Actor Trading Cards: Suicide Squad

suicide-squadSuicide Squad: Flash Review

Before presenting the Actor Trading Cards for DC’s latest movie release, I feel the need to post a short review having seen the film over the weekend. Simply put… I LOVED IT! Suicide Squad is a delightful mash-up of chaos, driven by characters that you can’t help but like and root for even though, as you know, they’re the bad guys. Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn is exactly the kind of crazy everyone was hoping for, and Will Smith’s Deadshot is the most fun we’ve had watching Smith in years. The rest of the cast also does a fantastic job, and while the script takes the viewer on an unconventional roller coaster that includes quite a few “snap scenes” to fill in the background of its characters, it works because overall the film is a disorderly collaboration of joyful entertainment!

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Countdown To Civil War: Actor Trading Cards – Team Iron Man

Robert Downey Jr

Born: April 4, 1965 in New York City, NY
Height: 5’9

Personal Quote:

“I know very little about acting. I’m just an incredibly gifted faker.”

Non-Marvel Highlights:

Chaplin (‘Charlie Chaplin’, Nominated Best Actor, Academy Awards), Ally McBeal TV Series (‘Larry Paul’, Won Best Supporting Actor, Golden Globes), Sherlock Holmes (‘Sherlock Holmes’, Won Best Actor, Golden Globes)

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Actor Trading Cards: Gerard Butler

Gerard Butler

Born: November 13, 1969 in Paisley, Scotland, UK
Height: 6’2

Personal Quote:

“The chance to be both artistically appreciated and commercially appreciated… That’s what you hope for.”

Did You Know?

Butler has quickly gained a reputation as one of the nicest actors around, as he always takes time to socialize with fans and hangs out with crew members as much as co-stars on film sets.

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Actor Trading Cards: Jeremy Irons

Jeremy Irons

Born: September 19, 1948 in Cowes, Isle of Wight, England, UK
Height: 6’2

Personal Quote:

“No, I don’t believe in hard work. If something is hard, leave it. Let it come to you. Let it happen.”

Did You Know?

Is one of 9 actors to have won the Triple Crown of Acting (an Oscar, Emmy and Tony).

Owns Kilcoe Castle in County Cork, Ireland.

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Actor Trading Cards: Morena Baccarin

Morena Baccarin

Born: June 2, 1979 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Height: 5’8

Personal Quote:

“I would love to be a Bond girl. That is on my bucket list, definitely.”

Did You Know?

Has done voice work for multiple animated series including Justice League (Black Canary); Batman: The Brave and the Bold (Cheetah); Son of Batman and Batman: Bad Blood (Talia al Ghul); and is also the voice of “Gideon” on The Flash television series.

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Actor Trading Cards: Lena Headey

Lena Headey

Born: October 3, 1973 in Hamilton, Bermuda (raised in Yorkshire, England)
Height: 5’6

Personal Quote:

“I’m a tomboy. I used to get into a lot of fights. Don’t know why – self-expression, I guess.”

Did You Know?

Has a number of tattoos, including a large floral design on her back and a Pema Chodron quote on her ribs.

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Leo Craven On… Mom and Pop Video Rental Stores

Video Rental StoresEach week, one of Biff Bam Pop’s illustrious writers will delve into one of their favorite things. Perhaps it’s a movie or album they’ve carried with them for years. Maybe it’s something new that moved them and they think might move you too. Each week, a new subject, a new voice writing on… something they love.

There are few things (if any) I remember more fondly from my childhood than the days of going to the locally-owned video rental store and looking over hundreds of movie boxes in order to score the perfect entertainment for the evening. The Golden Age of these marvelous ‘meccas’ of movie eye candy started in the early 80’s and lasted until the mid-90’s when major video chains like Blockbuster Video and Hollywood Video took over the landscape. While most people do not look back on the chains with fondness, I for one am glad they came along…because I’d…

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Holiday Gift Guide 2015: Comic Book Subscriptions

Comic Books

There are some terrific writers at Biff BamPop  who contribute in-depth articles relating to the world of comic books and graphic novels…I, admittedly, am not one of them. However, I am a father of two teenagers, and sometimes the price tag of video games, brand-name clothing, and technology leaves us parents with only a few gift options for our kids during the Holiday Season. That’s why I’m recommending an economical gift that will only run you about $30 and give your kid (or your spouse) something to look forward to every month of the year = comic book subscriptions. 

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Actor Trading Cards: Harrison Ford

Harrison Ford

Born: July 13, 1942 in Chicago, IL
Height: 6’1

Personal Quote:

“Han Solo is not a cardboard character to me at all. He’s as real as anything else. I never thought of the character as having only two dimensions until the critics said so. And they’re wrong. The third dimension is me.”

Did You Know?

Indiana Jones was voted the second greatest screen hero of all time by the American Film Institute.

