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Actor Trading Cards: Benedict Cumberbatch

Benedict Cumberbatch
BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH

Born: July 19, 1976 in Hammersmith, London, England, UK
Height: 6′

Personal Quote:

“Worst thing about my profession? The press, obviously. Don’t write that, eh?”

Did You Know?

As of 2015, has appeared in four films that were nominated for the Best Picture Oscar: Atonement (2007), War Horse (2011), 12 Years a Slave (2013) and The Imitation Game (2014).

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Sleepy Hollow: The Indispensable Man/Bad Blood

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Are you ready, my little sleepy heads, for the season finale? This is a two-part ‘hang on to your little noggins’ night. Will Ichabod and Abbie save the world? Will Katrina escape from Purgatory? Will Ichabod ever find his son? Who will the featured creature be tonight and who will survive the season finale? We’ll start with Episode 12, “The Indispensable Man.” Meet me after the jump Read the rest of this entry

Saturday at the Movies: Despicable Me 2

despic1If you’ve already seen the big three of the summer so far – Man of Steel, Star Trek Into Darkness, and Iron Man Three – and are hoping to stay away from what may or may not be a disastrous revamp of the legendary Lone Ranger this weekend, the 3D CGI animated sequel to 2010’s Despicable Me might be right for you. Join me after the jump for a look at Despicable Me 2.

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Now You See Me Is Magic, After Earth Isn’t – Biff Bam Pop’s Weekend Box Office Wrap-Up Report

After this weekend, if my name is M Night Shyamalan, I would probably be looking to take a break from directing big budget films for a long time. Meanwhile, Fast & Furious fans continue to make the sixth instalment a huge hit. Here’s what went down:

Vin FastFast & Furious 6 held onto the top spot at the box office for the second weekend in a row, bringing in a stellar $34 million to raise it’s total to $169.8 million. Even though it suffered a 64% decline week to week, there’s no question that this franchise still has long legs, appealing to new and old fans alike.

Find out how the rest of the weekend turned out after the jump!
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After Earth Vs Now You See Me – Biff Bam Pop’s Box Office Predictions

Will a movie about magic see some money this weekend? Can the first M. Night Shyamalan film since The Sixth Sense to not use his name as a selling point make any impact? Here’s our prediction:

After_Earth_PosterJaden and Will Smith top-line the science fiction film After Earth, a big budget blockbuster like so many others from throughout the years that’s purpose simply seems to be to take away theatre counts from other films. The casting screams of nepotism, and where once director Shymalan was a drawing factor, his name is nowhere to be seen in marketing for After Earth. In one of M Night’s patented twist endings, I’m predicting that this film will have a seriously underwhelming debut. Look for a second place showing with $32 million.

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Fast & Furious 6 Speeds To The Top While The Hangover Part III Flops – Biff Bam Pop’s Weekend Box Office Wrap-Up Report

It’s the Memorial Day long weekend in the U S of A, so the big numbers will be in the four day totals. However, for our purposes, the early Friday-Saturday numbers are out and show Fast & Furious 6 as the big winner of the weekend. Here’s what went down:

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The sixth instalment in the now venerable Fast & Furious franchise had a simply stellar debut weekend, bringing in $98 million (as predicted), the biggest opening in the series history. Not only did the flick appeal to longtime fans, but the trailers definitely helped bring in a new audience as well. With Fast & Furious 7 already in the works, the franchise is in it for the long haul and has the numbers to show for it.

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The Hangover Part III vs Fast & Furious 6 – Biff Bam Pop’s Box Office Predictions

A big, big weekend at the box office, as two new releases try to be kind of the mountain. Both are sequels, both have stars, but both can’t come out on top. Who will claim victory? Here’s our prediction.

FastandFurious6-teaserposterFast & Furious 6 continues the amazingly successful franchise, one that is coming off it’s biggest success yet with Fast Five back in 2011. Trailers have been outstanding, highlight the stars (Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, etc) and the amazing action sequences the film promises to deliver. Fast & Furious 6 has already opened overseas to big numbers, and I expect to see it perform remarkably well this weekend. Look for a first place debut with $98 million.

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Biff Bam Popcast – The Star Trek Into Darkness Edition

Star_Trek_John_Byrne_Collection_coverSpoiler alert! The latest and greatest Biff Bam Popcast is up. In this edition, Glenn Walker, JP Fallavollita, Emily McGuiness, Jason Shayer and Andy Burns talk Star Trek Into Darkness, what we liked (lots), what we didn’t (more than we thought) and much more.

As well, we take a look at the gorgeous new IDW hardcover, Star Trek: The John Byrne Collection. As mentioned in the popcast, IDW continue to knock it out of the park with their licensed properties and this book is no exception. Take a look inside during the popcast and then order your own copy here.

