The Strain S01 E11: The Third Rail

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In last week’s episode of “The Strain,” after Kelly Goodweather infected her BFF, she had a private audience with the Master. Ephraim played a game of “he loves her, he loves her not” with Nora’s heart and we learned that Mr. Fitzwilliams is one of the good guys. Setrakian has all the weapons he needs at his bat cave, but who will go after the Master tonight? Grab your UV lights and follow me.

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The Maze Runner Rules – Biff Bam Pop Weekend Box Office Wrap-Up Report

It wasn’t even a close race at the box office this weekend, as three new releases performed relatively as expected, if not a little on the lower side of predictions. Here’s what went down:

The_Maze_Runner_posterThe Maze Runner debut at number one this weekend with an ok $32 million. Once again, we have another adaptation of young adult novel that really failed to take off. Studios will likely have to be a little more discerning when it comes to picking up titles, as it’s clear that few of them are going to be Twilight or The Hunger Games.

As for the rest of the top five, neither A Walk Among The Tombstones nor This Is Where I Leave You managed to find much of an audience, the former bringing in $13 million for second place, while the latter could only muster up $11 million for third place. No Good Deed would hit fourth place with $10 million, while Dolphin Tale 2 closed things out in fifth with $9 million.

So, to recap, here were our predictions:

1) The Maze Runner – $40 million
2) A Walk Among The Tombstones – $19 million
3) This Is Where I Leave You – $13 million
4) No Good Deed – $11 million
5) Dolphin Tale 2 – $10 million

And here’s how the weekend turned out:

1) The Maze Runner – $32 million
2) A Walk Among The Tombstones – $13 million
3) This Is Where I Leave You – $11 million
4) No Good Deed – $10 million
5) Dolphin Tale 2 – $9 million 

Next weekend sees the release of The Boxtrolls and The Equalizer. Be sure to check back on Friday to see our predictons.

Doctor Who S08 E05: Time Heist

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Reaction to the first four episodes of the new Peter Capaldi Doctor has been lukewarm to say the least. While he has been fun, and vastly different from recent Doctors, other factors have been less than stellar. And the mysteries of Missy and Danny Pink have been generating much discussion, but there’s also the question of last week’s “Listen.” Some folks have been saying it’s one of the best episodes of “Doctor Who” in years, and others believe it’s just one more reason to lynch showrunner Steven Moffat up in the street. No matter what you thought of it, you can check out my thoughts on this week’s “Time Heist,” after the jump.

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The GAR! Podcast: The Interviews

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Usually every Friday at this time Biff Bam Pop! presents the newest episode of The GAR! Podcast, the Glenn Walker and Ray Cornwall weekly podcast where they talk unrehearsed about whatever happens to come to mind, an audio-zine for your mind, a nerd exploration of a nerd world. This week however, GAR! is on a short hiatus. In its place we’re featuring some of the interviews that you might have missed before GAR! came to Biff Bam Pop!. Stay tuned for some of the previous guests of The GAR! Podcast, after the jump.

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Will The Maze Runner Spring To The Top? Biff Bam Pop’s Box Office Predictions

Three new movies are looking for your dollars, but only one is a lock for the number one spot at the box office. Here’s our predictions:

The_Maze_Runner_posterThe Maze Runner is the adaptation of the popular young adult novel of the same name, a dsytopian tale about a group of boys trying to find their way out of a changing labyrinth/maze (hence the title). There are no mega-stars in the film, which is toplined by Dylan O’brien from MTV’s teen wolf. I feel like there’s been some genuine hype and hope for this film, so it should perform better than some of the more recent YA adaptations. Look for The Maze Runner to debut on top with $40 million.

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A Rock ‘N’ Roll Crucible: U2–Songs Of Innocence (2014) Reviewed

U2 Songs of Innocence album coverNot counting last year’s “Ordinary Love” from the Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom film and this year’s “Invisible” for Product Red, it’s been five years since we last heard from U2.

