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‘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

‘Coco’ to lead another quiet weekend at the box office

It’s one more slow weekend at the box office, as we wait for the big one to hit theaters next weekend (hopefully sans yet another Death Star). So, in the interest of time, here’s a quick box office prediction entry.

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Look for Coco to continue to score with audiences in its third weekend in theaters. It will stay on top with $20 million.

Justice League will be in second place with $10 million. Wonder will be right behind it in third place with $9.5 million. Thor: Ragnarok will be in fourth place with $6 million, while Daddy’s Home 2 will round out the top five with $5.5 million.

The Disaster Artist is opening this weekend as well, but it won’t make it into the top five.

So, to recap, here are our predictions:

1) Coco – $20 million
2) Justice League – $10 million
3) Wonder – $9.5 million
4) Thor: Ragnarok – $6 million
5) Daddy’s Home 2 – $5.5 million

Be sure to check back on Sunday to see how the weekend turns out!

Holiday Gift Guide 2017 – Twin Peaks: The Limited Event Series, The Final Dossier, Wrapped in Plastic + Funko Toys

For fans of Twin Peaks, 2017 has been an incredible, defining year. First, the long-talked about third season made its way to Showtime as an 18-part film, written by series co-creators Mark Frost and David Lynch, with every hour directed by Lynch himself. Familiar faces mingled with new ones, though nobody would disagree that the new series was a tour de force delivered by Kyle MacLachlan, who not only returned as Special Agent Dale Cooper, along with two brand new characters. The series picked up 25 years after Cooper became trapped in the Black Lodge with his doppelgänger roaming free. While the ratings weren’t outstanding, the quality of the series was incredible, and its making many a Best of 2017 lists.

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This week sees the release of Twin Peaks: The Limited Event Series on Blu-ray and DVD, featuring hours of incredible behind the scenes footage that take you up close and personal into David Lynch’s creative process. The Blu-ray is the version to pick up, as it contains a bonus disc of footage that absolutely is a must-experience for fans. The packaging is a gorgeous slipcase that features Cooper’s various guises. For anyone looking to delve deeper into the world of Twin Peaks, this is 100% a must have. Read the rest of this entry

Biff Bam Pop EXCLUSIVE: Andy Burns Talks to Michael Eklund About ‘Stegman Is Dead’

Michael Eklund is one of the hardest working actors around. Along with starring on Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency and Wynonna Earp, he’s a familiar face to movie fans. The Vancouver-based Eklund has been featured in Chokeslam and The Sound (with Rose McGowan) in 2017 alone. He’s currently starring as the lead in Stegman Is Dead, a new crime film directed by David Hyde and co-starring Michael Ironside (V, Total Recall, The Machinist). In Stegman is Dead, Eklund plays Gus, a low-level criminal hired by Don (Ironside) to retrieve an incriminating video tape.

I first discovered Michael Eklund’s work in 2011’s The Divide, where he stole the entire film about survivors of a nuclear holocaust. When I had the chance to talk ask talk to him over email about his work, I jumped at the opportunity. Eklund is smart, articulate and passionate, and in possession of outstanding acting abilities. On that note, here’s our interview:

Andy Burns: You, sir, are one of the hardest working actors I have ever seen. Before we even get into Stegman is Dead, talk to me about why you like to stay so busy, and how you stay organized?

Michael Eklund: Well, that is nice of you to say. However, I would disagree. It seems to me that every time I turn on the television or see a film there are more and more extremely talented actors and film makers creating and displaying amazing work. It is a very exciting time right now for artists as well for the audiences. There are no more excuses. If you are not working then you can literally pick up a camera and create your own work. Write something. Shoot something. Create something. Art can be created anywhere. And it isn’t limited to anyone or any kind. The work that is coming out from all territories of the world is inspiring. The bar is being raised at an accelerated rate like no other time I have ever seen. It just keeps getting better and better. The gap, or rather, the road block in the way of working and creating and being permitted to work and create has been closed and removed. You seriously have no reason or excuse nowadays to say that opportunities are not there. We live in a time with the technology present that we are able to create our own opportunities and if you are not then you have no one else to blame but yourself.

I know I could be doing more. Creating more. And if I don’t someone else will. And you don’t want to be caught sleeping at the wheel, because if you are you can be sure that the next artist is going to run you off the road. If I don’t stay busy then I will find myself rolled over in a ditch with my hazard lights on and help isn’t on its way because everyone else is too busy to stop. So being organized is no longer a luxury, it is a necessity. If you don’t have your stuff figured out or don’t have your shit together than you better do it quick and you better do it now because in this business no one owes you anything. It no longer is a question of how you do. It is an answer of you must do.
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‘Coco’ remains on top of the box office, ‘Justice League’ continues to drop

It was a fairly safe and predictable weekend at the box office, as there were no major releases making waves. Here’s what went down:

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Coco remained at the top spot for a second weekend in a row, bringing in an estimated $27.8 and raising its two week total to an strong $110.4 million.

Way behind it in second place with $15.8 million is Justice League, which is a couple million short of crossing the $200 million. It’s likely the film won’t even make $250 million in North America, a disaster following the stellar performance of Wonder Woman.

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The week in horror: Sabrina comes to Netflix, Friday the 13th + more

The creators of Riverdale are adapting Sabrina for Netflix, Friday the 13th gets a new Blu-ray set, and more, as we look at some of the biggest stories from the week in horror.

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The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Comes to Netflix

Though Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa had been developing a television version of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina to go alongside Riverdale, which he is the creator and showrunner for, it turns Sabrina is actually heading to Netflix, complete with a two season pick-up. According to Variety, “The one-hour drama is based on the comic “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina,” which reimagines the origin and adventures of Sabrina as a dark coming-of-age story that traffics in horror, the occult, and witchcraft. The series is described as being tonally in the vein of horror classics like “Rosemary’s Baby” and “The Exorcist,” and will see Sabrina wrestling to reconcile her dual nature as a half-witch, half-mortal while standing against the evil forces that threaten her, her family, and the daylight world humans inhabit.”

