Friday, August 31
This Weekend, Watch This
New movies are released into theaters every weekend. How do you decide which movie to watch?

Weekend Forecast
Labor Day Weekend is the land that interest forgot, and studios typically treat it like the proverbial red-headed stepchild.


Thursday, August 30
How Well Do You Know: Labor Day: Working in the Movies III
In 1894, Congress passed a law designating the first Monday in September each year as a holiday for businesses to promote sales and release lousy movies to theaters across the country. In honor of Labor Day, let's see how well you know Working in the Movies.


Thursday, August 30
Daily Box Office Analysis
In the month of August, only three movies had captured the number one spot on the box office charts.

Chapter Two
Writing this column a week after the death of Tony Scott by apparent suicide is proving to be an emotionally turbulent affair.


Wednesday, August 29
How Well Do You Know: Paranormal Activity 3
The clock turns back in Paranormal Activity 3 as we see the doomed sisters Kristi and Katie in their childhood. Guess what? Strange paranormal happenings plagued their younger years as well. So run off for a quick game of Bloody Mary - we're sure you'll make it back OK to take this quiz. How well do you know Paranormal Activity 3?


Wednesday, August 29
Comics Weekly
Every nerd's dream comes true this week. Maybe.

Viking Night
Getting a good band together isn't nearly as hard as keeping a good band together.

Review: The Expendables 2
The Expendables 2, much like The Expendables, wants to work on two different levels.

Daily Box Office Analysis
For the 12th consecutive day, The Expendables 2 was the number one film in North America.


Tuesday, August 28
How Well Do You Know: The Simpsons: Alone Again, Natura-Diddly
The Simpsons kills off one of its supporting players, Maude Flanders – and to add insult to injury, the last thing she ever saw was Homer Simpson’s naked, flapping torso. Maude was really something. I mean, if it was Ned that died, I would have been on her so fast ... What, nothing; she was hot. What? You can't take a compliment? That's good, let it out. That's it, let it out. Send me to Maude, that's it. Here I come, baby! Oh, yeah! How Well Do You Know The Simpsons: Alone Again, Natura-Diddly.


Tuesday, August 28
Movie Review: Sparkle
Sparkle has all the makings of a standard music biopic, only it’s not based on any real people.

Daily Box Office Analysis
Labor Day is less than a week away.

Movie Review: Lawless
When we think of Prohibition, we think of gangsters.


Monday, August 27
Overpaid Jerks: 8/20/12-8/26/12
This week: A blockbuster trade, a hothead driver, a sidelined coach and All About the Adrians. How well do you know the past week in sports? Why, here's a quiz to test just that very thing.


Monday, August 27
TiVoPlex
From the obscure to the obscurest to the merely overlooked or underappreciated; they all have a home in the TiVoPlex!

Monday Morning Quarterback
Over the weekend, several movies opened and a documentary expanded.


Sunday, August 26
Weekend Wrap-Up
This weekend is one of those we get each year, when literally anything can happen at the box office.


Saturday, August 25
Friday Box Office Analysis
Last weekend was one of the best in the history of August box office.


Friday, August 24
This is So Last Week: 8/17/12-8/23/12
This week: Violence and dance, music and politics, music and marriage and a dose of 80s nostalgia. Our pop culture quiz has a decidedly retro feel to it. See how well you know the entertainment and celebrity news for the 34th week of 2012.


Friday, August 24
This Weekend, Watch This
New movies are released into theaters every weekend. How do you decide which movie to watch?

Weekend Forecast
It's time for August cast-off films to be released.


Thursday, August 23
How Well Do You Know: Gandhi
When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won. There have been tyrants, and murderers, and for a time they can seem invincible, but in the end they always fall. Think of it. Always. How Well Do You Know Gandhi?


Thursday, August 23
What Went Wrong
Turns out that there are certain places that some Will Ferrell fans just won’t go, and Land of the Lost was one of them.

Daily Box Office Analysis
The summer is winding down, yet Hollywood still has a few releases planned between now and Labor Day.