No Line On the Horizon, the band’s twelfth studio album, released in early 2009, was a relative failure in terms of sales, even if the resulting world tour was the highest grossing concert tour in history. It was evident: people still wanted to hear and see U2. For that reason and that reason alone, the aged Irish rockers can still be deemed as being relevant musically, politically, and culturally. With the surprise album release of Songs of Innocence last week, five long years since their last proper album, U2, the long-lasting survivors of rock and roll, test the theory of relevancy once more.

And they come through that crucible in one of the most unexpected ways imaginable: if not through the music itself, then through the musical process.

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The Ten Percent: Head, Heart Hands – Metropolis

“Ninety percent of everything is crud.” – Theodore Sturgeon

It’s time for another installment of “The Ten Percent,” a regular column where every other week we’ll take a look at the inverse of Sturgeon’s Law; in other words, the small portion of everything which is not crud. Remember, for each film or television show that gets people talking years or even decades after its premiere, there are hundreds of others that were deservedly strangled early on. The Ten Percent are the works which stand the test of time and such works are not limited by something as puny as genre classifications. You’ll find quality animation here, along with tear-jerking melodrama, slapstick comedy, heart-stopping horror, fantastical science fiction, flashy musicals, and more besides! The Ten Percent last because they are high quality productions which demand more of their viewer than simple passive reception.

One of the older films to bear the Ten Percent marker is 1927’s Metropolis. While short, one-reel science fiction films, such as Georges Méliès’ charming A Trip to the Moon, had found an audience, Metropolis has the distinction of being the first feature-length science fiction film and yes, it’s a silent film. Director Fritz Lang showed the world life in a sharply dystopian society, with the fortunate and unthinking few living a life of ease and comfort at the expense of a much larger segment of society who work in unrelenting ten-hour shifts to supply those above with this carefree existence. To any science fiction fan worth his ray gun, Metropolis is a must-see film.

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Biff Bam Pop Exclusive: 5 Questions With Peter David + A Preview Of The Dark Tower: The Drawing of the Three – The Prisoner Issue 2

Legendary comic scribe Peter David is just that – a legend, thanks to defining runs on the Incredible Hulk and X-Factor, to name just two. For the past seven years, he’s been writing the Marvel adaptation of Stephen King’s seminal The Dark Tower series of books, alongside noted Dark Tower authority and King colleague Robin Furth. We had the chance to talk to Robin a few years ago, at the time of the release of the first Dark Tower Omnibus, and now, with we’ve got Peter David, who answered five questions about the series The Dark Tower: The Drawing of the Three – The Prisoner, which tells of the early days of future ka-tet member Eddie Dean. The first issue was absolutely stellar for this Dark Tower devotee, full of familiar characters, great storytelling and easter eggs. So take a taste of what awaits you at the Dixie Pig.

DTTPCoverAndy Burns: As a big Dark Tower fan, seeing a whole new side of Eddie Dean was a real gift, so thank you for that. Could you talk a little about how this particular series came into being? 

Peter David: I’m reasonably sure it came into being because of me.  I was in Jacksonville, Florida, a year and a half ago, recovering from a stroke, and Steve was kind enough to come visit me.  He drove five hours to come up and spend an hour and a half at the facility with me.  And while he was there, I told him–quite honestly–that fans kept asking when we were going to stop adapting book two.  That they were anxious to see Eddie Dean and the others and continue Roland’s adventures.  And Steve said, “Really?”  And I said “Yeah.”  And Steve said, “We should do that, then.”  A month later I got a call from my former editor Bill Rosemann and he said, “Guess what?  We’re back!”  So thank God I had a stroke!

Andy Burns: One aspect of the first issue I really enjoyed was that a newcomer could pick up the issue and be immediately engaged, while Dark Tower devotees get to see familiar places or concepts. How different is the approach to this series from previous Dark Tower comics? Read the rest of this entry

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