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Saturday, January 21
Friday Box Office Analysis
The surprise winner on Friday is M. Night Shyamalan’s Split, earning solid $14.6 million on Friday. As part of the M. Night Shyamalan Redemption Tour, he took 2015’s The Visit to a $25.4 million opening after a $9.2 million Friday and now does even better with Split.


Friday, January 20
Weekend Forecast
Reboot and pointless sequel season is now year-round, apparently.


Thursday, January 19
This is So Last Week: 1/13/17-1/19/17
The 3rd week of 2017 in pop culture: we're talking a People's Choice record, Inauguration performances and an expensive car. See how well recent entertainment and celebrity news.


Thursday, January 19
Viking Night: Barton Fink
A wise man once said that you should never meet your heroes.

Hidden Gems: Eastern Promises
David Cronenberg is one of the most peculiar directors in the history of movies.

Oscar Watch
A week before the Oscar nominations are announced, we take a look at what all the precursor nominations tell us about what is likely to come.


Tuesday, January 17
How Well Do You Know: Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
How did we get here? How did we turn from a movie superhero into an accomplished playwright trying to interpret Raymond Carver. That is the entire premise of this film, one that carries the themes of fantasy vs. reality and public image vs. true identity. How well do you REALLY know Birdman?


Tuesday, January 17
Survivor: Game Changers
Several months ago, I brought you a casting spoiler column for the upcoming 34th season of Survivor.

Top Chef Recap
With ten chefs left, this episode sees two chefs go home.

Review: The Bye Bye Man
The concept isn't inherently dead in the water.


Monday, January 16
Overpaid Jerks: 1/9/17-1/15/17
NFL playoffs, NFL coaching changes, a short stay at #1 and foreign basketball. Put on your recent sports news thinkin' cap, here's our sports recap quiz for the 2nd week of 2017.


Monday, January 16
The Franchise that Couldn't
This past May, the wildly popular Captain America: Civil War gave fans something they had long been clamoring for - Spider Man.

Movie Review: A Monster Calls
A Monster Calls is not only a touching and entertaining family tale, but also, I believe, an essential one.


Sunday, January 15
Weekend Wrap-Up
This frame features three new wide releases, three major expansions, and three films adding screens after the Golden Globes.


Saturday, January 14
Friday Box Office Analysis
It's the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend, which means that studios take this first real opportunity of the new year...


Friday, January 13
This is So Last Week: 1/6/15-1/12/16
TV news, controversy at the Globes, an anniversary and a big-time museum. Put on your pop culture thinkin' cap, here's our entertainment and celebrity quiz for the 2nd week of 2017.


Thursday, January 12
Survivor Finale Recap
We've had a fantastic season thus far and I expect it will continue through the finale tonight.

Viking Night
I’m not trying to say that Tucker and Dale vs Evil is the Nakatomi Plaza of horror films.

Interview: Deborah Cook
Deborah Cook, the costume designer for the hit film Kubo and the Two Strings, just made history...

Weekend Forecast
An unusually crowded Martin Luther King Jr weekend sees six films either opening or expanding into wide release but with no likely winner among them.


Wednesday, January 11
How Well Do You Know: Ghostbusters II
Too hot to handle, too cold to hold, they're called the Ghostbuster and they're in control. That's right, everyone's favorite paranormal exterminators are back and ready for action in Ghostbusters 2. Once again New York City is filled with spirits, and only the Ghostbusters can save it. You may know sometimes $hit happens, somebody had to deal with it, and who ya gonna call? How well do you know Ghostbuster 2?


Tuesday, January 10
How Well Do You Know: An American in Paris
Bon soir madames, madamoiselles, et monsieurs. More from the musical classics is An American in Paris. Vincente Minelli made this film about a lonely, but charming and happy man who spends his career in La Ville Lumière. Think of it as an earlier version of La La Land. Here is An American in Paris.


Tuesday, January 10
Top Chef Charleston Recap
Welcoming the cheftestants to the kitchen in our latest episode is Surgeon General (but not for much longer) Vivek Murthy.

Movie Review - Underworld
I have had it up to here with this series.


Monday, January 9
Overpaid Jerks: 1/2/17-1/8/17
Wild Card football, a #1 loss, a bowl-season wrap-up and a Big East tilt. Impress friends and intimidate enemies with your performance on our sports recap quiz for the first week in 2017.


Monday, January 9
Oscar Watch
La La Land broke a Golden Globes record by sweeping all seven categories it was nominated for.


Sunday, January 8
Weekend Wrap-Up
The end of the holiday season might have diminished the box office returns, but they didn’t stop the intrigue.


Saturday, January 7
Friday Box Office Analysis
The top film on Friday and now also the answer to a trivia question, Hidden Figures earned $7.5 million on Friday.


Friday, January 6
This is So Last Week: 12/30/16-1/5/17
A singer's Rockin' Eve performance bombs. Hilarity ensues. Elsewhere, writing awards go out, Serena gets engaged and TV shows re-start. Celebrate the new year with our first pop culture quiz of 2017.


Friday, January 6
Weekend Forecast
The first proper weekend of the new year is a traditional slot for expanding Oscar hopefuls, and we have our share of those.


Thursday, January 5
January 2017 Forecast
Appropriately enough, January 2017 has a new horror movie out every weekend...


Wednesday, January 4
How Well Do You Know: 2016: Celebrities in Memoriam
Death is one of the few certainties in life. Every year we bid a final farewell to those who have passed during the previous year, and this year is no exception. 2016, though, seemed to be an especially harsh year. We said goodbye to so. many. celebs; it seemed relentless. How well do you know the incredible amount of talent we lost in 2016?


Wednesday, January 4
Top Chef Recap
Happy New Year from Top Chef land, where one cheftestant already has a New Year’s resolution ready.

Movie Review: La La Land
The key to a good musical is striking a balance between the ostentatious fantasy and the grounded substance (and hopefully there is grounded substance).

12 Days of Box Office: Day 12
In the classic fairytale Cinderella, the clock strikes twelve, the stepdaughter scurries home in a carriage soon to turn back into a pumpkin...


Monday, January 2
12 Days of Box Office: Day 11
The 12 Days of Box Office hasn't reached the finish line yet, but it's definitely in the home stretch.


Sunday, January 1
Overpaid Jerks: 12/26/16-1/1/17
CFP semis disappoint, college hoops dishes up upsets, a coach makes an unexpected departure and an NBA star records a phenomenal performance. Here's our first weekly sports quiz of 2017


Sunday, January 1
12 Days of Box Office: Day 10
Yes, the final weekend of 2016 has ended and the worst year ever memes can mercifully die.




     


 
 

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