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Harrison Ford Will Once Again Play Rick Deckard in the Blade Runner Sequel

Harrison Ford attends the 12th Annual Living Legends of Aviation Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on Friday, Jan 16, 2015, in Los Angeles
Rob Latour—Invision/AP Harrison Ford attends the 12th Annual Living Legends of Aviation Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on Friday, Jan 16, 2015, in Los Angeles

Denis Villeneuve of Prisoners looks likely to direct

Harrison Ford will grace the silver screen as Rick Deckard in the upcoming sequel to Blade Runner, Alcon Entertainment announced on Thursday.

Ridley Scott, the original director of the 1982 sci-fi thriller, will not be coming back to direct the latest version but he has signed on as a producer, according to Variety.

Alcon Entertainment is currently in negotiations with Prisoners director Denis Villeneuve to replace Scott as the man behind the camera.

“We are honored that Harrison is joining us on this journey with Denis Villeneuve, who is a singular talent, as we experienced personally on Prisoners,” said producers Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson.

Apparently, Ford said the script to the sequel is the “best thing he’s ever read.”

The original film depicted a dystopian Los Angeles in the year 2019, and despite a poor showing at the box office became a cult classic and today is lauded for its production design.

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See New Yorkers Dwarfed by Huge Advertisements

These giant ads make the city look like a movie set

Natan Dvir headed for Times Square when he arrived in New York in 2008. But unlike the tourists he found there, the photographer hadn’t made the trek to pose in front of giant LCD screens. Instead, he was there, in his own words, to observe how it acts as a microcosm of the city as a whole.

“It’s like the very fabric of New York City is an advertisement,” Dvir tells TIME. “Times Square is an extreme example, but everywhere you go [in New York] people look like that are inhabiting a space dominated by advertising — whether it’s billboards or otherwise. It’s almost like they are pulled into a stage or a set.”

The images he shot that day — which were taken on a nearby section of Fifth Avenue — developed into Coming Soon, a long-term project that took six years to complete. Dvir says the work is an attempt to explore the relationship between what he sees as branded downtowns and the people who inhabit them.

“I’m fascinated by the growing branding of the cityscape, where the city becomes an advertising medium,” he continues. “For me, the street sort of merges with the commercial fantasy of the advertisements.”

Here, the imagery in the billboards seems to blend with the pedestrians walking beneath. Pedestrians that are seemingly unaware of the billboards behind them, despite their imposing presence. “They always seem to be in our peripheral vision,” Dvir adds, “it’s like they are there and not there at once.”

Natan Dvir is a photographer based in New York. His work has been published the New York Times, Newsweek, the Wall Street Journal and the Sunday Times, among others.

Richard Conway is reporter/producer for TIME LightBox.

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Watch a 24-Hour DJ Set by Diplo and Skrillex

<> on January 23, 2015 in Park City, Utah.
C Flanigan—2015 C Flanigan DJ/Producer Skrillex performs at Park City Live during the 2015 Sundance Film Festival on January 23, 2015 in Park City, Utah.

Happy Friday!

DJs Diplo and Skrillex are offering the Internet an eargasm today — 24 straight hours of live DJ-ing set, unpunctuated by sleep. Some non-musical entertainment (like a “Venus Flytrap cam”) is also being provided, along with special guests.

Strap on headphones, transport yourself to the Jack U site, and join the party.

Watch it here.

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Katy Perry Visits Auschwitz: ‘My Heart Was Heavy Today’

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Axelle/Bauer-Griffin—FilmMagic Katy Perry arrives at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Feb. 8, 2015

While in between shows on her European tour, Katy Perry paid a visit to concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau in Poland.

The “Dark Horse” singer, 30, stopped by the World War II landmark site Wednesday, which she acknowledged in an Instagram photo of the prisoner barracks.

“My heart was heavy today,” she captioned the image.

“For ever let this place be a cry of despair and a warning to humanity, where the Nazi murdered about one and a half million men, women and children mainly Jews from various countries of Europe,” she wrote.

She ended the caption with a quote from Spanish-American writer George Santayana: “The one that does not remember history is bound to live through it again.”

The tribute to the memorial and museum came after Perry took the stage at the Kraków Arena in Poland on Tuesday as part of her Prismatic World Tour, with “Boom Clap” artist Charli XCX. Perry has also been documenting her European adventures with sillier photos of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, a selfie with the famed Italian sculpture David and some hanging puppets in Prague.

Her next stop? Vienna, Austria. The pop star has already acknowledged her Austrian arrival – she will perform there Thursday night – by posting a photo of the Arnold Schwarzenegger documentary Pumping Iron, which lightened the mood on her photo feed.

