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The 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.
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:
Straight 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.
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:
Owen 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.
August 25th, 2015 is Biff Bam Pop’s 7th birthday.
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.
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:
Sinister 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.
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.
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:
Staight 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