Ryan Gosling Talks ‘Blade Runner’ Sequel In Barcelona

It’s 35 years since the original ‘Blade Runner’ hit theatres, now there is a new cop on the block and even more replicants for him to fight than before, but the question over Harrison Ford’s character remains unanswered according to director, Denis Villeneuve.

Villeneuve took on ‘Blade Runner 2049’ which stars Ryan Gosling as LAPD Officer K, Harrison Ford is back as Rick Deckard but “it still doesn’t answer the question if Deckard is a replicant or not” Villeneuve told Reuters at an event on the sidelines of CineEurope in Spain on Monday.

“For Ridley Scott Deckard is a replicant for Harrison Ford Deckard is human they still don’t agree about that and me I found I myself between those two fathers,” Villeneuve explained, smiling.

Scott who directed the original was a producer on the new film, offering support to Villeneuve but enabling the ‘Sicario’ and ‘Arrival’ director to make his own film.

“Well I think Denis did a great job being faithful to the original, carrying out the narrative at the same time making his own movie,” said Gosling.

Going on to explain: “it’s very different but it’s the same, but it’s 30 years that’s gone by – the world has got much more brutal more isolated, environments more toxic it’s a, it’s definitely you know it feels like a natural evolution of the original so I hope people feel that way.”

The new movie also stars Ana de Armas and Sylvia Hoeks who were also at the photocall in Spain.

Tackling the same classic questions about humanity as the original – “Blade Runner 2049” is set to be released in October.

Warner Bros Releases Trailer For ‘Blade Runner’ Sequel

Video grab/Blade Runner Official Trailer/ Warner Bros

After teasing the film in December 2016, Warner Bros has released the first theatrical trailer for the highly anticipated sequel to the 1982 Ridley Scott film ‘Blade Runner’.

Titled ‘Blade Runner 2049’, the film is set 30 years after the original and is directed by ‘Arrival’ director Denis Villeneuve.

Ryan Gosling stars as the ‘blade runner’ of the title, who uncovers a secret which sends him on a mission to find the ‘blade runner’ of the original, Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford).

Other stars featured in the trailer include Dave Bautista, Robin Wright and Jared Leto although little is known about the roles they play.

Ridley Scott returns to the production of the sequel as executive producer, while original writer Hampton Fancher has returned to pen the story for the sequel.

‘Blade Runner 2049’ looks set to hit cinemas internationally at the beginning of October.


Blade Runner, Liam Malone, Beats Pistorius’ Record

Blade runner, Liam Malone beats Pistorius' record
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Blade runner, Liam Malone, has set a new record at the ongoing Paralympic Games in Rio, Brazil.

The New Zealand national broke Oscar Pistorius’ 21.30 seconds best on Tuesday after winning gold in the men’s 200m T44 final in a time of 21.06 seconds.

“I wouldn’t be here without those blades in the first instance.

“I’m filled with gratitude to everyone who invested in me from the start,” he told Stuff news agency.

Malone’s coach, James Mortimer, admitted that he did not expect the new champion to break Pistorius’ record.

He said he always felt the 200m would be Malone’s best chance of winning a gold medal.

“After watching his heat I knew he was in pretty good form, especially with how relaxed he was.

“But watching it this morning, he just ran as well as he could and just executed everything as we planned and brought it home well,” he said.

The feat has earned Malone a second medal of the Paralympics while New Zealand got their third gold of the day.

The 22-year-old had won a silver medal in the 100m on Friday, losing out to Great Britain’s Jonnie Peacock.

Network Africa: Attacks In Somalia, Tanzania, As Ebola Claims More Lives In W.Africa

Network Africa MAPOn this edition of Network Africa, we look at the Ebola virus as it claims more lives in West Africa with health officials recording up to 25 new deaths.

Oscar Pistorius’s 4 month old trial hits the home stretch, what will it be for the blade runner? Trial resumes on August 7.

Somalia President, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, escapes death by the whiskers as Islamist al-shabab militants attack the presidential palace in the Somali capital, Mogadishu.

For the first time since 1998, Tanzania experiences series of bomb explosions in the month of July as 8 people get badly injured in a blast at a restaurant in the Tanzanian town of Arusha.

