Sunday, September 30
Weekend Wrap-Up
Three new releases plus the rare non-indie platformer were released into theaters this weekend. In the end, first and second place are no surprise.


Saturday, September 29
Friday Box Office Analysis
CGI entry Hotel Transylvania is some big news the box office hasn't seen in a while, taking in a very solid $11 million on Friday.


Friday, September 28
This is So Last Week: 9/21/12-9/27/12
If you are a singer, you pretty much went crazy this week. Also, the Emmys were handed out and kiddie-lit celebrated anniversaries. Test your knowledge of the world of entertainment and celebrity news for the 39th week of 2012.


Friday, September 28
The 400-Word Review
Won’t Back Down pits a plucky single mother and downtrodden teacher against a school that seems singularly focused on making dyslexic kids cry.

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

Weekend Forecast
The run of middling performers at the box office continues as we bid goodbye to September.


Thursday, September 27
How Well Do You Know: Annie
Annie is the adorable 1982 movie based on the long running Broadway musical. With great musical numbers a huggable scruffy mutt and cute-as-a-button orphans, how can one resist? Annie will put a tap in your shoe and a song in your heart. You may have bet your bottom dollar that tomorrow they'll be sun, but how well do you know Annie?

How Well Do You Know: Futurama, Season 3 Episode 02: Parasites Lost
Fry suddenly becomes stronger, smarter and kinder, and the rest of the Planet Express crew go on a fantastic voyage inside his body to find out why. Meanwhile, Leela is shocked to find she is falling for Fry as his efforts to woo her become less pathetic. How Well Do You Know Futurama: Parasites Lost? (if not entertaining, write your congressman)


Thursday, September 27
Sole Criterion
Michael Bay’s films are always set in the future, at least a little bit.

Survivor Recap
On Matsing, Russell disclaimed leadership as a thing for dummies, then promptly took leadership and failed at it.


Wednesday, September 26
How Well Do You Know: The Mist
There's something in the mist. Residents of a small town flee to a supermarket to take shelter from the supernatural horrors that hide in the mist. Soon, paranoia makes life inside the store as dangerous as it is outside. You may think you have Judas in your midst, but how well do you know The Mist?


Wednesday, September 26
Comics Weekly
DC Comics continues to embrace the Zero this week.

Review: Arbitrage
Before seeing Arbitrage, I looked up the definition of the title, which refers to the practice of buying something in one place and selling it in another because it’s worth more.


Tuesday, September 25
How Well Do You Know: The Simpsons: E-I-E-I-D’Oh!
After discovering that duel-challenges are not the fun-filled party lifestyle Homer hoped, the Simpsons go back to the old family farm, which has somehow been rebuilt after burning down several seasons ago, and come up with an unhealthy yet addictive treat for children. How Well Do You Know The Simpsons: E-I-E-I-D’Oh!?


Tuesday, September 25
How Well Do You Know: Common Movie Title Roles II
We'll give you a film whose title role was played by a notable actor/actress. Then, from the four film choices listed, you'll have to pick the movie whose title role was played by the same person. You may know your Blade from your Passenger 57, but how well do you know Common Title Roles?


Tuesday, September 25
Monday Morning Quarterback
Four new movies (and an expanding project) were released into theaters this weekend.

TV Review: The Office
Was the Season 9 premiere of The Office worth watching? Perhaps so!

Viking Night: Red Dawn
When I was a kid, the threat of a Soviet invasion seemed like a pretty reasonable concern.


Monday, September 24
Overpaid Jerks: 9/17/12-9/23/12
Replacement official hilarity, the first to 20, extra perfection and NFL cereal. All figured into the world of sports during the 39th week of 2012. See how well you were paying attention.


Monday, September 24
TiVoPlex
From the obscure to the obscurest to the merely overlooked or underappreciated; they all have a home in the TiVoPlex!

Are You With Us? Secretary
I find it strange how there is something inherently shocking when Hollywood releases a film about sex.

TV Recap: Doctor Who
There are two kinds of Doctor Who episodes.


Sunday, September 23
Weekend Wrap-Up
Four relatively frugal new releases tried to sustain the September box office momentum created by Resident Evil: Retribution and Finding Nemo 3D last weekend.


