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Ryan Gosling will join Harrison Ford in “Blade Runner 2.” Based on the book “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” by Philip K. Dick (published in 1968), it was the first of three books. “Blade Runner 2” is based on “Blade Runner: The Edge of Human” by K.W. Jeter (1995), leaving the third book, “Replicant Night,” for another sequel. Gosling, a busy first-time father (with Eva Mendez), has the comedy-drama “The Big Short,” with Christian Bale, Steve Carell and Brad Pitt (also producing), due Dec. 23, and “The Nice Guys,” with Russell Crowe, Kim Basinger and Matt Bomer, coming out May 20.

While waiting for the script of “World War Z 2,” Brad Pitt is staying in the war-movie mode, filming “War Machine,” with Anthony Michael Hall and Topher Grace. But don’t look for it in theaters, because Netflix paid $60 million to own it. “World War Z 2” is set for a June 2017 release.

Scott Eastwood, son of Clint, has three films in post-production. The $50 million biographicalpolitical thriller “Snowden” stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Edward Snowden, who leaked classified information, along with with Shailene Woodley, Melissa Leo, Zachary Quinto and Nicolas Cage. It opens May 13. Up next is the superhero film “Suicide Squad,” with Will Smith, Jared Leto and Viola Davis, due Aug. 5, followed by the thriller “Overdrive,” with hot English actor Freddie Thorp and Ana De Armas, who will first be seen with Robert De Niro in “Hands of Stone.”

Jennifer Aniston is joining Robert De Niro, who plays a Don Rickles-style insult comic, in “The Comedian,” written by Comedy Central roast master Jeffrey Ross. De Niro also will be Zac Efron’s “Dirty Grandpa,” with Dermot Mulroney and Julianne Hough, out in January.

Last year’s Best Actor Oscar winner, Eddie Redmayne (“The Theory of Everything”), is getting Oscar buzz for his current film, “The Danish Girl,” in which he transitions into womanhood ala Caitlyn Jenner. Eddie already is shooting the fantasy film “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” with Colin Farrell, Jon Voight and Ron Perlman. He plays an eccentric, introverted wizard.

David Hasselhoff is no more!

His last movie was the musicalhorror film “Alleluia!” with Paul Sorvino, which got good reviews and is being released at Christmas on DVD and Blu-Ray. As for Hasselhoff, he admitted, “I’ve wanted to drop the “Hassel” from my life for years.” So when the Australian telecommunications company Amaysim approached him with a campaign for its phone — “It takes the hassel out of your life” — he said, “Why not? My friends call me The Hoff anyway!” Hasselhoff had a ring to it, though. People usually change their first name to a nickname; they don’t change their surname except through marriage. What’s next … commercials for Hoff-y hot dogs?

© 2015 by King Features Syndicate

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