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Biff Bam Pop’s It’s All Connected: The Gold Rush – The Marvel Cinematic Universe Hits the Motherlode

There’s gold in them thar hills. Nuggets the size of your bulbous head. Great seams of it riven in the rock, opening up gleaming veins for the sun to bedazzle. Each one of those nuggets is a hero, and each hero is serious bank. Marvel’s got a sack full of nuggets, hell a whole damn trainload, all bound from the coast to amaze with their shinings at your local thee-ate-er and thousands more worldwide. And we all know money begets money, except when it doesn’t. Hell, many’s the time it doesn’t. But since the inception of the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Iron Man in 2008, there’s been a conscious plan to make the most successful pantheon of interconnected movies this planet has ever seen. And gosh goldarnit, that plan is working. I don’t even know why I’m talking like a snaggletoothed prospector from 1849, but it seems pretty clear. While DC’s been panning in the river, Marvel’s built the mine, and those cars just keep coming up with their golden freight. Not every movie’s a major claim, but together, sons and daughters, together they’re the motherlode.

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Poltergeist Looks To Scare You Out Of Your Money: BBP’s Box Office Predictions

PoltergeistWe’ve had quite the exciting start to the summer movie season haven’t we? Box office champions galore!

From the heroic action of Avengers: Age of Ultron to the riveting road rage of Mad Max: Fury Road to…Pitch Perfect 2???

Look, I don’t know much about that last one, but I do know that this Memorial Day long weekend looks to scare some moolah out of your wallet.

Follow me after the jump for our weekly Box Office Predictions!

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Andy Burns On…the Mad Max Legacy

Was it not the great Tom Petty who once said that “the waiting is the hardest part?”

Of course it was. I think most, if not all of us are familiar with that sage piece of wisdom from one of Gainsville, Florida’s favourite sons. So imagine then, if you will, waiting for a brand new Mad Max film.

Imagine waiting thirty damn years.

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Get Juiced For Mad Max: Fury Road: Nux & Immortan Joe On The Wednesday Run

Mad MaxSo, who’s seen Mad Max: Fury Road?

Who hasn’t seen it? Better yet, who hasn’t seen it but plans to?

Admittedly, I haven’t’ made my way to the theater to catch the latest installment of Max Rockatansky’s adventurous forays through the Australian post-apocalyptic wasteland – but I plan to – and soon!

Not only has the film been getting rave reviews from fans and critics alike, but let’s face it: Mad Max is one of the classic pop-culture characters of all time. Four films and one amazing Tina Turner song. That’s legendary pop culture, that is!

But it seems that Mad Max: Fury Road has done something that the previous three films in the series was not as easily able to do: give fans a plethora of characters with intriguing back stories. And that’s where comic books come into the picture.

Follow me after the jump for the scoop on Mad Max: Fury Road and the origins of two of that film’s most interesting characters in Mad Max: Fury Road: Nux & Immortan Joe #1!

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Biff Bam Pop Interview: Ron McKenzie talks to SPRING’s Justin Benson & Aaron Moorhead

Horror Cinema has been experiencing a rennaisance as of late, with indies such as THE BABADOOK and IT FOLLOWS being prime examples of this “new blood” transfusion. Now, we can add SPRING to the list of genre trailblazers.

The sophomore effort by writer/director duo, Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead (and the follow-up to their critically acclaimed 2012 debut, RESOLUTION ), SPRING details the whirlwind romance between Evan (Lou Taylor Pucci) and Louise (Nadia Hilker). Evan is an American ex-pat, dealing with grief and a personal emotional tailspin. Louise is a genetics student dealing with … well, secrets of her own. Deep, dark monstrous secrets. With brilliant practical special FX by Masters FX, bolstered by the solid performances and red-hot chemistry between Pucci and Hilker as well as the sumptuous and eerie beauty of Italy, SPRING is a rare beast  in every sense of the word. Weaving horror, sci-fi and romance into a cohesive and fascinating whole that’s been described as “Before Sunrise, as re-imagined by Clive Barker.” A good-enough description for a film that defies comparisons. There’s been a lot of hype for SPRING. I’m happy to report that it’s completely warranted.

