Film Bits: ‘Blade Runner 2049’, ‘The Disaster Artist’, ‘Leatherface’ Release New Trailers

Second ‘Blade Runner 2049’ Trailer Takes Us Deeper into Sequel’s World

The second trailer for Blade Runner 2049 gives us even more insight into what to expect from director Denis Villeneuve’s sequel to the Ridley Scott classic, including some hints regarding Deckard’s humanity. Those in the “he was a replicant camp” certainly got some fodder for their argument when he says, “we were being hunted” in an interview with Ryan Gosling’s blade runner, though certainly that could be misdirection. The ultimate takeaway here is how stunning Villeneuve’s vision for the world is. The imagery shown in the trailer is absolutely breathtaking, staying true to the original while adding some exiciting new twists to the formula. Jared Leto’s Neander Wallace seems to be a terrifying new villain, perfectly suited to inherit the throne of Rutger Hauer from the original. Everything new we see from this movie makes it seem more and more intriguing. October 6 can’t get here soon enough.

(Warner Bros.)

‘The Disaster Artist’ Finds the Beauty in the Awful

Tommy Wiseau’s The Room has become a classic of cinematic badness, renowned for the accidental brilliance and rising to the tops of everyone’s “you have to see this” list. Now, you can go behind the scenes in a comedic dramatization of its making in The Disaster Artist. Directed by and starring James Franco, the film does a deep dive into how to make a masterpiece of trash, and early buzz from SXSW has this among one of the funniest and best movies from this year. The first trailer certainly gives that impression, as they attempt to recreate one of the most memorably batshit scenes from the film with great comedic effect. We won’t know for sure until December 8, but for now this certainly seems like a movie to catch this winter.


Shocking Twist: ‘Leatherface’ Might Be Good?

People have been trying to recapture the glorious madness of Tobe Hooper’s The Texas Chain Saw Massacre for over 40 years now, with pretty awful results. So far, the closest we’ve gotten to anything approaching that film’s level of shock and terror have been Rob Zombie’s homages, House of 1000 Corpses and its sequel, The Devil’s Rejects. Aside from that, no sequel or remake or reimagining has ever risen to the original’s heights, but that might be about to change. Leatherface, a prequel to the 1974 classic, does manage to invoke some similar vibes as it explores the origins of its titular character’s madness. It’s certainly go a nice pedigree, with directors Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury (Inside, Among the Living) at the helm. The first trailer promises plenty of blood and psychological terror from the upcoming prequel. Hopefully it can deliver. Leatherface opens October 20. (The trailer is red band and might be NSFW.)

(Millenium Films/Lionsgate)

‘Doctor Who’ Announces the Next Doctor

Doctor Who announced their next incarnation of the infamous madman in a box, and it’s a doozy. The long running sci-fi series unveiled that actress Jodie Whittaker (Broadchurch) would become the first woman to step into the role of the constantly regenerating time traveling alien when Peter Capaldi hands over the keys during this year’s Christmas special. She’ll be joined by her fellow Broadchurch alum Chris Chibnall as he takes over the reins from current showrunner Steven Moffat (Sherlock). The new Doctor will make her appearance in the upcoming Christmas special, though as of yet there’s no word on when her first official series will begin. Whittaker is more than capable of handling the job however, and with her long running Broadchurch cohort at the helm, fans are certainly in for some exciting and interesting new Doctor Who stories.


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