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Saturday, March 31
Friday Box Office Analysis
Another of 2012's sequels that nobody was really clamoring for, Wrath of the Titans opened to $12.4 million.


Friday, March 30
This is So Last Week: 3/23/12-3/29/12
The last week in pop culture brought us news of a movie blockbuster, Angry Birds, a food fight and a potential engagement. See how well you know your entertainment and celebrity news for the 13th week of 2012.


Friday, March 30
This Weekend, Watch This
New movies are released into theaters every weekend. How do you decide which movie to watch?

Weekend Forecast
Two new, relatively big films open this weekend, but it's still a Hunger Games world.


Thursday, March 29
How Well Do You Know: Clash of the Titans (2010)
Greek mythology is ripe with gods, demi-gods, revenge and otherworldly creatures against the backdrop of humanity. Fittingly, 2010's Clash of the Titans offers exactly these elements. The film follows Perseus from orphaned son of Zeus to fisherman to defender of Argos and denier of the gods. You may know Calibos from Acrisius but how well do you know Clash of the Titans (2010)?


Thursday, March 29
Sole Criterion
Italian director Michelangelo Antonioni was 70 the year his autumnal “anti-romance” Identification of a Woman was released in 1982.

The Insert Shot: Secretary
What if in a sexual relationship the sex was a secondary factor and the power struggle was placed front and center?

Trailer Hitch
We watch trailers so you don't have to. You might want to watch the subjects of today's column, though.


Wednesday, March 28
How Well Do You Know: Real Steel
For Real Steel, in the near future, robots will replace men in the boxing ring with one undefeated champion. That is until former boxer Charlie (Hugh Jackman) and his estranged son Max reconnect over the unlikely rise of Atom, an outdated sparring bot. Real Steel follows their journey from junkyard to title bout. You may know whether voice recognition or a shadow function is the best way to fight but how well do you know Real Steel?


Wednesday, March 28
How Well Do You Know: Futurama, Season 2 Episode 15: The Problem With Popplers
On a Type M planet they stop by to forage for Roddenberries, Leela, Bender and Fry encounter a delicious new food source that are like sex, except Fry’s having them! Unfortunately, they turn out to be the results of sex on Omicron Persei 8, whose rulers appear determined to eat every human (and perhaps every moderately attractive monkey) on Earth. How Well Do You Know Futurama: The Problem With Popplers? (for external use only)


Wednesday, March 28
Oscar 2013
It is true that in the last decade, sci-fi, fantasy, and horror films have started to find more traction at the Oscars.

Monday Morning Quarterback
In Part IV of MMQB, we discuss what we all thought of The Hunger Games.

Book vs. Movie
Suzanne Collins began writing for children’s TV shows in the early 1990s.


Tuesday, March 27
How Well Do You Know: Game of Thrones, Season 1 Recap
In 2011, HBO brought to the airwaves its adaptation of George R. R. Martin's medieval fantasy series. The series feature intrigue, betrayals, nudity and beheadings....oh, so many beheadings. You may know your Starks from your Lannisters and, above all, that winter is coming, but how well do you know Game of Thrones, Season 1?


Tuesday, March 27
How Well Do You Know: The Simpsons: Black Widower
Inspired by the love of a good woman, Sideshow Bob resolves to be the best prisoner he can be, and be released into the arms of his new love – one who needs a man, and cannot find one among the law-abiding. He’s living proof that our revolving door prison system works. But there’s one little boy who never loses his mistrust. How Well Do You Know The Simpsons: Black Widower?


Tuesday, March 27
Trailer Trash
Today’s study: Salmon Fishing in the Yemen.

The Amazing Race Recap
Last week saw the welcomed return of elimination and Art & JJ remain unchallenged for frontrunner status, even without a Fast Forward.

Viking Night: Elite Squad 2
Elite Squad 2 has indeed become legend, and for good reason.


Monday, March 26
Overpaid Jerks: 3/19/12-3/25/12
This week: 16 to 4, baseball injuries, football punishments and a long-awaited victory. Here's our sports recap trivia quiz for the 13th week of 2012.


