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Interview with David Alpay of The Lottery

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This Sunday, July 20, Lifetime debuts a daring new series about a world where mankind is slowly going extinct, because women have become infertile – it’s called “The Lottery.” In this shadowy near future world, one hundred embryos have been created, and the decision has to be made as to who will carry them, and thus the suspenseful drama begins.

Biff Bam Pop! had the opportunity to speak with one of the stars of “The Lottery,” Toronto actor David Alpay. Check out our interview with David after the jump.

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Biff Bam Pop! Exclusive – Leiki Interviews Kaare Andrews

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On May 28th Biff Bam Pop’s own Leiki Veskimets sat down with noted comic book artist, writer, and feature film director Kaare Andrews, in Toronto to discuss his latest feature, Cabin Fever: Patient Zero and quickly discovered why it’s still not safe to get back in the water. More after the jump.

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Dead, Stinky, Artsy And Awesome – BBP! Speaks With Author And Illustrator Emily McGuiness

What do you get when you cross a hardworking and talented comic book writer and artist with the ABC’s of early childhood learning?

The answer to that question would be something entirely out of the ordinary.

Whether it’s a road-kill armadillo, a smushed firefly or a drum-sticked flamingo, Dead Stinky Animals A-Z, a recent release from writer/artist Emily McGuiness, is a bright, colorful, and fun look at the darker side of life.

Yes, you may recall her name. Emily is part of the family, after all. Follow us after the jump and we’ll tell you all about it.

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Ground Control To Major Tom-BBP! Speaks With The 39 Complex & Yokohama Theatre Group’s Andrew Woolner

Science fiction has always been a genre of storytelling that fires the imagination but, more importantly, sheds a light of truth on the state of the human condition. We have greater knowledge of who we are, how we are, and, perhaps, why we exist because of the exploratory themes and motifs that writers and artists explore through sci-fi books, films, television, and even stage productions.

The upcoming release of the Yokohama Theatres Group’s fascinating, The 39 Complex, is one such stage production that delves deep into those storytelling truths. Follow us after the jump for a revealing interview with the YTG’s Artistic Director and their latest stage creation.

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Biff Bam Pop Exclusive: Geoff Downes on Asia’s Gravitas, Yes’ Heaven and Earth and more

Geoff DownesProgressive rock giants Yes are currently touring across Canada with their 3 album tour, playing their classics Close To The Edge, Going For The One and The Yes Album (in that order). Reviews have been stellar, and the band is on fire (you can read my review of last year’s Toronto show here). In the meantime, the group have announced a summer tour of the U.S. along with their new album, Heaven and Earth, the first to feature new vocalist Jon Davison and second in a row to include keyboardist Geoff Downes.

Downes has got to be one of the hardest working men in music today. Along with his commitment to Yes, he and his colleagues in Asia have just release their new album, Gravitas, a memorable collection of songs that once again highlight the special songwriting tandem of Downes and bassist John Wetton. Geoff was kind enough to talk to us via email about Asia, Gravitas, being on the road with Yes and much more.

Andy Burns: Thanks for taking the time to talk to Biff Bam Pop again, Geoff! 2014 is already shaping up to be a big year for you – the new Asia album Gravitas is about to drop, you’re continuing the Yes Three Album tour, and there’s a new Yes album in the pipe. First question – how do you manage your time?

Geoff Downes: This year is particularly hectic, and it’s a credit to the management teams of both Yes & Asia for managing my time in this regard. Despite the tough schedule, it’s really exciting for me to have the two albums coming out, and of course performing on the tours as well. I think I can adapt to each band fairly quickly, but this year will certainly raise a few challenges.

Andy Burns: The new Asia album, Gravitas, is big and bold and confident, which is great considering you have a new, young guitarist in the band. How did you discover Sam Coulson?

Geoff Downes: I think it’s a very strong album, and both John & myself are really pleased with the way our compositions turned out. It’s always something of an unknown area when we start writing an album, but eventually the bits all start to fall into place. Having Sam (who was recommended to us) on board has also helped really bring the project to life.

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Biff Bam Pop Exclusive Interview: Director Mary Harron Talks Anna Nicole

So here’s the truth – Mary Harron is the director behind one of my all time favourite films, American Psycho. I’ll go even further and say she took one of my least favourite Bret Easton Ellis books (I’m a fan) and made a cinematic experience that I will always view as significantly stronger than its source material.

Along with that brilliant work of fiction, Harron has made a film career in exploring real world icons like Andy Warhol, Bettie Page and now legendary supermodel, Anna Nicole Smith. Admittedly, Anna Nicole, with her buxom body and enticing smile, was always one of my high school/university crushes, even as her tabloid-style life came to a sudden and tragic end following the death of her beloved son. She’s just the perfect character study for Mary Harron to take on.

Check out the trailer for Anna Nicole, out now on DVD, starring Agnes Bruckner, Martin Landau, Virginia Madsen, Adam Goldberg and Cary Elwes, and then read our exclusive email interview with Mary Harron.


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Joe Parascand Talks About Sgt. Benton in The Soulless

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Zombies are big right now. In fact they’re all over the place, even in commercials. In Biff Bam Pop’s two-part interview with Director Christopher Eilenstine, on the film The Soulless, we learned of a new type of zombie called Zombes. Biff Bam Pop now has the pleasure of interviewing one of the actors from The Soulless, Joe Parascand. Drum roll after the jump. Read the rest of this entry

Tickle Your Funny Bone With Cartoonist Lonnie Millsap

He’s kind of a big deal, though you probably haven’t heard of him yet.

Or maybe you have.

Lonnie Millsap has hit the convention circuit hard for the past couple of years and you or someone you know know has probably picked up one of his books of hilarious single panel comics. Witty, disgusting, crude and thoughtful are all words that can easily be applied to his comic panels. Drawn in a style reminiscent of The Far Side, Lonnie’s comics are everything that makes The Far Side great and nothing like it at all.

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You’ll laugh, you’ll cry and if you’re lucky enough to be in Los Angeles on the evening of January 25th, you’ll get to meet the man himself at his swanky book signing:

The Copper Still Bar

4485 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90004

(323) 661-1985

Although Lonnie can be found hereBiff Bam Pop’s Queen of Comics, Emily McGuiness, sat down with the humorist to get the low down on his books, his art, and his humour before the big event.

Follow us after the jump for the comedic Q & A!

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