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“Moana” Should Remain On Top of the Box Office This Weekend

After the big numbers last weekend, things will quiet down a bit at the box office, as no new major releases are opening. Who will wind up on top? Here’s our prediction:

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Disney’s Moana has been a massive hit, regarded as perhaps the film the studio has been working to make over the last 60+ years. Look for Moana to hold on to the top spot this weekend with $30 million.

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Holiday Gift Guide 2016: WWE 2K17 and the WWE Encyclopedia of Sports Entertainment

If you’re holiday shopping for wrestling fans out there, there are two certifiable A+ products that are absolutely worth picking up to guarantee you won’t be going through a table when it’s time for said fans to open their gifts.

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I’m writing this entry in our Holiday Gift Guide the day after WWE 2K17’s cover star Brock Lesnar was decimated in less than two minutes by the game’s original pre-order character, Bill Goldberg. The duo locked up for the first time 12 years, which also happened to be the last time that Goldberg had actually wrestled a match. Fans were talking about how the fantasy warfare that WWE 2K17 had provided was suddenly coming to life. And for a brief moment in Toronto, Canada at the 2016 Survivor Series, it did.

There’s a lot more to WWE 2K17 than fantasy warfare to make it a solid present for sports entertainment video game fans. The game has an incredibly deep roster, ranging from wrestlers of yesteryear from WCW and WWE to the newest crop of talent making their names in NXT. The renderings of wrestlers range from just ok (Bret Hart) to absolutely stunning (Samoa Joe might be their greatest video game wrestler I’ve ever looked at). After last year’s grievous oversite, The Four Horsewomen have made their way to a WWE video game as well, including Bayley, the NXT favourite who recently made her way to their main roster along with Charlotte, Sasha Banks and Becky Lynch.  Read the rest of this entry

Holiday Gift Guide 2016: Rock Out With Your Book Out

It’s back: Biff Bam Pop’s annual Holiday Gift Guide! We’re featuring what we think a pop culture fan would like to get under the tree or Hanukkah bush this year – everything from movies and music, box sets, video games, VR and more. Oh, and books. Lots of books.

There are so many great reading choices this holiday season, especially for those of us that are classic rock minded. On that note, we’re kicking off this year’s Holiday Gift Guide by listing some of the most notable music-related releases that any fan would love to receive:

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Born To Run – Bruce Springsteen (Simon & Schuster): The Boss proves to be as lyrical with long form words as he is with lyrics. His first book traces the singer-songwriter from his beginnings growing up in Asbury Park, New Jersey through his breakthrough success as “the new Dylan” and his status as one of rock’s greatest icons. More than anything else, Born To Run helps to humanize Springsteen, thank’s to the author’s willingness to open up about his personal struggles with depression, demonstrating that he’s not that different from the rest of us.  Read the rest of this entry

“Moana” Rocks the US Thanksgiving Box Office

It was a huge weekend at the box office, thanks to the solid offering of critically acclaimed films in theaters. Only one could hit the top of the box office, though, and it managed to rock all the other films. Here’s what went down:

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Moana was the big hit at the Thanksgiving box office this weekend, bringing in a simply outstanding $54.7 million over the three day weekend, with potentially more to come once the actually arrive. No doubt The Rock’s star power and social media presence helped send this Disney film skyrocketing. It should also have a nice run leading up to the arrival of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story on December 16th.

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A Sort of Fantastic Debut for “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”

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It was a fairly magical weekend at the box office, though perhaps not up to wizarding standards. Here’s what went down:

 

This weekend’s number one was, unsurprisingly, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the beginning of a brand new series set in the Harry Potter world. The movie had a lot going for it, including franchise director David Yates and an original screenplay written by JK Rowling. However, perhaps the lack of recognizable characters may have been one of the reasons that the film could only muster up $76 million in its debut. While that number would be outstanding for so many films, considering the billion dollar numbers the Harry Potter movies have accumulated, the studio expected more (and to be honest, so did I). It will certainly be interesting to see how the film holds up over the coming weeks, since there are five films set to be released in this new franchise.

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Fantastic Beasts is aiming for a fantastic weekend

There be beasts coming to movie theatres this weekend, and no doubt they will be ruling over all other films. How much will they conjure up? Here’s our prediction:

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a brand new film set in the wizarding world of Harry Potter. That’s really all you need to know, and is explanation enough as to why I think this film is going to have an outstanding opening weekend. But a few more reasons – reviews have been solid, the script was written by JK Rowling herself, and director David Yates brings with him his Potter pedigree as the director of the last few films in the original series. While Harry and company are absent from Fantastic Beasts, fans have been clamouring to return to that world, and here’s their opportunity. Look for a first place finish with $120 million.

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Preacher co-creator, artist Steve Dillon has passed away

I discovered Preacher in the summer of 1997. My girlfriend at the time and I had taken a trip together to Vancouver, British Columbia to see the sights. It seemed though that the sites I most enjoyed were the variety of comic shops and book stores that I continued to come across during our journey. On that trip, i bought a beautiful hard cover version of Kingdom Come. I found a used trade paperback edition of Frank Miller’s Ronin. I bought the screenplay to David Lynch’s Lost Highway.

And I discovered Preacher.

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31 Days of Horror 2016: When comes the horror remake

It’s in the air, isn’t it? The horror of Halloween. The last few weeks have seen Biff Bam Pop spreading out usual horrific cheer with our 31 Days of Horror. Much of it has been celebrating our favorite movies and tv shows. Here and now, though, is where we’ll look ahead a little bit, to what could be horrific for all the wrong reasons.

The horror remake.

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Ouija: Origin of Evil looks to take out Jack Reacher, Madea this weekend

We’re heading into Halloween horror film time, and there’s a big new release looking for your dollars this weekend. Will it hit the big money, or will one of Hollywood’s most bankable stars spoil the fun. Here’s our prediction:

Ouija: Origin of Evil is a sequel to the 2014 original that managed to make $50 million during its release. While no huge names are attached to this follow-up, there’s some decent buzz surrounding the film, which is said to be quite scary, even for a PG-13 rated movie. People want to get their horror on as October comes to a close, and this is the movie that will help them do it. Look for a first place showing with $23 million.

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Trailer Time: Logan (UPDATED w/Red Band Trailer)

Holy shit. This looks incredible. That’s all I’m going to say.

Logan is out March 3rd, 2017.

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