:

  • Matt and Ry The Movie Guy battle over which is the better dystopian future film: The Matrix or Blade Runner... Chicago media personality Pogo judges. Let the CinemaWAR begin!




Art:

by Craig Drake











Music:






"Time Enough" was performed at the scene where we are first introduced to the character Roy Batty. It is sung from his perspective while in the vidfone booth.

This is one of twenty-five songs from "Blade Runner: The Rock Project" -- music inspired by the movie Blade Runner.

Music: Marco Spatuzzi
Lyrics: C.A. Chicoine





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

Have a better one!

~ Kipple