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Today in Movie Culture: Batman vs. Pennywise, Ridley Scott Breaks Down a 'Blade Runner' Scene and More

1 hour ago

Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:   Mashup of the Day: Because Batman needs more clowns as enemies, here's a fan-made trailer for a crossover where Batman fights Pennywise from It:   Filmmaker in Focus: Speaking of Batman, Wisecrack focuses on the Dark Knight trilogy in its latest look at the philosophy of Christopher Nolan:   Director's Commentary of the Day: With Blade Runner 2049 out soon, Wired got Ridley Scott to break down his favorite scene from the original:   Movie Analysis of the Day: Speakin of Philip K. Dick adaptations, in his latest video essay, Rob Ager analyzes the subway chase and escalator battle from the original Total...

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- Christopher Campbell

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'Blade Runner 2049' Won't Have a Director's Cut

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The original Blade Runner is notorious for its multiple versions. The movie was first released in 1982 in its third form with a happy ending and film noir-inspired voiceover from Harrison Ford. That's the version that was a box office flop. Ten years later, a "director's cut" was made excising the voiceover and the happy ending. Ridley Scott went even further another 15 years later with his "final cut." All in, there have been eight different versions shown, five of which are available to fans in box set form.  While not a unanimous opinion, most people prefer the final director's cut to the initial "workprint" release of Blade Runner. And the fact that it took so long for the preferred version to arrive has some...

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- Christopher Campbell

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Another 'Pitch Perfect 3' Trailer Has Aca-Arrived

9 hours ago

The Bellas are back once again for a third and final installment of everyone's favorite aca-franchise. Pitch Perfect 3 follows the a capella group we first met on screen in the 2012 original, based on a nonfiction book by Mickey Rapkin. Now, following the events of 2015's Pitch Perfect 2, the ladies are college graduates and attempting to make it in the world with more than just their talent for singing sans instrumentation.  All of the Bellas have returned for the second sequel of the series, which has already grossed more than $400 million worldwide and maintained primarily positive reviews (the original's Rotten Tomatoes score: 80%; the first sequel's score: 66%). Our favorite a capella commentators are also back, as you can see in the...

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- Christopher Campbell

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Movie News: Lady Gaga Heads for the Summer Movie Season; Watch First 'Maze Runner: The Death Cure' Trailer

12 hours ago

A Star is Born: Musicals aren't typically thought of as summer movies, but the genre has seen success in the hotter months, with Mamma Mia! and Hairspray. Now the latest version of A Star is Born is giving the blockbuster season a try with a release date shift from September 2018 to May 18, soon after the arrival of Avengers: Infinity War. Lady Gaga stars alongside Bradley Cooper, who is making his directorial debut with the remake. [THR]   mother!: Speaking of musicals... Darren Aronofsky's latest movie is dividing critics and moviegoers alike, and soon it could be doing the same with live audiences. The filmmaker recently took part in a Reddit Ama interview, and there he revealed the possibility of mother! being adapted...

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- Christopher Campbell

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Box Office Report: ‘Kingsman’ Gives Nice Boost For Fox While ‘Lego’ Disappoints

13 hours ago

Here's your estimated 3-day box office returns (new releases bolded): 1. Kingsman: The Golden Circle - $39.0 million ($39.0 million total) 2. It - $30.0 million ($266.3 million total) 3. The Lego Ninjago Movie - $21.2 million ($21.28 million total) 4. American Assassin - $6.2 million ($26.1 million total) 5. Home Again - $3.3 million ($22.4 million total) 6. mother! - $3.2 million ($13.4 million total) 7. Friend Request - $2.4 million ($2.4 million total) 8. The Hitman’s Bodyguard - $1.8 million ($73.5 million total) 9. Stronger - $1.7 million ($1.7 million total) 10. Wind River - $1.2 million ($31.6 million total)   The Big Stories The monster known as Pennywise -- or at least his titular pronoun -- was unseated from its record-breaking perch...

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- Erik Childress

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