The Fate of the Furious to run circles around The Circle

Consider this weekend the calm before the storm, as there are no blockbuster releases coming out. How much money will the guaranteed number one bring in? Here’s our prediction:

The Circle is an adaptation of a David Eggers Young Adult novel, starring Tom Hanks and Emma Watson. While you might think that this duo would guarantee big box office numbers,this movie has really flown under the radar and there isn’t really any hype surrounding it. Emma Watson is riding a high thanks to Beauty and the Beast, but it’s doubtful that it will translate to any real audience. Look for a third place debut for The Circle with $9 million.

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‘Pecking Order’ Scores Blue Ribbon Hilarity For Its Look at Competitive Chicken Breeding

Get a small group of people together with a common interest, it’s going to get competitive. Give it a little time, it’ll get political and weird, too. Christopher Guest’s Best In Show is the epitome of competitive subculture movies, barking up the tree of conformation dog shows. But if you thought dog shows were weird, you haven’t lived till you’ve seen a chicken pageant. While Best in Show is a mockumentary, Pecking Order is the real thing. Watching the chicken breeders of Christchurch, New Zealand strut, preen and scheme against one another is giddily surreal, enough to make you cluck and crow.

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Heroes and Villains – Reviewing The Week’s Marvels 4-26-2017

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This week in Heroes and Villains our selection of new Marvel Comics is an all-female non-Secret Empire-exclusive bunch. Meet me after the jump for my reviews of Mighty Captain Marvel #4, Elektra #3, Hulk #5, Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #18, and Mighty Thor #18… be warned, there be spoilers…

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The Flash S03 E18: ‘Abra Kadabra’

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One of my favorite super-villains from the mythos of The Flash makes his live-action debut in this self-titled episode – Abra Kadabra. From the Silver Age to the Modern Age he remains one of the Flash’s most dangerous foes. Meet me after the magical jump for my thoughts on “Abra Kadabra.”

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Facehug Your #AlienDay With ‘Aliens: Dead Orbit #1’ On The Wednesday Run

We’re told that “in space, no one can hear you scream.”

Here on planet earth, it’s a different story! Screams of fright, horror and joy abound when we’re talking about the Alien film franchise. You know, the one made famous by directors Ridley Scott and James Cameron: Alien in 1979 and Aliens in 1986. They were the first R-rated films that an under-age me needed to see. Well, those two and Canadian classic, Porky’s.

Those two highlight films have spun-off a flurry of pop culture gold that includes five other Alien-centered films of varying quality (two of which enthusiastically co-star the sci-fi classic Predator creature) with a new and eagerly-anticipated film in the horror franchise only a month away from release.

There’s even a day of the year dedicated to the Alien franchise, an unofficial holiday for fans around this planet: #AlienDay is today, April 26! Tweet out those chest-busters!

With pop culture supremacy, of course, come loads of comic books. Appropriately, then, today sees the release of the first issue of a new mini-series…Aliens: Dead Orbit #1, the perfect accompaniment to a day dedicated to everyone’s favourite xenomorph!

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Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. S04 E18: ‘No Regrets’

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As Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. struggle to escape from the Secret Empire-like grip of The Framework where Hydra rules, some of the team has surrendered to the dark side. Leo Fitz in particular has become so evil in this world, it’s unsettling to his friends and the viewers. What’s really going on with Fitz? Meet me after the sinister jump for my thoughts on “No Regrets.”

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True Crime Corner: The Hillside Strangler

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This week on True Crime Corner, the Hillside Strangler is a bit of a misnomer for the killers responsible for terrorizing California in 1977 and 1978. In fact, the rampage was a family affair, perpetrated by two cousins. Who were these men?

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The Flash S03 E17: ‘Duet’

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So many shows before this have done it, the obligatory musical episode, and with the stars of The Flash and Supergirl both former cast members of Glee, and their supporting players in their respective shows also musically inclined, it was only a matter of time before this happened. With a villain pulled from the DC animated universe, the Music Meister, it just gets better. Meet me after the musical interlude for my thoughts on “Duet.”

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‘Fate of the Furious’ Holds, ‘Unforgettabl’ Folds at the Box Office

It was another Fast and Furious weekend at the box office, as the latest from Vin Diesel and his family drove over the competition. Here’s what went down:

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The Fate of the Furious remained in the top spot for the second weekend in a row, bringing in an estimated $38 million, raising its total to $163 million. Though this is not a bad number at all, the film did drop a huge 63%, which means that this instalment in the franchise will likely not have serious legs. Not that that is really anything to worry about, consider The Fate of the Furious still managed to score the biggest global opening weekend of all time when it debuted. Nobody is crying here, that’s for sure.

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Doctor Who S10 E02: ‘Smile’

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Imagine a time when everyone is happy, sounds pretty good, right? What if they were forced to be happy by penalty of death? That’s the future that The Doctor and Bill visit in this episode of Doctor Who, where you’d better smile or else. Meet me after the time and space jump for my thoughts on “Smile.”

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