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Daily Archives: December 10, 2017

‘Coco’ has its final weekend on top of the box office

All was quiet this weekend, as it was the calm before the storm that The Last Jedi will bring next weekend. So here is your brief box office wrap-up report:

Coco was number one for the third weekend in a row with an estimated $18 million. The film has made $135 million so far, though it will likely top out slightly below $200 million in North America by the end of its run.

Justice League was in second place with $9.6 million. Wonder was in third place with $8.45 million, with the debuting The Disaster Audience grabbing the fourth spot with $6.43 million. Thor: Ragnarok closed things out in fifth place with $6.3 million, as it crossed the $300 million mark.  Read the rest of this entry

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Holiday Gift Guide 2017: Books for Music Fans

So many music books, so little time. Depending on what the sounds that person in your life loves, there’s a ton of great books out there to choose from this Holiday Season. Here are a few of our favourite selections:

Sticky Fingers

Sticky Fingers: The Life and Times of Jan Wenner and Rolling Stone Magazine – Writer Joe Hagan had unprecedented access to the founder and publisher of Rolling Stone Magazine, and the end result didn’t please Jann Wenner at all. Lots of sex, drugs and rock and roll, and comments from the rock stars that Wenner himself loved to hang around with. It’s all happening in this book.

Bon

Bon: The Last Highway: The Untold Story of Bon Scott and AC/DC’s Back in Black – With the passing of AC/DC founding member and rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young just a few weeks ago, reading about the band’s original lead singer Bon Scott has become even more fitting. Jesse Fink delves deep into the lore of the Thunder from Down Under, Bon’s influence on the band, and his tragic passing at the age of 33. Read the rest of this entry

The week in horror: Iron Maiden, World War Z + more

A metal icon gets the action figure treatment, World War Z gets a video game, and more, as we look at some of the biggest stories from the week in horror.

Run to the hill for these Eddie figures

While we still wait for Iron Maiden to take their rightful place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the band’s iconic mascot Eddie is getting the action figure treatment courtesy of Super7. These retro style figures are available now from Super7’s webstore. Each one is based on an Iron Maiden album or song: Powerslave, Killers, The Trooper and Aces High.

  • Powerslave Eddie comes with Egyptian crook and flail accessories
  • Killers Eddie comes armed with an axe accessory
  • Trooper Eddie comes with Union Jack and sword accessories
  • Aces High Eddie comes armed with a revolver accessory

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World War Z video game on the way

This week saw a trailer unleashed for a World War Z video game, due in 2018 from Saber Interactive and Paramount. There’s a definite familiarity to the images, which appear straight out of the divisive 2013 film (I liked it). According the press release, “The game centres on unique survivor stories and missions around the globe, including New York, Moscow, and Jerusalem. Use traps, barriers and the environment strategically to stay alive while unleashing a storm of firepower with a variety of weapons on the unrelenting hordes of the undead.”

World War Z will be released on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom arrives

Before I watched the trailer for the next Jurassic World film, I wasn’t sure if it would actually fit it here in the column. But, after watching? Wow – this is going to make lots of money, but it really feels like a massive creature feature to me. Yes, there is lots of running, but the foreboding words of the the returning Jeff Goldblum has got me very excited for Fallen Kingdom, which arrives in theatres June 22nd.

It’s been four years since theme park and luxury resort Jurassic World was destroyed by dinosaurs out of containment.  Isla Nublar now sits abandoned by humans while the surviving dinosaurs fend for themselves in the jungles.

When the island’s dormant volcano begins roaring to life, Owen (Chris Pratt) and Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) mount a campaign to rescue the remaining dinosaurs from this extinction-level event. Owen is driven to find Blue, his lead raptor who’s still missing in the wild, and Claire has grown a respect for these creatures she now makes her mission. Arriving on the unstable island as lava begins raining down, their expedition uncovers a conspiracy that could return our entire planet to a perilous order not seen since prehistoric times.

With all of the wonder, adventure and thrills synonymous with one of the most popular and successful series in cinema history, this all-new motion-picture event sees the return of favorite characters and dinosaurs—along with new breeds more awe-inspiring and terrifying than ever before.  Welcome to Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.

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