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‘Alien: Covenant’ lands at #1 at the box office

The Xenomorph returned to theaters this weekend, and audiences were waiting for it. Here’s what went down:

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Amidst strong social buzz and decent (but not spectacular reviews) Ridley Scott’s Prometheus sequel, Alien: Covenant landed in first place at the box office this weekend, bringing in an estimated $36 million, the third largest in the franchise following Prometheus ($51 million) and Alien vs Predator ($38.3 million). While not a bad number, its clear that there was some significant audience drop off following the mixed reaction to Prometheus some five years ago. The film will be lucky to cross the $100 million mark in North America, and it must set its sights on strong box office overseas to guarantee the third film in the story Scott has promised to tell.

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‘Alien: Covenant’ looking to face hug the top of the box office

It’s a battle of the planets this week, as two interstellar movies vie for the top spot at the box office. Which will deliver the goods? Here’s our prediction:

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Alien: Covenant in the sequel to Ridley Scott’s divisive Prometheus, which was a return to the Alien galaxy, but one which didn’t deliver to fans the xenomorph that they’d be hoping for. Scott is aiming to fix that perceived error, and this latest film is reportedly a serious return to the horrors of the original Alien, released back in 1979. Reviews are relatively positive for Alien: Covenant, but it still has to deal with the onslaught of Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 2. On that note, look for Alien: Covenant to burst into the top spot at the box office with $37 million.

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Facehug Your #AlienDay With ‘Aliens: Dead Orbit #1’ On The Wednesday Run

We’re told that “in space, no one can hear you scream.”

Here on planet earth, it’s a different story! Screams of fright, horror and joy abound when we’re talking about the Alien film franchise. You know, the one made famous by directors Ridley Scott and James Cameron: Alien in 1979 and Aliens in 1986. They were the first R-rated films that an under-age me needed to see. Well, those two and Canadian classic, Porky’s.

Those two highlight films have spun-off a flurry of pop culture gold that includes five other Alien-centered films of varying quality (two of which enthusiastically co-star the sci-fi classic Predator creature) with a new and eagerly-anticipated film in the horror franchise only a month away from release.

There’s even a day of the year dedicated to the Alien franchise, an unofficial holiday for fans around this planet: #AlienDay is today, April 26! Tweet out those chest-busters!

With pop culture supremacy, of course, come loads of comic books. Appropriately, then, today sees the release of the first issue of a new mini-series…Aliens: Dead Orbit #1, the perfect accompaniment to a day dedicated to everyone’s favourite xenomorph!

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Trailer Time – Alien: Covenant

You want blood? You got it, as the new trailer for Ridley Scott’s upcoming Alien: Covenant gives you a taste of our beloved Xenomorphs in action.

Alien: Covenant hits theatres May 19th.

Biff Bam Pop’s Alien Invasion: The Most Frightening “Alien”

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I grew up on science fiction shows and watched shows like Buck Rogers and Flash Gordon on a 12-inch television screen. Although the aliens from the old television shows were scary, they did not prepare me for Ridley Scott’s Alien. Who is my choice for King of the Creature Feature Award? Grab your electric prod and follow me. Read the rest of this entry

Gobbledygeek: The Science of Poo and Potatoes

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The Biff Bam Pop! Podcast Network presents Gobbledygeek featuring hosts Paul Smith and AJ Wiley and focusing on a variety of entertainment subjects, with our hosts and special guests frequently discussing films, comics, and television.

This week, AJ and Paul are joined by special guests Kenn Edwards, Hallie Prime, and Biff Bam Pop’s own Ensley F. Guffey for a new Book Club discussion, this time of the film adaptation of The Martian. See and hear more after the jump.

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31 Days of Horror: Synchronicity

Chad McKnight stars as a time and space bending scientist in Jacob Gentry’s sci-fi noir Synchronicity

One of the many cool things Toronto After Dark does is they’ve pitched a wide tent for themselves. The gory heart of the festival is and will probably always be grand guignol horror, with its gouts of blood and maniacal glee. But they like to stretch out in other directions, too. Friday was sci-fi night, and I caught an offbeat futuristic thriller of sorts, a weird little gem called Synchronicity (2015). Not really a horror film per se, director Jacob Gentry’s edgy sci-fi noir is a time-traveling paean to Ridley Scott’s 80s masterpiece Blade Runner (1982). But can a low-budget indie live up to one of the most influential movies of the past forty years? Is that the future we’re living in?

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The Martian colonizes the top spot at the box office

It was a big weekend at the box office, and the film that claimed the top spot did so without any real competition. Here’s what went down:

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Ridley Scott’s The Martian debut in first place with a simply outstanding $57 million. The star power of Matt Damon certainly helped bring in an audience, and the critical acclaim for the film didn’t hurt either. I had the chance to check out the film Saturday night with former Biff Bam Pop box office pundit Scotty G, and while I personally thought the film was a little slow at times, I was captivated by the stunning visuals of Mars, along with the in-space sequences. The Martian is certainly a crowd-pleaser and it should continue to have a strong run over the next few weeks. Read the rest of this entry

Beyond Badass: Female Action Heroes

Charlize Theron kicks A-List ass in Mad Max: Fury Road

It’s been a long, slow evolution. But like most change, when the moment hits, it hits with force. And it’s everywhere. Exhibit A: the badass female action hero. The road from Pam Grier’s shotgun wielding avenger in Coffy (1973) to Charlize Theron’s fearsome Imperator Furiosa in Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) has taken over forty years, but by now there’s no doubt that a woman can carry an action flick. And rock the house! TIFF is celebrating this signal achievement with a program called Beyond Badass: Female Action Heroes, and they’re showing some of the best.

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TIFF 2015: The Martian

Matt Damon fights against impossible odds as astronaut Mark Watney in Ridley Scott’s The Martian

Space wants to kill you. Very badly. All those sci-fi movies with the aliens and the monsters and the demons from other dimensions, they’re fine, hell, some of them are pretty damn awesome. But they’re kind of overkill. When you come right down to it, plain old space will get the job done without any outside help. Another planet can end you in seconds with its own unbreathable air. Why complicate things with creatures when the natural environment is hostile enough? Sir Ridley Scott gets this entirely. While he’s made one of the best science fiction monster movies of all time, 1979’s gut-wrenching Alien, Scott thankfully sees no need to repeat himself. This time. (I’m looking at you, Prometheus (2012).) With Matt Damon starring as stranded astronaut Mark Watney, The Martian (2015) is an epic survival story of man against nature, however far away and unnatural.

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