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Rest In Peace Wes Craven

Wes__07-2smaller_cropThe news just broke that Wes Craven, the genre-defining legendary director of such films as A Nightmare on Elm Street, The Last House on the Left, The Hills Have Eyes, Deadly Blessing, the Scream films, and Music of the Heart and many, many other films has passed away at the age of 76 from brain cancer.

Monday morning I appeared on SiriusXM Canada Talks 167’s National Post Radio to Craven’s legacy.

Anyone who loves the horror genre has had their lives touched by this brilliant man, so rather than prattle on too long, let’s share a few moments from his films, and remember his talent fondly.

No Escape had no audience this weekend at the box office

It was indeed a fairly lacklustre weekend at the box office, as predicted, so let’s get right into it. Here’s what went down:

boxStraight Outta Compton managed to hold on to the top spot at the box office for the third weekend in a row, bringing in an estimated $13.2 million. The saga of NWA has managed to gross $134.1 million in just three weeks, and is inarguably the final big hit of the summer box office season.

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Cub gives kids a good reason to not go in the woods

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Don’t kill the kid.

It’s one of the unspoken rules in horror films.

You can have bad kids, possessed kids, jerky kids, etc, etc.

Just don’t kill them.

Cub doesn’t follow the rules.

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There looks to be No Escape from a boring weekend at the box office

Well, it’s the dog days of sum…hold on, didn’t we do this already? Really, there’s no clever way of talking about the final weekend of August. There are few new releases, none of which have any sort of buzz going for them. Will any wind up in the top spot? Here’s our prediction:

NoEscapeOwen Wilson. you are not a leading man in an action film material. That means, I don’t anticipate anyone going to see No Escape this weekend. Trailers have been uninspiring, and turnout is going to be the same. Look for a fifth place debut with $6 million.

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Happy birthday to us!

August 25th, 2015 is Biff Bam Pop’s 7th birthday.

7 years!

How did this happen? Where did the time go?

It’s a blink of an eye kind of deal, and the fact that, all these years later, we’re still around? Well, I think it’s a testament to the amazing group of writers who have passed through our internet doors.

Currently, I believe we have the best line-up of Biff Bam Pop talent ever. Every writer has their own voice and thoughts, and their work is never less than compelling. For me, it’s amazing to be associated with this group, and I can’t thank them enough for what they bring to the table and to the site on a daily basis.

We also have the support of the genre community across North America, which is rewarding in and of itself.

So, what next? Well, we keep on trucking with this incredible group of personalities contributing. Hopefully, we’ll have some new faces join us as well. And then there’s this year’s new project, which hopefully will come to light before too long. I hate it when people tease things and don’t deliver, so consider this the kick in the butt I’m going to need to make sure we deliver.

Oh, fuck it. The BBP Network. This year.

Now I’ve done it.

Thanks for reading, for supporting, and for coming back day after day, year after year.

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Exclusive: Andy Burns talks to Julian Richings about Ejecta

JRJulian Richings is one of Canada’s leading character actors. While you may not know his name, you most certainly recognize his face from many of the films and tv series’ he’s appeared in, including Supernatural, Hannibal, X-Men: The Last Stand, Man of Steel, and many, many more. Richings latest starring role is the science fiction thriller, Ejecta, in which he portrays blogger/writer Bill Cassidy, who has been dealing with extraterrestrials for much of his life. It’s a thoughtful, paranoid performance, and demonstrates why Richings is a favourite of genre fans.

Along with our previous interview with directors Matt Wiele and Chad Archibald, we were able to talk to Julian about Ejecta, his thoughts on the cosmos, the allure of horror and much more.

Andy Burns: Congrats on a yet another solid performance, Julian. What drew you to the role of Bill?

Julian Richings: First, the boys at Foresight Features approached me and I’d been very impressed with their hands-on pragmatic approach to filmmaking. They’re a tight, no-nonsense group who dig into successive projects wearing slightly different hats each time, but they share an unflinching work ethic and creative ingenuity no matter what roles they take on. This was actually Matt Wiele’s first time wearing a director’s hat, but I was impressed his collaborative style coupled with his clarity of execution. (Chad effortlessly and sensitively expanded the sense of a family dynamic ).