Wednesday, August 22
How Well Do You Know: That's Not My Movie (Actors Edition III)
Feel like testing your knowledge of actors' resumes? Great! We'll name an actor and list four films. Three are listed in the actor's CV. Can you spot the one for which the given actor would say, "Hey, That's Not My Movie!"?


Wednesday, August 22
Comics Weekly
Comics will never let you down.

Mythology
Let’s take a look at a few shows that relaunched what came before in a darker direction, to both creative success and failure.

Shop Talk
What we will examine in this column is the methodology through which you may seed your cloud.

Daily Box Office Analysis
Tuesday was a particularly strong day at the box office. Every major title in release saw an increase from Monday.


Tuesday, August 21
How Well Do You Know: Hot Fuzz
Mysterious deaths afflict an English village, and recently promoted Nicholas Angelis hot on the case. Hot Fuzz is another terrific homage/spoof from Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright. You may point your gun in the air, empty the clip and go "Aaah," but how well do you know Hot Fuzz?


Tuesday, August 21
Movie Review
Robert Ludlum only wrote three novels featuring the character of Jason Bourne, yet the character has had a remarkably virile literary and cinematic afterlife.

Daily Box Office Analysis
In combination with the three titles released the previous week, 70% of the top ten at the box office is fresh blood


Monday, August 20
How Well Do You Know: Falling Skies, Season 2 Recap
In the second season of Falling Skies, the fortunes of the 2nd Mass. are buffeted by suspicion, a possible skitter rebellion and the hope of finding civilization. So whatever you do, do not kiss Karen - instead, let's see how well you know Falling Skies, Season 2.


Monday, August 20
Overpaid Jerks: 8/13/12-8/19/12
Perfection, suspension, extension and litigation. Here's our sports trivia quiz for the 20th week of 2012.


Monday, August 20
Movie Review: The Campaign
There was a time when Will Ferrell could say or do just about anything and it would come off as funny and fresh.

Guilty Pleasures
Growing up, there was no one more badass than Sylvester Stallone.

Monday Morning Quarterback
The weekend was packed with new movies. What does the BOP staff think of the results?


Sunday, August 19
Weekend Wrap-Up
A weekend ago, we had four new films debut on more than 800 screens.


Saturday, August 18
Friday Box Office Analysis
Packed with action heroes, Sylvester Stallone's The Expendables 2 is tops on Friday with $10.5 million.


Friday, August 17
This is So Last Week: 8/10/12-8/16/12
Shocking hair, a soft drink lawsuit, supermodel nudity and the follies of showbiz fatherhood. Prove you're a pop culture guru by acing our celebrity and entertainment quiz for the 33rd week of 2012.


Friday, August 17
This Weekend, Watch This
New movies are released into theaters every weekend. How do you decide which movie to watch?

Weekend Forecast
The latter portion of August is historically a dumping ground for the movies Hollywood wanted to release in the summer.


Thursday, August 16
How Well Do You Know: Mermaids
Cher gives a stellar performance as a outspoken single mother, trying to raise her two daughters. Winona Ryder plays Cher's precocious teen daughter, who is constantly embarrassed by her mother's wild antics. You may have never thought of majoring in town tramp, but how well do you know Mermaids?


Thursday, August 16
Daily Box Office Analysis
The biggest story at the box office yesterday involved a movie that only finished third.

Things I Learned From Movie X
When it was announced that Ridley Scott was returning to science fiction, the world nearly drowned in the ensuing wave of cautious optimism.

Chapter Two
With Life During Wartime, his follow up to 1998’s polarizing feel-bad comedy Happiness, Todd Solondz is trying to break your heart.


Wednesday, August 15
How Well Do You Know: Jackass: Number Two
In 2002, Johnny Knoxville's MTV project Jackass made it to the big screen. Then, for a long time, nothing of significance happened. Finally, 2006 came around and audiences were treated to Jackass: Number Two. So before you get branded or jump on a rake, let's see how well you know Jackass: Number Two.


Wednesday, August 15
Comics Weekly
Mmmm...comics.