Monday, March 26
TiVoPlex
From the obscure to the obscurest to the merely overlooked or underappreciated; they all have a home in the TiVoPlex!

Watching Instantly
Browsing through NetFlix’s online streaming collection is not unlike those late Friday nights spent browsing through the movie maze in your local video store.

The Hunger Games Math
Box office actuals are in. The Hunger Games was overestimated a bit. The third best opening weekend of all time is officially $152.5 million.

Monday Morning Quarterback
The Hunger Games. All the time.


Sunday, March 25
How Well Do You Know: Rocky Balboa
Three decades after the Rocky saga began, the sixth and final (?) film is Stallone's most personal, with Rocky dealing with age, loneliness, and that nagging "stuff in the basement." How well do you know Rocky Balboa?


Sunday, March 25
Weekend Wrap-Up
We have a Twilight-sized hit on our hands with The Hunger Games.


Saturday, March 24
How Well Do You Know: Justified, S03E10: Guy Walks Into A Bar
This week on Justified: an election is won and lost, Raylan tries to keep Dickie Bennett in prison and we get a little glimpse of what caused Robert Quarles to become, well, Robert Quarles. You may know about the nepotism laws in Kentucky, but how well do you know Justified, Guy Walks Into A Bar?


Saturday, March 24
How Well Do You Know: Archer, Season 3 Recap
The third season of Archer sees our favorite awesomely obscene, bumbling superagent meet his idol, fight on the top of a train, become a pirate king and go into space. You may know a dead ambassador from a cyborg finacee, but how well do you know Archer: Season 3?


Saturday, March 24
Friday Box Office Analysis
The Hunger Games, the first true event film of 2012, is finally here.


Friday, March 23
This is So Last Week: 3/16/12-3/22/12
An arrest, a ghost, drug dependence and "blood and injury." Very traumatic, the last week in pop culture news was. See how well you followed the mayhem with our entertainment and celebrity quiz for the 12th week of 2012.


Friday, March 23
How Well Do You Know: Project Runway All Stars Recap
Thirteen veteran contestants returned for Project Runway: All Star. There they met new judges, a new mentor and new challenges. How well do you remember the madness? You may know A Night at the Opera from Puttin' on the Glitz, but how well do you know Project Runway: All Stars?

We thank the gang at Blogging Project Runway for their support.


Friday, March 23
Weekend Forecast
The 500 pound gorilla of the spring season arrives in theaters this week, in the form of the first film from The Hunger Games trilogy of books.

This Weekend, Watch This
Basically, you should just go see The Hunger Games this weekend.

Mythology: The Hunger Games
The real reason, however, that I’ve decided to forgo Dead talk until its October return is that an even bigger phenomenon has eclipsed it in the zeitgeist.


Thursday, March 22
How Well Do You Know: Complete the Album Title 2
Here's a reprise of our Complete the Album Title quiz. 20 more albums each with a single word from each title. Can you pick out the word which correctly finishes each title. How well can you Complete the Album Title?


Thursday, March 22
Survivor: One World Recap
Previously on Survivor, the tribes realigned from men vs. women to every sane person in the world vs. Colton.

What Went Right
Reading the words, “And they crucified him,” lasts but a second, and we seldom take it in because we just carry on reading.


Wednesday, March 21
How Well Do You Know: American Pie 2
American Pie 2 reconvenes the cast and the raunch that made the original a teen sex comedy classic. Jim, Stiffler, Oz and the rest enjoy the summer after freshmen year by attempting - unsuccessfully, for the most part - to satisfy their libidos. You may know the first name of Stiffler's mom, but how well do you know American Pie 2?


Wednesday, March 21
How Well Do You Know: Futurama, Season 2 Episode 14: Mother’s Day
It’s Mother’s Day, the day robots built in Mom’s factories buy thoughtful gifts for the sweet old tycoon who brought them into the world. But just once, before she dies, Mom wants to be Supreme Overlord of the Earth! So she commands her little ones to rebel, and take over the planet! How Well Do You Know Futurama: Mother’s Day? (larva-tested, pupa-approved)


Wednesday, March 21
Comics Weekly
Comic book types are marking out over the finale of The Walking Dead. Nerds.

