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Blocked: BBC cancels interview with ‘Blade Runner 2049’ stars Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford

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The host of the BBC 5 Live movie review program “Kermode and Mayo’s Film Reviews” canceled his interview with the stars of the new film “Blade Runner 2049,” after he was denied the opportunity to view the entire movie before the interview.

“We were hoping to have Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling on the show,” said Simon Mayo, who with The Observer’s chief movie critic Mark Kermode has been presenting the program since 2001. In April, the podcast version of the program won the Listeners Choice trophy at the British Podcast Awards.

Mayo told Kermode that he was offered a 30-minute version of the movie.

“It is quite possible to do an interview on some shows for this movie based on half-an-hour, but it was the opinion of all of us on the show that I can’t really do an interview having just seen a cutdown, a 30-minute cutdown–and so that’s why we had to had to say goodbye to Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling,” he said.

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Kermode, whose doctorate was awarded by the University of Manchester for his thesis on horror movies, backed up his partner. “It just has always been a policy that you don’t ever interview somebody unless you have seen the film.”

“It just has always been a policy that you don’t ever interview somebody unless you have seen the film,” he said. “It is absolute policy.”

Mayo’s interview with Naomi Watts about her role as Princess Diana made headlines in 2013 after the actress cut the conversation short following Mayo’s questions about the princess’ death.

Later in the program, Kermode gave “Blade Runner 2049” a strong review, complimenting it on its intelligent pacing and the deft way it handled the question of whether replicant-droid hunting police officer Rick Deckard is or is not himself a replicant–left unresolved in the original “Blade Runner.”

Kermode said the new film pursues all of the big questions and the identity crisis addressed in the first movie. “What does it mean to be alive? What does it mean to have memories? How much do memories inform our past and our future? What does the slogan ‘More Human Than Human,” which appears in the first film actually, really mean?”

The critic, who produced and hosted the 1999 documentary “On the Edge of Blade Runner” about the 1982 film, said he was relieved when he was watching the new film and recognized it had been done properly.

“The editing pace of ‘Blade Runner 2049 is so completely at odds with modern blockbusters it is almost a film from the 1970s–the way it has that beautiful pacing,” he said.

“It is very much its own movie and it has the confidence to be its own movie,” he said. “But, the greatest achievement of it–despite all the things that are visually ravishing, like the beautiful details like the candy colors that you get from the artificial light is in such stark contrast to the natural color of this world that eco-collapsed–the real achievement

“The greatest achievement of it–despite all the things that are visually ravishing, like the beautiful details like the candy colors that you get from the artificial light is in such stark contrast to the natural color of this world that eco-collapsed,” Kermode said. “What they have done is, they have managed to absolutely make ‘Blade Runner 2049’ about all the things that ‘Blade Runner’ was really about.”

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Green-Haired Freak Steals, Spits on MAGA Hat to Fight So-Called Racism

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Another day, another American harassed in public for supporting the duly elected President Donald J. Trump.

“17-year-old Ashton Hess was assaulted and had his hat spat on by an angry green haired “non-binary” person in Seattle,” wrote The Scoop, sharing a video on Twitter.

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“This non-binary” person assaulted a 17-year-old and spat on his MAGA hat,” the caption in the video says.

Non-binary means that the person identifies neither as a man nor a woman.

Most of the video shows Hess chasing after the suspect, named Ethan Jackson, who took credit for the attack on Twitter.

“Take your racist ass and get the f*ck out of this state,” Jackson yells at one point in the video. “You’re not welcome here.”

Jackson said on Twitter that he was “fighting racist and nationalist propaganda.”

This attack comes on the heels of a similar one in a San Antonio, TX Whataburger, where a teen had a drink thrown in his face by a 30-year old man for wearing a MAGA hat in public.

Big League Politics reported:

Kino Jimenez ruined the evening of Hunter Richards and his friends, who were enjoying a late night meal at Whataburger when he stole Richards’ MAGA hat, cursed him out, and left the restaurant in huff.”

BLP Passage Ends.

Donald Trump Jr. was able to secure a new MAGA hat – signed by the President – for Richards after the Texas assault. Perhaps the same can be done Hess.

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