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Holiday Gift Guide 2016: Dick Cavett

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Just a few weeks ago I got the chance to meet Dick Cavett on the 2016 TCM Classic Cruise. There were onboard interviews with him, he introduced several movies, and he also told amazing stories of Hollywood that spanned the decades. Recently, the Decades network started replaying his old talk shows from the sixties, seventies, and eighties, so even today’s generation may have heard of this fantastic interviewer, writer, and talk show host. If you’re hip to the man, there are a lot of gifts you might want to give or get this holiday. Meet me after the jump for… Dick Cavett!

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Robin Renée On… Rock Star Birthdays (Celebrating John Lennon and Jackson Browne)

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.

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I love celebrations. I am all about a good party, to be sure, but quiet celebrations can be just as important. They’re a way to enjoy a time of the year recognized by many or to mark a personal rite of passage. Then again, sometimes a celebration is just plain geeky. I happen to enjoy knowing the birthdates of musicians I like. It may not warrant the magnitude of a P-Funk party (George Clinton: July 22nd), but a rock star birthday is a good time to remember that fantastic live show or listen to an album by the artist you haven’t heard for way too long.

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31 Days of Horror 2014 – Rosemary’s Baby (1968)

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It’s so much fun expecting a baby, what with the shopping for little booties and preparing the baby’s room, a new mom-to-be is practically glowing with expectations. But when that little bundle of joy growing inside her is from Hell, she might want to rethink those birth announcements to friends and family. Rosemary’s Baby was birthed in the late sixties and we haven’t recovered since. Read the rest of this entry

True Blood S07 E03: Fire in the Hole

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Battle lines are once again being drawn in this, the final season of “True Blood.” As Team Sookie, Team Vince, and the H-Vamps circle each other like metaphorical rumbling hoods, this episode we see the return of Sarah Newlin, and find out what’s been going on with Eric finally. And in the midst of all this, will we lose yet another cast member or two to the grim reaper? Even on its last legs, the series continues to surprise, check out my review of “Fire in the Hole” after the jump.

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Saturday At The Movies: Mr. Peabody & Sherman

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This movie made me feel old. It’s not a bad flick at all, entertaining for the kids and jokes for the adults as well. The core of the Peabody and Sherman concept is there, but really this story could have easily been plugged into a Shrek, or a How to Train Your Dragon, or even some new DreamWorks property instead of tarnishing my childhood. More after the jump.

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February Faves: JP Fallavollita’s Favourite Song Anthems For Life

We all have them. Those songs that constantly come back to us, sometimes when we least expect it. They’re the ones we ‘re always singing in the shower or humming along to in the car, whether they’re on the radio, on the iPod, or simply in our heads.

They’re the ones that create a soundtrack, anthems to accompany the story that is our lives. No matter how old we are, what we’re doing or where we might be, they always have the power to lift us up or leave us melancholy, embolden us, put us in our place or, sometimes, make us feel on top of the world.

They are songs about us; our loves and hates, our wants and needs, and they always ensure that we’re important enough to act a leading role in the play that is our own life.

Here then, are a few of the songs that make up the soundtrack of this particular writer’s life. Humming along is, of course, mandatory.

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Saturday At The Moves – The Lucas Mangum’s Hidden Horror Gems Edition: Santa Sangre

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Those familiar with Alejandro Jodorowsky’s work know that it’s pretty much impossible to categorize. His work is filled with imagery that is haunting, surreal, beautiful, and funny (often at the same time). The closest thing to a horror film he ever did was this gruesome gem about a boy and his mother and the murder of jealous women.

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Now Hear This: Beatlemania and How to Organize Your Digital Music

I know, there is nothing new to be said about The Beatles. They are the most influential, recognizable, and adored rock band of all time. I’m not here to break down their song structure or to try and find a new angle at which to explore their music. I’m here to use The Beatles vast catalogue as a means with which to discuss organizing digital music collections.

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Happy Record Store Day! …Kind of.

It’s a regular old work day for us here in Canada but our neighbours to the south have been up for hours, camping out, lining up and salivating over deals, deals, deals! I am of course, talking about Black Friday – the day after Yankee Thanksgiving which for many, kicks off the holiday shopping season.

This year I have decided to try and buy locally as much as possible, so when I heard that there was a “Black Friday” version of Record Store Day happening, I did a (tasteful) happy dance at my desk at work.  As an individual with many music-loving family members and friends to buy for, I’m pretty excited about some of the great releases being put out especially for today.  (Note to brothers and husband: stop reading right now).

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