Review: Friends with Kids
In fact, Friends with Kids uses their platonic relationship to build its premise: what if Jason and Julie had a child together?

Review: The Hunger Games
Two days earlier than expected, BOP received a review of that movie we are all going to watch this weekend. Go nuts, people!

All About Oscar
This year another famous actress, one who might be compared to Meryl Streep in terms of talent, versatility, and prestige, starred in a film based on a true story.


Tuesday, March 20
How Well Do You Know: The Hunger Games Cast Trivia
The Hunger Games assembled its cast from established film veterans and young up-and-coming talent. Sitcom stars, superhero villains and Oscar nominees make up its ensemble. You may their names and faces, but how well do you know the credits of the cast of The Hunger Games?


Tuesday, March 20
How Well Do You Know: The Simpsons: Burns Verkaufen der Kraftwerk?
Mr. Burns is tired of his daily grind, and decides to sell the nuclear plant and live a life of peace and retirement. But no matter how rich he is, he still has to learn a valuable lesson about money – what good is it if it can’t inspire terror in your fellow man? How Well Do You Know The Simpsons: Burns Verkaufen der Kraftwerk?


Tuesday, March 20
Monday Morning Quarterback
When can we start talking about Hunger Games? How about in Part II of Monday Morning Quarterback?

The Amazing Race Recap
Let’s see what volcanic meltdowns are in store for this week’s episode of the Amazing Race and if Kentucky’s Bopper & Mark can rebound from last place.

Review: 21 Jump Street
Early in 21 Jump Street, our protagonists sit in front of the Deputy Chief of Police, who tells them that he is placing them in a program they are resurrecting...

Viking Night
If I'm not mistaken, this is the third or fourth time I have profiled a film either directed or produced by Luc Besson.


Monday, March 19
Overpaid Jerks: 3/12/12-3/18/12
College basketball, top-seed handicaps, NFL penalties and coaching changes. Enjoy our sports trivia quiz for the 12th week of 2012 with special guest editor, Mike Krzyzewski.


Monday, March 19
How Well Do You Know: The Walking Dead, Season 2 Recap Part 2
The winter episodes of The Walking Dead's second season begin just after tragedy has struck at Hershel's farm, and wind their way slowly toward full-fledged zombie-palooza. You may know better than to taunt a mud-stuck walker, but how well do you know The Walking Dead, Season 2.


Monday, March 19
How Well Do You Know: Justified, S03E09: Loose Ends
This week on Justified: Ava gets to blow someone away with a shotgun again, Tanner Dodd fails to watch where he's walking and Boyd gets to make a speech. You may know that a war's coming, but how well do you know Justified, Loose Ends?


Monday, March 19
Review: Casa de mi Padre
Casa de mi Padre does not want you to like it. At least, not if you can't play by its rules, on its terms, on its field.

TiVoPlex
From the obscure to the obscurest to the merely overlooked or underappreciated; they all have a home in the TiVoPlex!

TV Rewind: Twin Peaks Epilogue
When I got done with Twin Peaks about a month ago, I remember feeling a genuine sense of confusion.


Sunday, March 18
How Well Do You Know: Rocky V
He's been world champion, lost his mentor, lost his friend, and defeated an indestructible fighter. What's next for Rocky? Become the mentor. Rocky takes on a hungry young fighter named Tommy Gunn and deals with the dirty side of boxing in this fifth movie in the series. How Well Do You Know Rocky V?


Sunday, March 18
Weekend Wrap-Up
With The Hunger Games now only a weekend away, studios shied away from opening big films this frame.


Saturday, March 17
Friday Box Office Analysis
Keeping the the spot warm for The Hunger Games next weekend, the movie version of the late '80s television series 21 Jump Street starts with a quite solid $13.1 million Friday.


