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While the number one spot was an easy lock, the amount of money the first place film brought in was shockingly low. Here’s what went down:
Nobody questioned that The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies was going to top the box office for its opening weekend, but I don’t think anyone could have predicted just how low its estimated weekend numbers were going to be. Debuting with $56.2 million, the film was a far cry from The Desolation of Smaug’s $73 million and An Unexpected Journey’s $84 million. With this sort of showing, I wouldn’t be surprised to see The Battle of the Five Armies wind up with the lowest gross of all Lord of the Rings films, at least in North America. Read the rest of this entry
It’s the era of binge watching, and for the holiday season we’ve got some television series on dvd and blu-ray that you definitely will enjoy watching all at once. From full seasons to full series, check out our list, complete with links to buy.
Pee-Wee’s Playhouse: The Complete Series – The fine folk at Shout Factory have done a fantastic job putting together a gorgeous blu-ray set of arguably the most wacked-out Saturday morning television show from our youth. Through 5 seasons and 45 episodes Paul Reubens’ manic creation Pee-Wee Herman takes kids on a technicolour journey through his madcap playhouse where anything and everything can happen. Personal favourite moments include the secret word and Laurence Fishburne’s Cowboy Curtis, just one of many stars who show up throughout the series, which probably looks better now than when it first did in the 80s.
Twin Peaks: The Entire Mystery (+ The Missing Pieces) – It took twenty years for fans to final see the deleted scenes from Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, director David Lynch’s 1992 prequel film to the television cult classic he and co-creator Mark Frost developed for ABC and which ran from 1990-1991. Those 90 minutes worth of outtakes are just part of the gorgeous blu-ray set that was released this past summer compiling the entire series, the film and myriad extras. Consider this an essential purchase for anyone who loves brilliant, dramatic television. (Shameless plug – my book Wrapped In Plastic: Twin Peaks is out this February; you can pre-order it here.)
I’ve been a bookstore wanderer as long as I can remember. As a kid, I’d peruse the bestseller shelf at the front of the store, and notice there was one name I could always count on seeing there: Stephen King. I’d stare at the intriguing cover art of his latest #1, and I knew I was too young to read it, but couldn’t wait to be old enough to finally unravel the mystery I’d built in my head around his name. Who was Stephen King? Why was he such a big deal? Why was I so drawn to his work? My mother (also a bookworm) was often buried in his novels, and together we watched many film adaptations of them – we must’ve watched Misery 100 times. In my late teens, I finally understood it: I read Carrie, Firestarter, Pet Sematary, Cujo, and The Shining in a week. It all made sense. He was ‘such a big deal’ because he was (is) incomparable. No one writes like King, no one could try. He is the master of fear at the deepest human level. I recently took on his latest novel Revival, and if it showed me one thing, it’s that even after all these years, Stephen King’s still got it.
One ring is looking to rule them all this weekend at the box office, and it probably won’t have any trouble at all doing so, even against a return trip to a museum and a little orphan girl. Here’s our prediction:
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies has already grossed $25 million on its opening day this past Wednesday, and should destroy all the competition it will be up against. Peter Jackson has once more captured the imagination of fantasy fans with his Hobbit trilogy, and while I can’t say I’m a fan, millions of folks are, and will no doubt arrive in droves to see the final adventure of Bilbo Baggins. Look for a first place showing with $72 million.
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.
Humans are weird. We have so many customs and traditions that are commonplace to us, things we couldn’t imagine not doing – from weddings and funerals, to shaking hands or making eye contact. Between and across various cultures, these practices differ, and what’s considered “normal” on one side of the globe can be viewed as peculiar, rude, or even barbaric on the other side. But what about outside of the human perspective? Consider, since it’s Christmastime and all, Christmas trees: They’re resting peacefully, growing along, not hurting anyone, and then we come along and chop them down with a freaking axe. We throw some tinsel and sparkly balls on them, then toss them to the curb when we’re done. What if trees were conscious of this, and after years of genocide at the hands of human beings, decided to get even? This is the premise of Jason Eisener’s campy and gruesome short film Treevenge.
Biff Bam Pop’s Holiday Gift Guide 2014: The Savvy Reader Returns With Gifts For Pop Culture Fanatics
Still looking for the perfect gift? The Savvy Reader has prepared a perfect gift guide for the Pop Culture fans/Readers in your life! Whether they obsess over boy bands (Directioners), television cult-classics (Whovians), or 90’s heart-throbs (Team Brandon), we have a book for just about everyone!
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:
Exodus: 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.