Author Archives: Leo Craven

Actor Trading Cards: Suicide Squad

suicide-squadSuicide Squad: Flash Review

Before presenting the Actor Trading Cards for DC’s latest movie release, I feel the need to post a short review having seen the film over the weekend. Simply put… I LOVED IT! Suicide Squad is a delightful mash-up of chaos, driven by characters that you can’t help but like and root for even though, as you know, they’re the bad guys. Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn is exactly the kind of crazy everyone was hoping for, and Will Smith’s Deadshot is the most fun we’ve had watching Smith in years. The rest of the cast also does a fantastic job, and while the script takes the viewer on an unconventional roller coaster that includes quite a few “snap scenes” to fill in the background of its characters, it works because overall the film is a disorderly collaboration of joyful entertainment!
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Countdown To Civil War: Actor Trading Cards – Team Captain America

Chris Evans

Born: June 13, 1981 in Boston, MA

Height: 6’0

Personal Quote:

“If you want to be around in 10 years you’ve got to do something to differentiate yourself from the pack.”

Non-Marvel (MCU) Highlights:

Not Another Teen Movie (‘Jake Wyler’), Fantastic Four (‘Johnny Storm’), Snowpiercer (‘Curtis’)


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Countdown To Civil War: Actor Trading Cards – Team Iron Man

Robert Downey Jr

Born: April 4, 1965 in New York City, NY
Height: 5’9

Personal Quote:

“I know very little about acting. I’m just an incredibly gifted faker.”

Non-Marvel Highlights:

Chaplin (‘Charlie Chaplin’, Nominated Best Actor, Academy Awards), Ally McBeal TV Series (‘Larry Paul’, Won Best Supporting Actor, Golden Globes), Sherlock Holmes (‘Sherlock Holmes’, Won Best Actor, Golden Globes)

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Actor Trading Cards: Gerard Butler

Gerard Butler

Born: November 13, 1969 in Paisley, Scotland, UK
Height: 6’2

Personal Quote:

“The chance to be both artistically appreciated and commercially appreciated… That’s what you hope for.”

Did You Know?

Butler has quickly gained a reputation as one of the nicest actors around, as he always takes time to socialize with fans and hangs out with crew members as much as co-stars on film sets.

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Actor Trading Cards: Jeremy Irons

Jeremy Irons

Born: September 19, 1948 in Cowes, Isle of Wight, England, UK
Height: 6’2

Personal Quote:

“No, I don’t believe in hard work. If something is hard, leave it. Let it come to you. Let it happen.”

Did You Know?

Is one of 9 actors to have won the Triple Crown of Acting (an Oscar, Emmy and Tony).

Owns Kilcoe Castle in County Cork, Ireland.

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Actor Trading Cards: Morena Baccarin

Morena Baccarin

Born: June 2, 1979 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Height: 5’8

Personal Quote:

“I would love to be a Bond girl. That is on my bucket list, definitely.”

Did You Know?

Has done voice work for multiple animated series including Justice League (Black Canary); Batman: The Brave and the Bold (Cheetah); Son of Batman and Batman: Bad Blood (Talia al Ghul); and is also the voice of “Gideon” on The Flash television series.

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Actor Trading Cards: Lena Headey

Lena Headey

Born: October 3, 1973 in Hamilton, Bermuda (raised in Yorkshire, England)
Height: 5’6

Personal Quote:

“I’m a tomboy. I used to get into a lot of fights. Don’t know why – self-expression, I guess.”

Did You Know?

Has a number of tattoos, including a large floral design on her back and a Pema Chodron quote on her ribs.


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Holiday Gift Guide 2015: Comic Book Subscriptions

Comic Books

There are some terrific writers at Biff BamPop  who contribute in-depth articles relating to the world of comic books and graphic novels…I, admittedly, am not one of them. However, I am a father of two teenagers, and sometimes the price tag of video games, brand-name clothing, and technology leaves us parents with only a few gift options for our kids during the Holiday Season. That’s why I’m recommending an economical gift that will only run you about $30 and give your kid (or your spouse) something to look forward to every month of the year = comic book subscriptions.  Read the rest of this entry

Leo Craven On… Mom and Pop Video Rental Stores

Video Rental Stores

Each week, one of Biff Bam Pop’s illustrious writers will delve into one of their favorite things. Perhaps it’s a movie or album they’ve carried with them for years. Maybe it’s something new that moved them and they think might move you too. Each week, a new subject, a new voice writing on… something they love.

There are few things (if any) I remember more fondly from my childhood than the days of going to the locally-owned video rental store and looking over hundreds of movie boxes in order to score the perfect entertainment for the evening. The Golden Age of these marvelous ‘meccas’ of movie eye candy started in the early 80’s and lasted until the mid-90’s when major video chains like Blockbuster Video and Hollywood Video took over the landscape. While most people do not look back on the chains with fondness, I for one am glad they came along…because I’d have a lot harder time liking Netflix if it had displaced our local business owners. Putting the video chains out of business, on the other hand, made me a fan of Netflix from the start!

Resentment for Blockbuster aside (I worked for one while I went to college = awful experience!), allow me to venture down memory lane with you…

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Actor Trading Cards: Harrison Ford

Harrison Ford

Born: July 13, 1942 in Chicago, IL
Height: 6’1

Personal Quote:

“Han Solo is not a cardboard character to me at all. He’s as real as anything else. I never thought of the character as having only two dimensions until the critics said so. And they’re wrong. The third dimension is me.”

Did You Know?

Indiana Jones was voted the second greatest screen hero of all time by the American Film Institute.

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