Friday, March 16
This is So Last Week: 3/9/12-3/15/12
This week: A celeb phone call scandal (again!), Lilo in trouble (duh!) and a TV show cancellation (yikes!). The 11th week of 2012 was full of pop culture madness. Let's see how well you know the last seven days in entertainment and celebrity news.


Friday, March 16
Weekend Forecast
21 Jump Street may be the only new release this weekend, but that doesn't mean it doesn't have competition.

This Weekend, Watch This
Jump Street or March Madness? You decide. Barring that, let Curt David decide for you.

Mythology: Community
A few months back, NBC announced that it would be temporarily shelving Community to make room on the schedule for another prestige niche comedy, 30 Rock.


Thursday, March 15
How Well Do You Know: Rush Hour 2
The Rush Hour movies have something for everybody - Jackie Chan’s martial arts skills and stuntwork, Chris Tucker’s trademark humour, and lines like “I’ll bitchslap you back to Africa” that white people can laugh at without feeling racist. How Well Do You Know Rush Hour 2?


Thursday, March 15
Movie Review: John Carter
A long time ago in a not so distant galaxy, Edgar Rice Burroughs introduced the world to a character, John Carter, who would shape Sci-Fi and fantasy tales for generations to come.

Survivor: One World Recap
Tonight’s show starts with Troyzan visiting the women and discussing the motivation for the dudes wanting to go to Tribal Council.

Chapter Two
This week, I examine a pair of largely forgotten Chapter Twos from the mid-to-late 1970s.


Wednesday, March 14
How Well Do You Know: Rocky IV
In the first Rocky movie he was just a club fighter in Philadelphia. In this fourth installment of the series, Rocky Balboa travels to Russia after losing a dear friend. It's East versus West during the height of the Cold War. How Well Do You Know Rocky IV?


Wednesday, March 14
Monday Morning Quarterback
John Carter opened this weekend, and *some* people attended showings. Not enough, though. We discuss the result.

Comics Weekly
New Locke & Key! New Locke & Key!

Best Picture Rewind: Marty
The number of Best Picture winning films that I haven't seen is depressingly long, which is why I'm making it my mission to shorten that list...

Book vs. Movie
Somewhere in the early 20th Century, a guy name Edgar Rice Burroughs was having some difficulty with his business prospects.


Tuesday, March 13
How Well Do You Know: 2012 March Madness Trivia Quiz
The match-ups have been announced, your brackets have been completed, trashed and completed again. Here come the best three weeks of the sports calendar. But how well do you know the participants? You may know Vermont from Vanderbilt and the Wildcats from the Bearcats, but how well do you know the field for 2012 March Madness?


Tuesday, March 13
Trailer Trash
Do you wonder if talented people actually read the scripts of the films they star in?

Movie Review: Silent House
Silent House's bark is much, much worse than its bite. Horror works using essentially the same method as comedy.

Trailer Trash
Today’s study: Eddie Murphy’s A Thousand Words. Please note that although released in 2012, A Thousand Words was filmed in 2008.

Viking Night: Cry-Baby
Cry-Baby is somehow an improbable work of half-sane borderline genius, and this is coming from someone with a lifelong hatred of musicals


Monday, March 12
Overpaid Jerks: 3/5/12-3/11/12
This week: March Madness, Peyton Manning, drug charges and bizarre baseball injuries. Between filling out your 15th and 16th versions of your bracket, take a moment to enjoy our sports quiz for the 11th week of 2012.


Monday, March 12
Review: John Carter
You can't half-ass an adaptation of the John Carter of Mars series.

Are You With Us?
Did you ever have the groundhog day effect and feel like you have seen the movie you are watching ten times before, but it just had a different title?

The Amazing Race Recap
Three weeks of Amazing Racing behind us and we've lost oblivious sisters, clowns who were in over their rainbow-wigged heads and disappointing twins.


Sunday, March 11
Weekend Wrap-Up
Openers laid an egg at the box office this weekend, and while the one that John Carter laid may look like gold, nobody is smiling at Disney Corp today.


