'Blade Runner 2049' and 7 Things to Watch This Weekend

1:05 PM 10/6/2017

by Ashley Lee and Jackie Strause

'Saturday Night Live' airs its second episode of the season with host Gal Gadot and musical guest Sam Smith.

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  • Blade Runner 2049

    In theaters

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    The Warner Bros., Sony and Alcon sequel to the Ridley Scott’s 1982 sci-fi thriller takes place several decades after the original, with Harrison Ford once again playing Rick Deckard, the former blade runner who has been missing for 30 years. This time, Ryan Gosling plays LAPD Officer K, who tracks down Ford's Deckard to help him take down a new enemy (Jared Leto) and his replicants. Denis Villeneuve directs the Warner Bros. release, also starring Dave Bautista, Robin Wright and Ana de Armas.

    Blade Runner 2049 earned very strong reviews, especially for its cinematography and visual effects, and currently has a fresh rating of 90 on Rotten Tomatoes. And though the original movie isn't required viewing to appreciate the new movie, there's only one version of the classic that curious first-timers should screen (watch out for the watered-down cuts!).

  • The Mountain Between Us

    In theaters

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    Idris Elba and Kate Winslet star in the romantic drama as travelers who survive a tragic plane crash but find themselves stranded in the winder wilderness. Hany Abu-Assad directs the Fox 2000 adaptation of Charles Martin's best-selling novel, and Beau Bridges and Dermot Mulroney are also among the film’s cast.

    The disaster thriller which was shot in the elements in Canada with minimal CG effects. (So yes, when Winslet drops into an ice-cold lake during that scene in the trailer, that's her actually submerged in below-freezing water.) THR's review called it "an easily digestible love story cum survival tale that tosses two excellent actors in the snow and lets them do their thing. [It's] far from sophisticated, but filled with eye-popping locations and an eye-popping pair of performers who, in their best scenes, exude an almost Capra-esque whimsy in the face of grave danger."

  • My Little Pony

    In theaters

    Hasbro’s magical horses are hitting the big screen with the voices of Emily Blunt, Kristin Chenoweth, Michael Pena, Uzo Aduba, Live Schrieber, Taye Diggs and Sia. Jayson Theissen, the supervising director ofthe TV series My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, helms the Lionsgate movie, also featuring voice talent from the show.

    Also featuring a few original tunes, the movie sees the beloved characters busily preparing for their annual Festival of Friendship. But their party is crashed when a dark force descends upon Equestria courtesy of the villainous Storm King (Schreiber) and the grudge-bearing Tempest Shadow (Blunt).

  • The Florida Project

    In limited theaters

    Courtesy of Cannes Film Festival

    The critically-lauded A24 movie is set during a joyful Florida summer break and follows an impoverished six-year-old and her friends as they create their own magic in the shadow of Walt Disney World. Willem Dafoe plays the manager of a budget motel called The Magic Castle, one of many on the highway stretch outside the Orlando amusement park. Newcomers Brooklynn Prince, Valeria Cotto and Bria Vinaite also star in the film, directed by Tangerine helmer Sean Baker.

    "What's most endearing is that these kids seem entirely untroubled by their disadvantaged situation — until unhappy reality intrudes — and that the movie manages simultaneously to observe them while observing the milieu through their eyes," reads THR's review. "[It's] a fabulous mosaic of one particular pocket of America's invisible homeless population — families living hand-to-mouth in motels originally designed to catch the tourist overspill from the flashy theme-park resorts across town."

  • Once Upon a Time

    Friday, 8 p.m. on ABC

    The ABC fairytale drama will look very different when it returns for its seventh season. Gone are Snow White and Prince Charming when the relatively new cast is launched many years into the future. Joining the returning Evil Queen (Lana Parrilla) is Andrew J. West (The Walking Dead) leading the series as an adult version of Henry. Other returning characters include Regina (Lana Parrilla), Mr. Gold (Robert Carlyle) and Captain Hook (Colin O'Donoghue).

    Six regular castmembers exited after last season, but three are sticking around for the soft reboot — Ginnifer Goodwin (Snow White), Josh Dallas (Prince Charming) and Rebecca Mader (the Wicked Witch). Exiting stars Jennifer Morrison (Emma), Jared Gilmore (Henry) and Emilie de Ravin (Belle) will return for brief visits throughout the season. "We'd rather put a bow on the stories for some of these characters and try something new than just try to drag out their stories" co-creator Adam Horowitz told THR about reinventing the show. "We wanted to put the bow on it, send them off in a hopefully beautiful way for the audience and then do something new."

  • Saturday Night Live

    Saturday, 11:30 p.m. on NBC

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    The veteran NBC sketch series launched its 43rd season last week with host Ryan Gosling, musical guest Jay-Z and Alec Baldwin in his Emmy-winning impression of President Donald Trump. This week sees Wonder Woman Gal Gadot taking over the hosting chair with Sam Smith on the stage. 

    The actress slipped into her superhero persona for a promo of her hosting debut, breaking down the New York set's walls and giving her signature Wonder Woman pose to stunned SNL castmembers Leslie Jones, Beck Bennett and Mikey Day. After testing four of last season's final shows with live runs coast to coast, this season made the timeslot move permanent. Airing live in all U.S. time zones, SNL is likely to reap considerable lifts in ratings, as Saturday's numbers clocked in as the second most-watched premiere since 2010.

  • Madam Secretary

    Sunday, 10 p.m. on CBS

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    Tea Leoni returns as U.S. Secretary of State Elizabeth McCord in season four of CBS' political drama. Though the premiere involves a timely fake news storyline, the Washington, D.C.-set series follows in the footsteps of HBO's Veep and doesn't identifies which party the characters are affiliated with. Elizabeth's husband, Harry (Tim Daly), also recently accepted a job at the CIA’s Special Activities Division and his first task involves Russia. Guest star Morgan Freeman returns as Chief Justice Wilbourne and Elizabeth's suspicions are set off after a diplomat suddenly dies during their meeting.

  • Episodes

    Sunday, 10 p.m. on Showtime

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    Matt LeBlanc ends his five-season run as TV Matt LeBlanc when Episodes airs its series finale on Sunday. The Friends alum plays a heightened version of himself on the Showtime comedy and this season has seen the Hollywood star once again working with the husband-and-wife duo of Sean (Stephen Mangan) and Beverly (Tamsin Greig) as they attempt to make a new TV show. In the finale, however, Sean and Beverly confront Matt after learning that ha passed on the new series they co-created for him. 

    "Everything is rooted in something that happened to us," co-creator Jeffrey Klarik told THR about the storylines on the show, which lampoons the goings on of the TV business. His TV and life partner, David Crane, added of wrapping the series: "There have been moments since we've finished where something will happen, and we'll say, 'I wish we could put that in the show.' But even with that feeling, leaving everyone wanting more is more important. And being able to put a bow on it and finish the way we wanted to finish as opposed to finding out that you're done? It's much more satisfying this way."

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