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The first reactions to ‘Blade Runner 2049’ praise Denis Villeneuve’s breathtaking sci-fi masterpiece

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A handful of some very lucky critics had the pleasure of experiencing Denis Villeneuve’s sci-fi drama Blade Runner 2049 last week (more press screenings to come next week) and were given the opportunity to share their reactions to the upcoming film starring Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford on social media this morning and, well, the consensus seems to be pretty damn good.

Villeneuve’s sequel takes place nearly thirty years after the events of the Ridley Scott’s 1982 original Blade Runner and follows LAPD Officer K (Gosling) as he uncovers a long-buried secret that holds the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos. His discovery leads him to cross paths with Rick Deckard (Ford), a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years.

You can check out the social media reactions to Blade Runner 2049 below:

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‘Black Panther’ worldwide box office total climbs to $426 million after historic opening weekend

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In recent weeks, early estimates from box office analysts predicted that Ryan Coogler’s new Marvel superhero film Black Panther would earn around $100 million or $120 million during its opening weekend. However, as indicated by the new box office numbers that came out on Tuesday, those numbers weren’t anywhere near what the film actually made.

According to Variety, Black Panther earned $242 million from 4,020 theaters over the course of the Presidents’ Day weekend, breaking the record held by Star Wars: The Last Jedi to become the second-highest four-day domestic opening of all time. The film now also holds the record for the top Monday domestic gross ever with $40.2 million—a record previously held by Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

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Meanwhile, Black Panther is also performing exceptionally well overseas, earning more than $184 million internationally for a worldwide total of $426.6 million. The film still has yet to open in Russia, Japan, and China, so expect to see the international total rise to even greater highs in the coming weeks.

Coogler directed Black Panther from a screenplay he co-wrote with Joe Robert Cole. The Marvel comic book adaptation features an impressive ensemble cast that includes Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Letitia Wright, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Winston Duke, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, and Andy Serkis.

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Jessica Chastain is in talks to play the adult version of Beverly in ‘It: Chapter Two’

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After months of rumors and speculation floating around social media and various news outlets, Variety’s Justin Kroll has officially confirmed that Molly’s Game star Jessica Chastain is in early talks to play the adult version of Beverly in New Line’s highly anticipated upcoming sequel It: Chapter Two.

With production on the It sequel expected to begin this summer, Andy Muschietti, who previously collaborated with Chastain on his 2013 directorial debut Mama, is expected to return to the director’s chair, while Gary Dauberman is currently working on a script. Bill Skarsgard is also expected to reprise his role as Pennywise.

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“Jessica is an amazing actress and very good friend and I would love her to play Beverly,” Muschietti said in an interview last year. “She loves the movie and it feels like the planets are aligned in that sense, but we still have to make that happen. There are a lot of ideas for the rest of the cast that I’m playing with.”

Based on Stephen King’s beloved horror novel of the same name, It grossed more than $700 million worldwide since its record-breaking opening weekend last September, making it the highest-grossing horror film of all time. The film also stars Jaeden Lieberher, Sophia Lillis, Wyatt Oleff, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Finn Wolfhard, Jack Dylan Grazer, and Chosen Jacobs.

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Disney announces ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Blu-ray release date and bonus features details

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Rian Johnson’s riveting intergalactic spectacle Star Wars: The Last Jedi will arrive on Blu-ray and Digital HD next month and with it will come a multitude of bonus features, including 14 deleted scenes and a feature-length documentary that takes fans on an intimate journey into the creation of the latest chapter in the Skywalker saga.

The Last Jedi will be available on Digital HD, 4K Ultra HD, and Movies Anywhere on March 13 and, for you physical media types, the film will hit Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray just two weeks later on March 27. This marks the first time Disney has released a title in 4k Ultra HD Blu-ray in both Dolby Vision HDR and Dolby Atmos.

The bonus features will also include three scene breakdowns, one of which focuses on how Andy Serkis transforms into the villainous Snoke, and an in-depth audio commentary from Johnson. You can check out the complete list of The Last Jedi bonus features below:

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  • The Director and the Jedi – Go deep behind the scenes with writer-director Rian Johnson on an intimate and personal journey through the production of the movie—and experience what it’s like to helm a global franchise and cultural phenomenon.
  • Balance of the Force Explore the mythology of the Force and why Rian Johnson chose to interpret its role in such a unique way.
  • Lighting the Spark: Creating the Space Battle – Get a close-up look at the epic space battle, from the sounds that help propel the action, through the practical and visual effects, to the characters who bring it all to life.
  • Snoke and Mirrors – Motion capture and Star Wars collide as the filmmakers take us through the detailed process of creating the movie’s malevolent master villain.
  • Showdown on Crait – Break down everything that went into creating the stunning world seen in the movie’s final confrontation, including the interplay between real-world locations and visual effects, reimagining the walkers, designing the crystal foxes, and much more.
  • Andy Serkis Live! (One Night Only) – Writer-director Rian Johnson presents two exclusive sequences from the movie featuring Andy Serkis’ riveting, raw on-set performance before his digital makeover into Snoke.
  • Deleted Scenes – With an introduction and optional commentary by writer-director Rian Johnson.
  • Audio Commentary – View the movie with in-depth feature audio commentary by writer-director Rian Johnson.

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