Daily Box Office Analysis
For the 34th day in 2012, Jeremy Renner starred in the number one movie in North America yesterday

My (Olympic) Summer Vacation
Being, in the words of Malcolm McDowell in that one episode of South Park, a British person, the last 12 months or so have been eventful, to say the least.


Tuesday, August 14
How Well Do You Know: The Closer, Season 7 Recap Part 2
In The Closer's final episodes, Brenda Leigh Johnson must deal with personal tragedy, professional consequences and a menacing nemesis. You may know a dead Santa from Provena's ex, but how well do you know the seventh and final season of The Closer?


Tuesday, August 14
How Well Do You Know: We Bought a Zoo
Needing a fresh start, Benjamin Mee brings his family into unfamiliar waters in We Bought a Zoo. Mee must contend with a suspicious staff, exotic animals, and a pompous bureaucrat to bring the zoo back to life. You may like the animals, but love the humans, but how well do you know We Bought a Zoo?


Tuesday, August 14
Viking Night
Long before their stewardship of Gotham city, Christopher and Jonathan Nolan were the architects of Memento.

Daily Box Office Analysis
You have heard the news by now. Batman has been dethroned by a pair of new releases.


Monday, August 13
Overpaid Jerks: 8/6/12-8/12/12
This week: Gold medals and disappointment, abrupt dismissals and major victories. Relive the madness with our sports trivia quiz for the 33rd week of 2012.


Monday, August 13
Are You With Us?
I love a good movie about a dirty cop.

Movie Review
The appeal of the Wimpy Kid series is that the misadventures of the hero never seem all that exaggerated.

Monday Morning Quarterback
The Olympics are over (sad face).


Sunday, August 12
Weekend Wrap-Up
With $370 million earned prior to the start of this mid-August weekend, The Dark Knight Rises was ready to give up the box office crown.


Saturday, August 11
Friday Box Office Analysis
As The Dark Knight Rises entered its fourth week in theaters, three major releases attempted to unseat the Batman movie.


Friday, August 10
This is So Last Week: 8/3/12-8/9/12
This week: An Olympian model, porn star politics, a fairground stripper and Honey Boo Boo. See if you've mastered recent pop culture trivia with our celebrity and entertainment quiz for the 32nd week of 2012.


Friday, August 10
Weekend Forecast
Rarer than the remake, rarer than the reboot, much rarer than the sequel, is the spin-off movie.


Thursday, August 9
How Well Do You Know: New Jack City
Crime lord Nino Brown rides the rising drug epidemic to power, and it's up to a new jack breed of cop to stop him. Mario van Peebles directs a number of now-familiar names in this gripping crime drama. You may or may not know whether or not you are your brother's keeper, but how well do you know New Jack City?


Thursday, August 9
What Went Right: Cloverfield
J.J. Abrams knows all too well that when you wrap something up and keep it contained, all anybody wants to know is what’s inside.

Daily Box Office Analysis
Tommy Lee Jones and Meryl Streep have finally joined forces in a romantic comedy.

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

Trailer Hitch
The BOP staff watches all the latest trailers so you don't have to. This edition includes Taken 2, Cloud Atlas and Dredd.


Wednesday, August 8
How Well Do You Know: Bourne Franchise Screenshots
Robert Ludlum's signature literary character made the jump from the page to the big screen in 2002 and helped redefine the spy/action genre. With Matt Damon in the title role, an entire world of the redemption- and answer-seeking Jason Bourne was created and seamlessly spanned three films in one of the best trilogies ever made. You may know your Treadstone from your Blackbriar but how well do you know the films of the Bourne franchise just by sight?


Wednesday, August 8
Comics Weekly
Four out of five dentists say that comics are good for you!

Shop Talk
In today’s installment of The Cloud, I will operate under the assumption that you are at least somewhat curious about populating your video library.

Daily Box Office Analysis
I know that many of you are waiting in line for screenings of Hope Springs so I will be brief with today’s column.


Tuesday, August 7
How Well Do You Know: James Bond Movie Trivia: The First 20 Bond Films
For 50 years, the James Bond film franchise has thrilled and entertained. Here are a collection of tough and interesting tidbits from the first 20 films in the series. From M to Q, from Dr. No to Die Another Day, how well do you know the first 20 James Bond films?