Saturday, September 22
Friday Box Office Analysis
Four new entries and a significant expansion are unable to shake the box office out of its September slump.


Friday, September 21
This is So Last Week: 9/14/12-9/20/12
This week: Celebrity automotive madness, a cancelled interview and poor choices in childcare. The 38th week of the year was a particularly bizarre in 2012 pop culture. See how you fare with our entertainment news quiz.


Friday, September 21
Survivor Recap (Part 2)
Michael is bewildered as to why Lisa won’t play her trump card, because young impressionable people would be all “Wow, a TV star."

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

Weekend Forecast
The blockbuster fairy hasn't quite deigned to return yet, but the last couple of weeks have begun to repopulate theaters with films.


Thursday, September 20
How Well Do You Know: Firefly Quotes, Part II
On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the very first Firefly episode to hit the airwaves, we're celebrating with a quiz on the short-lived, highly quotable series. You may know Inara from Saffron and Shepherd Book from Jubal Early, but how well do you know Firefly quotes?


Thursday, September 20
How Well Do You Know: Big Brother, Season 14 Recap
Big Brother returned for its 14th iteration, bringing back four returning players to act as coaches for the newbies. It was a summer of dream boards and baby Zingbots, Olympians and a dog costume. You may never ever want to hear someone quack on a reality show again, but how well do you know Big Brother 14?


Thursday, September 20
Review: The Master
Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master plays like a great American novel, with deeply rooted themes of friendship, betrayal, cynicism and the search for truth...

Survivor Recap
We open with a montage of spectacularly green islands, waterfalls and even a volcano, before – Probst sighting! – we cut to Probst driving a speedboat.

Monday Morning Quarterback
In Part 3 of Monday Morning Quarterback, we discuss video on demand and the tipping point for watching a movie in the theater rather than at home


Wednesday, September 19
How Well Do You Know: Lord of the Rings Franchise Screenshots
The Lord of the Rings franchise was a cinematic treat, full of eye-popping visuals, beloved characters and varied depictions of journeying...oh, so much journeying. Anyway, in this quiz, we'll show you a screenshot from one of the films, and ask you to identify the movie it came from. It's time to test your knowledge of Lord of the Rings franchise screenshots.


Wednesday, September 19
How Well Do You Know: Futurama, Season 3 Episode 01: Amazon Women in the Mood
Several of our favourite characters are stranded on a planet populated only by giant women. Zapp and Fry are somewhat thrilled to learn that the last men to visit died from crushed pelvises. How Well Do You Know Futurama: Amazon Women in the Mood? (secreted by the Comedy Bee)


Wednesday, September 19
Comics Weekly
Support your local comic book store.

BOP Interview: Karl Urban
It is everybody’s dream to become their childhood superhero. Actor Karl Urban is lucky enough to have brought that dream to reality twice.

The New 2012 Fall Shows
Every fall, the major networks belch forth a new slate of offerings for public consumption. A host of new shows compete for attention.


Tuesday, September 18
How Well Do You Know: The Simpsons: Beyond Blunderdome
When this episode first aired, it depicted Mel Gibson as a charming movie star with the world at his feet and beloved by all, and Robert Downey Jr. was portrayed as a crazed gunman a shoot-out with police. So in 2012, it’s kind of dated. How Well Do You Know The Simpsons: Beyond Blunderdome?


Tuesday, September 18
How Well Do You Know: Firefly Quotes, Part I
In September 2002, Joss Whedon's space western Firefly hit the small screen. In its too-short run, the show treated fans to quirky characters and quippy dialog. In Part I of this quiz, we'll supply a line for the show and ask who spoke it. You may know your Mal from Jayne and Kaylee from Zoe, but how well do you know Firefly quotes?


Tuesday, September 18
Viking Night
Savvy readers will remember how, in the summer of 2006, you couldn't go anywhere without hearing about Snakes on a Plane.

Guilty Pleasures
That's right. We've found a fan of Green Lantern. We are as shocked as you are.

Monday Morning Quarterback
The BOP staff discusses Resident Evil, Finding Nemo and the fall TV schedule.


Monday, September 17
Overpaid Jerks: 9/10/12-9/16/12
This week: Half a million, strange quarterbacking, halftime milestone and a division leader choke job. It's Monday, so here's our sports trivia quiz for the 38th week of 2012.