The singer wrote, “Nothing says welcome to Austria like a hot, young, cocky Arnold Schwarzenegger. Hello, VIENNA!”

This article originally appeared on PEOPLE.com

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Another Woman Accuses Bill Cosby of Sexual Assault

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Brennan Linsley—AP Comedian Bill Cosby performs at the Buell Theater in Denver, Jan. 17, 2015

Another woman has come forward claiming Bill Cosby sexually assaulted her, CNN reports.

Heidi Thomas claims she went over to Cosby’s house in 1984 to read lines, and he handed her a glass of Chablis to drink. According to CNN, “her memory of the next few hours is ‘foggy’ ” but she remembers waking up to find Cosby “next to her in bed, naked and ‘forcing himself in [her] mouth.’”

Thomas is coming forward with her story because she recently learned her mom knew about the alleged incident all along. Thomas doesn’t remember the conversation, but her mother says she called after the encounter and said “I did something wrong and … I got away and slammed the door.”

“I finally find out that she knows, that Dad knows, that they are supporting me if I want to go public,” she told CNN. “Then it became full steam ahead. I want to empower people.”

Thomas is one of many women who’ve come forward in recent months claiming Cosby drugged and/or sexually assaulted them. Cosby’s lawyer, Martin Singer, did not respond to EW’s multiple requests for comment.

This article originally appeared on EW.com

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Bill Cosby Says His Career Is ‘Far From Finished’

The comedian and his legal representation have continued to deny all claims

Bill Cosby says his career is not finished.

The comedian, 77, has canceled numerous shows amid the sexual assault allegations made against him by more than a dozen women. But he is scheduled to perform at a Louisiana venue on Friday, and issued a written statement thanking the performing arts center and fans for welcoming him:

“Dear Fans: For 53 years you have given me your love, support, respect and trust. Thank you! I can’t wait to see your smiling faces and warm your hearts with a wonderful gift – LAUGHTER. I’m ready! I thank you, the theatre staff (Heymann Performing Arts Center), the event organizers and the Lafayette community for your continued support and coming to experience family, fun entertainment. Hey, hey, hey – I’m far from finished.”

Cosby and his legal representation have continued to deny all claims, while also lashing out at the media for publicizing “decades-old events” that are “completely illogical.”

Some celebrities have weighed in on the scandal, including talk show host Jay Leno – who said he did not understand why “it’s so hard to believe women” – and fellow comedian Eddie Murphy, who opted not to impersonate Cosby during the Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special.

“Eddie decides the laughs are not worth it. He will not kick a man when he is down,” fellow SNL actor and “Weekend Update” host Norm Macdonald explained on Twitter a few days after the special aired.

Cosby’s statement was first received by the AFP.

The Heymann Performing Arts Center did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.

This article originally appeared on People.com

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Kanye Tweets Apologies to Beck and Bruno Mars

And he even offered Mars a chance to sing on a new track

It’s the dawn of a new day for Kanye West.

First, he went to dinner with Taylor Swift. Now, he’s publicly trying to make good with two artists he’s hated on in the past: Yeezus tweeted apologies on Thursday to Beck and Bruno Mars.

The Beck apology came after he kind of stole the artist’s thunder at the 2015 Grammy Awards, nearly “pulling a Kanye”—or his “I’mma let you finish” moment with Swift at the VMAs in 2009—when Beck won Album of the Year over Béyonce. He later said in an interview that the Morning Phase singer should give his award to the superstar.

The Bruno Mars apology, however, could come as a surprise to some. West admitted that he “really used to hate on” the “Uptown Funk” singer. (He has ranted about Mars during a couple of his concerts, too.)

Now, it looks like he thinks he’s pretty cool. In fact, he invited Mars to sing on a new track.

What he’ll do next is anyone’s guess.

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Here’s What to Expect from Season 3 of House of Cards

What we know — and what we predict will happen

House of Cards returns at midnight on Netflix. Based on where season two left off and early reviews, here’s what fans can expect.

Obviously, spoilers follow.

More policy, less scandal

Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) is president now, which means he has to take a break from murder and manipulation to actually run the country.

For those who don’t remember, Frank convinced Senator Hector Mendoza to start a smear campaign against President Garrett Walker (because he and his wife had been to couples’ counseling) and persuaded a special prosecutor to implicate Walker in a scandal involving money laundering with a Chinese businessman. President Walker finally stepped down, making Frank Underwood POTUS.

Early reviews suggest that the first few episodes are, well, a bit dry (albeit somewhat closer to real Washington politics than the riveting first two seasons).

