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Friday, November 28
This is So Last Week: 11/21/14-11/27/14
SNL updates Schoolhouse Rock!, a singer warns the paparazzi, movie projects are announced and a rock star is homeless. Put on your pop culture thinking cap, here's our entertainment recap quiz for the 48th week of 2014.


Thursday, November 27
Survivor Recap
Previously on Survivor, they used to take breaks during Thanksgiving week. We miss those days.


Wednesday, November 26
How Well Do You Know: The Office, S06E13: Secret Santa
The Office crowns a new Santa, which means that yet another party will be ruined by Michael's issues. Fortunately, everyone is brought back together when something more important comes up. You may know someone who has the power of flight and can heal leopards, but how well do you know The Office: Secret Santa?


Wednesday, November 26
Survivor Power Rankings
The most recent pair of eliminations have really scrambled the game, but who came out ahead? Find out...

Thanksgiving Weekend Forecast
Thanksgiving weekend is upon us, and while there may not be a true bounty of new releases, the two that we do get represent a couple of emergent franchises.

Review - Mockingjay Part 1
On the whole, The Hunger Games series, both the films and Suzanne Collins’ young adult novels, doesn’t bring anything terribly new or innovative to the narrative table.

Oscar Watch 2015
Who will win the New York Film Critics Circle Awards? What movie will nab the top prize from the National Board of Review?


Tuesday, November 25
How Well Do You Know: Better Off Ted: Racial Sensitivity
Better Off Ted's Racial Sensitivity remains one of the most bitingly hilarious sitcom episodes ever. A malfunction in Veridian Dynamic's newly-installed motion sensors causes havoc throughout the company. Remember who you let off the elevator and let's see how well you know Better Off Ted: Racial Sensitivity.


Tuesday, November 25
Viking Night
For the first time this century, I laughed so hard I’m pretty sure I almost died.

Top Chef Boston Recap
The episode opens with the cheftestants returning to the loft, Aaron-free for the first time. Katie is the first to enter, and she does so with a beaming smile on her face.

Monday Morning Quarterback
Kim Hollis: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 had the biggest opening of 2014 to date with $121.9 million. Its opening weekend total is less than the $152.5 million of The Hunger Games and the $158.1 million of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. What do you think of this result?
Max Braden: I'm not concerned about the drop in the opening number compared to the previous Hunger Games movies because of a few factors...


Monday, November 24
Overpaid Jerks: 11/17/14-11/23/14
An insane touchdown catch, an early-season basketball upset, a crazy contract and a new rushing record. Sound familiar? Then you're all set to take our sports recap quiz for the 48th week of 2014.


Monday, November 24
400 Words: Mockingjay Part 1
The Hunger Games rises above the trappings of fantasy franchises

Over There
The third film in what would in a reasonable world be a trilogy but isn't took in a huge $152 million from overseas audiences.

A-List
By now you have heard of the passing of the legendary Mike Nichols - one of only a dozen or so “EGOT” winners in history...


Sunday, November 23
Weekend Wrap-Up
This weekend has been the one circled on the calendars of Hollywood insiders as the presumed biggest opener of 2014 finally debuts.


Saturday, November 22
Friday Box Office Analysis
The first part of the Hunger Games finale is here.


Friday, November 21
This is So Last Week: 11/14/14-11/20/14
Weird hair, Marvel Men, a bland awards show and a cartoon character's sexuality all highlight recent pop culture news. Here's out entertainment and celebrity quiz for the 47th week of 2014.


Friday, November 21
This Weekend, Watch This
For the weekend of November 21st, the only new movie in wide release is The Hunger Games: Mockingjay- Part 1.

Weekend Forecast
By some measures, this weekend is the pinnacle of 2014's box office.


Thursday, November 20
How Well Do You Know: Marvel's Agents of SHIELD, S02E07: The Writing on the Wall
Agent May focuses on catching Grant Ward while Coulson and Skye try to track down people connected to the alien writing. The team's trust in Coulson is tested and answers are found. How well do you know "The Writing on the Wall"?


Thursday, November 20
Review: White Bird in a Blizzard
White Bird in a Blizzard is the first film I’ve encountered by the independent filmmaker Gregg Araki.

Review: Dumb and Dumber To
Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels and the Farrelly Brothers waited so long to film a sequel to 1994’s Dumb and Dumber that it actually became timely again.

Survivor Recap
Previously on Survivor, the only especially interesting player this season was voted out of the competition.


Wednesday, November 19
How Well Do You Know: The Office, S04E07: Survivor Man
Michael heads deep into the Pennsylvania wilderness to prove that he can survive on his own. Meanwhile, Birthday Month brings a different kind of peril for Jim. You may think a nice juicy squirrel might be delicious, but how well do you know The Office: Survivor Man?