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I had the chance to sit down with Benson and Moorhead in advance of last Friday’s premiere screening, to talk about SPRING’s genesis, the search for their film’s young lovers, mythology and monsters. Read the rest of this entry

Pitch Perfect 2 sings loud and proud, Mad Max: Fury Road debuts strong

it was a big weekend at the box office, with the top two films both having strong openings. Here’s what the early estimates indicate went down:

PP2As predicted, Pitch Perfect 2 debut at the top of the box office with a fantastic showing, bringing in $69 million, well ahead of the second place film. Though reviews haven’t been glowing, there was clearly an appetite to see the Bellas once again. The film should have no problem making at least $150 million in North America.

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Pitch Perfect 2 looks for a perfect opening, Mad Max hopes to unleash fury at the box office

Can the Mighty Avengers hold strong this weekend, or will a new release manage to topple them from the top? Here’s our prediction:

Pitch_Perfect_2_posterI don’t know about you, but I’m actually pretty psyched to see Pitch Perfect 2. The first one, which the Queen and I recently watched on Netflix, was a hell of a lot of fun, and there’s some serious hype built around this second instalment. The first wound up a decent sized hit back in 2012, making $65 million off of its $17 million budget. In the past three years, appreciation has certainly grown for the film, and I feel confident that the movie will have an outstanding opening weekend. I even think it will take down the Avengers. On that note, look for a first place debut with $65 million.

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Avengers remains strong, Witherspoon and Vergara are a bust at the box office

The early weekend box office estimates are out and, once again, Avengers: Age of Ultron had a massive weekend. Meanwhile, the one notable debut had a notably lacklustre opening. Here’s what went down:

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Though it hasn’t been as universally acclaimed as the first film, Avengers: Age of Ultron is still a certifiable crowd pleaser, which meant decent word of mouth was going to keep it strong for its second weekend in release. The film held onto the top spot, grossing an estimated $78 million, raising its total to $313 million in North America in just one week. That’s a huge number, though it is off from the first film’s gross during the same time frame by about 14%. In some cases, this would be cause for a bit of studio alarm, but the truth of the matter is, the first Avengers was a once in a lifetime box office bonanza that was unlikely to be replicated. Should the second film end its run in North America between $450-$500 million, I’d like to think it will still be considered a huge success. Worldwide including this weekend’s estimate, Age of Ultron has grossed $875 million, so everybody should be thrilled.

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Avengers: Age of Ultron looks to maintain its grip at the box office

The weekend is here, and the number one spot will be a lock once again. But how much will Earth’s Mightiest Heroes bring in this time? Here’s our prediction:

Avengers: Age of Ultron wasn’t the record breaker that we all thought it would be (opening with a still stellar $191 million), and it’s a little off pace from the original (a $30 million difference after the first six days), but it’s important to note that the movie is still doing mammoth business and will likely end its run with $450-$500 million. We’ll definitely see a steep decline week to week, as should be expected. Look for a first place showing with $90 million.

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Opening this weekend as counter-programming is Hot Pursuit with Sofia Vergara and Reese Witherspoon. Reviews have been pretty poor, but both ladies have a strong fanbase which could make for a decent debut, though nowhere near Avengers numbers. Look for a second place debut with $19 million. 

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Biff Bam Pop’s It’s All Connected: Golden Glitter & An Underlying Darkness-The Legacy of Tony Stark In The MCU (Part 2)

Tony Stark2Part one of Biff Bam Pop’s It’s All Connected: Golden Glitter & An Underlying Darkness-The Legacy of Tony Stark In The MCU took a close look at the similarities between father and son, Howard Stark and Tony Stark, including their personalities, business interests and shared legacies. At the same time, it laid the groundwork for the younger Stark’s role as the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s greatest purveyor of malice.

Tony Stark and his Stark Industries conglomerate create weapons of mass destruction. This is known.

Midway through the first Iron Man (2008) film, after being tortured and, after seeing his company’s products sold to terrorist organizations and used for evil purposes, Stark comes to a marked and important turning point in his life wherein he states: “I don’t want a body count to be our only legacy.” An altruistic statement, to be certain, by a man who’s bravado is only surpassed by his bank account. Still, it’s a significant distinction to make that, at this time, Stark truly sets out on the path to becoming heroic.

But in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, everything that Tony Stark creates for noble, upstanding and heroic purposes always gets twisted in ways that transform that sense of benevolence into objects of mankind’s destruction.

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