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Friday The 13th gets a new Blu-ray set

Jason Voorhees fans, mark February 13th, 2018 on your calendar. That’s when you can pick up the new Friday The 13th Ultimate Collection 8 Blu-ray set, which will compile the first 8 films in the venerable horror franchise.  Here’s a list of the goodies you’ll find in the set:

Trailers: – Theatrical Trailer
Commentary: “- Commentary by director Joe Zito, screenwriter Barney Cohen and editor Joel Goodman
Commentary: – Commentary by director/co-screenwriter Danny Steinmann with cast and crew
Commentary: – Commentary by director Tom McLoughlin with cast and crew
Commentary: – Commentary by Director Sean S. Cunningham with Cast and Crew
Commentary: – Fan Commentary by Adam Green and Joe Lynch
Other: – Inside “Crystal Lake Memories”
Other: – Fresh Cuts: New Tales from Friday the 13th
Other: – Lost Tales from Camp Blood – Part 5
Other: – Lost Tales From Camp Blood – Part 6
Other: – Lost Tales from Camp Blood – Part 4
Other: – The Crystal Lake Massacres Revisited Part II
Other: – The Crystal Lake Massacres Revisited Part III
Other: – Friday’s Legacy: Horror Conventions
Other: – The Man Behind the Legacy: Sean S. Cunningham
Other: – Friday the 13th Reunion
Other: – Jason Lives: The Making of Friday the 13th: Part VI
Other: – Lost Tales from Camp Blood – Part 2
Other: – New Beginnings: The Making of Friday the 13th: Part V A New Beginning
Other: – Slashed Scenes
Trailers: – Original Theatrical Trailer
Other: – Jason Forever
Other: – Jason’s Unlucky Day: 25 Years After Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter
Other: – Lost Tales from Camp Blood – Part 1
Other: – Meeting Mr. Voorhees
Other: – Slashed Scenes
Other: – The Lost Ending
Other: Includes 2 pairs of 3D Glasses
Trailers: – Theatrical Trailer
Trailers: – Original Theatrical Teaser Trailer
Other: – The Crystal Lake Massacres Revisited Part I
Other: – Jimmy’s Dead Dance Moves
Trailers: – Original Theatrical Trailer

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The Houses October Built 2 comes to Blu-ray

My favourite new horror franchise is The Houses October Built, which melds found footage and real life stories to create a very unique experience. You can read my interview with the creators here. The sequel hit to the original hit VOD and theaters this past Halloween, and it’s now making its Blu-ray debut January 2nd, 2018 (happy birthday to me!). The Blu-ray will included the following special features:

Deleted scenes
Uncut projection scene
Portrait of a Scare Actor 2
“Halloween Spooks” music video.

 

Holiday Gift Guide 2017: TV Shows on Blu-ray + Digital

There’s always an abundance of DVD and Blu-ray offerings for the holiday season, many of them in box set form. Complete series, various season collections, and standalone seasons – whatever you’re looking to grab for someone, there’s something waiting. Here’s a rundown of some recent releases that should be solid gifting for the pop culture tv geek in your life:

Buffy The Vampire Slayer The Complete Series: Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, Buffy The Vampire Slayer has once again been compiled into a complete collection. I say once again, as there have been a few different sets over the years (I know, as I had at least one of them). While hardcore fans can probably skip out on this one, it is definitely a beautifully put together package for anyone you want to introduce the world Buffy and the Scoobies to. This set features the extras from previous separate individual season collections, along with a reprint of the Dark Horse Season 8 Issue 1 comic book and a page to colour, illustrated by Season 8 artist George Jannety.

The Strain The Complete Series: Speaking of vampires, the recently completed FX series The Strain is now available in a no frills, nice boxed set of its four seasons. Created by Guillermo Del Toro, Carlton Cuse and Chuck Hogan, the series lasted for four successful seasons. The DVDs feature a variety of extras, and also some attractive slipcases for each individual season. For fans of episodic gore, The Strain is your choice this holiday season. Read the rest of this entry

Holiday Gift Guide 2017: Snap a Pic with FujiFilm’s Instax Mini 9 and Share SP 2

It’s the first installment in this year’s edition of Biff Bam Pop!’s Holiday Gift Guide, and we’re kicking it off with a flash, and some help from BBP’s Princess.

Andy Burns: So, my little Princess, what are we going to talk about first?

Princess: Fujifim Instax Mini Camera and printer!

Andy Burns: Now, where did you and I first try this out?

Princess: At a Holiday Toy Showcase put on by our friend.

AB: That’s right, put on by our friends at Swerve PR! It was early, though.

Princess: The end of October, I think. And we saw some cool things.

AB: I think the coolest thing we saw was the camera, the Instax Mini 9 from Fujifilm.

Princess: And the printer!

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‘Coco’ to remain #1 in a slow weekend

A short box office prediction instalment this week, as there are no major new releases hitting theatres.

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Instead, look for Coco to hold on to the top spot for a second weekend in a row with $28 million. Wonder will be in second place with $15 million, while the failing Justice League will be in third place with $15 million. Thor: Ragnarok will hit fourth with $8 million, while Murder on the Orient Express will close things out in fifth with $6.5 million.

So, to recap, here are our predictions:

1) Coco – $28 million
2) Wonder – $15 million
3) Justice League – $15 million
4) Thor: Ragnarok – $8 million
5) Murder on the Orient Express – $6.5 million

Be sure to check back on Sunday to see how the weekend turns out!

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