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The Martian colonizes the top spot at the box office

It was a big weekend at the box office, and the film that claimed the top spot did so without any real competition. Here’s what went down:


Ridley Scott’s The Martian debut in first place with a simply outstanding $57 million. The star power of Matt Damon certainly helped bring in an audience, and the critical acclaim for the film didn’t hurt either. I had the chance to check out the film Saturday night with former Biff Bam Pop box office pundit Scotty G, and while I personally thought the film was a little slow at times, I was captivated by the stunning visuals of Mars, along with the in-space sequences. The Martian is certainly a crowd-pleaser and it should continue to have a strong run over the next few weeks. Read the rest of this entry

Beyond Badass: Female Action Heroes

Charlize Theron kicks A-List ass in Mad Max: Fury Road

It’s been a long, slow evolution. But like most change, when the moment hits, it hits with force. And it’s everywhere. Exhibit A: the badass female action hero. The road from Pam Grier’s shotgun wielding avenger in Coffy (1973) to Charlize Theron’s fearsome Imperator Furiosa in Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) has taken over forty years, but by now there’s no doubt that a woman can carry an action flick. And rock the house! TIFF is celebrating this signal achievement with a program called Beyond Badass: Female Action Heroes, and they’re showing some of the best.

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Preview the October 3rd episode of Guardians of the Galaxy


BIG HEROES! BIG VILLAINS! AND BIGGER ADVENTURES this week, Share Your Universe with a brand new episode of MARVEL’S GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY this Saturday at 9:30pm/8:30c inside the Marvel Universe on Disney X-D.

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy – “One in a Million You”
Fed up with the lack of appreciation from his teammates, Rocket accepts an offer to work with the Collector, only to discover his “job” is merely as another prisoner in Collector’s collection in an all-new MARVEL’S GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY airing Saturday, October 3 at 9:30pm/8:30c in the Marvel Universe on Disney X-D.


Will The Martian lift off to the top of the box office?

Two new releases want your money this weekend, but only one of them can reach the toppermost of the popppermost. Which will it be? Here’s our prediciton:


A lot of people, and I mean a lot of of them, were severely let down when Ridley Scott returned to the world of science fiction with Prometheus. Some found it muddled, other found it boring, while others just plane old hated it. It would be reasonable, then, to expect some skepticism with Scott’s new film, The Martian. However, the film debut a few weeks ago at TIFF and received outstanding reviews (including one from our own Luke Sneyd) . With Matt Damon headlining a solid cast, we should see Scott return to the top of the box office with his latest and perhaps greatest science fiction endeavour. Look for a first place debut for The Martian with $51 million.

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31 Days of Horror 2015: Christine (1983)

Now, I could be mistaken, but I am fairly certain that the first Stephen King book I ever read was Christine. I was probably seven or eight years old, and I believe that the copy belonged to my Dad.


Now, don’t go judging. This was the 1980s and parenting was different. And really, without that early access to Stephen King’s work, I don’t think I’d be the person I am today.

For better or for worse.

Around the same time, actually before I even read the book, I saw the film adaptation, starring Keith Gordon, John Stockwell and Alexandra Paul, and directed by John Carpenter. I remember watching it on VHS at my Dad’s house, and getting hooked by the gorgeous 58 Plymouth Fury. Christine was a car, and she was bad to the bone.

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LEGO Dimensions transports you to another level

In our house, we love our LEGO. With my daughter beside me, I’ve built a fairly solid collection of Star Wars vehicles and playsets (and there’s a Millennium Falcon and Jabba’s Sail Barge still waiting to have their boxes cracked open). For me, this is a family experience, and one that is somewhat unique to LEGO. It leads to a certain amount of bonding, though if I’m honest, my daughter often will encourage me to build while she goes off to play with something a little less complex.

One thing she loves though, are the LEGO video games. We’ve played almost all of them, from LEGO Star Wars and LEGO Marvel Super Heroes, to LEGO Harry Potter and LEGO Batman. Some of these have been on consoles, while others have been via their iOS iterations. Whichever version she’s playing, she seriously gets into them. And she’s a good gamer, to boot.