Saturday, March 10
How Well Do You Know: Chicago
Come on, babe, why don't we paint the town and all that jazz. The hit Broadway musical roared to the big screen with an all-star cast in 2002. In the Jazz Era of the 1920's, two murderesses look for fame and fortune. Who says that murder is not art? This quiz is sure to razzle-dazzle you, even if you are made of cellophane. You may know better not to pop your gum in front of a woman with a shotgun, but how well do you know Chicago, baby?


Saturday, March 10
Friday Box Office Analysis
Disney spent a reported $250 million (including technology development that can be used on other projects) on John Carter. That gamble is not going to pay off.


Friday, March 9
This is So Last Week: 3/2/12-3/8/12
Pop culture news from the 10th week of 2012 concerned nudity, denials, apologies and delicious, delicious foodstuffs. See how well you were paying attention with our weekly entertainment and celebrity quiz.


Friday, March 9
This Weekend, Watch This
You can never trust silent houses.

Weekend Forecast
There have been bigger box office weekends this year, and ones with more groundbreaking and interesting movies.


Thursday, March 8
How Well Do You Know: Parks and Recreation, S04E17: Campaign Shake-Up
In Campaign Shake-Up, Leslie and Ben meet a formidable new foe. Meanwhile, Chris issues Ron an ultimatum. You may know not to talk politics with Ben Jones after dinner (5:00 pm), but how well do you know Parks and Recreation: Campaign Shake-Up?


Thursday, March 8
How Well Do You Know: Justified, S03E08: Watching The Detectives
This week on Justified: Raylan finds himself caught between the Lexington Police Department and the FBI, Wynn Duffy does a little bit of painting, and Tim gets to do something for once, even if it is just being a bit of a dick. You may know where Raylan hides his spare car key, but how well do you know Justified, Watching The Detectives?


Thursday, March 8
How Well Do You Know: Moneyball
Nobody reinvents baseball. Right? Moneyball follows the attempt by Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane to do just that. Brad Pitt and Jonah hill received Oscar nominations for their engaging performances of the A's renegade braintrust. Overcome your meager payroll to achieve greatness on this quiz - how well do you know Moneyball?


Thursday, March 8
Survivor: One World Recap
Previously on Survivor, the women finally showed some spine as they won their first two challenges of the season.

Things I Learned From Movie X
The move from stoic, non-Irish Jedi to non-stoic, slightly Irish badass in Taken was a real lateral move for the actor which paid off surprisingly well.

The Insert Shot
Some people make the argument that it is not necessary to show sex scenes in films.


Wednesday, March 7
How Well Do You Know: Futurama, Season 2 Episode 13: Bender Gets Made
Bender gets two jobs this week. The first is for a ruthless egotistical swindler determined to extract every penny from people who require his services and be flattered in the process. The second is a sweet gig with the Robot Mafia. Which do you think he enjoys most? How Well Do You Know Futurama: Bender Gets Made? (simulcast on crazy people’s fillings)

How Well Do You Know: Celebrity Eyes 3
You see them staring back at you from the pages of a tabloid, winking at you on the movie screen, hypnotizing you into buying products you don't need, glaring at you as restraining order paperwork is filed. Most celebrities have distinctive faces, but can you ID the star just by their eyes? How well do you know celebrity eyes?


Wednesday, March 7
Comics Weekly
C-O-M-I-C! Buy me! Buy me! Woo!

Top Chef: Texas Recap
Previously on Top Chef, Paul won almost everything.

All About Oscar
So we have wrapped up the 2012 Oscar season. Wrapped it up in a towel, dumped that towel in a trash bag, thrown that trash bag into a pit, and set that pit on fire.

Survivor: One World Recap
We recap the 2/29/12 episode.


Tuesday, March 6
How Well Do You Know: The Simpsons: Flaming Moe's
Increased job satisfaction and family togetherness are poison for a purveyor of mind-numbing intoxicants like Moe. If it wasn't for the junior high school next door, no one would even use the cigarette machine. But then Moe gets a million dollar idea – steal Homer’s delicious drink. It doesn’t make you go blind, and fire makes it good. How Well Do You Know The Simpsons: Flaming Moe's?


