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The Sunday News Recap! 4.23.06

The Sunday News Recap: In my thoughts, I use the technique of positive visualization.
by Ryan Arthur

Welcome back to the latest edition of the Sunday News Recap. As youíre no doubt aware, we've got the last seven days worth of reviews and features at HBS/eFC, as well as box office numbers for the weekend, and a preview of films, DVDs and features for the week ahead. Once again this weekend, as a result of some personal matters that need attending, weíre going to skip the casting and production notes. As Iíve said before, Iím hopeful that I can have everything straightened out by the beginning of May, so thanks for your patience and understanding. Letís get to it.

"Skull cracked...brains leaking out...Can't wait to see the new Chevy Chase movie..."

Reviews from our staff over the last week:

The Child (LíEnfant)

David Cornelius
The Last Drop
The Wild
Dr. Dolittle 3

Bickford Shmecklerís Cool Ideas
(Screened at the 2006 SXSW Film Festival)
Population 436 (Screened at the 2006 SXSW Film Festival)
Patriot Act: A Jeffrey Ross Home Movie (Screened at the 2006 SXSW Film Festival)
The King (Screened at the 2006 SXSW Film Festival)
A Scanner Darkly (Screened at the 2006 SXSW Film Festival)
The Sentinel (2006)
American Dreamz

Jack Sommersby
Clean And Sober
Hide And Seek
Invasion U.S.A.

Jay Seaver
Ice Age: The Meltdown
The Wild
Half Nelson
(Screened at the 2006 Independent Film Festival Of Boston)
The Giant Buddhas (Screened at the 2006 Independent Film Festival Of Boston)
Before The Music Dies (Screened at the 2006 Independent Film Festival Of Boston)
Abduction: The Megumi Yokota Story (Screened at the 2006 Independent Film Festival Of Boston)
Brothers Of The Head (Screened at the 2006 Independent Film Festival Of Boston)

Dawn Taylor * NEW REVIEWER *
The Wild
Friends With Money
Silent Hill

Matt Seaver
V For Vendetta

Erik Childress
American Dreamz

Collin Souter
American Dreamz

American Dreamz
Silent Hill
The Sentinel (2006)

Peter Sobczynski
Kinky Boots
The Notorious Bettie Page
The Sentinel (2006)
Silent Hill
American Dreamz

Doug Bentin
Phat Girlz

Scott Weinberg
The Sentinel (2006)

Uri Lessing
Silent Hill

William Goss
Silent Hill

Hard Candy

Mel Valentin
The Exterminating Angel
Half Nelson
(Screened at the 2006 San Francisco International Film Festival)

Want more reviews from a particular author? Click on the author's name. Want more reviews, regardless of author? Check out the database. Don't know what you want? Try searching the database.

We've got new features from our staff as well:

Natasha Theobald
Sonic Death Monkey Soundtrack Reviews Ė Beautiful Girls
(More Sonic Death Monkey Soundtrack Reviews)

Chris Parry
Death Of A Plagiarist: A Word Thief Burns As His Editors Deny All Responsibility
(More Criticwatch)

Eric D. Snider
Samir Campaign: How Samir Patel Plagairized Reviews From This Site

Peter Sobczynski
DVD Reviews For 4/21: Welles And Seagal-Together Again!
(More DVD Reviews)
Ebertfest: Itís Back And Itís Loverly
(More Film Festivals Of The World)

Marc Kandel
Tribeca 2006 Film Festival Diary
(More Film Festivals Of The World)

Ryan Arthur
The Sunday News Recap! 4.16.06
(More Sunday News Recaps)

You can access more features from a particular writer by clicking on his or her name. Want more features, coverage, interviews and the like? Click on the More option, found directly below the article title. Want more features, period? Check out the database. Don't know what you want? Try searching the database.

Shameless Self-Promotion: Radio Ga-Ga

Our staff of writers frequently makes appearances outside of our sites, including regular gigs on radio.

Hey! We've got our own radio station! Yes, it's true: you can now listen to Hollywood Bitchslap Radio online. We specialize in movie soundtracks, with specialty programming, movie news and opinion thrown in. It's fun, (and it's free!) but it's still a work in progress, so tell us what you like, what you don't like, and what you'd like to hear. All you need is an mp3 player and a healthy love of film, just like us.