When I told her we’d be reviewing the newest LEGO video game experience, LEGO Dimensions, the girl was completely psyched. And it’s always cute to see a psyched five-year old, believe me. If you don’t know, LEGO Dimensions is the company’s first foray into the toys as games market, similar to Skylanders and Disney Infinity (a franchise that is equally beloved in our house as well). In this world, multi-dimensions are crossing over into one huge, genre spanning game. Among the popular properties – DC Comics; Lord of the Rings; Portal; Back to the Future; Doctor Who; Ghostbusters, The Wizard of Oz; the Simpsons; the Wizard of Oz; Jurassic World; and the LEGO Movie.

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Come Up FROM UNDER MOUNTAINS #1 On The Wednesday Run

In the realm of sword and sorcery fiction, who doesn’t love a little world building?

A little? How about a lot?

I know there are a bunch of fantasy genre lovers out there – writers and artists, and, importantly, readers – who love the thought of world building: starting a tale from scratch and adding characters, locales and history to that original idea.

And I know there are a bunch of you out there who love to see it in comic book form.

That’s why you need to follow me after the jump and find out about From Under Mountains #1!

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It Floats Back To You: The Love Boat Chronicles, S1 Episodes 11 & 12


In 1977, when other kids were discovering The Sex Pistols, I was discovering The Love Boat. I stayed at my grandparents’ house on most weekends, so on Saturday nights at 8 p.m., I’d settle down on the sofa with the two of them to watch Aaron Spelling’s marine masterpiece. This column is my attempt to reclaim the wonder of those weekends.

Please note: I accidentally switched the discs on the DVD set! I’ll be going backwards slightly to recap episodes 5 – 8 over the next two weeks.

Lonely At The Top / Divorce Me, Please! / Silent Night

It’s the first Christmas episode of The Love Boat and it’s incredibly charming. Julie is sad because it’s her first holiday away from her Oregon family, while Doc waxes nostalgic about how “every year his ex-wives get together and treat me to a big turkey dinner” in Las Vegas. Enter Captain Merrill “Scrooge” Stubing. I swear I don’t remember him being THIS grumpy on the show when I watched it as a kid.

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Biff Bam Pop Exclusive: Andy Burns talks to Jon Anderson about Yes, the Anderson Ponty Band, Chris Squire and more

As longtime Biff Bam Pop readers are aware, I’m a huge Yes fan. Over the years we’ve had reviews of the various recordings from the group, along with multiple interviews with the band’s current keyboardist Geoff Downes and former lead singer Benoit David. This past Friday saw the release of a new album from founding member and one of rock’s most revered vocalists, Jon Anderson. Better Late Than Never is the first collaboration between Anderson and heralded violinist Jean-Luc Ponty, who has worked with Frank Zappa, Return To Forever and Mahavishnu Orchestra. Together, the Anderson Ponty Band have created new music, while also reinterpreting material from both musician’s legendary catalogues.

To talk to the man who laid the foundation of progressive rock beside Yes bassist Chris Squire…well, as you can imagine, it was a very exciting opportunity for yours truly.

You’ll be able to hear the entire conversation between myself and Jon Anderson in November with the second instalment of the Biff Bam Podcast; in the meantime, here are a few choice selections from our chat. Enjoy!

The voice:

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Hotel Transylvania 2 checks into the top spot at the box office

It was a big weekend at the box office, as families flocked to see a new release. Here’s what went down:


As predicted, Hotel Transylvania 2 was the number movie this weekend. Families were clearly hungry to take in a movie together, and the popularity of the franchise has certainly grown over the lasy three years, as the film debut with an oustanding $48.2 million. Franchise films are always looking to outgross the original’s opening, and in this case, Hotel Transylvania 2 made roughly $6 million more than the first instalment. As we head in to October, HT2 should have a few strong weeks at the box office.

As for the rest of the top five, The Intern braved lacklustre reviews to open in second place with $18.6 million. Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials was in third place with $14 million, while Everest landed in fourth place with $12.4 million. Black Mass closed things out in fifth place with $11 million.

So, to recap, here were our predictions:

1) Hotel Transylvania 2 – $38 million
2) The Intern – $19 million
3) Everest – $13.5 million
4) Black Mass – $13 million
5) Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials – $12 million

And here’s how the weekend turned out:

1) Hotel Transylvania 2 – $48.2 million
2) The Intern – $18.6 million
3) Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials – $14 million
4) Everest – $12.4 million
5) Black Mass – $11 million

Next weekend sees the release of The Martian, while Sicario goes into wide release. Be sure to check back on Friday to see our predictions!


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