The Möbius strip: ‘Blade Runner’ flops, Harvey Weinstein exposed as a sexual predator

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Blade Runner 2049 won the weekend box office, but its $32.8 million intake was a fraction of the $50 million domestic the studios were expecting. That said, it should hardly surprise that a film saddled with the combined incompetence of both Warner Bros. and Sony disappointed- Box Office Mojo

The sequel to a 35-year-old science fiction classic, Blade Runner 2049 failed critically to draw in young or female viewers. According to industry analysis, 65 percent of the film’s viewers were male and a staggering 77 percent were over the age of 25. It’s also speculated that the ensuing MLB playoffs and terror from last week’s mass shooting in Las Vegas, where one of the film’s key scenes is set, could have been a factor- Indiewire

It will be incredibly interesting to see how this film plays out over the stretch — the next really high-profile blockbuster, Thor: Ragnarok, isn’t until November, and 2049 has received critical adulation and Oscar talk- The New York Times

Blade Runner 2049 is of course the sequel to 1982’s Blade Runner, a similarly underappreciated but massively influential film. Black Panther production designer Hannah Beachler discusses how the classic will influence the February Marvel film- Screen Rant

Despite its poor initial showing, Blade Runner 2049 is expected to become the unprecedented 14th R-rated film to earn more than $50 million in the U.S. this year. Kate Erbland explores the sudden financial renaissance of restricted movies after last year’s smash hit, DeadpoolIndiewire

But the big news of the week was The New York Times’ explosive report that film executive Harvey Weinstein, co-founder of independent studios Miramax and later The Weinstein Company which helped launch the careers of Quentin Tarantino and Kevin Smith among many others, is a sexual predator who had been harassing and paying off women whom he had power over for decades on end. The Times found evidence of no fewer than eight out-of-court settlements between Weinstein and women he’d allegedly come on to- The New York Times

Over the next week, a bevy of stars who had benefited from his productions spoke out against him, and many more accusations were added to the list- The Washington Post

His high-profile lawyer, Lisa Bloom, resigned from representing him on Saturday- Business Insider

Weinstein was eventually fired from his namesake production studio, The Weinstein Company, Sunday evening- The Associated Press

His name will be stripped from the company- Deadline

Before his firing, Weinstein sent out a letter to Hollywood insiders begging for their help- The Hollywood Reporter

The controversy turned to recent Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, as it does, who accepted campaign contributions from Weinstein and has remained silent on the accusations levied against him- Deadline

On Mean Girls day Oct. 3, stars Amanda Seyfried, Lacey Chabert, Jonathan Bennett and Daniel Franzese set up a GoFundMe account to help victims of the Las Vegas shooting two days earlier, with Chabert saying, “We know we can’t make ‘fetch’ happen, but we can make this happen.” The campaign has raised $76,090 of a $300,000 goal- Go Fund Me

After producing critical darlings Split and Get Out earlier in the year, Jason Blum asks why The Academy ignores horror movies- Screen Rant

Three months ahead of its 50th birthday, Dustin Hoffman looks back on The Graduate- Variety

And finally, a new trailer dropped for Star Wars: The Last Jedi last night, predictably lighting the Internet on fire. So here it is, eat your hearts out you gibbons-

 

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