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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Descent Into 'Dark Shadows'

Blame it on the musty, dusty intoxication of browsing the bins of used-record-and-movie stores: I've acquired a sizable portion of the early episodes of the original "Dark Shadows" TV show on DVD, and fallen under the spell of some unmanageable compulsion to watch the series in its entirety.

All 1,225 episodes (Barnabas doesn't even show up 'til the 211th episode). That's bout 600 hours. Which by my calculations will take only five months if I watch four hours' worth each day. Which of course is, um, ambitious.

Speaking of ambitions, it seems I won't be taking that second shot at reading (comprehending) James Joyce's "Ulysses" in calendar 2014. Oh, and if I flake out on some social/family/community commitment with you, and tell you it's because I had to do such-and-such ... this is what I was really doing.

So's ya know.

'The Avengers: Age of Ultron' Trailer Leaks

Pretty cool. I guess. I mean, if you're into that sort of thing ...

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Box Office Geeks Get Mojo Back

I don't need to know where you were, Box Office Mojo. I just want to know that you're OK, and that you want to see this thing between us work out.

After going dark for more than 24 hours from Friday afternoon to late Saturday, box-office bible returned, to a collective sigh of relief from film-financials fanatics everywhere. If you don't get what the big whoop is you're not likely to, but if you're, say, a baseball fan, imagine the game broadcast being blacked out right in the middle of the playoffs. For some lonely, sports-averse dorks out there, this is their sport (we don't mean us).

It's unclear what went down, but the sudden, unannounced redirect to parent company on Friday with no explanation had scores of social-media users and entertainment-news outlets alike scrambling for answers. Judging by BOM editor Ray Subers' cagey tweets, no answers will be forthcoming anytime soon, but the succession of tweets once Subers broke his silence went like this:

For me, personally, the box-office blackout came at the exact moment I needed to find out what the most successful zombie films of all time had been, in descending order, and what their total earnings would equal when adjusted for inflation in 2014. Having just finished watching the entire six-film George A. Romero "Night of the Living Dead" franchise, followed by two related documentaries, a pair of "World War Z" viewings plus "Shaun of the Dead," you can appreciate the fact that I needed this information, and I needed it right then. And you just can't get that sort of esoteric info anywhere else.

Much like the walking dead in those films, Box Office Mojo has risen from the grave shortly after its demise, and I for one couldn't be happier to let it feed on my brain, just as it has for the better part of the past decade and half. Welcome back BOM. Hope you're here to stay.

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