As for traditional, terrestrial radio:

Erik Childress, Collin Souter and Scott Weinberg are regular guests on Nick Digilio's Nick At Night on WGN 720 AM in Chicago. The show airs every Sunday night, 11:00pm to 2:00am, Chicago (Central) time.

Scott Weinberg is also a regular guest on JD Balart's American Radio Journal on WMET 1160 AM in Washington, DC. Scott's segment airs every Friday afternoon from 1:30pm to 2:00pm, DC time (Eastern).

Loey Lockerby is a regular guest on The Walt Bodine Show on KCUR 89.3 FM in Kansas City. Loey appears with The Movie Critics every other Friday during the show, which runs every weekday from 10:00am to 11:00am, Kansas City time (Central).

Chris Parry, Erik Childress and Scott Weinberg are guests on Gaalen Engen's Fellini Is King on CJSF 90.1 FM in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The show airs every Sunday from 11:00am to 1:00pm, Vancouver (Pacific) time.

Ryan Arthur does entertainment news on Gary O'Brien And Friends on WDWS 1400 AM in Champaign, Illinois. I'm on Monday through Friday from 2:40pm to 3:00pm, Central time.

Listen to us, if you get the chance!

"Great movie, huh? So refreshing to see something like this after all these...cop movies and, you know, things we do. Maybe we'll do a remake of this!"

Here is the preliminary top ten for the weekend. Estimates are taken from Box Office Mojo.com and are rounded up, where applicable.

1. Silent Hill $20.2 million
2. Scary Movie 4 $17.0 million ($67.7 million total)
3. The Sentinel $14.65 million
4. Ice Age: The Meltdown $12.8 million ($167.9 million total)
5. The Wild $8.1 million ($22.0 million total)
6. The Benchwarmers $7.3 million ($47.1 million total)
7. Take The Lead $4.25 million ($29.6 million total)
8. American Dreamz $3..69 million
9. Inside Man $3.67 million ($81.2 million total)
10. Friends With Money $3.55 million ($5.3 million total)

Opening April 26 (limited release):
The Death Of Mr. Lazarescu
Three Times

Opening April 28 (wide release):
Akeelah And The Bee
Stick It
United 93

Opening April 28 (limited release):
Army Of Shadows
Guys And Balls
Killer Diller
Lady Vengeance
The Lost City
The Whoreís Son

"Can we agree that from now on, films have to be made by FILMMAKERS?!"

Previewing the week ahead...

On DVD This Tuesday (theatrical/DTV):
20,000 Leagues Under The Sea (1997)
Aeon Flux (widescreen and fullscreen)
Bachelor Party Vegas
The Betsy
Casualties Of War (Extended Cut)
Crumb (widescreen Special Edition)
The Detonator
Dr. Dolittle 3
Duane Hopwood
Everything You Want
Final Fantasy 7: Advent Children
Guys And Dolls (Deluxe Edition)
The Heirloom
Itís Always Fair Weather
Lovers Of The Arctic Circle
Match Point (widescreen and fullscreen)
The Passneger
The Patriot (2000) (Extended Cut)
The Replacement Killers (Extended Cut)
The Sea Wolves
Shadows In The Sun
Shopgirl (widescreen and fullscreen)
Tristan + Isolde
The Wedding Singer (Totally Awesome Edition)
Windtalkers (Directorís Cut)

You can find more DVD recommendations in our Upcoming DVD Release Schedule.

Michael Collins is back (unless itís Laura KyleÖ) with another edition of Sonic Death Monkey Soundtrack Reviews on Wednesday.

Look for more DVD Reviews on Friday from Peter Sobczynski.

Erik Childress posts updates and additions to Criticwatch every Friday, as well.

Don't forget to visit the Contest page for your chance to win DVDs and other assorted movie-related swag from HBS/eFC.

We'll also have some additional features and editorials throughout the week, and I'll have your Recap ready to go on Sunday.

That should do it for another lite edition of the Sunday News Recap. Canít get enough of HBS/eFC? Make sure you listen to Hollywood Bitchslap Radio, take a look at our previous Recaps and please join and visit our forums, too. Thanks for reading, and as always, your feedback is appreciated.

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