Tuesday, March 6
How Well Do You Know: WarGames
Remember the Cold War? Neither do we. But WarGames crossed teenager hijinx with the fear of nuclear devastation. Matthew Broderick's David Lightman is a bright kid - too bright for his own good, as he almost triggers global thermonuclear war. Shall we play a game? How well do you know WarGames?


Tuesday, March 6
Monday Morning Quarterback
It was a big, big weekend at the box office, courtesy of Dr. Seuss.

Viking Night
If you've never seen The Princess and the Warrior, no doubt the title is going to conjure up all sorts of prefab images.

Crashing Pilots: Smash Part 2
“The show is having trouble finding its footing” was one of my main criticisms of Smash when I reviewed its pilot.


Monday, March 5
Overpaid Jerks: 2/27/12-3/4/12
This week: A bounty, a fireball, a threesome and a broken eye. Athletic endeavors proved especially wacky in the last seven days. Relive the mayhem with our sports trivia quiz for the 10th week of 2012.


Monday, March 5
TiVoPlex
From the obscure to the obscurest to the merely overlooked or underappreciated; they all have a home in the TiVoPlex!

The Amazing Race Recap
Last week, we started out with only two married couples (strangely both with a husband named Dave) but would end with one in first and one eliminated.

What Went Right: 300
300 is an exaggeration of a real historical event, made to look as cool as possible.


Sunday, March 4
How Well Do You Know: Crash
Crash was the 2004 Oscar winner with a brilliant, all-star cast. In two days, many lives intersect unknowingly, intertwining to cause chain reactions touching on social and racial themes. How well do you know Crash?


Sunday, March 4
Weekend Wrap-Up
Openers this weekend had a lot going for them – for evidence, we simply need to look back at last weekend, when the openers were Act of Valor and Tyler Perry's Good Deeds.


Saturday, March 3
How Well Do You Know: Rocky III
Rocky II ended with a title for Rocky Balboa and a pile of money. When you're riding high it's time to flip the story: Rocky becomes the man he defeated, and gets a taste of his own medicine in the form of a hungry fighter named Clubber Lang. How Well Do You Know Rocky III?


Saturday, March 3
Friday Box Office Analysis
Marketed out the wazoo, The Lorax is rewarded with a $17.4 million Friday.


Friday, March 2
How Well Do You Know: Justified, S03E07: The Man Behind The Curtain
This week on Justified: Arlo goes chasing ghosts, Raylan gets all Lutheran on Quarles' house, and Tim acts like a prick towards Raylan, with hilarious results! You may know the value of buying two horses, but how well do you know Justified, The Man Behind The Curtain?


Friday, March 2
Weekend Forecast
Hollywood destroys yet another of your cherished childhood memories this weekend, for which you happily pay them for the privilege.

This Weekend Watch This
Do you like movies promoting teenage mayhem? I do not like them Sam-I-Am.


Thursday, March 1
This is So Last Week: 2/24/12-3/1/12
Celebrities at the Oscars, celebrity baby news, celebrity legal problems....famous people were up to all sorts of stuff during the 9th week of 2012. See how well you were paying attention with our weekly pop culture quiz.


Thursday, March 1
How Well Do You Know: The Outsiders
The brilliant Francis Ford Coppola directs a crew of up-and-coming Hollywood stars in this beautiful coming a age film. Two rival gangs from different sides of the track clash with deadly consequences. You may never have enough street cred to be a true Greaser, but how well do you know The Outsiders?


Thursday, March 1
Crashing Pilots: Awake
I am inherently distrustful of TV dramas built around a mystery.

Review: Project X
Project X is one of those rare films that can still make your jaw drop.

Sole Criterion
Today's Criterion film is Two-Lane Blacktop, featuring James Taylor and Dennis Wilson. Yes, that James Taylor and that Dennis Wilson.




     


 
 

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