The GAR! Podcast: Hulk Hogan Vs. Bill Cosby

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Biff Bam Pop! presents The GAR! Podcast, the Glenn Walker and Ray Cornwall weekly podcast where they talk unrehearsed about whatever happens to come to mind. It’s an audio-zine for your mind, a nerd exploration of a nerd world, coming to you from across the vastness of suburban New Jersey via Skype. This week, we’re talking about Hulk Hogan and Bill Cosby, yeah, we go there, along with all the usual stuff. See and hear more after the jump.

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Ensley F. Guffey On… War Comics

Cover of Blazing Combat #3, art by Frank Frazetta

Cover of Blazing Combat #3, art by Frank Frazetta

Each week, one of Biff Bam Pop’s illustrious writers will delve into one of their favorite things.  Perhaps it’s a movie or album they’ve carried with them for years.  Maybe it’s something new that moved them and they think might move you too.  Each week, a new subject, a new voice writing on… something they love.

This week we once again have the pleasure of having Ensley F. Guffey share his love of War Comics, but this time focusing on the Blazing Combat series…

Hello and welcome to another installment of “Ensley F. Guffey on War Comics.” Last time, I used this space to gush about one of my favorite British contributions to the genre, but today I’ll be hopping back across the pond to examine a series that regularly places in the top five of every “Best War Comics” list I’ve ever seen: Blazing Combat. Unlike the other books I’ve written about here, Blazing Combat didn’t come into my life until I was an adult, and beginning to seriously study the genre, but when I discovered it, but it was worth the wait.

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Will Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation top the box office?

You missions, if you choose to accept it, is help determine what film will rule the box office this weekend. Here’s our prediction as to which film will come out on top:

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Love him or hate him, and I think more people do the former, Tom Cruise always does well at the box office when he steps into the role of Ethan Hunt in the Mission: Impossible series. The trailers for the fifth installment, Rogue Nation, have been stellar and stunning, and I think audiences are genuinely excited to see this film. Cruise has been all over the media promoting the film, and I believe that should pay off with a strong debut at the box office. Look for a first place showing with $60 million.

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Trailer Time: How To Be Deadly

Alright, Canuckleheads. As you likely know if you read BBP, our headquarters is in the Great White North of Canada. And we’re always keen to support the home grown talent. On that note…

The official trailer for How To Be Deadly is now out! Newfoundland comedy faves like Rick Mercer, Mary Walsh, Cathy Jones, The Trews’ Sean Dalton, and more, are in it. This will be a comedy do-not-miss. Cities and dates that it will be screening are within the trailer’s description. Info on purchasing tickets being released soon.

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Searching for the Serial Killers

What do you do on a Saturday that’s free when you have an interest in the dark side of humanity? You explore sites related to the closest city’s serial killers, of course. I spent a day in the Philadelphia area looking for sites that involved America’s first known serial killer, H.H. Holmes, “Corpse Collector” Harrison “Marty” Graham, and Gary Heidnik, who inspired part of the Buffalo Bill character in Silence of the Lambs. Read the rest of this entry

Twin Peaks S02 E13: Checkmate

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On the last episode of “Twin Peaks,” Major Briggs returns and, we have a new Confederate General: Ben Horne. Can the Major tell Cooper what happened to him in the woods? Will the owls let him? Will the military? Read the rest of this entry

TIFF 2015 Marks Festival’s 40th Anniversary

First Festival of Festivals poster held by director Rosee Lacreta, 1976

It ain’t a mid-life crisis, that’s for sure. September’s just around the corner, and Torontonians know that means it’s time for another Toronto International Film Festival. This incarnation’s one of those zero-numbers people get so excited about, and at forty, TIFF’s getting downright venerable. What started out in 1975 as The Festival of Festivals (Toronto had big eyes back then, and not a whole lot else), has grown from a scrappy little fest in a half-dozen theatres around town to a massive media machine, with over 350 films appearing in its ten-day run. Start up the projector, let’s take a peak at a few treats that lie just ahead.

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The Kids Will Love GUARDIANS TEAM-UP #8 On The Wednesday Run

Guardians Team Up 8Look, if you’re over thirty (oh hell, if you’re over forty!) years of age, and you were a comic book reader as a kid, you’ll remember the old Marvel What If and Team-Up comic book titles. Boy, they were fun!

DC had them too. Remember The Brave and the Bold and DC Comics Presents? They were great!

Sometime during the 1980’s, those kinds of comic books fell out of favour with their publishers, and, it must be said, their fans. I won’t dwell on the why’s in this particular column. Sure, comics like that were still being published, but not to the same degree and certainly not to the fanfare of those earlier decades. Maybe it had something to do with comic books stories becoming more “realistic”. Maybe it had something to do with the end of the “one and done” single issue stories. Maybe it had something to do with the comic book audience growing up and getting old.

In any case, there’s been a particularly fun team-up comic book being published for eight months now and it’s high time you, or your young son or daughter, turned an excited eye towards it.

I’m talking, of course, about issue #8 of the Guardians Team-Up monthly comic book series!

Follow me after the jump for a modern take on our love of nostalgia!

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Avengers Assemble S02 E23: Avengers’ Last Stand

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After facing major big bads Thanos and Ultron earlier this season we finally get to the battle that’s been building since the seventh episode of “Marvel’s Avengers Assemble” – the Avengers vs. the Squadron Supreme. Meet me after the jump for my thoughts on the grimly titled “Avengers’ Last Stand.”

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Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell S01 EP07: Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

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We’ve finally arrived at the final episode of “Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell,” and it seems too soon. I’m not sure that fans of the show were ready to say goodbye to this world and all of the wonderful characters.

Last week, Jonathan captured the madness of a crazy cat lady, and had an unfortunate confrontation with The Gentleman.  Vinculus, who is the book of The Raven King also had an unfortunate meeting with the evil fairy. He keeps his appointment with a tree, though I’m not sure Vinculus knew he’d be hanging from it.

Just in case you haven’t seen the epic finale, spoilers, after the jump.

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