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Today marks the 6 year anniversary of Biff Bam Pop! 6 years! Some sites barely last 6 weeks. But with a devotion to our craft (of loving pop culture) and an amazing group of people who have contributed over the years, we’ve continued and grown. What an honour to write about the stuff we love, and even more, to be read by a devoted audience. Thank you so much! I must give a special shout-out to the peeps who have been especially involved in the past 12 months, especially as I’ve had my hands often tied working on my upcoming book Wrapped In Plastic: Twin Peaks (out in February 2015 from ECW Press). This year, I’ve been more hands off then before, but some fine folks have kept things running. So thanks to JP Fallavollita, Glenn Walker, Luke Sneyd and Marie Gilbert for their help. As well, this year we welcomed Jim Knipp, Ensley Guffy, K. Dale Koontz and Leiki Veskimets to the regular family as well, and we’re happy to have them.
We look forward to another year of writings, ramblings and much more. Thanks for reading!
Of all the big summer releases, the one that actually let me down was The Amazing Spider-Man 2. After coming off what I felt was a successful reboot, full of great action and wonderful chemistry between Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone, the second instalment sadly just seemed to revel in getting things wrong. Having gone back and watched it a second time on Blu-ray, the things that bothered me (Jamie Foxx, the sloppy writing) haven’t gone away.
However, what the new home release does demonstrate is that there was if not a good movie, at least a better one that was filmed and left on the cutting room floor. Never have I enjoyed super-hero deleted scenes more than when I watched those that belong to The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
Well, when I’m wrong with a prediction, I’m REALLY wrong. I may feel a little bad about bombing, but I’m pretty sure Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller feel a hell of a lot worse this weekend.
Sin City: A Dame To Kill For absolutely struck out at the box office this weekend, bringing in an estimated (not to mention horrible) $6 million for its opening weekend. Yes, that’s its three day gross! Clearly, I didn’t gage interest in this film well at all, as I predicted a first place showing with $30 million. Nearly a decade between instalments and lacklustre reviews helped sink this one like a proverbial stone. Just an absolute disaster.
It’s been nearly a decade since Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller unleashed Sin City upon the cinematic world. Will it’s long-awaited sequel find an audience or is it too late? Here’s our prediction:
Sin City: A Dame To Kill For has everything going for it – style, stars and source material. 9 years may be a long time to wait for a sequel, but the original still maintains high regard among genre fans, which could help this installment find an audience. Some speculate that the film’s time may have come and gone, but I’m going out on a limb and will predict a first place showing with $30 million.
“Ninety percent of everything is crud.” – Theodore Sturgeon
Hello, and welcome to another installment of “The Ten Percent,” a regular column where every other week we’ll take a look at the inverse of Sturgeon’s Law; in other words, the small portion of everything which is not crud. Remember, for each film or television show that gets people talking years or even decades after its premiere, there are hundreds of others that peeked out just once and then (thankfully) disappeared. These are the works which stand the test of time. Genre doesn’t matter to the Ten Percent – slapstick comedy has a place, along with high-toned drama. Quality animation rubs shoulders with science fiction and over there you can find show-stopping musicals chatting with bloody horror. The Ten Percent last because they are high quality productions which demand more of their viewer than simple passive reception. These rare birds are the “Ten Percent.”
Nowadays, aspiring filmmakers have multiple avenues to reach the golden ticket of wide distribution. It’s still not easy, but between contests, film schools, the lowered cost of equipment, and the proliferation of film festivals, it’s possible for a new filmmaker to break through the static. Further, we have all heard fairy-tale-like stories of films made on a shoestring which, through imaginative marketing, have catapulted their stars and creators into the stratosphere. It was not always so. For decades, Hollywood had a stranglehold on what films were made, who became a star in those films, and how those films were seen. It was possible, albeit highly unlikely, for an unknown to skyrocket to fame. Staying there was another story entirely.
Betty Joan Perske was a striking girl who was modeling in New York while also taking acting lessons. Nancy Hawks, the wife of Hollywood director Howard Hawks, saw Betty’s picture on the cover of the March 1943 issue of Harper’s Bazaar and brought her to the attention of her husband, who was in the early stages of a film version of Ernest Hemingway’s To Have and Have Not. Hawks agreed with his wife that Betty was worth investing in. She came to Hollywood and the Hawks molded her into the elegant, husky-voiced Lauren Bacall. To Have and Have Not would be her first screen role. She was 19 and cast opposite the accomplished Humphrey Bogart. Supremely nervous, she pressed her chin downward to keep her head from quivering and tilted her eyes up to face the camera. The effect (simply called “The Look”) became her trademark and caused the teenage Bacall to simultaneously appear confident and vulnerable. Both Bacall and To Have and Have Not are part of the Ten Percent.
Oh my. There’s so much to George Takei. Part of the original, legendary Star Trek crew, beloved as helmsman Lieutenant Sulu of the starship Enterprise. Countless TV appearances, on everything from Perry Mason to Heroes. Outspoken activist, speaking out on Japanese internment and also gay marriage. Septuagenarian internet phenomenon, plying memes with the very best. And that unending feud with Bill Shatner. He’s an original who’s come even more into his own at such a late stage in his career, as the new documentary from director Jennifer M. Kroot To Be Takei (2014) attests. Beam over to the other side, and we’ll see all Takei’s been up to.
If anyone had any expendable cash this weekend, they weren’t spending it on the latest instalment of The Expendables. Here’s what went down:
For the second weekend in a row, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles held firm at the top of the box office, bringing in an excellent $28.4 million to raise the film’s total to $117 million in two weeks. Following in second place was Guardians of the Galaxy with $24 million, bringing its three week total to $222 million. There’s a strong possibility, should GotG continue its strong hold, the film could become the most successful of the year before long. Who would have thought it?
While the world waits for some official confirmation that Game of Thrones and Conan star Jason Momoa will be cast as Aquaman for the upcoming Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, I can tell you without any hesitation that the man recently released his first directorial effort, a solid film titled Road To Paloma. I didn’t have any expectations going into this one, and I was more than pleasantly surprised by the final results.