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Biff Bam Pop’s Holiday Gift Guide 2014: Three’s Company The Complete Series

Come and knock on our door,
We’ve been waiting for you,
Where the kisses are hers and hers and his,
Three’s Company too

In the list of great tv sitcoms, I rank Three’s Company incredibly high, even if it did first air nearly 40 years ago. For its theme song alone, it would have been a classic. But the series, about three roommates and their chronic misunderstandings, well, it’s truly the perfect sum of all its parts.

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Will Exodus: Gods and Kings Climb The Mountain – Biff Bam Pop’s Box Office Predictions

After the slowness that was last weekend, Hollywood should be happy to see a guaranteed epic arrive on the scene. But will “thou shalt see this movie” command audiences into theaters this weekend? Here’s our prediction:

Exodus2014PosterExodus: Gods and Kings is a retelling of the Biblical story of Moses, staring Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton, Sigourney Weaver, Ben Kingsley and Aaron Paul, and directed by Ridley Scott. The big name draws are clearly Bale and Scott, a combination that should make for an entertaining film and some decent box office returns. Reviews so far have been mixed, but audiences needs a spectacle and Exodus: Gods and Kings should deliver. Look for a first place debut with $35 million.

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Trailer Time – Mad Max: Fury Road

mad-mad-fury-road-comic-con-posterIt’s almost here! Mad Max: Fury Road will be upon us this summer, with Tom Hardy taking over the title character role from Mel Gibson. Director George Miller has been working on this film for years and, judging by this awesome trailer, it looks to be worth the wait. Take a look and let us know what you think.

Trailer Time: San Andreas

San-AndreasSan Andreas looks to be the exact sort of film that will scare the crap out of me. I don’t know about you, but natural disaster flicks just make me feel sick, in that roller coaster sort of way. Check out the trailer for Dwayne Johnson staring film, opening in May.

Mockingjay Wins A Slow Weekend: Biff Bam Pop’s Weekend Box Office Wrap-Up Report

mockingjay jlWith no new releases this weekend, it was pretty much slow and steady at the box office this weekend. Here’s a quick rundown, beginning with our predictions:

1) The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 – $25 million
2) Penguins of Madagascar – $15 million
3) Big Hero Six – $10 million
4) Interstellar – $7 million
5) Horrible Bosses 2 – $5 million

And here’s how things turned out:

1) The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 – $21.6 million
2) Penguins of Madagascar – $11.1 million
3) Horrible Bosses 2 – $8.3 million
4) Big Hero 6 – $8.1 million
5) Interstellar – $7.8 million

Apart from Horrible Bosses 2 performing a little better than expected, there’s clearly wasn’t anything notable for the weekend. Next weekend should be different, with the arrival of Exodus: Gods and Kings. Be sure to check back on Sunday to see our predictions.

Mockingjay to soar above the competition – Biff Bam Pop’s Box Office Predictions

It’s a quiet weekend at the box office, which means a pretty quiet edition of box office predictions.

jennifer-lawrence-the-hunger-games-mockingjay-part-1With no new releases, look for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 should hold on to the top spot at the box office. Look for it to bring in $25 million on its quest to be the biggest film of the year. Penguins of Madagascar will be in second place with $15 million, with Big Hero Six right behind it in third with $10 million. Interstellar will grab fourth place with $7 million, while the underperforming Horrible Bosses 2 will narrowly make it into the fifth spot with $5 million.

So, to recap, here are our predictions:

1) The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 – $25 million
2) Penguins of Madagascar – $15 million
3) Big Hero Six – $10 million
4) Interstellar – $7 million
5) Horrible Bosses 2 – $5 million

Be sure to check back on Sunday to see how the weekend turns out.

Biff Bam Pop’s Holiday Gift Guide 2014: The Walking Dead – All Out War AP Edition

While we’ll all be talking about the mid-season finale of The Walking Dead over the holidays, lets also remember that before Rick, Micheonne, Tyresse et all were coming to life on the small screen thanks to AMC, it was already an excellent comic book from Image/Skybound and creators Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard. The ongoing tale of survival horror is getting close to 150 issues, and its been compiled in numerous ways, from hardcovers to oversized hardcovers to storyline softcovers and arm-straining omnibuses.

The latest and arguably most unique collection is the recently released Artist Proof edition of the All Out War storyline that ran through issues 115-126. In it, Rick and company go to battle with Nagan, the leader of The Saviours, a powerful group of survivors that have taken control of an inhabited are of land. Throughout the twelve issues battles ensue and live are lost.

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If you’re just getting into The Walking Dead comic book, this is definitely not the place to start; go back to the very beginning, folks. However, if you’re a lapsed reader, or more importantly, someone curious about the comic book artistic process, this is an extremely interesting read. There are no inks contained – this is Charlie Adlard’s raw pencils, only augmented by the required speech bubbles. And believe me, this work is raw, much like the world Robert Kirkman has created. Adlard’s work has always been somewhat simplistic (in the best way possible, the term isn’t a knock), and that’s even more obvious in the Artist Proof edition. The work isn’t trying to overshadow the story; instead, it compliments it with its subtly. A different writer and artist would approach their storytelling in a more majestic manner, but that’s not what’s on the page here. Like I said, it’s raw.

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Image/Skybound isn’t the first company to do the Artist Proof release; IDW has been releasing amazing Artist Edition compilations at premium prices and original art sizes; the All Out War compilation is small in size, but the principal is roughly the same. It’s also much cheaper – the book retails for just $35.99 (and is far cheaper at Amazon).

For fans of the television series, this would be a very cool way of experiencing the comic book (though it may also be spoilers for future seasons), while longtime fans will enjoy reading this pivotal storyline in a new fashion. It’s one of the few instances when you can put something dead under the christmas tree and not get in trouble.

You can order The Walking Dead – All Out War AP Edition here

Trailer Time – Terminator: Genisys

Terminator-Genisys

Let’s call this ‘teaser’ trailer time – here’s nearly two and a half minutes from Terminator: Genisys that, to me at least, gives off a bit of a X-Men: Days of Future Past in the notion of turning back time. Does the trailer rely on too many throwbacks to the original film (including the return of Arnold Schwarzenegger, or are you happy to hear some favourite old lines? Let us know.

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