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Doctor Who S10 E09: ‘Empress of Mars’

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Traditionally Doctor Who is considered to be the protector of Earth and mankind against all manner of alien invaders, but what happens when it’s mankind who are the invaders, and the invades are former archenemies of The Doctor? That’s the conundrum when Victorian age explorers land on Mars amongst a hive of Ice Warriors – what will The Doctor do? Meet me after the small time and space jump for my thoughts on “Empress of Mars.”

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The GAR! Podcast: A GAR! Christmas

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Usually every Friday at this time Biff Bam Pop! presents the newest episode of The GAR! Podcast, the Glenn Walker and Ray Cornwall weekly podcast where they talk unrehearsed about whatever happens to come to mind, an audio-zine for your mind, a nerd exploration of a nerd world. This week however, GAR! is on a short hiatus for the holidays. In its place we’re featuring an episode that you might have missed before GAR! came to Biff Bam Pop!. Stay tuned for a blast from the past of The GAR! Podcast, after the jump.

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The Make Mine Magic Podcast: The Black Cauldron

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Usually every Friday at this time Biff Bam Pop! presents the newest episode of The GAR! Podcast, the Glenn Walker and Ray Cornwall weekly podcast where they talk unrehearsed about whatever happens to come to mind, an audio-zine for your mind, a nerd exploration of a nerd world. This week however, GAR! is on a short hiatus due to personal reasons. In its place we’re featuring another member of the GAR! family, The Make Mine Magic Podcast, with an episode focusing on one of Disney’s most notorious animated films – The Black Cauldron. See and hear more after the jump.

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The GAR! Podcast: Voluted Tales, Godzilla, and the Dallas Cowboys

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Biff Bam Pop! presents The GAR! Podcast, the Glenn Walker and Ray Cornwall weekly podcast where they talk unrehearsed about whatever happens to come to mind. It’s a nerd exploration of a nerd world. This week, the discussion includes special guest Becca Butcher of Voluted Tales. See more after the jump.

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31 Days of Horror 2013: Solomon Kane

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When most folks think of Robert E. Howard, those that know who he is, they think of Conan the Barbarian, Kull the Conqueror, and maybe Red Sonja. They think of pulp tales of barbarians, monsters, and lost empires. They rarely think of his oddest and one of his least known creations – Solomon Kane. I’ll take a look at Howard’s most mysterious hero, after the jump.

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Glenn Walker’s Top Fives for 2012

best1Everybody at Biff Bam Pop! is talking about Top Fives, so I guess it’s my turn. Put on your seat belts, because as the regular readers around here know already, my tastes are not normal. I liked Santa Claus and hated Dark Knight. It’s going to be a bumpy ride. Next, after the jump, my top fives in film, music, television, and comic books. Look out.

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The Hunger Games Catches Fire For Stellar Debut – Biff Bam Pop’s Box Office Wrap-Up Report, Weekend of March 23rd, 2012

Wow. That pretty much sums up the opening weekend for The Hunger Games. Take hype, add in stellar reviews and polish it off with great source material and you’ve got a huge gross that left every other film in the dust. Here’s how the weekend turned out:

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The Hunger Games Will Swallow The Competition – Biff Bam Pop’s Box Office Predictions, Weekend of March 23rd, 2012

Let’s be real – we all know that The Hunger Games is going to rule the box office this weekend. And by rule, I mean utterly decimate the competition. The only real question is, how much money will the film bring in over the weekend? Are we talking Twilight numbers? Summer blockbuster dough? Or will the return be less than expected. Here are our predictions:

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21 Jump Street Conquers The Box Office, John Carter Still Can’t Get Arrested – Biff Bam Pop’s Box Office Wrap-Up Report, Weekend of March 16th, 2012

One new release hit theatres this weekend and it managed to not only top the box office, but exceed expectations when it came to its gross. Here’s how things turned out:

Chalk  it up to 80’s notalgia or the star power of Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill or the rave reviews; whatever the reasons, 21 Jump Street had a fantastic opening weekend, debuting at number one with a stellar $35 million gross, ten million more than predicted. The film had everything going in its favour this weekend, and it all added up to a great performance. The question now is, what will happen over the next few weekends.

As for the rest of the top five, it was all holdovers. Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax fell to second after two weeks on top, with a still strong $22.8 million, for a total gross of $158 million in North America. John Carter fell one spot to third with an abysmal $13 million. It’s current total in North America is only $55 million. While it’s worldwide total is up to $179 million, keep in mind that this Disney film cost $250 to make, and that doesn’t include promotion. So really, any way you look at it, John Carter has been a financial flop.

In at number four is Project X with $4 million while A Thousand Words actually moves up a spot from last week to close out the top five with $3.7 million, $0.1 million ahead of Act of Valor.

So, to recap, here were our predictions:

1) Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax – $30 million
2) 21 Jump Street – $25 million
3) John Carter – $20 million
4) Projext X – $6 million
5) Act of Valor – $4 million

And here’s how the weekend turned out:

1) 21 Jump Street – $35 million
2) Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax– $22.8 million
3) John Carter – $13 million
4) Projext X – $4 million
5) A Thousand Words – $3.7 million

Next weekend sees the release of The Hunger Games, which will undoubtedly top the box office. Check back here on Friday to find out how much we think it will gross !

Will Audiences Run To See 21 Jump Street? Biff Bam Pop’s Box Office Predictions, Weekend of March 16th, 2012

It’s going to be an interesting weekend at the box office – not because we’re getting a whole bunch of new releases. Instead, there’s only one biggie that hits theatres. Will it knock The Lorax from the top spot? And where will John Carter wind up in its second weekend out? Here are our prediction:

Opening this weekend is 21 Jump Street, the remake of the sort-of classic teen cop show that first aired on FOX in the late 80’s and introduced the world to Johnny Depp (and Richard Greico, it must be noted). While the original was a drama, this big screen incarnation of 21 Jump Street is being played for laughs, staring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum. Trailers have been entertaining and both Hill and Tatum are coming off solid scores at the box office with Moneyball and The Vow, respectively. Meanwhile, so far reviews have been strong for the film. However, like The A-Team and Dukes of Hazard before it, I’m not sure if nostalgia is going to turn into big dollar signs for this 80’s retread. With all of these factors, look for 21 Jump Street to open in second place with $25 million.

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