Tuesday, August 7
Daily Box Office Analysis
I have spent a lot of time demonstrating what The Dark Knight could do that The Dark Knight Rises has not. Today, I am going to flip the script a bit.

Viking Night: Clerks
Our writer hates Clerks. Everyone grab your torches and pitchforks and we'll teach him an important lesson about peer pressure.

Book vs. Movie: Total Recall
In April of 1966, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction published a compelling little piece of sci-fi by author Philip K. Dick.

Monday Morning Quarterback
A lackluster weekend means The Dark Knight Rises stays in first place.


Monday, August 6
Overpaid Jerks: 7/30/12-8/5/12
This week: Baseball trades, football ceremonies, track stars and swimming records. Test your sports trivia IQ with our quiz for the 32nd week of 2012.


Monday, August 6
Movie vs. Reality
In 2005, LA Times columnist Steve Lopez met a homeless musician on the streets of Los Angeles.

Infographic: Movie Remakes
How do recent movie remakes stack up box office wise? Find out here.

Mythology: Middle-earth
Writing about The Hobbit may be premature, but a big showbiz story broke that made film fans talk about something other than the Aurora tragedy

Oscar 2013
Easily the biggest question everybody will be focused on for the 2012-13 Oscar season will be about The Dark Knight Rises.


Sunday, August 5
How Well Do You Know: 27 Dresses (version 2)
This quiz is to honor the author's truly favorite film. 27 Dresses is about a woman who is literally always the bridesmaid and never the bride. Will she finally have her day in the sun?


Sunday, August 5
Weekend Wrap-Up
After the beating the box office took last weekend, Hollywood looked to reverse its fortunes.


Saturday, August 4
Friday Box Office Analysis
With $10.4 million on Friday, The Dark Knight Rises is assured a third weekend at the top, despite dropping 42.5% from last Friday.


Friday, August 3
This is So Last Week: 7/27/12-8/2/12
This week: Break-ups, hobbits, rappers and eyelashes. Plus: The odd tale of Larry and Lana. Prove your pop culture mastery with our entertainment and celebrity quiz for the 31st week of 2012.


Friday, August 3
This Weekend, Watch This
New movies are released into theaters every weekend. How do you decide which movie to watch?

Weekend Forecast
August is here, so it's time for the B Team of the summer movie lineup to take over.


Thursday, August 2
How Well Do You Know: 1980s Bands by Lead Singer 3
Resuming one of our most popular quiz series, we'll test your knowledge of one of the more memorable eras in music. We'll give you a lead singer of an 80s act, and ask you to identify the band he or she fronted. How well do you know 80s Bands by Lead Singer?

Before you send in angry emails, yes, we know that acts listed in this quiz may have had careers before or after the 1980s....we just picked some bands that are most identified with that era.


Thursday, August 2
Crashing Pilots
We have reached the halfway point in season one of The Newsroom and yes, the series has been renewed.

Daily Box Office Analysis
For the 13th consecutive day, The Dark Knight Rises was the number one movie in North America.

Sole Criterion
On Beastie Boys Video Anthology, there are 18 videos totaling approximately 65 minutes spread across two discs (nine on each).


Wednesday, August 1
How Well Do You Know: Female Leads in Film
Hollywood treats actresses horribly. We are not in the habit of making sweeping indictments, but this one is true. We are going to prove it by listing a bunch of $100 million movies and a few in the top 250 on IMDB. All we ask of you is to name the lead actress in the film. We think you will be shocked by how difficult this is, which reinforces the fact that actors get all the credit while actresses are reduced to Maxim spreads.


Wednesday, August 1
Monday Morning Quarterback
Monday Morning Quarterback returns with discussion of one of the year's biggest box office stories.

Comics Weekly
I would gladly pay you Tuesday for a comic book today.

Daily Box Office Analysis
The Dark Knight Rises continued to perform as expected on weekdays by earning $8,773,116 on Tuesday.

Infographic: Batman Openings
Our infographic for Batman openings is updated to reflect the debut from The Dark Knight Rises.




     


 
 

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