Weekly Recap: Divas, Disney and a Day Off
This was a relatively light week here at Le Blog. So it seems like a perfect time to check in at the box office. And hey, will you look at that? Harrison Ford is starring in another sequel to one of his iconic movies from the 80’s. I can only assume Witness 2 is currently in development. The original Blade Runner was released in 1982 to mixed reviews and unimpressive box office. Over time, critics and audiences discovered the movie and it is now considered to be a science fiction classic. It went from being massively under-rated to arguable over-rated in the course of a couple of decades and countless re-releases.
Now here we are 35 years later and Blade Runner 2049 has opened to critical acclaim. But just like the original movie, the sequel appears to be under-performing. It will likely open at number one this weekend, but with a budget estimated at around $150 million, the studio was hoping for an opening around $50 million. Currently, BR 2049 is on course to fall short of that number by around $15 million dollars. It will be interesting to see if the sequel enjoys the same longevity as the original.
After over a year of daily birthday articles, Jestak decided to take a day off. You can hardly blame him. Especially when October 6th is light on celebrity births. Here’s my challenge to anyone reading this who was born on this date: Get famous before this time next year! If you can pull it off, you’re practically guaranteed headliner status in 2018. What more incentive do you need?
Here are the actual celebrity birthday’s for the week. (I’ll be subbing in last year’s article for the 6th.)
- October 2: Camilla Belle, Gillian Welch, Lorraine Bracco, Maribel Verdu, Samantha Barks, Sting
- October 3: Alanna Ubach, Clive Owen, Denis Villeneuve, James Herriot, Keiko Agena, Lena Headey, Lindsey Buckingham, Neve Campbell, Tessa Thompson, Thomas Wolfe
- October 4: Buster Keaton, Christoph Waltz, Dakota Johnson, Liev Schreiber, Lori Saunders, Melissa Benoist, Rachael Leigh Cook, Sara Forestier, Susan Sarandon
- October 5: Bill James, Guy Pearce, Heather Headley, Jesse Eisenberg, karen allen, Kate Winslet, Mario Lemieux, Tom Hooper
- October 6: Amy Jo Johnson, Britt Ekland, Carole Lombard, Elisabeth Shue, Ioan Gruffudd, Janet Gaynor, Jeremy Sisto, Mitchell Leisen
- October 7: Amber Stevens West, Amy Jo Johnson, Andrew Dominik, Helen MacInnes, Holland Roden, John Mellencamp, Kira Kosarin, Nicole Ari Parker, Sherman Alexie, Thom Yorke, Tim Minchin
- October 8: Anne-Marie Duff, Bella Thorne, Chevy Chase, David Yates, Kristanna Loken, matt damon, Nick Cannon, Sigourney Weaver
As a relatively recent “What the Hell Happened” inductee, Rachel Leigh Cook received a photo gallery for her birthday. I am sure it’s just what she wanted.
Daffy Stardust documented the end of his most recent Disney World getaway with two new videos. First he and his family hopped from a kingdom of animals to a more magical kingdom for some fireworks. Then, they spent one final morning cramming in everything that is still open at Disney’s Construction Studios. It’s all the fun of a Disney World vacation with none of the walking. And it’s free! If you’re worried about Daffy Does Disney withdrawals, fear not. This duck is a pass-holder.
Kevthewriter took another look at Warren Beatty’s most recent bid for relevance. When Rules Don’t Apply was released that year, no one cared. That usually doesn’t bode well for a movie’s chances at the box office and was probably a contributing factor to why Beatty’s movie bombed.
Last week, I talked about how my “staycation” pulled me away from my blogging duties in favor of more domestic chores. This week, it was back to work for Lebeau. But wouldn’t you know it? That didn’t make blogging any easier. A busy week at work meant skipping this week’s Fear the Walking Dead write-up for the second week in a row. But I didn’t hear anyone complaining about the missing recap. I will check in with the series again as time permits.
I did manage to churn out a write-up on the Lego Batman Movie Story Pack for Lego Dimensions. There is only one wave of releases yet to cover and the new releases are still selling at retail prices. So it may be a little bit before we get to discuss Lego Beetlejuice. I expect most of you won’t mind the wait.
Finally, this week’s Movieline magazine cover story was an interview with Tim Robbins from the October 1992 issue. Robbins was relatively hot at the time having recently starred in the Hollywood satire, The Player. He was promoting his own political satire, Bob Roberts, at the time of the interview. We also had a look at the world of divas from the October 1997 issue. Check it out if you want to know who was fabulous twenty years ago.
Next Week: I’m not quite sure, but whatever we come up with, it will be worth checking out. If you can’t drop in daily, be sure to check out next week’s recap to see what you missed.