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We’re on the threshold of a new year.
I say nuts to that. Personally, 2011 was an awful year. I’m glad to stick a fork in this one come Sunday, and I think you should too, especially knowing what good stuff is on the horizon.
To pick you up before 2011 go-goes, here are five reasons 2012 is going to be a great year:
If you’re reading this, you’ve probably left the shopping to the very last minute, right?
You’ve had the chance to check out the Biff Bam Pop! Holiday Gift Guide for the last 23 days and even win free stuff like Stephen King’s latest book 11/23/63 or the complete series of Battlestar Galactica on DVD.
Yet despite a whole bunch of great ideas to make your shopping experience easier this holiday season, here you are.
What’s a desperate last minute shopper to do?
With the holidays nearly upon us, you might already be full of festive cheer.
Then again, you may have a positively diabetic reaction to all the sugary sweetness that Christmas can bring – especially in the entertainment of the season.
Yes, this is the time of year about togetherness and family and the spirit of giving and blah, blah, blah – but you don’t want to be beaten over the head with such sentiments as you try to get into the mood.
Tonight (December 22nd) is the longest night of the year. Why not fill it with a few Christmas-y movies that don’t cause sugar comas when consumed?
Here are five prime choices for your holiday entertainment:
Editor-in-Chief Andy Burns was a guest on the Humble & Fred Radio.com podcast today. On top of reminiscing about working with Humble & Fred in the early 2000s, Andrew also discussed Biff Bam Pop! and the Holiday Gift Guide, revealing more of the cool giveaways coming up before Christmas.
To check out the Humble & Fred Radio podcast, click here. The interview with Biff Bam Pop! begins at 1:02:06.
“Humble” Howard Glassman and Fred Patterson worked as the #1 rated morning show hosts of Toronto radio station Edge 102 throughout the 1990s and into the new millennium before moving to mornings at AM 640 in 2001. In 2003, the duo became the resident morning personalities at Toronto’s Mix 99.9 FM.
After parting ways during a program shake-up in August of 2005, Fred Patterson became the Program Director of Corus Entertainment’s The Wolf 101.5 FM in Peterborough, while “Humble” Howard became the morning show host on 97.3 EZ Rock, later Boom 97.3 FM.
Earlier this year, both were laid off by their respective employers and decided to reunite. Launching the website HumbleandFredRadio.com in September, the pair debuted daily podcasts on October 15th, 2011.
For a special treat, check out this Humble & Fred commercial from back in the days of Edge 102.
Giveaway! Win A Copy Of Smallville – The Final Season In Day 12 Of Biff Bam Pop’s Holiday Gift Guide
Debuting on October 16, 2001, Smallville had the dubious honour of being the right show at the right time following the tragedy of 9/11. America needed heroes, and The WB network provided with this “no flights, no tights” take on the early years of the world’s greatest superhero.
Since then, young Clark Kent (Tom Welling) faced tornadoes, nuclear missiles, a Kryptonian artificial intelligence representing his long-dead father, Lex Luthor (Michael Rosenbaum), Doomsday, General Zod, Major Zod (the same guy, but not really – it’s hard to explain) and a whole lot of heartbreak with his on-again, off-again loves – Lana Lang (Kristen Kreuk) and Lois Lane (Erica Durance).
Then came the big 1-0.
As a comic fan, you know what a big day May 4, 2012 will be.
That’s when Marvel Studios will release The Avengers, the big-screen fanboy dream that will see Thor, Captain America, Hulk and Iron Man join forces to fight evil I the name of justice and box-office riches.
The Avengers is what Marvel Studios has been building towards since 2008’s Iron Man, which featured a then-risky choice of Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark, the millionaire industrialist turned metal-clad superhero. Weaving together the story of a shared superhero universe, we’ve since seen The Incredible Hulk (2008) feature the green goliath fighting Stark technology, while 2010`s Iron Man 2 tease that Tony Stark’s father had a bit to do with the origins of a certain flag-wearing super-soldier.
2011 brought the most recent stops on the journey to The Avengers with Thor in May and Captain America: The First Avenger in July. With both films now available on DVD and Blu-Ray, you can give two of the best superhero films of the year this holiday season.
There shouldn’t be any prequels or sequels to Watchmen.
The seminal work by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons was originally released as a twelve-issue miniseries in 1986/1987 and, once collected, became one of the most highly regarded graphic novels of all time. Along with Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns and Art Spiegelman’s Maus, Watchmen remains a defining example of comic art in the modern era.
It’s a work that stands alone and should be left alone, but recent news indicates that we’ll be seeing some new Watchmen material in the very near future.
When DC Comics, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Rocksteady Studios teamed up to release Batman: Arkham Asylum for the PS3, Xbox 360 and PC platforms in 2009, fans of the Dark Knight were blown away by the killer graphics, a rich story and most important of all, the chance to actually be Batman in a video game.
Many fans were so taken with the game’s free-flowing combat, challenge maps and multitude of Bat gadgets that they didn’t think Arkham Asylum could be improved upon.
Enter 2011’s sequel, Batman: Arkham City.
Like the first game, Arkham City features a story written by Paul Dini, one of the primary architects behind the much-loved Batman: The Animated Series. Expanding on just about everything from the first game, Arkham City increases the game playing field three times over, expands the number and quality of side missions and villains for Batman to handle, and even allows you to take control of such fan-favourite characters as Catwoman, Robin and Nightwing through downloadable content.
In every way, shape and form, Batman: Arkham City is a vast improvement on the near-perfect gaming experience of the original. It’s a strong contender for game of the year, and worth every penny. Giving the gift of a stay in Arkham City this holiday season will make you a winner come Christmas morning.
Batman: Arkham City is available on the PS3, Xbox 360 and PC and retails for $69.99 in most video game stores and online via Amazon.ca.