Wednesday, November 19
Comics Weekly
Who wants comics for Christmas! You do!

Doctor Who Recap
Last time, I wrote about how the problem with a lot of Doctor Who two-parters is that the first halves tend to be much better than the second halves.


Tuesday, November 18
How Well Do You Know: Alpha House, Season 2
Senators Biggs, Laffer, Bettencourt and Guzman return in the sophomore season of Amazon's Alpha House. Gay marriage, reality TV, infidelity and civility all take center stage. You may approve of the Watt brothers' use of drones, but how well do you know Alpha House, Season 2?


Tuesday, November 18
Top Chef Boston Recap
We rejoin the cheftestants not in the Stew Room but back in the Top Chef house.

Survivor Power Rankings
Josh was voted out last week after Jaclyn got fed up with a lot of belching and not being paid attention.

Top Chef Power Rankings
Get your Top Chef power rankings here!

Monday Morning Quarterback
The BOP staff discusses the big weekend for Dumb and Dumber To and Jim Carrey.


Monday, November 17
Overpaid Jerks: 11/10/14-11/16/14
Recent sports news concerned a rushing record, the start of college hoops, the end of NASCAR and baseball awards. Check your sports IQ with our sports recap quiz for the 47th week of 2014.


Monday, November 17
Movie Review: Whiplash
It’s tough to find an interpretation of Whiplash that isn’t troubling.

Survivor Recap
Previously on Survivor, Jeremy narrowly avoided elimination when his staunch ally Julie quit the game after the merge.

Review: Dumb and Dumber To
An unfortunate trend with comedy sequels, and really sequels in general, is they merely recycle the best parts of the original.

Over There
The number one film at the domestic box office this week was one in which a pair of old men act like idiots. America, you're not working hard enough to dispel a lot of hurtful stereotypes.


Sunday, November 16
Weekend Wrap-Up
Obviously, everybody loves a clown.


Saturday, November 15
Friday Box Office Analysis
Audiences have apparently been missing Harry and Lloyd a lot more these past 20 years than many people realized.


Friday, November 14
This is So Last Week: 11/7/14-11/13/14
Celebrity exposure, dying TV talent and a network's busy week. If you're familiar with these topics, you've been paying attention to recent entertainment news. Here's our pop culture recap quiz for the 46th week of 2014.


Friday, November 14
This Weekend, Watch This
For the weekend of November 14th, the new movies in wide release are Beyond the Lights and Dumb and Dumber To.

Weekend Forecast
As seems to be tradition now, two straight weeks of no-question blockbusters just won't happen in the Holiday season.


Thursday, November 13
How Well Do You Know: The Office, S04E06: Branch Wars
Another branch tries to poach a Dunder-Mifflin employee. For this, Michael will not stand. Meanwhile, we meet the Finer Things Club. You may know who the main character of Angela's Ashes was, but how well do you know The Office: Branch Wars?


Thursday, November 13
400-Word Review: Interstellar
A project as vast, as ambitious and as bold as Interstellar is difficult to evaluate.

A-List: Best Directors
I have watched with regret in the past weeks and days as the Oscar chances for David Fincher’s Gone Girl and Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar have faded...


Wednesday, November 12
How Well Do You Know: Ice/Cold Movie Titles
And now for a a quiz on movies with a cold-related word in the title. We'll give you a short description of a movie, you have to pick the correct cold-related word the appears in the title. You may know your Ice Age from your Frozen River, but how well do you know Ice/Cold Movie Titles?


Wednesday, November 12
Comics Weekly
Why won't you just go ahead and buy some comics already?

Doctor Who Recap
After a largely great season with relatively few missteps, Doctor Who is faced with the daunting task of trying to end things on a good note.

Viking Night
In case you weren't aware, Chuck Norris is awesome.


Tuesday, November 11
How Well Do You Know: Man on Fire
They say revenge is a dish best served cold, but that's not the case for the man on fire. Denzel Washington stars in this gritty drama about love and vengeance, and the lengths a person wil go to seek them. You may know a bullet always tells the truth - they never lie - but how well do you know Man on Fire?


Tuesday, November 11
Doctor Who Recap
A young girl named Maebh finds the TARDIS and says she needs help.

Top Chef Boston Recap
There are 12 chefs left in the competition, and though there has been a lot of interpersonal drama thus far, the action in the kitchen has been somewhat subdued.

Survivor Power Rankings
Last week, there was a merge and all of the castaways were sent to live at Coyopa Beach as punishment for past-performance.

Monday Morning Quarterback
BOP discusses the weekend movie results.


