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Trailer Time – Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer 3

A brand new trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron just dropped and, boy, things don’t look good at all for Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. Check it out below and let us know what you think!

Will Smith loses Focus, audiences still dig Kingsman

It was a seriously lacklustre weekend at the box office, as none of the new releases managed to bring home any significant dollars. Here’s what went down:

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As predicted, Will Smith and Margot Robie’s Focus managed to debut in the top spot this weekend, but it was with a fairly unimpressive number, grossing just $19 million. This is certainly not what Will is looking for; me thinks he best serves his audience in larger, tentpole style films such as Men In Black. Maybe he’s going to be rethinking returning to Independance Day as well. Unless Focus manages to find some unexpected legs, this one should come and go from theaters vert quickly.
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Will your focus be on Focus this weekend?

Another weekend, another battle at the box office. Can the latest from a tried, tested and true movie star take down Ana and Christian? Here are our predictions:

imageFocus will hopefully be a return to form for the usually dependable Will Smith. His last flick, After Earth, was a colossal bomb on all fronts, so Will needs a hit to be back on track. Focus is a con flic, and we haven’t really had a notable one of those since Now You See Me from a few summers ago. The film’s not so secret weapon could very well be co-star Margot Robbie, who has some serious buzz around her after having accepted the role of Harley Quinn in the upcoming DC Comics film, Suicide Squad (also set to star Smith). With all these factors in play, I think we’ll see a first place showing for Focus with a solid $25 million.

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Apparently you had no interest in Hot Tub Time Machine 2

A big opening weekend for a film at the box office oftentimes equals a fairly large drop during its second weekend, which is exactly what transpired over the last three days. Even still, last week’s number one still had enough juice to hold off any newcomers. Here’s what went down:

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With horrible reviews and its core audience satisfied during its opening weekend, Fifty Shades Of Grey had a steep, steep drop of 72% week to week. While it still made $24 million, enough to hold on to the top spot, I think we’re going to see this film fade fast from theatres. Mind you, it will likely hit $200 million in North America, so other than director Sam Taylor-Johnson’s obvious embarrassment at having worked on this film and Jamie Dornan’s potentially career killing decision to play Christian Grey, I’m sure everyone is thrilled with the results. Read the rest of this entry

A final goodbye to Comics and More and Rob Charpentier

Today, Sunday, February 15th 2015, marks a sad moment in the little area of Toronto where I live with my Queen and Princess. After 26 years on the Danforth, our local comic book shop, Comics and More is closing its doors. Not for bad retail reasons; not for a lack of audience. But sadly, because of the passing of its owner, Rob Charpentier, who went to the great and wonderful comic book store in the sky this past October.

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I know that his family tried to find someone to buy the shop, but for various reasons it just didn’t work out. I would have liked for his legacy to continue so that I could still walk into Comics and More with my daughter, but it’s not to be. Luckily, we’ll both have memories of the shop and the man, memories that won’t be going anywhere.
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Mr. Grey saw you and you and you this weekend at the movies

It’s a long weekend in the United States, so a shout out of Happy President’s Day to everyone reading there. It also means there will be a big emphasis on the four day weekend box office results; for our purposes, though, we continue to look at the three day estimated totals, which should come as no surprise. Here’s who…I mean, what went down:

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Combating some seriously awful reviews, Fifty Shades Of Grey still had an astounding weekend, especially for an R-rated film. The sex-driven movie managed to score $77 million in its first three days, including $30.2 million on its opening day. The Valentine’s Day timing certainly didn’t hurt the film, and neither did the lackluster critical reaction. The question now is, was Fifty Shades Of Grey front-loaded for a strong opening weekend of devoted fans, or will it manage to have legs over the coming weeks. Something to look out for, to be sure.

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To infinity and beyond with my daughter, Disney and DK

My daughter is four years old. Four and a half, if you want to get technical about it. Her and I, we share what can only be called an obsession. A deep-seeded obsession.

Now, you could be sitting there thinking, what could a dude pushing forty have in common with a little girl. Is it princesses? Is it Frozen? While I can appreciate both, both those answers would be incorrect.

No, our shared love is Disney Infinity. And I’d wager a guess that there are a lot of parents out there who share the same obsession with their children, regardless of their age. It’s just that sort of game.

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Andy Burns On…Buffy The Vampire Slayer’s Dead Man’s Party

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.

I know exactly where I was when I finally got “it”. It was a Tuesday night (naturally). I was in the wreck room/basement of the home I shared with my mother. I was flipping channels, just a little after 8 pm ET when I landed on channel 20. It was a catch-all channel from out of Barrie, Ontario that would pick up various shows from the WB and the other networks. On this night, they were showing an episode of Buffy The Vampire Slayer. It was the second episode of the third season. It was called Dead Man’s Party.

And it’s the episode that got me.

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Fifty Shades Of Grey looks to tie you up at the box office

Let’s be real – this Valentine’s Day weekend, there’s only one movie that’s going to come close to topping the box office, regardless of whether or not it gets good reviews. So just how much is Mr. Grey going to make? Here’s our prediction:

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There’s definitely some mixed reviews out there regarding Fifty Shades Of Grey, the adaptation of the hugely successful novel of the same name. Newcomer Dakota Johnson is getting decent praise for her performance as sexual neophyte Ana Steele; however, the same can’t be said for Jamie Dornan as BDSM practitioner Christian Grey. So strong in The Fall, it seems as though many feel he’s sleepwalking thorough the film. However, none of this is going to stop this hard R-rated movie from making a huge impact. With $60 million in advance ticket sales already, look for the film to debut with a $80 million when it’s all said and done.

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So you actually were waiting for a new Spongebob movie

Sometimes I just don’t have the pulse on the beat of the cinema going public. You know what, though? I can live with that. If you guys find a movie you want to see and enjoy, that’s really all that matters. But really…Spongebob Squarepants???

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Apparently, there is an absolutely huge audience for this character, and it’s not just kids that love him. Adults helped make The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out Of Water a huge hit this weekend, as it grossed $53 million to easily debut in the number one spot. Much like the first film, people are really enjoying this film, as our critics, as evidenced by the film’s 74% approval rating over at Rotten Tomatoes. For this weekend at least, Spongebob is on top.

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