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Penny Dreadful S02 E01: Fresh Hell

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When last we walked the dark and dangerous cobbled streets of London in season one, Miss Ives had survived the dark voyager that attempted to possess her. The devil has failed, thanks to the gentlemen who risked their lives to protect Miss Ives. But, evil never rests and a new enemy threatens to seek her ruin. “Penny Dreadful” has returned for a second season and with its return, our nightmares renew. Read the rest of this entry

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Steampunk Granny Does Monster-Mania

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I get myself into many adventures, and that’s okay, because you meet the nicest people. Some people are downright interesting. This past weekend, Cherry Hill, NJ hosted the Monster-Mania Convention at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. What is Monster-Mania? I didn’t know, but I was about to find out.  Did I have fun? Find out after the jump. Read the rest of this entry

Dracula S01 E05: The Devil’s Waltz

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I’m getting to love this show, but rumor has it that NBC might cancel the series if star Jonathan Rhys Meyers doesn’t clean up his drug problem. Pay attention, Jonathan! Steampunk Granny wants to give you a bit of advice. “Snap out of it and get your damn act together. You’re way too talented to throw your life away.” Okay now that I got that out of my system, let’s review the show. Renfield has been captured by Davenport’s men. Will Dracula be able to save his right hand man? Find out after the jump. Read the rest of this entry

Skyfall Tops In Its 5th Week – Biff Bam Pop’s Weekend Box Office Wrap-Up Report

It wasn’t a good weekend for Gerard Butler, as his new flick Playing for Keeps flopped, earning a paltry $6 million. The star of the weekend? James Bond and Skyfall, which – with its return of $11 million – puts it on par to eclipse The Amazing Spider-Man as Sony’s top grossing film in over 5 years.

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In 2nd place, a surprise appearance from Rise of the Guardians, proving that parents and kids were indeed interested in this movie. Though it’s probably not going to earn its budget back, it surprised us by earning over $10.5 million over the weekend. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 held in there for another week for 3rd spot, earning $9.2 million. Steven Spielberg’s biopic Lincoln came in 4th earning $9.1 million, and Life of Pi rounded out the top 5 with a respectable $8.3 million.

So to recap, here were our predictions:

1) The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2  – $10.5 million
2) Skyfall – $10 million
3) Lincoln – $9 million
4) Life Of Pi – $7 million
5) Rise Of The Guardians – $6.5 million

And here’s how the weekend turned out:

1) Skyfall – $11 million
2) Rise Of The Guardians – $10.5 million
3) The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2  – $9.2 million
4) Lincoln – $9.1 million
5) Life Of Pi – $8.3 million

Next weekend should be interesting with the release of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, as well as This is 40 and Zero Dark Thirty – which has already received some Oscar buzz. Be sure to check back on Friday for our predictions!

Brad Pitt’s Latest Killed Not So Softly – Biff Bam Pop’s Weekend Box Office Wrap-Up Report

The only thing that was killed softly at the box office this weekend was Brad Pitt’s latest feature film. Meanwhile, the previous week’s heavy hitters are continued to do well. Here’s what went down.

The_Twilight_Saga_Breaking_Dawn_Part_2_posterThe Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 continued to hold the number one position at the box office, bringing in $17.4 million to bring its three-week total to $254 million. This is a solid number, and the film should manage to “eclipse” Breaking Dawn Part 1‘s $281 million North American gross by the end of its run.

Find out how the rest of the weekend turned out after the jump!
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Will Brad Pitt Have A Hit? Biff Bam Pop’s Box Office Predictions

There’s only one new film going into wide release this weekend, which means that we should see a fairly static top five. The question then is, can Brad Pitt’s latest make any sort of impact? Here’s our prediction:

The ladies love Brad Pitt, and so do more than a few gents, which could bring in an audience to Killing Them Softly. Pitt plays a hitman in the film, based on a 1974 novel Cogan’s Trade, and is surrounded by some solid talent, including James Gandolfini, Ray Liotta and Richard Jenkins. This is one of those smaller flicks that Pitt likes to do in between the larger blockbuster film he’s often attached to, so Killing Them Softly will likely open comparatively light compared to some of his other films, but it could maintain steam heading into the holidays. Look for a fourth place showing with $11 million.

Find out how the rest of the top five will shape up after the jump!
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Breaking Dawn Holds Ground – Biff Bam Pop’s Weekend Box Office Wrap-Up Report

The American Thanksgiving weekend proved a good one at the box office, as all the expected big films managed to bring audiences to theatres in droves. Here how things went down.

Though down a huge 69%, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part Two was still number one at the box office, bringing in $43 million. Since its release last week, the film has grossed $226 million and should come close to crossing the $300 million mark before the end of its run.

Find out how the rest of the weekend turned out after the jump!
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Will Rise Of The Guardians Rise To The Top – Biff Bam Pop’s Weekend Box Office Predictions

It’s the Thanksgiving long weekend in American, which means Black Friday and box office bonanzas. There are a few new releases looking for your dollars, but we’re predicting that only one will make it into the top five. Read on to find out what it will be!

Rise Of The Guardians is the first new family film release since Wreck-It Ralph, so it stands to reason that it will be popular over the next few days. The film sees characters like Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and others team-up to do battle with the Boogeyman. The Dreamworks picture is timed perfectly for a holiday release, and with Chris Pine, Alec Baldwin and Hugh Jackman lending their vocal talents, Rise Of The Guardians should serve as some solid counter-Twilight programming. Look for a second place debut and a $35 million three-day gross.


Find out how the rest of the weekend will turn out after the jump!

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Breaking Dawn Doesn’t Quite Break Records – Biff Bam Pop’s Weekend Box Office Wrap-Up Report

As predicted, it was a huge weekend at the box office for the final Twilight film. Meanwhile, Bond continued to rake in the dough, while Spielberg’s Lincoln also opened strongly in wide release. Here’s what happened.

The Twilight Sage: Breaking Dawn Part 2 nearly broke the franchise opening weekend record, bringing in a stellar $141 million, just $1 million shy of New Moon’s record. The film clearly brought in the Twihards, and was actually the best reviewed entry in the series (not that that’s saying much). Next weekend will be the American Thanksgiving, and the film should continue its reign at the top for at least one more weekend, but it will be interesting to see what the drop off will be like week to week.

Check out how the rest of the weekend turned out after the jump!
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The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 vs Lincoln – Biff Bam Pop’s Box Office Predictions

This weekend sees the finale of one of the most commercially successful franchises in the history of filmmaking. It also happens to be one of the most reviled. Regardless of our personal feelings, there’s now doubt that The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 is going to be number one at the box office. The questions to ask – how much will it make, and how much will Skyfall take out of its audience. Here are our predictions:

The fifth film in the Twilight franchise is actually the second half of the fourth book; smelling money, producers and the studio did the Harry Potter move of splitting the finale into a two parter. It’s definitely a smart move for everyone involved, including the diehard fans who won’t feel shortchanged. The last film debut with an amazing $138 million virtually a year ago to the day of this new release and there’s no real reason to expect Breaking Dawn Part 2 to do any less. On that note, look for the film to bring in $142 million this weekend.

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