Monday, November 10
Overpaid Jerks: 11/3/14-11/9/14
A first win and a first loss, sublime and stupid quarterbacking, and a long win streak snapped. Here comes our sports recap quiz for the 46th week of 2014.


Monday, November 10
Movie Review: Interstellar
The best thing Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar does is assume its audience is smart and that we’re wanting and willing to be challenged.

Review: Big Hero 6
There’s a depressing cultural dissonance at work in Big Hero 6, 2014’s offering from Walt Disney Animation Studios.

Over There
Christopher Nolan's Interstellar may have lost the first round domestically, but internationally things are very different.


Sunday, November 9
Weekend Wrap-Up
Kicking off this year's holiday movie season is Chris Nolan’s Interstellar, the $165 million sci-fi epic that has either enraged or enraptured critics.


Saturday, November 8
Friday Box Office Analysis
November begins with a bang, as Paramount's Interstellar and Disney's Big Hero 6 do battle for the top spot at the box office.


Friday, November 7
This is So Last Week: 10/31/14-11/6/14
A murder plot, the Force, a butterfly and the CMAs. If this ring a bell, you've probably paid attention to recent entertainment and celebrity news. Here's our pop culture recap quiz for the 45th week of 2014.


Friday, November 7
This Weekend, Watch This
For the weekend of Nov. 7th, the new movies in wide release are Big Hero 6 and Interstellar.

Weekend Forecast
In the words of a Christopher Nolan antagonist, “And here. We. Go!” The fall season kicks off in style with two of the biggest profile and most-anticipated films of the year.

The Amazing Race 25
For the most part, the remaining teams are entertaining, endearing and not completely infuriating.


Thursday, November 6
How Well Do You Know: The Office, S04E05: Local Ad
Corporate wants to make a TV spot for Dunder-Mifflin, and of course things get complicated when the Scranton branch gets involved. Limitless paper in a paperless world: how well do you know The Office: Local Ad?


Thursday, November 6
Comics Weekly
Buy some comics. You'll be glad you did.

Amazing Race 25 Recap
Last week, the Double U-Turn did its job and knocked out a team.


Wednesday, November 5
How Well Do You Know: Marvel's Agents of SHIELD, S02E06: A Fractured House
Hydra puts the screws to S.H.I.E.L.D. and Coulson must make nice with a new enemy. Will this new arrangement protect S.H.I.E.L.D. or just cause larger problems for Coulson and his team? How well do you know "A Fractured House"?


Wednesday, November 5
How Well Do You Know: Marvel's Agents of SHIELD, S02E05: A Hen in the Wolf House
Things heat up as players vie for the Obelisk. A new member joins the team, others are put in danger, and secrets are revealed. How well do you know "A Hen in the Wolf House"?


Wednesday, November 5
Survivor Recap
Previously on Survivor, a man somehow accomplished the feat of getting his daughter voted out and then strategized himself out of the game the next week.


Tuesday, November 4
How Well Do You Know: The 2014 Movie That Starred....Part 2
Up on your 2014 movie cast knowledge? We'll give you four names, and ask you to pick the film they starred in. You may know which film featured Kate, Leslie, Cameron and Nicolaj, but how well do you know The 2014 Movie that Starred....(Part 2!)


Tuesday, November 4
Viking Night: Roadhouse
Dalton is the kind of guy who gets up at sunrise, skips breakfast, oils himself up and serenely practices tai chi on the shore of a mirror smooth lake.

Survivor Power Rankings
Even though we have only eliminated six players, the next episode of Survivor has a merge, so power rankings are next to useless for the second time in three weeks!

Monday Morning Quarterback
Some movies opened over Halloween weekend. Barely anyone noticed. The BOP staff discusses the results anyway.


Monday, November 3
Overpaid Jerks: 10/27/14-11/2/14
A thud in Cleveland, a blown-off thumb, UFO encounters and even a few baseball notes...all combined to make the last week in sports truly memorable, at least for the next 72 hours or so. Here's our latest 2014 weekly sports quiz.


Monday, November 3
BOP Interview: Horns
Horns has all of the elements that you’d expect to find in a film released on Halloween.

Over There
There is a movie called Kung Fu Jungle. Your life is better simply for knowing this.

Top Chef Boston Recap
The TC producers bring us back to the Stew Room. Ron pointedly expresses his hope that on the next team challenge, they aren’t so many “children” cooking in the kitchen.


Sunday, November 2
Weekend Wrap-Up
Who was scared the most over this Halloween weekend? Movie studios and box office analysts. Welcome to the weirdest weekend at the box office since October 31, 2008...


Saturday, November 1
Friday Box Office Analysis
With this year’s calendar configuration, the studios mostly took a pass this weekend offering nothing terribly exciting in the way of new releases.




     


 
 

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