When I read the script I realized I’d been offered the role of a troubled and complex character written by none other than Tony Burgess, someone whose writing I’ve admired forever, and who I feel an affinity with because of our mutual co-conspirators over the years.

So these things came together in a project that had a hands-on no-nonsense leanness , but had enough confidence and improvisational flair to adjust and grow as it went along.

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Exclusive: Andy Burns talks with Ejecta directors Matt Wiele and Chad Archibald

Ejecta is a science-fiction thriller that combines found footage and real film to create a unique viewing experience. Filmed on location in Collingwood, Ontario, Ejecta stars genre favourite Julian Richings as a reclusive writer/blogger Bill Cassidy, whose experience with extraterrestrials has him in the sights of a clandestine group who are eager to learn what he witnessed the night of a solar storm.

Biff Bam Pop was lucky enough to chat with co-directors Matt Wiele and Chad Archibald over email about Ejecta, the creation of the story, filming on location, and much more.

Andy Burns: Matt and Chad, congrats on a very trippy and cool movie. Can you talk to us about how Ejecta came to be?

Matt Wiele: Trippy is good! Glad you got a high from watching it. Ejecta, in it’s original form, came about through wanting to make a tense “found footage” or “POV” style film that centered around a small scale alien crash and the claustrophobic aftermath of what that might look like. The evolution of the film and the story happened after shooting the initial material and wanting to expand on it. Make it bigger and better while still keeping it set amongst a small number of characters with opposing interests in the alien presence and witnessed/recorded crash.

Chad Archibald: Initially I had worked on the film on a different capacity and I loved the concept and the entire experience. I had worked with Matt in the past but it was exciting seeing him in the directors chair oppose to producing. I think everyone was excited to be making an alien flick with a bit of a twist, along with the fact that Julian was in it. After the film was cut together, the team decided to take the found footage element and push the movie even further. I was asked to come on board to help direct the additional segments of the film and Ejecta in it’s current state is what we came up with!
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Sinister 2 vs Straight Outta Compton this weekend at the box office

The last few weeks of August are usually pretty quiet at the box office. The biggest films have already been released, while smaller, less mass appeal ones slowly start to squeak through. This weekend is no different. Which flick will come out on top? Here are our predictions:

SINISTER2_OneSheetSinister 2 is the sequel to the 2012 film that starred Ethan Hawke and that was directed by Scott Derrickson, soon to helm Marvel’s Doctor Strange. The original made $77 million on a $3 million budget, so the inevitable sequel makes complete sense. However, neither director Derrickson or Hawke are returning for this instalment (though the former does have a co-writing credit). Three years is a long time in between horror sequels, and I’m skeptical as to whether audiences will flock to this one. Look for a second place showing with $18 million.

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Review: Cop Car is a clever film noir from director Jon Watts

Great news, everyone! Jon Watts is directing the new Spider-Man film (you know, the one that Marvel and Sony are co-producing and which will bring Spidey into the Marvel Cinematic Universe).

Hold on, what’s that you say? Who the heck is Jon Watts?

Hey, no judgment over here. I didn’t know who he was either until I had the chance to watch Cop Car, his debut film which has been making the rounds, and that will be showing at The Royal in Toronto later this month.

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Straight Outta Compton goes straight to number one

A huge opening for one of this week’s two debuts, while another one just couldn’t find itself an audience. Here’s what went down:

imageStaight Outta Compton, the critically acclaimed biopic about the hugely influential hip-hop group NWA managed to debut with an outstanding $59 million in the early box office estimates. The film definitely had crossover appeal, which combined with solid reviews, help make it this weekend’s must-seee. Whether or not it will have legs is the next question, but as we hit the dog days of summer, I anticipate Straight Outta Compton should have a decent run over the next few weeks.  Read the rest of this entry

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