Then hopes stirred again in the rescue of the Chibok girls after over 80 days in captivity as former Heads of State brainstorm on their return.

Pistorius Not Mentally Ill

Pistorius 422x280Psychiatrists have found out that double-amputee Olympian, Oscar Pistorius, did not suffer from any mental illness that impacted his ability to know right from wrong when he fatally shot his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

The requirement by Judge that Pistorius be observed by a panel of four mental health experts at Weskoppies Psychiatric Hospital in Pretoria, South Africa for up to 30 days came after a psychiatrist called by the defense said she diagnosed him with generalized anxiety disorder.

However, it was announced Monday (June 30) that the experts disagreed and the trial resumed.

The South African sprinter is accused of gunning down Steenkamp through a locked bathroom door in his home on Valentine’s Day of last year (2013).

Nicknamed the “Blade Runner,” Pistorius has admitted to the shooting but pleaded not guilty to premeditated murder, alleging he mistook Steenkamp for an intruder.

The state contends that Pistorius argued with Steenkamp, a 29-year-old model and law graduate, before killing her.

If found guilty of murder, Mr Pistorius, who went on trial on 3 March this year, could face life imprisonment. If he is acquitted of that charge, the court would consider an alternative charge of culpable homicide, for which he could receive about 15 years in prison.

“Blade Runner” Pistorius Murder Trial Postponed Until August

A South African judge on Tuesday postponed until August 19 the murder trial of global athletics star Oscar Pistorius, who has been charged with shooting dead his girlfriend on Valentine’s Day.

Pistorius, 26, had to make his way through a scrum of photographers and reporters as he made his first formal public appearance since his release on bail in February.

The double amputee athlete, nicknamed “Blade Runner” for the prosthetics he uses in competition, has admitted shooting Reeva Steenkamp, 29, four times through a locked bathroom door on February 14 at his home in an affluent Pretoria community.

In pre-trial testimony, his lawyers told the court the shooting was a tragic mistake and Pistorius was acting in self-defense against what he thought was an intruder.

Prosecutors accuse him of premeditated murder for firing into the door, hitting Steenkamp in the head, hip and arm.

The judge postponed the case after the athlete’s lawyers asked for more time to prepare.

Pistorius was one of the stars of the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics in London, carrying South Africa’s flag at the closing ceremonies for the Games.

His arrest and subsequent murder charge shocked millions around the world as he was seen as a symbol of triumph over adversity.

In South Africa, he was a hero for both black and white people, transcending the racial divides that persist 19 years after the end of apartheid.

Pistorius has mostly kept out of the public eye since he secured bail. Media reported that in April he partied at a nightclub in a Johannesburg suburb after his bail conditions were relaxed the previous month.

The Pistorius camp said the matter was blown out of proportion and he went out for a quiet dinner with friends after spending weeks in the house with family.

South Africa does not have trial by jury so pre-trial media coverage is seldom deemed to be prejudicial.

Ousted Pistorius Detective Quits South African Police

The South African detective, pulled off the investigation of athletics star Oscar Pistorius for murder after it emerged he himself faces attempted murder charges, has resigned from the force, police said on Thursday.

Warrant Officer Hilton Botha, the first officer on the scene after the Valentine’s Day shooting of Pistorius’s girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, was also criticized for mixing up key facts about the investigation at the “Blade Runner’s” bail hearing.

“He handed in his resignation yesterday and it was accepted with immediate effect,” police spokesman Brigadier Neville Mlaali told Reuters. “We are not going into the details.”

Botha, a detective with 24 years experience, is accused of firing on a minibus taxi full of passengers in 2011 while pursuing a man accused of murdering a woman and disposing of her dismembered body down a drain, local media said.

The charges were withdrawn but reinstated on February 4, 10 days before Steenkamp was shot.

The incident has embarrassed the South African police who regularly come under fire for failing to reduce one of the highest crimes rates in the world and dispel perceptions of a force that is poorly trained.

Last week, eight policemen were arrested for tying a Mozambican taxi driver to the back of a vehicle and dragging him to the station. The video-recorded treatment of the man who later died shocked audiences around the world.