Film Bits: Tragedy on the ‘Blade Runner 2’ Set; Daisy Ridley Teases ‘Episode 8’; Terrifying New ‘Blair Witch’ Trailer

One Dead in Blade Runner 2 Accident

Tragedy struck the Hungarian set of Blade Runner 2 when a set collapse killed a construction worker who was on the crew. The cause of the accident is unknown, and the film had already wrapped filming at that location when the accident occurred. The unnamed 28-year-old was in the process of dismantling the set at the time, and the accident is now under investigation by both Origo Studios and Hungarian authorities. Our hearts go out to the family and friends of the man killed and to the cast and crew of Blade Runner 2.

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(The Hollywood Reporter)

Daisy Ridley Might Know Episode 8 Title, But Don’t Hold Your Breath

The road to a galaxy far, far away feels a little longer after this weekend. New trilogy star Daisy Ridley confirmed on the podcast “My Dad Wrote A Porno” that she has heard a title for 2017’s “Episode 8” but that, “it’s going to be a while before its released.” The actress also hinted that the title she has heard might not be the final title, and that it will most likely evolve a bit by the time it’s finally revealed. This sort of secrecy is par for the course for LucasFilm, who hasn’t seemed to let their acquisition by Disney change the way they do business. For now, fans can ease their Star Wars fever with the knowledge that Rogue One, the first of a planned anthology of films set within the universe, is only a few months away from its December 16 release date.

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(Variety)

New Blair Witch Trailer Released

A new trailer for the surprise sequel to The Blair Witch Project was released over the weekend, giving us more insight into the upcoming film. Originally marketed as The Woods, Blair Witch follows the brother of Heather from the original movie as he goes into the woods to find out what happened to his sister and her friends during their sojourn into the New England woods two decades ago. From the looks of things, the film seems to blessedly ignore the ill-advised first sequel to the film and return the franchise to their found footage roots. Blair Witch hits theaters on September 16.

(YouTube)

Fathom Events to Broadcast Edward Snowden Interview Following Sneak Preview

Whistleblower Edward Snowden will appear live via satellite during a screening of the Oliver Stone directed biopic Snowden next month. The screening, presented by Fathom Events, will give audiences a chance to see the film before it officially comes out and will be followed by a 45-minute conversation between Stone and Snowden. You can check the link below to see if any theaters near you will be broadcasting the event and to buy tickets. The screening and interview is set for September 14, two days ahead of the movie’s official September 16 release date.

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(Fathom Events)

Weekend Box Office Recap

It was a solid weekend at the box office last week, with two newcomers, Don’t Breathe and Mechanic: Resurrection both entering into the top ten. The Fede Alvarez thriller took the number one spot, pulling in just over $26 million in its debut weekend. DC’s Suicide Squad maintained the number two position with $12.1 million, down almost 42% from last week. As maligned as that movie was by critics and fans, it’s still earned a hefty $282.8 million at the domestic box office, and fans still seem to be turning out for the latest entry into DC and WB’s shared universe. Kubo and the Two Strings rose from number 4 to number 3 this week, despite seeing a 37% drop in ticket sales. The remake of Ben-Hur continues to be a disaster for Paramount, with ticket sales falling almost 60% pushing the film to the tenth spot this week. The film has yet to earn even a fifth of it’s $100 million budget back in the domestic box office, making it one of the biggest flops of 2016 so far. You can see the entire top ten below.

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1. Don’t Breathe-$26.1 million

2. Suicide Squad-$12.1 million

3. Kubo and the Two Strings-$7.9 million

4. Sausage Party-$7.6 million

5. Mechanic: Resurrection-$7.5 million

6. Pete’s Dragon-$7.2 million

7. War Dogs-$7.2 million

8. Bad Moms-$5.7 million

9. Jason Bourne-$5.2 million

10. Ben-Hur-$4.5 million

(Box Office Mojo)

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