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By the Book: The Magnificent Seven

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John Sturges’ 1960 western The Magnificent Seven is considered to be a masterpiece. The movie, based on Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai,  is one of the American Film Institutes top 100 films, and was selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the National Film Registry. It spawned three forgettable sequels (Return of the Seven [1966], Guns of the Magnificent Seven [1969], and The Magnificent Seven Ride [1972]), and a television series (1998-2000),  but its trope featuring a bunch of ragtag malcontents has been copied hundreds of times, everywhere from Sam Pekinpah’s The Wild Bunch to this summer’s Suicide Squad.  After 56 years, it finally got its big Hollywood remake.  How did it hold up nearly six decades later?  Find out after the break (and spoilers, of course).

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Fury Over Gone Girl: Biff Bam Pop’s Weekend Box Office Wrap-Up Report

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Our Box Office Predictions from a few days back had Gone Girl remaining at the top of the heap over Brad Pitt’s new war flick, Fury. Did Brad flip the script on Ben? And what kind of competition did the Books, Bad Days, and Beginning Vampires put up against the big two? Find out after the jump!

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31 Days of Horror 2014 – Mimesis

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We’re all genre fans here. We’ve all been to a comic, movie, scifi, or horror convention and run into roleplayers and cosplayers that just take things a bit too seriously. And then there are the ones who take it too far, enough to creep us out a little. That’s who inspired Douglas Schulze’s Mimesis. Meet me after the jump for my thoughts on this bizarre and frightening revision and reenactment of Night of the Living Dead.

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Denzel Equalizes Easily: Biff Bam Pop’s Weekend Box Office Wrap-Up Report

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It’s a musical chairs weekend here at Biff Bam Pop! as your usual Box Office reporter Andy Burns takes a few days off, so here I am to wrap up for J.P. Fallavollita‘s Box Office Predictions from a few days back. Did Denzel Washington Equalize the Box Office? How stiff was the competition from The Maze Runner and The Boxtrolls? Find out after the jump!

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The 80’s & Denzel Look To Equalize The Box Office-Biff Bam Pop’s Box Office Predictions

Hollywood’s mining television again with a big new release this weekend.

the equalizer posterRemember the mid-to-late eighties show, The Equalizer, starring Edward Woodward? If you do, you’re definitely of a certain age. I used to watch it on and off, back in the day. It had a great premise: a retired intelligence officer placing ads in the local newspaper, offering his services to fix problems. If you had your head underwater, if you were being threatened, if you require justice o, “if you have nowhere else to turn”, you’d call The Equalizer.

Loved that catch line then and now!

The question this weekend is: will theatre audiences make that call again? Will they go see the big screen version of The Equalizer?

Follow me after the jump for our predictions!

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Saturday At The Movies: 2 Guns

Guest blogger London McGuire is a freelance writer and blogger for WeLoveTVMore.com. In addition to the horror and thriller genres, she enjoys writing about sports, great food and anything related to television or movies. Follow her on Twitter @londonmcguire.

Sunglasses.  Mexican standoffs.  Bank robberies.  Shooting chickens’ heads off.  What more could you ask for in an action-packed summer romp?  Maybe something a little less routine, that’s what.

Find out why 2 Guns may leave you a little wanting after the jump…

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2 Guns Or The Smurfs 2? Biff Bam Pop’s Box Office Predictions

If you’re into numerology, this weekend will likely have you contemplating the number 2, as it features in both of the big new releases hitting theatres. Will either top the box office? Here’s our prediction:

Two_guns_posterBased on the BOOM! Studios comic book created by Steven Grant, 2 Guns stars Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg as DEA and FBI agents investigating one another who discover they’ve been set up by the CIA. This is a pretty stellar team-up of two bona-fide action stars who tend to deliver the goods. The fact that this isn’t a sequel and not a hugely known comic book should actually work well in favour of 2 Guns. Look for a first place showing with $38 million.

Find out how the rest of the weekend will turn out after the jump!
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Record-Breaking Bond – Biff Bam Pop’s Weekend Box Office Wrap-Up Report

Bond, James Bond claimed the top spot at the box office this weekend, making a huge splash with the franchise’s biggest opening weekend ever. Here’s what went down:

Skyfall flew to the top of the box office this weekend, bringing in an estimated $88 million to claim bragging rights. This is an absolutely fantastic opening weekend, bigger than Quantum of Solace’s still strong $67 million debut back in 2009. With a number like this and positive critical and fan reaction, Skyfall is in position to possibly gross more than $200 million at the North American box office. We’ll definitely be keeping our eyes on the film’s total as the weeks progress.

As for how the rest of the weekend turned out, find out after the jump!
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Bond’s Back In Skyfall – Biff Bam Pop’s Box Office Predictions

One movie and one movie only will top the box office this weekend – the long awaited return of the greatest spy in pop culture history. How much will Bond bank this weekend? Here’s our prediction.

Daniel Craig returns as 007 James Bond in Skyfall, the first film in the franchise in four years, released in celebration of Bond’s fiftieth anniversary. There’s a ton of eager filmgoers who have been waiting for this flick, not just in North America, but around the world, where it’s already opened and broke box office records in various territories. So how will it perform this weekend? No doubt, Skyfall will have the biggest opening in Bond history, outperforming Quantum Of Solace’s $67.5 million debut. Look for a huge opening of $95 million.

Find out how the rest of the weekend will turn out after the jump!
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Wreck-It Ralph Rules – Biff Bam Pop’s Weekend Box Office Wrap-Up Report

The aftermath of Hurricane Sandy didn’t stop moviegoers from heading to theatres this weekend, as two debuting films had excellent starts. Here’s what went down.

Wreck-It Ralph was clearly the pick for families across North America this weekend, as it grossed a stellar $50 million to claim the top spot at the box office. The 3D, video game inspired Disney flick was exactly what filmgoers were looking for. Wreck-It Ralph should play well over the next few weeks and into the American Thanksgiving.

Find out how the rest of the weekend turned out after the jump!
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