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Monthly Archives: November 2012

Will Brad Pitt Have A Hit? Biff Bam Pop’s Box Office Predictions

There’s only one new film going into wide release this weekend, which means that we should see a fairly static top five. The question then is, can Brad Pitt’s latest make any sort of impact? Here’s our prediction:

The ladies love Brad Pitt, and so do more than a few gents, which could bring in an audience to Killing Them Softly. Pitt plays a hitman in the film, based on a 1974 novel Cogan’s Trade, and is surrounded by some solid talent, including James Gandolfini, Ray Liotta and Richard Jenkins. This is one of those smaller flicks that Pitt likes to do in between the larger blockbuster film he’s often attached to, so Killing Them Softly will likely open comparatively light compared to some of his other films, but it could maintain steam heading into the holidays. Look for a fourth place showing with $11 million.

Find out how the rest of the top five will shape up after the jump!
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Biff Bam Popcast – Tonight At 10pm

Get ready for Biff Bam Pop’s Holiday Gift Guide!! Get our pop culture experts take on the news of who may be playing Batman in Justice League! Celebrate the release of Strange World! It’s another Biff Bam Popcast!

American Horror Story: Asylum Recap: Season 2 Episode 7-Dark Cousin

In last night’s episode of American Horror Story:Asylum, demon-possessed Sister Mary Eunice is terrified to learn that a Dark Angel has descended upon Briarcliff, Kit attempts to reunite with Grace once more and Sister Jude tries to reconcile with her bitter past. After last week’s Origin of Monstrosity, which served more as a bridging episode, Dark Cousin accelerates the story forward.
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Apocalypse November: Swan Song

Earlier this month, Biff Bam Pop!’s own Marie Gilbert wrote about Stephen King’s apocalyptic opus, The Stand. That is one of my favorite books, and its comparison to another book got me interested in the works of another king of suspense, and his magnum opus of the world after a terrible disaster. After the jump, I’ll tell you about Swan Song by Robert R. McCammon.

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With FF #1 Your Fantastic Future Has Finally Arrived On The Wednesday Run – November 28, 2012

Ah, the future is a fickle thing in comic book land.

Just when you think it’s become the present, the unpredictable nature of time – and time-hopping, time-altering, time-adventuring superheroes – tends to radically change all expectations.

It can be confounding, yes. But it can also make for amazing storytelling, keeping readers on the edge of their seats while following their favourite (or new favourite) characters in their tempus-inspired escapades!

That’s the premise behind the first issue of FF – the latest comic book re-launch in the post Avengers vs. X-Men, Marvel NOW! initiative.

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Guest Blogger: The Savvy Reader’s Shannon Presents 10 Books For The Pop Culture Fan On Your List

She’s back, and our yearly tradition continues! Our friend Shannon from The Savvy Reader has once again compiled a solid list of reading for the holiday season that totally fits our upcoming Holiday Gift Guide bill (which kicks off this Saturday, in fact). Check out her awesome list and get ready, because next week you’re going to be able to win a few of her choice picks! Take it away, Shannon! 

Looking for the perfect holiday gift? How about a book! They are easy to find, easy to wrap, and there’s something out there for everyone on your list! Here we’ve found the 10 best gifts for the pop culture fan on your list:

1) Who I Am by Pete Townshend: Townshend, a singer, songwriter, and founding member of The Who, tells his wild stories about life as rock n’ roll legend in this candid and smart autobiography.

2) Marvel Comics: The Untold Story by Sean Howe: Love comics? You are going to love this behind-the-scenes account of the company that brought you X-Men, Spider-Man, the Avengers, and many other classic superheroes. Filled with tales of battles, betrayals, unlikely alliances, rocky beginnings and amazing successes, this book will show you how Marvel Comics became the enterprise it is today.

See what else makes the list after the jump!
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Heart and Brains: Andy Burns On ParaNorman

This weekend I caught up on one of the better zombie films to come along this year. I was hugely surprised at how much I enjoyed this tale of persecuted witches, sadistic townspeople and a strange boy with a supernatural ability.

With all that, it’s no wonder than ParaNorman was PG. Check out the trailer below and then hit the jump for my review.

