The New “Blade Runner”: Prequel or Sequel? Either Would Be Fine, Thanks!

August 22, 2011 § 1 Comment

Los Angeles, 2019-ish

From the New York Times comes this tantalizing update on Ridley Scott’s forthcoming “Blade Runner” movie. Apparently we can’t call it a sequel, because it might not be.

Who cares whether the new movie is set before or after the original? Just make it, and we’ll come out for it.

Blade Runner: The Contest

May 11, 2011 § 1 Comment

When I wrote about the film “Blade Runner,” just over a year ago (, I never imagined it would be the most-read post on my blog, with 7,332  hits to date. After all, Under the Hollywood Sign mostly explores Hollywood history, particularly that of Beachwood Canyon, and has a largely local following. Yet week after week, people all over the world with no apparent connection to my documentaries or to Beachwood find my blog by typing blade runner in a search.

Therefore, I’m announcing a contest: send your critical essays (700-1000 words) on “Blade Runner” to me at with “Blade Runner Contest” in the heading.  I’ll publish the winning entry on this blog; the writer will get an interview and a free DVD of “Under the Hollywood Sign.” Deadline: June 15th, with the winner announced June 20th.

“Blade Runner” Three Decades Later: How a Masterpiece of Production Design Left Its Mark On Los Angeles (and Vice Versa)

April 18, 2010 § 31 Comments


Downtown Los Angeles, 2019, in "Bladerunner"/Courtesy

A version of this article appears–along with new, unpublished essays–in my new eBook, “On Blade Runner: Four Essays.” It can be purchased for $4.99 at:–FOUR-ESSAYS?keyword=BLADE+RUNNER%3A+FOUR+ESSAYS&store=ebook

Other eBook sellers that have it include Amazon, Kobo, Baker and Taylor, Copia, ebookpie and Scribed.

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