Ryan Gosling in a scene from Blade Runner 2049. The  film was expected to take $45 million. It looks as if it will end up with around $31 million. Photograph: Stephen Vaughan/Warner Bros/AP

Looked at from one angle, Blade Runner 2049 was destined to fail. Ridley Scott’s 1982 original opened to modest reviews and underwhelming box office. (...)

Blade Runner sequel: Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford in Blade Runner 2049

“I need chewing gum,” Denis Villeneuve says in his foggy Québécois accent. “I find that when I am tired the first thing that goes is my English. Chewi(...)

Ryan Gosling’s deadened quality suits a character who (we assume, anyway) is not a paid-up member of the human race. Photograph: Stephen Vaughan/Warner Bros/AP

It is jarring to consider that the gap between Blade Runner and today – 35 years – is about the same as that between Blade Runner and the high era of (...)

Harry Dean Stanton photographed in Los Angeles in October 2016. File photograph: Getty Images

Veteran US actor Harry Dean Stanton has died at the age of 91, his agent has said. The actor had appeared in dozens of films including Repo Man, Coo(...)

“The Farthest” by Emer Reynolds: “I was obsessed with space as a child. I spent part of my childhood growing up on a farm in Tipperary with really dark skies overhead. I could see the Milky Way.”

In June 1977, four days after the death of Elvis, the first of two Voyager space probes were launched. More than 40 years later, Voyager 1 and 2 are s(...)

Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Ripley with Jones the cat in Alien. A long-mooted Alien 5, directed by Neill Blomkamp, has been cancelled

As Alien: Covenant arrives in cinemas, there are tidings good and bad for fans of the spacefaring franchise. On the one hand, eager acolytes have been(...)

Blade Runner 2049 stars Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford. It will be in cinemas in October. Photograph: YouTube

The new trailer for Blade Runner 2049 gives a more complete look at the long-awaited follow-up to Ridley Scott’s seminal science fiction thriller, dir(...)

Amy Seimetz, Benjamin Rigby and  Carmen Ejogo  in Alien: Covenant. Photograph: Twentieth Century Fox

That much-pondered trailer seemed to suggest that, after the indifferently received Prometheus, Ridley Scott had gone back to basics for the latest Al(...)

Michael Fassbender is known particularly for his X-Men roles. Photograph: Getty Images

An Antrim-based film production company owned by Hollywood star Michael Fassbender made a profit of almost £190,000 (€225,428) last year, according to(...)

It seems appropriate that, as I write these words, this week marks Leon Kowalski’s birthday. Who is Leon Kowalski? Actually, the apposite question is (...)