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The Drill Down 600: The Future Is Now
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On this week’s The Drill Down podcast Number 600, is it time up for TikTok, AT&T gets throttled for throttling, lasers hack your smart speaker, a way to preserve big data on glass, how well did Blade Runner predict 2019…and much, much more.

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Rutger Hauer Has Died: ‘Blade Runner’ Actor Was 75
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Rutger Hauer Blade Runner

Rutger Hauer, the Dutch wunderkind of an actor whose steely intensity made his presence unforgettable in films like Blade Runner, Nighthawks, and other challenging projects, died on July 19 2019 at his home in the Netherlands after a short illness, per Variety. He was 75.

The blond-haired actor with piercing blue eyes was a force majure on screens big and small. There was always an expected nervousness he gave the viewer when playing characters, there was always a wonderful unsettling feeling he gave to the energy of whatever might have been going on in a picture, and his magnetism went toe to toe with screen stalwarts like Harrison Ford in Blade Runner and Sylvester Stallone and Billy Dee Williams in the underrated crime yarn Nighthawks.

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NY Wintercon 2017: Night 1 Of New York Comic and Sci-Fi Expo
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Wintercon Night 1-11

Emanating from the 6th floor of Resorts World NYC in Jamaica Queens, NY Wintercon kicked off a weekend of cosplay, collectibles, comics and more. If you are in the NYC area and looking for a great geek out, they convention will feature a Blade Runner reunion, multiple cosplay contests and fun for all members of the family.

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NY WinterCon 2017 SciFi & Comic Expo Begins This Weekend!
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NY WinterCon

It’s been two months since New York Comic-Con… are you feeling the itch? Was NYCC too overwhelming? If so, then New York WinterCon may be more your speed. For the second straight year, NY WinterCon rolls into Resorts World Casino NYC this coming weekend bringing with it the very best for sci-fi and genre fans. The convention will feature celebrity guests, epic movie reunions, cosplay contests, artist alley, panel discussions and Q&As, and vendors galore. Everything starts this Friday night, December 1st, in Queens, New York.

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Movie Review: Blade Runner 2049
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Blade Runner 2049
Director: Denis Villeneuve
Screenwriter: Hampton Fancher, Michael Green
Cast: Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Ana de Armas, Sylvia Hoeks, Robin Wright, Mackenzie Davis, Carla Juri, Lennie James, Dave Bautista, Jared Leto
Distributor: Warner Bros.
Rated R | 163 Minutes
Release Date: October 6, 2017

Blade Runner doesn’t have all the flashy substance that makes up what some would say is a traditional sci-fi film, but it sure does have all the nuances and subtleties that would make for a great sci-fi noir. Slow-burning detective stories still continue to unravel even in the distant future. You still have the stark monochromatic colors, a constant stream of pessimism, and a character that is drawn into the world of crime. You add a splash of sci-fi, that not only mixes well together, but proves that the elements can work in the right hands.

Blade Runner 2049, Denis Villeneuve‘s strikingly visual follow-up, takes place 30 years after Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner. The filmmaker stays true to the themes explored by Scott’s adaptation of the Philip K. Dick book (Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?), while also building upon the mystery and intrigue, as well as adding even more themes that will have audiences talking, even well after the film has ended. Check out the full review below.

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Watch: Final ‘Blade Runner 2049’ Prequel Short “Black Out 2022”
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Blade Runner 2049 Prequel Short "Black Out 2022"

The final of three Blade Runner 2049 prequel shorts, titled “Black Out 2022,” was released recently.

This one is a little different from the previous two shorts, “2036: Nexus Dawn” and “2048: Nowhere to Run.” For one thing this short is much longer, clocking in at nearly 16 minutes in length. The other two were only around six minutes in length. It’s also not live-action like the previous two were. The final prequel short was instead created in the style of Japanese anime. In fact, it was made by Shinichiro Watanabe of Cowboy Bebop and Samurai Champloo fame.

You can find more on Blade Runner 2049 and check out the new prequel short below.

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The Drill Down 494: Amazon Alexa Event
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On this week’s The Drill Down podcast, Amazon Alexa Event – Amazon surprises us all with new products for the holidays, The President’s inciting tweets may be twice as annoying in the future, Uber is told to steer clear of London, Google and HTC team up, and much more.

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Watch: Second ‘Blade Runner 2049’ Prequel Short “2048: Nowhere To Run”
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Dave Bautista in Blade Runner 2049 Short "2048: Nowhere to Run"

A couple of weeks back we saw the first in a trio of Blade Runner 2049 prequel shorts, titled “2036: Nexus Dawn,” which followed Jared Leto‘s character as he sought a repeal of the prohibition placed on replicants.

Now the second prequel short, titled “2048: Nowhere to Run,” has been released. It follows Dave Bautista‘s character, a replicant named Sapper Morton, as he tries to keep a low profile.

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Watch: ‘Blade Runner 2049’ Prequel Short “2036: Nexus Dawn”
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Jared Leto in Blade Runner 2049 Prequel Short "2036: Nexus Dawn"

Before Blade Runner 2049 arrives in theaters in just a little over one month from now, some prequel short films are being released. These shorts will help fill in the gap between the events of Ridley Scott‘s original Blade Runner, which was set in the year 2019, and the new movie, which of course is set in 2049.

The first short, which is directed by Ridley’s son Luke Scott, has now been released online. It’s titled “2036: Nexus Dawn,” and sees Jared Leto‘s character, Niander Wallace, as he aims to see a prohibition on replicants repealed.

You can read a synopsis for Blade Runner 2049 and watch the prequel short below.

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SDCC 2017: ‘Blade Runner 2049’ Is Out With The Old And In With The New
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SDCC 2017 Blade Runner 2049

Blade Runner 2049 is the sequel to Ridley Scott‘s sci-fi cult classic. Because the first film started in 2019, the panel projected a timeline of events that has happened in between the first film and now. A new line of replicants have been built, one of them being played by Dave Bautista‘s character, and while all of that exposition was nice. It was Jared Leto‘s entrance that really stole the show. He was there as a hologram. How could anyone beat that?

Check out more on their SDCC 2017 panel below.

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