Blade Runner Sequel Confirmed

Reports today confirm that Harrison Ford is set to reprise his role as officer Rick Deckard for the reboot of 1982’s classic ‘Blade Runner’. Director of the original film, Ridley Scott, will be stepping away from the chair and in to a production role, leaving Denis Villeneuve to take the directorial throne.

As the man who brought us the fantastic ‘Prisoners’, Villeneuve is well equipped to recreate the dark, dystopian future we all loved from the original movie. Besides, Harrison Ford read the script and is quoted as saying “this is the best thing I have ever read”, and if Han Solo says it’s good, it must be good.

Written by Jakob Lewis Barnes
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Leonardo of Loxley?

I bet you’ve all been thinking recently; “I need a new Robin Hood movie in my life”, right? Well you lucky devils might just be treated to three. With Disney developing a script titled ‘Nottingham & Hood’, and Sony looking to form its own Robin Hood universe with Cory Goodman and Jeremy Lott’s ‘Hood’ project, is there really room for a third guest at an already bustling party? When you’re Leonardo DiCaprio, there’s always room.

Leo has paired up with Joby Harold, whose recent works include writing for ‘Edge Of Tomorrow’ and the upcoming Guy Ritchie flick ‘Knights Of The Round Table: King Arthur’, to develop a script. Despite Harold’s strong links with Warner Bros on both projects, it seems Leo is keen to take the film to Sony, who would surely have to choose between their current commitment on the¬†‘Hood’ project and DiCaprio’s new venture, titled ‘Robin Hood: Origins’.

But with a franchise-tempting title and the prospect of a DiCaprio driven project, it is hard to imagine any production house resisting. Especially if they can get Leo to pick up the bow and arrow himself.

Written by Jakob Lewis Barnes

The Oscars 2015: Winners & Losers

What a night! What a long night! From this side of the pond, watching The Academy Awards live was hard work, but ultimately a satisfying and worthwhile experience. The 87th annual awards show was hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, but I have a feeling we may have witnessed his swansong appearance as the presenter of the show. Aside from a theatrical, energetic and rather funny opening gambit, Patrick Harris quickly sunk into an apparent depression, barely even cracking a smile (even at his own jokes).

On a positive note, we were treated to some truly great acceptance speeches, from Patricia Arquette’s rousing feminist speech, to Graham Moore’s emotionally charged display, culminating in Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s modest show of gratitude. The highlight however, has to be John Legend and Common, with their powerful, moving rendition of their track ‘Glory’, which won the award for Best Song. The performance, swiftly followed by the award, drew tears and a standing ovation from the crowd, with the emotive connotations linking the song to the story of ‘Selma’ and Martin Luther King’s drive for racial equality.

All of the eight nominees in the Best Picture award managed to get their hands on at least one of the little, gold statuettes, but it was ‘Birdman’ who stole the show with wins in the major categories. ‘Grand Budapest Hotel’ swept the board for design-oriented categories, whilst ‘Whiplash’ also enjoyed three victories. Richard Linklater will probably be the most disappointed, with many fans taking to social media to vent their anger and disbelief at The Academy’s oversight.

Here’s how the night unfolded:

Lupita Nyongo takes to the stage to present the award for Actor In A Supporting Role. This category was pretty much sewn up weeks ago, by J K Simmons for his role in ‘Whiplash’ and there were no surprises this time.

A quick-fire double for ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ as they check in with the awards for Achievement In Costume Design, and Achievement In Hair & Make-Up.¬†A lot of people saying ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ should have took the latter.

Nicole Kidman and Chiwetel Ejiofor present the award for Best Foreign Language Film to Polish flick ‘Ida’. Director Pawel Pawlikowski ignores the get-off-the-stage-now music and completes his rather long acceptance speech.

The award for Best Live Action Short goes to ‘The Phone Call’ whilst Best Documentary Short is given to ‘Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1’.¬†More of those long acceptance speeches.

Sienna Miller and Captain America present the awards in the sound category. Sound Mixing goes to team ‘Whiplash’ and Sound Editing to ‘American Sniper’. I feel Sienna Miller may have rigged the votes on that one.

Last year’s winner of the Supporting Actor award, Jared Leto takes to the stage, head to toe in baby blue, to present the award for Actress In A Supporting Role. Another relatively predictable win as Patricia Arquette takes home the award, for her role in ‘Boyhood.

The award for Achievements In Visual Effects goes to ‘Interstellar’, rightly so. Disney’s ‘Feast’ scoops the award for Animated Short, whilst a stunning Zoe Saldana and Dwayne Johnson AKA The Rock present the Oscar for Animated Feature Film to ‘Big Hero 6’.

‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ makes it a hattrick of wins, taking the award for Achievements In Production Design. Swooping down to grab the award for Cinematography, with a strong indication that more are to follow, ‘Birdman’.

A big win for ‘Whiplash’, taking the award for Achievement In Film Editing, is preceded by the ever-emotional In Memoriam montage. A pair snubbed by The Academy this year, Jennifer Aniston and David Oyelowo step up to present the award for Documentary Feature to ‘Citizen Four’. This is all soon forgotten as John Legend and Common raise the roof with their performance of ‘Glory’, which takes the award for Best Song soon after. Common poetically describes Selma Bridge, “this bridge was built with hope, welded with compassion and elevated with love for all human beings”. A truly powerful performance and speech which is worth watching.

The last of the relatively minor categories, the award for Best Original Score goes to, you guessed it, ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’. Screenplay appreciation time, with ‘Birdman’ taking the award for Original Screenplay and ‘The Imitation Game’ writer, Graham Moore, recognised for his Adapted Screenplay.

Time for the big four. Richard Linklater took 12 years to create his epic ‘Boyhood’, but that counts for nothing apparently. Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu steals the show again, taking the award for Best Director and claiming to be wearing Michael Keaton’s “tighty whiteys”.

No such surprises in the category of Best Actor In A Leading Role and Best Female In A Leading Role, with Eddie Redmayne and Julianne Moore picking up the awards we all knew they deserved. Last but by no means least, the big one, the award for Best Picture. Before the big night I had ‘Boyhood’ down to take this one, but as the night went on I think we all realised that it was, of course, going to be ‘Birdman’ and Inarritu who would scoop the number one prize.

Written by Jakob Lewis Barnes

Indiana Jones Reboot All But Confirmed

The rumours have been circling for a while now that Chris Pratt will star in a reboot of the legendary ‘Indiana Jones’ series. Now, director of the original four movies, Steven Spielberg himself has come forward to state his interest in directing the remake. With not even a script in place as of now, surely the Spielberg influence will hurry this project along and Disney will give the sequel the green light sooner rather than later. Read more here.

Star Wars Spinoff Eyes Felicity Jones & Aaron Paul

The Gareth Edwards helmed ‘Star Wars’ spinoff movie due for release December 2016, has its sights set on a couple of big names to lead the cast. Felicity Jones is certainly on a roll, after the big success of ‘The Theory Of Everything’. Not only has she been cast alongside Tom Hanks in the next instalment of the ‘Da Vinci Code’ series for ‘Inferno’, but she has now been touted for the lead female role in the upcoming ‘Star Wars’ spinoff.¬†Jones is just about confirmed for the role, whilst rumours suggest ‘Breaking Bad’ star, Aaron Paul, may be in line for a part as the lead male. Read more here.

Oscars 2015 Close-Up: The Theory Of Everything

And so concludes our 8-part featurette, the Oscars 2015 close-ups. The big night is this Sunday and personally, I am extremely excited for what is set to be an intensely tight race for numerous awards, none more so than the Best Picture category. Just about every one of the eight films nominated for the award have been touted as the ‘hot favourite’ at some point, and rightly so, with such a superb range of films this year. Last but not least for our little focus, is ‘The Theory Of Everything’, the dramatic-biopic based on the memoirs of Jane Hawking, the ex-wife of British¬†physicist Stephen Hawking. I had the pleasure of watching this film just¬†a couple of nights ago¬†and will be reviewing ‘The Theory Of Everything’ later in the week. For now, click here to read more about the film.

RoboCop To Take Rick Flagg Role?

We take a keen interest in the world of superheroes here at JumpCut UK and few films have produced as many rumours recently, as David Ayer’s ‘Suicide Squad’ movie. The leader of the gang of rogues, Rick Flagg, is a role which is still up for grabs after Tom Hardy dropped out and Jake Gyllenhaal passed on the offer. Latest news suggests that star of the RoboCop reboot, Joel Kinnaman is set to take the part. Read more here.

Fifty Shades Of Grey Enjoys Record-Breaking Weekend

The highly controversial, much talked about, adaptation of E.L. James’ raunchy novel ‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’, opened at the box-office this weekend. Like you didn’t already know that. The BDSM romance has beaten the likes of ‘Avatar’, with its opening weekend figures reaching $248million, becoming the highest grossing 18 rated film of all time in many countries. Read more here.

Oscars 2015 Close-Up: Birdman

Our penultimate close-up zones in on Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s dark, comedic-drama ‘Birdman’. Starring Michael Keaton, this unique film has garnered critical acclaim and numerous, prestigious awards in the run-up to the Academy Awards, making it one of the strong favourites to win in the Best Picture category. Read Entertainment Weekly’s focus on ‘Birdman’ here¬†and read the JumpCut UK review of ‘Birdman’ here.