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Actor Trading Cards: Tina Fey

Tina Fey

Born: May 18, 1970 in Upper Darby, PA
Height: 5’4

Personal Quote:

“If you want to make an audience laugh, you dress a man up like an old lady and push her down the stairs. If you want to make comedy writers laugh, you push an actual old lady down the stairs.”

Did You Know?

First-ever female head writer of Saturday Night Live.

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Actor Trading Cards: Michael B. Jordan

Michael B. Jordan

Born: February 9, 1987 in Santa Ana, CA
Height: 6’0

Personal Quote:

“I want to do everything. I’m a producer at heart. Eventually, when I can produce the way I want to, my acting’s going to help fuel that. And not just vehicles for myself – I’m a member of this film society, and I want to contribute. If you’re in the industry, you can’t just take from it; you have to deposit something back to keep it going for the next generation.”

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Actor Trading Cards: Gwendoline Christie

Gwendoline Christie

Born: October 28, 1978 in Worthing, West Sussex, England, UK
Height: 6’3

Personal Quote:

“Part of the reason why I love acting is that you do hope that somehow your work will connect to people and somehow expand their consciousness.”

Did You Know?

Trained as a semi-professional gymnast as a child, but after a spine injury forced her to abandon that career, she took up acting.

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31 Days of Horror 2015: Actor Trading Cards: Elvira


Created: 1981 in Los Angeles, CA
Height: 5’7

Personal Quote:

“There’s nothing wrong with G-rated movies, as long as there’s lots of sex and violence.”

“My name’s Elvira but you can call me ‘tonight’.”

Did You Know?

Inducted into the Horror Host Hall of Fame in 2012

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31 Days of Horror 2015: Saw (2004)

“We think craft is important, and the irony has always been that horror may be disregarded by critics, but often they are the best-made movies you’re going to find in terms of craft. You can’t scare people if they see the seams.” – James Wan

In last week’s post I spotlighted the ‘Torture Porn’ sub-genre and the movie that was credited by movie critic David Edelstein to have started it: Eli Roth’s Hostel (2005). Among today’s Top 10 lists and thousands of movie review sites, however, it is more often that James Wan’s SAW is recognized as the film that kicked off the torture porn fad (I use the term ‘fad’ to reference the use of the term, not the genre which has existed within the Horror industry since the 1970’s). While the numerous Saw sequels may deserve to be lumped in with that notorious label, I recently watched the original film…

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31 Days of Horror 2015: Actor Trading Cards: Elijah Wood

Elijah Wood

Born: January 28, 1981 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Height: 5’6

Personal Quote:

“If I wasn’t an actor, I’d be a secret agent.”

Did You Know?

Beat out 150 actors, including Jake Gyllenhaal, for the coveted role of Frodo Baggins in Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

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31 Days of Horror 2015: Actor Trading Cards: Tom Hiddleston

Tom Hiddleston

Born: February 9, 1981 in Westminster, London, England, UK
Height: 6’2

Personal Quote:

“To have compassion for a character is no different from having compassion for another human being.”

Did You Know?

Was in the same class as both Prince William and Eddie Redmayne at the boarding school Eton College.

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31 Days of Horror 2015: Hostel (2005)

“Whether they like it or hate it, you want to make a movie people will never forget.” – Eli Roth

‘Torture Porn’ isn’t exactly a term of endearment when used by critics or the media. Looking back, films like the Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) and I Spit on Your Grave (1978) would probably have fallen under this classification (and their remakes did), but the term was first popularized by movie critic David Edelstein in 2005 to describe Eli Roth’s Hostel.


I’m not a fan of gore for the sake of gore, but I do enjoy watching horror movies and I found the first Hostel movie to be both creative and unique, albeit disturbing. I’ve only seen the movie once (and that was back in 2006), but it still ranks as one of my top horror movies of the 2000’s. I also liked Hostel II, but I wouldn’t go ranking…

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31 Days of Horror – Actor Trading Cards: Nina Dobrev

Nina Dobrev

Born: January 9, 1989 in Sofia, Bulgaria
Height: 5’7

Did You Know?

Nina Constantinova Dobreva was born in Sofia, Bulgaria and moved to Canada when she was only two years old.

Has competed internationally representing Canada in Aesthetic (Rhythmic) Group Gymnastics.

Nina auditioned for her role in The Perks of Being a Wallflower via Skype (in between takes of Vampire Diaries).

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Actor Trading Cards: Jessica Lange

Jessica Lange

Born: April 20, 1949 in Cloquet, Minnesota
Height: 5’8

Did You Know?

She is one of only ten actors to have been nominated for both a Supporting and Lead Acting Academy Award in the same year for their achievements in two different movies.

Has a daughter, Shura (Alexandra) Baryshnikov, whose father is Mikhail Baryshnikov.

Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history.

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