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Watch With Amanda: What’s On TV This Week? November 27 – December 2

This week: Winter finales are upon us with Revenge and The Walking Dead taking a hiatus until 2013.

What will you be watching?

Tuesday November 27th
NCIS (8pm): A teen girl is kidnapped when a Navy captain, his daughter and her friend are attacked. Meanwhile, Tony gets jealous when Ziva makes plans with a mysterious man.

Hart of Dixie (8pm): Lavon and Ruby’s romance proves problematic for Zoe and Lemon, who try to uncover Ruby’s real angle. Meanwhile, Wade wants to evade George, but they wind up on the same camping trip; and Brick hopes to take his relationship with Emily to the next level.
Raising Hope (8pm): The Chances sign up for a charity walk to benefit Angry Bowel Syndrome, a condition Jimmy had as a child. Meanwhile, Burt and Virginia start to feel like they’re getting old; and Jimmy finds it difficult to support Sabrina in a spat with her ex when he thinks she’s at fault.
Ben & Kate (8:30pm): Kate has a hard time taking Will seriously after she sees the face he makes while playing guitar in his cover band; Tommy hooks Ben up with a job at the country club; BJ goes to a support-group meeting and gains insight about her friendship with Kate.
New Girl (9pm): Jess and Cece begin to worry about their biological clocks when they learn that a friend is pregnant. Meanwhile, Schmidt wants to please Emma; Nick and Winston look for inspiration for Nick’s zombie-theme novel at the zoo.

Go On (9pm): Ryan decides to date again and receives an invitation from Olympian Misty May-Treanor (playing herself) to play beach volleyball with her pals. Meanwhile, George celebrates living beyond his life expectancy, and Danny begins falling for Sonia.
Emily Owens M.D. (9pm): Emily treats an infant and a deeply religious man whose faith is shaken following surgery. Meanwhile, Will breaks protocol with a risky diagnosis; and Tyra considers telling her father that she is a lesbian.
The Mindy Project (9:30pm): Mindy feels awkward when her teen neighbor inquires about birth control; Danny gets an anonymous complaint that Morgan has been staring inappropriately at Shauna.
The New Normal (9:30pm): The guys accidentally discover the sex of their baby. Elsewhere, Shania gives a stirring performance at a school assembly, inspiring Goldie to pursue her dreams.
Parenthood (10pm): Julia adjusts to staying home while Joel pursues a career; Crosby clashes with a neighbor who could threaten the Luncheonette; parenting and relationship issues come between Sarah and Mark; Max faces a tough decision as president of the student council; and Amber helps Ryan with his career.

Vegas (10pm): Things get complicated for Savino when Rizzo hires his former mistress, a popular cabaret singer, to perform at the casino. Meanwhile, clues to a murder case lead to a nearby Air Force base, which means police must share jurisdiction with the military.
Sons of Anarchy (10pm): Jax envisions a new direction for the club.

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Apocalypse November: World War Z

If you want a good feel and vision of how the Apocalypse would affect those of us living in a modern world, then you have two books that do the job of bringing the end of times to your front door. My review of The Stand by author Stephen King told about the results of a man-made pandemic and the battle between good and evil.

With my review of World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by author Max Brooks, we learn about a new type of pandemic… a walking plague. I consider the messages of The Stand and World War Z, a crash course on what to expect when civilization decides to go to hell, big time.  More on World War Z after the jump.

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Tales from the Longbox – Uncanny X-Men #141-142 (1981)

Every other week, Jason Shayer will highlight an issue or a run of issues pulled from the horde of comic book long boxes that occupy more room in his house than his wife can tolerate. Each of these reviews will delve into what made that issue or run significant as well as discuss the creative personalities behind the work. “Long Box” refers to the lengthy, white cardboard boxes most comics find themselves stored within – bagged, alphabetized and numerically ordered.

Uncanny X-Men #141-142
January- February 1981
“Days of Future Past”
Writing: Chris Claremont (plot and script) and John Byrne (plot)
Penciler: John Byrne
Inker: Terry Austin

While many fans may classify the Dark Phoenix Saga as the ultimate X-Men storyline, I’d argue for a two-issue, cross-time story called “Days of Future Past”. Both Claremont and Byrne are at the top of their game, coming off the Dark Phoenix Saga storyline and still telling outstanding stories.

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