Frank will struggle to hold on to his office

Remember, Frank’s term is almost up. He’ll soon have to seek reelection in 2016, which will be tough considering 1) he wasn’t voted into office 2) he’s made a lot of enemies and 3) he’s a murderous psychopath, a fact that’s bound to come out at some point.

We find out if Doug Stamper is dead or alive

Frank’s ex-chief of staff, Doug Stamper, was knocked out by ex-prostitute slash born-again Christian Rachel Posner and left for dead in the woods. Stamper was tasked with keeping Rachel from revealing any details about Zoe Barnes’ death. (Remember: Frank pushed Barnes in front of a train last season.) Unfortunately for him, he fell for Rachel. When he discovered that she was in a relationship with a woman she met at church, he chased her through the woods, where she hit him over the head a few times.

Is Stamper dead? If not, what does that mean for Rachel? And whether or not he survived the attack, Underwood will have to find some way to explain away the incident.

Gavin Orsay will be a player

The creepy hacker who’s overly attached to his pet guinea pig is still working as an FBI informant. He and Doug struck a deal that he would keep silent about Barnes’ death if Doug dropped the hacking charges against him. With Doug incapacitated or even dead, he could easily go rogue.

Many of the compelling minor characters from previous seasons are either dead, incarcerated or missing — Peter Russo, Zoe Barnes, Lucas Godwin, Rachel Posner, Janine Skorsky. Gavin is one of the few non-politicians left who can threaten Frank or help him. Expect him to be back with a vengeance.

Claire will get hers

Just as conniving as her husband, Claire Underwood (Robin Wright) unceremoniously dropped her bill to make it easier to adjudicate sex crimes in the military in order for she and her husband to make it into the Oval Office. It’s unlikely she’ll be satisfied sitting by and doing nothing as first lady.

Pussy Riot will guest star

It was reported back in August that two members of the Russian punk rock activist group Pussy Riot, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina, would make an appearance on the show. We can safely assume, then, that at some point Frank will be forced to address Russian politics — and possibly the country’s discriminatory laws against gay people.

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Chyler Leigh and David Harewood Join Supergirl

Chyler Leigh attends the 'Taxi Brooklyn' Paris premiere in Paris, France on March 10, 2014.
Kristy Sparow—Getty Images Chyler Leigh attends the 'Taxi Brooklyn' Paris premiere in Paris on March 10, 2014.

Leigh and Harewood will play Supergirl's sister and the head of a special government bureau, respectively

Chyler Leigh and David Harewood have joined the cast of CBS’ Supergirl, EW has learned.

The project stars Melissa Benoist as Kara Zor-El, who escaped Krypton amid its destruction years ago. Since arriving on Earth, she’s been hiding the powers she shares with her famous cousin. But now at age 24, she decides to embrace her superhuman abilities and be the hero she was always meant to be.

Grey’s Anatomy alum Leigh will play Alexandra “Alex” Dancer, the confident foster sister of Kara. Fascinated by Kara’s powers from a young age, Alex developed a lifelong obsession with science, which inspired her to become a doctor.

Homeland’s Harewood will play Hank Henshaw, a onetime CIA agent who now runs the Department of Extra-Normal Operations (DEO), which tracks extraterrestrial threats on Earth. If Hank’s name sounds familiar, that’s because he’s famous in DC Comics lore for being Cyborg Superman.

Leigh and Harewood join the previously cast Benoist, Mehcad Brooks, Calista Flockhart and Laura Benanti.

Supergirl hails from Arrow and Flash executive producer Greg Berlanti and The New Normal’s Ali Adler, who will write and executive-produce with Sarah Schechter. Additionally, Arrow and Flash boss Andrew Kreisberg has signed on as an executive producer and writer on Supergirl.

Check out the full list of pilots here.

This article originally appeared on EW.com.

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The Walking Dead Season 5 Finale Will Be 90 Minutes Long

Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes in a scene from the season four premiere of "The Walking Dead."
Gene Page—AP Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes in a scene from the season four premiere of "The Walking Dead."

The finale will air in late March

The Walking Dead’s season five finale will be an extended 90-minute episode airing March 29 at 9 p.m., AMC announced Wednesday. In the finale, Daryl finds himself in trouble while out on the run. Meanwhile, in Alexandria, Rick and his group continue to feel like outsiders as danger lurks near the gates.

At 10:30 p.m. EST, AMC will air Talking Dead, the live after-show hosted by Chris Hardwick, to discuss the finale and bid farewell to fallen characters. Past guests have included Kevin Smith, Norman Reedus, Lauren Cohan and Conan O’Brien.

This article originally appeared on EW.com.

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