Monday, September 17
TiVoPlex
Today's selections include Ghost World and Hannah. It's Ladies Night at BOP!

TV Recap: Doctor Who
I've mentioned in the past that Doctor Who has a somewhat volatile, bordering on manic depressive attitude towards its own tone.


Sunday, September 16
Weekend Wrap-Up
The Resident Evil franchise and the re-release of Finding Nemo in 3D guaranteed that consumers would return to theaters this weekend.


Saturday, September 15
Friday Box Office Analysis
The fifth entry in the surprisingly consistent video game franchise, Resident Evil: Retribution starts with $8.4 million on Friday.


Friday, September 14
This is So Last Week: 9/7/12-9/13/12
This week: An on-air heart attack, mega-rich celebrities, a surprise wedding and a breakup denial. It was another week of pop culture madness. Test your retention level with our weekly entertainment and celebrity quiz.


Friday, September 14
This Weekend, Watch This
New movies are released into theaters every weekend. How do you decide which movie to watch?

Weekend Forecast
Last weekend was one of the worst in years at the box office, as major studios avoided it and the fodder the smaller studios sent out landed with a thud.


Thursday, September 13
How Well Do You Know: The Simpsons: Behind the Laughter
They were the first family of American laughter, surfing a tidal wave of hilarity onto the sands of superstar bay. But behind the chortles, this funny five-some was trapped in a private hell. Tonight: the Simpsons as you’ve never seen them before. How Well Do You Know The Simpsons: Behind the Laughter?


Thursday, September 13
Review: The Possession
The generically titled The Possession starts out like any other child-taken-over-by-demon movie and then slowly gains traction, although not enough...

Viking Night: Sling Blade
Karl Childers (Billy Bob Thornton) is a mentally disabled man, institutionalized at the age of 12 for murdering his mother and her lover.

Chapter Two: Bad Boys II
Bad Boys II goes under the microscope.


Wednesday, September 12
How Well Do You Know: Glee: Music from Season 3
Glee's third season featured dozens of songs, as the episodes paid tribute to Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson and The Bee Gees, among others. Oh, and there might have been a mash-up or 20. You may know the vocal stylings of Wade Adams from those of Sugar Motta, but how well do you know Glee: Music from Season 3?


Wednesday, September 12
Monday Morning Quarterback
Some movies opened this weekend. You had no idea. Also, NFL picks and discussion on movies we've seen lately!

Comics Weekly
Baseball, hot dogs, apple pie and comic books.

What Went Right (Part 2)
Discussion of the Resident Evil franchise continues, just ahead of the newest film's release.

Survivor: Preview Part II
Our intrepid recapper continues his evaluation of the Survivor contestants for this season.

Movie Review: The Words
The Words tells three different stories, two of which occupy the same universe, although they are separated by about 65 years’ time.


Tuesday, September 11
How Well Do You Know: Album Covers 2
It goes without saying that the album cover is a dead art form. Still, there's no denying the impact that the album cover has made on pop culture over the years. So dust off your LPs, or at least peer at the little icon in the corner of your Spotify. Let's see How Well Do You Know Album Covers.


Tuesday, September 11
Survivor: Preview Part I
This season, Survivor moves from a location we have seen four times already to a place they haven’t been to before – Caramoan, in the Phillipines.

What Went Right
“Adapting videogames into movies is a tricky business to get right,” says writer, director and producer Paul W.S. Anderson.

9/11 Retrospective
As we remember the victims of 9/11, BOP re-posts our group's experiences.


Monday, September 10
Overpaid Jerks: 9/3/12-9/9/12
This week: The NFL is here! The NFL is here! Also: college controversy, a record favorite, and early end and more Bobby Valentine wackiness. Win friends and influence people with your performance on our sports trivia quiz for the 37th week of 2012.


Monday, September 10
TiVoPlex
One of today's selections possesses one of the greatest movie titles ever: The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-In-the-Moon Marigolds.

Are You With Us? Stigmata
I think the filmmakers of the religious-themed horror Stigmata were looking towards the wrong Madonna when seeking direction on their film.

TV Recap: Doctor Who
We can say this much for “Dinosaurs on a Spaceship”, it certainly featured dinosaurs, and they were definitely on some form of interstellar transport.