Star Trek: Into Darkness Shines (Kinda?) Bright: Biff Bam Pop’s Box Office Wrap-Up Report

This week, instead of “Wrap-Up Report”, we should have titled this column the “Warp-Up Report”. I mean, really, there’s only one film to talk about, isn’t there?

Last Friday, our esteemed Editor-In-Chief, Andy Burns, threw down the gauntlet, decreeing that the latest iteration of the Star Trek franchise would beam up $90 million of box office revenue. Today, I get to sit in the catbird’s seat and reflect on his predictions alongside the actual numbers. It’s an easy job.

Did J.J. Abrams’ second stab at Trek beam up the goods? How did Iron Man 3 fare? And what did the classic The Great Gatsby garner from the movie-going public?

Find out after the jump!

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Doctor Who S07 E14: The Name of The Doctor

doc1The Doctor has many secrets, but not the least of them is his real name. Other than The Master and other Gallifreyans, few folks are aware of it. River Song knows it, and she’s back in tonight’s season finale. Will we at last learn “The Name of The Doctor”? Find out in my review, after the jump…

doc2The Impossible Girl

Did you hear that “squeeeee”? Yeah, that was me watching the pre-credit sequence of this episode. We see The First Doctor, yeah baby, William Hartnell, and his granddaughter stealing a faulty TARDIS on Gallifrey… before being stopped by Clara Oswald. Then it gets better.

Her voiceover claims she was made to save The Doctor, and then encounters the Colin Baker version, Tom Baker, then Sylvester McCoy, Jon Pertwee, Patrick Troughton, Peter Davison, then finally Matt Smith, then the other shoe drops.

She says she entered the world on a leaf, the leaf that caused her parents to meet, fall in love, and have her. She’s the Impossible Girl who was born to save The Doctor. Roll credits. If the rest of the episode holds up to the opening, Steven Moffat, you are The Man.

doc3The Conference Call

Through the magic of dreams, ‘where time travel has always been possible,’ several old friends return in a magical unconscious conference call. Among them are Madam Vastra, Jenny, and Commander Strax (where’s our spin-off??!), as well as Professor River Song and Clara Oswald.

A murderer has traded his life for a secret to Vastra, one of The Doctor’s secrets. Unfortunately, new monsters, called The Whisper Men, attack the conference call and capture our Victorian London trio. Once again, Moffet has created couchworthy monsters.

doc4Trenzalore

Clara returns to The Doctor, relates the tale of a secret The Doctor will take to the grave, that is discovered, and of the place called Trenzalore. It upsets him greatly. Of course he’s upset. When you’re a time traveller, there is one place you must never go. Trenzalore is where The Doctor’s grave is. Whoa.

Hard to get there, as the TARDIS refuses to go, but eventually The Doctor and Clara arrive on Trenzalore. There, surprise surprise, the villain of the second half of season seven reveals himself, Dr. Simian, possessed by the Great Intelligence. He’s holding Vastra, Jenny, and Strax captive in the tomb of The Doctor.

doc5The Open Wound

Once inside the tomb, which is the TARDIS of course, albeit super-sized because all the paradoxes that make it bigger on the inside are broken, they encounter The Doctor’s corpse. It’s not a body, but an energy signature of all his trips through time, an open wound in the fabric of time itself.

The Great Intelligence, in a bid to destroy The Doctor once and for all, enters the wound, destroying all of The Doctors all at once, reversing all of his victories into defeats, and erasing The Doctor from history. If you’re following along, you know what happens next.

Yeah, enter the Impossible Girl. She counteracts the Great Intelligence at every turn, saving The Doctor as we’ve seen her do multiple times in different incarnations – and as we saw in the pre-credits scenes of this very episode.

DOCTOR WHO SERIES 7BGoodbyes and Hellos

Just when we thought even in death, River Song gets the short end of the stick, she gets a proper goodbye and a hot goodbye kiss, along with a juicy ‘spoilers’ line. Then The Doctor jumps into his own timeline after Clara. Yeah, crazy sumbitch thinks he’s going to save her.

That’s when things get bad. While The Doctor is looking for her, she keeps seeing ghosts of old Doctors. These visions, as well as those in the beginning, including colorized versions of the first two, are very well done by the way.

The Doctor finds her, inside his own time stream, haunted by ghosts of the past and the future. That’s when they encounter John Hurt, credited as The Doctor, and whom Matt Smith names as not acting in the name of The Doctor. Could this be another evil future incarnation of The Doctor, like The Valeyard referenced earlier this episode? Or could it be the incarnation who performed unspeakable acts in the Time War?  Time will tell.

Next

The Doctor (perhaps several different ones) returns in November for the big 50th anniversary, and hopefully some answers… And if you can’t wait until then, you could always go see Star Trek. What’s that you say? You missed Noel (Mickey Smith) Clarke in Star Trek Into Darkness? You better get to the theater and see him, great flick!

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