Sunday, September 9
Weekend Wrap-Up
This was the worst weekend of box office since the weeks after 9/11. Enough said.


Saturday, September 8
Friday Box Office Analysis
If you are reading today’s column, you have an unhealthy obsession with box office.


Friday, September 7
This is So Last Week: 9/1/12-9/6/12
This week: Criminal charges, a lost invitation, a reunited band and a water rescue. Here's a chance to prove your pop culture prowess, as we roll out our celebrity and entertainment quiz for the 36th week of 2012.


Friday, September 7
This Weekend, Watch This
New movies are released into theaters every weekend. How do you decide which movie to watch?

Weekend Forecast
While Labor Day weekend ended up better than expected in the box office column thanks to a surprise horror hit, there's no cavalry coming this weekend.


Thursday, September 6
How Well Do You Know: The Replacements
Professional football is on strike in The Replacements, but never fear - Shane Falco and a colorful band of has-beens take the field. Keanu Reeves and Gene Hackman team up in this well-liked sports comedy. So never mind why the cheerleaders seem to be on strike, too - let's see how well you know The Replacements.


Thursday, September 6
Movie vs. Reality
Sometimes we can’t help but cheer for the “bad” guys.

Sole Criterion
Canadian writer-director Guy Maddin has a filmography of about 30 short films and nearly a dozen feature length features from over the last quarter-century.


Wednesday, September 5
How Well Do You Know: The Simpsons: Bart to the Future
Despite Homer’s lack of impulse control and Marge’s gambling problem, the Simpsons go to an Indian casino where Bart is given a disturbing view of his future, including a pantsless Ralph Wiggum and a sister who is doing a little better than him and won’t let him be Co-President. How Well Do You Know The Simpsons: Bart To The Future.


Wednesday, September 5
How Well Do You Know: The Green Mile
Inarguably, Stephen King is one of the most popular American writers in history. Unfortunately, that print success hasn't always translated to box office dollars for his film adaptations. That is until 1999, when The Green Mile earned critical acclaim and $136 million in the U.S. The film remains the highest grossing King story. Why?

It was a perfect storm of being in the middle of Tom Hanks’ box office hot streak, an incredible, star-making turn by Michael Clarke Duncan and the story of death row guards learning humanity and witnessing miracles at the hands of a wrongly convicted man. You may know why you have to wet the sponge but how well do you know The Green Mile?


Wednesday, September 5
Comics Weekly
Comics will make you more attractive to your desired significant other. Buy some!

Movie Review: Lawless
With its anti-heroes and villains in place, Lawless proceeds, more or less, as a traditional crime saga.

TV Recap: Doctor Who
As soon as “Day of the Moon”, the second half of this season's opening two-parter, finished, my gut reaction was one of giddy excitement.


Tuesday, September 4
How Well Do You Know: Back to School: Going to School in the Movies II
The end of every summer means the start of a new school year, and a chance for us to remember our favorite high-school and college-based movies. You may know your Breakfast Club from your Mean Girls, but how well do you know Back to School: Going to School in the Movies?


Tuesday, September 4
Movie Review: Premium Rush
Premium Rush is about a wiseacre bike messenger in New York City who suddenly finds himself in a race against time.

Highlights
Let us revisit the career of Schwarzenegger and debate his top five films.

Monday Morning Quarterback
Labor Day has come and gone.


Monday, September 3
Overpaid Jerks: 8/27/12-9/2/12
This week: College football, mega deals, tennis farewells and a regrettable return. So refine your rapping skills as you enjoy our sports quiz for the 36th week in 2012


Monday, September 3
TiVoPlex
From the obscure to the obscurest to the merely overlooked or underappreciated; they all have a home in the TiVoPlex!

TV Recap: Doctor Who
The sixth season of the rebooted Doctor Who had its ups and downs.

TV Recap: Doctor Who
Now that you've seen the recap of Asylum of the Daleks, let's go back and take a look at Season 6, starting with "The Impossible Astronaut."


Sunday, September 2
Weekend Wrap-Up
Welcome to one of the quietest weekends on the box office calendar, where success is met by opening a film above the $10 million mark.


Saturday, September 1
Friday Box Office Analysis
Labor Day weekend greets us with The Possession, a horror entry which tops the box office on Friday with $6.1 million.




     


 
 

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